Health Science Fair: What Is Your Path

Jasmine Brogdon ~ Staff Writer

“Get experiences early,” said Director of Career Development, Beverly Reid.

One such experience is the Health Science Fair. Hosted by Career Development and Internships (LC PRO+) and located in Hall Campus Ballroom, the event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The event is organized as a network opportunity.


The Neighborhood Has Eyes

Sara Severens ~ Staff Writer

On Monday, Sept. 19, Lynchburg Police Department (LPD) will be celebrating their annual Lynchburg Night Out Against Crime, which is aimed at bringing awareness to Neighborhood Watch programs in the area. Watch groups in Lynchburg will be hosting individual events throughout the city.


To Stand or Not To Stand

Whitney Lott ~ Sports Editor

We have all seen things in the world that we won’t stand for, like a child being picked on or a customer treating a worker rudely. Colin Kaepernick has recently been a major player in controversy after refusing to stand up during the national anthem.


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.


Nerd Factor: To Boldly Go Where No Show Has Gone Before

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.


Science With Hannah: Bugging Out

Hannah Narvaez ~ Staff Writer

There are always new trends starting that are a bit “out there,” but these days it seems the weirder the better. According to Susan Scutti, from CNN Health News, the next possible trend in the world of food and health is cockroach milk!


LC in History: Dress Code Evaluation

Dr Clifton W. Potter ~ L.C. In History

Last week I wore some of my Hawaiian shirts on campus, and I intend to don them each day until the arrival of cooler weather.  When I started teaching at Lynchburg College, in 1965, I would never have dared to sport island attire in or out of the classroom.

Sixty years ago, what was considered appropriate attire?

Lynchburg College students were allowed to dress in a casual style, within certain parameters.  With the arrival of the veterans after World War II, freshman beanies became a thing of the past for all students, and neckties for men became optional.  Women were expected to wear dresses or skirts and blouses to class.  In wintry weather slacks were acceptable.

However, in normal weather women were allowed to wear slacks or shorts in the Circle only on weekends.  Every co-ed had a raincoat to throw over her shorts as she hurried across the Circle to the library, Hobbs or the theater in Hopwood Hall.

What happened if these scofflaws were caught?  It meant a weekend “campus”—a woman was required to stay in her room except for meals.  If there was a class assignment that required research in the library, you were allowed to work there.  There were not similar penalties for men who committed comparable offences.

Casual dress was permitted at breakfast and lunch, but for dinner the rules changed.  Women were required to wear hose and heels with their dresses or skirts and blouses. Men were expected to wear jackets and ties with their slacks—no blue jeans were permitted under any circumstances. There were no exceptions to these rules—even after the famous tie raid of 1961.

In retaliation for a panty raid in the spring of 1961, the women decided on a unique form of revenge.  The plan was kept a secret until the whistle was blown and the women stormed the three sections of Carnegie Hall.  The men were taken completely by surprise as the women seized every tie in the place.  When it was time for dinner there was not a cravat to be found.

As the men arrived in Westover Hall expecting to be denied food, they found their ties decorating the area before the entrance to the dining hall! Nobody went hungry that night, but the men learned a valuable lesson.  The women of Lynchburg College had taken another step towards liberation and equality.  The administration, especially the Dean of Women, did not know what to do with the women—so they did nothing.

Professors were also required to dress in an acceptable fashion.  Female teachers were expected to wear suits, dresses or slacks and blouses.  It was also mandatory that they wear hose. Only in wintry weather were the rules relaxed.  Male professors had to wear suits or sport coats and slacks.  They always wore ties, even in hot weather.  There were no “casual Fridays” at Lynchburg College for students and faculty in 1958.  When a classmate of mine came to class without socks one day in the spring of 1961, the professor sent him back to his room to finish dressing!  How things have changed—thank goodness.



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.


Grab Your Pitchforks and Torches: The LC Debate

Kelvin Whitehurst ~ Copy Desk Chief

There’s a great rule of things out there that you should never bring up with your friends in order to avoid friendship-tearing arguments: beliefs on religion, stances on politics and sex life. And if you’re associated with Lynchburg College, then you know that there is one I left out: your stance on if Lynchburg College should change from college to university.


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