Big South open for taking

The Flames hope to win their second straight conference championship this year As Liberty heads into Homecoming 2013 weekend, the football team begins preparation for the much-anticipated showdown against their rival, the No. 6 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Saturday’s matchup against Coastal Carolina will begin a four-week stretch of Big South …

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Striving for greatness at next level


Former Flames QB and Walter Payton Award candidate plays wide receiver for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars Ever since he was a five-year-old boy, Mike Brown always dreamed of playing in the NFL. Brown’s dream became a reality when he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars May 7, 2012. Despite making it …

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Men’s hockey flips switch

BIG HITS — Liberty rebounded to thrash Arizona in game two. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

The Liberty Flames men’s Division I hockey team split a weekend series with the University of Arizona Wildcats at the LaHaye Ice Center, October 11 and 12. Arizona 5, LU 1 Despite outshooting the Wildcats, the Flames could not hold off the fellow American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) top-25 team, …

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Fall victory

Locked in —  A Liberty player winds up for a shot. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Lacrosse sets the Colonials on fire A cold, rainy and windy afternoon proved to be a negative factor for both the Liberty Flames and the George Washington Colonials lacrosse teams Saturday, Oct. 12. While the elements were against them, the Flames were able to pull out an 11-8 victory due …

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Lynchburg runs for freedom

Hope and excitement filled the air as more than 2,000 people gathered at Lynchburg College Saturday, Oct. 12 to participate in the Freedom 4/24 Run for Their Lives race. According to, Freedom 4/24 is an organization that collects money in $24 increments to buy young girls around the world …

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Scaremare screams begin


Liberty University crept its way into October with the opening of the 41st annual Scaremare Thursday, Oct. 10. The event, which draws tens of thousands of people each year, will run every Thursday through Saturday for the rest of the month. Scaremare is one of Liberty’s unique ways of bringing …

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Snowflex hosts military families

Down the moutain — A rainy day made for even faster slopes for families to enjoy on the bunny hill. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Lynchburg community military members enjoyed a soggy Military Family Fun Day on top of Liberty Mountain The Office of Military Affairs welcomed Liberty University and the surrounding community’s military members and their families to its Military Family Fun Day Saturday, Oct. 12 at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. Despite the clouds …

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Alumna excels as ESPN sportscaster

on Camera — Ponder hosts “College Football Live” at Clemson with David Pollack (middle) and Desmond Howard (right). Photo provided

Since graduating in 2009, Samantha Ponder has gained national fame while reporting on college sports Liberty University graduate Samantha Ponder wasted no time in climbing the ranks of the sports broadcasting world. After reporting for the Flames Sports Network (now the Liberty Flames Sports Network) during her senior year of …

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Swim team eyes ‘Ring before spring’

Liberty’s women’s swimming and diving team has high expectations for its upcoming season after placing second in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association the previous two years. In only the fourth season of Liberty’s swimming and diving program, Head Coach Jake Shellenberger has assembled a team with many members from a …

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All-around contribution leads to win

in the elements — Forward Julia Delagatti advances the ball upfield. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Liberty rebounds from a Radford loss to defeat High Point 2-0, earning their fourth Big South victory The Lady Flames women’s soccer team came out of bad weather with a 2-0 win Saturday, Oct. 12, thanks to two goals scored by Rebecca Smith and Crystal Elmers. Liberty (9-4-1, 4-1-1 Big …

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30 years of stories

As Liberty University’s Homecoming weekend arrives, the Liberty Champion newspaper celebrates its 30th anniversary and reflects on how it has changed — from the publication’s first advisor to its current advisor. In 1983, when Liberty was called Liberty Baptist College, Ann Wharton was hired to be the first faculty advisor …

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Parkings lots close due to construction

As Liberty University continues to be blanketed with new and continuing construction projects, the administration will be making a slew of parking changes, primarily around the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall and Bailey Lot, which is between the baseball and football stadiums. The Bailey Lot has 170 parking spaces blocked off because …

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Campus crime rate remains consistent

Police say annual report displays no drastic increase or decrease in prohibited behaviors throughout the year Liberty University released its 2013 Campus Crime Report Oct. 1. The annual crime report, which is compiled by the Liberty University Police Department (LUPD), provides important information on Liberty University’s Campus safety and crime …

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Chamber promotes

networking — Local business women socialize with each other over refreshments. Photo credit: Hannah Lipscomb

People were encouraged to mingle at “Business After Hours” The Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted “Business After Hours” Thursday, Oct. 10, where local businesses and Chamber members were encouraged to network in order to build lasting business relationships within the Lynchburg community. Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College …

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Marken honored

history — Marken loves to read and learn about past events. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Student earns history award for paper Karissa Marken became the third student from Liberty University’s history graduate program to win the Nels Andrew Cleven Founder’s Prize when her paper, “Autonomy Imposed: Virginia During the English Civil War,” was chosen by the Phi Alta Theta (PAT) National Honors Society in September …

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