LC in History: First Name Chance For Virginia Christian College

Dr Clifton W. Potter ~ LC History Professor

When Dr. Hopwood left Virginia Christian College in 1910, his place was taken by Dr. S.T. Willis who resigned in 1912. The third president of the college, Dr. G.O. Davis had served as vice president and financial agent before he assumed the chief leadership position in an administration haunted by the less than orthodox monetary policies of Josephus Hopwood. He resigned in June 1915.


Nerd Factor: Don’t Live Super Strong

Dr Mike Robinson ~ LC Communication Studies Professor

Moving day makes the idea of super strength so appealing.  I remember one hot day when my father helped me move into my sixth floor dorm room.  The elevator was malfunctioning and suddenly to us normal-powered folk, that reclining chair seemed more like a struggle than a luxury.  When you think about it though, in the superhero game, super strength isn’t all you hoped.

          Everybody’s Got It: On the 1938 debut cover of “Action Comics #1,” Superman lifted a car over his head.  This was quite an achievement back then, as evidenced by the completely freaked out guy in the lower left corner of the cover.  Nowadays though, lifting a car is pretty commonplace for the spandex crowd.  In fact, so many heroes have this power that it stops feeling special.  It’s impossible to hang a whole identity around just strength.  If a lab accident gave you the power to control electricity, I bet you could think of ten names.  Try thinking of ten for just being strong.  And when you get to “Strong Guy,” you should know that Marvel already has a Strong Guy.  He’s pretty cool actually.

          Are You Strong Enough?:  Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, DC and Marvel got obsessed with quantifying their heroes.  Throughout informational series like “The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe” or various role-playing game supplements, one could read sentences about how so-and-so could lift ten tons or twenty tons or whatever tons.  I always wondered how they knew.  If you want to measure your strength, hit the gym and press or lift as much as you can.  But if you want to measure your super strength, what works as your weights?  Cars?  Trains?  People might object to you just picking up such things as they are rather expensive to drop.

          Do All the Heavy Lifting:  I will never forget the day my furniture arrived when I moved to Lynchburg.  The moving guy brought everything into my house.  He actually carried a full sofa under his arm.  He was good-natured about it all, but it was his job.  The strong person on the super team has no choice.  It’s up to him or her to move every damaged Quinjet, to carry every giant device and to remove the after-fight debris.

          Stay in Control:  Of course the worst thing about super strength is that using it is downright dangerous to others.  As a father who is routinely attacked by his kid, I know the challenges of fighting a dangerous adversary intent on destroying me without doing harm to that adversary.  In the comics, superheroes are always worrying about pulling their punches for fear of seriously injuring foes.  The super strong also need this level of control in daily life.  Any action, no matter how simple, could become catastrophically destructive.  When I was younger, my mother filled me with dread every time I entered an antique shop or craft store.  “Don’t touch anything!” she commanded, lest I break something delicate.  The super strong constantly live with this fear.  The other night I dreamt I was playing soccer, and I kicked the covers clean off the bed.  If I was super strong and facing the other way, my wife would have temporarily gained the power of flight.


A New Roast for a New Year

Kelvin Whitehurst ~ Copy Desk Chief

If you haven’t noticed the construction going on at all of Lynchburg College’s grab-n-go food stops, there are a lot of changes being made to the school’s local eateries.


U.S. 460 Nightmare Continues

Katherine Graves ~ Assistant Editor

The U.S. 460 construction will continue until 2017 or 2018 when construction on the Odd Fellows Road extension, the auxiliary lanes and the Liberty University bridge is completed.


Addressing Threats on Campus, Community Concerns Policy Review

Brittany Peck ~ Editor-in-Chief

Lynchburg College will be changing their approach to the zero-tolerance policy for Interpersonal Misconduct this school year.

The policy and disciplinary actions of the school will remain the same, but President Dr. Kenneth Garren stated that “this year is the first time no one is a bystander and everyone has to take action.”

The expanse of their “everyone” includes: The Board of Trustees, all employees and students, with a couple exceptions like the Counseling Center, Health Center, and some members of the Center for Spiritual Life. By including the entirety of LC as active parties the college hopes to keep everyone connected, aware, reminded and re-educated on Interpersonal Misconduct and how to report cases to LC’s new Title IX Coordinator Amanda McGovern.

Another progressive idea that is in progress is a new online module from a vendor that is making learning about sexual harassment, assault, rape, consent, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking interactive and specific to the LC campus.

These changes have been stirred in part by Professor Virginia Cylke and Associate Professor Elizabeth Savage’s “Yes Means Yes” class. President Garren stated that the class has spread his awareness on the subject by openly expressing their concerns with him.

McGovern has also sat in on a “Yes Means Yes” class to hear the students’ thoughts on the current policy and stated that “dialogue reveals policy changes that need to occur and where education needs to occur, but in this case [she believes] education is what is needed.”

One of the students closely involved with the meetings with President Garren is senior Nick Williams who wants the students campus-wide to be educated on the subject, so that there will be a respect shared for every student on campus and a greater realization of the importance of recognizing Interpersonal Misconduct.

The goal of everyone involved in spreading awareness of Interpersonal Misconduct is to provide cohesion and consistency in the handling of these circumstances, but President Garren said “safety is the number-one priority.”

When these cases do occur the complainant and respondent are the only two that have the right to speak about the case outside of the hearing because they are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA. To take it one step further, retaliatory behavior may be added to the list of complaints when it occurs.

The victims of Interpersonal Misconduct are under no time limit to report their complaint and not all complaints are campus involved, but McGovern stated that “too much time may impact resolutions.”

McGovern will be handling Interpersonal Misconduct complaints this year. With her position as title IX coordinator her goal is to specialize in these cases, so she will be working with the complainant to identify necessary accommodations and provide on-and-off campus resources to them.

The sanctions for Interpersonal misconduct are regarded as “strict” and McGovern stated that “suspension and expulsion have been sanctions for level A violations since 2011.”

During the disciplinary process the wishes of the offended party and prior incidents of the respondent are taken into account while sanctions are considered.

There is also an appeal process that goes through President Garren. He further has the right to modify, increase, or leave the sanctions alone for the respondent.


Bonner Leaders Strengthen Community Ties

1.pngKatherine Graves, Assistant Editor

The Bonner Leader Program helps Lynchburg College students to become involved with the Lynchburg community by doing service with local non-profit organizations and by introducing the first year students to the city.


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