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Lacrosse Teams Start Their Seasons Off with a Bang


Written by Aeryn McMurtry

RC Women’s Lacrosse had a major 22-7 win on Feb. 10, and the season opened with a pretty even score pattern over nine different players.

High scorers include junior Katie Clements with four and freshman Ellie Armstrong, junior Jenn Schwechheimer, and senior McKenna Polak each with three.

The team scored 15 goals in the first half, seven of which went unanswered, spearheaded by a goal from Schwechheimer in the first two minutes. The team ended the half with a 15-5 lead over Methodist. Defense came out to play, only letting Methodist take 16 shots on goal while your Maroons took a total of 40 shots. They also held the advantage with groundballs at 18-14 and freshman Carly Schoudel made seven saves on goal.

Methodist didn’t stand a chance against these ladies. The women’s team plays again tomorrow, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. against Penn-State Abington. Come out and show your support at what is sure to be another fantastic game for your RC Maroons.

The RC men’s lacrosse kicked off their season with a 15-10 win over Colorado College on the Feb. 16. Freshman attacker Garritt Schwarz led scoring with eight goals and one assist. Freshman Owen Curry, sophomore Jason Sarro, and junior Brendan Devane each scored two goals with senior IV Stucker adding one more to round of the total of 15.

The first goal scored by Devane in the first two minutes of play set the tone for the Maroons. Back-to-back goals from Schwarz in the beginning of the second quarter gave the team a 4-1 lead until Colorado tied it up with three unanswered goals. Another goal from Schwarz gave Roanoke a 5-4 lead to end the half.

The second half started with Schwarz scoring two in the first minute and a half, setting off a streak of six goals by Schwarz in the third quarter, bringing the score to a solid 12-5 lead to end the quarter.

Colorado scored three more unanswered goals in the fourth quarter, closing the gap to 12-8, but that would be as close as they got. The men’s team plays again on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. against Sewanee at Kerr Stadium.

Maroons to Crash the ‘Burg in ODAC Tourney


Written by Garrett Ruggieri

Coming off an incredible nine-game win streak to end the regular season, the RC Maroons men’s basketball team (18-7, 11-5 ODAC) enter the ODAC tournament as the number two seed, only behind Randolph Macon (18-7, 12-4 ODAC) by one conference win.

With this stellar regular season, the Maroons were granted a first-round bye in the tournament and will face off against number seven seed Lynchburg College on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

These two teams have faced off twice this season, both squads having a game in front of their home crowd as well as on the road; both road teams won.

Lynchburg came to the Cregger Center and outlasted the Maroons on Charles Moir court in a 90-85 overtime battle. The following matchup proved to be more satisfying for the Maroons, as the men entered their house and coasted by Lynchburg 100-74 victory in dominating fashion.

Junior forward Josh Freund played at a high level in both meetings, posting 29 and 17, while junior guard CJ Miles provided 19 and 15.

For Lynchburg, forward Connor Schroder led the team in both games with 24 and 17. In the second meeting, Roanoke was fueled by shooting 50% from beyond the arc, tying a school record with 18 three pointers.

In this quarterfinal matchup, only one team can move on. The lights will be bright, and fans from both schools will be in attendance at the Salem Civic Center.

Students can receive free ticket vouchers for the game from the info desk in Colket. Make sure to bring a Roanoke College ID card when arriving at the Civic Center to ensure free entry.

Player Profile: Diego Meneses


Written by Aeryn McMurtry

Diego Meneses is a 21 year old senior from Guatemala City, Guatemala. He pitches for the RC Baseball team, and has every year since he was a freshman. He says that he is excited for the upcoming season, and believes that the team is “ready to take on any team that wants to come play us.”

He also said that one of the main motivating factors for himself as well as the rest of the team is the National Championship.

“As a team we have a lot of freshmen, but they have been able to understand how our style of play is and that has helped us grow as a team. The chemistry on this team is great also, and that’s one of the things I like the most and why I believe we are going to be successful,” Meneses said.

Meneses is the only pitcher that has been on the team for all four years, so he says that one of his roles is to help the younger players. Specifically thinking about the freshmen, he said that is just trying to be a mentor and motivate his teammates to work hard.

During the off-season, Meneses plays for the Guatemala national baseball team and he says that it really helps him become a better player, because the team is made up of both college and professional players.

