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A World without Daylight Savings Time

Kristi Rolf In the early hours of Sunday morning, I lay awake in bed staring at the dim glow from the phone in my hand....

Dolly Pardon Me, I Don’t Like Country

Devon Mitchell For as long as I can remember, I have strongly disliked the genre of music known as country. I have had multiple music...

Turkey for National Bird

Chamberlain Zulauf Thanksgiving fun fact- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. That’s a pretty common fact nowadays...

A Scary Future for Republicans

By Devon Mitchell It’s been ten months since the January 6th Capitol Insurrection and trials have been going on to prosecute those who were in...

The Meaning of Spooky Season

By Chamberlain Zulauf    I have to say, I’m team Halloween. Good ol’ winter holidays are nice and all, but spooky season is King. Christmas movies...

Halloween Candy Rundown

By Rebecca Dance   Halloween is quite possibly my favorite holiday, rivaled only by Christmas and my birthday. I love the idea of Halloween: it’s a...

The Spookiest Indie Playlist Spotify DIDN’T Make

By Devon Mitchell Halloween is this weekend which means only one thing, time to make the gnarliest Halloween playlist for all my indie goblins and...

It’s Time to Prepare

Written by Rebecca Dance          Spooky time is upon us again, folks. It might not feel like it recently, with these eighty degree days, but I...

Stephen Moore Left Me Wanting Less

Written by Devon Mitchell Roanoke’s Center for Economic Freedom had its inaugural David L. Guy Lecture Series event with speaker Stephen Moore in a talk...

Novo Amor: a New Artist to Love

Written by Kristi Rolf Lush guitar chords, subtle baselines, gentle percussion, and ambient strings. These are the sounds layered underneath the signature soft falsetto voice...

3 Steps for Stress Management

Written by Chamberlain Zulauf My senior year is the busiest I’ve ever been here at Roanoke and we’re only halfway through the first semester. Being...

Teaching English in an Unhealthy Global World

Devon Mitchell   This summer, I taught my first online English class for Blue Ridge Literacy, a local non-profit whose mission is to teach English to...

Yik Yak is Back!

Rebecca Dance    For the reader’s convenience, I will recap my 2013 middle school experience: Yik Yak is an app that connects you with people within...

Festivals: Not for the Faint of Heart

Kristi Rolf         Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to go to my first music festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I got my shifts covered for...

Gender Norms Broken by Nail Painting Trend

Chamberlain Zulauf   Do you remember when people used to say, “come on it's 2016…”? Well, it’s 2021 now and even your favorite male rapper probably paints...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Farewell to the Class of 2021

Written by Kristi Rolf As commencement quickly approaches, we at the Brackety-Ack are feeling especially grateful for the wonderful seniors on our staff who have...