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And Now….Back to Sports!

Written by Katherine Clatterbuck Coming back from an unprecedented season, Roanoke senior athletes are looking towards the future in this new school year. A senior for the women’s field hockey team, Lauren Roth mentioned the new season saying, “It’s a relief to have a feeling of normalcy again. Last year there were a lot of ups and downs so to get to come back to the hard work and see it all on the field with a full team feels extra special”. With fall sports kicking off, teams have noticed an influx of fans as the Roanoke community is excited to have athletics back. Renee Alquiza, a women’s basketball senior, shared that, “Our team had an incredible season last year, but only played half of our regular season and weren’t allowed fans. I’m looking forward to having our fans back and playing a full season”.  In October of 2020, the NCAA Division III Presidents Council released eligibility relief for 2020-2021 athletes. As opposed to the four seasons of eligibility college athletes normally receive, this eligibility relief permits student athletes to retain their season of eligibility for the 2020-2021 school year. Kaylie LaGuardia, a senior on the women’s lacrosse team, talked about her retained year of eligibility, stating “I’m so excited to have a hopefully full senior season. With an extra year of eligibility due to COVID, I’m considering playing lacrosse while attending graduate school next year”. Kristina Harrell, a fifth year senior on the women’s basketball team, stated “As a fifth year athlete, I’m just really excited to have the opportunity to play again and compete for a ring. After the shortened senior season it’s exciting to have the chance to (hopefully) have a full schedule against competitive teams. I’m excited to be able to spend another year with our…

NFL Week 1 Preview

Written by Carter Weissenfluh   Jacksonville Jaguars v. Houston Texans: a division matchup between two teams with somewhat low expectations, but two young promising QBs in Trevor Lawrence and Deshaun Watson. Fans across the league are excited to see the number one pick from the 2021 Draft, Lawrence, take the field in his first regular-season game. Since Watson is dealing with off-the-field issues, I am going to roll with the Jaguars 24-14.    San Diego Chargers v. Washington Football Team: a non-conference game with two teams looking to improve off of their seasons last year. Washington, with one of the best defenses in the NFL, will be more than skilled to beat the Chargers, who are traveling cross country for a 1 PM game. I see Washington winning 27-17.   San Francisco 49ers v. Detroit Lions: the 49ers, who were devastated with injuries last season, are looking to bounce back and compete in a very competitive NFC. With the addition of Trey Lance, they look to get off to a strong start against the Lions. The Lions are clearly in the rebuilding phase, as new head coach Dan Campbell will be looking to change the culture of the franchise. 49ers by a score of 31-13.    Seattle Seahawks v. Indianapolis Colts: both these teams made the playoffs a season ago and look to do so again. With this matchup, it will be a good test for both teams to see where they stand. The Seahawks are traveling to Indianapolis and have been one of the better road teams over the last few seasons. Seahawks 31-24.   Philadelphia Eagles v. Atlanta Falcons: both teams are led by two new head coaches, so this will be exciting to see how prepared these two teams are. The Falcons are capable of scoring with…

Recap from the Turf

Written by Lauren Roth   To kick off their season, the men’s and women’s cross country teams headed to Bridgewater College to compete in the Eagles XC Challenge. After previous success in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, the Maroons were looking to start off strong and make a name for themselves this season.    The women’s team was led by Zoe Dunlap who placed 11th out of 57 competitors. Dunlap was followed closely by twin sisters Lauren and Ashley Brown, who placed 16th and 23rd, respectively. Roanoke’s 2021 Outstanding Woman Athlete of the Year, Hannah Koepfinger, rounded out the top runners for the Maroons. Though Koepfinger is well-known for her performance in track and field, her athleticism propelled her to success as she took the 25th spot in the final results.    The men’s team had two of the top-three finishers amongst them with Peter Smith and Cooper Neeble. Smith, a junior from Cave Spring, VA, claimed his first collegiate victory for the Maroons with a time of 12:54.2. Other stellar performers included freshman Franklin Reid, who came in 14th out of 46 competitors. Tim Hofstaetter, a renowned track and field star for the Maroons, also helped lead the team to victory, as he, Robert Birdsall, and Cameron Ballinger cruised in at 18th, 19th, and 20th place, respectively.    The Maroons came out successful, as the men’s team took the 2nd place spot and the women’s team came in 3rd. The men were close behind Bridgewater, who led by only 13 points and 2 minutes in total time. The women were also close behind Bridgewater, who took second place in the women’s competition. As they look ahead to their next event, the WildCat XC Invitational, both of these teams appear ready to compete for the long haul.   

