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Why You Shouldn’t Be Dreading Valentine’s Day

On a college campus, attitudes towards Valentine’s Day can range from gleeful to bitter and everything in between. The annual holiday, affectionately dubbed “Singles Awareness Day” by some, tends to harshly divide college students into two groups of people: those who have a significant other and those who do not. But romantic love isn’t the only type of love that exists; if you are spending the day without a significant other, that does not mean you are unloved in the world.

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“Romantic love isn’t the only type of love that exists.” Photo from: www.theinvictusgroupinc.files.wordpress.com

Unfortunately for us native English speakers, we only have one word for love which leads to its cheapening and overuse. The Ancient Greeks had many different words to describe the various types of love that can exist.  One of these types that the Greeks valued most is philia, or the love that stems from a deep friendship. In the understanding of the Ancient Greeks, this word referred to the love shared between brothers in arms on the battlefield. While the majority of us have not experienced literal warfare, we still understand the importance of someone who is there for you when you need them the most.

By that definition, your best friend or friends can be your valentine. Your pet can be your valentine. Your favorite family member can be your valentine.  You can be your own valentine. All of the above can be your valentines! And while romantic love can be an incredible experience, it is not the end-all achievement for the various types of love that life has to offer.

Regardless of how you spend it, I hope that you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day this Tuesday, and you know that you are loved.

“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

5 chill covers to your favorite songs

Beside the usual YouTube covers which are often recorded very poorly, there are a lot of covers by professional artist who put a mellow twist to some of our favorite songs. Here are a few of your favorite songs with a bit of chill injected into them.

1. Chet Faker- No Diggity by Blackstreet

Faker’s cover to this classic song brings a sensual and mellowed out version of the song, which was featured in “Pitch Perfect.” The song by the original artist, Blackstreet, is pretty chill by itself, but Faker uses a bluesy sound to class the song up. This creates a bad-ass but relaxing feel to the listener. It’s definitely one of my favorite covers I’ve heard.

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Settle down with some Beyonce. Graphic from Wikipedia

2. Ane Brun & Linnea Olsson- Halo by Beyonce

The song, originally by Beyonce, has always had a very angelic feel. However, the soft vocals of this cover truly bring that dreamy feeling to life. While Beyonce’s vocals are very strong and heavy, the vocals of the cover are very soft and accompanied by soft harp and other string music. This takes the urge to belt out the lyrics as loudly as possible away and replaces a soft, sleepy version which is great for a night by the window watching the rain fall. The song was featured in one of my favorite movies, “If I Stay.”

3. Jack Savoretti- Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash

Savoretti takes this Johnny Cash classic, which is typically very upbeat, and uses soft acoustics and hums to give a sexy, smooth feel to the song. A version similar to this was used in a scene of ABC Family’s show, “Greek” during a scene in which the main character is reunited with her former lover as they lay together.

4. Justyn Dow- Power by Kanye West

This Yeezy classic is given a bluesy and 90’s R&B twist with this cover by Justyn Dow, who uses looping to keep the sound authentic. The reason I love this song is that it gives this very bad-ass, empowering feel. The slowed down rapping also brings the lyrics to life. Dow uses beat-boxing, an electric and acoustic guitar and clapping on his looping system to create the many layers of the song. This is a great song for background noise to a chill poker night with your friends.

5. Lilly Alhberg- Roses by The Chainsmokers feat. ROZES

I’ve been jamming to this song for the past month or so as it’s gained radio popularity. While the original version of the song can never be replaced, Lilly Alhberg, a YouTuber, does an amazing job with her acoustic cover of this song. She has a very Indy feel to her voice which stays true to the original vocals, while also pairing well with her acoustic guitar. Alhberg also does a great job in recording the song, although she used her video camera.

 

Almost every genre can be turned into a mellowed-out version of itself. While some may think it blasphemous to warp an artists original work, there are a lot of talked artists out there who do these popular songs justice, if not simply improving and highlighting some of the details of the music.

With Greek Letters Comes Great Responsibility

Greek Life has had a negative reputation for a long time. It’s been portrayed adversely in the media and in movies. There are often news stories about members of Greek organizations dying as a result of hazing. Movies such as House Bunny and Animal House (my favorite movie) show Greek Organizations throwing huge house parties and pulling pranks. Although there may be some slight truths in the media, we never hear about the good that Greeks do such as raising money for various philanthropies.

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Janie proudly wears her letters while giving blood. Graphic by Janie Maitland

There are, however, a group of organizations that are a category all on their own: academic and community service fraternities. These organizations do a lot of things that reflect social organizations, but they aren’t considered part of Greek Life. Many of these fraternities will have “bigs and littles,” wear Greek letters and make paddles–all long-standing traditions of Greek organizations.

Although these organizations may look Greek, they’re vastly different from social organizations. While most social fraternities have a set of values they try to instill in their members, academic and community service fraternities typically only focus on one aspect of the organization. For example, a criminal justice fraternity will only accept Criminal Justice majors. While in the fraternity, the member will make many connections in their field, study together and assist each other every step of the way through their journey to graduation.

In social Greek organizations, we focus on academic excellence, values, making connections, helping the community, and representing ourselves in a way consistent withthe values of our organization. Although many non-Greek fraternities (such as Alpha Phi Omega, a community service fraternity), tend to focus on the person’s values and attitude, other organizations will only focus on one area of a person’s life. There are many organizations for many different majors such as music fraternities, business fraternities, and more. Many times these organizations focus mostly on their majors and help members find internships and network.

Since I’ve joined my sorority, I’ve always believed that with Greek letters comes great responsibility. Many times, organizations that wear Greek letters but aren’t part of Greek life will misrepresent Greek life. I’ve seen members of academic fraternities be incredibly rude, very publicly, while wearing their letters. Many times, these acts go unpunished because the fraternity is only focused on the person’s academics. Of course, if the person did something extreme, that would get them in trouble with their university. Until it reaches that level of severity, the person will probably not face any ramification.

The truth is, most of the public can’t tell the difference between academic and social fraternities. Because of this, many times these non-Greek fraternities who still sport Greek letters will accidentally misrepresent Greek life by how they act in public. It’s important that members of these organizations remember that by taking on Greek letters, they’re assumed to be part of Greek life — and they need to represent themselves appropriately.

At this time, the best those of us in social organizations can do is live up to our values through our actions. A change won’t happen overnight, but we must make up for those who misrepresent Greek life  — not only in academic fraternities, but in social fraternities as well. It’s time Greeks start holding each other accountable for the way we represent each other.

Come to RU’s next Club Fair!

A lot of students look forward to Radford University’s club fair, a semiannual campus event that occurs at the start of each semester featuring  on-campus organizations that invite the student body, new and old, to participate and enrich their social and academic lives in college.

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