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StudCo talks Root the Box
Chief Technology Oﬃcer Alex Pawlowski allays Council members concerns about hacking incident By Abby Meredith
Cavalier Daily Senior Writer Student Council met Tuesday to discuss the University's lack of response to the Root The Box website hacking, in which the University's main webpage was redirected to a site hosted by a Twitter user who goes by the name @R00tTh3B0x.
Council’s Chief Technology Officer Alex Pawlowski, a third-year Engineering student, responded to Council members’ concerns by saying the University was waiting to issue an official statement until it had completed further investigations. “They are still trying to pinpoint Please see StudCo, Page A3
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In addition to discussing the Root the Box controversy, Student Council passed a resolution in support of the Boston Marathon runners at its meeting Tuesday.
Hackers admit one member went to U.Va.
“UVa hasn’t changed a bit since I attended,” the ominous message read, tweeted from the @ R00tTh3B0x hacker account last night. The fierce battle between the University's Information and Technology Services and an anonymous hacker group @R00tTh3B0x — at least one of whose members attended the University — continued Tuesday evening as the hacking war stretched into its 24th hour.
The University's homepage was first compromised around 9:10 p.m. Monday evening, and after an uneventful day the website was once again taken over by the hacker group Tuesday at 7 p.m. In addition to featuring a skull symbol and redirecting to the hacker's Twitter page, the group also included a message for ITS: "If you admit your security fails and acknowledge #RTB for our actions we'll leave you
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alone. Otherwise, you'll continue to feel the wrath." @R00tTh3B0x said it had obtained access to confidential information about University students and that it was going to hack personal email inboxes."We did exploit UVa through their 'honors' wordpress," the hackers told Cavalier Daily columnist Andrew Kouri in an interview through an encrypted chat website CryptoCat. The account tweeted Monday that the group is not politically motivated or affiliated with the
University or the official Root the Box hacking competition, but later revealed at least one of their members had attended the University. "We hacked it because we can ... for fun, and because of the University's lack of security," the account tweeted. "That sums it up." ITS representative Mark Smith said that all information concerning the website defacement would come directly through University administration. Both ITS and the Web Communication team are continuing to
investigate the website's defacement, University spokesperson McGregor McCance said. An official University statement also said that contrary to the hackers' claims, the University's mail system was not affected and no confidential information was compromised. "All I can disclose is: RTB1 will be a nightmare for UVa," the hackers told Kouri. "[We demand for ITS] to apologize to the community, and to admit that we have access to plenty of data that they say we don't." —compiled by Kelly Kaler
Speaker talks leadership Encouraging invovlement requires meeting students where they are, Sullivan says By Sarah Pritchett and Zachary Peak
Cavalier Daily Staff Writers
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The Oﬃce of the Dean of Students hosted motivational speaker T.J. Sullivan in an effort to promote more effective student leadership techniques.
Motivational speaker T.J. Sullivan spoke in Newcomb Ballroom Tuesday night, addressing the causes and possible solutions to college students' growing apathy. Sullivan targeted his talk toward student leaders at the University, encouraging them to lead others toward involvement and engagement in stu-
dent organizations. “The best use of effort for a student leader is to lead where the members are,” he said. “The idea that every member of an organization will be equally committed and engaged is a fantasy.” Sullivan said it was important to recognize different motivational techniques would be required to involve members with varying levels of interest in the group. Members could be divided into three groups
depending on their pre-existing commitment to the organization, he said. “Top-third members are creative," Sullivan said. "Give them something to do. [Give them] recognition, challenges and support.” Members of the bottom-third should be given only minimal requirements to make sure they stay involved, Sullivan Please see Motivation, Page A3
No. 8 Cavs look to rebound Baseball hosts in-state Old Dominion after losing three of four games last week By Michael Eilbacher
Cavalier Daily Senior Associate Editor The No. 8 Virginia baseball team entered last Wednesday with a 30-3 record, overpowering its competition and tearing through the ACC. One week later, the Cavaliers have doubled that loss total, dropping three of their last four games against Radford and No. 15 Georgia Tech. Wednesday, they look to right the ship against Old Dominion at Davenport Field. “The last week was a bit of a challenging week for us,” coach Brian O’Connor said. “This is the first point in this season — and we’ve played a lot of baseball already — where we’re really dealing
with some true adversity from a win-loss standpoint, so I’m excited for our club to get back out here against Old Dominion.” Barring a 7-2 win Saturday, the Virginia (31-6, 13-5 ACC) bats struggled against a strong Yellow Jacket pitching staff, scoring just three runs in the two other games. Georgia Tech senior Buck Farmer pitched a one-run, 10-strikeout complete game Friday — a performance that earned him ACC Pitcher of the Week honors — and sophomore Cole Pitts gave up two runs in 5.1 innings of Sunday’s rain-shortened game. Virginia has excelled all season at scoring late in games, which made Sunday’s loss particularly frustrating for the players, who felt
they might have been able to break through. “Any time where you don’t get to play all nine, you’re always going to wonder 'What if?'" redshirt senior first baseman Jared King said. “That being said, they had the same opportunity that we did those first six innings. Obviously we would have loved to play them all, but that’s the way it ended.” The lone win of the weekend for Virginia came from redshirt senior Scott Silverstein, who struck out nine batters in seven innings Saturday to take the win. After an injury-filled career for the Cavaliers, Silver-
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Senior second baseman Reed Gragnani hit his second career home run against Georgia Tech and has started 35 of Virginia’s 37 games in 2013.
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Hokies visit Charlottesville
No. 16 Virginia desperately seeks win against archrivals, return to above. 500 By Matthew Morris
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Redshirt sophomore attacker Dana Boyle came off the bench to score two goals last Thursday, but Johns Hopkins upset the Cavaliers, 9-8.
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Wednesday evening, the No. 16 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will take the field at Klöckner Stadium for its final game of the regular season. The Cavaliers (7-8, 0-4 ACC) were unable to establish a rhythm in Charlottesville, compiling a 2-5 home record and winning only one of six games against opponents in the top 20. Virginia will now turn its attention to archrival Virginia Tech (8-5, 0-3 ACC) in
a game that will decide which team will finish No. 5 in the ACC. “We have to win,” redshirt sophomore attacker Dana Boyle said. “There’s really no other option ... we have to win to make it to the postseason. So I think it’s really important ... there’s a lot weighing on Wednesday’s game.” The NCAA Tournament expanded its field from 16 to 26 teams beginning this year, so the Cavaliers will likely make the draw despite falling from No. 11 to No. 16 in the latest
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polls. Nonetheless, Virginia would like to finish its season in a positive direction just days before the conference tournament, which runs from April 25 to 28 in Chapel Hill, N.C. A loss to Virginia Tech would yield additional undesirable consequences: Virginia would finish winless in conference play for just the second time in program history and cement its place as the No. 6 seed in the ACC TourPlease see Lacrosse, Page A5
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ARIES (March 21-April 19). When your ideas about how a loved one should be acting do not match up with reality, the result is stressful. Drop your image of how things should be and accept the way they are.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Know your priorities. There is a choice to be made. It may seem small, but it’s signiﬁcant. The moment you choose one path over another is the moment you decide who you are.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). A positive cycle begins in your career. A friend’s success will help you, and your success will help another friend. Make very few promises and be sure to follow through.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your tastes are changing. Something you were nuts about just a few weeks ago now holds little interest. This is cause for new explorations. You’ll be joined by someone equally ﬂexible and in the moment.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You may take on an easy task to avoid one that taxes your brain. It’s not a bad choice. While folding clothes or sweeping the ﬂoor your mind will work on the more perplexing task anyway.
