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Sullivan commits $65 million to salaries Proposal would raise faculty salaries, stagnant since 2007, across four-year period; resource shifts will beneﬁt students, McCance says By Alia Sharif and Jordan Bower Cavalier Daily Senior Writers
University President Teresa Sullivan announced this week that the University will commit $65 million in the next four years to raise faculty salaries.
To accommodate the raises the University hopes to improve resource allocation and generate more revenue. U n i v e r s i t y s p o ke s p e r s o n McGregor McCance said in an email the money would come from “a variety of sources
including state and university funds, philanthropy and possibly endowment funds.” Sullivan and her team will have to work out the specifics on funding the salary increase over time. But McCance said students would not be nega-
tively impacted by the shifting of funds. “Students won’t be hurt,” he said. “They will benefit from this effort to keep our best faculty and will benefit if U.Va. is able to compete with the best universities in the world and
bring the best faculty here.” Faculty members’ salaries have been stagnant since a state-mandated freeze in 2007. The University ranks 26th out of the 63 schools in the AssociaPlease see Salaries, Page A3
BOV discusses ﬁnances Board meeting Committee backs faculty raises’ budgeting, talks internal ﬁnancial model
draws protests Police remove about 30 students rallying outside Harrison Institute to criticize June ouster, leadership By Lizzy Turner
Cavalier Daily Associate Editor The disruption caused by the June ouster and subsequent reinstatement of University President Teresa Sullivan has not been forgotten, a demonstration held Thursday afternoon made clear. Protesters gathered on the street side of the Rotunda to push for increased transparency and accountability from the Board of Visitors. Hoos University, a
student group concerned with the future of the University, led the event. Arts & Sciences Graduate student Ajay Chandra broadcast the group’s demands with the help of a bullhorn. Chandra said the students would enter the Board meeting to communicate its demands to the University’s governing body in a respectful manner and would comply if asked to leave. Please see Rally, Page A3
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Provost John Simon, University President Teresa Sullivan and Chief Operating Oﬃcer Patrick Hogan met with the Board of Visitors Thursday in the Harrison Institute Small Auditorium.
By Audrey Waldrop Cavalier Daily Senior Writer
The Board of Visitors’ finance committee Thursday announced new strategies for managing funds in support of University President Teresa Sullivan’s multi-year faculty salary plan. The program aims to increase faculty salaries by fiscal year 2014, including a $15 million increase in spending to hire teaching and research faculty members. Total costs for the plan’s first year, including funds for additional faculty members in light of enrollment growth, amount to a budget increase of more than $33 million. Finance committee chair Vic-
toria Harker referred to the plan as a “work in progress.” Despite an assumed freeze on state appropriations and an estimated 2.1 percent decrease in research funding during the 2013-14 academic year, Colette Sheehy, vice president for management and budget, said the University is already prepared to pay for the first year of Sullivan’s plan. Funding sources include tuition — which will remain below the approved increase for the coming year — state appropriations and reallocated operating savings. Gifts, grants, the endowment and clinical revenue will also contribute. Chief Operating Officer Patrick Hogan assured the Board
that the committee was looking beyond fiscal year 2014 for funding sources and ways to sustain the faculty salary plan. The Board has until its June meeting to prepare a final operating budget for the coming fiscal year. A major reform that will help the University prepare for increased budget expenditures and allocate resources more effectively is the ongoing shift to a new internal financial model, which Sullivan’s administration has already been slowly integrating. The revised system is one of decentralization. It takes funds previously allocated to
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Student members of Hoos University marched from the Rotunda to the Harrison Institute to protest the Board of Visitors meeting Thursday.
Transfer students prove successful
Please see Board, Page A3
Fire in the hole
Study ﬁnds 60 percent of community-college transfers earn bachelors’ successfully within four years By Kelly Kaler
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A study released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse found a sizable proportion of students who transferred from community colleges into four-year institutions go on to receive bachelor’s degrees, despite concerns that community college transfers are less likely to succeed in four-year institutions. Forty-five percent of students who completed a degree at a four-year institution in the 2010-2011 academic year had previously attended a twoyear institution, the clearinghouse found. The clearinghouse is a nonprofit that conducts research for 3,300 colleges and universities across the nation that enroll 96 percent of U.S. postsecondary students. The clearinghouse used enrollment and degree information from all its institutional members for
the study. The study’s results prove transfer students do in fact succeed once enrolled in a fouryear institution, clearinghouse spokesperson Paula Newbaker said. “It shows that community colleges have an important role to play in helping students receive an advanced postsecondary degree,” Newbaker said in an email. “It is also an encouraging finding for students who would like to transfer from two-year to four-year institutions.” About 60 percent of all transfer students graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher within four years of transferring, and another 12 percent were still enrolled after four years, according to the study. This figure remained constant regardless of whether they transferred in 2005 up through 2008. Please see Transfers, Page A3
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Salaries | University looks to improve its AAU rankings Continued from page A1 tion of American Universities for average faculty salaries. “We’re lagging behind many of our peer schools in the salary area,” Faculty Senate Chair George Cohen said. The University has set a goal of ranking among the top third of AAU schools for salaries by the 2016-17 academic year, according to a University release.
Increasing faculty salaries has long been one of Sullivan’s priorities, but the recent economic downturn strained efforts to establish competitive salaries. The longevity of the salary freeze has brought the issue to the fore as faculty members have now seen no raises or cost-of-living increases for half a decade. “I think we’re returning to those steps of commitment and
understanding of the administration working to compensate faculty members competitively now,” said Gertrude Fraser, vice provost for faculty recruitment and retention. T w o o f S u l l i v a n ’s s t a t e d goals include retention of current faculty members and the recruitment of new members. Faculty recognize these goals as crucial to the University’s future.
“We are going to have to recruit people,” Cohen said. “We want to get the top people we can and in order to do that we have to have competitive salaries.” Sullivan’s plan will affect prospective faculty members just as much as current ones, McCance said. “U.Va. like other universities is at an important juncture when numerous faculty
retirements are expected in the coming years,” he said. “We believe it’s critical to both retain the top faculty still here, but put ourselves in the best position to attract the absolute best new faculty for a new generation of instruction.” Although the Faculty Senate was not asked to endorse the initiative proposed by Sullivan, Cohen said the body responded positively to the proposal.
Board | New ﬁnancial model decentralizes budget allocations Continued from page A1 the central administration to be sent from there to individual schools and services and instead directs funds straight to the schools, which then pay a tax to the central administration and also direct payments to service centers. The finance committee’s stated goals of the new financial model are threefold: to align resources with activities, to promote prudent stewardship of University resources and to ensure transparent decision-making.
Sheehy explained the first goal in terms of the current “lack of alignment” that in the past has led to unnecessary spending. The library, for example, collects fines for overdue books, but the money collected does not go back to the library. The lack of incentive to track down or charge for the book led the libraries one year to stop collecting fines. No one in the administration was notified of this decision, and at the end of the year when costs were being calculated the books had to be paid for out of an exogenous fund pool.
One of the Board’s suggestions for addressing such an issue is to increase awareness of financial consumption by localizing it. Granting more power to the individual schools by direct revenue distribution from tuition and the state’s general fund, the Board will allow the deans and governing boards of each school to allocate costs as they see fit. Currently, bills are paid without anyone being held accountable for the accrued expenses. Increasing transparency will incentivize efficient cost-saving practices, the committee con-
tends. During a question period, external affairs committee chair John Nau expressed concern about the potential tension that may arise between the central administration and individual schools. “You are kind of changing the psychology of management,” Nau observed. Provost John Simon made clear that the internal financial model does not grant individual schools unlimited power. “This is not a hunting license ... there are still approval processes,” Simon said.
