Three Virginia colleges enter agreement to bring virtual mental health services to students
Virginia Tech announced in a press release Thursday that they, along with James Madison University and Virginia Commonwealth University, have entered into an agreement with TimelyMD for student telehealth and tele-mental health services.
VCU to ban alcohol at Greek events after student’s death
After a fraternity pledge's death from alcohol poisoning after a party earlier this year, Virginia Commonwealth University announced Monday that it will ban alcohol at fraternity and sorority events, publish misconduct instances online and pause new-member recruitment.
Positive virus tests bounce VCU from NCAAs; Oregon advances
The Indiana Farmers Coliseum scoreboard goes dark after a first round NCAA college basketball tournament game between Iowa and Grand Canyon Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Indianapolis. The VCU Oregon game scheduled to be played after the Iowa Grand Canyon game was cancelled after VCU was pulled from the NCAA Tournament because of COVID-19 protocols. The NCAA says the 10th-seeded Rams' first-round game Saturday against Oregon has been declared a no-contest. To get it taken away like this, it’s just a heartbreaking moment in their young lives," VCU coach Mike Rhoades said. There’s no way I can sugarcoat it.”VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin declined to say which players tested positive, citing privacy concerns.
Commonwealth well represented at NCAA Tournament
ROANOKE, Va. – Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show yielded rich results for 5 schools across the Commonwealth. “It’s certainly a unique way to prepare for the NCAA Tournament,” Bennett said. In just his second year in Blacksburg, ACC Coach of the Year Mike Young, has guided the Hokies to their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance, fourth consecutive. The Spartans were last in the NCAA DI Tournament in 2012 as a No. This marks the Rams’ 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
VCU student who died after fraternity party laid to rest
A Virginia Commonwealth University freshman who was found dead following a fraternity party has been laid to rest. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Adam Oakes, 19, was laid to rest on Monday in northern Virginia. His family also asked for changes to fraternity and sorority culture. Authorities found Oakes dead the next morning. VCU has suspended the Delta Chi fraternity and called for an investigation of all Greek life on campus.
Jill Biden helps honor women from 15 countries for courage
(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)First lady Jill Biden says nearly two dozen women the State Department honored for their courage made an “intentional decision” to persist and demand justice despite their fear. The 21 women recognized Monday with the department's International Women of Courage Award included seven from Afghanistan who are receiving posthumous honors. No one is.”Biden said that in the course of ordinary lives, each of the women made “an extraordinary choice.”“You see, courage isn’t really found,” she said. It’s an intentional decision made.”The ceremony was held virtually and not at the State Department because of the coronavirus pandemic. “We will make the choice to lead, to be bold and to lift up the women and girls everywhere who light our way,” Biden said.
VCU fraternity served cease-and-desist order after death of student
RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Police Department and VCU Police are working together to investigate the death of a VCU student that was found in an off-campus residence early Saturday. The university identified the student as Adam Oakes in a statement posted to Twitter Sunday afternoon. According to university officials, the Delta Chi fraternity’s national office issued a cease-and-desist order to the VCU chapter on Saturday, to which VCU took similar action on Sunday as a continuation of the investigation. In the statement, Delta Chi also encouraged all fraternity members to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation. We were devastated to learn of the death of a student at Virginia Commonwealth University and extend our condolences to the family, friends, and everyone touched by this heart-breaking news.
What’s News Today: New fire station, Evergreen tornado anniversary
First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Virginia today. She will visit the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. There is a virtual station tour and grand opening today. You can watch the virtual grand opening at noon on Roanoke-Fire EMS’ social media pages. AdToday marks five years since an EF-3 tornado severely damaged the Evergreen community in Appomattox County.
Super Bowl ads went for light humor. Not all succeeded
This photo provided by Cadillac shows a scene from Cadillac's 2021 Super Bowl NFL football spot. They aimed to connect to the estimated 100 million viewers who tune in to the Super Bowl broadcast each year. Perhaps the most striking effect: Virtually none of the ads featured people in masks, a public-health priority but also a grim reminder of the ongoing pandemic. AIMING TO ENTERTAINIn an effort to be light, advertisers stuffed -- and sometimes overstuffed — their ads with celebrities. “I like Springsteen and heartwarming ads like this generally, but this one feels too forced given the current political climate,” he said.
VCU considers requiring students to take courses on racism
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University is considering whether to make courses on racism a requirement for its students. Constance Relihan, dean of VCU’s University College, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that many other colleges are having the same discussion as protests over racial injustice sweep across the U.S.VCU already offers a major in African American studies and has classes in other departments that address the history and implications of racism. But they aren’t part of the university’s required curriculum.
VCU to remove Confederate names, symbols
RICHMOND, Va. – A university in the former capital of the Confederacy will remove building names, plaques and other symbols that honor several of its past supporters. The board of visitors at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond voted unanimously on Friday to remove 16 different references on campus. School President Michael Rao formed a committee in 2017 to accumulate building names, busts, portraits and plaques that honor Confederate supporters, research their histories and begin discussions. “The VCU memorial landscape is dominated by ex-Confederates or those people who sought to perpetuate and revere the memory of the Confederacy, currently represented in the form of dedicated spaces, memorial names, plaques and statues,” VCU history professor Kathryn Shively said. Ginter refers to cigarette magnate Lewis Ginter, who at his death in 1897 left money for charities and public institutions.
Virginia colleges and universities have 500-plus virus cases
RICHMOND, Va. More than 550 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at colleges and universities in Virginia. It found at least 558 positive cases. Twenty-one colleges reported at least one positive case. Some schools say positive cases were inevitable and that they are prepared to handle them. Many school websites are also posting COVID-19 dashboards that list positive cases.
Roanoke native Troy Daniels reflects on longevity of NBA career
ROANOKE, Va. - Update: Troy Daniels agrees to a 1-year deal with the Lakers for 2.1 million dollars. Six years ago nearly to the day, William Fleming grad and Virginia Commonwealth University alumni Troy Daniels was waiting for the same phone call. And so began the winding and unpredictable NBA career of a free agent. "I can't really complain, I'm blessed, I'm undrafted, I'm in the NBA. Especially when you get out there to the real world and that's what motivates me every day," Daniels admitted.
VCU to host school safety symposium
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Commonwealth University will host a school safety symposium next week. The university says the day-long gathering of school safety experts, officials and educators is set for May 17. The keynote address will be given by Kenneth Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services, a school safety consulting firm based in Cleveland. Among the topics to be discussed are "robocall" school threats, how and when to connect with school communities on threat issues, whether social media is a help or hindrance and the changing roles of school security and resource officers. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)