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Warner discusses debt
Senator encourages spending awareness, defends $4 trillion federal budget cuts By Audrey Waldorp Cavalier Daily Senior Writer
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U.S. Senator Mark Warner, above middle, addressed students in Newcomb Hall Monday. Up to Us, a national debt awareness campaign, sponsored the event.
Sen. Mark Warner , D-Va. , spoke to about 500 students, faculty and community members about the national debt Monday in Newcomb Ballroom as the highlight of nearly 20 events and efforts organized by the University “Up to Us” campaign. “Up to Us” is a nationwide competition between various college campuses that promotes student awareness of the rising national debt and student engagement with economic issues as the deadline for sequestration approaches. “[We’re] bringing the conversation from the Hill to U.Va.,” said fourth-year College student Ryan Singel, a campaign organizer, when introducing
Miller Center leader dies Prof. Kenneth Thompson, 91, leaves extensive politics programming tradition By Emily Hutt
Cavalier Daily News Editor Kenneth Thompson, esteemed educator and longtime director of the Miller Center, died Saturday, Feb. 2 at age 91. Thompson served as the Miller Center’s director for two decades, bringing many of the Center’s initiatives to prominence during his tenure. “The Miller Center would not be what it is today without the inspiration and passion of Ken Thomspon,” said former Virginia Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, director and CEO of the Miller Center, in a press release. Thompson was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1921. He graduated from Augustana College in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army Infantry and in counter intelligence during World War II. Following the war, he earned a graduate degree from the University of Chicago. He began his teaching career at the University of Chicago and then Northwestern, where he served as Chairman of the International Relations Committee. From 1953 to 1974, Thompson
left his role as a university educator to work for The Rockefeller Foundation, ultimately serving as its Vice President of International Programs. In 1975, Thompson returned to teaching as a professor of government and foreign affairs at the University, and he became director of the Miller Center in 1978. His son James Thompson, senior vice president at the University of Rochester, said education was one of his father’s greatest passions. “In my household when I was growing up, the greatest thing you could say about a person was that [he or she] was a great teacher,” James Thompson said. “In some small way, he wanted to be able to do that for others.” Under Thompson’s direction, the Miller Center established the Forum Program, the Presidential Oral History Program and the national commissions. He worked to advance the understanding of the American presidency and civic education both inside and outside of the classroom during his tenure. “Whether it was somebody working at a service station or the secre-
tary of state ... asking him about politics my father would take equal patience and equal attention with it, because he really felt that was the future of the country,” James Thompson said. Thompson also authored more than 30 books about international affairs, diplomatic ethics and the American presidency. “Ken initiated much of the work that continues to this day,” Baliles said. “Because of him, presidential history that might otherwise have been lost will be preserved for generations to come.” After retiring as director of center in 1998, Thompson continued to lead the Forum Program until 2004. “He was probably the hardest working person I ever knew,” James Thompson said. “He always told me somebody is always going to be smarter, somebody is always going to be better looking ... but nobody has to work harder than you do.” Thompson is survived by his three sons, stepdaughter and four grandchildren. The Miller Center is expected to set a date for a memorial service later this week.
Kenneth Thompson, the longtime director of the Miller Center, died Feb. 2. Thompson’s legacy includes several forums, the promotion of civic education and presidential history programs. He wrote more than 30 books about policy and international relations.
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the Senator. Warner lauded campaign members for discussing this fairly unpopular topic with University peers. “[The national debt] is the most important issue we face in our nation,” Warner said. “If we don’t fix it, guess who pays the debt? You guys.” He also discussed his efforts to reach a bipartisan consensus on fiscal reform while in the Senate. “We cannot simply cut and tax our way out of this problem,” Warner said. “We need to have a growth agenda.” The Office of Management and Budget reports the country has run a deficit for 58 of the past 63 years, which Warner said is the fault of both parties. The $16.5 trillion national debt cannot be solved in the next 10 years, he
Coach Tony Bennett did not hesitate when he saw freshman wunderkind Justin Anderson cough up a turnover with a showboating behind-the-backdribble in the Virginia basketball team’s 78-41 blowout win against Clemson last Thursday. Bennett pointed to the bench, and told his 18-year-old phenom, “That’s not what we need.” That same scene could have played out very differently with any other team. After the game, a still excited Anderson told reporters, “I love that moment.” “It actually lifted me up,” Anderson said. “It felt good because I felt like that was one selfish moment on my behalf
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on my team, and I don’t want to ever be like that.” The Virginia (17-6, 7-3 ACC) basketball team’s surprising success this season has been built on one principle: All for one; one for all. Individual displays such as Anderson’s highlight dunk later that game — which earned him the number two spot on “Sportscenter’s Top 10 Plays” — have been secondary to selflessness. That mindset has been the driving force behind the surprising success of Bennett’s freshmen-laden squad. The ACC Preseason Coaches Poll pegged the Cavaliers to finish seventh in the conference. That poll was even conducted before the extent of injuries to guards sophomore Malcolm Brogdon
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Gov. Bob McDonnell introduced legislation to confront violence at primary and secondary schools in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn. shootings.
