School Spirit at Christopher Newport University

Nothing quite like it ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ Christopher Newport University may be a small school, but each one of its students is fervently passionate about their chosen college. Our school spirit is unparalleled, but the student body perhaps displays it in different ways than other schools typically do. There is so much enthusiasm on…

Double take

Two writers review “Sweeney Todd” Review: “Sweeney Todd” hits the stage TheaterCNU designs a metallic musical for all to safely enjoy ~Ashley McMillan, Arts & Entertainment Editor~ At the end of the hair-raising evening, it was an incredible surprise that director Laura Lloyd and TheaterCNU’s production of the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of…

Series Review: “WandaVision” 

The finale of the superhero sitcom leaves fan theories to rest ~Ian Burke, Staff Writer~ (This article contains spoilers for WandaVision)  Nine weeks and dozens of fan theories later, Marvel and Disney+ has seen critical acclaim from their run of WandaVision, the first Marvel property released during the pandemic, centered around the eponymous superhero couple….

OPINION: When to Speak up Against Injustice 

~Jessica King, Staff Writer~ When do we speak up against injustice? This was the topic of a CNU Brown Bag event, a  small discussion group I attended pre-pandemic, which is open to all students. Their main mission: to  allow a safe space for students, professors, and alumni to speak openly about issues concerning the CNU …

Putting the country on notice

Nationally ranked CNU programs show why they’re the cream of the crop ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ Kicking-off the week on Wednesday, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) No. 25 ranked Christopher Newport University (CNU) Women’s Lacrosse matched- up with the No. 23 ranked University of Lynchburg. The event marked the first time in five…

The CNU Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021

Which former Captains were honored as the best of the best ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ Earlier this semester, CNUsports.com announced the 2021 Class’s five inductees into the Christopher Newport University (CNU) Athletic Hall of Fame. Over the course of five weeks, Captains legends were honored on the site one-by-one. Due to COVID-19, there was not,…

OPINION: The case for change

A reflection on the dangers of hazing and the Adam Oakes incident ~Evelyn Davidson, Staff Writer~ On the morning of February 27th, Adam Oakes, a nineteen-year-old student attending VCU, was found dead after participating in a Delta Chi “Big Little Reveal” that took place at off-campus fraternity housing the night before. The hazing incident involved…

Student Government Association elections come to a close

Meet the new Executive Board for the upcoming academic year ~Anna Dorl, Editor in Chief~ This past week, Christopher Newport’s Student Government Association (SGA) held elections to establish the organization’s next Executive Board for the 2021-2022 academic year. Voting was open from Monday, March 8 to Friday, March 12. Before voting closed on the 12th…

4 Ways to Study for Your Midterms

Midterm season can be rough, but a few simple tips can go a long way Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor  Despite midterm grades being released last Friday, midterm season is still very much in swing at Christopher Newport as cumulative exams are still being assigned. Each professor decides how to schedule and organize his or her…

A guide for hunting Squishmallows

Fantastic stuffed animals and where to find them ~Anna Dorl, Editor-in-Chief~ ~Ashley McMillan, Arts and Entertainment Editor~ In a chaotic age of much-needed comfort, Squishmallow hunting is the new activity for college students looking for an escape and cuddly new friends. Thanks to TikTok and other social media apps, these spherical stuffed animals have skyrocketed…

A baseball walk-off and football cancelled

All this and more in the CNU Athletics weekly roundup  ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ With the start of Christopher Newport University (CNU) Women’s Tennis last week, all sports listed to resume play during the 2021 Spring Semester have done so. It feels kind of nice, right? It’s fantastic to see our Captains all back in…

The Captains “love” tennis

Looking ahead to the rest of the CNU Women’s Tennis season ~Shannon Garrett, Staff Writer~ This year, Women’s Tennis at Christopher Newport University (CNU) began on Mar. 12 at 4 p.m. with a match against Norfolk State University (NSU). From the onset, the outlook for the Captains to win against NSU seemed grim, as CNU…

Every Streaming Service

How are Captains handling the streaming age? ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ With the recent launch of Paramount Plus, it’s amazing to see just how many high-profile streaming services there are nowadays. What began with Netflix has blossomed into seemingly endless options across various platforms. Given that we find ourselves in the midst of COVID-19, it’s…

The Many Instagram Accounts of CNU

Captains love to make Instagram accounts about pretty much everything ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ With only 5,000 students, Christopher Newport is an incredibly small college when compared to the majority of schools in America. Despite that, there is absolutely no shortage of Instagram accounts created by Captains and aimed at entertaining the CNU community. Of…

Spring cleaning: A super simple guide

It’s that time of year again ~Anna Dorl, Editor in Chief~ Spring is just around the corner – the weather is (slowly) getting warmer, birds are starting to chirp again and flowers are beginning to blossom. Since we’ve been in this pandemic for almost a year now, your home may most likely be your workspace…

