Rebuilding NOLA Service Trip

Students from University of Lynchburg  Nonprofit Masters Leadership program as well as several undergraduates participated in Rebuilding NOLA service trip from March 8 through March 13, 2020 as part of their spring break.

The students  partnered with two local nonprofits, The Acorn Farm to beautify a community lot slated for a rain garden, and  withJericho Road to do some neighborhood  housing assessments to update housing records.

In addition, trip organizer,  Communication Studies Professor, Dr. Jimmy Roux said,  the students also participated in a VooDoo tour and a bicycle tour of the lower 9th Ward which experienced devastation during Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago.

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A Confused Hornet in a Pandemic

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Our First Day of Sophomore Year… Didn’t know we were in for such a wild ride! Photo from Anna-Catherine Keung

By Anna-Catherine Kueng

Where do I begin with my perspective as a student, specifically, a Lynchburg Hornet, in the midst of a pandemic? 

First, I want to acknowledge that I could never say what virus I am referring to in this article, and you would still know. Turn on the news, get on Facebook, look at the toilet paper aisle at the grocery store, or basically talk to another human being, and you will hear about the Coronavirus. It has sparked conversation around the world, put masses into panic, and most impacting for me, it has moved my college classes online. 

Recently, I saw a meme on Facebook announcing a girl was starting college at “Da Crib University.” I chuckled, yet at the same time, it is alarming to think about how seriously the virus is affecting everyone and that it has closed UL’s campus. 

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Update on COVID-19 (coronavirus) from University of Lynchburg President Kenneth Garren

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Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing with an important update on our ongoing response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), which has now been elevated to a worldwide pandemic. As the situation unfolds nationwide, I recognize the uncertainties and the possible risks here in our own community. I have decided to err on the side of extreme caution to keep our campus safe. I know that many of you are worried as you prepare to resume classes next week and I want to share our immediate plans to ensure your health and well-being.

Effective immediately:

  • Spring break will be extended by one week; we WILL NOT return for classes March 16.
  • On Monday, March 23, all spring classes will resume and be moved exclusively to online delivery for the foreseeable future.
  • Students are not to return to campus and will continue their coursework remotely; faculty are prepared to deliver all instruction remotely.
  • Faculty and staff are required to report as usual on Monday, March 16, to finalize planning to support online delivery of instruction and ensure students can continue to work toward completion of their current classes.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all faculty and staff – with the exception of essential personnel – will begin working remotely and will not be required to be on campus.
  • As of Monday, March 16, all scheduled events are canceled. Spring athletic events will be interrupted through at least April 3. For updates, follow lynchburgsports.com
  • We will reassess in early April.

Clearly, these decisions will cause disruption and challenges for us all. Given the current situation and the rapid progression of the virus, I feel we are taking the most prudent steps. There has not been a confirmed case of the virus on campus or in the Lynchburg region, and the risk to our community remains low. Medical authorities have noted that it’s best to work on prevention in our community before the first case is recorded.

As we’ve prepared for all possible scenarios, we’ve been focused on a few key priorities: ensuring the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community-at-large; helping to stem the spread of the virus; and continuing our ongoing teaching, learning, and scholarship. We’ll advance our priorities by limiting the number of people who gather on campus each day.

Some specific information for members of our community:

Students

  • You are not permitted to return to campus until further notice. The University will make accommodations for students who must retrieve important belongings from campus such as computers, books, and other course materials. Details about how to do so will be forthcoming.
  • We understand that a small number of students will find it impossible to go home, whether for financial reasons or because they reside in a country where the virus has resulted in unsafe travel. Additional information will be provided in follow-up email to residential students.
  • Faculty and staff are working diligently to ensure that you can meet all of your academic requirements remotely. You will be hearing from deans and professors over the next several days with details about your classes, including any clinical, experiential, performance-based, or studio learning that may require alternative arrangements.

