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A Need for More Emergency Phones

If you have ever been on Radford University’s campus for any lengthy amount of time then you have probably seen the emergency telephones with the blue lights scattered around campus. These phones are there for any student to use if they are in need of police assistance or if they feel unsafe walking around campus. These phones are there to help people whenever they need it. However, there are relatively few around campus and given that the size of Radford’s campus is not insignificant, we could use more of them.

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“Adding more of the emergency phones could help make people feel safer and even work as a deterrent for anyone planning to assault someone.” Photo from: http://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/campussafety/images/bluelighttall-420×420.JPG

While Radford University’s campus is on the smaller size for a college campus, it can still take a fair bit of time to traverse and there are many places around campus where emergency phones are not nearby/easily accessible. Adding more of the emergency phones could help make people feel safer and even work as a deterrent for anyone planning to assault someone. The phones provide a large enough light source so it is easier to see (and therefore makes it harder to sneak up on someone). Also, if a phone is nearby then a potential victim has a better chance of contacting the police and getting help. The more difficult it is for a potential perpetrator to attack someone, the less likely they are to attempt it.

One of Radford University’s top priorities should be the safety of their students and the university should always be trying to find better ways to improve that safety. While an increase in emergency phones might not completely stop all assaults from happening, it could certainly result in a lower risk of assault or sexual assault. Students are given a lot of freedom while they are away at college. Part of that freedom is being able to go wherever they want whenever they want, and that comes with a lot of inherent risk, especially for people who are out alone.

Is the Renovation Needed Now?

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“Maybe the university should focus more on maintaining what is already here rather than advancing one area and leaving another lacking.” Photo from: http://i1.wp.com/www.andassoc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/WhittHall.png?fit=476%2C305

Anyone who has been on Radford’s campus has seen the various renovations that have been happening across the campus. Whitt Hall has been under reconstruction for the entirety of this academic year, and the old apartments that used to be home to several humanities departments are long gone and are being replaced with a new parking lot. Just this year, the new College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences building, or CHuBS, opened up after several years of construction. Several of the dorms in Moffett Quad were reopened after renovations last academic year. In fact, it seems like as soon as one construction project is finished, a new one begins. All of these new improvements are very nice and provide great facilities for both students and staff, but is all of it really necessary right now?

There’s no arguing that many of the new renovations and additions to Radford campus are needed; many of these buildings are very old and are in desperate need of an upgrade. But the real question is whether or not these renovations are the best option right now. After all, there have been instances of various departments around campus lacking in funding and supplies. So far, none of these instances have been a real issue, but maybe the university should focus more on maintaining what is already here rather than advancing one area and leaving another lacking. This is not to be ungrateful for the new facilities that we have (they are very nice and very helpful) but more so for the idea of spreading the help around and making sure every department gets what they need first before we spend more money. Not to mention that sometimes all of the construction going on can cause a bit of trouble for students as it often closes off pathways people typically use.

The Life of a College Dog

With the beautiful weather and abundance of homework, Iris loves Radford’s campus almost as much as any hiking trail. What dog doesn’t love a puppuccino and endless belly rubs?

Here, we see a pupper in its natural habitat.
Here, we see a pupper in its natural habitat.

Normally, I’d say let sleeping dogs lie. However, we’ve got an entire day planned. She’s secretly lazy though.

Look at her, dude.
Look at her, dude.

Peering majestically, in search for a treat nowhere in sight, Iris kinda likes it here.

Because who doesn't love a gorgeous day and a good novel?
Because who doesn’t love a gorgeous day and a good novel?

Starbucks is usually her hang-out spot. Sorry if she begs you for some food – she’s kind of a dog.

Watching us Zipline

After hours of reading, Iris hits the RU Able facility to watch us zipline and run around to her heart’s content.

She curls up beneath my piano, signaling a say well spent.
She curls up beneath my piano, signaling a day well spent.

A snoring puppy is always a success. Go team!

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LGBTQA+ diversity on campus

Radford University’s Campus has recently obtained gender neutral bathrooms in several of its academic buildings and in all of its dormitory buildings. This marks a significant positive change towards inclusion and acceptance of transgender and genderfluid individuals, something that is sorely needed during this year with its high political tensions and rise of discriminatory actions and organizations.

