Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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For the 1978 issue of the Messenger, new editors Rick Stine and Mark Hebdon changed the publication from a literary magazine to a satirical magazine called the Messenger Lampoon. This choice was made, according to vice president of student affairs…

2001 marked the first year that the Messenger was an entirely student-run publication, as it was the first year students designed the magazine rather than outsourcing the task to a Washington, D.C., designer. Using the design program Quark Xpress,…

This article reports on the political focus of the upcoming Messenger literary magazine. Contents of the magazine included a reprint of Dick Fitz's "Concerto Politico," a satirical piece titled "The Gullup Poll" by Dick Keith, cartoons by Bob Beasley…

The writer of this article hopes that the next issue of the Messenger literary magazine will have "new ideas" and "new angles," and asserts that the rest of campus does as well. They claim that the last Messenger "contained such nebulous stories and…

This article defines the "literary quality" mentioned in student handbooks given to freshman (called "Rats" by the author). Gibson claims that literary realism is sometimes "vulgar" and "obscene" just to be shocking, which makes it "pornographic…

This 1923 article reports that the recent Westhampton junior/freshman class wedding was carried out "according to Chinese custom." The presidents of both classes were the participants in the ceremony. The ceremony, which included carrying the bride…

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…

In early 1971, student activism against the Vietnam War was beginning to slow down not only at Richmond, but at many universities around the country as well. Richmond College senior and student activist Jim Winders claimed this was because the…

After a 1970 march on President George Modlin’s house related to the Vietnam War, Richmond College freshmen Jonathan Lewis and Richard Newman requested to meet with Dr. Modlin “to discuss the problems of the University” only to be admonished by…

The writer of this article claims that the Messenger will soon "belong to the whole University and not exclusively to Westhampton College" due to Richmond College's upcoming financial involvement in the publication. They elaborate that Richmond…
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