New Oak Lane house started–The university is making headway on the new Sigma Phi Epsilon house at Oak Lane, which is the first of many in the latest stage of the community’s development. The new house will house 35 undergraduates and one graduate student, who will serve as a resident adviser. It will open in mid-September, and the students will be living in study-lounges-turned-dorms for the first part of the school year.
Gumby's closed, Benny Marzanos announced delivery–The Pokie Stix proprietor closed its doors on June 6, citing change of ownership. Soon afterward, Benny Marzanos announced on its Twitter feed that it would be taking over Gumby's old location, and starting delivery service. As of August 17, you can order two slices or more of Benny Marzano's pizza for deilvery anywhere in Blacksburg.
Joe Biden visted Virginia Tech– Vice President Joe Biden visited Virginia Tech's campus on August 15 as part of a campaign tour around the state. Virginia is considered a battleground state in the upcoming presidential election. Newly-announced Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan also made a stop in Roanoke on August 22.
President Steger announced BCS playoffs–Virginia Tech president Charles Steger revealed Tuesday, June 26, that the presidential oversight committee had accepted the conference commissioners’ proposal for a playoff. The plan won’t take affect until 2014, and some issues like revenue sharing and the composition of the playoff’s selection committee remain unresolved.
College Avenue construction began–The first phase of a $4 million College Avenue makeover started June 26. Plans for the College Avenue Promenade will condense the road to a single lane that flows towards campus and on to Otey Street, and the lost lane will become part of 28-foot sidewalks with trees, plants and outdoor seating.