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Tech named 3rd healthiest college

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he birthday girl is wearing a little brown and white polka-dot outfit. It’s her third birthday party, but she won’t let anyone be happy about it. “All day, she won’t let anyone say ‘happy birthday’ to her,” says Cheryl Beamer, wife of esteemed Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. “No smiling, no singing.” It’s a Sunday afternoon and friends and family of the Beamers have gathered to celebrate the birthday of Olivia Beamer, youngest daughter of associate head coach and running backs coach, Shane Beamer. They’ve chosen a make-your-own cookie shop in downtown Radford, and Olivia, her sister Sutton and their little friends are decorating paper chef hats to wear. The girls are drinking chocolate milk out of mason jars with chocolate chip cookie lids and straws poked through them. Cheryl hovers over the table, helping her granddaughters and chatting with their friends. Shane and Frank are standing by the television, aptly tuned to the Masters golf tournament. Frank nibbles on a cookie, despite his recent concentration on his health. “You don’t come to a cookie shop and not eat a cookie,” he says, joking. see LADY / page five KEVIN DICKEL / SPPS

Woofstock brings pups to the pond ANUJA DAS news staff writer


The Southeast German Shepherd Rescue finds homes for neglected pups.

The field adjacent to the Duck Pond will be home to dozens of dogs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. These pups will be attending Woofstock, an event conducted by Zeta Psi. Woofstock, a philanthropy effort that supports the work of the Southeast German Shepherd Rescue, or S.G.S.R., is currently in its first year. It was started by Mike McNaughton, a senior Industrial Systems Engineering major and brother of the fraternity. “Back in October, I adopted my current dog, Mac, and he was from

the Southeast German Shepherd Rescue,” he said. McNaughton fi rst saw Mac during a tailgate in the fall where S.G.S.R. volunteers were walking around with dogs from the shelter. Mac was among the crew, wearing a vest that said the words ‘Adopt Me.’ McNaughton adhered to the pup’s wishes, and has had him ever since. “I started getting to know (S.G.S.R.), and finding out what they do and what they’re all about, and I got really interested and wanted to give back my thanks for giving me my dog,” McNaughton said. see DOG / page eight

Soundfest 2013 hits Squires tonight LESLIE MCCREA news reporter

Tonight the Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires Student Center will blast a combination of sounds and genres through its doors as students gather for Soundfest 2013. Beginning at 7 p.m., the Alternative Sounds and Concerts Committees of the Virginia Tech Union will host this free concert, featuring a series of acts that include GZA of the Wu Tang Clan, The Band Concord, Pyro, Ohio, Bluhax and The Maine. “It’s sort of a way to thank the students for everything they’ve done throughout the year,” said

Eli Edwards, the Alternative Sounds Director of VTU Soundfest is an annual student-run show put on by VTU since 2000, and is intended to bring up-and-coming artists, as well as local bands of all genres to campus for the public. Hundreds of students are expected to be in attendance throughout the night, according to Edwards. Last year’s Soundfest had over 1,000 attendees. “It took months of planning, getting student input on what genres they’d like to see, and then looking for bands that would fit best in the show,” Edwards said. This year’s lineup includes

pop/rock, hip-hop, metal, and folk music, as well as a DJ. GZA, founding member of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, is one of the headlining acts, and will be performing his critically-acclaimed solo work. The Maine, a pop/rock band which will be headlining Soundfest, recently announced that their fourth album, titled Forever Halloween, will be released this coming June. Smaller, newer bands will be performing as well. “I thought it would be really cool to bring in local bands so that [they] get the chance to share the stage with national touring acts,” Edwards said. see FEST / page eight

more info Soundfest will be May 3 starting at 7 p.m., and will feature a multi-genre line-up consisting of: - The Maine - GZA from Wu Tang Clan - Pyro, Ohio - The Band Concord - Bluhax For more information see:


Virginia Tech was recently rated third among the top 25 healthiest colleges in the U.S., jumping 17 spots from the previous year. Check out our video with in-depth interviews. While the nationallyranked quality of Tech’s campus dining is wellestablished, the lesserknown Y.E.S. (You’re Eating Smarter) program for nutrition education and advancement propelled Tech’s ranking. Jenny Lindsey, Y.E.S. program director, was esctatic about Tech’s achievement. “It was pretty neat, especially since we were previously ranked 20th,” Lindsey said. “Of course, it’s not all about healthy eating. There are a lot of things going on that help out like physical health and mental health.” Y.E.S. has been around for over 10 years, and in 2009, the Y.E.S. to-go food items were introduced, available at most dining halls, with every choice containing 600 calories or less. The program also helped establish the Farm and Fields Project in Owens food Court, which introduced local and organic foods. Y.E.S. also provides edu-

info on the go Tech ranked in the top 25 colleges last year as well, but jumped 17 spots this year. cation on healthy eating habits through its blog, and Lindsey provides nutrition counseling for students. Students’ affirmation of their dining experience on CollegeProwler and the Princeton Review caught the eyes of the surveyors. The recent opening of Turner Place also boosted Tech’s recognition for the current ranking. In addition to healthy eating, Tech offers peer incentive programs through Rec Sports between personal trainers and students at McComas gym. Most of the personal trainers are students, who are required to take a two-credit course in exercise leadership prior to working. Olivia Ellis, a student personal trainer majoring in human, nutrition, foods and exercise, said the personal training staff was “incredibly excited” about the recognition. see HEALTH / page eight

