Oct 21, 2008

Around Liberty in 90 Words

by Jennifer Schmidt

 Ode to the Pumpkin

In case you haven’t noticed the tide of pumpkin-themed treats arriving with fall to tempt your taste buds, here’s a (non)exhaustive list: pumpkin cheese muffins, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake, pumpkin casserole, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin candy, pumpkin bubble gum, pumpkin juice, pumpkin milkshakes, pumpkin pancakes. Some of these items may or may not actually exist, but you get the point.

Beautiful Bathrooms

Except for those of us at the Champion who haunt the halls of DeMoss in the middle of the night, most students may not realize the amount of custodial work that happens between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Liberty has always boasted a clean and well-kept campus from the back hallways to the sidewalks connecting North Campus to the Circle. But such cleanliness is the result of diligent work at the hands of a dedicated custodial staff. The next time you encounter a gray cart, say thanks to the person manning it because without them Liberty would not be what it is. If your appreciation so moves you, pick up one of the many bottles and empty coffee cups that litter the Vines center after convocation three days a week. Consider it Liberty’s version of the ONE campaign – one more bottle in the trash, one more participant, one beautiful campus.

Time Travels?

Got the rainy day blues? Grab a pumpkin spiced latte from Jazzmans (see above) and head to the museum in the second floor atrium of DeMoss. Ever wonder what Dr. Falwell looked like as a kid or wanted to see Macel’s wedding dress? All the answers to these questions are housed in the extensive Jerry Falwell Museum. If you really have some time to kill or want some good laughs, go to the alumni center bookcase where yearbooks for every year of Liberty’s history can be found. Check out the perms that survived Lynchburg weather in the 80s or Dwayne Carson’s early years as a campus pastor in the 90s. Hidden beneath all of the neckties and hairspray, the amazing history of our university is sure to inspire school pride and appreciation for God’s provision.


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