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‘Otherwise’ — invisible artists, incalculable impact

(09/19/19 2:19am)

With the Cville Pride Festival happening this past weekend, it’s important to take some time to reflect not only on the roots of LGBTQ activism but also its erasure from art history. This past June marked the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. This movement, led by transgender women of color, was against discriminatory police raids on the Stonewall Inn and bar in New York City and was an important catalyst in the struggle for LGBTQ rights in the United States. “Otherwise,” a new exhibit at the Fralin Museum of Art, gives a perfect opportunity to think about where we have come from and where we might want to go. 

No. 4 women’s soccer advances past William & Mary and No. 8 Penn State

(09/16/19 2:30pm)

The No. 4 Virginia women’s soccer team concluded its seven-game home stretch with a win over William & Mary Thursday before challenging No. 8 Penn State on the road Sunday. The high-powered Cavaliers (8-0, 0-0 ACC) made scoring look effortless as they routed the Tribe (2-4-1, 0-0 CAA) to the tune of 8-1 and outplayed the Nittany Lions (4-2-2, 0-0-0 Big Ten) in a close 2-1 match.

BHARADWAJ: Andrew Yang is a clown

(09/17/19 2:00pm)

In the past months, we have witnessed an impressive rise in the polls from businessman Andrew Yang, who quite literally started out at a statistical zero percent and is now viewed as a serious contender in many of the early Democratic primary battlegrounds. Much of this increase can be attributed to his popularity amongst young voters, who he believes resonate greatly with his technocratic, logical approach to politics. However, contrary to the racially charged rhetoric that he often espouses, simply being Asian doesn’t make his policies any less fiscally absurd, which is a fact that many of his most ardent supporters seem to be overlooking. 

Israeli espionage thriller ‘The Spy’ sticks to the script — with one notable exception

(09/16/19 1:47am)

Few would be shocked to discover a new espionage miniseries, based off historical events, written and produced by “Homeland” talent Gideon Raff. As premises for new shows go, it is a fairly formulaic recipe for success. What is surprising is that the star — the spy himself — would be none other than Sacha Baron Cohen, perhaps best known for pranking America with his series of parody personas like Borat and Ali G. In “The Spy,” Cohen portrays Eli Cohen, an Egyptian-born spy working for Mossad in the early ‘60s.

BATSUKH: Virginia Republican’s Fifth District Chairman must resign

(09/16/19 1:58am)

In July, Fifth Congressional District Congressman Denver Riggleman officiated a wedding between two volunteers from his campaign, both of whom are men. Soon after, members of the Fifth Congressional District Republican Committee attempted to censure Congressman Riggleman for violating the party platform, but failed when the motion was declared out of order. To my great disappointment, several local Republican committees proceeded to pass resolutions disapproving of the congressman’s actions. This alone was egregious and worthy of reprimand, but the very man who prevented a motion to censure by the district committee, Chairman Melvin Adams, expressed shockingly homophobic sentiments, approving of a comparison of homosexuality with pedophilia. This line of thought is a relic of Virginia’s less than perfect past and demands immediate redress. It is long past time for Virginia Republicans to condemn and reform in the face of such indecency.

ASCH: Joe Biden and the folly of woke liberalism

(09/16/19 2:02am)

Nothing has characterized the 2020 Democratic presidential primary more than the crowd of Democrats hoping to chip away at former Vice President Joe Biden’s steady polling lead. Apparently this tendency is contagious because the media has also joined in the pile on by publishing a disproportionate number of negative stories about Biden in recent weeks — many of which I will concede are self-inflicted. As a result, two more left-wing candidates — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — are closing in on him in the polls. 

Frankie Cosmos grows with ‘Close it Quietly’

(09/12/19 2:10am)

Frankie Cosmos, the indie rock band headed by Greta Kline, released their fourth album, “Close it Quietly,” Friday. The album was produced by Sub Pop Records in Brooklyn. Initially using the moniker Ingrid Superstar, Manhattan native Kline began recording music in 2009 in her room, uploading her work to Bandcamp. Inspired by poet Frank O’Hara, Kline began to release work under the name Frankie Cosmos in 2011. Like O’Hara, Kline is inspired by and writes about mundane subject matter within the cityscape of New York. She released her first album under Frankie Cosmos, “Zentropy,” in 2014, a work dedicated to the loss of her dog Joe Joe. 

Petition to promote mental health awareness and education circulates on Grounds

(09/13/19 12:33am)

The University chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI on Campus at UVA, has launched a petition calling for better mental health education and improved mental health resource allocation at the University. The petition calls for three primary changes to promote mental health education on Grounds, including the implementation of educational programs, increased funding for mental health resources and an initiative to coordinate mental health efforts at the University.

President Ryan responds to pushback against the Good Ol’ Song video campaign

(09/12/19 11:40pm)

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.

FCC members speak to U.Va. students on future of digital media

(09/12/19 1:17am)

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. 

Heather Heyer’s mother sues attacker for $12 million in wrongful death case

(09/10/19 11:07pm)

The Daily Progress reported last week that Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against James Alex Fields Jr., the self-proclaimed neo-Nazi responsible for Heyer’s death. Fields drove his car into a crowd of peaceful counter-protestors who demonstrated in opposition to the violent white supremacist Unite the Right rallies of Aug. 11 and 12, 2017, killing Heyer and injuring dozens of others.

FERGUSON: Elevate Virginia tailgating

(09/17/19 2:10pm)

As the University reinvests in its football program, Virginia fans have already come to expect more from the Cavaliers. After defeating the University of South Carolina in the Belk Bowl last season 28-0 and a solid start to this year with victories over the University of Pittsburgh, William and Mary and Florida State — which saw the largest crowd since 2015 for a Saturday game — Wahoos are cautiously optimistic that Virginia football has moved past its darkest days. However, victory is never certain. The Cavaliers can expect especially tough competition as the season progresses from Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. 

EDITORIAL: End restrictions on public drinking

(09/12/19 1:21am)

A man opens his fridge, takes out a beer and starts to drink it. He then walks across the street, sipping his beer along the way, to talk to his neighbor about the upcoming football game against Florida State. Under current Virginia law, this man is guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor, and if convicted of the offense, he could be fined up to $250. 

NOVAK: Ensure true accountability at the Medical Center

(09/12/19 2:06am)

The Washington Post released an expose Sept. 9  recounting the predatory practices employed by the Medical Center to collect debts. To recap the story, the Medical Center averages over 6,000 lawsuits per year for medical debt collection and often goes after patients with as little as $3,000 in savings, using draconian tactics to coerce some of the most vulnerable members of the community.