Monthly Archives: November 2009

Fantasy Football Explodes In Popularity

By Matt Doyon and Jerome Foster
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–At 27 years old and working as a customer service representative, Robert Orfield doesn’t fit the traditional profile of a football team owner.

He’s one of the more than 27 million fans, according to ESPNRadio.com, who “own” teams through fantasy football.

“I am pretty into it,” said Orfield. “I’ve got like every team up checking their stats as they’re updating during games.”

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Thrift Stores Experience Steady Sales During Economic Crisis

By Chelse Greaux and Eric Blackstock
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — Thrift stores in the Richmond area are seeing an increase in sales as Virginia Commonwealth University students continue to deal with economic issues in the United States.

Area stores, such as Fantastic Thrift and Diversity Thrift, see as many as 1,500 shoppers each day, with Diversity Thrift reporting sales of over $500,000 annually.

“I’ve noticed that we’re seeing more folks from VCU, the University of Richmond, Virginia Union, who are in here at all times during the year,” Diversity Thrift owner Jay Squires said.

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Richmond Marathon Runs Through the Heart of VCU

By Ben Schafer
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.– After 32 years the Richmond Marathon is still running strong.

This year’s marathon was held on November 14th and was the largest to date with more than 15,000 participants.  The lowest record for participation was just over 2,000 runners in 1997.

Kenyan runner Jyocel Basweti took the win home for the second year in a row.

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Emmy-Award Winning Program Offers Courses at VCU

By Eric Blackstock
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — The VCU-TV/HD program at Virginia Commonwealth University will be offering courses to students beginning in the spring semester 2010.

Students will learn to use high-definition film equipment and produce documentary programming. Training obtained through these courses could allow for students to eventually be promoted to paid positions within the VCU-TV/HD program.

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Pep-Band Director Talks About The ’09 Season

By Ben Schafer
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–Coming off the disappointing finish in last year’s NCAA tournament, VCU InSight sat down with Ryan Kopacsi, Director of the VCU Pep-band, to see what changes he has in store for this year.

“I can say hands down that this is going to be the greatest season that we’ve had,” said Kopacsi.

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Acupuncture Gaining Popularity Among Students

By Iva Radman and Amy Via
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – In ancient times, acupuncture was a last resort medical treatment. Now people everywhere, including students at Virginia Commonwealth University, are using the Asian treatment to help everything from migraines to sports injuries.

Katherine Sammons, a VCU senior in social work, had acupuncture treatments because she said her lack of energy was interfering with schoolwork. After the four-month treatment, she noticed a difference.

“It was really beneficial to me so I definitely sing its praises,” said Sammons.

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Holiday Foods Raise Health Awareness

By Taylor Hall and Curtis Colbert
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.– As everyone prepares for the holiday season, they also start to decide how to become more health conscious around the holidays–one of the hardest times of the year.

Some students like VCU freshman Rebecca Morrison have found a way to eat healthier all around.

“I’m actually a vegetarian and my parents aren’t so I always cook for myself for Thanksgiving.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than one-third of the U.S. is obese or overweight.

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