Monthly Archives: September 2009

Folk Festival Returns to Richmond

By Eric Blackstock
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — After close to 185,000 people attended last year, the Richmond Folk Festival is due to return to Virginia next month, and remains free to the public.

Folk Festival Manager Stephen Lecky spoke with VCU InSight about the upcoming event, which will include live music and dance, storytelling, crafts, and food.

In his interview, Lecky explains Richmond’s folk history, why the festival continues to be a popular attraction, and which aspects of the event he’s looking forward to the most.

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New Artwork in Commons Plaza

By Alonna Artis
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–A new symbol of school spirit titled “Ramifications” is now on display outside the Student Commons on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus.

The 14-foot-tall, 3500 pound ram horns were created in China by Tim Blum, a 1994 graduate of VCU’s Master of Fine Art’s program.

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Emmy Win for VCU-TV/HD

By Chelse Greaux
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — VCU-TV/HD producers Lisa Figueroa and Jordan Rodericks won an Emmy this summer for their documentary “VCU Qatar.”

The 30-minute documentary took four months to produce and profiled the 10th anniversary of the VCU School of the Arts in the Middle Eastern country.

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VCU “Well” Director Talks H1N1

By Iva Radman
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va — As swine flu continues to spread around the nation, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Health Preparedness Committee are meeting to make plans should swine flu become a serious problem. Among those included in the meeting are VCU Student Health Services, Residence Life, Dining Services, and News Services.

Director of the Wellness Resource Center for the VCU campuses, Linda Hancock, says they are planning for possible outbreaks of illness in addition to prevention.

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Gmail Replaces Lotus Notes as VCU E-mail

By Matt Doyon
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — All Virginia Commonwealth University students transitioned to a new e-mail service throughout the week of Labor Day.

The move was made from Lotus Notes to Google’s Gmail in an effort to phase out the former. Students will still have access to the VCU Mail Anywhere account until June 30, 2010, but all incoming mail will be directed to the Gmail account.

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Students Keep Safety In Mind

By Taylor Hall and Amy Via
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – The fall semester at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus began with reported crimes near campus. After five students were robbed in two separate incidents, students became more aware of safety. VCU responded by sending an email to all students, stating that VCU police would be increasing patrols.

However, most students still experience times when they don’t feel safe. Elizabeth Murray, a VCU history major, experienced a safety issue earlier this year while walking to her apartment.

“A group of guys on bikes started yelling, well, stopped me and asked me some really degrading questions. And then when I wouldn’t answer them they followed me home,” said Murray.

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Departments Reaching Students Through Social Media

By Chelse Greaux and Matt Doyon
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. —  Virginia Commonwealth University departments are tapping in to social media to stay connected with students.

Facebook, where students can become “fans” of department pages, is one of the most popular options for social networking. The site claims more than 250 million users worldwide, and already has a base nearing 40,000 in the VCU network.

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