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James Fields sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years by state court

(20 hours ago)

A state court sentenced neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. to life in prison Monday, plus 419 years and $480,000 in fines due to Fields’ violent role in the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville in August 2017. Fields drove his car into counter-protestors who had been demonstrating in opposition to the white supremacist and neo-Nazi messages, killing 32-year-old Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer and injuring dozens others.

HESS: LGBTQ+ outreach on Grounds needs to improve

(07/12/19 8:48pm)

Every year, Pride month serves as a time to celebrate love and the LGBTQ+ community, but it also serves as an important time to highlight the problems impacting LGBTQ+ people everywhere, which we should strive to address all year round. This past semester, I came out to the world. I received an overwhelming amount of love and support from all those around me and I was excited to find my place within the U.Va. LGBTQ+ community, but I really did not know where to start — and I still do not. It is easy to find queer students that are present and proud, but organization across the University is hard to find.

What readers should know about tick-borne diseases in Charlottesville

(07/12/19 12:15pm)

For students, faculty members and residents, Charlottesville’s sunny summer days may offer the ideal opportunity to explore local trails or hike through Shenandoah National Park. But without proper precautions, bacterial infections acquired through tick bites can pose a serious health threat to those who spend time in woody or brushy areas. 

Class of 2023 remains academically strongest and most diverse class in University history

(07/05/19 10:33pm)

The 3,925 students enrolling in the Class of 2023 comprise the academically strongest and most diverse class in the history of the University, according to Dean of Admissions Gregory Roberts. Compared to the statistics from the Class of 2022, the new class features an increase in minority, first-generation and low-income populations. Though the school overenrolled above its target of 3,750, the incoming class fell one percent short of its in-state target, with 66 percent of students coming from the Commonwealth.

Becoming a Wahoo: What to expect at the University

(06/30/19 2:14pm)

High school graduates have maneuvered all the awkward, challenging or difficult phases that comprise high school. They have stood loud and proud, diploma in hand — evidence of the checkpoint pointing them to a collegiate adventure. They reveled in that moment, but now that Orientation has rudely snuck up on them, the questions come flooding and the worries emerge from dormancy. 

James A. Fields Jr. sentenced to life in prison for death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville car attack

(06/28/19 7:36pm)

James A. Fields Jr., an avowed neo-Nazi who killed Heather Heyer and injured 35 other people when he rammed his car into a crowd of peaceful counterprotesters at the white supremacist rally in downtown Charlottesville nearly two years ago, was sentenced to life in prison Friday on federal hate crime charges.

FAHLBERG: Stand apart from the mob

(07/05/19 10:50pm)

American universities have created a culture that silences controversial topics, shelters political groupthink in safe spaces and indoctrinates students with the notion that they’re the most special people on the planet. Thankfully, the University strives to be an exception to this trend in its commitment to free speech and heterogeneity of thought. Although the University strives to preserve intellectual diversity in the classroom, the rise of social media echo-chambers has created a culture in which students are afraid to stand apart from the mob in their day-to-day lives.

Crash course: Movies and music for real-life college prep

(06/29/19 2:06pm)

It’s July in Virginia. The air is thick with humidity and young people everywhere are deep in the trenches of summer, living in blissful ignorance of upcoming classes in the fall. Incoming first years bravely trek the aisles of Bed Bath and Beyond, searching for the perfect mattress cover and wondering if the special shower shoes are worth $19.99 when you can just buy $2 flip flops at Old Navy (they aren’t). But college prep is more than buying various home goods and worrying about not getting to take Spanish — in order to be ready for the first semester of college, incoming first years should take note of these cultural touchstones and the lessons that can be learned before starting a new phase of life. Start the media consumption now, before arriving on Grounds in August.    

ASCH: Use college as an opportunity to expand, not limit, your worldview

(06/29/19 2:39pm)

Last year when I wrote a column for this same issue, I provided incoming first years with practical advice on the best way to sign up for courses. And while I still think that the class sign up process is unnecessarily difficult and convoluted, going into my fourth year has provided me with a different perspective of the kind of advice I think would be the most useful — use college to challenge yourself and your worldview. 

Five tips for studying at U.Va.

(07/12/19 8:44pm)

When transitioning from high school to college, many students find themselves stunned when they encounter huge lectures, 10-page research papers, four exams in a given week and only eight hours of available study time at the end of every class day. To manage the often overwhelming adjustment to studying at the college level, University students provided a few suggestions.

What to expect in Virginia sports in 2019-20

(07/05/19 10:41pm)

After success in multiple sports and two national championships this year — in men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse — Virginia has clinched the Capital One Cup in men’s athletics, an honor awarded to the school that achieves the highest level of success across multiple sports. 2018-19 was a successful campaign for Virginia athletics, and sports teams will look to replicate that success in the upcoming year.