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Vol. 124, Issue 53
LGBTQ Center director Rheinheimer discusses policy changes, safe space initiatives Maddy Weingast Associate Editor
Saturday marked the beginning of Pride Week 2014, hosted by the University LGBTQ Center. The event runs through Friday and features 11 separate activities celebrating the diverse aspects of LGBTQ communities. “It's easy to get caught up in LGB [lesbian, gay, bisexual] programs and events throughout the year," said Queer Student Union Co-President Blake Calhoun, a third-year College student. "Pride Week refocuses us on the entire queer community, which is needed for our survival.” Highlights for the week include an LGBTQ Career Panel, Safe Space training, a talk from asexual activist Julie Sondra Decker and the Day of Silence, where students will abstain from speaking to represent the silence felt by many LGBTQ individuals. The week will wrap up with the Over the Rainbow Paint Fight Saturday at 3 p.m. at Nameless Field. QSU Vice-President Abe Wapner, a fourthyear College student, said Pride Week is an opportunity to bring LGBTQ issues to the foreground of dialogues across Grounds. “As a marginalized community, the LGBTQ community is often forced to operate in ‘the fringes’ of University life,” Wapner said. “With large events across Grounds in places as central to the University as the Lawn or the Chapel, the week puts an important spotlight on the LGBTQ community.” Founded under the Office of the Dean of Students in 2001, the LGBTQ Center advocates for inclusion of sexual and gender diversities through programs, outreach and services intended to support the advancement of LGBTQ individuals. “The Center really seeks to provide visibility for the LGBTQ community at U.Va.," said Scott Rheinheimer, coordinator for LGBTQ student services. "First and foremost, it’s about visibility.
You can see we’re here, a diverse community with a lot to offer." Rheinheimer said he hopes events such as Pride Week will provide some type of cultural education to the general community, as well as support for LGBTQ and non-identifying students. “The [LGBTQ] community in general is a really diverse group of people with a diverse set of needs within the community,” Rheinheimer said. “Initiatives for gay students can be different for how an issue can impact a transgender student. … The general issue we tend to find is based on safety and security.” Two of the community’s current concerns include bathroom usage and housing. Rheinheimer said some LGBTQ students feel anxiety when deciding whether to use male or female bathrooms. The Center is working to address LGBTQ living situations by looking into inclusive gender-neutral housing on Grounds. Rheinheimer pointed out that the challenge will be making the housing inclusive and secure while ensuring that it is not segregated. Gay Perez, associate dean of students and executive director of housing and residence life, said the University does not currently have an explicit policy about gender neutral housing. “The University houses about 3,600 first-year students in University operated housing, and about 3,000 upper class students,” Perez said. “All of the U.Va. residence halls are coeducational, meaning different floors will be designated for male or female students.The University does consider requests related to undergraduate gender neutral arrangements on a case-by-case basis.” The inclusion of LGBTQ students within traditional university organizations such as fraternities, sororities, and other visible groups around Grounds is another central goal of the Center.
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Students respond to Amphitheater protest PAGE 4
University ROTC students hold blood drive PAGE 5
Softball sweeps Delaware State in midweek matchup PAGE 7
Connolly: Honor Congress engages student body PAGE 9
‘Rocky Horror’ comes to Newcomb Theater PAGE 16
Corrections In the April 7 issue of The Cavalier Daily, we ran a list of University faculty and staff salaries, along with several articles and graphs analyzing and displaying that data. These salaries were collected through a public records request which pulled salary information from the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, 2013. This data did not include, therefore, updated information about any raises or new hires which happened after that date — including several raises which were implemented later in July 2013. We have requested the updated information, and will post it online as soon as we have it available at www.cavalierdaily.com/page/salary In the April 7 issue of The Cavalier Daily, we ran an article titled "Health System salaries" which incorrectly identified Jeffrey Schlatter in the surgery department as a doctor. He is an administrative assistant.
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Two University professors debate U.S. debt Seriatim Journal and CommonCents host event to educate students on issues surrounding United States federal borrowing Kathleen Smith Associate Editor
The Seriatim Journal and CommonCents co-sponsored a debate at the Miller Center Wednesday afternoon concerning the national debt and the budget deficit. The debate, titled "In the Red: Discussing the American Budget Deficit and Public Debt Burden," featured Politics Prof. Herman Schwartz and Economics Prof. Edwin Burton. Second-year College student Russell Bogue, cofounder of the Seriatim Journal, moderated the event. Much of the debate focused on the current status of the U.S. economy following the 2008 recession. Schwartz emphasized budget deficits are necessary during economic recessions.“Determining when to balance the budget is a political question, but as an economic question, budget deficits are necessary in economic downturns,” he said. Schwartz explained governmental policies need to be tailored to the naturally cyclical economy. “There are boom periods and bust periods,” he said. “The whole purpose of government fiscal policy in terms of macroeconomic stability is to buffer those booms and busts. Governments need to collect tax revenue during boom times and spend like crazy during bust times to keep inflation and unemployment low.”
Burton, meanwhile, argued there is not sufficient evidence to suggest running deficits aids the economy during downturns. “Government debt should be limited to long-term projects that benefit the long-term population,” Burton said. He contended running deficits may actually further harm an economy. “It’s not clear that running deficits is good,” he said. “Continuous deficits creates massive national debt such as that of today.” Schwartz also noted the need to account for a nation’s gross domestic product to understand the stability of the economy. “You don’t have to worry about your debt except if the debt is growing faster than GDP,” he said. “If your deficit as a percentage of GDP is smaller than the growth rate of GDP, your debt will be stable or falling.” Schwartz said increased spending is one of the primary ways to revitalize an economy during a recession. “You want the growth rate of GDP to be higher than the interest rate on debt,” Schwartz said. “If you put money into people’s hands, they will spend that money, and if they spend that it leads to economic growth. This is basic Keynesian economics.” The discussion also touched on foreign investment in the U.S. economy. Burton explained at least half of the United States’ debt is held externally, specifically by China.
“The Chinese savings rate is 40 percent,” he said. “The [New York Stock Exchange] used to be American, but now about half is owned abroad because we have no savings rate. If you have no savings, you simply import it from places like China .” The Seriatim Journal is an undergraduate journal of American politics founded at the University of Virginia in 2012. Second-year College student Ian Robertson, co-founder and co-executive editor of Seriatim, said the organization wanted to host a discussion concerning the problem of the budget deficit and America's increasing public debt. “In holding an open forum to address these problems, we hope to provide a variety of viewpoints on how our elected officials may go about tackling this pivotal issue,” Robertson said. CommonCents UVA is an
organization which hosts events throughout the semester related to financial literacy. CommonCents was founded by secondyear Commerce student Faith Lyons after she realized college students lacked fundamental finance skills. Lyons emphasized the specific need to educate students about current events in the financial world. “Students told us that it can be intimidating to take classes covering such issues if you aren't studying economics, so we thought we should address this issue in a more open forum,” Lyons said. “We started brainstorming this event last fall during the government shut down. We realized that a lot of college students didn't understand what the shutdown meant, why the deficit matters, and the basic tenets of what we consider ‘macro’ financial literacy.”
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Economics Prof. Edwin Burton (left) spoke about the importance of only using deficit spending to finance investment rather than consumption.
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U.Va. tops annual return on investment rankings PayScale measures relation between cost of degrees and salaries, top University programs include Economics, Business, Computer Science, Engineering California, topped the list of highest earning graduates for the next 20 years. Harvey Mudd graduates in 2013 spent a total of $116,000 for four years of tuition, and according
sity, Stevens Institute of Technology, Babson College, Princeton UniversiAssociate Editor ty, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Dartmouth College and The University recently ranked Harvard University. number one in a study foThough graduates cused on dollar-for-dollar of Harvey Mudd boast college investment value. the highest calculated Graduates from more 20-year net ROI, the than 800 universities and price to attend is highcolleges across the couner than most of the 20 year net ROI Annual ROI try were included in the listed universities due study, sponsored by the to differences in aid. $335,600 HUMANITIES AND ENGLISH 14.3% research firm PayScale. The study also PayScale, an online includes annualized $769,400 18.9% company that tracks and ROI, which ranks the ECONOMICS reports salary and comuniversities accordpensation data, initiated ing to greatest payoff. $901,500 19.8% BUSINESS the study to determine Using this dollar-forthe most valuable college dollar scale, PayScale education in the country. found that, for an $997,800 20.4% ENGINEERING Researchers employed in-state student, the two scales in their analyUniversity is the most sis: the first using graduprofitable college in$1,307,000 22.0% COMPUTER SCIENCE ate income surveys to vestment. Schools Graphic by Thrisha Potluri estimate the income a that make up the best graduate will accumulate dollar-for-dollar inin two decades, and the second mea- to the study, will have an annual ROI vestments based on annualized ROI suring the annual return on invest- of 12.6 percent and a 20-year net include Georgia Tech, Harvard Uniment, which breaks down the over- ROI of $1,094,000. versity, The College of William & all financial advantage of specific Other universities in the top 10 Mary, the University of Washington, schools and programs. list include Massachusetts Institute the University of Texas at Dallas, the Harvey Mudd College, a small of Technology, the California Insti- New Mexico Institute of Mining and science and engineering school in tute of Technology, Stanford Univer- Technology, Stanford University,
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Cooper Union and the University of Michigan. University spokesperson McGregor McCance said the PayScale research suggests students from the University are obtaining successful jobs post-graduation. “We perform well in this study in part because of the combination of relatively low net-tuition and the high starting salaries that graduates have reported to PayScale,” McCance said in an email. “This is one of the very few universities that does not give any consideration to an applicant’s financial background in deciding whether to make an offer of admission … [and] is one of the few public universities with a commitment to meet 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated financial need.” The study found the top 10 most valuable degrees in the United States are in computer science, from Stanford, Columbia, UC-Berkeley, Harvey Mudd, MIT, Harvard, the University of Virginia, the University of Washington, and Carnegie Mellon, respectively, as well as degrees in economics from Stanford. Though those programs offer the largest 20-year return on investment, the analysis also determined that a degree from the University of
Virginia as an in-state student is the best dollar-for-dollar investment. According to a review of the study in The Atlantic, “a degree in business, or computer science, or engineering, or economics at U.Va. has a higher dollar-for-dollar return than any major at any other school in the country.” McCance said that though rankings in general are a positive affirmation of the value of degrees offered at the University, the primary focus is quality education for students. “Rankings in general give prospective students and their families, and employers seeking to hire, another way to make decisions and judgments about a university and its programs,” McCance said. “We try to keep our focus on quality and the rankings will take care of themselves.” McCance emphasized the positive payoff in general of an investment in higher education. “The PayScale research is another affirmation of the value of obtaining a college degree," McCance said. "Ample research points to the increased earning power and career opportunities of those who graduate from college versus those who do not."