The Wide World of Mac n’ Cheese

A few of The Captain’s Log staff members share their favorite mac n’ cheese ~Diane Frola, Anna Dorl, Ashley McMillan, and Travis Rocha~ Diane’s Great Mac and Cheese Opinion: Macaroni and cheese is hands down the best food to ever be invented, or at least in my opinion it is. Now I get that many…

For CNU Athletics, winning is a habit

Two more squads of Captains resume play, but the “W’s” just keep on coming ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ On Tuesday, Mar. 2, CNU Women’s Basketball hit the hardwood again for their sixth exhibition game. Coming off four straight wins and two past victories where the Captains outscored their opponents by a combined 80 points, the…

CNU Football kicks-off a new season (almost)

Discussing the mysterious scrimmage against Sailisbury following a year-long hiatus  ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ Christopher Newport University (CNU) Football is back, ladies and gentlemen. I know, kind of a weird thing to say during the Spring Semester, but here we are. It almost seems surreal to suggest we would be seeing the Captains take the…

A week in CNU Sports

Details on Football’s return and results from a week’s worth of Captains athletics  ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ What a difference a week makes. All of the sudden, things almost seem normal in the realm of Christopher Newport University (CNU) Athletics. A week ago, only Men’s and Women’s basketball were competing regularly. Now, CNU Baseball, Softball…

Back in the swing of things

A preview of CNU Men’s and Women’s Golf ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ “Putting” all our differences aside, can we all agree that golf very well may be the most relaxing sport in the world. I mean, I don’t want to “wedge” a rift in our relationship, but I think that’s a hill I’m willing to…

The Signing Tradition Continues

Sophomores will get a chance to have a “Signing Day” ~Josh Grimes, News Editor~ Coming up on Tuesday, March 16th from 11am-2pm, tentatively in case things change, the Sophomore class of 2023 will get a chance to dress in business attire and join in the annual Signing Day tradition. Typically, this beloved tradition is held…

Fantastic Pizzas and Where to Find Them

Do you ever wonder how pizza chains stack up against one another? Well, wonder no longer ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ If there’s one thing the world isn’t short on, it’s pizza. I’d even wager to say you can visit any city in America, drive any direction for no more than 15 minutes, and you’ll find…

The Captains’ new “beg-inning”

A preview of the 2021 CNU Baseball and Softball seasons ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ Christopher Newport University (CNU) Men’s Baseball and Women’s Softball are back, ladies and gentlemen. Well, almost. At the end of this month, both teams will put an end to their almost one-year-long off-seasons with their opening day matchups. Opening day is…

CNU Basketball teams drop anchor in the win column

Recapping the Captains’ second week of exhibition play ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ In a time of widespread uncertainty and concern, the recent return of Christopher Newport University (CNU) Men’s and Women’s Basketball has provided our Captains community with an entertaining respite from our now almost monotonous world. Now at a year since major COVID-19 safety…

The Wonderful World of Whiteboard Art

Freshman Erik Brenner brings color and creativity to the halls of Santoro with his incredible whiteboard art ~Taylor Vigil, Photography Editor~ While dorm door whiteboards can often be found scattered throughout residence halls, freshman Erik Brenner took the form of self expression to a whole new level. Brenner began this artistic endeavor at the start…

CNU Basketball is back

Recapping the Men’s and Women’s return to competition  ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ A lot like countless other timeless institutions over the course of the past year, Christopher Newport University (CNU) Men’s and Women’s Basketball had an unfamiliar look as their seasons began last week. No fans were in attendance due to COVID-19 protocols, and the…

Move over Madden

EA announces the return of their college football video game series ~Felix Phommachanh, CNUTV Managing Editor~ In a tweet from the official Electronic Arts (EA) Sports account on Feb. 2, the company announced they are bringing back one of their most popular video game series from a near decade-long hiatus. It is the NCAA (National…

Christopher Newport President Addresses the Student Body

The Board of Visitors grants Trible Sabbatical Leave  ~Josh Grimes, News Editor~ In a heartfelt video message, released to the student body late Friday morning, President Paul Trible, Jr.  announced that the board of visitors granted him sabbatical leave. Sabbatical leave, according to the Marriam Webster Dictionary, is when there’s a paid or unpaid break…

Review: The Queens Gambit 

Checkmate! Netflix introduces a new hit ~Diane Frola, Staff Writer~ The Netflix miniseries, “The Queen’s Gambit,” based on Walter Tevis’s novel by the same name, tells the story of a young orphan and chess prodigy and her rise to championship.  Now watching chess is not something most people find alluring and action-packed. Yet, this mini-series…

