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VCU seniors dance their way to graduation

Delle Beganie

Ten VCU Dance seniors choreographed and produced their own pieces for their senior project, in a dance concert called “Back 2 Back”. Each piece showed off the dancers individual style and emotion. Here are some shots of the show:


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The show featured two weekend performances in April at Richmond’s Grace Street Theatre.

The first weekend performance featured dance seniors Samantha Crawford, Katie Dean, Hannah Frisch and Danielle Victoria King; the second featured Melaney Cash, Tony Colden Jr., Ami Dowden Fant, Tashara Gavin-Moorehead, Alex Miegel and Adrienne LaNee’ Moody.

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Tax rebate unfair to students?

Delle Beganie

Wondering who will benefit from the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008? At first glance, a working student seems to meet the requirements and should receive the anticipated $600 for individual taxpayers:

1) Earn at least $3,000 in 2007

2) File a 1040 or 1040A for 2007

But many working students are finding out that they will NOT receive the money because their parents still claim them as dependents.

“I think it’s ridiculous that [some] students don’t get it because we by far need it the most,” said VCU student Joe Nakashian.

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Alumni on the air at college station

Delle Beganie

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Although VCU alumni Jon Carpenter and Mike Liedtke may have graduated years ago, they’re not quite ready to leave behind their weekly college radio show.

The self-proclaimed ‘old guys’ of the station, started a radio program called “After Dark” on WVCW as juniors. Seven years later, both have since gone on to professional jobs, but still find time to come back to their alma mater to host the show – a two hour compilation of music, news and commentary.

Even though these two dedicated alumni enjoy spending their Thursday nights in the studio at VCU, they say that don’t think the university provides adequate resources to WVCW. Currently, the station has no AM or FM outlet and is only available to listen to online. In addition, there’s no phone in the studio, so listeners have to call or text the hosts cell phones.  Still Carpenter says he has a reason to keep coming back.

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“Big Mama” serves up soul food in Fulton hill

Delle Beganie and Lauren Jaslow

You don’t have to go home for a good home-cooked meal in Fulton Hill, just stop by the local street vendor on Williamsburg Road for some surprisingly good soul food.

Earline Fenner, or “Big Mama,” is the CEO and head chef of her vending locale that Fulton Hill frequenters know as “Big Mama’s Cart.”

At about four dollars a plate, it may be some of the tastiest soul food in Richmond.   Fenner says it’s good because she makes it fresh every day.

“I fix it daily. When you fix it fresh, people enjoy it better,” Fenner said.

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