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  1. 4th Annual Knight Run & Luau!

    April 27, 2016

    I ran the 5k course at the fourth annual Southern Virginia University Knight Run and stayed afterward to enjoy the wonderful Polynesian Luau put on by the Multicultural Club. The entire evening was a pleasure. The energy in the air as the race began was almost palpable. The Knight Run also featured a “powder lane” for those of us who wanted to get colorful powder thrown all over us as we ran around downtown Buena Vista.

    The overall winners of the 5k were Jefferson Chandler, Mike Bangerter, and Caleb West in the male division and Leah Huber, Bobbe Graham, and Kacie Shifflett in the female division. Along with the overall winners, a number of winners in specific age divisions received prizes donated by generous sponsors. You can view the full race results online.

    Following the 5k, the Multicultural Club performed a variety of dances from several different Polynesian islands. One of the highlights of the night was seeing one member of the club, Chris Harper, propose to MaggieLou Tafua, who was dressed as a “Polynesian princess.” The assembled crowd responded with resounding enthusiasm and support for the couple. The evening concluded with the grand finale: an authentic fire dance. All in all, I loved having the chance to enjoy such a memorable evening with my Southern Virginia family.

    (Post by Hannah King ’13. Photos by Matt Anderson ’17 and Sarah Foster ’19.)


  2. Photos: Spring Choir Concert

    April 16, 2016

    I’ve been in a choir for as long as I can remember. Partly because I love singing and partly to please my mother, I always joined my school’s choral group and sang my heart out. However, I never particularly enjoyed it. Either the people would annoy me as they tried to outshine each other or I would get tired of being the only one who had the songs memorized.

    Then, I went to college. And, suddenly, I didn’t have to please anyone except myself. For my first year and a half at Southern Virginia University, I stayed away from choir. Until this past semester. I don’t know what changed, but something did. I missed it. I missed that rush of adrenaline that I always got before climbing the risers and taking my place on the stand. I missed the wobbling of voices as we struggled to overcome our nerves and find our notes. I missed all of it.

    And that, my friends, is how I found myself signing up for Concert Chorale. I auditioned, got in, and there I was, somehow back in choir. It scared me, to be honest. I still remember that first day of wondering if I was even in the right place for class and struggling to find someone I knew that was singing the same part as me, so I could sit by them for the rest of the semester. Luckily for me, I located my friend Karlie pretty quickly and promptly attached myself to her hip.

    It was simple after that. We got our seats and our music and it was beautiful. It wasn’t perfect, not for awhile, but it was beautiful. You could feel the passion and heart in between awkwardly off-tune singing and high notes that we didn’t quite hit. It was a feeling that I won’t forget anytime soon.

    We had our concert last month for Spring Semester and it was amazing. From the standard black formal dress code to the crowded auditorium, it was perfect. It made every tiring rehearsal and all those nights where my throat hurt from practicing so worth it. We stayed in Hilltop while Bella Voce sang and when they were nearing their final songs, we lined up at the stairs and prepared to go on. We walked to the risers and took our places and waited silently until Dr. Carter nodded and raised her arms. When we started singing, it was dead quiet except for us. I think that’s what made our first song, the last two pieces of “Carmina Burana,” sound so powerful. It was almost haunting in a way. We went through the rest of our songs, including my personal favorite “Wade in the Water,” and it was beautiful. It was a really great experience and I am so thankful I gave choir another chance.

    Thank you, Dr. Carter, for being the Albus Dumbledore of music. Thank you for letting me sing my heart out again and actually enjoy it. Thank you for showing me that choir can be passionate, that it can mean something. Thank you for being so understanding. Thank you for showing me that music can be felt in Russian just as strongly as it can be felt in English. But most of all, thank you for making me work hard. The outcome was definitely worth it.

    (Post by Molly Hall. Photos by Sarah Foster ’19.)


  3. Photos: Shenanigans!

    April 14, 2016

    If you’re looking for some laid back laughter, the Shenanigans shows are always a solid spot to pop a squat. They can also be pretty educational. Their last show, MC’d by Art Furler, featured the worst ways to get asked on a date. Like I said, it was educational. When Jared Watts, new to the troupe this semester, made as if to remove his wedding band, his wife gasped louder than the giggles. The waves of laughter her reaction elicited made Daria Watts the real MVP.

