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Professor faces criminal investigation University Engineering Prof. Paul Allaire is currently facing a criminal investigation after police subpoenaed more than a decade’s worth of banking transactions leading them to suspect misuse of up to $1 million in University funds. Allaire is not currently facing arrest and no charges have been filed. The Wade Professor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering has served as director of the University’s Rotating Machinery and Controls Laboratory for more
than 10 years. Police suspect he may have used his position and the equipment he had access to for personal benefit. Police subpoenaed Allaire’s bank statements in January during their investigation, noting they suspected possible financial discrepancies. Police met with Senior Auditor Thomas Gorski of the University’s Internal Audit Department
last November to discuss concerning findings in Dr. Allaire’s past financial activity. From the information gathered during those meetings, it was revealed that Allaire “openly and knowingly ... used University equipment and software to complete the analysis and review he sold for personal gain,” according to a search warrant issued against him. Police noted emails that they said demonstrated
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Allaire’s intent to “divert business away” from the University laboratory to his own personal consulting company. “Being the Director of the very entity that he was ‘undercutting,’ it is unreasonable to believe that Mr. Allaire was unaware of the wrong he was doing,” the warrant said. The warrant estimated the amount of money Allaire has gained in the past decade to be between $700,000 and $1 million. U n i v e r s i t y s p o ke s p e r s o n McGregor McCance said Allaire
currently remains employed as a professor at the University, though as the investigation is ongoing, he could not comment on any future actions the University might take. Allaire released a statement through his attorney, Jones and Green, LLP, Wednesday, saying he “vehemently denies recent reporting that he may have diverted money from the University.” Allaire is confident he has violated no laws or state or University regulations, according to the statement. —compiled by Emily Hutt
U.Va. supports logistics effort Gov. McDonnell announces Virginia universities, industries to form collaborative research group By Alia Sharif
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday the University of Virginia will join several other institutions and businesses to form a collaborative partnership dedicated to enhancing logistics efforts across the state.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced in a press release Tuesday that the University, along with other Virginia colleges and industries, will be part of a new collaborative logistics program aimed to improve business and industry through joint research projects and resource sharing. The program, titled the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems, will bring together the University, Longwood University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia
Professor earns sciences award By Kaelyn Quinn
Anita Jones, University professor emerita of computer science, was selected earlier this week to receive the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s highest distinction for her work in her field. AAAS gives this award annually “to either a public servant, in recognition of sustained exceptional contributions to
Please see Logistics, Page A3 University Computer Science Prof. Emeritus Anita Jones will receive the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s highest honor later this month for her scientific and educational achievements.
University computer science educator Anita Jones to accept AAAS highest honor, $5,000 reward Cavalier Daily Senior Writer
State University. It will also work closely with officials from the private and public sector to develop new research and facilitate largescale flows of human, technological and financial capital. “Virginia is home to some of the nation’s top institutions of higher education,” Virgina Deputy Press Secretary Paul Shanks said in an email. “Gov. McDonnell believes that this strategic collaboration will produce significant positive economic results across the Commonwealth.” CCALS is modeled after the
advancing science, or to a scientist whose career has been distinguished both for scientific achievement and for other notable services to the scientific community,” according to the organization’s website. Computer Science Department Chair Kevin Skadron said he sees the award as “primarily a recognition of the huge breadth of [Jones’s] impact, Please see Jones, Page A3
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Memorial honors alumnus Friends, faculty design letter exhibit to pay tribute to former Architecture student By Julia Horowitz
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A display of hanging letters in the Architecture School created by friends and family honors the life of University alumnus Blair Phillips.
Members of the University community are joining together to celebrate the life of alumnus Blair Phillips, a 2011 School of Architecture graduate who died Jan. 19 in a skiing accident, with the creation of a memorial celebrating his enthusiasm, talent and warmth. The exhibit, now on display in Campbell Hall at the School of Architecture, contains hanging letters from friends and family alongside a photo slideshow and a poster. “The letters are coming in daily, and I look forward to seeing how it expands over the next few weeks,” close friend and Architecture alumna Sara
Harper said. Harper, along with four of Phillips’ classmates from the Architecture Class of 2011, helped design the memorial the weekend they learned about the accident. Phillips, 24, died on Jan. 19 in Vail, Colo., after an unexpected stroke which resulted from an earlier fall on the slopes. Architecture Professor Earl Mark, who both taught Blair in a seminar setting and acted as his academic advisor, said he sees the memorial as a worthy testament to a student he deeply respected. “It was lovingly put together by his close friends,” Mark said. “They really thought very carefully about how to make it reflect what they felt for [him.]
There’s a modesty and simplicity [there] that really reflects Blair.” In addition to the memorial, those close to Phillips are working to create the Blair Phillips Memorial Fund, which will grant two scholarships a year. One will be awarded to an Architecture student, while the other will be given to a member of the Academical Village People, a University a cappella group. Phillips, who was extremely passionate about both architecture and music, served as AVP’s music director as a fourth-year student and was in charge of arranging all of the group’s Please see Memorial, Page A3
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Logistics | CCLAS seeks potential central Virginia home Continued from page A1 Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which was founded in 2010 to similarly facilitate research collaboration between universities and com-
panies through resource pooling. Its research currently centers on developing advanced surface engineering systems and improving manufacturing processes. The new center has plans to build a state-of-the-art facility in
central Virginia that will include computation and data management laboratories, as well as a simulation laboratory and production warehouse for experimentation, according to the Center’s website.
Industry members will include Virginia logistics companies Logistics Management Resources, based out of Prince George Country, and McLean-based government consulting firm LMI. Barry Johnson, the senior asso-
ciate dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will spearhead the University’s involvement in the center as sitting as Chairman of the Board for CCLAS. Johnson also helped to pioneered the CCAM model.
Jones | Jones transformed entire department, Skadron says Continued from page A1 spanning technical, mentorship and policy roles.” After graduating from Rice University, Jones received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1973. While serving as an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon, Jones and her research group developed the operating system for the
first large-scale multiprocessor computer system, Skadron said. Jones also co-founded software company Tartan Laboratories, which she and her husband later sold to Texas Instruments in 1987. In 1988 she came to the University as a professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science. Skadron said Jones’ entrance transformed the entire department. “Many
aspects of her legacy are still part of the foundation of the department ... especially ... the emphasis on collegiality and collaboration,” he said. From 1993 to 1997 Jones took leave from the University to serve as director of defense research and engineering at the Department of Defense. “[She was] roughly equivalent to the authority of a four-star general, and [was] responsible
for oversight of DOD’s entire research and technology program,” Skadron said. After her official retirement in 2010, Jones remained involved with the University, but also devoted time to training young women in computer science. “It is terrific that Professor Jones is receiving this prestigious and well-deserved honor from AAAS,” said James Hilton, University vice president and
chief information officer, in an email. “It draws attention to her work and service and adds to the University’s reputation.” The award was established in 1985 in honor of the association’s longtime senior advisor, Phillip Hauge Abelson. Jones will receive the award, along with a cash prize of $5,000 on February 15 at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
Memorial | Installment recognizes Phillips’ generosity, talent Continued from page A1 “Blair was certainly one of the most talented musicians that group has seen,” fellow AVP member John Buttram said.
“Every couple of years, someone comes through who has a way of thinking about music and arranging music that is so far beyond my [and] everyone else’s understanding. That was
Blair.” Though Buttram, who was also one of Phillips’ roommates, said he hasn’t been able to see the memorial firsthand, he expressed a deep regard for
An evening with Nikki Giovanni Writer, educator and social activist Nikki Giovanni spoke in Newcomb Theater Wednesday in a talk entitled “The Politics of Love, Deﬁning the Need for Student Activism.” After the talk, Giovanni signed copies of her most recent book for the 100 or more students in attendance.
what it says about his friend. “The memorial itself — the fact that it exists — is because there were people who were willing to go out of their way and give back what Blair was willing to
give on a day-to-day basis,” Buttram said. The letters from the memorial will eventually be packaged into a book and given as a gift to the Phillips family.