Taylor Swift: Folklore v. Evermore

Did you live for the hope of it all or just survived a long story short? ~Elijah Williams, Staff Writer~ Ladies and gentlemen of the Swiftie Nation! Our wonderful Queen has done it again! For those of you who are not in the loop, Taylor Swift recently released the deluxe edition of her ninth studio…

Opinion: The fall of housing

Innocent students are split from their friends amidst quarantine spike ~Ashley McMillan, Arts and Entertainment Editor~ As numbers rise, and spirits fall, it comes more and more clear how depressing living on campus has become. I only have online classes, therefore I only come onto campus for packages in the mailroom. Beyond that, I really…

Answering some questions

Vice President of Student Affairs, Kevin Hughes, answers some follow up questions regarding his last email ~Evelyn Davidson, Staff Writer~ This article was written at the time of the dramatic spike in cases at Christopher Newport University. Cases have since begun to decline.  On February 8th, Dr. Kevin Hughes, Vice President of Student Affairs, sent…

What are Captains Listening To?

Shannon shares the albums and songs that have been stuck in her head this week ~Shannon Garrett, Staff Writer~ I have been listening to a lot of music lately to deal with the stress of school and the pandemic we are living through. Some of it has been chill, calm music that can be played…

Aromas Review

Come for the coffee and stay for the grilled cheese ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ It doesn’t take much for a new restaurant or coffee shop to peak my interest, oftentimes I’m sold as soon as I see the single dollar sign rating on google maps. Though, Aromas caught my eye for a different reason, namely…

CNU and COVID-19

Here’s what COVID looks like right now at Christopher Newport ~Felix Phommachanh, Staff Writer~ This article was written last week before the recent spike in COVID-19 outbreak at CNU The Fall Semester of 2020 for CNU was an interesting experience, as it was the semester with COVID-19. The University required us to check if we…

Bridgerton Review: Colorism, corsets, and color-grading

The belle of the ball catches the eyes of 82 million households ~Ashley McMillan, Arts & Entertainment Editor~ Here, here! A new royal family has taken our gaze, and this time, it is as fictional as ever.  On Christmas day, Netflix welcomed a new Original series; adapted by Julia Quinn’s eight Regency novels, Bridgerton broke…

The NBA’s normal two-woman referee crew

Two women officiating men’s sports is a big deal—to an extent ~Anna Thomas, Staff Writer~ “The National Basketball Association (NBA) will be making history on Monday night as it will mark the first time that two female referees will officiate the same game,” read a CBS Sports article that was published just before referees Natalie…

CNU Men’s Lacrosse ranked no. 18 in the country

How they earned the ranking and the team’s future outlook ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ From the get-go, Christopher Newport University’s (CNU) Men’s Lacrosse team has an expectation to perform. Of course, that assigned expectation is not unfounded. Based on the team’s play from the previous shortened season, the Captains have been ranked the eighteenth best…

Virtual V-Day Date Ideas

With COVID-19 numbers spiking on campus, read how you can cozy up, socially-distanced style ~Ashley McMillan, Arts & Entertainment Editor~ Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and with no end in the spike of COVID-19 numbers, couples and best friends on campus will have to stay in on the romantic day. A lot of us can’t…

Quarantining at CNU: A Short Memoir

Behind the scenes of a CNU quarantine ~Grace Griles, Staff Writer~ The term “unprecedented times” has been thrown around so much the past eleven months as an attempt to describe the global pandemic. Some would consider that phrase triggering. While this phrase is rather overused, it does accurately describe what it’s like to be attending…

Freeman Center Fieldhouse becomes COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Essential workers in Newport News receive Moderna vaccine on campus ~Anna Dorl, Editor in Chief~ In recent weeks, the Fieldhouse in the Freeman Center at Christopher Newport has been transformed into a COVID-19 testing center, and recently, a vaccination clinic to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. After being inspected and approved by the Virginia Department…

Quarantined on campus: Christopher Newport’s food delivery service

“A learning experience” for the 2020-2021 academic year ~Evelyn Davidson, Staff Writer~ This article was written last semester before winter break. It is posted now with other backlog articles. The Captain’s Log will update this article with new information as it comes.  This semester and last semester, CNU students begin each day by doing their…

A Case For Video Games In A Pandemic

Recommendations and commentary on video games amidst a lonely pandemic ~Tony Sabia, Staff Writer~ In a time where our sanity is slowly slipping away from us all, we all need some familiarity of simpler times to remind us of how good we had it. During this period of our lives, where we’re all trapped inside…

The Plaza Aztecas of Newport News

“Hey man, do you wanna go to Plaza?” ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ As seasoned Captains will recall, there was once a time, not too long ago, when the question “Hey, do you wanna go to Plaza?” elicited the immediate response “Which one? The good one or the bad one?” By this, one would be referring…

