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OPINION: Axler the Ideologue

Disclaimer: the views of the author do not reflect the views of The Virginia Advocate, nor do they constitute an endorsement made by either the author or the publication. Locher vs. Axler. The Pragmatist vs. the Ideologue. This student council election cycle we are faced with a choice, not an echo. We will choose either pragmatic moderation or unrealistic idealism. A brief glance at the platforms of the two candidates for student council president yields a distinction hard to miss. Mr. Grove’s platform is…

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OPINION: Honor and the Rush to Decision

Constitutions bind. They are documents of permanency and rigidity that set forth the basic natures of societies and of organizations for all time. They are not to be considered mere playthings to be shaped by the ephemeral whims of temporary sentiments. Unfortunately, this is the error into which the current honor referenda fall. They deny the ability of an informed committee to fully consider the policy options which they may assess as the most pressing to the students. They eschew a period…

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Elections: How You Shouldn’t Vote

The polls for student elections opened today at 10:00am and will close at 4:00pm next Thursday, February 26. With so much time to vote, and so many candidates from which to choose, here is how you shouldn’t vote this election season. 1. Don’t vote for your friends. Let’s be real, despite what they tell you at orientation about the grandeur of self-government, student elections tend to devolve into a popularity contest. There are few problems in college that students can take seriously, and…

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Evan Berhle’s 2013 Honor Speech: A Lesson

Transcribed below is a speech from Evan Berhle, a previous Chair of the Honor Committee, to the Class of 2017 at the University of Virginia. Evan gave a passionate defense of the Honor system, and in retrospect, offers some insights to the Single Sanction dilemma facing the University today. The speech is his own–but the lessons are yours to choose. — Good evening. My name is Evan Behrle, and I am the Chair of the University’s Honor Committee. Tradition dictates that before…

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OPINION: The Inconvenient History of Honor

It’s been a little over a week since my article “The Moral Failures of the Honor Referenda,” was published in The Cavalier Daily. In that case, my argument against the measures of the Campaign for Self-Governance was based on a series of moral principles. Today, I would like to analyze the referenda from another angle – that of the inconvenient history which contradicts the Campaign’s central claims. First, we ought to question the historical basis that Mr. Robertson and Mr. Park have used…

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OPINION: The Campaign for Self-Governance

Honor at Virginia has never been about the single sanction. From its beginnings, it has consisted instead in a fundamental commitment to an ideal of self-government, namely, that the honor system embodies the living values of those who are held to its standards. It is this ideal alone that justifies the pronounced presence of Honor at this University; not its rhetoric, not its practices. What one finds written into the constitution of our honor system is the expression of Virginia tradition, and…

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Educating the Soul: Why Study Religion?

In her article for the Cavalier Daily, Kelly Seegers writes several good reasons for being a Religious Studies major. Whether it be the department’s top-notch faculty or its vast array of courses, faith remains relevant in today’s secular age. While morality is key to scripture, though, religion also has something no other subject can provide. Far from merely educating the mind, it is the only major that can educate the soul. Now, I do admit my biases as a fellow Religious Studies major. My heart palpitates at the mention…

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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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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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A Letter from the Editor

It was almost one month ago when 159 Madison Lane became Ground Zero at the University of Virginia. There in the attic window that overlooks the expanse of Mad Bowl unto the Rotunda occurred one of the most vile acts in the history of our school, we were told. Passers-by no longer amused themselves with wordplay between Phi Psi and Sci Fi, but stared blankly at the modest Jeffersonian brick house that has since become a modern symbol of evil. For the…

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