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Radford University Off-Campus Shooting Incident

On Tuesday, January 17, at approximately 4:26 pm, Radford University received warning of a shooting that occurred off campus.  Alerts poured in from the University to the students via email, text, and, for those who were in class during the time of the warning, projector screens. The warnings all ended with the assurance that there was “no threat to the campus community.” In addition to the alerts, students all over campus began receiving texts and calls from concerned parents and friends to make sure that they were safe. Immediately after the alerts, there was a wide range of emotional responses from students on campus. Some were apparently unconcerned with the threat.

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“This report claimed that the Radford City Police Department aided in the chase of a suspicious vehicle that ended in a parking lot off Grove Avenue. ” Photo from: www.wordpress.com

“This kind of stuff happens all the time where I’m from,” said one student. “Plus I hear gunshots on a regular basis near my apartment on Dark Side.”

Others felt more uneasy about the warnings. Some professors whose classes were still in session at the time of the warning let their students out so they could ensure worried parents on the phone that no students had been harmed, or so they could go somewhere they felt was safer. Some students felt perplexed as to why there wasn’t more information included about the incident in the email, but a couple hours after the initial warning, students received another email report that released more information. This report claimed that the Radford City Police Department aided in the chase of a suspicious vehicle that ended in a parking lot off Grove Avenue. The suspect exited the vehicle and eventually inflicted a gunshot wound on him or herself. The report also claimed that no police fired their weapons and again assured that there was no threat to the Radford community. After this final email, most students moved on fairly quickly, and even hours afterward, it seemed like the incident was already beginning to be forgotten.

Rescue a dog and they’ll rescue you

I recently made one of the biggest decisions of my life. It was something I decided to do to benefit my mental and physical health. It’s something that’s going to take a lot of responsibility and dedication, but I’m ready for it. This week, I decided to adopt a dog.

Many argue that college is no place for a dog or that I’m young and not ready for the responsibility that comes with being a dog mom. I’ve already gotten a lot of discouragement from family and friends and as I write this, I don’t even have my dog yet! I’m well-aware of the responsibility that comes with being a pet owner. I realize this dog isn’t going to be like my pet rat that I can leave in a cage all day, feed, and give minimal attention (only because she doesn’t seem to like people too much).

The reason I wanted a shelter dog is that they seem to know that you’ve saved them, and  show a wild amount of gratitude. My brother and his wife adopted a beagle named Copper. Copper is the sweetest, most loyal, and thankful dog ever. You can see the love and thankfulness in his eyes.

When I announced to my friends and family that I wanted to get a dog to help me cope with my anxiety, many of them asked if I was getting a puppy. I love puppies very much but I decided to look for a dog who was a little bit older. Puppies are cute, but they’re also very needy. They also don’t give me quite the warm-fuzzy feeling that shelter dogs do. There’s something so specifically special about a dog who’s been through so much.helter dogs often have wounds that we can’t see as a result of being abandoned by their previous owner. Although these issues may be a burden for some owners, I see it as an opportunity to help the dog heal their wounds, while also helping me heal mine.

Animals are very intuitive creatures. They know when their owners are sick, sad, happy or just need some extra puppy kisses. A friend of mine recently got a puppy and after spending some time sick in the bathroom, she got into bed and her puppy laid his head on her stomach. When I was a kid and  I was sad our dog, Heidi, would always come sit by me. I remember crying while sitting on my porch, with Heidi just sitting by me, letting me hug and pet her.

There’s very little research on what it is that makes dogs so therapeutic. However, people suffering from depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders reap many benefits from owning a dog or cat. Whether it’s the increase in exercise that dogs come with, or just having a dog to pet, there are undeniable benefits. I’m very excited to see where this journey with this dog takes me. Hopefully, I’ll see some of the benefits that are so common among those who opt for an emotional support animal.

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“Many argue that college is no place for a dog or that I’m young and not ready for the responsibility that comes with being a dog mom.”

On-campus jobs: Are they worth it?

Is it better to work on-campus or-off campus? If you happen to be weighing your options right now, so are your peers. Either way, it can be a real struggle to balance your schedule and create a budget for your earnings. To be a successful student, you have to find what’s right for you.

A Whim staff member, Becca Lynch gave her two cents on the matter. She said when asked to make a list of her pros and cons of having an on campus job: “Pros: You can go immediately after class, no driving. Also, you automatically get all school breaks off because the campus is closed. The managers are good with flexible scheduling because they only deal with college students. Cons: The flexible scheduling means that people call out a lot, and the schedule is almost always “subject to change.” Also, being that your coworkers are college students, you can almost never get Friday or Saturday shifts covered.”

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“Pros: You can go immediately after class, no driving. Also, you automatically get all school breaks off because the campus is closed.” Photo of: Chloe Christ. Photo By: Caroline Leggett.

“Having a work experience on campus has ultimately lead her to just wish that her student coworkers were nicer. “I mean I’m a student too. It makes me upset when students are rude to on-campus workers because it’s like, we’re in the same boat. Don’t be mean.” Also, “snow sucks if you work on campus, but don’t live there. They don’t let you leave. If there’s a snowstorm, you have to stay at work. Good luck getting home.”

I, too, considered the pros and cons to being an on campus employee from the perspective as someone that works twenty minutes away from school. My pros were that I could be in an environment where it’s understood that school is my number one priority. I’d be in a familiar place with people I know, so that might help me work together well with them.