Community, Monticello prepares for Founder’s Day University prepares several fundraising initiatives, set to award Thomas Jefferson Medals to politician Jim Webb, architect Toyo Ito and lawyer Kenneth Feinberg Annie O’Brien Senior Writer
In anticipation of University founder Thomas Jefferson’s 271st birthday on Sunday, April 13, the University and Monticello have organized a series of events aimed at celebrating the nation’s third president and author of the Declaration of Independence throughout the week. The calendar includes fundraising drives, speeches, parties, a competition and the annual appearance of the Society of the Purple Shadows on the Lawn. Fundraising for need-based scholarships The University Advancement Office will partner with the University Bookstore to raise money for need-based student scholarships Thursday through Sunday in a new event, #TJBDAY — an online talent competition and fundraising campaign. The talent competition features 12 student finalists who submitted short YouTube videos, including trick dives, drumming and play-
ing the ukulele. The winner will be determined by a voting process in which each dollar pledged on behalf of a video earns one vote. The competition is open from 10 a.m. Thursday until midnight Friday, while the online donation campaign for scholarships will continue through the weekend. Each dollar pledged to vote in the competition will be matched through a challenge grant from John Griffin, a 1985 Commerce School graduate and Board of Visitors member. Griffin made the $4 million pledge in February of this year to support AccessUVa, the University’s financial aid program, after the Board voted to limit funding in August and include both grants and loans in all aid packages. “[The idea was to] engage with talented students with a challenge and competition and engage alumni, students [and] friends to encourage them to vote [in the form of giving],” said event coordinator Ryan Catherwood, director of engagement strategy at University Advancement. In addition, the University
Bookstore will donate 25 percent of all revenue from in-store sales made Thursday through Sunday to need-based student scholarships. Thomas Jefferson medals The 2014 Thomas Jefferson Medal recipients will receive their medals at a public ceremony Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. This year’s medalists are Toyo Ito for Architecture, Kenneth R. Feinberg for Law and James Webb, Jr. for Citizen Leadership. University President Teresa Sullivan and Thomas Jefferson Foundation CEO and president Leslie Greene Bowman will present the medals. The medals are the highest external honors bestowed by the University, which does not grant honorary degrees, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which is the private non-profit organization which owns and operates Monticello. They are awarded annually to recognize achievements of those who embrace endeavors in which Jefferson excelled and held in high regard. Ito is a Tokyo-based architect
widely known for designing the Sendai Mediatheque, a public museum and library in Sendai, Japan. Feinberg is an attorney who administered the compensation funds for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech and the Boston Marathon bombings. Webb is a former democratic U.S. Senator and former Secretary of the Navy, a decorated Vietnam veteran and a successful author, journalist and filmmaker. Each will give a public talk at the University later this week. “We are very excited to have Jim Webb here this year — like Jefferson, he has demonstrated citizen leadership in multiple fields,” Thomas Jefferson Foundation spokesperson Amy Atticks said. Webb will speak at the Batten School on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The medal for citizen leadership was added in 2007 in collaboration with the Batten School. A joint committee of representatives from the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Architecture School, the Law School, the Batten
School and former medalists deliberate and select recipients each year. Public Day at OpenGrounds One new event this year will be student presentations of research at the OpenGrounds studio, where students ranging from first years to doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to showcase their work Friday evening. During the next week, 28 other student projects will also be on display. Organized by the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President for Research, the event will replace the Presidential Poster Competition. Public Day is intended to evoke a 19th century University tradition when graduating students would gather in the Rotunda to receive their exam grades and present their work in a public ceremony. Students have been nominated by their departments. This year, the 13 presentations will “showcase the breadth of research at the University,”and “celebrate the initial idea of the University,” according to Jane Hepler, the OpenGrounds Project Manager.
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OpenGrounds remembers Rwanda Politics Prof. Michael Smith speaks on lessons from lacking U.S. response to genocide Alia Sharif Associate Editor
The OpenGrounds studio on the Corner will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide this week by hosting a series of events which aim to focus on a reconciliation of the events which occurred — not a reliving of them. “We felt it’s an important tragedy to remember and commemorate and to look back as American citizens,” said event planner Madison Lahey, a first-year College student. Lahey planned the series to recognize an event she felt is not given enough attention in the United States, specifically in the public school system. “I heard about the genocide offhandedly when I was about 12 or 13,” she said. “What shocked me the most is this is not taught in American public schools. I only came across this as a paragraph in a history textbook.”
The events began Tuesday with a talk about the American response and the ethics of humanitarian intervention in Rwanda by Assoc. Politics Prof. Michael Smith, who teaches a foreign
learned anything from this,” Smith said. “Have we developed institutions and policies to prevent something like this from occurring again? For people of my generation, it was a searing experience, and for college-aged students, it was something in the past.”
“It is very important for us to remember the magnitude of our collective failure to respond to these horrific events that unfolded,” Smith said. Smith has personally interacted with many of the actors involved in American deliberations regarding intervention back in 1994, having since met with White House staff and spoken with them about the lack of American response. Smith held the talk in a seminar format to gauge student knowledge of the event, since most of were either very young or not born when the genocide occurred. He found those who were most knowledgeable about the event were international students. “We talked about if we have
The next commemorative event will be held Thursday night, when artist Renee Balfour will recount working with youth heads of household in Rwanda. Balfour was contacted by Lahey because she was hosted by the University at OpenGrounds last October. “I was really drawn in with her emphasis on art and her experience that was removed, but also inextricably linked to the genocide,” Lahey said. The final event, which will take place Friday, is a screening of “Flowers of Rwanda,” an awardwinning documentary which highlights the healing and reconciliation process within Rwanda since the 1994 genocide.
affairs course on ethics and human rights.
PRIDE University does not ask students LGBTQ status Continued from page 1 Rheinheimer said initiatives such as Safe Space training in the Inter-Fraternity and InterSorority Councils are steps in the right direction, but there are still problems that need to be addressed. Though the University does not collect information on student's sexual orientation, “I’m pushing for U.Va. to do that,” Rheinheimer said. “I would say that’s one of our biggest issues.” The admissions office is currently looking into adding a question under the demographics area of applications which would allow students to identify their sexual orientation. “The addition of an optional question on the Common Application is one of many topics we have discussed,” Dean of Admissions Greg Roberts said. “While a decision has not been made
at this point, we continue to explore how we can best serve the needs of applicants and enrolling students through the college search and application process.” Roberts said the Admissions Office has reached out to LGBTQ individuals in the past six months to work on engaging with, enrolling and supporting LGBTQ students. “[The] LBGTQ Center representatives will be meeting with deans in the admission office in a few weeks to continue our discussion, and we have invited members of the Center to meet with the Admission Advisory Committee at our spring meeting next week,” Roberts said. “We are always eager to work with students, faculty and University organizations as we develop plans and strategies to support our goal of enrolling a talented and diverse student body.”
Students react to Amphitheater protest Spectators join together in singing of ‘Good Ol’ Song’ to divert attention from hate speech Matt Comey News Editor
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Students joined hands in the Amphitheater (above) yesterday afternoon in response to a group of anti-gay protesters.
Dozens of students joined together Wednesday afternoon to rally against a hate speech group protesting in the Amphitheater, culminating with more than 100 students and spectators collectively singing the "Good Ol’ Song" to drown out the protesters. “I was really impressed with the way students handled themselves,” Curry graduate student Emily Handy said. “It’s really easy to respond with anger, but I think they responded in a really mature way.” Handy posted a video of the students singing on Youtube, which has gathered more than 13,000 views. The protest coincided with the University’s Pride Week. Much of the speech was homophobic in nature, and drew a large response from LGBTQ students. Initial responses included two men standing in front of the protesters to kiss each other — minutes later, two women stepped down onto the field to do
the same. Police officers and members of the University administration were in attendance but did not act to stop the events, citing freedom of speech concerns. The protest continued for several hours. “We thought it was a Days on the Lawn activity — a huge crowd of people was there,” Handy said. “We asked what was going on and heard that a church was protesting Pride Week.” Third-year College student Greg Lewis, president of Queer and Allied Activism, also walked down into the amphitheater to distract spectators from the protesters. He held a sign reading “This is not a safe space,” a reference to Safe Space training offered by the University LGBTQ Center to educate faculty, staff and students be effective allies of LGBTQ students. “We had already started the Queering Spaces campaign that was pointing out areas where hate crimes had occurred in the past,” Lewis said. “I wasn’t expecting something to happen today. I’m glad we had
already mobilized, so I already had the sign we planned to hold at other places around Grounds.” Lewis said that after he walked down to the field, more and more students came to join to help divert the focus away from the protesters. “We went back and forth with the main guy who said all the awful things,” Lewis said. “We formed a group and started holding hands to form a half circle around the individual. We started singing the 'Good Ol’ Song.' ... We told him this is not a place where he should be.” Eventually, Assoc. Dean of Students Laurie Casteen told students the best thing to do would be to leave and not fuel the protest group. “After that, it sort of dispersed,” Lewis said. “A few people stayed, but not many.” Lewis said this was an example of what LGBTQ students have to face everyday, to varying extents. “We have to defend ourselves on a daily basis — verbally, mentally and physically,” he said. “This is a demonstration on how a space can be made unsafe.”
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University a significant blood donation source Fourth-year holds drive for military, veterans, CIO, IFC support national, state blood banks
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A Virginia Blood Services donation bus parks outside of the Chemistry Building as part of a blood drive. A pint of blood — the volume of a tall glass of beer — is enough to save up to three lives.
