Enjoy a little impromptu lip-syncing by the Longwood Theatre Department.

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Our First Ever Virtual Show is Done!

Longwood Theatre’s first ever completely virtual performance, “She Kills Monsters: virtual realms” by Qui Nguyen, is now one for the history books! This was a bold new step for everyone in the department and all the students and faculty took the challenge head on with much success!

Hopefully you got the chance to enjoy this free performance! The actors and crew did a phenomenal job , and while we may nave had a few computer glitches at the “opening”, everything ended up working just fine.

Thank you to all of who watched the performance and for your continued support of Longwood theatre!

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Intimate Partner Violence & The COVID-19 Pandemic

“1 in 5 homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner.” – CDC


What is intimate partner violence?

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “any behavior within an intimate relationship that causes physical, psychological, or sexual harm to those in the relationship.” Additionally, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) notes that stalking might be considered a form of IPV. The CDC indicates that this type of violence can occur in an isolated incident or in repeated, severe episodes. Females are significantly more likely to be the victim of domestic abuse, but it should be noted that females can also be the abuser. Furthermore, it should be noted that IPV can affect both heterosexual and homosexual couples. Additionally, IPV can begin in teen relationships, which is referred to as teen dating violence (TDV).


Why is it so hard to leave?

Intimate partner violence can seem impossible to escape, especially from the perspective of a female victim. The WHO notes that abused women do not necessarily simply accept their abuse, but rather that they prioritize deescalating violent interactions in order to protect their children and themselves. For instance, female victims typically fear retaliation from their partner. They know that if they leave, their abusive partner may hunt them down or worse, they may not be able to take their children with them. Furthermore, there are other factors that lead women to stay with an abusive partner. For one, it can be difficult to gather social support. Victims typically lack support from their families and friends who often have already retracted from them because of the abusive partner’s actions. In turn, a victim wanting to run may feel that they cannot because they have no where to run to. Further, they may be financially dependent on the abusive partner which can make it difficult to stay away. Finally, there are those victims that stay in an abusive relationship simply because they are holding out hope that their abusive partner will change. Sometimes, victims even refuse to acknowledge that they are being abused because their love for their partner tints their perspective.

Although there are many reasons for a victimized female not to leave, many still do. In fact, a WHO study of multiple countries found that 19-51% of female victims had left home for at least one night. Further, approximately 8-21% had found the courage to leave between two and five times. Women are more likely to leave their abusive partner when the violence significantly increases or becomes more severe. Female victims that are mothers often are persuaded to leave when their child becomes a victim of the abuse.


IPV and the Pandemic

Increased Abuse

In March of 2020, strict stay-at-home orders began to be implemented across the United States with the hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Many adults lost their jobs or experienced a significant decline in hours at work and nearly all children transitioned to online learning from home. Thus, families experienced abnormally increased amounts of time spent in their home together while simultaneously experiencing increased levels of stress. As a result, researchers found that intimate partner violence spiked across the country, both in families where it was typical and in families where it had never occurred before. The United Nations Public Fund predicts that IPV will increase by approximately 20% worldwide because of COVID-19. In just one year, the number of new cases of IPV could rise to a shocking 61 million. This increase can be attributed to the pandemic causing increased anxiety, alcohol consumption, economic instability, and isolation within families. Further, the closing of legal services, healthcare offices, and shelters significantly limits the resources available to victims.

Harvard researchers indicate even more frighteningly that rates of femicide, the homicide of females based on their gender, have significantly increased as a result of the pandemic. In the United Kingdom, rates are higher than they have been in 11 years whereas in Mexico, there has been an 8% increase. The researchers argue that these numbers reflect a clear increase in severe IPV. Further, they worry that as a result, the world we see an increase in IPV-related traumatic brain injuries as well as general physical and psychological deterioration.

Decreased Reporting

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that although domestic-violence hotlines prepared for increased demand during the pandemic, the actual number of calls declined by over 50%. This decline was indicative of severely impacted reporting rates of IPV. Female victims likely experienced increased stress regarding their abuse during the stay-at-home orders. Already unlikely to flee, they had to consider various additional concerns. For instance, as many people’s jobs became unstable, they likely felt more financially dependent on their abusive partner than ever before. Additionally, social support would have been significantly limited due to the practice of social distancing. In fact, even community resources such as shelters became limited because of COVID-19 preventative guidelines. So, victims found themselves increasingly exposed to abuse and with fewer places to run. Additionally, many government organizations, social services, and medical clinics ceased all in-person interaction. In order to receive guaranteed protection from an abusive partner, in-person reporting, and counseling are required. Having been either shut down altogether or available through online formats only, the pandemic provided another barrier for victims seeking help.


What can the victim do?

