Dr. Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor
We all know the popular variation of the holiday standard but in our annual rush to mock the Caped Crusader at Christmas time we rarely consider the central issue that it raises. Does Batman smell? And if so, how badly?
Many elements of the comic tune have certain veracity to them. It is entirely possible for the Batmobile to lose a wheel, although one would assume that some kind of sophisticated WayneTech device would quickly replace the missing tire. And of course the Joker can get away. In fact, he’s ridiculously good at getting away. That is one of many qualities that makes the wily trickster so frustrating.
In a few days, granted I survive all my exams, I will have completed my third semester of college. Sometimes, it still feels surreal that I am not a nervous freshman moving into Montgomery Hall for the first time and wondering what college has in store.
For many students, the end of the semester is just that: the end of the semester. It is just another amount of months that have passed, and Christmas Break is right around the corner. Of course I am thrilled to be going home for Christmas Break, and I cannot wait to spend time with loved ones, but the end of the semester is bittersweet for me.
A new scholarship is available for University of Lynchburg students who want to be STEM teachers. According to the University’s website, “The Noyce Scholarship Program for STEM Teachers provides unique opportunities to students who want to teach STEM subjects in today’s diverse classrooms. Qualified students receive outstanding scholarships during their junior and senior years of college that combine with other merit scholarships awarded by Lynchburg.”
Noyce Grant Pathway Coordinator at University of Lynchburg, Dr. Paula Lichiello, explained, “The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship for 2019-2024 is for students who major in chemistry, biology, physics, environmental science, or mathematics education. This NSF grant provides significant scholarship support ($10,000 to $20,000 per year) to eligible college students in their junior and senior years. In return, students commit to two years of teaching in grades 7-12 in a high-need school division in Virginia for every year of scholarship support.”
It is the end of the semester! Time to celebrate. All your hard work has been for this moment, and the only thing that stands between us and winter break are finals.
With break coming up, we have a little less than a month to recuperate before the spring semester. During the holidays, it can be a little stressful to hang out with family, despite being away from them from so long. Here are some ways to relax over break without losing your mind.
Bailey Pettrey ~ Guest Writer and Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer
The University of Lynchburg kicked off the festive holiday season with performances from the University of Lynchburg Choral Union, Concert Choir and the Lynchburg Singers. The performances were lead by ‘12 MEd and ‘16 MA, Jeremy M. Craft and accompanied by Dr. Cynthia B. Ramsey on piano. The choirs that performed featured students, faculty and members of the Lynchburg community at large.
Additionally, the concert included Lynchburg alumni. Hattie Elder ‘18, a former University of Lynchburg student, performed alongside the current crop of performers. “It was so nice to perform ‘at home’ again with some of my closest friends and colleagues,” Elder said. “Singing together really helped me get into the Christmas spirit.”
As I sit here writing this opinion piece, it hits me that this is the last time I will be writing an opinion piece as the Editor-in-Chief for the University of Lynchburg and the Critograph. In this piece, I want to reflect over the years of being a part of this university, reasons why I chose the university as my place to call home for the past three years of my undergraduate degree, and want to thank those who have helped me along the way through my time at UofL.
On Dec. 8th, 73 students were inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).
Secretary of NSLS, Jasmine Duff, said, “The NSLS induction encompassed the leadership and successes of many of our students. I am a part of this society to help these students grow into the leaders they are and to help them reach their full potential.”