By Eric Blackstock
RICHMOND, Va. — Despite inclement weather, the 26th annual Ukrops-Supervalu Richmond Christmas Parade went ahead as scheduled Dec. 5.
95 separate units were scheduled to appear, including floats, balloons, bands, and an appearance by the Legendary Santa.
Broad St. was closed for the parade route between the Science Museum of Virginia and Richmond Colisseum as the parade marched through the city, past Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy’s Monroe Park campus.
2009 marked the 26th year of the parade. It is as of yet unknown if the sale of the Ukrops supermarket chain to Royal Ahold, announced on Dec. 17, will affect future Christmas parades.
By Matt Doyon
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.
By Chelse Greaux and Eric Blackstock
RICHMOND, Va. — Thrift stores in the Richmond area are seeing an increase in sales as Virginia Commonwealth University students continue to deal with economic issues in the United States.
Area stores, such as Fantastic Thrift and Diversity Thrift, see as many as 1,500 shoppers each day, with Diversity Thrift reporting sales of over $500,000 annually.
“I’ve noticed that we’re seeing more folks from VCU, the University of Richmond, Virginia Union, who are in here at all times during the year,” Diversity Thrift owner Jay Squires said.
By Eric Blackstock
RICHMOND, Va. — The VCU-TV/HD program at Virginia Commonwealth University will be offering courses to students beginning in the spring semester 2010.
Students will learn to use high-definition film equipment and produce documentary programming. Training obtained through these courses could allow for students to eventually be promoted to paid positions within the VCU-TV/HD program.
By Curtis Cobert
RICHMOND, Va.– With help from students with VCU‘s Center for Sports Leadership, the VHSL has a volleyball tournament at the Siegal Center this month.
The Virginia High School League or VHSL is the governing body over Virginia High School sports.
The Center for Sports Leadership is a gradute program that prepares VCU students for careers with sports backgrounds. The Center has a partnership with the VHSL that allows student to work side by side with the VHSL in planning events.
“We have an events class which basically pick up some of their events throughout the year and help run and organized them,” said Jeremy Hirsch, a student in the Center for Sports Leadership.
Video by Curtis Cobert and Jerome Foster
Print by Hoon Chung
VCU Mass Communications Student
RICHMOND, Va. – On a recent Wednesday afternoon, while many students at Virginia Commonwealth University had their noses in a textbook, others were running around with a broomstick between their legs.
Securing a ball on her side with one hand holding a broomstick, a woman ran across the field. She bumped into a crowd of players, balls flying over her head and under her legs. She stopped, hurled her ball through a large hoop and scored!
The students were playing Quidditch, a sport derived from the Harry Potter book series popular with teenagers. In the novels, Quidditch is a semi-contact sport played by wizards and witches. In real life, it’s played by muggles – author J.K. Rowling’s term for people without magical abilities.
By Eric Blackstock and Ben Schafer
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.