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The Life of a College Dog

Campus has an abundant variety of life, one type being dogs. Campus dogs give us the security and love that we miss from our animals back home. That’s where we are this week.

MOM.
MOM.

She needs to play, now. I get it, dude.

Campus Dogs are the best dogs

No obligation to you other than belly rubs, campus dogs are a great opportunity to get much-needed doggo lovin’. Iris, being a derp, loves meeting new friends at the quad.

Play time

Still playing...

What dog doesn’t love play time? Seriously.

Well done, puppers, well done.

To see more of Iris’s campus rendezvous, click here: http://www.ruwhim.com/?p=52189

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” – M. K. Clinton

Latif Nasser’s Speech at Radford University

Looking at life with curiosity and being open to new ways of thinking was a key part of Latif Nasser’s speech, which combined scientific ideas with intellectual inquiry.

When Nasser started school at Dartmouth College, he was amazed by the amount of information available to him. “I learned that I was curious about a thing I never even knew existed,” Nasser said of attending speeches throughout his college career.

Nasser’s speech took place at Radford University on February 21. In his talk, Nasser intended to make science exciting and give students inspiration to take advantage of every experience afforded them at Radford.

Working as a director at Radiolab, Nasser’s job is to be curious. Telling unusual stories is part of what he does best and in his speech, he shared two stories with two important lessons. The first story detailed the surprising history of the modern-day camel. The animal first appeared in North America and was originally built for surviving cold weather. The camel’s broad feet allowed it to walk over the snow and its hump contained fat to help it get through the 6-month long winter. “Later, [the camel] retrofitted those winter features for a hot desert environment,” Nasser explained. This story proves the value of open-mindedness to ideas. “At any one moment, at any place, you could find one tiny scrap of evidence…that forces you to reframe everything you thought you knew,” he said.

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The next story Nasser told involved Christina Lee and Freya Harrison, two women who met at an Old English book club, who combined history and microbiology to make a startling discovery: a potion made a thousand years ago meant for curing staph infections worked on modern day bacterial infections. Though the cure has not yet been tested on humans, the women said this discovery shows that bacteria can lose its resistance to certain drugs over time, and in today’s world, when bacteria can quickly grow resistant to new drugs, developing a process of resting a drug and then using it again later could be helpful. This story urges individuals to combine their different interests and “make connections only [they] can make,” as a person never knows what they may find.

In his closing statement, Nasser reminded the audience to be on the lookout for new ideas and always remember the importance of curiosity. As one of his college professors told him, “Not only have 99 % of those interesting questions in the world not been answered, 99 % of the most interesting questions in the world haven’t even been asked yet.”

Are You The Hermione Granger Of Your Squad?

The two of you are more alike than you think.

Do you stay up all night practicing spells? If you answered yes to that question, then this article is for you. All I want in life is to be Hermione Granger, and this article will tell you what makes you two alike. You won’t need Felix Felicis for this one.

1. Puberty hit you like a train.

Like all preteens, we went through that phase we do not speak of. In the books, Hermione used magic to fix her teeth and hair. Unfortunately, because we Muggle folks never received our Hogwarts letters, we had to turn to the simpler stuff like flat irons, Invisalign and makeup.

  1. You have a hard time expressing your feelings to your crush.

Honestly, most girls I know keep their feelings about their crush to themselves. There are times when your adrenaline is pumping and all you want to do is just grab him and kiss him. It can sometimes be hard because you do not know how the other person feels. But you never know. He could feel the same way, or you guys could be destined to defeat evil and have two children together.

  1. You get mad when you get a B on an exam.

Sometimes just getting a C on a test that you studied hard for is better than nothing, but for people like Hermione, C’s do not get degrees.

  1. You are a cat person.

Cats are not for the fainthearted. That is all I have to say about that.

