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Maroons Talk Back(ety-Ack)

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Written by Shamira James

You’ve seen them all over twitter, now they’re in the Brackety-Ack. Tell us your unpopular opinion.

Tanner James, freshman, Has The Best RA Ever! “Unpopular Opinion Music Edition: Sorry to say it, but all country music sounds the same.”

Kenzi Semans, sophomore, Blonde Bombshell “Unpopular Opinion Food Edition: @Chick-fil-a: I can go to church AND eat on a Sunday.”

Arian Winters, junior, Honorary BA Member, “Unpopular Opinion Driving Edition: As much as I do love driving, being a passenger is 1000x better.”

Dylan Sheck, sophomore, Brice’s Bud, “Unpopular Opinion RC Edition: ALL ON-CAMPUS DINING OPTIONS SUCK!”

Throwback Artists Making A Comeback in 2019

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Written by Jessica Shelburne

In consideration of multiple artists that have already made a reappearance this year with singles, albums and hints of new music in the making, 2019 is bound to be a year of comebacks. The following are five artists, among many more, that are using the new year as a new opportunity for musical rejuvenation.

Avril Lavigne initiated the return with her album ‘Head Above Water’ mid-February. The album was inspired by the long battle she endured against Lyme Disease, claiming that it represents a true emotional journey. The album release has been a huge accomplishment for Lavigne, not only because of her health struggles, but also because it has reached the top 10 positions in 10 countries.

The Jonas Brothers also returned to the public eye upon dropping their new single ‘Sucker’ which surged to the top of the charts within days. The song and music video highlight their renewed musical sound and lifestyles. There have been heavy rumors of the group reuniting under the name JONAS to continue producing new music, after disbanding in 2013 for family purposes and to engage in their individual careers.

Following several singles in late 2018, Ciara delivered ‘Greatest Love’ earlier this year, and is reportedly working to compilate an entire album. However, release dates have not been confirmed as she will be on tour over the course of the year.

Marina Diamandis has been shown on several social media platforms partnering with Lana del Rey in preparation for new music releases this year. Historically known as Marina and the Diamonds, the pop singer has recently dropped the second part of her iconic title, now referred to simply as Marina. Although there are no officialized plans, hints from concerts and social media have led fans to believe something great is in progress.

Since 2016, Rihanna has been focusing on other successful aspects of her life, but as of late is being watched closely in anticipation of her ninth studio album, dubbed R9, after many affirmations that it’s underway. Between past interviews and hints from management, RiRi is known to be putting together a reggae album and partnering with several renowned artists.

The Swipe Out: Commons Considerations

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Written by Shamira James

Oh man, am I heated! This week, all RC students were sent a survey about Dining Services and all of the possible improvements students could possibly see as soon as next fall semester. Some of these improvements include- but are not limited to- a possible food truck, a storefront and even name-brand food options on campus. This is all dandy and I’m sure you’re like, well, why is Shamira, the most level-headed, rational, genuine and calm person I have ever met, upset about this? BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN MAKING THESE REQUESTS LITERALLY SINCE I WAS LITTLE PEE-WEE FRESHMAN WALKING AROUND WITH MY ID ON A LANYARD!

I would beg for us to be like a big school and have some kind of on-campus chain restaurant option, I would plead for an grab-and-go option for the gal on the go who’s already late to her 9:40 class but wants to walk in with a banana or bagel just to stunt. And boy, oh boy, if I had a nickel for everytime I wanted a late-night on-campus option on a Sunday when Commons has the nerve to close at the ripe time of 7 p.m., I’d have enough money to get food instead of eating ramen in my room.

So what exactly am I complaining about if all these things are going to happen? I AM A SENIOR GRADUATING IN MAY (which is causing more and more emotional turmoil everyday)! So since the graduation hysterics are setting in, and apparently anything is impossible, hear ye, hear ye – the queen is here to make her most ridiculous requests.

I want a live concert for every meal. Don’t get me wrong, while the Commons workers do play some bangers in all the sections, nothing would compare to hearing the live vocals of an artist of my choosing. I hope the lacrosse team is fine with being booted to the toolbox because I can see it clear as day right now ; Harry Styles performing “Kiwi” live on the table and, of course, he proposes to me afterwards but that’s a given…DUH!

