Monthly Archives: October 2009

Richmond Lawyer Stresses 1st Amendment Rights

By Chelse Greaux
VCU InSight

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.

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VCU’s Gains New Nanoscience Program

By Curtis Cobert
VCU Insight

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.

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Arena At Siegel Gets Name Change

By Jerome Foster
VCU InSight

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.

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VCU Follows State’s Lead in “Going Green”

By Amy Via
VCU InSight

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.

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VCU Spreads Ram Spirit to Local Stores

By Taylor Hall
VCU Insight

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.

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VCU Sorority Raises Money for Breast Cancer Awareness

By Alonna Artis
VCU InSight

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.

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Cheap Eats Benefit Students and Restaurants

By Taylor Hall and Iva Radman
VCU InSight

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.

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