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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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Supporters Rally in Solidarity with Jewish Community

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Hundreds of community members gathered outside the Graduate Life Center on the Virginia Tech campus to support the Jewish community on Monday. Anti-Semitic messages were found on the lawn of the Chabad Librescu Jewish Student Center on March 18. “Don’t look the other way,” Tech President Tim Sands urged attendees. By Stephanie Kapllani, Variety Editor Contact the writer Share this Post Supporters sign a poster in solidarity with the Jewish community at a rally held on Monday evening outside the Graduate Life Center. The rally was in response to an incident of hate speech over the weekend, when leaflets containing …

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Photos: Executive Orders Prompt Henderson Lawn Demonstration

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Students and local residents gathered early this spring in solidarity with those affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. By Greg DiGalbo, Staff Writer Contact the writer Share this Post At the corner of College Avenue and Main Street in downtown Blacksburg you will find Henderson Lawn, a peaceful hillside where students and local residents alike eat lunch, meet up with friends, or just sit down and relax. On the evening of January 30, 2017, however, Henderson Lawn became the gathering place of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators expressing their opinions about Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and …

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Photo Essay: Evenings in Blacksburg

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When the streetlights in Blacksburg blink on, Elizabeth Bowling captures the evening beauty of Blacksburg and its nightlife. Her photo essay is updated weekly. By Elizabeth Bowling, Photography editor Contact the photographer Share this Post Share this Post Elizabeth Bowling ​is a local photographer born and raised in Blacksburg. She spent most of her time in high school participating in foreign exchange programs and traveling throughout Europe taking pictures. She is a former photography instructor at the Ecole d’Humanite in Switzerland.

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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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Letter to the Editor: The Reality is that All Lives Do Not Matter

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In this letter to the editor, senior English major Drew White of Williamsburg, Virginia rallies against the notion that “All Lives Matter.” Share this Post Recently, I have heard the argument that All Lives Matter. It seems obvious at first, of course All Lives Matter. Why would All Lives not Matter? But it is difficult to reconcile All Lives Mattering with recent events in our country. It is difficult to understand the rhetoric of All Lives Matter when Black, Native American and Hispanic men spend their lives in prison at rates that are disproportionate to the population. It is difficult …

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Letter to the Editor: For Entertainment’s Sake

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In this letter to the editor, writer and Virginia Tech graduate Edinson Shane Tolley compares a future society imagined by David Foster Wallace to the reality of today’s election. Tolley currently lives in Blacksburg and plans to move to Northern Virginia in January. His work has been featured in The Sandy River Review, Panoply, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Allegheny Review, Mangrove Literary Journal, and Linden Avenue Literary Journal. Share this Post In David Foster Wallace’s sprawling novel Infinite Jest, an all too similar dystopian America is led by President Johnny Gentle, an “old crooner” who prefaced his presidency with a …

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True Crime Blacksburg: The Henry Lee Lucas Story

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Illustration by Scott Beaubien. Newspaper clippings courtesy of Virginia Tech University Libraries Special Collections. Illustration by Scott Beaubien. Newspaper clippings courtesy of Virginia Tech University Libraries Special Collections. Share this Post As the Texan judge set his bail for $1 million, Henry Lee Lucas laughed. The Blacksburg, Virginia-native was being charged with the brutal murders of three women, ranging from 15 years of age to 80. “I will finish what I have started,” he tells the judge. “I will finish giving back the dead that I have taken.” He is later photographed walking out of the courtroom with a slight …

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Letter to the Editor: Corruption, Politicians, and Conformity

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In this letter to the editor, senior computer science major and math and Japanese double minor Riley Kohl of Leesburg, Virginia takes a stand on corruption in our government, the “propaganda machine” of today’s media, and political dissent. Share this Post Courtesy of Riley Kohl. Courtesy of Riley Kohl. I think that all of us, no matter which candidate we support or what side of the aisle we stand on, can agree that the majority of online and televised media outlets have become a propaganda machine for the ruling political ideology and those in high places who subscribe to it. …