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‘Heard It in a Past Life’ is familiar, yet divergent all the same

(01/25/19 12:35am)

Maggie Rogers’ highly anticipated debut album was released last Friday, packing a mix of original sound from tracks of her EPs — such as “Alaska” and “On + Off” — as well as new influences. The album is the kind that you would listen to while driving quickly down a dark road, or cutting your hair in a fit of self-discovery. This is an album meant to be listened to in order, as in many ways it is Rogers’ path towards stardom in a tight 45 minutes. It opens with “Give a Little,” saying “Maybe we can get to know each other” and travels through “[changing] overnight” in “Overnight” to fears, letdowns and resolution. The melodies are not necessarily revolutionary and are in some cases overproduced — see “Overnight” or “The Knife”— yet Rogers as a poetic lyricist warrants a deeper analysis.


Virginia women’s tennis alumna Danielle Collins heads to the Australian Open semifinals

(01/23/19 7:43am)

Just a year ago, Danielle Collins was playing in a WTA Oracle Challenger Series tournament in Newport Beach, having been eliminated in the third qualifying round of the Australian Open. Now, after a meteoric rise, the 25-year-old has a chance to become the first-ever Cavalier to play in a Grand Slam final. 


Toro y Moi takes the groove game

(01/25/19 12:50am)

The colorful image of feeling invincibly youthful on a dance floor in the seventies would perfectly capture the experience of listening to Chaz Bundick’s groovy new album “Outer Peace,” released Jan. 18 under his stage name Toro y Moi.  It smoothly transcends the confines of our present era’s sound and delves successfully into experimental production, taking its listener along for a ride through the ages. “Outer Peace” also serves to justly illustrate Bundick’s impressive evolution as an artist. While critics predicted a swift retreat from the R&B sound present in Bundick’s 2017 release titled “Boo Boo,” it is wildly apparent that he has built upon his previous sound rather than tossing it aside and returning to his ambient indie roots. “Outer Peace” encompasses a range of genres and sonic pleasures which differ just enough to be intoxicatingly complementary.


James Blake expands his color palette — finally

(01/23/19 5:06am)

Fans of James Blake subscribe to his icy, somber atmosphere and to the beauty within his sadness. On “Assume Form,” however, his sound doesn’t take a dramatic sonic left turn, but a wavering, warm light is breaking through his curtains. Blake’s previous studio album, “The Colour in Anything,” presented his typical themes of bleak isolation — the album cover is literally a drawing of Blake standing alone. But now, over 2 years later, James Blake turns his emotions blissfully outward — sheepish but hopeful. 



PASCIAK: The University should add gender-neutral bathrooms to first-year residence halls

(02/08/19 12:25am)

Nearly all of the University’s first-year dorms are separated by gender. Because of this separation, the transition into college can be made much more difficult for transgender and non-binary students. The University should add private, single-person, gender-neutral bathrooms into all first-year dorms in order to create a community of inclusivity and ensure that all students of the University feel safe and valid in their identity. 


‘In The Mindset of Martin’ embraces inclusivity through design

(01/23/19 3:15pm)

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday, the University’s School of Architecture is hosting “In the Mindset of Martin,” an exhibition in Campbell Hall showcasing the work of both graduate and undergraduate teams tasked with designing and building community spaces in the inclusive spirit of King. Before the exhibition opened, Arts and Entertainment sat down with Arthur Brown, fourth-year Architecture student and the president of the University’s National Organization of Minority Architecture Students chapter.


MCKELVEY: U.Va. must address expensive Charlottesville housing market

(01/24/19 2:30am)

The price of off-Grounds housing in Charlottesville is a large concern for students and Charlottesville residents alike. In fact, Charlottesville has one of the most expensive rental markets in Virginia, leading many to believe that the City is in the midst of its own housing crisis. Affordable housing in Charlottesville has become so scarce that there are nearly 1,600 people on waiting lists for rental assistance programs. This shortage makes it especially difficult for low-wage employees in the City to find cost-effective housing. While the City is able to intervene and help those in need of housing, the University must realize the impact of student housing on Charlottesville’s lack of affordable housing and take action. 



YOWELL: Students possess the power to make this community safe

(01/22/19 3:56am)

Charlottesville possesses an astounding amount of history. From the historic Downtown Mall to the various buildings around the University, members of the community have a glimpse into the past with every turn. However, this history is not always inviting. In fact, it is usually the opposite, as we are often times reminded of this history and its presence in our lives in the worst ways possible. 


Lawn resident’s Post-it Note decor adds color and positivity across Grounds

(01/24/19 2:58am)

Walking down the Lawn, it is not uncommon to see bright, artistic decorations adorning the doors of the University’s Lawn residents. One often sees flyers for upcoming a cappella concerts or advertisements for clubs to join. However, as anyone passing by can see, the door of Lawn room 10 is a bit different from all the others. Fourth-year Global Public Health student Dan Xia’s door is embellished with over 800 colorful sticky notes, each with a personalized message from strangers who pass his room.





During shutdown, Trump visited by ghosts of border wall past, present

(01/24/19 2:08am)

It was a dark and stormy night. One whose conditions practically elicited the visit of a very scary yet wise and well-meaning ghost. This night, however, was not typical by any means. Indeed, it was unique in that it was longer than any previous storm or night in U.S. history. The scene was bleak. White men were arguing. Government employees were on the brink of bankruptcy. And through all this carnage, Donald Trump peacefully slept, albeit with intermittent cries of “Give me my money Schumer! Pwease daddy pwease!”




Race, reconciliation and a community rising with support from one of Broadway’s biggest stars

(01/22/19 4:28am)

Leslie Odom Jr. was never a student at U.Va. — to commandeer a line from previous Speaker and University alumna Tina Fey’s movie “Mean Girls,” he didn’t even go here. And yet, his question-and-answer session with President Jim Ryan at John Paul Jones Arena, held on a rainy Saturday just hours after Odom and his team drove hours through the night to get to Charlottesville after a cancelled flight, felt deeply personal to Charlottesville, resonating with a community still trying to heal centuries-old wounds.