XC Starts Strong

Written by Alexis Barton   To kick off their season, the men’s and women’s cross country teams headed to Bridgewater College to compete in the Eagles XC Challenge. After previous success in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, the Maroons were looking to start off strong and make a name for themselves this season.    The women’s team was led by Zoe Dunlap who placed 11th out of 57 competitors. Dunlap was followed closely by twin sisters Lauren and Ashley Brown, who placed 16th and 23rd, respectively. Roanoke’s 2021 Outstanding Woman Athlete of the Year, Hannah Koepfinger, rounded out the top runners for the Maroons. Though Koepfinger is well-known for her performance in track and field, her athleticism propelled her to success as she took the 25th spot in the final results.    The men’s team had two of the top-three finishers amongst them with Peter Smith and Cooper Neeble. Smith, a junior from Cave Spring, VA, claimed his first collegiate victory for the Maroons with a time of 12:54.2. Other stellar performers included freshman Franklin Reid, who came in 14th out of 46 competitors. Tim Hofstaetter, a renowned track and field star for the Maroons, also helped lead the team to victory, as he, Robert Birdsall, and Cameron Ballinger cruised in at 18th, 19th, and 20th place, respectively.    The Maroons came out successful, as the men’s team took the 2nd place spot and the women’s team came in 3rd. The men were close behind Bridgewater, who led by only 13 points and 2 minutes in total time. The women were also close behind Bridgewater, who took second place in the women’s competition. As they look ahead to their next event, the WildCat XC Invitational, both of these teams appear ready to compete for the long haul. 

Abortion Don’t Have to Go, For the Bible Tells Me So

By Devon Mitchell   The Texas abortion ban has been at the forefront of the news in the past couple of weeks. Pro-choice activists worry that changes to how Texas handles abortion cases will unravel nearly 50 years of women’s rights stemming from the 1973 Supreme Court decision on Roe V. Wade which decided state regulation of abortions was unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause. Meaning criminalized abortions violate a women’s right to privacy over property. Pro-life activists who often cross over with Evangelicals cite the Bible for why they believe abortions should be illegal. I bet they don’t remember the Bible says a fetus is property too.   In Exodus 21:22-25, a story is told of a pregnant woman who miscarries after suffering injuries after being struck attempting to break up a fight. The miscarriage is not treated like a death. Instead, it is treated like property loss, and a fine is to be paid. Had the woman lost her life, however, the punishment would have been a life for a life.   Evangelicals might make the argument that life begins in the womb. Take Isaiah 49:1-3 as an example, “The LORD called me from the womb. From the innermost parts of my mother, God named me … and said to me, ‘You are my servant Israel, in whom I’ll be glorified.” But there is not a clear statement saying life begins before being born.   Genesis 2:7 does provide a clear start to life, “Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live.” What Genesis 2:7 gives us that other verses do not is “the man began to live.”   I’m not saying Evangelicals are…

Campus Culture Shock

By Kristi Rolf Roanoke College is a different place in September 2021 than it was in May. During the last school year, I grew accustomed to a campus that seemed only half-alive. Many students spent the year at home, taking classes online. Those of us who remained spent more time in the library and the dining hall than in academic buildings.  Last year, I grew accustomed to strange habits. My favorite place from which to log on to my Zoom HHP class during the fall semester was a study room on the third floor of Fintel Library. In the spring, I routinely rushed out of my morning shifts at Freshens to attend afternoon Psychology classes from my bed.  Now every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, I find myself scurrying back and forth across the courtyard from Life Science to Trexler and back to Life Science to claim my seat in classrooms full of masked students. As a member of the class of 2023, I have vague memories of college life pre-pandemic. I spent one and a half normal semesters at Roanoke during my Freshman year before the pandemic hit. After eighteen months, it’s been jarring to see parts of campus return to normal. Last week I realized that I had forgotten how difficult it is to navigate around the tables in a crowded Commons dining room.  I certainly didn’t miss cruising up and down every row of the Market Street parking lot searching vainly for a parking spot before accepting defeat and retreating to the distant Hawthorne lot. This semester, my roommate and I have made a game of watching the lot from our window in Blue Ridge Hall, sometimes shouting encouragement to approaching cars when we spy an empty spot from our lookout.  Even though a full campus can…

