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After more than two years of discussions, Liberty University and the Lynchburg City Council finally came to an agreement on a new institutional zoning district that will return Liberty’s property rights to its 1991 standing. Lynchburg City Manager Kimball Payne said that Liberty and the Lynchburg City Council reached a point in 2010 where they started to think that there was a better way to handle the issue of property rights. During that time, there was much frustration over the conditional use permits (CUP) that Liberty or any university had to obtain every time it wanted to build. According to Payne, the Liberty property was originally annexed by the county in 1976 before going through a zoning process that changed it from a residential district to a mixture of industrial and commercial, making Liberty a B-5 District (General Business District). “The initial change was triggered back in ‘91, when school uses were no longer considered by-right developments within a B-5 zoning district,” Mayor Michael Gillette said. “That meant that schools needed to secure CUPs in order to build certain types of buildings.” Prior to 1991, Liberty was still required to get CUPs for projects such as football stadiums and the Vines Center, but
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LOVEABLE — Corinne Giobbie, an Equestrian Center staff member, tends to many of the horses boarded there.
Equestrian Center grows
Activities such as trail rides and riding lessons are available to students Melissa Skinner firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Tait email@example.com
n a continued effort to offer stateof-the-art facilities, Liberty University opened an Equestrian Center last year that allows students to participate in various horse-related activities. According to its website, the Equestrian Center features more than 30 acres of pastures, an outdoor arena and a barn. The facility offers boarding for student horses as well as lessons and trail rides for all Liberty students. Caroline Trexler, the barn manager, has been involved with the center since the planning and development stage and continues to be involved with the barn’s day-to-day chores. According to Trexler, the staff usu-
ally starts their mornings between 5:45 and 8 a.m., feeding the horses their specific feed and supplements as well as administering any necessary medications. “I have enjoyed working with horses since I was 5 years old in a variety of capacities and have always enjoyed the opportunity to learn and grow as an equestrian and in turn to translate that knowledge, time and effort to a horse or riding student,” Trexler said. “Seeing the reflection of that investment, be it humbling or encouraging, is just so much fun.” The Equestrian Center also provides opportunities for riders of all levels of experience to enjoy a range of activities, such as English and western lessons, trail rides, recreation riding or visits to the animals. Joelle Cole, a senior at Liberty, said that she recently had the opportunity
to go on one of the free trail rides offered for Liberty students by the center. “I learned the two different types of horseback riding and how to make the horse turn left and right, as well as to start and stop walking,” Cole said. “I had never been horseback riding before, so this was a new and slightly scary experience, being high up on a horse. … I loved riding up and down the hills and looking out at the mountains in the distance.” “The range of opportunities and availabilities combined with affordability and a welcoming and friendly barn environment is entirely unique, and we have a blast,” Trexler said. The Student Activities website also notes that, in addition to equestrian activities, the new facility has played host to Liberty’s fall festivals for the
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CVCC considers property sale
Liberty University has been approached by Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) as a possible buyer for its 102-acre site off Wards Road, following the announcement that the college is considering selling the property. According to Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty has expressed interest in the land given certain conditions. Up to this point, Falwell and CVCC President John Capps have had multiple discussions, but everything is still hypothetical.
“There have been several discussions and inspections to determine if it would be feasible to purchase,” Liberty Executive Vice President Neal Askew said. “The purchase price has not been determined yet, which will be a major determining factor.” Liberty’s board of trustees discussed the possibility of a potential land swap and purchase of the CVCC campus buildings in its meeting Friday, March 29. “The board was generally positive about it,” Falwell said in an article by the News and Advance. “This is more a conversation than it is a plan,” Lib-
erty Director of Planning and Construction Charles Spence said. “It might be something that works for all parties, but then again, it might not work for either of us. We will need a lot more time to study and evaluate the potential uses of the space and the value of the purchase before a final determination can be reached.” The campuses of Liberty and CVCC are located across Wards Road from each other. According to Askew, Liberty is in the process of building a vehicular tunnel under the railroad tracks. When completed, Jazmin Quaynor | Liberty Champion the tunnel is intended to CHANGES — CVCC wants to update its campus.
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INSIDE THE CHAMPION News Sarah Hill, mentor to pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, visited Liberty. A2
From The Box — Kyle Harvey discusses what is in a perfect ballpark. B3
Liberty University alumnus Zach Martin recently announced his candidacy for the 19th District Republican nomination for the House of Delegates. Martin, who graduated from Liberty in 2012 with a degree in government, politics and public policy, is bidding to replace MARTIN Delegate Lacey Putney after Putney’s decision to not seek reelection after 52 years of service. According to Martin’s press release, he is currently running against Jim Crosby, Jerry Johnson and Jim McKelvy for the Republican nomination and is focusing on job creation, limited government and educational freedom. “When you get government out of the way and let small businesses operate more cost effectively, the result is more jobs,” Martin said. “The more regulatory red tape and hoops businesses are forced to comply with, the less productivity and profit. I am running to represent the
Feature The SGA hosted the Junior/ Senior Gala at Williams B6 Stadium April 6.
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April 9, 2013
‘Soul Surfer’ mentor visits Faculty Friend and youth leader of pro athlete Bethany Hamilton addresses students
Through the Office of the Provost, Liberty University recently announced the recipients of the 2012-13 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching in four categories. According to Ron Godwin, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, the awardees were chosen by the Selection Committees, consisting of deans from seven discipline areas. “The recipients are recognized for their dedication and devotion to teaching, inspiring, encouraging and challenging Liberty University champions for Christ,” Godwin said.
Liberty University Online Graduate 1st place: Russell Claxton, School of Education 2nd place: Joshua Straub, Center for Counseling and Family Studies, Psychology, School of Health Sciences CLAXTON
3rd place: David Alexander, Church History, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
Liberty University Online Undergraduate 1st place: Shelah Simpson, English and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences 2nd place: Patricia Allanson, College of General Studies SIMPSON
3rd place: Laverne Young Smith, Willmington Institute of the Bible, School of Religion
Residential Graduate 1st place: Andrea Beam, School of Education 2nd place: Karen Swallow Prior, English and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences BEAM
3rd place: Russell Yocum, School of Education
Residential Undergraduate 1st place: Bruce Kirk, Digital Media, School of Communication 2nd place: Carolyn Towles, College of General Studies
3rd place: Sean Beavers, Music and Performing Arts, School of Music
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The club level of Williams Stadium was filled to capacity Thursday, April 4 as the Psychology Department hosted Sarah Hill, a motivational speaker and the youth leader of shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton, whose experiences were re-enacted in the feature film “Soul Surfer.” Addressing a crowd of more than 500 students, Hill spoke about her own traumatic experiences that brought her closer to Christ and motivated her to change lives. According to Hill, she had her life mapped out. She had a scholarship to play water polo at California State University in Long Beach, but a traumatic surfing accident during her senior year of high school changed her plans. “My friends and I went out for one last surfing ‘hoorah,’ and I ended up breaking my neck and back and was one-sixteenth of an inch away from paralysis,” Hill said. “Everything I had planned for my life came to a screeching halt. It was definitely a hard time in my life.” After the accident, Hill decided to begin Kauai Child, a ministry focusing on the junior high and high school students on the island of Kauai, a part of the Hawaiian islands. “I hold Bible studies, small groups, camps and mission trips that help kids stay active and busy, rather than find trouble,” Hill said. “My goal with them is to share the love of Christ through outreach and ministry.” According to Hill, she met Hamilton through one of her youth events after moving from San Diego to Kauai. From there, a relationship grew, and Hill became Hamilton’s mentor and close friend. In 2010, Hollywood producers approached the Hamilton family in hopes of portraying the surfer’s life from her early surfing days through the shark attack and continuing into her career. According to Hill, the Hamilton family enlisted her help with the script and other essential parts of the production process. “We were on set in Oahu every
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SURVIVOR — Sarah Hill spoke about overcoming traumatic experiences. day, which was key because the script changed a lot, and we had to stay on top of it,” Hill said. “We wanted to portray Bethany’s story correctly, with Christ at the center of it, because he was the center of her life, and still is.” Producers chose former American Idol turned country music star Carrie Underwood to portray Hill’s character as Hamilton’s youth leader in the film “Soul Surfer,” also starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and AnnaSophia Robb. The successful film brought in an estimated $44 million, according to the International Movie Database website. Thursday’s event with the Psychology Department was Hill’s first visit to Liberty. “I love Liberty — the staff have been amazing, and the school is gorgeous,” Hill said. Hill focused her message, “Surviving Trauma,” on 1 Kings 18-19 and referred to the story of Elijah and his mountaintop experience. “The moment you step out of a ‘mountaintop experience,’ the enemy wants to attack you, and I’ve had a lot of students that have gone
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Liberty University will host its first ever female keynote speaker for commencement, May 11, according to Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. Shannon Bream, who is also the first commencem e n t speaker to have graduated from Liberty since it BREAM became a fully accredited university will share the platform with this year’s baccalaureate speaker, Ravi Zacharias, who will deliver a brief message as well. “The fact that Liberty University is now able to welcome one of its own alumni as its keynote speaker at commence-
ment is a clear indication that the university is coming of age and fulfilling its mission of training champions for Christ,” Falwell said. “We are proud of Shannon Bream, and it is our privilege to welcome her home and honor her achievements.” Both Zacharias and Bream are accustomed to speaking in front of thousands, whether it is on camera or live on stage. A Supreme Court reporter for the Fox News Channel, Bream graduated from Liberty in 1993 before attending Florida State University College of Law to earn her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. From there, according to Bream’s biography, she practiced law for a number of years before making her way to broadcast news. Zacharias, who was born in India in 1946, has written or edited more than 20 books and has
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spoken at the CIA as well as at the National Prayer Breakfast, Harvard, Princeton and Oxford University, according to his biography. In addition to this, Zacharias has appeared on both CNN and Fox, hosts a weekly radio program, and is currently the senior research fellow at Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University. While Zacharias has had senators, congressmen and governors seek him out for consultation, according to his biography, Bream is more accustomed to reporting on the decisions that affect these individuals from the Supreme Court. According to her biography, Bream has reported on such famous cases as the Supreme Court’s hearings of ObamaCare in 2012 and Guatanamo Bay captives in 2008. Bream has also been a citizen panelist on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect.” Although this will be
Bream’s first time addressing students at commencement, she is no stranger to speaking at Liberty. According to Liberty’s news archives, Bream spoke at Convocation in November 2009, reminiscing about her time at Liberty and how she made her way into the journalism field. “We are expecting record attendance exceeding 30,000 people for Liberty’s 40th commencement service in 2013 and are thrilled to be hosting Shannon Bream and Ravi Zacharias,” Falwell said. (Class of 1977 graduate Charles Hughes delivered the commencement address by a Liberty alumnus in 1979.) CASSIDY is the editor in chief.
