Christmas story of hope

HOPE — Claire Parker’s journey shows God’s faithfulness through the good times in life as well as the rough patches that come along. Photo provided

Family tradition inspires a book to benefit a little girl with leukemia What began as a story detailing a family’s hopes for the future has turned into a fundraising project to help Claire Parker, a little girl who is battling leukemia. Claire Parker is the niece of Jonathan Parker, a …

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Global outreach effect hits home

blessed —Natasha Ivanova (left) visited the U.S. six times before coming to live in America with Kathy Barrow (right). Photo provided

Liberty student Natasha Ivanova experienced Operation Christmas Child’s impact as a little girl in Belarus When the Christmas season arrives, many people can recall certain childhood memories that make the holiday so near and dear to their hearts. They often recall receiving a toy they really wanted all year, building …

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Intramural players showcase talent

Former NCAA Division I athletes John Brown and Solomon Tat continue playing basketball after graduation Not too long ago, John Brown and Solomon Tat’s college basketball seasons would be in full swing around this time of year — Brown at Liberty University and Tat at the University of Virginia. In …

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From ball girl to assistant coach

Brittany Campbell accomplished her dream of playing Liberty basketball, overcoming adversity along the way From the baseline to the sideline, Brittany Campbell has graced all parts of the Vines Center court at Liberty University. Campbell started her Liberty career on the baseline as a ball girl for the Liberty women’s …

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Editorial: Support needed

Liberty University students have become familiar with the saying “Four Quarters of Fury,” but why is it so important that the student body stays for the entire game or, better yet, shows up at all? According to, the Flames have been known to have one of the best student …

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Early success

Tae kwon do trains with high-caliber talent Tae kwon do is one of the newest sports at Liberty, starting approximately a year ago. It was created as a club sport in 2012 under the leadership of Head Coach Jesse Wilson, who received his black belt from the legendary ninth Dan …

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Shutting out the competition

zilch — goalkeeper Holly Van Noord clears the ball out of Liberty territory. Photo provided

Liberty goalie Holly Van Noord set a Lady Flames record with 14 shutouts in her redshirt freshman season When the Liberty University Lady Flames soccer team won the Big South Championship Sunday, Nov. 10, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Holly Van Noord was the target of the enthusiastic rush to storm the …

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Editorial: The effects of one-and-done

Let the athletes, not the NBA, decide their fate Derrick Battle – The last player to be drafted out of high school to the NBA was Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson in 2005. Since then, the NBA has said that players must be one year removed from high school or …

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Bringing home the gold

Liberty claimed four Big South conference championships in the fall sport season With another season of fall sports in the books, four Liberty University teams earned championships, with three coming in the Big South and one in the NorPac Conferences. Three of the four championship teams continued their season in …

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Against all odds

Confident — Emily Frazier has maintained a positive attitude despite injuries. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Emily Frazier continues career despite injuries Through triumph and heartbreak, basketball has always been a staple in Liberty point guard Emily Frazier’s life. “I’ve had a basketball in my hands since before I could remember,” Frazier said. “My brothers and my dad played basketball, and one day, they were out …

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Campus construction progresses

The Jerry Falwell Library will be opening  January 2014. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Building of the Jerry Falwell Library nears completion while the new medical school, other projects take shape Over the past few months, Liberty University’s campus has been undergoing numerous changes as various construction projects have been launched. The most advanced project is the construction of the Jerry Falwell Library, which …

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Student volunteers make a difference

The Bright Hope Educational Learning Center, located at 2310 Fort Ave., Lynchburg, Va., offers a tutoring and mentoring program in which students can get involved and help train young minds. Patricia Braxton, executive director, said students are welcome to stop by the center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. …

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‘Tis the season for Christmas movies

With Christmas season upon us, traditions are quickly being observed once again. From Black Friday shopping to putting up decorations, nearly everyone seems to accept the cheery practices. And what would Christmas be without the entertainment side of the holiday, found through all the traditional, happiness-inducing movies? After all, ABC …

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Professor promotes Christmas joy

decorate — Tom Donovan and Sundi Donovan start decorating their house for Christmas in September. Photo credit; Courtney Russo

Tom Donovan invites guests to tour his home filled with more than 80 trees and thousands of decorations The spirit of Christmas comes early to the Donovan home every year. Starting in September, Liberty University Online assistant professor Tom Donovan, husband of assistant professor of Psychology Sundi Donovan, breaks out …

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