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University President Teresa Sullivan Wednesday asked the Charlottesville Police Department to investigate an incident of sexual misconduct between a then-first-year student and several members of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity which allegedly occurred in September 2012. The incident was the subject of an article published online Wednesday morning by Rolling Stone Magazine — an article which also detailed numerous other assaults which allegedly took place at the University. Testimony from now third-year University student Jackie detailed a violent gang rape at the hands of seven Phi Kappa Psi brothers during her first semester on Grounds. It outlines her experiences dealing with the University following the incident, as well as the reactions of her peers and subsequent interactions she had with one of the men involved in her assault. The article elicited a momentous response from the University community Wednesday — with some highly critical of the University's response to the accusations, others lambasting the Greek community for its apparent fostering of sexual misconduct, and still others criticizing the reporter for her methods and her portrayal of University life. The Response Against Phi Kappa Psi Phi Kappa Psi's national leader-
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Sullivan requests Phi Psi investigation Student leaders say Rolling Stone article addresses important issue, fails to fully capture conversation ship released a statement Wednesday afternoon expressing concern over the allegations in the article and promising to investigate the matter seriously. The fraternity has launched an independent investigation “intended to determine the facts surrounding these allegations.” “As distressing as these allegations are to us, we recognize that the personal stress and anxiety experienced by any survivor of an assault dwarfs our own,” the organization's press release said. “It is important to note that to our knowledge there have been no criminal investigations or charges of sexual assault brought against any member of the chapter.” Charlottesville Police Capt. Gary Pleasants said an investigation is not underway at this time; however, the University has submitted a request for an investigation. Title IX bars the University InterFraternity Council from investigating or adjudicating any claim made about sexual assault under the IFC Judiciary Committee. “Phi Psi has conducted their response primarily internally,” said Inter-Fraternity Council President Tommy Reid, a fourth-year College student. “We have continued, as we did way before the article was brought to our attention, to enforce bystander intervention programs and education initiatives to reduce the incidence of sexual misconduct.” Third-year College student Sara Surface, external chair of the Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition, said the Greek system needs improvement to better serve the University community as a whole. “No one is trying to villainize
the Greek system,” she said. “But we need to acknowledge the good and the bad things about a particular system. Can fraternities be a place for brotherhood? Yes. But can they also be spaces for sexual assault? Yes.” Reid said the IFC has taken multiple initiatives against sexual assault under his administration involving chapter presidents, younger leaders in chapters, risk managers, vice presidents and fraternity members. “I believe that gender norms contribute predominantly to acts of sexual violence,” Reid said. “Fraternities in some cases latently reinforce gender norms... However, I think fraternities are designed better than any other student organizations to act as vehicles for bystander intervention. Specifically, looking out for one another, and taking pride in how a community has the responsibility to ensure the safety of each one of its members.” Reid said he admired the survivors who told their stories to Rolling Stone and hopes their testimony will effect change. “The IFC recognizes a necessity to change the culture surrounding gender norms and power structure on Grounds,” he said. “The survivors … have done a lot for spreading that realization.” A Debate of Accuracy Surface, who in addition to her work for the Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition also works with the peer education group One Less, said she was troubled by calls she heard questioning the validity of Jackie's claims. “It’s hard to know right now. I would say if [the article] gives survi-
vors a place where they feel like, ‘Hey, the girls in the article shared their stories,’ that they will now be validated and believed. That’s a positive outcome,” she said. “That’s why I’m worried about the comments like, ‘It’s not true’ or ‘She’s lying.’ Rather than the administration discouraging reporting, it’s the student body that discourages reporting when they make comments that don’t support survivors.” Surface said students questioning the accuracy of Jackie’s claims should keep in mind that only a small percentage of rape reports are false. She said many survivors of sexual assault, like Jackie, never file a police report because of the re-victimization that often comes with doing so. Fostering a Dialogue Fourth-year Commerce student Brian Head, president of sexual assault prevention advocacy group One in Four, said despite the fact that the article was “emotionally provocative to a lot of people,” it was worthwhile in that it sparked meaningful conversation. “The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference,” Head said, quoting author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. “Even though the reactions to the article are all over the board, they give me hope that the community around us can change. … The fact that people are sharing this and talking about this shows me that they care, and that makes me hopeful.” Head said that the criticisms of the University can prove beneficial. “This is a scathing portrayal of our university,” Head said. “These reactions can be seen as the red, and they can be made a net positive. But
we have to direct these conversations in a certain way.” Surface said University students often have misunderstandings about the resources available to them, and this can lead to misconceptions and misunderstandings about the Sexual Misconduct Board and the University's sexual misconduct policies. “For so long, conversations around activism have been largely dominated by members of One Less and One in Four, and it feels quite overwhelming now, knowing how many of these conversations [about the article] are happening and how many of them might be misinformed,” Surface said. “Knowing that our small scale prevention and education efforts so far might be undermined.” Surface said that while greater attention should have been paid in the article to activism groups on Grounds, the piece provided an avenue for advocates to educate their peers about gaps in the discourse about rape and sexual assault. For that, she said, the article was valuable. Surface said One Less and One in Four are working together to craft a response to show community support for survivors of sexual assault in the wake of the article. “Ultimately, we want survivors to be supported within the community and to feel like it’s a safe space to share their voice,” she said. Surface said Jackie hopes other survivors will come forward in light of the article and seek appropriate
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U.Va. proposes new sexual misconduct policy
University solicits public commentary, policy modifies sexual assault procedures, expands definitions in compliance with new laws Angela Pham, Meg Gardner and Owen Robinson Senior Writers
The University released its proposal for a new sexual misconduct policy Wednesday — the latest revision since 2011 — in response to recently increased federal pressure to clamp down on sexual violence. The proposal is open for public commentary until Dec. 5. The updated policy more
explicitly defines the channels through which victims can respond to sexual assault, expands the University’s definition of sexual assault and modifies the judicial and reporting procedures related to circumstances of misconduct. In a news release published Wednesday, the University said the proposed changes come out of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights modifications of the Clery Act, which require universities to
disclose information related to sexual assault incidents on their campuses. The Clery Act changes take effect July 1, 2015. Much of the proposed modifications to the University’s current policy serves as clarification of existing procedures and elucidation of potential actions students and University bodies can take in a case of sexual misconduct. “The Proposed New Policy is significantly longer than the current policy, which is
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The University launched the Hoos Got Your Back campaign as part of the response to sexual assault.
focused almost exclusively on the procedures for resolving student disciplinary complaints,” the release read. “Consistent with new federal guidance, the Proposed New Policy outlines all of a student's options following an incident of Sexual Misconduct, including how to obtain immediate and ongoing support and assistance, how to report an incident to the University and/ or to Police, and how to file a University complaint.” The policy also offers expanded definitions for various terms, including intimate partner violence, domestic violence and stalking. “The Proposed New Policy adopts the definitions contained in the Clery Act, as amended by [the Violence Against Women Act],” the press release said. The policy also establishes new means through which students are able to report acts of sexual violence. “Students may now report Sexual Misconduct via an online system (Just Report It) or they may report by disclosing information about Sexual Misconduct to any ‘Responsible Employee,’” the release said. “The University adopted a new reporting policy on August 25, 2014, requiring all ‘Responsible Employees’ to report student disclosures of Sexual Misconduct to the University's Title IX Coordinator.” Other significant changes
in the new proposal move to modify how the University responds to sexual assault — limiting the scope of the Sexual Misconduct Board to conducting hearings. The policy also requires suspension or expulsion be considered in each case heard by the SMB. Prevention efforts also play a larger role in the new policy, with descriptions of "training, education and prevention programs offered to University students, faculty, and staff,” the release said. Emily Renda, project coordinator for the University Student Affairs Office, said the new program will include much greater focus on student outreach and encouraging students to report instances of sexual assault. “Right now we’re dealing with an administrative culture and a peer culture in some ways that discourages early reporting," she said. "I don’t think that anybody actively discourages reporting [but] it’s more that there are a lot of misconceptions about the system.” Ultimately, Renda said hopes the policy will spark dialogue about the issue of sexual assault among students. “I’m hoping that people take the opportunity to look at the policy and actually dig into it,” said Renda. “This is a really important opportunity for students to start engaging with the policy.”
Medical examiner rules Graham death a homicide Accused, Matthew awaits trial, faces abduction, intent to defile charges
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Late second-year College student Hannah Graham died from "homicidal violence," Albemarle County Police confirmed Tuesday afternoon. The chief medical examiner has not released a full autopsy report yet, and Albemarle County Police spokesperson Carter Johnson said the homicide was of "undetermined etiology." Graham's remains were found Oct. 18 on an abandoned property off Old Lynchburg Road about 11 miles southwest of the University, 35 days after
she first went missing. "The Albemarle County Police Department and the Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney remain committed to the investigation," Johnson said in an email. "To protect the integrity of the case, we will not be answering questions or releasing additional information. We are working hard to ensure that justice is served." Charlottesville Police charged Jesse Matthew with abduction with intent to defile in the Graham investigation on Tuesday, Sept. 23. He currently faces a Dec. 4 court date. The Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney's office would not comment on
whether or when charges against Matthew would be altered. Matthew also recently pled not guilty to three charges in a sexual assault investigation in Fairfax County, including attempted abduction and attempted murder. His Fairfax trial is set to be held in March. Forensic evidence obtained following Matthew's Sept. 24 arrest in Galveston, Texas also links the Graham investigation to the case of deceased Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, who disappeared in 2009 after attending a concert at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. Harrington's remains were found in January, 2010. No charges have been filed in the Harrington investigation.
Police confirmed Tuesday that the medical examiner ruled Graham’s death a homicide. Forensic evidence links the Graham investigation to the case of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, who died in 2009 after attending a concert at John Paul Jones Arena.
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Griffin, Blue Ridge donate need-based scholarship Award to reach 107 high-achieving Class of 2018 students, provide full tuition Luc Cianfarani Senior Writer
Thanks to a donation from Blue Ridge Capital President and Board of Visitors member John Griffin, a 1985 Commerce School graduate, 107 members of the Class of 2018 became recipients of the Blue Ridge Scholarship, a full scholarship for high-achieving, low-income students. In its inaugural year, the scholarship has helped academically gifted and financially deserving first years offset the costs of attending the University. The scholarship was funded through a challenge grant, in which Griffin’s total donation to the Uni-
versity was contingent on the assumption that other donors would match his contributions. University spokesperson McGregor McCance said University alumni aptly met this challenge. “[Griffin] pledged $1 million [dollars] for the Class of 2018 scholarships and $3 million for an endowment supporting the program, both conditional among matches,” McCance said in an email. “In just nine months, donors have exceeded the required challenge on both of these.” The program allows students who may have not otherwise been able to enroll at the University attend at a more reasonable price. The scholarship aids its recipients for all four years, contingent on good aca-
demic standing. McCance said the scholarship has helped to bring in a more diverse student body. “The scholarship program underscores U.Va.’s commitment to meet 100 percent of a student’s need, regardless of their ability to pay,” McCance said. “The University believes that the scholarship program has contributed to its ability to enroll one of the strongest academically, and most diverse classes in University history.” In the wake of one the country’s worst economic downturns in history, financial need among the student body has increased. “The percentage of undergraduate students with demonstrated fi-
nancial need has increased from 24 percent to 33 percent in the last decade,” McCance said. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on criteria set by the Admissions Office and Student Financial Services and do not have to apply. The numbers are not set as to how many students will receive the scholarship for next year’s incoming class. The Blue Ridge Scholarship is completely donor funded. McCance said this signals an increased support among donors to fund philanthropic causes which benefit students. “The University is grateful for gifts in support of financial aid to bring talented students here,” McCance said. “The University has also placed a high priority on growing
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Board of Visitors member John Griffin donated a challenge grant to support a full scholarship for 107 low-income and high-achieving University students in the Class of 2018. The scholarship is entirely donor funded.
philanthropic support for financial aid, which can come in the form of scholarships, unrestricted grants and other forms. The support for such need is significant and growing.”