This past December, the team played at the Central American Games in Nicaragua. It was an Olympic qualifier, and the team won bronze.

“It was really cool to represent my country and it is something that I will always be very proud of,” said Meneses. The next tournament will be in July for the Central and Caribbean games.

When Meneses isn’t on the field, he says that one of his favorite things to do in Salem is go to Mac & Bob’s for Wing Night. He enjoys reading in his downtime. He is a Political Science major and a Communications minor, and he says that his favorite professors are Dr. Parsons and Dr. Chapman. Meneses is also a Resident Advisor in Marion.

Meneses and the rest of the RC baseball team have a game on Friday the Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. against Cortland as well as a double header on Saturday Feb. 24 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. against Dickinson.

I’m the Hottest In the Street, Know You Probably Heard of Me


Written by Shamira James

RC is offering students a chance to write the influential and moving speeches that the freshmen hear during convocation. Yes, RC wants current students to be the voice of reason, wisdom and adventure for the hungover, unenthused and eager-to-leave. The essays have to be between 600 – 800 words and should reflect what it means to be a Maroon based on what you’ve experienced thus far in your academic career at RC. Up to three students will get a whopping $200 scholarship and chance to be the last thing students want to hear.

While giving away money always draws interest, there are enough pompous writers on campus who already think that everything they write should be published. There is a better and more effective method to get the class of 2022 excited for their next four years.

Scratch the entire competition.

There’s just no need to have everyone crowded in the sauna that is Bast just to have them forget everything that they were told. Here’s the solution: get someone who people will want to listen to, no matter how much their skin is sticking to the metal folding chairs. Someone who is an undeniable icon and undoubtable legend. Someone who cannot do anything without being idolized. Someone who’s big Bronx boogie got all them girls shook.

Yes, this is a plea for Roanoke College to get Cardi B to speak this year’s freshman convocation.

Not only will all the freshman be there in full attendance and fully attentive, but so will any and everyone within a 100-mile radius of the school. Cardi B has such wisdom to offer to the youth. Aside from all of her incredible and inspiring lyrics like “I be in and out them banks so much, I know they tired of me” or “Why would I hop in some beef, when I could just hop in a Porsche,” but she also offers lessons in her everyday life. Her Instagram account is not only full of videos that inspire young women to love their bodies, but be who they are and don’t pay attention to those who speak negative about you.

The inspiration continues on Twitter as well with things like “You better realize your worth and stop settling for bare minimum…” and “Me: unbothered, moisturized, in my lane, well-hydrated, flourishing,” and who can forget “You wanna know my secret? I pray a lot”?

Cardi B not only transcends female power and positivity through her lyrics, but she also has positive messages all over her social media. So, here’s the official plea for the college: don’t waste the money on mediocre nervous speeches by p, put all the money you can find into having the most influential regular degular smegular girl from the Bronx talk to the next bunch of hopeful freshman.

Salem to Reenact Witch Trial with RC Students


Written by Joe Krzyston

In a move sure to invite the ire of college students and the amusement of residents, the City of Salem announced a plan today to reenact the Salem Witch Trials of colonial lore with Roanoke College students. The plan was a long time in the making, and it was met with its fair share of hurdles and obstacles.

“It was tough,” said a representative of the city, “getting through all the legal hurdles with the original Salem, Massachusetts. Apparently they laid an intellectual property claim to the whole ‘witch-hunt’ idea back in the day. But we checked with legal, and it turns out if you make it a little different, you can do it.”

College students were a natural choice. Indeed, the witch hunt is to involve little more than a typical police patrol on a Friday night.

“Back in colonial times, the idea was that a person accused of witchcraft was pretty much guaranteed to be a witch. Nowadays, there’s a similar operating assumption, which is that if we see a Roanoke College student out after dark, they’re probably up to no good. You know, to make it different than the original witch trials? Legal stuff. Anyway, it’s pretty easy to figure something they’re up to, which makes us confident that the trials will be a rousing success.”

While the original Salem witches were subject to death, our Salem has agreed to be marginally more lenient. A weekend in jail and over a thousand dollars in legal fees is implemented in lieu of the traditional drowning and burning of the sixteen hundreds. Students met the news with little more than a shrug.

“I mean, it doesn’t sound like very much is different,” said one RC student. “I actually had figured that was the idea all along.”