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I loved my roommate during the fall semester of my freshman year. We got along great. We both hated cleaning and went to bed late and loved riding horses. She would talk about all of the interesting science stuff she was studying and I would pretend to understand her.

Work, fulfilling the dream, the promise of a better life on liberty’s shores; everyday, millions of Americans wake up and go to work. Simultaneously, millions more college students drag themselves out of bed and go to class after spending countless hours in the library the night before. Work…

“For my entire life, I just knew Virginia Tech was home,” junior Juan Pacheco described his family’s long history with Virginia Tech, stating that his mom and most of her sisters are all Hokies. “As long as I’ve had an understanding of words, I knew I was a Hokie and I knew I was going to go…

Some students at Virginia Tech like to think that their major or college prove that they are smarter than someone else. Simply put, that logic is wrong. While most attribute this train of thought to people they view as overly-arrogant Pamplin or STEM majors, this applies to students of all m…

Masculinity — some call it toxic. Others consider it one of the greatest virtues. For centuries,  both men and women have formed opinions about what masculinity truly is and is not. That cycle continues to this day, but for most of my life, I had no idea what it entailed. What it meant to re…

Virginia Tech often highlights its commitment to diversity and promise of a level playing field for all students. Religious minorities looking to celebrate their holidays have struggled to reconcile this with their lived experiences at Virginia Tech. The Faculty Handbook and Hokie Handbook l…

Everyone seems to believe that the United States is more divided now than it has ever been. Whether this is true or not — it’s not — it is clear that America needs a method of solving conflicts quickly and indisputably. Arguments on Twitter haven’t been working, so there is only one good alt…

It’s almost considered sacrilege to express any form of criticism toward members of the military. Sure, saying that the military as a whole could use some work is perfectly fine — especially in light of the public’s current view of the war in Iraq — but the individual soldiers are never to blame.

Virginia Tech is losing money because of its investments in fossil fuels. The university’s endowment is operated by the Virginia Tech Foundation (VTF) and holds $1.15 billion in assets as of last year. Approximately 10% of this amount is invested in fossil fuels, which includes the productio…

After 49 faithful years of service to the Blacksburg community, beloved retailer Mish Mish will be closing later this year. High costs of rent and declining health were among the reasons cited for the architectural supply store’s untimely closing. As more shopping is done online, Main Street…

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Take one look at my room and it’s not hard to guess my favorite flower. Hydrangeas dominate my decor —  they’re painted across the cover of my planner, stuck onto the back of my laptop case and wrapped around my bedpost. Hydrangeas were also my grandmother’s favorite flowers. They’re the one…

I remember four years ago, when I came to visit Blacksburg for the very first time — it was gorgeous. There were rolling green hills with red barns dispersed throughout, and heavily forested mountains. The drive alone nearly won me over, and the campus and its endless possibilities did the r…

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I have vivid memories of listening to “The Phantom of the Opera” soundtrack with my mother as a child, and I started playing piano when I was 4 years old. Singing pulled me in soon after that, and my passion for music has never wavered — my roommate has walked in on me belting out Broadway s…

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Sitting inside a Korean barbecue restaurant with my family, I received a notification from our editor-in-chief congratulating me on a piece. Too caught up in the beef brisket and beats of the K-Pop music playing in the background, I replied with a quick “thank you” and returned my attention …

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In my barely 19 years of life, there’s one lesson that has been particularly difficult for me to learn: the best solution to a problem isn’t always the easiest or most popular one. Doing what’s right for you more often than not takes a bit of work, and it’s probably not going to be very fun.…

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I’m driving. If you know me, you’d know I do that a lot these days. Sometimes I have friends there with me; we laugh, sing — badly, in most cases — and talk until the sun sets. We even argue every once in a while. The car is an intimate place, though. Going 60 mph, it feels like you never move at all — you’re protected from the elements, the sounds, the breeze. When conflict arises, you’re in a safe space — you can hash things out, reach true understandings. In other words, there’s no pressure — no pressure to act a certain way or put up a certain appearance. You can’t say that about many places anymore.