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Letter from the Craft editors: “Anything Goes”

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The theme for The Pylon’s first call for submissions was “Anything Goes.” In order to cast a wide net and better capture the talent of the Blacksburg area, we were open to all creative works that displayed excellence and originality. Each piece we selected stood out in its own unique way, and we are thrilled to present each one to the community. Alex Newman and his video “Michael Jackson” are the epitome of clear, polished talent saying something substantial in a fresh way. Almost immediately after listening, Newman’s song was stuck in our heads. And his visual work is just …

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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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Dining Out: Patio Dining in Blacksburg

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By Greg DiGalbo, Staff writer Contact the writer Share this Post Tables on College Avenue offer a great spot for an al fresco lunch. A short walk from campus, Souvlaki offers Greek fare at a great price. Photo by Elizabeth Bowling With springtime here and summer fast approaching, many of the popular restaurants around Blacksburg are opening up their patios for the season. With that in mind, we’ve mapped the various patio dining options in town, as well as drink and food specials that students and locals alike have come to enjoy at each spot. Check out our interactive map …

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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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Charmed: Defining the Magic of Small Towns

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Share this Post Photo by Elizabeth Bowling. Photo by Elizabeth Bowling. There’s a certain rush associated with nighttime in the city: the sweet smokiness of the food carts, the gusty sound of the taxis, the lights of office buildings replacing the stars high above your head. With a wealth of options around every block, cities draw people in because they equate abundance in every sense of the word. Since evolutionary times, the surplus of food and people allowed populations to focus on more than just hunting, gathering, and survival. The rural to urban population movement being the most influential in …

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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 …