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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. 

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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.

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 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. 

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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. 

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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.” 

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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.

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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.

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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.”  

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Emmanuel Macron Wins France’s Presidential Election

Hayden Dietz ~ News Editor

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61061230

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.

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A Sold Out Show: The Academy Welcomes Black Violin

Caroline Gilmore ~ Staff Writer

The stage at Academy Center of the Arts was lit up both visually and acoustically as Black Violin performed their soundcheck.

On Tuesday, April 12, Academy Center of the Arts welcomed Grammy-nominated hip-hop duo Black Violin. The stop was a part of the group’s “Impossible Tour” themed around their single “Impossible is Possible”. 

The duo is composed of violin player Kev Marcus and viola player Wil B. They were accompanied by a drummer, a synthesizer and a DJ. 

Throughout the set the duo performed a mixture of what they call the Classic Boom genre, a mix of classical and hip-hop music. Original Black Violin songs were performed as well as covers of hits by Dr. Dre, Imagine Dragons, and classical composers like Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Mozart.

Seymone Simmons ’22, said, “This concert was really great as I just did my Student Scholar Showcase presentation on contrafactum and parody, which is so similar to what Black Violin is playing and doing with classical music blended with hip hop.”

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Concert Choir to Host Spring Concert

Ameliah Knopp ~ Social Media Manager

The University of Lynchburg Concert Choir performs at the President’s inauguration on October 1, 2021, retrieved from The News and Advance

The University of Lynchburg Concert Choir is hosting its final concert of the semester on April 29th at 7:30 p.m. in Snidow Chapel.

This concert will be the last time for the many seniors in the program to sing in the ensemble ahead of commencement in May.

According to the Choir’s website, “the choir prepares and performs various choral literature from the medieval to 20th century,” and during this finale, they will sing selections from Ola Gjeilo and Andrea Ramsey.

Senior, Savannah Turner said, “My favorite part about being in the choir is being able to share my love for music with the campus community and building relationships with those who share an interest in the performing arts!”

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Dell Beach Days

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo: Photo taken by William Masselli on April 22, 2022. The University of Lynchburg Students are enjoying the food, games, and other festivities during Dell Beach Days. 

The University of Lynchburg’s Dean of Students Office has been hosting Dell Beach Days once per week this month to enhance festivities for Lynchburg students around campus. 

Vice President for Student Development Eric T. Baldwin initiated the program. 

Baldwin said, “I love looking out on the Dell and seeing folks walking by. What inspired me to suggest Dell Beach was an experience at another campus where I worked for a number of years. On that campus, there was a residence hall on the lawn and the corner room on the third floor was always the residence of ‘DJ DeSmet’ (the name of the residence hall was DeSmet). Every day the DJ would play music from 12:00 pm -4:00 pm and students, faculty, and staff would gather on the lawn and hangout — eat lunch and sometimes have meetings. I wanted  to see if we could begin a tradition like that. Ideally, I would love to have students serve as the DJ for Dell Beach and maybe have guest DJs with requested playlists. There is a lot of potential, I just want students to make it what they want.” 

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