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Critograph Volume 105 issue 7

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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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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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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The Final Draining of College Lake

College Lake after it was drained in Aug. of 2018. Photo retrieved from

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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Women’s Volleyball: New Hornets Bring New Hopes


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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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News and Brief for the week of sept. 21st

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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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Outdoor Leadership Program Tackles Covid

Image by Caitlyn Roderick from a hike to a swimming hole.

Evy Brunelle ~ Staff Writer

   The Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP) at the  University of Lynchburg has recorded a spike in attendance since students returned to campus in the midst of the Covid-19pandemic. Tim Slusser has been in charge of the club since 2018 notes that they are  taking extra precautions against Covid so students can still enjoy the great outdoors. 

Slusser said, “The Outdoor Leadership Program is privileged and the fact that we are naturally socially distant on many of our trips. So it really only took some slight modifications to our policies and procedures to be able to run trips.” 

     OLP has an array of activities to do from swimming and hiking to rock climbing. Slusser’s favorite trips involve whitewater rafting. In the fall semester, students go to the New River Gorge in West Virginia and in the spring semester, the whitewater rafting trip takes place on the Nolichucky River in Tennessee. However, Slusser said he loves, “to lead the expedition style trips that take place over the fall and spring breaks. I really enjoy seeing the growth that takes place on these types of trips.”

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News and brief for the week of sept. 14th

California Fires in Loyalton, Vacaville & More: What We Know
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Seeping under doors, bad air from West’s fires won’t ease up

Dangerously dirty air spewing from the West Coast wildfires is seeping into homes and businesses, sneaking into cars through air conditioning vents and preventing people already shut away by the coronavirus pandemic from enjoying a walk or trip to the park.

People in Oregon, Washington state and California have been struggling for a week or longer under some of the most unhealthy air on the planet. The acrid yellow-green smog may linger for days or weeks, scientists and forecasters said.

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Athletic Practices Are Back

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William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist 

     On Sept. 7, 2020, the University of Lynchburg began allowing in-person classes and athletic practices. When the University initially moved to Alert Level 2, many coaches were disappointed in the turn of events.

     Enza Steele, head coach of the women’s field hockey team, said, “Disappointment was my initial reaction but my primary thought was that the students and campus need to be safe. Another week of no in person contact is okay as long as the campus is safer, and we get better control on this pandemic. My players were able to get outside and do fitness training which helped with their own disposition.”

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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 or (434) 922-0189, or just show up! Be sure to arrive early because space is limited, and fills up quickly! 

CEAS Malfunction


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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

  At 12:26 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, the University of Lynchburg Emergency Alert System alarms were activated, announcing a dangerous situation on campus. At 12:32 p.m., a LiveSafe text went out declaring it a system malfunction. 

     This is not the first time the system has malfunctioned. On Oct. 16, 2019, the alarm system malfunctioned, also announcing that there was a dangerous situation on campus. Bob Driskill, Director of Security, sent an email then that said, “Several concerns were sent to me in response to today’s unintentional activation of the outdoor Campus Early Alert System (CEAS).   I thought this would be a great opportunity to resend the emergency notification process again.”

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Commuter Appreciation Week

It’s a great day to be a hornet and a great day to be a commuter! Photo taken by Cassandra Matthews.

Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor

     Commuter students at the University of Lynchburg are being invited to participate in Commuter Appreciation Week (CAW) with events occurring on campus Sept. 15 through Sept. 18.

       Brennan Gourley is the program and advising coordinator for second-year and transfer transition initiatives. Part of her role is working with non-traditional students, which includes commuter students. 

Gourley explained that there are four events taking place for this semester’s CAW: a grab-and-go cupcake event on Tuesday, a lunch for commuters on Wednesday, a grab-and-go soup event on Thursday, and a movie-themed trivia night on Friday.  

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