If you suspect you are the victim of intimate partner violence, first know that your abuse is not your fault. IPV happens to a shocking number of people. In the United States alone, the CDC notes that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced physical abuse from a partner at some point in their lives! If you feel that you or your child are in immediate danger as a result of your partner’s abuse, please consider the following information and resources provided by Harvard’s medical school:

  • Emergency rooms are less crowded right now due to COVID-19 fears and regulations. If you are severely injured, seek medical help immediately. Keep in mind that hospital workers are trained not only to respond confidentially and respectfully to your injuries, but they are also prepared to protect you from the potential spread of COVID-19.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at the following telephone numbers: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 
    • If you cannot speak safely due to the proximity of an abuser, you can access help by searching thehotline.org or by texting LOVEIS to 22522.
  • If you are not in immediate danger, but fear that the abuse may become more frequent and/or severe in the future, consider creating a safety plan to implement in the future. You can do so at https://www.thehotline.org/create-a-safety-plan/

If for whatever reason you cannot seek external help regarding your abuse, consider implementing some of the coping strategies highlighted by researchers:

  • Problem-focused coping can lead to increased psychological well-being and can decrease anxiety and depression. Such strategies include turning to religion, positive reframing, and accepting the situation as reality. Furthermore, admitting to oneself that the physical and/or psychological violence of a partner is indeed a form of abuse can be a helpful first step.
  • Emotion-focused coping can also be helpful and include self-distraction through activities and venting to trusted friends or family. Creating space between yourself and the abuser, whether that be physical or cognitive space, can be helpful in decreasing the frequency of abuse.
  • If a partner tends to become violent after consuming alcohol or other substances, keeping yourself and your children away from them when they have consumed such things can prevent unnecessary violence. Further, if you can prevent the partner from having access to these substances, without increasing risk of physical harm to yourself, that can decrease overall violence as well.

What can be done to help?

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine argued that communities should have equal access to Internet services and the technology needed to use the Internet. This would increase victims’ access to telehealth such as psychological counseling and virtual physical examinations. Furthermore, increased access to online services would provide victims of abuse with more resources that might provide them with increased social support during a time of such intense social isolation as the pandemic. The study article also noted that healthcare providers should implement standard questions to field IPV during all virtual appointments, even when the patient has not indicated any abuse. Simply providing individuals with greater access to information and assistance regarding IPV could decrease the overall amount of abuse occurring during the pandemic. Additionally, when a healthcare provider or counselor has prior knowledge of IPV in a patient’s life, they should try and covertly discuss with the patient basic ways to still communicate about the abuse in the presence of their abuser. For instance, they can come up with nonverbal signals to indicate increased violence or emergency situations. The practitioner might also inform the victim of various safety protocols, such as deleting their browser history so that the abusive partner doesn’t become aware of their line of communication. A victim of IPV should never feel that they have to escape from their abuse all alone.

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November’s New Reads

In order to bring you new and fun recreational reads, the Greenwood Library participates in a book leasing program through McNaughton. These titles are shelved on the small bookcases in the middle of the Atrium and are designated with green labels. You can browse the entire collection here and if you’re interested in what’s new, look out below!

Sentinel by Lee ChildShadows in Death by J.D. RobbMagic Lessons by Alice HoffmanDidn't See That Coming by Rachel HollisThe Last Druid by Terry BrooksAmerican Crisis by Andrew CuomoFortune and Glory by Stephanie EvanovichChaos by Iris JohansenThe Dead Are Arising by Les and Tamara PayneDeadly Cross by James PattersonEmpty Out the Negative by Joel OsteenFrom a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back with contributions by various authorsThe Law of Innocence by Michael ConnellyMoonflower Murders by Anthony HorowitzFirst Principles by Thomas E. RicksConfessions on the 7:45 by Lisa UngerPlain Bad Heroines by Emily M. DanforthWyoming True by Diana Palmer

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Showcasing Our Students’ Hard Work This Semester: Take a Look!

Characterization of cellular targets and derivatization of a choline-appended Pt anticancer therapeutics.

If you’re like me, you can only guess at the meaning of those words. But Keira Naff ’21, a chemistry major, knows exactly what they mean—and a lot more.

She’s one of more than 400 students who are presenting the results of their research or creative endeavors this week in Longwood’s Fall Student Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. Held virtually this year, the showcase features the work of students in disciplines from mathematics to marketing and nursing to neuroscience.

Starting Saturday, Nov. 21, you can take a look at their work online at https://symposium.foragerone.com/lufssrci20. This includes pre-recorded presentations, videos and artwork. The oral and poster presentations are organized in random order on the event site, but you can search by student name, discipline, project type, class name or keyword. Each pre-recorded presentation is set up to allow you to leave questions and comments for the student presenters. Questions and comments are encouraged.

