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Visitors center opens July 5th ELIZABETH HAYDU news writer The July 5 opening of the new visitors center and admissions building will provide a better and more memorable experience for incoming students and their parents. The new building will host over 50,000 visitors per year that visit Virginia Tech and will be the new processing center for over 26,000 student applications that arrive in the admissions office each year. Covered in the signature Hokie Stone with arches, towers, and iron work made to match the other land mark buildings on campus, the new visitor center costs $10.5 million, is 18,100 square feet, and took four years to complete. Located on Prices Fork Road near the new ceremonial entrance, the land that the new building is located on used to be part of the campus golf course, but has not been in use since the Inn at Virginia Tech was built. The building contains two conference rooms, an exhibit area, a visitor’s center, and the entire admissions office staff, previously located in Burruss Hall. The new building will also provide a central location for visitors to get information, campus tours, and parking passes. “The old vinyl-sided building was shockingly small for such a large university,” said Laureen White, a mother of a Tech graduate. “Eliza and I visited Tech when she was a pro-

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The new visitors center on Prices Fork Rd. will open in time for freshmen orientation next week. spective undergraduate student and with the old visitor center I got the feeling from Tech that she would just be another number there. It seemed very underwhelming in every aspect.” With many added conveniences and a comfortable environment, the new building proves to change visitor’s experiences completely. The atrium has interactive displays that contain information on the history of the university, student life,

and the effect the university has had on the commonwealth of Virginia. With transportation as a concern, the office features an additional parking lot and shuttle bus to and from the center of campus. “With the new computer age, most people are computer literate and will be able to use these new amenities,” said Raneir Hart, a current Hokie parent. “For the new students and their parents, having all the informa-

tion in one place will be just wonderful.” White is excited to see and experience all the new amenities the building has to offer. “It seems more up-to-date and overall better for prospective students and parents,” White said. “The new technologies will help everyone find their way around without having to navigate an unfamiliar campus.”

An audio recording of the Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho was found on Friday. The recording was of Cho’s 2005 civil commitment hearing and it was thought to be destroyed in 2009. It was uncovered in the criminal and traffic files rather than the civil commitment files, Montgomery County General District Court Clerk Kim McKittrick said. Special Justice William Alexander recently ordered the recording be released to the parents of slain Tech students Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson. Both parents filed two $10 million civil suits against Tech officials in 2009, and are represented by Fairfax-based attorney Robert Hall. Cho had appeared before a special magistrate in 2005, where he was ordered to have outpatient counseling. He was involuntarily detained overnight at Carilion Clinic Saint Albans Hospital because of a suicide threat and emergency mental health evaluation at the Tech police department. see AUDIO / page three

New eco-friendly programs considered JOSH HIGGINS news staff writer New efforts are being made toward environmental protection and sustainability around Virginia Tech and Southwest Virginia. The city of Roanoke has installed solar-powered ‘BigBelly Solar’ trash compactors in Roanoke’s Hurt Park region after being awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The new trash receptacles each have a central coordination system that emails waste management workers when the cans are 80 percent full, which saves time and fuel for the city’s waste management system. The new system has had a great impact on Roanoke, reducing the amount of labor and greenhouse gas emissions used during trash pickup.

After seeing a positive impact from the installation of these new units, the city plans to install new units in other locations around Roanoke. Virginia Tech’s Office of Energy and Sustainability has also considered installing BigBelly Solar units around campus. “They’re actually pretty popular on college campuses, and they’ve proven really effective,” campus sustainability planner Angie De Soto said. De Soto believes that installation would save gas and time for waste management officials around campus. De Soto also said that the units, which can cost up to $6,000, might be too expensive to install around campus, but implementation could still be possible. “It’s definitely not out of the question,” De Soto said. “It’s just a question of resources.”

Although the office has not implemented the new solar-powered receptacles, they have been creating new programs to help Tech reduce it’s environmental impact. Tech was recently recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible universities. The program has created an innovative, interdisciplinary internship program that allows emerging sustainability professionals to gain experience in sustainability before entering the working world. The interns have created several new programs to improve environmental awareness around campus. One intern team has been working with Tech’s Athletics department to organize a ‘Green Effect’ football see GREEN / page three

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what you’re saying //comments from online readers... On suspicious briefcase: Anon>> It was on top of a trash can after all. I mean, it doesn’t hurt to check to be safe but to take 4 hours to check it when the odds are 1 to a million its a bomb in Blacksburg? Well, I guess summers are slow around here for police anyway.

noname>> A bomb dog had to be brought in. VSP Wytheville has one I believe. That takes time. Every bomb threat or otherwise must be taken seriously. If anything were to happen, the police department would be liable.

On TechPad opens: Anon>> Sounds like a great place, I want to check it out. So say if you are new to the place and have a few ideas you want to explore or even just meet people and hear other ideas..do you just walk in or what? Is it an appointment type place or a place you just go in and meet people. Are there going to be events where you can go in and meet people to get started rather than walking in there lost? How does it work?

On ‘War on Drugs’: Brandt Hardin>> The War on Drugs failed $1 Trillion ago! This money could have been used for outreach programs to clean up the bad end of drug abuse by providing free HIV testing, free rehab, and clean needles. Harmless drugs like marijuana could be legalized to help boost our damaged economy. Cannabis can provide hemp for countless natural recourses and the tax revenue from sales alone would pull every state in our country out of the red! Vote Teapot, PASS IT, and legalize it.

