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What Not To Do At Parties

There are a lot of Ferris Buellers out there at UVA. Those for whom everything goes according to plan, who can get into any party, make friends with anyone, and generally just get away with whatever they want. If you’re anything like me though, you often find yourself making some mistakes in life, particularly on the social scene. To save you the embarrassment of causing the same awkward situations, here are five tips that I learned from a recent night on the town that could help you out.

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Hoo’s On Fire

In the early hours of this past Friday, November 14, a University of Virginia Medical Center shuttle van mysteriously caught on fire and was destroyed. The Charlottesville Fire Department responded to the loading dock of the Medical Center after an unnamed person who saw the blazing van pulled the building’s emergency alarm. They arrived at 3:11…

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On Graduate Students

Graduate students appear on grounds in the form of TAs, lab instructors, and even instructors for some introductory-level courses. You, the undergraduate, might adore, abominate, or just passively accept these students’ unavoidably significant role in your own education.

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UVa Football Bowl Chances

As the Virginia Football team returns home for their bye week, let’s examine how the season has unfolded. Travel back in time with me. It is the 4th quarter in the Cavaliers opening football game. UCLA holds an eight-point lead and on trots Grayson Lambert to try and lead the team on a game-tying drive.…


6 Annoying Habits of Library-Goers

In general, UVa students are smart, conscientious people. Don’t take this as the start of a sociology paper—fellow Wahoos truly are some of the most respectful people out there. However, put hundreds of stressed-out students in the same cramped library during midterms season and you have a recipe for disaster—and the pressure of exams does…

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Why Don’t They Want Me?

Rejection. We’ve all been there. There may be a club that you want to be in so badly. You apply, get your hopes up, and then watch wide-eyed in horror as they are smashed to the ground in a million shards of tears and disappointment. You may find yourself asking why? Where did I go wrong? How are we talking right now? How did you get into my house? These are all valid questions that I hope I can answer.

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VIDEO: Proof of Voter Fraud in Virginia?

The following is a homemade video from a voter in Virginia who went to the polls today. Disconcertingly, every time the voter selected the box for the Republican candidate on the touch screen, the computer selected the Democratic candidate. According to the video description, a poll worker informed the voter that it was a “calibration…

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OPINION: Student Safety and Late Classes

The University of Virginia is constantly reminding its students how to remain safe in the Charlottesville community. Emails from Dean of Students Allen Groves and University Police Chief Michael Gibson arrive in students’ inboxes nearly weekly, reiterating the importance of preventative behaviors. These messages repeatedly emphasize the necessity of walking in groups, particularly after dark,…

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Ebola Threatening Virginia, Bloomberg Reports

In an article published this Sunday, Bloomberg reports that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has yet to use his executive authority to issue quarantines of passengers traveling from West Africa who could have been exposed to Ebola virus. For casual readers, here are the pertinent facts of the article: “Virginia, New York and New Jersey are among…

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PREVIEW: Virginia Basketball

Basketball fever has hit UVa once again. Season ticket sales in John Paul Jones Arena broke the previous record with 9,966 and the Hoos are ranked at #8 in the preseason polls. Optimism is high as a less than stellar recruiting class is masked by UVa only graduating three players from last year’s team. Tony…

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Hoos for Israel brings Asaf Romirowsky to Grounds

On October 21st, Hoos for Israel is hosting Asaf Romirowsky, a fellow at the Middle East Forum, who will speak about this past summer’s conflict between Israel and Gaza. The event will start at 6:30pm in Monroe 124. There will be free pizza and a question and answer period. In addition to his work at…

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7 Things You Will Understand Only at Scott Stadium

With half of the UVa football season in the rearview mirror—and an impressive 4-2 record from the Cavalier squad—most students have had the opportunity to witness a game at Scott Stadium first-hand. For those who haven’t, however, here are seven common experiences each Wahoo fan is bound to have over the course of a football…

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5 Classic First Year Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

While the fall semester has been in session for over a month now, first years are still giving themselves away through their own inexperience with all things college. Here is a list of five mistakes that first years continue to make at the University of Virginia. 1. Eating O’Hill Stir Fry for Every Single Meal.…


UVa Ranked #1 for Best Investors by WSJ

According to a recent report by The Wall Street Journal, the University of Virginia produces the best investors than any other college in America. The results of the report come from an online forum called ZeroSum, which tracked the investment recommendations of its members, determined the annualized return of the stocks that people picked, and then compiled…

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The October Issue

A digital copy of The Virginia Advocate’s October Issue from 2014. Inside are articles about Charlottesville’s SPCA, Dieting, an Interview with Professor Ross Cameron, an Investigation of Daisy Lundy, the Miller Center, President John Lloyd Newcomb, and Bond v. US.

