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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Elizabeth Ygartua

Whirlwind on campus, in Haiti

Two years ago last week, Haitians were suffering and dying after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake ravaged their country while I and other sorority girls of the University of Richmond prepared to prep and welcome new recruits.

Stolen laptop recovered abroad via Twitter

Senior Abi Olvera had just set her MacBook Air down to use a pay phone at a train station in Seville, Spain, when minutes later a man stole it. With the help of local police, Twitter,, friend Mariam Saoma and the Help Desk, she was able to get her laptop back and recover half of her deleted files. "I saw someone come over and use the phone, but I didn't see him take it," Olvera said.

Take Route 5 to colonial times

Just about a 45-minute ride from campus, between the James and Chickahominy rivers, are several plantations that once were home to many notable Virginians, such as Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Harrison and Presidents William Henry Harrison and John Tyler. Berkeley, Edgewood, North Bend, Piney Grove at Southall, Sherwood Forest, Shirley, Westover, Belle Air and Kittiewan plantations are all in Charles City County.

Farewell to a friendly face

Starting next semester, hungry Heilman Dining Center patrons will no longer be able to stop and chat with cashier Diane Bennett. Alvin Johnson, who has worked at the dining hall for three years and was trained by Bennett, said: "I will miss her a lot.

Revealed: Faberge Burlesque

The lights went dark, the crowd quieted and the theme song from "Mission Impossible" started playing as a tall figure came down the aisle, flashlight in hand at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Leslie Creek Theater. Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside, named "best drag performer" of 2011 by Style Weekly and hostess for the evening, hoisted herself onto the stage where a tiara sat on a pedestal.

UR Amnesty holds vigil held for Georgia death-row inmate

[This updated version of the story includes the decision to execute Troy Davis on Sept. 21, 2011] Sixteen people gathered in the University Forum last Thursday night to light candles, pray and sign a petition to save the life of a Georgia death-row inmate. Troy Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of Savannah, Ga., police officer, Mark MacPhail, and is scheduled to be executed tomorrow.

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