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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.

KUKOSKI: Tobacco purchase age of 21 puts a band-aid on larger issues

(01/28/19 2:48am)

From the cash crops of the early 17th century to packs of Marlboro cigarettes lining convenience store shelves today, tobacco has always been the backbone of the Virginian economy. Today, cigarettes are out and JUULs are in. JUULs are the latest form of electronic cigarettes, originally created to help smokers quit smoking. Shaped like a USB flash drive, JUULs appeal to youth with their slim appearance and abundance of flavor pods. These flavors range from tobacco to mint, capturing everything in between. The 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 3.6 million high schoolers use some form of electronic cigarettes, such as JUUL. However, what many high school JUUL users do not know is a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes. 

U.Va. accepts 26 percent of early action applicants for Class of 2023

(01/26/19 5:57pm)

The University Office of Undergraduate Admission released its early action offers for the Class of 2023 Friday. The University’s early acceptance rate was 26 percent, with 6,550 offers of admission from a pool of 25,126 early action applicants — the most in the University’s history. Last year, the University had an offer rate of 27.8 percent for early action applicants.

Renovations on Carr’s Hill estimated to cost over $10 million

(01/25/19 3:32am)

Carr’s Hill — historically the President’s residence — is currently undergoing renovation for the first time in 100 years and is predicted to cost $10 million. The cost of the renovations will be taken from institutional funds and deferred maintenance budgets. Deferred maintenance is maintenance that is, according to the University Budget Office, “deferred on a planned or unplanned basis to a future budget cycle, or postponed until funds are available.” 

PUBLIC EDITOR: Social Media should take on a greater role in Cavalier Daily staff’s online engagement

(01/28/19 2:43am)

As budding media professionals, student journalists often make a concerted effort to create an online persona to demonstrate their own abilities to engage with readers on multiple platforms. For example, during my time as News Editor of The Cavalier Daily two years ago, my co-editor and I required our writers to have a Twitter account to actively share their work and engage with other journalists. The Social Media team on the paper could take on the responsibility of providing more guidance to Cavalier Daily staff for the professional development of the paper at-large and the individual members. 

SIEGEL: Close economic loops to foster environmental sustainability

(01/30/19 3:10am)

When we talk about waste, the debate typically is centered on matters of trash on an individual level — how can we consume less within our households? How can we increase recycling participation? How can we minimize our use and disposal of plastics? These questions are crucial in sparking the conversation about waste and waste management. However, individual efforts to tackle this massive issue of environmentally destructive activities can only take us so far. We are using the wrong tactics as we wage this war on waste — individual action, though commendable and effective in the short-term, offers no sustainable hope for our future. Our “throw-away” society requires systemic change in order to upend the culture of waste that has been ingrained and perpetuated in our economic system.