Gov. Bob McDonnell introduced eight pieces of legislation Friday designed to make Virginia’s primary and secondary schools safer. The proposed measures include developing curricula for critical incident response training of school personnel, a requirement for schools to conduct a lockdown drill once each semester and the creation of a fund to provide facility upgrades to improve security. One of the proposals would also make it a criminal offense to enter a school armed or in possession of an explosive device with the intent to commit a felony. “It is so important that we are doing everything in our power to provide a safe learning environment in our schools and on our campuses,” McDonnell said in a statement. “The proposals I’m making to the General Assembly will make schools and
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Freshman guard Justin Anderson, who was named ACC Rookie of the Week Monday, has quickly emerged as a dynamic presence for Virginia.
and senior Jontel Evans was known and before forwards sophomore Darion Atkins and
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Gov. proposes K-12 safety laws
Virginia Tech visits Charlottesville Thursday looking to snap six-game losing streak, slow streaking Cavs By Daniel Weltz
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said. He suggested reducing the deficit by $4 trillion in that time frame was more realistic. “We just have to show the markets and the world that we’re going to recognize that this is a real problem,” he said. Warner said after his presentation he hoped awareness of the national debt would remain high. “This is not a self-correcting problem, and what my hope and prayer is that these students, the folks who are listening today, will let their members of Congress hear [their opinions],” Warner said. “Too often all we hear is from folks on both ends of the extreme. This is too important just to leave to the politicians [and]
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campuses in the Commonwealth safer. They will also provide the resources necessary to assist our first responders, educators and mental health professionals in protecting our schools.” Across the aisle, however, reaction to the legislation was mixed. Minority Leader Del. David Toscano , D-Charlottesville , approved of McDonnell’s proposal to require school districts to create threat assessment teams — who collect and report data to the Department of Criminal Justice Services — but he wanted the governor to do more to address gun control. “We can make much more progress if we had immediate background checks for every gun purchase in the commonwealth,” Toscano said. “But the governor won’t touch it for the politics of it. It’s too politically charged.” —compiled by Erik Payne
Upset Alert SEAN MCGOEY I love upsets. I was raised as a sports fan to follow the principle that if you don’t have a particular allegiance to either of the teams involved, you root for the underdog. And in no sport is this more applicable than in college basketball. This season has been a roller coaster for the teams on top of the standings. Weeks one through 10 were ruled by preseason No. 1 Indiana and their successor, Duke. But we have since seen a different team claim the top spot each of the last four weeks, and we’re likely headed for a fifth after Indiana lost to Illinois last Thursday. The lore of the “giant killer” — the scrappy upstart that knocks off the major power — is a rich Please see McGoey, Page A5
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Waterline causes delays
Construction delays at the intersection of McCormick Road and Newcomb Drive closed the area to traffic Sunday and reduced it to one lane for part of Monday. The project took longer than expected due to complications in reinstalling a water service line, said Jay Klingel, the director of operations for Facilities Management. As a part of the replacement of the McCormick Road Bridge, workers had to move the pipe-
line from under the bridge to below Emmett Street, Klingel said. The final tie-in to connect the water service line was scheduled for last Thursday evening, Klingel said, but the workers ran into trouble re-accessing some of the valves and piping joints. Many residents were frustrated by the early morning road work. “They had jack hammers at seven in the morning while I was sleeping and
it make me very angry,” said second-year College student Olivia Fowkes, who lives in Old Dorms near the construction. “I feel like the construction takes forever.” The job was completed Monday and McCormick Road was repaved by the end of the afternoon. The delay is not expected to hinder the overall progress of the bridge’s reconstruction, which they hope to complete by July 20. —compiled by Alia Sharif
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Repairs to a waterline shut down McCormick Road to traﬃc Sunday.
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calls for cooperation Continued from page A1 the interest groups in Washington.” Warner said despite the high-flown rhetoric, he was confident the economic crisis was solvable. “I think our economy is poised for a dramatic recovery,” he said. He added that the federal government had
already proposed one-third of the necessary cuts for his $4 trillion plan. In closing, Sen. Warner quoted Winston Churchill : “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.” After a pause he added, “Well, we’ve tried everything else. Now it’s time to do the right thing.”
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Comics Tuesday, February 12, 2013
DJANGEO BY STEPHEN ROWE
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Friends tenderly play your heartstrings. A manipulation? Perhaps, but an effective one. Sooner or later, though, you have to go back to work. Make it later. Loved ones need your attention.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Phone calls are so interesting. You think you know your relatives well, but what you learn now makes you look at them in a whole different way. Aquarius and Virgo provide particularly scintillating information.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You don’t have to look for inspiration. It ﬁnds you — it caresses you while you sleep, visits you while you’re driving, sneaks up on you while you’re walking. Share your vision with a friend.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). No matter how motivated you normally are, today it feels hard to drag and click yourself through to 5 o’clock. Set a deadline for a project that seems difﬁcult. The ticking clock is a motivator.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Some people’s choices, you just don’t understand. Still, you have to live with them. It takes all of the compassion you can muster to communicate clearly with these people, just don’t.
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’re an excellent spokesperson for anything you believe in. Presentations go well. There is discussion of a permanent, mutually beneﬁcial collaboration.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s safe to let strong emotions take over your sense of reason. Euphoric feelings motivate you to go to great lengths to please someone you’re enamored with. It works.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You can see the ﬁnish line ahead — this is no time to slow down! Reach into your soul for the energy to sprint through the ribbon. A Cancer friend helps you rally through.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Tally up your treasures. Once you account for them, you’ll feel much better about your growing desire to add something new to your collection. The last step is to give something away to make space for what you want to drop in.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’re totally unaware of your inﬂuence on others, which is overwhelmingly appealing. Tonight, handle money ﬁrst so that ﬁnancial issues don’t get in the way of romance.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You don’t easily give up, and yet you’re not sure if a current effort is really necessary. Just when you’re about to throw in the towel, Capricorn gives the encouragement you need to keep going.
SOLE SURVIVOR BY MICHAEL GILBERTSON
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 12). You’re even more popular than usual this year. You ﬁt right into any group you want to be a part of. Your casual, relaxed and natural style is a magnet for power players. March brings an opportunity to travel. April makes over your ﬁnances and May does the same for your physical self. You hit it off famously with Virgo and Taurus. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 24, 53, 48 and 13.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Loved ones have their own ideas about fun and may try to include you in something that’s typically not for you. Be open-minded and you may just stumble onto a new side of yourself.
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Cavs tally first season victories
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Senior Melanie Mitchell pitched a 16-strikeout, complete game shutout Friday against Robert Morris to lead Virginia to a season-opening 4-0 win at teh Campbell/Hampton Inn Invitational in North Carolina.
