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Maroons Talk Back(ety-Ack)


Written by Shamira James and Emma Grosskopf

Kristina Harrel, freshman, Breakout Basketball Star, “I’m not doing anything, but this is my first full break since the start of the basketball season.”

Reed Larson, junior, Uncle Reedo “Me and the boys are heading to the lake house.”

Nina Amato, sophomore, Chi-O cutie, “I’m going to Jamaica to work with kindergartners for charity.”

President Michael C. Maxey, President of Roanoke College, On campus celebrity, “I’ll be doing a bit of traveling. Going from Boston to Florida recruiting students and getting funding for the science programs.”

“Black Panther” Makes Its Mark In Theaters


Written by Alexandra Gautier

Movie goers everywhere were collectively holding their breath in anticipation of the arrival of “Black Panther.” The film not only brought in hordes of dedicated Marvel fans, but also, according to the Hollywood Reporter, a greater percentage of the African-American and female communities, who were represented by the actors and actresses who played the strong, complex characters known and loved from the original cartoon comics.

Chadwick Boseman plays the main character, King T’Challa, who must protect his technologically advanced country of Wakanda from Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). T’Challa goes by the superhero alter ego Black Panther, and uses suits and weapons made of the mineral substance Vibranium.

Audiences and critics heralded this film as a turning point for the superhero film industry as it is one of the first of its kind: a “black superhero film”, according to Huffington Post.

“I think the plot is really relevant to everything that’s going on in our country right now. This movie really drives home the point to help others, even if they don’t personally mean anything to you, even if they’re not ‘your people’. Not everyone is given the same opportunities, so we should think about that, and reach out to those who we can help,” junior Mckenna Fernandini said.

RC Talent to be Showcased in CAB Event


Written by Jessica Shelburne

The Campus Activities Board here at RC is hosting an event called “Roanoke’s Got Talent” where students can come and exhibit any talent they may possess.

Auditions were held from Feb. 8 to Feb. 15 and more than 10 acts came to debut their skills in areas such as singing, musical performance and dance.

On March 16 at 6 p.m. in Alumni Gym, all of the acts will take the stage to compete for first place.

Freshman Sarah LeMay and junior Gabe Umland prepared a song to sing together for the audition, and they hope to use this experience to strengthen their vocal capabilities and have fun. LeMay said that singing with Umland has helped her ability to harmonize and despite nerves prior to the audition, she claims that the experience thus far has been great.

Another act of musical performance participating in Roanoke’s Got Talent is the band “cousin.” This band consists of four members: senior JD Shaw on lead guitar, Ian Hancock on rhythm guitar, Nick Lucchini on drums and Arin Vaughn on bass guitar. The band defines their music as instrumental indie/prog rock, and for the audition they prepared a 10-minute compilation of two of their songs.

“This show will actually be our first public performance, so hopefully we will be able to ascertain a response from the crowd that we can then use to prepare for our shows in the future,” Shaw said.

Freshman Donovan Hill is dancing for Roanoke’s Got Talent. Hill has years of experience in hip-hop dance and for his audition prepared a freestyle piece to “Rainy Day” by Tincup.

Since arriving at college, Hill feels that he has lost a bit of touch with his dance roots and regarding hopes for this experience, said, “I hope to surround myself with thoughtful performers who can express their passion in beautiful ways.”

These performers, alongside many others on March 16, will exhibit just a small portion of the wide variety of talent that can be found here at Roanoke.

Celebrities Speak Out About Gun Violence


Written by Joseph Carrick

The shooting in Parkland, Florida was the seventh school shooting to occur in 2018, again sparking protests and another round of debates regarding America’s gun control policies.

The fact that America does not enforce seriously harsh restrictions on gun ownership is unquestionable, but whether or not America should emulate such laws is up for debate.

Hollywood celebrities voiced their concern for the seemingly growing popularity of mass murder among the mentally ill. Emma Stone, backed up by a plethora of other celebrities, launched an ad campaign to rouse support against the gun lobbyist group “NRA” and encouraged followers to text “REJECT” to 644-33, which would forward messages to local representatives.

The political right offered different solutions to the issue: require teachers to carry firearms, enable metal detectors in schools, etc. This idea was quickly rejected after the realization was made that Congress would then have to raise the education budget in order to properly execute those solutions.

Brad Pitt tried to explain the phenomenon by stating, “America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA,” possibly referencing either the various militia groups or America’s background with wars and violence as a whole.

Jeremy Renner adds, “I own guns and want to keep it that way […] guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

Either way, with the upcoming elections, it will not be surprising if gun control becomes an even hotter topic in debates.

News Flash: 2008 Was a Decade Ago


Written by Jordan Hanson

Although 2018 has been the year of artists such as Camilla Cabello and Kendrick Lamar, sometimes a song will play on the radio or at a party that throws things back to 2008. A decade ago, Adele was still a new artist, Miley Cyrus was just shaking off her Hannah Montana persona and Lady Gaga was proving that she wasn’t a one-hit-wonder. Additionally, Britney Spears had just risen from the ashes and Beyoncé had only recently broken off from Destiny’s Child. Many artists who were just getting started in 2008 would continue to rise up the charts throughout the years, including P!nk, Coldplay and Katy Perry, who are still big names in the music industry.

Other artists, such as the Ting Tings and the Pussycat Dolls, have faded from the public eye or broken apart.

Nostalgia is a powerful force, and some songs from 2008 are still known by heart. Take Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” for example – our generation still gets as pumped today as we did 10 years ago for this catchy song about feminine independence.

So, for nostalgia’s sake, here are 10 songs turning 10 years old in 2018:

“Chasing Pavements” (Adele), “So What” (P!nk), “Viva la Vida” – Coldplay, “When I Grow Up” (The Pussycat Dolls), “That’s Not My Name” (The Ting Tings), “I Kissed a Girl” (Katy Perry), “7 Things” (Miley Cyrus), “Womanizer” (Britney Spears), “Poker Face” (Lady Gaga) and “I’m Yours” (Jason Mraz).