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Interstitium: The New Human Organ

They say that we learn something new at least once a day. Well, that includes scientists, who found a new organ in the human body. And no, this is not a late April Fools joke.

The Interstitium is a very unique part of the body that is now an organ; photo from nbcnews.com

The Interstitium had been under scientist’s noses for years now since this “new” organ is already a part of our tissues in the body. Scientists had to examine the body in a new way to determine that the Interstitium was indeed a part of the human body.

In a study published in the journal “Scientific Reports,” the Interstitium is defined as a network of dense connective tissues and fluid-filled compartments. That would make the Interstitium, a full-fledged organ, a group of tissues with a unique structure that is performing a task (just like the heart or liver).

The human body is two-thirds water and most of the water contains cells. Much of the rest of the body contains fluid which is called “interstitial,” a Latin word combining “inter” or “between” and “sistere.”

The fluid and tissues connect to make the Interstitium which is found all throughout the body. You can find it below the skin and in the digestive, respiratory, and urinary systems.

The question that scientists have to figure out now is: Is the Interstitium an actual individual organ or is it a part of a system?

Along with that, the “new” organ could be particularly significant in diagnosing diseases like cancer and tracking them as well. This is because the Interstitial fluid is the source of lymph which dispatches white blood cells (they fight off disease) to wherever they are needed in the body. A panel of scientists in 2016 did report that the immune system could be key in finding very effective treatments for cancer.

Whether or not this organ is an “actual organ,” we could be going down the path towards finding a cure for cancer.

Things to Remember when looking for A New Smartphone

We are in the very beginning stages of the holiday season and that means one thing: shopping.

Apple, with their announcement of the new iPhone 8 and X on September 12th, marked the unofficial start of the season.  Along with the news came price cuts to the iPhone 6 and 7. You might be on the lookout for a new phone, and here’s what to remember when buying a phone or getting a contract for a phone.

The Apple Company Logo
The Apple Company Logo

Memory Size:  Phones can get very costly, fast.  For example, getting the iPhone 8 with 256GB will cost you $850 and don’t even get started on the 8 Plus and X costs.  So getting the 64GB iPhone would be the smart move here and it would also save you hundreds of dollars. Besides, do you even use over 36GB? That’s more than enough for me.

This year’s model or last year’s: Now, if you want to save a buck or two, going to an iPhone 7 or 7Plus would be the best option.  The price for a 7 with 32GB has gone from $649 to $549. A whole Ben Franklin saved just by getting a older model, and by the way, it’s the same thing as the iPhone 8 which comes out next week.

Camera Quality: This one is really obvious. I mean really…do I have to write it?  Ok, I will. These are the most outrageous prices that most will ever see for a phone, a damn phone. However, the iPhone X has all the gadgets, bells, and whistles ever needed for any photographer. A 3D camera with a sapphire cover with a six element lens. This thing has so many gadgets that this article would be small compared to all of the iPhone X’s specs.  However, pre-orders don’t start until October 27th and the phone itself won’t be available until November 3rd. Don’t even get started on pricing; prices start at $999 before taxes and storage choices.  So, whichever phone you choose, remember, nothing is cheap.

Mu Sigma Upsilon: The sorority for people who feel out of place

Mu Sigma Upsilon isn’t your typical sorority.

I went to the first interest meeting thinking it would be interesting to write about. Sororities tend to appeal to extroverts because they are better suited to social events and can deal with the occasional Stepford-Wife-esque stares from higher-ranked sisters. I never had the courage to get information about any of the social sororities because I never thought they would appeal to me.

And then I came across Mu Sigma Upsilon.

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RU’s bioethics symposium poses questions about medical ethics in a modern world

Radford University hosted a bioethics symposium on Tuesday, Sept. 17th 2013.

The symposium, which was held by Dr. Michael Gillette, highlighted important points about the growing bioethics field and its possibilities for Philosophy majors.

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Weekly Time Wasters: Austin’s Grill and chainsaws

Welcome back to another kick a$$ edition of the Time Wasters. This week we have sad truths and one of the best fight scenes I’ve ever witnessed. Unfortunately, this will publish after the great festival that is Quadfest, so my original idea of a special drinking edition is sadly not going to happen. In lieu of this I found ninjas, which are almost as cool. Continue reading Weekly Time Wasters: Austin’s Grill and chainsaws

Enjoying life despite the challenges

Taking on a new challenge isn’t easy, but for Don Appiarius challenge has always been a way of life.

Don Appiarius has been the dean of students and associate vice president at Radford University since Aug. 25, 2011, and has already taken the new environment and his busy schedule in stride. Appiarius came to RU from Shenandoah University, where he served as associate vice president for student development. Before Shenandoah University, he held various positions at Salem International University, West Virginia State University, George Mason University, the Washington Center Education Institution, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Dean Don Appiarius and his wife. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

After being at Shenandoah University for about three years, Appiarius was ready for a change.

“I didn’t want to be at one institution for more than three or four years at a time,” he said. “I want to make sure I have expertise in a variety of fields and positions, and staying in one place wasn’t going to give me that. I would be a great expert in that one position, which is useful for some people, but that isn’t what I wanted.”

