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Sam Ponder succeeds at ESPN Men’s Soccer wins in overtime 4-3 B6 B1 30 th ‘83 Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Today: Partly Cloudy 72/53 Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy 74/54 Liberty University Volume 31 • Issue 6 30 years of stories ‘13 Lynchburg, Va. family fun Champion remembers past Sophia Hahn Melanie Oelrich As Liberty University’s Homecoming weekend arrives, the Liberty Champion newspaper celebrates its 30th anniversary and reflects on how it has changed — from the publication’s first advisor to its current advisor. In 1983, when Liberty was called Liberty Baptist College, Ann Wharton was hired to be the first faculty advisor for the new university newspaper. She then recruited a team of students to assist her in creating the publication. “Our first editor, Lawrence Swicegood, was an excellent editor who stuck to the project through thick and thin throughout the first year,” Wharton said. “We applied Jerry Falwell, Sr.’s exhortation – don’t quit.” Wharton also said acquiring a routine was critical during the first few weeks of publishing. “We had to be prepared to have things turn topsy turvy in a minute,” Wharton said. “As the owner of the Pawn Shop from Pawn Stars says, ‘You never know what will come through that door.’” During that time, technology and the printing process was not up to speed like it is today. According to Wharton, editors were required to make a dummy for each page, indicating where each article, photograph, headline and graphic would go. Ruth Bibby | Liberty Champion See ANNIVERSARY, A2 TUBING — The Office of Military Affairs hosted family activities at Snowflex. See story on page B8. Parkings lots close due to construction Dylan Friberg As Liberty University continues to be blanketed with new and continuing construction projects, the administration will be making a slew of parking changes, primarily near the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall and Bailey Lot, which is between the baseball and football stadiums. The Bailey Lot has 170 parking spaces blocked off because of construction. The Bailey area is a primary area of change because of the new vehicular tunnel that is being constructed under the train tracks nearby, according to Vice President of Research and Analysis Richard Martin. One of the biggest construction projects, which will help address the campus’s parking issues, is a new 1,400-car parking garage going up next to the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall, Martin said. According to Martin, to make travel to and from Reber-Thomas and the parking garage, Reber-Thomas Drive will be converted into a two-lane road. The parking spaces for cars and motorcycles along Reber-Thomas Drive will be relocated to the first row of Speakman near the bookstore, See PARKING, A10 Iconic scenes decorate halls Each year arts students make saran wrap sculptures to diplay in the ILRC Tiffany Samuels Lauren Adriance | Liberty Champion SCULPT — Students’ art projects grace the ILRC. The Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and Dorothy all take their iconic stance as they prepare to skip down the yellow brick road. Samantha Baker and Jake Ryan lean in for an anticipated kiss on a table with a birthday cake with 16 candles. Tim Tebow kneels in prayer in celebration of another touchdown pass. Each of these scenes is portrayed through decorations on the third floor of DeMoss Hall. Professor Todd Smith, director of the Visual Communication Arts program at Liberty, teaches Arts 330, a sculpture class that introduces sculpture making techniques and concepts of sculpture. The sculptures are displayed around campus, particularly on the third floor of DeMoss. At the beginning of each fall semester for the past five years, Smith has assigned his students to work in groups to complete these sculptures. Each group chooses a famous scene, painting or photograph from history to portray. Smith said these sculptures help the students and the public to see iconic scenes in a different way. “How many of us have seen the Wizard of Oz where they are going down the yellow brick road?” Smith said. The uniqueness of the sculptures guides people to stop and look. Students use various materials such as cardboard, wood, PVC pipes, Saran Wrap, Cling Wrap and packing tape. Smith said students are attracted to the INSIDE THE CHAMPION News Sports Feature Liberty student starts East West, a successful wedding A10 film company. The Liberty men’s DI hockey team splits weekend games. B1 Freedom 4/24’s Run for Their Lives was held Oct. 12. B8 News Opinion Sports Feature sculptures project every semester it has been a part of his curriculum. “I always stand back and watch, and students are taking their phones out,” Smith said. “They are taking pictures, and you can see they are sending them to people.” Smith said he believes the interest in the sculptures stems from a Godgiven desire. “(God) made us to enjoy beauty, and it’s all around us,” Smith said. See ART, A3 A1 A4 B1 B10

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