Jayson Whitehead



John Campbell, director of the UVA Center for Contemplative Sciences, says the idea for the program emerged when he and Sonia Jones were having a conversation about her daughter's Ashtanga yoga class at Stanford University. Photo: Dan Addison/UVA  Public Affairs

Yoga U: Is the Contemplative Sciences Center the answer to UVA’s ‘reputation gap,’ or an expensive New Age sideshow?

On April 10, the University of Virginia announced that billionaire alum Paul Tudor Jones and his wife Sonia had donated $12 million for the creation of the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC). Set to begin this fall, the center will be dedicated to the study of meditation, yoga, and mindfulness training and how these practices can […]

UVA stands firm as hunger strike ends

 On March 1, members of the Living Wage Campaign—all students at the University of Virginia—announced that they had ended a hunger strike that began nearly two weeks before. UVA president Teresa Sullivan had refused to meet their demands that the university raise its minimum wage for employees to $13 an hour. On February 18, 12 […]

He’s a spastic man

He’s a spastic man

Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier is always busy. When I got him on the phone one Sunday, he was in the middle of mixing a live album to be posted for free on the band’s website. The day before, Saunier participated in an explosive show at Brooklyn’s Union Pool with three other percussionists.

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“Hey B, wanna go to a park?” “No, I wanna stay home.” “All day?” “Yeah, all day!” “No, c’mon. We gotta get out of the house, it’s super nice out.” [Silence, as B goes back to his toys and I try to figure out another approach.] “Hey B, wanna go to the river and see […]

Cummings asserts Thomas-like platform

Cummings asserts Thomas-like platform

An hour before the convening of the county’s Democratic caucus on May 11, the two candidates for the Board of Supervisors from the Samuel Miller District—pharmacist Madison Cummings and architect Lucia Phinney—stood in the foyer of the County Office Building and watched as Albemarle Democratic Committee Chair Fred Hudson fingered a silver dollar he was […]