Cadets honor April 16th victims with Memorial Guard

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Blacksburg, Va., Apr. 12 – April 16th Memorial Guard: As the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings approaches, cadets have already started preparing for their role of guarding the memorial during the candle lighting on the night of April 16th. Photo: David Jones

by David Jones–

Spring is a time for change and a time of renewing what was lost into something beautiful again. Even Virginia Tech knows exactly what it’s like to have lost and to become whole again.

April 16, 2017, marks the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings in which 32 Hokies lost their lives. Every year the university does, in many ways, its part to honor the memory of those who were taken too soon. This year will have a very special tribute in store, as members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets have prepared to do their part during this emotional time.

The Corps found a way to honor the deceased. The candle lighting, which took place at midnight on April 16, 2017, was conducted in a ceremony featuring 32 cadets who were tasked with guarding each of the 32 stones that surround the front of the April 16th memorial which is located on the Drillfield.

Each cadet who held this privilege volunteered out of their love for the university and in memory of the individuals they’ll be guarding.

Noel Schaeffer, a senior member of the Corps, led the cadets’ role in the ceremonies. “Our presence that day will help ease someone’s feelings, might make some people feel certain ways but ultimately cadets are a part of the Hokie community as well and having such a prominent role in these ceremonies really helps to integrate every part of the community.”

“Our presence that day will help ease someone’s feelings, might make some people feel certain ways but ultimately cadets are a part of the Hokie community as well and having such a prominent role in these ceremonies really helps to integrate every part of the community,” Schaeffer said.

Student entrepreneurs

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Blacksburg, Va., Feb. 15-Career Center: Many students, especially upperclassman, come to the Career Center seeking advice on resume building, job seeking, and future employment opportunities. Photo: David Jones

by David Jones–

At colleges across the country, there seems to be a common trend among undergraduate students regarding their personal finances. While the stresses of student loans are not unheard of, young men and women seek financial opportunities at their respective colleges and institutions.

From odd jobs to strong budgeting practices, students try to find a way to treat themselves in other areas of their life. While that is the case, there are other students whose lifestyles outside of the classroom that financially benefits them and on their own terms.

In the world of entrepreneurship, money flows based on what you put into it. If you sell well, then you can make good money from time to time. Some people are fixed on their creativity, hard work, and passions to the extent that they’re willing to bet everything on what could possibly lead to a better life.

Many students today have adopted this mindset, and are exploring new ways to build their businesses and to seek better financial gains than they ever did while working for somebody. More than just for the money, a lot of them do it because it’s in an area that they know and love.

Aside from being a well-known DJ at Virginia Tech Marcus Finney aka DJ Finesse is a senior studying human development at Virginia Tech. He is also the main talent of a group he started back in 2016 known as Finesses Entertainment. While the group’s ultimate goal is to run the night-life scene someday, at the same time Marcus and his colleagues enjoy making money for what they love to do.

Finesse Entertainment is just one of many business ventures that were started by a group of college students. There’s also Savage Entertainment (based in Radford, VA), Randolph Photography, The Gold Coast Warriors (fitness group), and GloFleaux (beauty products and services). Each with a distinct characteristic, these young business leaders make it seem easy to do what they do.