Dance department celebrates women’s work

Every year the dance department of Radford University presents Paradigm Shift: An Evening of Women’s Work. In honor of Women’s History month, the Dance Department performed a celebration and representation of the work, struggle and background of women’s history in collaboration with the Women’s Studies Commitee. All choreographers and performers for this show were women who work hard daily to have their skills and art appreciated. This year’s choreographers are comprised of juniors and seniors from the dance department as well as Danah Bella Danceworks, a separate dance company that often contributes dancers and performers to RU productions.

The show began with a solo, choreographed and performed by senior Traice Collier. Her piece was modern, with a hip-hop influence and included striking music selections that added excitement and versatility to the piece.

The next performance was a group piece by senior Rebecca Brewer. Dancers included Brewer, sophomore Caitlin Ressegue, junior Courtney Meade, sophomore Emily Snow and freshman Emily Lee. This particular piece had great costuming. Performers wore the same dress with black tights, but each dancer wore a different color of the dress. It really added a dynamic feel, and visually it was a pleasure to watch.

Followed by Brewer’s group performance, junior Haley Schmitz performed a solo that encompassed great musical selections and a raw representation of women’s work. There was one particular instance where Schmitz appeared to be mimicking a house-bound wife and utilized that representation as fuel to depict the frustration and stereotype labels placed on women throughout the decades.

An additional solo followed, however it was different from the other pieces in the show in the fact that it was a clogging number. Sophomore Cherylann Ward performed a clogging routine that contained fancy footwork and intricate sounds. It added an Appalachian feel to the show, as well as diversity in the dance department. “It felt like it was almost in honor of St. Patrick’s Day because she really channeled self-proclaimed ‘Lord of the Dance,'” said Michael Flatley, a famous Irish step dancer.

Traice Collier then returned to the stage for a duet with sophomore Caitlin Potosnak. In addition to their performance, the dancers incorporated a scarf as a prop that added to the whimsical and practiced techniques by the dancers. It was a beautiful performance because the two were so similar and well-rehearsed in their choreography that what they were depicting was very believable. They were both displaying great struggle with the scarf which can be interpreted as the struggles that women have experienced historically and culturally.

Rebecca Brewer returned to perform her solo prior to the dancers from d a n a h b e l l a. Three of the four dancers that performed from the company are students. Seniors Laura Morris and Heather Brooks accompanied junior Courtney Meade in a performance with another company member that was present at the show. Their particular costume attire, which can be described as a light summer dress, negated their gestures as their movement appeared much more harsh and demanding compared to the orthodox feel of the sunny season. It was a piece that contained intricate lighting that aided the already great choreography.

All the pieces brought a new form of art and expression to the table. The intimate location of Peters Hall Albig Studio is a great location for smaller shows because the audience is placed near the stage, thus creating a close, personal atmosphere. The women who danced and choreographed for this show proved that women’s work is worth acknowledging.

The dancers all want to touch the dance world in their own specific ways, but Dance Education major Haley Schmitz wants to teach dance to children, specifically the children of Uganda. She liked choreographing for this show and enjoyed performing her own work.

“I like performing my choreography because I know it will look the way I want. You know your own style of moving and know that when you perform it the choreography will look that way,” Schmitz said.

To see more from the RU division of dance, check out http://dance.asp.radford.edu/events.htm.

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Love

I feel love,
When you walk into the room,
And I see your face.
I feel love,
When you stare in my eyes,
And kiss me softly.
I feel love,
When you say nothing at all,
And just lay there with me.
I know love,
When I see it in your eyes,
And I know it’s true!

Cover graphic by Kasey Sutphin

Graduate in style

Come May, the seniors of Radford University will have their moment of glory when they will walk across the stage and receive a diploma from RU. This year, instead of the same old black robes, RU undergraduates will walk in style in red graduation robes to commemorate RU’s Centennial. Students receiving their graduate degrees will still wear the black robes. Graduates will have the option of purchasing a robe that has the RU Centennial emblem embroidered on the robe for a small additional fee. RU administration chose to make the change to graduation attire to celebrate and acknowledge a point in our university’s history as an establishment that has assisted in higher education for 100 years. Making a fashion statement by a change of color will even more emphasize the importance of the Centennial.

There are mixed feelings from seniors around campus about the change of attire.

“I was planning on wearing a sash from my sorority during graduation, but the color combination will look horrible, so now I am torn about whether to order a Greek sash or not,” said a senior in Delta Zeta.