I want to be paid for my appearances. After writing for such a well-known and respected publication, I can’t go ANYWHERE without the paparazzi attacking me. People are always stopping by the table to get an autograph, get a picture or get the latest scoop on Harry and I’s engagement. It’s 2019, and I’ve learned my worth, so RUN ME MY MONEY!!!

I want some other ridiculous and asinine third thing that my mind can’t even conjure up. I’m obviously kidding (*cue the violins*), and while I am sad I won’t be here to experience any of the changes that are no doubt going to make RC amazing, I just feel so rooted and a part of this place that it’s hard to imagine what’s going to happen here that I won’t be a part of. It’s the idea that after I’m gone, I won’t be a part of what’s going to happen. But nonetheless, I’m excited for future generations to experience how enveloped you will become in this in place that truly does make you feel a part of something bigger.

March Madness Brackets: The Mascots to Watch

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Written by Ian Gillen

The sun is out, brackets are being filled, and classes are being skipped again because it’s that very special time of year when team’s go dancing, and March gets a little mad.  Teams from the Anteaters to Billikens will be dancing this year with the hope of bringing home a Championship. After your bracket gets busted, check out this guide to some of the craziest mascots still dancing, so that at least you can get something right in these sad busted-bracket times.

The clear winner of Craziest Mascot of the Year goes to Saint Louis University.  The Atlantic 10 champions have a Billiken roaming the court and cheering them on.  What is a Billiken? I’m glad you asked. A Billiken is thought to be a good luck charm which was brought into existence when an art teacher had a dream with this bizarre figure in it.  She drew what she saw, and soon enough Billikens started to fly off shelves after she sold the image and the good luck dolls started to be made. How did this become attributed to St Louis though? Another good question!  Legend has it that a football coach once bore a great resemblance to a Billiken and they came to be called “Bendar’s Billikens”. The poor coach. If you have not already googled it, the Billiken is not exactly the prettiest mascot, so renaming your team based on the ugliness of your coach is pretty harsh.

Aside from the ugly nightmare that is the Billiken, the tournament is host to several Wildcats, a few Devils, an Aggie or two, and a pair of Gaels.  Iona and Saint Mary’s take the form of the Irish and Scotsmen, and I would love to see the Gael Final Four matchup. My dream Championship, however, is between the UC Irvine Anteaters and the Catamounts of Vermont.  The commentary alone would be reason enough to watch, though I am not getting excited about the potential of the matchup.

Minnesota took home the Get it Together Award for having a mascot that doesn’t exist.  Yes, the Golden Gophers play in the Gopher state, and I understand they sometimes wear gold, but there just is no such thing as a golden gopher.  If the Golden Eagles of Marquette use a real golden animal, and Saint Louis can find a way to make use of a Billiken, then Minnesota should be able to find a way.

Whether you are a Racer, part of a Wolf Pack, or a humble Volunteer we wish you luck in your quest for a perfect bracket and hope this brought some joy if you’ve already given up.

Five Actors Work Wonders in One of Shakespeare’s Greatest Tragedies

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Written by Charissa Roberson

On March 19, Roanoke College welcomed a quintet of British artists with Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) for a magnificent performance of “King Lear,” one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated tragedies. Using a bare stage, minimal props, and inventive double casting, the five actors presented the complex and harrowing tale with formidable energy and talent.

“It gets to the root of theatre,” said junior Emma Daisey, “because it’s so minimalistic.”

Several audience members commented on the resourceful ways the actors manipulated their few props to great artistic and emotional effect. In addition, each actor played multiple roles—often within the same scene.

“The double casting of the two sons—hilarious,” said freshman Claire McDonald. “It adds a layer of comedy, which is nice because [the play] is so serious.” AFTLS is a program dedicated to education through entertainment.

Five actors, from various prestigious theatre companies in the United Kingdom, provide students with the opportunity to watch high-quality performances and to learn from workshops, lectures, and other discussions which the actors facilitate. While AFTLS visited Roanoke, several classes enjoyed sessions with the actors, and a packed house in Olin Theatre witnessed their Tuesday performance.

“[The production} is beautiful but also heartbreaking,” said Dr. Nelson, assistant professor of Fine Arts. “It’s tremendous to see the amount of entertainment that can be gotten out of a tragedy.”