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Rated X for extreme Forget Hollywood movies. This stuff is the real deal. Monday, March 20, the "Best of Banff Mountain Film Festival" rolls into Charlottesville with a collection of awe-inspiring videos to amaze outdoor enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike. The lineup includes films by "amateur and professional filmmakers from around the world," said John Holden of Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, the local sponsor of the event. This year, moviemakers submitted 138 films from 22 countries to the festival.


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Dr. Hostler: Renaissance woman

Medicine is not the only thing well-rounded University doctor Sharon Hostler prescribes. With a broad range of interests and hobbies, she advises students to "take the time to enjoy the journey, not just the destination." Hostler, the medical director at Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) here in Charlottesville, also is a professor of pediatrics at the University Medical School. With a look of nostalgia on her face, Hostler referred to college as a "banquet table of opportunities" from which students should "enjoy classes and recognize that the clock is artificial." Hostler received the Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award this February, an award the University gives annually to one woman at the University based on her contributions to the community. Hostler sat in her office, wearing a long black dress, a red cardigan sweater and Birkenstocks.


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Roughing it up in D.C. "This is our first major accomplishment standing on our own as a club," said a triumphant Brennan Holmes, second-year College student and president of the men's club rugby team. On Sunday, the newly-formed undergraduate rugby team won the George Mason-sponsored "Brawl on the Mall" tournament in Washington, D.C. Before this year, both graduate and undergraduate students participated in the sport and played on the same team.


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Camping out for the game Most people who want floor seats for Virginia basketball games show up a few hours before the game.


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Lifting the veil of silence

(The opinions expressed in this article are those of Linnisa Wahid, who is writing a personal account of the conflict in Sierra Leone.) When my grandmother came to live with my family in 1997, she told me about a particular moment when she knew that she had to flee her country.


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Fuming over Hume "A devoted Virginian who served his native state in Civil War and Legislative Hall." These words stand eternally etched on the Frank Hume Memorial, the marble memorial fountain located in between the Commerce School and Brown College.


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Poetry percolates at coffee shop Lyricfest, described as a "new kind of poetry" by its founders, will debut this evening at Espresso Corner at 6. Eight poets, chosen from work submitted over e-mail, will read their work at the coffee shop. Catalina Ocampo, executive chair of La Sociedad Latina, said they were looking for poets who liked to experiment with style, theme and ways of reading poetry.


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Riots, Beatles songs thrive on Leap Day

It's a simple problem of arithmetic - 365 days just does not equal the length of a solar year. To be exact, it's off by five hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. In everyday life, this means that every four years, approximately one day goes uncounted.


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The taste of Charlottesville Do you feel like you'll turn into a fasting masochist if you eat one more slice of 'Caribbean Style' O-Hill ham or one more plate of soggy Pav spaghetti? Well, maybe you should consider attending the International Food Festival at Alumni Hall tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. But there's a catch. Sponsored by the University Alumni Association, the event features an "eclectic buffet of international cuisine," highlighting countries as diverse as Ireland, Germany, France, India and even Switzerland. Many local restaurants will contribute to the tastebud-tempting event, including Maharaja, Baja Bean, Thai!