Congress 2010: State Senator Robert Hurt

What is your stance on health care? Would you support the repeal of the new healthcare law? I believe that the government takeover of health care should be repealed and replaced. Our health care system needs real reform based on market oriented solutions that maintain our quality of care and truly reduce costs. Instead of trying to salvage a bad […]

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From the desk

It was a warm, muggy evening in early July. Despite the uncomfortable weather, people seemed to cling close together because it felt safer than standing alone in the dark. The tour guide pointed down the hill and said,“We are going into woods now. Are you guys ready?” I nervously glanced over at my friend and co-worker, Megan. The only light […]

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TV’s ‘Glee’ takes on religion

Many Christian viewers of the popular television show “Glee” may have felt rather uncomfortable during the Oct. 5 episode. The episode was centered around the varying religious beliefs of the show’s characters. Entitled “Grilled Cheesus,” it began with a main character making a grilled cheese sandwich bearing grill-marks with the likeness of Jesus’ face. For the next hour, the show […]

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From the desk

At the halfway point in the semester, reality is starting to hit me. Come May, I will be starting a new chapter of my life. At the age of 21, the whole is ahead of me. Yet, my path in the world is still unwritten and uncertain. It is time for me to share with you the list of things that I would like to do before I die. Sure, everyone creates this cliché list, but why not? We only have one life to live, so it’s time to start planning. First, I want to bungee jump off a really high bridge. It does not necessarily have to be well known, like the Golden Gate Bridge, but it does have to be really, really high. I am incredibly frightened of heights so the higher the better.

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CNN loses anchor Rick Sanchez over harsh words

As unemployment shows no sign of decreasing, it is a bad time to be out of work, especially when one is fired because of a national scandal – just ask recent former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez. While on the Pete Dominic Radio Hour satellite talk show Sept. 30, Sanchez said that comedian Jon Stewart is a bigot, and should not consider himself a minority for being Jewish. He then said Stewart could not relate to Sanchez because he had been raised in wealth, though that is false. “He really nailed what it was like growing up in central Jersey in the early ’70s, the fortunate son of a single mother in the education field,” Stewart deadpanned on the Oct. 4 episode of “The Daily Show,” slamming Sanchez for assuming that Stewart lived a lavish life growing up.

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Patrons find alternatives in RedBox

The video rental store is slowly becoming the dodo of technology. The video-rental chain Blockbuster Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy under a $1 billion debt on Sept. 23, according to CBS News. The move caused the company’s stock to be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and a large majority of its 3,300 stores are expected to close in the coming year. This announcement came on the heels of Hollywood Video, another of the nation’s major video chains, filing for bankruptcy in early February, eventually liquidating its product in August.

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Duke University controversy

Duke University’s College Republicans student group faces university de-charterment and is under risk of being de-funded after the removal of its president during the spring semester. The student senate of Duke University recently voted 20-3 to de-fund the political group, as ramifications to former President Justin Robinette’s impeachment in April, according to University of North Carolina’s The Daily Tar Heel. […]

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Colbert creates laughs

Congress recently had a very unusual, yet well-known speaker. Comedian Stephen Colbert gave a testimony on migrant labor issues during a hearing of Congress referred to as “Protecting America’s Harvest” Sept. 24. The hearing was for the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law, according to the Huffington Post. Colbert testified with United Farm […]

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From the desk

Wouldn’t it be nice if fairy tales were real? That thought suddenly hit me this summer. My hairdresser Sara was cutting and coloring my hair, and her daughter was watching a Walt Disney movie in the living room (not the Pixar ones. Think more old school, like the Lion King). I could not help but hear her enthusiasm. Her laughter […]

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Response to ‘China to lift one child ban’

[Letter to the Editor] Dear Editor, Recently the Champion (Sept. 21 issue) posted an opinion piece on the one-child ban in China. There were various portions of that article that I felt needed to be addressed. I would like to respond to the following statement that the opinion editor made. She wrote, “Now, China is re-thinking their strategy, since the […]

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From the desk

So this is it — my last installment of From the Desk, meaning that this is my last edition as Editor in Chief of the Champion.  This, in some respects, is my final farewell, of which I have put off writing for as long as humanly possible. Part of me wants the next 12 days to hurry up and pass […]

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Westboro Babtist Church protests graduation

Many of Liberty University’s student body and staff remember the death of Dr. Jerry Falwell. Only some may remember when the radical Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) picketed the funeral because, according to the church’s posting on Godhatesamerica.com, Dr. Falwell “spent his entire life prophesying lies and false doctrines like ‘God loves everyone.’” WBC plans to picket the graduation of 18-year-old […]

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