By Kyle Horan, Chandelis Duster and Agazit Asihel
RICHMOND, Va. — After two years of renovation and $47 million, the Cary St. Gym on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus is back in business.
At 125,000 square feet the new exercise and recreational complex is bigger than two football fields. It includes an indoor soccer field, an indoor track, four basketball courts, two racquetball courts, and a rock climbing wall.
“There’s so many different activities and things to do while you’re here,” Jenn DePuy, a VCU junior, said.
By Juliette Delp
RICHMOND, Va. — Only 1300 of nearly 32,000 Virginia Commonwealth University students have received the H1N1 vaccine.
Dr. Margaret Roberson, Director of VCU’s Student Health Services, says that those who have not received the vaccine still should.
“Definitely we still want people to get vaccinated,” said Roberson.
By Juliette Delp and David Preut
RICHMOND, Va.– A recent two year-long study conducted by a professor from Virginia Commonwealth University revealed that smoking hookah could be just as harmful as cigarettes.
Led by Dr. Thomas Eissenberg, a VCU professor of biopsychology, the study’s results were featured in the December 2009 issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
By Jerome Foster and Chelse Greaux
RICHMOND, Va. — The smoking ban went into effect on December 1. The law prohibits smoking in bars and restaurants. Some people disagree with it, while others agree with the law.
Smoker Clyde Willis and Applebee’s server Tyneisha Wells are opposed to the law.
“Well, I really feel like it was something against people that smoke where it’s another right that you’re losing and that’s really not good,” Willis said.
By Iva Radman and Amy Via
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.
By Taylor Hall and Curtis Colbert
RICHMOND, Va.– As everyone prepares for the holiday season, they also start to decide how to become more health conscious around the holidays–one of the hardest times of the year.
Some students like VCU freshman Rebecca Morrison have found a way to eat healthier all around.
“I’m actually a vegetarian and my parents aren’t so I always cook for myself for Thanksgiving.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than one-third of the U.S. is obese or overweight.
By Amy Via
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.
By Alonna Artis
RICHMOND, Va.–Alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority members are getting involved and raising money to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month on VCU’s campus this October.
The sorority set up an informational table outside the University Student Commons early in the month to educate students about the condition. According to the National Cancer Institute, 192, 370 women and 1, 910 men have been diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone, with deaths in 40, 170 women and 440 men.
By Eric Blackstock and Ben Shafer
RICHMOND, Va. – Officials at Virginia Commonwealth University are warning students to exercise precaution as swine flu, known officially as novel H1N1 influenza, may spread on campus this year.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified more than 40,000 cases of H1N1 in the United States. Colleges and universities have been declared “points of spread” for the virus.