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Need Something to Do? Check out the Entertaining Options RC Has to Offer!

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Written by Lucy Collins

Calling all students with too much free time on their hands: Roanoke College offers various interactive opportunities to help occupy your boredom.

Throughout the month, Roanoke College is offering: RC Light Midweek Worship, Va Watercolor Society 39 Annual Exhibition, Olin Galleries Biennial Exhibition of Student Entry, and Kickin’ it Live.

RC Light Midweek Worship is a weekly gathering for Christian worship. Preaching and Communion is offered and hosted by the Chaplin’s office. RC Light Midweek Worship is hosted in Antrim Chapel, every Wednesday from 7:30-8:30PM.

The Olin galleries are also hosting the biennial exhibition and calling for artist entries. This is a great opportunity for any individual within a 200-mi. radius of Roanoke College to submit their art work to be on display. Artwork of any medium can be submitted, including crafts, drawing, film, video, printmaking, sculpture, etc. In order for artwork to pass submission, it must be original and made in the past three years.

Kickin’ it Live is an event that event features D’Lo from HBO’s “Looking” and Netflix’ “Sense 8.” Kickin’ it Live is a series of alternative programs aired on weekends. It is offered this Friday, October 5, from 8-9:30PM, in the Colket ballroom.

Don’t waste your free time, be productive and come to these intriguing events RC has offered!

Maroons Talk Back(ety-Ack)

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Written by Shamira James

You know your sign, but do you believe in the hype?

Sam Ream, sophomore, Taurus: “I believe in them, but I also believe anyone can fit the really fundamental traits of every zodiac.”

Patrick Cox, sophomore, Gemini: “Not at all, it’s all nonsense!”

Emily Donlevy, sophomore, Libra: “I base my day around them, I literally do birth charts!”

Sydney Coffey, sophomore, Cancer: “I definitely enjoy reading them, sometimes they’re iffy, but for the most part I trust them.”

 

After Separate Checks, Area Man Ponders Ambiguous Date

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Written by Joseph Krzyston

What began as a jovial dinner ended in confusion this week for an area man, who, upon presentation of the check, found himself in a great degree of uncertainty about the categorization of their outing.

“I thought it was going great, you know? I was getting all the right signals, no awkward breaks in conversation or anything. Had a generally really nice time.”

The strong indications of romance between the two were called into question when the waiter approached with a bill.

“So he comes up, right, and says “Will this be together or separate?” and she says “Oh separate is great,” or something like that, and that really threw me for a loop.”

Eyewitnesses have corroborated the man’s account of events. The family in the booth adjacent to the couple in question has not responded to requests for comment, but the man in the table by the door reported a “palpable sense of awkwardness on the man’s part, informed by an obvious insertion of uncertainty into what had previously been a straightforward social interaction.” The bizarrely articulate observer noticed this from a distance, which both highlights the discomfort on the part of the man and raises questions as to why the hell this guy was staring at a couple on, presumably, a dinner date.

“So I think to myself,” continued the bewildered romantic, “alright, what are the possible meanings here, and I narrowed it down to two. Either this is a platonic outing for her, or she’s one of those feminists I keep reading about. Either way, this complicates things. Now I don’t know whether or not I’m on a date, and I’m worried she’ll bite my head off if she finds out I didn’t vote in 2016.”

The situation is as of yet unresolved, with ongoing communication via text message proving, as usual, inconclusive and vexing.

LGBTQ History Forum Panelists Discuss the Stonewall Riots

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Written by Emily Leclerc

In the wee hours of the morning on June 28, 1969, the NYPD entered the Stonewall Inn and proceeded to arrest several of the patrons in the bar. The Stonewall Inn was a seedy underground gay bar in Greenwich Village in New York City. It had become one of the few safe places for LGBTQ people in the city, as any sort of open homosexual act was illegal during this time. Several employees were arrested for illegally selling alcohol, and the patrons were roughed up and arrested for not wearing the correct number of gender appropriate articles of clothing.

As the arrestees were being led to police cars, those milling around outside the bar did not withdraw but instead gathered around the police. The LGBTQ members on the city had reached their limits. They were sick and tired of being continually harassed by the police and finally decided to fight back. For the next five days, violent demonstrations took place in front of the Stonewall Inn in protest of the continuous persecution and discrimination of the LGBTQ community. The Stonewall riots, while they did not start the gay rights movement, gave the LGBTQ community the fire it needed to eventually go on and fight for their long overdue civil rights.