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“Needles don’t really bug me,” first-year Nursing student Lauren Odegaard said. This is a good thing — and not just because she will likely work with them professionally. Odegaard was one of a host of donors who participated in the ROTC blood drive March 27. The event, organized by fourth-year Nursing student Kaitlyn McQuade, a member of Army ROTC, collected blood specifically for active military personnel, veterans and their families — the second such drive McQuade has organized while at the University. McQuade said she was inspired by an Armed Services Blood Program drive she saw in Washington state while undergoing ROTC training there. “All the blood [collected] today goes back to service members, veterans, and their families,” McQuade said. A normal donation generally collects one pint of blood from each person. Aside from blood drives coordinated by individuals, national and state blood banks also have a major organizing presence at the University. The American Red Cross Club, a CIO on Grounds, is one such group which works with the local chapter of the American Red Cross to hold monthly blood drives on Grounds. The other major blood bank presence at the University is Virginia Blood Services, a nonprofit provider of blood which serves Virginia hospitals and is the sole provider of blood to the University Health Center. Virginia Blood Services hosts blood drives on
Grounds throughout the year, including the Crimson War, an annual week-long blood drive in the fall co-hosted by the bank and the Inter-Fraternity Council. The drive was established as a competition between the University and Virginia Tech to see who can donate the most blood — clearly effective, when this past fall, the University donated three times as much as Tech.
A common concern among blood drive organizers is logistics. McQuade said finding a location through The Source, the University’s system for reservations and scheduling for major events, was difficult. “It’s a bit of a hassle,” McQuade said. “It can take them about two weeks to contact you.” In addition, equipment and medical volunteers, both civilian and military, had to come from Fort Bragg, N.C., a four-hour drive from Charlottesville. “This morning we picked up 200 pounds of ice [to preserve the collected blood],” McQuade said on the day of the blood drive. Ben Gorman, a second-year College student and former IFC community service chair, described his logistical experience with the Crimson War in similar terms. “[There were] lots of obstacles,” Gorman said. Gorman also had problems with The Source, which required the relocation of a blood-collection bus for a single day because it was “infringing on students’ ability to walk.” He also said a bus had to be relocated from the traffic-heavy Clark Hall sidewalk to Newcomb due to construction at Clark dur-
ing this year’s drive. Unfortunately, the Newcomb site received fewer donations than the old one. On some days, turnout was as low as 10 people while, according to Gorman, “historically [the Clark Hall bus] was getting nearly 50 to 100 people a day.” Bolster said obtaining parking passes for Red Cross staff was another important aspect of bringing together a drive and described occasional problems. “Sometimes [the parking pass is] reserved for us, but given to someone else,” he said. McQuade, however, said University transportation had been very helpful, donating 40 parking passes. Michelle Westbay, the marketing communications lead for Virginia Blood Services, also said extensive planning was required to ensure a successful drive. “Our account managers look for the correct amount of electrical outlets, space restrictions, air condition, safety measures, etc. to ensure we can safely and efficiently run a drive,” Westbay said in an email. “VBS does contribute all the necessary materials and equipment for blood drives. Coordinators will often recruit volunteers, which [we] are also very thankful for!”
On the whole, University students appear to be receptive to large number of blood drive opportunities they can find on Grounds. McQuade said she was pleasantly surprised when her blood drive last year collected 71 pints of blood, especially because the initial goal was only 50. Westbay, meanwhile, said colleges are generally well-suited
places to run blood drives. “Many times, we see first time donors at college drives,” she said. “Students are enthusiastic and understand the importance of the role they are playing in the lives of patients.” At times, though, there are obstacles to student attendance. “It’s less about the willingness to give blood so much as the convenience to,” Gorman said. “Everyone is really busy.” Gorman said turnout out trends for this year have also been lower than normal due to bad weather, which discourages people from making the trip out to donate. Bolster echoed that bad weather had inhibited donations to American Red Cross drives this year. “The weather has been terrible so we've had some cancellations, Bolster said. “Also, people don’t tend to donate as much during the winter.”
Looking toward the future
Planning ahead, better marketing was a common goal among the blood drive organizers. “The most important factor in increasing the numbers is definitely putting the trucks in the right places, getting the word out, tabling in the right places,” Gorman said. McQuade also commented on her shift toward more aggressive marketing when planning her second blood drive. “The first time all we did was use HooView and flyers around Grounds,” she said. “This time, we reached out to Matt Kelly [who] got us a spot on the local news [and] radio, a lot of outreach to the community.” Bolster said better communication between her own Ameri-
can Red Cross Club and Virginia Blood Services might help stop the competition between the two organizations for student donors. “I would love to see some better cooperation between Virginia Blood Services and the American Red Cross,” Bolster said. “A lot of times Virginia Blood Services will hold a blood drive on Grounds right before the American Red Cross does, which takes away from the amount of donors that we get.” Westbay said total demand for blood has only increased in recent years. “Advances in surgeries and cancer treatment, tightening … blood donation criteria, seasonal shortages, and aging of the blood donor populations have played an important role in increasing blood demands,” Westbay said. “The need for blood is constant.” This holds especially true because of the many medical restrictions which can restrict community members from donating. Westbay said common disqualifiers include low iron levels, travel restrictions, medications, minor illnesses and dental work. In addition, men who have had sexual activity with another man once since 1977 are not allowed to give blood by federal mandate. “While an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible … to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent do so annually,” she said. “If all of our donors donated just one more time a year, we would never have a blood shortage.” Indeed, a healthy adult may donate a pint of blood up to every 56 days. That pint — the volume of a tall glass of beer — is enough to save up to three lives. “Donating blood is safe and easy,” Westbay said. “The staff at Virginia Blood Services has an excellent reputation.”
Good consciences All Around
Of course, blood recipients and donors are not the only ones feeling good about the process. “I was so happy to see so many students who were willing to give blood,” Gorman said. “Everyone was willing and happy to do it.” For McQuade the experience of hosting her first drive was overwhelmingly positive. “[It was] so rewarding and so many people from the University came out,” she said. And though McQuade said she was optimistic about her prospects concerning student turnout Thursday, she included a failsafe incentive just in case: if enough Army ROTC kids came out, physical training would be canceled.
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The No. 5 Virginia men’s tennis team hosts No. 32 North Carolina State and No. 23 Wake Forest Friday and Sunday, respectively, for their final home matches of the regular season. With wins against both squads this weekend, the Cavaliers (17-2, 8-0 ACC) would clinch at least a share of the regular season ACC title for an unprecedented 11th consecutive year. A depleted squad of Cavaliers led by senior Alex Domijan was able to come away with a comeback victory against Clemson. With key players such as junior Mitchell Frank and sophomore Mac Styslinger sidelined, the Cavaliers were pushed to the brink and showcased their ability to win even without big names like
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Cavs host Wolfpack, Demon Deacons Top-five men’s tennis team can claim share of 11th straight ACC regular season title with two wins this weekend Frank and Styslinger. "I think it's a huge positive that the team is faced with adversity and have our back against the wall,” coach Brian Boland said. “I could not be more impressed with how the players embrace adversity and I know they will continue to do so leading up to the matches against NC State and Wake Forest." On Friday, Virginia will take on the Wolfpack (14-7, 3-5 ACC), a team looking to add another marquee win to its regular season résumé. Last week, NC State took down No. 12 Notre Dame, led by an upset in the doubles portion of the match with the No. 38 doubles team of freshman Ian Dempster and junior Robbie Mudge beating Notre Dame’s No. 14 doubles duo senior Greg Andrews and sophomore Alex Lawson. The Wolfpack has won the crucial doubles point in 17 out of its 21 matches this season. The doubles portion will likely prove to be a good litmus test for the Cavaliers as they finalize their postseason lineup.
"We have gotten closer to that [choosing a doubles lineup] now that we are getting closer to the postseason,” Boland said. “One of the things I talk to them about is the ability to adapt and adjust to all types of situations. There's nothing more important in being successful as a tennis team than our ability to embrace our ability to adjusting and adapting." One of the adjustments the Cavaliers had to make this year has been replacing the depth lost by graduated player of the year Jarmere Jenkins. Sophomore Ryan Shane has stepped up in recent weeks and now consistently plays in any of the first three singles positions for the Cavaliers. Shane attributes his jump to the next level to taking advantage of the resources Boland provides. "Coming in freshman year, it's a new experience and [there are] a lot opportunities that Boland provides the freshman coming in,” Shane said. “You don't realize what he has to offer until the older guys show you."
The Cavaliers will again be tested Saturday against a Wake Forest team that has won five of the last six matches, the only loss in that stretch coming narrowly against No. 12 Notre Dame, 4-3. The Demon Deacons (14–8, 3–4 ACC) are rebounding well after a midseason slump in March, in which they lost five straight against some of the top teams in the country, including No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 7 Texas and No. 8 North Carolina. The Demon Deacons are led by No. 34 sophomore Romain Bogaerts, who has scored a number of major victories this year against top players like No. 5 Guillermo Alcorta of the Sooners. Start time for the NC State match is set for 3 p.m. Friday, while opening serve for the match against Wake Forest will be at 1 p.m. Sunday. Charlottesville will be the site of USTA’s College MatchDay for the match between Virginia and the Wolfpack, with Jenna Truong | The Cavalier Daily the competition broadcast live on ESPN3. Sophomore Ryan Shane has been a major part of Virginia’s success, ranked No. 43 in singles play.
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Senior attacker Ashlee Warner, one of eight seniors on the team, will play her final regular season game at home Thursday when the Cavaliers battle the visiting No. 8 Eagles of Boston College.