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A group you belong to faces a problem, and the issue is about as complex as the group itself. A variety of approaches will be needed to sort this one out. Your listening and communicating skills will be put to ﬁne use.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). People from your past think of you fondly. Do you return the sweet sentiment? There’s still some baggage from way back and it doesn’t make you want to touch base anytime soon. This is the perfect time to forgive.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll be inspired by beautiful designs and artistic people. You’ll probably want to bring some of today’s inﬂuence into your home. The things around you should be fun for you to look at!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You know the best way to accomplish many things, but resist the urge to correct others. It might come as an unexpected relief to pull back and let people learn on their own. Suddenly you can focus on what is important to you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You are wise beyond your years and will gain insight from humble and random bits of life. Share what you learn with those who can appreciate your quirky musings. You make life fun for these people.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You are improving. There’s no question that you look and feel better than you did yesterday. You’re moving into a different level of vitality and will attract new interest in yourself and your work because of this.
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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (APRIL 17). You have strong instincts and you act on them. Your home life is a calm oasis and you’ll enjoy making your environment even more beautiful. A taste of another culture will pique your curiosity and you’ll learn all you can about it. Join a team in October. November brings new friends. There will be a February windfall. Capricorn and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 2, 11, 9 and 16.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You want to learn and therefore will ﬁnd teachers everywhere. Some resources may be imperfect, but the insights you gain will still be true.
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StudCo | Speak Up UVA receives $6,000 funding boost Continued from page A1 where [the crash] came from,” Pawlowski said. “It seems that
there’s some disagreement.” Pawlowski said University officials were waiting an extra day and a half in order to present the
most clear, accurate picture of how the attack happened. Council also decided to allocate $6,000 to Speak Up UVA, an effort
they said would ensure Council was listening to student concerns. “We want to be able to back up the promise to students that
we will address their concerns,” said Representative Body Chair Michael Promisel, a third-year College student.
Motivation | Citro: Talk provides student leaders ‘additional tools’ Continued from page A1 said. Middle-tier members are
interested in the core message of the organization. “We are hopeful that these
offerings will help to provide student leaders additional tools ... as they lead their stu-
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The event was sponsored by the Student Activities team in the Dean of Students' office.
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When worlds collide At 2:44 p.m. Monday, Deadspin lete who’s already cemented tweeted out a headline to a story his legacy as one of the greatest that read: “How an Achilles basketball players of all time — Tear Affects NBA Players (or and dodged incarceration for why Kobe Bryant is screwed).” sexual assault charges; probably The tweet demonstrated a will- shouldn’t print that, but you ing conformity to the param- know, just saying. Every few months or so, the eters of the sports world, in real world rudely which wins are interrupts the triumphs, losses Fritz Metzinger s p o r t s w o r l d ’s are tragedies and Cavalier Daily Sports Editor p e t t y d e l i b e ra hard work, resilience and selflesstions to recaness are the three pillars of librate our notions of real triexcellence. In that context, in umphs and tragedies. It hapwhich we constantly evaluate pened here three years ago, and reevaluate legacies by wins when Yeardley Love’s murder and losses, Kobe Bryant’s sea- stung the University commuson-ending Achilles tear after nity and compelled people to several months of Herculean engage in heavy evaluations of performances indeed qualifies “lacrosse culture” rather than as something of a disaster. simply enjoying lacrosse itself. Approximately six minutes We even saw it Tuesday, when after that tweet, those at the many Virginia faithful cast aside finish line of the Boston Mara- their disdain for Virginia Tech thon encountered a real disas- football to stand in solidarity ter. For the past few days, media with their in-state nemeses on outlets have inundated shocked the anniversary of the Blacksand despondent Americans with burg shootings. the anecdotes of carnage, heartFor the most part, we absorb break and valor that emerged these system shocks and lesin the wake of the tragedy. sons before quickly moving on. Such a senseless, jarring event Jovan Belcher’s suicide hardly serves notice that no one fortu- dissuaded us from watching the nate enough to experience this NFL Playoffs, for instance, and life can really consider himself I’ll start cheering for Virginia “screwed.” Much less a multi- Tech football the day Rush Limmillion dollar professional ath- baugh and Bill Maher decide
to move into a bachelor pad together. Ultimately, despite the regular intrusion of reality, we always dive right back into the swimming pool of sports escapism. What distinguishes the marathon bombings is that, as this paper’s own editorial indicated Tuesday, they targeted “regular people” dabbling in athletics rather than professionals. The great thing about the word athlete is that it encompasses everyone — from the pros to the intramural scrubs — who has ever had the courage to compete. And no athletic endeavor requires more bravery than the marathon, an agonizing 26.2mile gauntlet testing combined mental and physical endurance. Hundreds of professionals ran Monday and deserve our endless admiration, but so too do the average Joes who resolved to go through the hell of a marathon to reach the heaven of finishing one. Monday’s tragedy, then, didn’t impose the real world on the sports world so much as it exposed how intimately connected the two are. By harming those who sacrificed their bodies for reasons more pure than legacies, contracts and everything else that dominates
the sports media airwaves, the parties responsible for the bombings ensured that even the part of the sports world away from the ESPN cameras surrenders to the whims of an unpredictable, often sinister life. People whose names most of us will never learn suffered Monday, and did so because they were either participating in — or appreciating as spectators — humanity’s most ennobling athletic event. No matter how we try to use sports as a buffer, reality eventually confronts us. That lesson, though, need not be a discouraging one. Faced with the threat of harm and heartbreak, many people ran toward the destruction and performed exemplary acts of generosity to help the bombing’s victims. These people, in other words, sacrificed their safety and their time to achieve something bigger than themselves — a quality which participation in athletics instills in those who dare to immerse themselves completely in the “sports world.” In the end, hard work, resilience and selflessness are the three pillars of excellence in life as they are in sports life. This new Boston Massacre, in obliquely drawing our atten-
Senior captain Jarmere Jenkins acquired the ITA’s No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles during the weekend after leading the No. 1 Cavaliers to their 100th and 101st consecutive conference wins.
