Gender Inclusive Housing

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By Stephanie Brown, guest writer

Gender inclusive housing made available on southside of campus

EQUALITY FOR ALL : SOUTHSIDE EDITION

The University of Lynchburg will support gender inclusive housing beginning fall 2020.

“Gender inclusive housing is not like co-ed buildings. It takes away boundaries and gives more housing opportunities for students who identify with more genders than just two,” said Terry Bodine, housing coordinator.

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A Confused Hornet in a Pandemic

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Our First Day of Sophomore Year… Didn’t know we were in for such a wild ride! Photo from Anna-Catherine Keung

By Anna-Catherine Kueng

Where do I begin with my perspective as a student, specifically, a Lynchburg Hornet, in the midst of a pandemic? 

First, I want to acknowledge that I could never say what virus I am referring to in this article, and you would still know. Turn on the news, get on Facebook, look at the toilet paper aisle at the grocery store, or basically talk to another human being, and you will hear about the Coronavirus. It has sparked conversation around the world, put masses into panic, and most impacting for me, it has moved my college classes online. 

Recently, I saw a meme on Facebook announcing a girl was starting college at “Da Crib University.” I chuckled, yet at the same time, it is alarming to think about how seriously the virus is affecting everyone and that it has closed UL’s campus. 

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Update on COVID-19 (coronavirus) from University of Lynchburg President Kenneth Garren

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Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing with an important update on our ongoing response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), which has now been elevated to a worldwide pandemic. As the situation unfolds nationwide, I recognize the uncertainties and the possible risks here in our own community. I have decided to err on the side of extreme caution to keep our campus safe. I know that many of you are worried as you prepare to resume classes next week and I want to share our immediate plans to ensure your health and well-being.

Effective immediately:

  • Spring break will be extended by one week; we WILL NOT return for classes March 16.
  • On Monday, March 23, all spring classes will resume and be moved exclusively to online delivery for the foreseeable future.
  • Students are not to return to campus and will continue their coursework remotely; faculty are prepared to deliver all instruction remotely.
  • Faculty and staff are required to report as usual on Monday, March 16, to finalize planning to support online delivery of instruction and ensure students can continue to work toward completion of their current classes.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all faculty and staff – with the exception of essential personnel – will begin working remotely and will not be required to be on campus.
  • As of Monday, March 16, all scheduled events are canceled. Spring athletic events will be interrupted through at least April 3. For updates, follow lynchburgsports.com
  • We will reassess in early April.

Clearly, these decisions will cause disruption and challenges for us all. Given the current situation and the rapid progression of the virus, I feel we are taking the most prudent steps. There has not been a confirmed case of the virus on campus or in the Lynchburg region, and the risk to our community remains low. Medical authorities have noted that it’s best to work on prevention in our community before the first case is recorded.

As we’ve prepared for all possible scenarios, we’ve been focused on a few key priorities: ensuring the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community-at-large; helping to stem the spread of the virus; and continuing our ongoing teaching, learning, and scholarship. We’ll advance our priorities by limiting the number of people who gather on campus each day.

Some specific information for members of our community:

Students

  • You are not permitted to return to campus until further notice. The University will make accommodations for students who must retrieve important belongings from campus such as computers, books, and other course materials. Details about how to do so will be forthcoming.
  • We understand that a small number of students will find it impossible to go home, whether for financial reasons or because they reside in a country where the virus has resulted in unsafe travel. Additional information will be provided in follow-up email to residential students.
  • Faculty and staff are working diligently to ensure that you can meet all of your academic requirements remotely. You will be hearing from deans and professors over the next several days with details about your classes, including any clinical, experiential, performance-based, or studio learning that may require alternative arrangements.

Faculty

  • All faculty will be hearing from the provost and deans soon with more details about moving classes online.
  • The Teaching and Learning Center (T&LC) and Information Technology & Resources (ITR) have been working together on the necessary resources to allow you to deliver all of your instructional materials online.
  • Faculty are asked to return to campus next week to prepare for the transition to online delivery of classes.

Staff

  • At present, staff should report to work as usual.
  • Staff with questions or concerns about their workplaces and the possibility of working remotely should speak with their supervisors. Should you become ill, please be cautious and stay home.

Events

  • Effective Monday, March 16, and until further notice, all university-sponsored events are canceled. This includes intercollegiate athletic events.
  • Spring athletic events will be interrupted through at least April 3. For updates, follow lynchburgsports.com

You can expect regular updates from the University via email, LiveSafe/Text, and the University’s website: lynchburg.edu. Currently, all information related to COVID-19 is on the Student Health Center web page. As plans for the coming days and weeks come together, the pages will be updated regularly.

