Nerd Factor: Awkward Easter Bunny Photos

Dr. Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication

When I arrived at the restaurant, Thanos was nowhere to be seen. Thanos is a notoriously difficult interview to get. He does not do the usual press junkets.  He did not really sit down with anyone to promote his last movie. The popular theory on this reluctance is that Thanos is not actually real. I had factored that into my interview plan, of course, but this was still too good of a chance to pass up.

Thanos’ absence was one thing, but my more immediate worry was the restaurant itself.  Oh, it was a fine establishment with some old school art deco touches and a particularly pleasant outdoor eating area in the back that despite being private felt like dining in a vast garden.

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UL in History: My Alma Mater, the University of Lynchburg

Dr Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

For over a decade, I have had the chance to share the history of the college with the campus community, so to begin closing this academic year I should like to introduce you to the person, who, in a very special sense, was responsible for our Alma Mater. Of course, the names that immediately come to mind are Josephus and Sarah LaRue Hopwood, but the Hopwoods would never have moved to Lynchburg had it not been for F.F. Bullard. When Frank Fontaine Bullard, the pastor of First Christian Church, notified Josephus Hopwood of the availability of the defunct Westover Hotel as a home for a college, he changed the history of higher education in Central Virginia. Born in 1857, this Southwest Virginia graduate of Milligan College was descended from a long line of ministers.  During his student days, the Hopwoods had been like surrogate parents, and after he left Tennessee, he regularly corresponded with them. When the Hopwoods decided to leave Milligan, Bullard quickly offered them a new opportunity for service.

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College Life: When People Talk Behind Your Back, Just Smile

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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

No one ever likes being talked about behind their back. I absolutely despise it. Recently, I found out from a “guy” friend that my ex-roommate was talking crap about me and how she does not like me, so her friends do not like me either. To be honest, I thought we were on good terms, but after that I was pissed. She was a person I still considered a friend, but after that I debated. I was so angry that I wanted to confront her about it, but I did not. The thing is, the stuff that she was complaining about, she never even told me. This was a year ago… and she still has a problem about it now, but never even told me. It was over a situation where my fiancé would come in the room and hang out with me when she was there or when there were times when she was not there, I would warn with her with a text *code red * which meant to not come in the room, because it was a little more than hanging out. She got mad over that? Seriously? After all the times, she had her friends over in the room late in the evenings and did not even ask me if they could come hang out in the room? I did not mind it, but at least I was a decent enough roommate to say, like, “doing the do, do not come in,” rather than her walking into my room while stuff was going on. By the end of the semester, I had bought a futon and put it in my fiancé’s room when we lived in Mont and stayed down there because I felt like things were a little rough between my roommate and I. But anyways… enough of my rant. Here are a few ways to deal with people when they talk behind your back or about you to one of your friends.

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The Caf Celebrates Earth Day

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Photo taken by Grace Cavanaugh

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

This past Monday, April 22, 2019, the Burton Dining Hall celebrated Earth Day with a special lunch. They invited local vendors from around Virginia to come and talk to the students about their efforts with the University of Lynchburg to promote local businesses, support the community, and to make the University a greener, more sustainable place.

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PRSSA Honors President Garren


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PRSSA students presenting President Garren with an appreciation gift.

Emily Russell ~ Guest Writer

Lynchburg VA – April 15, 2019 – University of Lynchburg Public Relations Student Society of America honors President Garren’s contributions during his time as University President.

Recently, President Garren announced that his reign as University President would be coming to an end after the 2019-2020 school year. After hearing his retirement announcement, members of the Lynchburg PRSSA decided to honor President Garren and his dedication to the university over the past 19 years.

Four PRSSA students visited Garren in his office on behalf of the organization to present him with a gift of appreciation. “President Garren has been a vital part of the Lynchburg community for the past two decades, and without him our institution would not be as successful as it is today,” said PRSSA President Dominic Butler.

The students of PRSSA presented Garren with a framed print featuring the map of the City of Lynchburg, as well as his years of service.

The Public Relations Student Society of America is a professional organization that connects students with Public Relations professionals, internship opportunities, and allows them to build relationships with students obtaining similar career goals.

The University of Lynchburg PRSSA is led by President Dominic Butler and Faculty Advisor Dr. Jeremy Langett. PRSSA is open to all students who are interested in joining. In order to be a PRSSA member, students must pay annual dues of $65. For more information please contact Dr. Langett at

New Exhibit at the Daura

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Anna – Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

On Monday, April 22, 2019, The Rockbridge Group: Masters Along the Maury opened at the Daura Gallery. It is student-curated, designed, and installed by Teresa Gunter, Whitney Grim, Christine Moore, Emma Noe, Grace Rogansky, and Will Tharp. It is also the capstone for MST 302: Museum Exhibitions.

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Erika McLeod, LHSN’s Newest Addition

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.”

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