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One week before the beginning of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Soccer Federation came to a $24 million settlement with the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT), ending a multi-year lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the USWNT against the U.S. Soccer Federation in 2019, citing unequal pay on t…

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Video games are nothing more than an interactive medium designed to take up hours of a person’s life — or are they? Upon first glance, labeling video games as an art form might seem preposterous. However, games have become more complex than they have ever been, and are continuing to become m…

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Traveling is undoubtedly one of the most exciting things about life, and a lot of people choose to have these experiences with family, friends or significant others. It’s exhilarating to imagine yourself in Tokyo or Amsterdam one day, but when the image pops in your head, are you alone or ar…

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The Blacksburg gays deserve a bar. Frankly, it’s shocking that we don't already have one, and with students recently celebrating Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about just how hard it is for gay people to find each other in this town. 

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Valentine’s Day is on many students’ minds, and during this season, many of us will find ourselves unfortunately single. Now, however, is the perfect time to discuss the pitfalls of modern dating, especially on college campuses. 

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For the past year, VT grad students have been fighting for a living wage. According to a university-run survey, more than a third of the graduate students at Tech are food insecure, with that number jumping to 1 in 2 for international graduate students. On Monday, the legislation went before…

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The omicron variant of COVID-19 has recently tested the resiliency of the United States. With cases on the rise following the holiday season, hospitals at capacity and high transmission rates, universities across the country were left with a difficult question: Should classes be conducted in…

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Food is one of the most integral parts of human culture. All of us can recall a great meal we had and the time we spent making it, so because of this, where we tend to shop matters. Americans, by and large, shop at large supermarkets such as Kroger, Costco and Walmart. Most of the food we ea…

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We are over halfway through January and that New Year’s resolution you made to read more books is probably off to a racing start. You've found a book you're tearing through and feeling good with the goal you've set for 2022. 

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Watching a sex scene in a movie or TV show with family members is probably one of the more uncomfortable things we are subjected to as consumers of media. There is no greater dread than the anticipation of a sex scene in a movie; sometimes it’s easy to predict when the scene will take place,…

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As the days become cooler and rain gives way to snow, cold and flu season is upon us. When students become sick, they can either desperately try to schedule an appointment at Schiffert Health Center, or find an alternative form of medical care, which is scarce and can cost a significant amou…

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The majority of students will raise their hands when asked if they ran out of money on their dining plan before winter break, and that’s completely expected. College students need to eat, and lasting the whole semester balancing 10-14 meals a week is hard. 

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Final exams are just around the corner as another semester comes to an end. Students are ready for their winter breaks and are preparing for upcoming final exams. As the curriculum among majors varies, every field of study has final examinations that are tailored to different subjects; howev…

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Federal elections always garner fanfare. Everyone can remember the tumultuous elections of 2016 and 2020; the 2020 presidential election saw the highest voter turnout in a century. Voters were motivated, in part by strong sentiments about the candidates, and came out in droves to vote. 

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When preparing to come back to campus this fall, I was so excited to finally have in-person classes — that is, until I realized that I would actually have to commute to class. With online classes last year, I simply rolled out of bed and headed straight onto Zoom. This year, I now had to rol…

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COVID-19 was a harsh blow to the service industry across the country and small college towns like Blacksburg were dealt one even harsher. Seemingly overnight, Virginia Tech students were returning home, and many restaurants who thrived on their indoor dining had to make do with take out only…