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Federal Interest Rate on Loans
5:32 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

College Students & Loan Debt

On average, college graduates rack up more than $26,000 in student loan debt by the time they’re out of school, and if Congress fails to act, the federal interest rate on those loans will double July 1st.

To try and get their message across to lawmakers, Virginia Young Democrats and student leaders from Old Dominion University and George Mason University are asking Congressmen Frank Wolf and Scott Rigell to stop the rate hike from happening. 

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The Lying Game
7:43 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Deception Detection is Professor's Mission

Credit health.usnews.com

On average, people lie several times a day. Some of those lies are big ones but most are lies or deceptions we’ve come to live with if not accept or anticipate. A professor at Longwood University says deception is rampant in our culture and he’s looking for a way to help employers weed out dishonest applicants. 

Randy Boyle is an expert on cyber security and deception detection.  After 9/11 he got a government grant to help the feds find liars online, and Boyle returned with some tips on how to tell when a person is lying in an e-mail.

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Student Loan
8:14 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers on the Student Loan Interest Rate

Credit thedailyrecord.com

Virginia's House Republicans say it’s up to the Senate to figure out how to keep student loan rates from doubling in July. Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo has the story…

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Dr. John Hawley
4:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

UVA Astronomer Wins Major Prize in Astronomy

Dr. John Hawley
Credit University of Virginia

A University of Virginia professor has won the Asian equivalent to the Nobel Prize for his research on energy, magnetism and black holes.  The news came by e-mail, and John Hawley is still buzzing.

“I grew up in the Gemini and Apollo era, and that was very exciting.  I had a cardboard box spaceship like many of my generation, and I was also inspired by reading the science essays that were written by  Isaac Asimov," he said.

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Stephen Colbert Speaks at UVA
7:27 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Stephen Colbert Delivers Comedic Valedictory Speech

Stephen Colbert Speaks at UVa

Valedictory exercises give universities a chance to hand out awards and thank people before the main graduation  – and they’re not always well attended, but this year’s speaker drew a huge crowd to the University of Virginia -- and as Sandy Hausman reports -- Stephen Colbert did not disappoint.

At a reception beforehand, Colbert was gracious, posing for photos with more than a hundred students and parents who were clearly pumped.  We spoke with Ben Hemenway, Danielle McKia, Erin Abdel-- razaq and Ariana Parsons.

"He’s hilarious … we got a good one!"

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