Allie Cooper. Photo: Eli Williams

Saying goodbye

Whenever I hear anyone make a snide remark about a “townie,” I glare and then I puff out my chest. Who do these students think they are? They are the ones here temporarily, taking advantage of our turf. I moved to Charlottesville in seventh grade, and came to UVA as a first-year in 2009. My […]

Members of UVA’s iGEM team, a student group that tackles complex synthetic biology challenges in an annual international competition, are in the process of selecting a project that they’ll work to develop for the next six months. Photo: Elli Williams

Bright young things: UVA’s self-directed synthetic biology stars

Ask some of the newest members of UVA’s International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition team why they plan to spend the summer in a lab on Grounds splicing DNA, and they have a tendency to talk over one another in their eagerness to explain. “It’s undergraduate research, but we’re not treated like undergraduates,” said 19-year-old Josh […]

For the filming of Sugar Coated Arsenic, UVA students dressed in ’70s swag and said they felt a new connection to Black culture as a result of the project. Photo: Magdeldin Hamid

Black progress: As enrollment drops, African-American faculty and students try to preserve culture

UVA accepted its first African-American student in 1950. Black enrollment increased gradually over the following 40 years, but since hitting 10 percent in 1990, the enrollment of African-American students has dropped steadily. According to 2012-2013 numbers, African-American students make up less than 7 percent of UVA’s undergraduate student body. Students, faculty, and alumni agree that […]