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Government shutdown estimated to cost U.Va. $2 million, reimbursement expected

(02/01/19 2:18am)

The University spent approximately $2 million to pay for projects and salaries normally funded by the federal government in order to keep research running during the partial government shutdown, according to University Spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn. The 35 day government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, ended last Friday. 

Student Council passes resolutions in support of current Music Department grading system

(02/01/19 4:28am)

Student Council unanimously approved a resolution at its meeting Tuesday in opposition to a planned curriculum change in the Music Department that would no longer grade music ensemble courses, which have the course pneumonic MUBD, under the classic A through F letter-grade system in favor of a credit/no credit system. 

John Smoltz shares his wisdom with Virginia baseball team

(01/31/19 4:22am)

As a Hall of Fame former pitcher and current color commentator for Fox Sports, John Smoltz’s career is defined by its successes, not its failures. However, in his recent speech to the Virginia baseball team before the upcoming start to their season, Smoltz emphasized failure and the lessons it can teach, as well as the importance of character above individual success. 

FERGUSON: Lessons from Texas

(02/04/19 4:39am)

Virginia received good economic news from Old Dominion University’s 2018 “State of the Commonwealth” report. For the first time this decade, economic growth in Virginia will meet or surpass the national average, with federal tax cuts and spending contributing heavily towards such growth in tandem with private activity. However, the Commonwealth’s dependence on federal spending and contracts can hurt as much as it helps. Robert M. McNab, ODU economics professor and report director, argues that the growing federal deficit portends an uncertain future for government spending vital for economic sustainability. To safeguard against such uncertainty and extend economic opportunity to more Virginians, policymakers and business leaders should explore further avenues to diversify and grow the Commonwealth’s economy. Texas provides an example for Virginia to follow in transforming an underperforming economy into one of the nation’s most dynamic. 

Construction on Brandon Avenue apartments slightly behind schedule, will be ready for student move-in by early August

(01/31/19 1:47am)

Construction on the Brandon Avenue apartments — the University’s newest on-Grounds housing development slated to house over 500 undergraduates — has run slightly behind schedule in recent weeks but will be fully open for students by the time move-in occurs in early August. 

Time lost in William Wylie’s “Pompeii Archive”

(01/30/19 5:22am)

“This is one of my favorite pictures,” Prof. William Wylie said as he addressed the robust crowd, which had gathered at the Fralin Museum of Art to hear him speak about his new exhibition. The image, entitled “Plaster relief, Gymnasium C, Stabian Baths (VIII.1.8)” was taken by Wylie in 2015, several years into his photography fellowship at Pompeii. Wylie took the photo while the sun shone onto the relief, creating highlights on the intricate wall. “I loved the way … it felt buried, sort of like Pompeii was buried,” he said.

EDITORIAL: Allow more meal plan flexibility

(01/31/19 2:08am)

Among the many costs of attending the University, dining and meal plans are a major expense for students. If a student buys an All Access 7 Plan, for example, that student will pay at least $5,100 over the academic year in dining costs — to put that in perspective, that is over a third of the cost of tuition for an in-state student. Additionally, the full cost of food will likely be much higher since this plan does not cover any off-Grounds dining. Of course, many upperclassmen do not get the All Access 7 Plan and instead opt for a combination of a smaller meal plan and eating off-Grounds or in their apartments. If, for example, a student buys a Semester 80 Annual Plan, the student will pay $2,420 over the school year and will receive 80 meal swipes and $350 Plus Dollars per semester. Anything beyond that is up to the student to cover. 

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.