THE SUMMER ISSUE Monday, April 28, 2014
Vol. 124, Issue 58
Large student groups turn to endowments
Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, IRO, Honor Committee benefit from long-term funds
Endowments are a great system for us, [giving] us reliable funding,” Cline said. “Without it, members dues would be three or four times what they are right now.”
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Jenna Dickerson Senior Writer
To say funding issues affect every organization on Grounds is to state the obvious, but how groups, specifically large ones with consistently high expenditures, approach the issue can vary widely. Some groups like Student Council and the International Relations Organization can count on consistent streams of income every year from student activity fees and conference attendance fees, respectively. Others must rely on grants or fundraising to survive and achieve their goals. Endowments are another effective option. Held by several prominent student groups, including the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society and the Honor Committee, endowments can serve as multi-million dollar financial reserves. What is an endowment? Though endowments can add up to immense sums, frequently, not all of the money is available to the group. Typically, the initial money fundraised or donated, called the principal, is invested and its use is restricted to that purpose. The money made by the investments, called returns, are available to be spent or reinvested. Most student group endowments are organized through Alumni Hall and administered by the University of Virginia Investment Management Company, which handles all investments and endowments of the entire University. The 2013 UVIMCO Annual Report lists the long-term endowment of the University at nearly $6 billion with a 13.4 percent return on investment in 2013. Using an endowment Groups like the Jefferson Society use endowments to supplement other sources of income. The Society passes a semesterly budget for putting on events and other expenses. “Approximately a third of that [money] is covered by membership dues and the rest of it comes from endowments,” said third-year College student McCulloch Cline, Jefferson Literary and Debating Society president. “The Jefferson Society doesn’t have one specific endowment, but rather has many that are each dedicated to a single purpose, like the Jefferson Society’s distinguished speaker series and their Lawn Room 7 scholarship."
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Most of the Society’s endowments have been around for decades, Cline said, but some are newer. “Endowments are a great system for us, [giving] us reliable funding,” Cline said. “Without it, members dues would be three or four times what they are right now.” The Jefferson Society declined to release the financial details of their endowments. The IRO also has an endowment; however, they do not consistently draw from it because the fees from the two annual Model United Nations conferences sustain the CIO, according to Batten graduate student Elsa Schultze, IRO treasurer. “From the conference fees, we are a self-sustaining organization,” Schultze said. “I don’t think we’ve taken StudCo funding in the last four years.” Schultze said that the IRO’s annual operating budget is between $40,000 and $50,000 This money goes toward putting on the two conferences, bringing in speakers from Washington, D.C., hosting social events for members, and publishing the Wilson Journal of International Affairs, an undergraduate research journal, two times per year. “The IRO has an endowment held at Alumni Hall, but the conferences generate enough money that we don’t have to tap into the endowment,” Schultze said. “Occasionally, we will have to use some money from the endowment to make up revenue, like when Hurricane Sandy hit and our fall conference was affected, but we do not use it regularly.” Downsides of an endowment An endowment's funds often have numerous restrictions, which can be hard to navigate when turnover in student organizations is so frequent. “You can’t rely on institutional memory to tell you about the finances of a club,” Schultze said. “You have to actually go and talk to the people at Alumni Hall yourself and find out what kind of an account it is.” Cline said the restrictions placed on an endowment can make it difficult to access the money. “[There are] advantages and disadvantages to using the endowments — because endowments are restricted to particular purposes, it is harder to shift purposes,” Cline said. Other options Not all organizations on Grounds have endowments. The University Judiciary Committee, for example, does not have an endowment, but instead receives a yearly budget from the state.
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Because UJC serves a function that would normally be served by an administrator, it is considered an agency organization, said UJC Chair Timothy Kimble, a third-year College student. Despite not having an endowment, Kimble said that there is plenty of money for UJC to do what it needs to do. The organization receives around $15,000 per year. “Our largest expenditures are maintaining our online systems and copying and printing for trials,” Kimble said. “Because the organization receives money from the state, members have a larger responsibility to closely manage our money and make sure that the money goes toward our function. Obviously copying and printing and maintaining the online system is a legitimate use for that money.” Other groups receive funding from multiple sources. The Honor Committee receives its funding from two sources: an endowment through Alumni Hall and funding from the division of student affairs. Funding is not equally split, however, and the Honor endowment provides the majority of the needed funds, said Honor Committee Chair Nicholas Hine, a thirdyear College student. “All of the Honor Committee’s funds used to come from the Student Affairs VPSA budget,” Hine said. “But Alumni Hall decided to release some of the pressure from the Student Affairs budget, so they launched a campaign in the early 2000s to develop an endowment." The endowment campaign began with a donation of $2,500 and has grown around 2.9 million dollars today. Because the Honor Committee does not manage its endowment, they have to prepare a proposed budget for approval. Every year, the newly elected Honor Chair meets with Alumni Hall representatives and gives a presentation on outlining spending requests and justifications. This year, Hine requested around $160,000 out of the endowment. This budget includes funding for outreach and education materials, guest speakers, and the Legal Advisor’s salary. “The budget stays relatively consistent each year,” Hine said. “This year there was an increase because the Legal Advisor’s salary went up, we are upgrading the online system, and we are prioritizing education and outreach this year.” Hine said the correspondents from Alumni Hall have been helpful, cooperative, and easy to work with.
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Honor Committee public summaries: To the right, please find public summaries for two of the most recent trials conducted by the Honor Committee. These summaries, provided by the Honor Committee under bylaws section H.8 and approved by their legal counsel, do not include any identifying information so as to protect the privacy of the students involved in the proceedings.
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Honor Committee passes bylaw changes Johnson casts single vote for international student internship exception, Committee rejects proposed addition Kaelyn Quinn Associate Editor
The Honor Committee voted unanimously to change four of its bylaws Sunday night. Two bylaw changes, originally proposed by the last Honor Committee, did not pass. The first change reduced the trial request period from 10 days to seven, in an effort to cut down case processing time, Honor Committee Chair Nick Hine said. The second added a line of text stating, “Following the initial meeting of the [Appeal Review Committee], the Chair and Vice Chair for Trials shall consult with the Honor Legal Advisor on substantive issues raised in the appeal brief.” The Board of
Visitors already requires the Honor Committee to perform this step, said Hine, a third-year College student. The third bylaw revision, regarding nonconforming expedited appeals, was twofold. The Committee can return an expedited appeal which does not conform to its bylaws to the student. This revision puts into words “something we already do,” Hine said. The bylaw change then allows the student a seven-day revision period, after which point the student must re-submit his appeal to the committee, which can then accept or reject it accordingly. The final bylaw change requires students to obtain the signature of their academic dean in order to take an informed retraction. “Before, students would take IRs
without their deans knowing,” Hine said. The Committee rejected a proposal to offer an exception to informed retractions for international students with internships lined up for the summer. Currently, an international student who admits to an honor offense and takes an informed retraction in the spring starts his or her year-long leave the subsequent summer term and cannot enroll in classes until the following summer. Barred from enrolling in classes, international students would lose the vacation exception for their student Visa, which allows them to remain in the country during the summer. While domestic students taking an informed retraction would not en-
Public Summary : Trial 1
A student in the College of Arts and Sciences was accused of stealing another student’s iPhone. The case was reported by a school administrator. The Community argued that the Accused Student obtained and sold the phone for personal
gain without permission from the phone’s owner and without consulting a third party to identify the phone, thus proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed the Act of Stealing. The Accused Student argued that he did not intend
A student in the College of Arts and Sciences was accused of cheating on a final exam by looking up answers on her cell phone. The case was reported by a student. The Community argued that the reporter’s eyewitness testimony that she observed a student two seats over from
her take her cell phone out of a backpack, type on her phone, and erase answers on her final exam proved byond a reasonable doubt that an Act of cheating occurred. The Accused Student argued that she had been misidentified, pointing to numerous discrepancies in the testimony. The
to steal the phone, and that he took the phone home in order to charge it to identify the owner. The Accused Student argued that he was unable to identify the owner due to the phone’s lack of a SIM card or other identifiable features, and
Public Summary : Trial 2
reporter saw a student using a bluebook; the student used a green book. The reporter said the student used a pencil during her exam; the accused student used a pen. The student introduced evidence that her hair color does not match the color described by the reporter and that
counter this problem, international students could potentially lose summer internships they had secured. The proposal failed to pass, receiving one vote from second-year College student Martese Johnson, the vice-chair for community relations. Hine acknowledged informed retractions have greater consequences for international students. “Inherently any punishment that takes away a student’s status as a full-time student is going to disproportionately affect international students,” Hine said. "A lot of it is just unavoidable." Though the measure did not pass, Hine said the Committee was “always looking for ways to make the process as fair as possible.”
thus he only sold the phone because he did not know he had any other options. A panel of randomly-selected sudents found the Accused Student not guilty on the basis of Act and Knowledge.
her clothing and accessories on the day of the exam, likewise, were different from those described by the reporter. A panel of both randomly selected students and Honor Committee representatives found the Accused Student not guilty on the basis of Act and Knowledge.
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Monday, April 28, 2014
Events while you’re away Construction on Grounds The University will continue construction on Grounds through the summer months, though it will finish brick paving outside of Clark Hall before Final Exercises. The University will complete renovations in New Cabell Hall by the end of the summer and will continue to build residence halls on Alderman Road for the fall of 2015. Historic Preservation Architect Jofy Lehendro said Rotunda construction will begin following Final Exercises, putting up construction fencing and beginning interior excavating. “[Construction] is going to be underpinning for the new underground mechanical room going into the east courtyard and scaffolding and shoring around the main building itself will happen this summer,” Lehendro said. The University will begin replacement of capitals late next fall and expects construction to continue for the next two years. New deans Dean Meredith Woo of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Batten School Dean Harry Harding, and Architecture School Dean Kim Tanzer will step down at the end of this academic year. The search for new deans began in the fall with several different search committees for each school, University spokesperson McGregor McCance said in an email.
