Women’s Softball Out of ODAC’s, But Not Done Yet

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Senior third baseman Taylor Mabry runs into home base with her team awaiting her arrival in their win against Emory & Henry College in the ODAC tournament in Salem, Va. on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website and taken by a member of the Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network (LHSN) staff.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Copy Desk Chief

On Sunday, April 28, 2019, the  number 20 nationally-ranked University of Lynchburg softball team was defeated by the number one nationally-ranked Virginia Wesleyan University team in the semifinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament for the championship title.  Although the team lost by a final score of three to seven and did not receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III national tournament, the Lady Hornets still have a possibility to make it.

The Lady Hornets, who have 32 wins and 12 losses on the season, must now wait until Monday, May 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. to find out if they received a bid into the NCAA Division III national tournament following debate by the NCAA Division III tournament selection committee.  

“The team did not go down without a fight on Sunday,” said senior pitcher Taylor Belknap.

The team started out strong with senior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood’s home run that lead to two runs being scored. This was her seventeenth home run of the season, tying the single season program record set in 2006.

When the Virginia Wesleyan University team began to make a comeback, the Lady Hornets fought back. Sophomore pitcher Kayley Cox retried eight Virginia Wesleyan University batters, and sophomore right fielder Kortney Leazer battled her way to second base to leadoff the fourth inning for the Lady Hornets. Unfortunately, the Lady Hornets ended up being short in the end.

Chitwood remarked, “We are not done yet. We have worked so hard to get to this point, and we know that we can do great things in the tournament.  We have a strong culture that will lead us far into the tournament, and we just hope we get a chance to show it.”

To see the fate of your Lady Hornets, please tune into the NCAA Division III softball tournament selection show on Monday, May 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.  


Commencement Exercises


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Anna – Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

On Friday, May 17, 2019, the commencement ceremony for graduate students will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Turner Gymnasium, and on Saturday, May 18, 2019, the undergraduate commencement ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the front lawn.

Administrative Assistant and Commencement Chair, Lisa A. Scott, said, “The main thing is that this is the first year we will have separate commencement ceremonies, and therefore two different speakers.”

The graduate commencement speaker will be Bob Lemon. According to the University of Lynchburg website, “Born and raised in Virginia, Lemon earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Virginia Tech in 1982 and Master of Business Administration from Lynchburg College in 1998. [He is] a member of the University of Lynchburg Board of Trustees.”

The undergraduate commencement speaker will be Kathrine Switzer. According to the University of Lynchburg website, “Kathrine Switzer [is] the runner who broke the gender barrier at the Boston Marathon 52 years ago. Switzer attended Lynchburg College in the mid-1960s. She became a pioneer for women athletes at Lynchburg by joining the track team, even though the school only had a men’s track program at the time.”

In addition to the two graduation ceremonies, there will also be a Baccalaureate service held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Snidow Chapel. Coretha Loughridge will be the speaker. According to the University of Lynchburg website, “The Rev. Coretha Loughridge, transitional regional minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Virginia, will be the Baccalaureate speaker. As a lifelong Disciple, she grew up in Pulaski, Virginia, and graduated from Lynchburg College with a degree in sociology and religious studies.”

The valedictorian and salutatorians cannot be named yet, as Scott explained, “As for the honor students, this will not be determined until a day or two before graduation, when all grades are in and the registar determines this.”

For many students, graduation comes with a lot of emotions, including denial, excitement, sadness, or a mix of them all.

Senior Endasia Mitchell is graduating as President of the Westover Honors College with a degree in Criminology and high honors in the Spanish major. She is currently contracted to become an officer in the Marine Corps this summer. About graduating from U of L, she said, “The fact that I am graduating has not hit me yet. There are small things that happen like an end of the year celebration or the end of the [track] season, but I still have not fully grasped the fact that this will all be over soon. I think that I will miss being so close to my friends. We all live on campus and we get into this routine of seeing each other every day and talking about our day. It will be strange to not have that instant connection anymore.”

As for the undergraduate ceremony itself, Mitchell said, “I look forward to spending time with my family and having one last hoorah with my friends before we depart.”


