Monthly Archives: April 2012

Virginia Policy Review: Energy Policy Forum

Virginia Policy Review will hold its First Annual Policy Forum on April 20th, 2012 in the Great Hall of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University ofVirginia. Light refreshments and lunch will be served.


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Batten Student Council Speaker: Congressman Eric Cantor


Congressman Eric Cantor answering questions from Batten students, moderated by Dean Warburg

On Friday, Congressman Eric Cantor spoke to the Batten community about transformational leadership and policy-making from his unique perspective as House Majority Leader.

Shivesh Puri (Acc. '13) asks a question about the state of the economy and how it will affect voters in the election booth this November

Read more about the event from the Daily Progress here.

Post by Mary Drach 

Photos from UVaToday

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IM Sports Update: Batten Goes Ultimate

For good reason, the name “Batten Ballers” weakens the knees and strikes fear into the hearts of any intramural opponent.  The corec ultimate frisbee team is 3-0 after the regular season.  After winning every game by at least 4 points, spirits are almost as high as expectations entering the playoffs.

Although the team is brimming with talent and boasts a very impressive resume of former and current ultimate frisbee players, the team’s success is mostly attributable to its heart, not its skill level.  Our team lays-out and dives more than any other intramural frisbee team that I have ever seen.  We out-work teams, and our strong defense has defined us.

It is important to note that the team is not anchored in the precise handler play of Aaron Chafetz ,Sanjay Choudhuury, and Max West,  in the quickness of Matt Kragie and Drew Pyrak, or in the defensive intensity of Rob Panos and Dave Cates.  Instead, the team is anchored by the women, who are affectionately referred to as the lovely lady ballers.

Don’t let their name fool you.  Colleen McEnearney (whose passion for the game sometimes manifests itself in the form of colorful profanity), Kaitlin Brennan (whose defensive intensity is second to none), Sarah Williamson (who is terrifyingly awesome), Mindy Adnot (whose frisbee experience is invaluable), Maddie Bergner (whose game-face is almost fierce as her spike), and Kelly Anderson (who put the fast in “holy moley she’s fast”) compose the spirit of the team.

The lovely lady ballers and the rest of the boys are thirsting for the 30-team ultimate frisbee playoff bracket, which will undoubtedly bring stronger and more experienced competition.

Post by Nathan Schelble (Acc. ’12)

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Blooming and Booming

I have never spent a spring on east coast until now. Now, being in the middle of it, I think everyone should spend a spring here. Nevermind the changing color of the leaves in the fall — that was pretty, but it’s nothing compared to the blooms that surprise me everyday to the point where I constantly have my iPhone out snapping pictures and sending them to my grandma.

Besides the blooms, it has been an incredibly busy season at Batten. First, our Congress 101 class had the opportunity to meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He was incredibly candid and sharp.

Our Congress class also spent a day on Capitol Hill where we met with senior staffers, lobbyists, and a Congressman. We talked politics, process, procedure, and they answered questions about anything else we threw at them. All of our meetings were interesting and informative. Our meeting with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office even ended with us scoring a visit to the Speaker’s balcony.

Finally, the Clinton Global Initiative invited a group of Batten students to attend their annual conference  in DC. President Clinton was there all weekend, and Usher made an appearance. Chelsea Clinton moderated a panel. The event ended with Jon Stewart and President Clinton speaking to us for over an hour about development. It was a great event!

Post by Addie Bryant (Grad. ’13)

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Rotunda Dinner

Last Thursday night, the Batten community celebrated together over good food and fine wine at the annual rotunda dinner. Michael Karlik and Mackenzie Porter presented the Class of 2012’s last will and testament, and Giana Solomon was selected as the class speaker to reflect upon our two years at Batten:

The metaphor of a road trip captures the spirit of the journey and the process that got us here. Often, we are so obsessed with the destination that we neglect to see the process that takes us there, the thrills of the unpredictable journey and the things we learn from both the positive and negative challenges we face along the way. As we look back this evening on a trip that started out with hesitant, tentative steps into the Miller Center, we see just how far we have progressed. It has been a privilege to be a part of this journey especially one which has been imbued with so many wonderful memories. Looking around this room, I see so much passion and intelligence and I am truly honored that such an impressive group of people allowed me to take this ride with them. So, to you all I say thank you and wish you just one thing. A life full of road trips with not only great friends and a worthy destination, but also, and most importantly, a good set of tires to get you there. – Giana Solomon (Acc. ’12)

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