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A Source of RC Pride

by Allison Shaw The LGBTQ+ community on our campus is one which continues to grow and thrive. One of the many ways in which this community is fostered is through RC Pride, a social and activist organization located on campus. RC Pride, which is led by LGBTQ+ students, focuses on connecting Maroons with all of the resources which can be found here at Roanoke College. Their mission statement, which can be found on their ClubHub page reads, “RC Pride is an organization that strives to encourage awareness of all genders, sexual orientations, and other ways the LGBTQ+ community identifies. We also offer a safe and supportive environment for all through both fun and educational activities and events.”  Part of the way in which RC Pride helps foster the growth of the LGBTQ+ community here at Roanoke is by providing information and access to multiple different programs, including Out of the Closet and RC Drive. Out of the Closet is located in West 324, and is a clothing drive which allows students access to gender-affirming clothing. As long as West Hall is open, anyone is free to drop clothing off as well as find some clothing for themselves. Out of the Closet offers all sorts of styles and sizes, and is a wonderful resource on campus for LGBTQ+ students.  Students can also take advantage of RC Drive, which is an LGBTQ+ youth support group meeting every Friday at 3:30 in the Well. The meetings are centered around stress relief for LGBTQ+ students, as well as strengthening and building the community on campus. Through RC Drive, a safe space is created for LGBTQ+ members of our school.  In addition to connecting students with resources on campus, RC Pride also strengthens the community through their own meetings, providing “Food and Friendship” for all…

Unions and Corporations Clash on the Rails

by Alexis Barton Early in September, unions of railroad workers across the country came close to an all-out strike. The issue at hand for many of these workers revolved around working conditions, paid sick leave, and compensation. These issues have become central to national discussions regarding workers’ rights, but the railroad industry has seemed to lag behind in making progress to benefit workers.  Railroads are still central to American infrastructure despite the common idea that they are an antiquated mode of transportation. These systems are integral both to the transportation of goods across the country, but also the transportation of people. In the event of an all-out strike, commuter trains would likely see impacts in addition to trains carrying goods. Though a railroad strike in 2022 may not bring the nation to a halt in the same way that it would have a century ago, the national supply chain would see changes nevertheless.  The strike was tentatively avoided as an agreement was proposed between workers and corporations. For now, workers will remain in their previous system and contracts, but a new agreement is under way. According to the Washington Post, the changes in the proposed agreement includes a 24% increase in wages by 2024, a $1,000 annual bonus over a five year span, and better healthcare coverage. These changes, if ratified, could result in the average annual salary for railroad workers to exceed $100,000 (2022). This agreement still needs to be ratified, but it brings some amount of hope to railroad workers across the country.  Amidst national conversations about cost of living and inflation, this strike serves as an important reminder that the rights of workers are not ensured across professions and that the livelihoods of individuals are at stake when these policies are created.

Family Weekend 2022

by Mikaela Gantz Family Weekend 2022 is quickly approaching. This exciting weekend brings plenty of events for students and their families to attend. For families interested in sports, women’s volleyball, men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s swim have games you can watch to support our Maroons.   Many academic departments are also hosting events over the weekend including the Chemistry Department’s “The Magic of Chemistry” and Religion & Philosophy Department’s “Trivia Trivia Trivia!”. These events are meant to be fun for the whole family, and all Maroons are invited. There are also outdoor adventure sponsored events, like hikes to McAfee Knob and Sawtooth Ridge if you want to take in the views of Southwestern Virginia with your visitors.   On the academic side of things, there is plenty to partake in, too. There is a Scholarships & Fellowship Information Session, From Dream to Plan (for freshman and sophomore parents), and From Plan to Professional (for junior and senior parents). Families can also experience Friday on the Quad (FOTQ) and enjoy dinner with their students on the Back Quad.   Aside from these events, there are many things for families to enjoy at RC. Some more casual activities might include walking around campus, grabbing a coffee at Mill Mountain, watching the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains, or perhaps driving out to the Mill Mountain Star. There’s plenty of gorgeous views and exciting things to do in the Salem area—take advantage of this weekend to show off the beauty of your new home.   For more information about Family Weekend events, schedules, and ticket information, please visit roanoke.edu/family_weekend_2022  

