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WARTEL: We need to fight for affordable housing

(03/06/20 5:40pm)

As the legislative session of the General Assembly comes to a close, housing — one of the most universal issues for Virginians — has been largely overlooked. One bill introduced by Delegate Ibraheem S. Samirah, D-86, would have allowed for increased zoning density to allow more than single-family housing. The logic behind this is that in  high levels of single-family zoning, cities like Richmond, Charlottesville and Crystal City could have more units built, lowering costs through the process of market equilibrium. It is supply and demand, more units of housing means more competition between landowners and more options for tenants leading to lower rent. Supply isn’t the central problem of housing though. The lack of affordable housing in Virginia as well as around the country is not one of a mistaken market outcome, but of a central conflict between corporate power and working-class people. While zoning changes can provide a benefit at the margins, they do not address this power imbalance. To do this, we need to organize a tenant movement, fight for social housing and establish just cause eviction laws and rent control— measures that challenge the power of real estate.

Primary election results: live updates

(03/05/20 5:34am)

The end of football season marks the beginning of primary season (and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12). Now’s the time for all those Government majors to flex their niche knowledge of electoral politics and make you feel bad about not really knowing what’s going on. Anway, The Cavalier Daily sent me on the campaign trail to see what the word on the suburban street was and we stayed in roadside motels with two stars (the news editor wouldn’t go below three). There were many words, some not so nice, and I’m ready to share. Below are some takeaways, overheard conversations and general observations. 

Batten’s Super Tuesday panel discusses Democratic primaries in Virginia and beyond

(03/03/20 8:55pm)

The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy hosted a panel on Super Tuesday and the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries at large Monday night, as part of Batten’s “Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies” program, which is organized by the Center for Politics and Batten. This event is also part of a Center for Politics series celebrating the centennial of Women's Suffrage.

Freshman Kate Douglass shines in her first collegiate season

(03/05/20 4:28am)

Freshman Kate Douglass’ impressive resume touts a laundry list of achievements. She competed as a member of the 2018-19 U.S. National Junior Team, swam at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and the 2017 Junior World Championships, set numerous high-school records in the state of New York and qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in four events — the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke, the 50-meter freestyle and the 200-meter individual medley. All of that was before she even stepped foot on Grounds her first year.

Team of four University students reaches final stage in the Solar District Cup Challenge

(03/12/20 6:06am)

Last April, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the release of its first annual Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition, and since then, University students interested in solar design have had the opportunity to get involved with the competition and work on a real life solar energy project. Ruijie “Roger” Zhu — team leader and doctoral student in mechanical and aerospace engineering — pulled together a multi-disciplinary team for the District Solar Cup Competition composed of chemistry doctoral student Zhongwen Luo, Engineering undergraduate student Catlinh Nguyen and Batten undergraduate student Laura Guerrero.

CAMP: Charlottesville should revoke electric scooter contracts

(03/04/20 7:25pm)

When Lime announced this past December that it would no longer operate in Charlottesville, I was relieved. As a cyclist around Grounds, I have noticed an increasing number of students riding electric scooters dangerously, both for themselves and other individuals on the roads. Unfortunately, the removal of one electric scooter company did not cause the downfall of the e-scooter presence at the University. E-scooters remain an increasingly common sight around Grounds, ultimately to students’ detriment. As convenient and exciting as renting an e-scooter may be, they are fundamentally a danger both to their users and pedestrians — the city of Charlottesville should seek to ban them.

US Attorney Zach Terwilliger and his impact in the pursuit of justice

(03/05/20 5:07am)

The rigor of law school is notorious for being difficult even for the brilliant student, and being able to go through such an arduous academic journey with a learning disability seems unimaginable. However, that is precisely what U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Zach Terwilliger did. 

UJC recaps UBE results and hears from Assistant Vice President Marsh Pattie

(03/03/20 4:51am)

The University Judiciary Committee summarized the University Board of Elections results and heard from Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Marsh Pattie at its general body meeting Sunday. Pattie, who served as a UJC representative during his time in the Curry Graduate School of Education from 2002 to 2003, discussed how UJC has changed in the last 20 years.

No. 15 men’s swimming and diving finish second at ACC Championships

(03/04/20 7:11pm)

No. 15 Virginia men’s swimming and diving put together a strong week in Greensboro N.C. at the ACC Championships and finished as the conference runner-up. In the team’s best finish since 2013, the Cavaliers totalled 1,098 points during the week — only behind No. 5 NC State’s 1,250 points as the Wolfpack claimed their sixth consecutive conference title.

No. 13 women’s tennis falls to No. 1 North Carolina, beats No. 3 NC State on the road

(03/03/20 5:01am)

Coming off a strong ACC win over Clemson, No. 13 Virginia faced two ACC teams ranked in the top three this weekend. First, the Cavaliers (9-4, 3-2 ACC) traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C. Friday to face off against No. 1 North Carolina — the undefeated top seed in the country with five singles players ranked in the top 40 nationwide. They followed up with a win Sunday against No. 3 NC State. 

Bridging the gap — study sequences Asian genomes to diversify genetic databases

(03/25/20 1:45pm)

Though the number of human genomes sequenced continues to rise rapidly since the completion of the Human Genome Project — a scientific endeavor spanning multiple decades and countries aimed at detailing human DNA — in 2003, less than 10 percent of those genomes to date correspond to individuals of Asian descent. The GenomeAsia 100K Project, a non-profit consortium, seeks to change this lack of knowledge surrounding a major portion of the world’s ethnicities. The conglomeration of researchers and private sector executives from around the world — from Seoul, South Korea to the University — plans to add 100,000 novel genomes from individuals of Asian ethnicity to new open-access databases.