The bill introduced two weeks ago by Women Involved In Living and Learning students and De'Nora Hill's mother to increase the penalties for stalking in Virginia has a new life. After the initial testimony and debate, the bill was placed in the lockbox where many thought it would remain, thus killing the bill. "Everything got jumbled when politics came into play," said Shanaya Fullerton, one of the WILL students whose class project led to the original bill.
When it comes to downloading music, students rarely have been able to describe the action as both "free" and "legal." But that will no longer be the case for University of Richmond students. The university, in association with Ruckus Network Inc., is providing a free music downloading service that is now available to students, granting them access to more than 2.5 million songs. "We had heard from students that they really would like a way to access music legally," said Kathy Monday, vice president for information services who, along with her staff, worked with Ruckus to finalize the university's contract.
With the start of the new semester came a new home for the Bonner Scholars Program. After its students launched a letter-writing campaign last semester, the program moved from the Office of the Chaplaincy to the Center for Civic Engagement. Junior Sarah Potter, one of the students appointed to speak on the Bonners' behalf, said that although a potential move had been discussed, it had been placed on a backburner and it was the students' actions after former program director Grace Holcomb's firing that moved the issue to the forefront. "I would say that it was a direct result of what we did," Potter said.
A Henrico County Circuit Court sentenced two former Virginia Union University men on Tuesday for the rape of a Westhampton College student. John Patrick Cates, 21, and Brian Anthony Ridgeway, 24, were sentenced to eight-and-a-half years and eight years in prison, respectively, for the rape of a WC student last year.
Anyone who has ever been bored at the gym has a few new toys to play with in the new Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness. The 90,000-square-foot fitness center offers students and members a number of machines and gym accessories that were not available in the previous facility.
A recently amended resolution asking the Virginia General Assembly for a remorseful acknowledgment of slavery has sparked discussion among members of the University of Richmond community about how issues of race still pervade society. The original resolution, which had asked the assembly to "atone for the involuntary servitude of Africans and call for reconciliation among all Virginians," was modified because opponents believed it would result in reparations, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch article Tuesday. Glyn Hughes, director of Common Ground, said: "I think white people have a lot of work to do to ... recognize the way our present is haunted by our past.
The Federal Drug Administration has failed to make the public, and the University of Richmond campus, aware of the 11 percent increase of nicotine in cigarettes, a recent Harvard University study says. The Harvard study highlighted an urgent need by Congress to grant oversight of tobacco products to the FDA. "The FDA legislation would require tobacco companies to disclose to the FDA changes in their products and provide the FDA the authority to require them to reduce levels of constituents, like nicotine, that make them more harmful or more addictive," said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in his company's press release. Maya Vincelli, Operations Manager at 8:15 at Boatwright and EveryThingConvenience Store, said she had heard about the recent study on the local news.
Students at the University of Richmond are finally beginning to see the results of all the construction efforts and frustrations. The Heilman Dining Center has undergone an extensive expansion and renovation.
The surveys are in: no one seems to know what the giant glass box constructed in the Tyler Haynes Commons is, but everyone is eager to find out. The University of Richmond is the co-host of the third annual Virginia Professional Squash Championship. With the Country Club of Virginia, the university will host the four-day tournament, which began with the first-round matches yesterday evening and will conclude with the championship match at 6:30 p.m.
University President William E. Cooper, who announced his resignation on Jan. 12, plans to stay in office until a replacement has been found. "It's probably a good time to do a search to continue the momentum that we enjoy here at Richmond," Cooper said.
Many students are satisfied with the decision to promote Richmond College Dean Stephen Bisese to vice president for student development, but some students expressed concern about the selection process. Although two student representatives were chosen to serve on the search committee created to select Leonard Goldberg's replacement, one said he was not fully aware of how the committee functioned. The student committee member, junior Mehrab Malek, said that he would like to think that, as a student, he was treated as an equal relative to the other members of the committee.
Richmond College Dean Stephen D. Bisese will take over the position of vice president for student development beginning in July. President William E.
Ryan Jobes was good at everything. Whether he was playing ping-pong, setting state records in track or participating in a dance-off, Jobes competed fiercely and success almost always followed.
The Jepson School of Leadership Studies will host John R. Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, at 11:30 a.m.
Recently elected Richmond College Student Government Association President Matthew Whittaker swore in newly appointed senators and class chairs during the weekly meeting on Wednesday night in the Whitehurst Living Room. "We have a lot of new people, and I think they will all be pretty great," Whittaker said. He hopes that the newly elected members will bring in an outside perspective, he said. President Edward Ayers's Chief of Staff, Lori Schuyler, talked about Ayers's strategic plan, and its purpose to identify collective items that the university was working toward.