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Serving the University of Virginia community since 1890 The Cavalier Daily Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Sunny. High 57, Low 33 See A3 Volume 123, No. 70 Distribution 10,000 Warner discusses debt Senator encourages spending awareness, defends $4 trillion federal budget cuts By Audrey Waldorp Cavalier Daily Senior Writer Courtesy of Lena Shi U.S. Senator Mark Warner, above middle, addressed students in Newcomb Hall Monday. Up to Us, a national debt awareness campaign, sponsored the event. Sen. Mark Warner , D-Va. , spoke to about 500 students, faculty and community members about the national debt Monday in Newcomb Ballroom as the highlight of nearly 20 events and efforts organized by the University “Up to Us” campaign. “Up to Us” is a nationwide competition between various college campuses that promotes student awareness of the rising national debt and student engagement with economic issues as the deadline for sequestration approaches. “[We’re] bringing the conversation from the Hill to U.Va.,” said fourth-year College student Ryan Singel, a campaign organizer, when introducing Miller Center leader dies Prof. Kenneth Thompson, 91, leaves extensive politics programming tradition By Emily Hutt Cavalier Daily News Editor Kenneth Thompson, esteemed educator and longtime director of the Miller Center, died Saturday, Feb. 2 at age 91. Thompson served as the Miller Center’s director for two decades, bringing many of the Center’s initiatives to prominence during his tenure. “The Miller Center would not be what it is today without the inspiration and passion of Ken Thomspon,” said former Virginia Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, director and CEO of the Miller Center, in a press release. Thompson was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1921. He graduated from Augustana College in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army Infantry and in counter intelligence during World War II. Following the war, he earned a graduate degree from the University of Chicago. He began his teaching career at the University of Chicago and then Northwestern, where he served as Chairman of the International Relations Committee. From 1953 to 1974, Thompson left his role as a university educator to work for The Rockefeller Foundation, ultimately serving as its Vice President of International Programs. In 1975, Thompson returned to teaching as a professor of government and foreign affairs at the University, and he became director of the Miller Center in 1978. His son James Thompson, senior vice president at the University of Rochester, said education was one of his father’s greatest passions. “In my household when I was growing up, the greatest thing you could say about a person was that [he or she] was a great teacher,” James Thompson said. “In some small way, he wanted to be able to do that for others.” Under Thompson’s direction, the Miller Center established the Forum Program, the Presidential Oral History Program and the national commissions. He worked to advance the understanding of the American presidency and civic education both inside and outside of the classroom during his tenure. “Whether it was somebody working at a service station or the secre- tary of state ... asking him about politics my father would take equal patience and equal attention with it, because he really felt that was the future of the country,” James Thompson said. Thompson also authored more than 30 books about international affairs, diplomatic ethics and the American presidency. “Ken initiated much of the work that continues to this day,” Baliles said. “Because of him, presidential history that might otherwise have been lost will be preserved for generations to come.” After retiring as director of center in 1998, Thompson continued to lead the Forum Program until 2004. “He was probably the hardest working person I ever knew,” James Thompson said. “He always told me somebody is always going to be smarter, somebody is always going to be better looking ... but nobody has to work harder than you do.” Thompson is survived by his three sons, stepdaughter and four grandchildren. The Miller Center is expected to set a date for a memorial service later this week. Kenneth Thompson, the longtime director of the Miller Center, died Feb. 2. Thompson’s legacy includes several forums, the promotion of civic education and presidential history programs. He wrote more than 30 books about policy and international relations. Courtesy The Miller Center of Public Affairs the Senator. Warner lauded campaign members for discussing this fairly unpopular topic with University peers. “[The national debt] is the most important issue we face in our nation,” Warner said. “If we don’t fix it, guess who pays the debt? You guys.” He also discussed his efforts to reach a bipartisan consensus on fiscal reform while in the Senate. “We cannot simply cut and tax our way out of this problem,” Warner said. “We need to have a growth agenda.” The Office of Management and Budget reports the country has run a deficit for 58 of the past 63 years, which Warner said is the fault of both parties. The $16.5 trillion national debt cannot