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New art history professor to join Roanoke faculty in the fall

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Article Written by Sarah Joseph

 

A new professor will be joining the Art History Department next fall. Professor James Hargrove, the current eighteenth through twentieth century European art and architecture specialist, will be leaving Roanoke at the end of this semester. Thus, the department has begun the process of hiring someone to fill his position.

Over the past few weeks, three final candidates have visited campus to meet with departmental faculty and art history students over lunch, as well as to conduct teaching simulations and research presentations.

Art history Professor Jane Long, although not allowed to disclose much information as the decision has not been made yet, hinted at the difficult choice ahead.

“All are wonderful candidates with impressive qualifications who all are excited to be part of a small community and actively working with students,” she said. Adding that, “We are looking for a new faculty member with an intense love of art history.”

The first candidate is Ms. Julia Sienkewicz who hails from Duquesne University. She specializes in American art from 1750-1850, which was the focus of her lecture.

Anika Holzer, a sophomore art history major, meet all three professors at each of their presentations. She agrees with Long in that they all would be good fits for Roanoke. Regarding Sienkewicz, Holzer said, “I think she would do a good job at integrating local art and architecture – localizing art history – especially American/Southern arts.”

The second candidate is Ms. Alexis Clark from Denison University. She presented on Cubism and World War I, even though she specializes in nineteenth century France. Holzer thought she was “really knowledgeable and nice…her research was very cool but at such a high level of research that I got a little bit lost at times.”

The third and final candidate is Ms. Angelica Lucento, from the National Research University. She specializes in twentieth century Russia and lived in the country for a substantial amount of time. Despite this she presented on the public art of the New Deal. Holzer seemed most impressed by Lucento, saying that she was “engaging with the classroom and [had] high standards, which will push art history majors to better their understanding of art history.”

Although Hargrove is not involved in this process, he had some encouraging thoughts. “I’m sure my colleagues have chosen somebody who will be a wonderful addition to the program.”

College gets craft beer namesake

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Article Written by David Hall

 

The Brackety-Ack has discovered something brewing here at Roanoke College – no, literally.

Soaring Ridge Brewery, a Roanoke-based maker of all things ale, has made the college its very own beer. They are calling it the Kicking Post, in honor of the RC tradition of kicking the post between Admissions and Trout for good luck. It is also an amber ale, to match the maroon school colors.

All the owners of the brewery are Roanoke College alumni. According to the Operations and Sales Manager Claire Ainsworth, Alumni relations approached the brewery in the fall about making the beer in time for alumni weekend.

A tragedy among men, all the ale’s foamy goodness was consumed during alumni weekend, as it was a single release. 77 fluid barrels (bbls), about 220 gallons, were pumped into kegs and consumed.

SGA approves budget with cut from administration, passes new bill to set guidelines

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Article Written by Paige Stewart

 

The Student Government Association proposed several changes to the budget request process for clubs yesterday afternoon.

At the top of the agenda for the meeting was discussion and voting on the budget requests filed by College clubs for the 2017-2018 school year. Each club that applied for funding was granted less money than it had requested.

SGA President Leah Weinstein explained to the Senate that the cuts were made at the request of Joe Boucher, Director of Student Activities, and Greg Hanlon, Assistant Director of Student Activities.

Weinstein and SGA Treasurer Yipeng (Shaw) Wang worked in collaboration to determine the amount of money that each club would receive. Then they cut either 11% or 12% from this figure to determine the final sums that would be allotted for the upcoming year.

Wang proceeded to explain the two primary reasons for the budget cuts. The first stems from the fact that 60% of clubs only spend half of their allotment by the end of the academic year. Once money is designated to a club, it cannot be used for another cause, even if the club does not spend it. This leaves no room for special event funding requests. SGA leadership and the Student Activities Directors hope that the budget cuts will increase flexibility for such events and ensure that all sums clubs request are actually spent.

The second reason for the budget cut decision involved establishing a reserve fund for new clubs. When the entire budget was already pledged to existing clubs, no money remained for newly approved ones. All of the revised budget requests were discussed and approved by the Senate.

Senators Benjamin Cowgill and Benjamin Vester proceeded to introduce a bill intended to solidify the budget approval process for future SGA councils. The clauses in this bill encourage discussion about student participation in the budget request process, installing standard deliberation procedures among Senators, and changing the funding structure from an operating budget to a set of categorical grants.

“It’s important to have a set of guidelines we can point to so we can say, ‘This is why you weren’t approved,’” says Vester.

Vester adds that he hopes the bill will encourage clubs to spend all of the money they were given. Cowgill and Vester plan for the bill to go into effect when the new SGA begins session in January 2018.

After questions were taken, the bill was ratified.

 

 

Roanoke College joins UVA consortium, reconciles with history of slavery

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Article Written by Beth James & Najee Fuller

 

In 2015, Roanoke College joined the consortium called “Virginia’s Colleges and Universities Studying Slavery,” a group of higher education institutions dedicated to reckoning and reconciling the often troubling pasts of southern colleges. It consists of over two dozen colleges and universities, including: UNC Chapel Hill, Georgetown, Columbia, and Washington & Lee universities.

Kelley Deetz is a former Assistant Professor of History at Roanoke who organized the group. Deetz currently conducts research at the University of Virginia for the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University.

History professors Whitney Leeson and Mark Miller attended a meeting of the Virginia coalition in April, where Miller spoke on what the next step is for Roanoke College on the path to reconcile its own past tied to slavery.

For Roanoke and many schools like it, that path is riddled with previous transgressions. For example, according to Miller, while Roanoke College and both of its pre-Civil War presidents never owned slaves, the Administration Building and Miller Hall were built by contracted slave labor. Additionally, seven of the sixteen members of the early Board of Trustees were slaveholders, with the Board President owning a total of 89 slaves, he said.

The college is also in the process of restoring and preserving the Monterrey Slave Quarters. Purchased by the school in 2002, the Monterrey estate was once home to at least 20 slaves who lived and worked in the quarters. During her professorship at Roanoke, Deetz taught “Archeology of Slavery”, a class that began to uncover some of the history of the slave quarters through archeological digs and research.

Next semester, Leeson and Miller will continue this hands-on experience in their INQ 300 course, which will focus on the historic preservation of the Monterey House Slave Quarters. The students will be assisting with refurbishing, staging the space, and preparing it for interpretation.

