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Circadian rhythm nation

Circadian rhythm nation

Outgoing University of Virginia Vice President and Provost Gene D. Block emphasized the importance of science faculty recruitment in an April 12 presentation to the Board of Visitors’ Special Commission on Planning. Last month’s recommendations will be some of the last for Block in Charlottesville; he will begin work as chancellor at UCLA by August […]

BOV issues slavery apology

The University of Virginia has seen a lot of changes since founder Thomas Jefferson’s time. If ‘ol TJ were still around today, he’d likely be surprised to find computers instead of parchment, cars instead of horses and a student body including women and minorities instead of only white men. Not to mention the fact that […]

Breaking the substance abuse cycle

Breaking the substance abuse cycle

This month sees a changing of the guard for Region Ten, a local government agency providing mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services to Charlottesville and its five area counties. Robert L. Johnson takes over as executive director, having worked extensively with drug treatment programs in Richmond and Washington, D.C. His experience should serve […]

New mascot to give you gas

New mascot to give you gas

Charlottesville Gas wants to introduce you to someone: the “blue flame without a name.” He’s cute. He’s cheerful. And, most importantly, he might turn out to be your very own benefactor if you play your cards right. Yep, this little guy could win you the prize pack equivalent of two crisp Ben Franklins if you’re […]

To Uganda, without moving an inch

To Uganda, without moving an inch

Maybe it was the full moon; maybe it was spring fever. Whatever the reason, people started acting peculiar at UVA April 2, and they kept going throughout the week—kept going and going, actually—without ever really going anywhere. Building Tomorrow, a national nonprofit organization supporting education efforts in sub-Saharan Africa, sponsored an event called Bike to […]

Teacher accused of child sex crimes

Neal Willetts, recent graduate of the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and former social studies teacher at Western Albemarle High School, is facing federal charges of sexual enticement and exploitation of minors. Initial proceedings April 4 resulted in a ruling by Judge B. Waugh Crigler that Willetts, 26, should remain in custody until […]

Hung jury in Whisper Ridge case

Hung jury in Whisper Ridge case

Bryan Antwann Vaughan sat solemnly alongside his attorney in the Charlottesville City Courthouse March 19, awaiting a verdict and facing a possible 10 years in prison if convicted of sex-abuse allegations

Dress code debacle gets ironed out

No shoes, no shirt, no problem? It’s more like shoes, shirts and problems on the Corner this week as flurries of heated debate and media coverage zero in on Jabberwocky, the restaurant-by-day, bar-by-night University hotspot where a newly implemented dress code has raised quite a few eyebrows in recent months. The dress code, established in […]

Bringing commerce to the Lawn

Bringing commerce to the Lawn

The plywood barriers lining UVA’s East Lawn, though pleasantly peppered with chalked poetry and event announcements, nevertheless leave student and visitor passers-by wondering, “What’s going on back there?” The answer is that Rouss Hall, future home of the McIntire School of Commerce, is getting a major facelift. According to McIntire’s Associate Dean of Administration Jerry […]

Aged witnesses cling to false memories

Aged witnesses cling to false memories

As age advances, memory declines. Old news? Perhaps, but a recent UVA study suggests that the issue may not be quite so simple. The study, “I misremember it well: Why older adults are unreliable eyewitnesses,” finds that older adults are not only more error-prone when remembering details—they are also extremely confident of their mistaken recollections. […]

James Baker coming to Miller Center

James Baker coming to Miller Center

President Bush may not be the only one “staying the course.” The Miller Center of Public Affairs (www.millercenter.virginia.edu) at UVA announced last week that it has assembled a National War Powers Commission, a bipartisan panel designed to examine constitutional allocations of power during war. Former secretaries of state James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher […]

“Mad Money” host speaks at Darden

“Mad Money” host speaks at Darden

“It’s an honor to come here,” said Jim Cramer, host of the popular CNBC finance show “Mad Money,” (www.madmoney.com) on his visit to the Darden School of Business (www.darden.edu) last week as the first stop on his second annual Back to School Tour. The financier-turned-TV-personality arrived in town on Tuesday, February 6, and spent the […]

RED DIRT ALERT!

RED DIRT ALERT!

Never fear: This apparent blemish on Monticello’s (www.monticello.org) nearly flawless face is but a necessary step on the path toward improvement. Construction of the new 42,000-square-foot Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith History Center began January 19 with the demolition of Monticello’s former ticket office. The new facility will house an improved ticket office, gift […]