“Please 4th year responsibly.”

November 15, 2009

“The tradition of the “fourth-year fifth” follows these rules: On the morning of the last home football game, fourth-year students, aka seniors, consume a fifth of liquor to celebrate four years of sub-par football. While the type of liquor is up to the drinker, students are supposed to finish the fifth by kick-off time. It’s an intense tradition, defended by students who claim that it isn’t alcoholism “until you graduate.””

“109 Things to Do at UVA Before Graduating”

August 20, 2009

On the eve of my fourth year, I realize that I’ve still got a lot of living to do. Sure, I’ve sketched out at Down Under more times than I care to remember and struck/stroked/streaked (wtf is the past participle of streak?!) the infamous UVA lawn and lost several treasured peaces of clothing in the process (RIP hanky pankys), but I’ve never been the first ticket at Bodo’s. I’ve never taken an exam outdoors. There are lots of under appreciated and unexplored things that, for sentimentality’s sake, I want to do fourth year. Just looking at the list brings back memories.

#17: Jump on Ruffner Bridge. A feat accomplished on the way to and from many a bad decision fueled late night adventure first year. Invincible and blackout, jumping on Ruffner Bridge was a rite of passage. I think Bonnycastle, best friends, Natty Light, liquor in water bottles, fashion disasters and reckless endangerment. Good times. God, I’m old.

I don’t know if I’ll get through everything on this list, and I sure as hell won’t be blogging about all of it (re: #63, Sketch out at Down Under), but with 274 days till graduation, I’m going to try.

109 things to do at uva

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Down Under, you treat me so badly.  Also, Party Pics, I hate you with a burning passion.

Down Under, you treat me so badly. Also, Party Pics, I hate you with a burning passion.

“I won’t say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I’m going to be if I grow up.”

August 12, 2009

After a summer of office work, I’m going to have a hard time going back to writing weekly essays and research papers.



“Quidditch is less popular in the Far East, because they prefer the flying carpet to the broomstick.”

July 14, 2009

intercollegiate quidditch league

Great news for all of you college going Harry Potter Fans: Quidditch is a sport offered at many colleges. It’s popular along the East Coast at a range of schools, including the elite Princeton. Participants wear capes and hold broomsticks between their legs. Perhaps UVA will be the next school to jump on board with this. Given the excitement over the 6th Potter film release tomorrow, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” I have a feeling it would be quite popular. Check out the College Quidditch League’s website here.


“Copyrights & Copywrongs”

July 9, 2009

Perez Hilton announced on his Twitter yesterday that the Black Eyed Peas are being sued by Freeland for unlicensed sampling of their song “Mancry.” Allegedly, “Mancry” is used pretty blatantly in the Black Eyed Peas song “Party All the Time” off of their new album The E.N.D (Energy Never Dies). I at first doubted Perez’s reporting; the guy obviously has it in for the Peas after the post MuchMusic Awards kerfuffle in Canada, but after listening to the songs back to back, I have to admit that the copyright infringement is pretty fucking obvious. Check it out for yourself.

For more info on copyright, sampling, fair use, and digital rights management, check out the documentary Good Copy, Bad Copy, a 2007 film on the subject, or UVA professor Siva Vaidhyanathan’s books (Copyrights & Copywrongs, The Anarchist in the Library, The Googlization of Everything). Follow Siva on Twitter here.