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Schoolboard to mull over new high school Building plans are under way for the design and construction of a new Blacksburg High School. The Montgomery County School Board has been working with the Branch & Associates company to design a detailed plan of a new school complex.The company has now released a preliminary blueprint of the new 300,000 square foot complex. The new school construction is part of a program to be completed by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) that will result in the construction of a new Blacksburg High School and Auburn High School, as well as a renovated Auburn Middle School. The program is part of a Public Private Educational Infrastructure and Facilities Act (PPEA) process that began late last year, as the first design proposals were received earlier this year. The Montgomery County school system has taken several factors into consideration in deciding how to design the new school.The school’s layout has been designed with cost, the area of land they have to build on, and the student population in mind. The school board has been working with the construction company, along with local community members to help design

a school involving the effort of many interest groups. With a completed blueprint in hand, the Montgomery County School Board will hold a regular school board meeting on July 5, and will vote on whether or not the school system will continue working with Branch & Associates for the construction of the school. Although the process has involved some community members, the school board has received complaints about the size of the new school, based on published design drafts. “We’ve heard from about 10 people regarding the size of the school,” said Brenda Drake, clerk of the Board for MCPS. “But when you consider the population of the school itself and in the community, I’m not sure if that represents a large facet.” Drake said that public input would still be heard after the vote on July 5.“We don’t want people to think that these preliminary designs that they’ve seen are set in stone – there is still plenty of room for consideration,” Drake said. “People can still provide input and comment, and as we move forward, these things can be considered.” -josh higgins, collegiate times

Blacksburg gears up for the Fourth of July CARA MCBROOM

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news editor Students spending their first summer in Blacksburg often panic about Fourth of July plans. If having a cook-out and sparklers isn’t enough to tickle your fancy, Blacksburg has provided a slew events throughout the day in honor of our country’s independence day. Historic Smithfield Plantation will be having a celebration on July 4 from 10 am - 1 pm where town residents, students, and visitors alike can enjoy colonial music, dancing, kids’ games, and watch a Revolutionary War reenactors drill. There will also be a tour of the famous 250-year-old home and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Food from the Log Cabin BBQ will be for sale or participants can pack a picnic lunch.

Hang around Duck Pond or peruse Downtown Blacksburg while the Mt. Tabor Ruritan Club sets up for the 25th annual parade. This year the parade will begin at 2 pm. Due to construction, the parade route will begin at Old Blacksburg Middle School, head down Main Street, turn left onto College Avenue, and end on Otey Street. Local restaraunts will be sure to have to special deals and meals for the occassion. Don’t worry, the dust from the demolition will have settled by the time the parade sets off. After the parade, the Municipal Park will host live music at 5 p.m. Bands such as No Strings Attached, The Meter’s Running featuring the Big Dog Brass, Blacksburg Community Band, Blacksburg Community Strings, and Celebration Chorus will be performing.

Following the parade, the Lyric Theatre will screen a free movie, Remember the Titans, sponsored by Mount Tabor Ruritan Club. Weather permitting, the evening will culminate in a fireworks display at the Municipal Park at 9:30 p.m. just after the movie showing finishes. Bring a blanket and some snacks and enjoy a timeless Fourth of July tradition. Blacksburg Transit will be shuttling from Tech’s parking lot (lot “C” closest to Stanger Street) beginning at 5 pm. The New River Valley will be roaring with activity next Monday, and it looks like with the events planned by our local community, Fourth of July will be a very memorable one for all involved. For more information on any of the events listed here check Blacksburg’s website at www. blacksburg.gov/recreation and the Blacksburg Recreation Department at 540-961-1135.

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Mental health records released previously by Virginia Tech officials show that in 2005 Cho’s diagnosis changed drastically. Those records depicted a young man suffering with ongoing depression and isolation, to a mentally ill psychiatric patient deemed “an imminent danger,” to a college student with no psychiatric history suffering from “acculturation issues” and “stress of college life.” There’s no evidence that Cho ever received the outpatient counseling ordered by the magistrate in late 2005.

In 2007, the recording was required to be released by court order to three state agencies investigating aspects of the shootings in which 32 people died and 20 were injured. The Virginia State Police, a special state investigative panel convened by former Gov. Tim Kaine and James Stewart, inspector general for the state’s mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services, all received copies, according to court filings. McKittrick was able to find both the original and a copy of the recording by using the dates of those court orders. As of Tuesday, it

was unclear as to why the tapes were in the wrong files. The attorney representing the plaintiffs in the case requested copies and this discussion convinced McKittrick to search other court records for evidence of the tape. “At that time in 2005, I wasn’t the clerk and I wasn’t familiar with what they would have done differenty,” McKittrick said in regards to the filing system. “After I spoke with the Roanoke Times and the attorney, I looked through the different filing system for mental committments but the tapes weren’t attached.”

