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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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David Gowdy and YAF on “Jefferson and Madison’s Guide to the Constitution”

Right-leaning Americans, ranging from establishment Republicans to Tea Partiers and libertarians, have often called for a return to Constitutional principles. As head of the Washington, Jefferson, and Madison Institute, however, J. David Goudy believed that even the most ardent enthusiast of the Framers still had much to learn, given the selective nature of historical transmission. Speaking on November 21 to the University of Virginia’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), Goudy based his lecture in the Rotunda on the Institute’s official guide to the…

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From Farm to O’Hill

Charlottesville is often touted as one of the nation’s most environmentally sustainable cities in terms of food. Referred to as the “local-vore capital” of the East Coast, Charlottesville boasts several weekly farmers’ markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and organic farms galore. Even our founder Thomas Jefferson was firm in his belief that everybody could gain knowledge from growing their own food and being self-sustaining. With all of this hype surrounding the local food movement in Charlottesville, what does UVa have to offer its students…

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Stark Choices for UVa

The University of Virginia is facing a real problem which it can no longer ignore. Over the last twenty years, it has fallen far behind its competitors in academic research. While peer schools like the University of California, Berkley and the University of Michigan consistently rank in the Top 10 for almost all key areas of research, UVa fails to reach the Top 25 in many of the same areas. Particularly in subjects such as history, politics, and English, where UVa is…

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Supreme Court Justice Scalia: “Not to the Wise: Christian as Cretin”

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, UVa’s St. Anslem Institute hosted the honorable U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to share some words of wisdom. Justice Scalia serves as a proud former UVa law professor and devout Catholic-Christian. Last week, Scalia stepped down from his bench of politics and rose to speak from the podium of religion.

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Wahoo Slang

Making reference to the “campus” of the University of Virginia can lead to awkward situations leaving people wondering if you even attend school here.

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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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Happy President’s Day?

It’s no secret that the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, founded the University of Virginia in 1819. As such, students at UVa seem to spare little expense to pay homage to him. From the men who dress up as Thomas Jefferson at all the home football games to the annual celebration of Founder’s Day, there is no shortage of presidential pride at the University. And it is not just Thomas Jefferson that we should be proud of – three…

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Stop and Stare

How often do you pass by the Thomas Jefferson statue in front of the Rotunda? Whether one lives in GrandMarc or walks from dorms to Rugby Road or fancies a Take It Away sandwich between classes, most members of the University of Virginia community including teachers, students, and employees will cross the statue’s path. Yet why does this statue receive so little consideration in our minds? Why does the average UVa student, proud to rattle off facts about the school like “#1…

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