First Year Vibes: The Pros of a Small College

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

I graduated from a high school that had a total of 1,000 students, with 250 of them being in the class of 2018. To some people, that may sound like a big group, while others consider it small; regardless, my school was overcrowded compared to the other schools in my county. A typical class size at THS was 25-30 students, and the smallest class I had was 16 students.

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College Life: Things for True Southerners


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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

There are many things that describe a person, some more than others. In the south, there are certain descriptions that describe everyone. Growing up in the south has made me the southern girl I am. No matter where I go in life, I will always have my southern roots to follow me and a piece of home that is with me. My senior year of high school, I was SO ready to move away and get out of the “boonies” or the “middle of nowhere”, but there will always be a special place in my heart for my southern living. There are many things that make a southerner, a true southerner, but there are many things that every person down south can relate to, and if you know, you know.

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Mystic Magic: Herbs and Crystals


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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

Candles are not the only thing used in spell work. While I was doing my research for the Vernal Equinox on candle colors, I decided to also take a look into crystals and herbs.

Crystals are also used in Tarot work. Crystals are meant to be used to draw energies out of the cards after use. They are made into necklaces as well. It is interesting to look at all the different meanings behind crystals.

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Nerd Factor: Shazam!

Dr Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication

This weekend, Shazam makes his first return to the big screen since his 1941 movie serial. Here are some useful things to know about thunderous homecoming.

He is the Original Captain Marvel:  Shazam’s name is a tricky tale of corporate skullduggery and trademark carelessness.  When the character debuted in Fawcett Comic’s Whiz Comics #2 in 1940, Bill Parker and C.C. Beck’s creation had already faced a number of name changes and finally settled in as “Captain Marvel.”  That seems strange to us today because we habitually divide the superhero universes up between DC and Marvel. But back then, DC was mostly called National Comics and Marvel was known as Timely.  

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UL in History: Westover Weekend

Dr. Clifton W. Potter Jr. ~ UL History Professor

Westover Weekend is just around the corner. Beginning on Friday, the campus will be filled with alumni ranging in age from their early sixties to—well, never matter.  The Westover Society, which is composed of the College’s senior graduates, and this year the Class of 1969 will hold its Fiftieth Reunion. Dr. Robert Whitmore and I were the sponsors of this remarkable group of alumni. Unfortunately, Bob, who was a member of the Class of 1959, died several years ago.

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First Year Vibes: Change is a Good Thing

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

Since coming back from break, I have been noticing a change in the weather, the scenery, and just the overall atmosphere on-campus. The temperature is rising, the flowers are blooming, and the sun is setting later. I am starting to see students doing homework on the Dell again. All these things remind me of my first few weeks of college, and it is a bittersweet feeling.

So much has changed since August and it is crazy how fast time goes. Sometimes I feel like I have been in college forever, while other times I cannot believe I am actually out of high school. When I look at my academic report and see my credits, I almost forget that I have already completed one semester of college!

With only a few weeks left of second semester, I am starting to have mixed feelings about my freshman year coming to an end. I am relieved that summer break is coming, but I also am going to miss being in Lynchburg with my friends for three months. I know I still have three more years as a Hornet, and thank goodness I’m not graduating yet because I don’t think I could emotionally handle it, but it’s still bittersweet to realize I will never be a first-year college student again.

For example, I have made so many happy memories living in Montgomery, but soon I will be packing up my things and telling my residence hall goodbye. I am trying to accept that change is a good thing and there is a certain point in life when you need to move on from things, but it’s not always easy to realize that in the moment.

If I spend my days wishing I could go back to the past, I am wasting the present and inhibiting myself from being excited about future opportunities.

I think change is hard to accept because the past feels safer. It’s comfortable, and you know what to expect; but, when a new season of life arrives, it can be frightening. I remember on the way home from my last youth group mission trip, I started crying because I swore I would never be as happy as I was during the trip. My mom reassured me that I would have just as awesome trips in college, and she was right.

Change can be scary, but is is a natural part of life. More than that, it is a good part of life. Just like I didn’t want to stay in high school for the rest of my life, I also realize I am not meant to be a college student forever. It’s all about enjoying where you are while looking forward to what is to come.

As one of my favorite bands, Sleeping At Last, says, “I understand the past will be the past, and nothing changes that, but the future is brighter than any flashback.”