It is true that not all colors of sashes typically worn by members of Greek organizations will match. Generally turquoise (Zeta Tau Alpha), yellow (Alpha Sigma Tau) and purple (Phi Sigma Sigma) will not coordinate the best with the new color of the robes like they would black.

Other students are quite supportive of the color choice.

“I like that the university is promoting the Centennial in a unique way, I think it’s a cute idea,” said Nicole Pham, junior at RU. Though there will be many seniors graduating this year, RU has three other years of students following behind the class of 2010.

Since the robes will be changed back to black there are neutral opinions on campus as well.

“I honestly don’t care,” said sophomore Glenn Hastings. “I mean, it’s great for this year’s graduating class, but after this year it will go back to the same black robes as usual so it will not affect me at all.”

Having red robes instead of just the regular black will definitely make a statement and cause people to take notice that RU turns 100 this year. So here’s to RU’s 100th Birthday and a century of students graduating to become successful members of society. Congratulations to the spring graduating class of 2010!

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3-D takeover

3-D movies are a recent trend that studios have used to try and get people back to the theaters. It is a gimmick that has no doubt worked. Now the 3-D experience hopes to move beyond the theaters and a home near you.

Many major television companies recently announced their intentions to release TVs that are capable of rendering 3-D images. A recent electronics expo featured such TVs, showing that it will not be too long before they begin popping up in family rooms everywhere.

While 3-D has been the flavor of the season, very few people have asked what sorts of practical applications this will have. For instance, will being able to view sports in 3-D really enhance the experience anymore, or will it turn it into some gimmicky thing with strange camera angles just because they can?

Will 3-D TVs make things more life-like and enjoyable? Probably. But the issue of practicality remains. In the past few years, TV manufacturers have managed to draw people into the resolution race with high-definition TVs. Now, it seems like it is just another avenue for them to sell TVs in this slumping economy.

Even though 3-D television might be some gimmicky move to get more people to buy TVs, there is still a very exciting aspect to this. 3-D TVs could very well mark a move toward the holograms of the future. As companies compete in this new market, it seems like it might be only a matter of time before what was once nothing more than fantasy, became reality.

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It’s survey time!

Hey all,

It’s that time of year again where we pass out surveys to the student body to see what you think about Whim. While we are still distributing hard copies (which can be found in Calhoun Hall in the Whim mailbox if you’d like one) we thought it was about time to do an online survey for an online magazine. So, we would really appreciate it if you took a couple minutes out of your day to fill out our survey. Let us know what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong and what you’d like to see more of in the future.

Click here to take survey

Love,

The Whim staff

Google trouble in big China

The past few months have been filled with strife for Internet mega-power Google, as they haven been dealing with real-world power China. In early January, Google announced that there had been malicious attacks attempting to reveal the identities and Gmail accounts used by human rights activists in China. These attacks were discovered to be coming from within the Chinese government itself.

In retaliation, Google announced it was considering ending the services it provides to China. This was followed by threats that the search engine was questioning whether it should filter the searches made through its Chinese site at all. Censoring content is standard for any Internet search engine, which works in China. This stringent censorship has been criticized, and Google was not exempt from such criticism when they agreed to follow China

Tiger, Tiger Woods y’all

Suppose you make a mistake, one of epic proportions that is life-changing and marriage-wrecking. Would you want to deal with it privately, or would you rather have your decisions slammed on entertainment and news stations everywhere? Add in that you’re a celebrity known as the country’s “it-boy” in golf, raking in tons of cash, fame and acting as a spokesperson for many companies. Does that make it alright for the public to be so in your business that they almost have to be penciled in on the divorce papers? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Eldrick Tont Woods, aka “Tiger” Woods, is an icon. This gem of the golf industry has captivated the public beyond the green, and because of this his private life seems to be everyone else’s playground. Woods endorsed many companies, including General Motors, General Mills, American Express, Nike Inc. and my personal favorite: the launch of Buick’s Rendezvous. His face was postered all over the television sets of America and Woods became a household name.

When the very odd story of a car accident involving Woods broke in November of 2009, America became a little too interested in the golf pro. He first appeared on the front of The National Inquirer, claiming infidelity. However, it did little to harm Woods, that is, until the rumors were fact-checked and the popularity of the information spread. Apparently Woods, (great god that he is… sorry, was) really was having affairs left and right.

