Mediate! That’s the slogan for UVA’s mediation services:
In other news nearby, there has been some uproar about the plan to take down some ~100 year-old magnolia trees next the Rotunda. Work to fix the Rotunda’s roof requires lots of scaffolding and the scaffolding requires that the trees be removed. I really hate to see old trees taken down around grounds (like the ones near Brown College and Brown library), or anywhere else, but I think that this is understandable. To me it sounds like: do you want to keep the trees, or do you want to keep the Rotunda? I would be pleased if they pledged to plant a bunch of new trees somewhere else on grounds. You can decide for yourself. Some material on the matter: UVA blog about the announcement, Cavalier Daily article about the petition, and coverage in the Daily Progress. As noted in some of the articles, there is already a Facebook Community, Group, and Event about this. Here is the official petition, which, at the time of writing already has over 3,000 signatures.
In commemoration of the trees, I took a few photos today:
To those who say the Rotunda just wouldn’t look right without them, notice that the southeast magnolia is already gone. (Does anyone know when this one was taken down?)
I wouldn’t be surprised if the opposition painted the bridge about this. (hint!)