Another hard semester’s work is completed and the new issue of switch.magazine is ready for the world.
Allow us to present switch.magazine, Volume I, Issue II
As most of you know, we have all been working feverishly on the magazine (which will be AWESOME by the way… make sure you check it out!) so I apologize for C’MON SON level slacking on my part, but I assure you this was not in vain. But enough Chris Brown apologies, let’s get to it:
I can’t lie, this might have been one of the most intense moments I’ve ever been in. The amphitheater was FILLED with sorrow tonight as we heard words from President John Casteen and 4th-year president Sarah Elaine Hart. Most of President Casteen’s speech harped on the necessity for us as a community to speak out against these types of acts and utilize the resources that have been given to you in order to stay safe. President Hart’s words were very similar, speaking from experience of the grief she felt as a 4th-year about to graduate, hearing one of her fellow classmates fallen to this tragic event. But honestly neither of these was as intense for me personally as the end. When the Virginia Gentlemen finished the last song and Colin Hood, President Casteen and Hart left the stage, I looked around. I saw the sorrow in people’s eyes, tears streaming down faces, stunned expressions. This death truly stunned our community. I began to walk towards this library (which I’m sitting in now) and just more disbelief filled the air, more questions, less answers. Even as someone who would have never known her had it not been for this incident, I truly can empathize with these students.
But let us heed the warnings of President Casteen! Seriously, if you know anyone who’s being abused, if you yourself are being abused, take this incident as your warning! Speak up! Tell someone (ANYONE) and let them help you reach a solution, if you just can’t find anyone, reach out to CAPS, reach out to the UVA community, hell, reach out to me! Don’t let this death go without reminding us of how blessed we can be!
George Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, Md., has been charged with first-degree murder by Charlottesville Police. Huguely, also a University of Virginia lacrosse player is being detained in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Cause of death has yet to be determined, though the Love’s body showed evidence of physical trauma. Furthermore, witnesses have reported to police that Huguely and Love have been involved in a relationship.
Read released messages from President John T. Casteen, the Chief of Police and the Charlottesville Police department here.
Also, read the news story from The Daily Progress.
Information regarding the murder of the University of Virginia student-athlete will be updated as it becomes available.
Our prayers, thoughts and support go out to the Love family.
I know we don’t usually do a lot on the switch.blog when it comes to jazz… but I had to introduce you guys to a new artist today. He goes by the name of John Petrucelli, and he’s a former member of the University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble. I had the pleasure of having this tenor saxophonist as my hallmate in Malone my first year here, and I always knew that he was destined for great things when it came to music. Not even joking.
If you’ve ever been to Miller’s Downtown on a Thursday night, you may have seen him play in the Thompson D’earth Band… and if you’ve heard them before, you know that they’re the truth.
Check out Mr. Petrucelli in the video below, in a performance of a song entitled, “This I Dig of You.” Nice music for a lazy Sunday…
So I have to say… the following two videos are two of the best that I’ve seen in recent history. Period.
First up, we have the video for Lupe Fiasco’s track “I’m Beamin’,” off of his upcoming album Lasers (which he needs to put out ASAP, by the way). It is simply an absolutely magnificent piece of art. I already liked this song, but this video makes me love it. Lupe definitely hit a home run with this one. For any artist who wants to make dope music videos, watch and learn.
One artist that doesn’t need to learn, however, is M.I.A. With her video for “Born Free,” she’s created a work that is amazing on so many levels. I’m not going to explain it, because it’s something that you can’t appreciate until you watch it. So do that right now.
You can find the videos after the jump…
It’s down to the last full week of classes and EVERYONE is working hard to get those last papers, exams and assignments done. Not very fair, because we’d all rather be studying for the oh-so-crucial final exams. It’s almost like staring into the clouds on a dark cloudy day, searching for the silver lining of the sun…but it’s not there.
Allow me to point the way.
This Saturday, May 1st, the University of Virginia’s National Pan-Hellenic Council will be hosting a cookout from 1-4PM at the Hereford Amphitheater and Fields. Oh, and the food is free. The NPHC will also have a little competitive action going with some basketball, volleyball, soccer, football… whatever sport you want really. Think of this as one of your last chances to enjoy a great barbecue and afternoon before fully committing to studying for finals. Check out the Facebook event for more details.
On April 23, Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed the most restrictive immigration legislation into law to date. According to the law, anyone “reasonably suspected” of being an undocumented illegal immigrant is subject to questioning by police. The mandate also requires immigrants to carry papers proving their legal status in the United States. The remedy for being caught without documentation, justified by criminal charges of trespassing, includes a jail sentence for up to six months. Latino and immigrant rights activists have denounced the new law and have begun organizing rallies and movements towards overturning it.
Aside from the fact that this law undeniably encourages racial profiling, it is also oppressive, unjust and arbitrary. This is not Nazi German Brewer! What’s next, should we enforce government issued tattoos?
Also, whatever happened to human and civil rights? Not to mention the fact that passing such an abomination promotes the infringement of a person’s rights based on skin color. What is the inference of people who look “reasonably suspect”? Oh you must have meant those guys dressed in white tees labeled “ILLEGAL!”…right. Ok Arizona, so you might be a preferred point of unlawful entry because of the border, but in trying to prevent illegal immigration, you are endangering the rights of legal residents and citizens who are now inevitably subject to arbitrary harassment and humiliation.
Way to go Governor! now you’ve got thousands of people rioting, on strike and protesting…right in the middle of a recession. Nice.