His poor wife, right? Shouldn’t we humiliate this guy and make him wish he never cheated with one, two, three, who knows how many bimbos? Yeah.

That almost makes sense. Once America knew of his infidelity they acted like the grieving wife, hunting down every bit of information that could be found, exposing it to everyone else. Poor Elin for having to suffer through the media as it forced her cheating husband’s texts down her throat. I’d do the same thing, running away from the lying man, taking my kids and escaping daily life.

Sure, Tiger is at fault for giving into his desires, but is it an appropriate story on the 5 o’clock news? Is it important enough to recreate the Aniston-Pitt feud that once split America? Our classrooms, Starbucks and family gatherings could use a lot less of the Tiger Woods discussions. He made a major mistake for his marriage. This does not make him headline news, nor should we give this man the time or energy that we usually devote to the Commander-in-Chief of the United States. His address to the nation was nothing more than laughable.

Please, I beg of you America, do not feed into the celeb-obsessed nation we’re seen to be in the rest of the world. Brush up on your politics or read a book. And, remember that if you were in his shoes, America wouldn’t be demanding your apology.

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“The Hurt Locker” not hurting now

Before the Academy Awards on March 7 I had never heard of “The Hurt Locker.” Now it has won the most Oscars in 2010, taking home six awards of the nine for which it was nominated. Kathryn Bigelow, the director of “The Hurt Locker, became the first female to win in the Best Director category for her feature film.

Sandra Bullock finally received the acclaim she deserved. She won Best Actress In a Leading Role for her performance in “The Blind Sideand became America’s sweetheart yet again this year with performances in “The Proposal” and “All About Steve.” She went from a crime fighter in “Miss Congenialityto do-gooder supermom in “The Blind Side.” Finally she received notice for her great ability.

We cannot acknowledge best actress without telling you about this year’s Best Actor In A Leading Role. It went to actor and musician, Jeff Bridges. Bridges played in “K-PAX” and “The Big Lebowski.” He won his Academy Award for playing Bad Blake in the film “Crazy Heart.” He also sang in the movie and was one of the artists to sing in this year’s remake of “We are the World.”

On to Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Inglorious Basterds.” In the film he plays Col. Hans Landa, a Nazi who is exceptionally good at finding Jews in hiding. The Best Supporting Actress award went to stand-up comedian and actress Mo’Nique for her portrayal of Mary in “Precious: Based On the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” Mary is the abusive mother to pregnant teenager Precious.

Disney had two nominees in the Best Animated Feature Film category, “The Princess and the Frog” and “Up.”The Princess and the Frog” is Disney’s latest princess movie that follows Princess Tiana who kisses a frog and then turns into one. The winning film was a collaboration with Pixar. “Up” is about a lonely old man who tries to escape his problems by flying his house away but finds a child on his front stoop instead, a wilderness explorer named Russell. The two take a crazy adventure. “Up” also won for Best Music.

Avatar” was thought to be a big winner of the night, but only won three of the nine awards it was nominated for. It won Best Cinematography, Art Direction and Visual Effects, not to mention it was also the brunt of various jokes throughout the night. Director James Cameron’s name was dropped more than a cell phone, and Ben Stiller came out decorated and dressed in full “Avatar” make-up and costume to give out an award.

Adding to the humor of the night were the two hosts, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. These comedian-actors kept the comedy coming with cracks about nearly everyone in the audience. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the witty banter, even though they talked about most of them. George Clooney was the only movie-man in the house who did not seem to be digging the criticism. His face was somber on every camera shot that caught him.

The 82nd Academy Awards opened with a song and dance number performed by Neil Patrick Harris and dancers. It was similar to his performance at the closing of the Tony awards for Broadway and live theater.

The 2010 Oscars held big laughs, big names and big shocks this year.

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March Madness is back!

After a long season and back-and-forth conference tournaments, the field of 64 is set for the 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Though our hometown Highlanders failed to reach the tournament for this season, the field is as intriguing as ever, with many new faces and without last year’s champs, the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The bracket is headlined by the four No.1 seeds: Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and Duke, with Kansas as the overall number one at the end of the season. Kansas controls their destiny in the Midwest bracket, with notable teams No.2 seed Ohio St., No.3 seed Georgetown, and No.4 seed Maryland, in considerably the toughest region. Other sleepers in the Midwest include Michigan State, Tennessee and Oklahoma State, who are all expected to compete with the top seeds.

