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Musical Extravaganza Amazes on Family Weekend


Written by Jordan Hanson

The Musical Extravaganza is an amazing annual event hosted by CAB during Family Weekend. On the evening of Sept. 29, many of the musical groups, instrumental and vocal, on campus gathered together to premier their new members and ensemble sounds for their family and friends.

Despite illness among some of the participants due to the typical illness that most students contract was being passed around campus, Roanoke musicians embodied the classic phrase: the show must go on!

Jazz ensemble performed first and played several pieces, including a remarkable rendition of “Route 66.” Following, The Roanotes displayed their a cappella talent and featured soloists. AJ Waddell brought down the house with her solo in their arrangement of Banks’s “Better.”

Oriana performed thirdly. The women’s group sang two songs, one of which was a fun medley of songs from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Mainstreet maintained the girl power with lovely voices and harmony, ending their set with a classic cover of “Amazing Grace.”

To conclude the show, the Roanoke College A Cappella Choir performed. Their set included a medley of songs from “West Side Story.” The women sang “We Are Family” for the finale, an appropriate move for family weekend.

Despite obstacles, the musical groups pressed onwards in the true spirit of music and performance, putting on their best show and singing from their hearts.

Music: Oldies But Goodies?


Written by Charissa Roberson

Imagine that you are spinning the radio dial as you hit an “oldies” station—that breed of music America jammed to from the 1950s-70s.  Get an earful of classic rock guitars humming of summer nights and neon lights to R&B drumbeats that make you want to tap your hand against the steering wheel.  You’d hear iconic singers harmonizing with brass instruments and dazzling guitar and keyboard solos—just as excellent live as on record. In the best songs, lyrics were as memorable as melodies.  Kansas’ rock ballad inspired listeners with its call to “Carry On, My Wayward Son” (1975), while The Temptations’ soulful hit romanced sweethearts with “My Girl” (1965). Parties still kick their heels up to The Isley Brothers’ “Shout” (1959) or dance to Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” (1957).  Queen transformed stadium crowds forever with their unforgettable refrain “We Will Rock You” (1977), and David Bowie crooned of those “Golden Years” (1975) where nothing could go wrong. You don’t have to have grown up in the sixties to remember those feelings. Let that oldies station play—and let it take you back.

Mill Mountain Coffee VS Fruitions


Written by Madalyn Chapman and Shamira James

If you’re looking for a cozy, warm, and inviting atmosphere that doubles as a great place to study and catch up with friends, then head over to Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea. It’s a bit further away from campus than Fruitions is, but offers a plethora of options in the way of both food and drink. The baristas are super friendly, and make sure that your need for caffeine is met as soon as possible, even when there’s a crowd.

Mill Mountain offers plenty of hot and cold drinks, and not just coffee and tea! At this time of year, make sure to try their Apple Chaider – it’s fall in a cup. Or, if it’s warmer out, they offer smoothies. If you’re a tea drinker, they have tons of options, both hot and iced. If you’re a no-nonsense coffee drinker, get your coffee black in one of their many different blends. If you love the frills of flavor shots, whipped cream, and caramel drizzle, try something like their pumpkin chai.

Mill Mountain offers big tables and plenty of seating for those looking to study, or just catch up with friends. There’s plenty of room to spread out your textbooks, or for you and your friends to sip the latest tea.

If you’re looking for cute, fun and fresh don’t go any further than the bright teal building on College Avenue. Fruitions has long been a staple in the Roanoke College experience for guys and girls alike. When the weather is particularly warm, there is nothing better than grabbing your best bros or your favorite sisters and trying one of their 30 delicious and fulfilling flavors. The sun in always shining, the staff is always smiling and the drinks are always cold over here!

Not only can you get a quick pep in your step and go from one of their delicious blends of the nectar of the Gods if you’re on the way to class, but if Commons isn’t looking too hot on a specific day, you can also stay in and grab a bite with one (or a few, no one is going to judge) of their delectable wraps, soups or salads.

It’s not conducive to doing homework but who would want to do homework in an environment that screams conversations and bonding. With abundant sunlight and good music (coming from our very own WRKE) a textbook will be the last thing you think of, and let’s face it, we could all use a little sanctuary.

