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Best Books to Binge this Summer


Written by Joyelle Ronan

Finals are approaching which means that Summer vacation is only a few exams away. My favorite way to spend a sunny day is sitting poolside with a good book. Here are some recommendations that you might want to add to your reading list.

Looking for Romance?- The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han is the perfect easy beach read. Written by the author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, this trilogy follows Isabel “Belly” Conklin who spends every summer on the beach with family friends, The Fishers. Belly has always been close with Conrad and Jeremiah Fisher, but this summer is different. The major themes of the series are love, loss, and growing up. It will make you feel nostalgic in the best way possible.

Looking for Fantasy?- Caraval by Stephanie Garber is set in a unique fantasy world that will leave you wanting the next book in the series right away. Every year, a mystical, mysterious game happens known as Caraval. Scarlett has always dreamed of attending Caraval, but after her sister is kidnapped she’s not sure how much of Caraval is just a game and what is real life. In a word, this series is spellbinding.

Looking for Mystery?- How She Died, How I lived, by Roanoke College’s own Professor Hill (Mary Crockett), is the emotional story of a girl trying to find her place after the tragic murder of a classmate, Jaime. Based on true events, the narrator is one of five girl that the murderer texted, while she didn’t respond, Jamie did. This book will likely make you cry but it also has moments of romance and hope as well as a great mystery.

Good luck on your exams and have a great summer!

Looking for Sci-Fi?- Red Rising By Pierce Brown is the epic story of Darrow and his quest to infiltrate elite society. Set on Mars, this futuristic novel has the action of The Hunger Games and the violence of Game of Thrones. In order to break the class system, Darrow transforms into a high ranking “Gold” and competes in a test known as the Passage which involves killing another Gold. My recommendation is to read the book before the movie comes out.

Looking for Adventure?-Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue By Mackenzi Lee has all of the adventure, love, humor, and History that you want. Set in the 1700’s, the story follows Monty, a wild Englishman with an inclination for trouble as he, his best friend Percy, and his sister Felicity embark on a grand tour of Europe. Monty comes to realise he might be in love with Percy, but if his father finds out, he will be disowned. Narrated in first person by Monty, this book is a hilarious and fresh take on a classic adventure novel.

All of these books are available on Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. For further book recommendations, check out #summerreads on instagram. Have a great summer everyone!

No One: … Shamira: I Just Think it’s Funny How…


Written by Shamira James

Well, it’s been two weeks since I wrote my scathing piece doing the one thing no other Roanoke College boy will do- CALL OUT OTHER ROANOKE COLLEGE BOYS! Since then, I’ve received a mix of reactions, and it’s not as black and white as it may seem. Yes, most girls who read it completely agree with my points and see my undeniable genius and visionary quality, but the guys are the ones on the fence…who’s surprised? Guys’ main approach to the article is “I agree but…” followed by some asinine and painfully obvious question like “oh, you don’t think girls are indirect?” WELL BUTTER MY BUNS AND CALL ME A BISCUIT!  I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS SO ONE DIMENSIONAL TO BELIEVE GIRLS DIDN’T HAVE A HAND IN SOME OF THE MESSES THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN. Trust me, there have been many a times when I have been diagnosed with DBS (dumb-broad syndrome), but it takes two to tango, so let’s address some of the criticisms.

“If you’re ever 100% obvious, you’ll never get laid.” – Let me finish rolling my eyes before I address this. I get that the mystery and the element of surprise is what makes any interaction fun and daring. When I said be honest with someone, I don’t mean right when you meet them to lay everything out on the line. That doesn’t mean you have to play them, there’s a certain point where you have a window to be honest about your intentions, and you’ll be able to identify it, because it’s usually when you decide to ghost the girl or act like you don’t know her when you see her in Commons.

“Are you seriously trying to tell me girls don’t pick fights and agitate?” – No, you jackass, is that what you read? Girls are emotional, meaning that our fights and agitations and pettiness comes from a place of emotion. Men’s agitation comes from a place of seemingly just for the fun of it. You can’t tell me that if you, as a guy, know what ticks a girl off, you’re not gonna do it? You are because that’s the person you are. It’s not an awful thing but then you really have zero place to be upset when she acts petty right back.

“I just don’t think you hang around the right guys because not all guys act like this.” – I’m gonna keep it very 100 with you- every single guy from the one that is the living legend Shemar James to the last guy I made out with, fits the bill of what I described as an issue. I know I don’t know every guy on this planet (that truly sounds like the most awful experience), but of the ones that I’ve met, y’all ain’t special. I’m not saying you’re a mean guy. I’m not saying you are evil-spirited. I’m not even saying girls are that much different. I just think that you have to be a special kind of oblivious to not see that you are not an angel, and mama’s little boy is capable of being trash.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to introspection. How much outside of yourself can you get to find the flaws within you and the company you keep. No one is perfect, and college age boys and girls are the furthest from it. We all just need to understand that at one point or another, we have been the problem. When we realize that and correct it, we can go from there.

RC Recap


Written by Aeryn McMurtry

Baseball: The baseball team (15-15, 12-5 ODAC), played a double header at Virginia Wesleyan and came out victorious for both games, 8-4 and 9-5, and then followed up with a 11- 4 victory at Emory and Henry. The team then hit a series of losses against Randolph-Macon and Guilford. Coming up, the team has a double header on April 20 at Eastern Mennonite starting at noon.

Softball: Roanoke College softball (17-18, 6-10 ODAC) faced off at Guilford for a double header loss on April 6 and then had a 1-for-1 double header at both Averett and Lynchburg the following week, before losing to Virginia Wesleyan on April 14. Coming up this week they have another double header against Randolph-Macon on April 20.

