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Isaacs wins award for researching multiple medical links to dementia

Tiffany Samuels

Dr. Gary Isaacs, assistant professor of the Liberty University Department of Biology & Chemistry, was recently awarded the 2013-14 Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund (ARDRAF) in order to further his research and provide students with better research resources. Isaacs applied for the ARDRAF through Liberty last April. With this current award, he received $40,000, bringing his research total to $90,000 since his first year at Liberty in 2009. According to its website, the Virginia Center on Aging administers the ARDRAF, which provides funds to researchers in Virginia to stimulate groundbreaking research into biomedical and psychosocial features of dementia. Through observation of and interacting with students in class, Isaacs handpicks six students who are willing to give their time and energy for research, he said. The students not only learn new findings in the scientific world, but also learn how to write proposals when they discover them. “They are learning how to do the last part of research, which is (to) tell the world,” Isaacs said. Generally, the students who research under Isaacs continue to do so for two years. He said he

not only wants to show students how to do an experiment for the sake of experimenting, but he also wants to do it so they can write, document and publish data. “I’m trying to teach students how to be really good scientists,” Isaacs said. “The best way to do that is to not tell them how other people have done it, but to have them do it themselves.” This teaching method has enabled Liberty students to showcase their research to other schools in Virginia. The Virginia Academy of Science hosts a meeting every spring, and Liberty competes with prestigious Virginia schools such as the University of Virginia and George Mason University. For the past two years, Liberty students have taken the top two awards. “At these meetings, everyone knows Liberty University, and they know our students,” Isaacs said. “I’ve had other professors who have said, ‘You’ve got a good group of kids, and you guys are doing a good job.’” Along with recognition, Liberty is making a name for itself in the scientific world of research. “Here we are at Liberty University, a big school but a small research school, and people are saying we are worth it,” Isaacs said. “To me that’s just God’s blessing.”

Ruth Bibby | Liberty Champion

Duck Commander HAPPY — Willie Robertson drew a huge audience to the College for a Weekend Convocation.

Reality TV star Robertson speaks on faith, family and ducks Greg Leasure

Liberty University Convocation, normally a sea of red the day before football games, contained a little more camouflage, Friday, Sept. 27. Willie Robertson, star of television’s “Duck Dynasty”


and CEO of hunting supply company Duck Commander, made his first appearance at Liberty Convocation, sharing how God has used his family through their show. College for a Weekend participant Rachael Daddona said she arrived with other members of the dorm she

stayed on at 9:30 a.m. and had to sit on the stairs between sections because the Vines Center was so crowded. “It was amazing to see so many people in one spot, and (Robertson) was really interesting,” Daddona said.

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Cameron’s ‘Unstoppable’ premieres Emily Brown

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Ruth Bibby | Liberty Champion

MOVIE — Cameron shared his most personal story on screen.

After months of production and preparation, actor and producer Kirk Cameron released his latest film, “Unstoppable” — a film he calls “the most personal project I have ever made” — Tuesday, Sept. 24. According to Cameron, more than 150,000 people across the U.S. attended the premiere. At Liberty, a near-capacity crowd filled the Vines Center to view the film. Opening with the introduction filmed in Convocation Monday, Sept. 23, Cameron welcomed all those viewing from more than 700 theaters around the nation. With Cameron watching from the front of the arena,




The LaHaye Student Union hosted a Health Fair A8 Sept. 23

The Liberty Flames Sports Network expanded to more than 80 million homes B1

Freedom 4/24, Run for Their Lives, to be held Oct. 12 B8

the film began, its sound filling the silent room as students quietly watched the debut. “I was just very excited,” Cameron said. “I felt like I was going out to unveil something that was very special to me and something that I felt would be a real gift to other people who were struggling with finding God in the midst of their tragedy and suffering. So it kind of felt like Christmas morning. It was just very exciting to go out there and unwrap this present for everybody.” The film began with Cameron describing the moment he found out his young friend Matthew Sandgren had passed away after approximately 10 years of fighting cancer. Taking the approach of a story teller,

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OCTOBER 1, 2013

Liberty Champion/A2

Restoring creativity AIGA unites graphic students Shelby Sayer

This year, the Liberty University graphic arts community is coming together to bring creativity and experience to the students of the Department of Studio & Digital Arts (SADA). Professor Sandra Slayton, who said she desires to give students more opportunity and experiences for their future in graphic design, founded the American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA) club. “AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force,” according to the AIGA website. Meredith Long, current president of the Liberty AIGA club, said she is passionate about equipping students with opportunities that will build their future through the various events that she and other board members have planned this year. “As president, my first and most important duty is to serve as a strong Christian artist who gives full credit to God through my talents, designs and artwork,” Long said. “I think it is good to take this leadership role seriously through my beliefs, work ethic and desire to design, but have fun at the same time.” AIGA hosted a game night Sept. 19 in order to reach out to students who love design and to build an audience. Students enjoyed a night of games, food, socializing and learning what AIGA has to offer. Another meeting was held Sept. 26, featuring a guest speaker from the professional Richmond chapter of AIGA, Hilda LeStrange. She spoke to students about transitioning into the real world as designers. “This year, my goal is to bring the graphic arts community together,” Long said. “I want designers to enjoy their time at Liberty through hands-on experiences and by learning from other designers, especially through their peers. There is so much knowledge at this university, we should take advantage of learning through the people around us and build connections with them.” AIGA has held competitions for non-profit organizations in the past, which included the making and designing of business cards, logos, letterheads and T-shirt designs. Currently, AIGA is hosting “The Ultimate T-shirt Contest,” where students can design a T-shirt for SADA. “This shirt is very important to SADA students,” Long said. “Throughout my college career at Liberty, I have heard student after student talk about how we are the Arts Department, and we need a department T-shirt. This competition will bring our department together through studio art and digital arts with our creativity.” Students will first submit their designs in October, where the SADA Department will choose their top five designs. These designs will go through revisions where a final design will be chosen, printed, and sold for students and faculty to buy. Other events that will be held this year include a pumpkin carving contest, a typography contest, a poster design contest and an ornament decorating Christmas party. AIGA meetings and competitions are free for all students to attend or participate. Joining AIGA allows students job and internship opportunities, free portfolio reviews and discount Adobe products. Students interested in joining or learning more about AIGA can visit or their Facebook page aiga.liberty. SAYER is a news reporter.


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LEADERSHIP — Elected candidates will have the opportunity to serve and represent their classmates.

SGA holds elections

Students vote to select their future class presidents and vice presidents Isaac Schea

Liberty University held elections Sept. 6 to decide the Student Government Association (SGA) presidents and vice presidents of each class in preparation for the coming academic year. Campaigning officially began Sept. 2 and lasted the remainder of the week until 4:30 p.m., Sept. 6, with electioneering in full swing in DeMoss Hall. Danielle Ferrario, the recently elected senior class president, is pursuing a degree in communications with a concentration in advertising and public relations. “I had never really been involved in student government before last year, and I ended up going to a Senate meeting on behalf of a club I was a part of at the time and thought that the SGA was awesome,” Ferrario said. According to Ferrario, her choice to run for office stemmed from previous involvement in SGA. “I wanted to join last year, so I had applied to be an at-large senator and worked for the Speaker of the Senate, and that got me more involved,” Ferrario said. She explained that following a time of prayer and decision, she made the choice to run for senior class presi-

CAMERON continued from A1 Cameron used his film to artistically portray events from the Bible as a way to answer the question of why God would allow evil things to happen to good people. “(W)hat I try to do is look at it like a story and try to climb up to heaven’s balcony and look at the story that God’s been writing since the Garden of Eden, all the way through the fall and the flood and the crucifixion, up to today, and show that tragedy has been part of the story the whole time, and God’s never taken his hand off the wheel,” Cameron said in an interview. Toward the end of the film, Cameron brought the story full circle by portraying Sandgren’s funeral. In an interview, Cameron said he knew where God was during the tragedy of Sandgren’s death. “The same place he was when Cain murdered Abel,” Cameron said. “The same place he was when God flooded the world and put Noah in a boat. The same place he was when Jesus was crucified. He’s right there in the midst of our trials.”



dent over the summer for the coming school year. “I just want to serve the senior class, to have open communication with them and be a representative for them,” Ferrario said. “I want to find things that will not only benefit seniors now, but the future generation of Liberty students to come as well.” Rekhail Sharp, a senior studying western legal traditions, was elected as the senior class vice president as a running mate for Ferrario for the 20132014 school year. “During my attempt to be student body vice president last year, I realized that I am a people person,” Sharp said. “I like to serve. Danielle approached me about running with her as vice president for the senior class, and while I was initially hesitant after she approached me, I realized I still wanted to make a difference.” According to Sharp, her desire to run was a result of her wanting to serve others. “My main concern is about the spirituality of the senior class as a whole,” Sharp said. “I want to have a footwashing ceremony, which would allow us to bless each other before we go out into the world.” Chelsea Andrews, the newly elected junior class president, said she is no

stranger to SGA or to being a class president. Andrews is studying government with a concentration in politics and policy and a minor in psychology. “This is my third year being involved in SGA with my experience in being the freshman class president, and then last year I was the policy chair for the Senate,” Andrews said. According to Andrews, her choice to run for office was the result of her desire to serve. “I felt as though junior class president would provide me with a great platform to further humanitarian issues I’m passionate about, such as human trafficking and the pro-life cause, by educating the student body and providing them with venues to act in response,” Andrews said. Andrews explained that since she ran unopposed for her position, she had the unique opportunity to get her face out there for the students to see. “I went to evangelism classes and took my time making sure people knew who I was,” Andrews said. “Overall, the election for me was pretty relaxed.” Andrews and other elected candidates will fill their roles as student government officers in the next academic year. SCHEA is a news reporter.

I wanna show that there is a victorious, triumphant reason for all pain and suffering...

Although Cameron admitted there is no definite answer to the question of suffering, he said God still works through the tragedy. “(G)od could’ve healed Matthew (Sandgren),” Cameron said in an interview. “And if you were to ask me ‘why didn’t he,’ … I don’t. We don’t know the answer to that. But we can look and see throughout history what God has done through the tragedy that he allows, and it’s always good. It always produces what’s good for his people and what advances his kingdom … I wanna show that there is a victorious, triumphant reason for all pain and suffering, and we wouldn’t want it to change even if we could, because the author of the story is up to something magnificent.” According to Liberty sophomore Samantha Foster, she left the movie knowing that, although she may not


— KIRK CAMERON fully understand, God is still in control. “(W)e are gonna have questions on this side of heaven, but when you trust in Jesus and you trust in God’s plan and in his purpose, that’s enough to answer the questions,” Foster said. “We don’t always have to know why, but we know who God is and we can just remember that and keep that as our focus.” Cameron said “Unstoppable” has been a wonderful partnership with Liberty and that he has fallen in love with Liberty and the students. Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. agreed with the positive impact of the partnership. “Liberty University is proud to sponsor the new film, entitled ‘Unstoppable,’” Falwell said. “In it, (Cameron) uses his skills as an actor and filmmaker to tell the story of creation, man’s fall from grace, and God’s ultimate victory over death and hell through Jesus Christ in a compelling documentary that anyone can understand.” Cameron said the film strengthened his faith, and he hopes those who watch it will also walk away with their faith strengthened. “What I hope for most is that people will watch the movie and come out and say (that) my son’s death or my family’s tragedy was not in vain, that God has a plan, that God didn’t create a world where tragedy is senseless,” Cameron said. “God doesn’t do anything random. He has a purpose, and his purposes are unstoppable, and I trust him.” BROWN is a copy editor. WEBSTER is a copy editor.


