Men’s Soccer prepares for ODAC Tournament

By Samuel Graham ~ Guest Writer

Photo Credit: Kate Duncan/Lynchburgsports.com
Lynchburg players listen to the starting lineups being called. The Hornets will host Shenandoah in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals this Saturday.

The Lynchburg Men’s Soccer team defeated the Eagles of Bridgewater College 6-1 on Tuesday night to secure the number two overall seed in the 2021 ODAC Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Tuesday’s win came on senior night for the Hornets and marked the seventh straight victory for the team.

“The guys have been playing well at the end of the year,” said head coach Chris Yeager. “We hope to carry this steady play into the playoffs.”


Lynchburg Honors African American Firsts

By Dr. Ghislaine Lewis ~ Faculty Advisor

President Alison Morrison Shetlar welcomed the community to the African American Firsts lunch

As part of the Homecoming 2021, the University of Lynchburg paid tribute to several African American firsts.

The honorees included the first black students to live on campus, the first black head coach, the first black student government presidents, the first black administrator, the first black dorm mother and the first black dean. 

Those honored included Dr. Allethia Ingram ’76, MEd ’86, Mr. Bob Tate ’71, Dr. Christopher Boyd ’97, Ms. Coretta M. Jones ’73, MEd ’76, Dr. Dorothy Smith Akubue-Brice, PhD, Mr. Hilliary Scott MA ’21, Dr. Kelli Rainey ’99, Dr. Loretta Jones-Gafford ’73, Ms. Tommie McCune, and Ms. Wilhelmina Washington Johnson-Niblett ’70.


Welcome Back to the Hive 

By The Critograph Editorial Board

As we celebrate our first homecoming since the beginning of the pandemic, the Critograph, the student voice of the University of Lynchburg, wanted to welcome you HOME with a special issue of the newspaper.

We have spent the last 18 months publishing the paper online at www.thecritograph.com and we are so stoked about having a physical issue this weekend.

Our marketing manager, Jessica Head, ’22 and our copy desk chief, Hunter Epperson,’22 have spent weeks delving into the archives with the help of librarian, Ariel Myers, and transcribing issues.

We are proud to present historic stories from issues of the newspaper spanning from the 1940’s to the 1990’s.

As we read through archival issues, we were particularly tickled by the gossip column titled, “Straight From The Squirrel’s Mouth,” by Nutsy, that we can trace back to the 1940’s.


The Dreamer by Lana Cunningham

This poem I wrote for my children. I hope my kids never lose sight of their dreams no matter how cold the world is to them. I hope my kids always remember that I will be right there to support their dreams and always protect them to the best of my ability.

Meī tenēte fortiter pretiosī.
Conserve vestra somnia omnibus vīribus.
Enim hīc valeō atque hīc stō.
Semper hīc meum manum tendere,

Alere omnia somnia quae tenētis. 

Et dēfendere vōs ā frigidō. 

Vōs semper amābō meōs pretiosōs. 

Quod mater vestra sum, amor meus numquam timet.

Meī tenēte fortiter pretiosī, 

Ad omne somnium in vestrīs aspectibus.  

The Dream

My dears, hang tight. Keep your dreams with all your might. For here I am and here I stand. Forever here to reach out my hand. To support every dream, you hold. To shelter you from the cold. I will forever love you my dears. For I am your mother, my love never fears. My dears hang on tight. To every dream in your sights.

Critograph volume 105, Issue 11

Sticker Sale


Get your Critograph Masked Hornet Sticker to commemorate the 2020-2021 school year. These large stickers look great on any water bottle, laptop or wherever you put stickers, buy one today and have it delivered to your campus box or mailed home!


Latin poem: Nox et Lux (“Night and Light” in English)

By Sarah Copeland ~ Guest Writer

Nox et Lux

Quis es tū iūdicāre tenebrās?

Cōgitās esse dē malō et dolō, timēs arcanum.

Dissimulat mendacia quae dant miserīs actīs.

Bonum occultatur tenebrīs et domātur.

Est presentia ignota, itaque terret virōs.

