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Talking With Your Hands

Talking With Your Hands

by Brennan Gash There is a class on campus that gets much less attention than it deserves, and if you’re willing to take it and give it an honors upgrade, you also get to befriend some middle school deaf students. The class professor, Mrs. Julie Foster, teaches at a nearby middle school by day, and [...]


Lending A Paw

Lending A Paw

By Katie Matherlee Want to help a household pet get the food it needs this holiday season? Then lend a helping paw in Lend a Paw’s pet food drive! Lend a Paw is dedicated to bettering the lives of local animals, and the pet food drive that they are coordinating shows just how much they [...]


Blue Ridge Legal Services

Blue Ridge Legal Services

Free legal assistance to low-income residents Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Legal Services By Katie LaBranche When people are in legal trouble, they often turn to professionals for help.  Some people or families, however, are not able to afford such help, and that’s where Blue Ridge Legal Services (BRLS) steps in.  They provide free civil [...]


Giving Thanks to those who Sacrifice

Giving Thanks to those who Sacrifice

Postcards to Soldiers By: Kelsey Velandria   Every day that goes by is another day that hundreds of soldiers have to spend separated from their family, friends, and loved ones.  These soldiers choose to sacrifice their lives every day in order to defend their nation, and allow us to have normal lives. The nobility, courage, [...]


There’s a New Restaurant in Town…

There's a New Restaurant in Town...

By Katie Matherlee Thank goodness it’s not an Italian restaurant! Shelley Boyers, originally from Richmond, has blessed Bridgewater with Scrumptious Suppers, a small little sandwich shop where everything is homemade and, well, scrumptious! Vic Boyers, Shelley Boyers’ husband and co-owner of the restaurant, is the chef behind all the delicious food. So what made this [...]


Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Honoring those who have served By Katie LaBranche Photos courtesy of Scott Powers As Veterans Day is upon us, it is important to remember why we celebrate those who have served and are serving in the United States military on this day.  Historically, Veteran’s Day has always been on the 11th of November, to commemorate [...]


Caregivers Community Network

Caregivers Community Network

Making lives easier one family at a time By Katie LaBranche and Emily Townsend As people get older, their lives sometimes become more difficult  and family members often have to devote their lives to taking care of the ones in need.  If the caregiver needs help, there are people out their dedicated to assisting with [...]


Government Shutdown Aftermath: The Price of Leverage

Government Shutdown Aftermath: The Price of Leverage

  By Katie Matherlee     On October first 2013, over 800,000 people were sent home from their jobs in the United States because Congress was unable to reach an agreement on the new budget this year. For the two and a half weeks that the government was shut down, 800,000 Americans were without jobs [...]


Who will be VA’s next governor?

Who will be VA's next governor?

Virginia’s Governor is Subject to Change By Katie LaBranche Photo courtesy of www.timesdispatch.com It’s that time of year again and government elections are on the rise.  More specifically, there will be a state-wide election for Virginia’s new governor on November 5th, 2013. The law in Virginia states that no governor may serve back-to-back terms, so [...]


Halloween on the Square

Halloween on the Square

By Katie LaBranche When you think of October, what comes to mind? There are pumpkins, candy corn, and kids dressed up like ghosts and goblins everywhere.  An eerie feeling fills the air as people prepare for the scariest night of the year. Harrisonburg will be sticking to the Halloween tradition and holding its 10th Annual [...]


Children in Happy, Healthy Homes

Children in Happy, Healthy Homes

Around the world, around the country, and even in our own neighborhoods, countless children are abused and neglected, whether it is by their biological, adoptive, or foster parents.  Any family member is capable of abuse or neglect, and absolutely no child deserves that in their lifetime. There are people out there who have made it [...]


“Relax and Enjoy Nature”

"Relax and Enjoy Nature"

By Katie LaBranche 30 miles off Bridgewater College campus on a curvy country back road is a place called Camp Still Meadows, a non-profit organization that provides a therapeutic and creative environment for those with disabilities or who have experienced emotional and physical trauma. Surrounded by nature and caregivers, the people who come here have [...]


