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Voting rights move forward Va. Senate committee sends non-violent offenders’ reenfranchisement amendment to chamber ﬂoor By Matt Comey
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State senators on the Privileges and Elections Committee Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment automatically restoring voting rights to nonviolent felons who had served their time. The proposal now goes to the Senate ﬂoor.
of those efforts to amend the constitution to provide for automatic restoration of rights for non-violent felons,” McDonnell spokesperson Jeff Caldwell said. “We have not fully evaluated the options should those resolutions be unsuccessful.” Currently, all restorations of voting rights must come through the governor, but the proposed amendment would make this restoration automatic. McDonnell instituted a policy setting a 60-day goal for review of all petitions for restoration by nonviolent criminals, decreasing the average processing time for these claims.
Cavalier Daily Senior Writer The Virginia Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections passed a resolution Tuesday proposing a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights to those convicted of nonviolent felonies who have completed payments and any other sentences. The measure passed through committee by a 10-5 vote with bipartisan support, though all nay votes came from Republicans. Support for granting voting rights to certain felons has received support from Gov. Bob McDonnell, legislators and activist groups. “The governor is supportive
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Huguely team Library screens local ﬁlm ﬁles new appeal Activist’s documentary depicts civil rights era’s legal history, grassroots efforts
Lawyers say former lacrosse star had unfair trial, argue media influence prejudiced jurors By Lizzy Turner
Cavalier Daily Associate Editor Former University student George Huguely’s new attorneys filed a motion Tuesday requesting a new trial through the Virginia Court of Appeals. Huguely, a former University lacrosse player, was convicted last year of the second-degree murder of girlfriend Yeardley Love. His legal team, Paul Clement and Craig Cooley, argued in their appeal that Huguely was given an unfair trial. The appeal cites specific procedural errors that occurred
during Huguely’s 2012 trial . Tuesday’s petition differs from the appeal filed by his attorneys in September, which sought to appeal his murder conviction. “That 56-page legal document details the constitutional and procedural errors in the trial court proceedings,” Clement said in a statement. “We are hopeful that the Court of Appeals will grant the petition and consider George’s appeal on the merits.” Clement and Cooley in the appeal outlined various errors Please see Huguely, Page A3 Thomas Bynum | Cavalier Daily
A panel of faculty, staff and administrators Wednesday addressed community members who had come to view political activist William Elwood’s documentary chronicling lawyers’ experiences during the civil rights movement.
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Huguely, above, ﬁled another appeal in the Virginia Court of Appeals claiming an unfair trial in part because of insuﬃcient isolation of jurors from the media.
In honor of Martin Luther K i n g D ay, t h e U n i v e r s i t y Library Wednesday screened excerpts from the William Elwood Civil Rights Lawyers project, a compilation of 86 video interviews chronicling the legal battle against school segregation. William Elwood, a civil rights advocate and former assistant to Edgar Shannon, the fourth University president, taped the interviews for his documentary “The Road to Brown v. Board of Education.” “These oral interviews ... give voice to the legal makers of the civil rights history, those who were agents of change from the ground up,” History Prof. Phyllis Leffler said. For his project, Elwood — who had no background in film making but was commit-
film focuses on African Americans’ agency in their liberation, Grimes said. “The counter narrative that must be portrayed ... is black people not as victims, but blacks who were resilient,” she said. To supplement the film’s narrative Jordan spoke of his experiences attending a newly integrated Norfolk, Va. high school in the early 1970s. Klu Klux Klan members painted a warning sign on his house, which he and his father “solemnly stroked away with a bucket of turpentine” the next morning, Jordan said. As the school system did not provide black students transportation across town, Jordan took and paid for the city bus. City drivers would drive by groups of black students waiting to go to school, he said. “We weren’t afraid,” Jordan said. “We didn’t think of ourselves as heroes, but we knew we were making history.”
ted to racial equality in Charlottesville and at the University — recorded 273 interview tapes. The University Library began digitally preserving his interviews in the early 2000s. “ [ T h e i n t e r v i e w s ] ra n g e from in-depth legal strategies to personal accounts on the justice under Jim Crow,” Leffler said. “When people were making the assumption that the Brown decision sprang from the heads of liberal enlightened white Supreme Court justices ... Elwood knew that the story involved many more people in the trenches.” Leffler, University Library Research Archivist Ervin Jordan and Patrice Grimes, associate dean of the Office of African American Affairs, sat on a panel discussion after the screening. Whereas a number of civil rights stories focus on racial oppression before the civil rights movement, Elwood’s
U.Va. recruit arrested for alcohol possession Taquan Mizzell, a highly touted football recruit out of Virginia Beach’s Bayside High School, was arrested for underage possession of alcohol 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Charlottesville Police Lieut. Ronnie Roberts said.
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Mizzell verbally committed to the University in August, but this commitment is unofficial. Mizzell had attracted the attention of an officer because he was standing alone in the road.
“He was released the same morning,” Roberts said. “He was very cooperative with law enforcement [and] probably was detained for an hour to an hour-and-a-half.” Virginia Athletics spokesper-
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in Virginia. Mizzell has a court date pending in Charlottesville General District Court and will enter his plea at that time, Roberts said. —compiled by Joseph Liss and Kaelyn Quinn
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Life TopWhyTen Reasons We’re All Glad Girls’ Rush is Over
Thursday, January 24, 2013
1. Second-, third- and fourth-year sorority sisters can have their lives back — Jokes! It’s bid week, biddies! 2. Bid week: Nonstop activities to bond with your new sistas — Your social life hasn’t been this busy ... well, ever. 3. Forty new besties: The most obvious reason everyone’s glad rush is over. Each chapter welcomes in new girls. Who
doesn’t like making new friends? 4. The fight for littles begins. Will your rush crush turn into your little? Who will be the perfect fit for your family? Only the next month or so will tell, but in the mean time, everyone loves a little competition between friends — hordes of women competing for someone’s attention always works so well on The Bachelor! 5. Facebook has become infinitely more interesting. Gone is the winter break sparsity of updates. They’ve been replaced with pictures — infinitely more entertaining. Bonus points: If you’re in a sorority you now have at least 40 more people to stalk. This will keep you busy with legitimate procrastination for at least a day. 6. Crying in first-year dorms will go back to a normal level. Even if rush worked out for you, it probably wasn’t an easy process. There’s almost a 100 percent chance you found yourself on the verge of tears at least once. But now there will be more than enough Kleenex to go around. 7. Frat guys can concentrate on things that really matter. Bros will no longer spend their time deciding what prank to play on the young’uns. What to do when cat-calling and heckling isn’t enough? “But we peed in their rain boots last year, let’s get more creative!” Now, they can concentrate on things that really matter: Natty vs. PBR, who’s going to buy the Solo cups, and what to do for boys’ rush events. 8. Anyone who drives down Rugby will no longer be distracted by throngs of girls. Drivers can go back to concentrating on the road. No longer will they be distracted by contemplations of “snappy casual” or tempted to play Frogger. 9. Pi Chis can reveal their secret identities. In the rare case that your Google search yielded no success, you finally discovered what sorority your recruitment counselor was in. Moreover, she’s no longer suffering from disaffiliation blues, only reveling in reaffiliation bliss. 10. Saturday morning Bodo’s dress code has returned. Anyone who went to Bodo’s, or anywhere on the Corner, on Saturday morning dressed in typical weekend clothes probably felt a little underdressed. No more, my friends. Return to the walk-of-shame-home casual rather than “trendy, chic business casual.” Reason has been restored, and all is right with the world. Photo Courtesy Sylvia Oe
Ask Edgar By Edgar Allan Poe Cavalier Daily Staff Writer
Dear Mr. Poe, I enjoyed the single life my first semester at college, but now I think I’m ready to settle down. Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I really want to ask this girl out. I was great at “dating” in high school, but college seems like a whole different game. Any advice? Thanks, Lonely in Lefevre
Dear Ed, I’ve been celebrating syllabus week (i.e. no homework, tons of partying), but looking at the syllabi I was handed in my hungover stupor, it seems I have a lot of work due in the next few weeks and no desire to do it. Any suggestions on how to get motivated? XOXO, Rage Face
Dear Mr. Poe, I’ve never been challenged quite like I am now with a professor who truly intimidates me. I get downtrodden every time I enter his classroom, knowing how painfully stupid I will feel about 15 minutes into the lecture. I haven’t started out well in this class and I really need to redeem myself before the first assignment. How do I go about approaching this professor in a professional way to reap the benefits of his knowledge and not get stomped down by his condescension? Thanks, Fearful Firstie
