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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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UVa Student Arrested, Questions about Police Brutality

Last night, Tuesday March 17, a third year UVa student was held down and arrested by Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) officers outside of Trinity Irish Pub on The Corner. The student is involved in Kappa Alpha Psi, the Honor Committee, the Black Student Alliance, Student Council, and Orientation Leaders. According to an email from the Black Dot [WARNING: graphic content], the student was denied entry into the bar and after a confrontation with officers, the student was thrown to the ground, causing a…

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Possible Snow Cavalanche of 2015

The ground is frozen, temperatures will remain far below 32 degrees for the rest of the week, and snow is currently falling at a steady rate. Needless to say students, professors, and TAs alike are hoping for a snow day. Here are some basic reminders about inclement weather.

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UVa Conservatives Prepare for the Winter Activites Fair

The UVa Winter Activities Fair is an annual event where students can get affiliated with organizations around Grounds. Student groups (such as The Virginia Advocate, Burke Society, and Hoos for Life) have a prominent presence at the Activities Fair and bring students of conservative thought together.

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The Problem with “Che” — A Cuban-American Perspective

It is a common sight in malls, on the streets, and especially in college campuses: a shirt with the image of a bearded man with a shaggy mane wearing a beret. Yet for those whose lives and whose families were directly impacted by the horrifying handiwork of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, that sight is an all-too common reminder of how easy it is to forget—or, perhaps more terrifyingly, to rewrite—history.

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Former Mellon Foundation President Speaks at UVa on “The Future of the University”

With the rising cost of college tuition and the expansion of alternatives to higher education, universities all over America are questioning their relationship with contemporary society. Despite these challenges, Don Michael Randel, the president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is confident of the educational system’s resilience in the present age. As part of the University of Virginia’s series on “The Future of the University,” Randel spoke on November 1 about the frontal role of pedagogy in university administration. Addressing a…

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Dr. Nigel Ashford on “Human Rights: What They Are and What They Are Not”

From the war in Syria to the struggle for gay equality, political activists have invoked diverse causes in the name of human rights. As various cultures disagree on the nature of a just society, however, finding a universal definition for these rights seems more illusory than ever in a globalized age.

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Top 10 Reasons You Know it’s UVa Homecomings Weekend

It’s Homecoming Weekend down in ‘Hooville. Not that you needed me to tell you, you perceptive pumpkin! Here’s a few reasons you knew: 1. Realizing that KD’s corner crawl was basically calories for a cause. And it was great.   2. You almost got run over 3 times this morning walking to class due to all the trucks setting up equipment for the weekend.   3. Free things suddenly turned into something you avoid (orange and blue rubber bracelets).   4. Pancakes for Parkinsons is…

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Shhh, We’re at the Library!

As I sit in Clemons in the early hours of the morning, working on an assignment that I probably should have started a week ago, I cannot help but be distracted by the guy behind me chatting away on his cell phone. Or the couple seated a good thirty-five feet away from each other, making plans to get together for lunch later this week. Sure, I am on the fourth floor and anyone familiar with library etiquette at UVa knows that the…

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