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10 First Date Questions for Wahoos

If you’ve ever gone on a first date and been at a loss for conversation starters, fear not—here is a list of ten first date questions all UVa students can (and should!) use to get that awkward ball rolling. DISCLAIMER: A fun time is guaranteed. A second date, not so much. 1. If you had to eat only Take-it-Away or Little John’s for the rest of your life, which would you pick?     2. What is your stance on the great Outer Loop…

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Struggles of Getting UVa Basketball Tickets

With a basketball team ranked number two in the country, fighting for a ticket to the game has been harder than ever.   Everyone wants to be on the sidelines, cheering our men as they represent the Virginia Cavaliers. School spirit has hit an all-time high, and we showed that clearly at ESPN College Game Day.   The raffle for the student tickets have been cut-throat. Anticipation for the request period is high. Waiting to see whether you got a ticket or not can…

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The Honor Referenda: An Apocalyptic Future

Around Grounds, I have heard many of you common mortals discussing the subject of the honor referenda. It is an important and sophisticated piece of student legislation, with many complex tenets that I have no hope of properly explaining to you. I can however, as a time traveling humorist from the future, tell you what goes wrong if you agree to pass it. It all began with the first biannual meeting. It dragged for hours, like some demented town hall meeting. It…

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“The Campaign for Self-Governance” and Single Sanction: An Introduction

Get ready to rumble, ladies and gents. The University elections for various school council and committee positions will be held from February 20 to February 26. During this time, students will also vote on three referenda sponsored by “The Campaign for Self-Governance” that are related to the constitution of the Honor Committee. (See the referenda here: http://www.honor2015.com/the-referenda.html.) The first referendum “suggests a binding amendment to the Honor Committee Constitution” to “require the honor committee to convene a bi-annual popular assembly open to…

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The Woes of Searching for a Summer Job

The spring semester has begun, and along with the dreary mid-winter weather, January in Hooville brings many welcome changes to students’ lives. The crazy ride of conference basketball play, spring break planning, and distant dreams of Foxfield dominate imaginations across Grounds…but there is a dark cloud looming above all of this excitement: the horror of searching for summer employment. For most UVa students—especially second, third and fourth years—securing a summer job or internship in a field actually related to their majors (crazy…

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I May Be Homeless But My Name Is Still Jim

Walking around Charlottesville is an enjoyable experience. There’s so much to see including the Lawn, the gardens, and the Corner—a spot most UVa students frequently visit. However, another sight common in Charlottesville are the homeless that sit alongside the Corner and Downtown shops. Though these people are a noticeable part of Charlottesville’s community, many of us have never had any meaningful interaction with them. So who are these people? According to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), submitted to Congress by the U.S….

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An American Dream (from Winter Issue, 2014-2015)

This article is reprinted from the Winter Issue (2014-2015), available here. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”  These are the words that adorn the Statue of Liberty and gave her a mission: a mission of hope. For countless people, those words, and what they represent, drove their desperate pilgrimage forward into nothing more than hope that what they could do what their hands and minds would sustain them. They believed in a single goal: freedom….

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A Day in the Life of a Transfer (from Winter Issue, 2014-2015)

This article is reprinted from the Winter Issue (2014-2015), available here. Commuter transfer students are a fairly rare breed on Grounds. Often, they blend in with the landscape undetected until sundown, when it s possible to spot them discreetly pulling out their car keys while waiting at the bus stops. Some are “non-traditional” students, married with or without kids at home; some are still living with Mom and Pop somewhere nearby; some just have an apartment across town. They are generally quiet…

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Lessons from the Cleaning Lady (from Winter Issue, 2014-2015)

This article is reprinted from the Winter Issue (2014-2015), available here. Once I physically force myself out of bed, I go through a long process of actually waking up. This process mostly involves sitting somewhere and staring at the wall until I feel like moving. One morning before class I stumbled out of my room dazed, still dressed in my pajamas with toothbrush in hand. That morning my toothbrush and I made it about as far as the couch in the common…

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SPOTLIGHT: Professor Goff (from Winter Issue, 2014-2015)

This article is reprinted from the Winter Issue (2014-2015), available here. If asked twenty years ago if she would ever be a professor at the University of Virginia, Professor Lisa Goff would have rendered this unlikely. From working as a business journalist during the 1980s to teaching as a current American Studies professor at UVa, she has learned, experienced, and accomplished beyond what she could have foreseen at the beginning of her career. I sat down with one of my favorite professors…

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