Grounded Coffee review

Through coffee comes community ~Anna Dorl, Editor in Chief~ Nestled in the Port Warwick area, Grounded Coffee welcomes customers with a circular light-up sign with a sleek coffee bean design – a beacon that invites coffee lovers from all over to come and enjoy a cup. A welcome addition to the arsenal of independent coffee…

The Death of Kobe Bryant

1 Year Later ~Elijah Williams, Staff Writer~ Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. A date which will live in basketball infamy. It is one of those dates that people remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the devastating news. For many, it felt like another Sunday. The world was waiting…

Super Bowl LV Predictions

Two CNU students tell you exactly who’ll win the big game ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ ~Steven Baxley, Staff Writer~ Nearly three months ago, we each made predictions on who would be standing on stage accepting the Lombardi Trophy after the National Football League’s (NFL) Super Bowl LV. Steven forecasted the Seattle Seahawks, a unit led…

Don we now our gay apparel

Review of Hulu’s new lesbian Christmas movie ~Emma Dixon, Executive Producer of CNUTV~ This review contains spoilers from the movie.  It’s the moment all lesbians have been waiting for. On Nov. 26, Hulu release a highly anticipated lesbian Christmas movie. For years, lesbians have had to sit through cliché, heteronormative Hallmark Christmas movies. When Hulu…

The (almost) returned NBA’s new look

An incredibly too small recap of the league’s jam-packed offseason ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ You know, it really feels like just five months ago the National Basketball Association (NBA) was returning from a brief medically-enforced hiatus brought on by the growing pandemic. 22 of the NBA’s 30 teams ventured down to Orlando to resume the…

“Turkey day” gone affray

Virginia Wesleyan University punishes 13 student athletes over breaking  COVID-19 protocol ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ Now that the Christopher Newport University (CNU) community has wrapped up the Thanksgiving break and returned for the final two weeks of classes, the restful and earned time off should not go forgotten. Yes, we all “recharged our batteries” so…

Why is Studio Ghibli so popular?

A listicle of the Japanese animation studio’s wondrous elements ~Ashley McMillan, Arts & Entertainment Editor~ Animated films have a special quality to them that attract just about any viewer to its pure imagination and wonder-filled atmospheres. For Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Koganei, Tokyo, the acclaimed studio is best known worldwide…

How to spruce up your shower routine

Create a soothing, warm escape as winter approaches ~Anna Dorl, Editor-in-Chief~ As the days get colder and shorter, we’re all spending more and more time inside. Sometimes, we may find ourselves stepping into our showers more often just to stay warm, but your shower doesn’t have to be the same routine every time. Here are…

“Flea Flicking” Foretellers

Two CNU students debate who will win Super Bowl LV ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ ~Steven Baxley, Staff Writer~ We are only a mere three months away from the National Football League’s (NFL) pinnacle of pigskin performance, Super Bowl LV. On Feb. 7, 2021, Tampa, FL’s Raymond James Stadium will be more quiet than normal, on…

New life for the “Tribe 7”

William & Mary reinstates all seven of their discontinued varsity sports…for now ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ As The Captain’s Log has covered at length this tumultuous semester, the College of William & Mary (W&M) recently cancelled seven out of their 23 that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division I on Sep. third….

Smallcakes Cupcakery Review

Yes, an entire shop just for cupcakes ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ Reminiscing on simpler times, I recall some of my fondest memories from preadolescence. From dating my first girlfriend to being dumped by my first girlfriend, elementary school certainly had its ups and downs. Fortunately, one thing I could always rely on was when it…

Results from the 2020 League of Legends World Championship

Taking over the world ~Felix Phommachanh, Managing Editor of CNUTV~ Late last month on Halloween day, the League of Legends (LoL) 2020 World Championship was held in Shanghai, China. The two teams competing for the world’s championship were Suning (SN) and Damwon Gaming (DWG).  Now, being that we are in a pandemic, how could a…

2020 Stroll to the Polls Recap

A showcase on voter advocacy and Black Lives Matter ~Taylor Vigil, Photography Editor~ ~Ashley McMillan, Arts and Entertainment Editor~ The Undisputed Upsilon Beta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.’s 8th Annual Stroll to the Polls event looked a little bit different this year due to COVID-19 regulations and precautions, but did not fail to…

November in Newport News

Rotting jack-o-lanterns, political lawn signs, and crunchy brown leaves? Must be November ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ The spooky ghouls and goblins and blacks and purples of Halloween have been swapped out for wholesome turkeys and autumn leaves of warm, fall colors as the month changed to November. A week in, the month has already ushered…

The lady monarch of Lady Monarchs

A profile on Old Dominion University’s latest women’s basketball coach ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ Did you know Old Dominion University (ODU) was instituted in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary (W&M)? Much like Christopher Newport University (CNU), ODU began as a research center offshoot of W&M. Did you also…

