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New Dorm Named In Honor of University Slave Couple

On Wednesday, March 25th, the UVa Board of Visitors announced their decision to name the new residence hall built on Alderman Rd., Gibbons House, in honor of the slave couple William and Isabella Gibbons. According to the Slavery at University of Virginia Visitor’s Guide and a report from UVAToday, Mr. Gibbons was a slave for Professor Henry Howard in the 1840s, and later worked as a butler for Professor William H. McGuffey at the University of Virginia. Mrs. Gibbons was a servant…

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Not So Fast Terry

The Breitbart News Network reports that last Thursday, the Virginia House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee successfully halted Governor Terry McAuliffe’s sponsored gun control legislation. During the gubernatorial election last fall, McAuliffe pledged to support “common sense” gun control measures, which resembled the Colorado gun control laws that led to the recall of two state senators. Governor McAuliffe used last year’s naval yard shooting as an opportunity to reinvigorate support for new curbs on the Second Amendment. Nevertheless, the University of…

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What Washington Can Learn from UVA

When the Dragas-led Board of Visitors attempted to oust President Sullivan without any disclosed motive, the Rector told the University community that the action was necessary in order to maintain UVA’s competitive edge and preeminent standing. President Sullivan’s criticism of the lack of communication with her seemed justified when only two weeks later the instigator of the ouster announced that she and Sullivan had reached a middle ground and resolved the crisis. If there had been dialogue since the beginning there would…

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Bolstering the University through Unity, Compassion, and Grace

Although Rector Dragas has apologized for her actions and made amends with President Sullivan, some voices in the University community say this isn’t enough. “We must ask for Helen Dragas’ resignation,” Neil Branch, Student Council Vice President for Organizations opined shortly after McDonnell announced his decision to reappoint her. “When you put this University’s future in peril, there should be no second chances!” Even now, Student Council is considering asking Dragas to resign. If they do so, they will be making a…

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A New Mindset

How long does it take to sway an opinion from apathy to admiration? From ignorance to indignation? In the case of the UVa Community, less than seventeen days. Two and a half weeks of convulsion have vastly changed so many opinions within the student body and the faculty. Beforehand, remarkably few students knew that we even had a Board of Visitors. Now, they are an object of revulsion for many. A symbol not of beneficent guides or of a body Jefferson himself…

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UVa Tuition Hike…. Again

Surprise, surprise. As this 2011-2012 academic year at the University of Virginia comes to a close, an annual ritual has come along with it. No, not commencement, but rather the annual hike in tuition has come again. The University of Virginia Board of Visitors has approved of a 4 percent tuition hike for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. This increase means a twenty-five thousand dollar tuition (includes tuition, room and board, and other academic fees) for in-state students, and a, roughly, fifty-one…

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College Republicans at UVa Call Upon Governor McDonnell

As events continue to develop around Grounds, the lack of concrete and significant information provided by the Board of Visitors continues to be a source of tension and controversy. In a protest staged on the lawn on Monday 18th June, approximately 2000 students and faculty members gathered to voice their disagreement to the resignation of President Sullivan.  After the BOV deliberated for over 11 hours, they made a release and named McIntire dean, Carl P. Zeithaml, the interim president. On Tuesday 19th…

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We Deserve an Explanation: How the BOV is failing to make UVa a Community of Trust

The events of the past two weeks at UVa have proved to be very controversial and influential to the current and future community of the University. As of now, all students have heard, or should have heard, about the resignation of President Sullivan. There has been great public outcry to the Board of Visitor’s opaque reasoning for their decision and their continued repression of a necessary explanation.

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