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.

West End of Boston

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…

Race at Churchill Downs by Jeff Kubina, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

Photo by Anna Bickers

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…