Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Sweep Conference Titles 

Written by Reagan Bednar ~ Guest Writer 

(photo via @lynchburgsports on instagram)

On October 29th, the University of Lynchburg’s mens and womens cross country teams clinched the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship titles. This is the second straight title for both the men’s and women’s programs. 

On the men’s side, the Hornets swept the field for the first time in history. Senior Frank Csorba took the individual title with an eight-kilometer course time of 25:38.4. Fellow Hornet, Corbin Green followed closely behind with a time of 25:38.7. 

Senior Sam Llaneza and sophomore Marko Kocacevik and Cooper Hurst rounded out the top five to secure a top five sweep of the field for the Hornets. There were also four more Lynchburg runners represented in the top 15.

Junior runner Sam Graham spoke highly of the program’s culture attributing that to their consistent success. “Obviously success is great and everyone wants to be part of a good team, but it takes a cultural commitment and buy-in to turn into a competitive program year-in and year-out. That’s what Coach Reed has established during his time at Lynchburg,” said Graham.

The women’s team also saw a top five sweep in the championship race. Senior Kelsey Lagunas led the way for the Hornets winning her second consecutive championship. She finished the six- kilometer race with a time of 21:55.8. Sophomores Sarah James, Allison Dell, and Molly Silva and junior Lauren Massey completed the top five sweep. 

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Delight Ministries Fostering Vulnerability Among Women on Campus 

By Jordan Abbott ~ Guest Writer 

Photo from Delight’s kickoff night, taken from @delight_lynchburg on Instagram retrieved by Jordan Abbott. 

A chapter of Delight Ministries was started on campus at the beginning of the semester to provide a “Christ-centered community for women @ UofL,” according to the group’s Instagram page. 

Sophomore social media coordinator and team director for the chapter, Riley Winefordner says, “Basically, when I came in freshman year I knew that I wanted a Christ-centered community and I didn’t have fellowship in high school at all, so it was something I was really looking for when I came to college. I found some groups that I really enjoyed, but I was really craving that women’s group where I could be more vulnerable and connect with women and really share struggles while still learning about God, and honestly having a place where I could come week to week knowing that everything else fades away and be with other Godly women who can encourage me.”

Delight Ministries is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and has 205 chapters at colleges all across the country. \

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Screams “On the Dell”, or rather “In the Drysdale” 

Written by Caroline Gilmore ~ Marketing Manager

Photo taken by Josie LaPrad ’23.

On a rainy Halloween night, the students of the University of Lynchburg gathered in the Drysdale Student Center for some trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, and socializing with different organizations.

The event, sponsored by the Student Activities Board, was moved from the Dell to Drysdale after rain throughout the day forced SAB to relocate the event. 

Different organizations including the Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP), Christian Outreach (CRU) and yours truly were stationed at tables giving away free candy and SAB handed out caramel apples.

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Nerd Factor: Lo, the Sub-Mariner!

Dr. Mike ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

While we are all anxious to see how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will go about choosing a new Black Panther (or Panthers because there can be more than one), the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will also bring one of the very first Marvel heroes to the big screen—Namor, the Sub-Mariner!

Namor first appeared in the very first superhero comic published by Timely Comics, the company that would become Marvel Comics. Published in 1939, Marvel Comics #1 (August 1939) was an anthology book that introduced some characters who would go on to be legends. By order of appearance, Namor was technically the third hero introduced after the Human Torch (not the one you know from the movies) and the Angel (definitely not the one you know from the X-Men). 

From the very outset, Namor acted with very different motivations. He sought revenge against the surface world that had wronged his submerged civilization. In his debut story, he killed some divers and then set about on more attacks on the world above. 

Even though there was something regal about him, it was hard to see Namor in a purely heroic mold. Later, he attempted to destroy New York City in an epic battle that pitted him against the Human Torch in the crossover fight that would later come to define Marvel’s shared universe. Eventually, Namor realized that the fascist threat was a greater menace, joining in the Nazi punching escapades of heroes like the Human Torch and, of course, Captain America. His super-strength, his ability to breathe underwater, and his uncanny ability to fly using wings on his ankles made Namor into a potent force for good. 

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Greek Life Honors Student in Out of Darkness Walk 

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Editor-in-Chief 

Photo of Greek life students attending Out of the Darkness event. Retrieved from https://supporting.afsp.org/index  by Alyssa Wilson on Nov. 1, 2022.

On average in the United States, there are 132 suicides per day, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention works to fight that statistic with their annual Out of the Darkness walk, which is hosted in hundreds of cities nationwide. 

Lynchburg, Va. hosted a walk at Riverfront Park on Oct. 29th which was rescheduled from its original date in early October due to Hurricane Ian. 

Many community members joined together in walking to raise money towards research and studies that help prevent suicide. 

