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Humans of Radford University

Student pictured: Alan Ward

“I had been preparing for some kind of executive role since I was a freshman, but I didn’t really know if I would have the capability, support, or connections needed to be successful. Plus, I had been pushing against headwinds that started when I was a sophomore here at Radford, something that may have set me back.

When it got around to spring semester of junior year and I finally had to make a decision, I had pretty much made up my mind that I was going to run for, and hopefully win, the presidency. But as I waited and observed the things going on around me, I could tell that there may be a different calling. While we had strong presidential leadership over the past two years and multiple people who could do the job for the next year, the post of head of student finances had been in shambles for years. There was no clear direction, no change, and certainly no transparency to the student body as to how their money was being handled.

I had always been told, ‘he who holds the gold, holds the power,’ and that power needs to be in the hands of a responsible leader who is willing to set a new vision and create change. It also didn’t hurt that my education background was in economics, so I knew that I could bring the knowledge I gained from inside the classroom to the table.

Even though many of my colleagues wanted me to choose otherwise, I did what was right – not only what was right for me, but what was right for the university.

Being student body Chief Financial Officer is no easy job. You are rarely thanked for your hard work and commonly questioned because of the tremendous responsibility you hold, but I hope I’ve served this campus well in my tenure and have laid the foundation for prosperity in the years ahead.”

Students Use “Ask Me Anything” Signs to Promote Authentic Conversation

A few weeks ago, a group of students from the campus ministry Cru sat on the benches around the fountain in the middle of campus, holding signs that said, “Ask me anything.” One of those students was Michael Garlich. I was able to talk with Michael about why he and his friends did what they did.

MB: Why were you out there?

MG: To promote authentic and genuine conversation between people. Everyone talks and yells out their own opinion all the time, but there’s a mass decrease in the ability to actually have a conversation with someone you disagree with. That was my main reason for going out there. Yeah, I wanted to share my perspective on things, but ultimately, I wanted to hear what people had to say. I wanted to be able to listen and talk. And we did it in a way so people were able to come up to us and ask us without feeling put off by being randomly approached by someone on the way to class.

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“To promote authentic and genuine conversation between people. Everyone talks and yells out their own opinion all the time, but there’s a mass decrease in the ability to actually have a conversation with someone.” Photo from: http://librarianwhodoesntsayshhh.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2015/01/ask-me-anything-2015-banner3.jpg

MB: What kind of questions did you ask?

MG: Simple ones, like what’s your favorite color? What year are you? What’s your major? Had weird ones like what do you think about right-wing fascism? What would you do in a zombie apocalypse, and what weapon would you choose?

MB: What kind of responses did you get?

MG: I had some basic responses to the basic questions. I had some in-depth responses too. I had a girl come to me and say she needed a guy’s perspective on the relationship she was in. The relationship was kind of damaging. She had been feeling emotionally neglected and needed another person’s perspective on what she should do about it. We got to have a 30-40-minute conversation about what a good, healthy relationship looks like and what a bad relationship looks like. That one was probably my favorite conversation. I got to have good theological conversations, too. I’m Protestant, and I had a Catholic approach me and ask me my opinion on things in the Catholic church and Catholic doctrines. We disagreed on things, but we were able to actually talk about them and have a cool conversation, and I made a new friend.

MB: What was the biggest thing you learned from the experience?

MG: I learned the importance of listening and how valuable and important it is. It’s honestly kind of lost nowadays. Again, everyone talks, but hardly anyone listens. To just be able to listen to peoples’ pain, struggles, opinions, whatever—you get to dive into authenticity with a stranger and create meaning and purpose just by listening to somebody.

Humans of Radford University

“Jesus died for me and that’s why I love life so much. But I don’t want to explode in people’s face all the time because not everyone is happy all the time and it’s intimidating to people and ‘too much’ sometimes. But I think people don’t know how to appreciate life sometimes anymore. People are afraid of joy sometimes. A lot of times, they think if everything is going good then something must be wrong. They’re not living life to the fullest because they’re scared of knowing the truth. But why would you not want to live a happy life right now?”

