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Men’s Basketball loses 76-70 Back to School Bash was Jan. 17 B1 B8 30 th ‘83 Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Today: Snow 29/10 Tomorrow: Sunny 27/17 Liberty University ‘13 Volume 31 • Issue 12 Lynchburg, Va. Burnett speaks on ‘Bible’ Jerry Falwell Library Burnett and Downey encourage students Sophia Hahn Emily Webster Courtney Russo | Liberty Champion KNOWLEDGE — The library was one of the first buildings completed in the $500 million campus reconstruction. Students book it to the library After 97 weeks of construction, the Jerry Falwell Library opens to the public it is the most amazing thing.” According to Alicia Houston, a senior family and consumer sciences major, she was thrilled with all the elements the new library has to offer. “Never did I think a building could bring any sort of positive or negative emotions out of me,” Houston said. “But my gracious, the new Jerry Falwell Library is so breathtaking, I could almost cry. It is the perfect place for reading, studying or just hanging out with friends. Honestly though, I am so proud to call Liberty University my school.” The new library has seating for more than 2,300 students in three different sections as well as 152 public computers and 140 wireless access points, Sophia Hahn Liberty University students, faculty and guests joined in celebration Wednesday, Jan. 15 for the grand opening of the 170,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Jerry Falwell Library. Upon completion of the 97-week project, President Jerry Falwell, Jr. said he is happy for students to see something instead of mud. Students have been anticipating the opening of the library through social media and emails to Falwell exclaiming their excitement. “I have had a library job since I was 6 years old, and I have never before seen students so excited about a new library,” Dean of the Jerry Falwell Library Marcy Pride said. “To me, See LIBRARY, A8 Aeronautics assists Virginia Tech Unmanned Aircraft Systems program plays role in FAA’s selection of drone test site Mark Tait The Liberty University School of Aeronautics (SOA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program played a role in securing a UAS test site at Virginia Tech Dec. 20, 2013, according to John Marselus, the director of Liberty UAS. Marselus said Liberty worked with leaders in private industry as well as academia to prepare the test site selection package to forward to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to Marselus, Liberty contributed safety and operational procedures and assisted in getting information to legislators in regards to proposed Virginian UAS legislation. The program also helped to secure funds from the state legislature. “We found that with our niche in the flight training we’re providing our students in both manned and unmanned disciplines gave us an important part we could bring to the selection package,” Marselus said. Along with Liberty UAS’s work with Virginia Tech, a series of partnerships have contributed to the strength of Liberty’s UAS program today, according to Marselus. Before developing curricula, Photo Provided DRONE — Jordan Bates (left) and Trevor Briggs (right) at work. Marselus said he contacted private industry companies and visited other universities. According to Marselus, See DRONES, A3 INSIDE THE CHAMPION News Sports Feature Google names Liberty second-most searched A3 school of 2013. Track wins 16 events in its first meet of the new year. A new shop, Pastiche, opens in downtown Lynchburg. B8 B1 News Opinion Sports Feature Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, producers of the TV miniseries “The Bible,” shared their experiences about bringing the name of Jesus back on the big screen during Convocation and in a meeting with cinematic arts students Monday, Jan. 20. “We are Hollywood’s noisiest Christians,” Burnett said. “There’s no doubt about that.” Burnett described how he and Downey pitched the idea to networks of creating a series that brought the Bible to life. According to Burnett, their idea was labeled as crazy by Hollywood. However, he announced that “The Bible” attracted more than 100 million viewers, and Downey said they know God is moving. “We have a big platform with what we do for a living, so we have a chance to say a lot about the love of Jesus,” Burnett said. With the difficulties that come with making a TV series, there was also the challenge of wondering if America would watch, Burnett said. However, he pointed out that he and Downey knew this was their calling. “(Y)ou can’t pretend you don’t get the calling,” Burnett said. “You know if you’re feeling that. We were feeling that as a couple, and we went out there, and we made it.” Downey explained how she and her husband spent time praying their way through the entire process of preproduction as well as through filming. “We felt that it came in as a calling, and so in those moments when we did feel challenged, or we did feel fearful, we trusted,” Downey said. “We trusted that God has us, he held us. And what we didn’t know, he brought the people to us that did know. We’ve heard it said that God doesn’t always call the qualified, but he qualifies the called.” After Burnett and Downey toured the Zaki Gordon Cinematic School of Arts, they spoke with the school’s students about what it takes to be outspoken Christians in Hollywood. “It really is inappropriate as Christians to make subpar products and to hide behind faith,” Burnett said. “It has to be as good as anything in the secular world.” Even though it may seem that Christians are scarce in Hollywood, Burnett and Downey have been inspired by the positive feedback they have received, Downey said. See BIBLE, A7 A1 A4 B1 B8

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