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Hate breeds hate and we can make a change

As many of you may have noticed, Radford had a very vocal visitor this past week. This visitor has said a lot of hateful things to anyway unlucky enough to walk past him. He’s made students cry, he’s made them shout, he’s made some of them laugh, and made a few so angry they become incapable of moving, because the only move they’d make would be to run up and punch him. It’s true that the crowd formed around him may seem jovial, mostly because of the signs held by those who stand next to him, but if you look more closely you can see the tension his hurtful words cause.

Protesters preaching hate on Radford campus
Protesters preaching hate on Radford campus. Graphic from WN

Hate breeds hate, and from what I saw on Wednesday those rallies were one wrong word away from becoming full blown riots. But where does all that hate come from? What could possibly drive someone to shout out racial slurs and condemn whole groups of people to Hell because of the color of their skin? Or to insult a student’s deceased father? It’s not something that you decide to do overnight. Hate must be taught, and unfortunately it’s a very difficult thing to forget.

So what can we do? Not just at Radford, but in our lives and in our futures, what can we do? The answer is simple, we stop teaching hate. We can’t help the generations that came before us, but we can protect those that will follow. Instead of practicing hate we can practice love and compassion. Leave the hateful be, because they have nothing to say that’s worth listening to. When we react out of anger, the hatred only grows.

So next time you see someone preaching hate, do your best to ignore them and walk on by. It won’t be easy, but if you can let your anger go, that hatred will die. Eventually, and I mean in the very distant future, there may even come a time when the idea of someone spending five hours telling college students that their choice in clothing will send them to Hell will be nothing more than a weird story grandparents like to tell. Something on par with “I used to walk ten miles up a hill in the snow every day to get to class.”

So stand strong, and stand together, because we are a powerful generation, and we can end hatred.

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Change

I’m fighting through a kidney stone. If my recent articles seem meaner or more cynical than usual, blame it on the pain. Frankly, hurt feelings are at the bottom of my list of priorities. However, this experience is causing me to change everything about my lifestyle. I am the kind of person who loves sodas, greasy foods, those amazing Jolly Ranchers Bites, and everything unhealthy under the sun. After this experience, I will need to drastically cut down on my sodium intake.

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Boy Scouts consider changing ban on homosexuality

Last semester I wrote an article about a young man named Ryan Andresen who was denied his Eagle Scout Award after he came forward about his homosexuality. The Boy Scouts of America have a long standing policy of excluding openly homosexual boys and male leaders from participating in scouting.

That policy may now be changing. After six months of public pressure from inside and outside the organization, the national office is meeting to discuss abandoning its exclusionary policy toward homosexuality. It seems the conclusion is foregone and the official announcement is expected soon. It’s expected that the national office will be abandoning the explicit exclusion of gay boys and leaders from troops. Continue reading Boy Scouts consider changing ban on homosexuality

Disorder of mouth and mind

Everyone has their own unique relationship with food, but like any other relationship, some are healthy and some are not. When one’s relationship with food becomes unhealthy, it can be a serious danger to them and may be identified as an eating disorder. An eating disorder is a serious mental and physical illness that attacks the mind and body and changes the mental and physical state of a human being. Continue reading Disorder of mouth and mind

Has D2L made life easier?

In the fall of 2011 Radford University implemented Desire2Learn, a new class management learning suite, and got rid of its old class management program WebCT. D2L boasted more effective management and communication abilities as well as more reliable compatibility and ease of use.

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Meet the new SGA president

On Nov. 25, the student body at Radford University learned of a significant change in their student government; President Lee Hicks was stepping down, and Executive Vice President Emily Redd would become the new president.

The email said Hicks was leaving the position and the university for medical reasons.

“Although I am very sad that Lee resigned, I believe he made the correct choice and wish him a speedy recovery,” said Dean of Students Don Appiarius.

Hicks told the SGA executive board of his plans to step down on Nov. 10 at their meeting. After this announcement, the SGA prepared to elect a new president.

Lee Hicks. Photo by Austin Tuley.

“He had been very sick, in and out of the hospital all semester,” Redd said. “He needed to go home and get healthy.”

The election was between Redd, and Justin Blankenship, the legislative vice president. The vote was put to the senate and each person followed the procedures outlined in the SGA constitution. The vote took about 45 minutes, which Redd said felt like a lifetime, but in the end she came out the victor.

So, how is she going to fill such big shoes on the spot? She’s relying on her executive board and the organization to be flexible.

“It’s tough just coming in and picking up everything,” Redd said. “It’s chaotic but it’s been pretty smooth. The organization has taken it in stride and it has gone as well as it could have when an organization loses a leader.”

Redd said she hasn’t run into any big issues yet, just the small hurdles she expected.

“I’m just trying to get my feet underneath me.”

The main responsibility of the president, according to Redd, is to orchestrate a connection between the administration and students in order to turn ideas into actions. Her first act as president was meeting with Appiarius and Vice President of Student Affairs Mark Shanley. They sat down and laid out expectations and the changes they wanted to see in SGA and the administration.

“SGA is losing its relevancy on college campuses,” Redd said. “I want to improve communication to faculty, administration and students. Without that [communication] we don’t have a goal or a vision.”

After meeting Redd, Appiarius and Shanley developed high hopes for Redd and her future with SGA.

“I have full confidence, which I have heard consistently reinforced by other students, faculty and staff, that Emily will lead a very smooth transition and will do an excellent job as the student body president,” Appiarius said. “She is equally committed to advocating for students and responsibly representing their interests and concerns to the administration and faculty.”

Shanley agreed, adding his belief that the senate, executive board and cabinet will rally around Redd in a collective effort to get SGA back on track and alter their agenda so they can identify and respond to student interests and concerns.

Now that she’s president, Redd has a new vision for SGA.

Emily Redd. Photo by Creative Commons.

“I want students to know what SGA does and make SGA relevant,” Redd said. “That’s something we need to fix as an organization. We need to mix the big ideas that take time to work with the small things they can see immediate benefits from.”

In order to do that she plans to get SGA out there and make it more personal.

“Emails, Facebook and fliers are too impersonal, so they get ignored,” Redd said. “I want to get face to face with students. The more face time people have with us, the better we will be as an organization.”

Her plans for the future are to plan more forums about campus issues, plan a state of the student body speech event and increase student appreciation days.

She wants students to see SGA in action and spark interest in the organization in hopes of increasing membership.

“With more members we’ll get more opinions, and the more opinions we have the better we’ll be.” Redd said.