University of Virginia

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Reference to Slavery in UVa Logo Is Edited Out

Sword handles undergo edit to remove reference to walls that hid slaves

(Newser) - The University of Virginia has altered its new athletics logo, revealed less than two months ago, over references to the school's history of slavery. The longstanding logo features a large "V" over crossed sabres, and in that April update, new detailing that was meant to "mimic the... More »

Coach of National Champs Declines Raise

Move by University of Virginia's Tony Bennett is making waves

(Newser) - University of Virginia men's basketball coach Tony Bennett has declined a pay raise offered by the school and instead asked school officials for additional compensation for his staff and program improvement, the AP reports. University officials said in a news release Monday that Bennett did sign a one-year contract... More »

Latest Team to Turn Down WH Invite: 'Difficult, If Not Impossible'

Tony Bennett, coach of Virginia Cavaliers, says it's a scheduling issue

(Newser) - The Virginia Cavaliers won their first-ever NCAA men's basketball championship in early April by beating Texas Tech, and like many victors, the University of Virginia men's basketball team may have had a chance to visit the White House—except the team's coach says they're not going,... More »

Watch the Crazy Finish That Decides Final Four Game

Virginia beats Auburn with 3 free throws, will play Texas Tech for championship

(Newser) - The University of Virginia will play Texas Tech in Monday's NCAA title game thanks to a crazy finish in Virginia's game against Auburn. (See the video .) With his team trailing 62-60, Virginia's Kyle Guy put up a last-second 3-point shot. He missed, but a foul... More »

UVA to Richard Spencer: Stay Away Till 2022

White nationalist, 9 others banned from campus for 4 years

(Newser) - If Richard Spencer wants to try to stir up any trouble in Charlottesville , he's going to have to do it anywhere other than the University of Virginia, at least for the next four years. That's because, per the Washington Post , the UVA grad and noted white nationalist has... More »

White Supremacist Rally Organizer Banned From UVA

Jason Kessler is accused of hateful cyber-threats and bullying

(Newser) - The University of Virginia has issued a no-trespass warning to the organizer of last summer’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, reports the New York Times . The warning effectively bans Jason Kessler from the campus for up to four years, per the Daily Progress . The move follows reports that... More »

University of Virginia Got Money From KKK. Here's How It's Using It

'I hope any remaining members of the KKK will appreciate the irony'

(Newser) - In 1921, the Ku Klux Klan pledged $1,000 to the University of Virginia. That amount, in today's dollars, would be about $12,400, and with that in mind, the university is allocating an equivalent amount, $12,500, to the Charlottesville Patient Support Fund, which will be used to... More »

Charlottesville Concert Lineup Released

Dave Matthews Band, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande among performers

(Newser) - Dave Matthews Band will take the stage in their hometown for a concert to benefit the victims of violence in Charlottesville, Va. The Sept. 24 concert at the University of Virginia will be the only live performance of the year for the band, which was first to suggest such a... More »

ESPN Pulls Announcer From UVa Game Due to His Name

Commentator Robert Lee's moniker too similar to Confederate general's: network

(Newser) - ESPN may have been trying to nip a future hubbub in the bud, but, as CNN notes, it just created a whole new controversy. Asian-American announcer Robert Lee was slated to call the University of Virginia's home-opening football game against William and Mary on Sept. 2, but the ESPN... More »

White Nationalists March on University of Virginia

Officials are worried about violence at neo-Nazi rally Saturday

(Newser) - Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and other members of the alt-right clashed with counter-protesters Friday night at the University of Virginia ahead of what the Southern Poverty Law Center says could be the "largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States," CNN reports. Images from Charlottesville, Virginia,... More »

Rolling Stone Pays $1.65M to Settle Rape Story Lawsuit

UVa frat plans to make donation to sex assault prevention

(Newser) - Rolling Stone magazine has agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by a University of Virginia fraternity over a debunked story about a gang-rape, the fraternity said Tuesday. The settlement closes the final chapter of a lengthy legal saga sparked by the 2014 story "... More »

Need Sleep? Go Online

Study says new online therapy program is helping sleepless subjects

(Newser) - A 70-year-old Californian who'd suffered from longtime insomnia had tapped into almost every remedy to no avail—until she tried out a new online therapy that has her "sleeping much better now," she tells the New York Times . The automated program, called SHUTi , is an online adaptation... More »

UVa Staff, Students to President: Stop Quoting Jefferson

Teresa Sullivan was trying to unite community after election, but quote backfired

(Newser) - "Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today" was one of Thomas Jefferson's "canons of conduct," and so faculty and students at the college he founded, the University of Virginia, wasted little time in responding to an email from the school's president that... More »

UVa Dean Awarded $3M Over Rolling Stone Rape Story

She said discredited story ruined her life

(Newser) - A University of Virginia administrator who says she was falsely portrayed as the villain in Rolling Stone's now-discredited gang rape story has been awarded $3 million by a federal jury. The jury decided to award former associate dean Nicole Eramo $2 million from journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely and $1... More »

Jury: Rolling Stone Defamed Dean With College Rape Story

The magazine was found guilty over its discredited article on Friday

(Newser) - A federal jury found Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher, and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator in a discredited story about gang rape at a fraternity house, multiple news outlets including the Washington Post report. University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo claimed the 2014 article portrayed her as... More »

Woman at Center of UVa Rape Controversy Stands by Story

Jurors watch 'Jackie's' taped deposition

(Newser) - The woman at the center of a now-retracted 2014 Rolling Stone article about campus rape is not retracting the account she gave to the reporter, the Washington Post reports. Jackie, as she's called to protect her identity , says in her first public statements in nearly two years that she... More »

Rolling Stone Reporter Takes Stand in Rape Story Case

Sabrina Erdely says 'Jackie' was completely convincing as a rape victim

(Newser) - The Rolling Stone reporter currently being sued for defamation over a discredited and retracted story of gang rape at the University of Virginia took the stand this week to convince jurors that her source was utterly convincing, Charlottesville Newsplex reports. According to the Washington Post , Sabrina Erdely not only found... More »

College Football Player Says He Was Bullied, Forced to Fight

Former University of Virginia player Aidan Howard has sued

(Newser) - A former University of Virginia football player was bullied and harassed by teammates because of his learning disability and seriously injured after being forced to fight another athlete in order to prove his "manliness," according to a federal lawsuit filed against the school this month. Aidan Howard said... More »

Rolling Stone Rape-Story Trial Won't Be Mag's Undoing

'Rolling Stone' is being sued for defamation over UVa article

(Newser) - A defamation case against Rolling Stone magazine over a botched article on campus rape at the University of Virginia gets underway Monday. Some related developments:
  • "Jackie," the student who claimed to have been gang-raped at a frat party, is expected to testify as a live witness during the
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Reporter: UVa Rape Story Was My 'Worst Nightmare'

Sabrina Rubin Erdely had 'complete faith' in source

(Newser) - Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely "had complete faith" in her source for a story about campus rape at the University of Virginia, she writes in newly released court documents. The author of "A Rape on Campus" says a university administrator suing Rolling Stone for defamation suggests she... More »

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