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RC Rock Actually Just Golf Ball Covered in Paint


Joe Krzyston
Section Editor

One night shortly before break, Dear old Roanoke’s Underground Network for Knowledge and Sedition (DRUNKS, for short) tore a sheet of paint off of the storied Roanoke College rock, which towers over eight feet above people who walk between Wells and the patio at commons, and has long been a fixture on campus. The top couple of inches came off easily, but the explorers were met with a surprising reality.

“We kept chipping and chipping at the paint,” said a member of the urban exploration collective, speaking under condition of anonymity. “We were peeling off layers and chipping at it and whatnot, but it just kept coming. At first, we were like ‘Woah, this is a funny thing that we’re doing,’ but after a while it got really serious. We eventually brought in a small team with pickaxes and wheelbarrows to cart away the paint… We couldn’t believe what we found at the end of it all.”

What they found at the end of their toil was a golf ball, a Slazenger 7 believed by historians to have been driven from the administration building to its current resting place by David Bittle, Roanoke College’s first president.

“This is an amazing find,” said an area historian, “and indeed, underneath over a hundred years of paint lay an astonishing record of our cherished institution’s storied history, and of David Bittle’s poor long drive.”

Sorority Absolved of Responsibility via Cornhole


Joe Krzyston
Section Editor

The young women of one of Roanoke College’s sororities (and because these organizations are preposterously well lawyered, that’s as specific as I’m allowed to get) can now breathe a collective sigh of relief, having successfully relieved themselves of any modicum of obligation or responsibility to the community in which they live for yet another year. In a move hailed by social scientists as an unprecedented step towards a total alleviation of suffering worldwide, immeasurable social good was achieved during the hosting of a Cornhole tournament.

Cornhole, a lawn game defined primarily by the tossing of cloth bags
of corn into a hole drilled into the end of a board, has long been a mainstay
of family barbeques and gatherings, but only recently has it taken its rightful role at the forefront of philanthropy and global development. Used effectively, it has the power to change the world.
“It’s a lot of work,”

says sister Elise McNoname (<this is in no way a real person, Oh Dear God please don’t sue us), “but the throwing of surplus grain-stock onto a playfully decorated board at a minor cost of entry to each participant really goes a long way towards enriching the community and addressing the issues that real people face every day… I’m sure if I think
on it I can name some of those issues.” Unfortunately, our field reporter didn’t have all day, so the issues went unnamed.

“I think this represents a massive breakthrough in service and giving,” said a Roanoke College professor of Sociology. “Gone are the days of lengthy involvements with communities and their issues. We can play yard games and simultaneously resolve issues of guilt and obligation in their entirety, and that’s profound.”

The Big Reveal


Joe Krzyston

Section Editor

Despite some unseasonably warm weather earlier this month, Roanoke College is now, without a doubt, in the thick of autumn. The air is getting cooler and crisper, the leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground, and students across campus are coming to the unpleasant, inevitable realization that people they’d thought were cool for upwards of six weeks are actually just weird and really confident.

Most of us, and perhaps all of us upperclassmen, have been here before. We meet somebody, and they seem different. They like to put up a hammock between trees on the back quad, they eat weird Japanese snack food, they’ve seen a lot of Wes Anderson movies (though probably mostly the recent ones, if we’re being honest), and they just generally seem like they march to the beat of their own drummer. For a few weeks, these people are awesome. They’re fun, they’re sort of flirty, and they’re always willing to explore on campus and off.

Now, unfortunately, we find ourselves in a period of reckoning. The chickens are coming home to roost. The friend you thought was cool and different and perceptive has just gone off and done something bonkers. Maybe they took your car and drove it into the indoor pool at a Holiday Inn in Lexington, Kentucky. Maybe they started calling your Mom late at night to talk about the possibility of a long distance relationship. Maybe they interrupted your long, detailed account of the birth of your beloved childhood ferret, (whose name was Glenn, if you were wondering). Maybe you just realized that those watercolor paintings of theirs that you thought were so cool in September are actually bizarrely xenophobic in their composition and themes. Whatever it is, you’ve figured out that the quirks you found so endearing at first might very well someday materialize and to their very best to stab you.

