The Archeology Society 

By Alyson Draper ~ Web Editor

The club worked together on the dell. Photos by Ameliah Knopp

This fall, the University of Lynchburg launched The Archaeology Society, an organization which aims to bring a new opportunity for students to learn history.

Dr. Christie Vogler, a professor of history at the University of Lynchburg and faculty advisor of the organization, hopes to introduce students to  hands-on learning in history rather than a traditional lecture format. 

“We’ve been able to go out to Historic Sandusky to excavate … we’ve been able to break pots and learn how to put them back together,” said Vogler. 


The COVID-19 Open Student Forum 

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor

Photo of people sitting around a table and discussing. Photo retrieved from on 19th of September 2021 by Alyssa Wilson. 

The Student Government Association of the University of Lynchburg hosted an online COVID-19 open forum to address rumors and questions surrounding COVID-19 policy at the University on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. 

One of the first things addressed in the forum was the new mask mandate that will be implemented after the return of fall break. President Alison Morrison-Shetlar said, “ We talked about the best things to do around fall break. It’s a time when people are going to be going home into their own communities and we want to make sure that when you come back that the campus is safe, that you are safe, and that we can continue to have our in-person classes while wearing masks.” 


Club Swim Is Back!

By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

The University of Lynchburg Club Swim Team. Photo by Jessie Lee, taken on Monday Sept. 20.

Club swim is back at the University of Lynchburg after multiple delays since it’s original launch in 2018. 

Freshman, David Brady said, “it feels amazing to swim again. It’s a different experience from anything else. I feel tired but also energetic afterwards.” 

Caroline Lancaster, a fellow member of the club swim team added, “I’m very excited about swimming again. Swimming is a great way for me to process and clear my thoughts.” 


Embracing the Road

By Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Taylor Smith. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Olivia Smith

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer Team is gearing up for the vigorous conference schedule in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC)

The team has a rich tradition of being successful and is looking to capitalize on a pair of out-of-conference road victories against Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Arcadia University on back-to-back weekends.

The Hornets traveled to Rochester on Sept. 11, to knock off RIT in a double overtime victory with a last second goal scored by Meghan Lauder


The Fight For Graduation

By Hunter Epperson, Em Maxey, William Masselli

Students and alumni at the University of Lynchburg are petitioning to keep graduation on the Dell instead of Shellenberger Field, where it was held in spring 2021. 

Senior Grace Ball, an international relations major, is leading a petition to move graduation from Shellenberger Field to the Dell. 

Ball said, “The petition, ‘Keep the University of Lynchburg’s Graduation on The Dell’ was made to express the student body’s desire to keep the graduation ceremony on the beloved Dell. We created a petition to unify our voices and present our anger and sadness at the change of venue.” 

The petition, as of Monday, Sept. 13, had 250 signatures. 


Parents and Family Weekend 2021

By Rylee McDonal ~ Copy Editor

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This weekend, the University of Lynchburg will host 2021’s Parents and Family Weekend, from  Sept. 17-19. The calendar includes a bevy of events and opportunities for families to socialize and enjoy the university’s environment and culture.

However, with the increasing COVID cases, there have been many changes to the original schedule.


Hawan On The Dell 

By Jyoti Aggarwal, Steve Dawson, and Nidhi Aggarwal ~ Guest Writers

Priests performing the hawan by adding ghee in the fire and saying Sanskrit mantras.

Students at the University of Lynchburg on Sept. 2, celebrated the Hindu religious ceremony known as a hawan. 

A hawan, sometimes referred to as a fire ceremony, is a ritual in which offerings are sacrificed in a consecrated fire. 

While hawan can take different forms, the ritual process typically involves kindling and consecrating the fire, invoking one or more gods, and making offerings. Prayers and mantras are chanted throughout the ritual. 

While hawans can be offered for a variety of occasions or intentions, in all cases they bring purification and transformation to the individual and the environment. 

