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Students discuss policies

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Kara Smith

Dean Keith Anderson met with students in DeMoss Hall 1113 for the Student Body Hall Meeting, Tuesday, April 9. In the meeting, students’ concerns were addressed and many questions answered. According to Anderson, Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. and the Board of Trustees agreed to review the university’s current attendance policy, one of the major concerns voiced. Anderson began the meeting with prayer. Afterward, Senior Student Conduct Officer Andrea Adams made the announcements and stated the rules of the meeting, which included the rule that no students were allowed to debate with Dean Anderson or any other speaker. The Student Government Association, as well as Chief of Police Richard D. Hinkley, also attended the event. Other members of the Center4ME and student housing were present to discuss specific topics, according to Anderson. Different issues were addressed, including the attendance policy, the gun-carrying policy, the Liberty Way (the student code of conduct), the alcohol policy, leadership,

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Pro-life exalted

STAGE — Students from the FACS department showcased their designs at the 7th annual Liberty University Spring Fashion Show. This year, the theme was “Project Hollywood: A Glamorous Encore,” where designers based their collections on classic movies. Pictured above is model Victoria Petrocelli. See B7 for the full story.

Melanie Oelrich

Liberty University students, staff and faculty will have an opportunity to celebrate Pro-Life Emphasis Week April 17-19. According to Senior Class President Chelsea Patterson, students will hear from a variety of speakers during the week, including Mike Spencer and Thomas Donovan from the Life Training Institute, as well as Phil Kline, former attorney general of Kansas. In addition to various lectures, students will also have the opportunity to meet different pro-life organizations from all over the country, according to Patterson. On Friday, April 19, students will wear either black or white T-shirts to represent the number of babies aborted each year. According to Patterson, an email will also be sent out to the student body where they can enter their name and home state to email their respective congressmen and senators, encouraging them to stand for life. For more information, email OELRICH is the news editor.

Students run for autism The 5K raised more than $8,000 in honor of Professor Clark Zealand’s son, Coleman

Jacob Tellers

The Coleman’s Run 5K, organized by Liberty University professor Clark Zealand, was held Saturday, April 6, in order to raise awareness about autism, as well as to fundraise for Liberty’s Autism Speaks U chapter. Coleman’s Run is named after Zealand’s 11-year-old son, who has autism. “I direct a lot of races in the area, and so, having a race director background and having a son with autism, it was kind of a natural fit for me to do a charity type of event where we could raise both awareness for autism and hopefully, along with that, do some fundraising as well,” Zealand said. According to Zealand, there is an increasing importance for autism awareness and research. “The rate of autism is growing in alarming ways. It was

just a few years ago (that) we were talking about one in 150 children, and then it was one in 110 children, and now the most current rates put up by the CDC are one in 88,” Zealand said. “The challenge of autism is growing exponentially, and it’s impacting so many people’s lives. We want to get the message out there that there is hope, that there are ways to help these individuals, help people understand more about what autism really is.” Besides the race and the fundraising, Zealand and the Liberty Autism awareness chapter also brought in local autism organizations to help people connect with support groups and become more informed about autism. “People who come to the event can not only learn more about autism, they can actually connect with some groups right here in the community who can help families understand how to help their autistic




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RUN — Zealand, with help from son Coleman, begins the race. children,” Zealand said. This is the second year that Zealand has organized this race, and it is something he hopes to be able to continue. Last year, Coleman’s Run had just under 200 participants, and Zealand is hopeful that the race will exceed that number the second time around. “We’re ecstatic that we have raised over $8,000 at this point, and we are going to raise more

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by the time (the event) is complete,” Zealand said. According to Liberty’s Autism Speaks U chapter website, the goal for the event is to raise $13,000. The race was held at The Aid Station in Forest, a running equipment store that Zealand owns. TELLERS is a news reporter.

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Student dies while hiking Freshman Faith Helbig, 18, slips atop Crabtree Falls Tyler Eacho

Liberty University freshman Faith Helbig, 18, died tragically Monday, April 8, after she fell at Crabtree Falls in the George Washington National Forest in Nelson County, according to the Nelson County Sheriff ’s Office. Helbig is survived by her mother, Jenny Helbig, half-brother, Sheldon Nest — a Liberty graduate — and brother John Helbig — a HELBIG college student in New Jersey. Investigators said that Helbig and five friends, who were also Liberty students, went hiking together on what was one of the first days that the area has seen warmer temperatures. According to investigators, Helbig crossed a safety barrier and lost her footing, plummeting nearly 200 feet just before 6 p.m. The official website of the Commonwealth of Virginia states that Crabtree Falls boasts “the highest vertical drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River.” Investigators also claimed that the beautiful scenery can be distracting, and that a clear algae grows on the rocks, making them slippery. WSET-TV also reported that Helbig’s death is the third one at the falls since 2010, and the 28th recorded death in the area. Helbig spent her first semester studying at Baptist Bible College, according to her roommate, Liberty junior Audrey Ralon. Despite this being her first semester at Liberty, Helbig’s death was felt across campus. “The university family grieves with Faith’s loved ones as they walk this difficult valley,” Liberty Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Mark Hine said. “Our prayers and thoughts are with them. We ask that the God of all comfort and encouragement sustain them as only he can.” Hine also urged students to use extreme caution when hiking the falls in the future. Students who knew Helbig categorized her as a very likeable person with a large personality. “Even though it was her first semester here, her roommates were very close with her,” Resident Assistant Janae Stracke said. “Her and her roommate would always banter with each other, and they were so funny and entertaining.” According to Stracke, Helbig expressed an interest in being a social worker, even though she had been studying education. “She loved helping people with their problems,” Ralon said. “She was very much an involved person.” The loss of Helbig leaves a void in the lives of many people who she had made an impact on in her short time at Liberty. “She was so fun, outgoing and outspoken,” Ralon said. “She always spoke her mind, but she was very caring.” “She was so spunky and had so much life,” Stracke said. “It’s a blessing to have known her. She was really a joy to have on the hall. A memorial service for Helbig will be held Tuesday, April 16 in front of DeMoss Hall.

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PROTECTION — Weapons like this one can now be carried in a concealed manner in academic buildings.

Conceal carry change New policy allows permitted students to possess weapons on campus

Mark Tait

Liberty University’s board of trustees recently approved a new policy allowing students and faculty members with permits to carry concealed weapons on campus. According to Liberty General Counsel David Corry, students who posses permits accepted by the Commonwealth of Virginia and who are also approved by the Liberty University Police Department (LUPD) will be allowed to conceal carry in all areas of campus, excluding residence halls. “It appeared from the discussion that the board felt that allowing guns would increase safety on campus,” Corry said. Corry also said that he believes Liberty’s campus is already extremely safe, but that the new policy will provide for an even safer atmosphere. “I think that people will feel safer as they go from their vehicles to class and so forth, and I think somebody that might want to do us harm will not feel good about coming to Liberty University because that person might encounter

more than just law enforcement that’s armed,” Corry said. Liberty senior Craig Storrs said that he feels safer knowing that more people will be allowed to carry weapons in the classroom. As a member of the Student Government Association, he began petitioning for the policy change in 2010. “We saw what happened with Virginia Tech, and we also saw what just happened with Sandy Hook, and it’s proven that those campuses that do allow concealed carry for their students have been statistically less likely to have crimes occur,” Storrs said. Research conducted by Liberty revealed that 29 colleges and universities around the nation already permit students and employees to possess or store weapons on campus. The University of Colorado, Colorado State, Michigan State, the University of Mississippi and the University of Utah are examples of the colleges that currently allow weapons on campus in some capacity. “I think this is probably the trend for of lot of schools, to not want to be set up to be weapon-free zones, to look like attractive targets, and this is one step

to help ensure that they don’t look like that, and (that) they aren’t setting themselves up to be vulnerable,” Corry said. Corry also said that Liberty began allowing weapons in some areas of campus about two and a half years ago and has experienced no accidental or intentional incidents with firearms. According to Corry, those wishing to carry concealed weapons on campus must be approved by LUPD before they may do so. Police will ensure that an applicant has acquired an eligible permit and has completed the required training. Before granting permission, officers will also examine internal records and check if anyone has requested that the individual not be allowed to carry on campus. Corry also said that those carrying concealed weapons are already around students while they are off campus. “The fact that those people might also be carrying the concealed weapons that they’re permitted to carry around town on is really not a big difference at all,” Corry said. TAIT is a news reporter.

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HEALTH — The Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine completed a five-year affiliation agreement with Centra that will allow students to participate in clerkships, job shadowing and graduate medical programs through Centra. According to Dean Ronnie B. Martin, the medical school is seeking accreditation in time for the opening of the new School of Osteopathic Medicine facility in 2014. Centra CEO W. Michael Bryant also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to work with Liberty through the affiliation agreement.


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Honors society initiates new members Alpha Lambda Delta inducts freshmen who are full-time students with a 3.5 or higher GPA

Cecilia Hines

The Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society hosted its annual freshmen initiation Friday, April 5 in the Towns Auditorium to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 700 people. Marilyn Gadomski, faculty advisor for the Alpha Lambda Honor Society, welcomed the crowd of initiates along with their guests. The guest speaker for the night was State Sen. Steve Newman, who congratulated the initiates on their academic achievement. “Seek to be educated in such a way you will become personally fulfilled,� Newman said. “Education without principle is dangerous.� Gadomski also spoke about the privilege and responsibility of the ALD membership and presented the Pauline Donaldson Exemplary award to incoming officer Abigail Coyle. Along with ALD administrative advisor

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MEMBERSHIP — Students attended the initiation to be officially inducted into the honors society. Bessie Grayson, Gadomski initiated members. Gadomski and the 2012 officers of the ALD installed the new officers, and afterwards, a dessert reception took place in the foyer of the Towns

Auditorium. Qualifications to become a member of the ALD include a 3.5 GPA and enrollment in a full-time undergraduate program. Prospective members are invited by the National ALD and

fill out paperwork via the national ALD website. According to Grayson, they also pay a fee to cover administrative costs. After acceptance, they may also apply to be an officer for the upcoming school year.

According to Grayson, the ALD is a service organization that focuses not only on campus service, but on ministering to the Lynchburg community. ALD officers planned events at the start of the school year and sponsor the annual spring teddy bear drive. The ALD has also participated in delivering care packages to honors professors as well as the cleaning staff at Liberty and ministers to underprivileged children at the Jubilee Center in Lynchburg. Members provide meals to the families in the program during Thanksgiving and organize holiday programs throughout the year. More than 500 students were initiated into the ALD, which currently has more than 2,900 members in the Liberty University chapter. The chapter joined the National ALD in 1986 and has been growing ever since, according to Grayson. HINES is a news reporter.