Concert aims to preserve woods ABBEY WILLIAMS features staff writer

On May 2, Friends of the Stadium Woods, a group aimed at protecting the woods near Lane Stadium, held a benefit concert to commemorate their long journey of confl ict and achievement. The controversy began in November 2011 when an announcement was made that there was a plan to build a $20 million dollar athletic facility where the Stadium Woods stood. Outcries of disapproval came from people all over the Virginia Tech campus and community, and news spread so far as to garner the attention of television personality Stephen Colbert. After several months of rallying, Rebekah Paulson and other supporters, known as the Friends of Stadium Woods, received some good news. In August 2012, University President Charles Steger announced that Stadium Woods was no longer being considered as the location for the indoor practice facility. “It’s been an incredible experience,” Paulson said. “Seeing the community and campus work on it together has been awesome. It truly is a grassroots effort, an allvolunteer group, and it’s been really empowering for everyone involved in it.” However, this was only one step for the Stadium Woods support-

more info Friends of the Stadium Woods has started an open petition that currently lists 10,000 signatures. ers. While the trees are no longer in imminent danger, the university failed to pass a motion that would continually preserve and protect the woods. “That was very frustrating,” Paulson said. “It seems like they’re hoping that after a while it’ll all go away and athletics will be able to expand into the woods. Well, we’re not going anywhere.” To raise awareness and celebrate their hard work, Friends of the Stadium Woods held the event last night at the Lyric Theatre. “It’s a celebration,” Paulson said. “It’s to celebrate where we’ve come, but it’s also a kickoff party to raise money and awareness for the endowment fund.” The event included a silent auction, wine tasting, and musical performances by band Moonlight Mariners and Smart Mouth. Jeff Kerwin, a retired forestry professor at Tech, was also present signing copies of his book, “The Remarkable Trees of Virginia”. “The antiquity of the woods is incredible,” Kerwin said.

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LOOKING BACK He said: Thanks for your time

She said: Top college memories


Cutting off all my hair In one of the crazier moments of my life, on the fi rst Friday of Spring Break my sophomore year, I walked a mile in the rain from my house to the hair salon, sat dripping in a chair and paid a sassier-than-usual hairdresser to shave all my hair off. I remember rolling up to my first class after spring break and feeling like everyone in the room was staring at me. And then my favorite teacher walked in. She had gotten a haircut too. She took one look at me and my now spiky hair and sighed. “You just always have to out-do everyone, don’t you?” I laughed, but it wasn’t true. The fact is, before I cut my hair I felt extremely ugly — like I was trying to compare myself to all of the other beautiful, long-haired girls that I was never going to be. I cut it off to feel like myself.

ate last year, I went to a Dave Matthews Band show. I won’t mention the hated Charlottesville locale. I drove straight there from finals, did some serious pregaming and headed to the venue with my friends. On the way to our seats I stopped in a restroom to wash my hands. On my way back to our section, I had a sudden realization: I was no longer wearing my class ring. I don’t wear it regularly for just that reason — I’m so absentminded that on several occasions I’ve locked my door at night only to discover my keys hanging in the lock outside the next morning. I definitely shouldn’t have worn my expensive, irreplaceable class ring to a large, public, alcohol-infused event. But I had that day for some reason. I went back to the sink I had used and it wasn’t there. I asked people milling by the door if they had seen it. Of course, no one had. I thought, well, having a class ring was nice while it lasted. But then, a funny thing happened. A security guard told me a man had asked if the arena had a lost and found, because he had picked up a ring. The guard pointed me after him. I could scarcely make him out through the kaleidoscopic mass of reveling Dave fans. By the time I finally reached customer service, the man was gone but an employee behind the counter had my

ring. “You just missed the guy who turned it in,” she said. I cashed in all my karma on that one. I’m not inclined to having much faith in humanity, but that guy showed me that sometimes people aren’t all bad. I share that story because I think you’re supposed to share a poignant and meaningful personal anecdote whenever you’re responsible for some sort of capstone presentation like a commencement address or a final He Said column of the year. I’m not totally sure how it relates to anything. Maybe it doesn’t, and that’s kind of the point. Any finale like this is bound to be a conceit. Plus I’ve never particularly tried to keep this column “real.” In fact, I only recently discovered that, according to the Collegiate Times website, I was supposed to have been pointedly bringing my gender to bear on issues of our day all semester. I think I’ve only really done that once. Considering that I’m a hippy English graduate student and gender identity is like, so always already a social construct dude, it seems odd that anyone would ask me to represent a “male” viewpoint, whatever that means. I like baseball and motorcycles and cooking and gardening. I don’t know that I was the man for this job. But it’s been a hell of a ride. We’ve covered a lot of ground this semester: from

the Superbowl to underwear theft, from Valentines Day to being a Hokie. I’ve violated some sensibilities and drank a lot of cheap whiskeys along the way. I hope it’s been good for you, too. The average adult reads around 200 words per minute, so it should take about three minutes to read this. As a writer, a fellow human being who actually sits at the other end of this column, I appreciate those three minutes each week you’ve given me more than you might imagine. It doesn’t seem like much, but time is the one thing we never get back. I have tried earnestly to give you some kind of return on your investment. At that concert, Dave sang, “maybe carry on just a little bit longer, and I try to give you what you need.” Like that stranger from the show whom I hope to one day buy a beer in this life or maybe further down the road, I hope I’ve given at least one person out there something they needed, however small it may have been. If there is one among you who was having a bad day, who read something I wrote on the bus ride to campus and smiled, that is enough. As always, thanks for reading. ANDREW KULAK -news reporter -graduate student -English

Dressing up as Viktor Krum There comes a point in college, I think, where you stop going to parties to impress people, and start going to parties to be completely and utterly ridiculous. That point came, for me, when I busted into a party full of people I didn’t know cross-dressing as Viktor Krum. To be fair, it was a Harry Potter themed party. I sort of fit in. Sort of.