  1. You are often found reading or studying.
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“Unfortunately, because we Muggle folks never received our Hogwarts letters, we had to turn to the simpler stuff like flat irons, Invisalign and makeup.” Photo from: http://newscult.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Hermione-Granger-hermione-granger-20053428-800-478.jpg

Rather than partying or watching the usual on Netflix, you are found with your nose in a book

  1. You have a free spirit.

You are a bit of a free bird. You don’ let anyone tell you that you can’t reach your goal, and you don’t let anyone get in your way of achieving it.

  1. You are a fighter.

On the rare chance that your life is in danger, you don’t just stand there and take it.

  1. You are resourceful.

You always know just what to do in most situations. You always have a plan B because most of your plans do not go as planned — and that is what the Undetectable Extension Charm is for.

  1. You know how to comfort a hurting friend.

You are always in tune with people’s emotions. You are the friend who knows how to comfort your friends when they are feeling down.

  1. You are an avid rule follower. However, if the ones you love were in trouble, you would break every rule under the sun to protect them.

Hermione has broken the rules countless times to protect her friends, and you are no different. You think of the well-being of your friends rather than the possible consequences of your actions.

  1. You will follow your best friends to the ends of the earth.

You are a loyal friend. Silly books and spells will not pick you up when you’re feeling down, give you a shoulder to cry on, or laugh with you. Friends will do all those things and more. You just have to be willing to take a chance on them.

 

 

10 Songs Guaranteed To Put You In A Good Mood

In a bad mood or just need a boost? Here is a list of songs that will put you in a good mood and make you want to dance!

  1. “Shout” by The Isley Brothers

Get up and shout with this classic throwback! With only one word you really need to know, this song is fun to sing and even more fun to dance to!

  1. “Hula Hoop” by OMI

This song will go around and around in your head! Once you hear it, you can’t help but get up and dance, and you may even get the urge to hula hoop!

  1. “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne

One part poppy, three parts upbeat, and two parts funky, this song is the perfect recipe for, well, anything!

  1. “Hakuna Matata” by Nathan Lane

No worries for the rest of my days? Sign me up! This Disney classic will definitely take you back to your worry-free days when all you had to fret about was what color crayon to use. Who wouldn’t that make happy?

  1. “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet
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“Here is a list of songs that will put you in a good mood and make you want to dance!” Photo from: http://www.awdnews.com/images/14382691961.jpg

Because who doesn’t like Jimmy Buffet?

  1. “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani

This throwback will definitely make you feel like you can take on anything! Gwen Stefani’s catchy and true lyrics make us channel our inner girl power with this upbeat powerhouse song.

  1. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin

This sassy classic will make anyone feel powerful! With old school horns and powerful vocals, singing along with Franklin will definitely earn you some respect.

  1. “All Star” by Smashmouth

I cannot be the only person who thinks of the movie “Shrek” when I hear this song! The combination of catchy lyrics and memories of the hilarious movie make this the perfect song to bop out to with your friends in the car.

  1. “ABC” by The Jackson 5

It’s as easy as one, two, three to get this song stuck in your head. This is another classic that is irresistible to sing along with, and the Jackson 5 will help you get back whoever you lost.

  1. “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé

I couldn’t create this list without putting a song by Beyoncé on it. This song will make anyone put their hands up and declare their singleness boldly.

 

 

Things To Do If You’re Doing Nothing For Spring Break

The movies would have us believe that spring break is the pinnacle of all college students’ lives. They say you’re doing something wrong if you and a dozen friends with seemingly endless amounts of money don’t flock to the beaches of Mexico or California to have a non-stop party for a week. But some students have a calmer break planned and are either going home or staying where they are or at a friend’s. Their reason could be because they want to save money or simply because they prefer to spend their break that way. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you’re opting for a break without a movie destination, here’s some ideas of stuff to do.

Learn a New Skill

Pick up that guitar you haven’t touched since you were 14 and see what you remember. Learn how to ride a unicycle or solve a Rubik’s cube. Teach your dog how to roll over. Cook something you’ve never cooked before with your siblings. If it’s a success, you can make it for your roommates when you get back.

