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Against the Glass

February 6, 2017

Last Friday, a group of my friends and I decided to drive up to the Richmond Ice Zone to watch UR’s club hockey team take on Catholic University. Our close friend, Ben, had been asking us the entire season to make it out to a game so we decided to finally plan ahead and make sure we could all attend this one. After all, it was their last home game of the season.

We got the best seats in the house: right up against the boards, amidst a crowd of about 20 other UR students. It was a small crowd but one that made up for its size in volume. Void of any quiet moments, the crowd hopefully gave UR that extra boost of energy and got inside the heads of their opponents.

UR controlling the puck in their zone early in the game.

UR gave up an early goal, but rallied back and soon took the lead.

A faceoff at center ice after a Spider goal.

Then, having momentum on their side, they turned a small lead into a rout, going up 5-1 late in the game. That’s the way the game ended, sending the Spiders into postseason play with confidence.

I’m disappointed I hadn’t made the effort to go to earlier games. Cheering on the team stands possibly as the most fun I had all weekend. Also, I’m sure the hockey team would’ve appreciated the extra support. That being said, they've gained at least one more fan for next season. 

My name is Joe. I am currently a freshman at the University of Richmond. I plan to major in Business (concentration undecided) and to minor in Creative Writing. I consider myself a man of diverse interests. I find just as much enjoyment in playing basketball as I do staying home to read a book. In terms of music, I'll listen to most anything, whether it's Frank Sinatra, today's top 100 hits, old school rap, or anything in between. Same goes for movies. New movies, old movies, black-and-white movies, action movies, romantic comedies, serious dramas. It doesn't matter; I'll watch them all (and often choose to). Aside from that, I'm simply excited to be at UR and to be able to share my experiences with prospective students, fellow classmates, and anyone else who may care to follow along.

Why UR?

A simple answer to the question "Why UR?" would be to say that it just felt right. Though, whereas that isn't inaccurate, I know how vague and frustrating an answer like that can be for readers. So, I will try to explain myself. The University of Richmond, as I researched it more and more, became continually more appealing. Every new thing I learned became another reason to attend. (That certainly was not the case with other schools.) I didn't have to wrestle with thoughts like, "I guess I can live with that" or "Maybe it won't seem like that when I'm actually there." In fact, even viewing the university with a critical eye, it was difficult to find something bad to say about it. That may sound like I'm simply affirming my final decision, but it's not easy to answer that question without directly showing someone what I'm trying to articulate. UR is a place that, although ripe for descriptive writing, must be experienced firsthand to truly understand. That, I believe, says more than any list of reasons ever could.