Radford’s LGBTQA+ organization, Spectrum, helped to make the inclusion of gender-neutral bathrooms possible on campus. The organization made a great effort to work with the university to make this happen. Spectrum is a group that works hard to provide a helpful and supportive community for LGBTQA+ individuals, and they raise awareness for issues involving them. Organizations like this are a great help to many people and they do a lot to create a better place for the people of their community.

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“Radford’s LGBTQA+ organization, Spectrum, helped to make the inclusion of gender-neutral bathrooms possible on campus.” Photo from: https://pbs.twimg.com

Because many groups and minorities have to worry about discrimination and fighting for their rights, they develop organizations like Spectrum or Black Lives Matter. Groups like these enable individuals to help each other and work towards equality, to a world where people are free to be themselves without fear of hate crimes and/or prejudice. The inclusion of gender-neutral bathrooms is a step in this direction. It lets transgender and genderfluid people know they are not alone and that people can and will support and fight for them. It shows that, contrary to the beliefs of some, they are not secondary citizens and that their rights and comforts are just as important as everyone else’s.

We need a greater inclusion and consideration of minorities and we are working towards that. People of the LGBTQA+ community (along with African Americans, Muslims, Latinos, and any minority or group subjected to prejudice and unfair treatment) are real, valuable, and important people. They deserve the same treatment and rights as anyone. They are human beings who deserve the same respect and decency that we all demand ourselves. It is not outlandish to show considerations for their needs; in fact, people should show consideration for others at the the bare minimum.

R-Space Event Friday

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R-Space’s own Richard Delehanty has an exciting event planned for the Radford student body. Beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, February 2, escape rooms will be located upstairs in the Bonnie. With eight people allowed per room, bring your friends and go through the challenge as a team. The three options range from deadly viruses to two bomb-themed rooms. Both picks are well-designed and exhilarating. They give you the opportunity to impress your friends by solving clues, working together, and escaping the areas. Complete the obstacles in the fastest time and everyone in your team will receive a sweet prize. Following your escape, join Comedy Magician Brian Miller downstairs from 9-10:30, eat free food, and visit the Radford event tables. Stay behind for bingo and try your hand at winning prizes. Some—but not all—are a long board and a Keurig.

Stop by the Whim table to learn more about us and how to get yourself published!

Radford Diaries– a day in the life of someone who survived the flooded campus

Dear Diary,

All of last week, the sky rained down on students. Once I woke up for my 8 am class on Tuesday, I went outside without an umbrella or rain jacket. As soon as I took a step outdoors, I stepped on a deep puddle. I ran back upstairs to my room and grabbed my umbrella and my rain jacket; the necessities that you’ll need to survive this aggressive storm.

Walking to class was everyone’s worst nightmare, the entire campus was a big puddle. I was angry the whole day not understanding why the campus wasn’t closed and that I had to walk to get to class.

It was so surprising that some classes weren’t canceled, because parking lot Z and FF were closed since they were flooded. That was a huge problem for many freshmen or other students who parked there.

In addition, many roads were closed so students or faculty who commute had problems getting to campus or going back home. problems getting to campus or lot zgoing back home.

The basements of Russell and Stuart were flooded. Nobody told me that Radford experiences this kind of weather at orientation, but thankfully I had my rain boots available.

We’re expecting hurricane Joaquin, and I’m hoping that the campus will be closed, and praying we won’t lose power.

Also, next time it storms like this, everyone will be prepared and not walk outside in their sandals and shorts. I saw that happening a lot and I think it’s crazy.

A few good things that came out of this storm are that I stayed in my dorm all night and I finished a lot of my assignments and didn’t procrastinate as much as I normally do, and I have a reason to stay inside and get extra sleep.

Hope everyone stays safe and dry as we overcome this chaotic weather change!

These are a few of Whim’s favorite things

Here at Whim, we decided to list our favorite things to help those who are still fighting through finals week.

“The bendy straws at Papa John’s in Dalton make my day.

Watching Netflix on my phone between classes really relaxes me.

The mural of an old guy in Porterfield by the side entrance never fails to inspire me.”

-Danika Padin

“It’s a beautiful place to live and study. I feel like I’m walking through a postcard every time I go to class.

You can do whatever you want to do academically, because there are resources to support you work and professors who care about your success.

