Darby Witherspoon


Making a comeback

After a period of inactivity, second-year College student Marwa Hamidi has led the Afghan Student Association to its University comeback this year. The association hosted its first speaker Thursday night, drawing a wide spectrum of students on Grounds.


It all started a year ago when second-year College student Joanna Spotswood went to a networking lunch with the intention of getting free food.

Iran Day

Every year, nearly four months after the ball drops in New York City, another New Year celebration occurs. To help to ring in the Iranian New Year, referred to as “Nowruz” in Persian, the University’s Persian Cultural Society holds Iran Day to commemorate the spring equinox holiday — which fell this year on March 20, at 12:57 p.m. The festivities are complete with Iranian dances, poetry and music.

A Latino Student Alliance fangirl confesses

The Latino Student Alliance welcomes all students to celebrate Latino culture — including those who do not identify with the group. The LSA hopes by making clear there are no barriers to involvement, they can break down the perception that racial, ethnic and cultural groups divide the student body.

All is bright and gay

Cheers and festivities rang out last Wednesday evening, when more than 10 inches of snow gave students and staff an unexpected four-day weekend.

An entrepreneurial spirit

Four years ago, after the first big snow of the season, second-year College student Justin Dubois decided to go sledding on the biggest hill he could find. After breaking his leg in an accident, he was unable to participate in any physical activity for eight months. To pass the time, he started what would become a four-year programming project: PearlSquirrel.com.

Inspiration through dance

Second-year College student Rachel Zaragoza started with a vision. Combining her passions for teaching and dance, Zaragoza founded Project Inspire, a new organization on Grounds whose members hope to take a love of the arts, especially dance, to the greater Charlottesville community.

Spreading Kesem

Whether it’s falling off the monkey bars at recess or desperately scrambling to find a homecoming date, growing up can be tough. But for kids whose parents have or had cancer, the process is that much more difficult. That’s where Camp Kesem steps in.

Engaged at age 6

At age 6, most children are counting to 30, learning to read or maximizing tag time before dinner.

A different kind of sustainability

On Friday, student group Crafting for Conservation and Student Council’s Sustainability Committee gathered in the Garden Room on the Range to present the first Sustainable Art Gallery and to celebrate “America Recycles Day,” which also took place on Friday.