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A Playlist for Weekend Shenanigans


Written by Emma Grosskopf

Have you ever wanted to be in a musical? For most of us, going out on the weekends is an EXPERIENCE. It’s hard to put it into words, so we created a playlist to better describe the events of an average weekend here at RC for those who know how to have a good time in a safe and responsible way!

“No Air” Jordin Sparks, Chris Brown – When you’re in a basement breathing in nothing but everyone’s body odor, hot breath and Juul smoke.

“Creep” TLC – When a guy tries to dance with you even though you’ve rejected him twice (and it’s about to be a third).

“I Have Nothing” Whitney Houston – When you get home from a night out and sadly open your empty fridge, and no one will get you Sheetz or Cookout.

“Chunky” Bruno Mars – How you feel after eating two omelets, a plate of bacon, a bowl of Wing Dings, four mini waffles and a bowl of cereal at brunch.

“Whatcha Say” Jason DeRulo – When the guy you’ve been crushing on finally asks what your name is but you can’t hear him over whatever song is blaring through the speakers.

“The Climb” Miley Cyrus – When you decide to walk to your destination and didn’t know it was going to be 25 minutes of uphill.

“Should I Stay or Should I Go” The Clash – When you’ve been out for an hour and the music sucks but you’re waiting for THAT boy to show up.

“Take Me to Church” Hozier – ‘Cause some of y’all need Jesus.

“Clumsy” Fergie – When it’s been raining all day and the stairs into the basement look like a damn obstacle from American Ninja Warrior.

“Rude Boy” Rihanna – The same boys that ask for your notes in class are the same ones that will spill their drink on you. And not apologize. I know your momma raised you better than that.

“I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” Aerosmith – When you’re an RA and the biggest rager of the year is tonight…but you’re on duty!

“Man in the Mirror” Michael Jackson – When you get in the bathroom only to look in the mirror and see that you are coming for Flashback Mary’s career…HEY SHISHTERS!

“Paparazzi” Lady Gaga – When you try to photobomb as many people’s pictures as possible because you’re determined to get clout one way or another.

Living My Best Life


Written by Emma Grosskopf

Age is just a number, baby.

God, I feel creepy just saying that.

And is it even true? Especially in college, where everyone appears to be close in age, but yet there seems to be a chasm between their levels of emotional maturity?

If we strip it down and look at it from a base level, most of us, give or take a handful, are close in age, between 18 and 23 (I took the liberty of calculating that for you math-allergic types: five years).

The question of the day is, is five years too many?

No one would say anything if a 35-year-old was dating a 30-year-old. That’s fairly normal, right? But throw everyone onto a small campus like RC and give them class rankings, and all of a sudden the lines are blurred. Is it okay for a senior to talk to/hook up with/date a freshman? Is it weird?

Should it be?

Not that my opinion is Gospel, but here’s what I’m going to tell you.

Everyone has needs. Emotional needs, mental needs and physical needs. If you can find someone to fulfill those needs, then age shouldn’t matter.

Personally, I believe that the level of emotional maturity changes drastically between coming in as a freshman and sitting in seminar as a senior, but that isn’t to say that seniors are always more mature. They have a little more life experience, and definitely more college experience, but that doesn’t necessarily make them worldly and wise.

Freshmen definitely have more energy, that’s for damn sure. I can’t keep up with the energy of some of these freshmen. I’m tired just looking at them. But these freshmen seem to have less pressure on their shoulders, be less stressed and know how to have a little more fun.

Why wouldn’t they?! As a senior, I can tell you that my days consist of sweating profusely, taking naps when I can, calling my mom and complaining about my stress levels and trying not to think about graduation. Of course I’m not having as much fun.

Obviously, that could just be me. Especially with the sweating.

We all know that communication, consent and safety is key in every relationship, no matter what that relationship may be, but all I’m saying is that for seniors, a freshman counterpart (whether it be a friend with benefits, a significant other, or a I-don’t-know-what-we-are) might be just what we need add some spice to our bland, high-pressure lives. What’s wrong with a little fun?

