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Sports Junkie: Concussions Continue

Whitney Lott ~ Sports Editor

We hear all the time in the sports world about concussions, but do people really understand what they are and how they can affect an athlete? According to the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain.”

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Alpha Chi Omega Hosts: The First Annual Family Festival

Jasmine Brogdon ~ Staff Writers

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Domestic violence touches the lives of one in three women and also effects one in five men. Graduate Student, Toy Eagle, an advocate for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Domestic Violence Prevention Center hopes to raise awareness of the issue. She remarked that bringing domestic violence out of the shadows is crucial to her.

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LC in History: Dorm to Offices

Dr. Clifton W Potter ~ LC History Professor

Carnegie Hall was the second building on Lynchburg College that marked its centennial in 2009. Andrew Carnegie, the self-made, Scottish-born steel magnate built libraries all over America, and one dormitory.

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Field Hockey Brings It Home

Whitney Lott ~ Sports Editor

The Lynchburg College Field Hockey team has been going through a rough patch. In their past three games, they have lost, but the team has pushed ahead and come out with a 6-2 score and a victory against Virginia Wesleyan on Sept. 24. In the 2016 ODAC pre-season poll, the LC Field Hockey team was ranked second.

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Meet The Lynchburg Makers

Katherine Graves ~ Assistant Editor

You can meet local artisans and enjoy music and beer at Meet the Makers Nite on Friday, Sept. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Conscious Mercantile on Main St. in downtown Lynchburg.

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Starbucks: Favorite Brew Returns

Kelvin Whitehurst ~ Copy Desk Chief

It wasn’t too long ago that the Lynchburg College campus was introduced to the beverages and foods of The Muse Coffee Company at Brewed Awakenings. In previous years, students held the Starbucks that resided in that space very dear to them, so when it was announced that it would be replaced, the student body felt a void and it soon found itself resurrected on campus.

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Science With Hannah: Hanger in Our Community

Hannah Narvaez ~ Staff Blogger

You know that feeling when your stomach goes from an innocent growling to the feeling of a deep, dark pit? Your eyes get a little wider, and food is the only thing on your mind; you find your thoughts incomplete and your temper short after a little while. You know exactly what I’m describing: being “hangry.”

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LC Prompts Registration

Heather Maniel ~ Staff Writer

The election is coming up, and if you’re not registered to vote, you may want to keep in mind that in order to vote you must be registered 22 days before the election date in Va.

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Nerd Factor: Trek Misfires

Dr. Mike Robinson ~ LC Communication Studies Professor

50th anniversaries are impressive, and the Nerd Factor has certainly been caught up in the excitement of “Star Trek’s” big achievements.  The franchise has become legendary for its utopian vision, its commitment to diversity and its contributions to the genre.  However, 50 years is also plenty of time to make mistakes.  We’ve seen some of Trek’s good; now let’s look at the bad and the ugly.

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Sports Junkie: Rock’em Sock’em “Cyborg”

Whitney Lott ~ Sports Editor

In the world of sports, there are a lot of people who are known for being the best. In the world of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Cristiane Justino Venancio, known as “Cyborg,” is one of the best in the fighting scene.

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Anne Spencer Foundation: Cooks Up Fundraiser

Katherine Graves ~ Assistant Editor

You can help support the Anne Spencer Memorial Foundation and enjoy food and music with the local community by coming out to the Pierce Street Community Cookout on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the William J. Calloway Store at 1301 Pierce St. in Lynchburg.

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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.

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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.

 

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