There’s also a live Zoom presentation session set for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday featuring students who are taking this semester’s Elementary School Literacy Instruction course. You can access that session through the main link (above). And you can browse through the showcase program, available now online, to see if your student participated.

“It’s really important for students to get hands-on experience, to understand that learning by listening is not enough. These students who are presenting their projects went above and beyond this semester and I am happy to highlight their impressive work at the Fall Student Showcase,” said Dr. Amorette Barber, director of the Office of Student Research.

So if you have a few spare minutes this weekend, take a look. I think you’ll be impressed with what your Lancers have been up to this semester.

—Sabrina Brown


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Greetings everyone!

Welcome to Longwood Blogs. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

I am a junior, Criminal Justice major at Longwood University. I am the President of the Omicron Rho chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, whilst also being a member of other clubs and organizations.

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Hello world!

My name is Kacy Lloyd and I am a Psychology major with a Criminal Justice Minor at Longwood University. I am apart of the Cormier Honors College and National Honors Fraternity Phi Sigma Pi here at Longwood. As a Psychology major and Criminal Justice minor, I have had numerous opportunities to participate in interesting research, particularly in my junior year fall semester with Dr. Pederson in my Sociology 345 class. Explore my page to witness the research conducted on COVID-19 and the effect it had on college student’s attitudes towards the class structure.

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The Freshman Class Monologues!

Please be advised before viewing; some subject matter and language are for those 18 and older.

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Day 25 — New Crypto Hash #5 (Final)

Hey, all! Welcome to CryptoCL.

Over the past several days, I had tried to develop the new cryptographic hash. However, with being very busy with other assignments, I was unable to get very far in my efforts. I kept getting stuck on mistakes that I think a more fresh eyes and fingers could fix much more quickly than I could.

However, that isn’t to say I’m not proud of my work. I was able to strive to develop something new — something that might have not been made before. Although I couldn’t finish, I am certain that it would help me in the long run.

With this experience nearly wrapping up, I have to present my findings in a presentation. I found that it is possible to implement OpenCL into BLAKE2, but doing so with greatly affect the performance of the hashing algorithm. Moreover, the OpenCL standard would not be fully utilized — as BLAKE 2 is sequential in nature.

By the end of the week, I will post my next, and final, post to this blog. I will discuss in greater detail my findings and thoughts on this project.

Thank you for reading!

Kyle Jenkins

Time spent today: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 hours 30 minutes

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Thanksgiving reflections and Longwood-managed housing information

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we’re still here. Not all universities can say that.

I don’t think anyone in the world would say their fall this year has been perfect, but I’m hoping that, as I do, you feel thankful for the things that went right at Longwood this semester.

I’m thankful for the Longwood leadership team that came up with a workable plan. And most of all, I’m thankful for our students—the young people you guided to this point in their lives—who took the situation seriously and, for the most part, followed the guidelines. Again, not all universities can say that.

The last day of undergraduate classes is Nov. 24, and most students will soon head home for Thanksgiving break. Most exams will be proctored online, and we anticipate that many students will choose to take their exams from home. For safety reasons, students who plan to return to Longwood-managed housing (on-campus residence halls, Lancer Park or Longwood Landings) for any length of time after Thanksgiving need to let us know by filling out an Intent to Stay form by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.​

Your student has received the information below about opening and closing dates, but I thought it might be helpful to pass it along to you as well.

Please note that the winter break information is different for students living in Longwood Landings and Lancer Park apartments.

Thanksgiving Break

Residence Halls, Longwood Landings and Lancer Park
Housing Closes: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
Food Outlets Open: None
Deadline to Submit Intent to Stay Form: 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16
If your student plans to stay in Longwood-managed housing during this period, they need to fill out an Intent to Stay form, available through the Housing Gateway.

Exam Period

Residence Halls, Longwood Landings and Lancer Park
Housing Opens: Noon Sunday, Nov. 29
Housing Closes: Noon Saturday, Dec. 12
Food Outlets Open: Yes (limited hours and outlets)
Deadline to Submit Intent to Stay Form: 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16
If your student plans to stay in Longwood-managed housing during this period, they need to fill out an Intent to Stay form, available through the Housing Gateway.

Winter Break

Residence Halls
Housing Closes: Noon Saturday, Dec. 12 through noon Saturday, Jan. 9
Housing Re-opens for Spring Semester: Noon Saturday, Jan. 9

Winter Break

Longwood Landings and Lancer Park Apartments
If your student will be occupying the same apartment in spring 2021, they may occupy their apartment over the winter break. However, they must fill out an Intent to Stay form by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. The form is available through the Housing Gateway.

Whatever your Thanksgiving celebration looks like this year,  I hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

—Sabrina Brown

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