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Batten School hosts talk on racial inequality at U.Va.

(01/30/19 4:03am)

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day last week, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy hosted a “Batten Hour” talk Monday afternoon on racial inequality at the University in which Latinx and black student leaders discussed their proposals on how to make the University a more inclusive place for multicultural students.

BOURNE: A school of data science at U.Va. — the right place at the right time

(01/29/19 4:51am)

As Clive Humby once said, “Data is the new oil. It’s valuable, but if unrefined it cannot really be used.” It is a well worn, but meaningful phrase. Data, when analyzed appropriately, may change the world as much as oil has done in ways both positive — the ability to travel, see and understand our world — and negative — global warming. To push the metaphor to its limits, the proposed School of Data Science at the University is a green refinery for the digital age, responsibly harnessing the power of data to make a positive difference in the world. The University’s Data Science Institute , now in its sixth year, has as its mantra data science for the public good. We are educating students to be leaders in this new economy, training them to be vigilant about how data can be misused and teaching them to ask questions about how to use it responsibly. This is a great start, but a new school puts it all on steroids. The School provides the necessary infrastructure for a large scale effort and expresses the importance that the University places on this emerging field and from which students will graduate to be leaders in the new economy. 

Listen loud to the Voices for Change

(01/31/19 2:16am)

The concept of mixing environmental justice and hip hop doesn’t necessarily strike as a likely marriage, but that isn’t how Vanessa Moses, fourth-year College student and head of Black Leaders for Environmental Sustainability, sees it. At an event hosted by U.Va. Sustainability and Nine Pillars Hip Hop Cultural Festival Jan. 25, Moses reckoned that Martin Luther King Jr. assisted in approaching environmental issues and the growing fight with climate change because of his continuous promotion of thinking in a new way. 

Weaving stories of family and hope

(01/31/19 2:11am)

Storytelling is an aspect of culture that is tied into nearly every form of contemporary media. Through books, movies, TV shows and everything in between, a vast array of stories are constantly being fed into the world. However, the power of stories is not limited to merely these mediums. In a studio in Juneau, Alaska, a different method of storytelling is taking place — one that has been passed down for generations through immensely talented indigenous artists. 

Three McIntire degree programs receive official ‘STEM’ designation

(01/31/19 4:35am)

After years of integrating STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — into its curriculum, the McIntire School of Commerce learned early this month that three of their degree programs — the B.S. in Commerce, M.S. in Commerce and M.S. in the Management of Information Technology — have been designated in the second week of January as official STEM degrees by the Department of Homeland Security. The designation offers new opportunities for international students who wish to work in the United States after graduation. 

‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ has the urgency of today

(01/29/19 2:24am)

Sharon Van Etten has built her career around the concept of the slow burn. This is exemplified in her previous album “Are We There,” an 11-track immersion into folk style, which solidified the singer-songwriter’s career — inoffensive rambling of guitar chords underneath Van Etten’s unmistakable, sultry croons. The album’s title, along with its black-and-white, blurry cover art of a contented car passenger, suggests that Van Etten wants to take listeners on a journey. The album succeeds in doing so, and beautifully, but ends as ambiguously as it began. It would be boring if it weren’t so lovely to listen to.

Forging a track home in the Big Apple

(01/30/19 3:14am)

As the train pulled away from the Providence station, I shifted back in my seat and popped in my headphones in hopes of a little shut-eye on the 10-hour train ride back to Charlottesville. I was drifting off into that subpar sleep of travel where the closest thing you can get to a nap is to close your eyes and drift off for a moment before your head slips from the window and begins to tilt forward. I was just raising myself back from one of these periodic jolts when an announcement over the loudspeaker caught my attention. 

‘Carmen Sandiego’ takes both a trip across the world and down memory lane

(01/29/19 2:05am)

“Carmen Sandiego,” the more story-based and cinematic reboot of the classic 1994 cartoon “Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?” sheds new light on the titular thief. In the new animated series, the backstory of both Carmen Sandiego (Gina Rodriguez) and V.I.L.E., Villains’ International League of Evil, is shown in great detail, giving the show a new story and a life of its own. However, viewers of the old show may find that although some aspects are the same, others have changed drastically.