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Three straight wins have given the No. 16 Virginia women’s lacrosse team a much-needed jolt of confidence. While the team brought two dominant performances against Old Dominion
and American, it was the win against No. 11 Notre Dame Saturday which showed true progress against a conference opponent. Now, the Cavaliers (7-6, 1-3 ACC) are in the same situation they found themselves in just a year ago. Virginia needs to win two of the next four guaranteed games remaining to reach the nine-win
threshold for NCAA tournament berth. Last season’s team lost two of the last three regular season games after reaching a 7-6 record and needed an upset against Duke in the ACC tournament to make the NCAA tournament. This year’s squad, carrying the most confidence they have all season, is determined to make things easier — which starts with a win against No. 6 Boston College (10-3, 2-3 ACC) Thursday night. “The magic number of wins is nine,” coach Julie Myers said. “We’re just hunting down number nine, but we have to get to eight to get to nine, so [Boston College] is a huge game for us.” In their win against Notre Dame last weekend, the Cavaliers set the tone early, and the more highly-ranked Irish had no answer for Virginia’s fast-paced offense and smothering defense. The victory extended the Cavalier win streak to three games and put them above .500 for the first time this season. In the contest, Virginia received hat-tricks from sophomore attacker Kelly Boyd, junior attacker Courtney Swan and senior midfielder Maddy Keeshan. Junior attacker Casey Bocklet added three
assists in the dominating effort. “I think we did a good job marking up and shutting down their big players,” senior attacker Ashlee Warner said. “We really just worked the ball well as a team. We just found the open player, and we hit our shots when we had to.” Virginia and Boston College are relatively familiar foes. The two schools have faced 11 times, with Virginia holding a 9-2 advantage, but the Eagles came away victorious in last season’s meeting, 10-7. That game was knotted at four almost 10 minutes into the second half before Boston College went on a five-goal run to pull away from the Cavaliers. The Eagles won the second half ground ball battle, 7-3, and also won eight of the second half ’s 11 draw controls. The Cavaliers do not plan to let this happen again, mostly by utilizing junior attacker Courtney Swan in the draw circle. Against Notre Dame, Swan won seven draw controls as Virginia ended up dominating the stat, 16-7. On the season, Swan is eighth best in the nation, winning in five draws per game. “[Boston College] is always good on the draws,” Myers said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to play that to our advantage a little bit
more where Courtney [Swan] and the draw team really have those first touches on the ball. We’re going to have to be sharp. We’re going to have to be good.” Boston College is every bit deserving of its No. 6 ranking. The Eagles have lost just three games this season — against No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Maryland and No. 3 Syracuse — by a combined four goals. For a Cavalier victory against arguably the best team they have faced in weeks, the fast-paced Virginia offense — currently averaging more than 14 goals per game — will need to continue its recent success. However, it will face a tough test against a Boston College, who surrenders an average of only eight goals on just 18 shots per game. “BC is really deliberate when they play the game,” Myers said. “They will take their time on attack. A three to five minute possession ending in a goal is what they’re looking for. They really try to limit how many goals an opponent can score by just them not having the ball.” Offensively, the Eagles are led
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Serving up help any way they can
Senior leaders Peretz, Xi, Baker, Spooner guide women’s tennis team to new heights in 2014 season Kristen Cauley Associate Editor
For the No. 4 Virginia women’s tennis team’s four seniors, their final season has looked pretty good. Having upset top-ranked Duke at home and reached a program-best No. 3 ranking twice, the team’s veteran members now look ahead to a potentially deep postseason run. As the younger players continue to be the faces of another successful season, these seniors will play a major behind-the-scenes role, helping the team move forward in ways not always visible on the court. Virginia (15-4, 9-1 ACC) honored its seniors — co-captain Caryssa Peretz, Li Xi, Marjorie Baker and Clare Spooner — last Sunday in a ceremony prior to the match against No. 15 Clemson (17-4, 9-1 ACC). Though only two of the seniors have seen action this season, all of them made ACC Honor Roll last year, proving their dedication extends beyond the sport. The seniors have also played a monumental role in helping groom the Cavaliers’ newest batch of freshmen. “We’re kind of there, hopefully as role models, as teammates and friends,” Peretz said. “We’re obvi-
ously very close but we want to be there just to guide them.” Facing a tough transition from high school to college, veteran teammates can ensure freshmen are fully aware of what to expect on and off the court. “Honestly [the transition] is a shock,” freshman Rachel Pierson said. “In what classes to take, I always go to the seniors and they’ll tell me. They’ll tell me when to be at practice, what to bring, what to expect and how to play and it really does help.” Baker and Spooner also play a big role on Virginia’s sideline. The two are always present, encouraging their teammates throughout matches even when they do not personally make appearances on the court. “They have a role and they’re doing a great job as students and athletes,” coach Mark Guilbeau said. “One of their biggest roles is to support the team and to push the spirit of things, and I think they’ve done that.” Despite not seeing as much dual action this season, Xi and Peretz proved they were always ready to go when called upon to play doubles or split time at No. 6 singles. Nominated as a quarterfinalist in the ITA Atlantic Regional singles and finishing 9-0 in ACC
Sophomore right-hander Aimee Chapdelaine started off the
Senior co-captain Caryssa Peretz has seen limited time on the court this season, but her role on the team has remained important as she has helped the underclassmen develop their talents.
her home career at Virginia on a high note. In her last court appearance Sunday, Xi worked with Nauta in doubles to defeat the No. 78 pair of Tristen Dewar and Romy Koelzer in a tiebreaker to clinch the doubles point against
the Tigers. “Honestly for Chili [Xi], she’s had a lot of ups and downs,” Guilbeau said. “We’re talking to her a lot about really trying to leave here with no regrets, and I’m proud of her.”
Virginia snaps 11-game losing streak with pair of wins against Delaware State at home
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Sophomore pitcher Aimee Chapdelaine had a stellar day on the mound, allowing six hits and no runs in 12 innings against the visiting Hornets.
matches last year, Peretz has added her own chapter to the growing legacy of Virginia’s record-breaking program. Though her playing time has been limited this season, Peretz has continued to find success with the time she sees on the court, having gone 2-0 in doubles and 4-0 in singles with a notable 7-6(4), 6-2 victory against sophomore Yuilynn Miao of Clemson. “Luckily I’ve had the opportunity to play with such a great team and coaching staff,” Peretz said. “We really know how to handle ourselves well on the court and we really pump each other up and get each other going so I think it’s worked in our favor.” Though plagued with injury and struggling to find her rhythm in singles this season, Xi has made major contributions to the Cavaliers’ doubles competition. In the past two years Xi has been ranked as high as the top-15 in doubles, advancing to the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor doubles finals and NCAA Doubles Champion with partner sophomore Stephanie Nauta last season. Paired with Nauta again this year, Xi has continued her strong doubles play with a 4-0 record. Two of those wins came this past weekend against Clemson and then-No. 27 Georgia Tech (9-7, 6-4 ACC). Like Peretz, Xi was able to end
Virginia softball team’s Wednesday doubleheader against Delaware State by twirling a four-hit, complete game shutout in an 8-0 win called after five innings. Then, she stepped back on the mound
and one-upped herself, blanking the Hornets on two hits and a walk in the Cavaliers’ 2-0 victory. All in all, Chapdelaine’s day was one to remember. She fired 130 pitches, lowered her earned run average by 76 points and picked up her fifth and sixth wins of the year as Virginia (6-32, 1-16 ACC) bid adieu to its 11-game losing streak on a sunny, blustery day at The Park. “She got ahead of batters and basically got them to hit a lot of ground balls, and so she stayed out of the walks and stayed in front of the batters,” coach Blake Miller said. “And then the infield backed her up. And then finally, we punched up some runs. So in all facets, we played pretty well today.” Freshman shortstop and cleanup hitter Madison Labshere swatted a pair of home runs in game one, bringing her season total to a team-high seven and providing Chapdelaine with plenty of room to maneuver against the Hornets,
who entered the day an impressive 19-10 (4-1 MEAC). Labshere tagged freshman right-hander Tara Tursellino for a two-run blast in the first after freshman center fielder Iyana Hughes worked a full count walk. Then, she stung the Hornet hurler for a solo shot in the Cavaliers’ three-run fifth. Chapdelaine foresees a memorable career for Labshere, who has played as Virginia’s shortstop since her first games in a Cavalier uniform. “She’s unbelievable,” Chapdelaine said. “When you are positive in yourself and you know you can do it, it shows, and I think that her confidence is building because she’s more than capable. And she’s going to be amazing here, going to do amazing things, and I think as she gets a little more time and a little more experience, she’ll see that. You know, what today happened is bound to happen often and frequently.” Labshere’s hitting and the Cavaliers’ spot-on defense — Virgin-
ia committed only one error on the day — energized Chapdelaine as she befuddled the Hornet lineup inning after inning. Hughes ranged back to the warning track in center field for a running catch to end the top of the fifth in game two, eliciting smiles from her impressed teammates. The play was one of the moments that spurred Virginia’s go-to pitcher to keep her level high. “Any time you have a big play in the field — Iyana’s catch out there was unbelievable — and, you know, double plays, home run balls, any time that happens you’re just excited,” Chapdelaine said. “Something about it, you go out to the mound and you have a little pep in your step.” Chapdelaine faced just two batters more than the minimum in the second game, when she pitched a trio of one-two-three
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by scorers junior attacker Covie Stanwick — the younger sister of former Virginia men’s All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy winning attackman Steele Stanwick — and junior midfielder Mikaela Rix.
The two have 44 and 43 points, respectively. It will be critical for the Cavaliers to force Boston College into turnovers and difficult shots to limit their possessions. Key Virginia defenders such as senior defender Lauren Goerz and junior midfielder Morgan Stephens will
lead a defense that hopes to throw off the Eagles. “We’ve got a couple of different defenses we can throw at them to try and get the ball out,” Myers said. “Hopefully force them to go a little bit where [senior goalkeeper] Liz [Colgan] can make her saves.” As well as having significant
post-season implications, the game is also senior night. Virginia will honor eight fourth-years, including captains Warner and Keeshan. The Cavaliers have not lost on senior night since 2011, and a victory would cap off a memorable run of Klöckner successes. “Our fourth-year girls are
great,” Warner said. “[Boston College] is going to be a great game for that day. They’re a really good team and that’d just be a wonderful way to end it, and we definitely need it.” The opening draw is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.
SOFTBALL Strong hitting by underclassmen brings first win in April Continued from page 7 frames to begin and hardly fell off as afternoon slowly gave way to evening. Although the teams played the full complement of innings, the action lasted only 67 minutes — a testament to Chapdelaine’s striking efficiency. Virginia’s starter did not have
a keen sense she would pitch so dominantly in the hours leading up to the doubleheader. She and a few other Cavaliers, however, did have an emotionally unburdening talk. The team seemed to play with a calmness and enthusiasm that belied its season-long difficulties. “Some of us just talked about relaxing before the game, you
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know, going into it, and sometimes you just got to stop caring about the little things,” Chapdelaine said. “We talked about that briefly, and … I think that carried on in.” Hughes put up three hits, two runs and three stolen bases on the day, raising her batting average to .271 and her steals total to 11. Freshman catcher Katie Park
scored twice in game one and grounded a single through the left side of the infield in the sixth inning of game two. Sophomore right fielder Taylor Sarcone, for her part, had two hits and two runs scored in three at-bats. The Cavaliers’ solid offensive display, combined with their success fielding and pitching the ball, struck Miller as a blueprint for a
bright future. “We’re slowly getting better,” Miller said. “It’s making all three facets come together.” Virginia plays Virginia Tech in a three-game conference series this weekend in Blacksburg, Va. Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. start times, and first pitch Sunday is set for 1 p.m.
