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ASCH: Use college as an opportunity to expand, not limit, your worldview

(06/29/19 2:39pm)

Last year when I wrote a column for this same issue, I provided incoming first years with practical advice on the best way to sign up for courses. And while I still think that the class sign up process is unnecessarily difficult and convoluted, going into my fourth year has provided me with a different perspective of the kind of advice I think would be the most useful — use college to challenge yourself and your worldview. 

University health and wellbeing experts discuss impact of all nighters

(09/05/19 2:16am)

Books, wrappers, energy drink cans and empty Starbucks cups cover the floor. Students’ heads are noisy with Fibonacci numbers, Hume, Laffer curves or whatever happens to be pouring into it while the rest of the world seems at its most serene in the quiet of the night. This scene is a familiar one in the frantic four years of college, says Elaine Bailey, psychologist and sleep expert at University Student Health.

#StoptheBans event informs on the future of reproductive health

(07/25/19 2:06am)

In light of recent legislation passed on reproductive healthcare, Medical Students for Choice at the University hosted a #StoptheBans event in the auditorium of the Claude Moore Medical Education Building earlier this summer. The event intended to inform the Charlottesville community on the abortion bills, access to abortion care and ways to advocate for women’s health for an audience of about 40 people. 

Five tips for studying at U.Va.

(07/12/19 8:44pm)

When transitioning from high school to college, many students find themselves stunned when they encounter huge lectures, 10-page research papers, four exams in a given week and only eight hours of available study time at the end of every class day. To manage the often overwhelming adjustment to studying at the college level, University students provided a few suggestions.

What to expect in Virginia sports in 2019-20

(07/05/19 10:41pm)

After success in multiple sports and two national championships this year — in men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse — Virginia has clinched the Capital One Cup in men’s athletics, an honor awarded to the school that achieves the highest level of success across multiple sports. 2018-19 was a successful campaign for Virginia athletics, and sports teams will look to replicate that success in the upcoming year.

Easy morning drinks to prepare in your dorm room

(07/05/19 10:49pm)

When I began my first year, I couldn’t wait to set up my dorm room and settle into my new life, but I soon realized that one of the things I missed the most about home was the fresh coffee my parents brewed every morning. Keurig cups can’t quite compare to fresh coffee in terms of strength and flavor. To make mornings in dorms a little easier, I have a few great drink hacks for any other caffeine lovers out there.

The lost lesson of diversity in “Late Night”

(08/26/19 1:46am)

“Late Night,” written by Mindy Kaling and released June 7, tries to tackle issues of diversity by following late-night comedy show host Katherine Newberry (Emma Thompson) as she hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling) as her only female writer. Katherine is provoked by criticism of her all-male writer’s room, including accusations that she “hates women.” It seems like this “diversity hire” happens almost purely out of spite as Katherine attempts to prove that she would not find another woman in the office threatening. So what does she do? Hire a non-threatening woman of color who has almost no experience in the comedy field. 

FAHLBERG: Post-Liberalism won’t win the culture war

(06/21/19 10:05pm)

Since the election of Donald Trump, a new faction within the conservative movement has spoken out about the failure of classical liberalism in America. A Catholic journal named First Things has carried the torch for this new post-liberal crusade, publishing an article entitled “Against the Dead Consensus” in March 2019. In this manifesto, the authors proclaim that the pre-Trump conservative consensus “failed to retard, much less reverse, the eclipse of permanent truths, family stability, communal solidarity, and much else.” They continue, “It surrendered to the pornographization of daily life, to the culture of death, to the cult of competitiveness” and “too often bowed to a poisonous and censorious multiculturalism.” According to post-liberals, classical liberalism is a moral vacuum that has failed to orient society around a “higher good” that is necessary to save individuals from themselves.

WANG: The past, present and future of U.Va.

(06/29/19 2:35pm)

My name is Derrick Wang, and last month marked the beginning of my term as the Student Member of the Board of Visitors for the 2019-2020 academic year. If we haven’t met yet, I hope we have a chance to chat this year, but in the meantime here’s a short introduction. I am a fourth-year from Richmond, Virginia studying economics and math. I’m known for — among other things — running outreach for the Honor Committee, cooking elaborate recipes, wearing tasteful scarves and knowing a lot about how the University works. This year, my role will be to represent students on the BOV.

STRIKE: Repeal the Hyde Amendment

(08/02/19 4:39pm)

Earlier this summer, Joe Biden, garnering criticism from nearly every other Democratic primary candidate, made a splash with his declaration of support for the Hyde Amendment — a ban on federal funds for abortion care. In the middle of a fierce battle over abortion rights — with nine states currently attempting to ban access to safe and legal abortion care — Biden’s “middle ground” approach couldn’t have been more tone deaf and out of touch. The utter lack of respect for the people suffering because of Hyde, and the complete insincerity he showed when he flipped positions less than 36 hours later, highlight his inability to identify with low-income women and people of color and the systemic inequalities they face on a daily basis in nearly every aspect of our society. 

Flying with the flu: How study-abroad students handle sickness

(07/12/19 8:56pm)

During the summer, students often choose to spend their time traveling abroad through one of University-affiliated programs in many countries such as Germany, Portugal, South Africa or even China. Although a change of environment can be daunting, less than one percent of over 3,500 students who travelled abroad for University-related purposes have reported an injury or illness that required a health care professional’s treatment during the 2017-18 school year.