By Chelse Greaux
RICHMOND, Va.–Street preachers are not a new occurrence at VCU. However, some students find them offensive and feel they shouldn’t be allowed on campus.
Robert Dybing is a Richmond lawyer and partner at the Thompson McMullan Law Firm. He spoke with VCU InSight about First Amendment rights and why, within reason, street preachers can say what they want.
According to Dybing, street preachers have as much a right to free speech as students do–as long as their speech doesn’t violate certain rules.
“Unless the speech is physically disruptive, unless the speech is unusually loud so that it disturbs the function of the university, it is constitutionally protected,” Dybing says.
By Curtis Cobert
RICHMOND, Va.–It’s a big deal about studying small things.
Virginia Commonwealth University recently joined the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech by offering a new program for graduate students in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Nanoscience studies particles, elements, and systems on a very small scale.
Everett Carpenter, Ph.D., Director of VCU’s Nanomaterials Characterization Center, says that nanomaterials can be found in everyday appliances like speakers, cell phones and the magnetic ink in checkbooks.
By Jerome Foster
RICHMOND, Va. – The basketball arena at the Siegel Center just north of the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Richmond recently got a name change.
The arena was called the Alltel Pavilion at the Stuart C. Siegel Center since being built in 1999. Now it is called the Verizon Wireless Arena.
By Amy Via
RICHMOND, Va. — At the beginning of October, Virginia Commonwealth University began an environmental initiative called “Year of the Environment,” modeled from a statewide campaign started last year by Gov. Tim Kaine.
Jacek Ghosh, VCU’s Director of Sustainability, spoke with VCU InSight about some of the events involved, how VCU gets people involved in “green” practices, and practical tips to live more sustainably.
“Turn off the lights when you leave your office or apartment, turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth…obviously recycle, don’t idle your car, etc.,” said Ghosh.
By Taylor Hall
RICHMOND, Va – Virginia Commonwealth University marketing officials are hoping to get more local stores to sell VCU paraphernalia by spreading the word through their “I Want My Gear” campaign.
According to VCU officials, the campaign launched after a heavy demand from students, alumni, and Richmond locals asking about where they could buy VCU gear and materials.
By Alonna Artis
RICHMOND, Va.–Alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority members are getting involved and raising money to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month on VCU’s campus this October.
The sorority set up an informational table outside the University Student Commons early in the month to educate students about the condition. According to the National Cancer Institute, 192, 370 women and 1, 910 men have been diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone, with deaths in 40, 170 women and 440 men.
By Taylor Hall and Iva Radman
Students at Virginia Commonwealth University are taking advantage of deals at local restaurants during rough economic times. Some of the deals include $1 burgers, tacos, and slices of pizza, and 20% off meals for students.
Restaurants like Strawberry Street Cafe, Extreme Pizza, Little Mexico, and Capital Ale House are some of the hot spots that offer discounts like these. Most of these discounts are offered on week nights.
The deals are not only benefiting the students, but also the restaurants. Despite a National Restaurant Association survey reporting a 0.2% decline in restaurant sales this year, local restaurant owners say that offering these deals to students helps to bring in more traffic.
“It’s a line at the door from 6:00 to 8:30pm. It’s a busy night,” says Ron Joseph, owner of Strawberry Street Cafe.
By Ben Schafer and Eric Blackstock
RICHMOND, Va. – Students at Virginia Commonwealth University have been complaining about the presence of preachers on both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses since the start of the fall 2009 semester.
However, “street preachers” have been present at VCU for several years now and according to Dr. Reuben Rodriguez, Dean of Student Affairs at VCU, there is nothing the university can do about them.
“It is the First Amendment right to free speech,” said Rodriguez, “That’s the governing legal aspect of what anybody, including a student if he or she wished to demonstrate on campus, enjoys.”
By Curtis Cobert and Chelse Greaux
RICHMOND, Va–The gubernatorial election is fast approaching, but you wouldn’t know it on the state’s college campuses.
“I don’t even really know their names…I know DEEDS…right?” John Wassal said, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Democrat Creigh Deeds is running against Republican Bob McDonnell. Both candidates say they’ve visited numerous universities throughout Virginia, but that hasn’t appeared to increase student interest. Some faculty and students believe the candidates are to blame.
By Matt Doyon and Amy Via
RICHMOND, Va. — The 2009 State Fair of Virginia, or SFVA, debuted its new home at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va., just east of King’s Dominion in Caroline County. The event wrapped up its 11-day run October 4, attracting 247, 958 visitors, according to the Associated Press and dailypress.com.
One of those visitors was Logan Gravitt, a Virginia Commonwealth University freshman and dance therapy major. After attending six previous state fairs, she was pleased with the new layout.
“I enjoy how it’s separated from animals to events,” said Gravitt.