Staff Senate gives voice to employee leaders Communication Councils merge, seek to create functional, productive organization, address University work life quality Caitlyn Seed Senior Writer
This past summer, the University's three Academic Employee Communication Councils merged into a collective representative body: the Staff Senate. Since then, the Staff Senate has been working to get on its feet, hoping eventually to address work-life quality and general welfare issues which affect University staff. Prior to the transition, there was a Council falling under the Chief Operating Officer, the Provost, and the Health System. Three co-chairs, one for each council, were established during the summer: Eric Newsome, Trish Reilly and Nina Morris. Trish Reilly has since stepped down from the associated duties of this transition period. Co-Chair Nina Morris, who came from the Chief Operating Officer Employee Council and works in Facilities Management, said this
phase is largely about organizing the Staff Senate into a functional, efficient group. “We had a celebration in August to kick it off and our first real meeting in September,” Morris said. “What we’re focusing on now is the nuts and bolts, like organizing into staff committees for communications, advocacy et cetera.” The Staff Senate represents more than 5,000 employees, with one elected member and one alternate representing up to 200 employees each. Elected Staff Senate representatives are full-time or part-time staff who have worked at the University for at least one year. The term of membership lasts for three years, beginning and ending August, and each representative may serve two consecutive terms. A transition committee, led by former Chairs of Committee Margaret Weeks, Reilly and Lorie Strother, oversaw the creation of the Staff Senate this past year and currently officiate as part of an interim execu-
tive council while consolidation is underway. In the first meeting, members were encouraged to raise issues they felt were important to discuss. Councils reviewed several topics, including educational benefits, streamlining practices and areas of inefficiency. “The point of Staff Senate is to amplify the voice of the staff,” Morris said. Co-Chair Eric Newsome, who came from the Provost Employee Council, said the creation of the Staff Senate will combine existing communities into an efficient representative body, and to communicate with other advocacy groups on Grounds. “It allows the staff to speak with a single voice,” Newsome said. According to their website, “The Staff Senate aspires to advance University excellence, to cultivate a positive and productive work environment for all, to support each staff member in the realization of his or her full potential, and to foster the
highest possible quality of work life at the University.” The Staff Senate hopes to work resourcefully alongside other University groups, including student representatives, to achieve their goals. University President Teresa Sullivan supported the decision to consolidate the representative group, highlighting the need for effective governance in accordance with the University’s Cornerstone Plan, which outlines the strategic goals and initiatives for the University. “The Plan is a multifaceted strategic initiative,” Newsome said. “One of the pillars [of the Plan] is leadership excellence, which is focused on in staff developments.” According to the Letter to the Board of Visitors in the Cornerstone Plan, the primary goal of the initiative is to provide an improved learning environment with advanced technology, research and opportunities for all members of the academic community.
“The Cornerstone Plan is all about how we can achieve excellence through communication,” Morris said. “The creation of the Staff Senate embodies what we are trying to achieve in the Plan.” The Staff Senate, which plans to meet monthly, will discuss and examine various staff-related issues at general body meetings, and likely disperse proposals and decision making authorities to a series of sub-committees — though the exact structure has yet to be determined. “The Committee will look at the goal, create an action plan, find out what they need to know, and then they’ll be able to engage decision makers,” Newsome said. Nina Morris said her real hope for this transition period is that members of the Staff here at the University take this opportunity to become more involved. “This year, I just want to see people really engaged,” Morris said. “It’s a great time to see staff involved in positive change.”
ROLLING STONE Writer chose U.Va. for elite status, Title IX investigation Continued from page 2 resources. The Reporter Herself The author of the article, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. She said she chose to focus her investigative piece on the University because of its academic reputation. “I was looking for a school that was elite, a school people look up to, but also where the culture felt representative of what’s going on around the country,” she said. “I wanted a
school being investigated for Title IX, and on top of all that I needed people to be willing to talk with me about their experiences with sexual assault. U.Va. filled the bill on all fronts.” Erdely said the stories she heard about the University were disturbing, but not worse than similar occurrences at other schools around the country. She began gathering interviews and documents during the summer and worked on the article for about five months. In that period of time, she visited Charlottesville, spoke with advocates and administrators and even ventured down
Rugby Road. “I hope people will see this not as an assault on fraternity culture — fraternities aren’t bad in themselves — but a lot of bad behavior towards women is tolerated,” she said. Erdely said University administrators was “extremely unhelpful” as sources for her article. “I think the administration is concerned about its image, and they were concerned about how the article was going to reflect on them, so instead of being transparent I think they made it far worse for themselves by stonewalling me,” she said.
In an email to the University community, Sullivan said the administration was restricted in what information it could provide due to federal and state privacy laws. In addition, she said, the University limited its response out of respect for survivors of sexual assault. Erdely characterized University culture as extremely loyal — loyal “to a detrimental extreme”. “These people who had the courage to speak out about aspects of the culture they don’t like are afraid," she said. "They’re afraid of retribution. They’re worried about getting
backlash from the Greek system and backlash from their peers.” She said Jackie faced particular hostility. “Last year she had a bottle thrown at her, and she’s been chastised by her peers just for getting her story out,” she said. “This is in some ways one of the toughest stories I’ve done because I’ve never known interview subjects to be so afraid of the backlash they would get just for speaking out.” Erdely said she hopes the article will promote increased reporting rates and awareness of sexual assault across college campuses in general.
sports Grant Gossage Staff Writer
After dropping four straight ACC conference games, the Virginia football team, in need of a physical and mental reprieve, was content with the timing of its second and final bye week. On their most recent contest Nov. 8, the Cavaliers fought valiantly on the road against a Florida State team — currently ranked No. 1 in the nation — that had won 10 consecutive home games versus ACC opponents. Opting to defer the kickoff, Virginia prevented an explosive Seminole offense from putting up points on its first possession. But then junior defensive end Mario Edwards smacked Virginia senior running back Kevin Parks into the turf and knocked the ball loose, allowing an-
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Cavs host Miami in final home game After bye week, football team seeks to end four-game skid against visiting Hurricanes in first November home night game other Seminole defender to recover the fumble. Sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston then took advantage of a short field, scrambling for an impressive 20-yard gain. Operating in a first and goal on the Cavalier two-yard line, senior running back Karlos Williams sprinted outside and into the end zone for six. Suddenly, things appeared rather bleak for Virginia. By the end of the night — though Virginia eventually leveled the turnover margin and converted all three of its takeaways into touchdowns — Florida State had stayed perfect (9-0) with a 34-20 victory. Nearly two weeks later, the Cavaliers (4-6, 2-4 ACC) prepare to host Miami (6-4, 3-3 ACC) in a must-win game this Saturday. With three losses by eight points or fewer, Virginia has made its days ahead more difficult. But bowl eligibility is still achievable if the team can win this week and next week against Virginia Tech. “You always look at things that if
they could have, should have, would have — the bottom line is they didn't occur,” coach Mike London said. “The most important game is the next game that's coming up, again, against a very good Miami team.” Last Saturday, while the Cavaliers rested, the Hurricanes had the Seminoles on the ropes at Sun Life Stadium. In the end, Florida State secured a 30-26 win thanks to freshman running back Dalvin Cook’s game-winning score. But Miami showed a national audience that it could still compete with its in-state ACC powerhouse. The Hurricane effort certainly depended, as it has all season, on freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya. Kaaya has compiled 2403 passing yards for 22 touchdowns, and Miami has won 71 percent of the games in which its signal caller has thrown for two or more scores. His success as a passer is due in part to the established ground game of junior running back Duke Johnson. Johnson has amassed 1,343 rush-
ing yards and 10 touchdowns, in addition to 310 receiving yards and two scores. He is ranked No. 51 overall and the No. 5 running back in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports. “He’s a special talent," London
said. "In the games that you watch, you know he gets his yardage, he creates yardage. He runs away from guys, he runs through arm tackles.
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Senior linebacker Henry Coley, who leads all players in the ACC with eight sacks on the season, will play his final game at Scott Stadium Saturday evening.
Men’s basketball faces first test in George Washington
Justin Anderson, Virginia battle Atlantic-10 contenders Colonials in Friday night clash at JPJ Arena, last of four games in eight-day stretch to start season Daniel Fisher Staff Writer
Off to its first 3-0 start in coach Tony Bennett’s six-year tenure at Virginia, the No. 9 men’s basketball team will face its first true test of the season Friday when it hosts George Washington. The Colonials (2-0, 0-0 A-10), who made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, are considered a real threat out of the Atlantic-10 Conference. They opened this season with a 52-point win Junior guard Justin Anderson has led the team in scoring in each of the first three contests this season, averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 62.5% on 3-pointers.
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against Grambling State, followed by a 17-point win at Rutgers. “I know what’s coming on Friday at George Washington,” Bennett said. “They’re a tournament team and went up to Rutgers and beat them handily. They have legitimate size and are a good program and a well-coached team. We’ll have to be ready to play, and certainly we’re looking forward to it.” Senior forward Darion Atkins and junior guard Justin Anderson are especially looking forward to
the game. Both players will face old high school teammates, two of the Colonials’ leading scorers. Atkins played with junior guard Joe McDonald at the Landon School, while Anderson played with junior forward Kevin Larsen at Montrose Christian. “We have been talking about this game all offseason,” Anderson said about Larsen. “That’s my boy right there.” Averaging 9.0 rebounds per game, Larsen will be leading a frontcourt which has dominated the boards in George Washington’s first two games. The team is out-rebounding its opponents by a margin of 16.5. “I think it’s a really big step up in competition,” Atkins said. “They’ve got a lot of experience, they play physical, and it’s going to be a great test on Friday.” Friday will mark the end of a four-game, eight-day stretch for the Cavaliers to start the season. Fatigue, however, will not be an excuse for the players. “We are not worried about that,” Anderson said. “The moment we start worrying about everything outside of who we are playing and what we are doing as a team, I think that could be our downfall. We are ready to take on any challenges put in front of us and we’re just going to try and keep moving.” Countering the possibility of
fatigue during the stretch, Bennett has spread minutes across a 10-man rotation — a rotation that includes two true freshmen and one redshirt freshman. “We try to keep a great rotation of fresh guys coming in,” Atkins said. “Our freshmen, they’re playing pretty experienced. They are not making the mistakes we thought they would make. We are using our depth to our advantage, and everyone is playing well so far.” It is the upperclassmen though — not the freshmen — who have been carrying the offensive load so far. Anderson and fellow juniors guard Malcolm Brogdon and forward Anthony Gill lead the Cavaliers in scoring, with each averaging in double digits. In particular, Anderson has shown significant offensive improvement since a year ago, mostly due to the development of what appears to be a consistent three-point shot. The junior guard averaged just shy of 8.0 points per game a year ago, but has increased that average to 15.3 in the first three games this season. “Justin really tried to develop a consistent shot, and it certainly looks better.” Bennett said. “I want him impacting the game in a bunch of ways. That’s important for us. If he can continue to be consistent it’ll stretch the floor
for us.” With a 62.5 percent threepoint percentage thus far, Anderson leads a Virginia team that has been consistent from three thus far. Facing a lot of zone defense early on, the Cavaliers have had many open shots with set feet. The team has capitalized on the open looks, knocking down 47.7 percentage of its three-point attempts. Defensively, Virginia has stuck to what it does best with the pack-line defense, and it has been effective. The Cavaliers, however, will still need to do some more fine-tuning before facing George Washington. “I think all of them are better, but they’re not there yet,” Bennett said. “Defense, you’re always on. I tell them, ‘You can’t lapse,’ and there’s a few too many lapses, but there’s less than there have been in the past, so we’ll say that’s progress.” Ultimately, the game will be an interesting gauge to see how far Virginia has come since its ACC Championship season a year ago, and the players are ready for the test. “They’re going to prepare hard, we’re going to prepare hard and we can’t wait to accept the challenge when they come into JPJ,” Anderson said. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. for Friday at John Paul Jones Arena.
