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VITI: New smoking law misunderstands adult responsibility

(02/28/19 1:47am)

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill this Thursday changing the legal age to buy all tobacco, nicotine and vaping products in Virginia from 18 to 21, with an exemption for those in active military service. This law makes Virginia the seventh state to raise the legal age to purchase such products in an attempt to curb teenage nicotine/tobacco addiction and abuse. However, attempts by state legislatures to induce responsible behavior by outlawing a practice among this age group creates a culture in which young adults are disrespected by the law and so learn to disrespect it. 


‘sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodies.’ fights violence with empathy

(02/26/19 8:16pm)

Visitors to the Fralin Museum of Art can hear the new installation from Pittsburgh-based artist Vanessa German before climbing the marble stairs to the second floor. A three-part exhibit accompanied by a 24-minute soundscape which plays on repeat, “sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodies.” — which opened Feb. 22 and is on display until July 7 — is the museum’s most visually and thematically impressive in recent memory. 


Awards season red carpet fashion recap

(02/28/19 7:28pm)

As the 2018-2019 awards season drew to a close with the 91st annual Academy Awards, it seems only fitting to acknowledge one of the most overlooked aspects of the whole experience — the red carpet. The celebrities honored at these events put in almost as much work choosing their outfits as in portraying the characters that got them nominated. Thus, some of their efforts are lauded in a similar fashion below.



Interim expenditure report for Student Council election released

(02/26/19 5:21am)

The University Board of Elections released its 2019 Candidate Interim Expenditure Report Friday. The estimated total that will be spent by the 100 candidates for the 2019 election is $1492.66, which is 55 percent of the $2690 candidates actually spent last year on elections. Voting for Student Council elections will take place online from Feb. 26 to March 1. 


SMITH: Mandate mental health care education on Grounds

(03/01/19 3:12am)

The Commonwealth of Virginia recently passed a law mandating that mental health education must be taught in public school. With this move, the Commonwealth has become a leader in the nation for addressing mental health — only New York has a similar law on the books. While public health initiatives often can come across as run-of-the-mill, the Commonwealth’s push for mental health care is historic. Mental health care is rarely placed on par with other health care concerns. Often, the stigma around receiving psychological or psychiatric care remains unchecked, as the lack of information around mental health care causes ignorance on the issues to flourish. 


Lil Pump’s ‘Harverd Dropout’ proves he shouldn’t have dropped out

(02/27/19 3:04am)

The internet is ablaze with speculations surrounding the potentially miraculous academic prowess of one of the newest members of the rap music scene, Lil Pump. Google searches and forum threads are brimming with one question about Lil Pump — did the 18-year-old rapper actually turn down an education from Harvard in order to pursue his dreams of fame, wealth and success? 



A recollection of my first time visiting Wintergreen Resort

(03/04/19 12:33am)

It was too late to join VASST — the ski and snowboard team at the University — but I still wanted to take advantage of the open skiing trails I had seen on my friend’s Instagram story from Wintergreen Resort. The last time I had gone skiing was over winter break, but after a day, my brother broke his arm, and my family had to drive back six hours from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in California, returning home to see a doctor. After deciding to take matters into my own hands and buy a lift ticket for one Thursday afternoon, I was finally able to visit the ski resort that I had heard all about from people at school. 





EDITORIAL: Ellie Brasacchio for Student Council President

(02/26/19 5:43am)

Students have a choice between two candidates running for Student Council President this year — third-year College student Ellie Brasacchio and first-year Curry student Arabella Lee. This decision is important, as the winner of the race will represent the entire undergraduate student body in the upcoming academic school year. After careful consideration and examination of the two candidates’ platforms, we have decided to endorse Ellie Brasacchio for Student Council President. 


University lab discovers link between OCD drug and treatment for sepsis

(03/06/19 2:57am)

Researchers from the Gaultier Lab in the University School of Medicine published a paper Feb. 6, in the journal Science Translational Medicine on their recent finding that the drug fluvoxamine, ordinarily used as medication for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder, may have the ability to treat sepsis as well.


U.Va. researcher receives $1 million grant to develop new method for determining biological structures

(02/28/19 2:22am)

“A snail mail, regular mail letter was sent addressed to Mr. James Ryan … President of U.Va., and in this three page letter was a paper check for $1 million dollars,” said Michael Wiener, a researcher in the department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics at the School of Medicine. 





DILWORTH: Why a food pantry isn’t enough

(02/26/19 3:11am)

The United States Government Accountability Office released a long-awaited report this January surveying food insecurity on college campuses. The report confirmed what many researchers have revealed over the past decade — college students are struggling with food insecurity on two- and four-year university campuses at shocking rates. After conducting a review of thirty-one studies of food insecurity on college campuses, the GAO concluded that about a third of U.S. college students struggle with food insecurity. Though varying metrics are used to quantify food insecurity, the term is broadly defined as not being able to get enough to eat on a daily basis and unsurprisingly correlates with lower graduation rates and homelessness.


Winter warm-up woes: As temperatures climb, U.Va. students are reluctant to retire their Canada Goose jackets

(02/27/19 11:11pm)

There are are plenty of people that impatiently await spring, with its pleasant temperate days and return of green scenery. The University’s student body is not among them. As local and national weather outlets predict temperatures will continue to climb this March, students are voicing their annual lament — warm spring weather is simply not conducive to wearing Canada Goose jackets.