SPORTS Virginia freshman guard Justin Anderson was named ACC Rookie of the Week for his performances against Clemson and Maryland. He averaged 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in the victories, including a career-high 17 points and nine rebounds against the Terrapins ... Duke senior forward Mason Plumlee was named ACC Player
The Virginia softball team opened its season this weekend in North Carolina at the Campbell/Hampton Inn Invitational, defeating Robert Morris and St. Bonaventure and falling to the host Camels. The Cavaliers (2-1, 0-0 ACC) began their season Friday with a 4-0 win against Robert Morris. Senior Melanie Mitchell threw a shutout, striking out 16 while allowing only two hits. She became Virginia’s all-time leader in career starts with 113 and earned the win after the offense produced four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Virginia suffered a setback against host Campbell later that day, losing 8-0 in five innings for its first loss of the season. Junior third baseman Marcy Bowdren had the team’s lone hit in the third inning and freshman Aimee
Chapdelaine had an even outing in her first career start, striking out two and allowing five runs in four innings. The Cavaliers closed out the tournament with a 15-5 win against the Bonnies, tallying 11 hits to earn the five-inning victory. Chapdelaine bounced back from her loss the previous day to earn her first career win, notching three strikeouts and giving up five runs in a complete-game performance. A fourth game against George Washington scheduled for Saturday evening was postponed because of freezing temperatures and will be made up in Charlottesville at a later date. Next weekend, the team will travel to Baton Rouge to compete in a tournament hosted by Louisiana State. —compiled by Peter Nance
AROUND THE ACC of the Week for the same period, averaging 24.5 points and 9.5 rebounds to help guide the fourthranked Blue Devils to wins against NC State and Boston College. His three free throws in the final minute guided Duke to a come-from-behind win against the Eagles that kept his team one game ahead of Virginia in second place
in the conference standings ... Miami continued its ascent in the national rankings in a storybook season under second-year coach Jim Larranaga, former George Mason head man. Having already made history by claiming the largest win ever against the nation’s topranked team in a 90-63 win against then-No. 1 Duke
Jan. 23, the Hurricanes again entered the record books. Miami defeated Boston College and North Carolina to improve to 10-0 in ACC play and take over the No. 3 spot in the national rankings, garnering first-place votes for the first time since 1960 and earning its highest ranking in school history ... The ACC Baseball Coaches’
Preseason Poll named NC State the favorite to capture the conference title in 2013, receiving six of a possible 12 votes. North Carolina was named on four ballots while Virginia and Florida State received one vote each. The baseball season will begin this Friday. —compiled by Daniel Weltz
Basketball | Mitchell: Virginia is ‘lights out’ at home Continued from page A1 sidelined indefinitely with their own ailments. Instead, a team that was supposed to be languishing in the lower middle of the ACC has overcome injuries to win six of seven games and move into sole possession of third place in the conference — two games ahead of the coaches’ top ACC choice, NC State. Led by the nation’s third best scoring defense, one of its most talented freshmen classes in decades and a mindset that matches the attitude of its coach, Virginia finds itself stating an ever-improving case for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament with eight games still remaining in the regular season. “We’ve just got to keep battling, keep swarming, keep doing the things we’re doing, and playing together like we are,” Bennett said of the injuries. “We must put a premium on playing smart, not getting in foul trouble, using our trap, using our choke.” Injuries have largely defined
but not derailed the 2012-13 season. First, foot injuries plagued the team’s backcourt, keeping Evans out for nine of the team’s first 13 games and ending Brogdon’s season before it had even started. Next, a shin injury has limited Atkins to sporadic appearances the past few weeks, leaving a void in the frontcourt. Most recently, Tobey was diagnosed with mononucleosis and is out indefinitely, leaving junior forward Akil Mitchell as the only scholarship player with experience as a post player and forcing Anderson to learn the power forward position on the fly. “If you were to have told me three years ago when I was coming in that I would be playing 40 minutes a game as a center, I wouldn’t have believed you,” the 6-foot-8 Mitchell said. While selflessness and an emphasis on defensive fundamentals have orchestrated a strong season in Charlottesville, things have gone south quickly for the Cavaliers’ rival to the southwest. Tuesday night’s
game sets Virginia against a Virginia Tech (11-12, 2-8 ACC) team reeling from six straight losses. Senior Erick Green, a sublime individual scorer, has been among the best guards in the nation. But even as he dominates games individually, the numbers in the standings tell a different story. The Hokies have lost those six straight games by a combined 59 points beginning with a 74-58 thrashing by Virginia Jan. 24. First-year coach James Johnson has been unable to turn around the program following last season’s 4-12 conference record that led to the dismissal of former coach Seth Greenberg, who guided the team for nine years. Virginia Tech ranks fourth in the ACC in scoring, at 71.5 points per game this season, but is allowing a conference-worst 73.0 points. The Hokies’ season-long struggles are epitomized by their past two losses at home against Georgia Tech and Maryland. Green lit up Cassell Colliseum for 28 points against the Yellow
Jackets and 29 points against the Terrapins, but his team lost both contests by a combined 15 points, falling to dead-last in the ACC standings with their eighth conference defeat. Virginia’s win against those same Terrapins Sunday, meanwhile, was the team’s seventh ACC win this year — one more than Virginia Tech has had in the past two seasons combined. They did it with four starters scoring double-digit points and by becoming the first team this season to outrebound Maryland, despite missing the 6-foot-11 Tobey and with the recovering Atkins playing just seven minutes. Perhaps most impressively for the Cavaliers, they did it away from home, moving to a mediocre 3-4 in road contests this season. The team’s vulnerability away from Charlottesville has been apparent, but its dominance at home has been even more striking. John Paul Jones Arena has been a nightmare for visiting teams, who have won just once
in 14 tries. Virginia has won 13 straight home games since a devastating early-season setback against Delaware, setting the alltime arena record for consecutive victories in the process. “We’re lights out when we’re at home, but when we don’t have our fans behind us, it’s a different team,” Mitchell said. A little more than one month remains before the ACC Tournament begins in Greensboro, N.C., giving the Cavaliers time to get healthy before postseason play. The task for Bennett’s team is to maintain the level of play that has put the team in contention for an NCAA Tournament berth despite losses to CAA teams George Mason, Delaware and Old Dominion early this season. “It’s not the end of the year, and if we can play like that, we’ll be alright,” Bennett said after Thursday’s blowout against Clemson. “Hopefully we’ll get some guys back and we’ll just keep plugging.” Tipoff at John Paul Jones is scheduled for 7 p.m.