To you worried masses, I say this- breathe easy. There are plenty of people at this school, and there’s plenty of time left in the semester to find somebody more stable. At the very least, new friends defer this realization from happening again until December at the very soonest.

I’m Proud to Welcome Sisters into The Only Great Fraternity I Know


David Hall


Over the break, I enjoyed a beer with an old friend. I often like to see people from high school, catch up, trade sentiments of existential dread, but I have a special connection with this particular friend. From age 11, Waring and I were boy scouts together.

For several years of my incredibly awkward adolescence, I shared the bench seat of Waring’s Dad’s Ford 150. Being the smallest of the three, I usual took the middle, making sure to move my knee whenever Mr. Hills needs to move the stick shift that sprung up from the vinyl floor. In that position I travelled to various pockets of woods all over the Carolinas and in the process learned how to be a good boy scout, a true outdoorsman, and a thoughtful citizen.

Waring and I both achieved Eagle scout and in reflection I cannot be more thankful of all the lessons I learned in boy scouts both hands-on and ethereal. I learned useful outdoor tasks such as how to build fires, orient myself in the wilderness, apply first aid,
and map the stars. At picnic tables on the front porch of my church we learned how to manage our finances, write our representatives, and the value of protecting our wilderness.

You may have heard, but the BSA decided 2 weeks ago to begin allowing girls into the Boy Scouts. At first hearing the news, I was ambivalent. My bend towards social justice became immediately proud of an organization that sometimes feels backwards. In fact, just last week a young cub scout was kicked out of his pack for criticizing his state rep on her gun control record. My blood boils.

However, a second emotion also filled me. As an incredibly insecure 12-year-old, I relished in the opportunity to once a month spend my weekend not worrying about girls or my non-existent personality and instead riding in Mr. Hills’ F-150, off to my next adventure.

BSA made the right call. To be an Eagle Scout is to enter adult society with an automatic gold star on the resume. The privileges and respect afforded to me should not be shunned to the many great woman of this country. To the young boys terrified of girls his age, welcome them; they’re as hungry for the outdoors as you are.

Cregger Center: Reason for Increase in Student Athletes?


By Jessica Shelburne

Staff Writer

Here at Roanoke College, we are fortunate to receive a brand new, state of-the-art athletics facility, better known as the Cregger Center. Among other things, the Cregger Center has provided faculty with new offices, classrooms, and boardrooms, Varsity athletics with new courts, practice space, and locker rooms, and students/staff with an abundance of new exercise equipment. In addition, the new main gym has become a convenient and nice location to hold large gatherings such as admissions events and community assemblies.

A significant advantage resulting from the construction of the Cregger Center is that it has led to an increased number of student athletes at Roanoke, which is a clear reflection of the facility’s positive impact on athletic recruiting. Last year, in the 2016-17 school year, there was a recorded 379 student athletes, whereas the number currently stands at 435 (recorded as of October 1, 2017). There’s a correlation with that statistic that connects the ratio of male to female. This year is the first year in several years where the male enrollment exceeds that of female enrollment. Many say this increase goes hand in hand with the student-athlete influx.

“Not only does the new facility bring more athletes and students, but it is also used to showcase Roanoke College and the commitment we have towards providing students with a good experience,” said Scott Allison, Athletic Director.

Similarly to how volleyball and basketball gain from the new courts, the RC dance and cheer teams have enjoyed the new facilities.

“The Cregger Center has brought in more students to games and has allowed the girls to be able to stay on the sidelines and interact with the crowd more. The new gym absolutely benefits halftime performances,” said Aje Gore, RC’s dance coach.

“The Cregger Center has not only given varsity teams a bigger arena to play in, but also a space for cheer and dance to showcase their hard work, demonstrate the ability to engage with more fans, and perform the skills we have all worked so hard for,” said Gwyneth Lorna, sophomore. Lorna is a member of the cheer team.

Even students that do not participate in organized sports can find fun and use from the new building. Freshman Holly Fisher exercises regularly and loves working out at Cregger. “The construction of the Cregger Center has actually motivated me to go to the gym more because there is a large variety of equipment to use in the gym that allows me to get a full body workout,” said Fisher.

