The Collegian
Monday, November 29, 2021


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Postseason possibilities abound for women's basketball team

The Atlantic 10 preseason rankings might have predicted the women's basketball team to finish fifth in the conference, but they shouldn't have done that with any security. This year's team has a lot of variables, including players battling injuries and the fact that it depends on underclassmen for significant scoring. Nevertheless, head coach Michael Shafer said it was the most talented team he had coached during his four-year tenure at Richmond. "If everyone stays healthy and everything stays status quo, we should not be playing on the first day of the A-10 tournament this year," he said.


The real issue with blackface

Blackface. It's the "issue du jour" and it's on everyone's minds. Was it wrong for that student to choose a costume from a performance style steeped in racism?


Three Richmond professors prepare for Ironman Florida Triathlon

Three University of Richmond professors will breach their mental and physical limits when they compete in the Ford Ironman Florida Triathlon in Panama City Beach on Saturday. Susan Leahy, 40, the director of reading; Carmen Hamlin, 30, a 1997 Richmond alumna and adjunct English instructor; and Melissa Pine, 30, a visiting history lecturer, have been training for the past year to swim 2.4 miles in the Gulf of Mexico, bike 112 miles and run a marathon within 17 hours during one day. "I'm not nervous yet," Leahy said.


After blackface, hoping for change

I am hopeful. A few weeks ago I read an article in The Collegian that someone wrote about the magic of 'Crankin dat' soulja boy,' a song played at an apartment party that managed to bring people of all races together for four minutes of laughing, dancing and "Superman-ing." I was there for that party, and to find that other people had noticed that moment of brief but fantastic unity truly made me feel as though we were making progress for the race relations of this campus. I am hopeful. Last week I went to a SALSA event in the Alice Haynes Room, thinking it would probably solely consist of students of Spanish or Latino descent.


Change behavior now or pay later

In 2005, if someone had asked me to pick a theme for the year, my one word response would have been water. Not to belittle other tragic events in 2005, but it was a marked year from the start.


Panel held on campus to discuss race and gender issues

The relationship between race and gender issues and the news media was discussed Monday night in a panel discussion, "Media Messages, Missteps and Inside Stories from Newsrooms and Campaigns." Media coverage of Hillary Clinton's cleavage, Hurricane Katrina and domestic violence were among the topics discussed by the panel of three top journalists. Keith Woods, dean of faculty at the Poynter Institute, Lisa Green, senior producer of NBC's "Weekend Today," and Glenn Proctor, vice president and executive editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch spoke to students, senior citizens and local high school students.


What about the others?

Before I go any further let me say I was not on campus this weekend to experience the University of Richmond Halloween or see any of the creative costumes put together by our "intellectual risk takers." Nonetheless, I would place a bet on there being a "risk taker," somewhere on this campus, that did dress up like a Mexican gangster, American Indian or terrorist (intended to be of Muslim descent). I've seen these impersonators dress up in sombreros, head dresses and black and white scarves before, so I know I am not making this up.


APO hosts senior citizen prom

Alpha Phi Omega, University of Richmond's co-ed service fraternity, will host a night of dancing and conversation for both college students and senior citizens. APO's 15th annual Senior Citizen Prom, themed "A Red Carpet Affair," will take place on Nov.


Media hype over staph infection exaggerated, experts say

Washing your hands and getting a flu shot could save your life. These are two of the best ways to protect yourself from contracting potentially fatal methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), said Dr. Lynne Deane, medical director for the Student Health Center at the University of Richmond. MRSA is a virulent, drug-resistant strain of staph infection that is believed to have caused the death of a Bedford County, Va., high school student on Oct.


Is the university prepared for West Nile Virus?

Mosquitos in the city of Richmond, as well as many of the Henrico County zip codes surrounding the University of Richmond, have tested positive for the potentially lifethreatening West Nile Virus, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The U.S.