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The Swipe Out: TEAL Me About it, Stud!

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Written by Shamira James

If you have me on Snapchat (shameless plug it’s queen.shamiraaa), then you know last year I started the #TealMovements trend on my story any time I got two or more teal objects in Commons. I assumed that everyone understood the importance to these pretty platters but just last week I was met with a distasteful glare from a girl when I reached under a red and yellow plate to grab a teal plate. While I constantly complain my neck, my back and etc. hurting, I promise I’ve only been here for four years, but even I get the importance of the plate.

They’re rare! More rare than a Charizard card or whatever you kids are into these days. Every stack you see in Commons is full of green, orange or red plates but seeing a teal plate is almost as magical as a double rainbow.

Another reason I wouldn’t not push someone out of my way to get to get one of those shiny beauts is because they’re said to be good luck. Between harder-than-expected exams, group projects, trying to find a seat on a Tuesday/Thursday lunch block, or shooting your shot in the witching hour, PLEASE TRY AND TELL ME THAT WE ALL COULDN’T USE A LITTLE LUCK NOWADAYS!

Finally, and most truthfully, it’s tradition. When I got here my freshman year, my roommate invited me to eat with some of her friends who weren’t freshman. One of the guys got a teal plate and made a big deal of it and I didn’t think much of it, but then I would hear in passing (or because I was nosy as hell and would poke my nose into everyone’s business) that other people were just as happy about this plate. When I got it the plate myself for myself, I felt it. It’s a little less exciting than winning the lottery but just as exciting as finding $20 on the street.

Whether, I’m digging through a stack to get to ol’ teal eyes or I see her at the top of the pile smiling right back at me, it’s more than just the prettiest dish to eat tendies and cheese shells off of, for me it’s a little quirk that makes Commons my favorite place.

RC Recognizes Suicide Prevention Month

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Written by Bradley Bommarito

It’s a sensitive subject, but an important one. Last week was the National Suicide Prevention Week, and September is the National Suicide Prevention Month. According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite each year during this time to promote suicide prevention awareness.

For the fourth year in a row, RC will be hosting an Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention and mental health awareness. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Cregger Center, with check-in and registration at 10 a.m. and the walk beginning at 11 a.m. Registration can also be completed online prior to the event.

“In the weeks leading up the event, RC counselors, HEAT, and our Peer Educators work to raise awareness of the event and of suicide by a mix of both active and passive programming. We are currently developing a number of events, including depression screenings and a discussion panel, which will take place during the week before the walk. Details will be coming out on the daily email as well as the Student Health & Counseling Services website,” said Colleen Quigley, a counselor with RC Student Health and Counseling Services.

The statistics on suicide are rather staggering. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), we lose 44,965 Americans to suicide each year. In addition, there are 25 suicide attempts for every death by suicide. According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people in the 10 to 35 age group, behind unintentional injury. Perhaps the most upsetting part of these statistics is that they represent preventable deaths.

“The fact that deaths by suicide are preventable is why we need to be discussing suicide prevention and raising awareness. As we discuss this topic, we need to remember that, odds are, someone we love has been touched by suicide. It is not a ‘they’ problem, it is an ‘us’ problem, and together we can work to solve it,” said Quigley.

There are a number of misconceptions about suicide and suicidal people. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, some of the most common myths and misconceptions are as follows: once someone has decided upon suicide, no one can change their mind and they will always be that way; people who make suicidal statements are seeking attention; talking about it will only encourage them; suicide only affects individuals with a mental health condition; people who die by suicide are selfish and take the easy way out.

“One of the best ways to combat myths is through education and awareness. Knowing the facts demystifies both mental health and suicide. SHCS invites students to view our website and educate themselves about mental health, wellness, and suicide prevention,” said Quigley.

RC takes a very proactive approach to mental health and suicide prevention. Key members of the campus community are specially trained to handle crisis situations.

