Caroline Wilkerson ~ Staff Writer
On Sept. 7, 2019, University of Lynchburg’s National Society of Leadership and Success welcomed back members and new inductees for a barbecue in celebration of the new school year.
President and senior Kimberly Mendez said, “I thought the barbecue would be a great way to bring awareness to the honor society, but to also bring together the old and new members of the chapter. One of NSLS’s foundations is building a community of leaders, and I thought this event would be a great way to do that.”
Dr. Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor
Getting started on any career path is challenging, but first steps in the super-crime business are particularly problematic. Unless you are one of the fortunate few who survive accidents with weird radiation, who discover ancient artifacts that unlock secret mystic powers, or who stumble upon alien space weapons, then chances are you will not be starting right at the top. That means you’ll be a henchman, and “henching” is hard.
Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer
On Friday, Sept. 7, Like A Boss Sales, Networking & Events, LLC, will be hosting the Girls Day Out Craft/Vendor Event at the Family Life Community Center.
From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the ladies of Lynchburg are invited to a craft and vendor event at 22059 Timberlake Rd. According to their Facebook page, “Grab a girlfriend (or two) and come out and join us for a fun afternoon of shopping, raffles, and more! There will be Swag Bags for the first 100 ladies!!”
On the New in Lynchburg page, the description for the event continues, “Admission is free, but if you reserve your free tickets before September 5, 2019, you will receive one free raffle ticket when you attend the event!
Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor
This weekend, I took a trip to Indianapolis with my mother, my aunt, and my sister. We went because the people behind Pokemon Go recently created a new game called “Wizards Unite.” It is based on Harry Potter, where you play as a witch or wizard attempting to cover up various instances of magic in the Muggle world.
The event, called Wizards Unite Fan Festival (WUFF), went on all weekend, although we only went on Saturday. It was a lot of fun! There were specialized merchandise for the event, for both Wizards Unite and Niantic, the company that created the app.
Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor
For the 2018-2019 school year, Erika McLeod has served as the assistant director for Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network (LHSN).
McLeod stated, “I direct the In Game Promotions and Fan Engagement; within this entity I handle the sports marketing by going out and connecting with local businesses and offer them an opportunity to sponsor our sporting events. I provide the entertainment during half time by hosting a contests for fans to participate in. I also host the Daily Buzz on Tuesdays, and have been the emcee for different campus events such as the Lynchburg Talent Show, the Faculty and Staff Holiday Party, and others. I produce feature stories that air on the Daily Buzz.”
Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor
On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the University of Lynchburg’s National Pan-Hellenic Council hosted a game night in the West Room of Drysdale for a chance for students to get to know the different fraternities and sororities offered on campus.
The four different Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities represented at the game night was Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc.
According to the National Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity website, the fraternity “works to develop leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while also providing service and advocacy for their communities.”
University of Lynchburg Alpha Phi Alpha President, Tyrome Harvey, said, “We have recently started mentoring students grades 6-12 at the Fort Hill Community School.” Harvey also emphasized, “We really just want to bring people together and awareness about our Greek life.”
As stated on the University of Lynchburg Multicultural Greek Council website, Alpha Psi Lambda National’s mission statement is, “to promote continued personal and collective growth of our membership, success, and unity through education, leadership, cultural awareness, and community service.”
Secretary of the co-ed Latino fraternity, Shannon McGovern, said, “We are a social fraternity, however, we are very service oriented and care about educating the public about Hispanic needs, as well as other minorities…we really just want it to be an inclusive place.”
Additionally, Alpha Kappa Alpha also has a similar mission statement. The national website states, “Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic standards, to promote unity, and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be a “Service to All Mankind.”
Vice President, Membership Chairman, and Director of Public Relations, Manal Sayed, said, “We focus on many different philanthropic projects. One in particular is Soles4Souls, which is where we collect used or new shoes for those in need.” Formal Rush for Alpha Kappa Alpha begins March 5, 2019.
Kappa Alpha Psi is one of the newest fraternities on the University of Lynchburg campus. In reference to the national website, Kappa Alpha Psi serves to be “in service to communities with particular emphasis on African American communities.” David Lovette II, said, “We stand on achievement…and really just want to motivate one another to be great.”
Each organization put emphasis on inclusion and the fraternities and sororities are welcoming to a variety of students on campus.