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University of Lynchburg Women’s Tennis Looks to Return the Favor Against Generals

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William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

     The University of Lynchburg Women’s Tennis Team has earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming ODAC conference tournament. 

     Previously, University of Lynchburg lost to the nationally ranked Washington and Lee (W&L) Generals, but the Hornets are looking forward to returning the favor against the Generals in the ODAC tournament. 

     Director of Tennis Christopher Johnson is proud of where his team is at. “We talk a lot about grit and perseverance,” he said. “I am proud because everyone on the team has demonstrated these attributes in the last few games of the regular season. We are looking forward to hosting our quarterfinal matches.” 

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Virginia Passes First Protective Legislation for Victims of Human Trafficking

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Pete Deaver ~ Guest Writer

     Virginia has passed two new bills that are designed to protect victims from forced sex crimes if they are victims of human trafficking.

     House Bill 2133 was voted on during the 2021 General Assembly and was unanimously approved. It seeks to allow victims of human trafficking who had been, “solicited, invited, recruited, encouraged, forced, intimidated, or deceived by another to engage in acts of prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse for money or its equivalent” to apply to have convictions as a result of those terms to be vacated. This means that, although the record of that conviction will still be in place, it will be considered dismissed by a court of law.

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To Infinity and Beyond: Lynchburg’s Role in Space Science

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Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor

     The Claytor Nature Center is home to the Belk Astronomical Observatory, and work done there furthers the discoveries of the NASA Solar System Ambassador program.

     The NASA Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) website page describes the program by saying, “The NASA Solar System Ambassadors program is a public engagement effort that works with motivated volunteers across the nation to communicate the science and excitement of NASA’s space exploration missions and discoveries with the people in their communities.”

     Trish Cerulli is one of those motivated volunteers. She said, “I became an SSA in Jan. 2021, after hearing about it last year from one of our dedicated docents, Ray Bradley. As the Outreach Coordinator for the Belk Observatory, much of my work there is already aligned with the mission of the SSA program, so I was happy to be selected as a volunteer SSA for NASA! I am the only SSA serving in the Lynchburg, Va., area, and I hope to be able to visit local libraries, scout troops, campus events, and other Lynchburg community opportunities to spread the word about space science and Belk Observatory!”

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Who is Your President-Elect?

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TJ Harvey ~ Guest Writer

     Matthew Gillett, current Vice External Affairs,  will serve as the Student Government Association president for the 2021-2022 school year at the University of Lynchburg.

     Gillett was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Okla. Being born in OKC gave him his love of sports, especially the NBA team Oklahoma City Thunder. 

     Although it has been a strange year, due to COVID-19, it has not stopped Gillett from doing the things he loves. “I love to hang out with my friends. It has been weird this year due to COVID, but I love going to sporting events and being outside, which is one of the reasons I chose the University of Lynchburg, and I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains,” said Gillett. 

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Reflecting on the Derek Chauvin Ruling

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is led away in handcuffs after a jury found him guilty of all charges in his trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. April 20, 2021 in a still image from video. Pool via REUTERS

Gannon Vitelli ~ Breaking News Reporter

     Last week, the jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all three counts that he faced over the death of George Floyd.

     The University of Lynchburg notified students and faculty prior to the decision that they would have support systems in place following the results of the trial.

     Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, the president of the University, emailed members of the Lynchburg community on Monday, April 19, she said, “I want you to know that I am equally cognizant of how the outcome may impact our students, faculty, and staff here on campus and our extended community of alumni, friends, and neighbors.”

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Turning a Disappointing Start Into a Home Run Season

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William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

     At a 25-11 overall record and a 15-4 record in ODAC play, the University of Lynchburg Men’s Baseball Team is turning a 2-6 start into a home run season that could feature an ODAC title. 

     Brandon Pond, a junior pitcher and infielder, illustrated that the 2-6 record was indicative of the team’s rustiness. Pond said, “After starting off with a 2-6 record, we realized we had some work to do. We had our previous season canceled due to the coronavirus, so we were rusty. We always knew we had the talent and potential to be great. We started working more efficiently and executing in practice to make things easier in the games.” 

     Pond continued, “My teammates, coaches, and I did our part to ensure we can recover from a disappointing start and be in the position we are in now. We are now in position to win an ODAC championship, a dream that will be truly special for us if it comes to fruition.” 

