Mind games

Flames fanatics — Flames fans get revved up as Liberty football takes on rival Coastal Carolina. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Flames are in full preparation mode for No. 23 Heels By the time the Liberty Flames kick off against the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Aug. 30, they will know the Tar Heels fight song, word for word. The reason? Flames head coach Turner Gill has been playing it …

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Move-in day nears

copycat — The softball stadium was modeled after the larger baseball stadium, which sits just a few hundred yards away. Photo credit: Olivia Miorelli

Softball’s new, state-of-the-art stadium is almost complete Construction on the new Liberty Softball Stadium is reaching the final stages. Students, faculty and passers-by can see how the piles of dirt and closed roads from last spring have transformed into, as Athletic Director Jeff Barber says, a “first-rate stadium.” Liberty broke …

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Students get active in missions

The Center for Ministry Training (CMT) held an expo in front of the Jerry Falwell Library Wednesday, Aug. 27, to help inform students about what CMT has to offer. The event showcased the many different ministry opportunities available to students. Members of different ministries filled tables outside the library and …

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Art gallery premieres first European exhibit


If a picture is worth a thousand words, the current display in the art gallery speaks volumes about peace, love and family. The Liberty University Art Gallery opened for the fall semester Thursday, Aug. 21 with a solo exhibit featuring the works of a renowned Spanish artist. Alvar Suñol Munoz-Ramos …

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Students travel the globe

“Students help make lunches for villagers in Zimbabwe.” Photo provided

“You can read about it and hear about it, but until you experience it, you can’t understand.” This common sentiment, often spoken by those who have been on short-term global outreach trips, reflects the desire of Liberty University founder Jerry Falwell to equip students to impact the world, both locally …

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Nasser named Senior VP

Growth — David Nasser sees a bright future. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Liberty University recently announced that David Nasser has become the new senior vice president for spiritual development and that he would be filling several roles including some of the duties previously assigned to Johnnie Moore.

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Spirits rise as rain falls

energy — Attendees participated in carnival rides and games throughout the evening as Christian musicians performed on stage. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

NEEDTOBREATHE and The Oh Hellos perform at Liberty’s annual Block Party There is a song by NEEDTOBREATHE that goes like this: “Even when the rain falls, even when the flood starts rising, even when the storm comes, I am washed by the water.” Those words could not have been more …

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Ministering for a decade

ministry — Clayton King is honored for his years of service and recalls some of his best memories at Liberty University. Photo credit: Leah Stauffer

Campus Pastor Clayton King reflects on his years at Liberty and the lives he has touched When Liberty University officials called Clayton King to fill in for a Friday morning Convocation speaker who was unable to attend, they probably had no idea what they would get in return. That happened …

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Talent and testimony combined

stage — Reuben John won gold at performing arts competition. Photo credit: Taylor Streelman

“I don’t want fame. I want my life to have an impact.”

This is Reuben John’s prayer.

John, a human services student at Liberty University, is originally from India. This summer, he had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, California, where he competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), a talent show comprised of more than 40 competing countries.

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Tich’s Take


“It’s just a game.” No phrase makes my blood run hotter, faster, etc. Some of that may have to do with my blood already running hot from a particularly devastating loss when a sports ignoramus chimes in with the phrase, but it is annoying in every sense. See, I love …

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Ballard leads cheer

passion— Cheerleaders have practiced for hours each day to prepare to support the Flames football team. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

For the past six years, Jennifer Sydnor has held the reins to the Liberty cheerleading program. This year, the reins have been handed to Jordan Ballard.

Ballard, a 2004 Liberty graduate from St. Louis, Missouri, has four years of coaching experience. Two of those years were spent at[…]

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Big South prepares for action

Rise Up —  Quarterback Josh Woodrum hurdles over a diving Monmouth defender. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Preview for the upcoming 2014-2015 Flames football conference opponents The Liberty Flames football team will kick off conference play against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs Oct. 25 for another season in the Big South Conference and attempt to defend as co-Big South Champions. After losing Virginia Military Institute (VMI) to the …

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Going in for the kill

Elevate — Sophomore Nzea McQuitery rises up to spike the ball against conference opponent Charleston Southern. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

The Lady Flames look to bounce back after first non-title season in years With a 2013 conference tournament loss to Radford in the past, the 2014 Lady Flames volleyball team is seeking contributions from all players in order to return to championship form. For the first time in six years, …

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Champion Ice Bucket Challenge

INSPIRATIONAL — The Liberty Champion staff takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in front of DeMoss Hall. Photo credit: Leah Stauffer

Liberty University’s student newspaper staff takes on the cold challenge with warm hearts Our generation lives in a culture of tragedy. It would seem that, more than ever before, our news is inundated with narratives of war, plague, death and diseases. This constant barrage of negative newscasts and heartbreaking headlines …

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Mark Driscoll in need of favor

FRUSTRATION— Seattle minister’s storied journey to fame has left his church hanging in the balanace. Google Images

Seattle mega-church pastor caught in continuous cycle of poor decisions In recent years, the name Mark Driscoll has become synonymous with controversy. Rising to distinction for his ability to tread the line between being enlightening and abrasive, Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, is no stranger …

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