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The WEEKEND Cavalier Daily EDITION Thursday, February 21, 2013
Kerry makes first
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Former Senator delivers ﬁrst speech as Secretary of State, talks sequestration, foreign aid’s true purpose
ENDORSEMENTS: Chris MacDonald | Cavalier Daily By Krista Pedersen Cavalier Daily Senior Writer
Secretary of State John Kerry gave his inaugural public address Wednesday morning in Old Cabell Hall, speaking on a wide range of foreign policy topics, but also a share of domestic issues, including the ongoing sequestration battle in Congress. Kerry said he selected the University as the host of his first address in honor of the fact that its founder, Thomas Jefferson, served as the United States’ first
Secretary of State. He was introduced by University President Teresa Sullivan, Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Albemarle, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. Central to his speech from the onset was the principle that domestic strength increases America’s influence and security abroad. “Why am I in Old Cabell Hall and not Kabul, Afghanistan?” he asked the full auditorium to open the address. “I came here purposefully to underscore in today’s global world there is no longer anything foreign about
foreign policy.” The Secretary was confirmed to his position Jan. 29, a role that was held for four years by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who prioritized the promotion of women’s rights and education on a global scale. Kerry’s speech offered a glimpse at a foreign policy agenda guided by the promotion of domestic economic strength. In his new role, the former Democratic Senator from Massachusetts shied away from partisanship but obliquely criticized
the ongoing sequestration battle in Congress, saying its effects would hurt America across the globe. His words were met with waves of applause from an audience of students who face the challenge of entering the job market in a weakened economy. “It is often said that we cannot be strong at home if we’re not strong in the world, but in these days of a looming budget sequester that everyone actually wants to avoid — or most — we can’t Please see Kerry, Page A2
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Koller explains Taxi offers police data Coursera goals Following attempted abduction Sunday morning, Yellow Cab aids investigation
The Yellow Cab and Anytime Taxi installed new GPS and recording systems, which allow them to determine the names and phone numbers of those who request taxi services. Owner Mark Brown said the equipment was helpful for ﬁnding lost cell phones and other items misplaced by taxi patrons on weekend evenings.
Stanford Computer Science Prof., company co-founder seeks to offer low-cost online education globally By Kaelyn Quinn
Cavalier Daily Senior Writer Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller, a Stanford computer science professor, spoke Wednesday at the Education School
about the future of online learning and its humanitarian implications. Koller co-founded Coursera last April with fellow Stanford Please see Coursera, Page A2
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Coursera Co-Founder Daphne Koller spoke about her company’s mission to make education widely available at the Education School, above, Wednesday.
Fo l l o w i n g a n a t t e m p t e d abduction of a female University student early Sunday morning, the Yellow Cab and Anytime Taxi companies supplied the police with information about potential suspects and witnesses to support the ongoing investigation. The student was trying to hail a cab and got into a car. Instead of the driver bringing her to her dorm on Alderman Road, the driver drove to near Kellogg Dorm and tried to assault the student before she escaped, according to a Uni-
versity-wide email from University Chief of Police Michael Gibson. Mark Brown, who owns both Yellow Cab and Anytime Taxi, said global positioning systems, recorded calls and tablet computers inside taxis were all used to assure none of his drivers had gone from the area of 513 Rugby Road, where the abduction took place, to Kellogg Dorm. Brown said this meant it was unlikely one of his drivers was involved. “They set up a geo-fence around that pick-up [location and] then we set up a geo-fence around the Kellogg Dorm ... to see if any cars were around
that location around that same time,” Brown said, referring to a virtual fence used to track taxi flows in a certain area. “We didn’t have any cars that are inside both [at the time of the incident.]” Brown said all calls to his companies are recorded, so he was also able to provide police with the names and numbers of potential witnesses who had requested a taxi in the 513 Rugby Road area that evening. University Police Lieut. Melissa Fielding said in an email Yellow Cab had been cooperative in the investigaPlease see Taxi, Page A2
Board names new dorms BOV Committee approves Lile-Maupin, Tuttle-Dunnington, Shannon houses By Kelly Kaler and Jiaer Zhuang Cavalier Daily News Editor and Staff Writer
The new dorms in the Alderman Road Residence Area will be named the Lile-Maupin House and the Tuttle-Dunnington House, the Board of Visitors’ Buildings and Grounds
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Committee decided Wednesday afternoon. The Lile-Maupin House and the Tuttle-Dunnington House both combine the names of dorms that either have been or will be demolished in an effort to preserve the memories of their respective namesakes.
A third residence hall will be named the Shannon House in honor of the fourth president of the University, Edgar Shannon. The motion naming these buildings passed unanimously. The Committee also passed Please see Board, Page A2
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The Board of Visitors Building and Grounds Committee met in the Special Collections Library Wednesday to discuss the budget and named new dorms.
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Kerry | Top diplomat picks U.Va. for Jefferson connection Continued from page B1 be strong in the world unless we are strong at home,” Kerry said. “My credibility as a diplomat working to help other countries create order is strongest when America,
at last, puts its own fiscal house in order, and that has to be now.” His speech surveyed platforms he plans to promote worldwide, including climate change. “If we waste this opportunity, it may be the only thing our generation —
generations — are remembered for,” he said. “We cannot choose when we would like to stop and restart our global responsibility or simply wait until the calendar says it’s more convenient.” Kerry strove to continue Ameri-
can exceptionalism around the globe, saying that America was the only country expected to help all others in their moments of distress. He added that this approach should be fulfilled by proactive, rather than reactive, action.
“Deploying diplomats today is much cheaper than deploying troops tomorrow,” he said. Kerry will make his first foreign tour next week, visiting North Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Coursera | Website hosts 223 courses, boasts 2.7M students Continued from page B1 Computer Science Prof. Andrew Ng. The organization has since partnered with 33 universities to offer Massive Open Online Courses to increase access to education. The University began offering MOOCs taught by University professors for free at the beginning of the spring semester.
Increasing tuition costs and limited access to higher education, especially in continents such as Africa and Asia, spurred Koller to create Coursera. She called the revolutionary technology an opportunity to “convert [education] from something that is the privilege of a few to ... a basic human right.” Coursera currently offers 223 courses for 2.7 million students
in 196 countries, according to its website, though Koller said the numbers are always growing. To accommodate the massive numbers of students enrolled in courses, Coursera has developed a peer grading system, in which students grade each other’s work based on a rubric created by the professor. Though Koller saw the peer grading system as a valuable
learning opportunity for students and teachers alike, a poorly designed grading rubric can create “terrible, terrible results,” she said. Coursera offers all its courses for free, but to obtain a statement of accomplishment, which confirms a student’s completion of a course, students must pay a fee, Koller said. Financial aid for these certificates is available,
she added. For students pursuing a degree, the American Council on Education is currently conducting a credit assessment review of Coursera to determine whether MOOC credits can transfer when the student enrolls in a university, Koller said. Five Coursera courses in other institutions have already been approved for credit.
Taxi|Law Prof. Brown says recording calls creates no legal hurdle Continued from page B1 tion. “Personally speaking, I’m impressed that Yellow Cab and Anytime utilize this technology,” Fielding said. “It’s comforting to know that the added
security exists.” Law Prof. Darryl Brown said students should not have any expectation of privacy when calling a taxicab company, even if intoxicated, so the company could legally turn over records to the police department.
“I strongly suspect that’s legal, there’s not a problem with the cab company disclosing that,” Darryl Brown said. “It’s pretty likely that a court would say, ‘you don’t have an expectation of privacy when you give your phone number to a stranger.’”
Darryl Brown said the laws may be different if the police were attempting to obtain records from the taxi company without the company’s consent, which was not the case here. Mark Brown said the phone recordings and GPS location
software are useful when students lose their cellphone or other valuables in a taxi and do not know exactly who their driver was. The company can track down in which taxi the valuables were lost and return them to the owner.
Board | Medical Center gains new Education Resource Center Continued from page B1 updated plans for the health system’s Education Resource Center, a current project proposal which Colette Sheehy, vice president for management and budget, said aims to provide a space for graduate
medical studies and patient education. In addition, the health system also plans to relocate the outpatient pharmacy to the area surrounding the Emily Couric Cancer Center to make it more easily accessible. The new location would also provide outpa-
tient imaging services. “This is a domino that needs to happen in order to begin planning for the renovation of the emergency department,” Sheehy said. That new emergency department would be around 30-35,000 square feet in size
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back the tradition of the formal first-year dinner series. In the past, these dinners have been held in the dome room of the Rotunda . Chief Facilities Officer Donald Sundren said that the roof replacement was on schedule to be completed by next summer.
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Eric McDaniel Third Year College
CANDIDATES President Eric McDaniel
McDaniel wants to make Council’s meeting notes and attendance records publicly available online. He wants to make sure Council is representing all constituent groups by hosting monthly meetings with student leaders to air concerns and plan events. McDaniel is running unopposed, but nonetheless we endorse him without reservations.
Vice President for Organizations
Jalen Ross Second Year
Jalen Ross Neil Branch
Engineering School Ross suggested moving away from appropriations’ current percentagebased method to a point-based system. He wants to explore a merit-based point system for CIO funding that takes into account metrics including how active the organization is.
Annie Ungrady Third Year College Ungrady wants to tighten Council’s attendance policies and increase crosscommittee interaction. She hopes to ramp up Council’s publicservice efforts by making its internal operations more efficient.
Fourth Year Trustees President Brandon Moores Vice President Haider Arshad
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Vice President for Administration Tyler Crown Rafal Khan Annie Ungrady John Woolard Brendan Wynn
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Class Representatives ARTS & SCIENCES CANDIDATES
Emmanuel Agyemang Carmel Berhanu Evan Dunks Saron Fantahun
Peter Finocchio Sidney Gafford Alexandria Huff-Reynolds Arni Mapilli Talal Mohammad
Nikoe Navarro Michael Promisel Alexandra Solorzano Mariam Thomas
Promisel has served two terms, minus a semester abroad, on Council’s representative body and is currently working on reforming Council’s bylaws. He has also served two terms on Council’s Environmental Sustainability Committee.
Gafford hopes to increase ties between Council and other student communities and plans to attend other organizations’ meetings and events to learn what students want from Council. She hopes to strengthen ties between Council and the University’s AfricanAmerican students.
Thomas wants to improve women’s safety on Grounds and plans to send more frequent informal surveys to students to gauge her constituents’ opinions.