    (Post by Lauren Hafen ’16. Photos by Matt Anderson ’18.)

  4. Redbuds in Springtime

    April 7, 2016

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“How do you like the redbuds?” Professor Barbara Crawford asked our intro to watercolor class the other day. Professor Crawford knows everything about Buena Vista and Lexington, our neighboring town. She even told my fiancé and me the history of a sign in the background of an engagement photo we took in Lexington. But I had no idea what “buds” she was talking about. As she kept talking, I figured that the redbud is a tree, and that the ones in our area have purple flowers. Classmates affirmed their beauty. It’s a good thing I’m in this art class to attune my artistic senses, because I had apparently missed one of the many aesthetic perks of our Shenandoah Valley, nestled up against the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains.

    After classes I went into Lexington to run some errands. Driving back along route 60, purple-pink blossoms along the green roadside popped out at me, one meandering turn after another. These, I figured, must be the redbuds. The blossoms, the green, and the mountains in the distance looked like they came right out of the pages of a fairytale. Fortunately, they are now also in the picture book of my life. And now you, too, know about the redbuds, so you can bask in their splendor before the next random bout of cold takes them away. Enjoy!



    (Post by Lauren Hafen ’16. Photos by Hannah King ’13.)

  5. Humans of Spring Break

    April 5, 2016

    This spring break, my friend Deseret and I decided to be adventurous. We traveled from BV to Chicago to Bowling Green, Ohio, (my mom’s hometown) to Pittsburgh, and all along our way, we tried to make strangers into friends. We met seemingly ordinary yet fascinating people everywhere we went, and we decided to do our own version of the ever-so-popular blog “Humans of New York.” So here you have it, our “Humans of Spring Break.”



    From a young real estate agent in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago:

    “I love Harry Potter… Somehow, you relate to this kid you have nothing in common with. You’re learning with him. And he’s just a normal kid, too. You want to be him. You want to be friends with him.”



    A Chicago cab driver — and wannabe inspirational speaker — on happiness:

    “You wanna know if I’m happy? 24/7. Tomorrow, too? I know about tomorrow. [I’ll be] happy. But listen. I’m genuinely happy 24/7. If I make it through tomorrow and I’m still living, I’m even happier than today. You ask me the question because you’re trying to relate to my happiness. My happiness would not change even if I were in the desert sleeping in a tent. I don’t relate my happiness to the outside world. It’s not like I got to a certain level in life to be happy. My happiness was not a result. It was a decision.”



    On International Women’s Day, Google asked that women share their aspirations with the world using the hashtag #onedayiwill. We asked Jamie here what she would share:

    #onedayiwill work to empower LGBT women worldwide.



    Regarding her decision to open her own business in Bowling Green, Ohio, 40 years ago:

    “[My friends and I had] all been in graduate school, I’ve got a master’s degree. We were overly educated and curious and wanting to do something interesting. We were all pretty strong feminists so we wanted to do our own thing. It was a good thing. I’ve never regretted it. I’ve had a lot of fun, a lot of fun.”



    From Matt, a paleontologist in Antarctica who we spoke to over Skype in Pittsburgh:

    “I’ve had the really good fortune to be involved with a lot of exciting paleontology projects through my career. I started off working in the Western US in Wyoming and Montana and found dinosaurs there. I’ve done a lot of work since then in Argentina — the Patagonia region of Argentina (I’ve been working there for almost 20 years). And, incidentally, not to toot my own horn too much, but some friends and I from Argentina have a brand new dinosaur species coming out probably in April. So we hope that’ll be in the news when that comes out, as oftentimes these dinosaurs are. So the Western US, Argentina … I’ve worked a lot in China, Egypt, Australia, Greenland and Antarctica, so I’ve really, really been lucky in that I got to go all over the world and look for dinosaurs and do the thing I love, which is find fossils and discover new dinosaurs and new information about the world they lived in.”

    (Post and photos by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16 and Deseret Brown ’16.)