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VCU Creates Artificial Intelligence for Entrepreneurship and Innovation FAQs

An artificial intelligence bot is available to answer any questions this semester about VCU’s da Vinci center along with general questions about VCU as well as campus life. The bot is named “Little Leonardo and is available at 804-923-7464.

Virginia Department of Transportation call beekeepers to save 120,000 honey bees

VDOT crews were working on trees in Powhatan recently when they came across two separate honey bee hives along Hugenot Trail. They called local beekeepers for assistance and the three beekeepers found 60,000 bees in both hives. The bees have been rescued from the trail and the work has created a safer environment on the trail for the workers as well as the public.

Police searching for suspects after 3 VUU students robbed on campus

The three students were robbed overnight Wednesday night and no one was harmed. There are no suspect descriptions at this time, and anyone with information about the robberies is asked to contact the Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

The pipeline’s operator confirmed that over 210,000 gallons were leaked out of the pipeline Thursday. Officials are still researching to find out what caused the spill. This is the largest Keystone Pipeline spill to date, and comes just days before Nebraska officials decide if the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will move forward.

Astros’ Altuve, Marlins’ Stanton take home MLB MVP awards

Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros took home the American League’s Most Valuable Player award while Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins took home the National League’s award Thursday. This is the first MVP award for both Stanton and Altuve, as well as a capping of the Astro’s season which ended in the team winning their first ever World Series.

Needle Paw Album Review

By: Joseph Arbid

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.

VCU Volleyball vs. Dayton

Rams remain undefeated in the A-10

By: Adrian Manzano

​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.

VCU Men’s Soccer vs. Rhode Island

VCU’s Men’s Soccer Team defeated Rhode Island 2-1

By: Roland Haka

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.

VCU Volleyball vs. Saint Louis

VCU reaches 21 straight wins

By: Brandon Shillingford

​ ​The Rams cruised to their 21st straight win against the Saint Louis Billikens, 3-0.  Sophomore Vicky Giommarini led both of the teams with 12 kills. The Rams were able to shake off a sluggish starts in the second and third sets behinds late set rallies led by Tori Baldwin and Gina Tuzzolo.

VCU now improves to 24-2 on the season with not only a 10-0 home record, but also a 10-0 conference record. On Sunday, the Rams will face the Dayton flyers at home with hopes to stretch their big win streak to a colossal 22.

Concert Review: Primus at The National

Primus put on a spectacular performance Wednesday, October 25 at the National. As they exploded onto the stage with Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver to a collective chanting of “Primus Sucks” by young and old fans alike, the symphony of heavy bass, cymbal crashes and drunken mirth set the tone for the rest of the evening.

The trio consists of Les Claypool on bass/vocals, Larry LaLonde on guitars and Tim Alexander on drums, each member bringing their own distinct styles to the stage, blending together into a dynamic, psychedelic eruption that seems to always catch the audience off guard at every performance. This night was no exception, the band blazed through their first set, playing old favorites like “American Life” and “Too Many Puppies.” The crowd did their best to sing along, losing themselves quickly in the band’s lengthy jams and hypnotic visual imagery.

At the turn of the second set, the band stole onto the stage, dressed in druid-like garb, surrounded by artificial foliage to set the theme of their new material off “The Desaturating Seven.” The crowd found themselves entranced at the story of rainbow goblins being told over the band’s baroque instrumentals. The performance carred on through several musical transitions before closing with “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver,” putting a satisfying end to the evening. The coming together of experienced fans of the band and those new to their uncanny style was truly a spectacle that can only reinforce the notion of good music bringing those together in such divisive times.

Hayden Molchan, WVCW