The University of Lynchburg this fall will unveil its official tartan as part of President Morrison-Shetlar’s inauguration celebrations this October.
In April Professor Ursula Bryant of the Art department, conceived a student competition to design the official tartan.
Emeritus professors, Dr. Clifton Potter and Dr. Dorothy Bundy Potter are excited about the university having its own tartan. Clifton said, “ I don’t know any university or college in Virginia that has its own tartan, and generally, you can propose a tartan, but you have to make it official.”
The University of Lynchburg Men’s Tennis Team completed a historic season in the spring semester of 2021, and Christian Kumar, a senior walk-on, played an influential role in this team’s success.
Kumar said, “Last year, I heard about the tennis team needing more players, and I thought initially that I didn’t have enough time in my schedule. Growing up, it had always been a dream of mine to play college sports until I shattered my knee cap in seven places in high school. I prayed about the opportunity to play and talked to my family and friends and felt it would be worth a shot to try out. The day before my tryout, while playing some pickup basketball, I suffered a grade-4 ankle sprain that put me on hold for the next few weeks. However, with the help of our athletic trainer, I was able to quickly recover and I began to practice with the team once healthy. After a lot of hard work getting back into shape and reacquainting with the game of tennis, I earned a starting position and remained undefeated personally during the regular season.”
Though race falls during the university’s fall break, the Ten Miler is on the list of volunteer opportunities for students and staff through the Center for Community Engagement. Cindy Ferguson who heads the center has indicated she is looking for additional volunteers.
The senior class is headlined by Alissa Anderson, the team’s captain. Anderson has been recognized as one of the best in the ODAC as well as the state earning All-ODAC and All-State recognitions during her tenure at Lynchburg.
The fall season offers plenty of encouragement for the Hornets as they will compete in three competitions including a home match against Covenant on October 2, 2021.
By Hunter Epperson, William Deitz, William Masselli & Andrew Wheeler
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Central Virginia and Liberty University moves to online classes after an outbreak in their first week of school, students at the University of Lynchburg say they still feel safe on campus.
“An average of 32 cases per day were reported in Lynchburg, a 47 percent increase from the average two weeks ago. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 10 residents have been infected, a total of 8,326 reported cases. Right now, Lynchburg is at an extremely high risk for unvaccinated people,” according to the New York Times Lynchburg, Virginia COVID case tracker.
According to Liberty University’s COVID-19 Dashboard, which has not been updated since Aug. 25, there were a total of 159 active cases; 124 of those were active student cases, and the other 35 were active faculty/staff cases. There are also 274 on campus students in quarantine, as well as 111 commuters and 107 employees.
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 University renovated the rooms next to Domino’s and the laundry room in the Rainsford Townhouse in spring 2021 to house the lounge. The facility has been equipped with 12 state of the art computers and gaming chairs. Two of the computers are set up for iRacing Simulator which also have virtual reality aspects to them as well. The other ten computers have an array of games that e-sports enthuiastiasts can immerse themselves in.
Givens said, “Coming into the second season as head coach feels great! I was promoted to interim in the spring of 2020 and hired as head coach this past spring. I am excited to continue to coach these girls.”