Faculty

  • All faculty will be hearing from the provost and deans soon with more details about moving classes online.
  • The Teaching and Learning Center (T&LC) and Information Technology & Resources (ITR) have been working together on the necessary resources to allow you to deliver all of your instructional materials online.
  • Faculty are asked to return to campus next week to prepare for the transition to online delivery of classes.

Staff

  • At present, staff should report to work as usual.
  • Staff with questions or concerns about their workplaces and the possibility of working remotely should speak with their supervisors. Should you become ill, please be cautious and stay home.

Events

  • Effective Monday, March 16, and until further notice, all university-sponsored events are canceled. This includes intercollegiate athletic events.
  • Spring athletic events will be interrupted through at least April 3. For updates, follow lynchburgsports.com

You can expect regular updates from the University via email, LiveSafe/Text, and the University’s website: lynchburg.edu. Currently, all information related to COVID-19 is on the Student Health Center web page. As plans for the coming days and weeks come together, the pages will be updated regularly.

Finally, and very importantly, if you have direct contact with anyone who has coronavirus, or if you develop any symptoms of respiratory illness, report your situation to your dean, supervisor, or the Student Health Center (434.544.8357) and seek medical treatment.

I thank you all for your support in this challenging time and I know that we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

 Kenneth R. Garren

President, University of Lynchburg

Sports Junkie: “Too Busy”?

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Clock with “Too Busy” written. Picture from www.videoblocks.com.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     Perhaps one of my pet peeves is hearing the words, “I am too busy!”  In my opinion, the word “busy” means that you do not have time to give to something.  This idea implies that you are giving your time to something else, not related to the thing that you are “too busy” for.  And, hearing this as a student-athlete was always something that aggravated me to no end.  

     Now, I want to make note that I understand that, sometimes, student-athletes genuinely are busy in their lives.  However, I refuse to believe that an individual literally has no time whatsoever to give to the sport that they say that they love.  For me, being “busy” is simply a matter of perspective. For example, if I tell myself, “Wow, I am really busy today,” then I am essentially given myself an excuse to not do something else that I could have done to make myself better that very day.  

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Second Year Vibes: Fear and Action

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Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

     Globally, the world is scary. It would be foolish to deny that fact. There are terrorists, the coronavirus is spreading, children die from the flu, sober people get killed by drunk drivers, and the list continues. Individually, the world can also be scary. Maybe you received a medical diagnosis you did not want, maybe your home life is falling apart, or maybe you just do not know how you are going to make it one more day in this chaotic world. 

     It is natural to recognize that the world is not what you grow up dreaming it is. When I was a child, I knew there were bad things, but I did not know the extent of what was happening around me. Gradually, as I got older, I began to learn more about the awful things not only in Virginia and the U.S., but around the world. Last August, I was really shaken when a grandmother, mother, and baby were all murdered by their family member right near my rural hometown. The tragedy was overwhelming to think about at times. I did not even know the family, and yet sometimes I cry when I think about the grief the surviving husbands must feel every day. 

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College Life: Studying amidst the Coronavirus

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Photo by Kelli Carte

Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer 

     This week has been such a hectic and crazy week with everyone in my program and the world worrying about the Coronavirus that has been affecting so many people. The most affected country in Europe last week was Italy. As a result, everyone was on high alert. A lot of my friends who went to Milan for fashion week were actually scared that they might have been infected.

     My friends who went to Milan for the weekend said that not only did they have to go through security to get on the plane, but when they got off the plane, they had to get a body scan in order to see if they were sick or had a fever. Some of my friends indicated that it was surreal, like something out of  a movie.

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Terrance Hayes Reading 

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Photo by Becky Thurner Braddock; taken from Terrance Hayes’ website

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

     Poet Terrance Hayes will be giving a Thornton Endowment reading on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Sydnor Performance Hall. 

     According to the University of Lynchburg website, Terrance Hayes is “a major contemporary American poet, is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, and the recipient of the National Book Award in 2010 for Lighthead.” 

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