Lynchburg in History: U.L. in History

Dr. Clifton W. Potter, UofL History Professor~

On April 18, 1903, Dr. Josephus Hopwood and the men who would form the core of the first Board of Trustees of Virginia Christian College paid $13,500 ($382,000 in 2018 dollars) for the deserted Westover Hotel, its contents, and a large tract of land.  The defunct resort had been built in 1890 during a nationwide land boom as the anchor of the West Lynchburg Land Company. Read More

Nerd Factor: Thanos’ Big Dumb Idea

Dr. Mike Robinson, UofL Communication Studies Professor~

By now, you’ve probably seen Avengers: Infinity War. Or you’ve had someone tell you what happened in the end. If not, stop reading now.

Thanos killed half of the population of the universe.  With a snap of his fingers—and the unimaginable power of the Infinity Gauntlet—Thanos’ will was enforced and a number of beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe characters crumbled to dust. Read More

Mystic Magic: The Future is in the Cards

Grace Cavanaugh, Staff Writer~

I’ve always been interested in Tarot. At first, it started with a little interest while I was doing research for a story I was writing. I talked to a Pagan friend of mine who read Tarot about which cards would mean this and that, and she gave me a few websites to look at, as well as a few suggestions for the cards I should look up. I went on to tell my aunt about this same story, and the research I’d done, and then my aunt surprised me with a pack of Tarot cards. At the time, I had no interest in doing readings. I just thought they were cool. The cards my aunt gave me were zombie themed, but I never got to even open them. My parents aren’t very religious, or weren’t at the time, but they were superstitious. My mom made me give the cards back, because by having them I was inviting “the Devil” into our house. Read More

College Life: Extreme Discounts

Katherine Daniel, Editor in Chief~

Many college students dread the thoughts of the word “money.” Questions go through your head like, “How am I going to make any money while I am in college?,” “What am I going to do if I have no money for gas?”, or “Do I have to ask my parents for money?” There is a lot of things that college students can do to make a little extra money while in college, and there are places that give out discounts when college students have their “student ID.” Read More

Sports Junkie: Chicago Welcomes Mack

Chris Snan, Staff Columnist~

The former Oakland Raider, Khalil Mack, has a new home in the Windy City this upcoming season. It was made official Saturday when the Raiders and the Chicago Bears came to an agreement with the trade, which now makes Mack the highest-paid defensive in NFL history. A record breaking 6 year $141 million dollar contract was more than enough to land one of the best pass rushers in the league today. Read More

She Said: Farewell

Sarah Irby, Editor in Chief~

Just a heads up: For once, this column won’t be about something risque or taboo. This issue is the last issue of The Critograph for the 2017-18 year, which also means this is the last time I will be writing for my column, since I will be graduating in a few short weeks. Read More

Nerd Factor: Who is Superman?

Dr. Mike Robinson, LC Communication Studies Professor~

The answer seems simple enough.  But there is a certain genius in that small, factual sentence.  

Eighty years ago, Superman arrived in “Action Comics” #1. The cover of the comic depicts Superman lifting a gangster’s car over his head and crashing it against a rock.  By today’s standards, that seems like a light day’s work for the Man of Steel. But the harried look on the face of the fleeing villain in the cover’s bottom left corner shows us how startling it was at the time.   Read More