By now, you have probably already heard about one of these three big fields of our time: polymer science, computer science and nanoscience. One would think that many readers might be unaware of the presence of a nanoscience institute here at Virginia Tech, let alone the impacts that it has o…

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When institutions begin to talk about diversity, it may seem a drab sort of affair or something that just needs to be said in order to appeal to the masses. While this can be the case, I would like to think that we talk about this because we appreciate others. As stated in Virginia Tech’s Pr…

On Dec. 30, 2019, Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, grew concerned he was witnessing the resurgence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) which ravaged China’s population in 2003. Back then, the disease shook the world, spreading to 26 different countri…

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By now, you have probably already heard about one of these three big fields of our time: polymer science, computer science and nanoscience. One would think that many readers might be unaware of the presence of a nanoscience institute here at Virginia Tech, let alone the impacts that it has o…

At Virginia Tech, innovations aren’t exclusive to inventions; breakthroughs aren’t always scientific; and maroon and orange aren’t our only two colors. The true strength of Virginia Tech isn’t the size of its endowment or the height of its halls, but the determination of students from differ…

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Though some remain skeptical of rising ocean levels and dramatic changes in temperatures, it is an undeniable truth that our climate as we know it is drastically changing. Climate change is an overarching problem that must be addressed now if we wish to continue even debating other issues. T…

I’m tired. I’m sure in some sense, you are too. It’s a week back into our trudge toward the end and I don’t feel any more refreshed or light than when I left for Thanksgiving break. In fact, I feel substantially less motivated to work toward a strong finish of the semester. I feel deflated. …

A couple of months ago, I was having a conversation in the cramped hallway of my apartment with one of my roommate’s friends. As a Juul was passed around, we discussed the frequent news stories that spoke of vaping-related illnesses. I opined that, of the problems with vaping, one is that we…

Virginia Tech never misses an opportunity to boast its ranking as number one among colleges for food on campus, but sometimes chicken parmesan doesn’t do the trick for everyone. As veganism becomes more popular due to environmental awareness, protest of animal cruelty and more, it is importa…

Hardly a week has gone by where the protests in Hong Kong haven’t been one of the prevailing news stories for major outlets. The story is consistently making headlines and stands out to me, especially during a period where I feel there is a major discontent with today’s political and social …

These are challenging times in the realm of Hokie football, but as observers, the reasons behind those challenges are far beyond our control. That being said, as Hokies, we do have our place in the stands. It might come as news to some of you, but there are some unwritten obligations that ev…

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Littering is a contemptible act. Nothing ruins the enjoyment of a scenic setting like stumbling upon someone’s leftover candy bar wrapper or a crushed can of “Natty Light” in the woods. Virginia Tech’s campus is something worth marveling at; there are few things that make you more proud to a…

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“Don’t talk to strangers, and never post anything online you wouldn’t want me to see.” These were the guidelines my mom gave me when I first got a Facebook account in fifth grade. It made me feel so mature to have one. It was my first real access to what I’d call the real internet, the one t…

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When I was a freshman, I went through the stage almost every girl goes through where overflowing emotions and stress lead to a sudden, drastic hair change. Except, I did it six times. So, when my friends found a tweet that read “idk who needs to hear this right now, but if you’re going throu…

One of the most important things that college students take into consideration when choosing majors, minors and courses is finding something that interests them. Some students like math and science, so they go into engineering. Others like to read, so they study English or history. This sche…