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FAHLBERG: America’s pandemic strategy is creating economic pandemonium

(03/23/20 6:29pm)

Fourth years at the University are mourning the loss of both final exercises and the last few weeks of our undergraduate career on Grounds. But beyond “enjoying” our last semester of college via Zoom, we have to face the reality that our generation’s careers may permanently be stunted by an unfavorable job market. The economic fallout of the coronavirus obviously isn’t limited to college seniors scrambling to find jobs, however. Most Americans have been forced to undergo the transition to social distancing, telework and toilet paper shortages. And as the death toll continues to rise, politicians continue to close borders and industries as a band-aid solution to the pandemic.

Students concerned with lack of internet access, job security in light of online transition

(03/19/20 7:24am)

Two weeks ago, third-year College student Skylar Wampler attended classes on Grounds and worked 20 hours a week to pay rent for an off-Grounds apartment. Now — due to the University’s response to the spread of COVID-19 which includes continuing the rest of the semester online and postponing Final Exercises — Wampler and all other University students will have to adjust to a new lifestyle.

Undergraduate courses adopt credit/no credit as default grading system for this semester

(03/19/20 3:28am)

University Provost Liz Magill announced Wednesday evening the default grading system is now credit/no credit for all spring semester undergraduate courses that have not yet completed coursework. Courses that are graded CR/NC — rather than with letter grades A through F — will not be factored into students’ grade point average, but they will count toward curricular, major and graduation requirements if completed with a letter grade equivalent of C or better.

MULAY: The case for why Virginia could have won its second straight national title

(03/23/20 4:56am)

This week, Virginia men’s basketball should have started defending its national championship. Instead, the Cavaliers lost the chance to compete in March Madness after the NCAA Tournament was canceled in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. The NCAA’s decision leaves Virginia fans with one of the biggest ‘what-ifs’ in program history — could the Cavaliers have defied the odds and won the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year?

HESS: The University must postpone Final Exercises

(03/19/20 6:40am)

This past Tuesday, President Ryan sent out an email to the University community announcing that the University would move classes online for the rest of the semester and cancel Final Exercises as originally planned. While the safety measures are more than justified, canceling the graduation ceremony would take away the experience for students to walk across the Lawn and receive their diploma. The University must commit to finding a later and safer time frame to hold Final Exercises in order to properly recognize the hard work and dedication of graduating University students. 

Second U.Va. community member, employee at Biocomplexity Institute in Arlington, tests positive for COVID-19

(03/18/20 8:50pm)

The University announced Wednesday that a second member of the University community has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by novel coronavirus. The unidentified individual is an employee at the University’s Biocomplexity Institute — a scientific research center located in Arlington, Va.

EDITORIAL: The University must continue to handle COVID-19 with students in mind

(03/19/20 6:43am)

With the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the United States in recent weeks, colleges and universities throughout the country have put together plans for the remainder of the semester in order to slow the spread of the virus. The University, while still remaining open during this time, has extended the spring recess and moved all classes online for the remainder of the semester. Students were told to leave Grounds — however, students do have the option to request extended access to on-Grounds housing. While this situation has created numerous issues for many students — particularly first-generation and low-income students — the response from the University and the community has demonstrated a clear commitment to getting through this difficult time together. 

Students continued to congregate in groups Tuesday despite the University’s request to return home

(03/18/20 6:21am)

Several community members expressed frustration with University students after many continued to congregate in large groups in Madison Bowl, on the Corner and at fraternity houses Tuesday evening despite the University’s calls for social distancing. 

U.Va. moves classes online for remainder of spring semester, cancels Final Exercises as planned

(03/18/20 4:40am)

All classes will remain online throughout the semester, and Final Exercises will not proceed as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, University President Jim Ryan and Provost Liz Magill announced in an email to members of the University community Tuesday night.

Virginia Athletics, ACC officially cancel all athletics activities and events for the remainder of the 2019-20 season

(03/18/20 12:34am)

The ACC announced today that all activities related to athletics were cancelled through the end of the 2019-20 academic year to reduce the further spread of COVID-19. The decision had unanimous approval from the league’s member institutions.

Arts classes prepare for switch to online learning

(03/19/20 7:08am)

When the University announced the switch to online classes for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus outbreak, professors and students from many different disciplines expressed apprehension about how smooth the transition from in-person to digital learning would be. Now that classes will be online for the remainder of the semester, professors and students must plan for the rest of the term. For departments like Studio Art and Drama, the change comes with a unique set of challenges. 

A nostalgia-fueled, forward-looking playlist for students returning home

(03/24/20 8:08pm)

It seems pretty safe to say that everyone’s plans have just been upended in some way — certainly fourth-years’. How many things did I unknowingly do for the last time? Is there even going to be a graduation ceremony? As you set off on your travels home or are bunkered down thinking about the unexpected, you can settle in with these songs and embrace a mixture of nostalgia for the past and curiosity about the future.