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The University’s partnership with the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems is commendable, but the center’s aims are vague People in certain corners of the business world might think of something tangible — phone calls, paperwork, red pens — when they hear the word “logistics.” For such people, improving logistics may be an art with its own delicate pleasures and frustrations. But when Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Tuesday announced the formation of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems, with which the University will partner, we had mixed feelings — confusion among them. We are glad the University is continuing to brand itself as an agent of economic development. But we are dismayed that the governor’s announcement came in such vague language. Commercialization can be a slow process. A concept or technology that arises at a university research center may not scramble through proof of concept and development for quite some time. The center aims to quicken the path to product. By bringing together companies and public agencies, such as the University, McDonnell’s logistics group seeks to support applied-research efforts for the good of Virginia’s economy. When it comes to research, universities continue to outmatch private industry efforts, at least in Virginia. It is to be expected, then, that firms in the Commonwealth would look to universities for assistance. On the other side, schools like the University could benefit from a dollop of private dollars. Industry members who become part of the center pay membership fees of a few hundred thousand dollars a year (the precise amount varies based on membership level, in country-club
fashion). The center funnels these fees into research and development projects. Though partnering schools had to fork over money at the start to establish the center, the University will likely stand to gain financially from working more closely with industry partners. That the University — along with Longwood University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University — elected to bring its talents to bear on the governor’s initiative comes as no surprise. The University has recently displayed an eagerness to brand itself as a regional economic development engine. In October, for example, the University signed an agreement with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the State Council of Higher Education that sought to market the Commonwealth as a good place for businesses to invest by highlighting the strengths of Virginia’s public universities. The University’s consistent willingness to apply its human capital toward boosting Virginia’s economy is a crucial component of the institution’s publicservice efforts. It should continue to seek ways to assist entrepreneurship, especially through avenues that draw more research funding to the school. So the University has jumped to be a part of the center: but to do what, exactly? The center, which will be located just south of Richmond, will dedicate itself to solving logistics problems. Between 20 percent and 50 percent of costs are tied up in logistics, reported a press statement McDonnell released Tuesday. To this end, the center’s first two industry
partners are logistics pioneers: Prince George-based Logistics Management Resources and McLean-based LMI. Both firms provide logistics services to government agencies. One would be hard-pressed to think of anything more unsexy or vague than logistics management. The field is undeniably important. It is also undeniably broad. Logistical challenges are everywhere: as organizations grow more complex, more problems may potentially arise. And in attempting to solve practical problems, firms will gain by drawing on the University’s expertise. But by making logistics the center’s focal point, McDonnell and center officials stifle this exciting new initiative in stagnant business speak. They give the burgeoning group a good deal of leeway: The group’s goal is “streamlining and strengthening operations and improving products and services,” as McDonnell’s press release puts it — an aim broad enough to attract a range of businesses, but nonspecific to the point of meaninglessness. The University’s partnership with the center points to the fine line the institution must tread as it continues to market itself as a sparkplug for economic growth: it must find opportunities to boost the economy without losing sight of its higher goal of knowledge production. Unclear language suggests unclear ideas, and the sterile speech with which the center describes itself does not give it, or the University, its due as a potential site of innovation. For now, though, little harm has been done: and for the University to back out at this point would be a logistical nightmare.
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Realizing our nation’s high Industrial hemp must be legalized by the Drug Enforcement Administration The United States agriculture automobiles. A culmination of all Paul. However, the DEA continues industry has been stripped of one industry U.S. retail sales involving to dominate the issue on the federal of its most beneficial cash-cow hemp-related products estimates floor. We must recognize that the commodities. Since the installment revenue value exceeding $300 mil- DEA has framed the issue in such a of the Controlled Substances Act lion. way as to defend the mission stateMoreover, industrial hemp is just ment of the organization: to protect of 1970, the domestic harvesting of hemp has come under control as easily produced as it can be mar- the morals, integrity and family of the Drug Enforcement Admin- keted in the American economy. It nucleus of America. And yet, the eviistration. To date, the only permits grows freely without herbicides, dence is clear that industrial hemp granted by the DEA for industrial requires less water maintenance can do no harm to the American than cotton, has a low matu- citizen. hemp production are for research purposes, KYLE GIBSON rity rate and can even act as Most importantly, the dialogue a rotational crop in place of must change to incorporate costs to therefore making illegal GUEST WRITER clover or wheat. the voluntary trade of the American producers and conDespite all the value- sumers. The prohibition of indusindustrial hemp. The legal production of domestic hemp added benefits, industrial hemp trial hemp production imposes would aid our struggling agriculture is a clear case a $10.4 million “The legislative battle to industry, lower consumer prices of commodity cost to inputs for and most importantly protect our d i s c r i m i n a American produclegalize industrial hemp tion. Before the right to voluntary exchange. The control of is doomed to fail until the ers. Although the global market for cannabis plant industrial hemp hemp may be small, the U.S. demand family became issue’s dialogue is free from by the DEA places for hemp products has grown expo- federally cona barrier of entry bias.” nentially. From 1996 to 2010, the trolled, each for many domesvalue of U.S. imported hemp prod- plant variety tic companies and ucts has grown from $1.4 million to was tested for its respective THC creates an oligarchy for the hemp $10.4 million, a percentage increase level: the primary psychoactive exporting countries of Canada and of 643 percent. And yet, no single chemical which characterizes the China. commercial hemp product is purely majority of illegal substances. Hemp The domestic production of indus“Made In the USA.” Quite the con- tested a THC level less than 1 per- trial hemp should be excluded from trary: all hemp products marketed cent, whereas marijuana tested the 1970 Controlled Substances in the United States are imported sample sizes between 20 percent Act. Industrial hemp is one of the or manufactured from other hemp- and 30 percent. In an attempt to rare commodities that can be easily increase drug enforcement feasibil- produced and highly marketed. related imports. As a marketing scheme, industrial ity, the DEA has prohibited indus- We must recognize that the continhemp represents the aspirin of the trial hemp due to its identical plant ued support for the status quo not agricultural sector: the all-purpose appearance to marijuana. only denies trade advantages from The legislative battle to legalize producers and consumers, but also commodity. The global market for hemp consists of more than 25,000 industrial hemp is doomed to fail encourages a history of commodproducts in nine sub-markets rang- until the dialogue is free from bias. ity discrimination void of rational ing from agriculture and textiles to Recent success has been made by justification. the automotive, construction and Washington and Colorado in the personal care industries. Its uses legal production and sale of indusKyle Gibson is a recent graduate range from healthy skin lotions and trial hemp. Within the past month, of the University of Virginia. He is oils to hempcrete — a composite Senate Minority Leader Mitch McCopursuing a master’s degree at the used for home-building and even nnell voiced his support for indusSchool of Public Policy at George the interior framing of high value trial hemp along with Senator Rand Mason University.
