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The Man, the Myth, the Wonder

There’s no getting around it: Stevie Wonder is a goofball. “My name is DJ Tick-Tick Boom,” the 65-year-old living legend explained to his audience, a stadium full of fans, old and new, from children to the elderly. “What’s my name?” The man had no intention of moving on until we acknowledged his stage name. Wonder’s November 17 performance at John Paul Jones Arena, clocking in at a marathon four hours, was a masterclass in career stamina. I marveled at the ease with which…

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Mars Madness

“It’s a strange feeling. Everywhere I go, I’m the first. Step outside the rover? First guy ever to be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill! Kick a rock? That rock hadn’t moved in a million years!” —Mark Watney (Matt Damon), The Martian In terms of space dramas, The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and adapted from Andy Weir’s 2011 novel of the same name (the original source of the quote above), is perhaps most comparable to Apollo 13,…

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An Introvert’s Guide to Social Interaction

If you’re an introvert, you probably grapple with the question of how to avoid an excessive amount of social interaction with people, while still maintaining relationships. This is a constant struggle for those of us who simultaneously value and and dread social contact. Have no fear– here are some tips for how to manage  minimal social interaction when engaging with others: 1. When someone asks if you are busy, don’t commit to yes or no. Ask questions. Mention that you might have an…

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6 Best Upcoming Regional Music Festivals

As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, so does the warm air, and more importantly, music festival season. If you have time between jobs, internships, or relaxation, a good music festival can complete the summer experience. Whether you’re an avid festival-goer or you’ve never attended a weekend-long music jubilee, this regional list of festivals is designed to accommodate all levels of experience and music genre tastes.

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Wahoos Take Spring Break

Papers on paper on papers are due.  Late nights that turn into early mornings are spent cramming for midterms under a shroud of impending failure.  Every group you’re involved in wants to have a meeting. The week before Spring Break is certainly one of the busiest in the second semester. The workload is high, but motivation is low.  Everyone is just trying to make it to March 7th, the glorious Saturday that marks the beginning of Spring Break. Some of us will be heading to…

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10 First Date Questions for Wahoos

If you’ve ever gone on a first date and been at a loss for conversation starters, fear not—here is a list of ten first date questions all UVa students can (and should!) use to get that awkward ball rolling. DISCLAIMER: A fun time is guaranteed. A second date, not so much. 1. If you had to eat only Take-it-Away or Little John’s for the rest of your life, which would you pick?     2. What is your stance on the great Outer Loop…

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Struggles of Getting UVa Basketball Tickets

With a basketball team ranked number two in the country, fighting for a ticket to the game has been harder than ever.   Everyone wants to be on the sidelines, cheering our men as they represent the Virginia Cavaliers. School spirit has hit an all-time high, and we showed that clearly at ESPN College Game Day.   The raffle for the student tickets have been cut-throat. Anticipation for the request period is high. Waiting to see whether you got a ticket or not can…

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The Honor Referenda: An Apocalyptic Future

Around Grounds, I have heard many of you common mortals discussing the subject of the honor referenda. It is an important and sophisticated piece of student legislation, with many complex tenets that I have no hope of properly explaining to you. I can however, as a time traveling humorist from the future, tell you what goes wrong if you agree to pass it. It all began with the first biannual meeting. It dragged for hours, like some demented town hall meeting. It…

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The Woes of Searching for a Summer Job

The spring semester has begun, and along with the dreary mid-winter weather, January in Hooville brings many welcome changes to students’ lives. The crazy ride of conference basketball play, spring break planning, and distant dreams of Foxfield dominate imaginations across Grounds…but there is a dark cloud looming above all of this excitement: the horror of searching for summer employment. For most UVa students—especially second, third and fourth years—securing a summer job or internship in a field actually related to their majors (crazy…

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