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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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VCU Library Saves ‘Light All Night’

By Ben Schafer and Iva Radman
VCU InSight

Richmond VA.–With the recent economic downturn it would seem no one is immune to budget cuts, not even the VCU libraries like James Branch Cabell and Tompkins McCaw.

VCU has been offering the 24/5 service, also known as “library light all night,” since 2004 and was in jeopardy of losing it this fall due to the University’s budget cuts.

Overnight library hours are a rare commodity for any university, and VCU’s 24/5 (that’s 24 hours,  five days a week) during final exams is no exception.  VCU is one of only 4 libraries in Virginia that offers any 24 hour service second only to UVA whose hours are year round.

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Richmond Marathon Runs Through the Heart of VCU

By Ben Schafer
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.– After 32 years the Richmond Marathon is still running strong.

This year’s marathon was held on November 14th and was the largest to date with more than 15,000 participants.  The lowest record for participation was just over 2,000 runners in 1997.

Kenyan runner Jyocel Basweti took the win home for the second year in a row.

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Pep-Band Director Talks About The ’09 Season

By Ben Schafer
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–Coming off the disappointing finish in last year’s NCAA tournament, VCU InSight sat down with Ryan Kopacsi, Director of the VCU Pep-band, to see what changes he has in store for this year.

“I can say hands down that this is going to be the greatest season that we’ve had,” said Kopacsi.

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Richmond Zombies Walk, Shuffle for the Cure

By Ben Schafer
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–The fifth annual Richmond Zombie Walk was held Saturday the 24th of October in historic Cary Town.  The largest walk yet this year, the undead numbered close to 400 participants.

The walk has become a favorite Halloween tradition for some Richmond residents. It’s taken to charity over the past three years, raising money from participants for the American Cancer Society.  This year raised more than $600.

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‘Eerie Nights’ Tour Explores Richmond’s Haunted History

By Eric Blackstock and Ben Schafer
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — Former students from Virginia Commonwealth University began a new tour program in Richmond this year, which allows patrons to visit sites thought to be haunted.

The “Eerie Nights Ghost Tours” explore haunted areas around the Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond, including the Virginia Capitol building, governor’s mansion,  canal walk, and the site of the Church Hill train tunnel collapse.

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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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