Though the plan treats different schools as separate cost centers and aims to more closely match spending to revenue generation, the administration still expects different University entities to work as partners. “The University has goals that sit above the schools,” Simon said. Addressing the concern that deans might be reticent to invest in other schools to start programs, Simon took on responsibility for encouraging cross-pollination of resources. “How you force the bridging — that is the job of the provost,” Simon said.
Rally | Police tell protestors to leave building or face arrest Continued from page A1 “We don’t want to risk being arrested,” Chandra said. Chandra then led the group to the Harrison Institute, where the Board meeting was taking place . The protesters waved signs that read, “The crisis is not over,” and “Our accreditation is at risk (Thanks a lot, Dragas).” The group propped open the doors of the building and congregated on the steps and within the entrance. Copies of open letters handed to the Board members called for “a more diverse and representative Board of Visitors” with “the inclusion of distinguished professionals from
many walks of life.” The letter demanded fair compensation for faculty and the formation of focus groups to “foster a closer relationship between the Board and the many men and women who reside and work” at the University. Although the group intended for everyone involved in the demonstration to attend the Board meeting, only seven people were granted admission . By 1:05 p.m., University police arrived on the scene and entered the building. Moments later, the protesters were escorted outside by Associate Dean of Students Aaron Laushway. Police had determined the
gathering posed a potential safety issue, University spokesperson McGregor McCance said. The protesters who remained at the entrance were asked to leave the building or risk facing consequences, including arrest or expulsion. Laushway read the students a statement of standard procedure stating the consequences for not complying with the authorities. McCance acknowledged that students were disappointed there was not enough room for all 30 of them at the meeting but said the protesters had successfully relayed their message. “They did their demonstration and they made their points,”
McCance said. “That communication has been received.” B u t d e m o n s t ra t o r s w e r e quick to point out that there was room in the meeting for all of them. Fourth-year College student Krista O’Connell said there was plenty of standing space and that the meeting room could accommodate more than 300 people, according to a fire code on the wall. “We saw police officers trickle into the building, fully armed and with bags full of handcuffs, I assume,” O’Connell said. “I just think it’s so ironic that Thomas Jefferson fought for freedom of speech and we were denied.” Most students who passed by the demonstration seemed to
share the protesters’ opinion that the Board’s actions in June have not been dealt with properly and transparency remains an issue. Second-year College student Megan Dumond said she was uneasy having University Rector Helen Dragas in a position of leadership. Other students, such as thirdyear Engineering student Tim Carroll , thought differently. “We have a Board of Visitors for a reason,” he said. “The only reason [students] want involvement now is because they disagreed with them on one thing.” Second-year College student Nicholas Radulescu just wondered “how bad Dragas actually is.”
Transfers | ‘Our transfer student community is vibrant,’ Casteen says Continued from page A1 The University enrolls roughly 500 transfers each fall and another 30 to 35 in the spring semester, Associate Dean of Students Laurie Casteen said. “A very large number come from the Virginia Community
College System,” Casteen said. “We admit many students from Northern Virginia Community College and Piedmont Virginia Community College in particular.” The University’s transfer student peer advisors program, run through the Office of Ori-
entation and New Student Programs , provides peer-to-peer mentoring for incoming transfer students as well as periodic programs to inform transfers about resources at the University. “Our transfer student community is vibrant, diverse and
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munity college because they want to ... They do it because they don’t have a lot of other options,” Kisker said. “To make it as far as they do — to a fouryear institution — they aren’t going to give up easily. Their struggles aren’t over, but they know how to keep at it.”
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Charged racial language is an inappropriate response to an electoral loss College students are often the youngest demographic of eligible voters — a fact that was proved this week. Incidents of racial hatred following President Obama’s re-election — already reported at the University of Mississippi and Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia — can now be joined by an alleged altercation that happened at the University. College students, as well as administrators and leaders of political organizations, should take care not to allow the emotions of an election to spill out into actual violence. Although issues are contentious, and frustrations legitimate, this is no excuse for charged language to be hurled against fellow citizens. The University of Mississippi was the location for the most widespread of this post-election melodrama. There, nearly 500 students gathered in front of the student union in protest. According to the University of Mississippi, there were two arrests made, epithets hurled and racial language used. The University of Mississippi Chancellor Daniel W. Jones was forced to release a statement that chastised overexaggerated accounts of the protest, but nevertheless admitted the students’ mistakes and criticized them accordingly. The event at Hampden-Sydney took place Wednesday morning. Again students — upset with the election results — yelled slurs and attacked the minority student union by throwing bottles. Hampden-Sydney’s President Christopher Howard, who is AfricanAmerican, wrote a statement in response as members of the college convened in a town hall setting to discuss the violent affray. A similar occurrence allegedly took place at our University, according to Taylor Gist, a fourth-year College student. Tuesday night, outside Trinity Irish
Pub, Gist – an African-American student – says she was called an epithet before cigarettes were thrown at her by two men. The incident took place at 12:30 a.m., one hour after the College Republicans’ reservation for a watch party at Trinity had ended. In all these cases it is important not to tie the individual perpetrators to larger political groups. Though, demographically, Mississippi is a Republican state, and the alleged incident at the University took place outside the location where an event was hosted by the College Republicans, it would be unjust to suggest the actions of a few reflect the attitude of an entire political party. And even though Hampden-Sydney is a private, all-boys school, the outrage that took place there has also happened at public universities. The fact is that President Barack Obama’s ethnicity is still a topic of scrutiny for many bigoted citizens; there may be others who have no qualms against the president’s race — only his policies – but nevertheless in the fervor of an election loss feel incited to make remarks that are hateful. Both Republicans and Democrats are in a position to be a model for students by dismissing such language as unworthy and disgraceful to the political process. In contrast to the juvenility of college students, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney accepted his defeat with grace and humility. He called President Obama to offer congratulations while students nationwide called fellow students unacceptable names. It’s worth pointing out that free speech gives us the right to say many things, chief among them the right to respond. Students and groups at the University and elsewhere need to adequately distance themselves from such episodes rather than being complicit in silence.
