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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.

Creating history: The Latinx community hosts first Latinx Alumni Weekend

(04/16/19 1:44am)

This past weekend, the Latinx community on Grounds made history by hosting the very first Latinx Alumni Weekend. Although they are only six percent of the University population, Latinx students are setting their minds on a bigger future. This is a foundational step to mobilize and build a larger system connecting students, alumni and community members.

YOWELL: Stop anti-abortion bills in their tracks

(04/19/19 1:58am)

The Supreme Court, in 1973, upheld a woman’s right to terminate pregnancies in the first trimester — weeks 1 to 12 — and deferred power back to the states regarding the legality of abortions in the second and third trimesters. This landmark decision in Roe v. Wade protected women against the criminalization of abortions based on their constitutional right to privacy. However, many legislators are currently trying to challenge that decision with the introduction of new abortion bills across much of the southern region of the United States. Several of these bills are referred to as “heartbeat bills,” meaning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat — which happens around six weeks — are illegal in most cases. Yet, some states are going as far as considering to criminalize abortions, threatening jail time and the death penalty to women seeking to terminate their pregnancies. The unnecessary restriction of abortions is interfering with a woman’s fundamental right to privacy, established in Roe v. Wade, and with her natural right to autonomy as a human being.

The secret life of a closeted stan

(04/19/19 1:47am)

I’d like to ask, just for a moment, for you to put yourself in my shoes. I’m standing in line, waiting to order food, when I overhear two girls having a conversation about a thing that they’re a fan of. I, myself, similarly really like this thing — almost a little too much. That’s how I caught their casual reference at all. But the thing about the nature of this thing — and it is quite the thing —  is that I would never, ever admit or bring up casually that I’m a fan of it. Hard cut to me, standing in line at Chick-fil-A, feeling like the innermost crevice of my soul has just been pantsed, simultaneously judging them for being so forward with their fangirling, and at the same time achingly wishing I had the guts to be as secure in my interests as they are. 

Trinity Irish Pub asked people to pay a $75 cover fee to watch the championship game there

(04/18/19 2:58am)

As you all know, the Hoos won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship last weekend. The whole affair was a tremendous showing of athleticism — both on behalf of the players themselves and the students who stormed the streets. Palm to Psalms, I saw a man pick up a full trash can and just throw it. That thing probably weighed about as much as a whole person, and he yanked that puppy up like it was nothing. 

PASCIAK: Joe Biden is not the Democrat’s best choice for 2020

(04/16/19 1:38am)

With the 2020 primaries only a year away, Democratic politicians have started to declare their presidential runs. Presently, the Democratic Party already has 18 candidates vying for the nomination, with more still possibly announcing. One potential candidate is none other than former Vice President Joe Biden, the former vice president under President Barack Obama for eight years. Even before announcing any official candidacy, nearly every poll has Biden at the top spot of the Democratic primaries, and even have him defeating President Donald Trump in the general election if it were between those two. Despite presently looking like one of the Democratic Party’s top choices to beat Trump, Democrats should not let Biden’s perceived chances cloud their vision. Biden is not the right choice for Democrats should in this upcoming election.