Family weekend

by Mia shelton Cheers to the first weekend of fall!  Many are eager for the season of crunchy leaves, pretty trees, and pumpkin seeds.  Take in the crisp autumn air and enjoy some time around campus.  School has settled in nicely and routines are in place.  Freedom fills the air, but not this weekend- parents are comin’ to town! Enjoy the first weekend of fall with your dearly missed parents this family weekend!  While the school has planned some activities for you and loved ones, venture off campus to give your family the true Salem experience.  Here are a few local spots around Salem to spend quality time with your family.   For museum lovers, there are a few options to venture.  On East Main Street, there is the Salem Museum, just within walking distance.  Every Saturday, from 10 AM to 4 PM, visitors can partake in Hands-On-History.  The museum will let visitors hold Salem artifacts while learning the history of the town.  After touchin’ some old bones, venture down to the City of Roanoke and visit the Taubman Museum of Art.  On Saturday, they are offering “Paint Your Pet Home Kits” from 10 AM to 5 PM.  You can register on their website, under the “Happenings” tab.  Each kit includes a 16×24 canvas, paints, paintbrushes, step by step instructions, and a printed reference picture.  When you arrive to the museum for your registered time, pick up your kit at the front desk!   If your family has an outdoor buff, Salem is the place to be!  There are plenty of hiking trails around Salem and Roanoke. Catawba Mountain, Four George Trail, Dragon’s Tooth, and McAfee Knob are all common ones nearby.  Enjoy quality family time and beautiful fall weather on a glorious hike.  Take pictures or have a picnic.  Traveling down…

Emmy’s 2022: A Night Rewarding of Titles

by Mateo Biggs There’s always a specific night that gains viewership not quite like any other– an annual program that has everyone cheering their favorite celebrities to see who gains the awards they have worked so hard for, and this year is no different. With a viewership of about 5.92 million according to “TV Insider” on September 12, 2022, the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards– hosted this year by Kenan Thompson –was a night full of excitement despite the all-time-low rating status with both NBC and Peacock streaming the ceremony.  Jam packed with numerous titles many readers may recognize, the 3hr program had no qualms with dishing out awards to those that earned it with the vote of confidence from the people themselves. Winning the title of “Outstanding Comedy Series” was “Ted Lasso” from Apple TV+ produced by Jason Sudeikis, with “Succession” from HBO winning the mantle of “Outstanding Drama Series”. Another program from HBO winning a hard earned award with stiff competition comes from “The White Lotus” that ended up on top of “Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series” on the 74th Emmy Awards. As the victor for “Outstanding Competition Program” comes from star singer Lizzo’s recent show “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” on Prime Video. Now comes the fun part everyone ends up waiting for– the winning actors. In categories like “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” it should be no surprise to see “Euphoria”’s very own Zendaya, who wins the award with her performance as Rue Benett on the HBO fan favorite. With Jason Sudeikis– a name we see produce the very show “Ted Lasso” as well as play the character himself –taking on the champion name as “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series”, his counterpart for the actress title being the talented Jean Smart…

Worst Fantasy Football Punishments

by Suzanne Jackson Fantasy football began in the early 1960s. Back then, team statistics and calculating players performances wasn’t as easy as it is today with the growth of the game and the advancements in technology which allow for more accurate information to be shared with its fans. For those who don’t regularly participate in making a team, fantasy football is a points-based game based on the real-life performance of NFL players. People pick players to be on their team and when those players perform well the person managing their team gets points. All the players on one person’s fantasy team don’t need to come from one NFL team. Many have players from teams across the league who play in various positions. People play fantasy football in larger groups so multiple people each manage one team. The person with the most points at the end of the season is the winner and the person with the least number of points is the loser. The loser is usually subjected to a punishment that is agreed upon before start of the season by the group they are playing with. Here are some of the best fantasy football punishments that have become popular over the last few years. -Going to take the SAT or the ACT, regardless of your current age. -Waffle House Marathon: This punishment requires going to sit in Waffle House for 24 hours straight and for every waffle eaten an hour knocked off the total time. -Photo shoot for a calendar. The person who loses must dress up for every month and take photos. The calendar with the monthly photos is sent out to all the other people they played with as well as family and friends. -Laundry Service: This punishment entails doing laundry for every member for a set…

Men’s Soccer Gaining Confidence

by Logan Tyler The men’s soccer team traveled down south to play Greensboro College on Wednesday September 14. Due to weather postponing their September 11 game against Methodist University, the men had not played since their loss to the Catholic University of America on September 8. However, the Maroons traveled to Pride Field looking to add a win to their schedule. The Maroons fell behind in the first half with a goal in the 18th minute by Collin Thomas, a freshman for the Pride. The score remained 1-0 for the rest of the first half as Roanoke looked to regroup at halftime. “We struggled at halftime to figure out what we needed to do,” Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Zach Behe said. “But we knew we needed to come out strong in the second half.” They came into the second half motivated with the Maroons capitalizing in the 49th minute with a goal from sophomore Harrison Kraus to tie up the game. The match proved to be an intense competition with one yellow card being allocated to the Maroons in the first half, and four yellow cards in the second half – three for the Pride, one for the Maroons. Will Fatzinger, a freshman for the Maroons, received his second yellow in the 60th minute, adding up to a red card, and he was sent to the sidelines for the rest of the match. With thirty minutes remaining in the match, Roanoke was forced to play a man down for the remainder of the game. However, the men proved they were up for the challenge despite their uneven numbers with an unassisted goal from sophomore forward Girom Affolter in the 67th minute to put the Maroons ahead, 2-1. At the final whistle, the score remained the same, with Roanoke coming out on…

