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Brrr! It’s cold out there

The phenomenon has lasted since the beginning of my middle school career. The winter is coming to an end and there’s that one random day of warmth. The temperature has somehow skyrocketed from 20 degrees or less up to a roaring 65! People tend to freak out when this happens. They see the glimmer of hope that all of this is going to be over. The cold is going away! No more snow!

However, this is just a fluke;the cold comes back full force later that week, or worse, the very next day. Now 65 degrees really isn’t even that warm-in my humble opinion-but that doesn’t stop us. Students break out their summer dresses and shorts, attempting a bizarre ritual where we try to force the cold season to end by sheer willpower. This happens every year, without fail.

People try so hard to force a new season to begin and move on to something else. We know we can’t though. We have to take things one day at a time and let them run their course. You should really enjoy each season, one at a time. For one thing, you catch colds and have them spread across campus when you don’t dress appropriately for the weather. Also, you’re rushing through your college career.

snowEven though college is a trying and stressful time for a lot of people, it’s also an experience that will impact you and your choices for the rest of your life. You can’t simply skip that. Take everything one day at a time and get as much as you can out of this before you’re on your own in the big bad world. In the blink of an eye, you’ll have graduated and be responsible for taking care of yourself and building a career.

There are just so many things you can do in college to maximize your experience. Even if you feel like your workload is large, clubs can be a lifesaver, an oasis. Clubs can provide the mental break from all of the homework and planning that you are constantly busy with. Clubs can also provide you with connections and strong friendships that can help you later on in life.

Winter club fair: The roaring location

I have been leader of the Board Gaming Club here at Radford since I founded it two years ago. In those two years, I have run our table at both the fall and winter club fairs. However, this year’s winter club fair seemed less successful.

In the years I have been involved, I have noticed winter club fair has never drawn nearly as much attention as the fall club fair . This could be because of a variety of factors (lack of interest, less club involvement, less advertising) but this year, location played a huge part in the poor turn-out.

Last year, the winter club fair was hosted in the Bonnie. This year, it was hosted in the new Fitness Center. Although this new venue created more space for more club involvement, there were still a fair amount of empty tables there. More clubs could have participated, but for whatever reason, they didn’t..

Robert Webb and Katie Gibson run the Board Game club table at club fair. Photo by Katie Gibson
Robert Webb and Katie Gibson run the Board Game club table at club fair. Photo by Katie Gibson

Despite this, the location caused more issues than last year in the Bonnie. It was in a basketball court within the lower level of the Fitness Center, which caused two major problems.

First, there was so much echo in the room that it quickly became very loud. The usual noisy chatter of club fair became a roar for the next two hours. I found myself having to yell to talk to anyone interested in the club, making communication difficult.

Unlike the Bonnie, which serves as a hot spot for students seeking food or entertainment, our location in the Fitness Center was less popular. In the past, a lot of interest in winter club fair was generated due to students stumbling upon us unknowingly, and staying once they saw all the interesting booths. This also allowed for many students with varying interests to find clubs that suited them. Unfortunately the bottom floor of the Fitness Center was out of the way, and mostly attracted the students who happened to be working out downstairs.

Winter club fair is never as visited as fall club fair, but this year clubs suffered. Board Gaming Club has never been as popular as other clubs, but we get more members every semester. Last winter club fair, the BGC got 31 new names on our email list. This year, we got 11. That is almost one-third the amount as we received last year.

Regardless, winter club fair serves as an opportunity for clubs to branch out to students who may share their interests. It’s an encouragement for students to be involved here at Radford, and a reminder that our school makes great efforts to support what we are interested in.

At the end of club fair, all the tables were given a survey on what we liked or didn’t like about this year’s club fair. I filled mine out, as did the other tables. Only time will tell if we end up in the same location for winter club fair 2016.

Chris Jones hypnotizes parents weekend

Hypnotist Chris Jones had the audience in a trance as he closed up Radford University’s Family Weekend with an evening of “twisted mind magic.” In a show that was as much stand-up comedy as it was magic, he had moms, dads and students alike doing everything from dancing for a scholarship to hiding from the police. Continue reading Chris Jones hypnotizes parents weekend

Kick butt for Kidneys

Greek life here at Radford University takes support for a philanthropy to a new level with their enthusiasm for helping out different foundations and organizations.  A philanthropy is the altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes. The newest rage around campus is Phi Sigma Sigma’s Kicks for Kidneys fundraiser. Continue reading Kick butt for Kidneys

Do parentals mix well with academics?

A Radford University student’s agenda is full of important tasks. Homework and studying usually show up at the top of the to-do list. Then comes eating and hygiene, and after all that, they have just enough time to catch a little shut eye. Occasionally, students may go out on the town on weekends to unwind from the hectic school week. Now, what exactly happens when this schedule is interrupted by sudden visitors? Continue reading Do parentals mix well with academics?