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Dear Lonely in Lefevre, You’re right. Dating in high school and dating in college are two entirely different fields to navigate. Instead of needing your parents to drive you to the movies, you and your date are just a few minutes’ walk away from a lovely, romantic brunch at O-Hill surrounded by hung-over first years and watery scrambled eggs. Instead of planning an incredibly elaborate prom invitation for your high school sweetheart, you can now pretty much walk up to any girl at a party and just start dancing with her. Welcome to college dating — the rules are entirely different. There are many different types of relationships on college campuses. Before if you met at each other’s lockers in between classes and sat together at football games it was assumed you two were exclusive, but college romances can take a variety of forms. There’s the typical first-year guy move of “I really like you, but I need to hook up with other girls before we can be together” (note: this strategy is not recommended); the study partners who accomplish very little actual studying but still claim that [insert class here] is the main reason for their relationship because neither wants to actually commit (also not recommended); and the perfect and devoted couple you just know are destined to walk down the aisle of the University Chapel in a few short years. College dating offers a range of choices, and you just have to find the one right for you. Of course, you could always sign up online to be set up on a Love Connection date to find that special Valentine’s Day someone. Love is in the air, Edgar
Dear Rage Face, Edgar respects your hard-partying start to the semester. Whoever says they use the first week of classes to get ahead is either the most Type A of about 14,000 Type A undergrads or is just deluding themselves. I should tell you to use all your breaks between classes to hammer out your assignments. Then in the evenings, resign yourself to staying in the library until you finish a certain amount of work — enough to keep you there until 8 or 9 p.m. so the prospect of going out looms within sight, which will keep you motivated. Get “studying,” Edgar
Dear Firstie, Nobody likes a pretentious professor, but remember that the problem is in his head, not yours! You seem to be shooting yourself down before you even have a chance. If you’re feeling lost already, review your lecture notes and pinpoint which parts are tripping you up. Go to the professor with a list of specific talking points in hand, speak with confidence and leave it up to him to do most of the talking. It is, after all, his job to do the explaining, not yours. You may find that this professor is arrogant during lecture but perfectly amicable one-on-one. If you don’t think you can handle talking to him yet, however, try the same approach with a TA, who may be a little less self-important than an accomplished professor. Either way, think of it as a simple mission: Get in, get your questions answered, and you’re done. Good luck, Edgar
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Amendment | ‘We’re hopeful this time,’ Karp says Continued from page A1 Senate Democrats support the amendment with an eye toward creating a more efficient system than the one currently in effect, Senate Democratic Caucus spokesperson Joshua Karp said. “There are those who would like for former offenders to have the voting rights restored on a case-by-case basis, but I think we’ve all seen how long that can take,” Karp said. Multiple Senate Republicans did not return requests for interviews. A similar proposed constitutional amendment failed in the subcommittee stage in the House of Delegates just more than a week ago by a vote of 6-1. Both
the governor and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli expressed discontent with the House subcommittee’s decision. The official language of the proposed amendment distinguishes between violent felons and nonviolent felons. “No person who has been convicted of a violent felony, as defined by the General Assembly, shall be qualified to vote,” according to the proposed amendment. “A person who has been convicted of any other felony, except as specified by the General Assembly, shall be qualified to vote once he has completed the payment in full of any restitution, fines, costs, and fees ... and he has completed service of his sentence and any
modification of sentence, including any period or condition of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.” Karp said Senate Democrats had not taken a position on extending voting rights restoration to violent felons who have served their sentences. Though some opponents of the amendment are uncomfortable with restoring rights to any nonviolent felon without review by the governor, others think voting restoration will come too slowly if conducted through the legislature. The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia has called for an executive action by the governor to tackle the issue rather than waiting for a con-
stitutional amendment. In a letter to McDonnell sent Monday, prior to the Senate committee’s approval of the amendment, Claire Gastañaga, ACLU of Virginia Executive Director, urged the governor to restore voting rights to all or some of Virginia’s 450,000 felons through executive action. She said action by the governor would be more effective than legislative action. “The legislature, thus far, seems unwilling to move Virginia ahead,” Gastañaga said in a press release. “The governor cannot and should not wait for legislators to take action. Even if they chose to act, at best, it would still take two years to institute reform.” The proposal is set to reach the
Senate floor in the near future, and the ACLU said in the press release if successful action is taken the constitutional amendment could come to fruition in November 2014. But if the legislature fails to act promptly, the amendment would not take effect until November 2016. An executive order could take action immediately. But Karp believes the constitutional amendment — if successful — will ultimately be more effective. “We’ve come close before, and we’re hopeful this time,” Karp said. “I think it’s more about creating an automatic process not dependent upon which governor is serving ... it’s about fairness and equity across different gubernatorial administrations.”
Huguely | Retrial remains unlikely, Law Prof. Brown says Continued from page A1 committed by the circuit court. They argued Huguely was deprived of his right to a fair, impartial jury and contended that the court should have temporarily suspended the trial when Rhonda Quagliana, one of his attorneys, fell ill.
University Law Prof. Darryl Brown said such complaints aren’t unusual. “There was so much pre-trial publicity that it makes sense his lawyers would file that complaint,” he said. The appeal also accuses the circuit court of failing to sequester the jury, which Brown explained meant a fail-
ure to isolate the jury from anything that could induce bias, such as access to newspapers. But Brown said it’s unlikely Huguely will be granted a new trial. “The odds of him winning are pretty slim,” Brown said. “The trial judge was fairly careful and he spent time asking the
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jury questions. When a judge is that careful, the courts usually trust his decision.” The Commonwealth has 30 days to respond to the appeal, after which the court will decide whether to grant the retrial. Huguely’s lawyers have petitioned twice before and were denied both times.
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Huguely, 25, was charged with the murder of Yeardley Love in May 2010 and was convicted of second-degree murder and grand larceny in February 2012 . He is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence at Keen Mountain Correctional Center in southwestern Virginia.
Opinion Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Cavalier Daily “For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.” —Thomas Jefferson
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Pink Flamingos In the midst of awards season, The Cavalier Daily bestows some of its own The end of another term is upon us, and in the traditional way that the Managing Board ends a term, we are giving awards to the most notably newsworthy people, organizations and events from the past year. The “Transparency” Award goes to the Honor Committee for holding a public trial this year. Sorry, Board of Visitors. Better luck next time. The “Donald Trump” Award goes to Coach Mike London for firing almost the entire coaching staff of the football team, after a less than impressive season. We’re hoping that he starts a new celebrity spin-off next year: Lil’ Jon as associate head coach, and Clay Aiken as defensive coordinator. The “Too Cool for School” Award goes to Hurricane Sandy, for granting University students a four-day weekend — only the third time in 30 years that the University has cancelled classes. Thankfully the damage from the hurricane in the local area was almost negligible. At the end of it all, N2 was still standing. The “Join the Club” Award goes to the University of Notre Dame for joining the ACC this year. Let’s hope that the “fake girlfriend” hoax isn’t contagious. Wouldn’t want one of our players to be next. The “Offer You Can’t Refuse” Award goes to House Bill 462, which was passed last spring and requires women in Virginia to have ultrasounds before getting abortions. It’s tempting to make another joke about “transparency” here, but we (unlike the legislature) recognize that all the medical stuff should probably be left to the doctors. The “Didn’t See That One Coming” Award goes to
the Commonwealth of Virginia for going blue in back-to-back presidential elections. The last time that happened was in the 1940s. Did Romney’s notorious 47 percent comment have something to do with it? Perhaps. But in any case, it is ironic that Romney ended up with 47 percent of the popular vote. The “Nice Try” Award goes to The Black Sheep for attempting to distribute papers on Grounds without obtaining official CIO status. The group’s request was ultimately denied because it is a for-profit organization. But the free fireplace kindling was nice while it lasted. The “Brace Face” Award goes to the Rotunda restoration project. The metallic apparatus that Jefferson’s library has been sporting harkens back to the awkward times of middle school. Next time you’re walking across the Lawn, stop and say to the Rotunda, “Don’t worry. Things will get better. Trust me.” The “George W. Bush” Award goes to Rector Helen Dragas, for not getting the popular vote but still getting the job. This is a lesson in politics that we’re all familiar with already, but it doesn’t hurt to get a reminder of it from time to time. Or does it? The “Superwoman” Award goes to Teresa Sullivan for surviving an earthquake, an occupy movement, a hunger strike and being fired — all in her first two years. Give that girl a round of applause! Finally, the “Work Hard, Play Hard” Award goes to the staff of The Cavalier Daily, for putting in long hours to get the paper on the stands week after week, and still managing to make it to Trivia Night at Mellow Mushroom every once in a while.
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Letters to the editor Call it as it is
Yesterday, as reported by University police, a University student “was walking near Wilson Hall when an unidentified male approached her from behind, putting an arm around her neck and fondling her breast and genitalia with the other hand.” While I appreciate the University police alerting students of the incident, I am confused as to why they described the event as “forcible fondling” rather than sexual assault, which it was by definition. By choosing the former descriptor over the latter, not only is the University lessening the gravity of the situation, but it is also bringing into question the judgment of our University’s police.
ERIKA MAGUIRE COMM M.S.