From Bridgewater to Bulgaria

From Bridgewater to Bulgaria

For Bridgewater senior Rachael Sloan, there was nowhere better to spend a summer than on a missions internship practicing a Cyrillic alphabet, tasting sugared macaroni and cheese, and becoming part of a community in Bulgaria.   Through Mission to the World, a Presbyterian agency, Sloan spent two months in Bulgaria working with full-time missionaries.  As [...]


New Social Studies Standards

Katie Matherlee Early last week, the National Council for the Social Studies released a new set of state standards. They’re calling it the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies Standards, or C3 for short. As the name states, the new standards are more similar to guidelines than rigid goals; states are able [...]


Shots! Shots! Shots! Shots! Shots! Shots! Everybody!!

By  Lindsey Barnes   Every year students and teachers alike come down with any number of colds, especially in the beginning of the school year. However, you can easily prevent yourself from getting the flu by getting your seasonal flu vaccine. Paige French, the head nurse at Bridgewater College, provided the link to the campus [...]


“It’s a fun game and the camaraderie is great!”

“It’s a fun game and the camaraderie is great!”

Emily Townsend  and  Katie Labranche Despite the competitive edge some may have had, it was all smiles as friends and strangers played together, all while helping to raise money for local and international programs that aid communities everywhere. On Saturday September 21, local corn hole lovers put their game face on and headed down to [...]


“The Best Thanks-giving”

By Chaplain Robbie Miller      Would you agree that there’s within all of us a basic human impulse to give thanks, to express gratitude for the goodness of life?  Admittedly some are better at this than others.  But I’d like to believe that an attitude of gratitude is somewhere deep within us all.    [...]


A dangerous mix

A dangerous mix

Alcohol + education ≠  sucess By Sara Burchfield    None of the students at Bridgewater College would deny that it is a dry campus. It’s voiced by tour guides to visiting high school students, incoming freshman hear the standard from their orientation speakers, and upper classmen are told from their area coordinators. The problems many [...]


Katrina Powell

“Place identity, and eminent domain: letters from Shenandoah national park” By Sara Heflin    On Monday night, Bridgewater College welcomed Dr. Katrina Powell, Associate Professor and Director of Women’s Studies at Virginia Tech, to the convocation program. Dr. Powell’s work and publications on the displacement of families in the Shenandoah Valley was brought to our [...]


HRCDCC: Care for all

HRCDCC: Care for all

By Rebecca Heine    HRCDCC—quite a mouthful. It stands for the Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center, a center dedicated to providing child care and learning opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. During the school year, HRCDCC provides childcare for children of two to five years, with additional summer programs for children up to [...]


Higher expectations for local middle and high school students

Higher expectations for local middle and high school students

By Rachel Coon    In Virginia public schools, students are required to take assessments called the Standards of Learning, more commonly known as “SOL’s.” These assessments are given as early as third grade and cover the core areas of study including English, math, science, and history. They are cumulative tests that provide useful information on [...]


Dinner with Tarzan

Dinner with Tarzan

By Melina Norman     This past weekend a handful of students and Bridgewater faculty received the opportunity to sit down and have dinner with actor Denny Miller, the Tarzan of late 1950s and 1960s.    Professor Galloway, as a great fan of Miller and the instrumental figure in bringing the whole Tarzan convocation event together, [...]


Making a BIG difference for youth

Making a BIG difference for youth

By Abigail Blair  When you were just a little kid, who was it that you looked up to? Maybe it was an older sibling or a grandparent, or even a family friend of some sort. Consider how your life would have been different had you not had someone to look up to. For those of [...]


Bowl full of bones

Bowl full of bones

By Kathleen Herring    “When they saw off part of a bone they drop it in a bowl and let me look at it – it’s great!”  Junior Biology major Logan Parker excitedly recounts his first experience watching a knee replacement surgery from inside the Operating Room at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Parker, who hopes to [...]