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Stay or go? UVA linebacker Max Valles declaring for NFL Draft

Remember when UVA linebacker Max Valles was adamant that he wasn’t going to declare for the NFL Draft? That was so-o-o last month.


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Playoffs! Getting ready for big NFL weekend, college football title game

It’s moving weekend in the NFL playoffs, with four scintillating divisional-round matchups, capped by the 2015 college football national championship game pitting #2 Oregon and #4 Ohio State.


Bridgewater College to host International Poetry Festival

Poets and publishers from around the world will converge upon Bridgewater College Jan. 15-18 for a conference to celebrate poetry, creativity and the global exchange of ideas.


UVA football assistant Tom O’Brien retires after 40-year career

UVA associate head coach for offense and tight ends coach Tom O’Brien announced his retirement from coaching. O’Brien’s career spanned 40 seasons at four different schools, including 16 years as a head coach at Boston College and NC State.


Undervalued at #3: UVA still not getting respect on national stage

With UVA at #3 in the national polls, the writers who can be said to broadly cover the college basketball scene are being forced to acknowledge that the sun doesn’t rise and set in the ACC on an eight-mile stretch of highway between Durham and Chapel Hill anymore.


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How many years does Bob McDonnell face in next week’s sentencing?

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be sentenced next week on convictions in his 2014 corruption trial. The one-time rising Republican star faces a decade in prison, but will McDonnell really get that much time? AFP editor Chris Graham and host Jim Bresnahan discuss the McDonnell sentencing on WREL-1450AM.


Semifinal Thursday: The first college football playoffs worked

When Alabama went up 21-6 in the second quarter against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl late Thursday night, it looked like we were on our way to a one-versus-two final that we could have just avoided if not for the push toward four-team playoff.


Alabama-Ohio State: Another SEC-B1G mismatch?

We’ve seen this play out before. Ohio State runs through the Big Ten like a knife through melted butter, then matches up with an SEC team in the postseason, and turns into melted butter.


Playoff time: College, NFL begin postseason

It’s playoff time, with the first-ever I-A college football playoff beginning Thursday with Alabama-Ohio State and Oregon-Florida State, and the NFL getting its postseason under way on Saturday. Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham joins host Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450AM in Lexington, Va., to talk playoff football.


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Wake Forest tops Richmond with buzzer-beating tip-in, 65-63

Wake Forest’s Devin Thomas tipped in a shot at the buzzer as the Demon Deacons stunned the Richmond Spiders, 65-63, on Sunday afternoon at the Robins Center.


Former Longwood soccer player impacting Farmville youth with Beyond The Numbers Club

Under normal circumstances, the question would not have alarmed Longwood women’s soccer player Amelia McConnell. But the circumstances that one night during her freshman year were anything but normal.


Two UVA teams ready to make run for national titles?

The fifth-ranked UVA basketball team is already 11 games into its march toward the NCAA Tournament. This week, the Virginia baseball team, still a few weeks away from the start of its season, was ranked third in the preseason Collegiate Baseball poll.


UVA basketball fifth in national polls, second in three power rankings

The UVA men’s basketball team is fifth in the AP and coaches polls this week. The Cavaliers (11-0) rose a spot in the AP poll, switching places with idle Wisconsin, after posting a pair of wins last week, 70-54 over Cleveland State on Thursday and 76-27 over Harvard on Sunday.


Statement game: UVA puts college basketball on notice

Top-ranked Kentucky put up a 24-0 run and led 41-7 at the half in beating UCLA 83-44 on Saturday. On Sunday, #6 UVA came out of the gate against Harvard up 30-4, led 39-8 at the break and won 76-27.


Virginia Tech’s X.J. Meng elected to the National Academy of Inventors

Dr. X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology at Virginia Tech, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).


Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine students address end-of-life decisions for pet owners

Euthanasia is one of the most sensitive areas of veterinary medicine, but a group of students at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech decided to tackle it head on with a series of educational events.


Fluid flow research may unlock cancer secrets

Sometimes, good health might be all about the fluids. In the human body, the channels that fluids take as they migrate through tissues can impact a person’s health. Abnormal fluid flow can help account for the development or progression of diseases, such as cancer.


Game on: What happens if colleges can’t rely on student fees to fund athletics anymore?

The dirty little secret of college athletics is that they don’t pay for themselves, even football and men’s basketball, and that any athletics department budget is balanced on the backs of kids who don’t play college sports, may not attend any games and have to borrow money and work part-time jobs for the privilege.


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House Majority Leader Kirk Cox proposes caps on mandatory student athletic fees

Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) announced Thursday that he will propose legislation in the 2015 General Assembly session to cap student athletic fees at Virginia’s four-year public universities.


Virginia Tech helped hatch modern turkey industry

A.L. Dean was much more interested in birds such as warblers and robins than he was in turkeys when he was the head of the Department of Poultry Science at Virginia Tech in the 1920s.


New VMI football coach, D3 playoffs, college basketball highlight WREL interview

Was VMI’s move to hire UVA offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim to take over the Keydets football program a smart move? Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham joins host Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450AM in Lexington, Va., to discuss the hire.


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Kaine urges Department of Education to provide information on sexual assaults

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine submitted a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressing the current issues associated with sexual violence on college campuses.


Virginia Tech green building class benefits area high schools, Habitat for Humanity

In a unique partnership between the Giles County Technology Center, Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley, and a Virginia Tech sustainable biomaterials class, college students developed teaching materials on green building for high schools students.


