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Hazing complaint reveals new alleged details about sorority suspended by U.Va.

(01/24/19 3:53am)

The University suspended Latina sorority Sigma Lambda Upsilon last March for allegedly violating the University’s hazing policy after a new member complained to a professor about pledging for the sorority while a student in their class. Nearly one year later, the organization remains suspended by the University. 

Student advocacy groups respond to efforts of President Ryan’s working group

(01/24/19 4:06am)

The arrival of University President Jim Ryan on Grounds last August brought a number of initiatives to the University community, ranging from early morning runs throughout Grounds to a promise during his inauguration on Oct. 19 that in-state students from families with annual incomes under $80,000 would be able to attend the University tuition-free. 

EDITORIAL: Support inclusionary zoning in Charlottesville

(01/24/19 2:17am)

Each year, the Charlottesville City Council sends its legislative wish list to the General Assembly for consideration. Virginia is a Dillon Rule state, meaning localities like Charlottesville must ask the state for authority to enact certain policies, such as regulations on the use of guns and torches in public spaces. Since this restriction makes it difficult for localities to independently tackle local problems without state approval, the rule has also restricted the number of tools available at the City of Charlottesville’s disposal to effectively address the affordable housing crisis. 

Hulu outdoes Netflix in Fyre Festival faceoff

(01/28/19 1:34am)

Both Netflix and Hulu produced documentaries on the disaster that was Fyre Festival, and both films make for entertaining viewing because everyone involved in the situation was, quite frankly, the worst. Top of the list, of course, is Billy McFarland, the man behind the con — a career grifter whose most ambitious, most brazen, most successful and most harmful scam was the Fyre Festival itself. But, as both documentaries note, one of the main reasons Fyre Festival became such a social media sensation at the time was because it was kind of fun to see the mostly rich, mostly white, extremely obnoxious “influencers” who’d bought tickets to the festival panic as they realized there was no festival, much less food and shelter, on the island. 

Miller Center hosts ‘Race in the Decade since Obama’ event as part of MLK celebration

(01/23/19 6:51am)

As part of the University’s 2019 Community MLK Celebration, the University’s Miller Center of Public Affairs hosted a panel Tuesday afternoon in Newcomb Theater entitled “Race in the Decade since Obama,” which focused on how race relations in United States have changed in the ten years since Obama took office. Melody Barnes — an assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council during the Obama administration — moderated the event. The New York Times’ Lauretta Charlton and Kevin Gaines, Julian Bond prof. of Civil Rights and Social Justice, served as panelists.

U.Va. to enforce new electric scooter policy to limit safety concerns

(01/29/19 3:14am)

From the introduction of 200 Lime electric scooters to Charlottesville in November 2018 to the addition of 100 more Bird electric scooters this January, the University and City of Charlottesville are embracing the e-scooter trend. However, concerns among University officials remain regarding the safety of e-scooters on Grounds.

LAWSON: Lessons from the Covington Catholic Incident

(01/24/19 5:33am)

Like most Twitter users, I spent the greater part of this past Saturday and Sunday in a fit of rage over a picture. The photograph — captured at last weekend’s protests in Washington D.C. — featured a smug, MAGA-hat sporting, white male teen lording over an elderly Native American activist, Nathan Phillips. Viral video clips and subsequent “tell-alls” from Phillips, released initially by the Detroit Free Press and The Washington Post, supported and fueled the storm of indignation. The general Twitter sentiment and accompanying media frenzy was correct — the Covington Catholic incident is emblematic of a larger societal ill. However, rather than symbolizing the threat of white supremacy to historically oppressed minorities, the faceoff and elicited reactions illustrate the ever-blurring lines between fact and fiction and an attempt to desperately convince the public of a larger narrative — often at the expense of accuracy and journalistic integrity. 