Read a Book

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“The movies would have us believe that spring break is the pinnacle of all college students’ lives.” Photo from: https://0.s3.envato.com/files/146274820/48_29_15_Group_Young_People_dance_beach_sunset.jpg

Reading is awesome and there are so many good books out there. On break, you don’t have the excuse of having homework or class to be too busy to read. So go by the library (or find out where it is if you’ve never been there), pick out a book that interests you, and actually finish it.

Visit Your Grandparents

They would love to see you. Even if it’s just for a little while, swing by for a visit. Ask them to tell you about how they met, what their first jobs were or what school was like for them, and in return, they’ll probably let you whine to them about what it’s like for your generation.

Look for Jobs

Again, you don’t have the excuse of being too busy with classes to look for a job, whether it be for after graduation or for the summer. You can get an idea of what the job market will be like after you graduate, or you can get a head start on learning who’s hiring over the summer.

We All Love Radford

There are so many things that a Highlander can say they love about Radford. But to be honest, there are more things to complain about.

Now, I can handle bad food. But there is nothing worse than good food with a bad effect. I swear, every time I eat Dalton Dining, I have to run to the bathroom on the way out. But sometimes, I must brave the aftershock just to get the grilled chicken. The food also doesn’t cost a thousand dollars either, so that’s a plus.

There is a hill called the COBE Kyle Hill that will literally be the death of every college student. There have been multiple occasions in which I basically run out of air in my lungs by the time I make it to the top. Not to mention walking up that hill while it’s cold outside and then walking into that hot building is the absolute worst. The heat flashes I get are unreal.

The protesters on campus are known by every student. So, if you attend Radford University, you know which protesters I am talking about. They act like they are the best people on earth and that they have never sinned. This campus is one of the most diverse campuses in Virginia, and they decide to bash us?

But the internet is by far one of the biggest complaints made by the students. Radford is located in the mountains, but that is no excuse. The school website says that the whole campus has Wi-Fi. But if I have to keep logging in when I change buildings, then it’s useless. Also, I have stopped doing my homework on the Wi-Fi, because it randomly stops working and I lose all of my work.

Since we live in the mountains, I think that we can all say that we hate the random temperature changes. I can handle the occasional temperature spike, but something I can’t handle is cold wind. Radford wind is like someone is stabbing you with ice-soaked knives. By the time I get to class, I am basically crying my eyes out.

But when it all comes down to it, we all love Radford.

 

Hammocking 101

Note: This article was written in a hammock.

The weather in Radford has been as unpredictable as ever. A couple weeks ago, it was freezing, with cutting wind and snow flurries. This past weekend has brought some sunnier weather, and with it, college students with cabin fever, lured outside to enjoy the warm weather and a break from usual February temperatures. You’ve probably seen plenty of people in hammocks (or hammockers) in some of the trees lining Moffet Quad or in other trees on campus. If you don’t have a hammock and are thinking about getting one, here’s some hammock info.

Trees

It works best to hang your hammock from two trees, but if you find a big tree with long, strong, low-hanging branches, you can loop your straps over the same branch and hang it from just a single branch.

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“They are comfortable, durable, portable, and come in a variety of different colors – photo from http://kidproject.org

Eno (not Enu, and it stands for Eagle Nest Outfitters) is a popular brand of hammock. They are comfortable, durable, portable and come in a bunch of different colors. There are two different sizes: Singlenest and Doublenest. They are somewhat pricey, however. The Singlenest on the Eno website is $60 and the Doublenest is $70. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, there are several other less-expensive brands that are about the same quality as Eno. Consider though that off-brand hammocks usually come with strings instead of straps. You have to tie and knot these strings yourself and they are usually not very long. If you are thinking about getting an off-brand hammock, getting straps to go with it makes setting up your hammock a lot simpler and faster.