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Shades of green Solutions to climate change beyond behavior reform must be researched and implemented In his Feb. 11 column “Yes, in a more eco-friendly manner, your backyard,” Andrew Wells growth continues to be its main asserts that the solutions to cli- priority. It would take a major climate change must start with indi- mate catastrophe to convince the Politburo to put sigviduals — that we nificant headwind must all do our part RUSSELL BOGUE into GDP growth to recycle, reduce OPINION COLUMNIST by taking on green our energy usage and think about conservation in policies that limit business or our daily behavior. In so doing, consumer behavior. Other develMr. Wells touts a line of argu- oping areas such as Brazil, India ment that has been popular for and many regions of Africa, have almost a decade. Slogans urging also prioritized growth over us to “reduce, reuse, recycle” and sound climate policy. Many of admonitions to “do your part” them point their fingers at the have been a part of our vocabu- Western world; how can we, who lary ever since climate change have grown rich by polluting the became a hot topic. Although this world, ask them to slow their approach is admirable and opti- climb out of poverty by adopting mistic about human nature, it greener policies? For these counwill ultimately prove unsuccess- tries, addressing climate change ful for two reasons. First, humans is a luxury. Their first priority, need incentives to change their understandably, is rising out of behavior, and “the doom of the the poverty that has defined their world” has proven an ineffective international status for so long. On the other end of the specone; and second, it is easier to fund research that reduces the trum, we have developed nations impact of our actions on the envi- such as the United States, where ronment than it is to reform the the economic cost of implementing green policies is not as great. behavior of billions of people. A frank appraisal of challenges Indeed, there is a case to be made will address the issue of economic for simple policies — such as the development. China is now the cap-and-trade policy champiworld’s largest greenhouse gas oned by President Barack Obama emitter, and though it has taken — that use market principles to some initiatives to develop in achieve more energy-efficient
outcomes. But in the U.S. we face the same fashion while finding a different problem: Decades of a way to mitigate the impact of ingrained habits in the popu- these habits. Already, governments around lation make the world are behavioral “Though the government can offer certain incentives to change our finding ways change very difficult. The behavior — for example, a higher tax to do this. N o r w a y S c a n d i n a - on gasoline — it is simply too hard to encourage the sort of drastic change sells its trash vian mindset in behavior that would be neceseco-friendly sary to make a significant impact on t o S w e d e n , which the l i v i n g climate change.” latter country requires uses for fuel. simply will not catch on in the U.S., for mul- Heavy development of wind tiple reasons: Our political ide- energy in Denmark has suppleologies restrict the amount of mented the power grid, allowing fiddling the government can do for clean consumption of elecin our private lives, our large and tricity. In general, the aggressive geographically diverse country development of clean energy will makes cars a highly attractive help wean the U.S. off coal and option for transportation, and, oil, solving both looming budget most importantly, we’ve spent problems and climate change decades living energy-wasteful problems in one fell swoop. Here lives. Though the government in the U.S., hybrid cars are an can offer certain incentives to excellent way to allow car-happy change our behavior — for exam- commuters to continue to drive ple, a higher tax on gasoline — it while reducing the impact of this is simply too hard to encourage behavior on the environment. Finally, there are millions of the sort of drastic change in behavior that would be neces- technologies being developed on sary to make a significant impact this front — “green technology” is a particular fashionable and popon climate change. Given these two problems, the ular field, and will likely remain only course of action seems to be so for a while. But the U.S. hasn’t that we must allow people to con- put the energy necessary into tinue living their lives in roughly developing the full
In the 2012 Environmental Performance Index rankings, which chart environmental performance by country, the United States is decidedly mid-tier. Brazil 60.90
potential of green technology, in part because many are still wed to the idea that small-level changes in individuals’ behavior will solve the problems our planet faces. Although there are changes we can make that will help reduce the global climate change’s severity, our savior will ultimately be science, not tailoring individuals’ habits. To this end, we must find ways to do what we do now — and, in fact, do more than what we do now — in more efficient, less harmful ways. We must seek solutions that allow us to continue to live in roughly the same fashion with a fraction of the environmental cost. This goal is attainable; technologies exist today that can achieve this for us, and many more are being researched. What is required is the courage to admit it to ourselves. Russell Bogue’s column appears Thursdays in The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at r.bogue@ cavalierdaily.com.
China 42.24 India 36.23
On my honor The Honor Committee’s proposed changes are necessary My name is Dan Bayliss and I’m of the honor code dictates, was going to be completely honest subsequently dismissed from the with you: I broke the Univer- University and my diploma was sity of Virginia student honor revoked. My intent in sharing my percode. With the impending vote on fundamental changes to the sonal experience is twofold. First, honor code at the University, it I want to bring about awareness is important that I stress that to all U.Va. students and faculty the concept of being “honest” is about what an honor accusawhat’s really being examined. tion really does to someone, and The proposed changes acknowl- second, I want to explain that a edge that reluctant witnesses student who was truthful and forthcoming distrust the proafter an honor cess, accused DAN BAYLISS report has been students lie GUEST WRITER filed can still do with little consequence, inexperienced juries the honorable thing. The details of my trial are give out inconsistent verdicts and honor is becoming less sig- irrelevant for this article and the nificant in the lives of U.Va. stu- content of my trial will remain anonymous to protect the indidents and faculty. In my case, I was completely viduals involved in the case. honest with the professor who As controversial as the honor approached me about an assign- code has been in the past, I ment that I took for granted. understand and accept the conUnder the circumstances, I felt sequences of violating it and I did the right thing, and yet I am not proud of my error in still had my degree taken away judgment. Unfortunately, in all my reading on the honor code, from me. The incident occurred in Sep- I do not remember ever coming tember 2009 during my last year across an account of how an as a graduate nursing student. honor charge impacts a student, In July 2010, I completed the psychologically, emotionally and requirements for a master’s even financially, so I’m here to in nursing and stood with my tell you how it feels to be one of classmates during graduation the accused. Since the onset of my honor ceremonies. I was pinned by the dean of the Nursing School, a investigation, I have gone traditional gesture at all nursing through the gamut of emotions schools in this country. How- moving from guilt, shame, anger, ever, in September following my and depression and back again. graduation, I was found guilty No student should deny the of plagiarism by a jury of my demands of attending such a peers and, as the single sanction prestigious university as U.Va.,
but to add an honor charge on mounting bills, a mortgage foretop of that creates a chaotic, closure, a string of low paying destructive living situation that part-time jobs. The results were lasts long after being expelled. crushing depression, stress and For me, it was very difficult financial disaster. In my depreswalking on Grounds feeling that sive state, I withdrew from I did not belong there because of friends, family and loved ones. the shame that I felt. In my last It was more than a year before I year at U.Va., my self-confidence was able to secure a decent posiquickly deteriorated as the real- tion but had to leave Charlottesity of not being a U.Va. graduate ville: a town I came to love and took hold. Unfortunately, once considered home for me. I don’t my trial was over and I was no know how I would have survived longer a student, the situation without loyal friends that helped me get back on my feet. Lookgot worse before it got better. The year after being expelled ing back now, I know I did the was easily one of the most dif- right thing by being upfront and ficult of my life; the process honest about my mistake, but in my lowest of putting the “No student should deny the days, I wonpieces back demands of attending such a presdered: “Had together was tigious university as U.V.a., but to I lied, would so emotionally draining that I add an honor charge on top of that I be a U.Va. spent several creates a chaotic, destructive living alumnus right days in a well- situation that lasts long after being now?” expelled.” Under the ness recovery current honor center because system in the psychological burden of an honor charge place, I was faced with two was too much to bear. After my choices after being confronted dismissal from the University, by my professor: I could admit I could not find a full-time job my error in judgment or lie about in my former field of study or it. That was a pivotal point in the in my new field of study, since process for me. Wanting to mainmy degree had been retracted. tain some measure of personal I understood the financial risk integrity and avoid another misof leaving one career to go back take, I admitted to my professor to school for a master’s degree at that my paper wasn’t 100 percent U.Va., but I was certain I’d have my own work. My honesty came great career potential as a U.Va.- at a terrible price. Furthermore, trained nurse. Instead, I left the being forthcoming throughout University with no job prospects, the entire honor deliberations no degree and over $100,000 in ultimately doomed my chances student loan debt. I was hit with because in the end, there was
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nothing to argue, which made it easy for the panel to find me guilty. Soon, another student vote on fundamental changes to the honor code will be upon U.Va. students. The changes will encourage students to be honest and own up to their mistakes through a new “informed retraction” option. An informed retraction allows a student who comes forward and honestly admits guilt the opportunity to learn from his or her mistake and rejoin the community of trust after a year. On the other hand, a defiant student who continues to lie deserves expulsion from the University. Nothing I write here can adequately convey my immense disappointment that I am not a proud U.Va. graduate after all, and I feel my personal recovery will continue for a long period of time. Most importantly, I know now my personal honor is still intact because of how I conducted myself during the honor process despite being expelled from one of the most well-respected universities in this country. To the students at U.Va., vote to make the necessary changes to the honor code knowing that you have an extraordinary opportunity to redefine honor into what it is really intended to be. Dan Bayliss is a former graduate student at the University’s Nursing School.
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, k f e a e e b t s s e s t u a a c e e l t t a t i d l With Vegetarian tensions abound as two friends discover they are nothing more By ALEXANDER STOCK | Cavalier Daily Senior writer
Year: Second School: College Major: Environmental Chemistry and Archaeology Sexual orientation: Gay U.Va. involvement: Two music ensembles, Green Grounds, Sigma Phi Society Hometown: Vienna, Va. Ideal date (physical attributes and personality): I usually prefer taller guys, but that’s not a deal breaker. Just a nice, genuine and attractive guy. Ideal date (activity): Not dinner — something fun. If you could date any celebrity, who would it be: Definitely Chris Evans, he is HOT. Deal breakers: Just don’t be a jerk. Describe a typical weekend: I usually go out Thursday through Saturday. I love spending time cooking over the weekend. Shopping is definitely one of my favorite activities. Hobbies: I love cooking in my boxers, playing the viola, dancing at parties. Anything that is fun. If your dating life were a primetime or reality show, what would it be: The Hard Times of RJ Berger Have you ever streaked the Lawn: Two times, and Old Dorms quad once. What makes you a good catch — It’s okay to brag: There is definitely never a dull moment with me, so expect to be surprised. I am a genuine guy who holds back nothing. Describe yourself in one sentence: I am a crazy Gemini who loves to have a good time and doesn’t like taking life too seriously.