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The Alliance Defending Freedom’s Collegiate Academy

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) will be hosting an informational dinner at Fry Springs Station on Jefferson Park Avenue on September 24th for students interested in pursuing leadership in law, government, and public policy after graduation. The purpose of the event is to give students more information about the ADF Collegiate Academy, which is a one-week…

iPhone 6: Why Bother?

When the iPhone 6 was released today, all that Apple confirmed was that I have become an old man. Apple has shown me that I have absolutely no need to upgrade my phone for the foreseeable future, and that makes me appear as something like a Luddite. Nevertheless, I would venture to say that I…

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Author and Witness to the 9/11 Attacks to Speak at UVa

Next Thursday, author R.C. Mulcahy will be speaking at UVa at the 9/11 ceremony hosted by Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). Mulcahy was a witness to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and has spent the last ten years researching for a novel about the events of 9/11 and the rebuilding process that followed. According…

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Welcome First Years!

The Virginia Advocate would like to welcome all the first years to Grounds. As you attend the Activities Fair tomorrow (August 25, 11:00am to 2:00pm on the lower Lawn and in the Amphitheater), check out our joint table with the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). Today, we are also releasing our first magazine issue of…

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What About March?

Four months ago, The Virginia Advocate was set to release the last installment of its magazines for the semester. The March Issue, as it should have been known, promised as much improvement and fine-tuning that this publication has showcased in every issue over the past year. Yet, because of a backlog of budgeting in Student Council, The…

Dads and the College Diploma

Every year, more than 1,000 high school seniors from around the world—from South Carolina to South Korea—compete for roughly 35 scholarships to attend the University of Virginia as Jefferson Scholars. The Jefferson Scholarship, which pays out-of-state students over $50,000 a year to attend U.Va. (and covers their tuition, fees, room and board), is awarded to students who excel in scholarship, leadership, and citizenship. The students are diverse in many respects, from religion, to ethnicity, to political outlook.

Where’s My Privilege?

On April 2nd, a freshman named Tal Fortgang at our sister publication, The Princeton Tory, wrote a piece called “Checking My Privilege” that has blown up the editorial pages across the country with a polarizing debate about “white privilege”–the advantage that whites, particularly white males, receive because of the systematic racism that allegedly lingers in the…

10 Sights at Foxfield

Saturday marked one of the most anticipated events of the UVA calendar year: the Foxfield Races. While few students ended up seeing the horses that were at the center of the event, the real attention was on the inebriated revelry among friends who donned on only their classiest outfits. Here is a list of the ten most…

Matricide in Manhattan: The Libation Bearers

This April, the Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama group staged Aeschylus’ The Libation Bearers in Greek, part two of the Oresteia trilogy. The group has performed a classical drama in the original language every Spring since 1977. They put the translation in supertitles. Last year they put on Seneca’s Thyestes in Latin. The cast and crew consists mainly of classicists from Barnard and Columbia, including undergrads.

Two Plus Two is Five—Who Cares? The Serious Issues of Common Core

There are many flaws now coming to light in the increasingly adopted Common Core educational standards. Not only do these standards result in in strange and inefficient teaching methods being forced upon or selected by teachers nationwide, but they threaten both the appreciation of the arts and the incentive for school districts and states to do what is best for their own students, and thus must at the least be seriously reconsidered.

An Enduring Voice: Commemorating the Death of Gabriel García Márquez

Watching the breaking news last Thursday night, April 17, I was reminded of an article I read years ago in The New York Times. It was an author’s recollection of the day in 1960 when he first discovered that the composer Igor Stravinsky had died. I remember particularly his expression of shock at the thought that Stravinsky, an icon of the first half of the twentieth century, was no more. Each generation must inevitably experience the death of some of its greats, must come to the realization that they shall produce no more and that their immortal work is now all that is left of them on this world. We, the generations of the latter half of the twentieth century and of the opening of the twenty-first, are experiencing such a moment: Gabriel García Márquez has died.

