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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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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 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 …