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XC Team Runs On


Written by Ian Gillen


The cross country season may be coming to an end, but the spirit of the team is still going strong.

  The season begins in May, as the runners work out all summer in preparation for their races, which take place during the opening months of the school year.  Their workout regime is sent to them by their coach. Continuing into the school year, practices consist of a variety of activites: work outs in the pool, intense workouts on the track, or running 6-11 miles around Salem and the surrounding areas. 

 On average,  Tim Shay, junior, runs around 45 miles a week, which does include a day of rest. Often people have asked Shay why would  he do this to himself voluntarily?  Tim responses with: “when I’m running, it is the most enjoyable part of my day and the time I spend running with my teammates is the most carefree part of my day.”  

The fun the team has traveling to races and being around each other is one thing that keeps the team going.  Nights spent in hotels before a race are some of the team’s favorite  times together.

  On race day, the runners all run an eight-kilometer circuit, competing against many other schools at the same time.  In ODACs the team recently placed in 4th, which was an improvement from last year, and a great showing for the runners.  It was at this race that Devyn Heron, freshman, finished in 13th, and earned Second Team All-ODAC honors.  

  According to Shay, tnew coach Kirk Nauman has done great things for not only Shay, but the future of cross country. as the team has doubled in size. Shay has personally taken over a minute off of his running time, which is an incredible feat to have this late in his career, according Shay. Shay says he believes the team can reach the top 3 at ODAC’s next season.

Women’s Rugby Arrives at RC


Written by Kimberlie Willard


In the early fall of 2017, Olivia Karkenny, senior, successfully formed Roanoke College’s first women’s rugby team. The team is currently comprised of seventeen individuals, ranging in year from freshman to senior. Practices are usually held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6pm on the rugby field. 

According to Karkenny, in order to begin the process of being recognized as a club sport, many steps had to be taken beforehand. First, interest in the sport had to be proven. In order to do this, Karkenny, along with the help of friends, began gathering names of interested individuals. She had to also ensure that the rugby team would have opponents from other nearby schools. After that, she worked with Gary Adams, club sports director, in order to finish the process of becoming a club sport. 

When asked “why women’s rugby?”, Karkenny responded by relating her experiences from studying abroad in Australia during her sophomore spring semester. Rugby is a favorite pastime in Australia and so when given the opportunity, Karkenny decided to play rugby starting. “I sat on the idea for a year, before deciding to form the team,” said Olivia. 

This is not the first time that someone has tried to bring women’s ruby to this campus. However, unlike Karkenny, that person was not successful at finalizing its formation. 

Members of the team have made various comments about the dynamic and environment the team has formed. Sarah Waldinger, junior, said “I only went to a few rugby practices so far, but I have to say it has been a great experience. I tried to join two years ago when a team was attempted, but the effort by the women then was not the same- this time we felt like a team from the beginning.”

“I’m really liking the team a lot! It’s a pretty difficult sport, and there’s a lot of contact, but you have fun while you’re playing, ”said Ava McCartin, freshman.

Karkenny discussed the support and motivation that the men’s rugby team has brought to the field. “We’ve worked with men’s rugby a lot.” Karkenny said.

“We’ve mostly been practicing with the guys, and they’re really helpful and excited for us to get to play,” said McCartin.

The team plans on practicing with the Virginia Tech women’s rugby team later this season in hopes of building rapport with other teams and gaining more playing experience before next year.

 “I’m so appreciative of all the girls that have come out to help me start off getting women’s rugby together. It has been so much fun. Everyone has been learning really quickly and working really hard. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone who has been coming out.”  Karkenny said. 

Avoid Hallmate Hookups


Written by Emma Grosskopf

When you put a bunch of 20-something year olds together on a small campus, you’re going to have some tension. Sexual tension.

This campus reeks of it.

There’s no point in pretending that the majority of RC’s student body isn’t sexually active, but it seems that out of this cloud of hookup culture has emerged a couple of unspoken rules.

One of them being, “don’t hook up with your neighbors.”

Some might see this as a no brainer. Some might question as to why hooking up with a neighbor is a bad thing! After all, it is convenient, isn’t it? It limits the need for an embarrassing walk of shame!

