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Tied for First: 'Gade Papi' by Emeline Michel

(7 hours ago)

Streaming services are an interesting microbiome. I imagine Spotify — the indisputably correct and proper streaming service — as a vast, ever-regenerating jungle. In my lifetime, there’s really no possible way I’ll discover every species that lies within — I’d have to flip over every rock at least five times to get even close. And, even collectively, we don’t really have time for all that. 

Admissions amid crisis: Admitted students consider their future during pandemic

(03/30/20 8:26pm)

With the University shut down this spring, 8,420 admitted students will have to decide by May 1 whether to join the University’s Class of 2024 likely without stepping foot on Grounds. However, like classes, the University’s community and campus have been transformed into a virtual experience. 

Gov. Northam issues statewide stay-at-home order until June 10

(03/30/20 6:28pm)

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide stay-at-home executive order that prohibits residents from leaving home with exceptions for essential errands in a virtual press conference Monday afternoon. Virginia is the 28th state in the country to implement such a measure in efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

HELLER: COVID-19 demonstrates the need for universal free tuition

(03/30/20 3:24am)

When we eventually emerge from our coronavirus quarantines, we will most likely face an economic recession far worse than that of 2008. As unemployment figures could reach 30 percent, it is unlikely that even the current government bailout package will allow the economy to bounce back once we stop social distancing. A recovery will challenge us to address a profoundly changed economy, and to do so we need solutions that will promote long-term growth over short-term bailouts — and the key to that will be free college tuition for all. 

CURRAN: Fourth-years — it’s okay to be sad

(03/30/20 2:44am)

I, like many others, have turned to writing as a way to try and process the events of the last few weeks. Since the announcements from the University about changes due to COVID-19, students at the University — particularly fourth-years — have been greatly affected. Classes have all been moved online, University activities and athletics suspended and now we’ve had our Final Exercises canceled as planned. Fourth-year students have lost their final few weeks at the University, unable to properly say goodbye to the place they have called home for years. 

How every spring and winter sport was doing before the 2020 season was canceled

(04/01/20 8:46pm)

Recently, Virginia Athletics, the ACC and the NCAA officially canceled the remainder of the 2020 season for all spring and winter sports due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For Virginia, this news affects 15 different teams across three winter sports — men’s basketball, swimming and diving and wrestling — and seven spring sports — baseball, golf, lacrosse, rowing, softball, tennis and outdoor track and field. While these teams weren’t able to finish their years, let’s take a look at how they were doing before their seasons were cut short.

Traveling with uncertainty — how I got home to Madrid

(03/31/20 6:32pm)

When University President Jim Ryan sent the email that classes would be held online until at least April 5, I started to panic. It confirmed what I had already seen in multiple group chats, on University websites and on social media. It made it even clearer to me that the enhanced speed of contagion showed how uncertain we all were. Like many other students, I was doing mental gymnastics as to where I would continue classes. The next few days revealed the uncertainty that governments all over the world were also facing in pursuit of a course of action that would protect its citizens.  

DRISCOLL: The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted countless profiles in courage

(03/30/20 3:17am)

Today our nation and the wider world finds itself in the midst of one of the greatest crises that has been seen in our lifetimes. It can be difficult at times to turn on the evening news and listen to reporters talk about the surge in the number of cases across the country and the possibility that the death toll may rise into the millions. What has made this crisis even more troubling is the lack of moral leadership from the White House since the moment COVID-19 first came on the radar of American officials in late 2019.

CAMP: The country’s youth must take COVID-19 seriously

(03/30/20 3:02am)

The world has changed forever. The ways in which we once lived our lives have been permanently impacted by COVID-19’s spread. The educational, economic and healthcare patterns that dominate so many American lives now suffer instability with the rise of this disease. However, one of the most disorienting things about this change is its current subtlety for most Americans. While the fiber of everything we know implodes, everyday life seems eerily the same. The sun rises. I wake up the person I was the night before. I eat and work and function like myself. For now, the dramatic changes facing humanity rest in the background of my consciousness. I do not yet know anyone with the virus — but I know that will not be the case for long.

EDITORIAL: College students deserve better from the federal government

(03/27/20 8:43pm)

In a matter of days, life as we have known it has come to a screeching halt, and in its place chaos, confusion and fear have flourished. No one could have predicted only a few months ago that students would not return to Grounds from spring break and instead would be left to make sense of a new normal. To help accommodate this unprecedented disruption, the University has taken a number of drastic steps including instituting a pass/fail system for course credit this semester, compensating work-study students and reimbursing students and their families for on-Grounds housing and dining expenses. While there still remains more that can be done, these measures have signalled the administration’s understanding of the extraordinary predicament that the University community today finds itself in.

How U.Va. alumnus Griffin Spolansky brought the culture movement to food with Mezcla

(03/31/20 6:31pm)

It’s no secret that starting a business is hard, but try being 23 years old, having just graduated and hoping to succeed in the entrepreneur world. Griffin Spolansky — class of 2019 alumnus, former player on the 2019 NCAA Championship men’s lacrosse team and current entrepreneur — did just that.