Monthly Archives: March 2010

VCU Sports Dir. Talks About New Cary St. Gym

By Kyle Horan
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–During an in-studio interview VCU’s Director of Recreational Sports, Tom Diehl, spoke with VCU InSight about the newly renovated Cary. St. Gym on the VCU Monroe Park Campus.

While there have been a few bugs after the opening, Diehl says that things are running smoothly.

Diehl says new programs and fitness groups will be starting soon so the students can schedule their workouts for group activities. Group cycling, yoga, and even dance classes are available for members to use and get in shape. Gym memberships can be purchased by faculty and alumni, but the gym is free for students.



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Southern Film Festival celebrates Civil Rights

By Curt Dozier
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–The first annual VCU Southern Film Festival occurred at the Grace Street Theater on February 26th and 27th.

Six movies were shown over the two-day festival featuring films about African-American culture in the segregated “Old South.” Tabbed as “Screening Civil Rights,” the festival aired films with influential black stars like Spike Lee and Sidney Poitier.

Keynote speaker Dr. Emilie Raymond chose the films and wanted to illustrate the struggle of African-Americans in the south.

“Each film is either a film from the time or a film symbolic of an event or in memory of the time of the civil rights movement. We have a pretty good mix of films from during the movement and even today,” Raymond said.

The free festival was sponsored by the VCU Departments of English and History as well as the VCU Student Chapter of the NAACP.

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VCU Welcomes New School of Business Dean

By Chandelis Duster
VCU InSight

Richmond, Va. – During an in-studio interview, Dr. Peter Aiken, a member of the School of Business Deans Search Committee, talks with VCU InSight about newly appointed School of Business Dean Ed Grier.

The VCU School of Business began its search for a new dean after the retirement of Dr. Michael Sesnowitz on July 1, 2009. Aiken talks about the selection process for prospective deans and how the committee looked at  more than 70 applicants for Dean position. He also speaks about how they finally chose Grier.

Grier was previously president of the Disneyland where he spent 29 years at the $38 billion Fortune 500 Walt Disney company. His appointment as the new School of Business Dean went in effect March 8, 2010.

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Fuller Will Likely Never Face Charges for Sex Crime

By Derick Waller, Juliette Delp and Chandelis Duster
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, VA – It has been one year since Willie Fuller left Virginia Commonwealth University after he was accused of trying to solicit sex from a minor. Now he still faces no charges and we found out he likely never will.

On January 29, 2009 Chesterfield Police say they caught Fuller trying to solicit sex from a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl in a chat room. By March 11 Fuller had left the university after being suspended without pay.

Charges followed, but before his summer court date he suffered from a diabetic seizure. Fuller’s attorney, Arnold Henderson said that the resulting dementia left his client unable to communicate.

“He was not in good shape, medically,” Henderson said.

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VCU Students Spend Spring Break Giving Back

By Markia Gore
VCU Insight

RICHMOND, Va.-Virginia Commonwealth University’s spring break was the third week in March and students scoped out destinations, booking flights, and reserving hotel rooms.

Sophomore Vanessa Grandby said she plans to spend spring break on the beach.

“This spring break I will be going to Miami with some of my friends.”

Spring break also brings opportunities to give back. Colleges all over the nation including VCU offer the alternative spring break program where students go to another state or country and do volunteer work including feeding the homeless, working at camps for disabled children, rebuilding homes, and land beautification.

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VCU Student Commons Hosts Peru Art Show

By Alli Atayee
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – For those of us not lucky enough to see the landscape and culture of Peru first hand, we can now experience the beauty of the country through the art of a group of Virginia Commonwealth University students.

The 2009 participants from VCU’s Summer Study Abroad program in Peru exhibited their art from March 1st until the 12th in VCU’s student commons.

The gallery was called Inspiration: Peru. VCU student and coordinator of the gallery, Deborah Shapiro, shared her once in a lifetime experience.

“The textiles, the landscape, the combination of Incan and Spanish architecture; the whole country was so beautiful and colorful.”

The group traveled through Lima, Cuzco, and the Sacred Valley as well as other sites along the coast of Peru for a month last summer. This visual exploration inspired artwork including photographs, paintings and more.

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VCU Basketball Fan Attends Since 1999

By Curt Dozier and Markia Gore
VCU InSight

For Rick Childers the VCU basketball season is more than just fun and games–it’s become a way of life.

Going to places as far away as Cancun, Reno and Oklahoma City, Childers is as much a part of VCU basketball as its mascot, Rodney the Ram. The 52-year-old state police lieutenant keeps a very watchful eye on comparing his work and game schedules.

“I usually get a schedule and I’m making notes and sending my boss e-mails saying I need this day, this day and this day,” Childers said.

For Childers, those days add up to what he calls “the streak.”

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Richmond Welcomes a New Football Team

By Kyle Horan, Alli Atayee and Asia Holt
VCU InSight

This spring Richmond will be formally introduced to their new football team, the Richmond Raiders. The team of over 30 roster hopefuls are pumped and getting ready for their season.

Although their first game isn’t until March 13th, the football team has already broken in their cleats. They won 49 to 45 in an exhibition game against the The AIFA All-stars and they hope their win and their rigorous training will lead them through a successful first season.

“We’re doing as much as we can to keep our team here,” said Jack Bowman, general manager, “We know there have been other teams in the past, but we have high hopes.”

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VCU Professor Is A Silver Screen Effects Wiz

By Phil Karstetter and David Preut
VCU Insight

RICHMOND,Va.- Wizards may be the stuff of Canterbury and the Round Table, but Virginia Commonwealth University has one right on its campus. Matt Wallin, an assistant professor of Communication Arts, works his magic on the big screen.

Wallin began his career in special effects as a lowly intern at the legendary special effects company Industrial Light and Magic while studying at San Francisco State. Since then he’s had an extensive and lucrative career, having worked on a host of major blockbuster films including “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, “King Kong”, “Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace”, two of the “Matrix” films, and “I Am Legend.”

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Seniors and Kids Get Care Together at VCU

By Agazit Asihel
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, VA – VCU’s MCV hospital offers an innovative approach to child care that allows children to enjoy activities with senior citizens.

“Oh and with the children, we go visit the children at least once a week, and we all have our own little class, and our own little people,” Laura Shaver, an adult day program participant, said.

Patricia Moon, director of VCU’s Family Care Services, says the program aims to improve the way the elderly interact with the community.

“It was like, what can we do for more adults, can we make sure that they are not relegated to a period of isolation, but they’re continuing to be a part of society,” Moon said.


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