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Frighteningly Good: a “Wednesday” review

by Anna Tillman Netflix recently released a new series “Wednesday”. The new series deserves all the praise it is getting! Wednesday is a modern day spin off of the original “The Addams Family” movies. It is a cometic horror movie that follows the life of Wednesday Addams. She never fit into normal high school life. Her parents decided to send her to Nevermore Academy which is a school known for outcasts. The school is full of students who are magical and do not fit in with normal society. Wednesday is super reluctant to go to this school. However, after almost getting murdered on her first day she decides she loves it there. The show is kind of like a murder mystery while still having a coming of age feel. Wednesday investigates who is the monster going on a killing spree.  Jenna Ortega played Wednesday Addams and did a fantastic job. She slayed the role and left no crumbs! Ortega really immersed herself in the role and it made the series that much better because of it. She learned how to speak German, learned how to play a cello, choreographed her own iconic dance, and did it all without blinking. Literally though. Tim Burton told her to not blink throughout the entire series and somehow, she was able to achieve this request. It’s these little details that Ortega ran with that made the show so iconic.  A lot of fans of the original “The Addams Family” movie were skeptical about this series. They were worried that it was going to ruin the old movies. However, many fans have been pleased by this new rendition. It is a little different from the original, but it is a unique take on the storylines and characters. To pay homage to the old movies, Christina…

Changing Tides in Midterm Elections

by Mikaela Gantz All of the votes for the United States House of Representatives and Senate, with the exception of a runoff election in Georgia, have officially been counted. Here is a summary of how Americans used their civic rights this November.  There was no “red wave” of conservative candidates winning en masse which came as a shock to many political analysts. The Senate was maintained by the Democrats which proved to be a huge upset for the GOP. The Georgia Senate race between Hershel Walker and Raphael Warnock is going to a runoff election since neither candidate reached the 50% majority threshold. This means that the Georgia Senate seat will not be decided until mid-December. This election could give a true majority to the left with 51 seats, assuming that independent senators Bernie Sanders and Angus King will continue to side with Democrats. However, there will be no true majority in the Senate with either party having more than 50 seats under its wing.  There were three other key states analysts were watching in the Senate: Arizona, Pennsylvania and Nevada. Pennsylvania was a huge win for Democrats, with John Fetterman flipping the Pennsylvania seat. Democrats also held Arizona and Nevada, allowing them to maintain their coalition majority.   The House of Representatives was flipped to Republican control, but not in the landslide that was predicted. Republicans only won the house by a surplus of 9 seats, a 222-213 majority. For reference, many analysts were predicting a surplus of between 20-30 seats. Even though Republicans won the House, it did not come in the means that they had hoped.  In a win for young Americans, the first member of Generation Z was elected to the United States Congress. 25-year-old Maxwell Frost will be representing Florida’s 10th district. The first openly-lesbian governors…

Narcan Training and Opioid Education on Campus

by Hannah Guanti  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids are currently the leading cause of drug-related deaths. The CDC certifies that in 2020, opiates were involved in over 68,000 overdose deaths. This issue hit our home of Virginia especially hard. In 2020, the Virginia Department of Health reported that an average of four Virginians died each day due to opioid overdose. This is a serious issue that faces large parts of the country, but there is hope. The FDA approval of nasal naloxone in 2019 was a huge success towards fighting the crisis and minimizing the number of fatal overdoses.  Naloxone is medication that swiftly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. The injectable version has been FDA approved since the seventies and has been effective for medical staff and paramedics treating overdoses. The widespread use of Narcan or other brands of nasal naloxone allows people with minimal training to administer potentially lifesaving medication.  Narcan training and education is much needed in Virginia. Drug overdose has been the leading cause of unnatural death in Virginia for almost ten years. In 2021, over seventy five percent of these were tied to fentanyl. Fentanyl overdoses can be treated with Narcan along with any other opioid. It is important that community members and students are aware of this crisis impacting our community.  Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education Training (Revive!) recently came to campus to educate our community on how to be a part of the solution. The program included up-to-date information about narcotics and opiates and tips for members and students to be aware of in the future from Virginia State Police First Sergeant Joe Crowder, as well as information from Behavioral Health Program Manager Christine Wright.  All attendees received opioid overdose and naloxone education training and the first…

