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When we decided to launch an online version of the RU Magazine, a key debate centered around whether we should attempt to present it in a format which would preserve its graphical richness or offer up a slimmed-down edition of mostly text pages so that readers could more easily access our prose.

The RU Magazine is designed to be visually exciting and pleasing as well as informative and entertaining, and we do not want to deny our online readers either experience. We decided to try to streamline the graphics on these pages as much as possible while still presenting the magazine in a format true to its original "print" design. We realize that those of you with slower modems may experience delays because of the large size of some of our pages but we hope you'll find the end result worth the wait. The debate is ongoing, however, and we would welcome your input.

We hope you enjoy this edition of RU Magazine Online. Future issues will go online as the print version "hits the stands." Notices on publishing dates will be posted on the News & Info section of the RU web site. Please send comments, suggestions and feedback to Christy Jackson, RU Magazine Editor, via e-mail or via postal delivery at

    Box 6916
    Radford University
    Radford VA 24142.