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The Polemical Facebook and You

Last month, a Pew survey found that 18% of adults took negative action following a friend’s political post on a social network. That “negative action” could mean blocking, unfriending, or hiding a friend. 28% said they respond directly to disagreeable posts. It also seems that, in general, people have a lot of connections who post political content or post political content themselves—however, this content is rarely moderate. Do you post political content? Do you comment on others’ political content? Has someone’s political…

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Safety at the Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall

Recently, the Charlottesville City Council turned down Police Chief Timothy J. Longo’s proposal to increase safety around the Downtown Mall. His proposal included the addition of kiosks, security cameras, and increased patrol. Interestingly enough, a survey is conducted every year by the city which allows residents to rank different services that the city can provide in order to plan for the city’s annual budget. School is ranked as top priority overall, however, safety follows as second in the city of Charlottesville. Even…

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A Numbers Game

According to The Hook and Cville News, Charlottesville is now under scrutiny for the verity behind the real estate assessment values the City Council provided. Those values are used by local governments to impose taxes upon the city and its residents. One reporter randomly selected some sales and found that what the city reports as the overall declining rate of residential homes does not correlate to what the reporter found. The real estates that the city used in their calculation of their…

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The Criminal Alcohol Excuse

In the aftermath of the Huguely Trial, Liz Securro, author of Crash into Me and an alumnus of the University of Virginia, links the troubling similarities between her fight for justice against the man who raped her 21 years ago in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house, and the one that just recently took place. The two cases (Commonwealth v. Huguely and Commonwealth v. Beebe) not only had the same judge, the same defense team, and took place in the same courthouse, it…

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The Kony Campaign: The Resolve

Hopefully, if you are reading this post, you have read my last about the Kony 2012 campaign and criticisms against the Invisible Children organization. This post focuses on another non-profit that is advocating the Kony campaign in 2012, The Resolve, which has been cited as the alternative charity to give to (in response to the claims about Invisible Children’s finances). Firstly, I would like to mention the goals of this organization. The Resolve published a blog post on their website about their…

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Rank Up

U.S. News & World Report – perhaps best known amongst college students for its annual ranking of universities across the nation – is considering the addition of three new criteria to its annual statistical surveys that may affect the methodology by which universities are scored and subsequently ranked. These new criteria include differential graduate rates based on income and race, data about the affordability of the college, and information about each college’s technological infrastructure. The University is tied this year with UCLA…

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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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