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Local VCU Area Businesses Affected During Breaks

By Phillip Ranallo
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — The winter break is right around the corner for VCU students– and that means stores in and around campus will see a drop off in sales.

VCU has nearly 32,000 students attending classes and local businesses rely heavily on them.

Mojo’s is a VCU area restaurant located on Cary Street. Marrisa Mancini, bar manager, says the restaurant does see an impact when students leave for break.

“We see a slight drop off in business but we still have a lot of local business,” Mancini said. “We still have the delivery and take-out that extends all throughout the fan and downtown.”

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Anderson Gallery exhibiting “The Divas and Iron Chefs of Encaustic”

By Phillip Ranallo
VCU Insight

RICHMOND, Va.–The Anderson Gallery’s newest exhibit, “The Divas and Iron Chefs of Encaustic” features modern technology and ancient techniques.

The exhibition features eight contemporary artists working in the medium of encaustic, and “Landscapes without Memory”, featuring large-scale prints of landscape images generated by computer software.

Reni Gower, a VCU professor of painting and printmaking who organized the exhibit, says the title was meant to be humorous.


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VCU Student Filmmaker Produces Action-Packed Movie

By Phillip Ranallo
VCU InSight

Jim Ed Wills, 23, a music education major, and his two friends, Tommy Gilsdorf, and Jake Thomas started making films while in middle school. They produced two short films, “Into the Mouth of Deception”, and “Unfinished Business.”

Now the three friends have produced the movie, “Shadow Games.”

This is the first feature-lengthened film by Wills’s own production company, Nightwalker Productions and started as a childhood ambition.

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VCU sings its way to Beijing

 

Phillip Ranallo

Forty VCU singers are preparing for their upcoming trip to Beijing to promote the August Olympics.

The singers are part of VCU’s Commonwealth Singers. They will join over 160 vocalists from around the world as part of a concert event series in promoting the Beijing Olympics.

Jim Ed Wills, a VCU junior and Commonwealth singer, says he’s not only excited about the trip to China, but also thrilled about the music he will be performing.

“I was listening to the CD in the car and thought it was just going to be another choral piece,” said Wills. “Then…I recognized it and was like ‘whoa’…we are in an epic movie soundtrack!”

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Braves leaving town

 

photos by Phillip Ranallo

Emily Smith and Phillip Ranallo

After an announcement in January that the Richmond Braves will move to Gwinnett County, Georgia, many are wondering what this means for the city and for VCU.

The Diamond has been home to the Braves for 41 years, and many will be sad to see the team go.

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Safety concerns amidst crowded gyms

Phillip Ranallo and Bobby Broyles

A recent poll by the American Council on Exercise asked 1500 web site visitors what stops them from going to the gym.  Forty-six percent said the number one reason for not going the the gym was overcrowding.

For many, this year’s New Year’s resolution was much like last year’s – to get in shape!  But beating the rush at the gym can be a hassle.

Dr. Eric West coordinates VCU’s fitness programs at the Siegel Center Gym.  West says many students are unfamiliar with the gym hours and don’t know the best times to go to avoid the crowds.

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