“New deans will be announced once the search processes are complete, recommendations and selections are made and contracts are finalized,” McCance said. The University has also formed a search committee to find a replacement for dean Robert Bruner of the Darden Business School, who will retire in July 2015. Board of Visitors meeting The next meeting of the Board of Visitors will take place June 5 and 6 to discuss the University budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The Board discussed new tuition rates for the next academic year at its most recent meeting. When factoring in all costs, in-state students will pay 3.6 percent more and out-of-state students will pay 5 percent more starting in August. Racing 4 Health 5K and 10K On May 31, the University will hold a benefit race to build advocacy for stroke awareness and prevention. The event, which will begin in the plaza of Newcomb Hall, is open to the public and will feature a separate race for children 10 and under. Proceeds from the race will benefit the University’s Stroke Center and will provide funding for their research in stroke prevention and possible cures. Reunions Weekend On June 5-8, the Alumni Association will host the annual re-
Grounds to see continued construction, BOV meeting, new deans this summer
unions weekend to celebrate the 5th-45th anniversaries of the University’s undergraduate classes. This celebration will reunite more than 4000 alumni with class events, seminars, dinners, tours and band parties. Current undergraduate students will serve as volunteers during the weekend, assisting the Alumni Association in planning and operating the events. Summer orientation This summer, the University will welcome first-year and transfer students at summer orientation. Students will be housed in the Alderman Road residential area. They will participate in group activities, campus tours and informational sessions, as well as register for classes and see their future dorms. Students have the option to register through orientation for project SERVE. Project SERVE, to be held Aug.29, is a day of service and chance for students to get a better idea of the many service opportunities at the University. Fifty-two Orientation Leaders, selected from a competitive pool of applicants, will lead orientation activities. Charlottesville City budget Charlottesville's Office of Budget and Performance Management has released the proposed budget for the next fiscal year. Councilmember Kristin Szakos said the impending budget will be implemented regardless of the release of
the state budget. “Most of the state funding is only a portion of each line item, so we could implement the city portion of it first, so that nothing shuts down at the local level,” Szakos said. Szakos said no major changes are occurring in the budget, and the City’s tax structure will remain mostly the same. “The direct tax has a small increase, to reduce the use of smoking because kids tend to not want to drive to a different locality since it’s so expensive,” Szakos said. The budget takes effect July 1, 2014. Virginia Senate race The U.S. Senate election for Virginia will not occur until Nov. 4, but the race will gain momentum as it moves into the summer. The incumbent Senator, Democrat Mark Warner, will be seeking reelection against Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian nominee, and the yet-to-be-determined Republican candidate. Of those who have declared candidacy for the Republican nomination, the most prominent is Ed Gillespie, a Republican political strategist who served as a senior advisor to Mitt Romney and as the 61st Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Republicans will select their nominee at the upcoming state party convention in Roanoke June 7. July 4 celebrations On July 4, Monticello will celebrate Independence Day and its
52nd annual naturalization ceremony, the oldest in the country. The celebration will feature a speaker and music by the Charlottesville Municipal Band. Monticello is the historic home of Former U.S. President and University Founder Thomas Jefferson. July 4 is a bittersweet day for the University and Monticello — simultaneously marking the date of U.S. independence and that of Jefferson's and John Adam's deaths. The two founding fathers died on the same day, the country’s 50th anniversary. Concerts Vampire Weekend will be performing at the nTelos Pavilion June 10. This will be their first time playing in Charlottesville. The group continues an impressive fall 2013 and spring 2014 Charlottesville lineup, which includes The xx, Passion Pit, STRFKR, Taylor Swift and fun. A number of other concerts are also planned for this summer at the Pavilion and the Jefferson theater, such as Gavin deGraw, Fitz and The Tantrums and Sarah McLachlan. Fridays After Five, a series of free concerts at the Pavilion which began for the 27th year April 18, will also continue through the summer, ending Sept. 18. —compiled by Samantha JoseyBorden, Savannah Borders, Owen Robinson, Lital Firestone and Tiffany Truong.
State continues budget battle Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion divides state Republicans, Democrats
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Legislators in Richmond, above, continue to disagree about Medicaid expansion. Republicans oppose incorporating the issue with budget discussions, but Democrats refuse to pass a budget without it.
Rachel Goretsky Senior Writer
Negotiations on the Virginia budget remain at a stalemate, with the contention over Medicaid expansion bringing Richmond to a continued partisan standstill. Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, states were required to expand Medicaid to those making
a salary of up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, or $32,000 for a family of four in 2013. A later Supreme Court decision allowed states to decide whether to expand the program, which provides health insurance to the poor. Virginia, so far, has not expanded Medicaid. House Republican spokesperson Matthew Moran said Republicans want to consider the issue
of Medicaid expansion separately from the state’s general budget. “The Democrats have included Medicaid expansion in the budget,” Moran said. “We oppose expansion for a number of reasons, but we particularly oppose the fact that they have put in the budget.” Democratic Party spokesperson Ashley Bauman had a different perspective on the root of the conflict. “In my opinion, the House Republicans are refusing to budge because they’re putting politics ahead of what is right for their constituents,” Bauman said. Bauman said 400,000 Virginians are uninsured and the Republicans are refusing to close the coverage gap. “If you look at the moral issue at hand, we are looking to insure 400,000 — that will go to the doctor[s] and use taxpayer money,” Bauman said.
Moran said Senate Democrats are “taking the budget hostage,” since, aside from the Medicaid issue, the House and Senate would likely pass the budget with relative ease. “The only issue left to resolve is Medicaid expansion,” Moran said. “What we believe is an appropriate compromise is for us to pass a clean budget now and continue the debate over Medicaid expansion. The state budget isn’t optional.” “Unfortunately, I don’t think that we’re very close to that compromise at all,” Moran said. Bauman additionally emphasized Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s wish for the House and Senate to work together on the situation. A study released by Christopher Newport University Thursday found many support for Medicaid expansion has changed since the budget stalemate started. According to the study, “Vir-
ginia voters have soured on Medicaid expansion, with 53 percent saying they do not support the current proposal.” Moran said Republicans think they have the voters on their side. Bauman criticized the wording of the question in the poll and said the change skewed the results. The question asked, “Some people worry that the federal government will not pay its share if Virginia expands Medicaid. Would you support Medicaid expansion even if the federal government did not pay its share and Virginia had to cover the cost, or would you oppose it?” Allocations to education and mental health may suffer due to the budget stalemate. Moran said many local governments and state universities are facing substantial uncertainty without a final budget resolution.
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The Yik Yak effect: students weigh in
Social media site founders Droll, Buffington defend anonymous messaging, say bullying not part of original intent Leopold Spohngellert Senior Associate Editor
“God is a wahoo: he gives snow days when we win and he cries with us when we lose.” Nobody will ever know who said this after the Cavaliers were eliminated from March Madness — thanks to Yik Yak, an app which has surged in popularity around Grounds in recent months. “No login, no password, no traces; simply anonymous.” This is the motto of Yik Yak, which has drawn 5,000 users in Charlottesville and more than 100,000 users nationwide. The app allows students to post anonymous messages that will be seen by anybody using the app in the surrounding area. It acts as a virtual bulletin board, and has been compared to writing in the bathroom stall. The creators of Yik Yak are Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, fraternity brothers and graduates of Furman University. After experimenting with app development as upperclassmen, the duo put their career plans on hold to work full time on Dicho, a social polling app. As a side project, they created Yik Yak and tested it out on their campus. “We saw a problem in that the social media voice [on campus] was held in the hands of a few people [...] and we wanted to give the voice back to the little guy, give everyone a voice,” Buffington said. “No matter who you are on campus you can relay information or tell that funny story, whatever it may be.” Soon enough, Yik Yak began to spread nationwide and became Droll's and Buffington’s sole focus. “Of course, as all of these things do, Yik Yak was the one that ended up taking off,” Buffington said. “On Christmas Day, we were in two colleges and now we’re at well over 100 of the largest colleges and universi-
ties in the states.” Anonymity presents a significant draw to Yik Yak, but has also been the source of controversy. Though Droll and Buffington intended for Yik Yak to be used by an adult audience, it quickl y spread to high schools and even middle schools. Many parents and students labeled the app as a tool to facilitate bullying, as students were targeted and harassed by name. At one high school in San Clemente, California a bomb threat on Yik Yak led to a school-wide lockdown. To address the problem, the creators used Maponics, a geographic data company, to create virtual boundaries around high schools and middle schools. “Those communities weren’t taking the turn towards being constructive and positive like colleges were and we made the choice to block them out,” Buffington said. “As of a month ago about 85 percent of American high schools and middle schools are blocked.” Droll and Buffington argue the app serves a constructive purpose on college campuses, where users are mature enough to use Yik Yak appropriately. However, many University users disagree with this assessment. “Although mildly amusing, Yik Yak ultimately divides the U.Va. community," first-year College student Erik Hames said in response to a survey about the application. "Whether it be furthering stereotypes regarding ethnicity, fraternal organizations or race, Yik Yak seems to only serve as a medium for snide remarks and complaints.”
“It’s a whole new form of cyber bullying,” first-year Nursing student Maggie Rossberg said her survey response. First-year College student Emily Trojan said, no matter the intention of any given “yak,” it serves a negative purpose i n
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the University community. “I think that most recognize a majority of the Yaks as jokes,” Trojan said in response to a survey. “However, almost all Yik Yaks are negative, discriminatory, or crude.” According to fourth-year social psychology doctoral student Kelly Hoffman, whose research focuses on prejudice and discrimination, the anonymity and proximity features of Yik Yak make it highly likely to be used to bully and discriminate. “We've seen far too many heartbreaking stories of individuals whose lives are destroyed as a result of bullying," Hoffman said in an email. "The characteristics of this app seem to provide fertile ground for these types of negative behaviors to take place. In addition, rather than promoting community and shared identity among the users, this app likely creates divisions — pitting sub-groups against one another as the malicious posts volley back and forth.” Hoffman said college students are just as likely as younger students to exhibit bullying behavior on the app. Co
“We know from decades and decades of social psychological research that situations can be extremely powerful, regardless of the characteristics of the individuals within that situation,” she said. “[Yik Yak provides] a situation in which there are loose social norms and a loss of individual identity and thus accountability.” A typical University Yik Yak feed is filled with “yaks” about fraternities, sororities, life on Grounds and other jokes. Many students cite community building, entertainment, breaking news and procrastination as positive aspects of the app. “It gives everyone a way to laugh at themselves.” second-year College student Erik Morlock said in a survey response. “It shows that a lot of struggles we have individually are echoed by our peers," said third-year Engineering student Jonah Zaleznick in response to a survey. "It also shows community support when there are negative Yaks that get ‘downvoted to oblivion.’ And of course it's great because some of them are hilarious.” First-year College student Abraham Axler, chair of Council’s representative body, said he uses the app to monitor student concerns and brings up notable posts at meetings. The creators hope Yik Yak will outgrow its label as a bullying tool with time. Buffington used Snapchat as an example of how new apps can break through labels. “All anybody could talk about forever was how [Snapchat] was just a sexting app,” he said. “Now everybody realizes what it’s used for and how great it can be and nobody talks about that.” When a group of protesters promoted hate speech in the Amphitheatre this spring, students used Yik Yak to express discontent at their actions. Buffington said this incident shows how the app can act as a unifying force. He also referenced
a student suffering from blood cancer at Vanderbilt University, whose fraternity brother used Yik Yak to get hundreds of students to get their mouths swabbed to see if they could donate blood to the student. “If this guy would have tried tweeting that out or Facebooking that out […] it’s in a closed network so it would stay within his followers and his friends,” Buffington said. “If he puts it out on Yik Yak it goes out to people he doesn’t know and then those people tell other people." Droll and Buffington recently secured $1.5 million dollars in funding from various investors and released a “Peek” feature, which allows users to look at yaks in other areas. Buffington said the Yik Yak team is excited about the potential of this feature to connect social experiences. “Right now it’s just peeking into other schools, but you can imagine during football season peeking into some of these stadiums," he said. "It’s like you’re in the stadium with these kids. Peek into the Ukraine where protests are happening. We think it has a lot of potential in the future to give you the feet on the ground to view somebody else’s life.” Buffington said the team is considering requests for direct messaging and the ability to create groups, but no decisions have been made at this point. The creators are looking to the fall semester as an opportunity to reestablish the app on campuses where it is already popular, and promote it on new campuses where it has yet to gain steam. Buffington said his goal is to “take over every American college and university by next spring." The coming year will be crucial as they work to spread the application and ensure it’s used for its intended purposes. “Everyone’s got to get in on the wonder that is Yik Yak,” Buffington said.