An overzealous prosecution
Whatever ills may afflict the honor system, the latest cure proposed by the Honor Committee is once again worse than the disease. The central thrust of the proposal is clear: to encourage more accusations and to produce more convictions. To achieve these goals, the Committee advances an
overhaul that would pressure accused students to admit guilt and accept a “voluntary” oneyear suspension, or else face expulsion without the right to a trial by a true jury of their peers. To its credit, the “Infographic” sent out by the Committee is quite candid about its motives. It laments the “reluctance among faculty and students to report offenses,” and it states that randomly selected juries should be eliminated because they find too many defendants “not guilty in the face of overwhelming evidence.” The Committee does not pause to reflect on whether the evidence in all of these cases is really so overwhelming given that it does not convince the jury to convict. And while the Infographic paints a picture of two accused students — one who admits guilt and accepts his punishment, and another who avoids sanction by falsely denying the charges — it does not even mention the situation of the student who is falsely accused, who proclaims innocence and happens to be telling the truth. Such candor on the part of the Committee is refreshing, but it does not make the proposal any
less disturbing. At its core, the proposal all but presumes the guilt of the accused and seeks to boost conviction rates by stripping students of an important due-process right. Although random jury selection can result in some inconsistency in verdicts, our legal tradition has always accepted this as a small price to pay in exchange for an independent check on the power of the prosecutor. This check is especially important in the honor system, where every conviction depends on what is essentially a value judgment — that an offense is sufficiently “serious” to warrant the sanction of expulsion. The members of the Committee appear to believe that randomly selected juries are too reluctant in the task of throwing their fellow students out of school for alleged honor violations. But such zeal for punishment is precisely why students should want honor cases to be judged by juries of their peers who reflect average community standards, and not by panels of “experts” who have been “thoroughly trained” by the Committee.
ANTHONY DICK CLAS ‘05
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NASA with benefits
Funding NASA spurs innovation in other sectors of the economy
S T H E U . S . g ra p p l e s misconception that money given with mouning gross debt to NASA disappears into a black a n d a n n u a l b u d g e t hole — pun intended — that in deficits, many government turn spits out sparse and rarely departments will inevitably face applicable discoveries. What they do not cuts to their fundrealize, however, ing. The National RUSSELL BOGUE is that NASA is Air and Space OPINION COLUMNIST actually a boon for Administration the U.S. economy. (NASA) will be one of those departments. Already In 1971, a study revealed that NASA has seen its meager share the discounted rate of return for of the federal budget drop to NASA’s investments in research below 0.5 percent, a far cry from and development during 1958 the glory days of the mid-1960s was 33 percent. Private inveswhen the administration enjoyed tors would kill to see such suc4.41 percent of our taxes. At the cess. The business contractors current rates, it is estimated that and technology companies that the average American pays no supply NASA with the tools and more than $9 a year in order to equipment necessary to carry support NASA — that’s the price out its research employ thouof a meal at Subway, if you don’t sands of workers and pay federal get the five-dollar foot-long. corporate income taxes. These Even this pitiful amount may get companies would not exist withsmaller, however, as a money- out NASA. According to a 1992 strapped Congress attempts to article in Nature, in 1987 NASA address the United States’ budget created 209,000 private sector woes. Although it may be intel- jobs; non-space applications lectually easy to target an agency of space technology account that seems to have very little for billions of dollars in sales, direct effect on the United States hundreds of thousands of jobs, — much less Earth — NASA and hundreds of millions of dolshould be spared further budget lars of corporate income tax — cuts. In fact, the budget for NASA numbers that dwarf the $10-15 billion annual budget of NASA should be expanded. Many Americans are under the during the last two decades. The
greater the budget for NASA, example, were widely utilized by the wider and more compre- NASA and subsequently found hensive its activities, which in their way into the U.S. market. turn will encourage the growth The bigger picture is clear: the pittance we of even more start-ups and “...the pittance we pour into p o u r i n t o NASA feeds industries to NASA feeds a pot of a pot of crefind civilian applications creativity that powers much ativity that powers much for space of the United States’ of the United technology. innovation.” States’ innoBut the benvation. efit from new Yet perhaps technology is not purely economic. Several the most important reason to thousand technologies origi- expand NASA’s budget is that nally developed by NASA have space exploration benefits our made their way into the civilian country in intangible ways. sphere in some form or another, Countries flourish when they benefiting all of us in ways we are pushing the limits of their do not even realize. The NASA knowledge, seeking to explain invention of memory foam is the unknown and expand their now used to cushion the helmets interests into new territories. of football players and helps in The golden days of American the manufacture of prosthetic space exploration were a period limbs. Infant formula is more of great growth and idealism nutritious because of research — the United States was the into the properties of algae. We standard-bearer of the globe. have MRIs because NASA scien- The American people believed tists wanted better pictures of in themselves and the power of the moon. And even when NASA their ingenuity, and this belief doesn’t invent a new technology, was reflected in our relentless it often plays a role in popular- pursuit to put a man on the izing and making more avail- moon. It is enriching to conable one that was struggling on template our existence from the its own. Teflon and Velcro, for viewpoint of the universe: Our
planet is but the tiniest of specks circling a glowing mote of dust in the cosmos, but it somehow harbors complex forms of life and a species of mammal that is self-aware and inquisitive. What better way is there to smooth out differences than to consider our situation relative to the overwhelming grandeur of the ancient cosmos? I propose that we raise NASA’s funding to 1 percent of the U.S. budget. This is a quarter of that it was in the 1960s, when the benefits of a healthy and well-funded space administration were seen and felt by all. It has often been noted that thriving countries are marked by their commitment to research and development, and indeed the United States has always been committed to R&D — a sign that we want to create a better future for ourselves. Funding NASA means recapturing the fire of the nation’s imagination and encouraging us to rise above the petty concerns of our daily lives and divisions. Surely that is worth your nine dollars. Russell Bogue’s column appears Thursdays in The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In midst of honor
The Honor Committee should explore a middle ground between its proposals and the status quo
H RO U G H O U T t h e f a l l to govern a jury’s decision, and semester, there was a that many students’ aversion spirited debate on the to inflicting the single-sanction proposed changes to the honor allowed some guilty students to system at the University, which escape from trials where they were obviously were approved by FORREST BROWN guilty. Often jurors the Honor ComOPINION COLUMNIST are unaware that mittee and are the Committee now dependent on a student vote. Two reforms, does expel students regularly informed retraction and jury and are uncomfortable doing reform, were presented as a so. This damages the fairness joint plan to combat growing and consistency of the system. concerns about the effective- The current system encourages ness of the Committee. Informed students to lie their way through retraction would allow a student the process to manipulate an accused of an honor offense under-informed jury and escape to take a one year suspension consequences, while honest rather than go to trial, while the students receive the full force of jury reform would alter the com- the single-sanction. Despite being convinced of the position of the trial juries from randomly selected students to validity of these problems, I was still not satisfied by the solution. elected honor representatives. Soon after, I wrote an article I could not be convinced that critical of jury reform, which putting all of the power of the I found to be counter to the honor system in such a small University’s ideals of student group of people was philosophiself-government. Russell Bogue cally acceptable. While Russell wrote a column in response to argued that members of the mine expressing the opinions Committee are University stuof many in the Committee, who dents and are therefore reprethought I did not understand the sentative, I disagree. Although full scope of the problems that they are students, they reprejury reform sought to address. sent a small subset that have the They did not think random time to dedicate themselves to a student juries were capable of non-academic activity. Students being fluent with the compli- who cannot make such a large cated by-laws that are supposed commitment — many athletes,
musicians, students with jobs or among honor members has demanding academic schedules been reflected in my experience — still deserve to be part of the debating this issue. With almost process. Accused students have no exceptions, every member of the right to a jury that represents the Committee I have talked to has strongly the diversity supported of the whole “The Committee cannot jury reform, student body, become the endeavor of a while the vast a requiremajority of ment that select few students alone non-honor would not be and remain legitimate, a members met by a jury fact the proposed change have been of only Comopposed to it. mittee memdoes not acknowledge.” This is parbers. Limittially due to ing selection of jurors damages the integrity the Committee members’ obviously different perspective on of the system. I also do not believe a group of the issue, it is also because the people that all know each other change appears to be an attempt and interact frequently should by the Committee to consolidate have unilateral control over so all the power of the system. The powerful a system. The power to counselors, committee memexpel students is immense, and bers, advisors, and educators demands a check to keep it from are all full-time members of being abused. Currently this honor, and the addition of the check is the random nature of jury to this list would leave the the jury. This ensures that jurors average student with no posare unfamiliar with each other sibility of participation in the and the accused student, provid- system. The Committee cannot ing a diversity of perspectives become the endeavor of a select and preventing outside factors few students alone and remain or personal feelings from influ- legitimate, a fact the proposed encing a decision. A jury of Com- change does not acknowledge. There are possible middle mmittee members would restrict the pool to the point where both grounds to be explored. If jury of these checks would be at risk. education is a problem, why not The danger of over-consensus have a more extensive manda-
tory online education system for first-years to learn about the honor system, similar to the alcohol education course we all completed the summer before first-year? While there are some processes intended to acquaint new students with honor, making it a more involved and extensive process would give juries a stronger background, and make their training less of a crash-course in honor and more of a refresher. Or you could include an honor representative in each jury, who could help the less experienced jurors through the process and ensure that they fulfill their duties without robbing the general student body of their involvement. I want to encourage people to start having this discussion themselves, because while it is easy not to think about the importance of Honor to our school identity, it is central to our Jeffersonian ideals. Whether you agree with the proposal or not, you should be informed about it and honor in general and make your voice heard when issues like this are up for debate. Forrest Brown’s column appears Thursdays in The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at email@example.com.