“RC counselors have been working to educate the RC community on ways to handle mental health challenges and crises. Two of our counselors have become instructors for Mental Health First Aid, and we have trained all of the RAs on campus as well as many members of the faculty and staff,” said Quigley.

RC offers a host of valuable mental health resources as well as resources for mindfulness and stress relief. With so many options, many students have no need to venture off campus when it comes to their mental health needs.

“We are proud to offer a range of mental health resources on campus, which are expanding each year. Currently, we offer traditional counseling services to individuals and couples through our offices in Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS). We also offer Let’s Talk drop in counseling through our satellite location in The WELL (Alumni 216). This is a great option for people needing a brief consultation or information, including whether counseling might help them. We offer a number of groups, also through the WELL, which offer support and community to individuals in the LGBTQ+ community (RC D.R.I.V.E.) and to individuals struggling with mental health challenges (Love Your Selfie) as well as people wishing to learn about mindfulness and meditation (Just Breathe),” said Quigley.

Sometimes we may notice that a friend is behaving rather unusually, or maybe we see that a loved one is saying worrying things. There are certain “red flags” that may indicate someone is in crisis that one can look out for.

“Red flags that might trigger this conversation include changes in your loved one’s behavior. Maybe they are isolating when they are typically social, they might be increasing their use of substances or hurting themselves, or maybe they just seem more sad than usual. Obviously, someone who is talking about death, dying or suicide would be of concern,” said Quigley.

The people in our lives are not always willing or able to begin talking about and addressing their mental health needs, so it is sometimes necessary to initiate that conversation.

“It’s important to start a conversation, even if it’s awkward. Ask how your friend is doing, if everything is going okay or why they haven’t seemed like themselves lately.  A great resource for this is seizetheawkward.org which offers a number of tips as well as a wonderful, light-hearted video illustrating the importance of seizing, rather than avoiding, awkward moments,” said Quigley.

There are several courses of action that may be taken after the conversation is initiated. The appropriate response depends on several factors, such as the urgency and severity of a mental health crisis and the time during which it occurs.

“One option includes notifying the Care Team, if your concerns are not urgent. For urgent or potentially life-threatening concerns, call 911 or Campus Safety at 540.375.2310. You can also offer to help your friend speak to a counselor,” said Quigley. “Let’s Talk is a great option to access a counselor quickly and get immediate feedback. If your friend is not able/willing to attend Let’s Talk, you can help them complete a Counseling Request Form via the SHCS webpage or Form Finder to request an individual appointment with a counselor.”

Rooney’s Senior Roundup

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Written by Kaelyn Spickler

Jose Robertson, Soccer, Midfield

Coming into his senior season on the soccer field, Jose Robertson hoped to fully recover from his knee injury. Robertson had been out since Nov., when he tore his ACL and meniscus, and he took significant steps towards that goal on Wednesday night when he scored one of the 12 goals that lead to a record-breaking game for the Maroons.

Robertson said that he believes the biggest strength this team has is the team itself and the chemistry that they all share.

“There are 11 guys on the field and we have this motto for our team that we are like a family. Since a lot of us are so far away from home, the soccer team is pretty much your family here. In my four years, one of the big things for success is that we are all good friends with each other, so when we go on the field, you are not only playing for you but for your teammates too,” Robertson said.

With such a young team consisting of 16 freshmen, Robertson stepped up his role as a leader and is confident that the team is in good hands for upcoming years.

 

Stacey Staley, Field Hockey, Defender

Stacey Staley reminisces her freshman and sophomore seasons as she made it to the ODAC quarterfinals with the team, and last year, they made it to the semifinals. This year she is hoping to go even further. “My goal is always to make it ti ODACs. We only lost one senior from last year, and we have a lot of talented freshmen that came in this year. I truly believe we can go far,” Staley said.

Because this year’s team is so similar to last year’s team, the team knows how to work together well. During their last game against Dension, the team knew they had to bring their “a-game” as Dension is a strong team. “The atmosphere was very intense, but we played with poise, connected passes, and communicated really well which allowed for me to get the first goal and ended up finishing the game with a win,” Staley said.

