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Lynchburg at alert level 2

  • Updated 21st August, 2020
The Dell at the University of Lynchburg, photo by Stephanie Arnold.

By Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor-in-Chief, Cassandra Matthews ~ Assistant Editor, Dr. Ghislaine Lewis ~ Advisor

One week after hybrid classes resumed at the University of Lynchburg, the campus moved to an Alert Level 2.  

According to an email from President Alison Morrison-Shetlar, there are currently five active cases of COVID-19 among the student population, 26 students in quarantine on campus and another 11 in isolation. The university is also awaiting awaiting test results on an additional seven suspected cases.

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New Normal for College Students: Life Quarantined

By Sarah Barnes ~ Guest Writer
Across the United States, college students’ daily activities have changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most colleges around the world shut down on-campus classes and transitioned to being completely online in March, 2020.
Activities that should have taken place on campus in April and May such as finals, senior-week, and graduation have all been cancelled or postponed
Survey of Our New Normal
On April 28th, 2020, I surveyed over 50 college students to discover any trends in the frequency of specific activities they are partaking in while quarantined.
The 53 students were surveyed in 10 states, majority residing on the east coast, specifically Virginia with 20 students surveyed.
Also, approximately 60% of the participants surveyed were female, which is an accurate representation of the male to female ratio at most liberal arts colleges. 
Students from the University of Lynchburg had to find their new normal away from campus to finish out the spring semester.
New Normal Testimonials​​​​​​​
Senior at the University of Lynchburg, Natalya Rodriquez said she “worked two jobs on campus this past year” and when campus closed down for the semester, her “only source of income disappeared.” 
According to the survey, most college students are in the same boat as Rodriquez.
Laura Mason, a sophomore at the University of Lynchburg says “I’m coping with quarantine by hiking and doing DIY craft projects, including painting and building a display for my plants.”
Noah Winslow, senior at the University of Lynchburg, was forced to end his baseball season early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the loss of his season, Noah also lost his means of exercise, so in quarantine he has had to get creative and find ways to exercise at home.
Winslow said, “for the past month and a half, I have been doing more cardio-based exercises, like running, biking and jump roping outside.”
This a trend similar to what the survey results showed.
Looking at the bigger picture, several activities seemed more prone to change, while others stayed the same.
According to the data below, the activities that showed the most change were working (less), and walking outside, Facetiming friends, and using social media (more).
Photography
Many students  surveyed provided photographs they have taken while in quarantine.
There are several similar pictures, including people doing DIY/crafting projects, going on hikes with their family, and doing classwork with new classmates (their pets).
In the end, most college students’ lives have changed in one way or another.
While some are working less because they lost their on-campus jobs, others are working more hours as essential workers.
The survey showed that not everyone’s new normal is the same.
It is important to remember that the current new normal will not be what lives look like forever.

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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Online School During a Pandemic

By Stephanie Quaranto

College students are adjusting to the “new normal” of online school and isolation during this worldwide pandemic, two things that they did not sign up for.

In this strange period of time of the coronavirus, students all over the nation are trying to focus on passing their classes or graduating school not knowing when they will be able to return back to some sort of normalcy.

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Photo of computer showing the new normal of online schooling by Stephanie Quaranto on  Friday, April 10, 2020

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Coronavirus Quarantine Affects Small Family Restaurant

By Kara Barnes

Normally a hot spot in Glenelg, Maryland, Ten Oaks Tavern is a small family-run restaurant that has found itself empty due to the spread of coronavirus and resulting quarantine.

In an attempt to keep business booming, they have changed their food options to carry out, curbside pickup, and delivery within 3 miles. On the Ten Oaks Tavern Facebook and Instagram pages, the staff post  information everyday including:

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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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COVID- 19 Hurting or Helping our grocery stores?

     Local renovated Food Lion in Claymont Delaware is one of the many stores that have been affected by the Coronavirus. Photo by Allyssa Lawry.

   By Alyssa Lawry ~ Guest Writer

        As one of two Food Lion’s in Wilmington Delaware this store has a lot on their plate, store manager Mark Smondrowski was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to discuss how things are operating.

        “Our company is committed to providing a safe environment for both associates and customers. We have followed the state guidelines calling out for social distancing, capacity maximums and enhanced cleaning responsibilities. Extra measures to help would be to mandate masks for all people in the store as well as reduced maximums,” said Smondrowski.

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Remainder of University of Lynchburg’s Athletics Cancelled due to COVID-19

Photo retrieved from @NCAA Twitter

By Donzailya Berg ~ Guest Writer

Athletes all over the country have been informed that their seasons have come to an end. On March 12, 2020, the NCAA tweeted the official COVID-19 statement that caused all athletic programs to come to an end for the rest of the school year. The message stated the cancellation of, “all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.” 

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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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Construction Workers Risk Health, Keep Working Amidst Pandemic

By Allyssa Compton

Despite the growing severity of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, construction workers and contractors continue to work on job sites with few precautions being taken to ensure the workers’ health and safety.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, construction workers are considered essential critical infrastructure workers and must continue to report to work despite the pandemic.

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Red Letter Day Cancelled

By Amy Powell

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University of Lynchburg student at the Student Scholar Showcase. Photo retrieved from lynchburg.edu 

Student Scholar Showcase cancelled due to University of Lynchburg closure.

Red Letter Day, which includes the annual student scholar showcase, has been cancelled, due to the University’s closure amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Red Letter Day was scheduled to take place on April 8, 2020.

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Sorority Big/Little Reveal Adapted to the CoronaVirus

Rachel Garnett ~ Guest Writer

On the 20th of March, 2020 new members of the University of Lynchburg’s Kappa Delta Sorority experienced a digital big/little reveal.

Kappa Delta Infographic about Sorority big/little reveal on the 20th of March.

Students were forced to leave campus and return home due to effects from the 21st century pandemic, the Coronavirus, challenging this sorority to adapt and use technology to their advantage. Read more

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