All posts by KelleeTill

Hungry for a good book? Try The Hunger Games

I will start by admitting that the plot in The Hunger Games is a little crazy and far-fetched. This fictional government makes 24 teenagers ranging from ages 11-19 compete in a televised killing match. As crazy as the story line is, millions of copies of this book have been sold, and it is becoming a mania with such great frenzy as to make children play their own version of the hunger games in the school’s playground. In my opinion, you should read this book (not just watch the movie on Netflix)! Continue reading Hungry for a good book? Try The Hunger Games

Lion King’s the Best: I’m not LIONing

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If you ever get a chance to see Lion King on Broadway, take that chance, it is fantastic! Photo from Disney.wiki.com.

Recently a friend brought me back to my childhood by making me re-watch some classic Disney movies. After many heated debates about which Disney Princess was better (cough, cough, Cinderella), we’ve both come to the conclusion that Lion King is the best Disney movie (granted, this doesn’t include the princess movies, for they are in their own category altogether). In my opinion, “The Lion King” is the best animated movie Disney has ever made–better than “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “Snow White”, “Lady and the Tramp”, “Robin Hood”, and everything else. Continue reading Lion King’s the Best: I’m not LIONing

Why you should learn a second language (Especially in college)


Kolik jazyků znáš, tolikrát jsi člověkem.

The more languages you know, the more you are human. (Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk)

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Supporting RU in sign language! Photo by Carina Garcia.

I have recently started taking American Sign Language classes here at Radford University. This experience has really opened my eyes, not only to the new language and to Deaf Culture, but also to the importance of other languages spoken all around the world. While learning a new language is very difficult and takes a lot of time, it’s a great experience, and all college student should take advantage of the foreign language courses at their college. Continue reading Why you should learn a second language (Especially in college)

Should we love love movies?

As Rose lay upon a large picture frame that was “only made for one,” Jack whispered the words that, to this day, moves females to tears…

Rose: I love you, Jack.
Jack: Don’t you do that, don’t say your good-byes. Not yet, do you understand me?
Rose: I’m so cold.
Jack: Listen, Rose. You’re gonna get out of here, you’re gonna go on and you’re gonna make lots of babies, and you’re gonna watch them grow. You’re gonna die an old…an old lady warm in her bed, not here, not this night. Not like this, do you understand me?
Rose: I can’t feel my body.
Jack: Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me. It brought me to you. And I’m thankful for that, Rose. I’m thankful. You must do me this honor. Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.
Rose: I promise.
Jack: Never let go.
Rose: I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.

In my opinion, romantic movies aren’t girls’ “chocolate for the eyes.” Romantic movies give girls the wrong impression about love. With such high expectations, girls are not happy with their relationships. Continue reading Should we love love movies?

Extra-Extra! Read all about why you should get involved!

Many Radford University students are rushing to finish earning a degree. When you add in work, family, friends, homework, group work and (sometimes) sleeping–there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Many students think that being a part of an extra-curricular activity just isn’t a pliable option. In my opinion, college students should find something on campus to get involved with, no matter how busy they are. Continue reading Extra-Extra! Read all about why you should get involved!

Balanced body, balanced you: Tips to a happier and healthier lifestyle

Like many students at Radford University, I took a vow for the new year to improve my body. I decided instead of losing that gut or those thunder thighs, I would instead work on my thumbs. I don’t know how to explain this, but ever since I upgraded to a iPhone, my thumbs have also gained some extra pounds. I can no longer just hit the “b” key; I end up hitting the “lyuf” key. Whenever I text someone “want to hang out,” I always end up sending “eant yo hang oup?” These mistakes I blame upon my overweight thumbs.

A thumb that does not stay on just one button. Image from Creative Commons.
A thumb that does not stay on just one button. Image from Creative Commons.

In all seriousness, many students have started the trek of losing weight or trying to improve themselves. In my opinion, one must follow five easy rules in order to succeed into looking like a less-hot Megan Fox. Continue reading Balanced body, balanced you: Tips to a happier and healthier lifestyle

Literally wrong

Just as genes and viruses change, so do words and word meanings. There are some words that will always stay the same, such as “you” or “I.”  According to Roger Highfield, director of external affairs at the Science Museum Group in London, “these words along with “give,” “water,” and “hand” are likely to persist, [but] there is a 50 percent chance that the word for ‘dirty’ will be different by the year 2750.Continue reading Literally wrong

Scientifically speaking: Art is harder than science

Many of my biology major friends have continuously remarked that their major is the hardest and that all the other “artsy-fartsy” major. While I will give it to the biology major’s that they have a large amount of homework in the forms of papers and labs, the “artsy-fartsy” majors are more challenging in my opinion. Continue reading Scientifically speaking: Art is harder than science

Make life sweeter

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The “traditional” valentine candy. Photo from Creative Commons.

Valentine’s Day is on the way, and we all know what’s on the public’s mind … CANDY! Nerds, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Gobstoppers, Sour-Patch Kids and, of course, those beautifully heart shaped boxes of assorted candies (where you always take just a bite and then spit them out). But on my mind is something else about being sweet; it’s about being sweet to others. Whether it is your best friend, your roommate, or that weird kid down the hall, being kind to others can make (not only theirs) but your day a little bit sweeter. Continue reading Make life sweeter

Pursuit of happiness: Love for all

If you could, would you allow two people to be purely happy? Or would you stop them because of society’s values? Same-sex marriage has been a largely debated issue for our generation. According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, there are an estimated 9 million Americans that identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in 2011. Continue reading Pursuit of happiness: Love for all

The scenic route: Why students should take electives

As a resident assistant in Stuart Hall, lots of freshmen residents have been coming to me to assist them in their quest to pick classes for the spring 2013 semester.  After hearing about how awful their advisor is, we get into working out a good schedule for the next semester.

Who knew there is a class where you can learn basket weaving? Graphic by Caitlin Lewis.

I’ve realized that many students who I’ve helped have interest in some kind of class that isn’t required for their major. I encourage them to take it, but they argue that the class will put them behind in getting their degree. This is your one and only time in college; you should be willing to take everything and anything to expand your knowledge. Continue reading The scenic route: Why students should take electives

The Disney princesses: Royal role models?

When I was 5, my mother asked me who my role model was. I replied, “Cinderella, because she’s beautiful.” When I was 8, she asked again and I replied, “Jasmine, because she’s got the best outfit.” When she asked me at 15, I replied, “Tiana, because she’s sassy and spunky.” Many generations of girls have grown up watching Disney princess movies. What many people don’t realize is that these movies don’t teach young girls the correct attributes of a role model. There are many traits exhibited by the princess that should be mirrored by society, but there are some that shouldn’t be absorbed by the youth of today. Continue reading The Disney princesses: Royal role models?