The projects of next semester will culminate in a weeklong residency with Joseph McGill, a black historian whose goal is to sleep in every former slave dwelling in the United States. His residency in November will include a focus on slave architecture, foodways, and the necessity of acknowledging these populations when discussing American history.

Trustees bring Tree of 40 Fruit to Roanoke

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Photo Courtesy of Artist Rendering

Article Written by David Hall

 

A new tree (given as a gift for the 175th anniversary by the board of trustees) that will one day grow to contain dozens of fruit has been reserved its place outside of Olin Hall, following a small reception in March.

A work of art and conservation, artist Sam Van Aken began planting and grafting these trees as a way to save the shrinking varieties of stone fruit threatened by large monoculture farming techniques.

The beauty of these trees has caught the attention of many, including reporters from NPR, CBS, and trustee Joanne Cassullo, who is responsible for bringing Van Aken’s art to Roanoke.

“I heard about Sam Van Aken’s ‘Tree of 40 Fruit’ in a board meeting for a NYC-based public arts organization. From the minute I saw the image of the Tree, I knew we needed to have one on campus. In fact, I felt it was our destiny,” said Cassullo.

To make the piece unique to the college, Van Aken will pull unique varieties of fruit from around the state.

“Each ‘Tree of 40 Fruit is different as they are all made specific to the site where they are located.” said Van Aken. “Leading up to the project I research the varieties historically grown in the area and identify local orchards where I can collect material to graft to the tree. For Roanoke I’m excited to learn about a new region of the country and [have] the opportunity to work with historical orchards in Virginia, including those at Monticello.”

In addition to being a professional artist, Van Aken is an associate professor of studio at Syracuse University whose pieces have been featured across the country. Cassullo can barely contain her excitement when describing the tree and what it means to both her and the college.

“For me, the ‘Tree of 40 Fruit’ visually symbolizes what it is like to live on a private, residential, liberal arts campus like Roanoke College.” said Cassullo. “Students come from all over the country, if not the the world, and live together for 4 years — and as a whole, blossom into one gorgeous student body by the time they graduate. It is almost a living portrait of our students.”

By the time the tree matures, in about 7-8 years, it will display a multitude of colors corresponding to the different fruit. This is accomplished through a process known as grafting, during which bits of one fruit tree are carefully cut and spliced onto another tree, so that the receiving tree can retain multiple types of fruits. Grafting has been around for millennia and is a very common practice, even taken up by President Maxey – another reason to bring the piece to campus according to Cassullo.

“One of the reasons Roanoke College is so special is because of President Maxey’s inspired leadership, and this tree will remind all of us of him when we see it,” Cassullo added.

Flashback Friday: President Fintel

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Article Written by Sarah Joseph

Roanoke College mourns the loss of its eighth president who was responsible for so much of the current campus. The building of Olin Hall, Bast Gym and the former Sutton Student Center, along with the purchase of Elizabeth Campus, all happened while Norman Dale Fintel was president of Roanoke.

Linda Miller, Roanoke’s archivist, along with some old issues of The Brackety-Ack, offer insight into the college during Fintel’s tenure. Fintel’s 14-year presidency spanned a great deal of Brackety-Ack issues.

Fintel entered his position as president in 1975 during a time of economic instability. The job market was bad, especially for new graduates, as the baby boomer wave shocked the market. Roanoke students found it hard to find jobs. In a 1976 Brackety-Ack issue, this is specifically addressed in the article “Job prospects improve for ‘76 college grads.”

The first mention of Fintel was in an article on September 19, 1975, stating “New President Chosen.” The rest of the 1975-1976 academic year feature pieces on the Fintels’ adjustment, particularly Jo Fintel, Fintel’s wife, Fintel’s speedy enactment of his building program with refurbishments to the Student Center and the building of Olin Hall (“Roanoke College Elated – Fine Arts Center Begins”), and complaints of the rising tuitions rates –  a 6-7% increase to $3,780 for residents and $2,525 for commuters.

Olin Hall was completely funded by the Olin Foundation, based in New York City. The last article in that school year described Fintel’s acceptance speech, which outlines his plans for the future of Roanoke, to unite the “spiritual, practical, emotional, and intellectual dimensions” to further the liberal arts aspect of the college.

In their last three years at Roanoke, the Fintels moved from the current President’s House on Market Street to the Alumni House on High Street to be closer to the students and the campus. Fintel found it challenging to be well acquainted with the students as he is often away securing alum support and endowments, said Miller.

He also built Bast Gym in 1982, acquired the Elizabeth Campus and the courthouse, established the Fintel Scholars program, and held a huge fundraiser for the library. Fintel was described as the president involved in the “brick and mortar stuff,” according to Miller.

In 1989, the year of Fintel’s retirement, the April Fool’s Day issue of The Brackety-Ack satirized Admissions issues, announcing “The New Solution to Admissions Problems.”

The article stated that, “Dr. Fintel announced his solution to a declining environment: test tube matriculators!” This reflects the attitude of the times toward genetic engineering, particularly the extreme imagination of the media and public. In the article, they claimed that Fintel was going to make new undergraduates through the laboratory, showing how the ‘80s was a time of technological advancements.

Legacy of Fintel

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Photo Courtesy of Brieanah Gouvieia

Article Written by Paige Stewart

 

Roanoke College lost the person who spearheaded a movement for architectural, financial and academic improvements both within the College and beyond. The cam- pus library bears his name. Ac- cording to Roanoke’s website, Fintel arrived at a low point for the school. RC was struggling to attract and retain students, and its endowment was suffering. During Fintel’s presidency, which extended from 1975 to 1989, Fintel made it a priority to rescue the school from its poor academic and financial state. RC promptly underwent a series of building and curriculum projects designed to expand its size and available resources for students.