Under the Sea: a New Spin on an Old “Tail”

by Victoria McGraw For many years, Disney has been known for having little to no diversity in its films. Then in 2009, they produced Tiana, The Princess, and the Frog and gradually added more divisive stories/cast later on and now their latest live-action remake is The Little Mermaid. The actor who is playing Ariel is Halle Bailey, a 22-year-old actress, and singer. This story has been around since the 1800s and over the years many people such as Disney visualize Ariel as a white, redhead mermaid, so naturally, people fall into that visualization. Unlike any other ironic movie, The Little Mermaid is not an original princess, it’s a fictional creature, therefore we can interpret Ariel as being of any type of race or demographic. And like many Disney remakes, there is a huge controversy over the trailer. Others loved this trailer and are very excited to see it. And other people felt this trailer was awful, with millions of dislikes from angry “fans.” It started by someone on Twitter tweeted out a photoshopped picture of Ariel being a white, redhead, and assuring “fans” that this actor will be replaced with the “right” character before the release. Yes, we are still talking about a fictional character that lives under the sea and whose best friend is a crab. Of course, this created chaos around social media, and other fans brought up how Ariel is a literal fish. This is true. Although these horrible actions of the “fans” created chaos on the internet. Parents have recorded their children’s reactions to coming to the realization that Ariel Halle Bailey represents them. It’s extremely uplifting and inspirational. Every single one of them felt loved, you could see it on their faces. Representation is extremely important for the youth especially children of different ethnicities and…

Graham’s Abortion Bill Reveals GOP Agenda

by Mikaela Gantz Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, announced a new 15-week abortion ban bill during a recent press conference on Capitol Hill. This bill comes in the midst of many similar bills being passed in individual states banning or limiting abortion. The difference with this bill is that it is not a state bill, it is a national bill. The passing of this law, assuming that it is approved by both congressional bodies, would result in a change in national law.   Many Democrats have pointed out the hypocrisy with this bill. The recent reversal of Roe v. Wade returned abortion power to the states, where most Republicans argue it ought to be. However, if this bill is passed, it would move abortion power to the national level. Many are also confused at the timing of the announcement of this bill with midterm elections being less than two months away. Many races both congressional houses are tighter and closer than expected, and issues like abortion access are dividing voters. A slight miscalculation like this could cost the GOP their chance at securing a majority in the Senate or the House of Representatives.   With Democrats currently controlling the House and the Senate, with tie-breaking power in the hands of Vice President Kamala Harris, it is not likely that the bill will pass with flying colors. However, some Democrats in the Senate like Joe Manchin could create a shift in voting blocs on this particular issue. Further, though Graham’s bill is supported by some of his GOP colleagues, he has not gained the kind of support he likely hoped for. While many of Graham’s colleagues may be pro-life, many Senators, like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, believe that abortion is a state-level issue.   Abortion rights have spiked as a top…

The Art of Journaling

by Marisa Seager After last semester came to an end, I spent the next few weeks taking a May Term course on journaling. During this time, I experimented with three different types of journaling: standard, bullet, and art.  Standard Journaling This is the most common form of journaling and also what you’re probably familiar with. It is the practice of using a journal to serve as a private place to reflect on your life or process emotions and experiences. For many this can be therapeutic or even just a way to get to know yourself better.  This can be a lot to unpack and especially if you’re new to the practice, so a good place to start is with prompts to guide your entries. In my experience, there were days where I couldn’t stop writing and others where I needed that extra push to get me started.  Bullet Journaling  If you’ve ever used Pinterest, then you may have already seen this form of journaling. It combines several journaling systems into one that is very organized.  This can be used not only as a diary but also a calendar, task manager, and place to process things.  Instead of starting with an enticing blank page, use a journal with a dot grid pattern to design the journal for your own use. It can be as simple or as creative as you’d like! Personally, mine was somewhere in between and was used mostly for trackers and other fun spreads.  Art Journaling Most similar to a sketchbook, this form of journaling is a great way to practice your art skills, document your life, or process emotions. The best part is that you can use whatever mediums you like so don’t fret if you can’t draw.  As a person who isn’t the most creative on…