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    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (CBS SF/AP) — Playing their third game in three days, the University of San Francisco rallied in the second half to stun No. 4 Virginia, 61-60, in the Homelight Classic for the program’s biggest win in 39 years. The last time the Dons have upset a top-five opponent was a 1981 win over then No.2 Wichita State. Jamaree Bouyea scored 19 points, Khalil Shabazz added 14 points and Taavi Jurkatamm had two big 3-pointers in the second half for the Dons (2-1). Reece Beekman and Justin McCoy each scored 11 points for Virginia (1-1), a 15 1/2-point favorite. Marquette transfer Sam Hauser added 10 points, but missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left that would have won the game for the Cavaliers. A jumper by Hauser put Virginia ahead 54-53 with 3:42 left, but that would be its last lead of the game. Josh Kunen missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10 seconds left, giving the Cavaliers the final shot. But Hauser’s attempt fell off the rim and Trey Murphy III couldn’t convert a tip just...
    An opinion column published in the University of Virginia student newspaper calls on fellow students to “stand up” to their “racist” family members at Thanksgiving dinner this year. One undergraduate student at the university argued that the column’s author has a “white savior complex.” According to a report by Campus Reform, an opinion column last week published by the University of Virginia student newspaper claims that progressive Americans should “stand up” to their “racist” family members during Thanksgiving dinner. The columnist says that “white progressives” can take action by “debunking misinformation” and “combatting hateful rhetoric” about at the dinner table on Thanksgiving. While the results of the election spurred celebration across the country, white progressives must not be complacent. Yes, a proto-facist leader has been defeated, but the hateful rhetoric, conspiratorial thinking and virulent racism, xenophobia and sexism he espoused during his tenure remain deeply entrenched in American political discourse. Thus, not only is the fight for the rights of marginalized communities ongoing, but our new president — while better in a myriad of ways — must also be held...
              The University of Virginia (UVA) announced Monday the school is extending the optional credit grading policy, originally implemented this fall, for all undergraduate and certain graduate classes during January-term and the spring 2021 semester. Provost Liz Magill made the announcement in a letter to students, which included details on how the grading policy will work. “After extensive discussion and thoughtful consideration, we determined that it would be best to extend the fall grading policy to both J-term and the spring,” Magill wrote in the letter. “Ultimately, we sought to balance serious concerns raised by students, faculty, and staff about the effects of this pandemic on many of our students, while at the same time honoring the views of those students and faculty who seek to give or receive standard grades.” When students register for January-term, a two-week period between semesters where students only have one class, or spring semester classes they will have the option to choose standard letter grading or to receive a credit (CR)/general credit (GC)/no credit (NC) grade. Any courses UVA...
    The University of Virginia offered a guided meditation to students on Wednesday to help them “process the stress and turmoil of this election season.” UVA is just one of several institutions that have offered programming specifically for students that were struggling with anxiety as a result of the election. According to a report by the College Fix, the University of Virginia held a guided meditation event on Wednesday to help students cope with emotions that have been stirred by the election. Each meditation session was followed by a “reflective discussion” between students and staff on the election. The meditation event, which was led by members of the religious studies department, was intended to help students better understand how the election has impacted their mental health. The four-hour time frame will be punctuated by a brief guided meditation or contemplative practice on each hour and half-hour mark. Following each guided practice will be approximately 20-25 minutes of open reflection facilitated by CSC staff and supported by Religious Studies faculty. Students will have a chance to reflect on how they are experiencing...
    A team of paleontology summer interns from various universities recently found evidence of a new species of a 220 million-year-old burrowing reptile in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. Fossils found at the park reveal a new type of drepanosaur, dubbed Skybalonyx skapter. The discovery of the fossils, which were analyzed by a team of researchers from the park, Virginia Tech, the University of Washington, Arizona State University, Idaho State University and Virginia Museum of Natural History, was announced earlier this month in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, according to the National Park Service . Drepanosaurs belong to a group of ancient reptiles that had enlarged second claws, bird-like beaks and tails that ended in a claw — a cross between an anteater and a chameleon, according to the scientists.