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through times like these that shake the foundation of their faith,” Hill said. “Hopefully, my talk will prepare people to face tough situations with confidence, knowing that it will refine their faith.” For those students considering ministry, Hill encourages them to not be afraid to step out. “When God’s calling us into ministry and the mission field — whether that be your workplace or somewhere else — just step out of your comfort zone and have faith in God’s plan for your life,” Hill said. “God will open doors that you never fathomed. Don’t ever hold yourself back from doing what God’s calling you to do.” Hill is currently working on a book based on her past experiences and her role as a motivational speaker. For more information about Hill and her ministry, visit sarahrachelhill.com.
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April 9, 2013
FAA delays control tower closures The move gives Liberty Universityâ€™s School of Aeronautics more time to figure out alternatives Omar Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday, April 5 that it would delay the closure of 149 federal contract airport control towers around the country until June 15. The move gives Liberty Universityâ€™s School of Aeronautics (SOA) more time to prepare for the loss of tower operations. While the idea of an uncontrolled airport may concern people unfamiliar with aircraft operations, it is not uncommon. According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Foundation, more than 12,000 non-towered airports operate daily around the United States. â€œWe operate airplanes out of uncontrolled or non-towered airports all over this country â€Ś so even though it will have an impact on our operations, itâ€™s not the end of the world,â€? SOA Dean and retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Dave Young said. â€œThe thing that is interesting about the Lynchburg airport tower closing is that itâ€™s a very busy airport, and we â€” Liberty University and Freedom Aviation â€” are about 70 percent of the operations here.â€? However, Young does not anticipate any impact on Liberty or Lynchburg residents who are not members of the local aviation
EQUESTRIAN continued from A1 last two years. Michael Marrotte, a sophomore at Liberty, said that he attended the festival last fall with his friends. â€œIt was a pretty fun experience. We got to paint some pumpkins and got some free food, and it was cool listening to Dogwood & Holly, who was playing there,â€? Marrotte said. â€œIt was just a good time of hanging out and enjoying the fall season. â€Ś It was nice to be out in nature and to get away from the books and computers and stuff.â€? â€œI think it is a wonderful asset for
community. Because the tower is only open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., aircraft, including the airlines, already fly to and from the airport without tower guidance on a daily basis. â€œAs far as the School of Aeronautics is concerned, if we didnâ€™t take any action, it would have a very significant impact â€” and there is still potentially going to be one â€” but weâ€™ve already designed procedures that we will enact on top of what guidelines are provided by the FAA already.â€? According to Young, SOA pilots already have to fly to other airports as far away as Raleigh-Durham for training, but they may have to increase those flights to gain experience working with air traffic controllers. The school may also be forced to reduce the number of simultaneous local training flights. With the current fiscal climate in Washington, D.C., Young said that the return of federal funding to maintain the tower is unlikely. According to a press release from the FAA, sequestration is forcing them to cut $637 million from its budget, and tower closures are only part of the solution. As a member of the Virginia Board of Aviation, however, the dean is working very closely with airport director Mark Courtney and other individuals who would have an interest in keeping the
Liberty students to be able to take time away from campus and enjoy Godâ€™s beauty,â€? Cole said. According to its website, the Equestrian Centerâ€™s barn includes eight rubber-matted stalls with attached runs, grooming stalls, an indoor wash rack with hot and cold water, an outdoor wash rack, a heated student lounge and tack room with a washer and dryer, a feed room and menâ€™s and womenâ€™s restrooms. As the barn continues to receive more attention, Trexler hopes that new opportunities will arise. â€œAt this point, I would love to see the Equestrian Center grow by adding additional staff and expanded
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AIRPORT â€” FAA-certified air traffic controllers will no longer be on staff at the Lynchburg airport starting June 15, but the move is not expected to affect travellers. tower open. According to Young, it is important to look at opportunities available should the tower still be forced to close. â€œThe SOA may be able to provide weather and advisory services to enhance safety and mitigate the fact that there is no tower,â€? Young said. â€œA further look would be, is there a possibility of even utilizing the tower for training?â€? Young said. â€œAn air traffic
facilities so we can accommodate more students as riders and boarders,â€? Trexler said. Any student can visit the facility to enjoy a trail ride, take a lesson or spend time with the available school horses. Students wishing to schedule a visit can go to the Student Activities office or email email@example.com. TAIT is a news reporter. SKINNER is a feature reporter.
controller program here at the School of Aeronautics, utilizing the tower as a lab, I donâ€™t know. But weâ€™re looking at all opportunities, so even though I would personally prefer the tower stay open, when things like this occur, youâ€™ve got to look for how you can turn this situation around so it has a positive benefit, and I think we can do that.â€? ADAMS is the advertising director.
MARTIN continued from A1 business owners who need the government regulations off their back and the tax collectorsâ€™ hands out of their pockets.â€? During his time at Liberty, Martin was involved with politics as the chairman for the College Republicans and worked as political director for Steve Newman, state senator for Virginiaâ€™s 23rd District. â€œLiberty University, the Jesse Helms School
of Government and the wonderful faculty provided me with a solid reinforced foundation that has helped me tremendously in many ways,â€? Martin said. â€œSpecifically noteworthy is the constant inspiration and encouragement from faculty members to pursue oneâ€™s aspirations.â€? For more information about Martinâ€™s race, visit his website, voteforzachmartin.com. CASSIDY is the editor in chief.
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April Â 1-Â30, Â 2013, Â Sodexo Â campuses Â across Â the Â country Â will Â come Â together Â on Â social Â media Â to Â commit Â to Â sustainability Â initiatives Â and Â make Â a Â difference Â in Â the Â communities Â we Â serve. Â Sodexoâ€™s Â Better Â Tomorrow Â Commitments Â will Â be Â showcased Â as Â partners, Â students, Â managers Â and Â employees Â make Â commitments Â that Â will Â continue Â long Â past Â Earth Â Day.
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April 9, 2013
Twitter celebrates #7 years On the anniversary of the website’s formation, the change it has brought to our world has been both good and bad Andrew Woolfolk email@example.com
At the end of March, social media superpower Twitter celebrated its seventh birthday. Throughout the day Thursday, March 21, many posted congratulatory remarks on their Twitter pages — in the allotted amount of characters, mind you. Since its inception, the site has grown to host more than 500 million registered users and is worth more than an estimated $140 billion. Its servers are more than able to handle the 340 million tweets sent out per day. Not bad for a site that only lets you use 140 characters or less. My second paragraph nearly doubled that amount. Oh how garrulous I am — or am I? Twitter has been a major factor in the change of the American mindset considering the written word. In the past few decades, the shift from the consumption of longer, more elaborated articles to the desire for more condensed, sporadic headlines has become quite evident to even the most innocent of bystanders. “I think, first, it’s a challenge. It’s a challenge to say something meaningful in 140 characters,” communications professor Amy Bonebright said, referring to the allure of the site. “And then, the whole idea is that you want to speak to people and have them retweet it, it’s a whole challenge combined. I think people like the fact that they can jump on there and scroll through really quick and get headlines. Headlines of what people are thinking, headlines of news stories and headlines of what’s going on out there. I think that has been one of the main attractions.” You constantly hear the older generation remark of how today’s youth just “isn’t what it used to be.” While the overall veracity of that argument may be up for debate, in terms of our attention span, our elders may be right on that one. In 2008, two German professors from the University of Hamburg and one from the University of Hanover conducted a study and found that our attention span has fallen from 12 seconds to eight seconds
As technology has progressed over the years, the high-tech Internet search engines have continued to improve searches by taking the keywords you type in to previous Web pages you have browsed and assuming you want something similar. Taken at its face value, the Internet’s knowing what you want, like some sort of voyeuristic stalker, is just plain creepy. Are we, perhaps, releasing too much information about ourselves on the Internet? Or, are the privacy policies and terms and conditions wavers we sign whenever
since 2000. The same study also concluded that goldfish have an average attention span of nine seconds. Those darn goldfish. That same study also found that on an average Web page of nearly 600 words, users only finish reading an average of 28 percent of it. For every additional 100 words, users spend only 4.4 seconds on the page. I can only imagine how many of my audience members have already quit on me, but I digress. To simplify the data, we have become a generation of skimmers. Think about your time spent on Twitter or Facebook. How much of it is with your finger on the scroll button, mindlessly skimming through statuses concerned with life-altering occurrences, such as what dress your friend wore or how your neighbor’s meal at his favorite fast-food restaurant is going? This is the mindset we have, where these monumental incidents trump an escape into a novel or a lengthy news article. It is not necessarily wrong, but it is not necessarily something to be proud of, either. It is also not classified information that those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) seem to be more prevalent now. A 2011 study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that the amount of children diagnosed with ADHD increased by 5.5 percent each year from 2003 to 2007. The same study found that, currently, nearly 10 percent of children ages 4 to 17 will be diagnosed with some form of the disorder. I will not even get into the popular debate of whether the disease is often misdiagnosed, but I will say that, yet again, statistics serve as the true voice of what is happening in our world. A 2004 study by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics concluded that children exposed to television or Internet activity during the ages of 1 to 3 have an increased risk of being diagnosed with ADHD as early as age 7. If we fully dedicate our time to sites such as Twitter and Facebook, we must be ready to accept the dire realities that result from social media saturation. Even people such as Bone-
getting a new email or Facebook account really doing us under? Ta k ing a scroll through m y email’s spam folder r e v e a l e d CASSIDY some shocking results. Hundreds of companies that are suddenly on a first name basis with me not only have my contact information, but generally have a good idea about what I like.
