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Deeds and Toscano discuss upcoming legislative priorities, Medicaid expansion

(11/29/18 3:21am)

Charlottesville’s two representatives in the Virginia General Assembly — Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) and Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), the outgoing minority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates — held a joint town hall meeting Tuesday evening at Monticello High School to discuss the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session, which begins in January. The Democratic caucus in the legislature saw sweeping gains in the 2017 off-year elections, and Democrats are looking to flip the state house blue in the upcoming 2019 elections.


When it rains it pours: The compounding effects of climate change on Virginia wineries

(12/04/18 2:25pm)

While deadly wildfires rage in California and Hurricane Maria’s true death toll remains unknown, Central Virginia may seem far removed from the devastating impacts of climate change. Although the state has generally been insulated from highly publicized extreme weather events, small climatic shifts are creating significant problems for Virginia’s large agriculture industry. Vineyards, close to the hearts of many in Charlottesville, have been feeling the effects of climate change quite acutely this year. 


Ryan facilitates conversation on U.Va.’s goals, shortcomings at ‘Ours to Shape’ event

(11/28/18 3:05am)

The University hosted an “Ours to Shape” event with University President Jim Ryan Tuesday afternoon in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. The event, attended by approximately 120 faculty and students, provided a platform for members of the University community to discuss goals — including a focus on sustainability and community engagement — for the University in the context of Ryan’s “Ours to Shape” initiative. 



‘I Am Not A Witch’ is more than a coming-of-age story

(11/29/18 7:55pm)

Long, white ribbons are used as a visual symbol throughout Rungano Nyoni’s “I Am Not A Witch.” In the film, these ribbons tie women accused of being witches in one place, a representation of strictness towards women in Zambia, Nyoni’s birthplace and the setting of the movie. The image of these ribbons floating in the breeze is a striking, poetic image which in many ways ties Nyoni’s movie together, giving the story a key hallmark and revealing its main focus.


‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ and the power of revolutionary love

(11/29/18 1:07am)

“Beale Street…is synonymous with the blues,” Associate Professor Maurice Wallace said as he introduced “If Beale Street Could Talk” — director Barry Jenkins’ latest since winning the Best Picture Oscar for “Moonlight” in 2016 — to the eager audience. Based on James Baldwin’s fifth novel of the same name, “If Beale Street Could Talk” was presented by the Virginia Film Festival on its final day Nov. 4 as part of the “Race in America” series. 


No. 4 men’s basketball takes on No. 24 Maryland in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

(11/28/18 1:04am)

The No. 4 Virginia men’s basketball team is gearing up for its ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup against No. 24 Maryland Wednesday night. The challenge pits two of college basketball’s best conferences against each other, tallying the wins each conference racks up in the 14 games played. The Cavaliers (6-0) have not lost their individual game in the challenge since 2013. 





Thai Cuisine & Noodle House: A must-try spot for pho and noodles

(11/28/18 11:58pm)

As the cold, dull Virginia winter approaches, it always seems that coffee, soup and any warm, cozy foods taste exponentially better. I always find myself craving pho in the winter as a light and comforting option for lunch or dinner. Around the University, Kuma and Got Dumplings on the Corner are both popular and conveniently located options for ramen and pho bowls. I’ve tried many different spots around Charlottesville in search for the perfect pho, and I can confidently say Thai Cuisine & Noodle House is the best I have tried. 


Virginia sports have mastered the art of losing

(11/29/18 1:18am)

Just when it seems there’s no more losing to be done, the sports teams at the University find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. We’ve lost close ones, we’ve lost blowouts. We’ve lost as favorites, we’ve lost as underdogs. We are the Pablo Picasso of losing, constantly reinventing the form. Let’s look back at some of the most painful games from the last few years, shall we? This will be a fun and jazzy time for everyone!





Curry School considers changing name

(11/30/18 1:56am)

Curry School of Education and Human Development Dean Robert Pianta announced earlier this month that an Ad Hoc Committee on Naming will begin studying potential changes to the school’s name and one of its academic buildings, Ruffner Hall. Both Curry and Ruffner were defenders of slavery, calling into question the use of their names for academic schools and buildings. 



Empathetic, riveting heist thriller ‘Widows’ showcases the power of survival

(11/29/18 1:51am)

With a body of work centering on physical, psychological and self-inflicted suffering, filmmaker Steve McQueen’s sensibilities firmly align with the conventions and themes of arthouse, rather than commercial, cinema. That’s what makes his latest film, the moody heist thriller “Widows,” so appealing and confounding. McQueen imbues the inescapable, ultra-sleek heist genre with his signature edifying and forceful voice. The result is a rare type of commercial film, one that elevates its familiar material into an attuned exploration of survival and empathy.



Iron Paffles & Coffee: Waffles like you’ve never had them

(11/27/18 4:34am)

I tried my first Iron Paffle about a year ago, and I was pleased, but not impressed. The first paffle I tasted was savory with fried chicken, arugula, mac and cheese and aioli. The waffles themselves were good, but the filling left me wanting more in terms of flavor and texture. Based on my first encounter, I wouldn’t have chosen to return to Iron Paffles & Coffee myself.