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After intruder, Richmond to improve alert system

Clarification Appended Updated 4:35 p.m., June 6, 2008 EDT WASHINGTON -- University officials are moving forward with plans to install an outdoor public address warning system by the start of the 2008-09 academic year after last month's report of a gunman on campus prompted a lockdown. The decision came after officials evaluated their response to the intruder and determined that they could respond to such incidents more quickly and do more to ensure the community's protection. Some students and community members continued walking through campus oblivious of the possible danger, either because they weren't near e-mail, hadn't activiated cell phone alerts or weren't a student, faculty member or staff member.


Police say lockdown suspect confesses to crimes

WASHINGTON -- The suspect who police say triggered a lockdown at the University of Richmond has confessed to entering Boatwright Memorial Library disguised as a sheriff's officer, according to a search warrant affidavit. Police say that when the suspect, 19-year-old Seth A.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Westhampton Lake Candlelight Graduation Ceremony

The University of Richmond hosts a candlelight ceremony for parents and graduates the night before graduation at Westhampton Lake, where men and women line opposite sides of the shores, listen to speakers, musical performances and watches fireworks ? one of the final times the classes will be together. Contact staff photographer Dan Petty at


Teen arrested in connection with lockdown

PENNINGTON, N.J. -- University of Richmond officials say a suspect has been arrested in connection with a lockdown that left the school closed for four hours Tuesday. The suspect, 19-year-old Seth Adam Newman of the 1700 block of Chadwick Drive in Henrico County, was allegedly seen carrying a handgun Tuesday in Boatwright Memorial Library. University of Richmond Chief of Police Bob Dillard said through university spokeswoman Linda Evans that police had recovered a pellet gun on campus they "are certain" Newman was carrying Tuesday.



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Cost of attending Richmond climbs to $49,190 next year

University of Richmond undergraduate students will pay a 5 percent increase for tuition, room and board for the 2008-09 school year. According to Herb Peterson, the university's Vice President for Business and Finance, tuition will increase 3.3 percent to $38,350 and room and board will go up 13.9 percent to $7,200.


Students raise concern over lack of Afghan flag in Commons

The Westhampton College Government Association gathered for its last meeting of the year yesterday to discuss final student events, the induction of new cabinet members and lingering student concerns in the Tyler Haynes Commons. Carter Quinley, a class of 2011 senator, proposed that the Real World, a student-alumni life experience program, should be changed from a two-day event to a one-day event in subsequent years.


Students choose philosophy for critical thinking skills

The number of students choosing to major in philosophy has risen dramatically over the past few years, according to the New York Times, but the trend has had only a small effect on numbers at the University of Richmond. There are consistently at least 10 philosophy majors, but the department has been doing better, said Geoffrey Goddu, an associate professor of philosophy.


RGSGA passes $126K budget for campus groups

Richmond College senators passed their budget and $126,986 in allocations for campus organizations on Wednesday night during the last Richmond College Student Government Association meeting of the year in the Whitehurst Living Room. Representatives from each of the 60 campus organizations are required to present their organization's financial request to the Student Organization Budget Allocation Committee every year.


Senior, alumna awarded NSF graduate research fellowships

Richmond College senior Matt Luchansky and 2007 graduate Katie Weber received highly competitive graduate research fellowships that will fund research at any institution for up to three years. The fellowship from the National Science Foundation will provide Luchansky and Weber with up to $121,500 for a researchfocused Master's or Ph.D.


Ayers examines university history, looks to future in inaugural speech

President Edward L. Ayers reflected on the University of Richmond's past and introduced the five principles of his strategic plan in his inaugural address on Friday. To a crowd of alumni, students, parents, staff and faculty, representatives of colleges, universities, seminaries, learned societies and professional organizations, Ayers said "history holds the seeds of what we can be." Ayers retold the history of Richmond and Westhampton colleges and the University of Richmond, emphasizing the importance he feels the university's history has.


Inauguration Symposium features historical highlights

Scarlett O'Hara, Winslow Homer and Jude Law all made an appearance at the inaugural symposium held in the Robins Center arena last Thursday. President Edward Ayers, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust and University of Virginia Lincoln Scholar Gary W.


Race and ethnicities major proposed by university faculty

The university faculty is considering whether to develop a race and ethnicities major to increase the University of Richmond's commitment to diversity. That's according to religion professor Jane Geaney, who spoke at this week's Westhampton College Government Association Senate meeting. "We have to increase our commitment to diversity and it has to go beyond just words," Geaney said.