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A leader on and off the court: Salt caps off a memorable five years

(05/10/19 6:54pm)

There’s a little over 12 minutes left in the second half, and then-No. 3 Virginia is up 42-25 in a 2017-18 regular season matchup against N.C. State. Wolfpack senior forward Lennard Freeman is stripped of the ball by then-sophomore guard Ty Jerome, who immediately brings the ball up the court. 

No. 5 men’s tennis defeats St. John’s and No. 17 South Carolina to move on to the NCAA Super Regional

(05/08/19 12:48am)

After falling to Wake Forest in the ACC championship, the No. 5 Virginia men’s tennis team (23-4, 10-2 ACC) hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville. The other three teams in Virginia’s section of the bracket were St. John’s (19-6, 4-0 Big East), East Tennessee State (20-5, 7-0 SoCon) and No. 17 South Carolina (18-10, 5-7 SEC). 

Charlottesville staples you must try before graduating

(05/10/19 7:22pm)

The University is renowned for its endless traditions that comprise bucket lists for students to complete before they graduate. Whether it be streaking the Lawn, painting Beta Bridge or attending Lighting of the Lawn, there’s numerous tasks to accomplish here. As you fill your bucket list, you might as well fill your stomach too. I am here to supply a lesser-known bucket list solely for Charlottesville food staples. Don’t grab your diploma without dining at these restaurants. All of these restaurants are delicious, as well as wheelchair accessible and affordable. 

The making of a scholar athlete and leader: Senior thrower Hilmar Jonsson

(05/16/19 8:18pm)

Senior thrower Hilmar Jonsson has competed at an elite level since he first came to Virginia. Jonsson was ACC Champion in the hammer throw in his first outdoor season with Virginia — spring 2016 — and continued his streak of ACC championship wins in 2017 and 2018. His dominance has extended into the 2019 outdoor season during his senior year. Jonsson recently beat his own school record, in addition to setting Lannigan Field and Icelandic national records with a mark of 75.26 meters at the Virginia Grand Prix. Outside of collegiate competition, Jonsson became the Iceland National Champion in the hammer throw in the summer of 2016.

PARTING SHOT: Appreciating the more lackluster fourth-year realities

(05/14/19 2:48pm)

It’s around the time of year when people start reminiscing and naturally these reflections culminate into a realization about how much one has changed, matured and learned from years past. For me, as a graduating fourth year, my life and my friends’ lives are no exception to these inevitable sentiments. But what’s underrated, I think, is also the ways we may not have changed so much.

PARTING SHOT: Ode to the em dash

(05/17/19 6:12pm)

While my Nonna and I were sitting around the dining-room table one cool, fall evening 12 years ago, I begged her to tell me stories of her Italian childhood. Nonna added a teaspoon of honey to her cup of tea, nodding with a half-smile, tender and warm, but broken with quivering lips. As I stared eagerly into her eyes, searching for another hint, however faint, at some wrinkled memory, she confessed, “I will tell you about my first day of school in America.” She lowered her eyes and glanced at the spoon in her teacup, catching a glimpse of herself in the handle, I suppose. 

PARTING SHOT: Shout your unpopular opinions

(05/10/19 7:46pm)

As a conservative on Grounds, I learned pretty quickly my first year that the majority of the University community disagrees with me on a lot of different issues. Growing up in New York, I had always been used to differing opinions, but when I got to Grounds, it was at first very intimidating. Back then, the College Republicans, a group I would become an active member of for the next four years, was simply a handful of people who would meet in a room and talk about politics, occasionally inviting a speaker or traveling to a nearby county to campaign. There were few attempts to take our opinions, as unpopular as they were, and present them to the University community. Engaging the University community with arguments that they would most likely disagree with seemed like it would be difficult, inefficient and create a lot of backlash. In a sense, it would have been all of these things, but I soon learned that not only was this worth doing, but it was necessary. 

Ian Solomon appointed next dean of Frank Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership

(05/07/19 10:58pm)

The University announced May 3 that Ian Solomon is the  next dean of the Frank Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership active Sept. 1. Allan Stam — the current Batten dean since July 2014 — will leave June 30. Craig Volden, associate dean for academic affairs — will serve as interim dean in the meantime. 

Softball ends play at the The Park on a high note with two wins against Hampton

(05/03/19 9:56pm)

Virginia finished the regular season with two wins against Hampton Tuesday night. The Cavaliers (22-30, 8-16 ACC) beat the Pirates (23-25, 7-17 Big South), ending their regular season at The Park with a no-hitter. It was Virginia’s last game at The Park, as they will move to a newly constructed stadium in the 2020 season.