VCU kicks off the semester with a week long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrate Tuesday at noon in the student commons with cupcakes and a banner signing. Wednesday will feature a keynote speech from Martin Luther King III, with events continuing through Saturday.
Governor Ralph Northam addressed the Joint Assembly
Newly inaugurated Gov. Ralph Northam addressed the Joint Assembly Monday. He stressed working together to improve education and job training, expanding medicaid, and restricting gun sales. He concluded his remarks by urging the representatives to put aside partisan pride.
“Virginians are counting on us to answer big challenges with big solutions, even if that requires us to put the common good before our own partisan interests,” Northam said.
VDOT prepares for more snow
The Virginia Department of Transportation is pretreating roads in preparation for snow predicted to fall late Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Weather conditions before the last snowfall this month prevented pre-treating roads, leading to long lasting icy conditions. A spokesperson for VDOT said they have 216,000 gallons of brine available to pre-treat Virginia’s roads.
Senate democrats work to overrule net neutrality repeal
Democratic leaders say fifty senators have endorsed legislation that would reverse December’s repeal of net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commision voted to deregulate broadband providers, which where previously kept from blocking or slowing internet connections or websites. The Senate resolution would reinstate net neutrality.
Hiatus Kaiyote is a band that has been getting a lot of recognition in the past few years. Sampled by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, and Drake, the Australian quartet has made a name for themselves with their glitchy, percussive, intrepid interpretation of neo-soul. Lead singer, Naomi Saalfield, a.k.a., Nai Palm, released her debut solo album, Needle Paw, and it encompasses everything that makes Nai Palm such a unique artist.
Nai Palm utilizes her full vocal abilities both harmonically and melodically, ranging from her rich lows to her glassy falsetto. Accompanied by only her guitar and her backing vocalists, she explores new territory, revisits songs from Hiatus’ sophomore album, Choose Your Weapon, and even covers songs from artists such as Jimi Hendrix (Have You Ever Been (To Electric Lady Land)) and Tamia (So Into You). Personally, her stripped down version of “Atari” is my favorite song on the album; she managed to use her voice to add texture and depth to parts of the song that were originally electronic. “Crossfire” was another great song about love, a topic Nai Palm doesn’t typically cover in her lyrics. There aren’t a lot of guest features on this album, but the features that made their way onto Needle Paw include aboriginal singer Jason Guwanbal Gurruwiwi and kora player Amadou Suso. All in all, this is a fantastic debut album from Nai Palm. She combines elements of folk, R&B, soul, and tribal music to create a one of a kind album that lets her emotions run loose.
The Volleyball game against Dayton was an exciting one. Both teams are working their hardest in this nerve-wracking game to remain in first place in the A-10. It was one of those games where you could not figure out who will win.
VCU started off with a rocky start by losing the first set 25-20, but soon picked up the pace in the second set winning 25-23. They later won the third set 25-18 and nearly taking the fourth until Dayton began to bounce back from their two set loses with a 25-22 victory. The fifth set was a nail biter until VCU earned 15 points and won the set and the game. They improved to 25-2 on the season and 11-0 in the A-10! They face La Salle on Friday the third. Dayton falls to 18-7 on the season and 9-1 in conference play.
The first half was a frustrating one for the Rams. VCU held the majority of possession throughout the half but couldn’t create many chances to score. Rhode Island’s defense was well organized. Rhode Island capitalized off their strong defensive performance in the half by scoring on a corner kick from Tyler Dickson’s header in the 28th minute.
In the second half VCU came out much more aggressive in the final third, creating 16 shots compared to the two they had in the first half. A pass from Siad Haji in the 65th minute lead to a Rafael Andrade Santos shot in the low left corner for his 8th goal of the season, tying up the game at 1-1.
VCU nearly had a chance to take the lead in the 72nd minute when Travis Cooke’s shot hit the crossbar. After many attempts that VCU had to take the lead they finally made a breakthrough in the 78th minute. Francesco Amorosino scored his eighth goal of the season as his shot, assisted by Rafael Andrade Santos, ended up in the low right corner of the net to give the Rams a 2-1 lead late in the match.
Rhode Island nearly equalized in the final minute as a goal-line clearance was needed to secure VCU’s 2-1 win. VCU’s A10 record is now 6-1-0, while their overall record is 10-4-0. They play their next game on Wednesday at St. Bonaventure.