People who want to be here love it here, and their passion shows in their work. It’s infectious, and it’s inspiring.”

-Rachel Klein

banquet selfies“The professors are incredibly knowledgeable and only want the best for you.

The diversity of students here is amazing (and it’s not too hard to get accepted), so there are all types of people here.

I love how close everything is in Radford. Being from NOVA, it’s nice to be able to walk everywhere!”

-Erin Cafferty

“Smaller class sizes with one-on-one time with your professor.

Every type of student.

All the opportunities are available to you if you look.

Highlander rolls!”

-Rebecca Lynch

“Moffett quad, Highlander rolls, and all the opportunities outside of class.”

Whimmers a the banquet. Graphic from Danika Padin
Whimmers a the banquet. Graphic from Danika Padin

-Sydney Crawson

“My three favorite things about Radford….the small class sizes, the number of resources available to students on campus and Starbucks.”

-McKenzie Gibbons

“The professors, the community and the campus itself!”

-Janie Maitland

“I love the community. We’re always looking for an excuse to get united under a common flag and they’ve always been there for eachother when times are tough. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere else.

I love student media because you’ll never meet a more cohesive group of people that will put aside their differences to make an amazing product and I love the experience of growing from a helpless lost Freshman to feeling like you have an important role to play in the community as a senior.”

-Julian Guerra

Are universities beginning to handle sexual assault better?

In recent years, the way sexual assault is handled on campus has come under intense scrutiny. At Radford, for example, many people were up in arms about the fact that the school had addressed sexual assaults on campus in a manner that seemed to blame the victim, saying that students should be aware of their surroundings and take preventative measures.

However, a recent sexual assault on campus may show that Radford’s attitude towards sexual violence and misconduct has changed in a positive manner. Students are always alerted to incidents on campus that involve sexual violence, as required by The Clery Act.

In the past, the school has addressed these situations by giving tips on preventative measures, focusing on how students can avoid becoming a victim. This time, the school said in their email to students, “the only person responsible for sexual misconduct is the perpetrator. It is a violation of university policy to engage in sexual activities without affirmative consent from your partner. Someone incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity.”

This is a huge change compared to how the situations have been handled in the past. For once, the school addressed the fact that the victim is never to blame. They also made clear that being accused of sexual assault has consequences, expressing that students can be expelled if they’re believed to have committed acts of sexual violence. Recently, a member of the Stanford swim team was caught sexually assaulting a woman on campus. Two students riding bikes saw Brock Allen Turner on top of an intoxicated woman and stopped him, holding him until campus police arrived.

Turner was not only charged for sexual assault, he has also single-handedly ruined his career. Turner was a star athlete on his high school swim team, ranked 10th in the nation. Turner will likely not be allowed to reapply to be a member of USA Swimming, nor will he be able to compete in the Olympic Trials, which are USA Swimming-sanctioned.

This was a kid with a lot of potential and now he’s ruined what could’ve been an amazing and fruitful career. Assuming he’s guilty of the crime, I believe he deserves to have lost that career.

In light of recent events at UVA, Universities are realizing that there needs to be better support for victims, and that victims need to know that what has happened to them isn’t their fault. RU has also made it clear that students will be held accountable for their actions, which is something that hasn’t been done before.

The university also provided helpful statistics on sexual assault, stating, “It is estimated that nationwide 20 percent of women and 6 percent of men experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their college years. Data reveal nearly 50 percent of transgender people experience sexual violence. No matter the demographic, the most common type of sexual assault is not committed by a stranger but by someone known to the victim, typically a date or other acquaintance.”

It’s extremely important that students, and victims, are aware that this is a common occurrence and they’re not alone if they’ve experienced sexual assault. They also need to be made aware that the perpetrator will be punished if the crime is reported.

I’m extremely proud of the way that Radford has handled this situation. It makes me proud to be a Highlander and gives me peace of mind knowing that there’s help for victims, should I or anyone I know become one. I feel safe knowing that the university sincerely cares about the well-being of their students and won’t tolerate any actions which could harm them.