Newcomb alters CIO event request process
Rule adds restricted dates, event requestors, venue limits, Student Council announces new initiative to give student input to event planning office Caelainn Carney and Allison Phanthavong Senior Writers
On Thursday, the Office of the Dean of Students’ Event Planning Office announced changes to the system through which CIOs reserve spaces on Grounds for various events and rehearsals. The Event Planning Office will carry out these changes through the CIO event space booking system, the SOURCE. The changes, taking effect during the fall 2014 semester, will allow CIOs to begin reserving non-academic spaces online starting Tuesday,
April 29 for use between August 26 and November 30. Groups will designate a member within their CIO to be an “Event Requestor,” who will be responsible for the submission of these requests on atUVA. There are also new limitations on the number of events CIOs can host in popular locations. Newcomb Theater and Newcomb Ballroom will be capped at three reservations, combined, per CIO per semester. Organizations will also no longer be allowed to book Ern Commons for rehearsals on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Charles Rush, director of business services and operations for Newcomb Hall, said the new system will
provide better management for event services. “It is an event management system which provides the CIOs with a more robust way to submit and manage their events for the coming system,” Rush said. “They will also be able to track the status of their requests within the system.” Rush said the inception of this new system came from student concerns about the time it took for the Event Planning Office to process their requests and the difficulty in managing pending requests under the old system. “[The new system will] reduce the amount of back and forth in terms of
communication between the CIOs and the event planning office,” Rush said. “Student groups can book immediately rather than waiting for a response or confirmation from the event planning office.” Second-year College student Kyle West, Student Council’s vice president for organizations, said, in addition to the SOURCE, Student Council is working on new mechanisms to give students more input in the designation and usage of spaces on Grounds. “We as a student body do not have a lot of input,” West said. “We are working to create a Space Committee to work with the SOURCE.”
West said the goal is to develop this committee during the summer so it can be in place by the fall. “There is no liaison between the space reservation resource and something in the student body,” West said. Associate Dean of Students Marsh Pattie said booking of these spaces ahead of time would ensure a more equitable distribution of use between the CIOs at the University. “The changes were put in place to allow for a more fair distribution of usage of the [non-academic] spaces among a variety of CIOs,” Pattie said. “Given the rise in the number of CIOs, the amount of spaces remains the same.”
Jane Winthrop Feature Writer
As University students leave Grounds for internships, vacations and summer jobs, students who are part of the Rare Book School’s Fellowship Program will head into 30-hour weeks of class time to prepare for an academic project they will complete in the upcoming school year. The Fellowship Program began in 2011 with a grant from the Jefferson Trust, now extending seven fellowship offers to students who will partake in summer courses located at the University, in New Haven, Connecticut and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “It’s exciting that we have been able to generate the interest and increase the number of U.Va. students who are taking part in our courses,” Programs Director Amanda Nelson said.
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Rare Book School offers summer fellowship Students take book history classes, consult historical materials, prepare for intensive independent study The program aims to integrate an understanding of book history and the physical object of the book with students’ individual research. The program allows students to apply course material to their respective projects, which they complete during the following school year. “Understanding how a book was made can really inform your appreciation of the work,” said current fellow Stephanie Kingsley, a master’s candidate in the English department. Participants in the program take classes five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class topics range from “XML in Action: Creating Text Encoding Initiative Text” to “The History of the Book in America c. 1700-1830.” Lectures and movie nights are held in the evenings to bring the fellows together. “The classes are pretty intense,” Rare Book School spokesperson Jeremy Dibble said. “It’s been compared to boot camp more than once.” Though the courses often
appeal primarily to English and history students, the Rare Book School seeks applicants from a variety of disciplines. “We are very excited when we get students from a range of departments,” Nelson said. “We don’t have a lot of numbers from these other departments, but we certainly have interests from [them] and it’s great when we can make a connection to a department that we don’t have a lot of dialogue with necessarily.” Program instructors make great efforts to utilize the collections and resources of the Rare Book School in their courses. “The idea is that we want to put you in as much close contact with the stuff as we can,” Dibble said. “That’s how you learn.” History doctoral candidate David Smith, one of the fellows, said he appreciates how the community within the program is connected. “Often times, the academic world can feel hierarchical and you’re constantly deferential to somebody," Smith said. "But the
Rare Books School really turned it from a hierarchical relationship to a peer-to-peer relationship.” The Rare Book School and the Fellowship Program support the long connection the University has with book history and bibliography, Assistant Curator Tess Goodman said.
“I think one other point that’s important to emphasize is … an egalitarian community that the RBS creates,” Goodman said. “People who love books generally like to share that love and they like to connect and it’s a wonderful, strong community that’s very interested in [sharing] knowledge.”
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Students in the Rare Book School Fellowship program will take summer classes on the history of books in preparation for an academic study to be completed the following school year.
Futures in Fashion Association named best new CIO Fashion merchandising industry draws interest from ambitious undergrads, offers marketing, design opportunities Margaret Mason Feature Writer
Student Council recognized Futures in Fashion Association earlier this month as the Best New CIO for the academic year. Founded in spring of 2013 by then fourth-year Commerce student Kristen Ulmer, the organization’s website claims the group “works to create an open dialogue between U.Va. students interested in fashion and industry professionals to raise awareness within the student body about working in the fashion industry.” Now led by president and third-year Commerce student Mai-Vi Nguyen, FIFA has taken Grounds by storm. “Our bigger purpose is to foster a fashion community at the University,” Nguyen said. “Not only those who are creative or artsy, but anyone who is interested in fashion and working in the industry.” Between partnering with other organizations, participating in the Tomtober Fest and swinging guest speakers like the former CEO and financial advisor of Five and Pacific Bill McComb, the organization has climbed the ranks in name recognition. FIFA was re-
cently featured as 21st on Society of the Dawn’s list of student organizations dedicated to diversity. “It was way more successful that we could’ve ever imagined and we were all super happy,” aid membership chair Elyse Eilerman, a second-year Commerce student. “There’s a desire in the U.Va. community for something like this. I think a lot of people are interested in working on the business side of fashion, so I think there was a niche where we fit in perfectly.” Beyond a presence on grounds, FIFA hopes to build connections among members and alumni currently in the fashion industry. With these connections, internships and jobs in the competitive fashion industry can be easier to obtain. “What we really want to give our members is the ability to reach out and make connections with people already working in the industry, because it can be really hard to break into that industry even if you’re on the business side,” Eilerman said. “That’s what we’re here for, to be a stepping stone to help students and also to provide a community.” Though the University does
not offer a fashion program, many members of the Futures in Fashion Association are adamant in their desire to work in the industry. “[We want members to] see coming from U.Va. — which is a school that is definitely more liberal arts, business or engineering — that there is an opportunity for them,” said club secretary and Emily Sefcik, a second-year College student. “It is a very competitive industry but we just want to show that it is possible [to break into].” FIFA organizes and establishes contacts in the fashion world, providing possibility and promise for futures in the fashion industry. “The main reason why I wanted to get involved in this and lead this is because others helped me realize my dream, which sounds cheesy but at the beginning of last semester I was still looking for finance internships,” Nguyen said. “I want to help other students realize that, too, and achieve their dreams.” Beyond professional contacts, the organization also fosters a community based on the common interest of fashion. “We want to be a social organization to connect students who are interested in fashion to
have an outlet to talk about the latest fashion shows and also the professional side where we help students jumpstart their careers in the industry, connect them
with industry professionals and help them through the application and interview process,” Nguyen said. “We like to say we’re both social and professional.”
Futures in Fashion Association was recognized by Student Council as the University’s best new CIO earlier this month.
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5. Only wear orange and blue:
Top 10 ways to bring U.Va. home with you this summer
This is an easy one. If you’re really, really, dedicated to the cause, wear only navy blue and bright orange. People may ask you things like “Are you colorblind?” or “Have you washed any of your clothing recently?” But those people are probably the same ones making fun of you for calling Grounds “Grounds” and reporting all the funny Yaks on Yik Yak. In the wise words of my 11-year-old campers trying to rap last summer, “Haters gonna hate.” You do you. Or even better, you do Hoo.
6. Make a meal plan:
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This is a win-win situation. First, you’re bringing a little piece of U.Va. home with you. Second, the food is probably marginally better when made in your own kitchen and you’re relieving yourself of all responsibility to cook. Walk down to your kitchen and an omelet to give the ones at O’Hill a run for their money is just a swipe away! People who may not support this decision: your parents. It's best to start early demanding your parents comply to maximize the likelihood they actually follow through. My best suggestion is to tell them Early Meal Plan Sign-Up rocks and give them a T-shirt saying so.
7. Sing the "Good Ol' Song" anytime something good happens:
Grill the perfect burger? Make it to your train on time? Achieve the perfect tan? Get minimal sand in your bathing suit after a day at the beach? Sing the "Good Ol' Song" o’er and o’er, literally cheering everyone’s hearts and warming everyone’s blood as you, at full volume, shout and roar. Sure, their blood may be boiling from annoyance and their hearts cheering when you stop, but that shouldn’t stop you from throwing your arms around strangers and attempting to spread the Wahoo love.
1. Refer to every grassy area as Grounds:
8. Change every ‘who’ to ‘Hoo’:
I’m allergic to the word “campus.” I’m not one of those people who will overtly correct you if you happen to utter it, but know I’m scowling on the inside and any chance you had at dating me will forever be just a dream. If anyone tries to call you pretentious for saying that, point at the ground and ask them if it looks like a campus to them. No, it looks like a ground, so Hoo looks stupid now? Because many of us will be working in New York City this summer, let the movement start here to refer to Central Park as Central Grounds, 2.0.
I do it, you do it, we hate ourselves for doing it — but we secretly love it. Everyone Hoo’s Hoo knows someone Hoo does it a little too excessively, but Hoo are you to judge someone Hoo just wants everyone to share his or her pride for being a Wahoo? Hoo knows, maybe they missed the pronoun day in Kindergarten and think anyone Hoo spells Hoo like who is actually wrong — Hoo cares? Double the fun if you make the ‘h’ silent and throw hoo into words like phool or sthool. Trust me, everyone will think you’re really chool.
