The Collegian
Monday, May 23, 2022


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URPD teaches self-defense classes to women on campus

The University of Richmond's North Court reception room was filled with laughter last Tuesday as the women's lacrosse team practiced self-defense moves; but what they were preparing for was not funny. "If someone attacks you, one of three things is going to happen," said Sgt.


Holton's "Abigail Adams" nominated for literary award

University of Richmond professor Woody Holton has been nominated for the Virginia Literary Award for his book, "Abigail Adams." Holton, an associate professor of history and American studies at Richmond, is one of three finalists for the Library of Virginia's Literary Award in the nonfiction category.


The Richmond dating culture: settling for anything but the best

Guy: "Hey, [girl's name]! How are you?" (Ye olde Richmonde tip-of-the-hat gestural question, which more than certainly does not require an answer other than...) Girl: "Good, what about you?" (Naturally, he's --) Guy: "Good." (Action complete.) "So, do you have a lot of work to do tonight?" And then, in what I would have thought would be taken as an irresistibly Michael Cera-ish way, "Just because, you know ... I just wanted to know if you had any plans because ... well, me and a few people were talking about maybe hanging out for a little while." His line here continues, but I just want to stop and note that to complete the visual of the situation, you must know that he stood in one spot and pivoted in place in order to maintain eye contact as she continuously sidled around him toward the library entranceway. Despite her impressively rapid sideways movement, I was able to catch her eyes rolling from my seat on the library bench as he tried to find the right way to ask her to chill with him. Guy (cont.): "Anyway, I'd love if you came and hung out, too." (Phew -- right as she got her first foot in the door.) "I mean, if you don't have too much work, or whatever." Girl: "Uh -- now I do." (I'm not kidding.


Break away from your comfort zone for healthier living

I was the first of the three University of Richmond women living in my apartment in San Sebastian, Spain, to walk through the door to our new home. My roommates yelled up through the window to ask what I thought. "It's um ... nice," I replied. I am not sure exactly what I was expecting, but I can tell you this was not it. When the door opened, it revealed a long, very skinny hallway with six doors lining the walls: one for the kitchen, one for the bathroom, one for the living room -- with a velvet couch with a pattern that looked like a mix between Native American art and Grandma-style floral -- and three for each of our bedrooms. There was no open space.


Richmond students find new target at Dominion

Rather than going to Short Pump mall or the James River, several University of Richmond students are now going to a different place to let loose -- Dominion Shooting Range. Senior Brett Segal went to Dominion Shooting Range, which is just a few miles from campus, to shoot his first 45 mm gun.


Early Decision applications increase by 52 percent

The number of Early Decision applications at the University of Richmond increased by 52 percent from 2009 to 2010. "It's too early to tell if Early Decision applications will increase this year," Gil Villanueva, the Dean of Admission at the University of Richmond, wrote in an e-mail. "But to have more talented and dynamic students identify Richmond as their top choice college is always exciting." 585 people applied for Early Decision last year, while 385 applicants applied for Early Decision in 2008. "While it is never easy to identify the exact reason(s) behind the dramatic increase in Early Decision applications last year, I suspect that our enhanced outreach and marketing efforts are partly responsible," Villanueva, wrote.


Proclamation revisited

On Sunday, wearing my graduation robe along with the rest of the University of Richmond senior women, going through Proclamation Night for the second time, was a bit surreal. Surreal, because three short years ago we were all wearing white sundresses and writing letters starting with "Dear future self..." For me, and I'm sure for many others, it was surreal for a different reason: Because at my first Proclamation Night, my college experience wasn't what I thought it would be. I hadn't swiftly formed life-long bonds, as my best friends from home and the other girls in my dorm seemed to have done.


Camp Kesem sponsors summer camp

For many people, coping with the fact that a loved one has just been diagnosed with cancer or has passed away from cancer can be draining. But a group of Richmond students works to bring hope, smiles and magic back to dozens of children by fundraising to send the children of parents who have or have had cancer to a week-long sleepaway camp, for free. Camp Kesem is a national organization with 24 chapters across the United States that was founded at Stanford University in 2000.


No news is good news?

Once upon a time, there was a mystical, magical land where beer grew on trees, boys only wore pants and bowties that looked like the Easter bunny threw up on them and textbooks, cigarettes, microwaveable burritos, alcoholic beverages and other pleasantries could be purchased with special currency that magically refilled itself each semester (or with one desperate call to Mom). This special land was where young idiots from New Jersey (like myself) would go to endure rigorous training to become successful accountants, surgeons, journalists and other boring professions that we swore in third grade we would never succumb to.


Letter: Learn to Laugh

Dear Natasha, I appreciate your need to "speak out" against Kristy Burkhardt's Collegian article ("The Dos and Don'ts of Freshman Year"). I also appreciate the fact that you had the courage to publicize what many of your classmates were undoubtedly thinking, however wrong you all were. Nonetheless, I feel it necessary to address your harsh words because frankly, I find them unfounded and disrespectful, not only as a senior, but also as a Richmond student. I am not writing to "rip" on you personally, as you so rudely did to Kristy.


Health and Fitness

Instructor: Any fitness professional available to you. Course meetings: Consistently and persistently. For a truly customized workout regimen, create your own major!


Art for Social Change

When I received my writing assignment for The Collegian last week, I glanced at it and saw something about art and some place called UR Downtown. I closed the e-mail and went back to frantically working on the layout for that week's Collegian (since we Collegian staffers get to spend our Wednesday nights holed up in the Collegian office cracked out on coffee, too much chocolate and excessive song-and-dance routines to Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream"). It was already 1 a.m., so I figured out of sight, out of mind. When I went back the next day to actually read the assignment, what I read interested me.


D-Hall switches up its menu

From curry and naan to a new pastry chef and desserts, the Heilman Dining Center -- known as D-Hall -- has many new food choices this fall semester. To meet the students' demand for new ethnic foods, an Indian bar opened the first day of classes.