Monthly Archives: December 2008

Donations, Like Votes, Favor Obama

By Alyssa W. Walden
VCU Multimedia Journalism

If dollars were votes, Virginia still would have swung blue in 2008 for Barack Obama.

Barack Obama received $17,031,854.04 from Virginians alone in the time before the Nov. 4 election. Virginians gave $15,404,295.78 to presidential hopeful John McCain.

According to a recent computer analysis of data from the Federal Elections Commission, Virginians gave $32,436,149.82 to the two candidates in total. If the dollars were votes, Obama would have won Virginia with 52.5 percent to McCain’s 47.5 percent.

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Tough Job Listing Donors’ Occupations

By Alyssa W. Walden
VCU Multimedia Journalism

RICHMOND, Va.–Presidential incumbent Barack Obama’s campaign team may have been more diligent in following campaign finance laws, a recent computer analysis shows.

Based on data from the Federal Elections Commission, more dollars from Obama’s Virginia contributions were properly documented than those received by Republican John McCain.

According to federal campaign finance law, each candidate must make a good faith effort to obtain complete and accurate information on each contributor, including the donor’s occupation.

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VA Food Bank Busy For Holidays

By Ashley Tipton and Alex Dynan
VCU InSight

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VCU Library Stays Open For Finals

By Alex Dynan
VCU InSight

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Student Group Helps VCU Go Green

By Phillip Ranallo
VCU InSight

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Sculptures Unveiled For VCU’s 40th

By Shanell Jackson and Ashley Tipton
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.—Virginia Commonwealth University celebrated its’ 40th birthday by unveiling two sculptures on the Monroe Park campus for the Monroe Park Festival.

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Teague Talks VCU Sports

By Alex Dynan
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–Sports are an important part of any university. They bring in students, donors and bring out the best in school spirit.

On the for front of VCU Sports is the Men’s Basketball team. With back to back CAA regular season championships, one CAA tournament title and one of the top players in the nation in point guard Eric Maynor, the team steals the headlines and the fans.

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Statewide Budget Cuts Reach VCU

By Sasha Lester
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va – Due to a 1.2 billion dollar budget deficit, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has ordered statewide spending cuts. VCU’s share of those cuts is 5%, which will cost the university $10.1 million.

The VCU Board of Visitors has met to consider a few options: fewer course offerings,larger class sizes, removal of some majors, elimination of some faculty positions, and higher tuition fees.

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Virginia Goes Blue

By Bobby McBride, Jonathan White, and Leonard Spencer
VCU InSight

Barack Obama’s historic U.S. Presidential Election victory has resulted in Virginia doing something that they haven’t done in a while: for the first time since 1964, the state of Virginia supported the Democratic Party, anchored by new U.S. President Obama and new state senator Mark Warner.

Before this year, Virginia last supported a Democratic U.S. President in 1964 when they backed Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Holiday Shopping Feels The Pinch Of Tough Economy

By Shanell Jackson and Shaina Croom
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.-So far this holiday season, shoppers are spending less–in large part due to the troubled economy.

According to VCU economics professor, Dr. David Urban, stores are going to have to really go above and beyond to get customers’ attention because sales and low prices just aren’t enough.

“The other thing they have to do though I think some of them are doing, but some of them aren’t is that they have to be prepared because consumers are going to be looking for more deals, and are going to be asking a lot more questions and are going to be a lot more demanding and probably going to be a lot more stressed out.”

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