About 700 people rallied at the University of Virginia responding to reports of sexual violence on campus.
Students and faculty gathered on short notice for a protest organized by the Middle Eastern and Islamic Student Association. A member of that group, Ahmad Intesar, proposed the gathering after seeing a story in Rolling Stone Magazine, recounting, among other things, the gang rape of a freshman at the prestigious Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
The University of Virginia is again under a dark cloud – singled out by Rolling Stone Magazine for dismissing or downgrading reports of rape on campus.
The Rolling Stone report begins with the story of a young woman it calls Jackie – now a junior at UVA.
She says she was raped by seven young men at a fraternity party during her freshman year, but friends urged her not to report the attack because it might damage the school’s reputation and her own social standing.
Dr. Timothy Sands has been officially installed as the 16th president of the University.
The former provost and acting president of Purdue, in Indiana, Sands got his Ph.D. from Berkeley in Materials Science and Engineering. Since he arrived in Virginia this past summer, he’s been talking with everyone from students and faculty to political leaders.
The new president of Tech had been living the motto of the university, even before he ever knew the phrase that defines it, “Ut Prosim, “That I may serve.”
When it comes to a disease as frightening as Ebola, it may be comforting to know teams of scientists are working to understand possible future scenarios: How the virus might spread, and how that could be best stopped.
Scientists from a dozen universities have been tasked by the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health to model possible future scenarios for the path of the Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa. The group is known as MIDAS for Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study.