Miracle of Life

The male sperm as captured in a screenshot from The Miracle of Life.

Miracle of Life Comment

This is a corresponding comment left by a YouTuber who was impressed by the flagellating movement of the male reproductive cell.

Stories and illustrations by: Michelle Cho

After publishing my last blog piece on the largely ineffective nature of sex ed in public high schools, I decided that I was onto something and that I wanted to push this topic one step further.

So I did what any college writer interested in the state of crisis our public sex ed system is in would do – I got into my comfiest pajamas, poured myself a glass of wine, and decided to watch the 1983 PBS documentary, The Miracle of Life.

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Story by: Sophia Socarras

Susan Fraiman

Photo courtesy of Susan Fraiman

As a Foreign Affairs and East Asian Studies major, I am no stranger to reading long and complicated nonfiction books. Fiction, however, is not really my forte. In spite of this, I decided to step out of my comfort zone this past fall semester and take an English course titled “Women in Literature: Contemporary Women’s Texts,” and it has easily become one of my favorite classes I’ve taken at U.Va.

The class’ success can be attributed not only to the texts around which the course is based, but also to the professor herself. Professor Fraiman challenged the entire class not only to look carefully at the texts themselves, but also to think about the authors and the messages they are trying to relay.

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Substance Abuse Prevention Week

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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.

Story by: Alaina Segura

At universities across the country, drinking plays an extremely prominent role in the social lives of students.  With eighty percent of college students drinking, and half of these students consuming alcohol through binge drinking,  it is important to become educated about this issue, especially while immersed in an environment with such a large drinking culture.

Substance Abuse Prevention Week, which took place from Nov. 17-21 this year at U.Va., seeks to increase awareness of both the short-term and long-term effects of alcohol and drugs, in hopes of increasing safety around Grounds.

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Berlin Wall at U.Va.

Photo taken by Sophia Socarras: A piece of the Berlin Wall stands on U.Va. Grounds outside of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Story by Sophia Socarras

Anyone who walks down McCormick Road, toward Clemons and Alderman Library can see pieces of living history that are almost too powerful to describe.

U.Va. was fortunate enough to have two pieces of the Berlin Wall put on display across from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library last March. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, the University hosted the Berlin Wall Symposium, a week featuring various speakers, presentations, and other events.

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To the Twentysomethings of Today

Story by Camille Kidwell

As time has passed and society has shifted, the twenties have become an age of relaxation, curiosity and adventure. Our culture has created a new norm, deeming the twenties as a period of “finding yourself,” “trying new things” and “not taking life too seriously.”

Meg Jay, a local psychologist, clinical assistant professor at U.Va. and author of: The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter-And How to Make the Most of Them Now, argues against the cultural norm; deeming that these years are the crux of adulthood and the most important time in a young person’s life.

Dr. Jay’s message has inspired the masses, with hosting her own Ted Talk in February 2013, a few months after her book was published in April. Her discussion, with more than 6 million views, details how a twentysomething, at any age in this decade, can reshape their life during such a formative period of growth.

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