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The Prevention Working Group of the President’s Ad Hoc Group on University Climate and Culture held a town hall-style meeting Monday in which students, faculty and other University community members discussed ideas about how to prevent sexual violence on Grounds.
The Women’s Center kicked off Celebrate Every Body Week Monday. The week-long event includes a film screening, a jeans exchange and a free Zumba class.
The French department hosted a discussion Friday on the recent terrorist attacks in France featuring visiting lecturer Vincent Michelot. Titled “Je Suis Charlie: A Rorschach Test of the Republican Compact,” the talk attracted roughly 55 attendees and focused on the Charlie Hebdo attacks, its causes and implications.
The Virginia Transparency in Higher Education bill passed through the House Feb. 5 and was referred to the Senate Committee on Education and Health Feb. 6. The bill — introduced by Del. Timothy D. Hugo, R-Fairfax, on Jan. 14 — would require state colleges and universities to publish financial and academic institutional information in a more accessible format on their webpages to assist students and their families in the college decision-making process.
University student group Liberty in North Korea hosted an event Monday titled How to Stop Genocide in North Korea. Four North Korean refugees attended the meeting and spoke about their experiences living in and escaping from North Korea, as well as how to effect change among a totalitarian regime.
The number of participants in 2015 formal recruitment for both the Inter-Sorority Council and Inter-Fraternity Council’s spring rush saw an increase from last year.
The University Medical Center announced limits to patient visitation last Wednesday, citing an increase in flu cases.
The release of Rolling Stone’s article “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA,” published Nov. 19, shook the University community to its core. The article detailed the story of then-first year student Jackie, who was allegedly gang raped at a party at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in Sept. 2012. The article's author also criticized the University administration’s response to Jackie's and other sexual assault survivor's stories.
University President Teresa Sullivan addressed the University community Monday afternoon about how the administration plans to respond to rape, alcohol abuse, danger at fraternity parties and other key issues brought to light following the publication of a Rolling Stone article Nov. 19 which documented several rape allegations by University students. The conference was closed to media, but live-streamed on the University website.
Amid a sea of protests, University faculty have been active participants in the dialogue permeating Grounds which critically analyzes the University's culture and policies surrounding sexual assault. In addition to organizing a rally Saturday night on Beta Bridge, faculty from a swath of departments have issued statements and held discussions to help promote constructive change on Grounds, after a Rolling Stone article published last week thrust the University community into the national spotlight over the administration's handling of sexual assault cases.
Popular sports blog Streaking the Lawn released a new campaign Nov. 10 to raise money for the One Love Foundation through fan support for the men’s basketball team.
A collaborative effort between the University, charity organizations and research groups brought a swath of engaged professors, politicians and aid workers to Grounds last month for a panel to discuss the Islamic State, the violence the organization perpetrates against women and various strategies the international community can employ to alleviate the challenges victims face.
The University hosted the panel discussion “Responding to ISIS: Violence Against Women and Girls” Monday, discussing the violence of the self-styled Islamic State against women and girls and working to brainstorm solutions to address the trauma and ongoing tragedy faced by refugees.
Student group Action Against Ebola is hosting Ebola Awareness Week this week to raise funds for and student awareness of the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Attorney Michael Hallahan requested that Nelson County Commonwealth Attorney Anthony Martin re-examine DNA samples and social media activity from the Alexis Murphy missing persons case. The request comes in light of new evidence linking Jesse Matthew — a suspect being held on an abduction charge in the investigation of missing second-year College student Hannah Graham — with the case of Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student who went missing in 2009 and whose body was found in a farm in January 2010.
Students hope to soon officially launch a University chapter of Help Save the Next Girl, a national organization founded by Gil and Dan Harrington to raise awareness for missing persons and violence against women. They founded the organization in memory of their daughter, Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student who was abducted and killed in Charlottesville in 2009.
About 400,000 people marched to raise awareness about climate change in New York City Sunday in anticipation of the United Nations Climate Summit, which will begin Tuesday. Eighty University students attended the event, joining 230 other university students from across the commonwealth.
The Honor Committee launched a new process for evaluating prospective support officers Sunday. The new program will bring a University community member to interview candidates alongside two existing Honor members.
Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Charlottesville, visited the University Monday to discuss mental health care reform, emphasizing the efforts students can make to support their peers and their community in issues of mental health.