‘Uncommon’ film follows ‘Finding Faith’

Samantha Boontjer

Actor Erik Estrada will once again star in a motion picture being filmed in Lynchburg, Va. this summer with Liberty Counsel, Liberty University, Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) and Thomas Road Baptist Church, and in association with JC Films. The new movie, to be released next year, is an effort to bring awareness about religious freedom in public schools. The movie comes on the heels of “Finding Faith,� which also starred Estrada along with Liberty and LCA students. According



to a press release for “Uncommon,� the film will help to educate teens, parents and school officials about freedom of religion within secular classrooms. “The film is about high school students who run into conflict with those who think public schools should be religion-free zones,� Charla Bansley, communications director for the Liberty Counsel, said. “Uncommon� follows students from the fictional Rosewood High School after the theater, music and dance programs are cut. According to Executive Producer Christina Day, the students create their own program

and combine different stories from the Bible for their script. “We could make a film about anything we wanted. Why not make it about what we are based on — our faith?� Day said. The best part of the film for Day will be the ending, which contains a song. “The song is a time to let our voices be heard,� Day said. “It is an anthem to God in America.� Day contacted people from all walks of life to join in the filming. The filmmakers wanted to cast local talent in the film and conducted casting calls the last two weekends in March. Courtney Buck, a high school

student who auditioned for a lead role in the film, said that she felt the movie would really minister to audiences. “We all have a fire to be a light for God, and the movie tells that you shouldn’t apologize for being who you are,� Buck said. Summer filming will take place in Lynchburg. Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel Mat Staver continues to regularly defend religious liberty in public schools. “Students do not lose their constitutional right to free speech when they step to the podium at graduation,� Staver said. “While schools should not force people

to pray, neither should they force them not to pray.� Day and Staver’s experience in this area of protecting the religious rights of students will ensure that the movie is legally sound and realistic. “This doesn’t sugarcoat the issue,� Day said. “‘Uncommon’ is both educational and motivational,� Staver said. “It is our hope that more people will be inspired to take a stand against those who want to remove God from the public square.� BOONTJER is a news reporter.


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same-sex marriage

EDITORS NOTE: In lieu of the Champion’s weekly “From the Desk” article, we present a debate on the topic of same-sex marriage. Along with the recent Supreme Court deliberation of the Defense of Marriage Act has come credible arguments from both sides. Though both of this article’s contributors are members of the Champion staff, the views presented are solely their own and do not reflect the official viewpoint of the newspaper or Liberty University itself.

Christians are called to love, not to judge Tabitha Cassidy

With the recent news that two same-sex marriage cases made it to the Supreme Court, people have been angrily voicing their opinions on both sides of the debate. As a Bible-believing Christian, I feel much pressure from my conservative friends to begin protesting against the “atrocity” of homosexual marriage. However, as an CASSIDY independent thinker, my mind leads me elsewhere. I support same-sex marriage. While this notion might get me shunned in certain circles that would otherwise welcome me with open arms, I stand firm in my opinion. Before you gather your pitchforks and quote the Bible, let me explain. Believing that homosexuality is correct and allowing two people to sign a contract claiming that they will not separate are two different matters. The first deals not only with biblical faith and conviction, but also common sense. Obviously, humans were not physically created to be homosexual. The secular individuals who claim that they were are refuted by their very own evolutionary belief system. We have all had the birds and the bees talk, and we all know that two members of the same sex cannot procreate to complete the species-sustaining life that evolutionists claim is the only purpose of existence. For Christians, understanding that homosexuality is unnatural is much easier to accept than not, but that viewpoint also comes with bigotry and a misunderstanding of the biblical truth that we so often quote. Same-gender coitus is a sin, yes. But just as Jesus showed us with a bit of writing in the sand and the pardoning of an adulterous woman in John 8, only he has the authority to judge. Everyone has sinned, and all sins are equal in the Lord’s eyes, because they are all perversions of original perfection. Consider yourself — you liars, cheaters, those with impure thoughts — on an equal playing field with homosexuality. Now that the notion of homosexuality being unnatural is addressed, allow me to describe the differences between this egotistical belief that hu-

mans have the authority to deny anyone anything based on faith, and why Christians do indeed have the right to protest against same-sex marriage. The connotations that come with the term “marriage” have interesting implications. While I have neither the knowledge nor the space to address the complete history of marriage, I can say this: marriage, as it has been practiced in the industrial, Western world, originated as a religious affair. It is true that other cultures outside of Christianity and Judaism have had semblances of marriage. However, at its founding, the United States primarily discussed marriage as the joining of two people — one man and one woman — under God. It is here that those spewing hate toward Christians get lost. Under God, a man and another man joining together as one is an “abomination.” Christians try to stay as true to the Bible as we possibly can, and as clear as the writing on the wall was, the forbidding of homosexual relationships shines through much of the Old Testament. However, Christians do not understand that many of these same-sex marriage proposals are purely for equal treatment in society and are not meant to be religious affairs. Protests against same-sex marriage on the basis of marriage being a biblical tradition might have held some ground in this debate had Christians kept true to the notion that marriage is the union of one man and one woman under God. Once we allowed marriage to become a secular tradition open to atheists and agnostics alike, we made it available to all people. It became an equal-rights debate determined by the government, and not the joining of two lives in the name of God. Should same-sex marriage be made a legality, it should not be performed in the church, under God, as God would not approve of such a union. However, legally being married should be of no concern to anyone other than the two parties at hand. As Christians, we need to practice what Jesus showed us better than anyone else — love. Not all Christians are bigots who only wish to seek retribution for something they know little about. Likewise, not all non-believers are Christian-hating atheists who wish only to crucify us. CASSIDY is the editor in chief.

In democracy, Christians should vote for God’s laws Kyle Harvey

As a Bible-believing Christian, God’s word defines my view of everything, including same-sex marriage. I admit that I am not a free thinker. My worldview is narrow-minded. I read my Bible, and I do what it says to the best of my ability. I am a slave to Christ. I understand it is not popular. In Romans 1, the apostle Paul wrote to the Roman HARVEY church, addressing sin in the culture. In verse 24, Paul established the root of homosexuality: “... they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator…” (ESV) In verse 25, Paul concludes that those evil desires are at odds with God’s natural order: “God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another…” (ESV) Verse 26 escalates the consequences of sin: “Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” (ESV) What we are witnessing in American culture today is the same thing that Paul saw in Roman culture. Some may read this and say that arguing against homosexuality is sidestepping the issue of marriage rights, but the two are inseparable. In a democracy, the people decide laws based on what they believe to be true. Why would Christians not use an opportunity to cast votes to support biblical truths? If we are a democracy, what makes anything we — or anyone else — have to say any more or less valid in the public square? It is a question of how badly Christians desire to see God’s institutions supported by their government. Should we not desire the best laws? For Christians to endorse or condone the practice of same-sex marriage is an unnecessary departure from the pursuit of holiness. To count homosexuality as a sin and yet affirm same-sex marriage is a contradiction. Call it freedom of choice, freedom of religion, freedom of speech or civil rights — whatever you like. The fact

is, the American people have created a culture where the truth looks wrong, and sin looks normal — in the name of progress. To accept truth as relative to society’s whims is letting sinners decide — whether in court or at the ballot box — what is moral. Neither Christians nor non-Christians created morality — God did. The consequence of an individual’s sin is death, but God judges society too. For evidence, check out the stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, or that of Noah and the rest of the planet. America already has a shameful record of departing from God-given institutions. Embracing evolution, for instance, has devalued life in America. A lower view of life has lead to decisions made in the name of “choice” and “reproductive rights” that have allowed for the merciless killing of millions of unborn babies. Same-sex marriage will have farreaching implications. Outside of complicated and expensive procedures that circumvent nature, same-sex unions will not produce children. As a result, the nuclear family will decline. The other column brought up John 8. A liberal Christian will examine the way Jesus handled the situation and deduce that the message is for Christians not to judge others. This is a correct deduction, but to suggest that to avoid casting judgment requires accepting sin is not correct. In John 8:10, Jesus says, ‘Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’ ‘No, Lord,’ she said. And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more.’” How do we fit Jesus’ admonition to “sin no more” into our decision to simply accept others’ sinful choices? The beauty of what Jesus did in his gentle rebuke was the fact that he offered redemption. That redemption is available to all people — homosexual and straight — when we turn from our sin and place our faith in Jesus. If we truly believe, as the Bible teaches in Romans 6:23, that the wages of sin is death, then is not calling sin, sin the most compassionate thing we can do for the world? Supporting laws that legitimize homosexuality will not help people recognize their error. It may be unwelcome now, but I believe it is the far more merciful thing to warn someone who is walking off a cliff than to ignore their plight in the name of freedom of religion and watch them plunge right over it. HARVEY is the sports editor.

Death penalty a difficult dilemma Whitney Rutherford

Soon after a shooter takes the lives of several individuals, it is only a matter of time before people call for his execution. When James Holmes, the Aurora theater perpetrator, ended his rampage, dozens of surviving victims and their families clamored for his death. Rather than accepting the defense’s guilty plea of life in prison without the possibility of parole, the prosecutor representing the people of Colorado demanded, “justice is death.” The death penalty may be just in cases like Holmes’, but it is far from efficient. Being sentenced to capital punishment is no speedy process. The defendant will first experience the arraignment level and inevitably appeal the trial court’s decision, leading to years of legal wrangling and costs for our judicial system. Fur-

thermore, prisoners may sit on death row for decades before receiving the punishment. “Would the time and money devoted to achieving this man’s death not be better spent on services and law enforcement initiatives meant to repair and prevent the mindless devastation of criminal homicide?” James R. Acker, a distinguished professor at the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany, wrote. A 2011 study by two Californian judges found that death penalty cases are 20 times more expensive than cases where the death penalty is not pursued. Factors such as increased time spent in trials and longer jury selection processes are factors in the increased costs. Death Penalty Focus, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment, explains that while our constitutional

process ensures that innocent individuals are protected, it also creates astronomical costs in capital punishment cases. Colorado currently harbors three death row prisoners, but the state’s last execution occurred more than 45 years ago, according to the national Death Penalty Information Center. In many states, such as Colorado, a death row conviction looks more like lifetime without parole because of the state’s unwillingness to execute an innocent person or to even face the discussion of execution at all. Rather than providing victims, their families and the family of the accused an expedient result, these groups are dragged through the emotional upheaval of waiting and watching the justice system work. As Christians, the fundamental question is whether the death penalty is in line with Scripture’s teachings.

