Bill denying in-state tuition to ‘DREAM-er’ college students fails

The Virginia Senate this week narrowly defeated a bill to deny in-state tuition to so-called “DREAM-ers” – young adults who immigrated illegally to the U.S. as children. Senate Bill 722 failed by a vote of 19-20 after Republican Sen. John Watkins of Midlothian joined with the 19 Democratic senators in opposing the measure. Advertisements

McAuliffe Sets the Stage for General Assembly

By Cort Olsen and Michael Melkonian Capital News Service RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe called on Virginia legislators Wednesday to address the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses and to make it easier for some undocumented immigrants to attend public colleges and universities. McAuliffe laid out those goals in his State of the Commonwealth…

Gillespie calls for debt relief, jobs for college graduates

RICHMOND, Va. — Republican senatorial candidate Ed Gillespie wants to ease the debt burden on college graduates by pushing an income-based payment system if elected on November 4. In an interview with VCU’s “iPadJournos” project, Gillespie supported his democratic opponent’s debt relief plan, but also pushed for a stronger focus on providing jobs for graduates…

Candidates use People’s Debate to attack each other over scandals

RICHMOND, Va. — CBS 6 anchor and debate moderator Bill Fitzgerald opened the final debate between Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie on Monday night with a call to “plow new ground.” But as voter groups and journalists started asking questions about the restoration of the Voting Rights Act, Gillespie pushed Warner for answers…

Summer courses offer wide variety of options

Registration for summer classes is under way, but with some of the sessions as short as three weeks, can students really retain a semester’s worth of education in a fraction of the time?

MS Shad Shootout – The Urban Angler’s Paradise

RICHMOND, Va. – Every spring in Richmond from late March to early June, American and Hickory Shad run up the James River by the thousands to spawn where they were born. On April 12, 2014 the MS Shad Shootout takes advantage of this urban angler’s paradise by hosting an all-day catch, photo and release fishing…

University lobbies for Medicaid expansion

The VCU and University of Virginia Health Systems could lose a combined $386 million in federal aid between 2017 and 2022 if Virginia legislators don’t expand Medicaid or create a private insurance program in accordance with President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. VCU Health Systems is the largest provider of care for indigent, uninsured or…

Sanger Hall Damages Total $6 Million

The flooding of the third-level basement of Sanger Hall late last year resulted in about $6 million in damages, but because Virginia public institutions are self-insured for damages up to $4 million, VCU’s private insurance company will foot the remainder of the bill. City water gushed from a ruptured cast-iron pipe into Sanger Hall Basement…

Duo developing campus accessibility app

A VCU staff member and graduate student are teaming up to create a smartphone app that would allow students, faculty and staff with disabilities to check the accessibility of buildings, parking decks and roads in and around campus.

Mental Health and Gun Violence Poll

Findings from the annual Commonwealth Poll conducted by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs show nearly 80 percent of Virginians think better mental health treatment and services would help prevent gun violence. More than 50 percent said there is not enough funding for these services.

VCU Professor Nabs National Award

Virginia Commonwealth University professor Reni Gower will receive the College Art Association’s prestigious Distinguished Teaching of Art Award at their annual conference in Chicago this February. The award brings national attention to a professor who has dedicated her entire career to art and art education, an accomplishment for which she refuses to take full credit….