Shannon Bream and Ravi Zacharias to address 2013 graduates


Liberty University will host its first ever female keynote speaker for commencement, May 11, according to Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. Shannon Bream, who is also the first commencement speaker to have graduated from Liberty since it became a fully accredited university,* will share the platform with this year’s baccalaureate speaker, …

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Design competition

Design wars — Students show off their work after completing the art competition. Photo credit: Emily Becker

AIGA hosts second annual student contest Tensions were high as the eyes of 21 students remained glued to computer screens and fingers feverishly clicked away at mouse and keyboard, no one wanting to waste a precious second as they fought the battle known as Design Wars. Hosted by the Liberty …

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Track at top of the heap

Not a chance — With its showing at the Virginia Cup, Liberty established itself as the team to beat. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty University’s men’s and women’s track and field squads notched two team titles and 16 individual event victories as they competed against in-state foes at the Virginia Cup, March 23. The Flames faced Radford University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia and James Madison University in its third meet of …

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Campus Safety Act moves on

Proposal seeking to increase campus safety nationwide goes to Senate The Campus Safety Act championed by Virginia’s Sen. Mark Warner passed the U.S Judiciary Committee Tuesday, March 12, showing strong bipartisan support with a vote of 14-4. Coming on the heels of the Sandy Hook massacre, this act would create …

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Proposed budget

Lynchburg City Manager Kimball Payne announced the City of Lynchburg’s proposed budget for 2014 on March 12. The budget includes funding for many different areas in the city, according to Payne’s proposal. “We’ve had a number of difficult budgets over the last four years, especially January of 2009,” Payne said. …

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Health master’s offered

New program equips students to impact The aim for Liberty University’s new master’s in public health program is to train students to impact the world through their future careers, according to Richard Lane, the founder and director of the master’s in public health program. Lane said the new degree prepares …

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Teddy bears bring smiles to hospitalized kids

Companion — ALD members collected stuffed animals to give to children in the Centra Health Pediatric Center. Photo credit: Kamryn Reynolds

Those who have seen playpens littering the DeMoss hallways this past week can rest any ideas about a new Liberty University Day Care. Liberty’s chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society made them available for peers, faculty and staff to donate teddy bears and other stuffed animals for hospitalized …

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Renowned broadcaster visits

Professional — CBS sports broadcaster James Brown addresses students. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

James Brown, host of THE NFL Today on CBS, spoke in Convocation Monday, March 25 Three-time Emmy winner and renowned sports broadcaster James Brown addressed students about the keys to success in the corporate world during Convocation service Monday, March 25. Brown stressed that mastering the fundamentals of life was …

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In memory of the Civil War

Music — The 97th Regimental String Band performs in DeMoss Hall. Photo credit: Kyle Milligan

Spectators took a step back in time Thursday, March 21 as they listened to Civil War songs performed by the 97th Regimental String Band in DeMoss Hall 1113. As 7 p.m. rolled around, seats were packed with grandparents, parents and students coming to get a glimpse of the history. According …

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Students take in communion

Celebration — Students participate in the ceremonial service that recognizes the sacrifice of Christ. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty University students celebrated Christ’s sacrifice by taking part in communion during the weekly Campus Church service Wednesday, March 20.
Worship Pastor Justin Kintzel and the Campus Praise Band led thousands of students in worship throughout the night. Afterwards, Johnnie […]

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Judah Smith ignites passion among crowd

Truth — The City Church pastor Judah Smith, who happens to be Justin Bieber’s pastor, urged students in Convocation to be who God created them to be. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

“Be who you really are.” These five words rang through the Liberty University Vines Center Wednesday, March 20, as Pastor Judah Smith addressed a full crowd about what it means to have worth and to appreciate life as a gift.
Smith, the lead pastor of The City Church in Seattle, Wash., described a conversation he had with his son, who told him that he was ready to fulfill his duties as a Smith.

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Knives on planes, how times have changed

A sharp divide — Many have expressed concerns over new risks, questioning the motives behind the recent change in TSA policy to allow pocketknives on planes. Wikidemia Commons

What immediately comes to mind when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is mentioned? Hostility, conflict in the security lines, and a roll of the eyes at the strict policies are some characteristics associated with a trip through the airport’s security system. TSA has become quite the household name, and not …

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From the desk

In a voluntary, rolling blackout, thousands of cities across Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas flipped their switches to complete darkness as a symbolic gesture of support for the planet. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reported that cities such as Paris, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Beijing and even the Vatican …

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Does electing a new pope give us hope?

Transition — Though viewed mostly as a figurehead by many, popes still have the power to change. Catholic Church, Creative Commons

The world was shocked Feb. 11, 2013 when Pope Benedict XVI publicly announced his official resignation as head of the Roman Catholic Church. According to the Catholic Education Resource Center, Pope Benedict XVI was the first pope to retire in nearly 600 years, and the first to do so on …

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LUO adds certificate programs

Online — Liberty University Online employees answer questions from current and prospective students by telephone. Photo credit: Jenny House

New courses can be taken in areas of interest or to add specialized skills to a completed degree Liberty University Online began classes for its new certificate programs Monday, March 18. These programs offer undergraduate certificates ranging from business to criminal justice as well as graduate certificates in various subjects …

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