Image of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville prior to its removal from public display

An Interview with Mayor Mike Signer and Tim Dodsen, Editor of The Cavalier Daily

By C.C. Clark, Senior, University High School

Color and light overwhelmed my vision; I wasn’t sure what I was hearing or what to look at—so I used my sixth sense to experience the moment on a more incomprehensible, spiritual level. There was static in the downtown air, and a buzz of energy, and passion. Storefronts welcomed in customers with Pride flags, posters reading “no home for hate here”, printouts with the name “Heather” inside a heart and other affirmations. University students, sparkling and charged with the excitement of life, raced down a brick-lined pathway, laughing and dragging each other along to the next activity. Live music, coming from the annual Tom Tom Founders Festival in Emancipation Park, pulsated into the downtown area, present but not overpowering the woman singing and playing her guitar on a nearby bench. No matter which way you turned, people were having a good time and enjoying each other’s company; people from all around the world, from all sorts of diverse backgrounds, coming together and welcoming you into this unique, present environment. In that moment, it was difficult to comprehend that a little over a month ago, at this exact spot in the downtown area of Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalists and neo-Nazis were congregating, wielding torches and assault rifles, attacking counter protesters and hollering horrific phrases such as “You will not replace us” and “blood and soil.” These despicable actions were the antithesis of what I was observing this happy, inclusive evening. And yet it happened. Why and how it happened: that was what I was there to find out and analyze.


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Caitlyn Jenner Interview

"The Secrets of My Life" book cover

The Secrets of My Life: A Conversation with Caitlyn Jenner

By Matt Geffen, Student Editor

Caitlyn Jenner has nothing left to hide. Two years ago, 17 million people watched as she revealed her true self in an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer. Today, she finds herself out front in center, on a book tour in support of her new memoir, The Secrets of My Life. Since the book’s release, Caitlyn, who is commonly cited as the most famous openly transgender person in the world, has received both praise and criticism, but has remained steadfast in her intentions: she seeks to use her journey as a tool to inspire more people to become their “authentic” selves. 

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Chelsea Clinton Interview

image of Chelsea Clinton's book cover: It's Your World

It’s Your World: A Conversation with Chelsea Clinton

By Matt Geffen, Student Editor

Chelsea Clinton has lived her whole life in the public eye. Not only has she embraced this platform, but she has focused her energy and influence on expanding the opportunities available to youth and elevating their voices and stories. In her book It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, which was originally released in 2015 and is newly released on paperback, Chelsea emphasizes the limitless possibilities for youth to create positive change by sharing the stories of young activists and entrepreneurs across the globe as they tackle issues such as access to education, gender equality, poverty and climate change. “It’s Your World” is as optimistic and confident as Chelsea herself — and with a recent cover on Variety’s “Power of Women” issue and a children’s book inspired by Senator Elizabeth Warren in the works, she is showing no signs of slowing down.

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