A New Day Is Dawning For NRCC Knights

By Xiomara Saucedo

An unexpected question on the Fall 2013 SGA Election ballot brought forth a little confusion and curiosity for some of the students attending NRCC. To be specific, it was question number six: “If you could choose a mascot for New River Community College sport teams, what would it be?” …Say what? Yep, if you voted, you read it right! But was this simply a random question?  Maybe not.

There are reasons for every inquiry. On Tuesday September 10, 2013, students were asked a question that many thought kind of unusual considering the fact that we already have an official mascot… or so we thought. According to Dr. Benjamin G. Kramer, Activities Counselor at NRCC, the school’s mascot might’ve been chosen by a former basketball team of NRCC and not necessarily by the school’s board of directors. Dr. Kramer stated that before he became an employee, in the fall of 1993, that the school’s mascot, the Knight, was already a big hit with the students. Kramer is not one-hundred percent sure that the team solely elected the school’s image, but it was clear that NRCC were the “Knights” upon his arrival.

“The teams uniforms at that time were green and white” explained Dr. Kramer, as he flipped through an old photo album, “so we identified with these as the school’s colors. “Later we added the colors grey and black”, since this would provide more fashionable options when ordering uniforms.

So, do we have official school colors? “The official school colors are blue and red, with a cool gray used for accents”, Dr. Kramer revealed.

In June of 2012, NRCC President, Jack Lewis, sent out a formal charge that would form the first “Branding Innovative Team” at NRCC. Their initiative would be a huge one; the college’ identity. The team met several times and last fall the school officially decided on the new, brighter, schools colors. Faculty, staff and students may have noticed last year that the college website undertook some new changes including the assimilation of the new colors.

What’s next? “The team is now working on possible new logos and a mascot.” explained Kramer.

New River Community College is in search of its true identity. An awesome group of people are working towards the goal of introducing a brand that the entire NRCC community can embrace. The students of NRCC were given an opportunity to voice their thoughts and the Branding Innovative Team are taking all suggestions into serious consideration.

Change is hard, but the majority of the time, change is instituted with good intentions. In 1959 the school was known as the New River Vocational-Technical School, “Vo-Tech” for short and our campus was located in Radford. Vo-Tech became New River Community College in 1969 and relocated to Dublin. These decisions did not come without some hesitation but the increase in attendance and funding was proof that the college was headed in the right direction.

Faculty, staff, and students of New River Community College, a new day is dawning for NRCC Knights. “Whatever the college needs, whatever we choose to do, I hope that we can all be proud”, Dr. Kramer added. Lights out for now, Knights.

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We’re Baaaack!

Did you miss us?  The NRCC Student Newspaper suddenly has a staff!  We look forward to bringing you news, ideas, features, and reviews.  If you want to help with this endeavor, see or email Janet Hanks (jhanks@nr.edu) and start your journalistic career!

And BTW, we’re working on a site redesign, so things will be weird for a bit.  If our appearance changes more than a chameleon in an art gallery, don’t be alarmed.

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The Knight Rider

The Knight Rider is on a temporary hiatus from publishing due to waining interest from student writers.  The paper will remain available for archived stories to be accessed however, it will not be updated until a nonfiction writing class is developed.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your readership!

Sarah Polan, Retiring Editor in Chief

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St. Patrick’s Day Best Dressed Contest

Happy St Paddy's Day

Happy St Paddy

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day, Best Dressed Contest was on Tuesday March 16th at the Mall site, and Wednesday March 17th at the Dublin Site, at noon on both days. I think both of the entrants for the Mall site deserved to share 1st place, as there was a shortage of other participants at the Mall.

Kavonndra Bennet-Winner

Kavonndra Bennet-Winner

Erin Reed Runner-up

Erin Reed Runner-up

At the main Campus in Dublin, there were a few more participants with Kavonndra Bennet Winning 1st Prize, and receiving a $25.00 Walmart Gift card, and Erin Reed as the runner-up.
James Lanning-Mens Winner

James Lanning-Mens Winner

In the mens catagory, James Lanning was the Winner, and Jeff Putnam was runner-up.
Ben Krammer definately added the fun to this contest and made it a fun experience for all who attended.
Jeff Putnam-runner up

Jeff Putnam-runner up

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Faculty vs Students Softball Game Results

Dear NRCC,
I apologize for not getting this out sooner.  I have hesitated because the faculty humbly did not wish to appear too prideful of this accomplishment, not did I wish to embarrass the student team. However, with the encouragement of so many, it would be wrong to let the event pass unannounced.

A  NRCC Faculty vs. Students recreational softball game was held at 1:00pm at Randolph park, Dublin, VA on Saturday, April 10, 2010. The players each received a commemorative T-shirt and concessions were sold to players & fans during the event. The purpose of the event was for fun and to help raise a little funding for the women’s softball team next year. There were quite few fans in the stands to enjoy the competition as well.  Quite often, the poor fans had to duck to avoid a foul ball flying at them.  (Sorry!)

On the faculty team were the following players: Fritz Stref, Wayne Cressel, Tim Jones, Ben Kramer, Charles Kramer, Bradley Holcomb, Wes Adcock, Jonathon Surratt, Chris Smith, Jonathon Seagle, and Jason Watson.

