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Spring Game Offers An Early Peek At The Hokies
By Zach Rice
April 21, 2011

The Hokies kick off their 2011 Spring Game Saturday at 2 p.m. in Lane Stadium.

The theme this year will be change. Gone are the likes of Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Williams and Darren Evans. Enter QB Logan Thomas and running back David Wilson. There are other changes. Coach Mike O’Cain will now call the plays, instead of offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring.

Also former players Shane Beamer and Cornell Brown are now back as assistant coaches. The Hokie football team looks to show the rest of Hokie Nation what it can expect to see this fall.

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An Interview with Lester Karlin
By Zach Rice
April 21, 2011

The Virginia Tech football program has been known for consistency whether it is winning in the Atlantic Coast Conference or a relatively low turnover among assistant coaches over the years. Clearly, though, the most steadfast member of the program is the equipment manager, who has been around since the days when Bill Dooley was coach.

Lester Karlin has been the equipment manager at Virginia Tech since 1978. In that time, he has seen the school rise from a virtue unknown to a team that contends each year for the ACC championship and a BCS Bowl bid.

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Review: Barney's Version
"Barney's Version" has the unenviable task of summing up a man's life in 132 minutes. It is filled with life and energy through both its performances and the plot, but nothing quite adds up by the end. An adaptation of Mordecai Richler's 1997 novel, the film jumps around the titular character's life, from present day to 1974. The film loosely has a reason for telling this story: a detective has published a book about a murder Barney supposedly committed.

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Review: Blue Valentine
"Blue Valentine" originally received the NC-17 mark of death before the rating was lowered to an R. While the film deserves the latter, there are scenes of graphic sexuality that are deeply unsettling. Yet these scenes aren't difficult to get through due to the two naked bodies on screen; rather, the emotions behind these acts are what makes them so difficult to watch.

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Review: Another Year
About midway through, "Another Year" takes a heavy turn. The first two seasons (of four) focus on Tom (Jim Broadbent) and Gerri (Ruth Sheen), a married 60-something couple who are perfectly happy. There is no strife or adultery around the corner, and yet the characters never feel fake. By crafting such fully formed people, writer and director Mike Leigh reminds the audience they can grow up to be truly happy.

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Hokies Sweep Terps in Decisive Victory
By Debbie Ballard
February 16, 2011

Although Virginia Tech won a definitive victory against Maryland on the road earlier this season, the Hokies knew that win would offer little advantage when the Terps came back to Cassell Coliseum looking for revenge. Unfazed, the Hokies held serve at home and notched an important late season victory 91-86.

"Kansas came out last night thinking they were going to beat Kansas State because of the first game and coach kind of talked to us about that. We just couldn't let that first game get to our heads," Malcolm Delaney said after the game.

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Ovarian Cancer Alters Tech Student's Life
By Audra Norris
December 19, 2010

Iona Parks can change her hairstyle at a speed most girls would kill for. If you were to see her around Virginia Tech’s campus during the day, chances are her hair would look drastically different at dinner that night. Some would admire her versatility, but the wigs she wears tell a much more sobering truth: at just 19 years old, she is a survivor of ovarian cancer.

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Feature: Unemployment of College Graduates.
By Tyler Daly
December 12, 2010

The economic struggles that the United States has been experiencing are now affecting areas of society that once seemed secure.

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Tempered Steel: How Frank Beamer Got That Way
By Roland Lazenby
December 15, 2010

The military helicopter peels sideways through the broad blue sky as the crowd roars, and soon enough Frank Beamer appears at the mouth of the tunnel here at Lane Stadium. He's about to lead his team onto the field, but as usual he pauses as he allows the fervor to gather, all the while surveying the world he has built from what was once the quaint mediocrity of Virginia Tech Football.

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