OCTOBER 1, 2013

Liberty Champion/A3

Alumna excels in education field

Graduate receives Virginia regional Teacher of the Year Award and becomes finalist for statewide recognition Tiffany Samuels

Liberty University alumna Jennifer Lovett has been recognized as one of the best teachers in her field in Virginia. Lovett has received the Teacher of the Year Award for region five in Virginia, making her one of eight finalists for the statewide award. She will have an interview Oct. 11 with the state panel at an award’s ceremony banquet for the Regional Teachers of the Year. There the state panel will select one of the eight finalists to be the 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year. Despite receiving this honor, Lovett said the true reward is in seeing her students improve in reading. “One of the sweetest sounds is hearing my kindergarten students, who did not know letter sounds in August, reading books

in the spring,� Lovett said. Lovett is a reading specialist at Linkhorne Elementary School in Lynchburg. She completed her undergraduate work studying elementary education at Liberty in 2002 and received her master’s degree from Liberty as a program specialist in reading in 2008. Lovett said her passion for teaching reading comes through her faith. “I know that it is the Lord who enables and equips me to do this work and who has brought me to this place,� Lovett said. “Whatever the outcome, I feel truly blessed, and I desire to continue to do the good work that God has given me to do and to do it to the best of my ability.� The faculty and staff at Linkhorne Elementary selected Lovett as their Teacher of the Year in April 2013. After submitting her views of

teaching and interviewing in May, Lovett was selected from a group of 18 teachers as Lynchburg City Schools Teacher of the Year. “I had to prepare a portfolio to send to the Virginia Department of Education,� Lovett said. “This summer, a state panel reviewed the portfolios and selected one teacher from each of the eight regions in Virginia to be the Regional Teachers of the Year.� Lovett said she began teaching at Linkhorne in August of 2008. On a daily basis, she takes students who are having difficulty learning to read and who read below their grade level from their normal classrooms, and teaches them on their instructional level in a small group setting. This additional instruction in reading is intended to help bring students to their grade level by the end of the school year. Lovett said she also works with

classroom teachers to teach, assist and coach them in the reading instruction they provide to their students. She said she believes teaching children to read is not just so they can be on the same level as their peers, but also so they can avoid struggle in their personal lives. “Acquiring the ability to read is vital to them being able to live happy, healthy lives as responsible citizens,� Lovett said. “I greatly enjoy aiding children in their process of learning to read.� In aiding each of her students Photo Provided in reading, Lovett said she of- LEARN — Lovett lives to teach. fers encouragement to Liberty students. If she could advise any him, actively and purposefully, student, she said she would en- love the people that he places in courage them to meditate on 2 your life - wherever you are, with John 5-6, which instructs Chris- whatever work He has given you to do.� tians to love one another. “Whatever you do, love God,� Lovett said. “He is worthy of SAMUELS is a news your heart and life. And in loving reporter.

New ZIP code arrives after long wait James Ebrahim

“The largest Christian school in the whole world has is its own zip code?� graphic design major Andrew Pierce said. “About time.� Liberty University now has its own unique zip code: 24515. The process for getting a unique zip code has been ongoing for years according to Lisa Worley, manager of Liberty’s post office. “This has actually been a process that has been going on for about five years,� Worley

said. “It is something that goes through the chain of command of the postal service and just takes years to implement ‌ It is a unique zip code for the university, and that was the goal.â€? The zip code identifies mail and packages as going to Liberty specifically. “The unique zip code, what that does, is tells the post office if they see that zip code, it goes to Liberty, whereas with 24502, it could go anywhere in our section of the city,â€? Worley said. “It helps speed of service with the U.S. postal service. It makes us stand out when they are sorting

and packaging their mail.� The 24502 zip code will take some time to phase out, according to Worley. This process is estimated to take about a year, but could be more or less depending on how quickly students, parents and their contacts are made aware of the new zip code. “We know it’s going to take time, and the post office knows that as well,� Worley said. Notification of parents and students is not the only reason that the phase out may take time. “I hope it doesn’t take that long,� Worley said. “We just don’t want the staff to have to

purchase new letterhead and waste things that they have that have the 24502 zip code, because they can still use what they have. It’s just going to take some time.� Mail with the 24502 zip code will still go through, but might take longer to sort. “It can take longer just because it goes through Lynchburg and then to Liberty, whereas if you put 24515, it’ll go straight to Liberty’s mail,� Worley said. “It’s just one of those things. It should get here, and there should be no concerns as far as anything that still has 24502 on it.� The zip code came in part

by the sheer amount of mail processed by Liberty, according to Worley. “Whether it’s FedEx or the U.S. Postal Service, we are definitely one of the biggest drops for them,� Worley said. According to Glen Connors, a finance major, he thinks this is another step forward for Liberty. “I think it is just a sign of growth,� Connors said. “And I’m proud.�

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OCTOBER 1, 2013

Students sign suicide waivers

A Chinese university issued thousands of students a mandatory suicide contract before beginning college Gabriella Fuller

For college students everywhere, paperwork is an inevitable nuisance that accompanies an academic career. Accustomed as we may be to signing agreements, however, there is one document that American students will unlikely find in their welcome packets: a suicide waiver. According to the New York Times, that is exactly what 5,000 incoming freshmen were required to sign in China’s Guangdong province. The agreement, drafted by the City College of Dongguan University of Technology, absolves the school of any and all responsibility if students commit suicide. The new policy unmistakably screams that there is a problem. China is reported to have the highest suicide rate in the world — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 people per 100,000 attempt suicide. That is a shocking statistic of one person every two minutes, and a total of 287,000 people a year. To make matters worse, edu-

cation has long been seen as the only path to success in China. The sharp economic slowdown, however, has made postgraduate opportunities increasingly difficult to find, leaving many to believe that a degree is no longer the golden ticket it used to be. According to Chengcheng Jiang, a Beijing reporter and contributor to Time World, stress levels for students is on the rise. “Of the class of 2013, with some 7 million graduates across the country, just 35 percent had found a job at the time of graduation — a dramatic fall of 12 percent year on year,” Jiang wrote. Sound familiar? The situation bears a striking resemblance to our own nation’s statistics. Graduation numbers are on the rise, while employment numbers have hit record lows. Burdened with a similar scenario, there are several key lessons that can be learned from our fellow students on the opposite side of the world. 1. An education is not everything. Despite what students are taught to believe, there is more to the world outside the walls of a classroom. Though there is

People everywhere are in a desperate search for something beyond what education or job security can provide. — GABRIELLA FULLER

certainly value in education, it is only a small part of what makes us who we are. Relationships and experiences will play a much larger role in who we become than a flimsy paper certificate will. 2. Suicide is never the answer. Rather than shrugging their shoulders and penning a legal document to exonerate themselves of responsibility, universities ought to provide counseling services to students, teaching them to turn away from death rather than pointing them to it. What if, instead of an “it is going to happen anyway” attitude, students were met with the encouragement that no matter how impossibly bleak the situation seems, the fight to live is worth it? 3. Failure is a part of life. Look to any leading professional in the world, and you will find that a long string of failure precedes a breakthrough success. With-

out hardships, we never learn to struggle and rebuild. Failures may turn out to be blessings in disguise. Hold on and keep going. 4. Worry is universal. Whether here or across the world, we all face struggles, and we all stress about the uncertainty of the future. Instead of wishing our lives away in place of another, we should recognize the commonality of worry and pain and use it to empathize with the hurting and encourage the downtrodden. 5. The world is broken. There is no explanation for why a student who has only just begun to live finds death a preferable alternative to life. Stories such as these serve as constant reminders that humanity is imperfect, damaged and fallen. Time is precious, yet we wrongly place emphasis on things of such small value while dismissing matters of eternal consequence.

In the end, success is not determined by a college GPA, and value cannot be found in a sevenfigure salary. Suicide statistics and manmade solutions are just evidence of the fact that the world is longing for its creator. Students in China do not need additional laws written into university constitutions — they need hope. People everywhere are in a desperate search for something beyond what education or job security can provide — they are looking for meaning and purpose. Ultimately, the problem is not a problem of education or of economy. It is a problem of faith. Our worth is ultimately misplaced if it is found in anything but Christ.

FULLER is the opinion editor.

Grand Theft Auto V rakes in more than $1 billion

Carjacking, murder, torture and cannibalism are just a few of the violent actions gamers can perform via characters David Van Dyk

When I played massive multiplayer games online within limitless worlds, I often was amazed at the depth and creativity of the game. I remember marveling at all the options that the game made available and how I could become almost anything. Most of us have spent

FYI According to ABC News, Grand Theft Auto V fan Zachary Burgess was arrested and charged with theft, kidnapping and nine counts of hit-and-run in Alabama. He told an officer that he “wanted to see what it was really like to play the game.”

days, maybe months, sadly years, playing these huge “alternate reality” games. The newest game in the genre of first-personshooter action is the muchanticipated Grand Theft Auto V. As I look at the newest game to grace the screens of living rooms, dorm rooms and bedrooms, I cannot help but ask a question that demands an answer — why? Why are we filling our free time with dark, disturbing content? Why do we waste these countless amounts of time that we can never replace? Why is humanity so fascinated with death and destruction? Leigh Alexander, a writer for the video game review site Gamasutra, gave an interesting perspective on the game. It included a look into the game itself, with some opinion strewn throughout. But it was his comment at the end that made me think. “It’s dark, maybe, but it’s not brave,” Alexander

by Greg Leasure After five seasons of tense, edge-ofyour-seat drama, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” is finally over. Even as I write this, I am currently working my way through season five of “Breaking Bad” while desperately trying to avoid finding out what happens in the series LEASURE finale, which aired Sunday, Sept. 29. As someone who

said. “It’s not that funny. It’s not a power fantasy, it’s not your escape. It’s just sad.” I look around, and I see people who are desperately trying to find an escape from the chaos and confusion of reality. They try to find meaning and purpose, yet end up worse than before they started seeking answers. So why not sit down, pick up a controller, and delve into something that seems less confusing? See a car you like? Go ahead and take it. Want to pilot an armed helicopter and blow up buildings? Go ahead, and while you are at it, pilot a submarine. I have had the unfortunate experience of watching people dive headfirst into games like Grand Theft Auto, simply because they do not want to deal with something more difficult: the real world. But the truth is that fiction will never become reality. The alarm clock will eventually ring, reminding

regularly uses social media, let me tell you — that is not an easy task. One thing that the success of “Breaking Bad” and other AMC shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men” shows us is that television has certainly come a long way from the days of three major networks. With the advent of Netflix and Hulu, binging on shows by watching multiple seasons at a time has become one of the most popular pastimes for television viewers. Some people have actually abandoned watching regular television in favor of binging on shows that have already aired. But there is a problem with that. As someone who has watched multiple full series on Netflix, I can say from experience how much binging on

us that, unfortunately, we still have to face reality. Do not get me wrong — everyone loves a good story, especially me. I relish the opportunity to play a video game or watch a movie with a story so convincing that it could happen. And, no doubt, Grand Theft Auto V is good at it. Reading and watching reviews, there is no question that this ever-expansive world is a true marvel of video game engineering. But do we really want this story of murder, theft, lies, backstabbing, and running-over-pedestrianswith-your-sports-car mania to come to life? In all honesty, absolutely not. Jack Rivlin, editor of The Tab, an online tabloid for students, commented on the recordsetting game. “There are still gloomy puritans like Peter Hitchens claiming the game is the devil’s work, but the vast majority of reviews now read like first-year sociology essays, applaud-

