Women In Academia: Tasha Gillum

Alyssa Camejo ~ Assistant Editor 

As part of National Volunteer Month, The Critograph would like to honor some of the influential women who are focused on creating a community of service at the University of Lynchburg/

This week we will feature Tasha Gillum.

Photo Retrieved off the University of Lynchburg Website. 

Gillum is the Bonner Leader program coordinator in the Center for Community Engagement at the University of Lynchburg. She is in her third year in this position.

Gillum attended Sweet Briar College, and studied Environmental Science with an Emphasis in Geology. 

On her undergraduate experience, Gilllum said,  “That experience of being in space where I was highly supported and encouraged and believed in was my first experience in academia. At my school, I saw women in leadership positions and doing cool research. Early on, I saw that as a possibility for myself.”  

Exposure to women being in a higher education and leadership positions is vital for women to feel supported in their academic journey. 


LHSN: What is All the Buzz About?

Jackson Moore ~ Guest Writer

LHSN logo, photo by Jackson Moore

The Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network (LHSN) provides experiences to students at the University of Lynchburg who are interested in broadcasting, photography, or digital media. 

Students can utilize these opportunities to grow professionally, build a portfolio, and increase their competence in these disciplines. 

Erin Farina, a graduate student who manages LHSN’s photography and graphics, said that her time with the network has helped her make many connections in the athletic industry. She also said, “I’ve grown kind of a network that I really didn’t think that I would, especially this soon.” 

Beyond networking, however, students working with LHSN are encouraged to get as much hands-on experience as they can during their time at the university.

Timothy Wengert, LHSN’s new head of digital media, said that he believes that practical experience is the best way to learn. He said, “…I think there is just so much more value out of doing it yourself, getting hands-on, real-life experience…whether it’s just putting a camera in your hands, learning how to direct on the fly…I find that that’s the most tangible thing that employers are looking for…” 

Wengert also noted that students with practical experience could leave Lynchburg with a portfolio of work as well as industry knowledge.

LHSN is also nationally recognized as one of the top D3 broadcasting networks currently available for college athletics, further benefiting students involved. 

Sam Rice, a graduate assistant for LHSN, said “…LHSN has established itself as a pretty quality group…just my name being with that…does a lot for me.” Wengert further emphasized this sentiment, saying that “We are doing it better than the majority of the country…” He also said, “If you’re a student and you’re a part of that and your work looks good, you’re working with quality equipment – it’s not just this rinky-dink Christmas Panasonic camcorder – it’ll make your work look that much better, which makes it easier for you to get a job once you graduate.”

To learn more about LHSN, visit lynchburgsports.com. 

Nerd Factor: Punching Hitler Right in the Mouth

Dr. Mike ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

The cover to Captain America #1 is one of my all-time favorite comic book covers. Released a few days before Christmas in 1940, the cover depicts the debut of our most patriotic hero. This image is a particularly fine example of the dynamic artwork of Cap’s co-creator, Jack Kirby. You can almost hear the savage blow that the good Captain delivered right to Hitler’s face, knocking the despot back and sending his red tie flying. His Nazi underlings look on, shocked and afraid, trying and failing to stop Captain America. 

The cover is important because Captain America has gone on to be one of our most prominent superheroes. Although his costume is a bit different here—the abdominal stripes are a bit narrower, the head covering is more like a helmet than a mask, and the shield is more angular—visually this is pretty much the Cap we know today, athletic, action-oriented, and wearing his patriotism. 

As I have gotten older, I have come to love this cover for other reasons. I am always impressed by how early Captain America is laying into the Nazis here. It was 1940. America would not formerly go to war until a year later. Cap was leading the way. Writer Joe Simon and artist Jack Kirby were both Jewish. They knew what was going on in the world. They knew what this country should be doing and whom we should be fighting. 


No More Hatred

Faith McCray ~ Assistant Editor

Photo By Faith McCray

Psalm 41 is a Psalm of David. 1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. 2 The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. 3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. 4 I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” 5 My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?” 6 When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around. 7 All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying, 8 “A vile disease has afflicted him; he will never get up from the place where he lies.” 9 Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me. 10 But may you have mercy on me, Lord; raise me up, that I may repay them. 11 I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. 12 Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. 13 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.