How to relax and destress from the election madness

Tips on how to unwind and take a break from the election ~Emma Dixon, Executive Producer of CNUTV~ Okay. Let’s be honest. 2020 was draining before the election was even happening. Now that the election is here, it seems impossible to focus on anything else. I know personally I have been unable to concentrate on…

Not all heroes wear capes, some wear royal blue and grey jerseys

CNU Men’s Basketball and Women’s Soccer named “Programs That Inspire” ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ Two weeks ago in late Oct., two of Christopher Newport University’s (CNU) most storied sports programs found themselves in lofty company. This time, however, it was not for their natural prowess or physical abilities on their sports’ field of play. Instead,…

Album review: elated! by Bea Miller

Miller progress with a new real, honest EP  ~Emma Dixon, Executive Producer of CNUTV~ The year 2020 has brought a lot of changes: a global pandemic, a historic presidential election and much more. But for Bea Miller fans, it has brought some hope with the release of a new album entitled elated!. Miller has been…

Zoom Class in Bed

From bedroom to classroom, one can only wonder what mysteries lie beyond your classmate’s paused video and muted mic Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor It’s 7:59 a.m., your final, literal, last minute alarm sounds off to wake you for your first Zoom class of the day at 8:00 a.m. You begrudgingly roll out of bed towards…

The new “Rebecca” movie was better than I expected

Netflix finally courts a considerate film adaptation Shannon Garrett, Staff Writer On Oct. 21, the new film adaptation of “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier was released on Netflix. It was directed by Ben Wheatley and stars Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristin Scott Thomas. Rebecca is about a young woman (played by Lily James) who…

A (miniature) 2020 NBA Draft Preview

Three of the league’s newest faces come the 2020-21 Season ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ The 2019-20 National Basketball Association (NBA) regular season was one for the record books, folks. We saw the Milwaukee Bucks dominate the league in route to the earliest playoff berth ever, LeBron James pass the late Kobe Bryant for third all-time…

Sophia Nelson: Journalist, Lawyer, and CNU Professor

Dr. Nelson shares her thoughts on Christopher Newport and our nation’s political climate ~Grace Griles, Staff Writer~ Sophia Nelson is an accomplished journalist, lawyer, and now a professor at Christopher Newport University. (She’s also an award winning author and renowned speaker.) Her successful background in journalism and as a lawyer may lead some to wonder…

Opinion: Our choice, not our fault

Staff writer calls students to rise to demands of COVID prevention ~Anna Thomas, Staff Writer~ My phone buzzed on Oct. 12 with what I thought would be another “Campus Update” email from Dean Kevin Hughes, addressing the status of our University and our handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was at a gas station on…

Make your morning more meaningful

Here’s how to wake up on the right side of the bed ~Anna Dorl, Editor-in-Chief~ I think a lot of us out there can say that sometimes, getting up in the morning is hard — especially when you’re a college student who has a mile-long to-do list and you’d rather sleep than do anything productive….

Making a career of “spooky szns”

Crafting the worst starting five out of former NBA Draft no. 1 selections ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ The National Basketball Association (NBA) season is finally behind us, and the Los Angeles Lakers are officially the 2019-20 winners of the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Now we can finally move on to more important things like what to…

A review of Netflix original “Emily in Paris”

New television series crosses the line for Westernized thought and offensive French stereotypes ~Ashley McMillan, Arts & Entertainment Editor~ As we grow throughout life, sometimes the most surprising and inconvenient moments are experiences we cherish and grow within most. For the new Netflix original television series, “Emily in Paris,” I began to realize why your…

CNU will host the 2023 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship

Why dropping anchor at home is good news for the future Captains ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ Earlier this month on Oct. fourteenth, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced the hosting sites for over 450 preliminary rounds and final locations for championship games for their diverse catalog of competitive college sports. In an effort of…

Schooners Grill Review

You can’t go just once ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ Anyone who’s been at Christopher Newport longer than a few months has almost definitely heard of Schooners. It’s one of the most popular bars/restaurants for Captains to visit because it’s located right down the street from campus. On any typical weekend morning, you’ll most assuredly find…

A pandemic playbook

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame hosts a virtual forum surrounding mental wellness for student-athletes  ~Emma Dixon, Executive Producer of CNUTV~ The pandemic has been hard on everyone. Since COVID hit in early March, the lives of student-athletes have been turned upside down. Spring sports had to stop their season halfway through. Seniors lost their last…

Looking Ahead to the Spring Semester

Details of how the Christopher Newport campus will be for Spring 2021 ~Josh Grimes, News Editor~ With the end of the Fall semester on campus coming near a close in about five weeks it’s time that we look ahead to the Spring semester. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, information about the Spring was placed onto the…

Move over, PSL!

