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Communal Kitchens and Why I Hate Them

by Rebecca Dance I have lived in Maxey Hall for my entire four years here at Roanoke College. I have been cooking for that same amount of time, because I wasn’t going to give up fresh-made pasta and grilled cheese for the dining hall version. So, I’ve always had things in a kitchen cabinet labeled with my name and room number. In honor of a jar of missing peanut butter, here are some of the lowest moments in the communal kitchen.  #1. When I walked in and realized that freshmen were using my singular pot to make apple pie stuffing, and they all stared blankly at each other upon realizing nobody had asked me to use the pot.  #2. When I blearily walked into the kitchen to make coffee using my Keurig only to find it was already in use. The trespasser upon my caffeine only shrugged when I asked why he thought it was appropriate to use it without asking. He did not even live on my floor. He had just seen the Keurig one day and decided to use it.  #3. When I went to make scrambled eggs for breakfast and found that two of my eggs had gone missing, but there was no evidence of anybody cooking eggs in any way in the kitchen. I still don’t know where they went, but eggs are expensive and I want revenge.  #4. When there was a cockroach living in my loaf of bread and I screamed about it.  #5. When I tried to cook pumpkin bread only to frantically wave a towel around the kitchen after I preheated the oven to disperse the smoke after someone didn’t clean their mess out of the oven.  Long live the communal kitchen. May you one day have floors that aren’t sticky. 

Starting the Last Semester

by Rebecca Dance You could take the title of this article in two directions, at first. Either I’m talking about the last semester of this academic year, or I’m talking about my last semester in my college career. The first option would be strange, because “Starting the Second Semester” would be a better title, so the second option is my unfortunate truth. I’m hurtling towards the end, and not entirely comfortable doing it. This last semester is plagued with uncertainties: people keep asking me what I’m going to do after graduation, or where I’m going to live, or whether or not I’m going to get married so I don’t have to live in sin (shoutout to Nana). Theoretically, I have answers to those questions, because I’m doing my job training right now in Student Teaching and I’m going to have job offers shortly. However, I’m still not ready to let go of college. I want to hang out with my friends until the sun rises, and I want to eat plain pasta made in a dorm kitchen, and I want to go on adventures that lead to the Dollar Store Market, or get lost because somewhere between Point A and Point B the GPS signal was lost but I was determined to find the top of the mountain. The last semester has started for us seniors. Good luck to all of you.

My Least Favorite Week of the Semester

by Alexis Barton I have always loved going back to school. When I was a kid, I was truly thriving when I got to pick out my new notebooks, meet my teachers for the first time, and meet my new classmates. As a college student though, I have come to view syllabus week with a bit of disdain. While it is a nice time to ease into the new semester, here are a few of my least favorite parts about this time of the semester.  Perhaps most notably, with a new semester comes more textbooks toting a hefty price tag. Even when buying used books or digital editions, it still seems like the total cost of learning amounts to more and more with each semester. Shoutout to all the professors out there that are aware of this obstacle and are moving towards free resources for students! For myself, the biggest challenge of this change is the lack of routine. I could certainly be described as a creature of habit – once I get my routine nailed down, I like to keep it the same for the most part. My usual times of getting coffee, getting meals, and going to class have all changed this semester and it has thrown me for a loop! Finding time to make sure your basic needs are being met is an inevitable challenge with the change of the semester, but it is vital to making sure you can make it through the next few months.  As our workload starts to pick up these thoughts will quickly move to the back of our collective memory. For the time being, stay strong Maroons! Good luck as we start this new semester!

The Ultimate Dorm Ranking

by Marisa Seager Unlike most other students at Roanoke, I have lived in five different dorms over my time here. So, without further ado, here is my ranked dorm list.  Coming in first place is Maxey Hall, formerly known as New Hall, which is where I lived during my junior year. During this time, I lived in a single and it was, surprisingly, pretty spacious. The showers were great and there was a study room down the hall if needed. The entire building reminded me a lot of a hotel. Second place goes to Crawford Hall, commonly but not politely referred to as the “Crawjects,” which is where I lived during my freshman year. While it might not be the nicest dorm on campus, there were lots of memories to be made here. Plus, I did enjoy having a big bathroom and showers that had a changing room-like area. In third place is Tabor Hall, which is where I live currently. This is my second year living in a single and again, I was given a pretty decently sized space. My only real complaint is the bathroom situation. Because my floor is occupied by mostly guys, the girls only have one bathroom stall and shower which can be pretty inconvenient at times. In fourth place is Bartlett Hall which is where I lived for the second part of my sophomore year. I moved here because the heat went out in the dorm that I lived in before Bartlett. There isn’t much to say about this one. I don’t remember particularly loving or hating it.  Last place goes to Smith Hall which is where I lived for the first part of my sophomore year. I didn’t live here long enough to have much of an opinion at all.