We’re all adults, right? We can handle it!

But can we? The people on this campus are legal adults, but sometimes we act like children emotionally.

If you don’t believe me, just look to our collective obsession with Tinder and our unfortunate campuswide reliance on Natural Light to forget our massive workload. 

Hooking up at college is a natural pattern, and there’s no real need to change that, as long as those who are sexually active are safe. 

But smart sex is just as important as safe sex. 

RC students have enough to worry about without concerning themselves with awkward run-ins and avoiding a neighbor who will inevitably pop up wherever you go.

If you must schtup a hallmate, make sure you can both act and communicate like adults afterward to alleviate any post-coital awkwardness. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck in a tiring cycle of avoidance and embarrassment until move-out day comes along.

Horan Concert Worth the Rainy Wait


Written by Jordan Hanson

When my roommate asked me if I wanted to go to a Niall Horan concert with her, I had no idea what I was getting into. The concert was on Nov. 4 in Silver Springs, Maryland, as part of the Flicker Sessions tour. I had been a fan of One Direction back in the day (just like every other middle school girl), and I also knew some of Niall’s newer songs, like “Slow Hands” and “This Town”. I was excited, but I was really just along for the ride.

After 4 hours of driving and listening to his album on repeat, we made it to Silver Springs. We were staying about a block from the venue, and as we approached the theater, we realized that the line to get in wrapped all the way around the block. We stood in the rain (which had evolved from a heavy drizzle to a light downpour) for a little over an hour. When we finally reached the doors, partially soaked and ready to go inside, we had to go through airport-like security. I even witnessed a girl being hauled out as I was waiting for my bag to be checked.

It was a standing room only concert, so we were decently close to where, in about an hour, Niall Horan would be standing. I was elbow-to-elbow with the people around me, but I didn’t care. The lights dimmed and the crowd (made up of middle school girls and their mothers to teens and college girls, with a few guys here and there) screamed as the opener, Irish singer Gavin James, took the stage. This guy was amazing; he played the guitar and hit high notes like nobody’s business.

He played five or six songs, and he ended with a rendition of “What a Wonderful World.” 

After James’s performance, the excited crowd was buzzing in anticipation for Horan. He came out onstage to the shrieks of all of our 13-year-old selves. He immediately jokingly pointed out the exits of the theater, and shouted “But we aren’t leaving!”. Throughout the whole show, he cracked jokes, thanked the audience, and even shushed the crowd a few times. Everyone around me was singing along and moving to the beat. Horan played every song on his new album, and added in a One Direction throwback in the form of an acoustic version of “Fool’s Gold”. By the end of Horan’s  concert, I was no longer just along for the ride, I was completely invested.

Overall, the concert was amazing. Horan is an incredible performer, the venue was great, and the music was awesome. It was worth every hour in the car and every minute in the rain.

RC Basketball Teams Head-to-Head in Family Feud Face-Off


Written by Shamira James

The men and women of the RC basketball program had a family-oriented approach to get the students and faculty riled up for their upcoming seasons. On Wednesday in Cavern., both teams partnered with WRKE 100.3 to host Family Feud Live at 8 p.m.

Two teams, made up of players from each class ranking went head-to-head to play an RC twist of the popular game show. 

Elijah Wilhelm, WRKE’s program director and Wednesday’s game show host, explained the rules of letting the contestants battle it out in this race against the clock. 

While it may seem odd for the teams to take this route in hopes of getting attention for the upcoming season, freshman Douglas Elks said that “it’s a good way to get people in who may not be involved with RC athletes. Game shows are super fun and a good time. People will always come out for a good time.” Cavern was filled with almost over 60 people all rooting on the teams and having a good time. 

The women dominated the triple points round, and the men’s team ended up making it to Fast Money. Senior Eli Sumpter and Elks earned 105 out of the 200 points they needed to win. 

However, they did win the attention of some new fans. “This was fun. I’m not really into sports, but this made me at least want to go to the opening game,” freshman Alyssa Mattson said.

When it comes to season openers, the men’s basketball team will be playing in the Dick Leftwich tournament here at RC on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m., while the women’s team will be traveling to Ferrum on Nov. 15 to play at 5:30.