Year: First School: College Major: Pre-Comm/South Asian Studies Sexual orientation: Gay U.Va. involvement: Student Council, Dance Marathon dorm rep, Queer Student Union Hometown: Glen Allen, Va. Ideal date (physical attributes and personality): Height isn’t too important to me, but I do prefer a smaller build. Humor is a huge plus and authenticity is a must. I like the kind of guy who makes a five-hour conversation feel like 10 minutes.
Ideal date (activity): Dinner on the Corner, then a walk through the Lawn gardens and some stargazing to finish the night. If you could date any celebrity, who would it be: Joseph Gordon-Levitt — that kid is freaking adorable. Deal breakers: Smoking addiction. I’d rather see a guy before I smell him. I also could never date someone who
Describe yourself in one sentence: That [stuff] cray. Bobby & Jason met on the Rotunda Steps on Monday at 7 p.m. and went to Revolutionary Soup Bobby: I was excited at first. I guess I didn’t really have any expectations just because someone who’s going to fill out a survey like this is going to be pretty out
wears Crocs — those “shoes” are in my nightmares. Describe a typical weekend: I usually go out Friday and Saturday nights here. If it’s been a long week, I’ll probably just spend most of my time talking or watching movies with close friends. Hobbies: I enjoy watching old comedy sketches, reading about India and listening to some of the worst music ever made — e.g. Ke$ha, Macklemore, Nicki Minaj. If your dating life were a primetime or reality show, what would it be: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. I can be dumb at times, but I also build extremely strong emotional attachments to those I’m closest to. Have you ever streaked the Lawn: Twice! I love this school! What makes you a good catch — It’s okay to brag: I’m stubborn and oftentimes clumsy, but at the end of the night you can guarantee that you’ll look like the world’s best dancer compared to me.
in the gay community. I figured I would already know the person. [Note: he did] Jason: Well, after I found out I was matched, I started thinking who in the community would be open enough to fill out the survey. Bobby: The thing was, when [Love Connection] told me the first name, I [realized I knew] four or five gay Jasons here. I kind of knew that it would just be one of them. [Then] I walked by the Rotunda — two people were sitting there — and one of them I knew was named Jason. Jason: He’s not my type, really, at all. We both sort of agreed that we weren’t super romantically compatible. He’s a good friend, but we have very different personalities. Bobby: We went to Revolutionary Soup. I’m pretty sure he wanted to go somewhere else — No. 3 — but there was nobody there and I’m a vegetarian, so I kind of figured that Rev. Soup would be easier. Once I found out that it was
[Jason] I didn’t really consider it a date anymore. Jason: We talked about a lot of different stuff, I guess. We talked about frat life and past dating experiences. Bobby: I told him I didn’t think [I would be matched with] him because I thought he had a boyfriend. Jason: I learned that he’s a vegetarian. I didn’t know that before, [even after] all the times we’d hung out. At one point, he showed me his Tumblr post about how all people who eat meat are murderers. That was interesting. Bobby: See, I’m a vegetarian. I can’t believe they sent me with a murderer. I was glaring at his steak quesadilla the whole time. Jason: Bobby told me he was vegetarian, so I made sure to order beef. Bobby: He did make a comment at one point that he didn’t feel he got to know me any better by doing this. I don’t know, if he’d wanted to know something he could’ve just asked me. Jason: I guess we both like partying and going out to a certain extent. We’ve gone out together before as friends. Bobby: I invited him back to my apartment to hang out. We didn’t do anything. Jason: There weren’t any major breakdowns in conversation, and outside our discussion on people who eat meat there wasn’t anything too uncomfortable. When we went back to his apartment all of his roommates showed up, and that was kind of interesting to have all of those people around. Bobby: I think he was kind of upset it [was] more just hanging out as friends. He was excited for it, and I guess he was a little more dressed up than I was. I guess he was a little mad I didn’t keep an open mind. I told him I didn’t think we are compatible as more than friends. Jason: There was no flirting going on. At some point I just left his apartment and went back to my dorm. There was no magical ending. Bobby: See the thing is, he told me he was going to rate the date a 0.5, so I [decided to] rate it a 0.1. Jason: There was never a date vibe, so I guess if [I was just rating] hanging out with him, I’d rate it a 6 or a 7. But as a date, there was nothing there, so I guess a 1.
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University students, Beaumont inmates discuss existential questions for Russian literature class By ANNE COHEN | Cavalier Daily Senior writer
For the third consecutive spring, Slavic Languages and Literatures Professor Andrew Kaufman is instructing a course entitled “Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature and Leadership,” during which 16 enrolled students travel to Beaumont, Va. once a week to lead a discussion with residents of the Juvenile Correctional Center enrolled in their Russian Literature Program. Each year, the program has been met with wild enthusiasm. Kaufman said he has received more than 50 enrollment requests each term to take the course and has had students representing 20 different majors from five different schools. This semester, he said, his 16 students represent 10 different majors. The first four weeks of the semester are run like a typical literary seminar, with a heightened focus on student-facilitated discussion in which students devise their own discussion topics and activities. For the remainder of the semester, pairs of students meet with groups of three to five Beaumont residents — whose ages range from 17 to 21 — to lead hour-long discussions about that week’s reading, Kaufman said. Former class member and fourth-year College student Gracie Burger stressed the importance of coming into the experience viewing yourself as an equal. “We’re learning along side [the residents,]” she said. “We’re not there to teach them.” Both students and residents read the week’s selected short
story, poem or book by any number of Russian authors, followed by a meeting where students help facilitate discussion. “Students seem to feel empowered,” Kaufman said. “It is not only about the grade or pleasing me. It’s about the residents. [My students] appear to be intrinsically motivated. This is their class; They are empowered to be proactive.” Russian literature is uniquely qualified to prompt discussion between residents and students, Kaufman said, because it “grapples with the greatest questions of all. These writers wrote in a fundamentally unfree society and many of them were themselves either incarcerated or in exile.” Texts such as “How Much Land Does a Man Need” by Leo Tolstoy and “To a Poet” by Alexander Pushkin confront questions about identity, placement in society, how to live within constraints and the meaning of life. Students and residents discuss these questions in relation to the authors’ works, and use their personal experiences to add meaning and depth to the conversations. Casandra Sullivan, assistant principal of the Paul S. Blandford School at Beaumont, said the program has the potential to be very inspirational to the residents. “I want [the residents] to know that they can have a future that is beyond what they are doing now,” Blandford said. “I hope [U.Va] students can inspire them to go on to college too, or into some type of higher learning institution. Our students open up
to them and are able to share experiences and I think that is a wonderful thing.” Kaufman is also conducting research at the Education School on the effect his course has on his own students’ intellect, personality and social skills, through a project entitled “Awakening Youth Through the Humanities.” He finds students are unraveling deep personal connections with the literature and gaining perspective they would not have found on Grounds. Some, he said, even admit to rethinking their career paths. “It forces you to test your own assumptions,” Kaufman said. “What better way to experience diversity? It’s not just a buzzword, it’s the real thing. We’ve learned from students that this class has made them feel like they were contributing to something bigger than themselves.” Kaufman has also begun to evaluate the effects of the program on the residents, finding it to be positive on their behavior, self-image and selfconfidence. He said residents are taken seriously and that many feel for the first time in their lives that they have something of value to contribute, motivating them to return to their educations when they are released. Burger recalled that during the graduation ceremony on their final visit to Beaumont, one resident remarked that it was the first time he’d felt like a real person in five years. “We came in as fellow classmates, and by the end we were absolutely friends, close friends,”
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Cavs prep for road challenge
Freshman forward Evan Nolte maneuvers around defenders during the Cavaliers’ 73-55 win against Virginia Tech Tuesday. Nolte is averaging 7.0 points per game and shooting a team-best 86.4 percent from the foul line this season.
