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Student self governance responds to low voter turnout

(03/06/20 5:19pm)

The University Board of Elections released results Friday for this year’s University-wide elections. Efforts from UBE, Honor, the University Judiciary Committee, Student Council and candidates campaigning increased overall voter turnout to 20 percent this year, compared to last year’s 18 percent. However, in the election of Student Council president, just 10 percent of students voted. Additionally, referenda from Honor and UJC were both unable to reach the necessary 10 percent of student body participation, despite over 90 percent of voters approving some of the legislation.

Indian Student Association and Queer Student Union hold dialogue on queer and South Asian identity

(03/06/20 5:26pm)

Students filled the University’s LGBTQ center Wednesday evening to discuss the importance of intersectionality and the steps we can take to be a more inclusive and accepting society. Approximately 40 students gathered to learn more about what it means to be queer — having a non-heteroromantic, non-heterosexual orientation or a non-cisgender identity — or an ally in the South Asian community. Collaboration between the Indian Student Association and the Queer Student Union led to the creation of this multicultural dinner dialogue. Students engaged in insightful conversations with one another while enjoying a catered Indian meal from Milan Indian Restaurant. 

A guide to Bachelor TikToks

(03/10/20 7:34pm)

It’s March, which means we are almost at the “windmill stage” of Peter’s season of “The Bachelor.” At this point, the premise of the show has shifted from “Who will the lead fall in love with?” to “Which contestant can rack up the most Instagram followers and #SponCon by the season finale?” Well, this year the claims of “She’s not here for the right reasons” have expanded all the way onto TikTok. Although the contestants have been criticized for being jailbait, they are practically boomers compared to the average TikTok-er. Although their Instagram games are strong, their TikToks are definitely hit or miss. Not to worry, though. I’ve taken it upon myself to round up the TikToks of all the girls I can find and ranking them from best to worst. 

No. 22 men’s basketball holds off Miami 46-44

(03/05/20 6:25am)

No. 22 Virginia downed Miami 46-44 in Coral Gables, Fla. Wednesday night. The Cavaliers (22-7, 14-5 ACC) benefitted from a foul by the Hurricanes (14-15, 6-13 ACC) with eight seconds left, which sent sophomore guard Kihei Clark to the free-throw line. Clark sank both free throws to seize the lead for Virginia, then Miami senior guard Dejan Vasiljevic missed a last second layup attempt with one second left to seal the Cavaliers’ seventh straight win. 

MCKELVEY: Fund the Women’s Center

(03/06/20 7:51pm)

In the past three and a half years the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center has been able to almost double its counseling staff thanks to a grant from the University Provost Office. Although this grant allowed the center to add another three full-time physicians to its team, they will no longer be able to take on new clients for the time being. In fact, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, the Women’s Center will no longer accept students to its waitlist for professional counseling. This ongoing demonstrated need for women’s center counseling makes it undoubtedly clear that it is time for an increase in funding to the Women’s Center. 

Student-run survey aims to collect disaggregate data highlighting diverse needs of Asian American community at U.Va.

(03/05/20 5:24am)

An ongoing survey spearheaded by two students aims to collect disaggregate data about the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American population of the University and to provide an updated portrait of the community since the last survey was conducted in 2005. The survey is part of an ongoing national movement pushing for data-disaggregation for APIDA communities, and it will close Friday, March 6.

‘Baamum Nafi’ is a Senegalaise story about extremism with universal implications

(03/06/20 5:30pm)

The night of Tuesday, March 3 was Super Tuesday in the United States, an evening that saw a national party picking a face to battle what many see as dangerous extremism in the Oval Office. The same night at Newcomb Theater, extremism was also being tackled by the Senegalese film “Baamum Nafi” — optionally translated as “Nafi’s Father.” Director and writer Mamadou Dia filmed the project in his hometown, utilizing mostly untrained actors. 

Italy study abroad programs, spring break study abroad programs canceled for remainder of the semester

(03/05/20 5:37am)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 3 advisory Feb. 28 for all of Italy in response to an increased presence of COVID-19, the disease more commonly referred to as coronavirus. At that point, students studying in Italy through U.Va. were informed by the University and their international partners that they could no longer condone students remaining in Italy during this public health crisis. 

A love sonnet to the potato

(03/12/20 10:27pm)

Few foods can compare to the potato’s versatility of form and universal appeal. Its mild flavor and common partnership with butter, salt and oil make it one of the most irresistible vegetables. It’s rare to meet a potato dish that does not inspire a positive reaction. While meditating on my love for potatoes in all forms, I recalled a reading from my history of English course — Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee?” 

Major water line failure in Alderman Library shuts down Greenberry’s and West Wing restrooms

(03/04/20 3:55pm)

The University Library announced Tuesday that a major water line failure in Alderman Library has led to the closure of Greenberry’s cafe and half of the building’s bathrooms. All water to the West Wing will remain shut off for the remainder of the semester, as the library is scheduled to close completely for renovations this coming May.

Local artists bring large presence to the tiny desk

(03/05/20 6:11am)

The University Programs Council hosted the third Tiny Desk Concert Friday, Feb. 28, held for the first time at Grit Coffee on the Corner. The concert series is modeled after NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, where artists sit in a small room behind a tiny desk and perform a live show. The series began at NPR in 2008 and has since attracted smaller artists and bigger acts like Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Adele and Tyler, the Creator.