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RAPE?— Rockstar Games released an online statement claiming that an alleged rape scene “is meant to depict and imply naked cannibalism, not rape.”

ing Rockstar for ‘holding up a mirror to the world,’ and ‘parodying post-modern living,’ as if that is a great artistic achievement, rather than total nihilism,” Rivlin said. It is an interesting thing when you think about it. When Grand Theft Auto had come out, particularly the third installment, more controversy was heaped upon the landmark game than the amount of guns within

television shows can waste time and kill productivity. As if college students did not waste enough time on the internet already, now they must resist the temptation of watching entire tv series which are available to stream at any time. At the risk of sounding like a parent, people used to do other things with their time besides checking Twitter and Facebook before spending the entire day on a couch watching Netflix. People actually read books or did something outdoors. As time goes by and technology continues to advance, it has never been easier to be lazy than it is right now. Our country faces a lot of complicated problems, one of which is lazi-

the game itself. GameSpy was noted as saying that it was not only offensive, but reprehensible. Now, according to Forbes, the game has raked in more than $1 billion, and the critics are raving. What was that about holding up a mirror to the world? But then again, it is only a video game. VAN DYK is an opinion writer.

ness. These problems are never easily solved, and there are many complicated reasons why young people read less frequently and often fail to vote, but I believe the American habit of finding ways to be lazy has a lot do to with it. People have been joking for years about having hundreds of channels and nothing to watch, but what does it say about our attention span as a culture when, even with Netflix and Hulu, people still cannot find something to satisfy their need for entertainment? I think that it is about time that we put down the remote control and find something better to occupy our time. Just because we can be lazy does not mean we should.


OCTOBER 1, 2013

Liberty Champion/A5

Military reform Zachary Pinkston

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NEW POLICY — Although stores will not enforce the request, Schultz’s opinions were met with mixed reactions.

Leave the guns at home Starbucks CEO released statement saying firearms unwelcome in stores Tyler Beaston

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, has asked gun-carrying customers to keep their weapons out of Starbucks stores, according to the Wall Street Journal. As good patrons, responsible gun carriers should be willing to honor the request. Leave the gun locked in the glove compartment, and lock the car. It is that easy. For some, however, the announcement cast the Starbucks Corporation in a negative light. Schultz clearly did not want to portray his stores as champions of open carry. Cam Edwards, host of the radio show Cam & Co. on NRA News, made this point clear when he wrote in his editorial that Starbucks is “asking gun owners to go quietly back into the closet.” “Unless Starbucks wants to declare itself a place where politics is verboten, it shouldn’t run away when the debate leads to its doors,” Edwards wrote. Some open-carry advocates have now threatened to boycott Starbucks in favor of other, less strict coffee joints. But they have no reason to take their business elsewhere. Unhappy customers must remember that Starbucks did not actually ban guns. The company will still serve people that carry them, Schultz told USA Today.

The new policy is the best way the company knew to alleviate a problem it was facing. Apparently, greater numbers of people toting firearms have been frequenting the coffee chain. Many customers and employees began to feel uncomfortable, according to an article by the Huffington Post. Starbucks had been trying to decide what to do about the issue for quite some time, so it is only coincidence that the announcement was made after the Washington Navy Yard shootings, Schultz said in an interview with USA Today. Starbucks had no intention of making a political statement, so people should not interpret it as one. Starbucks stores are private property, and it can request customers to follow the guidelines it sets without fearing political repercussions. The public’s instant desire to politicize any decision regarding guns reveals, not a problem with gun policy, but a problem with American thinking. We are too quick to draw conclusions that align with our own thoughts, rather than taking facts at face value. The gun debate is just one example. The coffee company was more frustrated that “groups on both sides (are) using Starbucks as a staging ground for their own positioning, and that resulted in the marketplace mischaracterizing us as being on one side of the issue or the other,” Schultz said in the Wall Street Journal article.

First, people thought that because they were allowed to carry guns into stores, Starbucks supported pro-gun policies. That was not the case. Now, people act like the company changed its stance by saying that the announcement is a victory or a step in the right direction, according to the Wall Street Journal. Again, they are wrong. Schultz’s request does not indicate a step in any direction. When it all boils down, there is little difference between before and after the announcement. The option to carry a weapon remains. As a carrier, you might draw unfavorable glances, but that is the price you pay for ignoring Starbucks’ request. There is a subtle irony worth noting. Starbucks has unashamedly maintained more liberal social policies in the past. Yet, contrary to its nature, the company is hands-off when approaching gun rights. The people that so loudly support Starbucks for its politics are the same ones most annoyed by its stance — or lack thereof — on guns. Conversely, those that hate its politics love its silence regarding open-carry policy. Let us please stop trying to make something from nothing. Stand back and honor the company’s wish to avoid the gun debate.

BEASTON is an opinion writer.

Five days before Sept. 16, the American people remembered those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. A few days later, the Washington Navy Yard shooting took place. There is one question we are all asking: could the shooting have been prevented? The answer is not a simple one, but yes, the shooting could have been prevented. Aaron Alexis, the lone shooter of the Sept. 16 incident, held the “delusional belief that he was being controlled or influenced by electromagnetic waves,” Valerie Parlave of the FBI told CNN. How does someone who is mentally unstable gain access to a military base? According to the Washington Post, the federal contractors who enlisted Alexis into the Navy and gave him the security clearance in 2007 knew that he had been charged with a firearm offense in the past. The Washington Post wrote that the contractors minimized the incident, turning it into a verbal altercation instead of mentioning that the incident included the violent use of a firearm. For a service that is meant to protect the nation, the military took a great risk when they completely lied about Alexis. Their actions prove they just wanted the credit for placing another man into the military. That is ridiculous. How can we depend on the men and women entering the military if the recruiters who put them there lie about their history? Telling someone to check up on the criminal backgrounds of soldiers sounds horrible, but in the case of Alexis, it would have pointed out that either this man needed to have his security clearance revoked, or a further investigation needed to take place. According to ABC News, Alexis was previously arrested for shooting out the tires of a man’s vehicle. Six years later, he was arrested again for recklessly discharging a firearm within the limits of a municipality. Despite these events, Alexis was never put on a “watch list,” flagged, or even put under further investigation. This man needed to be investigated. In the months leading up to the attack, how did no one notice that he had become mentally unstable to such a degree that he decided to kill randomly? Law enforcement officials told CNN that Alexis had contacted two veteran hospitals in the months prior to the attack about psychological problems. This should have raised a red flag. In the end, there is not one exact person to blame. Many military recruiters and federal contractors work to put men and women of integrity into the military. Unfortunately, there are also those who would throw integrity out the window just to improve their own résumé. PINKSTON is an opinion writer.

Miss America makes history Jessica Kramer

The only beauty pageant I ever sat through was the fictional Miss America contest depicted in the classic Sandra Bullock film, “Miss Congeniality.” Miss America is an icon that millions of girls aspire to become. This year’s winner was a 24-year-old IndianAmerican woman, Nina Davuluri from New York. Davuluri’s crowning ceremony made histo-

ry. According to NPR, she is the first Miss America to come from Indian descent, and unfortunately, because of that, she received some racist and extremely negative tweets after her win. Her platform was mainly centered on the evolution of American diversity, more specifically, diversity in this pageant. She was one of the last two AsianAmerican contestants left standing. Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of

ESPN The Magazine, wasted no time proposing ideas for Miss America’s international tour. “I hope you use your crown and platform well and that you have the courage to amplify the voices of those women and girls back in your ancestral home, India, who are valiantly fighting for full equality and the right to live without fear of the brutal sexual violence that plagues that nation,” Jones wrote in a letter to Miss America.

In response to all the negativity and racial divides, Davuluri pronounced to Time Magazine, “I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.” I love that. Regardless of how anyone feels about beauty pageants, we can at least admire this young woman’s patriotic mindset that she is not Miss IndiaAmerica, but she is Miss America, plain and simple.





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She understands that winning Miss America is about being the best contestant, not the best minority contestant. She understands that America is and has always been a melting pot, where people of all backgrounds come together under commonalities of our nation’s principles, and that, although we come from many places, we are one people. KRAMER is an opinion writer.


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Speech team welcomes colleges from six different states to compete in various public speaking categories dents were ranked in order to determine who would make it into the final round of the tournament. At 3:30 p.m., the finalists competed to determine who would win the top prize for each category. “They are going to get my comments at the end of the tournament,” Nevola said. “My role as an educator is to help these guys understand my perspective and help them improve their performance, while at the same time, I’m watching for my own students to see how they do it down here at the Liberty tournament.” George Mason University (GMU) ended up with the highest overall score among student speeches. The top students from each category are eligible to enter national tournaments. Freshman Robert Quel from Liberty said he felt there was more encouragement than bitter competition between the various schools. “From my experience in forensics, it’s not at all a competitive sport,” Quel said. “I mean, we compete, but we all kind of appreciate what we do. It’s a very select group of people who do this.” Preparation for the informational and dramatic speeches in-

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The Liberty University Forensic Speech team hosted 10 schools from six different states to compete in the fourth-annual Liberty University Speech Invitational Saturday, Sept. 28th. The initial two rounds of the tournament began at 9 a.m. in DeMoss Hall and continued until 3 p.m. During this time, the students split into different rooms and showcased their talents in front of a judge as they gave several speeches from a wide variety of categories. These included dramatic readings, persuasive arguments, extemporaneous speeches, poetry, informative speeches, impromptu speeches and several others. “What you look for in the students is the creation of character and the flow of the story,” Jodi Nevola, the director of forensics at Suffolk University in Boston, said in regards to judging the dramatic speeches. “I write down things that I think are going to help them improve the performance for next time as well as what I liked.” According to Nevola, the stu-

DUCK continued from A1 Robertson, sporting his trademark American flag bandana and chest-length beard, discussed the path he and his family took to stardom, crediting God for guiding his parents through a few key decisions that shaped the lives of every one of his family members and led them to Christianity.



