Left Blacksburg for the summer and didn’t stay up to date on your local news? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a round up of everything you missed while you were laying on a beach in Spain or sitting in your parent’s basement playing video games.
Sigma Phi Epsilon lost its recognition as an active chapter at Virginia Tech, also losing its new $5 million house.
Several construction workers needed medical attention after a scaffolding collapsed at the Davidson Hall construction site. Injuries were not severe, but the accident closed Drillfield Drive for an hour while emergency personnel responded.
Interior Design student Kelley O’Leary placed third in a national design competition sponsored by Sherwin Williams.
As of July 1 in Virginia, texting while driving became a primary offense. That means that drivers can now be pulled over for the act of texting or using a communication device while operating a motor vehicle.
Turner Hall received Food Managament’s 2013 Innovator of the Year award for the new state-of-the-art dining hall.
It was announced that for the first time in the seven years, freshman would be allowed to buy football season tickets. According to the Tech athletic department, season ticket sales among upperclassmen dropped roughly 20 percent for this upcoming season from last year.
Long-time adjunct professor and transgendered pioneer within the Virginia Tech community D.W. Murphree passed away after an eight-month bout with cancer.
The former Sigma Phi Epsilon house will be occupied with a new residential learning community called “Innovate.” The space will feature housing for 35 freshmen that are interested in entrepreneurial ventures, and will place a heavy emphasis on creating a physical space that encourages and enriches the learning experience.
After months of construction, the College Avenue promenade is complete. Restaurants are now in the process of setting up open-air dining and filing for ABC licenses to serve alcohol on the promenade.
The 33rd Annual Steppin’ Out festival continued to be successful. With the opening of College Avenue promenade, vendors took advantage of the new walkway and thousands flooded the streets for music, food and art.
Preseason football practice began with the expected, but bad news for the Hokies — corner Antone Exum has been ruled out for the season opener against Alabama due to an ACL tear.