UVA offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim named VMI head football coach

VMI Athletics Director Dr. Dave Diles announced Sunday that Scott Wachenheim has been named head football coach and will begin his duties immediately.


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McAuliffe invests $500,000 in community college program to credential Virginians in high-demand sector

Seven of Virginia’s community colleges will receive direct incentives totaling $500,000 for student completion of credentials identified regionally as high-demand by business and industry.


Washington and Lee junior Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder awarded scholarship from Florida Capitol Press Corps

Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder, a junior at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded a 2014 Barbara L. Frye Scholarship from the Florida Capitol Press Corps.


College rape culture: One in five? Or more like one in 40?

It almost seems hyperinflated, the statistic that we hear cited about how one in five women who go to college are raped at some point during their time on their campus.


Virginia Tech Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine moves to Blacksburg

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has moved its Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine to Blacksburg.


AFP editor Chris Graham breaks down the college football playoff

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham joins host Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450AM in Lexington, Va., to talk sports, with a focus this week on getting an early look at the four-team college football playoff.


Source of mid-plate volcanoes may be much closer than scientists thought

A recent discovery challenges conventional thought that volcanoes are caused when plates that make up the planet’s crust shift and release heat.


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Silver linings in Rolling Stone rape fiasco

Rolling Stone alleged a gang rape at UVA and now doubts its own report. I have no knowledge of the matter. Maybe the victim was completely honest. Maybe she was largely honest but too drunk, or just too traumatized, to remember which fraternity house she was in. Maybe she made it all up.


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Message from UVA President Teresa Sullivan to university community on Rolling Stone article

Message from UVA President Teresa Sullivan late Friday to the University of Virginia community regarding the latest developments in the Rolling Stone article on the university’s response to sexual assaults,.


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Statement from UVA President Teresa Sullivan on Rolling Stone article

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan today issued the following statement.


No means no: Would Rolling Stone have written UVA hit piece if it had checked sources?

Any of a number of other sexual assaults at UVA or any other college or university in the country could have been the starting-off point for a lengthy expose into how school administrators fall short in their responses, but why err on the side of the rudimentary when the story can be blown entirely out of the water?


Racial divide and be conquered

I read this post from the blog Gawker on a topic related to the racial tensions resulting from the inexplicable grand-jury actions in Missouri and New York that let a pair of cops who killed unarmed petty-crime suspects go free.


MBC president heads to White House to support minority women in science

As one of the college presidents attending today’s White House College Opportunity Day of Action, Pamela Fox is putting Mary Baldwin College on the national stage with a commitment to support minority women in STEM fields.


W&L President Ken Ruscio at White House college access event

Ken Ruscio, president of Washington and Lee University, will participate in the White House College Opportunity Day of Action Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C.


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Herring joins inaugural group of Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows on education policy

Attorney General Mark R. Herring has been named a member of the inaugural cohort of the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellowship.


Work begins on the Virginia Tech Marching Virginians’ new facility

Construction of the Marching Virginians’ new $4.75 million practice and storage facility is underway and scheduled to be completed in 2015.


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Virginia college access organization receives $25K grant from Dominion Resources

Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Dominion Resources, GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, a college access organization, can provide more financial aid services to students in Augusta, Highland and Nelson.


AFP editor Chris Graham talks sports on WREL-1450AM

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham joins host Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450AM in Lexington, Va., to talk sports. This week’s segment goes into detail on the UVA-Virginia Tech football game, won for the 11th straight year by the Hokies. How does Tech keep doing it? The JMU-Liberty playoff game, what the Washington Redskins can do with Robert Griffin III and college basketball wrap us up.


Mary Baldwin College President Pamela Fox to attend White House summit

On Thursday, Dec. 4, Mary Baldwin College President Pamela Fox will join President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit.


Filler-Corn introduces bill to combat campus sexual assaults

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn introduced HB 1343, legislation requiring the reporting of campus sexual assaults by campus and local law enforcement to the local Commonwealth’s Attorney within 48 hours of the reported incident.


Why Craig Littlepage doesn’t care: The UVA athletics money trail

Logic would seem to dictate that yet another losing season for UVA football under Mike London would bring about a financial impetus for change.


State Department security operative to speak at Bridgewater College Dec. 1

Bridgewater College alumnus Douglas Allison’s security and law enforcement career with the United States Department of State places him at important spots in history.


Ken Plum: Rocket science

Even the professionals have their problems with rocket launches with about one of ten not being successful.


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Waynesboro YMCA seeks Pre-K teacher

The Waynesboro Family YMCA Childcare is looking for a lead teacher for its pre-kindergarten classroom.


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President Obama, Defense Secretary Hagel comment on Hagel’s resignation

About a year ago, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was visiting our troops in the Republic of Korea thanking them for their service and answering their questions.


Press Conference: UVA football coach Mike London

UVA football coach Mike London talks with the media on Monday. The Cavaliers (5-6, 3-4 ACC) play at Virginia Tech (5-6, 2-5 ACC) on Friday in Blacksburg.


Bridgewater College seniors seek entrepreneurial projects with area businesses

Fifteen Bridgewater College seniors in an entrepreneurship class want to form working partnerships in the spring 2015 semester with four small businesses or non-profits from Harrisonburg, Rockingham County or Augusta County.