“The death penalty may be just in cases like Holmes’, but it is far from efficient.” — WHITNEY RUTHERFORD “The New Testament clearly teaches that capital punishment is God’s will for human civilization,” David Miller, a writer for Apologetics Press, said. “Every individual deserves the opportunity to understand Christ’s sacrifice, and none are beyond God’s grace, but the Bible is clear that taking others’ lives is punishable by death.” Even Paul did not object to death in Acts 25:11, saying, “If I am an offender, or have committed anything worthy of death, I do not object to dying.” According to Miller, “Paul was acknowledging that the state

properly possesses the power of life and death in the administration of civil justice.” Christians may support capital punishment without negating their beliefs, but the modern approach to capital punishment is an expensive and emotionally destructive path. The death penalty has become a pit of money and lost years without providing the justice that victims expect. RUTHERFORD is an opinion writer.

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Holy moly! ‘The Bible’ series turns heads

The 10-part series aired on the History Channel and has brought many of the book’s well-known stories to life Gabriella Fuller

Walking through the hallways of DeMoss on my way to class, I recently overheard two students discussing an episode of History Channel’s “The Bible.” The conversation centered around a question one of them asked: “Doesn’t it bother you that the Bible has become nothing more than entertainment?” I will be the first to admit that I was exceedingly skeptical the first time I heard that the History Channel would be airing a miniseries chronicling the Bible. In fact, I can clearly remember discussing what I thought the show would look like with my Sunday night small group. My comments were cynical and pessimistic, with interspersed eye rolls and head shakes. Hollywood could not possibly hope to accurately portray something as spiritual and religious as the Bible. Convinced as I was that the series would be a terrible misrepresentation of the Christian faith, I nevertheless pledged to watch the show. Though I secretly harbored the intention of later discussing how theologically off-base and doctrinally unsound the producers were, I professed an open mind and diligently watched all 10 hours. Was the show perfect? No, it was not. But was I wrong in my initial opinion? Absolutely. To my shock and surprise, “The Bible” boasted unprecedented success. According to the History Channel, the program reached more than 100 million viewers in its five weeks on air and has become the No. 1 television miniseries of all time, breaking record DVD and Blu-Ray sales with 525,000 units sold in the first week alone.

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HOLINESS IN HOLLYWOOD? — The show has brought new interest in the Bible with 100 million viewers and has become the No. 1 miniseries of all time. But the success does not end there. According to YouVersion, their Bible application reached 88 million total downloads in the month of March. This propelled the free application into the top 15 for all free apps in the iTunes store. The company additionally reported seeing 3.4 billion minutes of user engagement within the application. The novel based on the miniseries became an instant national bestseller, with both Publishers Weekly and the New York Times debuting the book written by creators Mark Burnett and Roma Downey on their top must-read lists. Simon Swart, executive vice president and general manager of Twentieth Century Fox, also released a statement noting the broad audience and rarity of the project. “The series continues to exceed rating expectations around the world,” Swart said. “‘The Bible’ series is clearly a phenomenon that will be enjoyed by families for many years.” The series has already been televised

in Spain, Portugal and Columbia and is anticipated to premiere in Greece, Holland, Brazil, Croatia, France and England this coming fall. So, back to the original question posed by my fellow student. “The Bible” was never just entertainment. Though the television series may very well fade away and eventually become nothing more than a memory, for a fleeting moment, millions of people around the world were exposed to truth — and if we believe the promise of Isaiah 55:11, the word of God never comes back void. Still, the show may have added in a few flashy, overly-dramatic moments while throwing in handfuls of Hollywood magic here and there. Though my initial reaction was to jump up and down and immediately condemn these minor mistakes, I quickly realized that doing so would only display a holier-than-thou, legalistic attitude. After all, no imperfect human being could ever script or produce a perfect representation of the Word — and certainly not within a 10-

hour time restraint. Yet, even though no human hand could ever capture the infinite complexities of all that God reveals through Scripture, for five weeks, “The Bible” managed to both challenge believers in their faith and welcome the unsaved to further seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the man who forever changed history. The series sparked conversation, much like the one I overheard, and forced Christians back to their Bibles to examine the facts. But most importantly, it poured light into homes where the Bible was never read. If ever there was an example of technology being used for the glory and kingdom of Christ, I would say this was it. Perhaps one of my favorite quotes concerning the Bible comes from 19th century pastor Charles Spurgeon, who proclaimed, “Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion! Unchain it, and it will defend itself.” And so it did. The statistics speak volumes about our generation — people are curious, and they are longing for more. In an industry that is saturated with greed, deception and manipulation, the story of Christ’s sacrificial love and faithfulness captured the hearts and the minds of millions. We may never know the true intentions or motives of those involved with producing and distributing the series. Perhaps it was, as critics insist, for entertainment and profit’s sake alone. However, in the words of Paul in Philippians 1:18, “What does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” FULLER is an opinion writer.

News media falls short on abortion case The lack of coverage of Kermit Gosnell’s abhorrent crimes at his abortion clinic was a poor performance by the media Andrew Woolfolk

As you thumbed through the latest newspapers or scrolled down the news feeds on your laptop, you probably did not see the name Kermit Gosnell in the headlines until recently. To this point, you still may not even know his name. Gosnell, a 72-year-old doctor who ran an abortion clinic in Philadelphia, is being prosecuted for hundreds of despicable illegal acts performed in his own clinic. These deeds range from cutting the spinal cords of fully-formed babies in order to kill them after birth to performing abortions on children as young as 15 without the consent of adults. Most times, I would chastise people for not knowing at least something about Gosnell’s crimes, because it most certainly would have been all over the news, television and Internet. If anything, I would expect people — especially those from a prolife campus such as ours — to be at least a tad outraged. There is only one problem with this story. Until recently, the article has not even made waves in the news media. Not until USA Today ran an editorial asking why this story was not front page news did the world find out who this monster named Gosnell was. The details are disturbing, to

say the least. One worker said the clinic would “rain fetuses and blood” because of the beheadings — yes, that is the proper word to use for Gosnell’s “snipping” of the spinal cord — performed. Investigators reported that the clinic “smelled of animal urine and feces.” The tiny feet of murdered babies were reportedly kept in jars in the basement, according to law enforcement. It is hard to believe that crimes like this happen in the world, much less in America. Sometimes, it is just too easy to forget that evil like this actually exists. But just because you forget that the evil exists does not mean it is not there. The only way to learn from crimes such as these is to report the sad details and hope that we find some somber truth in the tragedy. For stories such as the Sandy Hook shootings, they create dialogue between people. We may not agree on the action that should take place in terms of gun control, but we are certainly more informed now than we were before the tragedy. What is our excuse for not hearing about this story, though? Was the murder of innocent children not worthy enough? How is the silencing of newborn babies any different from the killing of kindergartners? Melvin Mencher, professor emeritus at the Columbian

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HEADLINES — Instead of appearing on the front pages of newspapers where it belonged, Gosnell’s crimes against the unborn went largely uncovered by the media. School of Journalism, listed seven different characteristics that make a story newsworthy in his book “News Reporting and Writing.” By my count, Gosnell’s acts of abomination meet at least five of those characteristics: timeliness, impact, conflict, unusualness and currency. Thankfully, momentum has built since the story in USA Today, and other publications such

as Time Magazine have started covering the events of the trial. Better late then never, I suppose. The question of whether this story deserved more attention than it received is not a pro-life or pro-choice issue. Those in the field of news reporting are the chief creators in the formulation of our country’s history. We can only learn from our mistakes if

those mistakes are actually documented. As for Gosnell, he had better pray that someone in his trial shows a little bit of compassion. I doubt he can recognize it. The least we can do is recognize this horror. WOOLFOLK is the opinion editor.


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Students showcase research Presenters display work at the Liberty student symposium Emily Hoosier


TECHNOLOGY — The Internet Association held the tour.

Lynchburg hosts ‘crawl’ Sophia Hahn

Virginia government officials and local members of the media participated in a “crawl,â€? a brief tour around downtown Lynchburg, April 8. Hosted by the Internet Association, the focus of the crawl was to show how small businesses have benefited by taking their companies online. The tour included four downtown businesses: Gladiola Girls — a chic women’s boutique — Sam Stroud Photography, Rush Homes — a non-profit organization that builds homes for people with disabilities — and the Academy of Fine Arts. “We want to tell the stories of how these companies are creating value and helping businesses ‌ in Lynchburg grow,â€? Michael Beckerman, the president and chief executive officer of the Internet Association, said. The seven-month-old association has been going on tours across the nation in an effort to promote e-commerce and social media in small businesses. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, of the 6th District, was also part of the tour, and he said that he was eager to learn about what the Internet has done for each business. “Between Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, it is about the relationship,â€? Goodlatte said. Renee Wood, the owner of Gladiola Girls, claimed that with the help of social media, more people shop at her store. The store has a Pinterest to help women identify their style. “People come in and say, ‘I saw that dress on Pinterest,’ or, ‘I saw that tunic on Facebook,’â€? Wood said. Since opening up her store in the fall, Wood now has more than 500 followers on Twitter and even more likes on Facebook. According to Sam Stroud, his online photography blog is one of the most viewed in Virginia, helping make his business known nationwide. “Being local here and in a small town, obviously we are limited on business ‌ so we

made it a point to branch out to markets like Washington, D.C. and Charleston,� Stroud said. “For us, tools like Facebook and Pinterest are massive.� When Stroud opened his business three years ago, he was the only photographer. Since then, he has hired 10 employees and is now able to accept jobs all the way out in Arizona, according to Stroud. Angela Wingfield, the executive director of Rush Homes, said that she could not remember what her company did before the Internet. “I just put out an e-blast this morning saying we need more volunteers for this event, and already someone posted us on Facebook and promoted the event,� Wingfield said. “Already, I have had phone calls and people emailing, saying they are happy to help.� According to Wingfield, Rush Homes also has a Pinterest that provides design ideas and do-it-yourself projects to people who want to make their homes beautiful and handicap accessible. The last stop on the tour was the Academy of Fine Arts, where Executive Director David Jenkins emphasized the importance of how the Internet can establish a relationship with potential customers. “The ability to speak very intimately and at a great length to a customer is what the Internet gives us,� Jenkins said. “We have to make customers understand they are important to us above and beyond the dollars that they give.� Jenkins explained how he is able to advertise the academy to a larger pool of potential customers with the use of the Internet. “You don’t have to have a Google or Facebook in your town,� Beckerman said. “The Internet creates jobs in every town across the country.� According to Beckerman, the Internet is the future of the global economy, and small businesses need to adapt to truly be successful. HAHN is a news reporter.

