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Letter from the Editor: The

The Long Game
here is a quote, “People nothing a quick search couldn’t One of my favorite quotes
often say that motivation fix. And so, the resurrection of is: “There is only one way to
doesn’t last. Well, neither the newspaper began. avoid criticism: do nothing,
does bathing - that’s why we Before I left for Winter say nothing, and be nothing.” -
recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar Break, I worked on finding Aristotle
I started with The Tartan people willing to join the team - With that, each week depth for hours of the successes
back in December 2017 as a creating Facebook job postings, working at The Tartan (from and failures of The Tartan, I
freshman, not knowing what I talking to whoever would listen, the very beginning) has been won’t. However, The Tartan
was really getting into. interviewing people for positions an adventure. Always changing, has been resurrected, and you
I had a newspaper that I was making up as I went along, and something new. all should be very proud of the
needed to be resurrected, and talking to people coming Going from 7 newsstands to contributions you have made to
a website professors were to me for direction. I told them 30 current stands around the its success.
embarrassed to show to others, to give me a second, and I’ll get Radford campus, a complete
virtually non-existent online, a back to them. overhaul of the design of the “Attitude is more This Quest Edition is meant
starter pack my Managing Editor I researched about newspaper itself (granted important than the to show off The Tartan’s best
and I, zero or forgotten structure newspaper positions, how having no prior knowledge
past, than education, work of the 2018 -2019 school
of how to run a business; let newspapers are run, and how to using InDesign ... thank you year at Radford University, the
alone a newspaper, and people be an effective leader. Google), establishing a staff than money, than events that have impacted the
asking me questions which I I can tell you now, that there of over 20 members, garnering circumstances, Radford campus, and as a guide
couldn’t answer ... yet. was a lot of push back from older 111,000 total views since the than what people for current students and future
So, I took what I learned staff. Things were changing, new construction of rutartan. students of Radford, which
from freelancing with and they didn’t like it. I can say com, creating a training course do or say. It is might be you. The majority of
videogame websites, creating they definitely told me through for members, and hitting 35 more important articles written in this paper
YouTube videos, live streaming, anonymous end of the year published newspapers since I than appearance, are older and may be outdated
developing small websites, evaluations. However, while I became Editor-in-Chief. regarding facts. Any new articles
self-branding, and ultimately considered their comments and It’s freaking crazy!
giftedness, or skill.” written for this issue will be
learning the responsibilities, feeling, I was not going back to While I get many sleepless – Charles R. Swindoll noted by an asterisk (*) next to
challenges, and ups and downs the old ways of how The Tartan nights working at The Tartan, it’s its headline.
that my family and I have been was run. ultimately you all - the readers,
through owning and running a One of the comments editors, writers, photographers, Have a great quest and sincerely,
small business. said: “This is supposed to be Geoff White, Leanne Kelly, and
Also, it’s good to note that something fun and it’s turning even the other student media
Google was a big help as well. into the opposite.” I rebuttal organizations that are keeping
I started creating the new there comment with, while I’m ME GOING and The Tartan.
website the day I got access. trying to make it fun, The Tartan I simply can’t thank you all
Within hours, I created a is a newspaper and needs to be enough for your hard work Dylan Lepore
website that didn’t look half a newspaper. Not the blog or and dedication in creating a Editor-in-Chief
bad. Granted there were some weekly neighborhood newsletter newspaper people want to read. The Tartan
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Editor-in-Chief: Dylan Lepore

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Ida Domingo

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Jennifer Bennett NEWS + CULTURE + THE TEA + SPORTS

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An $8 Million Gift to Radford NRV Passenger Rail

people, he invited Sandra Davis Scholars must be to the city council, Lawhorn
B y C a i t lyn S t u lt z “Sandy” Davis and William studying full-time in the College By Bailey Speer explained the projects next “Jack” Davis to the podium of Business and Economics steps. One of which is a
with him, he then announced, (COBE) or the College of Visual study on any operational and

