Recommended Hokie reading

Summer can be a slow time in the life of a university, and I think this summer would qualify as such for Virginia Tech. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some interesting things being done around Blacksburg.

New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test by the New York Times: This was actually on the front page of the Times, and deservedly so. Tech’s brand spanking new medical center has a fascinating, innovative admissions process that could be a model for other medical schools to follow. I suppose this shows that a clean slate is a great thing if people are willing to think things through and start off right. I’m sure it isn’t perfect, but it certainly appears to have addressed a major concern of the nation’s medical schools.

Virginia Tech wins big at RoboCup 2011 by Wired: Virginia Tech’s squad of specially engineered soccer-playing robots turned out to be stars on the international stage.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Blacksburg photo gallery by Paul Kurlak, Collegiate Times: And, since most Hokies aren’t in Blacksburg right now, some excellent photos from the July 4 holiday.

On the all-important football front, Frank Beamer’s offseason changes on the coaching staff appear to be making a difference. The most interesting bit of the Washington Post’s story is the last two paragraphs:

Also in attendance Saturday was Good Counsel senior wide receiver Stefon Diggs, considered by every major recruiting service to be one of the country’s top 10 prospects this year. By the time afternoon football drills were getting underway, Diggs was already convinced Virginia Tech would be one of his top choices when he makes a college decision.

“They’re on the rise for the national championship. I can sense it,” said Diggs, who added he’ll “definitely” be back this fall for an official visit with his mother. “Other people sense it, too. That’s why they’re committing here. They want to be a part of it.”

Those are some very strong words.


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