Meet the New Editor

The Virginia Advocate is at a crossroads. From about the time I was born to the moment I arrived at the University of Virginia, our magazine had gone from the hell-raising leadership of Rich Lowry to a self-implosion long in the making. After years of neglect, the Virginia Advocate finally bottomed out in the fall…

The Guide to UVa Finals Week

In college, there are few things more dreaded than the final. Whether it manifests as a scantron or an essay, everyone fears being dazed over the lack of an answer despite tireless efforts of research and study. However, while it is tempting to procrastinate and drown out one’s sorrows with a six-pack, there are better ways of coping with the stresses of exam time.

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SPOTLIGHT: Second-Year Danny Pluta Appreciates the Finer Things in Life

In this piece, the second of The Virginia Advocate’s series of multi-media student interviews in the new “Spotlight” section, I interviewed UVa Second Year Danny Pluta. Danny enjoys writing poetry, drawing, reading, and acting in his spare time. I sat down with him to chat about art, spirituality, and great literature. An excerpt of our conversation can be…

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OPINION: Scott Stadium for Graduation

After announcing its plans to alter the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2015 (and possibly the Class of 2016) earlier this year, the University held a “Town Hall” meeting last night in Newcomb to bring students into the conversation about the alternatives that they are considering. Today, a student survey opened up that will…


What’s So Great About 2048?

Almost everyone who has played the latest app fad, a game called 2048, will attest to how addicting it is. For those who are unaware of this new phenomenon, 2048 consists of number tiles that the user slides together to create a tile new tile that contains their sum. The game allows the user to combine…

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CRs and UDems Come Together

Last Saturday, the College Republicans and University Democrats came together for a service project at a local park. Although this is not the first time that the CRs and UDems have found common ground, this is the first event within recent memory whose primary purpose is non-political. The two groups cleaned up the park and trimmed…


REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel

18 years after he first entered the movie-making arena, Wes Anderson presents the crystallization of his technique and voice in, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Of course, one can always improve, but never has a film felt so Andersonian. His technique as a filmmaker has never been so precise and his mise-en-scene so meticulous, from the 2D camera framing to the canvas full of curio items and often candy colored palette, so much so that “The Grand Budapest” has been called Anderson’s “Bohemia themed dollhouse.”


OPINION: Does God Hate Wahoos?

“You’re going to Hell, UVa!” Thus, chaos descended upon the UVa Amphitheater as fundamentalist Christians heckled through the crowds during Wednesday afternoon. Yet, in between “The Good Old Song” and the disturbed reactions of passersby, the UVa Christian community must not let this act define how it is perceived on Grounds. Otherwise, the question will not be (as a close friend put it): “Does God hate Wahoos?” Instead, the question will be whether Wahoos can stop hating each other.


AEI at UVa: Is Obamacare Really Working?

After months of multiple site crashes, extended deadlines, and resulting ridicule, Democrats finally rejoiced as the White House announced on April 1 that 7.1 million people enrolled in the first round of Obamacare signups. Conservatives, however, tried to defy this triumphant narrative on Tuesday as Alex Brill, an American Enterprise Institute Scholar, and Dr. Peter Puzio, a local neurologist, spoke to University students about the difficulties ahead.

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The University’s Early History and its Modern Growth

When asked about the first few years of the University, most students around Grounds could probably remind you that Thomas Jefferson played a key role in the establishment and that the young Southern “gentlemen” sometimes got rowdy on the Lawn. Beyond these repetitive—and oftentimes oversimplified—aspects of UVa’s beginning, it is somewhat worrisome that many of the University’s own attendants know little to nothing of her history.

