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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The three pillars of leadership, innovation, and inclusion are still in the forefront of President Alison Morrison-Shetlar vision for the University of Lynchburg as she enters her second year at its helm.
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.”
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.”