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09 Dec 2013

Revitalization Efforts Cut Short

Julia Dean was in the market for a new home when she was lured to the Carver neighborhood eight years ago. Dean, a retiree, had been living in Randolph, a neighborhood in Richmond’s West End just north of the Downtown Expressway, when she heard about a government program that was giving first-time homebuyers the chance to own new and affordable homes.

09 Dec 2013

A Sign of Miscommunication: Oregon Hill Residents Want Answers Over New VCU Sign

Oregon Hill, a small neighborhood that rests between VCU and the James River, has always been up against entities larger than itself. One of the main struggles the neighborhood has had is communication with VCU. A new VCU sign in Oregon Hill has caused discontent amongst residents, who say the university left them out of the circle of communication.

09 Dec 2013

Noisy Neighbors: Venture Richmond’s Amphitheater Proposal Raises Concerns in Historic Community

Venture Richmond is in need of new land to house their 10,000 person venue for the Richmond Folk Festival. A desired location has been found but a nearby historic community is concerned about the merits of the project and how such a venue may impact their life on the hillside.

08 Nov 2013

Common Wealth? Data Show Slow Growth in Va. Employment

Blame sequestration. Experts say federal budget cuts may explain why employment in Virginia is growing at a slower pace than it is nationwide. Virginia ranked 12th among the states in the number of people employed, at more than 3.5 million. But Virginia doesn’t compare so favorably in job growth – the percentage of employment change. […]

31 Oct 2013

Students carve pumpkins in hopes of free noodles

As VCU students crisscrossed through the Student Compass in the center of campus on the night of Oct. 28, they may have noticed several glowing jack-o-lanterns and costumed cohorts.

31 Oct 2013

Richmond preps for Halloween 2013

Premiere Costumes was doing wicked business the Monday before Halloween.

23 Oct 2013

Aggravated assaults at VCU jump 50%

The number of aggravated assaults on and around VCU’s two main campuses increased 50 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to data from the university’s Police Department.

12 Oct 2013

Actually, UR’s crime rate tops VCU’s

The question sounds like a no-brainer: Which school has the higher crime rate — gritty-urban VCU or posh-bucolic University of Richmond? The answer is counterintuitive.

12 Oct 2013

How schools compare on crime

Here is our analysis of the data used in this report. The raw data came from the FBI; we downloaded it, cleaned it up and calculated crime rates.

11 Oct 2013

Crime down citywide but up near VCU

Overall crime in Richmond has dropped more than 3 percent this year, but it has increased in certain neighborhoods — especially around VCU’s two campuses.

23 Sep 2013

Tech is at head of class on patents

When it comes to patents, Virginia Tech is living up to its slogan “invent the future.” The Hokies earned more than three-fourths of all patents issued to public colleges and universities in Virginia since 2003.

20 Dec 2011

Only Half of VCU Students Graduate

Just 50 percent of VCU students graduate within six years. VCU’s graduation rate is among the lowest for public colleges and universities in Virginia. And it’s lower than the rates for most of VCU’s official peer institutions. University officials hope to address the problem in their new strategic plan.

20 Dec 2011

Student-athletes Score Higher Graduation Rates

At many universities, student-athletes are less likely than other students to graduate. But at VCU, it’s the opposite: Athletes are more likely to get their degrees than the general student body.

28 Nov 2011

VCU Students Rank High in Debts, Defaults

VCU students graduate deeper in debt than students from similar schools and from Virginia’s other public colleges and universities. Moreover, as the U.S. economy has sputtered in recent years, VCU alumni are having more trouble repaying their student loans.

21 Nov 2011

VCU Relies Heavily on Adjuncts, Data Show

Virginia Commonwealth University relies more heavily on part-time faculty members than all but one other public university in the state. About 38 percent of VCU’s 3,088 employees were part-time adjuncts. Only Old Dominion University, at 43 percent, had a higher proportion of part-time faculty members.

26 Jun 2011

VCU SAVES Offers Sexual Violence Prevention Education

A video by Elise Chretien on Richmond organizations fighting sexual violence and victim-blaming.

12 Apr 2011

Almost through the cracks

By Zakia Williams Richmond, Va. – A year ago, Ja’Quan Hicks,16, found himself falling through the cracks. “I really didn’t go to class. I used to skip all the time,” Hicks said. Hicks attended Armstrong High School located in the East End. His empathy was a result of the faculty and staff not caring, Hicks […]

12 Apr 2011

After 15 Years, Short Pump Marches Onward

In 1996, many of Short Pump’s major landmarks were completed, setting off a wave of development that takes it closer and closer to being a business and leisure destination.

19 Feb 2011

Picasso comes to Richmond’s VMFA

Over 3,000 people flocked to the opening of the Pablo Picasso exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, February 19. The exhibit features 176 works from Picasso’s own personal collection assembled during the artist’s lifetime, according to Robin Nicholson, the VMFA’s deputy director for art and education, adding, “It’s the finest collection of Picasso’s work in the world.”

30 Dec 2010

Grades Vary Widely; 37% Are A’s

A’s made up 37 percent of the 180,000 letter grades awarded in undergraduate courses taught at VCU last year. Wide disparities in the distribution of letter grades exist among academic departments, among courses and even among professors who teach the same course.

30 Dec 2010

Search the Grade Distribution Database

Use this search form to view the grade distribution for specific courses at Virginia Commonwealth University. This tool is searching a database of 21,931 undergraduate courses taught between Fall 2006 and Spring 2010. You can see the course number and title, the instructor’s name, a breakdown of the grades students received, and the average GPA for those grades.

06 Dec 2010

Work Visas Plunge in a Declining Economy

As the U.S. economy has soured, companies aren’t hiring as many workers from overseas. In Virginia, the number of H1-B visa applications decreased nearly 50 percent in 2009, according to an analysis of data from the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center. Nationally, the number of visa applications dropped more than 30 percent.

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

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.

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

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

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 […]