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Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I walk across campus to
my 8 a.m. class. And on Mondays and
Wednesdays, most of my classmates do the same. On Fridays, however, our classroom is routinely only a little over half
The word "Quidditch" typically invokes images of beaters, chasers and seekers from the "Harry Potter" series. Few think of concussions, broken bones, torn ligaments and
stitches in the same breath as chasing the golden snitch, but Quidditch can in fact be a fairly dangerous sport.
Richmond’s club rugby team beat William and Mary 46-31 Friday night in front of a home crowd supporting the team's breast cancer research fundraiser.
On campus, there are many club sports that are well-respected – their successes are celebrated, and
their losses are mourned. However, the quidditch team is relatively unknown,
and the attention paid to it can be negative.
They are not the University Dancers. They are not cheerleaders.
In a Monday night game between two of the Atlantic-10’s top offenses, the Richmond men’s basketball team couldn't make enough shots against Davidson.
Women win Atlantic 10 Championships
Prominently featured on my desktop background is my favorite word, sonder (n.). By some accounts (e.g. Merriam-Webster), sonder is not a word with enough validity to exist in the dictionary, and in this vein, Microsoft Word is boldly underlining it in red as I type this article. Fortunately for me, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows believes that it merits an entry and defines the word as, “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.”
With any important question, definitions are important. If we use Encarta Dictionaries, introversion is “the tendency to be self-absorbed and uninterested in other people and the world around”. Culturally, our definition is similar. We commonly refer to introverts as “shy”, “anti-social” or “not team players”. Under that definition, the answer is, “none. Having the lights on just makes people come and visit.”
Confession: I have been a profiteer of political correctness. During my time as a high school debater, I argued for a wide range of feminist ideologies in debates where they were only loosely tied to the topic. When my opponents would counter by questioning the relevance of my points, I would dismiss their arguments as sexist and silencing. I can vividly recall saying, “How dare you as a white male tell me what I can and can’t say in this debate space? How dare you try to silence me?”