Colleges & Universities

Conforming to Federal Mandates
5:02 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Concerns Over Campus Sexual Assault Legislation

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Legislation that addresses campus sexual assaults is already on Governor McAuliffe's desk—but before he signs off, amends, or vetoes anything, he has the input from members of his Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence to consider.

The legislation requires campus employees to report sexual violence allegations to the Title IX  coordinator, who must report the allegation to a review team that meets within 72 hours.  One subcommittee believes that while the legislation is a good first step, there's more work ahead.

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Sports
6:58 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Virginia's Teams Take on March Madness

From the White House to your house, the NCAA men's college basketball tournament brackets are out, and this year the Commonwealth has a real contender.

For a while, it looked like March Madness might repeat 2011 when a record five teams from the Commonwealth were tapped for the brackets. As it turns out, Virginians will get three teams to cheer. One of them, Hampton University, could be on a quick collision course.

"Hampton is the ultimate underdog."

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Education
11:22 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Alumnae Rally for Returning Sweet Briar Students

Students sing the "Holla Holla" song atop Monument Hill on Sunday.
Credit Photo: Hawes Spencer

Alumnae of Sweet Briar, whose board voted to shut down the 114-year-old women's college at the end of the summer, are brewing a fight.

On Sunday, however, they turned their attention to embracing the students.

 

With bunches of daisies and words of encouragement, hundreds of alumnae lined the main road into campus in a Sunday afternoon show of support for students recently told they'd have to find a new college.

"Your alumnae sisters are fighting for you," said Terry Evans, class of 1974, welcoming students back from spring break.

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Sweet Briar Closing
9:28 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Was Sweet Briar's Board Rash or Reasonable?

Alumnae plan to rally around students on Sunday
Credit Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College was founded in 1901 when Indiana Fletcher Williams left her entire estate, including the Sweet Briar Plantation, to found an institution in the name of her deceased daughter, Daisy. 114 years later, the school unexpectedly announced its closure – sending shockwaves through alumnae, academia, and Amherst County.  Did the board act prudently, or did it move hastily? 

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Virginia Tech Center for the Arts
5:13 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Islamic Worlds Festival: Breaking Boundaries Through the Arts

The arts have a unique ability to embrace complexity; to hold a variety of ideas at once. They can foster exploration not always possible through other routes. That’s the idea behind the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, which opens next month. 

"There’s such a cultural clinging to tradition that is both admirable and sometimes problematic, but that’s in every culture; if you hold too strongly to tradition."

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