     Head Coach Lucas Jones is grateful that the disappointing start allowed him to address his team’s weaknesses. “Looking back, the 2-6 start was actually a blessing,” he stated. “It created some questions that we needed to answer and answer quickly. Our mindset was off, so that slow start allowed us to take a step back and process what adjustments needed to be made.  We were able to put some players in different positions and take a different offensive approach that has vastly improved over the season. Our pitching staff has tremendous depth. During this season, the opportunities to get on the mound and continue to log game time were important. We knew they would succeed, but it was just going to take some repetition and competition.”

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Mystic Magic: Some Light Reading

On the left, Plain Bad Heriones; on the right, Gideon the Ninth. Photo taken by Grace Cavanaugh.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

     Taking a break from my general witchcraft commentary, I wanted to talk about a couple of books I have read recently.

     As a college student, I do not normally have time to read for fun, because I am already reading a lot for class. In the past few months, however, I have been participating in an extra-curricular book club that changes genres every month.

     In January, we chose a gothic horror genre, and the book was “Plain Bad Heroines” by Emily Danforth. Without going into spoiler territory, the book follows the past and present exploits of queer women who deal with ghosts, curses, and a real-life book, “The Story of Mary MacLane,” published in 1902.

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Nerd Factor: The Five Stages of Flash Grief

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Dr. Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

     In 1969, Elizabeth Kübler-Ross introduced what we often refer to as the five stages of grief. These stages represented a process through which people coping with terminal illness or conditions progressed. Over time, the model has become a kind of common wisdom. Applied, or misapplied as critics argue, to a variety of experiences, the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, may serve as a way to organize experience. 

     Here, the five stages of grief will be used to organize a problem I have been having with The Flash, now in its seventh season on the CW network. So yeah, probably another misapplication of the theory. Still, it helps. 

     1. Denial – As another bit of common wisdom suggests, the first step to resolving a problem is admitting that there is a problem. For many years, I have been in complete denial about the decreasing quality of The Flash. While many of my readers have grown up in a time of abundant superhero stories, I grew up in an era of relative metahuman poverty. Oh sure, there were plenty of comic books, but I always felt like I had to support most movies, television shows, and games. If I did not, what would happen to the genre? 

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News and Brief for the Week of April 26th

CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask | Business |
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CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask


NEW YORK (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers.

And those who are unvaccinated can go outside without masks in some situations, too.

The new guidance represents another carefully calibrated step on the road back to normal from the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 570,000 people in U.S.

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Critograph Volume 105 Issue 27

News and Brief for the Week of April 18th.

George Floyd trial: Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder | News | DW |  20.04.2021
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Ex-cop guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd case


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, the explosive case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

The jury reached its verdict Tuesday after deliberating about 10 hours over two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest.

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Lynchburg Vaccinates!

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Jared Hargis ~ Guest Writer

     COVID-19 continues to impact the world and that includes the University of Lynchburg. In the effort of keeping the virus at bay on campus, the University has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health to give the students the opportunity to be vaccinated. 

     The University of Lynchburg has made the vaccine available to all students, faculty, and staff at the Health Center and at the regional vaccination center located in Candlers Station Shopping Center at 3700 Candlers Mountain Road. The University announced to the student body through email that they “have received a supply of vaccines from the health department and are making the vaccine available to students who qualify.” 

    The University is working towards giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to have access to the vaccine because they want everyone who wants to be able to get vaccinated to be able to do so. 

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Gillett Prevails!

Evy Brunelle ~ News Editor

    Matthew Gillett, a junior, was elected President  of the Student Government Association for the 2021-2022 school year at the University of Lynchburg on April 16.

    Gillett said, “The SGA election process was a whirlwind! Campaigning began April 1 and continued through election day, which was April 15. My campaign focused on reaching out to Hornets and meeting them where they are. I talked with students in the Burton Dining Hall, on the Dell, and in their residence halls, so that I might understand what they wanted for Lynchburg, and so they might understand the goals of my Presidency.”

     Gillett reiterated, “Just as I stated so many times throughout the campaign, my goal as SGA President will be a simple one: make everyone proud to be a Hornet.” 

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News Flash, Exotic Work Is Not New.

What is OnlyFans, who uses it, and how does it work?
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Hunter Epperson ~ Staff Writer

     Since COVID struck in March 2020, many Americans have been forced to find other forms of income due to losing their jobs because of the pandemic. As a result, some individuals resorted to alternative work such as creating an OnlyFans page to make a source of income. 

     Dr. Nichole Sanders is a history professor at the University of Lynchburg, specializing in women’s history. She says that this is not the first time in history women have done alternative work.

     She explained that one example of women doing alternative work can be seen during World War II, when women were helping with the war cause.

     But it is 2021, and there is no war happening.

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