Straps

Eno has its own brand of straps with different options that are easy to use and don’t require tying any knots. The Slapstraps are the simplest straps, with eight adjustment points/loops. They are about $20 on the Eno website. An upgrade option are the Atlas straps, which are longer, have 30 adjustment points, and cost about $30. Extra-long straps are also available and cost about $40 on the website. To hang your hammock using straps, loop the straps around the tree and then through the loop at the end of the strap. Finally, select the adjustment loop you want to hang your hammock from.

Happy Hammocking!

Humans of Radford University

“When I was 15, I moved from Puerto Rico to Hopewell, VA to live with my aunt. My family always had problems. My mom was bipolar and had depression, and we moved all the time. Living with my aunt made everything feel more stable. But my family in Puerto Rico thought I wouldn’t last six months in America. They thought I was dependent on them and wouldn’t make it, and that I was going to end up going back to live with them. When I was packing to leave, I packed everything, and my grandmother was like, ‘Why are you packing so much? You don’t know if you’re even staying.’ I said, ‘Oh, I’m staying.’ It’s been four years since then, and I’m still here.”

The Life of A College Dog

Iris, an Austrailian Shepherd/Catahoula Cur mix, just turned into a one-year-old pupper on January 25th, 2017. I adopted her at four weeks old. Since then, she has grown into a stunning, albeit sometimes vexing, addition to my family. Alongside her three kitten siblings, Iris is ready for anything. This is the journey of a college dog, week by week.

Iris lets me know she's ready to go.
Good morning!

Iris wakes me before the alarm, shoving her leash in my face, demanding to start the day. The screech of a whiny dog isn’t the most comforting thing to be woken up by, but it’s better than poop on the floor. Always stay positive!

Iris poses perfectly for a candid shot in front of Young Hall.
Iris poses perfectly for a shot in front of Young Hall.

Following her wait for mom, Iris goes for a walk around campus. The sun is shining, the breeze is careful, and Iris is feeling fresh. She runs around Moffett quad and then rests in front of Young Hall, which makes for a great candid shot.

Iris showing her love for pork at Due South BBQ
Iris showing her love for pork at Due South BBQ

If you don’t like barbecue, leave now. Iris doesn’t need that negativity in her life.

Iris's best friend accompanies us on our journey for quality BBQ.
Iris’s best friend accompanied us on our journey for quality BBQ.

After begging for a taste of our food, Iris and her BFF pose for a photo with a giant pig BBQ pit.

Love story between a waterfall and a pupper.
Love story between a waterfall and a pupper.

Fast forward past the disaster of having to tear her away from the smell of cooking food. We find ourselves at Falls Ridge nature preserve. I cannot stress to you the difficulties I faced while taking this photo. Picture yourself splashed by mud, almost trampled, and herded into the water to play. After running around for 20 minutes (no joke), she finally sat for a beautiful nature shot.

Falls Ridge features an 80-foot waterfall, varieties of plant and marine life, and great hammocking spots. So, you should visit. But wait, there’s more!

Iris enjoying her second hike at Ellett Valley Nature Trail in Christiansburg, VA.
Iris enjoying her second hike at Ellett Valley Nature Trail in Christiansburg, VA.

For the small price of one more minute of your day, you can see more cute pictures of my pupper!
Iris’s parents, being dumb college kids, forgot water and had to go to the gas station. We noticed Ellett Valley Nature Trail, secluded and small. Why the hell not, eh? Iris seemed to love the smells and environment.

BFF in hand, she's ready for dinner and a long nap.
BFF in hand, she’s ready for dinner and a long nap.

Perfect end to a perfect day. Let sleeping dogs lie!

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
—Josh Billings

Surviving the Radford Plague

If you’re a student at Radford, chances are you’ve heard of the Radford Plague. It’s about as well-known to Radford students as bad parking options, the Dalton Dash, and the phrases light side and dark side. Unfortunately, it seems to be as big a part of Radford’s culture as the lack of A/C in Muse is, and we’re not sure which is worse. The Radford Plague, if you’ve been fortunate enough to have never heard of it or experienced it, is an epidemic of illness, whether that be the flu, flu-like symptoms, or a really bad cold, that spreads like wildfire. Perhaps it stems from our friendly nature here at Raddy and our love of hanging out and being with others that allows any kind of sickness to be so easily spread.