Preview of Historic Sandusky Exhibit in Drysdale

Ameliah Knopp ~ Social Media Manager

Photo of Historic Sandusky’s artifacts taken by Ameliah Knopp, March 9, 2022

The untold stories of the enslaved people who lived at Historic Sandusky will be revealed this spring through a new exhibit at the University of Lynchburg.

Junior Archeology minors at the school, Haley Sabolcik and Emma Coffey, are turning their poster for the Archeological Society of Virginia into a display to be shown in the Drysdale Student Center for the next year. 

“I love being able to see a story crafted and I am able to help preserve and tell stories which excites me,” said Coffey. “Stories are the core of who we are as people… People can speak through time from centuries ago to the modern era and have their stories felt.”


The Campus Buzz

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo: Photo retrieved from Brianna Lee on April 12, 2022. Tri Sigma will be one of many organizations hosting events throughout the next seven days. One of the events they will hold is the Plant Your Roots event, an event where students can socialize. 

As spring blooms, the University of Lynchburg is buzzing with activities and opportunities for students to get involved during the next seven days.

The Outdoor Leadership Program will host a free sunset hike April 13 at 5:00 p.m. In an email, Coordinator of Outdoor Leadership Programs Timothy Slusser stated, “Hornets Grab your Camera and Join the Outdoor Leadership Program as we hike to see the sunset at Humpback Rocks. We will leave campus at 5:00. There is no cost for this trip.”  Students can sign up: ​​https://linktr.ee/UofL_OLP.

In Greek Life, Tri Sigma is hosting a Plant Your Roots event. Membership Recruitment Director Brianna Lee campus-wide email said, “The sisters of Tri Sigma invite you to paint a flower pot and pick out a plant Friday, April 15, @ 6:00 p.m. on the Koudelka Family Balcony (third floor of Drysdale).”  Students are encouraged to  RSVP to ensure they have enough supplies! 


Honoring Sean Williams

William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Photo: Photo retrieved from Tanner Wynne at wynnet599@lynchburg.edu on April 10, 2022. 

Phi Kappa Tau is celebrating the life of their brother, Sean Williams, by holding a volleyball tournament. They are selling shirts to raise money for his plaque. 

The Phi Kappa Tau chapter at the University of Lynchburg is raising money to commemorate the life of their brother, Sean Williams.

James Cardenas, a senior and member of Phi Kappa Tau reflected on this relationship with Williams. He said, “I met him when I was a freshman, and after I met him as a freshman, we became part of the same fraternity. I know him on a very personal level. He was a very strong, emotional speaker who was able to connect with others. He was always a helping hand to people, not just the fraternity itself, but to others as well.”


The University of Lynchburg Hosts Sub Contest

Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

Photo retrieved from http://clipart-library.com/sub-sandwich-cliparts.html 

On April 13, The University of Lynchburg Dining Services will be judging the final contestants’ annual build your own sub contest entities.

According to the Dining Services’ Instagram page, submissions began on March 25, 2022, and submissions were no longer taken on April 1, and judging began on April 4. 

Caitlin Grell, the student nutrition assistant for Lynchburg Dining Services, “This tradition has happened before at Lynchburg but we are bringing it back. We attempted to hold it back in 2020 but due to Covid- 19 that was not able to happen. So last year was the first time we have held the contest since 2015 and it was a hit! We are back for the Second Annual Sub Contest this year and want to keep the tradition going as long as we can.”


Chaos in Brooklyn 

Photo of the Brooklyn Subway shooting in Brooklyn, NY on Tue. April 12, 2022. Photo retrieved from Aljazeera.com

Hunter Epperson ~ Copy Desk Chief

On Tuesday, April 12, CNN and The New York Times announced 16 people were injured and 10 people shot after a shooting in a Brooklyn subway car.