Students’ Say On: Campus Food Options

All Radford students have a love/hate relationship with the food choices here on campus. Our lack of diversity in the food department (Is it too much to ask for a good burger or Mexican place?) compared to other colleges’ wide range of food options gets on a lot of people’s nerves. You probably won’t go more than a day or two without hearing someone complain about the food at Radford, whether it be because they’re sick of eating Chick-Fil-A or the roast beef they had in Dalton was still bleeding and the carrots were hard as rocks.

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“Dalton is too much like “cafeteria food” and the food they serve is bad more often than not.” Photo from: http://az616578.vo.msecnd.net/files/2015/12/19/635861050792876342131872045_fast-food-banner.png

Earlier this week, we interviewed students walking by and asked them some questions about food places on campus. Most had eaten on campus at least once that day. Most of the ones who hadn’t said they lived off campus and don’t eat on campus very often since they don’t have a meal plan. When asked about their favorite place to eat, Au Bon Pain, Chick-Fil-A, and Wild Greens were the top choices. Students said they enjoyed Wild Greens because it was one of the only healthy places to eat on campus. They liked Chick-Fil-A because the chicken is good and it is an easy and quick place to grab food.

Students said some of their least favorite places to eat on campus were Dalton, the sushi place, and also Chick-Fil-A. Dalton is too much like “cafeteria food” and the food they serve is bad more often than not. People felt iffy about the freshness and cleanliness of the sushi place and some were upset that it had replaced the arguably better Austin’s Burgers. As for Chick-Fil-A, some students thought it was too unhealthy, or they were just tired of eating it.

10 Things That Happen When You Join a Sorority

You’d be surprised.

Joining a sorority is one of the best things that has happened to me since I have been at Radford University. Having a group of girls that you share the same interests with and can always go to when you need good counsel is such a blessing. There are so many stereotypes that surround sorority girls and what happens when you join a sorority. I don’t know about some of them, like that whole “paying for your friends” thing, but I can tell you about a couple things that do happen when you join a sorority.

  1. You gain a family.

No matter how big or how small your sorority is, the more you spend time with your sisters, the closer you get and the less they feel like friends and more like family.

  1. Letters become a part of your wardrobe.

Okay, okay, admit it; letters and leggings are so much more comfortable than jeans and a blouse. Letters are the best thing to wear because you can be comfortable and rep the best organization around all at the same time.

  1. You find your “twin.”

There is always that one person who you have everything in common with. Your favorite show, favorite food, favorite store—it’s all the same! And it’s awesome, because now you know that you’re not the only person who likes the person that everybody else hates in that TV show.

  1. Hugging is not even a thought anymore.
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“Letters and leggings are so much more comfortable than jeans and a blouse” Photo from: http://cdn.hercampus.com/s3fs-public/2016/06/29/635960100406462189883087294_Chi-O-Sorority-Racist-Snapchat-Photos.jpg

What do you do when you see a sister? Is that even a question? You hug them! There’s no other way to greet them than with a warm embrace.

  1. You never have to eat a meal alone.

It seemed like when I joined my sorority that I always saw my sisters in the cafeteria. It’s wonderful never having to worry about sitting alone. Sharing a meal with sisters is like sharing a meal with family.

  1. Their family is your family.

You can not help but be emotionally invested when you hear that one of your sister’s little sisters or brothers are going to prom or getting their license. Or when their parents got a raise at their job, because you know that they deserve it—even if you don’t know them.

  1. You can ugly cry and no one will judge you.

Whether you’re trying to deal with the passing of a family member or that boy that broke your heart, you know that no sister will judge you, no matter how “Kim Kardashian” the cry is.

  1. You begin to like the things your sisters like.

Monkey see, monkey do. It is hard not to pick up the habits of the people you’re around. But that’s okay, because I know around my sisters, I can only pick up good habits, like being more kind-hearted or having more patience.

  1. Nothing can break the bond of your pledge class.

After going through the recruitment process and the pledge process, you can not help but feel closer to all your pledge sisters. There is a bond that is made when you spend almost every hour of every day with people.

  1. There is always someone there for you.

No matter, the time, the place, or the day, there is always going to be someone there for you. There is a bond that you all share. Even if people do not get it, or they judge you for being in a sorority, that’s okay. It is different being on the inside than seeing it from the outside. You do not have to worry about judgment, or what your sisters may say, because a sister is a sister, and they are always going to be there for you and with you, no matter what.