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CRIME MAP: Robbery near Humphreys

On the morning of Saturday, April 5, 2014, Chief of the University Police Michael Gibson reported to students that a robbery had taken place in Old Dorms, outside of Humphreys at around 5:40am. ” The victim reported being struck in the head by an unidentified suspect,” Mr. Gibson said. “The suspect then took money from the…

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The Pie Guys Arrive on Food Truck Corner

There is a new presence on Grounds during lunchtime in front of the amphitheater. The Pie Guys, a food cart specializing in Australian meat pies, has officially opened for business. Justin Bagley, who started the company last year, is the owner of The Pie Guys, and he is a real pie professional. Bagley, who is…

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9 Things You Didn’t Know about UVa

1. UVa Alumni Invented Reddit After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2005, UVa’s co-founders Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian started what is now one of the most visited websites on the Internet. Huffman had the computer science degree, and Ohanian the B.S. in commerce. 2. Governor McDonnell’s Kids Although currently out of office,…

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“Firebrand” Ted Cruz Well Received by Larry Sabato’s Politics Class

On Wednesday afternoon United States Senator Ted Cruz addressed Larry Sabato’s Intro to American Politics class. Senator Cruz’s visit challenged the media’s negative impression of him and showed his capability of reaching out to voters outside of the conservative base. Cruz did not filibuster on Wednesday. Spending only two minutes on a prepared speech, he…

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Arguing Politics: Whose Prejudice?

In the crossfire of race and welfare politics, nothing is safe. Just two weeks ago, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was accused of being racist and prejudicial for saying on Bill Bennett’s radio show that there was a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of…generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value…

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Sasheer Zamata Returning to UVa

Sasheer Zamata, who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 and recently joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, will be returning to the University on April 13 for a stand-up comedy show. The event, sponsored by the University Programs Council (UPC), will take place in the Chemistry Building Auditorium (Room 402). Tickets are…

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Hoos Look for a Pivotal Football Season in 2014

Virginia’s football team, with Coach Mike London at the helm, is looking to rebound after one of the Cavaliers’ worst performances in recent memory, finishing without a single win in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This past season exposed several holes that the Virginia coaching staff will have to address during the off-season if they…

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Is the Administration Becoming Anti-Greek?

It was last spring when the UVa Administration made the unprecedented decision to order all fraternities to cut short their pledge processes or face censure from the University. Dean Grove’s announcement came as a shock to Greeks and non-Greeks alike, and begged the question: is the Administration becoming hostile towards Greek life on Grounds? After…


UVa Quidditch Team Secures World Cup Position

Many students have heard of the UVA Quidditch team, but few people know how well our teams perform; let alone how the sport is even played. After a long and hard year, the Quidditch team at the University of Virginia, The Whomping Wahoos, earned a bid earlier this month to travel to North Myrtle Beach, SC for the World Cup, a great honor.


OPINION: Returning to Our Roots

“Grueling. Slow. Risky.” These are three words moderns hate to hear, and Forrest Pritchard knows it. As part of Friday’s Virginia Festival of the Book, Pritchard highlighted his memoir, “Gaining Ground,” and his struggle to preserve the family farm by standing against the culture of convenience. Nevertheless, in the fast pace of modernity, is agriculture still worth saving?

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How Far Can Virginia Go in the NCAA Tournament?

No one is safe during March Madness. Over half of the games that were played on Thursday and Friday featured wins by the lower seeded of the two teams. Some of the biggest losses occurred on Friday, including Mercer shocking the Duke Blue Devils and Stephen F. Austin stunning the college world with a miraculous shot against Virginia Commonwealth, leading them to a victory in overtime. With the vulnerability of college basketball giants in the NCAA Tournament, how far can Virginia go?

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In Defense of Academic Freedom

It is common for reasonable people to discuss the limits of certain freedoms. Even in discussions of academic freedom, the conversation usually involves the extent of said freedom. Very rarely, however, is the very essence of academic freedom itself questioned. That is what makes the appearance of the article “The Doctrine of Academic Freedom: Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of academic justice,” which appeared recently in The Harvard Crimson, so surprising and, in the opinion of this writer, in dire need of a response.

