How to survive finals

panic — Enduring final exam week is an inescapable struggle every student faces at the end of each semester of their college experience. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Satire: the ultimate end-of-the-semster exam tutorial for college students When the cool days, gray skies and colorful leaves of late November and December roll around each year, the collective brain of the population of this celestial ball that we live on turns toward the holiday season. Lights are hung, songs …

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Farewell from feature editor

Goodbye — Editor graduates. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Sam Campbell graduates, reflects on experiences at the Liberty Champion Standing in the doorway of each new semester, I am always overwhelmed by the classes, papers and projects that lay ahead of me. I find myself anxious and uncertain of my abilities to conquer the next 16 weeks. But the …

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Why winter needs snow

enchanting — Christmas is not the celebration it should be if it does not include frosty window panes, snow-covered trees, Christmas lights, holiday carols and traditions. Google Images

Every holiday season should be filled with visions both “merry and bright” More than just Bing Crosby’s claim to fame and a 20-year chart-topping hit, “White Christmas” is iconic for one very important reason — there is no Christmas like a white Christmas. However, many do not know the story …

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From the Desk

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From the California rolls to the chateaubriand — a meat dish cooked with a thick cut from the tenderloin filet — Christmas is full of traditions. OK, so maybe those things do not fit into your typical ideas of the December holiday, but to me, these things fill me with …

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Christmas ain’t that great

bah humbug — Many of the modern Christmas traditions we celebrate overcrowd the holiday season. Google Images

Materialism and obnoxious songs have buried the meaning of the season Christmas time is here. Whatever that means. At a certain point, it probably meant it was late December, a few days, or even a few weeks before Christmas Day. I would not really know, because since I can remember, …

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Midterms: a new direction

switch — The Republican Party took control of both chambers of Congress Nov. 4. Google Images

Americans signal desire for change as Republicans take control of Senate The skies above the Empire State Building lit up Nov. 4 as election results were gradually revealed. The top of the Empire State Building, an iconic and historic landmark in New York City, lit up red when the Congressional …

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Another Bush for president?

Liked — Jeb Bush is popular in Florida. Google Images

Popular former Florida governor named as possible presidential contender In light of gains the Republican party made in the Senate Tuesday night, Nov. 4, many have begun to eye potential candidates for the upcoming presidential election in 2016. One particular individual that has many in the Grand Old Party excited …

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From the Desk

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The 4.4 million viewers that tuned in to TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” two weeks ago for Jill and Derick Dillard’s wedding probably noticed that the couple did things a little differently. From the Arkansas couple’s first kiss and first frontal hug coming after their “I dos,” to the 1,000 …

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Convo Connection

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Singer and songwriter Chris Tomlin set the tone for last week’s convocation by marshaling his talents and moving us with story and worship. As he sang, Tomlin helped us refocus on the grace and goodness of God. I was reminded this week of the significance of the simple yet profound …

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Pope affirms evolution

Controversy — Pope Francis rattled Catholic and Protestant theologies by contradicting established fundamental creation story. Google Images

Catholic leader causes uproar as he voices support for ‘Big Bang’ theory “When we read in Genesis the account of creation, we run the risk of imagining that God was a magician with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so.” These words might sound as …

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From the Desk

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By Emily Brown By now, you have probably heard that Brittany Maynard followed through with a vow she made public a few weeks ago through the media. Maynard took her life by means of a lethal prescription Saturday, Nov. 1. As I began to organize my thoughts on the matter, …

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Professor pens biography

Gifted — Karen Prior is a prolific essayist, author and professor. Photo provided

By Tré Goins-Phillips Review of Dr. Karen Swallow Prior’s book on little-known female reformer Who is Hannah More? That is the question Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, prolific writer and English professor at Liberty University, sought to answer in her new book, “Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, …

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Houston subpoenas dropped

No hero — Mayor thwarts freedom. Google Images

By Tré Goins-Phillips Texas Mayor Annise Parker ditches court order for city pastors’ sermons Houston Mayor Annise Parker recently rose to national attention when she subpoenaed five Houston-area pastors for the content of their sermons, later changing the wording to refer to them as “speeches.” After many letters, calls, emails, …

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What if Republicans win?

Decision — Virginia Senate candidates Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner debate. Google Images

By Lee Sutherland Should the GOP take control of Congress, they should prioritize policies Fifty. That is the number of states Nate Silver, an American statistician famous for his analysis of baseball and elections, predicted correctly in the 2012 United States Presidential election. In the 2008 presidential election, Silver predicted …

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Ditch the name, Redskins

overplayed — Washington Redskins name still raises eyebrows. Google Images

By Alex Tichenor After years of debate, it is time for Washington to pick a new team title How are we still talking about this? It is 2014, and the Washington Redskins are still a team. There has been an ongoing argument for the past few years over whether the …

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