2. Introduce Yik Yak to your friends:
9. Bring people up on honor charges when you feel you’ve been wronged:
It is an understatement to say the Yik Yak app took the University by stampede. (Get it? Yak joke!) It is Twitter’s anonymous, witty and mildly offensive cousin, where no fraternity is spared of ridicule and you learn things about people you wish you never knew. Once, someone told me I had a sense of humor fit for the app. Then, I “yaked” something and got 150 upvotes, rendering me pretty much famous. What can I say — I peaked, and the rest of my life is going downhill from here. Keep up the anonymous humor at home by introducing the app to your friends, though they’ll never be as funny as our student body is.
3. Buy frozen dumplings:
There is something to be said about the prevalence of dumpling establishments in Charlottesville. It truly is unmatched — my friends at other schools think I’m insane when I tell them I like to end my nights surrounded by good friends and chopsticks I don't quite know how to use. Whether you’re putting your Plus Dollars to good use and waiting in the never-ending dumpling truck line or you snagged an elusive table at Marco and Luca on the Corner, there’s something about these treats that makes me feel at home. Frozen dumplings won’t do them justice, but rest easy knowing Midsummer’s is coming and you’ll soon be reunited with the greatest food duo since Ben and Jerry.
4. Attach a swipepad to your door:
Aren’t you really going to miss those times when you stumble home from bars, belly full, ready for the biggest snooze of your life — or maybe in a rage-blackout on your way home from an all-nighter in Clemons — and you realize you can’t find your key/card and no one is home and you’re locked out of your dorm/apartment/house forever? I know I am, so why not introduce this same element of fun and mystery regarding where you’ll end up sleeping to your home away from Grounds? A house is not a home until you’ve been locked out when you most need to get in — good thing you can do this anywhere, not just in Charlotteville.
No one should ever lie, cheat or steal, and Hoo (OK, I’ll stop) says the honor code should apply to just our lives on Grounds? Let’s say your brother takes the car without asking, and now you’re rendered incapable of leaving the house to get that fro-yo you really wanted. Change your Facebook cover photo, make it your status, call up all of the Honor Committee and maybe a dean, too. You were wronged. Don’t be afraid to use this on people you’ve never met as well — bringing them to trial will show how dedicated you are to due process, how much you value honesty and trust and how you know things about law beyond what you learn by watching "Law and Order" reruns.
10. Streak everything:
My personal favorite. Live your life In The Nood — let no “Lawn” go unstreaked, let no neighborhood go without a chance to view you in your birthday suit. Who says you can’t do your cardio and enjoy it, too? Do it for Thomas Jefferson, for Homer and for the thrill in realizing it is not the Lawnies who will probably catch you, but your unsuspecting elderly neighbors. If the police try to charge you for public indecency, beat them to the chase by bringing them up on an honor trial for obstructing your pursuit of happiness.
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Cavs win eighth straight ACC title
No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis does not drop point, cruises to conference tournament title Krishna Korupolu Associate Editor
The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team continued its ACC dominance Sunday, defeating No. 9 North Carolina to clinch the program’s eighthstraight ACC Tournament title and 10th in the past 11 years. With the victory against the Tar Heels, the Cavaliers extended their conference match win streak to 121 matches. The ACC boasts a lineup of six teams ranked in the ITA top-30, but none of the other five highly ranked teams were able to present much of the challenge for the Cavaliers (23-2, 11-0 ACC). Holding the No. 1 seed, Virginia started off the weekend with a bye. In the quarterfinals Friday, the Cavaliers blanked No. 30 Florida State, 4-0. The Seminoles (18-11, 5-6 ACC) were never able to break the Cavaliers in the match and dropped every set. Virginia followed the victory against FSU with another dominant showing Saturday against No. 13 Notre Dame in the semifinals. The Fighting Irish (19-9, 7-4 ACC), much like the Seminoles, were not able to challenge the Cavaliers. Vir-
ginia, led by No. 115 freshman ThaiSon Kwiatkowski, won the match 4-0. Kwiatkowski posted an impressive victory in straight sets at No. 5 against freshman Eddy Covalschi, 6-1, 6-0, and is now 15-1 on the season. “The first-years have had significant impact and they will continue to play a significant role as we prepare for the NCAA,” coach Brian Boland said. “They have had an incredible impact on our program.” In the finals against North Carolina (24-5, 9-2 ACC), Virginia dropped its first set of the tournament in the doubles portion of the match. That would prove to be just a small bump in the road, however, as No. 14 senior Alex Domijan bested No. 12 freshman Brayden Schnur in a pair of 6-3 sets and Virginia cruised to victory against the Tar Heels, 4-0, to clinch the tournament title. The Cavaliers now turn their attention to defending their national team title in the NCAA Tournament, which kicks off May 9. Virginia won the crown last year by taking down UCLA in a 4-3 thriller that ended when No. 2 junior Frank Mitchell completed a comeback victory to clinch the program’s first team title. “I think we are in a great position
going into the NCAA Tournament,” Boland said. “We are really positive going into the NCAA and we are looking forward to working really hard over the next couple of weeks to prepare for the tournament because there is still room to get better.” The only two matches Virginia lost this season were against No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 UCLA, each extremely close 4-3 losses. The loss to Ohio State occurred early in the spring season at the ITA National Team Indoor Tournament, while the UCLA loss came weeks later in early March. Leading up to their outdoor match against the Bruins in Los Angeles, the Cavaliers were forced to move their practices indoor due to inclement weather. “Those were tough situations we played in,” Boland said. “[For] UCLA, we traveled out there in tough conditions and hadn’t had a lot of preparation in order to play that match. In terms of Ohio State, we played them indoors and they played really good indoor tennis that week and hats off to them.” The Buckeyes (30-3, 11-0 Big Ten) and Bruins (22-3, 6-1 Pac-12) also clinched their conferences titles
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Virginia men’s tennis won its eighth consecutive ACC Championship Sunday, its 10th in 11 years.
during the weekend. Ohio State took down No. 12 Illinois to win the Big Ten and the Bruins upset No. 1 Southern California in the Pac-12 finals to clinch the conference title. Along with UCLA, USC and Ohio State, No. 3 Oklahoma likely poses the greatest threat to the Cavaliers. For Virginia, the losses to Ohio State and UCLA serve as an extra spark going into the NCAA tournament. “We’re more eager and hungry,” Boland said. “[The losses] humbled us a little bit, which I felt was positive and we have not lost since. [We] really improved during that time and we are hungrier than ever.” Unlike last year, Virginia will enter this year’s tournament without Jarmere Jenkins, who graduated last May. Jenkins and sophomore Mac Styslinger teamed up last year to carry the doubles point for the Cavaliers, while also winning the NCAA
doubles title in the process. This season, Virginia has asked freshman Luca Corintelli to fill Jenkins’ vacated role as Styslinger’s doubles partner and the pair is currently ranked No. 54 nationally. In recent weeks, the anchor on the doubles side for the Cavaliers has been the undefeated No. 74 duo of senior Alex Domijan and sophomore Harrison Richmond. Even though the Cavaliers are the defending national champions, it is very likely they will not enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed, a fact that does not faze Virginia according to Boland. “We were not the No. 1 seed last year even though we went undefeated,” Boland said. “I don’t think that really has any bearing. It is about how well you perform and the best team will come out on top.” Virginia is 39-14 all time in the NCAA Tournament.
Women win program’s first ACC title
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In the program’s first ACC title match appearance, No. 7 Virginia edged No. 6 Duke, 4-2, when sophomore Stephanie Nauta upset No. 35 senior Hanna Mar in a third-set tiebreaker.
