Wind Symphony and Orchestra Bring the Holiday Spirit

Emily Erickson ~ Guest Writer

The University of Lynchburg Wind Symphony and Orchestra are set to perform their first holiday performance since 2019. 

“A Holiday Concert: Reliving the Wonders of Childhood”, is scheduled to perform for two showings, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is taking place in Sydnor Performance Hall, located on the campus of University of Lynchburg. 

Associate Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Dr. Oeida Hatcher, said, “ I am most excited about the all children’s theme of the concert” 

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Sweet Briar Professor Joins University of Lynchburg

By Emily Brubaker ~ Guest Writer

 Professor Sandy Glass 

Professor Sandy Glass joins the College of Business faculty at Lynchburg as the newest professor in accounting and finance.

Glass has an MBA from the University of Lynchburg and brings experience from private industry and academia.

She is currently completing her doctorate at Liberty University. 

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Happy Holidays with the LSO: DanceWorks Magical Performance

Cassie Latyak ~ Guest Writer

Lynchburg’s DanceWorks in collaboration with the Lynchburg Wind Symphony Orchestra, will host a holiday dance extravaganza on Dec.1st and 2nd at 7:30 p.m.

The show this season is Reliving the Wonders of Childhood. The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Oeida M. Hatcher, will feature DanceWorks along with Community Big Band, under the direction of Dr. Chris Magee.

“We’re performing with the wind ensemble for the holiday concert. This is a part of music and theater together,” says Loretta Wittman, who choreographs DanceWorks.

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College Lake Dam Removal

Spencer Newman ~ Guest Writer

The City of Lynchburg has decided to remove College Lake’s dam to turn it into a wetland, but this decision comes with some dispute among scientists. 

Dr. Henry-Stone, an environmental sciences professor at the University of Lynchburg who has been working in collaboration with the City of Lynchburg to help coordinate the dam’s removal, says, “The lake was much bigger when it was first built in 1934 and it’s been filling in with sediment which is dirt runoff from around the city, so the lake has shrunk in size. Therefore it has sort of reduced the habitat for aquatic organisms but it also comes with other forms of pollution like bacteria from sewage,” when asked about what environmental problems the lake poses. 

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UofL and the European Union Simulation

Spencer Newman ~ Guest Writer

(Photo of University of Lynchburg students at the Italian Embassy learning more about Italian values right before the simulation)

The University of Lynchburg traveled to Washington D.C. on Nov. 10 to participate in the 30th annual Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation, dominating the competition.

The simulation gives the students the opportunity to act as elected politicians from their European member-states, and would then discuss and amend proposed legislation over the two main topics: Human Trafficking in Europe and the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis.

Dr. Marek Payerhin, who is in charge of handling the simulation, says, “Everybody’s going in the right direction, I’d like us to repeat the very successes we’ve had in the past. We tend to be very good in winning different positions and influencing debate on the floor.” 

The simulation asks students to pick apart legislation created in relation to the biggest problems in Europe, then amend said legislation in accordance with their party’s views 

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One-Act Play Festival Comes to Lynchburg

Evan Gates ~ Guest Writer

Photo by: University of Lynchburg Theatre

University of Lynchburg theatre majors will host the One-Act Play Festival from Dec. 3-6 at Studio Theatre, showcasing rehearsed acts from fall classes.

Professor Jeff Wittman’s students have prepared in seven small groups, each performing scenes from a different play studied in class.

The production allows students to gain experience on stage while directing opportunities are available for upperclassmen.

Senior theatre major Connor McCroy is directing The Agreement, a play written by Douglas Taylor. Compared to acting, the role of director has posed a wealth of new responsibilities throughout the rehearsal process.

“The directors, they’re not just the director,” McCroy said. “We’re going to be lighting design, scenic design, costumers; we’re taking care of pretty much all the technical aspects of the play.”

McCroy’s position allows him to engage audiences with new forms of entertainment.

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 Lynchburg’s New Rock Wall

Noah Bedwell ~ Guest Writer

The University of Lynchburg plans on building a new bouldering rock wall for students in Wakefield house in spring 2023.

Pictured above is Rise Up climbing gym, Downtown Lynchburg from: https://www.lynchburgvirginia.org/listings/rise-up-climbing/

Chief Innovation Officer in the Center for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at The University of Lynchburg, Savannah Cook, thinks the wall is, “a good amenity and will be totally free to students.”

