A showing of the space adventure movie, Guardians of the Galaxy in Blacksburg will be “Autism Friendly.”
Lights in the Lyric Theater in Blacksburg will be low but not off and so will the sound. There’ll be no trailers before the show starts and patrons are allowed to bring their own food. Standing up or moving around the theater while the movie is on will also be allowed; A comfortable atmosphere not only for people with Autism.
An Augusta County fifth grader is using the democratic process to try and get Chapstick allowed back into her elementary school.
Eleven-year-old Grace Karaffa was playing on the school playground when her lips started bleeding. She asked her teacher for some Chapstick but the teacher said no.
“Later that day they started to bleed again and I asked for Chapstick again and they said it was against the school policy. They said it was some sort of medicine and it’s not because it’s just a little stick of vasoline.”
It’s no secret that being a Tech ‘nerd’ is the hot thing now. Schools like Virginia Tech have been at that for a long time. But Tech has long been working to connect the study of science with the humanities and break down the barriers between the two disciplines.
The ensemble called “Junk DNA,” is made up of a couple of arts professors with a technical side and a sense of humor. They know how to take two seemingly disparate things and blend them together to make something interesting.
Classes are starting, which means that I’m likely only weeks away from that moment—as inevitable as first-week crushes and pasta-bar hangovers—when a student walks into my office, paper in hand, and says, “I don’t understand. Just tell me what you want.”