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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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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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iPhone 6: Why Bother?

When the iPhone 6 was released today, all that Apple confirmed was that I have become an old man. Apple has shown me that I have absolutely no need to upgrade my phone for the foreseeable future, and that makes me appear as something like a Luddite. Nevertheless, I would venture to say that I am not the only person with a poor opinion of Apple’s new products–to be sure, there are reasons why the iPhone 6 simply did not stun. Think…

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OPINION: Returning to Our Roots

“Grueling. Slow. Risky.” These are three words moderns hate to hear, and Forrest Pritchard knows it. As part of Friday’s Virginia Festival of the Book, Pritchard highlighted his memoir, “Gaining Ground,” and his struggle to preserve the family farm by standing against the culture of convenience. Nevertheless, in the fast pace of modernity, is agriculture still worth saving?

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OPINION: J Term: Time Well Spent

Every January during winter break, the University of Virginia offers a short session of courses called January Term, or “J Term” for short. A J Term class typically runs six and a half hours a day for about ten days. While that may seem arduous, J Term classes are typically more laid back and fun than their counterparts in the spring and fall. This winter I had the opportunity to take a J Term class, and I can honestly say I enjoyed…

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OPINION: Euthanize Children?

“Euthanize children,” you say? According to a report by lifenews.com, Belgium’s Senate has approved legislation that would allow doctors to euthanize children with a triumphant “yes!” Although the bill still has to pass Belgium’s other legislative chamber, their House of Representatives, many expect the bill to sail through and become law. Belgium already has fairly liberal euthanasia laws on its books for adults and its legislature has been debating a “humane” extension to the law to children for quite some time. If Belgium…

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Would Tina Fey Have Been My Friend?

Yes, Tina Fey is a UVa alumna, but where did we see her really talk about student life here outside of the theater department? Where were the nostalgic anecdotes about life on Grounds or jokes that only fellow Cavaliers would understand?

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