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News and Brief for the Week of March 1st.

Myanmar: Police fire water cannon as protests grow over military coup |  World News | Sky News
Myanmar Protesters being sprayed with a water hose. https://news.sky.com/story/myanmar-police-fire-water-cannon-as-protests-grow-over-military-coup-12212265

FBI chief calls Jan. 6 ‘domestic terrorism,’ defends intel

By ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray condemned the January riot at the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorism” Tuesday as he defended the bureau’s handling of intelligence indicating the prospect for violence. He told lawmakers the information was properly shared with other law enforcement agencies even though it was raw and unverified.

Wray’s comments in his first public appearance before Congress since the deadly Capitol attack two months ago amounted to the FBI’s most vigorous defense against the suggestion that it had not adequately communicated to police agencies that there was a distinct possibility of violence as lawmakers were gathering to certify the results of the presidential election.

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University of Lynchburg Men’s Hornets Hit the Ball Out of the Park

Photo retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/bsb/2020-21/bios/meneses_santiago_don7.

William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

      The University of Lynchburg’s Men’s Baseball Team hit the ball out of the park in their comeback victory against Averett on Wednesday, Feb. 24. 

      Head Coach Lucas Jones was ecstatic about the victory, stating, “In the home opener, we were down 9-2, but due to Santiago Meneses’ brilliant pitching and the batting turning the corner, we ended up winning 11-9. We really turned the corner as a team because we learned how to win important games when the odds are stacked against us.”  

      Meneses, a pitcher, thought that the win showed how much resilience he and his teammates have. Meneses said, “In the past two matches, my teammates and I showed tremendous attitude and grit no matter what the score was. We look forward to continuing to use this same attitude to build off our performance and continuing to improve as a team.” 

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Change and Challenges To Theatre in a Pandemic

Image from the University of Lynchburg Theatre Department Facebook page.

Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor

     On Feb. 26 and Feb. 27, the theatre department at the University of Lynchburg streamed its production of “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms.”

     This play is a drama-comedy about a high school senior, Agnes Evans, who has lost her family in a car accident. She discovers a notebook that her little sister, Tilly, had used to design a Dungeons & Dragons game. Agnes sets out to play the game in order to grieve the sister she realizes she hardly knew.

      Brianna Yancey, a junior theatre major, plays Agnes Evans. Being that this is the University of Lynchburg’s first virtual-only production, Yancey explained that the process felt different from in-person productions. 

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NAACP at Lynchburg

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TJ Harvey ~ Guest Writer

   The University of Lynchburg is pushing ahead with plans to implement a campus chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This effort is being spearheaded by Dr. Robert L. Canida II, vice president for Inclusive Excellence, Desmond Mosby, student employment coordinator, and Davion Washington, Student Government Association president.

     “The next step is first to have 25 paid members. We need 25 applications in order to move forward with chartering on campus. Mr. Washington is inviting people to join the chapter, and that my office is willing to pay for some members to be chartered as well,” said Canida.

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Lynchburg Dam Removal

College Lake flooding
Image from: https://www.lynchburg.edu/news/2020/11/college-lake-dam-removal-project-launches-virtual-town-hall-meeting-set-for-nov-12/

Gannon Vitelli ~ Breaking News Editor 

     The University of Lynchburg and city of Lynchburg have been working closely together to remove College Lake Dam, which is an ongoing project that is expected to be completed within the next three years.

     In 2018, the dam was nearly destroyed after it overflowed, which is one of the reasons the school and city have decided to remove it entirely. The goal is to remove the lake and turn it into thriving wetlands.

     The city of Lynchburg has released a specific plan to remove the dam, and this plan lists several reasons for why the dam is a hazard. Still, there are people who believe the dam removal is unnecessary. 

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Faculty Spotlight – Rebekkah McLellan

The photo was taken by Rebekkah McLellan with her HP: 300 Drugs and Behavior Management class on Nov. 17, 2020.

Hunter Epperson ~ Staff Writer

     For the academic year of 2020-2021, the University of Lynchburg’s health promotion department welcomed a new professor who is already making a positive impact in students’ lives.

     Rebekkah McLellan, MPH, CHES, is now an adjunct faculty member to the department. She currently teaches HP: 300 Drugs and Behavior Management.

     McLellan is from Amherst, Va., and she earned a B.S. in psychology from Rutgers University. After graduating in 2017, she attended the University of Lynchburg to work towards a master’s degree in public health with a global health emphasis. She transferred to Liberty University to complete her degree, and is now an “all-but-dissertation” (ABD) candidate at A.T. Still University, where she is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Health Professions.

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COVID-19 Testing for Faculty

A COVID-19 Testing graphic. Photo retrieved from https://cchd.maryland.gov/covidtesting/.

Evy Brunelle ~ News Editor

    While there has been much focus on COVID-19 testing of the student community at the University of Lynchburg,  faculty this semester also have the option for free testing.   

There has been some concern about COVID-19 safety in classrooms, but  Dr. Robin Bates, a professor in the English Department, explained that she feels safe when she does teach in-person. 

She said, “My classrooms all seem well-sectioned off and are easy to wipe down, and my students are quick to do so. I feel that we are as safe as we can be. My colleagues at many other schools do not feel as safe as I do here, honestly. I think we are doing really well. That is not just in the administration. It is everyone working together.” 

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Mystic Magic: St. Patrick and the Snakes

Image depicting Saint Patrick in a stained glass window. Photo retrieved from https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=89.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

     Since the Shamrock shake is back at McDonald’s, and Applebee’s has St. Patrick’s Day drinks, I think it is time I addressed St. Patrick’s Day from the perspective of a neopagan with Irish heritage.