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TWEET — Social media has not only seeped into our vocabulary, but our minds as well.
“The shift from the consumption of longer, more elaborated articles to the desire for more condensed, sporadic headlines has become quite evident.” — ANDREW WOOLFOLK bright, who said that she loves Twitter, see the drawbacks that the site has. “I think the area it’s been most hurtful in is just how people write grammatically,” Bonebright said. “People think, ‘Oh yeah, in my articles and in my papers, I actually have to write that word out.’ I think that has been a little more hurtful. Sometimes, I can’t even read the tweets.” Regardless of whether one agrees with the effect Twitter has on us, it appears obvious that the site is here to stay for
I never signed up for these email alerts, so who gave them my address? According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), private companies begin tracking our movements online anyway that they can, and then sell that information to other companies who can then send it to the government or law enforcement. In May 2012, Microsoft made a bold move that angered many corporations within the Association of Network Advertisers (ANA), according to the ACLU. Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft’s most recent browser, has a default setting of “Do Not Track” when individuals search for answers via the Web. In a rebuttal to Microsoft’s decision to grant citizens the right to chose whether to provide their information from the get-go, the ANA’s board of directors, which includes CEOs from organizations such as General
years to come. Recent changes in our news cycle — such as the long-running investigative journalism program “Nightline” being moved to the undesired 12:35 a.m. time slot to make room for the social media saturated Jimmy Kimmel Show — make clear the direction in which we are headed. “Twitter definitely has staying power,” Bonebright said. “I think for Twitter, the simplicity of it is the driving force, and therefore, it doesn’t need to change a lot.” But if by some miracle you
Mills, General motors, The Procter & Gamble Company, Johnson & Johnson and Nestlé, wrote a letter trying to dissuade Microsoft’s decision. “We believe that if Microsoft moves forward with this default setting, it will undercut the effectiveness of our members’ advertising supports,” the letter read. “This result will harm consumers, hurt competition and undermine American innovation and leadership in the Internet economy.” According to the ANA letter, Microsoft could “potentially eliminate the ability to collect Webviewing data of up to 43 percent of the browsers used by Americans.” Microsoft’s decision to not force users to be tracked by corporations, which can then email you those lovely “Dear Your Name Here” messages persuading you to buy their products, seems to be a smart move by the corporation founded
managed to endure reading this article to the very end, then congratulations on being one of the few exceptions to the ever-increasing normality of neurotic thought. Take a bow for outlasting that stupid goldfish. WOOLFOLK is the opinion editor.
policy ensures the user that Google will not use your personal information for outside sources, the above clause offers it a loop hole, provided your information is going to a “trusted business” to process the information for the corporation. This may not seem too troublesome, but in a society where we voluntarily provide our information for the whole world to see, having my Web browser not know my name would be nice every once in a while. The Internet, it seems, is not just a passive tool we use in order to better our lives. It is a living, breathing entity that uses us as a means to better the market itself. CASSIDY is the editor in chief.
April 9, 2013
Colleges going private Whitney Rutherford firstname.lastname@example.org
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BACK AGAIN? — A hot start to Tiger Woods’ season has seemingly caused amnesia towards his previous transgressions.
Woods + Winning = Cure? Nike’s new advertisement featuring Woods hints that success creates forgiveness Nice try, Nike. Though the words themselves may be nothing new, they hold an entirely different connotation given the recent context of Woods’ very public, very messy personal life — a fact I believe Nike not only knew, but monopolized upon. In a way, the marketing of Nike’s advertisement is a brilliant and strategic ploy. After all, controversy sells. The more people talk about and discuss the new ad, the more Nike stands to profit. For better or for worse, Nike’s name is getting out. How completely and shockingly tragic. Since when does success excuse moral and human indecency? I would like to ask Tiger Woods how winning fixes his broken marriage, how it solves the fact that two children are left as products of a fragmented, fatherless home. But winning takes care of everything. The cost of children, a marriage, a family — none of it is too high of a price to pay. All sins are redeemable, just so long as Woods manages to hit that little white ball into a hole 350 yards away, right? Winning will take care of the rest. The notion is ridiculous. I may not be a professional athlete, and I may not understand the societal pressures placed upon athletes to perform, but what I do understand is a terrible message when I see one. Granted, sports do have an incredible way of raising spirits and developing community. There is a heartfelt passion
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Just when you thought that the glaring spotlight would finally swing away from Tiger Woods, the man whose name has become synonymous with scandal jumps right back onto the center stage of public attention. But not to worry, the current headlines no longer read of infidelity, deception and catastrophe. On a much happier note, Woods has once more been crowned reigning champion and golf hero. Why the sudden change of heart? Well, because he is winning again, of course. Nike’s most recent advertisement prominently declared in bold font, “Winning Takes Care of Everything.” The slogan was unveiled after Woods’ major victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which re-secured his ranking as the No. 1 golfer in the world. Talk about faulty logic. Sorry, Tiger, but winning does not, in fact, “take care of everything.” Nike spokesperson Beth Gast defended the advertisement, telling the New York Daily News that it is a phrase Woods commonly uses. “When asked about his goals, such as getting back to No. 1, he has said consistently (that) winning is the way to get there. The statement references that sentiment and is a salute to his athletic performance,” Gast said.
and camaraderie in cheering on a local team or favorite athlete. But the moment that athletes are elevated to pedestals and society defines winning as the ultimate means to forgiveness, athletics has gone too far. I am not saying that Tiger Woods should never be forgiven. I am certainly not saying that the media should continue to bring up his personal life every time the man plays golf. However, if he is admired as an athlete, admire his athletic ability. Do not mention personal sins only as an attempt to cover them up with professional accomplishments. And please, do not sell the lie that winning is the ultimate form of pardon, capable of righting all wrongs. One victory has not suddenly made Woods any better of a person, and donning a green jacket at the upcoming Masters Tournament will not erase his past sins. Winning will never be able to take care of the fact that a day will come when even the great Tiger Woods will no longer be able find his identity in the game of golf. Something tells me that on that day, Woods will be less concerned with his achievements and more concerned with the heartaches and pain left in the wake of his selfishness. What will take care of everything then, Tiger? FULLER is an opinion reporter.
Far From Perfect
A look at other athletes and their fall from grace... NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was once viewed as one of sports’ “good guys,” but sexual allegation charges in 2003 threw Bryant’s squeaky clean image out the window. Since winning two titles in 2009 and 2010, Bryant has returned to be one of the NBA’s most popular players.
1 The fomer Falcons quarterback once owned the best-selling jersey in the NFL, but Michael Vick’s dog fighting life put him in jail for 23 months starting in 2007. Now in the middle of an inconsistent stint with the Eagles, Vick recently topped Sports Illustrated’s “most disliked” athlete poll.
3 In 2001, Barry Bonds became baseball’s single-season home run king. After a career of suspected steroid use, Bonds was indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges in late 2007 in a federal investigation of BALCO Laboratories, a company linked with steroid production. Since retiring in 2007, Bonds has remained out of the public eye.
Higher education in America has reached a tumultuous crossroads. Our state colleges have long been considered the jewels in America’s educational crown, but these colleges are receiving significantly less state funding when compared to past decades. This drastic decrease has led institutions to search for new funding avenues. Foremost in the funding conversation is privatization. “The state share of academically-related university spending (excluding revenue items such as food, lodging, hospitals and intercollegiate athletics) is now less than 10 percent,” The Center for College Affordability and Productivity’s Richard Vedder stated in an article on Bloomberg’s website. The argument for privatization is often met with scoffing, but when faced with minimal state support, the switch is both feasible and attractive. Privatizing state colleges will not adversely affect institutional operation. The lines between state and privately-funded universities is constantly blurred by the large endowments public colleges receive. For instance, according to The National Association of College and University Business Officers, the University of Virginia is in the top 20 endowed schools. This report goes on to explain that endowments at schools such as University of Virginia rivals state funding. “With a multibillion-dollar endowment and large out-of-state enrollments, schools like the University of Michigan and UVA are more like private universities already than the public’s perception of a state university,” Vedder stated in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Many colleges see removal from public funding as an opportunity to be self-sufficient, setting their own agendas and progressing diverse ideas. For instance, the University of California’s Anderson School of Management moved to privatize their MBA program in 2012, seeking more breathing room economically and creatively from the state-funding plan. While many administrators fear the donors will have too much say in the school’s operation, it is simply exchanging one system of funds and standards for another. Privatization also benefits the state. As America’s economy continues to climb uphill from our economic spiral, states do not have unlimited funds to offer colleges. Given that the State Budget Solutions announced that the cumulative state debt is more than $4 trillion for fiscal year 2011, relieving the burden of funding state colleges would be an economic boon to struggling state budgets. Students may fear rising tuition costs, but privatization benefits abound. Peterson’s, an online higher education research provider, explains that private universities excel in reducing class sizes and offering personal contact with professors. Furthermore, Vedder noted in The Chronicle of Higher Education that the number of public universities in the U.S. News and World Report top colleges and universities list has decreased overtime, revealing the differences in educational quality. Regardless of the growing pains associated with privatization, the time for change is now. “We are at a moment when organizational innovation is necessary if we are going to maintain academic excellence,” William G. Tierney, director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education to The Chronicle of Higher Education, said. Colleges should let state funding continue to fall away and move to replace the lost state funding with private donors and renewed initiatives to attract paying students. It is time for the state college to become its own entity. RUTHERFORD is an opinion reporter.
