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…

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.

Students Aid In-Need Counties

Small communities across Virginia rely on the VCU students of James Keck’s emergency management graduate course for state-required updates to local emergency plans. This spring, they will still be able to depend on that aid. The homeland security and emergency preparedness course, HSEP 601, creates and updates emergency operations plans for understaffed and underfunded Virginia…

Students race for debt awareness

 A team of five students from VCU will compete nationally for $10,000 in the second annual “Up To Us” campaign to engage and raise awareness about the long-term effects of a growing national debt. The team from VCU is one of  25 national finalists selected to compete in the contest.

Food drive pits Rams against Hokies

When Shaka Smart and the VCU Rams take the court against Virginia Tech in the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 21, another competition between the two schools will already be decided. Since Nov. 1, the Rams “Win to Feed” food drive has collected donations to compete pound-for-pound against Virginia Tech fans in competition to…

Student-led food pantry aims to feed peers

The “starving student” cliche may soon come to an end at VCU. A student food pantry planned for spring of 2014 by VCU Student Counseling Services and help from three student campus ministries will provide much needed nutrition to VCU students who find themselves in a food crisis. Terrance Walker of VCU student counseling services,…