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Lynchburg’s New Normal

By Joshua Price ~ Multimedia Editor

As classes begin for the 2020-2021 school year on Aug. 12th, students at the University of Lynchburg will notice a new normal. Take a glimpse into some of the new protocols in place on campus as the university tries to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among faculty, staff and students. To find out more about the protocols in place at the Return to the Hive page.

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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.

Coronavirus hitting African-Americans the hardest

By Joshua Price ~ Multimedia Editor
When the coronavirus first began to spread in the United States there was this running joke going around social media. Twitter especially, the joke was that African-Americans were immune to the coronavirus.Research now shows that isn’t the case.
For example New York, the state has been hit hard with coronavirus cases. It is the epicenter of the disease in the United States.
According to Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times  blacks in low income areas are more susceptible to the disease because of the type of jobs they have and the way they travel.

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Lynchburg Basketball in Transition

By Jared Hargis ~ Guest Writer

Over the past several years, the University of Lynchburg men’s basketball team has seen its fair share of success but has also overcome adversity to get to where it is today.

The team has faced new teams which bring new challenges, they have seen players come and go but the one thing that has remained the forefront of this Lynchburg teams is the chemistry that has formed between the players and the staff.

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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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Battling the Coronavirus in North Carolina

96796437-8e54-4524-9693-f9169960727a_rw_1200By Sarah Barnes ~ Guest Writer
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected every state in the United States, as well as every county in North Carolina, so in the spirit of Earth Day, I am researching to see how it has affected our environment.
According to an article by The New England Journal of Medicine, on January 19, 2020, the Coronavirus found its way into the United States via a 35-year-old man traveled home to Snohomish County, Washington from Wuhan, China. 

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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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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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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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