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How K-pop has given me an identity clash

(02/10/20 6:10am)

I grew up in Japan, surrounded by many enthusiastic fans of Asian idol groups. Whether at school, home or a friends’ house, everyone would be talking about K-pop idols and broadcasting their music. They were everywhere. Although I enjoy idol pop music to this day, I personally never went on to fervently follow these idols like some people around me did. Instead, I simply accepted their presence as a part of what constitutes my native culture.


Tied for First: 'Head Title aka Distant Lover' by Marvin Gaye

(02/06/20 5:14am)

I don’t buy all too much into astrology. The stars can be wishy-washy. Sometimes they make incorrect assumptions, sometimes they make me genuinely disbelieve in the self-fulfilling prophecy. But one personality trait that the hardy solar system really pinned me down on was my indecisiveness. Gemini reporting. Lordy, lordy me, making decisions is hard. 


Various classes offer students and community opportunities to practice mindfulness

(02/14/20 6:25am)

With classes, extra-curricular activities and limited budget, it can be hard for students to always maintain healthy lifestyles. Many students try to eat a balanced diet, exercise and meditate or practice self-care. At times, it may be difficult to establish a routine, but various communities and programs on and near Grounds can help them keep up with their goals. 


Lights, camera and class — the life of a college YouTuber

(02/05/20 9:30pm)

Walking around Grounds on a busy weekday, it's nothing out of the ordinary to witness a student taking a picture of her Starbucks cup with her name spelled wrong for Instagram or someone shamelessly posing for his Snapchat streaks. But seeing someone talking to a professional-grade camera on the way to class may generate a few stares. What looks unusual at first glance may actually be an iconic spotting of one of the University’s most popular YouTubers filming their latest content. Third-year College Student Jason Wang and second-year College student Megan Kelleher have garnered 19,300 and 13,400 subscribers, respectively, through their YouTube channels, which feature vlogs about their lifestyles at the University.


Intramural and Recreational Sports hosts inaugural ‘Ladies Night’ at the Aquatic & Fitness Center

(02/04/20 9:18pm)

The soundscape of the weight room echoes with effort. People grunt through difficult final reps, weights slam to the ground, barbells squeal as they roll across the pins. While anyone can make these sounds, Natalia Perez, Intramural-Recreational Sports personal trainer, says they reinforce the weight room’s reputation as a gender-segregated space. That’s why she pitched an event last fall with Jackie Lebeau, senior director of fitness and instruction, intending to carve out space for female and nonbinary students in the weight room.  


STRIKE: What’s changed since Rolling Stone? Not enough.

(02/06/20 4:42am)

Two months ago, C-ville Weekly published a review of the University’s years-long response to the now-infamous Rolling Stone article of 2014. The article detailed the original Rolling Stone piece, the University’s short- and long-term responses, the cultural shifts on Grounds and current student concerns over work that has yet to be done. C-ville Weekly asks the question, “What has (or hasn’t) changed at UVA since Rolling Stone?” I have an answer — not enough.


Students navigate a world filled with pimples, sunburn and skincare

(02/19/20 9:05pm)

Skincare is something that is a part of most people’s daily routine, but it can be a complicated subject. There is a copious number of skincare brands, each with their own suggestions and strategies, and dozens of options line grocery store shelves. With all of this information swirling around, students may find it hard to decide the best method to keep their skin healthy.



FDA approves artificial pancreas for easier diabetes management

(02/06/20 4:59am)

After rounds of clinical trials, researchers with the University Center for Diabetes Technology have created an “artificial pancreas” for patients with Type I diabetes. Until this technology, patients with Type I diabetes had to serve as ‘translators’ between two medical devices — insulin pumps and glucose monitors. But just recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new device, which will allow insulin pumps and glucose monitors to ‘talk’ to one another — turning two devices into one and creating a streamlined approach to diabetes management. 



O’FARRELL and ZAMOFF: Virginia basketball should have top teams on upset alert

(02/05/20 3:07am)

Last year, despite a dominant regular season which culminated in a second straight ACC regular season championship, Virginia still had its share of skeptics going into the NCAA Tournament. Many had concerns about whether Virginia’s notoriously slow pace of play would work in the postseason — criticisms which became more prevalent after Virginia’s historic upset loss in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. However, the Cavaliers went on to silence the doubters and win the first national championship in program history, proving that their playing style can be effective in March.



My Undying Love for Daddy Skimbleshanks, the Railway Cat

(02/10/20 6:15am)

Over winter break I had the privilege of seeing Cats (the movie, 2019) in one of the many theaters wherein it was showing across the U.S. The audience of six who had come to see this masterpiece grace the screen was ripe with anticipation as the lights dimmed, each of us excited for our own reasons. I presume the group of older men to my left had actually been fans of the Broadway show and were excited to see it on the big screen, in which case I can assume they left the theater feeling incredibly cheated. Everyone else there appeared to be under 25, and was here for one reason and one reason only: to see the absolute disaster of a movie that cost $95 million to make and has only made about $67.4 million to this day. The movie, by all accounts, was abysmal, with fur disappearing and reappearing at random and dance numbers with incredibly sensual overtones for seemingly no reason at all. It was a terrible, overproduced mess that sent out new copies to theaters after release to fix the CGI issues. In short, it was every Gen Z’s wet dream, and I was no exception.


Poetry school with Aracelis Girmay

(02/06/20 6:04am)

Poetry is often intimidating — whether this intimidation stems from learning about poetry in polarizing contexts, nursery rhymes or as high school literature curriculum, for many, poetry is a complex craft to master as a writer or reader. What makes poetry accessible despite this difficulty is studying it, spending time with it and eventually finding the music in it.


University alerted of sexual assault in on-Grounds residence hall

(02/03/20 12:39am)

University staff received report of a sexual assault Sunday afternoon, according to a timely warning email issued to the University community by Tim Longo, interim chief of University police and associate vice president for safety and security. The reported incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Saturday in an on-Grounds residence hall.



‘Miss Americana’ — miss intimate, miss political

(02/04/20 4:17pm)

Throughout her entire career, Taylor Swift has presented herself as the relatable girl next door. As a country star, she wrote songs every highschooler could relate to, she had celebrity crushes — see the song “Superstar” — and she loves cats and baking. To be one of the biggest stars in the world, Swift has managed to feel more down to earth than most, but her relatability was superficial. With her new documentary — “Miss Americana” — she lets the world in on what makes her tick, her fears and her insecurities. 


EDITORIAL: Charlottesville’s criminal justice system must address racial disparities

(02/06/20 5:16am)

In early February, Charlottesville City Council discussed a report of data from 2014 through 2016 that highlights the disparities that exist between black and white residents in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County criminal justice systems. These disparities have been blatantly apparent for generations and have yet to be fully addressed.