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Breaking the ice
Taking courses in literature allows students to refine their traditional concepts and view the world with more complexity
HE SEASON of class regis on literature has been making, tration is here, which but I’m coming to realize that means that over the span maybe eavesdropping on strangof the past week, I’ve overheard ers isn’t the most effective way all too many discussions about to reach the masses. So instead I’ve opted to write which courses to this column, and take for the upcomDENISE TAYLOR for the sake of The ing semester. OPINION COLUMNIST Cavalier Daily, I’ll While I can underkeep my point as stand that major requirements, college require- short as I can: No matter what ments and easy A’s trump all you’re majoring in, the study of other priorities when it comes to literature will improve you. And in contrast to what the the credits students are willing to load, I usually can’t help but past few paragraphs may suginterject my suggestion to take at gest, these aren’t just the desperleast one literature course at the ate ramblings of a humanities major, but the most sincere way University. And by “interject,” I should I can advise college students to clarify that it’s not just my close extend their scope of thinking friends who have to listen to beyond their own filters. In his my speech on the importance letter to playwright Oskar Polof reading books in an aca- lack, Franz Kafka, one of the demic setting. In fact, most of most influential writers of the the people who get to hear it are 20th century, wrote that a book people who I only marginally “must be an ice axe to break the know. And while some are polite sea frozen inside us.” Now withenough to stick around for the out transforming into “that kid” whole spiel, I’ve had to get used from your high school AP Literato others, like Mr. Green Flannel ture discussion, I want to point in the Alderman Café, slowly get- out, through my experience, just how accurate his metaphor ting up and tiptoeing away. My pretentious side likes to really is. Kafka’s “sea” is really another think that the embarrassment is but a small price to pay for all way of describing the realities the “difference” my insistence that exist within our conscience
and our universe. Some reali- levels connect “justice” with ties are abstract, like the ideas “redemption,” while others have of love or jealousy, while others placed it closer to “punishment.” are physical or logical truths, And while any philosophy stulike A=A or the gravitational con- dent will tell you that neither relationship is stant. Whatever more correct, the “realities” “[N]o matter what almost every may be, civilization, educa- you’re majoring in, the moral code, and tion and natural study of literature will certainly every government, maturity forces improve you.” has frozen “justhe conscience to tice” as one or “freeze” a certain another concepnumber of them to create a frozen “surface” on tion. This is where books come in. which we live and describe most According to Kafka, the “frozen” of our lives. And unlike in the sea, where surface to the sea is just as much the realities float around with- of a barrier to the infinite realiout any defined relationships ties as it is a roadmap for our at all, the “surface” keeps them thoughts. Even though the surfastened in place with bold lines face is a part of the sea itself, it drawn between them. While has lost its mobility, its mystery what crystallizes on the surface and is nothing but a tiny fracvaries from person to person tion of the sea as a whole. When and culture to culture, the truth you read a good book, it hacks at is that as both students and the surface as new associations humans, we are forced to create are made and new realities are a representation of reality and introduced. You see other surfaces through the point of view live on it. Take the idea of “justice.” For of the author and characters. thousands of years, from Ham- Suddenly, concepts like “justice” murhabi to the Supreme Court, don’t necessarily have to associwhat we today consider “jus- ate with other things in the same tice” has been put to practice in way, and you find yourself actupolarized forms. Some frozen ally entering the sea.
But enough with the abstractions. The reason Kafka’s metaphor is true is that the academic study of literature, like it or not, forces you into this new realm of thinking that isn’t offered in any other department, or at least not in the same “existential” sense, and the idea of breaking your ordinary conceptualizations is fruitful even for those who are neck-deep in organic chemistry. What’s more, while the last-minute, “BS” analysis of a passage under a strict time deadline isn’t exactly what most people look forward to in a course, if you’re doing it for a book you actually enjoy, it will be. So when the time comes to register for classes, no matter if you’re a first-year or on the verge of graduation, I urge you to make room for just one literature class that you think might break your surface. And whether or not you take my advice, I want to congratulate you for making it to the end of what I think is the weirdest column I’ve ever submitted. Denise Taylor’s column normally appears Tuesdays in The Cavalier Daily. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The jury’s out
Restricting the jury pool of honor trials to include only members of the Honor Committee destroys the concept of a community of trust
HE HONOR Committee honor offenses brought to the here at the University has Committee. The single sanction recently begun to look at system is widely seen to be the the Back-to-Basics proposal for cause of this disparity, because it restructuring the honor system, makes potential reporters reluctant to inflict such which has received a heavy penalty on support from FORREST BROWN a fellow student. numerous memOPINION COLUMNIST This is why allowbers of the Commiting for students to tee and the community at large. The proposal plead guilty and have a less has two primary components: severe punishment is an excelthe first would allow an accused lent idea; it allows infractions student to opt out of the trial to be addressed without the process and serve a year of aca- certainty of expulsion. While I demic suspension away from the doubt the problem will disapUniversity, and the second would pear entirely, I’m confident that change the jury selection pool if implemented, this change will from the possibility of student increase the number of reported juries to exclusively those of offenses. The change to the jury, as far elected Committee representatives. I think the first proposal as I can tell, seeks to address is excellent and would do a lot another issue caused by the to increase the effectiveness of single-sanction. Jurors are often the system, especially in the fre- unwilling to sentence another quency of reported infractions. student to expulsion if they do But the changes to the jury pool, not believe the alleged infraction in my opinion, are counter to the merits the punishment, leading to guilty students escaping punideals of the University. The most pressing issues facing ishment. By only having jurors the Committee today are related who are fully committed to the to the sizable gap between the system and its rules, the scale of number of students who admit in the offense will presumably have anonymous surveys to cheating less of an effect on the verdict. or observing cheating by others This change would also ensure and the number of reported that jurors were taking their job
seriously, which is not always the not affiliated directly with honor case with a randomly selected will still be involved when they report offenses, that’s simply student. While I agree that having not enough. The accused have elected committee representa- the right to be judged by a jury of their peers, tives on the jury includes would reduce “The accused have the which not only the the frequency of right to be judged by small subset of apathetic jurors students who and would at a jury of their peers, are part of honor least partially which includes not but the student curtail the influence of the scale only the small subset of body as a whole. of an offense on students who are part Shrinking the pool in any sentencing, I do of honor but the student jury way disenfrannot support the body as a whole.” chises not only change to jury the accused but structure for sevalso every stueral reasons. The first and most important reason dent who believes in self-governis that the honor process must ment. Honor cannot become a always be an endeavor of the system that only a select few can University as a whole. The ideal participate in and remain legitiof student self-government that mate. While the problem of the is so central to the University apathetic juror would remain, is embodied at its purist in the I think that is a problem better honor system. For the system to solved through education about be effective, every member of the importance of the honor the community of trust has to system. I would rather have a be committed to making it work, few lazy jurors than make honor and be part of the process. That a process controlled entirely by a sounds corny, but the reason small group of people. Not only is this amendment we have a student run honor system is to uphold these ideals. counter to the ideals of the While it could be argued that University, it’s unnecessary to even with the change, students solve the problem it’s meant
to address. If the first change is implemented, and the single sanction is no longer a guarantee, then most cases where a student is guilty of an offense that might not be deemed serious enough for conviction by a juror would not even reach a trial. Having the option to take a year’s suspension will not only be a popular option for the accused, but will allow the jury to act with less guilt. Knowing the accused is there of his or her own discretion and could have avoided the trial altogether would make it much easier to allow the evidence to speak for itself. Change to the honor system is clearly necessary to increase its effectiveness and legitimacy on Grounds. But this change cannot come at the cost of other central tenants of the University experience, especially when the change is redundant. The jury selection process is central to the involvement of the entire student community with Honor, and therefore cannot be altered in a way that diminishes this relationship. Forrest Brown’s column normally appears Thursdays in The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Four more jeers
A fourth year details an incident of racial hatred she experienced after the election
