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Spring Fling Season is Here!

Written by Kaelyn Spickler Have you been tied down since October and are starting to get tired of Netflix and chilling with your non-committal S.O.? Well, good news: cuffing season is coming to an end and spring fling season is on the horizon! With Spring Break on the radar and (just about) everyone ready for warmer weather, people are gearing up for their fun spring fling. Can’t keep up with what your winter cuff is and what your spring fling is? Read on to find out! Winter cuffs and spring flings are similar in the fact that neither have strong levels of commitment. Of course it varies from person to person, but typically both of these “relationships” (or lack there of) are casual. You won’t hear people in these relationships referring to each other as boyfriend and girlfriend, but that doesn’t mean that what started out as a winter cuff or spring fling can’t turn into a relationship.  The differences between the two stem from the changes in weather and therefore changes in activities you can do. Winter cuff relationships are almost just two people in hibernation, but together. It’s someone you can curl up with and watch endless amounts of movies and TV shows and drink cup after cup of hot chocolate with. On the other hand, your spring fling is fun (not that your winter cuff can’t be fun)! The weather is warming up, the sun is out, and everything is exciting. The concept of spring fling relates to the quick, one-week relationships formed while on a spring break trip, but the concept has carried over to encompass quick relationships formed as the weather starts warming up.  You might not realize you are in a spring fling until June hits, and just because you find a person in…

The Perug Diaries Giornale Tre: Stereotipo!

Written by Lauren Roth Before I went to Italy I heard so many stereotypes; don’t do this, make sure you know this, oh the food will be great and so on. The fact of the matter is, stereotypes are stereotypes. Being in Europe for about a month and a half now and having the opportunity to interact with all the different cultures of Europe.  One of the major stereotypes about Italy that I think we’ve all heard is all that Italians eat is pizza and pasta. This isn’t a complete misconception, the amount of pizza and pasta I have eaten here is uncanny, however, each region in Italy has its food that it is known for in the country. For example, Perugia is widely known for its meat and chocolate. It seems as though every Perugian loves their red meat. And the chocolate, well it is simply the best chocolate I have ever had. It might be because they have their chocolate factory here so it is just that much better.  Another major Italian misconception is that they all talk with hands, like with huge hand gestures. Truth is, I don’t think I have seen one Italian talk with their hands. I think I talk with my hands way more than they do. What is unique about how the hand motions that Italians use is that each motion means something, from the way that their fingers are placed to how fast the hand motion is. The hand motions are all very intentional in the Italian culture, whereas in American when we talk with our hands the gestures simply don’t mean anything.  There are many other stereotypes that we have all heard about Italy, and there are many stereotypes that Europeans have for Americans such as we’re fat and only eat…

Digital Don’ts for Your Relationship

Written by Madalyn Chapman In a world where we are all increasingly reliant on and addicted to technology, it can be hard to not to let it run our relationships.As relationships migrate onto social media, some bad habits can develop that end up being detrimental to your relationship. Here are three “digital don’ts” to help you keep your relationship at its best while also sharing all those cute moments with your friends and family. Don’t obsess over your S.O. liking and commenting on every post you make. Whether it’s a post about your trip to Florida over winter break or a post about your anniversary, do not obsess over exactly when your S.O. likes and comments on it! While it’s really nice to have those supportive comments, and to get the notification that they liked it, let it be a nice surprise that brightens your day. Allowing something so trivial to make you upset won’t be good for your relationship. Your S.O. is with you because they like you; you don’t need the “like” icon to tell you that. Don’t cyber-stalk your ex. Constantly looking at their profile and overthinking what they’re posting about is not going to make you feel better. More importantly, it is definitely not going to help the relationship that you’re in now. If you’re not in that relationship anymore, then it’s for a reason. Trust that things are turning out as they’re supposed to, and leave the past behind. If you feel like you can be friends with your ex, and you follow each other or are friends on social media, then that’s great! Just be sure that it doesn’t become toxic or a detriment to you, your mental health, and your relationship. Don’t allow social media to consume the time you have together. When…

Is Being Too Hot a Crime?