The Cregger Center has not only been beneficial to Roanoke College, but to the community as a whole. It has been the location for multiple large sporting events such as the women’s lacrosse championship, division 3 final eight games, and four straight days of VHSL track meets.

There are a countless number of benefits that come with the construction of the Cregger Center. From being an ideal facility to host athletic, academic, and community events to having a positive impact on recruiting, the new building undoubtedly completes the RC campus.

Club Sports Spotlight: Dance Team!


By Kimberlie Willard

Guest Writer

Pop and lock, jam and break! These are just a few things the dance team is accustomed to hearing. The Roanoke College Dance Team was initially formed in order to promote and support the college’s varsity athletic teams and programs. The team attends every home men’s and women’s basketball game and performs at the lacrosse games during alumni weekend. Over the years, the dance team has expanded its exposures. In addition to attending basketball games, the team now participates in community events and travels to national competitions each year.

The team has high hopes of continuing to grow. “We have several exciting events planned for the year, such as a car wash, a dance night at the local community center, and competition,” said team captain Kimberlie Willard, sophomore. “With the continued support of Club Sports, alumni, friends and family, there is no doubt that the team will have a very successful year and achieve our goal of raising over $2,000 for attending nationals!”

So far this year, the dance team has raised over $900 through fundraising events and donations. On September 30, 2017 the dance team hosted their first car wash at Advance Auto located on Main Street in Salem. The event was a great success as the team raised more than $500.

The team will use the funds and future donations to attend Eastern Dance and Cheer Nationals in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this spring. In 2015, the Roanoke College Dance Team attended this competition and received first place in hip-hop and second place in jazz. “I’ve never been to a competition before, so I’m excited for this new opportunity to expand my dance world,” said Sarah, freshman.

The team is currently comprised of eleven members, including freshmen, sophomores and juniors. According to coach Aja Gore, each member has shown great enthusiasm and dedication to the team. “I’m very excited about this year,” said Gore. “This team is made up of a group of very hardworking and driven girls, and I’m already so proud of everything they’ve accomplished in the few shorts weeks that we’ve been practicing.”

Student Spotlight: Emily Hecht


By: Ian Gillen

Staff Reporter

Any student at Roanoke College lives a busy, complicated, and hardworking life. Student athletes at RC live with these same challenges and take them one step further, taking on added responsibilities. These responsibilities look like daily practices, early alarms, and weekly games adding up to a hectic life.

Emily Hecht, junior, is a volleyball player here at Roanoke. She has described her life as a student athlete as “demanding, complicated, and time consuming.” However, Hecht
loves it. She believes that this experience is “something that makes me a better person”. The life of a student athlete is one that can restrict the student, but, as seen through Hecht, is a life that can still be filled with many extra activities.

Throughout her busy days and weeks of games and practices she has still been able to help found the club tennis team, be a maroon ambassador, be recently nominated president of the communications honor society (Lamda Pi Eta), and be a member of the Chi Omega sorority. This all adds up to a hectic schedule that she is able to manage, in part, thanks to the faculty we have here at Roanoke College.

Hecht is very thankful for the professors she has had; she has never had a professor question her or say no when she had to leave for a game, and she has always been met with great help when she needed any help from a professor. Hecht also has said that life as a student athlete has made a much better student, as she has had to plan ahead, and be more aware of her schedule. During the regular season she will perform better in class as a result of this, as her demanding athletic life forces her to study harder and be more aware of her upcoming assignments.

In her few hours a day of free time, Hecht loves eating Commons’ General Tso’s chicken, spending time with her Chi Omega sisters, and taking a trip to Dairy Queen. Through the jumbled planners, early mornings, and late nights it is all worth it for Hecht, as the sense of accomplishment felt while coming together with her teammates after a win makes everything worth it. This life is certainly not an easy one, but it is beloved because of the people we have around us at Roanoke College, and the memories we are able to create with them.

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To Horror Fans: The Babysitter is Worth the Watch!


Article by Harrison Squire Mines

I must admit, when I heard Netflix was putting out a babysitting comedy, my gut reaction was they can do better. The babysitter trope has been stretched in so many directions the narrative has become stale by 2017.

