Fourth-year student Diane D’Costa was settling into her new room on the University of Virginia’s historic Lawn in August when torches suddenly illuminated the night sky.

In the distance came ever-louder chants of “You will not replace us,” and “Jews will not replace us.”

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Falling on the proverbial sword is sometimes easier said than done.

Just ask Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, who have both issued corporate apologies in recent days.

Zuckerberg was apologizing for a data breach that affected 87 million Facebook users. Johnson was saying he was sorry for the treatment of two black customers at a Starbucks in Philadelphia.

By and large, Zuckerberg’s apology was deemed insincere. Johnson’s received praise.

So what gives?

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Over the course of his professional career, countless gay, lesbian and transgender people have asked University of Virginia nursing professor Ken White for referrals to gay or gay-friendly physicians.

“[Patients ask for referrals] because they fear two big things: judgment or a clinician’s lack of knowledge and understanding about their particular health concerns,” he said.

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After long shifts working in the University of Virginia Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, nurse Tricia Cady used to lie in bed in the dark and ruminate about ways to keep her patients’ tiny hands from yanking at the tubing that often snaked from their mouths and noses.

“They’re like little Houdinis,” says Cady, a nurse for 22 years who will receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in May, “and we always struggled to keep their hands contained.”

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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia spoke with University of Virginia students Friday afternoon about the president’s power to authorize military action and his own concern about potential overreach.

“I would say we are probably closer to nation-state war than we have been in 30 years,” said Kaine, speaking in the Rotunda’s Dome Room. He cited conflicts with Russia, North Korea, Syria and others that he fears could escalate quickly.

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University of Virginia alumnus Chaitenya Razdan made headlines in January when his company revealed a less embarrassing version of the universally despised hospital gown.

Now, Razdan’s startup, Care+Wear, has announced a collaboration with famed design house Oscar de la Renta. Together, they just released a specially designed hoodie for patients receiving chemotherapy, blood transfusions and other IV treatments.

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When Christina Cabrera transferred into the University of Virginia as a third-year student in 2015, she was asked if she wanted to sign onto the student meal plan.

Not quite. Cabrera was a 23-year-old “non-traditional” student who was planning to commute to her classes from home. She already had a world of experiences, as well as a two-year associate’s degree from Thomas Nelson Community College.

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Joe Charlet is set to graduate from the University of Virginia’s School of Law on May 20, and he has been thinking a lot about class.

Not the courses held in the rooms at the Law School, although he has put plenty of time and effort into those, but rather the distinctions that decide who rises and who stays put in this country – the factors that determine one’s lot in life.

Charlet is African-American, gay and was orphaned as a child.

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Moved by the March 14 #Enough! National School Walkout to protest governmental inaction on gun violence in schools, University of Virginia Student Council President Sarah Kenny has mobilized more than 80 schools to sign a letter to President Trump demanding change.

The opening reads as follows:

“On behalf of 82 student body presidents representing over one million students across the nation, we write to you to respectfully request immediate and lasting reforms to end gun violence in America.”

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Using a homemade, high-tech microscope, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have revealed how a cancer-causing virus anchors itself to our DNA. That discovery could pave the way for doctors to cure previously incurable diseases by flushing out viruses, including HPV and Epstein-Barr, that now permanently embed themselves in our cells.

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When the University’s Board of Visitors created the Bicentennial Scholars Fund in December 2016, University leaders projected it would take five years to build the momentum needed to inspire donors to give enough to fully deplete the fund.

Created with a $100 million allocation from the University of Virginia Strategic Investment Fund, the new bicentennial fund gives donors who are passionate about scholarships a chance to magnify the impact of their gifts.

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From studying attitudes toward malaria in South Africa to promoting water filtration in South Africa and Guatemala, 57 University of Virginia students will use Center for Global Health scholarships this summer to address public health problems with local partners around the globe.

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U.S. Navy Midshipman Maribeth Salinas will earn her University of Virginia degree in architecture on May 20, but instead of designing buildings, she’ll spend her next eight to 10 years in the military. Salinas, however, will head to flight school to reach for the skies, not carrier decks.

She follows her family’s military tradition – her father and sister both attended the U.S. Naval Academy and became Marines. But when she chose architecture as a major, she didn’t predict she’d eventually work on a project in the Pueblo, Colorado neighborhood where her dad grew up.

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Van Chancellor was home in Katy, Texas, enjoying retirement, when he saw on ESPN’s news ticker Monday that the University of Virginia had hired Tina Thompson as its head women’s basketball coach.

“I immediately told my wife, Betty, ‘That is the perfect fit,’” Chancellor recalled Tuesday.

Chancellor coached Thompson on the Houston Comets, which won four WNBA titles in Thompson’s 12 seasons with the team, as well as on the United States team that captured the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. (Thompson also helped the U.S. win Olympic gold in 2008).

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Two University of Virginia faculty members have been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences: School of Law Dean Risa Goluboff and history professor emeritus Joseph C. Miller.

The academy, which announced its 2018 fellows Tuesday, is an honorary society founded in 1780 that recognizes achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences, law, arts and humanities. Its 4,900 fellows convene to address global challenges.

Goluboff and Miller are the 37th and 38th UVA scholars elected as Academy fellows, including President Teresa A. Sullivan.

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A natural variation of the gene KLF14 causes some women to store fat on their bellies and hips and puts them at significantly increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, new research reveals.

Cruelly, the gene is sex-specific: Men with the same variation of the gene have a much less heightened diabetes risk. And some women with the variation are spared as well, depending on whether they received the gene from their mothers or their fathers.

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Students in the University of Virginia School of Medicine come from a variety of life experiences, but it’s pretty safe to say that not many are married veterans of the theater who juggle their studies with parenting.

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Would you trust a car that does the driving for you? Do you trust the adaptive cruise control available in newer cars? What about the traction control feature? Would you trust a car to brake for you in an emergency?

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The University of Virginia’s Center for Global Health University Scholars work on a variety of projects, from bison grazing in South Dakota to cancer care in Peru.

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