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Breaking the binary
The University should offer gender neutral housing options
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The University LGBTQ Center is currently exploring the prospect of gender neutral housing on Grounds. Gay Perez, executive director of Housing and Residence Life said the University “consider[s] requests related to undergraduate gender neutral arrangements on a caseby-case basis” and there is currently no explicit policy regarding gender neutral housing. All University residence halls house men and women, but all floors, suites, apartments and bathrooms in residence halls are single-sex. Such arrangements do not allow much flexibility for students who may not feel comfortable living with all women or all men, and the segregation of the sexes into separate halls or suites may put transgender, gender fluid and intersex students in an uncomfortable position.
Transgender students may not fit into the categories prescribed by University Housing, as their physical sex may not be the same as their gender identity. Transgender students are given housing assignments on a case-by-case basis, and Residence Life emphasizes Safe Space training to all of its staff. But ideally, the University would offer gender neutral housing options so that no students would feel marginalized by an organizational structure which separates people into two rigid categories. With a gender neutral housing policy, transgender students could be integrated into hall style and suite style dorms without having to go through any extra steps. They would also have the opportunity to pre-select roommates whom they know they would feel comfortable living with, even if the room-
mate might not be the same sex. To implement such a policy, some dorm buildings could retain the current structure of separating men and women, for those who feel more comfortable with that arrangement, and other dorms could be designated gender neutral. Entering first-year students should be asked whether they prefer to live in single sex housing, gender neutral housing or if they have no preference. All students should also be able to request a roommate of the opposite sex. Students who apply to live in upper-class housing should be able to live in an apartment with men and women if they choose. Students should also be given the option not to identify as either male or female. The highest court of Australia recently acknowledged the existence
of a third “non-specific” gender, which can be used as legal identification in some cases. And last year Germany passed a law allowing children born with both male and female sex characteristics to be registered as neither male nor female. These are small steps toward recognizing that the categories of “man” and woman” cannot necessarily accommodate everyone. We cannot continue to shape our institutions — including our universities — around these rigid categories, for such practices impede equal treatment. Gender neutral housing will benefit all students — not just LGBTQ students — because it provides more options and more freedom. Pride Week at the University has revived the conversation around this issue, and it is a proposal that everyone can get behind.
Honor progress ast Thursday, the Honor Honor Committee Survey, about Committee hosted its first 60 percent of students expressed ever “Honor Congress,” a forum for support for the single sanction, but students and University communi- of these students, more than two ty members to identify thirds still had reservaand discuss problems tions about single sancwith the Honor Systion. The Honor Comtem. The event did not, mittee candidates (and of course, solve the by proxy, the Honor deeply rooted and sigCommittee) are therenificant problems with fore not representative the Honor System, of the student body as but it does constitute a whole. a positive first step toIn addition, stuwards making “Honor dents serving as Honor belong to all of us,” and support officers are JOHN CONNOLLY not just those on the much more likely to be Opinion Columnist Honor Committee, as elected to leadership outgoing Honor Chair on the Honor CommitEvan Behrle said in a recent op-ed tee. Aside from Martese Johnson, piece. all of the upcoming year’s Honor One of the Honor Committee’s Committee, Executive Committee problems is that it consists of a self- members have served as Honor selecting group of students. Take support officers. There is nothing the recent Honor Committee elec- inherently wrong with this, but tions: just one candidate (a medical it does indicate that Honor may student) indicated that he opposed be isolated or disconnected from the single sanction; all other candi- the huge majority of students who dates voiced their support. This is have not served as Honor support not an accurate representation of officers. the University community’s opinFor this reason, it is crucial to ion on the Honor System. In a 2012 the future of the Honor System that
students such as Johnson, who did strong step in the direction of not have experience with Honor increased student engagement. prior to his election, run for the About 160 students attended the Honor Committee. Johnson brings event, breaking up into groups of a fresh perspective to the Commit- 18 for group discussions facilitated tee, and he has shattered the idea by Honor Committee members that the Honor Committee is only and support officers. These groups accessible to Honor support offi- discussed some of Honor’s major cers. While support officers have a issues, including inconsistent remore intimate knowledge of the Honor System, their experiences with Honor are experiences shaped by their work within the Honor System, experiences not shared by the vast maOne of the Honor Committee’s problems is that it jority of University students. It is crucial that consists of a self-selecting group of students. the Honor Committee be comprised of students with experiences representa- porting, student and faculty disillutive of the student body as a whole, sionment, and low reporting rates. and Johnson’s election is symbolic I am encouraged by the Honor of this goal. It is my hope that the Congress, and I am encouraged Honor Congress and other events that incoming Honor Chair Nichoengage students who feel discon- las Hine and Vice Chair for Invesnected from the Honor System, and tigations Henley Hopkinson have even convince reluctant students to made a commitment to increasing apply to be support officers or run Honor outreach. I believe the Honfor Committee. or Congress should not be a oneThe Honor Congress is a very time event. Regularly scheduled
The Honor Congress will hopefully prompt a trend toward outreach and student engagement Honor Congresses would allow the Committee to keep its finger on the pulse of the student body. Honor has a responsibility to represent the students, and likewise, students have a responsibility to make their voices heard. The Honor Congress has great potential to facilitate this interaction. I believe Honor Committee members and support officers should receive regular feedback from the student body as a whole. This is particularly crucial for Honor Committee members, who are elected by the student body to represent the student body. It is important that Honor Committee members truly represent the interests of the student body. And it is important that Honor Committee members engage and involve the student body. To this aim, I praise the first Honor Congress, and hope for more in the coming future.
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Pressure to perform ast week, my fellow colum- women purposefully use sex apnist Elaine Harrington wrote peal in this instance, but the presdefending Derby Days, Sigma sure that exists to utilize sex appeal Chi’s week of challenges in which — since that sex appeal could aid in sororities compete to victory — makes it difraise money for the fraficult to conclude that ternity’s philanthropy. decision is uncoerced. Criticism of the event Moreover, even if stems from the fact that these acts are deliberSigma Chi essentially ate, accepting them gets sororities to raise as empowering is an money for its philanallusion to “choice thropy without having feminism,” a strand of to do much work itself. feminism that suggests For the most part, Haras long as a woman rington’s argument was makes her own choices DANI BERNSTEIN persuasive: she wrote her actions are inherSenior Associate Editor that Derby Days makes ently feminist actions. more fundraising posExpanding this thought sible and can be a source of bond- leads to the conclusion that, should ing for sorority women. But she also a woman “choose” to work in a strip asserted that whatever objectifica- club, for example, or “choose” to tion of women arises — which, as prostitute herself, she is not proshe admits, it does — is acceptable moting objectification but rather because it is not mandated. This as- her own empowerment. This kind sertion dismisses the gravity of such of thinking ignores the often-coerobjectification. cive circumstances that lead to such Whether or not sorority women “choices,” just as suggesting that are technically required to sexualize sexualization during Derby Days is themselves in Derby Days competi- a matter of choice ignores the inhertions, there is an inherent pressure ent pressures of the events. This line in these events to do so. During of thought also assumes there are dance skits, for example, the more more options than truly exist. Harsexual the routine, the more likely rington wrote that several sororities the sorority is to win that particu- opted not to perform a dance skit lar competition, as the judges are all this year; ostensibly, the options fraternity brothers. Perhaps some are to win by performing a sexual
dance, or not to partake at all. the dance competition, or, perhaps This is not to say, broadly speak- more generally, to win their attening, that the mere existence of out- tion. side pressures automatically negates There are converse situations personal choice. But while some at the University in which women women may be making decisions objectify men; for example, Delta independently of these pressures, Zeta’s Mr. DZirable event, in which or rather, in spite of them, it is dan- fraternity brothers compete to win gerous to assume that all or even the the sorority’s favor, is also often majority are; doing so perpetuates based on sex appeal. If the men parthese pressures by ignoring their ticipating feel coerced into sexualexistence. izing themselves at this event, then Harrington wrote that “casual this is an obvious problem, and gyrating during rainy noontime their objectification is unfair. But dance skits seems less of an attempt to solicit Sigma Chis than a joke that men are simple-minded and swayed by seductiveness.” But whether or not such acts are a joke — which it’s Whether or not sorority women are technically not all clear they are required to sexualize themselves in Derby Days — that joke is clearly competitions, there is an inherent pressure in lost on the men for whom this “casual these events to do so. gyrating” takes place. If the men only see women hyper-sexualizing them- since Mr. DZirable only requires selves to win their favor, it doesn’t the representation of one man from matter if the joke is on the men; each fraternity, it really is more of this is not female empowerment, a matter of choice, since a willing it simply reinforces the fraternity member of each fraternity may sign brothers’ position of authority and up, but all the brothers are not necpower to determine which soror- essarily pressured to do so. Thus, ity women are sexy enough to win the social dynamic of men as the
Some Derby Days events give sorority women the choice of being sexual or being rejected judges and women as the objects persists. The danger in the reinforcement of this social dynamic is obvious. At the University, this is the sort of dynamic that leads to (unsubstantiated) rumors of girls wrestling in jello during fraternity rush for the viewing pleasure of potential pledges. Societally, it is the kind of dynamic that sexualizes women to such an extent that they are prevented from being taken seriously in the workplace. This is not to say that sexualization itself is bad; on the contrary, women and men who truly choose to appear sexy — unaffected by outside pressures — should do so freely. The line between such behavior and objectification can be difficult to place, and there can be gray areas, but in the case of Derby Days such activity veers on the side of objectification. There is a difference between willfully acting sexy for personal pleasure and doing so for the sake of points in a competition. Asserting that this objectification is by nature a choice diminishes just how demeaning it really is.
