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Comprehensive coverage

In response to Monday?s Focus article (?Lawn community takes shape,? 3/16/2009), I would like to comment on The Cavalier Daily?s coverage of this year?s Lawn selection process and its resulting statistics.Past reporting of statistics from the Lawn selection process often only included the top 10 most represented organizations of applicants and selected residents.


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Protecting identities

As the president of the Black Law Students Association, I would like to address University Law Prof.


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Learning new manners

Ben Chrisinger protests the Civility Project (?Cultural differences,? 3/16/2009), an effort to provide students with behavioral guidelines for the twenty-first century, because he fears that such a project will ?alienate? foreign students.


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Relevant mis-reporting

As a future lawn resident and a member of several organizations that had incorrect records in Monday?s Lawn article (2009 ? 2010 Lawn Application Statistics, 3/16/2009), I was extremely disappointed in the number of errors made by The Cavalier Daily.


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More than inflation

Concerning The Cavalier Daily?s recent article on my grade inflation work (Research cites grade inflation as cause for national increase in GPA, 3/16/2009), I appreciate the newspaper creating awareness about the problem of grade inflation and think the article reflects my work accurately except in one respect.


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Statistical error

Significant and surprising errors were made in the statistics for next year?s Lawn residents (2009 ? 2010 Lawn Application Statistics, 3/16/2009). I am one of the Lawn residents for next year and was surprised to see incorrect information.A cursory glance of my own information uncovered the fact that every single one of my statistics was looked over in compiling the published data.


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Cultural differences

In response to the proposed civility project (?New program aims to better civility code,? 3/13/2009), I would like to encourage the project?s planners to seriously examine their goals before more formally unveiling their proposal.


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Making the grades

I am writing in response to your editorial concerning the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (?The Cost of Inflation,? 2/26/2009) in order to correct some inaccuracies in the piece.We found that we had a disparity between the numerical grading scales used in Spanish 100-200 and 300-400 level courses.


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Unbalanced budget reporting

I am the former president of the Virginia Women?s Chorus, writing in regard to the article by Jane Ma (?Student Council denies additional funds for Virginia Women?s Chorus,? 2/25/2009). I appreciate The Cavalier Daily?s efforts to illustrate the impact that Student Council budget cuts are having on student groups around grounds, including the Chorus in its plans to travel to the National Cathedral.


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Cruel irony

Although I agree that fenceless friendly nations make better neighbors, I am shocked that Kendra Kirk proposed that music ought to be used to deter illegal immigration (?Replacing border fences with ballads,? 2/25/2009). I am especially disturbed by the cartoon drawn by Lauren Caldwell in this article, which is presenting the idea that life in Mexico is somehow better, while ?America is boring.? Clearly, these two individuals have not been following the news in the past few months as to the slaughter that is occurring in Mexico as a dual result of the corruption rampant in all levels of the Mexican government and United States? unwillingness to accept its responsibility for causing some of the economic, social, and political conditions that have ultimately led to the Mexican Drug War.


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A note of thanks

I?m not sure who turned my iPod in to the staff at Clark Library, but I would like to thank them.


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Owning the Lawn

I am writing in response to Matt Dickey?s column (?UVAstocracy is not a meritocracy,? 2/23/2009). Like Dickey I will provide full disclosure.


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Not for laughs

I wanted to raise my objections to the ?Got Stalk? Log On to Facebook? ad that appeared in The Cavalier Daily (2/24/2009). The ad is pointless and unnecessary, and tries to make a throwaway joke about a serious topic.


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UBE member selection

There was an opinion column in the Cavalier Daily yesterday written by Isaac Wood concerning the UBE.


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Political cycles

Alex Cortes argues that Congressional Republicans have seen a rise in their approval ratings because of their opposition to President Obama's stimulus bill.


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Real solutions, not charity

The editorial last Thursday (?Food for Thought,? 2/19/2009) should be commended for supporting the efforts of the new student group Campus Kitchens.


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Political myths

Geoff Skelley (?Partisan games?, 2/19/2009) puts forth three inaccuracies: the ?American people are frustrated? with Congressional Republicans, they want a do-nothing stimulus or one with their same tired policies, and the that New Deal was generally successful.On the first, as of February 15 Rassmussen reports Republicans were within two points of Democrats on the general ballot.


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Misguided accusations

While I appreciate Matt Dickey?s interesting and candid column (?25 Personal Hoos and Boos,? 2/17/2009), his opinion on the selectivity of the University Guide Service is unfounded.


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Crossing the line

We were really disturbed to see the blatant racism in the comic section (?Classic It?s a Lemon,? 2/12/2009). After the Ethiopian foodfight fiasco, we thought The Cavalier Daily had realized that these ?jokes? aren?t funny.