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“Renewing the American Dream” panelists discuss equity, expanding opportunity in Charlottesville

(01/20/20 5:59am)

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies hosted an event at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Thursday to discuss how to expand opportunities to lower income individuals and communities and stress the importance of accessibility in post-secondary education. 

BATSUKH: America needs a free trade party

(01/20/20 6:21am)

Since Adam Smith wrote “Wealth of Nations,” opponents of freer trade from both sides of the political spectrum have rushed out of the woodworks to justify protectionist arguments. America’s history and affiliation with free trade has been a staple of our prosperity and innovation since World War II. One of the most important roles of the federal government — embedded in the very fabric of our nation — is to regulate (read: standardize) interstate commerce, effectively acting as a guarantor of interstate free trade. America was built on the ability to trade with people across borders, from farmers in the western territories to industrialists in the north and further overseas to Europe. On the other side of the coin, much of America’s success in expanding industrial capacity during the late 19th century can be attributed to a friendliness to foreign capital. Free trade has been essential to the health of the American — and world — economy. The Great Depression can be attributed to the anticipated passage of the Smoot-Hawley tariff of the 1930s. The tremendous growth of the American economy through the second half of the 20th century was also founded upon the international free trade system established by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Likewise, the European Union, which establishes a uniform and liberal set of trade regulations for member states, has been shown to drastically increase per-capita gross domestic product upon accession. 

STEWART: Housing and Residence Life’s self-serving motives sacrifice staffers’ welfare

(01/16/20 8:55pm)

U.Va.’s Housing and Residence Life is often regarded as an elite organization with “well over 400 [resident advisor] applications” for “upwards of 240 students” to be selected. As someone who has been a resident advisor the past five semesters, I intimately understand the system. I also understand where the system fails and how it failed me when I was removed from the RA position by HRL this past semester.

SHRESTHA: Avoid the Chickenhawk argument

(01/17/20 5:00pm)

In the wake of the airstrike of Qasem Soleimani in early January, I am dismayed to see so many of my peers use the chickenhawk argument. According to Merriam-Webster, this term describes a person who “strongly supports or promotes warlike policies, but who has never served in the military.” People who support the airstrike are regarded as wanting another Middle Eastern war and are told to go and enlist to defend their position. Others say that politicians should volunteer their own sons and daughters before supporting a hawkish position. This concept is not new. In 2005, Christopher Hitchens, while defending the Iraq war, was shouted down by his opponent as being “ready to fight to the last drop… of other people’s blood.” It is a time-tested ad hominem attack that hinges on the belief that only the people who personally bear the consequences of war understand its true costs and are therefore the only ones qualified to decide if a foreign entanglement is worth it.

Preview of men’s basketball at No. 9 Florida State

(01/15/20 7:22pm)

For the first time since the 2016-17 season, Virginia dropped two straight games this past week, falling to ACC foes Boston College and Syracuse. Nevertheless, the unforgiving nature of the ACC schedule now pits the Cavaliers (11-4, 3-2 ACC) against No. 9 Florida State Wednesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles (14-2, 4-1 ACC) have been outstanding this season, rattling off seven straight wins including a resounding 78-65 victory over then-No. 10 Louisville. 

Tenure demographics reflect slight increase for faculty diversity at U.Va.

(01/29/20 9:01pm)

New 2019 data reveals that the representation of women and people of color on the tenure-track at the University has not increased to the same degree as diversity within academic general faculty. The University began hiring more non-tenure-track faculty in 2015 to accommodate the variety of courses being offered and cut costs on faculty compensation. This ongoing, nationwide reliance on general and adjunct faculty members has limited the growth of tenure and tenure-track faculty. 

‘Rare’ is a fresh take on pop music

(01/16/20 7:21pm)

On the opening track of her second solo album back in 2015, “Revival,” Selena Gomez speaks the lines, “I dive into the future / But I’m blinded by the sun / I’m reborn in every moment / So who knows what I’ll become.” Almost five years later, with the release of her album “Rare” on Jan. 10, it is clear what Gomez has become — a genuine artist. Long gone are the generic pop songs of her first two albums, 2013’s “Stars Dance” and “Revival.” Now, her lyrics are honest and her production original and cohesive. On “Rare,” the singer is resilient, self-assured and confident. 

Ten TV and film podcasts to listen to instead of political commentary

(01/17/20 6:31am)

Whether you are a film enthusiast or a commuter who has had to swear off news and political podcasts for the good of your mental health, entertainment podcasts are a way to consume engaging content while learning about a wild industry. The best part about entertainment podcasts is that you can easily curate what you listen to based on the type of media that most interests you. Here are some options that range from educational to humorous commentary.

No. 22 wrestling finishes second at the Virginia Duals

(01/15/20 7:23pm)

After returning from a brief winter break, No. 22 wrestling placed second at the 40th edition of the Virginia Duals. Held in the Hampton Coliseum, the Duals are one of the most coveted tournaments in the state of Virginia for both high school and collegiate level wrestlers. Notably, this marks the second year in a row that Virginia finished as the runner up at the Virginia Duals. 

EDITORIAL: Tuition will continue to rise if the General Assembly doesn’t act

(01/15/20 7:25pm)

The Board of Visitors approved a 3.6 percent tuition hike last month which will affect students entering and continuing studies next fall in the School of Architecture, College of Arts & Sciences, the McIntire School of Commerce and the Curry School of Education and Human Development. Students entering the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Nursing next fall will be charged between $1,000 and $2,000 more than students who are already enrolled in these schools following several financial plans approved by the Board in December 2017. 

ERIKSSON VON ALLMEN: I worry about the future of U.Va. athletics

(01/22/20 10:30pm)

On April 1, 2019, the University embarked on the first phase of its athletics master plan — a $180 million project to upgrade athletic complexes, including the construction of a football operations center, an olympic sports center and three natural grass practice fields. When first hearing about the master plan, I was shocked at the sheer amount of money being poured in to support 750 student-athletes, who represent less than four percent of the student body. The fact that this project is completely funded by donor contributions shows just how dedicated our Cavalier fans are and just how much we consider sports to be a central part of the University experience. "The facilities master plan is our path forward" athletics director Carla Williams said. It seems that the master plan represents a part of a larger transformation of the University’s sports programs — and it worries me. Time and time again, we see that NCAA sports and college academics don’t work well together. Ultimately, developing and maintaining successful collegiate sports teams takes away from the academic environment of the University in a way that is unfair to the entire student body — athletes included.