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Late Night Snacks: Spice Up Your Life with These Aphrodisiacs


Written by Jessica Shelburne

When we need energy, we eat food rich in protein. When we feel sad, we flock to sweet desserts, but what do we consume when we want to boost our sex drive? The answer: aphrodisiac food.

Aphrodisiac foods contain high amounts of nutrients that encourage sexual instinct and desire. Whether the food promotes blood circulation throughout the body, muscle relaxation, or enhanced senses, aphrodisiac foods are one of the most natural ways to increase bedroom performance. The following aphrodisiac foods have been considered the best to consume in order to get it goin’.

Pomegranates are classified as one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs due their amount of antioxidants. The pomegranate is a common symbol of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and has also been accepted by some as the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, not the apple. Other foods high in antioxidants include asparagus and strawberries.

Pumpkin seeds are not only rich in magnesium and zinc which boost (and replaces) testosterone and estrogen production, but also in omega-3 fatty acids which are incredibly beneficial for sexual health. The scent of pumpkin itself has also been shown to encourage sexual desire in both men and women. Other foods high in omega-3 are salmon and avocado.

Chocolate is an undeniable aphrodisiac due to its high concentration of phenylalanine – a chemical that boosts energy and feelings of happiness. Chocolate is historically known as a food suggestive for love and lust. As if we needed more reasons to eat chocolate. Other foods containing phenylalanine and similar compounds are legumes and cheese.

Watermelon heightens sexual arousal with its phytonutrient citrulline, which relaxes vessels and allows for increased blood circulation. These are the main effects caused by Viagra and other similar medications. Beyoncé’s reference to watermelon in her song ‘Drunk in Love’ makes a bit more sense now, right? Other foods high in citrulline include oranges and honey.

Watch Foreign Films on Kanopy


Written by Lorin Brice Hall

One of RC’s best-kept secrets is Kanopy. Kanopy is a film streaming site that allows its users to access hundreds of critically-acclaimed films that offer a non-western and non-American perspective.

The service is free to all Roanoke College student and faculty members! The films range from modern to ancient, and I have watched several classic Kurosawa films on the sight as well as Academy winner Moonlight and Academy nominee Ladybird. The wide range of these films provide Maroons with tremendous opportunity for growth. The Kanopy staff explains their goal with this mission statement: “The films that truly resonate with us do more than just entertain. They inspire us, enrich us, and challenge our perspectives. Kanopy ensures that these films reach viewers around the world.We stream thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with no fees and no commercials by partnering with public libraries and universities. Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers will discover remarkable and enriching films on Kanopy. Log in with your library membership and enjoy our diverse catalog with new titles added every month.At Kanopy we believe in the power of film to bridge cultural boundaries and bring people together. Start watching today and expand your worldview with us.”

The school hardly promotes this service, but it should! The highly successful international film festival that the school had hosted earlier this year showcased several films that were already available on Kanopy! Kanopy itself is an international film festival! That you can use for free! Expand your world! Expand your boundaries! It’s the summer, so watch good movies!

Our Senior Sports Writer Send Off


Written by Ian Gillen

Well, here they are, my final few hundred words in the Brackety-Ack.  First and foremost, I want to thank my fans. The two of you have been with me since the beginning. You got me to where I am today, and I will miss sharing my ramblings with you.

During my time as your second favorite sports writer, we have spread the good word of Fitzmagic, maneuvered past the madness of March a few times, saw the rise and fall of an empire in Philadelphia, but now a goodbye fails me. At least I can say I went out a winner.

Tiger’s weekend at The Masters stands to remind everyone what hard work, perseverance, and consistent therapy can bring, which are all things I have tried to splice in to my writing over the years. Watching a victorious Tiger walk up to the 18th hole in his classic devil-red shirt brought a tear to each eye as I prepare to walk up my own version of the 18th hole.

Not only was I happy that a legend of golf had returned, but I was happy that he did it for me.  My last days of sharing a job title with Stephen A. Smith were almost spent with the first-round of the NHL and NBA playoffs as the dominant headlines.  Thankfully, Tiger saved us all from that world, just as I have hopefully saved you from any amount of Stephen A. Smith.

My retirement will not be like Mike, Magic, or Favre.  There will be no comeback, and there will most certainly not be any jean commercials.  I am riding off into the sunset of obscurity, left only with the memories we have shared, but I can rest easy knowing that I will be replaced by a younger, hopefully better writer. I’ll miss you.

Living My Best Life: There’s No “I” in Newspaper


Written by Emma Grosskopf

I started working with the Brackety-Ack during the first semester of my junior year. I honestly don’t know why I waited that long to do it, because I had been an editor of my high school newspaper in Fredericksburg, and it was something that had always appealed to me. I guess when I got to college, I needed some time to learn how to balance my social life, my academics and my extracurriculars.

Whatever it was, when I started working with it, I immediately knew that I wanted to be Editor-in-Chief after David Hall. I wanted to expand, I wanted more color, I wanted a more diverse staff, I wanted exciting content. I wanted it all.

So in January of my junior year, I took over as Head Bitch In Charge. Immediately, I was overwhelmed. I didn’t really know how to run an organization, and balancing all of the crap I had going on was proving to be harder than expected. I had a much bigger staff, which only grew when my senior year started and I decided to add two new pages, Lifestyle and Food/Wellness. Part of me felt like I was just shooting myself in the foot and adding too much pressure. “Eight pages was excessive”, a little voice in the back of my head told me.

Eight pages is literally nothing. I have finally figured this out now, as I’m about to graduate. My change of heart was due entirely to what was definitely the most important lesson I’ve learned with the BA, and arguably the most important lesson I’ve learned at Roanoke College.


It’s not easy for me to trust the people around me. I don’t know if this is because I’m a Scorpio, a micromanaging freak or just someone who needs to control everything all the FREAKING time, but I learned at this job that if you don’t trust the people who you work with, everything falls apart, and I end up having a mental breakdown in a bathroom somewhere, bawling my eyes out because I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.

My staff, full of people who I have grown to not only value as coworkers, but love as friends, are incredible. They rise to challenges. They are a safety net of emotional support, and they put out a kick-ass product. I’m glad I figured this out and learned this lesson, because NEWSPAPER IS A TEAM SPORT. I wouldn’t have been able to do anything with the BA if it hadn’t been for them, and for the time we spent together laughing, singing, crying, meditating, shouting, arguing and panicking in the Garrett Media Lounge and all of the lessons I’ve learned, I am truly and eternally thankful.

Letter from the Section Editor


Written by Aeryn McMurtry

This page was started in the 2018/19 school year, and has since become one of my favorite parts of my everyday life. I was a little skeptical about writing about food and wellness, two things that I don’t consider myself an expert on by any means. I thought that it meant that I needed to know about “easy dorm recipes” and “working out 101”, but it turned into so much more than that.

My first issue, there was an article about yoga and one about working out when you have no idea how to, which pretty much met my expectations. And then I realized that “wellness” also means mental health and body image, and “food” means sometimes people need recommendations for other places in the area to eat. This page became a little bit of every other page, and just a little piece of me too.

I’m honored to have been a part of this paper and I’ll miss it when I’m gone. This entire Brackety-Ack experience has meant so much to me, and knowing that I might have helped someone out of a hard time makes me feel like all the late nights and punch-drunk shenanigans of layout are worth it.