Meet The Greeks

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Retrieved from Lynchburg email. 

Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the University of Lynchburg’s National Pan-Hellenic Council hosted a game night in the West Room of Drysdale for a chance for students to get to know the different fraternities and sororities offered on campus.

The four different Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities represented at the game night was Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc.

According to the National Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity website, the fraternity “works to develop leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while also providing service and advocacy for their communities.”

University of Lynchburg Alpha Phi Alpha President, Tyrome Harvey, said, “We have recently started mentoring students grades 6-12 at the Fort Hill Community School.” Harvey also emphasized, “We really just want to bring people together and awareness about our Greek life.”

As stated on the University of Lynchburg Multicultural Greek Council website, Alpha Psi Lambda National’s mission statement is, “to promote continued personal and collective growth of our membership, success, and unity through education, leadership, cultural awareness, and community service.”

Secretary of the co-ed Latino fraternity, Shannon McGovern, said, “We are a social fraternity, however, we are very service oriented and care about educating the public about Hispanic needs, as well as other minorities…we really just want it to be an inclusive place.”

Additionally, Alpha Kappa Alpha also has a similar mission statement. The national website states, “Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic standards, to promote unity, and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be a “Service to All Mankind.”

Vice President, Membership Chairman, and Director of Public Relations, Manal Sayed,  said, “We focus on many different philanthropic projects. One in particular is Soles4Souls, which is where we collect used or new shoes for those in need.” Formal Rush for Alpha Kappa Alpha begins March 5, 2019.

Kappa Alpha Psi is one of the newest fraternities on the University of Lynchburg campus. In reference to the national website, Kappa Alpha Psi serves to be “in service to communities with particular emphasis on African American communities.” David Lovette II, said, “We stand on achievement…and really just want to motivate one another to be great.”

Each organization put emphasis on inclusion and the fraternities and sororities are welcoming to a variety of students on campus.

The Wonderful World of Walt

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Alyssa Cannaday ~ Guest Writer

The University of Lynchburg music department will be performing a Disney themed concert titled, “The Wonderful World of Walt” on Feb. 20-22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Sydnor Performance Hall.


Yoga Valentines Day Event

Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

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Illustration by Nicole Freewalt 


James River Yoga will be hosting its fourth annual Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga event on February 16, 2019, from 5:30- 6:00 P.M.


Lynchburg Celebrates BHM

Anna – Catherine Kuenge ~ Assistant Editor

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Retrieved from an email sent by the Office of Equity and Inclusion 

Throughout February, the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) at the University of Lynchburg will be hosting events for Black History Month.


Campus JUUL Epidemic

Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor

The University of Lynchburg has seen a rise in juuling and vaping on campus.

According to the JUUL website, founders and Stanford graduates, Adam Bowen and James Monsees founded JUUL lab “with the goal of improving the lives of the world’s one billion adult smokers.”

The JUUL mission is “As scientists, product designers, and engineers, we believe that vaping can have a positive impact when used by smokers, and can have a negative impact when used by nonsmokers. Our goal is to maximize the positive and reduce the negative.”

As the JUUL epidemic rises, more health corporations are expanding on the research to increase awareness on the harms of juuling and other e-cigarette products. The National Center of Health Research has released research stating, “not only is nicotine addictive, but it is also toxic to fetuses and is known to impair brain and lung development if used during adolescence. It is not replacing cigarette smoking, but rather encouraging it.”

Furthermore, the National Center of Health Research found in a 2017 study that “non-smoking adults were four times more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes after only 18 months of vaping, which includes juuling.”

Lisa Geier, nurse practitioner and clinical director at the University of Lynchburg, noted there is a  risk to juuling and e-cigarettes. She said, “the brain is still developing until the age of 25, and people who smoke or use nicotine products are more likely to become addicted.”

Geier also noted that every year the University of Lynchburg junior nursing students do a health service project and that spreading awareness on the harmful side effects of JUULs may be a good idea, due to the rise on campus.

University of Lynchburg junior, Elena Fergusson, said, “Before the JUUL, I never used nicotine products. However, once I started using the JUUL, I found myself becoming more and more dependent on the product. Now I find myself having shortness of breath and fatigue.”

In addition, Austin Keesee, junior, said, “I do not think people should just hit the JUUL just because they think it is cool. People are getting themselves addicted to nicotine over a fad and it can have harmful lifelong effects on their bodies.”

While Andrew White, sophomore, said, “I got into the JUUL because I smoked cigarettes, but it just got way too expensive for me and now I just smoke cigars. It is a lot cheaper especially since I work at Pap’s Cigar Lounge.”

