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  1. Open House: A Taste of Southern Virginia

    February 10, 2016

    Open houses are a fantastic way to get a taste of what Southern Virginia University has to offer. Students can start their day with a rad breakfast buffet (those blueberry scones. Seriously.) and proceed to get to know some professors in mini classes, explore campus on student-guided tours, eat lunch in our dining hall, and glimpse what it’s like to be a student here at Southern Virginia. Those who are interested can also schedule meetings with coaches, auditions with those heading arts programs, and other such opportunities.

    You’d really be hard-pressed to find a better way to acquaint yourself with this university, especially when you take into consideration the $200 travel voucher provided to prospective students. For more information about upcoming open houses and how you can find yourself at one, check out the open house page.

    You can also read more about previous open house experiences in other blog posts, like this one and this one.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Eva Sorensen Smith ’17.)

  2. The Theory of the Best Local Burger

    February 8, 2016

    Over the summer I was peer-pressured into adding a course to my already full schedule for the coming fall semester. “This was my favorite class at SVU,” my friend said, tagging me in her Facebook post. “It really helped me understand the importance of how people interact with each other; rules, expectations, social obligations, laws and their societies,” she explained. The course, Professor Jeremiah John’s “Classics in Social Theory,” promised exploration of questions I didn’t know I had: why so many rich athletes break the bank, why North Koreans mourning the death of dictator Kim Jong-Il seemed over the top, why taxi drivers trust people more if they don’t talk too much, why people drive on the sidewalk in Delhi but not New York, and what spurred the Pistons and Pacers to have such a historic brawl in 2004.

    The class was far more theoretical than I had anticipated (I should have taken a hint from the title), but our class of 10 engaged constantly in probing and energetic discussion. Among other things, we talked a lot about burgers. I’m not exactly sure how it was so often so relevant, but the quest for that illusory “best burger” aptly illustrated quite a few concepts.

    You may think you know where to buy the best burger, but is your belief rational? In order for a belief to be rational, it must satisfy a specific set of criteria. The search for the best burger must begin with a reasonable investment in information gathering. This investment will be different for each person, depending on your resources and on how important identifying that burger is to you. The evidence gathered then informs beliefs, which don’t have to be true in order to be rational. (Volkswagen customers rationally believed that they were driving low-emission vehicles… but it wasn’t actually true.) Lastly, you have to be able to rank your burger preferences, taking into account how much money you’re willing to spend. Perhaps you like Burger A better than Burger B, but having tomato on it isn’t worth the five extra dollars. Since we all have different preferences, we may all have different, although not incorrect, conclusions.

    With the quest for discovering the best burger frequently on my mind and a penchant for eating out, my fiancé and I started comparing burgers in Buena Vista and Lexington. Together we have come up with a list of what we believe to be the best local burgers, some of which are so economical that you might not run to Cookout the next time you have five dollars and a craving!


    TNT’s Good Ta Go: Economy, location, and a hand-pressed patty on a homemade bun have pushed this Buena Vista locale to the top of the list. They advertise their cuisine as “Homemade without the Hassle,” and I suggest hustling on over to taste it for yourself. For only $4.50 you can get the “TNT Meltdown,” a quarter-pound burger topped with grilled onions, colby jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo on homemade bread. Another $2.50 gets you the “TNT Throwdown,” which is a half-pound burger on a homemade bun, loaded with bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, raw onions, and mayo. They recently moved to 2054 Sycamore Ave., a pleasant stroll from campus.

    Rocca: Located on the second floor of the Robert E. Lee Hotel in Lexington, this burger is a house specialty. Seven ounces of ground angus sirloin is topped with plain or gorgonzola cheese, lettuce, tomato, and roasted garlic aioli and served on a ciabatta roll. It’s normally $12, but swing by on Fridays or Saturdays after 10 p.m. and grab it for just $5! (Rocca has abbreviated hours for the winter and currently closes at 10 p.m. The $5 special will be available when normal hours resume.)

    TAPS: Located in Lexington, this lobby lounge has a great vibe and even better burgers. Made with ingredients local to the Shenandoah Valley, the Buffalo Creek Burger (with a gluten-free option!) is a best seller, thanks to its unique blend of flavors. The delicious bun is topped with bacon-onion jam, bread and butter pickles, and pimento cheese, as well as the burger. It’s served with house cut fries and a dill pickle for $11. The ketchup is a house recipe, and I recommend asking for the roasted garlic aioli with the fries. Located at 11 North Main Street in Lexington.

    Do you have any local favorites that I might have missed? In the name of academic inquiry, I’m willing to do some investigative work! Comment your local favorites below.

    (Post by Lauren Hafen ’16.)

  3. A Most Wonderful Christmas Concert

    December 15, 2015

    Christmas is simply the best. As cliche as it is, I can’t help but agree that this is certainly the most wonderful time of the year. Of course, there’s the excitement of Christmas treats and the prevalence of Christmas music (everywhere) and the feel-good movies. And I’m all about having an excuse to bring heavenly-smelling pine trees inside for once. Oftentimes, however, despite the ideas of hope and love and charity that permeate all elements of Christmas, it’s easy to forget why it is that this season is so important, and the right Christmas song and mood and spirit are the friendly reminders needed to bring Christmas back to Christ.

    It’s for this reason that I enjoyed this year’s Christmas concert. Southern Virginia’s two choirs, Concert Chorale and Bella Voce, united their talents with those of the orchestra and a flute quartet to perform a varied and diverse but generally wonderful program of Christmas music. I was especially fond of the spiritual “Mary Had a Baby,” but that might have been because my roommate was a soloist.

    I’m so often astounded by the level of talent at this university, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity not only to be a happy recipient of the fruits of that talent as I attend concerts and shows, but to have had this particular performance serve as one of those refreshing reminders of what truly makes this season the most wonderful.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’15.)

  4. Turkey Bowl 2015

    December 1, 2015

    What would the Thanksgiving season be without our annual Turkey Bowl? Last month, students met at The Fields to clobber each other (or snatch flags, anyway) in the name of good ol’ Turkey Day. I’m too chicken (terrible pun only kind of intended) to really participate in such things, but these guys seem to have what it takes. As well as far more energy than I have at the beginning of the day. I wonder if that same energy carries over to 8 a.m. classes?

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Sarah Bench ’19.)

  5. 2015 Fall Colors Photos Contest Winners

    November 24, 2015

    There is so much beauty in Virginia at this time of year. So much. It blows me away. And these photos capture that incredible beauty remarkably well. Below are the photos of the winners. If winners submitted more than one photo, their winning photo is followed by other submissions in their gallery. Congrats to those who won and thanks to all who participated!

    Enjoy the photos, and have a lovely Thanksgiving!

    1st Place: Belle Basnight

    2nd Place: Corey Egbert

    3rd Place: Jordan Wunderlich

    4th Place: Ammon Milligan

    5th Place: Eva Sorensen

    We will be contacting the finalists about prizes soon.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16.)