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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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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. …

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President Sands Unveils Multi-million Dollar Future of Virginia Tech

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Share this Post President Timothy Sands delivers the inaugural State of the University Address on Sept. 30, 2016. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech. President Timothy Sands delivers the inaugural State of the University Address on Sept. 30, 2016. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech. In a crowded room inside the Moss Arts Center, students, teachers, families, and alumni alike anxiously awaited the arrival of the president of Virginia Tech. A hush fell over the crowd as he entered—the man with the million-dollar plan, President Timothy Sands. During his first-ever State of the University Address on Friday, Sept. 30, Sands opened by …

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Letter to the Editor: Why I Cannot Vote for Hillary Clinton

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In this letter to the editor, freshman national security and foreign affairs major Andrew Young of Albany, New York explains why his gut tells him that he cannot vote for Hillary Clinton. Share this Post Dear Editor, To put it simply, I cannot, and will not, vote for Hillary Clinton. Not in this election cycle, not ever. Before I am possibly dismissed as a partisan, right-wing maniac I’d like to explain why, and it ultimately comes down to body language, and a gut feeling. As a first-time voter, I want to vote for someone who I believe has the best …

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Behind the Lens: The Humans Who Started Humans of Virginia Tech

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Share this Post The Humans of Virginia Tech team poses for a photo outside of War Memorial Chapel. The Humans of Virginia Tech team poses for a photo outside of War Memorial Chapel. Humans of Virginia Tech, inspired by Brandon Stanton’s popular street photography blog called Humans of New York, was started here in 2013 by former Tech student, Jae Lee. A team of photographers, videographers, and graphic designers work together to capture the stories of the diverse Hokie community. But instead of being behind the lens, this time we turned the camera (and the questions) onto some of the …

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Dialogue on Race aims for action

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Share this Post In the 1980s, a historic Black community located at the south limit of Blacksburg fought to prevent the paving of a road on their own land that led right up to their cluster of homes. Backed by the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, developers paved the road anyway, naming it after the nickname of the family’s late matriarch, Nellie, a former slave — though it was no consolation to the family. That road is Nellie’s Cave Road. In a News Messenger article from 1992, the late Aubrey Mills Sr., a descendant of Nellie, lamented the disruption of …