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Consider a Major in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law

Are you still undecided about your major? Consider majoring in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law (PPL). There is an interest meeting on Wednesday, February 26th from 730-930 in NAU HALL 342! The selective interdisciplinary major provides the opportunity for undergraduates to study law and public policy from a philosophical perspective.  Students in the program study topics such as extending legal privilege of marriage to same-sex couples, how far free speech rights extend, should the state fund the arts, etc. There are co-requisites…

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Attacks on Brussels Alarm the UVa Community

Early Tuesday morning in Brussels, Belgium, at least 34 people were killed and 150 injured during bombings in the airport and metro, carried out by ISIS suicide bombers. Since then, major U.S. cities like New York, D.C., and Chicago have ramped up their security, particularly at central transportation hubs. Although there are no specific threats against the U.S., Americans are more frightened than ever before. UVa students are also alarmed at the news, wondering what this means regarding protection for students on Grounds and security for…

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Disloyal Virginia?

As England’s oldest overseas possession, Virginia was where British rule in North America began. But it was also where it ended, and more intriguingly, Loyalists remained insignificant there throughout the Revolution. Given the colony’s close ties with Britain, as well as its proud title “The Old Dominion”, it seems strange at first glance. This anomaly occurred, however, as Virginian elites quickly filled in the power vacuum left by the sudden downfall of British governance. Ineffective leadership, the royal governor’s abrupt exile, and…

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UVA Comm School Student Detained in North Korea

Third-year Commerce school student and Theta Chi fraternity member Otto Frederick Warmbier is now detained in North Korea, according to the state-run Chosun Central News Agency’s report on the 22nd. According to the report, Warmbier is undergoing investigation under charges for “hostile act against the [North Korean] republic.” It also claimed that Warmbier entered North Korea disguised as a tourist to destroy the country’s unity with “the tacit connivance of the U.S. government and under its manipulation.” It did not, however, specify…

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UVa Holds Vigil for Terror Victims in Paris, Middle East

On November 17, the University of Virginia gathered for a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Iraq, Lebanon, and other parts of the Middle East. Held in the Amphitheater, it was co-sponsored by UVa’s Student Council, the Office of the Dean of Students, the French House, the Department of French, the Muslim Student Association (MSA), the Lebanese Club, and the Global Student Council at UVA. Several people – ranging from Dr. Scott Beardsley, Dean of the Darden School, to members…

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LETTER: On Japan’s Remilitarization

From California to Connecticut, from Chicago to Charlottesville, the recent amendment to the Peace Constitution— which allows  which allows Japan to take offensive military actions if necessary— is raising concerns among Korean expatriate communities in American colleges. Believe it or not, a considerable number of Koreans believe that history is repeating itself and that a Japanese invasion in response to North Korea’s destabilizing provocations is around the corner. To a vast number of Koreans, the precedent of dynastic Korea’s futile diplomatic attempts…

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Marx and Libertarianism

The Marx-Engels Reader is hardly the hallowed tome of choice for most students on the political right, yet after one gets past its Soviet color scheme, there is a surprising amount of material that relates to libertarian democratic principles. Specifically, in Marx’s “Contributions to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right,” he argues that democracy is not merely a form of government, but the human basis from which all particular forms of government sprout. This challenges the libertarian thinker to consider whether…

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9/11 Never Forget Ceremony

September 11, 2001 marks a tragic day for the United States. Approximately 3,000 victims were killed between the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania – marking the most deadly terrorist attack in world history. Three University of Virginia student organizations including Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), the Burke Society, and the College Republicans would like to invite you to remember those lost on this horrific day by attending their 3rd annual co-hosted 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. The…

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The Rosen Show: Opening Act

Cavaliers vs. Bruins Recap We hold these truths to be self-evident, that when a team’s quarterback has departed in the NFL draft, that when a team has a top-notch defense, that when the team’s running back led the Pac-12 in rushing the previous year with over 1,500 yards, and that when the coach has publicly criticized his own quarterback, the team shall run the ball. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, UCLA head coach Jim Mora seems to suffer from cognitive dissonance as he fully handed over the reins…

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