Mystic Magic: Spirituality VS Religion

Em Maxey ~ Staff Writer

Religion vs. Spirituality: The Difference Between Them
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There is a common belief among many people that spirituality and religion are the same. When we are blind to the differences, unintentional prejudice occurs to those most vulnerable. The main difference is simple and easy to understand. 

Religion is an organized set of beliefs and practices shared by a group of people or a community. Spirituality is the individual practice based around a sense of peace and purpose that is free formed without predetermined values. 

With that being presented as the definition of religion and spirituality used throughout, the biggest difference to me is that spirituality is a learned concept based on experiences while religion is taught and passed down from generations. 


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Tri Sigma & Greek Life Lynchburg

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Sorority sisters light up and hold candles to build bonds with their sisters and develop sisterhood. Photo retrieved from Fraternities & Sororities – University of Lynchburg on Oct. 2, 2021. 

Greek Life festivities at the University of Lynchburg will ramp up in the second half of the semester.

At Lynchburg, Greek Life provides an avenue for students to develop leadership skills, participate in service projects and socialize with others. 

Cassandra Matthews, a member of Tri Sigma and a senior, talked about what her sorority means to her, stating, “Tri Sigma’s mission statement is ‘to establish among its members a perpetual bond of friendship, to develop in them strong womanly character, and to impress upon them high standards of conduct.” 


African Conservation Project Closes at the Daura  

Alla Daniel ~ Guest Writer

The Daura Museum at the University of Lynchburg just closed their African Conservation Project exhibit. 

The exhibit displayed numerous African artifacts that had been collected over the past 20 years. 

Director of the Daura Museum of Art and Project Head for the African Conservation Project, Dr. Barbara Rothermel said, “We have been accumulating the African Collection over a number of years, both purchases and bequests and donations so we have never had the opportunity to work with it, we decided to give people an opportunity to see what we do behind the scenes.”


Men’s Swimming Is Diving Into a New Year

By Christopher Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Parker Hayungs and Landon Ellis. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Erin Farina

Men’s swimming will start the year off Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Washington and Lee University, where they will compete at the annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Relays, the first meet where all the ODAC teams will compete against each other since the 2020 ODAC Championship Meet. 

The Hornets look to build off the momentum from the previous season when the men earned a second place finish at ODAC Swimming Championship


Hill City Homecoming

By Christopher Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

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After a tough start to the season, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Field Hockey Team came home to enjoy the sweet success of the Hill City. The Hornets were able to kick off a home stand with a pair of victories against ranked opponents. 

Last Friday, the Hornets took down 13th ranked Ursinus in overtime and then followed it up the following Saturday with another victory against the 19th ranked team in the country, Centre College.

The games were both decided in overtime fashion with the Hornets prevailing with a score of 4-3 against Ursinus and 2-1 over Centre. The game winning goals were scored by Jackie Lerro and Brittany Claybaugh.

Graduate student Jackie Lerro was also named offensive player of the week by NFHCA based on her two goal and two assist game against Ursinus.


Alix Allen’s Overtime Goal Stung the Generals

Written by William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo retrieved from on Oct. 4, 2021. Alix Allen, a defender, scores the game-winning goal against the Washington and Lee Generals. 

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer Team beat the Washington and Lee Generals by a score of 2-1 due to Amanda Wigboldy’s game-winning assist and Alix Allen’s game-winning goal in overtime.

Head Coach Olsen stated the significance of this win, stating, “I think the last two games and the last two seasons we played them, we were not really competitive in those games. These were our least competitive games because they absolutely outplayed us and they definitely had our number. The game was a game changer because we came from behind again and that showed amazing fortitude and grit. Alix’s goal is the most amazing goal I have seen at the college level. We can compete with anyone in the ODAC and if anyone takes us for granted, it will be at another team’s own peril.” 


Reigning Champs Looking For More

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Lindsey Hair, Delanney Kennedy and Erin Wojtkowski and. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Erin Farina

The Lynchburg Hornets Women’s Swim Team is coming into the year with a target on their back. 

