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Vol. 126 Issue 35
Applied Early Action
Race African-American AI Asian Hispanic Multi-race International Unknown White
7614 9154 Application volume increased by
over last year
Early Action Offers
Distribution of Early Admission Offers by Race Applications 692 14 1847 1149 557 1807 1057 9636
Offers 294 6 707 392 204 363 361 2863
2290 2903 Architecture (96) Education (62)
A combined 32,500 students applied for early action and regular decision this year, for a targeted class size of 3,675 students
Offers By School
Nursing (65) College of A&S (3955)
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U.Va. receives record minority applications Additional 1,807 applications came from international students
Alexis Gravely Associate Editor
The University Office of Admissions released its demographic
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data for the Class of 2020’s Early Action admission offers The number of Early Action applicants increased from 16,081 in 2015 to 16,768 in 2016. Additionally, the total number of all applica-
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tions has increased since last year as well — from 30,840 to 32,420. This year, 9,154 women applied Early Action while 7,614 men applied. The offer rate for females was slightly higher than the offer
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rate for males, with 31.7 percent of women being invited to attend the University, while 30.1 percent of men received an offer. This is a representation of a nationwide trend of more females ap-
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plying to college than males, Dean of Admissions Gregory Roberts said.
see 2020, page 2 U.VA. DINING BRAVES JONAS FOR STUDENTS PAGE 11
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Continued from page 1 While the majority of Early Action applicants were white, the admissions office received a record number of applications from minorities this year with 4,259 applications submitted by students from
a variety of ethnicities. The races represented include African-American, American Islander, Asian and Hispanic. An additional 1,807 applications were submitted by international students. There were 65 different countries represented in the application pool, with China having the most applicants at 1,354. Korea and India were also a part of the top three most-represented countries having 230 and 133 applicants, respectively. Of the 1,807 international applicants, 363 were offered admission. “We are committed to enrolling a diverse class of students each year,” Roberts said. “Our outreach efforts are extensive. We work very hard recruiting talented students from
around the world to U.Va., and we seek students who bring different beliefs, opinions, thoughts, ideas, backgrounds and experiences to Grounds.” Roberts also expressed that the admissions office is pleased with the increase in the number of minority students who apply, receive admissions offers and ultimately enroll for the fall. Roberts discussed several new initiatives the admissions office is implementing to increase the number of admitted minority students who enroll, including connecting current students to admitted students, hosting seven different open houses in the spring, reaching out to every admitted African-American
student through alumni and a newly-redesigned admissions packet mailed to acceptees. The University has done a relatively good job of extending offers to minorities, and these students tend to have some of the best undergraduate success rates of any university in the United States, Jahvonta Mason, third-year Batten student and co-chairman of Student Council’s Diversity Initiative Committee, said. “The acceptance rate of minorities is exciting,” Mason said. “However, these numbers don’t accurately reveal the problem.” Mason said he believes the problem occurs in “the interim when offers are extended and when they are accepted.”
“A large portion of the minorities who received offers to come to U.Va. will ultimately decide to go to another university,” Mason said. “Part of the problem is that many of these students can go to other academically comparable universities for free because of minority scholarships, and U.Va. doesn’t offer any.” Decreasing the cost of attendance and making an education at the University more affordable is a potential solution to this problem, Mason said. “We have work to do,” Roberts said. “But we are excited that U.Va. is seen as a strong option for students from underrepresented backgrounds.”
MEL hosts event in honor of Martin Luther King Memorialization for Enslaved Laborers strives to preserve history of enslaved laborers at U.Va.
Courtney Stith Staff Writer
The Memorialization for Enslaved Laborers, or MEL, hosted an event Friday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The event featured speeches from a panel of University faculty, a member from the Board of Visitors and a member of University President Teresa Sullivan’s Commission on Slavery and the University. A question and answer session followed the speeches, as well as historical tours about African-American history on Grounds led by the University Guide Service. “The purpose of this event is really to tell students and faculty and the higher-ups of the U.Va. administration about the reasons why we want to memorialize the enslaved laborers, our thoughts on it and the importance of doing it,” MEL Chair Diana Wilson, a second-year College student, said. Kelley Deetz, the commission’s research associate and keynote speaker, said the commission has been working to plan a memorial for enslaved laborers at the University. “[The commission] has been working very hard with MEL and faculty and staff to try to figure out a way to start planning [the memorial],” Deetz said. “So [we] are here today to ask the Board and President Sullivan for permission to move forward on planning.” The University is among a
small group of colleges and universities around the nation to start planning and building a memorial for enslaved laborers, Deetz said. Other schools working on memorials include the University of North Carolina, Brown University, the College of William and Mary and Georgetown University. “There is a lot of momentum right now — especially with the events around the world with black lives,” Deetz said. “The people who built this university, we don’t know much about them and we may never know them.” Architecture Prof. Lewis Nelson commented on the centrality of enslaved laborers to the construction of the University. “Grounds has the potential to signal who we are not or remind us of who we do not want to be,” Nelson said. “But our history is not going away.” Nelson worked in the Architecture school to find physical remnants of slavery on Grounds and to preserve them. “The material and physical legacy of slavery is printed in our landscape,” Nelson said. “We have a preservation responsibility.” Students attending the event also noted the impact of students working together with faculty and the University administration. Second-year College student Jordan Maia said it is crucial for the University to have a connection between students and professors. “I think it’s important to con-
nect a student CIO with a bigger community,” he said. “[With that connection] such a small club will have a larger impact.”
University alumna Ishraga Eltahair said while she and her classmates started a competition in 2011 for the memorial and
awarded winners, the commission does not yet know what the memorialization will look like.
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A question and answer session followed the speeches, as well as historical tours about African-American history on Grounds led by the University Guide Service.