arly morning on Oct. 3, “Today I have the distinct honor and Performing Arts (CVPA) and Train travel may experience maintenance challenges the
a campus-wide email of standing before each of you have a high school or college a revival in the New River current rail line might pose.
was sent from Radford and announce a landmark gift to transfer GPA of 3.5 or higher. Valley as soon as 2020. The The other important study to
University President Brian O. provide scholarships to students Students also must be Virginia project, fittingly dubbed “New be conducted by the committee
Hemphill inviting students to a studying in the College of residents. River Valley 2020” is on track, will be the ridership study by
“momentous occasion” at 2 p.m. Business and Economics and the Students will be able to according to spokesperson Ed Amtrak.
that day without any further College of Visual and Performing renew this scholarship for two Lawhorn, who addressed the To help fund these studies
explanation. Arts.” academic school years or a total Radford City Council on Sept. and the completion of this
That afternoon, signs He continued, “Sandy and of four semesters. Students who 24. project the state has given a
overtook the front of Kyle Hall Jack’s monumental gift will wish to be eligible for additional When finished, the project grant of $350,000.
advertising the “Momentous produce a lifetime of Davis semesters must maintain a GPA would allow passengers to board For Lawhorn, the work
Occasion,” as well as directing Scholars who will excel in the of 3.75 or higher. a train in Christiansburg, Va and will be worth it for both the
people to the event and where to classroom, distinct themselves, An anticipated 80 students ride it as far as Boston, Ma. future riders and the region.
find parking. really be distinctive, as will reward this scholarship The clear appeal of cheap With the addition of another
Even though many people professionals as they move each academic year once fully travel which allows commuters travel option, the traffic on
knew about the occurrence of into their careers, and provide implemented, but three students to avoid the I-81 corridor is one the interstate will hopefully be
the event for weeks, there was their time and talent to the will be selected the first year. of the main draws of the project. less heavy, and more economic
still much secrecy to what the communities in which they Along with the renaming of With two universities in the opportunities will likely come to
event was about. live, and they work. I say to COBE, a 350-seat performance area, the ridership is projected the New River Valley.
Even Faculty Senate each of you, a monumental gift, hall will be renamed to the to be stable between the New According to the project’s
President Jake R. Fox, Ph.D., resulting in the naming of the Sandra C. Davis and William C. River Valley and Northern website,,
admitted while he was speaking Sandra C. Davis and William C. Davis Performance Hall, which Virginia. the New River Valley has the
during the actual event that he Davis College of Business and remains the music department’s Several potential sites fastest growing population in
did not know exactly why he was Economics.” primary performance area. were surveyed for the new the region. This fact, coupled
there. The Davis’s revealed an The event was immediately station around the region with the prominent universities
Remarks were also given by image of Kyle Hall with its followed by a campus-wide before a portion of land near in the area means that adding
Robert Blankenship, a junior new name of “Davis College of reception on the second floor the Christiansburg Aquatic another means of travel will
finance and marketing major at Business and Economics.” of Kyle Hall where refreshments center was settled on. The land draw further attention to the
Radford, who gave a testimony The Davis’s donation of $8 were provided. in question has already been area.
to the amount of real world million is the largest individual During the event, Sandy partially purchased by the town More potential students will
experience he has received from donation that Radford University Davis said, “Radford is on a of Christiansburg, with just a have easy access to the region,
studying at Radford. has ever received. wonderful course. There is a few acres remaining to be closed a fact that is sure to make their
A crowd of more than 250 This gift will provide positive atmosphere here, and it on. parents happy.
people waited for President incoming first-year students is very contagious.” There were several specific With construction starting
Hemphill to announce why and transfer students with a “Our ultimate goal is to help qualities the project was looking on a number of new businesses
everyone was gathered. scholarship of $4,000 a year or provide scholarships for Radford for. Ed Lawhorn said in an in Christiansburg, the
After thanking different $2,000 per semester. University students.” The
Tartan interview with The Tartan, committee hopes that the new
“It was done by the transportation hub will further
Metropolitan Planning the growth to all of the New
Photo Courtesy of Radford University Relations

Organization and the Regional River Valley cities. With the

Commission, with a key being potential for new jobs, more
proximity to population, having students, and more financial
a good road network around stability for the region it’s easy
the site and sufficient land for to see why so many community
facility network.” members are jumping on board
During his presentation the passenger rail project. The

President Proposes Tuition Freeze In Response to $1.7 Million Offer

Undergraduate Affordability.” intent to freeze tuition, stating public four-year institutions in funding.
B y J e r e m y M o s e r ’19 The budget passed the House in the email, “On behalf of Virginia. of Delegates but has yet to be
signed by Gov. Ralph Northam.
the Board, I also want to echo
President Hemphill’s words
This budget bill covers
both 2019 and 2020. It splits
“For it to be

