Category Archives: Campus

Hornets in Quarantine

Art by Alyson Draper

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

 The University of Lynchburg is set to resume hybrid classes on Monday, Sept. 7.   At publication time there  are 25 positive COVID-19 cases, 17 of which are on campus, and 80 students in quarantine.

University President Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetler in an email to the campus community on Aug. 28 said, “ I remain optimistic and hopeful that we will begin to see a steady flattening of the number of positive cases and a decrease in the number of our students in isolation and quarantine.”

     Mina Work, senior, said, “I was in isolation for 10 days and quarantined for 14. As soon as I realized that I could be getting sick I started to isolate myself and made an appointment at the health center.”

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Virtual Events: A New Focus

Commuter Student Association’s Virtual Organization Fair. Photo by Rachel Garnett

Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor

     Virtual and socially distanced events are underway for University of Lynchburg students to enjoy safely.

     Student organizations on campus are replacing some in-person events with virtual events in order to keep students having fun while staying safe at the same time.

     Second-year student Ruby Grant is the PR and Marketing Coordinators for the university’s Student Activities Board. This organization is tasked with running recreational programs and events for students to enjoy where students need a valid student ID to attend.

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Lynchburg & The Falwells

Image taken from the Liberty University website

Peter Lynch, Class of 2009

Washington DC 

University of Lynchburg Alumni Board Member

The Westover Building’s terrace was named after Jerry Falwell Sr. last year.  Why is the University of Lynchburg honoring a man that did not honor the inclusive liberal arts values that we cherish? I believe the Falwell name should come down and a better representative of our school, of which there are many, should go up. 

     Jerry Falwell Jr. gave a gift to the University of Lynchburg valued at 1 million dollars, and his father did attend Lynchburg College for two years. After that it would seem not much else ties these Lynchburg institutions to one another. 

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SGA’s Plan for Fall 2020

Davion Washington (left) and Matthew Gillett (right) of the SGA. Taken from the university website’s SGA page.

Kamryn Schnieder ~ Copy Editor

     With the coronavirus there has been continued pressure on the University of Lynchburg’s Student Government Association (SGA)  to create a home for their fellow hornets  while prioritizing safety. 

Davion Washington, president of SGA, has continued to meet with university administration and faculty weekly to advocate for the safety and concerns of the student body.

     He explained that the SGA’s main focus for the 2020-2021 school year is “making sure this semester [goes] well” and “creating the proper messaging and educating students” on things surrounding the COVID-19 situation on campus. He also emphasized the importance of student involvement in keeping on top of reporting and monitoring the coronavirus on campus. 

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Lynchburg Remains at Level 2

Image By Alyson Draper

By Dr. Ghislaine Lewis ~ Advisor 

University of Lynchburg President Alison Morrison-Shetlar announced on Tuesday that the campus would remain at Alert Level 2 for another week. 

At Level 2, classes will remain online as the campus seeks to lower the number of students impacted by the COVID-19 virus. 

As of this Tuesday the campus had documented  35 positive COVID-19 tests among the student population and were managing an additional 76 students in quarantine and isolation. To date, the university has resolved 31 cases that have presented since the reopening of the campus community.

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Campus Precautions Amid the Pandemic

Grab and Go pet event hosted in Drysdale amid Alert Level 2 at the University of Lynchburg. Photo by Cassandra Matthews

Cassandra Matthews ~ Assisant Editor

     Students at the University of Lynchburg are navigating the news semester with a myriad of new rules and regulations as a result of the pandemic. 

     Restrictions on campus life increased when the university moved from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 2 on Wednesday, Aug. 19, after coronavirus cases within the campus community escalated. 

     B.J. Keefer is the director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development and is responsible for helping students become involved with campus life and hosting several student-centered events. This semester, her team has to come up with events that can be carried out either virtually or safely in person. “We’ve thought of all kinds of things, [like] buying white masks [to decorate]. Everything is running in our heads,” said Keefer.

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Lynchburg at alert level 2

  • Updated 21st August, 2020
The Dell at the University of Lynchburg, photo by Stephanie Arnold.

By Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor-in-Chief, Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor, Dr. Ghislaine Lewis ~ Advisor

One week after hybrid classes resumed at the University of Lynchburg, the campus moved to an Alert Level 2.  

According to an email from President Alison Morrison-Shetlar, there are currently five active cases of COVID-19 among the student population, 26 students in quarantine on campus and another 11 in isolation. The university is also awaiting awaiting test results on an additional seven suspected cases.

