By Darius "Rasheed" Nazeri Richmond College '10 As much as I appreciate the work that RENEW has done to raise environmental awareness around campus and make us "greener," I gotta ask: "What on earth was RENEW thinking when they chose the Tuesday before the finals to remove trays from Dhall?" With last minute exams, quizzes, papers, projects and, of course, preparations for the finals, we had enough to deal with already.
Attention all students ... this is a special service announcement. I don't really like to invoke regional identity on a regular basis, but today it seems as if I have no choice.
Part of me understands the desire to catch and punish the person or persons who hanged the black doll in Cousins Studio Theater in early March. This act, no matter what its intent or motivation, violated our community's sense of propriety and its long-held, if sometimes unattained ideal of mutual respect.
The University of Richmond, pending completion of the Westhampton College Deanery addition, may have the highest amount of "study space" per capita in the country. Of course, it makes perfect sense; you don't become an Ivy League school with beanbag chairs.
Do Richmond students care about the environment as much as our president does? On Nov. 13, 2007, President Ayers signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Since then, the president announced environmental stewardship to be a priority on campus and has followed this pronouncement with actions: D-Hall's certification as a Virginia Green Restaurant, a commitment to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificated Silver certified construction projects, the pursuit of a program that would allow SpiderCards to be used on the GRTC public transportation system and the Eco-Spider Challenge to promote sustainability on campus.
This Homecoming Weekend promises to be as strange as it will be memorable, because those who were my peers just a few months ago will be returning to campus as members of that distant and ever-growing faction that is "alumni." And sadly, if all goes according to plan, I will reluctantly be initiated into that same group about six months from now.
Dear Administration, Faculty, Staff and Students: I am writing this letter to address some concerns about an incident which occurred this past weekend, which I feel that we, as members of the University of Richmond community, need to address as a collective.