Cook said, “We have a lot of student interest right now, that if we had it (the rock wall) on campus I wouldn’t need to go to rise up and pay all those fees,” and “It’s to Improve the student experience and potentially recruitment.”

Giving students an opportunity to climb and live a healthy lifestyle is a goal of the project. 

Senior Aaron Walton, currently rock climbs about five times a week as his primary source of exercise. 

Walton said, “it would get people into rock climbing more,” and that, “it’s hard to get down to the (rock climbing) gym downtown.”

Since the only rock climbing gym in town can be expensive for students, the new wall will give student outdoor enthusiasts a free chance to try out something new or hone in on their skills. 

To check on the progress of the wall and find updates on the completion, make sure to check the university’s social media platforms and website for announcement of the ribbon cutting ceremony.

A Taskforce That Research in Ideas for Innovation. 

Maria Wright
Dr. Lewis
Comm 201
10/21/22

Established in 2021, the Center for Innovation and Strategic Partnership tackles the ideas from faculty, staff, and students that will improve the university. 

This taskforce of innovators is a group of individuals that wishes to enrich the campus experience as well to meet the initiatives of President Alison Morrison-Shetlar.

Chief Innovation Officer Savannah Cook said, “One of the biggest things we have been working on is we have over 90 ideas that have been submitted to us. A lot of them are from last year.”

Cook said the committee is sorting ideas based on the goals of Center for Innovation and Strategic Partnership, CISP and that priority is placed on ideas that are revenue generating, cost saving, or improve the campus experience in some way.

The committee is currently working on the iRacing rig which was a donation from Dr. John “J” Salmon. 

Vice Chair of CISP, Cameron Lohr explained, “the iRacing rig is really important to the IC (Innovation Collaboration) because we had an outside contributor. We also had the donation so that sort of was the first for us also. (This was the first time) where we had someone from the community come in and pitch an idea to us, we helped him make it happen on campus.”

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Lynchburg is back to the pre-covid Winter Break schedule 

As the holiday season approaches, so does a long awaited break for the University of Lynchburg students. This year’s break looks a little different than it has the past two years. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lynchburg, along with many other schools across the country, ended the fall semester before Thanksgiving and gave the students their holiday break through the New Year. In 2021, for example, exams finished up Nov. 23rd and students did not return to campus until Jan. 24th. 

This year, like pre-pandemic years, students will get a week off for Thanksgiving then have to return back to school for two weeks to finish up classes and take their final exams.

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Women’s Soccer Won ODAC’s Title, Lost in NCAA Tournament

By Caroline Gilmore – Marketing Manager

Photo retrieved from Lynchburg Sports

On Sunday, November 6, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer team won their 17th Old Dominion Athletic Conference title after three overtimes and finally a victory in penalty kicks between the Hornets and their opponents, the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins.

Megan Dee ’23, scored the team’s first and only goal in the second half, briefly putting Lynchburg in the lead until Virginia Wesleyan tied it up in the 79th minute, leading to the penalty kick tiebreaker.

Goalkeeper Jade Lecklider ’24, played relentlessly, blocking four shots on the goal made by the Marlins.

After the game, Emily Santana ’23, received the honor of being the tournament’s most outstanding performer, with Lecklider, Haleigh Casey ’25, and Sophie Walsh ’23 joining her on the all-tournament team.

Once the tournament had concluded, seven Lynchburg Hornets received postseason awards through all-conference team honors.

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Nerd Factor: The Voice of Batman

Dr Mike ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

On November 10th, Kevin Conroy passed away after a fight with intestinal cancer. You may not recognize Conroy’s name or his image, but you have heard his voice. For the past three decades, Conroy was the main voice actor to play Batman. To me, Conroy will always be the voice of Batman. 

No disrespect is intended to the many other fine performers who have been a live-action or animated version of Batman. Adam West’s distinctive style, for example, was a key component to the campy success of the 1960s Batman television series. Other actors such as Will Arnett and Diedrich Bader have excellent Batman voices. Michael Keaton has a very serious style. And, of course, Christian Bale has that raspy Bat-voice that was always a bit off to my ears but still fun to imitate. 

