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EDITORIAL: Jim Ryan was wrong to accept Northam’s appointment

(03/07/19 5:56am)

Nothing has defined contemporary Virginia politics quite like the events that have transpired over the past few weeks. At the beginning of February — which also was coincidentally black history month — racist photos emerged on Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D-Va.) page of his medical school yearbook depicting two men, one dressed in a Klan costume and another in blackface. The fallout from the picture and subsequent reaction by the Governor’s office deepened an already very serious political crisis and plunged the Democratic establishment in the Commonwealth into chaos. 



WAGENAAR: Remove the Whispering Wall

(03/07/19 2:13am)

Between Monroe Hall and Brown College there is a relatively inconspicuous curved wall and fountain — more known for its unique ability to carry whispers than for its tarnished history. The inscription on it reads “A MEMORIAL TO THE HONORABLE FRANK HUME — A DEVOTED VIRGINIAN WHO SERVED HIS NATIVE STATE IN CIVIL WAR AND LEGISLATIVE HALL.” With some deduction, one will soon realize that Hume fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.


Student Council President-elect Ellie Brasacchio appoints Chief of Cabinet for next term

(03/08/19 9:34pm)

Third-year College student and current Chair of the Representative Body Ellie Brasacchio announced the appointment of Ellen Yates to the position of chief of cabinet at Student Council’s general body meeting Tuesday. Yates is a second-year College student and the current Student Life Committee chair.




U.Va. Hospital expands eye clinic to address the needs of a growing population

(03/14/19 7:10pm)

In response to increased numbers in patient population and in groups of people at a higher risk for certain eye diseases — such as Hispanic and aging populations — the University Health System recently opened an expanded, comprehensive eye clinic at U.Va. Medical Park Northridge in Albemarle County Feb. 11. The expanded clinic includes nine additional clinic rooms and specialty care services, such as cornea and retinal care, along with treatments for cataracts and uveitis, a form of eye inflammation.


In ‘Leaving Neverland,’ unanswered questions of complicity

(03/11/19 3:04am)

Six months before child molestation allegations ravaged his career, Michael Jackson sat in a theater at Neverland Ranch — his residence in Santa Barbara County, California — for an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The event, watched by an estimated 90 million people, was a fluffy promotional vehicle for the music video of “Give In to Me,” a song from Jackson’s eighth studio album, “Dangerous.”


‘I’m Just Being Honest’: The new Weezer album is terrible

(03/06/19 2:20am)

Weezer released their latest musical endeavor Friday called the “Black Album,” their sixth color album and their 13th overall in the almost 25 years that they’ve been active. Known for the beachy alternative rock that brought them to stardom in 1994 with the “Blue Album” — produced under the same label as Nirvana — Weezer has long been the choice background music to many a summer night. At one time, they truly connected to the youth experience through hits like “Island In The Sun” and “Say It Ain’t So,” but be warned — don’t listen to the “Black Album” hoping to be swept away by the music and transported onto a 90s beach scene. In short, the “Black Album” is a failure. 


The week that was: A look at the standout performances

(03/06/19 2:14am)

As two seasons of sports continue at the University, students and fans can enjoy a sporting event nearly every day of the week. Several teams have been excelling, with men’s basketball continuing to dominate competition and men’s lacrosse picking up two dramatic overtime wins on the road in consecutive weeks. This week though, I decided to spotlight four individuals who have shined in their respective sports.


I’d really appreciate if Allen Groves or Jim Ryan could retweet this article or something because I could really use a win

(03/11/19 2:08am)

I’m going to put the funny business aside for a second and get serious with you all. I know that sounds ridiculous. After all, you came here — to the humor section — probably to forget about whatever’s going on in your life and just have a laugh. I get it. Heck, that’s why I write for the humor section. Everybody needs that every once in a while. But us humor writers have stuff going on, too. Sure, we put on our funny facades and our jokes, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our own problems. And where are we supposed to go when we need a break? Who’s writing the stuff to make us laugh?


Exploring the past and future of climate, culture with National Geographic

(03/06/19 6:04am)

National Geographic visited Grounds Friday and Saturday to offer workshops and lectures focused on scientific and cultural topics, environmental resilience and storytelling. These events gave students the opportunity to practice forming and sharing stories, as well as learn about the impacts of climate change.   



Track and field spotlight: Jordan Scott and Bridget Guy

(03/07/19 3:33am)

Junior Jordan Scott and senior Bridget Guy have been essential to the success of Virginia’s track and field program. Both Scott and Guy, along with junior transfer Brenton Foster, recently qualified for the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala. Both athletes have ambitious goals for their future, which they are positioned to achieve. Here is a glimpse into their backgrounds, track careers, interests and motivations, along with a review of their accomplishments thus far.


Formula one RuPaul drag racing

(03/06/19 1:56am)

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is back for an 11th season, and the series shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The show has moved past breaking into the mainstream — it has infiltrated popular culture in many ways, from season three queen Shangela snagging a role in “A Star is Born” (2018) to Valentina from season nine playing Angel Dumont in the Fox television production “Rent: Live” in late January. The show is helping to launch superstars in the making, all the while entertaining the masses. In the season 11 premiere on Feb. 28, Mother Ru continues to give viewers a number of reasons to keep tuning in. Yet despite seasons filled with gag-worthy looks, lip sync battles and juicy drama, the show needs some tweaking to prevent itself from becoming predictable.


EDITORIAL: Trump dishonors Otto Warmbier’s memory

(03/05/19 3:38am)

After meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week, President Donald Trump stated that he has decided to take Kim “at his word” when he claimed to not know about the regime’s premeditated torture and killing of Otto Warmbier. Trump felt the need to elaborate on Kim’s alleged remorse for Otto’s death, contending that Kim “felt badly about it.” Clearly an  unforgivable excuse for the indisputable murder of a 22-year-old American student, Kim must be held accountable for his clear knowledge of the incident at the time of its occurrence. The fact that our president has decided to believe a dictator rather than honor Warmbier's memory is deeply disrespectful and reasonably calls into question Trump's judgment.