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Virginia plays NCAA opener Sunday
In what may be his last game at Virginia and certainly his last home game, senior midfielder Eric Bird will lead the Cavaliers on the offensive end as they look to turn around recent struggles.
Men’s soccer to play winner of Bucknell and UNC-Wilmington at Klöckner Stadium Robert Elder Associate Editor
The Virginia men’s soccer team last competed nearly two weeks ago in a disheartening 3-0 defeat in the ACC Quarterfinals against Notre Dame. After making it to the ACC Championship game last season, this was not the stepping-stone the Cavaliers wanted. But to coach George Gelnovatch, 2014’s ACC Tournament was not dramatically different from last year’s. Both ended in a loss — which is never good enough for a squad coached by Gelnovatch. “I don’t think it was any different riding back on that bus from the ACC Championship than it was flying back from Notre Dame,” Gelnovatch said. “It was just absolutely gutting and disappointing.” So when Monday finally came around, Virginia — eight days after being eliminated from the ACC postseason — was finally able to take a collective sigh of relief as the selection committee still pegged them as the No. 16 seed, giving the Cavaliers an always appreciated first-round bye. Now, Virginia (10-6-2, 3-32 ACC) will face the winner of a
Thursday night clash Sunday in Klöckner stadium, battling either UNC-Wilmington (12-4-2, 5-2-1 CAA) and Bucknell (10-9-3, 4-3-2 Patriot League). With what is essentially a twoweek bye between games, the Cavaliers have taken advantage of their time off. Between the mix of the program’s history and the team’s recent success, such a long break could have become a distraction for the Cavaliers, but the experienced Gelnovatch — entering his 19th consecutive NCAA tournament — was not about to let that happen. “Just because you’re winning, just because you get a bye, or just because you get into the tournament, it’s not same-old, same-old,” Gelnovatch said. “I think coming out of the Notre Dame game, there were a couple things that were coming to the surface that maybe finally surfaced that we’ve been addressing and that we’ve had time to address.” And while Gelnovatch has been busy tinkering with lineups and returning his squad to form, his players are just as focused on moving forward. After Monday’s practice, several seniors called together the team to share their experiences of losing in last season’s final four. In their fourth
Women’s soccer battles defensive-minded Rutgers Cavaliers hope to maintain momentum from 8-0 win against High Point to open NCAA Tournament play
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Junior forward Makenzy Doniak is the conference leader in points at 38 — 15 goals and eight assists — and has continued to key the Virginia offense in the postseason.
game of the NCAA tournament, the Cavaliers dropped a soul-crushing 2-1 defeat against Maryland. For the Cavaliers’ who saw their magical run come to an abrupt end, avenging that loss has been the focus of the season. “Having to wait a whole year to get back to that situation in that type of game is frustrating, but you don’t want to be back there again and have the same thing happen,” senior defender Kyler Sullivan said. “It’s just something to rally everyone together and make everyone realize why we’re working so hard in practice and why we’re doing what we’re doing — so we can get back to that spot and hopefully get a step further to the national championship game.” But to get that far, the Virginia will have to deal with several other foes. And perhaps the biggest key to doing so will be igniting a rather dormant offense, which averaged just more than one goal per game through the past 18 matches. And if the Cavaliers follow their blueprint from the past four seasons, senior midfielder Eric Bird could be the spark the Virginia needs. Bird — a first-team all-ACC selection — leads the Cavaliers with five goals on the season, two more
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Following its convincing 8-0 victory last Friday, the second-seeded Virginia women’s soccer team will enjoy a week of rest before its next matchup — an invaluable asset for a Cavalier squad which has played a 20-game season and is heading into a potential Friday-Sunday, second and third round NCAA tournament schedule this weekend. Virginia (19-2, 9-1 ACC) hosts a familiar opponent Friday night, as the No. 25 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-5-1, 8-4-1 Big Ten) travel to Klöckner Stadium for the seventh matchup between the two squads. The Cavaliers have prevailed in the last three and looked primed to secure a fourth-straight victory in the series, after easily securing a win against High Point within the game’s first 30 minutes. “Obviously the game was over in a hurry — that’s not always an easy thing to do,” coach Steve Swanson said. “For a lot of teams it’s been difficult, but for us to put them away early was a good sign. But we know that Rutgers is going to be more challenging.” The Scarlet Knights pose a particular challenge for Virginia’s prolific offense, boasting one of the best defenses in the country. They’re headlined by freshman goalkeeper Casey Murphy, who ranks No. 11 in
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than junior forward Darius Madison and sophomore forward Nicko Corriveau, who are tied for second on the team with three goals each. Fortunately for Virginia, if these past two weeks of practice are any indication, Bird is up for the challenge. In his second season as captain, the senior is well rested and ready to make one final run at a championship. “He seems to be reinvigorated,” Gelnovatch said. “He’s been buzzing around, animated and vocal because it’s his senior year — it’s his last chance.” Even those Cavaliers who are not seniors do not seem to need extra motivation, though. Last season’s College Cup loss — combined with
a couple more matches Virginia would have liked to have back this regular season — is plenty. Since the moment the final whistle blew that fateful December evening last year in Philadelphia, the Cavaliers have been waiting for revenge. Their quest begins Sunday. “We’re playing with a chip on our shoulders knowing we could have done even more last year,” Sullivan said. “We know exactly how we don’t want to feel after losing that semifinal game. We’re just going to give it our all and hopefully the best comes out of it.” Sunday’s kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.
the nation in goals allowed at 0.52. Additionally, with the two teams having played twice in the past three seasons, Rutgers is familiar with the challenge of facing Klöckner’s size and noise level as well as the Cavaliers’ pace and positioning. “Rutgers has played a lot of good teams and they’ve shown that they can be successful,” Swanson said. “They play in a good conference, and they’ve played us twice before, so they’re not going to be intimidated and they know what to expect.” Virginia — boosted by the return of senior midfielder Morgan Brian — is scoring goals at a staggering rate. The Cavaliers are tied for first nationally with 3.48 goals per game, and junior forward Makenzy Doniak leads the ACC with 15 goals and 38 points. Though Doniak has dominated, she credits much of her success to the coaching staff. “Steve has really prepared us for every game,” Doniak said. “The whole coaching staff has really helped us prepare really well to overcome every challenge, because every opponent brings a new challenge, and I think we have the tools to get past each game. We’ve had some difficult challenges against us, and I think we’ve dealt with them really well, so I think we’re ready.” Though Rutgers may be an opponent the Cavaliers can handle, another challenge looms large this weekend, and that is the quick Friday-to-Sunday turnaround star-
ing down the Cavaliers if they win against the Scarlet Knights. “The Friday-Sunday games are really tough because you have a tough game Friday, and then a really quick turnaround for Sunday,” junior forward Brittany Ratcliffe said. “But having played them in the ACC tournament and during the year, we’re used to the competition and the high level of play, we’re ready for it … but it’s definitely not easy.” Depth, however, is a tool often utilized to combat quick turnarounds — and Virginia boasts depth largely unrivaled across the NCAA. Eight players boast doubledigit point totals and 16 different players have scored this season, with the Cavaliers having seamlessly integrated nine new members following the loss of half of last season’s College Cup starting lineup. “It definitely helps because the starters played, but our reserves played a solid amount of minutes so they got their experience in that game,” Ratcliffe said. “And now we know that if the starters come off, the level of play won’t drop and they’re just as good as anybody else.” While the team has thrived this season, Swanson said there still are many improvements to be made. “I think we’ve gotten better as
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Vinson, Virginia pay visit to Xavier for first road game of the year With two wins at home to begin 2014-15, women’s basketball team faces Big East squad Musketeers, eyeing second 3-0 start in three seasons Chanhong Luu Associate Editor
After wins against Ohio State and Radford this weekend, Virginia women’s basketball coach Joanne Boyle is already looking ahead to the team’s future and its first road game this Thursday against Xavier. “I told the team ‘we can't start off slow when we head off on the road,’” Boyle said. “Those easy baskets will cost you on the road." Virginia opened the season with a close 87-82 win against Ohio State, not the customary blowout of some teams in pre-conference action.
“It builds confidence,” Boyle said. “We played the last four minutes of that game so well. We got a stop when we needed a stop. We hit our free throws. We ran offenses. We hit tough shots. We boarded. The W's great, but it’s how we executed down the stretch which is really good, especially for a young team.” Freshman point guard Mikayla Venson, who had 11 and 12 points in the two games respectively, spearheads that young team. Though she had double-digit points against Ohio State, she was 3-12 shooting on that night in comparison to the 6-8 shooting Sunday in the team’s 75-47 win against Radford.
Freshman point guard Mikayla Vinson is averaging 11.5 points through first two games, quickly adjusting to faster pace of college play in first season at Virginia.
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“I think the great thing about Mikayla is she didn’t let Friday night — her shots not falling — affect her,” Boyle said. “I thought she was just really poised in that game. I thought she ran the team. I could tell it in her face, it was just about the win. Just being a freshman in her first game and tonight again, she just had great poise out there.” Despite being the true point guard, Venson didn’t lead the team in assists — though she was still able to bring the ball down the court and rely on the many offensive playmakers on her team to further dish out the ball and score. Sophomore guard Breyana Mason led the team in assists in both games, dishing out six Friday and five Sunday. In both games, four Cavaliers had point totals in the double-digits. “We have a lot of weapons,” junior guard Faith Randolph said. “We have great post players down low. Miki, our point guard, can shoot as well and wings like me and Bry, so we have a lot of balanced scoring.” In her first postgame press conference, Venson echoed much of what Boyle and Randolph said. "As a point guard, I definitely want to get my teammates involved first,” Venson said. “I let the game come to me. I pass first and then look for my shot. We have great guards out there and balanced scoring is key for us. I just want to get wins, that's all that matters to me." Randolph spoke to the same focus as Boyle, saying a true point guard is crucial for the team’s future. “It helps a lot, especially com-
ing into tougher games moving forward,” Randolph said. “There’s going to be teams that press us a lot, so it’s great to have more of a ball handler. She’s great to have for us.” Venson is one of the two freshmen that have started for the Cavaliers this season. Joining her in the starting lineup is forward Lauren Moses, second on the team in rebounding after two games. Freshman guard Aliyah Huland El has also contributed significant minutes in the first two games but has had four personal fouls in each game. Moses matched that number Friday afternoon. “They've gotten into some foul trouble,” Boyle said. “They have to understand the college game and how physical they can play, but I think in the minutes they've played, they've done a great job so far. Get 10 games of experience and they’ll be different players by the time ACC play comes around." Indeed, the Cavaliers will have 10 more non-conference games to develop before playing their first ACC game. The first of those 10 will be against Xavier, who also opened up their season 2-0 with wins against Wofford and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Picked to finish ninth in the Big East Preseason poll after finishing the 2013-14 season 8-23, the Musketeers have no clear leader on the team after their top-two leading scorers — guards Shatyra Hawkes and Ashley Wanninger — graduated. Like the Cavaliers, the Musketeers are currently a well-balanced
offensive team with four and five players scoring double figures in their first two games. One of those players who scored double-digits in both games is former Virginia guard Raeshaun Gaffney, who joined the Xavier team as a transfer this season. They try and play up-tempothey really want to get you in a track meet — so we’re just going to have to control tempo and take what’s going to be good for us, which will be an inside- outside game," Boyle said. "They don’t have a lot of height, so we’re going to try to get the ball inside a little bit as well.” On the defensive side, Virginia has switched back and forth between the pack-line defense and zone defense, depending on what was working for them at the time — but regardless of what type of defense they play, the team will have to rebound. Against Radford, the Cavaliers allowed the Highlanders to outrebound them, giving up 23 second chance points. In that game, the Cavaliers’ rebounding leader was senior center Sarah Imovbioh, who recorded a measly nine rebounds after her record-breaking 24 against Ohio State. “We just got to take care of the ball, which we’ve been doing, and we’ve got to get people in position to score-to take advantage of the mismatches that we might have in the game, and we’ve got to rebound,” Boyle said. The Cavaliers tip off against Xavier at 7 p.m. in Cincinnati before returning to Charlottesville to host Auburn Sunday at 2 p.m.