Other Studco Council Candidates Graduate Batten Representatives Sheridan Fuller Anna-Sofia Yurtasian
Graduate Education Representative Janelle Peifer
James Selph Chris Zapple
W. Andrew Lanius Kathleen Shannon Jacky Werman
Arsh Ghuman Michael Humenansky Amanda Middlebrooks Brandon Nelson Liridon Rrushaj
James Selph Chris Zapple
Undergraduate Batten Representative Travers O’Leary
Engineering Representatives Maryam Ghariban Hale Nur Ozbek Charles Regan Peter Weber
Undergraduate Education Representative Jordan Shelton
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Brittany Wengel Third Year Wengel aims to further the Committee’s outreach efforts through an honor newsletter and honor summits with student leaders. A coxswain on the women’s rowing team, she represents a disproportionately reported group: student athletes.
Conor O’Boyle Third Year O’Boyle, a senior counsel member, calls for greater accountability and representation in addition to allowing for an option to appeal guilty verdicts to students outside of the Honor Committee. He plans to reinstate firstyear honor dorm talks.
Josh Myers Third Year Myers, an educator for the Committee plans to make the Committee’s recruitment efforts less passive in an attempt to diversify the organization.
CANDIDATES Evan Behrle Michelle Butler Will Lovell Josh Myers Conor O’Boyle Christopher Pena Brittany Wengel Blake Wheelock Julia Yee
Evan Behrle Third Year Behrle, a senior counsel member, supports a public appeal option if the honor reforms pass, and supports honor training for new faculty hires.
Julie Yee Third Year Yee is the only candidate who opposes the Restore the Ideal Act because she believes it will unduly limit the diversity of jury composition. Her goals are to minimize spotlighting and improve transparency.
Other Honor Committee Candidates Honor Architecture Representative 1. Anna McMillen 2. Brett Rappaport Honor Batten Representative 1. Sara Almousa 2. Madison Busch 3. Ryan Singel Honor Commerce Representative 1. Will Dantzler 2. James Selph 3. Patrick Shikani
4. Elizabeth Thompson Honor Continuing & Professional Studies Representative 1. Laurie Axford 2. Marie Fleming 3. Melanie Tyree
1. Andi Chernau 2. Joanna Will Honor Engineering Representative 1. Robert Harrell 2. Steven Harris 3. Colin Leslie
Honor Darden Representative 1. Jessica Alvarez 2. Matt Attaway 3. Robert Carlisle
Honor Graduate Arts & Sciences Representative 1. Noah Egge 2. Katie Schiermeyer Honor Law Representative 1. Ryan Baasch
Honor Education Representative
2. Bobby Dressel 3. Justin Kanter 4. Natalie Race 5. Samuel Strongin 6. Danit Tal Honor Medicine Representative 1. Michael Billet 2. Austin Sim Honor Nursing Representative 1. Katie Bachman 2. Kevin Pyne
UJC CANDIDATES Judiciary Architecture Representative 1. Megan Watson Judiciary Arts & Sciences Representative 1. Shanice Hardy 2. Sean McAuliffe 3. Sherie Zhou
Judiciary Batten Representative 1. Yuwa Ikhinmwin 2. Shivshankar Srikanth 3. Kanchana Sthanumurthy Judiciary Commerce Representative 1. Nicholas Jones 2. Kelvin Wey
Judiciary Continuing & Professional Studies Representative 1. Danisch Malik 2. Jerry Reid 3. Robin Wallace Judiciary Darden Representative 1. Jefferson Bates 2. Monte Jones
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Judiciary Law Representative 1. Kyle Mathews 2. Sarah Ulmer Judiciary Medicine Representative 1. Jack Farhi 2. Neil Mehta Judiciary Nursing Representative 1. Caroline Eckert 2. Jonathan McMann
Opinion Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Cavalier Daily “For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.” —Thomas Jefferson
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The managing board endorses Ungrady, Ross for Student Council vice-president positions The impulse to stereotype is sometimes an unfortunate byproduct of the desire to understand. We’ve been rolling out endorsements all week, and in our efforts to vet candidates we’ve drawn some categorizations. The Honor Committee hopefuls were strangely polished. The Student Council College representative candidates were strangely absent — some of them, anyway. But the students running for Council’s vice-president positions do not fall into a type. The candidates for vice president for administration and vice president for organizations hailed from a range of backgrounds, extracurricular and otherwise, and presented a variety of views. The refreshing heterogeneity of the vice-presidential races is a healthy sign for the next term of Council leadership. Though Council’s presidential race is, to put it lightly, not too competitive, in the deputy races students have an abundance of choice. Five students are running for vice president for administration. Some are Council outsiders with fresh ideas and contagious energy. Others are Council veterans with the institutional knowledge to succeed in the vice president for administration role, which focuses on Council’s internal management and operations. Only one candidate has both the bold vision and the Council know-how to excel in the position: third-year College student Annie Ungrady. Ungrady said she was unsure for a while if she wanted to run. Perhaps her initial hesitation can be explained by the fact that among the candidates, Ungrady has the best grasp on what the position entails. Much of what the vice
president for administration does is far from glamorous: it’s less blustery oratory and more creating Google docs and booking rooms in Newcomb Hall. But Council, given its size and the scope of its responsibility to students, would buckle without well-organized leadership. Ungrady has honed her organizational skills as the co-chair of Council’s Public Service Committee. She wants to tighten Council’s attendance policies and increase cross-committee interaction. Her ideas show attention to detail: for example, to increase an internal understanding of what Council does, Ungrady plans to motivate people to slog through internal Council emails by offering rewards in exchange for responding to various memo items. Her platform also suggests her ability to think broadly: by improving Council’s efficiency she hopes to ramp up the body’s public-service efforts. Though Ungrady has been on Council for nearly two years, she’s neither lapsed into cynicism nor idealized the body beyond its capacities. She approaches the organization with a critical stance grounded in experience. Her reservations about Council put her in an optimal position to streamline and improve the group’s internal structure. Her warmth and depth of insight will help her avoid deadlock as a member of Council’s executive board. Both candidates running for vice president for organizations — third-year College student Neil Branch and second-year Engineering student Jalen Ross — would do a fine job. As an incumbent, Branch’s transition into a second
term as VPO would be seamless. In the past year, he has built strong relationships with CIO leaders and administrators and effectively allocated more than $500,000 to various student groups. But Ross’s fresh ideas and more aggressive commitment to transparency left us convinced he’s the better candidate. Ross, currently an Engineering School representative, aims to make Council’s appropriations publicly available online, along with general body votes. Ross noticed that nearly half of appropriations funding goes toward club sports, while schools such as Virginia Tech and William & Mary share costs for club sports with their athletic departments. Though we think it is unlikely Ross could sway the administration to cough up more support for club sports, he’s right to push for it in a bid to free up money to help other clubs thrive. Ross suggested moving away from appropriations’ current percentage-based method to a pointbased system. Council currently funds 100 percent of approved costs under $50, 22 percent under $300 and so on in a tiered system. Ross again looked to peer institutions for this idea. He suggested a merit-based point system that takes into account metrics including how active the organization is and national competition. Ross’ merit-based point system is another idea worth exploring. Council’s executive board could benefit from his vision. Ross would inject new blood into an organization that, under incoming president third-year College student Eric McDaniel, is setting innovation as its aim.
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It is ‘Up to Us’ A student campaign aimed at increasing awareness of national debt rightfully uses positive messaging In the wake of the Living Wage Americans today. Sponsored campaign and the Sullivan by the Clinton Global Initiative Ouster Debacle, U.Va.’s new bout and causes.org, teams of colof student activism takes a more lege students must use social measured and varied approach. networking technology, as well Up to Us has done everything as boots-on-the-ground campus organizing to edufrom distributcate their peers on ing buttons and MATT MENEZES the debt. FourthT-shirts to hosting GUEST VIEWPOINT year College stua “Race Against dents Lena Shi, the Debt” in Memorial Gym to engage stu- Ryan Singel and Alan Safferson, dents to address the mounting the leaders of U.Va.’s Up to Us national debt. While learning chapter, have been very busy the how much the debt increased last few months, drawing media over the course of my timed mile attention and raising awareness was disconcerting for a host of on Grounds. Sen. Mark Warner, reasons, fiscal and physical, the D-Va., visited Grounds Feb. 11 real power in this movement to speak on the issue of debt has been its efforts at educating and how we as students can the U.Va. community. Last week, take ownership of the solutionLaw Prof. Tom Massaro, Batten making process. The summer after my first year, Prof. Craig Volden and Politics Prof. Herman Schwartz gave a I had the privilege of working in thoroughly enlightening pre- the district office of my home sentation on the issues the debt congressman, Jared Polis from presents. As scholars of medi- Colorado’s second district. That cine, public policy and politics of summer of 2011, the debt was development, respectively, each a hot topic indeed, and I found offered a distinct perspective on myself in bitter arguments with an issue that has mainly been my Republican friends worka source of bitter disagreement ing on the Hill. The substance and finger-pointing, but little of these arguments, though, substance and no long-term reflected the ones our bosses were having: mostly accusing solutions. Up to Us is a national competi- each other of obstruction or tion across college campuses to hostage-taking, and very little develop an effective program for about the nature of the problem raising awareness of and con- or potential solutions. Two years nection to the fiscal issues facing later, very little has changed.
The fiscal cliff negotiations were “I pledge allegiance to America’s about what I’d expect from a debt, and to the Chinese governNew Year’s Eve office party; ment that lends us money. And everyone was a bit irrational to the interest, for which we and woke up the next morning pay, compoundable, with higher wondering what exactly had taxes and lower pay until the day happened. Clearly, we cannot we die.” The camera pans across the rely on Congress to take the debt seriously, so I applaud student classroom, getting close-ups on groups like Up to Us for taking the children’s faces while the the initiative. In the end, the only narrator admonishes us that way to end unsustainable prac- “much of our debt is owed to tices is to make those who pay foreign governments” as we look at a map aware of the of China. In costs, which is “So, in principle, Republican truth, China why an educacriticism is fair and only owns tion campaign about 8 peris the best way reasonable; those who chose cent of the to bring about to come to our nation illegally, federal debt. change in our refusing to pay our taxes while T h e m a j o r fiscal policy. ity is held by A converenjoying the benefits of our Americans: sation about nation’s infrastructure and by taxpayers the national debt brings all services, should have to wait for in the form of inter-agency sorts of specuthose who chose to immigrate debt holding lation. People the right way.” or holdings by confuse ecothe states and nomic recovery measures with debt-control the Fed and by private compameasures, and throw around nies like banks and investment words like stimulus, bailout firms. The danger of this kind and debt ceiling without really of messaging is that it plays to understanding what they mean. xenophobia and appeals to fear The danger of this is that people by making the audience feel become accustomed to hearing like victims of circumstances some pretty outrageous things. beyond their control. Up to Us Take, for instance, a 2009 Super- has chosen instead to focus on bowl ad featuring children recit- awareness-raising activities like ing the Defeat the Debt Pledge: the race in Memorial Gym I
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mentioned above and a series of flash seminars. The group’s preference for positive messaging and empowering its audience through greater understanding makes Up to Us a groundbreaking organization with a real shot at making a difference. The greatest strength of Up to Us is its rejection of partisanship and its message of taking responsibility for a problem that affects every single American. As students of this fine University, we will be expected, today and always, to meet the struggles of our nation head-on and provide clearheaded leadership in times of trouble. The urgency with which Washington has described the “fiscal crisis” has not been reflected in federal actions, but there will surely come a time when playing dutiful and scoring political points will no longer be acceptable. The work of Up to Us helps us prepare for that time, so when the fractious system we stand to inherit runs aground we will have the knowledge and will to fix it. The road to a sustainable future is built on education and conversation, and there’s nothing like student activists to get the job done. Matt Menezes is a third-year College student and a master’s student in the Batten School.