Monday, February 1, 2016
U.Va student dies of leukemia Vigil held Wednesday on steps of Old Cabell Hall
Ankita Satpathy Associate Editor
University student Ceili Leahy passed away of leukemia Wednesday. Leahy, originally from Fredericksburg, Va., was diagnosed with childhood bone cancer in the summer of 2013, shortly before beginning her senior year of high school. First-year College student Brian Cameron – who attended high school with Leahy – said she fought the disease throughout her senior year of high school and was not able to take a full course load, but she successfully graduated and enrolled at the University. “Going to college was such a huge dream of hers,” Cameron
said. In the summer of 2014, Leahy successfully entered complete remission, and began her first year at the University in the fall. While on Grounds, Leahy was involved with the Climate Action Society. She was also heavily involved with the rallies around sexual assault rallies in Nov. 2014 and the tuition hike protest the following March. “She was an activist at heart,” Cameron said. “She never stopped fighting and was involved with so many aspects of her life in her passion for human rights.” In April 2015, she was diagnosed with leukemia and received extensive treatment from the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. throughout the summer of
2015. In September 2015, Leahy stopped treatment and did not return to the University. “She’d come to the decision to just accept peace with her condition and… that was a really remarkable and brave decision on her part but it was so right for her,” Cameron said. The same month, Leahy was able to visit the Rocky Mountains in Colorado with her family as her last wish trip through the Fairy Godmother Foundation, Cameron said. Leahy also became a volunteer for the Fairy Godmother Foundation and remained active in the Fredericksburg community. Although she did not return to the University, she strived to continue her education and enrolled in one class at the University of Mary Washington for the
New media center launches
Initiative designed to inform students about journalism, “engaged citizenry” Henry Pflager Senior Writer
A new University initiative — the Center for Media and Citizenship — will serve to scrutinize the cross-section between media and citizenship. The center, launching this semester, will be led by Robertson Prof. of Media Studies Siva Vaidhyanathan and Media Studies Lecturer Coy Barefoot.Barefoot, in-house producer and editor of the Center for Media and Citizenship, began a Sunday morning program called the “Coy Barefoot Program,” which will run Thursdays on a local PBS station and Sundays on Newsplex as a part of the Center's launch. The Center will support students understanding of journalism in a democracy, Barefoot said. “Our pedagogical mission is to help our students think critically about media and journalism,” Barefoot said. “We are focused on creating a platform for a national conversation, based here at the University, that will connect the dots between the best traditions of journalism — a rapidly evolving media environment — and the ideals of an engaged citizenry.”Vaidhyanathan, founding executive director of the center, said he was approached by two WUVA radio alumni from the 1960s and 1970s who
were concerned about the state of journalism following the collapse of many newspapers due to economic pressure and wondered how the University could contribute to a discussion about the role of journalism in a democracy. “I said… ‘We could start a center that took as its starting point the needs of citizens in a democratic-republic,’” Vaidhyanathan said. “We would focus on what citizens might need to flourish in a democratic republic, what sources of information should we have, what platforms for engagement should we have, what norms and expectations should we have when we engage with each other.” While this vision for the center is somewhat bold and grandiose, Vaidhyanathan said, he has long-lasting expectations rather than something to merely keep media institutions afloat. This vision includes a series of podcasts and radio shows the center is doing in conjunction with WTJU radio. “We are going to, for the next couple of years, focus on enhancing the media ecosystem locally and in the Charlottesville area,” he said. “So, toward that end, we want to create conversations and debates and discussions among all of the student media outlets around Grounds… but just as importantly we want to engage fully with the Charlottesville community.”
While Vaidhyanathan said the Center for Politics is fundamentally different due to its focus on the dynamics and inner workings of politics, he does see some areas of potential cooperation between the two organizations, as well as coordination with the Miller Center. “For that reason it would be healthy to collaborate on some projects and we look forward to exploring moments of collaboration in the future,” Vaidhyanathan said. The center should not be seen as a substitute for a journalism degree, Vaidhyanathan said. While the center will be contributing to the Media Studies major, courses are often open to all students. “What the center will do [is] give U.Va. students access to professional journalists and access to expertise and debates and conversations within the field,” Vaidhyanathan said. “But it’s not exclusively about journalism and it’s certainly not exclusively about training journalists.” The center is an exciting and historic initiative, Barefoot said. “As a journalist and as an alumnus, I am so proud of the University for supporting this historic initiative — and I am so sincerely honored to be a part of it,” Barefoot said. “There is exciting and important work to be done, and I encourage interested students to reach out, learn more, and get involved.”
Spring 2016 semester, Cameron said. In December 2015, Leahy decided to receive additional treatment, which she continued throughout the month. ‘“The miracle is not that I've survived this long. The miracle is that I have the energy to spend time with the pe ople I love, the mental clarity to reflect on how far I've come, and the health and support to continue to hope. Without these things, life is just a heartbeat. With them, anything is possible,” Leahy wrote in a Facebook post on Dec. 24, 2015. Last weekend, her leukemia spread to her spleen, and she passed away at Children’s National Medical Center, Cameron said. Approximately 50 people gathered on the steps of Old
Cabell Hall Wednesday night to mourn Leahy’s death through a vigil Cameron organized. The attendees ranged from Leahy’s high school classmates to her friends from the University, including her former hallmates. “Even when the moment that is one's life ends, the ripples sent forth from that life do not stop being felt for a very long time to come,” Cameron wrote in a Facebook post publicizing the event. “Ceili impacted so many people's lives so vividly. The world is already such a better place for her being here, and it will never stop becoming a better place because of her.”
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Defense carries men’s basketball past No. 16 Louisville, 63-47
Cavaliers shot 57.8 percent from the floor, limited Louisville to just 14 first half points No. 11 Virginia men’s basketball notched their fourth-consecutive win and handed 16thranked Louisville its worst loss at the KFC Yum! Center, 63-47. The Cavaliers’ defense limited the Cardinals (17-4, 6-2 ACC) to a paltry 32.7 shooting percentage. Riding the high from their last-second victory over Wake Forest, Virginia (17-4, 6-3 ACC) blitzed out of the gate and led Louisville 29-14 at the half. The Cavaliers relied on their defense to build the advantage, and the Cardinals made only four of their 19 shot attempts in the first half. Sophomore guard Quentin Snider scored seven of his team’s points before halftime. On the offensive side of the ball, Virginia shot 56.5 percent in the first half. Senior guard Malcolm Brogdon led the Cavaliers with eight points on 4-for-9 shooting. Virginia’s offense also thrived in the second half against Louisville’s vaunted defense. The Cavaliers shot 59.1 percent after the break and fin-
he computer algorithm on T KenPom.com gave Virginia a 25 percent chance of beat-
ished the game with a 57.8 field goal percentage. Senior center Mike Tobey contributed with eight points on a perfect fourfor-four shooting and three rebounds in the second half. Sophomore guard Darius Thompson, Tuesday night’s hero, scored a quiet four points and dished out two assists. Junior guard London Perrantes led all players with five assists. As a team, Virginia assisted on 14 of its 26 field goals and turned the ball over 15 times. Slowed by foul trouble and illness, sophomore center Chinanu Onuaku, the ACC’s seventh-best rebounder at nine boards per game, scored only one point and had no rebounds in 19 minutes of play. Despite a lack of production from Onuaku, the Cardinals outrebounded the Cavaliers 27-25. Virginia will put its fourgame winning streak on the line at home against conference bottom-feeder Boston College. Wednesday’s tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. —compiled by Matt Wurzburger
Marshall Bronfin | The Cavalier Daily
Senior guard Malcolm Brogdon scored 13 points, including eight in the first half, in a dominating 63-47 victory in the KFC Yum! Center.