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Acting Out: Performing Arts Around Grounds

If you have ever walked past the Rotunda and up Rugby Road, you may have noticed a number of University buildings on Carr’s Hill, opposite of Mad Bowl. Carr’s Hill is home to the President’s house, the Fralin Museum of Art, the School of Architecture, the Hunter Smith Band Building, and the Drama Building. Although…

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Monday Classes Cancelled (03/17/14)

It’s official: Update: Monday classes are cancelled. Non-designated academic division employees do not report to work. See for more — UVA (@UVA) March 17, 2014 We’re on board with the C-ville News Desk: Common sentiment this morning. RT @MegWilliams216 #SnowOverIt — C-VILLE News Desk (@cvillenews_desk) March 17, 2014 Here’s the run down: Libraries…

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The Stupefaction of the Public

When Lincoln famously quipped that “you cannot fool all the people all the time,” he asserted a basic belief in the intelligence of the average human being. Yet that belief has been challenged in recent years in all facets of social life. Every institution—from government to corporations to places of higher learning—seems lately to be operating under the assumption that people are just stupid, and that they can be convinced of any notion, no matter how preposterous, as long as it is packaged the right way. The result of this mentality is the attempted stupefaction of the American public, and unfortunately, this stupefaction has now arrived at the University of Virginia.


Condom Olympics at UVa

To the international community, the Olympic Games embodies athletes’ passion for physical discipline, moral rigor, and educational pursuit. But apparently at UVa, the Olympics represents students’ passion for noncommittal sex, a profuseness of condoms, and sexually explicit entertainment.

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Monday Classes Cancelled (03/03/14)

Another day, another snowstorm. The University of Virginia officially cancelled Monday classes early this morning after a storm dumped snow across the mid-Atlantic and the Rustbelt: Monday classes are cancelled. Non-designated academic division employees do not report to work. 1/3 — UVA (@UVA) March 3, 2014 Make sure you check in with your professors to…

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10 Best Places on the Corner

College students are busy. We are also often quite hungry. And while many would claim our busyness precludes the ability to have tasty and filling meals, I believe these opinions to be balderdash. There are countless places on our very own Corner that offer quick food, with quality ingredients, sold at reasonable prices. You just need to know where to look.


Hollywood Drug Culture: The New Normal

In early February, Oscar-winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment with a heroin needle still protruding from his arm. His name was added to the list of other talented individuals that have succumbed to drug or alcohol abuse: Cory Montieth, Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger. It is the norm these days, and it is not acceptable.

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Archbishop Chaput: On American Catholicism’s Political Future

In the wake of his recent appointment to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia came to the University of Virginia to speak about Catholicism in modern American politics. Sponsored by the St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought, an independent faculty group on Grounds, the archbishop reaffirmed his commitment to faith’s role political…

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State of the Union Recap

On January 28th, many Americans sat around their television sets to watch President Obama administer the State of the Union address to the Congress. But not everyone has the time to watch the hour-long Presidential speech. But just because one did not watch the State of the Union live, or does not have the time to watch it online, does not mean he should be left without any knowledge of what the President had to say.

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UVa Graduates in the Peace Corps

UVa has regularly ranked among the top schools sending volunteers to the Peace Corps. When the Peace Corps released their rankings of the top schools last week, UVa was second on the list of medium-sized schools with 44 former students volunteering around the world. The only medium-sized school with more was Western Washington University, with…

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Stay Up For Good With St. Jude!

Still in the giving mood after Valentine’s Day? It is not too late to join the “Up ‘Til Dawn” fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that is taking place this weekend. The event is part of a student-run national collegiate program that raises money for hospitals. The University of Virginia’s fundraiser will run…

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VoIP: Are You Kidding Me?

“Can you hear me now?” Nope, not anymore: At the start of February 2014, the University of Virginia revealed that it plans to replace the existing phone lines throughout Grounds with a “modern standards-based system” using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). VoIP simply utilizes an Internet connection to relay phone calls, much like Skype or…

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OPINION: Mark Herring’s Disregard for the Law

Recently elected Attorney General of Virginia, Mark Herring’s most prominent decision in his first month has been his decision not to enforce the state’s Marriage Amendment, despite supporting it only eight years ago. However, is this switch just politics as usual, or does the act of disregarding laws one disagrees with set a dangerous precedent?


A Reviewer Contemplating the Spanish Theater

Going to the theater and participating in a cross-cultural experience are not usually pastimes we associate with one another; the one connotes Shakespeare and Manhattan, the other a bazaar or an international food festival. This past weekend, those who attended the UVA Spanish Theater Group’s production, under the direction of Fernando Operé, of Alejandro Ricaño’s Idiotas contemplando la nieve were treated to the benefits of both, with the plentiful addition of that human capacity integral to all languages: humor.