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Crossing party borders Bipartisan effort toward immigration reform is not as hard as it seems Among the many problems is highly unlikely the backlogs President Barack Obama prom- will be cleared before eight ised to tackle during his State years, however. So, in principle, of the Union address, immigra- Republican criticism is fair and reasonable; tion reform was those who high on the list. RUSSELL BOGUE chose to come Recently, a draft OPINION COLUMNIST to our nation of Obama’s proposal has hit the press, and illegally should have to wait for Republicans have immediately those who chose to immigrate gone on the attack, with Florida the right way. But in practice this proposal Sen. Marco Rubio proposing his own version. Partisan furor faces a number of snags, most has obstructed sober thinking importantly the simple fact that — surprise, surprise — and has waiting times for legal residency made both parties overlook the for Mexican-born immigrants significant similarities in their are currently about 17 years ideologies and approaches to the long; adding almost 7 million problem. Mr. Obama’s sugges- immigrants to the end of this tions are actually in many ways line means illegal immigrants in line with the suggestions of a seeking a green card could wait bipartisan Congressional com- several decades. This is not pracmission of eight senators. His tical, but the challenge is not proposal should be given seri- insurmountable. Reforming the ous thought if their plans do not current system to drastically reduce waiting times — and come through. A major Republican criticism paperwork — could make this of the Obama plan is that the proposition feasible. Additionally, the bipartisan path to citizenship it provides for illegal immigrants would be Congressional commission as quick if not quicker than the would delay making citizenship path legal immigrants must cur- possible until border security rently take. Rubio and a biparti- has been augmented. This delay san group of eight senators have is unwise. It is unlikely that argued that illegal immigrants border security will ever be should be put at the back of the “secure” enough to satisfy hawkline for applications for a green ish Republicans, and precondicard — granting permanent resi- tions virtually guarantee that dency — behind all legal immi- paths to citizenship will never grants. Obama has attempted materialize under the bipartito address this problem: no san commission, forcing illegal illegal immigrant will be granted immigrations into an uneasy legal status for eight years or legal limbo where they achieve until every immigrant who has legal residency but never full applied legally is given a visa. It citizenship.
The Obama proposal would bined with significant efforts allow for illegal immigrants to to shorten the waiting time for apply for legal residency within becoming a legal resident. Additionally, Obama has promeight years (unless backlogs magically clear before that) after ised a reform that staples a passing criminal background green card to the diploma of any immigrant tests, providing receiving a biometric infor“A common-sense reform master’s or mation, paying fees, learning bill that would combine both s p e c i a l t y English and of these approaches would d e g r e e in STEM the history of include the requirements fields at the U.S. and its of the Obama proposal and American government, and paying then feed immigrants who u n i v e r s i ties. This back taxes. The had passed the requisite proposal path to citizentests and paid the neceswould help ship would then be cleared. sary fees into the back of the r e d u c e the “brain His proposal line for a green card, in the d r a i n ” also includes a meantime granting them of immishortened path grants who for immigrants amnesty to work and pay come the who were taxes.” U.S., take brought here advanas children. A tage of our common-sense reform bill that would combine world-class educational instituboth of these approaches would tions, and then are forced to include the requirements of the return to their native country Obama proposal and then feed because the U.S. limit of 65,000 immigrants who had passed H1-B visas — those required to the requisite tests and paid the stay and work in a specialty field necessary fees into the back — is reached so early into the of the line for a green card, in year. The U.S. should never force the meantime granting them a highly qualified immigrant out amnesty to work and pay taxes. of the country; our nation has It would also not make citizen- thrived on pooling the world’s ship contingent on beefed-up creative talents, and our univerborder security. Such a proposal sities attract some of the greatwould allow a path to citizen- est minds out there. We should ship for illegal immigrants that harness this potential, not force doesn’t disadvantage those who it to leech out of our borders. chose to come to the U.S. legally Fortunately, both Obama and the — but it would have to be com- bipartisan commission are in
agreement on this front. The age-old question of border security and actively filtering out illegal immigrants does deserve our attention, and Obama’s vague proposals of increased homeland security and more judges to deal with the flow of immigrants does not do justice to the problem. His plan to require all employers to check the legal status of their workers within four years is reasonable, but his dismissal of concerns about Mexican border is too flippant. The bipartisan commission, however, should ensure that any plan they come up with to increase border security should be implemented in tandem with the other proposals, and not be a stumbling block to their execution. Now is the time for immigration reform. Republicans are smarting from their defeat in the presidential election, in which they managed to garner just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote. There is pressure on both sides of the aisle to craft a fair and reasonable proposal, and Obama is in agreement with House Republicans in many key areas. The points they disagree on should not hinder development of a comprehensive reform plan. The future of 11 million illegal immigrants depends on what the United States does now. Russell Bogue’s column appears Thursdays in The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at r.bogue@ cavalierdaily.com.
Obama and Immigration April 2010 Obama criticizes Arizona’s new SB 1070. March 2009 Obama supports DREAM Act, first introduced in 2001.
January 2010 Obama gives first State of the Union address and says his administration “has put more boots on the border than ever before.”
February 2013 Obama gives first State of the Union address in second term, arguing that “real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship, a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.”
August 2012 Consideration of Deferred Action for Children Arrivals policy goes into effect. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.org
Take a chance on choice An opt-in jury system could solve the Honor Committee’s jury problems As the coming University elec- offering an alternative idea for tions have drawn closer, the jury reform. Jury reform in the Restore Honor Committee’s Restore the Ideal Act has been widely the Ideal Act is intended to discussed. Numerous editori- eliminate inconsistencies in verdicts reached by als both condemning and praising the act FORREST BROWN random student juries. According have been published, OPINION COLUMNIST to the Committee, Facebook groups have jury discomfort formed and campaigns have started. The debate with the single sanction, apathy has tapped into dormant pas- toward the process and lack of sion and opinion about honor understanding of the Commitissues from within the student tee’s bylaws create an incenbody. I do not expect the reform tive for students to lie their to pass, but I think the debate way through the process. The it has inspired is crucial. I have act’s proponents claim an allbeen an outspoken critic of the Committee jury would be too act, but I also believe the issues well-trained and experienced to it was intended to fix need to be duped in a similar way. The be addressed. The honor system act’s critics point to two primary as we know it may be changed, concerns with the proposal’s without our consent, by the jury-reform component. The University administration if we first is the elimination of the don’t. The problems with the larger community of trust from consistency and justice of the the honor process. The second is the consolidation of such a huge system cannot remain. That problems exist does not power within a select group of mean the reforms should pass. students, chosen through relaRather, I think the student body tively uncompetitive elections, has to become involved in the in a position with little structure process of finding a solution that for accountability. Is there a potential solution speaks to the concerns of both the committee and its opposi- that speaks to the concerns of tion in this debate. I’m going to both sides? I would suggest try to get that process started by changing the jury pool to an
opt-in system. The Honor Com- able by members of the larger mittee could publicize its need student body. The most important difference for jurors at the start of each semester, and students could between this idea and the curdecide if they wanted to commit rent proposal is that the Restore to being in the pool. Such an the Ideal Act limits the jury to initiative would ensure that only members of the University who students who were truly will- have the time, resources and ing to serve would be selected, charisma to win an election. The while still giving the entire stu- opt-in system would select for the dent body the right to be in the only trait relevant to service as a jury pool. There could then be juror: dedication to the justice an extensive training session of the system. The Committee at the start of each semester has argued that all-Committee to ensure those who sign up juries are necessary to give more understand the system as well as consistent verdicts in trials, or, in other words, possible and o ensure are comfort“More training and expe- ttwo students able with all rience would result in a facing similar of the duties they would more consistent standard a c c u s a t i o n s evidence be required for conviction even with- and r e c e iv e t he to perform. out a Committee jury.” same result. Then when But because they are selected to serve on a trial, opt-in systems garner lower they could have a brief session rates of participation than optto remind them of their train- out systems, jurors would not ing so the bylaws are fresh in only be exceptionally committed their minds. This process would to their duties but might also ensure that any student who experience multiple trials. More wished could be part of the jury training and experience would pool, that all jurors would be result in a more consistent stanfully prepared and dedicated to dard for conviction even without their duties and that the Com- a Committee jury. If there were mittee could be held account- slight discrepancies, it would be
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because of a variety of perspectives and opinions within the jury pool, not because of incompetence or apathy. Small failures in consistency are a worthy price of diversity of opinion in such a powerful institution, and the Honor Committee is not known for its diversity. The Honor Committee is right to push jury reform as necessary to the survival of honor as we know it at the University. But it is wrong to insist that the student body must be cut out of the system for positive change to be accomplished. We deserve the best solution possible to these problems, and the current proposal is too fundamentally flawed to merit passage. But we, as students, can be part of the process to find a solution that protects all of our stakes in honor, whether it be my proposal above or something entirely different. I look forward to having this conversation regardless of the outcome of the vote. I hope you’ll join me. Forrest Brown’s column appears Thursdays in The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at f.brown@ cavalierdaily.com.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Top Ten Things That Are Worse Than Taking Midterms By ANNIE MESTER | Cavalier Daily COLUMNIST
Loud eating in the library: Forcing yourself to actually get to the library is a struggle enough. But add someone chewing, loudly, right next to me — it’s enough to send me into an actual panic attack. I don’t know what it is, but something about the sound of another person eating is probably the worst thing ever. Maybe it’s extreme to say that I’d rather sit through a three-hour midterm than two minutes of someone chewing, but take it from a pro: once, I forced my mom to switch seats with me on a plane because the 12-year-old girl next to me was chomping her gum too loudly.
