About & Staff
The inconveniences of the Declaration are that it may cramp government in its useful exertions. But the evil of this is short-lived, trivial & reparable. The inconveniences of the want of a Declaration are permanent, afflicting & irreparable. — Thomas Jefferson
The Declaration — or as the kids refer to us, the Dec — is a biweekly tabloid-format student newsmagazine published at the University of Virginia. Founded in 1973, and passing through the hot little hands of many an editorial staff in the years since then, the Dec is devoted to cultural critique by way of movie and album reviews, tracts of creative fiction and non-fiction, political analysis, and the occasional harangue. Our writing varies from hard news to soft satire and everything in between.
We cater to a ripe readership of UVa students, faculty, and alumni who seek alternative and opinionated views of UVa life, culture, and broader issues outside the scope of our brick-built bubble. In addition to our weekly features, which vary in topic and style from week to week, you’ll naturally find news analysis in our news department, cultural write-ups in scene, personal opinions in columns, and record reviews with our soundbytes. Viewpoint is more or less the Dec’s lead editorial while signatures are more or less a Letters To The Editor page. Poodah’s Corner is something you’re probably best left figuring out yourself.
Our editorial staff is made up of UVa undergrads of all majors and general temperament. The goal is for a diversity of viewpoints rather than a consensus of opinion. Arguments are frequent. We hope you enjoy.
Editor-in-chief: Melissa Angell (email@example.com)
Business Manager: Ben Helmkamp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Production Managers: Caitlin Peterson (email@example.com);
Sam Padgett (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Managing Editors: Laurel Spiegelthal (email@example.com) and Marilu DeSimone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
News Editors: Tyler Cox (email@example.com) and Derek Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Literary Editor: Sydney Halleman (email@example.com)
Scene Editor: AJ Bakhtari (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Social Media Manager: Anthony Del Rosso (email@example.com)
Art Directors: Fiona Geiran (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Paul Sanders (email@example.com)
Webmaster: Thomas Rochman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.
The Declaration’s bi-weekly publication would like to formally thank the UVa Parents Fund & Parents Committee for their generous contribution to the 2013-2014 publishing season. For more information on the Parents Committee, visit them here.