Local college’s compete in national basketball tournaments

The Commonwealth’s college basketball programs are getting ready to showcase their skills on a national stage and one local team already took home some hardware.

Christendom College’s women’s basketball team won the USCAA Division II National Championship last week.

The Crusaders set a school record for wins and won their Conference Championship before upsetting the 1, 2, and 3 seeds in the National Tournament.

James Madison and Longwood won their conference tournaments to earn a spot in the Men’s NCAA Division I Tournament.

Both teams will compete in Brooklyn for the South Region with the Dukes as a 12 seed taking on Wisconsin and the 16 seeded Lancers will take on Houston.

UVA will play in the First Four against Colorado State Tuesday night.

For the women’s bracket Virginia Tech earned a 4 seed and will take on Marshall and West Virginia drew the 8 seed matched up with Princeton.

The entire men’s NCAA basketball tournament will air on Fox Sports Radio 1450 with the Final Four and National Championship on The River 95.3.

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Youngkin announces $90 million in funding to launch “Virginia Research Triangle”

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that Virginia will invest $90 million to launch the “Virginia Research Triangle.”

The one time funding will be split between the University of Virginia’s Manning Institute for Biotechnology, Virginia Tech’s Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medicines for All Institute.

The colleges will work together through the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority to collaborate on commercialization and startup support.

The Authority will bring the colleges together to sign a memorandum of understanding between the parties.

Once this is completed, the funds will be dispersed with $50 million to UVA, $27 million to VT, and $13 million for VCU.

Governor Youngkin said, “Through this state commitment and private philanthropy, we are building Virginia’s research triangle and network, supporting our higher education institutions’ research endeavors, and expanding Virginia’s university research capacity that will enhance life-saving research development for generations to come.”

To view the full announcement, click here.

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JMU ranked in “Best Colleges for Future Leaders”

James Madison University was named to TIME magazine’s “Best Colleges for Future Leaders” rankings.

TIME and Statista analyzed the resumes of 2,000 leaders in the U.S. including politicians, CEOs, and Nobel prize winners across multiple sectors to determine the list.

The top 100 schools also included Ivy League members with top law and business programs, large research and state flagship universities.

UVA and William and Mary also represented the Commonwealth in the rankings.

JMU President Jonathan Alger said, “A hallmark at JMU has always been our keen focus on measurable student outcomes. The fact that this new ranking found JMU alumni to be among the nation’s top leaders across sectors provides solid evidence that our focus on results is paying dividends for our graduates and for society.”

To view TIME’s full rankings, click here.

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Virginia colleges reevaluate legacy admissions

Following the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, colleges and universities in Virginia are reevaluating their policies on legacy admissions.

Virginia Tech became the second public institution in the country to announce they will no longer consider relationships to alumni as a deciding factor.

The University of Virginia is adjusting their application to allow prospective students the opportunity to write about their personal or historic connection to the school instead of simply checking a box regarding their relation to alumni.

Some institutions, like VCU, never took legacy into consideration.

Attorney General Jason Miyares recently pleaded to all state colleges to do away with legacy admissions, urging them to focus on the individual and their experiences.

Colorado became first state to ban legacy admissions at public universities in May of 2021.

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Youngkin asks colleges to flatten tuition

Ten Commonwealth colleges have answered Governor Glenn Youngkin’s request to flatten tuition costs this fall.

This effort attempts to help students, parents, and families impacted by inflation.

So far, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University and a few others have frozen their rates.

Some schools like Virginia Tech and the College of William and Mary were not planning a tuition increase this fall.

The University of Virginia is the lone institution that refused the request citing a potential loss of $7.5 million to which Youngkin pointed out the school’s $2 billion budget.

Some schools are already planning to raise fees and cost of room and board next year.

Another plan includes a one time scholarship for in-state students to cover increases for next year while out-of-state and graduate students will pay an increased rate.

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Maids selected for Apple Blossom

Four young women from the area have been selected to serve as the Maids in the Court of the Queen for the upcoming Apple Blossom Festival starting April 28th through May 1st.

The women selected were Elia Norton, Yeakley Pullen, Margaret Smith and Sarah Smith.

Norton is a graduate of Handley High School and is currently a sophomore at LFCC.

Pullen went to James Wood and now attends Alabama.

Margaret Smith is from Henrico, Va and attends John Tyler Community College.

Her sister Sarah is currently attending University of Virginia.

The women will take part in the Coronation Ceremony and ride on the Queens float in the parade.

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Blandy Farm’s garden fair is back

Photo by Janet Michael

Blandy Experimental farm’s 31st annual garden fair is back this weekend, but in a new location to provide more space.

The Clarke County Fairgrounds will host the event today and tomorrow May 8 and 9 from 9 am to 4 pm.

The garden fair offers one of the largest selections of plants with vendors from all across the region.

Food vendors will also be open at the fairgrounds.

The event is only $15 a car load and is the biggest yearly fundraiser for the arboretum.

For more information, including a full list of vendors, visit blandy.virigina.edu

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