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Virginia Athletics community reacts to sports shutdown amid coronavirus outbreak

(03/19/20 7:02am)

The world of college sports was stunned March 12. In a span of just four hours, conferences across the country canceled tournaments, the University suspended athletics activities and the NCAA canceled all championship events for winter and spring sports. Facing a public health crisis, collegiate athletic organizations were forced to act quickly to prevent the spread of the infectious disease COVID-19, yet in the wake of these tough decisions, seasons and careers are over and lives have been changed. The entire Virginia Athletics community continues to grapple with the consequences of last week’s events.


The stages of staying home for classes

(03/25/20 1:32pm)

With spring break seemingly never ending, I wanted to provide a reminder of what to expect staying in your hometown for so long. While some of you may have spent your spring break trying your hand at virus roulette because you didn’t want to cancel your trip abroad, a good portion of our school population went home and with that comes withdrawal. These are the stages and symptoms to expect as you move through your weeks away from Mr. Jefferson’s University. 


The benefits of being quarantined

(03/19/20 6:35am)

Trust me, I get it. There’s literally nothing to watch on Netflix, your parents just “don’t get you,” and for some inexplicable reason you can’t get toilet paper anywhere. You’re bored out of your mind, and since every place that isn’t Charlottesville won’t accept your fake that says you’re 25 and from Ohio, you can’t even drown your sorrows with double whipped cream Burnettes and mango Juul pods. Well, don’t worry, as your self-proclaimed “mom friend” — you're NOT the mom friend Jeanette, just bossy — will be quick to tell you, there’s PLENTY of ways to have fun at home!


Faculty, staff address student concerns for coping with COVID-19 stigma and stress

(03/19/20 7:11am)

In the past two weeks, life at the University and around the world has turned upside down as a result of the spread of coronavirus. The World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic March 11 while University President Jim Ryan and Provost Liz Magill announced Tuesday a shift to online classes for the remainder of the semester and requested students vacate Grounds to help mitigate the spread of the virus in the University community and greater Charlottesville area. 


I was studying abroad in Italy when COVID-19 broke out

(03/19/20 6:58am)

“I can’t wait until I’m abroad.” These are the words I often told myself in times of stress throughout college. I found myself frequently stating this while struggling through my online financial accounting course, when I was up late writing papers or bored out of my mind at home. The simple words soothed any pain because it created the idea that there was this escape from reality in my future. As much as I love college, my incredibly amazing friends there and my family, sometimes you just need a break. 



How to spend a day in France without breaching your quarantine

(03/19/20 6:45am)

While the world is shut down for the next few weeks as coronavirus quarantines take over the social sphere, travel abroad is impossible. But fear not — in the midst of taking care of the health and safety of yourself and your neighbors, there is still a way to treat yourself to a couple bites of delicious French cuisine.





Eriksson von Allmen: Calling for nuance in the way Virginia treats sex crimes

(03/26/20 4:38am)

Almost ten years ago, a Charlottesville middle school suspended three students for exchanging nude photos of themselves digitally. The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office charged the children with possession of child pornography — a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. When questioned about the legal punishment for the children involved, then-Commonwealth’s attorney Gary Close stated, “I’m not interested in giving stupid teenagers a felony record over something like this.” Oftentimes, local law enforcement will choose not to press charges against children involved in such sexting scandals. In 2014, in a case involving more than 100 central Virginia teenagers, Maj. Donald A. Lowe, chief deputy for the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, stated that “authorities are using the case more for teaching parents and teens about sexting than for law enforcement … There’s no reason to destroy people’s lives and careers over this.” I’m thankful that both Major Lowe and Close recognize the distinction between exploitative child pornography and teenagers exchanging nude photos as a form of sexual interaction. What is troubling however, is that, although Lowe chose not to press charges, hypothetically, he could have. And sometimes, law enforcement will — a decision with devastating consequences. 





COX: U.Va. must consider reimbursements for students amid COVID-19 pandemic

(03/16/20 12:24am)

As the imminent danger of COVID-19, or coronavirus, has descended upon the United States, the University recently released their course of action regarding the pandemic. Beginning March 19, the University will hold all of its classes online. Additionally, they strongly urge all students to either stay home or return home if they are currently in Charlottesville. This policy will be reevaluated after April 5 at the earliest, but in light of many other schools having already committed to online courses for the rest of the semester, the University following suit would come as no surprise.


FERGUSON: Bernie Sanders has abandoned the working class

(03/16/20 12:17am)

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s candidacy invites criticism. His proposed spending agenda totals $68 trillion over ten years and he plans to increase taxes on the middle class. His infatuation with oppressive communist regimes in Cuba and Russia would make U.Va. Students United proud. For many conservatives, libertarians, independents and moderate Democrats, such aspects of Sanders’s candidacy render him utterly unpalatable. However, many non-college educated, working class voters on the left have supported him both in 2016 and during the current Democratic primary process. He has done an excellent job of branding himself as a populist candidate willing to stand up to corporate interests and fight for the common man and woman. Despite this, his immigration policy would undermine the economic security of many working class Americans. 


U.Va. reinforces request for students to leave Grounds immediately

(03/14/20 3:17am)

Patricia Lampkin, vice president and chief student affairs officer, issued an email statement Friday night asking that parents and guardians of University students enforce the University’s request that all students return home if possible — particularly students who live off-Grounds and expressed a desire to remain in Charlottesville.



Honor, UJC to suspend all cases while in-person classes are canceled

(03/17/20 6:25am)

The Honor Committee and University Judiciary Committee are suspending all case proceedings while in-person classes at the University are canceled. This means that all ongoing investigations and trials will be postponed until at least April 5, when the University plans to reevaluate its online instruction policy.


University releases new details on operational changes

(03/13/20 1:54am)

University Provost Liz Magill sent an email to students Thursday night providing additional details on how University operations and activities will be affected due to the spread of COVID-19. The email comes one day after the University extended spring break through March 19 and cancelled in-person classes until at least April 5 amid coronavirus concerns.