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Newcomb’s choice of cereal: I’ve got to hand it to O’Hill, between the Cap’n Crunch and the Reese’s Puffs, their cereal selection is seriously on par. So don’t blame a girl for expecting the same, if not better, at the new and improved Newcomb. But all they have is fake Raisin Bran — seriously, it’s totally not the same as the real kind — and Cheerios. Cheerios are just tiny donut-imposters made out of bread, and they’re not even the honey nut kind. At this rate, a midterm would probably be a better substitute for breakfast.
Snow/rain/cold: I’m over it. I’m over the rainboots and bean boots and rain jackets and umbrellas and hats and gloves and everything. Yes, this column is quickly turning into my complaints, and no, I’m not that sorry about it, but please, sun, will you come out? At least when you’re taking a test you’re inside a heated building and not subjected to the harsh weather. It’s because of the cold that I’ve been forced to stay at Clemons until 2:30 a.m. just because I wanted to call SafeRide to not have to walk home.
People who walk slowly in front of you: Seriously, I’m glad that you’re taking your sweet time crossing over Ruffner Bridge. Yes, our University is a beautiful place, but when it’s 11:58 and I have a class in Nau Hall in two minutes, the last place I want to be is stuck behind you admiring the scenery. Every time I’ve attempted to awkwardly shuffle past on the left, I have been greeted by an arm to the face from someone walking — at a normal pace! — the other way. More midterms equals less bruised faces from trying to make that necessary yet ambitious pass move.
Connection: Year: First Major: Undecided Sexual orientation: Straight U.Va. involvement: Kelloggian Hometown: Richmond, VA Ideal date (person): MUST have a great body, MUST be a hipster, MUST be as close to ginger as possible, also MUST have fantastic forearms — use Jeremy Renner as a reference. Ideal date (activity): Going to a fancy dinner where my date serenades me and showers me with luxurious gifts. If you could date any celebrity, who would it be? Jeremy Renner...duh. Deal breakers: Weak forearms Describe a typical weekend: Play some Xbox, eat some food, party for a bit, watch some Star Wars, check Reddit, party some more, sleep, go to O���hill and end it by telling my roommate she’s the best. Hobbies: Watching the basketball players eat, watching them play ... just watching them in general. If your dating life were a prime-time or reality show, what would it be? The Bad Girls Club. Have you ever streaked the Lawn: I don’t streak lawns. What makes you a good catch? I’m HOT. Describe yourself in one sentence: Bangin’.
The weekend lines at Bodo’s: After a long night, about 94.3 percent of U.Va. students crave a Bodo’s bagel. Fact. The line to order is painful enough, but once you finally order, it takes about 20 more minutes to figure out the least awkward place to stand and wait. Everyone does it. The awkward Bodo’s “my order hasn’t been called but we don’t have a table yet and I know you need to get by me to go to the bathroom but there’s nowhere else to stand” shuffle has become a lifestyle. Find me a midterm where the line to get in snakes out the door and I’ll reconsider my decision to add this to the list. People who use social media as a diary: I get it. You wish that cute boy really really liked you back. Maybe you’re so #emotional that you can’t make it to class today. Or you need to #smh because you can’t believe you fell into his trap once again. I’m so glad that you’re finding a safe outlet for your feelings. But I didn’t need to see that. While studying, Twitter is my procrastination tool of choice, so when I see that 10 out of my 12 new tweets are you complaining about a boy that probably doesn’t exist, I’m not happy. These tweets are no better than my History midterm. I’d take emotional men fighting over politics than emotional girls “fighting” over Twitter any day. Being Facebook stalked: Everyone has that one friend that thinks it’s funny to sporadically go through all your tagged pictures and dig up the most embarrassing ones. One “like” later, the picture is front and center on all your friends’ news feed and anyone you’ve ever known can see it. With technology so advanced, why can’t we untag pictures on our phones yet? No one really needed to see my mouthful of braces throwing up the deuces in front of SeaWorld circa 2006. Midterms can’t embarrass you, can they?
Morgan and Christian met at the rotunda at 7 p.m. on Monday night and went to Basil. Morgan: My friend Maddie filled the survey out on my behalf. Christian: I was kind of confused when I got it selected because I didn’t really know what it was and I spent the whole day trying to figure out who submitted it for me. I told
Year: Second Major: Do I have to pick one? Sexual orientation: Straight U.Va. involvement: U.Va. Arts Scholar, FIFA Club, Rugby Hometown: London, England Ideal date (person): Tall, skinny, dark eyes, dark hair. I love it when girls tell me I’m funny even though I know I’m not. If you could date any celebrity, who would it be: Lucy Liu. Describe a typical weekend: Go out to bars at night, play FIFA during the day, walk around in my underwear in my apartment on Sunday and think about doing homework before just watching something on Netflix. H o b b i e s : F I FA , Rugby and occasionMorgan Christian ally acting. If your dating life were a prime-time or reality my friend that as long as it show, what would it be? Ameri- wasn’t a man I would go. can Idol. Sometimes it’s very Morgan: I was surprised when good ... but it’s just generally I was chosen. Honestly, I thought very funny because it’s so bad. it was kind of funny because I Have you ever streaked the had forgotten about it. My friend Lawn? No. I’m too scared to do was very excited for me. I was it alone. nervous but I went anyway. What makes you a good Christian: I have never been catch? I have an English accent. on a blind date before. My expecDescribe yourself in one sen- tations were very, very little. Just tence: I’m a caring, genuine man hoping it wasn’t a complete train who tries too hard to be funny wreck, and it was not. Not at all. sometimes. It was good fun. Morgan: I got there around 10 minutes early, because I didn’t
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The U.Va. internet: You run into your room and open your computer, as you just realized your WebAssign for calculus is due in 20 minutes. You frantically try to open the website as the Wi-Fi signal appears full. Instead of the WebAssign page you were expecting, you get hit with the “Welcome to UVa Wireless” homepage. This is arguably the most frustrating thing in the world. There is no internet necessary for most midterms, so at least you wouldn’t have to stress about your WebAssign. Or, more realistically, the last three minutes of Gossip Girl not loading.
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By ALEX STOCK | Cavalier Daily STAFF WRITER
The AFC from 4 to 8 p.m.: You will never find the AFC more crowded than when people are supposed to be eating dinner. I understand the rationale: you want to mealswipe for a smoothie, but don’t want to walk all the way to the Pav. To procrastinate studying, you might as well hop on an elliptical and pretend to watch the news for as long as you can before passive-aggressively staring at someone until they change the channel to the Kardashians. I know I’m not alone on this one. But this is so hard to do when every single machine is in use. At least in a midterm you have your personal space!
Locking yourself out of your dorm: Whether it’s 9 a.m., 2 a.m., or 3 p.m., realizing you can’t get into your building because you left your ID in your room is the worst. You’re cold and you just want to nap, and the only thing stopping you is your lack of U.Va.’s glorified credit card service. Do you wait until someone walks in then slip in behind them? Do you shamefully text your roommate and ask her to let you in again? Being in a midterm means you have a place to be. Though probably not the best place to nap, I have found that desks are a workable alternative to your bed.
want to be late, and he got there 30 seconds after me, so we both got there early so that was nice. He came up to me and I was sitting on the stairs and he asked me, “This is a weird question, but are you Morgan?” Christian: I don’t really have a type, but she seemed like she was really nice, so that was good. Morgan: Well he was not what was described on the application, which was good because my friend put exactly the opposite of my type. We shook hands and he hugged me because “this whole thing is going to be awkward anyway,” he said. Christian: Her being a first-year, I just asked her where she’d been and I just proposed Basil, because it’s quite a nice place, and she’d never been there, and I thought worst-case scenario she’d experience a new restaurant. Morgan: He’s from just outside of London so we talked about travelling, which he has done a lot of and I haven’t done very much. I like accents. The conversation flowed pretty well. The British [accent] was especially good. Christian: On the way there it was rather obvious introductions, where we’re from, etc. She lived in Seattle, which was pretty cool. Her favorite superhero is Batman, which is a big deal for me, so we had that in common. Morgan: We had similar taste in music. We both really like
the Lumineers, he had been to a Mumford and Sons concert recently and I was jealous. Christian: She kind of got my humour (spelled with a “u”), I guess. She hangs out with a lot of guys. We were talking about maybe sabotaging the interview and saying that once of us had a really great time and one of us had an awful time. I guess that didn’t pan out. Morgan: There wasn’t really noticeable flirting, but I think there was some. It was mostly just talking. Christian: I mean, not really, there was no flirting. I could not see myself going out with her again romantically. I’m sure I’ll see her out at one point. Morgan: I could see us talking again. I don’t know that I can see us going out on another real date like that. I really like talking to him. I thought we got along pretty well. I’m not really looking for a romantic connection right now, so I didn’t really feel anything like that. Christian: I’ll give it a 7, just because it was good; I enjoyed it; the only reason it’s not higher is just because I don’t think we connected romantically. We had a lot of fun. Morgan: I asked him what his last name was so I could friend him. I would give it probably a 7 or an 8. It was really nice but it ended up more feeling like a friend, getting to know someone really well, as opposed to a date thing. Christian and Morgan are now friends on Facebook.
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Junior guard Joe Harris has averaged a teamhigh 16.7 points per game, fourth best in the ACC. He ranks in the top eight in the conference in scoring, ﬁeld goal shooting, free throw accuracy and 3-point percentage and has led the team in scoring in 18-of-26 games.
