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The Individual (Student) Mandate

I am pretty sure many of this blog’s readers would identify themselves as ideological. Many cared enough about ‘Obamacare’ to express an opinion. It is great that national news is important enough to qualify as a personal issue for so many college students, but I am confused about the apathy (or maybe ignorance) closer to home. My question is this: why is nobody talking about UVa’s individual mandate? I knew of the rule requiring all UVa students to have health insurance before, but did not face…

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Don't Rush to Judgment: The Trayvon Martin Case

I’m sure by now that we’ve all heard and seen some media coverage of the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case. Protests have spread like wildfire across the nation calling for justice for Trayvon. One such protest took place in New York City on March 21st. Here at UVa the Black Student Alliance, along with the NCAAP, held a RALLY FOR TRAYVON MARTIN on March 27th at nine p.m. on the north side of the Rotunda to show their support in calling…

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The Hunger Games: An Amateur Critique

This past weekend, I went with some friends to see the highly anticipated Hunger Games movie. Having not read the books myself (which aren’t at all popular up north where I’m from), I was curious to see what all the hype was about. For those who don’t know, the basic premise is that 75 years before the story is set, the 13 colonies of the nation in which our characters live rebelled (and one of them was destroyed). Once this rebellion was…

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An Extra Helping of Crazy

The Living Wage activists at UVa have stirred up a proverbial hornet’s nest of conflict surrounding the issue of whether or not to implement widespread changes to how the University conducts its wage policy. Regardless of the validity of the arguments on either side of the table, I find troubling the most recent (and quite drastic) tactic the Living Wage has implemented to communicate their point. Members of the Living Wage at UVa began their hunger strike on February 17, 2012, with…

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College Republicans Host Americans for Prosperity Director

Monday night the UVa College Republicans hosted the Virginia Director of Americans for Prosperity, Audrey Jackson. Jackson told us about her involvement in conservative politics as a College Republican at Eastern Mennonite University, and how her devotion led her to manage the successful 2005 House of Delegates race for Matthew Lohr, who now serves as Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture. Until very recently, Jackson was Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s Director of Legislative and Government Affairs. Jackson told us about how one day Cuccinelli…

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Nearly 200 Years Later, and We've Still Got It

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting free speech on college campuses, has released their national database ranking colleges and universities across the United States on the degree to which they promote free speech. All institutions of higher learning are given a grade, either green light meaning very tolerant of free expression, yellow light meaning somewhat intolerant or red light meaning serious prohibitions of free expression. Curious, I decided to check out how our…

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NeW; Seventh Anniversary at the University of Virginia

On September 28, 2004, conservative women at UVa founded the Network of enlightened Women, or NeW, in order to present an alternative to the liberal and feminist groups available to college women on campuses nationwide. NeW has since grown into a national organization with chapters at over 20 U.S. universities, providing conservative female students with resources and events. These events range from book club and support group meetings to interest events for the larger campus communities. On September 29, 2011, NeW at…

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