From bad to worse
Both of the Honor Committee’s proposals contain major flaws that should lead to its rejection
T WAS with a great deal obsession with expulsion — but of interest that I received then I read the details, and my a n e - m a i l f r o m t h e heart sank and my jaw dropped. University recently about a As a single sanction opponent proposed reform to the honor I recognize that any weakening of the sancsystem. Having SAM LEVEN tion makes future spent seven years reforms easier and at the University GUEST VIEWPOINT more likely, and as a Double Hoo — undergraduate and law school with that in mind I desperately — I have a natural interest in its wanted to find a way to support activities, but the honor system this proposal, but searching as was particularly my interest. I hard as I can, I am afraid that was a counsel for six of my seven support just is not there. It is clear what the Honor Comyears, defending nearly two dozen students accused of honor mittee is trying to do with this offenses. More than that, I co- proposal. Its informed retracfounded the student group that tion proposal is its effort to led the opposition to the single seek the votes of single sanction sanction while I was there, and opponents — people I believe in 2007, we put forward a true now make up a majority of the multi-sanction system that fell student body — without scaring just 62 votes short of a majority away its supporters, while the of the student body — less than jury reform is seeking to lock 1 percent of those voting. Since down the support of those who graduating and entering the find the system too weak in its “real world,” my confidence that current operation. Yet, in seekthe single sanction is an anach- ing to appease both sides of the ronism that does far more harm debate, the Honor Committee to the University than good has has failed to satisfy either, and only been re-confirmed, repeat- with good reason. Informed retraction is a disasedly. So, Honor-related news ter of a proposal. Despite the always interests me. At first, I was excited to see the Committee’s lovely chart outHonor Committee seeming to lining the “two students” going grow away from its unhealthy through the system, my years as
a counsel taught me there are far retraction will create. The second half of the proposal, more than two types of students who get accused. In addition jury reform, is even worse. I am to the guilty who are dishonest sorry that faculty and the Comthrough the process and the mittee members are upset that students are guilty who acquitted, but are honest “A system that protects guess what, through the the guilty at the expense of that is how a process, there the innocent is a corrupt trial works. are the truly innocent. The system, and that is precisely Judgment by your peers is trial serves as what the informed the only way little protecretraction will create.” to ensure fair tion for them judgment. — are we to Committee trust a jury made up of Committee mem- members are mostly self-sebers who seem to think only the lected — most Honor Commitguilty are accused? Moreover, tees are elected without contest do we honestly believe that an — and are not representative innocent student, faced with of the student body as a whole. the uncertainty of a trial where Juries are far more representahe or she may be expelled, or tive — though this would be the certainty of a return to even more true if single sancschool, will not choose that tion opponents were allowed certainty — and lie by admit- to serve on juries — and help ting to something he or she did ensure that the honor code not do? Informed Retraction applied is the one believed in may encourage the guilty to by the student body, not just the repent and be honest, but it is Committee. A lack of convictions at the expense of encouraging is never a good reason to change the innocent to become liars. A the system. If the Committee system that protects the guilty truly believes juries are unpreat the expense of the innocent pared and unprofessional — a is a corrupt system, and that charge I would not completely is precisely what the informed disagree with — then they need
to improve juror orientation and training, require more vigilant watchfulness of the jurors during trial by the trial chair and counsel for both sides, and take other actions to further engage the jurors in each case. But this is much harder to do than just getting rid of juries altogether, and it seems this Honor Committee is more interested in the easy way out. As a single sanction opponent, I was hoping this proposal would be one I could support. It is not, and I hope students of all persuasions on the ultimate sanction issue recognize the severe flaws of the system this proposal envisions. I encourage all students to vote no. Disclosure: I am a practicing attorney, and within my practice occasionally represent students accused of honor offenses. I do not believe the passage of this proposal will affect my law practice, but the possibility does warrant a disclosure of my potential vested interest. Sam Leven is a graduate of the College ‘07 and Law School Class of ‘10. He was an Honor Counsel and the founder of Hoos Against Single Sanction.
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Browman’s time arrives
Senior season brings walk-on guard playing time, full scholarship for spring semester By Fritz Metzinger
Cavalier Daily Senior Associate Editor Virginia senior point guard Doug Browman stands apart from his teammates. He spoke to me from outside the Cavaliers’ swanky film room — in which Browman’s higherprofile teammates address the media — after Saturday’s 56-36 clobbering of Florida State. We spoke as if I had merely encountered him in the hall — a normal, humble guy with a sandwich in hand, casually telling me about the highlight of his basketball career. Arriving along with coach Tony Bennett in 2009, Browman has sacrificed sleep, free time and many other luxuries on which the typical college student depends to be a part of the Virginia basketball program. But for three-and-a-half years, his unyielding commitment merely earned him a spot on the roster and the chance to realize his dream of
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playing Division I basketball as he competed without scholarship compensation. That changed earlier this month, when Bennett announced to Browman and the entire team that he would be rewarding the Midlothian, Va. native for his persistence with a full scholarship for the spring semester. “I was excited,” Browman said. “I had no idea that coach Bennett was about to do that for me, and he just pulled everybody in the film room and kind of just announced it to us, so I’m really grateful for that.” The announcement was welcome news for Browman’s teammates, who have witnessed his strong work ethic for years. “We were so happy for Doug,” junior forward Akil Mitchell said. “He’s worked his butt off since I’ve gotten here, since I’ve known him.
U.Va. visits rival Hokies
Junior guard Joe Harris led the team with 17 points against the Seminoles Saturday. Harris averages a teambest 15.2 points per game, good for seventh in the ACC.
Fresh off record-setting victory, team looks to slow down ACC’s top scorer By Peter Nance
Cavalier Daily Associate Editor Following a 20-point weekend win against Florida State Saturday, the Virginia men’s basketball team travels to Blacksburg Thursday to face rival Virginia Tech. Far more than bragging rights are on the line: A win will put either the Cavaliers or Hokies over .500 in ACC play. Virginia (12-5, 2-2 ACC) finds itself in a similar situation to the one it faced two weeks ago, when an impressive win against North Carolina raised expectations that the young squad was beginning to turn the corner. Instead, the Cavaliers dropped consecutive road contests to Wake Forest and Clemson. This time, the team hopes its his-
toric win against the Seminoles translates into an encore performance on the road. To earn a second consecutive win in conference play for the first time this season, Virginia will need to slow down the uptempo Hokies (11-6, 2-2 ACC), who average 75.5 points per game, good for fourth in the ACC. That challenge begins with shutting down the nation’s top scorer , electric senior guard Erick Green, whose 24.6 pointsper-game average is more than seven points higher than the ACC’s next best scorer. “We just need to try to play as well as we can,” coach Tony Bennett said. “We talk about the things, try to get your defense set and really work and they have a special guard in Green
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so we’ll have to do our job defensively and be as sound as we can on offense and play the game.” Green has been held under 20 points only once this season — in a road loss against Brigham Young — and is a threat to score from anywhere on the court, shooting 49.3 percent from the field. Virginia senior point guard Jontel Evans, a member of last year’s ACC All-Defensive Team and currently recovering from a foot injury, will have one of his toughest tests of the year defending Green. If the Cavaliers can play as well defensively as they did against the Seminoles, even Green’s offensive prowess may
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Cavs host ﬁnal dual meet Virginia hosts No. 10 women look to complete perfect season; No. 15 men eye 7-1 finish Sophomore Ellen Williamson earned ACC Swimmer of the Week honors for victories against North Carolina in the 100 ﬂy and 200 individual medley and a win against Duke in the 200 back. The Ft. Mitchell, Ky. native was the 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year.