“One of the court orders was written under a criminal code and I’m assuming that those tapes were filed with them,” McKittrick said. Under state law that governs court record retention schedules, civil commitment paperwork is kept for ten years and audio recordings of commitment hearings are kept for three years. Mikittrick explained that the tapes recording Cho’s commitment hearing on Dec. 15, 2005, would have been kept in a box with other such recordings from 2005, and destroyed as a batch in 2009. The mental commitment paper-

work and the audio recording tapes would be batched in two separate locations. Since then, McKittrick has given the tapes to Hall. In an interview with the Roanoke Times, Hall said that Cho’s voice is inaudible on the tape. Hall said he is searching for a company that could enhance the sound quality to retrieve Cho’s responses to a special magistrate’s questions. The wrongful death suits are set for a 10-day jury trial on Sept. 29 in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

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that goal, reducing consumption by around nine megawatts, although the results have not yet been confirmed. If Tech completes the summer-long program, the university will receive around $200,000 dollars in payment for their energy reduction. Tech’s sustainability officials have also designed a new online sustainability portal, which will allow Tech students to discover sustainability initiatives to participate in and allow students to post their own ideas and initiatives. Although Tech has no immediate plans to implement the BigBelly Solar waste system around campus, De Soto expects the programs they’re working on to have a positive impact on energy reduction around campus. De Soto believes that real sustainability involves not only environmental issues but also social and economic aspects. “Sustainability is not just environmental,” De Soto said. “Finding the balance between all three of those—the people, the planet, and the economy—that’s where real sustainability is.”

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game. The team is planning to design Green Effect t-shirt to help generate funds for sustainability programs around campus and is also trying to plan a near-zerowaste football game, using knowledge gained from assessments of game day trash and recycling operations. Tech has also been involved with the “Power Down, Lights Out!” program, an initiative working to reduce the amount of energy consumption from the regional grid during peak hours of the summer, when power suppliers are not able to produce enough electricity to meet the heavy demand. “We are a huge consumer of electricity,” De Soto said. “They can call on us during peak hours to see if we can drop our energy consumption.” Tech held a “Power Down, Lights Out!” event last Thursday, encouraging students, faculty, and staff to turn off and unplug all non-essential electric items for one hour. The event’s goal was to reduce electricity usage by 6 megawatts. The office expects that they have exceeded


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ast Sunday I went to a megachurch. Normally I attend small L churches with a gathering of local believers who strive to live according to the Bible. Having already attended countless churches from many denominations and faiths, I was eager to see what the average parishioner experienced at one of these stadium-sized complexes. It was horrific. Megachurches like this one can have almost nothing to do with biblical Christianity and may actually do violence to the ‘Word of God.’ After finding a place to park I made my way to Building B. The “campus” for this church that boasts over 10,000 members had six CHUCK WEIL / COLLEGIATE TIMES buildings labeled A-F. Each building was as large as many found here at Virginia Tech. The large entrances shoved me into an enormous hall that resembled an airport terminal or the concourses that surround NFL stadiums. Once inside I noticed that few people were dressed like they were going to church. The Bible does not say that one must dress exactly such and such way, who would prefer to beat drums and but neither is it silent when it comes to march back to the Dark Ages but not the matter of attire. for those who desire progress for our Dressing modest is important to species. By their moral perversion me, but at this church mini skirts and they seek to blame homosexuals for cleavage were everywhere. their orientation by calling it a ‘choice,’ Another is that as an ambassador but in reality they are only hiding for Christ I want to dress in a respectfrom themselves. able manner. If they were to face reality and see This is especially true for church that homosexuals enjoy no choice in because I do not want to pay more the matter they would be forced to respect to man than God. rearrange their view of the world and For example, it would bother me if I evolve in their thinking. dressed nicely for graduation, to meet But for those who prefer the epoch a politician or went on a date than I of witch burning to our current one, did to worship God. changing one’s mind can be a hateful People at this place must not have experience. And so they call homoshared my conviction because scores sexuals perverts and degenerates, they of them wore flip-flops, shorts and call their actions debaucherous and t-shirts. sinful, they say that because of their I only lasted thirty seconds in the sexuality God punishes this nation first room I entered. but what they are really saying is nothIn it I found hundreds of cafeteriaing but their own intolerance and style tables where people were in the hatred of their fellow men. process of guzzling down coffee and For those of you who stand in favor loading up on donuts. of same-sex marriage, I personally Large screens surrounded the room thank you. But for those who stand and apparently these people were against it, I say get used to it. about to watch the real service on a Whether you like it or not moveten-minute delay. ments for freedom once begun canI wanted to watch real preaching not be stopped; no matter how much so I turned around and followed the you try to stop us we will prevail. lengthy hallway to the live service. Hatred and intolerance can never As I entered the main service equal the power of freedom and the lights were dim and a band equality. Because of this no matwas playing to a crowd of 3,000 ter how hard they try or how loud or so. They were playing Michael they scream the bigots will never win Jackson. Because I want my column because liberty and tolerance always to go to print I will refrain from will. expressing my true thoughts on why this is wrong on so many JASON CAMPBELL

Gay marriage movement works to prevail despite political backlash

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ast Friday a tremendous step forward was made for this L generation’s civil rights movement. When New York became the largest governing state in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage in a Republican controlled Senate all those who value human rights could feel proud. Though this bill was passed by a remarkably slim margin and lacked the support of President Obama, Governor Cuomo and those who voted for it can be revered as champions of freedom. This nation has known great moral and humanitarian crises but those of us alive today tend to think of them as being in the past; as being the errors of our ancestors. Whether slavery, the subversion of women and African Americans, or the myriad of examples one can pull from American history we all feel better thinking of them as historical and not contemporary events. The danger of this view is that we tend to ignore the great movements for progress that are made today and more importantly, we tend to ignore the need for such progressions. As shown by Friday’s remarkable vote, however, this nation is in the middle of its own civil rights movement. Out of the many differences that exist between past movements for civil rights and the current one for the homosexual community, the most striking is a philosophical issue. The extension of rights to African