Students set aside their textbooks in exchange for the Liberty Student Research Symposium April 11. Three rooms, holding presentations simultaneously, competed for student attention. The symposium showcased both undergraduate and graduate students’ research reports on topics in the fields of psychology, biology, chemistry, English, philosophy and history. “A lot of people don’t realize how much research goes into this,� psychology professor Marilyn Gadomski, one of the meeting’s co-chairs, said. “People definitely need to know.� According to Tabitha Cassidy, a presenter at the event, some students conducted research on their own for a class project or paper, while others researched in teams, such as the Daniels Program in the Department of Psychology. According to Liberty student Emily Abel, the evening of oral and poster presentations featured Liberty students’ passions. Abel conducted research on psychology and autism in children. Abel’s presentation, “Material and Social Reinforcements in Children with High-Functioning Autism,� won first prize at the sixth Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium at High Point University the previous weekend, April 5-6. “I approached Gadomski about it,� Abel said. “I just wanted to do research.� Graduate student Leslie Keeney, who also works in Liberty’s Marketing Department,

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POSTER — Students look at one of the participant presentations. displayed a poster entitled “Morally Sufficient Genocide: An Apologetic for God’s Commands Concerning the Canaanites.� According to Keeney, she was able to research a topic in which she placed great value. “This issue speaks directly to God’s character,� Keeney said. “For many Christians, the character of the Old Testament God is the reason why they lose their faith. It is very important. That’s why I can’t shrug my shoulders and say, ‘God’s ways are simply higher than man’s.’� Miranda Becker is a few weeks away from finishing her first semester in graduate school at Liberty. She presented a poster stemming from a previous research paper. She called it “History Repeated: the Continual Underestimation of Russia — a Correlation between Charles XII, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Adolf Hitler and their Respective Campaigns in Russia.�

Becker said that she noticed the correlation between Napoleon and Hitler’s attacks on Russia during her undergraduate studies at Liberty. Now in the History Department of Liberty’s graduate school, Becker took the opportunity to study the topic further, adding Charles XII to the mix. She said that she was very excited to dive deeper into the topic. Presenters like Cassidy seem to enjoy the opportunity to showcase their work. “I was lucky enough to present at this year’s symposium as well as last year’s,� Cassidy said. “Seeing how much it grew in such a short amount of time makes me excited to see the impact Liberty is going to have on the research community in the future.� HOOSIER is a news reporter.

European tours arranged Dylan Friberg

Liberty students will have the opportunity to obtain course credits for touring Europe beginning in spring 2014. Three separate tours are planned, each one exploring a different region of Europe. Headed by Michael Babcock from Liberty University’s College of General Studies, the tours will take place during various school breaks. According to Babcock, it is essential for students to experience the world outside the classroom. Not only is it fun for students, he said, but it also gives students a perspective of the world that they could not get otherwise. “There is no substitute for travel,� Babcock said. “I believe it is an essential part of a college student’s experience to get out and see the world. Travel broadens us and stretches us, enlarging our perspective and allowing us to see our own values and culture in a different light.� Babcock explained that the tours are supposed to have a general limit of 50 students, but more could be accommodated. According to Babcock, school credit can be obtained for

Humanities 101 or Humanities 497, depending on which one the student wants. However, the tours are not only for school credit. They can also be done simply for personal enjoyment. “When you travel, the whole world is your classroom — but it’s not just all about learning,� Babcock said. “ Travelling abroad is fun as well. For example, there’s nothing like eating gelato in the center of Rome with the Colosseum lit up at night.� According to Babcock, each tour will cost a little under $3,000. Although it may seem to be a steep price, it includes comfortable lodging, air and ground transportation as well as several breakfasts and dinners. “As a package, it’s a very economical way to see Europe,� Babcock said. Since all the tours are upwards of 10 months away, Babcock said that there are payment plans that make the price very doable. The College of General Studies is conducting an essay competition for students who register for the trip before May 15 of this year, according to Babcock. The competition is in hopes to alleviate some of the trip’s cost, with the top prize being $1,000.

According to Babcock, in order to make the trips time and cost effective, the tours allow students to see and experience as much as possible. “These tours are well-structured and fast-paced,â€? Babcock said. “We’re able to do a lot and see a lot, which means the student is getting great value for their travel investment. There are additional excursions and options that are available along the way, but the basic itinerary is planned ahead so as to make the best use of our time.â€? Babcock wants students who take the trip to be able to experience various aspects of the culture that they are visiting. “These tours are designed to let you experience not just the history and art, but also the food and customs of the places we visit,â€? Babcock said. “Students will also have free time in the schedule to explore in greater detail the shops, marketplaces, museums and cafĂŠs.â€? For more information about signing up, contact Babcock at FRIBERG is a news reporter.

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CRISIS — Amy Whittaker spoke to students at the PRSSA event about her experiences during Hurricane Sandy and providing for those who needed assistance.

PRSSA hosts ‘Under PRessure’ Public Relations club discusses crisis communications with Amy Whittaker from the American Red Cross During the workshop, Whittaker spoke about the importance of communicating effectively during a crisis — not only with the victims of disaster, but to the media as well. “We don’t necessarily talk to people, we talk through the media to people, so media relationships are a vital part of what we do,” Whittaker said. “Reporters call the Red Cross to find out the plan of action for crisis, so we develop relationships with the

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Liberty University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) hosted “Under PRessure,” an event focusing on crisis communications for different scenarios. Amy Whittaker, Public Relations Director for the Roanoke Valley chapter of the American Red Cross, spoke to members of the campus club Thursday, April 11.







reporters.” Whittaker stressed the importance of using social media effectively because of its easy accessibility during a crisis. “Preparedness is key for crisis. You can never prepare too much. When one is over, prepare for the next,” Whittaker said. “There will always be a crisis in some form, because disasters strike anytime, anywhere and to anyone.” According to PRSSA Presi-




dent Kristen Gorsuch, the information and experience that Whittaker shared about crisis communication was beneficial to PRSSA members, especially for the seniors about to enter into the field of public relations in just over a month. “Amy helped me realize the importance of planning for a crisis ahead of time, as opposed to just reacting to the situation when it comes,” Gorsuch said. “I’m realizing more and more

the importance of preparation.” Whittaker ended the night encouraging students to know what they will do in the event of a crisis and to stay focused on the tasks at hand. “After a crisis, look back and evaluate what went well and what didn’t work as well, and make sure you debrief and set goals for the next crisis,” Whittaker said. HINES is a news reporter.


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HUNT — Students of all majors are encouraged to participate in the School of Communications’ event, which will feature prizes to those with the most creative tweets and pictures during the event.

‘Social Scavengers’ School of Communication to host hunt Saturday, April 20 Melanie Oelrich

Snap, tweet, win! Those are the steps needed to win a prize at “Social Scavengers,” a scavenger hunt event hosted by the Liberty University School of Communication. Free for students, the scavenger hunt is the first budgeted event for the department, according to senior communications student and product manager for the School of Communication Ashley Thomas. “The main purpose of this event is to get the word out about this department and how it’s grown tremendously, even in the

last year,” Thomas said. “The event will be unique in the sense that it will incorporate social media.” According to Thomas, who is in charge of special projects within the department, the race will start at the Hancock Welcome Center Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. and end around 3 p.m. Students participating in the event will check in on the Liberty University School of Communication Facebook page. From there, each group will take a team picture and be given instructions and clues for the race. At each location, Thomas said, the groups will need to take

a creative picture and tweet it to the Liberty University School of Communication Twitter page (@LibertyUCOMS). The groups can accumulate points at specific locations if they make certain purchases. Panera Bread will donate bagels and pastries for those participating in the event, and Dickey’s BBQ will also have a table. For more information about the event, or to register as a participant, visit the School of Communication Facebook page. OELRICH is the news editor.

parking, student entertainment and the Honor Code. Student Body President Chad Atchison discussed the attendance policy and some possible changes. According to Atchison, the school board is working on setting up a system that will be based on the students’ GPA and academic performance. Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. will review the proposal during the summer for approval. Hinkley then addressed the new gun-carrying policy and answered student questions. According to Hinkley, a student must be 21 years or older to carry a firearm on campus. Students and professors must have their weapons concealed at all times. Students are not allowed to have them in residence halls, and only handguns are permitted on campus. No other type of weapon is allowed. A number of other rules and regulations were reviewed for possible change, beginning next year. According to Atchison, the Liberty Way will be under review during the summer. Shorts, hair length, earrings, neck and hem lines, T-shirts for men and curfew will be reviewed. Anderson addressed Liberty’s reason for having a code of conduct. According to Anderson, Liberty’s Code of Conduct is a contract between the institution and those who choose to be a part of that institution. It is the terms of agreement that ensure that there is a good relationship between the two. During the event, one student had a question about the alcohol policy. According to Anderson, the alcohol policy is the same on and off campus, including mission trips where certain churches use wine instead of juice for

communion. Students are currently evaluating the performances of members of student leadership. According to Anderson, the students will be able to encourage and hold their leadership accountable. Parking was also discussed, and a student brought up the idea of keeping freshmen from being able to park, like many other universities do. According to Anderson, the school is in a transition stage that will eventually allow more buildings to be built. He emphasized that Liberty is a pedestrian campus, and not a riding campus. The school board is working on a commuter table to assist students who live off campus. One policy that was discussed regards what Liberty students view for entertainment. According to Atchison, the goal is not to keep students from watching movies that are rated R, but to prevent them from watching something immoral. One student had a concern about Liberty moving toward secularism and stopping the traditions it has held onto. According to Atchison, no matter what happens, as long as the student body maintains its heart toward God, no movie will stop that. Anderson emphasized the importance of the Student Body Hall Meeting. “Anytime a student can speak up and be heard, I hope it strengthens confidence in the relationship between the administration and the institution and those who we’re here to serve,” Anderson said. “So, when students tell us what’s on their minds and what gets them going — if you will — and we address those concerns, it increases their confidence that we’re here to support.” SMITH is a news reporter.


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KING OF THE MOUNTAIN — Liberty made history in front of friends and family Friday, April 12, defeating Elon 11-10 for the first time in three years.

