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Online dating: Is it really that bad?

Online dating is an excellent way to meet people outside of Radford University.

Yes, there are plenty of great guys in the area, but sometimes it’s better to go outside the general area to look for your mate. It’s also good if you’re terrible at meeting people in your day-to-day life. Screw the stigma — online dating is an excellent way to meet new people, and it’s more convenient than you’d believe. Continue reading Online dating: Is it really that bad?

Skincare tips for the sleep-deprived

Are you perpetually sleep-deprived like the majority of college students nowadays?

If the answer is “yes,” your skin probably isn’t in the best shape. Dark circles, inflammation, bloating of the face and dullness are all symptoms of sleep-deprived skin. Here are some tips to deal with these symptoms and look your best. Continue reading Skincare tips for the sleep-deprived

Swimsuit season guilt: How to deal

Swimsuit season is here.

You look in the mirror. You look back down on the scale. You realize that you gained 20 pounds in the last month, something that by all measures should be impossible seeing as how you eat once a day and spend most of your time running back and forth to class.

You should not cringe at the sight of these. Graphic by Katie Sickman.
You should not cringe at the sight of these. Graphic by Katie Sickman.

The easiest way to drop this weight, you realize, is to go to the gym. So you promise yourself you will do that- twice a week! No, three times a week! Whatever makes it easier for you to sleep at night. Continue reading Swimsuit season guilt: How to deal

Methods of birth control: Effectiveness and side-effects

Most sexually active women need an effective form of birth control if they want to plan when they have children.

Don’t be ashamed of that — more than 89 percent of sexually active women are using contraceptives in the United States alone. It’s a smart and effective method of protecting and planning for your future if you decide to have sex. Continue reading Methods of birth control: Effectiveness and side-effects

Pokémon: An explanation for a classic series

A lot of people wonder why adult Pokémon fans are still playing the game, even though they stopped coming up with original ideas after the fourth generation.

There are plenty of reasons for this strange phenomenon, but at its core, the Pokémon series remains a

Nothing gets better than the original classic pokemon. Image from Creative Commons.
Nothing gets better than the original classic character. Image from Creative Commons.

classic for one reason: people love Pokémon. Continue reading Pokémon: An explanation for a classic series

Benefits of using neti pots

Spring is finally here, and you know what that means: allergy season.

 

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Neti pots… Who would’ve thought! Photo from Tumblr.com.

Neti pots have been used for thousands of years in Asia, but they’ve only gained popularity in America during the last couple of years. It sounds gross to stick a spout up your nose and flush out everything up in there, but a neti pot has many benefits over using antihistamines, if done correctly. Here are a few you should consider if you’re thinking about using a neti pot. Continue reading Benefits of using neti pots

Otakudon: 5 reasons you should try out RU’s anime club

Did you know RU has an anime club?

Not many people do. It’s not widely advertised. That’s a pretty sad thing, because the Otakudon (or the “anime fan dojo”) is actually a pretty awesome club, if you’re into anime, or even if you aren’t. Here are five reasons you should try it out that have nothing to do with anime.

1.) You can get tons of volunteer hours by getting involved with the anime club.

How can you get volunteer hours from an anime club, you ask? The anime club participates in a lot of cultural events, like the Fair of Nations and the International Banquet. They do qualify for volunteer credit, depending on what you’re doing. You can contact the Anime Club’s sponsor for information about individual events. Continue reading Otakudon: 5 reasons you should try out RU’s anime club

BTO vs. Pinkberry: Radford restaurant reviews

BTO Self-Serve Yogurt is quite popular among Radford University students, but does it actually deserve its reputation?

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Mmmmmmmmmm. Photo from Creative Commons.

The answer is maybe, depending on what you’re looking for. BTO does have good frozen yogurt, and it also provides a hangout place that’s off campus and alcohol free; but the yogurt at BTO is comparable to the yogurt at Pinkberry in both price and quality. Continue reading BTO vs. Pinkberry: Radford restaurant reviews

Comms week: Dave Mattingly

Last week was Communication Week at Radford University.  However, many of you wouldn’t know that if you weren’t a communications major.  Dave Mattingly was a Radford University graduate and majored in broadcast journalism.  He has received many awards during his career, one being the Virginia Associated Press Award.  He now works for National Public Radio, better known as NPR, as lead anchorman.  For those of you that don’t know, NPR is a news radio station that your parents probably listen to in the car while you, unsuccessfully, try to change the station. 

Mattingly’s speech addressed ways to be a ‘standout applicant’ after graduating.  He gave tips on how to do that while at school, with his speech titled “RU and Your Career.”

