A friendly note the Richmond Police Department sent us Friday reminds residents that it is indeed illegal and dangerous to fire guns in the air to celebrate the new year.
The department says they’ll be cracking down on Monday night and is asking Richmonders to refrain from engaging in the practice, which they say resulted in majority of crime reports submitted last New Year’s Eve during the midnight hour.
For a listing of New Year’s Eve happenings that we suspect will not include firearms, check out Style calendar editor Andrew Cothern’s picks.
If you’re curious about the potential lethality of firing bullets in the air, the Discovery Channel’s Myth Busters took on the question in 2007. You can find a summary of their findings here. There’s also a surprisingly fascinating Wikipedia entry on the practice, which is apparently culturally accepted in the Balkans and the Middle East.
Note: An earlier version of this post misspelled Balkans.
About 50 University of Richmond students crashed a Board of Trustees luncheon Thursday to protest the school’s decision to cut the men’s track and soccer programs in favor of lacrosse.
University police officers initially threatened to arrest the students, who were eventually allowed to stand quietly with signs while board members picked up sandwiches outside the meeting room, according to UR’s student newspaper The Collegian.
The trustees are meeting again today. As Style Weekly reported earlier this week, the board is expected to readdress its decision to reconfigure the athletic program. Alumni have more than $3 million in pledges to help fund soccer and track going forward. They hope to raise a total of $6.26 million, which would cover half the cost of reinstating the programs.
University spokeswoman Linda Evans declined to discuss the trustee’s agenda.