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The Courier

Cometh o’er gentle stair
A steady stomp, the blast of air
Aglow in moonlight’s pallid glare
The storm of pounding, pearly mare
To guide its rider seek…
From vinework thick and forest dark
Did glow the sudden steely spark
And roar of rifle’s thunderous bark
To paint the crimson creek.

Ended was the mission dire,
Tossed from powder’s seething pyre
Splashed amid the muddied mire
Saved from roaring flash of fire
Did the courier shriek.
And did the savior rear up high
A pillar rising to the sky
Was not its purpose here to die
To save its rider, weak?

Ladies, let’s get in Formation

Beyoncé’s new song and music video Formation has caused some extreme controversy in the political atmosphere. Formation talks about the authenticity of what it means to be a black person in today’s society. It touches on subjects such as Hurricane Katrina, police brutality, and all the different ways black people can be misrepresented. As usual, white people are angry about it. They’re going as far as calling Beyoncé racist because she didn’t have any white back up dancers, which obviously proves the point that white people are stupid and clearly missed the point of the entire song and music video.

Beyoncé is queen and I will gladly get in Formation. Photo from People
Beyoncé is queen and I will gladly get in Formation. Photo from People

People in the political world, specifically white people, are confused as to why Beyoncé felt the need to use the super bowl as a platform to talk about race and “attack police officers.” It amazes me how ignorant and misinformed people can be. Beyoncé has not nor will ever attack police officers.

She simply brought attention to the nationwide police brutality that has occurred over the last couple of years, mainly against black people. They wonder why she felt the need to use the Super Bowl to talk about race. Well, I think the answer is obvious. Racism has been a huge issue in this country, coming to a head with the recent murders of black teens. The Super Bowl obtains a huge audience and what better way to get the message out than to perform a song during the halftime show? I don’t see the problem with it nor do I care for how a couple of rich white guys felt uncomfortable that their racist behavior was being exploited.

The amount of criticism and racism that Beyoncé received after her performance proves that racism and sexism still occurs today as well as the justification of why she performed the song in the first place. It sickens me, the way people reacted to her performance.

If anything, people should be shocked by the immense racism that occurs in this country today, and should stand up with and be proud of Beyoncé for being proud of who she is and of the race she was born with. Bottom line, entitled white people are annoying and need to grow up and realize that they are not supreme nor better than anyone else. Come together to fight racism and be on the right side of history.

Watch this video of Jessica Williams explaining why Beyoncé is justified and why white people are confused

The F word, empowering students one four letter word at a time

Graphic by: Alex Morgan

According to wikipedia, the F word is “an English word that is generally considered profane which, in its most literal meaning, refers to the act of sexual intercourse. However, by extension it may be used to negatively characterize anything that can be dismissed, disdained, defiled, or destroyed.” And we as college students hear it used multiple times a day by multiple people for a multitude of reasons.

Our question is, why here? Some of us rarely hear the F word used at home, but then we come back to college and it’s F this and F that and WTF? What is it about college that makes the F word so universally accepted? One hundred Radford Students were polled and 85 percent claimed to curse more here at school than they did at home, and 92 percent stated that even if they did use profanity at home, they used the F word the least. Upon further investigation it was found that some students even enjoy using the word.

Junior Jakob Harris said he used the word more here at school because, “at college it’s an adverb, but at home it’s not the same.”

He also said the word is versatile, it can be used out of joy, anger, sadness, and everything inbetween. It can describe beauty, as in, “Wow, that is f-ing beautiful.” Or confusion, “Wait what the f?” or even by itself, as in “F*!$.” Harris later stated that using the F word made him feel happy; in some cases it makes him feel like he has the upper hand in the situation.

“It’s satisfying when I get to call people out on things they did, like ‘WTF? Why the F would you do that?’ I don’t want to fix it [the problem], I just want them to know that what they did was wrong,” Harris said.

Junior Ben Belo said he uses the word here at school, “because I can’t get in trouble, and because I’m around people of my own age, on my level. It strengthens whatever I say, like it was more important, like it had more meaning. Adding the F word packs more punch.”

When asked how he felt when using the word, Belo said he felt higher up than the other person, like he has the upper hand and the power in the conversation. He said it is a good way to get someone’s attention.

Most of the female students polled said they were more comfortable using the F word in a college setting than they were anywhere else. Even when they were hanging out with friends from back home they cursed less than they do with their friends from college.

“I have to censor myself at home because I have a little brother. I feel more free at school to say what I want to say the way I want to say it.” said sophomore Whitley Rogers

“It makes me feel badass. It’s a powerful word. It adds a lot of emphasis and makes me feel empowered,” Rogers said of the word’s usage, “But it’s not just emphasis; it adds that certain type of emphasis.”

With this short word, you can get a lot across, and many of RU’s students are taking advantage. The research shows that maybe, just maybe this little four letter word could evoke some unexpected but satisfying feelings.