Welcome Back to the Hive 

By The Critograph Editorial Board

As we celebrate our first homecoming since the beginning of the pandemic, the Critograph, the student voice of the University of Lynchburg, wanted to welcome you HOME with a special issue of the newspaper.

We have spent the last 18 months publishing the paper online at www.thecritograph.com and we are so stoked about having a physical issue this weekend.

Our marketing manager, Jessica Head, ’22 and our copy desk chief, Hunter Epperson,’22 have spent weeks delving into the archives with the help of librarian, Ariel Myers, and transcribing issues.

We are proud to present historic stories from issues of the newspaper spanning from the 1940’s to the 1990’s.

As we read through archival issues, we were particularly tickled by the gossip column titled, “Straight From The Squirrel’s Mouth,” by Nutsy, that we can trace back to the 1940’s.

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1996: Stepping over stereotypes – LC and LU students do have something in common

Written by Carrie Eastwood

For college students in Lynchburg, the terms brainwashed Bible beaters and hellions on the hill conjure up more than generic mental images, they define difference of opinion and long-held rivalry of two schools. Lynchburg College students and students at Liberty University may have the old stereotypes embedded in their brains, but when it comes to their individual opinions of the other, both may be surprised. 

Although the two schools are very different in their approach to education, their student demographics are not. So why do LU and LC refuse to get along?

“LC thinks that we are a bunch of bible beaters. We have our religion and our faith in God, but we still know how to have a good time. The only difference is that we [LU] have boundaries,” said Joe Bounadonna, a LU sophomore.

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1985 – 1986: Homecoming Weekend 

Written by Cynthia Lockhart

Homecoming Weekend is an exciting time for both the students at LC and for the returning alumni. 

The weekend featured events such as the Homecoming dance, sporting events and other social functions.

The Homecoming Dance held on Friday night in the Ballroom, was a success. “There was a really good turn out this year, approximately 900 people attended,” said Ken Inch, president of SGA. 

“The Deal,” a band from Charlottesville, played a new wave and classic rock format. “The music resembles that of U2 and The Beatles in their own version,” according to a band member.

SGA sponsored the Homecoming Dance. Money raised from the dance will go into a general fund for the clubs at LC. A certain percentage of that will go into the revision of the “Club House,” which is the old Education building.

“The SGA would like to thank SAB, Beta Theta Pi and Westover for their contributing help,” said Inch. 

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1967: L.C. Celebrates Homecoming Weekend 

“A Thousand and One Nights” In One

The highlight of the weekend for the student body will come Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. in the Memorial Gymnasium as the freshman class presents the annual Festival Ball based around the theme of “A Thousand and One Nights.” Margie Hess, chairmen of the dance committee, has announced that “Mods and the Rockers” will play at the formal affair. 

At the same hour, the Lynchburg Chapter of the Alumni Association will sponsor an Alumni dance at the Oakwood Country Club. 

Initial Service

The first regular worship in the Snidow Chapel will be given on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Allen B. Stanger presiding and Reverend Arthur Brown, Jr., of Roanoke delivering the sermon.

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1954: Straight From The Squirrel’s Mouth

Written by Nutsy

Not too long ago (while leisurely sitting on a window still on the Ad. Building…. shucks where I go again…Allah! Great White Father! I mean Hopwood Hall) I was busily nibbling on my mid-morning snack when this blood-curdling stream burst forth out of the clear sky. There went my snack and I almost with it. 

“What could that be?” I wondered, “It’s too early for the Varsity Club initiation.”

There’s only one way to find out so I did just that… I looked in the window of the auditorium. To follow is one of the most hilarious accounts of my career. 

On the stage was a very pretty girl in a beautiful dress howling something about “Throw me across the room.”

“Oh well,” I thought, “we all have to go sometimes.”

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1940’s: Alumni Homecoming Day

Next Saturday, November 30, marks the date of Lynchburg College’s first Alumni Homecoming Day. This day is to be set aside on the calendar, it is hoped, as an annual event of the college year.

To Mr. Shields Brubeck and to his committee go to the laurels for the promotion and for the hard work required to “put this affair over.” If it is a success, as all are confident this committee is to be highly congratulated for their work. 

Alumni Day is to be primarily a day when the alumni may return to the campus for a program arranged especially for them; when they may meet old friends and roommates, hold informal class reunion, and engage in fond reminisces  of “the days when.”

On the other hand, Alumni Day can provide a stimulating experience for the students. Students, no matter how mature they may be (in their own minds, that is), may benefit from contacts with older people (parson us, Alumni), or at least with people who have experienced, in the events which the students are experiencing now, the events which follow those. 

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Set the Expectation: Brenda Tracy Shares Her Story

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor

Photo of University students who attended the speech in Turner Gymnasium. Retrieved from lynchburg_wsoccer on Instagram by Alyssa Wilson.

Motivational speaker and founder of Set the Expectation, Brenda Tracy, came to speak to students at the University of Lynchburg and share her story on Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Turner Gymnasium. 

All athletes were required to be at the event, making for a packed Gym on Tuesday night. Sisters of Alpha Chi Omega were also required to attend as domestic violence is the Sorority’s philanthropy.

Junior and sister of Alpha Chi Omega, Emily Jackson said, “We as a chapter wanted to go learn more about our philanthropy from a survivor. We feel that it is so important to actively support domestic violence awareness education at all events on campus and in the community.” 