Virginia proves it’s still a national contender
Since the Virginia Tech loss Jan. 4, Virginia just isn’t the same team it was a year ago, ing Louisville Saturday. In its when it ascended to No. 2 in outright prediction, the country in the ROBERT ELDER the statistical guru’s Coaches Poll for four Sports Editor website pegged the weeks. Cavaliers with a 68The Cavaliers 62 loss. clearly miss the deClearly, things didn’t go as fensive length and smarts of speculated. forward Darion Atkins and Before Tuesday, Virginia guard Justin Anderson. Meanhad dropped three consecutive while, the offense, although conference road games against lethal at times, has a tendenmediocre at best competition cy to go cold on the road. The – Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech consistency on both sides of the and Florida State. Then, it took court just hasn’t been there. Two days after taking down a miraculous comeback for the Cavaliers to come out victori- Notre Dame, Virginia loses ous against the second-worst against Virginia Tech. Five days team — Wake Forest — in the after defeating No. 8 Miami, the Cavaliers fall against Florida ACC. Yet, on the road, No. 11 Vir- State. All this from a Virginia ginia looked as dominant as squad that has already defeatever against No. 16 Louisville; in fact, it never trailed in the ed the likes of Villanova, West 63-47 victory. Meanwhile, the Virginia and California and No. 1 team in the USA Today climbed to as high as No. 4 in Coaches Poll has changed each the polls. Who knew if this team was consistent enough to of the past four weeks. College basketball just be a threat in March? But after defeating Louisville doesn’t make sense this season. And that is exactly why it’s too Saturday, a lot of that chatter soon to count out the Cavaliers should cease. The Cavaliers won, and made a statement in from a deep run come March. the process – vintage Tony Ben-
nett basketball just might come back. Virginia earned its second best defensive efficiency rating of the season of 77.4 – just .3 behind its best performance in the season-opening win against lowly Morgan State. Just how good was Virginia defensively? The Cavaliers held the Cardinals to just 14 points at the half, limiting them to shooting 21 percent from the floor. Louisville didn’t score for a 7:34 stretch in the opening stanza, and didn’t even hit double digits until 5:19 remained in the first half. Louisville’s leading scorers – senior guards Trey Lewis and Damion Lee, who combined for 51 points in their last outing against Virginia Tech – were held to a combined 10 points. Virginia did all of this against the No. 22 offense in the country before tipoff Saturday. Coach Tony Bennett has reiterated throughout the season Virginia must win with its defense. After defeating Louisville, Virginia finally proved it can. Now in the midst of a four-
game win streak, Virginia is beginning to climb back into national relevance. The Cavaliers are now No. 3 in the ACC – behind North Carolina and Louisville – and just 2.5 games out of first. Virginia has now already defeated the Cardinals, and will get to face North Carolina in the friendly confines of John Paul Jones Arena, where Virginia is 30-1 in ACC home games over the past four seasons. Immediately following Saturday’s win – the most lopsided in the KFC Yum! Center’s history – Virginia climbed from No. 11 to No. 5 in KenPom’s rankings. The Cavalier offense stayed put at No. 9 while the defense jumped from No. 46 to No. 28 in efficiency, as of Saturday afternoon. The handy KenPom prediction calculator improved Virginia’s projected record from 22-8 to 23-7. After two straight dominant regular seasons followed by lackluster March performances, Virginia may be doing the opposite this time around. However, this should not excuse any of the previous conference losses, but Virginia fans should
know what happens in January and February matters little. Between junior guard London Perrantes, senior guard Malcolm Brogdon and senior forward Anthony Gill, the Cavaliers have elite-caliber players to compete against the nation’s best. Also, after sticking to a nine-man rotation against Louisville until the walk-ons entered, the cohesion of the second-fiddle players should improve. Virginia will likely drop a few more contests before the NCAA tournament, but so will other top-10 caliber teams. That’s just the way of the 201516 college basketball season. But make no mistake about it, Virginia’s win against Louisville showed it can compete with any team in the country. Don’t count the Cavaliers out of the national title hunt just yet.
Robert Elder is a Sports editor for The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @R_F_D_E.
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Cavalier women sweep weekend meets, men drop both Women win nine of 16 events to finish undefeated dual-meet season, Yannick Kaeser finishes second in 100 breast for men
Paul Burke | The Cavalier Daily
Reigning All-American Leah Smith won the 200, 500 and 1,000 freestyle in the meet against NC State and UNC.
This past Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C. provided two entirely different stories for the Virginia men's and women’s swimming and diving teams. While the women saw great success against two North Carolina ACC rivals, the men did not obtain the same result. The No. 8 Cavalier women (80, 4-0 ACC) clinched a perfect dual-meet season by defeating No. 15 NC State (9-2) and No. 16 North Carolina (6-3) by scores of 154.5145.5 and 178-122, respectively. Led by junior Leah Smith’s three victories in the 200, 500 and 1,000 free, the Cavalier women won
nine of the 16 events in which they competed. In addition to Smith’s trifecta of victories, senior Courtney Bartholomew won both the 100 and 200 back. Together, Smith and Bartholomew accounted for over half of Virginia’s event victories. On the flip side, the No. 21 Virginia men (3-5, 1-3 ACC) had a rough time in the Tar Heel state. Falling against No. 8 NC State (33) by a score of 222-78 and No. 19 UNC by a score of 201.5-98.5, the Cavalier men did not pick up a single victory in the 16 events offered. The lone bright spot came
from senior Yannick Kaeser, who finished second in the 100 breast. Next Friday, the Virginia women’s diving team will compete in Richmond. The following day, both the men’s and women’s diving teams will participate in the JMU Invite in Harrisonburg. The swimmers will not resume competition with the divers until the ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C., which begin Feb. 17 for the women and Feb. 24 for the men. —compiled by Ben Tobin
Track and field impresses at John Thomas Terrier Invitational Junior Henry Wynne clocked in a 3:58.74 mile, becoming the only the third Cavalier to break the four-minute barrier At the John Thomas Terrier Invitational in Boston, Mass. this weekend, top-10 finishes were abundant for the Virginia indoor track and field teams. In the 36 events offered, the men and women combined for 12 top-10 finishes in nine events. The women took to the track first Friday to compete against
over 50 schools from across the country. Leading the charge for the Cavalier women, senior sprinter Peyton Chaney had the best result of the meet, placing fifth in the 200-meter dash. As the event wrapped up, the Virginia women placed five athletes within the top-10 in four events. Saturday, the Virginia men
followed up the women’s solid performance with an impressive showing. Placing seven competitors within the top-10 in five events, the Cavalier men shined brightest in the 5,000-meter run. Junior distance runner Zach Herriott led the charge with a winning time of 13:57.60. His teammates — sophomore dis-
tance runners Chase Weaverling and Brent Demarest — followed him up by finishing sixth and eighth, respectively. Additionally, junior middle distance runner Henry Wynne made history by breaking four minutes in a fourth-place finish in the mile. With a finishing time of 3:58.74, Wynne is only the third Cavalier
ever to achieve this feat. Next week, Virginia will travel to Blacksburg to partake in the Doc Hale Elite Meet.
