An alcoholic and often homeless, Eduardo Calzada lived his life on the margins of Charlottesville society. He lived in Central Virginia for 15 years, taking construction or handyman jobs around Charlottesville, periodically disappearing for long stretches to binge on alcohol. On his left forearm Calzada had his name tattooed in blue ink. He once told […]
The Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women is located on an isolated piece of land off U.S. Route 250 in Troy, Virginia. Its cinderblock walls are white and clean, the staff are friendly as officers pass through a metal detector, raise their arms and get patted down. A series of heavy doors, painted government green, lead […]
The city has announced the Jefferson School General Partnership, a private entity that will purchase the Jefferson School, keeping it eligible for $8 million in federal tax credits to restore the historic site.
William Beebe, the man who pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault in an incident at a 1984 UVA fraternity party was sentenced to 18 months in prison and taken into custody March 15.
The Interweb is a mysterious place, and e-mail, a main method of communication ’cross the nebulous tubes, is a touchy subject. E-mail at work is even touchier, given that companies own the equipment and the bandwidth. For Dena Bowers, the woman who’s currently suing UVA for her firing over an e-mail containing NAACP documents, issues […]
Michael Andrew Nicholaou lived in Charlottesville only a short time. He drove a cab, worked as an undercover drug informant for the Charlottesville police and opened a porn shop called The Pleasure Chest. He wanted to become a police officer, but couldn’t pass the background check, former Charlottesville Police Chief John “Deke” Bowen recalls. Despite […]
At UVA, Sara Larquier was a scholarship softball player from California, a politics major and your typical busy student, stuck with other Wahoos in the bubble of the Corner and Grounds.
A 16-year-old Charlottesville High School student is in critical condition after a shooting that occurred around 11pm, March 2, on Prospect Avenue. It has been reported that the teen was an innocent bystander who was shot by a semi-automatic weapon. A dark truck or SUV was seen leaving the scene. March 7, police arrested a […]
Business undergrads are walking with some extra swagger this week thanks to news from BusinessWeek that the McIntire School of Commerce is ranked No. 2 nationally. BusinessWeek magazine ranked UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce second among the nation’s undergraduate business programs. Not bad, given that the top-ranked program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School […]
Fifteen minutes before a 1pm hearing in Dena Bowers’ $1 million wrongful firing lawsuit, UVA administrators and their attorneys were downright giggly. Chief Financial Officer Yoke San Reynolds and UVA
Two Augusta County teenage girls, ages 15 and 16, have been removed from their father and stepmother’s custody. Those guardians, Steven Tomlin, 35, and Heather Tomlin, 27, have been charged with two counts of cruelty and injury to a child. According to Augusta police investigator Paul McCormick, police received a call from a school friend […]
In general, the State of Virginia is known for dealing with criminals, shall we say…effectively. During this last General Assembly session (www.legis.state.va.us), lawmakers did find a few ways to make our streets a little safer and would-be felons even more jittery. Here, four passed bills that will help the state fight crime. Albemarle Delegate Rob […]
Assembly’s commendable bills157 measures devoted to devotion A new website that tracks the goings-on of the Virginia General Assembly, www.richmondsunlight.com, is a wonk’s dream, and thusly, our new favorite thing (cheers to website creator, Waldo Jaquith). The site’s best feature? The “Tag Cloud” that lists topics by size, relative to their prominence in this session’s […]
By some measures, UVA is pretty affordable. The elite state school that benchmarks itself against privates like Cornell, Stanford and Duke still offers a price tag that’s truer to its public school mandate: about $17,700 a year for in-state students and more than $35,600 for out-of-staters.
March is high season for college admissions offices. The applications are in and deans are juggling: athletes, quiz show champs, active volunteers, math whizzes, minorities, kids with disabilities, kids who’ve composed symphonies, kids with perfect SAT scores—sometimes all of these things at once—all vying to get into a top school. Apparently, many factors go into […]
Volumes have been written on equality and higher ed. Here’s a short list: Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education, by William G. Bowen, Martin A. Kurzweil, and Eugene M. Tobin. Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education, by Peter Sacks, due in May. College Access: Opportunity or Privilege? Edited by […]
AccessUVA was created in 2004, after the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill introduced the “Carolina Covenant,” the first financial aid program at a public school that promised to meet all student financial need. Though Access UVA is the new umbrella name for all of UVA’s financial aid programs, here’s what is new: AccessUVA […]
In-state cost (including tuition, room and board, travel and expenses): $17,725 Out-of-state cost (not including travel): $35,605 Percentage of students on Pell grants: 7.9 Percentage who are “low-income”: 5.5 Percentage who apply for financial aid: 25 Percentage of undergraduates who apply for financial aid: 45 Funds given in need-based aid 2006-07: $33.5 million Funds given […]
It’s a common sight at UVAâa large lecture class dismisses, a flood of students pours out a set of double doors and they all plug in, dialing cell phones or popping those telltale white
The Virginia State Bar is considering getting rid of a rule that has long prevented legislators from practicing in law firms that employ lobbyists. The Washington Post reported on February 16 that one local legislator especially has an interest in seeing the ethics rule eliminated: R. Creigh Deeds (www.creighdeeds.com), a Democratic State senator from Bath […]
In 2005, a law was passed that said Albemarle farmer John Coles couldn’t sell his unpasteurized goat cheese anymore. Coles now makes his living selling vegetables, grown at his farm off Route 29 about eight miles north of Fashion Square Mall, and gives away pounds of cheese on a donation-only basis. Like many small farmers, […]
On February 22, a committee of six Republicans from the 16th Judicial Circuit in the Virginia General Assembly selected local attorney Cheryl V. Higgins for the Albemarle County Circuit Court judge seat. Higgins was approved by the full assembly the fol
Though it was relatively early in the evening, in a well-lit area near the UVA athletics building, a student and an assistant professor were robbed at gunpoint and one was assaulted around 9:20pm, Friday, February 16. The student and professor, both male, were walking in a parking lot near Bryant Hall when they were approached […]
Robert Wayne Wyant, the Scottsville man accused of second-degree murder in the death of 8-month-old Alexis McFadyen, was denied bond in Albemarle Circuit Court February 20. County prosecutors argued that Wyant’s behavior during the two-month investigation has been erratic and that he is a flight risk. Wyant has also had four charges for failing to […]
Larry Jermaine Jones, a 24-year-old Palmyra man, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and intent to distribute. In an “undercover operation,” Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force (JADE) (www.charlottesville.org) officers and Fluvanna police found 10 grams of crack cocaine valued at about $2,000 at the 900 block of W. Main Street in a […]
Robert Wayne Wyant, a 32-year-old firefighter with the East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company, was babysitting for the daughter of a friend last November 14. Whatever happened during that babysitting session, 8-month-old Alexis McFadyen ended up at UVA Hospital. She died two days later as a result of injuries from blunt force trauma to the head. […]
When Sheriff Ed Robb, soon to be 70, announced February 12 he wouldn’t run for re-election for Albemarle County sheriff, he said, “I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to my God, my wife, my family and my country.” Aside from his talent for speech-ery, Robb has racked up quite the distinguished career in law […]