WARTEL: Ocasio Cortez’s Green New Deal proposal is the perfect remedy to the right-wing

(01/25/19 2:54am)

Having defeated Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking member of the House Democrats in June, Bronx-native and democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched into the national limelight as a de facto agenda setter of the Democratic Party. Among her first political crusades is demanding a necessary response to impending climate disaster. A recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report suggested we have about 12 years to stave off man-made climate catastrophe, a feat which would potentially require a massive overhauling of the American economy. Thankfully, Ocasio-Cortez seems to be approaching a viable solution. 

‘Heard It in a Past Life’ is familiar, yet divergent all the same

(01/25/19 12:35am)

Maggie Rogers’ highly anticipated debut album was released last Friday, packing a mix of original sound from tracks of her EPs — such as “Alaska” and “On + Off” — as well as new influences. The album is the kind that you would listen to while driving quickly down a dark road, or cutting your hair in a fit of self-discovery. This is an album meant to be listened to in order, as in many ways it is Rogers’ path towards stardom in a tight 45 minutes. It opens with “Give a Little,” saying “Maybe we can get to know each other” and travels through “[changing] overnight” in “Overnight” to fears, letdowns and resolution. The melodies are not necessarily revolutionary and are in some cases overproduced — see “Overnight” or “The Knife”— yet Rogers as a poetic lyricist warrants a deeper analysis.

Virginia women’s tennis alumna Danielle Collins heads to the Australian Open semifinals

(01/23/19 7:43am)

Just a year ago, Danielle Collins was playing in a WTA Oracle Challenger Series tournament in Newport Beach, having been eliminated in the third qualifying round of the Australian Open. Now, after a meteoric rise, the 25-year-old has a chance to become the first-ever Cavalier to play in a Grand Slam final. 

Toro y Moi takes the groove game

(01/25/19 12:50am)

The colorful image of feeling invincibly youthful on a dance floor in the seventies would perfectly capture the experience of listening to Chaz Bundick’s groovy new album “Outer Peace,” released Jan. 18 under his stage name Toro y Moi.  It smoothly transcends the confines of our present era’s sound and delves successfully into experimental production, taking its listener along for a ride through the ages. “Outer Peace” also serves to justly illustrate Bundick’s impressive evolution as an artist. While critics predicted a swift retreat from the R&B sound present in Bundick’s 2017 release titled “Boo Boo,” it is wildly apparent that he has built upon his previous sound rather than tossing it aside and returning to his ambient indie roots. “Outer Peace” encompasses a range of genres and sonic pleasures which differ just enough to be intoxicatingly complementary.

James Blake expands his color palette — finally

(01/23/19 5:06am)

Fans of James Blake subscribe to his icy, somber atmosphere and to the beauty within his sadness. On “Assume Form,” however, his sound doesn’t take a dramatic sonic left turn, but a wavering, warm light is breaking through his curtains. Blake’s previous studio album, “The Colour in Anything,” presented his typical themes of bleak isolation — the album cover is literally a drawing of Blake standing alone. But now, over 2 years later, James Blake turns his emotions blissfully outward — sheepish but hopeful. 

PASCIAK: The University should add gender-neutral bathrooms to first-year residence halls

(02/08/19 12:25am)

Nearly all of the University’s first-year dorms are separated by gender. Because of this separation, the transition into college can be made much more difficult for transgender and non-binary students. The University should add private, single-person, gender-neutral bathrooms into all first-year dorms in order to create a community of inclusivity and ensure that all students of the University feel safe and valid in their identity. 

‘In The Mindset of Martin’ embraces inclusivity through design

(01/23/19 3:15pm)

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday, the University’s School of Architecture is hosting “In the Mindset of Martin,” an exhibition in Campbell Hall showcasing the work of both graduate and undergraduate teams tasked with designing and building community spaces in the inclusive spirit of King. Before the exhibition opened, Arts and Entertainment sat down with Arthur Brown, fourth-year Architecture student and the president of the University’s National Organization of Minority Architecture Students chapter.