Americans in this country tended to come from a viewpoint that they were inferior beings who inherently lacked the same rights as white people. But the extension of rights to homosexuals seldom comes from this perspective. Instead, those who prevent homosexuals from gaining their rights tend to think that such extensions are immoral because the homosexual is immoral. It is this difference that makes the gay rights movement less of a political issue as it is a moral issue. In this way, the position that a person takes regarding gay rights not only reflects their political viewpoint but also their moral viewpoint. I would have greater respect for those who stand in the way of gay rights if they would simply be honest with us and themselves and admit what they truly are - bigots. This word carries an understandably ugly connotation but so does acting and speaking against the extension of human rights to our fellow man. By trying to hide behind religion or constitutionalism as a means of protecting themselves against such accusations, the intolerant minority has brought a great shame upon American religion and our system of government. Like a virus that has infected a healthy host, those who stand against civil rights are eating away at the fabric of this nation. Hate and intolerance are never solutions and they are never advancements. They are reserved for those

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levels. Needless to say it was absolutely disgusting to see parishioners “worship” God by rocking out to Michael Jackson. The guest speaker for the day was a New York Times bestselling author. He found a niche writing Christian books on how to be a good father. Throughout the service I pondered how a single, childless, middle-aged man from a fatherless home became an authority on what it takes to be a good father. Similarly, I found myself wondering if the church’s pastor—if they even had one; he was nowhere to be found—also failed to meet the Bible’s requirements for church leadership, which are clearly outlined in Timothy 1. Once he finished speaking the lights went dim and the band took the stage. While they were playing I witnessed the most appalling form of the Lord’s Supper in my life. For those of you who do not attend church let me first explain what the Lord’s Supper is. The Lord’s Supper refers to one of the final commandments that Jesus gave to his disciples. He told believers to meet on occasion and remember him through the symbolic breaking of bread and drinking of wine. It is not holy, does not take away sins, and does not save you or make you righteous. The bread or food is symbolic of Jesus’ body, and the wine or drink symbolic of his blood. It is a solemn event where you remember that Jesus gave his body on the cross to pay for the sins of the whole world. Those who put their faith in Christ alone, and not in religion, traditions, good works or being a good person, are then born-again and inherit eternal life. So as you can see the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic time of remembrance where you focus your thoughts on Jesus Christ and what he did for you. Well at this megachurch your thoughts were anywhere but Jesus. They passed around bread and grape juice while a Jessica Simpson lookalike rocked out with her band. And when I say rock out I mean it. In its attempt to bring the world into the church these guys must have spent a fortune—two high definition 10-foot wide TVs, half a dozen cameras you would find in the newsroom studios of Fox or CNN, a light show that you would only find at an expensive concert, and speakers so loud that they register on the see MEGACHURCH / page five


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theopportunityofincreasedresearch, access to resources, and a desire to focus on broad community issues. It could also be a vehicle to improve student access to higher education in the New River Valley. This idea is not a new concept in higher education as seen with similar connections in major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Philadelphia, and other locations. This could be an opportunity to enhance collaborations and connections between faculty, staff and students. Rather than potentially duplicate efforts, the consortium could allow for the better utilization of resources for maximum impact in the community. The consortium would need to be based on equal standing by all the parties as well as respect by all parties. We already do something similar with the Town/Gown efforts coordinated by Virginia Tech Student Government and the Town of Blacksburg. This meeting provides a valuable opportunity for town officials to engage Tech on different issues. While these gathering don’t resolve disagreements such as the infamous sales tax issue between Blacksburg and Virginia Tech, it is an opportunity to engage in an open conversation on a monthly basis and to get updates and reports. In the end, it is how the meeting is utilized that makes a difference in how it is perceived and whether the community knows that these things are taking place. I propose that a summit be held between the officials at Virginia Tech, Radford University and New River Community College to serve as an initial first step to broaden interaction as well as outreach within the New River Valley community. I see this as an opportunity to learn more about each other and to explore ways that the institutions’ could work together for the common good of the New River Valley community. In the end, regardless of the institution, the goal of educating students remains the same, as well as making an impact within the community. Through this consortium, this would be a vehicle to expand connections with RAY different commu- PLAZA nity groups based regular throughout the New River Valley. columnist

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Richter scale. After this amazing display of “worship,” a quick prayer was said and everyone promptly filed outdoors to navigate traffic in the parking lot. I am not one for lines or sitting in traffic so I sat around until most of the crowd dispersed. That is when I heard it - a small round of applause somewhere off in the distance of this vast auditorium. I located the sound and discovered that half a dozen family members were clapping for their child who was being baptized. Apparently this symbolic representation of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is less important than listening to Michael Jackson and hearing a preacher joke about how he has multiple backup girlfriends in case his favorite one dumps him. I say this because they baptized him after the service when most of the crowd was gone and nobody was

looking. This was my first and last experience with a megachurch. I found it so horrific that it grieved my spirit the entire time I was there. Not one time did the preacher mention sin, hell, heaven, or Jesus. Not once did I even feel like I was in church. As a Christian, I try to separate myself from the wickedness of this world, especially the corporate trash that pours out over the TV and airwaves. This church gathered all the entertainment I avoid into one nice little package and overloaded my senses with it. With places like this around, I can understand why non-believers are always saying that Christians do CHRIS not act like DUNN Christians. regular