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So you see why he is one of the best running backs in the country.” On the defensive side of the ball, the Hurricanes feature another heralded player in senior linebacker Denzel Perryman. Ranked the second best inside linebacker in the 2015 NFL Draft, also according to CBS Sports, he is a tackling-machine with 322 in his college career. “[Perryman’s] a very, very good football player,” London said. “He's involved in a lot of their special
teams. ... He's a very physical player. You can see that he's kind of the emotional leader defensively for them.” The Cavaliers have their own version of Perryman — senior linebacker Henry Coley. Revered for his phenomenal leadership on and off the field, Coley leads the ACC with 8 sacks this season and has recorded 214 career tackles. “Henry has emerged for us as a guy that's gotten better over the years,” London said. “His numbers, his contribution to the team is something that's very, very important for us and to us."
Coley and 33 other fourth and fifth-year football players will play their final game at Scott Stadium on Saturday. And, under the lights — Virginia’s first-ever night home game in November — emotions will be high in a setting all too familiar to high school senior night. “It's our last home game for a group of seniors that I consider great young men, and a lot of them — most of them — who will graduate and do big things in life,” London said. “I know [they] are looking forward to this.” Senior wide receiver Miles Gooch — who had season-ending
knee surgery a few weeks ago — wishes he could suit up a final time. But from the sidelines he will be as fired up for his fellow seniors as anybody in the stadium. To honor this high character competitor and friend who’s had his final season cut short, senior wide receiver Darius Jennings will wear No. 17 instead of his usual No. 6. “I know that the reason why Darius wanted to make the change to Miles’ number was one that was just born out of love for a teammate, and the fact that Miles’ final few games were lost here rather abruptly,” London said.
Every member of the Cavalier football program is ready to lay it all on the line Saturday. And this support, as well as that shown between proud parents and their children before the game, makes Senior Night special. “I definitely want to send out our seniors on a good note, because they’ve been role models for me,” junior defensive tackle David Dean said. “And they’ve helped others on the team come a long way.” Kickoff between the Cavaliers and Hurricanes is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Scott Stadium, and will be aired on ESPN2.
W SOCCER Doniak, Cavaliers vie for revenge, return to College Cup Continued from page 6 the year’s progressed,” Swanson said. “We’re getting contributions from a lot of new faces, but I think our best performance is still out
there and that we haven’t peaked yet.” The team's continued improvement throughout the season makes imagining their NCAA Tournament run intriguing — despite the squad's difficult ACC Champion-
ship loss to second-ranked Florida State. While getting to the final was impressive, the loss raised many questions for a team that was then on an eight-game winning streak. “The loss in the ACC Tournament really exposed our weak-
nesses and what we need to work on,” Doniak said. “We know why we lost to FSU and we can really get better and I think we’re even more prepared now.” The Cavaliers and Scarlet Knights will square off in what is
shaping up to be another frigid Friday night game at Klöckner Stadium. The predicted 6 p.m. kickoff temperature is 30 degrees — though both teams advanced from the first round while playing in below-freezing conditions last week.
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Arts in Charlottesville
ArtInPlace brings public art to Charlottesville Sculpture by Architecture professor Michael Bednar on display in traffic island at JPA and Stadium Maddy Weingast & Hanan Yazid Senior Writers
sTwenty sculptures line public plots on Charlottesville roads, a culmination of the city's effort to make art more publically accessible. The sculptures — 10 permanent structures and 10 placed for a one-year period — are hosted by ArtInPlace, a non-profit corporation which has been working since 2001. Each year, ArtInPlace reaches out to artists who work independently or in collaborative groups through listservs and magazines, offering the opportunity to showcase their work to the public. President and Manager Elizabeth Breeden said the idea behind the effort came out of a conversation in her kitchen. “We had the idea at my kitchen table: it should be easy to put art on the streets of Charlottesville,” Breeden said. “When we started our idea was sculpture on the streets.” The non-profit receives submissions from about 45 artists annually, with each artist submitting around three pieces.
A jury consisting of ArtInPlace board members and three other individuals — a museum or art gallery representative, a professor and an artist — decides in July which 10 pieces will be installed. Pieces are placed throughout the city in October and removed in September of the following year. “It’s an open call to artists, understanding [that] it’s public art on the streets of Charlottesville,” Breeden said. “Because of that, you’re looking at large obvious pieces — they tend to be metal. That’s the nature of what would happen if you’re doing a large piece that doesn’t cost artists a lot to make and to transport.” Jim Gallucci, the artist who built the "Symphonic Gate" showcased on Preston Avenue, said he was inspired to participate in the ArtInPlace program by the impact art can have on viewers. “Art is the physical manifestation of an idea or event that calls forth an emotional response from the viewer,” Gallucci’s website reads. “It speaks to us and evokes a chord deep within us. Good art challenges us, makes us feel righteous, moves us, soothes us, heals us and brings us peace.” ArtInPlace is sponsored by Charlottesville City Council and has received
considerable funding from the city since its formation. Breeden said the group receives $20,000 annually from the Percent for Art Fund for its sculpture program, which allows the group to pay the winning artists $1,000 upon receiving their sculpture and $500 following its removal. Architecture Prof. Michael Bednar’s "Three Musketeers" sculpture is currently on display at Stadium Road and Jefferson Park Avenue. Bednar said he enjoys the opportunity to display his art in such a public setting. “Charlottesville ArtInPlace is a wonderful opportunity to display my sculpture in a public venue,” Bednar said. “Public art is democratic in that anyone can see it at any time and react to it. All art must create a reaction — positive, negative or neutral.” Breeden said the project does not aim to define the Charlottesville community, but rather it seeks to depict individual experiences. She said the sculptures are particularly intriguing because they are ephemeral, fleeting landmarks in the community. ArtInPlace also hosts several two-dimensional pieces, including wall murals and highway landscapes.
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Museum exposes students to Aboriginal Australian Art Kluge-Ruhe submits films to festival, showcases indigenous peoples’ art in largest U.S. collection of its kind
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The University’s Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, a portfolio comprised of around 18,000 pieces of aboriginal and contemporary Australian art, is open to the University community in both academic and artistic settings. It is also the only collection in the United States dedicated to Aboriginal Australian art. The collection is located on Pantops Mountain in Charlottesville and was founded in 1997 when John Kluge, a self-made billionaire and aboriginal art collector, donated his collection to the University. The Collection became one of the largest in the
world when it is was combined with that of University of Kansas professor Edward Ruhe, bringing the collective value into the millions. Kluge’s said his aim in incorporating the collection into the University was to present the artwork to the community while emphasizing its academic value. The Collection is formally under the purview Jody Kielbasa, vice provost for the arts, and receives state funding for operation costs. Though the Collection is primarily an Aboriginal art exhibit, it is also active in promoting the cultures of all indigenous peoples. Lauren Maupin, education and program coordinator at the Kluge-Ruhe collection, said
these artists are given the opportunity to display their art once here. “[We] have a festival with local beer and music four times each summer and have an exposition for the artist supported by Council for Arts in Australia,” Maupin said. The Collection submitted three films to the Virginia Film Festival which were screened Nov. 6 – 8 at various Charlottesville locations. The films varied in style and content. “Drunktown’s Finest,” a Robert Redford produced drama, explores Navajo identity in America, and “What We Do in the Shadows,” a mockumentary about modern-day vampires, was filmed by a Maori director. The Collection engages in
the University community in other capacities and is partnered with the Darden School to promote mindful leadership. “[We’re] running a program … for executives” Maupin said. “It’s meant to educate leaders to lead with mindfulness.” Maupin said the Collection is more than just an exhibit and has a significant presence in the community. Around 8,000 people visit the collection annually.
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University furthers commitment to arts Renovations at Arts Grounds, Fralin increase student access to artistic expression Grace Erard Senior Writer
The University is increasing investment in arts around Grounds in an attempt to make art more relevant to the University student experience. The Campaign for the University of Virginia has raised $170 million for arts priorities, $38 million of which has gone toward the expansion, renovation and construction of buildings on the Arts Grounds. The remaining funds are helping to finance community engagement initiatives and art residencies, as well as exhibitions and educational programs at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University. The Fralin is one of the primary means through which the University engages students in the arts. Fralin Director Bruce Boucher said more than 2,000 students become members of the museum each year, a fivefold in-
crease since 2009. The museum currently has 49 active student docents who are trained to give tours to visitors of all ages. It also has 10 student interns who take the University Museums Internship course, participate in lectures and workshops and work to curate their own exhibition, which will open this April. Fralin Academic Curator Melissa Jordan Love, who teaches the internship course, sees the museum as an educational resource. She uses the museum collection to lead discussions with HeART of Medicine — a visual analysis workshop for Medical and Nursing students — the Batten Institute at the Darden School and a class from the Engineering School. She encourages her fellow faculty members to bring classes to the museum. Fralin Director of Development Elizabeth Wright said student academic involvement with the museum reached this year
the highest level since 2006. “The total number of students who visited the museum with their class last year (2013-14) was 1,354,” Wright said in an email. “Eighteen different departments used the museum in the Fall of 2013, and 15 visited the museum in the spring of 2014 — both the highest number of departments recorded visiting the museum since statistics began in 2006.” Wright said the museum reaches out to students on an extracurricular level as well. “The Fralin Museum of Art also engages students with Final Fridays, a social event that draws from 300 to 500 students for an evening of food, drinks, music and art,” Wright said. “In addition, we have hosted several student groups for evening events, including most recently the Black Student Alliance and the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth.” Third-year College student
Natalie May, chair of the Student Arts Committee, a subcommittee of Student Council dedicated to nurturing and promoting the arts, said she is pleased with the way the University is increasing its commitment to the arts. “Arts Grounds has been beautifully developed over the past years, the arts departments are expanding and the first two presidential speakers for the arts were a huge success,” May said. “That being said, there is still much to be done to increase student interaction with the arts, and that is where the Student Arts Committee comes in. … We strive to both support the student artist and garner interest in the arts amongst students who might not interact with them on a regular basis.”
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The committee has a series of initiatives to achieve these goals. These include a series of events open to the entire community known as Arts Madness, a roundtable “Arts Network Night” discussion among different groups, a Student Arts Fund for independent projects, an Arts Advocates program to inform students living on-Grounds about art events and a project to establish galleries for student art in University libraries.