Coach Tony Bennett’s team looks to end two-game losing streak, take rematch against Yellow Jackets By Daniel Weltz
Cavalier Daily Sports Editor The tale of Virginia basketball this season has been one of two separate teams. One is a frantic defensive unit that shows up at John Paul Jones wearing white, feeding off the energy of the home crowd to score blowout victories. The other is a blueclad squad that travels across the country, seeming to constantly forget the passion and shooting stroke enjoyed in the comfort of Charlottesville. Virginia (18-8, 8-5 ACC) hopes to introduce Georgia Tech (14-10, 4-8 ACC) to the far more imposing version of this team — the one that has notched 14 straight home victories — when the teams meet again Sunday. The Yellow Jackets won the previous matchup 66-60 Feb. 3 in Atlanta. The Cavaliers have won
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Suffering a blowout loss against a conference rival at home would have been enough disappointment for one night, but for the Virginia women’s basketball team, the 29-point defeat to Maryland Sunday was only the beginning. The team received the worstcase-scenario news Wednesday that junior guard Kelsey Wolfe would miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in her right knee cutting short a breakout season and leaving the already shorthanded Cavaliers
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searching for answers. Wolfe became the second starting guard in as many seasons to go down with a season-ending ACL injury for Virginia after senior guard China Crosby missed the team’s final 24 games with a left knee injury. On the heels of a two game losing streak, Virginia (15-10, 7-7 ACC) will need to regroup quickly as it prepares to face Clemson (7-18, 3-11 ACC) Thursday in South Carolina. “Every team deals with adversity, and it’s just really sad for Kelsey,” coach Joanne Boyle said.
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Junior guard Kelsey Wolfe suffered a season-ending right knee injury and will undergo surgery. Wolfe was averaging 10.6 points per game.
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Batters’ prowess keys strong start Young players’ hot hitting leads to 4-0 start; Toledo visits Charlottesville for three-game weekend set By Michael Eilbacher Cavalier Daily Associate Editor
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Sophomore outfielder Derek Fisher, a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2012, has seven RBIs in the team’s first four games.
In its first four games this season, the No. 25 Virginia baseball team’s offense has been nothing short of unstoppable, and with a three-game homestand with Toledo this weekend, it will look to see just how long it can keep that power surge going. Virginia (4-0) has had trouble putting up runs early, scoring
just five runs in the first three innings of games, but once the offense has gotten started, it has been hard for anyone to stop it. In the final six innings of games, the Cavaliers have put up 42 runs, putting each of their games out of reach by brute force. “The whole approach is contagious,” senior second baseman Reed Gragnani said. “You feed off each other, and we work Please see BASEBALL, Page B3
Before Wednesday afternoon’s showdown against winless in-state rival Richmond, the No. 8 Virginia women’s lacrosse team insisted the game would be a battle. With the contest at its midpoint, the Cavaliers words appeared prophetic. The Cavaliers (2-0) trailed 7-6 at halftime, but they made the necessary adjustments during the break, shutting out the Spiders (0-4) in the second half to earn a 13-7 victory and a breathe-easy finish. The score teetered back and forth for much of the opening period, and the Spiders took their first lead of the game, 6-5, with 3:23 to play in the half. After sophomore midfielder Morgan Stephens added a tying goal, Richmond added another go-ahead tally with seven seconds to play in the half. The Cavaliers upped their defensive intensity after the break while continuing to find openings in the Richmond defense. The result was a 7-0 run featuring six saves by senior goalie Kim Kolarik and goals by six different Cavaliers to propel the team to its second straight win to start the season. Junior attacker Ashlee Warner led Virginia with three goals and two assists, while sophomore attacker Casey Bocklet added two goals and two assists. Senior attacker Caroline McTiernan — who was playing against younger sister Catherine — and sophomore midfielder Morgan Stephens contributed two goals and an assist each. Virginia will face No. 2 Syracuse Sunday. —compiled by Matthew Morris
No. 6 team faces Seawolves Coach Dom Starsia’s 2-0 squad meets New York challenger Stony Brook Saturday By Lindsey Cherpes Cavalier Daily Senior Writer
The No. 6 Virginia men’s lacrosse team travels to Long Island, N.Y. to face Stony Brook Saturday as it seeks its third consecutive victory to remain undefeated on the season . After their recent success at home against Drexel in the season opener and Virginia Military Institute Tuesday, the Cavaliers look to continue their winning streak in their first game away from Klöckner Stadium. The Seawolves (1-1) have a history of providing tough competition for Virginia. The Cavaliers
earned a narrow 10-9 win in an NCAA Quarterfinal matchup in 2010 before edging Stony Brook 11-10 in overtime in 2011 . Virginia earned a much more lopsided victory last year, winning 12-5 in the season’s third game, but the team is only focused on their play in their upcoming matchup against the Seawolves. “Our life is about to get tougher starting with a trip to Stony Brook next Saturday,” coach Dom Starsia said. “We’ve had some great games with them in recent years. It’s important at this point in the season that we continue to improve, and we just want to go up and hopefully
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Junior guard Kelsey Wolfe’s season-ending ACL tear leaves reeling squad searching for answers By Michael Eilbacher
15-of-16 overall at home this season, but after dropping games against North Carolina and Miami on a two-game road trip, they are a lowly 3-6 away from home. “We’re lights out when we’re at home, but when we don’t have our fans behind us, it’s a different team,” junior forward Akil Mitchell said. The latest setback came in excruciating fashion — a 54-50 loss in Coral Gables, Fla. against No. 2 Miami on a defensive breakdown in the final moments. Hurricane senior center Reggie Johnson slipped untouched inside and received the entry pass, dropping in the game-winning layup and sending the Cavaliers to a result as familiar as it is frustrating. Virginia returned to the basics
give a clean, hard effort.” The Cavaliers began their pursuit of a second national title in three seasons against Drexel Saturday, marking the 12th consecutive season opener against the Dragons. Virginia featured a new-look lineup following several key departures, but produced a similar result, escaping with a 13-12 victory off of a game-winning goal by senior attackman Matt White in the first 11 seconds of overtime. White has five goals in the team’s first two games after finishing the 2012 season with just Please see M Lacrosse, Page B3
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Senior attackman Matt White scored the game-winning goal in the opening seconds of overtime during Virginia’s season opener against Drexel. White has tallied ﬁve goals in the team’s ﬁrst two games after scoring 18 in his ﬁnal 23 games last season.
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M Basketball | Virginia seeks 15th straight win at JPJ Continued from page B1 after an uncharacteristic performance on the road against North Carolina, a team they had held to just 52 points at home earlier in the season. The Tar Heels scored 93 points against the Cavaliers’ conference leading defense, the highest point total yielded to a conference opponent during coach Tony Bennett’s four-year tenure here. “You have to have some constants that don’t go away,” Bennett said. “That’s what we talk about: taking care of the ball, being good on defense, getting your transition defense set, playing unselfishly, getting quality looks. If you’re doing that, that’s what I ask of these guys.” Virginia did most of those little things right in the loss to Miami, but that performance was not enough to upend the red-hot Hurricanes and notch a muchneeded statement win to bolster
its NCAA Tournament resume. With five regular season games remaining, the team is tied for third place in the conference standings, trailing only Miami and Duke. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi lists Virginia as one of his last four bubble teams in line for an at-large bid to the Big Dance. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, finds itself firmly on the outside looking in during its pursuit of its first Tournament appearance under second-year coach Brian Gregory. The Yellow Jackets have not won consecutive games in 2013 and began ACC play with five consecutive defeats. They rank dead-last in the conference in field-goal shooting, free throw shooting and 3-point shooting and are next-to-last in scoring offense. Virginia, on the other hand, has climbed out of the cellar in scoring output on the heels of some impressive offensive performances, including four
straight games with 70 or more points before being held to 50 against Miami. Limiting turnovers and playing unselfishly have been crucial, but nothing has been more important offensively than the dominant play of junior guard Joe Harris. Harris has been something just short of a savior this season. His sharp touch has been one of the few constants offensively for a team that has struggled to put up points in the half court. He has led the team in scoring in 18-of-26 games overall including seven straight. Harris’ 3-pointer with 58 seconds left against Miami Tuesday evening was the latest clutch moment for the sharpshooting guard. It tied the score at 46 and marked the 16th straight game that the 6-foot-6 Chelan, Washington native has knocked down a long ball. Just moments later, Harris earned a trip to the line looking to tie the score
again, but he missed the second free throw attempt. A dejected Harris muttered two words as he slumped to the bench: My fault. Harris’ teammates have no gripe with their unquestioned star, who has enjoyed a breakout season by averaging a team-high 16.7 points per game, fourth best in the ACC. He leads the conference by a wide margin in 3-point accuracy at 49.1 percent and is now the most accurate shooter in school history from beyond the arc. “Joe is a very good player, he’s one of the best players in the ACC,” sophomore guard Paul Jesperson said. “Our whole team believes that. To see him having the year like he is is very good because he puts in a lot of work.” Harris’ scoring ability has created opportunities for other players to find open looks. With the Cavaliers trailing by three
with less than 20 seconds to play, fellow sharpshooter freshman forward Evan Nolte was left free on the right wing and he buried another 3-pointer to once again level the score. “When you don’t have as good a defender on yourself because the best defender is playing Joe, it gives us an opportunity to score and put some points in,” Jesperson said. “I think that’s what we’re starting to do is have more spread out scoring. I think that’s helping our offense a lot.” The Cavaliers will look to extend their longest home winning streak this decade and show the Yellow Jackets what they are capable of when the home crowd is behind them beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena. “The fans, they’ve come out in droves,” Mitchell said. “They’ve really gotten behind us and I think they’ve been a major reason for our success here.”
