The Collegian
Friday, April 19, 2024

Stephen O'Hara

SASD hopes monologues inspire GLBTQ dialogue

Students came together to break the silence on GLBTQ issues at the University of Richmond by recounting true stories of students, faculty and alumni who questioned their sexuality or lived as members of the GLBTQ community during the Live Homosexual Acts at the Pier Sunday night. Sophomore Jon Henry, president of the Student Alliance for Sexual Diversity (SASD), told the 100 people in attendance that he hoped the collection of stories and monologues would help promote more discussion about GLBTQ ? Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning ? issues on campus. The performance opened with a reading of the "Letter from the Closet," an anonymous letter submitted to The Collegian in January 2009 by a member of the GLBTQ community who had not yet come out. Henry said the letter and its author had prompted discussion about GLBTQ issues, and that the Live Homosexual Acts intended to further that dialogue. "Tonight we gather to acknowledge the power of communication," Henry said.

Fulbright winners bring recognition to Richmond

The University of Richmond ranks among the Top 15 U.S. bachelor's institutions for producing Fulbright-grant-winning students, according to the "Chronicle of Higher Education." Six 2009 graduates won grants for the 2009-2010 year, putting Richmond in a tie for 14th with Bowdoin College, Occidental College, Williams College and Wheaton College in Massachusetts in the bachelor's institution category, trailing Pomona College, which had 15 Fulbright recipients.

Faculty members visit Eastern Europe during faculty seminar

The University of Richmond promotes its undergraduate study abroad programs, but the lesser-known Faculty Seminar program provides the same opportunity to faculty members. Ten faculty members -- led by Uliana Gabara, dean of International Education -- traveled to Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan last May for 2.5 weeks and toured cities, museums and universities during the 15th Faculty Seminar. Gabara said the goal of the seminar, started in 1989, was for faculty members to visit and learn about a country, see how it appeared through different interdisciplinary prisms and either apply their research to their classes or develop new courses. "Faculty need the experience of learning something completely new," Gabara said. This idea appealed to Dan Roberts, associate professor of liberal arts and history, and the host of the radio program, "A Moment in Time." Roberts, who went on the most recent seminar and the faculty trip in 2001, said the program had given him the opportunity to prepare for future radio programs. "Whenever I go somewhere, I also go with an idea of experiencing the flavor of the international experience, experiencing the international culture," Roberts said.

Junior Sam Beach during the VCU Shootout.  He finished 4th in the field.  The team placed 10th overall.

Men's golf captures first win of the fall season

The men's golf team won its first tournament of the fall season, taking the Frank Landry Invitational Tuesday in Charlottesville, Va. Junior Sam Beach won the individual title, shooting a 4-under-par 68 during the final round to finish with a score of 3-under-par 213.

Cross country off to strong start during fall season

Whether in the mountains of Italy or in the backyard of Richmond, Va., the men's and women's cross country teams are back in action for the 2009 season. Senior Andrew Benford finished 13th in the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy on Sept.

Center for Civic Engagement holds Hajizada panel discussion

The arrest of Adnan Hajizada was a violation of free speech and human rights that could energize young activists in Azerbaijan and around the world, according to a panel assembled by the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. The CCE held the panel discussion last Friday to address Hajizada, a 2005 Richmond graduate who was arrested in Azerbaijan over the summer with Emin Milli, a fellow blogger. Hajizada was arrested with Milli after they were involved in a fight in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital.

Students use NoNotes in classes

At least 11 students, and perhaps professors, at the University of Richmond are using, an online audio transcription service, according to Matt Whitteker, director of business development for Students record their classes, lectures or study and tutoring sessions and upload the file.

Club sports to hold first-ever rush day in Forum

"The best kept secret on campus." That's how Kerry McClung, manager of club sports at the University of Richmond, referred to club sports teams at the university. "But we're trying to change that so we won't be able to use that quote anymore," McClung said. McClung's dream will come closer to reality when club sports teams showcase themselves in the Forum at the first Club Sports Rush Day on Thursday, Sept.

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