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Marijuana misinformation W
Those opposed to legalizing medicinal marijuana have likely been misled by innacurate, anecdotal evidence
ith the debate over legaliza- overall marijuana use, the presence tion of medical marijuana of medical marijuana dispensaries heating up in Virginia, many argu- could provide criminals with highly ments will be presented against its attractive targets. legalization. The arguThe actual evidence ment that legalizing for such claims, howthe drug for medicinal ever, is paltry at best. purposes might someIn the modern politihow lead to higher cal environment, it has crime, however, should become relatively easy not receive serious to pull particular studconsideration. Despite ies from the broad pool a recent poll showing of available research 84 percent of Virginto support one’s own ians now favor the leconvictions, in much galization of medicinal the same way it is efCONOR KELLY marijuana, opponents fectively possible to Opinion Columnist of such a move have defend just about any been vehement in their policy initiative by citresistance. ing a poll of one’s own choosing. Some in the anti-medicinal Though this gateway hypothesis is marijuana camp argue the in- largely based on dubious anecdotal creased accessibility of marijuana evidence, opponents of medical will lead to more people using it as marijuana legalization also seem to a gateway to other, “hard” drugs. have cherry-picked research in orIn order to sustain those habits, der to support their assertions. Anso the reasoning goes, people will ti-medical marijuana theories seem commit crime or engage in vio- to originate in a 2001 study in the lent acts. Furthermore, opponents Journal of Addictive Disease that have argued that even if medical found a link between heavy marimarijuana does not lead to a rise in juana use and serious crimes such
as homicide and assault. However, for such a critical issue, one isolated study should not have so much weight in the public dialogue. First, interpretations of this study in the popular media have been fatally flawed. Though it has since been used to argue there is a causal link between marijuana use and violent crime, the study itself found merely a correlation. Conflating causation with correlation is a frequent tactic used by those aiming to advance a particular agenda. Recent findings, moreover, undermine arguments suggesting the legalization of medical marijuana would increase violent crime. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas published a nationwide study that found in states where medical marijuana was legalized there was no appreciable increases in crime rates and noticeable decreases in the rates of homicide and assault. Although this does not constitute evidence that legalization of medical marijuana would directly reduce crime, it does cast doubt on claims that legalization increases crime rates.
The study also suggests medical marijuana legalization leads to a reduction in alcohol use by serving as a substitute. A reduction in alcohol consumption will likely lead to a decrease in crime, since it is much more likely that alcohol, not marijuana, serves as a gateway “drug” to violent crime. After all, federal research by the Department of Justice has shown that alcohol is a factor in nearly 40 percent of all violent crimes today. Oddly enough, however, policymakers fixate on the idea that medical marijuana may induce higher crime rates, despite the lack of meaningful evidence to support such a claim. If marijuana actually serves as a substitute for alcohol, as many have contended, it is likely that there will be relevant effects on certain crimes such as drunk driving and on most violent crimes. The use of marijuana compared to alcohol produces drastically milder behaviors such as more cautious driving and less aggressive behavior. Moreover, the results of the prior study suggest that anti-medicinal marijuana arguments are largely
based on anecdotal evidence. To base policy decisions on subjective interpretations of a policy’s potential impacts cheapens our political discourse. Though it may be difficult to understand or implement the complex conclusions of policy research, the natural alternative should not be to propagate arguments that rely principally on anecdotal support. Furthermore, arguments of this sort ignore the many legitimate uses of medicinal marijuana. For many cases of multiple sclerosis and some extreme cases of Parkinson’s disease, medicinal marijuana is one of the few effective methods of treatment. As the debate continues, we must remember that the origins of crime are be difficult to attribute to singular, isolated factors. To even suggest that medical marijuana can be linked to high crime is severely misguided.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
y grandparents used to have The Times of London delivered to their doorstep every morning. As part of a generation of glass milk bottles, lifelong neighbors, rationing and tripe, they clung to tradition. When I was a teenager a young family took over the post office and they stopped hand-delivering the newspapers every morning. Even then, though, my grandparents would sit at the kitchen table they had brought from the family farm 20 years before and read The Times, never The Independent. Even when I was too young to understand the words within the thin, papery pages, I read. Journalists seemed sophisticated, adult, intelligent — in short, everything a precocious 11-year old might aspire to be. I read sitting alongside my grandparents as they indecorously slurped oatmeal with a generous helping of milk and salt — a way in which I swore I would never eat oatmeal and which is the way I eat it now, long after their deaths. I carried the passion for the page they had planted in me to high school. When I was 16 I moved to a small international school perched atop an imposing mountain. At Waterford Kam-
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hlaba in Mbabane, Swaziland we published semesterly. A scrappy newsmagazine, we burned onto CDs in the basement of our dormitory. Eyes screaming, begging for rest in the wee hours of the morning, we were determined not to be defeated. We ploughed our own money into the venture, so convinced were we of our own abilities. That same hubris undoubtedly
— as a “helicopter parent” — but my mother’s dogged determination and tough love made me better. In the same way, The Cavalier Daily readers and The Cavalier Daily staff provided an endless supply of constructive criticism. I read every online comment, every tweet, every letter to the editor and every email you ever sent. I lambasted myself over typos. I cried over distribution failures. I beat myself up most of all about the decisions I believed needed to be made, which some of you did not. But every time you made me obsess over a mistake we had made, I felt myself and this newspaper improve. I loved The Cavalier Daily, its staff and its readers like a family. Like any family we fought, facing seemingly insurmountable disagreements, and like any family you were not shy about offering your opinion. But as the newspaper industry’s walls were crumbling around us we built something. We could not have built it without your tough love. Thank you for that. And thank you for letting me read alongside you all. I don’t know what you were eating, but I was eating oatmeal.
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century with Google Docs and lives we touch and the memories cloud storage, I helped redesign we make while we are here that the tabloid newspaper and I led live on forever. the creation of the mobile app. I would be lying if I said my Yet, with the rate of technologi- part in The Cavalier Daily family cal advancements these days, will not affect my future as a perwithin two years cloud storage son. It’s this family that sees me will have evolved, there won’t be at 2 a.m. with smeared makeup, a print paper and something will have replaced smart phones, making the app irrelevant. So this parting shot, which I am writing in- It’s the transient lives we touch and the memories stead of sizing we make while we are here that live forever. the ailerons on the drone for my thesis, is going to be my per- yelling at people to finish the manent record of being on The pages and about to cry because Cavalier Daily. InDesign crashed, but still gets But this describes every stu- coffee with me in the morning dent’s part at the University. We and gossips about University are here for four years and then “celebrities.” Only my work wife we are remembered for another understands my diet of cereal, three years by those still here, oatmeal and fruit, and my prod if we are lucky. It’s the transient sisters share my addiction to cof-
he cursor is blinking on my blank Google Doc and I am completely terrified to write this Parting Shot. For one, it is the first and last thing that I personally write that will get published in The Cavalier Daily — the only permanent record of my time on the paper. And two, it is my last to-do at the place where I have given my heart and soul during college. For the past four years, I have been living an oxymoron. I am an aerospace engineer on the student newspaper. I do not enjoy writing and, save a few horrific and heavily-edited sports articles, I have spared the readers from my writing. Instead I got to take a break from 3D airplane renderings and fluid dynamic problem sets to design 2D newspaper pages, fix technology in the bleak basement of Newcomb, manage editors’ email accounts and send pages to the printer at 2 a.m. The papers that I designed
defined many of my actions at The particularly strict. She has never Cavalier Daily. As those reading given me a curfew, she has never this article (probably online) will chastised me for drinking, and know, nostalgia did not impact she has only ever kicked me out of the decisions I made as editor- the house once. For the record, I in-chief of the 124th Managing absolutely deserved it. I spent my Board or as managing editor of teenage years making decisions I the 123rd Managing Board. This am surprised to this day did not time last year we began phasing end more catastrophically. But in to a new digital-first model. In there is one thing that my mother the last year the print edition has made sure I never took lightly: hit the stands twice a week with my own abilities. It began before online content published every I was even born, like many great day. It would be a mistake, however, to think that I did not mourn the decline in the sustainability and popularity of print production with the rest But every time you made me obsess over a mistake of our readers. I we had made, I felt myself and this newspaper did. As an inter- improve. I loved The Cavalier Daily, its staff and its national student, readers like a family. you all became one of my many surrogate families. For those of you who read things with some really great muThe Cavalier Daily regularly that sic. Led Zeppelin, The Who, The might not be such a far-fetched Monkeys: they were my in utero concept, but for the occasional pump-up jams, preparing me for reader I understand why you a life in which my family supmight be a little confused. But ported and encouraged me and I give me a chance to explain. pushed myself. She wouldn’t like My mother has never been to hear herself described this way
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as a “proddie” and production editor are definitely already forgotten and thrown away. As Operations Manager, I tried to bring the paper into the 21st
fee. The sleep schedule of the operations manager (2 a.m. to 6 a.m.) most likely took years off my life, but it taught me how to prioritize my work. I may not be fixing computers or organizing newspaper pages at Boeing, but being Operations Manager taught me how to run a business from the back end. But most of all, my CD family taught me to open my heart and be a friend. My moments with them are as embarrassing as going through puberty, yet they still surprise me on my birthday, have brunch with me on Sundays and listen to me complain about my UAV that doesn’t fly. I was going to photoshop a picture for my parting shot, but a picture is worth 1000 words and my word limit was 800. Hopefully these 572 words suffice as my permanent record on the paper, because no matter how hard I scrub, The Cavalier Daily has a permanent record in my heart.
