A story of perseverance: LUO student and lieutenant fighting the COVID-19 outbreak in one of the hardest hit locations: jail

Plenty are facing difficulties due to COVID-19, but a Liberty Online student is rising above, combatting the virus at work while also working toward his degree.  Lt. Vincent Red, a shift commander at a Florida jail, was completing paperwork in his office when he received a call from the deputy running the scanner at the jail entrance. Red went straight […]

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Liberty Champion Staff Goodbyes

Emily Wood – Editor-in-Chief  Words cannot express my gratitude for the Liberty Champion. I grew both personally and professionally and became a better writer, communicator and leader through my time at the Champion. The real-world newsroom experience contributed so much to my journalism education and gave me opportunities I never even imagined.   Through the long production days, many rounds of […]

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Here’s what you need to know about “Nomad Movies,” Lynchburg’s drive-in movie experience

At the beginning of April, local Lynchburg coffee shop Nomad Coffee Co. shared an ominous Instagram post from another account: Nomad Movies. The picture was simple, a new logo resembling the Nomad Coffee logo, but now reading “Nomad Movies,” with the caption, “More details to come. You’ll be blown away.”  The post soon gained some attention throughout the community, with […]

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LIBERTY STUDENT RECALLS HER EXPERIENCE ON JEOPARDY! – “One of my favorite parts of being on the show was the friends I made.”

Imagine taking the preliminary test to try out for your favorite popular game show — then getting the call to audition and participate on live television.  This scenario came true for Liberty junior Natalie Hathcote, a member of Liberty’s Quiz Bowl team who was given the opportunity to represent Liberty on a college-themed episode of “Jeopardy!.” Hathcote was the first […]

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Liberty’s first fashion design graduate Melissa Breaux is still chasing dreams on the runway

Melissa Breaux’s dream of being in the fashion industry began as a little girl. She recalls putting clothes together for her Barbie dolls before knowing how to use a sewing machine.  Growing up, fashion always remained her dream, but years passed before she accomplished it. As a high school graduate, unable to pay for college, she put her dream on […]

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Liberty faculty member connects with 92-year-old friend of Jerry Falwell, Sr.

What started as a conversation over the phone about Jerry Falwell Sr. has turned into a friendship and fellowship that will last a lifetime. When School of Engineering Lab Manager Marc Jantomaso began teaching at Liberty University seven years ago, he was intrigued by Falwell’s autobiography, “Strength for the Journey: An Autobiography.” “I’ve been very curious about the founding and […]

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The Carson Connection: One Alumna’s Dream and the Famous Surgeon’s Relationship with Liberty

Esteemed neurosurgeon, former presidential candidate and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson has had a close relationship with Liberty University since he first came to Convocation in 2012. Liberty alumna Merisa Parson Davis had a big dream of Carson visiting the university nearly a decade ago.  Davis took the initiative to have Carson speak as the chair […]

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Comfort for the college senior who envisioned their 2020 differently – Jenna’s Journal

As college students across the country are settling into a new normal ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are finding tiny joys in our new routines, catching up on hours-long conversations with our moms and finally cracking open that novel that we never had time to read. This health crisis has affected everyone differently. But for every […]

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An international student’s experience on flying home through a global pandemic.

Liberty University sophomore Caleb Gonzalez boarded a plane on Sunday, March 29, destined for Paraguay, completely unaware that he had just boarded the last flight his country would receive before closing down its airports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once Liberty announced it would be transferring the rest of its semester online, Gonzalez and his parents immediately began looking for […]

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The brother of Pastor David Nasser celebrated in memorial service video due to covid-19 restrictions

Over the last few months, Liberty students and faculty have joined together to pray for one of the university’s most beloved members, Benjamin Nasser, as he continued his battle with cancer. When Pastor David Nasser announced his brother Benjamin’s passing on March 28, the whole university family mourned the loss. Shortly after Benjamin’s passing, BenjaminNasser.com was made, aiming to celebrate […]

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Forensics team Coordinator Denise Thomas pushes her team members to use their voices for good

Denise Thomas is many things. To her family, a wife and a mother. To Liberty University, an alumni, professor and coordinator. But to her forensic speech team members, she is an encourager. Thomas grew up in North Carolina and had her first experience at Liberty as an undergraduate student fresh out of high school. During college, she pursued a double […]

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The Lynchburg Restaurant Owner’s Coalition has been formed, and here is how the group is battling empty dining rooms

Silence has replaced the regular chatter, laughter and sizzling food at local restaurants. The silence of restaurants in Lynchburg echoes that found in restaurants, businesses, music halls and other venues across the country, a problem that has spurred a new coalition to form. “Right now, we are just a shell of ourselves,” Dave Henderson, owner of The Water Dog, said. […]

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