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Snowpocalypse 2014: Classes Cancelled

Snowpocalypse 2014 has officially begun with the cancellation of Thursday classes: Classes on Thursday are cancelled. Non-designated academic division employees do not report to work. See for more 1/2 — UVA (@UVA) February 13, 2014 Reporters in the field say both Kroger and Harris Teeter in the Barracks Road Shopping Center have been swamped…


Valentine’s Day, the Local Way

Forget cliche Valentine’s Day activities–dinner dates and gifts of pink and red are overrated. Bring your friends, a significant other, or just yourself to these local events to experience the flavor of Charlottesville. This is the Valentine’s Day for the adventurer in you.


The Scoop on the Rhodes Scholarship

Two UVa students, Evan Behrle and Charles Tyson, were awarded 2014 Rhodes Scholarships this past November. In honor of the University attaining its 50th Scholar, we look back at the history of the Rhodes Scholarship and past UVa recipients. The Rhodes Scholarship was created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, a British businessman…

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The Gaffe Strikes Back

President Obama met with French President Francois Hollande yesterday at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, to tour the site and discuss an array of mutual policy stances between the United States and France. Much like Obama’s visit to Charlottesville last year, this year’s trip has again drawn national attention–and not the good kind. According to…


Bald is Beautiful

Spring is coming, and that means green grass, flowers, warmth, and….bald heads? That’s right, St. Baldrick’s is here again at UVa. According to their homepage, “The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.” Children’s cancer is…

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Tod Seelie: Bright Nights

On January 31st, the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative (PAI), which is located behind downtown Charlottesville, hosted a talk by photographer Tod Seelie on his new book Bright Nights: Photography of Another New York. The book puts the reader through the eyes of an artist entrenched in subculture. The photographs that are scattered throughout its pages…

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The Five UVa Alumni in the NFL Playoffs

After the Seattle Seahawk’s crushing victory over the Denver Broncos, the University of Virginia and Peyton Manning fans everywhere went to bed last night dreaming about what could have been. As the Virginia Advocate reported earlier this year, Peyton Manning is the commencement speaker for the Class of 2014. Although he will have one less Super…

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The Naked Rotunda

It was 2011 when the University of Virginia revealed its plans to cut down the magnolia trees that have lived next to the Rotunda for the past century. Although the trees were not a part of Jefferson’s original vision, they have become an integral part of the picture of the Rotunda, sitting in the backdrop.…

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A Wahoowa for Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLVIII

This upcoming Sunday, February 2nd, is the annual day of crowding around a TV with friends and family, drinking beer, and indulging in all the joys that Super Bowl Sunday brings. This year the contest is between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. Commonly referred to, among football fans, as an American national holiday, this year’s game has something to offer for all those at the University, whether they are a fan of either team or not and especially for the graduating class of 2014.

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Spring Job and Internship Fair to Bring Over 70 Employers to Grounds

As many UVa students, particularly upperclassmen, likely already know, finding an internship or full-time job can be an arduous task. Luckily, the University has a wealth of resources that students can take advantage of in order to maximize their chances of securing a job. The Spring Job and Internship Fair is just one of many ways that the university is actively seeking to aid students when it comes to job-hunting.


Flash Seminars at UVa

Attending Flash Seminars at UVa is a great way for students, faculty, and Charlottesville residents to learn more about a newsworthy topic. Flash Seminars are planned by UVa students looking to bring awareness to a particular topic, encourage dialogue among people from many different walks of life, and build relationships between professors and students.

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Artur Davis: “Retire the Zero-Sum Game” of Partisanship

Former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis visited the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Society to discuss issues of polarized politics in America today. The Congressman challenged voters to fix today’s political environment by electing officials who are educated on current political issues and are capable of making reasonable decisions in their position of power.


