Charlottesville Daily Progress

Chris Long was sitting at his parents’ kitchen table in Albemarle County the night before his first day of classes at the University of Virginia when he logged into his university email for the first time. “It was magical,” he said during his keynote speech at UVA’s Valedictory Exercises on Friday. “I felt like I had opened a portal into a new dimension of knowledge and possibility. I could do anything I wanted.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Due to forecasted inclement weather, UVA’s Valedictory Exercises scheduled for Friday afternoon will move inside to the John Paul Jones Arena.

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WVTF Public Radio/Radio IQ (Roanoke)

Trials are about to get under way for the first ever blood test that could confirm whether a person has had a concussion. Scientists at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and UVA are teaming up with a Virginia-based biotechnology company, known as the Virginia Catalyst, to test it.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

UVA is letting the Charlottesville and Albemarle County community know about its plans for University Hall. UVA architects presented the current plan to the Planning and Coordination Council Thursday. 

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Boston Herald

Boston Public Schools is working with UVA in a new three-year partnership to improve achievement at five elementary schools. The changes are part of the district’s reorganization efforts to create networks of elementary and secondary schools with the goal to support schools on the brink of failure. 

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

A total of $20 million in gifts to UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will support fellowships for graduate students. On Thursday, a gift of $10 million was announced from Jane Batten, the wife of the late Frank Batten Sr. It will be matched by UVA’s Bicentennial Scholars Fund.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

The Cavalier Inn is at occupancy for its final UVA graduation weekend. The hotel, built in 1965 and bought by the UVA Foundation in 1998, will check out its final guest on Monday before being demolished this summer.

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C-VILLE Weekly

With a turbulent start to the school year, UVA undoubtedly looks a little different than it did last spring. Although outgoing President Teresa Sullivan and the UVA administration were criticized for not doing more to protect members of the University community from last summer’s white supremacist torch-lit march, the events of Aug. 11 and 12 have served as a catalyst for some policy changes, including requiring non-UVA-affiliated speakers to register before being allowed on Grounds.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Barring hail or high water, the University of Virginia says its latest class of graduates will walk the Lawn this weekend.

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WINA AM 1070

Professor Douglas Laycock joins the program to discuss ramifications of the Supreme Court legalizing sports gambling on a state to state basis.

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The Atlantic

The rise of screen time might be another factor that has caused Americans to have less sex, said W. Bradford Wilcox, a UVA sociologist, at a recent roundtable discussion for reporters at the American Enterprise Institute, the free-market think tank in Washington. Think of a couple, he said, “and it’s Wednesday night, and they start Netflix going, and they keep watching Netflix and they don’t do ... anything else.”

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Indianapolis Star

The results of Indiana’s May 8 primary have not yet been certified but the general election race for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat is off and running. Election handicappers, including UVA’s Center for Politics, continue to rate the race one of the most competitive in the nation. “This was a toss-up before (the primary) and is a toss-up now,” the center’s Kyle Kondick and Geoffrey Skelley wrote last week.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

UVA and UVA Foundation employees updated officials from the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County on demolition plans Wednesday and Thursday, and offered sweeping updates on the University’s plans to reshape Ivy and Emmet and the athletics grounds.

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C-VILLE Weekly

It’s never the right time to say goodbye, but loyal patrons of UVA’s iconic, clamshell-roofed venue with notoriously bad sound quality don’t have much longer – the dumping of more than 40 years’ worth of stuff from University Hall has begun, with a complete demolition scheduled by 2020. To help you grieve, here’s a look back at some of the basketball stadium and concert hall’s greatest – and not-so-great – hits.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

A UVA graduation tradition is turning controversial. Each year, students carry balloons throughout the commencement ceremony, but, this year, two UVA groups are calling on the grads to ditch the balloons.

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Virginia Business Magazine

UVA announced Wednesday a $10 million gift from Jane Batten to the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The gift will be matched by the university’s Bicentennial Scholars Fund. The $20 million gift will support the new Batten Family Bicentennial Scholars Fund, which benefits graduate students in the Batten School’s master of public policy program.

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Bloomberg

“It’s a big diverse country, and activists in the same party differ from place to place,” Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics, said. Sabato said there was “no uniform pattern among Democrats” voting May 15 in primary contests in Nebraska, Oregon, Idaho and Pennsylvania. “No particular strain of ideology dominated, unless you count strong opposition to Trump an ideology,” Sabato said.

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Salon

Now that the Senate Judiciary Committee has released 2,500 pages of congressional testimony pertaining to Russiagate, it is time for President Donald Trump's critics to admit something they may not want to hear: There is no smoking gun contained inside. "I don't know that there are going to be massive political implications," Dr. Larry J. Sabato, founder and director of UVA’s Center for Politics, said Wednesday.

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Rensselaer Republican

Entry-level jobs allow teens to earn more than a paycheck over the summer break; these job opportunities also teach teens valuable job skills that will carry with them throughout their careers. In an earlier study from our organization, economists Dr. Christopher Ruhm and Dr. Charles Baum from UVA and Middle Tennessee State University, respectively, found that teenagers who held part-time jobs realized annual earnings that were roughly 7 percent higher compared to their fellow classmates who didn’t work.

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Forbes

There's a new and novel way to snoop on Google Home and Amazon Echo devices, said a group of researchers from UVA, Indiana University-Bloomington and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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