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VT Massacre: Six years later and still not much change

Tues. April 16 is a day that will live in infamy in the New River Valley, especially among the Blacksburg and Virginia Tech community. On this day six years ago, Seung–Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus during their morning classes.

Students morn the loss of their classmates. Photo from Creative Commons.

Cho’s weapon of choice was a semi-automatic pistol (Glock 19) and a handgun (Walter P22) which are both easily accessible on the Internet. Amazon and other “sell it yourself sites” are one of the easiest sites to buy from. With just a click of your mouse, credit card and your search engine, you can have a gun delivered to your home within the next three to five business days. Continue reading VT Massacre: Six years later and still not much change

Abuse in sports: Why Mike Rice not Bob Knight

With all the blood, sweat and tears in practice and games, athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional levels continually take mental and physical abuse from staff and coaches.

Most of the abuse is mental; coaches appear to control every aspect of athlete’s lives from how much they eat to who they see. A majority of the time players are rejected by their coaches if they don’t follow their rules and are punished, which can include sprinting for long periods of time, pushups, sit-ups and sometimes physical and emotional abuse.

Mike Rice standing with the basketball team. Image from New York Times.
Mike Rice standing with the basketball team. Image from The New York Times.

In the wake of Rutgers University scandal where now former head coach Mike Rice was fired, the commonality of this behavior leads many, as well as myself, to wonder why he was fired. Rice was terminated on Wed, April 3, after a videotape was aired that showed him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players, as well as using derogatory gay slurs. Continue reading Abuse in sports: Why Mike Rice not Bob Knight

Men of Standards: A gentlemen’s club

Suit up! Photo from Creative Commons.

Radford University is home to over 200 clubs and organizations; however, most of those recognized and those praised clubs and organizations are a part of Greek life. It has seemed to be the tradition throughout campus as well as in the surrounding areas until now. More clubs and groups are now beginning to get recognized for their hard work and activities throughout campuses such as ours. One in particular is the Men of Standards (M.O.S). Continue reading Men of Standards: A gentlemen’s club

Trayvon Martin case: One year later

The first anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death leaves many unanswered questions about the gun control debate as well as the “Stand Your Ground Law” which was showcased in Martin’s death.

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Correspondent of Bet Jonathan A. Picks conducted a question and answer segment with Martin’s mom, Sybrina Fulton. Some of the questions pertained to her attempts to amend Florida’s well-known “Stand Your Ground Law,” which she says, “allows you pursue, chase, follow someone, be the aggressor and then say you were standing your ground when you shoot and kill someone.” She is calling this the Trayvon Martin Law because this is what led George Zimmerman to kill Martin. Continue reading Trayvon Martin case: One year later