Colleges & Universities

Link to the Past, Part of the Future
3:29 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

UVA Looks to History, Italy in Fixing Rotunda

UVA President Teresa Sullivan shows off a Carrara marble capital.
Credit Hawes Spencer

Just as Thomas Jefferson did nearly 200 years ago, restoration experts for the University of Virginia's Rotunda have turned to history to bring this iconic building into the 21st Century.

Besides launching a Revolution in government, Thomas Jefferson launched a revolution in education. When founding the University, he placed at center not a church, as then the custom, but a library. However, the book collection eventually outgrew the space, and a 1970s renovation let the school's governing body, the Board of Visitors, claim nearly half the central floor.

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Leader in the Field
10:04 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Second Wind for Stability Tunnel at VT

If you think it’s windy outside, that’s nothing compared to the wind speeds inside the wind tunnel at Virginia Tech.  Built by NASA during World War Two to test aircraft stability, it remains one of the best of its kind in the world.

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Virginia Tech's Weekend Hackathon: A Force for Goo
5:26 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Meet the Hackers: A Force for Good

Credit VT Hacks Facebook, 2014

There’s a Hackathon set for this weekend at Virginia Tech. Students from around the country will be in Blacksburg. ---But no need to worry. These are not the same hackers who stage attacks on computers. 

"We need to throw out the misnomer. Hackathons are not really about getting together and hacking in to mainframes," says Computer Science major Brandon Potts, Transportation Coordinator for this weekend’s Hackathon at Virginia Tech.

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Sexual Assaults on Campus
4:42 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Lawmakers Debate Mandatory Reporting

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Should universities be required to report sexual assaults to police?  That a question being hotly debated in Richmond this week. 

After Jesse Matthew Junior was charged with kidnapping Hannah Graham, the public learned he was earlier accused of sexual assault at two other universities in Virginia.  That led Charlottesville Democrat David Toscano to draft  House Bill 2139 – a measure that would require schools to report such claims to police, and a new poll by the Commonwealth Education Policy Institute shows strong public support for the idea.

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Unrest for Sororities
4:46 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Boys' Bid Night: "This Is About Much More Than A Party"

A Rolling Stone story of gang rape at the University of Virginia has been discredited, and fraternities in Charlottesville are welcoming their new members, but another controversy now surrounds the school’s greek community.  

Boys' Bid Night is a celebration of new men accepting membership in a fraternity, and women from UVA sororities are always invited to join, but this year they’re under strict orders from national presidents to stay clear of frat houses tonight.  Based on the response, you might think UVA sorority women were fans of the Beastie Boys.

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