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Joanna Drell, the new chair for the University of Richmond history department, sits in her office in the basement of Ryland Hall. Just outside, a small mountain of medieval textbooks lies scattered on a table – excess books that she and the rest of the history department need to get rid of before the end of the semester.
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We all know WebstUR -- our fuzzy, energetic, eight-legged mascot who can be found riling up the crowd on game day or welcoming prospective students on campus visits. We know that WebstUR is a symbol of school spirit and One Richmond. But what do we know about the people inside the suit?
Thad Williamson’s passion for creating social change and advocacy to improve the city of Richmond has always shown through in his classroom. Now, the University of Richmond professor and civic activist is running for the 5th District seat on the Richmond City Council.
The room seems almost perfectly calibrated to fit the idea of a “spiritual but not religious” service.
“Hip-hop is a way for people who have every right to be angry at the police to have an expressive outlet,” said Erik Nielson, associate professor and assistant chair of liberal arts.
We’ve seen it all before: the romantic scene where a gentleman stands below a woman’s bedside window confessing his love. Prince Charming calling for Rapunzel. Romeo bellowing for Juliet.
At the University of Richmond, Richmond College students stood outside Westhampton College dormitories crying for undergarments. The Panty Raid, a tradition where Westhampton women threw their panties to men from their dorm windows, was an annual affair implemented by UR students in the 1950s.
Nirvana played in the background as reddish hues of lights and cigarette smoke coated the Paper Moon Gentlemen's Club in Midlothian. In the middle of the club, dancer after dancer paced the walkway and performed their routines on poles as guests socialized and watched, drinks in hand.
After a year of working as a legal assistant at a law firm in Washington D.C., Emily Landon, a 2018 University of Richmond graduate, is ready to apply her skills and knowledge in the field. Landon, who majored in Arabic studies and international studies with a world politics and diplomacy concentration, as well as a minor in history, received a Fulbright award to teach English in Tajikistan beginning this fall.
The Office of International Education (OIE) has created new opportunities for students who wish to go abroad but may not have the chance, through a new donor-funded program.
University of Richmond mathematics professor James Davis was awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help fund travel expenses for attendees of this year’s International Conference on Finite Fields and their Applications, a biennial academic conference being held in June in Vancouver, Canada.
The University of Richmond is praised for its low student-to-faculty ratio, allowing students to have close relationships with their professors. But there are some faculty on campus who can say this dynamic has been taken to an even deeper level, considering they live in on-campus dormitories among the students.
David Niethamer quieted the musicians with a final graceful stroke of his baton, ending the University of Richmond Wind Ensemble’s April 15 concert and his 17 years as the group’s conductor.
Lebron James and Paul Queally are a few of the influencers who have impacted a business venture founded by University of Richmond alumnus, Stephon Jacob.
On her first day of school, Sarah Petty, 33, stood outside of the Cannon Memorial Chapter just as snow soundlessly began to fall. Petty, a University of Richmond legacy, said thereupon that instant she had experienced true magic.
For generations, the WILL* program has united University of Richmond women--and, since 2013, non-conforming and transgender UR students as well--to address social justice issues while learning about themselves in the process. From Friday, April 12, to Saturday, April 13, the program celebrated its 40th year at UR.
This September, senior Tom Vanderbeek will be leaving for a year in Rhineland, Germany, to serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in a German school — a position awarded him through the Fulbright program. Vanderbeek was one of three University of Richmond students to be awarded and accept a Fulbright Award this year.
As a toddler, now-senior Vincent Camp would peer eagerly over his brother's shoulder, memorizing every key his brother pressed when playing "Carnivores" on their family's computer. This early eagerness to learn about video games developed into an interest to create them with peers, which led Camp to form the UR Game Development Club.
The University of Richmond’s Landscape Services handles a lot more than just planting flowers, said Allison Moyer, associate director of Landscape Services.
University of Richmond graduate Griffin Trau, ’18, will be traveling back to the Czech Republic, a country he said he “fell in love” with during a summer study abroad program after his junior year. This time, he will be on an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which gave him a Fulbright award this year.