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Virginia Tech continues to prepare for the upcoming year, it has started to welcome new students and their parents through the first set of the orientation sessions held for transfer students soon followed by new student orientation in July. The same preparations are taking place at Radford and at New River Community College. For the New River Valley, our community is certainly privileged to have three institutions’ of higher education in addition to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. While there are those in the community that may disagree with things that these institutions’ have done, they all have made a positive impact in some way. As I think about this, I wonder what is the nature of the engagement and interaction between these three institutions? There is certainly unofficial interaction on different levels, but is there any contact on an official level? Imagine if all three institutions came together to collectively work on an issue impacting the New River Valley? The impact would be tremendous if we decided to tackle community issues. I wonder the number of times that the collective leadership of all three institutions has come together in the recent past? There are already unofficial connections through students on a social level and through their student organizations. For example, some student organizations are joint RU/VT chapters. We have faculty that work at more than one institution at the same time through dual appointments or adjunct status, or their spouse/partners work at these institutions. We also have many employees that reside in the areas directly surrounding these institutions. Many students take classes at New River and we also have staff that take classes at both New River and Radford. I understand that each institution is different and has different goals, but it seems to me that the commonality of the New River Valley should be of great importance, especially in today’s society. There is also history between the institutions, such as the connection between Virginia Tech and Radford. How would such collaboration between these three look like? One example could be the establishment of a consortium between the three institutions. This consortium could provide for

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Nature’s treasured trails Facebook, the of Montgomery county uncertain future CARA DISILVIO features staff writer Summertime in Blacksburg is the perfect opportunity to head outdoors and discover all of the wonders of nature. Montgomery County is home to a number of exceptional hiking trails and scenic views, some of them even making lists of the top 100 best trails in the country. From the novice hiker to mountain climber, there are trails for all levels of experience. Whether you want an easy walk around a nice site, or a challenging journey to the apex of a mountain, you can find it in our very own backyard. Many of the more popular destinations are a part of the Appalachian Trail, overlooking much of Montgomery County’s countryside. If you don’t want to drive as far, there are many local sites in Pembroke and Blacksburg. Here is a breakdown of some of the best trails our location has to offer.

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Dragon’s Tooth – Catawba, VA Overlooking Jefferson National Forest, this slightly challenging trail will take you 2.8 miles to reach the proclaimed rock formations. As the trail takes you up the mountain there are some relatively steep patches that make this hike fun for all levels.

McAfee’s Knob – Catawba, VA As you hike this path you get a scenic view overlooking Catawba and Roanoke Valley. As the trail progresses the last mile becomes steep making this path for more experienced hikers. Sinking Creek Mountain – Sinking Creek Valley, VA This path will take you two miles to reach the designated campsite on the mountain, taking roughly three and a half hours round trip over the mountain. Tinker Cliffs – Catawba Valley, VA This five hour hike takes you three miles up the Catawba valley, overlooking much of Montgomery’s countryside. As one of the longer hikes, plan for a full afternoon.

Other Local Attractions: Cascades Waterfall – Pembroke, VA Just over two miles to the top, the 66 foot waterfall brings all levels of hikers to splash in its pools of water. Easy enough for all experience levels, the four mile round trip hike is one of the most popular destinations among students. Barney’s Wall – Pembroke, VA If you continue past the Cascade’s Waterfall you will find yourself at Barney’s Wall, a rock wall framing the epic view of the Little Stoney Creek and New

River Valleys. From the parking lot this trail will take you 7.5 miles to reach the end, taking roughly four hours. Pandapas Pond – Jacob’s Ladder – Montgomery County, VA Pandapas Pond is home to many trails of all varieties. As a part of the Jefferson National Forest you can choose to take a light stroll around the pond or attempt a path like Jacob’s ladder, a roughly one mile hike to destination. Brush Mountain – Blacksburg, VA A more challenging adventure, this eight mile trail will take you all over the mountain. If you get a chance to try it, you might find yourself overlooking much of the Blacksburg community and Campus. Huckleberry Trail – Blacksburg, VA This 5.75 mile path is paved for pedestrians and bikers looking to enjoy an easier walk through the park. This is one of the more popular destinations for avid bikers. Mountain Lake “Dirty Dancing” fans across the region trek to this location to find the setting of this classic film. This area is also known for a few great local restaurants. For more information on hiking locations in the area, check out the Outing Club at Virginia Tech or www.montgomerycountyva.gov.

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Facebook’s rapid growth has shown its first signs of deceleration. The social-media site recently faced its first domestic decline in users in a year, with a loss of 6 million accounts in May. According to ‘Inside Facebook,’ online traffic data accrued from Facebook’s advertising tool showed that the site entered May with 155.2 million users and ended the month with 149.4 million users. Likewise, Fox News reported that Facebook saw a loss in users in Canada of 1.52 million and in the United Kingdom and Russia of 100,000 each. Does this signal the oncoming death of Facebook? Not quite. The company is pushing a 687-million-user membership and while it is losing users in developed countries, it is experiencing new growth in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines. In Brazil, for instance, Facebook saw a 10 percent increase in users during May, according to Fox News. Faced with questions of decline, Facebook has remained confident in their ability to expand. In a statement to VentureBeat, Facebook officials said, “Some of these reports use data extracted from our advertising tool which provides broad estimates on the reach of Facebook ads and isn’t designed to be a source for tracking the overall growth of Facebook.” The company stated that it was “very pleased” with its growth overall. While Facebook has not expressed worry