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Students in love with ‘LU Crushes’ Yet is anonymously posting your fondness for a fellow student on a Web page really the best way to handle the situation? Sara Warrender firstname.lastname@example.org
For many of us, elementary school marked a time of loud recesses, hushed classes and whispered note passing. Love letters would be scribbled on messy lined paper, crumpled up and sent flying into the lap of fifthgrade crushes. Now in college, we have grown up and utilized the ever-increasing powers of technology to seek out our crushes. On a Facebook page called “LU Crushes,” students can privately message a love note that will be posted on the page’s wall for the rest of Liberty University to guess your crush’s identity. The page was created in early February and has gained more than 2,800 likes on Facebook. “I would say that this page is mostly for entertainment,” the page’s creator, who wished to remain anonymous, said. “It seemed like something fun and entertaining that Liberty students would possibly take part in, and thankfully they did.” Although Liberty students are participating, many contributors are following the creator’s lead and leaving their posts anonymous. “There’s this guy that sits near me in Convocation,” one anonymous post said. “I have heard his friends refer to him as ‘Squeeler.’ I actually followed him back to where he lives. Does anyone know what his real name may be? I would love to get to know him better.” Comments under this post ranged from calling the crushing student “creeper” to a “lost puppy.” Instead of following our crushes home and then standing dejected outside their slamming doors, how about displaying a
DIGITAL DATING? — While the effectiveness of the site’s system on flirting is unproven, the allure of scrolling down the post on Facebook is undeniable. little boldness? Do we not know that God will direct our futures, including our future relationships? “Liberty students, how are we going to be champions for Christ when we can’t even face God’s children face to face?” Liberty student Chris Moore said in a post on the site. “The worst thing that might happen is they aren’t
interested. Not the end of the world.” Many students commented on the page’s anonymous posts, telling their fellow classmates to ask their crush out on a date, or at the very least to contact them in some way. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do
not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Oftentimes, after the alleged crush is tagged in a post, the person mentioned will comment, telling the anonymous admirer to approach them the next time the two are near. “They could be thinking the same way about you, but be-
cause neither of you are willing to take the risk of saying hello or casually talking about going out for a meal, you’ll never know,” Liberty sophomore Chadwick Moore said in a post on the page. As Liberty students, we pray that God will bless our upcoming tests, lengthy papers and gutsy sprints across University Boulevard, and yet, when it comes to relationships, we cower behind technology. Texting and private messaging over websites seem to have replaced face-to-face interactions. “I am hoping this page will help people get rid of their fears and actually approach the people that they are crushing on,” the page’s creator said. “We are constantly coming up with ideas, and we are hoping that in the near future, we will be able to find a way for admirers to actually get the chance to meet and maybe even take out their crushes.” The process of meeting and speaking to your crush has been over-complicated by the “LU Crushes” page. After all, the entire campus is required to go to Convocation three times a week. Chances are the object of your affection is there with an empty seat close by. The difference between fifth grade and college is that in fifth grade, we would sign our name at the bottom of our love notes and stare down our crush until they made their decision. Now, we push our computers’ “send” buttons with baited breath, never revealing our true identities. Actions speak louder than words, so in agreement with my fellow students’ posts, “Go for it.”
WARRENDER is an asst. section editor.
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April 9, 2013
White Hart closes
Economic circumstances shut down the popular café Jacob Tellers Jtellers@liberty.edu
Citing financial problems, Tim Patterson, the owner of The White Hart Café, closed the coffee shop and bookstore after two years of service. The popular destination for Liberty University students served its last customers Saturday, March 30. According to Patterson, he was a first-time business owner who purchased The White Hart Café two years ago, along with two business partners. “I got into the business not so much ‘cause I’m very savvy business-wise,” Patterson said. “I liked the space that the previous owner had created. I loved the intersection of people downtown. It was a great place I had grown to love, and didn’t want to see the previous owner close it.” Patterson described The White Hart Café as an extension of his living room, saying that he enjoyed the people he met and the
conversations he had with them. “We had worked pretty hard to provide a good experience here as well as some good food and coffee. We used a little bit more expensive ingredients because we wanted the food to be good and to get local stuff as much as we could,” Patterson said. At times, it would be hard to find a seat at The White Hart Café since numerous students used the quaint coffee shop as an outlet to get away from campus and focus on their studies while enjoying good food and hot beverages. “I went there pretty often, usually when I needed to get bigger assignments done and when I wanted to get off campus for awhile,” Liberty senior Justin Smith said. “I would always get a brewed coffee, whatever they had for that day.” Patterson explained that the closing was a matter of simply not making as much money as he was
putting into it. “Income was less than expenses, and it had been that way for about a year or so, and it was kind of to a point where I couldn’t carry on anymore. I didn’t want to lose any more money,” Patterson said. According to Patterson, he had some debt when he originally bought the business, which made operation somewhat difficult at times. “When you do a business like this, you need to have some reserves and that kind of thing, and I was working too close to the budget,” Patterson said. According to Patterson, some individuals are looking to purchase the business, so there is a possibility that The White Hart Café will re-open under a different owner.
TELLERS is a news reporter.
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CLOSED — The coffee shop shut its doors after more than two years.
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CAFÉ — Students enjoy the relaxing atmosphere provided by the business.
CUP continued from A1 according to Payne, the post1991 changes only broadened oversight to things such as academic buildings as well as other buildings, which were not previously required to have a CUP. The process of getting a CUP can take somewhere between three to six months, depending on the circumstances and how many issues are raised, according to Payne. Every time Liberty had a project in the works, the university had to come to the city and ask for permission, going through a public process requiring public hearings before both the planning commission and the city council. According to former General Counsel for Liberty Bill McRorie, city planners wanted more control over the development of land. In order to make that happen, McRorie created CUP, which requires the permit holder to completely satisfy the city’s requirements in order to move forward with a project. “While the approval is usually granted, it was often subject to (Liberty) spending millions on projects that benefit the city, not necessarily the university,” Falwell said. A Champion article from March 9, 2010 reported that the city had used CUP to give Liberty a to-do list that would require the university build an estimated $8 million worth of roads, ramps and tunnels in order to increase enrollment. Payne said that there was concern about the impact of growing colleges on areas that surrounded those campuses,
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TUNNEL — The tunnel giving students easier access to Wards Road was one of the many CUP requirements. including transportation. According to Falwell, Liberty had originally sought and received B-5 zoning back in 1977 to avoid these types of permit requirements. Since the 1991 change, Liberty has been steadily pushing to get its rights back. “The concept is that what happens on the inside of a campus might not impact the surrounding community, and when it doesn’t, the organization should have freedom to develop with less restriction,” Gillette said. According to Gillette, it took a couple of iterations, but Liberty was able to obtain a zoning change that satisfied city and institutional needs. “We worked together on it for over two years,” Payne said. “We actually took one proposal forward that Liberty was not happy with, and we went back and spent another year revising that to get something that we all felt was mutually beneficial,” Payne said. Lynchburg Councilman Jeff
Helgeson, one of the supporters for the new zoning district, expressed his position of standing behind the university. “As an alum of Liberty myself and your councilman, I fully support the mission of the university,” Helgeson said. Payne said that the rights will be fully reinstated once Liberty applies for the new zoning designation. According to Gillette, the new ordinance effectively allows schools to build in B-5 zoned areas with only those restrictions that apply to all B-5 development. “Liberty University is grateful to the city for working with the university to resolve this important issue,” Falwell said. “I agree with the city manager’s recent statement that Liberty and the Lynchburg City government are enjoying the best relationship between the two entities in our history.” BARTLETT is a news reporter.
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provide access to Wards Road at the Harvard Street intersection, near CVCC. According to CVCC officials, the idea to sell the land was proposed in part because the school, which was built in 1966, is sorely outdated and is locked in on all sides, limiting future growth. “The first thing that we’re looking at is that the campus is becoming land locked with one entrance, and all of the growth in the area is causing traffic problems,” CVCC Vice President of Finance John Poole said. “The idea of building a whole new campus that meets today’s requirements for an institution of higher education really makes the idea quite palatable.” According to the Virginia Community College System policy manual, before the sale can occur, the VCCS State Board must approve it. Depending on the details of the sale, it may need the approval of the General Assembly and the governor. Liberty officials said that in the coming months, a commercial real estate appraiser will determine the full market value of the property. The university’s facilities team will also evaluate the site. The market value of the college is unknown at this point, but Poole said that CVCC will have an independent assessment done. If the purchase does take place, Liberty has yet to determine how the site would be incorporated into its current campus. Falwell does want staff to determine whether it is cheaper to refurbish the CVCC campus or construct a new building on one of the pieces of land that Liberty already owns. “The actual use of the property and buildings has not been determined, although research is being done,” Askew said. “The land swap
is certainly a possibility if an agreement can be reached with CVCC’s current facilities.” According to Falwell, Liberty has two large areas for future expansion. The first is in the area between East Campus and the airport along the U.S. 460/29 bypass. The other is the land that runs several miles east from the Wingate and the new intramural fields below the Snowflex Centre. Falwell also said that a new interchange will soon be built at Odd Fellows Road on the US 460/29 bypass, about a mile from Liberty. “Liberty needs to determine if it would be preferable to build new facilities in these two areas or purchase the CVCC property and refurbish the older buildings there,” Falwell said. “Price will be a major factor in making this decision, along with the timing — that is, how quickly the community college could relocate compared to how long it would take to build new facilities on Liberty property. The land near the planned highway interchange could be swapped with CVCC as part of the deal to provide a location for a new CVCC campus.” Poole does not know how much property CVCC needs to accommodate a new college or how much funding it would take to construct a new site, but he said that CVCC’s board of directors will discuss the proposal in their upcoming meeting. “We’re not far enough into the conversation to be able to be clear about what our needs are going to be for the future, but this is an opportunity for us to build a state-ofthe-art facility for the community to use,” Poole said. “I think it could be a good thing for both schools,” Falwell said in an article by the News and Advance. EACHO is the asst. news editor.
