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As part of the University’s 10-year strategic plan designed to make U.Va. the best public university by 2030, the Board of Visitors is considering a proposal to require students to live on Grounds for their first two years. Currently, all first-year students and 36 percent of second-year students live in University housing.
The University released a public service announcement video last week urging students and fans to “keep the Good Ol’ Song good” by not adding homophobic words or profanity to the song’s lyrics. The video, which has generated over 86,500 views on Twitter, was broadcast to fans at the Cavaliers’ first home football game of the season on Saturday night.
The University’s Department of Media Studies hosted Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and former Commissioner and Acting Chair Michael Copps Tuesday evening in Minor Hall for a public discussion on topics in media policy, including rural broadband access, corporate consolidation and network neutrality.
For the first time in University history, students in the College will have the option to select two minor concentrations beginning this academic year. The College notified students of the change by email Tuesday morning — the first day of classes on Grounds.
When Nicole Leal, a fourth-year College student and president of DREAMers on Grounds, found out the University would start offering financial aid to in-state Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students this fall, she felt that the change “came out of nowhere.” According to Leal, ever since DREAMers on Grounds started at the University in fall 2015, one of the group’s main focuses has been advocating for undocumented students to matriculate financial aid at the University.
In the final days before the two-year anniversary of the deadly Unite the Right rally in downtown Charlottesville this weekend, City officials have announced that they anticipate more calm than last year.
Albemarle County police took into custody an armed man near a Fontaine Avenue parking lot threatening self-harm Wednesday morning. The man surrendered peacefully after talking to police for over an hour, and the incident was cleared with no injuries.
James A. Fields Jr., an avowed neo-Nazi who killed Heather Heyer and injured 35 other people when he rammed his car into a crowd of peaceful counterprotesters at the white supremacist rally in downtown Charlottesville nearly two years ago, was sentenced to life in prison Friday on federal hate crime charges.
The University announced Thursday that it has received an anonymous gift $4 million to support the Athletics Master Plan and a $1 million gift to the Student Health & Wellness Center.
University Hall, home of the University’s basketball programs from 1965-2006, was demolished Saturday morning as part of the ongoing athletics renovation project. Former Virginia All-American basketball player Ralph Sampson returned to Grounds to push the button for imploding the building known commonly as “Ralph’s House.”
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton visited the University on Thursday to address a packed audience in Old Cabell Hall on the state of democracy and the future of the American presidency. His self-written speech marked the conclusion of the three-day Presidential Ideas Festival, hosted by the University’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and the University’s Democracy Initiative as part of U.Va.’s Bicentennial founding celebration.
The University’s Miller Center of Public Affairs announced last week that it has begun conducting interviews with officials of the Barack Obama administration as part of its comprehensive oral history project of past U.S. presidencies. The project will focus on a variety of topics, including Obama’s transition to office, his response to the 2008 financial crisis and his role as the first African-American president in U.S. history.
Megabus.com, a discount bus service, announced that it will begin running buses from Charlottesville to Dulles International Airport beginning today. The company is offering low-cost fares, with special deals as low as $1 for those who meet fare restrictions. A bus ride from Charlottesville to Northern Virginia will typically cost $20 per person.
The University’s Medical Research Building 4 was evacuated Monday afternoon after a “suspicious package” was found near the lab’s loading dock around 1:45 p.m, according to a University-wide email alert issued to students. Nearly an hour later, the suspicious package was determined not to be a threat.
The Virginia men’s basketball team will not be celebrating its national championship with President Trump at the White House, per a statement from head coach Tony Bennett released Friday.
John Unsworth, the University’s Dean of Libraries and an English professor, sent an email to the University community Wednesday afternoon regarding the continuation of the Alderman Library renovations. The email stated that Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) recently approved construction funding without alteration, allowing the University to move forward with the renovation project.
Virginia Beach native and award-winning singer Pharrell Williams will be returning to Charlottesville next month as the keynote speaker at the University’s 190th Valedictory Exercises.
Virginia State Police are currently investigating an “unattended death” near John Paul Jones Arena, which was reported at approximately 11:59 a.m. Thursday to the University Police Department. The deceased male subject was found in a wooded area between JPJ Arena and the 500 block of Emmet Street.
Dean of Students Allen Groves announced in an University-wide email Wednesday that U.Va. will be hosting Final Four watch parties at the Aquatic & Fitness Center and McIntire Amphitheatre for Virginia’s semifinal game against Auburn Saturday at 6:09 p.m. The events will begin at 5 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public with free pizza and drinks available at the AFC and free soft drinks available at the Amphitheatre.
The University Office of Undergraduate Admission released its regular admissions decision offers for the Class of 2023 last Friday. The University’s acceptance rate was 23.8 percent, with 9,726 offers of admission from a record-breaking pool of 40,869 applicants. Last year, the University had an offer rate of 26.5 percent.