Taxes explained

by Nicole Tutino and Emaryi Williams —

Taxes are a complicated thing that millions of working Americans deal with every year. In this video, we explain how taxes came to be in the United States, why citizens need them and why the current filing system remains complicated.

Explained: Attending an out-of-state college/university

by Deanna Driver and Emily Logue —

In-state universities are often cheaper and closer to home, but out-of-state institutions have the ability to provide more opportunities.

Out-of-state students choose their university for a variety of reasons, but once they arrive on campus, their experiences and community reassure their decision. This is displayed on both a national level as well as with Virginia Tech students.  

VT Dining: Online ordering faces difficulties

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by Anne Sheridan, Sabena Chadda-

This school year of 2022-23 serves as the second term where Virginia Tech tries to return to normalcy post-pandemic. A current issue on life on campus has to do with the dining halls. To be efficient, dining halls have implemented more pick-up orders, rather than overcrowding the buildings with long lines. But is it quicker? And does it clear up the buildings the way it was meant to? Announced in 2019, Virginia Tech made the switch to a different online food ordering system. Like many college’s, they are now using GrubHub’s new feature called GrubHub Campus Dining.

Many students share mixed opinions on how they like to get their food. Whether it’s waiting in the lines on campus or ordering an hour ahead to beat the long wait times, some students are not too happy with the hustle and bustle of the dining halls here on Virginia Tech’s campus. On this vodcast, we interview students on their thoughts regarding wait times in their dining halls.

VT charges for Spring Game

by Keranie Chery and Tatyanna Walker–

The Spring Game at Virginia Tech is an exhibition match between football players to decide the lineup for the next season. In previous years, the Spring Game has been free and open to everyone to attend. Virginia Tech has made the decision to charge $5 to all attendees, excluding students who get one of the few lottery tickets, to come to the Spring Game with the option to add a donation to the Hokie Club. 

The money made from ticket sales and optional donations will go towards the football program and the operational costs needed to run the program. On this vodcast for The News Feed, Keranie Chery and Tatyanna Walker ask Virginia Tech students how they feel about being charged for something that was once free.

Should the US get involved in the situation between Russia and Ukraine?

by Sean Lyons, Connor Morris–

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Note: The video footage in this vodcast was produced on Feb. 23.

The current conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been a discussed topic since mid-January, when the United States’ Center for Strategic and International Studies reported there being a large group of Russian military on the border of Russia and Ukraine.

U.S. President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he would be imposing sanctions on Russia that would limit exports and block some Russian banks’ assets, according to a story by the Associated Press.

On this vodcast for The News Feed, people answered if the United States should get involved in the current situation (as of Feb. 23) between Russia and Ukraine.

Changing Mask-Wearing Mandates

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by Autumn Zipfel, Leah Garrison–

With new vaccines rolling out every day, Virginia passed a bill through the Senate, making masks optional for Virginia public schools. While the purpose of masks is to keep others safe from the spread of the coronavirus, the new vaccine introduces a new question: should masks become optional?

Tim Sands, the President of Virginia Tech, released a statement preparing Virginia Tech students for the very possibility of optional masks. To understand how current students feel about an optional mask mandate, reporters Autumn Zipfel and Leah Garrison went out on campus to gain some insight.