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Liberty finished first out of three
Flames RB suspended Allen had 1,000 yards, 10 TDs in 2012 Tyler Eacho email@example.com
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TAKING FLIGHT — A Flames jumper soars almost over the sand pit at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, April 6.
Track wins 18 events at invite Runners, throwers and jumpers enjoy banner day in renovated complex Emily Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Liberty’s men’s and women’s track and field teams picked up 18 event victories in the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, the inaugural meet of Liberty’s newly renovated MatthesHopkins Track Complex, April 5 and 6. “It was really nice to have a beautiful day out here on our new track,” Head Coach Brant Tolsma said. “(It was) exciting for everybody to get to compete at home. It’s a little bit more fun to be here and to have such a firstclass facility.” In two days of competition at the new complex, the Liberty men contributed eight of the 18 event titles,
including four on the track. On the second day of competition, distance runners Caleb Edmonds and Isaac Wendland set the pace for the Flames. Edmonds finished the 3000meter run in first place with a time of 8:23.83. The redshirt sophomore’s time was the fastest in program and facility history. Wendland’s time of 8:36.64 was good for second place in the event. The redshirt senior also broke the previous facility record of 8:40.3. Wendland also captured an 800meter victory, finishing the race in 1:52.43. Wendland won the Liberty Collegiate Invitational event title for the third time in his career. Wendland later combined with Kyle Gill, Tyler Weigandt and Paul Arslain
to notch a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. The relay team finished in 3:19.71. The Flames captured a victory in the 4x100-meter relay as well. The quartet of Roderick Spruel, Andre Washington, Tarell Williams and Leonard Robbins combined to finish the race with a season-best time of 40.99 seconds. Washington also notched an individual event victory in the 400-meter dash. The senior edged out teammate Leonard Robbins, crossing the finish line at 48.65 seconds. “I knew some of my biggest competitors in the conference were there,” Washington said. “I knew if I could get in front of them, I could them hold off at the finish line.”
Liberty University football coach Turner Gill announced Tuesday, April 2, that running back Aldreakis Allen has been suspended from the football team for violating a team policy. The university declined to comment further, citing student privacy laws in its press release. The suspension followed Allen’s March 29 arrest and arraignment in the Lynchburg General District Court on one ALLEN count each of attempted robbery of a residence and malicious wounding. Court documents state that the offenses allegedly occurred March 3, and a preliminary hearing has been set for May 15. This is not Allen’s first time being suspended. According to the News and Advance, following the 2009 season in which Allen led the Flames in rushing as a true freshman, he was removed from the school after violating university policy regarding alcohol consumption and premarital sexual relations. Allen re-enrolled in 2011 and led the Flames with 613 rushing yards. However, he ran into trouble again in 2012 and was suspended for the season opener at Wake Forest. Allen returned from the suspension in week two and was a solid contributor to the Flames offense for the remainder of the year, leading the team in rushing as he became the 13th player in Flames history to rush for 1,000 yards in one season. EACHO is the asst. news editor.
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Senior night celebration for lacrosse
Coach Denham: 16-10 victory over Presbyterian is an ‘overall great win for team on senior day’ Tom Foote email@example.com
The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team (6-7, 2-1 Big South) celebrated senior day by defeating the Presbyterian Blue Hose (2-11, 0-3 Big South) 16-10, Friday, April 5. In front of family and friends, the Lady Flames put on an impressive offensive display against the Blue Hose, with seniors Chloe McIntosh, Candice Parsons, Amber Nichols and Jen Freymond all making an impact on the field. “This is my first class
where we have two seniors that have been here for four years, and the other two seniors are obviously very special to the program too,” Lady Flames Head Coach Regan Denham said. “They all played awesome today, and it was just an overall great win for the team on senior day.” Junior Nina Dunay, who led the Lady Flames with five goals against Presbyterian, said that she was very thankful for her senior teammates and everything that they have accomplished to help bring the program to where it is today.
“The seniors definitely paved the way,” Dunay said. “If it weren’t for them, there would be no program at all, so we have big shoes to fill. I really appreciate them building tradition and paving the way here. Just the fact that we can sharpen each other on and off the field is a really unique aspect here at Liberty, and I look forward to continuing that on in the next few years.” The Lady Flames drew first blood when Dunay scored the first of her five goals just 1:13 into the game.
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SAVOR EVERY MOMENT — Morgan Becker (2) had one goal and an assist against the Blue Hose Friday, April 5.
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April 9, 2013
Lady Flames fall to Marshall
Women’s tennis winning streak snapped in 6-1 loss to visiting Thundering Herd, Saturday, April 6 Steven Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org
The Liberty University women’s tennis team four-game winning streak snapped against Marshall Thundering Herd, 6-1. “Marshall is a team that has competed with the top 30 teams in the country and been within points of beating them,” Head Coach Jeff Maren said. “They’re legit. They’re a very good team, so, for us to play a match like this, it was very beneficial.” With the loss, Liberty falls to 10-8 (6-2 Big South). The Lady Flames have two games remaining, one against Big South opponent Charleston Southern and another against non-conference opponent Richmond. “Every match that Coach Maren has prepared for us, it’s to prepare us for the Big South (Championship). We are playing difficult teams, but that’s for a purpose. We don’t want to play lower teams … to give us a false confidence,” Valerie Thong said. The Lady Flames lost the doubles portion of the match, falling behind 2-0. Marshall’s first and second pairs defeated Liberty’s pairings to secure the two points. Marshall’s No. 1 team of Dominika Zaprazna and Kara Kucin defeated Liber-
ty’s No. 1 team of Rebekah Jenkins and Nicola Wellman, 8-1. Marshall’s No. 2 team of Ellie Ball and Maria Voscekova also prevailed against Liberty’s No. 2 duo of Jessie Boda and Brittany Yang, 8-4. Liberty did secure one victory in the doubles portion of the match as Liberty’s No. 3 duo of Cameron Richard and Thong defeated Marshall’s team of Dana
Men’s v-ball fifth in national tourney Courtney Tyree email@example.com
The Liberty University Men’s club volleyball team traveled to Dallas April 3 to compete in the 2013 National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) Tournament. Liberty entered the tournament ranked 20th out of 24 teams, but emerged from it near the top, placing fifth. The Flames started day one of the tournament competing against Penn State Harrisburg, clinching their first win of the tournament (25-11, 25-19). The Flames then stole a win from Central Michigan University (25-17, 25-18). In its third match of the day, Liberty played an evenly matched contest against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point that resulted in a third set, the equivalent of overtime in volleyball. The Flames held on to win 2-1, leaving them 3-0 at the end of day one. Liberty entered day two and took on Vanderbilt University in the first match. The Commodores took the match from the Flames in three sets, (2523, 24-26, 15-7). The Flames finished day two of the tournament against Washington State University, capturing the match from Cougars winning (20-5, 15-25, 16-14). The win placed the Flames into the Gold Bracket, which consisted of eight teams, on the final day of the tournament. Liberty played Iowa State University in the first round, winning the first game 25-19. With the second game tied at
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23, the Flames fought for the win but fell short (29-27), leading to a third set. The match fell in favor of Iowa State, when it won the set 15-9. “It was disappointing because we had Iowa State on the ropes when we had won the first game and had a chance to finish them off when it was 23-all in the second game,” senior Aaron Kronawetter said. “We knew if we could just get past them, we could have won it all.” Iowa State University went on to take the championship title at the NCVF Tournament. “We knew that if we beat Iowa State, we could win the whole thing. We won big in the first game, but they got really scrappy, and our hitters just couldn’t hit the floor,” Steven Abbott said. Derek Abildness led the Flames with 51 kills in the weekend tournament. Ethan Chase closely behind with 46. Josiah William collected 35 digs for the team, and Abbott collected 29. Setter Jamie Stedjan led the team with 131 assists on the tournament and was named Honorable Mention for the AllTournament Team Setter. “We played well together and had a lot of tough battles,” Kronawetter said. “We had a better ranking this year than last, and next year looks to be even more promising. Our defense played a huge role in all of our wins.” TYREE is a sports reporter.
Oppinger and Kai Broomfield, 8-4. “Today, I felt we really hung in there, and every single game, there are so many points you don’t see that don’t go on the scoreboard,” Jenkins said. The Lady Flames lost every singles match with the exception of one. The lone victory came from Thong, who defeated Marshall’s Broomfield, (6-2, 6-0).
Thong is currently riding a five-match winning streak. Jenkins and Richard each took their matches to extra sets, but ultimately lost (6-3, 6-1, 6-4) and (6-4, 4-6, 6-1), respectively. “The whole thing is we have to see it from not an emotional perspective,” Jenkins said. “This is another match bringing us to our goal.” Marshall’s No. 3-6 players won their matches in straight sets. The point to seal the victory for Marshall stemmed from No. 6 Kucin besting Liberty’s No. 6 Annisha Domenech (6-3, 6-0). “Just like anybody, you want to win, but they see the bigger picture,” Maren said. “And that’s what I want them to see is the bigger picture, that in a small sense we lost. But in a sense, we’re better because of this.” The Lady Flames have two games remaining on their schedule, which will condition them for a postseason run for the Big South Championship. The Big South Tournament is scheduled for April 17. SULLIVAN is a sports reporter.
