The Collegian
Sunday, December 10, 2023

Ernie Siciliano

Melvin rockets into space aboard space shuttle Atlantis

At 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 7, the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis took off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying 1986 University of Richmond graduate Leland Melvin. "Tears came to my eyes," said Cathy Melvin Clarke, Melvin's sister, who witnessed the launch in Florida and estimated about 40 to 50 family members attended as well.

Dedication to basketball shaped manager's life, influenced teams

During an Atlanta meet-and-greet for young alumni in October, former University of Richmond men's basketball team manager Daniel Woolley told new President Edward Ayers he was upset that Richmond had disbanded its sports management major. "He kind of bit his ear off," his mother, Charlsie Woolley said. Ayers asked Woolley if he would have majored in sports management.

Postseason possibilities abound for women's basketball team

The Atlantic 10 preseason rankings might have predicted the women's basketball team to finish fifth in the conference, but they shouldn't have done that with any security. This year's team has a lot of variables, including players battling injuries and the fact that it depends on underclassmen for significant scoring. Nevertheless, head coach Michael Shafer said it was the most talented team he had coached during his four-year tenure at Richmond. "If everyone stays healthy and everything stays status quo, we should not be playing on the first day of the A-10 tournament this year," he said.

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