Rants from the Gnarly Beard

Green and Purple Time

Hello LC Hornets!!!  I think spring has sprung and that the sun has flown the coop.  We have sent out search parties to look for her but we have heard nothing back from them.  We hope that they can locate the sun and get her back here in time for the weekend.  It would be nice if she could stay longer than a day, but I suppose you can only ask but so much of the sun!  So let’s get to our updates of the day before things cloud up.  (Get it…cloud up…so funny!)

Senior Day!!!  This weekend the Softball , Men’s Lacrosse, and Women’s Lacrosse will all honor their seniors.  Contrary to D1 sports, we are not a one and done place!  More like 4 and out the door!  (i.e. graduation door that is!!)  So come out and honor our seniors!!!  (And see us win too!)

Just when you thought March Madness was over, our alum Joe Sancio is still taking votes so his alumni basketball team can make the tournament. Click here and be a part of our Hornet Pride! http://www.thetournament.com/teams/lynchburg-college-club-basketball

Friday April 17th Is the National Day of Silence.  This day seeks to highlight the plight that many members of the LBGT community feel in that they cannot express who they really are.  Students participating in this event will have a flyer that they will hand to you to explain their silence.  Please give them your support so that one day we can have a National Day of Shout Outs!

Have you ever seen a scrum???  Well, sometimes it’s better to see one than to actually be in one, especially if you have a bad back like me.  At any rate, if you feel a need to see a scrum, come check out our Rugby Club.  They will be playing, kicking, scratching, grabbing, tackling, and yes, scrumming on Saturday! Lynchburg Rugby will be playing UVA Rugby at 12:00 p.m. at 582 Leesville Road, Lynchburg for the last game of the season.   Scrum on dude!!!

Remember those bubble sheets you use to do for course evals?  First year students wouldn’t remember them at all, but the rest of you probably do.  Well LC has decide to join the 21st century, save over three acres of trees, and go with a wild a crazy idea of….wait for it….ON LINE COURSE EVALUATIONS!!!  Yes, isn’t it just crazy!!!  I mean what will they think of next… lights that turn off when no one is in the room???  At any rate, go to your MyLC and complete these evaluations.  They are critical to becoming a better learning community!

Many thanks to the 130 volunteers and Tevin Ware for hosting the LC Special Olympics for 55 athletes last weekend!  By all reports, the athletes had a great day and received a warm LC welcome and continual support and encouragement!

And lastly, don’t forget Relay for Life!  If you aren’t careful, you’ll find yourself walking around the Dell at 3:00 in the morning freezing to death wondering where are all the Relay Teams and participants.  Well silly, the relay is now in the day!  Faculty and Staff, please bring your families out and take a lap or two!  Opening Ceremony is at 10:00 am, Saturday, April 18!!!  Let’s walk for all those who fought and continue to fight this terrible disease in hopes that someday we will take hold a Victory Relay because we have cancer beaten!  It’ll see you out there walking or at the grill serving up my famous hotdogs!

Boy, I sure wish there was something going on this weekend???

John G. Eccles

Vice President of Purple

Posted in Campus Happenings

Fountain Etiquette and other news

Hello and welcome to April!  We found the thermostat and we are inching it up so wearing shorts and tee shirts won’t be hazardous to your health anymore.  So here is what has been going on since the last time you deleted my Campus Update:

