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Darden hosts Alexis Ohanian and The New York Times for 'Innovate Like a Boss'

(04/21/19 11:43pm)

In 2017, The New York Times launched a live student series, “Get With the Times,” that brings students together to discuss challenges that are currently facing the world. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and start-up Initialized Capital and University alumnus, spoke at the Darden School of Business Wednesday night as part of this initiative at an event titled “Innovate like a Boss with Alexis Ohanian.”

Mental health advocacy organizations team up to host Mental Health on the Lawn event

(04/19/19 9:24pm)

Students stopped by South Lawn over the course of three hours Thursday afternoon to participate in a “Mental Health on the Lawn” event. Hosted by Madison House’s Help Line, If You’re Reading This and National Alliance on Mental Illness on Grounds — three student organizations dedicated to providing students with the resources and help they need for a wide variety of situations relating to mental health and mental illness — the event focused on promoting a healthy and transparent mental health culture on Grounds.

Student groups respond to ICE notification policy at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail

(04/18/19 4:22am)

In response to the upcoming Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Board meeting May 9, which will discuss Immigration and Customs Enforcement Policy at the jail, student groups such as DREAMers on Grounds, Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society and University Democrats have mobilized to raise awareness and rally against the jail’s ICE notification policy. 

Judah & the Lion at The Jefferson: Not a concert, but so much more

(04/19/19 12:47am)

Judah & the Lion visited Charlottesville Tuesday as the first stop of their “Pep Talks” tour. The unreleased songs of the album are set to drop May 3, so fans may have entered The Jefferson expecting — perhaps with some naivety — the usual concert format where old songs are performed in order to promote the new ones. Somewhere between The Jefferson requiring phones to be locked up and seeing absolutely no instruments on stage, though, it became clear this was something entirely different. 

EDITORIAL: Increase oversight of Opportunity Zones

(04/18/19 1:06am)

Governor Ralph Northam recently announced a new initiative that will include developing an online marketplace and providing tools and investment resources for the federal Opportunity Zones Program. This program, passed as part of President Donald Trump’s tax bill, seeks to provide tax incentives for companies to invest in projects located in economically disadvantaged locations — so called “Opportunity Zones” — to spur growth there. While this plan may be an important tool to economic revitalization, this can only be so if it is implemented in a way that curbs potential abuses.

Students discuss cultural homogeny, intersectionality during MRC and SHHO event

(04/18/19 5:07am)

Roughly 20 students met Tuesday night in the Multicultural Student Center for a public event titled “A Discussion on Homogeneous Spaces.” The discussion was organized by the Minority Rights Coalition and Student Hip-Hop Organization and led by second-year College student Alisha Kohli and third-year College student Camille Horton. 

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.