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“Stranger Things” Happenings

by Anna Tillman I don’t think it is possible for anyone to not know what the hit Netflix series Stranger Things is. With that being said, it truly needs no introduction. Jumping right into it, the trailer for season 4 was just released. I have only one word for it: chaotic. If you have not watched it yet, it is something that needs to be experienced. The trailer made me even more confused about what is to come for this new season. So many unknowns were revealed throughout the trailer. Where is Hopper? Does Eleven seriously not have her powers anymore? Who is the new villain being faced in this season? It is all so confusing yet so exciting!  Of course, fans have already made their theories about what is to come this season. Some of them are more outrageous than others. One of which, being Hopper is actually dead or traveled back in time. Judging from the trailer he seems to be in some sort of prison. It should be very interesting to see how his plotline develops throughout season 4. Another theory is that Eleven will use the help of Dr. Brenner to get her powers back. It is clear through the trailer that it is imperative that El gets her powers back to fight off the new villain. However, the idea that she might be desperate enough to go to Dr. Brenner for help indicates that this new evil entity is not one to mess with. Unfortunately, fans are speculating the Eleven may or may not die this season. Although it is very upsetting to think of a beloved character dying, it makes sense. She may be put in a spot where she needs to sacrifice herself for her loved ones. She opened the gate and started…

Planning Summer After Finals

by Chamberlain Zulauf Is it too early to be looking forward to summer? Maroons have a few more weeks of school left (three as of this Friday), including finals and the numerous papers, presentations and projects that will be due in the meantime. Exams end May 3rd and graduation is the following Saturday. Afterwards, every student has to ask themselves two important questions. First, to stay in Salem or not? There are out of state students who fall in love with the Salem area and actively look for reasons to stick around. After all, the Roanoke Valley is a relaxing and laid-back area- it’s a shame that a lot of students on campus only ever experience Salem in the winter and spring. Of course, there are also locals who can’t get far enough away. Some students simply value going home and seeing their family either way. Every student is different. Underclassmen generally are liable to go home for the summers while rising juniors and freshly graduated seniors can typically find their niche here.   The second question every student asks themselves this time of year is “what am I going to do this summer?” There are a few answers to this. For underclassmen it’s one of the last opportunities to have a real summer with no pressure to be ‘doing something.’ Lots of students work over the summer either employed or as an intern. The coveted Roanoke area internship is sought after for rising juniors and more so is the elusive job for recent graduates. If one is lucky enough, they may be able to follow a job away from Salem to a new and exciting area. Hopefully, at least, everyone has plans to travel somewhere or to do something awesome in the summer months.

2022 Graduating Athletes

 by Alexis Barton  Congratulations to our graduating athletes. Thank you for the contributions that you have made both on the field and in the classroom. We are proud of you and can’t wait to see what your future holds!   Baseball Hunter Andrews Austin Bansek Jeb Byerley Ryan Cloude PK Cocolis Chris Dudley Luke Estep Tanner James Jarrett LoRusso Casey Rosenthal Will Smith   Men’s Basketball Nick Price   Women’s Basketball Ajah Alexander Renee Alquiza Kristina Harrell Whitney Hopson Ayanna Scarborough   Men’s Cross Country Ryan Hamacher Turner Jordan (December) Peter Smith (December) Chamberlain Zulauf (December)   Women’s Cross Country Hannah Koepfinger   Field Hockey Hannah Bunten Caroline Diehl Claire Eisenhart Emily Gabrielian Katie Martin Hannah Roerden Claudia Roncone Lauren Roth Taylor von Schilling   Men’s Lacrosse Elliot Adams Alec Bergen Griffin Buck John Dias Austin Gambino George Gilbert Harrison Peacock   Women’s Lacrosse Brooke Adams Lilly Blair Riley Chase Claire Eisenhart Emerson Foster Molly Kasemeyer Kaylie Laguardia Hallie Redding   Men’s Soccer Tiernan Armstrong (December) Zach Behe (December) Liam Camilleri (December) Joe Carman Joey D’Amour Jacob Humer (December) Chris Jerrild (December) Vincent Lamina Christian Mercadante (December) Alec Taitague (December) Isaac Wolf (December) Anthony Zarlenga (December)   Women’s Soccer Abigail Burke Erin Flamm Bryn Haden Annie Schoelkopf Analiese Schwartz Izzy Ubaydi Emma Woods   Softball Serenity Bishop Riley Croghan Meagan Evans Shanan Hester   Men’s Swimming Jake Bowery Andrew Cardenas Ian Densley Richie Evans Brian Grimmett Cole Hensen Connor Kinkema Kaleb Payne Collin Ruby Ben Tate   Women’s Swimming Grace Fountain Quinn Keatley Beth Larkin Audrey Payne (December) Hannah Petty Elizabeth Roberts Maria Vinson   Men’s Track & Field Ryan Hamacher Cameron Harris Turner Jordan Brandon Justice (December) Youssef Labriny Zach McNeil Xavier O’Brien Zach Ramassini Peter Smith Grant Williams Chamberlain Zulauf (December)   Women’s Track & Field Savannah Gheen…