Old Cabell Hall murals reimagine the Cavalier journey Exquisite paintings chronicle fictional U.Va. student’s Charlottesville experience Mary Donnelly Staff Writer
The mural greeting each visitor to the lobby of Old Cabell Hall is a mixture of nostalgia, artistic flair and school pride. Nearly every Un i v e rsit y
student has walked by the larger-than-life painting at some point in their time on Grounds — but many have likely passed by without truly taking notice of its majesty. In 1996, a group of University benefactors commissioned artist Lincoln Perry to create the mural titled “Students’ Progress.” Bold colors and thick strokes resemble a Re-
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Old Cabell Hall’s classic, extravagant wall painting extend the Wahoo way of life into a different medium.
naissance-style painting; the main attraction, however, is told among the panels. The painting offers more than just a static image; it details a narrative, chronicling the life of a University student. The story follows the life of a red-haired, musically-inclined student named Shannon. The first panel depicts Shannon walking up a staircase on her first day of class. She’s inconspicuous and timid among the crowd — an accurate portrayal of the masses of lost first years in the opening weeks of classes. This image is reminiscent of everyone’s first-year experience, full of “mandatory” orientation lectures and nervous questions as to how to get from Newcomb to the Bookstore. The next panels shows Shannon at a party, talking with friends. This painting is followed by a scene of someone helping Shannon up because she has a broken ankle. The next few panels depict Shannon playing her violin and bonding
with other students. She’s discovering her passions and finding her place at the University, becoming increasingly involved in extracurriculars. Finally, she reaches Final Exercises, where she is surrounded by supporting friends and faculty. The next grouping of panels depicts Shannon’s future: she gets married, becomes a University music professor, and raises a child who eventually attends the University as well. Though this latter half of the narrative is less relatable for current University students — certainly we won't all get married, have children or return as professors — the painting nevertheless offers a slew of University-specific scenes which any student can appreciate. One panel depicts the annual Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn. Shannon brings her daughter to participate in the tradition, and the painting depicts cute children in costumes passing the Rotunda, all surrounded by the gorgeous colors of a Charlottes-
ville fall, a favorite sights of all Wahoos. But perhaps the best and most humorous painting is the panels of the left stairwell. It shows students drinking, flirting, getting sick and dancing. One student is duct-taped to a column of the Rotunda, another is sneaking out of a professor’s bedroom and passing her underwear to her. Directly across from this party scene is a painting of various notable professors. Props to the University for knowing how to take a joke. A stroll through Old Cabell Hall offers a good chance for students, staff and returning alumni to reminisce and relish in your time in Charlottesville. Whether you are a first year or a fourth year, you will certainly see a bit of yourself in Shannon’s adventures. The main desk of Old Cabell provides free pamphlets with a map of the sequence of paintings, as well as a more detailed background on the artist and further analysis of the painting.
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Discovering the heart of art in C’ville You don’t have to be an artist to appreciate Charlottesville culture
it is engaging and exciting — and it welcomes anyone and everyone interested in participating. For those who don’t enjoy perusing paintings and drawings, the Downtown Mall has an abundance of small craft stores and artisan shops, perfect for casual exploring.
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Charlottesville is known for its vibrant music scene, but its visual arts scene is just as strong. It requires some extra exploration, but
Vivian’s Arts for a Living has a gorgeous array of glass art displaying in its front window. These glass pieces come in all shapes and sizes, from bowls and small trinkets to jewelry young people would actually want to wear. Farther back in the store are handmade clothing and home goods — including silverware, vases, and other miscellaneous items and decorations. For siblings looking to split the cost for a unique Christmas present for Mom, Vivian’s is the perfect place to start.
Ten Thousand Villages sells an array of charming crafts from all across the world. This shop is an independent, nonprofit charity, and one of the largest fair trade organizations in the world. It purchases small crafts from disadvantaged artisans, providing them with a decent wage and helping fund affordable housing, education and health care in these areas.
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While on your artistic trek, when you get tired of window shopping or your wallet grows light, take a stop at the First Amendment monument in front of the nTelos Pavilion. This chalkboard is not “art,” precisely — but it is a tribute to free and creative expression, which is critical to a supportive arts community. Artwork, inspirational quotes, promotions for events, cheesy jokes: it’s all welcome. Yes, even “Jenny + Jane = BFFs 4 lyfe.”
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The C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery, a colorful space where dozens of local artists display and sell their work, showcases the artistic ingenuity of the local area. Its seemingly endless range of items includes every type of handmade craft, jewelry, photography, clothing and more traditional art like paintings and sculptures. Every First Friday it features a special exhibit of new member’s art. Depending on the store, prices for craft items can be steep on a student budget. But walking through each of them is an experience in itself — and taking a stroll on the Downtown Mall is always a welcome reprieve from studying for finals.
Another community chalkboard is located at IX Art Park, less than a half-mile from the Downtown Mall. The board has the repeating sentence, “Before I die, I want to _____.” Visitors are encouraged to fill in the space with their dreams and goals. It is clear Charlottesville has some lofty aspirations: one person wants to “do culinary travel all over the world,” one wants to “kiss an elephant,” and one aspires to “be Batman.” Artists and non-artists alike will appreciate the park's industrial and rustic atmosphere. Located behind an old warehouse, the work-in-progress area seeks to connect the community through public art, urban gardens, and community workshops and kitchens. The space has been filled with artwork created by artist-led citizen teams — school groups and graffiti murals spread across the entire back wall of the warehouse, ranging in style from realism to abstract to surrealism. The rest of the space is filled with unique sculptures, showcasing everything from a metal head to an igloo of tree branches. Throughout the year, the park holds a wide range of events, such as concerts, social mixers and movie screenings, making it the perfect unconventional hang out spot for any student or community member.
Finally, one of the most under-appreciated gems of the Charlottesville visual arts scene is the McGuffey Art Center. Only a block from the Downtown Mall, the Center holds a goldmine of artistic opportunities. Three galleries feature the work of local and Virginia artists; one currently displays the artwork of University fourth years. The MAC offers classes and workshops to anyone, from modern Michelangelos to the guy who draws stick figures in the margin of his notebooks. The Center's greatest asset is its artists in residence program, which allows visitors to watch and talk with artists at work. Visiting these open studios is ideal for aspiring artists to connect to professionals and seek advice. But this opportunity can also be an interesting experience for non-artists; you don’t have to know the difference between neoclassical and baroque art to talk to a Charlottesville artist about their work. Simply speaking to the artist can help curious Charlottesville residents understand the artist’s perspective — and maybe even begin to appreciate it.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Struggle today, strength tomorrow
In the wake of Rolling Stone’s article, anger should be channeled into constructive change
Comment of the day “I cannot believe they are blaming a virus. More than 15 students got sick and all at the same time. A virus doesn’t act that systematically, and a virus certainly doesn’t stop spreading at exactly 24 hours. I hope they admit it was food poisoning, but I fear to avoid law suits and health violation fines this will be swept under the rug as just a “fluke virus.” This school needs a complete overhaul of its dining system, and quite frankly it’s disturbing that a school of this caliber has such a poor dining system.” “UVa first year” responding to Kelly Kaler and Matthew Comey’s Nov. 17 article, “First years plagued by gastrointestinal illness, source speculated to be dining hall.”
Reactions to Rolling Stone’s article detailing the gang rape of a University student by several fraternity brothers have been a mixture of anger, disgust and despair. It is impossible to hold onto our pride knowing such behavior not only occurred, but was also downplayed and brushed off by members of our community. The horrific story is one that had to be told. It is immortalized now, unable to be ignored. Denial is a human reaction; we don’t want to confront the tragedies that occur in our community. It’s easier to say “That couldn’t have happened — those are all good guys,” than to say “I believe you.” Because when we believe, we have to believe there is a possibility the same fate could befall us. And we don’t want to live in a world like that. But that is the world we live in. The merit of this article is that it pushes everyone to confront that world; it has aroused the anger and frustration which is necessary to create change. The risk, however, is that the negative portrayal of the administration could lead students
to see the University as an antagonist rather than an ally. The University’s system has flaws. Rolling Stone’s investigation has demonstrated that in an effort to prioritize a victim’s autonomy, overall student safety may be compromised — and that is a balance the University must constantly be evaluating. This is the issue we grappled with when considering the University’s new mandatory reporting policy. The article has also led many to think the University is more concerned with protecting its reputation than with addressing the needs of survivors. It is essential for the University to take accountability for all shortcomings, past or present. But it is vital to remember that the University is also an essential resource for survivors, and distrust will not facilitate reporting that is necessary for a university support system to function. Survivors can access more resources from the University than just the opportunity to file a complaint and go through formal or informal resolutions. They can
ask that a no-contact order be issued to perpetrators; they can ask perpetrators be removed from their classes or from their dorms; and if survivors are struggling to complete academic work, they can withdraw from classes without marks on their records. Survivors should know these opportunities to improve their well-being without any adjudications are available to them if they go to the administration. The University has also invited the public to comment on its recently revised sexual misconduct policy. Reading and commenting on the policy would be one opportunity for students to channel their current frustrations into constructive change. And if we truly want the University to hold accountable the perpetrators of these crimes, survivors cannot be discouraged from reporting, whether by their peers who do not believe their stories, or by national publications which spotlight an institution’s failures and ignore its attempts to improve. We can sit around the table and
debate the ethics of the University’s policies for as long as we want, but if survivors do not come forward, these policies have no reports to be applied to. A survivor’s decision not to report must always be respected, but we hope a survivor is not discouraged from reporting because of any mistrust and demonization of the University which results from sweeping negative portrayals such as this one. Hopefully, the courage of the survivors in this piece and the anger this story incites will motivate a change in culture that is necessary to foster respect for one another, normalize bystander intervention, and encourage survivors to come forward. Change will not happen if their feelings of guilt and brokenness are compounded by the community’s denial of their pain. The anger, disgust and despair we feel reading this story is akin to feeling a small fraction of that pain. What do we take away from this experience now that it has disturbed us? How do we channel that emotional reaction into a change in our community?
