Critograph Volume 105 issue 7

News and Brief for the week of sept. 21st

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 'resting comfortably' after non-surgical  procedure | Ruth Bader Ginsburg | The Guardian
Image From: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/29/ruth-bader-ginsburg-supreme-court-hospital

US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis.

“It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher, eight months after the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation, with its state-of-the-art laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medical supplies.

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Women’s Volleyball: New Hornets Bring New Hopes

 

Photo retrieved from https://www.lynchburgsports.com/sports/wvball/coaches/hgivens?view=bio.

William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

   University of Lynchburg Interim Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Hannah Givens is enthusiastic about resuming the postponed volleyball season in spring 2021.

   Givens said, “When I stepped foot on the campus, I easily realized how special this University is. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would become head coach, but I am so thankful that I have been given this opportunity. I wanted to become a hornet because I saw the community that the individuals here shared. When you talk to the students, faculty, and staff, it is obvious that being a hornet is something that everyone is proud of.”  

     Despite not being able to coach any matches yet as head coach, Givens has experience as she was the assistant coach last year for Head Coach Beth Ellinger, her predecessor at the University of Lynchburg. 

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The Final Draining of College Lake

College Lake after it was drained in Aug. of 2018. Photo retrieved from http://www.virginiaplaces.org/watersheds/collegelake.html.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

     Construction has begun on a bridge to replace the part of Lakeside Drive that runs over College Lake’s dam.

     In an announcement on the City of Lynchburg’s official website, it was stated: “The City of Lynchburg and the University of Lynchburg are pleased to announce that the first phase of the College Lake Dam Removal Project is underway. The purpose of the project is twofold: to remove the 85-year-old high-hazard dam and to restore the resulting lakebed to a thriving environment where Blackwater Creek can re-emerge after more than eight decades.”

      Dr. Laura Henry-Stone, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, said, “The city has two different departments who are working on this project. The Department of Public Works is overseeing the building of the new bridge. That is actually what is happening right now down there on Lakeside Drive and the lake where they have cleared a lot of the trees and there is construction going on. That is to prepare to build a new bridge. They will not remove the dam and drain the lake until that new bridge is finished. That is scheduled for December of 2022. […] So it’s a massive, multifaceted project.”

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Getting Emotional Support Animals At Lynchburg University

Kira Kaseloo’s former Emotional Support Animal Zeke. Taken by Kira Kaseloo

Kamryn Schnieder ~ Copy Editor

     There have been ongoing discussions at the University of Lynchburg about the implementation of emotional support animals. 

     An Emotional Support Animal (ESA), according to Dr. Emily Wood, a counselor at the University o, is an animal with “the purpose … to help provide comfort and support to someone who struggles with mental health issues.” Almost any animal can be an emotional support animal, but are not the same as family pets, which according to the University’s Emotional Support Animals Residential Policy, “is defined as an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship.”

     Despite ESAs being more for emotional and mental comfort than physical comfort, the Counseling service is not too involved with the registration of ESAs on campus. Instead it is handled by disabilities services. However, Wood recommends “talking to your physician and psychiatrist about your personal mental health issues and whether or not an ESA would be appropriate. […] If an ESA is recommended … it would be important to think of the long-term responsibility the ESA would require. It would also be important in considering what type of ESA would be appropriate for you,” if you are debating getting an ESA. 

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Adjusting to the Hybrid Curriculum


Rachel Parent ~ Staff Writer

     As the University of Lynchburg moved to a hybrid curriculum, there have been some adjustments both for students and faculty.

Assistant Professor of Criminology, Daniel Murphy, stated, “I will be glad when we can teach in a traditional setting again as I miss the constant interaction with my students. However, I am proud of all the UL students who have taken the COVID virus seriously allowing us to have at least limited in-classroom experience while so many other colleges around the country have been forced to go completely online as they haven’t been able to control the virus to the same level that we currently have in place. UL Rocks!” 

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Democracy and American Ideals in and out of the Classroom

Evy Brunelle ~ Staff Writer

    The University of Lynchburg’s senior symposium topics for the fall 2020 semester focuses on democracy and American ideals. 