Within the the time that Fintel was president, Olin Hall, the Elizabeth Campus, and West Hall were all added to the cam- pus map. Fintel also oversaw the debut of the Roanoke College Honors Program in 1986. Perhaps the biggest contribution Fintel made during this period was his extensive fundraising campaign for what is now Fintel Library. According to Roanoke’s history book “Dear

Old Roanoke,” Fintel raised the entire $8 million needed for the project in just 15 months. He oversaw appeals to local businesses, recent graduates and the Board of Trustees to raise the majority of the funds. Roanoke College archivist Linda Miller recalled the 1962 transition of the library from Bittle Memorial Hall, which housed the former College library, to its current lo- cation. Students volunteered to manually transport the 30,000 books between the two buildings in what became a large procession.“You would walk up to the back door of Bittle, get your books, and follow the row of people in front of you, making sure not to step out of line,” she said. “Then you would be directed to the appropriate floor in the new building.” Miller said the entire process took exact- ly two hours and 13 minutes to complete. Aside from its structural differences, the new Fin- tel Library had several internal adjustments. It scrapped the old card catalog that was formerly used to document item trans- actions, for example, in favor of more modern technology systems.The Spring 1989 edition of The Roanoke College Magazine noted that Fintel pushed for the new library because he believed that it rests at the heart of the liberal arts tradition.

Blatant marketing ploy going exactly as planned

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Photo Courtesy of David Hall

Article Written by Mackay Pierce

 

Students and area residents are enthralled with a new addition to campus as the Virginia LOVE statue has been capturing hearts this week.

“It just makes me feel good, you know?” student Ashley Parkins said.

Area families quickly migrated to the monolith. Parents have spent hours in meaningless conversation with other parents just for a chance to ignore their children whom were engaging in semi-reckless behavior. “It makes me think of all of the things I wish my area represented but do nothing to actually bring about” area mother Linda Sanderson remarked.

College officials could be seen beaming nearby, clearly convinced that the statue was a pretty big deal. “It’s just so nice to have something that so easily generates good PR in this time of heightened political awareness…Wait, is this offensive? Young people like this don’t they? DO YOU LIKE IT? DO YOU?” College PR official who goes solely by Terry told officials before a violent emotional breakdown.

The structure hasn’t been all good news for the college, however. Student Kris Michaelson was injured Tuesday during a spate of good weather at practice for the college Frisbee team. He injured himself by striking his head while diving through the “O”. “You gotta really lay out when you’re slingin’ mad d, ja’ feel?” Kris’s medical team do not expect a full recovery.

The addition has even caused campus WiFi to crash under the weight of Instagram posts of campus individuals dressed solely in pastel colors posing in front of the statue. “They’ve been out there for hours,” IT technician Harry Quentin said. “One by one; it’s like they are on a schedule. How many sororities are there, anyway? Oh Christ, here come the high schoolers for prom photos,” Quentin said before rushing off.

 

I ate an orange in the shower, it did not change my life

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Photo Courtesy of Sarah Joseph

Article Written by Sarah Joseph

 

Like many subcultures of this generation, movements spring up randomly and sporadically due to the instantaneous nature of the Internet. A current movement finding its origins and trending on Reddit is the Shower Orange Movement.

One year ago, the movement sprouted from a seemingly innocuous question of “What’s something unconventional everyone should try out?” One Reddit user, PHOTON_BANDIT responded by sharing an anecdote of a camp counselor suggesting to eat an orange in the shower. The said camp counselor described to PHOTON_BANDIT, who has since deleted the comment, how amazing eating an orange in the shower can be.

“Would you like to know the most liberating, carnal, and best feel good thing you can ever experience is? Have you ever eaten an orange in the shower? Think about it: tearing apart a cold fresh orange with your bare hands, just letting the juices run over your body. Not worrying if you’re going to get sticky, or anything. Just ripping it in half and tearing into it with your teeth like a savage cannibal who hasn’t eaten in a week! Yes, this is the most carnal, ferocious, liberating thing a man can do,” PHOTON_BANDIT described the conversation with the counselor.

The creepy undertones aside, this post sparked a thread and later a subReddit. People were clamoring to try this “carnal, ferocious, liberating thing.” Reddit comment after Reddit comment within this subReddit described it as “an out of body experience” and “such a carnal experience.” One such Showerrange disciple said, “Showerorange has made my wife fall deeper in love with me. Thank you.” Debates have even unfolded on what type of orange would be best.

I, ever the skeptic, decided to embark on this Reddit adventure. I grabbed a Commons orange and headed to the shower to experience this liberating act.

A few thoughts ran threw my head, like “I hope no one is in the bathroom and sees me with this orange,” followed by “Why does it matter, it’s college? Weird things happen all the time” followed by “This is a ridiculous thing I am doing.”

As I began to peel my orange, I realized I already made a crucial error. I waited to eat my orange at the end of my shower. By that time my nails and hands were soft and not hardy enough to properly dig into my orange. The struggle to open the orange already put me off kilter.

While I ate, I tried different ways to eat the orange. I ate some where the water did not touch the orange. I tried a few slices while being completely underneath the falling water. I did not like that as much because the orange’s acidic aspect seemed to disappear and was altogether too bland for my tastes.

Overall, it was neither a bad experience nor a life-altering one. I did not have to worry about the sticky hands part of eating an orange, so I guess that is where I would be in favor of this movement.

Two Roanoke College students, Beth Janes, a freshman, and Anika Holzer, a sophomore, joined me in this quest. Janes agreed that she was “not fundamentally different, but my quality of life definitely improved.”

Both agreed that eating an orange while showering was freeing, stress relieving and relieving to not have to deal with sticky hands.

“I did not realize how much I try to avoid contact with the orange until this orangeshower,” said Janes.

“Oh, for sure! The act of tearing into that flesh without regard for my sticky hands was something I never knew I needed. I would definitely repeat next time I’m feeling stressed,” said Holzer.

For anyone else who is skeptic about this experience, know there is a little bit of science to back up why this shower myth is so appealing. According to Johan Lundström at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, “The heat [from the shower] makes the orange odors more volatile and this, merged with the increase in mucosal humidity, makes the orange odor smell more in the mouth.”

Since an estimated 90 percent of taste comes from smell, it makes sense.

 

Play captures spiritual struggle of Maya deer hunter

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Article Written by Paige Stewart

 

As the lights dimmed inside Olin Recital Hall, the audience got quiet and faced the screen at the front of the room.

The screen introduced “Venados,” or “Deer,” a play by Feliciano Sánchez Chan, an author who visited Roanoke this week.

Students and faculty in the Modern Languages Department and the Latin American and Caribbean studies concentration presented “Venados” on Wednesday evening. Directed by Spanish professors Dolores Flores-Silva and Teresa Hancock-Parmer, the play highlights the tendencies of Maya hunters to overhunt and disrespect the nature that surrounds them.

It was conducted entirely in Spanish.