omewhere in the middle of my first year on Grounds, I decided that I wasn’t doing enough — my problem was that I didn’t even know what I wanted to do. On a whim, I sent an email to the Cavalier Daily’s Sports section. I had no real experience in journalism — I can proudly say that, for one week, I was the co-editor of my eighth grade newspaper, but that’s it. I love sports, so I decided I would just figure out how to write about them as I went along. My first assignment for the paper was covering the field hockey team. I knew nothing about field hockey — I can admit now that I still don’t know that much about field hockey — but I was excited either way. I got to feel like a sportswriter for the first time in my life, and I picked up the rules as I went along. Anyone who knows me knows that I will get invested in literally any sport, and I got just as excited for field hockey as I did for any other — or at least as excited as they allow you to be in the press box. As I moved from sport to sport — field hockey, women’s tennis, women’s soccer, women’s basketball, baseball, football and men’s basketball in all — I never lost that
fter countless hours of writing and editing, a digital portfolio full of clips, an editorship under my belt, and immeasurable practical experience, this last article may be the hardest task I have been assigned yet. As much as I consider myself a writer, my experience with The Cavalier Daily, fresh as it is, has yet to be interpreted in an articulate, succinct, tightly balled up manner that is easily translated onto paper. But, I’ll start somewhere. Call me biased, but I will always believe The Cavalier Daily is the organization that attracts the most eclectic, intelligent and dedicated group of students at our University. There is more diversity among us than I’ve seen in any other one; the one single thing that brings us together — speaking for the editorial side — is merely a love for writing. A love for writing, editing, and telling stories, for reading, interpreting, and displaying — this is the glue that brings us together, and for many, the glue that permanently attaches us to the art. When I walked into the office my first week at the University trying to gauge what sort of application process there was to join, I was immediately attracted to the enthusiasm of the then-news editors, and maybe more so attracted
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excitement. To me, it was the ultimate win-win situation. I got to see some of the finest athletes in the country play while turning my sports obsession into something productive. What made me it even better, though, was meeting the people involved in the sports that were even more excited than I was. The Virginia athletes that I have
met have all been talented and just so I could have quotes for my dedicated, and have shown more article the next day. poise than I could imagine. They When I showed up to practice were unselfish after wins and gra- each week, women’s soccer coach cious after losses. They put up Steve Swanson would ask me how with my stupid questions and gave my week had been, and he talked thoughtful, honest answers — they with me for fifteen straight mineven seemed happy to do so. utes when I wrote a feature about Most of all, they made me feel him coaching the U-20 women’s like a part of the experience. When national team to the 2012 World members of the women’s tennis Cup. When I went back this fall to team started saying hi to me on fill in for a game, Swanson rememGrounds, I was beyond thrilled. bered me, even after a year. I had long given up the hope that Despite the prodigious work anyone was reading my articles, they do behind the scenes to keep but it was refreshing to get some recognition from the team itself. The coaches at Virginia have to be one of the most In The Cavalier Daily, I found another group of people accomplished with incredible dedication. You have to either be crazy groups of or devoted to spend so much time in the basement of coaches in the Newcomb as the staff of the paper does — for free. nation, but they always treated me with respect and made the effort Virginia athletics running, the to help me if they could. Women’s SIDs all put up with my incessant tennis coach Mark Guilbeau talked emails asking what the practice to me on the phone from his car on schedule was that week and setting the drive back from an away game up the interviews that I needed.
They made me feel like an actual reporter and seemed grateful for the coverage I was providing. In The Cavalier Daily, I found another group of people with incredible dedication. You have to either be crazy or devoted to spend as much time in the basement of Newcomb as the staff of the paper does — for free. They are friendly and welcoming, but constantly challenge each other to be better. I would never be where I am without my fellow sports editors. Fritz Metzinger and Daniel Weltz showed me what good writing truly is and brought the Sports section to new heights. Zack Bartee sat next to me through countless hours of football and basketball, and leaving the paper is made easier knowing the section is in his hands. Three and half years after sending that first email to The Cavalier Daily, I was sitting in Madison Square Garden, covering the men’s basketball team’s Sweet 16 game against Michigan State. I had some grasp now on being a sportswriter, but I was still doing it out of my passion for sports. I never could have made it that far without the help of all those other people who shared my passion.
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to the idea that there was no application process. Within a week I wrote my very own story, and my name was in print, on the front page. It was about a new drinking policy that James Madison University had enacted, or something. Regardless, with my little name stamped on that grainy big page, I was hooked. I think the thing I love most about this organization is the tangible nature of its product.
Granted I’ve always admired ish, which is something most orbooks, magazines, newspapers, ganizations can’t offer. As small etc. as material objects, but the or trivial that story may be, you feeling of going in late at night know it is something that will be to check the headlines and photo read by other people, even if it’s captions of the Love Connection only your editors. page knowing that your work will Classes are interesting, social be on stands the following morn- life is really fun, but leave it to ing is rewarding unlike any other. extracurriculars to connect you At the newspaper, the schedule is to the people who share the same what comes first, and the students professional and real-life interests come second. Deadlines are the — these are the relationships that bane of every writer’s existence, will serve you not only during colbut are also the single most moti- lege, but afterwards as well. Eleavating factor for our performance. nor Roosevelt said, “Great minds The timely requirements accom- discuss ideas; average minds panying our jobs are stressful, discuss events; small minds disbut they lend to what our readers cuss people,” and this couldn’t be expect — consistency and reliability. When you write an article for the Cav Daily, you are putting in a little bit of At the end of the day, you can go home knowing that work for a lot you completed a project that day, from start to finish, of return. Free writing lessons, which is something most organizations can’t offer. experience, another story to add to your portfolio, and invalu- more true of the conversations in able knowledge about something the Cavalier Daily office, most of you arguably might not have been which went over my head. The interested in otherwise. At the people who join never cease to end of the day, you can go home amaze me, and its alumni netknowing that you completed a work is one I am thrilled to be project that day, from start to fin- a part of because of the driven,
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successful personalities the paper has always attracted. I will always admire anyone who holds a Managing Board or Junior Board position, because the amount of dedication required is unparalleled to any other. These people are the skeleton, skin, organs and brains of the paper — everything except the decorative elements. I have to thank this organization for introducing me to some of the Class of 2014’s most talented leaders who I probably would not have interacted with otherwise. I met my best friend through this newspaper, who today — three and a half years later — still stands by my side, provoking me and sharing with me the love for words, writing and logic. There’s no way of measuring how my interests or career prospects would have been different had I never decided to join staff, but I will always attribute them largely to it. And without space to continue, I’m brought back to where I started. Almost 800 words later and a tear in my eye, I haven’t even begun to do my experience justice through these words, but I hope somebody gets the picture. Congratulations to the class of 2014, and especially to those who shared the Cavalier Daily experience with me. Wahoowa.
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Carson Newman Senior Writer
If you’re anything like me, the news of a previously unreleased album by Johnny Cash made you hop up from your computer and do a little dance. “The Man in Black” is as much an American icon as hot dogs and apple pie. Yet with Cash’s previous catalogue of work included masterful performances of classic American folk tunes as well as his timeless originals, like “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” falling more in the vein of outlaw country, new release “Out Among the Stars” is something else entirely. If it’s this gun-toting, drug-using Johnny Cash you’re after, turn back now. This album was recorded in the early 1980s during the period when Cash was recovering from his drug addictions and found solace in religion. This album shows us a gentler, calmer side of Cash — the man his
Latest posthumous album from Man in Black shows new artistic side family knew. In a recent interview, Johnny Cash’s son, John Carter Cash said of “Stars,” “This music resonates in so many ways to my spirit. It’s not just about the perfect voice; it’s a memory to me of who my dad was at the time. And what a blessing to come face to face with that and remember that now and I feel like I’m with him again when I hear these recordings.” This is an album by an old man who knew he was getting old. He talks about his relationship with God on the last track “I Came to Believe” and spends much of the rest of the album weaving tales of loss and sadness. “She Used to Love Me A Lot” is a heart-wrenching tale of love lost, allowing one to actually hear the hurt in his voice. This song was recorded with only one vocal take, a feat that shows Cash’s musical prowess and how much every song was a part of “The Man in Black” telling stories he really experienced. This emotion also appears in “Call Your Mother,” a song from a father passing on life advice to his son with the constant reminder to call his mom and keep in touch.
While this album as a whole may take on a more somber tone than most music found in Cash’s classic repertoire, it is not without its fun. “If I Told You Who I Was” and “I Drove Her Out of My Mind” provide a bit of comedic relief while showing that even to the end, Johnny Cash knew how to have fun and could always make a crowd laugh. The latter song follows Cash as he goes to visit an ex, taking her out for a ride in a brand new Cadillac just like she always wanted. The ride then continues off the edge of a cliff — with Cash laughing at the irony of the murder-suicide the whole time. Lines like, “Well now here she comes to greet me / dressed to kill and so am I / Hope she asks me if this / Cadillac will fly / And I know that I’ll die laughin’ / When I show her that it will” would have been a hit with crowds which enjoyed boisterous songs like “A Boy Named Sue” and “Cocaine Blues.”
While this might not be Cash’s strongest album, it truly is a gift to be given more of his work posthumously. “ O u t Among the Stars” gives us another l o o k into the life of an American icon — and for that, we should be grateful.
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On the latest record released after his death, Cash’s recently unearthed collection of songs dabbles in faith-based fare while also delivering comedic material similar to old favorites.
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A&E catches up after ‘Game of Thrones’ season premiere Yuri Chung Senior Writer
Warning, this is a review of the season premiere of "Game of Thrones" and does contain spoilers. It has been far too long since HBO cruelly left distraught viewers alone after the Red Wedding, dishing up great television with a side of post-traumatic stress disorder. After nearly a year of frantically searching for a fictional realm to rival Westeros —you almost had us, “True Detective” — “Game of Thrones” finally returned in full swing this past Sunday. Though no major events took place, the season four premiere was a near-perfect assembly of catching up with our beloved characters — at least, the few that are left — as well as despised ones. It offered the audi-
ence the chance to get reacquainted with the abundance of sex, blood and gore intrinsic to the show. The premiere was an exciting and delicious feast of quality television, rather than a dull-but-necessary exposition, largely thanks to high amounts of characterization and the rekindling of relationships — or better yet, the destruction of them. Despite having recently won a war and gotten back their treasured — and now one-handed — Jaime, the Lannisters are far from one big happy family. Instead, they treat each other with hostility as they plan King Joffrey’s wedding to the smart and seductive Margaery Tyrell. Cersei even refuses to sleep with twin-brother Jaime (gasp!), blaming him for “taking too long” escaping from imprisonment. And Jaime isn’t the only one striking out. Tyrion refuses his secret mistress, Shae, out of fear the one person he loves
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in King’s Landing will be found out and killed — which now seems very likely as a servant spots Shae angrily exiting his room. Outside King’s Landing, Daenerys starts to realize just how wild and untamed her dragons are, and Jon Snow barely avoids execution by informing the Night’s Watch of the wildlings’ attack plans. Finally, we meet up with Arya and the Hound in their travels after discovering the Starks’ deaths at the wedding. Arya is no longer an androgynous little girl. Now, she is a seriously pissed off androgynous little girl seeking vengeance for her family’s death. Arya and the Hound walk into a bar. They kill everyone and leave. No joke. This oddly paired, kick-ass vigilante duo is quickly becoming one of the best relationships in the show and the most captivating storyline to follow. And if a 9-year-old girl on a murder rampage seems con-
cerning to you, just remember what show you are watching. Another interesting interaction found in the premiere is the unexpected friendship — and potential for romance — found between Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth. Their back-and-forth banter and strangely flirtatious teasing restores some humor and lightness to an otherwise dark and macabre show. Though we didn’t get to see any Bran and company (Hodor), Stannis and his witch girlfriend, or Gendry this week, rest assured they’ll be back. The season debut of “Game of Thrones” flaunted all the makings of a great episode: blood, nudity, murder, incest, politics and dragons. The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are as divided as ever, ruled under a figurehead king who acts more like a spoiled little brat than a commanding leader. The Lannisters may be in power now, but it’s
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going to take a lot more than two swords made of Valyrian steel to keep the throne from the multitude of threats coming its way. Additionally, Sunday’s launch set this season up to be perhaps the bloodiest one yet — displaying everything from cannibalism to crucified children as mile markers — reminding us no matter how warm the spring weather may get in Charlottesville, winter is coming.