Finally, and very importantly, if you have direct contact with anyone who has coronavirus, or if you develop any symptoms of respiratory illness, report your situation to your dean, supervisor, or the Student Health Center (434.544.8357) and seek medical treatment.

I thank you all for your support in this challenging time and I know that we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

 Kenneth R. Garren

President, University of Lynchburg

Africana Studies Launch Reception

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Art by Nicole Freewalt

Emma Coffey ~ Staff Writer

     The new Africana Studies major at the University of Lynchburg will be launched on Tuesday, March 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Flint Family Lobby in Schewel Hall.

     Dr. Lindsay Michie, associate professor of History  and co-chair of Africana Studies, said that she and fellow Co-Chair, Dr. Ghislaine Lewis, began brainstorming for ways to get the word out about the major and the launch party was one of those ideas. 

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College Life : Fall Weather is Coming!

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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

Fall weather is coming and I can feel it. The mornings are starting to become cooler and the leaves are starting to change and drop from the trees. When fall comes, that means there are many things that you can do! I know for me, I love to take that trip to Target or Michaels and get some fall décor for the house. I could stay in these places for hours if I wanted to and spend a lot of money, but let’s not talk about that. Here are a few things that you can enjoy when the fall weather comes!

  1.     Go to a pumpkin patch. These are so much fun. There are many pumpkin patches around the Lynchburg area that you can go to and take a trip. It could be fun to take a group of friends and have a little photo shoot at the pumpkin patch and pick out some pumpkins for your dorms or apartments. Back at home in Dundas, we have a pumpkin patch called Parrish Pumpkin Farm. You can take photos, pick out a pumpkin, ride on a hayride, etc. They are so much fun just to get out with friends and family and experience a fun-filled weekend.
  2.     Go on a fall clothes shopping spree. If you are the kind of person who loves clothes shopping, this is definitely the time to go shopping. Pick out some cute outfits for the fall and rock them to class one day. I love going to American Eagle for flannels and also they have some deals during the fall sometimes, which is great for us college students. I love rocking a flannel, vest, leggings, and bean boots to class during the fall. It is just something you can easily throw together and it looks good to go to class. I also love the cute flannel dresses too that are cute for the fall. Get you a cute flannel dress and booties and rock that outfit to class.
  3.     Fall candles. If anyone knows me, I LOVE candles. Fall scented candles are my favorite at that. Bath and Body works has the greatest smelling candles for the fall, so go out and get you some. I am a “candle-a-holic” because I literally have a candle in the kitchen, the main hallway, and bedroom. They are all different scents, of course. I have a pumpkin marshmallow in the main hallway, a caramel swirl latte candle in the kitchen, and on the other one in the bedroom, which I have not lit yet. Just to walk in the door and smell the fall scents, just gives me this happy feeling, after a long, stressful day.
  4.     Trips to Bold Rock Cidery. I just recently went to Bold Rock Cidery for the first time two weekends ago, and I loved it. Getting cider and hanging out with friends, is just a great experience. Even the views are great. I loved going with a group of friends from back home the other weekend. They sometimes hosts events throughout the year too, so then it will be fun.
  5.     Take fall photo sessions! My October is full of taking photos of engagements, homecomings, and senior sessions. Get a group of friends or take some photos during the fall! These photos always turn out so great with the color changing of the leaves. If anyone needs photos this fall, check out my website at www.katherinedanielphotography.com or go check me out on Facebook or Instagram at Katherine Daniel Photography.
  6.     Go to Scaremare, Hallo-scream, or Halloween Haunt. These are always so much fun to go to. For me, I feel Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion is the best, but the other two are great too. Scaremare is in Lynchburg and it is not far from the university, so get a group of friends and go out and have some fun. Halloween Haunt is cool to go to for a day trip too with family and friends. We have a tradition to go every year to Halloween Haunt.
  7.     Go to the movies. During the fall, I feel a lot of the movies come out each year. Go see IT 2 or Hustlers. I want to go see these two movies so bad, so do not spoil it for me if you have seen it. I love seeing a variety of movies: comedies, horror, and romance. Get your boyfriend/girlfriend or friends and go and have a good movie night to destress from all of the homework you have.
  8.     Football season is here. For me, most everyone knows, but I love football season. I was a cheerleader in high school, and I loved to be one of the only cheerleaders who knew what was going on during the game. It was fun to tell them when we were on defense and offense. Now even though we do not have a football team at UofL, I do go over to Liberty to watch the football games, since I am a big football girl. Grab a group of friends and go to VT, Liberty, or UVA for the weekend and tailgate and watch some football.

     I could go on and on about more ideas to do for the fall, but I guess I will stop here now. If you have any suggestions on what to write about, shoot me an email at daniel_kh@lynchburg.edu.