Liberty freshman Erica Balboa, dressed like most of her dorm in bandanas and camouflage, and Daddona said they had never heard Robertson’s story of how his father turned his life around, despite being fans of the show. “It definitely makes him more relatable,” Daddona said. “It just helps to grasp what he’s saying, and it has more meaning to see his






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volved much research and practice. Senior Ashley Hendricks from Bowling Green State University said her dramatic speech from the perspective of advice columnist Ann Landers took an extensive amount of preparation. “This (speech) I’ve been practicing since July, cutting it, putting it together and coming up with the intro,” Hendricks said. “(I have been) coming up with all of the emotion, background stories and that sort of thing since July, along with other events that I do.” Sachi Barstein, a senior from GMU, said much of the preparation for the speeches was dedicated to the research and finding the right sources. One of her speeches was a duo act with Sean Cummings, another GMU student, which told the story of the gorgon Medusa from a sympathetic perspective. “We thought the story was interesting, but we couldn’t

faults and stuff in his life and his family.” Robertson brought a duffel bag filled with “Duck Dynasty” memorabilia and displayed them one by one throughout his talk. Although the Willie Robertson loofa, Chia Pet and bobblehead served as comic relief during Convocation, Robertson preferred to use them as an illustration of what God has done through the show.



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find one continuous story on it because of how little it’s told,” Barstein said. “It took us a while. We had a good amount of time finding the literature, then putting it together, trying to find a story. It took us a good few weeks.” The speeches were not the only aspect of the tournament that involved preparation. According to Colin Dowd, the forensics coach for Liberty, organizing the event took nearly a year of preparation and planning. “The team has been working on this tournament for about three weeks, but I have been putting stuff together for this for about a year,” Dowd said. “Once the last tournament ended, I started networking to get the amount of schools that I wanted for this tournament here.” Dowd said one of the most important and difficult aspects that many of the competitors struggle with when coming up

He said each episode of “Duck Dynasty” ends with the Robertson family saying a prayer, an act that allows them to give a positive example of Christianity on a secular network. The A&E Network reality show focuses on three generations of the Robertson family doing various things where they live in West Monroe, La., such as hunting, fishing and running Duck Commander,

with speech topics is finding out what they are passionate about. “It’s really kind of sad how as a society we have really lost touch with what we are passionate about,” Dowd said. “My job is to find topics that are legitimately relevant, and they could actually help because there are things that sometimes we don’t pay attention to.” Dowd, who started the team with Josh Wade during his freshman year at Liberty, feels that the Liberty forensics team has developed significantly during its four year history. “We’ve just kind of changed it, molded it and grown it essentially to what it is today,” Dowd said. “When we first started, we were 300th in the nation, but last year, we actually finished 30th in the nation. So we’ve grown substantially.” JANNEY is a news reporter.

along with adventures with a few friends. Since the show’s premiere in 2012, its popularity has continued to grow. According to the New York Times, 11.8 million people watched the “Duck Dynasty” season four premiere episode Aug. 14, the largest audience in cable television history. “I just think it gives a new spin on reality TV and just famous people,”

Daddona said. “Because they are Christians, which a lot of people on TV aren’t … It’s just something different. It’s a needed break from the constant Hollywood stuff.” The rest of season four of “Duck Dynasty” can be seen Wednesday nights on A&E. LEASURE is the editor in chief.


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CFAW draws big crowd Guests experience an exciting weekend of football, Crowder and “Duck Dynasty” Nathan Skaggs Lauren Adriance | Liberty Champion

Nearly 2,000 prospective students and their families converged on Liberty University’s campus Sept. 26 to experience campus life at College for a Weekend (CFAW), according to Ericka Morris, recruitment event coordinator. This CFAW differed from those in previous years as the Hancock Welcome Center was adorned with towering bundles of six-foot-wide helium balloons while the Liberty Jazz Ensemble provided entertainment during check-in Thursday, Sept. 26, according to Morris. “We’ve been able to streamline a lot of things,” Morris said. “It’s definitely been very smooth, and our numbers have proven that it’s been successful.” Morris gave insight into the success of the weekend. “Well, let’s just say that it’s not official yet, but it looks like we have hit a historic record as far as application collection has gone,” Morris said. “We’ve pretty much doubled our last record.” According to a CFAW results report dispersed by Morris in April 2013, the number of applications received during that CFAW exceeded 400. For the entire weekend, students and their parents were able to participate in various activities, including attending Convocation, meeting faculty and staff, and meeting Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. and other Liberty executives, according to the weekend itinerary provided to CFAW guests. Jon Greeson, high school senior from Raleigh, N.C., was a CFAW student in attendance at Convocation Friday where Willie Robertson of A&E’s hit television series, “Duck Dynasty,” spoke.

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REALITY — Robertson responds to applause as he enters the Vines Center. “It was kind of cool to see how Liberty has so much prestige and is able to get celebrities to come in and speak,” Greeson said. According to Greeson, who hopes to become an audio engineer, he was impressed with the ministry teams offered at Liberty. “I’ve done a lot of live sound, and so (ministry teams) are a great opportunity to be able to get into that,” Greeson said. Greeson said he planned on auditioning for the ministry teams during his visit. While approximately 2,000 guests mixed in with a population of more than 12,000 at Liberty, college junior Amanda Bardy said she believes the inconvenience is worthwhile.

“I came for CFAW my senior year of high school, and it completely sealed the deal on my desire to attend Liberty University,” Bardy said. “I feel like these weekends where the campus is flooded with thousands of visitors are so vital for the growth of our school and growth of God’s kingdom.” Morris said she is satisfied with the outcome of the weekend but is prepared to get to work once again. “Time to get ready for CFAW in November,” Morris said. For more information regarding CFAW, visit

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Isaacs and his students have recently been studying Alzheimer’s disease and examining differences between human cells before and after Alzheimer’s development by studying mice as they age. They also examine how diet affects the development of Alzheimer’s and similar diseases. This study will take a year to complete. “The minute I get a grant, I’m super excited,” Isaacs said. “Then I get back to the trenches of basically doing new applications.” According to Isaacs, he may write grants in order to fund research, but it is not in his job description. He does it for the students. “These students need this,” Isaacs said. “I need to write grants. I need to secure funding so that I can expose these students to stuff that, to be honest, they can’t afford on their own, but they can’t afford not to have.” Despite ongoing success and recognition, Isaacs continues to hold his researchers and himself to a high standard. “Jerry, Sr. used to always say that if it’s Christian, then it should be better,” Isaacs said. Applying for funds is an ongoing process, Isaacs said. He is currently in the process of applying for five other grants in order to prepare for future years. The largest grant, given by National Institutes of Health, awards a maximum of $300,000. It will take up to nine months for the application to process. SAMUELS is a news reporter.

Club becomes home for gaming Video game enthusiasts seek to provide the opportunity for students to fellowship through friendly competition Sam Campbell

Whether you are into Mario Bros. or Halo, the Video Game Club seeks to offer a unique outlet for every gamer at Liberty University. The Video Game Club held its first official semester in spring 2013, according to Samuel Adams, president of the club. It now consists of about 40 members who regularly attend each week. The Video Game Club meets every Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and are in search for a specific room. “We’re here to form a Christian community of gamers,” Adams said. According to Adams, while playing video games is the most prominent feature of the club,

it is not all they do. They often have discussions about new products and certain industry topics. “We sit back and relax, talk about the classics and give news about upcoming releases,” Adams said. “It’s pretty casual, down-to-earth.” Adams explained that the club has several favorite video games that are consistently played from week to week. They include Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, Halo and League of Legends. The club board members bring the game consoles and most of the video games to each Thursday night meeting, Adams said. However, for larger events, he said they post sign-up sheets where people volunteer to bring their own equipment, such as controllers.

There have not been any games prohibited from club meetings so far, Adams said. “We try to keep things clean, and people don’t generally bring games that aren’t,” Adams said. According to Adams, the club hosts a Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament each semester, and they are hoping to host a League of Legends competition series this semester as well. Adams said he would like to see the club form teams and compete with other schools in the future. He would also like to start hosting Halo tournaments. However, there is one future goal he said he is especially excited about. “We’re also planning on hosting a convention, basically like a Liberty Comic-Con,” Adams said.

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CHALLENGE — Students participate in a gaming tournament. According to Adams, he would like Vic Mignogna, a Liberty graduate and video game voice actor, to attend. He said Mignogna’s presence would draw many anime fans to the convention.

For more information, contact the club at luvideogameclub@ CAMPBELL is a news reporter.

FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS Voter education & registration will occur in hall meetings on Oct. 1 and 8. FOR COMMUTERS Online voter registration tables with laptops and wireless printers will be accessible in DeMoss Hall from Oct. 1-14.


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ODAS provides support The Office of Disability Academic Support helps students succeed in classes Isaac Schea

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HARVEST— Martin is a farmer at heart.

Promoting farming Commercial for Monsanto to air during Macy’s Parade Tobi Walsh

This Thanksgiving, Liberty University students might see a familiar face during a commercial break while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After winning a contest, Communication & Creative Arts major Celeste Martin and her family will be featured in a commercial for Monsanto, an agricultural company. “We had no idea that we were even entered into the contest,” Martin said. “It was completely a surprise that we even won.” After a friend of her father’s sent in a picture, the Martin family was chosen out of 60 families to represent Monsanto during an advertisement that will be shown in various parts of the country during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. According to the Monsanto website, they “deliver agricultural products that support farmers all over the world.” The company also states on the website that they focus on “empowering farmers.” Martin explained how exciting it was to be part of filming a commercial. “I was already here at Liberty, so the company paid to fly me back home during the second week of school,” Martin said. “They had everything from wardrobe to make-up. It was amazing to see how much work went into filming a 30-second commercial.” Martin said she is full of pride when it comes to where she grew up in Kingman, Ind. “Farming is such a family-oriented occupation,” Martin said. “At one point, my dad was working alongside his father and his grandfather. That’s three generations working together on a farm.” Martin said that where she grew up and Lynchburg are very different. “We have a couple houses surrounded by cornfields,” Martin said. “And we’re 30 minutes away from the nearest Walmart.” Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Lynnda Beavers said it is important for students to see where their food comes from, especially from a biblical standpoint. “I think we need to understand the background of farming,” Beavers said. “The more we understand about farming, the more we appreciate God’s word. There are so many references to farming within the Bible.” Beavers, who is one of Martin’s professors, said she knows how proud Martin is of her father. “We don’t usually view farming as this glamorous occupation,” Beavers said. “But it’s so important you are feeding people. I don’t think a lot of students realize how important it is to know where our food comes from.” Martin said there is more to farming than meets the eye. “Farming is a lot more than harvesting crops,” Martin said. “Farming is a science. When I look at the equipment that my father uses, I can’t even understand how to even work it. It’s so much more complicated than people think.” Beavers also believes that farming overlaps into many other majors. “Think about it from a business major standpoint or even a communications standpoint,” Beavers said. “Here they are marketing this company and really showing how people can relate to these farmers.” Martin said she will always appreciate where she came from now that she is here at Liberty. “I love that I get to explain to people where I came from,” Martin said. WALSH is a news reporter.

