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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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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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OPINION: Axler the Ideologue

Disclaimer: the views of the author do not reflect the views of The Virginia Advocate, nor do they constitute an endorsement made by either the author or the publication. Locher vs. Axler. The Pragmatist vs. the Ideologue. This student council election cycle we are faced with a choice, not an echo. We will choose either pragmatic moderation or unrealistic idealism. A brief glance at the platforms of the two candidates for student council president yields a distinction hard to miss. Mr. Grove’s platform is…

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OPINION: Honor and the Rush to Decision

Constitutions bind. They are documents of permanency and rigidity that set forth the basic natures of societies and of organizations for all time. They are not to be considered mere playthings to be shaped by the ephemeral whims of temporary sentiments. Unfortunately, this is the error into which the current honor referenda fall. They deny the ability of an informed committee to fully consider the policy options which they may assess as the most pressing to the students. They eschew a period…

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OPINION: The Inconvenient History of Honor

It’s been a little over a week since my article “The Moral Failures of the Honor Referenda,” was published in The Cavalier Daily. In that case, my argument against the measures of the Campaign for Self-Governance was based on a series of moral principles. Today, I would like to analyze the referenda from another angle – that of the inconvenient history which contradicts the Campaign’s central claims. First, we ought to question the historical basis that Mr. Robertson and Mr. Park have used…

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OPINION: The Campaign for Self-Governance

Honor at Virginia has never been about the single sanction. From its beginnings, it has consisted instead in a fundamental commitment to an ideal of self-government, namely, that the honor system embodies the living values of those who are held to its standards. It is this ideal alone that justifies the pronounced presence of Honor at this University; not its rhetoric, not its practices. What one finds written into the constitution of our honor system is the expression of Virginia tradition, and…

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