 

Television Review: “Bojack Horseman” Sesaon Five

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Written by Joseph Carrick

“Bojack Horseman”, Netflix’s favorite emotionally-suppressed alcoholic in the form of a talking horse, has returned for a fifth season. What is there to look forward to in this new season? No spoilers here, but self-destructive behavior and the effects that it has on loved ones is further is explored in this new absurdist, realistic and (for some) uncomfortably relatable season. 

Trauma experienced early in childhood and adolescence defines the characters in “Bojack Horseman.” Their vulnerabilities and emotional weaknesses are not hidden under a veneer of visual gags or satire, but are just as apparent to viewers as it is to the characters themselves. The characters are amplified as they come to terms with their own situations, used sparsely and only to drive a point home.

Without going into any detail, episode six, “Free Churro” has gained a lot of hype from critics and fans alike. In the classic “rollercoaster of emotions” style that has become a trademark of the series, dark humor is mixed with deep-rooted anguish that can only reflect a lifetime of abuse and neglect. This is true for all characters in the series to at least some extent. The past of some characters is explored in more detail, and naturally what is found buried deep within is suppressed until it all comes rushing back. 

Humans of RC: The Voice of Roanoke, Elijah Wilhelm

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Written by Shamira James

Elijah Wilhelm is senior at Roanoke College from Roanoke. He is majoring in Communications Studies and is currently the Program Director for the RC’s radio station, WRKE. With his voice being the most recognizable on air, at sporting events or even herding together the masses for the 175th Anniversary photo, he has quickly become the voice of Roanoke College.  

“I never planned on coming to Roanoke in the first place. I applied to here on my class’s move-in day and I signed up for classes during Convocation. I came here as a theater design major. I wanted to do lighting for theaters and concerts and stuff like that. Since I had never even been here before move-in day, I had no idea what this campus had to offer. A few weeks into the semester we were on set for the first show of the year and one of the girls who I worked with said she had to leave to go do her radio show. I thought she was lying but no, she told us she had a show on campus and I thought that was really cool.

I had done announcing in high school with daily announcements but I never took it further than that. I tuned into her show and I thought, ‘okay well, I could do this,’ despite being nervous about. I knew I could see myself doing it. Next thing I knew, I was one of around around 8 people with a show.

I did my first show and I hated it. I was just me staring out of a window picking up sounds of lawn mowers and people swearing outside for an hour while I attempted to talk about news. So, I got my friend Christa Waterwiese to be my co-host. Then Rick Mattioni, the faculty advisor, reached out to me, and eventually I was hired as the News and Information recorder.

On my fifth or sixth week of being on the station the entire radio staff had gotten an email asking if one of us could fill in for the student who did the game announcing, because he was sick. I jumped at the opportunity, but it was for a men’s lacrosse game which I had never seen before. I had to have someone whispering in my ear the entire time making sure I was saying the right things. Now between Roanoke College, Salem Red Sox, Salem Civic Center and Salem High School I do about 180 shows a year. I’ve been able to grow with it and perfect my craft and just get more comfortable with it.

I think over the years, people have been interested in WRKE because of the product we put out. We’re creating something to be apart of. You can take your own initiative on it and truly make it your own.I’ve seen a lot of improvement and attention go towards media as a whole here on campus. We’ve gotten to be involved in so many great things and increase our numbers because of interest and exposure. The Brackety-Ack in the past year has changed so much. There’s a new design and they’re doing interesting stories that people actually get excited for. It’s about time and effort and doing your job.”

“When I started getting into the station I wanted to do on-air stuff because it seemed so cool. Whether it was radio or TV that’s what I wanted but the moire involved I got, the more I enjoyed the behind the scenes aspect of it. Producing, directing and management became something I loved. So I’m less sure but also, in a way almost more sure because while I don’t know exactly what I want to do in broadcasting, I also don’t really care because I found out I enjoy all of it and I can make it work.