Continuing to make school history, the No. 7 Virginia women’s tennis team defeated No. 6 Duke to win the first ACC Championship title in program history Sunday in Cary, North Carolina. After receiving a double bye, the third-seeded Cavaliers (21-5, 12-2 ACC) defeated sixth-seeded Georgia Tech (13-9, 9-5 ACC), 4-1, late Friday night to advance to the semifinals. A 4-0 shutout against secondseeded Miami (19-5, 12-2 ACC) the next day led to Virginia’s first-ever conference championship victory. Dominating Thursday and Friday’s competition, the Blue Devils blanked No. 13 seed Wake Forest (12-13, 3-11 ACC) and fourthseeded Clemson (20-6, 12-2 ACC) to face top-seeded archrival North Carolina (24-5, 12-2 ACC) in Saturday’s semifinal round. Duke then toppled the Tar Heels, 4-3, to advance to the ACC finals. In a tight 4-2 victory, the Cava-
liers managed to edge fifth-seeded Duke (24-4, 11-3 ACC) to cap off their conference title run. Though senior Li Xi and sophomore Stephanie Nauta fell to Duke’s fifth-ranked duo of senior Hanna Mar and sophomore Beatrice Capra in doubles, Virginia secured the other two matches. The No. 13 pair of sophomore Julia Elbaba and freshman Rachel Pierson went 3-0 throughout the tournament in doubles by defeating No. 30 junior Ester Goldfeld and freshman Alyssa Smith, 8-6. Sophomores Danielle Collins and Maci Epstein also maintained a perfect doubles record, battling No. 88 junior Annie Mulholland and freshman Chalena Scholl to clinch the point, 8-6. Collins, named the tournament’s MVP, quickly extended the Virginia lead to 2-0 by besting No. 26 Goldfeld, 6-3, 6-1. With senior Caryssa Peretz and No. 69 Pierson falling at
No. 6 and No. 4, respectively, Duke was able draw even with the Cavaliers. Silencing the Blue Devil’s rally, Virginia took the last two matches in third-set victories. By defeating No. 113 Smith 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-1, Epstein gave the Cavaliers a slim 3-2 advantage. In a thrilling third set tiebreaker, Nauta upset No. 35 Mar, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3), to claim the ACC Championship. With a program-best 21-5 record, Virginia will appear in the NCAA tournament for the sixth consecutive year. The first two rounds of the tournament, expected to be held at Snyder Tennis Center, will be played May 9 and 10. The Cavaliers will learn their first-round opponent Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. during the NCAA Women’s Tennis Selection Show. —compiled by Kristen Cauley
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Men’s lacrosse beats Tar Heels, preps for NCAA Tournament
Cockerton tallies seven points in ACC Showcase against North Carolina, Cavaliers poised for postseason return after missing 2013 NCAA Tournament Ryan Taylor
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The No. 8 Virginia men’s lacrosse team used a 3-0 run in the fourth quarter of the ACC Showcase Saturday to earn a 13-11 win against sixth-ranked North Carolina. The win marks the Cavaliers’ first conference victory since their 17-12 thrashing of Syracuse March 1. Virginia (10-5, 1-4 ACC) will now look ahead to the NCAA Tournament, which begins May 10. The Cavaliers will not know their path to the championship until the NCAA Selection Show airs May 4 at 9 p.m. And while their exact fate remains unknown, the Cavaliers’ coach believes their season has likely earned the program a high seed in the playoffs. “I think we could be as high as four, five, or six going into the [NCAA] Tournament,” coach Dom Starsia said. “We have a pretty solid playoff résumé.” The Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead Saturday against North Carolina when sophomore attackman James Pannell and junior attackman Tyler German scored in the first five minutes of the game. The Tar Heels (10-4, 2-3 ACC) quickly responded with a pair of goals of their own to tie the score at two with 6:39 to play in the quarter. After Pannell scored his second of the day, the Tar Heels took control of the game. North Carolina went on a 6-1 run to amass an 8-4 lead with just more than six minutes to play in the half. With 2:37 remaining before halftime, Cavalier junior midfielder Ryan Tucker stopped the bleeding with a tally to narrow the Tar Heel lead to three goals. Virginia entered the second half with an extra-man opportunity, as
North Carolina was penalized for slashing with 45 seconds to play in the second quarter. The Cavaliers retained possession without facing off, and senior midfielder Rob Emery scored just five seconds into the third quarter to bring Virginia within two. The Emery tally sparked a 4-1 run in the quarter, and Virginia would tie the score at 9-9 halfway through the third. The Tar Heels scored twice more in the frame to take an 11-10 lead into the fourth quarter. But the Cavalier defense buckled down in the final 15 minutes and did not yield a goal, largely thanks to four saves by freshman goaltender Matt Barrett. Senior attackman Mark Cockerton had two assists and an empty-net goal in the fourth quarter to ensure the Cavalier victory. The run gave the Ontario native seven points on the day — four goals and three assists. The Cavaliers finished the regular season with the nation’s second hardest schedule according to LaxPower, with an RPI of .7138. The schedule included seven of the current top-10 teams in the country and two more in the top-20. Virginia holds a record of 5-5 against these elite opponents, as it played North Carolina twice. Each of Virginia’s five losses came at the hands of ACC opponents, including three straight losses in the final four weeks of the season. However, just six goals combined decided the outcome of those games, and Virginia’s victory Saturday illustrates that it is capable of competing with any team in the country. “I think every week since we started ACC play we’ve gotten better,” sophomore long-stick midfielder Joseph Lisicky said. “The teams in the ACC are so strong that you don’t really have any days off,
so we definitely feel better than we did at the beginning of our conference schedule.” This season’s NCAA Tournament will look different from past years, as it now features an 18-team field in which the four lowest-seeded automatic bid teams must compete in a play-in game to earn their right to play in the 16-team first round. Due to the Cavaliers’ performances against elite programs, though, this rule change will likely not be of much concern. In fact, Starsia believes his team has a good chance of playing its first round game at Klöckner Stadium. “I think we have a very strong shot at hosting a game,” Starsia said. “It’s hard to overlook what we’ve done with the number of games we’ve played and our strength of schedule overall.” If the selection committee does grant Virginia a home game, the Cavaliers’ odds of moving on to the quarterfinals would appear to greatly improve — they are 6-1 at home this season, losing only to Porter Dickie | The Cavalier Daily No. 2 Duke, 17-15. Senior attackman Mark Cockerton tallied seven points on four goals and three assists for Virginia Regardless of where they play, Saturday in a 13-11 win against North Carolina. however, Virginia is inarguably in a better position than last year’s team, which was not eligible for t ou r n am e nt consideration with a losing record at 7-8. Given all of their success this season, it appears the 2014 Cavaliers are wellpositioned to make a run at another NCAA
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Baseball bests No. 5 ‘Noles
Virginia wins two of three in Tallahassee, O’Connor says pitching, defense critical in close games Matthew Morris Senior Associate Editor
The Monday before the Virginia baseball team played its first game of the 2014 season, coach Brian O’Connor addressed three rows of reporters from his seat at the podium in the Hall of Fame Room at Davenport Field. His ball club was ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America and Perfect Game preseason polls after a 50-12 campaign that had ended — just outside the room’s tall glass doors — in a Super Regional sweep by Mississippi State. That day in February, O’Connor articulated his vision for the coming year, suggesting that batting .312 with a .408 on-base percentage, while also delivering a repeat performance in the field and on the mound — where the Cavaliers were middle-of-thepack and very good, respectively, in 2013 — might not be enough if the team hoped to contend for a College World Series title. “Most of the college baseball games you play and you win are going to be four runs or less, right?” O’Connor said. “And so, as good of an offensive ball club that you have, that hitting power — all those kinds of things — that doesn’t win you the games. What wins you the games is the pitching and defense, and that’s the constant that has to be there every day.” Wednesday night, after the top-
ranked Cavaliers (36-8, 17-6 ACC) notched a 13-0 victory against Richmond to improve to 24-3 at Davenport Field and 11-1 in midweek games, O’Connor conveyed a strikingly similar message while discussing his team’s upcoming ACC series with No. 5 Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida. “We’re going to need to go down there and get good starting pitching, manage it out of the bullpen and handle the ball defensively,” O’Connor said. “If all of the sudden we explode for good offensive days, that’s great. But we can’t change and try to do something different in this series than we’ve done all year. It’s worked for us.” This year, Virginia has not always torn the cover off the baseball at the plate. The Cavaliers do not post many breathe-easy wins against high-caliber opponents, as evidenced by their five wins against Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Commonwealth, which came by a combined six runs. O’Connor’s club, however, knows how to win close ballgames. Virginia is 21-4 in games decided by its coach’s “four runs or less” margin. The Cavalier defense is a nine-man vacuum, ranking second in the country with a .985 fielding percentage, and the pitching staff, with a 2.16 ERA that easily paces the ACC and regularly confounds opposing lineups. If UCLA provided a reasonably imitable blueprint for postseason success in winning the 2013 College World Series, Virginia’s pitching-anddefense prowess could be cause for
excitement. The Bruins batted a stunningly mediocre .250, besting only 37 of 296 Division I teams in that category, but ranked fifth in fielding percentage and sixth in ERA nationally. Arizona, however, nabbed the national title in 2012 behind a more offensively talented lineup. The Wildcats pitched and fielded aptly, ranking 71st nationally in ERA and 93rd in fielding percentage, but truly excelled at the plate, hitting .329 and reaching base in four of every 10 at-bats. If a ball club can hit its way to the top, it is a good thing the Virginia lineup has nine more regular-season games — and nine more opportunities to swing the bats — before the ACC Baseball Championship May 20-25. Junior left fielder Derek Fisher, who has hit two home runs since returning from a broken hamate bone April 20, said that baseball is predicated on repetition. “I mean, baseball’s all about — you know, hitting’s all about — playing every day,” Fisher said. “Baseball’s a game that should be played every day, and that’s a challenge that we face as college baseball players, is taking days off every single week. And credit to our team, we come out every single night, and we’re able to play, and we play the game hard. And that’s something we take pride in.” While the Cavaliers will not play every day until the postseason, they do have a pair of four-game weeks coming up. Virginia will face Old Dominion Tuesday in Norfolk, Virginia, before taking off the rest of the week.
Virginia falls to Terps in ACC Tournament Blue scores five goals in 15-9 loss, Myers looks ahead to 19th straight NCAA Tournament Robert Elder Associate Editor
After avenging an earlier season loss to Duke Thursday, the No. 14 Virginia women’s lacrosse team hoped to repeat the action Friday afternoon against No. 2 Maryland. The Cavaliers had every reason to believe they could pull the upset — they had won six of their last seven games and had played the Terrapins just more than two weeks ago, tying the game at eight midway through the second half before Maryland netted five unanswered to ultimately prevail. Friday, though, Virginia (10-8, 3-4 ACC) could not sustain its recent momentum, falling against top seed and eventual champion Maryland (18-1, 7-1 ACC), 15-9. The Cavaliers came out flat, allowing Maryland to jump out to a 7-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the game. The deficit flabbergasted Virginia and proved to be insurmountable. “When we played Maryland early in the season, I think we fought them really hard,” junior midfielder
Morgan Stephens said. “We thought today, the game would be more like that.” A day after surrendering just five goals against the Blue Devils, the Cavalier defense had no answer for the Terrapin attack. Junior attacker Brooke Griffin tied an ACC Tournament record with seven goals — including the first three of the game. The Maryland defense held Virginia to just two goals before halftime. Junior attacker Courtney Swan — Virginia’s leading point scorer — totaled just one goal and two assists, while senior attacker Liza Blue led Virginia, scoring five goals on the afternoon. Maryland took six more shots than Virginia, including seven more on goal. The Terrapins also won the draw control battle, 16-10. “I’m really disappointed to come up with a loss here, but an amazing amount of respect goes to Maryland,” coach Julie Myers said. “Their players, their coaching staff — they came ready to win and they did a great job.” Despite the unsatisfying result, Myers said she believes Virginia ex-
hibited a trait that has been a theme throughout this season — resiliency. While it was likely disheartening to see their hopes of an upset dashed so quickly, the Cavaliers continued to battle, even when the game was out of hand. The Cavaliers actually outscored Maryland 9-8 during the remainder of the game after finding themselves in a 7-0 hole. Senior goalkeeper Liz Colgan made seven of her 10 saves after halftime. The team’s continued hustle allowed Myers to walk away with her head held high. “I love that we never gave up today,” Myers said. “Draws weren’t going our way. They were getting their way with us. Our defense couldn’t shut everybody down, and they were really doing a nice job of making it hard to penetrate the eight. But we kept trying.” That effort will need to continue as Virginia heads to the NCAA Tournament. Though the bracket will not be announced until May 4, a 10-win season including several upsets against top-10 teams essentially
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Junior left fielder Derek Fisher has belted two home runs since his return from a broken hamate bone April 20.