—compiled by Ben Tobin
No. 18 Virginia falls against No. 10 Virginia Tech Cavaliers pick up just two wins in the 31-7 defeat
Mariel Messier Senior Associate Editor
Cavaliers pick up just two wins in 31-7 defeatThe No. 18 Virginia wrestling team fell against No. 10 Virginia Tech in its first home ACC dual match of the season, losing by a score of 31-7 Sunday afternoon. The Hokies (11-2, 2-0 ACC) boast a roster of eight nationally ranked wrestlers who ended up victorious over the Cavaliers (5-4, 0-2 ACC), who only picked up two wins throughout the match. “Virginia Tech is a great team,” Coach Steve Garland said. “They attacked more than we did, and that’s why the score was what it was.” The two wrestlers who picked up victories for Virginia have come up big for the team all season. Tenth-ranked senior Zach Nye dominated in his bout, picking up an 8-2 decision over Virginia Tech freshman Dylan Cook in the 197 pound weight class. Virginia junior George DiC-
amillo, ranked No. 6 in the 133 pound weight class, defeated Hokie junior Dennis Gustafson with a major decision, 14-4. DiCamillo is accustomed to winning consistently, as he was the ACC champion in his weight class in both 2013 and 2015. “It’s important for me to just stay the course and believe in the system,” DiCamillo said. “It’s a brutal sport, and with a year and a half left I’m just having fun with it.” Another notable bout came in the 157 pound weight class, as sophomore Andrew Atkinson lost a close match to No. 4 ranked senior Nick Brascetta. Atkinson fought back to bring the match into overtime after recording a takedown. “It was one of the most amazing matches of the year, and it was such a heartbreak to see [Atkinson] come out on the short end of the stick with that one,” Garland said. “That’s what we want to build on… we want the rest of our team to see their brothers and feed off of that.” Virginia saw yet another close
match in the heavyweight class, as senior Patrick Gillen fell to No. 3 ranked junior Ty Walz with an 8-6 decision. Virginia will host two more
ACC teams next weekend, as Duke visits Friday, Feb. 5, and No. 14 North Carolina comes to Charlottesville Saturday. This season, the Cavaliers have become accus-
tomed to tough matches. “It’s been ranked team after ranked team for us,” Garland said. “It’s been an insane schedule.”
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Virginia junior George DiCamillo defeated Hokie junior Dennis Gustafson with a major decision, 14-4. DiCamillo’s victory was one of just two all afternoon for the Cavaliers.
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Make WGS a department
The University has an opportunity to be a leader in academia
Comment of the day ‘I think we should ask those women who must don the hijab, the niqab, or burka, not out of “recognition” and “solidarity”, but out of fear of being chastised, beaten, or killed about their opinion of World Hijab Day.’
“Max” in response to Rawda Fawaz and Attiya Latif ’s guest column, “Why World Hijab Day matters.”
The academic program of Women, Gender and Sexuality studies has made progress in pursuit of achieving department status at the University. Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas Katsouleas recently approved a proposal to offer this academic designation to WGS. Some institutions have already departmentalized their gender studies programs, such as the University of California-Berkeley and Washington University in St. Louis; however, many peer institutions have not. This provides the University with a unique opportunity to be a leader in the legitimization of this academic discipline. While the proposal requires further approvals before WGS officially becomes a department, there is strong support for departmentalization. A re-
port recently published by University President Teresa Sullivan listed the proposed change as an initiative to “improve the University's distinctive culture” and ensure that our Grounds are a welcome place to learn, teach and research. There is currently high demand for enrollment in WGS courses among University students, according to WGS Program Director Charlotte Patterson. Nearly all WGS courses are fully enrolled, while the number of College students who declare WGS majors or minors continues to climb. With over 1,000 students enrolling in at least one WGS course during the last academic year, allocating resources to support such enrollment is increasingly necessary. Additionally, over 1,000 students attended WGS-sponsored events last
year ranging from guest speakers to film screenings. Greater funding — which accompanies department status — could allow WGS faculty to better support future events. Other benefits include supporting a greater number of tenured professors. Academic freedom is important — we need professors who are able to speak freely on contentious issues without the threat that they will lose their positions. This is especially important within WGS, as the nature of the discipline touches many areas which may draw controversy. Offering more tenured positions to WGS faculty would attract more competitive professors and therefore improve the quality of research and course offerings at the University. Departmentalization would also allow WGS faculty
to carry greater political clout in academic meetings at the University. Departmentalizing WGS is a step in the right direction for an institution that did not allow women to enroll until 1970. Whether WGS deserves a place in academia at all has been debated even in the pages of The Cavalier Daily. Changing its status from that of a program to a department would legitimize the study for those who view it as less academically rigorous than other traditional liberal arts subjects — something that may also benefit other academic programs at the University. It would affirm the notion that WGS is not just an interdisciplinary study of literature, history, anthropology and other disciplines, but a subject worth studying in itself.
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Why World Hijab Day matters World Hijab Day allows students to consider the diversity of experiences shared by Muslim women hate crimes. In order to demonstrate solidarity with Muslim friends, has been co-opted by co-workers and comboth radical terror RAWDA FAWAZ AND munity members, groups and politicians thousands of people ATTIYA LATIF alike, all of whom of various faith backGuest Writers contribute to rhetoric grounds will don the that claims Islam is Hijab on Feb. 1. intrinsically opposed Known as World to Western values. Not only are Hijab Day, this internationalwe held responsible for the rad- ly recognized day of solidarity ical actions of a few, but we also invites all to catch a glimpse of bear the brunt of the hatred that the intolerance and microaglies in the aftermath. gressions many Muslim women Muslims have been and con- experience in their daily lives. It tinue to be the focus of hate also encourages support of the speech, political fear-mongering right of women to wear what and racial profiling. Our holy they choose rather than what places have been vandalized, our has been imposed upon them. identities distorted by the media Societal restrictions on Muslim and our lives threatened by the women’s right to dress as they hateful and the ignorant. Due want include the French Hijab to its easily identifiable nature, ban and, at the other extreme, women who wear the Hijab in coercion of women to wear the such a time become moving tar- Hijab, as is done in some Middle gets, and they often face some of Eastern countries. the worst ridicule, prejudice and The purpose of World Hijab
Day is not to create a monolith of the Muslim woman’s experience, but rather to recognize our diverse forms of struggle, to engage in a dialogue that challenges assumptions about Muslim women and to call into question the status quo for dress in to-
"Hijab" is more than a cloth worn upon the head. The word refers to a personalized state of being, hence why some Muslim women choose to wear the Hijab and some Muslim women choose not to wear the Hijab. It would be culturally appropriating if, for example, a person chose to wear the Hijab without acknowledging the aforementioned religious aspects and idiosyncratic (and with World Hijab Day at the University should not and diversity the full ability to will not occur in a vacuum — we aim to have a remove the Hijab meaningful conversation about Islamophobia in at a later date with the privilege of not the world today. having to think about living in fear day’s world. of one's religion becoming a tarRather than allowing this get for misplaced hatred and inevent to fall short of its possible tolerance). poignancy and fall prey to culWe have organized a World tural appropriation, it is impor- Hijab Day dialogue program on tant to clarify that the concept of Feb. 5 in which speakers with
ife as a Muslim growing up L in a post-9/11 society has been far from easy. Our religion
a diverse range of experiences with Islam and the Hijab will challenge preconceived notions surrounding the Hijab and the modern Muslim. World Hijab Day at the University should not and will not occur in a vacuum — we aim to have a meaningful conversation about Islamophobia in the world today. The conversation does not end after World Hijab Day, nor at the end of our dialogue event. It does not end a week from now, a month from now or even a year from now. It should continue outside of the University as you encounter people from various walks of life, and it should be a constant challenge to your ability to accept, however silently, the reality that surrounds being Muslim today. Rawda Fawaz is a first-year College student and Attiya Latif is a second-year College student.