R rising that
adford University “The accessibility and of appreciation to our elected up the funding given to public
President Dr. Brian affordability of higher education leaders for the investment they institutions each year. If we take
Hemphill announced via
email April 1, his proposition to
have been and continue to be
top priorities for our University,”
are making in our students.”
May 10 is when the final
a look at the money allocated
to Radford for both years, the
quickly … I
not increase tuition and fees for
the 2019-2020 school year.
Dr. Hemphill said in the email.
“I am proud to announce that
decision will be made by the
university’s board of visitors.
university is set to receive
$213,203,929 in 2019 and
don’t really
The recently passed state
budget will divide $52.5 million
Radford University is proposing
to freeze tuition for in-state,
According to the Partners
For College Affordability and
$237,568,265 in 2020. Adding
these figures together gets us
see what the
among each Virginia university
that agrees not to raise their in-
undergraduate students
and planning to accept the
Public Trust (PCA), tuition at
Virginia state universities has
the total amount allocated to
Radford by this budget bill:
money is going
state undergraduate tuition and
fees this year.
additional investment by the
Commonwealth of Virginia.”
risen an average of 83 percent
in the last 10 years. Radford’s
Should Radford vote to
towards,” said
Item 253.50 of the House
budget bill, HB1700, states
Mark Lawrence, Rector of
Radford University’s Board
tuition has risen slightly less
than the average at 72 percent –
freeze their tuition and fee rates
this year, this would amount to
Chris Osborn
that the fund is for “In-State Members, echoed Dr. Hemphill’s the eighth highest out of all 15 $1,659,000 in additional state TURN TO FREEZE PAGE 5 Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 5

Alexa Cannon - 21
gathered into the MAC Court
B y J e r e m y M o s e r & D yl a n L e p o r e & of the Student Recreation and
Wellness Center to pay respects

ate Wednesday night, Jan. to Radford student Alexa
30 Radford University Cannon. In her honor, they
hosted a vigil of were asked to wear blue, Alexa’s
remembrance and observance favorite color and to carry blue
in the wake of Alexa Cannon’s glow sticks, which substituted
death. for candlelight.
Hundreds of students This comes nearly a week
“This campus cannot, after Alexa’s death as what was
once her roommate, Luisa Ines
and will not, be defined
Tudela Harris Cutting, now
by this tragedy,” said stands charged with her murder.
Dr. Hemphill. “We have In the opening of the event,
chosen to be defined a projector screen displayed a
by our connection as a photo of Alexa with a smile that
greeted the crowd as they came
caring and supportive
in and set the tone of “Light
community and our and love,” as Radford University

Remembering Those We’ve Lost

outpouring of comfort and President Brian Hemphill
support to Alexa’s family” summed up in an email.

“This campus cannot – and Hemsworth said, “RIP my friend. passing of his wife, he had been
will not – be defined by this Thank you for the incredible in and out of the hospital as his cost as the second-lowest in the
tragedy,” said in Dr. Hemphill’s adventures your stories took all health declined. state, at $13,573.
email. “We have chosen to of us on. My love and support Many former U.S. presidents The money will not be spread Chris Osborn, a freshman
be defined by our connection goes out to all your friends and and colleagues took to social evenly; some Universities are mathematics major, agrees that
as a caring and supportive family.” media to share their condolences set to receive more or less Radford’s low tuition was a
community and our outpouring “Hulk” actor Mark Ruffalo and reactions to his passing. than others. According to PCA deciding factor in his decision
of comfort and support to said, “Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Former President Barack data, Virginia Commonwealth to attend.
Alexa’s family, loved ones Uncle Stan. You have made the Obama said, “America has lost University has risen its tuition “I understand why it has to
and each other. I encourage world a better place through the a patriot and humble servant and fees by 114 percent in the rise,” he said. “If more students
all Highlanders to continue power of modern mythology and in George Herbert Walker Bush. last decade, the second-highest come, then they have to have
honoring Alexa’s legacy by your love of this messy business While our hearts are heavy increase in the state. This budget more programs, and they have
sharing your light and love of being human....” today, they are also filled with is offering $6.7 million to VCU, more reasons to have more
with others. I also ask that Filmmaker Kevin Smith gratitude. Our thoughts are with the most out of this proposal. money.”
we continue supporting each stated on Instagram, “Thank the entire Bush family tonight The budget proposal also He also brought up inflation
other in the days and months to you, Stan, for making me not – and all who were inspired by includes $8 million for the as a reason for some of the
come.” only the boy I was but also the George and Barbara’s example.” Virginia Community College increase. However, according
The night closed with a silent man I am today. You had great “He never stopped serving,” System “in order to effectuate to the CPI Inflation Calculator,
prayer as students held blue power and you always used it said former President Bill the goals of this item.” inflation can only account for
lights to the sky; the Radford responsibly, fostering billions Clinton. He adds, “I am PCA ranks colleges by their 17.82 percent of the 72 percent
community grew a small step of dreamers who all know your profoundly grateful for every net price, the expected out-of- increase at Radford in the last
closer to healing from its loss. name — a name written in the minute I spent with President pocket cost of attendance after decade.
stars for all time. You were not Bush and will always hold our grants and scholarships are “For it to be rising that
just the literary titan of comic friendship as one of my life’s applied to that number. Despite quickly … I don’t really see what
Stan Lee - 95 books, you were our modern day greatest gifts.” having risen so much in the past the money is going towards,”
Mark Twain. I will miss you all President Trump also decade, PCA ranks Radford’s net Osborn said. The

B y D yl a n L e p o r e ’20 my days, my friend and hero. designated Dec. 5 as a national Excelsior forevermore.” day of mourning, also in which
Excelsior, Stan Lee. Bush will be eulogized by his

tan Lee, a Marvel of the son, former President George
American comic book George H. W. Bush - 94 W. Bush, along with family and
industry, dies at 95 due to a friends on Wednesday at the
series of recent health problems B y I da D o m i n g o ’19 Washington National Cathedral.
such as a bout of pneumonia and The

vision issues.

Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee, told eorge H.W. Bush, former Former President Barack
TMZ that her father was rushed 41st president of the
Obama said, “America
to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center United States, died on
early on the morning of Monday, Friday night Nov. 30 at his home
has lost a patriot and
Nov. 12, and died in the hospital. in Houston. He was 94. humble servant in
Fans and friends of Lee His passing was announced George Herbert Walker
shared their thoughts: by his office, which came less Bush. While our hearts
“Luke Cage” actor Mike than eight months after the
are heavy today, they
Colter sated, “Some people say passing of his wife of 73 years,
comic books are silly. That they Barbara Bush, who died due to a are also filled with
just don’t get why people are so chronic obstructive pulmonary gratitude. Our thoughts
into them. Now I’m beginning disease on April 17. are with the entire Bush
to think they should be required Herbert Bush had family tonight – and all
reading for our children. It Parkinson’s disease that
may make us more loving and resulted in him to be reliant
who were inspired by
tolerant adults.” to a wheelchair or motorized George and Barbara’s
“Thor” actor Chris scooter in recent years. After the example.”
6 | The Tartan Dylan Lepore, Editor-in-Chief & Culture Editor // // Culture

Arts and Entertainment in Radford

A Movie Review

Avengers: Endgame
of easter eggs and references pay homage to the moments, of the future, some characters actually well paced. It doesn’t
B y E va n M a s o n ‘19 throughout. characters, and relationships. will play a more significant feel dragged out or boring. It is (Spoilers Ahead for While it may sometimes feel role in newer movies which is a dense movie that does what
Avengers: Infinity War) like fan service, and it is fan why the original characters get it needs to do without making

vengers: Endgame is the Following Thanos’s snap service, it does make you the most focus. you feel ready to leave.
sum of years of Marvel begins a story of the balance reflect on the sheer scope of There is an over-reliance Endgame is by far the most
superhero movies that that he achieved and the this interconnected universe of CGI, which is noticeable at ambitious, emotional, and
needs to be experienced. This aftermath. With screenwriters and the investment of the fans times, but it doesn’t take away intense movie in the MCU to
IS the must-see movie of the Christopher Markus and and creators in years past. too much from the over the date. It amazingly wraps up
year. Stephen Mcfeely, and directors There is a lot of focus on top epic battle scenes, which years of superhero stories and
Courtesy of Jefferson College of Avengers: Endgame the Movie

The best way to enjoy Joe and Anthony Russo, this the original six characters of has moments of breaking does so with a lot of heart and
this movie is if you have was a colossal undertaking the MCU, but it pans out well, into character building and confidence. Though Stan Lee
seen most, if not all of The offering an epic narrative while still giving the large emotional moments. The is gone, this movie gives me
Infinity Saga Marvel movies balancing darker moments, cast of characters moments to pay off from those moments hope that the future prequels,
before Avengers: Endgame deep emotions, and yet still shine in the process. strengthens the outcomes sequels, and spin-off will do
because you will appreciate managing also to deliver Without giving away immensely and gives him proud. The

it that much more from the lighthearted moments and spoilers, some fans may feel like everything more depth.
knowledge you’ve gained. Not humor. certain characters didn’t have The length of the movie, Overall: 9/10
only that, but there are a ton Endgame does well to much of a role, but in thinking despite being 3 hours long, is

The Best 7 Restaurants in the city of Radford

and food, but they also serve the & More Buffet on Sundays and sure to fill even the hungriest and chicken.
B y C a i t lyn S t u lt z Coconut River. Wednesdays, and 10% off on person. Also known for their pasta, According to their website, Thursdays. Sal’s offer Pasta Night every
RCC is involved with Project They also provide Sal’s Monday. Pasta Night presents