But I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun than that night I spent standing in a corner, glaring into the rest of the party and silently sipping my drink in a Goodwill fur coat, matching hat and penciled-in unibrow and mustache combination. It was, no pun intended — magical. Designing the 5th Anniversary edition of the April 16 issue of the Collegiate Times I was weird in high school. I spent my summers sophomore through senior year here at a Tech for a journalism camp where I learned about graphic design and how to be a Hokie. I remember looking at the April 16 memorial editions of the Collegiate Times and thinking, “Wow. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to work on something that important. One day I want to be good enough to do that.” I put everything I had into my college application to Tech. I signed up for the CT two weeks before starting school my freshman year. And last year, I cried while designing the cover of the 5th Anniversary edition. I’m not sure that many people remember it, but that’s okay. I felt like it was the most important project I’ve ever done in college. It was, and will continue to be, my way of giving back to a

community that I loved so much. St. Patrick’s Day 2012 I found one of my best friends and the most loving, patient, silly partner I could have ever wanted — all while dressed in green, chugging beer and discussing feminism on someone’s porch. It doesn’t get better than that. Writing this column These past three years have been rough, but writing this column has made this year the very best of them. It forced me to reflect — seriously reflect — on myself and on my life so far. I feel as though all of you reading She Said this year know more about me and my life than I did in September. To those of you who have read every week: thank you. It meant a lot to know that you were following along. To those of you who hated me and let me know it: thank you. You have made me a stronger, and perhaps, more considerate person. It’s been an incredible year. Here’s to many more. VICTORIA ZIGADLO -featured columnist -senior -English

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Politics threaten research Change to racist Ga. prom overdue S cience and politics are two major topics that can bring both harm and good to the table. But when politics attempts to govern scientific research, it signifies the first step toward disaster. That’s what Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) wants to do. Along with co-authoring the SOPA bill, his National Science Foundation (NSF) solution is garnering some major controversy among the scientific community. According to ScienceInsider, other congressmen are openly against Smith’s proposal. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) wrote, “I have never seen a chairman go after specific grants because simply the chairman does not believe they are of high value.” Smith plans to relegate NSF grants and funding so that they only goes to projects and research that have an immediate impact on society. For instance, if we cut funding on cancer research because we haven’t seen any immediate results, then we would never see any results because science is a gradual process. This shortsightedness and prodigality illustrates the need for scientifically literate congressmen with a working knowledge of how these things work. If congressmen actually understood how the Internet works, SOPA legislation would have never

made it as far as it did. When our elected representatives don’t have solid scientific understanding, how can we expect them to come to a consensus on such pressing matters as scientific research? Virginia Tech would see

Virginia Tech would see some major research put to a halt because their effects aren’t necessarily immediate.”

some major research put to a halt because their effects aren’t necessarily immediate. Congressman Smith’s position as chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology wields him the power to propose this kind of nonsense. The partisan politics here are evident. Smith was quoted, according to ScienceInsider, saying, “It’s the job of Congress and the NSF to make sure our taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.” Smith’s opposition to research in global warming perhaps fueled his radical decision to cut funding where he deemed it wasteful. Maybe Smith’s position on certain scientific issues like global warming displays his

lack of scientific understanding, as well as the fact that no matter how much one legislates science, it will continually progress. It isn’t something you can control and shape to your liking, nor is it subject to partisan politics. The bottom line remains that party politics need to stay out of scientific research. As a nation whose prominence once rested on feats of science, engineering and inquiry, congressmen need to realize the importance of research instead of valuing their own political agendas over society’s greater good. Thankfully, we have a few rational individuals who oppose this proposition. President Obama openly spoke against this proposed legislation, saying, “Science shouldn’t be subject to politics.” Perhaps the House of Representatives needs to reevaluate its members of the Science Committee for at least some semblance of rational thought and realize that science, unlike other institutions, is indifferent to politics. However, we should be glad there are true scientists out there who know this and will continue doing amazing research no matter their political views. ANDREW WIMBISH -regular columnist -junior -English

Racism is not dead. Wilcox County High School, in Abbeville, Ga., does not host its own prom; instead, two different proms are coordinated and hosted by the parents of students as private and invitation-only events. These proms have come to be known as “White Prom” and “Black Prom.” The year is 2013, and racism is alive and well. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the segregation of public schools unconstitutional in 1954, with the Civil Rights Acts passing roughly a decade later. But today, we still see overt racism in the forms of discrimination, and in some ways, segregation. If these proms simply represented a difference in culture or taste, then the students would have a full rein of which prom to attend and it would be much more about where each individual student best fits in or feels comfortable. But it is not. The only determining factor of attendance lies in the pigment of a student’s skin. That is deplorable. Of course, both parties, black and white parents alike, are to blame for this ongoing tradition of segregated proms. Neither group has stepped forward to put an end to the long-standing discrimination. It is equally embarrassing on the part of the school for allowing the events to tran-

spire in the first place. Four students, two white girls and two black girls, who sought to change the tradition this year achieved success after they gained massive amounts of attention through the media and support from across the country. Enough donations flowed in to enable them to hold another prom event, this one integrated, with a roughly equal number of white and black students admitted. The county has since praised the efforts put forth by the girls. The superintendent, Steve Smith, has gone as far as to recognize the events as an embarrassment to the county’s schools and community. Perhaps, in due time, the county will come to offer a prom event for all of its schools that is open to all students, regardless of their differences. Although ordinarily more subtle, racism is still prevalent in our nation. Slowly and surely it can be worn away. Racism and discrimination, no matter in what form, hold no place in the United States of America. For those who think otherwise: there’s the door. Don’t let it hit you on the way out. RYAN PFEIFLE -regular columnist -freshman -university studies