Y NAME is Taylor Gist justice for people like myself to a n d I ’ m a f e l l o w feel more included and valued as student at the University a member of society, there is still of Virginia. I attended election so much work to be done in our parties like many of the citizens in community. I chose not our community did to respond to Tuesday night, but TAYLOR GIST this male at the I experienced an GUEST VIEWPOINT time because I inexcusable level wanted to celof hostility during my celebration that I hope no ebrate a night of victory. I wanted other citizen of our nation had to celebrate a night that reflected to. That is only the hope of my my participation in my first presidealistic thinking. Wednesday idential election. I wanted to morning around 12:30 a.m., my celebrate the night that allowed friends and I were walking down me to feel like I finally fit into the corner toward Elliewood this nation that has traditionally Ave. when we passed by Trinity excluded persons like me. I am a Irish Pub, which was the loca- woman, I am a black descendent tion of the College Republicans of slaves, and I’m queer, and Victory Party earlier that night. since being a student at this UniAs we walked by, a white male versity I have heard enough slurs on the balcony tossed his freshly regarding these descriptors of my lit cigarette at us only missing individual that I am ready to take my head by a foot. Then another a stand against them. In the early hours of Wednesday white male on the balcony yelled “N***er” at us and the two males our president of the United States, smirked. I wasn’t necessarily Barack Obama, directed a speech surprised by this, as dealing with to every individual in this nation. racism is unfortunately a regular The heart of the United States experience for me, but I was dis- resonates in his words, “I believe appointed in the fact that while we can keep the promise of our our country moves toward social founders, the idea that if you’re
willing to work hard, it doesn’t bally, and I would like a discusmatter who you are or where sion with them to pursue a proper you come from or what you look resolution to their bigotry and like or where you love. It doesn’t indecency. Our University needs matter whether you’re black to have a discussion about why some individor white or Hisuals in our panic or Asian or “Racism persists in a community Native American or young or old climate of positive change; s t i l l t h i n k or rich or poor, however, racism will not it is okay to harm others able, disabled, triumph.” because they gay or straight, perceive difyou can make it here in America if you’re willing ference in the “other.” I want to try. I believe we can seize this to know why those two males future together because we are chose to exercise their privilege not as divided as our politics sug- in a way to bring their fellow gests. We’re not as cynical as the Americans and peers down. pundits believe. We are greater This discussion isn’t just for me than the sum of our individual so I can sleep comfortably at ambitions, and we remain more night knowing that these males than a collection of red states are facing consequences. The and blue states. We are and for- former “others” will no longer be ever will be the United States of silenced by bigotry in this nation, America. And together with your and this starts within our comhelp and God’s grace we will con- munity. I believe that members tinue our journey forward and of our community in leadership remind the world just why it is positions should work together that we live in the greatest nation to rectify this situation to prevent incidences like this from happenon Earth.” I would like to find the two ing again. The male didn’t throw males last night who attacked my his cigarette at me. He threw group both physically and ver- his fire at a dark disease in the
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United States of America: racism. Racism persists in a climate of positive change; however, racism will not triumph. We cast our votes for our preferred candidates and those votes were tallied. We all received the same result, and I believe that the United States needs to move forward in a positive direction regardless of which candidate won because after Election Day we still have important choices to make. I choose to work toward a more tolerant society where people do not need to fear being ostracized and attacked on the street because someone else disagrees with who they are as an individual or what they represent. Silence is not an acceptable response to the incident that happened last night. I hope that after reading this letter you will also agree with me. I am one voice in the United States speaking out for change, yet I need an echo to make change happen. Please help me in combating this darkness. Taylor Gist is a fourth-year in the College.
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U.S. pot reform jolts Mexico Mexican officials scramble to review drug strategies following Colorado, Washington legalization By William Booth The Washington Post
MEXICO CITY — The decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has left President-elect Enrique Pea Nieto and his team scrambling to reformulate their anti-drug strategies in light of what one senior aide said was a referendum that “changes the rules of the game.” It is too early to know what Mexico’s response to the ballot measures will be, but Pea Nieto’s top aide said the incoming administration will discuss the issue when he heads to Washington this month for meetings with President Barack Obama and congressional leaders. The decision, however, is expected to spark a broad debate in Mexico about the direction and costs of the U.S.-backed drug war here. Mexico spends billions of dollars each year confronting violent trafficking organizations that threaten the security of the country but whose main market is the United States, the largest consumer of drugs in the world.
With Washington’s urging and support, Mexican soldiers roam the mountains burning clandestine plantations filled with marijuana destined for the United States. Mexico’s police and military last year seized almost as much marijuana as did U.S. agents working the Southwest border region. About 60,000 Mexicans have been killed in drug violence, and tens of thousands arrested and incarcerated. The drug violence and the state response to narcotics trafficking and organized crime has consumed the administration of outgoing President Felipe Calderon. “The legalization of marijuana forces us to think very hard about our strategy to combat criminal organizations, mainly because the largest consumer in the world has liberalized its laws,” said Manlio Fabio Beltrones, leader of Pea Nieto’s party in Mexico’s Congress. Pea Nieto’s top adviser, Luis Videgaray, said Thursday that his boss did not believe that legalization was the answer. But Videgaray said Mexico’s drug strategies must be reviewed in light of the legalization votes.
Global affairs to define term
King ponders GOP caucus
Obama enters volatile international stage; Iran, China, among high-stakes diplomatic players
Angus King, the independent senator-elect from Maine, hasn’t decided with which party he plans to caucus next year, and doesn’t rule out joining with Republicans despite the party’s decision to spend millions of dollars in attack ads against him. King, a popular former two-term governor who served as an independent from 1995 to 2003, will succeed Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) next year after winning election Tuesday night with 53 percent of the vote. Snowe’s surprise deci-
By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan Bloomberg News
WASHINGTON — After a presidential campaign waged on the domestic terrain of jobs and economic growth, President Barack Obama is confronted by a volatile international environment that will help determine whether he can keep his promise to restore America’s prosperity. Israel is threatening to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, a move that would roil oil markets and draw U.S. military support for the Jewish state. The promise of the Arab Spring has given way to concerns about the future of the new democracies, and Islamic extremists threaten Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and a swath of North Africa. China, the largest holder of U.S. debt, is undergoing a generational change in leadership and flexing its muscles toward its neighbors. Despite Obama’s firstterm effort to improve ties with Russia, the relationship remains prickly. While the U.S. economy is recovering slowly, America’s European allies are mired in a financial crisis that threatens the global economy. “The world has become a global market where bad debt, higher oil prices and defaulting economies travel far, fast and wide,” said Aaron David Miller, an analyst at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington. “The problem is that a president has very little control over those factors,” even though he must mitigate their effects. Obama will confront diverse security challenges with a shrinking defense budget that will force choices among costly weapons systems that create jobs and boost local economies, but may not be as well-suited to 21stcentury warfare as less expensive cyber weapons and special operations forces. There are new dangers, too, from the effects of climate change to cyberattacks by foreign intelligence agencies, independent hackers and criminal groups. Many of the U.S. economic crises over the last century were brought on wholly or in part by conflicts with adversaries abroad, said Michael O’Hanlon, a national security specialist at the
Maine independent senator-elect remains undecided about party affiliation By Ed O’Keefe
The Washington Post
Brookings Institution, a Washington policy center. From the 1930 Smoot-Hawley tariffs that helped deepen the Great Depression to the oil embargo that accompanied the 1973 Arab-Israeli War to the last decade’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that added a couple trillion dollars to the federal deficit, history shows that foreign policy can’t be an afterthought, O’Hanlon said. Obama will handle the international issues with a revamped national security team including a new secretary of state and perhaps defense secretary. Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is emerging as the favored candidate to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to six current or former White House officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Here are some of the major national security issues that continue to percolate as Obama savors his election win: One of Obama’s most immediate tasks will be to avert automatic spending cuts that will take effect Jan. 2 if the lame-duck Congress and the president can’t agree on a plan to rein in the federal deficit or buy more time to do so. The Budget Control Act of 2011 shrinks the Pentagon budget in two phases — $487 billion through 2021 and an additional $500 billion unless action is taken to avert the across-the- board cuts known as sequestration. Non-defense “discretionary” spending, including foreign aid, would be cut by 8.2 percent. The defense industry has said sequestration would cost tens of thousands of jobs, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said it would be “devastating” to the military. At the same time, a rising China and an intransigent Iran underscore a need to add to the Navy’s nine available aircraft carrier strike groups, said John Nagl, a research fellow at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. One of the highest-stakes diplomatic challenges will be convincing Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to abandon his nation’s suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons.
