Category Archives: From Our Perspective

From Our Perspective: YikYak Attack

Welcome to our first podcast of the semester! We hope you enjoy listening, and leave a comment for us. Stay tuned for our opinions on the YikYak shooting rumors and even a few life tips about dealing with assault on campus.

 

“Always bring a pair of flip flops with you– you can even pad your bra with flip flops.”

A Yik Yak post scares students on campus. Graphic from PC World
A Yik Yak post scares students on campus. Graphic from PC World

[PODCAST] From Our Perspective: Mental Health on Campus

In this installment, the Whim staff talks about mental healthcare on RU’s campus. We voice our concerns about lack of availability or priority placed on some of the most common health concerns for college students today.

Leave a comment with your feedback on this topic or your ideas for future topics and we’ll give you a shout-out in our next From Our Perspective.

From Our Perspective: Yes Means Yes & Campus Safety

 

In our first podcast of the semester, we tackle the issue of sexual assault from all angles. We’ve got a little bit of the celebrity nude leak, we’ve got a little bit of the Californian ‘Yes Means Yes’ law, and more.

Most importantly of all, we beg the question, do you feel safe at night at Radford? Send us your feedback and you might just get a shout-out on our next podcast!

We are talking about California's "Yes Means Yes" law. Graphic from Kalb
We are talking about California’s “Yes Means Yes” law. Graphic from Kalb

From Our Perspective: Mike Anderson’s prison layaway special

An interview with Mike Anderson.
An interview with Mike Anderson. Image from CBS.

A man by the name of Mike Anderson is finally being sentenced to jail, 13 years after his initial crime of armed robbery, due to a clerical error on the part of the corrections system. Since then, he has lived an upstanding life, had four kids and started his own construction company. Continue reading From Our Perspective: Mike Anderson’s prison layaway special

From Our Perspective: Twitter terrorism and selfie olympics [PODCAST]

In this edition of From Our Perspective, the staff discusses the 14 year-old girl who tweeted a bomb threat to American Airlines and got arrested. Afterwards, she bragged about receiving thousands of new followers, prompting several other people to try the same stunt. Continue reading From Our Perspective: Twitter terrorism and selfie olympics [PODCAST]

From Our Perspective: Wherefore art thou, MH370?

The image Courtney Love tweeted with the idea she found the missing plane. Image from Mama Mia.
The image Courtney Love tweeted with the idea she found the missing plane. Image from Mama Mia.

What happened to that Malaysian airliner that went missing two weeks ago? Was it aliens, terrorists or just a fire that caused the plane to explode? In this brief podcast, we discuss what could have happened to the plane, Rachel gives away LOST spoilers and Kaileigh learns that the gods don’t cause weather. Continue reading From Our Perspective: Wherefore art thou, MH370?

From Our Perspective: Gun control and violence in the media

Cover image with the Boston bomber. Image from Rolling Stone.
Cover image with the Boston bomber. Image from Rolling Stone.

Welcome back to another episode of From Our Perspective! This episode was recorded in collaboration with Radio Free Radford so the sound quality is much better thanks to real recording equipment.

In this episode, we debate all of the rhetoric behind gun control and discuss whether or not video games have an influence on gun crime. Continue reading From Our Perspective: Gun control and violence in the media

From Our Perspective: Va Elections & Pro Life Club

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Ken Cuccinelli. Photo from CBS News.

Welcome back to another scandalous episode of From Our Perspective. This is a direct continuation of the debate from last time, where we talked about St. Albans and Obamacare. In this episode, we’ve ramped up the controversy. We delve into the Va. gubernatorial elections, as well as the topic of abortion and the new “Radford Students for Life” club that opened on campus. Continue reading From Our Perspective: Va Elections & Pro Life Club

From Our Perspective: St. Albans & Obamacare

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Does St. Albans exploit mental illness? Photo by Stephen Furtado.

After going through a huge list of names, we finally settled on a name for our staff chat podcast. Throw down your balloons and confetti, and welcome the return of From Our Perspective with a new twist.

In this episode, we discuss the idea that St. Albans exploits mental illness for a Halloween scare, and we debate multiple angles of rhetoric concerning the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading From Our Perspective: St. Albans & Obamacare

From our perspective: Republicans embrace the rainbow

As the Supreme Court of the United States prepares to pass judgment on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act as well as the infamous Prop. 8, proponents of marriage equality have gained an unexpected ally.

More than 100 prominent Republicans have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court advocating for same-sex couples to have the same marriage rights as straight couples. Among the Republicans signing on are Beth Myers (Mitt Romney’s senior adviser in 2012), Charles Bass (a former Congressman from New Hampshire) and Douglas Holtz-Eakin (an economist who advised John McCain during his 2008 presidential campaign). Continue reading From our perspective: Republicans embrace the rainbow

From our perspective: The importance of goals

The definition of a goal is a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. We at Whim believe goals are important to achieve any aspirations one might have in life.

Take all of us RU students for example. Why are we in college? A lot of us probably share the same goals of graduating, getting a degree and then becoming a contributing citizen of society. Whether we realize it or not, we are all on a journey to achieving our long-term goals. Continue reading From our perspective: The importance of goals

From Our Perspective: Science leaders don’t know science

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Photo from Creative Commons.

The government has many departments that handle all walks of life within its power.  The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has jurisdiction over the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation and the famous NASA. Today we look at Republican Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the current head of the committee. Smith is also known as creator of the very unpopular Stop Online Piracy Act, and was in the news a few months ago for basically denying global warming. Continue reading From Our Perspective: Science leaders don’t know science

From our perspective: Love sucks? Suck it up

It’s long been said that honesty is the best policy, that the best defense is a good offense, and that looking good is the best revenge. These are the sorts of sayings that immediately come to mind when people begin complaining about some great, vague societal construct that has disappointed, failed, or ignored them — particularly when that construct happens to concern a certain saint (or saints) named Valentine. Continue reading From our perspective: Love sucks? Suck it up

From Our Perspective: After the flood

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A lot of residents who’s cars got swallowed by the New River feel that the University is at fault. Picture from RU Memes.

There’s been a lot of talk about how poorly Radford University handled last week’s flood. Aside from the facts, there are plenty of rumors floating around.

Continue reading From Our Perspective: After the flood

From our perspective: A possible champion for equality

President Obama gave a rallying cry for progress in his inaugural address on Monday, Jan. 21.

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” he said.

Obama is already famous as the first president to support gay rights as well as the force behind the military’s repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The inaugural address may have been the most straight-forward he has ever been on the issue of LGBT equality. Continue reading From our perspective: A possible champion for equality

From our perspective: Lay off, fat man

Every year, it seems the holiday season starts a little earlier than the last.  Stores are stocked with Christmas decorations by Halloween and seasonal music can be heard before Thanksgiving.  Even the holiday shopping season kicked off earlier than usual.   We at Whim believe the holiday season needs to stay with its proper time of the year before it begins to lose its meaning and significance. Continue reading From our perspective: Lay off, fat man

From Our Perspective: Responsible Mary Jane

A lot of people have a lot to say on Amendment 64 and Initiative 502, the new state amendments passed in Colorado and Washington this past election which redefined their policies on recreational and medicinal marijuana.

The proponents of the amendment praise it as being the first step to legalization, and they do have some facts to back them up. Continue reading From Our Perspective: Responsible Mary Jane