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The Next Level of Basketball


Written by Kaelyn Spickler

The transition from being the top dog in your high school’s gym to being at the bottom of the totem pole as a freshman is tough. These athletes are used to breaking records for their high school and thriving off the crowd chanting their name. The first few weeks playing at the collegiate level is a wake-up call for many. All of the athletes are good at this level, which can either motivate or discourage players.

Several RC basketball players found this transition to be harder than expected. Finding the balance between playing collegiate basketball and taking college classes are among the reasons that led several freshmen to walk away from the sport, along with the intensity and level of commitment needed to be successful on a college basketball team. The team is still packed with young talent, and the five freshmen remaining on the team are adjusting and learning all while keeping a positive attitude.

Some of the key differences between high school and college sports is the time commitment and the intensity.

“It’s different because you can practice around your class schedule or have individual workouts with you during the day, so you always have to be ready to go into the gym. You also have to be able to get to your classes when you’re supposed to, and do all of your homework,” freshman guard Tripp Greene said. It’s important to stay on top of practice times and due dates for homework assignments because in college, obligations pile up quickly.

“It’s the next level, and if you’re not ready for it, it will catch you off guard because it is harder than high school. You have to put more time into it, and be more mature about it,” freshman guard Nick Price said.

The freshmen haven’t been thrown into the deep end of the pool to fend for themselves, however. Due to encouraging teammates and a knowledgeable staff, the freshmen are adjusting well.

“It’s been a smooth adjustment. The older guys on the team and the coaching staff have definitely helped me come in and figure stuff out because there are some learning curves, but I feel like it’s gone swimmingly so far,” freshman forward JP Corser said.

The three athletes agreed that all of their teammates help give advice or show them what they did wrong. “[Junior] Joe Mikalauskas and [sophomore] Jeremy Littlejohn both play my position, and they basically have mentored me on things like how to swing the right way and nitpick me, in a good way, to show me how to be more effective at the position.”

Maintaining a positive and focused mindset is crucial for the players. It’s important to remember that everyone was once a freshman starting out on the basketball team, and everyone has been in their shoes.

“Be positive and attack it with a positive mentality because obviously you aren’t going to do everything right, so you can’t get too down on yourself,” Corser said. Additionally, practice must be taken seriously. The players need to be ready to learn and put in the extra work to retain the information.

“I go in with a very focused mindset because we cover a lot of new things, especially as freshmen. We have to learn everything, and as long as you’re focused it carries over. It’s kind of like extra homework. You learn all of these new plays, and you have to go over them when you go back to your room or else you won’t be as prepared,” Greene said.

Playing a college sport is a commitment, and it’s important to honor that commitment and give it 110%.

“What keeps me playing is the love of the game and the fact that we made a commitment. I like to stick by that,” Price said. While maintaining their commitment, all three of these athletes hope to help the team as much as they can in order to secure the ODAC Championship. Simply put by Price, their goal is to “Win, have fun and play basketball.”

Modern Language Dept. Performs Diverse Theatrical Experience


Written by Lorin Brice Hall

The Modern Language Department put on a theatrical production of Botánica in the Olin Recital Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Botánica was written by late Cuban-American Playwright Dolores Prida and first staged in 1991. Botánica is the third Spanish play produced by the department in three years.

The play portrays the cultural difficulties faced by a young woman when she returns home from college, having actively distanced herself from her Puerto Rican heritage. The dialogue featured in this production was mostly in Spanish, with English summaries provided for clarity.

The play primarily revolves around the theme of identity while also exploring feminism, code switching and the realities that Hispanic women face in the United States.

The play was overseen by Drs. Hancock-Parmer and Flores-Silva, who joined forces in order to expand opportunities for students to practice language in real cultural contexts.

“The play enriches Roanoke College as theater provides a meaningful tool for language acquisition, and it also introduces students to Hispanic cultures,” said Hancock-Parmer, “We hope the play reminds all of us the importance of valuing diversity.”

Flores-Silva stated that the theatrical experience was extremely personally rewarding as it allowed her to share her culture with others.

Ensemble member Alejandro Carino was excited to take part in the production as it focused on a struggle that many Latinos could relate to.

“The experience of being in Botánica has helped me in my study of the Spanish language as the immersive experience helped truly bring the language to life,” said senior Lindsey Camille Nanz.

Rooney’s Season Roundup


Written by Kaelyn Spickler

The fall season has come to an end, and the seniors have much to be proud of, not just for this past season, but from all four of their collegiate seasons.

Our volleyball team consisted of two seniors, outside hitters Sydney Daniel and Kelsey Goodman.

