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Thursday, February 22, 2024

David Larter

UR welcomes first historically black fraternity

Nine men became the inaugural members of the first historically black fraternity on the campus of the University of Richmond Friday night, during a ceremony at the University Forum. Wilshire Bethel, Michael Coleman, Dwayne Foster, Raymond Fraser, Reginald Gooden, Rashad Lowery, Charles Mike III, Jeremiah Morse and Ra-Twoine Fields marched in-step to the Forum singing cadence and wearing black and gold masks.

Melvin's second space mission begins with Atlantis launch

About 50 faculty, staff and students in Tyler Haynes Commons cheered at 2:28 p.m. on Monday when the space shuttle Atlantis successfully launched, carrying Spider alumnus Leland Melvin on his latest mission to the international space station. The mission is Melvin's second in space.

Number of students who need aid doubled

The number of students who have changed their financial aid status because of parents losing jobs has more than doubled since last fall. This year 90 students have filed changes to financial aid, compared with 44 the previous year, said Cynthia Deffenbaugh, director of student financial aid. Approximately 50 percent of students receive need-based financial aid, and 70 percent receive some form of aid to attend Richmond, Deffenbaugh said The numbers are a part of a larger trend at Richmond.

Video: Ranger Challenge 2009

The ROTC cadets of Spider Battalion went to Fort Bragg, N.C. on Oct. 24 to compete in the Ranger Challenge with cadets from 39 other schools. Ranger Challenge 2009 from David Larter on Vimeo. Contact reporter David Larter at

Students watch Thursday night in the Tyler Haynes Commons as Republican presidential nominee John McCain delivers his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. (Dan Petty/The Collegian)

ROTC cadets prepare for challenge

A few of the cadets from University of Richmond's ROTC program grumbled about the cold, rainy early morning weather at 5:45 last Thursday as they filtered onto the grounds of the new E.

Former Gov. Allen discusses energy

Former Virginia Gov. George Allen told a group of 50 students and community members in Jepson Hall Tuesday night that the United States could be the Saudi Arabia of coal and that Virginia could be a leader in breaking America's dependency on foreign oil. "You'll hear from these pompous elites, that Americans are addicted to oil," Allen said.

Student support untapped

Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds are in a constantly tightening race for Virginia's governorship, but at the University of Richmond the excitement level seems low - a factor that some think might spell trouble for Deeds as the election approaches. "I haven't really seen anything as far as involvement on campus," said Rasheed Nazeri, who was president of UR Students for Obama during last year's election. Deeds' campaign has been missing on campus, he said. "A lot of the grassroots volunteers on campus are still here and interested in getting involved," he said.

Women's soccer battles rival VCU to a draw

The University of Richmond women's soccer team fought through what the coaches called questionable officiating and two overtimes, scrapping its way to a 0-0 draw with cross-town rival Virginia Commonwealth University on Sunday at Sports Backers Stadium. Spiders keeper Michelle Pecheco preserved the tie through 110 minutes of play, collecting 8 saves along the way, including a spectacular diving save with 5:00 minutes left during the first overtime. "We got some great saves from [Pacheco]," said head coach Peter Albright.

Athletes strained by parking situation

Athletes, who have rigorous schedules, are complaining that parking regulations are stripping valuable time out of their days because construction projects have led parking services to change the rules. Many student athletes have mandatory workouts and meetings at the Robins Center each morning, but parking services changed the rules so that they cannot park either in X-lot or J-lot across the street until after 2 p.m.

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