Spring 2022 Issue

May 15, 2022

Summer Internship Tips

You’ve made it! After a long recruiting season, countless applications and interviews, you’ve finally secured a summer internship.

two people shaking hands

May 13, 2022

Opinion: I Hope Asynchronous Classes Stay, and Other Thoughts for Post-Pandemic University Schedules

 I entered VCU during the pandemic, during a time when online synchronous classes were the bane of most students’ (and professors’) existence and face-to-face classes were few and far between.

a laptop

May 11, 2022

Alternatives to University-Wide Commencement

I wish that we could replace the university-wide commencement ceremony with something more engaging and fun. Here are my proposals for a more interesting event.

 

students seated at a graduation ceremony

May 1, 2022

The Value of Honors College Relationships: Ramadan During the Final Weeks of the Semester

Halfway through the month of Ramadan 1443, 2 honors college students, next-door neighbors, leave their dorms to meet in the 4th floor common area, for Maghrib, sundown.

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April 23, 2022

Earth Day is Every Day at Local Refill and Zero Waste Shop

The philosophy of Less Than is to make sustainability more accessible and meeting people where they’re at on their sustainability journey.  

a climate protest sign reading

April 12, 2022

Getting Intimate With Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel centers around a Black seamstress in America in 1905, Esther Mills.

 

Women in a play

April 3, 2022

Researching Comedy as a Coping Mechanism

When all around is strife and uncertainty, there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned plate of…comedy.

 

A flyer for a play featuring a graphic of cartoon sardines

April 1, 2022

My Current Vegan Favorites in Richmond

There are plenty of spots throughout Richmond with vegan-friendly options across a variety of cuisines. Your tastebuds definitely will thank you for trying them out! 

Crispy fried tofu on a dish

March 31, 2022

VCU Updates Mask Policy

On Friday, February 25, 2022, VCU Together sent out a campus-wide email.

Students with backpacks walking outside

March 29, 2022

Painting a Picture of the VMFA: Why Every Honors Student Should Visit

Winding between different exhibits, you can lose track of time as ancient Egypt fades into the Renaissance and then into Tsar Era Russia. 

Tiffany Lamps on display the VMFA

March 28, 2022

Om El Donya, Mother of the World: The New Egyptian Student Association at VCU

For at least a moment, I felt that I had been taken back to the Middle East, dancing with family and friends after a hearty homemade meal full of smiles and laughter.

Students posing for a photo with the Egyptian flag

March 26, 2022

The Top Nine Scenic Study Spots

As the weather continues to warm and the flowers bustle and bloom, we are once again seeing the VCU campus spring into action with students flocking outdoors to enjoy the sun. 

A girl sitting in a park reading a book.

February 20, 2022

VCU Ends Vaccine Mandate for Staff and Students

On Jan. 18, 2022, Virginia Commonwealth University stated that its employees no longer need to be vaccinated, boosted, regularly tested or report their vaccination status. 

COVID-19 Vaccines

February 19, 2022

Campus Spotlight: Music and Medicine, the VCU Health Orchestra and Healing Through Music 

When healthcare workers started to reach their breaking points as hospitalizations rose early in the pandemic in May of 2020, the Virginia Commonwealth University Health Orchestra, known as Music and Medicine, came together to perform “curbside” concerts for families suffering from an illness or a loss caused by the pandemic.

Piano keys

February 18, 2022

Food for Thought

We all need food to keep our bodies running, and what you consume can actually have a profound impact on your body and mind.

 

 

Food donations to VCU's Ram Pantry

February 17, 2022

Small Friend Records and Books: A Place for All

Self-described as a “queer/women-owned book and record store in Richmond, VA, with a focus on the radical, weird, and obscure”, Small Friend opened their doors to the public in 2018 with a resoundingly warm welcome. 

Books on a shelf

February 16, 2022

Post-Internship Blues: Coming Back to VCU After a Semester of Work

I was no longer a cook at Walt Disney World — I was back to Abby Reasor, VCU public relations major and Honors student. 

A woman in a chef apron smiling with thumbs up in front of an oven.

February 15, 2022

Honors Students Respond to the Return of Recruitment at VCU

As sororities and fraternities plan to commence the new member intake process for the first time since early 2021, students at Virginia Commonwealth University have had to decide whether or not to participate in Greek life.

Women facing a sunset

February 15, 2022

How to Manage the Winter Blues

With the following six strategies provided by Honors students and Dr. Christy Tyndall, the winter blues can feel more manageable, even with a busy schedule. 

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February 14, 2022

Honors Dorms: An Inside Scoop

What has the experience of living at the Honors College been like for the Class of 2025?

Honors residents and RAs at their murder mystery dinner night, November 2021.

Fall 2021 Issue

January 4, 2022

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Book Review

The book Wherever You Go, There You Are written by Jon Kabbat-Zin is a meditative approach to troubled experiences.

a landscape of a city

January 1, 2022

Culture Spotlight: The Evil Eye: Learn to Protect Yourself

The concept of the evil eye is deeply rooted in many cultures throughout East Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and many more. 

 

Print of the evil eye

November 12, 2021

Honors College Culture Spotlight: Eastern Europe

One special region with distinct cultures is that of Eastern Europe, and it was truly exciting to talk to Honors students about their connection to this region.

Eastern European Dishes

November 10, 2021

Unspoken Requirements: Conversations on Race and Privilege in GMed at VCU

As with many prestigious and selective institutions across the country, especially those geared towards the medical field, there are noticeable disparities between the GMed community and the remainder of students in VCU Honors, specifically pre-medical students. 

 

Stethoscope placed on top of books

November 3, 2021

Young Dems Host Former Gov. McAuliffe and President Obama

A crowd of nearly 2,000 supporters roared as former Governor Terry McAuliffe arrived at the heart of the VCU Monroe Park Campus.

 

McAuliffe and Obama waving to the crowd

October 27, 2021

“Anita Bryant Sucks Oranges!”

As October comes to a close, so does LGBT history month. 

 

Hands with a rainbow over them