Jenkins earns weekly honor Virginia senior captain Jarmere Jenkins was named the ACC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday, after leading the No. 1 Cavaliers (19-0, 8-0 ACC) to a pair of conference victories last weekend against No. 24 Clemson and Georgia Tech. The award marks the second week this season that Jenkins has been honored as the conference’s top player, and the fifth time during his career at Virginia. Jenkins, the top-ranked singles player nationally, defeated No. 24 senior Yannick Maden, 6-3, 7-6(6), Friday in the Cavaliers’
7-0 sweep of the Tigers for the program’s 100th consecutive ACC victory. He and freshman Mac Styslinger, who comprise the nation’s No. 1 doubles pairing, also pulled out a 9-8(4) win against the No. 15 duo of Maden and his brother, junior Dominique Maden. Saturday, Jenkins celebrated Senior Day with another stellar outing as Virginia took home a 6-1 victory against the Yellow Jackets. He and Styslinger rolled past the No. 26 doubles tandem of senior Juan Spir and sophomore Eduardo Segura, 8-2, for Jenkins’ 100th career doubles
tion to the virtue of marathon running, should serve not to discourage love for sports but to emphasize their significance in forming a proper response to those inevitable interloping moments of human crisis that lay ahead. Were it not for the marathon, we could not know how to live like we’re running one: determined to push through the pain to reach the finish line. Human nature being what it is, this episode will fade to the periphery of public consciousness within a matter of weeks. We should, however, harbor no qualms about the headlines reverting from Boston coverage to discussions of “heroic” triple-doubles and “calamitous” strikeouts. Upon close inspection, many of the of the iconic athletes we place on pedestals are not unlike those marathoners: courageous, determined and human. In the end, this ordeal offers us an opportunity to think ever so slightly about how we can use the lessons of everything from our little sisters’ swim meets to the NBA Finals to brace ourselves for the next collision between the real and sports worlds. And in times like these, a little thought can go a long way.
victory. Jenkins then proceeded to dispatch senior Juan Melian in straight 6-4 sets. Jenkins became just the eighth Cavalier to record 100 wins in both singles and doubles competition Saturday. He boasts 16-2 and 10-2 season records in singles and doubles, respectively, and leads Virginia as the team vies for its seventh straight undefeated conference regular season. The team also hopes to secure its fourth perfect regular season since 2008 on the road this weekend against No. 30 Florida State and No. 55 Miami. — compiled by Zack Bartee
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Baseball | Virginia starter in question against Monarchs Continued from page A1 stein has been steadfast this season, going 6-0 with a 3.42 ERA in nine starts. Silverstein came into the season with just 16 career starts to his name, but he has quickly become the team’s most consistent starter. “I couldn’t be happier for a guy,” King said. “The best thing I see in him is that he’s up there competing. For the longest time … you could just tell he was thinking about his arm action and his velocity, but now he’s just out there competing and it shows with the confidence he has on the mound.” Silverstein is joined in his late-career success by senior
second baseman Reed Gragnani, who has also struggled with injuries throughout his career. He started a careerhigh 41 games in 2011, but he is on track to break that this year, starting in 35 of the team’s 37 games so far. Gragnani hit his first career home run last weekend against Wake Forest, and then wasted little time adding to his tally, belting his second shot against Georgia Tech. “He’s not really a home run guy, but he obviously has that power when he catches one,” King said. “Those guys at the bottom of the lineup have done a great job this year of turning the lineup over and giving guys like [sophomore
shortstop Branden] Cogswell and myself opportunities to get RBIs. They’re going to have to keep doing it the rest of the year.” Wednesday, Virginia takes on the Monarchs, looking to erase the memory of its first midweek loss last week against Radford. Junior Artie Lewicki started for the Cavaliers in his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery, but struggled mightily, giving up three runs in just one inning of work. Normal midweek starter Trey Oest relieved him, but did not do much to stop the Highlander deluge, as the freshman gave up six earned runs in just two thirds of an inning, leaving this Wednesday’s start in
question. “I’m not quite sure what the plan is for Artie Lewicki,” O’Connor said. “If he’s feeling good and feeling up for it, he’ll pitch again on Wednesday. I don’t know whether he’ll start or not. When you’re recovering from surgery … the first 48 leading up to the next time he pitches really tell us a lot, so we’ll know a lot more by the end of practice [Tuesday].” Old Dominion enters Wednesday’s matchup having dropped two of three games this past weekend at Hofstra. The Monarchs (18-16, 8-10 CAA) currently boast a winning record, but are just 6-8 on the road, and their only action against ACC competition resulted in
Lacrosse | Cavaliers seek No. 5 seed Continued from page A1 nament. “A lot’s at stake ... at several levels,” Virginia coach Julie Myers said. “We need to beat an ACC team; it’s obviously our last home game, and it’s our last regular season game. We need it to be able to go back to .500.” If Virginia loses Wednesday, the team will play No. 18 Boston College for the right to face No. 2 North Carolina in the ACC Semifinals. That draw is arguably less daunting than the one it would earn as the five-seed, which includes a matchup with undefeated No. 1 Maryland. The Cavaliers, however, would prefer to win against the Hokies, and last year’s game only adds to their motivation. In the midst of the 2012 season, Virginia Tech dealt then-No. 7 Virginia a 10-9 overtime loss in Blacksburg, the Cavaliers’ first defeat in 18 games against Virginia Tech dating back to 1997. “I think coming off a loss from them last year, we’re preparing ourselves for a win, obviously,”
Boyle said. “But I think it takes a lot of preparation off the field ... and on the field. We’ve been preparing since our last game for them, watching film as well as working really hard in practice.” Coach Megan Burker guides an improving Virginia Tech program which reached double-digit wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in 2011 and 2012. This year’s team is closing out the season strong, having won five of its past six games — though the Hokies’ competition in that stretch included only one ranked team. The lone ranked opponent, North Carolina, downed Virginia Tech, 18-11, March 30 in Blacksburg. The Hokies rank second in the ACC in assists per game, and their balanced attack prevents opposing defenses from focusing on any one player. Sophomore attacker Megan Will leads the team with 38 goals and 48 points, but senior midfielder Brooke Martin has netted 31 goals of her own on an efficient .517 shooting percentage. Sophomore attacker Meg Bartley, whose 64 draw controls are
the second-most by a Virginia Tech player in one season, paces the ACC in draw controls per game with 4.92. Senior Libby Rosebro also presents a scoring threat from the midfield, contributing 19 goals and 12 assists in 2013. “Virginia Tech’s ... played a lot of really good teams really tight,” Myers said. “They’ve got a couple of great attackers — probably two or three that really look to try to take over a game — and they do most of their ball-handling and most of their scoring. So, our defense is going to have to be sharp.” Individual players, team rankings and statistics aside, Wednesday’s game may come down to effort and grit. Virginia has fallen short time and again in close games this season, and the team has no intention of continuing that pattern. “As far as mindset, I think we’re really determined ... to win, just because we have to and there’s no really other option,” Boyle said. “So, I think preparing is one way to feel good about the game on
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a 5-0 loss to No. 16 NC State. Offensively, Old Dominion is led by junior first baseman Ben Verlander — brother of Detroit Tiger ace Justin Verlander — who sports a .375 batting average to complement his 10 home runs and 27 RBIs this season. Wednesday’s game is the first in a six-game home stand for Virginia, and the Cavaliers hope their return to Davenport will bring with it the confidence they need to get past its recent struggles. “It’s always great to play at home,” King said. “Obviously this month, with three out of the four [weekend series] being on the road, it’s going to be a great test, but any time
Quote of The Week “It does blow my mind. When I first came to the University of Virginia, I believed that anything was possible, but I never thought about winning 100 [consecutive] matches in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It’s a tribute to a lot of players that have come through this program and... their willingness to come out and put the orange and blue on every day. —Coach Brian Boland on No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis winning 100 consecutive ACC matches
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“For goodness sake. The folks in higher education IT are generally overworked and underpaid. IT organizations are woefully under-resourced. Being called things like “worthless” and “losers” adds nothing to the conversation. People could advocate for better resources for higher ed, but I suppose taking potshots at people who work hard every day to support institutions of higher education for below-market wages is simply easier.”