    A team of paleontology summer interns from various universities recently found evidence of a new species of a 220 million-year-old burrowing reptile in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. Fossils found at the park reveal a new type of drepanosaur, dubbed Skybalonyx skapter. The discovery of the fossils, which were analyzed by a team of researchers from the park, Virginia Tech, the University of Washington, Arizona State University, Idaho State University and Virginia Museum of Natural History, was announced earlier this month in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, according to the National Park Service. Drepanosaurs belong to a group of ancient reptiles that had enlarged second claws, bird-like beaks and tails that ended in a claw — a cross between an anteater and a chameleon, according to the scientists. Filed under arizona ,  national park service ,  reptiles ,  10/17/20
    PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Researchers have discovered fossils of a tiny burrowing reptile among a vast expanse of petrified wood in eastern Arizona. The new species has been named Skybalonyx skapter, a part of a group known as drepanosaurs from the Triassic Period, about 220 million years ago. Petrified Forest National Park outside Holbrook is considered one of the premiere places to study plants and animals from that period, sometimes known as the dawning age of dinosaurs. The researchers say the ancient reptiles are strange because of morphologies that include enlarged second claws, bird-like beaks and tails with claws. They likely looked like a cross between an anteater and a chameleon. They say the new species could be even stranger because it has claws that allow it to burrow, rather than climb into and live in trees, more like a mole or mole-rat. The fossils were discovered by a team of researchers from the park, Virginia Tech, the University of Washington, Arizona State University, Idaho State University and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. They published their...
              University of Virginia President Jim Ryan announced that the school will “contextualize” a monument to its founder Thomas Jefferson. Ryan said the move is part of a broad effort to make the university both “great and good.” Ryan said, “Some members of our community have called for the removal of the statue. This idea gained greater urgency in light of the recent protests across the country this summer. I do not believe the statue should be removed, nor would I ever approve such an effort.” Ryan added, “As long as I am president, the University of Virginia will not walk away from Thomas Jefferson.” The school is also taking other action, including removing the name of Confederate General Jabez Curry from the School of Education, removing or re-dedicating a memorial to politician and Confederate soldier Frank Hume, removing the name of Confederate soldier and slave owner Henry Withers from Withers-Brown Hall, and working with indigenous groups to relocate the statue of Revolutionary War militia officer George Clark. “Our built environment should represent our...
    (CNN)The statue of a Confederate soldier, flanked by a cannon and ammunition, has stood at the county courthouse in Charlottesville, Virginia, since 1909, more than 40 years after the Civil War.It was christened "At Ready," and the statue's installation during Jim Crow sent a signal to many that resounded for decades -- in a city that renewed its association with deadly racial violence in 2017.Saturday, the statue is coming down. The Charlottesville car attacker gets a life sentence: How we got hereThe Albemarle County Commission is live streaming the removal on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.Charlottesville City Council Member Kristin Szakos said the statue is a symbol of injustice, affiliate WVIR reported last month when the county commission made its decision.Read More"Clear to every Black defendant who must pass them on the way into court: this space is reserved for the Confederate cause," she said. "You will find no justice here."Three years ago in the idyllic University of Virginia hometown, a "Unite the Right" rally sparked violence that killed one woman, Heather Heyer, injured dozens of other people and helped to...
              Virginia Tech and the town of Blacksburg announced Tuesday that tailgating for football games is prohibited out of concerns the activity could increase the spread of COVID-19. The announcement specifically prohibited tailgating on university or town parking lots as well as other public places, and instead asked Hokie fans to watch games while “homegating” with friends or family as a more safe alternative. “Football weekends and tailgate gatherings are cherished traditions for Virginia Tech and our community,” Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said in the announcement. “I appreciate the input and support of athletic director Whit Babcock and community leaders as we came to this difficult conclusion. Though it is disappointing for all of us as we look forward to fall football, protecting public health remains our primary goal, and the foundation of the decisions we make.” The Tuesday decision was not one made quickly or without lots of discussion between Virginia Tech and Blacksburg officials. “The town of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech have been in close conversation ever since the pandemic started,”...