Starring in “Venados” was the character Juan, played by Nicole Lancry, who spots a large deer he is determined to kill. When Juan is shot in the calf, however, he is warned to take a break from hunting so that he can heal.

Juan fights the pain in his leg so that he can continue to hunt, but all the while he is haunted by visions of deer dancing around him. They urge him to return the stone, a symbolic object that grants hunting rights to those who hold it.

Juan struggles with these visions for the rest of the play as he attempts to kill the deer.

This production was part of a larger event series this week called Expanding the Fiesta. The goal of the week, organized by Flores-Silva and visiting professor Keith Cartwright, of the University of North Florida, was to inform people about the history of students from Mexico and the Choctaw Nation at Roanoke College. The events included poetry readings, historical walks and discussion panels designed to celebrate unique cultures at Roanoke.

Cartwright said he had prepared for the week’s events with Flores-Silva for years. Together, they researched the Choctaw Nation during his professorship at Roanoke from 1989-2003, so they were excited to finally bring their discoveries to life this semester.

“Roanoke has a unique cross-cultural heritage to tap into,” he said.

Cartwright said he was impressed with how the week progressed. He was pleased that Sánchez Chan saw his play at Roanoke and that the Choctaw Nation has a relationship with Roanoke. A student agreed. Sophomore Meghan Rudolf said she initially decided to attend the production to support her classmates and professors, but she also found its cultural implications to be appealing.

“The plot interested me as I am a deer hunter, and I was curious to see their take on the spirituality that goes hand in hand with hunting,” she said.

“Venados” taught a number of important lessons to its audience. “My biggest takeaway was the need to respect and honor nature and maintain the balance between man and beast,” Rudolf said.

 

Fast, loud and weird as hell

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Article Written by Joe Krzyston

 

A few months ago, on a dark December evening, Bailey Mann and I braved a cold howling wind, ferrying amplifiers, guitars, and pedalboards inside through a backdoor that had a nasty habit of slamming shut on the equipment I was carrying. Mann’s band had a show that night, and the venue was a house in Southwest Roanoke. Two other bands had already played that night. As Mann’s band, Lost in Space Camp, set up their equipment and prepared for their show, the crowd moved from the living room to the kitchen. The audience numbered maybe ten or fifteen, and most of them were dressed in some manner of hipster garb.

Lost in Space Camp started to play. Their approach was different than that of the first two bands. They still played fast and loud, as one expected to do in this company, but their music had a nuance that the other acts lacked. Mann, the bassist, was in constant nonverbal communication with his bandmates, who sent messages across the darkened room with head-nods and mouthed commands. Their compositions were far more complex than the standard three chord punk that usually gets played at a house show. They played for around a half hour, and it was engrossing. At one point, the guitarist and vocalist played a synthesizer, draping the room in a cool ambient tone before layering over it with a manic, staccato guitar run.

When the show was finished, I helped Mann take his gear back to his car.

“We really fell apart a couple of times” Mann said. “Our drummer is sort of pissed about it.”

“Really?” I hadn’t noticed any discord, though in retrospect I realize I had assumed it to be intentional.

“Yeah, for half of that I just played a scale and gave up finding the beat again. I’m just happy to play a show though. I had a good time.” That sentiment might be Mann’s musical ethos made manifest. Uniquely among musicians, Mann isn’t in it for his ego, and he doesn’t seek the limelight. He is in it for the love of the art, as the limited commercial appeal of Lost in Space Camp’s music can attest. Humility is a valuable virtue in a bassist, and Mann knows it. After the show, we went to the Texas Tavern. Over a bowl of chili, Mann pontificated at length about his bass guitar philosophy.

“Some of these guys just want to get up there and play like it’s their show, but that’s not the point of the bass. You aren’t up there to show off. Your only role as a bassist is to make the rest of the music sound good and reinforce the rhythm.” Mann said this with a simmering intensity, as if his comments were directed to a flamboyant bassist sitting across the counter from us. This humility is reinforced by a constantly self-deprecatory sense of humor, which often takes a surrealist bent.

Indeed, this is one of the most compelling facets of Mann’s personality. On one hand, he is grounded, down to earth, and in some senses rather conservative. For instance, he eschews the promiscuity that musicians take part in, preferring more depth in his personal interactions. While maintaining these relatively traditional attitudes, his sense of humor borders on Dadaist. One warm March afternoon, while discussing politics in my apartment by an open window, Mann came to the metaphoric conclusion that Gary Johnson was a meme. He then made eye contact with a random passerby in the parking lot and shouted his conclusion to him through cupped hands, leaving the poor guy baffled and a little bit concerned. Without so much as a pause, he returned to a perfectly practical discussion of American politics. If that’s not versatility of intellect, I don’t know what is.

Despite some of the cultural preconceptions about musicians, Mann lives a pretty disciplined life. A Roanoke native, he is a full time student at Roanoke College, where he works in the mail room. His time off campus is divided between school work and, more and more, band practice. This has been a subject of serious focus of late, as Lost in Space Camp’s complex rhythms and timings consume time and energy gluttonously.

Mann’s band performs a genre of music called math rock, which is characterized by unusual time signatures and complex rhythms. Imagine, if you can, the music of Nirvana played with the rhythms and timings of a György Ligeti piano concerto. If that didn’t help, Mann’s description—“fast, loud, and weird as hell”—might do the trick. Though the band was playing live performances in December, they hadn’t completed a successful run-through of some of their songs until as late as February.

“It’s coming together, slowly but surely. We keep screwing up, but now we screw up later in the songs, so I’ll take that as a good sign.” Mann told me this in late February, as his schedule of practices began to intensify. Lost in Space Camp was set to play a couple of shows in March, one of which was at The Spot on Kirk, which was a proper venue, and a step up from house shows. The pressure to perform was mounting, and Mann and his bandmates were determined to deliver.

Though he practices, performs, and lives off campus, Mann would like little more than to bring his music to the Roanoke College community. He acknowledges that his band might be poorly received by the sizable slice of the campus community who hails from Maryland and wears Vineyard Vines polo shirts, but contends that people ought to at least be exposed to the lush musical scene that exists mere miles away from campus.