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Root the Box’s efforts so far constitute minor nuisances Visitors to the University’s homepage Monday evening found themselves faced with a blurry image of a white skull. The page rerouted to the Twitter account of an anonymous group of hackers, under the handle @ R00tTh3B0x. The hackers battled with the University’s Information Technology Services for control of virginia.edu for nearly an hour. Ultimately the University fought off the cyber attack, and the site returned to normal. All the while @R00tTh3B0x issued menacing tweets from its unidentified account. The account proclaimed a vendetta against ITS and three University scientists who last month earned a $40,000 grant to fight hacking, and it warned online onlookers that it planned to search University email accounts. The hackers operating the account said in a Twitter interview Monday evening that @R00tTh3B0x had no ties to the University or to the official Root the Box hacking challenge, which aims to teach participants about information security. But the initial claim that @ R00tTh3B0x is unaffiliated with the University proved false. The account tweeted Tuesday around 10 p.m.: “The UVa hasn’t changed a bit since I attended.” The revelation was not much of a surprise. For an ad hoc hacker to target the University would be odd. Surely there are private companies with weaker online defense systems and more valuable data to seize, or government agencies that would suffer more embarrassment from a successful cyber attack. Tuesday evening the hackers made an appearance again on virginia.edu, once more redirecting users to the @R00tTh3B0x twitter account. Nearly an hour later, after the University had regained control of its site, the web commandeers tweeted: “Virginia, this is your FINAL chance. Acknowledgement, otherwise you will be continuously attacked, and confidential data will be released.” @R00tTh3B0x, looming behind its white-skulled icon, aims to scare. And though hacking is violence of a sterile, electronic sort, it is alarming nonetheless. Cyber attacks remind us of the fragile position the majority of web
users occupy. Apart from a few specialists, most people know little about the web’s inner workings. Which is unfortunate — because for a certain population group, such as the people likely to store data on the University’s servers, information is a valuable commodity. But so far @R00tTh3B0x’s threats to invade personal email accounts and seize confidential information are empty. Though its actions sparked an online uproar, including hundreds of frantic tweets and a mention in The Washington Post, all @R00tTh3B0x has done is redirect a web domain. Virginia.edu, the central hub of the University’s online presence, is an important page to keep secure. But @R00tTh3B0x has not jeopardized the site’s security in any meaningful way. It did not compromise SIS, a portal on which students store sensitive financial information. And it did not circumvent Gmail’s notoriously tight security to hack into personal email accounts. If @R00tTh3B0x had been able to realize its threat of searching personal email accounts, it would likely have broadcasted its achievement to increase the amount of concern it generated. Defacing the University’s homepage demands much less sophisticated technological expertise than hacking into data storage systems. It is the equivalent of spray-painting a wall, as opposed to breaking into a safe. @R00tTh3B0x’s actions constitute little more than minor annoyances. Information security infrastructure can be prohibitively expensive, and ITS has done well making do with the resources it has. We commend the department for its prompt and successful defense of the University’s website. The ongoing cyber-skirmish provides a reminder of the importance of strong data protection for the University, particularly as the school expands its onlinelearning ventures. The school’s information-technology branch is typically invisible, unless a problem arises. That’s how it should be. But we mustn’t forget the crucial role ITS plays in keeping our information safe from prying eyes, and greedy fingers. We hope the department roots out this current annoyance quickly, and ends this online boxing match by knocking the hackers cold.
“Cathy Finn-Derecki” responding to Joseph Liss’ Apr. 15 article, “Root the Box redirects University main page.”
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A teacher’s assignment telling students to write from the perspective of Nazis was poorly structured but not overly offensive Good teachers constantly search atrocities were justified. It is and explain how and why bigfor ways to better engage their unlikely that the teacher assigned oted groups justified their actions students and encourage varied the essay because she actually would be a beneficial exercise in modes of thought. But sometimes hates Jews. Rather, the assignment understanding the repellent points was an attempt to of view that have left a historical an instructor can get her students impact on our nation. get too ambitious ALEX YAHANDA But having students put themthinking from an with his or her SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR selves in the shoes of a Nazi seems alien perspective. lesson plan. Such T h e t e a c h e r too historically demanding for a a situation recently occurred in an Albany, N.Y. high deserves some praise for her high school English class. Even school, where a high school Eng- desire to improve the argumenta- though the students were soon lish teacher is being heavily criti- tive skills of her students while to read Holocaust survivor Elie cized for an unorthodox lesson exposing them to viewpoints so Wiesel’s book Night, it would take that is, at its core, not totally unrea- different from the norm, even a history class to fully comprehend though the way in which she the full scope of anti-Semitic Nazi sonable. sentiments The teacher, in an effort to attempted to do and proimprove her students’ persuasive so betrayed poor “The teacher deserves some p a g a n d a writing skills, assigned a very con- judgment. praise for her desire to during The Holocaust troversial project. She instructed her students to envision them- was a particu- improve the argumentative the Third R e i c h . selves as Nazi military officers larly dark time skills of her students while T h i n k i n g and write an essay arguing “that in history, and it Jews are evil,” while using “solid is important that exposing them to viewpoints like a Nazi rationale from government propa- even high school so different from the norm, w o u l d enable ganda to convince me of your loy- students are able even though the way in students alty to the Third Reich!” A few stu- to understand the which she attempted to do t o w o r k dents did not complete the assign- repugnant beliefs ment, and parents grew incensed o n w h i c h t h e so betrayed poor judgment.” o n t h e i r argumenabout the topic. The teacher has Nazis based their tative writbeen placed on leave with many actions. Assigning skills, ing a more formal calling for her to be fired. but the While at first glance the assign- essay explaining ment may have seemed entirely why the Nazis hated Jews, then, amount of research that would be inappropriate, it is not offensive could be an important tool for necessary to craft an essay that is enough for the teacher to have strengthening a student’s under- not based exclusively on a superfiher job terminated. The rationale standing of a major historical cial understanding of Nazi bigotry behind the essay does not seem event. The same basic idea would is more applicable to a collegemalicious in nature. At its core, the be applicable to American events level class focused specifically assignment was to demonstrate such as the relocation of Native on propaganda or the Holocaust. the effects of propaganda. In that Americans, the internment of Japa- Next fall, the University is offering way it makes sense to study the nese-Americans during the Second history classes on the Holocaust Nazis, as Nazi propaganda played World War and the enslavement and genocide. Presenting such an a large role in convincing many of African Americans. In all those assignment in those courses would Germans that the Third Reich’s cases, having students research be more suitable.
