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With today's beauty standard at an unforgiving, all-time high, people go to great lengths to modify their appearances.
In a world where it is possible to go from looking like a falcon to looking like a model in less than a few hours of surgery, people are chomping at the bit to look "better."
Comparable to wanting to look physically "better," people (especially young people) are craving "better" minds with higher (seemingly unrealistic) capabilities.
Talk about a 52 pickup for the Democrats. It wasn't too long ago, in the aftermath of Barack Obama's historic 2008 victory, that the word "mandate" became inculcated into our national psyche.
Students who enroll in classes within the new film studies major now have access to more than 300 screenplays donated to the University of Richmond.
The new major, which starts next fall, will be composed of nine courses offered in a variety of departments, including English, modern literature and cultures and maybe business, said Paul Porterfield, the head of the Media Resource Center and adjunct instructor of film studies.
The founder and head of the Virginia Screenwriters Forum, Helene Wagner, approached the school after the Virginia Screenwriters Forum's librarian, Bill Sydnor, stepped down.
"He had a room with boxes and boxes of scripts and it seemed natural to suggest them to U of R," Wagner said in a phone interview.
The university gladly received the donation, which came free of charge.
"We would have had to spend thousands and thousands of dollars at a time when it's really tight at the university to even begin to put together a collection like this," Special Collections Librarian Jim Gwin said.
"Not many college campuses have that kind of resource available," Abigail Cheever, an associate professor of English, said.
The University of Richmond's department of religion presented James Turner Johnson, a professor from Rutgers University, to lead a discussion titled "Realism, Idealism, and Just War: Thing about the Use of Force in American Debate."
Johnson, a professor of religion and associate of the graduate program in political science at Rutgers, argued against realists' either-or dichotomy that separates realism and idealism as polar opposites.
Johnson attributed the birth of political realism to theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and political scientist Hans Morgenthau, who flourished from the 1930s through the 1950s.
Barbara B. Wallace, an adjunct professor of Italian in the department of modern literatures and cultures who learned to speak the language during her late 30s, died on Sunday after a bout with cancer.
Lorenza Marcin, director of the Italian language program, worked with Wallace from 2001-2009 and described her as a perfect counterpart.
The members of the Richmond College Government Association approved the contents of a letter -- intended for the General Education Revision Committee -- which expresses serious concerns about the University of Richmond's curriculum revision proposal in its current form.
The RCSGA letter, passed in a unanimous vote during a meeting last Wednesday, summarized the main concerns that had been brought to the attention of both the Westhampton College Government Association and the RCSGA by students, and offered suggestions for amending the changes to create a more favorable finalized proposal.
The General Education Committee members will continue revising the current proposal until a Nov.
The General Education Revision Committee met with a group of about 25 students and faculty Wednesday morning to discuss possible changes to the general education requirements.
Gene Anderson, the committee's chair, along with Catherine Bagwell, Barry Lawson, and Clark Williams fielded questions in the hour-long meeting about the committee's two new models that would be implemented in fall 2011 if approved by the university faculty.
Both plans would increase the number of general education requirements from the current 13 units.
In the well-funded race for the House of Delegates between two Spiders, the Republican incumbent prevailed.
University of Richmond graduate Del.
If Virginia State Del. Robert G. Marshall has his way, faculty members at public colleges and universities in the state could carry concealed handguns to class.
Marshall, R-13th District, has introduced House Bill 1656, which would allow full-time faculty members with concealed handgun permits to carry firearms on campuses of public institutions of higher education.
Although carrying a gun on a university campus with a permit is legal in Virginia, campus administrators can prohibit students and employees from doing so.
Green job creation is the solution to the future of state employment, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said during his annual State of the Commonwealth Address Jan.
Writer's Disclaimer: The following article is satirical in nature, and provides absolutely no facts whatsoever.
Triceragoose, the "third mascot" of the University of Richmond -- after the Spider and a Cigarette Executive -- has been reported missing by a number of concerned students.
Triceragoose, also known as "King Duck" or "Steve" (by his family), was last seen at the Westhampton Lake, where he had presumably resided for the past hundred years.
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University of Richmond students tried to outwit one another as they competed for $1,000 on Tuesday.
During a Strategic Innovation Challenge on Nov.
LONDON -- For those of you who might have forgotten, Nov. 11, was Veterans Day. In the United States, the day is meant to honor all veterans who have served, both in peacetime and wartime.
Peter has been the manager of Alcoholic Beverage Control store No. 254 on Three Chopt Road for 12 years.
In an effort to protect people from the effects of secondhand smoke, the Virginia State Senate voted yesterday on three bills to ban smoking in nearly all public places, including restaurants.
The Senate voted 23-15 to ban smoking in public places, although each takes a different approach.
The Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation that would require public universities to notify parents of students receiving treatment at the student counseling center whether the students are deemed a danger to themselves or others.
House Bill 1251 would be optional for private institutions, including the University of Richmond.
Each week, 18 University of Richmond students wake up, put on black suit coats and close-toed shoes, sit in rush hour traffic and push through the revolving doors of the General Assembly Building.
Instead of money, these juniors and seniors are earning six credits for the 20 hours per week that they spend working for the Virginia General Assembly through the university's oldest internship program, Political Science 395: State Legislative Internship.
The course, which has been offered since the 1970s, is divided into two sections.
Widespread opposition from Virginia drivers over the state's recently imposed abusive driver fees, which range from $750 for driving on a suspended license to $3,000 for motor vehicle-related felonies, may soon apply to out-of-state drivers as well, lawmakers say.
The new regulations, which Virginia lawmakers designed to raise $65 million for much-needed transportation projects, took effect July 1 and is at the nexus of a conflict that has resulted in differing court opinions and a patchwork of laws throughout Virginia.
All 140 seats in the Virginia General Assembly are up for election this November, which has led many state lawmakers, sensing the unpopularity of the fees, to distance themselves from Gov.
Virginia attorney general Robert F. McDonnell addressed students, faculty and staff about how easy it is for him as a Republican to work with a Democratic governor.
McDonnell spoke at a symposium hosted by the University of Richmond Law Review called "Avoiding Constitutional Conflicts in a Divided Executive" at the Jepson Alumni Center last Thursday evening.
About 75 law students, alumni, faculty and lawyers gathered to hear respected constitutional scholars debate the legal repercussions of conflicts between state governors and their attorneys general.
State attorneys general serve in the executive branch as the chief legal advisers to the state government and its various agencies.
The bill introduced two weeks ago by Women Involved In Living and Learning students and De'Nora Hill's mother to increase the penalties for stalking in Virginia has a new life.
After the initial testimony and debate, the bill was placed in the lockbox where many thought it would remain, thus killing the bill.
"Everything got jumbled when politics came into play," said Shanaya Fullerton, one of the WILL students whose class project led to the original bill.