Cooking Up Christmas

by Mateo Biggs Not to be confused with the 2020 film– however in the spirit of Christmas that merry romcom may be. No, as many students here on campus are familiar with, around these holidays times are times where the kitchen has become an open warzone. Friends and family fight for counter space and there is a general chaos in the art of attempting to cook when others crowd around you with their own opinions on how a yule cake should be baked. Instead, for the many people who crave not the violence of the kitchen and its inhabitants but instead the serenity of peace away from the battlegrounds– or those who burn everything they touch yet still want to believe in holiday spirit with food, here is where you can find it! Everyone knows “Chopped”, hosted by Ted Allen and holding a rather large following, and everyone knows that many other shows like it share that unique Christmas feel. For this show, season 3; episode 6 makes it onto the screen rant top Christmas “Chopped” episodes, followed by season 8; episode 9 and season 24; episode 13, perfect episodes for those who want to see the all or nothing competition as participants try to make something from the basket of ingredients prepared for them.  If you’d prefer a sweet treat instead of the cunning flames of ingenuity, then “The Great British Bake Off” is for you. Although it is no less intense in terms of a competition compared to “Chopped” there is something softer about watching people attempt to bake Christmas goodies for the judges– and it definitely gives ideas to those who’d love to follow the talent on screen in their own kitchen. Especially with their Christmas episodes “The Great Christmas Bake Off”, a special held every year…

The Senioritis is Real

by Marisa Seager Senioritis (noun): “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.” (Oxford Languages) Symptoms of senioritis include the following: a drop in grades, procrastination, not completing assignments, and a loss of interest in studies. Yes, this is definitely my diagnosis. My fellow Maroons, the senioritis is real. While I might not suffer from all of the symptoms listed above, I am definitely experiencing a few of them, like procrastination and a loss of interest in some of my classes. Even though I manage to get all of my assignments done, I do see a difference in my efforts in comparison to my earlier years of college. I’m just not meeting or surpassing my full potential anymore.  The end of fall semester is sneaking up and so are all of the deadlines to meet before final exams. While I can’t wait to complete yet another semester, I lack the motivation to get there. It’s becoming harder and harder to work through assignments and put my best performance forward.  Considering that I only have one more semester after this one, I really need to find the cure for this so-called diagnosis. How does one fight senioritis? Is senioritis real or is it just an excuse to be lazy? Either way, I need to figure it out.  I’ve gotten this far, and there’s no stopping me now. Senioritis, I’m coming for the cure, so you better watch out. 

Folk of ‘Noke; Chamberlain Zulauf

by Chamberlain Zulauf Editor’s note: In this past year and a half as section editor, I feel like I’ve gotten to know this school and its people so much better, which has been a gratifying process for me. Every one of my interviews has been based around the same few questions and the most enduring thing I found was that Folk’s always had the hardest time coming up with a best memory. Plus, Folk’s almost always preface their best memory with saying it’s ‘cheesy’. Thankfully I can choose more than one best memory—one here and a few below— because I still have editing power for one more issue! If I can be ‘cheesy’, writing and editing for page three has been one of the greatest highlights of my life! I was honored to be offered the position, taking over for Zach Dalton ’21 and am excited to hand the reins off to Juniper Rogers ‘26!   Major/minor and where from? I’m a creative writing and business double major, from Vienna VA— NOVA.   What are your holiday plans? I’ll be home mostly, hanging out with the fam and friends. I’ll be thankful to have them around because I’ll feel lonely after I graduate in December! One thing we do with some extended family near Woodstock is cook a bunch of Swedish Christmas food. The food is really good but it’s definitely an acquired taste you have to grow up with… it’s a lot of salt and starches… and fish. Of course I’m a big fan of the meatballs. We have a secret family recipe for those. Another thing I really like is called limpa bread; it’s like rye bread’s older, crunchier brother. It’s good, you put special salted butter on it too. Also, on New Year’s Day I’m also going to Steelers…

The Issue with Christmas Music

by Karen Kholer Christmas music causes quite a clear divide, with people having very strong feelings forcor against it. There’s an acceptance that it will be played no matter what, so then there’s the argument of when it should be played. Often you can hear the collective sigh if you’re in a department store just after Halloween and they’re already playing “All I Want for Christmas is You.” The general consensus seems to be after Thanksgiving, but then there’s an insistence to wait just a few more days until the beginning of December. By now you are probably either celebrating that it’s finally socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music or you’re being forced to tolerate it. Then there’s the debate surrounding the type of Christmas music, whether it be the classics or a pop rendition or just an original pop Christmas song. Of course there’s also the religious genre of Christmas music but only a few of those are commonly played. The common issue of Christmas music is that it quickly becomes overplayed. Sure, it’s only played for a certain time of the year but there’s only so much of it. When new Christmas music is made it’s often just new renditions of songs that have already been done a countless number of times. Now sometimes this works, it’s arguable that every rendition of “Last Christmas” is a good one. And in ranking Christmas songs, it sits at the top. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” really only works if it’s the Bruce Springsteen version, otherwise it’s towards the bottom. Something about the song blatantly pointing out how odd the concept of Santa Claus really is doesn’t sit right unless it’s paired with rock elements and Bruce’s voice. As far as songs about Santa go, “Up on the Rooftop”…