Flames claim first victory vs. rival

Liberty defeats Elon on senior night to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Southeastern Lacrosse Tournament

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Defeating the Elon University Phoenix (9-2, 3-1 Southeastern Lacrosse Conference) has proved to be a difficult task since the Liberty Flames (13-1, 4-0 SELC) men’s lacrosse team started. After coming up just short in the regular season finale and in the semi-finals of the Southeastern Lacrosse tournament, Liberty had a shining chance at redemption. With less than three minutes

left in regulation and the game tied at 10, Liberty freshman midfielder Bryce Mrakovich fired a shot from the left wing that reached the back of the net. While fans celebrated from the stands, the Flames focused on a victory. Holding off Elon’s last attack, the Flames kept possession of the ball for the last 30 seconds of the game. After years of not being able to get past the Phoenix, the Flames achieved their goal, winning 11-10 on senior night. “This win was crucial,” senior

midfielder Michael Strappelli said. “This is just a grudge match every year. We all look forward to this game. It is like our Super Bowl, and it is the first time we’ve beaten them, so it feels awesome.” Before the game, the Flames recognized the graduating seniors, including attack Joe Gargiulo, long stick midfielder Michael Zumpano, as well as midfielders Asa Keimig and Strappelli. “It’s tough (to see them leave),” Head Coach Kyle McQuillan

said. “We are still a young team — it is only our third year — so I was here when this program got off the ground, and all of them were here on the first day. To start seeing some of those guys take off is sad. Last year, we had a couple seniors leave, but now it’s starting to sink in that eventually these guys have to move on.” As the game began, the Flames came out flat as Elon took a quick 3-0 lead. After a Flames timeout, Liberty got on the board when junior attack Kurt Tobias and

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The Liberty Flames baseball team (19-18) played the West Virginia Mountaineers (20-17) in a series, April 12-14. It was the first time the two teams have met since 1978. The Flames dropped two of the games, but the highlight of the series came in a 9-2 victory when


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Mrakovich scored, but the run came to an end when Elon sophomore attack Gordon Bailey put one through the net. At the beginning of the second quarter, the Flames and Phoenix traded goals. As halftime drew near, Liberty’s defense, led by junior defenseman Nathan Lowmaster and sophomore goalie Ethan Kamholtz, was able to keep Elon off the board. Kamholtz’s ability to save and come out of the box applied

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LEAVING THEM ON THE BASES — Grauer and the Flames struggled to produce runs in games one and three. second baseman Bryan Aanderud had a career high six RBIs. WVU 8, LU 0 The Flames started their weekend series being shut out by the West Virginia Mountaineers, 8-0. West Virginia gained the lead

in the top of the first inning. With two outs and two men on base, the Mountaineers first baseman Ryan McBroom hit a home run over the left-field fence, driving in three runs. In the bottom of the first


The Liberty triathlon team took 10 athletes to Tempe, Ariz. for the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship Saturday, April 13. Official team results and rankings were not yet available at the time of publication. However, Head Coach Beth Frackleton said she was pleased with her team’s performance. “Everybody improved in

very difficult conditions,” Frackleton said. “As a coach, you can’t ask for much more than that. As a coach, you will always want to be better, but I’m content.” The Arizona heat was not kind to any of the competitors, as race time temperatures spiked to 90 degrees. Joseph Anderson was the top male finisher for the Flames. According to Frackleton, Anderson’s 30th place finish in a field of 500 is


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KINKS IN THE SYSTEM — Linebacker Scott Hyland intercepts quarterback Josh Woodrum on the first play from scrimmage.

Flames D wins scrimmage Derrick Battle

Under second-year Head Coach Turner Gill, Liberty held its annual spring game. However, the Flames were not able to tackle due to lack of depth and injuries in certain positions. On the game’s first play, linebacker Scott Hyland intercepted quarterback Josh Woodrum after the pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage. The pick set the tone for the rest of the game, as the defense defeated the offense 56-39 in a scoring system developed by Gill. “I’m very pleased (about) how our guys challenged each other out there on offense and defense,” Gill said. “Overall, it was a pretty good day for us.” Woodrum led the Flames with a new receiving core, completing 10-18 passes for 85 yards. Backup quarter-

back Javan Shashaty followed, throwing 5-7 for 42 yards. Receivers Gabe Henderson and Darrin Peterson and running back Desmond Rice had three catches each. “We sustained two pretty good drives,” Woodrum said. “We stalled out at the end, but we will pick it up.” During halftime, Gill gave out the Samkon Gado award, which goes to the most improved player of the spring on both sides of the ball. The recipients of the award were receiver Dante Shells and defensive lineman Dominique Davis. The Flames also recognized graduating seniors and presented them with framed jerseys. Lastly, Liberty awarded defensive back Brent Vinson with the Luke 2:52 award, which is given to a graduating senior who instills the program’s whole person development effort. During the second half, the Flames focused on a run-

ning game that featured Rice. While Liberty was not very successful on the ground, coaches and players alike were impressed with Rice’s work ethic and ability. “He will have an opportunity — he is going to play,” Gill said. “Rice is a talented young man, (a) well-rounded running back. He can do it all. He can pass protect, catch, and he has the ability to understand the offense.” Throughout the entire game, the defense was dialed in, making plays and key stops all over the field, including four sacks — two of which came from Davis. Defensive back Aaron Dial stayed close to the line of scrimmage and led the team with five stops. “The defense showed some good things,” Gill said. “I’m very pleased with the way our defense ran to the football. There is some work we have to do on the offensive side of the ball, but I am

pleased overall.” While defensive back Kevin Fogg did not have a huge role in the spring game, the Flames will bring back the first team All-American this season. Last year, Fogg suffered a broken foot that cost him the entire season. “I feel blessed (coming back on the team),” Fogg said. “I feel like this is a second chance for me to have fun on this team and to give back. It’s all about having fun.” Liberty still has two more practices before the end of spring training. Both of them are open to the public Tuesday, April 16, and Thursday, April 18, from 4:20 to 6:30 p.m. The Flames open their season against the Kent State Golden Flashes Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. BATTLE is the asst. sports editor

Rashad Jennings is an Oakland Raider. Of course, the announcement was heard first on Twitter. On April 10, Jennings tweeted, “It’s official! I’ll be rocking that Black and Silver this yr. #Raidernation, let’s go make it happen!” And just like that, the fifth-year running back whose career was launched from Williams Stadium is on his way to the West Coast. Jennings’ role in Oakland will most JENNINGS likely be similar to what it was in Jacksonville. He will back up injury-prone starter Darren McFadden. McFadden, who has flashed bigplay ability in his first five seasons in the league with the Raiders, has not stayed healthy for long enough to establish himself as an elite running back. In the last five years, McFadden has compiled 3,334 yards rushing, 1,449 yards receiving and 18 total touchdowns in 47 appearances, including 34 starts. McFadden reached a peak in 2010, when he started 13 games — amassing 1,157 yards on a 5.2 carry average. He added more than 500 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns, but McFadden’s injury woes have limited his production the last two years — which is where Jennings figures in. Jennings’ best season was also in 2010. When subbing for the Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew, he piled up 459 yards with a 5.5 yards per carry average. The Raiders hope that Jennings can complement McFadden the same way he did Jones-Drew. HARVEY is the sports editor

Five things to know about the ‘13 schedule Kyle Harvey

With the spring football game in the rear view mirror, Flames football fanatics can now begin the countdown until the kickoff of the 2013 season. #1 The FBS Opponent The 2013 season is the 15th consecutive year that the Flames schedule has included at least one opponent from the FBS. This year, that opponent is Kent State. Liberty played State once before in 2004, losing 38-10. State is coming off a season in which it recorded an 8-0 record in the MidAmerican Conference, and made an appearance in the Bowl.

#2 In-State Rivals For those die-hards that travel, the Flames schedule gives the gift of proximity with two non-conference games against in-state rivals within driving distance. Richmond and Norfolk are only 115 and 203 miles away, respectively.

“Obviously, Richmond stands out,” quarterback Josh Woodrum said. “With Coach Rocco being over there, I think a lot of people really are going to be excited about that game. Everybody’s really looking forward to it, so that’s a big, red bullet point on our (schedule).”

#3 Rocco town Upper classmen will remember that “Rocco Town” used to take place just outside Williams Stadium before every home game. But that was before Liberty’s former head coach Danny Rocco skipped town for the gig in Richmond as head coach of the Spiders. The reunion will certainly add intrigue to an already important game.

#4 Schedule structure A grueling four-game stretch at the beginning of last season, which featured an FBS opponent and three consecutive ranked FCS teams, sent the Flames limping into conference play with an 0-4 record. This year however, the tougher opponents are spread out, and difficult road trips are followed by home stands against weaker teams.

“It really suits us well this year,” Woodrum said. “Last year we had so many ranked teams right in a row and I think it’s better a little more spread out this year.” #5 Farewell Stony Brook The Seawolves made a move to the Colonial Athletic Association, which leaves the Big South with only five other schools besides Liberty. The Flames filled the hole in the schedule vacated by Stony Brook with two non-conference games. The move lengthens the season to 12 games, with the extra game being played at Williams Stadium. HARVEY is the sports editor

Schedule 8/29 Kent State 9/7 Monmouth 9/14 Morgan State 9/21 Richmond 9/28 Kentucky Wesleyan 10/5 Old Dominion 10/19 Coastal Carolina 10/26 Gardner-Webb 11/2 Virginia Military Inst. 11/9 Presbyterian 11/16 Brevard

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April 16, 2013 BASEBALL continued from B1 inning, the Flames had a chance to tie the game with the bases loaded. However, Mountaineers pitcher Harrison Musgrave retired the next three batters, leaving Liberty scoreless. “The first thing that I had to do was keep battling and give the team a chance to win the game after going down three in the first,” starting pitcher Carson Herndon said. “I just kept grinding after giving up the home run and did everything I could to keep us in the game.” The Mountaineers were on the board again in the top of the third with the help from left fielder Jacob Rice’s RBI single. At the bottom of the sixth inning, Liberty had the bases loaded again when designated hitter Danny Grauer reached first due to an error. Aanderud then advanced Grauer, landing him at first. Shortstop Dalton Britt was walked with two outs in the inning, but the Flames could not bring home a run. In the top of the eighth, the Flames gave up four more runs to the Mountaineers, sealing their fate. Herndon pitched six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and dropping his record to 3-4 on the season. “We have been struggling lately and not playing very well,” Herndon said. “It’s time for us to pull together and start competing a little more and win some games down the stretch.” LU 9, WVU 2 The Flames defeated the Mountaineers 9-2 Saturday, April 13, behind the strength of a career-high six RBIs from junior second baseman Aanderud. Aanderud had three hits, including a bases-clearing double in the eighth inning,

Liberty Champion/B3 on a sacrifice fly, and the Flames added another run in the fourth after an RBI single by Britt. The score remained 3-1 until the top of the seventh, when the Mountaineers manufactured a run that cut the Flames lead to one. However, the Flames responded with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning after two RBI singles by Aanderud expanded the Flames lead to 5-2. With the bases loaded in the eighth inning, the Flames produced four runs. Perritt drove in a run after being hit by a pitch. Aanderud hit a bases-clearing double, extending the Flames lead to 9-2. “We have a great offense, and we haven’t been showing how good we really are,” Roy said. “Perritt stepped up huge, and Aanderud drove in six runs. We need that senior leadership, and hopefully we can keep it going for the rest of the year.”