Olin Exhibits Highlight Thought-Provoking Art


Written by Madalyn Chapman

Two new exhibitions are being displayed at the Olin Galleries: a small portion of the “We Are All Homeless” series by Willie Baronet and a mere smattering of artwork from the RC “Legacy” Collection, artworks that are permanently stored in the archives.

Baronet began this collection in 1993 as part of a documentary, “Signs of Humanity,” raising awareness about the many causes of homelessness, as well as evoking empathy from those who view the pieces or the film. 

Since 2014, Baronet has travelled the country buying cardboard signs from the homeless and conducting interviews with their owners. 

“We try to bring in work that will spark conversation, regardless of that conversation,” said Olin Gallery director Talia Logan. 

“One of the things we’re trying to do with the exhibitions that we bring in is that we try find a way to branch out outside of the fine arts and into other departments.” 

For this particular exhibition, the art students worked with the sociology students to create presentations and other visual aids to be placed on the walls alongside the photos. While the “We Are All Homeless” series itself is part of the RC Permanent Collection, a small selection of photos from the series are currently on display in the Smoyer Gallery.

In the Olin Gallery itself, there is another exhibit on display that’s been in the works for a few years. It houses highlights from the RC Permanent Collection, and was put together as a celebration of the 175th anniversary of the college. There are about 1,400 works in the collection all together. 

“Some are on-view on campus, and most of them are in the archives here,” Logan said. The pieces chosen demonstrate the wide variety of art forms present in the Permanent Collection, ranging from sculptures to paintings to drawings. 

“A lot of the works in this show are considered more contemporary because that’s what we’ve been focusing on,” Logan said.

While the arts may not have the main focus of this school, but Logan said that a visit to the Olin Hall Galleries is an enriching experience, saying that “the art transcends beyond the gallery.”

Events Shed Light on Monterey Slave Quarters


Written by Emma Sliwinski

A national expert on the history of slavery, a slave food specialist and a professional storyteller all are visiting Roanoke College this week for a series of events to help the college community learn more about a campus building that once was home to slaves. 

Joseph McGill, founder of the non-profit organization, the Slave Dwelling Project, spent Thursday night and also will spend Friday night in the Quarters, a former slave residence located beside Monterey House.

On Saturday, Jerome Bias, a specialist in slave foodways, will give a cooking demonstration, and Dontavius Williams, a professional storyteller, will perform the story of “Adam.” 

Saturday’s events will also include tours of the Quarters, Monterey House, and the Clay Street House, located at the corner of Clay Street and Thompson Memorial Drive.

Monterey House is the college’s guest house, located on the top of the hill at the corner of High Street and Clay Street.

Built in the mid-19th century, there are many oral traditions and ghost stories associated with Monterey. However, behind the house, about 20 feet away, stands the Quarters, a brick, two-story building that possesses an equally fascinating story. 

The Quarters, built around 1850 by the Deyerle Bros. Construction Company who employed enslaved African American brick 

masons, served as a house for the eight slaves owned by the original owners of Monterey until the close of the Civil War. During the Reconstruction Era and well into the 20th century, the building experienced a handful of changes, particularly to its exterior architecture. 

A few years after Monterey became a private boarding house, as labeled on the fire insurance map of 1898, the owners added the carriage house currently connected on the side of the Quarters. 

Later, in 1903, the double-story, white, wooden porch currently located on the south side of the building was added. Since then, the current physical features of the Quarters have remained unaltered and in relatively good condition. 

However, according to local historic preservationist Mark Clark, the Quarters experienced a fire at one point, and the damage from it is evident by the sight of the excessively soot-covered fireplace, the black bricks on the chimney and a handful of charred floorboards. 

Clark also said that the foundation has experienced a generous share of moisture damage over the years. 

Roanoke College has worked to maintain the building since it acquired the Monterey property in 2003, and it intends to restore the Quarters in the near future once a determination has been made as to the best use of this historic resource.

For the past several years, the structure has served as the field lab and storage facilities for both the college’s archaeology program, Virginia’s state archaeologist and the archaeologist working at the Western Regional Preservation Office located on Elizabeth Campus.  