TRACK continued from B1 Washington added a secondplace finish to his accolades, setting a new personal best of 53.34 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles. In the field, Liberty added four more event victories. In addition to his relay victory, Williams added a win in the long jump. The junior sailed to 23-5.25 in the horizontal jump. Sophomore Kyle Wheeler added a victory to the Flames tally in the vertical jump. Wheeler cleared 6-8.25 to win the high jump. The Flames were led by redshirt senior Ryan Smith in the throws. In the hammer throw, Smith threw 195-3 and outdistanced the second-place throw by 30 feet to win. The redshirt senior added a second victory in the shot put with a throw of 56-10.25. Smith won the Liberty Collegiate Invitational shot put title for the fifth straight year. Smith also finished the competition with a third-place finish in the discus, throwing for 155-9. The Lady Flames contributed 10 event titles to Liberty’s total. On the track, the Liberty women were led by sophomore Abigail Flower. The sprinter captured two individual event victories during the meet. Flower dashed to a personal best time of 11.75 seconds in the 100-meter dash to pick up the title. The sophomore’s second individual victory came in the 200-meter dash. Flower crossed the finish line at 24.53 seconds, more than a full second ahead of the second-place finisher. Flower combined with Sherri Spruel, Brittany Crittenden and Olivia Davis to win the 4x100meter relay with a season-best time of 47.25 seconds. Ansley Gebben, Brittney Webley, Janae Jones and Corinn
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HINDRANCE — Runners face obstacles on the track. Bedell added a second relay victory for the Lady Flames in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet finished the race in 3:54.43. “I was pretty impressed with the 4x4. We really pushed out hard,” Jones said. The Lady Flames also added two victories in the distance events. Senior Khristina Kanagy crossed the finish line more than 10 seconds ahead of the field to win the 1500-meter run. Her 4:40.18 race was a personal record. Jacy Christiansen captured the 5000-meter title with a time of 18:01.78. The sophomore ran the race more than 16 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. In the field, the Lady Flames tallied four individual event wins. In addition to her 4x400-meter relay victory, Jones recored a 38-10.25 to win the triple jump. Jennifer Nicholson threw 153-2 for a personal-best in the discus. The sophomore edged out teammate Jocelyn Williams (152-11) for first place. Mychelle Cumings added a second victory for the Lady Flames in the throws. Her 49-11.75 in the shot put outdistanced the
field by more than five feet. The sophomore captured her second straight shot put win at the invitational. Sophomore Riley Brandon led the way for the Lady Flames in the heptathlon. Brandon posted 4,446 total points, a personal best, to win the multi-event. Teammate Audrey Bamford (4,343) placed third, and Erika Jackson (4,011) finished in the fourth position. “We had some season-best performances, which is what you’re hoping for as you’re coming into conference,” Tolsma said. “I think for the most part, though, the team is coming into (its) own.” The men’s and women’s teams will have a weekend off from competition as they prepare for the Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships. “The athletes know what they’re supposed to do,” Tolsma said. “We’re just trying to get the minds ready at this point.” The championship meet will be held at Liberty’s MatthesHopkins Track Complex April 18-20. BROWN is a sports reporter.
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April 9, 2013
Rice abuse tactics unnecessary Editorial:
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If you haven’t noticed by now, the Liberty University Baseball Stadium is nearing completion. Overall, we’re quite impressed. It is a beautiful addition to campus and puts the baseball program on a whole new level of legitimacy. But, as long as it is not quite finished, there is still time for some last minute suggestions. Here are a few of our thoughts about what could be some nice finishing touches to the park. They are in no particular order, other than that the food is first.
Dip ‘N Dots — Who doesn’t love that stuff ?
#2 Peanuts — With the shells, not without. #3 Baseball brats — Big honkin’ hot dogs with all the fixin’s. You make these on the grill! #4 Vendors who bring your snackage to your seat — have them accept Flames Cash and Meal Points, and we’ll eat all of our meals at the ballpark. #5 Frozen lemonade — It will be
85 degrees at some point, and we’ll be glad to have it.
#6 Bobble heads — We’ve all seen the Jerry Falwell Sr. ones at Doc’s Diner.
Baseball. He appeared in two World Series and was the winner of the Hutch Award in 1990, given to the player that “best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire.”
#8 A unique song — Some Red Sox fans say that the addition of the song “Sweet Caroline” to the eighth inning routine at Fenway Park was what helped end the Curse of the Bambino. While a World Series curse seems unlikely in Lynchburg, it sure would be fun to have a song unique to our ballpark. #9 Inning-ending ball toss — At the end of each half inning, the pros toss the ball over the dugout and into the stands. Sounds like a tradition that’s adaptable to the college game.
#7 A Sid Bream statue, or something — The most notable Liberty baseball alumnus, Bream played first base for 12 seasons in Major League What can you not live without at a game? Go tell us on the Liberty Champion Facebook page. We’ll publish whatever you say you want in the next issue. Don’t be afraid to dream big!
A coach with fire and passion ignites players and fans alike. Legends such as John Wooden, Pat Summit, Geno Auriemma and Jim Boeheim are just a few fiery and passionate coaches who have been characterized by a distinctly positive aura. Former Rutgers University Scarlet Knights basketball Head Coach Mike BATTLE Rice Jr. does not fit that mold. April 3, Rice was fired after three seasons April 3 shortly after damaging video footage of practice was obtained by ESPN’s Outside the Lines. The tape showed Rice and Assistant Coach Jimmy Martelli physically and verbally abusing players. Both coaches threw basketballs at players’ heads, backs and groins and kicked at them. They also hurled homophobic slurs and sharply scolded players for performing drills incorrectly. The tape even caught the eye of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who rightly called for Rice to be fired immediately. “This was a regrettable episode for the university, but I completely support the decision to remove Coach Rice,” Christie said in a press release. “It was the right and necessary action to take in light of the conduct displayed on the videotape.” Before his three-year stint at Rutgers, Rice and Martelli had a 73-31 record at Robert Morris, two NCAA Tournament appearances and a NIT tournament showing. “He never kicked anybody, never did anything outside the lines, and I think, if he did something really outside the lines, our players would have responded with words back to him or
something back to him, but it never got to that,” Cody Wilson, a former Robert Morris basketball player, said to wtae.com in Pittsburgh. “There was never much backlash.” Wilson played under Rice as a walk-on freshman at Robert Morris and also said that he would only ever throw balls at player’s feet. This type of behavior is not acceptable for a leader in any situation. Eventually, Rice’s policies created a schism in the locker room that divided the coaching staff. Former Rutgers Assistant Coach Eric Murdock took footage to Athletic Director Tim Pernetti, who gave Rice a three-game suspension and a $50,000 fine in December. No disciplinary action was taken against Martelli. After the media got a hold of the footage, Pernetti fired Rice, and two days later, Martelli and Pernetti resigned. During his tenure at Rutgers, Rice did not enjoy the same success he had in earlier jobs. The Scarlet Knights finished under .500 every year with him as coach. While Rice did not have successful regime at Rutgers, he still holds a quality coach résumé and may find a job elsewhere. However, what top recruit would want to play under him? It is one thing to show charisma and give constructive, if not forceful criticism during practice and games, but it becomes a different story when players are abused. Every choice we make has a consequence, and Rice’s consequences will be far reaching. Society has proven time and again that given time, we are willing to forgive athletic figures who fail, but Rice’s fall from grace may take longer to overcome than say, Tiger Woods’ recent debacle. For the sake of college basketball’s good name and reputation, I hope it does. BATTLE is the asst. sports editor.
April 9, 2013
Men’s lacrosse buries Charlotte, 25-1
Flames club team starts season 12-1, averaging 16 goals per game in DII play Jay Sir email@example.com
The Liberty University men’s lacrosse team bounced back from a 13-10 loss against the Richmond Spiders and defeated University of North Carolina Charlotte 49ers, 25-1. More than nine people scored goals for the Flames, with Kurt Tobias scoring six of the 25 in his second game of the year. Freshman Ryan Miller and sophomore Chris Armstrong also led the Liberty offense with assists and goals that contributed to their highest-scoring game of the season. “It was a good game before a really important upcoming game,” Head Coach Kyle McQuillan said. “It was a good confidence booster heading into the game this Friday against the (2012) SELC Division Champions Elon University.” Goalie sophomore Ethan Kamholtz had 11 saves and only allowed one goal. For the season, he leads the Division II with 193 saves and is fifth in save percentage. “(Kamholtz) made a huge impact the season,” junior Skylar Sipe said. “He helps controls the defense, and he has become the leader of the entire defense.” The 49ers had little room to breathe throughout the course of the game. Tobias started Liberty’s goal streak, and the Flames defense overturned into counter attacks that furthered their lead. The 49ers scored a single goal
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LOCKED AND LOADED — Kurt Tobias (24) tied his season high with six goals against the 49ers. in the game, making it 15-1 in the early minutes of the third period, but the Liberty offense replied with another 10 goals. With his four-goal performance, Miller leads Division II with 52 this season. He is also third in assists, tallying 30. “Everyone was ready for the game after the loss,” Sipe said. “We were ready to make sure it doesn’t happen again. No one likes the taste of losing.”
Bench production also played a role in the blowout. Sipe contributed with one goal and two assists. “This is a really important win for the team,” Sipe said. “This was a confidence game for us, especially with Elon up next on the schedule.” With their victory Sunday afternoon, Liberty now has a 3-0 record within the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference
Division II, with an overall record of 12-1. After a successful season, including an 11-game winning streak, McQuillan believes that his team is ready for a new challenge. “We’ve had an awesome year,” McQuillan said. “We’ve had one loss this season, and that loss came from a team that is a division higher than us. Games like today kind of prove that we’ve outgrown our division and that
we need to be voted in on Division I, and we have every expectation that it will happen next season.” The lacrosse team now prepares to compete against Elon for a chance to gain the pole position in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division II Southeastern Lacrosse Conference. The Phoenix head into the match against Liberty with a record of 3-0 in the conference and an overall record of 9-1. In the past four times Elon and Liberty have met, the Pheonix were triumphant in all, but McQuillan is confident in his team’s ability this season. “This has been by far the most successful program and team we’ve had at the university,” McQuillan said. “We’re really excited to move forward into playoffs and nationals, and hopefully we’ll be able to bring a couple championship titles back.” The Flames will conclude their season hosting Elon on senior night April 12, at 7 p.m. SIR is a sports contributor.
