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Dream big, they said

(10/03/19 12:06am)

Since a young age, I’ve been told to dream big because “anything is possible.” If we try hard enough and put our best foot forward, our biggest and brightest dreams can come true! Right? This idea has been ingrained in my mind and the minds of many others, I’m sure. We hear it from our parents, teachers, mentors, friends’ parents, preachers, celebrities, etc. that the only limit is our imagination in what we can dream and thus achieve. In a world rife with discord, most everyone seems to agree on this one big idea. The repetition of this simple phrase so frequently by so many people made it seem like fact. And for about 18 years it almost seemed realistic to me too, until I came to the University.

New students elect First-Year Council officers, Student Council representatives

(09/30/19 6:33pm)

The University Board of Elections announced New Student Election results Thursday evening. In the first-year elections, approximately 35 percent of students voted for First-Year Council president, 33 percent for First-Year Council vice president and 31 percent for First-Year Student Council representatives. Out of 655 eligible transfer students, 57 students — or 8.7 percent — voted in the election for the transfer representative.

No. 1 Virginia outlasts No. 10 Duke in a scoreless draw

(09/30/19 2:16am)

In a sweltering match at Klockner Stadium Sunday afternoon, No. 1 Virginia and No. 10 Duke battled through overtime after neither team found the net during regulation. The Cavaliers (9-0-2, 1-0-2 ACC) looked dominant as they found countless opportunities in the first half to score on the Blue Devils (6-1-3, 1-1-2 ACC). Junior goalkeeper Laurel Ivory came up with three major saves in overtime, but Virginia was unable to put the ball away as the minutes ticked down.

ASCH: There is plenty of affirmative action for rich people

(09/30/19 2:44am)

Over the weekend, The Cavalier Daily broke the story that the University’s administration was deploying resources to aid applicants connected to wealthy donors. A similar incident occurred in 2017, when it was revealed the University had a “heads-up” list of individuals for them to look out for and give special treatment during the application process. 

I’m forgetting my mother tongue

(10/04/19 12:28pm)

For every first-year student, the first few weeks of the school year are full of meeting new people — and my experience was no exception. I met countless people in my dorm, in class and in club interest meetings. At the University, I’ve found that students tend to “break the ice” by bringing up school-related topics first. “How are you liking your time here?” and questions about majors and living situation are asked more often than questions like, “Where are you from?”

No. 3 men’s soccer downs No. 21 Notre Dame 1-0 for its seventh shutout of the season

(09/30/19 2:16am)

The top-25 ACC soccer bout between No. 3 Virginia and No. 21 Notre Dame was moved to 11 a.m. Saturday morning after torrential rain in northern Indiana Friday night. Despite the prolonged stay in South Bend, Ind., the Cavaliers (8-0, 3-0 ACC) defeated the Fighting Irish (4-3-1, 0-3-0 ACC) 1-0 to stay perfect this season. 

Emails reveal admissions, development and administrative personnel discuss ‘high-priority’ applicants linked to donors

(09/29/19 1:43am)

The Cavalier Daily obtained emails between University officials, board members and donors that reveal the influence of the admissions watch list first publicized in 2017. For the last 20 years, the University has used a list to track certain applicants who receive an additional review — many of whom are connected to major donors. 

Learning about myself through veganism

(10/13/19 4:20pm)

As I started my last year of undergrad, I found myself reflecting on the changes I’ve undergone during my time at the University. Some were for the better, some for worse and some seemingly random — each far more impactful than I would’ve ever anticipated. However, I never thought I would overcome perfectionism by living a dairy-free life, or become a more thoughtful planner by limiting my on-Grounds food options. 

Community Food Pantry raises 800 pounds of food through 'Stock the Pantry' event

(10/02/19 1:54pm)

The U.Va. Community Food Pantry partnered with U.Va. Dining Sept. 25 to raise 800 pounds of food through its “Stock the Pantry” event. At Newcomb Dining Hall, students had the option to donate a meal swipe to secure one pound of food for the pantry — a student-run volunteer initiative, started by former College student Gwen Dilworth, that seeks to alleviate food insecurity on Grounds.

The Bachelor is more than just mindless television

(10/01/19 2:48am)

If you’ve never indulged yourself in any of “The Bachelor” franchise’s shows, you’re missing out on some extremely entertaining television. For those not familiar with this ABC original show, every season basically entails a single man who dates 30 girls before getting engaged after two months. Now that I’ve typed that out, I have to admit it does sound a little crazy and unconventional, but that’s what makes it interesting to watch. Would I ever go on the show myself? I mean, there’s a 99 percent chance that my family would disown me, but my friends and I have decided if we’re not married by 40, we honestly have nothing to lose — presuming they even let 40 year olds on the show.

No. 1 Virginia stays undefeated with 2-0 victory against No. 16 Virginia Tech

(09/28/19 7:41pm)

Following a disappointing loss to the Hokies in 2018, undefeated Virginia women’s soccer took revenge on No. 16 Virginia Tech in an exciting second half performance at Klöckner Stadium. Virginia (9-0-1, 1-0-1 ACC) battled against Virginia Tech (9-1, 1-1 ACC) in a scoreless first half before senior forward Megan McCool found the back of the net in the 71st minute. Freshman forward Diana Ordoñez celebrated her birthday with a goal in the 84th minute to push the Cavaliers to a 2-0 final. 

WARTEL: Virginia’s poor environment for workers can only be remedied with unions

(10/01/19 3:01am)

Virginia proudly boasts the claim of number one in the country for business. When talking to my former state representative, Democrat Dave Marsden, during the June primary election I brought up my concern about right-to-work-for-less laws, or anti-union laws in Virginia. He reassured me that he wanted to help workers but also make sure Virginia was good for businesses. In reality though, “good for business” means good for bosses, and in Virginia it means workers suffer. An Oxfam report found Virginia to be the worst state in the country for workers. This is appalling and also highlights the desperate need for the revival of labor unions in Virginia and the country.

‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ lets artists explain the magic

(10/01/19 2:45am)

The streaming era of television has been a turbulent one for the creative industry, both praised for the freedom it gives artists and simultaneously criticized for oversaturating the media landscape with a scattershot approach to programming. The imaginative content it leads to, however, is a dream for many specific audiences. Lower key projects — like Netflix’s documentary series “Abstract: The Art of Design” — are a testament to the beauty of niche media produced to perfection. The series follows influential artists and designers of the modern world narrating their careers and creative processes, and its second season debuted quietly on the streaming service Wednesday.

BATSUKH: Remain cautiously optimistic for SIS redesign

(10/01/19 8:36pm)

The University recently rolled out a redesign for the Student Information System, often lovingly referred to as SIS. The academic portal — in my experience throughout high school and first year — suffered from challenges across the user experience board. From a visually challenging graphic user interface and slow load times to excessive buttons and checkboxes for simple actions in the enrollment shopping cart, SIS was difficult to use. It was especially unpalatable to us modern students, nowadays rightfully accustomed to usable, friendly designs. As an engineer, I noticed there were problems with the system that I only wished I had the technical knowhow and authority to solve. However, many of my previous complaints have been resolved with the latest functionality and visual update.