about its decline in major countries, this fact could affect the company’s potential investors when it has its initial public offering, which is slated to occur next year. While the company’s IPO will likely be mutually beneficial to investors, they should keep an eye on the company’s growth data in the near future. These reports do show an interesting trend. Facebook is experiencing explosive growth in countries where it is new, while experiencing decline in countries where it has been long established. Of course, Facebook has been noted to slow growth when it reaches 50 percent of a country’s total population. However, another factor is likely the rise of rivaling social media sites such as Twitter. The past year has seen the microblogging site grow substantially. Media attention on the site helped foster this growth, with news of Twitter being used in the Tunisian and Egyptian protests and the news of a government official who leaked the death of Osama bin Laden via Twitter. “Twitter has risen,” said 2010-2011 SGA President and communication major Bo Hart. “I use Twitter as a news source to see what is going on in the world and on the Virginia Tech campus. It’s fast, easy, and up to the minute.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has watched the emerging social media site closely, stating that at times he thought Twitter had the potential to surpass Facebook, though he recently said he no longer believes that this will happen. It is not hard to notice the effects of Twitter on Facebook, however, with some ‘News Feed’ options on Facebook closely mirroring the updates on Twitter. A common complaint that surfaces when comparing Facebook and Twitter is that the former is often bloated with applications while the latter is noted for its simplicity. When asked about Twitter during an interview with Inside Facebook, Zuckerberg stated that “[t]hey do one thing really well – that’s powerful.” However, this statement begs parallels between the two sites. With Facebook doing so much, can they do it all well without having too much? This will be seen in time. Facebook remains a colossus in the realm of social-networking and will likely stay popular for some time. Growth data allow glimpses into the possible future, though, and raise an interesting question about how people connect online. “Technology is growing, growing, growing” Hart said. “It will be interesting to see what there will be in five years, whether Facebook and Twitter will still be popular or if something new will have arrived.”


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Summer Arts Festival draws audiences of all kinds 7 play, in the most creative ways possible. The three very talented actors, had many quick costume changes, character roll changes, and a lot of personality. The up-close and personal feel that this play exudes allows the audience to thoroughly enjoy the actors’ work. Not only do you get to watch an exceptional group of actors turn Shakespeare into a hilariously modern show, but the audience gets to participate. No, not merely by Twitter, but by chanting, waving, running across the stage, and much more. Theatre-goers be warned: if you do not wish to partake in theatre, but would rather simply watch, do NOT sit in the front row of any section. I braved the warnings, and while I was never personally chosen to interact—just involuntarily had a goblet of water spit into my lap—the boy beside me was used as a “prop” for Romeo and Juliet, and was forced to disappear under one of the actor’s dresses for the scene. Another girl in the front row was supposed to emit a blood-curdling scream, and did, but only after the actors led the audience in a workshop featuring Desdemona’s internal-struggles. A vast knowledge of Shakespeare’s works is not required to enjoy this performance, but as with any parody the

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The steps outside Theatre 101 were packed last Thursday night. I had thought I was the only Shakespeare-loving theatre junkie that would venture downtown on a Thursday to see a (free) production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), but I was wrong. Walking into Theatre 101, I noticed it was a black-box theatre, so it is, more or less, a large room painted black. There are 3 separate sections of seating situated around the back and side walls: the front wall serves as the backdrop for the “stage”. I say “stage” because there isn’t one; the actors perform, literally, inches from your face. Upon the back-wall of the black-box, there was a large screen upon which a Twitter feed was projected. Before, during, and after the show, the audience, crew, or friends of the actors could tweet @WllmShkspr. The stage manager was tweeting to friends in the audience, while friends of the cast were tweeting their best wishes of “break a leg!”. Some audience members got pretty creative with their tweets, and it was always amusing to see what the stagecrew had to say. The general storyline of the play involves three actors, who cram all of Shakespeare’s works (including sonnets) into a single, two hour

PAUL KURLAK / SPPS Local Blacksburg resident Kathy Smith and her dog Rosie enjoy a musical performance by Gerry Timlin last Friday. Each Friday evening in the summer, various artists play live music on Henderson Lawn. “We’ve been coming here for years. It’s the highlight of our summer,” said Smith of the performances. jokes are exceptionally more funny and appealing. Also, as warned before walking into the door, the production is probably not the most child-friendly, so call a babysitter for the night if this applies to you. Directed by Gregory Justice, The Complete Works of

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William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a must-see for the summer. Luckily for you, it’s out until July 2nd. Be sure to come early, although it’s free, a limited number of tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Go to www.sopac.vt.edu for more

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125th-year anniversary of Wimbledon creates excitement CODY OWENS sports staff writer Much has changed in the last 125 years. Empires dissolved. Communism rose and fell. Borders expanded and shrunk. The use of horses fell out of favor

with the mass-production of automobiles. Human flight became possible. The radio was invented, as was the telephone, television and the internet. Space, the last frontier, was entered. However, one thing that has not changed in this span is the Wimbledon Championship, with 2011 as the 125th year of the presti-

gioustennistournament.Wimbledon, the third of the Grand Slam tournaments in professional tennis, is held annually at the AllEngland Club in London, attracting the world’s top names in male and female tennis. The two-week long tournament began on June 20 and will feature its finals on July 3.

