Ezekiel Reed has been living in Balz-Dobie House, one of the new Alderman Road residence halls, for just a few months, and like other first-years, he’s busy assembling the elements of his four years at U.Va. A Jefferson Scholar and cellist, Reed is taking classes that include neuroscience and electronic music. He is a member of the Radio Music Society, which plays pop music on stringed instruments, and O Records, a consortium of musicians and related artists. At the same time, he’s building his network of friends. “I’ve been impressed by how easy it’s been to meet people,” he says.
But Reed is already looking beyond his first year. He is determined to work his way from one of the University’s newest student residences to its oldest, the Lawn. “I would love to be part of that community,” he says.
Fourth-years Elizabeth and Margaret Bickley know exactly what that is like. Each twin has her own Lawn room—and it is the first time, in fact, that they haven’t been roommates.
Selected on the basis of the impressive record of scholarship and service they’ve amassed over their last three years, the Bickleys continue to serve. Elizabeth’s commitment to intercultural understanding, for instance, has led her to a post as outreach chair for the Latino Student Alliance. Margaret is first vice president of the Virginia Nursing Students’ Association, responsible for organizing an upcoming convention for nursing students across Virginia.
Both are deeply moved by the opportunity to be part of the Lawn community, but they also recognize the importance of finding private moments in this most public of spaces. Elizabeth likes climbing the steps of the Rotunda on a warm evening and sitting with her back against the bricks, reading. An early riser, Margaret loves the Lawn’s stillness in the early morning as the sun comes up. “It’s truly a sacred moment,” she says.