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Winter is Coming

Rebecca Dance The shifting seasons are a wonder of the circle of life: the world is dying to be born anew come approximately March. We’re reaching winter: snowflakes, hot drinks, peppermint, and the holiday season. Unfortunately, winter also brings frigid fingertips, frozen breath, and a truly uncomfortable amount of shivering.  I am not a person who enjoys being cold. In fact, I would prefer if the standard weather was sitting nicely at sunny and 75° with frequent swings up into the 80s. I’ve been told that this is ridiculous since it’s so hard to get cold once you’re that warm. The way I see it is that while I might not be able to take off any more layers if I get too hot, at least I’ll be able to feel my extremities. This is absolutely not the case when it’s freezing outside, and the temperature is dropping because of the wind chill. Wind chill in particular is something I hate because it takes what might have been a relatively pleasant day to wear a very heavy sweater and drink copious amounts of hot chocolate to something out of a nightmare. The wind bites through your clothes with the intent to freeze you from the inside out and I can’t stand it. If the air is already cold enough, why does it have to move at high speeds as well? (This is not a rhetorical question. If anyone is able to explain this to me, please do.)  In addition to not liking the cold, I find myself unable to predict what the weather is going to be on a regular basis. I often walk out the front door of my dorm and realize that I am wearing the wrong clothes for the weather of the day. This is especially unfortunate…

Merry Movies

By Sydney Young With Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas and Finals season are in full swing. So, when the need for stress relief is high, and your Christmas spirit needs a boost, a wintery movie night is needed!  There are plenty of Christmas movies to choose from, but the ones that I will suggest here are the not as obvious choices, that still pack a festive punch.   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)  Starting with my personal favorite: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The nostalgia of the Harry Potter franchise combined with the gorgeous snow filled grounds of Hogwarts simply brings out the holiday spirit in long term Harry Potter lovers like myself. These movies are a joy to watch at any time of the year, but a marathon of all eight is a perfect way to spend the extra time you’ll have this winter break.  You’ve Got Mail (1998)  You’ve Got Mail follows an independent book store owner who starts an anonymous email-based relationship with her new competitor. The film spans over several months, but the best parts of the movie take place at Christmas. Near the end of the movie, our main character is standing in the window of her bookstore decorating a Christmas tree while River by Joni Mitchel plays in the background. Christmas nostalgia, and the desire to decorate a storefront window ensues. This classic 90’s film is a Christmas treat for book lovers and 90’s film lovers alike!  Little Women (1994)  While the recent remake of this film from 2019 might be a personal favorite, the 1994 edition is the most holiday appropriate. The atmosphere of the wintery scenes, and the relatable family vibes can make even the most grinch hearted of us nostalgic for the winter. Match that with the lovely plot of…

RC Choir Presents Handel’s “Messiah”

by Charissa Roberson     To usher in this Christmas season, the Roanoke College Choir will be presenting Handel’s “Messiah” at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church on Sunday at 4 pm.     “Messiah” is a 53-movement musical piece called an “oratorio,” which tells a story through the vehicle of choir, soloists, and orchestra. Written in 1741, “Messiah” follows the life of Christ, from His birth to His resurrection. The piece is a celebrated classic that is often performed around the Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter.     “The Messiah is a personal favorite of mine that I was only ever able to perform in one-song increments,” said junior Alexis Barton. “I was very excited to perform a longer version with the choir!”     The RC Choir has been preparing for Sunday’s ambitious concert for months, in between rehearsals for their other shows, such as the Family Weekend concert and Lessons & Carols. The performance of Handel’s “Messiah” marks a return to more extensive projects for the choir.     “In the Fall of 2019, the RC Choir performed ‘Pagliacci’ with Opera Roanoke,” said senior Claire McDonald. “Since then, our director Dr. Sandborg has wanted to do another large-scale collaborative piece.”     Sandborg’s vision had to be put on hold, however, with the advent of COVID-19. Since then, the RC Choir has had few opportunities to perform. Their 2021 Family Weekend concert was the first time they had sung for a live audience since the pandemic began. Now, after a trying year, their line-up is returning to some semblance of regularity.     “After a successful year of masked singing, and thanks to mass vaccination, we decided to do some more challenging pieces and more performances that would get us back to our ‘normal’ caliber and schedule,” said Barton.     Handel’s “Messiah” certainly presents a challenge for the choir to tackle. The epic…