“I think it would be really cool if we could play a show in Cavern sometime, maybe with a couple other bands. I have no idea what people would think of it. They would probably be really confused, like ‘what is this noise, I have no idea what is going on, this isn’t country music about trucks and women’ but it would still be cool to put our stuff out there.” Mann paused for a moment, then smiled. “We should bring that doomcore band to campus. They’d love that.” Though he and I differ in our sensibilities, I do see a certain disruptive beauty to the notion of a doomcore band visiting campus, shaking things up and confusing the living daylights out of almost everybody in earshot.

When the night of the show approached, I gathered a few friends together and made the trip downtown. The Spot is an intimate venue, with a maximum capacity of a hundred and thirty. It reminded me strongly of the clubs and venues that I, a Richmonder, have spent my time in Roanoke missing so badly. The youthful instinct to congregate in tight spaces and assault one’s senses with loud music and spirited performance is one that must be indulged, for the good of the soul.

Upon arrival, I noticed a few Roanoke College students in the crowd. This came as something of a relief, as Mann often laments the infrequency with which he sees his classmates at shows in the city. He advertises his shows heavily on campus through flyers, posters, and personal invitations. Though this activity is fraught with potential to become annoying, his downcast geniality and acute self-awareness make his heavy self-promotion come off as ironic and affectionate. I was glad to see some students in the crowd as well; with so many opportunities for enrichment off campus, it’s a shame to see them so seldom taken advantage of.

Lost in Space Camp was the second band out of three on the bill that night. I arrived just as the first act was clearing the stage, and I immediately spotted Mann, who was dressed, as usual, as you’d expect a barista in a rough, but ascendant, neighborhood in Detroit to be. The band was quick and methodical in their setup. Nothing short of a gunshot could have shaken their concentration, as pedalboards were plugged in and levels were equalized on amplifiers and monitors. They were still having a good time, but there was a calm seriousness in their stage presence that wasn’t present a few months prior.

The band came in together, drums and bass and guitar in unison for a few bars before the guitarist shot out of the fray with a mad, tapping guitar run that sounded as if it couldn’t possibly have been played any faster. Just as some semblance of order had been established and I could just about tell when the downbeats were, the song would stop, then restart in a different meter, just as it was meant to. Between songs, they would meld into ambient soundscapes in a manner reminiscent of Pink Floyd in the early-seventies. Then, out of sonic ether, another epileptic rhythm would sound from the guitar, backed by throbbing bass and pounding drums. Lost in Space Camp played for just over forty minutes, and the show was solid throughout.

I found Mann after the show, right as he got off stage. He wore a slight grin, and his body language betrayed a residual energy and tension that remained from his performance. It was an afterglow, and he felt good.

“Nicely done!” I called above the din of the club. “How do you think it went?”

“I thought it went well” he said. “We hardly messed up anything at all. Not bad for a bunch of hipster posers.” With that, he grinned, picked up his guitar case, and walked into the pitch-black alleyway.

External recycling bins planned for high-traffic areas

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Article Written by Leah Weinstein

 

Got recycling? Roanoke College does – kind of.
Some Roanoke students plan to make recycling more accessi- ble on campus by adding outdoor recycling bins in high traf c areas.

Joe Krzyston, president of Earthbound, an environmental aware- ness club, along with Roanoke Senior MacKay Pierce, plan to place vis- ible, exterior recycling bins in various places on campus. Each exterior bin costs over $1,000, but Krzyston said he hopes to have eight to 16 bins on the front and back quads by the end of the semester.

Recently, Krzyston and Pierce met with Pres- ident Mike Maxey who signed off on the project.

“Eventually, the goal is to have one recy- cling bin next to every trash can, and that’s a bit ambitious,” said Krzyston “But we hope to have theminhightraf careas, like the library and West Hall.”

This isn’t the only recycling effort on Roa- noke’s campus.

Roanoke has had a student recycling team for the past four years, and its electric car with the slogan “Maroons Go Green” on the side is hard to miss around campus.

The team roams campus every week, retrieving re- cyclable materials from academic and adminis- trative buildings as well as the Colket Center.

Residence halls too, are out tted with re- cycling bins, but there is only one single-stream recycling container on campus. A brown metal container, which looks like the standard garbage container, sits on the side of the grassy area behind the Life Science building and in between Marion residence hall.

A second recycling container is located just off campus on Salem property, and it’s often used by students who live in the Wortmann Com- plex, and the Afton resi- dence halls. It is only for paper, plastic, and alumi- num recyclables.

As the climate warms and weather changes on a daily basis, understanding environ- mental issues on a col- lege campus is crucial to the future of Roanoke College. Environmental challenges affect every four-year institution in the country, and Roanoke is no different.

Krzyston said that the college can only ben- e t from more visible, ex- ternal recycling.

“I think it’s very important for the school to take a leadership posi- tion,” he said. “If they are going to claim that they

are educating people for tomorrow, which they are, then I think environmen- tal stewardship is certain- ly going to be a part of the future of cultivating mor- al leaders.”

In 2012, the Princ- eton Review named Ro- anoke College the 18th most beautiful campus in the country, and while ex- ternal recycling bins are a great asset, they do take away from the aesthetic of the college, said Krzyston. They also cost more than $1,000 a bin.

To combat this aesthetic challenge, Krzyston said that recycling on campus can be a clever recruiting tool that may lure prospective students to the 18th most beautiful campus in the country.

“If a student from Vermont, where recycling is the norm, comes for Accepted Students day and has a water bottle they have to throw in a trash can, they may think this place is a southern backwater,” said Krzyston. Clubs like Earth- bound, which is a member of the Roanoke College Environmental Coalition, are working to improve the college’s en- vironmental outlook and a push for external recycling on campus is just one of many steps students are taking.

Earthbound often partners with the Garden Club and the Beekeep- ing Society to help edu- cate the college campus and provide alternative resources for food waste, the health of the bee pop- ulation, and general environmental protections.

Augusta was my Home, now it’s an Office

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Article Written by David Hall

 

There’s a little house on the northwestern edge of campus called Augusta Hall. It’s simple. In the living room there’s a big window overlooking North Market Street and every day at sunset light pours through that window onto the old shaggy carpet inside.

During my sophomore year at Roanoke that house was my home, my sanctuary, and my playplace. It was a place where I made lifelong friends, carved my future, laughed, cried, cried some more, and laughed even more after crying some more. It was a place where good things were almost always happening, where friends gathered and caring people planned the next good deed. It was the home of the Peace and Social Justice Living Learning Community which comprised of 8, then 6 people who spent and spend most of their time for the benefit of others.

