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Students Prepare for Holiday Shopping

By Alonna Artis and Ben Schafer
VCU InSight

With the holiday season fast approaching, businesses are trying to pull in customers, but unlike previous years students aren’t exactly preparing to shop until they drop.

Taylor Brown, freshman nursing major, says that she will be downsizing this year.

“I will probably spend less, just because I don’t have a job right now,” says Brown.

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‘Grand Illumination’ Lights Up Richmond for 25th Year

By Eric Blackstock and Alonna Artis
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — The annual Grand Illumination at Richmond’s James Center celebrated its 25th year on Dec. 4, when holiday lights at multiple downtown locations were lit at the same time.

Following a countdown, a 60-foot tree and 95 reindeer at the James Center, as well as more than 15 buildings in the area, were lit promptly at 6:00 p.m.

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Historic Foundation Discusses Mission and Successes

By Alonna Artis
VCU InSight

The Historic Richmond Foundation is the oldest non-profit organization in Richmond. Founded in 1935, the Historic Richmond Foundation preserves the historic assets that define Richmond’s unique character.

Katie Kelley, the foundation’s marketing manager, says that preserving Richmond’s history has real results.

“Sixteen years ago we saved The National Theater on Broad St. from demolition and if we had never done that, it would never have opened as a wonderful performance venue today,” said Kelley.

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Rams Picked to Finish Third in Colonial

By Matt Doyon and Alonna Artis
VCU InSight

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the Colonial Athletic Association’s recent Media Day in the nation’s capitol, the Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball team was projected to finish in third place.

Sports information directors and media professionals from around the CAA voted the Rams to finish behind Old Dominion and Northeastern in their annual gathering Oct. 20.

VCU won the conference regular-season crown the past three seasons, all under the former head coach Anthony Grant. Shaka Smart replaces the departed Grant. At 32 years old, Smart is the youngest coach in the CAA.

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VCU Sorority Raises Money for Breast Cancer Awareness

By Alonna Artis
VCU InSight

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.

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VCU Program Encourages Student Athletic Donations

By Jerome Foster and Alonna Artis
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – One year ago, Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics started a membership program called the Student Ram Athletic Fund. The program’s goal is to get students to donate money in support of VCU’s sports teams.

Students pay $25 to join the program. The money goes to the Athletic Department to help cover costs.

“And that’s…how we raise the money for scholarships and it helps them get better equipment,” said Alex Fotiou, the Assistant Director of Development and Corporate Sponsorships.

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New Artwork in Commons Plaza

By Alonna Artis
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–A new symbol of school spirit titled “Ramifications” is now on display outside the Student Commons on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus.

The 14-foot-tall, 3500 pound ram horns were created in China by Tim Blum, a 1994 graduate of VCU’s Master of Fine Art’s program.

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