Dr. Edith Simms who has taught the senior symposium class since 2014 said, “participating in students’ growth as writers and critical thinkers”  is central. 

This semester she is facilitating the class in-person with a strict social distancing and mask wearing policy. She also stated that even with the social distancing and bouncing between in-person and online, “students are [still] engaging in wonderful class discussions.”

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Mystic Magic: Cleansing

Photo retrieved from https://www.google.com/amp/blog.wisdomproducts.com/index.php/2017/06/10/burning-incense-sticks-part-i/amp/.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

     As the spooky season descends upon us, and with Mabon behind us, it should be about time to think about cleansing. The next full moon is Oct. 1 and that is the perfect time to clean your space and start fresh.

     First of all, crystals are a great way to cleanse your space. Selenite, charged by the moon, is a great cleanser. Hematite will ward off bad energy. Black Tourmaline is a spiritual protector. Amethyst also has protecting properties. There are tons of crystals out there, and all of them have their own properties. Do some research, find one you like, and go get it.

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Watch with me: Antimagic and Grimoires, the World of Black Clover

Promotional Poster of the Show taken from myanimelist.com (https://myanimelist.net/anime/34)572/Black_Clover/pics

Kamryn Schnieder ~ Copy Editor

       This week I want to talk about a longer show that is currently airing and has stocked up over 140 episodes. “Black Clover,” produced by Studio Pierrot, is a fantasy adventure anime based in a magical world of four kingdoms: Clover, Diamond, Spade, and Heart, where each country has its own magical style. The story focuses on a set of wizards (or mages, the translation mixes the two) in the Clover Kingdom, who use grimoires as a focus for their magic and cast specified kinds of spells through it. One example is the character Yami, who uses dark magic. Another is Yuno, who uses wind magic. 

     The magic is not limited to elements or objects, however, as there are characters who can also create and control mirrors and light, as well as the Wizard King who can control time, amongst other unique magics. Additionally, there exists the sinister demon magic, as well as the unique and dangerous antimagic, possessed by one of the two main characters.

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College Life: The journey of my Spirituality

Photo retrieved from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/455637687281840118/.

Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer

     This week has honestly been a spiritual journey for me. I have always been spiritual but I have never really chosen to learn more about different rituals. For example I have been learning more about crystals, tarot cards and herbs. 

     For some reason I have been really feeling pulled to doing more meditation and better understanding my energy. 

     Everyday so far I have been doing Oil Pulling, which is a practice of Ayurveda which is an old herbal medicine. Oil pulling is when you swish coconut in your mouth for 20 minutes in order to pull out toxins from your body. It was hard at first, but if you find something to do while doing it then time will pass faster.

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Nerd factor: Sensational Casting

Tatiana Maslany to star in Marvel's She-Hulk Disney+ series | EW.com
Image from https://ew.com/tv/tatiana-maslany-marvel-she-hulk-disney-plus/

Dr. Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

Decades ago, when superhero properties were guaranteed to be neither all that plentiful nor particularly all that good, fans lived in fear of casting rumors and news. That decision to put the right actor in the right part would always tell you if the producers “got it” or not.  It was almost a relief if a good actor was named. 

We tend to forget, for example, that twelve years ago most of the world did not really know who Iron Man was. The selection of Robert Downey, Jr. to play the brash but troubled billionaire inventor in high tech armor was a signal to all the comic book readers that these new Marvel Studios movies were going to be in the right zone after all. 

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Bored And Looking For Something To Do?

Hunter Epperson ~ Staff Writer

Looking for something to do, and it is free? This Saturday, September 19th, 2020, CrossFit Lynchburg will be holding a free introduction to CrossFit class! The class is available for anyone, regardless of weight, age, gender/sex, working out experience, and CrossFit experience! The class will go from 9:00 am to approximately 10:00 am at 2306 Bedford Ave, Lynchburg VA 24503 between Small Batch Barbeque and Golf Park Coffee. If interested or have any questions, please contact info@crossfitlynchburg.com or (434) 922-0189, or just show up! Be sure to arrive early because space is limited, and fills up quickly! 

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