Humans of Radford University

I had a black live-in nanny when I was growing up. That’s like extremely racist to a lot of people, but it wasn’t like The Help. It wasn’t like a 1950s-60s kind of thing. She worked with my mom and they were friends, and she did other jobs, but she was a nanny when she could be. For a while, I didn’t know it wasn’t normal to have a nanny because she was like my second mom; she was like family. So it was never strange to think, “I grew up with a black nanny in a white family.” That’s a lot of stereotypes that didn’t actually become stereotypes. So I’m not a fan of the whole “stereotypes exist ‘cause they’re true.” No, they don’t. Stereotypes exist because people have predetermined biases towards certain types of people that they don’t want to associate with. But I don’t believe in basically any stereotypes. I’ll still make fun of a white girl in the line at Starbucks who wants to order the most complicated thing on the menu. I’ll still tease people like that. But I don’t believe black people are more predestined to break the law or anything. No, it’s ‘cause the law is literally targeting them at all times, and these people aren’t given the same opportunities in life ever. You try growing up in the inner city and stuff like that and see if you come out okay. And people do come out okay, but that’s through a lot of perseverance and personal growth and that’s more of a miracle story than anything that happens in white suburbia. I’m prone to getting into Facebook fights with my relatives which I’ve been told repeatedly by my parents to please not do, because we do have to see them on Thanksgiving. But I had an uncle who got up in arms over the whole Kaepernick not standing for the anthem thing, and so he made this post about it and I commented on it, and he started saying how black people aren’t oppressed in this country anymore, and I’m like “Well, they are.” I think if I had taken it out of the Facebook chat and put it in a Word document it probably would have been a solid three pages of statistics of  what it is like to grow up black in America and stuff from the fact that you get pulled over for traffic violations like 70% more often even though you commit traffic violations at the exact same rate as white people, and you go to jail way more often even if you commit the same crime, and you go to jail for longer.  I threw like three or four pages of statistics at him and he pulled the “I had a black friend growing up” card. He’s like “I work with people of diverse ethnicities every day.” He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. So I pulled out the 2010 Census of Salt Lake City and Utah as a whole, which says the entire state, is 98.7% white people. So I wrote back and said, “I know you live in Utah, so statistically speaking you probably forget other races exist, but they do, so you don’t get to be the authority on whether or not someone is still oppressed in this country.”

 

10 Slow Songs We Should All Listen To in the Shower

We all know that listening to music while showering is one of the best things ever. If you don’t already do it, you should start now. With that being said, here are 10 slow songs you should listen to the next time you hop in to get clean.

  1. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

I am not just putting this on the list because it was in the last Twilight movie. This song’s beautiful words make you fall in love with anyone, even your imaginary boyfriend. No judgment here.

  1. “Gravity” by John Mayer

John Mayer can make any song sound good. Heck, he could be singing the ABC’s and I’d still be attracted to him. It’s like he’s right there with you. Maybe wait until you’ve got a towel wrapped around you first.

  1. “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is another beautiful soul that would sound good singing anything. All of his songs make me feel like he is singing to me. This song is full of beautiful compliments and no girl can pass up a good compliment. He makes me feel like he’d do anything for me. But I don’t know him, so…

  1. “Over My Head (Cable Car)” by The Fray
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“Here are 10 slow songs you should listen to the next time you hop in to get clean.” Photo from: http://az616578.vo.msecnd.net

This song is one of those songs that every decent person has listened to at some time during their sad, lonely existence.

  1. “You Are Your Mother’s Child” by Conor Oberst

This song is a diamond in the rough. The best songs are always the ones you have to search for. This song is acoustic, but it is hard to completely decipher the words. However, it has a unique melody that anyone can tap their foot to. Just don’t tap too much and fall in the shower.

  1. “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by The Script

This is a great song with a great melody. I don’t mind a good drummer either.

  1. “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane

Besides the fact that the song was in “Winnie the Pooh,” it gives off a very positive vibe that can change my mood from sad to happy.

  1. “Look After You” by The Fray

This is another song that is really popular, but it deserves to be. It’s more of a romantic song that is meant to be shared between two people.

  1. “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros

As you can probably tell by the name and artist, this song is not in English. Although I don’t understand the words, my vivid imagination does. I envision two people searching for each other, and at the end of the song, they finally find one another.