  • On Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, literally hundreds of LC student volunteers participated in the “One World Blitz Build.”  This event is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and featured a blitz build right in our own neighborhood on Warren Street.
  • While that was going on, students also participated in “March on Litter Day.”  They went into the surrounding streets and picked up over 200 bags of trash!!!  The following Sunday, a group also traveled to Claytor Nature Study Center and conducted our annual litter clean up.  Mother Earth sends her thanks!
  • Have you noticed that the splash fountain sometimes sprays high up in the air and other times is barely spurting out of the nozzle?  We discovered that when too many students take a shower in McWane that it affects the water pressure in this fountain.  We are working to correct this problem and hope to “normalize” the splash fountain in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, keep taking your shower!
  • Speaking of fountains, we have received many questions about fountain etiquette.  Here is the short version:  Stay out of the black granite fountains.  There are cameras everywhere and you’ll be picking up cigarette butts for the rest of your college career if you mess with them.  (Did that sound like a threat, sorry.  It was meant to be a promise. J )   Now on the other hand,  you are free to stroll through the splash fountain.  Watch out for that nozzle on the far left that will shoot up over six feet.  You might want to wear your swimming goggles too!
  • St. Baldricks was another great success.  There were over 50 students who offered up their heads and hair and, in the process, raised well over $5,000 dollars for cancer research for children.  Next up is Relay for Life on April 18.  It is a DAY relay starting at 10:00 am and wrapping up by 10:00 pm.  So get in the game and make a difference.  Sign up now!  Go to http://relay.acsevents.org/site/PageServer?pagename=relay and get started.
  • 11134075_10155384331935453_2720479643176191412_oMany thanks to the sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma and the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon who spent the afternoon doing the first annual Red Chair Clean Up!  They collected over 30 red chairs brought them in front of Hundley where they were repaired, scrubbed clean, and tightened up.  The oldest generation were painted and the herd was released back into the Dell by early evening. These students performed a great service to us all.  Biggest issue:  cigarette burns on the arm of the chair.  Short Term Solution: Put the cigarette out on your own arm next time. Long Term Solution: A Smoke Free Dell.  (Coming to you in the fall of 2015!)
  • Finally, you may be aware of the NO MORE National Campaign that was started last year as a result of high profile domestic violence cases within the National Football League.  The campaign features NFL players speaking out against sexual violence.  We contacted the NO More Foundation and asked if we could join the effort and create a campaign at LC.  To our knowledge, we are the first college or university that has done this.  We have videoed our men’s and coed varsity athletic teams, fraternities, club teams,  and several campus organizations.  We will have an open signing day sometime in the next two weeks which will help us reach the goal of 1000 pledges!  Be a part of the solution! Check out the No More site to learn more:  http://nomore.org/
  • Want to know what our alums are up to?  Well Joe Sancio ’10 played club basketball.  An LC alum basketball team is now vying to make the cuts for the national club championship run.  But to make the cut they need our votes.  So go to the website and vote for our LC Alumni Hornet!!!  On the right hand side of the page there is a large orange box that says “become a fan & vote for this team.” http://www.thetournament.com/teams/lynchburg-college-club-basketball

So there you have it!  I hope you have a great weekend!  Take care of one another and enjoy those red chairs.  Until next time, I am:

John G. Eccles

Dean of Fountain Development

Posted in Campus Happenings, Red Chairs

Old Spice

Hello and welcome back to the first edition of the LC Campus Update. This missive was known as “Campus and Construction Update” but as I hope you are aware, all those guys who continually bent over and exposed the upper regions of their buttocks are now gone! So without further ado, let’s get to the all-important LC, national and international news that impacts all of us every day. Read more ›

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The 12 Days of Christmas


Hello Lynchburg College Community!  I hope that your holidays are off to a great start. Some of us are still in the office, but I have got to tell you, it has been really quiet!!!  Well, except for the leaf blowers that is!!  As we get into the season, I know there are many ways that we will express our gratitude and thanksgiving for all the blessings that we have.  I would like to offer up from my tradition of Christmas, my list of things to be thankful for by using that age-old song, “The 12 Days of Christmas” as my vehicle.  (My old English professor would be so happy that I used the word “vehicle” in a non-motor head manner!)  So sing along with me if you want … it will make the song go by quicker!
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Ribbon cutting and paver shaving

Hello Lynchburg College! I hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather!!! I can tell you that we really love it down at the worksite. Read more ›

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Shrubbery and Monty Python

Hello LC community! Happy Homecoming Week! It is good to know that we all survived the four days of rain last week. Of course the weather forecasters were predicting 20 inches of rain, high winds, flooding, overbooked and leaky arks, basically the end of the Earth as we know it. You see The Weather Forecasters Association is a bit edgy and cranky because they haven’t been able to cover the “SAVAGE HURICANNE 2014,” where they report in their soaked slickers by washed-out beach homes. So now they are resorting to just plain rain storms and trying to give them a little pizazz! To most of us, it just rained for a few days which got old; however, that does not increase viewers on the Weather Channel!!!  So stay tuned to the next weather disaster called:  Monster Mist on Monday Morning 2014. Read more ›

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Fall Break: True or False?

Well Happy Hump Day!!!  And for some of you, it is actually Friday, i.e. the last day of classes before Fall Break!!!  Yippee!  You are now half way through the semester!  Congratulations!!!!  So as you have time over fall break to contemplate the nature of man (and women too!), I thought I would share an important tidbit about my campus updates.  Read more ›

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Knock, knock, knock

Knock, Knock, Knock…
You hear it from the depths of a groggy sleep…
Knock, Knock, Knock…
It continues and you realize it is not a dream… Read more ›

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The Big Tease

Hello LC. I have been called a lot of things in my day. Most I cannot put in this note to you. But here is a sample of some of the names I have responded to: Read more ›

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Almost there

Hello Lynchburg College!!! Some short notes to share with you this hot and humid Friday afternoon.

Wow … is it ever hot and humid.

The good news is that we are all sweaty and smelly together so you don’t notice the BO as much. Read more ›

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