The RC golf team was made up of four seniors- Lucas Martin, Staley Cavey, Dave Moreau, and Bobby Spellane.

There are three seniors who wrapped up their final cross country season this year- Kevin Elliott, Tim Shay, and Ryan Wilson.

The men’s soccer team was made up of a good number of seniors. Defender Federico Mor, midfielder Andre Yow, midfielder Benji Pullen, forward Ezra Zigarwi, midfielder Jose Robertson, and midfielder Ryan Hepburn helped lead the team to wins.

Women’s soccer will be losing three seniors next year- defender Julia McCracken, midfielder Jillian Barnard, and midfielder Ashley Scovni.

Nine senior ladies made up the field hockey team. Goalkeeper Heather Schauder, midfielder Kelsey Martin, attack Fiona Dougan, midfielder Kestrel Thorne- Kaunelis, attack Paige Warner, midfielder Megan Diehl, defender Kaylin Strenson, defender Stacey Staley, and attack Abigail Werner all finished up their final season this year.

The Brackety-Ack would like to send a big congratulations to all of our fall senior athletes on four great seasons here at Roanoke College. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Life After Baseball Season


Written by Ian Gillen

Everyone’s been there.  Early morning, head hurts, heart hurts, everything hurts.  This time has come again with the end of the World Series and the beginning of life without baseball.

Times were simpler in October.  Nine-inning nights filled the hearts and minds of all, and no one needed anything else to be happy.  But now the cold days of November are here and the void in the hearts of sports fans burns deep with a yearning of drama, passion, and championships.

To fill this void fans must look to the stars.  No not the stars our ancestors gazed upon, but the stars that shine in the bright lights and on the latest of cloudy nights.  Luckily for Dodgers fans their late-night fix of sports entertainment can from LeBron James and their at times exciting Lakers.  With LeBron now playing in the Western Conference, the most exciting game of the night is sometimes tipping off around 10:00. This means fans that get their homework done early, procrastinate, or do not do it at all can watch the best player in basketball in the best conference in basketball.

College Basketball also made its long-awaited return this week, and is home to some of the greatest moments, rivalries, and venues in all of sports.  Anyone growing tired of the SEC’s domination of football is now allowed to the ACC for much needed relief and competition. Tuesday and Thursday night primetime games make every week better and can help your World Series hangover.

The usual suspects can also help ease the pain of the Red Sox’s ending of baseball season.  The midway point of the NFL season has just been reached, the College Football Playoff Rankings have begun, and across that big bowl of water Champions League Soccer is making its imprint on Europe.

The Brackety-Ack knows that filling the baseball-sized hole in your heart is not easy.  But in these trying times it is important to stick together. We hope this helps gets you through the tough time in your life.

Living My Best Life: I Am Confusion


Written by Emma Grosskopf

Being confused isn’t a new concept to me, okay? I took a stats class.

I swear, something new confuses me every day. But there’s a new type of confusion that has surfaced for me now, one that doesn’t have anything to do with z-scores or bell curves.

As a matter of fact, it has nothing to do with classes at all.

Everyone has a type, right? Like, a TYPE type. Some people are into athletes, some people are into blondes, some people are exclusively into frat guys (though that’s more of a character flaw than a “type,” per se, but we can let it go), etc.

Some people have a couple different “types.” This is probably a little more common, especially since these types overlap on such a small campus.

But riddle me this: what do we do if we develop a crush on someone who is not AT ALL your type?

Yep, I am living through this confusion as we speak. I don’t know why I like this guy; he’s nothing like any of the other guys I’ve been into before! I mean, he’s smart and funny and nice and doesn’t ignore me.

And I can’t possibly imagine what is wrong with me. Why am I into him?

If anyone has experienced this before now, I am so sorry that I didn’t understand your confusion.

Because I definitely understand it now. I would love to know the exact reason why I am crushing on someone who I a) don’t have a single class with, b) have only talked to a couple times and c) couldn’t really pick out of a crowd.

Until now.

Because I am obviously an expert on every single thing that has ever existed ever, I always say matter-of-factly, “everyone has a type!” And I really do stand by this!

But none of my proclamations ever described what I should do when the guy I have a crush on is so far from my previously determined “type.”

What is little old me supposed to do in this situation?

I have thought long and hard about it, and I have finally come to a conclusion:

Maybe I should talk to him.

Ask him to coffee.

Have a conversation with him.

This guy is not an enigma. He’s not a gnome. He’s not a Jedi. He’s not one of the Village People.

I need to broaden my horizons and forget my “type.” I’m guessing that, when I do, something good MIGHT come out of it. Just maybe.