adford is the 30th largest Ezra, which helps in educating entertainment. Restaurateurs Pizza is always a crowd- several different pasta dishes
city in Virginia. Even children in Nicaragua. Their can play pool every day pleaser, and Sal’s does it like no that will satisfy anyone’s
though it’s nowhere website also states that they and participate in trivia on other. cravings.
near the largest city in Virginia, are involved with community Wednesdays. This pizzeria has many
there are still many amazing projects located within the New Additionally, Sharkey’s Up beautiful signature pies every Golden Bowl
restaurants available to River Valley. Top provides a dance floor for day of the week. Sal’s provides Golden Bowl provides
students, residents, and visitors. people 21+ on the weekends. many toppings, such as spinach,
Here is a list of some of the Sharkey’s feta, Italian pepperoni, eggplant, TURN TO BEST PAGE 7
best restaurants in Radford: Sharkey’s is a great place to El Charro
eat and hang out with friends With an array of options,
Radford Coffee Company and family. With classics El Charro provides delicious
Radford Coffee Company, or like hamburgers and wings, and affordable Mexican food.
RCC, may technically be a coffee Sharkey’s has something that They serve entrees that include
shop, but they also have amazing will satisfy everyone’s hunger. chicken, beef, seafood, pork, and
food. Along with their drinks, Along with their great food, vegetarian options.
such as coffees, smoothies, and Sharkey’s also provides great The Mexican restaurant also
shakes, RCC serves paninis, deals every day of the week. has a free salsa bar, a favorite
Photo by Evan Mason | The Tartan

traditional breakfast foods, For example, the restaurant among many. They often provide
wraps, and salads. has a buy one get one free deal at least 10 different options that
Additionally, Radford Coffee on their burgers every Monday. patrons are free to try.
Company not only serves the Sharkey’s deals also include: With the salsa bar and
New River with delicious coffee Kids Eat Free Tuesday’s, Wings generous portions, El Charro is Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 7

FROM BEST, PAGE 6 Growing Strong at the Graduate Art Show

Radford with excellent Asian Growing Strong By Reilly Gordon went on to explain
cuisine at exceptional prices. B y E va n M a s o n ’19 Gordon (left), Drops By her creative process, “Most of
They also offer the convenience Alenjandra Moral (top right), my work focuses on the female
of being available to order online and Serenity Amongst Chaos By experience. I like watercolor and

for both dine-in and carry out. n Mar. 20, Radford Reilly Gordon (bottom right). use pens as well. Watercolor has
Aside from their delicious University hosted the Gordon continued saying, this quality that can capture
options, Golden Bowl offers a Graduate Art Show “I painted her with vegetables, color and expression very well
unique dessert; rolled ice cream. exhibition in the McConnell plants, growing around her and my pieces tend to be very
Golden Bowl makes several library. and her hair also turns into the emotional, so it’s a natural
different flavors of this treat The art on display was made Chicago skyline because that’s medium for my work. The pen
fresh daily. from handmade dough, made by graduate art students from where she was from. So it’s a has this great mark making
daily. The pizzeria serves their the Radford University Graduate very personal piece, and I think quality, and my work is very
BT’s pizza garnished with many Student Art Association. it has a very sunny and uplifting narrative based, I’m trying to tell
BT’s has become a favorite different vegetables and other Radford students gathered mood, which accurately portrays a story, so it naturally connects
among Radford University toppings. around for light refreshments the model.” to graphic novel imagery which
students for multiple reasons. Along with their pizza, Brick and to examine the art which When asked about the other I am personally influenced by.”
The restaurant is a very short House Pizza serves wings. The the pieces were made during the painting she said, “In Serenity Gordon also says that she
walk from campus, making it hot sauce that covers these students time at Radford. Some Amongst Chaos, I was feeling enjoys her time in the graduate
easier for students to get to the wings are also handmade in the were experimental pieces, as very overwhelmed and confused program, “Radford’s MFA
restaurant. restaurant. Brick House Pizza’s well as different types of media. and wanted to gain some clarity program is small, but I like
This full-service restaurant wings are also cooked in their When speaking with Reilly amongst all of my stresses. I that aspect because there are
offers entrees ranging from wood oven. Gordon, one of the graduate painted myself with a composed more opportunities to really be
soups, salads, burgers, sirloin, Live music can be regularly students in the program, The and stoic expression, wanting an individual and get to know
and sandwiches. On the found at this restaurant, and it’s Tartan asked which of her to be strong in the face of my everyone in the department and
weekends, BT’s also has a brunch also a great place to watch many artworks she liked the most, and challenges and free to grow from the program.”
menu including items, such as different sports games. which one she enjoyed making them.” If you are interested in
omelets and pancakes. You may notice that there the most. “The Lion represents that more of Gordon’s work, visit her
BT’s doubles as a bar and has aren’t a lot of good places to Gordon replied, “In Growing strength but is also roaring, website here.
a late-night menu, along with dine at or near Radford, but Strong I was inspired by the letting out frustrations, and the There are other great works
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an excellent atmosphere for a here is our list of must-eat model. It was her dream and birds represent freedom and on display for the Graduate Art
weekend night hang out. places. With all these amazing goal as a psychologist to focus letting go,” stated Gordon. “This Show available to see until April
restaurants offered nearby the on how community gardens piece was very expressive, and 15 so support your local Radford
Brick House Pizza campus, you’re bound to find in inner cities can help the at first, I really didn’t like it, but artists.The

