Thanks Nora

“Never marry a man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from.” —Nora Ephron

Nothing really new…….

Adapting to married life has been pretty easy. We are both way to busy to stop and take it all in. I love living with my best friend however I don’t see him that often. It’s always nice coming home to your hubby. Oh but it finally happened… the dreaded yell from your husband. We were having a conversation and I was down the hall and he screams out “Honey I can’t hear you over my peeing. Wait until I finish!” Oh my goodness we are getting very familar now!

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We did it! After four and a half years, we finally got married!

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Christiansburg Student Fights Back Against Bullying

     Bullying in schools is a serious issue that frequently goes unaddressed. For most students school is a place full of positive social interaction but for the victims of bullying, school can be a dreaded nightmare. The victim can experience stress, physical harm or a lifetime of insecurities.

     The Virginia Department of Education has a record of 6,600 counts of bullying for the 2007-2008 school year. However, most bullying goes unreported because the victim is too embarrassed to acknowledge the problem.

     Alexandra Wolff is a 17-year-old that underwent years of bullying starting in elementary school. She has now decided to turn her painful past into a stepping stone for public school systems to help prevent bullying. When she was younger Alexandra Wolff did not understand why she felt different from the other kids at school. When asked about the confusing time she said, “For a lot of time I kept it to myself because I felt like I was a target and a victim and it was very embarrassing and I was almost ashamed that this was happening to me I felt like why do I have to be the different one why can’t I be normal and be with other kids.”

     After years of torment Alexandra Wolff worked with legislators in her home state of Maryland to pass a bill requiring schools to try harder to prevent bullying. The bill defines the model policy for bullying. It helps a victim tell someone if they are being bullied, teachers them where they can go for help and how to end bullying. The bill also touches on how to tell a parent that their child is being bullied. After switching schools Alexandra has moved to Christiansburg, VA where she has continued her fight against bullying. Alexandra is currently trying to help persuade school board members to create victim hotlines and student coalitions to address the problem.

     Alexandra and her mother Antonia Wolff, believe two of the biggest keys to ending bullying is education on the topic and community involvement. On how she thinks schools handle bullying these days Alexandra said, “I don’t think the issue is handled very well because so many times bullying is overlooked and so many times administrators and teachers think, kids will be kids, so what, kids have to tough-in up, in the real world you’re not going to have someone following you, protecting you, you’re going to have to do it yourself.”

      If you suspect your child is being bullied there are some clear signs to look out for number one being your child not wanting to go to school. They might also be upset on the weekends or anxious at the thought of going back to school on Monday. If your child has no interest in communicating with other children in their age group you might want to ask them about bullying because they might be scared of their peers or think they are against them. “Another sign might be your child not enjoying things that they once did enjoy,” says Alexandra Wolff.

     Antonia Wolff is proud of her daughter and all of the change that she has helped bring about. “Speaking out about the very thing that upset her so badly has helped her greatly so I’m terribly proud. I couldn’t have done it at her age,” said Antonia. Alexandra has recently taken up acting classes to help build up her self confidence and talks to church groups about her struggles. She hopes telling her story can help someone else out there in a similar situation.

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Highlander Enrollment in the Red

Radford University has a seen a drop in enrollment this fall of around 250 students. According to the State Council of Higher Education only 1,445 of the admitted 4,387 freshmen actually enrolled for the 09-10 year.

RU’s enrollment decrease has come at a hard time with Gov. Tim Kaine administrating a $6.4 million dollar budget cut in higher education to help out with the major $1.35 billion state budget shortfall.

When asked what she thinks the university should do about the decline in enrollment RU junior Dailey Lewis said, “the school should try to lower the cost of classes for now so that maybe more students would be attracted to the school. Maybe later they could raise the tuition after the economy gets better.” Senior transfer student, Courtney Michelle said, “I transferred in to Radford but next semester I’m actually going to New River because it’s too expensive here. I think the school should try to work with community colleges better than they do. A lot of people would go to a community college for two years and then transfer to Radford to graduate if it was promoted more.”

Blaming the bad economy on RU’s recent enrollment decrease might not be quite the answer because other Virginia four-year universities have not been affected like University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Schools like Old Dominion and George Mason have even seen increases in enrollment.

With figures rolling in leaving RU in the dust many are now looking for reasons why Radford is dwindling in enrollment. President Penelope Kyle has recently commented on the issue stating that the decrease in enrollment can be attributed to a low budget economy and a lack of experienced admissions personnel.

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Incumbent Wins by a Landslide

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Incumbent Phyllis T. Albritton won Montgomery County School Board Member November 3rd against opponent George Still with around 83% of the votes.

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The Blacksburg public library, Slusser Chapel and Margaret Beeks Elementary were the locations for District A voting.  All three were packed with late afternoon voters. Each location was decorated with signs for different people running for office and had people standing around outside talking or handing out informational packets on candidates. Around different precincts one could find many Phyllis Albritton signs in yards, on the corner of streets or at voting polls but I did not see one George Still sign displayed anywhere.

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At 10 a.m. yesterday 13.3 % of the 54,567 registered voters in Montgomery County had voted and then there was a big increase of 23.6 % votes at 2 p.m. The voting only increased about 5% from 2 p.m. to 4p.m. with the total being 28.4% and the day ended with 38.4% of the total registered voters coming out to the polls and voting. After all 4 precincts had turned in their results around 11:30 p.m. last night the results were Albritton with 2,685 votes and Still with only 526. There was a write in of .46% equaling 15 votes. In each of the precincts Albrittons’ votes were higher than Stills’ times 4.

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George Still will continue working on his PhD at VT and teaching at Blacksburg High school and had a great time on the election trail that started back in June, while Albritton is excited about getting back to work on the School Board. When asked about her big win Albritton said, “I am humbled and honored and look forward to serving our community on the school board. I am committed to helping each student realizing her or his gifts and talents to contribute to the world and with continued support for staff and teachers.”

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