     I grew up celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Since moving to Richmond when I was a kid, I have never missed the Church Hill Irish Festival. My mom makes corned beef and cabbage, and now that I am old enough, we all drink some Guinness.

     According to Britannica, St. Patrick was a Roman Britain who went to Ireland in 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. The most popular legend about him is that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland. He used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. While original feasts celebrated St. Patrick himself, modern celebration is all about everything Irish. 

     It was not until I began my witchy journey that I realized that the snakes in the one story were supposed to represent Old World pagans. The first TikTok I saw about it was an apology to neopagans of Celtic descent for being surrounded by people who were celebrating the deaths of pagans, or at least their displacement.

      The theory, as explained by Learn Religions, is that the snakes are an allegory to pagans. St. Patrick did not actually round up and cast out pagans, but his spread of Christianity facilitated animosity towards Irish pagans.

      Paganism existed long before St. Patrick, and has continued to exist long after. Was he successful in driving out all the snakes from Ireland? Literally, probably not, because Ireland is an island and there were not many snakes to begin with. Figuratively, also probably not. Unpopular religions, or those that are persecuted by the religious majority, tend to stick around underground, or they move and continue their practice where it is safer.

     There is an essay on the website Celtic Druid Temple that delves into the story of St. Patrick, and seems to disprove a majority of the claims surrounding him, such as his death at the age of 111 when most people died in their 40s or 50s.

      Of course, St. Patrick is a Saint, so there has to be a grain of salt taken with the parables of the snakes and the clovers. Regardless of if he was actually the spreader of Christianity or if it was one of the other migrant families that moved to Ireland at the same time, St. Patrick’s Day is so far removed from the Saint these days.

      I think it is safe, as a neopagan in a much different time, to continue to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day; not for its namesake, but for my Irish heritage. Also, using it as an excuse to drink some Guinness and unwind is an excellent way to deal with school stress.

News and Brief for the Week of Feb. 22nd

Protesters were called to Washington by Donald Trump in an unprecedented  moment in US history - ABC News
Protests at the U.S Capital Building. Image from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-07/donald-trump-washington-riot-unprecedented-moment-in-us-history/13035648

Security officials cast blame for Jan. 6 failures at Capitol

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, MICHAEL BALSAMO and LISA MASCARO

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying for the first time about the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former security officials blamed faulty intelligence for the disastrous failure to anticipate the violent intentions of the mob that invaded the building and interrupted the certification of the presidential election.

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PRSSA at University of Lynchburg

The outside of Schewel Hall. Photo by Gannon Vitelli

Gannon Vitelli ~ Breaking News Editor

     The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at the University of Lynchburg continues to be productive despite challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

     Dr. Jeremey Langett who is a communications professor at the university and oversees PRSSA. He said, “I was so happy to hear not only did we meet the 10 member goal, but we exceeded it.” 

The club was able to recruit 12 members last semester which exceeded the necessary number in order to run a club on campus. 

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Commuter Student COVID Testing

Coronavirus COVID-19 medical technician professional doctor hand giving a swab test. Photo retrieved from https://www.mainstreetfamilycare.com/get-a-rapid-covid-19-test/.

Evy Brunelle ~ News Editor

     The University of Lynchburg has ramped up COVID testing of students, faculty and staff for the spring 2021 semester. 

    However, a rumor has been circulating that there is a difference in COVID testing fees between commuter and residential students, but this rumor is false. According to Dean of Students, Dr. Aaron Smith, “There is not a difference in the testing fees for residential students and commuter students. The type of test would determine if there is a cost that goes to any student, but there is not a difference in cost for different students.” 

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Mystic Magic: Ouija Boards

A talking board. Photo retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Ouija-Board-Classic-Design-Planchette/dp/B07DDJ374C.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

     If you have been reading my articles for a while, you are aware that I kind of sort of started my journey my freshman year with Tarot cards.

     There is a whole story behind that, somewhere back in our papers, about ghost hunting in Hopwood and whatnot. It is actually what I would like to discuss this week: ghost hunting, and the use of Ouija boards and seances by people who have not done their research.

     I have never participated in a séance, and I have never touched a Ouija board, which is pronounced wee-jee. According to the Smithsonian magazine article on the board, Ouija is actually American in origin. It was first mentioned in Pittsburgh and New York papers in 1891, after Charles Kennard designed a board and joined together with Elijah Bond, an attorney, and Bond’s sister-in-law, a medium.

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College Life: Putting Life Into Perspective

How Jewish traditions can help people through the bereavement process
Two Hands holding a candle. Photo from cjnews.com

Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer

This week has been a hard week for me because of the passing of my grandma. But one take away that I can take from this week is how we should appreciate every little moment with our loved ones. 

During this week I have done a lot of thinking and I want to make some changes in my life so that I can be the happiest that I can fully be. I feel like taking time off of school and just being with family really helped me just realigned how I see life. 

The first thing that I want to change is admire the little things in life and just cherish them. For example this can be just breathing but it can also just be taking the time out of the day to just admire my surroundings. I tend to be always moving fast especially being from NYC but I would like to change that. 

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Nerd Factor: The Trouble with Alternate Worlds

Marvel’s What-If Poster. Photo retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_If…%3F_(TV_series).

Dr. Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

     A multiverse appears to offer a variety of options. There are, however, a number of problems that confront the would be probability tourist who wants to visit Elseworlds based upon the simple question of “What If?”

     Some alternate universes just do not work: 

     The basic idea behind alternate universes is that something has changed historically. We tend to think of them as counterfactual tales. What if Abraham Lincoln had not been assassinated? What if the Nazis had won World War II? The mind staggers at the possibilities. 

     These worlds become intriguing places to visit or perhaps nightmare worlds to escape. One can understand their appeal to cross-dimensional tourists.  

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