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University President Jim Ryan and Kevin G. McDonald, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, announced Thursday that the University will be adopting an Inclusive Excellence framework pursuant to the 2030 Plan, which was approved by the Board of Visitors Aug. 2019.
University Police Department Chief Tommye Sutton was placed on administrative paid leave in September, only to resign two weeks later. Shortly after, Gloria Graham, associate vice president of safety and security, resigned. The University subsequently failed to provide reasons for both resignations and disciplinary action.
Virginia fell in a heartbreaker to No. 9 Florida State in Tallahassee Wednesday night, losing 54-50. The Cavaliers (11-5, 3-3 ACC) had a three-point lead late, but the Seminoles (15-2, 5-1 ACC) sank two three-pointers late to come away with the victory.
U.Va.’s Housing and Residence Life is often regarded as an elite organization with “well over 400 [resident advisor] applications” for “upwards of 240 students” to be selected. As someone who has been a resident advisor the past five semesters, I intimately understand the system. I also understand where the system fails and how it failed me when I was removed from the RA position by HRL this past semester.
In the wake of the airstrike of Qasem Soleimani in early January, I am dismayed to see so many of my peers use the chickenhawk argument. According to Merriam-Webster, this term describes a person who “strongly supports or promotes warlike policies, but who has never served in the military.” People who support the airstrike are regarded as wanting another Middle Eastern war and are told to go and enlist to defend their position. Others say that politicians should volunteer their own sons and daughters before supporting a hawkish position. This concept is not new. In 2005, Christopher Hitchens, while defending the Iraq war, was shouted down by his opponent as being “ready to fight to the last drop… of other people’s blood.” It is a time-tested ad hominem attack that hinges on the belief that only the people who personally bear the consequences of war understand its true costs and are therefore the only ones qualified to decide if a foreign entanglement is worth it.
As the ball dropped and brought in the new decade, the year of 2020, our nation suffered a great loss. The saying goes, “out with the old and in with the new,” which generally brings about positive change and gives us a chance to reflect on our lives and adjust our habits.
For the first time since the 2016-17 season, Virginia dropped two straight games this past week, falling to ACC foes Boston College and Syracuse. Nevertheless, the unforgiving nature of the ACC schedule now pits the Cavaliers (11-4, 3-2 ACC) against No. 9 Florida State Wednesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles (14-2, 4-1 ACC) have been outstanding this season, rattling off seven straight wins including a resounding 78-65 victory over then-No. 10 Louisville.
New 2019 data reveals that the representation of women and people of color on the tenure-track at the University has not increased to the same degree as diversity within academic general faculty. The University began hiring more non-tenure-track faculty in 2015 to accommodate the variety of courses being offered and cut costs on faculty compensation. This ongoing, nationwide reliance on general and adjunct faculty members has limited the growth of tenure and tenure-track faculty.
On the opening track of her second solo album back in 2015, “Revival,” Selena Gomez speaks the lines, “I dive into the future / But I’m blinded by the sun / I’m reborn in every moment / So who knows what I’ll become.” Almost five years later, with the release of her album “Rare” on Jan. 10, it is clear what Gomez has become — a genuine artist. Long gone are the generic pop songs of her first two albums, 2013’s “Stars Dance” and “Revival.” Now, her lyrics are honest and her production original and cohesive. On “Rare,” the singer is resilient, self-assured and confident.
Virginia women’s basketball won consecutive games for just the second time all season in a convincing win Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers (7-9, 2-3 ACC) had one of their best shooting performances of the year as the Eagles (9-7, 2-3 ACC) struggled to match Virginia’s offense.
Whether you are a film enthusiast or a commuter who has had to swear off news and political podcasts for the good of your mental health, entertainment podcasts are a way to consume engaging content while learning about a wild industry. The best part about entertainment podcasts is that you can easily curate what you listen to based on the type of media that most interests you. Here are some options that range from educational to humorous commentary.
After returning from a brief winter break, No. 22 wrestling placed second at the 40th edition of the Virginia Duals. Held in the Hampton Coliseum, the Duals are one of the most coveted tournaments in the state of Virginia for both high school and collegiate level wrestlers. Notably, this marks the second year in a row that Virginia finished as the runner up at the Virginia Duals.
Three players from the Virginia men’s soccer team were selected in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft Thursday. Two others chose to forgo their remaining eligibility to pursue a professional career elsewhere.
The Virginia men’s and women’s squash teams opened the new year with a clean sweep over the weekend, defeating Western Ontario and Vassar at the McArthur Squash Center.
The Board of Visitors approved a 3.6 percent tuition hike last month which will affect students entering and continuing studies next fall in the School of Architecture, College of Arts & Sciences, the McIntire School of Commerce and the Curry School of Education and Human Development. Students entering the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Nursing next fall will be charged between $1,000 and $2,000 more than students who are already enrolled in these schools following several financial plans approved by the Board in December 2017.
On April 1, 2019, the University embarked on the first phase of its athletics master plan — a $180 million project to upgrade athletic complexes, including the construction of a football operations center, an olympic sports center and three natural grass practice fields. When first hearing about the master plan, I was shocked at the sheer amount of money being poured in to support 750 student-athletes, who represent less than four percent of the student body. The fact that this project is completely funded by donor contributions shows just how dedicated our Cavalier fans are and just how much we consider sports to be a central part of the University experience. "The facilities master plan is our path forward" athletics director Carla Williams said. It seems that the master plan represents a part of a larger transformation of the University’s sports programs — and it worries me. Time and time again, we see that NCAA sports and college academics don’t work well together. Ultimately, developing and maintaining successful collegiate sports teams takes away from the academic environment of the University in a way that is unfair to the entire student body — athletes included.
I can’t do this anymore. I’m starting to think it’s no coincidence that Oscars season and flu season have so much overlap — a kick 'em while they’re already down situation. From the outright racism and sexism in the Academy, to the blatant disregard and literal rewarding of the behavior of predators like Woody Allen, to the fact that the only 2019 releases I enjoyed were “Motherless Brooklyn” and “Little Women,” I’m just done with the Academy Awards. What I did like watching this year were music videos — so I’m hosting an Oscars just for that, right now in this article.
No contribution is insignificant when it comes to fostering diversity and inclusion at the University, particularly in STEM fields, according to Brittany Martínez, co-founder and president of the Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team. With the mentality that small steps forward eventually lead to substantial progress, students, faculty and staff from assorted cultures have joined forces in an attempt to recruit and retain more heterogeneous graduate classes.
After beating Syracuse on the road earlier this season, No. 18 Virginia fell to the Orange (9-7, 2-3 ACC) in overtime Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers (11-4, 3-2 ACC) looked to have enough momentum late in the second half, but a trail of missed opportunities allowed Syracuse to tie the game 43-43 at the end of regulation. Virginia fell behind early in overtime while the Orange ignited offensively, recording enough three-point shots to run away with the lead.
The first way to start this article would have been to bury the lede. “The five best movies of 2019” would be the head, or something even punchier — “Hey Oscars, here are our picks” — followed by a defense of several films, filled with genuine admiration and wonder and a bit of humor in a relatable, nonchalant 20-something sort of way. I’d give a brief rundown of each movie, why the direction moved me or how I can still hear lines playing in my head after months of separation. Only when readers reached the third or fourth pick would they realize that all of the selected films are directed by women.