Written by Joyelle Ronan Can an actor or actress be too attractive to play a role? Broadway actor Jeremy Jordan was recently condemned for being “too hunky” for the lead role in Little Shop of Horrors, a play performed off-Broadway. If you don’t speak musical theatre, I’ll translate — Little Shop is about a nerdy flower shop assistant named Seymour. He believes he’ll never win over his dream girl, Audrey, until he discovers a blood-hungry plant that he names after her. Romantic, right? In her slate.com article, “Against Hot Seymour,” Heather Schwedel stated that Jordan’s “highly symmetrical face and strong jawline” made him all wrong to play such an iconic nerd. She stated that there are plenty of roles for hot actors and this show isn’t one of them. People even took to Twitter; user McHenryJD tweeted, “Hunk Seymouritis is getting out of control.” Look, we’re not living in the 1980s when nerds were defined by thick black glasses taped in the middle and a math textbook. It’s 2020 and nerdom has a new definition. People can be conventionally good-looking and be intelligent . . . or playing a character who’s intelligent. Being a nerd is a way of life, not a look. I think the majority of people who like musical theatre would consider themselves to be at least a little bit of a geek. Jordan was reported as being a straight-A student and starred on the CW’s Supergirl. Sounds pretty nerdy to me, but even if he didn’t share any similarities to his Little Shop of Horrors character, that’s why they call it acting. Jordan took the comments in good humor by tweeting some less than flattering photos of himself. However, considering the show business industry’s problem with diversity, a straight white male being “too hot” should really…

Humans of RC: Kaillee Philleo

Written by Brice Hall Kaillee Philleo is a junior here at Roanoke College and, she is definitely the busiest person that the Brackety-Ack has interviewed this year. Kaillee is a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice and is also a Track and Field star who also is part of Roanotes Co-ed Acapella. She works for Outdoor Adventure as a guide and is a proud sister of Chi Omega. She’s also a WRKE radio show co-host as well as having previously worked as an orientation leader. She is currently the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success Treasurer, as well as the Psi Chi, the psychology honor society, Vice President. Kaillee loves mother earth and shows this through her membership in Earthbound. Kaillee’s passion for psychology can be seen in her work as a research assistant in the Psychology Department. That’s not all folks, Kailee uses a time turner to squeeze in being a student assistant and social media coordinator for the Psychology department. One can tell by her involvement with the Psychology department, at all levels, that Kaillee loves the human mind, but she will be able to showcase her passion at an upcoming psychology conference. “From February 27-29 I will be at SPSP! After becoming a research assistant last spring with Dr. Osterman, I was invited to work on a poster that would present findings from a study on parasocial relationships that was completed last year. I have since been given the opportunity to go to the SPSP Conference (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) in New Orleans and present the poster next week!” When asked about which class most enriched her worldview Kaillee responded with “Inside-out for sure. I took this class last spring in which Roanoke College students paired with inmates at the Roanoke County Jail…

RC International Film Festival Returns for Second Year

Between Feb.19-28, eight different films in eight different languages are screening at locations around campus as part of the annual Roanoke College International Film Festival (RCIFF).  After an exciting and successful inaugural year, Modern Languages professor Dr. Elizabeth Groff is thrilled to be bringing the festival back in 2020. “We’ve partnered with a lot more people, a lot more departments,” Groff said, “so we’re doing a bit more than last year.”  Each language studied at Roanoke College is represented by a film in different languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian, Italian and Hindi. English subtitles are provided and all screenings are free and open to the public. This year, the theme of the festival is food. Not only is the theme universal, but there are also strong cultural ties to native foods and to the act of gathering around a meal. “[In America,] we eat all these foods,” Groff said, “and I think it is important for us to talk about the cultures surrounding them as well.” In addition to receptions after the film screenings, Commons is serving dishes to match whatever film is showing that day, to give everyone a taste of the traditional cuisine prior to seeing the film.   All of the screenings are also followed by faculty-led discussion panels to further explore the films and give the audience a chance to ask questions. By incorporating these educational elements, RCIFF hopes to not only expose audiences to new and interesting films, but also to the cultures that these films come from. “Watching international films can help to expand your worldview,” says senior Steph Zemba. “Films from different cultures often have unique perspectives on topics and being exposed to these viewpoints can make you more empathetic and lead you to think critically about your own attitudes and…

What the BLANK with Renee Alquiza

Written by Alexis Barton What sport do you play? Women’s Basketball Where are you from? Cornelius, NC  Best meal in Commons? Chicken Tendiessssss Who is your funniest teammate? Megan Patricia Wheeler If you could get coffee with anyone in the world, who would it be? Madison Prewitt from the Bachelor Which ODAC team is the biggest rival? Washington & Lee Coke or Pepsi? Coke What has been the best memory this season?  Rose Sander’s buzzer-beater against Randolph-Macon. What’s the best song on your pregame playlist?  The Box by Roddy Ricch If you had to pick a theme song for your season, what would it be? Ballin’ by Roddy Ricch Do you have a message for your fans? Teammates? Fans: Thanks for all the support! Teammates: Let’s win this ODAC Championship!

