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Representative committee commissions second-ever survey; finds University employees want higher wages By Emily Hutt

attempted ouster of University President Teresa Sullivan in June. More than 3,000 salaried faculty and 865 wage-earning faculty responded online. The survey yielded a 53 percent faculty response rate after adjusting for ineligible responses. About 82 percent of faculty were satisfied at some level with the University overall, with about half of respondents being either very or extremely satisfied . But respondents said pay, communication and transparency and leadership at the dean level and above needed improvement. “I don’t think anyone was sur-

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The Faculty Senate met Monday afternoon to discuss a new report that found 46 percent of faculty are dissatisfied with their pay.

Forty-six percent of University faculty are dissatisfied with their pay, according to a survey released during a Monday afternoon Faculty Senate meeting. A 51-page report compiled by members of the senate’s Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Retirement and Welfare committee surveyed faculty about salaries, communication and leadership, the honor code and overall satisfaction with the University. The senate conducted the survey in 2011 in collaboration with the University’s Center for Survey Research. The survey was paid for by the Office of the President and was completed before the

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U.Va. Medical Center misplaces device Unencrypted handheld contains confidential information regarding 1,846 patients; data includes identification, social security numbers By Julia Horowitz

Cavalier Daily Senior Writer The University Medical Center disclosed Friday it has misplaced an unencrypted handheld electronic device containing confidential information about 1,846 of its patients. The device, which has been missing since the beginning of

October , may have contained patients’ names, addresses, diagnoses, medications and Medicare identification numbers, which are sometimes Social Security numbers. The hospital has contacted all patients it believes are affected by the information breach. Officials said because the device is outdated it would make

it difficult for an outside party to access the confidential information. “We have no reason to believe that the device has been accessed, but at the same time we are taking appropriate precautions,” said Bo Cofield, vice president for hospital and clinics operations. The Medical Center opened a

to pose a major security risk to patients. On-call pharmacists at Continuum Home Infusion, a University service providing at-home medical care , were the ones using the device at the time of its disappearance.

call center Monday to answer questions patients may have about the incident and is providing free credit-monitoring services to patients whose Social Security numbers may have been in the device. The device’s manufacturer is no longer in business , but Cofield said hospital officials do not anticipate the misplacement

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Virginia signs eight recruits

During his 35 years as Virginia’s swim and dive head coach, Mark Bernardino has captured 25 ACC championships. His past recruits include 85 future All-Americans, four national champions and four Olympic gold medalists.

Bernardino announces 2013-14 women’s class to include three of world’s best 25 swimmers under 18 By Matt Comey

Cavalier Daily Associate Editor The No. 10 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team announced its 2013-14 recruiting class last week. Eight student athletes will join the program, including three top-25 swimmers in the international 18 and under age group. Five of the six women from the United States competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha. Kaitlyn Jones of Newark, Del. and Leah Smith of Pittsburgh,

Pa. highlight the group of standout American swimmers. “We are very excited about this group of women,” coach Mark Bernardino said. “We have found young women that are not only talented swimmers, but are excellent students and have very strong leadership skills and personal character traits.” Jones was a finalist in the 200 backstroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials and earned a gold medal Please see Swimming, Page A4

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Cavs take seventh at top tournament

At a crossroads SEAN MCGOEY In the wake of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher’s shocking murder-suicide Saturday, a score of reactions have emerged from different perspectives. Some mourn a friend and relative who was dealing with numerous demons and ended his own life too soon. Others vilify Belcher for taking the life of his girlfriend, calling him a “monster,” “scum,” and words that can’t be reprinted here. Others focus on the tragedy of a young girl left without parents. But another area worth discussing is the National Football League’s response. Not the immediate response. The decision to play the game was absolutely the right one. The sight of Chiefs and Panthers players joining together to pray before the game reminded us that in times of hardship, Please see McGoey, Page A4

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The No. 17 Virginia wrestling team mounted a strong showing against a talent-heavy field at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational last weekend, despite sitting three starters. The team finished seventh with 64.5 points, 60 points behind champion Ohio State. “With three starters out, to finish in the top seven at arguably the toughest tournament in the country, we’re really happy with our performance,” coach Steve Garland said in a release. Three Virginia wrestlers placed in the top five in their weight classes. Freshman George DiCamillo finished fifth at 133 pounds, redshirt sophomore Nick Sulzer received third place at 165 pounds, and redshirt senior Jedd Moore was the runner-up at 157 pounds.

Moore upset No. 1-seeded sophomore James Green in the quarterfinals, claiming a 7-6 decision in a hard-fought match. Moore fell 9-7 in the finals to No. 3-seeded junior RJ Pena of Oregon State. DiCamillo was an unstoppable force the tournament’s first day, recording two pin falls and a decision. Saturday was less kind to DiCamillo. He lost two straight matches before scoring a 59-second fall to salvage fifth place. Sulzer posted an equally dominant performance Friday, tallying three bonus point wins en route to a semifinal berth. Sulzer lost a 1-0 nail-biter to junior Steven Monk of North Dakota State Saturday but rallied to pick up two wins and capture third place. —compiled by Matt Wurzburger


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Ninth-seeded redshirt senior Jedd Moore upset the tournament’s No. 1 seed to take second at 157 pounds in the Cliff Keen Invitational.

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British royals expect child Will, Kate announce pregnancy 19 months after wedding; Britain celebrates anticipated heir to throne By Anthony Faiola The Washington Post

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Souad Al-Shamir watches as her children use a construction area as their playground outside a dilapidated house in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. An estimated 2 million to 4 million in Saudi Arabia live below the poverty level.

Curiosity finds carbon NASA scientists unsure organic compound traces Martian or terrestrial By Brian Vastag The Washington Post

The Curiosity Mars rover has discovered something interesting in a scoop of ruddy sand, but NASA scientists say they’re not quite sure what it means. Sand that was shake-and-baked inside the car-size rover’s chemistry kit bubbled off traces of organic compounds, mission scientists said at a news briefing Monday at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Such compounds, made of carbon and chlorine, are of the type that, in some cases, indicate microbes in the soil. But such compounds also could be contamination from the rover itself — or they may have rained onto the surface inside meteor-

ites, said Paul Mahaffy, a mission scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “It’s unclear if the carbon is Martian or terrestrial,” Mahaffy said. Further tests will help clarify the source of the chemicals, but mission scientists cautioned that the rover is not equipped to find life itself, only the conditions that may be ripe for life. If they rule out contamination, the science team will “get into the complex question of whether this is some type of biological material,” said project scientist John Grotzinger. “That’s well down the line for us.” Jim Bell, president of the Planetary Society, who is not involved in the mission, said searching for life on another planet is difficult.

“It’s hard to find [microbial] life here on Earth, which is teeming with it. You’ve got to take samples back to high-tech labs.” Curiosity’s middle name, Grotzinger said, is patience. “There’s not going to be one single . . . hallelujah moment.” The minor announcement from the Mars Science Laboratory team comes as a letdown after weeks of speculation that the rover had made an “earthshaking” discovery, as reported by NPR last month. That radio story, Grotzinger said, sprang from a misunderstanding. A reporter happened to be sitting with him as the rover’s most sophisticated instrument, called the SAM, beamed back data showing it was working as designed.

