When planning on where to go to college, people of color often take into consideration the diversity of the school, not just where it is located or whether or not it has athletics.
The University of Lynchburg has been making strides to show their commitment to diversity and inclusion. I am so appreciative of this and for them creating a space where people can learn but also voice their concerns.
Still, being a person of color on this campus is difficult at times because it is hard to feel like people can truly relate to how you are feeling or what you are going through. The campus is about 23 percent multicultural, but some days it feels so much less than that.
It is that time of the year yet again… Midterms. They sound really scary because of all the tests that we might have but also checking our grades. At the end of the day we need to just take a step back to see how far we have all come this semester.
This one goes out to my seniors, we are really on the last leg of our college journey and we tend to be stressed about getting into grad school or even finding a job. We got this even though it tends to be hard and very overwhelming. We have come this far, so let’s not give up now.
This week has been a hard week for me because of the passing of my grandma. But one take away that I can take from this week is how we should appreciate every little moment with our loved ones.
During this week I have done a lot of thinking and I want to make some changes in my life so that I can be the happiest that I can fully be. I feel like taking time off of school and just being with family really helped me just realigned how I see life.
The first thing that I want to change is admire the little things in life and just cherish them. For example this can be just breathing but it can also just be taking the time out of the day to just admire my surroundings. I tend to be always moving fast especially being from NYC but I would like to change that.
After this summer and the uprise of people who are more willing to speak up on racial injustices, fans of the bachelor saw the lack of diversity on the show. If there were people of color (PoC) on the show, they were never the ones to be engaged or even a lead.
We are about halfway through Matt James’ season of the bachelor. Matt James is the first ever black man to be the bachelor in this franchise. Many people of color truly believe he fits an agenda of how perfect you have to be in order to be on the show as a PoC compared to an alternate white bachelor.
Elena Nicolaou, a writer for O magazine, said that Matt James is a “philanthropic former college football pro, who gives free food tours to low-income elementary schoolers in New York City.” Most of the time the bachelor is just a ‘basic white man.’ In a way, it is like ‘in order to be a person of color as a lead on this show, you need to be phenomenal.’
The spring is always a fun time for our Panhellenic sororities here on campus. This is a time when recruiting new girls is in full swing and everyone is trying to showcase their chapters in their best light. Even though the week of recruitment may seem long and tedious, it is such an exciting process to see potential new members find their homes.
Recruitment starts this Wednesday, and people are already really excited to meet the new girls that are coming in. No matter what sorority they are in, we are all Greek sisters and love to see everyone find a new home where they feel the most comfortable.
I decided to ask some sorority girls what they were most excited about this recruitment. Recruitment is virtual this year, which might have been seen as an obstacle, but the girls seem to be really excited and here is what they had to say.
This year has been crazy with all the restrictions due to Covid-19. It is very understandable that the school wants to take precautions. With this being said, it may be hard for students to have a social life here on campus.
Last week was a great opportunity for girls to come out and meet the sisters of all different Greek organizations here on campus. The four Panhellenic sororities that we have on campus are Alpha Sigma Alpha (ASA), Alpha Chi Omega (AXO), Kappa Delta (KD) and Sigma Sigma Sigma (Sigma).
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, AXO had a pumpkin painting event which allowed for potential new members to come out and get to meet new people. Zara Collison, the President of AXO, said, “With Halloween right around the corner, our pumpkin painting party was a success! Alpha Chis and other members of the Lynchburg community painted, laughed and enjoyed the weather and the good vibes.”
This has honestly been one of the best months so far of senior year. Not only is it a spooky time of the year but the weather has been beautiful and has allowed me more time to enjoy my friends and commune with nature.
Last weekend, the University hosted a senior Oktoberfest event. The event gave us a chance to socialize and enjoy a glimmer of final year normalcy.
Emily Grunder, a senior at the University of Lynchburg said, “Due to covid I thought this year was not going to be fun at all and the seniors will not be able to feel like seniors but this event was truly amazing because It was nice to finally feel like a senior.”
This year I have been really focused on going on a spiritual journey to better understand my life but also try to conceptualize the world that we live in.
In my last article I focused more on what I was getting to allow to go on my spiritual journey. This included my crystals, teas, tarot card and Oil pulling. I want to highlight different things that I do with these items that allow me to be more relaxed and relieve the anxiety that I have.
So midterm grades are out and I hope that all of you are feeling good about how you did. This time of the year can have students feeling overwhelmed or even stressed. Honestly this is a good time to focus on self care in order to make yourself feel better and improve those grades. So here are some tips to help you relax during this time.
During this time I really do enjoy doing face masks with my friends. Not only is it relaxing but you are helping to clear up blemishes on your skin that you might have gotten from over stressing. I tend to use a wash off mask but you can use any type of mask that you want!
This week has honestly been a spiritual journey for me. I have always been spiritual but I have never really chosen to learn more about different rituals. For example I have been learning more about crystals, tarot cards and herbs.
For some reason I have been really feeling pulled to doing more meditation and better understanding my energy.
Everyday so far I have been doing Oil Pulling, which is a practice of Ayurveda which is an old herbal medicine. Oil pulling is when you swish coconut in your mouth for 20 minutes in order to pull out toxins from your body. It was hard at first, but if you find something to do while doing it then time will pass faster.
Reserve wine bar is the first wine bar to hit Lynchburg. After a year and half of planning and renovation the wine bar recently opened in downtown Lynchburg.
All the wines on the menu are from Virgina. This allows for visitors to get a taste of some of the best wines that this state has to offer as the fifth wine producing region in the country after New York.
Mike Lawler and Mike Barefoot met in Northern Virginia to open up a winery then Lawler moved back home to Lynchburg with his wife Megan. They soon realized that Lynchburg did not have anything like a tap room or a wine bar.
I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Now that classes are fully online and we can not have visitors, we honestly have to make the best out of each situation. So here are some things that have been keeping me and my housemates busy.
First off, we really love cooking. Lately we have been having these themed dinners and they have been such a blast. For example, one night we did a Tiger King theme and had tacos, Another night we had a Punk Rock theme and we played Punk Rock music while eating dinner. Each night we try to change up the theme and make it fun so we do not get bored.
Our First Day of Sophomore Year… Didn’t know we were in for such a wild ride! Photo from Anna-Catherine Keung
By Anna-Catherine Kueng
Where do I begin with my perspective as a student, specifically, a Lynchburg Hornet, in the midst of a pandemic?
First, I want to acknowledge that I could never say what virus I am referring to in this article, and you would still know. Turn on the news, get on Facebook, look at the toilet paper aisle at the grocery store, or basically talk to another human being, and you will hear about the Coronavirus. It has sparked conversation around the world, put masses into panic, and most impacting for me, it has moved my college classes online.
Recently, I saw a meme on Facebook announcing a girl was starting college at “Da Crib University.” I chuckled, yet at the same time, it is alarming to think about how seriously the virus is affecting everyone and that it has closed UL’s campus.
This week has been such a hectic and crazy week with everyone in my program and the world worrying about the Coronavirus that has been affecting so many people. The most affected country in Europe last week was Italy. As a result, everyone was on high alert. A lot of my friends who went to Milan for fashion week were actually scared that they might have been infected.
My friends who went to Milan for the weekend said that not only did they have to go through security to get on the plane, but when they got off the plane, they had to get a body scan in order to see if they were sick or had a fever. Some of my friends indicated that it was surreal, like something out of a movie.