The Collegian
Monday, May 20, 2024



Virginia's same-sex marriage ban overturned

A federal judge overturned Virginia's same-sex marriage ban Feb. 13, and declared it unconstitutional as the South's most powerful legal reversal of restrictive marriage rights to date. "Our Constitution declares that 'all men are created equal,'" wrote U.S.


Ten Things to Get Hyped about for Fall at Richmond

Sometimes it can be a little bit of a downer to return to school after a long, hot four months of working at that same summer job you've had since high school, traveling, name-dropping your fancy summer internship, spending time catching up with old friends and family, or whatever other activity you were engaged in that didn't involve homework or cafeteria food (sorry D-Hall, you're really tasty and DARN do you know how to make a panini, but you're still a cafeteria). Sure, it's exciting to see everyone's new haircut and set up your room.


Some last reflections on Richmond

I'm a pretty cold-hearted person, so when people start talking about how sad they are that we're graduating soon, I usually just let my eyes glaze over and start thinking about what I need to buy at the grocery store this week. Granted, I nod my head every once and a while and stick in the perfunctory "I know, right?!" But when push comes to shove, I'm pretty excited to get the heck out of here. Sorry I'm not sorry that I won't really miss the midget-sized beds, trying to maneuver around my roommates in our one-person kitchen sans dishwasher, the moldy bathtubs, the parking services man, checking eSuds every .25 seconds to see whether any of the laundry machines were open, the laxative-ridden D-Hall food or trying to sleep through the sounds of drunk biddies roaming around the apartments at 2 a.m.


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.