Cinco de Mayo is about more than drinking I t’s time to set the record straight on Cinco de Mayo, the fastest-growing holiday in the United States. It was not designed as an excuse for beer companies and sports bars to make money — or for frat boys to get drunk. No, Cinco de Mayo was supposed to be a day to celebrate freedom. The origins of Cinco de Mayo may be found in the struggle against European colonialism. French ruler Napoleon III took advantage of the U.S. Civil War to land troops on the shores of Mexico. He planned to destroy the Mexican Republic and to

install a handpicked emperor. As Napoleon III’s army swept across Mexico, France was openly courting the Confederacy, and Southern officials hoped that French diplomatic recognition would allow the Confederacy to break the Union naval blockade. If France could seize Mexico with minimal losses, the strategic military alliance between the Confederacy and the French Empire could have been cemented. Latinos and AfricanAmericans were jointly horrified at the prospect that slavery might be reinstated even

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in Mexico and parts of Latin America that had abolished chattel bondage. The only thing that stood in the way of disaster was the beleaguered garrison of Puebla, a town that the French had to subdue in order to conquer Mexico City. The French assault on the outnumbered Mexican defenders began on May 5, 1862, but they withstood numerous attacks and drove Napoleon’s troops away from the town. The Mexican Republic had been saved and perhaps, too, President Lincoln’s army. Latino communities in California and other Western

states organized the first major celebrations of El Cinco de Mayo a year after the siege of Puebla had been broken. The themes that Latinos chose to commemorate during this first day of remembrance included: the hope of a final victory of freedom over slavery, democracy over monarchy and union over disunion. Many of these early celebrations were led by MexicanAmerican Union Army veterans like those who had fought valiantly at the Battle of Glorieta Pass (known as the “Gettysburg of the West”) in New Mexico Territory against

the Confederate Army. These were joyous occasions where portraits of Lincoln were featured along with flags of both Mexico and the United States. There is nothing wrong with having fun on the 5th of May. But we should remember that this is also a sacred day of remembrance. Cinco de Mayo personifies universal ideals of dignity and democracy that can bring us all together in this increasingly multicultural 21st century.

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Farmer’s Market vendor inspires community SARA LEPLEY features staff writer

Every Wednesday and Saturday, Kathleen Anderson of Nanny’s Garden brings items to the Farmer’s Market that could form the perfect care-package for college students. In zip-lock baggies, she stacks classics such as puppy chow and more experimental desserts like banana split cake. Even as the temperatures rise in spring, her orange and maroon homemade scarves still attract a heavy flow of customers. No aspect of Nanny’s Garden, however, gives off as welcoming of a sense of home as Anderson herself. Katherine Anderson hardly sits for more than a second in her green arm chair, which is draped with a croqueted blanket reading “Nanny’s Garden,” before she jumps up to help a customer. Laugh lines circle her eyes, which sparkle as she tells stories of her great-granddaughters or the upcoming Gardening Day that she is arranging with another vendor. Few dedicate themselves to the Farmer’s Market as much as Anderson does. In addition to staying up late on Friday nights to prepare for the market, Anderson serves as a member of the board and on multiple committees as a vendor representative. “She’s very concerned about the success of the Market,” said Randy Cohen of Indian Valley Farms. Gardening Day, a day centered around the sale of locally-raised bedding plants, holds particular interest for Anderson, who graduated with a degree in Horticulture Therapy at age 55 a little over a decade ago. To enhance the quality of

the Gardening Day, she called some of her old professors to invite them to come and speak at the event. Anderson, who had been an enthusiastic student, had no trouble convincing the professors to come due to the close relationships she had built during her time in school. By the time Anderson attended Tech, she was older than most of her professors. Students who sat next to her in lectures were leaving their parents for the first time that fall, while she returned home each night to raise her grand-

In the time since she’s been here, since we’ve been more of a community.”

Tracie Harrah children. Fortunately, she excelled at time management. With the permission of her professors, she would record lectures and then listen to them during her commute between Roanoke and Tech as a way to study. “I would usually have to stay up one night a week or one night every two weeks and not sleep, just to stay up and work,” Anderson said. By pulling all-nighters, she managed to do work-study and fieldwork with one of her professors in addition to taking classes. Her hard work paid off. In 2001, she graduated with a major in Horticulture Therapy and a triple minor in biology, psychology and English.