WBB Coming in Hot

Written by Katherine Clatterbuck The Roanoke women’s basketball team began ODAC Conference play this Wednesday, December 1st, against Hollins University. Before Wednesday night, the team had a 4-game winning streak against out-of-conference teams including Averett University, who will join the ODAC Conference in the 2022-2023 season. Not only have these first four games been victories for the women’s team, they have all been by margins of over 15 points. After finishing last year in the ODAC Championship falling to the Lynchburg Hornets, the Maroons seek redemption in this season. In the D3hoops.com women’s Top 25, Week 1 poll, Roanoke College received votes, shadowing a Top 25 placement in the near future for our outstanding women’s teams. Wednesday’s victory over Hollins University saw incredible play from Roanoke’s offense with nine players putting points on the board. Ending the first quarter with Roanoke leading at 22-19, the Roanoke women came into the second quarter with power, keeping Hollins to only 14 points. Captain Renee Alquiza finished the game with 21 points, being 5 for 6 from the 3-point line. Guard JaBryah Haverkamp added an additional 18 points, while Kristina Harrel added 16. Defensively, the Maroons were on fire with 29 defensive rebounds and 3 blocks against Hollins. With a score of 78-55, the Roanoke women add another impressive win to their 5-0 record. The Maroons travel to Eastern Mennonite University this Saturday, December 4th for their second ODAC conference game at 2 PM.

Freshman Feature: Hayden James

Written by Lauren Roth The beginning of a sports season is always filled with excitement and anticipation, especially for a team that is nationally ranked. The only thing that can make it better is when it is your first season with a team like it is for Hayden James. James is a freshman point guard for the Maroons men’s basketball team. He is from Manassas, Virginia and has been playing basketball since second grade. For James, it has always been a dream to play in college. Roanoke’s incredible coaching staff was what made an impression on James from the beginning. The interest they had in him and the desire they had for him to play at Roanoke was one of the driving factors in his decision. In addition to the staff, James noted that the team culture, driven by hard work and competitiveness, would be an environment where he would fit in well. Since the beginning of the season, Hayden has faced his own personal highs and lows. The toughest part of being a collegiate athlete that he has faced thus far would be the impact it is having on him physically. A nationally ranked team trains hard, and the fruits of their labor have proven to be plentiful so far. He is also a part of a team that, for good reason, wants to keep winning. With this mentality comes tough practices, both mentally and physically. This is a challenge that James has had to navigate. In addition to these challenges, James is also experiencing the extreme highs of collegiate-level athletics. With the hard work comes great satisfaction, and he shares that he loves to see the progress of both himself and his fellow teammates. Winning the games makes all the hours of training well worth it, especially when…

Top 5 Best Christmas Songs (Inarguably)

Chamberlain Zulauf #5 Christmas in Harlem- Ye If Die Hard counts as a Christmas movie then Kanye deserves a spot. Teyana Taylor who has a great voice gives it a Christmas feel, then Ye starts rapping about buying presents last minute and it makes me laugh every time. #4 Here Comes Santa Claus- Elvis Presley   Elvis is on the same level as Bing Crosby with Christmas music except Elvis wasn’t a horrible person. In this rendition of “HCSC,” Elvis sings in his classic rockabilly style we all know him for. #3 Let it, Snow! Let it, Snow! Let it, Snow! – Vaughn Monroe   Specifically, the Vaughn Monroe version. It’s less known than the Frank Sinatra version but Monroe’s version has a better intro- plus this version has more of that semi-depressing ghostly Christmas sound… if you’re into that. #2 Last Christmas- Wham! It was a tough call not putting this song at number 1 since I listen to it year-round without shame. You know you did a Christmas song right if it’s your most famous song as a pop music duo. Extra points because it’s heavily (and cleverly) associated with one of my favorite Christmas movies: Last Christmas with Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. #1 Sleigh Ride- Leroy Anderson What can I say except to state that this song is quintessential? I’m one of those people who starts humming Christmas songs around mid-November. The part where the guy slaps the woodblocks in the procession is iconic and has been stuck in my head for weeks now, no complaints. 

Maroons Talk: Finals

Written by Chamberlain Zulauf “I feel like the three weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter break is a huge stress to everyone on campus. Especially so this semester which is the first in-person college semester some of us have had in over a year. We’re deep into the semester so it’s easy to forget that. To me, this is the time of year where students really just have to bury their head and grind it out. A lot of us have more than just school to worry about too, such as sports, clubs, and other extracurriculars. Homework is sort of lame, but Winter break is definitely something to look forward to. So is next semester, for me and hopefully for a lot of other Maroons. A teacher of mine, Dr. Almeder, always reminds us to be kind to ourselves in the midst of stress. To me that means treating myself to Chipotle on hard days or not spending all night doing homework even if it means left over work for later. My dad is one of the smartest people I know and in college he was definitely a bookworm. He’s told me that even though he spent countless hours doing homework the memories of those hours stuck behind a desk seem outshined by the good/fun memories which truly stick with him. Point being that school work is hard but good! Endure it now and make sure to make those happy memories when you can.” 