So if you’ve been like the majority of us and have gotten the Plague, here are a few tips that will help you make it through.

Drink fluids

Drinking fluids helps flush out your system and, of course, keeps you hydrated. If you have a fever, it helps you stay cool and replaces any fluids that you may lose. Water, soup, and tea are the best options. Juice with vitamin C is alright, but avoid sugary sodas and even drinks such as Gatorade which have a high sugar content. These will just make you more thirsty.

Get Plenty of Rest

When you’re sick, you need more sleep than usual so your body can fight off whatever’s making you sick, whether it be a virus or bacterial infection. Try not to stay up too late and avoid strenuous activities until you’ve felt better for at least a few days. If you push yourself too hard without having enough rest, you might have a relapse which will put you right back where you started. So rest up. I’m sure you don’t need too much convincing to skip a class and get some extra sleep.

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“When you’re sick, you need more sleep than usual so your body can fight off whatever’s making you sick, whether it be a virus or bacterial infection.” Photo from: www.images.medicaldaily.com

Take the right kind of medication

If you have a fever, make sure you’re taking something with acetaminophen (Tylenol), which will help bring the fever down. Acetaminophen also helps relieve aches, pains, and a sore throat. If you have bad cough, take something with dextromethorphan (Robitussin/Delsym). If you have a stuffy head and bad nasal congestion, make sure you take something with pseudoephedrine (Sudafed). If you have the full-blown Plague/flu (fever, aches and pains, fatigue, nasal congestion, cough, sore throat) Dayquil and Nyquil cover just about all those symptoms. Nyquil, of course, makes you tired and helps you sleep, so don’t do anything you wouldn’t be comfortable doing while sleeping, like driving or operating a forklift. Follow the dosage instructions on the box, and take the medication after you start to feel better to make sure you don’t relapse.

Note: If your symptoms are severe and don’t get better over time, go see a doctor.

WASH YOUR HANDS

This is by far the best way to stop spreading the Plague and to prevent getting it in the first place. Wash your hands all the time—before you eat, before you snack, before you touch your face, mouth, or eyes, after touching germy things like keyboards, door handles, and remote controls, and, of course, after you use the bathroom. Hand sanitizer works in a pinch, but soap and warm water are the most effective.

Why You Shouldn’t Be Dreading Valentine’s Day

On a college campus, attitudes towards Valentine’s Day can range from gleeful to bitter and everything in between. The annual holiday, affectionately dubbed “Singles Awareness Day” by some, tends to harshly divide college students into two groups of people: those who have a significant other and those who do not. But romantic love isn’t the only type of love that exists; if you are spending the day without a significant other, that does not mean you are unloved in the world.

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“Romantic love isn’t the only type of love that exists.” Photo from: www.theinvictusgroupinc.files.wordpress.com

Unfortunately for us native English speakers, we only have one word for love which leads to its cheapening and overuse. The Ancient Greeks had many different words to describe the various types of love that can exist.  One of these types that the Greeks valued most is philia, or the love that stems from a deep friendship. In the understanding of the Ancient Greeks, this word referred to the love shared between brothers in arms on the battlefield. While the majority of us have not experienced literal warfare, we still understand the importance of someone who is there for you when you need them the most.

By that definition, your best friend or friends can be your valentine. Your pet can be your valentine. Your favorite family member can be your valentine.  You can be your own valentine. All of the above can be your valentines! And while romantic love can be an incredible experience, it is not the end-all achievement for the various types of love that life has to offer.

Regardless of how you spend it, I hope that you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day this Tuesday, and you know that you are loved.

