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OPINION: Why Taking Hand-Written Notes Is Better

Last June, Vox.com published an article titled “Why you should take notes by hand– not on a laptop” that went viral, toppling 55 thousand Facebook shares. Research shows that laptops not only distract students from lectures, but also make it more difficult to recall information. As an avid laptop notetaker, I decided to take this matter into my own hands. This semester, I switched to taking hand-written notes in all five of my college classes. I noticed a series of positive, enlightening results from this…

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OPINION: Student Safety and Late Classes

The University of Virginia is constantly reminding its students how to remain safe in the Charlottesville community. Emails from Dean of Students Allen Groves and University Police Chief Michael Gibson arrive in students’ inboxes nearly weekly, reiterating the importance of preventative behaviors. These messages repeatedly emphasize the necessity of walking in groups, particularly after dark, to avoid being the target of criminal activity. It is appropriate for the University to do this, no matter how redundant students may find the safety emails….

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iPhone 6: Why Bother?

When the iPhone 6 was released today, all that Apple confirmed was that I have become an old man. Apple has shown me that I have absolutely no need to upgrade my phone for the foreseeable future, and that makes me appear as something like a Luddite. Nevertheless, I would venture to say that I am not the only person with a poor opinion of Apple’s new products–to be sure, there are reasons why the iPhone 6 simply did not stun. Think…

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Where’s My Privilege?

On April 2nd, a freshman named Tal Fortgang at our sister publication, The Princeton Tory, wrote a piece called “Checking My Privilege” that has blown up the editorial pages across the country with a polarizing debate about “white privilege”–the advantage that whites, particularly white males, receive because of the systematic racism that allegedly lingers in the United States. Publications like The New York Times, Real Clear Politics, The Blaze, The New Republic, Time, Salon, BBC, and Gawker have all had something to say about Tal’s controversial op-ed. Today, Dani Bernstein, a Cavalier…

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OPINION: Scott Stadium for Graduation

After announcing its plans to alter the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2015 (and possibly the Class of 2016) earlier this year, the University held a “Town Hall” meeting last night in Newcomb to bring students into the conversation about the alternatives that they are considering. Today, a student survey opened up that will allow students to weigh in on the matter. Let’s face it: the University of Virginia is going to expand at a steady pace for the foreseeable future….

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OPINION: Does God Hate Wahoos?

“You’re going to Hell, UVa!” Thus, chaos descended upon the UVa Amphitheater as fundamentalist Christians heckled through the crowds during Wednesday afternoon. Yet, in between “The Good Old Song” and the disturbed reactions of passersby, the UVa Christian community must not let this act define how it is perceived on Grounds. Otherwise, the question will not be (as a close friend put it): “Does God hate Wahoos?” Instead, the question will be whether Wahoos can stop hating each other.

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Arguing Politics: Whose Prejudice?

In the crossfire of race and welfare politics, nothing is safe. Just two weeks ago, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was accused of being racist and prejudicial for saying on Bill Bennett’s radio show that there was a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of…generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” However, with President Barack Obama making similar claims, are people focused on the actual argument, or are they merely rooting for their political…

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Is the Administration Becoming Anti-Greek?

It was last spring when the UVa Administration made the unprecedented decision to order all fraternities to cut short their pledge processes or face censure from the University. Dean Grove’s announcement came as a shock to Greeks and non-Greeks alike, and begged the question: is the Administration becoming hostile towards Greek life on Grounds? After all, the Administration’s orders last spring are just one piece in a larger puzzle of how the University treats different student groups with greatly different standards. In…

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OPINION: Returning to Our Roots

“Grueling. Slow. Risky.” These are three words moderns hate to hear, and Forrest Pritchard knows it. As part of Friday’s Virginia Festival of the Book, Pritchard highlighted his memoir, “Gaining Ground,” and his struggle to preserve the family farm by standing against the culture of convenience. Nevertheless, in the fast pace of modernity, is agriculture still worth saving?

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VoIP: Are You Kidding Me?

“Can you hear me now?” Nope, not anymore: At the start of February 2014, the University of Virginia revealed that it plans to replace the existing phone lines throughout Grounds with a “modern standards-based system” using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). VoIP simply utilizes an Internet connection to relay phone calls, much like Skype or Vonage. The real question, however, is whose genius idea it was to put the University’s telecommunications system over its already overloaded, barely functional Internet network? Every student…

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