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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Spring 2019 Organization Fair

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Illustration by Nicole Freewalt.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the University of Lynchburg will be hosting their spring semester Organization Fair in the Hall Campus Ballroom from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

According to Deborah Brown, the coordinator for Student Engagement and Club/Organization Development, “Currently, we have 46 organizations registered,” as of February 4.

This event is open to all students, and students are encouraged to participate and see what clubs and organizations the University has on campus. “150 to 200 [students] is the expected turnout,” said Brown.

“This is a great opportunity for our campus organizations to showcase their group and answer questions prospective members may have,” said Brown. “It is also a great time for students to find out how they can get involved whether it’s service organization, departmental, [like the] sciences, philosophy, political science, Pre-Law, Latin Club, et cetera; special interests, [like] Ski and Snowboarding Club, a capella, Relay for Life, rock climbing, et cetera; club sports, [or] spiritual/religious organizations.”

Brown said, “There will be some new organizations represented at the event and we have several new organizations that [are] awaiting approval from SGA which should be up and running soon.”

“You get to see everything,” said Jeffrey Snow, senior. “It’s like a one-stop shop.” Kamryn Schnieder, sophomore, says she plans on attending the organization fair again this semester, adding, “Last semester, the Rock Climbing Club had stuff for sale like equipment, the Gay-Straight Alliance was giving out free shirts, and one of the science clubs had freeze-dried marshmallows. It was cool.”

Cameron Short, sophomore, said, “It was interesting seeing all of the clubs. You don’t always get to know every club on campus, like the Anime Club or the Chemistry Club. They’re not advertised the same as FSL or GSA and BSA. Seeing them all out and promoting themselves is a good opportunity to possibly find something new.”

There are clubs for everyone at the fair. Students  interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, the National Panhellenic Conference, Kappa Delta, Alpha Psi Lambda are a few that will have a table. If you are interested in helping out around the University of Lynchburg as a whole, the Lynchburg Health and Support Corps, Student Government Association, and the Lynchburg Environmental Sustainability Society will have tables. If you would like to make friends with people who have similar interests, the Anime Club, Debate and Forensics Society, and the Creative Writers of the University of Lynchburg will have a table.

Each table will have information about their club or organization and a sign-up sheet for the club or organization. There will be representatives from the club or organization present to answer any questions and share more information about their club or organization.

For more information on the clubs and organizations on the University of Lynchburg campus, please come to the Hall Campus Ballroom between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6.