“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Perks of Being a Commuting Student

I’m a local kid. I grew up in Radford and was familiar enough with the campus by the time I reached high school. But I never imagined myself actually attending the school. I wanted to move away and go somewhere new. When the time came to prepare for my first semester here, I had to make a decision: keep living at home and drive twenty-some minutes to and from campus each day, or move into a dorm/apartment? I opted to stay at my childhood home. I’ll be graduating this May, and I’m still living there! This might seem like an unusual decision, but ultimately, I’ve been able to live a fuller life because of it. Here are five reasons why I enjoy being a commuter.

  1. No Rent

My parents and I worked out a deal freshman year where I could still live at home for free as long as I was going to school and working. The money I’m saving by continuing to live with them, which would have otherwise gone to an apartment, can now be put towards more worthy endeavors—like saving up for a new car, an eventual apartment, or the occasional treat at Coldstone.

  1. My Sisters

I’m the oldest of four and have a very close relationship with my younger sisters. Because I commute, I’m still able to play an active role in their lives. Some days I pick them up from school; most days I’m helping them with their homework (what I don’t pay in rent I make up for in tutoring services). Being a commuter means that I don’t have to miss out on their formative years and that they can still turn to their wise older sister for advice.

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  1. No Roommate Horror Stories

One of the perks of living with my family is that I already know their annoying quirks and habits. And they know mine! This might seem misanthropic of me, but I’d rather live with my family’s familiar faults than adjust to the oddities of a stranger.

  1. My Mother’s Cooking

I’m a little bit of a Momma’s girl, but my mother is an incredible cook. Seriously. When I don’t have time to prepare my own meals, I’m always bringing leftovers of something she made to school. Before I began attending Radford University, I spent a year away from home. During that year, one of the things I missed the most was my mom’s cooking. Now I can enjoy it any time my heart desires it!

  1. The Campus Community

I think one of Radford University’s strengths is the unity of the students. Being a commuter has never set me apart from my peers. The only difference between me and my on-campus friends is that I have to wake up earlier than they do to get to class. I’m thankful that at Radford, being a commuter doesn’t mean that I have to sacrifice having a social life or being involved with campus-related activities.

Humans of Radford University

 

 

“My first impression of him was: ‘Man this guy is a nerd. Oh my god, he’s so nerdy —I like this guy.’ He’s a real straightforward dude. He’s good to a fault almost. It kinda makes him a little predictable, but you need that. Me, I’m a little chaotic, so having him by my side is like a standpost. Someone I can always rely on to be there when I need them.”

“This guy is a really good performer. It’s just part of his personality. It’s from where he went to college before and did stuff with acting. I’m just like ‘wow.’ I can see it. I can see how good he really is.”

R-SPACE’s Event Featured Three Escape Rooms and a Magician

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R-SPACE’s event, held Friday, February 5, featured three escape rooms and a magician.

Around 250 students appeared at the event. The spots for the escape room, which held room for 10 students every 10 minutes, were filled within 15 minutes of the event. R-SPACE’s late-night coordinator Richard Delehanty recalls, “Some students waited an hour before the event, simply to get a spot in the escape rooms.”

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“R-SPACE’s event, held Friday, February 5, featured three escape rooms and a magician.” Photo from: www.facebook.com/radspace/photos

The magician, Brian Miller, pulled in a crowd of 130 students. Both his magic and musical performance gained unwavering attention from all who watched. Some students remember not wanting to leave their seats to journey upstairs to the escape rooms.

Following the musical-magician show, the students who weren’t participating in the escape rooms played bingo. Six prizes—headphones, a Bluetooth speaker, a Keurig, a longboard, a portable DVD player, and a printer—were given away to the round winner.

R-SPACE has two more late-night events planned this semester: a casino night and an end-of-the-year bash. Show up, eat food, and win stuff!

Humans of Radford University

I have a lot of assignments to do. I have a lot of outside readings I have to do. And I have the memory of a one year old infant. And as you know, they don’t have memories. So I have to write a lot of stuff down, then I have to remember that it’s written down somewhere, and then I have to remember where that is. I actually need to go to the…uh…bookstore! Yeah, the bookstore and  see if they have a little board I can write on and get some scissors. So yeah, if I had a better memory, I’d be a lot more productive.