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Cavalier Daily Associate Editor The Virginia swimming and diving teams compete in their final dual meets of the season this weekend against Wisconsin and ACC archrival Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers are coming off an impressive weekend in which both the men and the women secured victories against North Carolina and Duke. The ACC awarded Swimmer of the Week honors to sophomore Ellen Williamson and junior Brad Phillips, and Diver of the Week honors to sophomore JB Kolod and freshman Katie Warburg for their performances in last weekend’s meets. Williamson earned crucial firstplace finishes near the end of the North Carolina meet in the 100 fly and 200 individual medley. She followed up that performance the next day with a victory in the 200 back against Duke. Phillips finished first in the 500 free against the Tar Heels and went
on to win the 200 free and 400 IM against the Blue Devils. “I’m very happy for Ellen,” coach Mark Bernardino said. “She performed at a moment in the meet where we had finally closed the gap, and I think whichever team had won that butterfly race would have seized the momentum at the end of the meet... That victory really energized our team and gave us the momentum. And then for her to do it again the very next race is the reason why I think she was honored with that award.” Kolod and Warburg contributed greatly to Virginia’s dominating diving performance against the two ACC schools as the Cavaliers finished first in all eight diving events during the weekend. Kolod set school records in the 3-meter and 1-meter diving events, and Warburg set the school record in the 3-meter. “I’m particularly proud of our divers,” Bernardino said. “It was so well deserved for Katie and JB. It’s one thing to break school records,
but what’s better to me is their ability to step up and compete in high pressure situations and coming out on top.” The style of this weekend’s meet is unusual. All three teams will swim simultaneously but will be scored as if three separate dual meets were taking place. The meet will consist of 20 events as opposed to the traditional 16 seen in most dual meets. “It’s going to be a grueling schedule for the swimmers,” Bernardino said. “We’re trying to mimic the NCAA championship schedule of events — we’ll swim all NCAA events. It’s an exciting format and we’re going to give it a try. We’ve never done it before, but we found two other schools who would give it a try as well.” The No. 10 Virginia women (7-0, 2-0 ACC) will see a formidable opponent in the unranked Hokies (9-4, 4-3 ACC). But the Cavaliers should be prepared for the challenge after defeating the No. 16 Tar Heels (3-2, Please see Swim & Dive, Page B2
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The Virginia women’s basketball team meets sharpshooting Boston College Thursday in Charlottesville looking for a second consecutive win in ACC play. The Cavaliers (12-6, 4-3 ACC) look to build off the dominant play that propelled them to a 62-52 victory against Miami while the Eagles (8-9, 2-4 ACC) hope to rebound from a 92-87 double overtime loss to Wake Forest. Virginia has not been a highscoring squad this season — its 64.2 point-per-game average ranks ninth in the ACC — but the team has begun to find its shoot-
ing stroke recently. The Cavaliers made 6-of-10 3-pointers against the Hurricanes Sunday, and the offense has mustered 60 or more points in four straight games. “I think we’re just getting confident and making out shots in practice and games, and it’s translating,” junior guard Kelsey Wolfe said. Wolfe’s scoring touch has been key to the Cavaliers’ offensive improvements. She leads the team with an average of 12.3 points per game this season, and she has elevated her play in recent weeks, averaging 16.8 points during the last five contests. Wolfe has tallied 12 or Please see W Basketball, Page B2
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Junior guard Kelsey Wolfe, who leads the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game, has elevated her offensive play in recent weeks.
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Swim & Dive | Virginia prepares for championship-style meet Continued from page B1 1-1 ACC) last Saturday. “Virginia Tech’s women have had ups and downs this year,” Bernardino said. “They’ve had some sparkling performances, but then had some weekends where they haven’t been as consistent through their lineup.” Wisconsin (4-5, 2-2 Big 10) has raced against elite programs such as No. 3 California and No. 8 Stanford this season, but fell drastically short in both of those meets. This will be the first ever meeting between Virginia and Wisconsin. “We’re thrilled and excited
that a school with such a strong reputation is coming in here to compete,” Bernardino said. The Virginia women hope to finish a perfect season in dual meet competition for just the fourth time in program history and the second time in a row. “It would be really awesome to go undefeated in dual meets, but we actually focus more on ACC championships,” senior Christine Olson said. “We treat dual meets as training for later in the season, but it’s still really good to pull off wins in those anyway.” The No. 15 Virginia men (6-1, 2-0 ACC) could have a tighter
contest against No. 17 Virginia Tech (8-1-1, 3-1-1). The Hokies, who finished second in the conference championships last year, are the third-highest ranked team in the conference and have knocked off three ranked opponents in dual meets, including No. 13 Florida State. The Wisconsin men (4-5, 2-2 Big 10) have had results mirroring their female counterparts, falling short against talented competition. The Virginia Tech men swept ACC swimming and diving weekly honors last week, a feat the Cavaliers accomplished this week. During the Hokies’ Jan.
12 victory against Tennessee, freshman Joe Bonk won both the 50 and 100 freestyle events and senior Logan Shinholser swept both springboard events — earning Bonk and Shinholser the conference’s weekly accolades. “We haven’t really had a great rivalry with Tech until recently,” senior Tom Barrett said. “Tech is definitely our biggest rival this year. [Our coaches] told us that our focus is not North Carolina this year like usual, but it’s actually Tech.” Barrett, who will be the Cavaliers’ main opposition to counter the threatening Hokie sprint
freestyle group, said he was excited for the opportunity to see the competition present at the ACC championship meet. “With sprinting, it’s hard to tell how people will perform midseason,” Barrett said. “You can’t really see everyone’s best until they’re well rested, but I’m excited to see what kind of competition I’m going to see this weekend and maybe get an insight into what they’ll be at ACC’s.” The meet will take place during three sessions at the Aquatic & Fitness Center: Friday at 5:40 p.m., Saturday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.
W Basketball | Cavs hope to slow Eagles’ 3-point shooting Continued from page B1 in recent weeks, averaging 16.8 points over the last five contests. Wolfe has tallied 12 or more points in each game during the stretch. “Teams have been doubling in on the post, so that’s been leaving our guards open, and the guards have been shooting the lights out,” senior forward Telia McCall said. “They’ve been wonderful shooting the three.” Three other Cavaliers added double-digits points against Miami including McCall, who finished with 13 points. Junior
guard Ataira Franklin and senior guard China Crosby added 17 and 12 respectively. Franklin scored her game-high point total while making 75 percent from the field in her best shooting performance of the year. That accuracy from the field will be critical against a Boston College team that allows 60.1 points per game. While the Cavaliers have primarily focused on improving their efficiency from the field, the Eagles shooting strategy has centered as much on volume as accuracy. Boston College leads the ACC in 3-pointers made with
120, but has also shot 49 more than any other team in the ACC while making 34 percent from beyond the arc. Boston College relies on multiple outside weapons to stretch the defense. Freshman guard Nicole Boudreau, the reigning ACC rookie of the week, averages 2.5 three-pointers per game, followed by senior guard Kerri Shields with 2.4. Boudreau, Shields and junior guard Kristen Doherty account for 296 of the Eagles’ 352 attempted threepointers. “They stride the ball down the floor and look to get threes in
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transition,” coach Joanne Boyle said. “They’re shooting like 20-some threes a game, making seven, so that’s a lot of points, so we need to take away as many of those as we can in transition.” Virginia did well slowing a similar offense against Miami, holding the usually accurate Hurricanes to 3-of-13 shooting from long range. The Cavaliers also capitalized on their opponents offensive miscues, adding 21 points off turnovers and tallying eight steals. “It was a really good game for us to build up for the BC game. They have three really good
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shooters, and we just emphasized it in film and in practice,” Boyle said. “A lot of times, teams tend to run into the paint and then find the shooters, so we said we need to find the shooters before you get into the paint.” Virginia is 10-2 all-time against Boston College including a 72-41 win in last season’s ACC Tournament. With 11 games left in the regular season, Virginia looks to improve on its 4-3 conference record and its RPI rating of 43 as it looks to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time under second-year coach Boyle.
Know them before they’re cool: expand your artistic horizons by caroline gecker Here at A&E, we never claim to be arbiters of taste; but let’s face it, we’d all like to be. It’s the nature of a section made up primarily of reviews to be a bit self-important about our own opinions — otherwise, what would be the fun in expressing them, much less asking you to read them? I only mention this because for my last feature as section editor, I’m taking some of the arts and entertainment world’s most popular artists and works and suggesting you try out a similar but lesser-known rendition in the hopes it turns out to be equally or perhaps even more awesome than its trendy counterpart. Think of this brief list as a parting gift. I’m aware it’s a bit self-indulgent, but I think it may be worth your time. Here we go: If you like Bon Iver’s Bon Iver, Bon Iver, you’ll love Aunt Martha’s Norway, ME: Calling an album “more upbeat than Bon Iver” is like calling a film “more reserved than a Tarantino”: ninetynine percent of the time it goes without saying. But tempo is one of the key differences between Bon Iver’s self-titled 2011 full-length and the New Hampshire trio’s release from October of the same year. Both are full of masterfully woven folk gems, simultaneously hopeful and forlorn and driven by beautifully haunting vocals; but whereas Bon Iver
features Justin Vernon’s serene falsetto over lingering synths, Norway, ME favors lilting acoustic guitar and subtle vocal harmonies. Yet the two albums are spun from the same meditative cloth, evoking a sense of nostalgia that makes you long for a cloudy winter day to mull over failed love affairs or ponder the nature of human existence. If you don’t believe me, check out Norway ME’s “Blue Buildings.” If you like Girls, you’ll love Tiny Furniture: No shocker here: As any Lena Dunham fan would know, Tiny Furniture is the 2010 feature film that served as the launching pad — creatively and professionally — for the actor/director/writer’s polarizing HBO series. The film stars Dunham as Aura, a New York City millennial struggling to “figure things out” after graduating with one of those pesky liberal arts degrees. Sound familiar? Fortunately, for those who find Girls’ Hannah too insufferable to bear for extended periods, Tiny Furniture’s tight 90-minute runtime allows for just enough post-adolescent angst to intrigue the viewer without alienating us with an overdose of entitlement. The indie dramedy deservedly cleaned up on the 2011 festival circuit and garnered Dunham an Independent Spirit Award, which we assume she keeps on an undersized shelf somewhere.
