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Olin Studio Art Exhibit: Art Majors Showcase Work for Alumni Weekend

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Written by Joseph Carrick

Last Thursday, Roanoke College held an art exhibit featuring our Art majors and minors work for students and visiting alumni. Their work includes anything from ceramics and drawings to paintings and much more, all of which can still be found in the Olin and Smoyer Gallery until May 4.

While the impending stress of finals might seem overbearing, the wondrous displays to be found just beyond your doorsteps can relieve the stress and take you away from your worries, even if just for a few short hours.

The exhibition features a variety of media and styles as well as the creative minds of our students in the Fine Arts Department. Each year, our students grace our college with unique works that can only be described as fascinating as the minds that have created them.

If you have an inner talent waiting to be set free be sure to check out this event, and consider an Art minor or major. It’s never too late to learn from the best RC has to offer. For those interested in the formal closing reception: it will be held on May 4 from 12-2 p.m.

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Gains New Noteworthy Cast for Season 26

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Written by Jessica Shelburne

Tonya Harding, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Johnny Damon are just three of 10 noteworthy athletes constituting the new cast for the 26th season of Dancing with the Stars. Alongside the athletes are dancers Jenna Johnson, Gleb Savchenko, and Emma Slater, among others, who will be returning to make an attempt at winning the famous mirror-ball trophy.

According to Variety News, this season will be the shortest to date for the series, lasting only four weeks with double eliminations every week.

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will again host the show with Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli returning to the judges’ table.

Season 26 of Dancing with the Stars will premiere on April 30 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Embattled Humor Editor Excited for Summer

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Written by Joseph Krzyston

According from sources close to him, embattled section editor Joe Krzyston is looking forward to the summer. The Brackety-Ack contacted him to confirm.

“Look,” said the devilishly handsome editor, “deadlines are clearly not my favorite thing, and I’m looking forward to a season without them. I’m more interested in doing something, anything else, anything that doesn’t produce a lot of opportunity to let my peers down by flying impromptu to Wisconsin to celebrate a friend’s birthday.”

Krzyston made his feelings plainly known, but he was also clear that this shirking of responsibilities was not the only thing he was looking forward to.

“There’s plenty to like about summer- bass fishing, road trips, swimming, writing on my own time, reading books without the pressure inherent in an academic atmosphere and seeing my oldest friends. These things are all on the agenda.” He paused, sipped from an Arnold Palmer that was sweating in the sun, and continued, adding that it is “a hell of a lot easier to do all these things when I’m not constantly being hounded by the editor-in-chief about deadlines and layouts and so-forth.”

Emma Grosskopf, the talented aforementioned editor-in-chief, was of a similar mind to Krzyston (for once), adding that her summer was shaping up to be particularly nice on account of distance from the mercurial humorist.

“My summer plans in no way involve Joe Krzyston, I am pleased to announce.”

My Final Remarks: Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

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Written by David Hall

I’ll cut to the chase. I’ve done a lot here at Roanoke and Emma wants me to write one final piece. So here it is. I could try and tell you lots of things, but you probably wouldn’t incorporate it into your life so here’s a shot at something small.

Stop using the handicap buttons to open doors. They’re not for you.

Hear me out.

From a practical perspective, every object has what engineers call a “Service Life.” So that means that button can only be pressed so many times before it wears out and breaks. Maybe there’s a spring in there that loses its elasticity over time and eventually snaps. I’m not an engineer, so I don’t know. The point is that essentially, every time you press that button, you’ve taken away that press from someone who actually needs it.

As I’m sure you’re now properly annoyed with me by now, let’s pivot to something more positive. Celebrate your ability to open that door. You’re an able-bodied young adult. Remember that and feel some joy every time you open that door using your own hands. It’s a way to remind yourself that you’re alive, you’re young, you walk on two feet, and you should feel good about that.

Now, something a little more didactic. Those buttons are simply not for you. Choosing to not use that button when you’re able to open the door should remind you that everything is not made for you. Frame your perspective around this idea and it is my opinion that you will lead a life with a much more open mind. Listen to others, respect what is theirs and what is yours and you may find yourself feeling less entitled and less bothered by things that are not specifically curated to your taste.

Alright, that’s it. It’s a small ask, but I think, as you can hopefully now see, it can be interpreted as reflective of larger problems in our society. Open that door with your own hands and remember the goodwill it took to install them. We, as a society, didn’t have to accommodate for people with disabilities, but we did anyway. In our best moments, we do things that don’t benefit us directly simply because we value looking out for those less fortunate. Remember that and one more time: stop using the handicap buttons to open doors. They’re not for you.

P.S. God bless you all and thank you for a wonderful four years. I will sorely miss you.

Basically Tarantino Film Festival Participants Receive Awards

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Written by Emma Grosskopf

This year marked RC’s third annual Basically Tarantino Film Festival, and on April 5, six films were shown in the Ballroom in front of an audience of students, faculty and staff.

These films, analyzed by a panel of judges, were nominated for different awards based on their content. Every film shown was nominated for an award.

The awards up for grabs were Audience Choice, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Actor, Best Actress (two new categories since last year), Most Creative Use of a Required Line and Most Creative Use of a Required Prop.

The Basically Tarantino film requirements were very loose, with only two required lines and two required props. The required lines for this year were “wiggle her big toe” and “bad hombres”, while the required props were a fidget spinner and a coconut.

The loose parameters for the competition allowed student filmmakers to express themselves creatively without having to limit themselves.

Junior Harrison Mines’ film Tales from University and Other Urban Legends won both Best Comedy and Audience Choice, while seniors Erik Weed and Meg Northern’s short film Headlights won Best Drama. Senior Ben Mowers’ film Looking Forward won Most Creative Use of a Required Line and also Best Actress, thanks to the performance of senior Abby Gray. Jake Bryant, who directed and starred in his film Hold the Light, won for Best Actor, while Gavin Casey’s Today’s the Day won the award for Most Creative Use of a Required Prop.

The awards ceremony also included the recognition of the 2018 RC Student Activities Hall of Fame awards, which were awarded to seniors Jose Alvarado, Abby Gray, David Hall and Ben Mowers.