Netflix isn’t one to miss the mark, so I wondered how they would deliver with such a dated premise. Much to my surprise– disbelief, honestly– The Babysitter was sick, ridiculous, irreverent fun.

With a Friday the 13th release date, the odds were stacked in favor of Happy Death Day in theaters; even the Friday the 13th franchise had more promotion on streaming services than this Netflix underdog.

After watching, though, the Friday the 13th (of October, no less) premiere of The Babysitter fit like a glove. McG’s electric slasher comedy emulated all the Halloween slumber party feelings I never knew I missed. I say this fondly: The Babysitter makes no sense at all, and the slapstick bloodbath is eager to celebrate immaturity and gore.

The screenplay could have easily been directed to a dry wit comedic effort, but the satanic twist on the classic girl-next-door tale called for a more epic, nonsensical endeavor. Everything from virgin sacrifice spin-the-bottle to egg yolk asphyxiation; The Babysitter is irrational and flaunts it.

Bella Thorne is this generation’s Lindsay Lohan and is likely the biggest star cast in The Babysitter. The film’s horror conventions are met with equal parts teen comedy, chiding football jock intellect and popular girl cattiness. I am forever rooting for a pretty villain and Thorne is the exact one I love to hate.

If you want your work to be successful in 2017, take a hint from Stranger Things and the newest IT movie and refer to beloved films from the 80’s.

The Babysitter wasn’t marketed as a throwback in any capacity but undoubtedly borrows from 80’s classics both inside and outside of the horror genre.

Mimicking the spirit of coveted 80’s films is a nostalgic way to put a smile on any viewer’s face.

To reiterate: I had low expectations for this film.

Even after I learned more about the film’s scary twist on classic babysitting stories, I doubted that I could relate to The Babysitter beyond mere curiosity as a horror fan. Despite the routine character elements and outrageous slasher sequences, The Babysitter is surprisingly sweet, and essentially a hero’s journey with an anti-bullying theme.

As we root for timid and intelligent Cole, the underdog of his character slowly dissipates and results in a full-fledged powerhouse. In babysitter stories of the past, the boy gets the dream girl. In 2017’s The Babysitter, the boy also rushes the dream girl with an airborne sports car.

This film hardly touches the iconography of Scream or Halloween but was an uncovered gem in my Recommended queue the night of Friday the 13th. Especially if you least expect it, watch this film for an underrated merry bloodbath.

The Babysitter may surprise you.

Tinder: Here There Be Monsters


Article by Emma Grosskopf

In the spirit of Halloween, I’ll tell you: nothing is scarier to me than Tinder and its overwhelming number of creepy characters. You’ve got several different types of monsters swiping, as we speak, ready to attack.

Zombies: The zombies are the lifeless, boring bodies on the prowl for fresh meat. They always message first, right away, while starting all of their conversations with the same thing: “Hey”. No punctuation, no introduction. Dead. Lifeless. And they just. Keep. Coming.

Vampires: Everyone has come across a Vampire at least once. You know the type: dirty jokes, winking emojis and an incessant barrage of requests for nudes. Watch out for these people. Their thirst is unquenchable.

Werewolves: These folks seem sweet at first, with their sappy “good morning” messages and their acting like they care about your day. However, if you don’t message them back within a couple hours, they morph into angry beasts, showing you the true monster within.

Clown: Clowns are the users who have clever bios. Funny profile pictures. They might message you with a clever pickup line that will make you chuckle. Remember: whether they’re silly rodeo clowns or a regular Pennywise, remember: they’re still a clown.

Ghost: Easy: a ghost ghosts you. You message them first because why not? You only live once! You ask them out and…nothing. No response. Are they just jerks? Are they scared of commitment? Did they just get tired of all of the tired Tinder nonsense and delete the app? Guess you’ll never know since THEY NEVER RESPONDED TO YOU.

Witch/Wizard: They put you under a spell with their pictures, and you are drooling after this person who is seemingly perfect. Then, they message you with the dreaded “DTF?” (which, in case you’re smart and stay off dating apps, means “down to frickfrack?”) And then, poof! The spell is broken.