Finally, Brick House Pizza one that you really enjoy. The
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provides wood-fired pizza made health of children.” emotionally, I started to love it.”
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busy schedule to relax. reasonable accommodations
The Tartan is looking for B y D e n ny P r i c e Try to take time out of your B y C h a d B ox l e y ‘19 so that those individuals can
dedicated, fast-learning, and day to do something that is not get a fair Radford University
self-suffient student who can school related. For instance, you experience.

set their own standars or goals e all get to that point could watch television, play a adford University has The workers here aim
for what they would like to in the semester videogame, or even read your continued to be dedicated to create comfortable
contritbute to the Tartan. where we have zero favorite book. Taking a little to making sure that its environments for the center
motivation to do anything. time out for yourself each day wonderful students have access that are diverse, accessible, and
• Culture Editor The lack of motivation can helps to keep your life balanced. to all of the resources that one inclusive which can be found in
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it is possible for you to get that semester. 1. Student Counseling at Radford strives to focus on
Interested? motivation and drive back. Every time you do well Services helping students and faculty
For more information head to on a test or complete your The counseling center at succeed. The wonderful workers
Tyler Hall Room 025 Here are some ways to get assignments, celebrate and Radford University offers free, often focus on supporting
Monday - Friday that motivation back throughout reward yourself. Treat yourself confidential mental health research, scholarship, and
10 a.m to 5 p.m. the semester: by going out to eat or even buying services for students while they are even open to the yourself something. It does not also providing many learning consideration of new ideas.
Write Down Your Goals matter how you decide to reward opportunities for students to During my time here
One way that you can yourself, just celebrating the grow as individuals. at Radford University, I’ve
motivate yourself throughout small victories helps you stay Whether it’s working on overheard many students
RU Aware ... the semester is to write down motivated and ensures you that relationships with peers or even mention how they’ve never
your goals. you can do anything that you set developing yourself to become stepped inside of our library,
Southern sea otters have flaps of When you write down your your mind to. the best person you can be, the and I am surprised.
skin under their forelegs that act
goals, it reminds you of what you counseling center can help you. Being a Library Advisor
as pockets. When diving, they
are working towards. Putting Talk to Loved Ones The counseling centers walk-in this semester has helped me
use these pouches to store rocks
and food. your goal list in your planner, Having friends or family hours are from Monday to Friday understand that the library
hanging it up in your room or that you trust and can talk to from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in the lower is one of the best, if not the
even your bathroom helps with is a way to motivate yourself. level of Tyler Hall. best, resource here at Radford
remembering them. Being around people you enjoy University for students. They
Looking for An alternative to the goal can take your mind off of all 2. The Harvey Knowledge have many settings for visitors,
list is a vision board. A vision the things that you are going Center even if you’re looking for a
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Tartan through exploring all the goals. Having this vision board Having someone to vent to (LARC), is accessible to all They are open 7 days a week
way back to 1910, when it was in a place you look at every day also helps with the process of Radford University students. and they also offer extended
initially called the Grapurchat
is also essential. getting out of the rut you were At the HKC, workers focus hours during exam periods.
to when it was rebranded as the
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Tartan in 1979.
that constant reminder helps their learning skills while also 5. Substance Abuse and
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do anything. Even though you make it through the semester. The
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may have assignments to turn show progress academically. even Peer Health Educators
in or tests coming up, you still HKC is located on the 4th along with various groups that
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The Tartan’s Female Athlete of The Year

RU an established, or
fledgling journalist? Or
maybe you just love to recipient. This careful selection and Forward. at Radford University was over.
write, and this might be B y C h a d B ox l e y ‘19 came in result of her amazing Walker mentioned during an She eventually went on
your first time showcas- performances and contributions interview with The Tartan how to accomplish that goal, Mar.
ing your hidden talent? to her team this year. she loves to get her teammates 17, inside of the Deadmon
The Senior Communications involved as much as she can. center against Campbell as the
Want to bring your opin- major led the Radford She was responsible for 80 Highlanders won their first Big
ions and unique views University’s Women’s Basketball assists and 46 total steals this South championship since the
to the masses? Love the team from her Guard/Forward season. 1995-96 season.
idea of reporting on and positions this season to an Her final Basketball season When The Tartan asked
impressive (27 - 6) record which included a dominating 18 game Walker about how she felt about
off campus news, voicing
included a dominating (17- 1) win streak by the Highlanders receiving this award, she replied
your opinion on topics
Big South conference record. that lasted from Jan, 12 to that she was so honored to
ranging from movies,
Photo Courtesy of Radford Athletics