And They Were Roommates…

Woman Couple Romance People Talking Man Dating

Written by Caisi Calandra

You and your homegirl just spent an hour getting ready to go out on a Friday night. You’re locking the door of your shared room and slipping the key into your back pocket when she asks, “Hey, what do think about [REDACTED]? I think he’s really cute…”


Your first thought is, of course, I think [REDACTED] is cute too! Crap!

There’s nothing wrong with sharing opinions and agreeing with your roommate’s assessment of [REDACTED]’s physical attributes. Friends do that all the time! But in this case, you might want to tread lightly because, uh, yeah, you might agree with your roommate, but you also think [REDACTED] is cute in a way that could be, like, boyfriend material.

And you know your roommate asking for your opinion about [REDACTED] is just her way of asking, “Should I shoot my shot?”

So…should she shoot her shot?

What about you?

If your relationship with your roommate is easy-breezy, and you’ve known each other for a while, approach the subject directly. If you guys have been close for a while, and have experienced the ups and downs of college life arm-in-arm, then talking about liking the same guy at the same time shouldn’t tank your awesome friendship.

The catch? There is a chance that it might tank it.

In that case, though it might be tough to accept at first, your friendship might not have been that solid to begin with.

If you personally feel like you like this guy and you wanted to shoot your shot before your roommate, try to let her know as politely as possible. Maybe a simple “Hey, I was gonna talk to him, actually. I know him from…” And so on.

Maybe inquire why she thinks he’s cute, or why she thinks he might be boyfriend material. Simply starting some sort of dialogue about this guy will clear up so many future problems.

And at the end of the day, you guys are sharing a room with each other.

It would worth your time to address both of your crushes before things get a little chick noir.

Serving Face: Skin Care Tips and Tricks


Written by Shamira James

If you’ve ever been perusing in Walmart, Target, Ulta or any grocery store you’ve probably stumbled into the promise land that is the skin care aisle. “Eliminate pores with this product!”, “This will give you the ULTIMATE hydration!”, “You can kiss your acne goodbye with this product!” For some they feel like a kid walking into a candy shop and for some they feel attacked on sight. While it can be a lot to handle at face value, once you educate yourself and know what you need, you’ll have all your local dermatologist SHAKING. Of course washing, toning and moisturizing are essential to everyone’s routine but there’s so much more.

  1. Know what your skin needs – Oily skin is not going to need the same treatment as dry skin. Sensitive skin routines and combination skin routines are not sisters. Understanding your skin type will help you so much in the long run. You won’t spend $40 on a product and wonder why it doesn’t work. You also won’t punish your skin by using something it just doesn’t like.
  2. Hydration, Hydration, Hydration – Drinking water is very important but it’s not the end all be all of it. What goes into your body is just as important as what goes on it. The best way to secure the moisture bags is to introduce a serum into your routine. Serums are super light weight products that concentrate all these active ingredients into a quick-absorbing liquid gold that will only ever benefit you from the second you use it. There’s also facial sprays that are that extra umph, to your routine. Mario Badescu has three types; Rose Water, Cucumber and Lavender and using these right after you moisturize your skin will give you that iconic dewy and plump look.
  3. Don’t get too crazy – How often you use certain products is CRUCIAL. Freeman Beauty has wonderful exfoliating masks that will be the best things you ever do for your skin, but not if you do it every day. You’re going to hyper exfoliate your skin and ultimately make it worse than before. You only need to exfoliate A MAX of 2-3 times a week
  4. Consistency is key – If you go out tomorrow and by a bunch of products at once you might get the urge to go home and try everything at once – PLEASE DON’T DO THAT! Instead have a group of products that you are trying and stick with that for at least six weeks to see any type of result, if something isn’t working then feel free to switch it. Skin care is a trial and error based thing and you have to trust the process.
  5. Acne is bound to happen – You know what sucks, is that you could spend $40 on your routine or $400 and you’ll still get acne. Acne, despite what people try to tell you, is natural. It can come from you not cleaning your pillowcases enough, touching your face too much, dietary habits, the quality of the environment or even your own hormones can betray you. Just be patient, be educated and be aware.