Nineteen months after a modern fairy tale of a wedding turned the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge into the world’s most famous newlyweds, the royal juggernaut known as Will and Kate is officially expecting what may very well turn out to be the world’s most famous baby. Britain’s great and small toasted the eagerly anticipated arrival of a royal child and descendent of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who is set to be third in line to the throne. But the news of pregnancy was immediately tempered by the hospitalization of the mother-to-be due to an unusually acute case of morning sickness. The Duchess, known as Kate Middleton before her marriage, was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, prompting her admission to London’s exclusive King Edward VII Hospital for “several days” of medical care to ensure proper nutrition. Royal officials warned that the Duchess would “require a period of rest” after her discharge. Across Britain, there were expressions of concern for the health of the Duchess, laced with hopes that her illness — which can cause severe vomiting, low blood pressure and other symptoms — would not foreshadow months of difficult pregnancy. The Telegraph reported that her relatively rare condition had forced the royal family to accelerate the announcement, which was initially planned after she passed the 12-week mark. Royal officials would not disclose how far along the Duchess is in her

pregnancy. “It’s a serious condition in that it makes you feel awful — the constant vomiting can leave you very dehydrated,” said Tim Draycott, a consultant obstetrician for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a specialist on Catherine’s illness. “But it’s a condition that has few longterm consequences for the baby. About 30 percent of women get morning sickness; only about 1 percent of women get symptoms like Kate Middleton. Hyperemesis is slightly more common in twin pregnancies. “Treatment for hyperemesis includes intravenous fluids, antinausea medication and extra vitamins. It’s most common from six weeks onwards and starts to settle down around 12 to 13 weeks of pregnancy.” Draycott added: “Poor her.” The pregnancy announcement, which brought well wishes from the White House and the crowned heads of Europe, heralds what would be a landmark birth in Britain of a 21st-century monarch-to-be in every sense. The child would be the rare product of a union between a celebrated British royal and a socalled “commoner” who is the great, great granddaughter of a coal miner. The royal couple’s offspring would also be the first born after a historic change was set in motion last year to eliminate the tradition of male hereditary precedence to the throne in Britain and commonwealth nations, where Queen Elizabeth II is head of state. So, if the baby — who would leapfrog William’s brother, Prince Harry, upon birth — were a girl, a younger brother would not be able to leapfrog her.

Syrian violence alarms Turkey Unrest in Syria seeps to Turkish border as civilians cross northern frontier; Turks prepare military jets By Carol Morello The Washington Post

The intensifying violence in Syria raised alarm on the country’s northern border Monday, as Turkey scrambled military jets after Syrian planes bombed rebels fighting on the frontier’s edge while panicked civilians crawled across a barbed wire fence separating the two countries. The incident in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn, though relatively minor, helps explain the tension created in Turkey by the conflict in Syria, which has brought the fighting so close to Turkish farming communities that residents routinely can hear the sound of bombs exploding. It also underscored Turkey’s eagerness to get Patriot missiles as a defensive measure, fearing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might deploy missiles with chemical warheads in a last-ditch effort to survive. People here worry that the missiles could spew poison into the air and waft into Turkey, or even stray into Turkish territory, as shells have on several occasions, including as recently as last weekend. NATO meets Tuesday to decide whether to give the Patriots to Turkey, and Turkish officials have begun scouting potential locations for the missile systems, even though they may not be deployed for several weeks. Conflicting reports emerged from Damascus, the Syrian capital, about the fate of the spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, Jihad Makdissi. A statement Monday from the Foreign Ministry said Makdissi, who has strongly defended the

government’s actions in the civil war, was removed from his post but remained with the ministry. The announcement prompted speculation that he has defected. But a friend of his reached by phone said that Makdissi was in London, where he once worked in Syria’s diplomatic mission and owns a house. The friend said Makdissi was taking a break from the pressure of being the official face of the government in the media while having no security protection for himself or his family. The friend characterized Makdissi’s absence as a “withdrawal” rather than a defection. The frightening incident near Ras al-Ayn started mid-morning Monday, according to a resident of the nearby Turkish town of Ceylanpinar, who spoke by phone. Opposition activists said a Syrian plane dropped two bombs on rebels in an area where Kurdish and Islamist rebel forces have recently clashed, roughly 300 yards from the border with Turkey. At least 10 people were reported killed, including three children. Turkish ambulances rushed to the border and civilians ran to safety in Turkey over a barbed-wire fence. Meanwhile, Lebanon’s staterun National News Agency reported that Lebanese soldiers in the Bekaa Valley fired into Syria after “armed men” shot at them from Syria on Sunday. There were no known casualties. Fighting also continued around the Damascus’ international airport, which the Syrian regime had announced on Sunday was open and running scheduled flights for the first time in three days.

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prison phones

Martha Wright-Reed, photographed at her Washington home on Oct. 18, petitioned the Federal Communications Commission almost a decade ago to reduce the cost of phone calls from prison inmates. She estimates that she spent more than $1,000 a year to talk by phone to her incarcerated grandson, whose childhood photo is shown.

Chief justice scolds EPA Agency frustrates Roberts, enacts last-minute rule change after Court hears case By Robert Barnes The Washington Post

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday promulgated a last-minute rule that it says makes it unnecessary for the Supreme Court to decide a logging pollution case it heard Monday. But it did not win the agency or the government’s lawyers any accolades from the man who sits at the center of the court’s bench. Chief Justice John Roberts wanted to know why lawyers had not signaled earlier to the court that the agency was on the verge of enacting new rules, and perhaps saved the justices from plowing through “875 pages on the merits” of the case. “Maybe in the future you could let us know when some-


thing” is in the works, Roberts said. The arguments came as the court again was silent on its decision about how and whether to review a spate of cases relating to same-sex marriage. The justices will consider the cases again Friday at their private conference. Roberts’s complaint was the second time in a week that he has had sharp words for the office of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who is charged with representing the federal government in Supreme Court cases. Last week, Roberts told a lawyer that it was a “little disingenuous” for the government to attribute a change in its position to “further reflection” of the labor secretary. The truth, Roberts said, was that the former policy was

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one advanced by a Republican secretary of labor, and the new one was held by a Democratic successor. “We are seeing a lot of that lately,” Roberts said last week, referring to the government’s wording in its brief. “It’s perfectly fine if you want to change your position, but don’t tell us it’s because the secretary has reviewed the matter further, the secretary is now of the [different] view. Tell us it’s because there is a new secretary.” In Monday’s case, the EPA has always been on the side of the logging industry in the Northwest. They both contend that storm water running through ditches and culverts in forest logging roads is not the kind of pollution — like industrial wastes — that requires a certain kind of permit under the Clean Water Act.



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TODAY High of 70˚

TONIGHT Low of 48˚

TOMORROW High of 60˚


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Clear skies, with north/ northwesterly winds around 8 mph

Mostly sunny with winds around 6 mph

High pressure that arrived Monday brings us a huge warm up Tuesday. A weaker cold front moves in Tuesday night, cooling temperatures slightly for Wednesday and Thursday. But high temperatures this week will primarily dominate the mid to upper 60s. High pressure returns for the latter part of the week.


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Charlottesville, Va., national gas prices decline As the holidays approach, many people in the United States will be glad to know gas prices are falling. Virginia is following the national trend. The state’s

average gas price is $3.23 , and Charlottesville’s average is $3.16 . The national average per gallon of gasoline has decreased almost 10 cents

in the last month, according to the Oil Price Information Service . The national average Monday for the price of regular gas was reported at $3.38 ,

a 4-cent decline from the previous week’s $3.42 and a 10-cent decline from the $3.48 reported in the beginning of November . A yearly changeover to a

winter-blend fuel that is less expensive to produce accounts for the falling prices, according to an NBC29 report. —compiled by Monika Fallon

Faculty | Sullivan affirms committment to faculty salaries Continued from page A1 prised by [the results of faculty pay questions],” committee chair Joe Garofalo said. Sullivan addressed the senate, saying University leaders hoped to raise faculty salaries to a level that would rank the University in the top 20 of Association of American University schools by 2016. “We think it will take about $65 million dollars added to the payroll,” Sullivan said. “We

believe there are other sources [besides tuition] that will help us move to that goal.” Foundations and donors could help the school reach its funding target, she added. Faculty were also asked about the current honor system. The survey found 40 percent of faculty who had never reported a case strongly supported the system, whereas only 20.1 percent of those who had referred a case strongly supported the system.

