One shudders to catch the phrase “University of Virginia” coming from a national news broadcast these days. Apart from sports, I have heard three stories in such broadcasts recently: one a murder, one an alleged rape and the latest one an unfortunate beating. Only one of them had anything to do with the university: the…more >
Do you believe that every individual has the right to voice their own truth without fear of ridicule, malice or hatred — even when they disagree with your truth? Example: Can we, as human beings, establish a safe forum of tolerance and respect to freely utter a response to a horrific photo or story? If…more >
Just watched the press conference in which Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo showed how an incident can be handled professionally and thoroughly as he shared his assessment of the facts surrounding the slanderous Rolling Stone article. He did not say that the University made his job harder and unwittingly enabled the slander by not sending…more >
I want to express my support for President Sullivan’s response to the Martese Johnson arrest in its immediate aftermath and also my profound dismay over the tone-deaf comments of some of my fellow alumni.
Facts are important, and as I write this, they are still emerging in this case. President Sullivan acknowledged as much in her…more >
After reading through all topics and replies regarding the Martese Johnson incident, I feel incredibly disheartened by the alumni feedback. As I read it, most people malign administrators for coming out against the ABC without waiting for a thorough investigation. I completely disagree with this consensus.
First, the facts. Martese Johnson attempted to enter Trinity Bar,…more >
When making decisions, we should do the best we can to contain our gut emotions and rely on the facts to draw the appropriate conclusion.
From media reports, it appears Mr. Johnson attempted to enter an Irish bar on the Corner during the evening of St. Patrick’s Day. He was carded and because he was underage…more >
What has happened to the Honor Code at UVA? My father, wife, sister and I are all graduates of the University. During our time any student found drunk and belligerent in public while confronting a police officer after being denied service at a bar would have immediately been dismissed from the University. He surely would…more >
I have created a petition calling on our elected leaders to reform ABC by removing its law enforcement powers
You can also directly write to the Governor on this issue
Dear Ms. Sullivan,
After reading your letter below and the accusatory statements of Mr. Martin as you have suggested, It is clear that his staff and department is in as much or more need of investigation as anybody else involved for having completely and with the utmost bias, prejudged the incident before anybody has any clue…more >
I think that the University President has made a serious mistake by aggressively linking directly to the University the March 18, 2015, incident in which Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agents arrested third-year student Martese Johnson. I do not know all of the details of what happened, but I respectfully suggest that neither does Theresa Sullivan.…more >