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The teacher picked a sensitive topic and formatted the assignment in the wrong way. One of the most upsetting facets of the essay was no doubt that students had to place themselves in the shoes of a Nazi officer and write disparagingly about Jews in the first person. Understandably, many students did not want to argue as if they personally hated Jews with the same irrationality as the Nazis. It would have been better to have the students write the essay with a less extreme goal in mind. It is possible to get students to explore the mental architecture of the Nazi ideology without making the students personally espouse the same prejudiced views. The suspended teacher saw her attempt to creatively engage students backfire, yet she should not lose her job as a result. It should have been obvious that making high school students impersonate Nazis would have drawn controversy. Yet getting students to think from the perspective of the Nazis is not in itself wrong. The assignment seeks to engage students in an unusual way by making them consider different arguments. I hope the teacher will retain her job so that she may modify her assignments into formats that could be constructive if structured properly. Alex Yahanda is a senior associate editor for The Cavalier Daily. His columns run Wednesdays. He can be reached at a.yahanda@ cavalierdaily.com.
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Pill poppers Students who misuse Adderall or similar drugs should find other ways of coping with academic work While sitting in Clemons the on standardized tests. I am going other day, a friend of mine to assume the latter. Because asked,“Do you have any Adder- although people claim there is a all?” I was perturbed because I connection between media and knew that he has no diagnosed ADD, which would be a convincmedical disorder, and I ignored ing argument for the former, his request. The I have encounmoment, howtered many more MEREDITH BERGER people who were ever, reminded OPINION COLUMNIST tested so that me of how overthey could use medicated our country is, and how reliant some their “ADD” diagnoses in order to receive an Adderall prescription. are on prescription drugs. Some students who fail to game Certain people legitimately require medications like Adder- the medical system for an ADD all, but studies show that such diagnosis still manage to get their a population is very small. Only hands on the drug. According to about 3 to 5 percent of children the Suffolk Medical News Daily, in the U.S. have attention defi- recreational use of the drug is cit disorder or attention deficit quite common, and 34 percent hyperactive disorder, the two of college students admitted to most common conditions that using the drug in 2012. For those require Adderall. But amphet- who really need the drug, Adderamine prescriptions, primarily all just brings them to a more for Adderall, have increased stable level. For those who do dramatically since the 1990s. In not need Adderall, the drug’s 1996 American doctors wrote effects are very powerful and can 1.3 million Adderall prescrip- augment focus and efficiency. tions. In 2010 they wrote more This makes the drug incredibly than 18 million. That number appealing. It is not terribly difrises every year. Reports of ADD ficult to be diagnosed with ADD and ADHD are increasing too, either, as it is a fairly subjective with ADHD diagnoses rising process that can neither be con22 percent between 2003 and firmed nor disproved by labora2007. Either ADD and ADHD are tory tests. Most doctors ask their affecting ever-higher numbers of patients questions to test for ADD, people, or more people are being and a positive diagnosis is based tested in order to become eligible on the answers to these questions for the Adderall prescription or as well as other observations other benefits, such as extra time made in the office, meaning the
diagnosis and decision of treat- diagnosis that leads to medicament method are particularly tion to end the child’s restless subjective. That is not to say doc- tendencies. But do we really need the meditors are often incorrect in their diagnoses, but an ADD diagnosis cation? I believe some children can arise from really any sort of require ADD to function prophyperactive tendencies and so erly, but many others are put on can be easily misdiagnosed. medications such as Adderall or Consider the hypothetical stu- Ritalin without any true need. dent, who tends to be overly We are even seeing an increasenergetic. That energy nega- ing number of kids who were tively affects her school work never actually tested for ADD or ADHD, but because she who received is often distracted by “A student without a disorder the medication her desire to taking Adderall is like an ath- anyway. It is wrong play sports, lete taking a performancefor people watch teleenhancing steroid — it puts without ADD vision or him or her at an unfair or ADHD to chat with take Adderall. friends. This advantage.” And if those energy also with a disormeans she constantly der sell Adderwants to be in contact with all to their friends, they too are friends, so she texts a lot during in the wrong. A student without class, which prohibits her from a disorder taking Adderall is like sufficiently learning the mate- an athlete taking a performancerial. Then she does poorly on the enhancing steroid — it puts him exams. This could be a problem or her at an unfair advantage. of a student with ADD, but it also In addition, Adderall can have sounds like a problem every stu- many serious negative consedent faces on a daily basis. Many quences. It is an amphetamine people fit the above description, like cocaine, so it accelerates yet we do not all need drugs to the central nervous system and make ourselves calm and pro- increases alertness, making the drug addictive and making the ductive. If a child is behaving hyperac- user more susceptible to nertively, which children often are, vousness, insomnia, depression, ADD can be a quick and easy mood swings, irritability and
nausea. Adderall may enhance our abilities and help us perform better in school, but do we really need prescription drugs in order to succeed? Many believe we do. Statistics show that attention spans in children are decreasing, yet academic requirements are becoming more rigorous. We are ignoring the growing discrepancy between people’s capabilities and their obligations, and are turning to Adderall to close the gap. Instead of using Adderall, students should try alternative methods of preparing their bodies and minds for the intense amount of school work they have. I am not going to recommend Red Bull or caffeine, because those can be addicting too. Instead I would like to suggest getting more sleep and using meditation to relax yourself and help you to focus. The misuse of Adderall on college campuses is rampant and students need to find other ways to succeed or else our generation will become a bunch of overmedicated addicts who will struggle to complete daily tasks without their dose of stimulant. Meredith Berger is an Opinion columnist for The Cavalier Daily. Her column normally runs on Tuesdays.
