The Collegian
Monday, May 20, 2024

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Seniors present theses during Symposium

University of Richmond students from several disciplines and majors presented their thesis topics at the 25th annual Arts and Sciences Symposium. Senior Beth Ann Platt presented "Systematic Rape: a Form of Terrorism" at the symposium, explaining that while rape does not rely on bombings or hijackings, it does rely heavily on the debilitating effects of fear, which is something that is commonly related with terrorism. Platt practiced presenting in front of five faculty members in the Rhetoric and Communication Studies department before her presentation, which she said had given her confidence. She discussed why it was important to recognize systematic rape as a method of terrorism for preventative purposes and also for appropriate policies of justice. "I felt really comfortable because I was presenting my research to faculty that I admire and peers who were interested in my area of research," Platt said. The symposium was practice for Platt.

Students voice library etiquette concerns, possible solutions

The University of Richmond's Boatwright Memorial Library staff invited students to share their frustrations after receiving a slew of complaints about volume control and common courtesy in the library. Lucretia McCulley, the director of outreach services for Boatwright Memorial Library, said that she had received several comments through the library's ongoing Counting Opinions survey about problems with quiet areas staying quiet. "This is a difficult issue for library staff to monitor," McCulley wrote in an e-mail.

Photo Gallery: Mix It Up Day

Students from Allies 2010 and Common Ground organized a "Mix It Up Day" Thursday, Feb. 18, a day in which students could cross boundaries and get to know new people.

Crisis in Congo

Members of the University of Richmond's Sigma Chi and STAND chapters are co-sponsoring award-winning poet and rap artist Omekongo Dibinga to speak about the crisis in the Congo on Wednesday, Feb.

Asha Phadke and Elizabeth Hailand are the creators of the  SCS/Undergrad Connections program.

Program brings schools together

Two Westhampton College Government Association members started a mentoring program that partners University of Richmond undergraduates with School of Continuing Studies students. Six undergraduates and nine SCS students signed up for the program - SCS/Undergrad Connections - with the hope of bridging the gap between the different schools on campus, Class of 2011 Senator Elizabeth Hailand said. Hailand and sophomore Asha Phadke, WCGA class of 2012 president, were inspired by the idea at Spider Senate Saturday, where they met with student groups and the Richmond College Student Government Association to discuss campus initiatives, student concerns and the continued implementation of President Edward Ayers' strategic plan. Hailand sat at a table with an SCS member and the topic of discussion turned to the strategic plan's mission of cross-school bonding. "We talked about how it would be nice for the SCS students to form bonds with the rest of the campus so that they could actually have that pride of being a Spider and a Richmond student," Hailand said. It was that conversation from which the idea of SCS/Undergrad Connections grew.

Swimming embraces underdog role

Head coach Matt Barany paced beside the pool as his team practiced in the Robins Center Natatorium last week. "They'll call me lazy if I sit down," Barany said. He wasn't joking.

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