The Collegian
Saturday, December 09, 2023



Have You Heard: Generra Peck

"Red Ragtop" -- Tim McGraw "Every time I hear your name" --Keith Anderson "Watch the Wind Blow By" --Tim McGraw "Baby, It's Cold Outside" --Dean Martin "Just to See You Smile" --Tim McGraw "Burn" --Usher My high school fight song "Our song" -- Taylor Swift "Take Me Home, Country Roads" -- John Denver "The Dance" -- Garth Brooks Generra Peck might be the busiest person on campus.


A Day in the Life: Spidey

Zorro is a nobleman, Superman is a reporter and Spidey (no, not Spiderman) uses "a job in athletic marketing" as a cover for his secret identity as the man behind the grin. "I go non-stop when I'm in costume," Spi-T said.


Everything is fresh at Cafe Caturra

If you were to take the convenience of a Panera Bread and mix it with the gourmet elegance of a European bistro, then add a dash of the Richmond prep-factor found at Mosaic's, you would probably have a restaurant that looked and smelled a lot like the recently-opened Cafe Caturra. Last Friday, on the second night at its new location near the intersection of Libbie and Grove avenues, the only thing that Cafe Caturra seemed to be running low on was empty chairs. The front patio was packed with groups and couples eager to ring in the weekend with a glass of special reserve wine and sampling platter of international cheeses.


Eve 6 and Alex Band play at Toad's Place for Donate Life

The 1990s rock trio known for putting their tender heart in a blender and watching it spin around to beautiful oblivion was at Toad's Place last Thursday asking the audience to do more than puree their precious organs. Alex Band, the former lead singer of The Calling, got involved with Donate Life after his wife was diagnosed with a liver tumor and needed a transplant, he said. That was three years ago, and since then Band said that with the help of his fans he had raised more than $100,000 for the organization. The show's producer, Denise Mancini Tripp, said that when she began working with Donate Life, she was exposed to the need for organ donations after her son was born. "I met a mother at the hospital who was waiting for a heart for her son, and right then I knew that I was the lucky one," Mancini Tripp said. "More than the money," Band said, "it's about getting people aware and getting them to go out to their local DMVs and become organ donors." The show opened with an acoustic performance from Bandcamp's Matt Bair, who serenaded the audience with lighter-swaying ballads as the room began to fill with college students, middle-aged couples and silver-haired fans, many of whom were wearing fluorescent lanyards to show their support for the cause. By the time Eve 6 took the stage, the floor was comfortably crowded with fans eager to see the punk rock trio reunited after a three-year hiatus. University of Richmond senior Maggie Gustafson said she had become a fan of the group around the time they had disbanded in 2004, so she was excited to see them in concert for the first time. "I loved them in high school," senior Matt Keough said.


Accounting alumna opens Wild Willie's

Wild Willie's, a new restaurant established by a University of Richmond alumna, has already attracted many diners since its opening in March. The restaurant, operated by 2006 graduate Amanda Orrock, is located about 30 minutes away at 7140 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville.


Chemistry professor, a former Olympic swimmer, still holds three world and two national records

A University of Richmond professor currently holds three swimming world records and two national records for his 40 to 44 age group. Although Christopher Stevenson, associate professor of chemistry and the coordinator of the environmental studies program, also competed in the 1984 Olympic Games, according to his students, he keeps his teaching and his passion for swimming separate. Stevenson began swimming in his hometown of San Jose, Calif.


Melvin inspires youth, details Atlantis flight

Leland Melvin never really intended to become an astronaut. But 10 years after he was accepted to NASA's astronaut training program, Melvin became the first University of Richmond graduate in space in February. Melvin was on campus this weekend to present his Reach for the Stars II program, which aims to inspire young students to pursue math and science education.


Gossip Web site sparks controversy

"Always anonymous. Always juicy," is the self-proclaimed description of the Web site, which allows students at 50 colleges and universities to post anonymous comments about other students and organizations at their schools. The Web site urges students to "give us the juice," which has often resulted in racist, sexist, homophobic and offensive posts. The University of Richmond is not currently listed as one of the supported campuses, but anyone can look at the Web site.


A Day in the Life of: A Parking Enforcer

It's been a long day. The last thing you want to do is walk from X-lot to North Court, in the pouring rain, with a broken leg, carrying those boxes for a friend - so you decide to drive. "The car won't be parked there for more than 10 minutes," you tell yourself.


Have you heard?

Freshman year, Katie Murray lost her voice. Bronchitis couldn't have come at a worse time - it was the week of a cappella auditions and Murray, now a junior, was on a mission. "From the moment I saw the a cappella concert at orientation freshman year, I was hooked," she said. She missed auditions that fall, but for the rest of the year she never missed an a cappella concert.