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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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Historic Preservation Planning Taught At VCU

By Amy Via and Taylor Hall
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond and areas surrounding it are rich with history and diverse architecture.  The city has numerous “Old and Historic” districts which have been preserved through historic preservation programs and initiatives.

Virginia Commonwealth University has a unique program within their Urban and Regional Studies department, in which students can earn a certificate in Historic Preservation Planning.

The certificate, which combines architectural history and urban planning, is unique to VCU.

“We’re the only ones who are doing historic preservation as a profession within the community development field,” said John Accordino, PhD, the certificate’s coordinator.

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New Cary Street Gym To Provide ‘All-In-One’ Service

By Amy Via
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Commonwealth University’s Cary Street Gym on the Monroe Park Campus has been in construction for just under two years.  The renovations will accommodate the university’s increasing volume of students.

Tom Diehl, Director of VCU Recreational Sports, hopes the new space will bring in up to 4,000 students per day.

“What we have is an all-in-one facility.  Everything we could imagine is all in one building,” said Diehl.

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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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State Fair’s New Home Attracts VCU Students

By Matt Doyon and Amy Via
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — The 2009 State Fair of Virginia, or SFVA, debuted its new home at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va., just east of King’s Dominion in Caroline County. The event wrapped up its 11-day run October 4, attracting 247, 958 visitors, according to the Associated Press and dailypress.com.

One of those visitors was Logan Gravitt, a Virginia Commonwealth University freshman and dance therapy major. After attending six previous state fairs, she was pleased with the new layout.

“I enjoy how it’s separated from animals to events,” said Gravitt.

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Students Keep Safety In Mind

By Taylor Hall and Amy Via
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – The fall semester at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus began with reported crimes near campus. After five students were robbed in two separate incidents, students became more aware of safety. VCU responded by sending an email to all students, stating that VCU police would be increasing patrols.

However, most students still experience times when they don’t feel safe. Elizabeth Murray, a VCU history major, experienced a safety issue earlier this year while walking to her apartment.

“A group of guys on bikes started yelling, well, stopped me and asked me some really degrading questions. And then when I wouldn’t answer them they followed me home,” said Murray.

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New Digital Lockers Available in Student Commons

Amy Via
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University has new digital lockers in the University Student Commons, located near the center of the Monroe Park campus.
They feature digi-lock push buttons and more space than the older lockers, which have been in place since 1984.

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