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Five Quirks Around Grounds
1. The Rotunda’s bulletproof clock face Replaced after the 1895 fire, the face was designed to be bulletproof because students had used the original clock face for target practice.<
The Celestial Dome
Thomas Jefferson envisioned the Rotunda dome room not as a library but as a planetarium for teaching astronomy.
Building a Better University
Workers stand on the Rotunda roof, where the first phase of a major renovation project is underway (see feature story). In other corners of the University, another
Modern-day Dr. Frankensteins bring creatures to life
U.Va. students construct life-sized moving monsters with the help of Hollywood special-effects artists.
Do You Know Your Columns?
Edward Ford, a writer, practicing architect and professor in the School of Architecture, has always been interested in the art of building. In the 1960s, he studied
Mario di Valmarana planned to spend three months as a member of the School of Architecture faculty. Instead, he stayed for 28 years, and created a travel program that introduced
The Academical Village, Version 2.0
OpenGrounds gives collaboration a new home
Graffiti would be out of place in the Rotunda's Dome Room, but OpenGrounds' Corner Building is a different structure altogether. When Thomas Jefferson designed the Academical
New track and indoor practice facility are part of 10-year effort to upgrade athletics
When Virginia Beach native J.R. Reid was one of the nation’s most coveted high school basketball stars, he was recruited heavily by
Students reimagine Belmont structure
Long slated for repair, Charlottesville’s Belmont Bridge awaits its next incarnation. Eduardo Arroyo, the 2012 Robertson Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, led a University
Teresa A. Sullivan Photo by Luca DiCecco
One of the energizing aspects of daily life at U.Va. is the constant exposure to astonishing research, scholarship and other creative
Cracks in chimneys lead to banning fires in fireplaces
Students have always had to sacrifice some creature comforts for the honor of living on the Lawn, and this year a long-standing tradition was sacrificed as well in the
Rotunda roof ‘structurally sound’ but needs work
Photo by Cole Geddy
The roof of the University’s beloved but leaky Rotunda will need only repairs, not replacement.
David Neuman, Architect for the University, told
Jewel Box in the Woods
Architect builds cabin by hand
When architect Olle Lundberg (Arch ‘79) bought 16 acres overlooking the virgin forests of the Gualala River canyon in California, the first thing he and his wife, Mary, did was
Unearthing Slavery at the University of Virginia
Recent discoveries on Grounds raise questions about the history of slavery.
Against the Odds
Sean Doolittle's long, strange baseball journey
What We Talk About When We Talk About Money
Logan Sachon (Col '05) writes openly and honestly about finances, a subject once considered taboo, on the website The Billfold.
The Quality of Souls
Alumna Audrey Davidow Lapidus writes about how a rare genetic syndrome has shaped her son's life as well as her own.
Generations of alumni reflect on military life over the past century, sharing stories of world wars and major American operations in Asia and the Middle East.
Rethinking the Way We Learn
Professor Daniel Willingham knows why students don't like school— it's all in how the brain works.
- Changes to the Honor System 2013
Top 5 Lists
Want to know the top 5 hidden gems around Grounds? The all-time leading sports scorers? Top foods at the dining hall?
The School of Athens
One of Raphael's most famous frescoes has enjoyed its own renaissance at the University.
The agony and ecstasy of final exams (including excerpts from real blue book exams).
Make It Stick
Physics professor Lou Bloomfield sets out to fix a wobbly table and discovers a substance that might do much more.