This season the Florence S.C March 23 as well as an NCAA receive it, but she thinks that
laws, and on the many native played and started in all tournament appearance. her teammate, Lydia Rivers,
fun, and sometime’s un- 33 Highlander basketball games, During the Highlanders should’ve won it because she has
usual, attractions going scoring a total of 462 points, NCAA tournament appearance been a big fan of her outstanding
on around campus? Then which averaged out to a solid against the Maryland Terrapins, performance this season.
give Radford Universi- 14.0 points per game. Walker was responsible for April 20, Walker officially

ty’s Student-run News- pril 27, The Tartan Walker continued to display 15 points during her strong signed with her agent and is
paper a shout and email selected Radford all season how extremely performance, but unfortunately, currently preparing to continue
the Editor-In-Chief! University Women’s versatile she is and that she can they weren’t victorious. her basketball career. She will
Basketball standout Destinee attack opponents from multiple Walker stated that her start playing overseas beginning

Walker as The Tartans first ever positions on the court, which is goal was for the team to win a in September of 2019. The

Female Athlete of the Year Award why she’s listed as both a Guard championship before her tenure

The Tartan’s Male Athlete of The Year

Tartan’s Male Athlete of the Year in leading his team on an
B y C h a d B ox l e y ‘19 Award. impressive 7 game win streak at Szamski is a Geology major one point this season.
here at Radford University, and Szamski even also received Whenever Szamski
he is the son of Jim and Susan
Szamski. He also has one sibling,
national honors earlier this
season when he was recognized,
steps up to bat,
The RU Funnies his brother Jimmy who also has a April 2, by USA Golden Spikes no matter who his
Everyone asks where’s Waldo…
Nobody asks how’s Waldo.
history with baseball.
Szamski continues to show
when he earned their Player of
the Week Award.
opponents are,
--- improvement day in and day out Szamski’s batting average they are instantly
I think I want a job cleaning mirrors.
It’s something I could really see
on the baseball field.
Whenever Szamski steps
this season sits at an impressive
.337, and he currently leads
frightened. During
myself doing. up to bat, no matter who his his team in that category. The this season
Photo Courtesy of Radford Athletics

opponents are, they are instantly standout also led his team in
opponents often
A horse walks into a bar. frightened. During this season runs scored with 43.
Several patrons got up and left as they opponents often attempt to shy He has also dominated attempt to shy away
away from him because of the hitting the baseball this season
from him because
recognized the potential danger in the
situation. power he displays behind each as he was responsible for 58
hit he takes at-bat. total hits! of the power he

A man walks into a bar. he male athletes here at He is currently tied for first After his eventful year,
He’s an alcoholic and it’s destroying Radford University this place with teammate J.D Mundy the Highlanders will surely displays behind
his family!
school year have been
extraordinarily outstanding,
in the category for most home
runs, as they both now have 9.
miss Szamski’s impactful
performance on the baseball
each hit he takes
Why did Cinderella get kicked off the and they put on amazing Although the Highlanders field next season! The
Tartan at-bat.
soccer team? performances for their baseball season has been rocky,
Because she kept running from the respective teams each day. Szamski has consistently
ball! Although one remarkably dominated from his outfield
--- individual stood out to The position during his 44 starts this
Why did the blind man fall In the Tartan staff, and he goes by the season.
well? name #8 Andrew Szamski. The Glen Arm, Md. native
Because he couldn’t see that well! Saturday, April 27, The Tartan earned two Big South Player of
selected the redshirt senior to be the Week Awards this season.
the first-ever recipient for The He also played a major role Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 11

Men’s Basketball 2019 Season Recap

ended with a final score of 76- per game and ranked top-10 in impressively. He tallied 15.7, run at the championship next
B y L u c a s C a r r ‘20 65. In Ed Polite Jr.’s last time the Big South in steals (1.5) and 5.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists per year for the second Big South suiting up for the Highlanders, blocks (1.2) per game as well. game. He tossed perfect dimes Championship trophy for two
the 6’5 senior had 15 points, five Polite Jr. also became Radford 181 times this season, ranking times in three seasons.