The following Wednesday the Cavaliers will host Liberty before Georgia Tech visits Davenport Field Friday through Sunday. Two weeks from Tuesday, the Cavaliers will match up with VCU at home and then travel to Winston Salem, North Carolina for a conference series with Wake Forest Thursday through Saturday. Virginia showed Friday night against Florida State that its brand of baseball is good enough to win against the country’s best. The Cavaliers came back from a 3-2, eighth-inning deficit on junior first baseman Mike Papi’s solo home run. In the ninth, redshirt senior reliever Whit Mayberry loaded the bases with one out before pulling off a remarkable escape. Fisher belted a go-ahead, two-run double off Seminole redshirt freshman closer Jameis Winston in the top of the 10th, and the Cavaliers’ own fireman, junior Nick Howard, struck out the side in the bottom half for his ACC-leading 14th save and the 5-3 victory. The Cavaliers’ style did not shine
through in Saturday’s 7-0 loss. Virginia was shut out for the first time since Feb. 28, 2012, despite matching Florida State with nine hits. Sunday, pitching and defense once more held sway. Sophomore lefthander Brandon Waddell scattered three hits across seven innings, and Howard nailed down a four-out save. The Cavaliers got just enough offense between junior third baseman Kenny Towns’s solo shot and Papi’s two runscoring hits. The team did not commit an error in its 4-3 triumph. It was the Virginia formula in action, a preview for what is likely to come this summer during the postseason. “I think it’s always going to be the pitching and defense,” O’Connor said. “I think as our offense gets going and we perform as good as we can, you know, I think it can be pretty exciting. But the two staples that have got to be there are the pitching and defense. That’s what’s gotten us to this point, and that can’t change.”
ensures Virginia will participate for Myers’ 19th consecutive season. This outcome, however, was not always a given. A 16-11 loss to Duke March 22 dropped the Cavaliers’ record to 4-6. With several ranked opponents still left to play, it was far from certain Virginia would even reach the .500 mark necessary for postseason eligibility. But the Cavaliers rallied, upsetting Notre Dame, Boston College and Duke in the process. Virginia’s only two losses since March 22 have come against Maryland. The talent has always been on this team to compete at a high level, but it took a new perspective on the game to make the turnaround a reality. Several players had their roles shuffled, and Myers gave more freedom to the offensive attack. Ultimately though, it has been the players’ commitment that has made the difference, Stephens said. “Everyone has just been working together and working really hard,” Stephens said. “People are doing extra. At practice, everyone’s a bit more focused. I feel like everything is just coming together.” Last season, Virginia used a similar late-season run to sneak into the tournament. Once there, the Cavaliers won their first two games against Pennsylvania and Georgetown before
falling to eventual national champion North Carolina in the quarterfinals. This experience will likely be invaluable for Virginia as the team prepares for its next opponent. Though Myers noted that improvement on one-on-one defense and draw controls will be necessary in practice these next two weeks for a deep postseason run, she is not shying away from the spotlight. “I feel like no matter your opponent, you’re going to have to be sharp and on,” Myers said. “I think we play really well when the pressure is on and you have to come up with a win. I would love to see us get to a Final Four, and if you’re there, you might as well try to win it.” At least part of Myers’ confidence comes from the strength of her team’s relationships. From overcoming early season woes to running a weekend 5k in honor of late teammate Yeardley Love, the team has remained strong throughout the season. “I’ll take this team into any competition and any tournament,” Myers said. “It’s a team that I’ve loved being around and that I’ve enjoyed as much off the field as I have on the field.” Virginia’s first NCAA Tournament matchup will be May 9. Their opponent and location will be announced Sunday, May 4, at 9 p.m.
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H&S health & science
Rethinking mental illness Project Implicit Mental Health explores subconscious judgments to better understand mental illness perception Eunice Youlim Ha Staff Writer
Around the turn of the century, psychology professors from around the country came together to create Project Implicit Mental Health. The effort, in part, lead to the creation of a website where individuals take a short test and receive feedback about their own subconscious reactions to mental health topics, including depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. One of the principal founders of the project was University Psychology Prof. Brian Nosek, who partnered with Dr. Bethany
Teachman, also a University psychology professor, in 2011 to bring the site to the University. University graduate student Alex Werntz is continuing her research in the clinical psychology program by working with Teachman. “Prof. Teachman and her colleagues have been investigating implicit associations relating to mental health for many years, and her research has led to advances in our understanding of different disorders, including anxiety disorders,” Werntz said. Teachmans’ laboratory is still conducting research, but data collected so far shows that explicit and implicit associations are often
not congruent. “For example, within the anxiety, depression, alcohol use and eating disorder domains, we have found there are only small to moderate relationships between our automatic and explicitly-reported associations,” Werntz said. Werntz said she believes the study is crucial in the potential influence on the mental health treatment. “The findings will be used to better understand how we think about and understand mental illness, and how to treat it,” she said. “Understanding how people automatically pair concepts in mind will allow us to create more effective treatments for individuals
suffering from mental health difficulties.” In addition, the website includes a page with mental health resources to guide individuals toward seeking appropriate help for mental health issues. “Unfortunately, many still think of receiving talk therapy as shameful,” Werntz said. “One purpose of the website is to allow individuals to learn about their own thoughts about these topics, and maybe realize that mental health issues are not as scary or as uncommon as they seem. Hopefully this will allow people to introspect and maybe change their mental illness-related beliefs."
‘Off the Hook’ tackles hookup culture Student organization takes stand against casual sex on basis of perceived negative health consequences Vanessa M. Braganza Staff Writer
A new organization on Grounds — "Off the Hook" — is part of a nationwide effort to examine the adverse psychological effects of "hookup culture" and work to combat the prevalence of "casual sex" in the University community. Part of Princeton university’s Love and Fidelity Network, the local chapter is led by secondyear College student Danny Pluta. Pluta said he is interested in how hookup culture impacts student health. “We believe this issue touches every facet of life,” Pluta said. “Yes, I do think hookup culture is unhealthy because sex is an incredibly personal thing.” A 2006 study at Queens University found more than half of sampled students engaged in sex without romantic involvement with a partner. Though males reported a higher incidence of casual sex than females, both sexes admitted to being fully aware these were casual
sexual encounters. A positive correlation was established between casual sex and other risk behaviors, including alcohol and drug use. Participants who engaged in casual sex also displayed a higher incidence of clinical depression. Pluta said Off the Hook is working to promote "sexual integrity" at the University. "We think the healthiest relationships are those in which the other person is respected," Pluta said. "We’re trying to reach the people who are caught in between — first-years and girls especially, who need the emotional and social strength.” A 2007 publication from Planned Parenthood surveys various studies that highlight different ways sexual activity can be health — citing increased immunity and heart health, sounder sleep, increased fertility and relief of pain, muscle relaxation and relief of menstrual cramps in women. The document does not distinguish between casual sex and sex in relationships. Off the Hook hosts gatherings and speaker events to address the
issue from both a social and academic perspective. Most recently, Politics Prof. Steven Rhoads made an appearance to discuss genderbased differences in people’s approaches to sex. Pluta said he is committed to promoting healthier student lifestyles, but he is uncertain how the group will be received by the larger University community. “There’s a temptation in college to think that any rule against what you want to do impinges on your freedom, but there are a lot of people hurt by this,” said Pluta. “We want a socially-driven organization where we can have an awesome time without sex.” Second year College student Gloria Marino said that the issue may vary from person to person. “I don’t disagree that casual sex can be unhealthy and some people can get caught up in it,” Marino said. “But for others it may relieve the strain of commitment. People can find safe ways to practice casual sex if that’s what works for them personally. I don’t think it’s necessarily dangerous or unhealthy for everyone.”
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Members of Off the Hook attend a conference at Princeton University, whose Love and Fidelity Network provided the framework for the University chapter.
Monday, April 28, 2014
A&E arts & entertainment
Fourteen songs for six summer occasions
Summer is a magical time. Regardless of our exam results, we all deserve to celebrate the season. And what better way to celebrate than with awesome music for our favorite cliché activities? 1) Driving around with your windows down (alone, like a badass)
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Samantha Rafalowski Senior Writer
Whether its driving to the beach or just on the way to work, we all have times when we want to roll the windows down and blast our music. Childish Gambino’s “Zealots of Stockholm” is the first of my recommendations for such an activity. “Because the Internet,” the LP it stems from, rocked the charts of 2013 for good reason. Speaking of rocking the charts, no one does it better than Queen Bey herself. Men and women alike praised Bey for the “secret album” she dropped in late 2013. Its arrival was surprising, but the sex appeal and overall quality of the release was not. Add “Partition” to your list of songs to make you feel like a complete badass. Last but not least, be sure to blast “Stay Schemin” by Rick Ross. Laugh all you want, but this is another new rap classic that makes every listener feel cool. Even I grow an ego playing this in my painfully suburban neighborhood. But heed my warning: playing Rick Ross too loudly in a residential area may earn you some unfavorable looks and names.
2) Driving around with your windows down (and talking with friends) Sometimes you want your rap music to hype you up, other times you’d rather it set a relaxed tone. D-Why is perfect for the latter. Originally from West Virginia, this confident artist unites clever rhymes with catchy beats for a more than enjoyable listening experience. “Good Will Stunting” is a worthy Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
song to play on those priceless sunset drives with friends. Bryce Vine follows a parallel style to D-Why with “Sour Patch Kids.” The song’s message is to enjoy life by doing absolutely nothing. The chorus says, “I don’t wanna worry ‘bout nothin’ for a while, I just wanna play around livin’ like a child.” Perfect for cruising. While Bryce Vine and D-Why are both respectable artists, sometimes rap doesn’t cut it for these drives. That’s where Dan Croll comes in. Combining folk elements with electronic rhythms, Croll’s “From Nowhere” is perfect for both singing along and simply background music. 3) Driving around with your windows up
Sorry, this is not an option. 4) Laying in the sun by the pool/ocean/lake Regardless of your opinion of reggae, being out in the sun fosters an undeniable mood for Marley — Bob Marley, that is. But recommending a Marley song would be insulting to a cultured reader such as yourself. Thus, I suggest looking at Slightly Stoopid and Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds. “Wiseman” (by the former) and “Only For You” (the latter) are the perfect feel-good songs for a beautiful summer’s day by the water. And if those don’t do it for you, “Rani Mukerji” by Blue Scholars just might. The song blends hiphop and reggae flawlessly for a very different sound that you can’t help but groove to. 5) Staying out way too late and intentionally forgetting you have
Major-ly good reads
A&E presents a summer book list categorized by major Nina Lukow Senior Writer
Looking for a good book to read this summer? Take a gander at the list below, which matches excellent summer books with college majors. Find your major and see which book is recommended for you!
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to be up at 7:30 for work tomorrow I’ll keep this short and sweet. Jay Z is an obvious choice for occasions such as these, and few songs can get a crowd going like “On To The Next One” can. Yet, the not-so-obvious choices must be considered. Iggy Azalea’s latest album “The New Classic” (appropriately named) is catchy and exciting. A particular favorite of mine is “Black Widow” — every verse emits energy and excitement. 6) Laying on a hammock at night Staring at the stars on a clear night makes everyone feel a little emotional. “Marilyn” by G-Eazy reflects on an outwardly perfect relationship that is falling apart at the seams. I’d say it caters to the mood. Additionally, The Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball are go-to bands for nights you want to remember. “Swimming Pool,” a track off the former’s 2011 self-titled album, carries a unique sound that offers a breath of fresh air. “Your Graduation” by Modern Baseball is a similar listening experience. Whether or not you like indiepunk, you are sure to appreciate the cathartic lyrics with tasteful acoustic accompaniment.
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. This book tells the true story about a woman whose cells have been used for various medical developments, like the polio vaccine, yet her identity has remained virtually unknown for years. The book, a long-standing New York Times bestseller, is also being turned into an HBO film by Oprah Winfrey. Why not read it now to get ahead of the game?
English “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens. For all those English majors currently enrolled in ENGL 3820, you know this book comes highly recommended by Prof. Michael Levenson himself.