“Overall people supported [the honor system], but of the people who had used it, support had gone down,” Garofalo said. Just 5 percent of faculty respondents listed the honor system as an important issue or concern. Faculty Senate Chair George Cohen encouraged faculty members to give further input after the results were revealed. In addition to the report, the senate discussed strategic planning initiatives for the University and the possibility of

sequestration — drastic federal spending cuts set to take place automatically unless Congress acts by Jan. 1. Sullivan directed faculty to visit the University’s nascent strategic planning website, which provides information about the strategic steering committee and a planning timeline. A draft of the strategic plan is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Visitors at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic

year, according to the website. Sullivan also addressed the impact of federal cuts on the University’s research efforts. Sequestration’s total annual impact on the University is estimated to be more than $35 million. Sullivan and other University leaders last summer began bracing for the potentially uncertain financial future after Jan. 1, according to a University-wide email Sullivan sent to students last week.

Device | Center waits one month to notify patients Continued from page A1 “In our portable world, it is perfectly reasonable and logical for this sort of information to be on a device,” Cofield said. “Still, since October, we have

doubled our efforts to ensure that all devices have encryption mechanisms up to University standards.” Medical Center officials said they did not release an in-depth description of the device to the

public for security reasons, and said they delayed the announcement of the possible privacy breach because they first wanted to conduct a thorough investigation of the device’s whereabouts and contents.


“The applicable state and federal regulations here are very complex,” Cofield said. “[Before we made the announcement,] we wanted to make sure we were in touch with everyone who may have been impacted. We wanted

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to communicate effectively and personally.” About 2,000 people are said to have had access to the device, all of whom were asked by the center to search their workplaces and homes.



SPORTS Northern Illinois last Sunday became the first Mid-American Conference team in history to secure a BCS bowl berth. No. 12 Florida State stands between the conference and its first BCS bowl win. After surviving Georgia Tech (6-7, 5-3 ACC) to capture the ACC championship, the Seminoles (11-2, 7-1 ACC) automati-

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AROUND THE ACC cally qualified for the Discover Orange Bowl and will meet the No. 15 Huskies (12-1) on New Year’s Day. Florida State boasts the nation’s longest bowl streak, with 31 straight appearances. Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4 ACC) extended its own streak with its 20th consecutive postseason appearance. The Hokies

face Rutgers — which dropped its last two games after starting the season 9-1 — in the Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 28. No. 14 Clemson (10-2, 7-1 ACC) heads to the ChickFil-A Bowl, the ACC’s most prestigious non-BCS venue. Although the bowl technically includes the SEC’s No. 5 team, the Tigers drew a formidable

LSU team, which ranks No. 9 in the nation. Despite finishing with seven losses, Georgia Tech received a special waiver to maintain bowl eligibility regardless of the ACC championship game’s outcome. The Yellow Jackets challenge Southern California (7-5) in the Hyundai Sun Bowl Dec. 31, and NC State (7-5, 3-5

ACC) battles Vanderbilt in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl earlier that day. Duke (6-6, 3-5 ACC) earned its first bowl bid since 1994 and will compete at Charlotte’s Belk Bowl Dec. 27 against Cincinnati. —compiled by Ashley Robertson

Swimming | Coach calls breaststroker ‘answer to prayers’ Continued from page A1 in the 200 IM at the 2010 Youth Olympics. Among all age groups, she ranks 50th in the world in 200 back and 67th in 200 IM. “Anticipating the graduation of Meredith Cavalier in 2013 and Charlotte Clarke in 2014, we felt it was pivotal to find a backstroker who could either sprint or provide us with IM versatility,” Bernardino said in a release. “[Jones] is poised, tough, and a great leader. She is very outgoing, but very humble and hardworking.” Smith placed 12th in the 800 free and 14th in the 400 free in Omaha after capturing gold

medals in both events in the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Games. Smith ranks 20th in the world in the 400 free and 23rd in the 800 free. Laura Simon, who hails from Simmern, Germany, is the gem of the two international recruits. Simon finished third in the 100 breast and fifth in the 200 breast in the 2012 German Olympic trials, and she ranks 36th in the world in the 50 breast. Simon should adopt a much-needed leading breaststroke role for Virginia. “[Simon is] absolutely an answer to our prayers in the breaststroke events,” Bernardino said in a release. “For some

unknown, crazy reason we have struggled in the past couple of years to have a world-class breaststroker.” The other international recruit, Ellen Thomas from Guildford, U.K., performed exceptionally in sprint freestyle and butterfly events in the 2012 British Olympic trials. Erin McElfresh from Moravia, NY, also stars in butterfly, and Bernardino envisions her as specializing there and as an IM swimmer. Rounding out the recruiting class, Shannon Rauth from Glenmoore, Pa. is Virginia’s top recruit for sprint freestyle events, and Kaleigh Rosenburg

from Leesburg, Va. should serve as a good training partner for Simon in breaststroke. Finally Maddie Smart from Brookfield, Conn. provides Virginia a solid option at middistance freestyle and carries on a family legacy — both her parents attended Virginia. Bernardino is now in his 35th season with the Cavaliers, and though he is most recognized for his coaching success, his recruiting serves as the foundation for the program. “Mark is an exceptional coach with years of experience, and I think one of the greatest things about him is his love for this team,” sophomore Sarah White

said. “It’s so great to be a part of it, because the alumni down to this incoming class are all connected.” And next year looks set to be no different if this year’s recruiting weekends are anything to go by. “Just [the recruits] being here and being a part of what we did allowed them to click with us and fall in love with what we love,” White said. “That’s really special. Each one of them offers something really great to our team and we know they will fit right in with the family we all love.” Bernardino has yet to announce the men’s recruiting class.

McGoey | Goodell must truly reform game or admit dangers Continued from page A1 strength and comfort comes from holding on to some measure of normalcy. One of the most important outcomes of this horrible situation, however, is that the NFL may finally be forced to confront problems of player safety and head trauma. Several former NFL players have committed suicide in the last few years. Many of them have exhibited signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease resulting from repeated blows to the head, according to researchers at Boston University. BU researchers received 13 professional football players’ brains from 2008 to 2010, according to an ABC News report. Twelve of the brains exhibited evidence of CTE. Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt told ABC News that Belcher did not have a “long concussion history,” but that does not mean the athlete avoided head trauma. Belcher may not have had CTE, and reports suggest he

may have struggled with alcohol and painkillers, but he played an intensely physical position, even by professional football standards. Linebacker is all about stepping into an open gap and meeting a ballcarrier with overwhelming force. Look at the model linebackers in the league today. Players like Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis and James Harrison set the standard, making their living by delivering highlight reel hits. It is possible that the repeated force of Belcher’s 193 career tackles contributed to the mental problems he suffered. Belcher’s friends told Deadspin that after the Chiefs’ last game, Belcher was “dazed and was suffering from short-term memory loss.” That sounds like a concussion. If he, like so many other players, hid his condition out of a fear of missing time and potentially losing his spot, shame on him. If team doctors hid his condition, shame on them. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell must intervene. Since he took the post from Paul Tagliabue, Goodell has made his mark with