Vocās et putās singulum dictum, sed non vēro vidēs

Tenebrae pulchrae sunt, et ūnā laborant cum luce.

Juvat facere differentiam quae format terram videndam clare.

Tenebrae generant locum servandum ā vigiliā solis.

Sol quī indicat causās aut populōs quī dēbent esse occultī.

Lux locat magnum destinatum ubī videt.

Umquam spectat, numquam inhibet, aut audit clāmōribus.

Dolet et dat dolorem post longōs dies in suīs radiīs.

Dum nox tē servat ab onere diēī.

Ita cūr timēs tenebrās et noctem?

Cum lux numquam populōs vī suā excubāre et superāre dēsinit.

Night and Light

Who are you to judge the shadows?

You think it is of evil and treachery, you fear the mystery.

It hides lies which give to wretched acts.

Good is taken by the shadows, and is subdued.

It is an unknown presence, and so it frightens men.

You say and you think every word, but do not truly see.

The dark is beautiful, and works together with the light.

It helps to make a contrast which forms the land to be seen brightly.

The dark creates a place to be safe from the sun’s watch.

The sun which reveals things or people that need to be hidden.

Light puts a great target everywhere it sees.

Ever it watches, it never stops, or listens to the cries.

It hurts and causes pain after long days in its rays.

While the night shields you from the burden of day.

So why is it that you fear the darkness and the night?

When the light never stops watching and conquering people with its might.

Critograph volume 105, issue 5

Online School During a Pandemic

Online School During a Pandemic

By Stephanie Quaranto

College students are adjusting to the “new normal” of online school and isolation during this worldwide pandemic, two things that they did not sign up for.

In this strange period of time of the coronavirus, students all over the nation are trying to focus on passing their classes or graduating school not knowing when they will be able to return back to some sort of normalcy.

Photo of computer showing the new normal of online schooling by Stephanie Quaranto on  Friday, April 10, 2020


COVID- 19 Hurting or Helping our grocery stores?

     Local renovated Food Lion in Claymont Delaware is one of the many stores that have been affected by the Coronavirus. Photo by Allyssa Lawry.

   By Alyssa Lawry ~ Guest Writer

        As one of two Food Lion’s in Wilmington Delaware this store has a lot on their plate, store manager Mark Smondrowski was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to discuss how things are operating.

        “Our company is committed to providing a safe environment for both associates and customers. We have followed the state guidelines calling out for social distancing, capacity maximums and enhanced cleaning responsibilities. Extra measures to help would be to mandate masks for all people in the store as well as reduced maximums,” said Smondrowski.


The Pandemic & My Hometown: Joshua Price

By Joshua Price
On a Monday, March 30, 2020,  I decided photograph how the pandemic was affecting my community in Maryland.
While some places seem deserted others seem to bustle like nothing has happened. Since they are deemed “essential business” parking lots of grocery stores being filled.
Fed-Ex Field, home of the Washington Redskins, is now being used as a COVID-19 testing area. I also visited Washington D.C.
Many of the tourist hotspots only contained a few people, if any.  As we begin to reach the peak of this virus we must maintain our social distancing and hope this all blows over sooner rather than later.


Hornets’ Swimming sets high goals right off the block

ODAC men’s rookie of the meet, Parker Hayungs, swims in one of his butterfly events. Photo by Madison Ayres

By Madison Ayres

Varsity swimming returned to Lynchburg this year after a hiatus dating back to the 1970-71 academic year.

After exceeding their own expectations this season, the program’s 28 men and women have a lot to celebrate and much to look forward to, according to head coach Brad Dunn.


Update on COVID-19 (coronavirus) from University of Lynchburg President Kenneth Garren


Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing with an important update on our ongoing response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), which has now been elevated to a worldwide pandemic. As the situation unfolds nationwide, I recognize the uncertainties and the possible risks here in our own community. I have decided to err on the side of extreme caution to keep our campus safe. I know that many of you are worried as you prepare to resume classes next week and I want to share our immediate plans to ensure your health and well-being.


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