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Joanna Weidenmiller is an anomaly in Silicon Valley. The 32-year-old founder and CEO of 1-Page, a San Francisco-based recruiting technology company opted to go public this past October rather than continue raising funding from venture capital firms. Weidenmiller’s startup became the first Silicon Valley company to list on the ASX. The gambit paid off. The stock has gone up over 600% Weidenmiller tells Fast Company, making the company’s valuation soar to over $160 million. Yet as Weidenmiller fills in the details about her life and career, it’s easy to see why she’d make such an unorthodox decision to grow 1-Page. An elite college athlete (she was a nationally ranked rower at the University of Virginia) who earned straight As majoring in Foreign Affairs, Weidenmiller was recruited by the FBI to train and work with police in the Middle East and Africa on drug and crime scene investigations.
Fewer than half of the elite research institutions that comprise the Association of American Universities will participate in that group's effort to anonymously survey students about the prevalence of sexual assault on campuses. The association said Thursday that 27 of its 60 U.S. members, including the University of Virginia, and one non-member college will join the effort.
Virginia lawmakers are far from consensus on legislation dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses. That was apparent at the end of a two-hour hearing Thursday by a Senate subcommittee wrestling with the issue. Most controversial was the concept of mandatory reporting. Some of the measures would require university employees who become aware of an alleged sexual assault to report it to a law-enforcement agency within 24 or 48 hours. Failure to do so would be a misdemeanor. Several witnesses warned that such a mandate would discourage victims from reporting assaults at all. Claire Wyatt, a 2013 graduate of the University of Virginia, said she was raped by a friend who walked her back to her dormitory room during her senior year. It was traumatic enough reporting the assault to university administrators, she said, but the thought of going to the police would have been more frightening.
My daughter is five years old, and is very bright and articulate. I will see to it she never attends U.Va. That bit of rather direct language comes from university documents retrieved through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The documents consist of more than 150 pages of e-mails that passed through University of Virginia Dean of Students Allen Groves over nearly two weeks after the Rolling Stone hit the Internet. They depict a university administrator hustling to keep up with the fast-moving response to Rolling Stone’s story, dealing with hard-edged e-mails from detractors and expressing skittishness over how the apparent scandal would affect his standing with other organizations. Beyond those implications, the correspondence shows that when a national magazine decides to pursue biased reporting on an explosive issue with virtually no sourcing, people notice and there are consequences.
In 2013 the University of Virginia official student fan group, The Hoo Crew, was recognized as the best student section in the country, winning the Naismith Award and beating out schools like the University of Kansas, Arizona, and Virginia Commonwealth University. The organization is hoping to build off their reputation and have started an endowment to raise money for the group to travel to more sporting events and support more teams at UVa.
More than 800,000 students at 28 college campuses, including the University of Virginia, will be asked about sexual assault this spring, one of the largest surveys ever on the topic. The Obama administration has made the issue a priority, and the number of federal investigations into how colleges investigate reports of sexual violence has increased dramatically. Many universities have made their own attempts to change campus culture and ensure that students are safe, but there are many students complaining that officials are too worried about bad publicity to tackle the problem head-on.
It hasn’t been a good winter on Rugby Road, the center of Greek life at the University of Virginia. But the start of rush was surprisingly normal. Just days after U-Va. lifted a ban on fraternities and sororities — imposed after publication of a later-discredited article in Rolling Stone magazine described a gang rape at a fraternity house — the number of freshmen choosing to rush fraternities on campus this spring was just about the same as it was last year, a little over a thousand. The number of women rushing sororities went up. And nationally, more and more people are going Greek.
Charlottesville City Council unanimously approved a plan to include a University of Virginia student liaison to city council. The liaison will act as a point person between the city and the UVA student body: Council could go through the liaison to express any concerns to students, while students would use the liaison to communicate their thoughts about the city as it relates to the university.
“The 20 law schools that sent the most alumni to Congress include some of the country's most prominent—Harvard Law School tops the list with 18, followed by Georgetown University Law Center with 13; the University of Texas School of Law with seven; and the University of Virginia School of Law and Yale Law School with six each.”
The University of Virginia is under a federal government order to fix the way it handles sexual assault on campus, and that was – no doubt – one reason why the administration and student leaders pressed ahead with fraternity reforms, even after parts of a story in Rolling Stone Magazine were discredited.
It’s a new year at the University of Virginia and a new era for the school’s fraternities. After Rolling Stone Magazine reported, then hedged on a story of gang rape at a frat house, UVA administrators announced new rules for parties.
Students at the University of Virginia found a way to deal with recent violence against women and minorities in a unique way. Instead of a "sit-in", they held a "teach-in".
Grad student and organizer Maya Hislap says they focused in part on drawing attention to the connection between race and gender inequality.
The University of Virginia Student Council is proposing a plan to put a student liaison on Charlottesville City Council.
The liaison would act as a point person between the city and the UVA student body. Council could go through the liaison to express any concerns to students, while students would use the liaison to communicate their thoughts about the city as it relates to the university.
Students at colleges of osteopathic medicine could qualify for state scholarships in exchange for committing to work in rural Virginia under the terms of a new bill working its way through the General Assembly.
Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, is angling to revive a program created to attract doctors to underserved and poorer parts of the state. In the past, the scholarship only was available to medical students at the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Eastern Virginia Medical School.
The University of Virginia plans an internal review of academic integrity in its athletics programs to ensure athletes are receiving an education that meets the school’s standards.
U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan has commissioned the Task Force on Academic Integrity in Athletics, headed by law professor Alex Johnson, to conduct the review.