Running with Leslie Participating in the Fourth Year 5K is an opportunity to establish a tradition of taking care of each other Guest Viewpoint
Humans have a rather complicated relationship with running: there’s the hellacious elementary school Presidential fitness test in which ten-year-olds are required to sprint back and forth across an un-airconditioned basketball court, slapping the out-of-bounds line as they scramble to beat an ever quickening, loud beep of elimination. There’s the sadistic high school cross country coach who has specifically chosen the largest hill in town for sprint workouts; the last runner to make it to the top has to jog back down and sprint up over and over (on exhausted legs) until her time miraculously improves. There’s the pictures of happy, sweaty friends on Facebook (filtered on Instagram) who’ve just completed yet another half-marathon when we claimed a victory last week after making it a full fifteen minutes without stopping. There’s the long-list of expensive and inconvenient impact injuries: shin splints, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, Achilles tendonitis, iliotibial band tendonitis, hip mis-
alignment — and of course — the overwhelming amount of discomfort and heaving for air in the first ten minutes of running in general. But yet, we still lace up and go… or we at least think/have thought about doing so. It’s methodic: one foot in front of the other for up-
Leslie Baltz was an intellectually curious, passionate studio art/ art history major recently returned from a study abroad trip to Italy. She hadn’t been a high school track super-star, but she’d come to running as most of us do — striving toward a recommended 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days a week. She was working on a promising thesis, painting for pleasure, and just starting to pick up considerable distance on her long This is the year that we’ll run to remember. runs when her life ended. She died in a wards of 7,500 strikes. It’s precious high-risk drinking accident on the — an uncanny ability to hit the morning of the last home football ground with three to four times game. She had been left alone. your own body weight and not A couple of weeks ago, I called shatter the bones in your toes. It’s Leslie’s mother, Vivian, to request human — running from stress or her presence at the Fourth Year worry, running for the relief of en- 5K, a race that has become a treadorphins, running for health, or, sured part of this university for the as this university has done for the past twenty-three years, adopting past seventeen years, running to re- Leslie’s memory for the last sevenmember. teen. She and her daughter’s college She died when I was four years roommates and friends come down old, when I was just learning to run to Charlottesville every year, now fast through leaf piles in our front with strollers and plenty of extra yard with my little brother. little runners, to honor Leslie. The
Fourth Year 5K is a healthy alternative, the morning filled with Dean Groves dolling out high-fives, Cav Man doing cartwheels, and nervous runners joking about slower times or crawling the race. I picked up the phone in high spirits, an avid runner and daughter constantly trying to make my own parents proud; for a brief moment, I had forgotten that Leslie was gone. Speaking with Mrs. Baltz was one of the hardest conversations I’ve had in my twenty-one years of life. She surprised me, hitting a powerful theme of this year by stating, “this is not the race where we tell students not to drink. This is the race in which we ask this university community to never leave its students, friends, roommates or random bus conversationalists alone, especially in high-risk situations. This is the race in which we hold ourselves personally accountable not only for our own well being, but especially for the health of others no matter how we’ve formed a connection with them.” The year after Leslie’s death, the Fourth Year 5K had about 100 runners. As of last Friday, we have 913 University students of all years, faculty and community members
committed to run. Shocked and with still a week left for registration, we are quickly stuffing race packets and rush ordering more long-sleeved shirts — feel free to walk or run at your own pace (there are no beeps of elimination) and the course is steep-hill-sprint free. There will be plenty of opportunities to take your sweaty post-race photo and, in the case of injury, we’ve got some volunteer EMTs on hand too. Please join us in creating a caring university community and in breaking 1,000 registrants in honor of Leslie Baltz. This is the year that we’ll run to remember. The race will take place on November 22nd at 8 a.m. in the Amphitheatre and is part of Substance Abuse Prevention Week. A portion of proceeds from the race will be donated to the Leslie Baltz Foundation which provides scholarships for art history majors to study abroad.
Sandra Menendez is a fourthyear in the College and a Peer Health Educator.
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Starting at the top olling Stone’s recent article comparatively; we should evaluate about sexual assault at the them using standards that are inUniversity has already invoked a dependent of the processes of other wide range of emotions from the schools. student body. For some, With this in mind, the piece is an unfoundit becomes increasingly ed attack on our school; difficult to know where for others, it is a recogto start our analysis. nition of a harsh reality; The Rolling Stone arand for what I suspect is ticle pinpoints several a large majority of us, it roots of our University’s falls somewhere in beproblem, the first being tween. It is now our task the school’s deference as students to deterto Greek life. On this mine how to respond to count, it is hard to arthat article — not to the gue with Sabrina Rubin DANI BERNSTEIN magazine, but within Erdely, the author of the Senior Associate Editor our own community. piece. After terminatThere are several iming its Fraternal Orgaportant takeaways from this piece, nization Agreement with Pi Kappa the most important being that, re- Alpha (PiKA) last year for incidents gardless of what elements of the of hazing, the University allowed piece are debatable, there is a prob- the fraternity — which, notably, was lem with how this school handles Dean Groves’ fraternity when he was sexual assault. Yes, this article could a student — to return to Grounds. have been written about virtually As Erdely rightly points out, the any university. Replace “UVA” with school has been unbelievably slow any of the schools on the Obama to investigate Phi Kappa Psi despite administration’s list for Title IX many allegations of sexual assault. violations — and even schools not This argument, and others, are on that list — and the article prob- persuasive. But where Erdely falters ably would not change significantly. is in her effort to condemn the stuFor that reason, it feels immensely dent body alongside the adminisfrustrating to be singled out, when tration, as though they are equally inaction on rape and sexual assault at fault — when in reality, students cases persists across the country. But have been the source of most if not singled out or not, we should not all of the discussion of sexual assault evaluate our adjudicative processes on our campus.
Pointing to the University’s print Project, started by University Honor code, Erdely makes the point students, encourages students to University students have heard so be active bystanders especially on often: there is something inherently Boys’ Bid Night, a night that typishameful about students being ex- cally sees spikes in reports of sexual pelled for cheating or plagiarism assault. Take Back the Night Week, and not for sexual assault. This is which Erdely describes as “the pinundeniable, but her mention of this nacle of [University students’] polite ignores the differences between activism,” is no small undertaking Honor offenses and sexual assault and even includes a Sexual Misconcases — namely, that students han- duct Board mock trial. Recently, the dle one, and the administration han- University Judiciary Committee has dles the other. This is not to suggest moved to revamp its sexual misconthat students should handle sexual duct subcommittee. assault cases (in fact, I have argued So we see the problem is not a the opposite); rather, there is a dif- lack of effort from the student body, ference in the standards students hold their peers to, compared with the standards the administration appears to hold. In particular, I take issue with Erdely’s statement that the “genteel University of Virginia The problem is not a lack of effort from the has no radical feminist student body, but rather a lack of response culture seeking to upend from the administration. the patriarchy.” We cannot deny there is some pervasive culture here that allows but rather a lack of response from abuses to occur. But we have undeni- the administration, an area where ably excellent student groups aimed Erdely and I agree. Our school has at addressing this very issue. Groups notoriously mishandled sexual aslike One Less — which is far from a sault cases. Of course, the adminis“secret society,” as Erdely writes — tration is not to blame for the fact and One in Four create a network of that sexual assaults occur — that support that is clearly unparalleled blame lies squarely with the perpeby the administration. The Hand- trators. But the administration is to
Addressing the issue of sexual assault at the University requires a focus at the administrative level blame for allowing a culture to persist in which perpetrators continue to offend without fear of punishment. The burden to fix this does not lie with students, though many students, impressively, have chosen to take that burden on. Moving forward, the administration is left with no choice but to reform how it handles sexual misconduct cases. A recent theme at our school has been finding the good in the bad — especially with the devastating, recent loss of two peers (one of which, frankly, should not have been mentioned in the Rolling Stone article for lack of relevance). This is never an easy task, yet here again, we have been afforded an opportunity to find the good. Environments like Phi Psi may foster some of the most egregious actions imaginable, and students who engage in such behavior are far too prevalent at our school. But that does not mean there is no community at this school for survivors. The issue at hand is that this supportive community does not seem to extend to the administration; this is where we should focus our efforts, and this is where we should seek improvement. Dani’s columns run Mondays. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear mom, take a break T
Paid parental leave is long overdue in the United States
he numbers are staggering: out promises to make any substantive of nearly 170 countries across policy action on the matter unrealthe globe, only the United States and istic. Now, it is not my intent to arPapua New Guinea refuse to provide gue the international popularity of a cash benefits to women particular policy always during maternity leave. lends merit to that idea. Since the 1960s, only Though pointing out three states — Califorthe anomaly may have nia, New Jersey and shock value, if the UnitRhode Island — have ed States is to adopt paid seen fit to adopt paid family leave, it should family leave programs. do so out of an earnest In a 2012 study by the desire for reform, not National Partnership from the pressure to for Women and Famisimply match the rest lies that examined the of the world. The curCONOR KELLY effectiveness of states rent plan on the table, Opinion Columnist in improving upon fedhowever, seeks nothing eral law on the subject more than to conform of parental leave, Virginia received with global developments — the a disheartening D grade. The lack proposal before Congress seeks to of expansion upon federal rights or create a program which, if estabprotections for new or expecting lished, would be one of the least exparents who are employed in the pri- tensive paid leave programs that curvate sector certainly did not help that rently exist at the federal level. grade. Although, to be fair, Virginia Not surprisingly, a gridlocked did relatively well — considering political system has impeded many that nearly half of the United States efforts at change. More than five scored a D- or F. years into his term as president, Despite such statistics, most con- Barack Obama himself has yet to temporary politicians seem rather come out with a comprehensive viunconcerned with the issue, in part sion for family leave. At a recent because current political gridlock White House summit, he quipped
that if, of all countries “France can figure this out, we can figure this out.” The President’s attempt at rallying support for public action on the matter, though admirable, may have been better served if he had, instead of choosing France, pointed out that Russia currently administers one of the most extensive paid leave programs. Its policy pays mothers full salary for 28 weeks and minimum wage for 18 months following the birth of a child, whereas the United States is currently struggling to consider a law that would provide 12 weeks of paid leave to new mothers. The President may well be aware of this reality, but why the hesitance to tell the full story? It should not be surprising that this issue, like so many others, comes down to political obstructionism. To be fair, it might be difficult for Republicans to support any type of paid family leave, as business interests have often argued paid leave would be a job-killer (though many studies suggest the opposite). While all politicians intermittently wave the flag of family values, however, research has steadily shown that women who take maternity leave experience positive health benefits. Paternal leave, stud-
ies suggest, allows increased involvement of fathers with their children, which leads to significant positive developmental and cognitive effects. Being able to afford staying home with a new child is only practical if maternity and paternity leaves are paid. As much as conservatives may profess their commitment to family values, their continued opposition to paid family leave legislation on vague economic grounds compromises their commitment to such values. Though conservatives often articulate a belief that finances and parenthood are to be handled on an individual level, what could be more important to the health and growth of American families than a higher amount of financially independent parents who can devote valuable time and care to their newborns? The economic case against paid family leave also rests on shaky grounds. The value of paid family leave is its substantive recognition that child-rearing and the financial independence of new parents are essential to drive the economic development of a modern nation. It seems highly unlikely, especially when one considers the economic experiences of the many states that
have adopted paid family leave programs, that paid family leave would actually have a negative economic impact on families. While mandated paid family leave would inevitably make it more expensive on average to hire workers, the idea that women would become more expensive to hire rests on the assumption that women would consistently be given more paid maternal leave than fathers would be given paid paternal leave. Admittedly, women may require more leave due to the unique physical and emotional challenges mothers face in birthing and raising a child. But if both parents receive a similar amount of leave, as they should, the effect will be to break down biased (and outdated) perceptions of the father as the primary breadwinner and the mother as the principal caregiver. Paid family leave policies are not simply an opportunity to assist struggling families; they are also a chance to expand the idea of gender equality, particularly in the workplace. Conor’s columns run Tuesdays. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Working up the ladder arlier this month, my fellow Grounds. It took a period of trial columnist, Nazar Aljassar, and error (which is ongoing) to get published a column entitled “An- somewhat settled into my niche. other kind of diversity” in which he While my experience is perhaps argued that CIOs at the the more common one, University should creI recognize many stuate leadership positions dents at the University geared exclusively tomay have a different ward first- and secondexperience. Those who year students. come to the University Aljassar highlights with familial or social an obstacle that CIOs links already in place on grounds encounmay have a firm idea in ter: student apathy. I their minds about what certainly agree this is their place at the Unia significant problem versity is. MARY RUSSO that needs to be adHowever, no matter Opinion Columnist dressed; however, I your background comwould not link student ing into the Univerapathy to lack of leadership posi- sity, first- and second-year students tions for younger students. On the usually do not have the experience contrary, I believe student apathy is to jump right into leadership posimuch more influenced by the fact tions. That is not to say that there that many students feel that it is im- are not any exceptions to this genpossible to get involved in an orga- eralization. As Aljassar points out, nization unless you join right when age diversity does exist within the you enter the University. Creating leadership structures of certain orleadership roles just for younger ganizations at the University, such students is not the best way to as StudCo. In my own experience, tackle this problem, and may even I have seen first- and second-year take us further away from the goal students perform outstandingly of consistent student engagement. in leadership positions. However, As an out-of-state student, I these positions were ones that were had no idea which organizations not carved out just for them. RathI wanted to join once I arrived on er, they were positions that were up
for grabs for everyone. This assures dents, or create specific roles only the younger students who get these for younger students. When leadpositions have demonstrated their ership seems predetermined in any qualifications in comparison to all way, students disengage. of their peers. We should be wary It is true that organizations are of potentially sacrificing quality of usually led by entirely new groups leadership for age diversity. of people each year. However, that Not all student apathy comes does not mean the new leaders from inability to join organizations. have no experience in the groups, Many students feel more generally or have not been involved since uninvolved and disconnected, and first year (often they have). Aljasdon’t necessarily have the desire to engage with CIOs and organizations on Grounds. Many organizations seem to have a ladder system in place for gaining leadership The creation of leadership roles just for younger positions, in which students is not the best way to tackle this problem, student leaders ascend the first rung and may even take us further away from the goal of the ladder the of consistent student engagement. first semester of their first year. To be clear, my argument is not that sar states that students only have a first- and second-years should not year to effectuate change once they hold leadership positions. On the gain leadership, when in fact they contrary, I believe that inspired have time both before and after asyounger students can do just as suming their position to do so. In great of a job as older students addition, it is possible for new leadwith far more experience. I simply ers to continue initiatives started do not think organizations should by their predecessors. Consider, for implement quotas for younger stu- example, the implementation of the
Instituting leadership positions for younger students is not the solution to student apathy Informed Retraction in 2013, an effort carried out by two consecutive Honor chairs. The problems addressed by Aljassar do not call for an institutional change. Perhaps there should be more emphasis on mentorship between new and old leaders. In addition, clubs could actively try to recruit older students to enrich the membership of their organizations and discourage complacency. The notion that students arrive on grounds ready to take on leadership positions in CIOs or organization is usually untrue. If students do not have the experience of being a general member, they will have neither the insight nor the motivation to be an active an effective leader. While I commend Aljassar’s emphasis on age diversity, I think his proposed method of tackling disengagement with CIOs and student initiatives will only aggravate this problem by creating more barriers for students to join organizations later in their University careers.
