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UVa Holds Vigil for Terror Victims in Paris, Middle East

On November 17, the University of Virginia gathered for a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Iraq, Lebanon, and other parts of the Middle East. Held in the Amphitheater, it was co-sponsored by UVa’s Student Council, the Office of the Dean of Students, the French House, the Department of French, the Muslim Student Association (MSA), the Lebanese Club, and the Global Student Council at UVA. Several people – ranging from Dr. Scott Beardsley, Dean of the Darden School, to members…

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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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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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What About March?

Four months ago, The Virginia Advocate was set to release the last installment of its magazines for the semester. The March Issue, as it should have been known, promised as much improvement and fine-tuning that this publication has showcased in every issue over the past year. Yet, because of a backlog of budgeting in Student Council, The Virginia Advocate had a gaping hole in its normal balance sheet that put the latest and greatest magazine issue on hold indefinitely. The content was there, layout was…

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Student-Taught Classes at UVa

From public speaking and poetry to neuroethics and improv comedy, students at UVa have a wide range of interests. But through a program unique to the University of Virginia, undergraduate students can act as teachers for a semester. The Cavalier Education program, run through Student Council, is an incredible opportunity for students to share their love for a particular topic with their peers. Student-taught classes at UVa could be perhaps compared to the Ted Talks that are coming to the University: for…

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Paving the Lawn—Debate for the Eccentric

Pave the Lawn? Are they serious? As its name might suggest, the Committee to Pave the Lawn is a forum for discussing taboo or controversial topics. Although the group was originally founded in the 1980s, President Jerry Chen spearheaded its relaunch in  2012. The Committee boasts around 130 registered members and congregates once every two weeks in sporadic locations around Grounds. Despite the discussion of topics that are generally considered out of bounds, the exchanges among members are engaging, rational, and even…

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Student Council Learns Valuable Leadership Lessons from University Leaders

Dean Groves praised UVa’s system of self-governance for the freedom and responsibility it gives to students. “I tell administrators at other universities I visit, ‘If you treat college like it’s the 13th grade, you’re doing it wrong.’”

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Speaking of Honor Reform

The Honor Committee campaigned vigorously for its Restore the Ideal Act, only to be defeated by a margin of over 1,500 votes. In contrast, the referendum solely addressing the informed retraction passed with 64.3% of the vote. Honor held that the Informed Retraction on its own “would not solve the significant problem of inconsistent verdicts rendered by less trained random students.” To remedy this situation they offered students a comprehensive jury reform that eliminated random-student juries, rendering honor representatives the only students…

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Student Apathy: The Greatest Threat to Self-Governance

The greatest threat to any society is apathy among its citizens. This is as true at UVa as it is anywhere else. Mr. Jefferson’s university stands out because its Honor system holds students to a higher standard and its longstanding tradition of student self-governance actually puts students at the helm of leadership. But these are merits that too many students at UVa take for granted or don’t even acknowledge, creating an ultimate threat to our self-governance. Turnout in Student Council elections is…

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StudCo Hosts Fun, Nonpartisan Political Events

On Tuesday night, Student Council’s Legislative Affairs Committee hosted a political trivia event at Trinity. The event entailed an evening of lighthearted political questions, free appetizers, and fun for people of all parties and political persuasions. The questions were not policy-related, but focused on the personal lives of the presidential and vice presidential candidates. Participants were asked to name Mitt Romney’s sons in one question, and President Obama’s daughters in another. Two other questions asked for the names of Joe Biden and…

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