sion to retire instead of run for reelection spoiled the GOP’s hopes of regaining the Senate majority, especially once King jumped into the race and cleared the field of any significant opposition. As for the possibility of joining with Republicans, King said in an interview Thursday, “I’m not ruling it out, I’m not ruling it in. I’m not ruling it out with the Democrats one way or the other, either.” “I hope to be able to make a decision next week and move on,” he added. “There’s no reason to drag this out. I’m not being coy, I’m not trying to draw attention to myself,
I just want to do something that’s true to what I committed to my constituents up here and that is to be a good senator on their behalf.” King’s decision to caucus with Republicans would serve as an embarrassment for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Democrats, who declined to support members of their own party in Maine’s Senate race on the assumption that King would join them next year. If King joins with Democrats, the party would enjoy a 55-seat majority, just five votes short of the 60 votes needed to break filibusters.
Teachers score key wins Education unions unseat Bennett, beat back merit pay, voucher proposals By Lyndsey Layton The Washington Post
Teacher unions scored political victories in several states Tuesday, beating back proposals that ranged from merit pay to school vouchers and unseating a Republican school superintendent with a national reputation for aggressively changing the way teachers are evaluated and compensated. But the unions also lost several battles, including an attempt to enshrine bargaining rights in the Michigan constitution and to quash proposals to create public charter schools in Wash-
ington state and Georgia. The mixed election results reflect the complexity of a larger national debate about how to improve public education. “Uncertain — it’s an uncertain mandate on education,” said Andrew J. Rotherham, a former Clinton administration education adviser and co-founder of Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization that supports school reform. “Anyone who thinks the unions are irrelevant hasn’t been paying attention. On the state level, they can still make a big difference. “ One of the clearest victories
for the unions was the surprise ouster of Tony Bennett, the Republican school superintendent of Indiana, who was completing his first term. Bennett, along with a Republican legislature and Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), pushed through one of the toughest teacher evaluation plans in the country, a new school voucher program, the expansion of charter schools, a third-grade reading requirement and the first-ever state takeovers of troubled schools. Bennett also championed new academic standards that have been adopted in 44 other states and the District of Columbia.
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China holds 18th national congress of the communist party
Chinese President Hu Jintao (left) and former president Jiang Zemin at the opening of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People.
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BASKETBALL IS BACK Virginia opens its 2012-2013 campaign tonight
By Ashley Robertson Cavalier Daily Sports Editor
At times last year, Mike Scott became synonymous with the 2011-12 Virginia men’s basketball team. After missing the bulk of the previous season with injury, Scott transformed Virginia from a 16-15 ACC also-ran into a 22-10 March Madness par-
route to snagging first-team All-ACC honors and a spot on the Atlanta Hawks. Scott largely defined last year’s Virginia team. The Cavaliers hope his absence won’t define this season as well. “We don’t go into the season thinking, ‘Oh man, we got to replace Mike,’” junior forward Akil Mitchell said. “We
ticipant. With his return, Scott provided more than just the depth Virginia desperately lacked in the post. The 6-foot9-inch forward also emerged as one of the conference’s deadliest mid-range shooters by sporting a seemingly automatic fadeaway jumper. He averaged 18 points and 8.3 rebounds per game en
go into the season looking at who we have and what we can do. I feel like I can produce numbers just as well, and some of the other guys can get more opportunities to step up.” Rather than simply “replacing” Scott, coach Tony Bennett recognizes his team must alter last year’s formula. Virginia’s offense can
no longer rely on a single star to power them past ACC competition. “We’ll have to do more of a balanced attack this year,” Bennett said. “Hopefully four or five guys are in that 8-12 [points per game] range as opposed to ... last year. A lot of the offense was Please see M Bball, Page B3
New recruits make immediate impact Cavaliers seek to rebuild after losing talented transfers, graduates; lineup to feature highly regarded, inexperienced freshman class By Fritz Metzinger
Cavalier Daily Senior Associate Editor When Virginia hired Tony Bennett to revitalize a flailing men’s basketball program in March 2009, the coach understood his rebuilding project would require time. For the cycle to work properly, however, the players must stick
around. Although Bennett’s team tallied 22 wins and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2012, a rash of transfers and graduations has forced Bennett to face an unexpected obstacle: relying on freshmen and unproven players. “It’s a reality — it’s a realistic possibility that you can lose guys,” Bennett said. “You never
go into that year planning it ... but losing some of those transfers has made us more inexperienced, and I think that’s the challenge.” Future stars K.T. Harrell and James Johnson transferred last season, compounding the graduation of standout Mike Scott , sharpshooter Sammy Zeglinski and 7-foot bigman Assane Sene.
Now the squad Bennett once envisioned as savvy and battlehardened will rely on several untested freshmen to log significant minutes. New Kids on the Block... and the Perimeter Virginia’s freshman class arrives amid plenty of acclaim. Bennett’s 2012 recruiting haul
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Junior guard Ataira Franklin, All-ACC preseason pick and the team’s second highest scorer last season, returns to form the base of coach Joanne Boyle’s starting lineup.
A year ago , coach Joanne Boyle was unknown in Virginia. She had proved herself as a promising coach at the University of California-Berkeley only to inherit the Virginia women’s basketball team from coaching legend Debbie Ryan . Ryan had coached Virginia for 34 seasons . Boyle had yet to coach her first game in Charlottesville. Entering tonight’s season opener, Boyle faces the increased expectations that come after a year of experience and a successful 24-11 campaign. The Cavaliers start the year just outside the top 25 and are slated to finish fourth in the tough ACC — recognition Boyle embraces. “I liked that the bar is being raised,” Boyle said. “As a coach, I like the fact that the coaches and media have respect... I would hate to come in during your second year and have them pick us ninth.” Virginia returns three of its starters from last year , including All-ACC preseason pick Ataira Franklin, who was second on the team in scoring last year with 12.4 points per game. The junior point guard is optimistic about the
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The Crosby Show DANIEL WELTZ
Cavaliers’ chances this season to improve upon last year’s WNIT bid. “We thought we should have been in the NCAA tournament, but that is just more motivation for us,” Franklin said. “We want to get better each day to improve on the season we had last year.” Senior guard China Crosby also returns after a torn ACL prematurely ended her 2011-12 season. The injury marked her second torn ACL in three seasons , but the senior is confident she can regain full strength. “It made me gain so much power as a person and made me think of the game differently from the bench,” Crosby said. “I don’t look at my injuries and say, ‘I wish this could’ve happened, I wish that could’ve happened,’ I just say you get put in situations and it really defines what kind of person you are at the end of the day.” A group of new faces joins Franklin and Crosby, including sophomore forward Sarah Imovbioh, a 2011 Parade AllAmerican in high school who the NCAA ruled ineligible for competition last season because of a gap in her high school enrollment while in Nigeria.