be solved in the next 10 years, he Coach Tony Bennett did not hesitate when he saw freshman wunderkind Justin Anderson cough up a turnover with a showboating behind-the-backdribble in the Virginia basketball team’s 78-41 blowout win against Clemson last Thursday. Bennett pointed to the bench, and told his 18-year-old phenom, “That’s not what we need.” That same scene could have played out very differently with any other team. After the game, a still excited Anderson told reporters, “I love that moment.” “It actually lifted me up,” Anderson said. “It felt good because I felt like that was one selfish moment on my behalf Please recycle this newspaper on my team, and I don’t want to ever be like that.” The Virginia (17-6, 7-3 ACC) basketball team’s surprising success this season has been built on one principle: All for one; one for all. Individual displays such as Anderson’s highlight dunk later that game — which earned him the number two spot on “Sportscenter’s Top 10 Plays” — have been secondary to selflessness. That mindset has been the driving force behind the surprising success of Bennett’s freshmen-laden squad. The ACC Preseason Coaches Poll pegged the Cavaliers to finish seventh in the conference. That poll was even conducted before the extent of injuries to guards sophomore Malcolm Brogdon Dillon Harding | Cavalier Daily Gov. Bob McDonnell introduced legislation to confront violence at primary and secondary schools in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn. shootings. Gov. Bob McDonnell introduced eight pieces of legislation Friday designed to make Virginia’s primary and secondary schools safer. The proposed measures include developing curricula for critical incident response training of school personnel, a requirement for schools to conduct a lockdown drill once each semester and the creation of a fund to provide facility upgrades to improve security. One of the proposals would also make it a criminal offense to enter a school armed or in possession of an explosive device with the intent to commit a felony. “It is so important that we are doing everything in our power to provide a safe learning environment in our schools and on our campuses,” McDonnell said in a statement. “The proposals I’m making to the General Assembly will make schools and Chris MacDonnell | Cavalier Daily Freshman guard Justin Anderson, who was named ACC Rookie of the Week Monday, has quickly emerged as a dynamic presence for Virginia. and senior Jontel Evans was known and before forwards sophomore Darion Atkins and freshman Mike Tobey were Please see Basketball, Page A5 News Desk...................(434)326-3286 Ads Desk......................(434)326-3233 Editor-in-Chief.............(434)249-4744 C M Y K IN BRIEF Gov. proposes K-12 safety laws Virginia Tech visits Charlottesville Thursday looking to snap six-game losing streak, slow streaking Cavs By Daniel Weltz Please see Warner, Page A3 NEWS U.Va. hosts struggling rival Hokies Cavalier Daily Sports Editor said. He suggested reducing the deficit by $4 trillion in that time frame was more realistic. “We just have to show the markets and the world that we’re going to recognize that this is a real problem,” he said. Warner said after his presentation he hoped awareness of the national debt would remain high. “This is not a self-correcting problem, and what my hope and prayer is that these students, the folks who are listening today, will let their members of Congress hear [their opinions],” Warner said. “Too often all we hear is from folks on both ends of the extreme. This is too important just to leave to the politicians [and] Cyan Magenta Yellow Black campuses in the Commonwealth safer. They will also provide the resources necessary to assist our first responders, educators and mental health professionals in protecting our schools.” Across the aisle, however, reaction to the legislation was mixed. Minority Leader Del. David Toscano , D-Charlottesville , approved of McDonnell’s proposal to require school districts to create threat assessment teams — who collect and report data to the Department of Criminal Justice Services — but he wanted the governor to do more to address gun control. “We can make much more progress if we had immediate background checks for every gun purchase in the commonwealth,” Toscano said. “But the governor won’t touch it for the politics of it. It’s too politically charged.” —compiled by Erik Payne Upset Alert SEAN MCGOEY I love upsets. I was raised as a sports fan to follow the principle that if you don’t have a particular allegiance to either of the teams involved, you root for the underdog. And in no sport is this more applicable than in college basketball. This season has been a roller coaster for the teams on top of the standings. Weeks one through 10 were ruled by preseason No. 1 Indiana and their successor, Duke. But we have since seen a different team claim the top spot each of the last four weeks, and we’re likely headed for a fifth after Indiana lost to Illinois last Thursday. The lore of the “giant killer” — the scrappy upstart that knocks off the major power — is a rich Please see McGoey, Page A5 Comics Opinion Life A4 A6 A8

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