The intention of this hawan was to purify the campus environment and promote peace and blessings for all students at the beginning of the academic year.


Flicking on Home

By Chistopher Jennings ~ Assistant Editor

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After a couple weeks out on the road for the University of Lynchburg’s women’s field hockey team will be able to return to the Hill City to play in a familiar setting. The nationally ranked team started the season with four challenging teams that are all NCAA tournament hopeful schools. The Hornets came away with a 1-3 record over the past 10 days including giving two top-10 teams in the country a run for their money. 

Graduate Student Emily Dudley says, “I am excited that we played these games early in the season. It gives us a chance to play good teams and use it as a benchmark to see where we are.”

The Hornets have one of the most challenging schedules in the country that will last all season long with multiple ranked teams as well as the vigorous schedule that is the ODAC.


Crossing Finish Lines for Championships

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief
The University of Lynchburg Men’s Cross Country Team looks forward to competing for their first Cross Country ODAC Championship since the 2012 season.

The University of Lynchburg Men’s Cross Country Team finished in fourth place at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational

The team’s success is based on everyone’s willingness to work collectively to win the team’s first Cross Country ODAC championship since 2012. 

Head Coach Jake Reed said, “Our focus is on the team and Frank is all in with that. We are blessed to have some really strong frontrunners with Frank Csorba and Max Sparks, both of whom have the opportunity to be two really low sticks for us at nationals. I also look for a couple other guys to emerge as big players. Our front group works really well together so we don’t need to do much specifically different for Max or Frank. We will work more on getting out and being in good positioning as that was something that Max struggled with at the 2019 National meet. Having a teammate to feed off of this year will make that much easier.” 

Reed continued, “I wouldn’t say our hopes are in Frank winning a national title. This is definitely not an expectation of mine. There will be many different guys that line up that day who have a shot to win. I think we might have two of them which is a huge advantage for both of them as they can feed off each other. Our goal is to get them to work off each other to put them in a good spot to place as low as they possibly can for our team. I know Frank and Max would both tell you they would give up the individual in a heartbeat if they could get the team on the podium. I know that means far more to them.” 


Too Many Cars, Not Enough Space 

Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor

Photo of security officer issuing a parking ticket. Photo retrieved from on 6th of September, 2021 by Alyssa Wilson 

Parking continues to be a persistent complaint among students at the University of Lynchburg. Sophomores Carrington Osborne and Aaron Jones decided they wanted to make a change. 

At Lynchburg, white lined parking spaces are designated student parking, yellow lines are for faculty and staff and The Nest, and a large, fenced in parking lot on the outskirts of campus is for freshmen parking. 


Critograph Volume 106, Issue 5

The Tartan of  Clan Hornet

Rylee McDonal ~ Copy Editor

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The University of Lynchburg  this fall will unveil its official tartan as part of President Morrison-Shetlar’s inauguration celebrations this October.

In April Professor Ursula Bryant of the Art department, conceived a student competition to design the  official tartan. 

Emeritus professors, Dr. Clifton Potter and Dr. Dorothy Bundy Potter are excited about the university having its own tartan.  Clifton said, “ I don’t know any university or college in Virginia that has its own tartan, and generally, you can propose a tartan, but you have to make it official.” 


Serving It Up This Fall

By Christopher Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

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Down on the courts of the University of Lynchburg’s Women’s Tennis Team  hopes to tie up unfinished business. As with most college spring sports, COVID took away their 2020 spring season, and with COVID guidelines being heavily enforced in the spring of 2021, there was much uncertainty around the season. 

The senior class is headlined by Alissa Anderson, the team’s captain. Anderson has been recognized as one of the best in the ODAC as well as the state earning All-ODAC and All-State recognitions during her tenure at Lynchburg.

The fall season offers plenty of encouragement for the Hornets as they will compete in three competitions including a home match against Covenant on October 2, 2021.