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2022-2023 Sommerville Scholar Announced

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Editor-in-Chief 

Photo of Sophia Tully being awarded with the Sommerville Scholarship by Allison Jablonski. Photo retrieved from @university.of.lynchburg on Instagram by Alyssa Wilson on Oct. 22, 2022. 

Every fall semester the University of Lynchburg picks one graduating senior to be awarded with the prestigious Sommerville Scholar Award, which recognizes a student that embodies the ideals of Richard Clarke Sommerville

On Oct. 21, Sophie Tully was awarded the Sommerville Scholar Award for the many accomplishments she has made during her time at the university. 

Provost Allison Jablonski, who announced and awarded Tully as the winner says, “It was Sophie’s intellectual passion and curiosity, coupled with her interdisciplinary approach to learning, that stood out to the committee.” 

Jablonski spoke about Tully and all of the accomplishments that made her the recipient of the award. 

Tully is a Philosophy and Political Science joint major and has completed various internships in the political sector, in addition to her membership in several honors societies and the President of the Westover Honors Society

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Total SAGE Fest Cancellation Leaves LGBT+ Students Disappointed

By: Em Maxey ~ Assistant Editor

Lavender Week, the University of Lynchburg’s version of Pride Week took place from Oct. 17 to Oct. 26 this year. The main event of the week, SAGE(Sexuality and Gender Equality) Festival was canceled. 

However, festivities did not stop with the canceling of the festival. On Monday, many LGBT Resources, both on and off campus, hosted tabling outside on Hundley Highway. 

There was a showing of the film The Danish Girl at the Daura Museum on Tuesday, Safe Space training on Wednesday in Drysdale and a livestream discussion on LGBTQIA+ identity on Thursday.

Jamie Smith, wellness coordinator, confirmed that the reason for cancellation was that the coordinator of the event had left the University. 

Smith says, “After being given this information and thoughtful consideration, the committee decided to cancel this event as we thought we would not be able to take over the event and do it justice with the short time we had.” 

Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) President, Maggie Kicklighter says, “I would have liked for the University to have still hosted the festival to show support for and celebrate its LGBT+ Students. However, I also feel like the event was not well publicized.” 

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India for J-Term

By Emily Erickson ~ Guest Writer

Informational flier including details about the study abroad trip to India from the Center for Global Education .  

University of Lynchburg study abroad program plans to travel to India during the 2023 J-Term under the guidance of Professor Steve Dawson

Dawson said, “One of the things I love about study abroad in general and not this particular program is the kind of engagement and curiosity that we rarely if ever get that kind of engagement in the classroom.”

While in India, students are expected to keep a travel journal of their experiences while visiting different parts of the country. 

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NCAA Faculty Representatives

By Emily Brubaker~ Guest Writer 

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The University of Lynchburg has two faculty representatives for the NCAA to help balance life between academics and athletics.

Dr. Adam Dean, History department Chair, and Dean Nancy Hubbard, Dean of the College of Business, are advisors to 577 student-athletes to help monitor athletes’ well-being along with having academic oversight for each athlete. 

Dean has been a representative for four years and has loved seeing the athletics department grow while seeing coaches committed to the academic success of their players. 

“In helping students succeed academically and succeed in life, most of the problems come from not showing up,” said Dean. 

Since athletes are students first, being present in class is just as important as showing up for practice to help students maintain good grades and strong athletic abilities. 

Kevin Arrington, an accounting professor, is teaching about 50% of athletes in his classes this semester and has to work with many athletes with varying schedules. 

Arrington said, “Seasonality is a big thing and I like to be as accommodating as I can.”

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Clue Coming to Hailey Theatre This Week

Photo of the Clue cast during rehearsal. Taken from  @lynchburg.theatre on Instagram.

By Jordan Abbott ~ Guest Writer

The University of Lynchburg theatre department’s fall production of Clue will be held Thursday, October 20th through Saturday, October 22nd in Dillard Fine Arts Center’s Hailey Theatre. 

All showings will be at 7:30 p.m..

The play is based on a screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and was written by Sandy Rustin. 

Clue is based on the popular board game of the same name. 

Clue is a historical murder mystery, and tells the story of real events that occured in the US during the 1950’s, through the stories of fictional characters. 

The production is directed by theatre professor and chair of the theatre department, Jeff Wittman.

Sophomore cast member Nico Thomas says he is most looking forward to playing Colonel Mustard. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever played someone as fun as him. You never know what he’s going to do or say. Also, his interactions with other characters never fail to cause any confusion, laughter, or just awkwardness,” says Thomas. 

The Clue cast has been rehearsing since the beginning of the semester. 