strict enforcement of personal conduct policies and with his (mis?)handling of the Saints bounty situation. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that the defining issue of Goodell’s commissionership will be player safety and concussions. So far, he has found a hypocritical middle ground, sounding the trumpet of safety while also pushing for an 18-game season. But there’s no more time for Goodell to waffle on safety. The suicides of Dave Duerson and Ray Easterling, both of whom had CTE, were chilling, but those men had been retired for many years. In 2012 the stakes are higher. Like Belcher, Junior Seau did not have a “history” of diagnosed concussions, but he took his own life in May. With Belcher’s death, an active NFL player has committed suicide during the season. This issue cannot and should not be ignored any longer. The NFL has made some strides in the field of concussion awareness — for example, by requiring players diagnosed with concussions to meet increased test-


ing standards before returning to action. But the league will not make real progress until it changes the mentality of players out to “take someone’s head off” or hiding in-game symptoms to avoid missing playing time. Goodell and the league sit at a crossroads with two apparent options. The choice boils down to the league’s true priorities. If the NFL is serious about making the game safer for players, it must make real reforms — namely, levying harsher penalties against players who make illegal or dangerous hits. Suspensions, not fines. James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes $5.6 million this year, which averages out to nearly $350,000 per game. Another $25,000 fine means little to someone making that kind of money, but suspensions might grab his attention. Such a policy would likely cost the league viewers, which in turn costs serious money, but if the goal is player safety, Bill Simmons’ hypothetical “Touch Football League” might become the reality. But if when push comes to

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shove the league actually cares more about its television ratings and its bottom line, Goodell has another option available: Take the reins off. On the surface it seems unpalatable, but if the league doesn’t have a real commitment to safety — if it is more concerned with how many people pony up ticket money or subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket — why bother pretending to make the game safer? There’s already a reasonable argument that players know they’re signing up for a risky sport, so why not just drop the pretense of safety? The downside of such an approach is that more athletes will endure trauma-induced mental illness and depression, which could lead down a very dark road. So, Roger, you can make real progress toward player safety — at the risk of your precious ratings — or you can embrace the gladiatorial aspect of football and continue to rake in the money at the risk of the longterm health of your players. Pick one: You can’t continue to have both.



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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Instead of trying to figure out how you’re going to manage everything you need to do, make it your priority to be centered. From a quiet and calm place you will perform amazing feats of balance with little effort.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’re in an adventurous mood and not limited by the norms of food, entertainment and activity. You’re inclined to try a little of this, a little of that and a lot of the other. Your life will be better for the variety.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Revel in primitive awe. You’ll encounter the power in nature. Your feelings flood forward -- an uncontrolled human response that connects you to all humanity.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You will be in the public eye. Don’t let anyone know that you are struggling to pull off the act. You are successful when you make it look easy. Keep your effort and your tricks to yourself.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If you still find yourself acting out in spite of your attempts to control your own behavior, then at least you’re being real with your emotions. There is a repressed reason for your little rebellion. Knowing what it is frees you.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Don’t agonize. Make this your No. 1 rule. Anything you have to do, you can do in an instant if you don’t let your mind get in the way with too many irrelevant questions. You already have the answers you need.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The game changes. Those you didn’t think you would be impressed by could suddenly intimidate you with their presence. This is your cue to go off and get better prepared to make your move.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Trying to do it all will not raise you in the esteem of others. Your power increases as you delegate. Let others labor for you, and you will appear in control and unstrained.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your moneymaking style is quick and easy. If a project or person proves to be resistant to your efforts, move on immediately. Go for greater numbers of contacts and activities rather than toiling away in efforts that aren’t working.


PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’re in a competitive game and many people want to get in on it. There is no reason to be overly protective, but at the same time it would be unfair to the other players to include those who aren’t ready to play at the same level.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You let yourself be influenced by positive action. What seems to be working for others will work for you, too. You’re just the kind of thorough person to apply every step as directed until you achieve success.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (DECEMBER 4). You’re powerfully, deeply thoughtful this month and by the start of the new year you’ll be completely focused on your purpose. February brings emotional risk and reward. Your personal life takes a fun turn in March. Your contribution will be a driving force in a May venture. You’ll receive a financial bonus in August. Gemini and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 41, 24, 17 and 20.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You are feeling the pinch, as the amount of time you need to complete a task doesn’t nearly match up to the amount of time you have to dedicate.





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Opinion Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Cavalier Daily “For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.” —Thomas Jefferson

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A magic number

A dangerous trend in Republican higher-education strategy would not be advisable for Virginia Two prominent Republicans — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Florida Gov. Rick Scott — share more than a first name. The governors also agree on the optimal price tag for a bachelor’s degree: the appealingly round figure of $10,000. It has become a journalistic tic to refer to swelling tuition costs as a higher-education bubble on the verge of bursting, but the numbers are there. The average annual cost of tuition at a U.S. public four-year institution is $8,655, and a year of in-state tuition at the University stands at $12,224, according to Student Financial Services. State leaders in recent weeks, most notably Scott and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, unveiled higher-education plans centered on cost-cutting and vocational learning. Scott last Monday called on Florida community colleges to create $10,000 bachelor’s degree programs. Ten days earlier, Walker announced plans to tie higher-education funding to how well schools prepare students for “open and needed” jobs in Wisconsin. Virginia should perk up its ears. Perry’s $10,000 degree plan was an outlier when he proposed it in February 2011. The spread of his ideas to Florida could indicate an emerging trend in state approaches to higher education. If college affordability remains a widespread concern — and it will — similar low-cost degree proposals may become entrenched in Republican higher-education strategy. Such proposals coincide with relentless state funding cuts to higher education. Holding microphones, lawmakers demand lower tuition; gripping pens, they slash subsidies for public institutions. State fiscal support for higher education in Florida, for example, has declined by 17.5 percent during the last five years, according to a study by the Center for Education Policy at Illinois State University. Cheap degree proposals, in the absence of sufficient state support, place an unfair onus on colleges and universities. They shift the blame

for high tuition from capital to campus. Meanwhile, state funding cuts — perhaps the largest cause of tuition increases — continue. You get what you pay for, or so the adage goes. Cheap degree programs are no exception. Under Perry’s plan, the $10,000 figure is more than a price tag; the number includes the production costs of a bachelor’s degree. The proposal amounts to a call for austerity. Public universities would be hard-pressed to maintain competitive faculty salaries and continue investing in research and infrastructure under such conditions. Most cheap degree programs, such as a $9,700 degree in information technology at Texas A&M-San Antonio, rely heavily on transfer credits from community colleges and dual enrollment in high school. At other schools, students paying full price subsidize the cheaper degrees. Shortcuts like discounted online courses could help cut prices but may end up cutting quality as well, given current uncertainty about instruction methods and practices in the virtual classroom. Though Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell last year allocated an additional $100 million in higher-education spending, state appropriations to the University remain meager. Support from the Commonwealth makes up roughly 10 percent of the University’s current operating budget, down from 33.2 percent in the 1989-90 academic year. McDonnell seems unlikely to champion the kind of extreme cost-cutting initiatives recently put forth by Scott and Walker. Because of the scarce state funding the University currently receives, however, the school would be in a vulnerable position should the $10,000 trend move north. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to prune unnecessary costs and make education more affordable. But calls for $10,000 degrees alongside declining state subsidies reek of political gimmickry. Instead of an informed highereducation strategy, Perry and Scott have given their states a magic number.

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Letters to the editor Admitting an error

The Cavalier Daily’s Nov. 29 lead editorial (“Slow to yield”) portrays The Common Application as a primary driver of increased applications, which results in declining yield rates among colleges and universities. Not only does this depiction oversimplify the complexity of yield rates, it also ignores the facts. Last year, the average number of Common Applications submitted by first-year applicants was 4.6, even when excluding Early Decision applicants who applied to only one institution. The numbers vary greatly by school type

and geographic region, with students from mid-Atlantic independent schools claiming the highest average of 6.5, far from the “tens, even dozens” that the editorial laments. As for decreasing the number of applications to which students can apply, The Common Application Board of Directors chose last summer to maintain the current limit of 20 after extensive surveys of school counselors and members institutions yielded passionate arguments on both sides of the issue.


