Extra Credit: After a 'horrific' year on campus, how will UVA move forward?

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Kristin Tyndall's read

Beginning in fall 2014, the University of Virginia faced a "horrific" year, Sarah Ellison writes for Vanity Fair: The school dealt with a student's disappearance and murder, three student suicides, the violent arrest of black honor student Martese Johnson, and a bombshell Rolling Stone report of a gang rape—that was almost immediately retracted, but still hung over. Ellison explains how UVA pulled through a "horrific" year by pulling together—and how the school's history inspires optimism on campus for a brighter future.

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Emily Hatton's reads

Meet MARTY, a little bit "Back to the Future," a little bit "Fast and the Furious." Stanford University engineers built the self-driving, drifting, all-electric car out of a vintage 1981 DeLorean to test the limits of autonomous driving. The team, along with start-up Renovo Motors, revealed the high-performance test vehicle on October 22, 2015—the day made famous by the second installment of Back to the Future series.

There's a 'marijuana epidemic' in college football, coaches warn. While the drug remains illegal on the federal level, half of the public says they favor legalization and a few states and Washington, D.C. have already done so. But that doesn't change the consequences for student athletes who are caught and often suspended or expelled.  In a piece for the Orlando Sentinel, elite coaches discuss how they try to reach their teams and why the issue is so prevalent. "You can catch anyone doing anything anytime you want to, but it's about helping educate those kids and getting a better life for themselves, says Florida State University coach Jimbo Fisher.

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Dan Diamond's reads

Sensitivity on campus isn't a new issue, and the Daily Briefing has tracked the debate across the year. However, Jonathan Adler in the Washington Post flagged a striking example at Williams College this month: The woman invited to an "Uncomfortable Learning" speaker series was disinvited for making students feel uncomfortable.

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