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UVa Guard to Transfer

First year guard B.J. Stith is leaving the University of Virginia basketball program after his first season. The Lawrenceville, VA native plans to continue his college career at Old Dominion University. “It is with great sadness that I’m leaving the University of Virginia,” Stith told Virginiasports.com. “I want to thank Coach Bennett, the entire basketball staff, my teammates and Cavalier Nation for allowing me to realize my life-long dream.” Prior to UVa, Stith attended prep basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (VA) where…

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Retractions Don’t Work

Following tradition, The Cavalier Daily published their annual April Fools Day edition on Wednesday, expecting to shed some light-hearted humor on an otherwise gloomy semester. Instead, their managing board was greeted with a “Trail of Schmears” as controversy erupted over some not-so politically correct articles that left students with mouths agape and muttering, “too soon.” Rather than starting a discussion about themed fraternity parties or the ABC arrest of Martese Johnson, The Cavalier Daily inadvertently ignited a debate about free speech and…

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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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Springing to Green at UVa

As Spring slowly blossoms forth as we head into April, a fresh sense of purpose and energy follows among the student body. The sudden arrival of green serves as a friendly reminder of different “Go Green” initiatives which can be easily overlooked during the long and dark winter months. But of course having a “green” environment doesn’t just stop at recycling. It’s about having a sustainable world in many different spectrums from social, economic, to environmental.

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OPINION: No Judgment, No Scruples

I was headed for Cohn’s to pick up a snack when I ran into the protests that blocked traffic on University Avenue. Here I saw one of the more disturbing sights of my life: The protestors were blocking the hospital’s employee shuttle, while screaming “We won’t move!” squarely at the driver as he was gently and patiently trying to navigate the crowd. After at least ten minutes (the vehicle was there when I arrived), the shuttle was forced to turn around. From…

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Philip Yancey Lectures on What Suffering and Grace Mean to UVa

This weekend, Philip Yancey, a journalist and best-selling author on Christian faith, visited UVa to lecture at Old Cabell Hall. Yancey’s lecture on “Suffering and Grace” came at a fitting time on Sunday afternoon, right after UVa’s loss to Michigan State in basketball, as he joked in his opening. Philip Yancey is known for his focus on the hard questions of life, never shying away from today’s tough topics. In fact, he embraces them.

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UVa March Madness

It’s finally every college basketball fan’s favorite time of the year. March Madness is in full swing as people are already picking up the pieces of their bracket. In just the first day, the tournament has already lived up to the hype. Two #3 seeds (Iowa State, Baylor) fell to #14 seeds, seven of the twelve games were decided by less than five points, and we saw two game-winning three-point shots, one of which was facilitated by a SMU goaltending. In regards…

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LETTER: A Rush to Judgment

On the evening of March 18th a large mass of students and faculty gathered to protest the brutal arrest of Martese Johnson on March 17th.  The Charlottesville police, the University, and the Commonwealth of Virginia were all denounced at this gathering for racial prejudice against African Americans. After but one day of consideration and after few questions have been answered, related to the Johnson case, damning assertions have been made regarding a great number of people. A rush to judgement has occurred…

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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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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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