Kentucky, the overall number two team in the nation at the end of the season, will play in the east bracket with the likes of No.2 seed West Virginia. The east is a bit of a head-scratcher, as the No.3 seed is New Mexico, who is not known for its experience in the dance, but have had a great season. Wisconsin sits as the No.4 seed, followed by Temple, Marquette, Clemson, Texas and Wake Forest.

The west bracket will be very interesting as well, with Syracuse at the top, but strong and talented Kansas State sitting as the No.2 seed, who I believe has a chance to push their way to the Final Four. Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and Butler round out the other notable teams in the west, but expect Xavier, Brigham Young, Gonzaga and Florida State to make things interesting.

The last region, the south, is controlled by the ACC champions, the Duke Blue Devils, which is coincidentally also home to the only two teams to reach the tournament out of Virginia, which was neither the University of Virginia nor Virginia Tech, but instead No.7 seed Richmond and No.11 seed Old Dominion. Villanova retained the No.2 seed, with Baylor, Purdue and Texas A&M rounding out the top five seeds. The Big South champion, the Winthrop Eagles, who ended the Highlanders’ season in the conference semifinals, are in the play-in game with Arkansas-Pine Bluff for the No.16 seed, and a chance to play against Duke in the first round.

From a fan’s standpoint, it’s never good to see teams like North Carolina and Connecticut out of the field, but it just makes the tournament that more exciting since anything can happen. Most people around the world have filled out multiple brackets right now, but for those of you who haven’t, here are some teams to look into, instead of staying generic, with either Kansas or Kentucky ruling the field. As I said before, Kansas State has the power to mix things up, but don’t leave out West Virginia and Ohio State, who have Final Four talent. When trying to pick upsets, I’d look at teams like No. 9 seed, Northern Iowa out of the Midwest, No. 12 seed Cornell out of the east, No. 5 seed Butler and No. 11 seed Minnesota, out of the west and unexpected No. 3 seed Baylor out of the south.

If I had to pick my final four today, I’d have Kansas facing rival Kansas State on one side, and Kentucky facing either Baylor or Villanova on the other. From there, it’s all about whoever is playing the best ball, and those teams will have the best shot to reach the finals. That’s the great thing about college basketball; it’s not about what you did in the beginning of the season, it’s all about how your team is playing when it comes down to crunch time.

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Tigertext

Ever sent a text message you wish you could take back? Well now you can, thanks to Tigertext. Tiger Woods probably wishes he had this smart phone application; it would have certainly lessened some of the evidence that helped secure his scandal in the mind of the public.

While ironically named, Tigertext was not named after Tiger Woods. The developers at least claim they came up with the name prior to the Tiger Woods scandal.

On to the application itself, Tigertext can be purchased in the iTunes application store for free. Using the application is not free; one has to purchase an unlimited texting plan from the developers. They base these plans on monthly or yearly charges. Unlimited texts for a month will cost users $1.99, and unlimited texts for a year are $19.99. You can purchase these plans through the Apple app store. While it costs to send texts using the program, receiving them is free.

Tigertext works differently from how phones normally send texts. Instead of the texts being saved in multiple places, it is all stored on the Tigertext server; where after a certain amount of time the texts are auto-deleted. That isn

Elizabeth’s Kitchen: Pasta galore

This week for Elizabeth’s Kitchen we will be cooking pasta. It’s not hard, but tastes great. This is another one of my all-time favorite Heinz family recipes.

Crab Pasta Salad

A delightfully delicious and easy meal. Great for vegetarians and for those Fridays during Lent where you can’t eat meat!

ALLERGY CONCERNS: milk products, shellfish

Approx. cost: $15

Serves: 10

Kitchen Supplies you will need:

Large pot
Large mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Strainer

Food you will need:

1 package spiral pasta
1 block Monteray Jack cheese
1 whole green pepper
1 package of imitation crab meat
1 bag of frozen peas
1 16 oz. bottle of ranch dressing

How to make the dish:

1. Fill pot with water and set on stove, bringing to a boil.

2. While water is heating up, chop the green pepper and the block of cheese into small cubes.

3. Once water boils, prepare pasta as directed.

4. Drain pot, put pasta in a separate bowl and chill for 20 minutes.

5. After 20 minutes remove pasta from refrigerator, add crab meat, peas, green pepper and cheese.

6. Mix in Ranch dressing and enjoy!

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