    Researcher Hu Haizhou of the University of Virginia was arrested on Friday as he attempted to fly to China, charged with theft over his possession of extensive research conducted by the university for the development of underwater robotics and submersible vehicles. Haizhou is just one of many foreign researchers that have been charged with crimes relating to the theft of research from American universities. According to a report by the Washington Examiner, researcher Hu Haizhou of the University of Virginia was arrested on Friday prior to his scheduled departure on a flight to China. At the airport, Haizhou was allegedly found to be in possession of research conducted over years at the University of Virginia. A press release published by the Department of Justice on Friday revealed that Haizhou had unauthorized possession of simulation software research that was conducted over the course of years at the University of Virginia. According to court documents, investigators first became aware of Hu, who is in the United States conducting research studying bio-mimics and fluid dynamics at the University of Virginia, on August 25, 2020...
    A researcher at the University of Virginia who was arrested while trying to board a plane to China with allegedly stolen research has been charged with federal crimes, the Justice Department announced Friday. Haizhou Hu, 34, a Chinese national, roused the suspicions of authorities after a routine screening at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport Aug. 25 as he was trying to board a flight to China. “The screening revealed Hu was alleged to be in possession of bio-inspired research simulation software code that he was not authorized to possess,” the statement said. University of Virginia Researcher Charged with Theft of Trade Secrets and Computer Intrusion https://t.co/MEv9ovccgh — FBI (@FBI) August 29, 2020 Hu was charged with accessing a computer without authorization or exceeding authorization to obtain information from a protected computer and theft of trade secrets. He was conducting research in bio-mimics and fluid dynamics at the university. The Justice Department also announced the arrest of another Chinese national, who was a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. Guan Lei, 29, was charged with destroying evidence to obstruct an...
    The “Racial Equity Task Force” at the University of Virginia recently published a report in which it demands the creation of a reparations scholarship fund for the descendants of slaves that helped build the university’s first buildings. Georgetown University adopted a similar initiative in late 2019. According to a report by the College Fix, the “Racial Equity Task Force” at the University of Virginia is calling for the creation of a reparations fund for descendants of slaves that participated in the construction of the university. “There is little hope for reconciliation without repair, so paying our debts to the descendants of enslaved laborers who built and operated this University without compensation is a vital contribution to progress,” the report reads. The report proposes that the reparations come in the form of a scholarship fund that will go directly to the descendants of the slaves that built the University of Virginia’s campus. “Recognize the descendants of enslaved laborers who built and maintained the University by working with the Alumni Association to create scholarships for both degree and non-degree education,” the report...
    A semi-autonomous coronavirus decontamination robot is being developed by researchers at the University of Virginia. “It is available and usable already, it just depends on how much capability we are going to introduce [into the system],” University of Virginia professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Tomonari Furukawa said. “The ultimate goal really is to remove the human completely from the operation.” The robot — nicknamed VICTOR — uses ultraviolet light to decontaminate floors and walls broadly while it’s moving. It also has a robotic arm with UV lamps that can zero in on individual spots, exposed surfaces and sweep over horizontal surfaces such as counter-tops and arm rests. It’s not a job that people can do themselves, as UV light that can kill coronavirus is harmful to human eyes and skin. “We are increasing the safety of the robot,” Furukawa said. “We tried to make the UV lamp to be highly directional so that it will not affect the humans.” The semi-autonomous robot creates a 3D map of the environment it is tasked to clean. Furukawa said unlike humans,...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (KDKA) — In the last three weeks, 67 people at West Virginia University have tested positive for coronavirus. The latest data shared by the university shows 63 students and four employees tested positive out of 11,604 tests. The positivity rate is about .5 percent. All students and workers coming back to Morgantown this fall are required to get tested.
