Caroline Wilkerson ~ Staff Writer
The University of Lynchburg is reeling in the aftermath of a weekend “Fiesta” themed party that has sparked discussions on campus about racism and cultural appropriation.
Snapchats retrieved from students who attended the fiesta-themed party showed the students dressed in fake mustaches, wearing bandanas and sombreros and a student with a neck tattoo.
Student and Vice President of External Affairs, Darian Geddis, tweeted, “So some students at my school threw a ‘Mexican’ themed party! This is what we call cultural appropriation, stereotyping, and absolutely disrespectful. I want disciplinary action now!”
Katherine Daniel ~ Editor in Chief
Thanksgiving Break is over, and I have been in the stage of what we call, senioritis. Over the break, I said to myself “Oh, I am going to get my senior thesis paper done and this website, and be ahead of things.” Did that happen? Nope! Over the Thanksgiving Break, I ended up waitressing at my dad’s new restaurant, Black Friday shopping, and babysitting. I am grateful for making money over break and going shopping, do not get me wrong, but I really wanted to get the stuff done. But it is okay, I will work hard this week on it and get it done. To get me through the next three weeks left, I have thought of some things to do to keep me in the spirit to get things done.
Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor
Sadhu Vaswani is attributed with saying, “Love is selfless. It is prepared to sacrifice.” With the way the Internet can be, I am not sure if he truly said that, but I do believe these words are true. In Hallmark movies and the like, love is portrayed as a beautiful, easy thing. Love is beautiful, but I have never known it to be easy. Truly loving someone changes you completely.
Emma Coffey ~ Staff Writer
The University of Lynchburg has a variety of dining options for its students ranging from the Burton Dining Hall to the Domino’s at Rainsford Hall. If students want a cheeseburger, then the Westover Room is the perfect place to go or if anyone has a craving for Mexican food, then El Si can fix that craving. As the campus continues to grow, so will the options.
Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer
The University of Lynchburg is offering a trip to Richmond on Saturday, Dec. 7, so students can do some shopping before the holiday season begins. The trip cost is five dollars for round-trip transportation.
Sara Nicole Martin ~ Guest Writer
The world of competitive video gaming is now growing faster and larger than ever, and the University of Lynchburg has even begun its first eSports team this year.
Esports is a form of competition sports using video games. Competitors from different teams will go against each other and compete in the same games. Teams will compete in games that are popular with at-home gamers, such as Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Overwatch and Madden NFL to name a few.
Jared Hargis ~ Guest Writer
As University of Lynchburg students returned to campus from the Thanksgiving break, several students came back to find that their belongings missing. Three burglaries were reported on December 1st, between 12 and 7 pm . The University has since informed students, about the break-ins at the Southside Housings.
Director of Campus Safety and Security, Bob Driskill, alerted students of the burglaries via email. Driskill said, “these incidents are currently being investigated by Campus Safety and Security and the Lynchburg Police Department.” Though there were no signs of criminal activities occurring around campus, Driskill warned students to “lock their doors and windows.”
Dr. Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor
The Nerd Factor is vitally concerned with the public interest. As part of the column’s ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of its readers, an important safety announcement follows.
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