Yesterday I was on a run with my best friend Mackay, reminiscing. Specifically, we talked about the final hours before a protest we (mostly him) had organized. Mackay and I sat at our kitchen table and doing grassroots work, frantically calling and messaging hundreds of people while our friends listened to protest songs and made signs in the living room. “It’s one of my favorite memories of us,” Mackay said to me on the run. We talked about how the collective of faculty and students possessed a positively electric anticipation that’s hard to reproduce, but it is easy to remember.

Mackay and I often go on runs together. It’s one of our consistent bonding rituals that also include playing Star Wars: Battlefront on Mackay’s Xbox, always accompanied by tortilla chips, Newman’s Own salsa, and Coca Cola.

At the end of what was my freshman and Mackay’s sophomore year, Mackay who already lived in Augusta pulled me into the community having known about my interest in social issues through my involvement in the newly formed Beekeeping Society. I was content to live in the house, but I was blissfully unaware that house would become the sight of some of my fondest Roanoke memories, memories that would take me all the pages of this paper to remember properly.

Because the possession of a house is rare among Roanoke students, Augusta became the defacto home base for our many activities on campus. As respective presidents of two environmental organizations, Mackay and I became quite the team, leading our rather new clubs in ambitious endeavors across campus.

Then, midway through Spring of 2016, we found out that we would not be allowed to continue the community next year. Residence Life had decided to mix up Living Learning Communities and needed the space in Augusta for a program called Language Consultants International or LCI, for short. LCI is a fantastic program the college partners with to bring International students to the United States.

These students were to live in Augusta so they could avoid alienation and stick together in what surely would have been a rewarding, but also terrifying experience. We were obviously upset to lose Augusta, but after a meeting with the heads of Residence Life we were at least relatively content knowing it would be used to house some other fellow misfits in need of a home, a community.

Except, the students from LCI don’t actually live in Augusta Hall, or at least they don’t anymore. As early as late October, Augusta Hall was being used for a haunted house. Then in recent months I noticed offices for the Center for Teaching the Rule of Law moved in. The Center is another great organization the college sponsors. Before moving into the little house on Market Street they already had offices, on College Avenue above Campus safety.

I’m not here to condemn and I’m not here to indict people who simply are doing their job the best they can with the resources they’re allocated. I’m here to tell my story. I’m here to simply say that there existed a beautiful, successful community of dedicated students on campus that does not exist anymore, the kind of community that I believe Roanoke College stands before and stands behind.

Community, like the one that existed in Augusta, is the reason I came to Roanoke, the reason I continue to go to Roanoke, and the reason I will continue to advocate for its missions in the future.

Although I’m not here to idict, I am indignant. And if I can be candid, the handling of Augusta Hall this past year is a short-sighted blunder that not only upsets me personally, but ought to upset anyone that believes in the institution’s mission. It may be a little house, but it’s a big symbol.

RC Gameroom Competition

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Article Written by Brieanah Gouveia

Student gaming aficionados exist at Roanoke College, but finding a comprehensive list of the best is hard to come by.

The Gameroom, located on the bottom floor of the Colket Center, hosts a variety of gaming consoles and tournaments for students to vie for high score recognition. Its website has a Hall of Champions list, but it has not been updated since the 2014-2015 school year. Among it, Madden NFL, NHL, Billiards, and Ping Pong are the only games to be recognized with student winner photos.

Sophomore K’hari Tassy works in the Gameroom and acknowledged that many of the tournaments this semester have fallen through, which has not helped the staff’s ability to recognize champion scores.

Tassy said sophomore CJ Miles is among one of the best players at NBA2K. He also recognized Mugabe Cim for FIFA and junior Adam Zona for Madden NFL.

Junior Najee Fuller, a frequenter of the Gameroom, shared his opinion of some of the best players at RC. He said he personally holds a winning streak against everyone he has played at ping pong, except junior Larkin Meadows, and acknowledged junior Timothy Goeglein as a good competitor, too.

Fuller also stated sophomore Kelvin Obioha to be one of the best players of NHL, junior JT Thompson for NBA2K and Madden, as well as Cim, Tassy, and junior Mykal Dawkins for FIFA.

Fuller’s greatest pride however is his own high score status on the retro arcade game, Miss Pacman. He said he holds the majority of high scores, including his personal best of around 193,000 points. Fuller said to achieve that high of a score, he had to play for about 10 minutes, adding “it’s all in the flick of the wrist.”

Unfortunately, the machine has been broken since last semester, and Fuller is anxious for the day he can play it again. Tassy did not know when it would be fixed. No dates have been set for the work order to be completed.

“The Gameroom is well used, but I feel like it can sometimes be under appreciated,” Fuller said. To draw more students, “They need a Playstation 2” so people can play “old-school games like Kingdom hearts, or NBA streets.”

Commenting on the release of old games for newer Playstations, Fuller said “They better get Crash Bandicoot.”

Art Majors Show Opens

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Article Written by Brieannah Gouveia

Photo Courtesy of Brieannah Gouveia

 

This afternoon, beginning at 5:30 p.m., the opening reception of the college’s annual Art Majors Show will take place in Smoyer Gallery. Talia Logan, gallery director of Olin Hall Galleries, said that this year the work of 25 students will be on display: 10 majors, 12 minors, and three minors currently studying abroad.

This exhibition not only highlights the diversity of the fine arts students’ media, styles and artistic visions, but it is also facilitates publicity and sales for the students with the wider college audience.

The artists had to submit their work for inclusion in the show, but not every piece entered was accepted for the final exhibition. The select pieces range from works of painting, photography and illustration, to sculpture, design and printmaking.

Ben Mowers, junior art major, has three pieces on display. The first of these is a self-portrait. He said it was a class assignment and used the painting as an opportunity to experiment with color and planes.

The second, a brightly colored round painting, titled Sugar Rush, Mowers said “was inspired by my love of pin-up aesthetic,” adding that it was created in order to contrast the dark monochromatic style of many of his other pieces.

Mowers said another painting on display, titled Clairvoyance, “was inspired by the television series American Horror Story: Coven. There is actually a hidden image in the piece (the whole image is a skull),” he added.

With one more year ahead of him, Mowers said that he is still finding his preference of artistic style and theme. “I definitely love drawing, and drawing figures, for that matter. Next year I hope to have a body of work that I can really be proud of and have a strong portfolio that I will want to show off!”