McGoey |Underdogs’ success portends unpredictable March Continued from page A1 history that includes Jim Valvano’s 1983 NC State team and the Butler squads that made it to back-to-back NCAA Championships. But this year, the anatomy of the upset has changed, as the power conferences have turned into brutal proving grounds where nationally-renowned teams beat up on each other and turn conference play into a war of attrition. The Big Ten in particular has been the land of the triumphant
underdog this year. Indiana and Michigan have combined for eight weeks at No. 1 but have lost five times to conference foes. The common assailant is Wisconsin, who held Indiana to 59 points at Assembly Hall in January then knocked off Michigan Saturday with an overtime buzzer-beater. Illinois rose as high as No. 10 in the rankings, then dropped a dismal nine of 11 games, then rebounded by claiming the scalps of ranked conference opponents Indiana and Minnesota. But it’s not just the Big Ten.
ESPN featured a shocking statistic Monday: Seven of the top 10 teams in the USA Today coaches’ poll have lost in the last 11 days. In addition to Indiana’s and Michigan’s woes, Big East power Syracuse stumbled to an unranked opponent, as did SEC leader Florida, Pac-12 top-dog Arizona and former Big 12 leader Kansas, who dropped three straight to unranked teams in that span. The lesson? Nobody is safe. Though we might not see another 15-seed triumph against a No. 2 this March like Lehigh did
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to Duke and Norfolk State did to Missouri last year, be prepared for the reality that some highlyranked teams are going to bow out of the Big Dance much earlier than their seed suggests. And how fitting that in this year rife with upsets, one of the teams that looks primed to take advantage is traditional giant killer Gonzaga, who has ridden the play of forward tandem Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk to the No. 5 spot in the polls. Despite my love of upsets, I like when traditional powers
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like Duke are relevant. Half of the fun of upsets is seeing a lowly opponent humble a highlyranked team, then watching to see whether the talented squad will pull themselves back up by their bootstraps to reclaim their top-dog status. Indiana and Duke have done it already this year, and it will be interesting to see if another team like Michigan will do it as well. With little time left before dance cards get punched, there are bound to be more upsets left in this season. Who’s next?
Opinion Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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The University should work to keep the public informed about its research efforts PureMadi, a nonprofit group of University faculty and students that combats global water scarcity and contamination, unveiled an invention Friday. The group created a water purification tablet called MadiDrop. The small ceramic disc can be placed in a container of water to quickly remove pathogens. The device lets people in developing areas treat drinking water immediately before consuming it. The MadiDrop is a cheaper alternative to the larger ceramic water filters the nonprofit introduced in South Africa last year. PureMadi’s high-profile reveal — at a sold-out event Friday in Alumni Hall celebrating the group’s one-year anniversary — marked an exception to the manner in which the University publicizes most of its innovative scientific work. Apart from the faculty, administrators and graduate students who work closely with research efforts, the University’s science world is hermetically sealed. Some findings break out of the laboratory’s confines to appear in academic journals read by few. But the University’s scientific work rarely receives the attention it merits. The problem is one of communication, or lack thereof. Most students might guess the University is a major research hub, but few, especially in the College, would know the extent to which our institution aims to make strides in big data, energy systems, sustainability and more. Ideas that emerge from the University’s multiple research centers are not well-publicized. Highly motivated undergraduates might probe into a professor’s research interests or undertake a project of their own. But the majority of students are left distanced from the high-stakes scholarly investigation that occurs nearly every day on Grounds. The only glimpses they get of the University’s academic efforts are what they see in the classroom. And if University students remain unaware of the strides and breakthroughs happening on Grounds, is there any chance the general public will take note? University officials have recently taken steps to prevent the institution’s intellectual activity from languish-
ing in laboratories or growing stale in the stacks. Most of these efforts are commendable but incomplete. OpenGrounds, for example, which opened last March, has been useful for connecting scholars across disciplines. The Corner studio space has served as a site for supplementary learning through programs such as the ongoing “Humanities in Place” project, which takes the form of a weekly seminar. But OpenGrounds, despite its attempts to engage the public through open hours and various contests, risks becoming an airtight domain of its own. The U.Va. Innovation initiative, which also launched last March, is even more promising. Friday it introduced streamlined intellectual property disclosure forms to make it easier for researchers to inform the University of their discoveries. The group’s goal is to commercialize University technologies by partnering with businesses. It is important for industries to recognize the benefits of scholarship beyond private in-house research and development projects, and the U.Va. Innovation initiative’s efforts — such as its recent proposal to create a Charlottesville economic development program to push student and faculty inventions into the market — help the University’s research positively influence the economy. But the ideas the University produces — from strides in health care to cutting-edge work in digital humanities — are not always immediately marketable, which is where the U.Va. Innovation initiative falls short. And the University should aim to keep not just industries but also the general public informed of its intellectual work. University affiliates that promote and publicize the institution’s scientific achievements should search for writers and media specialists who can explain research breakthroughs simply and accurately. They should also seek opportunities for student involvement whenever possible, as PureMadi and OpenGrounds have. Reticence about research will not help the University attract investors or stake a claim for increased public funding. The University’s science world needs a popularizer.