Richard Spencer

Perhaps you’ve heard about this white supremacist Richard Spencer getting punched twice on Inauguration Day. As far as I know, we have not had to deal with open displays of racism on campus. Of course, I may be wrong.

I’m not going to advocate any student punching a Nazi. I don’t want you getting kicked out of school.

That said . . . on the morning after this recent election, I looked into the eyes of a young woman and saw fear and uncertainty. My heart broke, and I promised her that I would protect her.

I want all of you to know that if I do see someone berating you, trying to intimidate you, or laying hands upon you against your will because you are not the same as them, I will come to your aid.

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“Perhaps you’ve heard about this white supremacist Richard Spencer getting punched twice on Inauguration Day.” Photo from: img.wennermedia.com

I will protect you. I will defend you. I will avenge you.

It does not matter to me what sex or gender you identify as, who you do or do not pray to, who you choose to love, or what color your skin is. What matters to me is that you are a human being and you deserve the same rights, liberties, and dignities as anyone else.

Saying this does not make me a hero like Captain America.

If the day ever comes when you need me, you will know who I am. If I am not there, I hope that you will know others like me in those moments.

Thus far, those in the Radford community have been, in my experience, exemplary human beings. I can only pray that I am not proven wrong.

 

Humans of Radford University

2017 is starting a little shaky. My PC broke. My truck broke down. I’m just so sad and tired all the time. I’m always hungry. It’s been a pretty rough start of the year so far. But, you know, you just put one foot in front of the other and keep going. You don’t let it stop you. As long as you’re breathing, opportunities always arise.

What the Recent Power Outage Should Teach Us

On Tuesday, January 1, 2017, the city of Radford, along with Radford University, experienced a widespread power outage.  Normally, this is expected to happen occasionally, but on this particular day, there was nothing but decent weather, a few clouds in the sky, and only harsh wind.  Even the students who had already finished their classes for the day faced an unproductive situation since they couldn’t do any homework online.  The power outage lasted a little over an hour, but in that short period of time, it really showed how reliant we all are on technology these days.

While classrooms might still sometimes conjure up the typical teacher drawing on a chalkboard, along with posters and students raising their hands, the reality is that the average classroom has really changed, just like we have in adapting to technology.  Nowadays, the majority of classes are taught through a PowerPoint, and teachers often go to a website, whether Radford-related or otherwise, at least once.  It’s nothing new to be in class and see a teacher ask his or her students to look something up on their phones.  But of course, the thought of not being able to use technology made everyone forget about the other major problem resulting from a power outage: not being able to see.

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“The power outage lasted a little over an hour, but in that short period of time, it really showed how reliant we all are on technology these days.” Photo from: jronaldlee.com

For the first time in a while, many of us sat in a class where there were no computers, PowerPoints, or anyone using their phone.  Many students are used to having all of these typical classroom factors every class, but the last time we were in school before technology really took over was in elementary school, where there was very limited computer use, and if we were lucky, the occasional movie.  Not having any technology and only having a chalkboard baffled some teachers even, but classes went on the best they could.

What’s important to take away from the power outage is how reliant our society is on technology.  Things are so different when it isn’t available, and without it, we can see how living was just 10 years ago.  It can be nice having fewer distractions and not having to stare at a screen forever.  I am sure some of us, not feeling compelled to check our phone or look at the time, even learned more than we would in a usual class with power.  The power outage was a strange and unexpected occurrence, but it wasn’t as bad as people thought it would be, and was actually in some ways beneficial.  The people who got to strangely experience having class without technology, or having one in a different classroom because their usual one was pitch black, actually got the chance to reflect on how much being in class has changed. A power outage will most likely not occur again, but if it does, we know that some of us could expect to experience an older way of learning again, and that we are a lot more capable in a power outage than a lot of people initially thought.