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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Milos Jovanovic

Former FBI hostage negotiater speaks at Jepson Hall

A former chief hostage negotiator for the FBI gave a lecture entitled 'Calm Creative Communications in Crisis' Thursday afternoon in Jepson Hall. Gary Noesner, a 30-year veteran of the bureau, was present at such crises as the 1971 Attica Prison riot and the hijacking of TWA flight 847.

Baseball hits the diamond again

The University of Richmond baseball team will begin its season this Friday at Duke University, and head coach Mark McQueen said the team had a good chance of getting back to the Atlantic-10 Conference tournament for the first time in three years. Unlike last year, when the team could not practice outdoors for the first three weeks because of a big snow storm, this year the weather has been favorable, allowing players to practice outside almost every day, McQueen said. "The main thing about pre-season baseball is that hitters need to see live pitching," he said.

Virginia caught in election's national tides

Control of the United States House of Representatives switched and Republicans' efforts to gain the Senate stalled last night as votes were cast in the culmination of a campaign that began as soon as Barack Obama won the presidency two years ago. The most significant development for Richmond: The congressional district's current representative, Eric Cantor, is poised to become House majority leader, one of the most powerful positions in Washington. Cantor's victory in the 7th district came along with an overall Republican gain of 61 seats, a landslide that outdoes every other House victory since 1948. Though Virginia's own legislature was not up for a vote, the state continued its turn back to red by voting out several Democratic incumbents. Tom Perriello in the 5th district (west of Richmond, including Charlottesville and much of the center of the state) was outed by Virginia state senator Robert Hurt, 51-47 percent.

As elections approach, campus stays relatively silent

On Tuesday, what some have predicted to be the biggest midterm election in modern history will take place, though you wouldn't know it from a walk around the Richmond campus. Gone are the campaign signs, debate parties and conversations that you can now only find in a political science classroom.

Thomas Friedman

International Center dedicated; will be a "cultural crossroads"

The University of Richmond began a new chapter in its 170-year history with the dedication of the Carole Weinstein International Center Thursday. The 57,000-square-foot center will serve as a crossroads between not only the university's five schools, but for its American and international cultures.

Virginia lags on water improvement

While students are preparing for midterms and a much-needed fall break, a small step in an important, national debate took place Wednesday night at the Jepson Alumni center. Hundreds of people, mostly from the local community, but also from other parts of the state, and even a few students, gathered to hear Virginia and federal government representatives report on the condition of the Chesapeake Bay and the state's efforts to reduce pollution draining into the bay from its many rivers. There are more than 10,000 miles of rivers and smaller tributaries in the "Chesapeake Bay watershed," which comprises the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and the District of Columbia.

Author addresses rights, stereotypes of Muslim women

Author Susan Muaddi Darraj presented "Honor Killings, Veiled Women, and Miss USA: The Road Ahead for Arab Feminism," Thursday evening in the Westhampton College Living Room, where about 100 people gathered to hear the talk about the rights and status of Muslim women in the modern age. Darraj, a Christian of Middle-Eastern descent, holds a Master's degree in English literature and teaches at a community college in Maryland.

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