In a year with Covid difficulties, the women’s swim team was triumphant in their efforts to be on top of the ODAC mountain. 

The reigning ODAC champs will carry their crown into ODAC relays in their first competition since spring of 2021. 

The Hornets will get a chance to face off against W&L and Randolph Macon for the first time since Spring of 2020 when the women’s team placed 4th at the ODAC Championship Meet.


Drug Punishment Inequities at Lynchburg

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor

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Several weeks ago, rumors started swirling on campus that a certain sports team was caught doing illegal drugs. Weeks later, there have seemingly been no ramifications to those students who are still on campus at the University of Lynchburg. 

While we as a campus newspaper generally don’t publish rumors, the nature of this conversation and to protect our sources, we are merely going to raise issues of inequity.

The university has a zero drug tolerance policy on campus which is proved through the many students who have been kicked off campus for marajuana use. According to pg. 81 of the student handbook,  any students found in possession of any drug marajuana and otherwise, will receive an automatic suspension from the University of Lynchburg. So, why are all drugs not being treated the same? 

Within a class I am taking this semester, we have been following the development of this incident on our campus. Although we as students have been talking about it, there has been no talk about these drug infractions being reported to the Dean of Students or Student Development. 

Assuming the school does not know about these infractions, what I find to be appalling is that the use of this illegal drug is not being escalated to the Dean of Students, but is being handled internally by sports teams. 

On the other hand, if the school does know, this presents extreme punishment inequities between both the use of the drugs and the students. 

Many of the students who are being kicked off campus for marajuana usage are not part of a sports team or any kind of organization where punishment is able to be handled internally by the leaders of that organization. Whereas, in a sports team setting, these students have some kind of protection by their coaches and staff. 

Again, this goes back to the question of whether or not the Dean of Students even knows about this incident, but from other things that have circulated around the student body it is not the first time there have been complaints about drug use and sports teams on campus nor will it be the last if it is not brought to administration’s attention. 

Regardless of administration’s knowledge of drug use, my question is if the university preaches a zero tolerance drug policy why is more investigation not going into these allegations of  drug infractions?

Living the Scream Life

By Dr. Mike ~ UL Communications Professor

3 Things You Didn't Know about Black Panther's Ulysses Klaue (Klaw)
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Some superpowers are pure wish-fulfillment. Everyone dreams of flying. Other powers seem like extensions of ordinary life, magnifications of what ordinary humans can already do. Sonic powers are an excellent example of this. As such, they appear more manageable. However, a would-be superhero or even an aspiring supervillain should be careful what they wish for when it comes to sound. 

For some, sonic powers become persuasive amplifications of the human voice. Take, for example, The Voice. An old school villain of the original Ant-Man who has nothing to do with a musical talent show, the Voice had the somewhat unsurprising power to get people to do what he said. He spoke and they believed or obeyed. Ant-Man beat him by inducing a severe case of crippling laryngitis. Other villains do similar things through music. The Hypno Hustler, an occasional foe of Spider-Man, uses technologically souped up instruments to control minds through disco music.

The Voice and The Hypno Hustler are about as goofy as you think, minor annoyances who fortunately do not possess the cunning to capitalize on their domination powers. They are also unable to affect people who are deaf or people with earplugs. Additionally, this sort of power must be demoralizing. Surely, even The Voice must wonder if he’s ever had a genuine human interaction and not just something he made someone do. The Hustler must worry that it’s the machines and not the music that creates his audience.  


A Deeper Look: The Last of Us – Loss and Second Chances

By Andrew Wheeler ~ Assistant Opinion Editor

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People may all be very distinct from one another, but one fear I would be pressed to believe we don’t all share is the thought of losing someone we love. 

While some may write off The Last of Us as simply another zombie apocalypse-type story, the reality is really more focused on a theme of learning to cope with death and push forward. We watch protagonist Joel lose his beloved daughter mere minutes into the experience, and from then on, we continue to get hit with the pressures of this apocalyptic world. The setting may seem fantastical, but the themes at the heart of the narrative are very real. 

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