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“You”: Netflix’s Stalker Love Story

Written by Anna Tillman       Season 3 of “You” is officially coming to Netflix on Oct. 15! Now is the time for fans or newcomers to binge watch this nail-biting series.       “You” follows the struggles of hopeless romantic Joe, who is trying to find his soulmate. He desperately wants to discover his person and share his life with them. Oh, did we mention he’s also a psychopath? “You” is the perfect combination of “American Psycho” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” with a balance of cute romantic moments and unnerving stalking.      The show’s popularity is perplexing, as the main character is a mega stalker who has killed many people on occasion. However, because the show is from Joe’s perspective, many viewers cannot help but want to root for him. There are many points in the series where Joe almost gets caught in the act. Yet, watchers always hope that he will find a way to get himself out of the problems. He is incredibly smart and witty. His commentary about other characters is nothing short of hilarious. His humor is another reason that viewers become infatuated with him; he seems so normal until he commits an unforgivable crime.      After watching seasons 1 and 2 of “You,” it would not have seemed possible for the series to get any crazier. The first two seasons were all over the place with insane plot twists and disturbing endings. However, after viewing the season 3 trailer, it can be inferred that there are going to be many more exciting twists and turns in this season. There seem to be new characters and a new setting for Joe to meet his next victims.      In the trailer, Joe and his new wife move into the suburbs to live a stereotypical picket fence life. They have…

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 promise October started last week. For ease of access, please refer to the step-by-step plan below to fully embrace the season.           Step One: Eat enough seasonal sweets to make your dentist cry. I personally adore cotton candy and apple cider donuts. I nearly cried when I saw apple cider with the pulp in it when I walked through the Salem Wal-Mart. I suggest ignoring any health advice you’ve ever gotten from a healthcare professional about nutrition and instead following your heart to the joy of a sugar high.           Step Two: Pick up some wardrobe essentials. I’m partial to a good cardigan, and I recently bought a few more at Target. I’m not suggesting heat stroke, but I am suggesting that the next time you’re debating what to wear because the weather is going to change, choose the aesthetic and embrace it despite the sweat. Just remember to stay hydrated if you choose to ignore the forecast and follow the fall of your dreams.           Step Three: Decorate. It doesn’t have to be a decoration sprint in the last few days of the month- decorations can be up and slowly added throughout the whole month to culminate with the grand finale on Halloween. I’ve seen window stickers and small skeletons across campus, and every bone brings me a little more joy. I’m on the hunt for a cauldron I can fill with candy to put outside my door, personally.           Step Four: Collect a costume. Halloween is a highly decorative holiday, and it can take a lot of time to build the perfect creation. I’m reading the stars this month and they say go crazy on your costume….

Senior Day Win for Field Hockey

Written by Lauren Roth Becoming a senior is something that all students dream of all the hard work paying off and getting to walk across that stage. Being a senior as a student athlete is even that much sweeter. Student athletes have spent the last four years working day in and day out, on and off the field. As a senior you wait for your hard work and dedication to be recognized and that is what happens on senior day. This past weekend Roanoke’s field hockey program had the opportunity to recognize 11 seniors this past Saturday in their game against St. Mary’s. Each senior was escorted across the field by someone of their choosing, whether it be their parents, siblings, or friends. As they made this way across the field, they were announced along with all their accomplishments, both athletic and academic. In addition to being honored across the field, banners were personally made for each senior along with gifts from the entire team, a special performance by the team, and a fully decorated locker room. It was a day of celebration for the seniors and their accomplishments, and also for their win against St. Mary’s. During the game, seniors Katie Martin and Emilee Wooten lit up the scoreboard against the Seahawks. Just 8 minutes into the game, Martin scored to get the Maroons off to a 1-0 lead. St. Mary’s answered with a goal to even the game headed into the second half of play. The game would stay even until the final 11 minutes of play where Emilee Wooten scored, making it 2-1, and Katie Martin scored her second goal of the afternoon, sealing the 3-1 win for the Maroons.  Looking back at the four years, if the field hockey class had to pick one way to…

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 entitled, “Is Socialism Coming To America”. In case you don’t know who Stephen Moore is, he is an economic and political analyst who wrote for the Wall Street Journal and recently was an economic advisor for Donald Trump. Of course, I thought this would be a fantastic talk to attend being a left-leaning individual. = I’m going to be upfront. I was not a fan of Moore’s talk. Not because he is conservative or worked for Donald Trump. What really irked me is a) he didn’t actually discuss socialism; b) he began the talk bragging about his rich friends, riding on private jets, and his bestie Trump; c) he didn’t substantiate his claims; and d) he was kind of offensive. I expected to be exposed to another viewpoint to better understand other perspectives. Instead, I left feeling annoyed I listened to a man claim America is not systematically racist while using derogatory terms concerning indigenous people.  Moore would put up a slide with a graph on it, not fully explaining what the graph was and where the data came from, then move on saying, “and that’s why I don’t believe this is good for America,” but wouldn’t actually explain what he didn’t think was good for America. I truly didn’t learn anything except confirmation bias is a very real thing. I would have been happier to hear Stephen Moore speak had it not been clear that he couldn’t take the bias out of his lecture. I would like to hear a conservative speaker at one of these talks not mention how great Trump policy is and how tragic any democrat’s policy is. When Supreme Court…