“She’s an inspiration to other people who may want to go back to school, but think they are too old,” said Tracie Harrah of Under the Green Umbrella. After college, Anderson began working at Three Birds Berry Farm, where she met Harrah, who had been a customer there. Harrah noticed Anderson’s passion for baking and suggested she start selling at the Farmer’s Market — sparking Anderson’s career as a vendor. At the Farmer’s Market, Anderson sells a variety of baked goods and, occasionally, herbs. She also markets upcoming events to customers, and communicates any policy changes with the board to vendors. While the market takes up a large part of her life, she still finds time to spend with her great-granddaughters, seven-year-old Jasmine and two-year-old Christina. Their KEVIN DICKEL / SPPS favorite thing to do together Katherine Anderson graduated from Virginia Tech at 55 years old and has continued to emphasize education. is sing in the car. “Singing in the car is some- what they saw growing up,” and bananas. however, people can always thing we do when no one else Anderson said. “I like to bring new things to expect Anderson’s ability to is around,” Anderson said. Currently, her youngest of the market,” said Anderson. make everyone feel like famAnderson plays an impor- eight grandchildren is lookThose are just the things ily. tant role in the girls’ lives, ing at colleges. If the 17-year- that college students enjoy “In the time since she’s been not by singing with them, but old decides to pursue higher the most as they leave pre- here, we’ve been more of a more importantly by encour- education, Anderson will be packaged treats behind and community,” Harrah said. aging them to learn. Using living by herself for the first enjoy Anderson’s fresh-baked When Tracie’s toddlers educational workbooks, she time in her life. goods. run up to the table where teaches the girls how to form However, being alone does With fi nals creeping up, Anderson has displayed an the letter “A” and how to do not worry Anderson. they can also fi nd solace assortment of sugar cookbasic math. She has always Typically, during her alone at the market not only in ies, Anderson takes a sugar desired to teach her grand- time, Anderson enjoys delv- comfort food, but also in the cookie the size3 of a hand, children and great-grand- ing into research. She looks meditative environment of and breaks it in half. With children the value of educa- up organic recipes to exper- Gardening Day, which will the permission of their mom, tion, which is part of why she iment with and brings the occur on Saturday, May 11 at she bends over and hands a went to Tech. results of her findings to the the Farmer’s Market. half to each of the overall“I think my being in college Farmer’s Market. She also On that day, Anderson will clad boys. As she returns to and raising (my grandchil- seeks to offer healthy alter- bring her library of books work, they smile up at their dren) really let them grow natives to foods concentrat- on Horticulture Therapy for older friend. up and understand that this ed with butter and sugar by students and locals to read “I’ve always enjoyed the is the way people do and so using canola oil and fruit as up on. Moreover, they will market,” said Anderson. “I … even if they have children, substitutes. Currently, she be able to listen to some live feel like we’re just one big they (know that they) went to is testing out a vegan butter music, and purchase seeds or family.” college and improved them- recipe, incorporating ingre- plants. Follow us on Twitter selves a bunch, because that’s dients such as coconut oil Regardless of the day, @Collegiatetimes

Concert: Group aims to preserve woods from page one

“We’re supposed to be a tree campus,” Hahn said. “It’s too valuable a resource to cut down.” The goal for the endowment fund over the next few years is to raise $200,000 dollars to be committed to four main areas: preservation, conser vation, education, and research within the woods. “ T here’s profe s sors that would like to have students do research out in the woods,” Paulson said. “There’s not a lot of research on old growth forests and it deserves to be investigated” Kara Dodson, who graduated from Tech in December with a degree in

environmental resource management, remains a key player in the Friends of Stadium Woods movement.

“There’s not a lot of research on old growth forests and it deserves to be investigated.” Rebekah Paulson Executive Director of the Friends of the Stadium Woods

“I love those woods. They mean a lot to me,” Dodson said. “What kept me working on it, though, was seeing how much it meant to other people.”

The organizers behind the group contend that the effort to preserve Stadium Woods will not slow down anytime soon. What started as 45 members show i ng up for the first interest meeting has grown to over 10,000 signatures on the petition to protect the woods. “The petition is still open for signatures,” Paulson said. “And we’re going to leave the petition open until the woods are preserved.”

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Lady: Family is the backbone of Hokie football from page one


A few times throughout the party, the shellshock sets in. I’m at an intimate family gathering of the head coach of Tech’s football team. It was only less than a week ago that I sat down with Cheryl to talk a little about herself and her close-knit family. The nervous feeling doesn’t last long though. The radiant nature of the family easily sets it to rest. “Family’s the center of our universe,” Cheryl said. “We’re just normal. We really are.” She’s modest. While they may be normal, the Beamer family, with the humble guidance of their matriarch, is nothing short of an exemplary showcase of the power of familial strength and support. — “We got married in ’72 on April Fools Day,” Cheryl said. We sat outside of Panera Bread on University City Boulevard as she told me about meeting her husband. It was 45 years ago that Cheryl and the then-senior cornerback started dating. Cheryl was in Blacksburg with her parents, visiting her sister and brother-in-law — a teammate of Frank’s at the time. Tired of sitting home during the visits, Cheryl asked her brotherin-law to help get her a date for the next time she was in town. “They literally handpicked (Frank) out of the media guide,” she said. “(He was) somebody that would be nice, and it worked out great. We dated four years before we got married.” From there, the young couple moved to Maryland for Frank’s job as a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland. “He was making $150 a month,” Cheryl recalled. “And this is a true story, we went to sign a lease for an apartment in Maryland and … our rent was going to be $189 a month. And the lady, she had glasses on the end of her nose, she looked over, saw what he was making and she shook her head no. My parents happened to be up there with us and Mom and Daddy came in and cosigned our lease so we could get our apartment. “We’ve come a long way, we like to tell people,” she said, laughing. After Maryland, the Beamers moved around following coaching jobs from the Citadel in South Carolina to Murray State in Kentucky before settling down in Blacksburg. “His heart’s here, he’ll retire here,” Cheryl said of her husband. “He played here, both our children went to school here, most of his nieces and nephews went to school here — this is home to us.” His first few seasons were rough however, as Tech was unable to sustain a winning record until 1993. “You know it’s funny. I tell people this and they don’t believe me. Those first five years were actually easier than it is now because people are so spoiled with the success Tech has had,” Cheryl said. “Now, you just feel like you can never win enough to make them happy. Those first years, they were hungry.” And then that hunger dissipated. It turned into expectation, and with it, the criticism came rolling in. A game early in Frank’s career holds a particular spot in her memory. The then-quarterback had thrown five interceptions in the game, and was struggling to find his groove. Amidst the discontent in the stands, Cheryl couldn’t help but react when a particular fan lobbed his criticism within her earshot. “This man a few rows up, he kept yelling,” she said. “Finally he went, ‘Beamer, get with the program,’ — well then he made it personal. And I stood up, and I made a verbal dissertation. I didn’t curse or anything; I just went on and on, and when I got through, I was just shaking, cause that’s not me.” And it isn’t. She tells me this with a laugh. The stern tone of her story is all but unimaginable from the warm, smiling woman sitting across from me. “And I looked at my daugh-