Senior guard China Crosby does not belong on crutches . Crosby belongs on a basketball court. On the floor, Crosby has just one speed: faster than everyone else . Opponents see her as a blur. She does not wait for teammates. When Crosby takes the ball in her hands, every play is a fast break and players have two options: keep up or watch her go by. So the sight of the lightningquick Crosby limping across Grounds during basketball season last winter disturbed me. The scene was unnatural, like meeting your hero past her prime. You know you’re looking at the same person who made your jaw drop with her incredible skill, but you don’t want to believe it. When I covered the women’s basketball team last winter, I would pass Crosby on Grounds every few weeks. Each time I would wish the crutches were gone. The first game I ever saw at John Paul Jones Arena was a preseason women’s game between Virginia and Alaska Anchorage. I had never heard of any of the players, I had never even seen a women’s college basketball game, and I had no idea what to expect. Within minutes, one player caught my attention — Who is that number “1”? The more I watched, the more questions I had. Why is China running fast breaks by herself? How many red bulls did she have before walking onto the court? Does she know this is a
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Coach embraces heightened expectations following successful 24-11 inaugural year By Michael Eilbacher
features three ESPN Top 100 recruits, including guard Justin Anderson, Gatorade’s 2012 Maryland Player of the Year . An uber-athletic, 6-foot-6-inch slasher who posted almost 18 points per game as a high school senior, Anderson hopes to battle sophomore guards Paul Jesper-
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SPREADing THE LOVE
By KRISTEN HARDY | CAVALIER DAILY STAFF WRITER On any given night it is estimated that roughly 672,000 Americans experience homelessness and hunger, and one of every eight children under the age of 12 will go to sleep hungry. How can we combat this? With a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This common snack, when paired with some dedicated individuals who want to “spread the love,” has helped fight hunger across the country. The Spread the Love movement began in Canada 10 years ago with a small group of volunteers gathering once a month to make sandwiches for the homeless. After two and a half years, the initiative expanded to other parts of the country, and the mission changed from feeding just the homeless to feeding the hungry in general. It wasn’t long before the movement spread to Charlottesville. Five years ago, the idea for a University Spread the Love event was born as a way to unite first-year students and donate some food to a local shelter, Hand-to-Hand. Everyone jumped on board, from dining halls to local businesses, and brought to life the philanthropic dream of Alli Flicker, Emily Peters, Marisa Mutty, Kate Jarosik, Alexis Pennington, and Quinn Weber — the organizers of the first Spread the Love event at the University. Every year since, Spread the Love aims to produce as many sandwiches as the graduation date of the year’s first-year class — the goal for that first event was a staggering 2,012 sandwiches. The group surpassed it by 1,152 sandwiches. Those sandwiches, all from just a day’s work, were given to hundreds of families in Charlottesville. “[Spread the Love] allows the community to
come together and participate in the physical aspect of service,” said Fahima Zaman, Spread the Love Chair and fourth-year College student. The group’s efforts do not stop on Grounds. Spread the Love volunteers have visited local schools to discuss the need to give back and to raise hunger awareness in the Charlottesville community. The past five years have seen a lot of growth for the contracted independent organization. What was once an event organized to help unite first years now brings together 400 to 500 student and faculty volunteers each year. The sandwiches made on this one day are distributed at organizations all across Charlottesville, such as Hope Community Center, the Salvation Army, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, First United Methodist Church, Hand-to-Hand, the PB&J Fund and Christ Episcopal Church. For the first time last year Spread the Love made enough sandwiches to reach other parts of Virginia, and the group plans to do the same this year. “We are able to reach out beyond our close community into areas such as Roanoke and Northern Virginia to provide them with sandwiches,” Zaman said. This year Spread the Love will be held Saturday from 12-2 p.m. at O-Hill field ahead of National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week. The goal is 2,016 sandwiches. If history repeats itself, volunteers should easily surpass the mark. In the next five years, who knows how many families this CIO will spread its love to — along with a little peanut butter and jelly?
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Top 10 ways to keep warm this winter
By ANNIE MESTER | CAVALIER DAILY STAFF WRITER
Hang out in Cabell Hall:
Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like University buildings go a little overboard with their heat usage. Yes, it is cold outside and yes, most of us have to walk considerable distances to get to each class, but we don’t need to start instantly sweating upon entering a building. I may have sweat off two pounds during my history lecture today. Bottom line: If you’re looking for a place to get warm quickly, step into Cabell Hall. The blast of heat will motivate you to continue your walk to Wilson.
A good jacket:
The minute the leaves turned orange, Barbour jackets replaced Jack Rogers sandals as U.Va.’s must-have preppy accessory. I dare you to walk to class without spotting at least 10 of these on Grounds. Although I have to admit I think they’re really cute, other jackets work just as well to keep you warm and looking good. My recommendation? Choose a jacket with big pockets to shove your hands in when you forget your gloves.
Cover where heat escapes the body most:
According to Google, scientists have debunked the longtime belief that the most body heat is lost through your head. But because I know more than Google, I’m going to tell you that the three places you want to keep extra warm are your ears, your feet and your hands. Earmuffs or a head warmer can work double duty. They keep your ears warm and give you an excuse to pretend-ignore that guy you don’t want to see as you sprint-walk across McCormick Road Bridge. As for your feet: Wear boots with foot warmers to keep cozy, or Uggs if you want to hate yourself. Gloves for hands are an obvious choice.
Put clothes on radiators:
You know that feeling when you put on warm clothes that have just come back from the laundry? Your entire body feels instantly cozy and it’s like someone is hugging you. When you’re too lazy or cold to walk outside to do the laundry you’ve been meaning to do for two weeks, lay your clothes on top of the heater to warm them up. You’ll simulate that just-hugged feeling without much effort at all.
Seriously, invest in a heated blanket. I am not 100 percent sure about how they work or confident they won’t electrocute you in your sleep, but I know they keep you really warm. And maybe I’m crazy for my perpetual ice cream cravings, but heated blankets can neutralize the coldness of the ice cream you just have to have mid-December.
Buy hand warmers:
These little packets of mysterious warmth are among the things that should go admired and unquestioned, much like Taylor Swift’s life and the existence of Ryan Gosling. They are small enough to fit in your gloves, in your shoes or taped all over your body. Be careful, though: Too much direct contact between the hand warmers and your body is supposedly not good for you.
Carry a hot beverage:
Whether it’s coffee, tea, cider or hot chocolate, nothing beats being able to drink something that instantly warms your body up. Also, ‘tis the season for the cute Starbucks holiday cups, and who doesn’t like those? Put down your pumpkin spice lattes. Those are so last month. Try a peppermint mocha instead, which is twice as good and tastes like Christmas. And who doesn’t like Christmas?
Cold weather is all about layering. Vogue will tell you that. So will your mom. Start small, maybe with a sweater pulled on over a tank top. Add a jacket, a scarf and mittens. Put on a hat, three pairs of socks, some pants, a pair of boots, and you’re ready to go! You know you’ve taken layering too far when people ask you if you’ve gained weight or it takes you 25 minutes to change at the gym.
Try the hot tub at the Aquatic & Fitness Center:
Speaking of the gym, why not give the hot tub a try? Few things are better than a hot bath, and considering the lack of bathtubs in dorms and most apartments, the AFC hot tub might be the next best thing. Plus, it is socially acceptable not to wear a bikini, so don’t worry about struggling to conceal that growing winter belly. Convince yourself you worked up a sweat by taking a few laps around the tub’s perimeter. It might not keep you in shape as well as laps in a real pool, but the point of this article was getting warm, not looking hot.