Maroons Talk Backety-Ack

Written by Lexi Meadows What are your survival tips for midterms? John Dodd, Sophomore Isolate yourself in a room for multiple hours late at night with multiple energy drinks with everything you need to study and no distractions is what I do to study for my midterms. Daniel Sherwood, Sophomore  Be sure not to cram, not lock yourself in a room for one night but do it over time, and don’t drink too many energy drinks.  Jada Karnes, Freshman  Make sure that you get enough sleep and look over your notes but don’t do too much so that you are getting enough rest. Abby Frazier, Senior Some tips that I have for surviving midterms would be definitely put in the amount of work to study, that’s something I didn’t do for the first 2 years and I wish I had put in more time studying. Also, work on your specific study tactics, individually versus what somebody might tell you to do. 

Cheap College Cuisine

Written by Sarah Joseph Midterms are upon us! And with midterms, we often need some self-care. Self-care includes treating yourself, especially with some comfort food. This week I will be giving you the recipe to my favorite steak sandwich, a little treat for all of you for the coming midterm week.   (If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, apologies!) This is not to be confused with a Philly Cheesesteak. I am not from Philadelphia, cheese is completely optional, and this is on top of garlic bread.  Directions Defrost steak ahead of time. For vegetables chop to your preference. I typically do julienne for peppers and diced for onions. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Once ready place bread in oven right on the rack and let toast for 12-15 minutes. 1.5 Take Steak and season (to taste) on one side with Cayenne, Sea salt, and Black Peppercorn. Place onions and peppers in a pre-heated pen. Cook for a minute or two before adding steak. Stir fry steak cooks quickly so leave on each side for about a minute. Once the bread is done let sit for a minute before adding all other ingredients. Cut in half, fourths, eighths, however much you want. Enjoy!! *If you have leftovers wrap sandwich in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil. Ingredients Stir Fry Steak 1lb-2lb: Walmart – $7.99/lb average Kroger – $4.99/lb Yellow Onions: Walmart – $0.78/lb Kroger – 1.29/lb Green Peppers: Walmart – $0.72 Kroger – $0.89 Spices: *Cayenne (Ground, Organic): Walmart – $3.98 Kroger – $3.79 *Sea Salt (McCormick): Walmart – $4.08 Kroger – $3.19 *Black Peppercorn (McCormick): Walmart – $4.08 Kroger – $3.19 Garlic Bread Loaf: Walmart – $2.00 Kroger – $2.29 Cheese price varies depending on the type you prefer. *Purchase could be for future usage so is more of a one-time…

Disastrous Decisions from the Democrats

Written by Ethan Perritt It’s no secret the Democratic Party doesn’t want Bernie Sanders as its candidate. There are numerous documents proving their allegiance to Clinton in 2016 and active efforts to snuff out his ability to win. Superdelegates make that easy. With that in mind, it’s not unlikely they would try it again. But they’d have to be sneakier this time. I first noticed this effort to subconsciously implant negative ideas about Bernie a few weeks back. A graph on CNN (in order from left to right, lowest to highest) indicated where each candidate stood in the rankings. Bernie was in first, yet oddly placed with a red arrow next to him that said “zero.” He hadn’t moved since the last poll, yet this was being telegraphed as a bad thing. In addition, it didn’t say anything about where each candidate stood, only what had changed. This isn’t the only attempt I’ve noticed. The peddling of Pete Buttigieg is almost laughable compared to the incessant berating of Bernie Sanders. “Buttigieg Takes Iowa, Wins Fourteen Delegates,” one headline said. It’s neutral, fair, and nothing to care too much about. The article, of course, didn’t mention Bernie winning the popular vote, a talking point about Clinton for months after the 2016 general election. And then another headline: “Bernie Eeks Out Victory in New Hampshire.” Two articles from the same source CNN, America’s most popular news source, with quite different tones. One neutral, one diminutive. Not to mention Fox News’ headline, which was borderline slanderous, read: “Socialist Wins New Hampshire.” It’s false, for one. And it only serves to drive Americans further apart when Bernie inevitably wins the primary, making the common citizen more likely to go out and vote Trump — a disastrous outcome. If the DNC wants a shot at…