February 04, 2015
Alaina Segura and Sophia Socarras
During the last two weeks of January, the University of Virginia and Charlottesville communities hosted a series of events to commemorate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The years 2014 and 2015 have marked the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which formally abolished slavery, and the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Each of these milestones gave a voice to those who were...
November 18, 2014
Totaling 23 years between them as residents of Charlottesville, Kelly Cox and Merrill Woodriff (Col, Curry '98) are perfect examples of women who call the Downtown Mall home. Co-founders and owners of bend Yoga, Kelly and Merrill approached their calling from decidedly different career paths. A licensed clinical social worker who, "on a whim," left Austin, Texas for...
November 12, 2014
As I sat in my chair looking over the agenda for the Oct. 27 conference, “Responding to ISIS: Violence Against Women and Girls,” a woman asked why I was there. I began listing off the reasons: I’ve taken a couple classes on the Middle East, I want to be better informed, I’m interested in women’s issues, I...
November 06, 2014
Former staff member of the U.Va. Alumni Association, and current proprietor on the Downtown Mall, Elizabeth...
November 04, 2014
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Comes to a Close with Red Flag Week
Dozens of T-shirts lined the perimeter of the Lawn during the last week of October, designed with messages like, “It’s my childhood. Don’t rush me.” and “Love shouldn’t hurt.” These were displayed as part of U.Va.’s chapter of the Clothesline Project, a...
October 24, 2014
For the past few weeks, Iris Magazine has been introducing you to some of Charlottesville’s best and brightest female entrepreneurial minds. Fighting some pretty steep odds, these women have taken us through the highs and lows, the failures and successes, of their personal journeys of starting their own businesses. Although each woman and each idea are quite distinct, the common thread that unites all of these very different stories together is the group that has been cheering hardest for them...
October 22, 2014
The Red Zone, the first three months of the school year, marks the time where 50 percent of all reported campus sexual assaults are said to occur. According to the 2007 Campus Sexual Assault Study funded by the National Institute of Justice, most of these assaults are directed toward first and second-year females. This fact, coupled with the struggle first-years already incur by being placed in a new environment, has encouraged coordinators of Hoos Got Your...
October 13, 2014
The Hoos Got Your Back initiative recently launched this fall at U.Va. in light of...
October 10, 2014
For as long as I've lived in Charlottesville, the Downtown Mall has been my home. It's also been my office, my playground, my gym and my church. I've fallen in love on the Mall, I've cried with a friend on the Mall, and I've had too much to drink on the Mall. The barista at Cafe Cubano knows I like my latte hot, even throughout the summer. The Tibetan woman who sells beaded necklaces, wispy scarves and sundresses knows that my daily jog will begin just after I pass her table. After all these years, the busker...
October 10, 2014
Early last month, the topic of domestic violence was front and center in the media, as footage was...
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