Category Archives: Campus Life

VCU’s New Top Cop Is A Familiar Face

By Derick Waller and Asia Holt
VCU InSight

RICHMOND,Va.- Virginia Commonwealth University has a fresh face leading one of the largest university police forces in the nation.

Chief John Venuti maybe new to VCU, but he is familiar with the Richmond community. Venuti, who comes from the Richmond Police Department, said the change is going to simple.

“Well I think it’s going to be a relatively easy transition because the majority of my career in the city of Richmond has been spent on the various streets and neighborhoods that surround the entire university.”

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Larrick Dining Hall to Re-open

By Iva Radman
VCU InSight

After being shut down for nearly three years Larrick Dining Center is scheduled to re-open on January 7, 2010.  Like its’ Monroe Park campus equivalent, Shafer Dining Court, it will feature salads, deli sandwiches, pizza, “comfort” foods, desserts and food to go.

Associate Director of VCU Business Services Dan McDonald says it’s a big improvement from what Larrick was before.

“Students in the past were…they had to pick from the typical cafeteria line, here they’ll be able to go up and get food prepared specifically for them.”

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Old Grocery Store Now VCU Classrooms

By Matt Doyon
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University will have more available classrooms to begin the spring semester. 500 Academic Centre is scheduled to open in January in the same building Ukrop’s once occupied on Harrison Street.

The building’s shorthand is 500AC in VCU’s eServices and will feature six classrooms, each able to accommodate 50 to 80 students. Remaining space will be used to house up to 200,000 of VCU’s less-used library volumes. Those books will be cataloged and available upon request.

Ukrop’s closed its doors to customers at the Harrison Street location in May 2008. VCU is renovating the property for $3.25 million.

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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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