    The president of one of the world's largest evangelical Christian colleges has agreed to step aside after posting a photo of himself, trousers unzipped. Jerry Falwell, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, said he would take an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty University in Virginia. The college board did not provide a reason for the move. Mr Falwell had conceded the Instagram photo was "weird", but defended it as "all in good fun". Editor quits in row over evangelist Trump backing Do more people believe in God in Trump's America? The preachers getting rich from poor Americans The university said in a statement on Friday: "The Executive Committee of Liberty University's Board of Trustees, acting on behalf of the full Board, met today and requested that Jerry Falwell, Jr take an indefinite leave of absence from his roles as President and Chancellor of Liberty University, to which he has agreed, effective immediately." The college has a strict code of conduct for how students must behave at the university, including barring premarital sex and...
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has postponed the deadline to pay some fall charges to Sept. 1. The July eBills had been due on Aug. 1, the school said in a news release. The change was made after a phased return for students was announced this week. The phased return will mean fewer students on the Morgantown campus for in-person classes, with plans to return more students as the semester continues, the release said. Classes on the Morgantown campus will begin Aug. 26, a week later than planned originally. Classes on the Beckley and Keyser campuses will begin Aug. 19. Residence hall move-in will also be delayed a week, to Aug. 22. The changes are in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Free COVID-19 tests will be required for students taking classes on campus or using resources on campus. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: West Virginia
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University on Monday pushed back the start of its fall semester by a week and is switching some courses to online instruction due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to the campus community, university President Gordon Gee said the move is aimed at reducing the overall amount of people on campus “while preserving the on-campus experience for freshmen, graduate and professional students as much as possible.” WVU had a fall 2019 enrollment of nearly 27,000 students in Morgantown. Gee said if there had been a full return of students for face-to-face instruction next month, it “would place both the campus and local communities at a greater risk” for an uptick in positive virus cases. If that were to happen, it would escalate the probability that all classes would move to online only, he said. “As much as I want everyone back on campus, I know this is the right decision,” Gee said. “If we take these precautions now, we can work toward having everyone back on campus as quickly as possible.”...
    Since May, the University System of Maryland has said that remote learning and in-person classes will return in the fall. It recently explained why it is sticking with that model. “Opting for a hybrid model — combining in-person and remote learning — is, by no stretch, an easy out. It doesn’t save us money, it doesn’t save us time, it doesn’t save us planning. It’s a high-cost, high-effort undertaking,” Chancellor Jay A. Perman said in a statement. However, it is choosing the model because he said there are students who need the campus environment. “(S)tudents in stressful situations; students with nowhere else to go; students whose safety is jeopardized, whose finances are precarious; students who need the on-campus academic and emotional support we provide them, the support that helps them stay in school and succeed. This support is especially vital to low-income and first-generation students, students of color — the very students we fear losing most if we pivot to online-only education. To me, this is actually part of our work to dismantle structural racism,” Perman said. The University System...
    By HENRI GENDREAU, The Roanoke Times BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Since Virginia Tech announced in early June that it would once again reexamine the name of a dorm mired in Ku Klux Klan controversy, focus has turned to other campus facilities named for men with ties to the Confederacy and white supremacy. Colleges nationwide are rethinking place names as they reckon with renewed momentum for racial justice sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. James Madison University in Harrisonburg announced last month that it would rename three buildings named after men who fought for the Confederacy. This month, Princeton University said it would remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from a college and public policy school because of Wilson’s racist policies, which included resegregating the federal civil service. At Tech, at least seven campus facilities honor men who at one time or another owned slaves, served in the Confederate military or espoused virulent white supremacist views. Last month, Tech President Tim Sands said the Council on Virginia Tech History would review the issue of...