Senior Portraits “My favorite memory is having the opportunity to help start this lacrosse program here at Liberty. Everything was just a brand -new experience, and it McINTOSH was so much fun being able to learn while building tradition. I just love the girls and being able to fellowship with them, — the coaches as well. It’s just been awesome.”
SENIORS continued from B1 “I think (the goal) really just set the tone and let the rest of the team know that we can do this and we can hang with this team, if not just come out on top,” Dunay said. “It just spiced everyone up and gave them confidence.” The Lady Flames quick-
ly added two more goals by freshman Kallie Britton and sophomore Sam Struss to build a three-goal lead. Despite the early momentum of the Lady Flames, the Blue Hose responded with two goals of their own to cut the deficit to one with 18:11 remaining in the first half. A goal by junior Jen
“Starting the program, and being here all 4 years while at the same time being able to see the transition every year, while getting better and better, has been my favorite memory.”
Moyer less than three minutes later gave the Lady Flames a 4-2 lead, the start of an 8-0 run that the Blue Hose could not recover from. “In lacrosse, there is always back and forth momentum,” Denham said. “That’s what we really focused on today — riding the positive momentum we were able to
“My favorite part of playing lacrosse at Liberty is being able to line up with the girls every game and being on a team that is supporting Christ and lacrosse at the same time.”
generate.” Presbyterian stopped the run by putting the ball in the back of the net with 1:40 remaining to close the scoring for the first half with the Lady Flames leading 11-3. In the second half, Liberty increased their lead to double digits after goals by Dunay and Britton. However, the Blue
Hose scored four unanswered goals to narrow the gap to 13-6. The Lady Flames did not budge, trading goals with the Blue Hose until Dunay sealed the game with a fifth and final goal that gave the Lady Flames a 16-9 advantage with 2:32 remaining in the second half. The Lady Flames will
“It is great to play (lacrosse) with people who do it all for the Lord. The Lord has used it to humble me and teach me that it’s not about me playing, but this sport is all about him.”
be in action again Friday, April 12 when they travel to take on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. FOOTE is a sports reporter.
April 9, 2013
Fashion on display Kourtney Trivett firstname.lastname@example.org
Students at Liberty University will showcase their talents through the Family and Consumer Science’s seventh annual fashion show starting at 8 p.m. April 13 in the New Schilling Center, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Liberty students will take on their peers in the “Project Hollywood: A Glamorous Encore” fashion show. According to the Liberty website, “All fashion garments are designed and constructed by Liberty University students.” “The show is a great opportunity to show the community what the students are capable of,” Ruth Bibby, the fashion show’s director, said. According to Bibby, many Hollywood classics will be represented at the fashion show. “I wanted the theme to be relevant to the audience, models and designers,” Bibby said. “I wanted something that would relate to everyone.” Mercy Weston, one of Liberty’s student designers, chose to base her designs on the film “Alice in Wonderland” because she has always had an interest in films with a whimsical nature.
“I have loved all the renditions of that movie — the colors and the imagination that go into developing the characters,” Weston said. “For my pieces, I wanted to explore more than just the aesthetic qualities of the character, and I delve into the light and darkness within each of them.” According to Weston, this is her first fashion show, and she is excited to see the results of her hard work. “This is my first time designing anything,” Weston said. “For a first-time venture, designing this is exciting and nerve-racking.” According to Bibby, this year, the show supports the non-profit charity Threads of Hope. Based out of the Philippines, the charity supports free trade in local communities. “It will be a night full of food, prizes and fashion,” Bibby said. “Saturday will definitely be a time where fashion design students can get their name out there and begin to be recognized by the community for their talent.” Tickets are sold at the Vine Center box office and are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.
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EXPERIENCE — Atkins and Aube set up lighting and camera equipment for a broadcast.
SONY continued from B8
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According to Miller, being able to network and build relationships is very important for people in the digital media field. “From a business point of view, our business is all about networking,” Miller said. “So, this is a great opportunity, and that’s why we hope to have more Liberty kids going.” Aube has done oncamera work with the “90 Seconds Around Liberty” broadcast in previous semesters, and she currently
works as the office manager of the radio station on campus, 90.9 The Light. Atkins works in the digital media lab and especially enjoys working on live broadcasts. Neither Aube nor Atkins had been to Las Vegas before leaving for the conference. Atkins is no stranger to travel — his parents are missionaries to Romania, and he grew up in the Ukraine. However, Aube said that she has never traveled outside of the Eastern Standard Time Zone. According to Miller, people in the Liberty Commu-
nications Studies Department hope that Aube and Atkins will act as a stepping stone leading the way for future Liberty students to attend the conference. “This year, Liberty gets to send two,” Miller said. “We are counting on the fact that we stay in the mix and get to send more every year, so it’s quite an honor to be the first ones to go, as well as it’s an honor for Liberty.” After Aube and Atkins return from their trip, Miller said that she expects the knowledge they gain will be significant.
“For me, it would be really exciting for them to come back and say, ‘I’m ready. I’ve been prepared well,’” Miller said. “That would be huge. Second to that is an honest assessment of what they do need. To me, it’s as valuable to be able to say, ‘I just experienced a job I never want to do again’ as it is to say, ‘I just experienced a job I want for the rest of my life.’ Both of those are valuable takeaways.” LEASURE is the feature editor.
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April 9, 2013
Junior and Senior Gala raises funds Student Government Association kicks off Pro-Life Emphasis Week with “A Black and White Affair” Greg Leasure email@example.com
The Liberty University Jazz Ensemble set the mood as students arrived in their classiest suits and dresses for “A Black and White Affair” on the third floor of the Williams Stadium, April 6. The Liberty Student Government Association (SGA) hosted the event, also known as the Junior and Senior Gala, but having fun and getting dressed up was not the only purpose of the party. According to Chelsea Patterson, Liberty’s senior class president, the approximately 250 tickets sold will help fund this year’s senior class gift. The event also served as a kickoff for Pro-Life Emphasis Week, which will include speakers, lectures and discussions about pro-life issues, Patterson said. Although the details of the senior gift are still in the works, Patterson said that SGA hopes to give a percentage of the money to a mother who chose life for her unborn child, and the rest would be set aside for a $100,000 endowed scholarship to be split among multiple students in the future. Patterson also led the planning of the event, which she said made her nervous about whether it would be successful. In the end, she was pleased with what the SGA had accomplished. “I’m extremely happy with it,” Patterson said. “I was afraid nobody would come. I think it looks pretty good, and I’m happy with how it turned out.” Prizes were also awarded to several people in attendance, including an iPad Mini as well as gift cards to various restaurants and stores around the
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DRESSED UP — Chad Atchison and Chelsea Patterson address the juniors and seniors at Williams Stadium. Lynchburg area. Live music from the Liberty Jazz Ensemble was played throughout the event as students snapped pictures, talked among friends and enjoyed the chance to wear their best clothes. “It’s fun to come get dressed up,” Liberty sophomore Jeff Brainard said. “This is the first legitimate formal event that I’ve been to at Liberty so far.” Patterson said that, in her opinion, part of the reason that
the gala was so successful is because it gave students the chance to dress in style. “I think it’s not something that students get to do often,” Patterson said. Brainard did not initially plan to attend the gala, but he ended up going with his friend Jenna Ragusa, who was part of a surprise that SGA had in store for those in attendance. Everyone gathered in the center of the room at 8 p.m. as members of D-Trex Dance
Crew, a hip-hop team made up of Liberty students, performed in dress clothes. It was no easy feat, according to D-Trex member Jaclyn Wallace. “It was hard, but we wanted to make it like a flash mob,” Wallace said. “It was fun.” Wallace also said that D-Trex normally performs about once or twice each weekend, but this weekend was especially busy. In addition to two performances at the gala, the crew also performed at Unity Fest earlier
Saturday, April 6 and Coffeehouse, Friday, April 5. “We’re such a tight family since we’re always together,” Wallace said. As the night drew to a close, music from the Jazz Ensemble brought the “Black and White Affair” to an end. LEASURE is the feature editor.
April 9, 2013
Styling at school
Student runs hair salon as a personal business from inside her dorm Sara Warrender firstname.lastname@example.org
Setting up her cosmetology supplies in an empty corner of her room, Liberty University freshman Ashley Archulet put away her schoolbooks and opened her dorm for business as a hair salon. Before transferring to Liberty in the spring, Archulet was given the chance to compete nationally at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference June 20, 2011, putting her cosmetology training to the test. “There were so many different things going on,” Archulet said. “It was so cool.” Each competitor at the conference completed a long hair updo, a woman’s design and haircut, and a man’s design and haircut. The competition lasted seven hours, requiring students to complete a written and oral test along with spread sheets for long hair color. According to Archulet, she ranked 22, heading to Liberty with a cosmetology license and many hours of practice. According to Archulet, her passion developed in high school. She began by working with makeup, giving her friends makeovers for proms, special occasions or weddings before moving on to explore with creative dimensions through hair coloring and cuts. “A lot of my classmates would tell me, ‘You’re really good at this, you should do cosmetology,’” Archulet said. According to Archulet, she was certified in cosmetology through a two-year class offered at her high school, which is where she was taught the art of hair care. “I went ahead and learned more about hair, and that’s when I fell in love with it,” Archulet
PASSION— Archulet used her cosmetology license to start a business. said. “I just wanted to do hair.” Archulet’s passion continued at Liberty, where she followed her dreams through the opening of her personal business. “I love it here,” Archulet said. “I feel super productive. It’s nice being on a set schedule.” Although Archulet plans to pursue a future career in dermatology or plastic surgery, her passion for cosmetology did not end in high school. Currently, Archulet runs her own salon out of her dorm, offering students special prices on hair care along with hot tea or coffee while they are visiting. “It would be awesome to have a client base,” Archulet said. “If I go to grad school, I could take the clients with me.” Archulet plans to continue her personal salon for her remaining time at Liberty. According to Archulet, spending time with different clients over the years through her business and during her time working with City Light Hair Studio located in Fredericksburg, Va. has given her the opportunity to minister to clients. “It’s a fantastic and creative
ministry,” Liberty student Rachel Barnes said. “We are all called to minister in everything we do, and she makes hairdressing her ministry. I would definitely keep her as a hairdresser and recommend her to anyone who wants an awesome hair cut and style. She’s very professional, she’s encouraging and she’s great to be around.” Currently, Archulet’s prices begin at $20 for haircuts with color treatments starting at $50. Soon, those prices will be cut dramatically for students, allowing them to get salon treatment while staying on campus. “I don’t even care if I don’t make money right now. I just want to get my name out there,” Archulet said. According to Archulet, she is very willing to work around students’ busy schedules, planning appointments when it is most convenient for them. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Archulet at 540-656-6145. WARRENDER is an asst. section editor.