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Diversity and Inclusion at Lynchburg

Dr. Robert Canida, Retrieved from

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

     In the wake of certain events of last year that sparked a campus walkout, and the events of this past summer’s protests, the school has taken several steps to make itself more diverse and inclusive.

     Davion Washington, President of the SGA, said, “Following racial insensitive events that took place last school year and the walkout, then President, Dr. Kenneth Garren launched the President’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which consists of faculty, staff, students and more.”

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Hybrid Education: Students’ Perspectives

Spanish in the Sunshine at the Drysdale Student Center
Photo by Cassandra Matthews

Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor

As classes at the University of Lynchburg resumed on Aug. 12, students are settling into a new routine that includes both online and hybrid learning.

In the interest of keeping the community safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19, face-to-face class instruction is limited for the fall 2020 semester. Some classes are being taught exclusively online, while others are hybrid,  and include both online and in-person components.  

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Greek Life during COVID-19

Sena Nomura (left) from @sena_20_ on insta and Malik Nowlin (right) from SigmaNuMuChi on Facebook

Kamryn Schnieder ~ Copy Editor

As the University of Lynchburg returns to a new semblance of normality, Greek Life is also adjusting its  protocols as a result of COVID-19. 

Senior Malik Nowlin who serves as treasurer of Sigma Nu and the Interfraternity Council (IFC) vice-president of Internal Affairs said, “Naturally a friend group as close as we are want to be able to hang out together, but with the new restrictions, safety is our top priority.” Nowlin also said that as a group they want to promote social distancing in their fraternity while still engaging in their typical activities. 

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The Critograph Goes Online

The 2020-2021 Critograph Staff from left to right Cassandra Matthews -Assistant Editor,  Kamryn Schnieder – Copy Editor, Stephanie Arnold – Social Media Manager, Grace Cavanaugh – Editor in Chief, Alyson Draper – Web Editor, Jessica Head- Business and Marketing Manager, Daniel Shutvik – Graphic Designer, Josuha Price- Multimedia Manager. Not pictured William Masselli – Sports Columnist, Kelli Carter – Staff Writer and Selena Wilmouth -News Editor. Photo by Dr. Ghislaine Lewis.

By Dr. Ghislaine Lewis ~ Advisor 

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New Normal for College Students: Life Quarantined

By Sarah Barnes ~ Guest Writer
Across the United States, college students’ daily activities have changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most colleges around the world shut down on-campus classes and transitioned to being completely online in March, 2020.
Activities that should have taken place on campus in April and May such as finals, senior-week, and graduation have all been cancelled or postponed
Survey of Our New Normal
On April 28th, 2020, I surveyed over 50 college students to discover any trends in the frequency of specific activities they are partaking in while quarantined.
The 53 students were surveyed in 10 states, majority residing on the east coast, specifically Virginia with 20 students surveyed.
Also, approximately 60% of the participants surveyed were female, which is an accurate representation of the male to female ratio at most liberal arts colleges. 
Students from the University of Lynchburg had to find their new normal away from campus to finish out the spring semester.
New Normal Testimonials​​​​​​​
Senior at the University of Lynchburg, Natalya Rodriquez said she “worked two jobs on campus this past year” and when campus closed down for the semester, her “only source of income disappeared.” 
According to the survey, most college students are in the same boat as Rodriquez.
Laura Mason, a sophomore at the University of Lynchburg says “I’m coping with quarantine by hiking and doing DIY craft projects, including painting and building a display for my plants.”
Noah Winslow, senior at the University of Lynchburg, was forced to end his baseball season early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the loss of his season, Noah also lost his means of exercise, so in quarantine he has had to get creative and find ways to exercise at home.
Winslow said, “for the past month and a half, I have been doing more cardio-based exercises, like running, biking and jump roping outside.”
This a trend similar to what the survey results showed.
Looking at the bigger picture, several activities seemed more prone to change, while others stayed the same.
According to the data below, the activities that showed the most change were working (less), and walking outside, Facetiming friends, and using social media (more).
Many students  surveyed provided photographs they have taken while in quarantine.
There are several similar pictures, including people doing DIY/crafting projects, going on hikes with their family, and doing classwork with new classmates (their pets).
In the end, most college students’ lives have changed in one way or another.
While some are working less because they lost their on-campus jobs, others are working more hours as essential workers.
The survey showed that not everyone’s new normal is the same.
It is important to remember that the current new normal will not be what lives look like forever.
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