Category Archives: Campus

Halloween on U of L Campus

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Kamryn Schnieder ~ Copy Editor

     On Oct. 23, the University of Lynchburg held a Fall Festival, which has been just one of the many events being held around campus to celebrate the season.

     With the Senior Exclusive Oktoberfest, the Fall Festival, a scary car competition, and even a trivia night, the school is still making efforts despite COVID to keep students engaged and interactive. For some students, this is a needed and wanted break and distraction from the workload and pressure of this compressed, strange semester. For others, these events pose a health risk or often don’t fit into their schedules, so they are making their own Halloween plans instead.

     Kayla Zinski, a junior English and studio art double major, said that she has not “been involved much this semester. [I have] been mainly swamped with school and work.” Zinski said she is burnt out from working two jobs and homework. She also explained, “having festive activities on campus might help, but I think a true break from school would help the most.”

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Show The Prism Your Creative Side

Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor

     The Prism, the University of Lynchburg’s literary magazine, is seeking creative writing and visual art submissions by Nov. 1. 

     Every year, a new edition of The Prism is published. Anna-Catherine Kueng, a co-editor, said, “We accept poetry, prose, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and visual art submissions. Submissions are only open to Lynchburg undergraduate students.” 

     While only students can submit their work, Kueng explains that the entire University of Lynchburg community is encouraged to read the magazine. Nicole Tolley, another co-editor, mentioned how even alumni request copies in the spring, which is when the latest edition is published.

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Spooky Canned Food Drive

Canned food drive gives back to community – The Bear River Current

Evy Brunelle ~ News Editor

     The University of Lynchburg has a food pantry on campus that is readily available to students who are in need of food. 

     The Student Judicial Board (SJB) recently held a canned food drive to help collect food for the pantry and encouraged people to donate by including a game of bingo; 2 cans equated to 1 entry, 5 cans equated to 3 entries and 8 cans equated to 5 entries. The events were held Monday, Oct. 19, from 11-1 in Schewel and then again Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 5-7 in Drysdale. 

     According to Alexa Moak, a Chairperson for SJB and who spearheaded the bingo game, “We do bingo once a semester and always offer the option of donating food as a form of payment, but this year we made bingo free due to COVID but still wanted to help out the community so we opted to do the food drive.” 

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Men’s Tennis Team Knows How to Return to Competitive Play

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William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

     The University of Lynchburg Men’s Tennis Team is training to ensure they are able to return to competitive play.

     Head Coach Christopher Johnson, said, “Our practice format has not really changed due to fluctuations in case count on campus with the coronavirus.”

    Johnson also said, “Our players do a great job of working out and playing over the summer. I was immensely proud that they were in great shape when they returned this fall despite the circumstances.”

     He said, “Serving and returning is all about starting the point with a purpose. We do put a high priority here. Our objective is to make the other player work as hard as possible and that is unable to happen if we do not start the point.”

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Senior Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in the Pavilion, taken by Stephanie Arnold, altered by Kamryn Schnieder

Kamryn Schnieder ~ Copy Editor

     The University of Lynchburg celebrated the class of 2021 with an Oktoberfest event on Saturday, Oct. 17.     The festival was held in the pavilion behind the townhouses and was split into two shifts to help control attendance and ensure safety. The event featured wine, beer, bratwurst, and music and allowed attendees a chance to socialize with their peers. 

     Oktoberfest is traditionally a celebration of beer, wine, and German culture held in Bavaria, Germany.   The event was organized by the Senior Planning Committee, spearheaded by Malik Nowlin, a senior and chairman of the Senior Planning Committee, and aided by BJ Keefer and Lauren Ferry Merck. 

     Nowlin  noted that  executing the event around pandemic restrictions included thinking about how to facilitate all seniors. He said, “We had people RSVP to account for those that wanted to attend. We also took people’s temperatures before they could enter.” 

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A Unique Start To College

Photo taken by Sydney McGuire.

Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor

     The class of 2024 at the University of Lynchburg is slowly adjusting to college life in the midst of a pandemic. 

     Every year, freshmen have to juggle living away from home for the first time, making new friends, and doing well in their classes. This year, freshmen are doing all of that while navigating the challenges that COVID-19 imposes. 

     Ryan Pulaski,  an art major and member of the Westover Honors College, said that he did notice how there are not as many events occurring on campus as he would expect there to be if there was not a pandemic. He said that Westover was not able to go on the retreat that the program has every year for its freshmen, though they are still doing other activities. 

     “I know this last Saturday they went to Yoders’ Farm. I was unable to go, but I am going with Westover on a sunrise hike next Saturday and I’m very excited for that. They have been really trying to get us active [and there has] been a lot of stuff in conjunction with [the Outdoor Leadership Program]. Sometimes it gets cancelled because of weather, but it tends to work out,” said Pulaski.

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The Writers Recycling Initiative

Photo courtesy of Dr. Meghan McGuire.

Evy Brunelle ~ News Editor 

   Assistant Professor of English Dr. Meghan McGuire received a $500 grant from Keep Virginia Beautiful 30 in 30 Green Grant program. 

  According to the Keep Virginia Beautiful website the “30 in 30 Green Grant program is designed to empower groups all across Virginia to make an environmental impact in their own communities. To honor our commitment to the Commonwealth, Keep Virginia Beautiful funds thirty grant recipients, announced one each day in the month of June. These grants are awarded to schools, parks, counties and towns, environmental groups, associations, nonprofits, and service organizations in four different categories: Community Beautification, Cigarette Litter Prevention, Litter Prevention, and Recycling.” 

