Not as planned: graduating seniors mourning the loss of a season amid COVID-19 cancellations

The class of 2020 is watching a long-awaited personal milestone come and go in a very unconventional way due to COVID-19-related changes.  A senior year is typically full of nostalgic “lasts” that students have time to process and anticipate. The last bus ride from DeMoss to North, the last dinner at the Rot before Campus Community, the last reading day […]

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How Liberty’s Outdoor Recreation department is finding creative ways to keep students active while practicing social distancing

Liberty’s Outdoor Recreation department is finding creative ways to keep students active while practicing social distancing whether in Lynchburg or around the country. “We’ve got a lot of adventure right in our backyard,” said Michael Ellsworth, director of outdoor recreation at Liberty. “From the hiking trails to our athletic areas to the James River, there is a lot going on […]

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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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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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Liberty Dining Finds New Platforms To Encourage Isolated Students

In spite of the nationwide shutdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Liberty University Dining has enhanced its social media-based platform, focusing on encouraging students, highlighting exceptional employees and providing viewers with at-home recipes. Social Media Coordinator Tobi Laukaitis said that it was stressful to constantly see talk of the coronavirus in her social media feeds. Laukaitis felt that if she […]

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LU housing specifics amid COVID-19

Liberty University continues to make adjustments to their housing protocols to provide international students a safe place to live amidst the global pandemic.   After receiving backlash about the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration stands with its decision, which ultimately gives students the choice to remain on campus in dorms as they take classes online. “The decisions we […]

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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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Liberty University’s timeline of decisions regarding the campus response to COVID-19

Liberty University has faced backlash in the past few weeks for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students, staff, government officials and news organizations have released content in the past weeks criticizing the university’s approach to the situation. During a March 25 ABC News interview, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. addressed the concerns regarding the safety of Liberty students and the […]

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Office of Equity and Inclusion wraps up African American History Month with “Soul: Night of the Arts”

The Office of Equity and Inclusion wrapped up African American History Month by celebrating Afrocentric culture Friday Feb. 21 at Soul: Night of the Arts.  This event hosted artists and art pieces, ranging from paintings to on-stage performances, all by Liberty students. Artists performed original songs and poems, and some performed pieces that inspired them to keep moving forward in […]

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