With the help of Roanoke students in a historic preservation course taught by history professors Whitney Leeson and Mark Miller and a team of professional historic preservationists of Southwest Restoration, the Quarters is being restored back to its 1850s architecture.  

As part of the course, the students assist in restoration work on the Quarters and conduct archival research to establish a historic and architectural context for the structure.  

The students are also engaged in bringing the story of the Quarters to the public and are also organizing a living history program to raise awareness of the importance of saving slave quarters as an architectural resource important for telling our story as a nation. 

The events funded by the Copenhaver Scholar-in-Residence Program, will include two sleep-overs in the Quarters, several lectures on slave foodways, and a living history program entitled “Behind the Big House:  Living History through the Eyes of the Enslaved.”  

According to McGill, the purpose of the Slave Dwelling Project is to serve as a resource for documentation on the history of slavery in the United States and to preserve the historic value of slave quarters across the nation. 

One major part of McGill’s work involves traveling to various slave quarters in both northern and southern regions of the United States, and staying overnight in the old establishments in an attempt to gain the fullest understanding of the conditions and spatial limitations—often a mere 18 by 20 square feet —of the places where slaves spent a majority of their time.

What’s Happening? Roanoke Celebrates 500th Reformation Anniversary


Written by Bradley Bommarito

Roanoke College celebrated the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation with a bang, reenacting Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church.  

“I wanted a celebration that included music and took place outdoors.  It was a commemoration of what happened 500 years ago,” said Dr. Joseph Blaha, associate professor of fine arts and director of bands at Roanoke College.

Dubbed “The Wittenberg Happening,” musicians spread throughout campus began playing the melody to “A Mighty Fortress,”  bombarding the old halls with brass as the clock struck noon,. After several plays of the melody, the musicians congregated in the Olin Hall courtyard and the ceremony began.

“The musicians gravitated toward a focal point which represented moving toward the light, or the truth,” said Blaha.

Once the music ceased, an actor dressed as an Augustinian monk walked through the crowd to the side door of the Antrim Chapel.  The actor posted a replica of Luther’s 95 Theses to a facsimile of the Wittenberg Cathedral door and exited the area.

“When Luther allegedly posted his theses, he wanted people to read and notice it as soon as it was posted,” said Blaha.

Reverend Chris Bowen, Roanoke’s chaplain, delivered a short address about Martin Luther’s life and legacy. Bowen’s address explored the implications of Luther’s actions and how they inspired a movement that changed the world forever.

  “Dr. Blaha invited me to discuss the life and legacy of Martin Luther.  I wanted to talk about what moved Luther to take the action he did,” said Bowen, adding “Luther saw a disconnect between the Church’s teachings and actions.  He was calling the Church to undergo reform.” 

Bowen points out that Luther was not only an advocate for theological reform, he was also an ardent champion of the common people.  Luther believed that access to higher education should be expanded to include those outside of the privileged and elite.

“Luther argued that common citizens needed to be educated in order to create a healthy society.  We forget sometimes that Luther was a university professor.  As an academic, Luther was trying to expand access to higher education while also ensuring that the Church was the best manifestation of the teachings of the Bible,” said Bowen.

Members of the audience were left with a question to ponder.

“Have you ever found something that you’re willing to stand up for?,” asked Bowen, referring to the incredible risk that Luther took by going against the Catholic Church.

“In the face of opposition from people who had much more power and authority than him, Luther refused to recant his theses and writings,” said Bowen.

Bowen is certainly not the only person to make the event resoundingly successful.  Blaha notes the key organizational efforts of Ronda Philips, Olin Hall coordinator, and Kate Shortridge, Fine Arts department chair.  He is also grateful for Emma Duff’s role as the actor that posted the “theses.”  Finally, Blaha would especially like to thank the band members that participated in the event.

Part of a series of events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Wittenberg Happening event was just one of many celebrations that have been occurring over the last few months.  Several lectures were delivered surrounding this anniversary, and the Roanoke College choir recently performed at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  Religious leaders and academics such as Bowen and Blaha support such events because they encourage us to reflect on the past in order to understand the present.