The best advice I took away from speech was when he said, “good writers get noticed.”  I circled and starred this quote on my notes.  Mattingly couldn’t emphasize enough how significant being a good writer is to the communication industry.  “Good writers are the cores of this major.  If you’re a good writer, you will always have a job.” Continue reading Comms week: Dave Mattingly

How to deal with a spring breakup

Most of us break up with someone at some point in our lives, and it’s not always a pleasant experience. Here are some tips for dealing with post-breakup stress.

1.) Cry it out. Or scream it out – whichever works for you.

The last thing you want to do is spend your time dwelling on the fact that you broke up with someone, but keeping your emotions tucked inside is actually a little bit dangerous. The safest and most socially-accepted way to do this is to find a place that’s isolated from other people and let out your emotions. If you’re better at getting angry than you are at getting sad, go ahead and do that too. Throw things. Punch things. Scream at the wall. Sit in your closet and blubber about pirates if you feel like it. No one is going to judge you but your stuffed animals. Continue reading How to deal with a spring breakup

Games to play if you don’t have a modern gaming system

A lot of people who haven’t played video games before may wonder why gamers are so attached to them. So, I’ve compiled a list of games you should play to better understand gamer culture. Without further ado, here are four fantastic games you should play that don’t require a modern gaming system: Continue reading Games to play if you don’t have a modern gaming system

Five great things about Radford University

Some students complain about Radford University, but the truth of the matter is RU’s got good qualities too. Here are five reasons why you should love RU.

1.) The class sizes are small, especially for a public college.

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McConnell Library is one of the great resources available to students at Radford. Photo by Samantha Rorke.

Yes, we all know this. RU touts it on its Incoming Students page. But still, it’s worth remembering. Small class sizes are nice because you don’t have to compete with 800 other students in order to get one-on-one help from a professor. Continue reading Five great things about Radford University

Crumb & Get It has some good cupcakes: Radford restaurant reviews

 

The owners of Crumb & Get It provide good cupcakes, great customer service and a sweet aesthetic that’s both homey and fun to look at. Of course their cookies are fantastic, as well, but I personally prefer their cupcakes. Continue reading Crumb & Get It has some good cupcakes: Radford restaurant reviews

Dry lip solutions: A comparative review

The weather’s changing, and you know what that means: dry, cracked, irritated lips.

What can I say? A good lip balm is worth its weight in gold, particularly if you’re female and/or don’t like having cracked lips. The EOS lip balms have been popular for quite a while, as have the Rosebud Salves; it only makes sense to compare the two of these with the Nivea lip butters, which have now become widely available. Continue reading Dry lip solutions: A comparative review

How to survive an 8 a.m. (without more sleep)

The obvious solution to the drudgery of an 8 a.m. class is going to sleep earlier — but let’s be real here. Most college students are lucky if they go to sleep by midnight. Dividing your time between a job, a social life and schoolwork leaves very little time for more “optional” things like sleeping and eating healthy. While more sleep is definitely recommended, most college students will admit that it’s also highly unlikely. With that in mind, here are some tips to get a good grade in that early morning class. Continue reading How to survive an 8 a.m. (without more sleep)

Mass Effect series review

Mass Effect is a futuristic third-person shooter game that follows the adventures of one heroic Marine (named John or Jane Shepard) and his/her battle against the Reapers that want to eliminate life in the galaxy, for unknown reasons.

The game is well-known and well-liked, especially among Bioware fans; but what sets it apart from other (and arguably better) games made by Bioware is its futuristic setting and the — dare I say it — presence of Shepard’s personality. Many Bioware games don’t give the player character a set personality, instead choosing to leave the personality setting up to the players, but this can lead to a player feeling distanced from their avatars, instead choosing to “bond” with the other characters instead. Continue reading Mass Effect series review

Radford printing: Some things you should know

Radford University provides $5 in printing every year. Unfortunately, many students don’t find out how little this is until they’re in the middle of their first semester and halfway through their budget.

It’s not just that college students are irresponsible. If printing cost is five cents a page, the average student would only be able to print off ten papers a year. That’s one paper per class per semester (assuming the student in question has a course-load of 15 credits).

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Make sure you have time to run to Young hall or Walker hall to print just incase your printer fails. Photo from Creative Commons.

As you can imagine, this isn’t feasible for anyone.

This is particularly troubling for transfer students, many of whom are used to unlimited printing policies set by community colleges and the like. (Central Virginia Community College has an unlimited printing policy, for instance.) Here are some tips to help offset printing costs when you come to RU. Continue reading Radford printing: Some things you should know