Editorial Cartoon by Stephen Rowe
““As a former Honor support oﬃcer and, more importantly, someone who is proud to have “worn the honors of Honor,” I strongly endorse the content of this letter. The disparate impact the proposed “informed retraction” would have on students of different backgrounds is, in my mind, unconscionable. And further, it is diﬃcult to conceive how removing an element so fundamental as the option of a jury of one’s peers would possibly beneﬁt students. Honor is not a perfect system, but it is a system worth protecting. It is a system worth doing right. These proposals are not the answer.”
Lucy Partain, responding to Charles Harris and Joshua Hess’ February 4th guest column, “A flawed proposal.”
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The University should take action to prevent the replication of student ID cards Last week, a group of fourth-year called official attention to the exploit- and some cassette tape. The actual students revealed the lesson they able aspects of the ID system, which project took less than two hours to learned from a two-month project could lead to the system’s improve- complete. It cost $250, which was they undertook for one of their ment. At the same time, the study’s even more expensive than necesclasses. They discovered that our release undermined the system it sary, as a cheaper card reader would student ID cards are not that hard critiqued by making its weaknesses have done just as well as the one to replicate. Several of the students more evident and thus more vul- they bought. involved in the project advocated nerable. One of the students of the In light of the simplicity of this a change in the system to make study rightly referred to the current process, University officials should students’ ID cards more secure, but system as “security by obscurity.” take steps to strengthen the security such suggestions are unlikely to Now, some of that obscurity is gone. of the student ID card system. A Possibility of rather simple solution was suggested be implemented, fraud is admittedly by one of the fourth years from the as the Office of SAM NOVACK low — no one at study that drew attention to the Business OperaCAVALIER DAILY OPINION WRITER O-Hill is going to issue: merely replace the current tions — which successfully swipe number stored in the magnetic strip heads the ID card system — does not see fraud as a in with cheap knockoffs or floppy — which is now the same as the stuserious threat. While this stance is index cards. But if the strip is pro- dent’s ID number — with a random not entirely illogical, and there are grammed correctly on a fake card, number. several reasons why student IDs are the doors around Grounds would There are plenty of avenues for unlikely to be exploited, the ease not know the difference. Old dorms mischief at college, and I am not with which IDs can be replicated on McCormick and new dorms like saying every student is capable of ultimately demands a change in the Watson-Webb and Kellogg are just walking around with a faux ID card. some of the places that could be Yet the problem is out there now, and current system. On the one hand, you have the vulnerable to entry via fake ID card. the ease with which the system can Office of Business Operations, which One can only be exploited “Old dorms on McCormick would, to its credit, take action if imagine the should act as a things took a turn for the worse. Pos- danger such and new dorms like Watson- call to action. sible improvements to the ID system vulnerability These enterWebb and Kellogg are just are on the table, but any serious creates. prisingstudents In addition, some of the places that would have called to overhaul would be too costly to justify considering the threat’s relatively o n e s h o u l d be vulnerable to entry via fake our attention benign nature. Then there are the consider the a weakness ID card.” cards themselves, which — unless simplicity with that was previyou had access to a list of individual which IDs can ously not wellID numbers — would have to fall be faked. It is not merely experi- known, and they have also suggested into the hands of a copier for him or enced students in computer science inexpensive remedies that would her to procure a card number. And classes who devote two months to fortify the system — remedies the a fake card would not be convincing the task that can pull this off. Sev- University should not ignore. without a good deal of work, leaving eral first-year Engineering students the likelihood of fraud — with meal conducted a similar study before the swipes, Plus Dollars and Cav Advan- higher-publicity study was released, Sam Novack’s column appears first overwriting their own cards tage — fairly low. Tuesdays in The Cavalier Daily. He On the other hand, a number of with a volunteer’s information, then weaknesses in the ID card system making a brand new card from can be reached at email@example.com. require attention. The recent study scratch using only an index card
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Yes, in your backyard Solutions to climate change must start on the individual level Carl Sagan once said, in ref- energy sent into the atmosphere erence to the famous photo- each day by burning fossil fuels graph taken by the Voyager 1 is equal to 400,000 “Hiroshimaspacecraft that shows the Earth sized atomic bombs.” China is the most as a pale blue dot, glaring example that humans have ANDREW WELLS of how the excess a responsibility VIEWPOINT WRITER burning of fossil to “preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only fuels can create a large-scale home we’ve ever known.” I urge struggle with pollution. Voice of you to read the transcript of this America reported that pollution speech. It is a poignant reminder was so bad in the Zhejiang provof the true nature of the prob- ince that a factory fire blazed lems this world faces, and at no for three hours before anyone noticed it. What’s more, The Wall time has it been more relevant. The evidence is overbearing. Street Journal reported that in Natural disasters such as Hur- late January pollution in eastern ricane Sandy and Hurricane Beijing had reached hazardIsaac have become stronger and ous levels, according to the U.S. more frequent in recent years. Embassy. The same article cited The National Wildlife Federation China’s Ministry of Environmenreports that maximum hurri- tal Protection in reporting that cane wind speeds could increase the “hazardous” Beijing smog in between 2 and 13 percent this late January was part of a cloud century. Moreover, the National that covered much of eastern Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin- and central China — a span more istration has stated that 2012 was than three times the size of Calithe warmest year on record and fornia. Pollution and climate change second most “extreme” for the are global issues and need to be United States. Yet we do little but maintain the confronted as such. To this end, same routine. Everyday, humans efforts have already been made pollute the Earth’s atmosphere and continue to gain traction. The as they burn fossil fuels. Former Kyoto Protocol, an international Vice President Al Gore noted in agreement between members of a recent talk that the amount of the United Nations and part of
First World Climate conference in Geneva
But our collective ideology the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, stunts the initiative such goals is one example. The protocol, require. The way we, as humans, adopted in 1997 and implemented treat our planet suggests we in 2005, sets goals for nations in presume, as Sagan said, that we lowering greenhouse gas emis- have “some privileged position in the universe.” sion rates. The “One fact, though, seems And for most, Doha amendment, added to be left out of the conver- this seems to the case. to the protocol sation: There is nowhere be One fact, in December else to go. We treat our though, seems 2012, created a second comearth as if we can simply to be left out the convermitment period move somewhere else once of sation: There for industrialwe have drained all its is nowhere ized nations to else to go. We reduce emisresources. treat our earth sions through as if we can Dec. 31, 2020. While these changes are an simply move someexcellent start to approaching where else once we pollution on a global scale, they have drained all its are nowhere near enough. Even resources. I t i s n o t ra i s if the problem is addressed internationally, such mobilization i n g a w a r e n e s s will prove insufficient without but rather getting change on the national and local people to care and levels. The protocol sets mini- to mobilize that mum requirements for nations seems to be the to reach, but it does not affect problem in conindividual communities. For this fronting environreason, all humans must exceed mental problems. these requirements, go beyond Perhaps news of what is asked of them and push n a t i o n s c o m i n g forward to a more earth-con- together in efforts such as the Kyoto scious future.
