Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This article reports that the all woman staff for the Messenger, following editor Betty Cather, resigned from their roles. According to Board of Publications and magazine editor Donald Wilson, the women on the staff were "not in accord with the…

This column is a follow-up to an earlier piece in which Mina describes how American students misunderstand foreign students. In this one, he describes how foreign students often misunderstand how Americans interact with them, including assuming that…

In this column by Lebanese student Abdullah Mina, the ways that foreign students are misunderstood and talked about by American students are explored. Mina begins the piece by claiming that being a foreign student "is a responsibility because the…

The writer of this piece argues that the Messenger does not "publish representative literary expression from the two colleges" and "has failed to attract the average local student." They claim that faculty censorship and favoritism in submissions…

This editorial piece criticizes the decision by the new editors of the Messenger for the magazine's 1978 issue to be satirical rather than literary. The writer claims that the choice could not be due to lack of interest by students, as readership had…

In response to an article on Richmond College's revival of the Messenger literary magazine, an editor reflects on the campus's past of "apathy, unconcern, and even ridicule of campus writers," ultimately deciding that the students have changed and…

This 1877 essay from Monthly Musings, the predecessor to the Messenger literary magazine, argues against the Theory of Evolution. It begins with the assertion that the belief that men were once "savages" is currently fashionable. The writer looks to…

The 1967 edition of the Messenger's theme was "controversy." Its final piece, "The 20th Century vs. The U of R," argues that the University should have less of an influence on students' morality and not act as their "guardian." The piece's author,…

Five students respond to the question “Would a disabled student have a hard time at the University?” Each student responds with an affirmation of the difficulties a disabled individual would face on campus, such as a lack of elevators, disregard…

In response to a racially charged protest of the production of “The Meeting,” Theatre and Dance Department Chair Walter Schoen claims that the Modlin Center for the arts is a “safe haven” for students to express themselves artistically and…
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