The Collegian
Tuesday, February 07, 2023

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Meet Alden and Quincy: UR's own guiding dogs

For the first time at University of Richmond, two students are training guide dogs while living on campus. Seniors Claire Goelst and Chris Silvey are members of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a nonprofit guide dog school with chapters along the East Coast.


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Artist Jay Bolotin's unique work on display in campus museum

A preface to the story of Adam and Eve is explored in artist Jay Bolotin's multiwork and multimedia exhibition, "The Jackleg Testament Continues," which is currently on display in the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, located in the Modlin Center for the Arts. "I always found the story strange because I never understood what Eve did wrong," Bolotin said. In Bolotin's version of the story, "Jack" is embodied by a jack-in-the-box toy and plays the role of Adam. After breaking free from a Godlike figure known as "Nobodaddy," Jack represents the serpent in the tree and gives Eve a violin.


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Student advocates fresh produce delivery on campus

Imagine a box of fresh local produce gets delivered to your apartment doorstep. Does it get devoured as a welcome alternative to campus options or rot alongside last night's leftovers from The Cellar? Last week, residents of the 1500, 1600 and 1700 blocks of the University Forest Apartments received a knock at the door, not to find a box of produce, but rather a fellow student advocating fresh food delivery. Celeste Reppond, a University of Richmond senior, considers herself on a journey of health, she said.


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Students to raise guide dogs on campus in the fall

Chemistry professor Carol Parish established a sub-chapter of Richmond's Guiding Eyes for the Blind on campus this spring, with official sponsorship of the university. The university's new sub-chapter has 20 student members and will start raising two puppies this coming fall semester, she said.


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SSIR to host Dancing Classrooms benefit

"When I first entered the gym I thought, 'This is it; this is where my life ends.' I was so scared, my legs were shaking and I was so afraid that I would have to dance alone." This quote is on the wall in the Dancing Classrooms New York City studio and describes the initial terror that a student faced before taking his first dance lesson.


Rock the vote teusday at the Richmond Coliseum. (ALEX DONOHO/THE COLLEGIAN)
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A decade of a cappella with Off the Cuff

On the evening of Saturday, March 30, friends and family members came together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the University of Richmond's a cappella group Off the Cuff. A segment of the concert was dedicated to recognizing OTC's three current seniors, Andrew Thomas, Ryan Cooke and Taylyn Hulse.


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PleasURefest 2013 promotes healthy habits and activities

With the goal of promoting healthy habits on campus, the Wellness Education Bandits hosted Pleasurefest 2013 in the University Forum on March 28. The event's slogan was, "Everyone is looking for a little pleasure... but are you looking in the right place?" and advertised events such as puppy petting, a condom pinata and mini exercise classes. The Wellness Education Bandits is a new organization on campus run by Slade Gormus at the Student Health Center, said senior Jaclyn Pierce, a member of the organization.


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The Messenger to put out one of its largest editions ever

The 2012-2013 edition of The Messenger, University of Richmond's student-run literary magazine, will be one of the largest editions in the magazine's nearly 100-year history, Rachel Bevels, co-editor-in-chief, said. The newest edition, due April 8, includes 128 pages of submissions, an increase from last year's 80 pages, Bevels said. Bevels, along with co-editor-in-chief Astoria Aviles and the section editors, reviewed each piece of fiction, non-fiction, art and poetry, and accepted about one-third of submissions this year, Bevels said. Bevels and Aviles had the tasks of not only taking over management of The Messenger, but also transforming the brand of the publication into a magazine that would continue to have a presence on Richmond's campus, Bevels said. The 2013 staff worked on creating a new look for the magazine, including a smaller paper size and new fonts and colors, which Bevels said she hoped would remain consistent in coming years. "We want people to see the magazine and say, 'That's The Messenger.


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CCE sponsors education-based Spring Break program

Ten students participated in the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement's Spring Break in Richmond program, which focused on education in the Richmond area for the second consecutive year. CCE staff members chose this theme because of the volume of students who regularly volunteer in schools or after-school programs, said Adrienne Piazza, the CCE coordinator for student development and educational programming. "I think there are two common responses to the question, 'Why are you interested in participating in this program?'" Piazza said.


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Gym program helps former staff member to a healthier lifestyle

Alan DeLorenzo, a former chemistry department staff member, weighed 335 pounds before beginning his weight loss journey at the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness. When DeLorenzo began working at University of Richmond last year, he attended an employee orientation meeting where he heard about the Weinstein Center's Working on Wellness (WOW) program, he said.


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University Dancers' annual concert, "Shifting Ground," a success

Students, faculty and staff worked together last weekend to present the University Dancers' 28th annual concert, Shifting Ground: New Voices in Dance, which they had been working on since the fall. "It's amazing to see how everything comes together with the lights and the costumes," senior Brianna Leporace said.


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UR students' nonprofit sends patients to campus sporting events

Five University of Richmond students founded a nonprofit organization last summer that has partnered with World Pediatric Project to give families receiving medical care in Richmond a chance to attend campus sporting events. Jimmy Maiarana is currently spending his junior year abroad at the University of Oxford, but before he left in the fall, he laid out plans to start a nonprofit called Chance to Play with four of his best friends. In an email to The Collegian, Maiarana said that Chance to Play's mission statement emphasizes sports' ability to release people from everyday challenges, and that the group strives to "assist individuals whose family lives have been affected by a medical issue by sponsoring participation in athletic camps, competitions and events." The founders of the organization hope to sponsor children nationwide to attend summer sports camps.


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For class project, students raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation

A business management class is applying class-learned skills to real-life fundraising by working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation this semester to help the wishes of sick children come true. Management professor Violet Ho's Organizational Behavior class connected with the Virginia chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help raise the money needed to grant the wishes of children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who have life-threatening conditions, she said. The money needed to grant each wish ranges from $5,000 to $12,000, and the students have until April 16 to raise as much money as they can.


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Richmond alumni start charitable clothing retailer

Eight months ago, two University of Richmond graduates left corporate jobs that they found to be unfufilling to start their own business, Be Good Clothing, in San Francisco. Mark Spera and Dean Ramadan, both Richmond College '10, were roommates during their junior and senior years at Richmond and were looking for the next step after realizing they were unhappy in their post-graduate jobs, Ramadan said. Spera studied business administration with a concentration in finance and moved to San Francisco after graduation for a job at the corporate office of Gap Inc., he said.