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University Master Plan A6 30 th ‘83 Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Today: P. Cloudy 89/69 Tomorrow: Isolated T. Storms 86/69 ‘13 Volume 31 • Issue 1 Pixar Idea a new year Graduate’s blog article goes viral Tobi Walsh It all started with the watching of a video. One video was all it took to inspire Liberty University alumnus Jon Negroni to write “The Pixar Theory,” an article that quickly went viral across the web. “Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why,” Negroni wrote at the beginning of his blog post. After watching the video “Why Pixar Movies are All Secretly About the Apocalypse” on, which could not tie all the movies together, Negroni said he decided it was time for him to come up with his own theory. “It started as a comment on the video and grew into a 20 minute conversation I had with various friends,” Negroni said. “Over the course of a year, I began to seriously consider writing everything out on my blog, especially since it was such a hit with friends. So I did. And the rest is history.” After a friend posted the link to Negroni’s article on Reddit, the article was picked up by The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. “It happened a month ago, and it still hasn’t sunk in,” Negroni said. “I never expected the theory to be read by more than a couple thousand people, let alone hundreds of millions.” In his theory, Negroni loops together all 14 Pixar movies by showing that all the movies take place in the same universe. “I watched each Pixar movie about four or five times each,” Negroni said. “I had to watch ‘Monsters Inc.’ and ‘A Bug’s Life’ the most since they were the toughest to tie into the theory.” Negroni graduated from Liberty in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising. Currently, he works at Thriveworks as a public relations specialist and at Startup Addict as a freelance writer. Negroni said that being at Liberty really helped him become a better writer. “Liberty is fully responsible for my growth, starting with Professor Bonebright forcing me to start a blog to Dr. Widgeon teaching me how to never stop having big ideas,” Negroni said. “I owe all of my success to them and the school.” Ruth Bibby| Liberty Champion CELEBRATION— Freshman Mykie Scanlon and friend enjoy the block party. See PIXAR, A3 Garden gives campus fresh vegetables Liberty’s new 70-acre facility will give students a space to develop new skills by growing their own produce Nathan Skaggs A new recreational opportunity became available to students this summer. Liberty University developed a 70-acre tract of land where students may enjoy farming and agriculture. Nestled in a residential area off of Sunnymeade Road sits Liberty’s campus garden, which opened in the summer of 2013. According to Alicia Cripe, the campus garden manager, the 15 acres of prepared land is home to various fruits, vegetables and herbs, which include watermelon, zucchini and basil. “The basic idea for the campus garden is really to provide students with new skills: skills to learn how to grow food,” Cripe said. The Morris Campus Garden, the garden’s official name, allows students to take part in preparing the soil, planting the seed and harvesting the crops that they have grown. Some of the garden’s vegetables will be served by Sodexo in the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall. “We are extremely anxious to be able to incorporate the ingredients that come from the garden into our daily recipes at Reber-Thomas,” Craig Dasuta, Sodexo’s district executive chef, said. Cripe stated that she is working on pro- viding students with a way of knowing which produce in the dining hall is from the garden. She hopes to achieve this by adding signs where the produce is being served. Cripe believes this is a great way to get students excited about the garden. See GARDEN, A2 The roadtrip of a lifetime Courtney Sharp A group of seven students from Liberty University went on the Roadtrip of a Lifetime (ROALT) this summer in a Liberty van for one month. During this time they documented the beauty of God’s creation while spreading the gospel through music. “For the past four years I have just been finding pictures online of beautiful places that I wanted to go to, and I put them all in a folder, keep(ing) them in the back of my mind,” Timothy Riordan, Liberty Campus Praise Band member, said. “May of last year I was in the car with Colin and said, ‘Man, we should go on a roadtrip next summer.’” According to Timothy Riordan, the pictures in the folder are how the roadtrip idea began to take form. They called friends that they thought would be interested and, before they knew it, they had a group of guys together. Jonathan Riordan, Justin Smith, Philip Godley, Keller Hopkins and Tom Madison agreed to join Timothy Riordan and Colin Mu- rik on this journey. “Justin Smith and I scheduled a meeting with Johnnie Moore sometime in March… (and) he passed it on to marketing,” Timothy Riordan said. “Five days before leaving, Justin Smith Facebook messaged Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. explaining the trip. See TRIP, A7 Photo Provided TRAVEL— ROALT take a moment to overlook the Grand Canyon. INSIDE THE CHAMPION News Sports Feature Liberty mourns the loss of beloved student. A2 Flames baseball players take home summer league titles. B1 Students attend annual Block Party Saturday, Aug 24. B7 News Opinion Sports Feature A1 A4 B1 B8

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