The gay rights movement has since exploded and is bringing about long-desired change. As this change occurs, though, people are starting to realize that LGBTQ history has not been well documented. The stories of LGBTQ people, their experiences, and their contributions have been left out of traditional histories.

Dr. Gregory Rosenthal, assistant professor of history at RC and co-founder of the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project, talked about this lacking history at the “Fifty Years Since Stonewall: LGBTQ+ History Forum” this past Tuesday.

“The fact is that so much queer history is not done by historians. As a field, as a practice, for the past fifty years it has often been LGBTQ people themselves who have done this work,” said Rosenthal.

It has fallen on the LGBTQ community to collect their own stories because no one else is doing it, and they are a community that deserves just as much as any other to have their stories told.

Cathleen Rhodes, senior lecturer in women’s studies at Old Dominion University and director of the Tidewater Queer History Project, discussed how her entire organization’s purpose is to collect oral histories of LGBTQ people from the surrounding community. They want to get a sense of what it was like to be a queer person during the 80s and 90s in order to garner a better understanding of the LGBTQ experience. The issue they keep running into, though, is that people don’t believe they have a story to tell.

“They think we’re looking for something very specific. And I think that’s tied to the idea that history, especially academic history, has often left out LGBTQ people. And so, the message has clearly been that those histories are not important enough to make it into our official records,” said Rhodes.

Because the LGBTQ community has been pushed to the wayside for so long, those who are trying to preserve their history have trouble pulling out their stories because they don’t believe their stories are important enough to be documented.

However, there is hope; as people have started to realize the gaping holes in the LGBTQ historical record, a concerted effort is now being made to fill those holes. Blake McDonald, another one of the panelists, heads the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative through the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. They are working to collect and document LGBTQ history along with preserving LGBTQ spaces. In 2015, the National Park Service announced that they were starting a nationwide LGBTQ heritage study. The study has since concluded, but projects like that show that there is quite an effort being made.

The Stonewall Inn was declared a national historic monument in June of 2016. Stonewall’s legacy won’t be forgotten and LGBTQ history is slowly being filled in, piece by piece.

Brett Kavanaugh: To Be Confirmed, or Not to Be Confirmed?

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Written by Madalyn Chapman

That is the question all of America has been weighing in on since July 9, when President Trump announced that Judge Brett Kavanaugh was his pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. This raised concerns among Democrats, and some Republicans, as this would shift the Supreme Court to the right. What has been arguably the biggest story of the past week is Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her allegations of physical and sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh. Dr. Ford sent letters to Rep. Anna Eshoo and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, her congressional representatives, detailing her concerns about Judge Kavanaugh’s possible nomination. After his nomination was secured, she turned her concerns to his subsequent confirmation.

After the letter made it into the news circuits, Kavanaugh issued a statement denying all allegations made by Dr. Ford. On Sept. 19, Dr. Ford agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is the body that would vote on whether or not to recommend Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Before Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh’s testimonies occurred, two more women came forward with allegations of sexual assault. Judge Kavanaugh denied all of these allegations as well.

Dr. Ford delivered an emotional testimony on Sept. 27, detailing the alleged sexual assault.  

“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified,” said Dr. Ford in her opening statement. “I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”

She went on to finish her opening statement and then sat through four hours of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, during which she stated she was “100 percent” certain that Judge Kavanaugh was the one who assaulted her in high school. Dr. Ford was praised for her bravery by politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony followed Dr. Ford’s. His opening statement was delivered with barely-concealed rage as he described the effects Dr. Ford’s allegations have had on him and his family.

“My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed,” said Kavanaugh. “This confirmation process has become a national disgrace…you have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy.”

Judge Kavanaugh offered calendars from the summer of 1982, when the alleged assault took place, stating that the gathering Dr. Ford described was nowhere on those calendars.

On Sept. 28, after a delay, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to take Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote to the Senate floor; one week was allowed for an FBI investigation. The findings of this investigation were released yesterday to senators who were on the fence about the vote, and many of these senators have already made their decision. The final vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is expected to take place on Saturday, Oct. 6.