Mary’s columns run Thursdays. She can be reached at m.russo@ cavalierdaily.com.
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Democrats need to establish a new and comprehensive policy platform to remain relevant
othing makes a better RorIn the United Kingdom, Scotschach test than a lost elec- tish voters almost left the Union tion. Following the pounding the altogether because, to quote ConDemocratic Party took on No- servative Prime Minister David vember 4th, we’ve Cameron himself, they been treated to exwere “fed up with the planations about the effing Tories.” That said, causes ranging from despite widespread Democrats failing to unpopularity of rightdistance themselves wing austerity meafrom Obama, Demosures and protests and crats distancing themriots over public sector selves too much from cuts, the Labour Party Obama, rising conseris in panic mode and vatism, a still anemic disarray ahead of elecrecovery and racism, tions early next year. GRAY WHISNANT among many other Ed Miliband, the soOpinion Columnist theories. While there cial democratic party’s may be shades of truth leader, is facing interin these explanations, what hap- nal plots against his leadership and pened that Tuesday is bigger than dismal showing in opinion polling. Barack Obama and even Ameri- Similarly, French Socialist Party can politics. Worldwide, center-left leader François Hollande faces a political parties are in crisis as they 13 percent approval rating and reckon with how to govern in an barely survived a confidence vote age of disillusionment with both that would have removed him from late capitalism and the traditional power. When Democrats and Eumeans of taming it. The left’s prob- ropean center-left parties tell voters lems are international in nature, they are in favor of the spending and if it is ever to reclaim the politi- cuts, tax reductions, slashed regucal zeitgeist from the right, progres- lation and privatizations the right sive parties must ignite a vision of a wants but in a smaller degree, it’s better world, not offer bureaucratic no surprise their base voters don’t tinkering to manage economic feel compelled to support them and malaise. swing voters gravitate to conserva-
tive parties that forthrightly defend their policies. The breakdown of the relationship between center-left parties and the working classes has also led to a reawakening of dormant far-right monsters. In Greece, this means the ascendance of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn to third place in Parliamentary polling, while in France, the right-wing National Front has made attacks on “Islamification” and immigrants central to its campaigns. Though it would be wrong and wildly ahistorical to compare the Tea Party to the National Front, its right-wing populism that casts public employees, food stamp recipients and immigrants as villains has defined the parameters of political debate since the onset of the Great Recession. Because the mainstream left has failed to provide a coherent narrative of the crisis and a real alternative path forward, the confused and overwhelmed white working class is naturally drawn to the cohesive narratives propagated by figures like Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck. In absence of a positive alternative, the forces of reaction will continue to place the center and left on the defensive. But is it true, as Margaret Thatcher infamously said, that
there is no alternative to the prevailing economic order? Far from it. In Spain, the year-old “Podemos” (translated “We Can”) party has gone from 0.2 percent support in its infancy to a 27.7 percent standing in the latest polls this November by calling for a fundamentally different economic and political system. While conservative Prime Minister Mario Rajoy’s policies have left unemployment above 23 percent and ordinary Spaniards still dislocated after the financial crisis, Podemos wants to institute a universal basic income, renegotiate Spain’s crippling debt to international creditors, shorten the workweek to 35 hours, launch massive investment in public health and education and establish Parliamentary control over monetary policy in a sharp break with current orthodoxy. In the political sphere, the party has open online voting for all members to develop its election platform, small local “circles” that serve as bedrocks against corruption and a broad commitment to making the democratic process more responsive to the people it seeks to govern. By offering a vision of a better future for all citizens, Podemos is on its way to building something very special. In addition to leaders
like Evo Morales and Lula De Silva in Latin America, there are indeed alternatives to the hollowing out of incomes and continued financialization of the economy. No one party or politician has a monopoly on the truth, but the Western political establishment certainly lacks it at the moment. So what does this mean for Democrats? The Democratic Party will never be credible in its claims to improve the standards of living of the vast majority of the country as long as wages continue to stagnate and full employment remains elusive. The kinds of radical remedies political parties like Syriza in Greece and Podemos propose are well out of reach for now, but policy like a universal child credit would be a good place for the government to start raising incomes where the private sector has failed. The sooner Obama’s party buries its commitment to marketization and reclaims its identity in ensuring a decent standard of living for all Americans, the better off we will all be.
Gray’s columns run Wednesdays. He can be reached a g.whisnant@ cavalierdaily.com.
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Just for wits.
On living with a monster Drew Kiser Humor Columnist
Imagine a hellscape in which the rigid borders of open suitcases lie like vipers under a quilt of laundry. Only God in Heaven knows which of these clothes are dirty and which are clean. The only certain thing in this cabinet of horror is that any visitor is sure to step on the hard casing on luggage or, if he is unlucky, a spoon still sticky with lentil soup. This is the war-zone to which I subject myself during the 2014 Summer Term. I thought it would be fun to live in a rundown JPA rambler with my good friend (I will call her X) for four weeks; it was cheap, it was within sprinting distance of a bus stop, and I was excited to live a bohemian life with my female counterpart. But nothing — not even 30-hours of mandatory National-Honor-Society trash collection — could prepare me for this cohabitation. Of course, there were signs, just as rounds of tremors portend a seismic catastrophe. I had spent the week before finals in her room, picking up pieces of garbage and loose change off the floor and putting the garbage in the garbage can and the coins in my pocket (I figured it was a tax, a Catholic-esque indulgence for living a life of filth). I should have read the clues, I should have listened when she said she drank everything from one mug and cut tough meat with the edge of a spoon. Why, O Archangel Michael, patron saint of brooms and dustpans, why did I not listen to the harbinger of doom while I still had time? We moved in one May night. Her stuff, which we drove from Brown, was tossed helter-skelter in the living room, since the previous tenant was staying one more night and we couldn’t fully move in yet. Little did I know that this was, in X’s mind, the final step; the majority of those objects would remain where they were so absentmindedly stationed until I, the glutton for punishment, tidied them in anticipation for a dinner party. Of course, one does not consider this, just as a newlywed on her honeymoon cannot see the boor her husband will become in ten
years’ time. An important detail to note: This friend of mine kept three fish in one tank. Of course, they died one by one, in protest, I imagine, to the blank walls and disorganized cosmetic boxes over which they looked. By the second week I too wished I could will myself into death as I waited in the living room for a half-hour while she got ready to run errands, or surveyed the cutting-board (which swam with ants the night after she cut a mango), or discovered my smoked salmon with X’s claw-marks torn into the plastic wrapping. Oh, death was welcome in that house, and I, the level-headed roommate, was ready to turn belly-up. I commiserated with the turn-of–the-century missionaries lost in the Congo. Looking back, it was not so bleak a situation as I made it out to be. Her being so laissez-faire provided me the opportunity to dip my fingers in the wild side. I, too, indulged my vices, and ate from a bag of expensive chocolates, taking shots of absinthe and washing it down with peanut butter from a spoon which, moments before, had spread mayonnaise on a sandwich. I looked to her for instruction in these matters; hers was the environment where mess didn’t matter, where I could cut brie with a hunting knife and clean it with my tongue, where, when we ran out of tonic, straight gin and lime juice sufficed. We led, in the latter weeks, the life of a newlywed couple, rife with love and squalor. We ate lentils from the same can and she called ahead to bookstores downtown to find editions I wanted, unprompted. Her style of life, whatever crossover between monastery and pigsty, turned out to be not just a less refined version of my own life, but a valid alternative. I don’t see myself submitting to her lifestyle anytime soon (I like my clotheswashing, lint-rolling, calendarkeeping self too much for that) I did learn to respect her. So while I fumed at the sink, scraping off soup which stuck to our single solitary spoon like leprosy, part of me (begrudgingly) thanked Saint Jerome, the patron saint of garbage, for sending me his angel.