Sebastian Salazar


All of the girls love him, all of the guys want to be him! Sophomore Sebastian Salazar, a business administration major originally from Lima, Peru, is celebrating Latin American Heritage month with the Brackety-Ack by giving us a peek inside his culture and how he differs from American men in the scope of dating, romance and the importance of the little things.


Chillier in America

“In Latino culture, we are known to be very romantic. Coming to the US, I’ve seen men date girls and it’s just different. From my point of view, at least, they seem to be colder, not as romantic as we would be!”

Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

“Us Latinos, we do stupid stuff for the people we date. For example, I used to sleep next to my ex and she would sleep on top of my arm, and in the morning I would wake up and I wouldn’t feel my arm because it would be numb! But to me, I didn’t care. It was worth it. Those are the little things that we might do that someone else wouldn’t. I’ve talked to my American friends and none of them are willing to do that.”

Stand Out From the Crowd

“Some people have told me straight up that because I’m Latino, they’re into people like me. I wasn’t used to it back home, because no one would come up to me and say ‘Oh, you’re Latino,’ because obviously, I’m in my own country. Here it’s different. It kind of makes you stand out from everyone else.”

Suave, Sealed, Delivered

“A lot of people get us confused with always being flirty with a girl when we’re just being nice. We are usually very welcoming, very caring.we don’t come in straight up saying “hey, what’s up, give me your phone number. We like to get to know them first, joking around with them, making sure she smiles and make sure she’s engaged in the conversation. It’s something we have within us that makes us stand out I’ve heard the word suave so many times. If you approach an American girl, then you make sure she knows about and is interested in your cultural background and stuff like that, so it makes the conversation more interesting.”

A Ladies Man?

“My friends sometimes see me talking to a lot of girls, and just talking on a friendly matter! Simply because I’m Latino, just because I talk to a girl doesn’t mean that I’m going to proceed and take it farther! My friends straight up will tell me ‘You look like a player because you’re talking to all these girls’ and I’m like, ‘Can I not have friends? Damn!’ That’s just the way Latinos are, in comparison to other people!”

Oui, Oui?

“The only competition we really have is with Frenchmen! Besides that, Americans ain’t got nothing on us! It’s just not the same!”

Chivalry is NOT Dead

Be kind. Some of these people here, they just wanna have a one night thing. Even if you don’t, you still have to be kind to the girl. Do little things! Open the door, talk to her, smile at her.

I’ve done this so many times: If a girl is coming with her hands full to sit down, pull the chair out for her. Let her sit and then push her in. It’s the little things that matter.

Everyone Likes a Laugh

Be a friend. Be funny! Have a sense of humor! You don’t have to be serious and straight up and give them your number. Don’t do anything through text if you can do it face-to-face. She’s gonna remember that more than just a single text.

Just Dance

This is an advantage we have: we can dance! Spanish music, that’s a big advantage. You can take any American girl and they are going to be amazed. I’ve done it, it works! You gotta learn how to dance.

The Little Things

“If you’re dating someone, that person becomes your everything. That’s how it is for us, in my culture. Take a girl on a date, not necessarily to a really fancy restaurant. Go on a walk, give her some flowers, it’s the little things. For people here, it might take some practice, but little things matter.”

Local Entrepreneurial Leaders Speak at CLEI Event


Written by Bradley Bommarito

During the open block on Thursday, Sept. 20, Annette Patterson from The Advancement Foundation and Brad Stephens from CoLab spoke to a group of students in West Hall 210 as guests of the Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation’s first lunch of the semester.

In addition to sharing their own stories, the speakers informed students of local entrepreneurship opportunities and resources.  Patterson, president of the Advancement Foundation, explained that there are many projects that students can get involved with at various levels and in various areas of focus. She also talked about TAF’s premier event, “The Gauntlet.” In a process similar to the one used on the television show “Shark Tank,” “The Gauntlet” allows Roanoke Valley area entrepreneurs to learn more about starting and running a small business and to compete for money that can be used to launch their business or take their operations to new levels.

