By Alonna Artis and Ben Schafer
With the holiday season fast approaching, businesses are trying to pull in customers, but unlike previous years students aren’t exactly preparing to shop until they drop.
Taylor Brown, freshman nursing major, says that she will be downsizing this year.
“I will probably spend less, just because I don’t have a job right now,” says Brown.
By Ben Schafer and Iva Radman
Richmond VA.–With the recent economic downturn it would seem no one is immune to budget cuts, not even the VCU libraries like James Branch Cabell and Tompkins McCaw.
VCU has been offering the 24/5 service, also known as “library light all night,” since 2004 and was in jeopardy of losing it this fall due to the University’s budget cuts.
Overnight library hours are a rare commodity for any university, and VCU’s 24/5 (that’s 24 hours, five days a week) during final exams is no exception. VCU is one of only 4 libraries in Virginia that offers any 24 hour service second only to UVA whose hours are year round.
By Jerome Foster and Chelse Greaux
RICHMOND, Va. — The smoking ban went into effect on December 1. The law prohibits smoking in bars and restaurants. Some people disagree with it, while others agree with the law.
Smoker Clyde Willis and Applebee’s server Tyneisha Wells are opposed to the law.
“Well, I really feel like it was something against people that smoke where it’s another right that you’re losing and that’s really not good,” Willis said.
By Eric Blackstock and Alonna Artis
RICHMOND, Va. — The annual Grand Illumination at Richmond’s James Center celebrated its 25th year on Dec. 4, when holiday lights at multiple downtown locations were lit at the same time.
Following a countdown, a 60-foot tree and 95 reindeer at the James Center, as well as more than 15 buildings in the area, were lit promptly at 6:00 p.m.
By Iva Radman
After being shut down for nearly three years Larrick Dining Center is scheduled to re-open on January 7, 2010. Like its’ Monroe Park campus equivalent, Shafer Dining Court, it will feature salads, deli sandwiches, pizza, “comfort” foods, desserts and food to go.
Associate Director of VCU Business Services Dan McDonald says it’s a big improvement from what Larrick was before.
“Students in the past were…they had to pick from the typical cafeteria line, here they’ll be able to go up and get food prepared specifically for them.”
By Eric Blackstock
RICHMOND, Va. — Despite inclement weather, the 26th annual Ukrops-Supervalu Richmond Christmas Parade went ahead as scheduled Dec. 5.
95 separate units were scheduled to appear, including floats, balloons, bands, and an appearance by the Legendary Santa.
Broad St. was closed for the parade route between the Science Museum of Virginia and Richmond Colisseum as the parade marched through the city, past Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy’s Monroe Park campus.
2009 marked the 26th year of the parade. It is as of yet unknown if the sale of the Ukrops supermarket chain to Royal Ahold, announced on Dec. 17, will affect future Christmas parades.
By Jerome Foster
RICHMOND, Va. — Venture Richmond’s Holiday Cards Program has begun. The cards are actually doors hinged together.
Participating Richmond-area schools paint the doors to make them look like Christmas Cards.
By Matt Doyon
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University will have more available classrooms to begin the spring semester. 500 Academic Centre is scheduled to open in January in the same building Ukrop’s once occupied on Harrison Street.
The building’s shorthand is 500AC in VCU’s eServices and will feature six classrooms, each able to accommodate 50 to 80 students. Remaining space will be used to house up to 200,000 of VCU’s less-used library volumes. Those books will be cataloged and available upon request.
Ukrop’s closed its doors to customers at the Harrison Street location in May 2008. VCU is renovating the property for $3.25 million.
By Iva Radman
The VCU Rice Center has been name the Region’s Overall Project of the Year by Midatlantic Construction Magazine. The “Best of 2009” Awards Program recognizes the center for its exceptional design and construction.
“The Walter L. Rice Education Building blends exceptional design with careful construction,” according to a news release by the magazine. “It is the first building in Virginia to be awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED platinum certification, and received 54 out of the required 52 credits.”
The $2.8 million research center is located on 342 acres on the north bank of James River in Charles City, Virginia. The center was opened in 2008.