Hoo's Hoo?

Series by Carly Gorelick

Many CIOs at UVA play a central role in promoting greater spaces and resources for minority students at UVA. The purpose of this spotlight is to give these CIOs that operate for the benefit of minority communities on grounds another platform to be heard and acknowledged. The hope is that this spotlight can encourage recognition and involvement by the student body, particularly going forward into the 2015/2016 academic year. Iris is inspired by the devotion, spirit, and the goals of these CIOs and wants to give credit to these groups accordingly.

Middle Eastern Leadership Council (MELC)


Chatting with Adrianna Taweel

What is your position in the organization and what does your role entail?
I am the president of MELC. MELC is a unique organization because we act as the umbrella organization for other Middle Eastern groups on grounds. That being said, as president, my job entails communicating between the organization, planning events, and working with a stellar executive board to host our annual Middle Eastern Cultural Month in the spring!

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Top 5 Comedies for Feminists

Top 5 Comedies

Story by Allyson Cartwright

Women in Hollywood are changing the long-held, unsubstantiated belief that women aren’t funny. From last week’s 67th Annual Emmy Awards, we can see this shift in the comedic genre. Four of the seven nominated shows for “Outstanding Comedy Series” had female protagonists. In host Andy Samberg’s opening monologue at the Emmys he quipped about the lead and creator of one of those shows, Amy Schumer of Inside Amy Schumer: “Amy Schumer is nominated tonight, and I gotta say, Schumer is really, really funny. You know, for a person.” Jokes aside, women in comedy are just now being considered funny as people and not funny for their gender. Women like Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are breaking through comedy’s glass ceiling. These women are not only starring in their own shows, but they are creating them too. Audiences are beginning to laugh with women and not at them. The brilliancy of these comediennes is that they are satirizing the way women are treated. They aren’t making women the butt of the joke; instead they turn women’s experiences into jokes relatable for everyone and in doing this are creating a new tactic for empowering women. Here are some of these standout feminist comedies gracing screens this fall TV season:

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social media the new first impression

Story by Sammy Scheman

“Facebook stalking” has become a social norm. It’s the fastest way to find your friend’s new crush, that guy in your history class, or the girl you met last weekend. Nobody seems to have a problem with the ease of finding people online. People brag about their skills. You can locate anyone from just a name and an affiliation, through mutual friends or what pages they have liked.

What happens when the Facebook search is flipped? You want to find that cute new guy, but don’t want your school going through each of your posts, or a potential employer looking through your photos. There comes a point when the ease of this search is no longer fun and your social media pages begin to define you.

A school in Orange County has implemented new software called SnapTrends, which sorts through their students’ social media pages in search of buzz words, including bomb or death, in order to prioritize safety for students. Some applaud the efforts, arguing that if something is posted online, it is fair game for anyone to find and use it however they see fit. Others cringe at the lack of privacy.

The rights of individuals on social media need to be addressed as times change and technology continues to become increasingly dominant as a form of entertainment, communication, and management. The effect of technology is far greater than the number of likes you received on your latest pictures. Through these outlets, anyone and everyone can see you, and it is up to you to decide how you want to be perceived.

You have been told time and time again that first impressions are everything. Now, this transfers to your social media pages being all encompassing. In some sense, this increases your control over the image you show the world. You can edit pictures and work for hours on captions, while in the real world, things happen quickly and unpredictably.

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Story by Kimia Nikseresht

Before today’s technologically-savvy generation, there was a time where rigid social boundaries existed between work and home, private and public. One’s social life remained unspoken in the realm of professionalism and work did not interfere with soccer games or walks in the park. Relationships were founded on the basis of trust through shared experiences and the work day ended at 5:00.

And then things changed. Today, the idea of constant connectedness, both universally and among ourselves, is crucial to our daily routines. We are afforded the opportunity to travel and see the world, to stream news as it occurs, and to document every moderately exciting moment of our lives. Employers look at their candidates’ Facebook pictures and responsible employees respond to emails within five minutes or less. Relationships start via Twitter and are monitored via Snapchat. We are, quite literally, always connected. But this comes with great risks and consequences: losing sight of the “shut down” button.

At the University of Virginia, this idea manifests itself as education, professional aspirations, and social lives constantly overlap. As students, we are offered 24-hour libraries, restaurants that stay open until sunrise, and unlimited Wi-Fi everywhere we go. And to top it all off, the places meant for relaxation, eating, and studying become multipurpose spaces that overlap in function. Think about it: CIO meetings take place in apartments, dinners are eaten at the libraries, and intoxicated streakers run to the rotunda, a historic representation of learning and innovation.

becoming fully presentSo, what happens to this already fine line between personal life and work? Where do the boundaries go? 

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Story by Kendall Siewert

Let me set the scene for you. It’s a Thursday night in good ol’ Cville, where bar lines and my desire to stay in with a slice of Christian’s pizza increase at the same rate. It’s hot, so I’m feeling grateful I chose a black tank top to avoid major sweat stains while I journey from my house to the Corner. I see a group of girls walking towards me. I don’t think anything of it until one of them makes a comment loudly as she passes me.

“Wow, somebody’s tits are out tonight.” Whoever said it made all her friends laugh, and they kept walking.

My first thought, as a proud feminist, was to just shake, shake, shake it off.

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