Work Hard, Dancer Harder

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Lauryn Beam ~ Guest Writer

University of Lynchburg’s Dance Works (ULDW) program will hold their spring showcase May 2-4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Dillard Theater. Admission is free and the show is open to the public.

ULDW is made up of about twenty undergraduate and graduate students. Most dancers have a background in dance. The dancers on the team do not study any type of dance or theatre at Lynchburg. They all come from different backgrounds and different majors to come together and dance!

ULDW is included in the theatre department at the University of Lynchburg. The team works closely with the department and the staff.

ULDW puts on two showcases every year. During the fall semester they put on a smaller show to allow choreographers to try new dances, and the spring semester is their large showcase. ULDW does all different styles of dance, including contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, and more.

This year, ULDW will be performing one of their largest shows. The show is filled with twenty-one different dances, all done by fifteen choreographers, with the help of the theater lighting class this semester. Captain and junior, Samantha Jones, said, “I am most excited for working with the technical director, Professor Otwell, and his lighting class. I feel they will really help bring our pieces to life.”

Along with help from the technical team, ULDW works with the theatre department’s costume designer, Savannah Bower. Graduate student Katie Cusack said, “Savannah and the costume department workers always do the best to provide costumes that match the piece and the choreographers vision!” All of the choreographers sit down with Bower and Otwell early in the semester to talk through ideas. From there, it is always a collaborative effort up until show. Cusack also said, “They always make the dances look good and dancers feel good on stage.”

This show, ULDW has a lot of first time choreographers and a lot of new ideas. Audience members will have a roller coaster of emotions. Along with lighting, the Technical Director also supplies dances with props and different effects on stage to keep the audience intrigued.

This year, ULDW is involved in each part of the showcase a little more than usual. Jones said, “We have dancers this year that are both involved in the lighting department and the costumes. A senior, Logan Wagner, is assisting on light designs and junior, Jacquelyn Resau, works in the costume department.”

Freshman Rebecca Parks said, “It was awesome watching each student-choreographed piece and seeing the different interests and unique styles of each dancer.” The show is filled with all unique styles, each one a little different.

ULDW’s spring showcase is filled with many new choreographers. Junior, Leah Eldred is choreographing for the first time this year since she has been on the team. Eldred said, “I am excited to choreograph because I like to create different stories using the talents and strengths of my dancers. It is really fun to experiment and try new things with a group of friends who all love to dance.”

The dancers are excited for this showcase. Captain and senior, Whitney Grim said, “This show is lively and really shows the personality of the team!” ULDW dancers are preparing to start this show. Go out and support ULDW May 2-4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Dillard Theatre.


NSLS Induction

Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor

On Sunday, May 5,2019  at 2:00 p.m., 60 students will be inducted into the University of Lynchburg’s National Society of Leadership and Success. This will be the third National Society of Leadership and Success induction at the University since spring semester 2018.

According to the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) website, “The NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. With 655 chapters, the NSLS currently has 1,029,596 members nationwide.”

When president of the society, Kimberly Mendez Lemus, was asked about the society, she said, “Our goal is ‘Building Better Leaders Who Make a Better World.’ NSLS is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The NSLS offers lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed.”

During the  2019 spring semester, students have been working to complete the requirements to be inducted into the society. Mendez said, “To be inducted into the society, members must attend orientation, leadership training day, three speaker broadcasts, and three success networking team meetings. At their induction ceremony, students will receive their official induction certification and memberships pin.”

Elissa Presslein, a member of the NSLS, said, “Being a member of the NSLS has helped me to better my leadership skills, as well as introduced me to many new people on campus. During the course of the induction process…and even after…the society has taught and encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and become a better student.”

Jasmine Duff, sophomore and member of the NSLS executive board, added, “NSLS has allowed me to celebrate my accomplishments, while also allowing me to network with leaders and new people.”

Claire Steger, a student who will be inducted on May 5, said, “I wanted to join NSLS because I liked their values, and I am excited for the ways that this organization is going to lead me to do better things.”

According to Kimberly Mendez Lemus, this year’s NSLS induction ceremony, “will be having Provost Sally Selden as the keynote speaker and we will be recognizing her as an honorary member. We will also be awarding two faculty and staff awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Service to Students. We will also be recognizing the Social Networking Team (SNT) Leaders, who helped in the induction process and volunteered their personal time to lead the SNT meetings.”

