Petting Zoo on The Dell

Lynchburg Honors African American Firsts

By Dr. Ghislaine Lewis ~ Faculty Advisor

President Alison Morrison Shetlar welcomed the community to the African American Firsts lunch

As part of the Homecoming 2021, the University of Lynchburg paid tribute to several African American firsts.

The honorees included the first black students to live on campus, the first black head coach, the first black student government presidents, the first black administrator, the first black dorm mother and the first black dean. 

Those honored included Dr. Allethia Ingram ’76, MEd ’86, Mr. Bob Tate ’71, Dr. Christopher Boyd ’97, Ms. Coretta M. Jones ’73, MEd ’76, Dr. Dorothy Smith Akubue-Brice, PhD, Mr. Hilliary Scott MA ’21, Dr. Kelli Rainey ’99, Dr. Loretta Jones-Gafford ’73, Ms. Tommie McCune, and Ms. Wilhelmina Washington Johnson-Niblett ’70.


2022 Graduation Town Hall

By Chelsea Edwards ~ Guest Writer

The possibility of graduation being moved off the Dell has spiked discussion among students at the University of Lynchburg.

 “It has been notified to the student body that there may be a possible change of location in the 2022 graduation location from the Dell to Shellenberger Field,” said Student Government Association President Matthew Gillett. 

Members of the administration at the University of Lynchburg have agreed to hear students’ opinions about the location of graduation ceremonies. 


Friday Inferno

By William Hayden DIetz

A large fire engulfed a historic downtown Cottage Stillroom business in a Candle Factory on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. 

The fire was located on Cabell Street, near Rivermont, where the building that is host to a candle making business shot out grey plumes of smoke into the air. 

One person suffered burns to their arm, but according to fire officials the burns are not life threatening.

Flames decimated the candle shop, however the fire department was able to extinguish most of the active flames quickly.


Homecoming for the Hive

By Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Lynchburg Lacrosse. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics

This past weekend, the men’s lacrosse team played their annual alumni game at the University of Lynchburg. The current roster played against a group of alumni from over the past 20 years in a regulation game. The Hornets beat the Alumni 17-15 Saturday to kick off what would be an eventful day on Shellenberger field. 

Senior Tyler Kuni was excited about facing off against former players. He said, “Coach K tells us all the time how lucky we are because of the guys who came before us and he is absolutely right. These are the guys who earned everything that we have today.”

Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Steve Koudelka always reinforces that being recruited to the University of Lynchburg is a 40 year decision, not just a four year decision. This was on display this weekend as current players were able to connect with former players.


Men’s Soccer on a Roll

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved from on Oct. 17, 2021. The University of Lynchburg Men’s Soccer Team Topped Guilford 2-0. 

Currently, the University of Lynchburg Men’s Soccer Team is enjoying a four game conference and overall winning streak. 

The team has the unenviable task of being in a conference with the best team in the nation, Washington and Lee. 

Griffin Phillips, a defender, believes his team is in good shape to make the ODAC championship game and compete with Washington and Lee, stating, “I think we certainly have the quality to get there. We just need to keep learning and improving, particularly on the small things. We just need to take it one game at a time and we’ll get to the place we want to be, which is competing for the ODAC championship.” 

Phillips continued, “I think it’s just small things here and there, like more communication from everyone on the field. I know that I need to do it more, and even though we have been doing a good job so far, there’s always room for more. I think we are starting to really get some good chemistry going forward and are really settling into our system.” 



By Markus Herbert ~ Guest Writer

Thranon Suggs at the free-throw line and Isräel Lockamy taking on his opponent. Pictures provided by Erin Earina Photography and University of Lynchburg Athletics Website.  

After their loss against undefeated Randolph-Macon this past spring, men’s basketball will be looking to get back into the ODAC Championship. The team has an experienced roster this season and their main goal is consistency. 

Graduate student Thranon Suggs `21, has an intrinsic goal more important than obtaining ODACs. “My goal is to win the National Championship,” Suggs stated.

Acknowledging his significant role as an experienced fifth-year, Suggs understands that, “Leadership is definitely going to be essential for us to be successful.” 


Nerd Factor: Truth, Justice, and the American Way

By Dr. Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

DC Comics Drops "The American Way" from Superman's Motto After 83 Years for  More Globalist View
Old Catchphrase

Over the weekend, DC Comics announced a change to Superman’s mission statement. Instead of fighting the never-ending battle for “Truth, Justice, and the American Way,” the Man of Steel would instead be working for “Truth, Justice, and a Better Tomorrow.” 

Superman is one of the best-known fictional creations in the world. For this reason, everyone, from the most ardent fan to the least interested person, has some idea of who they think Superman is and what they believe Superman ought to be. 

Given this perspective, it is possible for some to see this reconfiguration as a political statement and a dismissal of American values. On the next slow news day, pundits and talking heads on certain channels will decry this as the latest evidence that a liberal media elite hates the country. These commenters will yearn for a simpler time when Superman was not so controversial. 

Of course, that time never existed. 


Mystic Magic: Eclipsing Moon Rituals 

By Emily Maxey ~ Staff Writer

Lunar Eclipse 2021: Diet beliefs and myths associated with the celestial  event - Times of India
Lunar Eclipse. Image From

It is the month of October, the time of the year where we begin to see the true shortness of days and the elongation of night. In Wiccan culture and many other spiritual and religious paths, October is a month in which the veil between life and death becomes thin. 

In writing, fall represents the coming of death, transformations, and maturity. In Wiccan culture, fall is the season of the Witch’s New Year (Sahmain, Oct. 31). October for Wiccans is a time to connect with departed ancestors. The full moon in October is the Blood Moon. Dark colors this month will bring prosperity through the times.

There is a common meditation for Wiccans to form a connection with passed spirits. The thinner the veil of the spirit realm, the more effective this meditation is. 


Watch with Me: ‘Halloween Kills’ at The Box Office

By Rylee McDonal ~ Copy Editor

Halloween Kills (2021) - IMDb
Halloween Kills poster, image from

The movie, Halloween Kills, premiered nationally on Oct. 15, 2021. The movie picks up immediately after the Halloween movie in 2018. This new addition to the franchise makes the very idea of the masked killer quite ridiculous.

It plays off the idea of mob mentality, with the entire town banding together to take down Michael Myers, who miraculously survives a house burning down around him, while also killing 12 firemen in the process. I personally can’t believe it took them this long to realize they should stay in groups when facing a killer like this. 

As a slasher film lived up to what everything is meant to be, it is meant to be full of kills that make you want to throw up. 

Also, the movie brings in characters that we have not seen for a couple of movies. Some of these characters were side characters that had no real role in the events of the previous movie. We see a recast of Tommy Doyle, played by Anthony Michael, and Lindsey Wallace, played by Kyle Richards. Both characters were children when Michael first attacked Laurie Strodes, played once again by Jamie Lee Curtis. 


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 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.


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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