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  1. Add Sexual Offenses as an Honor Code Violation.

    For a school that holds its precious Honor Code with such high esteem, I find it beyond baffling and quite enraging that sexual offences are not included on the list of honor offences. On a daily basis, countless individuals get away with life-damaging assaults and further increase the societal notion that such heinous crimes are not only tolerated but acceptable. I've witnessed schools like Yale, Princeton, and the University of Virginia treat sexual assault victims, the very students who have given so much of their lives to their educational institutions, be treated as nothing more than a statistic, or worse,…

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      2 comments  ·  Honor  ·  Admin →
    • Add More Bus Stops for the IRC

      Those who live at the IRC only have one bus route that runs in front of our dorm, the Green Route. In the beginning of the year, this was fine. For many of us, we had ample daylight to walk home and often enjoyed the fresh air. Now, as the weather starts to get cold and darkness begins to fall earlier, the lack of routes running by our dorm is of concern. It can be very uncomfortable to have to walk uphill to McCormick Road or to Central Grounds in hazardous weather. It can also be especially uncomfortable to have…

      256 votes
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      • More quality work space in the E-School

        There seems to be a limited amount of quality work space in the E-School. Thornton Stacks and Rice lobby/rooms are often filled at peak hours, and the other buildings don't seem to be much better. Also half of the electrical outlets in the Rice lobby are duds. Could we get some of those fixed and open more space for students to work? Rice especially seems to have a large number of restricted rooms that, if opened, could help alleviate the problem.

        63 votes
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        • Expand Mirrored rehearsal spaces

          There are over 23 dance/performance organizations at UVA, and more CIOs are adding dance to their activities. Cultural CIOs also hold cultural showcases events twice a year, and these events require numerous amount of rehearsals. Combination of these two creates high demand for all academic and gym spaces that has mirrors for rehearsals. AFC, Forum, Slaughter, and Memorial gym multipurpose rooms are already saturated with dance and performance related activities, too much so that it is almost nearly impossible to find mirrored spaces unless you are a Club Sports. Northgrounds rec center usually has mirrored spaces available, but it is…

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            Student Council is working on a solution to this issue. I encourage any CIO leaders who are dealing with this issue to contact me so the Student Concerns Committee can get a better understanding of the situation and your needs!

            Caitlyn Veith
            cav3vn@virginia.edu
            10/8/2013
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            The two ideas were merged due to their similar goals.
            Klaus Dollhopf
            nmd3ey@virginia.edu
            9/17/13

          • Make Clarke a 24/7 library!

            Devote more resources to keeping Clarke a 24/7 library. It has a much better studying environment than Clemons.

            56 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Library  ·  Admin →
            • There should be an initiative involving students and the homeless community on the Corner/around Grounds.

              The homeless population is growing, and they sit there day after day, yet students walk past them without knowing their names, making eye contact, or acknowledging their human existence. The initiative in no way needs to be about giving money, but they are part of our community and deserve equal human respect. UVA students should work to engage the homeless community.

              5 votes
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              • Nap Center

                I saw the idea of a nap center from last year below. And still I have not heard of an update on this.

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                • Push for a UTS line that shuttles from grounds to the Downtown mall

                  Students that work on the Downtown Mall are forced to either walk or take the trolley as a means of transportation. Anyone who's familiar with the trolley knows that it's a sad joke in terms of reliability & safety. Not only does it never show up on time, but sometimes it just doesn't show up at all. Also, the trolley stops downtown are in badly-lit and desolate areas (which is not safe) and the closest trolley stop to the Corner (in the away from the downtown mall direction) is at 11th St, requiring students to walk about 3 blocks in…

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                  • Add bus stop in front of the Flats at West Village

                    The Flats at West Village are new student housing. There should be a bus route that covers that housing area.

                    3 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  UTS/Transit  ·  Admin →
                    • Enhancing the Caviler Computer Experience

                      I propose that Cav Computers operate like any other computer repair service. Specifically, they should have computer parts in stock in order to expedite repair. After being on the wait list for at least 3 days, most computers end up needing an ordered part which takes another week. Consequentially, students take loaner computers and as the wait list piles up, many students have to accept a loaner computer that is not of "comparable value" as the Cav Computer agreement ensured. We should work with Cav Computers to come up with a solution to enhance our experience with them lest we…

                      26 votes
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                      • Update the chairs in the Fine Arts Library.