Liberty Champion/B7 HUMANE continued from B8 literally as lost animals, and their owners either never make a good attempt to find the animal or they are unsuccessful.” Laura Critzer, who coordinates communication between HSCC and anyone interested in fostering an animal, said that many owners fail their animals by getting them for the wrong reasons. “When you get a puppy and you’re still in school, working and traveling, that dog is left alone for a really long time with no supervision,” Critzer said. “It’s during these periods of time they get bored and pick up bad habits. By one year old, the owners are just fed up, they don’t want to work with the dog, and (it) ends up at an animal shelter.” According to Smith, all dogs taken from shelters stay in foster care because HSCC does not have a facility to house them. These foster homes are applicants who have shown interest through the website or through HSCC’s Facebook page. Once a foster family passes approval, Critzer said that they can specify what breed and sex they want and then choose the animal for the family. “(HSCC) chooses the animals based on the preferences of the available foster homes as well as the potential they see in the animal,” Critzer said. “We have dogs and cats on all ends of the spectrum because what one person might not like in a pet, someone else might want that exact trait. That’s the beauty of what we do.” LeeAnna Early, a volunteer for HSCC, saw firsthand the work and dedication of foster families and other volunteers as she transported puppies to and from foster homes for adoption events at PetSmart. “I think the foster care sys-
tem for the pets is really good because … pets have a home and loving people that are taking care of them and taking interest in them,” Early said. “I think that it should be made more known. I think (foster care) is a really good way to get involved, but it’s not a longterm commitment.” Making that long-term commitment is something that Smith said to think about seriously before bringing a new pet home. Smith also advised potential pet owners to do research beforehand. “It is not an impulse thing to do, and once you get the animal, stay on top of the animal’s needs,” Smith said. “Understand that it’s just like taking another human being into your house. That means you need to be considering its medical needs, its requirements for playtime and stimulation. Make sure that that animal is a healthy member of your family.” Agreeing with this statement, Early said that someone who goes out for more than eight hours a day should not own a pet. “You need to think about when you’re going to be home and when you’ll be able to take your lunch breaks to go back home and let (your pet) out,” Early said. According to Critzer, fostering an animal before becoming an owner is a smart step to take. “With fostering, you can get an idea of what it’s like to have a dog or cat without the long-term obligation,” Critzer said. “And you get the satisfaction of helping an animal in need.” For more information about HSCC, check out their Facebook page at facebook. com/humanecampbell. WEBSTER is a feature reporter.
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BRASS — One student showcases his musical talent during a jazz performance at the “Late Night” event.
Up late at Coffeehouse Student Activities pays tribute to classic television shows through student variety acts Daniel Bartlett firstname.lastname@example.org
Usually a time for Liberty’s campus to wind down, 11 o’clock brought about a second wind as eager students lingered with anticipation outside the Vines Center to attend the Student Activities’ Late Night Coffeehouse. As students took their seats, the packed Vines Center rang with the sound of smooth jazz music as the live band Lynchburg Collective played on stage. When 11:30 p.m. rolled around, the lights darkened, and the loud chants of student voices were silenced. Flashing onto the screen, a video clip showed Jake Holland, the night’s host. He began running from his home, passing multiple recognizable Lynchburg places on his way to the Vines Center stage as the video ended to much applause. Holland was dressed in a stylish black suit and white shirt, complimented by a light pink tie. Holland immediately kicked off the night by introducing Chasing the Horizon, who performed the song “What is Love,” getting the crowd singing along. “The (late night) theme allows for a variety of original-
ity,” Promotions Manager for Student Activities Stephanie Ward said. “Those trying out were encouraged to research ‘the best of ’ from great late night talk show hosts such as Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan, etc.” According to Ward, in the spring, the Student Activities staff typically gets together and brainstorms an endless amount of themes. They take into consideration what is trending, what they have done the past few years and what students would enjoy. Spectators saw a variety of performances throughout the night, such as Bangs and Beards’ song called “Lazy Sunday Morning,” a mash-up between Maroon 5’s song “Sunday Morning” and Andy Samberg’s song “Lazy Sunday.” Returning dance crew D-Trex put on a sophisticated performance that had the audience screaming and thumping with applause by its end. The band Sailor Twift, sung a more punk version of “I Knew You Were Trouble” as the band Insink portrayed the typical boy band, led by five singers who made a spoof off the popular 1990s band N’Sync. “I thought the night was
great,” junior student Ethan Howes said. “It was a good mixture of acts, new videos and clips from the past.” According to Ward, Student Activities takes a lot of time to make sure that the performers and videos submitted meet a certain criteria. “Each semester, we host tryouts for a certain amount of nights in the Tilley. Groups sign up at the beginning of each tryout night and are judged on a variety of aspects: vocals, stage presence, relation to theme, overall performance and more,” Ward said. Holland brought Gabe Hernandez, a member of the Bangs and Beards, back on stage to take part in a game of “Would You Rather” and ask a few questions about their performance. Bangs and Beards consists of lead singers Jane Marczewski and Hernandez, both having performed two times at Coffeehouse and receiving a lot of attention during their debut song “Bieber, It’s Cold Outside” during last semester’s Christmas Coffeehouse. Hernandez said that the band was started because of a mutual friend of theirs, Ryan Carl. “The crowd responded in a better way than we had antici-
pated, which was good,” Hernandez said. “For what it was, I think it went well. I don’t think we were the top performers of the night — other people blew it away — but I think we were able to hold our own.” According to Ward, Coffeehouse is a great experience for students because it is comprised of all student videos and performances. She wants students to come and enjoy themselves and support friends in the show. She believes that Coffeehouse is an awesome and interactive way to do that. “The magnitude of the university that we’re going to opens up so many opportunities. (Student Activities) is going to post (our) video on YouTube, which is viewed by thousands of people,” Hernandez said. “They trust the student body to be able to come up here and perform, and put it out for the whole world to see, so we can be the face of Liberty. We can represent. What we’re doing here is going to be heard around the world.” BARTLETT is a feature reporter.
HSCC encourages pet ownership
Depending on the day, a walk past PetSmart on Wards Road could mean an invitation to pet, hold and even adopt a puppy or a kitten from the Humane Society in need of a home. The Humane Society for Campbell County (HSCC) is a nonprofit organization that, according to their website, strives to save 3,000 animals each year from those that have been abandoned or surrendered to
the Campbell County Animal Control Facility. Matt Smith, executive director of HSCC, said that animals are received primarily from animal control facilities, as well as through owners who surrender animals that they no longer have the means to provide with care. “We also have animals that are born into care,” Smith said. “For us to take animals in, be it through private surrender or through animal control facilities, the big thing that we want to do is go out and meet the animal,
check its health and check its temperament.” Smith said that the large number of abandoned or surrendered animals comes mostly from young college student or young adult owners. “(Young adults) get animals, and they don’t realize what is involved in animal care,” Smith said. “One of the big components of that is, sadly, people don’t get their animal spayed or neutered. And then you have animals that come into care
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CARE — Pets help owners learn responsibility.
What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but a select few broadcasting students from Liberty University are hoping to gain valuable job experience from their experience out West April 6-11. Junior Matt Atkins and senior Courtney Aube are currently in Las Vegas, participating in Sony’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Student Experience after being selected by five digital media professors in the Liberty Communications Studies Department. Atkins, Aube and 49 other students from universities across the country are spending three days learning about the newest Sony broadcasting technology from Sony representatives before demonstrating the equipment to people who visit Sony’s booth during the massive NAB conference. According to nabshow.com, more than 90,000 media professionals from 150 countries and 1,500 companies will be in attendance. “If you think about it, out of all the colleges in the whole country, they pick like 17, and then the students from them,” Aube said. “Matt and I got chosen, so I feel like it’s kind of a big deal and a big privilege.” According to Pamela Miller, an associate professor of digital media and the Liberty director of student programming, schools are chosen and allotted a varying number of students to participate in the all-expensepaid trip. This is the first year that Liberty took part in the program. Miller said that a representative from Sony visited Liberty’s campus during the university’s conversion from standard definition to high definition equipment. While on campus, the representative heard about the department’s vision of educating students in a hands-on way and asked Dean Norman Mintle of the Communications Studies Department and Miller if he could nominate Liberty to participate in the program. “With the new film school, our equipment is top-of-the-line and is getting up to the level of schools that are just dedicated to film schools,” Atkins said. “I think Liberty’s working toward that and changing their classes to make them more hands-on and applicable so that you can use those skills.” The students participating in the program range from graduate digital media students to undergraduate digital media students, such as Aube and Atkins. The two had the chance to interact through Facebook with students from other schools who are participating in the program, but both said that they also look forward to sharing experiences in person as well as networking for the future. “I love talking to people anyway, and that’s the best way to network, to get along with people, talk and have good conversations,” Atkins said. “I mean, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t trying to maybe get my name into some places, but I don’t think it’s my sole purpose. I think one of the things I’m most looking forward to for the program itself is just learning new technology.”
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