Find a snuggle buddy:
Call your girlfriend/boyfriend/boyfriend pillow/dog/cat/best friend/that kid you met during orientation because what is better than a warm companion when the temperature drops? Advantages to a human include conversation, a higher level of social acceptability and not having to eat the entire bag of marshmallows yourself. Cons include not being able to fall asleep and snore and not getting to eat the entire bag of marshmallows yourself.
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What to watch for this semester Men’s Basketball: 11/9 at George Mason 11/12 vs. Fairﬁeld 11/13 vs. Delaware or Penn 11/17 vs. Seattle 11/19 NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation 11/20 NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation 11/21 NIT Season Tip-Off Semiﬁnals
11/23 NIT Season Tip-Off Finals 11/28 at Wisconsin 12/1 vs. Green Bay 12/5 vs. Tennessee 12/8 vs. Mississippi Valley State 12/19 vs. Morgan State 12/22 vs. Old Dominion 12/30 vs. Wofford
Women’s Basketball: 11/9 vs. James Madison 11/12 at Penn 11/18 vs. Providence 11/23 vs. Vanderbilt 11/24 vs. Syracuse 11/29 at Minnesota
12/2 vs. West Virginia 12/6 at Maryland 12/18 vs. Coppin State 12/21 at Alabama 12/28 vs. Norfolk State 12/29 vs. N. Illinois or Xavier
M Bball | Sans Scott, Bennett seeks more ‘balanced attack’ Continued from page B1 geared toward getting the ball to Mike in certain spots and letting him go to work. I think we’ll look a little different this year.” The more balanced attack begins with Virginia’s veteran trio of Mitchell, junior swingman Joe Harris and senior guard Jontel Evans. Evans anchored Virginia’s defense last year and paced the team with 50 steals and 124 assists. The All-ACC Defensive Team selection, however, underwent surgery Oct. 2 on his right foot and will likely miss the season’s first few weeks while recovering. “Without Jontel, we don’t have a guy who can really get his own every time he wants and create for others,” sophomore guard Paul Jesperson said. “So now I think it’s going to be a
lot more moving without the ball, coming off of screens, setting good screens and then just making plays off of that.” With Evans sidelined, Virginia will play only two upperclassmen. Mitchell and Harris once belonged to a recruiting class six-deep, but then-sophomore guard KT Harrell transferred Dec. 23 of last year. Forward James Johnson left the next day. “I thought at this stage we would have more of a mature team,” Bennett said. “I thought we’d have a number of upperclassmen but with the departures and the transfers, that makes you have to take a step back and work with the younger guys, and I think some of these younger guys are probably going to have a really nice future.” Although the transfers robbed Virginia of veterans, they also handed last season’s marginal
players more playing time. When then-senior center Assane Sene injured his ankle Jan. 19, Bennett could no longer turn to the 6-foot-9-inch Johnson for size, and Mitchell assumed the bulk of playing time. Likewise, then-freshman forward Darion Atkins began receiving regular minutes after previously playing sparingly. Without both Scott and Sene, Mitchell and Atkins take on increased importance this season. Bennett’s 6-foot-11-inch recruit, freshman Mike Tobey, may ultimately fill out the starting lineup, but Mitchell and Atkins provide necessary experience in the paint. Although Mitchell averaged a pedestrian 4.1 points and 4.4 boards last year, he posted an apparent breakout performance in the ACC tournament with 10 points and 12 rebounds against N.C.
State. Bennett hopes Mitchell can replicate that elevated level of play throughout an entire season. “At the end of the year he started playing some good basketball for us,” Bennett said. “He was productive [at] offensive rebounding, finishing plays, and he has worked hard to develop some more work on his shots and more moves ... just the little increments of his improvement will make a difference.” More important than any one player, though, the Cavaliers have a weapon that will never graduate — their defense. Despite a new-look lineup, Bennett maintains that his famous pack-line defense will stay the same. “Our defense is our staple,” he said. “We run our half-court man-to-man defense. That has been probably the best thing
that we’ve had going, and it’s gotten better over the years. So I’m not a coach that is going to half the time full-court press or even half-court trap ... At this level, you better be really good at a few things to be competitive.” The Cavaliers admit they have fundamental flaws, but Bennett has a propensity for making his squad’s sum greater than its parts. The team believes this year will be no exception. “I understand that we have a really young team and maybe next year will really be our year to really do some damage,” Harris said. “But I’m not going to sell ourselves short of anything either, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves as a group to not take any steps back from last year. We kind of want to make improvements each year that we’re involved with this program.”
Freshmen | European trip proves critical to young players Continued from page B1 son and Malcolm Brogdon for minutes in a system that values tall, physically imposing perimeter players. Fellow prize recruits forward Evan Nolte and center Mike Tobey are also likely to garner ample playing time. Nolte’s 6-foot-8-inch frame and longrange prowess make him an appealing inside-out option. The 6-foot-11-inch, 227-pound Tobey fuses size with a deft outside touch that should help him partially mitigate the loss of Scott and Sene. “With Assane leaving, Mike leaving and then the transfer of James, there’s an opportunity for a guy to come in,” Bennett said. “I definitely plan on [Tobey] being part of that rotation, and that’s a good opportunity for him to grow.” With senior point guard Jontel Evans and Brogdon currently out with injuries, freshman point guard Taylor Barnette and redshirt freshman point guard
Teven Jones could aid the Cavaliers as early as Friday evening’s season-opener against George Mason. The two form a portrait of contrasts. Barnette is a tall, stringy guard with rebounding ability and a silky jump shot; Jones is a smaller, stockier speedster who averaged seven assists as a high school junior. But both have worked, with the help of Evans, to adapt to their new coach’s half-court offensive schemes. “[Evans has] really helped out guys like Taylor and Teven as far as trying to understand the point guard type that coach Bennett wants,” Harris said. The freshmen are a source of great excitement for the future of Virginia basketball — even if they still have a lot to learn. “Their upside is incredible,” junior forward Akil Mitchell said. “A lot of the freshmen need to be a lot more physical and a lot more vocal, but things will change once the game starts and you realize how tough this game is.”
A restless defense Bennett’s relentless style of half-court man-to-man defense limited opposing offenses last season to just 54.2 points per game, the second-best mark in the NCAA. For freshmen such as Nolte, who thrived in offensively focused high school basketball programs, Virginia’s commitment to defense presents more than a challenge. It presents a whole new conceptualization of basketball. “When I came in here, it made me feel like I didn’t play any defense whatsoever the last years of my life,” Nolte said. Bennett stresses continuous motion and simplicity in his defensive training, which Nolte said accounted for about “90 percent” of practice time during camp. Far from practicing windmill dunks or elaborate schemes, Virginia’s newcomers have spent the majority of their time mastering a demanding defense. “I think we all understand the concepts and what we have to
do, now it’s just time to implement them in a game situation,” Anderson said. “I think we have a really good chance to be a great defensive team this year if we continue to work hard.” Studying Abroad If the Cavaliers do challenge for an NCAA tournament bid this year, they will undoubtedly credit the 10-day team retreat to Europe this August, where the team competed across Amsterdam, Bruges, Antwerp and Paris. For the freshmen — one of whom had yet to even receive his driver’s license at the time of the trip — the 10 days of intensive practices on a foreign continent helped build camaraderie. “I think it’s an advantage ... seeing them in a competitive setting and then certainly the other side of just being able to hang out on that trip,” Bennett said. “That’s valuable for a team this young.” More than an opportunity for memories, the trip enabled Virginia’s rookies to hone their
basketball skills — and learn Bennett’s defense — in an environment far removed from the hustle and bustle of college life. “I couldn’t imagine me coming in now and having the inexperience that I had before that trip ... it would’ve been very overwhelming,” Nolte said. “During the year is a lot different than the summer anyway because of the classes; it’s just so much to keep track of.” Bennett expects his new contingent of talented teenagers to form the team’s nucleus during the next four years. And if they can maximize their undeniable potential, embrace Bennett’s tenacious defense and draw from their European experience, this year’s freshman class could help the Cavaliers return to their 2012 glory sooner rather than later. “Doing it under the lights in front of people against better competition, those will be the tests,” Bennett said. “But the makings of a nice team are all there for sure.”