The tournament had its inaugural championship in 1877, with Gentlement’s Singles as the sole event. Starting in 1882, Ladies’ Singles were added. Since then, Wimbledon has expanded to include Gentlemen’s Doubles, Ladies’ Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. Adding to the tournament’s appeal is its rich collection of traditions. All players are required to wear white clothing. Royalty frequent Wimbledon, as the president of the All-England Club is the Duke of Kent, who presents the trophies to tournament champions. As recent as 2003, players would bow or curtsy towards the Royal Box when entering or exiting Centre Court, although this is now reserved for the Queen or the Prince of Wales. This tournament also saw among its spectators the popular royal couple, Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, who watched Scottish player Andy Murray defeat France’s Richard Gasquet on Monday. “If I’d known they were coming, I would have shaved,” said a smiling Murray to the Associated Press. “But it was nice.” Wimbledon is famous for being the sole tournament in the Grand Slam to feature grass courts, which decrease the bounce of balls while maintaining the speed, forcing players to reach the ball quicker. While being a hindrance to some players, these courts have allowed others, such as Roger Federer and Venus Williams, to shine. A major detriment of Wimbledon’s courts, however, is the nature of grass courts to become slippery when wet, forcing courts to be abandoned for the day in the event of rain. This issue was partially addressed in 2009 when the All-England Club unveiled a retractable roof over Centre Court, allowing for play during poor weather. With the new roof came an air management system and floodlights to replicate the atmosphere of a sunny day. The 2011 tournament has proven to be worthy of the excitement of the 125th anniversary. In the Gentleman’s Singles, defending champion Rafael Nadal has shown why he is the number-one ranked player in the world. The two-time winner of Wimbledon has dominated his opponents, reaching round 16 without dropping a set for the first time. However, in a match Monday against Juan Martin Del Potro, Nadal was forced to take a timeout after the first-set tiebreaker due to an injury in his left foot. He grasped the victory from Del Potro, but concerns have been raised about the remainder of the tourna-

ment. Nadal was unable to defend his 2008 Wimbledon title due to tendonitis in his knees, so it remains to be seen how this present injury will affect his performance. Adding to Nadal’s worries is U.S. player Mardy Fish, the last remaining American in the tournament after Monday. 10th-seeded Fish defeated 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych in an impressive match, hitting 23 aces and saving two break points, putting him in his first Wimbledon quarterfinal match. Although Fish has lost to Nadal all five times they have played, the combination of Nadal’s foot injury and Fish’s superb playing makes the result of their quarterfinal match on June 29 anyone’s guess. Swedish great and number three seed Roger Federer has also had impressive tournament play. In his match against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia on Monday, Federer lost the first set to the 18th-seeded Youzhny, causing a rustling in the crowd about the Swede. However, Federer swiftly rose to dominate the match, winning the next three sets 6-3. Federer plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Provided that both Federer and Nadal make it past their opponents on Wednesday, fans might be treated to a rematch of one of the greatest and most electrifying rivalries in tennis since the era of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. In the Ladies’ Singles division, a disappointing turnout from Venus and Serena Williams saw the sisters both eliminated from the tournament. Venus Williams lost to Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova on Monday. 7th-seeded Serena Williams played 9th-seeded Marion Bartoli of France on Monday. In their two previous matchups, Serena had beaten Bartoli; however, Bartoli changed that, defeating Serena in straight sets during their match. Serena has been plagued with injury lately, causing her to take eleven months off without playing. The semifinals and finals of Wimbledon are slated to be a thrill for fans. All of the contenders are playing great tennis and could create some interesting matchups in the remainder of the tournament. These top players have the potential to make the 2011 tournament memorable for reasons other than being the 125th anniversary. “We’ve all been playing really well…the top four or five guys really, for a long time,” Federer said to the Associated Press. “I think it’s exciting for tennis.”


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South Carolina’s undefeated College World Series title run ends with sweep of SEC East rival Florida BRENTON LAING sports staff writer

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The South Carolina Gamecocks continued their reign over NCAA baseball Tuesday night defeating Florida in Game 2 of the College World Series finals 5-2 to win their second straight national title. The historic University of South Carolina’s victory made them the first team to go 10-0 in a NCAA tournament history, extending their streak to 16 consecutive victories in the tournament, dating back to last year’s title run. South Carolina managed to get a few players on base in the bottom of the third after Paul Mooney doubled to left field. Aided by an error from Gator shortstop Nolan Fontana, the Gamecocks put three runs on the board and never looked back. South Carolina second baseman Scott Wingo was awarded Most Outstanding Player of the series from great infield play in Game 1 that allowed the Gamecocks to pull out the first win. After the game, the senior acknowledged he was going to have to move on but that his teammates “are just going to keep on getting better.” Gamecock pitcher Michael Roth threw 7 2/3 innings, while giving up 5

hits with an ERA of 1.06. “My career jump started here a year ago so it is an amazing feeling - we battled,” Roth said, after a standing ovation. The team has learned to battle from someone who knows how to battle. Charlie Peters, now 13, was visited by the USC team as he fought off Burkitt’s Lymphoma when he was five years old. He beat the cancer and became the team’s honorary batboy. Peters was young, but he had learned never to give up during his fight, so he gave the team a poster saying “Never give up.” Coach Ray Tanner took this lesson to heart, and invited Peters back to the college world series when his team fell down 1 game to 0 against Virginia in 2010. USC went on to win that championship. When the Gamecocks made it to the series again this year, Tanner knew Peters had to be there. It seems that he was their good luck charm. First baseman Christian Walker broke his hamate bone in his final swing against UVa on Friday. It looked as if he was going to be unable to play, but he toughed through it, and after hitting five home runs in batting practice yesterday his coaches were convinced he could play. He did not disappoint and went on to have four hits in the series. The Gamecocks have earned another year to celebrate as champions.