Jaina Lanum, senior art major, has about a dozen different pieces in the show, ranging from photography and printmaking to ceramics. Two of her photographs depicting arrangements of glassware have an interesting backstory.

According to Lanum, “The photograph of the upside down cups with blue and green ‘liquid’ in them is actually Jell-O. I had to go to Walmart and buy multiple packs of Jell-O and then pour it into all this different glassware. My refrigerator was quite a sight! And then I had to carefully transport glass filled with Jell-O to the studio. That was a process, but everything went well!”

Reflecting back on her experiences with the Fine Arts Department, Lanum is most thankful for being able “to form really close relationships with [her] professors and with the other art students, which would not have happened at a larger school.” She added that the most valuable thing she has learned while at Roanoke “is time management, especially with ceramics because there are so many processes involved.”

After graduation, Lanum will endeavor to hike the Appalachian Trail with her sister and uncle. She said she then hopes to continue with her personal photography business, ideally traveling the world capturing photos along the way.

The exhibition, which showcases dozens of more work by other student artists, will be up through May 5.

If you don’t bother the bees, they won’t bother you

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Article Written by Rachel Miles

Photo Courtesy of Brieannah Gouveia

 

The hum of bees causes the majority of col- lege students to jump from their chairs and run, jackets pulled over their heads or hands protecting their ears. A select few students, however, and a number that is growing, recently ran towards a swarm of bees on Roanoke’s campus.

This happened last week when a swarm of bees gathered in a tree outside the Colket Center.

While most made a wide loop around Bast and Colket to avoid the bees, junior Jane Rice, president of the college’s Beekeeping Society, ran toward the insects.

Rice, who has been involved in environmen- tal organizations since her early years at Roanoke, lit up when she talked about the club’s beehives and the bees that surround campus.

“I don’t see them [bees] as much as I’d like,” she said, when asked about Roanoke’s relationship with the honey-making insects. “I think the college could do something to change that, especially considering how much the bees do for us.”

She went on to de- scribe the mutual relation- ship between humans and bees.

Bees are the key pollinator of not only the owers and plant life that students enjoy around campus, but also of the fruit and veg- etables that can be found in Kroger, Commons and the RC garden. To propa- gate this relationship, hu- mans can provide a healthy and happy environment in which bees can pollinate. This can be done by mini- mizing the use of pesticides and maximizing the pres- ence of owers that nourish the bees, and, at the very least, are not invasive to the plants that do.

This is the type of rela- tionship that Rice is hoping the college will participate in more and more.

First, she said she wants to facilitate conver- sations with Building and Grounds and President Mike Maxey about creating this kind of atmosphere on campus.

Returning to the topic of the swarm that was no- ticed on campus last week, Rice had a strong response. “I was so ecstatic,” she said about the wild bees. She said she wishes others had felt the same.

“I mean, if you’re al- lergic, maybe keep your distance, but if you don’t harm them then they won’t harm you,” Rice said.

She admitted that the instinct to jump when pre- sented with the buzzing in- sect was natural, but could be overcome.

“It took about three years for me to overcome the urge [to react with fear]. Once when I was visiting a hive with [former BKP Pres- ident] David Hall, he got really excited when this bee landed on him, like really, really excited. I remember thinking, ‘wow, that’s how I want to be,’” Rice said.

While the swarm on campus may have seemed alarming to many, bees when swarming are actu- ally even less dangerous, because they aren’t threat- ened, she said.

When a swarm forms, it is because the group of bees is separating from their old hive and searching for a new one of their own. It is a natural process and does not indicate any type of aggressive behavior Jane added.

“It is swarm season, but if anyone sees a swarm… call your local beekeepers; they’d be thrilled. We tried to catch the swarm on cam- pus, but it was gone by the time we got there.”

She went on to share that if they had captured the swarm, they would have prepared a hive and added them as a separate colony that the BKP would look after.

“When I ask people about their first experi- ence with bees, most people talk about when they were young and they got stung,” she said. “I want to change that, hopefully giving peo- ple a positive experience with the bees.”

The BKP meets every other week to check in on the hive at RC’s garden, on the corner of Hawthorne Road and High Street. There, they look for mites and moths which can de- stroy hives, and keep their own hives from swarming by making sure they have plenty of room to grow.

Rice encouraged any- one interested in joining the Beekeeping Society to talk with her or visit the club’s Facebook page.

“Overall, I just want to change the culture of being bee conscious for the sake of these little critters that contribute so much to our society,” she said.

Expanding the Fiesta

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Article Written by Hannah Vandegrift

 

A series of events this week celebrated Roanoke College’s history of welcoming students of many cultures and nationalities called “Expanding the Fiesta.”

This year marks the 175th year of Roanoke College’s founding, and also 147 years since Roanoke opened its doors to indigenous and international students.

Roanoke celebrated this heritage with a series of events this past week, called Expanding the Fiesta. The events were organized by Roanoke College Professor Dolores Flores-Silva and Keith Cartwright, who is a visiting professor at the University of North Florida.

The celebration had other campus sponsors, including the English, Modern Languages, and History departments, as well as the Of ce of Multi-cultural Affairs, Fintel Library, and HOLA.

Flores-Silva and Cart- wright said they wanted the event to be a celebration of Roanoke’s heritage as an internationally welcoming school.

“We wanted to honor the bridges Roanoke has built, and keep building those bridges in a time with talk of walls,” said Cartwright, referring to the wall separating Mexico and the United States that President Donald Trump has proposed to build.

The late 1800s into the early 1900s was an important time for Roanoke College. It had become a pioneer of diver- sity, as it enrolled 35 students from the Native American

Choctaw Nation, as well as students from Japan, Korea, and Mexico. Roanoke’s diver- sity was among the highest in the South, giving the college a cosmopolitan reputation in the 1880’s and 1890’s. The college’s president at the time, Julius Dreher, emphasized in- ternational education and took great pride in his recruitment of Native American students and his dedication to education for all.

In 1903, according to the Roanoke College archives, the Collegian, Roanoke College’s newspaper, made the statement, “Roanoke College has had more foreign students than any other college in the South.”

Expanding the Fiesta welcomed renowned poets Leanne Howe and Feliciano Sánchez Chan. Howe, a pro- fessor of English at the Uni- versity of George and member of Choctaw Nation, read from her work on Monday, and Chan read from his work on Tuesday. He read in several languages, including Mayan, Spanish, Yucatec, and English.

