October 2010

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25 Oct 2010

Ask for Less, Receive More from SGA

When it comes to requesting funds from the Student Government Association, the chairman of appropriations for the Monroe Park Campus SGA, Eliano Younes, said it’s all about documentation, documentation, documentation: “The major difference between groups who get 75 percent of their budget request and groups that get maybe 10, 12 percent is whether or not they provide documentation.”

25 Oct 2010

Bullying and the Code of Silence

In movies, bullying is portrayed as a rite of passage. The older, bigger children taunt the younger ones, “toughing” them up and in the end the child usually turns out OK. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality in U.S. schools. According to the U.S. Justice Department one out of every four children in the U.S. is bullied each year. To combat the growing issue many states, including Virginia, have adopted strict laws to protect students.

25 Oct 2010

Homicides Decrease Despite Lagging Perceptions

The number of homicides in the city of Richmond have been on a gradual decline since 2004, according to data from the Richmond Crime Database. In a city that has seen widespread coverage of its violent crime problem, this continued decrease in murders comes as good news to police and citizens alike.

25 Oct 2010

More Students Graduating with Advanced Diplomas

More students are graduating with advanced diplomas in the Richmond City Public School system despite an increase in the dropout rate, according to recent data released by the Virginia Department of Education.

25 Oct 2010

Virginia HBCUs Rank High in Loan Defaults

Joy Shaw is one of many alumni of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) who have had difficulty repaying the student loans they received from the federal government.
In 2008, HBCUs accounted for four of the five schools with the highest student loan default rates in Virginia, according to the latest data released by the U.S Department of Education. The report represented borrowers who entered repayment in the 2008 fiscal year but defaulted before Sept. 30, 2009.

25 Oct 2010

Burglars Hitting College Neighborhoods

Next time you find yourself in North Highland Park, remember to lock your car doors behind you. Several Richmond neighborhoods have seen drastic increases in burglaries the past year. North Highland Park, Randolph, and Northern & Southern Barton Heights had the highest property crime increases since 2009.

25 Oct 2010

VCU Students Make Good on Loans

At a time when the national student-loan default rate went up, VCU’s default rate fell – from more than 2.7 percent in 2007 to 2.3 percent in 2008, according to new statistics released by the U.S. Department of Education. VCU compared well to its peer institutions and to other schools in Virginia.

25 Oct 2010

Fewer Arrests, But More Drug Offenses

VCU students were arrested and given judicial referrals 549 fewer times on both the Monroe and MCV campuses last year than in 2008, according to Clery data released by the VCU Police Department on Friday. That’s nearly half the weapon, drug and liquor-related offenses, from 1,288 to 739.

25 Oct 2010

Where Are the Men?

The U.S. Census Bureau counted the number of men and women in every county for the year 2000 and the year 2007. There were more than 148 million men in the United States and 152 million women in 2007. Nationwide, that puts 97 males per 100 females. In the Washington, DC metro area there 96 males per 100 females which is not that bad unless you are looking for quality men like Jasmin O’neal.

25 Oct 2010

Richmond Church And Other Organizations Offer Support For HIV/AIDS Community

By Doug Callahan For those dealing with an HIV or AIDS diagnosis, emotional support can be as important as medical care. Jay Irvine, the office manager at the Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond, said the church offers that exact thing locally, with its HIV/AIDS ministry. “Most of the people who come to MCC are those […]

23 Oct 2010

Families Fundraise For Cold Case Murders

RICHMOND, Va — Families of the Colonial Parkway victims won’t let their cold cases fade away. On Saturday, Oct. 23, the families hosted a benefit and car show event to help raise awareness and fund an ongoing investigation of the murders.

23 Oct 2010

Friendly Rivalries Simmer at Celtic Festival

On October 23 and 24, Scottish clans gathered to celebrate the Meadow Highland Games and Celtic Festival at the Virginia State Fair Grounds.

23 Oct 2010

Church Hosts Annual Fall Festival

The Ginter Park United Methodist Church looks to its annual Fall Festival to not only raise money but also to expand its membership. The event included children’s activities, independent vendors, food, a silent auction and live music.

11 Oct 2010

A New Home For AARF’s Abandoned Dogs

Jonas and his siblings were found abandoned by the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation, which tried to find them a loving home. His siblings have since found homes. Three months later, however, Jonas the yellow Labrador and hound mix, is the last one left.

09 Oct 2010

Jones New Pastor at Richmond First Baptist Church

First Baptist of South Richmond was a fusion of color and praise as the sound of the organ and tambourine flowed through the sanctuary filled with saints dressed in their Sunday best determined to hear a Word from the Lord.

09 Oct 2010

Va. Beekeeping Buzzing As New Hobby

Beekeeping, a profession nearly as old as humanity itself, is changing as new keepers raise bees as a hobby and veteran keepers rethink how to raise their bees in order to combat what is known as colony collapse disorder.

09 Oct 2010

Richmond Sikh Community Works To Fight Discrimination, Maintain Identity

“Anyone can be a Sikh,” said Dr. Baljit Sidhu. An orthopedic surgeon from Chester, Dr. Sidhu recently spoke about Sikhism to a religious studies class at Virginia Commonwealth University.

09 Oct 2010

Comic Books and the Digital Realm

By Christian Wright wrightcp83@gmail.com RICHMOND, Va.– At the VA Comic-Con, people mill through stacks of comic books, their fingers running over plastic covers protecting classic comics. Among first issues of Mad Magazine and Iron Man, artists draw sketches and caricatures for a fee, while in a group promoting a documentary blast their trailer on a loop. Scenes like these […]

09 Oct 2010

Refugees Find a Home in the Unlikeliest of Places

The refugees are Nepalese-speaking Bhutanese who lived in the Southern part of Bhutan. Bhutan is a small country in Southeast Asia near Nepal and India. In the early ’90s the Southern Bhutanese were forced to leave Bhutan when the government cited that they were residing in the country illegally. Some left voluntarily because they feared for their safety. Most of the refugees ended up in refugee camps in Nepal, where some of them have lived for more than 20 years.

09 Oct 2010

La Sabrosita Bakery Rises in Richmond

By Zakia Williams

MASC 645 Visual Journalism

RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond community is getting a taste of the Hispanic culture in more ways than just through a bite of quesadilla or enchilada.

09 Oct 2010

A Taste of French Culture in Carytown

RICHMOND, Va. — The bell above the door jingles as the aromas of fresh baked bread and sweet pastries meet your nose. Trays lined with fluffy croissants, sticky cinnamon buns and baguettes straight from the oven fly out from the kitchen and fill the shelves of Jean-Jacques Bakery & Café in Carytown. Celebrating its 27th […]

09 Oct 2010

Gay Community Center of Richmond To Welcome New SAGE Affiliate

RICHMOND, Va. — The Gay Community Center of Richmond plans to become the 19th organization nationwide to host a chapter of SAGE, an advocacy group for elderly LGBT individuals. The Gay Community Center, located on Sherwood Avenue between the Diamond and the Children’s Hospital, has been serving Richmond’s LGBT community since 2008. Because Richmond’s elderly […]

09 Oct 2010

Richmond’s Spanish Community

RICHMOND, Va. — America is usually referred to as the “melting pot,” a place where there is an opportunity to meet different cultures and ethnicities from around the world. The Hispanic population specifically has played a major contributing role in the growing diversity of this nation.