Living on the Dance Floor Ten Years Later

By Devon Mitchell   It’s been ten years since the iconic moms and daughters of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, took the dance stage by storm with the premiere of the Lifetime reality TV show Dance Moms. I was ten years old when the show began, and as a dancer myself at the time, Dance Moms was a pretty prominent memory of my pre-teen years. So, with the anniversary, I thought I would re-watch the first episode. As an adult, I have major critiques on how adults interact with 8 to 10-year-olds.   Obviously, having a pyramid that pits teammates against each other is an absurd thing to make children participate in. The moms pointed that out right away. What concerned me was what happened a little while after the pyramid was introduced. Maddie complains of a stomachache and leaves crying. I would guess Maddie is either on the verge of a panic attack or amid one. It has been established that Maddie is the favorite and sets a high bar, the other moms are upset about Maddie’s place at the top of the pyramid putting a target on her back, and there is an insane amount of pressure put on this eight-year-old’s shoulders. Instead of receiving support from her mother, she is pushed to go back to dance class. To be honest, Melissa cares more about success than the well-being of her family. She even says her “soon-to-be-ex” blames dance for their failed marriage.   Moving on, Abby Lee Miller’s overall demeanor with the girls is awful. She says she’s preparing them for the real world, but it’ll be at least ten years until they’re faced with beratement from a producer or director. They are still kids, they should be encouraged and positively reinforced. Instead, when the team receives third place for…

Good Mythical Morning!

By Chamberlain Zulauf I’ve been waking up to that phrase since I was 11 years old. If you aren’t also a Mythical Beast, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about.  Sometimes referred to as the “Dads of YouTube”, lifelong friends Rhett and Link started Good Mythical Morning (GMM) on January 3rd, 2011. If GMM is news to you then you’re in luck because there is basically an infinite amount of content to consume with Rhett and Link.  Today their multimedia company Mythical Entertainment is worth 30 million dollars and has content across virtually every platform.  Rhett and Link have produced books, albums, TV shows, podcasts, and even merch complete with mythical beard oil.  GMM has been a positive way to start my weekday before the grind begins for the past three years I’ve been at ‘Noke. The show is ever-changing, and I feel like I’ve grown alongside it.  So, I recommend trying it out for a week! You don’t really have to watch it in the morning but making their wholesomeness a part of the daily routine is a nice way to relax. At this point, I feel like I know Rhett and Link personally.  The biggest theme in GMM is food. Here are some recent video titles: “Dunkin vs. Krispy Kreme Taste Test”, “What Are We Swimming In?”, and “Will it Pop Tart?” Mythical Chef Matt also has his own channel of course… Mythical Kitchen.  Sadly, mythical summer just ended so I’ve been Good-Mythical-Morningless for the start of school, but season 20 starts September 13th! 

Lucy’s Declassified School Survival Guide

By Lucy Collins  Helpful Tips for Returning to In-Person Classes After the previous school year that we all had to endure, fully online, without any personal interaction, Roanoke College has given students and professors the chance to return to in-person classes. This is great news for students to hear, particularly juniors and seniors, who had the chance before COVID-19 to experience learning in person. Although, there may be adjustments needed for the freshmen and sophomore classes, who have never experienced an in-person college class. This article will provide the students at Roanoke College with helpful tips for returning to in-person classes! The first tip for students is to develop a healthy morning routine. This will help each student become mentally prepared for their school day, along with creating a schedule to follow during the school year. The second tip to use is to purchase a calendar, planner, or electronic calendar, to write down the assignments given from each professor. This will allow students to be organized and mentally prepared for when an assignment is due and how much time is needed to prepare for it. The third tip is to take advantage of the library. The atmosphere in the library is very motivating, since there are fellow peers who are also studying/working on assignments. Watching other individuals working on assignments can give student’s the push they may need in order to reach a desired outcome on whatever work that may be assigned. The fourth tip is to take advantage of professor’s office hours. The professors are there to help each student, in any way they possibly can. Creating good relationships with each professor is very vital to the college experience at Roanoke; they are there to teach what they are passionate about and to help students learn! The fifth tip…

Returning Student State of Mind

By Mia Shelton It’s lovely to see everyone’s shining faces back on campus.  It can be stressful coming back to campus with a new set of standards like in person classes, new teachers, and for some a new school. Let’s all take a deep breath; it might seem daunting but totally exciting!   As a returning student, there are some tips I wish I had to guide me through the beginning of my college experience.  Here are some that I have collected to help you get back into the groove.   First, it’s cool to make new friends!  Saying hi to everyone can be rewarding.  Don’t be scared to share a teaspoon of your heart with others.  Good things come to those who wait, and to those who treat others with kindness.  Sometimes relationships and friendships go downhill and that’s totally normal.  Treat everyone the way you wish to be treated and the right people will find you.  Making friends in your classes help.  Always find a study buddy- they will help you through the thick of college!    Always try to plan ahead!  Way easier said than done, but you will thank yourself later.  Finding a time to get all assignments done is important, it is the reason why you are here. Completing homework on your free time will help clear up your schedule for the weekend.  Your teachers are here to help, they want to make connections with you.  Talking to teachers about the courses you are taking will help your experience in the class.  You always get out of the experience what you put in.  Between a study buddy and your teachers, you are bound to succeed.     Lastly, really take this time to learn who you are.  Take time for yourself!  At the end of the…