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Kamala’s First 100 Days

Written by Devon Mitchell Kamala Harris is making history as the first female, Black American, South Asian Vice President. Not only can she hold claim to these groundbreaking firsts, but just in her first 100 days in office she is single handedly redefining the role of VP. Historically, one might say the Vice Presidency has been an uninteresting job. John Adams once said, “I am vice president. In this I am nothing, but I may be everything,” suggesting he has no real responsibility, but hey, maybe one day. Vice-President Harris does not have the same attitude Adams once had. She is ready to be everything now. Harris has been the front woman for the Biden administration on gender issues. She even addressed the European Parliament and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on International Women’s Day. She has been on numerous solo calls on foreign policy, discussing migration from the Northern Triangle and other humanitarian crises. Even some of Harris’s original bills from the Senate addressing infrastructure and COVID effects relating to race and ethnicity have been crucial to the Biden Administration.  Harris said in an interview that she and “Joe” as she calls the President really work together and bounce ideas off each other. It is clear that Kamala has become an integral part of the Biden Administration doing more than what is expected of any Vice President. This is only the first 100 days, I am more than confident Vice President Harris will continue to make history and pleasantly surprise the American people

Top Movies Coming in 2021

Written by Charissa Roberson Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous highly anticipated films have had to be significantly delayed. However, with the arrival of 2021, these films are finally heading to our screens. Here are some of the biggest films premiering this year! On June 11, a full year after its original release date, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical “In the Heights” is coming to the big screen! Starring Anthony Ramos and Miranda himself, this vibrant, pulse-pounding musical showcases a day in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, New York City. With big dance numbers and exhilarating music, this film will be worth the wait to see with a live audience. Marvel fans have been waiting a long time for Black Widow to get her own solo film. The wait was even longer than expected, as “Black Widow”’s release date was repeatedly delayed due to the pandemic. But on July 9, Scarlett Johansson’s iconic character will finally return to the screen, this time in a leading role. Another Marvel film will follow a few months later, when “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” premieres on Sept. 3. “Shang-Chi” is Marvel’s first Asian-led superhero film, and, if all goes to plan, it will also be the studio’s first film releasing solely in theaters – and not simultaneously on a streaming platform – following the pandemic (Hollywood Reporter, The Verge). A cinematic remake of the sci-fi epic “Dune,” starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, was set to release late last year. Helmed by Denis Villeneuve, the visionary director of “Arrival,” “Dune” stirred up excited buzz from those who saw its stunning previews. Now, on Oct. 1, audiences will finally get to experience “Dune” in its entirety, and depending on the film’s reception, a sequel could be in the works (Tech Radar). Rounding off…

Setting Goals for Next Time

Written by Zach “Only Credit Me if it Works” Dalton As I have mentioned in previous articles, the end of the semester is nigh. It is only natural for me to sit down and write a piece that relates to the end. Logically I would write about preparing for finals, but I am a senior and I took classes without finals so I will not be doing that. Instead, I will tell you how to set yourself up for a better semester next time. If you are a senior and reading this maybe you will find some wisdom in it to…if not, sorry. 1.) Goals. Obviously, this is the most important thing to do when the next semester approaches. Setting goals is a good way to keep yourself on track and on the “straight and narrow path” as they say. 2.) More Time for Yourself. Take time for yourself both mentally and emotionally. School is tiring, rough, and at times draining so planning days to take off from everything and do things you want to do will greatly benefit your health. 3.) Organization Nation. You can never be too organized, so as you move toward another semester of college take some time to design an organization system that will work for you. Whether that’s color coding with various pens or the ol’ “my backpack is a filing cabinet” system. Just lock it down. 4.) Pressure. Do not put a tremendous amount of pressure on yourself. Life is all about failing and figuring it out. If you put an enormous amount of pressure on yourself it will get to you over time, you are not a submarine…you are not built to withstand it.   I am sure there are plenty of other things to advise you on for the coming semester,…

