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Time lost in William Wylie’s “Pompeii Archive”

(01/30/19 5:22am)

“This is one of my favorite pictures,” Prof. William Wylie said as he addressed the robust crowd, which had gathered at the Fralin Museum of Art to hear him speak about his new exhibition. The image, entitled “Plaster relief, Gymnasium C, Stabian Baths (VIII.1.8)” was taken by Wylie in 2015, several years into his photography fellowship at Pompeii. Wylie took the photo while the sun shone onto the relief, creating highlights on the intricate wall. “I loved the way … it felt buried, sort of like Pompeii was buried,” he said.

EDITORIAL: Allow more meal plan flexibility

(01/31/19 2:08am)

Among the many costs of attending the University, dining and meal plans are a major expense for students. If a student buys an All Access 7 Plan, for example, that student will pay at least $5,100 over the academic year in dining costs — to put that in perspective, that is over a third of the cost of tuition for an in-state student. Additionally, the full cost of food will likely be much higher since this plan does not cover any off-Grounds dining. Of course, many upperclassmen do not get the All Access 7 Plan and instead opt for a combination of a smaller meal plan and eating off-Grounds or in their apartments. If, for example, a student buys a Semester 80 Annual Plan, the student will pay $2,420 over the school year and will receive 80 meal swipes and $350 Plus Dollars per semester. Anything beyond that is up to the student to cover. 

Batten School hosts talk on racial inequality at U.Va.

(01/30/19 4:03am)

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day last week, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy hosted a “Batten Hour” talk Monday afternoon on racial inequality at the University in which Latinx and black student leaders discussed their proposals on how to make the University a more inclusive place for multicultural students.

BOURNE: A school of data science at U.Va. — the right place at the right time

(01/29/19 4:51am)

As Clive Humby once said, “Data is the new oil. It’s valuable, but if unrefined it cannot really be used.” It is a well worn, but meaningful phrase. Data, when analyzed appropriately, may change the world as much as oil has done in ways both positive — the ability to travel, see and understand our world — and negative — global warming. To push the metaphor to its limits, the proposed School of Data Science at the University is a green refinery for the digital age, responsibly harnessing the power of data to make a positive difference in the world. The University’s Data Science Institute , now in its sixth year, has as its mantra data science for the public good. We are educating students to be leaders in this new economy, training them to be vigilant about how data can be misused and teaching them to ask questions about how to use it responsibly. This is a great start, but a new school puts it all on steroids. The School provides the necessary infrastructure for a large scale effort and expresses the importance that the University places on this emerging field and from which students will graduate to be leaders in the new economy. 

Listen loud to the Voices for Change

(01/31/19 2:16am)

The concept of mixing environmental justice and hip hop doesn’t necessarily strike as a likely marriage, but that isn’t how Vanessa Moses, fourth-year College student and head of Black Leaders for Environmental Sustainability, sees it. At an event hosted by U.Va. Sustainability and Nine Pillars Hip Hop Cultural Festival Jan. 25, Moses reckoned that Martin Luther King Jr. assisted in approaching environmental issues and the growing fight with climate change because of his continuous promotion of thinking in a new way. 

Weaving stories of family and hope

(01/31/19 2:11am)

Storytelling is an aspect of culture that is tied into nearly every form of contemporary media. Through books, movies, TV shows and everything in between, a vast array of stories are constantly being fed into the world. However, the power of stories is not limited to merely these mediums. In a studio in Juneau, Alaska, a different method of storytelling is taking place — one that has been passed down for generations through immensely talented indigenous artists. 

Three McIntire degree programs receive official ‘STEM’ designation

(01/31/19 4:35am)

After years of integrating STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — into its curriculum, the McIntire School of Commerce learned early this month that three of their degree programs — the B.S. in Commerce, M.S. in Commerce and M.S. in the Management of Information Technology — have been designated in the second week of January as official STEM degrees by the Department of Homeland Security. The designation offers new opportunities for international students who wish to work in the United States after graduation. 

‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ has the urgency of today

(01/29/19 2:24am)

Sharon Van Etten has built her career around the concept of the slow burn. This is exemplified in her previous album “Are We There,” an 11-track immersion into folk style, which solidified the singer-songwriter’s career — inoffensive rambling of guitar chords underneath Van Etten’s unmistakable, sultry croons. The album’s title, along with its black-and-white, blurry cover art of a contented car passenger, suggests that Van Etten wants to take listeners on a journey. The album succeeds in doing so, and beautifully, but ends as ambiguously as it began. It would be boring if it weren’t so lovely to listen to.

Forging a track home in the Big Apple

(01/30/19 3:14am)

As the train pulled away from the Providence station, I shifted back in my seat and popped in my headphones in hopes of a little shut-eye on the 10-hour train ride back to Charlottesville. I was drifting off into that subpar sleep of travel where the closest thing you can get to a nap is to close your eyes and drift off for a moment before your head slips from the window and begins to tilt forward. I was just raising myself back from one of these periodic jolts when an announcement over the loudspeaker caught my attention. 

‘Carmen Sandiego’ takes both a trip across the world and down memory lane

(01/29/19 2:05am)

“Carmen Sandiego,” the more story-based and cinematic reboot of the classic 1994 cartoon “Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?” sheds new light on the titular thief. In the new animated series, the backstory of both Carmen Sandiego (Gina Rodriguez) and V.I.L.E., Villains’ International League of Evil, is shown in great detail, giving the show a new story and a life of its own. However, viewers of the old show may find that although some aspects are the same, others have changed drastically.

UJC proposes constitutional amendments to modernize language, refine statute of limitations

(01/29/19 3:16am)

Seventeen representatives of the University Judiciary Committee approved amendments to its constitution, including proposals to modernize language and refine the statute of limitations for resubmission of complaints Sunday evening. The amendments will appear on the ballot of the upcoming University-wide election as referenda and will be voted on Feb. 26 through March 1.

Batten iLab program launches 23 startup companies in 2018

(01/31/19 2:00am)

Last year, iLab was able to launch 23 startups, such as Art for the Heart, DataClassroom and Minimally Invasive Spinal Technology. Founded in 2000, iLab is an initiative supported by the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation that provides financial and legal advice, as well as a workspace to support to young entrepreneurs within and beyond the Charlottesville community.