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A Letter from the Editor

It was almost one month ago when 159 Madison Lane became Ground Zero at the University of Virginia. There in the attic window that overlooks the expanse of Mad Bowl unto the Rotunda occurred one of the most vile acts in the history of our school, we were told. Passers-by no longer amused themselves with wordplay between Phi Psi and Sci Fi, but stared blankly at the modest Jeffersonian brick house that has since become a modern symbol of evil. For the…

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Virginia Football: Season In Review

Oh what optimism we had after the UCLA game. After opening the season and barely knocking off a top-ten team, we all thought this year would be different. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. After the win against Pittsburg, there wasn’t a Hoos fan out there who didn’t give the Cavaliers a shot at being bowl-eligible. They were 4-2 at the time and only needed two wins out of their next six games to earn a postseason birth. But just as Virginia football has done…

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OPINION: Why Taking Hand-Written Notes Is Better

Last June, Vox.com published an article titled “Why you should take notes by hand– not on a laptop” that went viral, toppling 55 thousand Facebook shares. Research shows that laptops not only distract students from lectures, but also make it more difficult to recall information. As an avid laptop notetaker, I decided to take this matter into my own hands. This semester, I switched to taking hand-written notes in all five of my college classes. I noticed a series of positive, enlightening results from this…

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5 Signs Winter Has Come to UVa

With the temperatures across Grounds dipping below 32 degrees for the first time this semester in the past week, Wahoos have quickly shifted into winter mode. Here are five signs that winter has indeed come to Charlottesville, Virginia. 1. Bean Boots and Barbours Every Cavalier knows the Three Bs of Winter by the end of their first cold semester: Bean Boots and Barbours. L.L. Bean’s classic boots and olive-green Barbour coats are ubiquitous across Grounds. These wardrobe staples also make for amusing…

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CRIME MAP: Updates Reflect New Sexual Assaults

It has been almost a year since The Virginia Advocate unveiled a device called the “UVa Crime Map,” powered by Google Maps. The Crime Map presents a vivid, interactive rendering of every police report published by Michael Gibson, the Chief of the University Police. It was our sincere hope that the Crime Map would revolutionize the way that students perceive crime on Grounds (and in some cases, neighboring Charlottesville). With the Rolling Stone uproar, The Virginia Advocate has published new updates to the Crime Map that…

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Harvard, UNC Sued for Race-Based Admissions Policy

The Project on Fair Representation, a Virginia-based legal defense fund, filed suit Monday against Harvard and U.N.C.-Chapel Hill, arguing that their affirmative action policies amount to racial discrimination. The organization, based in Alexandria, argues that the university uses “system-wide intentional racial discrimination” to maintain “essentially the same percentage” of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics and whites every year, and holds Asian American students to a far higher standard, forcing them to compete against one another for a certain allocation of places. Both…

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5 Uncomfortable Questions You’ll Be Asked At Thanksgiving Dinner

This Thanksgiving, you can anticipate that certain dinner table topics will inevitably arise, posed by inquiring family members. As UVa students, we have had an extremely tough semester. I encourage you to prepare for these questions about this year’s tragic events, as well as some of the awkward questions about your personal life, and to contemplate how you will respond: 1. “How is everything at UVa since…Hannah Graham?” This is your chance to stand up for our school. Describe how sad and devastating the events of her death have…

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Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Start With Me: Quotes From the Amphitheater

The following is in the context of the Rolling Stone magazine article entitled “A Rape on Campus.” Most readers of The Virginia Advocate will have read or at least know of this piece, which was published online yesterday morning. A lightening-fast reaction was organized by UVa’s Middle Eastern & Islamic Students Association (MEISA). On Thursday afternoon, MEISA hosted a Stand Up Against the Rape Culture at UVA event in the Amphitheater. The group explained why it decided to host the event, stating, “Since dignity and…

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