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Letter from the Craft editors: “Change”

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The Craft editors discuss their picks for the “Change” call for submissions. Share this Post Our fifth call for submissions began while the trees were still bare and covered with frost. We chose the theme “Change” to reflect our new editors and the shifting weather–after all, no matter how endless Blacksburg winters may seem, spring still comes. Now flowers have replaced bare branches, and leaves have replaced the blooms. But change isn’t always beautiful or easy. It is often frightening, and we all respond in different ways. Austin Berrier’s haunting piece, “Atomic Flowers,” evokes the fear, grief, and uncertainty that …

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Atomic Flowers

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Share this Post Illustration by Elizabeth Bowling. “Be still, child. Let time undo itself so we may all return to our true home, the warmth of a kissed cheek in the vacuum of space from our true mother star, telling us to be calm and float away to pollinate every planet we see. They are as innumerable as the infinity above, around, and within you, each a channel for creation. Let life appear and disappear again, blink and breathe in and out, forever and ever, amen.” These were the last words my ma would say to me every night, and …

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Winding Up in Appalachia

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Share this Post Photo by Elizabeth Bowling. On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 I had the opportunity to sit down with one of Blacksburg’s most interesting women. Beejay Silcox is currently a Master of Fine Arts student at Virginia Tech, though her perception on what is means to live meaningfully goes far beyond academia. Her native Australian views on landscape, personality, and creativity have landed in Blacksburg, Virginia where she continues to write and share her stories. I – Frames of Mind Australian schooling is vastly different from education in America– both in terms of structure and the views surrounding it. …

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Letter from the Editor: “State of the Nation”

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Illustration by Scott Beaubien. Illustration by Scott Beaubien. America is in a time of transition. On Tuesday, we elect our new leader—and then collectively breathe a sigh of relief that it’s all over. I know I’m not the first to say this, but it seems the only thing we can all agree on lately is that this has been a stressful election season. Every day we’re fed a new scandal or soundbite—which will either infuriate you, force you to defend your candidate, or reinforce your support for third parties. I know I’m not alone when I say I am exhausted. …

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Jobs Not War

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Christopher Tucker spotted these protestors in Asheville, North Carolina, a location he says he frequents often. When he asked the man in the center of the photo why the flag was upside down, the man told him it was a sign of distress. “I gathered that they were not too happy with the [Democratic National Committee’s] ‘election rigging’ because they were still using Bernie Sanders pins and signs, even though he had dropped out of the race,” Tucker said. Originally from Okinawa, Japan, Tucker has lived most of his life in Pulaski, Virginia and is currently a sophomore architecture student …

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A Political Convention Reporter’s Working Breakfast at the CNN Grill

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Illustration by Justin Lau. Illustration by Justin Lau. Josette Torres someday wants to eat a meal at the CNN Grill. Until then, the 44-year-old Northwest Indiana native turned downtown Blacksburg dweller continues her studies at Virginia Tech as a doctoral student in cultural thought in the ASPECT Program. Torres tends to write wherever she can: “coffee shops, offices, classrooms, patios, Cassell Coliseum, the back deck at Top of the Stairs, the BT, my bed when I should be sleeping, and so on.” “I have a compulsive need to slam words down on paper on the regular. It’s part of my …

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Fireworks on Campus

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Nineteen-year-old Loren Skinker of Allentown, Pennsylvania is currently a multimedia journalism major and a professional and technical writing minor at Virginia Tech. Though he says he isn’t really involved in the Blacksburg community, he participated in Tech’s Big Event, a day of student-led community service in the New River Valley. Skinker says he has always been passionate about photography, so he decided to join the Collegiate Times as a photographer when he came to Tech. “Now, I have the opportunities to take photos like this,” he said. Share this Post

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World History from the View of Someone Who Cheated Their Way Through

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Illustration by Justin Lau. Illustration by Justin Lau. A zillion years ago, a big, huge lump of dirt fell on the ground, but it didn’t hit the ground, it just kinda stopped falling and started to float. Or maybe it never stopped falling. Maybe we still are falling. Who knows. Nobody I know really can say they saw it, so it’s all speculation for real. So, whatever. This big, huge ball of dirt, of mud, of soil, it kinda has to spin to stay floating (or falling) and eventually (the same way old bread gets moldy, the same way old …

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Elephants

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Illustration by Justin Lau. Illustration by Justin Lau. How shall we celebrate the earth without them? How shall we celebrate the earth without them? How shall we celebrate the earth without them? Alwyn Moss has certainly made her mark on Blacksburg in the 30+ years she has lived here: she has taught art, creative writing, and kindergarten, worked to preserve Heritage Park, and published over fifty commentaries in the Roanoke Times. A longtime environmental activist, she is currently an active resident of Warm Hearth Village, serving on the community’s Green Committee and helping to “keep the once 220 acres as …

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Travel

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Kira Jersild is a 21-year-old Virginia Tech student from Norfolk, Virginia double majoring in literature and linguistics and creative writing. In her spare time, she nannies for a local Blacksburg family and participates in community service programs such as The Big Event and Greeks Giving Back. Inspired by the physical world and her emotional connections to it, Jersild seeks to capture “the whimsical space between the whirlwind of intense traveling and the unfamiliarity of being exposed to entirely new things.” While “Travel” showcases her experiences in Germany, Jersild finds inspiration in the Blacksburg area as well, always striving to make …