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UVA follows Harvard and Princeton in canning early admissions

Never one to be late to the party when Harvard and Princeton are involved, on September 25, UVA became the third school in the country and the nation’s only public school so far to abolish its early decision admissions program. After studying its early admissions program, the University concluded that it’s unfair to minority students […]

Board Of Visitors officially kicks off capital campaign

Board Of Visitors officially kicks off capital campaign

UVA President John Casteen says the $3 billion raised will put UVA permanently among the top universities in the world. The Board of Visitors held an unusually well-attended meeting September 29 as they voted to launch one of the most ambitious private fundraising campaigns in American higher education. Some of UVA’s wealthiest alumni and their […]

Stay in school

The United States is slipping in terms of college participation and degree completion, a report by the National Center for Public Policy on Higher Education released in September shows. This means fewer students are going to college and more are dropping out once they get there. Though these problems aren’t prevalent at UVA, the University does have a unique tactic to ensure students stay on schedule and graduate on time-hey put an eight-semester cap on undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, the school with the highest enrollment.

Penitent!

Penitent!

After pleading no contest to two counts of videotaping nonconsenting adults, former Lutheran pastor Gregory Briehl was sentenced in the Albemarle General District Court to 60 days in jail. Briehl still faces a preliminary hearing in the General District Court for a charge of 20 counts of possession of child pornography, to be held in October.
Briehl’s original sentence of 600 days, or 300 days per count, was reduced to 60 days total, as long as he remains on good behavior for the next two years.
Using a handheld videocamera, Briehl recorded guests at his home as they undressed, often climbing trees or his children’s swingset to do so. He also videotaped guests that used his bathroom by hiding a camera beneath a pile of towels.
Those videotaped include members of his former congregation, which he left in spring of 2006 after an alleged affair with a Peace Lutheran Church member.
Similar to his July bond hearing, a few supporters of Briehl attended his hearing last week. Testimonies were offered by Briehl’s former co-ministers at Peace Luthern Church as well as clients that Briehl served as a counselor at First Stone Counseling Center.
Briehl’s private life has also suffered in the wake of his crimes. A father of three boys, Briehl is currently separated from his wife and children, whom he was not allowed to contact while on bail.—Brendan Fitzgerald

Payback time

Payback time

Andrew Alston, the man convicted of stabbing Walker Sisk 18 times in a drunken Corner brawl, has filed for bankruptcy following a $3 million civil lawsuit from the victim’s family. Alston served only two and a half years in jail for the voluntary manslaughter conviction, and a hearing will determine if he can dodge the lawsuit.

A week of Weed

A week of Weed

“I knew it would be a lot of work,” Curt Gleeson, communications director for Al Weed’s campaign says, “but I had no idea.” Apparently, the campaign trail for Virginia farmer, war vet and Democratic Congressional challenger Al Weed can get a little rocky. Hey, it’s no easy matter ousting a Republican incumbent in a House election in Virginia.

Something’s fishy

Something’s fishy

Though a September 7 Associated Press article noted an unusually high percentage of inter-sex fish in the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, local experts say they’d need more research to determine if male fish growing eggs are cause for alarm in the increasingly developed and polluted Shenandoah watershed.

Gross indecency

Gross indecency

At the end of August, Charlottesville police indicted five former employees of the Whisper Ridge Behavioral Health facility on abuses ranging from sex with a minor while in a custodial role and contributing to delinquency to failing to report abuse.

Virginia Justice Center debates FAIR

Virginia Justice Center debates FAIR

Managing attorney for the Virginia Justice Center Tim Freilich debates his opponent’s tough-on-immigrants stance at the Northside Library Wednesday, September 13. “I agree with you on one thing,” Tim Freilich, managing attorney with the Virginia Justice Center for Farm and Immigrant Workers, a statewide project of the Legal Aid Justice Center said. “Our immigration system […]

Suspects at large in shooting on Wertland Street

On Sunday, September 10, a 21-year-old student survived a shot in the abdomen, which happened around 4am at a residence on Wertland Street. Police are looking for two black males who are suspected of trying to rob the student. The incident has Charlottesville police and University officials concerned with how students interact with the city […]

School flyers still up in the air

After a lawsuit between the Albemarle School Board and Liberty Counsel, a conservative Christian rights advocacy group, the School Board changed a policy that prohibited religiously oriented flyers in schools. Now, a debate about which flyers to allow has schools weighing their role as community centers versus protective educational environments. A board meeting on Thursday, […]

UVA to follow Harvard in canning Early Admissions?

Harvard’s September 12 announcement that it will abolish early decision has had other schools mulling their own admissions policies. An article in The Washington Post on Wednesday, September 13 quoted admissions officials about the pros and cons of early decision—apparently, less prestigious schools rely on early decision to cement their applicant pools, a problem Harvard […]

The perfect balance

The perfect balance

After another long, sticky Charlottesville summer, it’s almost that time again. Soon there’ll be a nip in the air, football playoffs on our TV sets, and turtlenecks peeking from every closet.