Gabby Petito Investigation Sparks Conversation About DV

Written by Jack Miller Over recent weeks, particularly over social media, hashtags like #justiceforgabby or #whereisgabby began cropping up as a peculiar case started to gain traction throughout the country. Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old, was reported missing following a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. The road trip, which took place earlier in July this year, involved the couple leaving from Long Island, NY. On the first of September, Laundrie returned to his and Petito’s home in Florida alone with the van. The case was immediately taken up by Gabby’s family and Petito herself was reported as missing. Police began to interview Laundrie, who at this point was their number one suspect. Early in the investigation, police from the couple’s county in Florida reported that Laundrie was refusing to cooperate in their search of the missing woman. This immediately prompted suspicion and after police got in contact with other precincts nationwide, they began to make crucial inroads into this case. On August 12th, a month prior to Laundries’ arrival back in Florida, police from Moab County, Utah had received a 911 domestic call from Petito’s phone. When police responded to the scene, they reported that Petito had allegedly hit Laundrie with her phone, who then locked her out of their car, no charges were filed at that time. This bodycam footage, which was released following Laundries’ unwillingness to cooperate with investigators, depicts Petito crying while talking to police. Luckily, with much thanks due to Instagram, and pictures documented by Petito throughout the road trip, police were able to construct a somewhat accurate map of where the couple had traveled. The last photo posted by Petito was from Ogden, Utah on August 25. Petito’s parents testified that they were continuing to receive texts from her phone until August 30…

Roanoke Marches Against Reproductive Injustice

Written by Devon Mitchell On Saturday, October 2nd, more than 600 marchers took to the streets of Roanoke amid worries of the recent abortion laws in Texas. Hundreds of other marches took place across the U.S. rallying women’s rights activists together to express their disdain with the restrictive reproductive laws in Texas, two days before the Supreme Court was set to reconvene to discuss hot button issues including abortion rights.  Roanoke’s Women March and Roanoke Indivisible rallied together to organize Saturday’s march at River’s Edge Park. Roanoke College’s Dr. Wallace Fuentes of the history department was one of the march’s organizers. In an ABC 13 News article, Dr. Wallace Fuentes was quoted saying, “We are here to defend our rights to reproductive healthcare at every stage in our life.”  (ABC News, 2021).  At the march, women shared their own stories of sexual assault, rape, and how reproductive freedom has affected them. One of the speakers stated an assault on reproductive rights is both a “war on women” and a “war on constitutional human rights”. In Washington D.C., celebrities and citizens participated in a “sister march” while maintaining COVID safety by wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Comedian Cristela Alonzo hosted a rally attended by stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer. Like Roanoke, speakers at the D.C. march took center stage, speaking on the importance of abortion rights.    Saturday marked a historic day across the U.S. for women. Hundreds of thousands of women came together to show the government they have no say in how they manage their own bodies. The battle on reproductive rights continues, and the most recent march is a small victory to be won. 

Healthy Habits

Written by Sydney Young Due to the abundance of cookies and cakes constantly available to us from Commons and Cavern, it’s not hard to understand how the “freshman 15” can sneak up on us. So, to balance this out, it is important to create and maintain healthy habits. Even as midterms rapidly approach, and it seems that we are sitting under piles of work, it is easy to think that your health is less important, but it is not. While the transition to college can be extremely stressful and adding another thing to our metaphorical plates may seem like it’s too much, it’s essential that we keep up with our physical and mental health. Any article that you read about creating new healthy habits will open with the suggestion to set your intentions. While it seems corny, and starts to feel repetitive, it’s because it is important. For myself, I want to become physically stronger and test my body’s capabilities. Working out is an effective way to accomplish both things. If you are still reading this, I assume that you’re also trying to have good habits, so, what’s your motivation? Anybody that regularly tracks their step count throughout the day has undoubtedly noticed a sustained uptick in their activity levels. For those of us not in a sport this is mostly due to walking to and from classes, activities, and our friends’ dorms. Of course, if any athletes are reading this, your healthy lifestyle is built into your life here at college between practices and games. Not all of us are college athletes though, so we must create workout routines of our own. This is where the Belk Fitness Center comes into play. Gyms can be terrifying. For people that have never worked out, or people that are accustomed to…

