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BOV approves tuition hikes, new meal plans

(12/07/18 11:06pm)

The Finance Committee of U.Va.’s Board of Visitors approved increases to base tuition for in- and out-of-state undergraduate students in a meeting Friday in the Rotunda. In-state students will see a 2.9 percent increase in tuition and fees starting in the 2019-2020 academic year — from $13,682 to 14,078 — while out-of-state students will see a base increase of 3.5 percent, from $44,724 to $46,289.

BOV Buildings and Grounds Committee approves architects, facilities

(12/10/18 12:46am)

The Board of Visitors’ Buildings and Grounds Committee met last Thursday to discuss a series of important issues, including selecting an architect to work on the second set of residence halls on Brandon Avenue as well as the architect for the remodeling of the North Grounds Mechanical Plant. The committee also met to discuss ongoing sustainability work at the University.  

PASCIAK: JUUL can do more to fight underage usage

(12/10/18 3:56am)

Recently, JUUL announced that they would temporarily stop selling flavored e-cigarette juice pods in numerous retail locations, after increased pressure from the Food and Drug Administration. The restrictions come in an effort to restrict the usage of underage nicotine usage, as Juul is incredibly popular among high school and college aged students. The decision to restrict flavored JUUL pods is a good step in helping to combat the increased underage usage of nicotine, although more should be done in terms of restricting other flavors of pods popular among teens. 

HOPKINS: Don’t lose sight of 2019 in the buildup for 2020

(12/10/18 3:53am)

Democrats are coming off of historic wins in the midterm elections of 2018. More Democratic women were elected to Congress than ever before, a number of longtime Republican incumbents were ousted, and seats were gained at every level from the House of Representatives down to state legislatures. With the wind at our backs, Democrats have already begun the race for the party’s nomination for President in 2020. Everyone from Senators and governors to mayors and private citizens have begun visiting early-voting states, raising money, and hiring campaign staff in anticipation of a crowded primary. The amount of candidates running in 2020 could easily eclipse the crowded 2016 Republican field, which necessitated two seperate debates for each scheduled event in order to allow everyone to make their case to the American people. While making predictions and strategizing for 2020 is exciting and offers a way to energize the Democratic base, we cannot lose sight of the important elections we face in 2019. 

BEASEY: Men’s basketball’s early season risers

(12/06/18 2:22am)

With the out-of-conference schedule almost completed, the No. 4 Virginia men’s basketball team (8-0, 0-0 ACC) has exceeded preseason expectations thus far. The Cavaliers already have two Top 25 wins against then-No. 25 Wisconsin (7-1, 1-0 Big Ten) and No. 24 Maryland (7-1, 1-0 Big Ten), both of which have continued to climb despite losing to Virginia. Another impressive win came against Dayton (4-3, 0-0 A10), which provided a spirited second half challenge during the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament last month.

Student Health looking to increase violence prevention staff

(12/14/18 6:06pm)

The Office of Health Promotion is in the process of hiring a second health promotion specialist to address issues of sexual violence and hazing on Grounds. While the University has one other health promotion specialist at the moment — Program Coordinator of Prevention Rachel Kiliany — this new position is unique in that it will work specifically with men. 

Visits to Pre-Health Advising correlate to higher odds of medical school admission

(12/14/18 6:10pm)

Pre-Health Advising, a part of the University’s Career Center, holds weekly advising hours for pre-health students who are in need of advice either on coursework, pre-health application processes or pre-health professions. With only one year of data, it has been found that the students who met with pre-health advisors had a higher success rate for admission than students who never attended advising hours. 

Non-lethal strangulation research hopes to bring assurance in court testimonies

(12/06/18 2:52am)

Due to shows such as CSI and  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, there are huge misconceptions around strangulation. Many believe that bruising and fingerprint marks after strangulation are common. In reality the signs of strangulation can be much more subtle, leading to a lack of evidence in court. Kathryn Laughon, nursing associate professor and forensic nurse, is now conducting research to change that.

EDITORIAL: We must shape what is ours

(12/06/18 2:18am)

When University President Jim Ryan outlined the goals for his administration, he highlighted the “Ours to Shape” initiative to collect community input on ways to strengthen cultures of community, discovery and service at the University. Student, faculty, staff and other members of the University have contributed their suggestions through online essay submissions and through attendance at several events throughout the year. President Ryan and the University administration must continue to solicit input from the University community — and students must take their own initiative — to address areas of needed change to make such changes as effective as possible. 

Following student criticism, 24/7 parking fees will no longer be implemented at Central Grounds Parking Garage

(12/07/18 9:21am)

Brendan Nigro, a fourth-year College student and the student member to the University’s Board of Visitors, announced at a general body meeting of Student Council Tuesday that U.Va. will no longer be implementing 24/7 parking fees at the Central Grounds Parking Garage next month. In recent weeks, the announcement of the 24/7 fee at the garage has sparked criticism among students regarding safety concerns for those who may not be able to afford the new fees late at night and would choose to walk instead of drive home. 

UJC chair cites reformed application process, internal demographics survey as highlights of semester

(12/06/18 3:49am)

Chaired by fourth-year Engineering student Kevin Warshaw, the University Judiciary Committee undertook several initiatives during its Fall 2018 term in hopes of making the system more fair and inclusive. The initiatives included revisions of its application format, enforcing mandatory bias and Green Dot training, creating a Diversity and Engagement Committee and releasing the results of its internal demographic survey. 

The danger of to-do lists

(12/10/18 12:14am)

I am a big fan of a good list. My life is filled with checklists — homework, errands, miscellaneous “to do” items — some are scribbled in the margins of my notebooks or on random scraps of paper, but the majority of these lists can be found in my daily planner. In fact, somewhere in its November pages and between color-coded lines lies bold green print reminding me to submit this article later today.  

LAWSON: Push Congress to lower the national minimum drinking age

(12/06/18 4:11am)

The current legal drinking age in the United States is outdated, yet it remains in place. The reason behind our collective failure to properly campaign for a lowered drinking age is clear — individuals with an actual stake in changing the policy quickly lose incentive when they hit the critical age of 21. Groups with an exterior motivation to vie for drinking rights — like liquor and alcohol corporations — lose credibility for disingenuous motivations. In contrast, Mothers Against Drunk Driving generated mass public support in the early 1980s, capitalizing on moralizing and emotional rhetoric to push our representatives to enact a higher legal drinking age. Their campaign worked — in 1984, Congress passed and President Ronald Reagan signed into law the National Minimum Drinking Age Act to effectively blackmail each state into raising their drinking age to 21.

On living wage, Ryan hesitates, citing legal barriers and potential costs

(12/07/18 8:35pm)

In an interview with The Cavalier Daily earlier this week, University President Jim Ryan said U.Va. must determine the legality of requiring that its dining provider, Aramark, pay its contracted workers a higher wage. When asked about his support for a higher contracted wage, ignoring the legal issue, Ryan did not take a stance, saying he needed to do more research.