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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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An American Dream (from Winter Issue, 2014-2015)

This article is reprinted from the Winter Issue (2014-2015), available here. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”  These are the words that adorn the Statue of Liberty and gave her a mission: a mission of hope. For countless people, those words, and what they represent, drove their desperate pilgrimage forward into nothing more than hope that what they could do what their hands and minds would sustain them. They believed in a single goal: freedom….

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A Day in the Life of a Transfer (from Winter Issue, 2014-2015)

This article is reprinted from the Winter Issue (2014-2015), available here. Commuter transfer students are a fairly rare breed on Grounds. Often, they blend in with the landscape undetected until sundown, when it s possible to spot them discreetly pulling out their car keys while waiting at the bus stops. Some are “non-traditional” students, married with or without kids at home; some are still living with Mom and Pop somewhere nearby; some just have an apartment across town. They are generally quiet…

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Lessons from the Cleaning Lady (from Winter Issue, 2014-2015)

This article is reprinted from the Winter Issue (2014-2015), available here. Once I physically force myself out of bed, I go through a long process of actually waking up. This process mostly involves sitting somewhere and staring at the wall until I feel like moving. One morning before class I stumbled out of my room dazed, still dressed in my pajamas with toothbrush in hand. That morning my toothbrush and I made it about as far as the couch in the common…

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SPOTLIGHT: Professor Goff (from Winter Issue, 2014-2015)

This article is reprinted from the Winter Issue (2014-2015), available here. If asked twenty years ago if she would ever be a professor at the University of Virginia, Professor Lisa Goff would have rendered this unlikely. From working as a business journalist during the 1980s to teaching as a current American Studies professor at UVa, she has learned, experienced, and accomplished beyond what she could have foreseen at the beginning of her career. I sat down with one of my favorite professors…

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Choosing a Major (from Winter Issue, 2014-2015)

This article is reprinted from the Winter Issue (2014-2015), available here. Deciding on a major in college can be an extraordinarily difficult decision, especially at UVa where there are so many options to consider. Even within one department there are a multitude of majors, and within those majors there are several concentrations. Then of course there are minors, double majors, interdisciplinary majors, and all of the University’s exclusive two-year programs. After brooding over all these things for at least a year or…

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Ignoring Intolerance (from Winter Issue, 2014-2015)

This article is reprinted from the Winter Issue (2014-2015), available here. Those who pretend that the Islamic world does not hold a fundamental opposition to freedom of speech and religion are deluding themselves. In an editorial published in The Cavalier Daily on October 8th, student columnist Gray Whisnant criticized Bill Maher for his “reactionary” statements on Islam and his belief that liberals in the United States need to stand up for liberal values and reject an Islamic worldview. Mr. Whisnant compared those…

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Farm Fresh School Lunches (from Winter Issue, 2014-2015)

This article is reprinted from the Winter Issue (2014 – 2015), available here. As UVa students, it is sometimes easy to forget that Charlottesville is not just a college town. While college-aged kids mostly dominate the area between JPA and 14th Street, the city beyond here houses many happy families with younger children. With growing advocacy for the local food movement and general health and environmental consciousness, it is no surprise that every public elementary school in the city now operates and…

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The October Issue

A digital copy of The Virginia Advocate’s October Issue from 2014. Inside are articles about Charlottesville’s SPCA, Dieting, an Interview with Professor Ross Cameron, an Investigation of Daisy Lundy, the Miller Center, President John Lloyd Newcomb, and Bond v. US.

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