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STRIKE — Pitcher Brooks Roy threw seven innings and had five strikeouts in the 9-2 victory Saturday, April 13. which sealed the victory for the Flames. “He’s just a good hitter and had another good game,” Flames Head Coach Jim Toman said. “He has been solid for us all year. He’s one of our team leaders, and we needed him to step up, and he had a great game.” Despite the lopsided score, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Flames immediately bounced back with a run of their own after Aanderud drove in Perritt, who led the inning with a triple. “That was big, because when you go down 1-0, the dugout is kind of down.” Toman said. “They had the momentum early, and we turned it around real quick.” Flames starting pitcher

Brooks Roy settled down and pitched seven innings while surrendering only two runs. “He was really focused and had a good cutter going,” Toman said. “He threw strikes, competed and — other than the leadoff double, which they ended up scoring — he pitched extremely well.” Roy picked up his fourth win of the season, recording five strikeouts and only allowing five hits. “For (Roy) to come out there and do that, it allows us as the offense to relax a little bit,” Aanderud said. “When you have a pitching performance like that, it’s going to help out the team, and it was huge for us.” In the bottom of the third, Wimmer gave the Flames a 2-1 lead after driving in Perritt

WVU 2, LU 1 In its final game of the series, the Mountaineers squeezed out a 2-1 victory despite Liberty starting pitcher Trey Lambert throwing a complete game Sunday, April 14. Lambert gave up two runs in the first inning after two sacrifice hits for RBIs from West Virginia. Aanderud continued to see the ball well, getting three of the Flames five hits during the game and scoring Liberty’s only run in the fifth inning. West Virginia starting pitcher Dan Dierdorff also threw a complete game. Lambert gave up five hits and had two strikeouts. Liberty will host the Old Dominion Monarchs Tuesday, April 16 at Liberty Baseball Stadium. TYREE and FOOTE are sports reporters.

LACROSSE continued from B1 pressure on the Phoenix defense. With less than two minutes to go in the half, Tobias scored on an assist from junior midfielder Derek Haywood, and freshman Ryan Miller scored to tie the game at five. In the third quarter, scoring became a challenge as Kamholtz and Elon senior goalie Mike Meglio displayed how they are among the best in save percentage in Division II lacrosse. However, with 3:52 left in the third, Miller broke through Elon’s defense and Meglio at the goal to give Liberty its first lead of the night. The lead was short-lived, though, as Elon answered to tie the game heading into the fourth quarter. Miller, who leads Division II in points and goals, scored four times and had one assist. Tobias and Mrakovich each had three goals “We’re excited to play a lot more teams like Elon,” McQuillan said. “I’m really excited to see these guys be pushed to their competitive limits. To win three games in three days is going to tax (them), but I’m excited to see them step up to that challenge.” BATTLE is the asst. sports editor.

NATIONALS continued from B1 marked improvement over last year for him. Kathryn Mullaly and Lane Ruchte, who finished less than a minute apart from each other, were the top female finishers for Liberty. “Katie (Mullaly) and Lane (Ruchte) both went under two and a half hours. That’s a really good time,” Frackleton said. According to Frackleton, each of the 10 athletes showed a lot of grit and resolve in light of the level of competition and the heat. HARVEY is the sports editor


B4/Liberty Champion

April 16, 2013

Lady Flames smother Gardner-Webb Liberty wins two straight games against the Runnin’ Bulldogs to begin new streak against conference foe

Emily Brown

Tom Foote

Mike Williams

After dropping game one 4-2 and ending an 11-game winning streak against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (7-27, 4-12 Big South), the Lady Flames (19-21, 8-8 Big South) clinched the series by winning two straight games. Designated player Sammi Shivock led the Lady Flames, batting 6-9 and driving in six runs over the three-game series. GW 4, LU 2 In the opening contest of the weekend, Liberty did not capitalize on opportunities. Despite 10 hits, the Lady Flames only brought home two runners, losing the game 4-2. Liberty scored its first run to take an early lead in the third inning. With two outs, designated player Shivock drove the ball down the left-field line for an RBI double, sending sophomore Megan Robinson home to score. “(I was) just thinking about getting to the bag,” Shivock said. For the next three innings, Liberty could not produce any runs on six hits. “I really thought we were a little lethargic,” Head Coach Paul Wetmore said. “I didn’t think we were up on our game. We gave away, probably, a few innings at the plate where we didn’t swing the bat as well as I thought we could have.” Despite leading most of the game, Liberty faltered defensively down the stretch. A late-game rally by Gardner-Webb, which included four runs in the span of two innings, propelled the Runnin’ Bulldogs to a win. In the sixth inning, senior Jordyn Arrowood batted a runner home with a single to left field for Gardner-Webb’s first run. The equalizer jump started the Runnin’ Bulldogs comeback. In the top of the final inning, Liberty made several mistakes in the field, allowing Gardner-Webb to take the lead. The Runnin’ Bulldogs exploited Liberty’s defense, scoring its second run on a passed ball. Sophomore Savannah Burns then sent a hit deep to the right-centerfield gap, pushing two run-

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BATTER UP — Shortstop Holly Seiz contributes at the plate during the three-game series. ners past home base for two more Gardner-Webb tallies, extending the lead to 4-2. “It came down to the end, and I told them early on that if you let them hang around long enough, they’re gonna find a way to get runs,” Wetmore said. “At that point, we just made a couple of defensive mistakes that really hurt us.” The Lady Flames rallied in the bottom of the seventh. Senior center fielder Katie Zavodny added an infield hit, and redshirt junior Jill Stephens added a second hit in the inning for the Lady Flames. Shivock then singled to center field for her second hit and RBI of the day. However, Gardner-Webb sealed the game with a ground out. “I was just happy that we got another run on the board because one is never enough,” Zavodny said. LU 3, GW 1 The Liberty Lady Flames softball team defeated the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 3-1 in the second game of a double header Friday, April 12. The Lady Flames jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after a two-out rally that was capped off with an RBI single by Kelby Allen. In the bottom of the third, the Lady Flames added to their lead after

a sacrifice fly by Shivock drove home center fielder Zavodny. However, the Runnin’ Bulldogs responded in the top half of the fourth after an error by Liberty allowed them to draw within one run, making the score 2-1. The Lady Flames regained their two-run lead in the bottom half of the fifth after a double to the left-field gap by first baseman Hannah Nichols scored Stephens. Lady Flames starting pitcher Chandler Ball threw the complete game, surrendering only one unearned run on six hits. LU 13, GW 5 The weather was warm, but the bats were hot Saturday, April 13 as the Lady Katie Welch | Liberty Champion Flames lit up GardnerTEAM EFFORT — Three Lady Flames had more than two hits in the 13-5 victory Webb, 13-5. Shivock went 3-3 with a single, double against the Runnin’ Bulldogs in game three. and three-run home run Liberty starting pitcher home run over the score- their last chance to bat, on the day. “I just went hard each at Annah Jo Brittingham board, making it 7-3. so I wanted them to bat gave up three runs on sev“That (fourth inning) around,” Wetmore said. bat,” Shivock said The Lady Flames began en hits in three innings of was huge,” Wetmore In the sixth inning, the the offense after Gard- work as Ball took over in said. “We did a little bit Lady Flames capped off of everything — suicide the game with another ner-Webb starter Ashley the circle for Liberty. The Lady Flames bats squeeze, the long ball — six runs, highlighted by Rhyne loaded the bases with two walks and a single ignited in the fourth in- it really exploded our of- a three-run home run by with just one out. Liberty ning. With two runners fense. It really got us going Donovan. took advantage as Kelby on base, Blair Lawerence in the right direction.” The Lady Flames The Runnin’ Bulldogs will travel to face the Allen hit a sacrifice fly to struck a two-run double into left field, tying the brought themselves back James Madison Dukes make the score 1-0. Gardner-Webb quickly score at three. After a Za- within two runs when Wednesday, April 17. answered in the second, vodny single put runners Mennagham hit a two-run taking a 2-1 lead on two on the corners, an RBI home run into left field, RBIs by Mariana Gal- double by Stephens gave making it 7-5 in the top of BROWN, FOOTE and WILLIAMS are sports lardo and Samantha Liberty a 4-3 lead. Shivock the sixth inning. also blasted a three-run “I told them this is reporters. Meenaghan.


April 16, 2013

Liberty Champion/B5

YouTube testimonials Jessica Jordan

Sophomore Hannah Myers is an example of a student trying to make a difference for Christ while balancing the tasks that come with the territory of being a fulltime student. Along with fellow students Jeff Brainard and Tommy Tran, Myers created One11 Films, a ministry where videos on various controversial ethical and Christian topics are posted for the public on YouTube. According to Myers, she began making videos on the Gospel to send to her family in the Philippines, but she realized the potential audience she could reach after reading the book “The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask” by Mark Mittelberg. The book encouraged Myers to make her first two videos a look at abortion from a sensible, ethical and biblical perspective. She also decided to make the site public, meaning anyone on her social media sites could view them. Myers said that the relevance helped the videos to gain a lot of unexpected attention, the first video with more than All of the 6,000 views and the second with more videos than 12,000 views, made by which resulted in One11 some negativity from Films can the viewers who disagreed with the mesbe found sage. at “I had to walk facebook. away from the comcom/one- puter sometimes and just think about what 11films. to say for a while,” Myers said. Although some people found the abortion videos disagreeable, many found them helpful, insightful and inspiring. One such person was Brainard, who assists Meyers and now serves as director of the videos. “He encouraged me to take the next step and turn my videos into a ministry,” Myers said. “He helped me realize the potential impact of this medium, and thus, the ministry of One11 Films was created.” Since creating One11 Films, Myers has made another video entitled “A Message to All Christians,” which defines what a Christian is and calls out Christians who do not make Christ their priority. The video featured more than 40 Liberty students who urged Christians to glorify God in everything and change the stereotype that labels Christians as judgmental hypocrites who only condemn non-Christians. The video has more than 5,000 views and has gained the interest of many non-believers who have sought out more information on the Gospel from Myers. As a testament to her lifelong commitment to One11 Films, Myers changed her major from accounting to business administration communication and decided to minor in both cinematic arts and accounting. “In this generation, people don’t like to read. They are very visual, and we are losing people because we aren’t presenting the gospel in a way people want to hear,” Myers said. “I want to continue making inspiring films that will ignite Christians to make a difference and present the true Gospel to unbelievers.” One idea that Myers said she would like to create is a message to all girls about finding their identity in Christ and not in the world. According to Myers, it is the encouragement and constant provisions of spiritual nourishment from Liberty that inspire students to be bold and stand up for their faith. “If it wasn’t for Liberty, I wouldn’t be doing this,” Myers said. “If I was at a secular school, I wouldn’t have this ministry. The support from my school and peers has shown me that I can’t care about what people think about me because there are unsaved people out there. If we unite together, we have enough people here to change the world. The only thing stopping us is ourselves. We need leaders from this generation. Young people standing up for their beliefs will shock the world.” For more information about One11 Films, visit


JORDAN is a feature reporter.

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SERVING — Weider teaches Biblical Worldview classes at Liberty, as well as serving as director of CSER.