Dress code for this event is business casual.

Thank You, Dr. Potter!!

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Critograph Staff ~ 2018-2019

The Critograph staff would like to thank Dr. Clifton W. Potter Jr.  for his sixty years of service to the campus and our newspaper. We appreciate your Lynchburg College/University of Lynchburg history column and all of the memories that you have shared of the college/university.

Every Sunday, the staff looks forward to reading your opinion piece and the memories that you have shared over the years make us feel closer to the legacy of the institution. You will forever be a part of our newsroom family.

You are the definition of  a Lynchburg College legend.

Dr. Potter stated in Issue 21 of the paper from the 2018-2019 school year, “While I am writing this column, I am thinking of all those persons who have enriched my life over the last sixty years.  So many of them are gone now—professors, classmates, and students—I miss each one of them, but the lessons they taught me and the priceless gifts they gave me remain.”

Potter received his Bachelors of Arts in History at Lynchburg College in 1962. In 1964, Potter received his Masters of Arts in History at the University of Virginia and in 1970, received his PhD in History at the University of Virginia.

Since 1965, Potter has been a professor of history at the university and currently serves as the College Marshal.

Over the years, Potter has held many positions at the university and has received several awards during his tenure. He has served as chair for the Division of Social Science is 1982-1990 and as the Department Chair of History from 1990-1996. Potter is also the adviser of Omicron Delta Kappa.

Some of the awards that he has received include: Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, T. Gibson Hobbs Award, University of Lynchburg Alumni Association, Shirley E. Rosser Award for Teaching Excellence, Elsie Ervin Bock Award for Excellence in Citizenship, Thomas C. Allen Award for Excellence in Advising, and T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence.

Potter also serves as the President of the Board of Historic Sandusky, a member of the board of the Friends of New London. He is the Chair of the Eagle Board, Piedmont District, Boy Scouts of America.

Potter  likes restoration, preservation, cooking, traveling, fitness, and gardening. He is married to his college sweetheart, Dorothy-Bundy. During their marriage,they not only share a house but also an office. Potter has taught since 1965 and his wife has been a member of the history department faculty since 1984.

He has made an indelible impact on the thousands of student he has taught over the years.

“He absolutely loves Charles II,” said Genevieve Griffin, a former student of Dr. Potter. “The reason that he likes him so much is because he would have a laboratory in his castle and he would do crazy experiment. And he also wanted all of London to be connected by gardens and parks after the Great Fire of 1666.”

“He really liked going to Oxford and being a student there,” continued Griffin.

In Issue 6 of the Critograph this year, Dr. Potter said, “My career in collegiate

journalism began in September 1958, but by the time I graduated in 1962, I had worked

on all the Lynchburg College publications, edited The Prism, and was President of The

Board of Publications.”

Jacquan Hargraves remembered, “After the papers were distributed, he would always have one on his desk at the beginning of class.”

Potter also stated in Issue 21 of The Critograph, “When this column is published, barely one hundred days will remain before the ties that bound me to this special place will be severed and I shall pass into history, a faded picture in an old yearbook, or one of many names on a long-forgotten list. This does not trouble me because this is the essence of life, or to quote a line from of my favorite songs from 1934, For All We Know, We come and go like a ripple on a stream.”

We are very thankful for the time you have invested in The Critograph, we will miss you, your words and your wisdom.

Happy retirement!

Women’s Track and Field Wins Another ODAC Title

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Caitlin Dorsch ~ Copy Desk Chief

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, the women’s track and field program won their second-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) outdoor title. The team scored a total of 222 points, which was 76 points ahead of the second-place team, Bridgewater College. This ODAC title is also following their ODAC title for indoor track and field on Sunday, Feb. 24, of this year. There, the team ended with an overall score of 176 points, which was 44 points ahead of the second-place team, Bridgewater College.

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The Caf Celebrates Earth Day

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Photo taken by Grace Cavanaugh

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

This past Monday, April 22, 2019, the Burton Dining Hall celebrated Earth Day with a special lunch. They invited local vendors from around Virginia to come and talk to the students about their efforts with the University of Lynchburg to promote local businesses, support the community, and to make the University a greener, more sustainable place.

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