Winter Olympics motivates youth

LEARNING — Children practice skating techniques with their instructor during lessons at the LaHaye Ice Center. Photo credit Abby Kourkounakis

LaHaye Ice Center’s Learn to Skate program experiences increase of sign-ups throughout Sochi games After American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White won gold at the Sochi Olympics, the LaHaye Ice Center has seen a surge in numbers for skating lessons. “Olympic years are the ones where the most …

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SGA holds club fair for students

JOIN — Tables line the DeMoss hallway promoting clubs. Courtney Russo

The Student Government Association helps to promote the 22 clubs that are currently available on campus A club fair held by the Student Government Association (SGA) began Monday, Feb. 24 and will continue through Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the back hallway of DeMoss Hall. This event was created to promote …

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Blackboard crash causes frustration

network — Students and faculty are warned that IT is still working on the Blackboard problem. Screen shot

The Liberty University Information Technology Department works through issues to help students and faculty “Page not found.” Since the beginning of the semester, many Liberty University students and faculty have experienced numerous problems with Blackboard, which result with this error screen, according to the Office of the Provost. “We deeply …

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Judge on talent, not on sexual orientation

COMING OUT — Michael Sam will be the first openly gay player in the NFL if he is selected in the 2014 draft. Google Images

Being gay should not affect the decision-making process when evaluating a player’s talent before the draft Many different character traits have been hidden by NFL uniforms over the years. Drug addicts, those convicted for crimes and homosexual players have all at one point laced up their cleats for an NFL …

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Restrictions have their place in society

RESTRAINED — The U.S. dropped 13 places in a world ranking of press freedom. Google Images

Though Americans have the right to freedom of the press, some instances may require government intervention The U.S. has recently fallen 13 places in the World Press Freedom Index 2014, which ranks 180 countries based on restrictions and liberties regarding journalism, according to a NY Daily News article by Leslie …

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LOVE sculpture attracts tourists

adventure — Lynchburg’s LOVE sculpture is part of the Virginia is For Lovers Campaign and is one of 22 similar works of art in the state. Photo credit: Danae Samms

The sculpture is designed to showcase some of Lynchburg’s outdoor activities, such as hiking and skateboarding Many people do not usually associate art and recreation, but local artist Paul Clements connects the two subjects with a sculpture located at the Percival Island trailhead in downtown Lynchburg. Clements was commissioned by …

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Plunge benefits Special Olympics


The money raised will be used to support the Special Olympics program in Lynchburg and throughout Virginia The sixth annual Hill City Polar Plunge was met with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-50s, a stark contrast to the 32 degrees and snow that was reported the previous year. The …

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Faculty revisit debate between Ham and Nye

Liberty hosts panel of three science professionals to refute Nye’s claims against Creationism as the origin of life Dozens of students and professors gathered in the Terrace Conference Room of the Jerry Falwell Library on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 17 for a panel discussion about the Ken Ham versus …

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‘Little Women,’ big performance

adventure — The play follows the story of sisters during the Civil War. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

While many people were celebrating Valentine’s Day the night of Friday, Feb. 14, 21 Liberty University students transformed into Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March and several others for the opening of “Little Women” at the Tower Theater. According to the Tower Theater’s website, the show is based on Louisa …

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Holocaust survivor speaks

Survivor — Roth speaks to students about how racial prejudice affected his life. Photo credit: Leah Stauffer

Irving Roth shares a story of perseverance through the Holocaust’s hardships Irving Roth, Holocaust survivor and coauthor of “Bondi’s Brother: A Story of Love, Loss, Betrayal and Liberation,” took the Liberty University Convocation stage Monday, Feb. 24, describing the horrors he faced as a Jew during World War II. After …

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Snowflex gains popularity

SLOPE — Snowflex offers winter sports year-round. Photo credit: Amber Lachniet

The Sochi Olympics has brought attention to athletes training on artificial snow Liberty ski and snowboard Head Coach Ryan Leeds said he believes the artificially engineered slopes of the Snowflex has a broad appeal among riders, and the use of it to train Olympic-level-athletes is only increasing interest. Although the …

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AAF holds ADDYs

win — (Left to right) Breann Black, Gabriella Fuller and Abigail Bock attended. Photo provided

Liberty students received a total of 20 gold and 20 silver ADDY awards at the official award ceremony of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Advertising Awards Competition at the Patrick Henry Ballroom in Roanoke, Va. Saturday, Feb. 22. Liberty won more gold awards than all other […]

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SAO offers new scholarship to students

study — Students can apply for the Priority Program Scholarship online. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Liberty University has expanded its Priority Program scholarship to include current residential students, according to the Student Advocate Office (SAO).

Students who complete the Four A’s of Admission — apply, accept, assist and attend — in a timely matter can enter in a drawing to […]

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Quiz Bowl qualifies

Team to go to nationals The Liberty University Quiz Bowl team placed fourth out of 13 teams in the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) Mid-Atlantic sectional held at Virginia Tech Feb. 8 and qualified for its first trip to the national Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT) in Chicago March 28-29, according …

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Finding truth

Creation Studies class will explore D.C. in March In an effort to expand learning beyond the classroom, History of Anti-Semitism and Creation Studies 390 classes will unite to take a trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Jefferson Memorial and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, …

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