If you like New Girl, you’ll love Ben and Kate: Dysfunctional families have been sitcom gold since Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s “loving” marriage played out in 1950s living rooms. These two Fox comedies stick with the winning formula, although the single-camera filming style and focus on sexual humor demonstrate the genre’s dramatic evolution since I Love Lucy days. Both series follow the lives of atypical “families” — New Girl’s 30-something coed roommates and Ben and Kate’s single-mother-plusbrother dynamic — and both are set in sunny Southern California with a heavy emphasis on quick dialogue and unapologetic quirk. The cast of Ben and Kate is just as quirky as Zooey Deschanel and co., but they’re not as intent on shoving their eccentricities down our throats on a weekly basis. Dakota Johnson is hilariously anxious as Kate, an overprotective young mother whose irresponsible but loving brother Ben (Walk Hard’s Nat Faxon in an appropriately goofy role) moves in to help her raise daughter Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones). But the real prize here is Lucy Punch as Kate’s best friend BJ, a British bombshell whose biting wit is matched only by her smoldering libido. Her wildly inappropriate interactions with Maddie singlehandedly make Ben and Kate’s wacky world worth a visit.
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‘Girls’ trouble: controversial HBO series remains flawed by monica mohapatra Lena Dunham’s Girls is not Sex and the City. Disregard any review that claims this is “SATC for the Gen 2.0!” because it isn’t and Lena Dunham’s hapless protagonist, Hannah Horvath, is nothing like Carrie Bradshaw. There are no shoe binges or Mr. Bigs or brunches on Saturday — in fact, Hannah hates brunches. Moreover, SATC was aware of its own absurdity. Girls, on the other hand, is schadenfreude fodder pandering to depressing stereotypes about the 20-something generation. As the director, Dunham does well. Girls is a pretty show with good actors. That said, major flaws appear in the writing. Although the dialogue is usually snappy and relatable, scenes often end prematurely and plot lines are often left undeveloped. Example: Hannah (Dunham) accuses her boss of sexual misconduct and then, logically, makes a move on the 60-yearold married man and splutters into resignation when he has no idea what she’s doing. The scene ends. Nobody knows why she left or why he was confused. The characters are irritating, maybe purposely so, to the point of tedium. There’s the artsy one, the uptight one, the incompetent one and the clueless one — whose role is so one-dimensional it hurts. Girls is, underneath it all, a show about a gang of four rather privileged, whiny, dysfunctional white girls. Admit-
Courtesy HBO tedly, such a premise is a slice of life for one very small stomach. But does it need to be occupying valuable airtime, as though there are not enough shows about these kinds of groups on air? Even Seinfeld was more diverse. So how do you make a show about New York City without representing more than half of its demographic? The answer, according to Dunham, seems to be a tendency for oversharing. The show has gained a fair share
of controversy by merit of its nonchalant nudity and squalid need to shock by disgust. It is the Facebook of TV. The tactic is to celebrate the woman of today. These girls get abortions; they have casual relationships; they don’t conform to beauty ideals. And yet all the male characters are flawed in the most antiquated ways. They’re jerks, perverts and friend-zoners. The comedy is lazy in that it relies on tropes of the modern generation to provide its match-
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ing 20-something demographic with something relatable. But just because people know what Twitter is and majored in classics doesn’t mean they have to keel over from angsty self-identification. There is one scene in which Hannah manages to accuse her perfectly personable interviewer of being a date rapist. Who does that? Was college not about enhancing your interpersonal skills? Not all college graduates feel an overbearing sense of entitlement, and not all of them are virtually incapable of social interaction with strangers. The show is a simplistic exercise in pessimism. It relies on the uncomfortable hijinks of its characters — naked octogenarians, random drug ingestions, idiotic hook-ups — to present the comedy. Truth is, postgraduate life will be like this for many of us — left in a big city with a degree in the liberal arts and some people we kind of like. But some of us will not be socially incapable or completely beguiled by our time in college. And many of us will have student loans, international work visas or, God forbid, actual plans. In some ways, you have to laud Dunham for being able to commodify an entire generation’s antisocial personality disorder and managing to name check “Facebook” three times every episode. Maybe the writer deserves her two Golden Globes — but I tend to think not.
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Gangster films have been a staple in Hollywood since the 1930s , depicting the struggle between cops and goons of varying intelligence and guile in brutal fashion . From the influential 1931 benchmark The Public Enemy to modern classics such as Goodfellas , filmmakers have set the bar high with movies that gave us memorable characters and painfully dark storytelling. Gangster Squad is not one of these movies. But it doesn’t have to be, and taken on its own merits it’s a fun ride. Loosely based on a true story and set in 1949 Los Angeles , Gangster Squad tells the story of a small band of honest cops who were tasked with bringing down boxer-turnedgangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Cohen has almost every lawman and judge in his pocket, but he doesn’t count on a determined police chief (the always gruff Nick Nolte) taking matters into his own hands . World War II veteran John O’Mara (Josh Brolin ), easygoing womanizer Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) and a host of unappreciated cops wreak havoc on Cohen’s operation. But when Cohen strikes back, things take a nasty turn. If you are searching for a film with rich characters, witty dialogue and world-class acting, look elsewhere. It’s a clichéd film populated with onedimensional characters who are there to look nice and kill bad guys. None of the cops have any measurable flaws, and
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ishly black-and-white approach to morality, and containing an alarming number of uses of the word “okay.” Shakespeare this is not. Instead Gangster Squad’s great by ben willis success is its ability to make me still enjoy watching it, despite its flaws. For one, the cast is clearly having a ball. They enjoy delivering the corny dialogue, and they squeeze humor and even some pathos out of patently absurd moments. Robert Patrick’s grumpy gunslinger is a particular treat, and his interactions with the underused Michael Peña are great. Penn hams it up as Cohen, but there is something mesmerizing about watching an Oscar-winning actor shamelessly chew the scenery — think Nicolas Cage. Though the camera can get shaky, the action is another highlight of this inauspicious film. The stylized gun fights and car chases are thrilling to watch. Firearms blaze wildly with no thought given to magazine limits; the scenery crackles and explodes around the actors, and yes, there is even slow motion. The violence is brutal, but it doesn’t seem out of place with the gaudy tone of the movie. Let’s just say those with delicate stomachs should look away when the power drill comes out. If you don’t go into the theater looking for The Courtesy Warner Bros. Godfather, you will not be disappointed. Gangster Squad’s glossy style, overCohen is a wildly unsympathetic mob- Cohen’s trophy girl and Wooters’ love blown story and hammy dialogue will ster who enjoys every awful thing he interest , is wasted as eye candy. The keep you entertained. does. The talented Emma Stone, playing script is paper-thin, displaying a child-
Catch of the day: ‘catfish’ by jame
A slice of the ‘Promised’ life
by stephanie dodge
Courtesy MTV There’s a scene in the first American Pie where Jason Biggs’ character, desperate to land a prom date, creates a profile on a fictitious dating website. A year after the film’s release, eHarmony launched. Various competitors soon began creating rival matchmaking services, for everyone from older singles to unsatisfied married folk. Although not every hopeless romantic logs onto these sites, love is still in the air — albeit via ones and zeroes — through the billionmember megasite Facebook. Taking the Sundance Film Festival by storm in 2010, the documentary Catfish chronicles the online relationship between Nev and his guitar-toting sweetheart Megan, whose eccentric family enthralls the audience. The pair’s budding romance blossoms thanks to a highly convoluted maze of friend requests, picture-swapping and convincing phone calls. The odd part? The pair never has a Skype call and attempts to meet face-to-face are met with constant rejections. To make sense of this strange love affair, Nev and his camera-toting friends hightail it to Ishpeming, Mich. to uncover the truth behind this fascinating family. What they discover isn’t what they expected, and it brings to light an unsettling truth about the Web. Not everyone is who they say they are: They’re “catfish,” creating a fake social media profile to ensnare someone online. MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show opens with a summary of the film’s events, and caps off the introduction with “Catfish: The Movie was my story ... [this] is yours.” It makes for compelling reality TV, blending tech-savvy investigation with the unbridled absurdity of what viewers have to come to expect from the illnamed Music Television. The show has aired eight episodes, which explore varying degrees of motivation for online love and the eyebrowraising, sometimes sociopathic results that conclude the broadcasts. Underlying topics include struggles with sexuality, what it means to be transgender and
the stinging pain of loneliness. These topics add another dimension to Catfish that isn’t always clear when tuning in each Monday. Nev co-hosts the show with cameraman Max, whose purpose is to raise red flags at holes in these digital love stories. The gray-haired videophile serves as the voice of reason, something his friend Nev can’t grasp. They are a strange duo: a dreamer with an idyllic vision of romance and a skeptic with a stronger grip on reality. It’s hard to believe the logged-on lovers the show follow don’t pick up on the inconsistencies in their relationships. The pilot tells of a dream boy who models by day, writes for Chelsea Lately by night and is enrolled in online classes to become an anesthesiologist. Come on. Who’s that incredible? I know what you’re thinking, and you’re far too kind. The conclusion of the episode reveals the person behind the enigmatic pretty boy was actually an 18-year old girl. Yikes. Sadly, this is too familiar to regular viewers and leaves MTV maniacs glued to the set the following Monday, pining for a happy ending. It’s a surefire marketing technique, but it’s been irritating the fanbase, judging by the enormous volume of furious tweets that go as far as to attack the accounts of those involved that week. As bitter and ridiculous as Catfish may seem, the show is far from exhausting its stockpile of stories. Nev has tweeted about the recent scandal surrounding Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o, and MTV is debuting older episodes for audiences in the U.K. Whether you’re a seasoned viewer of reality TV or not, you’ll likely find something both fresh and familiar about Catfish. It hasn’t delivered its share of happy endings, but — pardon the pun — that’s the reality of it. New episodes of Catfish air at 11 p.m. on MTV and are available the next day for free streaming at mtv.com. Get hooked.
