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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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“The Campaign for Self-Governance” and Single Sanction: An Introduction

Get ready to rumble, ladies and gents. The University elections for various school council and committee positions will be held from February 20 to February 26. During this time, students will also vote on three referenda sponsored by “The Campaign for Self-Governance” that are related to the constitution of the Honor Committee. (See the referenda here: http://www.honor2015.com/the-referenda.html.) The first referendum “suggests a binding amendment to the Honor Committee Constitution” to “require the honor committee to convene a bi-annual popular assembly open to…

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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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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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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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Dr. Howard French Presents on Chinese Involvement in Africa

On December 5th, Dr. Howard French delivered a speech entitled “Placing China’s Booming Relations with Africa in Geopolitical Context,” in which he explained the connection between China and Africa.

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CRIME MAP: Updates Reflect New Sexual Assaults

It has been almost a year since The Virginia Advocate unveiled a device called the “UVa Crime Map,” powered by Google Maps. The Crime Map presents a vivid, interactive rendering of every police report published by Michael Gibson, the Chief of the University Police. It was our sincere hope that the Crime Map would revolutionize the way that students perceive crime on Grounds (and in some cases, neighboring Charlottesville). With the Rolling Stone uproar, The Virginia Advocate has published new updates to the Crime Map that…

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East Asia Center Hosts Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan

The University’s East Asia Center welcomed Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, a Vietnamese foreign policy and security expert, to Grounds on November 20 to talk to students and faculty about US-Vietnamese relations, security issues in the South China Sea, and global geopolitical trends.

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Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Start With Me: Quotes From the Amphitheater

The following is in the context of the Rolling Stone magazine article entitled “A Rape on Campus.” Most readers of The Virginia Advocate will have read or at least know of this piece, which was published online yesterday morning. A lightening-fast reaction was organized by UVa’s Middle Eastern & Islamic Students Association (MEISA). On Thursday afternoon, MEISA hosted a Stand Up Against the Rape Culture at UVA event in the Amphitheater. The group explained why it decided to host the event, stating, “Since dignity and…

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