 

The dangers of hazing

Starting college, adjusting to a new living situation, peer group and advanced classes can be a stressful time. With a strong desire to “fit in,” students may opt to join Greek Life , an athletic team or a club at their school. However, the initiation process for many of these groups often only adds to the stress of navigating college. In recent years, disturbing news stories have highlighted the increasingly violent, aggressive, and even deadly hazing tactics some groups use. Continue reading The dangers of hazing

Why sports are important

Throughout the semester, we are being mentally tested so often we sometimes forget about our physical health. It’s important to remember that exercise is critical to our overall well-being and health. Exercise has been shown to improve stamina, prevent disease, enhance flexibility, control body weight, develop muscles, and improve the quality of your life.

So what are some ways you can incorporate exercise into your life and have fun while doing it? Continue reading Why sports are important

Believe it or not: Ghost stories at RU

The world is full of mysteries; some good, some bad but mysteries nonetheless. Like anyplace you go, you can hear of ghost stories and Radford University is no exception. The RU legends range from simple stories of mishaps in the dorms to a complex murder or even bone chilling tales of ghosts, poltergeists and spirits. But just how many people actually believe these stories? Continue reading Believe it or not: Ghost stories at RU

Sit on the transit

Radford University takes pride in providing everything that students need in order to flourish in their classes. Providing study rooms in the library and other buildings, delicious places to eat, a clean campus to walk through, beautiful buildings to learn in, small class sizes, and a friendly environment and staff are just some of the things that RU has to offer. On top of these wonderful accommodations, there is also a transit system that drives students to the campus. Continue reading Sit on the transit

What’s fit and what’s fat

Students at Radford University have the choice of eight chain restaurants and two dining halls on campus, and the choices vary from burgers to salads and almost everything in between. The calorie count of the meals from each restaurant can vary as well, based on what one chooses to eat.

Healthy doesn’t mean ordering a salad for every meal, but a small change in your usual choice could cut hundreds of calories a week from your diet. The following list analyzes the food choices from each establishment according to their respective websites and will help you make healthier choices on campus without sacrificing taste or fullness.

Continue reading What’s fit and what’s fat

Manners on campus

I’ve noticed that many college students don’t seem to want to grow up. I realize that this time in a person’s life can be a rough transitional stage from child to responsible adult, but despite this, there is no excuse for causing the people around you discomfort.

One of my pet peeves is that horrible sound men like to make while clearing their throat. It’s not a coughing noise, but more like a sure sign that says, “I’m about to spit out a large amount of phlegm.” I’ve noticed when guys choose to make the throat clearing noise you can hear it from yards away, like an attack on your ears. If you need to clear your throat, it would be considerably better for those around you if you either waited until you’re in the privacy of a bathroom, or manage to cough it up and use a tissue.

Another very important point I would like to make to the student body is that just because you’re living away from home doesn’t mean you should make a complete and utter fool of yourself. This point comes up because of the freshmen living in a certain dorm, which I’m sure are similar to most of the other freshmen, or even the older population. What do I mean by this? I mean that running rampant up and down the halls yelling, giggling and making your neighbors absolutely miserable is not a good way to make friends. The freshmen in my hall drive me bonkers with their disregard for the rest of us who would really like to get our work done in peace.

Speaking of getting work done in peace, here’s a suggestion for roommates. If your roommate is sitting down carefully focusing on a piece of homework for a long period of time, it probably isn’t a good idea to start blabbing on the phone incessantly, and it certainly isn’t nice to try and start a series of very pointless conversations with them in order to lighten the mood. Leaving the room to talk on the phone when your roommate is busy is one of the biggest displays of respect, not trying to start conversation with them when they are busy; it just shows that you’re not selfish.

Also regarding roommates and suite mates: it is not nice to monopolize the bathroom. I have a personal issue with this seeing as my bathroom tends to have a great wall of clothes lining the back of it. The only things that I keep in my bathroom are two towels and some hand soap. Maybe I could keep slightly more if there was any room left, or if my towels didn’t move in unusual ways every couple of days or so. It’s nice to be able to trust the people you share a bathroom with. Being more conscientious about how much space you are taking up is important for anyone who lives with other people.

I want to point out that there are many other things students could work on. These are just a handful of major problems I’ve seen at Radford. Just remember that if you don’t like it when people do certain things, then most other people are probably on your side.