W Ball | Squad aims to avenge WNIT loss versus James Madison Continued from page B1 “She is a tremendous athlete, but very raw,” Boyle said. “For now, it’s just been practice, but when the lights come on and the fans are there, you are going to see some things we weren’t able to do last year just on the boards and running in transition and hustle plays. Her learn-
ing curve is learning the game of basketball. Hopefully she will make up for that with her innate abilities.” If Boyle follows last year’s successful formula, the Cavaliers will focus heavily on defense. Virginia last season held opponents to 54.1 points per game, the lowest tally in the ACC. The team will lose top defender ,
senior guard Lexie Gerson, to injury, but Boyle thinks her team will still be able to lock opponents down. “The upperclassman are experienced, so it’s not like they are learning something new,” she said. “We can get more out of them on the defensive end of the floor early where last year we were pretty much teaching it at
this time. You are always going to have other people step up and hopefully other people can contribute.” Virginia’s first opponent is a familiar one. The Cavaliers take on the team that ended last year’s season. James Madison defeated Virginia, 68-59, in the quarterfinals of last year’s WNIT. The Dukes return four
of their starters from last year’s 29-7 campaign, which saw the team reach the WNIT semifinals at Virginia’s expense. “This game is not just a lot for me but a lot for this team just because we lost to them in WNITs last year,” Boyle said. “Right now I’m trying to focus on practice and what we have to do as a team to get this win.”
Weltz | Crosby plays pure form of basketball, deserves injury-free year Continued from page B1 preseason game? Why does she look more intense than everyone else combined? During the course of the season, I realized the answer to many of my questions came down to one simple fact: Crosby truly loves playing basketball. And now, she has a reason to appreciate the game more than ever: She has found out what life is like without it. Crosby missed the second half of the 2010-11 season after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL in her left knee. She went through a grueling rehab just to get healthy. When she returned to her role as floor general for the Cavaliers, Crosby’s passion was palpable, and everyone watching knew she was back in
her element. Maybe that’s why Crosby did not hold back Nov. 16 last season against High Point when she tweaked her knee . Her reaction baffled me. It was one of the most bizarre moments I have ever seen on a basketball court. Crosby did not remain on the ground clutching her balky knee. Instead, she hopped toward the Cavalier bench and began punching the vacant seats with all her strength, not in pain but in anger. She did not want to miss a minute. Before that moment, Crosby had appeared impervious to injury. She did not play like a player recovering from knee surgery, like a player who could be lost for the season at any moment. She played like she would never slow down.
The lingering injury, the months spent rehabbing and the outburst against High Point all faded in one surreal moment. Crosby returned for the very next game against then-No. 3 Tennessee . Virginia had not beaten a top-three ranked opponent in more than a decade . Crosby was going to play. Crosby, senior forward Chelsea Shine and guard Ariana Moorer scored Virginia’s final 22 points as the Cavaliers stunned the Lady Vols in overtime, 69-64. As the final four seconds ticked off the clock, Crosby had the ball in her hands. When the clock hit zero, Crosby flung the ball toward the rafters to celebrate the team’s first 4-0 start since 1997. The magic of that moment could not change the truth —
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Crosby was playing hurt. Later that winter, Crosby reinjured her knee in a Dec. 20 game against James Madison and was forced to go back under the knife. I assumed her career was over. I should have known better. Two surgeries later, Crosby is back for her senior season to play basketball for Virginia one last time. She returns to a team whose go-to scorer and most reliable post presence — Moorer and Shine, respectively — have graduated. She returns to a team whose sparkplug senior Lexie Gerson, who performed admirably while starting for the injured Crosby last season, is out for the season herself after undergoing hip surgery. She returns to a team that needs major contributions from freshmen to be com-
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petitive. Yet Crosby is returning, and that alone will make the season special. Coach Joanne Boyle referred to Crosby as the “fireball” last season. As long as that fireball is on the court, there will be no lackadaisical play. After all Crosby has gone through the past two seasons — fighting through injury and rehab, promise and disappointment — having her team play with passion is not a goal but a guarantee. Crosby will allow nothing less. After spending last winter watching Crosby hold the sides of her crutches as she limped across Grounds with a slight grimace on her face, seeing her with a basketball in her hands instead will be refreshing. I can only imagine how it must feel for her.
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DJANGEO BY STEPHEN ROWE
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Helicopter parents have a hard time walking the fine line between helping a child out of actual necessity and overdoing it out of a perceived necessity. You’ll have your own version of a helicopter parent hovering over you today.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Detective work brings benefits. Poke around in a mess. What good are blessings in disguise if they never reveal themselves and no one makes the effort to recognize them? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Though there’s a snappy pace to the proceedings, avoid speedy assumptions and judgments. Your neutrality will allow you to pick up on the nuances that others miss.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll be in an affectionate and demonstrative mood. Every time you express appreciation toward your loved one, he or she feels that much more love for you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The result you want requires that you attract a certain someone’s attention. If you feel negative on the inside, it will be hard to radiate a noticeable aura. So the time you spend feeling good is well worth the effort.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’re willing to work hard for your family and/or the people you have chosen to care about. Your sense of purpose is so strong through the weekend that the hard work feels more like a noble mission.
THE ADVENTURES OF THE AMAZING <THE> A-MAN BY EMILIO ESTEBAN
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll spend a good deal of time on a computer or other machine not earning a fortune. Those who wonder why just don’t understand the love affair you have with your devices.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Your ideas are good. Inviting collaboration will make them even better. Bounce your opinions off of someone with similar tastes and different talents. A Libra or Virgo person would be ideal.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). What makes you an excellent friend is that you have been there for a person in her time of need, and yet you don’t expect the return favor. Good karma always comes back, and often from an unpredictable source.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Anyone who has ever tried to “pill a cat” can attest: Cats will fight you if you try to feed them anything unappealing. Your cat nature will emerge tonight when someone presents statements you find hard to swallow.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (NOVEMBER 9). This month gives you a way to perform for people whose opinions matter to you. You could even make money at this. Your friendships will be diverse and interesting all year. Real love takes time, and you give it that time in December even though you’ll be busy. An investment in a project pays in May. Aries and Pisces people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 50, 13, 24, 9 and 11.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). With the moon in your sign, you don’t have to do much to gain support for your efforts to make the environment as clean, and safe as possible.
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Do you really have an obligation to be original? After all, what you do within a group is amazingly effective today. Still, the answer is yes. Adding your personal signature will be crucial to the success of all.
RENAISSANCING BY TIM PRICE
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