Former Iranian president speaks at the rotunda

Muhammad Khatami, reformist president of Iran from 1997 until 2005, visited UVA last Thursday, September 7. He is the highest-ranking Iranian official to visit the United States since Iran’s revolution in 1979. While protests from UVA student groups were lukewarm, his visit to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. later that afternoon saw about 200 […]

Bold Wahoos Break out the fakes

Bold Wahoos Break out the fakes

Every new school year brings with it certain back-to-school essentials: laptop, backpack, notebooks and, of course, a fake ID for Corner bar-hopping. Corner bars have been packed the last few weekends, and bouncers have been beefing up to scrutinize the good, the bad and the ugly of Wahoos’ fake IDs.A Corner bar ABC manager, who […]

Teen takes plea bargain in “gang” beating

Otis Scott-Wilkins pleaded guilty Wednesday, September 6, to helping a group of teens beat up two boys, ages 14 and 17, near the Friendship Court housing project on Garrett Street. The April 21 attack just south of the Downtown Mall left the 14-year-old so badly injured that he had to have metal plates drilled into […]

Former hoops star to serve jail time for fraud

Ralph Sampson, the former NBA star and three-time College Player of the Year for the Cavaliers will go to jail after a plea bargain with federal prosecutors over charges of mail fraud, according to several published news reports, including Sports Illustrated. This isn’t the first time Sampson has tried to run his game off the […]

City School scores improve, Clark sanctions lifted

As the new Charlottesville schools superintendent, Rosa Atkins may face a school system that’s slightly less troublesome than that her predecessors confronted. Recently released Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores show a picture of a school system improving in some areas, while stagnating in others. Sanctions have been lifted from Clark Elementary, part of an […]

A new direction

A new direction

The Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra, our area’s signature symphony, opens its 2006-2007 season with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in October, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in November and a Holiday concert in December. And they’ve got something else special this year: a new conductor, who just happens to have one more X chromosome than most […]

Campus Pharmacy to carry Plan B OTC

The FDA last month approved emergency contraceptive Plan B for over-the-counter use, and University of Virginia Student Health Center will sell the drug that way as soon as the product is repackaged. Student health officials and local Planned Parenthood workers are bracing for the political fallout of the drug becoming more available.    “Certainly we are […]

UVA wide receiver gets jail time for bookstore incident

UVA wide receiver gets jail time for bookstore incident

On September 9, the rest of the UVA football team will be kicking off their first home game of the season against Wyoming. Former wide receiver Theirrien “Bud” Davis, however, will be sitting in jail, at the beginning of a three-month sentence earned for stealing from the UVA bookstore.

Files opened, boy pleads guilty in bomb-plot case

In more news from the teen bombing case that won’t quit, Albemarle County Judge Paul M. Peatross unsealed portions of records about the 16-year-old convicted of threatening to bomb two Albemarle schools. And another boy, now 17, who was pegged as the plot’s ringleader, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Thursday, August 31, in Albemarle Circuit […]

Education requirements a tough equation

Education requirements a tough equation

The City and County police forces differ in standards for cops. For example, the Albemarle police force has more stringent academic requirements, while the City has stricter physical fitness standards. But the philosophies behind the standards are more complex than mere brains versus brawn. According to City Police Chief Timothy J. Longo, education requirements for […]

Teen Drinking-and-driving deaths down statewide

Teen Drinking-and-driving deaths down statewide

Though car crashes involving teens and alcohol tend to garner outsized public attention, they’re still relatively rare. Statewide numbers from the Department of Motor Vehicles show DUI-related deaths are actually down, especially for teens.    Statewide, teen deaths in alcohol-related crashes declined about 24 percent, to 32 deaths from 42 in 2004.    Alcohol-related accidents for all […]

Anti-Bullying Law causes few disciplinary changes

Anti-Bullying Law causes few disciplinary changes

One year after Albemarle delegate Rob Bell’s anti-bullying legislation came through, the numbers show the anti-bully bill has flexed little muscle in local schools. A statewide Crime and Violence Report for Virginia schools shows no reported incidents of bullying for Albemarle in 2005, and Charlottesville saw only 18 incidents last year.    Still, school administrators say […]

Indie Senate candidate can’t be derailed

Independent Senate candidate Gail “For Rail” Parker’s got a steady platform to build rail across Virginia, which she says will reduce emissions, save lives and even fix Iraq (less oil, more peace in the Middle East). Recently, C-VILLE tread the shaky ground on and off the platform of this third-party candidate.—Meg McEvoy C-VILLE: How much […]