ter, Casey, and her eyes were big. She’d never seen me like that, I hardly ever get mad. I’m definitely not confrontational. When I saw the look on Casey’s face I thought, ‘OK, that’s it, I’m not going on the road anymore.’ And I really didn’t, I didn’t go on the road for several years,” she said. “I thought, ‘What kind of example am I setting for Casey’ — that that’s how you deal with things that come up in life.” But she taught her daughter well. In 1992 the phone rang in the Beamer household after a disheartening loss to Louisville. Casey picked up the phone. “(Casey) came back in the den crying,” Cheryl said. “And I said ‘Honey, what’s wrong?’ and she said, ‘There’s somebody who wanted to talk to Daddy, and I told him he wasn’t here, can I take a message,’ and they lit into her. I said, ‘Honey why didn’t you hang up?’ and she said, ‘That’d be rude’.” “And I thought, well I’m not teaching them any more manners,” Cheryl said. But manners were very important for Cheryl as she raised her children. “I do tell Frank that my legacy will be that my children are great at writing thank-you notes,” she said. “Cause when Shane was little, we would go somewhere and he would write a thank-you note (when we got home) before I even unpacked my suitcase.”

wasn’t fussing at (Shane), but he was asking him something on special teams,” Cheryl said. “When (Shane) left that day, I shook my finger at (Frank) and said, ‘Don’t you ever talk football when he comes home. If you want to criticize him, talk to him in the meetings, but you never do it when he comes home.’” But come home he still did. In 2011 Shane came back to Blacksburg to accept a job alongside his father. And though nothing could delight Cheryl more than having her son and his family living close, it meant more nerves for Cheryl. “I don’t get as nervous for Frank as I do Shane,” she said. “I’m always hoping the running backs are going to play well.” That motherly worry transitions to game day. “Even if I am on the road, I know Shane’s walk, I know how he stands. I can pick him out in a heartbeat,” Cheryl said. “Third downs, or if we’re trying to stop the other team, a lot of times I literally will go to the bathroom and listen for crowd noise,” she said. “Even now, I’ll watch a game on TV, and if we’re getting ready to score, I’ll change the channel. Then, I’ll come back and I’ll call my friend and say ‘Okay, what did we do?’” There is an added bonus to having her son home though. Shane’s daughters Olivia, 3, and Sutton, 4, keep Cheryl busy. “They keep my day,” Cheryl

Family’s the center of our universe. We’re just normal. We really are.” - Cheryl Beamer

“I think she taught by example,” said Casey, Cheryl and Frank’s daughter. “She’s just one of the most giving people. Always thinking of others before herself.” — In the cookie shop, I’m given the chance to talk with Casey. We sit at a much too small table, and she begins to tell me about her mom and her life growing up. About a minute into our interview, the room breaks out into a timid “happy birthday” song as the guests tiptoe around the indecisive birthday girl. “I’m surprised (Olivia) is letting them sing,” Casey says. “Can we take a break for a second? Sorry.” Casey joins the friends and family in singing as they get increasingly louder and more confident that Olivia’s changed her mind. “She liked it so much, lets do it again,” someone suggests. The family, standing in a semi circle with the birthday girl in the middle, breaks out into song once more. When Casey comes back, she is apologetic, but smiling. “It’s just so funny cause all weekend she’s been like ‘I don’t want you to sing happy birthday,” Casey says. Family first. Always. — “I mean I love college football, I really do,” Cheryl said. “I liked basketball better, but then when I met Frank, I had to obviously switch sports.” She was kidding, but not really. For the past 45 years, college football has been so interweaved into her daily life. It’s how she raised her children, how her schedule has always worked — she made sure to make concessions to preserve a sense of normalcy for her family. “Frank would be gone before they got up in the morning so we rarely got to have dinner together,” she said. “It just seemed normal,” Casey said. “Looking back I definitely wish we had been able to do more, all four of us together, but — you know.” There is one instance of family dinner that she remembers in particular, though. At the time, Shane had walked on to the Tech football team, and was being coached by his father. “Shane used to come home on Sundays for dinner, and (Frank)

