The Unprecedented Impact of Covid-19 on the Film Industry

By Pete Deaver ~ Guest Writer

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the first complete shut-down of the movie theater industry and halted the production and release of many anticipated films.

Movie theaters have been wrestling for years, trying to find a way to attract more people to their darkened theaters and freshly popped corn.

In the “before times,” when we were still allowed to see sunlight and stand closer than six feet, speculation often entertained the idea that Netflix and other streaming services would kill movie theaters.

Yet, despite the Coronavirus finally pushing AMC Theatres toward bankruptcy, and surely applying a financial strain to other chains, Deadline reports that it does not necessarily spell doom for the theater company. There are still many movies in development that have delayed their release instead of opting to release online.

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Pros and Cons to Working from Home

By Katelyn Call

Experts are saying that Americans working from home could become the new norm that comes with positives and negatives.

With society being shut down, Americans are transitioning to online work and working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Finding the balance of home and work life is becoming difficult for many Americans.

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Setting up a “no distraction” workstation. Photo by Katelyn Call

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The Reality of Quarantine

By Hailey Bayne ~ Guest Writer

The Colonial Theatre in South Hill has closed due to the pandemic while changing their sign to state “Wash Hands” in an effort to encourage the public to follow the CDC’s recommendations. South Hill, Va., Friday, Mar. 27, 2020. Photo by Hailey Bayne

Quarantine during the COVID-19 crisis is helping prevent the spread of the virus, but this isolation may be causing a decline in mental health and productivity.

A study conducted by Qualtrics shows that 41.6% of respondents have experienced a decline in mental health since the outbreak, with 66.9% reporting higher stress, 57.2% reporting higher anxiety, and 53% reporting an increased sadness in their lives.

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Westminster Canterbury of Lynchburg Reacts to Social Distancing With Care

By Jacklyn Harris ~ Guest Writer

The Director of Therapeutic Recreation, Joshlyn Harris states, “We are taking extreme caution at Westminster Canterbury because we realize our residents are at the most risk of death due to coronavirus.”

Due to the lack of medical supplies Harris has taken upon herself to sew masks for coworkers. All staff are required to wear masks during their shift.

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The Pandemic & My Hometown: Elena Knopp

On March 30, 2020, the Virginia Governor announced that there would be a state-wide stay-home order set in place until June 10, 2020. Due to this, life is looking so different for just about everyone.

Due to cost cutting related to the pandemic, my workplace unfortunately furloughed almost all employees, including myself. To bring in an income during this time, I am nannying my cousin’s two-year-old and nine-month-old.

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Major Changes Are Coming to Lynchburg’s College of Business

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Dean Nancy Hubbard has implemented many changes in the College of Business. Photo from the University of Lynchburg

By Allyssa Compton

The University of Lynchburg’s College of Business is in the process of creating and approving several interdisciplinary majors and minors to expand the offerings available to students and to differentiate the university from other schools.

The College of Business has been busy developing new, mixed-discipline majors and minors, including actuarial science, sustainability and international business.

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Gender Inclusive Housing

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By Stephanie Brown, guest writer

Gender inclusive housing made available on southside of campus

EQUALITY FOR ALL : SOUTHSIDE EDITION

The University of Lynchburg will support gender inclusive housing beginning fall 2020.

“Gender inclusive housing is not like co-ed buildings. It takes away boundaries and gives more housing opportunities for students who identify with more genders than just two,” said Terry Bodine, housing coordinator.

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