On divestment, inaction is not an answer The University has a moral obligation to move towards fossil fuel divestment reality a scientific and public policy one.” Mink positions science and policy in a realm above minated letters rose moral consideration above the crowd. They his definition of BRIAN CAMERON in spelled out “DIVEST divestment as an emoGuest Writer UVA.” This was the tionally-charged cruwork of Climate Acsade. Our campaign is tion Society, the University’s po- rooted in the knowledge that scilitically-minded environmental entific and political actions are group, and we intended this ac- never free of moral weight, and tion to spark public discussion that those who deny their moralabout our campaign to withdraw ity generally do so for a political the University’s endowment aim. For them, objective policies from investments in fossil fuels. and unbiased science can act Though the message was sim- with impunity. By calling out the ple, the action’s development was morality implicit in these realms, long and deliberative. In the past we are holding policymakers — year, we have tabled, petitioned, individual moral agents themspoken with administration and selves — accountable for ethical worked with fellow student activ- infractions whose existence they ists across the state to build our deny. Our University’s “objective, understanding of the issue and rational” decision to invest in our power within the movement. fossil fuels becomes an immoral In an Opinion piece this act. It actively sustains an inframonth, columnist Alex Mink ar- structure that is responsible for gued the weakness of divestment the deaths of thousands of people is that it “frames climate change each year around the globe. as a moral crusade when it is in Mink acknowledges the im-
portance of morals in our investments and reliance on fossil fuels. However, he argues “political will can erode quickly when it comes against the harsh fact of our reliance on fossil fuels, and the high cost of cleaner forms of energy.” Though he accurately diagnoses the characteristic inaction of our politicians, Mink ignores the fact
solar technology isn’t ready and wind is too expensive as oil and gas money is funnelled into their pockets. For example, last year, each Virginia General Assembly bill supported by Dominion Power passed. Each bill opposed by Dominion failed. Additionally, Dominion has made campaign donations to numerous legislators in the Virginia General Assembly. Despite weekends spent lobbying in Richmond, our voices are drowned out by the monetary incentive provided Divestment is tangible and moral — now is the by the fossil fuel industry. time. At this point, inaction from the University is just as morally and pothat our lackluster climate policy litically charged as action. Our is not an accident. Rather, our silence is loud and pronounced. politicians are actively work- The decision to temper our deing to undermine the reality of mands and wait until they are a fossil free future. They tell us deemed reasonable comes at the
s the countdown for last A semester’s Lighting of the Lawn reached zero, nine illu-
cost of an active commitment to the continued extraction of fossil fuels, exploitation of vulnerable communities and increasingly violent effects of our climate crisis on individual lives. Now is the time for the University to decide we will no longer profit from this destruction. We cannot wait for the promise of a more efficient solar panel that is perpetually a few years away. Divestment is tangible and moral — now is the time.
Brian Cameron is a first-year College student. Contributing authors include Ian Ware, Alex Leck, Maria DeHart, Ian Nakayama, Maria Rincon, Caroline Bray, Anelle Mensah, Zoe Grippo, Caitlin Green, Hannah Beaman, and Kendall King, who are all University students.
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Be careful with historical comparisons Politicians often use historical examples without properly exploring their complexity strong U.S. foreign policy. But does this really just support Rubio’s position? Though the hosis numbingly familtages were released iar. One tactic that is under Reagan, it was BOBBY DOYLE always present during the previous presiOpinion Columnist these races is the use dent, Jimmy Carter, of historical examwho did the majority ples as a way to support a policy of the diplomatic legwork. On proposal. Referencing history one hand it seems the real lescan legitimize an argument and son to take away from this is that make complex concepts more a “weak” hand like Carter’s can easily understandable to an av- actually get a great deal done in erage voter. The problem is that foreign affairs. However, Rubio it is very difficult to make good still does have a point. Reagan historical comparisons, since so was a much stronger leader and much can change even in just a has an impressive foreign policy decade. It can all be very com- record. Who’s to say which one plicated — and that’s how it is the right policy in the current should be. Voters need to spend world? It’s still important to apmore time uncomfortably ac- preciate the complexity in even a knowledging the different sides simple statement like this. of an argument, and examining Back in November, Gov. how candidates use historical Chris Christie claimed the Unitexamples is a great place to start. ed States is in “the worst recovFairly recently, Marco Rubio ery from an economic recession stated that hostages in Iran were since World War II." But that immediately released following depends on how you measure Reagan entering office because it. By jobs the United States is the country was "no longer un- doing much better than after der the command of someone World War II in percent growth. weak." He made this statement However, if you look at GDP to support his advocacy of a the U.S. economy is recovering
much more slowly than from other recent recessions. Why is that? Some people have explanations, but asking that question is the most important part. One of the statistics often raised by proponents of Sen. Bernie Sanders is that no one has been elected president with a low net favorability. According to one poll, Sanders currently has the highest favorability of the all candidates at +9, while Hillary Clinton has a -8 favorability rating. This number is
that Sanders is the best candidate for the Democrats. The favorability argument is at once compelling and misleading. On one hand, the favorability argument itself is very shaky. This poll was taken well before the presidential candidates are decided, whereas the other polls were taken soon before the general election. It figures that the favorability of a candidate can shift significantly between the ongoing primary election, which emphasizes more radical voters who would support Sanders, and the general election, where moderation is more desirable. The same exact study also goes on to say that a The problem is that it is very difficult to make clear majority that good historical comparisons, since so much can thinks Clinton can win a general elecchange even in just a decade. tion and has right kind of experience. reached by simply subtracting But at the same time these stathe percentage of people who tistics on favorability should not support a candidate with the be ignored, especially since our people who view them unfa- entire political system is based vorably. It seems history tells us on picking someone who is
he presidential campaign T might be revolutionary in many ways, but in other ways it
more “favorable.” But why is he likable? And do these attributes lead to people wanting to vote for him? These are the important question that historical examples should make us ask. As dangerous and often false as historical comparisons are, candidates will continue to make them. Instead of seeing them as a continuing problem with our political system they should be seen as opportunities. With history all the facts are a short Google search away and with research comes deeper understanding. There are definitely still disagreements on what historical facts mean but the discussion makes people more willing to consider alternative viewpoints. In this way voters can come to understand their own views on politics better, but also gain an appreciation for opposing views.
