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The Unprecedented Impact of Covid-19 on the Film Industry

By Pete Deaver ~ Guest Writer

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the first complete shut-down of the movie theater industry and halted the production and release of many anticipated films.

Movie theaters have been wrestling for years, trying to find a way to attract more people to their darkened theaters and freshly popped corn.

In the “before times,” when we were still allowed to see sunlight and stand closer than six feet, speculation often entertained the idea that Netflix and other streaming services would kill movie theaters.

Yet, despite the Coronavirus finally pushing AMC Theatres toward bankruptcy, and surely applying a financial strain to other chains, Deadline reports that it does not necessarily spell doom for the theater company. There are still many movies in development that have delayed their release instead of opting to release online.

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Pros and Cons to Working from Home

By Katelyn Call

Experts are saying that Americans working from home could become the new norm that comes with positives and negatives.

With society being shut down, Americans are transitioning to online work and working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Finding the balance of home and work life is becoming difficult for many Americans.


Setting up a “no distraction” workstation. Photo by Katelyn Call

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The Reality of Quarantine

By Hailey Bayne ~ Guest Writer

The Colonial Theatre in South Hill has closed due to the pandemic while changing their sign to state “Wash Hands” in an effort to encourage the public to follow the CDC’s recommendations. South Hill, Va., Friday, Mar. 27, 2020. Photo by Hailey Bayne

Quarantine during the COVID-19 crisis is helping prevent the spread of the virus, but this isolation may be causing a decline in mental health and productivity.

A study conducted by Qualtrics shows that 41.6% of respondents have experienced a decline in mental health since the outbreak, with 66.9% reporting higher stress, 57.2% reporting higher anxiety, and 53% reporting an increased sadness in their lives.

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Westminster Canterbury of Lynchburg Reacts to Social Distancing With Care

By Jacklyn Harris ~ Guest Writer

The Director of Therapeutic Recreation, Joshlyn Harris states, “We are taking extreme caution at Westminster Canterbury because we realize our residents are at the most risk of death due to coronavirus.”

Due to the lack of medical supplies Harris has taken upon herself to sew masks for coworkers. All staff are required to wear masks during their shift.

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The Pandemic & My Hometown: Elena Knopp

On March 30, 2020, the Virginia Governor announced that there would be a state-wide stay-home order set in place until June 10, 2020. Due to this, life is looking so different for just about everyone.

Due to cost cutting related to the pandemic, my workplace unfortunately furloughed almost all employees, including myself. To bring in an income during this time, I am nannying my cousin’s two-year-old and nine-month-old.

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Major Changes Are Coming to Lynchburg’s College of Business


Dean Nancy Hubbard has implemented many changes in the College of Business. Photo from the University of Lynchburg

By Allyssa Compton

The University of Lynchburg’s College of Business is in the process of creating and approving several interdisciplinary majors and minors to expand the offerings available to students and to differentiate the university from other schools.

The College of Business has been busy developing new, mixed-discipline majors and minors, including actuarial science, sustainability and international business.

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Gender Inclusive Housing


By Stephanie Brown, guest writer

Gender inclusive housing made available on southside of campus


The University of Lynchburg will support gender inclusive housing beginning fall 2020.

“Gender inclusive housing is not like co-ed buildings. It takes away boundaries and gives more housing opportunities for students who identify with more genders than just two,” said Terry Bodine, housing coordinator.

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Update on COVID-19 (coronavirus) from University of Lynchburg President Kenneth Garren


Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing with an important update on our ongoing response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), which has now been elevated to a worldwide pandemic. As the situation unfolds nationwide, I recognize the uncertainties and the possible risks here in our own community. I have decided to err on the side of extreme caution to keep our campus safe. I know that many of you are worried as you prepare to resume classes next week and I want to share our immediate plans to ensure your health and well-being.

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Bright Star Theatre at the Forest Library


Monique Scott of the Bright Star Touring Theatre performs as part of a program of “African Folk Tales”  Photo courtesy of David Ostergaard

Emma Coffey ~ Staff Writer

    The Forest Library will host the Bright Star Theatre company to perform, “African Folktales” on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

     Youth Services Associate Mary Pavalonis said that the Bright Star Theatre has many plays honoring Black History Month including, “Heroes of the Underground Railroad,” “Jackie Robinson,” “Rosa Parks and Friends,” and more. She said, “We hope that this event will be educational, entertaining, and fun for the whole family while celebrating African heritage.”

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Black History Month Celebration

Emma Coffey ~ Staff Writer

     In honor of Black History Month, the Legacy Museum of African American History will be hosting an event on Sunday, Feb. 2, called Black History Month Celebration. The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m., and it is a free presentation with a dinner afterwards. The dinner does require tickets and they must be purchased no later than Friday, Jan. 31. Adult tickets are $15 and tickets for children 12 and under are $8.

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LSO’s Broadway By Request 

LSO Broadway by Request

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

     According to the New in Lynchburg website, the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra will be hosting  “Broadway by Request” on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.. The description of the show is, “Vocal stars from Broadway join the LSO for this memorable night featuring highlights from Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Rent, and much more!” 

     David Glover, Conductor of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, said, “This is the first time the LSO has done this specific show, and it has been quite awhile since the orchestra has done an all Broadway concert.” 

