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Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, erupted in 2008 with the release of “Iron Man,” audiences have become accustomed to the massive scale that the MCU employs with each of its movies. Moreover, audiences have grown attached and familiar with characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk. Each of these characters bring something unique to the MCU, but there isn’t a great deal of diversity with their corresponding films considering each of these characters are white males that receive most of the screen time. Although there is some diversity with characters such as Black Widow, Scarlet Witch and the Falcon, they are primarily used as secondary characters. Until now.
In recent years, the fight to end the stigma around mental illness and to increase access to mental health care for those in need has taken major strides, both nationally and at the University of Richmond. On our campus, students feel increasingly compelled to promote mental health awareness, as demonstrated by the wide range of student-led organizations focusing on mental health. Although this is an accomplishment to be proud of, we must stay cognizant of the unfortunate reality: Mental health stigma remains alive and well.
In the past, Valentine’s Day primarily focused on love, sex and admiration in romantic relationships. An emphasis on dreamy dates resulted in packed restaurants, theaters, parks, ice cream shops and bedrooms. Gifts included expensive jewelry, bouquets of flowers, enticing lingerie and endless amounts of chocolate. Valentine’s Day was for couples to have an excuse to display affection toward one another. People not in happy relationships, however, were left out of the picture entirely.
While watching President Donald Trump deliver his first State of the Union Address last week, one thing was clear: we are restoring the rule of law and making sure our government exists to serve the people once again.
On Feb. 2, 2018, the Republican National Committee officially endorsed President Trump’s “efforts to bar transgender people from military service” altogether. Once again, transgender soldiers have to fight off the battlefield against the president’s administration. Yet the military is but one arena of many where trans people and other people who do not conform to the gender non-binary have felt discrimination.
February is Black History Month, an annual observance of the role that people of recent African origin have played in the national narrative. Though it has been criminally underplayed in the past, this role has been central to the country’s history since its inception.
The disrespect that many female reporters in the sports industry receive is more prevalent than many people realize.
After 34 years teaching at the University of Richmond, Professor Mike Spear is retiring. The oldest professor at UR, he gave us our first Fs ever in his Copy Editing course — a prerequisite for being a Collegian editor — and he is without a doubt The Collegian’s biggest supporter and critic. What follows is an appreciation for the man who is, in our opinion, one of the greatest professors this university will ever know.
Any person who respects the autonomy of Jewish statehood in Israel and believes in the validity of the 1967 unification of Jerusalem should be sincerely apprehensive of President Donald Trump’s decision today to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
Thanksgiving is upon us. The leaves are starting to bronze and fall with the autumn winds. Exams are piling up and essay deadlines are looming in the background. But at the end of this tunnel, is the smell of a beautiful home-cooked meal, the warm embrace of family and friends and the sound of music. (No pun intended.)
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In early October, President Donald Trump's administration began successfully pushing pieces of legislation concerning contraception.
Our politics are infected with hatred and polarization.
Editor's note: 63 percent of the graduating class of 2017 studied abroad at least once, according to the Office of International Education. The Collegian is expanding its coverage beyond Richmond and the U.S., harnessing the proximity and perspectives of an international student body. The International section will include worldwide news, opinion, interview and photo articles written by students currently studying abroad.
With all of the news and noise emanating from Washington, D.C., it can be easy to miss a big event happening in our own backyard: the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Election. With less than two weeks until Election Day, the time is now for University of Richmond students to pay attention to the race that pits Republican Ed Gillespie against Democrat Ralph Northam.
Universities around the world are taking steps to curb harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The University of Richmond ought to follow suit if it hopes to maintain our moral integrity as an academic institution during the climate crisis.
October is LGBTQ History Month. More specifically, today is National Coming Out Day.
The most glaring threat to the nature of American democracy is not the man that sits behind the desk in the Oval Office – it’s the sport that holds a special place in that man’s heart: golf.
What can you buy with $420?
Every year I dread 9/11. It’s a dark day that I hate to think about, much less speak about. It’s a national day of remembrance, but all I remember is the lost of a loved one — and the loss of my innocence. When I was a child I was ambushed with videos of the towers crumbling apart; the towers in which my loved ones worked.