Looking at Bullying

It’s the first day of school and you can’t wait to reunite with your buddies.  Just like any other typical school day you go to your classes and have lunch. You make your way out of the cafeteria. 

All of sudden, a group of strangers approach you and shove you into a locker. Looks like it’s going to be a long school year.

This sounds all too familiar, but it happens everywhere. Bullying is just another one of those issues that plague schools all across America. It happens in many ways. Some kids get harmed physically, and some mentally. Either way, it’s something that needs to be stopped.

One person who is fighting for the cause against bullying is Alexandra Wolff. She’s been a victim of bullying and had to change schools because of being picked on. The Christiansburg High School Senior was at a town council meeting and had a few words about what she’s experienced.

“For a lot of time I kept it to myself because I felt like I was a target and a victim and it was very embarrassing and I was almost ashamed that this was happening to me I felt like why do I have to be the different one why can’t I be normal and be with other kids you know?”

According to the Department of Education Annual Report on discipline, there were 6,594 cases of bullying in the state of Virginia alone for the 2007-2008 school-year.

Bullying is something that’s been here for awhile and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Alexandra is determined along with her mother to fight against this issue.

Schools in Montgomery County use a bullying prevention program that is seen in schools all across America.

“I think that if a student is being bullied that they should go for help right away and they shouldn’t stop talking until they get help otherwise no one will know about it and if the student is afraid to talk a parent needs to go talk because something needs to be done.”        

When it’s all said and done, Alexandra hopes that at her new school she meets good people.

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Virginia 2010 Elections: Republicans Own the State

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What a day it’s been as the polls have come to a close. In a surprising twist of fate, the Republicans enjoyed a very successful day all throughout Virginia.

Long time House Representative incumbent Rick Boucher was dethroned by Morgan Griffith in the 9th district.  Robert Hurt defeated Tom Perriello in the 5th district and Bob Goodlatte won the 6th district. 

What’s also surprising about this election is how much people came out to vote. For the state of Virginia, about 46% of people came out to vote. The 9th district had about 47.7% of their voters come out to support their candidates. 

This is probably a reason as to why the Republicans saw a lot of success for the day.

Usually for an election like this, you’ll hardly see anybody come out to vote. This is how it is for the most part if it’s not a presidential election. During Obama’s campaign, you saw a lot of groups around the city of Radford trying to get people to go out and vote. Radford University had tables setup all throughout campus for students to come out and vote. 

As it turned out for this election surprisingly, voters came out to support their candidates. A voter by the name of Susan talked about her conversation with one of the poll workers.

“I was talking to the people inside and they told me that they had seen double of what they were expecting.”

For most of these polling places, voters had to choose their candidates electronically. Whenever technology is present, you tend to see people shying away from its presence, but that wasn’t the case today. Liz, a Radford citizen recalls her experience with electronic voting.

“It was simple and easy. All you have to do is just hit the button.”

Another Radford native by the name of Todd felt the same way.

“The setup was done very well. It speeds up the process and makes things go very quick. This was one of the few times I’ve voted, and didn’t have to wait.”

This is an election that will go into the history books as people came out to vote. The Republican Party now has momentum for future elections. Is this election a sign of things to come? Who knows, but the Republicans are definitely feeling good about the results.

Meanwhile the Democrats are back to the drawing board and can only hope that something like this doesn’t happen again.

Bookstore Receives New Look

The Radford University on campus bookstore has gone through some renovations. If you’ve ever been inside latley, you’ll notice that it looks a tad bit different.

A new “Apple” section has been integrated into store where students can find all things Macintosh related.  

The new look process began in July 19th and finished on the 30th according to one of the managers. During this time period, the store was worked on by halves, and was still open to the public.

So with all of this being done, how would students react to the new look?

“I think it looks very organized and neat. I can easily find what I need with the signs”, said RU freshman Michelle Bouse.

Another student by the name of Andrea was very short and to point with her impressions.

“I like the way its setup”, said the freshman.

What about the people that work there? How would they react to the changes?

“I’ve been working here since the fall of 2007 and I can say that I’ve seen more traffic. Better merchandise and new fixtures have made the store more appealing to people”, said Krystal Smart.