W Basketball | Top prospect Randolph to see more minutes Continued from page B1 “She’s having a great year, we’re coming down the stretch and she was looking forward to helping us finish out strong.” Wolfe’s presence will certainly be missed by the Cavaliers. She has started every game so far this season and is second on the team in scoring with 10.6 points per game. Wolfe has also shot just under 30 percent from beyond the arc, and Virginia may have trouble finding a perimeter threat that can replace her production. “Now we kind of have to reconfigure our team a little bit,” Boyle said. “A lot of teams have to do it ... You just give kids opportuni-
ties and you see if they can run with it.” Starting in her place will be freshman guard Faith Randolph, who came into the season rated the No. 27 prospect nationally by ESPN, but has had trouble adapting to Virginia’s system so far this season. Randolph has averaged just 3.8 points in 18.2 minutes per game, but Boyle is hoping that Randolph will continue to progress and begin to approach her full potential late in the season. “She’s going to have to play minutes for us,” Boyle said. “She brings her athleticism. She’ll bring defense and she’ll bring transition offense. Her struggle has been shooting. If she can
get more minutes on the floor, maybe she’s more comfortable in the second half.” Randolph has not been alone in her shooting struggles. The team has continually missed normally high percentage shots in the paint. In home losses to Duke and Maryland, Virginia has seemed out of sorts on offense, missing open layups and shooting a combined 29 percent from the field. “That’s starting to become an Achilles heel for us,” Boyle said. “We’re not making easy baskets, and it’s making it a lot more difficult for us on the other end of the floor.” The Cavaliers, who have lost four of five games, will need to refocus as they take on the strug-
gling Tigers. Clemson snapped a losing streak of their own Sunday, ending a four-game skid with a 51-46 win against Virginia Tech. Sophomore guard Nikki Dixon leads the Tigers offensively with 13.0 points per game and junior forward Quinyotta Pettaway averages a team-best 9.1 rebounds per game. Clemson has not been much of a perimeter threat this season, however, averaging just over two 3-pointers per game, and they rank next to last in the conference standings. “They’re kind of erratic,” Randolph said. “We just need to lock down on [defense], and then we can also gain transition on them. They’re not that great defen-
sively, so just kick it out on them in transition.” The Cavaliers’ primary focus this week is on regrouping as a unit. With just four games left in the regular season, Virginia’s time to rediscover a winning formula is running short. Boyle’s plan during the season’s final stretch is to maintain her composure in the face of adversity and hope her players follow suit. “They’re going to go as I go,” Boyle said. “If I get all wrapped up and crazy, they’re going to play like it. They’re already tight. We just got to play loose. I got to kind of keep that in mind and let them relax a little bit.” Tipoff from South Carolina is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Baseball | Towns’ three homers, 10 RBIs lead streaking offense Continued from page B1 so hard together that when one person gets something going everybody wants to pick him up so it’s that ‘next guy’ mentality for us.” Coach Brian O’Connor knows that this kind of output cannot be sustained throughout an entire season, but he sees it as a sign of good things to come. “Something like that doesn’t continue,” O’Connor said. “At some point, it’ll be that low runscoring ball game, but I’ll take it as long as we can get it. I do think that we have the chance to be a really good offensive club.” The play of outfielders sophomores Derek Fisher and Brandon Downes and freshman Joe McCarthy has been particularly impressive. The trio has formed a potent middle of the lineup for
O’Connor, combining for 18 RBIs in the first four games. Fisher has a home run and seven RBIs and Downes is batting an impressive .438 with a home run of his own along with six RBIs. “You look at our lineup, and you look at Fisher and McCarthy and Downes and [sophomore infielder and pitcher] Nick Howard, when he’s in there — those are some physical guys,” O’Connor said. “There’s a physical presence in that lineup.” That physicality has clearly come through at the plate for the Cavaliers. Perhaps the most impressive show of power so far this season has come from sophomore third baseman Kenny Towns, who already has three home runs and 10 RBIs on the season. Towns and the offense have impressed early, but the team’s
pitching has more than held its own as well, allowing just three runs in the team’s previous two games. Freshman lefty Brandon Waddell will make his second career start Friday and first in Charlottesville after allowing just one earned run in four and twothirds innings last week against East Carolina. “He earned [the starting job] last weekend,” O’Connor said of the young pitcher. “I thought he did a spectacular job in his debut. Hopefully he can go out there and give us a similar type of performance.” Redshirt senior pitcher Scott Silverstein will follow up Waddell Saturday, but the Sunday starter may be a late decision. Howard, the projected Sunday starter for the season, pitched Tuesday in the team’s 11-2 win against William & Mary after his first start was can-
celled due to inclement weather. O’Connor has not yet decided if he will start the sophomore on four days rest or turn to another arm in the Cavalier bullpen. Against Toledo (1-1), O’Connor will come up against a familiar opponent in Rocket coach Cory Mee. Both Mee and O’Connor served as assistants at Notre Dame under current Louisiana State University coach Paul Mainieri before taking their respective head coaching jobs 10 seasons ago. The common history gives O’Connor some idea of what to expect from the Rockets. “They’ve had a nice program, they’ve done a good job and I know they’ve got some good veteran players,” O’Connor said. “I know how his kids will play — they’re going to play hard, and they’re going to play fundamentally sound.”
The Rockets went 30-27 last season, compiling a 19-8 record in the Mid-American Conference. They claimed the conference’s West Division regular season title, but were eliminated early from the MAC tournament and missed out on postseason play. Toledo started the 2013 season in Cary, N.C. at the Ron Fraser Classic, losing their first game to LaSalle 8-7 before defeating Delaware 3-1. This early in the season, with many first-time starters still adjusting to college baseball, the Cavaliers’ focus is squarely on making improvements in their own play. “We have to get better, we have to concentrate on what we do,” O’Connor said. “If we do that, it’ll be a good weekend.” The weekend set will begin Friday at 3 p.m.
M Lacrosse | Freshman goalie Marino impresses teammates Continued from page B1 18 goals in his final 23 games. His game-clinching tally against Drexel was assisted by junior attackman Nick O’Reilly, who made his first appearance since the 2011 NCAA National Championship. O’Reilly redshirted the 2012 season due to a yearlong suspension, but he returned with a vengeance against the Dragons, scoring a career-high eight points to earn NCAA Offensive Player of the Week honors. O’Reilly’s success continued this week against VMI as he added three goals and an assist in the 18-4 blowout victory. Junior attackman Mark Cockerton also provided an impressive
performance, scoring a careerhigh six goals after sitting out the first game of the season due to a violation of team rules. “Getting six goals gives you a lot of confidence, and confidence has been something that I’ve lacked over the last two years,” Cockerton said. “I feel like when I get confidence, I play a lot better and if I continue to have that confidence and keep scoring like I did today, I feel like I could play really well this year.” Freshman goalie Dan Marino, who was named the No. 8 recruit in the country by Inside Lacrosse, has continued to impress in goal. He finished with 15 saves in the season
opener against Drexel and three saves against the Keydets in one half of play. Marino’s early play is particularly impressive given his inexperience at the collegiate level, and he is only the seventh player in program history to start a game in goal as a true freshman. Although the game against VMI featured impressive performances from starters such as Cockerton and O’Reilly — both of whom are expected to be major contributors for the Cavaliers this season — the entire active roster saw the field Tuesday evening. Nine different players contributed to Virginia’s 18 goals and even more contributed to the 64 shots taken
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against the Keydets. “We have a lot of younger talent, we’re comfortable with anyone stepping in,” junior defenseman Scott McWilliams said. “We feel that everyone can get the job done, as long as we’re talking.” Every healthy Cavalier received playing time against VMI, but there was one notable player missing: senior All-American midfielder and captain Chris LaPierre. After a quiet game against Drexel in which he recorded two groundballs and took just two shots, LaPierre is reportedly being held out indefinitely with a sprained knee. As the team’s first solo captain since 1981 and the No. 2 overall pick in the Major League
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Lacrosse draft in 2013, LaPierre will certainly be missed on both ends of the field. Virginia’s defenders will need to step up in the absence of the star midfielder. In a notable improvement from the season opener, Virginia had a stronger defensive showing against VMI, forcing 17 out of the Keydets’ 32 turnovers Tuesday. “We focused on [defense] all week, more up-tempo stuff, talking more on defense, and getting slides up,” McWilliams said. “I think it showed in the game, definitely a step up from last week.” The game against the Seawolves will begin Saturday at noon.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ll meet people with whom you are compatible and also extremely similar in sensibility, values and experience. Enjoy the feeling of belonging that comes with this connection.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You have a talent for fixing things. Part of your secret is that you act immediately, which is most often the best moment for mending. You know there’s no time to waste in getting angry with yourself or anyone else for what went wrong.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You may look back, but you will not stay back. You’ll assess what the problem was and you’ll decide that from now on things will be different. You have the courage of your convictions.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Success goes to those who dare to act. So does failure. You’re likely not quite ready to take your chances. You’re right to hang back and study what’s working (and not working) for others.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You talk to people because they interest you, not because you want to make a sale. And yet, interacting successfully with others will broaden your financial horizons.
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You get the feeling that you’ll do your best work alone, and that’s absolutely correct. But you still need people. Try to be a part of a group, if only for a short amount of time. You’ll be happier for the effort.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have the rare gift of being able to be completely objective about yourself. You’ll correctly evaluate your behavior to see whether it’s helping or hindering you, and you’ll assess what needs to change.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You can read people well, especially when they are trying to hide something from you. Once you get wind of a mystery, you’ll unravel it quickly. You may even be hired to do this.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The real you has nothing to do with the needs and insecurities, fears and foibles by which you define yourself. All of that is just what happened to you. There’s a secure and fearless self inside. You’ll feel the presence strongly today.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There’s something you really want to do, so it’s a little odd that you have to talk yourself into it. But that’s how it goes. A good you-to-you talk in the mirror will do the trick to psyche yourself up for what you have to do.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Author Samuel Johnson said, “The future is purchased by the present.” You’ll be so aware of the possible repercussions of your actions that you’ll move extremely slowly and thoughtfully.
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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 21). The fantastic luck that comes to you this year happens because you are supportive and willing to give others the best of your energy and attention. Your association with old friends brings new prospects in March. Family makes you proud in May. Someone sings your praises publicly in June. Aquarius and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 23, 50, 14 and 33.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You can’t change certain circumstances that govern your family life. People did what they did, and the results are somewhat inevitable. What you can change is your attitude. You’ll make beauty out of the past.
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Vive le cinéma
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U.Va. French Film Festival offers provocative projects by liz carleton
The joie de vivre embodied by French filmmakers — especially during the silent era and the dawn of the New Wave — has profoundly altered the course of cinematic history. Fortunately for readers who have not yet been exposed to the brilliant works that continue to emerge from this separate universe of film, the University’s French Department is introducing the U.Va. French Film Festival, which will run Feb. 21-24 and will feature five critically acclaimed motion pictures. If you saw 2011’s The Artist, winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, then you’ve surely noticed that French cinema does not belong solely to the archives and dusty shelves of the past. Drawing from a legacy of raw emotional imagery and envelopepushing techniques, directors like Michel Hazanavicius have enlivened the artistic world with challenging and provocative projects. Most of these modern masterworks remain entirely unseen and unnoticed by American audiences, who seem to largely lack either access to or interest in these spellbinding stories. The festival seeks a solution to these problems by initiating dialogue about French film, literature and culture between students, professors and the Charlottesville community. All five films promise to impress movie buffs and cinematic neophytes alike. Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., City Council Chambers: Les femmes du 6ème étage (The Women on the Sixth Floor) depicts a conventional 1960s French family and explores the flexibility of social norms when a group of Spanish maids move into their apartment building. Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., City Council Chambers: Les hommes libres (Free Men) tells the little-known World War II story of an Algerian immigrant who, after befriending a Jewish rector, decides to support the French Resistance. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m., Nau Auditorium: La grotte des rêves perdus (The Cave of Forgotten Dreams) documents the stunning footage inside the Chauvet Cave, which contains some of humanity’s earliest cave paintings.
Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 7 p.m., Nau Auditorium: L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot (Henri-George Clouzot’s Inferno) was a project abandoned in 1964, before being presented as a full-length semi-documentary by Serge Bromberg in 2009. Exploring jealousy and fidelity in marriage, the making of the film proves just as tumultuous as the subject. Sunday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m., Jefferson-Madison Regional Library: Le hérisson (The Hedgehog) depicts a jaded 11-year-old girl, Paloma, who has decided to take her life on her next birthday. Paloma must learn to live out her childhood through the compassion of two eccentric residents in her building. A discussion will follow the screening about the adapted novel “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Murial Barbery with coffee and waffles. Tackling true stories from the past, narratives of historical fiction, coming-of-age tales and thoughtful documentary perspectives, the festival stands poised to introduce audiences to a wide range of dramatic forms and technical strategies, while showcasing the unifying themes of modern French cinema. Like The Artist and other contemporary French classics such as The Class and La Vie En Rose, these films all appear to wrestle with issues of reconciling the old with the new, as well as with finding a way to come to terms with both the past and the future. For French filmmakers, of course, these thematic concerns are only natural, considering France is the birthplace of the cinematic art form as we know it. When L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat, a 50-second black and white silent film from 1895 and one of the first films ever created, was originally displayed on the big screen, audiences reportedly panicked, fearful that a train shown through the projector was going to burst through the screen and hit them. While we can’t hope to ever experience a moment so miraculous and overwhelming as this legendary cinematic opening, this week’s festival will surely still make for some scenes of movie magic.
Latest LiveArts production spurs ‘speech and debate’ by ty vanover Let’s be honest. It’s pretty difficult to point to a film, play or television show centered around high school that doesn’t present what is colloquially known as “our turbulent years” in a melodramatic, angstridden way — looking at you, Perks of Being a Wallflower. In truth, this is what I half-expected walking into the UpStage theatre at Live Arts Saturday evening to see the closing performance of Speech and Debate. By intermission, I knew I had been mistaken. Speech and Debate is authentic. It’s contemporary. It nails that crucial element that so many contenders dealing with this same subject matter fail to grasp. Throughout the play, one character struggles to overcome a history of bullying, one character confronts her decision to have an abortion and another comes to terms with his sexuality — the characters face problems that teenagers face today in a believable fashion. The show isn’t afraid to replace lines like “I swear we were infinite” — What
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does that even mean, Wallflower fans? — with candid language. The message of the show is the need for a more open and honest dialogue — the importance of expressing true feelings and knowing when that expression is appropriate is the essence of Speech and Debate. The title itself is a double entendre. On the surface, it alludes to the high school forensics team the characters join in an effort to express themselves. More importantly, however, it alludes to the simple idea of speech itself. What do we say? What do we deliberately choose not to say? What sets Speech and Debate apart in this angst-ridden genre of art is the honesty with which it explores these questions. The play shows what happens when we keep our mouths shut when we should have said something, but also when we speak a little too loudly when we should have stayed silent. On a larger level, it explores the taboos about which we have chosen to remain passive. It deals expressly
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with homosexuality and society’s tendency to sweep the topic under the rug. It asks where the discrepancy in what we do and what we say comes into play. Why, as a society, are we so ashamed of issues — such as homosexuality — that we are unwilling to even have an honest conversation about them? Where is the speech? Where is the debate? From a technical perspective, I found the acting to be high-energy and engaging. The two male actors and the single actress, all active in theatre at Charlottesville High School, had no difficulty carrying the bulk of the show. Though the play provokes thoughtful examination of several cultural issues, it by no means skimps on comedic substance. The atmosphere was quirky and intimate, an aspect of Live Arts that is difficult to replicate. I highly recommend supporting Live Arts regularly, and certainly seeing Speech and Debate if the opportunity ever presents itself again.
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Bieber’s latest acoustic effort exposes feeble vocals, clichéd lyrics, altogether bland album
by conor sheehey
As a general rule, it’s safe to say acoustic albums are a bad idea. suited for middle school mixers than for soft, sensitive acoustic Whether you’re a mainstream chart-topper or a soulful indie arrangements. In fact, the idea of sitting across from Justin as he crooner, you’re bound to have something to gain from an instru- serenades you with tracks like “Boyfriend” and “Beauty and a Beat” mental or electronic arrangement that consists of more than the is about as ludicrous and laughable as you can get; you might as endless strumming of guitar strings. That said, for power-belters well dream of having Katy Perry deliver an intimate acoustic verlike Adele or lyrical masterminds like Jackson Browne, stripped- sion of “California Girls” or “Last Friday Night.” Like most mainstream pop music today, Bieber’s latest tracks steer down performances offer up a rare opportunity to showcase raw, brute-force talent, unburdened by auto-tune or overpowering back- clear of lyrical subtlety and nuance as they offer up earnest invitabeats. Unfortunately for Canadian superstar Justin Bieber and his tions to sit by the fire and eat “fondue” or to be the singer’s “Desnewly released Believe Acoustic, the ‘unplugged’ treatment can also tiny’s Child” while he makes “your body rock.” There is, however, have the unexpected consequence of exposing feeble vocals and an emphatic optimism to Bieber’s album that goes beyond even that of peers such as One Direction. Whereas most young artists delve crummy lyrics for what they really are. When Bieber dropped Believe onto the market last June, he wowed into breakups and unrequited love for at least a sizable handful of tracks on every record, Believe Acoustic presents Bieber audiences and critics alike with surprisas a cool and confident teenager who pursues intimate, ingly un-pre-pubescent vocals that stood in committed relationships and ultimately gets what he stark contrast to the girlish chirpings of the wants. creatively named My World and My World Album Highlights The focus here isn’t so much on the thrill of the hunt 2.0. Whereas his early efforts ably comNone. or the pain of heartbreak that romance brings — Bieber bined catchy melodies with stratospheric seems more concerned with convincing his belle that high notes for an appealing teen-pop sound, This album is awful. he’s in it for the long haul, at least as long as she loves Believe impressed skeptics by cloaking the him. Moving away from romance, his new John Mayernow 18-year-old singer’s so-so musical chops ripoff track “I Would” doesn’t go so far as to encourage in layers upon layers of synth beats, dubstep us to change the world, but it does at least bring a strong note of interludes, camera clicks and machine-generated claps. Sadly, when you strip away these effects, as Bieber has for Believe positivity and tuneful passion to an album that, on the whole, is Acoustic, the album falls miserably flat. Stripped-down perfor- high on sincerity but low on virtually everything else. Believe Acoustic may not amount to much more than a throwaway mances tend to direct all of the audience’s attention to the vocals and the lyrics, and neither delivers here. The teen’s raspy attempts clump of drained material with only a track or two worth noting, at falsetto and his saccharine efforts at being seductive make Jesse but, like Bieber himself, the record is at least hopeful and harmless. McCartney and Harry Styles seem like musical gods by comparison, What more could we expect from an 18-year-old pretty boy who and lyrics like “We gonna party like it’s 3012 tonight” are far better seems to have lost most of his chops?
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Courtesy Merge Records Even in a crowd of so-called hipsters, I work he had written more than a decade entered the floor of the Jefferson Theater ago. Self-satisfied jokes rang out from the audience, and I couldn’t help but feel Feb. 4 with a sense of smugness unparalMangum’s intensely personal work leled by any other concertgoer there. wasn’t getting the reception it I had already seen Jeff Mangum, deserved. frontman and writer for But my pity was misNeutral Milk Hotel , placed. Though more than a year M a n g u m ago, so I knew didn’t what to seem expect a n y a n d less thought eccentric it’d be or shaken as hard to top my Mangum’s concert makes for the show went previous experion, even mentioning ence. But it was this moving experience that one song was writvery cynicism and sense by harper mcgrath ten on the “day dad ruined of ownership of Mangum’s Christmas,” he and the audience music that kept me from enjoying became pretty close during the hour the show in Charlottesville — at least and a half-long set. Once he opened up, until I learned to drop my misgivings and Mangum joked about the unreliability of enjoy the show just like everyone else. To be fair, opening act Tall Firs didn’t do his guitars, kindly poked fun at a drunken a lot to inspire confidence in the coming member of the audience and thanked us act. The duo remained seated for the for our support multiple times. In turn, the audience’s wry jokes turned entirety of their laughably subdued set, working their way through an hour’s to expressions of sincere gratitude. “You’re worth of nearly indistinguishable folk- the reason I make music!” one audience pop songs. As they meandered around member yelled. “You called that rough?! chord progressions on electric guitars and That was amazing!” shouted another after disinterestedly harmonized in falsetto, it Mangum apologized for his voice not wasn’t hard to look around the floor and being up to its usual level. By the time we find others seeming just as apathetic and reached the encore — a spirited rendition of “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” — the unmoved as I was. A bearded Mangum took the stage audience swayed back and forth with shortly thereafter, looking considerably lighters in hand, and Mangum’s deadpan more grizzled and unkempt than he did expression and thousand-yard stare were when I last saw him. As the set began, replaced by a pleased, if still reserved, moving from “The King of Carrot Flowers” grin. In retrospect, my preconceptions going to “Two Headed Boy, Pt. 2” and other tracks from the two Neutral Milk Hotel albums, I into the concert couldn’t have been more couldn’t help but feel a strange sense of wrong. The Jefferson was the perfect pity for Mangum. He talked little between venue for such an intimate show, and songs and fixed his eyes on a point in the the typically reserved Mangum, perhaps upper balcony, seemingly staring through because he had an entire year of recent the audience as he mechanically, though touring under his belt, was as comfortable quite accurately, reproduced the same as one could hope.
