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NEW and CR Speaker Speaks about Doing Social Justice the Right Way

Last Tuesday, the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, in association with Network of Enlightened Women (NEW) and the College Republicans at UVa, sponsored Star Parker, a conservative African American woman who has for years been challenging the liberal approach to social justice. Parker challenged the moral relativism in today’s culture. “Choice loses its meaning if it doesn’t matter what you choose,” she argued. “If anyone can do anything at any time, no one is safe.” Railing against the welfare state, Parker opined,…

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Ron Paul and the GOP

Sometimes I have forgotten that Ron Paul was really up there on the Hill, tearing into Washington’s blatant disregard for its own constitution. The realization that time and time again, Dr. Paul stood up in front of 434 utterly detestable human beings, preached the gospel of liberty, and eviscerated any remainder of dignity that these Congressmen claimed to hold touched me once more when I tuned into his Farewell Address. The speech was roughly forty minutes long. Any members of the House…

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Sommers about Conservative Feminism

On October 24th, 2012, Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers spoke for a group of about 40 students at the University of Virginia on the topic of Conservative Feminism. Her speech, entitled, ‘The Case for Conservative Feminism: How the once noble cause of feminism lost its way, and why it may take conservative women to get it back on track’, dealt with what Dr. Sommers believed to be the logical and philosophical problems with late twentieth century feminism. A self described ‘freedom feminist’, Sommers…

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An Extra Helping of Crazy

The Living Wage activists at UVa have stirred up a proverbial hornet’s nest of conflict surrounding the issue of whether or not to implement widespread changes to how the University conducts its wage policy. Regardless of the validity of the arguments on either side of the table, I find troubling the most recent (and quite drastic) tactic the Living Wage has implemented to communicate their point. Members of the Living Wage at UVa began their hunger strike on February 17, 2012, with…

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Nearly 200 Years Later, and We've Still Got It

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting free speech on college campuses, has released their national database ranking colleges and universities across the United States on the degree to which they promote free speech. All institutions of higher learning are given a grade, either green light meaning very tolerant of free expression, yellow light meaning somewhat intolerant or red light meaning serious prohibitions of free expression. Curious, I decided to check out how our…

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Can we live with the Living Wage?

Recently, bulletin boards, columns and poles around grounds have been littered with posters advertising for the resurgence of UVA’s Living Wage Campaign. Like its counterparts at universities like Harvard, UVA Living Wage demands that the University pay its lowest earning employees a wage they can live on, or more specifically a wage that will allow them to live in Charlottesville ($11.44 an hour). UVA Living Wage also demands that the University provide those employees full health benefits, that no employees be laid…

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An Experiment in Campaign Finance

With the 2012 election season quickly approaching, candidates are working hard to solicit donations from their supporters. Cameron Cawthorne, a third-year in the College and a member of the UVa College Republicans, decided to further investigate campaign fundraising through an experiment—he donated to President Obama’s campaign under a false name. While not a supporter of Obama, Cawthorne hoped to evaluate the transparency and security of the Obama campaign’s donation system. Cawthorne entered false information on the Obama 2012 website, listing his name…

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The Individual (Student) Mandate

I am pretty sure many of this blog’s readers would identify themselves as ideological. Many cared enough about ‘Obamacare’ to express an opinion. It is great that national news is important enough to qualify as a personal issue for so many college students, but I am confused about the apathy (or maybe ignorance) closer to home. My question is this: why is nobody talking about UVa’s individual mandate? I knew of the rule requiring all UVa students to have health insurance before, but did not face…

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What is a wage?

If the dead horse has not been beaten enough already, I would like to add my two cents to the “living wage” debate.  My comment is simple.  I suggest that we reconsider the definition and purpose of a wage.  Dictionary.com says that a wage is money received for work or services.  This definition says something about the purpose of a wage.  An employer pays a wage to an employee so that the employee will complete tasks for the employer.  A wage is…

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The Myth about Prince Charming

This week, University of Virginia’s NeW Society, a group of conservative women on grounds, has begun a March Madness contest to reward chivalrous acts. They encourage students, young women in particular, to observe random acts of chivalry or gentlemanliness and report the well mannered gentlemen by filling out a **form** (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dF9sWmd4NHhFZWJGS0ZtV2lXM25Rd2c6MQ) In light of this campaign, I think it is important to examine our own opinions on the issues of chivalry, gender roles, good manners and what it means to be a…

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