Conroy became the Batman voice thanks to his work on Batman: The Animated Series. The series debuted in 1992 and it had kids rushing home from school to catch the next exciting episode (me too, but at the time this kid was in grad school). The show was visually moody and film noirish. It had clever plots and great action. Best of all, it did not talk down to its audience. Every episode was a mini-movie of sorts. 

Conroy’s portrayal of Batman was the glue that held all of this together. His Batman had the deep and serious tones needed to intimidate Gotham City’s criminal element into surrender. Yet, he could also deliver a clever deadpan joke or remark. At times, his Batman could shift from stern leader to a caring, almost parental figure to those in his charge.

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Wakanda Forever: The Perfect Tribute

Rylee McDonal ~ Copy Editor

The newest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was recently released and was dedicated to the late Chadwick Boseman.

Wakanda Forever was a long awaited sequel to the Black Panther movie from 2018 and had many fans concerned.

With the unexpected passing of Boseman, who played the original Black Panther, many fans of the Marvel movies were wondering how they would continue with the storyline.

What was proven with this movie was that Boseman’s legacy, while difficult to live up to, will never die.

With many of the original actors returning, there were also many new faces that made their premier along with brand new and beloved characters from the comics. 

The movie itself takes place a year after the death of T’challa, who died from an unnamed disease.

While Wakanda has continued to prosper, there are still countries around the world that fear their power,

This does not change when the villain, Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta, attacks a rig searching for vibranium with others from his kingdom. 

Namor has been an on-again-off-again hero and villain in the comics, and was the first mutant to be introduced into the comics, as well, was the second mutant to be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Concerto-Aria competition Prepares Students for Performance 

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Editor-in-Chief 

From left to right, Isaac Howard, Alyssa Camejo, Caroline Gilmore, Monica Chisom, Lauren Moseley, Rick Smallshaw.

Photo of concerto-aria contestants taken by Chris Magee on Nov. 4, 2022. Retrieved by Alyssa Wilson on Nov. 7, 2022. 

Every year the Music Department at the University of Lynchburg hosts a concerto-aria competition for vocalists and instrumentalists to perform for a panel of judges, which prepares them for a future in the performing arts. 

This year’s competition was hosted on Friday, Nov. 4 and six students participated including three vocalists: Alyssa Camejo ’25 (soprano), Monica Chisom ’23 (mezzo-soprano) and Lauren Moseley ’24 (soprano), and three instrumentalists: Isaac Howard ’24 (trombone), Rick Smallshaw ’23 (viola) and Caroline Gilmore ’23 (trombone). 

The competition is open to any and all music students who are interested in performing, starting at the end of the previous semester. Students who performed in this year’s competition worked on their pieces from the end of the spring semester through the fall semester. 

The week leading up to the competition, however, demands lots of preparation and nerves according to Camejo. She said, “I’ve been really preparing since the start of the semester, and as for this week I’ve been sucking on lots of cough drops and just trying to rest my voice.” 

For both instrumentalists and vocalists, they must perform between seven and ten minutes of music. In the past this music was required to be memorized, but due to this being the first competition since COVID-19, organizer and associate professor of music, Dr. Chris Magee decided to change that this year. 

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Nerd Factor: The New Black Panther

Dr Mike ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

Marvel Studios’ decision not to recast another actor into the role of T’Challa in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was the right one. Chadwick Boseman left an indelible mark on the character and the franchise. Boseman would be difficult for anyone to follow in the role and any attempt to do so would seem like an insult to our memories of Boseman. 

Commercial pressures mean that popular culture must move on though. While we speculate about who the new Black Panther, or Black Panthers, will be, this decision highlights the difference between the way time moves in the Marvel Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

In comic books, time has always been a strange thing. Take, for example, Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man. When Peter first appeared, he was fifteen. This year marked the 60th anniversary of his debut. If comic book time matched real time, Spidey would be 75. He would be well passed retirement age, but knowing him he would probably still be in constant trouble. 

Yet, comic book Spider-Man has aged. When I was born, Peter Parker was already an undergraduate. When I graduated college, Peter was in graduate school. I passed him, getting my graduate degrees before he did. That’s not bragging. I had a lot less supervillains to fight. But now, I’m in my mid-fifties and Peter is in his late twenties. In roughly a half-century, Peter has aged about thirteen years. 

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