After sizzling stretch at home, surging squad visits North Carolina, hopes to improve 3-4 away record By Kerry Mitchell
Cavalier Daily Senior Writer Within the familiar confines of John Paul Jones Arena, the Virginia men’s basketball team is virtually unstoppable. In fact, the Cavaliers (18-6, 8-3 ACC) have dropped only one game at home all season, a Nov. 13 loss to Delaware. Since then they have posted 14 consecutive wins at JPJ and ridden this dominance to a third-place standing in the ACC. With the conference tournament only a month away, however, Virginia must prove its mettle against talented rivals in unfriendly territory, starting with Saturday’s contest at North Carolina. The Cavaliers are coming off a 73-55 trouncing of state rival Virginia Tech, their second victory against the Hokies this season and the latest in a long string of home successes. Though not necessarily known for its offensive
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prowess — the team averages 63.7 points per game, 11th in the ACC — Virginia posted its third consecutive score of 70 or more points. Junior guard Joe Harris posted a career-high 26 points and provided the initial spark for the Cavaliers with three consecutive 3-pointers to open the game in a scintillating first half. “Joe is the best shooter on the team,” senior point guard Jontel Evans said after the game. “I’ve seen Joe shoot the ball and be aggressive, but I’ve never seen him be aggressive like he was tonight. It was just in his eyes. You could see his killer mindset and that he wanted to get the team going on offense. That’s what he did.” Harris has impressed all year for coach Tony Bennett’s squad, averaging 16.3 points per game and shooting a searing 48.4 percent for 3-pointers, which ranks Please see M Basketball, Page B2
Young squad Virginia visits ACC rival craves success Women hope to break perimeter shooting slump, clip Eagles Thursday night
Despite losing several key contributors, Myers expects talented roster to endure brutal schedule By Matthew Morris
Cavalier Daily Associate Editor In the coming weeks and months, the No. 8 Cavaliers will play out a regular season loaded with matchups against opponents harboring championship aspirations that mirror their own. Led by coach Julie Myers and a host of veterans eager for more than just an 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the Cavaliers will battle six of the seven teams currently sitting higher than them in the national rankings. Virginia will meet its first such
foe, No. 6 Loyola (Md), Saturday in Baltimore. According to Myers, however, the Cavaliers are far from intimidated by the names on their docket. “The goals would be to play for an ACC title and to get into the Final Four and then to, you know, just go after a national championship from there,” Myers said. “It’s going to be tough to do. I think there’s a lot of really, really good teams this year. But I like our team.” Virginia begins 2013 as a mysPlease see W Lacrosse, Page B2
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Senior point guard China Crosby searches for a passing lane in a game earlier this season. Along with her fellow guards, Crosby will have to contain Boston College’s numerous adept outside shooters to secure victory.
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Having served primarily as a backup her ﬁrst three years, senior attacker and co-captain Caroline McTiernan is hoping to thrive in extended action this year.
With the end of the regular season in sight, the Virginia women’s basketball team heads to Massachusetts Thursday evening looking for a conference road win against Boston College. The Cavaliers (15-8, 7-5 ACC) downed the Eagles (9-14, 3-9 ACC) 69-57 in Charlottesville Jan. 24 and will look to use the lessons from that game to enjoy similar success. Virginia led 33-27 at halftime in January’s contest, and held the Eagles without a field goal for the first 12 minutes of the second half to build a large lead before surviving a late Boston College run. Known for their perimeter shooting, the Eagles lead the ACC in 3-point field goals made with 6.9 per game. In January’s meeting, however, Virginia held the Eagles to just five 3-pointers on 19.2 percent shooting from behind the arc , and Virginia coach Joanne Boyle’s game plan for Thursday calls for similar stinginess on the perimeter. “It’s a little bit different of a traditional lineup than we’re
used to,” Boyle said. “Everyone’s going to have to sit down and guard for us, because we’re opposite of where their strengths are. You really got to take away their 3-point shooters. They’ve got three girls who can really shoot it.” Senior guard Kerri Shields leads the Eagles with 55 3-pointers on 42.6 percent shooting from behind the arc, with fellow wingers junior Kristen Doherty and freshman Nicole Boudreau also shooting close to 40 percent from distance. The 6-foot-3 junior center Katie Zenevitch provides Boston College’s most dependable post presence, averaging 12.3 points and 7.0 rebounds on the season. With much of the Eagles’ offense coming on the wings and from Zenevitch inside, the Cavaliers will need standout defensive performances from not only their guards but also their post players. That may mean turning to sophomore forward Sarah Imovbioh, who has seen more action recently after limited outings for much of the conference schedule. The forward played 26 minutes in Sunday’s win against Virginia
Tech, scoring eight points and grabbing 11 rebounds, and her athleticism could provide a jolt for Virginia defensively. “This is going to be a difficult game for our traditional post in that they’re going to have to be out in the wing and really defend,” Boyle said. “[Imovbioh] proved she can do it against Virginia Tech, so I assume she’s going to be in that same situation against BC.” On the offensive side of the ball, the Cavaliers are hoping to jumpstart their own perimeter shooting. Virginia had been on fire from behind the arc for much of January, but the last three games have seen a sharp decline. The Cavaliers are shooting just 16.7 percent from the perimeter and have averaged just two 3-pointers per game over the stretch. Because the squad may need to answer the sharpshooting Eagles’ 3-pointers with some of their own, restoring the squad’s distance shooting prowess has represented a major focus in practice this week. “Today we spent about 45 minutes just getting shots up,” Boyle Please see W Basketball, Page B2
What to watch for this weekend Away:
Home: Friday-Saturday, all day, Swimming and Diving @ Cavalier Invitational Saturday, 1 p.m., Men’s Lacrosse vs. Drexel Sunday, 5 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. Maryland
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M Basketball |Harris’ perimeter shots spark Virginia Continued from page B1 first in the ACC. But he is not Virginia’s only weapon. The players’ unselfish mentality is what Bennett credits for their recent offensive success. “Obviously we’re shooting the ball well,” Bennett said. “[We’re] sharing the ball; it’s an unselfish group. Joe being efficient like he is, you look at his last two stat games, and from an efficiency standpoint, it’s terrific. I thought [junior forward] Akil [Mitchell] was all over the glass, and did
some really good things. We had eight fast break points, and some points off turnovers, which helped us. There’s a nice blend of offense going on besides Joe just shooting threes.” Of course, one cannot discuss this season’s success without lauding Virginia’s stifling defense. At 54.3 points per game allowed, the team’s scoring defense is the best in the conference. Virginia Tech was held to 34.6 percent shooting Tuesday, and standout senior guard Erick Green mustered only a single point in the
first half. In the teams’ first meeting, he scored 25 of his 35 points on field goals, but half of his 22 points Tuesday came via the free throw line. “It was pretty solid team defense on him, and Jontel [Evans] was very strong and quick,” Bennett said. “Green got a couple open looks that he didn’t hit, but there weren’t a lot of them.” In their last game against North Carolina (16-7, 6-4 ACC), the Cavaliers pulled off a second-half comeback to win 61-52 in front of a sellout home crowd. It marked
the Tar Heels’ first-ever loss at JPJ. Still, much like Virginia, North Carolina becomes a different team at home: Only one of the team’s seven losses, last Saturday’s 68-59 fall to No. 3 Miami, occurred at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels matched the Hurricanes during the first half, but Miami’s intensity in the second half propelled the squad to a lead it would maintain despite a few near-comebacks from North Carolina. Virginia’s game plan Sunday will try to mimic Miami’s.
Without the lift of an enthusiastic home crowd, the Cavaliers need to come out of the gates firing. “We need to do the same thing we’ve been doing,” Mitchell said, “We need to take that intensity on the road. We struggle on the road, so we need to make sure we keep moving the ball and set our defense. We need to bring that extra intensity and that extra energy. It is tougher to beat a team twice.” Tipoff is slated for noon and the ACC Network will televise the contest.