I’d save a ton of money on gas since there’s no commuting cost if I were to live on campus or close to it. Since I don’t even have a car right now, it wouldn’t be a problem in getting to work anymore, rain or shine. However, I wouldn’t gain the experience of meeting new people from outside of the RU crowd. Also, I’d tend to be stuck in town all of the time if I worked close to home.

 

 

Commuting Hell!

Although off-campus living can come with a few perks, there are also some huge downsides to it, including transportation to campus and around Radford. If you live outside of town, you may drive twenty or thirty minutes every day to get to class. Early classes are a huge struggle, especially if they’re at 8 a.m. This is made even more challenging when you’re forced to get up earlier to make the drive.

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Although there is the option to use public transportation, it may be difficult for those with tight schedules and those who have jobs to get to. Maintaining a job and finding the time to get school work done is also a juggling act that many off-campus students have to do week by week.

When arriving on campus, parking can be a huge task in itself. You’ve got to worry about getting to the school early enough to be able to find a parking space and you’ve got to pay for a parking pass. This does not help those of us that have difficulty budgeting our time as well as budgeting anything else.

Commuters have an entirely different school experience than other students. They’ve got to pay a fortune in gas money and other car expenses each semester. They also have to transform their home into a study-friendly zone, because living away from other students can make focusing on textbooks difficult. Speaking of textbooks, commuters have to lug those around. Often, they carry more things to school each day. Forgetting materials at home ruin the effort of getting to school.

Traffic complications may cause missed classes. If you’ve already reached your allotted amount of missed classes and are stuck far from your school, beware. Winter is coming! That means that snow may be a major obstacle in the near future. If this winter is anything like what people are saying, there are definitely going to be complications.

To avoid missing classes due to bad weather, find an on-campus buddy that you can crash with for a couple of days. Wait out the storm with this friend so that you can keep attending classes. Don’t let weather be the reason you fail a class.

 

 

 

BTO vs. Pinkberry: Radford restaurant reviews

BTO Self-Serve Yogurt is quite popular among Radford University students, but does it actually deserve its reputation?

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Mmmmmmmmmm. Photo from Creative Commons.

The answer is maybe, depending on what you’re looking for. BTO does have good frozen yogurt, and it also provides a hangout place that’s off campus and alcohol free; but the yogurt at BTO is comparable to the yogurt at Pinkberry in both price and quality. Continue reading BTO vs. Pinkberry: Radford restaurant reviews

Take our “Best of Radford” surveys!

It’s that time of year again when Whim hosts the “Best of Radford” surveys, and polls students to find out what’s the best of the best. Tell us what you think about where you go to school! This survey will help us guide incoming freshman to the best pizza or best on-campus spot to study. Help us out! Take these surveys and see the results published next week!

Tell us what you think of Radford University here. Got an issue with parking? Think you know the best spot outside to hang out? Do you live in the best quad? Let us know!

Also tell us what you think about Radford City here. Where’s the best place to take your parents? Where can you get the best late night food or the best chinese? Have you had the best burger in Radford? We want to know your opinion!

Curious about last year’s results? Check them out!

Life off campus: Pros and cons

Picture by Stephen Mustgrave

Many of the Students here at RU choose to rent an apartment or house off campus to live for the year. Radford University’s policy for moving off campus is that one must either live on campus for four semesters, live on campus for two semesters and take a class pertaining to living off campus or transfer in as a junior. Many RU students decide to live off campus after their sophomore year and some find a change in their lives. Some experiences are better than others, but in the end the pros and cons end up being about even. Five students were interviewed about their living situations, and most of them had similar good and bad things to say. This semester is the first semester living off campus for each student.

Some students move because their friends move. Junior Ben Belo stated that he would have been completely content living on campus if his friends had stayed as well. Other students tire of the rules associated with living on campus.

“I got tired of mandatory hall meetings and quiet hours and not being able to have pets,” sophomore Stephen Mustgrave said.

Some students prefer having their own space and freedom.

“I enjoy my privacy. I didn’t like living next door to people every day. There’s too much drama in the dorms. Here I get to pick and choose who I talk to every day,” junior Danielle Lare said.

With moving off campus comes big changes. Suddenly there are rent and utility bills to pay, groceries to buy, gas money to budget in and you don’t have anyone to pick up after you. There’s also a commute to factor in with possible parking issues as well. How much of an impact does all this have on students?

“Having to get up earlier to get to class on time is a huge change,” Mustgrave said.

Also, there aren’t the social ties off campus that exist when students live on campus; they aren’t necessarily around other students all the time.

“I don’t hang out with a lot of people I knew before, but I tend to get my work done more,” Lare said.

Living off campus can impact a student’s responsibilities, privacy and comfort and it could impact their academics in some way as well. RU expects its students to put academics first and everything else after. But how does living off campus impact one’s academics?

“I feel like I do more of my academics on campus now, like at the library because things off campus distract me. Campus has a lot more of an academic vibe,” Belo said.

And for some students the commuting factor of living off campus can be a positive where others would consider it a negative.

“It’s made me a better student,” Lare said. ” I have to actually get up and come to campus and wake up where as when I lived on campus I would just roll out of bed and go to class half asleep.”

Picture by Stephen Mustgrave

There are both good and bad sides to living in an off campus house or apartment. It could help prepare students for the real world or it could make them antisocial. Either way it’s the choice of the student. The university stresses to students that they need to be prepared for the changes that may occur with moving off campus. If a student is not ready to move off campus, whether it be financially or maturity wise, there could be consequences and repercussions that could follow them even after they leave Radford.