Canvas Coffee’s new autumnal drinks are all the rage ~Ashley McMillan, Arts and Entertainment Editor~ Located in Styron Square, the up-scale coffee shop Canvas Coffee House has only been rising in popularity after only being opened since Feb 15 in 2019. The coffee house’s sleek design and dashes of artistic and plant life details make…

TV Show Review: Kipo and The Age Of Wonderbeasts

The children’s show, with an almost all POC and LGTBQ+ cast, rises to the top deserving ~Ashley McMillan, Arts and Entertainment Editor~ Netflix is known to have television shows that either are huge hits, or rather big losses. For Kipo and The Age Of Wonderbeasts, the DreamWorks, post-apocalyptic show definitely hit the mark on everything…

Oozlefinch Review

Oozlefinch? More like boozlefinch  ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ Although the summer itself may be behind us, it seems there still might be a few summer days left in 2020 for us in Newport News. Lately, the days have been warm and pleasant which is the perfect temperature to enjoy the outdoors with your friends. With…

William & Mary’s Director of Athletics Samantha Huge steps down

Exploring the litigation, plagiarism claims, and positive COVID-19 tests that caused her sudden departure ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ On Oct. sixth, The College of William & Mary’s (W&M) President, Katherine Rowe, announced their Director of Athletics Samantha Huge and herself had mutually come to the decision that it was in the best interest of the…

“A teachable moment”

Faculty responds to anonymous “Republican” letter posted on campus ~Anna Dorl, Editor-in-Chief~ “Due to the present state of our great nation, and the incessant attacks upon it, I find that I have no other choice but to take to the pen, even though some of my other fellow countrymen in the last few months have…

Christopher Newport alum constructs accurate university COVID-19 tracker

Leading to official university tracker improvements ~Anna Dorl, Editor-in-Chief~ Adam Fendley, Class of 2018, describes his undergraduate self as a “serial website maker” for Christopher Newport. So naturally, when he noticed the university’s official COVID-19 case tracker seemed inaccurate weeks before its recent update, he took matters into his own hands to create something more…

A $68 million sports facility opens in Virginia Beach

How the ‘Virginia Beach Sports Center’ came to be and everything it offers the community  ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ If you have traveled down 19th Street in Virginia Beach over the past two years, you may have noticed something colossal being built. A gargantuan complex of over 285,000 square feet. If the heart is the…

If at first you don’t succeed, turn to “The Rock” and hope

The XFL schedules a return for Spring 2022 ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ Merely two short weeks ago on Oct. 1, the landscape of professional football was shaken to its core for the third time in nearly two decades. You would not know it, as it went relatively unnoticed in a time when sports should not…

Sly Clyde’s Review

They have cider, lots of it ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ If you like cider, then you’ll love Sly Clyde Ciderworks. It’s been one of my favorite places for my friends and I to go for awhile now because the drinks are great and the atmosphere is very friendly and inviting. There’s plenty of seating inside,…

Who’s on the 2020 Election Ballot?

A Decision 2020 update on who we’re voting for in the election.  ~Josh Grimes, News Editor~ With Election Day being less than 30 days away, it’s time for us to go through who and what is on the ballot. There have been two debates in this portion so far on the national level, a Presidential…

How to get tested for COVID and why you should

Yes, you! ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ Just when it seems like it could never happen to you, it does. Someone you came into contact with in the last 14 days has tested positive for COVID. A few days ago, one of my friends who I had been in close proximity with recently sent a message…

Pandemic Teacher Prep

A student’s take on being a teaching assistant in NNPS during pandemic virtual learning ~Taylor Vigil, Photography Editor~ There is no doubt that this school year has been a particularly interesting one. Classes are online, students and staff are learning how to navigate online education and there is little certainty as to when or even…

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Remembering the two-decade-long career of Argentine basketball legend Manu Ginóbili ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ On Sep. 17, 1968, Hispanic Heritage Week was signed into law by then President Lyndon B. Johnson. Its legislation was sponsored by California Representative Edward R. Roybal, and it was scheduled to take place every Sep. 15 and 16 of each…

Everyone’s a sinner in “The Devil All the Time”

Film review for Tom Holland’s newest Netflix movie ~Diane Frola, Staff Writer~ Warning: This review contains spoilers  The new Netflix movie “The Devil All the Time” (2020) weaves religion and violence into small-town America, leaving you feeling uneasy and thoughtful. The movie is based on the novel by Donald Ray Pollock, who conveniently is also…

TheatreCNU Review: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling

“Can you spell B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L?” ~Ashley McMillan, Arts & Entertainment Editor~ As the lights begin to dim, and the contestants start to walk the stage, the Diamonstein Theatre exhibits a newfound energy. Other TheaterCNU productions have showcased extravagant stages and have embellished a beautiful chaos that typically starts the show. This time around, the unexpected from…

