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University Programs Council spends approximately $174K organizing and promoting Welcome Week activities

(08/26/19 10:21pm)

The University Programs Council began hosting its annual Welcome Week Aug. 23, spending approximately $174,000 on events to entertain and provide inclusive spaces for new and returning students. Kyle Nguyen, UPC chair and a fourth-year Commerce student, said the goal of Welcome Week is to get all students excited for the start of the new school year.


New students officially welcomed in convocation ceremony

(08/26/19 11:56pm)

First-year students of the Class of 2023 and transfer students gathered on the Lawn Sunday evening for their convocation ceremony, which was followed by an additional ceremony inducting new students into the University’s longstanding tradition of the Honor system. New students heard from student leaders as well as University President Jim Ryan and Donna Byrd, an entrepreneur and College alumna. There are 3,920 students in the Class of 2023 and 623 transfer students of the Class of 2021 and 2022.


I’m filing official complaints with the real world

(08/26/19 9:21pm)

We’ve all heard it before — college is the best four years of your life. Until this summer, I have always taken that saying with a grain of salt. Could it really be the best four years of my life? I mean, sure the amount of free time I have is great, and I love Charlottesville as much as the next person. But I’ve always looked forward to having a real life as a functioning adult. Who isn’t excited to have a classy night out with their new work friends instead of pounding Busch Lights on a Friday night with some bozos in Sperrys? Not to mention the lack of exams, papers and Collab quizzes. The real world sounds pretty great when you dream about it. But, let me tell you, it’s nothing like your dreams. 


The International Studies Office hosts annual community barbecue

(08/28/19 12:08am)

The first day of move-in consisted of new faces from all over the world, ready to embark on their University adventure. In celebration, the International Studies Office hosted their annual community barbecue Friday evening, inviting domestic and international students to get to know University professors and student leaders.


Former Virginia star Joe Harris selected for USA Basketball’s World Cup roster

(08/26/19 1:44am)

After weeks of practice and exhibition games, USA Basketball announced Saturday that it had finalized the United States Men’s World Cup Team roster. Former Virginia guard Joe Harris was one of 12 players chosen to represent Team USA at the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. 


Women’s soccer cruises past UC Irvine and Liberty in weekend matches

(08/26/19 11:36pm)

Virginia (2-0, 0-0 ACC) defeated UC Irvine (0-2, 0-0 Big West) and Liberty (0-2, 0-0 ASUN) at home this weekend in shutout performances. The Cavaliers found success offensively, scoring a combined 13 goals in the matches. Freshman forward Diana Ordonez leads the team with four goals and scored a hat trick against Liberty, while sophomore forward Alexa Spaanstra contributed five assists between the two matches. 



Lockn’ won’t fade away, but Block Party will

(08/26/19 10:28pm)

Yet another summer is drawing to a close and most returning Hoos have survived the two things separating them from the inevitable first day of classes — a sweltering day spent unloading and dragging belongings into a new home, and the terrifying, disturbing boozing holiday that students have come to know and love called Block Party. For first-years, it’s a portal into a stunning new life where freedom and constraint shed their meaning and hysteria takes the reins. Everyone else has pretty much been there and done that. So why not try something different? 




How to survive your first week back at school

(08/26/19 2:57am)

Welcome back, Hoos! It’s that bittersweet moment of arriving back on Grounds, greeted by old friends and maybe the warm, familiar humidity that hits you when you start the trek from Gilmer to Wilson. Or maybe it’s all new to you, and you’re a little lost — like we all were our first week — and it takes some extra time to get yourself around. The only thing that can make these moments harder is being hungry. 


How to elevate your avocado toast

(08/26/19 2:56am)

I love avocado toast, but who doesn’t? Unfortunately, sometimes — no matter how perfectly ripe your avocado or how crispy your toast — it just tastes average and dull. I found myself growing tired of the same routine, so I decided to spice it up. I created three delicious and easy recipes, so you can experiment with these foolproof recipes in order to rejuvenate your love for avocado toast.



Watch out for First Watch: Charlottesville’s new brunch option

(08/26/19 10:09pm)

College students love brunch. There is nothing like waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and heading to a favorite brunch spot with a group of friends. Charlottesville has plenty of standout spots, including Fig, The Virginian and The Villa. This past spring, Charlottesville was gifted its very own First Watch restaurant, a healthy brunch chain. Its convenient location, amiable atmosphere, reasonable pricing and diverse appeal are reasons why First Watch should be added to all brunch bucket lists. 


BHARADWAJ: Violent media has caused desensitization of America’s youth

(08/28/19 12:26am)

Earlier this month, within the span of a day, nearly three dozen Americans lost their lives in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Like clockwork, both halves of our polarized, political dichotomy attempted to craft their own narratives, with large swaths of the GOP choosing to target violent video games and internet culture. This right-wing media frenzy demonstrated a lot of sway on individuals and corporations alike, as evidenced by the recent cancellation of a popular ESports tournament from ESPN in response to the tragic events.


DUA: Fox News shouldn't be Involved in the presidential debates

(08/30/19 6:50pm)

Fox News has been a mainstay of almost every presidential debate since the turn of the century and given their viewership and political presence — this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. It’s no secret that Fox News swings right, however, over the course of this past presidential cycle the news network has devolved into a virtual arm of the Republican party and more specifically, President Donald Trump. Almost a year out from the 2020 general election debates, one thing remains remarkably clear — Fox News as an organization lacks the basic journalistic integrity necessary to continue justifying their involvement on the presidential debate stage. 




MCKELVEY: Charlottesville City Schools must adopt comprehensive equity policies

(08/23/19 8:18pm)

In 2018, the national assessment organization Niche rated Charlottesville City Schools within the top three percent of public school systems in the nation. Soon after the release of this ranking, the New York Times published an article about the realities of public education in Charlottesville. While Charlottesville City Schools may provide ample opportunities for some students, there are many who get left behind. Often, these are low-income and students of color. Finally, the City School Board has introduced equity policy to remedy these disparities, but any policy must specifically address the intricacies that contribute to inequitable education in order to be effective. 


DRISCOLL: The time has come for Virginia’s gun laws to be reformed

(08/23/19 8:20pm)

This summer’s recent mass shooting in Virginia Beach serves as yet another painful reminder of the tremendous cost that has been unduly paid by far too many Virginians as the result of gun violence. It was only 12 years ago that a lone gunman went on a killing rampage at Virginia Tech, brutally murdering 32 classmates and instructors before ultimately turning the gun on himself, committing what at the time was the single largest mass shooting in American history.