As tests begin to roll around from the faculty of Liberty University, many students are grateful for the helping hands of the Office of Disability Academic Support (ODAS). Denny McHaney, the current director of ODAS, said he founded the program in the fall of 1985 after he was approached by Liberty to fill the school’s growing need to provide help for those with disabilities. According to McHaney, ODAS functions as a liaison between students and professors in order for accommodations to be made for the students to better their academic experience while attending Liberty. ODAS has many different tools and strategies to help students achieve their highest potential during their education, McHaney said. Students can benefit from programs designed to aid them with their exams, such as the option to take their tests in the Bruckner Learning Center, which is located in Green Hall room 2700. Sarah Heil, a junior studying communications with a concentration in advertising and public relations, explained her experiences with ODAS. “They’ve been really sensitive to my situation and have been extremely helpful,” Heil said. “The testing center has been great because it has helped me be able to focus and removes the stress of being in the classroom during a test.” Heil explained that during her sophomore year she was told that she had working memory deficiency and short-term memory loss, which have impacted her studies at Liberty. “I’ve always had problems with certain subjects, but when I found out that I had a

learning disability, (ODAS) was extremely helpful in making arrangements for me to succeed in my classes, and I have been so grateful for them,” Heil said. According to McHaney, ODAS offers various other tools to assist students with overcoming their disabilities. Students go through an approval process that must be documented to be given accommodations for taking tests, lecture materials and other needs that the students may have. McHaney explained that the professors who were within ODAS at the onset of the program all held faculty positions and taught classes full time. “I was teaching a full load of classes, and then I started to gather names of students who had told the school in whatever fashion that they had some type of learning disability,” McHaney said. “So we started from there and eventually branched out.” According to McHaney, ODAS provides help for both online and residential students. “Up until the past few years, there was a separate ODAS office for online students,” McHaney said. “So when I became full-time, they asked if I would take over the online department as well.” McHaney explained that he has a wealth of experience of more than 20 years working with students of various disabilities and is a strong advocate for students who come to ODAS. “My driving purpose is to see the students eventually graduate and succeed in the plan that God has for them,” McHaney said. “To see folks go across the platform and watch them graduate and then move on to bigger things is what keeps me going.”

Facts about the office: • ODAS has a staff of five full-time employees. • ODAS assists approximately 500 residential students and 800 online students with disabilities. • ODAS has an assistive technology lab in DeMoss Hall room 1163 where students can access text to speech and speech to text software to help them in their studies.

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LaHaye hosts Health Fair

Students learned the importance of wellness from local fitness instructors Kristen Hines

The LaHaye Student Union partnered with the Masters of Public Health program and the Nursing Department to host Liberty University’s first health fair at the LaHaye basketball courts Sept. 23 from 12 - 6 p.m. The health fair consisted of 18 booths from various Liberty departments, such as Intramural Sports and Student Activities, and community businesses, such as Blackwater Bike Shop. It also featured information about physical health, mental health and general well being, according to Associate Director of the LaHaye Student Union Jamie Swyers. “Health fairs are a great way to make students, faculty and staff aware of the resources that are available to … bridge the gap between a variety of health promoting avenues on campus and in the local community so they can be better utilized,” Swyers said. According to Swyers, this was the goal of the event. It was her hope that students would not only become informed of how their health affects their lives, but also see that there are opportunities available to them that will help encourage a healthy lifestyle. “A healthy lifestyle bleeds into every other area of your life: mentally, spiritually, emotionally… if your physical aspect is unbalanced then other areas will become unbalanced as well,” Swyers said. According to its website, the LaHaye Student Union offers personal trainers, group classes and a recreation and fitness center for students. “How you train now will affect how you train later in

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EXERCISE — The basketball courts were filled with booths that focused on well being. life … even when it comes to eating healthy, it is important to start now,” personal trainer James Marcouillier said. “Everything you do now will affect you later. So learn now, while you are young. Be proactive with your health.” While browsing the booths, students were given free items and encouraged to participate in challenges that tested their knowledge of a particular aspect of health. Registered dietitians greeted students at the Sodexo booth, where students were instructed to match sodas with the correct amount of sugar content. Through this exercise, students not only learned how much sugar was in their favorite drinks, but also how much sugar is necessary in their daily diet. “The average amount of sugar that is recommended for anyone per day is 15-20 grams,” senior Emily Rodeback, registered dietitian as-

sistant said. “Students must be aware of the things they drink, because the food they are eating also has sugar … Sugar affects sleep patterns, your ability to be attentive in class, and it will affect you later on.” There were also booths that focused on mental health. At one booth, volunteers measured students’ stress levels and gave easy tips on how to lower stress in daily life. Another booth, put on by the Nursing Department, was geared toward disaster preparedness. Here, nursing students passed out information regarding what to do in natural, violent and out of the ordinary situations. “Although not everything is specific to Virginia, these students are from all over, so it can apply to them,” nursing student and senior Alyssa Klingensmith said. According to senior Ja-

mie Perry, who attended the event, students benefitted from the information they received at this fair. “When you come here, you are able to hear about all the different opportunities available and receive knowledge of what you need to know now in order to prepare for your future,” Perry said. “I learned a lot of simple tips that I didn’t know before that can help prevent me from sickness and promote healthy habits,” senior Heather Seaborn said. For more information regarding personal training, group classes or available activities for students, visit LaHaye Student Union at

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and run from wide receiver Jeff Ward to cut the deficit to 17-7 with 5:04 to play in the first quarter. The Flames wasted no time responding and took firm control of the game after Woodrum completed a 21-yard dart across the middle of the field to Peterson for his second touchdown catch of the day. The play gave the Flames a commanding 24-7 lead. All three of Liberty’s touchdowns in the

In only its third year, the Liberty University men’s lacrosse team has been able to build a successful program. After going 18-3 (4-0, Southeastern Lacrosse Conference) in Division II last season, Liberty was voted in unanimously by the SELC to play Division I lacrosse at the club level. After winning their first conference championship, the Flames went to the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association national championships in May, losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Saint Thomas Tommies. “I think anytime you have success, it’s easy to feed off of that and transition to next year,” Head Coach Kyle McQuillan said. “What we are trying to drill home with these guys is that, as much success we had last year and how fun it was, we realistically have to hit the reset button. We are back as the underdog.” For the upcoming season, the Flames will play in the SELC Northwest region that features Virginia Tech, University of Richmond, University of Kentucky, West Virginia University, University of Tennessee and George Washington University. Liberty already has a history with the George Washington Colonials and the Richmond Spiders. The Flames defeated the Colonials 17-5 last season, but are 0-3 against the Spiders over the last three years. “We are looking forward to creating new rivalries,” McQuillan said. “We’ve played George Washington for the past two years, even though we were a Division II team. So we have some history with them. We are just looking forward to playing new competition.” The schedule rounds out with


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DESTRUCTION — Cornerback Walt Aikens and the Flames defense held the Panthers to only 212 total yards and 13 first downs.

Panthers tamed in 73-7 rout Tom Foote

Liberty Flames wide receiver Darrin Peterson snatched a 55-yard bomb from quarterback Josh Woodrum and strolled into the end zone on the Flames first offensive play of the game to begin the Flames (3-2, 0-0 Big South) 73-7 annihilation of the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers (0-4). “That was our first play call,” Liberty Head Coach Turner Gill said.” “It’s outstanding seeing Peterson capitalizing on

those opportunities and Woodrum being able to make that throw and execute it in that way.” The Flames added another score just 2:26 into the first quarter after Andrew Jauch returned a blocked punt for a touchdown to give the Flames a 14-0 lead. “We sort of had a guy come free, and it’s good to see the guys get their hands on the ball and execute that way,” Gill said. After a field goal by Flames kicker John Lunsford to give the Flames a 17-0 edge, the Panthers bounced back with a 48-yard catch

LFSN expands to 80 million homes Hockey Emily Brown

After more than two decades of broadcasts, more Flames fans will now be able to follow Liberty University sports action through the newly rebranded and expanded Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN). Formerly the Flames Sports Network (FSN), LFSN will now broadcast athletics events to 80 million homes across the U.S., according to The expanded coverage more than doubles the number of homes previously reached. Broadcasts can be seen on several national and regional platforms, including DIRECTV, Dish Network, ESPN3, Verizon Fios and AT&T U-Verse.


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network began in order to help Liberty move into the Football Bowl Subdivision. “(Athletic Director Jeff) Barber … explained that we are ready for an invitation, but because of the small TV market we’re in, we don’t bring a large broadcast presence to a larger conference,” Mintle said. Mintle and Barber pitched the idea to Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. in the fall of 2012 and later hosted a focus group with members of the executive board of the National Religious Broadcasters Network in February of 2013. According to Mintle, with feedback from the focus group, Liberty worked to launch the newly rebranded

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The LaHaye Ice Center was packed with fans Friday, Sept. 27, as the Liberty Flames defeated the Towson University Tigers 10-0. In the game, Flames goaltender Blair Bennett was back in the net for the first time since tearing his ACL at the end of last season. Although Liberty outshot Towson 55-11, Bennett skillfully deterred any pucks the Tigers attempted to get past him.

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Cross Country runs hard at Panorama

McDonald places ninth for men, Christiansen 30th for women to pace their teams at the invitational Tory Abrahamsen

The men and women’s cross country teams put together a respectable performance in a very competitive race Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Virginia-Panorama Farms Invitational. In a field of 13 teams, which included Duke, North Carolina, Auburn and Virginia Tech, Liberty held its own. Finishing with a team time of 2:01:58.5, the men took sixth place in the 8k. The women finished with a team time of 1:35:01.3, which was good enough for 12th in the competition. “We had a solid performance and got a good indication of what it will take for our men to make it to nationals” Head Coach Brant Tolsma said. “Josh McDonald and Jacy (Christiansen) had excellent races in leading the team. Several athletes ran personal bests.” McDonald, who finished ninth overall in the men’s race, and Christiansen, who finished 30th overall in the women’s, will be key pieces of the cross country puzzle this year. The two juniors look to lead a very young team to success. The men’s team includes six sophomores this year, while the women’s team has 14

freshmen. “With young runners, one can’t help but wonder who will embrace their opportunities and who will the Lord use to help raise the level of the program,” Tolsma said. “Part of representing the Lord well is excellence, and excellence starts with an attitude.” For the men, the top three runners on the day were McDonald (ninth), senior Caleb Edmonds (21st) and sophomore Jeremie Bourget (28th). McDonald’s time of 23:59.3 beat the personal best of 24:45.7 he set at the Charlotte Invitation in 2011. Bourget, who is one of six sophomores on the team, has an opportunity to lead the program to new heights. Upperclassmen Zach Barker, Jarred Cornfield, Edmonds, Jones and McDonald also have the responsibility of readying the young runners to advance the program in the coming years. The women have a simiJoel Coleman | Liberty Champion lar future. Leading the charge is Christiansen, who ran a BREAKING A SWEAT — The women’s team looks to mature and improve as the season progresses. personal best of 17:58.2 in ners and build the program in a role,” Tolsma said. “It will be in- to Charlotte next for the Royal the 5k. Christiansen is one of just nine way they would not be able to do teresting to see what form these Cross Country Challenge. roles take on throughout the seaupperclassmen on the 24-athlete through individual times. “We do look foremost for suc- son.” women’s roster. As with the men’s The Flames have four more ABRAHAMSEN is a sports team, the ladies have an oppor- cess as a team, and that requires tunity to help mature young run- each member to fulfill his or her races this season and will travel reporter.