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Keep our campus clean

If there was one thing one could say to the whole Radford University campus, it would be to please keep our campus clean. There are people who come and visit this campus and there are even more people who actually live here. I think I speak for most of the student body when I say that seeing garbage on our sidewalks and in our halls is not appreciated.

The worst problem is in our residence halls. On the weekends there is typically no cleaning service, and some people like to go out at night. The problem being that these goofballs and some of the students that stay in at night will drop food and liquids on the floor and not clean up their mess. This causes a sticky, smelly and unpleasant mess for everyone else who resides there. There have been times when I have had to avoid drippings of vomit on the stairs for an entire weekend. It appears that many students feel no need to clean up after themselves, and others certainly feel no obligation to clean up the mess caused by others.

I would also like to point out the mistreatment of the campus outside the buildings. Many times I have walked down a sidewalk only to have to navigate around dropped food that no one has bothered to pick up. One time in particular I saw remnants of a whole burger and its toppings strewn along a sidewalk. Every day when I walk up the exterior stairs to the terrace shops I see the ground covered in gum, partially eaten food, spilled soda and a number of dropped objects that make walking difficult and at times dangerous.

There are also non-food related incidents that may seem funny to people at the time, but in the long run make our campus look less beautiful. Last year I remember walking along the sidewalk in Moffett quad, only to find a whole bike rack stuck up in a tree. My first reaction was laughter at the thought that anyone would go through so much effort to put it there. However, after the initial amusement wore off I was more worried about the staff that would have to get it out of the tree, and how it makes our school look.

Our fountain has also been the victim of abuse. Throwing junk in the fountain, peeing in it, jumping in it and putting soap in it is not amusing. Our fountain is the most central landmark on our campus. When people come to visit they are inevitably going to pass it at some point. Why do some students insist on making it messy or not functional?

I understand that being in college is a transitioning stage for a lot of people. Some are not yet mature enough to be out in the world, while others are more than ready. Despite this fact, there is no good reason to deface our campus. It is home to more than a few people, so I ask the students of Radford to please think before they act.

For more reasons to keep our campus clean, watch this video


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Is Living Off Campus Better?

What’s so great about owning your own place? Well, that’s a question that everyone would answer differently. Some people would probably prefer to live off campus and others like living in dorms. Radford is a very small town, and most of it pretty much surrounds the campus anyway. You can walk almost anywhere, and for most students, walking is actually easier than going down to get their car it is a really long walk anyway. If you live on campus, however, you’re bound to meet all kinds of new people. Some people find their perfect soulmate living right down the hall from them. If you’re unlucky, you might get landed in a hall where nobody ever talks to anyone else, but usually the people who live together in a hall get to be friends really quickly.

Now, for the most part, Radford is 60 percent women, which gives the guys a slight advantage in meeting girls. Most of the halls on Radford’s campus are comprised of more girls than guys. One thing that women love to do is get together in groups and go party on Friday nights. If you end up friends with the women on your hall, imagine how much fun you’ll probably have traveling out to party with a huge group of women. The thought of this makes living in the dorms quite promising.

When you live off campus, however, it’s probably a great deal more difficult to stay in contact with people. You won’t be making nearly as many friends as you would be if you lived with over a hundred other people in one of the buildings on campus. Also, the only real way you can go out and have a good time at a party on weekends is to hope that you know somebody where you’re going.

However, there are several advantages to living off campus. If you live in your own place (with a couple others of course) you won’t be bound to anyone’s rules. RA’s sometimes complain at people for things that aren’t that big of a deal and can hold hall meetings which can be extremely inconvenient for some people to make. If you live in your own place, you’d have to take decent care of the property and pay your landlord on time, which are about the only rules you’re bound by, as well as pets and parties which some apartment complexes enforce more than others. You wouldn’t have to worry about getting in trouble for reasons that don’t seem all that important.

So the question is, is it worth being under stricter authority to have a chance to meet tons of new people in order to make new friends all the time? Or is it worth being a little more isolated from everyone else to live in your own place? Some people who’d like to have their own place simply live on campus because it’s not as expensive, and everyone’s opinion on this matter probably differs in one way or another. However, the best way to do it if you’re not sure how you prefer things would probably be to try living on campus for your first two years then living off campus during your junior and senior years. Thats the way most people do it and it’s also the way that makes the most sense.