Reading Celebrates Professor’s New Book

Written by Charissa Roberson      Dr. Teresa Milbrodt, professor of Creative Writing at Roanoke College, gave a reading on Sept. 29 to celebrate the release of her latest short story collection, “Instances of Head-Switching.”     The event was held at 7 p.m. in Wortmann Ballroom, with chairs arranged to accommodate social distancing. Professor Mary Hill gave a short speech to open the evening, thanking all those who had helped organize the event and introducing Milbrodt and her writing. Afterwards, Milbrodt took the stage.     Milbrodt read one short story, entitled “The Hostage,” from her new book. She then shared two flash fiction pieces from another of her collections, “Larissa Takes Flight.” Milbrodt’s poise and powerful diction added a new dimension to her already vibrant prose. Her flash fiction pieces in particular were written to be performed; this fact became wonderfully apparent as Milbrodt delivered the fast-paced lines with impeccable rhythm and alacrity.     “I think she’s an amazing oral speaker,” said Chamberlain Zulauf, a senior creative writing major who attended the reading. “Her stories are built to be read out loud, and it really shows.”     After the reading, Milbrodt took questions from the audience. One topic she discussed was how the lens through which she views her stories has shifted over the years, in response to changes in the world around her. For example, the story Milbrodt shared at the reading, “The Hostage,” concerns a viral disease. It was written years before the pandemic first reared its head, but now the story has taken on a new aspect.     The evening was designed as a celebration, to recognize Milbrodt’s achievement and to bring RC’s writing community together. In that spirit, a light reception followed the reading, provided by department chair Dr. Wendy Larson-Harris. During that time, Milbrodt signed and sold copies of her books.     “[H]er…

Family Weekend Returns to Roanoke!

Written by Jack Miller Family weekend is back at Roanoke! After a year in which in-person events had been sadly limited due to the spread of COVID-19, this year sees the return of family weekend and all the events surrounding it. Parents, siblings, friends, and many others joined the activities the College planned to start on Friday. As families began to arrive on campus on Friday they were welcomed by Friday on the Quad. There was live music out front of the Colket Center and Dining Services had provided everyone with great food to enjoy outside on the expansive back quad. Activities like Build-a-Bear, where students could fill different stuffed animals all decked out Roanoke College apparel, and Olin Galleries, exhibiting the Norma art car and handing out art kits were only the start of the day’s activities. As FOTQ wrapped up, families visited the Cavern for a trivia competition and watched the men’s soccer team beat Eastern Mennonite 6-0. As Saturday rolled around the College offered a variety of morning activities for the families. Those who pre-registered went on hikes to McAfee Knob and Sawtooth Ridge. Parents of students were also offered a variety of informational sessions to visit to learn about the College’s future and different opportunities available for their students here at Roanoke. Food trucks and vendors provided outdoor dining for the families as well as dining services serving their weekend brunch inside.  As the day went on families were offered a variety of fun events to go to such as a poetry and fiction reading at the Olin Hall outdoor amphitheater, a bowling tournament, as well as the ever-popular Magic of Chemistry performance in Massengill. Families were also invited to watch the women’s field hockey team face off against St. Mary’s, and the women’s soccer team…

Senior Spotlight: Youssef Labriny

Written by Chamberlain Zulauf Just about everyone on campus knows Youssef Labriny, it’s hard to miss him. If it isn’t the warmness in his demeanor, you’ll certainly notice his size. Youssef is involved all around campus, but his studies involve majoring in Economics and Minoring in Math. “The Genie Labriny” hails from Alexandria, VA and will be graduating this spring, “I came here to grow as a person, so being away from home in a setting where I wasn’t in the ‘real world’ is the perfect opportunity to figure out what I want in life,” said Youssef. Professionally, Youssef would like to either go to Graduate School for Data Science, “Probably at Radford”, or to go straight into the industry working as a data analyst. Life plans could keep him here in Roanoke or moving back home. Roanoke has given Youssef a lot of opportunities to shine. The Genie has grown and learned a lot about himself during his time here at Roanoke and will be sure to bring that with him wherever he ends up.   His best memory is joining the track team his sophomore year with no prior experience, “I still remember [my friends] just looking at me one day like “Hey! You should join the track team!” It was an encouraging moment that changed my life” As a senior he throws weight indoor and discus and hammer in outdoor. “There’s always more to improve on and now I’m teaching new guys what to do which is crazy”. The Track & Field team isn’t the only family Youssef belongs to at ‘Noke. In the fall of his sophomore year Youssef rushed Pi Lambda Phi. His Junior year he would act as the GRM for the Pi Lamb mansion on EC which would set him up his Senior year…