Lean Into the Uncertainty – Lauren’s Farewell

by Lauren Roth ‘22 “You’ll wish you spent more time with me when you’re older!” I remember my parents yelling that to me every time I jetted off to another practice, game, or to be with my friends. My eyes were rolling, always thinking that day would never come, but man were they right. It’s so natural to look at each moment and just think of the next: the end of a season, a semester, a job, to graduate. It’s easy imagining, but not so much when it finally happens.  Senior year is just one long farewell. This past fall, I said farewell to field hockey, a sport that was a part of my identity for over half my life. This spring, I have to say farewell to the environment I have known for the last four years, the most formidable years in my life. It’s a surreal experience being on the other end, no one really prepares you. Roanoke College does an excellent job keeping you in this bubble and then after your four years shows no mercy and throws you out into the world. Perhaps some students find aid from career services, professors, or internships, but nothing really helps. Everything is theoretical for four years, and then you are just expected to go figure it out. I would think there should be a better process, but let’s be honest there isn’t. Life is truly about living and learning. College made it easy for us. There will no longer be syllabuses and due dates. There won’t be email reminders of upcoming deadlines and check-ins with coaches. It’s all up to us now. It is confusing and daunting, but it is also a blessing.  We are now given the opportunity to close the door on something we once loved and…

Upcoming RC Choir Concerts!

by Karen Kholer As spring blooms and the end of the semester approaches many events come with it, so here are two more to mark your calendars for!  Roanoke College Choir will be putting on two free spring concerts!  The first will be on Sunday, April 24th at 4:00 P.M. in the Olin Theater.  This will probably be the easier one to attend if you are not a graduating senior since the second falls after exams on May 6th at 7:30 P.M. also in the Olin Theater.  The second is the night before Commencement and is specifically a goodbye concert for the seniors but is open to the public!   Our choir director, Dr.Sandborg urges everyone to come out to see a “great blend of interesting, beautiful music from around the world.”  There will also be Broadway hits that the choir learned for their previous Off Broadway On Campus show featured if you’re a musical theater fan!  Sandborg says the general theme of the concerts will be a lighter repertoire to go with the theme of springtime and the later of course will be a goodbye theme.  The first concert will feature songs from Sweden, England, and the U.S.   Sandborg expressed being very proud of all his students and that they are all MVPs in his books and he hopes everyone will come out to support them.  All the students put a lot of work into these songs, practicing three nights a week for the entire semester.  This is the process for every semester so you can see that these students made a big commitment to choir and really care about their contributions.   If you’re interested in joining choir next semester there is an audition process but it is fairly painless!  Feel free to reach out to Dr.Sandborg at sandborg@roanoke.edu with…

Edgard’s Senior Farewell

Dear Roanoke,  I don’t know how to thank you for these four years. The person that moved into Chalmers Hall 011 all those years ago wouldn’t recognize me today.  I remember being 18, just graduating from highschool. I wasn’t scared when I went to Germany with my best friend from school but I was a nervous wreck on move-in day here. I didn’t know what to expect, yet looking back it was certainly well worth it.  I’ve learned just how big, yet how small the world can be. I’ve come to think of this small place nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains as my second home.   If you asked me if I had a favorite memory, I wouldn’t be able to answer that question. If I try to think of one, ten more come to mind. I’d have to sit down in the Commons with a cup of coffee and talk all afternoon. Incidentally, that’s where some of the best memories were made.  Walking through your halls, and quads fills me with memories. Simply sitting down at Fintel, takes me back to the times spent with long gone friends. Thinking about Salem fills me with joy since that’s where some of the best times have been spent.  I want to say goodbye to you, to my professors, and to my friends but I simply can’t. I’m terrible with goodbyes and at this point I’ve accepted that you will always be a part of my life. That’s why I won’t say goodbye but rather “see you later” and a big hug because when I leave, I’ll be counting the days when that train pulls into the station in downtown Roanoke late at night and I can see you all once more.  Nos Vemos Amigos! Edgard Lacayo

