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Sunday, July 05, 2020

Jamie Edelen


Daleng named director emerita of dance upon retirement

Students dedicated the annual theater and dance reception to Myra Daleng, who will retire from the University of Richmond after 32 years, but plans to continue teaching dance elsewhere. Provost Stephen Allred recognized Daleng's contributions to the university and named her director emerita of dance at the banquet on Friday, April 26. Daleng said that she had not expected the honor, which had been a unanimous decision made by the board of directors. Junior Jordyn Luks performed a tap dance to "Brown Eyed Girl" in Daleng's honor.

First Lavender Graduation honors LGBTQ students and allies

University of Richmond held its first Lavender Graduation to celebrate LGBTQ campus life and to honor LGBTQ community members and their allies. "The idea of Lavender Graduations comes from LGBTQ students who do not usually have family support at commencement, or are not out," Ted Lewis, associate director of Common Ground, said.

University orchestra performs end-of-semester concert

The University of Richmond Symphony Orchestra, made up of both student and community musicians, performed mostly American contemporary music at a performance at 7:30 in Camp Concert Hall Wednesday night. Everything went as planned and the musicians performed for a full audience, said Alexander Kordzaia, the orchestra's director. Kordzaia conducted the first half of the show, and Patrick Cavalheiro, a guest conductor from Brazil, led the group for the second half.

Lot R12 is closed until August for construction in the Commons

The parking lot next to the Tyler Haynes Commons, which is usually reserved for faculty, staff and Student Activities vans, has closed to create space for construction. Lot R12 will provide a staging area for contractors to fix the building's roof, Charles Rogers, director of design and construction said.

Coping with anxiety and stress at CAPS

This year, the number of students who have visited Counseling and Psychological Services for anxiety and stress has almost doubled since CAPS Director Peter LeViness came to the university 11 years ago. LeViness said that he expected this number to exceed 600 by the end of the school year.

University Dancers' annual concert, "Shifting Ground," a success

Students, faculty and staff worked together last weekend to present the University Dancers' 28th annual concert, Shifting Ground: New Voices in Dance, which they had been working on since the fall. "It's amazing to see how everything comes together with the lights and the costumes," senior Brianna Leporace said.

Mortar Board to host book drive on campus

Members of Mortar Board, a national senior honor society, are holding an on-campus book drive to benefit students in underprivileged schools, as well as alumni who participate in Teach for America. Richmond's Pi Alpha chapter is accepting books for different ages, from children to high school students, senior Lauren Henry, president of Mortar Board, said.

Sophomore Kelso wins Mr. Richmond sash

Sigma Chi sophomore Austen Kelso has been named Mr. Richmond 2013 after modeling a blue suit and leopard jacket and singing "First Day of My Life," while playing guitar. Senior Joey Greener hosted Campus Activities Board's second annual Mr. Richmond pageant on Tuesday. Nine men, each representing a different campus organization, competed for the title, a $50 Visa gift card, gold crown and homemade "Mr. Richmond" sash. With help from the audience, judges ranked the top four participants based on four separate competitions: formal wear, Saturday-night wear, talent and a question-and-answer session. Richmond College Student Government Association representative Samuel Diaz Pulgar, runner-up, won flowers and a silver crown.

Family of soccer transfer donates $5 million to new school

The parents of a former Richmond soccer player gave DePauw University $5 million as their son prepared to transfer there after the Richmond soccer program was dropped. Marshall Reavis gave the money to the soccer and lacrosse programs to fund a multipurpose stadium for the men's and women's soccer and lacrosse teams, their son Mitch, who left Richmond during winter break, said.

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