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Virginia football family cooks Thanksgiving dinner for the whole team before Tech game

While many students will give up their Saturday afternoons this week to watch the Virginia Tech game, a number of the players will forgo a conventional Thanksgiving dinner at home in order to face the Hokies. Thanksgiving football acts as a unifying force for many families, yet for University players such as Earl Sims, Yubrenal Isabelle and Jermese Jones, distance and time constraints separate team members from their loved ones over the holiday. Three years ago, as a first year, Virginia linebacker and Miami resident Sims faced the prospect of spending his first holiday away from home stranded in his dorm. That year, however, the families of Billy Baber and Jared Woodson, now fourth years, offered to cook Thanksgiving turkey for the stranded football players.


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Odds and Ends

Nutty recall Students spooning out pints of Ben & Jerry's ice cream is as common a sight at the University as squirrels scurrying across Grounds. But, because the company may have accidentally put tree nuts in its Peanut Butter Cup flavor, Ben & Jerry's is in the midst of a massive recall. Tree nuts, according to benjerry.com, can cause severe allergic reactions in people who have food allergies to these nuts. &nbsp Related Links Ben & Jerry's Web site The recall only affects the Peanut Butter Cup flavor. Only pints with expiration dates before Oct.


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Cashing in on your classes

In college, penny pinching is a way of life. But at the University, even poor students can aim for riches with the not-so-novel concept of investing. With the philosophy "learn now, the sooner the better," Commerce Prof.


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Maharaja takes its time spicing up Eastern fare

The very heart of what it means to be a patriotic elementary school child during this season may be donning clumsily made bonnets and colorful, feathered headdresses to recreate and celebrate the historical culinary, non-restaurant-based spectacle between the Pilgrims and Indians. Although little has changed about this yearly ritual of yams, turkeys, pumpkin pies, homemade costumes and fairytale depictions of the Mayflower and its weary and, more importantly, hungry passengers, what has changed are the key actors in this drama de cuisine. With the advent of the era of political correctness, what had traditionally been a feast between Pilgrims and Indians became one between Pilgrims and Native Americans. Thus, we are left to wonder, what would this historical meal have been like had it truly been a feast between Pilgrims and Indians?


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A Biker's Life

Although the altitude in the Shenandoah Mountains barely rivals that of the commanding Rockies on the other side of the continent, the rocky trails along Albemarle's rolling hills provide ample opportunity to slap on a helmet and some spandex. Mountain biking is alive and well at the University and even though there is no official program here, two University students qualified to compete in the Collegiate Mountain Biking National Championships in Idaho last month. Through stellar finishes in local races, third-year Commerce student Cara Coolbaugh not only landed a spot as a national competitor, but she racked up the highest number of points in the ACC.


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The Man Behind the Mascot

Eric Gibson is the man with the horse. Every Saturday home football game, Gibson and his horse, Blazer, pull into the Carl Smith Center on Alderman Road as the Cavalier and the Cavalier horse, costumed and ready to gallop onto the field before thousands of cheering fans. Virginia's Cavalier mascot first became popular after the 1990 Citrus Bowl, but Gibson is the first permanent Cavalier mascot at the University, and has been the opening attraction at football games for three years now. "Before Eric, we had the Charlottesville mounted police doing it.


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The Color of Love

(This is the third in a four-part series about dating and relationships at the University.) Niehn To is Vietnamese but has never dated another Vietnamese guy. Still, she didn't hesitate four years ago when she began dating her boyfriend Stephen LeGarde, a fellow fourth-year College student who is white.


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Odds and Ends

Hip Hop and Money The image of a black rapper cruising along in a BMW and wearing expensive leather clothes on MTV is a common one.


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The ISIS Man Cometh

It's registration time, and once again we encounter that oddly soothing - or agitating - voice, depending on what it has to say.


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Dockter Duval's Advice Column

The other night I walked in on one of my friends hooking up with a girl. The catch is he has a girlfriend, who I am also a friend of as well.


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To recount or not to recount: A state divided

HIGHLAND BEACH, Fla.-For the past week, Palm Beach has been leading a double life. For most of the year, it's a place where the rich and famous, such as Donald Trump and Oprah Winfrey, dwell in pink mansions built on castle-like scale atop the sandy lip of the Atlantic.


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Woody's doors fly open

Early Saturday morning, many first-year students awoke to a frenetic banging on the doors of their suites accompanied by loud, disgruntled shouts.