The Final Curtain Call; a Goodbye to Olin Seniors

By Mateo Biggs What has been your favorite part of working with the theater, choir, or art department of Roanoke College? Jasey Williams:  I love the opportunity to express myself and to be given freedom/autonomy over my own self-expression. if that makes sense Bradley Sperl: Being in the choir since my first semester of college gave me an initial group of friends that would later lead to closer relationships.  Claire McDonald:  I can confidently say my favorite experience was touring France for the 75th anniversary of D-day. We got to sing in these beautiful old churches with great acoustics.  Tess Weidenkopf: The best thing about the theatre department is the number of characters I have been able to play and the level of perspective I have gained. What exactly got you interested in these programs? Jasey: I’ve just always done theatre since I was a little kid! It’s like biting my nails–I have no explanation other than it’s something I’ve always done Bradley: I have been a musical person since a young age, singing in church, being part of orchestras and choirs, and since singing was my favorite I decided to join on scholarship with the choir.  Claire: I did theater in high school so I took acting one freshman year. The professor, Lisa Warren, encouraged me to audition for the fall play “Our Town”. I’ve been involved since. Tess: Theatre became a creative outlet for me to diffuse any anxiety or irritation in the other aspects of my life.   Is there something you know for sure you will miss? Jasey: I will miss seeing/rehearsing with my friends every single night Bradley: Nothing with ever be as easy and built into my normal schedule as singing with the Roanoke College Choir or (Roanoke College A Capella Choir) RCACC Claire:…

The Trials and Times of a Semester in DC

by Devon Mitchell Studying in Washington DC has been a dream of mine for five years, and now that I am only two weeks away from the conclusion of my Washington Semester, I can’t help but reflect on my time here and if it’s everything I dreamed of. I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into when I began preparing last fall. I pored over internship applications and tried to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. Going into the DC semester I felt like a freshman again, adjusting to a new place and making new friends. I had romanticized my time, thinking I would go to museums every day, fall in love with the work I was doing at my internship, and enjoy learning in the nation’s capital. This experience would prepare me for my career in DC post-graduation. Truth be told, the opposite happened. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Washington DC. The architecture and history are things I have always loved, but over the past semester, I have found myself missing the mountains and air of living in the Roanoke Valley. I look out my window every day and see Capitol Hill, wondering why I put this city on a pedestal when the last thing I have ever wanted was to become a politician. There’s more to DC than just politics but it feels like everyone is in such a rush to climb the career ladder networking their way up. DC is fast, loud, and exciting. I’ve enjoyed the experience, but I long to scrape my knees trying out a new hike and get my hands dirty at a Habitat build. I don’t want to discount the opportunities I’ve had. I found a way to combine my professional interests through my internship…

The End is So Close Yet So Far

by Marisa Seager The end of the semester as we know it is so close yet so far. It’s easy to look at your class syllabus or phone calendar to count the classes that are left, but that doesn’t include the amount of time and effort it will take to actually get there. After returning from spring break, my stress meter always cranks right back up between the endless papers, projects, and exams to complete. At this point, it’s so easy to lack in the department of effort, but I won’t be able to pull through without it. My best bet these past few years has been to lay out all of my remaining assignments, no matter how big or small, and compile them into a list. From there, I create a written plan of what I will do each day for the remainder of the semester. I know it sounds like a lot, but it really does help to know exactly what I need to accomplish and when to do so. Many students take all the time given to complete assignments but during the second half of the semester, I have an urge to simply knock them out. While it does take a lot out of me doing so, it serves to save me some peace of mind. It’s hard to be excited about the end of the semester and upcoming summer break when all I can think about is what I have to do in order to get there.

Ciao, Italia: Arrivederci

by Kristi Rolf Out of my three-month semester in Italy, I have less than three weeks left! For my final article from this side of the Atlantic, I want to reflect on my time here. It’s fascinating to compare my expectations about this semester to what has actually happened. For years I wanted to study abroad for all the usual reasons: to push myself outside my comfort zone, practice a foreign language, and travel.  It was impossible to understand what those catchy phrases truly meant until I was here, doing those things. This is what they’ve looked like so far.  Pushing myself outside of my comfort zone meant persevering through weeks of intense homesickness. It means braving conversation with strangers at hostels in new cities. It inspired me to travel alone this weekend and spend three whole days exploring solo. I couldn’t have imagined doing that two months ago, but now I can’t wait for the challenge.  Practicing a foreign language means absolutely sucking at doing very ordinary things. Grocery shopping takes twice as long when you struggle to read labels. Ordering at a small-town restaurant can turn into a guessing game when you have no cell service to use google translate and the waiter does not speak English. But you just might be rewarded with the best pasta of your life, even if you have no clue what is in it (I think I ate squid ink but I’m not sure).  This semester was an opportunity to grow personally in two significant ways: shifting my priorities and practicing spontaneity. This past Thursday, I left class at 2pm, walked to my apartment for a quick leftover lunch, packed a bag, and was on a train to Venice by 4:30. On the train I realized that the jeans I was wearing…