UJC proposes constitutional amendments to modernize language, refine statute of limitations

(01/29/19 3:16am)

Seventeen representatives of the University Judiciary Committee approved amendments to its constitution, including proposals to modernize language and refine the statute of limitations for resubmission of complaints Sunday evening. The amendments will appear on the ballot of the upcoming University-wide election as referenda and will be voted on Feb. 26 through March 1.

Batten iLab program launches 23 startup companies in 2018

(01/31/19 2:00am)

Last year, iLab was able to launch 23 startups, such as Art for the Heart, DataClassroom and Minimally Invasive Spinal Technology. Founded in 2000, iLab is an initiative supported by the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation that provides financial and legal advice, as well as a workspace to support to young entrepreneurs within and beyond the Charlottesville community.  

SMITH: Mega-gifts threaten educational autonomy

(01/31/19 2:12am)

The School of Data Science represents a new chapter both for University and higher education at large. Endowed by the Quantitative Foundation’s $120 million gift, this sum marks the highest private gift ever given in the University’s history. While the announcement generated a considerable amount of buzz about U.Va.’s future educational landscape, the real issue lies in the University’s future with alumni giving. 

‘DNA’ proves Backstreet’s back, all right

(01/30/19 3:05am)

The Backstreet Boys are back at it again with their first Grammy nomination since 2002 and a jam-packed studio album showcasing their diverse musical range. According to a press release, the 2019 album, entitled “DNA”, incorporates “[the Backstreet Boys’] individual DNA profiles to see what crucial element each member represents in the group's DNA.” The group manages to pull off a risky concept as they combine an eclectic set of genres to elevate their 2000s sound to match the taste of millennials and generation Z-ers alike. 

Everything you need to know about the Corner Meal Plan

(01/31/19 1:45am)

By the end of first year, I knew I was done with University Dining forever. I simply couldn’t spend another year with the Newcomb salad bar or the O’Hill fries. I had heard about the Corner Meal Plan from a few people and know myself well enough to determine that I was going to be eating out more than cooking, so I bought the plan at the beginning of second year and haven’t looked back.

U.Va. mentors Nepali research teams and collaborates on pain-management app

(02/05/19 4:20am)

At the very start of the new year, a research team, made up of personnel from the University’s School of Nursing, the School of Medicine and the Center for Global Health, embarked on their first step towards two research goals — to develop a mobile app that healthcare providers can use to help manage cancer pain and to help strengthen and build research capacity in Nepal. 

HOPKINS: Democrats should let the primary process run its course

(02/01/19 3:15am)

In the past two weeks, the two women expected to dominate the Democratic primary for President announced their candidacies. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Kamala Harris (D-California) are taking the plunge and attempting to do what Hillary Clinton came so close to doing in 2016 — becoming the first woman elected President of the United States. 

Jewish Leadership Council hosts Holocaust survivor Roger Loria

(01/28/19 6:15am)

Members of the Jewish community at the University gathered Sunday afternoon to hear the story of Holocaust survivor Dr. Roger Loria. Loria, emeritus professor of microbiology and immunology at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine, spoke at the event sponsored by the Hillel Jewish Leadership Council in partnership with the Brody Jewish Center. 

BAKER: Virginia should reduce burdensome taxes on the poor

(01/31/19 1:54am)

At the beginning of this year, Arkansas lowered its state tax on groceries from 1.5 percent to 0.125 percent. A difference of 1.375 percent may seem inconsequential and barely noteworthy, but in Arkansas, the move to 0.125 percent marks the end of a 13 year long political process that started in 2006. On the campaign trail, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) vowed to incrementally lower the rate from 6 percent to 0.125 percent. Throughout Beebe's 8 years in office he continually fought to lower the tax rate, and the process was completed under his successor Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R). For lower income families in Virginia, that process never took place. Unfortunately, the Commonwealth of Virginia still unnecessarily taxes basic necessities such as food and water, requiring the most disadvantaged citizens to pay for a tax that raises little to no money.  

The ultimate showdown in the eyes of a first year: Croads vs. The Castle

(01/31/19 1:43am)

Let’s enter the mind of a naive first-year. Those 1 a.m. munchies hit. You’re sitting in your dorm room, but the warm, fluorescent glow from Crossroads innocently beckons you from the wallows of your books and piles of papers. It’s terribly hard to resist the temptation of half-defrosted chicken tenders accompanied by some packaged honey mustard, a good-old Chipotle wanna-be or the appealing visual of those worm-like noodles swimming in a bath of liquid before being transferred to your bowl of spaghetti.