W Lacrosse | Transfer Bocklet bolsters Cavaliers’ roster Continued from page B1 tery in the eyes of its competition. The Cavaliers lost their five leading scorers from last year’s 11-8 campaign, which ended in an 11-9 loss to No. 7 Duke in the NCAA Tournament’s first round. Josie Owens and Julie Gardner, who garnered AllAmerican nods in their senior years, will be especially missed. With many of last season’s key players now gone, the Cavaliers will turn to their new group of upperclassmen for support. “I think anybody that’s a fourth-year on our team needs to be a leader whether they’re
starters or rotating through or even on the bench,” Myers said. “They’ve been through four years. They understand how hard it is to stay focused throughout the season and how hard it is to win ... no matter what their role is on the gameday and where they’re standing, they need to be leaders for us.” The team singled out seniors defender Megan Dunleavy and attack Caroline McTiernan for such leadership roles when choosing co-captains. Dunleavy brings a stabilizing presence to the Virginia back line, having started at defense every game for the past two seasons. McTi-
ernan lacks her teammate’s in-game experience but does possess a wealth of knowledge with respect to the challenges of top-level lacrosse. “Megan’s defense; I’m attack,” McTiernan said. “I think we’re going to try to be the voice on either side and keep it organized and keep our composure ... our ultimate goal is to win, and I think that we’ll do anything we can to help the team to get that win.” During the offseason, the Cavaliers received a welcome boost in the form of Northwestern transfer Casey Bocklet. The sophomore attack and sister
of former men’s lacrosse star attack Chris Bocklet recorded 13 goals and 22 assists for Northwestern in 2012, helping the No. 1 Wildcats secure their seventh NCAA championship in eight years. The chemistry between Bocklet and junior attack Ashlee Warner was apparent in last Saturday’s scrimmages at the University of Pennsylvania. The season-opener against Loyola provides the first of many opportunities to gauge the young Cavaliers’ progress. Last season, the Greyhounds captured their second straight Big East championship and
advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. This year’s team is led by junior midfielder Marlee Paton, who racked up 90 points and earned first team All-American honors in 2012. Though Virginia lacks a scorer of Paton’s caliber, Myers believes her team will be just fine. “The tough part of our team is that it’s unknown; it’s untested,” she said. “But that’s also kind of nice — that teams don’t really know what to expect. They don’t know how we play together. It’s a bunch of new names and new faces and new sticks in there ... we believe in who we have and what they can do.”
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to spend time just getting shots up in practice, and I was happy we got to do that today.” A win at Boston College would
supply a late-season boost for the Cavaliers as they head into the home stretch of the regular season.
“We’re definitely on the way up,” senior center Simone Egwu said. “There’s still a couple of kinks to be worked out, but I have
complete faith that we’re going to get that stuff together and really be hitting our stride by the ACC tournament.”
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by katiecole The first time I ever saw a stylish girl — tall brown boots, straightened hair, fresh makeup and all — taking “selfies” in Club Clem I was astonished. I thought selfies were reserved for insecure, acneridden 13-year-olds or the muscle-bound jerks of MySpace. Apparently, I was wrong. Before I go on, let me explain to you just what selfies are. These are pictures taken of, and by, the same person. In the past this was semi-difficult to do, given all that was available were flip-phones and traditional cameras. With the dawn of the front camera on the iPhone and other smartphones, however, selfies have become significantly easier to take with relative success — hence, the emergence of selfie-inspired apps such as Snapchat. Snapchat, the brainchild of a team of Stanford students, was launched in September of 2011. Since then, the Californian basement born project has taken off across the States — to the point that last May 25 “snaps” were sent every second, according to Snapchat. These so-called “snaps” are pictures, taken by the sender, that he or she can edit using the text and a pencil tool within the app.
The sender can then send their “masterpiece,” as the Snapchat creators refer to it, to as many or few of their contacts as they wish. Here’s the catch: The viewer can only see it for a maximum of 10 seconds before it disappears for eternity. But why would anyone want to send a picture that can only last a maximum of 10 seconds before disappearing? Why not just send a regular picture message via text? Some say the appeal lies in the newfound ability to send ugly or unsuitable for Facebook — e.g. those including alcohol — images to senders that are safe from social media outlets and frat houses. The one downfall, however, comes when users figure out how to take a screenshot of a snap.
as a form of sexual flirtation. As an avid Snapchat user, I would like to firmly assert that this is not the way Snapchat is used on Grounds. Snapchat is a lighthearted interface designed to bring users closer together, and crass snaps are rare to nonexistent. “Snapchat is less serious than Skype, but more personal than merely texting,” fourth-year College student Ainsley Lastner said. Now, instead of sending a text saying, “Hey, we should grab coffee,” a boy who is interested in me can send a picture of himself with a mug in hand and text displaying his request right on the picture. By using Snapchat, this suitor can then see the exact moment I open the picture, giving me added incentive to respond quickly so as not to appear rude. He also reminds me how cute he is and how unattractive my homework is. Guess who wins that battle? Snapchat is here to stay — as long as it keeps its current formatting and, like Facebook, updates colors for the pencil tool and makes other minor improvements every so o f t e n t o ke e p users involved. When it really comes down to it, who wouldn’t want to see my face when I ask them to join me at Coupes? Exactly. Courtesy Snapchat, Inc.
Snapchat will technically allow screenshots to be taken, though it discourages capturing these fleeting photos by requiring recipients to hold a finger on the screen while viewing a snap. This is in attempt to keep fingers too occupied to press the two buttons necessary to take a screen shot. Should all else fail, Snapchat sends a message to the sender letting them know a permanent keepsake was captured Those Stanford kids are smart, huh? Though Snapchat is a fun tool for telling friends where you are, capturing a funny moment, or just making silly faces, concerns have been raised that this app is actually being used as a means of “sexting” — the act of taking nude photos of one’s self and sending them
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Not your grandma’s Grammys Strong production values, stellar performances make for unexpectedly awesome awards ceremony
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by jamie shalvey I have learned time and time again to never expect much from an awards show. This rings especially true for the Grammys, and I have reached the conclusion that their only redeeming quality is the occasionally spectacular performance by a well-seasoned or breakthrough pop artist. That being said, this year’s show wasn’t too shabby by my standards. It was clear we were in for an engaging night from the start when Taylor Swift kicked things off with her circus-style rendition of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Swift’s radio hit was even augmented with a brag, “I’m sorry I’m busy opening up the Grammys” inserted into the spoken-word part of the song, sending the crowd into applause. LL Cool J, the show’s host, occasionally sparked some laughter, especially with his mock tweet suggestions, but his schtick was generally cheesy. Despite the emcee’s unimpressive interludes, the broadcast was still carried strongly by its performances. Following Swift’s inspired intro, we were treated to a sweet duet of “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran, with Elton John on the piano, followed by a great rendition of “Carry On” by Best New Artist winners fun., and then a solid performance of “Adorn” by newcomer Miguel , featuring Wiz Kalifa. One of the most anticipated moments
of the broadcast was Justin Timberlake’s performance of “Suit and Tie,”, the lead single from of his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience. The stage coloring was changed to a plain black and white as Timberlake took the stage in an old-fashioned getup, setting up a “classic” JT act — great dancing, an appearance from Jay-Z and a rather generous amount of falsetto. He then transitioned into a previously unheard track, “Pusher Love Girl,” which sounded exactly what you’d think a Justin Timberlake song would sound like — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 took the stage next, singing a mashup of “Daylight” and “Girl On Fire,” which started out a bit rough, but was saved by Keys’ surprise drum performance. That was followed up by one of the better acts of the night, which unexpectedly came from the always unpredictable Rihanna, singing “Stay” with Mikky Ekko. The show then transitioned into a tribute series — performances honoring a series of musical greats. The very talented Best Pop Vocal Album winner Kelly Clarkson started things off with a tribute to Patti Page and Carole King, followed by Bruno Mars , Sting and Rihanna paying homage to the great Bob Marley. These were both very entertaining, but the best tribute of the night was in honor of The Band where an unlikely
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collabo r a tion of The Zac Brown Band, Elton John, Mumford and Sons, Mavis Staples and more performed “The Weight” to great applause from the audience. As is done every year, the show also featured a tribute to the “late greats” of music — greats in the music industry who had recently passed. While this was touching at first, the show started to drag into a funeral as the memorial went on slightly too long. Other notable performances came from Carrie Underwood, performing “Blown Away” and “Two Black Cadillacs” with an amazing voice, and Frank Ocean, performing “Forrest Gump,” in his inaugural Grammy appearance. For the finale, LL Cool J unfortunately came out to the stage for a few minutes of rap, but was not received well at all by viewers and marked a poor ending to a relatively good show. The night’s big winners, who were overshadowed by the show’s star-studded performances, included Mumford and Son’s Babel for Album of the Year, Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” for Record of the Year, and fun.’s anthemic “We Are Young” for Song of the Year.