NFL Draft Recap

Written by Carter Weissenfluh With the draft concluding on May 1st, we saw lots of moves across the league for each franchise to get their top pick. We also saw five quarterbacks taken within the first fifteen picks, with three going with the first three picks. The Jacksonville Jaguars took Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson with the first overall pick, where he and new head coach Urban Meyer will look to turn around the franchise. With a similar strategy, the New York Jets took quarterback Zach Wilson from BYU as he and new coach Robert Salah will look to turn around their franchise as well. The 49ers shocked many by going for a fixer-upper at quarterback with Trey Lance from North Dakota State. This pick is especially interesting considering that Jimmy Garoppolo has already been named the Week 1 starter, but Lance looks like the choice for the future in San Francisco. In a turn of events, the Chicago Bears were able to trade up to get the 11th overall pick and grab Justin Fields. The Bears hope that this is their franchise quarterback, as they have never had a quarterback throw for over 4,000 yards. The Patriots had their quarterback fall into their laps at fifteen with Mac Jones. Many people suspected that they would have to trade up to get him, as they hope he can be their next Tom Brady.  The first player taken off the board that wasn’t a quarterback was Kyle Pitts, who went to the Atlanta Falcons. Their offense now seems unstoppable as quarterback Matt Ryan will have Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and now Kyle Pitts in his playbook. We also saw the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins take wide receivers in the first round.  All three of these picks reunited former…

May Horoscopes

Written by Joyelle Ronan Aries (March 21 – April 19)- You tend to keep your walls up until you feel like you truly know someone. But, in return, you may be expecting new people in your life to trust you instantly. Give others time and they will grow to confide in you.  Taurus (April 20 – May 20)- If you pride yourself on being able to “live in the moment” you might be struggling to think to the future. Remember, you have great determination and an altruistic heart. These traits will help guide you through your future endeavours.    Gemini (May 21 – June 20)- Geminis can be pretty hesitant when it comes to giving out second chances. Some may view this as a negative. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you have really great judgment so maybe it was all for the best.        Cancer (June 21 – July 22)- Much like your crab symbol, you have a hard outer layer but are completely soft on the inside. You need to make sure that you aren’t neglecting that soft side of yourself. Carve out time and energy for you to feel your feelings.   Leo (July 23 – August 22)- While there is no doubt that you are brave, no one is 100% anything all of the time. Just because you may experience brief moments of self-doubt doesn’t mean you aren’t fearless. It just means that you are human!  Virgo (August 23 – September 22)- Your tendency to keep to yourself was pretty beneficial during the pandemic. But as we are starting to return to normalcy, this trait may hold you back from opportunities. You always give others the benefit of the doubt, treat yourself the same way.   Libra (September 23 – October 22)- Loyalty may be…

Wakanda Forever!: Boseman’s Legacy in “Black Panther 2”

Written by Kristina Calhoun The official title and release date for the “Black Panther” sequel was officially revealed on Monday in a mega trailer celebrating Marvel movies. The sequel to the original movie, which starred the late Chadwick Boseman, is set to be released on July 8, 2022, and will go by the official name, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The film will be directed by Ryan Coogler, with production set to begin in July. Exactly how the franchise will carry on without its lead actor is still uncertain. The producers shot down any speculation over who might follow in the role Boseman embodied in 2018. Out of respect for the late actor, the studio promised not to recast Boseman’s character or digitally recreate him. Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, has stated that Boseman’s portrayal of the character is iconic and transcends any other iteration of the character in past Marvel works. To honor the legacy he left behind, the studio will continue to explore the world of Wakanda, but they will not try to replace him.  Fans, co-workers, and many more were devastated last August when 43-year-old Boseman passed away after privately battling colon cancer. Boseman was considered a dear friend and member of the Marvel Studios family. “Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives,” said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios (Republic World). In the wake of his passing, Boseman’s “Black Panther” and other Marvel co-stars shared heartbroken tributes to the late actor. Now, the “Black Panther” cast and crew are having to face the sobering reality of returning to set without Boseman. Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakia in the superhero franchise, recently shared her thoughts. “I feel like I’m in a very pensive and meditative state…

Senior Spotlight: Lauren Heffron

Written by Lauren Roth The last four years at Roanoke College have been memorable for Lauren Heffron, and it’s bittersweet for her time as a Maroon to come to an end. Heffron came to Roanoke in the fall of 2017 and has truly made a name for herself as a member of Roanoke’s field hockey team.  In her freshman season, Heffron started off strong with 10 goals over the season, with one of her most memorable goals coming against Bridgewater during their conference opener. Heffron finished her freshman season with 22 points and third-team all ODAC. Over the course of the next three seasons, Heffron would rack up a career-high 24 points during her third season, and two back-to-back appearances on the All-ODAC first team during her third and fourth seasons. Heffron will be finishing her field hockey career with the Maroons with 29 goals, 11 assists, 69 points, and a number of conference honors.  To achieve these outstanding accomplishments, Heffron has a lot of unique rituals and superstitions she performs before each game. “Personally, I wear the same sports bra, hair tie, scrunchie, hocsocx, etc. before every game.” Her most important superstition, however, is that for every game she has to play with a piece of gum, she has never missed a game in all four years of her playing. Heffron also participates in the team game of psych that they play before every single game.  Heffron’s career at Roanoke has been filled with stories and memories to last a lifetime. “Senior night was a special moment, and winning on our home turf is always a special moment. Also, the bus rides together, especially as a freshman when you have to buddy up.” Heffron is also a phenomenal student as well as a player. She has received awards for…

