The Collegian
Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Megan Haggerty


Student graduation speakers stand out among peers

The three students chosen to speak at this year's graduation ceremonies have at least two things in common: they are members of multiple student organizations, and they identify as LGBTQ or allies. Yazmeen Nunez will speak at the candlelight ceremony the evening before commencement.

Students gather for annual Take Back the Night forum

More than 200 students sat on the stone ground of the University Forum Tuesday night to share and listen to one another's experiences involving sexual violence. Take Back the Night aims to effect understanding, compassion and healing for those who have been affected by sexual violence.

Housing lottery process raises concerns

Avery Safford was ready to live in an apartment on campus near Crenshaw Field with her teammates for her junior year. She and her three apartmentmates did not receive an apartment through the lottery process and are now looking to get a double/double dorm room.

Richmond's TAKE 30 initiative addresses connecting with the James

Survey results showed when students were asked whether they would use a bike trail that directly led from the University of Richmond to the James River, the answer was an overwhelming yes. Todd Lookingbill, assistant professor of geography and the Eenvironment, addressed the question "How Can We Be Better Connected to the James?" Thursday as part of UR Downtown's lunch series, TAKE 30. The lunch series is held every third Thursday of the month at the UR Downtown building in the heart of Richmond.

Employees stay safe during severe weather

During periods of severe weather, some University of Richmond faculty and staff choose to stay overnight instead of traveling to and from campus. "We do whatever it takes to make sure that the main services are provided," said Brittany Schaal, director of emergency management.

Senior founds UR Geographic Club

The new UR Geographic Club will expose students to geography outside of the classroom and engage their geography interests within the context of the Richmond community. During the club's first meeting Monday night, members discussed events that they want to host this semester, as well as their goal of working with a nonprofit organization in Richmond. "We wanted to create an organization that allows geography students to take control of their interests," club founder and president Celia Landesberg said. Although she is starting this club as a second-semester senior, Landesberg aims to hold one or two successful events this spring that introduce students to UR Geographic Club and the geography presence on campus.

Weinstein Center helps runners train for Monument Avenue 10K

Information systems professor Ellen Walk started running at age 56 and joined the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness' training team for the 2012 Monument Avenue 10K as soon as she could run a mile. "I confess with the hills around UR, I had to walk on occasion," Walk said, "but that was okay!

Students to raise guide dogs on campus in the fall

Chemistry professor Carol Parish established a sub-chapter of Richmond's Guiding Eyes for the Blind on campus this spring, with official sponsorship of the university. The university's new sub-chapter has 20 student members and will start raising two puppies this coming fall semester, she said.

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