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The Whethermen ‘duke’ it out
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ous and brilliant connections on their feet, but they also connected with one another seamlessly. I am still convinced that mindreading was somehow involved, but you may have to see it to believe me. Be sure to check out their Graduation Spectacular April 26 in the Chemistry Auditorium.
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nature of improv. “Just being improvisers is what makes us all so comfortable performing together,” Kulatti said. “We did have slight stylistic differences in the way our groups performed and we do not know the certain strengths and weaknesses of each individual as we do with our own group. [However], in improv we have to be able to trust our scene partners with whatever they say and accept it and roll with it. I think that's what makes improv such a good medium for strangers to perform together and it to work so well." Throughout the show, actors came up with hilari-
The University's improv troupe The Whethermen duked it out with Duke University Improv Friday. The two groups displayed an amazing range of wit, intuition, creativity and mind-reading prowess as they played a variety of improvisation games. The actors allowed the audience to decide many of the factors of these games such as locations, relationships of actors and titles. Actors showed off their rhyming and intuition skills in an opening rap battle. The spontaneous discourse among the performers
elicited several loud chuckles from the audience. The front row of audience members even brought wine to drink during the show. During one scene, an improv actor ran forward and gulped down a nearly full glass, followed by a second. Not to be left out of the action, the second player joined in, also downing a generous glass of wine. But alcohol wasn’t the only thing provided by the audience. Most games, especially one called “Excuses,” relied on the audience for random suggestions as to what the actors would talk about. Whethermen performer Art Kulatti, a third-year College student, said that the distance between strangers is easily combated by the
‘Made in Heights’ raises the bar Dynamic duo energizes University Programs Council’s Springfest Robin Yeh Associate Editor
''After months of bitter cold and the occasional blizzard, spring has finally arrived at the University. To celebrate the onset of a new season, the University Programs Council hosted Springfest, an annual event featuring food, music and various outdoor activities last Saturday afternoon. Students scattered throughout Lambeth Field to play cornhole, craft flower headbands and enjoy the warm weather. As the day progressed and the temperature got cooler, the atmosphere grew livelier as Made in Heights took the stage
to close off the festivities. “Mantis” and “Skylark InterCurrently based in Los Ange- bang?!” In one short hour, they les, Calif., Made filled the venue in Heights feawith a distinctures DJ Alexei tively original Saba and singer sound, undoubtKelsey Bulkin. edly notifying The two performLambeth resiers worked handdents of their in-hand to create presence. a unique, eclectic Made in sound, energizing Heights’ perthe small but enformance was thusiastic crowd made even more at the concert. enjoyable by the Courtesy The Wounded Jukebox Bulkin’s soft voperformers’ obcals contrasted vious passion the strong techno beats created and charisma displayed onstage. by Saba. Throughout the per- Saba and Bulkin consistently formance, the pair performed interacted with audience memvarious singles — among them bers, encouraging them to sing
or dance along to the music. At one point in the performance, Bulkin stepped down from the stage to sing with students in the front row. The pair showcased genuine chemistry in their performance. Though Saba primarily served as disc jockey and Bulkin as the main singer, the two would synchronize dance and vocals during a few sets. It was at these times that their evident love for music took center stage. But successful concerts are two-fold: not only do performers need to put on a good show, but the audience must also reciprocate. Fortunately, the crowd embraced the band’s distinctive sound from the start. Even dur-
ing unfamiliar songs, audience members welcomed new music wholeheartedly and never retreated from the concert. Glow sticks and bright beach balls created an even more energetic atmosphere. On the whole, Made in Heights brought Springfest to a new level. Despite being a relatively unknown name in the University community, Made in Heights was welcomed by students to conclude one of UPC’s biggest events of the spring semester. The concert ended with an audience plea for an encore — and though the band couldn’t return the request, this likely will not be the last time the University hears of this dynamic duo.
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Rocky Horror comes to UVa Voyeuristic Intentions brings an unusual screening to Newcomb Theater
Riley Panko Senior Writer
Newcomb Theater was host to a very different type of movie screening Friday evening. A man and a woman — both wearing corsets, fishnets and heels — greeted people outside of the building. Those new to the production each drew a giant “V” on their foreheads in red lipstick — marking them as “virgins”. Outside of the theater, people milled about in an electric mix of costumes, wigs and make-up. This was “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” experience. The sole purpose of the student group Voyeuristic Intentions is to put on a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show each semester, complete with a shadow cast of actors that mimic what’s happening on screen. This semester, secondyear college student Kelly Strauch and third-year college student Lucas Beane directed the show. “Rocky Horror” is a cult classic film, first released in 1975. Largely
ignored upon its initial release, the film’s mix of comedy, science fiction, musical theater and outright strangeness eventually spawned a massive cult following. “Rocky is interesting because it plays to people's desire to be part of a larger tradition or group, but also to their desire to transgress and move away from the norm,” Strauch said. “[People] come to Rocky because it is a well-established [tradition] while still being unordinary.” A typical “Rocky Horror” showing opens with the “virgin games,” as those who have never been to a showing before are invited to participate in a variety of mildly embarrassing games in front of the audience. Then the movie begins. Actors in replica costumes act in front of the screen, sometimes adding their own quips or jokes. Meanwhile, the audience shouts at the screen with a
plethora of “callbacks,” or humorous responses to the film’s lines. Some callbacks are traditional, while others are more suited to the individual performance. A couple of first-year jokes were cracked at Friday’s screening. “The bureaucracy is probably the most intense part [of showing the film] because we have to make sure we're adhering to University policies while still permitting our guests and actors what they came for,” Beane said. Between booking rooms and securing the rights for the film, directing the show was the easy part. “The rehearsal process is a piece of cake next to the administrative stuff,” Strauch said. “We tell the a c tors
where to enter from and where to stand, but most of them have seen the movie so [many times] or been in the shadow cast before, that they already know.” Though well-intentioned in its humor, the movie presents several opportunities for potential controversy. Certain elements of the film and screening experience may be off-putting to some viewers, but Strauch and Beane worked hard to alleviate any potential difficulties. “During the actual show, we make sure not to interact with the audience in any way that could potentially make them uncomfortable, and if they're uncomfortable for some reason, we openly tell them they're
permitted to leave at any time without any fear of judgment,” Beane said. “We know this isn't for everyone.” Despite the unorthodoxy, a “Rocky Horror” screening is certainly something everyone should experience at least once. “Rocky stays with you long after the performance," Strauch said. "I haven't quite been able to get the red out of my hair since I played Columbia last semester. Being in the show is so much fun, and sometimes strangers come up to you and tell you that they saw the show and liked you in it. That's a great feeling.”
This semester’s “Rocky Horror” performance combines the cult classic with performances in front of screen and a variety of memorable characters. Courtesy of Alex Kinstle
Spring Dance Concert ‘a transcending experience’ University Dance Program’s recent showcase is one to remember Taylor Goodson Senior Writer
The University Dance Program and drama department held their annual Spring Dance Concert Thursday. The program consisted of 12 dances, choreographed in large part by University students themselves. This year’s guest choreographers were Kristin Clotfelter and Katie Faulkner. Though many of the dancers are pursuing the dance minor, a handful do not study dance at all. The majority of dancers studied dance in high school but still carry a passion for the craft. The talent and sheer professionalism of the production was impressive. And the lighting made a particularly strong impact on the show’s execution, perfected by stage manager Abby Payne, a third-year College student. The first piece, “Small Memory,” choreographed by second-year College student Erika Choe, ended
with a spotlight flooding down on four dancers and quickly shutting off when one dancer snapped her fingers. The move left with a smart sense of finality. The piece “No Rage” used similar lighting techniques to create silhouettes of the dancers against a playful red background, instantly grabbing the audience’s attention. Aside from the dancing itself, the music was another noteworthy element of the show. Some performances involved no music at all. Other dances were accompanied by everything from abstract noises to a beautiful piano. Cellist Kevin Davis, an Arts & Sciences graduate student, even composed his own music for the piece “My Claw is Sharp.” Second-year College student Sage Tanguay choreographed the standout piece “Prompera,” illustrating her high school prom experience from her hilarious perspective. The piece consisted mostly of a long monologue, largely improvised. The choreography told a
funny, yet genuine story of a high school girl’s prom experience — elaborated by a gaudy set complete with streamers and disco balls. Third-year College student Rebecca Galt choreographed another poignant piece: “Hollowed Out.” In the piece, two dancers gave a
moving and chilling performance about Parkinson’s disease, an issue Galt has become familiar with through her study of psychology. The piece was incredibly emotional, with dancers relentlessly flinging themselves in strong, repetitive movements. The lighting design in
this piece involved clever shadow play, crafting a dark and eerie mood perfectly suited to the piece’s emotional theme. Dance offers a powerful narrative medium, and the concert was nothing less than transcendental.