     Dr. McGuire is using this grant towards the ‘Writers Recycle’ initiative, which she said, “aims to reduce writing instrument waste in our community. As an academic institution and a community of students and scholars, we go through a significant number of pens, pencils, highlighters, and dry erase markers every semester. Up until now, that waste gets thrown away and goes straight into our landfills.”

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Greek Life Celebrates Homecoming from Home

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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

    As part of the University of Lynchburg 2020 Homecoming for Home celebrations the Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council participated in a virtual homecoming.

     Each of the three IFC fraternities, four PC sororities, and three NPHC organizations made a slide outlining what they had done over the year so far, including how much money they had raised for various philanthropies, what their plans were for upcoming service events, and other social plans.

     Because of COVID-19, homecoming was moved online into a Google Meet, with four to five representatives showing up for each organization.

     Hannah Pine, president of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, said, “Homecoming has always been one of the biggest and, in my opinion, most important events at the University of Lynchburg. I was very concerned that this year, Covid would not allow us to celebrate our University as we should. Luckily, our faculty put on a Virtual Homecoming to give us some semblance of a normal homecoming. As president of Sigma Sigma Sigma, I was asked to present annual updates about our chapter to my community. In doing so, I was allowed to reconnect with some friends I had not seen due to the pandemic as well as meet some alumni that are both part of my Lynchburg and Greek families. Getting to learn how other chapters are making changes and thriving under these conditions both helped me be a better president and helped me feel less alone in my struggle to adapt. 

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Out of Darkness Wellness Walk

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Evy Brunelle ~ News Editor

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Lynchburg Experience is still accepting donations until the end of the year after raising a total of $30,100 of a $55,000 goal for the foundation. 

 On Oct. 3,  the Lynchburg community came together to raise awareness on mental health issues and funds at the Out of Darkness Walk. 

     Austin Nieves, a senior, played a key part in our campus’ involvement. He said, “From what I know, the University of Lynchburg has participated in the walk for the past five years. Dr. Tolbert has been the key for organizing this event the past couple of years. However, this is the second time our [men’s lacrosse] team has participated in the walk. We walked last year at Riverfront Park and this year around our beautiful campus.” 

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Working Hard and Staying on Track

Coach Jake Reed. Photo retrieved from

Willaim Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

     On Oct. 5, the University of Lynchburg Men’s Track and Field Team returned to practice in the midst of the pandemic.

     As practices began, Head Coach Samuel Reed said, “Fortunately, for our sport the impact is minimal. Our athletes always train in smaller groups for workouts anyways based upon current fitness and ability level.  The changing dynamic is the ability for the whole team to go out for a normal or long run as one big unit. There are still opportunities to interact with everyone at the beginning and end of practices within the safety guidelines required. From a practice standpoint, there is not much of a change and the impact on us is minimal. Mentally and emotionally there is a lot more of a demand to help the students manage the drastic change in campus life and ensure we do not have major issues from a mental health standpoint. We definitely have to invest way more time having individual meetings to ensure our student-athletes stay on track and connected with the proper campus resources to ensure their success in every aspect of life.” 

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Critograph International

Dr. Ghislaine Lewis ~ Advisor

At the urging of Provost Allison Jablonski and in collaboration with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the Critograph has launched a new foreign language section titled Critograph International on their website.

Dr. Georg M. Schwarzmann, associate professor of German and Spanish said “ The Crit is the most widely read student newsletter on campus, so it makes sense to start a collaboration and offer our students of foreign languages a platform to share their ideas and voice their opinions on a variety of matters related to the cultures that they are studying.” 

Editor-in-Chief of the Critograph Grace Cavanaugh said, “I am very excited about the new foreign language section. Not only does it help us reach students who understand and can write in  a second language but it also offers practice to those who are studying languages.”

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The Hummingbird Project

Hummingbirds at a feeder, image taken from Wild Birds Unlimited Website.

Kamryn Schnieder ~ Copy Editor

     Students enrolled in Natural Resources Stewardship (HONR 200)at the University of Lynchburg are installing bird feeders across campus as part of their lab requirement

     So far, two new hummingbird feeders have been added, one between Schewel and Snidow Chapel, and one right outside of Schewel Hall. 

     Dr. Jennifer Styrsky is an assistant professor of environmental sciences and teaches the Honors 200 class.

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Essay Help During COVID

Photo taken by Cassandra Matthews.

Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor

     Students and tutors at the Wilmer Writing Center are adjusting well to a new system of virtual appointments.

     The Wilmer Writing Center offers help with writing to students at the undergraduate, graduate, and advanced graduate levels. 

     Jer Bryant, director of the Wilmer Writing Center, explained, the “Center is essentially what probably was originally called a writing lab, and it is a place where student writers help other student writers through collaborating and critical thinking and sharing ideas. And we actually do a lot more than I think people are aware of. We help people brainstorm, get started, [and] we help people with any stage of the writing process, whether that be drafting or revising or learning editing skills. I think a big misconception is that the writing center edits grammar, but we actually don’t do that, and writing centers actually moved away from writing in the 1990s, but people still see writing centers that way. And I think another misconception is that only weak writers come to the writing center, but we have students with 4.0s who come to the writing center because they enjoy the discussion that happens in the writing center, and they also enjoy having a second set of eyes look their work over.”

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