The event’s fundraising goal was $60,000 and was surpassed by over $20,000. 

In addition to fundraising, community members also came out to show support and spread awareness for those who have lost their lives to suicide. 

Among these community members were many Greek brothers and sisters from the University of Lynchburg, who gathered to remember Phi Kappa Tau brother Sean Williams who passed away in the spring of 2021. 

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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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Christian Corner: Tremble and Do Not Sin 

By Faith McCray ~ Copy Desk Chief 

Photo Taken In The Friendship Circle at The University of Lynchburg Taken and Edited By Faith McCray.

Psalm 4 is a Psalm of David. 1 Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 2 How long will you people turn my Glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? 3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. 4 Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. 5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord. 6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. 7 Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. 8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. 

In v.1, David informs that he knows that God is his source of righteousness. He is also aware that God is righteous, and in response he can do no wrong. 

Christians have righteousness too. However, their righteousness is not of their own making. The righteousness comes from God (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus died for all of the past, present, and future sins. We can put our trust in Jesus as our Savior, and God sees us as righteous (Phillipians 3:9; Ephesians 1:3-10). 

Christians can rest in the fact that God always does what is right. Whatever occurs in our lives is for our good and His Glory (James 1:2-4). 

David prays that God will answer his prayers. God has helped relieve him from his enemies, and ask for God to be gracious by answering his current prayer. 

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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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How Majestic Is Your Name?

By Faith McCray ~ Copy Desk Chief 

Picture Taken at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center Taken By Faith McCray 

Psalm 8 is a Psalm of David. 1 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. 2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

David tells us in v. 1 that the Lord’s name is majestic in all the earth. 

The word “majestic” is from the Hebrew ad’dir, which is translated to be “wonderful”, “great,” or “exalted.”

David views the Lord’s creation and is so astonished by how wonderful, great and exalted God is. 

In v. 2 the Bible explains that God is so strong that he can obtain praise from children. 

However, there are many reasons why God is worthy of this praise. An example is because of how God accomplishes his will. 

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Nerd Factor: What? What?? What???

By. Michael Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

Ncuti Gatwa – image from https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/08/entertainment/doctor-who-ncuti-gatwa-intl-scli/index.html

SPOILER WARNING: This article gives away information from Doctor Who “The Power of the Doctor”

Last week, I wrote a column about regeneration in Doctor Who. This important device has allowed the series to continue since 1963 by using science fiction ideas to allow new actors to inhabit the role. This past Sunday, I anticipated a traditional regeneration story, with Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor passing away in epic fashion and being replaced by Ncuti Gatwa’s Fourteenth Doctor.

Wow, did that not happen! Instead, we got one of the great surprises in the history of popular culture. 

The episode was full of great moments for fans. We got three sinister foes– the Master, the Daleks, and the Cyberman—working together to destroy the Doctor. Also, two traveling companions of the Doctor from the classic era of the series returned in important roles. I have always liked Tegan, who traveled mostly with the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) from 1981-1984. And I was thrilled to have Ace back. One of my all-time favorites, Ace traveled with the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) on television from 1987-1989. There were also a number of cameos by former Doctors and companions. 

All of that gave the episode a nostalgic and celebratory feel in anticipation of the show moving into its 60th anniversary in 2023. If that were all that happened in “The Power of the Doctor,” the episode would have been a great finale for an incarnation of the character.

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The Start of the ‘Midnights’ Era: A Swiftie’s Review of Taylor Swift’s 10th Album

By Caroline Gilmore ~ Marketing Manager

Photo Credit: “Anti-Hero” the music video, Taylor Swift (2022) 

Caption: Swift has described her 10th album, Midnights, as being inspired by ‘self-loathing’, ‘falling apart’, ‘falling in love’, and ‘wondering what might have been.’

On the eve of the debut of Taylor Swift’s 10th original album (not including the re-released “Taylor’s Version” albums), my sister and I met over a video call and shared all of our theories, including what songs we thought would be the best and what they might sound like. We were completely wrong.

After Swift’s last two albums, folklore and evermore, featured more folk music and extensive figurative language centered on mostly fictional narratives, I think a lot of fans were unsure what to expect in these new tracks. Rather than continue down the path of the last two albums, it seems Swift has backtracked to her Reputation, Lover, and 1989, pop-style sound. What emerged was a deeply personal, introspective autobiographical work about Swift’s sleepless nights. This concept album contains a lot of information about Swift’s perception of fame, the music industry, feminism, and plenty of her own struggles as an artist and as a person.

I did some of the digging and created this review for each track on Midnights. It was not quite what I expected, but overall I would rate this album 4.5/5 stars. This was not my favorite Swift album, but I have really enjoyed some of the catchier tracks and dissecting all of the things they might mean along with the rest of the internet. I hope you enjoy my reviews.

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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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