Welcoming arms Liberty University indeed made the right choice to allow concealed firearms in university buildings The Cavalier Daily’s manag- to me that the implication is that ing board ran an editorial on the bullets will start flying should April 10 decrying both Liberty a debate get too heated. These arguments are not only University's 2011 decision to allow students to bring firearms patently ridiculous, they are irreonto campus and Liberty’s more sponsible. The main point that recent decision the editorial to permit those attempts to drive SAM NOVACK loaded firearms home is based OPINION COLUMNIST into university on nothing other buildings. The MB than conjecture, has published its disapproval and it paints an inaccurate pic— and, in some cases, near- ture of students swaggering into condescension — for Liberty class with holsters on their hips. University and its policies. I hope The MB ignores the fact that those to offer a reasonable counter in weapons that are present — held this column. only by that small fraction of First off, it should be noted that students 21 years or older who the MB approaches a few specific have also completed competence facets of the issue — examining training and been issued a permit the effects weapons will have — will be concealed, unless those on the classroom setting and students shout to everyone that inter-student dynamics — rather they have a gun. This problem than addressing the big question: of a “hierarchy” about which the will concealed firearms lead to MB is so anxious should be nonviolence? The MB contends that existent, if it exists at all. But what concealed weapons in the class- really struck me about the editoroom will create a “hierarchy,” rial was not the conjecture-heavy in which students with weapons argumentation — it was the blahave more power than those tant disregard of the larger issue. who do not. The MB also states Do concealed weapons actually that weapons could stifle debate. make people safer? Students can become “quite pasEvidence points to yes. Accordsionate” during academic debates ing to John Lott’s More Guns, and the MB’s argument is that, Less Crime: Understanding Crime in the presence of weapons, stu- and Gun Control Laws, an indents would be less likely to chal- depth study of right-to-carry lenge others for fear of the con- laws and trends in crime rates, cealed “latent violence.” It seems concealed weapons do, in fact,
lead to a decrease in crime. The ground by another student who, worst that critics of Lott’s work along with Gross and Bridges, can say about Lott’s findings subdued the shooter. is that the data show no link If only Virginia Tech had been between right-to-carry laws and a similar example of what armed crime rates. One can Google “Gun individuals can do to prevent the control reduces crime” or “Right- deaths of others. When Seungto-carry states have lower crime Hui Cho began his shooting that rates” and you will get results day, six years ago yesterday, either way, yet there is no widely- what would have happened if recognized conclusive study on he had been met with armed the subject. But there are a sig- resistance? We will never know. nificant number of stories that Everyone followed the “gun-free” rules this time back up Lott’s findings. “The main point that the edi- — everyone except for the There are plenty of sto- torial attempts to drive home shooter. So in ries of armed is based on nothing other than this case, the individuconjecture, and it paints an shooting was not stopped als stopping a s h o o t i n g inaccurate picture of students within minswaggering into class with because they utes. Lives were armed were not holsters on their hips.” and willing saved by valto respond. iant armed In 2002, there responders. was a shooting at the Appala- The whole incident lasted over chian School of Law. The shooter, two hours, and resulted in 32 Peter Odighizuwa, killed three lives lost. It ended when police people — the dean, a professor, finally arrived on the scene. We have two sobering incidents and a student — but his killing spree was cut short when two in Virginia in which we can see students, Mikael Gross and Tracy two very different outcomes. And Bridges, — the first a police offi- yet, the Cavalier Daily MB sees fit cer, the second a county sheriff’s to bemoan the decision by Libdeputy — ran to the scene after erty University to allow students retrieving firearms from their to carry concealed firearms into cars. The shooter laid down his university buildings as if no good weapon and was tackled to the can come of it. To add to this,
the MB feels it was necessary to point out that students at Liberty cannot kiss in public or listen to music that is not “in harmony with God’s word.” The editorial cites the question of God’s existence as one of those dangerously passionate debate topics, but humorously notes in parenthesis that, at Liberty University, that topic “might not come up for discussion.” The Managing Board goes out of its way — deviating quite far from its argument — in order to portray the Christian university as restrictive or backward, perhaps in the hope to delegitimize the university’s decision to allow concealed carrying. However, the MB comes off as condescending and intolerant, and so ultimately does more damage to itself than to Liberty. While the floor is still open to debate on how gun control and crime rates relate, there are significant examples and research that indicate just the opposite of what the MB tries to state in its editorial. Conjecture and condescension do the MB no favors, and I am pleased to offer another view and celebrate Liberty’s step in the right direction. Sam Novack is an Opinion columnist for The Cavalier Daily. His columns run on Wednesdays.
Common knowledge The University was right to participate in the Digital Public Library of America T h e U n i v e r s i t y r e c e n t l y the project could be of great announced its plans to partici- help to researchers across the pate in the first national digital nation. For example, students at the library, known as the Digital University purPublic Library of America. This suing a distinFARIHA KABIR ambitious projguished majors OPINION COLUMNIST program, or any ect, which gathother research ers information from an array of scholarly program, could benefit extenorganizations, will give stu- sively. Each department has dents and scholars access to certain specialized topics that information available digitally it is unable to cover fully. at other universities as well as The politics department, for at the National Archives, the example, has limited informaSmithsonian and other federal tion and classes on countries organizations. The University like Burma. As a result, stuhas decided to provide the dents could find it difficult to Holsinger Studio Collection, research an unconventional which consists of information topic. If they had access to the about Charlottesville from the Digital Public Library, though, 19th and 20th centuries. In the they could explore such areas future, the University hopes with less hesitation because to offer access to 16th-century they would not be limited to the information available at French texts. The endeavor to create a large the University. By broadening digital library is a fantastic access to historical documents, idea. If many other institutions students will be able to diveraround the nation also offer sify what they wish to learn information digitally, espe- or research. But the potential cially information on subjects benefits of the digital library that may be slightly obscure are by no means limited to or unique to an institution, DMP students. Professors con-
ducting research, graduate T h e d i g i t a l l i b ra r y m a ke s students writing their mas- texts more easily accessible ter’s theses or dissertations than inter-library loans do. and undergraduates writing The effort will allow students papers for seminars would and scholars to obtain docualso benefit. ments quickly and efficiently. Granted, the University has Of course, one could object i n t e r - l i b ra r y l o a n s , w h i c h that going digital may deter function in people away a similar from physi“If many other institutions way, so the cal texts or around the nation also Digital Public lead them to L i b r a r y undervalue offer information digitally, may thereowning print especially information on books. But fore appear subjects that may be slightly s u c h c o n unnecessary. Students cerns are obscure or unique to an can already terribly institution, the project could not b o r r o w relevant. b o o k s f r o m be of great help to researchers The project other univeris aimed at across the nation.” providing sities via speprimary cial requests. sources such But interlibrary loans usually take a as letters and other short doccouple of weeks. The digital uments rather than whole library makes accessing texts books. less of a hassle, and the project The Digital Public Library is, could be particularly useful if at the moment, funded through researchers wanted to access d o n a t i o n s . T h e N a t i o n a l digital copies of un-loanable Endowment for the Humaniprimary sources available at ties, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation institutions like museums. and Knight Foundation have
all contributed. Organizations contributing information are not expected to assist financially, which is a wise decision. If participating organizations were expected to donate financially, it would probably deter many institutions who would otherwise want to participate. But sustainability may become a problem for the project if it depends solely upon philanthropy. The library has not officially opened yet, so the benefits it offers scholars are limited at the moment. But the project will be functional by the end of April. The success of this endeavor will depend upon the number of universities and organizations willing to participate. More participation means more information available. Hopefully, as the program gains prominence, more institutions like the University will become involved. Fariha Kabir is an Opinion columnist for The Cavalier Daily. Her columns run on Wednesdays.
