The Collegian
Saturday, January 23, 2021


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Cultural Advisers bring diverse groups together through alternative activities

Cultural advisers at the University of Richmond hope a new way to spend Saturday nights will build community and enhance diversity at the University of Richmond. CA Alternatives began last February with pizza and games in Whitehurst living room as an alternative to lodges or apartment parties, said Lisa Miles, assistant director of Common Ground. "We expected 15 people to show up," Miles said.


A Sweet Treat: Sweet Frog

Sweet Frog premium frozen yogurt shop will have more than 100 locations by this summer after opening in the Downtown Short Pump Town Center just two and a half years ago, said Adam Silverman, regional manager of corporate Sweet Frog locations in the Richmond area. The Carytown location, a popular venture for many University of Richmond students, is the busiest location, Silverman said.


Bikram yoga grows popular on campus

A growing number of University of Richmond students are practicing Bikram yoga, a 90-minute series of postures in a room heated to 105 degrees, and reaping its benefits. Garland Hume, co-owner of Bikram Yoga Richmond, had a "miserable" first experience with Bikram yoga. "I left the room after 45 minutes," Hume said. Bikram yoga consists of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. After making it halfway through her first class of Bikram yoga, Hume said she had sat in the waiting room and had begun to feel its effects. "I remember going home that day and sitting down to memorize vocabulary cards for an upcoming test," Hume said.


Sweet 16 tournament puts a spotlight on campus admissions

If web traffic is an accurate measure of the nation's interest in the University of Richmond, making it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament is the most interesting thing Richmond has done in years. On March 19, the day the Spiders defeated Morehead State University to advance to the Sweet 16, 12,400 people from outside Richmond's network visited Richmond's website, according to Phillip Gravely, Richmond's web strategies director.

Juniors, Helen Yanta, Micala MacRae, Alexa Gruber, and Maddie Cleland ready to participant in the annual Monument 10k

Spiders run Monument 10K

A number of Richmond students participated and cheered at Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10-kilometer race presented by MARTIN's last Saturday morning. Sports Backers organized the race, which is now the fourth largest race in the nation, according to Running USA. Jackie Holt, public relations and communications assistant for Sports Backers, said that there had been 41,314 registrants in the race and 1,900 in the Kids Run. "With the excitement of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams being in the Final Four, Sports Backers encouraged all participants to wear black and gold in support of the Rams," Holt said.

David McCoy will be the new chief of police for the University of Richmond.

New chief wears many hats

Student needs are important to the new chief of police. When David McCoy was little, he never dreamed of being a police officer. But McCoy said it was the timing and choices he made upon graduating that led him to an almost 26-year career with the City of Richmond Police Department and has now brought him to the University of Richmond as associate vice president for public safety. A self-pronounced "people person," McCoy said his favorite part of his job was interacting with others. "That's the beauty of the profession -- you get out and you talk to people," he said. McCoy grew up in Buffalo, NY, and attended Canisius College in downtown Buffalo, where he majored in political science and minored in criminal justice.


From burnout to breathing

Last October Dr. Pauline Chen published an article, "Medical Student Distress and the Risk of Doctor Suicide," in The New York Times about suicide rates among physicians and medical students. She defined the difference between burnout and depression, two conditions that medical students are proven to become afflicted with at higher rates than their peers.

Track & Field

Stellar sports memories relived

It's the fourth quarter for my fellow Collegian seniors and me. I'm sure Papa Spear and the rest of the journalism department had a collective cringe with my lede, which began with probably the most cliche saying in sports, but it's true.


Are you easily offended?

It always seems that my best writing occurs after two in the morning. I'm not sure why. Maybe a science major could explain it to me.


Service in New Orleans offers spring break alternative

Many University of Richmond students eagerly anticipate an exotic, beach spring break vacation. Or perhaps many are traveling down to New Orleans for the creme de la creme of college spring breaks: Mardi Gras. But one group of Richmond students will forgo many stereotypical college spring breaks for one of service.


Can separate but equal ever really be equal?

As many regular Collegian readers know, there has recently been an ongoing online debate surrounding an article written two weeks ago by Zak Kozuchowski, titled "New business program for men upsets some women." What started off as ye olde "You're unfair," "No, you're unfair!" debate turned to what I thought was a more interesting dilemma -- is a separation between two groups ever beneficial, or is it always inherently detrimental to one or both groups? There are various examples to defend both sides, which makes answering complicated. One could use sports teams as an example of how separation breeds a healthy competition for each respective team. One could also use the Lakeview separations as beneficial to people with separate interests from one another, or separations between age groups on the school bus as beneficial to conversational tactics of each respective age (i.e.


Keep hunger, busyness at bay with small meals and snacks

Whether you are a stressed-out student, an absent-minded professor or a desk-jockey in one of the Richmond cubicles, play it safe with some sound nutrition principles throughout the day. Just in case you have been under your rock for too long, I think the next word that we should throw under the bus is "busy." The word is often used in conjunction with not eating healthfully.


The popularity of Phil's Continental Lounge

Karaoke at Phil's Continental Lounge is attracting more students to the already popular Thursday night hangout. Kyle Measell, owner of Phil's, said karaoke was the main attraction at what he called his "fun, kid-friendly restaurant." Measell said he and his wife had bought the restaurant and bar in 2003 and could not have predicted its popularity among University of Richmond students. "It wasn't until we got karaoke in 2008 that more UR kids started to come," Measell said. One night, 20 students came in and sang all night long, Measell said.


To Dine or Not To Dine: Nile Ethiopian

Deciding how many stars to give Nile was really a struggle. I ended up writing this entire article before deciding that Nile was only worth two out of five stars. Ethiopian cuisine typically consists of spicy vegetable and meat dishes in the form of "wat" or thick stew, served with, atop or inside "injera" which is a large flatbread but seemed to me more like a large spongy sourdough crepe. Ethiopians do not use utensils.