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Lynchburg Humane Society’s Pet-Cation Program 


Retrieved from the Lynchburg Humane Society website

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

     According to the Lynchburg Humane Society website, “The Lynchburg Humane Society has launched a new life saving program and we want you to get involved!”  

     Danielle Ulmer, Adoption Manager, said, “The Pet-Cation program allows the public to come into the center and choose a pet to spoil for the day. We offer two different types of Pet-Cations. The first type is an Adventure Day. This is where you can take a pet out for the day on a walk, a hike, take them home and give them a nice bath, just getting them out of the center and allowing them to have a break and do something fun. The other type is a Slumber Party. This is essentially the same thing as an Adventure Day, but you get to cuddle with them overnight and bring them back the next day.” 

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Art for Achievement

Art for Ac

Photo retrieved from Downtown Lynchburg Association website. 

Emma Coffey ~ Staff Writer

     Lynchburg Beacon of Hope, a nonprofit organization, and the Lynchburg Art Club have partnered together for an event known as the Art for Achievement. 

     According to the Lynchburg Art Club website, Art for Achievement will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 from 6:00- 9:00 p.m. at the Virginian Hotel. 

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Sketch Society


Photo retrieved from Downtown Lynchburg Association page. 

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Lynchburg’s Sketch Society will be meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Riverviews Co-Op Gallery, according to Downtown Lynchburg Association website.

     According to Stephen Kissel, the education and media manager at Riverviews Artspace and a graduate from Lynchburg College, “Sketch Society is an event here at Riverviews Artspace that gathers local artists in a casual, social setting. We welcome everyone to bring in their favorite materials and work on any of their projects while networking with others.”

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L.L Bean Pop-Up Shop


Photo taken by Deborah Brown on November 5, 2019. 

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., there will be an L.L. Bean Pop-Up Shop located on the Hundley Terrace (back of Hundley and Drysdale). 

According to an email sent to Hornets, “We are coming to your campus! Cram for all your Fall semester needs at our one-stop shop featuring classic L.L. Bean products including our iconic Bean Boots in new styles and colors. Exclusive 20% discount. Chance to win FREE L.L. Bean gear. Play games and win prizes!” 

This is the first time the L.L. Bean Pop-Up Shop will be on campus. Experiential Marketing Specialist, Lindsey Brooks, said, “This is the first time the Bootmobile has rolled into the University of Lynchburg and we are incredibly excited to visit the campus with our L.L.Bean store on-wheels! Now in its 11th week, the L.L.Bean Fall College Tour has brought our larger-than-life Bean Boot-on-wheels to campuses across New England, Pennsylvania, New York, and now Virginia, with several more weeks still to go! As the weather turns chillier in the South, we aim to bring the joy of the outdoors to campus with all the best ways to stay cozy in the winter semester.” 

Brooks explained the benefits of a pop-up shop compared to visiting a store or shopping online. She said, “One outstanding benefit of a pop-up store is to provide for the needs of the students who may not otherwise have the means to travel to a brick-and-mortar store to try on new clothes. Even more notably, we have had the opportunity to meet many international students on our tour, plenty of whom have never seen snow! While there are many different brands providing a mobile store experience, each filling a different student need, our L.L.Bean Pop-Up brings layering apparel, waterproof Bean Boots, and incredibly warm winter jackets right to the student’s hands.”

Annabelle Nagy, a second-year student, said she is interested in visiting the Pop-Up Shop. She said, “L.L. Bean makes quality products that last a long time and are able to keep you warm in the cold. When I used to work at a farm in the winter, I always wore L.L. Bean apparel that I had because I knew that it would keep me warm and not freeze. I love their products and whenever I need new winter clothes, [I would] always go to their website.”  

About the items that will be available, Brooks said, “The L.L.Bean Pop-Up Shop is bringing along all our favorite new gear and apparel, including our famous Bean Boots, Sweater Fleece, and Scotch Plaid Flannels. While our footprint is not quite as expansive as a traditional L.L.Bean store, we are beyond thrilled to bring our best and brightest product to be touched, tried on, and taken home right on-site, especially for students who may be participating in their first L.L.Bean experience. We want to show our Pop-Up visitors exactly what we are made of.” 

Nagy added, “I have never been to any pop-up shops on campus, but I do like seeing products in person, so I think I would like a pop-up shop.” 

As mentioned in the Info Hornet email, there will be games and prize giveaways throughout the day. Brooks added, “Several times during the Pop-Up Shop’s day on campus, one of the Bootmobile Sole-Mates will hop on the microphone for L.L.Bean trivia, giving away hats, keychains, and more! We certainly encourage students to brush up on their L.L.Bean and Bootmobile histories. You never know what we might ask! There might be some prizes hidden on and around the Bootmobile, too. Keep an eye on @bootmobile on Instagram for hints and updates on found prizes!” 

Brooks is expecting that many Hornets will come out to support the L.L. Bean Pop-Up Shop. She said, “Our location in front of the Drysdale Student Center is a prime spot to meet up with a large majority of U of L students and we certainly anticipate that we are in the center of campus life! On the day of our event, word-of-mouth marketing on campus and our Bootmobile appearing on students’ Instagram stories will be an effective tool to communicate our pop-up shop visit to the university.” 

“Whether [students] are long-time customers of L.L.Bean or brand new to us, we want to share the joy of the outdoors with [them] and provide the apparel and gear they need for just that,” said Brooks. 


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