said. “Last year’s season was easier to get through cause I had the girls as a distraction. They’re kind of therapy for me, because I don’t get so caught up in the ‘Oh, we lost.’ I can go see them, and they just smile when they see you. It just makes your day.” The girls seem to love it too. They enjoy spending time with their grandma, who they call “Baba.” “If I’m going to get a babysitter, they want Baba,” said Emily Beamer, Shane’s wife. “They want me to leave the house so Baba can come keep them.” That mothering instinct translated beyond her family, when she took care of explosive wide receiver and punter for Virginia Tech Eddie Royal after a dangerous leg injury. “We actually brought Eddie into our house to stay for a couple of days,” Cheryl said. Because of the nature of his injury, his leg was wrapped so big that even with the assistance of crutches, he would have had difficulty making it up the stairs. “Our bedroom’s downstairs, so we let him stay in our room,” Cheryl said. “You would have never known he was in the house. He was the sweetest little thing. He was so quiet — he didn’t want to bother me.” From this attention, some of Royal’s teammates decided to give him a new nickname: Eddie Beamer. “The Eddie Beamer deal

started when Coach Beamer dropped me off at the dorms to pick up my books after I had surgery on my leg,” Royal wrote in an email. “A few guys just happened to see that going on. The word spread around, and next thing you know, there were pictures all over the locker room of the Beamer family picture but with my face cut out and placed over Shane's. I thought it was pretty funny.” The name wasn’t just restricted to Blacksburg, as it found its way to Denver with Royal — where he played from 2008 to 2012 — as the same family picture showed up in the team locker room all these years later. “Those are the relationships you just love, and it’s just so special,” Cheryl said. Jocular nature of the nickname aside, it stands for something greater. It stands for the familial relationship that extends beyond just the Beamer clan. “That’s what they preach all the time, that we’re family. They don’t just say it. They mean it. The one thing Frank’s most proud of is how many sets of brothers come and play here. Like the Fullers — (Kendall) will be the fourth Fuller son that’s came and played at Tech,” Cheryl said. It’s a pretty common phrase, “We’re like one big family.” The truth in it is undeniable though. The Beamers have put their mark on Tech football, with two generations of Beamer men on the coaching staff. What those men have in common though, is the love and support of Cheryl behind them. “She pulls us all together. She’s so supportive of all of us,” Casey said. “In high school and college, I was president of things and hall counselor, and I feel like I did good with my kids,” Cheryl said. “What Frank didn’t cover, I did. We were a good blend as far as teaching values. But I’m not comfortable being a leader.” That’s just the modesty again. — At the birthday party, Cheryl is pulling out a few family photos to share with me. There’s something missing from most of them though. “She wasn’t going to use a picture of herself,” Casey says, promising to send me more photos of her mother. Cheryl’s photos are endearing. They show the dynamic of the family, the closeness. What’s missing is Cheryl though. She shares the photos of her family with delight, happy to showcase everyone else. And it makes sense. In their happiness, she shines through. Her innate caring, her helpfulness and her patience — they helped to build the family she so proudly shows off. “I’m most proud of the person she is. If there’s ever a person to put other people first, that’s her. She’s just a caring soul, thoughtful of others, kind,” Frank says. “She is just one of the most giving people,” Casey says. Cheryl hugs me when I leave the cookie shop, and she hugs the photographer too. He tried to go in for a handshake first, but he should have known better. “I’m a mom,” Cheryl says. “We hug."

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Baseball team attempts to avoid last season’s mistakes MATT JONES sports editor

The old cliche, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” was the perfect way to explain the end of last season for Pete Hughes’ team. The Virginia Tech baseball team (28-18, 11-13) just barely missed out on the ACC Tournament in 2012, a frustrating end to a season full of ups and downs. With two weekends of ACC play left, the Hokies went 1-5 over their final six games, losing 2-of-3 against NC State and a season finale sweep against No. 6 North Carolina. Tech was contending for one of the final spots in the conference tournament but did nothing to help their chances down the stretch. Last season, the Hokies had one of the best RPI’s in the country. They had a series win over No. 6 Miami on their resume, were 14-4 in their last 18 games and had won 17-straight non-conference games. To the naked eye, their NCA A tou rna ment chances should have been solid. Instead, the Hokies slipped down to No. 9 in the ACC standings, missing out on the eight-team ACC Tournament and went home with a bad taste in their mouth. The 2013 Hokies are attempting to avoid a similar letdown. Hughes, a fiery head coach from Massachusetts, lets his team know exactly what he wants from them. This season, he has tried to simplify the process over the home stretch of the season. “Let’s just go and win series — it’s not monumental,”


Starting pitcher Joe Mantiply boasts a perfect 4-0 record on the year, and will attempt to help the team close out the season strong against Boston College and Wake Forest. Hughes said. “We’re going to play well every day or we’re going to figure out how to win a series every weekend, and then we will pick our head up at the end of the year and see where we’re at.” Keeping an eye on the standings is one thing — playing uptight over the end of the season is another. “I think we have been kind of playing on our heels a little bit,” said Joe Mantiply. “My view is that every game is important — I wish we could win every game. These games are going to be big for us going into the postseason.” Although the team can try

at the right time. In 2010, the Hokies sprinted into the coming within We need to get greedy postseason, a couple games of winning and we need to start the ACC Tournament, ultimately ending the season taking games.” at the hands of eventual national champion South Andrew Rash Carolina. Outfielder “If you go back to 2010 when we went to the ACC to take that simple approach, Tournament, I think we were the rankings, polls, projec- the hottest team in the countions and write-ups are try at that point,” said Andrew in the back of the team’s Rash. “If you can start swingmind. ing the bats and pitch well, “We try not to focus on you win three games in a it too much,” Mantiply said. regional and two in a super “We try to take it just game regional, you’re in Omaha, by game. It’s definitely in the and I think this team can do back of everybody’s mind.” it.” One major factor for postThe Hokies have a good season play is getting hot chance to fare better than

