Category Archives: Campus Life

Emmy-Award Winning Program Offers Courses at VCU

By Eric Blackstock
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — The VCU-TV/HD program at Virginia Commonwealth University will be offering courses to students beginning in the spring semester 2010.

Students will learn to use high-definition film equipment and produce documentary programming. Training obtained through these courses could allow for students to eventually be promoted to paid positions within the VCU-TV/HD program.

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Larry Sanders Talks About VCU Basketball

By Jerome Foster
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — The VCU men’s basketball season ended with a one-point loss to UCLA last season in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Larry Sanders, VCU‘s junior center, says the team is using that loss a motivation as for the upcoming season.

“We’ll get back there and we won’t let it happen again,” said Sanders.

Sanders recently sat down with VCU InSight to talk about this season, the new head coach, and his views on playing basketball.

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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 Shafer Dining Court Wins Award

By Iva Radman and Chelse Greaux
VCU InSight

Virginia Commonwealth University‘s Market 810 at Shafer Court Dining Center on the Monroe Park campus has been named a Dining Hall of Distinction by University Business Magazine.

Market 810, operated by Aramark, was the winner in the Public Institution category. A total of 65 higher education institutions from around the country submitted applications for the award.

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Arena At Siegel Gets Name Change

By Jerome Foster
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – The basketball arena at the Siegel Center just north of the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Richmond recently got a name change.

The arena was called the Alltel Pavilion at the Stuart C. Siegel Center since being built in 1999.  Now it is called the Verizon Wireless Arena.

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VCU Spreads Ram Spirit to Local Stores

By Taylor Hall
VCU Insight

RICHMOND, Va – Virginia Commonwealth University marketing officials are hoping to get more local stores to sell VCU paraphernalia by spreading the word through their “I Want My Gear” campaign.

According to VCU officials, the campaign launched after a heavy demand from students, alumni, and Richmond locals asking about where they could buy VCU gear and materials.

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Cheap Eats Benefit Students and Restaurants

By Taylor Hall and Iva Radman
VCU InSight

Students at Virginia Commonwealth University are taking advantage of deals at local restaurants during rough economic times. Some of the deals include $1 burgers, tacos, and slices of pizza, and 20% off meals for students.

Restaurants like Strawberry Street Cafe, Extreme Pizza, Little Mexico, and Capital Ale House are some of the hot spots that offer discounts like these. Most of these discounts are offered on week nights.

The deals are not only benefiting the students, but also the restaurants. Despite a National Restaurant Association survey reporting a 0.2% decline in restaurant sales this year, local restaurant owners say that offering these deals to students helps to bring in more traffic.

“It’s a line at the door from 6:00 to 8:30pm. It’s a busy night,” says Ron Joseph, owner of Strawberry Street Cafe.

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Students Unhappy With Preachers on VCU Campus

By Ben Schafer and Eric Blackstock
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – Students at Virginia Commonwealth University have been complaining about the presence of preachers on both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses since the start of the fall 2009 semester.

However, “street preachers” have been present at VCU for several years now and according to Dr. Reuben Rodriguez, Dean of Student Affairs at VCU, there is nothing the university can do about them.

“It is the First Amendment right to free speech,” said Rodriguez, “That’s the governing legal aspect of what anybody, including a student if he or she wished to demonstrate on campus, enjoys.”

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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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Local Frat Gets Shut Down

By Iva Radman & Jerome Foster
VCU InSight

Fall semester began with one fewer fraternity on campus. On April 30 the national Kappa Sigma Fraternity office shut down the local VCU chapter for hazing and left 37 initiated students without a Greek home.

The details of that hazing have not been made public. It was serious enough that a VCU student spent four days at VCU Medical Center following a camping trip the group took last spring in Essex County, Virginia.

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