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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to ponder whether we’ll ever return to what we once considered normalcy. As a collective, we’ve been grieving publicly about the demise of our lives as we knew them. The first stage was shock and denial; pundits on both ends of the political spectrum initi…

It is four in the morning. Though my hands should be reaching for my blanket to cover myself with and finally go to bed, they find my phone instead. Lying peacefully in bed is a fundamental human right that was stolen from Breonna Taylor when police officers stormed her home and killed her. …

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As much of society has seemingly come to a screeching halt amid the pandemic, for digital creators, the world is still at their fingertips. Many of our own students have been cultivating an online presence for years by delivering carefully crafted content for their devoted followers through …

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The past few months of the coronavirus pandemic have highlighted many failings within our response systems. However, one notable positive that some are highlighting is the apparent rebirth of nature in areas now desolate of human activity. While it is doubtful one can truly appreciate this f…

Journalism is very well known as an indispensable fact-checker and guardian which puts accountability on powerful figures. Without this field, it would be very difficult for many in the general populace to learn about important global events. However, with the rise of the internet and misinf…

At first, I considered addressing these thoughts simply to boomers; however, I have since come to realize that many of my young peers have also adopted the mannerisms that I take issue with. Thus, I invite all readers, young and old, to consider what I have to say. 

At the time of writing this, March 19, 2020, it’s been 81 days since the world first heard of the deadly virus, roughly 71 days since the WHO identified the risk of a novel coronavirus, and 59 days since the CDC reported the first known case in the United States. Consequently, there are zero…

50 years ago, when Dr. Scott Geller was deep into his first year of teaching at Virginia Tech, many things stood as they do now. The Drillfield constituted the center of campus. Burruss and War Memorial Hall flanked its elongated sides. In its 10th year since construction, the War Memorial C…

During exam weeks, it is not surprising to find hundreds of students crammed into Newman Library, hunched over notes and laptops. Though there are thousands of books available on our shelves, we as students may not take advantage of the resources presented to us offline. Print copies have be…

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The Roanoke School Board voted to terminate a contract with Milestone Communications to build cell towers at two of the county’s schools on Dec. 12th, 2019.

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When you hear the word “fraternity,” what are your initial thoughts? Do you jump to quick conclusions about social habits or a lack of academic discipline? It’s okay if you do –– you’re not alone. Around the country, a growing movement has one message: Greek life has no place on a modern col…

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…