  1. “In My Veins” by Andrew Belle

This is another diamond in the rough with a great melody to back up the slow tempo. Every small part contributes to the overall sound of this beautiful piece.

Dealing with Long Distance Relationships

Coming to college can be hard in many ways. However, leaving your significant other for the college life can be one of the hardest. My fiancé is in the military and overseas, so I have become the expert on how to handle flying solo at school. Just follow these steps to make it a little less difficult.

  • FaceTime every day. Seeing and hearing your loved one will help you cope with the stress of classes and the craziness of college life. Make sure you plan special movie nights where you FaceTime and watch a movie on Netflix at the same time. This will ease the awkwardness that silence over FaceTime has that being face to face does not. Either make sure it is a movie both of you like, or take turns showing each other your faves.

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    “My fiancé and I are currently planning our wedding, and the thought of having something big coming up helps us through all the hard times.” Photo from: http://www.confettidaydreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Pearls-and-Lace-Pink-Love-Birds-Wedding-Langkloof-Roses-15.jpg
  • Surround yourself with a support system at school. Hanging up with my fiancé is the hardest. Luckily, I have the best friends ever, and they distract me from the feeling lonely blues.
  • Plan those trips to see one another. I have the best time planning everything we are going to do when my SO comes home. All the restaurants we’re going to go to and movies we’re going to see. All the time we will be able to spend together. It makes you look forward to something together, and as time goes on, you know that there will be an end to being apart.
  • Plan for the future. My fiancé and I are currently planning our wedding, and the thought of having something big coming up helps us through all the hard times. It doesn’t just have to be something like that. Plan a vacation together or talk about what you want out of the future. It will give you something to talk about when nothing really exciting happened during your day.
  • Never give up. No matter how hard it gets, know that you are not the only one going through this. It is important to never give up because your SO is counting on you. Know that after all this rain, there is a rainbow.

Casino Night

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“Beginning in the Bonnie at 9 p.m, R-SPACE’s Late Night coordinator Richard Delehanty will be hosting a Casino Night.” Photo from: http://bluebirdcpas.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Casino.jpg

Beginning in the Bonnie at 9 p.m, R-SPACE’s Late Night coordinator Richard Delehanty will be hosting a Casino Night. The event will run from 9 p.m-12 a.m. Throughout the night, there is a wide variety of classic casino games like Blackjack, Roulette, Dice Games, Slots, Baccarat, and Poker.

Every hour, there will be a chance to enter a free raffle to win an assortment of prizes. The winner will be announced at the end of the event, so stay to claim your prize. You can enter one ticket for every hour that you attend.

Free food and drinks will be provided most of the night. Bring your Radford ID to gain admission to a fun-filled night of games, free stuff, and food.

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.

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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.

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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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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.

College Means Nothing

College is stupid. I am so tired of how professors love to assign us homework over break as if we don’t have a personal life like they do. Every single time that I get assigned homework during break, they expect us to do it even though we could be on a cruise or on a trip somewhere. Then, professors end up assigning us so much homework that we have a lack of sleep, and they get mad that we aren’t engaged in class. How do they expect us to engage when we were up studying all night for a test on something that will mean nothing for our career?

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“Professors end up assigning us so much homework that we have a lack of sleep, and they get mad that we aren’t engaged in class.” photo from: https://az616578.vo.msecnd.net/files/2016/04/25/635972142007383479732958830_1026x760.jpg

Honestly, I don’t think I’m getting my money’s worth when it comes to class. We are stuck in these buildings that smell like trash and are covered in black mold. Every time I see how much I have paid to go to college, it basically gives me a heart attack. Especially when it comes to textbooks. I swear, every time I see the amount of money I need to pay for my textbooks I think, “These pages better be made out of gold.” College tuition is already expensive enough as it is. Why do we need to pay for textbooks that we will never use again? Plus, if people do end up getting a refund check from the university, they spend it on trips to Cancun or Florida. But some of us are not that rich and have to actually use it to pay rent. College means nothing. It is just bragging rights. Personally, I believe that real life experience is more valuable than sitting behind a desk all day. Plus, as an added bonus, experience is free. But that’s my opinion. I’m in college so you know I’m right.

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.

Eno

“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!