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Rising Crime on Campus

Rylee McDonal ~ Copy Editor

Within the past few weeks, the University of Lynchburg has seen a rise in the  number of crimes that are affecting the safety and security of  students.

Since the beginning of the semester there have been several incidents of larceny and homes being broken into on campus.

In addition to these crimes, there have also been several instances of indecent exposure that happened inside the Knight-Capron Library and on College Drive.

Campus Safety & Security released a photo of one of the suspects who committed indecent exposure and although he has been spotted on campus, the suspect ran away from security before they could catch him.

Campus security sent an alert on October 12th, stating that there had been many cars broken into with items stolen with one of those cars having been stolen itself.

The message continued to state that crimes like these can be avoided by keeping valuables out of vehicles and keeping these vehicles locked.

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What it’s Like to be a Community Assistant on Campus?

The Westover Hall HRL office, displaying the residence hall’s CA’s. Photo taken 

By Jordan Abbott ~ Guest Writer

Over the summer, Housing and Residence Life (HRL) at the University of Lynchburg, made changes to policies, practices, and job descriptions of the position formerly known as “resident assistant.” 

“ In the change of name from resident assistant to community assistant, HRL believes that we are a community. The programming and the stuff we do together forms a community, it makes us a community. So instead of just calling me a resident assistant, just call me a community assistant,” says junior community assistant Mary Otu Okley, who has been a CA since the second semester of her freshman year. 

Housing and Residence Life also welcomed several new community assistants, including sophomore Chanel Smith. 

Smith admits she was skeptical about applying for the position at first, but she is grateful she did. 

“I think my favorite part is just getting to see different people’s perspectives on campus life. Especially just getting to talk every single day with a different person, seeing what their schedule is, and just being there for people,” says Smith.  

Though being a CA has many benefits, there are also challenging aspects of the position. 

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WiFi Outages Cause Issues on Campus

Image by Caroline Gilmore

By Caroline Gilmore ~ Marketing Manager

Throughout the past week, students at the University of Lynchburg have complained of internet connectivity issues to professors and Information Technology & Resources (ITR).

On Tuesday, Oct. 18th, at around 1 p.m., ITR announced that they had resolved a connection issue. If students are having trouble connecting, they should forget the UL-Wifi network and re-add it to their device.

According to Jane-Ellen Miller, Interim Chief Informational Officer and head of ITR, the instructions in the email “solved one of the larger issues” and ITR is “still working on a couple of others.”

On top of the maintenance that happened on Tuesday, maintenance will also be conducted early morning on the day of publishing, Wednesday Oct. 19th, on multiple wireless access points. 

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Local Yearbook Students visit the University of Lynchburg 

Written by Alyssa Wilson ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo of  Rustburg High School  yearbook students infront of the Critograph office.
Photo taken by Dr. Ghislaine Lewis on Oct. 17, 2022.

A group of yearbook students from Rustburg Middle School visited the University of Lynchburg for a special tour of the campus and the resources in the Communication Studies department. 

Advisor for the RMS yearbook staff, Kelly Elder wanted to bring her students on a field trip that would enrich their yearbook experience and help them to learn more about what goes into creating a piece of work that is disseminated to a wide audience, like the yearbook. 

Originally, Elder wanted to take her students to the Herff Jones yearbook training in Richmond, VA at the end of September. However, Rustburg Middle School administration did not approve the field trip due to it being too far from the school. 

When her request was denied, Elder decided to reach out to the University of Lynchburg in the hopes that by being closer to town, her students would be able to attend a field trip that would hopefully improve their yearbook experience. 

“I hope they understand that it’s[making the yearbook] not something that’s simple. It’s a process and you have to keep working through it and refining it. I hope they enjoyed looking at the campus and getting a feel for what college might be like,” Elder says. 

All of the students on staff are in the eighth grade, and for the majority of them, the yearbook was not the first elective they chose when they were making class schedules in the spring. However, they all enjoy it more than they thought they would. 

“So last year I wasn’t in yearbook, but at first I didn’t choose yearbook as my elective. This year I got put in it and it’s not that bad,” says eighth grader Cherish McDaniels. 

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SGA Safety and Security Statement

Claire King, Student ~ Body President

The Student Government Association has worked alongside Campus Safety and Security, President Alison Morrison-Shetlar, and Vice President Eric Baldwin to create a statement on safety and security to address recent concerns at the University of Lynchburg. 

At the beginning of this semester there was an increase in off campus visitors onto the southside of campus on weekends. Many of these visitors were not invited, and students have reported feeling unsafe when large groups demand to enter social gatherings. Furthermore, there was an exposure incident before the break and a second incident this week. Car break ins have also left students and members of the community feeling uneasy. These concerns are understandable and we want to ensure that students feel safe and are supported while here. It is our goal to communicate campus expectations, provide information and resources, as well as create a call to action for community accountability and respect. 