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Promised Land is a simple and predictable film that nonetheless leaves you with some nice ‘warm and fuzzies.’ Screenwriters John Krasinski and Matt Damon team up with director Gus Van Sant, known for Good Will Hunting and Milk, among others, to create a socially relevant movie about smalltown American life and its battle with corporations. Matt Damon stars as Steve Butler, a natural gas salesman who uses his small-town background to relate to the folks to whom he tries to sell his commercialized dream. The movie’s plot focuses on fracking, a technique energy companies use to extract natural gas from the ground. The film’s central thematic battle is between the desire to keep the smalltown American dream alive and the industrial realities that may make that dream difficult to sustain. Damon’s character has a compelling life story, underscoring the idea that though small towns reject corporations, corporations keep small towns alive. Butler travels the country convincing townsfolk to accept the presence of natural gas companies as inevitable and to sell their land to them. His motivation comes from watching his own small town slowly die away after a factory shutdown. His sales partner Sue Thomason, played by the flawless Frances McDormand, is less noble and compelling but much more willing to play the corporate game. Together they make an unstoppable team and their huge sales rates launch them to great success in the company. A small Pennsylvania town becomes the game-changer for Thomason and Butler when local high school science teacher Frank Yates (Hal Holbrook) and environmental activist Dustin Noble (John Krasinski) challenge their company’s practices. The movie, apart from one stunning and incredibly unexpected twist, rolls along at a steady pace and has a relatively predictable plot line. But what sets the film apart is its incredible tone. Free from the forced optimism of some films and the piled-on tragedy of others, Promised Land works as a slice-of-life movie that escapes the dullness plaguing much of the genre. The top-notch screenwriting, directing, and performances make Promised Land a quality movie to sit through. It won’t blow you away, but it will leave you pleasantly intrigued and intellectually stimulated. This is certainly one to watch, although you could wait to watch it on Netflix rather than spend the money to see it in theaters.
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‘True’ star steps out of sister’s shadow
by catherine jessee
A$AP ROCKY by millicent usoro
Courtesy ASAP Worldwide A$AP Rocky is a textbook case of a budding musician in the Internet age: His series of music videos on YouTube in 2011, including “Purple Swag” and “Peso,” garnered attention from record labels and led to a $3 million contract with Polo Grounds/ RCA Records. After obtaining critical success, fashion deals, musical festival performances and world tours including Drake’s World Paradise Tour, Rocky primed the world for his debut studio album, originally slated for release in July 2012. But after the album was pushed back three times — to September, then October, then December — fans met the release of LongLiveA$AP with skepticism rather than fervor. “Goldie,” the album’s lead single, dropped in April and kept fans and critics satisfied. Once the dust of this solid track had settled, the manic energy of “F**ckin’ Problems” kept the airwaves busy for a brief spell. But fans grew cynical when the track list was officially released and included guest artists such as Skrillex and Florence Welch. It seemed like Rocky’s debut album would be another commercial hiphop effort, with cheesy collaborations full of pop artists singing the chorus between lackluster verses. Defying the skeptics, LongLiveA$AP sounds more like the future of rap than a bubble-gum hip-hop confection. A$AP takes risks while fine-tuning the sound and style critics raved about after his mixtape LIVELOVEA$AP. And unlike most hip-hop studio debut albums, he actually achieves terrific results. “Wild for the Night,” featuring Skrillex, innocently starts with Rocky’s voice slowed in the choppedand-screwed style he has effectively adapted, but he hits you with a bang 45 seconds into the song with scream-
ing laser sounds. A$AP’s effortless flow fits right in. Over the Clams Casino beat, “Hell,” Santigold’s chorus sounds natural and unforced. A$AP is pure charisma. The title song “LongLiveA$AP” begins with the audio of a thunderstorm and highlights his signature cloudy, atmospheric rap style, but it also includes some of his sharpest and cockiest quick punches — “Tell ‘em watch your spine, I mean watch your back / Better guide your track, better not look back.” The rapper sounds at ease throughout the whole album, as if he’s been making records for years. Although some have chastised Rocky for lacking the lyricism and style of New York rap, hip-hop has never and should never be shoehorned into a single mode or style. A$AP is one of the few rappers who has successfully incorporated his influences, including southern rappers UGK and Three 6 Mafia, into his music. Rocky faced high expectations after the successful efforts other rappers of his generation — take Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.D. city for example. But his debut studio album has actually solidified the future of hip-hop — a future that otherwise hasn’t looked this good in years. After what seems to be a genre dominated by Kanye West and Jay-Z, coupled with a series of disappointing XXL freshman classes who frequently failed both commercially and critically, A$AP Rocky and his peers — including Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, and Kendrick Lamar — have created a great generation of rap for today’s 20-somethings to appreciate. A$AP sums it up best in “LVL,” one of the album’s highlights: “Get your popcorn, juice and snacks / It’s a movie, n-----, with a new cast.”
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Until True, there has been little opportunity to appreciate Solange K n o w l e s ’ talent. It was her older sister Beyonce who emerged as the star and a pop culture icon when the golden age of Destiny’s Child ended. S i n c e t h e n , S o l a n g e ’s undeniably strong voice has been hidden behind her sister’s fame. True captures Solange’s more mature sound. Her previous albums, particularly Solo Act in 2007, were messily and heavily produced in a way that masked her voice rather than highlighted it. But with True — which Solange not only cowrote, but also co-produced with alternative R&B artist and producer Devonte Courtesy Terrible Records Hynes — her voice shines through. Expertly produced, each song on the album is a treat. The collaboration of Hynes and Knowles is particularly notable in the opening track “Losing You.” Knowles addresses a lover in the very moment of “losing,” not before or after. Her lyrics are passionate and repetitive, set against a strangely upbeat percussion as if to highlight the anxiety of the inquiry, “Tell me the truth boy / Am I losing you for good?” The album’s narrative begins just like an ancient epic — in medias res, in the middle of conflict. It’s an exciting song for such a dreary subject. The seven-track album progresses as a commentary of a breakup. Like a series of diary entries, each track tackles the subject differently, following an arc of psychological conflict: denial in “Losing You” and frustration in “Some Things Never Seem to F---ing Work,” reflective in “Lovers in the Parking Lot” and regressive in “Looks Good With Trouble,” (“Hey little heartache / You’re looking kinda charming”). True is shorter than Solange’s previous two albums, but its modest length lends value to each song. Its lack of a title track is equally compelling. The “true” response to heartbreak does not conclude on a particularly positive note but is instead unresolved — “The taxi came / I don’t know where I’m going.” It is appropriate that Solange released True mere months before Destiny’s Child is expected to release a comeback album; Solange, who released True under Terrible Records (managed by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear) , seems content with being under the radar. Her latest effort, however, may force her into a spotlight of her own.
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by emily benedict “Monback,” once an abbreviation for “come on back,” now can be heard during fans’ encore chants at venues such as the Norva and the Jewish Mother in Hampton Roads. Formerly known as the Yolks, Major and the Monbacks have landed sunny side-up, recently releasing their first five-song EP, Monback House Party, on iTunes. The EP awaits possible release in local Charlottesville record stores. Growing from a five- to a 10-man band thanks to the brilliant addition of a horns section and two alternating drummers, the Monbacks have reached “Monback mania” status in Norfolk, Va. Since its high school days, live shows have been the band’s staple — they recently played an impressive seven shows during a three-week winter break. For now the Monbacks are just looking for a good time, as their EP title implies. But if the opportunity arises the Monbacks say they aren’t opposed to hitting it big — after they all graduate from college, of course. Something of the sort might be in the band’s near future — Veer Magazine recently nominated them the best local indie/pop band. The winner will be announced Feb. 12. For now, they’re sticking to the small scale. Though CD sales and shows aren’t making much money so far — at least split between 10 people — they’re all satisfied doing what they love, cliché as it sounds. But the band, especially twin brothers Cole and Neal Friedman, don’t always agree on everything. After differing accounts of who “Major” really is, bassist and third-year Commerce student Cole summarized him best as representing “the Monback in all of us.” Lead vocalist and guitarist Neal writes the Monbacks’ original tunes with a ‘60s popinspired sound. Two songs, “All I Wanna Do” and “The Way Things Go,” date back to 2007-2008, Neal’s 10th-grade years. The lyrics, though simple and sometimes cheesy, are always endearing. In the early days, the group’s songs were a little lackluster. But with the band’s new members and extra practices, their efforts have paid off. Both “All I Wanna Do” and “The Way Things Go” have been revamped to incorporate new vocal harmonies from Michael Adkins and newest member Harry Schloeder, and to include work from the recently added horns section, featuring Woody Marshall on the trumpet and Jay Einhorn — no pun intended — on the saxophone. “Sweet Pumpkin Pie” and the more recent track “When I’m Rollin’” are both upbeat melodies with catchy lyrics that are meant for dancing. If their beat alone isn’t enough to get you going, Tyler “Teeter” West is, at least at a live show. From hype man to bongo player extraordinaire, Tyler brings more energy — and sweat — to the shows than any other. His constant movement can never be captured on recording. The recording does not do a live show justice, but it makes for a close substitute. Make sure to check out this up and coming local sound. After making their first appearance at the University in the fall, they may be back. Keep your ears open.