                        The majority of chairs in the Fine Arts Library are old, wooden, and uncomfortable. Their low backs and cheap wooden frames do not allow for comfortable studying. Even the ones in Alderman are more comfortable.

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                          0 comments  ·  Library  ·  Admin →
                        • More doors for Clemons

                          I think there should be a door on the first floor of Clemons. Why can't we get in and out of the library easily???

                          23 votes
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                          • Decrease the necessary time to reserve a space through the Source

                            The current status for all CIO's requesting a space is that they must put in a request for the exact space and time at least 10 business days before the event. This is a ridiculous amount of time necessary for the Source to reserve a single room, a process that in most cases takes less than 15 minutes.

                            This requirement is prohibitive and absurd. Worst yet, the source will not contact you to let you know it can't be filled often until several days after the request was made. Considering some groups cannot secure a time for everyone to meet…

                            48 votes
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                            • Open a student nap center like JMU's (but better!)

                              JMU has recently begun the process of opening a "nap nook," which seeks to promote healthy sleep hygiene and education. Very cool idea and I think a lot of UVa students would benefit from this!

                              http://www.revivethesleepdeprived.com/

                              291 votes
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                                Update 10/31/13:

                                Members of the Student Council Building and Grounds Committee will be meeting in the PAC at noon this Sunday 11/3 to discuss logistics and form a plan for getting in touch with administration about hammocks and student relaxation spaces. Feel free to stop by to have your say or get in touch before then to have your ideas brought up!

                                Thanks,

                                Timothy Morris
                                Architecture Rep
                                Student Concerns Committee
                                tjm5zc@virginia.edu


                                Love the innovation of this idea! However, considering the rehearsal space debacle, it’s become particularly apparent this semester that UVa is currently experiencing a deficit of available student activity space. I’m proposing that we look into having portable hammocks (Google “eno hammocks” for an example) available to rent either through the Newcomb Game Room, Libraries, or perhaps the 21 Box on the Lawn (if it comes back this year). This option would allow us to nap where and when…

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                                • Start adding standing desks at the back of classrooms

                                  Studies have shown that sitting down all day is detrimental to our health. It would be great to install some standing desks at the back of a few classrooms as pilot programs. It might encourage more people to be more healthy and to pay attention more in class.

                                  16 votes
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                                  • Open PLSB!

                                    Ever since the bio-psych library closed last year, biology/chemistry students have no convenient place to study that it close to the chemistry building. PLSB is a beautiful, light, inviting space with whiteboards (super necessary for science classes) and plenty of room for studying, but it is not accessible after hours! If administrators are concerned about the safety of labs, they are already locked, so allowing students access to the building at night should pose no safety risk. Commerce students get to swipe into their own building; let science students do that as well! Having PLSB open at night would make…

                                    20 votes
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                                    • Remove Non-Western Perspective Requirement for Students Who Study Abroad

                                      It is ridiculous that students who have studied abroad or who have gone on Semester at Sea (for a semester) can't graduate on time because they are missing a non-western perspective requirement. Why is a class on vampires considered "non-western" while a course taken in another country is not? The best way to learn about the world is to see it!

                                      7 votes
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                                      • Add more majors and minors.

                                        Why isn't there a journalism major or a business major or minor? I find it messed up that people have to apply for majors and minors, for example like Human Biology, Neuroscience, and Global Development Studies. I understand that there may be a lack of space due to resources, but it seems like money is not the issue at UVA, since people are able to apply for grants and earn them easily. You guys are discouraging kids from pursuing their dreams by putting an application on everything. I have had enough with these dumb applications. Not every single thing needs…

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Add electrical outlets to the outdoor area that has tables and chairs right outside of Clemons Library

                                          It would be nice to work outside all day when it gets nice again, but a lot of the time people need to charge laptops/phones/etc... Anyway we could get some outlets out there?

                                          8 votes
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