Chief of Campus Safety and Security Esteban Soto spoke at a recent Student Government Association Senate meeting to provide resources to and answer questions from student representatives. He wants students to know that “we cannot do this alone. The entire campus community needs to be involved. Students should contact CSS as soon as they become aware of uninvited and unwelcome visitors on campus as well as monitor all events they are hosting and who is permitted inside.” Furthermore, he communicated that CSS has implemented the following measures to mitigate concerns: 

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Hurricane Ian at Home

Alyssa Wilson ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo retrieved from https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/150408/hurricane-ian-reaches-florida by Alyssa Wilson on Oct. 4, 2021

Hurricane season has begun in the United States and the season’s largest hurricane so far, Hurricane Ian has done damage in areas from South Florida to South Carolina that started earlier this week and continued into Saturday, Oct.1, 2022. 

Although most damage was done in Florida and areas across the East Coast, events were canceled across the greater Lynchburg area including Get Downtown, and events like Dell Beach hosted by the University of Lynchburg, due to heavy rains and high winds. 

Sophomore Madison Claudy was impacted in a much more personal way by the Hurricane because her family recently moved to Fort Myers, Fla., one of the areas that has been the most affected.

“I barely had any communication with my family because the cell towers were down,” says Claudy. 

Although the family is safe and healthy they are currently without water or power, and the high winds ripped off parts of the roof and carried away the back porch of their home. 

Claudy says, “I felt horrible and I was stressed during all of my classes because I didn’t know if they were okay or not.” 

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Yom Kippur

Photo retrieved from https://www.freepik.com by Alyssa Wilson on Oct. 2, 2022

Julia Rod ~ Guest Writer

Fall time is a busy time of year for the Jewish people, with loads of high holy days (major holidays) and many of us being in school. For me, Yom Kippur is one of the most important fall holy days. Yom Kippur, otherwise known as Yom Ha-Kippurim, is the holiest day for Jewish people and is known as the day of atonement: the absolving of sins. 

Yom Kippur marks the end of the 10 Days of Awe following Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The 10 Days of Awe is a period of reflection and repentance, thinking about the past year, what went well and what can be done differently in the new year. Yom Kippur comes with a 24-hour fasting period that begins sundown the night before and goes until sundown the day of Yom Kippur. The Torah states that all Jewish adults (excluding the sick, elderly, disabled, and new mothers) must refrain from eating and drinking – this is thought to cleanse the body and spirits of bad omens (or bad vibes) and create a blank slate for the new year to reinvent ourselves. 

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Black Alumni Weekend Gala 

Written by Alyssa Wilson ~ Editor-in-Chief 

Photo of speaker Deborah Edgefield, taken by Alyssa Wilson on Sept. 24, 2022 
Photo of Davion Washington, Jr. taken by Alyssa Wilson on Sept. 24, 2022

The University of Lynchburg held its first Black alumni weekend, which included many events from networking opportunities to a gala for all students and alumni. 

This historic weekend was achievable due to the Helen Mundy Witt Society, a society of Black alumni and current students that honors Witt, the first Black student to graduate from the University, then Lynchburg College at the time of her graduation. 

On Saturday night, Sept. 24 a gala was hosted with food, music, and a multitude of speakers who spoke on the weekend theme of ‘Accepting the Assignment’.

As this was the University’s first Black alumni weekend, there was a heavy emphasis at the gala about the importance of accepting the assignment and going further than just what was discussed during the weekend, but expanding discussion of what it’s like to be Black at Lynchburg beyond the event.

“Thank you to all of the alumni who put this weekend together,” says President Alison Morrison-Shetlar, “We need to be celebrating our diversity more on our campus and you all have left a legacy, a footprint, for millennia to come.”

President Morrison-Shetlar opened the event with a speech that challenged alumni and students to get to know each other and connect on the reasons why they chose to go to Lynchburg and have the Lynchburg experience. 

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Virginia 10 Miler Leaves Unsuspecting Residences Stuck at Home 

Photo of Road Closure signs At W Princeton Circle By: Em Maxey 

Assistant Editor ~ Em Maxey 

The Virginia 10 Miler was held this weekend in the neighborhoods surrounding Rivermont Avenue and some residents who were unaware of the event were left stuck at home. 

The Virginia 10 Miler went from Rivermont Avenue through the Langhorne Road intersection and ending at Riverside Park. 

Several residents were trapped in the apartment complexes and houses on North and West Princeton Circle, Randolph College and the neighboring roads. 

Communities like Princeton Circle West Apartments that have no alternative route except through Rivermont were more impacted than other communities. 

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