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Jesse Mathew Charged with Capital Murder

According to a report by The Washington Post, Jesse Matthew, the alleged killer of UVa student Hannah Graham, will now face the charge of capital murder. Previously, Matthew had only been charged with abduction with intent to defile. After the police obtained more evidence about the case, Matthew was later charged with first degree murder. However, the charges have been changed once more. The first degree murder charge has been upgraded to capital murder based on the aggravating factors of abduction and sexual…

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February & March Issues Now Available Online

Dear readers, We are pleased to announce that, after a slight delay, both our February and March Issues are now available online. Every semester, our magazine continues to evolve both aesthetically and intellectually as we continue to grow our staff and refine our writing. It is not easy finding a dedicated group of students, much less a cohort of any young adults, willing to sacrifice their free time for a project like The Virginia Advocate. And yet we have done the impossible, revived…

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Analysis: Orange vs. Blue Spring Game

A frenetic Saturday for Wahoo sports (a 5-2 win over #9 Miami in baseball, a 12-9 come-from-behind win over #14 Georgetown in lacrosse, a track meet, and a 502 victory over the Hokies in women’s tennis) was capped off by Virginia’s spring football game. Despite claims that it was “just another practice” and the efforts to create such an aura, a perceptible intensity pervaded the Carl Smith Center on Saturday evening. Following a widely criticized termination to last season, in which Director…

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Celebrating Israel Independence Day

I stood by the grave of American Max Steinberg in Jerusalem as sobs began to rip through my whole body. Max’s tombstone was littered with Birthright lanyards to commemorate the 24-year-old’s first trip to Israel, which convinced him to move to and serve the country. I was on my own Birthright trip at the time, a paid 10-day visit to Israel for Jewish young adults that attempts to foster a connection between personal identity and history. Our mifgashim, a term used to…

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LETTER: A Rush to Judgment

On the evening of March 18th a large mass of students and faculty gathered to protest the brutal arrest of Martese Johnson on March 17th.  The Charlottesville police, the University, and the Commonwealth of Virginia were all denounced at this gathering for racial prejudice against African Americans. After but one day of consideration and after few questions have been answered, related to the Johnson case, damning assertions have been made regarding a great number of people. A rush to judgement has occurred…

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LETTER: In Defense of Thomas Jefferson

Alexander Adames recently wrote an article titled “The Misguided Exaltation of Jefferson: Students should refrain from venerating Thomas Jefferson” for The Cavalier Daily. The basis of the article is that because Jefferson owned slaves in his private life, Jefferson should not be admired as a great man with deep respect. It disturbed me to read this article, for it seemed that he was establishing a ridiculous standard for admiration, simultaneously rejecting proper historical approach. One of the most important issues with this…

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Forget Them Not: Aiding Christians in the Middle East

On February 15th, students commendably held a vigil in the Amphitheater for three Muslims who were senselessly killed near the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. What is not as well-known, though, was that another vigil occurred in the Chapel last Sunday for twenty-one Copts who were murdered by the Islamic State (ISIS) due to their Christian faith. As a participant myself, I was proud to see Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, and even atheists gathering to oppose all religious hatred. Yet, why must the University community continue to pay attention when it…

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OPINION: Axler the Ideologue

Disclaimer: the views of the author do not reflect the views of The Virginia Advocate, nor do they constitute an endorsement made by either the author or the publication. Locher vs. Axler. The Pragmatist vs. the Ideologue. This student council election cycle we are faced with a choice, not an echo. We will choose either pragmatic moderation or unrealistic idealism. A brief glance at the platforms of the two candidates for student council president yields a distinction hard to miss. Mr. Grove’s platform is…

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OPINION: Honor and the Rush to Decision

Constitutions bind. They are documents of permanency and rigidity that set forth the basic natures of societies and of organizations for all time. They are not to be considered mere playthings to be shaped by the ephemeral whims of temporary sentiments. Unfortunately, this is the error into which the current honor referenda fall. They deny the ability of an informed committee to fully consider the policy options which they may assess as the most pressing to the students. They eschew a period…

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Elections: How You Shouldn’t Vote

The polls for student elections opened today at 10:00am and will close at 4:00pm next Thursday, February 26. With so much time to vote, and so many candidates from which to choose, here is how you shouldn’t vote this election season. 1. Don’t vote for your friends. Let’s be real, despite what they tell you at orientation about the grandeur of self-government, student elections tend to devolve into a popularity contest. There are few problems in college that students can take seriously, and…

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