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The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

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-3 Facing questions about his leadership and with his inauguration on hold, Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao learns that the Board of Visitors is hiring a consultant to evaluate his performance. You can bet Rao wishes he'd never thrown that toga party at the Delta House. 

0 After an election turnover, Eric Cantor becomes majority leader of the House of Representatives — the first Virginian elected to that position. The winds of change may be blowing, but that dude's hair still hasn't moved. 

+2 Producer and director Steven Spielberg lunches with Virginia film officials at Millie's Diner, The Washington Post reports. Storyboard production immediately commences on his next Hollywood blockbuster, “Jurassic Encounters with the Devil's Mess.” 

0 The Virginia Opera Association fires artistic director Peter Mark, who's been with the organization for 36 years. In opera terms, that's equivalent to 2,457 fat ladies. 

-5 The director of Richmond's parks and rec department resigns after a city auditor's report uncovers thousands of dollars in waste, including 135 hours of worker overtime to build a reception desk. To be fair, have you ever tried putting something together from Ikea?

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