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Looking Beyond the Law: What is PPL?

Deadlines loom over the horizon as second-years scramble to register their major. Worries arise as students seek to enjoy their studies while meeting the demands of a future career. Plus, with at least fifty-one majors – and four politically-related degrees – what should a poor undergraduate do? Why not apply for the Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law (PPL) major? With its interdisciplinary focus, its flexible requirements, and its union of the practical and the ideal, it is perfect for undergraduates who wish to think outside of…

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Evan Berhle’s 2013 Honor Speech: A Lesson

Transcribed below is a speech from Evan Berhle, a previous Chair of the Honor Committee, to the Class of 2017 at the University of Virginia. Evan gave a passionate defense of the Honor system, and in retrospect, offers some insights to the Single Sanction dilemma facing the University today. The speech is his own–but the lessons are yours to choose. — Good evening. My name is Evan Behrle, and I am the Chair of the University’s Honor Committee. Tradition dictates that before…

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College Republicans Endorse Student Candidates

As the candidates for the UVa’s upcoming student body elections gear up for their campaigning, at least one student organization has determined which candidates they are endorsing: the College Republicans at the University of Virginia (CRs). As an officially-sanctioned “endorsing organization” by the University Board of Elections (UBE), College Republicans are given the “opportunity to voice their approval for candidates in a public manner” in exchange for adhering to certain standards that “ensure equal opportunity for all candidates,” according to the UBE….

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OPINION: The Inconvenient History of Honor

It’s been a little over a week since my article “The Moral Failures of the Honor Referenda,” was published in The Cavalier Daily. In that case, my argument against the measures of the Campaign for Self-Governance was based on a series of moral principles. Today, I would like to analyze the referenda from another angle – that of the inconvenient history which contradicts the Campaign’s central claims. First, we ought to question the historical basis that Mr. Robertson and Mr. Park have used…

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OPINION: The Campaign for Self-Governance

Honor at Virginia has never been about the single sanction. From its beginnings, it has consisted instead in a fundamental commitment to an ideal of self-government, namely, that the honor system embodies the living values of those who are held to its standards. It is this ideal alone that justifies the pronounced presence of Honor at this University; not its rhetoric, not its practices. What one finds written into the constitution of our honor system is the expression of Virginia tradition, and…

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Professor Elzinga: What Is Freedom?

On Professor Ken Elzinga’s talk on C.S. Lewis, Adam Smith, and Our Natural Liberties. Lewis’s book, Mere Christianity, is one that defends the faith. Christianity inherently protects liberty and natural liberty, crucial tenets of democracy. Lewis states in an essay titled Equality: “I am a democrat because I believe in the Fall of Man.” He goes on to say that most individuals believe in democracy because they think that mankind is “so wise and good that everyone deserve[s] a share in the…

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Educating the Soul: Why Study Religion?

In her article for the Cavalier Daily, Kelly Seegers writes several good reasons for being a Religious Studies major. Whether it be the department’s top-notch faculty or its vast array of courses, faith remains relevant in today’s secular age. While morality is key to scripture, though, religion also has something no other subject can provide. Far from merely educating the mind, it is the only major that can educate the soul. Now, I do admit my biases as a fellow Religious Studies major. My heart palpitates at the mention…

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I May Be Homeless But My Name Is Still Jim

Walking around Charlottesville is an enjoyable experience. There’s so much to see including the Lawn, the gardens, and the Corner—a spot most UVa students frequently visit. However, another sight common in Charlottesville are the homeless that sit alongside the Corner and Downtown shops. Though these people are a noticeable part of Charlottesville’s community, many of us have never had any meaningful interaction with them. So who are these people? According to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), submitted to Congress by the U.S….

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Decisions, Decisions: Thoughts on the Winter Activities Fair

A new semester brings new beginnings, as Tuesday’s Winter Activities Fair can attest. Held inside Newcomb Ballroom from 11 am to 2 pm, one has a variety of options to choose from – ranging from the sciences to the arts. But while others have written about UVa’s various conservative groups (and I encourage readers to explore them as well), I wish to add my take on my own affiliations – the Virginia Advocate, the G.K. Chesterton Society, and the Burke Society – and examine the reasons for joining them. The Virginia Advocate It is only natural that I begin with this publication, as…

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UVa Invites Violence Supporter for MLK Day

“After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of [the civil rights] movement is profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time — the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. “Violence works. Nonviolence does too. . . . ‘Property damage and looting’—perhaps more than nonviolence—has been a significant…

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