Lynchburg Celebrates BHM

Anna – Catherine Kuenge ~ Assistant Editor

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Retrieved from an email sent by the Office of Equity and Inclusion 

Throughout February, the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) at the University of Lynchburg will be hosting events for Black History Month.

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Campus JUUL Epidemic

Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor

The University of Lynchburg has seen a rise in juuling and vaping on campus.

According to the JUUL website, founders and Stanford graduates, Adam Bowen and James Monsees founded JUUL lab “with the goal of improving the lives of the world’s one billion adult smokers.”

The JUUL mission is “As scientists, product designers, and engineers, we believe that vaping can have a positive impact when used by smokers, and can have a negative impact when used by nonsmokers. Our goal is to maximize the positive and reduce the negative.”

As the JUUL epidemic rises, more health corporations are expanding on the research to increase awareness on the harms of juuling and other e-cigarette products. The National Center of Health Research has released research stating, “not only is nicotine addictive, but it is also toxic to fetuses and is known to impair brain and lung development if used during adolescence. It is not replacing cigarette smoking, but rather encouraging it.”

Furthermore, the National Center of Health Research found in a 2017 study that “non-smoking adults were four times more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes after only 18 months of vaping, which includes juuling.”

Lisa Geier, nurse practitioner and clinical director at the University of Lynchburg, noted there is a  risk to juuling and e-cigarettes. She said, “the brain is still developing until the age of 25, and people who smoke or use nicotine products are more likely to become addicted.”

Geier also noted that every year the University of Lynchburg junior nursing students do a health service project and that spreading awareness on the harmful side effects of JUULs may be a good idea, due to the rise on campus.

University of Lynchburg junior, Elena Fergusson, said, “Before the JUUL, I never used nicotine products. However, once I started using the JUUL, I found myself becoming more and more dependent on the product. Now I find myself having shortness of breath and fatigue.”

In addition, Austin Keesee, junior, said, “I do not think people should just hit the JUUL just because they think it is cool. People are getting themselves addicted to nicotine over a fad and it can have harmful lifelong effects on their bodies.”

While Andrew White, sophomore, said, “I got into the JUUL because I smoked cigarettes, but it just got way too expensive for me and now I just smoke cigars. It is a lot cheaper especially since I work at Pap’s Cigar Lounge.”

Liz Gerhart, junior, said, “Juuling is just a substitute for smoking cigarettes. It may not have as many negative effects, but it still is not the healthiest alternative.”


SGA Tackles Student Concerns

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

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Photo by Grace Cavanaugh 

The Student Government Association, SGA, relies on the students to voice their concerns about pending issues at the University of Lynchburg. The student-run organization approves clubs, addresses problems on campus, and caters to the needs of students.

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Womens BBall Win their Second Straight

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Caitlin Dorsch ~ Copy Desk Chief

The UofL Women’s basketball team defeated Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday, Feb. 09 by a score of 68 to 61.  This marks their second straight win, and the thirteenth win in total this season. Moreover, this win was the team’s eleventh Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win of the season. Since reaching the end of the regular season, the Lady Hornets have just two more ODAC matches to play until the ODAC tournament begins.  As a result of this win, the Lady Hornets have been granted a coveted spot in the tournament.

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First Year Vibes: Life in the Present

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

Life is often defined by moments when dreams are fulfilled, such as graduating from college, getting married, having children, and retiring.  These are the moments that people look forward to as they get older and these are the moments that stand out when people look back at their lives. For example, as a high school senior, I often dreamed about graduating and starting college.

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Mystic Magic: Spells and Tarot

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

So something that many people equate to Tarot readings is magic. Harry Potter had a divination class with reading tea leaves and looking into crystal balls, and I would bet one of my Tarot decks that he had a section on Tarot readings with Professor Trelawney.

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