UN General Assembly dubs climate change a “common humanity concern”
Protocol will spur global citizens to take greater action on all levels. The truth is, it is impossible to know what exactly such mobilization will require. After all, not everybody has the perspective of a Carl Sagan. It is the individual perspective, however, that is critical in finding a real solution to pollution and climate change. I leave it to you to decide the best course of action to achieve such a perspective for yourself. Now get to work. Andrew Wells is a viewpoint writer.
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Love me Tinder
Social-media apps aimed at hookups promote superficial judgments
ETWEEN classes and extra ally create custom alerts if any of curricular activities, time our younger siblings log on and spent searching for love then just completely shut down is fairly limited at college. But the site for them.” Whether social networking sites such as he said that because of his sisFacebook have made it easier, ter’s age or because of her relawith apps specifically designed tionship to him, his statement for finding someone to love — or shows the app is not intended in this case, bang. for younger people yet it noneRecently, Facebook came out theless has the ability to reach with an app called Bang with them. The 13-to-17 year old age Friends. According to a Huff- group is still developing mentally ington Post article, Facebook and may not be able to handle users can sign into the emotional the app, search for ramifications of MEREDITH BERGER friends and click casual sex, which CAVALIER DAILY OPINION a button that says is what this app COLUMNIST “down to bang.” promotes. They Users’ desires are also are probably hidden unless both parties are not as informed as they should “down to bang.” Then the app be, for example, about contrapairs them and the two are noti- ception, risk of infection and fied of their mutual interest. This unintended pregnancy. Teenapp is offensively blunt in its agers are most likely not the objective and promotes mean- intended targets of Bang with ingless hookups, but the bigger Friends, but many of them have problem lies in the ability of the Facebook profiles and could app to reach teenagers. About therefore easily access the app. 10 percent of Facebook users Bang with Friends is not the belong to the 13-to-17-year-old only app aimed at pairing social demographic, an age group far media users. Tinder is a new app too young to be rating people that connects to your Facebook to casually “bang.” One of Bang and shows you someone nearby with Friends’ creators acknowl- you may know who is single and edged this potential problem and around your age. After seeing told The Daily Beast, “I would the picture of the candidate you definitely block [my little sister] can choose to “like” the person from using it ... we should actu- or skip to the next suggestion.
If someone you like happens to who might purchase Tinder like you back, Tinder lets you simply because it is popular chat within the application. right now might participate Though Tinder is less offensive without understanding the conthan Bang with Friends and sequences. Sooner or later, they does not directly promote inap- will discover how disappointing propriate behavior, it is not any it is to be judged for your looks more acceptable. Being able and how degrading it feels to be to rate other people’s pictures matched with a boy on Tinder only to have is demeanhim mesing. Although “Take for example the boy people you I was paired with in a chat s“ awg ea ny onua, rated may on Tinder. Let me preface sext?” In never find out addition to you rejected this anecdote by saying I their piconly downloaded the app for tt ihvee neemg oa -tures, the app research purposes. I talked tional conencourages judging people to him for a bit, and when I sequences, also based only on told my roommate about him Tinder gives rise to their appearshe showed me her Tinder the possibilances, which ity of online is incredibly and the conversation she predators, superficial. was having with the same which is a As if young boy.” threat any people in online chat today’s society s y s t e m were not insecure enough, this app lowers must take into account. Finally, these apps just do not their confidence by allowing the opposite sex to rate them based work. Some members just use the app as an excuse to flirt with on just one picture. Some may argue those who every person they are paired sign up for Tinder and similar with, whether it be five people apps are voluntarily accepting or twenty. Take for example the the fact that others will judge boy I was paired with in a chat them based only on their looks. on Tinder. Let me preface this But young girls and other groups anecdote by saying I only down-
loaded the app for research purposes. I talked to him for a bit, and when I told my roommate about him she showed me her Tinder and the conversation she was having with the same boy. He was using the exact same tacky pickup lines on both of us and, needless to say, he and I did not work out. I can only assume that mass texting, where someone sends the same text to many different people, is a common occurrence with these sorts of apps, spurred by a desire to get as many people interested in you as possible and to increase your pool of choices. Though this behavior may be an inevitable outcome of apps such as Tinder, it undermines the app’s intent. With any luck, the hype surrounding Bang with Friends and Tinder will fizzle out soon. These apps may have been created with the intent of forming relationships, but in reality they promote the superficial judgment of human beings and instill in teenagers’ developing minds the idea that sex or “banging” is casual and can be obtained by chatting with strangers. Meredith Berger is an Opinion columnist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BEYOND THE HALLMARK LGBT RESOURCE CENTER CAMPAIGNS FOR EQUALITY By Lauren Jones
Cavalier Daily Staff Writer Do you hear that? That’s the sound of credit cards being swiped. That’s the sound of flowers, jewelry and chocolates being bought in excess. Valentine’s Day is here, or as the bitter among us call it, “Singles Awareness Day.” But along with this Hallmark holiday comes another type of annual awareness effort: the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center’s “Love is Love” campaign. The mission is to promote the idea
that love is universal, and couples of all kinds should be able to celebrate committed relationships without discrimination this Valentine’s Day.