Bobby Doyle is an Opinion columnist for The Cavalier Daily. His columns run Mondays.
Take serious coverage seriously The Cavalier Daily has a responsibility to maintain objectivity in controversial issues ning into The Cavalier Daily’s staffers on the Lawn during the protests, at a moment ates most of the buzz? SASAN MOUSAVI when hardly any stuOr does the writer dents were around, Public Editor bear the responsibility spoke volumes to me. to expose it as deftly They were in the eye and reasonably as possible? The of the storm when it mattered Cavalier Daily — and Universi- the most. ty students, at large — have had For someone just starting to deal with this conundrum for at the University, I felt grateful quite some time. to have a group of people that There have been plenty of would stick its neck out to covscandalous issues at the Univer- er all the bases during a perisity since I arrived in the sum- od of chaos. But does it always mer of 2012 as an undergrad- take such a controversy to conuate, fresh on the trail of the sistently speak objectively and Teresa Sullivan scandal. That critically? And do we, as readtime saw a frenzy of media cov- ers (and hopefully fellow criterage regarding the president’s ics) have an obligation to expect ouster and her eventual rein- such styles of writing from our statement. But I was surprised, campus newspaper? as a new student, to see The Scenes like the Sullivan firCavalier Daily in the thick of it, ing, the Rolling Stone article even being cited in The Wash- and the Martese Johnson arrest ington Post and The New York are so difficult to write and read Times for its reporting. Run- about, no matter what our inten-
tions are. Separating objectivity from opinion is very hard to do, especially when you’re covering issues happening within your community. Step toward one bias or another, and a host of critics will be on your tail. Reveal one viewpoint, and oth-
would be the April Fools’ Day articles of this past year and the paper’s subsequent apology. While a satirical set of pieces may seem harmless to some, the Martese Johnson arrest and the “the offensive nature of… themed [fraternity] parties” were only trivialized by the way they were satirized. With their position on Grounds, The Cavalier Daily’s writers can’t abandon their obligaSeparating objectivity from opinion is very hard tions of objectivity, especially with to do, especially when you’re covering issues such problems, for the sake of a little happening within your community. humor. Leave that to other papers that ers will be quashed as a result. live off of satire, like The Yellow Doesn’t seem very democratic, Journal. does it? While The Cavalier Daily A perfect counterexample has sections for less serious topto the paper’s Sullivan coverage ics, it should take the ones that
ow do we define controH versy today? Is it the subject matter that cre-
need serious coverage seriously. Leave opinions for the Opinion writers. Controversies here at the University, or at others, need to be dealt with carefully and factually, like the Sullivan story. Do otherwise and you’ll lose the trust and respect of your readers. I hope we never return to a time like that summer. Yet I’m hopeful that the same sort of coverage and devotion I saw from those reporters persists in our paper today. Let’s not let future commotions distract us from engaging our community as democratically and discursively as possible. Your move, Cav Daily.
Sasan Mousavi is the Public Editor for The Cavalier Daily. His columns run Mondays.
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The Cavalier Daily Crossword Puzzle by Sam Ezersky, Class of 2017
1. Prepare, as potatoes on Thanksgiving 5. "Get it?" 8. "Downton Abbey" network 11. Common tax form: Hyph. 12. Prefix with disestablishmentarianism 13. ___ v. Wade (notable court case) 14. "Keep ___!" ("Don't give up!"): 2 wds. 15. Showing no modesty, say 17. Use a needle and thread without a machine: Hyph. 19. Class taken to boost one's GPA: 2 wds. 20. Horse's pace 21. Opposite of exo22. Bird-sounding real first name of Rihanna 24. Add pizzazz to 27. Keanu's "The Matrix" character 28. Li'l fella 30. Top-left key on a PC 31. Painting or sculpture: 2 wds. 33. Nintendo bad guy who wears a yellow hat 35. His and ___ 36. "___ Together" (song from "Grease"): 2 wds. 37. Insignificant chess pieces 39. Music festival named after an insect 42. Hats and such 44. Boo-boo, to a baby 45. ___ campus (university that prohibits alcohol) 46. In a bad way 47. Palindromic Indian flatbread 48. Letters that mean "Help!" 49. A thousand grand, casually 50. Makes a mistake
1. Sound of an air kiss 2. "___ way!" ("Noice!")
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3. Have no particular sexual orientation, so to speak: 3 wds. 4. Good time to go to the pool and/or sip lemonade: 2 wds. 5. With 39-Down, winter blanket?...or a hint to this puzzle's theme 6. Greek letter H 7. President between Truman and Kennedy 8. One who's been captured during battle: 3 wds. 9. Skeletal 10. Sonic the Hedgehog's game company 12. Aid in crime 16. "And there you have it!": Hyph. 18. Aquatic survival phrase: 3 wds. 21. Finish 22. Genetic molecule that contains uracil: Abbr.
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Year: Fourth. Major: Commerce. U.Va. involvement: Commerce Council. Hometown: Long Island, NY. Ideal date personality: Outgoing, opinionated, funny. Ideal date activity: Casual meals and quiet bars. Deal breakers? Stuck up and bitter. Describe a typical weekend: Getting together with friends. Hobbies: Sports, traveling, movies. What makes you a good catch? Caring, honest, I cook, wellgroomed.
MATT Courtesy Matt
Two fourth-years go out of comfort zones for love
Alex Stock Love Guru
Leslie and Matt met at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Rotunda and went to Michael’s Bistro. Leslie: I thought that [Love Connection was] something way out of my comfort zone, and as a fourth-year this was my last chance to do it. Matt: I’ve never been on a blind date before. I’ve been on dates, but never a blind date. I don’t really know what I was expecting. I was just expecting two people sitting down having some good conversations over a meal. Leslie: I was sitting on a rocking chair because I was early, and I was looking at every person that passed, but they weren’t Matt. Matt: She was sitting outside one of the rooms and I walked by and said “Leslie?” and she said “Matt?” and we walked to the Corner. Leslie: I noticed his accent right away and asked him if he’s from New York. I thought he was good-looking. Matt: She smiled, and that’s always a welcoming moment. We definitely got off on a good foot as far as her personality. I knew it wasn’t going to be a quiet evening which was good. I thought she was attractive. Leslie: The conversation was lively, ongoing and both of us had a lot to say. We bounced around among a lot of different topics.
