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Four swimmers compete at NCAA’s B1 “The Rivals” offers witty entertainment Liberty University 30 ‘83 Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Today: Rain/Snow 46/23 Tomorrow: Sunny 43/26 B8 th Volume 31 • Issue 18 Spring into ministry ‘13 Lynchburg, Va. packaging hope Students serve nations Gabriella Fuller Hundreds of Liberty University students called a foreign country home for the week as they spent spring break ministering to people around the globe. Liberty’s Center for Global Engagement (CGE) sent eight teams on trips around the world March 10-14, including destinations such as Bosnia, Ghana, Japan, the Philippines, Spain, Thailand, and undisclosed locations in the Arab World and the Pacific Rim. In addition to these short-term service trips, CGE also sent a study tour to Israel. The tour was co-led by Johnnie Moore, senior vice president for communications, and Dr. Ben Gutierrez, administrative dean for undergraduate programs. According to CGE, the nine teams provided students with the opportunity to engage with other cultures and to experience the world’s diversity first-hand. Brianna Nissen was one of 11 team members who spent her break serving in Ghana. While there, the team worked in local African churches and provided basic medical care in six villages. “Ghana was amazing, and I loved every single part of being there for a week,” Nissen said. “The people captured my heart, and I will never forget them.” Courtney Russo | Liberty Champion HEALING — The boxes contain toiletries, clothing, a teddy bear and a handwritten note for victims. Fear 2 Freedom fights See GLOBAL , A3 Economy prospers Students assemble 250 kits for abuse victims at Celebration Night Emily Brown Liberty helps businesses James Ebrahim Liberty University has a vast economic impact on the surrounding areas and continues to grow as the university gets larger, according to Dr. Barry Moore, vice president for Outreach and Strategic Partnerships at Liberty. “As Liberty continues to grow, we will continue to put more money into the local tax coffers in so many ways,” Moore said. “All of this is going to make Greater Lynchburg a better place to be.” Every two years, Moore said he meets with Richard Martin, vice president for Financial Research and Analysis, and Fletcher Mangum of Mangum Economic Consulting, LLC, to put together an analysis of the economic contribution Liberty makes to Lynchburg. Moore said as Liberty moves toward its goal of 20,000 residential students, it continues to pump up the local economy in the city of Lynchburg. See ECONOMY, A8 As faint pinks and purples lingered in the sky Thursday night, an ambulance sat outside the Schilling Center, tightly filled with teal, orange and pur- ple bags and boxes packed just minutes before by students as a part of Liberty University’s first Celebration Night March 20. During the event, which was the result of a partnership between Liberty and nonprofit orga- nization Fear 2 Freedom (F2F), more than 200 Liberty students filled 250 of the colorful bags and boxes that will be given to victims of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence at Lynchburg General Hospital, F2F Executive Director Emily Butler said. The number of kits assembled was determined by the number of victims helped last year at the facility. See FREEDOM, A2 Student brings home top prize Sarah Corder is named PRWeek’s Student of the Year in New York City, March 20 Mark Tait Before 900 of some of the nation’s most distinguished public relations professionals, senior Sarah Corder was named the PRWeek Student of the Year at the PRWeek Awards 2014 gala at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, March 21. In addition to a trophy, Corder received a cash prize as well as a paid summer internship at PRWeek. She became the second Liberty student to win the competition in the past three years, according to Dr. Angela Widgeon, associate professor of Digital Media and Creative Arts. Among more than 100 students entering the competition each year, Keri Cook brought home the award in 2012, three other Liberty students placed in the top five over the past two years and Danielle Jacobs finished in the top two in 2010. “I am extremely proud of Sarah…” See CORDER, A7 Courtney Russo | Liberty Champion AWARD — Corder is the second Liberty student to win this title. INSIDE THE CHAMPION News Sports Feature Students participated in HeARTbeat, an art event, A2 March 22. Baseball improves to 5-1 in Big South Conference play against High Point. B1 Simply to Go staff is recognized for their dedication to students. B8 News Opinion Sports Feature A1 A4 B1 B8

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