By David Preut
March was pothole “blitz” month in Virginia after Gov. Bob McDonnell ordered the Virginia Department of Transportation to focus on repairing the thousands of potholes pocketing the Commonwealth’s roads.
A record-setting winter left Virginia’s roadways in particularly bad shape this spring. After the first few weeks, V-DOT reported having repaired more than 43,000 potholes statewide, with over 4,000 fixed in Richmond alone.
By Juliette Delp and Curt Dozier
RICHMOND, Va – Word that a British exchange student went missing spread fast around VCU and the Richmond community. Now, weeks later, there are still no answers.
Jonny Dorey, a 22-year old geography student, was last seen March 2nd.
With only a thousand VCU students being international, few can identify with the culture shock. But, Andrew Shipley, senior Health and Physical Education major, can relate to Dorey.
Shipley left his hometown in England to come to VCU in 2007.
“It was pretty hard since I…first time I had actually really been away from my family, like all my family was in England and there’s me, I’m by myself, taking everything in,” said Shipley.
By Asia Stormy Holt
RICHMOND, Va.–Tiffany Jones , a Fashion Design senior, is one of the winners for the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.”
To be nominated, students had to be in good academic standing, were involved on campus and in the community.
By Asia Holt
VCU’s student organization STRUT welcomed students back from spring with the annual fashion week on April 5.
With the theme of Alice and Wonderland, STRUT brought fashion and fun to students by allowing them create their own fashion pieces through competitions and games. The events were held in VCU’s student commons and included activities like the mad hat and make-up competition, a potato sack race, and a character dress alike contest.
By Phil Karstetter
RICHMOND, Va. – During an in-studio interview Rick Holzbach, the Central Virginia Foodbank’s Food Resource Manager, spoke about FeedMore, an umbrella organization for the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia, and The Community Kitchen.
The three programs are responsible for providing free food services to three key demographics: children, families and seniors.
Although the food services are open to everyone, Holzbach says the majority of recipients are the working poor who work during the day but because of one reason or another, still can’t make enough to support themselves.
By Kyle Horan
RICHMOND, Va.–During an in-studio interview VCU’s Director of Recreational Sports, Tom Diehl, spoke with VCU InSight about the newly renovated Cary. St. Gym on the VCU Monroe Park Campus.
While there have been a few bugs after the opening, Diehl says that things are running smoothly.
Diehl says new programs and fitness groups will be starting soon so the students can schedule their workouts for group activities. Group cycling, yoga, and even dance classes are available for members to use and get in shape. Gym memberships can be purchased by faculty and alumni, but the gym is free for students.
By Curt Dozier
RICHMOND, Va.–The first annual VCU Southern Film Festival occurred at the Grace Street Theater on February 26th and 27th.
Six movies were shown over the two-day festival featuring films about African-American culture in the segregated “Old South.” Tabbed as “Screening Civil Rights,” the festival aired films with influential black stars like Spike Lee and Sidney Poitier.
Keynote speaker Dr. Emilie Raymond chose the films and wanted to illustrate the struggle of African-Americans in the south.
“Each film is either a film from the time or a film symbolic of an event or in memory of the time of the civil rights movement. We have a pretty good mix of films from during the movement and even today,” Raymond said.
The free festival was sponsored by the VCU Departments of English and History as well as the VCU Student Chapter of the NAACP.