Men’s volleyball splits Flames win two and lose two in weekend tournament Courtney Tyree

The Liberty University men’s volleyball team earned a split (2-2) in its season opener at the Virginia Tech Tournament in Roanoke, Va., Saturday, Sept. 5. Liberty won the first two matches, beating Richmond University and the University of Virginia. However, they were unable to hold on to the winning streak, losing the last two games to the Virginia Tech alumni team and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “We forced a deciding set in both of the last games, so it shows that we are right there with the top teams in our conference,” senior Steven Abbott said. “Just a little more work and we will be there.” The Flames team is made up of mostly newcomers this season. Abbot explained that there are only five returning players, leaving the team no choice but to restructure their starting six. Freshman Josiah Hershberger is now hitting outside for the Flames. Also new to the team is middle blocker Ryan Culkin. “It was really exciting to see some of our new players step into their new roles,” Abbott said. “(Hershberger) gave us a great option on the outside, and Ryan was blocking great in the middle all day.” Hershberger is excited about his opportunity to play with veteran players. “I am a freshman playing against mostly seniors with a lot more experience than me,” Hershberger said. “But I enjoyed playing with the team and having a good time together.” According to Abbott, Kevin Snyder will be a big boost to the team.

It shows that we are right there with the top teams in our conference. — STEVEN ABBOTT

“We also benefitted from having (Snyder) as a right side hitter,” Abbott said. “He added some depth into our offensive attack this tournament and was a great indicator of what we need to improve on for the rest of the season.” Snyder was happy with the way his team performed in its first tournament. “I felt we did really well for our first tournament playing together,” Snyder said. “We saw some things that we do exceptionally well at and discovered a lot of things we need to work on for future tournaments.” The Flames are ready to take what they learned in their first tournament and prepare to make the changes they need heading into this weekend’s home tournament. “We came with great energy, and we were putting balls down, which is what you want as a team,” Snyder said. “We didn’t finish how we would have liked, but this will fuel us for our home tournament this coming weekend.” The team will play in front of its home fans at the Liberty Tournament Oct. 5 in the Schilling Center. TYREE is a sports reporter.

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SHOOT — Derek Haywood scored 24 goals last season for the Flames.

MOVE continued from B1 key matchups against the Michigan State Spartans and the Davenport Panthers. Both teams finished in the top 25 last year. “I’m excited about this coming season,” McQuillan said. “In order for us to do what we did last year, which is to break into the top 25 and get some respect on the national level, we need to play some ranked teams … Michigan State being ranked in the top 10 is a good way to gauge where we sit on the national level.” McQuillan had a young team last season but was able to gain success throughout the year. He hopes to continue that success at the Division I level with an experienced ball club. “I’m confident that we are a top-25 team in the first year playing in this division,” McQuillan said. “But we still

need to prove that and go against teams with national recognition.” Liberty begins its season against George Washington Oct. 12 at the Liberty Lacrosse Fields. BATTLE is the sports editor.


Flames attacker Ryan Miller led all of Division II lacrosse in scoring with 105 points last season, including 67 goals and 38 assists.


OCTOBER 1, 2013

Liberty Champion/B3

Flames nearly shock fourth-ranked UVA Alex Tichenor

After a convincing 10-0 victory over Saint Louis (1-9) Friday, Sept. 27, Liberty’s field hockey team (5-4) could not find its offense Sunday afternoon, losing 2-0 to the fourth-ranked University of Virginia (UVA) Cavaliers (11-1). Lady Flames goalkeeper Ann Jefferis faced 11 shots on goal, saving 10. But the Cavaliers potent offense proved to be too much, as senior forward Elly Buckley tallied a pair of goals late in the second half to give the Cavaliers the win. “I woke up this morning, and I really felt like (Jefferis) was gonna have a great game,” Lady Flames Head Coach Jodi Murphy said. “And she did just that. She made some really incredible saves. Buckley is their star player and had 11 shots, and (Jefferis) shut her down the whole game.” While Jefferis made several acrobatic saves, the Lady Flames defense also disabled the Cavalier attack for much of the game. Murphy was impressed with the play of junior defender Helen Doolittle, her tackles helping to stop the Cavalier attack. “Serena (Barr) played amazing,” Jefferis said. “(With) Doo-

little (and) Olivia (Carroll), coming in, they cut down the angles of the shots. They’re what makes it (possible) for me to make the saves.” The game was kept scoreless until the 57-minute mark before Buckley gathered her own rebound and nudged a shot into the back of the cage for UVA. Murphy decided to pull Jefferis with five minutes remaining in order to put an extra offensive player on the pitch, but the decision backfired when Buckley notched her second goal of the contest off a penalty corner. “If we had kept (Jefferis) in and played to a pleasant 1-0 result, I would have regretted it,” Murphy said. “I really felt confident pulling (Jefferis) out, and I stand by that decision. We had a lot of opportunities there in the last minute of the game, and unfortunately, we weren’t able to capitalize on them. But I don’t know if we would have gotten those opportunities without pulling (Jefferis). The Lady Flames had their share of scoring chances, finishing with 10 shots on the afternoon. Liberty also totaled seven penalty corners. However, they were not able to execute on those opportunities, only challenging UVA keeper Jenny Johnstone

ROUT continued from B1 The Flames caged the Tigers in a game that demonstrated the skill and a wide range of scoring ability present on the ice. “The team played well,” junior forward Lindsay LeBlanc said. “We’re playing consistent hockey to start the season strong, looking to be better every week.” LeBlanc scored the first two goals of the game and assisted on goals by freshman forward Brandon Mistal and senior captain Andrew McCombe. He completed his hat trick with an unassisted goal in the third period. McCombe also had a big night with

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WEEKEND SPLIT — The Lady Flames dominated the Billikens but came up short against the Cavs. with one shot on goal. Sophomore forward Natalie Barr led the team with three shots. “I feel like we controlled a lot of the game — just the tempo, the pace we played at,” Doolittle said. “We really learned how to play a full 70 minutes and how to close out a game.” The Lady Flames contest Friday afternoon versus Saint Louis was decidedly more one-sided,

two goals and four assists, which gave him the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I (DI) scoring lead. McCombe has totaled five goals and seven assists for 12 points this season. McCombe’s first goal was assisted by LeBlanc and Steven Bellew in the first period, and his second, which he scored at the beginning of the second period, was unassisted. Two minutes into the second period, Bram Erikson also scored off an assist by freshman forward Charles Williams, giving the Flames 6-0 advantage. Williams and freshmen forwards Robert Ward and Mistal not only assisted on

as Liberty won 10-0 and nine separate Lady Flames scored. Abbey Basom was the lone Lady Flame to score more than once. “When we made (the changes from starters to bench players), there was no disparity in how our game was played,” Murphy said. “We still had the same amount of effort. We still had the same amount of speed and skill out there. You see that by the score.”

goals, but also each added a goal. “If our team can continue to play three periods of hockey like we did last night, we can really go a long way,” Williams said. “All the hard work and effort we put in during the offseason is starting to become evident in our play on the ice.” One of the only low points during the game for Liberty came at the end of the first period when junior defenseman and assistant captain Matt Sherry sustained a lower leg injury, after crashing into the boards. Although Sherry is expected to be out for the next two to three weeks, Brandon Cox is expected to be called up from Lib-

Goalies Jefferis and Mallory Cuccio split time evenly in goal, each playing one half. Neither faced a single shot on goal from Saint Louis. The Lady Flames are now set to begin conference play, matching up with Davidson Oct. 5. TICHENOR is a sports reporter.

erty’s Division II team as a replacement. Cox, a sophomore defenseman, will travel with the DI team next weekend as they take on Ohio University. “Our first big test this season will be next weekend when we travel to Ohio,” LeBlanc said. “Adjustments will definitely be made, but our team will stand strong and fight to maintain the same speed and accuracy that has allowed for our wins so far this season. We are all very expectant and excited.”

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OCTOBER 1, 2013

Liberty Champion/B4

Camels conquered in shutout

Six different Lady Flames score for their second conference victory in a 7-0 shutout win against Campbell Jacob Tellers

Liberty University women’s soccer (73, 2-0 Big South) dominated Campbell University (4-5, 0-2 Big South) 7-0 in a performance that included goals by six different players. Despite the lopsided box score, Campbell presented a challenging game for the Lady Flames — a challenge they answered with a near perfect performance. Quick and precise passing, coupled with accurate shooting, allowed Liberty to score more goals than it did in its last five games combined. More than half of the Lady Flames goals came from careful passing around and into the penalty box, resulting in several easy scoring opportunities. The seven goals scored by the Lady Flames were the most since a 9-0 victory over Southern Virginia in 2007. Lady Flames Head Coach Jessica Hain described Campbell as a “high pressure, physical team” capable of scoring lots of goals. “Before the game, our speech was, ‘be bold,’” forward Crystal Elmers said. Elmers led the Lady Flames in scoring with two goals, and Julia Delgatti accounted for half of Liberty’s six assists. However, Liberty excelled in more than just its offensive game. The Lady Flames also limited Campbell to only one shot each half, outshooting Campbell 16-2 over the course of the game. Liberty jumped out to an early lead seven and a half minutes into the game, with Casey Norris heading the ball into the goal off a free kick. “We play much better when we are on the front foot with an early goal,” Hain said. Two more goals by Megan Warner and Madison Kauzlarich put Liberty up 3-0 heading into halftime. Despite being up by three goals, the Lady Flames did not fall into the trap of complacency. They came out blazing in the second half, with Elmers scoring less than a minute in to push the lead to four