Year: Fourth. Major: English & Religious Studies. U.Va. involvement: Club Volleyball, Student Council, Orientation Leader, Admissions Office. Hometown: Richmond, VA. Ideal date: At least 6’, preferably 6’2”. Dark hair, athletic build. No facial hair. Basically Nathan Scott from “One Tree Hill.” Ideal date personality: He has to be witty and sarcastic and banter back and forth and be comfortable talking about sports. Also intelligent. Deal breakers? Facial hair, short, doesn’t like sports, passivity. Describe a typical weekend: I work, go out to dinner with friends, watch whatever sports are on and watch way too many make-up tutorials. Hobbies: I like to do make-up, I love sports, falling asleep at 10:30. What makes you a good catch? I have a wide array of interests and can usually find something in common with a lot of people. I’m very open-minded and like to learn new things about people. What makes you a less-than-perfect catch? I’m mildly addicted to Diet Coke and some people find that hostile.
LESLIE Courtesy Leslie
Matt: We went to Michael’s Bistro; she said she’s never been there before. Leslie: We were both transfer students. We both have the same views on the social life here at U.Va., and both like the Yankees. Thank god he wasn’t a Mets fan. Matt: It was [a] good conversation. We definitely touched on a lot of things — we started with the basics. She talked about how she’s going to Oracle, we talked about travel. There were definitely some humorous points too. Leslie: We both ordered the exact same thing at dinner — lamb tacos. Matt: There wasn’t heavy flirting.
I think we flirted, but it was more of a meet somebody type of vibe. I toned it down. Leslie: I wasn’t flirting; I don’t think he was flirting. I think it was just two people having good conversation. If I were flirting, he would know. Matt: I didn’t give her my number — I’m not 100 percent sure why. I certainly would go on another date with her in that regard. I kept it more at a friendly meeting. Leslie: I’d go on another date again. I would probably do it as friends, I don’t know if I’d pursue a romantic connection.
Matt: I paid. Afterwards, we continued chatting for a bit. We were together over two hours. It started with a handshake at the Rotunda, and ended with a hug at the Corner. Leslie: We stayed there for over two hours talking, and we just kind of got up and [walked] down the Corner. I said I was walking up 14th, so we hugged and parted ways. Matt: The date was easily a solid 8.5. As I said, she had the personality and everything. Leslie: It was a great date. I’d rate it a solid 9.
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Ain’t no blizzard cold enough U.Va. dining employees put up in hotels to keep dining halls open
Sarah Brotman Feature Writer
While most students spent Winter Storm Jonas bundled up inside, U.Va. Dining staff spent their days hard at work to keep all dining facilities in operation despite the inclement weather. Since the winter storm prevented many employees from driving to work, Sadina Arnette, administrative assistant at O’Hill Dining Room, found alternate transportation. “It was pretty much a combination of walking and catching rides,” Arnette said. Despite travel difficulties posed by the inclement weather, dining halls remained open for the duration of the storm. “I worked the whole weekend,” Arnette said. “[The students] were just as stuck as we were. It was essential we were here to provide a home away from home and make sure they had a meal, even if there is 20 feet of
snow outside.” John Miller, supervisor for Subway in Pav XI, has been working for U.Va. Dining for 12 years. Miller also caught the bus to get to work during the storm, but the commute was worthwhile to him. “It’s nice seeing all of the familiar faces,” Miller said. “You already know what some students want when they come to the line, but then you also meet a lot of new people along the way.” While some employees were able to walk or ride the bus to get to work, others lived too far away. In order to accommodate those employees, U.Va. Dining paid for rooms in a hotel close by. Anthony Carey, an employee at Fresh Food Co. in Newcomb, was one of the workers who was housed in a hotel during the snowstorm. “They put us up and had us come in and keep the meals coming, so that way, the students can come in and eat,” Carey said. Martha Tyler, assistant manager
for Fresh Food Co., walked to work every day that weekend. Tyler has worked with U.Va. Dining for almost 20 years, both with Aramark catering services and in the Runk and Newcomb dining halls. “It was important that our location in particular stayed open because [Newcomb is] close to where students live,” Tyler said. “We didn’t want them to have to walk over to O’Hill in the snow.” When the weather is bad, the dining halls often have to operate with less staff than usual, and employees must rise to the challenge. “Sometimes it gets pretty frustrating, but when everyone puts their heads together and works as a team, it goes by smoothly,” Carey said. “Everyone pitches in, everyone works together. We’re family here.” While teamwork is a crucial element of a successful dining hall staff, Tyler also stressed the importance of flexibility under pressure. “No two days are the same,” Tyler said. “Although it can be challenging,
I’ve found that being able to keep up with constant change is necessary in order to grow.” Carey emphasized another key ingredient to a successful dining hall staff: the students. “Without the students, there
wouldn’t be us. We like working with the students. We like to know their names, what their preferences are,” Carey said. “We’re here to represent and make sure that everyone is welcome, appreciated and [walks] out of here pretty happy.”
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Newcomb remained open throughout the duration of Winter Storm Jonas.