Change in Campus Life at Christopher Newport

Those in the Upperclass reflect on the differences of campus now compared to March ~Grace Griles, Staff Writer~ It’s no mystery that this semester will be very different for all the Captains here on campus. With social distancing affecting events, classrooms, and residence halls on Christopher Newport’s campus many returning Captains admit that it doesn’t…

A Modern Mafia

Among Us Game Review ~Peri Costic, Staff Writer~ By now, even non-gamers have heard of Among Us, the smash-hit online multiplayer game from Inner Sloth Studios. The premise of the game is simple enough- a group of players, called Crewmates, must complete tasks to repair a ship. The catch? There is one (or multiple) Imposter(s),…

The Travis Scott Burger One Month Later

It’s lit! ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ For most college students, there probably hasn’t been one week in their collegiate career that’s gone by in which they didn’t hear at least one Travis Scott song at some point. Indisputably one of the most popular artists in rap today, Travis Scott’s warbled, psychedelic, autotuned crooning has been…

Record Shopping in Newport News

No need to raid your parents’ collection, there’s plenty of vinyls right here in town ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ Deciding to buy your first vinyl is a little like deciding to get your first tattoo; it’s a big commitment. People don’t normally just wake up and do it; they either get swept up in the…

Airhead Airballers

Two CNU students debate who will win the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy this year ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ ~Steven Baxley, Staff Writer~ The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Finals are upon us, ladies and gentlemen. Sure, it definitely does not look like it usually does, but the spirit of competition from the two battle-tested teams is…

gLeaf Dispensary opening soon in Richmond

Medical marijuana coming to a dispensary near you ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ In July 2020, Virginia legalized medical marijuana as part of a national trend in which Americans are becoming more and more comfortable with the substance, as it’s been legalized or decriminalized in many states. What was once denounced and condemned is now being…

Beervana Taphouse Review

Where the beer is cheap and the vibes are transcendental ~Ashley McMillan, A&E Editor~ When you turn the exciting age of 21 in college, you’re immediately compelled to places where cheap alcoholic products are. Personally, my spending budget is really limited while I’m at school, which is frustrating. There’s so much available to you at…

TheaterCNU opens its doors this weekend

Dr. David Shuhy entails what is waiting to be explored in The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee  ~Ashley McMillan, A&E Editor~ After a whirlwind of events, and a pandemic that is still advancing, TheaterCNU is finally opening up the Diamonstein Concert Hall doors this weekend, Oct. 2-4, for their first production of the year: The…

“The tip of the spear”

Dr. Angela Spranger tells all as new Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer ~Anna Dorl, Editor-in-Chief~ Dr. Angela Spranger is no stranger to the Christopher Newport community. For years, she has served as an assistant professor in the Luter School of Business. But this year, she has taken on a new role: the university’s first…

High school football lives in Virginia Beach

A new seven on seven league gives new opportunities to local college football hopefuls ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ Just like our athletes here at Christopher Newport University,  high school football players from across the commonwealth of Virginia were saddened to hear their season would be canceled due to health precautions taken against the COVID-19 pandemic….

How to get into the autumn spirit – TV show edition

“Fall” in love with some seasonal series ~Anna Dorl, Editor-in-Chief~ Since COVID-19 put a stop to the production of many new television shows, many of us might find ourselves binge watching familiar favorites. If you’re looking for some recommendations to add some (pumpkin) spice to your watchlist this fall, this list has you covered. “Over…

ODU will launch a varsity esports team this month

What we know so far and a review of their chosen games ~Felix Phommachanh, Managing Editor of CNUTV~ With the pandemic still going on and a majority of physical sports like american football and basketball slowly coming back, many people migrated, or even took interest, in esports. Esports, or electronic sports, are where people play…

The show must go on!

TheaterCNU makes alterations due to the pandemic ~Evelyn Davidson, Staff Writer~ Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the performing arts have suffered greatly. Productions have been postponed or cancelled and even Broadway has succumbed to the unavoidable challenges that the pandemic creates. This semester, TheaterCNU has decided to highlight the realities of life during a pandemic in…

2020 Senior Thesis Exhibition

ArtCNU 2020 seniors finally got the chance to showcase their talent in the Ferguson Hall for the 2020 Senior Thesis Exhibition. ~Taylor Vigil, Photography Editor~ Along with the many other events that were cancelled due to COVID-19 last semester, ArtCNU graduating seniors unfortunately had to postpone showcasing their senior thesis projects. Thankfully, after months of…

The Capital Athletic Conference announces suspension of play until 2021

How its universities are responding ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ Two weeks ago, the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) announced on their official website they will be suspending league play and competition at least till January 2021. All winter events scheduled through the end of this year are now on hold due to the well-documented concerns over…

Lesser-known grievances of the COVID pandemic

We all know the pandemic can be cruel, but who could have predicted our grilled cheeses would be affected? ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ This pandemic has changed all of our lives, and I’d wager to say very few of us would attest to it being for the better. We’ve had friends and family who have…

Do masks give you acne?

