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Suspicious email sent to select Virginia Tech email addresses

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Share this Post A photo of the Virginia Tech campus. Photo by Scott Beaubien. A photo of the Virginia Tech campus. Photo by Scott Beaubien. Updates from Wednesday, August 31, 2016: Update, 5:01 p.m.: Chief Brian Cadwell of Michigan Technological University’s Public Safety and Police Services confirmed Wednesday that the threatening email was sent from outside the country. At this time, no further specifics are being released as to avoid jeopardizing the ongoing investigation, Cadwell said. *** Update, 12:32 p.m.: Joelle Ziemian, director of media, marketing and communications at Sweet Briar College, confirmed Wednesday that one faculty or staff member …

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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 …

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It’s Clay All the Way Down

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Illustration by Justin Lau. Illustration by Justin Lau. Back home, the earth was just clay. Matthew Jones’ poem “It’s Clay All the Way Down” is inspired by his time growing up in Greensboro, North Carolina. In the process of writing it, the 18-year-old mathematics major ended up researching soil maps and resources from NC State University “to learn about the soil types in [his] own backyard.” Poetry may seem a little different from his work as the Town of Blacksburg reporter for the Collegiate Times, but Jones sees some similarities. He ascribes to famed American poet Ted Kooser’s idea that …

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Letter from the Craft Editors: “Earth”

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Illustration by Scott Beaubien. Illustration by Scott Beaubien. It is hard not to be inspired in our planet’s warmer months, as we marvel at the blooming of spring and get the chance to explore and connect with nature in summer (reminding us what we have been missing in those seemingly never-ending Blacksburg winters). Taking a cue from our surroundings, we chose “Earth” as the theme for our third round of submissions. The works we have selected share global insight on a variety of topics: the tragic decline of an endangered species, the romance of traveling, the amusingly twisted way we …

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More Than a Fundraiser: Relay for Life’s Symbolism

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Share this Post Luminaria bags on the Drillfield, adorned with the names of those battling and lost to cancer. Luminaria bags on the Drillfield, adorned with the names of those battling and lost to cancer. For the 15th consecutive year, Virginia Tech hosted Relay for Life Friday, April 22. The event itself raised about $570,000, a new record high, as a result of the efforts of 144 student committee and executive members who have worked yearlong to fundraise and organize for the event. According to a speech made in the opening ceremonies by Adam Bloom, a senior business information technology …

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An Evaluation of Virginia Tech’s Visioning Initiative

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Share this Post Photo by Erica Corder. The present has become fixated on the future. With the advent of Big Data, historical analysis has made way for predictive modeling and organizations around the world have followed suit. In that vein, Virginia Tech is stepping forward with a vision of what the future holds. In an effort to to improve on an institutional level, Beyond Boundaries, a one year visioning process that aims to reflect on Tech’s successes and failures and compare them to other top universities for the sake of growth, has begun self-examination to perfect a university that can …

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USAS Delivers Letter to President Sands

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Share this Post On April 21, over 40 students marched in Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands’ office to deliver a letter. This letter is one of several sent throughout the semester to President Sands that calls for him to pen a letter to Nike and put them on notice. The multinational shoe and clothing company has come under fire recently for their refusal to allow an independent workers’ rights organization called the Workers’ Rights Consortium to inspect their factories. While Nike’s actions do not necessarily mean they are in violation of any American or International law, the students and members …