Mar 2, 2010

Ben Stein visits Liberty

by Amanda Sullivan, Cat Hewett

Most students equate boring classrooms with the monotone voice of Ben Stein, wishing that they could, for just one day, be Ferris Bueller from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and play hooky from school. Stein played hooky from his regime of scheduled appearances to make a quick stop at Liberty University on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Barrick-Falwell Lodge where he met with a few of the university’s students.

“I thought this was one of the friendliest places I had ever been to,” Stein said. “I spoke here last commencement and fell in love with this place.”

Stein’s easy going and laid back nature made for nice camaradarie between him, the students, faculty, staff and Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.

“I am going to hire him as a professor,” Falwell said.

Stein spoke to the students about his movie “Expelled,” neo-Darwinism, the entertainment industry, abortion and writing for the New York Times.

“People have shunned me and say terrible things about me,” Stein said. “My wife’s friends, she tends towards a more liberal group of friends than I do, they say that I am a criminal, sadist and a monster. They can’t understand it.”

Stein spoke to the students for one hour before leaving to watch the Theatre Department’s production of “Big River.”

“I thought it was a really cool, informative time,” Senior Theatre Performance major David Pickle said. “I think it is an encouragement to know that even with the hardships, it is worth it and you can still make an impact.”

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