Changing the Human Experience at Lynchburg

By: Zach Bennett ~ Guest Writer

The University of Lynchburg will implement an new undergraduate course, Introduction to Applied and Public Humanities for the upcoming 2022 fall semester. 

The implementation of this course is in efforts to better develop a well rounded humanities graduate from the University.

APH100W: Introduction to Applied and Public Humanities will be the first course within the new Applied and Public Humanities minor, with APH200: Digital Humanities to be offered in the spring semester.

This minor will contribute to the already existing list of 51 undergraduate majors and 62 minors offered by the University. 


Beloved Accounting Professor Retires

Photo retrieved from H. Francis Bush, PhD, CPA – University of Lynchburg on May 3, 2022. Bush will be retiring at the end of this semester from the University of Lynchburg 

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

On May 17, Dr. Howard Francis  Bush, Chair of the Accounting Department, will retire from the University of Lynchburg. 

He earned his Master of Accountancy degree from Ohio State University, and he earned his Doctor of Philosophy-Business Administration degree from the University of Florida

“From the start, I was asked about Lynchburg relative to my experience at other schools.  I would always respond with a question about which was better – steak or an ice cream sundae.  Lynchburg would be and has been the finale to my career, bringing forth more challenges to be faced.” Bush said,  “Lynchburg provided an opportunity to teach upper-level courses again, MBA courses, online courses, and yes even hybrid courses in a mask.  I have had minor administrative duties and have gained many insights in University life.  But dessert is still part of the meal.  So as in every one of my teaching experiences it always comes back to the student.  They bring energy to the classroom and other learning environments and I must return it in kind.” 

Besides being an accounting professor, Bush is also an avid supporter of  campus clubs and organizations.


 Opera Students Shed Light on Social Issues

Kelsey Spicker ~ Guest Writer

Sydnor Performance Hall is located inside Schewel Hall. Photo retrieved from University of Lynchburg website.

On Sunday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m., the University of Lynchburg opera workshop students will perform a spring concert in Sydnor Performance Hall , located in Schewel Hall.

In their final concert of the semester, the students will present an operetta titled “Remove Shoes Before Entering,” which tells the perspectives of many college students that are faced with different social issues. 

This performance is expected to last for about an hour, and it will include a mixture of opera and musical theater pieces.

Sophomore opera student, Naomi Watkins, explains the theme behind the performance’s title. 


CSA’s  Electric Game Night

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo: Photo taken by William Masselli on April 22, 2022. CSA President Lillian Smith is entertaining her guests and ensuring they all have a good time. 

On April 22, the University of Lynchburg’s Commuter Student Association (CSA) hosted an end of semester game night at the Commuter Student Center

The event had an electric atmosphere due to the wide variety of video games, snacks, the ability to win prizes, and the large number of people at the event.

Commuter Student Association President Lillian Smith co-hosted this event with Hannah Belyachi, the president of the eSports Club. 


Design-A-Thon Day

\\Willaim Masselli ~ Editor-In-Chief

Photo from Professor Ursula Bryant taken on April 28, 2022. The University of Lynchburg’s graphic designers are working together in Schewel Room 111 to work for real life companies. 

On April 27, 2022, Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Ursula Bryant hosted a Design-a-thon, where many graphic design majors completed projects for local companies. 

Bryant said, “This event was a really great outreach opportunity for students to work for real life clients. It is very satisfying for our students to complete work for nonprofits, the University community organizations, and small local businesses.”

Caroline Gerke, a senior graphic designer, said, “I am working for Dive into the Hive. I am working on logos and brochures for this organization. The details of this organization include that the University of Lynchburg Student Development is launching a summer program, Dive into the Hive, which are early engagement opportunities for the incoming first year students. There are six types of programs in this organization. It would be great to get a brand or logo for the overall program and then a brochure that can be distributed in Enrollment or mailed out with orientation materials.” 


Get Out and On The Town: Local Attractions

Caroline Gilmore ~ Multimedia Editor

Lynchburg Community Market Sign. Photo by Caroline Gilmore

As the weather gets warmer, students are looking for more things to do, both on and off campus. And while there are a great many organizations planning events to take part in on-campus, like SAB’s Dellchella, and Weekend Programming’s Drive-In Movie Night. 

For those who want to spend some time off campus though, there are a lot of great options around town. Here we’ve compiled a list of attractions in multiple areas nearby.

Downtown Lynchburg

Mizumi & Moon Tea: Located at 1125 Main St, right next to the Lynchburg Community Market and close to multiple free parking sites, Mizumi & Moon Tea is a Japanese Bistro open seven days a week. Mizumi offers Japanese cuisine for pick-up or to eat on the balcony, while Moon Tea serves Boba/Bubble Tea, as well as slushes and other refreshing drinks.


Hawan celebrated at Lynchburg

By Jyoti Aggarwal and Dr. Steve Dawson

On Thursday, April 26, a group of students, faculty, and staff celebrated the Hindu religious ceremony known as a hawan at the Pavillion. 

Often  referred to as a fire ceremony, a hawan is a ritual in which offerings are sacrificed by casting them into a consecrated fire. 

While individual hawan can take different forms, most hawan begin with ritual purification (washing of hands), kindling and consecrating the fire, invoking one or more gods, and making offerings. 

Prayers and mantras are chanted throughout. At the end, prasad (food that has been blessed by the gods) is shared together.