McIntire and a Liberal Arts Education

Here at Mr. Jefferson’s University, we often talk about the perpetuation of many of the traditions that have long subsisted, be they established by our founder himself or by any number of his like-minded peers in the early years of the University. This is one of the reasons that students do not apply directly to the McIntire School of Commerce and instead are given the opportunity to explore all the University has to offer before transitioning to a much more vocational style of education. However, in the current state of affairs, unless students matriculate with detailed and well-thought-out plans for their next four years, potential commerce students are forced into a mad-dash to complete pre-comm requirements on time, delegating the Jeffersonian ideal of a broad-based liberal arts education to the backburner.

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Student-Taught Classes at UVa

From public speaking and poetry to neuroethics and improv comedy, students at UVa have a wide range of interests. But through a program unique to the University of Virginia, undergraduate students can act as teachers for a semester. The Cavalier Education program, run through Student Council, is an incredible opportunity for students to share their…

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Intramural Sports at UVa

UVa is home to nationally recognized varsity and club level sports teams.  However, the University also offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of intramural (IM) sports. And with options ranging from the traditional, like basketball and soccer, to the more unconventional, like inner-tube water polo and wiffleball, IM sports offer something for…

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OPINION: J Term: Time Well Spent

Every January during winter break, the University of Virginia offers a short session of courses called January Term, or “J Term” for short. A J Term class typically runs six and a half hours a day for about ten days. While that may seem arduous, J Term classes are typically more laid back and fun…

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UVa Students Draft Mental Health Bill

A wave of mental health legislation has been sweeping through the General Assembly after the son of Senator Deeds stabbed his father multiple times before killing himself. The tragedy, which occurred last November, is still generating press as lawmakers debate the merits of the legislation, which is sponsored by Senator Deeds himself. Among the mental…

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Not So Fast Terry

The Breitbart News Network reports that last Thursday, the Virginia House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee successfully halted Governor Terry McAuliffe’s sponsored gun control legislation. During the gubernatorial election last fall, McAuliffe pledged to support “common sense” gun control measures, which resembled the Colorado gun control laws that led to the recall of two…

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Handball: An Exciting New Sport On Grounds

Combining the physicality of hockey and rugby, the style of soccer, and the athleticism of water polo, team handball is one of the fastest growing and most exciting sports in the world. Many may think of a squash-like game called handball in which players use their hands to swat a ball off a wall. However, team handball is an entirely different sport, involving six players and a goalie on each team vying to score more than their opponents. Now, team handball is coming to the University of Virginia, and Wahoos can experience the sport firsthand.

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UVa Crime Map: Interactive, Intuitive, and Life-Changing

This Saturday morning, the Virginia Advocate unveils a tool that we hope will change the future of crime and safety at the University of Virginia: the UVa Crime Map. What we have essentially done is mined the data from the public crime updates from Michael Gibson, Chief of University Police, and uploaded them into a custom Google…

Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Dharmacakra Discourse

Party Politics and a Parable

One of the benefits of having a history major for a brother is a preponderance of stories, many of which have a stunning relevance to the issues of our own time. Only recently, while hearing once again talk of “big tents” and the importance of “winning” elections above all else, I was reminded of one…


Rotunda Troubles: Class of 2015 to Graduate Elsewhere

According to a mass email from 2016 Class President Andrew Kwon, the University knows  “for certain that the ceremony will need to be altered in 2015″ due to a second phase in the ongoing restoration of the Rotunda. The project, which paused after the completion of roof and siding repairs in the spring of 2013, still…

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Crooked Trails Grand Opening

Recent UVa graduates Alex Shannon and Chris Zapple have partnered up to make healthy food choices more accessible on Grounds. While studying abroad in the U.K., the two realized their goal of opening a health-conscious food truck. The heavy British diet left something to be desired in the way of fresh vegetables and fruits, so…

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Sasheer Zamata, UVa Alumna, Joins SNL Cast

Sasheer Zamata, a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, has joined the cast of Saturday Night Live amidst a controversy surrounding the racial make-up of the cast. Zamata, who is black, was no doubt chosen for reasons that go beyond her acting talent, which include co-starring in the ABC TV series Would You Fall For…


OPINION: Euthanize Children?

“Euthanize children,” you say? According to a report by, Belgium’s Senate has approved legislation that would allow doctors to euthanize children with a triumphant “yes!” Although the bill still has to pass Belgium’s other legislative chamber, their House of Representatives, many expect the bill to sail through and become law. Belgium already has fairly liberal…