“The Gauntlet is one of the most comprehensive training and mentoring programs around. We target key skills and infuse business mentors into those areas, which best ensures comprehensive success. We also have guest speakers that are knowledgeable, dynamic, and enthusiastic about small business development. Through our partnership with key organizations, we engage in a holistic approach to business success,” said Patterson.

According to their website, the Advancement Foundation creates opportunities for dynamic community development by facilitating opportunities that empower citizens. TAF initiates, develops, and coordinates strategic action across all sectors of the community (nonprofits, business, government, and civic) in order to engage all citizens in transformative outcomes.

CoLab is a collaborative working area in the Grandin neighborhood of Roanoke that provides space to help businesses grow. Members pay a monthly fee to utilize the work space and infrastructure. Cooperation and collaboration are defining features of CoLab. Many members end up helping each other out with specific needs or working together on special projects.

“We provide an infrastructure for Roanoke’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through programs, education, networking, mentorship and shared workspace,” said Stephens.

The purpose of the CLEI speaker series lunches is to expose students to new perspectives on entrepreneurship and new ways to get involved in entrepreneurial activity. This program brings onto campus each month during the academic year a local or national entrepreneur who shares his or her experiences with students during a lunch Q & A panel. Speakers use their experiences to teach and encourage students who have a desire to pursue entrepreneurial passions.

According to their website, the CLEI is committed to helping students discover their vocational passions and interests and providing them with the educational tools needed to turn their ideas into viable innovations and businesses. Through college courses, intensive learning experiences, independent studies, internships, job shadowing, and exposure to professional subject matter experts across a wide range of disciplines, students are encouraged to pursue their interests through entrepreneurial expression.

“Given the commitment that students make to their education in the classroom, we at RC believe that the same commitment can and often should be extended to cocurricular and extracurricular opportunities, such as those provided by CLEI, the Center for Civic Engagement, and other campus and community organizations,” said Steve Baker, business professor and CLEI director.

Hurricane Florence Hits Coast Hard, Minimally Impacts RC


Written by Emily Leclerc

At the beginning of last week, the Roanoke Valley area was bracing for a direct hit from Hurricane Florence. Its projected path had the storm hitting the coast of North Carolina and then swinging upward, which would have brought the full force of the storm crushing down on the valley. Grocery stores were being emptied of water and nonperishable food items as the residents prepared. The student body of Roanoke College was tensely awaiting word on whether or not the school would advise them to evacuate. Most schools in the surrounding area had already canceled school for the remainder of the week.

Early Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, it swept through the news that Florence’s path had shifted. Now, instead of swinging north once it struck land, Florence would stall over the Carolinas and then veer south. The Roanoke Valley area was out of the storm’s direct path but was still predicted to receive several inches of rain. Flood warnings were in place for the valley from Saturday, Sept. 15 through Monday, Sept. 17. Due to the potential for dangerous flooding, Roanoke College decided to cancel all Monday classes and activities.

The Roanoke valley did experience some flooding as Tropical Depression Florence made its way north. WDBJ7, a local news station, reported that the overall impact of flooding was minimal and caused little damage. The Roanoke River did flood, spilling water onto roads, but it was only an inch or two in the worst places. Roanoke College itself had no issues with flooding and was reopened Tuesday for regular activities.

The Roanoke Valley area fared extremely well in the storm considering the damage Florence did to the coastline of the Carolinas. The storm surge was 10 to 12 feet, and the rainfall was measured in feet (not inches). CBS News reported that much of the coastline experienced catastrophic flooding, with the Cape Fear river expected to crest at 62 feet in the coming days. Thousands of people have had to abandon their homes as they are now underwater. There are still thousands of Coast Guard officials deployed in the most affected areas assisting with rescue operations and providing any aid necessary. The coastline of the Carolinas has a long road ahead of them, but plans have already been put in place to help disperse the flood waters and begin to rebuild.