Nerd Factor: Neal Adams Was There

Dr. Mike ~ UL Communications Study Professor

Over the weekend, we lost one of the truly great figures in comics art when Neal Adams passed away at the age of 90. Adams was a titan of the industry. His bold artistic style literally broke the comics page, moving out from the common practice of rectilinear panels with wild abandon. Pulse pounding action sequences on Adam’s pages were spaced around diagonal lines and sometimes the figures of characters themselves. Adams was also a master of expression. You always knew exactly what his heroes and villains were thinking by the looks on their faces. 

There is a tendency among longtime fans to be a bit insufferable about the impact of older comics. I would never want to be one of those “the book is better” types. However, if you really love superhero movies, tv shows, and games, I want to share with you how much Neal Adams contributed to what you love. 

Good X-Men stories: Given the popularity of the X-Men today, many people don’t realize just how miserable X-Men comics were back in the old days. It was a rare miss for the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby duo. Eventually the comic would be converted to reprints. For a few glorious issues though, writer Roy Thomas and Neal Adams showed the true action and drama potential of these characters in Uncanny X-Men #56-63 (1969). While this burst wasn’t enough to stave off the reprint area, I am convinced that these glorious issues showed the power of this concept (particularly in some stories involving the Sentinels) that other creators wanted to bring them back. 


The Rumor Mill: Roe V Wade Overturned

Hayden Dietz ~ News Editor

In an initial draft written by Justice Samuel Alito which was prematurely leaked to the media, stated that the supreme court had decided to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The previous decision determined that it was unconstitutional to deny women access to abortion. Based on an interpretation of the 14th amendment that saw abortion as something women had an access to under the ground of privacy. The decision was somewhat changed in the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs. Casey decision, which granted states more power to restrict abortion. 

Alito wrote that the Roe v. Wade decision was egregiously wrong from the start.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the peoples elected represenatives.”  


Dear Critograph, Thank You.

Hunter Epperson ~ Copy-Desk-Chief

Photo of The Critograph team at the University of Lynchburg. Photo taken by Declan Austin. 

As I wrote this piece, my final story for the Critograph, I will admit, it was a very bittersweet moment, especially trying to say goodbye to an organization that has given me so much. 

In August 2020, my friend Kelli Carter told me to reach out to Dr. Ghislaine Lewis about joining The Critograph team to get my hands into journalism work; since I have changed my communication studies emphasis from social influence to journalism. 

As time went on, I reached out to Dr. Lewis about possibly joining The Critograph team as a volunteer staff writer, and I remember my  virtual interview with her and Grace Cavanaugh and subsequently being offered the job as a staff writer.

I remember when I wrote my first journalism article, with no prior experience, and Dr. Lewis ripped it apart.

She provided me feedback, and sat down with me to help me learn from my mistakes, which I am grateful for, and it truly did help transform me into the writer I am today.


Emmanuel Macron Wins France’s Presidential Election

Hayden Dietz ~ News Editor

French elections were held between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. 

As expected, right wing insurgent Marine Le Pen was defeated by the incumbent President of France Macron. 

Macron was a victim of extremely unpopular approval and the yellow vest protests last year, so despite his victory it is unlikely that he will have any easier time governing. 

Le Pen gained eight points on Macron since the last election, and while no polling suggesting that Le Pen would win this election it was universally agreed that Le Pen has received a larger amount of the vote than thought possible less than a decade ago.

Despite this, Macron defeated Le Pen by a margin of more than ten points, 41% of the vote going to Le Pen and 58% going to Macron.

Le Pen as a candidate was seen as being more supportive of Russia, so it is likely that Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine negatively affected Le Pen’s performance in the election, as increased support for NATO and the European Union have resulted from the Russian threat.


Hope For The Future 

Faith McCray ~ Assistant Editor

Photo Created By Faith McCray on May 2, 2022

For my final Critograph edition of the semester I have decided to do something different. As we continue to approach finals week and graduation for our seniors, I want to address this to them specifically, but of course anyone can take something away from this. 

Since I started writing for the Critograph, I have focused solely on Psalms within the bible. However, this week I have chosen to focus on a specific verse in Jeremiah 29. This verse you may ask, is Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29 explains Jeremiah’s letter to those who were exiled in 597 B.C. This letter was written sometime between 597 B.C. and the destruction of Jerusalem, which occurred in 586 B.C. God informed Jeremiah that he allowed some people to be taken to Babylon: however, when he did this he told Jeremiah that he would one day bring them back. 

For Jeremiah’s audience this could hardly be seen as a good deed. This was because not everyone had been taken away from Jerusalem. Therefore, this letter was written solely for the people who had been sent into exile. These citizens were sent into exile to prove to them that God had a plan for them and that everything in the end was going to work out for the better. 


Semester Report on the Senate

Claire King ~ Vice President of Internal Affairs and President-Elect

Photo of SGA Board at the election open forum featuring Matthew Gillet, Ariel Lineberry, and Amelia Simmons on April 18, 2022 taken by Claire King

While navigating through the challenges of leading during a pandemic, the Student Government Association Senate of 2021-2022 has succeeded in serving our community in a multitude of ways. This group represents all voices on campus, and has demonstrated their continuous commitment to making decisions that uplift the student body. 

So far, the Senate has upheld inclusivity and respect by approving Lynchburg’s first NAACP Chapter, assisting in the name change process of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, and approving the Inclusive Excellence and Anti-bullying Amendments to the Student Government Association Constitution. 

The Senate has also emphasized its care for our environment and community by approving the Lynchburg Environmental Sustainability Society and conducting an incredibly successful Hurricane Relief Drive to help those who were negatively impacted by hurricane Ida. 

Moreover, the Senate has supported and attended events by speaker Brenda Tracey to step up against sexual assault and physical violence and senators signed the Set The Expectation Community Pledge to protect our friends, organization, and greater community from sexual assault. 

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