The student team players were: Mindy Farmer, Jeffrey Putnam, Kathy Turner, Sherry Philpott, Tiffany Smelser, Matt Saunders, Shane Woodrum, Stephen Bishop, Angela Handy, and Angela Price.

The students had the first lead with three runs scored in the first inning,  but the faculty team roared back with an amazing 8 runs at first bat.  Thereafter, the teams swapped hits and many amazing plays. After 7 innings, the game resulted in a faculty team triumph by a score of 12-9. All in all, everyone had a great time,  and the “seed has now been planted” for future recreational opportunities at NRCC.
Congratulations many thanks go out to all players who participated. Go NRCC!


Benjamin G. Kramer
Activities Counselor
New River Community College
P.O. Box 1127
Dublin, VA 24084
540-674-3600, ext. 4431
540-674-3644 (Fax)

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The Perfect Movie for Your “Date Night”

If you and your significant other are going to have a night on the town and are wanting to watch a movie, then look no further than “Date Night.” Steve Carrell and Tina Fey play a couple who go out on a date to spice up their marriage and find themselves mistaken for another couple and end up on the run to clear their names. It was hilarious, but had some moments where it actually tugged a little at your heartstrings. All in all, it is worth seeing and definitely Carrell’s and Fey’s finest.

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2010 World Cup Preview

This years World Cup is set to begin on June 11th and end four weeks later on July 11th. It will be the first time in history that the World Cup will be hosted by an African country. Most of the high profile matches including the championship will be played in the newly renovated Soccer City Stadium located in Johannesburg with a capacity of 94,700. South Africa has been eagerly anticipating this event for years now and has spent close to 4 billion U.S. dollars in preparations. They have upgraded some of the major airports, built brand new stadiums, and have hired an extra 41,000 police. Security has long been one of the main questions concerning the World Cup being played in South Africa. They have one of the highest crime rates in the world (50 deaths per day) and just recently racial tensions have once again flared up after a very prominent white supremacist was murdered at his farm. South African officials have reassured the world that security will be at it’s best and all threats will be investigated thoroughly.

As far as the actual soccer goes, Italy will be defending their World Cup title in 2006 and still has a very strong team. Some of the other favorites to win it all are Spain, Brazil, Germany, and Argentina. All of which are currently ranked in the top 10 of the FIFA World Rankings. Many believe the best chance Africa has at winning will be Ivory Coast which is currently ranked 25th in the world. The country of South Africa did qualify for the tournament but many believe they could be embarrassed. In total there are 32 teams who play in the World Cup, 6 of which are represented by the host nation of Africa. The continent with the most qualifiers is Europe with 13. This will certainly be a historic World Cup for Africa as the anticipation grows by the day.

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Blood Drive At NRCC

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at New River Community College on Wednesday, April 7th from 9:00 am to 3:00pm. Look for the Bloodmobile bus parked in the traffic circle located in front of Godbey Hall. If you wish to donate, please bring your driver’s license or other ID, and if you have questions about requirements, please look on www.givelife.org for donor eligibility. I also have a signup sheet ready. You may make an appointment to give blood by contacting me  at bkramer@nr.edu or 674-3600, ext. 4431

As a bonus, donors for our blood drive this Wednesday can enjoy a free meal from the baseball team’s hamburger/hotdog sale in the Lounge in Martin hall between 11 am and 1pm. A ticket will be provided to you when you give, that you can then take to the sale in the Lounge. (Thank you NRCC Baseball Team!) In addition, those who donate will be entered into a random prize drawing for a “Sheetz” Gift Card just for NRCC students that give that day. This is brought to us by the regional Blood Drive Coordinator, Ms. Sandy Myers, who is an NRCC alumnus.

Thanks to all who have supported the blood drives at NRCC in the past. You have certainly made a difference in the lives of so many here in the New River Valley and beyond!

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Video Game Contest

Student Activities sponsored a video game tournament in the lounge Monday, March 1, 2010. Six players competed using the NCAA 2007 video game for X-Box 360. Zack Hall, Langston Lewis, Jimmy McKenna, Matt Robinson, Bruce Raines, and James Huddle played their favorite college teams in short matches to determine the winner.

First place was Matt Robinson who won a $25.00 gift card to Wal-Mart, 2nd place was James Huddle, who earned a $15.00 Wal-Mart gift card,  and third place was Zack Hall, who earned a $10.00 Wal-Mart Gift Card. It was a fun tournament to play and to watch because the players were very skilled. Everyone had a good time. The next video game tournament will be held September 24, 2010.

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Chess Tournament

On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, NRCC student Activities sponsored an open chess tournament in the Lounge.  Two players participated: Matthew Robinson, and Zachary Hall. The contestants played their game in the student activities office, with Matthew Robinson winning.  Prizes were awarded as follows:

First Place:  Matthew Robinson ($25.00 Gift Card to Wal-Mart)

Second Place: Zachary Hall ($15 Gift Card to Wal Mart)

Third Place: ($10 Gift Card divided between both Matthew & Zachary)

Matthew & Zachary were also awarded T-shirts for participating.

The next NRCC open chess tournament will be held in the lounge on Tuesday, September 22, 2010.

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