Professor leads by example Lew Weider looks back and shares his experience after 28 years at Liberty

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Professor and Director of Christian Community Service Lew Weider is one of the many dedicated faculty members seeking to bring others to Christ. As a child in Alliance, Ohio, Weider grew up in a moderately Christian home, with parents who cared deeply about the things of God, but did not always practice them in their personal lives. Born into a hard-working family, Weider’s parents struggled to get by, but worked hard and taught their children to do the same. According to Weider, he attended Beechwood United Methodist Church, where he heard the Gospel for the first time at 9 years old and accepted Jesus as his savior. There was never any question whether he was going to college or not, but he knew that he would have to work for it. “(My) parents wanted all five of us children to be

successful,” Weider said. While Weider searched for colleges to attend, Moses Yoder, the associate pastor of Alliance Baptist Temple, recommended Liberty Baptist College (LBC). After visiting LBC, Weider found that this was the place God wanted him to be. “This has been a wonderful experience, coming to Lynchburg and Liberty,” Weider said. Weider said that his initial plan was to earn a pastoral degree to prepare for fulltime ministry. During his time at Liberty, Weider volunteered for a Super Conference, hosted by Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC). The event is now known as the Innovate Church Conference. During the conference, he met the late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. for the first time. Weider was working under Dennis Fields Sr., who was heading the conference and introduced Weider as a conference volunteer and new student of Liberty.

“I’ll never forget it,” Weider said. “Jerry shook my hand and reached to his collar, in which he had a gold ‘Jesus First’ pin on, and (he) took it off and gave it to me as a thank you. What an impact that made on me as a young Christian, and I was sold on helping out in any way I could.” Weider continued volunteering for Christian service (CSER) for his next four years, also working as a teacher’s assistant. During summers, he preached at churches or participated in church plants. Upon graduation, Weider and his wife visited Nashua, N.H. to consider planting a church. While he was there, he did not see a need, since many other churches were being planted at the time. After returning home to Lynchburg disappointed, he got a call from his former boss, Dennis Fields Sr., offering him a job to teach at Liberty. “At that moment, I had complete peace,” Weider said.

After accepting the position, Weider received his license as a minister at TRBC and became a campus pastor. He has been on faculty/staff for 28 years. Along with teaching and being director of CSER, Weider is also faculty advisor for Circle K, the largest collegiate service organization worldwide, according to Greatly involved in TRBC, Weider is chairman of the Deacon Board. Weider has also been the pastor for the Home Builder’s life group, and an adult Sunday school class for the last 20 years. “If God will call me, I will go tomorrow,” Weider said. “I’ve surrendered all. Tomorrow is in the Lord’s hands.” Weider said that he is very blessed to be here at Liberty and will even drive around campus on occasion, just because he is thrilled to be here and see what God is doing. BARTLETT is a feature reporter.

Paintball goes to Nationals Sara Warrender

Paintballs ricocheted across the field, pelting the barricades and sailing quickly toward the Liberty University players sliding across the splattered ground, easily dodging the assailants. The Liberty Paintball Team began as a club in 2005, and then became an official club sport in 2008. Now, the team has grown to 18 members preparing yet again for the National Collegiate Paintball Association national championships. According to Head Coach Todd Hoglund, the team has gone to the national competition each year since 2007 and has placed in the top four the last three years they have attended. “I’ve got a good group of guys,” Hoglund said. “They’ve come a long way this year.” According to team captain Aaron Thompson, the team is prepared and ready to compete. “Pregame jitters are common, but I feel pretty confident in our abilities to be a force to be reckoned with,” Thompson said. “Of course, you don’t want to be too confident, but we’ve been preparing for a long time.” Throughout the year, the team has been involved in two Class A events and three Class AA events. To be invited to a Class A event, the

team must first compete in two regional events, while any team can be invited to Class AA events. The Liberty University team is composed of 10 Class A players and eight AA players. “We’ve been preparing since day one,” junior Noah Burns said. “This is pretty much what we prepare for all year.” This year, nationals will be held in Lakeland, Fla., April 19. The team will leave early Thursday, April 18, and will compete Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday, depending on their rankings. “We have a lot to live up to, but we’re one of the top programs in the nation,” Hoglund said. According to Thompson, one of the team’s most practiced skills is learning to effectively communicate on the field. The team uses a different code for each bunker and has learned to speak to each other in a way that quickly conveys their strategies. “Communication makes or breaks the team,” Burns said. “It’s essential.” Although competitions are a time for the team to show off their skills, according to Thompson, it is also a time for the Liberty students to show their love for God to a world of broken people. “We want to be a pedestal,” Thompson said. “That way, when we go down to big events like Florida, we want to make sure all that we do

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SPLAT — Paintball players practice on East Campus. and all that we say is glorifying to God so that we can show Jesus to people in the paintball community.” According to Hoglund, much of the paintball community is involved in drugs, drinking and cursing. The Liberty team is able to show the light of God in the sport’s community by being different. “One of the biggest things that we do is live the Christian life on and off the field, and teams see that,” Hoglund said. Hoglund added that he was grateful to have Liberty’s support of the team as well as the support of Liberty’s sponsorship by Planet Eclipse. Through Planet Eclipse, the team received high quality, specialty equipment and guns that they may not have obtained otherwise.

According to Hoglund, a live webcast will show the team’s efforts at nationals, which is also another witnessing tool for the team. Individuals who are not able to attend the competition can watch the Liberty Paintball Team pray with the winning or losing teams on a national webcast. “That’s why we play paintball, to be able to achieve that status and that platform so we can proclaim Jesus,” Hoglund said. According to Hoglund, the team is excited to head to nationals and excited to see what God will do through them on such a broad scale, putting their hard work into WARRENDER is an asst. section editor.


B6/Liberty Champion

April 16, 2013

‘The Struggle’ tour comes to Liberty Tenth Avenue North, Moriah Peters and Rend Collective Experiment played at a Student Activities concert Friday night Greg Leasure

A line stretched from the door of the Vines Center all the way across to the DeMoss Hall bus stop Friday, April 12, as College for a Weekend (CFAW) participants and Liberty students prepared to see the latest Liberty University Student Activities concert, featuring Tenth Avenue North. The Christian band played music from their previous albums as well as the band’s new album, “The Struggle,” and kept everyone on their feet most of the night. However, lead singer Mike Donehey’s multiple monologues about the band’s ultimate purpose made it clear that their concerts are not just about the music. After the audience enjoyed both opening acts, Donehey spoke to the crowd about Compassion International, an organization that works to help children in poverty through sponsorship. According to Compassion International’s website, the organization currently helps 1.2 million children in 26 countries. The organization’s goal is to help children from other countries grow spiritually, as well as economically, socially and physically, according to Donehey shared his own experience with sponsoring multiple children from Columbia and encouraged the audience to consider what the Bible says about helping the poor. Donehey explicitly said that the call to action was not designed as a guilt trip, but rather a chance to meet a child’s needs. For those interested in the opportunity, Compassion International also had a booth in the back of the Vines Center with pictures of children from various countries so that attendants could sponsor a child at the concert. “To put it in terminology a college student can understand, to sponsor a kid with Compassion will cost you two Starbucks mochas per week,” Donehey said. According to the Compassion International representatives in attendance, the table remained busy all night with people who wanted more information or were considering sponsoring a child. “I would say it’s probably the

NOVEL continued from B8 continue writing through two books. Through knowledge obtained in church and other outside research, Grant said that he was able to accurately portray the different stories from the Bible. “I tried to use some of my research to elaborate and give details to things,” Grant said. “Who knows how it might have happened? There’s no way to know for certain things, but I tried to do as much historical research as I could, and biblical research, to give accurate elaboration to different parts of my story.” Writing the book was only the beginning of the process for Grant. After sending his work to different editors, Grant self-published his book through and hired a professional graphic design artist to create the cover art. “I had gotten a couple of offers from publishers,” Grant said. “However, I realized that I got a better offer through self-publishing. I purposely did not choose the publishers. I chose self-publishing.” Grant said that his favorite part of writing

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THE STRUGGLE — Lead singer Mike Donehey shared his testimony with the crowd in between songs. best-run organization I’ve seen,” Donehey said. Throughout the night, Donehey also shared thoughts about the band’s history and his personal walk with God, including how his car accident — in which he broke his back — affected his faith. High school sophomore Milan Lewis said that she especially appreciated Donehey’s honesty about his faith. “It was really on point, and his testimony was really powerful,” Lewis said. “The fact that he could have said all those things to God, but instead, he said, ‘I’m going to give this to God. I’m going to worship you through it,’ was really cool.” Lewis and the rest of her CFAW group from New York arrived at the Vines Center an hour early and experienced the concert from the front row as a part of the mob of people surrounding the stage.

his book was the part on Job. Growing up in a poor household, Grant endured hardships that allowed him to connect with Job. Grant also said that Christians need to follow Job’s example of staying close to God throughout his trials. “That’s another thing that I want to convey through my book,” Grant said. “No matter the problems that come in life, we can never afford as Christians to deny God, because that’s what Satan wants us to do. He wants us to deny God. And just like with Job, he’ll keep attacking us until we do, but we can’t give in.” Already thinking about his second book, Grant said that he will begin writing shortly and will hopefully have it published by this time next year. Continuing Adam Johnson’s travel through time, Grant will expand on issues that he wrote about in the first book. “There will be a surprise ending in the second book, something that people will not expect,” Grant said. “There’s going to be little hints and things that I drop in the first and second book that point to that. Even from the first chapter, I put something

The night began with 20-yearold Moriah Peters and her acoustic guitar and continued with Irish band Rend Collective Experiment, which even featured an accordion. “I like (Tenth Avenue North’s style of music),” Lewis said. “I really like their new album, especially their songs ‘Worn’ and ‘The Struggle.’”

Donehey and the band explored different areas of the Vines Center during the performance, even playing an acoustic set in the middle of the crowd. As the band members walked off the stage at the end of the night, it took only a few seconds before the crowd started to call for an encore. Tenth Avenue North did not disappoint, play-

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AUTHOR — Grant published his book in 2012. in there.” Grant said that he hopes people will realize his writing ability is not his own. Grant wants people to get more out of his book than just an entertaining read. “God gave me this chance to publish a book,” Grant said. “I think whenever anyone has something good happen in their life or they have a gift they use in some way, they should never take the credit for themselves. The only

way that I could write this book and publish it is because God gave me the ability. I didn’t do that by myself. I also want people to think in that way about their own gifts, however they use them.” For more information about Grant and his book, visit his website at

WEBSTER is a feature reporter.

and do mission work. Now, Lane puts that thought into practice by working overseas. According to Lane, Campus Crusades for Christ began in Honduras, and since 1995, it has spread to 50 different countries around the world. In March, Lane went on a trip to Trinidad to lecture about AIDS prevention, where he taught several health professionals and teachers about how to assess character development. “The philosophy is that AIDS is a behavioral-driven disease,” Lane said. “If you avoid certain behaviors, you will not come in contact with the virus, and you will not the get the disease.” Lane has not only been able to nationalize his whole program in the country of Trinidad, but he has also been able to spread it to Barbados, Ghana and Jamaica. “Whenever I attend these conferences, I always share the Gospel and the great things happening at Liberty University,” Lane said. Several of the health professionals that Lane taught while in Trinidad have agreed to serve as mentors to the public health students. Students will research the effectiveness of educational process to decrease risky behaviors as well as other HIV/AIDS projects of importance in the Caribbean region.

ing three more songs before the concert came to an end. According to the band’s website, Tenth Avenue North will continue “The Struggle Tour” through April 28. LEASURE is the feature editor.