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by robert shimshock Comebacks. They’re what diehard fans of countless artists dream about, usually to no avail. After keyboardist Drew Stavola left Mutiny Within and Roadrunner Records dropped the band for failing to achieve highenough record sales with its debut album, vocalist Chris Clancy left because of financial difficulties and the group went on hiatus. But after releasing two songs last January that were intended for its sophomore effort and getting positive feedback, the band ultimately decided to record a full second album. But was it enough to be considered a comeback? In many regards, Synchronicity is similar to Mutiny Within’s eponymous debut. The lyrics alternate between hopefulness and regret. Presenting a positive outlook on the financial future of the music industry, which he blames for his initial departure from the band, Clancy proclaims in “Embers” that “if the embers keep burning / we’ll keep it alive / there’s still time to save this life” during one of the band’s trademark epic, soaring choruses. Just a few songs later in “Machines,” however, the singer insists that humans are “disconnected from this life” and that “we feed the world with the life that we’ve lost / consumed by what we revered.” Clancy is adept at distinguishing his messages, despite tackling so many moods, coating the soulful ones with crisp cleans while reserving his growl and a new high-pitched scream for more negative passages.
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By the middle of the record, a sense of familiarity seeps into many of the tracks. Mutiny Within brings everything from intricate guitar solos to crushing breakdowns, but the band has seemed to develop a formula. On its first album, the group overused epic choruses in which guitars relentlessly played upbeat rhythms under Clancy’s vocals. When a band uses this approach on every single song, the tracks start to meld together. Also noticeable is Stavola’s absence. Stavola’s departure, though, gives Andrew Jacobs’ bass more chance to shine through to provide Mutiny Within with a slightly heavier sound, which Clancy matches with harshvocal breakdowns as in “In My Veins.” The band has improved in other departments, as well. The increased l e n g t h s o f Sy n c h r o n i c i t y ’s s o n g s implies what can be confirmed upon listening: more developed structures with smoother transitions. The clarity of the speech excerpt from conspirator David Icke on “Become” bolsters the song’s message of redemption. The speech excerpts from “Oblivion” on the debut, on the other hand, were mixed together and difficult to understand. Synchronicity is a long-awaited comeback but not without its shortcomings. Though Mutiny Within has not actually reunited as a band, the positive response to the group’s second release — marked by its number-five position on the iTunes metal chart — may encourage Mutiny Within to consider a full reunion.
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Browman | Walk-on regains role after academic dismissal Continued from page B1 You know it’s just big for him to get a scholarship, and he’s been really working hard and praying for it.” A three-year letterman at basketball powerhouse Montrose Christian, the D.C.-area school where NBA megastar Kevin Durant and current Cavalier wunderkind freshman guard Justin Anderson attended, Browman registered court time in only five games his senior year of high school, according to maxpreps.com. Neither the scant playing time nor offers from several smaller programs, however, could deter Browman from his lifelong aspiration to play college basketball at a prestigious program. “That was always my goal growing up, when I was a little kid, just to play high major Division I basketball,” Browman said. “I had a couple lower mid-major offers, but I chose to come to
U.Va. for the chance to play in the ACC. That’s always something I wanted to do, and luckily I was able to do that.” After biding his time for three more years, totaling just 42 minutes and 12 points entering the 2012-13 season, Browman has finally emerged this year as a savvy option at point guard. With starting senior point guard Jontel Evans dealing with a broken right foot earlier this season, Browman split time with redshirt freshman Teven Jones and freshman Taylor Barnette running the offense and earned plaudits from Virginia supporters for his energetic, egoless play. Browman has appeared in 10 games this season, averaging 7.5 minutes per contest. His best game as a Cavalier came in a 74-39 victory against Wofford Dec. 30. In a career-high 23 minutes, Browman registered six assists, smothered the Terriers’ leading scorer, sophomore guard Karl Cochran, and never attempted a shot of his own as he
shepherded the Virginia offense in Evans’ absence. “With Jontel out early in the year, he brings that leadership, that calmness that we need every once and a while when we get too sped up,” Mitchell said. Were that the extent of Browman’s journey — were he simply a perpetual reserve player who toiled to earn a spot in the rotation — his story would still testify to his dedication and resolve. Yet the story should resonate even more with basketball fans because it demonstrates the trials and tribulations that accompany the life of a walk-on in Division I athletics, as well as a bit of adversity Browman inflicted upon himself. With recent controversies surrounding programs at Ohio State, North Carolina and Miami spawning discussion about whether college athletes in big-revenue sports should receive financial compensation, it is sometimes overlooked that scholarship ath-
letes do receive an all-expenses paid education. But Browman entered the second half of his senior year expecting to never receive that benefit, despite devoting 20 or more hours per week to the program. And with no scholarship tying him to the team, Browman — along with fellow walk-ons, freshman guard Justin Miller, freshman forward Caid Kirven and junior guard Thomas Rogers — has had to exert maximum effort just to remain on the roster. “I’ve thought about it,” Mitchell said of the walk-ons’ plight. “It’s a tough situation, especially those guys; they work just as hard as we do without the glory.” When Bennett excused Browman from the team for poor academic performance in fall 2010, it appeared an unceremonious and abrupt end to a backup point guard’s college basketball career. It wasn’t. With less hope than ever of earning playing time, recogni-
tion or some promise of financial gain, Browman fixed his grades and returned to practice the following spring. He did not need the possibility of a scholarship to motivate him to pursue his passion. “I didn’t ever really think about that,” Browman said. “I just thought about how much I love playing basketball and lacing the sneakers up, so that’s all I really thought about. That’s what kept me motivated, kept me going.” It became apparent that the point guard stood apart in more ways than one, as Browman patiently answered my questions a short distance from his teammates. On a roster that hardly lacks for humility or selflessness, Browman was recognized for treating the game he loves as an inherent reward and letting the rest take care of itself. “I know good things happen to those who wait,” Browman said. “You put hard work in it, you reap the benefits.”
M Basketball | Freshman Anderson progresses quickly Continued from page B1 not be enough to light up the scoreboard. Virginia held Florida State to a John Paul Jones Arena record-low 36 points, matching the fewest points the team has ever allowed to an ACC opponent. Even All-ACC senior guard Michael Snaer could not crack the Cavalier defense. He scored only nine points as his team made just 1-of-15 3-pointer attempts. “Everyone knew their personnel, our coaches had us pre-
pared,” junior guard Joe Harris said. “We knew our assignments, everyone did what we talked about in practice, and we just came out and executed defensively.” On top of its lights-out defense, Virginia had a great game on the other end of the court as well. The team shot 48.9 percent from the field — a drastic improvement from its 35.4 percent average against Clemson — and made 7-of-13 from 3-point range. Harris posted 17 points as he continues to lead the team in scoring at 15.2
points per game, and junior forward Akil Mitchell also reached double-digits, going 6-for-7 from the field with 13 points. “It was just night and day from the last couple games,” Mitchell said. “Getting back in the gym, everybody’s been working hard. Just working on our shots and getting extra shots in practice is starting to show up and pay off.” One player who saw his hard work on his shooting touch pay off was freshman guard Justin Anderson, who made 2-of-3 from long range Saturday despite
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making just four 3-pointers in the season’s first 16 games. Anderson also recorded a season-high three blocks. His inspired play helped spark the Cavaliers on both ends of the court. “He just brings so much energy when he comes into the game that he gives us a boost,” Evans said. “When he’s playing well, that’s just a bonus.” Thursday’s game in Blacksburg against a fierce rival may present an added challenge for a Virginia team that has struggled away from Charlottesville. The
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Cavaliers are just 1-4 on the road this season, with their lone win coming at Wisconsin. For a team that has used five freshmen in a starting role this season, the road environment has seemingly rattled the young team. By contrast, Virginia has lost just once at home this season and has a 17.7 point-per-game differential at John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia is 81-53 all-time against Virginia Tech in a series that dates back to 1915. The two teams will meet again Feb. 12 in Charlottesville.