The Collegian
Saturday, April 20, 2024

Kim Holzinger

Charleston: Not too late for a last-minute spring break

If you're looking for a last minute spring break destination that's a drive away and more affordable than a week on a tropical beach, Charleston, S.C., might be the place to stay. Charleston, which fosters a blend of contemporary culture and a sense of historical pride, fulfills the label of a college town, offering an array of busy bars, chic stores, art galleries and impressive beaches. Daniel Jones, a travel agent at the AAA Mid-Atlantic Southside Richmond office, said Charleston is a popular destination nationwide, and is a well-known city internationally as well.

Third Eye Blind gives intimate performance in Richmond

Third Eye Blind played a sold-out concert to more than 1,400 people at Toad's Place Monday night with music that spanned a decade, with hits from the '90s and unreleased songs from their next album. The band's 10-day tour includes shows at venues that are smaller than usual.

For Abby Ayers, public life means keeping some things close to heart

Among the events the Ayerses attend each week, a contest that Abby and Ed Ayers participated in struck the new university president as a symbol of their experiences since they had lived in Richmond. They agreed to a local "Dancing with the Stars" competition, which they competed in against Bobby Ukrop and a local radio personality.

Richmond updates emergency response system

As university officials across the country have been evaluating their emergency response systems after a shooting at Virginia Tech left 33 dead last spring, University of Richmond administrators have made several updates of their own. Steve Bisese, vice president for student development, said the shooting "caused us to re-think our training programs and communications." Although he added that Richmond has had a good safety record, "we can't get fooled into a false sense of security." The university is more prepared now than it was before the Virginia Tech shooting, school officials say, but administrators recognize that the campus is a large community to protect, especially because of the many buildings and entrances. "It's impossible to guarantee 100 percent safety," Bisese said. University Police Chief Bob Dillard said although the recent updates have strengthened the university's preparedness for a potential shooter situation, the campus's safety system was still considered effective before the Virginia Tech shootings. "Prior to Tech we were more prepared than the vast majority of colleges," Dillard said. Before the Virginia Tech shooting, Richmond already had a response policy and hazardous entry training in place for years, the Emergency Response Team had been meeting regularly and firearms, except for those used by police officers, were outlawed on campus. But after the shootings in April, members of the campus community recognized a sense of urgency to update the alert system, said Kathy Monday, vice president for information services. "Tech really opened up people's consciousness about the need to communicate effectively," Monday said. With the heightened awareness felt on college campuses, Richmond administrators took several steps to update campus safety, which included purchasing a new alert system, making security changes within campus buildings, holding an active shooter drill and creating a team of administrators to evaluate reports of troubled students. "We want to be as safe as possible and also keep in mind not disrupting the education process," Bisese said. NEW ALERT SYSTEM INCLUDES TEXT MESSAGING Information Services recently purchased Connect-ED, an emergency communication system, from the NTI group, providing a single way for campus officials to launch emergency communications across the entire campus. The system, called UR Alert, can now send e-mails and leave voicemails on students' room phones in residence halls and.

A Pause to Remember Victims

By 7 p.m. Tuesday, pews were filled, leaving only standing room for the 7:30 p.m. vigil for Virginia Tech alumni in the Cannon Memorial Chapel. Maroon and orange shirts pervaded the more than 1,000 people who filled the chapel, forcing attendees to stand along the walls and sit in the middle aisle during the service held by the local Virginia Tech alumni community. Both the Service of Evening Prayer Tuesday and the Candlelight Vigil Monday honored Virginia Tech and offered words of comfort and hope to those in attendance. Acting Chaplain Kate O'Dwyer Randall opened Tuesday's service and spoke about the reaction of the Richmond community. "Like the rest of the nation, we at the University of Richmond watched with fear and shock as the day unfolded," she said. O'Dwyer Randall also mentioned a Richmond student who approached her after Monday night's vigil.

Resolution brings racial issues to light

A recently amended resolution asking the Virginia General Assembly for a remorseful acknowledgment of slavery has sparked discussion among members of the University of Richmond community about how issues of race still pervade society. The original resolution, which had asked the assembly to "atone for the involuntary servitude of Africans and call for reconciliation among all Virginians," was modified because opponents believed it would result in reparations, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch article Tuesday. Glyn Hughes, director of Common Ground, said: "I think white people have a lot of work to do to ... recognize the way our present is haunted by our past.

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