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Meet Bonny, the coolest cat at U.Va.

(6 hours ago)

Say hello to the University’s newest Instagram influencer — @bonnycatuva, managed by first-year College student Alex Sarchet. With over 875 followers in just one month, this popular account features daily posts of students spending time with the beloved cat , Bonny, nicknamed after the Bonnycastle dorm where the cat is often found hanging out. The adorable and friendly feline has become a first-year favorite, and Sarchet keeps the Instagram account updated with photos of Bonny submitted by students.

BHARADWAJ: To save our nation, we must procreate

(02/13/20 6:33pm)

The act of making love is what organisms desire most at a primal level — the pinnacle of carnal rapture — and represents the culmination of millions of years of evolution and generations of heredity. Across all of Western civilization, though, we are witnessing an interesting phenomenon — increases in celibacy rates among youth, and complementary decreases in the rate of childbirth. Perhaps most notably, the United States recently hit a historically low fertility rate of 1.72, well below the scientifically-documented population replacement rate of 2.1. People in developed nations are having fewer children than ever before, and while the circumstances that brought about this shift may be positive in nature, there are also several negative ramifications that come along with it — primarily from an economic perspective. 

Student Council passes resolution in support of adding Mental Wellness and Resiliency requirement to New College Curriculum

(02/13/20 6:48pm)

Student Council passed SR20-06, “A Resolution in Support of Mental Wellness and Resiliency Courses In Engagements,” Tuesday evening by a vote of 21 yays and 1 abstention. This bill is a modified version of SR20-03 that addresses the concerns that were raised in last week’s Student Council general body meeting concerning the replacement of the New College Curriculum’s Empirical Engagement requirement with a mental wellness requirement. 

UJC introduces University and Fraternity Panel at general body meeting

(02/13/20 6:44pm)

The University Judiciary Committee introduced the University and Fraternity Panel at their general body meeting Sunday. The primary responsibility of the panel will be to adjudicate in situations where both a CIO — or other University-sponsored organization — and an Inter-Fraternity Council affiliated fraternity are alleged to have violated one or more standards of conduct at a joint event or activity.

FLICKINGER: Complications with moving the LGBTQ Center

(02/14/20 6:49am)

Last week, the University moved the LGBTQ Center from its previously remote location in the basement of Newcomb Hall to a more accessible and visible location on the third floor. This move is part of the University’s strategic planning project, which seeks to make “a great and good University.” While endearing, the project does not take into account the ramifications of the move. The location change is potentially dangerous for LGBTQ+ students who may want to be among their peers without risking revealing their identity to the general student body. Making a designated safe space on Grounds less accessible to the vulnerable population is a large cost to pay for any improvements or benefits. The complications that could arise from this change illustrate the difficulties that LGBTQ+ students at the University face every day.

Against All Logic’s ‘2017-2019’ is an ambitious exploration of the electronic world

(02/14/20 6:19am)

Last year proved to be an exciting one for Chilean-American artist Nicolas Jaar, having scored the soundtrack for Pablo Larraín's latest film, co-produced FKA twigs' album “Magdalene” and debuted a collaboration with Patrick Higgins. Yet even after all of these accomplishments, Jaar shows no point of stopping. Regarded as one of the best electronic artists of the last decade, Jaar broke into 2020 with his newest project “2017-2019” under the alternate moniker Against All Logic — or A.A.L. — Feb. 7. The album follows the 2018 release of his critically acclaimed “2012-2017,” which was a fun record filled with disco and house grooves that shocked the indie music world. “2017-2019” serves as a contemporary continuation and a more emphatic notion of electronic music’s capacities, particularly in the way it combines elements of old-school rave and trance with industrial techno and house.

In their own words — scientists explain love

(02/13/20 6:29pm)

As Valentine’s Day draws near, love will be celebrated in countless different ways, looked at from all points of view and shared amongst family, friends, significant others, adults, elderly and children alike. Everyone looks at love in their own way, and scientists are no different. They, too, have their own, technical definitions of love, defined in their field’s terms. It can be seen as a reaction in the brain, the positive to negative attraction of particles or stemming from the social interactions between two people. Within an institution such as the University, these nuanced definitions are everywhere.

Honor introduces student contest initiative and proposed amendments

(02/11/20 7:48pm)

The Honor Committee met Sunday evening for a general body meeting to discuss plans for a student competition and to review and vote on items that will appear on the ballot this upcoming election, which begins Feb. 26. The Committee unanimously voted to include amendments pertaining to Popular Assembly and impeachment proceedings on the ballot for upcoming student body elections.

MCKELVEY: Thinking about women on Valentine’s Day

(02/12/20 6:17pm)

Valentine’s Day 2020 will be the 22nd anniversary of V-Day, an international movement “to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender based violence).” The day coincides, however, with Valentine’s Day, one of the most commercialized holidays embedded in American culture. This leads one to wonder why the days are paired together in such a way. Perhaps, to answer this question, one could address V-Day’s four core beliefs, one of which is a dedication to “lasting social and cultural change … spread by ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” The V-Day movement brings attention to the problematic traditions that we associate with our celebrations of Valentine’s Day. 

Delegate Sally Hudson hosts mid-session legislative review

(02/11/20 7:40pm)

About 70 community members gathered on Sunday for a mid-session legislative review hosted by Delegate Sally Hudson, D-Charlottesville, at the Charlottesville downtown Cityspace. Hudson, who is also an assistant professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, spent the evening responding to questions from audience members about various pieces of legislation that are currently moving through the General Assembly and how they will affect the Charlottesville community.

The Lumineers aim for strength in simplicity

(02/11/20 6:08pm)

When imagining the everyday lives of some of the music industry’s most prevalent artists, a typical mental picture might encapsulate the thrill of screaming crowds, masses of doting fans and a whirlwind life full of parties and wild excitement. However, for Jeremiah Fraites — one of the founding members of indie rock band The Lumineers — the experience of headlining a large-scale tour for the band’s most recent album, 2019’s “III” — which will come to John Paul Jones Arena Feb. 16 — has been exciting not only for those reasons, but also on a more significant level because of the time he has spent with his family. 

Love sucks — here’s an anti-Valentine’s day playlist

(02/13/20 6:33pm)

Valentine’s Day is an inescapable holiday. It is everywhere, from the heart-shaped chocolates in grocery stores to the cringeworthy and saccharine Valentine’s Day posts soon to be plastered on everyone’s Instagram feeds. However, not everyone has caught the love bug. Falling into this category can make it an isolating holiday. Here are nine songs that encapsulate the feeling of being exhausted with Valentine’s Day.

The sweetest solution for last-minute Valentine’s Day treats

(02/13/20 6:18pm)

One would think that the 14th day of the month couldn’t approach this quickly. Nevertheless, as a full-time college student, this date seems to emerge out of nowhere amidst the busyness of exams and projects. For me, cravings for sweets go hand-in-hand with this frantic season of assignments. Thus, my journey to satisfy my sweet tooth in a thematic fashion began.