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Stopping for death



The University’s sense of community is one of its most valuable assets

ROUND 8 P.M. this past working through this fear, I am more than 20,000 students, the Saturday, I had this column reminded of the last lines of University often has the feel of completed. And then I got Robert Frost’s “Out, Out.” a much smaller school because No one believed. They listened at of the connection that students a call from a friend. “Did you know Casey Schul- his heart. feel to each other and the UniL i t t l e — l e s s — versity. This connection is one of man?” BRIAN MURPHY nothing! — and that our strongest traditions, and this ‘Did?’ I thought. ended it. ‘Why past tense?’ community will linger with us FOURTH-YEAR TRUSTEE No more to build far beyond our years here. From “I do, in fact, know on there. And they, since they Casey.” ‘Why ‘did?’’ the moment we sign the honor Were not the one dead, turned to pledge to the day we die, we are “She died today while on Semestheir affairs. ter at Sea.” all Wahoos together. We celebrate These lines have always struck in rich times and unconditionI am not entirely sure what I said next to end this phone con- me as incredibly poignant. When ally support one another in lean versation, but I’m certain it was a person dies, she is gone forever. times. It is up to us, as students, wholly inadequate. I hung up And yet the rest of us are left to continue this tradition. Buy the phone and matter-of-factly to continue living in, contribute in relayed the news to my friends. — we turn back your own unique “Despite boasting a Death, though, has a way of t o o u r a f f a i r s . w a y, a n d t h e gnawing at you. How does one As we stop to try population of more than community will 20,000 students, the appropriately react to news of to understand a be there for you senseless event, University often has the when you need death? Casey, by all accounts, was a l i f e m o v e s o n . it most, because feel of a much smaller as we have just beautiful girl, both inside and Death forces us to school because of the out. Her smile brightened count- confront life and seen, tragedy less rooms, and everyone who a s k o u r s e l v e s : can strike in the connection that was fortunate enough to know How do we impart most innocuous students feel to each her will always remember her or inject meaning of times. The other and the charm and grace. I send my own into our lives? students who The only pe r thoughts and prayers, along with contribute do so University.” those of the Fourth Year Trustees, sonally satisfyi n v a l u a b l y, a s the Class of 2013 and the entire ing answer that I Casey did, and University community to Casey’s have found revolves around the are never truly forgotten. friends, family and Alpha Phi necessity of community and the And so we go back to our affairs, sisters. This loss has affected us impact we have on one another. as we must. But this does not all deeply, and it will continue Although Casey will never again mean that we will forget. Casey walk around these Grounds, she was an amazing Wahoo; she has to do so. In the aftermath of this trag- forever changed the lives of her left a strong, permanent mark on edy, I would like to relay some friends and classmates, and — by the University. The community of my own thoughts. I have been extension — the University com- mourns her tragic loss, together. incredibly fortunate because, munity. It is to this community And we thank and honor her for in my 22 years, death has only that many will now turn in their that. rarely touched my life. The idea grief, and if history is any indicaof death frightens me; perhaps tion, the Wahoos will respond. Brian Murphy is a it frightens you too. Often, when Despite boasting a population of fourth-year trustee.



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Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | The Cavalier Daily

Family matters


Stay-at-home moms should not be belittled in the wake of the rising number of women in the workforce

FEW DAYS ago, my friends in business leadership roles, and I got into an in-depth among others. What they did discussion on the subject not mention was that women of feminism and the family. are now half of the workforce It started with an article writ- and that they lead men in both college attenten by Suzanne dance and college Venker and pubSAM NOVACK degrees. Women l i s h e d o n Fo x OPINION COLUMNIST are becoming News titled “The more and more War on Men.” We had all read the article, either independent and therefore less to nod and appreciate what reliant on a male figure, at least was being said or to scoff at in the traditional breadwinner what we saw as garbage. The sense. But one could argue that crux of the article was this: The modern women’s movement women have no reason to be has changed gender roles in looking to men anymore, espesuch a way as to discourage the cially considering that men are modern man from seeking mar- no longer what they once were. Some 9.3 percent of men are riage. Venker cites statistics that unemployed, versus only 8.3 illustrate that the proportion of percent of women. Couple this women who value marriage as with the lack of jobs available one of the most important things for college grads, along with in their lives has increased from an achievement gap between 28 percent in 1997 to 37 percent. men and women in college, and The opposite trend has been you have a recipe for men who observed in men — a decrease are not the movers and shakers from 35 to 29 percent during they used to be. Women do not really have the same time frame. Venker’s conclusion is that the changing reservations about outpacing role of women has pushed men their male counterparts. While away from their traditional pro- Venker’s statistics indicate that women are seeking marriage vider/protector role. My left-leaning, feminist in renewed numbers, the trafriends thought the article was ditional marriage, the one with a waste of their time — there the stereotypical ‘white picket is no “war on men,” they said. fence,’ is not really their goal Rather, women were still at a anymore. Women are shifting disadvantage — in Congress and away from the stay-at-home

mother role — only about one- while not solely to blame, had fourth of two-parent homes played its role. Women are more have a mom who stays at home. career-focused now than ever, In 1969, this number was and there is almost a kind of double what it is now. In 1970, stigma on those women who want to stay 85 percent of “Women should not be home with children in the their children. United States afraid to fill a role at Democratic had two parents. In 2002, home where they also can pundit Hilary that number have a positive impact on R o s e n s a i d had dropped the development of their on CNN that Mitt Romney’s to roughly 65 children and society.” wife Ann had percent. “never worked So is a twoa day in her parent marriage the ideal? Many studies life.” Ann was a stay-at-home say just that. Adolescents with mom. Being the housewife has married parents are less likely fallen beneath the go-getter to become sexually active. They kind of person feminists now are also less likely to suffer expect women to be. I am all from, or witness, domestic for women working and sucviolence. In fact, only 38.5 in ceeding alongside men — they 1000 married mothers had should have all of the same experienced violence or abuse, opportunities. This does not as opposed to 81 out of 1000 mean, however, that stay-atunwed mothers, and this is home moms need to go extinct. even counting women who had Women should not be afraid to been separated or divorced in fill a role at home where they also can have a positive impact the ‘married’ category. Fewer two-parent homes, on the development of their fewer men seeking success and children and society. A 2009 marriage, more women moving Pew Research Center study into the workplace and away found that only 21 percent of from the home — how is it all tied adults say society has benefited together? Who is to blame for this by the trend of more mothers of shift away from the traditional young children working outside marriage and family? That night the house. Men bear a great deal of the we got into our heated discussion, I pointed out that feminism, responsibility for this shift from

the traditional family as well, namely by not bearing responsibility as they did in years past. As women move into equality with men, men have begun to shy away from the drive for achievement that characterized the quintessential alpha male. Instead, they go home to their parents after college or seek easy fulfillment in a single life of responsibility-free sex — because the reality is, men still have it easier in this arena. Men are just not pushing themselves into adulthood anymore. In 1960, 65 percent of men had finished school, moved out of their parents’ house, become financially independent, gotten married and had a child by the age of 30. In 2000, only about a third of this age group had passed these markers of adulthood. In our discussion that night, feminists and traditional conservatives alike recognized the trends. Disagreements persisted, though. My liberal feminist friends celebrate this shift from the old-fashioned family. To traditional conservatives, it is evident that this trend can only lead to a weaker family, weaker children and, ultimately, a weaker society. Sam Novack’s column appears Tuesdays in The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at