On living with an ice queen
Charlotte Raskovich Humor Editor
I wasn’t known as a garbage girl until my personality and myriad questionable personal habits were juxtaposed with that of the world’s cleanest boy. I will call this boy Y. As in “Y can’t you chill out and let me revel in the limitless freedom of summertime fun?” Sometimes you try your best and despite your most valiant efforts to contain the mess that you are, you cannot appease the impossibly high standards of a fastidious summer term housemate. Even now I can feel myself putting on a cultivated mask, sitting up a little straighter and using words I vaguely remember from SAT prep in order to impress the boy who looked at me the way a missionary might look at a native. I’m not saying that living with Y for a month was comparable to the subjugation of indigenous peoples under cultural imperialism, nor am I saying that Y was a cruel and tyrant. On the other hand, that is exactly what I am saying. If we were a married couple, we would be a sitcom couple, and I would be the lovable slob portrayed by an aging comedian. Which would make Y the hot wife who says my name in an exasperated yet adoring tone, stretching out the vowels to indicate I am ridiculous but still endearing. Y said my name the way a real life hot wife who hadn’t been sexually satisfied in months might, high and pinched, accompanied by an accusatory finger directed at a half empty mug. Yes, I used a lot of mugs, but are there not worse things to have on display? For example, a small parade of kissing partners? Here I must excuse myself for implying through word choice that Y is morally lacking or that I judge morality by quantity of kissing partners. The word parade implies a slatternly mass trumpeting through the streets and through the paths I thoughtfully carved out within the laundry pile, when in actuality it was more akin to three or four boys who I couldn’t tell apart for the life of me. There could have been three, there could have been thirty, only God and maybe Y knows. Imagine living in a purgatory with infinite reiterations of the same white boy in a wide striped scoop neck tank top. Is there an underground organization that provides every gay male with this shirt on the summer of his eighteenth year? It was akin to being trapped in a poorly funded animation, where
the underpaid cartoonists must reuse the same template of a basic youth who still pays heady homage to Lady Gaga, on a semi constant loop. Soon I began to throw myself into the role of the horrifying girl, performing above and beyond as a wild foil to his polished persona. After a dinner party, we had the following conversation in regards to an uneaten pie: “Hey, Y, do you dare me to stick my hand in this pie?” “Yeah, sure.” “Wow, I can’t believe you dared me to do that.” “I didn’t really.” “This is so wild of you to do, okay, here I go!” Subsequently, I proceeded to stick my hand in the pie. If we were a romantic comedy, I would be the slightly emotionally unstable (but endearing?) girl who tries to bring the fuddyduddy male lead out of his comfort zone. Movie girls might have forced movie boys to dance in the rain, meanwhile I mostly tried to coerce him into knocking back gin and tonics (the missionary drink), eating his chocolate bar all at once instead of nibbling on it over the course of a week like a repressed housewife, and putting aside his responsibilities. On many a day, we had the following conversation: “Let’s go to the gym” “Or… we could not do that. We still have a mostly intact pie.” “Come on.” “Fine. Let me get my shoes.” Subsequently, I proceeded to take half an hour finding my shoes. Ultimately, the boy was patient with me. A lesser man might have made me sleep in the dumpster where I belong. He was patient and he was very fit from all the self-imposed gym visits. I have only told you of the spats, the looks replete with raised eyebrows and tetchy eye movements, but for sake of narrative cohesion, I have omitted the day-long discussions about why the focus on mental illness over male entitlement in regards to mass shootings is problematic or about how much we relate to Gerty MacDowell from Ulysses. We were bonded together in garbage matrimony by being pretentious losers. I have carefully withheld the fact that he made me a slightly better person, if by better person you mean someone who managed to keep her laundry within the bounds of her room for the sake of the house and read half of Ulysses. With my Ice Queen by my side, I became a Trash King.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
A&E Charlie Megira brings 1950s grooves to Tea Bazaar arts & entertainment
Eccentric rock trio makes for a unique night of music alongside ONWE and the Ha-Rang! Noah Zeidman Senior Writer
In tight pants, a bright red sweater and a naval cap, Charlie Megira looks a little bit like a cartoon character. He has a pencil-thin mustache and speaks in a thick accent exported from Israel. When he sings, it’s a restrained mumble or a series of whoops and shouts. But man, Charlie Megira can play the guitar. There’s a certain primitive quality in his guitar style, played out on a beat-up looking electric model run through a bare-bones amplifier using no more than a few pedals. It’s not virtuosic, but each note bursts with tone. The sound falls somewhere between surf-rock and the guitar solos of 1950s rock 'n' roll. He makes use of every part of the guitar’s range, going from rumbling blues licks to screaming high-pitched intensity at the very
end of the fretboard. When he sings, Megira’s stage presence diminishes considerably — as does the complexity of his guitar playing. When he’s just playing, though, he struts about the stage and hops down to walk into the crowd, grinning and stepping closer and closer as he effortlessly tears through a solo. This primitive aura extends to Megira’s two-person backing band, currently dubbed “The Bet She’An Valley Hillbillies.” His drummer — who did not speak a word through the entire evening — plays only bongos, at times managing to make them as full and present sounding as a basic drumset. The bassist, a woman referred to on the band’s Facebook page as “The Dead Girl,” provides a basic but rock-solid groove on every song. The whole thing felt a little surreal. Some of the audience in the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar appeared unen-
thused, but a decent majority seemed to dig it, bopping and shimmying along. When the songs began to run together, Megira suddenly switched it up completely, moving into a Spanish-sounding sway. Between songs, he quipped about Charles Manson and urged the audience to repeat a Hebrew word no one could quite understand. The night would not have been complete without its openers, though — starting off strong with a brief set by New York alternative band ONWE. Comprised of two guys and two girls dressed all in black, their sound is fairly standard post-punk, but they pull it off well. Their lead singer exhibited tremendous stage presence, dancing flamboyantly and at one point nuzzling a crowd member during a guitar solo. After one song ended, he yelled, “I don’t view ‘man-child’ as a gendered term!” Only a couple crowd members laughed — but throughout
the set, he continued in his valiant atconsequence of the small tempts to engage the small crowd. crowd — but all in all, the Second opener, The Ha-Rang!, performance marked a low was slightly less impressive. They point in the night. featured interesting use of Overall, though, Twisted an organ and strong guitar Branch brought together a work for a hardcore-influsolid night of (very loud) enced band, but their stage music with decent presence was severely stylistic variety. lacking. They cut their Megira and his set short by two songs, band are really as the lead singer something to experiseemed to feel the ence: vaguely absurd, crowd was not slightly anachronisinto it. The songs tic but incredibly they did play energetic and were good — entertaining. The particularly a Ha-Rang! may catchy numbe worth checkber called ing out at a slightly Courtesy Wikimedia “Wild more lively venue, Commons Blue,” and and ONWE’s distinct the lack aesthetic and stage-presence of engagement definitely make them worth keepmay have been a ing an eye on.
Ed Falco talks ‘Tough’ at the University Crime fiction author discusses balancing fiction, history Stephanie Hendarta Staff Writer
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Author Ed Falco bared his creative process in an intimate craft talk at Writer House Friday evening. The writer of “The Godfather” prequel “The Family Corleone” drew much of his talk from his most recent historical crime fiction novel, “Toughs.” Wr i t e r House, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing space and re s ou rc e s for writers of all levels, invited Falco to talk about his experience writing creative historical fiction stories while maintaining historical accu-
racy. The talk was moderated by Andrew Martin, a published fiction writer who is also an instructor at Writer House. Martin began with a reading of the opening scene of “Toughs.” Like “The Family Corleone,” “Toughs” tells the story of the conflict between the warring ganglands of 1930s New York City. The story centers on Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll’s attempted kidnapping of a rival bootlegger on the streets of New York. The kidnapping goes awry when it turns into a violent shootout, ultimately claiming the life of a five-year-old child. Falco said he wanted to write about Coll ever since he finished his research for “The Family Corleone.” “When I signed on to write a prequel to ‘The Godfather,’ I found out Mario Puzo, [the author of ‘The Godfather,’] had based his characters on real crime figures,” Falco said. “I did a lot of research into the era of the 30s in order to figure out what figures he was modelling his characters on. I kept coming across this kid called Vince Coll. … He was a bad guy, but an interesting bad guy. After ‘The Family Corleone,’ I decided I
wanted to write about him.” Despite Falco’s original intentions, “Toughs” didn’t end up being about Coll. Instead, the author used historical facts and figures related to Coll and the Combine, one of the biggest liquor-smuggling corporations at the time, as background to his novel while anchoring the story to a fictional protagonist, Loretto Jones. “I knew I wanted to write about the shootout and I wanted to write out the scene where at one point the entire criminal underworld, Dutch Schultz, Al Capone and Lucky Luciano met to figure out how to get rid of [Coll,]" Falco said. "The historical events need to be there, but I am largely writing about my story and my characters. My story is mostly about [Jones’] relationship to Gina Baronti as he is torn between the gangster life and the Borantis’ stabilizing influence on him.” Martin asked Falco to share his creative process involved in the integration of a fictional character into a complex historical landscape. “The process of writing a historical novel is very similar to writing any novel,” Falco said.
“You have to figure out the sequence of significant events and how those events might be influenced by your characters and change your characters at the same time. I tend to work organically where I let the novel evolve and grow naturally.” Falco ended the hour-long talk with advice on setting up the time period and location of the story. He also pointed out the importance of using the era’s particular vernacular to lend an authentic aura to the work. “I researched a lot of slangs from the 30s, picking out the ones that I can still use effectively," he said. "There are some slangs that are gone and no longer unrecognizable that it would be silly if you decided to use it. For example, I found the phrase ‘dollface,’ which was used to refer to a girl. People understand ‘hey doll.’ There’s a balance to keep in mind.” Falco is a New York Times best-selling author. His five other novels include “Saint John of the Five Boroughs,” and a collection of literary and experimental short fictions, “In the Park of Culture.” Falco currently teaches at Virginia Tech’s MFA Program and resides in Blacksburg.
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‘The Rimers of Eldritch’ brings murder to the stage U.Va. drama department’s newest production explores human complexity Stephanie Hendarta Staff Writer
When a murder scandal rattles a small mining town in 1960s rural Missouri, the lives of the seemingly ordinary residents of the sleepy community begin to unravel. Taking place in the middle of a murder trial, “The Rimers of Eldritch” is about much more than a simple — albeit gruesome — crime. The drama department production attempts to capture not only the tension caused by an untimely death in a small community, but also the unanticipated ability of one death to expose people’s true nature. Assoc. Drama Prof.Doug Grissom chose to direct “The Rimers of Eldritch,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, partly because of what its non-chronological, non-linear narrative achieves. The scenes of the mur-
der trial and the townspeople's lives are fragmented, offering a unique lens through which the compelling internal conflicts of its ensemble of characters are brought into clearer focus. “On one hand, [the play] is a mystery centering around a murder in a small town,” Grissom said. “However, it’s really about the portrait of the town itself, the secrets, the undercurrents. The story is told in fragments, time jumps back and forth, and there are repeated scenes. It can be challenging for an audience, but that should be part of the attraction.” Grissom also had the opportunity to cast a large swath of actors — including 17 students. Fourth-year College student Anne Rowell plays Patsy, a beautiful 16-year-old who, underneath her sweet disposition, is secretly battling personal demons. In preparing for her role, Rowell said she strove to understand
the depth and complexity of her character, hoping to "send a message that transcends time." “The play tells a story where the characters struggle a lot with having something to say but not being heard," Rowell said. "It’s a concept that everybody can relate to in one way or the other.” Rowell’s character is not the only one struggling to keep her skeletons in the closet. Fourth-year College student Alex Bozicevich plays a lonely, self-doubting young man who struggles with finding a place for himself in a community stained with lies. His character, Robert, is an 18-year-old who was directly involved in the murder. “[Robert] is very complicated, very much in the middle of what’s going on in the town and in the darkness that is going on," he said. "The major conflict within him is that he can’t find his place in the town, but he’s also not quite ready to leave it. He’s expected to
This weekend, U.Va. drama chronicles a murder trial which proves to be much more than it seems with a sizable and diverse cast of characters.
go out into the world, and feeling that pressure resonates with me as a fourth year who’s about to graduate.” In addition to demanding complex character development from the actors, “The Rimers of Eldritch” also requires intricate set, sound and lighting designs. The technical teams created a staggered set with three different sections, including a road on which characters can walk and a fallen water tower which also acts as the judge’s bench. The entire design was well-crafted and allowed for smooth scene transitions.
“I think this is one of the most unique shows a student can see at U.Va.," Bozicevich said. “Comedy and musicals are great, but you can kind of interchange a lot of those. ‘The Rimers of Eldritch’ is the type of show with a complexity that is very difficult to replicate.” “The Rimers of Eldritch” will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 2022 in the Ruth Caplin Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, U.Va. faculty, staff and Alumni Association members and $8 for students. Free tickets are available for University students if reserved in advance.
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