Kathleen Smith

Delegate Matt Fariss hopes industrial hemp will be a crop that helps revitalize Southside, and now it’s legal for universities to grow it for research.
Illustration Jason Crosby

New laws: What’s legal, what’s not

Virginians may begin to see hemp production and more public breastfeeding with the new laws that went into effect July 1, several of which were inspired by local events and people. Jesse Matthew, the man accused of killing UVA student Hannah Graham and linked by DNA evidence to the case of slain Virginia Tech student […]

Mark T. Bowles and Whittington W. Clement of Richmond, Tammy S. Murphy of Red Bank, New Jersey, Jeffrey C. Walker of New York City, and James V. Reyes of Washington, D.C., begin their terms on the Board of Visitors.

New BOV members: What’s changed since Sullivan ouster?

Since University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan was fired—and reinstated—in 2012, there have been calls for change in both how the Board of Visitors is governed and who is on the board. With Governor Terry McAuliffe’s last round of five appointees, critics say there’s still too little diversity in who gets appointed. And one tradition—that […]

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McAuliffe signs sexual assault bills

In the wake of multiple tragedies involving sexual violence over the past nine months, Virginia lawmakers passed three bills on campus assault prevention and response policies that Governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law May 28. HB 1785, introduced by Delegate Jimmie Massie (R-Henrico), mandates that campus police notify the local commonwealth’s attorney of a victim-initiated […]

Before the earthquake, Marli Gordon was trying to raise money to finish a school in Nepal.
Submitted photo

Report from Nepal: Local lives through aftershocks

Western Albemarle High grad Marli Gordon was walking through her impoverished Kathmandu neighborhood of Nayabazar on April 25 when she began to lose her balance. Screaming filled the streets as people ran from their houses, and Gordon instantly realized she was in the midst of an earthquake. “Pieces of bricks were falling off of houses […]

UVA President Teresa Sullivan keeps her job and gets a raise. Photo: UVA University Communications

Sullivan extended

The University of Virginia Board of Visitors voted May 19 to extend President Teresa Sullivan’s contract until July 31, 2018. Her current contract is set to end on July 31, 2016. A provision in the newly passed contract stipulates that Sullivan’s successor could assume office as early as November 1, 2017. If the board has […]

UVA students contribute a hefty portion of the athletics department’s budget, whether they go to sporting events or not.
Photo: Jack Looney

Mascot unmasked

Three students who graduated from the University of Virginia last weekend additionally gave up their coveted positions as Cav Man, the University’s official game day mascot. Though the students who assume the Cav Man role are anonymous, Sam Meredith, class of 2015, revealed his identity as one of the masked men. In an interview with […]