Tip-Off to Successful Seasons for MBB, WBB

by Timothy Hoffstaetter Before winter break, both of Roanoke’s basketball teams had started their season off with strong performances. Both the men’s and women’s teams started off in their preseason games including both ODAC and non-ODAC teams. Now we have entered into the regular season with ODAC games becoming more important in the push for playoff seeding. So far both the men’s and women’s teams have positive records in their ODAC games. Most of these games have been played in the month of January, with the men having four wins and two losses and the women having three wins and four losses. The women’s record may have some people concerned, but it is important to contextualize their four losses being against very tough opponents and being in the transition to the Bast Gymnasium. Their first loss came against reigning ODAC Championship runner-up Randolph-Macon, where the Maroons lost only by seven points in a very competitive game. The second loss came against last year’s number one seed in the ODAC tournament, Washington & Lee. Their most recent loss came in their matchup with Guilford and their star forward Anna Giannopoulou, who was recently named ODAC Player of the Week. Fortunately for the Maroons, they were able to shake their losing streak by beating last year’s ODAC Champions, the Shenandoah Hornets. The women’s team is still among the top teams in ODAC and the rest of the season will surely be exciting for Maroons fans.  The men’s record this month has been outstanding and they have only lost to nationally-ranked teams this month. They first beat Eastern Mennonite, then Virginia Wesleyan, Averett and Shenandoah. Their first loss this month came at the hands of Guilford, ranked #17 in the nation. They then lost to Randolph-Macon, who is the second best Division III…

Building a Community of Support for Student-Athletes

by Logan Tyler The beautiful girl in the photo smiles ear to ear with her friends’ arms draped around her shoulders. Not necessarily a girl who would stand out in the crowd, one just like a million others. However, this girl was loved by many, many people and to them she was special and enough. Graduation, lacrosse, senior day…she smiled through it all.   These images can be found on the two minute and 22 second slideshow on the Morgan’s Message website. Morgan’s Message advocates for the mental health of athletes and calls for  more resources in athletic departments to help this epidemic. It also hosts a chat platform, “by and for athletes,” to talk about their struggles and build advocacy.   Morgan was a bright, fun, vibrant lacrosse player at Duke. Sadly, she suffered an injury that sidelined her for twelve months. The sudden loss of her sport and routine contributed to Morgan developing depression and she tragically took her life at the age of 22. Her family and friends decided to spread her light and her story in an effort to prevent other athletes from facing similar challenges.  Morgan’s Message has volunteer student-athlete ambassadors on 849 high school and college campuses – including Roanoke College. These ambassadors host fundraisers and mental health conversations designed to end the stigma surrounding mental health.   Libby Bowman, a junior on the women’s lacrosse team at RC, is a Morgan’s Message ambassador on campus. Bowman says that her experience as an athlete for many years opened her eyes to the mental health struggles many athletes face. This made her want to bring Morgan’s Message to RC’s campus in an effort to help others feel a little less alone and offer an outlet for open and honest conversations.   Bowman says that her goal as an ambassador…

Foundational “First Steps” for the Maroons

by Libby Bowman The Maroons newest addition to Roanoke College athletics, men’s volleyball, started their season with a bang… or should we say “kill”. Although their first two games were losses, that did not stop these Maroons. Their record is now on the upside. Thanks to their past two weekend victories, it is now 2-2. No matter the record, these Maroons are determined. Coach Matt Reinsel stated that, “As a team we’ve decided that our success won’t be measured through wins and losses in our inaugural year, but we’ll use every opportunity as a chance to learn while we build towards the future.” As their growth continues throughout their inaugural season, they will compete within the Continental Volleyball Conference. This conference is historically competitive and strong. It holds three teams ranked Top 15 in the nation.   As the Maroons take on their opponents, they want to stay focused on their goals. To do this Coach Reinsel created a team mantra, which is “First Step”. This mantra is in relation to the first step in any volleyball skill. He states, “that the first step in any skill is crucial to execution.” He wants his team to use that as a reminder that they are establishing a foundation for the program for years to come. Taking this reminder throughout the season, Coach Reinsel hopes the team grows by prioritizing fundamental and smart volleyball. This inaugural season is an exciting one for these Maroons as they set foundational history for their program. Many games to look forward to are later in the season, in the months of March in April. In these months they will take on Southern Virginia, Juniata, and Rutgers-Newark. The Maroon’s next game is Friday, January 27 at Marymount University where they will battle the Marymount Saints in a competitive…