RC Offers Its Own Unique Fall Candle Scents


Article by Shamira James

There are really so many things to love about fall: comfy sweaters, warm cider, pumpkin picking and everything in between, but nothing compares to those sweet fall smells. You can have your typical, boring, Yankee Candle “Crisp Fall Night” or your sickeningly sweet and, frankly, immensely overused pumpkin-inspired scents from Bath and Body Works, but this fall, be a trendsetter. Fill your dorm or your house with the classic scents of Roanoke College:

Alumni Ambience – Nothing soothes the soul more than the pungent smell of chlorine coupled with 1000°F heat. Get warm (very, very warm) and cozy up with this candle, and hopefully, the fumes won’t go to your head.

Monterey at Midnight – Have you ever walked into a room and thought “there’s definitely a haunted spirit here?” Now you can sense spirits from the beyond in every room with this sweet, ectoplasm-esque scent. You’ve been warned.

Nightfall in New Hall – There’s nothing like kettle corn as a late night snack, especially when you burn it and it sets off the fire alarm at 2 a.m. on a school night. Enjoy the glares you’ll get with this sharp, savory scent.

Lovely Laundry Day – It’s hard to beat the aroma of Tide Pods, dryer sheets, and OMG! SOMEONE TOOK MY STUFF OUT OF THE DRYER AND IT’S STILL WET! Ah, don’t you love laundry day?

Farmer’s Harvest in a Frat Basement – It’s finally possible to stay in while still experiencing the essence of a night out. While you snuggle up to binge-watch The Office, savor the fragrance of humid air, Natural Light, body odor and immediately regrettable decisions.

Eau de Unplugged Fridge – Nothing smells quite like home after coming back from winter break, cracking open the fridge and filling your nose with the unique smell of whatever unidentifiable item covered in mold you see.

Parking Lot Potpourri – Trekking back to your dorm from the New Hall parking lot is tiring, but light this candle when you get back to your room and the evergreen, herbal scent will help you relax and make it all better.

Veteran and Service Dog Bring Inspiring Message to Noke


Article by Bradley Bommarito

Distinguished veteran Mike Harris visited Roanoke College on Wednesday, Oct. 4 as the speaker for the college’s Lessons in Leadership event. Invited by the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity in collaboration with the Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation, Harris spoke about his career in the military, his position as a lieutenant in the Virginia State Police, and his time as a commercial airline pilot.

His main purpose, however, was to tell the heartwarming story of how his service dog, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, changed his life for the better after Harris was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. “[Gracie] has actually given me a life that I thought was gone forever. I would refuse to leave the house without my wife. Gracie has allowed me to do things I thought I would never be able to do again,” said Harris.

Harris has become an advocate for Hero Dogs, Inc., a nonprofit organization that improves quality of life for the nation’s heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines with applicants who demonstrate the most need.

“We raise and train service dogs and place them with heroes, and we provide these dogs to veterans at no cost to them,” said Barbara Ramundo, deputy director of the organization.

Harris was blown away by the quality of the Hero Dogs training program. According to the Hero Dogs website, the veteran/hero dog team trains together under the supervision of a Hero Dogs staff trainer for a minimum of 120 hours (over the course of at least six months) in a variety of public and private settings, including a veteran’s home, school or workplace, community, stores, public transportation, etc.

The training program is customized to the individual veteran’s needs and abilities. “It was an absolutely eye-opening, fantastic experience. When you graduate from the program, you’re very prepared to work with your service dog. Even in public spaces like airports, I’ve never seen any service dogs that were trained as well as our Hero Dogs are,” said Harris.

According to Ramundo, the partnership between Gracie and Harris was especially important to her and the organization. “The placement of Gracie with Harris was challenging but rewarding. It was highly impactful because they ended up being the perfect match,” said Ramundo.

Harris is extremely thankful to the Hero Dogs organization for all that they’ve done for him and for the important work that they do to help veterans cope with their PTSD. “Gracie has been nothing but a blessing. I will do anything and everything I can to promote Hero Dogs because they gave me my life back,” said Harris.

