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Freshman year of college is filled with a lot of firsts. It may be the first time a student is away from home, the first time they are living on their own and the first time they are completely in charge of themselves. With these firsts also come new eating habits, which can contribute to wh…

Post-quarantine freedom and newly stuffed residence halls can only be expected to breed a little chaos on the weekends, but party culture is taking it too far this time. With the lack of parties to attend and no more Center Street game days, there’s been a rise in vandalism — willful or mali…

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were a watershed moment in contemporary history. I was too young to remember the day itself. My parents and older siblings have in some ways described the fear and anxiety of that day and the inescapable feeling that everything was shattering. I do, howe…

Another year is upon us and, barring the major health crisis that is ravaging the country, university administrators are trying to proceed with the retention of as much normalcy as possible.

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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…

I remember the first true hike I ever went on. It was a hot day last summer when my friends and I got the idea late one afternoon to hike Old Rag. We left around 1 p.m. and reached the trailhead around 4 p.m. From there, we began the hike. Pushing through hundreds of feet of elevation gain, …

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…