If you’re new to campus, or just lived in a cave last semester, here are some of the biggest headlines of the 2012-2013 school year. Read it, and finally understand what all your friends were talking about/pretend like you knew all along everything.
After much anticipation, Turner Place, the $35.7 million dollar state-of-the-art dining facility opened on campus.
Waffle House comes to downtown Blacksburg, offering students a 24-hour, 365 days-a-year dining experience.
Gobble Cakes cupcake shop opens.
The U.S. Secretary of Education reinstated fines against Virginia Tech for violating federal law and failing to issue a timely warning in the midst of the April 16, 2007, shootings.
Sweet Frog opens in University Mall.
Nearly 17,000 students attended Victoria’s Secret PINK collegiate showdown concert. Gym Class Heroes, Chiddy Bang and DJ Irie performed on the Drillfield.
Parking Services begins offering a multi-day parking permit option.
The Hokies beat Georgia Tech 20-17 in the first ever overtime game held in Lane Stadium.
Tech switched its primary mail carrier to Google Apps.
Virginia Tech paired with Zimride.com, a service for students to search for and communicate with possible carpool opportunities.
Virginia Tech’s Alternative Transportation Program implemented the Bicycle Ambassador Program to encourage safe, responsible bicycle usage among Tech students and faculty.
Downtown bookstore Bookholders has officially trademarked the infamous phrase "Stick It In.”
“Sheer Good Fortune” is held by Nikki Giovanni in Burruss Hall. The event honored Toni Morrison’s achievements in literature. Special guests included Maya Angelou,
Color Me Rad came to Blacksburg, drawing more than 5,000 people to the race. The organization announced it was the largest event per capita that it had held.
Tropical storm Sandy ravaged the Northeast coast, but left Blacksburg mostly untouched except for minor power outages.
Mitt Romney stops in Roanoke for a campaign event just days before the election.
The Senate campaign comes to Virginia Tech when George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D) host a debate at Squires for the upcoming election. Tim Kaine ultimately receives the Senate seat.
Election night arrives, with students and community members celebrating in various locations across the New River Valley. First-time student voters are discouraged after waiting over two hours in some locations to vote.
A Real Estate minor is approved by the Board of Visitors.
First ever TEDxVirginiaTech talks are held.
Dunkin’ Donuts opens in front of Hokie Grill.
Virginia Tech retires two logos — the “TV” logo, and the Fighting Gobbler logo.
Beloved owner of Mike's Grill, Mike Varelos, dies at age 77.
Squires Student Center celebrates its 75th anniversary.
The Communication department announces that they will now offer a minor.
Metallica raises over $33,000 dollars for the Morgan Harrington Scholarship fund after selling “Enter Sandman” t-shirts.
Course and instructor evaluations are held online for the first time.
Virginia Tech is ranked 14th in the nation for international students.
The Hokies defeat Rutgers, 13-10 in an overtime victory over the Scarlet Knights in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fl. It marked their 20th consecutive bowl game and winning season.
Nobel-prize winning professor James M. Buchanan in the College of Science passed away at the age of 93 years old.
Robert T. Sumichrast, current dean of the Terry College of Business at University of Georgia, has been appointed the new dean of the Pamplin College of Business Virginia Tech.
College of Science approved the opening of the Center for Autism Research.
Virginia Tech installed 21 pet waste stations around campus to raise awareness on stormwater protection.
Gary Long was named Associate Dean for the College of Science
Ben Norris, an employee at Turner Place with an intellectual disability, took home the gold medal in the Special Olympics in the Super G event, with a winning time of 49 seconds.
The VT Confessions Facebook page reaches over 6,000 followers in a span of 3 weeks.
For the first time since 2001, Virginia Tech will not host a Thursday night football game.
Backstreets closes its doors for the last time after serving the Blacksburg community for almost 30 years.
Tickets for the 2013 Ring Dance sold out, leaving several juniors frustrated with the lack of accommodations for the annual tradition.
BOV approves two major construction projects to begin- Upper Quad renovation, and an expansion of Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
Tech point guard Erick Green is named the ACC Player of the Year, finishing the year as the nation's leading scorer.