Gracie assists Harris with the onset of PTSD symptoms in several ways. She is trained to recognize physical signs that Harris is in distress, such as trembling and hand-wringing. Once she notices a sign, she nudges Harris to get him to focus on her.

“Each time Gracie performs a task, we reward her with a special treat. She knows that I carry special treats for her while we’re in public,” said Harris.

Harris follows a consistent grooming and exercise regimen for Gracie. “When I get up in the mornings, we go for a one to two-mile walk. I groom her once a day in the morning, and then we go about our day. I walk her in the evenings as well,” said Harris.

Though Gracie has been Harris’ saving grace, Harris said he is incredibly thankful for his wife, Lucy Harris, and the unwavering support that she has provided since his diagnosis. She has become an advocate for the wives of veterans afflicted with the disorder.

“PTSD is a process. You never fix it, but you learn to live with it. You can try medication, therapy, and service dogs, but it never completely goes away,” said Mrs. Harris.

She said the onset of PTSD can come decades after the events that triggered the disorder. Mr. Harris didn’t begin developing symptoms until close to retirement.

“Most of the people who get PTSD have been very high achievers in life. It’s only when you start to slow down that it hits you,” said Mrs. Harris.

Because of the incredible support of his wife and the Hero Dogs organization, Mr. Harris decided to share his story with the world.

“Once I came to grips with the fact that I have PTSD, I realized that I had to tell my story in hopes of inspiring veterans to seek help and treatment for PTSD,” he said.

Mr. Harris hopes that he can help reduce the veteran suicide rate by serving as aa PTSD advocate. He said that 22 veterans a day commit suicide.. “After my talk, several veterans came up to me and my wife to talk about their PTSD-like symptoms and receive information about how to get help,” he said.

The Harrises said they are grateful for the honor of being invited to this year’s Lessons in Leadership event.

“It’s important to educate people about service dogs and how they can help communities, and I thank Roanoke College for inviting us here,” said Ramundo.

Roanoke College professor and CLEI coordinator Steve Baker said he is proud of the Lessons in Leaders program, and he enjoys the process of selecting a new speaker each year.

This is the third year of the program.

In its first year, Roanoke hosted a representative from the Wounded Warriors Project. Last year, the college hosted a Hollywood director and producer.

“When we were selecting the guest speaker for this year, we were looking for individuals who demonstrated true leadership in the framework of appropriate ethics,” said Baker.

Next year’s guest speaker is legendary Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, Baker said. The event will take place in the first week of October.

Hollins and Roanoke Students to Run 5K for Hurricane Victims


Article by David Hall

Community members will join students from Roanoke College and Hollins University to participate in a 5K this Saturday to benefit victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Red Cross, who says they’re working actively to provide aid to those affected by the multitude of storms.

Megan Rioux, a Hollins University senior and organizer of the race, said she had the idea for it after watching the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. “I figured this was something good for student government to do and a great way to partner with Hollins (Roanoke?) because it’s their 175th anniversary, too,” she said. “It’s good to give back to those in dire straits right now. We have students from the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.”

The students chose Roanoke College as the venue because of its size and access to facilities. The race will take place at 10 a.m. at the Roanoke College Alumni Track. In addition to the cost of entry, organizers are also looking for participants to donate items, such as diapers, baby food, batteries, first-aid supplies, and feminine hygiene products to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which includes the islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John.

According to the fund’s website, the Red Cross is working to provide the islands with relief in the form of personal items, such as water, rice, beans, ready-to-eat meals, clean-up kits as well as satellite phones due to continued power outages and emergency centers on islands that saw horrific amounts of property damage.

Multiple hurricanes have ravaged the United States in the past few months causing an unprecedented level of damage. Much of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, remains without electricity.

Former Senator to Speak on Campus


Article by Emma Grosskopf

Kelly Ayotte, former U.S senator of New Hampshire, will speak in Roanoke’s Bast Center on Monday, Oct. 30 at an event sponsored by the Henry H. Fowler Program. Ayotte served as attorney general in New Hampshire prior to becoming a U.S. senator in 2011. Her work on foreign policy, tax reform and the issue of military readiness made her a driving force in the Senate, and she was discussed as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. After leaving her Senate position in July, she became an advisor to Neil Gorsuch, an associate justice of the Supreme Court. This event, which will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., is open to the public and free to RC students. Tickets are required. They are available online or at the Colket Center Information Desk. There is a limit of six tickets per person.

