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Race, reconciliation and a community rising with support from one of Broadway’s biggest stars

(01/22/19 4:28am)

Leslie Odom Jr. was never a student at U.Va. — to commandeer a line from previous Speaker and University alumna Tina Fey’s movie “Mean Girls,” he didn’t even go here. And yet, his question-and-answer session with President Jim Ryan at John Paul Jones Arena, held on a rainy Saturday just hours after Odom and his team drove hours through the night to get to Charlottesville after a cancelled flight, felt deeply personal to Charlottesville, resonating with a community still trying to heal centuries-old wounds.




No. 14 men’s and No. 11 women’s squash leave Annapolis victorious against Williams College

(01/21/19 4:23am)

After a winter hiatus, Virginia squash headed to Annapolis, Md., this past weekend for matches against Williams College and Dickinson College. However, due to a winter storm, the matches against Dickinson College were canceled and will not be rescheduled. 


Virginia track and field competes at Keydet Invitational

(01/21/19 4:36am)

The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams competed this past Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, in the Keydet Invitational at the Corps Physical Training Facility in Lexington, Va. Both squads returned to action after opening the season last weekend at the Nittany Lion Challenge. The two-day meet consisted of Virginia in competition with 22 programs, including six student-athletes that place in the top 25 nationally in an event. Facing their first real test of the season, the Cavaliers responded by setting four facility records along with a multitude of PRs and first-place finishes.





U.Va. receives historic $120 million gift to establish new School of Data Science

(01/18/19 6:23pm)

The Quantitative Foundation, led by local hedge fund magnate Jaffray Woodriff, has pledged $120 million to establish the University’s first School of Data Science, breaking a record to become the largest private gift in the University’s 200-year history. University President Jim Ryan formally announced its plan for the new school at a ceremony in the Rotunda Friday morning.




FERGUSON: Foster better community-police relationships

(01/18/19 9:06pm)

The Daily Progress published an article last December detailing the fractured relationship between Charlottesville residents and the city’s police department, among other issues facing local law enforcement. According to the report, police officers are leaving the department at increased rates, and its leadership is having difficulty hiring new officers to fill vacant positions. In exit interviews, former officers often cite hostility from Charlottesville residents and non-competitive pay as reasons for their departure, in addition to others factors such as the lack of affordable housing in the area. Such conditions pose a threat to public safety in Charlottesville, and city officials should work with residents and officers to address these challenges — with particular focus on fostering better relations between the the police and Charlottesville community members.




Medical social workers provide support and guidance throughout patient recovery

(01/24/19 3:05am)

Helping individual patients with health crises, learning about the constantly changing field of healthcare and being with patients' families in times of emotional stress are a few reasons why University Health System medical social worker supervisors Chris Popish and Lisa Repaske are drawn to their work. Popish, Repaske, and medical social worker Fayola Kojo recently spoke to The Cavalier Daily about social work — or aiding clients who have social or psychological concerns —  and its current role in patient recovery. Medical social workers perform a wide variety of tasks, including connecting patients with social resources, communicating with the patient’s family members and offering counseling. 


Virginia vs. Duke — a breakdown

(01/18/19 2:06am)

After a decisive 81-59 win against No. 9 Virginia Tech (14-2, 3-1 ACC), the No. 4 Virginia men’s basketball team (16-0, 4-0 ACC) is set to play No. 1 Duke (15-1, 4-1 ACC) Saturday. All eyes will be on the most anticipated college basketball clash of the season between two ACC powerhouses. ESPN’s CollegeGameday is making the trip to Durham, N.C., where thousands of Blue Devil faithful will be camping out to get into Cameron Indoor Stadium. It is a matchup between two of college basketball’s greatest coaches — Tony Bennett and Mike Krzyzewski. Bennett’s lethally consistent packline defense and mover-blocker offense is pitted against the winningest coach in college basketball history, with perhaps the best freshman class in college basketball history. Freshman forwards R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson, both averaging over 20 points per game, are set to face the supremely talented Cavaliers’ big three junior guards Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome and redshirt sophomore forward De’Andre Hunter. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. from Cameron Indoor.


FAHLBERG: Don’t let Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Nordic Socialism’ fool you

(01/18/19 3:15am)

Ever since her defeat of former Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) last June, 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — the youngest congresswoman to take office in American history — has made it her goal to normalize the term “democratic socialism” within American political debate. Her platform carries a Green New Deal, a Medicare-for-All proposal and a guaranteed job plan for all Americans to be paid for by her proposed 70 percent marginal tax rate, among other tax increase proposals. In defense of these radical ideas, Ocasio-Cortez has consistently referred to Nordic countries as successful democratic socialist models which the U.S. should seek to emulate. But before progressive voters jump on board with Ocasio-Cortez’ socialist utopia, it’s important for them to take a deeper look into what her so-called “democratic socialism” actually entails.