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Valentine’s Day, Hipster Style
by james cassar Valentine’s Day is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of Hallmark holidays. Some prefer the smooth layer of chocolate, while others dive in for a delectable rush of peanut butter, but there are always the naysayers who can’t handle any strain of the sugar rush. Here we are on Feb. 14 witnessing another round of the annual faceoff between the loved and the lovelorn. Whether you’re forever fallen or forever alone, one thing’s for sure: somebody has probably written a song about it. I make mix CDs more often than I make bad jokes, and Valentine’s Day is a perfect occasion for these personalized collections. Since the beginning of the tape-deck, personal mixes have been used to relay the feelings that awkward kids doodle in the margins of their notebooks. On the other hand, the infamous breakup tape has been played in everything from the headphones of 13-year-olds to the unashamed honesty of recent films like High Fidelity and (500) Days of Summer. So today, on the umpteenth celebration of Saint Valentine, I present my latest creation: a brief look at both the gushing and the crushing sides of songs about love.
Side A: I Am In A Dire Need Of A Shovel. I Dig You. 1. Daft Punk, “Digital Love” Let’s face it, nobody carts around a cassette collection and a Walkman anymore. Kicking off a tape with a song that references the fact that you’re not kickin’ it old school is the definition of cool. Not to mention the killer electronic vibes these Tron stars dish out. 2. Alkaline Trio, “Nose Over Tail (Acoustic)” “Cracked my head open on your kitchen floor / To prove to you that I have brains.” As weird and off-putting as the first line of this strippeddown punk number may seem, it’s an adequate summary of what love is: a perpetual boxing match between the heart and the brain. Play it smart, kids! 3. Big Star, “Thirteen” Fun fact: Big Star is most known for writing the theme song of That 70’s Show. Yeah, that one. This song, even though it’s a tad juvenile, hits the point of Valentine’s Day: Everyone likes to
show they care — even if they resort to flaunting teddy bears that your five-year-old self would love. Side B: (500) Days of Bummer 1. Radiohead, “Fake Plastic Trees” After writing a song about being a creep, Radiohead moved onto a new form of audio rejection letter wrought with plasticine metaphors. If my career of English courses can only conclude one thing, it’s that Thom Yorke isn’t a fan of commercializing the raw feelings that his career builds on, even if they’re negatively charged. 2. Skee-Lo: “I Wish” Years before Jay-Z scored with Beyonce , a humble Skee-Lo had simple — yet unobtainable — ambitions to get with the girl of his dreams. The result is one of the definitive alternative hiphop songs of the ‘90s. I guess his career was a bit ahead of his time. 3. Brand New: “Mix Tape” “This is the first song for your mixtape / And it’s short just like your temper.” Not everyone’s sold on the idea of using a playlist to start something great. So here’s to Jesse Lacey and everyone else for whom Feb. 14 is just another day to say “grow up.”
music ‘Hummingbird’ flies high
Local Natives’ latest record proves soaring success by eugenie quan
In the four years between Local Natives’ debut album Gorilla Manor and 2013’s Hummingbird, the band noticeably underwent a lot of growth, both musically and emotionally. Gorilla Manor embodied carefree youth, sung with characteristic threepart harmonies reminiscent of the easygoing lightheartedness found only under the warmth of a California sun, whereas Hummingbird is its natural winter counterpart. In Hummingbird, those harmonies the Local Natives used to make a name for themselves are replaced with more solo singing by frontman Kelcey Ayer. Producer Aaron Dessner, known for his work with The National, provides somber influences on this album, which — when combined with the death of Ayer’s mother — has marked the Natives’ music with mellow sadness. It’s a significant change for the band, but the tone of the music doesn’t lose its quality in any way, shape or form. The opening track on Hummingbird immediately draws this stark contrast between these two equally fantastic albums. Gorilla Manor opened with a summertime tune “Wide Eyes,” whereas Hummingbird begins with a deeper context. The track, titled “You & I,” takes the listeners away to “places we don’t know” on a heartfelt falsetto chorus and ascending vocals. The song sets the mood for the rest of the album by instilling a sense of hopelessness and uncertainty. “Heavy Feet,” however, is the real star of Hummingbird. Few feelings can compare to falling madly in love with a new song the first time you hear it, and I was able to experience just that. I’ve been playing it on repeat since the album’s release, and my roommate will just have to deal with my obsession until it passes. Why use headphones when I could share a fantastic example of musical genius? On a more tragic note, in the song “Colombia” Ayer addresses his mother’s death with
Tegan & Sara’s new album makes ‘hearts throb’
Album Highlights “Madness” “Follow Me” “Animals” “Supremacy”
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by monica mohapatra
Tegan & Sara occupy a precarious niche in commercial music — they aren’t mainstream but neither are they alt, hipster, post-funk or any other of the slew of labels available to musicians today. They stand suspended in the limbo of contemporary music — indie pop at a time when indie pop is said to be dead. And even though they have sold out shows in New York, the person next to you probably hasn’t heard of them. The band, comprised of identical twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin, have gone through yet another year of musical limbo with the release of their seventh album, Heartthrob. Listening to some of the most popular songs from their past few albums, it is hard not to marvel at the endless romantic strife that seems to pervade their music. Tegan and Sara’s lyrics are bittersweet odes to lost loves and mishandled relationships, often resentful and accusatory. Their angst pop, combined with the idiosyncratic rapport between the two singers’ voices, results in an oddly compelling series of post-breakup anthems. Although Heartthrob retains much of the band’s typical themes, it is a dis-
lyrics that are painfully honest, but beautiful. This song evokes a sincere yet tragic emotion that creates the climax of the album. It is “Colombia” that gives the album’s title meaning with a culmination of the sorrow and heartache that has been building up from the start — emotions one would associate with a hummingbird. “Colombia” is, after “Heavy Feet,” the best track on Hummingbird. There is always fear of a sophomore slump after a debut album as good as Gorilla Manor, but Local Natives didn’t disappoint. Hummingbird is an exploration — an introspective look — and we spectators are taken along for the ride. With Hummingbird, Local Natives proves that they are more than capable of expanding their abilities as musicians, leaving me excited to see what they have in store for us in the future.
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tinctly different sound for the duo. The album takes on an ‘80s feel, reminiscent of leg warmers, big hair and prom night dance pop. Tegan & Sara leave no memories unturned in the album, with songs such as “Goodbye, Goodbye” and “How Come You Don’t Want Me Now.” But unlike much of their previous work, the songs on Heartthrob attack angst with a drink in hand. “Closer,” the first single off the album, is the kind of song that makes you want to throw fitful dance parties in your living room. The change in sound is not wholly abrupt, as the band has shown previous interest in the house and electronic dance music genres, having collaborated with Tiësto and Morgan Page. But Heartthrob isn’t the club step music of today, nor is it retro synth and bass. It’s total indiepop: pop that knows it’s a little cheesy but still different. After 14 years, Tegan & Sara show a pointed interest in going mainstream. Heartthrob is the closest the duo has ever been to popular sounds, with a publicity push for this album greater than for any before. The album moves the sisters in a new direction, even while recalling the angry nostalgia and girly love songs that marked their previous work. It makes you dance and cry, but it doesn’t tire you out, and that’s the best part.
