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Shelley Goldsmith was an exceptionally normal college kid. An honors student with a full merit scholarship to nearby University of Virginia, she spent her time volunteering, hiking, sailing, playing tennis and hanging with her friends and Alpha Phi sisters.
"You do you, and I'll do me." This is a phrase that has become increasingly popular in today's increasingly "tolerant" culture. This is called moral relativism: The moral worth of an action can only be found in the eyes of the actor. It is intolerant and disrespectful to claim that someone else's actions, or positions, are wrong. However, the immediate problems with relativism are self-evident.
Sometimes it can be a little bit of a downer to return to school after a long, hot four months of working at that same summer job you've had since high school, traveling, name-dropping your fancy summer internship, spending time catching up with old friends and family, or whatever other activity you were engaged in that didn't involve homework or cafeteria food (sorry D-Hall, you're really tasty and DARN do you know how to make a panini, but you're still a cafeteria).
In June of 2009, President Obama went to Cairo to give his first major foreign policy address as president of the United States. In it, the president outlined his administration's agenda for dealing diplomatically with other nations, confronting terrorism, and "restoring" America's standing in the world.
Of all the responses to this week's tragedy in Boston, perhaps the most cogent came from The Onion, a cerebrally satirical news publication. The article, titled "This What World Like Now," is written with mock quotes from people resigned to living "in a time and place where expecting the worst and feeling slightly afraid of what awful thing will happen next is the default state of being."
The following is an interview with Wendy Haynes Eastman B'76, an entrepreneur, fundraising professional, vice president of operations of Kevin Eastman Basketball Camps LLC and a member of the University of Richmond Alumni Association Board of Directors.
What is South African culture like? I heard this question countless times upon my return to the U.S. after my study abroad experience in Cape Town. Unfortunately, I could never provide the inquirers with a straightforward answer, but this was the unique beauty of the place I called home last fall.
Academic stress doesn't bring out the best in any of us. Some retreat to the library for 24+ hours, subsisting off 8:15 bagels and red eyes (double shot, iced, with skim). Some plan ahead, only to spend the morning leading up to the exam or deadline freaking out that they didn't study hard enough, or forgot an essential detail.
Live Aid, Farm Aid, Live 8, NetAid and Live Earth. Since George Harrison and Ravi Shankar popularized the concept with the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, benefit concerts have become regularly occurring, star-studded events with a formulaic mix of aging rock stars grasping for relevance and world leaders grasping for exposure.
The following is an interview with Rob Blandford B'79, president and chief investment officer of Spider Management Company LLC.
As many people know, the anti-gay marriage laws DOMA (Defense of Marriage) and Proposition 8 have been up for review in the Supreme Court these past few days. Probably most of us wouldn't know about this if it weren't for the profile picture-changing phenomenon that has swept the country along with it (at least I'm assuming that it has swept the country- my Facebook friends are pretty localized on this coast).
Does your internet seem slower than ever? Do you find yourself crying at the smallest provocation? Have you hugged your adviser more than usual this past week? If yes, then you're in the midst of registration blues.
It's the night before the SATs, and hundreds of high school juniors are sharpening pencils, replacing batteries in calculators and looking over flash cards one last time.
So, friends, the time is almost upon us again. The one day every year when sundresses, lodges and cooked meat coexist (semi) peacefully. If you happen to live your life mainly within the "Richmond bubble," as so many of us do, Pig Roast might as well be a national holiday.
On Tuesday morning, March 26, 2013, as we all geared up to pick sides and have heated debates, a landmark case regarding LGBTQ rights was to be heard before the Supreme Court of the United States.
The following is an interview with Kaitlin Yapchaian, '04, an executive producer with the Prototype Studio at R/GA, a digital advertising agency.
"It's a marathon, not a sprint," is such a common phrase for many of us, whether it's about your four years in college, trying to lose weight or day drinking. It's also a concept I've never really been successful at grasping. I think this stems from the fact that I've played soccer and field hockey all my life and never tried to run any distance longer than a 5K.
Before I begin, I want to put a disclaimer on this piece: as a straight woman, I have a very specific set of lived experiences that only qualify me to write with any kind of authority on some experiences of some other straight women. Within these bounds of heterosexuality et al., however, this piece is going to be half analysis, half sex advice, so there's a little bit for everybody! (Unless you are not at all interested in the sexual exploits of straight college kids, in which case I apologize and will try to make it up to you with a recipe or something next time).
I am writing this article not only as a leader on this campus, but also as a student of both Westhampton College and the University of Richmond. I am writing this article not only as a student who has heard from both sides of the story, but also as someone who understands the criticisms of the proposed changes to Ring Dance.