Colleges & Universities

Virginia's Teams Take on March Madness

Mar 17, 2015

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."

Alumnae Rally for Returning Sweet Briar Students

Mar 16, 2015
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.

Was Sweet Briar's Board Rash or Reasonable?

Mar 13, 2015
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? 

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."

Sweet Briar College

The news that Sweet Briar College would close after 114 years of educating women caught many by surprise. But to one veteran educator, it's the culmination of a financial disaster wrought by rising costs, changing tastes, and more affordable alternatives.

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