All in good sport


The Cavalier Daily should have sought coach Mike London’s comments for a series of columns

There are still some things that AST WEEK, I traded some e m a i l s w i t h A s h l e y Robertson and I perhaps haven’t Robertson, The Cavalier come together on. For instance, Daily’s sports editor. I had written a Robertson wrote in an email, critique of a pair of sports section “We also would have loved to write a follow-up columns that disTIM THORNTON article on the game, cussed Mike Lonincluding quotes don’s performance OMBUDSMAN from London, but as the University’s football coach (“Playing fair,” unfortunately London was not Nov. 27). Robertson’s column (“I available to the media this week believe in Coach London,” Nov. and Virginia media relations 24), while pointing out what she does not make him available to sees as the coach’s shortcomings, us (or most papers) on a one-onwas, as the headline suggests, a one basis.” My response was, “Journalists defense of London. A column by the Sports senior associate editor don’t wait for people to be made Fritz Metzinger (“An avoidable available. They contact people collapse,” Nov. 26) was not so on their own. If those people supportive. My complaint was don’t respond, journalists put this: “The man at their collective that in the paper.” The paper’s obligation is to give focal point wasn’t there. There was no quote from London people a chance to speak. If they about late game time manage- pass up that chance, well, that’s ment or any other problem the not the paper’s fault. The colwriters found with this season’s umns could have used the quotes London offered at the post-game football team.” Robertson eventually agreed press conference and they could that the quotes the coach offered have included a line that said in his defense — weak though London declined to respond to they may be — should have been the writers’ questions — if the in there somewhere. I allowed writers had asked the questions. that, while I thought my column Maybe it’s next to unthinkable made it clear her column was a that London would respond to defense of the coach, perhaps I the University’s student-run newspaper. But it’s certain he could have made that clearer.

fuse readers. If they have the won’t respond if he’s not asked. Some glitch in the credentials quote, they must have been at request process kept The Cava- the game, right? I disagree with lier Daily out of the Lane Sta- that policy. If the quotes are dium press box, so Metzinger available, if the stranded staffer can hear the wrote a game s t o r y — R o b - “If the quotes are avail- post-game talk by radio or ertson called it able, if the stranded by television, a brief — and staffer can hear the t h e r e ’s n o t h Robertson wrote her column after post-game talk by radio ing wrong with watching the or by television, there’s u s i n g t h o s e quotes, as long game on televinothing wrong with a s i t ’s c l e a r sion. It was clear using those quotes, as how the writer that Robertson did that because long as it’s clear how the obtained them. The goal is to she wrote about writer obtained them.” p u t t o g e t h e r yelling at the TV. the best report It wasn’t clear to or column posme that’s what Metzinger was doing. When sible. That should mean using Cavalier Daily staffers report whatever tools are available to on an event they weren’t at, it accomplish that. Because of whatever glitch generally says the report was compiled by someone. That that kept the sports staff away apparently happened in print, from Blacksburg, they had to but not online, so online read- scramble to provide some kind ers might think Metzinger was of coverage. They did a pretty at the game. It was a mistake. good job. The fact that I think Mistakes happen. But there is they could have done better apparently another rule about in one aspect doesn’t diminish these things. Cavalier Daily that. It’s clear that Robertson writers don’t use quotes, such cares about her section and the as those available through tran- work it turns out. It’s easy, when scripts of post-game press con- the crisis is passed and the ferences, for fear they will con- stories and columns have been

published, to find a thing or two that could have been done better. Sometimes those flaws or the ways around them aren’t so easy to see when the crisisfighting frenzy is going on. The most important thing, so long as everyone survives and no one gets libeled, is to learn from the experience — to figure out how to deal with the crisis better next time and to devise ways to push the next time as far into the future as possible. I think it’s very unlikely the credentials snafu will be repeated. I think the shortcoming I saw in the columns is less likely to happen in the future. I’m not sure Robertson agrees with my opinion about using quotes from an event the staff didn’t cover in person, but that’s the smallest of those three issues. It is clear that Robertson was polite enough to avoid pointing out that I did to her and Metzinger something similar to what I accused them of doing to London. I shouldn’t have done that. Tim Thornton is the ombudsman for The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at

Take the ‘holidays’ off


Politically correct euphemisms are token gestures, not authentic acknowledgements of religious difference

ECEMBER is here, and in or discrimination. The driving the midst of finals projects, force behind the effort to switch final exams and your “Merry Christmas” to “Happy final days of avoiding laundry, Holidays” is actually much more there exists at the University a complex than a simple attempt to equalize the poignant feeling of public’s view of what people refer DENISE TAYLOR different creeds to as the “holiday OPINION COLUMNIST and religions. season,” or as I like From what I’ve to call it, Christseen, political correctness has mas. And if it isn’t obvious enough more to do with launching a already, the sudden influx of preemptive strike against being Frank Sinatra, countless games accused of ignorance than caterof “Secret Santa,” and, of course, ing to anyone who’s different. the Lighting of the Lawn may be In short, it boils down to the enough of a hint that Christmas concept of people becoming offended for other people, for is, in fact, imminent. But in recent times, the mili- the sake of themselves. Although it isn’t really a “War tant efforts to eliminate any reference to Christmas have on Christmas,” political correctbecome as sensational as the ness does pose the question of holiday itself. The usage of the how accommodating the United word “holiday” as an ambigu- States really is toward nonous substitute for the Christmas Christian faiths. It seems like season reemerges as a topic of Americans are quick to deem controversy almost every year. any public threat to minorSome have even dubbed the ity religions as unacceptable, collective movement toward whether it be Koran burning political correctness as a threat or anti-Semitic remarks, but to America as they know it, the general lack of knowledge going so far as to call it a “War of other religions suggests the opposite of what it means to be on Christmas.” Yet it’s not a question of war “inclusive.”

The assertion is often thrown Moreover, a plain acknowlaround that the United States edgment of diversity doesn’t ranks as one of the most igno- count as true recognition of rant nations in the world. To diversity. But in fear of even the me and many others, that’s no slightest exposure of ignorance, the advocate surprise. But the fact that one of “Although it isn’t really of political corthe world’s most a ‘War on Christmas,’ rectness stands there, hands in ignorant nations political correctness the air, like a is also the birthplace of modern does pose the question Spanish soccer “political correct- of how accommodating player denying foul play with ness” implies just what political cor- the United States really an Oscar-woris toward nonthy eyebrow rectness is set to raise. accomplish — or Christian faiths.” What’s more, not accomplish. the case for We can call it a political corfailure of multiculturalism, our education sys- rectness assumes that non-Christems or even the media. But if tians are somehow upset by we look at the “Happy Holidays” Christmas, when in fact it can be initiative through the frame- just the opposite. I’ve been forwork of ignorance, it appears as tunate enough to take frequent though people show their out- trips to Turkey, where the prerage over “Merry Christmas” to dominant religion is not Christiseem like they care, not because anity but Islam. Yet if you take a walk on the streets of Istanbul in they actually do. Let’s face it. “Happy Holidays” the middle of December, it’s just isn’t going to end a race war. as stereotypically festive as any It’s not going to end any “War U.S. city you’ve ever seen. Trees on Christmas,” and it’s not going are lit in restaurants and hotels, to make anyone feel specifically shopping malls become the accounted for in a retail store. center Santas, and ringtones are


