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The University of Richmond has an incredibly beautiful campus. It's been said before, but we truly live in a college brochure. I never visited campus before orientation of my first year, and as I drove along the perfect lake, past the Commons (it's a building and a bridge!) and pulled up to the tiny castle Lora Robins, I couldn't believe how much it felt like stepping into the pages of the many UR magazines I had received the previous year. It felt like at any point I could run into the laughing, school-spirited, interracial groups of friends that the informational pamphlets had taught me would be carrying their schoolbooks or sitting on picnic tables around every turn. Almost three years later, I still feel proud and lucky to be here every time I walk into the perfect library, pristine gym or, more commonly, eat in any of the shiny, well-maintained "retail dining locations." In fact, campus is so numbingly polished that I didn't realize the huge missing factor until I found my favorite room on campus.
The Magpie has been on my list of restaurants to try for a long time. It was not at all what I expected, but I really enjoyed it. For some reason--maybe it's the name--I expected Magpie to be a restaurant with sophisticated Southern food, but it did not turn out to be.
It's that time of year: Friends and acquaintances have returned from other nations with stories to tell and souvenirs to share. Nearly 70 percent of UR students study abroad, so reasonably, I am often asked if/when/where I've studied abroad, and, after I reveal my disinterest in doing it, why I chose not to.
Why am I already thinking about summer? Gloves are still a nearly everyday accessory for me, but what I'll be doing during the muggy months ahead is already weighing on my mind. Summertime used to mean no school, sleeping in and cool camps, but for a University of Richmond student, it's resume-building time.
I've heard tons of good reviews about the relatively new burger place in town called Burger Bach, and finally had a chance to try it this past weekend. Burger Bach (pronounced "batch") is a "New Zealand inspired gastronomical public house," aka nice burger joint right on the edge of Carytown. When we walked into the restaurant on Sunday night, it was very full but did not feel overwhelmingly packed and had a comfortable atmosphere. The space is not very big; it has a bar with seating, one long bar-height table that spans the length of the restaurant and is community type seating (meaning you will be seated right next to other parties) and booths lining the rest of the free wall space in the restaurant. It is not your typical layout; it almost promotes a sense of community.
Winter's in the air and on the ground at University of Richmond, but snow isn't the only white stuff coating campus these days. You could lick the sidewalks to find out, but I'll save you the trouble.
Why? That was the first question that came to my mind when I saw the front page article about Zach Jesse. Why does this article exist? Why is it written the way it is? And why is it appearing now?
You will find two window decals on my Nissan Versa. One is a University of Richmond shield. The other is Berklee College of Music's logo. Even though I was at Berklee for only one semester and this is my third year at UR, I somehow feel more loyal to the first school I attended. Here's the story of my switch.
Last week's front-page story of The Collegian raised some troubling questions, to say the least. It was a shock to me to find out that this university's law school had not only admitted a registered sex offender who had plead guilty to aggravated sexual battery, but had given him its most prestigious scholarship.
Last week, The Collegian published an opinions piece that presented two ways of viewing sex. 1) As a selfless act of giving that is completely altruistic and self-sacrificial. 2) As a selfish use of another person in order to get pleasure for yourself without regard for the other individual. This false dichotomy over-simplifies a topic that is as complex and as full of depth as any political or economic issue, but it also is representative of a broader issue that plagues many people's ways of thinking. And that issue is the vilification of selfishness.
What are you doing this weekend? If your response is anything other than "going on an extended trip outside the Commonwealth," and especially if your plan is "umm... lodges?" then I have an excellent answer to that question. This Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., the Cultural Advisors Alternatives program is hosting a Winter Masquerade Ball in the International Center Commons. As is the case with all CA Alternatives, this event is sure to thrill and amaze students from across the spectrum. Just in case you need any added incentive to attend a party that involves masks, balloons and a DJ, I hope this list of reasons it will be the best will cinch the deal.
"When you're ready, come and get it." "The way you grab me...must want to get nasty." "We're up all night to get lucky." "So I cross my heart and I hope to die, that I'll only stay with you one more night." "And then you bite your lip, whisper and say, we're going all the way." "Let's go all the way tonight. No regrets; just love." "We're in the bed like..." "When I lay you down and love you right." This does not even include Ke$ha.
Nowadays too many programs focus on the same cliche topics. You have your run-of-the-mill comedy about dysfunctional families. You have all too realistic sci-fi shows. Come on, the point is to make an unbelievable world, that is the intriguing part of the genre. Then there is the simplistic drama which has one simple goal that almost never comes to a quick resolution. "Lost," anyone? The producers milked a couple of seasons out of a show that could have been resolved in one. I am not indicting these shows because frankly some of them are my favorites; however, I do want to see some more variety occasionally.
The following is an interview with Vanessa Loftus Lindlaw, '03, vice president of Edelman Public Relations.
This is a story of injustice, death and the ecological consequences of each. In honor of a majestic creature that was killed in my own backyard, I would like to warn you of our attitude toward the state of our planet.
Let's be honest: Virginia doesn't have any stellar candidates for governor this year. But that doesn't mean you get a free pass to sit out this election. It's a common misconception that state-level elections, unlike presidential or Congressional races, aren't all that important. That's just not true.
Ken Cuccinelli has a long history of standing up for the innocent--from his work with preventing sexual assault to protecting the preborn--and that is why the Spiders for Life are endorsing Ken Cuccinelli for governor.
The gubernatorial election in Virginia has been a notably nasty race, especially with regard to the personal views of the candidates on access to abortion and contraception. As young women living in Virginia who inhabit opposite ends of the political spectrum, we have found ourselves equally disgusted with the representation of "women's issues" on all sides.
From the time they are born, most people are told that it's their duty to vote. Instead of voting this Nov. 5, take the time you would have wasted voting and enjoy yourself. The most obvious reason to do so is that your vote doesn't matter. Whether you choose to vote will not decide this race or have any meaningful impact. The less obvious reason for not voting is that voting is almost always in and of itself an immoral act.
Young Americans for Liberty at University of Richmond cannot endorse political candidates in any election. However, our chapter strongly encourages voter education and increased voter turnout (especially college-age voters).