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Old Grocery Store Now VCU Classrooms

By Matt Doyon
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University will have more available classrooms to begin the spring semester. 500 Academic Centre is scheduled to open in January in the same building Ukrop’s once occupied on Harrison Street.

The building’s shorthand is 500AC in VCU’s eServices and will feature six classrooms, each able to accommodate 50 to 80 students. Remaining space will be used to house up to 200,000 of VCU’s less-used library volumes. Those books will be cataloged and available upon request.

Ukrop’s closed its doors to customers at the Harrison Street location in May 2008. VCU is renovating the property for $3.25 million.

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Fantasy Football Explodes In Popularity

By Matt Doyon and Jerome Foster
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–At 27 years old and working as a customer service representative, Robert Orfield doesn’t fit the traditional profile of a football team owner.

He’s one of the more than 27 million fans, according to ESPNRadio.com, who “own” teams through fantasy football.

“I am pretty into it,” said Orfield. “I’ve got like every team up checking their stats as they’re updating during games.”

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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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State Fair’s New Home Attracts VCU Students

By Matt Doyon and Amy Via
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — The 2009 State Fair of Virginia, or SFVA, debuted its new home at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va., just east of King’s Dominion in Caroline County. The event wrapped up its 11-day run October 4, attracting 247, 958 visitors, according to the Associated Press and dailypress.com.

One of those visitors was Logan Gravitt, a Virginia Commonwealth University freshman and dance therapy major. After attending six previous state fairs, she was pleased with the new layout.

“I enjoy how it’s separated from animals to events,” said Gravitt.

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Gmail Replaces Lotus Notes as VCU E-mail

By Matt Doyon
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — All Virginia Commonwealth University students transitioned to a new e-mail service throughout the week of Labor Day.

The move was made from Lotus Notes to Google’s Gmail in an effort to phase out the former. Students will still have access to the VCU Mail Anywhere account until June 30, 2010, but all incoming mail will be directed to the Gmail account.

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Departments Reaching Students Through Social Media

By Chelse Greaux and Matt Doyon
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. —  Virginia Commonwealth University departments are tapping in to social media to stay connected with students.

Facebook, where students can become “fans” of department pages, is one of the most popular options for social networking. The site claims more than 250 million users worldwide, and already has a base nearing 40,000 in the VCU network.

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