The bane of young adults the world over, acne ~Travis Rocha, Lifestyle Editor~ Yes. Yes, they do. I wish that wasn’t the answer and it gives me no pleasure to confirm that it is. The worst part is we aren’t even all suffering together with this plight. That’s right, you may be staring in the…

Weather Woes in the Tropics

A look into the Historic Hurricane season as of Mid-September ~Joshua Grimes, News Editor~ Over the last nine months, the year in general has proven to be one of the most historic and one of the most odd years of our lives. So far in the year, we lost many celebrities and important figures; we…

Early voting has arrived in Virginia

A Decision 2020 update on how to vote now or in November ~Joshua Grimes, News Editor~ The election season has officially arrived in our Commonwealth. Unlike the past elections, this cycle has already been different, even in the midst of a pandemic. There have been twists and turns from a contested beginning down to the…

William & Mary cuts seven of their Division 1 Sports

What that means for the athletes and remembering each sport’s legacy ~Matthew Morhiser, Sports Editor~ On September 3rd, the College of William & Mary issued a self-titled “open letter” to its community. The contents of the letter, issued by President Kathreine Rowe, Provost Peggy Agouris and Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge, centered on the…

An Unforgettable Tragedy of 2001

Remembering a Day That We Shall Never Forget ~Joshua Grimes, News Editor~ September 11th, 2001. A day when everything changed dramatically, because New York City; Arlington, Virginia; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania were under attack out of thin air. The day began as a normal Tuesday. Everyone was doing their morning routine. President Bush was in Florida…

“We are setting the world on fire”

Panel promotes conversation on policing and social justice “We are developing a sustainable framework for the continuation of inclusive practices across CNU, and we’re identifying a university-wide assessment to evaluate inequities within our formal and informal systems,” said Dr. Angela Spranger, Christopher Newport’s newly appointed Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. “Our processes, our leaders,…

The times they are a changin’

CNU peaks at 8 active cases, implements guidelines to ensure safety as students return Going back to school is bittersweet. It’s exciting yet also nerve wracking. You have to leave your family, yet you get to be with your second family at Christopher Newport. You get to stop sitting around the house all day, but…

Setting sail, literally

Freshman dorm floods, impacts 36 students College is a unique experience. There are crazy roommate tales, laundry woes, and other inconveniences. Usually, flooding does not come to mind. However, for 28 students, last night was Setting Sail 2.0. Around 10 p.m. on Sept. 6, there was a flood incident on the third floor of York…

“We are all in this together.”

Hughes clarifies university reopening plan in town hall meeting Ever since the pandemic started, the world has been changing. Lots of things are different now then they were before. School is no different. With students set to return to campus in early August, the Vice President for Student Affairs, Kevin Hughes, held a virtual Zoom…

COVID & the climate

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are alarmingly similar crises that can be solved in similar ways if we act boldly It is no question that we are living through an unprecedented crisis that has impacted everything from our social lives and livelihoods to the international policies and procedures observed by governments and businesses across…

NCAA rules to give another year of eligibility to seniors

While having seniors get another year of eligibility is a good thing for college athletes, it does come with some issues There has been a lot of talk about what to do with seniors who had their final season of athletics at the college level cut short due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. As of March…

Fine Art Friday

April 3, 2020 “My name is Alex Burruss and I graduated from CNU in 2019. I started taking photos back in middle school and turned my hobby into one of my passions while at college. I was inspired to take these photos when I was in a creative rut. I had been feeling uninspired and…

CNU dives into cadavers

Human anatomy lab at CNU promotes hands-on learning through the use of cadavers Operating on a cadaver is a significant experience when one is preparing to become a surgeon; however, most students who are training for this profession do not get this encounter until they go to graduate school. Here at CNU, students going into…

Service and selflessness over spring break

REACH Alternative Breaks bring hope to east coast communities REACH is an on-campus organization that strives to help various communities in need through various forms of outreach and the helping hands of CNU Captains. While the organization does prioritize helping those in need year-round in whatever ways possible, their Alternative Breaks program is what REACH…

The beginning of the end

The final season of “Clone Wars” is here On Feb. 21, the first episode of Season 7 of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” dropped on Disney+. Fans of the series have certainly had a long wait, as season 6 ended in 2014. Despite the time gap, the show hasn’t lost any of it’s charm. While…