I wasn’t sure what to expect when I made the three-hour trek to Salem, VA from my home outside DC to support the men’s basketball team in the Final Four. When I was at UR back in the Paleozoic Era, real school spirit manifested itself rarely if at all.

For anyone who wasn’t there, the entire UR community should be proud of the students who made the trip to Salem. They were the loudest, most clever, and most supportive group of fans in the building. They were friendly, too – I stood with them for both games, and they made me feel right at home.

Nice work guys. Hope to see even more of you make the trip when the Jackets make it back to the Final Four next year.

-Paul Sotoudeh ’95



An interview with the Nationals-qualifying UR Quidditch team

The UR Thestrals, the University’s Quidditch team, recently participated in the US Quidditch Cup in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 23-24.

How to lose a child

I don't know how to properly lose a child. My option to grieve was taken from me as easily as my child was. 

A secret that cannot be told

When you lose a part of yourself, it never really comes back completely. I didn’t time travel when I played anymore.