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March 26, 2015 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

A residence hall that will house 200 first-year University of Virginia students this fall will bear the name of two former slaves who went on to become prominent members of the Charlottesville community. The Board of Visitors voted to name the five-story hall Gibbons House, after William and Isabella Gibbons. The dorm is scheduled for completion this summer.

March 26, 2015 | Washington Post

For Virginians in financial need, leaders of the state’s flagship university just approved what amounts to a cut of up to $10,000 in the price of a bachelor’s degree. To engineer this feat, the University of Virginia will raise annual tuition an extra $1,000 for in-state students beginning at Charlottesville this year. For the incoming class the following year, in fall 2016, this extra charge — beyond regular tuition growth — will grow to $2,000.

March 26, 2015 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

A new sexual assault prevention program called Green Dot just kicked off at the University of Virginia. As a result hundreds of people are walking around Charlottesville wearing green dots. Organizers for the kickoff event include several people mentioned in the now-discredited Rolling Stone article alleging a culture of rape at UVA.

March 27, 2015 | Washington Post

(By Robert M. O’Neil) As one of two living former presidents of the University of Virginia, I take exception to the headlines on Petula Dvorak’s March 24 Metro column, “A new ‘Charlottesville Curse’ that’s getting worse each day.” I have never been a victim of the “Charlottesville Curse.” I lament the charge that such a condition is “getting worse each day.” I deplore the university being called “an epicenter for scandal,” as the headline on the column’s continuation put it. I am puzzled by Ms. Dvorak’s description of U.Va. as “totally bedeviled” and the source of a recent “streak of dark and bizarre events.” The implications of such gratuitous labels are deeply hurtful to an academic institution that is seeking to sustain its mission of teaching and learning at a daunting time.

March 25, 2015 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

Speaking at the U.Va. School of Law, the attorney representing National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden warned against about the future of privacy if citizens aren’t protected from government and corporate overreach. 

March 26, 2015 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

The Virginia Department of Education is awarding more than $1.6 million in grants to enhance teachers’ knowledge of science and math and their ability to teach the subjects. The department said in a release that nine partnerships between school divisions and colleges and universities won the awards as part of the math and science partnership grant competition. A partnership of the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University received $208,555 to serve 60 teachers in Albemarle County.

March 25, 2015 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan said today that the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control should not enforce liquor laws against students purchasing illegally but should enforce the laws against establishments that sell to the students.

March 25, 2015 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

Students picketed outside the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library shortly after the University of Virginia Board of Visitors finalized a series of planned tuition increases set to take effect this fall.

March 25, 2015 | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Gov. Terry McAuliffe ordered changes today at the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to address mounting concerns over the agency's law enforcement powers in the aftermath of the second allegation of excessive force against a University of Virginia student in two years.

March 25, 2015 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

The University of Virginia will institute a new pricing model that will raise tuition for incoming in-state students over the next two academic years but lower student debt caps. The Board of Visitors approved the plan in a quick vote — 13-1, with one member abstaining — on the same day it was publicly announced, agitating students who had come to protest rumored tuition increases.

March 24, 2015 | Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Charlottesville Police Department has found there is “no basis” to believe the allegations in an explosive Rolling Stone story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia. This represents the second time in a month — the first was the Department of Justice’s inquiry into the Michael Brown shooting — that careful investigation has refuted the premises of a story that provoked national outrage.

March 23, 2015 | WRIC ABC 8 News (Richmond)

The Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia released a statement on Tuesday in reference to the recent arrest of third year student Martese Johnson.

“Like all of you, I was distressed to see the media coverage about one of our students, Martese Johnson, bleeding from a head injury sustained at the hands of ABC agents,” UVA Rector George Keith Martin said in the release.

March 24, 2015 | TIME

The fraternity at the center of the controversy over a Rolling Stone article on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia may seek legal action against the magazine, after a police investigation found no evidence of the sexual assault depicted in the article.

March 22, 2015 | Charlottesville Newsplex

More than 125 University of Virginia grad students from all different fields of study came together Monday to show off their extensive research projects. During the 15th annual Robert J. Huskey Research Exhibition, students from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Architecture, presented their work with poster exhibits, and oral presentations.

March 23, 2015 | Wall Street Journal

Police in Charlottesville said Monday they have found no evidence to support assertions in a 2014 Rolling Stone magazine article that a University of Virginia student had been gang-raped at one of the school’s fraternities.

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