RC Pol. Polls Show Tight Gov Race


Article by David Hall

Virginia’s race for governor, which has received national attention for its usefulness as a barometer for national sentiment, is still close with Democrat Ralph Northam leading Republican Ed Gillespie by six percentage points (50% to 44%). These numbers are according to the Roanoke College Poll which routinely measures Virginian political sentiment during both election and off years.

Conducted by the Institute for Policy Opinion and research, the poll showed incredible partisan divides and a higher-than-average unfavorability for president trump at 58%. Favorability for the two candidates, whose race is to be decided Tuesday, November 7th, is tied at 38%. The closeness of the race has attracted national attention.

Virginia, a state that went for Clinton last November, is a prime swing state that’s often used to gauge public sentiment for the president. For this reason, Democrats are desperate to get a win after a devastating loss last November. That high stakes environment has led to some highly negative advertising, with both camps outright calling the other liars. Those claims originated after Gillespie ran ads seeming to link Northam with the violent gang MS-13.

Issues of illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, and Confederate monuments have dominated the airwaves. Nevertheless, according to the poll, Virginians are most concerned with the economy (18%) and healthcare (16%). Virginians seem to think that Gillespie is better for the economy (46%), but that Northam is better equipped to handle health care (48%).

The poll has a margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points and was conducted over 5 days in October. Questions were posed only to likely voters of which were numbered at 607 and delivered over the phone.

New support groups offered for students facing common challenges


Article by Paige Stewart

The student health and counseling services office at Roanoke College is launching a series of support group sessions to address a variety of issues that students commonly face.

Students can attend the Transitions Group, a support group geared towards people experiencing difficulty with transitions to college life. The program is designed for anyone, from freshmen who are getting acclimated to college life to upperclassmen adjusting after spending a term abroad.

The Transitions Group is held weekly on Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. in the Wellness, Empowerment, and Learning Lounge (located in Alumni 216).

“We noticed a trend and wanted to connect people with others,” said Mollie Guzo, a counselor from the health services office. “People feel like they are the only ones without a friend group. Instead of waiting for an appointment, you can drop in and meet other people who are going through the same thing.”

Aside from the Transitions Group, health and counseling services offers several other support groups for students.

RC DRIVE (Diversity, Respect, Individuality, Vision, and Empowerment) is a group in which LGBTQQIA2P students are invited to openly discuss navigating their experiences within modern culture.

The group meets Fridays from 4-5 p.m. in the WELL.

Another option is the Choose to Lose program, which helps students lose weight with a healthy mindset. This support group will begin its weekly meetings on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 3-4 p.m. Meetings will continue throughout the fall semester.

“People think they are the only ones struggling,” said Guzo. “We want them to be able to find people who they can put a face to and say, ‘Me too.’”

Brown Hen Shutters Its Doors


Article by Beth Janes

The Brown Hen, a polpular breakfast and lunch spot located on the corner of College Avenue and Main Street in downtown Salem, closed its doors over the summer.

In a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Aug. 9, owner Tom Sosnowski said a new building owner with an unwillingness to renew the restaurant’s lease was the reason for the Brown Hen’s closure.

Sosnowski and his wife opened the Brown Hen in December 2016 offering classic Southern breakfast and lunch fare with an emphasis on highlighting seasonal and local produce.

Though it was in operation for a mere nine months, replacing what is formerly Lucky’s Pizza, the small operation had grown increasingly popular among Roanoke faculty and students.

Junior Sabrina Utz described The Brown Hen as “the perfect place to get breakfast before a 9:40 class.” She called the closing “tragic.”

Sosnowski has assured concerned patrons that the Brown Hen will be back, but there isn’t a specific timeframe for reopening.

Jackson: ‘Every Vote Matters’


Article by David Hall

Reverend Jesse Jackson, major civil rights leader and former presidential candidate, spoke at Roanoke College in a town hall event sponsored by Roanoke College Democrats to a collection of students and community members.

