Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This University of Richmond Collegian article discusses recent proposals to either renovate the Westhampton dining hall and the Richmond College Refectory, or “to construct one centralized dining hall to accommodate both schools.” Although a…

The article describes the ongoing debate concerning replacing the University of Richmond’s coordinate system with a coeducational one. Dr. George M. Modlin, University President, and Dr. Mary Louise Gehring, Dean of the Westhampton College, spoke…

After the Richmond College senate accepted financial responsibility for the return of the Richmond Messenger, a Collegian reporter interviewed professors and students interested in writing on their feelings for the publication. While many professors…

This Collegian article reports anxieties about the dining hall exchange at the University of Richmond regarding a misinterpretation of the Coordinate Education Report. The report states that “Separate dining opportunities shall be provided in each…

This article states that in response to student complaints about food service, student committees were created to voice student opinions. Both of these two groups have met with PFM representatives. During the first Westhampton College Food Service…

This article criticizes the continuing separation between Richmond College and Westhampton College, arguing that the division makes UR operate "as a summer camp environment with a lake in the middle," and that it was time that "steps were taken to…

Beginning in the 1950s, an annual "panty raid" tradition took place on campus when Richmond college students would cross over the bridge to the Westhampton side of campus. Westhampton women would typically throw panties to the men from their dorm…

The effort to make the Messenger a joint publication between Richmond and Westhampton Colleges, as it was only published by Westhampton at this time, failed due to difficulties reconciling the colleges' budgets. Messenger editor Sue Cook McClure…

This piece is an investigation into why and how the dining hall became so gender segregated. A handful of students were asked their thoughts regarding a gender segregated dining hall. Most of their answers were gender based, either blaming the…

Thomas N. Pollard Jr., Director of Admissions of Richmond College reported that “definite but slow” progress was being made in the recruitment of black students to the University of Richmond. He commented that a small amount of the current black…
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