Colleges & Universities

Sweet Briar Saved

Jun 22, 2015

Sweet Briar College is back in business - at least for the coming academic year.  Virginia’s attorney general brokered a deal that will bring a new board of directors and president to the Amherst campus. 

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The University of Virginia baseball team was so close to winning the national championship last year.  The Cavaliers are back in Omaha this year to try it again and they’re off to a good start.

The fans have seen this before, and UVA’s experience factor played a role in its 5-3 victory over Arkansas on Saturday. 

Kenny Towns, a senior from Burke. socked a two-out double in the eighth inning to give UVA the lead for good.  Towns, one of 15 players back last year’s team that finished runner-up to Vanderbilt at the College World Series, reflects on his big moment.

The Cars of the Future are Already Here

Jun 11, 2015
Virginia Tech, Center for Automated Vehicle Systems

Researchers will soon begin testing automated cars on Virginia Roadways. But the advent of truly driverless cars is still pretty far down the road.

On the outside this looks like any normal Cadillac SRX a sleek, a 2013 luxury SUV.  But it’s been retrofitted with screens and sensors.  A small antenna on top with a GPS and Wi-Fi receiver detecting obstacles ahead, in this case, a tester wearing what looks like a construction worker’s vest containing a transmitter. 

The women of the troubled Sweet Briar College say the institution is capable of sustaining itself—and all it needs is a second chance. They're hoping that chance comes in the form of a ruling from the state's highest court to grant an injunction and allow the college to stay open while school administrators sort out legal and financial matters.

The fight to save Sweet Briar College goes to the Virginia Supreme Court tomorrow morning.

The entire high court will hear oral arguments in the lawsuit brought by Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer.  School officials say they’re closing the doors in August because of financial problems.  But Watchdog.org has found the college was in worse financial shape about a dozen years ago.  Kenric Ward is a writer for the conservative website’s Virginia bureau.

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