Newsroom Archive for 05/30, 2012


Booz to Run for Alexandria School Board
May 30 2012 - 2:36pm

Kelly Carmichael Booz (PLP 2011; CTP 2011) has announced her candidacy for the Alexandria School Board in District B. Full story at

CLP 2012: Day 5, Wednesday, May 30
May 30 2012 - 10:24pm

College Leaders Program Class of 2012
Day 5, Wednesday, May 30
Reported by: Todd Galyean, The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Excited for our first excursion out of Charlottesville early Wednesday morning, the 2012 class boarded a bus through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley to Cub Run Dairy Farm in McGahyesville, Va. Upon arrival, students were given insight on the environmental challenges associated with agriculture in Virginia. Simply, we learned agricultural actions can have damaging effects far beyond their origins. Cub Run, along with other Virginia farms, has worked together with environmental agencies in the past and is looking for ways to continue developing environmentally friendly farming practices. As a result of the tour, students came to realize how modern farming is a sophisticated business which uses the most advanced technology to regulate all aspects of the farming process, like which cows are ready for birthing, and the exact dimensions for planting corn rows. At the conclusion of the tour, students left Cub Run with a new outlook on what farming is like in the commonwealth.

We next traveled to nearby Staunton, where we enjoyed a relaxing lunch downtown at the Clock Tower before we ventured to City Hall. We began by joining in some casual Q&A with Sorensen Executive Director Bob Gibson on topics ranging from his time as a political journalist to the best recreational areas in and around Charlottesville. As Mr. Gibson continued to enlighten us, our anticipation only grew for our next speaker, Senator Creigh Deeds, representative of the 25th Senate District of Virginia.

Senator Deeds began by emphasizing that the responsibility of government is in our hands as citizens, and political results are a reflection of our participation. He went on to discuss how much Virginia has changed over time both economically and demographically. Today, the Senator expressed that Virginia’s most successful regions are directly tied to federal jobs which consequently means these areas overwhelmingly surpass the economic conditions in many parts of the state. Additionally, he emphasized that while there is economic disparity based on geography, the state’s economy is still intimately tied together. After his lecture, Senator Deeds opened the floor to questions where he gave each of our three public policy groups advice on our freshly minted ideas for improvements in transportation, education, and the economy. Unquestionably, this segment was a priceless window into the obstacles we must consider while forming our potential bills in the weeks to come.