The bookstore has in fact been renovated. Sooner or later change has to come.

2010 Highlander Film Festival Almost Here

Article also in Tartan

Radford on Camera (ROC-TV), a media organization run by students will be hosting the Highlander Film Festival for the second year in a row.

With last year being the first time students ran the festival, ROC-TV ran into some troubles, as is the case with anyone trying something out for the first time.

“I felt last year was ok but could have been better. Some of the films weren’t able to play and we lost some audience members during intermission because they thought the event was over”, said ROC-TV Executive Director Annabel Drucker.

Annabel has been tasked to manage the festival this year and has learned from the mishaps of last year.

“I’ve been planning things early on to get ready for this time around. I’m pretty confident that this year will be better and expect a bigger turnout”.

This year the event will be held in the Bonnie Auditorium on April 15th at 7 p.m.

The festival will consist of six different movie categories spanning from Animation and Comedy, to Horror. A panel full of RU faculty and others will judge and decide a winner for each of the six categories.

People who attend will also be given the chance to judge. Upon entering the Bonnie auditorium doors, a ballot will be handed to you to vote for which film you think deserves the “Audience Choice Award”.

You’ll also have the opportunity to talk to the participants and judges on the Red Carpet.

“This year I’m requiring the applicants to come dressed up to help with the feel of the festival”, said Annabel.

Annabel believes that an event like the Highlander Film Festival does wonders for people who get involved.

“I feel that the Highlander Film Festival really gives students the opportunity to show off what they can do. It’s an outlet for students to express themselves through film. From watching what applicants have turned in, some should consider joining Roc-TV.”

So what does Annabel hope to accomplish with this year’s Film Festival?

“I just want people to pay more attention to the film side of the curriculum. Here at RU there’s hardly any film courses offered, so with the festival I hope to get us out there”.

Whose Got Next?

Peters Hall

If you’re a fan of basketball, and feel the need to show off your skills, then Peters Hall is where you want to be.

“Whenever I ask my friends if they want to go to Peters, they assume that I mean basketball, so some of them back out of the offer”, said RU sophmore Charlie Stoner.

There is a reason as to why Charlie’s friends don’t bother whenever they hear the name Peters. 

Getting a chance to play there is an achievement in itself. Many students have complained about overcrowding and having to wait long periods of time in order to get on the court.

“I’m not a big fan of full court games. I think it’s a little selfish. That’s not what Radford is about”, said Stoner.

It seems like there are unspoken rules and regulations that students abide by to. If you’re not apart of the full court game that is held on the main court, then you have to sit on the sidelines.

On top of that you better have four other people to play with if you wish to get a game in. For some people that can be a problem because they might not know anybody.

With these policies, playing at Peters has almost turned into a tournament. Some students want to go to Peters to just shoot around, but these elimination games can take up time.

“I remember when people used to come up to Radford in 98-02 to get full court games in at Dedmon, if only it was open now”, said RU alum Jessie Furey.

The Dedmon Center used to be open to all students, but in early 2009 Dedmon Center became exclusive to only incorporate student athletes.

“Dedmon gave us the opportunity to get more full court games in. People were able to shoot 3’s and run the floor but with Peters that’s extremely difficult to do”, described Furey.

On certain days, Peters Gym gets closed to hold various tournaments and activities thus making it even more difficult to play basketball.

“Sometimes they’ll close the gym off for something like intramurals, which I don’t understand when they can go to Dedmon to do all that”, said Junior Robert Denfeld.

Peters Gym is virtually the only place to play basketball. There are outside courts down at Hunter’s Ridge, but walking down there can be tiring. You also have to worry about the weather. Then of course Dedmon is closed to student athletes only.

It looks like playing at Peters will have to do for students until the new fitness center is built. Until then all you can do is ask “Whose Got Next”?

RU Ready for A Break?

It’s about that time again in the year when the spring season starts. The sun stays up just a little bit longer, temperatures warm up and leftover snow starts to quietly leave the premises.  