Jackson and Virginia Delegate Sam Rasoul, an alumnus of the college, led the discussion, which centered around topics of healthcare, inequality and religious and racial inclusivity. Senior and president of RC Democrats Myles Cooper introduced the pair and posed questions submitted by students in the crowd.

“This shows that we are open to all people with various ideologies. We had Ben Shapiro last year and now we’re having Jesse Jackson. This shows we have no real bias in terms of who we’re open to, regardless of whether we agree with them or not,” Cooper said.

Jackson, longtime civil rights leader, marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and founded the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a non-pro t focused on achieving civil rights. On a tour that touched several communities in Virginia including Lynchburg, The University of Virginia, and George Mason University, Jackson implored attendees to support single payer healthcare and automatic voter registration legislation in the commonwealth

Also, given recent events in Charlottesville, Jackson gave swift condemnation to the very existence of confederate statues.

“They never should have been established in the rst place,” Jackson said. “There are no Hitler statues in Germany. There are no swastika flags in Germany.”

But beyond specific policy proposals, Jackson relied on broad appeals to humanity that spanned across races, religions and gender. Sensing his surroundings, Jackson made several references to a common political theme of this region.

Luke Bryan Delivers Rousing Performance


Article by Ryan Hunt

One thing that Roanoke knows how to do is to host events that bring the community and those of the surrounding area together to enjoy a night of fun and great music. On Sept. 14, at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Luke Bryan did just that.

The 41-year old country singer/songwriter knows how to have fun, deliver to an enthusiastic audience, and put on a stellar show. Performing a variety of songs, including early hits such as a medley of “All My Friends Say” and “Country Man”, career defining hits such as “Play It Again”, “That’s My Kind of Night”, and “Drunk On You”, and also 2017 single “Light It Up”, the “Huntin, Fishin’, Lovin’ Every Day” singer gave an almost two hour show filled with energy and vivacity, and a whole love of “lovin.'”

Although he thrives at rocking out with the more upbeat songs, fans thoroughly enjoyed the more mellow tunes, such as “Strip it Down” and “Drink A Beer,” which Bryan performed while sitting on the piano with his guitar.

Some highlights included an interaction with a fan who had a sign that read, “My divorce is almost final – marry me,” mid-show shots of tequila and a knee-slapping cover of Alabama’s “Mountain Music.”

Granger Smith and the band opened the show, followed by Brett Eldridge performing a set including hits “Drunk on Your Love” and “Lose My Mind.”

The next big musical event in the area will happen on our very own campus. Rapper Wale will be performing at 8p.m. on Sept. 30 in the Bast Gym, in a concert sponsored by the RC Campus Activities Board.

Students Await More Movie Remakes


Article by Madalyn Chapman

We live in an age where, in lieu of creating new content, Hollywood has chosen to reimagine old movies. That is, if they don’t take them and add sequels to them.

The general consensus is among RC students is that they would like to continue to see Disney recreate its old animated films in live-action form.

“A live action ‘Snow White’ would be really cool. Or maybe a movie from the perspective of the Evil Queen,: said freshman Liam Courtney.

Freshman Shannon Baker said she’s “looking forward to the ‘Mulan’ movie,” referencing Disney’s plans to make a live-action “Mulan,” following the original cartoon by nearly 20 years. Several Roanoke students also like the new “Jurassic World” movies, which deviate slightly from the original “Jurassic Park” movies.

“I feel like that plot was lacking but…it’s a movie about dinosaurs. I loved it,” said Baker.

Courtney agreed, saying that he thought the movies were “pretty good.”

Freshman Joseph Carrick said he’d like to see some older movies recreated. citing the film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

“I feel with all the new CGI and technology, they could make that really good. Because with the original it’s pretty bad,” he said. “Some of the live-action scenes are really sketchy. I think it would be a lot of fun to see a new one.”

Carrick also brought up the “Star Wars” prequels, Episodes I, II, and III.

“I feel like those were just so bad, you need to leave them alone,” Courtney said. I’m super excised for “The Last Jedi” that’s coming out,” Baker said.

Courney shared a similar sentiment. “It’s coming out over winter break, so I’m definitely going with friends to see that.