Anthropology “The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World” by Wade Davis. A stunning account by anthropologist Wade Davis about what it means to be human, and answering that question by looking back to ancient civilizations. This book celebrates the importance of diverse cultures and asks how to preserve them.
“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell. A respected author with many well-known titles among college students, Gladwell asks in his book what makes successful people, well, successful.
Psychology and Music
“Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain” by Oliver Sacks. Oliver Sacks is a world-famous neurologist whose books have become some of the most popular texts in psychology literature. This book combines case studies of people suffering from neurological disorders and how the power of music has affected their conditions. An inspiring, moving book.
“The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson. This book of historical research and powerful narrative focuses on the story of a serial killer lurking in the shadows of the 1893 World Fair in Chicago. For those who enjoy nail-biting thrillers.
“DisneyWar” by James B. Stewart. An incredibly entertaining account of the rise and fall of Michael Eisner, once the Disney Company’s CEO, and the civil war within the walls of the company that erupted around him. Delicious reading for scandals, corruption and gossiping from the company who brought you “The Lion King” and “Frozen.”
“All the President’s Men” by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. The staple non-fiction book surrounding the Watergate scandal is written by the reporters themselves who unraveled the corruption behind Nixon’s administration. This book contains complex plots and multitudes of players but reads like a breeze. Summer reading shouldn’t feel like a chore; while you have three months to relax, take a break from Netflix, go outside and get your tan on while exploring a topic that interests you! I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Comment of the day “Oh no, they had to eat an onion! What a society of sissies we have become.”
“America” responding to Matthew Comey’s April 21 article “University breaks ties with Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Nu chapters following investigation”
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Don’t assess with tests Student test scores should not be included when evaluating teacher preparation programs Two years ago, the Department of Education attempted to draft regulations to improve teacher preparation programs, but the members of the panel in charge of evaluating the proposed regulations could not reach a consensus on how best to evaluate the programs. According to The Chronicle, the proposal would have required states to assess their teacher preparation programs based on three data points: graduates’ employment outcomes, their students’ test scores and customer satisfaction surveys. President Obama has now encouraged the Department of Education to proceed with this plan which began two years earlier. Because of the panel’s previous failure to come to a consensus, the department has the freedom to come up with whatever rating criteria it wants to, though it says it will consider the views of the panel members when deciding.
Apparently, nearly two thirds of new teachers report being “underprepared for the realities of the classroom,” so it seems as though an evaluation and improvement of teacher preparation programs is warranted. To assess programs based on their graduates’ employment and satisfaction would be an effective way of identifying weaknesses, but examining new teachers’ students’ test scores would likely not give an accurate picture. Having a good teacher certainly does make a difference in students’ test scores in many cases, but there are too many students with disadvantages who do not have access to the resources they need in order to earn high marks — and this is not the fault of their teachers. These disadvantages could include poverty, learning disorders, mental health issues or unhealthy home environments. Our public schools should be providing resources to students
to help them overcome these challenges, but this is a matter of public funding which is out of individual teachers’ hands, and not impacted by the quality of teacher preparation programs. Teacher preparation programs can help students with disabilities by including concentrations in special education. But training teachers in special ed only gets us halfway. Many schools do not have the funding to hire special ed teachers, and if the money is not there, the skills of these educators will not be utilized, and the students will suffer from it. A rating system that depends on students’ test scores also does not account for various factors which might cause students to be apathetic about their education, such as poor upbringing or limited prospects for social mobility. With legal requirements to attend school until a certain age, apathetic students’ test scores could continue to
weigh down a teacher’s evaluation, and consequently, in this case, the evaluation of the teacher’s training program. If there are significant gaps between the skills taught in teacher preparation programs and the skills needed for a teacher to succeed in a modern day classroom, such information should come directly from the teachers themselves, rather than an indirect measurement which cannot be derived solely from an educator’s skill level. President Obama’s goal, according to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, is “having a great teacher in every single classroom around the nation.” Such a goal is admirable, but we must remember that there are much deeper flaws in our public education system. Improving it will require a multi-faceted approach, and the Department of Education must be careful not to be shortsighted.
Bias properly understood
The Cavalier Daily is accused of bias more often than it should be Public Editor
Bias is a topic I’ve written about a few times in my tenure as Public Editor for The Cavalier Daily. Previously, each time I’ve written about it after readers posed questions, comments or complaints about bias in the paper. Sometimes the complaints or comments were about Opinion columns and so were easily dismissed. Other times I took seriously issues raised about possible bias in news writing and offered my opinion: that what some took as evidence of bias I understood to be less-than-ideal reporting. Other readers don’t always agree with me about that. One of my concerns about the accusations of bias is that it will chill the news reporting on the parts of the staff of The Cavalier Daily. I think most of the (usually anonymous) comments left online that accuse the paper of biased reporting are made in the hopes that future reporting will be altered to avoid such comments. Too often, it seems to me, cries of bias are levied when someone disagrees with either the information in the ar-
ticle or in some cases with whoever may have been quoted in the article with the hope that such an article won’t be written again in the future. John Connolly wrote about bias in a different context a few days ago. In many ways, though, it illustrates the problems with how we use bias in current discussions. Connolly explored issues of teachers and professors introducing bias into their teaching. In this context, and really in the context of commenters online on The Cavalier Daily, bias is only used to refer to someone’s stance on political issues. It would be odd for someone to claim that the professor of their Shakespeare course was biased because she preferred Macbeth to Othello among the dramas. It would not be odd anymore to hear someone say that her history professor was biased because he felt tighter gun control laws could increase public safety. Connolly goes on to note “the University has done a fair job of attracting liberal and conservative professors…” This gets at the same sort of point commenters on the Cavalier Daily website seem to be after; focusing on a set of political be-
liefs often to the exclusion of as- then she is a bad teacher regardsessing whether the person is still less of any bias. In interactions effective at his job or increasing with students, professors should his perceived representation of try to encourage creative, indehis own political beliefs, either pendent thought, but to believe on faculty or in the paper. that professors should remain One of the reasons I don’t dispassionate all the time and think bias is a problem in the keep their own beliefs entirely news writing at The Cavalier Daily is that there is quite a lot of effective reporting across a huge range of topics. Further, even if one were to focus One of the reasons I don’t think bias is a only on political reporting, there are problem in the news writing at The Cavalier many dispassionate, Daily is that there is quite a lot of effective thorough reports about what has hapreporting across a huge range of topics. pened in our community. One must assess the whole of the work in out of any conversation is to reorder to determine whether bias move some of what makes college has an effect. worth doing. Exploring those Similarly, when one examines different ideas and challenging the work of a professor, one must one’s own currently held beliefs look at all of the work. If a pro- is an important part of learning. fessor is shutting down alterna- It’s also a key part of what The tive ideas and insisting that only Cavalier Daily offers its readers: what she believes is correct (and opinions they might not hold and I’m not writing here about, say, a information they may not know. mathematical equation that may Too often we look for bias well have one correct answer), in terms of a set of opinions or
positions about a fairly narrow range of topics we have defined as being political in our current social discourse. Having a different opinion or holding a different position than someone doesn’t mean that that person is biased. A good news writer is able to write a story about topics he or she has strong feelings about and remain detached enough to offer an objective story. A good teacher is able to encourage his or her students, engage in debate and assess assignments fairly regardless of her opinions about particular issues. If a writer produces a story that is unfairly biased or a teacher unfairly lowers a grade or cuts off intellectual pursuits, then that individual is a bad professional. It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with political opinions.
Christopher Broom is the Public Editor for the Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @CDpubliceditor.
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Students teach students
en seminars developed by un- ated with extracurricular interests dergraduate students will be and student government — into offered as part of the Cavalier Edu- academia. Additionally, the program cation program this fall. Among embodies qualities of self-goverthose include “School of nance by allowing stuRock” taught by thirddents to share their year College student interests in subjects Michael Breger and that fall outside of the “Were We Really Born traditional curricula set This Way?” taught by by academic departthird-year College stuments at the University. dent Blake Calhoun. Student-run seminars In conversations I’ve offered this semester had with my peers dursuch as “Improv Coming course registration, edy: History, Theory, I’ve found that quite a NAZAR ALJASSAR and Performance” exfew are opposed to the plore areas of interest Opinion Columnist concept of student-run that merit academic seminars. Many perstudy but are not given ceive such courses to be less mean- sufficient attention in the academic ingful than those taught by experi- world. enced faculty members. But I hold Other student-run seminars are the opposite opinion; peer-to-peer valuable in that they introduce scieneducation is a valuable learning re- tific topics to a broad audience. “The source that the University should Chemistry of Cooking,” offered next continue to support. fall by third-year Commerce student The Cavalier Education Pro- Kevin Nguyen and third-year Colgram offers students an opportunity lege student Lani Galloway, aims to assume a greater role in forming to teach students the chemical protheir academic experiences. Led by cesses that underlie cooking in addithe Academic Affairs Committee of tion to topics in food science. Earlier Student Council, the program is an this year, I wrote a column in which extension of student self-governance I argued in favor of popular courses — a popular tradition most associ- for students with superficial STEM
backgrounds. Currently, such cours- ty through weekly practice and guest es are limited to a select few in science lectures. The discussion prompted by and mathematics departments at the Lockhart’s experience demonstrates University. The Cavalier Education the utility of student-run seminars as Program presents students with ac- pilot projects for courses offered by cess to academic disciplines such as other University departments. chemistry that would otherwise be out of reach for non-science majors. Student-run seminars through the program also serve as useful trials for course subjects that can be Engagement with a relatable student instructor adopted by the rest of is a unique learning process, and some students the University. may find it more beneficial than large lecture Third-year Batten student and student courses with often-unapproachable professors. instructor of “Practical Public Speaking” Kurt Lockhart penned an op-ed Furthermore, enrollment in earlier this month in which he in- student-run seminars is capped at troduced the idea of an oral commu- twenty students, promoting discusnication competency requirement sion and student interaction. Small at the University. Lockhart asserted seminars tend to be taken by thirdthat oral communication skills are as and fourth-years in advanced majoressential as writing skills and should specific coursework or first years be nurtured through a greater avail- in USEMs or COLAs. Student-run ability of public speaking courses. In seminars create opportunities to enhis piece, Lockhart drew upon his gage in small academic discussions experiences as the facilitator of his without the cost of additional faculty. course and his objective to cultivate And perhaps most salient to the benstudent confidence and speech quali- efits of peer-to-peer education are
The Cavalier Education program is a valuable and worthwile experience for both students and student-teachers the distinct perspectives and insights that students bring to the classroom as instructors. Engagement with a relatable student instructor is a unique learning process, and some students may find it more beneficial than large lecture courses with oftenunapproachable professors. Detractors of the program often contend that student-run seminars are ineffective in that those enrolled may treat the courses lightly, particularly because they are taught by other students. This notion that studentrun seminars are joke courses is rooted in misconception: the program mandates that each student teaching a seminar take a one-credit pedagogy seminar before the course is offered. It’s also important to note that the courses are carefully designed with the aid of faculty advisers. So to those of you seeking an extra credit or two for the fall semester, I encourage you to sign up for a Cavalier Education Program course. It’s certainly a special experience that you might find to be quite meaningful. Nazar’s columns run Fridays. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The University should make a greater effort to help disabled students find employment after graduation compared with only 14 percent of people with disabilities of the same age. sity and embark on the next stage During their time at the Univerof their lives. Some sity, disabled students will enroll in graduate are accommodated programs while others through the Student will travel or start their Disability Access Cenfirst full-time jobs. The ter within the Elson future for most graduStudent Health Center. ates of the University SDAC emphasizes ac— and any university cess to “the full Unifor that matter — is unversity experience” and certain but promising. “strives to promote acHowever, disabled cessibility” for all memgraduates of the Unibers of the community. MARY RUSSO versity face a unique set Since I am not disOpinion Columnist of challenges, largely abled myself, I cannot more formidable than attest to how the chalchallenges faced by the majority of lenges faced by disabled students graduates. The stigma surrounding at the University are met. However, disabilities manifests itself in the it seems that the SDAC provides a hiring process. In addition, disabled multitude of resources that would college graduates may face under- help ameliorate some of these obemployment, and struggle to find stacles, such as housing and acaand maintain jobs that suit their demic accommodations. The reeducational training. Apart from sources that currently exist at the professional challenges, the transi- University are in compliance with tion to independent living presents federal law, as stipulated by the Secits own set of obstacles. tion 504 of the Rehabilitation Act According to the National of 1973 and the Americans with Council on Disability, 28 percent Disabilities Act of 1990, which reof the general population over 25 quire that students who have the years of age have completed college, capability to tackle the University’s
academic challenges are not held tion, resources, demonstration and back by restrictions posed by their research on the different pathways disabilities. to employment.” On the center’s That said, SDAC does not seem website, John Eisenberg, the Assisto offer resources that provide sup- tant Superintendent of the Virginia port in preparation for the transi- Department of Education, says the tion to post-grad life. If the purpose of a University education is to ensure students enter graduate studies or the workforce aptly prepared If the purpose of a University education is to enfor the demands sure students enter graduate studies or the workforce they will face, special accom- aptly prepared for the demands they will face, special modations for accommodations for disabled students should include disabled stutransition counseling and preparation. dents should include transition counseling and preparation. CTI will “assist teachers and tranIn other words, accessibility is not sition practitioners to empower sufficient. students with disabilities with the The Virginia Department of Ed- skills and knowledge they need to ucation has partnered with Virginia live, learn, work, and participate in Commonwealth University in the the communities of their choice to creation of the Center on Transi- the maximum extent desired.” CTI tion Innovation. The mission of the also engages in research projects, CTI is “to assist all youth with dis- funded by the Virginia Department abilities to obtain integrated, com- of Education, with the goal of impetitive employment to the fullest proving the path to employment for extent possible through informa- disabled students in mind.