With all of these signs, it can only mean one thing. Spring Break is here for RU students.  The time has come for students to breathe out a sigh a relief as most of them have gone through a tough week.

“I’ve been swamped with so much work leading up to break, but unfortunately for me I’ll have to be studying when I’m home”, said RU student Erica Hale.

Spring Break for most students will be spent at a lovely destination spot called home. Freshman Kenny Carr explained with enthusiasm what his break will entail of.

“I’m just going to be hanging out at home relaxing. I’ll try to get some homework done, and a little bit of exercising, but besides that, nothing special”.

Nothing beats going home. However, students Emily Bowers and Samantha Hough broke the home barriers down by stating their case for spring break.

“PANAMA CITY”! They both shouted as people around us started to look and wonder if things were alright at the table we were sitting at.

It was as if some divine power intervened in their minds when their spring break destination was thought of.

“It was kind of spur of the moment, but we’re glad. It’s going to be 5 girls in a hotel which means great times”, said Emily with a smile.

Going home isn’t always as bad especially when there is an opportunity involved. Senior Christina Jatras talked about her promising break.

“I’m going home for a job interview at the Department of Homeland Security”.

Talk about an opportunity, but Jatras did say that it’s not going to be a cake walk.

“The job itself I’m not so worried about, it’s the interviewing part. I’m going to be nervous when it’s time”.

Believe it or not, there are some students who actually don’t want to leave RU. Isabel Wu, who is probably the only student who will be staying on campus talked about her plans for break.

“I’m going to be staying here in my dorm for break. I’m tired of traveling, and plus I had a terrible experience over winter break”.

Whether a student is going home, staying at RU, or vacationing at an exotic location, one thing’s for sure. They’re all happy about getting break, even if it’s just one week. If only it could be longer…

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Dedmon: Athletic Success is Important

The Dedmon Center has been a topic of conflict here at RU. It used to be opened to all things RU no matter if someone was a student or an athlete.

People have had disagreements regarding Dedmon’s policy of being open only to student athletes. One thing everybody could agree on was that Dedmon needed to be redone.  

Back in 2007-2008 Dedmon was closed to the public for renovations. Since the facility is air supported, large amounts of air is needed to keep the dome from collapsing.

During this time, people were having trouble exercising and doing what they had to do, thus came the renovations which also brought in a new weight room and a brand spanking new basketball court with a new lighting system. All in all, the project as a whole cost $15.8 million.

With such a dramatic change, Radford Athletic director Robert Lineburg believes that it is important for the student athletes to have exclusive rights to the Dedmon Center. 

In a December 4th press release, Lineburg stressed “Priority Usage” which is understandable. When you have a school like RU competing with other schools at a high level, working out is “crucial” to its athletic success.

Lineburg also believes that since the student population is growing, sharing the Dedmon Center would cause the student athletes to lose focus, and that RU athletics would not be as successful.

One can’t argue with this as Radford Men’s Basketball team went on to win the Big South Conference and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.

Although athletic success is very important, some students are not happy with the facilities that they have to workout in. Peters and Muse Hall, which are diminutive compared to the spaceship that is Dedmon, are the sites at which students can exercise.

Many students have complained about not being able to get on a machine while at Peters or Muse because of overcrowding. Some believe that opening the Dedmon Center to students would take care of this problem.

Student Kate Winslow said, “It would make it easier if Dedmon were open to students so that these problems wouldn’t be as bad.”

“It does get crowded, and spring break is almost here, so a lot of us students are going to be working out.” said Jenny Jenkins, a freshman here at RU.

There are approximately 9,000 plus students that make up Radford, but Dedmon is closed off to just under 300 student athletes.   

“It’s like saying only Education Majors can use the TRC.” said Robin Hung, A junior education major and frequent exerciser.

Some students aren’t as phased as others are when it comes to Dedmon only being opened to student athletes.

“I don’t mind, I mean if it was open, distance would be a problem for students that live far away.” said Sarah Larson.

There is light at the end of the tunnel for students though. Radford University will be building a new fitness center for all the non-student athletes in the near future. The new facility is apart of a plan that will be bringing a new parking garage and residence halls.