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Serving the University of Virginia community since 1890 The Cavalier Daily Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Cloudy. High 43, Low 22 See A3 Volume 123, No. 75 Distribution 10,000 Council denies marijuana bill Charlottesville City Council did not approve a measure Tuesday evening that would have reduced marijuana possession from a class one misdemeanor to a class four offense. Possession will remain Class I misdemeanor, not Class IV; offense still includes jail time, $500 fine By Jordan Bower Cavalier Daily Associate Editor Charlottesville City Council vetoed an ordinance Tuesday which would reclassify the possession of marijuana within the city as a Class IV misdemeanor for first-time offenders, eliminating the possibility of a jail sentence and capping fines at $250 . Current state law punishes possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana with as much as 30 days in jail and up to $500 in fines. Marshall Bronfin Cavalier Daily Ed McCann, executive director of Virginia’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws , advocated lessening penalties for marijuana possession to Council, though he said Charlottesville is notably more lenient than many other areas in the state on marijuana penalty enforcement. “We understand that Charlottesville does not generally jail its citizens for marijuana, but Please see Council, Page A3 StudCo tables Honor vote Council decides neither endorsement nor opposition represent student body By Abby Meredith and Emma Clark Cavalier Daily Staff Writers Student Council discussed the Restore the Ideal proposal Tuesday evening, but ultimately decided not to endorse or oppose the proposed amendments to the Honor Committee’s constitution and bylaws, saying neither position would be truly representative of the student body on the polarizing issue. Resolution 13-05, the measure written in favor of the reforms, lauded the Committee for developing reforms which preserved the community of trust. Resolution 13-04 , which opposed the honor reforms, encouraged the Committee to find more inclusive ways to preserve the ideals of the honor system. Neither resolution was voted on, and Council chose instead to encourage students to vote in the University-wide elections Feb. 25-28. “I can sit here all day and talk about my personal feelings about the issue,” said Darden School representative Jack Parrot , a second-year Darden student . “But it’s reckless to say that that is the opinion to represent all of Darden.” Council members also expressed concern that taking a firm position would not be truly Please see StudCo, Page A3 Jenna Truong | Cavalier Daily Though both sides introduced referendums on the issue Tuesday, the final vote decided Council should encourage students to vote on their own. SPORTS Freshman forward Evan Nolte hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 50 with 14 seconds left before Virginia conceded the winning basket on the ensuing Miami possession. IN BRIEF Stolen pass dooms Cavs Freshman forward Evan Nolte rattled home a 3-pointer from the right wing with 14 seconds left to even the score at 50 apiece against No. 2 Miami Tuesday evening in Coral Gables , but Hurricane senior center Reggie Johnson exploited a defensive breakdown for a game-winning layup to propel Miami to its 14th straight victory, 54-50. Johnson’s basket with five seconds remaining was the decisive moment in a backand-forth game that saw Virginia (18-8, 8-5 ACC) storm back from a seven-point second-half deficit . Virginia still had an Jenna Truong Cavalier Daily opportunity down by two, but sophomore guard Paul Jesperson threw away the in-bound pass to senior guard Durand Scott , sealing the Cavaliers’ fate. The Cavaliers answered any lingering questions about its defensive identity in the opening period by allowing just 24 points in the half and producing one of its best overall road efforts of the season. But it was not enough against the nation’s hottest team. Miami (22-3, 13-0 ACC) was led by sophomore guard Shane Larkin with 11 points and junior guard Rion Brown with 10 in the low-scoring affair to hand Virginia its 16th straight loss in the state of Florida. Junior guard Joe Harris was the lone Cavalier in double figures with 16, and his 3-pointer with 59 seconds remaining tied the score at 46. He earned a trip to the free-throw line with 32 seconds left and Virginia trailing by two, but he missed the second free throw leading to Nolte’s heroics. Virginia will return home for a rematch against Georgia Tech Sunday looking to extend its home winning streak to 15 games after an 0-2 road trip. ——compiled by Daniel Weltz MEN’S LACROSSE Virginia pummels VMI, 18-4 Mark Cockerton nets career-high six goals, leads 30th straight midweek win By Zack Bartee Cavalier Daily Senior Associate Editor The No. 6 Virginia men’s lacrosse team dismantled Virginia Military Institute Tuesday night at Klöckner Stadium, dominating throughout an 18-4 triumph , while also playing its entire active roster. “Part of the opportunity here with a game like this is for guys to get out there,” Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. “Everybody wants to play on game day and I want guys to play, so it’s nice that we can reward all the early season work with having some guys get out here ... in front of Please recycle this newspaper their parents.” In the midst of the widespread success, some young players stood out Tuesday night for the Cavaliers (2-0) and may have made a strong case for more minutes. “There were some things out here tonight that were telling for some of the young guys that are trying to get in the lineup,” Starsia said. “[Freshman attackman] James Pannell saw his first big minutes ... But I think [sophomore attackman] Carl Walrath in particular did a nice job.” VMI (0-3) got on the board first after Virginia sophomore long stick midfielder Tanner Otten- XXXX XXXXX Cavalier Daily breit was called for a trip and sent to the box for one minute. On the ensuing man-up possession, junior attackman Bernie Mowbray blew a heater by freshman goalie Dan Marino. The 1-0 advantage would be the only Keydet lead of the game. Ottenbreit redeemed himself soon thereafter by forcing a turnover that created a transition opportunity culminating in junior attackman Nick O’Reilly scoring off an assist from junior defenseman Scott McWilliams to tie the score. McWilliams then created a turnPlease see M Lacrosse, Page A5 Jenna Truong | Cavalier Daily Junior attackman Mark Cockerton scored six goals on 15 shots to pace the Cavaliers’ offensive surge against Virginia Military Institute Tuesday. 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