The public health graduate program began at Liberty a year and a half ago. The nine graduating students are participating in practicums in Korea, Florida, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Virginia and Florida. According to Lane, the practicum students in the public health graduate program are already changing the world while still attending Liberty. “I see us becoming worldwide in our impact,” Lane said. “I would like to see our students graduate from this program and be on every continent, and perhaps in every country, providing public health assistant to countries in need.” When Lane first came to Liberty, there were only 3,000 students, and he knew every faculty member by name. However, the university has grown considerably since then. “My mission statement is embracing a Christian worldview to reach the undeserved through public health training and practice so that others can experience the embrace of God,” Lane said. Currently, the program has 33 residential students, and 600 committed online students. Nine of the students are set to graduate in May. According to Lane, he is excited for the future when his students will be able to truly change the world. SKINNER is a feature reporter.


April 16, 2013

Liberty Champion/B7

Project Hollywood hits the runway Sophia Hahn

Lights. Camera. Action. Models took to the runway Saturday night, April 13, at the seventh annual fashion show sponsored by Liberty University’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Department. The garments were inspired by classic Hollywood movies and were designed and modeled by Liberty students, according to Ruth Bibby, the director of the show and a senior at Liberty. A team of 15 designers chose the theme, color, style and costumes to base their designs. “Each person has a different movie, so it is under one umbrella, Project Hollywood, which means we’ll have a whole variety of looks, models and garments on the runway,” Bibby said. The movies chosen as inspiration ranged from old classics like “Casablanca” to newer movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Erin Cumbia, a senior fashion merchandising major, decided to base her collection on “My Fair Lady.” According to Cumbia, she looked at the femininity, unique costumes and colors to get ideas for her designs. “I love the movie. I used to watch it all the time with my grandma,” Cumbia said. “I love the mixture between hard and soft. I used a lot of chiffon in this collection. It is really light and airy and just kind of flies.” A crowd of people lined up outside of the Shilling Center with tickets in hand, waiting for the doors to open. Anticipation rose as the audience began to fill the seats with jittery excitement. Then it was time. Bibby came onto the stage to welcome everyone and introduce the judges before the show’s beginning. Af-

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HOLLYWOOD — Student Sarah Bell designed her collection based off of “Phantom of the Opera.” ter a couple of door prizes were given out, the models took to the runway. “I’m friends with the model that came out first, Katelyn Diehl,” junior Lena Wakim said. “I am just so proud of her, because she rocked it.” Diehl came onto the runway wearing “Pirates of the Caribbean” garments designed by Hannah Lynch. The designs ranged from evening gowns, cocktail dresses and suits to even more different costume designs. Some design-

ers focused on capturing iconic elements in their collections, like R2-D2 of “Star Wars” or Dorothy, the Lion and the Tin Man from the “Wizard of Oz.” Other designers concentrated on contrasting elements such as good Sandy versus bad Sandy in “Grease.” “I thought the show was fantastic,” freshman Abby Cockrell said. “It looked like all the designers put together some really good pieces, and it was incredible to think that people from Liberty, who are students here,

actually made those. All the designs were beautiful.” There was a short intermission for the judges to choose the winners as the audience walked around the room, eating the provided snacks and looking at the designers’ fashion boards. After intermission, the winners were announced. Designers Lynch of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and Cumbia of “My Fair Lady” stole the show. Lynch won Best use of Texture, Best Theme Inspiration and first runner up in the competition. Cumbia took

home the prizes for Best Overall, Designers’ Choice and Best in Show. “It is a little bit surreal,” Cumbia said. “I have to let it sink in. It is such a blessing and an honor to be one of the people that have won this.” Cumbia designed a two-piece white and black skirt suit, a ruffle one-strap cocktail dress, a satin plum evening gown with gem work and a satin and chiffon cream evening gown. “I understand why Erin Cumbia won all of those awards, because it looked like she put so much time and effort into it,” Wakim said. “They were so intricately designed. They were beautiful. One thing that I really loved is that she made her own dress and matched her own models.” According to Cumbia, the fashion show is a fantastic opportunity and experience for FACS majors. In the future, she hopes to get involved in bridal fashion and some day design her own collection of wedding gowns. The people on stage began to get teary-eyed at the end of the show as Bibby thanked everyone who helped out and came to watch. According to Bibby, she has been involved in the fashion show for the past four years, and this is her last one. “If I could have any job in the world, I would be a runway coordinator,” Bibby said. “I would love, love, love to do that.” According to Bibby, she has been planning this fashion show since last August, and she is both happy and sad for it all to be over. HAHN is a feature reporter.


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APRIL 16, 2013

wild and free

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ALLUVION — Current Liberty students, alumni and other theater professionals combine forces to produce a high-flying show.

Students go wild for ‘Tarzan’ The Alluvion Stage Company wraps up the Liberty theater season in the jungle through May 12

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he stage of Liberty University was transformed into an elaborate set for “Tarzan” as members of the cast transported the audience into a different world through scenes of action, love and acceptance. Rehearsal began for “Tarzan” Feb. 8, with the show’s opening performance hitting the Tower Theater April 12. “The fact that we are doing a Disney show and premiering it in Central Virginia is huge because we have people who aren’t connected to Liberty at all who follow us now,” show director Linda Cooper said. “It really is a huge recruiting tool.” “Tarzan” will be performed under the Alluvion Stage Company, the professional branch of Liberty’s Theatre Arts Department. According to Cooper, under Alluvion, professional actors, movie directors and choreographers were brought to Liberty to help the cast prepare for opening night. One of the play’s flight directors came to Lib-

erty straight from the Broadway show “Wicked.” “Tarzan” was also part of an apprentice program at Liberty, which offers the area’s high school students a chance to hold 8-10 cast positions. “To be part of a team that gets to share something about humanity and about the Lord and about His heart … ‘Tarzan’ has a lot of that, and it’s just beautiful,” Kelli Overymyer, who plays Kala, said. “Tarzan” follows the story of an orphan who was taken under the care of gorillas and raised as an animal. His first encounter with humans changed his life drastically, and according to Cooper, the story is a demonstration of two very different worlds meeting. “One theme is the choice between moral responsibility to a community and selfish desire, which I think relates to everyone,” Cooper said. “Even though this is seen as a story for youth, I think this relates to adults very much.” The cast of “Tarzan” is transformed to convey a band of gorillas communicating through animalistic

sounds and actions. According to Taamu Wuya, who plays Kerchak, this task demanded many hours of research. “We want the audience to see living, breathing animals, to be walking in their environment that’s like their home,” Wuya said. Tarzan and Jane’s chemistry was brought to the stage, and according to junior Natalie Cleek, who plays Jane, the combination of these two characters was the act of joining two vastly different forms of communication. “I think the audience is going to learn (that) we all communicate in different ways, and how to best communicate with someone,” Cleek said. “You have to learn their (method of) communication, not force your own on them.” According to Cleek, Cooper brings a creative and unique twist to the play, making the gorillas almost human and giving the humans animalistic qualities. “(Tarzan) brings a lot of strength to the stage,” Jeff Sundheimer, who plays Tarzan, said. “He is an example

of what it means to take responsibility over pleasure. He chooses to do things based off of what he knows is right to do for the people around him rather than what he knows is right for himself.” According to Cooper, the play also brings aspects of flight to Liberty’s theater that sends the cast soaring across stage in a way that simulates the action of swinging on a vine. “There is so much spectacle in this show, people are just going to be thrilled,” Overymyer said. With elaborate sets, action scenes and Grammy-award-winning music from Phil Collins, according to the Liberty Theatre Arts Department’s website, this is a show students are not going to want to miss. Visit Alluvion’s website for ticket information and a complete listing of show times beginning April 12 and ending May 12. WARRENDER is an asst. section editor.

Alumnus publishes novel Joshua Grant makes his writing debut with biblical-themed “Lost Time” Emily Webster

Graphic by Elliot Mosher

HEAL — Liberty students go global.

Health missions Melissa Skinner

Richard Lane, the founder and director of the master’s of public health program, began working at Liberty University as a director of public services in order to continue Liberty’s mission to train champions for Christ. In 1995, Lane had the opportunity to work with Campus Crusades for Christ in order to help develop an AIDS prevention program. Lane has been

teaching undergraduate students for 24 years and is now teaching at the graduate level. “I decided to become a professor because I knew I could instill within students my mission to change the world,” Lane said. Lane first met the late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. in New Orleans in 1985. According to Lane, Falwell thought that public health would be a great way to reach populations


For many college graduates, focusing on one career and job is enough stress without taking on the feat of writing and publishing a novel. Joshua Grant, an alumnus from Liberty University with a degree in intercultural studies, published his first book in March entitled “Lost Time,” a story that follows the adventures of a young man who uses a time portal to witness and take part in different stories from the Bible. Adam Johnson, the main character of the story, journeys through the Old Testament, interacting with God in the Garden of Eden, Noah during the flood, Job during his time of suffering. Through speaking with different biblical characters and witnessing their faith, Adam grows closer to God. Readers are able to witness the development of Adam’s faith throughout the course of the book. “When I chose the biblical characters, I didn’t just choose the ones that seem interesting,” Grant said.

“I chose the ones that I wanted to teach a different quality or a different aspect that would help the main character become a better person. Through the book, I wanted to show that, (even though) a lot of these characters from the Bible (are characters that) Christians have a high opinion of … they all had their problems, even some pretty major ones.” Writing for a young adult audience, Grant said that he wanted to portray the Bible accurately, without taking away from the grim situations that people found themselves in throughout the Old Testament. “I didn’t go overboard with R-rated movie descriptions, but I wanted to not take away from the Bible because I feel like if you don’t talk and you don’t show the bad parts, then it takes away the meaning for Jesus forgiving our sins,” Grant said. “I used (these situations) to shape (the main character) and shape his thought process.” Grant began his writing process in 2004 before life got in the way, causing him to put his writing on hold

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PORTAL — Adam travels in time. until September 2012. Originally just one book, Grant said that he decided he wanted to expand and


Liberty Champion, April 16th, 2013  

Liberty Champion, April 16th, 2013

Liberty Champion, April 16th, 2013  

Liberty Champion, April 16th, 2013