Week 13 Wrap Up: College Football

by Suzanne Jackson Rankings by AP:  Georgia Bulldogs (12-0)  Michigan Wolverines (12-0)  Texas Christian Horned Frogs (12-0)  USC Trojans (11-1)  Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)  Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2)  Tennessee Volunteers (10-2)  Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2)  Washington Huskies (10-2)  Clemson Tigers (10-2)  One of the biggest upsets this week in college football was the Clemson Tigers losing to longstanding rival the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Tigers had seven straight wins against the Gamecocks which tied the longest winning streak in the history of the rivalry. Despite having the longest winning streak in the nation with 40 straight home game wins, the Tigers were unable to hold off the Gamecocks. The final score was 31-30 South Carolina. With the win the Gamecocks have consecutive wins over top-10 ranked opponents. With the loss the Tigers still rank in the top-10 in college football. The Tigers next game will be on Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. versus North Carolina.  The Michigan Wolverines beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 45-23 this past Saturday, earning the Wolverines a 2nd straight rivalry win. The Wolverines are now 12-0 and ranked 2nd in college football. The Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes in their home stadium on Saturday for the first time since 2000. The Wolverines disrupted a 29-game win streak for the Buckeyes against Big Ten teams at home. The Wolverines are scheduled to play the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m.  Be on the lookout for big games upcoming featuring the Louisiana State Tigers against the Georgia Bulldogs, the USC Trojans against the Utah Utes, and the Tulane Green Wave taking on the University of Central Florida Knights.  Following the mass shooting that left three University of Virginia football players dead and an additional two students wounded, the UVA Cavaliers decided to cancel their…

Scott Allison’s Tremendous Impact as a Maroon

by Libby Bowman Scott Allison, Roanoke College’s current athletic director, has had an eventful and memorable journey as a Maroon. Allison described his experience as a Maroon to be “transformative”. His journey started in August of 1975 when he first became a student at Roanoke College. He went forward to graduate in 1979. During his time as a student and dual-sport athlete, he acquired many accolades, including RC’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1979, several All-Region selections, and captaining both men’s soccer and lacrosse teams. His time as a student prepared him for his next steps as coach and athletic director.  After his time as a student, he decided to make his way back to Roanoke College as the men’s soccer coach from 1986-2012. Those 26 years were filled with triumphant seasons for the men’s soccer team under Allison’s lead, bringing eight ODAC Championship appearances and six NCAA Division III Tournament appearances to the program. Allison was also personally recognized with thirteen unique Coach of the Year awards at various levels of competition. In the summer of 1989, Allison took over the athletic director position. During his tenure as the athletic director, Allison has helped the athletic department grow in many ways, including the expansion of Kerr Stadium, the Cregger Center and the arrival of several new teams to campus. Additionally, there have been 100 ODAC titles and 131 NCAA Championship appearances under the leadership of Allison. After 47 years as a Maroon, and 33 years as the athletic director, Allison has decided to retire. During these years, Allison has experienced and seen great success among Roanoke’s athletes. Allison stated that his favorite memory as a Maroon was beating Hobart and William Smith College in the 1978 NCAA Division II/III Championship. As he steps down from the position, he…

Having a December Birthday

by Rebecca Dance I always wanted to be one of those kids who could have a pool party for a birthday party. Unfortunately, my birthday parties were actually frequently canceled as a child because of snowstorms blowing in. My birthday was also overshadowed by the oncoming storm that is the Christmas season, even though my birthday is within the first week of December. My birthday cards wouldn’t arrive until Christmas when I saw family, and even then I would rarely get more than a cursory “Happy Birthday!” before the next tin of Christmas cookies was spotted.  Now don’t get me wrong, my parents made sure I had a cake and my birthday was celebrated. But I always envied the kids who got to have a birthday party in July that didn’t inevitably get canceled, and they got gifts for their birthday and Christmas. I feel like that’s just the curse of people born in December to get lumped together.  I mean, it’s a beautiful month – there’s always Christmas lights to look at, winter activities to do, and the extraordinary pepperminting of every grocery store. I love December. On December 1st, I start exclusively wearing clothes that could function as blankets and drinking more tea than is advised by the FDA. I don’t mind really that it snows, but it was inconvenient to have thirty cupcakes and suddenly no ten year olds to eat all of them. I just wish that my birthday was more of its own special holiday, rather than ignored between the rush of Thanksgiving and the preparations for Christmas, and I’m sure that other December babies can relate.  However, I was also born a month early and I thank my Saggitarius stars for that. If I had actually been born on my due date, I would…