ith Final Exercises approachW ing, fourth-years are preparing to say goodbye to the Univer-
The University should actively engage in the statewide effort started by the Center on Transition Innovation at VCU in an effort to increase the support that disabled students receive while here, and prepare them to graduate with prospects of employment that reflect the challenges they have overcome. The University consistently boasts excellence. We are the leading institution of public education in Virginia, a state with one of the best public school systems in the nation. As a community, we consistently strive to exceed the average, a value that manifests itself in positive ways around the University. This way of thinking should also apply to the support we provide for disabled students. As a leading institution of higher learning, the University is in the unique position of having the tools to change the status quo for what students with disabilities can achieve. We have the responsibility to ensure that all students who leave Grounds after graduation are aptly prepared to achieve their goals. Mary’s columns run Thursdays. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Bored by this Board Fundamental changes should be made to the Board of Visitors selection process given the most, all but two current members of the Board contributed to the campaigns of the Co-Chair of Ed Gillespie’s cam- governor who appointed them. paign for the US SenAnd most of the ate Seat in Virginia. membership has no Goodwin is an active background in higher participant in the poeducation, because the litical field not just selection process fathrough his actions, vors those who could but through his domake enough money nations: he has given to donate significant more than a million amounts to political dollars to political campaigns. The recauses. sult is a Board that The Board of Visidoesn’t sufficiently FORREST BROWN understand or connect tors is composed of Opinion Columnist 17 voting members, with the University’s 12 of which must be students, faculty, or University graduates, administrators. This who are appointed by the gover- disconnect leads to debacles like nor and then confirmed by the the attempted ouster of President General Assembly. This means Sullivan in the summer of 2012 the governor has immense control or the elimination of all-grant aid over the selection process, result- through AccessUVa. ing in a Board composed more of Some potential changes have political players who want a cushy already been suggested. A group position than people qualified to of wealthy alumni have pushed for make decisions about the Univer- 8 of the 17 members to be selected sity’s future. While Goodwin has by University alumni and sup-
porters. This would probably im- the Board from among these opprove the situation, but would still tions, which would be approved leave more than half the board by the General Assembly, as they composed of people who earned are now. This would allow the the position as a thank-you gift Governor to retain the final say in from someone whose job has no direct link to the University. And it would still leave students and the University administ rat ion The result is a Board that doesn’t sufficiently unwithout a voice in the process. A derstand or connect with the University’s students, more fundamenfaculty, or administrators. This disconnect leads tal change is necto debacles like the attempted ouster of President essary to fix the Sullivan in the summer of 2012 or the elimination problem. More voices of all-grant aid through AccessUVa. need to be involved in the selection process. Separate panels the selection process, but would of faculty and alumni could be remove the temptation to use the formed to identify candidates appointments as political rewards for open positions, a pool which rather than as important seleccould also be contributed to by tions to the future of education in the President’s office and by the Virginia. The diversity of groups Student Council. The Governor contributing candidates would could then choose members of ensure the selection pool was var-
illiam H. Goodwin, Vice W Rector of the Board of Visitors, was recently appointed the
ied and qualified, as each group would seek to nominate individuals who not only understand their unique concerns but are viable appointments for the governor. And the fact that every member of the Board would have been supported by either alumni, faculty, students or the president would keep the Board composed of people who understood the institution they were governing and the issues confronting it. The last few years have been replete with examples of the Board of Visitors being out of touch with the University. By giving students, faculty and alumni a say in the composition of the University’s ruling body, that gap could be bridged, leading to a more cohesive vision for the future.
Forrest’s columns run Thursdays. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Something ventured, nothing gained Something essential will be lost when Steven Colbert leaves “The Colbert Report” to host the “Late Show” current events. At the same time, he is able to use this comedic coverage to educate others. His charconfirm that “The Colbert Report” acter, an exaggerated portrayal of is officially ending. a loudmouthed conPlaying his character servative pundit, gives from the Report, he him the perfect opporannounced that he had tunity to blend humor “won television” and and substantive inwas departing for a formation. His ongochange of scenery. ing coverage of Super Colbert’s revelaPACs, for instance, was tion, at this point, was quite enlightening and just a formality. It has resulted in one of the been known for weeks Report’s two Peabody that he is David Letterawards. ALEX YAHANDA man’s replacement for Indeed, it is the ReOpinion Columnist the “Late Show” and port’s unique humor thus that the “Colbert and goal of educatReport” has to end. ing viewers that sets it This “Daily Show” appearance apart from the other shows with served as a way to say goodbye to which it is grouped. Colbert is Colbert, the character. Fittingly, often included among late-night it was alongside Stewart, the man hosts whose shows run at similar who helped bring Colbert’s faux- times. He also competes for Emmy news career to national promi- Awards against the likes of Letternence. But though Colbert’s ascen- man, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy dance to late night superstardom is Kimmel. That said, the Report is a testament to his talent and the re- better than a talk show. Its guise as spect that he commands, one can- a news program enables Colbert’s not help but think he is sacrificing character to comment on political some of that which made him such and social issues much more efa popular television personality. fectively than, say, Jimmy Fallon. It Like “The Daily Show,” “The also yields worthwhile interviews. Colbert Report” occupies a unique Colbert has at least one guest per television niche. Colbert is, at his show. His unorthodox questions, core, a comedian. His show uses which emulate those asked on satire to highlight absurdities in major news networks (albeit samainstream news coverage and tirically), actually allow for unfet-
tered conversation. What results is screen: he has testified before Conan interview that is amusing and gress, held a rally in Washington unique, but also informative. DC, run for president and started Additionally, the people whom his own Super PAC, amongst Colbert brings on his show are not other endeavors. His outlandish the typical choices. He interviews activities definitely helped the real authors, scientists and entrepre- Colbert and the Report gather folneurs more frequently than he lowers and have a sizeable societal does popular celebrities. The per- impact. It will be interesting to see son with the most appearances on the Report is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Colbert’s guests usually have a new book to disThe Report is better than a talk show. Its guise as cuss or a new worthy cause to a news program enables Colbert’s character to plug. Such guests comment on political and social issues much more are a welcome effectively than Jimmy Fallon. change from the normal celebrity fluff that inundates social media and the Inter- if Colbert can still have — or will net. attempt to have — the same presOne must wonder, then, how ence as host of the “Late Show.” switching to the “Late Show” will From purely a ratings standalter Colbert’s ability to fully exer- point, the actual Stephen Colbert cise that which makes the “Colbert will certainly prosper. He is an Report” so ingenious. The largest improv comedy veteran who has change will be seeing Colbert out extensive acting prowess outside of character. His devoted legion of the Report. He will probably beof fans — the “Colbert Nation” as come the best interviewer of any of they are known — will likely still the late night talk shows, even out support him without the charac- of character. And he has the abilter. That said, Stephen Colbert the ity to sing, dance, tell jokes or anycharacter is the version of Colbert thing else that is needed to hold that has had the most impact off- an audience. At the same time,
tephen Colbert made an apS pearance last Wednesday on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” to
though, what made “The Colbert Report” special was the freedom with which Colbert could call his own shots. If Colbert cannot transfer similar content from the Report to the “Late Show,” we will miss out on the biting satire and show format that made Colbert great. It is unknown how the more structured layout of the “Late Show” will constrain him with respect to guests, too. Unless he can bring on similar people to those he saw on the “Report,” the quality of his interviewees will decline. People (or at least I) tune in to see Colbert express his specific brand of humorous-yet-politically-minded comedy. That style will be noticeably absent when Colbert has to interview a Kardashian sister instead of a congressman or Vanilla Ice instead of Jane Goodall. Colbert will be successful in his position at the “Late Show,” but envisioning him in a new chair is nonetheless disappointing. He built “The Colbert Report” into one of the best shows on TV. One can’t help but think he’s wasting his talent by switching gigs.
Alex Yahanda is an Opinion Columnist for The Cavalier Daily. His columns appeared on Mondays this semester. This is his last column for us, as he is graduating this May.
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