Mentally Preparing for Finals

by Lucy Collins Finals are quickly approaching for Roanoke College students. In these next few weeks, feelings of stress and anxiety will increase among the student population. Stress and anxiety can be very crippling for most students, and the stress of preparing and doing well on final exams is a prevalent feeling among many college students. A good tip for reducing stress prior to exams is to efficiently prepare for the end of semesters final projects, papers, or exams. One way to do this is to create a schedule that includes due dates and times of exams. A schedule will hold an individual accountable for what he or she has to complete prior to finishing the semester. Diligently allotting time to each assignment is necessary in order to submit a sufficient final product. In order to efficiently prepare for final exams, creating personal study guides is a must. Sometimes, professors will not equip students with a study guide for the final exam, but they may give an outline of the topics that will be on the exam. It is in the best interest of the student to make their own study guides pertaining to each exam, including notes from class lectures, excerpts from sources, notes from PowerPoints, etc. Study guides are an extremely effective way to prepare for finals; it allows he or she to organize the material and study it in a way that pertains to them.  There are numerous ways that students are able to relieve their stress when preparing for finals projects or final exams. The first helpful tip is to try and eat healthy and to get enough sleep. Eating healthy and sleeping well will help prepare the brain and body for the strenuous mental activity that is needed when preparing for finals, or when taking…

Tragedy Strikes at Michigan High School

Written by Alexis Barton  On November 30th, a student opened fire at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, MI. Thus far, four students were killed and 7 other individuals were injured. Reports suggest that the victims were selected at random based on their mere location, but the event itself was anything but random or spontaneous. Preliminary results of the police investigation suggest that the alleged shooter, a fifteen-year old student, had made plans through videos and journal entries to cause mass violence at the school. Leading up to the event, according to Fox News Detroit, the shooter had several meetings with teachers and school administrators regarding his “concerning behavior” (2021). The shooter has been charged with 4 counts of first-degree murder and terrorism so far.    The shooter used a gun that his father had purchased just days prior as part of a Black Friday sale. The easy access, as described by Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald, that he had to said firearm is part of a larger debate surrounding gun control in the United States. According to Michigan law regarding firearm use and storage within the home, firearms should be locked and stored separately from their ammunition. Further, individuals “may be criminally and civilly liable for any harm caused by a person less than 18 years of age who lawfully gains unsupervised access to your firearm if unlawfully stored” (Michigan Department of State Police, 2001). If McDonald’s description of the shooter’s access proves to be accurate, his parents may also face criminal charges for their blatant negligence.     The four victims have been identified as 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin, 16-year-old Tate Myre, 17-year-old Justin Shilling, and 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana. Several individuals who were injured still remain in critical condition. Several levels of law enforcement agencies are now involved in…

Oh No, Ohio

Written by Katherine Clatterbuck The matchup between long-time rivals Ohio State and Michigan on Saturday, November 27th ended historically after Michigan came out victorious for the first time in eight years. The Michigan Wolverines had not won against Ohio State since their 2011 win of 40-34. Entering the game, Ohio was ranked 2nd in the NCAA Top 25, while Michigan rested at 5th with their 10-1 record.  The battle began with a touchdown from Michigan’s A.J. Henning in a 14-yard run with a successful kick from Jake Moody. Ohio responded with a 31-yard field goal ending the first quarter with a score of 7-3 in favor of the Wolverines. Entering the second quarter, Ohio came with a vengeance scoring their first touchdown and a second field goal. Yet, with a second touchdown and extra point from the Wolverines, Michigan entered half time up by 1 point. Ohio fans hoped the second quarter would bring improvements, but faced the devastation of two touchdowns from running back Hassan Haskins. Although Ohio was able to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, bringing their final score up to 27, Michigan responded with two touchdowns of their own to finish out the game with a final score of 42 to 27. Haskins scored all but one of the Wolverines’ six touchdowns for the game with Jack Moody successfully kicking all six extra points. After this blow to Ohio State, Michigan was ranked 2nd in the Top 25, pushing Ohio down to 7th as we enter college football playoffs. It is now predicted that Michigan will face Iowa in the Big Ten conference championships, another matchup to look out for coming up this season.