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JLaw Speaks About Her Little Black Dress

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Written by Harrison Mines

A passing photo-op moment caused an unexpectedly giant media reaction this week in London, England at a press event for Francis Lawrence’s upcoming thriller Red Sparrow. Leading lady in the film Jennifer Lawrence posed with her cast-mates outside of the event venue and the internet lost its mind.

Despite chilling temperatures in mid-February London, Lawrence appeared in a sleeveless, plunging Versace gown alongside her male counterparts, all bundled in coats and scarves. Lawrence instantly became a Twitter moment as many criticized her fashion choice. Some voiced their disdain for her eagerness to show skin in cold weather, proposing she was more invested in her appearance than promoting her upcoming film. Others fired back from a different perspective, recognizing the photo as an exercise of the male gaze and stating Lawrence’s controversy is stemmed from male expectations on female movie stars.

Jennifer Lawrence was quick to shut speculation down on her Facebook page. In a lengthy post, Lawrence targeted shamers and gossip columnists stating: “Over-reacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward. It’s creating silly distractions from real issues.”

Her comments arrived with relevance to her new film’s subject matter. Red Sparrow follows Lawrence’s character, a Russian spy, forced to use her body to uncover information. Critics have recognized Red Sparrow’s articulation of the hardships, solitude and abuse in sex work—an issue present in current feminist discourse.

Lawrence showed her exasperation with the media moment by saying “this is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism.”

As photos of Lawrence in custom Versace continue to circulate social media, this quiet fashion choice proves the ongoing discussion concerning female expression and preservation.

Over the Hill: Unauthorized Vehicle Drives onto Campus, Gets Stuck

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Written by Bradley Bommarito

At around 10:27 p.m. on the cold winter night of January 21, RC Campus Safety received reports from students that a vehicle had become stuck near the scoreboard on a hill adjacent to the north side of the Maroon Athletic Quad (MAQ) after driving erratically off-road.

“I spotted this car driving along the walkway in front of CAR, but instead of going up the hill it turned toward the field.  It got stuck between the fence and the scoreboard.  I watched for a couple minutes- no matter how hard it tried to break free and keep going, the poor thing was just stuck there,” said freshman Senn Boswell.

Two Campus Safety officers responded within minutes of the reports.  They approached the vehicle and spoke with the driver, who has no affiliation with RC.  Tire tracks were visible in the nearby grass that showed the vehicle’s path up a hill and then the descent down the embankment that caused it to become lodged on the hill.  No damage was reported.

“Officers arrived on the scene after a friend of mine promptly called Campus Safety.  We weren’t sure what to think; was the person intoxicated, were they a student, were they hurt?” said freshman Max Kreutzner.  “Few answers about the incident were provided by Campus Safety, and I continue to wonder the circumstances that led to such heinous driving on our campus so late at night.”

Shortly after the officers responded, the driver got back behind the wheel and managed to dislodge the vehicle.  The driver promptly left the scene.  No charges were filed at the time of the incident, but Salem PD later decided to charge the driver with several serious traffic violations.  These violations have not yet been adjudicated.  Alcohol consumption was a suspected cause of the incident.

“Campus Safety responded and the person left the scene shortly thereafter.  Further investigation identified the suspect and this individual was issued numerous traffic charges,” said Chief Thomas Rambo of RC Campus Safety.

Club fosters RC students’ interests in entrepreneurship

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Written by Bradley Bommarito

Many students have probably had an encounter with Roanoke College’s Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation (CLEI), or they are at least aware of its existence.  The organization hosts several luncheons each month that allow students the opportunity to interact with guest speakers who have experience in business and entrepreneurship.  However, many students don’t know that there’s an active club on campus for all students who may be interested in the business world or entrepreneurship.

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) Club is an international student-led club that aims to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurs and seek opportunities through enterprise creation. The club provides student entrepreneurs with opportunities, events, chapter activities, and conferences to help start their own businesses.

Steve Baker, an RC professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation, advises the club.

“The CEO Club is really the student-led initiative to increase entrepreneurship-related programming and opportunities for students,” Baker said. “In this context, I believe in giving these students – regardless of class, year, or experience, a hands-on, nearly fully autonomous management over the club. The result is a student-driven program that benefits students and helps develop career and professional opportunities, fosters a sense of community among involved students, and helps them to learn and increase individual management experience.”