According to Mayor Eric Adam in the New York Times, “a man in a worker’s vest put on a gas mask, opened a canister that filled a subway car with smoke, and then opened fire, the police said; surveillance cameras that could have captured the shooting were not working.”

NBC News noted that authorities confirmed that the shooting occurred during rush hour on Tuesday morning in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood, and the suspect is still on the loose. 


A New Serving Streak

Alissa Anderson. Photo Courtesy of Alissa Anderson

Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

The Lynchburg Women’s Tennis Team is back on track after dropping their first competition of the year to Sweet Briar. The ladies have gone on a nice tear recently winning their three competitions with a combined 22-4 record. 

The Hornets will be back in action tomorrow against Southern Virginia as they continue their six game road stretch through the month of April. The Hornets will finish the season with five straight ODAC teams including powerhouse Washington and Lee as the season finale at home.

Senior Alissa Anderson said, “The girls have bounced back from the tough loss really well.” 

The Hornets are a relatively young team with only one senior.

Junior Grace Teefey said, “ I think as a team we have a lot of potential considering that we are young but that is the blessing for us. We have a team that almost doesn’t know better and the goal is to continue to improve throughout the rest of the year until we hit ODACs and by the time we will be hitting our full potential.”


If God Is For His People 

Faith McCray ~ Assistant Editor:

Photo By Faith McCray

Psalm 124 is a Psalm of David. 1 If the Lord had not been on our side— let Israel say— 2 if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, 3 they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us; 4 the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, 5 the raging waters would have swept us away. 6 Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. 7 We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.


Acceptance Vs Tolerance: The Importance of Kindness 

Photo by: Dreamstime Stock Images

Em Maxey ~ Assistant Editor

Humanity shares a common experience: The dehumanization by sly, demeaning, or prejudice remarks. The world has a plague of passive injustice in the belief that tolerance is the highest compliment to an individual in which you share a disagreement. It is our highest duty as a species of humans to show compassion and affection towards others. This affection does not have to be romantic or love driven but rather given with sentiments and warmth. 

Tolerance is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary first and foremost as the capacity to endure pain and hardship. It is defined secondly as the act of allowing something. Whether it be against the LGBT+ community, religions, races, or disabilities and abilities it is no longer enough to be tolerant. It is our expectation that we open our arms out to those in need of kindness. 


Brown Bags with the President 

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo retrieved from fmc@lynchburg.edu on April 5, 2022. The Flynn Multicultural Center invited President Morrison-Shetlar to the Brown Bag Lunch Event to inspire other young women. 

On March 31, 2022, the University of Lynchburg’s Flynn Multicultural Center welcomed President Alison Morrison-Shetlar to join its weekly brown bag lunch. 

Brown Bag lunches allow constituents from all across the campus community to interact with  President Morrison-Shetlar. 

“I want to get to know people and to find out about them, but also for them to get to know me,”President-Morrison-Shetlar stated. “I hope I already have because I told my story which was I was first generation, had low inspirations, and I believe that is darn inspirational. Now I have been in higher education for 38 years, but have taught for 34 years.” 

Annette B. Stadtherr, director of Flynn Multicultural Services, said, “She is our first female president of the University. She has great ideas and direction for the University. She has already implemented wonderful things in her short tenure here. We look forward to many more things to come from her.”


L.E.S.S. Sustainability Fair on Thursday, April 7

Caroline Gilmore ~ Staff Writer

Caption: Earrings offered by Hooked Earrings, a local business and wholesale jewelry dealer.

This Thursday, L.E.S.S. (Lynchburg Environmental Sustainability Society) will be hosting their second Sustainability Fair on the Dell.  Featured vendors include Lynchburg Grows, Hooked Earrings,Grounded Earth, and many more. There will also be a raffle and giveaway for over $150’s worth of products for one lucky attendee at the fair.

VP of External Affairs, Sarah McCollum ’23, said, “I want people to know that LESS has this fair to teach students how their purchases impact the environment. All these vendors either focus on second hand, fair trade, organic, or local values. And those are the same values we honor as a club because they all help reduce our individual carbon footprint which in turns decreases our contribution to climate change, land use, and unjust labor.”

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