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Your drunk-dialing days are done By Annie Cohen | CAVALIER DAILY STAFF WRITER The days of waking up to text messages you don't remember sending and phone calls you don’t remember making are over, thanks to third-year Commerce student Joshua Anton and third-year Engineering student Justin Washington. Monday evening, Apple Inc. approved their 99 cent app, ‘Drunk Mode,’ which removes selected numbers from a phone's contact list for up to 12 hours — an effort to curb drunk dials among university students, Anton said. The idea came to Anton at a block party after he received messages from a drunk friend. He asked around if anybody knew of a way to prevent this from happening, and the answer was a resounding “no.” “When you send text messages and leave a voicemail, that’s not deleteable," Anton said in an email. "You can’t erase those actions. The hope is that people can have fun without the drama.” When Drunk Mode is switched on, those selected phone numbers are temporarily deleted from the contact’s information and cannot be retrieved until the timer expires. The application also allows users to set reminders to go off every 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes to remind
How to cry in college
hen I was 18, I learned must find the strength to pull how to cry alone. Sit- myself out, holding strong to ting on the edge of the daffodil stems above me. O’Hill’s student garden, I silently I will wipe my eyes, catch my wept. I started, tentatively, to let breath and say what I need my eyes squeeze shut, my nose you to hear. Of everything I scrunch up, my mouth fall into know, and everything I think I itself. For the first time in my know, I want you to remember life I felt alone in my failure; I one thing: do not leave college found solace in the mulch, the until you have learned how to mounds of dirt, the promise of cry — for that is when you have learned how to something growing beneath me. Three Things I Don’t Know feel. Last year I and a half years For Sure went at least six ago, I learned my months withfirst college lesson: out crying. For if you must cry, six months I do it alone, in the laughed when I dark, while prewas happy and tending to cultivate I shouted when the ground below I was angry. I’m you. pretty sure my After writing this spurts of rage column once every and ridiculous two weeks for the expressions of past eight semesters, I find myself CONNELLY HARDAWAY joy made plenty of people cry struggling with the from fear and finality of these sentences. I am afraid that my confusion, respectively. For last words will not be enough, some reason, though, I never and that no pithy pieces of shed a tear. I felt things, sure, wisdom, nor rambling reflec- but only in a comfortable way. tions on my experiences will be I never let myself sink into the sufficient. I do not know what joy or the frustration; I was too I will say in my final column. afraid of losing the euphoria, But I do know that I will cry. and of being stuck in the sadI’m crying right now. I left the ness. I had forgotten my first library to sit in the mulch out- college lesson. Eventually I cracked and side. I think I could stay here for- learned my hundreth college ever. I could cry myself into a lesson: crying in front of the muddy, mulchy rut, thinking people you love pulls them into about all of the goodbyes I have to say. Eventually, though, I Please see Hardaway, Page A9
users not to engage in certain “drunk behaviors,” whether it’s drinking and driving or indulging in late night food from Little John’s, Anton said. The third-years spent 15-20 hours a week for four months developing the app and working on marketing strategies. “I handled the business development, which included front end development, financing, marketing strategies, communicating the features of the idea into engineering jargon, [and] essentially bring the app to market,” Anton said. “As the lead developer, Justin handled all the IT aspects of the development [including] the technical work, essentially transforming the idea into the product it is today.” The duo hope to market the application to large universities across the country, particularly schools on Playboy Magazine's top party schools — a list which the University topped last September. Although it’s only available for iPhone users currently, the team hopes to launch Android and Windows applications June 30. “We’re going to be making ... changes based on the feedback we get for the iPhone feature and try to frequently update it as well," Washington said. "[We will also] add new features.”
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wo weeks. That’s all there is left of my first year here in Wahoo-land. With this time left, you’d think I’d devote this last column to our beautiful University, but I’d like to move 270 miles south instead, to the heart of East Carolina University. Somewhere on that campus sits a 22-year-old whose collegiate experience is nearing to a close. That woman’s name is Emily, and she is running out of time until the world opens its magnificent front doors to her. For that, I dedicate this column to my sister. I can safely say I never thought I’d encourage any media outlet to devote eight inches of its hallowed content to Emily Holshouser, so as to preserve their own readership. Even now, I hesitate to do so — I worry this paper might burst into flames as you read her name. That’s just the kind of person Emily is. She jumps right off the page, leaving naught but soot and ash behind her, just as she bursts forth from life, leaving the rest of us in a cloud of disbelief and fascination as she goes. I can’t pretend I have always been a huge fan of my sister. Don’t get me wrong, I have always, always loved my sister. But for the first 17 years of my life, I didn’t like her. Mine was a sister who delighted in telling me that the ocean's undertow was a giant amphibious creature that sucked little girls down to the fathoms below. Fast forward five years and she was chasing me around the
house with a colander on her If any of those boys say anything head, a sauce lid in one hand and mean, just ignore them. You’re a butcher knife in the other as I a four-leaf clover now, and you ran genuinely terrorized from shouldn’t feel the need to hide room to room. that.” If ever I should be mugged, Let us acknowledge how, at age I truly believe I could success- 12, Emily was already some kind fully evade my attacker, if only of intellectual guru. She was the because I have a plethora of Gandalf to my Bilbo, pushing me experience in defending myself. out of my comfy little hobbit hole My sister was always much stron- into the tempestuous, yet brilger than me, both because of liant world. her age and my small stature. I I would be inclined to say her could never get imminent graduin a good punch, Laura in Wahooland ation will push but I learned the her from her merit of speed. own hobbit hole, Then again, but anyone who she did burn knows her will me copies of her readily admit Bowling for Soup Emily voluntarily and Good Charran from said hole lotte CDs. And many years ago. she drove me to Emily doesn’t need see Coldplay my a shove to step outfreshman year of side her comfort high school. And zone; Emily takes she pretended LAURA HOLSHOUSER her comfort zone, not to notice in addition to the when I stole her comfort zones of Maybelline foundation when I those around her, and smashes it was seven. to oblivion. And the first day I had to wear Emily is smart and creative, my back-brace to school in the moody and impulsive, passionate third grade, Emily gave me the and brave. She is a pirate. She is confidence to ignore the naively a gypsy. She is about to be a colhurtful remarks of the boys in lege graduate. She is a four-leaf class. I’m sure she has no recol- clover. I am proud of her for all lection of this, but I will never these reasons, but prouder still to forget the gist of what she told me call her my sister. that morning: “Laura, four-leaf clovers are different, aren’t they? Emily’s column runs biweekly They don’t fit in with the rest of Wednesdays. She can be reached the clovers, but that doesn’t make at l.holshauser@cavalierdaily. them bad. It makes them special. com
Virginia is for lovers As a child, I often rifled through our furniture’s drawers in search of trinkets. My favorite was the pack of cocktail napkins stored in our buffet. They were simple, embroidered with a pineapple in the corner and etched with the purple text of an anony-
mous poem. The purple letters read, “ To be a Virginian either by B i r t h , M a r riage, Adoption, or even on one’s Mother’s side, is an Introduction to any State in the Union, a Passport to any Foreign country and a Benediction from Above.” Adults call it the
“Virginia Creed,” but at the time I didn't particularly care about any creed — I just liked the pineapples. Being a Virginian wasn’t a big deal. It was just where I happened to be born, where my family happened to live. My mother’s family lived in Virginia Beach and all told tall tales of Norfolk’s evil plot to incorporate Princess Anne County into their city. They were Virginians through and through. My father’s family originally hailed from North
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Carolina and then settled in Staunton, a small town west of our beloved Charlottesville. But even if I am a Virginian by birth, how much stake did I have in being a Virginian? Really, it was just happenstance, and how different could Virginia be from all the other states? The other day, I had only typed “vir” into my Google Chrome search bar when I realized just how relevant and important Virginia is to my life. Virginia. edu would take me to my University, which has provided me
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with the greatest four years I could have dreamed of. The Virginian Pilot would remind me of an incredible internship experience, a rewarding opportunity to work with driven people. Virginia Beach would take me back to my hometown. In coming to the University, I was struck by the sad fact that not everyone has a beach so near. It seems clichéd to say, but I took for granted how privileged my childhood was. Hardly Please see Sigler, Page A9
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Hardaway | Fourth-year encourages peers to feel deeply Continued from page A8 you in a way that laughing and shouting never will. I wonder now, as I hesitatingly type out these final words, if I cried enough, and if there is still time for me to cry a little more. Of course I don’t think that weeping must stop when col-
lege ends. But I do believe you should get really good at it before you leave. There is something special about the kind of crying one does in college — alone in a dorm room, or surrounded by friends at a bar. The crying feels as powerful, and as temporary, as the four years in which it takes place.
