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University Democrats host presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke

(04/17/19 4:38pm)

The University Democrats hosted Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke for a meet and greet in Nau Hall Tuesday evening. O’Rourke spoke twice — once to about 250 University students and community members in Nau Hall’s auditorium and afterward to hundreds more people tightly packed throughout the building’s three story atrium. According to University Democrats President and third-year College student Jackson Samples, Nau Hall was the only available space on Grounds for the event to occur. 

Student Council passes bill to create ad hoc committee to examine the history of monuments, buildings and historical areas on grounds

(04/19/19 1:52am)

Student Council passed a bill during their general body meeting Tuesday evening to create an ad hoc committee on “Renaming, Recontextualizing, and Removal.” According to the bill, the committee will be responsible for “examining the history of various monuments, buildings, and historical areas on grounds, conducting interviews with stakeholders and historical experts, and creating a final report on what actions are recommended regarding each area of interest.” 

MCKELVEY: U.Va. needs to protect Federal Work Study

(04/18/19 3:15am)

In late March, Secretary of Education Betsy Devos went before Congress to defend the Education Department’s new spending proposal. While the proposal includes cuts to a number of departments, culminating in a $7.1 billion slash in spending, the Federal Work Study program may see only half the funds it has recieved in the past. The 2018 Education budget allotted $1.13 billion for the program, while the 2019 budget aims to reduce the funding to only $500 million by the year 2020. 

U.Va alumna creates online petition calling for men’s basketball team to not visit the White House

(04/16/19 1:56am)

Following Virginia’s men’s basketball national championship win over Texas Tech, an online petition was created by University alumna Lacey Kohlmoos, who graduated from the College in 2005, urging the team to forgo an invite to join President Donald Trump in a celebration at the White House. 

Fifth annual Ladies in the Lab event encourages young women to enter STEM fields

(04/17/19 2:58am)

The fizzing pop of bottle rockets and whirring of 3D printers sounded in Thornton Hall’s Darden Court Sunday afternoon, marking the fifth annual Ladies in the Lab event. Hosted by Alpha Omega Epsilon, an engineering sorority at the University, this event featured STEM-related and interactive exhibits from organizations both on and off Grounds, such as Women in Computing Sciences and NASA. The target audience and invitees for the event were high school and middle school girls — mostly from Northern Virginia and the Charlottesville area. Around 65 young women attended the event. 

KIMELMAN: Trump’s focus on higher education is promising

(04/22/19 12:00am)

In both the 2016 general election and in the first two years of the Trump Administration, higher education policy regarding important issues such as upholding free speech and reducing student debt have largely taken a back seat to more controversial topics, such as immigration or healthcare. Following the 2018 midterm elections, the president is now bringing higher education to the main stage through public speeches, executive orders and recently proposed legislation. 

The healthy replacement for morning coffee — and it’s not tea

(04/18/19 1:08am)

There are many things you expect to happen once you get to college. I heard rumors that college would mean ramen noodles and the beginning of a coffee addiction. I was also led to believe that I would instantly find a big group of friends, a major and never miss my parents. Few of those things actually played out as imagined. One of those few? The coffee addiction. Although I still don’t drink coffee, I know far too many people whose lives have been taken over by this caffeinated beverage. 

NICU Reading Garden to help mothers with postpartum depression, infant development

(04/18/19 2:50am)

Based on new research conducted by Susan Almarode, neonatal nurse practitioner at the University Health System, something as inexpensive as reading can decrease postpartum depression for mothers with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Almarode created and piloted a program known as the NICU Reading Garden in an effort to promote maternal and infant wellbeing and bonding.

A comedic sense of community in ‘Scared Scriptless’

(04/18/19 2:59am)

Avid fans of improv comedy and viewers of The CW Television Network that stick around past 9 p.m. on Monday nights are likely familiar with the antics of Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and a rotating fourth player on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” a revival of the 1990s comedy television show “where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter.” Mochrie was accompanied by fellow comedian Brad Sherwood at the Paramount Theater on April 13 for the duo’s “Scared Scriptless” Tour, a headlining event at this year’s Tom Tom Festival. 

Curry School implements computer science into local elementary school classrooms

(04/18/19 2:57am)

Educational curriculums nationwide are beginning to incorporate computer science into classrooms due to its prevalence across various career disciplines. Recognizing this growth, Curry School Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Chiu and her teammates — including Assoc. Profs. Sarah Fick and Leidy Klotz — sought to integrate computer science into the fifth grade classrooms of Walker Upper Elementary School with funding from the National Science Foundation.