that 2010 team did. The middle of the Hokies’ lineup, which consists of Chad Pinder, Tyler Horan, Mark Zagunis and Andrew Rash, compares favorably to the 2010 core of Steve Domecus, Austin Wates and Ronnie Shaban. The pitching staff, which has had its own trials and tribulations this season, can compete on the big stage with the top teams in the country. Mantiply, Brad Markey and Devin Burke have all had good and bad times this season, compiling a staff record of 14-7. At the same point in the season last year, the Hokies were 10-14 in ACC play. With a weaker overall conference,

the Hokies should find wins easy against Boston College and Wake Forest over the next two weeks. They cannot, however, take these series lightly. “We need to get greedy and we need to start taking games,” Rash said. “We have Wake Forest and BC the next two, and we need to go in there with a mind that we’re going to take the series from those guys and keep playing.” The Hokies head to Chestnut Hill this weekend for a series against Boston College. First pitch Friday is set for 2:30 p.m. Follow the writer on Twitter @MattJonesCT



Dog: Org. helps pups find homes from page one

Thus, the idea for Woofstock was born. It expanded from being a simple fund-raising event to being a festival with live music, sponsors and food. The S.G.S.R. is a non-profit organization that aims to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted, displaced or neglected German Shepherds into caring and responsible homes. When interested parties decide to foster a dog, the S.G.S.R. pays for everything, from food and vet medication, to damage waivers in case the fostered dog destroys any of the caregiver’s property. A variety of events have been planned for this year’s Woofstock. There will be live music, raffles, a dog show, dog grooming, selling of S.G.S.R apparel and DJs, among many exciting attractions. Acoustic Reset, a band that helped Zeta Psi during the Big Event, is among the bands performing, and McNaughton’s own band may also be playing. Some of the sponsors for the event include Benny Marzano’s and Fetch N Fly, the Blacksburg disc dog club, started in 2013. As of now, McNaughton expects more than 100 people to attend. “I think this is a pretty novel idea in terms of philanthropies when compared to others,” said Seth Etienne, a freshman in university studies and a brother at Zeta Psi. “You see the effect right away because you can actually see the dogs and do something to help them.” While everything has fallen into place for McNaughton thus far, he hit a couple of obstacles on the way. He had to procure an insurance policy for the event, because having so many dogs in one place is a substantial liability. Nonetheless, the efforts will all be worthwhile for McNaughton and Zeta Psi, so long as the philanthropy is able to promote the bigger aims of the event. He hopes to continue organizing Woofstock in the coming years. “One of the biggest things I really want to do is get their (S.G.S.R) name out there because they’re in need of sponsors,” McNaughton said. Follow us on Twitter @Anuja_Das

Fest: Acts will vary in genre from page one

“It will also give them a new fan base and give people a chance to listen to them.” One of the local bands that will be preforming a 30-minute set is The Band Concord, a Blacksburgoriginated Americana band, made up of Tech students. “I think it will be fun and there should be a big crowd,” said Spencer Pugh, lead singer and guitarist for The Band Concord. Other local acts, Pyro, Ohio and Bluhax will join The Band Concord. “Playing for the school will be really cool because we’re pretty new and it will be exciting to get our name out there,” Pugh added. “I am really excited to get to listen to some awesome bands and hopefully get to see some real excitement from the students,” Edwards said. “It will be nice to see student appreciation and know that the students had a great time because it makes our work really worth it.” Follow us on Twitter @lesliemccrea

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“When reading the description, I was thrilled to see that one of the reasons was because of our incentives program,” Olivia said. “I think that’s a huge part of what motivates people.” As part of the “Pick 12” incentive challenge, those who complete a dozen workouts chosen by trainers can win additional personal sessions and gift cards to the bookstore. Workouts are geared to be fun and challenging, such as “Oh My Quad” and “Not For The Weak Minded.” The “Swipe, Sweat, and Win” contest allows students who enter the gym three times or more a week to be entered to win prizes for local barbeques and car washes. Yoga, cycling, dance and Zumba classes are available for students with crowded calendars. Students can access classes for free during finals

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Tech earned an award for health in part because of student fitness instruction available at gyms. week as a way to reduce stress. Students also have free access to the BodPod machine, an innovative device that uses air displacement to measure body fat and caloric intake. The website that created the list,, evaluated schools from a pool of social media con-

tributions. Schools that excelled in food, fitness facilities, health and fitness initiatives and happy students advanced to the next round. Top-ranked schools excel in all aspects of a healthy life: dining hall menus, number of club and intramural sports, gym access, campus acreage and more.

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A week of dreary weather finally comes to a close today as sunshine returns ahead of the next storm system, set to move through this weekend. Clear skies this afternoon will allow temperatures to warm up to near 70 degrees. This trend will continue through the day on Saturday before clouds and rain showers move in after sunset. Low temperatures will drop into the mid 40s overnight. Rain showers will continue through the day on Sunday into early next week. Little relief is in sight for the final days of classes as clouds and rain showers remain through the middle of next week. Late week clearing looks promising, along with a nice warm-up for the first day of exams. Be sure to enjoy the sun while it’s out over the next day or so. Mild temperatures and clear skies will provide the best shot at some outside study time.

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