Men’s Lacrosse: Men’s lacrosse (10-6, 6-3 ODAC) had a 18-10 Alumni Weekend loss against Lynchburg only to come back for a 23-2 sweep against Ferrum. They had a 13-10 loss against Hampden-Sydney and then a 16-7 win over Shenandoah to wrap up this past week. Up next, the team will face off at Randolph-Macon on April 20 at 1pm.

Women’s Lacrosse: Women’s lacrosse (10-5, 5-2 ODAC) had a series of sweeping wins in the past two weeks, including 22-4 against Bridgewater, 23-4 at Randolph, 15-7 at home against Virginia Wesleyan, and 17-8 at Guilford. They hope to continue their streak at Shenandoah on April 19 at noon.

Men’s Tennis: Men’s tennis (7-9, 5-4 ODAC) lost 9-0 to Guilford at home on April 7, but then won against undefeated Bridgewater 5-4 on April 10. They have their Senior Day match at Virginia Wesleyan on April 20 starting at 11am.

Women’s Tennis: Women’s tennis (9-7, 7-4 ODAC) had two at home wins and losses this past week. They won 7-2 against Bridgewater and then 9-0 sweep on Senior Day against Hollins. They lost 6-3 to Washington and Lee and then 7-2 to Lynchburg. They have one more game at Lynchburg on April 20 at 2pm.

Track and Field: On April 6, the track and field team competed in the Phoenix Invitational at Elon University in North Carolina. They also went to Randolph College on April 13 to compete in the WildCat Invitational, where the men’s team placed 5th and the women’s placed 6th. On Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, they are set to return to Randolph to compete in the ODAC Championships.

It All Begins With LOVE: RC’s Tennis Teams


Written by Garrett Ruggieri

Roanoke College offers many intercollegiate sport programs for student-athletes to get involved in. Most notably here on campus being, lacrosse, basketball, and baseball. These teams draw in the largest crowds for home games and occasionally see students and fans travel for away games or ODAC tournaments. While those sports are most highly recognized, the Brackety-Ack would like to acknowledge a set of teams that maybe slide under the radar a little bit- men’s and women’s tennis. It’s tough for people to see them on a regular basis because they play their home matches at Elizabeth Campus. While it is an easy drive or a simple walk away, especially in this beautiful spring weather, the fan turnout is not great. The paper would like to recognize them in the last issue of the 2019 spring BA, featuring some of the nicest people on campus, and well-renowned student athletes.

The women’s tennis team is currently 9-6, while posting an impressive 7-3 ODAC record. On senior day, long standing team members Arabella Goralski and Kelly MacCluen both swept their singles matches, and also paired up in doubles to take home an 8-1 victory against Hollins. These wins helped lead the team to a dominant 9-0 performance at home. The women play their final match of the season against Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, April 20th at 2pm.

The men’s team has had a different road this season, posting a 7-9 record, while staying above .500 in the ODAC at 5-4. On their senior day, they etched a W into the win column, fending off Bridgewater, 5-4. Lone senior, Alston Martin helped gather the team win with a 8-6 victory in doubles with partner, Jack Dorris. The team plays next at Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, April 20th beginning at 11am. Their final game of the season is away against Hampden-Sydney on Tuesday, April 23rd starting at 4pm.

Both teams have worked extremely hard this season and look forward to rounding out the year with victories. Go Maroons!

Hi Shishters: Here’s the Basis for A Good Foundation


Written by Caisi Calandra

Even though there’s technically not a specific age at which children can start playing with makeup, most start at a young age. There’s maybe the curiosity of something a little more pigmented than chapstick, or lipgloss — maybe they’ve seen their mothers applying lipstick before work and wonder what it would look like on themselves.

Some of the purest curiosity from a child can blossom into a passion, a genuine interest in the art of makeup and all of its possibilities.

But not all children have the opportunity to experiment with makeup when they’re younger, though, and suddenly, they find themselves in in their twenties without a clue as to what to buy, to try and to get rid of. One of the most important things in a makeup routine, if you’re willing to jump in and try new things, is the foundation. When shopping, most don’t take into account their skin type, which can greatly affect the outcome of your foundation and how well it stays on your skin. (Primer is also important!)

Normal to dry skin: If you’re just starting out and want to try something natural, light coverage foundation is for you! If you’re the kind of person who has minimal to no acne (a blessing), this foundation would work like BB, or CC, cream. It might work to get rid of any unevenness that you might have in your skin tone without looking cakey or feeling heavy.

If you have a normal skin type (which consists of getting just a bit oily in the T-zone), a light coverage foundation would give you a more natural, hydrating, and glowy look. Some of the downsides of light coverage foundations is that they’re usually not good for oily skin because it makes oily areas on your face even more oily.

Oily skin: For those of you with oily skin, matte-finish liquid foundations are your new best friend. With matte-finish foundations, you’re usually able to build up to the level of coverage that you want (or don’t want). They’re great for holding back oil in your skin, and, an extra tip: using a bit of setting powder, whether translucent or not, can help to set the foundation even more.

It’s difficult to tell when too much powder is used for matte foundations because they dry up, essentially, and can you leave you feeling dry. That’s why, if you’re only really oily in certain areas, I would suggest applying a bit of powder there just in case.

Slightly normal to slightly dry: If you’re a gal or pal on the go, and you’re into those cute compact foundations, and have this skin type, this is perfect thing for you. If you don’t want a true matte or dewy finish, this foundation will give you something in the middle.

The only downside is that this might contribute to your oily areas, and it’s easy for this type of foundation to get cakey. With a light hand, and some emergency powder nearby, though, managing something like this would be easy.

Just remember, there’s no right way to do your makeup! Play around and make mistakes, because you’ll know your skin better than anyone else.