He has wanted to be a dean of students since his undergraduate dean, Joann Beck, inspired him at the University of Mary Washington. So when he was ready to move on from Shenandoah University, he pursued the position at a few different institutions. He was a finalist in five searches, but came to RU because of the friendly and welcoming demeanor of Ken Bonk, the director of student activities and Mark Shanley the vice president of student affairs, who conducted the interview, made Radford his top choice.

Appiarius has a bachelor’s in political science and history from Mary Washington, a master’s in conflict resolution with a concentration in cross cultural resolution from George Mason University and he is working on a doctorate of organizational leadership from Shenandoah University. As the dean of students at RU, he oversees Student Support Services, the Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support Services Office, the Office of Housing and Residential Life, the Disability Resource Office and Judicial Affairs.

He saw Radford University as a new challenge because it has a larger student population than many of the schools he had worked at, and working with students is his favorite part of the job. Appiarius made sure to stand out and be visible to students at the each of the schools he worked before coming to Radford.

When he was at Salem International University, Appiarius knew each of the 1,000 students and spoke to many of their parents regularly; he had a relationship with each student and he said that was important to him.

“Knowing students is important because that person’s life isn’t solely academic,” Appiarius said. “There’s more than that to each person and sometimes it spills over [into their academics]. It’s important to know what’s going on in that student’s life before writing them off just based on their academics.”

Radford University’s population of more than 12,000 students is huge compared to a school with a student population of 1,000, so how does he plan to accommodate the students? He said he wants to provide support through himself and the people he works with. He is studying the university’s policies and procedures in order to acquire better knowledge of how the institution runs, and he is working to meet students and make himself known in order to become a part of its unique community and personality.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” he said.

It’ll be a challenge, but difficulty isn’t a new concept to Appiarius.

He was born with a life-threatening condition called cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease characterized by abnormal transport of bodily fluid and sodium which leads to the accumulation of a thick mucus in the lungs, pancreas, liver and intestines. As a child, Appiarius’ parents were told he wouldn’t live past 12, and when he did, the doctors constantly told him he only had a few years left. But instead of curling up and letting the disease take him, he made the best of his life. He played tennis and soccer and ran to stay in shape. He joined a band and wrote six albums. He worked a variety of jobs while he was in college and tried to live his life to the fullest.

“What people don’t understand is that yes, I could not wake up tomorrow, but they could not [wake up] too,” he said of his experiences with CF. “You can choose, and those choices decide whether you wake up the next day. You should be constantly re-evaluating your choices through life experiences.”

He had a double lung transplant in 2003, and has since been working to stay healthy and to enjoy life with his wife and daughter.

“It’s funny, people always say don’t mix business with pleasure,” Appiarius said. “Well, when you’re working you had better enjoy what you’re doing because you’re going to spend most of your adult life there. So, I make sure to take pleasure in what I do with my time.”

New transit system helps solve parking stress

One of the newest additions to Radford University and the City of Radford is the Radford Transit. It’s a thrifty transportation choice that’s better for the environment and for everyone’s wallet. Many students, however, are taking advantage of the new transit system so they can avoid having to worry about parking.

“I use it mostly to get to class because it’s faster than walking, but I don’t have to get to campus really early or stress about parking,” said junior Karlus Brown. “It’s a lot more convenient than the parking mess on campus and I didn’t have to buy a commuter pass, so it saved me a lot of money, too.”

The buses used in the new system are much smaller than the old Tartan Transit buses, so that means they can drop off and pick up at more locations and they are able to stop more frequently for shorter periods of time.

The new Radford Transit bus. Photo courtesy of Radford Transit.

The new public transit system is a collaboration between Radford University and the City of Radford. This collaboration helped relieve the financial burden for both the city and Radford University.

There are a total of five routes, and each route has between 10 and 20 stops. The routes also cater to the needs of the entire population using it. Two routes, 10 and 50, mainly stick to campus running between the parking lots on campus and over the bridge near the athletic facilities and the Armstrong Complex. Route 20 travels from Radford to Fairlawn, where Wal-mart is located, and to the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. Route 30 travels to west Radford, the Radford recreation center and downtown Main Street. Route 40 travels the longest distances from Radford to Blacksburg and Christiansburg. The times and maps can be found on the transit website.

For many students, Radford Transit is the best change Radford has undergone this year.

“I don’t have a car here, so it’s made my life a whole lot easier,” said senior Chris Montana. “I use it to get to campus a lot, and it’s nice that I don’t have to bum rides off of friends to go to Christiansburg or wait until I know someone is going grocery shopping. I think it’s given students that much more independence.”

However, some students have trouble figuring out the extensive route and stop schedules.

“I wish they would put the schedules on the signs for the stops because I can only access it on my computer and then I either end up waiting a while or running to catch a bus,” said junior Mariela Alvarez.

Some students also have issues with the times that certain routes run. Routes can run as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 2 a.m. while other routes don’t start until 10 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.

“It’s really inconvenient for some routes to not run at certain times while others do,” said senior Dalton Francis. “Who says no one needs a ride to those places anymore? It’s a pain and it can get really confusing. You can end up at the bus exchange center and be totally lost. I don’t think it’s fair.”

Though Radford Transit is still trying to work out a few kinks, the overall organization and system are considered a success. Many stops are in high demand and students as well as citizens of Radford are taking full advantage of the free service.

“It’s so busy in the early morning at the Greenhill Apartments stop that they had to add a second run,” said Area Director Dave Falletta. “So, it’s definitely been good for students, and they seem to like it a lot.”