There were several other events throughout the week, including a play by Chan on Wednesday and a tribute walk to the East Cemetery gravesite of William Willis, a Choctaw student who passed away while studying at Roanoke College.

On Monday night, Flores-Silva and Cartwright said that they hope these events expand students’ knowledge of the college’s heritage and en- courage enthusiasm for global perspectives. They hope to make this an annual occurance for the college that will take place during this time in the semester.

Sociology Professors to Debut Public Health Major in the Fall

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Article Written by Leah Weinstein

Photo Courtesy of Roanoke College

 

Initiated by Sociology Professors Shannon Anderson and Chad Morris, a new public health major will take its place in the Sociology Department starting in the fall of 2017.

 

Anderson and a cohort of eight faculty members began meeting in the fall of 2015 to discuss what a public health major would look like at Roanoke College.

 

Over the past year and a half, this team of professors has managed to research the public health field, visit other colleges and universities with current public health curricula, and meet with local hospitals like Carillion and the Virginia Tech Medical School at Carillion, in hopes of creating mutually beneficial relationships to serve the major.

 

After the retirement of Dr. Gregory Weiss, former chair of the Healthcare Delivery concentration, Anderson and Morris said they wanted to revamp the concentration so that it would better cater to pre-med students who would get exposure to the social sciences.

 

Over time, both Morris and Anderson said they noticed student interest gravitating towards issues in public health.

 

“We had so many different kinds of students and they seemed really interested in what I would describe as the public health aspects of what we were teaching,” said Anderson.

 

Initial interest in public health studies came at an opportune time for the college.

 

“[President Maxey] wanted to engage more with health-related programming then the conversation began again,” said Anderson. “It took a long time to develop the program.”

 

Once the program began its developmental stage, the faculty cohort began to look both inward and outward for ideas on what a public health major may look like at Roanoke College. Initially, the field of study was not going to be public health specifically, but the cohort knew they wanted to study health in a nontraditional way unrelated to biology or chemistry.

 

After months of work, Anderson said the cohort focused their initiative and decided on a public health major that would task potential students with thinking about the world and health in a whole different way.

 

With support from the administration of the college and other faculty members, the public Health major will be an exciting addition to the academic community and will be open to students of all disciplines.

New Home for Outdoor Adventure Opens in Bast

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Article Written by Hannah Vandegrift

Photo Courtesy of Brieannah Gouveia

 

An old athletic storage space in Bast has been convert- ed into the new headquarters for Roanoke’s Outdoor Adven- tures Program.

Chad Heddleston, Out- door Adventures Coordinator, said the initiative has been in the works since the beginning of the academic school year, but construction of the OA Center did not begin until this semester. The contractors, RL Price, nished the main renova- tion two weeks ago, Heddleston said, and students have been working on interior design and decoration since.

Previously a very con ned space, the room has been opened up and made more inviting. Framed by a landscape mural painting and accentuated by a wall of bright- ly colored storage cabinets, the room is also equipped with

wooden pegs and hangboards. Heddleston said the OA Center will serve as the headquarters for weekly OA meetings, trip planning and skill teaching sessions. Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., it will also act as the of cial gear rental room, where, according to the OA rental form, students can go to

check out kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, mountain bikes, tents, backpacks, bouldering pads, trekking poles, cooksets, sleeping bags and pads.

Heddleston added that OA will be hiring employees to work in the new space and as trip guides in the coming fall. “Right now we have an amazing group of guides,” he said, adding that

“we offer the best, most excit- ing, fun things that you can do in the Roanoke area.”

Junior Brian Matera serves as a lead guide for OA and has been a part of the club since his freshman year. “My favorite thing to do with OA is climbing; it does not matter if it is indoor or outdoor. And my favorite thing about OA is the inclusiveness, be-

cause no matter what your level of experience or what you are into, we can accommodate you and broaden your horizons, or just take you to do fun things.”

The Center will be dedicated this Satur- day at 1:30 p.m. to McMillan “Mac” and Marcy Johnson. The commemorative plaque outside of the center’s entrance lists the highlights Mac’s role

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as “the Dean of Students, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Senior Advisor to the Pres- ident from 1976 to 2014.” It also mentions that he helped establish the Outdoor Adven- tures Program at Roanoke.

Heddleston noted that the ceremony will be of ciated with a “rope untying, not rope cutting. There will also be giveaways!”

Teach-in Addresses Student Debt

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Photo Courtesy of David Hall

Article Written by Joe Krzyston

 

On Tuesday, April 4, faculty, staff and students attended a teach-in about student debt, which was held in the atrium of the Colket Center. The teach-in was organized by Daniel Osborne, a senior history major. The event began with remarks from Osborne, who emphasized the scope of the issue and the extent to which students were affected.

“Even those of us who hold no debt are affected by this issue. It has wide-reaching effects on economic, social, and political issues,” said Osborne at the beginning of the event. Osborne, who personally holds no debt, takes interest in the issue as one side of a broader conversation about debt.

“Our economy is primarily a debt economy and that is not without consequence. If we could move debtors to vote as a bloc and to come together around this issue it could really move the needle on a lot of issues.” Osborne’s sentiments were echoed in large part by the faculty members on the panel.

“Being free from debt is a form of privilege,” said Dr. Gregory Rosenthal, a history professor. “And to carry debt is a form of oppression. We forget that and we rarely discuss the issue in that framework.”

Dr. Edward Nik-Khan, a business professor, also spoke about the social aspects of debt, aspects that seldom receive attention outside of the depths of academia. “Debt is a limit to individual freedom, and the last thing that some forces want is a widespread awareness of limits to personal freedom,” Nik-Khan said.

Towards the end of the hour, President Mike Maxey made statements regarding the issue. His perspective was one of conflicting responsibilities, given his duty to keep the college financially solvent and to keep tuition affordable.

After noting that the single largest part of the budget is financial aid, President Maxey said, “The path that we are on is not the right path, but we know that, and we are doing what we can to change it.”

Osborne is pleased with the result of the teach-in, though he is quick to acknowledge the need to do more on the issue. Although he graduates in May, he is working with students who will be around next year to keep the discussion going. Osborne said, “I wish I could have done more during my time here, but I’m glad that we got the ball rolling and I’m hopeful that students who come after me will continue the discussion.”