The Archeology Society 

By Alyson Draper ~ Web Editor

The club worked together on the dell. Photos by Ameliah Knopp

This fall, the University of Lynchburg launched The Archaeology Society, an organization which aims to bring a new opportunity for students to learn history.

Dr. Christie Vogler, a professor of history at the University of Lynchburg and faculty advisor of the organization, hopes to introduce students to  hands-on learning in history rather than a traditional lecture format. 

“We’ve been able to go out to Historic Sandusky to excavate … we’ve been able to break pots and learn how to put them back together,” said Vogler. 

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The COVID-19 Open Student Forum 

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor

Photo of people sitting around a table and discussing. Photo retrieved from https://blog.vanillaforums.com/community/community-forum-software-5-reasons-its-the-ultimate-focus-group on 19th of September 2021 by Alyssa Wilson. 

The Student Government Association of the University of Lynchburg hosted an online COVID-19 open forum to address rumors and questions surrounding COVID-19 policy at the University on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. 

One of the first things addressed in the forum was the new mask mandate that will be implemented after the return of fall break. President Alison Morrison-Shetlar said, “ We talked about the best things to do around fall break. It’s a time when people are going to be going home into their own communities and we want to make sure that when you come back that the campus is safe, that you are safe, and that we can continue to have our in-person classes while wearing masks.” 

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Club Swim Is Back!

By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

The University of Lynchburg Club Swim Team. Photo by Jessie Lee, taken on Monday Sept. 20.

Club swim is back at the University of Lynchburg after multiple delays since it’s original launch in 2018. 

Freshman, David Brady said, “it feels amazing to swim again. It’s a different experience from anything else. I feel tired but also energetic afterwards.” 

Caroline Lancaster, a fellow member of the club swim team added, “I’m very excited about swimming again. Swimming is a great way for me to process and clear my thoughts.” 

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Embracing the Road

By Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Taylor Smith. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Olivia Smith

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer Team is gearing up for the vigorous conference schedule in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC)

The team has a rich tradition of being successful and is looking to capitalize on a pair of out-of-conference road victories against Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Arcadia University on back-to-back weekends.

The Hornets traveled to Rochester on Sept. 11, to knock off RIT in a double overtime victory with a last second goal scored by Meghan Lauder

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Digging Perseverance & Serving Defeat

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved on Sept. 18, 2021 from Volleyball sweeps Guilford to win ODAC opener – Lynchburg (lynchburgsports.com). The University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball Team celebrates their first conference victory and looks forward to replicating this success. 

On Sept. 15, 2021, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball Team opened conference play by sweeping their Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival, Guilford.

         Before this conference victory, the team played a challenging out of conference schedule.

         However, coaches and players believed that the challenging out of conference schedule allowed their team to develop perseverance, a necessary trait to prevail in a five-set match.

         Head Coach Hannah Givens, said, “I think that the win against Cabrini helped us gain confidence coming into the season and ODAC play. This was actually the 10th win I have had as Head Coach. I was named head coach during the season in the spring. The win also helped us realize that we could push through a five-set match.”

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The Met Gala 2021 Reveals Controversial Aspects of American Culture.

By Em Maxey ~ Staff Writer

The Met Gala, also known as the fashion industry’s version of the Oscars, was not stopped by COVID-19 this year. American independence was the theme for this year’s event, showcasing some artist’s concept of what American pride can really look like. This prompt revealed some of the most controversial aspects of American culture, good or bad. 

Picture of Nikkie de Jager at Met Gala 2021. Photo was retrieved from People.com

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Nerd Factor: PSA in the Brain

By Michael Robinson ~ PhD

Schoolhouse Rock' On Disney+: Still The Best Way To Teach Kids History
School House Rock Logo. Image from https://decider.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Schoohouse-Rock-.jpg?quality=80&strip=all&w=646&h=431&crop=1

Recently, I learned about an assignment in my son’s civics class. He must memorize the Preamble to the Constitution.  “I can’t say it,” I said, “I can only sing it.” In fact, the very second that he mentioned the subject, the song had popped unbidden into my head. It was another example of a highly successful earworm from the good people who made School House Rock! 

Back in my childhood, Saturday morning television belonged to kids. We could not wait to watch hours of cartoons and live-action shows. Peppered in among the programs were a number of public service announcements, small segments designed to help young people learn important information and demonstrate that the networks were not just money-grubbing entities trying to lure us to commercials for toys and cereal. I am always amazed at how deeply some of those items are buried in my brain. 

“The Preamble” is not one of School House Rock!’s best tunes. It eschews the more upbeat jazzy sounds of “Conjunction Junction” or manic frenzy of “Ready or Not Here I Come” in favor of a folksier solemnity. It works though. That thing is etched so deeply into my brain that I have to work hard not to sing the Preamble.

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College Life: The Walk

By Rylee McDonal ~ Copy Editor

Forget the gym: Why a brisk walk is a really great workout | ACTIVE
A lady walking. Image from https://www.active.com/walking/articles/forget-the-gym-why-a-brisk-walk-is-a-really-great-workout-4064

Walking is something we overlook. It gets us from point A to point B. If there is something across the room, we walk to go get it. When we need to get to class, we walk to get there. We do not associate real significance with the act of walking. 

However, there are few moments and few milestones in our lives that are associated with this act. We learn to walk as babies before we start to run. We walk down the aisle to get married. We walk across the stage for a diploma or an award. For myself and others, we walk to enter into Greek Life.

The week of September 10, 2021, I rushed the fraternity, Sigma Nu. Being the person I am, I was anxious beyond belief. I had already missed two days of rush week to attend to my duties as part of the school newspaper, and felt I may not fit in with this new crowd. Thankfully, I was wrong. The week continued and I was invited to their Knighthood dinner. It was very relaxing and reassuring to be around people I could relate to.

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Doggies on The Dell

Parents and Family Weekend

The Fight For Graduation

By Hunter Epperson, Em Maxey, William Masselli

Students and alumni at the University of Lynchburg are petitioning to keep graduation on the Dell instead of Shellenberger Field, where it was held in spring 2021. 

Senior Grace Ball, an international relations major, is leading a petition to move graduation from Shellenberger Field to the Dell. 

Ball said, “The petition, ‘Keep the University of Lynchburg’s Graduation on The Dell’ was made to express the student body’s desire to keep the graduation ceremony on the beloved Dell. We created a petition to unify our voices and present our anger and sadness at the change of venue.” 

The petition, as of Monday, Sept. 13, had 250 signatures. 

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Parents and Family Weekend 2021

By Rylee McDonal ~ Copy Editor

A super old image of Parents and Family Weekend. Image from https://www.lynchburg.edu/news/2013/09/parents-family-weekend-2013/

This weekend, the University of Lynchburg will host 2021’s Parents and Family Weekend, from  Sept. 17-19. The calendar includes a bevy of events and opportunities for families to socialize and enjoy the university’s environment and culture.

However, with the increasing COVID cases, there have been many changes to the original schedule.

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