Unfortunately, we have trained ourselves not to cry. We’re so busy trying to “work hard, play hard” that we’ve forgotten how to cry hard as well. My hope for us as University students, graduating or not, is that we decide to cry. We decide to come and stay at the University of Virginia not just to learn, not
just to have fun, not just to make lasting friendships: we come to cry loudly and powerfully, so that the world may know of our failures and successes. With each tear that drops on these Grounds, we come and we stay, and in this way we may never really leave. For each tear represents a precious or dif-
ficult moment in our lives. And these tear-dropped moments cultivate the earth below us, allowing something new to grow even when we are gone. Connelly’s column runs biweekly Wednesdays. She can be reached at c.hardaway@cavalierdaily. com.
Sigler | History steeps itself into Commonwealth’s topography Continued from page A8 anyone here has a dad who took them to the beach every Sunday night after the tourists left. Hardly anyone has such easy access to both an ocean and a bay. Now I go to school in the Blue Ridge Mountains, arguably the most beautiful mountains in the country. To be fair, I haven't seen any others — but how can anyone appreciate mountains that aren't blue? I summer at
the beach and winter in the mountains, all without leaving my beloved state. Not everyone drives by the first Episcopal Church in America, which was attacked by Lord Dunmore during the Revolutionary War. Not everyone has America’s first permanent colony within an hour, or Colonial Williamsburg just a bit beyond it. The capital of the Confederacy is just two hours away from my oceanside
town, and more importantly the Nation’s capital sits just two hours further. Virginia is the mother of presidents, boasting their homes and contributions. A childhood in Virginia is one immersed in history. Of course there are divides within our beloved home, namely the one with Northern Va., which to be honest, I still don’t really understand. From what I can tell, it’s a bunch of confusing roads all boasting
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numbers for names, littered with subdivision colonies. But everyone from NoVa seems to love it, and many return home. Regardless of where they come from, Virginians seem to be grateful for their homes. After all, Virginia is for Lovers. If that wasn’t enough for us all to recognize that Virginia is better than the other 49 states — how's this: we’re not even a state; we’re a Commonwealth. We’re unique, only accompa-
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nied in our state-not-statehood by Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Massachusetts. Take that, other 46 states! So wherever I end up in the next year, or rather next month, I’ll always be grateful to call Virginia home — to be a Virginian first and foremost, and to understand the true meaning of the Virginia Creed. Abbi’s column runs biweekly Wednesdays. She can be reached at email@example.com
Health&Science Wednesday, April 17, 2013
U.Va. doctors protect patients’ hearts University Health System employs breath-holding technique to minimize radiation’s effects on patients’ hearts during breast cancer treatments By VICTORIA MEAKEM | CAVALIER DAILY SENIOR WRITER A March study in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that radiation therapy used to treat breast cancer can cause long-term cardiovascular damage and increase a patient’s chance of heart attack. To combat these side effects to treatment, doctors in the University Hospital's Moser Radiation Therapy Center offer a safer radiation therapy technique for breast cancer patients that limits damage to the heart. A breath-holding technique that has been employed at the Moser Center since 2008 offers an effective method of minimizing heart damage. This technique requires patients to inhale until their chest expands to a certain number of centimeters. As the radiation dose is delivered, patients hold their breath for a specified number of seconds. This moves the chest wall away from the heart and decreases the amount of radiation that reaches the heart. An external block placed on the patient’s chest sends signals to measure the movement of the patient’s chest, ensuring the patient stays still to avoid exposing the heart to radiation. If the patients are unable to hold their breath, or keep their chests sufficiently inflated, the radiation device turns off.
University physicians developed both the external block and the monitoring goggles which allow the patient to see their own chest inflation level, said Dr. Krishni Wijesooriya, an assistant radiation oncology professor. “We have two goals in treating this patient,” Wijesooriya said. “The first goal is to treat the tumor. The second is to save healthy tissue, [such as the heart].” The technique does not decrease the effectiveness of the radiation in any way, said Dr. Monica Morris, an associate radiation oncology professor. “Breast cancer patients can be assured that they are getting the same quality care with less toxicity,” Morris said. “It’s a win-win all around.” Most clinics do not use breath control techniques to avoid tissue damage, Morris said, and those that do often use a ventilator to control the patient's breathing remotely — a procedure Morris said it very uncomfortable. Compared to other methods of preventing radiation heart damage, Wijesooriya said the center's technique is more effective, cost-efficient and comfortable for patients.
Cardiovascular Genetics Program University launches four clinics to test for hereditary heart disease By MEGHNA KHOSLA | CAVALIER DAILY SENIOR WRITER The University Health System launched a Cardiovascular Genetics Program last week in Charlottesville, as well as in satellite clinics in Winchester, Lynchburg and Bristol. The program provides genetic testing services to patients with known or suspected genetic cardiovascular disease, or with a family history of the diseases. Gene testing is most effective in identifying four types of genetic heart disease: cardiomyopathies, which affects heart muscles; congenital heart defects, which are pres-
ent at birth; arrhythmias, which deal with heart rhythms; and aortic diseases such as aneurysms and dissections, which affect the aortic blood vessel. For patients who have already been diagnosed with a genetic heart disease, the testing can help identify which family members are at risk for heart disease. If a family member is tested and found to have the genetic component for heart disease, the center closely monitors them — providing early awareness for the patient and increas-
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ing their chances of avoiding serious complications. Testing can also confirm a suspected heart disease diagnosis and can alter a patient's treatment regimen, said Matthew Thomas, a genetic counselor in the pediatrics department. " We hope to emphasize the hereditary nature of certain heart diseases, the usefulness of genetic testing for these diseases, and the importance of considering the health of a patient’s family members,” Thomas said.
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