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Russell Wilson opts for Wisconsin MARK STEWART mcclatchy newspapers Time will tell if Russell Wilson fills the quarterback void for Wisconsin, but the Badgers’ latest recruit talks a good game. In a conference call Monday, the former North Carolina State signal caller came across as mature and levelheaded while displaying a balance of confidence and humility that should serve him well as he navigates a new locker room and pursues the starting job at the team’s highestprofile position. Wilson committed to the Badgers on Monday morning after weighing a chance to play at defending national champion Auburn or continue his professional baseball career. A fourth-round choice in the 2010 baseball draft, Wilson spent this summer playing second base for the Class A Asheville (N.C.) Tourists in the Colorado Rockies organization. Here is a taste of what the man of the hour had to say: “Both great schools, both great programs,” he said of UW and Auburn.”I would have been in a great situation either way. I would have been blessed either way. “I think with Wisconsin, though, I really think that is going to be a great situation for me and the rest of the guys on the team.” Wilson spent the past three seasons

playing football at North Carolina State where he was a three-time allconference pick, earning first-team recognition as a freshman, secondteam honors as a sophomore and fourth-team distinction last season. “This is an unusual situation, especially for a program that prides itself on developing players throughout their careers, as we do here at Wisconsin,” UW coach Bret Bielema said in a statement released by the school. “However, this is a special situation and Russell is the type of player and person that fits very well with our team.” Despite Wilson’s experience, N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien reportedly released Wilson from his scholarship because Wilson wouldn’t commit to football exclusively. Since Wilson graduated in four years, NCAA rules permit him to play immediately at another school during his final year of eligibility. At Wisconsin, Wilson will attend graduate school and said he will pursue a business-related degree. “When I first got to Wisconsin, I could tell the atmosphere was absolutely in love with Wisconsin football,” he said. “That’s something that’s important to me because I’m in love with football. I’m in love with that Saturday night game or that Thursday night game. That’s really important to me.” Wilson, 5 foot 11 and 190 pounds, gives the Badgers a potential play-

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Russell Wilson scrambles away from a West Virginia player in NC State’s Champs Sports Bowl victory last December maker at the position. “I would imagine if he stays healthy, he’ll make Wisconsin a lethal force,” said Tony Haynes, who has been an analyst for the Wolfpack Sports Network since 1998. Wilson completed 682 of 1,180 passes (57.8 percent) at N.C. State and passed for 8,545 yards and 76 touchdowns. He also tossed just 26 interceptions or one every 45 passes.

As a runner, he gained 1,083 yards and scored 17 touchdowns in 362 carries. Haynes has broadcast N.C. State games since 1998 and saw each of Wilson’s games with the Wolfpack. He praised Wilson for his approach off the field. On it, he believes Wilson is equally dangerous running the ball or throwing it. At N.C. State, Wilson ran an NFLstyle passing game and, according to Haynes, was particularly adept at throwing on the run. “I dare say there wasn’t a quarterback in the ACC who had more on their shoulders, who was asked to do more for their respective teams as Russell was asked to do and he handled it beautifully,” Haynes said. Wilson immediately provides experience for UW at the position after the loss of two-year starter Scott Tolzien, who completed his eligibility. Coming out of spring camp, there were only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, neither of whom had started a college game. Redshirt sophomore Jon Budmayr closed the spring as the No. 1 quarterback followed by redshirt freshman Joe Brennan and freshman Joel Stave. With Wilson in the fold, Wisconsin’s chances in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten next season are further bolstered. The Badgers already were considered contenders for the division title. “I think I’m relentless more than anything if you put it in one word,” Wilson said. “I always want to score more touchdowns and I want to do the right thing at the right time and I never waver on that whether it’s in practice or in the game. “And in terms of my throwing ability, I believe I can make all the throws on the field.” Wilson met with Badgers offensive

coordinator Paul Chryst during his campus visit earlier this month and after getting a close look at the Badgers’ offense, saw similarities between it and the one he ran at N.C. State. Wilson hopes to be in Madison by the weekend and will immediately begin studying the offense. “I’m a quick learner, so I’ll learn it pretty quickly,” he said. “I’ll be spending a lot of my time in the film room and on the practice facility throwing the football. In terms of starting, I’ll compete every single day like I did as N.C. State.” Wilson, who hit .228 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 61 games at Asheville, gave up a lot to return to football. He will have to return an undisclosed amount of his $250,000 signing bonus. He leaves the Rockies organization on good terms and will be allowed to return at a later date, if he wants. “He’s a great kid who is following his heart, and you can’t fault him for that,” Asheville manager Joe Mikulik told the Asheville Citizen-Times. “When he was here, he was totally dedicated to baseball. I’ve never seen a player put in more time to get better. But this is what he wants to do, and we wish him nothing but success and good luck.” As for N.C. State, Wilson said he holds no hard feelings. He wished them well and looked to the future. The Badgers open camp Aug. 4. Their season opener is Sept. 1 against visiting Nevada-Las Vegas. “I made this decision and I’m at peace about it,” Wilson said. “I think it’s the right decision for me. I prayed about it. The Lord doesn’t bring any fear in my heart. I think that’s important. The Lord has been there for me since Day 1. There are no fears. There are no concerns. I’m excited about it.”


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