Conference Honors for Women’s Lacrosse

Written by Katherine Clatterbuck On Saturday, April 30th, the Roanoke women’s lacrosse team faced off in an ODAC semifinals game against the Shenandoah Hornets, which ended in a Roanoke victory of 23-16. After an impressive 8-3 record in the regular season, the team gained the second seed position for the ODAC conference and a 25th national ranking for Division III women’s lacrosse. Jenna Kuczo and Emerson Foster were both named ODAC Players of the Week during the season, as these two women lead the team as starting attacker and midfielder respectively. Both Emerson Foster and Lilly Blair, another midfielder for Roanoke, ended the season atop the ODAC statistics ranks for offensive leaders. Foster was fifth in number of goals, while Blair was third in number of goals and fifth in number of points. Goalkeeper Carly Schoudel gained a ranking of third for her average of 12.34 goals-against. These women are no stranger to conference honors. Following their successful season, the Maroons had three first-team All-ODAC players in Lilly Blair, Emerson Foster, and Claire Eisenhart, two second-team All-ODAC players in Ellie Armstrong and Natalie Mason, and one third-team All-ODAC player in Jenna Kuczo.  In their semifinal faceoff against the Hornets, Roanoke entered the half trailing by 1, leaving fans worried for the team’s potential advancement to the ODAC championships. After the half, Roanoke came out fierce, scoring a quick goal within the first minute of the second period to tie the game. Goals from Lily Blair, Emerson Foster, and Ellie Armstrong pulled Roanoke to its impressive 7-point lead to end the game. The win advanced Roanoke to the ODAC women’s lacrosse championships in which Roanoke faced the Washington & Lee Generals, ranked #3 in the country,  in Lexington, Virginia. The team kept hope alive for Roanoke during the first period, ending…

COVID-19,20,21….

Written by Chamberlain Zulauf It has been well over a year since COVID-19 first appeared in the United States. Since then, our country has gone through different stages and levels of isolation. The situation was handled so poorly initially that the virus was able to affect every aspect of our daily lives even down to political affiliations. An insidious problem is that COVID-19 was a huge blow to the ego of a country that is supposed to offer the supreme quality of life.    2020 was so bad that it was seen as the worst year in the new generation’s lifetimes which paints a bleak picture for our future. Everyone is waiting for the day where they can finally blast “Mask Off” and life is back to normal again but the road to normalcy is long and we’re impatiently asking “are we there yet?” This past year and a half have made us realize that “Howie Mandel was ahead of the curve,” to quote my roommate Brandon Justice. Thankfully, things are starting to seem at least a little like pre-COVID days. Roanoke itself had a bit of a scare but we were able to bounce back, saving our last few weeks on campus. Questions naturally arise about what next year will look like. The plan is to have in-person classes, but will masks be required in class still? Of course. But what about the year after that? I wonder who the last person will be to take off their mask for the last time. Keeping up COVID prevention this summer would be key to getting Roanoke and America back on track. 

Surviving the Pandemic, One Meme at a Time

Written by Tess Drzymala One of the most difficult aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has changed many qualities of ordinary life for a longer amount of time than most people expected. Months of social restrictions and safety-related checklists have become burdensome and mentally exhausting for many individuals.  To understand how we cope with the burden of quarantine in this digital age, I studied internet memes for this academic year. I collected dozens of memes and placed them in categories. I rearranged those categories again, and again, but I realized that memes are messy and they don’t fit very well into singular categories. What I did find, though, is that memes surrounding the pandemic oftentimes personify COVID-19 or the year 2020 as an evil character. The personification of the year, as well as the virus, creates a lighthearted outlet for expressing anger or anxiety related to the pandemic. By humanizing the stressful year and/or the virus through memes, we are able to demonstrate the ability for individuals to gain a sense of power over the situation at hand. This use of memes allows online users to treat the COVID-19 pandemic as an enemy which can be defeated. In turn, it is possible that memes provide a sense of empowerment to users of digital media. Ironically, many memes also capture the newfound realization that some of us actually prefer this extra time in quarantine-related solitude. Memes reaffirm the idea that it might just be perfectly normal to seek out a little extra time away from the chaos of everyday life. But what can we learn from this? Ultimately, memes allow us to redirect our negative emotions towards laughter. What I found is that, although memes are often viewed as a mere form of humor, they actually possess the ability…