TAMED continued from B1 second quarter were set up by interceptions. “Yes, (it was) very, very pleasing (to see interceptions),” Gill said. “We sort of have an inside (joke) where we talk about we don’t want to see PBU’s (pass breakups), so it was good to see our guys execute when they had an opportunity to intercept a pass.” Flames cornerback Walt Aikens started the interception spree after returning an interception 45 yards to the Panthers 26 yard line. Flames running back Desmond Rice ran in a 26-yard touchdown on the next play, increasing the Flames lead to 31-7. Flames defensive back Kevin Fogg intercepted his third pass of the season on the Panthers next drive. On the ensuing Liberty possession, the Flames drove the ball down to the two-yard line, where running back D.J. Abnar punched in a two-yard touchdown run to bring the Flames lead to 38-7. Liberty freshman safety Gary Sampson recorded his first career interception and touchdown on the same play with 3:14 remaining in the first half. Sampson intercepted a pass from Panthers quarterback Dalton Oliver and weaved his way 31 yards to the end zone, giving the Flames a 45-7 advantage. “I was excited,” Sampson said. “As soon as I caught the ball, I think I broke a tackle. I just remember running for the sideline, and as soon as I saw the pylon and I started jumping up in my head.” The Flames inserted backup quarterback Javan Shashaty in the third quarter and he threw his first

goals. Liberty never took its foot off the gas, adding another three goals in the second half to seal the win. “I was most proud of our ability to finish today,” Hain said. “This is the most goals we have scored in a game so far (this season). I was impressed that we were able to continue to threaten the goal and put balls in the back of the net.” The Lady Flames will travel to play the UNC Asheville Bulldogs Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. TELLERS is a sports reporter.

career touchdown pass to Rice with 9:33 remaining in the third quarter. “I think it’s exciting for (Shashaty),” Gill said. “Every kid practices hard whether they’re first team or second teams guys. So to go play a game and get rewarded like that, and execute a touchdown pass and execute the offense and take them down for scoring drives, it gives confidence to him and us as coaches.” In the fourth quarter, Liberty running back Austin Kaigler recorded his first two career touchdowns, extending Liberty’s lead to 73-7. Woodrum threw for two touchdowns and 114 yards, while backup quarterback Shashaty threw for 107 yards and one score. Peterson caught two touchdowns and had 86 yards receiving. Abnar ran for a careerhigh 108 yards and two touchdowns, while Rice ran for 68 yards and one score, plus one receiving touchdown. Liberty travels to take on 2012 Walter Payton Award winning quarterback Taylor Heinicke and the Old Dominion Monarchs (3-2) Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. “I ain’t worried, not one bit,” Peterson said. FOOTE is the asst. sports editor.


Liberty compiled 462 yards of total offense, including 10 touchdowns, against the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers Saturday night.

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JUBILEE — (Top) Lady Flames celebrate after scoring against Campbell. (Bottom) Sophomore midfielder Rebekah Page winds up to deliver a pass.

LSFN continued from B1

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JUMP BALL — Peterson snagged two touchdowns in the first quarter against Kentucky Wesleyan, tying his career high.

73pointsagainstKentuckyWesleyanmatchesthesecond-highestpointtotalin school history (defeated VMI 73-34 in 2007).

The Flames ran for a season-high 241 yards.

Liberty has a seven-game home winning streak dating back to last season.

Kentucky Wesleyan was held to 41 rushing yards.

ThefourinterceptionsfortheFlamesSaturdayboostedtheirtotaltoseventhisseason, which matches their team total from last year.


and expanded network. According to LFSN was launched Sept. 7 with coverage of the Flames football season opener. LFSN on-air football analyst D.J. Jordan said the changes increase Liberty’s media presence. “The rebranding enhances Liberty’s already stellar broadcast products and introduces our school and our teams to a much wider audience,” Jordan said. “The rebranding takes our quality to the next level of broadcast excellence by transitioning to full high definition and utilizing some of the best television production talent in the Mid-Atlantic region.” LFSN will broadcast live coverage of games produced in high definition Saturdays throughout the year, according to During the fall season, football, hockey, soccer or volleyball games will be featured during the LFSN “Game of the Week” program. According to Mintle, more than 250 games will be produced for broadcast or streaming this school year. In addition to the Saturday “Game of the Week” programs, LFSN plans to host a 30-minute college sports news and highlights show entitled “Game On!” in the next few months, according to Mintle. According to Liberty’s athletics website, LFSN radio broadcasts originate out of Lynchburg as a part of the Victory FM radio network, which includes more than 25 affiliates that reach Virginia and much of North Carolina. “Flames fans will benefit from the rebranding and expansion because our athletic broadcasts will be even better, and the wider exposure will bring more attention to our sports programs,” Jordan said. “This rebranding and expansion will raise our profile even more.” BROWN is a copy editor.

OCTOBER 1, 2013


Liberty Champion/B5

READY, AIM, FIRE — According to Head Coach Todd Hoglund, Liberty has had four teams before, but Saturday was the first time they fielded five teams of players.

FOCUS — The bunkers on Liberty’s field are known by players as “Dorito side” and “snake side.”

TEAM — College-level paintball plays class A or AA games.

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UNDER FIRE — Players had five minutes to bring an opponent’s flag to their side.

DEDICATED — Liberty’s team practices Sundays and Wednesdays of each week.

Liberty paintball team takes trophy

Six schools faced off in pursuit of the Liberty Open championship, the squad’s first tournament of the year Sara Warrender

With their record-setting 26-player turnout, the Liberty University paintball team headed onto the field Saturday, Oct. 28, at 8 a.m. to defend its home turf against five other schools in the Liberty Open. According to Head Coach Todd Hoglund, a school’s paintball team turnout is usually one or two five-player teams, but for this competition, Liberty prepared five teams of five players. Liberty’s teams included the gold, red, blue, white and black teams, which competed against East Carolina, N.C. State, Radford, Georgia State and Virginia Military Institute. According to Liberty’s club sports website, the gold and red teams were composed of top-level players, the white and blue represented the middle-range players, and those in black were Liberty’s newest team members. As a class AA formatted tournament,

each team played a best-of-three match against three or four other teams in one round. Liberty’s teams won three best-ofthree series at Saturday’s tournament and lost one series to N.C. State. According to Hoglund, the most dynamic play of the day was executed during the semifinal game against N.C. State. Team member Jeremy Miller went up the middle of the field and shot outward so he could stop N.C. State from moving up on the outside of the field. The decision allowed the other Liberty players to move up and make the kills needed to win the game. According to Liberty’s club sports website, when players take the center of the field, it is classified as an attack move. The play can either help the team greatly by allowing them to move up the field or hinder them by making the attacking player vulnerable to a kill. “(N.C. State) hadn’t lost a point all day, and we finally took them out,” Hoglund said. “That got us over the hump of think-

ing that we weren’t going to make it. Once we did that, then we were like, ‘Alright, let’s do this.’” After beating N.C. State in the semifinals, Liberty’s gold team took first in the finals against Liberty’s blue team. Overall, Liberty’s gold team took first for the day, the blue team took second, red took sixth, black took 11th and white took 12th. “Honestly, even though we got first today, we didn’t play the best we could’ve,” Aaron Thompson, Liberty junior captain and gold team member, said. “The games we did lose, we could have won them. The games we won, we should have won them better. So we’re going to keep on practicing, keep grinding it out and just look toward the next event.” According to Miller, paintball is different from other sports because communication on the field needs to be constant. “I think toward the end of the day communication got a lot better, but the first few games we weren’t really talking too well,” Miller said.

Assistant team captain Noah Burns said Liberty will need to focus on communication and “laning” for future competitions. According to Burns, laning is when players on one team each shoot in a line across the field within the game’s first few seconds of play. As a result, members from the opposite team are shot while initially running to a bunker. “You want your lane to be on point so you kill the person when they’re running to their bunker,” Burns said. According to Hoglund, after Saturday’s victory, Liberty will continue to work on their skills while also focusing on an upcoming class A conference play. For information and dates of upcoming paintball events, visit WARRENDER is the feature editor.


OCTOBER 1, 2013

Students run for freedom

Liberty Champion/B6

Freedom 4/24 Run for Their Lives takes place Oct. 12 at Lynchburg College

Ashley Bunner

Each year, runners lace up their tennis shoes and mark their arms with the name of a human trafficking victim as they take part in the Run for Their Lives race to give a young woman freedom for one day. The Run for Their Lives 5k race will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, and will be held at Lynchburg College. In previous years, the race has been held at Heritage Elementary, but Lynchburg College offered to let Freedom 4/24 use the facilities for free, according to Tim Spaulding, president and executive director of Freedom 4/24. According to Spaulding, the organization and the Run for Their Lives race has grown significantly since its first year in 2009. “Our first run was about 500 participants,” Spaulding said. “Last year, we had just over 2,000 participants. This year, we’re expecting between 2,500 and 3,000 participants.” According to Spaulding, since the organization was founded in 2009, Freedom 4/24 has moved into a new office in Nagpur, India, and hired its first full-time employee, Ryan Barr, as the executive race director. The organization was founded with the purpose of standing against human trafficking and sexual exploitation, according to Freedom 4/24’s website. Run for Their Lives was organized as a way to fulfill the organization’s mission of encouraging individuals to stand against the

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PREVENT — Flu strikes most often during the fall and winter seasons of each year.

FLU continued from B8 Sara Warrender | Liberty Champion

MOTIVATION — Participants have the option of having a victim’s name written on them. injustice. “Through the Run for Their Lives race, we have a platform to raise awareness of this issue and provide people with a way to make a difference,” Barr said. “We believe that freedom begins with a day, and each person who participates in the race provides hope to a woman or child that has been sold into slavery.” According to Spaulding, Freedom 4/24 has partnered with the organization’s Freedom Firm in India and now supports the work of Sports Outreach Institute in Northern Uganda as well. “Each of these partnerships was made possible from the race proceeds of last year’s race,” Spaulding said. In addition to the 5k run, there will be a 1k Kids Fun Run, which gives participants of all ages the chance to get involved. “We do this (Kids Fun Run) at every race location,” Spaulding said. “… In

Lynchburg, we usually have 150-plus kids participating in the fun run.” Liberty University sophomore Brandy Fronte is passionate about Freedom 4/24 and raised money for the race last year. “I worked with a ministry back home trying to save girls out of prostitution,” Fronte said. “I’ve always been passionate about (it).”


In March, Freedom 4/24 partnered with Freedom Firm. Since then, operatives in Nagpur have completed a number of investigations and raids and have rescued many women and girls.

