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The old lion is dead

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows…

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GOP Debate: The Losers

While Cruz and Rubio owned the night, several other candidates did little but sow doubts about their future viability. However, Trump and Carson are in a category of their own. The Underperformers Kasich: Ohio Governor John Kasich started out forcefully, criticizing other candidates’ tax plans for relying on dubious assumptions, hammering Trump’s position on immigration, and attacking Carson’s tax plan. That attack was one of his first strategic mistakes. Regardless of his positions, Republicans would be wise to tread carefully around Dr. Carson….

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Elections: How You Shouldn’t Vote

The polls for student elections opened today at 10:00am and will close at 4:00pm next Thursday, February 26. With so much time to vote, and so many candidates from which to choose, here is how you shouldn’t vote this election season. 1. Don’t vote for your friends. Let’s be real, despite what they tell you at orientation about the grandeur of self-government, student elections tend to devolve into a popularity contest. There are few problems in college that students can take seriously, and…

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Evan Berhle’s 2013 Honor Speech: A Lesson

Transcribed below is a speech from Evan Berhle, a previous Chair of the Honor Committee, to the Class of 2017 at the University of Virginia. Evan gave a passionate defense of the Honor system, and in retrospect, offers some insights to the Single Sanction dilemma facing the University today. The speech is his own–but the lessons are yours to choose. — Good evening. My name is Evan Behrle, and I am the Chair of the University’s Honor Committee. Tradition dictates that before…

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College Republicans Endorse Student Candidates

As the candidates for the UVa’s upcoming student body elections gear up for their campaigning, at least one student organization has determined which candidates they are endorsing: the College Republicans at the University of Virginia (CRs). As an officially-sanctioned “endorsing organization” by the University Board of Elections (UBE), College Republicans are given the “opportunity to voice their approval for candidates in a public manner” in exchange for adhering to certain standards that “ensure equal opportunity for all candidates,” according to the UBE….

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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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Why Cuccinelli is the Right Choice for Virginia Students

After a long, peaceful summer, it is fall again in Virginia. For the College Republicans and University Democrats, this can only mean that the time has come to mobilize the political machinery and rally the troops for the next batch of candidates. Virginia has the blessing–or curse–of having an election every year, and this year’s gubernatorial election may be the most important race in the country. The choice should be clear: there is only one candidate for governor whose policies will improve…

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