One University of Richmond student and one recent alumna were killed in a car accident Thursday morning in Roosevelt, N.Y. The students, Paige Malone, 19, a rising junior, and Jamie Malone, 22, who graduated in May, were two of three people killed in the single vehicle accident on the Meadowbrook Parkway.
Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, will give the keynote address at this year's Commencement, the university announced earlier this month. A Harvard University graduate whose career spans from playing professional basketball in Australia to running Chicago's public schools, Duncan has been in the education field since 1992, when he ran the Ariel Education Initiative, a program dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students in Chicago's South Side. Many factors go into selecting a commencement speaker. "We want someone who is recognizable, informative and uplifting," said Steven Allred, university provost and chair of the speaker selection committee. "The speaker is someone who should not only be appropriate, but also challenging," Allred said.
The smallest starter for the University of Richmond was voted as the Atlantic 10 Conference's best player. Junior Kevin Anderson, a 6-foot point guard, was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year on Sunday, becoming the first Spider ever to earn the award. "It feels unbelievable," Anderson said.