Roanoke’s chapter of CEO elected a new officer team late last semester and has many exciting opportunities and events in the works through the fall. A short field trip to a local marketing firm, some informational meetings and lunches, and an open contest where teams can compete to win cash are currently being planned.  

“Being a part of this club is something I am very proud of,” said freshman Mary Sullivan, who is treasurer of the club.  “Watching it grow tremendously just in the semester I have been the treasurer makes me extremely happy, and I cannot wait for everything we have planned next year.”

Whether students want to go into business management or start their own businesses, or even if they just have general interest in entrepreneurship, CEO Club has something for everyone. A large part of being in the club is interacting with students who share similar interests.

Nick Croswhite, a freshman and president of CEO Club, has started an initiative to invite business leaders to speak on campus and to encourage students to visit companies to learn more about the business world.

Members are encouraged to get to know each other and to utilize the club for both personal and professional development.

“The CEO Club is a great place to talk about your own ideas and plans and to get valuable feedback in the developing of one’s own business interests,” said Baker.

Opportunities for networking and improving soft skills are huge advantages that the CEO Club aims to offer.

“CEO Club is about developing the skills and connections to help set our members apart from the competition in life, and as president, it is my goal to get us there,” said Croswhite.

CEO’s leaders are revving up to expand the club’s membership and to make it more attractive to students from all areas of academic study.

“As an executive team, we come up with new ways to constantly make this club bigger and better and filled with exciting activates that stay true to our entrepreneurial base,” said Sullivan.

Most CEO Club events are open to the college community, but students who wish to be more actively involved with the organization should sign up to be added to the roster. General meetings take place bi-monthly.  Interested students should contact Nick Croswhite at nacroswhite@mail.roanoke.edu.

RC Alumnus Daniel Ayers to Return in Style

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Written by David Hall

Recent Roanoke College alumnus Daniel Osborne, also known by his stage name as Daniel Ayers, spent four years making a name for himself as an active campus musician and folk singer. Come March 13, he will return with a show in Roanoke’s Olin Theater.

The show, organized by Joe Boucher, director of student activities, is a part of the college’s Homebrew series, and it will be recorded for a later release.

Despite Osborne’s former appearances in multiple spaces across campus from Alumni Gym to the chaplain’s porch, he has never performed his unique blend of country and folk in Olin Theater.

“I reckon it is like the Carnegie Hall of campus. If cavern is the Gaslight, then Olin’s gotta be Carnegie Hall,” said Osborne.

Since graduating with high honors this past spring, Osborne has made his living as a school teacher in North Carolina.

He said he looks forward to seeing his once fellow students again.

“I’ll play a bunch of originals, probably make a bunch of people laugh and make a few more angry and/or offended,” said Osborne. “Might even make a few folks cry, though I don’t wanna count my eggs before they hatch. Mostly, I’ll bring news of the world beyond college. I’m sure that’ll pack the auditorium if nothing else does.”

The concert will start at 7 p.m., with a reception afterwards. Tickets are free.

Humans of Roanoke College: Nicole Brobston

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Written by Shamira James

Nicole Brobston is a senior at Roanoke College, where she is double majoring in creative writing and literary studies. She also is editor of On Concept’s Edge, Roanoke’s literary magazine, and a finalist for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Germany.

“I knew I wanted to apply [for the Fulbright program] since freshman year because of a class I had with Professor Jenny Rosti. I would actually go to her class and cry everyday, because I was so homesick. But she was so great, and we built a good relationship. She eventually asked me if I had ever heard of the Fulbright program. That led me get more involved.

I came into college not wanting to write at all. I wanted to teach, definitely on a college level and more geared towards the literary side of it. The further I got into the major and the internships I did with Bella Magazine and Leisure Media it just hit that that’s what I wanted to do. So, I ended up switching career paths.

I’m applying to MFA [master of fine arts programs], because I decided I want to write, specifically poetry – so I’m not going to make any money. I still do want to teach, but I would also want to be published and be popular with the small circle of people who do still read poetry.

I’ve applied to nine [graduate] schools. I got accepted at American University and I got a funding package for half of tuition. American has a lot of dynamic writers, and I think I could fit in nicely, as I wrote a poem, “A glossary of men I shouldn’t have slept with.”

I’ll miss Roanoke College. I’ll miss the English department, which has almost become my home. All of the professors I work with made me feel so comfortable to the point where I changed my mind freshman year from transferring [from Roanoke], because I was nine hours away from home and lonely. You make great relationships here and that’s what I love. Professors wants to be resources, and they want to support you.”