Top 10 feelings you’ll have on Valentine’s Day Annie Mester Feature Writer
1. Envy: When I was younger, I used to watch a Nickelodeon show called “As Told by Ginger.” Though I’m sure this TV show was not the origin of the phrase, the opening theme featured the lyric “the grass is always greener on the other side,” which applies perfectly here. Those with significant others are probably wishing the holiday didn’t have to be such a big deal, and those without are probably wishing they had a big deal to make. A wise Cosmopolitan article once said “you always want what you can’t have.” I say, “do what you would with most Cosmopolitan articles — ignore it.” 2. Sadness: You’ve been having an off day — nay, an off week. You got a text and perked up at the promise of companionship. But the text was from CVS on the Corner, telling you your prescription was ready. When you went to CVS, your prescription wasn’t ready. You left and got another text, once again feeling a flutter of hope. It was CVS again. Your prescription was ready. My advice? Get your prescription, bypass the Valentine’s Day candy and head
straight to the Cadbury Crème Eggs. Easter will be here soon enough. 3. Camaraderie: You probably saw the Galentine’s Day episode of “Parks and Recreation” and thought “Wow, my group of friends is equally as single and enamored of gifts and brunch!” Spend some time with your friends, split a few bottles of wine. Or, better yet, make a group trek out to Clemons, because it’s a Sunday and you probably have a lot of reading to catch up on. Nothing screams camaraderie like reading stacks on stacks in stacks. You’re bonding simultaneously on an emotional and intellectual level, which just can’t be said about swiping right on Tinder. 4. Confusion: I haven’t quite given up on the “new me” part of my new year, so isn’t it a little soon to be celebrating someone other than myself? Valentine’s Day is the nation’s most exclusionary holiday, and it’s quite unclear about the celebratory traditions for those of us who are without a significant other. If we’re adhering strictly to biology, aren’t we all Cupid, in our own right? We were all once naked babies, and although many of us may have grown up considerably, it doesn’t mean we can’t still feel connected to our roots. Therefore, shouldn’t we just
be celebrating ourselves? 5. Wonder: You’re excited by the possibility of finding love in a hopeless place, and you wonder if this will be your year (or if this weekend will be your weekend). You stroll down the Corner to class thinking about how beautiful the day is, and wondering if it is physically possible to grasp the love you feel in the air. You wonder if you should stop for Littlejohn’s, but decide Take It Away is a little more romantic. You wonder if anyone else is thinking the same thing. You wonder how embarrassing it would be if people could actually hear the things you think. 6. Indifference: Or put in a better way, ‘indifference.’ The casual, not-so-casual “this holiday is fine, I’m fine” mentality. You’re the Switzerland of mid-February, striving for an impartial and color-blind existence. To you, pink is just a convenient blending of red and white, and the three together simply make up a necessary part of the color wheel. Your friends most likely hate the fact that you can never pick a restaurant, and you probably always end up in the middle seat on long car rides because it really doesn’t bother you, you promise. Though I’ll admit many should take a page out of your book and chill
out, please refrain from using the phrase “I don’t care” today. 7. Rage: Do you ever find yourself wondering why love always feels like a battlefield? Do you believe, yes, it is definitely too late now to say sorry? This is not rage in the sense that your goal for the night is to stay at Trinity ‘til the lights come on, but the rage you feel when your professor assigns 200 pages of reading for one night. If you feel like you can’t control such intense emotion, maybe it’ll be better for you to stay inside all day and not subject the outside world to your feelings. Punch a pillow, or better yet, watch a Tarantino movie: there’s enough violence there to quell any level of anger. 8. Happiness: Love is in the air and you’re feeling alive! Whether you’re happily in love or just happy to be here, Valentine’s Day for you means showering everyone you know with affection. Double points if you purchase those Valentines every child had to give out in elementary school — you were probably the one who decided to buy them for the whole class to include everyone before you were told it was mandatory. Here’s a challenge for the day: speak only in conversation heart candies. 9. Lack of amusement:
I wanted to use the word “unamusement” here, but according to the end-all-be-all source of knowledge that is Merriam-Webster, it’s apparently not a word. To that end I am also distinctly unamused, but nowhere near my lack of amusement towards Valentine’s Day. Maybe I’m a special case: the general existence of people tends to have me seeing red anyway, but the intentional overuse of its various hues has me unable to see any other color. Can’t a girl just eat some blue M&M’s in peace? Maybe I don’t want everything to be filled with raspberry. Or how about not stopping in the middle of the crosswalk to kiss each other — I have places to go and people to see, and this is not helping the cause. 10. Love: I promise, I’m not a complete Grinch. To me, love is the combination of all of these emotions, most likely plus or minus a few I’ve missed. According to the experts at Yahoo Answers, “Although it is written all over the internet what love is i still don’t understand not because i’m dum but because i feel emotions all mixing up like a blender and i get confused if love is the over all feeling (sic).“ You can’t get much more concise and conclusive than that!
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Getting to know your food
Morven Kitchen Garden to expand land, impact Jane Winthrop Feature Writer
Since its inception in 2011, the Morven Kitchen Garden has thrived as a unique part of the University community. The garden is a fully functioning business which grows and distributes produce all thanks to the work of students and also acts as a learning space for the advancement of sustainable agricultural knowledge. Second-year College students Allie Arnold and Erika Stadsklev became two of the three co-directors of MKG after volunteering at the Morven Estate during their first year. “I started volunteering [after the Activities Fair],” Stadsklev said. “It’s so peaceful out there, there’s a little lake and there’s so much land… you just get away from the hustle and bustle of U.Va. in general.” Student volunteers work in the garden to grow the produce that supplies their Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA,
program. The CSA provides weekly fresh produce boxes to enrolled community members. “We grow it 20 minutes from here, so it doesn’t have to be transported,” Arnold said. “Also, you get to know the people who are growing your food, so it’s a very intimate process.” Purchasing produce from Morven Kitchen Garden also helps to further its goal of building strong student leaders in sustainable agriculture. A leadership role evolved naturally as both Stadsklev and Arnold spent more time in the garden. “Basically whatever need that Morven has I’m willing to jump on it, especially as it relates to bringing more people out to the farm,” Arnold said. “It’s fun to find creative ways to get people excited about farming.” The Morven Kitchen Garden is currently carrying out a fundraiser to double its acreage and move towards even more environmentally friendly practices. Collecting donations through a Kickstarter campaign, the Morven Kitchen Garden leadership
team hopes to get more students involved. “Since Morven owns all of the land, they were going to sell it, but we told them we could really use that,” Stadsklev said. “We gave them our plan and negotiated to get the land. They let us have the land if we do what we say we will [by using biochar and growing more fruits and vegetables].” The Morven Kitchen Garden leadership team plans to take over land previously used by the University’s biology department. Additionally, it will incorporate biochar, an environmentally friendly soil amendment to increase soil fertility and store carbon. “It’s how agriculture can help mitigate climate change because it keeps the [carbon dioxide] in the soil rather than releasing it into the atmosphere,” Arnold said. “We already don’t use chemicals or pesticides, but this takes it to another level.” Both Arnold and Stadsklev said the expansion will allow the Morven Kitchen Garden to grow
a greater variety of fruits and vegetables. They also hope to increase the size of its CSA, which often has a wait list. “A lot of people want to do it, and we just don’t have enough space to grow that many vegetables,” Stadsklev said. “At first we’re going to have a lot to do, like putting down the biochar and waiting for the soil to be healthy. Then we will plant all of the new crops and care for them, because we don’t normally grow fruit.” The Morven Garden Kitchen program, in eliminating middle channels like grocery stores, is unique because students are the sole source of its produce. To Morven volunteers, this provides a healthier and more affordable choice. “I hope this leaves a legacy because there are a lot of clubs that have the produce and they sell it, but we actually grow it too,” Stadsklev said. While Morven’s volunteers will be busy carrying out the day-to-day duties of the expansion, the leadership team also
has many long-term ideas for bolstering the impact of the garden. “We’re hoping to partner with bigger organizations so we can reach more and different kinds of people,” Arnold said. “Farther down the road, we want to be able to actually pay students to work on the farm and have it be a bigger farm, acres and acres. Morven has so much land — it could be put to a good, productive, healthy use.” Both students agree Morven can become a more integral and well-known aspect of the University community. A successful fundraiser will allow the garden to bring out more students, add variety to its agricultural selection and decrease its carbon footprint. “I truly think that everyone would like some aspect of Morven if they just knew about it,” Arnold said.
Published on Feb 1, 2016