The Collegian
Saturday, December 05, 2020


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Sigma Chi's Derby Days raises more than $20,000 for cancer research

The University of Richmond chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity raised more than $20,000 for breast cancer research last week with the help of sorority participation in Derby Days, its annual philanthropic event. The Sigma Chi brothers encouraged seven on-campus sororities to compete against each other in a T-shirt sale, bake sale, car wash, pieeating contest, powder puff football game, scavenger hunt and a brother's auction. The winners of each event were chosen based on the amount of money they raised per fundraising event and by the points they scored per game.


Law student killed in cliff fall

Robert A. Slimak, a third-year student at the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law, died after falling from the notoriously dangerous Crabtree Falls cliffs in Nelson County. He died around 3:30 p.m.


Football wide receiver reaches plea in fight case

Kevin Grayson, the University of Richmond football team's top receiver last season, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery and has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service as part of a plea agreement reached after a fraternity fight in February. Grayson, a redshirt freshman, also received a six-month suspended jail sentence for three years as part of the plea deal between Grayson's defense lawyer and Commonwealth Attorney Elizabeth Hobbs. Grayson, a Richmond native, had been charged with felony malicious wounding by senior Brett Waikart after a scuffle at the Sigma Chi Fraternity lodge Feb.


Chalk, please: Officials permit chalking on Forum

Every Saturday at 1 p.m. there could be a gathering of students in the forum taking turns talking on a soapbox, drawing on the forum in chalk and exchanging ideas amongst themselves. This is one of many ideas expressed by junior Neil Maneck from the soapbox last Friday afternoon.


Online registration among major housing changes

As University of Richmond undergraduate students consider their housing options for next year, a number of changes will be in effect, including the reassignment of residence halls and an online registration system. Next year, freshman males will be housed in Dennis, Marsh and Wood halls, while freshman women will remain in Lora Robins Court and Moore Hall. Thomas Hall, along with Gray and South courts will be reserved for upperclassman males.


Students punished for chalk drawings at forum

A 52-piece box of chalk and an attempt at free expression led to a campus cleanup and some community service. On an unseasonably warm Tuesday two weeks ago, freshman Michael Rogers decided to add some color to the forum with the chalk he had bought on a whim four days before. He stayed there for nearly three hours, talking with people and reading, hoping to incite students to have some impromptu artistic fun.


Professor says awareness of mortality in elections sways voters

We are all going to die. Sen. Hillary Clinton just hopes that's not what voters are thinking about when they vote at polls. According to research conducted by leadership professor Crystal Hoyt and two recent alumnae, Stefanie Simon and Lindsey Reid, when people are reminded of their own mortality, they exhibit preferences for masculine leadership traits.


Officials, volunteers for Democratic Party court students ahead of election

University of Richmond students caught Potomac Fever this week in anticipation for Tuesday's primary presidential elections, with several speakers visiting campus to discuss the power of the youth vote while encouraging students to make their impact during the primaries. Tuesday's elections in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia caught the nation's attention, particularly the immense importance they would have in the race for the Democratic presidential bid. Sen.


Melvin rockets into space aboard space shuttle Atlantis

At 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 7, the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis took off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying 1986 University of Richmond graduate Leland Melvin. "Tears came to my eyes," said Cathy Melvin Clarke, Melvin's sister, who witnessed the launch in Florida and estimated about 40 to 50 family members attended as well.


Senate passes bills to limit smoking in public areas

In an effort to protect people from the effects of secondhand smoke, the Virginia State Senate voted yesterday on three bills to ban smoking in nearly all public places, including restaurants. The Senate voted 23-15 to ban smoking in public places, although each takes a different approach. Gov.


Traveling scholar brings stories of India to sociology courses

This semester, Meenakshi Thapan, a sociology professor at the Delhi School of Economics, is teaching two sociology classes at the University of Richmond: Women in Indian Society; and Gender, Migration and Identity. Uliana Gabara, dean of International Education, met Thapan in India and invited her to teach at Richmond about a year ago. "It's through personal and professional connections that they get invited to be a scholar here," said Krittika Onsanit, director of International Student, Scholar and Internship Services. Thapan said she hadn't heard of Richmond before, so she looked it up on the Internet.


Students gather for Super Tuesday

The joke of Tuesday seemed to be that the organizers of the Super Tuesday Results Viewing Party, Adrienne Piazza and Andy Gurka, would be left at the end of the night with 30 pizzas and no students.