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The Competition Effect

As September comes to a close, most upperclassmen have re-entered the academic mode. First years are continuing to acclimate to a new environment.


Acquiring language proficiency

Each language department approaches the competency requirement differently, however. Where some departments emphasize immediately teaching in the target language ? conducting the entire course in the language within the first semester ? many others focus on developing grammar before speaking.


Library System plans Alderman renovation

Alderman Library, the heart of the University library system, houses approximately three million volumes — valued together at $104 million — and serves as a major study space for students. The library is beginning to show signs of age, however, and renovation planning is already underway.


Ferguson Ripples Reach Charlottesville

The fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a reportedly unarmed, African-American citizen of Ferguson, Missouri, has brought law enforcement and police brutality to the forefront of national interest. Members of the University and greater Charlottesville community have been vocal in protests of police actions in Ferguson and prejudice in law enforcement across the country.

	A chart of varied examples of policies regarding student members to the Board of Visitors (Board of Trustees at FSU). Though the University and Virginia Tech both have appointed student members, at other schools the representative is elected.

How Students Access the Board of Visitors

Eighteen people sit on the University Board of Visitors. Only seventeen, however, have voting power on the Board and one — fourth-year College student Meg Gould — is there to help ensure the Board understands the breadth of the student experience when making their decisions. “You are essentially serving as a sounding board for a lot of these issues that affect students,” Gould said.


Large student groups turn to endowments for sustainability

To say funding issues affect every organization on Grounds is to state the obvious, but how groups, specifically large ones with consistently high expenditures, approach the issue can vary widely. The Honor Committee and the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, for instance, both use large endowments to support various organizational programs.


Lawsuit against NCAA, college conferences seeks greater athlete compensation

Last month, antitrust attorney Jeffrey Kessler filed a lawsuit against the NCAA and five major college conferences on behalf of two football and two basketball players at Clemson, the University of Texas at El Paso, Rutgers and the University of California Berkeley — students Martin Jenkins, Kevin Perry, J.J. Moore and William Tyndall, respectively. With the exception of Jenkins, a junior, the four have completed their NCAA eligibility and ended their college athletic careers.


Where will you graduate?

Construction fencing will completely surround the Rotunda on all sides beginning May 19, blocking almost all access to the lawn from the north side.


University well-suited, active in blood donations

“Needles don’t really bug me,” said Lauren Odegaard, a first-year in the School of Nursing. Odegaard was just one of many donors who did not mind needles at an ROTC blood drive on March 27th. The event, organized by Kaitlyn McQuade, a fourth-year Nursing student in Army ROTC, collected blood specifically for active military personnel, veterans, and their families, the second such drive McQuade has organized at UVa. McQuade said that she was inspired by an Armed Services Blood Program drive she saw in Washington state while undergoing ROTC training there.


5K fundraising season in full swing

This past fall, the Fourth Year 5K had over 930 registrants, who were able to enjoy the nice weather along with guests like Cav Man and Dean Groves. President Teresa Sullivan recognized fourth-year winners of the event at the football game. During the event, participants are provided with statistics and information about low-risk drinking through games and merchandise.

	“[Posse and QuestBridge] are national programs that are designed to attract high achieving low-income students,” said Dean of Admissions Greg Roberts. “Each year we enroll about 10 of each, so that’s 20 out of an entire class. These are two programs which are designed to help us identify, attract and enroll high achieving students from underrepresented [populations] who have overcome great obstacles.”

Students explore alternative scholarship opportunities

Though many students obtain aid packages through AccessUVa, the University’s flagship financial aid program, and a select few are awarded merit scholarships through the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, outside sources of funding play an important role for many University students.


The changing face of student self governance

In fall 2010, the Gooch-Dillard residence area had a problem: the UTS bus schedule was a mess. One frustrated student posted his concerns on, a website run by Student Council that lists student-generated proposals to change University policies, and sent his proposed solution around on the Gooch-Dillard listserv to encourage people to vote for his idea. As the idea quickly became the top post on the website for that month, a UTS subsequently implemented a new, more efficient bus schedule for the Gooch-Dillard area.

	More Architecture students per capita studied abroad last year than students in any other school. One in five Architecture students spent some time abroad in the 2012–13 academic year. On the other end of the spectrum, less than 5 percent of both Engineering and Nursing students participated in a study abroad program.

Study abroad still attracts high participation

As the world becomes increasingly connected and globalized, more and more students are studying abroad each year. A report released by the Institute of International Education puts the number of U.S. students who studied abroad in the last academic year at about 283,000 — a 62 percent increase in the last 10 years.

	Students can purchase parking passes for the Emmet/Ivy and University Hall parking lots for $18 a month, or in some cases they can purchase on-site parking in their residence areas for $40 a month. There are no current plans to expand parking availability, Parking and Transportation Director Rebecca White said, and parking at closer locations — including the Central Grounds Garage, pictured above — remains prohibitively expensive for many students and staff.

University parking reaches limit

For those who have a car on Grounds, finding a convenient and affordable parking space is a daily concern. Student enrollment has increased in recent years, creating a higher demand for parking spaces. A point of contention among faculty, students and administrative officials is whether the University’s current capacity for parking is appropriate given strong, and increasing, demand.

According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 52 percent of all people 18 to 25 used marijuana in 2012.

Marijuana use polarizes state, University

The debate about legalizing marijuana divides activists and legislators across the nation. At the University, marijuana usage is low, but increasing, in keeping with national trends. As the drug remains strictly illegal in Virginia, the University Police and University Judiciary Committee continue to enforce the law. For many, marijuana remains a taboo subject as the debate progresses.


Marriage Ban Under Fire

Harsh words and terse documents circled the State Capitol last week, following Attorney General Mark Herring’s announcement that he will refuse to defend the Marshall-Newman Amendment, also known as the Marriage Amendment, which is being challenged in District Court.

	University community members stood on the Lawn’s newly laid grass Wednesday evening to take in the annual end-of-summer tradition

Family values

The family system is a staple of many organizations at the University. By pairing new members with older ones — known as “littles” and “bigs,” respectively — organizations hope to streamline the integration of these new members into the fold.

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