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Saturday, December 05, 2020


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Woody Holton honored as finalist for National Book Award

University of Richmond history professor Woody Holton is a finalist for the Nonfiction National Book Award. Holton, who has been a professor at the Richmond since August 2000, spent 12 years writing the book, titled "Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution," but he never imagined it would gain such recognition. According to the National Book Foundation that sponsors this award, it is one given "to writers, from writers." Publishing companies nominate books for the award for one of five categories, which are then voted on by a panel of five judges who have also published works in that category.


Off-campus party ends with 35 cited for drinking

During the early hours of Oct. 21, Henrico Police cited 35 people for unlawful purchase or possession of alcohol at an off-campus party on Center Ridge Drive, where four Richmond College students live. According to police reports, Henrico police officers arrived at the house just before midnight on Oct.


Panel held on campus to discuss race and gender issues

The relationship between race and gender issues and the news media was discussed Monday night in a panel discussion, "Media Messages, Missteps and Inside Stories from Newsrooms and Campaigns." Media coverage of Hillary Clinton's cleavage, Hurricane Katrina and domestic violence were among the topics discussed by the panel of three top journalists. Keith Woods, dean of faculty at the Poynter Institute, Lisa Green, senior producer of NBC's "Weekend Today," and Glenn Proctor, vice president and executive editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch spoke to students, senior citizens and local high school students.


Media hype over staph infection exaggerated, experts say

Washing your hands and getting a flu shot could save your life. These are two of the best ways to protect yourself from contracting potentially fatal methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), said Dr. Lynne Deane, medical director for the Student Health Center at the University of Richmond. MRSA is a virulent, drug-resistant strain of staph infection that is believed to have caused the death of a Bedford County, Va., high school student on Oct.


Is the university prepared for West Nile Virus?

Mosquitos in the city of Richmond, as well as many of the Henrico County zip codes surrounding the University of Richmond, have tested positive for the potentially lifethreatening West Nile Virus, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The U.S.


Downtown renovation plans show a greener, younger city

Imagine downtown Richmond with cobblestone roads, trees, retail shops, a trolley system and two-way streets. That's the goal of the city's department of community development, and it's a part of the new downtown Richmond master plan. A community meeting was held Sept.


Ayers tours cities nationwide to meet alumni

University of Richmond President Edward Ayers has been shaking a lot of hands lately. Now he's preparing to shake a few more. During the course of the 2007-2008 school year, Ayers plans to visit 19 cities in 11 states and Washington, D.C.


Police practice crowd control around the apartments

Because the University Forest Apartments are the main source of parties on campus at the University of Richmond before the fraternity lodges open, a heightened police presence can be seen patrolling the apartments during the first several weeks of the fall semester. University of Richmond Police Chief Bob Dillard said he assigns officers to appropriately patrol the apartments. "We don't want the apartments to turn into a fraternity row," he said. Although Patrick Benner, associate dean for residence life for Richmond College, recognized that this heightened police presence is nothing new, he said seeing police around the apartments helps reiterate to students that there are policies they must abide by for the entire school year. Underage drinking and drinking in public are the most common offenses committed by those at the apartments, according to Dillard. "There are a number of people unfamiliar with the laws around here and the university," he said. The resident assistants play an important role in helping to control the crowds found at the apartments Dillard said.


Interest in UR's Arabic courses remains strong

Sophomore Robi DeBell sits attentively in the third day of his introductory Arabic class, carefully swirling and dotting his pencil on notebook paper, copying the symbol his professor, Martin Sulzer-Reichel, has scribbled on the board.


Virginia's increased driving fees draw sharp criticism

Widespread opposition from Virginia drivers over the state's recently imposed abusive driver fees, which range from $750 for driving on a suspended license to $3,000 for motor vehicle-related felonies, may soon apply to out-of-state drivers as well, lawmakers say. The new regulations, which Virginia lawmakers designed to raise $65 million for much-needed transportation projects, took effect July 1 and is at the nexus of a conflict that has resulted in differing court opinions and a patchwork of laws throughout Virginia. All 140 seats in the Virginia General Assembly are up for election this November, which has led many state lawmakers, sensing the unpopularity of the fees, to distance themselves from Gov.