And the message is spread by the one thing college students love most: free t-shirts, bearing the
pithy “Love is Love.” “Sometimes the LGBT community can be completely overlooked on Valentine’s Day, and this campaign really helps bring that [issue] to the forefront,” LGBT Resource Center director Scott Rheinheimer said. The t-shirts, which have been dis-
tributed on Grounds for the last five years, have since been slightly modified as the center hopes to expand its campaign. Still including the classic “Love is Love” slogan, this year’s shirts also promote equality based on varying gender identity. The symbols for pansexuality and polyamory have also been added to the design, Rheinheimer said. And though the LGBT community is at the center of the campaign, Rheinheimer said the campaign also has a broader focus on equality across age, gender, race and class. Some LGBT students, however, think the focus of the campaign is still too narrow. “To me, ‘Love is Love’ is kind of limiting,” fourth-year College student Hallie Clark said. “I don’t think the LGBT experience is about love. It definitely has aspects of love [in it], but in my experience ... it’s more about the power to live and
identify and breathe in your body. [It’s more about] how you want to be presented.” Clark said the campaign holds LGBT individuals to a higher moral standard than the rest of society, and she wants to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the same way as the rest of the heterosexual community — not conform to the notion that LGBT relationships are exclusively about love. But the campaign may be part of a broader movement toward a more complete acceptance of LGBT relationships and lifestyles. “As states in the Northwest, upper Midwest and West Coast continue to introduce marriage equality, as certainly will be the trend, the marketing of Valentine’s Day will follow suit,” said English Prof. Marlon Ross, who specializes in gender and sexuality studies. This year, Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Darden, the graduate business school’s sexuality support group, have bolstered the Resource Center’s efforts. After winning grant money in a Johnson & Johnson diversity competition, GLAD has been able to expand their Love is Love t-shirt campaign, adding weeklong programming to supplement their Please see LGBT, Page A9
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Morrie has Tuesdays By Julia Horowitz
Cavalier Daily Life Editor
o m e p e o p l e c e l e b ra t e Chr is t m a s . I c e l e bra t e winter Sundays. Sundays on a college campus are a rare specimen of ratchet. Delaying the onset of home-
Hoos on First
JULIA HOROWITZ work and a heavy hangover, students unapologetically stuff themselves with brunch and bawdy tales of debauchery from the weekend’s late nights. Our fine Virginia women complement their yoga pants with visible panty lines. Great Virginia gentlemen appear to have followed up No Shave November with not only “Decembeard,” but also “Manuary” and “Febroary.” It’s a sight to see. And, within a five-mile radius of the Academical Village, the students of the University gather, as our great Thomas Jefferson so hoped they would, to discuss what Jenna should do now that she’s hooked up with Sam. Ideological differences put aside, they agree she may want to get tested. Swearing on the honor code itself, they agree Sarah can totally never know, especially after the Max thing. And using their famed powers of inquisition, they vow Please see Horowitz, Page A9
Reforming the way we view Honor By Anne-Marie Albracht
Board member, but rather the very foundation of the university we call home: the honor It’s safe to say this has been a system. politically charged year at the Let me be clear. I’m not one to University. Before we even set get political — at least not pubfoot on Grounds, licly. Not because students and facI feel uninformed How to Hoo ulty alike took up or unqualified to arms to defend the talk about comname and posiplex issues, but tion of University because I cannot President Teresa stand being told Sullivan. We were what to believe. praised across the Again and again, nation as defendI am reminded ers of justice and that political disdemocracy as course among we protested the my peers often un-Jeffersonian means talking at n a t u r e o f t h e ANN-MARIE ALBRACHT someone instead entire ordeal in of talking with newspapers, in someone — and our every day discourse and nothing is more annoying than here in Charlottesville. And being harangued by someone here we are, again in hot water, who was in diapers the same calling into question not the time you were. decision of an easily demonized So rest easy, I have no interest Cavalier Daily Life Columnist
in telling you how to vote on the Restore the Ideal Act later this month. Instead, I would like to suggest how to go about thinking about your vote. I hate even having to list this as a step in the process, but everyone really needs to suck it up and commit to doing a little bit of light research. If your newsfeed looks anything like mine, then you’re wading through a confusing swamp of misinterpretation and blind defense of the system. Everyone at this school is currently claiming to be an honor expert. But let’s be honest — Honor Committee members are biased. They joined Honor because they believe in the system and often don’t see its drawbacks. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s a lot of noise from those who are heavy critics but have never actually seen how the system works from the inside. Make sure you understand what
the honor system is before you align yourself with either side. From there, it’s a simple question: What does honor mean to you? Does it mean actively seeking to remove all members of the community who violate our code not to lie, steal or cheat? Or does it mean living in trust that this code is being upheld? Do you believe in your untrained peers to make the right decision on a jury? Or are you more inclined to trust your experienced but biased Honor Council members? Think about under what circumstances the single sanction is justified to you. Are lying, cheating and stealing — the founding pillars of the system — meant to remain as such, or do issues like sexual assault and hate crimes fall more in line with our modern definition of honor? This decision is a complex one, Please see Albracht, Page A9
Kids watch the darnedest things By Simone Egwu
Cavalier Daily Life Columnist
he other day, I found myself having a conversation with my roommates about television shows from our childhood. We fondly went down the list: “Hey Arnold,” “Recess,” “Rocket Power,” “All That,” “The Amanda Show” and “Clarissa Explains It All.” We remembered these shows as wholesome and enjoyable, and we may have even danced to their theme songs on YouTube for a bit. In these shows, regular kids deal with regular problems, like how to hide the vase they broke before mom and dad got home, or if they could sneak out of the house to go to the skate park after school without getting caught. I couldn’t actually relate to