Liz Gerhart, junior, said, “Juuling is just a substitute for smoking cigarettes. It may not have as many negative effects, but it still is not the healthiest alternative.”


SGA Tackles Student Concerns

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

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Photo by Grace Cavanaugh

The Student Government Association, SGA, relies on the students to voice their concerns about pending issues at the University of Lynchburg. The student-run organization approves clubs, addresses problems on campus, and caters to the needs of students.


Womens BBall Win their Second Straight

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Caitlin Dorsch ~ Copy Desk Chief

The UofL Women’s basketball team defeated Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday, Feb. 09 by a score of 68 to 61.  This marks their second straight win, and the thirteenth win in total this season. Moreover, this win was the team’s eleventh Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win of the season. Since reaching the end of the regular season, the Lady Hornets have just two more ODAC matches to play until the ODAC tournament begins.  As a result of this win, the Lady Hornets have been granted a coveted spot in the tournament.


Spring 2019 Organization Fair

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Illustration by Nicole Freewalt.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the University of Lynchburg will be hosting their spring semester Organization Fair in the Hall Campus Ballroom from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

According to Deborah Brown, the coordinator for Student Engagement and Club/Organization Development, “Currently, we have 46 organizations registered,” as of February 4.

This event is open to all students, and students are encouraged to participate and see what clubs and organizations the University has on campus. “150 to 200 [students] is the expected turnout,” said Brown.

“This is a great opportunity for our campus organizations to showcase their group and answer questions prospective members may have,” said Brown. “It is also a great time for students to find out how they can get involved whether it’s service organization, departmental, [like the] sciences, philosophy, political science, Pre-Law, Latin Club, et cetera; special interests, [like] Ski and Snowboarding Club, a capella, Relay for Life, rock climbing, et cetera; club sports, [or] spiritual/religious organizations.”

Brown said, “There will be some new organizations represented at the event and we have several new organizations that [are] awaiting approval from SGA which should be up and running soon.”

“You get to see everything,” said Jeffrey Snow, senior. “It’s like a one-stop shop.” Kamryn Schnieder, sophomore, says she plans on attending the organization fair again this semester, adding, “Last semester, the Rock Climbing Club had stuff for sale like equipment, the Gay-Straight Alliance was giving out free shirts, and one of the science clubs had freeze-dried marshmallows. It was cool.”

Cameron Short, sophomore, said, “It was interesting seeing all of the clubs. You don’t always get to know every club on campus, like the Anime Club or the Chemistry Club. They’re not advertised the same as FSL or GSA and BSA. Seeing them all out and promoting themselves is a good opportunity to possibly find something new.”

There are clubs for everyone at the fair. Students  interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, the National Panhellenic Conference, Kappa Delta, Alpha Psi Lambda are a few that will have a table. If you are interested in helping out around the University of Lynchburg as a whole, the Lynchburg Health and Support Corps, Student Government Association, and the Lynchburg Environmental Sustainability Society will have tables. If you would like to make friends with people who have similar interests, the Anime Club, Debate and Forensics Society, and the Creative Writers of the University of Lynchburg will have a table.

Each table will have information about their club or organization and a sign-up sheet for the club or organization. There will be representatives from the club or organization present to answer any questions and share more information about their club or organization.

For more information on the clubs and organizations on the University of Lynchburg campus, please come to the Hall Campus Ballroom between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Rushing into Spring

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Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor

On Monday, Feb. 4  through Saturday, Feb. 9th fraternity rush week begins at the University of Lynchburg.


Winter Window Panes


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Photo Taken by Rachel Smith

Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

The Lynchburg Parks and Recreation will host its first Winter Window Panes event on Feb. 15, 2019, at the Miller Center form 6:00-8:00 p.m.


New Exhibitions at Daura Gallery

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

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Retrieved from the University of Lynchburg Website

On January 28, 2019 the Daura Gallery opened for the spring semester with three new exhibitions, poetry by Dr. Chidsey Dickson and a reception.


Study Abroad in Cambodia and Vietnam

Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor

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Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo Taken from Dr Dawson Religions of Asia Syllabus

This J-Term, from December 26th to January 21st, students at the University of Lynchburg studied abroad in Cambodia and Vietnam.


Blessing Bags for the Homeless

Katherine Daniel ~ Editor in Chief

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Illustration by Nicole Freewalt 

The Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Templeton Senior Center hosted its first Blessing Bags for the Homeless Drive event from January 2-January 29, 2019.


Miller Center Classes

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

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Every second and fourth Tuesdays from January to April, the Ukulele Circle will be meeting in Community Room 102 at the Miller Center. The meetings will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is free to all that wish to attend.


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