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set to “Jingle Bells.” The Turks have found a way to bridge the gap between the East and the West by observing the New Year the same way Westerners would celebrate Christmas. Although it isn’t a religious celebration, the customs are certainly adopted from traditions that are universally linked to Christianity. But as we see today, the United States is a whole different story. No matter how many window displays, mall Santas or Christmas carols there are, attached is a lingering obligation to omit any direct mention of Christmas at all. I’d hate to boil political correctness down to a simple white man’s burden, but it seems that those who push for this obligation do it more out of an inherent sense of guilt than a duty to non-Christian citizens. The problem with “Happy Holidays,” however, is that it neither compensates for the guilt itself nor gets rid of the ignorance; it just makes you a Scrooge. Denise Taylor’s column appears Tuesdays in The Cavalier Daily. She can be reached at



Project Unbreakable

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

National campaign, viral Tumblr visit, spotlight University’s sexual assault victims By Anne-Marie Albracht Cavalier Daily Staff Writer

Grace Brown is a self-professed introvert. Calm and contemplative, she prefers to keep her thoughts to herself and to digest the world from behind her camera’s thick lens. Through her looking glass, she quietly snaps shots of men and women, girls and boys, young and old and rich and poor. She silently captures intimate images of hurt and heartbreak, sadness and betrayal and hope and empowerment, all in the same frame. She doesn’t push, pry or ask questions. She doesn’t need to — her pictures say it all. Brown’s bold photographic-project-turnedblogosphere-sensation, Project Unbreakable, was launched overnight. Surrounded by victims of sexual violence all her life, Brown recalls waking up one morning with the idea of photographing these victims holding stark white signs inscribed with the haunting words of their attackers. “I was out late at night with a friend last October and she suddenly just blurted out her story,” Brown said. “I was incredibly sad and I just couldn’t shake it. That night I went to bed so upset, counting the number of people in my life who’d been sexually abused and I woke up the next morning with the idea for the project, knowing it was something I had to do.” From that point on, Brown let the project develop organically through word of mouth and social media. Now, a year after its inception, Project Unbreakable holds a spot in TIME Magazine’s Top 30 Tumblr Blogs to Follow, and after a 16-city U.S. tour, the project will take the international stage with showings in London and Paris. And Brown is barely 20. The refreshing and yet upsetting nature of the project is what moved project participant Emily Loranger, a fourth-year College student double majoring in sociology and women, gender and sexuality, to bring Project Unbreakable to Charlottesville. “The first time I participated, I felt like I finally had found a place to tell people that these assaults happened to me and that they weren’t something I had to be ashamed of,” Loranger said. “I chose to show my face. Of course, not everyone wants to do that, but I proved that these words had no power over me. I wanted victims here to have the chance



to have the same experience.” Working with her boss Claire Kaplan, director of sexual and domestic violence services at the Women’s Center, Loranger convinced Brown to visit Grounds. In early November, Brown spent two days photographing both Charlottesville residents and University students at Lee Park, finishing her visit with a question and answer session Kaplan said was well-attended despite the fact it fell on election night. “One of our number-one goals is creating outlets for survivors to express themselves,” Kaplan said. “[Project Unbreakable] is a wonderful intersection between visual arts and a way of giving survivors a voice.” For Loranger, who was assaulted both as a child and more recently off-Grounds by a fellow student last fall, participating not only gave her a voice but also helped her decide to pursue a hearing with the Sexual Misconduct Board, the disciplinary body on Grounds that hears alleged sexual assault cases. “Seeing these people and how strong they were gave me the extra push to continue going through with [the process],” Loranger said. The pictures of University students should be posted on the blog sometime during the next few months, Brown said. Meanwhile, Loranger and Kaplan are looking for new ways to foster awareness about sexual violence and keep students thinking about the issue before it reaches them personally. “I think sexual violence is something we think we talk about but don’t,” Loranger said. “When people see pictures of students from their own school holding these signs and coming forward as victims, sexual assault becomes an undeniable issue. You can’t ignore that these are the people sitting beside you in class and the dining hall. You have to address it.” That is exactly what Brown intended for her blog to do. Brown is on her way to achieving her goals, but the University is still looking to find its own way to better help student sexual assault victims. Such efforts are sometimes impeded by a lack of University funding, Kaplan said. That shouldn’t stop efforts to combat sexual abuse, though, Brown said. “Whatever it is you have in mind, just do it,” she said. “... It’s so important to remember we all have the capacity to get up and make a difference.”



When Money Does Buy Happiness

efore I came to Europe you not want to live, study for the semester, I used and party in another country. to think it was silly when Besides the price of your flight people said they couldn’t study to Europe and back, you could expect about the abroad because same budget. Living in Lyon it was too expenBoy, was I wrong. sive. In my head, Roughly 17 weeks, I compared it 12 countries, 15 to living off cities, 11 plane Grounds at U.Va. rides, and 14 bus/ After all, tuition train rides later and housing are — some of which all roughly the may not have been same in Charlegitimate — I can lottesville and finally accept that abroad. I thought the loss of my forliving expenses merly plentiful life would be too. VALERIE CLEMENS savings is in sight. The money lost With just enough in the dollareuro conversion of a weekly gro- cash to get me frugally through cery trip, an occasional movie, three weeks and one more trip a new sweater, a pair of boots — my flight home — part of and some alcohol couldn’t be me remains angry and anxious enough of a difference to make that I have let my account bal-


ance reach rock bottom for the first time since I started earning my own money five years ago. I remember the endless hours serving artificially warm steaks from a smelly kitchen to cranky, cheap customers, cleaning tables and sweeping underneath booths until midnight, and then I think of how the monetary rewards reaped from the dark days are almost dry. Nothing is left to comfort my suppressed memories. I’m currently sitting on my last train ride, traveling from Valencia to Barcelona, where I will catch a plane tonight back to Lyon , thinking about ways I could have saved money this semester. First, I could have traveled less — the aforementioned plane and train rides were the Please see Clemens, Page A9

Good Old Friends

hree weeks ago I turned doors of Chantilly High School 22, and in the three weeks — I still wonder how we were b e f o r e a n d a f t e r m y able to function at 7:24 a.m. — birthday I saw my high school there was still a Blockbuster in friends more than in the past town, Sarah Palin was culturally three years combined. It seems relevant and we wrote on each other’s Facebook somewhat parawalls, not each doxical. With Urban Legends other’s timelines. each passing day, Even though time month and year, keeps marching we’ve moved faron, we are inexther away from t r i c a b l y l i n ke d the times we by our common thought AP World past, and as History was the graduation looms hardest class in and the future the history of the becomes scarier world and heard each day, it makes AC/DC’s “Thunsense that we are derstruck” under reaching for the the Friday night KATIE URBAN people who knew lights as the footus when we were ball team ran younger. onto the field. As a first year, I didn’t want The last time we entered the

to hang out exclusively with my high school friends for fear I would miss out on new friendship opportunities. And as a first year, the last thing I wanted to do was appear as though I missed high school — even though I did — because I thought everyone else already thought high school was a distant memory. By the time I was a second and third year — when I really no longer missed high school and had cultivated a solid group of college friends — I didn’t need to hang out with my high school friends as much. Plus, if we did hang out all the time we would run the risk of looking like our former peers at Virginia Tech who still seem to party together every weekend. But when my high school Please see Urban, Page A9