Young QBs Headed to Conference Championships

by Suzanne Jackson The divisional rounds of the NFL playoffs recently finished with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, and the San Francisco 49ers moving on to their respective conference championships.  In the AFC, the Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills 27-10. Star quarterback Joe Burrow completed 23 of 36 passing attempts and had 242 passing yards. Cincinnati extended their franchise-best win streak to 10 wins, and they haven’t lost since October of 2022. Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase led Cincinnati with five receptions for 61 yards and had the first touchdown of the game.  In the other AFC game, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Towards the end of the first quarter, Mahomes was tackled and sustained an ankle injury. Fortunately for the Chiefs, an x-ray following the injury revealed that nothing was broken and Mahomes was allowed back into the game. The team was able to score an additional touchdown that finalized their victory.  In the NFC, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts won his first career playoff game and led the team to victory over the New York Giants with a final score of 38-7. Hurts completed 16 of 24 passing attempts with 54 passing yards and three total touchdowns. On the other side of the line, the Philadelphia defense was able to get five sacks on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, leading them to their ultimate victory.  The San Francisco 49ers took on the Dallas Cowboys and took home the 19-12 victory. 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy went 18 for 29 on passing attempts and threw for 241 yards. Purdy has come to the forefront of the league against all odds after starting as the third-string quarterback and being labeled as “Mr. Irrelevant” after being the last…

Setting Realistic Goals

by Karen Kohler As the semester starts just a couple weeks into the new year, it’s easy to want to aim high and finally do all the things you’ve been telling yourself you’ll do.  These are noble ambitions but setting a lot of big, broad goals almost never works.  Setting smaller goals that can eventually help you reach your overarching goal is wholly more effective.  It’s also important to set goals for different aspects of your life.  For instance, you may have an academic goal of generally wanting to do better in your classes.  How are you going to achieve that?  You may want to set a period of time aside to do homework and study or have better organized notes.  Something that has been surprisingly effective is a priority pyramid.  This is just a to-do list drawn as a pyramid and sorted by how important each task is or how soon it needs to be done.  An assignment due tomorrow for instance, may need to be at the top of the pyramid.   It is important also to set “fun” goals or just things for your own enjoyment.  It may seem like finally watching that movie you’ve been meaning to see for who knows how long or finishing a television series is a distraction from the goal, but it’s still important.  Of course, finishing the assignment that is almost due should be completed first but perhaps this could be lower in the pyramid, serve as a reward, a break, and provide a balance.   Make it fun for yourself! If a goal is to read more books, get on Goodreads and see what everyone else is reading.  If you’d like to start journaling, start by setting a goal of just once or twice a week, as opposed to immediately jumping to…

Staying Motivated in the Spring Semester

by Allison Shaw For some students, the spring semester can feel like trudging through muck, and despite being similar in length to the fall semester, can feel much longer. Whether graduation is right around the corner, or winter break just wasn’t quite long enough, or you’re an underclassman finally starting to enter into some higher-level courses, keeping up with your studies in the second half of the year is no easy task. Luckily, there are a few methods one can use in order to try and stay on top of their studies, even when you really, really, really just don’t feel like it. Here are a few which have been found to be the most helpful.  Taking frequent breaks. Academic burnout is no joke, and is the number one tanker of motivation within students. Usually a result of overwork, one of the easiest ways to avoid it is to pace yourself in your studies, rather than try to do too much all at once. If the idea of taking breaks from work is something that might be tricky for you, try using the Pomodoro 25/5 method. This method involves setting a timer of 25 minutes of work, followed by 5 minutes of break time, and then repeat. This method works wonderfully for students who are prone to distraction. There are even some YouTube channels which will post timers for you, complete with videos of little cats working to ambient noise (Pomodoro Cat) or calming piano music (Study Pomodoro).  Study in groups. If you’re allowed to for the class, forming a study group which meets at regular intervals or set dates to work together is a great way to keep yourself, as well as your classmates, motivated. Working together with friends not only makes the work go by faster, but can…