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Monte’s Black Mold

Rylee McDonal ~ Copy Editor

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Black Mold! Image from https://www.iqair.com/us/blog/molds/which-mold-is-dangerous

Residents in Montgomery Hall at the University of Lynchburg have been complaining about black mold in their dorm rooms. 

Black mold, also sometimes known as toxic mold or toxic black mold, is a type of fungus that usually occurs in damp or water-damaged buildings. 

Some side effects of black mold poisoning include having headaches, pain, and nosebleeds. However, there are no reports of this actually happening. There have been reports of respiratory issues and some symptoms that can be associated with a common cold. 

Black mold cases on college campuses have been more prevalent in the past few years, and, unfortunately, the University of Lynchburg is no exception.

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Lynchburg Homecoming 2021

By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

             Faculty, staff, parents, and alumni come together to celebrate Homecoming Weekend at the University of Lynchburg.
             Photo retrieved from Homecoming – University of Lynchburg on Oct. 9, 2021. 

The University of Lynchburg will celebrate its first homecoming since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on  Oct. 15-17.

The three-day celebration will offer its guests sporting events, many other outdoor activities, and Hornet to Hornet panels.

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New Exhibits at the Daura

By William Dietz ~ News Editor

INTO LIGHT drawing
Theresa Clower’s drawing of her son,

The Daura Art Museum at Lynchburg has had several new exhibits open in recent days. 

One of the interesting exhibitions recommended by Dr. Cole Laura is the “INTO LIGHT” exhibition, which is made up of portraits of people from Virginia. The portraits have incredibly moving personal narratives.

 For example, one of the portraits by artist Theresa Clower was created as part of her grieving process after her son died of an overdose. 

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Students Praise COVID-19 Guidelines

By Alberto Sanchez ~ Guest Writer

Mask Illustration by Daniel Skutvik

COVID-19 has drastically affected many students’ experience at the University of Lynchburg.

While those experiences varied from not being able to participate at certain events or having to get tested regularly, there were students that thought the University of Lynchburg did a fantastic job when it came to keeping students safe during these troublesome times.

Kendrick Creasey, a senior criminology major and a pitcher for the baseball team, said, “We would get tested pretty regularly, I didn’t so much mind it just because I understood why we needed to do it, and I’d rather take a 15-minute test than miss out on a whole season of baseball, just because of something so tedious and stupid as taking a 15-minute test.”

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Relying on Teamwork

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Will Kasemeyer. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Erin Farina

The University of Lynchburg swim teams were in action officially for the first time this season as the Hornets traveled over to Lexington to compete in ODAC relays hosted by Washington and Lee.

Both the mens and womens team fought their way to a third place finish, the highest ever for both teams at the meet. The Hornets came away with their first relay victory at the meet where the men’s 4 x 25 underwater relay won. The team consisted of Matthew Fields, Parker Hayungs, Trevor O’Neil and Kellen Campbell

The Hornets were also able to bring home a trio of bronze finishes to go along with the gold. 

Senior Spencer Swam said, “I think we got a good start to the season facing other teams that will be the same teams that are down in Greensboro come February.”

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Women’s Club Volleyball Needs Funding to Serve

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved from Lynchburgclubsports.com on Oct. 11, 2021. The University of Lynchburg Women’s Club Volleyball players join players from other club teams to show the true spirit of club sports at the University of Lynchburg. 

The University of Lynchburg recently launched their women’s club volleyball team, but this organization, its captains, and its players need more funding if they want to successfully serve on and off the court. 

Kailey Loewenberg, the treasurer of the team, stated, “Our team would generally benefit from fundraising. In order to get the equipment we need to succeed and to help make our presence more known on campus, raising money and getting donations/fundraising would be very helpful.” 

Leigh-Anne Mccormick, the secretary of the team, added, “In regards to homecoming weekend, our team would greatly benefit from financial support from any willing parents or alumni. The equipment that we practice with is old, outdated, and not up to regulation. The varsity volleyball team does not allow us to use their equipment, so we do not have access to a reliable net, poles or a ball pump, and we do not even have enough balls for each player. We have never received enough financial support to provide team shirts, sweatpants, or any other team gear. Our team would benefit so much from financial help, and we greatly appreciate any support that we can get.” 

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Nerd Factor: Vampire Diets

Dr. Mike ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

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The best Stock Image I have ever seen. Image from https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/vampire-eating-meat-gm184660146-17816443

I think it must be hard to be a vampire.  The supernatural powers are pretty cool. And while all the weaknesses are challenging to keep track of, that’s really just an organizational problem. Also, who wouldn’t enjoy living in a remote castle? Well not too remote. you’d want broadband and good wi-fi. I suspect the eating habits must be the real challenge. 

I don’t just mean the blood. I figure that every vampire just has to get over the blood, both in a moral and physical sense. I mean what’s a vampire going to do? Eat rats? Steal from the blood bank? I’m sure that’s fine for the brooding, anti-hero types, but it’s not going to keep the undead stamina up. Vampire feeding is no doubt very messy too. Still, that’s probably a lot like going to a barbeque. A bit of careful dining and some wet wipes should keep the face and clothes clean.

What I mean is that mealtimes must be challenging for vampires. In some ways vampires have access to the biggest menu imaginable. There are seven billion potential meals awaiting them on the planet. But for reasons of safety, a vampire must be a very careful eater. 

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