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LETTER: In Defense of Thomas Jefferson

Alexander Adames recently wrote an article titled “The Misguided Exaltation of Jefferson: Students should refrain from venerating Thomas Jefferson” for The Cavalier Daily. The basis of the article is that because Jefferson owned slaves in his private life, Jefferson should not be admired as a great man with deep respect. It disturbed me to read this article, for it seemed that he was establishing a ridiculous standard for admiration, simultaneously rejecting proper historical approach. One of the most important issues with this…

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Meet the New Editor

The Virginia Advocate is at a crossroads. From about the time I was born to the moment I arrived at the University of Virginia, our magazine had gone from the hell-raising leadership of Rich Lowry to a self-implosion long in the making. After years of neglect, the Virginia Advocate finally bottomed out in the fall of 2011 and has since faced a long, arduous revival under two editorial regimes. The task of revamping the publication is as of yet incomplete, and the…

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What We Are Up Against

On Wednesday, October 2nd, the Media Research Center (MRC), a conservative media watchdog group, released a report that showed how the mainstream media had covered the impending debt fight from September 17th to September 30th. Shockingly, the Big Three networks–CBS, ABC, and NBC–blamed Republicans over Democrats by an astounding 21-0. You read that correctly: 21 stories blamed the GOP, 0 blamed Democrats, and just 4 blamed both. The report highlights the very reason why the Virginia Advocate has joined the ranks of the…

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The Vices of Libelous Writing

On September 23rd, an article entitled “The virtues of not protesting” was published by the Cavalier Daily. Following the hit piece against Off the Hook last week, this piece, written by “Managing Board,” proved to be yet another baseless attack on the integrity of a new organization on Grounds, fitting into a disturbingly greater trend of inaccuracy and libelous behavior that seems to be developing within the Cav Daily.

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Speaking of Honor Reform

The Honor Committee campaigned vigorously for its Restore the Ideal Act, only to be defeated by a margin of over 1,500 votes. In contrast, the referendum solely addressing the informed retraction passed with 64.3% of the vote. Honor held that the Informed Retraction on its own “would not solve the significant problem of inconsistent verdicts rendered by less trained random students.” To remedy this situation they offered students a comprehensive jury reform that eliminated random-student juries, rendering honor representatives the only students…

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Student Apathy: The Greatest Threat to Self-Governance

The greatest threat to any society is apathy among its citizens. This is as true at UVa as it is anywhere else. Mr. Jefferson’s university stands out because its Honor system holds students to a higher standard and its longstanding tradition of student self-governance actually puts students at the helm of leadership. But these are merits that too many students at UVa take for granted or don’t even acknowledge, creating an ultimate threat to our self-governance. Turnout in Student Council elections is…

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Where Credit is Due

I should probably begin with a disclaimer: Rowing has been central to my life for the last five years. As a rower in high school, crew was life, and school was something that I did when I had time (the attendance office lady just loved me). Now, as a coxswain for the Virginia men’s team, I wake up each morning at 5:15 with the intention of running a productive, speed-building practice before I slog back to Grounds in the hopes of chugging…

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Gunz Come Out

The management of firearms policy on college campuses has been a hot-topic issue for many years, especially in the wake of recent campus shootings like that at Virginia Tech in 2007. Lately, UVa has been more-than-usually up-in-arms (so to speak) about restricting the ability of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and local wildlife to carry guns on University Grounds. This is largely precipitated by a bill proposed to Virginia state legislature in 2008 by Delegate Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, which would allow faculty members of…

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Keeping a Finger off the Hot Button

Since we are on Spring Break, I am taking a vacation from my regular “Piece of Work” Wednesdays. Instead, I thought I would reflect on the past month. Specifically, the reporting of news on Grounds by our unofficial school paper, the Cavalier Daily (CD). The CD has, since February 3rd, been putting so called “Hot Button” issues first in an obscene way. On that Friday, the first headline relating to the Huguely trial appeared. The next Monday, brought a second headline about…

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