    (CNN)A West Virginia University football assistant coach has been put on leave after allegations of mistreatment by a player, the university said."Coach Vic Koenning has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately, and the department will work with the appropriate parties to conduct a thorough investigation into these allegations," West Virginia Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said in a statement. "I want to thank Kerry Martin for having the courage to bring his concerns to light," Lyons said. "We will not tolerate any form of racism, discrimination or bias on our campus, including our athletic programs ... This is serious, and we will act appropriately and in the best interests of our student-athletes."Michael Fragale, a spokesman for the university's athletic department, told CNN in an email that Koenning "does not have a statement at this time." Koenning called Martin "retarded" for using incorrect technique on the field, the safety said in a lengthy tweet Tuesday.Read More"I have family members that are actually mentally ill and for him to say that hurt me because it was an action we could fix,"...
    The University of Virginia changed its athletics logo for the second time in less that two months after realizing that the last version had connotations to the school's slavery past.  A new logo unveiled this week lacks the curls added to the handles of the sabers which have come to represent the school's Cavaliers athletics department. The sabers now have smooth handles. The Charlottesville school's athletics director Carla Williams says she did not realize at the time the previous logo was introduced on April 24 that it had a 'negative connotation' to slavery.   The curls recall the serpentine walls that once used by the school to mask slaves that lived and worked there.  The University of Virginia changed its athletics logo after realizing that the last version (left) had curls on the handles of sabers that recall serpentine walls once used to mask slaves who lived and worked on campus. The new logo (righ) now has smooth handles The school's athletics director Carla Williams says she did not realize at the time the previous logo was introduced...
    The athletics department at the University of Virginia has changed its logo from two-crossed sabers with serpentine handles due to a reference to slavery, reports CNN. According to the university, the serpentine handles were a reference to walls on campus that were used to keep the enslaved people out of public view. The original walls were built in the 1820s but then torn down to create more room for the university pavilions. The sabers are now depicted with smoother handles. “After the release of our new logos on April 24th, I was made aware of the negative connotation between the serpentine walls and slavery,” said athletic director Carla Williams on Monday. “I was not previously aware of the historical perspective indicating the original eight-foot-high walls were constructed to mask the institution of slavery and enslaved laborers from public view.” In another statement, Willaims continued, “Over the last few weeks, I have worked to better educate myself and that education will continue.” “There was no intent to cause harm, but we did, and for that, I apologize to those who bear...
    (CNN)The University of Virginia is changing the logo used for its athletic teams because of the previous design's links to slavery at the university.Known as the V-Sabre logo, the old design featured two crossed sabres with serpentine handles. The handles were a reference to serpentine walls on the UVA campus that were originally constructed to keep enslaved people out of public view. The new logo removes the serpentine curves on the sabre handles in favor of smooth handles.UVA Athletic Director Carla Williams announced the changes on Monday. The previous version of the logo was released two months ago when the university updated its logos and introduced new typography and numerals.The previous design featured two crossed sabres with serpentine handles, a reference to curved walls on the UVA campus originally built to isolate enslaved people from the university community."After the release of our new logos on April 24th, I was made aware of the negative connotation between the serpentine walls and slavery," Williams said in a statement. "I was not previously aware of the historical perspective indicating the original eight-foot-high walls...
    A minor part of the University of Virginia’s new athletics logo has apparently caused major offense, leading to the announcement that a second new logo will be created. UVA introduced a new athletics logo on April 24, which featured the school’s large gray “V” outlined in orange with two sabers underneath, Fox News reported. The “grips of the sabers were supposed to mimic ‘the design of the serpentine walls found on the Grounds,’” the outlet reported. The serpentine walls, however, were originally erected at the school in the 1820s to ensure students and faculty didn’t have to see slaves working on the other side. In the 1950s, the walls were removed and replaced with shorter ones that still occupy the space today. UVA athletics director Carla Williams apologized for the new design of the program’s logo, which featured small marks on the handle of the sabers that looked like grips but apparently represented the walls. “After the release of our new logos on April 24, I was made aware of the negative connotation between the serpentine walls and slavery,” Williams...
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