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A show worth ‘following’
‘Hansel and Gretel’ strays from superb source material
by colleen garrott
If you’re looking for a smart, scary new TV drama that will twist your mind and drop your jaw, you need to check out FOX’s The Following. The show centers on retired FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), an over-the-hill alcoholic who is recalled to duty when serial murderer Joe Carroll escapes from prison. Agent Hardy has extensive knowledge of Carroll’s unique psychological makeup and modus operandi, since the agent was responsible for apprehending the killer during his initial killing spree, in which Carroll killed fourteen girls at the fictional Winslow University, where he was a professor of literature. So far this sounds like another run-of-the-mill crime and investigation show, but this time around FOX is aiming for a slightly savvier viewer; Joe Carroll’s career as a literature professor apparently led him to fixate on the work of Edgar Allan Poe, especially the dark romanticism of stories like “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Black Cat.” Carroll picked young, beautiful women as his victims and found a twisted sense of poetry and symmetry in brutally murdering them. He even cut out his victims’ eyes as an homage to Poe and his frequent use of the eyes as symbols. Carroll’s love of the macabre and obsession with death is not diminished by his capture and imprisonment. In fact, while he is in jail, he uses his charisma and intelligence to spread his ideas through a network of vulnerable, impressionable people. He exerts a cult-like influence over these “followers” and over time he has used them to infiltrate the everyday lives of his future targets and past enemies. He then masterminds an escape and thus the pilot episode opens with a chilling scene in which the convict drives calmly away from the Virginia State Penitentiary, leaving behind a grisly crime scene with at least five slaughtered prison guards. Now that Carroll is out of jail, he is hell-bent on getting revenge on Agent Hardy. He is also determined to finish what he started before he was locked up, and in an effort to complete his work, while also messing with Hardy’s mind, the murderer begins by tracking down his last victim, the only girl who escaped alive. Agent Hardy has to try and get back inside the mind of a psychopath in order to prevent Carroll from completing the sequel to his saga of madness and murder. Some complicating factors include the fact that Hardy now has to consult with the next generation of agents assigned to the recapture of Carroll, Hardy had an affair with Carroll’s ex-wife while he was in jail, Hardy is an alcoholic, and Carroll has a loyal following of minions who help him carry out his elaborate chess game of revenge and mind games. What makes The Following a show sure to generate a loyal following of fans are the twists and turns, the moments of gripping suspense, stomach turning violence, and the hair-raising pathology of a highly cunning, charismatic killer. Tune in Monday nights at 9:00 on FOX to find out what the following will do next. The neighbors, the babysitter, the ones who stand watch over you in the night; you never know who might be part of the following.
Crumby fairy tale reboot fails on every level by amber fauber
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January is deemed by most to be the worst month for cinema, and Tommy Wirkola’s dark fantasy-thriller Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters doesn’t help the month’s case. The plot opens just as the traditional German folk tale: The abandoned Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) wander around the woods until they stumble upon a house made of candy, where they fall prey to a witch who attempts to kill them and, after some ensuing drama involving an oven, they kill her instead. But Wirkola doesn’t stop there, offering his own continuation of the story. The siblings are now heroes, spending their lives killing witches across the countryside to much success. They eventually grab the attention of the Mayor of Augsburg (Rainer Bock), who hires them to find missing children suspected of vanishing because of some sort of witchcraft. During their search, Hansel and Gretel come face to face with Muriel (Famke Janssen), the original evil witch, and a mystery that may unlock the key to their past. The movie seems to be set in the 17th or 18th century, but that illusion is quickly shattered by the use of modern dialogue and a very high-tech crossbow creating an unappealing anachronistic effect. The story fails to connect with the audience and generates almost no emotion, and the film by no means makes up for this lack of feeling in the fight scenes, which are short, repetitive and not very exciting. I wasn’t expecting much of this movie, but I was at least hoping for a better performance from Jeremy Renner. He had a great 2012, coming off big roles in The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy, giving me a grain of hope for this movie. Unfortunately, his role as Hansel is laughable. The tough guy/loner routine Renner goes for doesn’t stick, especially when Gretel seems to be the stronger of the two. At one point, he’s engaging in an awkward romantic interlude with an accused witch, while Gretel is single-handedly fighting off assailants. On top of that, the chemistry between Renner and Arterton is subpar, leading me to think Renner can only function as a film’s sole protagonist. Renner’s performance is not helped by Janssen, who is mediocre at best in an antagonist role, and Arterton, who like the rest of the cast, is also forgettable. I don’t think the Brothers Grimm would appreciate what Wirkola did with their beloved folk tale. In response to Paramount agreeing to produce this movie, Wirkola said, “I’m still surprised that they went for it, because it’s a crazy, rock n’ roll script. It’s full throttle, there’s lots of blood and gore and bad language, I often wonder how I got this movie made.” So do I, Tommy. So do I.
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‘Newgrass’ band puts on powerhouse performance at The Jefferson
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RailroAd Earth chugs into charlottesville by catherine jessee
By 10:30 p.m. last Thursday, the Jefferson Theater was ringing loudly with the sounds of the quintessential sweet spot of a bluegrass concert. All the instruments, from mandolin to fiddle, have been played at least twice. The band has warmed up and the audience is warm from dancing or twirling. A haze has descended over the stage and hangs over the lights. The noise of the audience has been reduced to a soft hum and everything from here on out will be round after round of melodic instrumental combinations. Railroad Earth, a progressive bluegrass band out of New Jersey, reached this point early, and cast it away late, playing for a solid three hours. Both Railroad Earth and its opening band Yarn, from New York City, were brought to Charlottesville through the “Under the Radar” series, which promotes various lesser known bands, mostly bluegrass, all of which have performed at Floyd Fest, a rapidly growing music and arts festival in Floyd, Va. Yarn will return next month at the Southern Café and Music Hall, a smaller venue. These efforts by Floyd Fest are chiefly intended to promote and support bands that have passed through its gate, but they also show evidence of a growing demand for progressive bluegrass concerts in general. The Jefferson Theater is traditionally known for hosting a wide variety of marketable concerts. When it is not hosting notable high-energy electronic acts or trendy indie bands, it reels in the best names in bluegrass and Americana. Often, these bands don’t adhere to traditional genre distinctions, but rather fuse several sounds: combinations of folk, rock,
bluegrass and even classical styles. Lucky for Charlottesville residents, the magic of this “newgrass,” another generic term for “progressive bluegrass,” transcends the music festival scene. In many ways, even the viral Mumford and Sons treads the line of newgrass, combining the traditional upright string bass and banjo with the electric bass guitar and keyboard. The joyful appeal of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, whose single “Home” soared to the top of the charts, stems from Americana and folk as well. The multi-genre concept has been at work for some time, and the term newgrass can be a misleading one. Even the most classical bluegrass artists are known to have experimented from the beginning. The banjo player Earl Scruggs, who died earlier this year, developed a unique finger-picking style himself, which soon became definitive to classical bluegrass. This is what makes bluegrass music so compelling: willingness to constantly reshape and redefine the genre. The history of bluegrass lends a great deal of credit to its artists. Mastering a bluegrass instrument, such as the mandolin, is not at all different from a chamber musician mastering the violin. When Todd Scheaffer (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) was crooning “Been Down this Road,” a common lament to a failed relationship, I was reminded how old these instruments are. Even the new electric ones have roots in the old acoustic forms. Railroad Earth does favor classical bluegrass more deliberately, but perhaps what makes Mumford and Sons popular is similar to what brought Railroad Earth to Charlottesville: a desire for old sounds with a new spin.
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Courtesy Universal Pictures This is 40 is the sequel to 2007’s Knocked Up, except, this time, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) try to navigate the complications of turning 40, years after the events of Knocked Up. In pop culture today, the mid-life crisis has become an accepted reality, and sometimes even an indulgence or a moment of spiritual transition. This is 40 tries to explore that balance, but tips toward the side of cliché. Debbie can’t keep her birth-year straight, Pete can’t stop eating cupcakes, and both are constantly devising secret plans to murder the other. From financial problems to Viagra to the ever-present daddy issues, the couple flounders through the entire plot. Unfortunately, director Judd Apatow bit off more than he could chew with this episodic frenzy covering the misfortunes of three generations. Shifting between story lines is exhausting, but arguably replicates the tribulations of growing up and turning 40. Witnessing so many moments of sheer panic forces viewers to reflect on the direction of their own lives — a moment that can be incredibly uncomfortable for some. Debbie fulfills every stereotype of a woman reluctantly hitting 40, insisting she likes Lady Gaga and partying with Megan Fox. And yet, Pete is no better, coincidentally resembling the flopsy man-boy Rudd has consistently played since his Clueless days. Some of their scenes perceptively show the sense of disconnect in the digital era while also dealing natural frustrations of a marriage, but their squabbles follow a shudder-inducing formula all to familiar to Apatow. The genuine likability of the characters and the funny-because-they’re-true jokes redeem the rest of the jumble. The star-studded cameos, including Jason Segel, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, and Fox, lend a sense of familiarity, but also distract from the central plot. Sadly, This is 40 once again proves that a star cast does not a good movie make — see every Love Actually mimic ever. Don’t get the wrong idea — the movie is funny and you get what you would expect from Apatow. But the humor feels slightly more prickly than usual, and a few too many jokes cross too far into discomfort to retain their humor. A string of heartfelt moments and consistent comedy paired with reality and sprinkled with pop-culture references redeem this film to an extent. Still, This is 40 feels a little bit like a sitcom trying to grow up and become a real person.
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