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When society refers to the STEM field, the same names appear. Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin; the list goes on and on. However, one group always seems to be missing from this endless list of influential thinkers: women. When society thinks of famous scientists, they immediat…

Social media is taking over our lives: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and now, TikTok. These social media platforms have transformed from a way to stay connected to an industry where even kids can make money off their posts. While this may seem like another opportunistic innovation, it’s reall…

Before the pandemic, I genuinely liked school. There were many times I sat in a classroom, entirely engaged and left feeling buoyant with intellectual curiosity. Now that everything is online, classes are mundane, unstimulating and unorganized. I weighed my options this summer and decided th…

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Mental health has been a stigmatized conversation since its conception. It has been widely considered better to shut up and smile than to be true with others and ourselves on how we’re feeling, inside and out. In recent years, talks of mental health have increased considerably, but in a time…

Since the term was first coined in 1931, the mass majority of Americans have bought into the notion of the “American Dream,” where anyone, regardless of background or class standing, can work hard enough to progress in the world and become “successful” in life. This success is often associat…

During this unprecedented time, many things have changed, both small and big, from having to wear a mask to the grocery store to not being able to visit family and friends. Of course, Virginia Tech has not been excluded from these changes. The majority of classes are online. Club and organiz…

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To President Tim Sands, Virginia Tech Administration, Office of Equity and Accessibility (Title IX), Student Conduct, Virginia Tech Police Department, Human Resources and the Women’s Center 

Editor's note: This letter to the editor was submitted prior to the announcement being made that tailgating will now be prohibited in Blacksburg and/or at Virginia Tech. Find more information here. 

Hokies have faced many disappointments during this pandemic — online classes, the cancellation of traditions close to our heart like Ring Dance and the Big Event, and separation from friends and family when we need them most. However, the biggest blow we’ve faced is university administrators…

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Mail-in voting has become a popular way of voting in recent months due to the novel coronavirus. The simple process allows registered voters to automatically receive their ballots in the mail. This is not to be confused with the slightly different absentee ballot, where you have to request t…

The core foundations of a persuasive argument are rooted in ethos, logos and pathos. The writer uses their reputation or the reputation of others in order to make their case. They might include a list of logical arguments, backed up by numbers and data, things that we have been trained to co…

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 …