any of these things, seeing the aforementioned cartoon as I’ve been a stay-inside, orange led an army of mice do-your-homework kind of against a vegetable villain. Just what was nerd since birth, but it was nice At the End of the Day going on there? Other proto live vicarigrams were ously through slightly more animated kids normal, with acting our age. famous kids Sometimes, I doing richgo back to the people things I networks of my know nothing youth — Nick, about and cerCartoon Nettainly couldn’t work, Disney relate to. Obvi— and I try to ously, much has find bits of what SIMONE EGWU changed since I used to love in we were young. their modern It seems like kids these days programs. Instead I see rainbows changing shapes and want to live in an upper-class cartoon oranges with moving fantasy world and play with mouths on the screen — and anthropomorphic fruit — or at least that’s what the netI’m really, really confused. Was television really this works believe they want. Then, I started to think back weird when we were kids? I watched a show where to my childhood. There was
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some weird stuff on TV then too. Now that I am 21 and living a relatively normal life, it makes sense all I want to remember is “Rocket Power” and “Hey Arnold,” when kids did the “normal” things I can recall now. But if I think about it, I remember a show on Nick, from when I was 10 or so, about monsters with insane body shapes and extra limbs. At the time, it wasn’t weird to me. Now, I think that show would probably make me do a double take. It’s not that children’s shows are weird — it’s now that I’m grown up, I’m a little less tolerant of weird. Simone’s column runs biweekly Tuesdays. She can be reached at s.egwu@ cavalierdaily.com.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | The Cavalier Daily
LGBT | Organization distributes free ‘Love is Love’ shirts Continued from page A8 effort. “We’re able to make sure the entire school is benefitting from
what we’re doing this year,” said GLAD president Ori Dekel, a second-year Darden student. “In the past, we’ve just taken the iconic photo of everyone [in their shirts]
on the Darden steps, but this year it’s been really important to us to reach out to the entire U.Va. community.” This year, GLAD is offering
space training, movie screenings and numerous panels to all who want to attend. The LGBT Resource Center plans to continue handing out free Love
is Love t-shirts in Newcomb 435 through Feb. 14 and encourages students to wear them on Valentine’s Day to heighten awareness and show support.
Horowitz | February Sundays: a University-wide tragedy Continued from page A8 to discover: Who puked in the hallway? Most people have it all wrong. They assume libraries, sidewalks and dining halls are for people watching. On weekdays, maybe. Sundays, however, are an entirely different story. Sundays are for listening. And just for you, dear readers, I offer you a few snippets of the conversations I overheard this fine weekend past. They went something like this. “Woah [female dog], you know I don’t have $10. I just bought a [bodily excrement]-ton of [hemp] from [name removed to protect privacy].” “Naw, [name removed to protect privacy] never made it
home last night. Of course, he was [copulating with] that [garden tool].” “Did you finish your problem set?” It was bad. This made me wonder — why does it seem the student body takes belligerence to a whole new level this time of year? Is there something about February that makes the heart tear asunder, something about the looming presence of one St. Valentine that makes the liquor quickly fly off the shelves? Reflecting, I decided yes. If February were an M&M, it would be the brown one. If it were a shoe, it would be a Croc. If it were a member of the University Board of Visitors, it would be Rector Helen Dragas.
U.Va. does not like February. Neither do I. It’s around this time of year the most depressing brand of winter weariness really sets in. The skies are numbingly gray. The stockings still hanging in our dorm room have gone from festive to eau de trailer park. And to top it all off, I’ve taken to counting the veins on my left arm to help me fall asleep for my naps. I am actually that pale. Now, don’t be presumptive and assume that I merely hate dear February because of a V-day. February was the Virginia Tech of calendar months long before Valentine’s Day ever came around. There’s even a Facebook page for it, cleverly titled “I hate February
for reasons other than Valentine’s Day.” It has 74 likes. It’s quite a movement. Personally, I’m pretty neutral about Valentine’s Day. I mean, it’s just a pagan holiday formerly known as Lupercalia, in which a bunch of bachelors would each choose a young girl’s name out of an urn and then marry her. I have no reason to be bitter about it — word on the cobblestone street is these marriages were pretty successful. To say the least, they were more successful than marriages stemming from the urn pick’s modern counterpart: “The Bachelor.” This may be because girls with one arm and anyone named Tierra are not allowed to put their names in the urn.
Anyways, I have Tinder. And if that’s not love, I don’t know what is. So though I’m fine, I understand that you, loyal readers, are not. I heard you talking this weekend, and I know you’ve seen better days. I know you’re really wishing you hadn’t cozied up with Nate/Natalie right now — and the omelet man knows too. You really shouldn’t talk so loud. We both agree, however, there’s no reason for such negativity every Sunday. Tomorrow’s a new day. Monday, actually. Which means it’s probably going to be even worse. Julia’s column runs biweekly Tuesdays. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albracht | Proposed changes merit serious consideration Continued from page A8 without a doubt. I have about 50 more questions to throw at you and only about 100 words. My point is really to show you this
is not a black and white, right or wrong issue. Most people agree the system needs to change, and I cannot stress to you enough how important it is to take a moment to think seriously about what
form this change should take. We are questioning the structure of a pillar of this institution — one that has united almost every student who’s ever attended Mr. Jefferson’s University, from Poe
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to Couric to Fey to all of us here now and in the future. This decision may not have specific consequences for you personally, but it has the potential to affect the future of our school — something
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we all should be invested in. Anne-Marie’s column runs biweekly Tuesdays. She can be reached at a.albracht@ cavalierdaily.com.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013| The Cavalier Daily
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