By Chandelis Duster, Phil Karstetter, and David Preut
Richmond, VA –Tough times are about to get a little tougher for state-funded services, as almost $4 billion in state spending has been cut out of the budget for the next two fiscal years.
Of that $4 billion, $800 million will be cut from healthcare funding resulting in less state spending on medicaid and academic hospitals like MCV.
By Stormy Holt and Chandelis Duster
The issue of fair play for air play has been causing some controversy on Capitol Hill between the recording industry and radio broadcasters.
The Performance Rights Act is a new bill in Congress that if passed would make radio stations pay performers, not just song writers, when their music is played over the air. The amount the radio stations will pay will be based off of their annual revenue.
Radio stations have been paying royalties to songwriters for years. The National Association of Broadcasters opposes the bill. Reggie Baker, Program Director and on-air host for Praise 104.7, says if the bill goes into effect it will lead to job loss.
By Chandelis Duster
Richmond, Va. – During an in-studio interview, Dr. Peter Aiken, a member of the School of Business Deans Search Committee, talks with VCU InSight about newly appointed School of Business Dean Ed Grier.
The VCU School of Business began its search for a new dean after the retirement of Dr. Michael Sesnowitz on July 1, 2009. Aiken talks about the selection process for prospective deans and how the committee looked at more than 70 applicants for Dean position. He also speaks about how they finally chose Grier.
Grier was previously president of the Disneyland where he spent 29 years at the $38 billion Fortune 500 Walt Disney company. His appointment as the new School of Business Dean went in effect March 8, 2010.
By Derick Waller, Juliette Delp and Chandelis Duster
RICHMOND, VA – It has been one year since Willie Fuller left Virginia Commonwealth University after he was accused of trying to solicit sex from a minor. Now he still faces no charges and we found out he likely never will.
On January 29, 2009 Chesterfield Police say they caught Fuller trying to solicit sex from a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl in a chat room. By March 11 Fuller had left the university after being suspended without pay.
Charges followed, but before his summer court date he suffered from a diabetic seizure. Fuller’s attorney, Arnold Henderson said that the resulting dementia left his client unable to communicate.
“He was not in good shape, medically,” Henderson said.
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By Chandelis Duster
RICHMOND, Va. – The NAACP student chapter at Virginia Commonwealth University celebrated Black History Month.
Among other events, on Feb. 17 they sponsored the play, “History Live” in the University Student Commons. The next day they held a forum discussion, “The Rap Session Remix: Realtiy Check.”
Black History Month began in 1976, although the observance dates to the 1920s.
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.