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African American Affinity Group Cookout

By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

Students at the African American Affinity Group at the University of Lynchburg hosted a cookout at The Pavilion. Photo was taken on Aug. 26, 2021, by Dr. Ghislaine Lewis.

On Aug. 26, 2021, the African American Affinity Group (AAAG) at the University of Lynchburg hosted a cookout from 6 p.m – 8 p.m. at the Pavilion for African American and Black students on campus. 

The group provided free hotdogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and vegetarian options, and music.

The AAAG’s mission is to provide a support system that fosters a collegial campus climate and a culture of unity, equity, respect and mutual support among African American and Black faculty and staff.

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Students Cautioned

By Alyssa Wilson, Hunter Epperson & Rylee McDonal

Photo of college students partying. Photo retrieved from Greekrank.com on Aug. 30, by Hunter Epperson.

The University of Lynchburg campus was buzzing this weekend after an email on Friday, Aug. 27, from Dean Caifano, the deputy director of campus safety and security, indicating that students should be cautious at social gatherings.

The email which was sent to all undergraduate and graduate students stated, “Campus Safety and Security Office had received unconfirmed reports of illegal substances being placed in drinks of unsuspecting persons at social gatherings on campus […] commonly known as”roofies “ or”date raped drugs.”

In a follow-up interview with the Critograph, Caifano said, “ I like to think that from my perspective we’re going to air on the side of caution and we’re going to inform our students. It’s all part of being transparent and communicating and making sure we are doing everything we can to make our students safe. I mean that quite seriously and that’s why I did what I did.” 

While there is no specification of where and when the incident took place or the students involved, there is an ongoing investigation into the incident. 

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Men’s Soccer Looks to Repeat as ODAC Champions

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Lynchburg men's soccer seniors pose with the ODAC championship trophy
Retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/general/2020-21/releases/20210630kesg15 on August 28, 2021. The University of Lynchburg Men’s Soccer Team celebrates their ODAC Conference Tournament Championship Victory. 

The University of Lynchburg Men’s Soccer Team is looking forward to repeating as ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) tournament champions in the fall season of 2021, with the hopes of earning a NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) tournament bid. 

Kyle Gallagher, graduate student and starting goalkeeper, decided to use his extra year of eligibility to increase the team’s chances of winning the ODAC and making the NCAA tournament.

Gallagher is grateful to  Athletic Director Jonathan Waters for permitting fans to attend home games last season, stating, “We noticed fans not being in the audience at away games, but not at home games. The athletic director did a great job of enabling fans to be at the majority of our home games.” 

A new team roster this semester has created an opportunity for some players to take on new leadership roles this season.

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Critograph Volume 106 Issue 3

Changes in Enrollment Management

By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

Photo of Michael Jones from the University of Lynchburg. Photo retrieved from Jones’s Twitter on Aug. 24, 2021

Sweeping changes in staffing continue at the University of Lynchburg with Michael Jones adding to his marketing and communication portfolio as the new Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Enrollment. 

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15 Minutes of Fame: Andy Warhol and the Cult of Celebrity

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor

Photo of an artwork by Andy Warhol of rockstar, Mick Jagger hung in the Daura Museum of Art at the University of Lynchburg. Photo was taken on the 19th of August, 2021 by Alyssa Wilson 

The Daura Museum of Art at the University of Lynchburg was donated a great collection of Polaroid photos taken by famous artist, Andy Warhol, by the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation to be added to the museum’s expansive collection. 

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Service at the Farm

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor

Photo of Erin Boder, freshman, painting a fence at Brookhill farm. Photo was taken August 14, 2021 by Alyssa Wilson.

Students at the University of Lynchburg got their clothes dirty and their hearts full at the first service plunge of the school year, part of which took place at Brookhill Farm in Forest, VA. 

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) put service plunges into place at the start of the 2020-2021 school year as a way to get students out into the community and achieve the university’s mission of service. These plunges take place on the second Saturday of every month. Last year, these service plunges averaged 30 to 60 students. 

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Commuter Student Association Holds Cookout

By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

Photo of participant standing at welcoming sign to the commuter cookout. Photo was taken by Ameliah Knoppon August 13, 2021.

Commuter Student Association (CSA) at the University of Lynchburg hosted a cookout  on August 13, 2021 to help welcome new and returning commuter students to campus.The event was hosted at the commuter lounge on campus (located on the corner of College Dr. and Vernon St.) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., had free food and snacks, beverages, music, and games. 

“The turnout was great. There were a lot more commuters there than I expected to see,” said Carmen Murray.

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Lynchburg’s New Mask Mandate

Wait—Now I Should Wear a Mask? > News > Yale Medicine
Art of people wearing masks – https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/wear-covid-mask

By Daniel Skutvik, Alyson Draper, Alyssa Wilson and Hunter Epperson

Masks will be required in all classroom settings and strongly encouraged indoors  as of Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the University of Lynchburg.

President Alison Morrison-Shetlar and the University of Lynchburg COVID-19 Task Force made the announcement via email on Tuesday afternoon.  

The email said, “With this change in policy, faculty have the authority to enforce the policy requiring all students to wear a mask in their classrooms or labs, and the University fully supports faculty in this enforcement. Similarly, faculty or staff meeting with students or colleagues in private offices or small conference spaces may ask attendees to wear masks.”

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Critograph Volume 106 Issue 1

Back in the Saddle

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor

Photo of Knight-Capron Library Library at the University of Lynchburg. Photo was taken (the ninth of August 2021) by Alyssa Wilson. 

With a lack of COVID-19 restrictions in place from the university, many maskless faces were on display, and the Dell was alive with students on the first day of class at the University of Lynchburg

Despite the university requiring all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated by the start of fall semester, the university is asking all faculty and staff to resume wearing masks and highly encouraging all students to do the same, in light of the Delta Variant

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Women’s Volleyball Team Stung by Rival in First Round

Abbi Leeper jumping to hit a volleyball
Abbi Leeper spiking a ball. Image from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/wvball/2020-21/releases/20210428xoqctd

William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

     The University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball Team enjoyed a successful season, finishing third in a competitive conference, but the team lost to archrival Randolph-Macon in the ODAC quarterfinals.

     Interim Head Coach Hannah Givens said “Being able to host the first round of the ODAC tournament was such a reward,” she began. “We worked hard this season and being able to host a conference tournament game proved it. This is the first time we hosted an ODAC first round match since 2016, so we are really proud of this accomplishment.” 

     Alexis Horner, a freshman middle blocker, said, “The loss to Randolph Macon does sting. However, I see every game as an opportunity to learn and implement what we practice every week. The losses are opportunities for the players on the team to figure out what they need to improve on. After the loss to Randolph-Macon, I feel more motivated than ever to work hard over summer break, so I can be ready to compete in the fall.”

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Critograph Volume 105 Issue 29

Wellness Day Hike

Gannon Vitelli ~ Breaking News Editor 

     One of the activities held for the final wellness day at the University of Lynchburg was a nature walk at the Claytor Nature Center. 

     Students and faculty participated in a hike on April 30 at the Claytor Nature Center which consisted of moving up the Narrows trail up the Cloverlea Farmhouse and gardens, and by the Big Otter River.

     Along with the hike was a one-hour beginner’s yoga session held by Christine Euhus, the University of Lynchburg yoga instructor. 

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