“Luther made us more intellectually responsible by promoting literacy among the masses.  He was forward thinking by involving the common people in the interpretation of theology.  Martin Luther was a flawed human being as we all are, but he used his intellect and reasoning to come up with something so profound that it turned the world upside down,” said Blaha.

Former Senator Preaches Cooperation


Written by David Hall

Kelly Ayotte, former senator from New Hampshire and noted bipartisan, spoke to a plurality of students, faculty and members of the community in a speech entitled “The Next America: The View from Congress” that emphasized pragmatic workmanship on Capitol Hill. 

Sponsored by the Henry H. Fowler Program, Ayotte outlined what she called “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” in which she scolded the Republican Congress and President Trump for their failure to pass major legislation, citing partisanship in Congress as a major reason. Despite those criticisms, Ayotte said she largely views the 2016 election as a rejection of failed Democratic policy.

“I think the electorate rejected what certainly had been the status-quo under Obama for eight years and so they view Hillary Clinton as an extension of those policies” Ayotte said. 

But with moderate incumbents like Bob Corker and Jeff Flake bowing out of races, it seems as if Ayotte’s brand of pragmatist conservatism might be out of favor with the general electorate. After all, Ayotte herself lost her reelection bid in 2016 by the slimmest of margins. To that point, Ayotte places her faith in her fellow Republicans. 

“The American people do have a general appreciation that the government is not working as it should for them and so they entrusted Republicans with control and that’s why it’s important that they get something done,” said Ayotte. 

Partisanship was a major theme in the talk, a fitting topic for Ayotte given her reputation of reaching across the aisle to Democrats while retaining a stiffly conservative point of view. During her tenure in the Senate, Ayotte sponsored bills with Democrats aimed at curbing the opioid crisis and another with intent to prepare young people for skilled manufacturing jobs. 

The good, from Ayotte’s perspective, was the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, the lone accomplishment of the republican controlled federal government. However beyond that, hyper-partisanship extends into American culture as well as politics according to Ayotte.

The source of that division? It’s complicated, according to Ayotte, but one reason she cited was the so-called “echo-chamber” effect caused by social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. 

Cassullo Announces Million Dollar Donation to Roanoke Arts


Written by David Hall


A collection of work that spans time and genre and includes greats like Andy Warhol surrounded a crowd of trustees of the college and their friends and family who in kind surrounded alumna Joanne Cassullo as she announced a $1 million donation to RC’s fine arts program. 

The crowd gasped and burst into applause as Cassullo made clear her intention at a dinner opening on the one weekend a semester in which the board gathers to make decisions about the college’s future. Cassullo and Olin Gallery director Talia Logan had been planning the announcement for some time, but wanted it to remain a secret until last Thursday’s announcement. 

The money will go to bringing artists to campus, underwriting Logan’s efforts as director and providing funding for student internships in positions that otherwise would not pay.

“Talia’s and my shared vision [is] to make Roanoke College an origin of thinking about the role that art can play in today’s society for our students,” said Cassullo, “…and it is my hope that Roanoke College students may become as inspired as I was when they, too, set out to make their mark in the world.” 

The dinner followed a dedication ceremony for the “Tree of 40 Fruit,” a live installation outside Olin Hall by artist Sam Van Aiken. Van Aiken has become known for these trees that quite literally bear 40 different kinds of stone fruit when they reach maturity. 

Bringing the tree to RC was Cassullo’s doing as well. As a board member since the late 1990’s, Cassullo has worked tirelessly to bring great art to the campus. Her accomplishments on campus range from the color photographs on display in the Colket Center donated by photographer John Margolies to building the college’s permanent collection, the highlights of which are on display currently in the Olin Hall gallery. Her most recent endeavor is the 14-ft “Rooney Topiary,” which draws attention from all who walk by it. 

An alumna of 1978, Cassullo has spent most of her adult life working in the contemporary world via her involvement with the Whitney Museum of American Art, Creative Time, an opportunity she says she wants to put back into her alma mater. 

“My years at RC were so rich with rewarding experiences and the love that I still feel for my friends,” said Cassullo. “This gift was given to honor that, and at the same time, with the hope that I am leading by example.”

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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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