According to Fronte, at the Lynchburg race last year, participants got to walk through an informational museum and hear stories of girls who were saved through Freedom 4/24. “(The museum) really shows people how their time and money in this race helps,” Fronte said. According to Barr, runners in 10 additional locations outside of Lynchburg will take part in the Run for Their Lives race. “Every race entry helps,” Spaulding said. “Every minute of a volunteer’s time is crucial, and every donation brings freedom and does justice.” For more information about Freedom 4/24 or to register for the Run for Their Lives race, visit freedom424. org. BUNNER is a feature reporter.

the sickness. Health officials cannot securely say how effective this season’s shot will be, but they will monitor its efficiency. While juggling college classes, family and extracurricular activities, sickness can prove to be a hindrance to students’ packed schedules. Rachel Baumgardner, a junior business major at Liberty University, was affected by the flu last year. “I could not go to class, and I was so overwhelmed with exhaustion to do any school work,” Baumgardner, said. “The flu really set me back last semester, and I was sick for almost two weeks. I was sick for four days with the actual flu, but the repercussions of the illness lasted almost a week and a half after that.” Baumgardner said

that although her professors and friends were very accommodating throughout her sickness, she wishes it never happened. She said it would have been smarter to spend $20 on a vaccine, rather than spend two weeks dealing with the illness. “If I could give any words of advice, it would be that college students should stop thinking they’re invincible and take measures to protect themselves from the many germs that are on this campus,” Baumgardener said. According to the CDC, anyone over the age of six months should get a flu vaccination. The timing of the flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season, so it is much better to be safe than sorry. BENSON is a feature reporter.


OCTOBER 1, 2013

Liberty Champion/B7

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CONNECTION — Students gathered on the front steps of DeMoss Hall to pray for individual states, state officials and the nation as a whole.

Students participate in See You at the Pole

Melissa Skinner

Local headlines tell of catastrophic events occurring almost every day in America and around the world. They showcase the tragic situations politicians from the capital and various states have to deal with so often. Liberty students gathered at the front steps of DeMoss Hall Wednesday, Sept. 25, to pray for the nation, its leaders and Lynchburg-area politicians at the annual See You at the Pole. The Student Government Association (SGA) and the Office of Student Leadership (OSL) hosted the event. Students sang songs of praise and also prayed for their individual states, as well as for the U.S. as a whole. Student body president Joshua Warner introduced the service to students and offered an opening prayer. As president, Warner acts as a bridge between administration and the student body. The event was something he knew needed to happen in order to help students realize the importance of praying for the nation. “I think right now in our nation, with some of the tragedies that have recently happened and also with the mall massacre in Kenya, we should be uplifting the grievances we have to God and making sure that we ask for his guidance,” Warner said. “It is

also extremely important to pray for our government officials. So we hope that students will realize the need to pray for our nation while at the service.” Quincy Thompson, chairman of the spiritual life committee within the SGA, offered words of encouragement to students about the importance of praying. “We want students to gain a deeper appreciation for (prayer) because we, as believers, cannot pray enough,” Thompson said. “If you look at the life of Jesus, you can see that. We wanted to keep this a simple gathering, nothing extravagant, in order to help student(s) realize the simplicity of the moment.” Katrina Potter, a member the spiritual life committee of SGA, wanted students to realize the impact prayer can have on changing the world. “This event is a national event that high schools and colleges all over the nation gathered to pray for the nation and pray for need in their specific areas,” Potter said. “We are going to have worship and pray for the nation, and then take time to pray for our home states, churches and schools. This is a great way to unify us and to petition to God to do what He wants in our nation.” According to, millions of students gathered around the country Friday to

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PRAYER — The event was hosted by the Liberty SGA and OSL. pray for their individual states, state officials and for the nation as a whole. The event also helps keep prayer alive in schools across the country. “We currently live in a nation that has turned away from God,” Warner said. “It would be wonderful if an event as simple as praying for our country and its leaders could help bring America back to the one true God.” SKINNER is a feature reporter.

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AT THE POLE — Students engaged in a nationally recognized day.

Virginia 10 Miler hosts 40th anniversary run Emily Webster

Energy and excitement filled the air as more than 1,400 people gathered in downtown Lynchburg Saturday, Sept. 28, to run the Virginia 10 Miler. According to the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler website, this year marked the 40th anniversary for the event, which holds various races and walks for people of all ages. Those participating in the 10 mile race began and finished at E.C. Glass High School. Liberty University was among the largest corporate entries for the race, second only to Centra, according to Liberty University News Service. With 273 students and employees registered for the different races, Liberty employee and alumnus Daniel McDonald said he decided to race for the competitiveness of the sport.

“After you finish that, it’s an incredible feeling,” McDonald said. “To think, ‘My body just ran 10 miles straight,’ that’s a pretty cool feeling.” McDonald said he noticed the excitement of everyone present upon arrival. Once he started running, he said it was not too difficult, and he was able to stay motivated with his friend running by his side. “There was one part where, you know, I approached this hill toward the end,” McDonald said. “So, I just had to keep telling myself that the hill in front of me was the last one, even though there were three or four in front of it. I had a friend next to me. We motivated each other. We told each other to keep running, regardless.” One aspect of the race McDonald said a source of encouragement during the race was

the cheers from the crowd as he crossed the finish line. “That was pretty motivating to be there, to be with all those people, and you see the finish line,” McDonald said. “So when you see it, you say, ‘Alright, let’s run all out. If I stumble and fall, I’m gonna crawl across this finish line, regardless.’” Finishing under two hours, McDonald said he wants to continue competing in races, increasing the distance with each undertaking. “Now we gotta move on to 13 miles, and (then) a full marathon Creative Commons next,” McDonald said. RACE — Runners from across Virginia traveled to Lynchburg. According to The News & Advance, Julius Kogo of Kenya finished first out of 1,441 participants. For more information regarding the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler, visit WEBSTER is a copy editor.

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OCTOBER 1, 2013


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REMIX —David Crowder (top and right) sang “You Are My Sunshine,” dedicated to those not able to attend the concert. Colton Dixon (left) opened the event.

David Crowder shows his style Colton Dixon’s song ‘Scars’ encouraged, while Crowder’s mix included new twists on traditional hymns Nicole Steenburgh

Concertgoers lined up outside the Vines Center hours in advance Friday, Sept. 27, to see David Crowder and Colton Dixon perform. One student waited outside for four hours prior to the concert. “I was the first person here,” sophomore Jay Jung said. According to Jung and a church group from Saunton, Va., good seats were reason enough to wait for so many hours. Some took advantage of the time by socializing, while others looked forward to the concert itself, making a 45-minute wait for front row seats worth it. “I’m excited to experience the presence of God so close,” Kierra Fields, a College for a Weekend visitor, said.

An excited scream announced the opening of the doors at 7 p.m. By the time Colton Dixon took the stage, dozens of students were already pressed against the stage, ready for the night to begin. Dixon opened with “Noise,” immediately engaging the crowd with a song that made the Vines Center shake. Midway through his performance, Dixon took on a more serious attitude as he dedicated his song, “Scars.” He told the audience about fans sending in personal stories of their tests and struggles and how the one word he read over and over was “scars.” “Crowder’s new sound is definitely different,” freshman Greg Tuckerman said. “It’s a good change. It fits, and you can’t go wrong with the classics.” Dixon reminded the crowd that “noth-

ing is too big or too hard that God cannot handle it and that “scars” reminds us why we believe what we believe.” By the final song, Dixon had the audience back on their feet, jumping to the music. The contagious energy continued with Crowder appearing in an orange glow of light and kicking his performance off with “Let Me Feel You Shine.” After warming up the audience, Crowder launched into some of his bestknown songs, including “O Praise Him (All This for a King)” and his version of John Mark McMillan’s “How He Loves.” The crowd easily caught onto the lyrics and blended their voices with his. In addition to the songs fans have come to know over the years, Crowder played traditional hymns like “Amazing Grace” and “Come Thou Fount,” but with a twist

that showed off his bluegrass style. After taking a couple minutes to introduce the band members, Crowder preceded his next song with a dedication. The band played “You Are My Sunshine,” dedicating it to all the people who were not able to be at the concert that night, with Crowder noting that “it may sound happy, but this is one of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard.” For the final song of the night, they broke into what Crowder called an oldfashioned hoedown, bringing the Vines Center to life with the 1948 Hank Williams, Sr. song, “I Saw the Light.” Crowder concluded the show with a prayer to “thank God for a night like tonight.” STEENBURGH is a feature reporter.

Fighting the flu Students receive tips to avoid sickness

Denisha Benson

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a common sickness that five to 20 percent of the population is plagued with every year during the fall and winter seasons, according to, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) official website. Medical professionals produce a flu shot annually to help people avoid coming down with the flu. According to, a science news website run by TechMediaNetwork, 2013 has seen a new development in the flu shot. Researchers have found a way to manufacture a vaccine that protects against four strands of influenza, rather than just two or three strands. CDC has estimated that roughly 135 million doses of the flu vaccine will be available for the 2013-2014 season. Thirty million of the flu vaccinations, which will be distributed nationwide and offered to the public, will be the quadrivalent vaccine. “The flu shot is not a cure for the flu if a person already has

it,” Bob Gerhardt, a Virginiabased doctor for the U.S. Army stated. “The flu shot is a preventative measure people should take to help their body fight against any strands of virus they might come in contact with.” Gerhardt has been an awarded medical professional for decades and has seen many people become very ill and harmed by different cases of influenza. Gerhardt explained that when the flu shot is administered, small doses of the infection are introduced to the body so that it can fight it off quickly and be more prepared to fight the illness in the future. Gerhardt also said many people are unaware that influenza can be deadly. Flu shots are a cheap and effective way of preventing sickness and death. Other than the flu shot, Gerhardt said that washing hands frequently and exercising are good ways of fighting common illness such as the flu or colds. Live Science stated that last year’s flu vaccination was 56 percent effective against

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PACK YOUR BAGS — Students are headed to the Wilderness Canoe Campground near Glasgow, Va.

Liberty hosts camping trip S.A. invites students to spend Oct. 4-7 near the James River Danika Richards

Liberty University invited students to join Student Activities (SA) on a fall break camping trip beginning Oct. 4 at Wilderness Canoe Campground on the James River just outside of Glasgow, Va. Students will meet at Camp Hydaway Friday at 4 p.m. and will camp that night by the James River. Campers will spend Saturday along the river before returning to school around 7 p.m. SA will provide dinners during the trip, as well as breakfast and lunch Saturday. Additionally, SA will supply all camping equipment, such as tents and kayaks, which will be

used for an eight-mile excursion on the river. According to Yeoman, this is the first camping trip SA has led, although Liberty students have attended similar trips led by third parties. Students are welcome to sign up for the trip, and no prior camping experience is required. Campers are only required to pay $20, which will cover all expenses for the trip. “This trip is definitely for someone who enjoys an adventure,” Yeoman said. Students planning on attending should bring clothes for two days, and any other personal items they may need. SA has also taken extensive measures to ensure student safety. “Our guides have years of ex-

perience as well as credentials,” Yeoman said. “Both myself and my assistant have ACA (American Canoe Association) swift water rescue, Wilderness First Responder, and EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) training.” “As with all of our events, our mission is to provide a diverse amount of activities that help students connect with each other,” Yeoman said. “We believe this trip can serve as a platform for lasting relationships.” Students interested in going on the trip must sign up at liberty. edu/campusrec/studentactivities by Thursday, Oct. 3. RICHARDS is a feature reporter.

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