Champion staff: Last goodbyes

Besty Abraham Journalism is all about people. When writing about anything, be it a pedestrian bridge opening, a football team winning their conference title or an event like Coffeehouse, reporters are encouraged to get the details and the facts. But what truly sets a story apart from the others is the human element, because people are what make a story […]

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Commencement commentary

Editor’s Note: Unlike most universities, Liberty has two commencement speakers each year, one at the baccalaureate and one at the final ceremony on Saturday. Most universities no longer have a baccalaureate service as part of commencement, but Liberty has continued that practice so that one of its two speakers each year is always a strongly committed Christian. Over the past […]

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From the desk

This is my last solo “from the desk.” Time has flown by. It seems like just yesterday I was writing about my little SUV maneuvering through campus to find a far away parking spot. Now, I write from a different place. Parking is no longer our biggest dilemma. Politics, of course, have overshadowed that — by far. Commencement, local elections […]

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America’s oil turmoil

From wood to coal and coal to gas and gas to electric, supply and demand has always been an issue ever since civilizations around the world first began to flourish. It is for that reason that the blame for ever-increasing gas prices goes to supply and demand. President Barack Obama and his administration are not the sole contributors to the […]

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Examining election economics

With Santorum out of the running, the Romney money machine all but clinches GOP primary spot Rick Santorum never really stood a chance. Approximately two weeks ago by the time this piece runs, Santorum dropped out of the GOP primary race, crushed by the roaring juggernaut of money and establishment support upon which Mitt Romney rode into battle. Of course, […]

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Strange case raises odd question: What is a woman?

Transgender Miss Universe pageant contestant sparks controversy about the definition of womanhood In a much-publicized move, the Miss Universe beauty pageant has tweaked its policies to allow transgender women to compete. The decision has sparked controversy and is being lauded by civil rights advocates as a major step forward for transgendered people. But ultimately, the hype amounts to little more […]

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Finally, UN negotiates ceasefire in Syria

Secretary-General coerces Syrian government into agreeing to a ceasefire with militant citizens Imagine fighting for survival every day for more than a year in your own country. Imagine being unable to pursue happiness and freedom — something many Americans take for granted today. Imagine witnessing loved ones being massacred right before your eyes. Obviously, that’s not something anyone would be […]

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From the desk

As I wove my little SUV into a parking spot a good hike away from my office, I instantly regretted the decision to wear heels. Yet, as I made the trek toward DeMos,s I realized I might actually miss this. In 26 days, I will be a college graduate. It seems crazy that three years ago when I transferred to […]

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Judge orders removal of prayer

Complaints by student force Rhode Island high school to tear a banner from auditorium’s wall Cranston, R.I. has been ignited by a twister of emotions, courtesy of the persistent work of a high school junior who imposed a lawsuit on the city to remove a prayer from her high school auditorium’s wall. According to the NY Times, a federal judge […]

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Local budget analysis

Local residents are in an uproar over proposed tax increases, specifically a $.10 increase in the real estate tax, which already runs at $1.05 per $100 of assessed property values. While no one actually likes taxes, perhaps a levelheaded look at Lynchburg’s proposed budget is in order. Major spending hikes from all levels of government have been dumped on the […]

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World Malaria Day

Special day planned to spread awareness and bring an end to this world-wide crisis The sixth annual World Malaria Day, a day initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to bring awareness to the disease’s global and deadly impact, will be held on April 25, 2012. The WHO reports that there are more than 216 million malaria cases in over […]

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From the desk

Journalism is all about controversy — especially when we are talking about opinion articles. Our job as journalists is to present the news and, in some cases, present our opinions on current events. This past issue of the Champion featured an opinion article, written by a student, regarding a very controversial topic — voting. You may say that voting is […]

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America needs better Easter mascot

Has observing the true religious meaning of holidays become a thing of the past? Officially, Easter — commonly known as the holiest day of the Christian liturgical year — is the recognition of Jesus’ Resurrection. In addition, Easter is also celebrated through the use of a spectacularly sneaky Easter bunny that hides delectable eggs all throughout lawns and gardens. And […]

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Congress neglects trafficking Act

With Freedom 4/24’s Run For Their Lives race just around the corner, many residents of Lynchburg are turning their attention to the international atrocity that is human trafficking. Despite the rise of awareness about this topic in America — largely thanks to organizations like Freedom 4/24 — it seems that our own government has yet to attend to the problem. […]

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Realism and idealism: Kony 2012 in perspective

If you’ve logged on to Facebook in the past several weeks you’ve almost certainly seen a link to the Invisible Children (IC) organization’s “Kony 2012” video that the group uploaded to video hosting website, Vimeo. The video describes and depicts the atrocities committed by Uganda warlord Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The video is a slickly-made […]

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