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The Tartan of  Clan Hornet

Rylee McDonal ~ Copy Editor

Tartan Details - The Scottish Register of Tartans
Tartan. Images from https://www.tartanregister.gov.uk/tartanDetails?ref=1210

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.” 

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The Tennis Team Walk-on

William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Men's tennis reveals Fall 2021 schedule
Tennis. Image from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/mten/2021-22/releases/20210818plrpo4

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.”   

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Lynchburg Prepares for the Ten Miler 

William Dietz ~ Guest Writer

Photo of the Virginia 10 Miler course. Photo retrieved from https://www.virginiatenmiler.com/event-info/virginia-10-miler/ by Hunter Epperson Sept. 7. 

The City of Lynchburg is preparing for the Virginia Ten Miler, which is scheduled for Sept. 25.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. at E.C. Glass High School located at 2111 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia 24501

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.

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Serving It Up This Fall

By Christopher Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Tennis players rest on a bench between sets
Tennis Players sitting. Image From https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/wten/2020-21/releases/20210714m9d6uk

Down on the courts of the University of Lynchburg’s Women’s Tennis Team  hopes to tie up unfinished business. As with most college spring sports, COVID took away their 2020 spring season, and with COVID guidelines being heavily enforced in the spring of 2021, there was much uncertainty around the season. 

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.

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Lynchburg’s COVID Scare

By Hunter Epperson, William Deitz, William Masselli & Andrew Wheeler

Covid Infographic made by Hunter Epperson

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.

 As of publication on Aug. 31, there were seven positive COVID-19 cases within the University of Lynchburg student population; all are quarantining off-campus and there is one student in quarantine on campus. There are currently three active cases among faculty and staff, according to the University of Lynchburg’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 page.

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African American Affinity Group Cookout

By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

Students at the African American Affinity Group at the University of Lynchburg hosted a cookout at The Pavilion. Photo was taken on Aug. 26, 2021, by Dr. Ghislaine Lewis.

On Aug. 26, 2021, the African American Affinity Group (AAAG) at the University of Lynchburg hosted a cookout from 6 p.m – 8 p.m. at the Pavilion for African American and Black students on campus. 

The group provided free hotdogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and vegetarian options, and music.

The AAAG’s mission is to provide a support system that fosters a collegial campus climate and a culture of unity, equity, respect and mutual support among African American and Black faculty and staff.

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Students Cautioned

By Alyssa Wilson, Hunter Epperson & Rylee McDonal

Photo of college students partying. Photo retrieved from Greekrank.com on Aug. 30, by Hunter Epperson.

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. 

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Men’s Soccer Looks to Repeat as ODAC Champions

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Lynchburg men's soccer seniors pose with the ODAC championship trophy
Retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/general/2020-21/releases/20210630kesg15 on August 28, 2021. The University of Lynchburg Men’s Soccer Team celebrates their ODAC Conference Tournament Championship Victory. 

The University of Lynchburg Men’s Soccer Team is looking forward to repeating as ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) tournament champions in the fall season of 2021, with the hopes of earning a NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) tournament bid. 

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.

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Critograph Volume 106 Issue 3

Hill City Pride

By William Dietz ~ News Editor

Hill City Pride 2019 . Image by Dr. Ghislaine Lewis

Hill City Pride will host PrideFest 2021 on Aug., 28. PrideFest will include Pride in the Park at Riverfront Park, and Pride After Dark at the Glasshouse in Downtown Lynchburg.

Pride in the Park will have food and craft vendors, community partners, sponsors, and LGBTQIA+ performers to celebrate the community. The event is set to open at 1p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.

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Changes in Enrollment Management

By Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

Photo of Michael Jones from the University of Lynchburg. Photo retrieved from Jones’s Twitter on Aug. 24, 2021

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. 

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15 Minutes of Fame: Andy Warhol and the Cult of Celebrity

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor

Photo of an artwork by Andy Warhol of rockstar, Mick Jagger hung in the Daura Museum of Art at the University of Lynchburg. Photo was taken on the 19th of August, 2021 by Alyssa Wilson 

The Daura Museum of Art at the University of Lynchburg was donated a great collection of Polaroid photos taken by famous artist, Andy Warhol, by the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation to be added to the museum’s expansive collection. 

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Gamer’s Paradise

By Christopher Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

University of Lynchburg’s Esports Lounge. Photo Courtesy of Hannah Belayachi

The Esports Lounge at the  University of Lynchburg is quickly becoming a hub for gamers on campus. 

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.

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Women’s Volleyball Looks to Build off Last Season’s Success

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball Team looks forward to working together for the purpose of claiming their first ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) championship.
Retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/wvball/2021-22/releases/20210706lusxfp
 on Aug. 22, 2021.

University of Lynchburg Women’s Volleyball  coach Hannah Givens hopes to build off last season’s success as she begins her first year as head coach. 

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.”

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