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Jukebox the Ghost knocks ‘em dead at the Southern When Ben Thornewill, the vocalist for the Philadelphia-born, Brooklyn-based trio Jukebox the Ghost, abruptly stopped playing piano mid-song during the group’s Feb. 10 concert at The Southern, I had not noticed that his bandmate’s guitar had become disconnected. As Tommy Siegel, the second lead vocalist, tried to fix his instrument, Thornewill looked out to the audience with a laugh and proclaimed, “Now we’re at the bridge,” seamlessly continuing the song “Victoria” without audible guitar, demonstrating his improvisation abilities and genial demeanor. Even with less than cooperative instruments in the first half of the set — a curse from the “Grammy Gods,” according to the band, for having a concert on the same night — Jukebox blew the roof off The Southern . For a relatively obscure group, many die-hard fans were in attendance, including, but not limited to, a couple that had traveled alongside Thornewill, Siegel and Jesse Kristin (the drummer) all the way from Connecticut. The small size of the venue certainly allowed for more personal contact between the audience and the band, allowing Thornewill to respond to all calls of love, support and even affectionate admonishing. When an audience member yelled, “You need to focus!” he retorted, smiling, “This is a serious band and we have serious songs and the next one is one of them. You need to stop laughing!” The “serious” song he was talking about was “The Spiritual,” off the most recent album Safe Travels, which — though slower than their typical upbeat pop-rock brand — is one of the best
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tracks on the album. Jukebox the Ghost took the stage after openers The Lighthouse and the Whaler, and guitarist Matt Pond. The Lighthouse and the Whaler had several catchy songs and a pleasantly surprising addition of a female violinist to their boy-band indie-pop vibe. Unfortunately, their set was only 20 minutes long. Matt Pond was a decent, but not spectacular second act. Pond was the typical independent singer-songwriter, with most of his songs sounding the same. Though he has released eight EPs and eight LPs in his 14-year career, no particular tracks jumped out at me. In addition to his lackluster musical performance, Pond boasted little to no stage presence, occasionally introducing the next element of his set by saying, “This is a song.” By the time Jukebox came on the audience was ready for a change in pace, and the band delivered. With their piano- and melody-heavy hits, people were jumping and dancing almost immediately. Their cover of “Somebody to Love” proved their stylistic similarity to Queen and was a perfect segue to their upbeat single “Somebody.” Though it’s hard to describe their genre, especially with the most recent album veering into deeper, darker territory, the band stayed true to their self-proclaimed optimistic and youthful sound. For a Sunday night show, the concert was an impressive crowd-pleaser, and Jukebox well made up for Pond’s blandness. I would definitely recommend their 9:30 Club show in Washington, D.C. on March 16.
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Beyonce documentary provides ‘irreplaceable’ entertainment, insight By Laura Adjei Life Is But a Dream, a new HBO documentary exploring the journey of Beyoncé KnowlesCarter as an artist, wife and mother, is a rousing and inspiring success story sure to appeal to both die-hard fans and new converts. Throughout the film, Knowles-Carter candidly discusses both her struggles and triumphs — professionally and personally. “I want my fans to forget their troubles about breakups, money and just enjoy my music,” she said in the film, proving she was born for this career time and time again. Contrasting with Beyoncé’s most recent press coverage, which tends to focus on her artistry and her musical chops, much of Life Is But a Dream focuses on Beyoncé’s family life. One of the highlights of the 90-minute documentary is a segment where Beyoncé discusses removing herself from her father’s professional management. Wanting to strengthen her personal relationship with her father, she made the wrenching decision to cut business ties with him. Although the decision was a struggle for the two, Knowles-Carter was able to restore their relationship with time. Outside familial ties, Beyoncé’s life seems to have been filled with similar trials and tribulations. In one of the documentary’s most emotionally moving segments, the pop star addresses the miscarriage she suffered two years ago and how painful the experience was at the time. “Hearing that heartbeat was the most beautiful music I had ever heard,” she said. While this heartbeat died away all too soon, Beyonce bounced back, and the birth of Blue Ivy marked one of the many recent triumphs in the singer’s titanic career. Certain scenes showcase Beyoncé’s professional and personal support systems, but the majority of the documentary aims to establish the singer as a flesh-and-blood human being. She cries, hurts and fears, just like everyone else — her life is not picture-perfect, but she loves her career and family. If her Super Bowl halftime performance left any doubts, this documentary answers them: 2013 is turning out to be the year of Beyoncé. Courtesy Columbia
bruce willis series deserves to ‘die hard’
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‘haven’ more ‘safe’ than spectacular
by jamie shalvey
When I walked into newly released romance film Safe Haven I didn’t have high expectations by any standard, so I wasn’t surprised when the film turned out to be exactly like every other Nicholas Sparks inspired movie — ridden with clichés and marked by low-quality plot development. But this film did have more of a thrilling story line than the typical work of Sparks. Erin (Julianne Hough), the films protagonist, flees her abusive husband in Boston and ends up in a middle-of-nowhere town on a beach in North Carolina. While there, she attempts to reinvent herself and even changes her name to “Katie”, all the while worrying that her alcoholic husband might find her. Of course — like in any Sparks’ plot — there is an element of romance, and that’s where Josh Duhamel comes in, playing the charming Alex, a widowed father of two. Alex and “Katie” inevitably fall in love, but the relationship hits a rough patch when he finds out about her dark past. The movie becomes even more suspenseful when Erin’s husband arrives in town and wreaks havoc. The movie was at least entertaining to watch — at least up until the last few minutes. The plot-twist climax was so bafflingly ridiculous that the worth of the entire film went up in flames. Throughout the story I noticed a few loose ends and hoped they would be resolved, but the movie’s resolution just worsened the situation. Sparks’ books are prime material for film makers because they will, undoubtably, draw out a large audience, especially when released around Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, after too many adaptations of the same author, the style becomes formulaic and overused. I can never tell if I like The Notebook better than recent Sparks inspired films because I saw it first, or because the acting and plot was actually better. My guess is the latter. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were talented breakout stars at that point, but Hough and Duhamel don’t compare. Hough is better known for her dancing and even singing career, and her performance lacked the emotion needed to play the character of Erin. Duhamel looked the part of a hunky single dad, but his character, Alex, was completely static, with no development. How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders plays Erin’s neighbor Jo, but it’s hard to take her seriously after seeing her time after time in comedic roles. Overall, the movie is a flop. It was like one of those novels with a beach chair on the cover that you pick up at the airport and finish on the plane — mildly enjoyable but completely forgettable. The suspense kept me captivated, but at the end I was left with nothing. Unlike memorable romantic films, Safe Haven was soulless. Even the romance felt forced; every relationship was hardly believable. If you’re a fan of formulaic, dry, Hallmark-style romance movies, check it out, but if not then steer clear.
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Slopping through the trash-heap that is action cinema, 1988‘s Die Hard is one of the very few precious jewels that can be found. The film’s absurd levels of violence and Bruce Willis’ unrealistically brilliant one-liners — characteristics that have easily ruined films of similar caliber — actually brought the film the popular acclaim it still enjoys to this day. But in the past two decades, the ‘80s classic has fathered a whole brood of rip-off action films following the template “Die Hard on a _____,” where one man is trapped in a specific scenario fighting off hordes of bad-guys, as well true sequels Die Hard 2, Die Hard with a Vengance, the respectable Live Free or Die Hard and now the feeble bastard child A Good Day To Die Hard. A Good Day to Die Hard starts with the uncovering of a conspiracy involving a high-ranking Moscow official, a government whistle-blower and an assassin, but none of that information ends up being relevant. In fact, clever plot structures have never stood out as one of the shining qualities of the Die Hard franchise. So it is especially baffling that the filmmakers, knowing full well that audiences come out only to see Willis’ character, John McClane, being a smartass, would even attempt to construct a complex plot. Instead of expanding the franchise’s appeal, they only succeed in creating a huge knot of unsubtle twists and turns that are difficult to appreciate. The film really begins to show the
franchise’ irrelevancy when we find the writers have reverted to the archetypal Eastern Europeans/Russian bad-guys that were the foundation of the first film. Consequently, A Good Day feels more like a mid-Cold War espionage thriller than a good ol’ shoot ‘em up movie. Willis, the keystone of the film, is as likable as ever but his wit and the quality of his sardonic commentary have certainly faded with age. His humor seems to stem from a constant awareness that he is approaching “old guy” territory, repeating the marginally humorous, “I’m on vacation” every time he seems tired of exerting himself like he did in his glory days. With the introduction of his entirely unlikable son, the “daddy” element takes a more prominent and nauseating role than previous films. After McClane tries engaging in some father-son heartto-heart, I was thoroughly relieved to hear his son cut him off yelling, “Dad, this isn’t your thing ... killing bad guys, that’s your thing!” While maintaining the high standard for unabashedly unrealistic fight scenes, the Die Hard formula has been done, overdone and, I am sad to say, should be promptly laid to rest. Unfortunately it’s likely that producers will try to milk Willis for all he’s worth given the type of name recognition the franchise receives. Maybe someday John McClane will use a walker to fight off the Chechnyan terrorists that have invaded his nursing home!
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I had no idea what to expect when I first attended a performance of The Vagina Monologues, a collection of monologues dedicated completely to — you guessed it — vaginas. What I found, however, was a delightful show that kept me entertained from beginning to end. The University’s Spectrum Theatre has performed The Vagina Monologues on Grounds every spring since 2008. This year’s performances, which took place from Feb. 15-17, were held in conjunction with the One Billion Rising movement, an international campaign demanding an end to gender violence. To support this goal, 90 percent of proceeds from the performances were donated to the University Women’s Center, while 10 percent were given to the national V-Day fund, an organization that raises money for anti-violence organizations. The show itself is a series of monologues about the challenges and joys of being a woman. These monologues are based on interviews that the show’s author, Eve Ensler, conducted with more than 200 women from around the world. Respondents included a 72-year-old woman, a Bosnian rape victim, a lesbian and a six-year-old girl. These unique perspectives come together to create an engrossing show with one unexpected moment after another. The unique and thoroughly enjoyable element of The Vagina Monologues is found in that unpredictability. The themes of the various monologues rapidly shift between poignant, tragic, thought-provoking and hilarious. “My Angry Vagina” is a woman’s humorous rant about the many grave “injustices” her vagina is forced to endure in its lifetime, such as tampons and the occasional uncomfortable OB-GYN exam. “The Little Coochie Snorcher that Could” describes a woman’s joy at having her first sexual encounter with another woman after negative sexual experiences early on in her life. “I Was There in the Room” is a touching piece in which a woman describes witnessing the birth of her granddaughter. Several of the monologues, however, address much more somber issues. “My Vagina Was My Village” is a tragic account of the experiences of Bosnian rape victims, while “Not-so-Happy Fact” informs the audience of the millions of girls and women throughout the world who are subject to genital mutilation. Although dealing with difficult and oftentimes sensitive subject matter, the performers did a stellar job in presenting their monologues. Each of the members of the entirely female cast created a convincing character that successfully connected with the audience. The Vagina Monologues, while different from any show I had seen before, was an unexpected treat. The monologues were a perfect balance between humorous vignettes and more tragic tales, and the performers were absolutely fantastic. I would thoroughly recommend it.
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Secretary of State comes full circle Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s 67th successor John Kerry makes first public speech on U.S. soil, discusses globalizing society
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