Say Anything

n Halloween, one of my disregard for humanity. I best friends was drugged have no explanation for the at a party at a frater- origin of the personality traits nity’s satellite house. She told that cause someone to have a me about it the next day after desire to drug another person a morning visit to Student or cause bodily harm. But I do know why this Health, feeling scared, confused and alone. I did my behavior persists at the Unibest to comfort her, knowing versity despite our best efforts there wasn’t much I could to stop it. As a community, do to alleviate her pain. She we fail at holding these bad was extremely fortunate in apples accountable. At one of the nation’s most that the man or men who did this to her did not assault her, prestigious institutions, there and her friends took care of is no mandatory training her all night. I spoke with the for all personnel, including president of the fraternity students, regarding sexual assault and in question Sarah Bingol misconand Assisduct. Nor is tant Dean GUEST COLUMNIST there trainof Students Michael Citro and received ing that addresses prevensatisfactory responses that tion. Procedures for reporting were apologetic and assured and prosecuting an incident me that the Inter-Frater- are unclear and ambiguous. nity Council would work to And most importantly, at one increase their efforts to edu- of the only universities in cate members about the rep- the nation where your fellow students can expel you for rehensibility of such actions. But it is not enough. Educa- lying to a professor or stealtional programs that repeat ing a mug from the bookstore, the same information are the same students who have not enough. The reform of pledged to uphold the comthe sexual assault policy is munity of trust do not hold not enough. Going to Stu- perpetrators of these crimes dent Health is not enough, responsible for their actions. It will not matter how many especially when they tell you there is nothing they can do vigils, rallies or seminars aside from examining you for we have for those who are signs of sexual assault, which affected by sexual violence is what they told my friend. if we do not put pressure Nothing is going to stop this on those who commit these pernicious, vile behavior until crimes. It is imperative that we hold our friends account- we do more to hold these able and refuse to tolerate offenders accountable for this abuse to our community their actions. I know that victims are freof trust. To be clear, you do not have quently unwilling or unable to be in a fraternity to have to prosecute their attackers in an inherent disrespect for court. Nevertheless, there are others. I am a member of a other ways to create change. sorority, and I truly believe If you know of someone who in the benefits of Greek life. Greek life, even at its worst, Please see Bingol, Page A9 does not encourage wanton

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Clemens | Experience trumps financial health every time Continued from page A8 red-handed culprits. I could have eaten the cheap meals given at the hostels, instead of going out with friends to find out what a city’s cuisine is really like. Other costs provide a snapshot of giddy European bliss: the 15-euro cost to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, the 4.5euro crêpes, the 3.5-euro glass of mulled wine after a rainy evening of window shopping, the 15-euro taxi ride to get to the train station at 7 a.m. to save an extra 35 minutes of precious sleep after being out until 4 a.m. Then there was my 20-euro cooking class, in which I learned how to create a meal of baked

figs, quenelle and fondant — a classic Lyonnais meal — and the 22-euro train ride to the airport to surprise my best friend after I’d gone months without a comforting face from home. My parents have helped me out financially, but that went to tuition and housing. It was my own decision to live this semester the way I have. I wouldn’t say I’m particularly thrifty in the United States, but my former self wouldn’t be able to fathom the amount of money I’ve spent this semester. But I don’t regret a single bit of it. I wanted this trip to be about experience, and it was worth it. I’ve relished the auditory experience of going to a techno music festival in

Paris, tasting authentic tapas and sangria in Barcelona, touching the joker boy statue’s foot in Budapest for good luck, smelling the aromas of the spice markets in Marrakech and seeing the endless red rooftops of Prague from the view at the top of the astronomical clock tower. I’ve never found the adage, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer,” to be truer. I’ll never get these four months, the amazing sights, the happy friends, the spontaneous trips and the delicious French meals back, but the money I can. I can’t speak for everyone, because everybody has his or her own outlook on money and spending habits. To some, their

form of money is their time, and they can’t afford to experience certain things because of a lack of time. But remember we’re in college, and these four years are short. Next time you find yourself turning something down you know you’ll enjoy, take a minute to reconsider. In the end, what will you remember more? The money, time or energy lost that can be made up in the future? Or the impromptu trip to D.C. for a concert with your friends, the tailgate in a friend’s Lawn room, the 3 a.m. trip to IHOP after a group project or the weekend trip to another state to visit a friend from high school? I’ve realized money is for

spending. Especially at this point in my life, when my income is so low because I have the full-time job of being a student, I’m going to use the money I do make to help these four years become as memorable as possible. Put your guard down, go with the flow, pay your dues and work your ass off when you have time to, and you’ll be surprised at how many wind-in-face, flabbergasting, deer-in-headlights, headshaking, embarrassing, irresponsible, yet incredibly memorable moments you’ll have. Valerie’s column runs biweekly Tuesdays. She can be reached at

Urban | High school friends remember teachers’ life lessons Continued from page A8 friend who now lives on the Lawn suggested we have a Class of 2009 pregame in her room, I thought it was a fantastic idea. After discussing whether or not we thought our favorite high school history teacher thinks we drink now — we concluded yes — and where the people we had crushes on in high school are now, we found ourselves singing off-key between sake bombs at Sushi Love and crowding around an upstairs table at Biltmore, trying to prolong the eventual end of the night. Somewhere between the columns of the Lawn and all the late-night restaurants, I realized it’s sometimes great to surround yourself with high school friends because they can remind you how far you’ve

come and — as we all talked about our plans for next year — how far you want to go. After I celebrated my birthday with both college and high school friends in the same room, something happened that never had before in my threeand-a-half year college career — I went home for Thanksgiving break. As I was drinking coffee with a friend at the Starbucks I visited many mornings before high school, one of my favorite teachers ever — my AP Language teacher Ms. Bucco — came over and gave me a huge hug. I was instantly reminded of how much I’ve changed in the nearly four years since high school graduation. I’ve traded hoodies and Sperrys for ballet flats and blazers. She told me I looked so grown-up she wouldn’t have been sure it

was me had she not known my voice. As we were standing there catching up, I remembered all the important life lessons my high school teachers taught me. One of Ms. Bucco’s favorite catch phrases was, “You should never marry someone who won’t put gloves on your chickens for you.” Her use of the phrase originated from the story of Henry David Thoreau staying at Walden Pond, where he fell in love with the property owner’s wife, Mrs. Ralph Waldo Emerson. He realized her chickens were tearing up her roses, so he decided to make tiny gloves for them so her roses would survive. The lesson here is that you should only settle for someone who loves and cares about you enough to do anything for you. This can be hard

to remember in college, where a hook-up culture dominates. Another major influence from my high school years was my yearbook adviser, Mrs. Downes. She had several key catch phrases of her own that I think are applicable to college kids, the first being, “A short pencil is better than a long memory.” Many of us who spend class time on Facebook thinking we’re comprehending the lecture know when finals roll around we wish we weren’t missing 15-minute chunks of notes. Another one of her favorite sayings was, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Sometimes in college it’s easy to be complacent while simultaneously wanting to do the right thing. But it’s important to remember inaction, or a poor

decision with the best interests of yourself or a friend at heart, is worthless. Finally, my personal favorite Mrs. Downes aphorism was, “It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission” — because, as we know, in college there are no rules, only consequences. So regardless of whether you’re a first, second, third or fourth year, when you head home for Winter Break take some time out of your couch cruising, general holiday merriment and sleeping to reconnect with your high school days. I’ve learned I don’t know any friends like the good old friends. Katie’s column runs biweekly Tuesdays. She can be reached at

Bingol | Select group’s actions degrade ‘community of trust’ Continued from page A8 has violated the community of trust by taking advantage of another student, do not remain silent. Speak up. Tell your friends. A person who violates

the community of trust in this insidious manner does not deserve its benefits or protection. At my convocation, a speaker told us to take a good look at our classmates, because they

are our brothers and sisters and we have a duty to protect each other. The speaker was right, and as long as people in our community continue to choose to hurt others, we are forgetting his message. I fully


recognize that in a group as large as ours, there will inevitably be the few who refuse to adhere to an ideal as basic as respect. At the same time, I fully believe the University can work to better the com-

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