he Radford Men’s rebounds, and three blocks. University’s career leader in second most in program history
Donald Hicks
Basketball team had yet Head Coach Mike Jones total rebounds with 1,119. while also being named Big
another successful season led the Highlanders to an He has also been selected to South Player of the Week twice.
to add to their continuous impressive 22-11 overall record participate in the 2019 Dos Equis Before beginning conference
streak of winning seasons. The while remaining at the top of the 3x3U National Championship play in January, the Highlanders
Highlanders were fortunate Big South, tying with Campbell game scheduled for April 5-7. were able to shock the nation
enough to make it to the Big at a 12-4 against the rest of the The players will compete at a two times as they defeated a
South Conference Championship conference. chance to take home a hundred couple of power five conference
for the second year in a row. They posted a win percentage thousand dollars in prize money. teams. On Nov. 30, they defeated
Unfortunately, the outcome of .667 keeping an outstanding Carlik Jones, as well as Polite the No. 17th ranked Texas
was not as bright as last season’s, 11-2 for games inside the Jr., have been named to the Longhorns in Austin 62-59.
as they fell to Gardner-Webb in a Dedmon Center and also sharing 2019 National Association of They were able to participate
tightly contested battle. the Big South regular-season Basketball Coaches Division 1 in the Gotham Classic also in
The Highlanders’ home title for the first time since the All-District 3 First Team. This November and beat the Fighting
court was overflowing with fans 2008-09 season. marks the first time in Radford Irish of Notre Dame 63-60 in
from all over, including former The Highlanders can rest history that more than one South Bend. The Highlanders
Virginia Tech Hokies head easy knowing they had one of the player has been named to an went 3-1 in this mini-
football coach, Frank Beamer. greatest to ever play for Radford NABC All-District team in the tournament with wins against

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Unfortunately, the boys in red in Polite Jr. He was awarded same season. Notre Dame, William and Mary,
were unable to respond to lights All-Big South First Team and Jones, who additionally won and UIC.
out shooting from Gardner- Defensive Player of the year. First Team All-Big South Honors, The Radford Men’s team
Webb’s on fire backcourt. He averaged a career-high 13.4 followed up his Freshman had another impressive season,
The championship game points a game, 9.5 rebounds of the Year campaign quite and they look to make another

Women’s Basketball 2019 Season Recap

games for an average of 19.0 defense is nothing to overlook. since she transferred from James
B y C h a d B ox l e y ’19 points and 12.3 rebounds per Senior Khiana Johnson has Madison University. At 6’3 she game. played a major role in running is a force to be reckoned with As this memorable
Senior guard/forward the offense from her guard in the paint, and she is a very

he Radford University Destinee Walker has been position as well. physical player so stay out of season finally
women’s basketball team
has officially concluded
the main focus on this unit
all season. She has been an
Johnson has been able to
contribute on both the defensive
her way, but she can also step
outside and shoot anywhere on
comes to an end,
the 2018-19 season after their extremely consistent player and offensive sides of the ball. the court when needed. Highlander fan
should be proud
loss in the first round of the during her tenure and has Her speed and quickness give This was the Highlanders
NCAA tournament on Mar. 24. accepted every responsibility her an advantage over many first championship in 23 Years
As the Tartan looks back given to her on and off the court. players she faces as well as her since the 95-96 season! of the hard work
on the season, we would Walker has been a major high basketball IQ in which Unfortunately, as this
like to honor the women’s factor in the Highlanders success often makes great decisions. She memorable season finally and dedication
basketball team for some of
their outstanding achievements
this year; she’s averaged a solid
14.0 points per game in her 33
went on to average 11.0 points
per game this season, and her
comes to an end, Highlander
fan should be proud of the hard
the Radford
en route to making history this games played. outstanding gameplay earned work and dedication the Radford University women’s
basketball team
season! Redshirt junior Sydney her Big South second team all- University women’s basketball
The Kinston, NC native Nunley had a monster season conference honors this season. team displayed this season.
led the entire Big South in this year after sitting out Redshirt Junior Savannah This one will go down in displayed this
rebounding, snatching an the entire 18-19 season with Felgemacher has helped this the record books as one of the
impressive 10.2 boards per a medical redshirt. The 6’4 team in every aspect possible greatest seasons ever. The
Tartan season.
game. Rivers also led the Big center was second in the entire
South conference in double- conference in double-doubles
doubles with a whopping 13. Her with 12, only one behind her
consistent performances earned teammate Lydia Rivers.
her first team all-conference Nunley went on to score over
honors as well. She averaged 22 points in three games this
12.0 points throughout the season against Hampton, High
regular season. Point, and Mount St. Marys.
Rivers continued to Nunley’s standout season also
dominate throughout the Big earned her Big South second
South tournament. After her 14 team all-conference honors!
points, 14 rebound performance Redshirt junior Jen Falconer
in the championship against has been dominating in the
Campbell, she was then named classroom and on the court this
Photo’s by Chad Boxley | The Tartan

the Most Valuable Player of season. Falconer was a major

the entire tournament after key this season in setting up
recording her 15th double- and running the Highlander
double of the season. Rivers offense from her guard position.
scored a whopping 57 points and She often gets her teammates
snatched 37 rebounds in three involved, and her outstanding
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