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Burnett and Downey encourage students Sophia Hahn

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KNOWLEDGE — The library was one of the first buildings completed in the $500 million campus reconstruction.

Students book it to the library After 97 weeks of construction, the Jerry Falwell Library opens to the public

it is the most amazing thing.” According to Alicia Houston, a senior family and consumer sciences major, she was thrilled with all the elements the new library has to offer. “Never did I think a building could bring any sort of positive or negative emotions out of me,” Houston said. “But my gracious, the new Jerry Falwell Library is so breathtaking, I could almost cry. It is the perfect place for reading, studying or just hanging out with friends. Honestly though, I am so proud to call Liberty University my school.” The new library has seating for more than 2,300 students in three different sections as well as 152 public computers and 140 wireless access points,

Sophia Hahn

Liberty University students, faculty and guests joined in celebration Wednesday, Jan. 15 for the grand opening of the 170,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Jerry Falwell Library. Upon completion of the 97-week project, President Jerry Falwell, Jr. said he is happy for students to see something instead of mud. Students have been anticipating the opening of the library through social media and emails to Falwell exclaiming their excitement. “I have had a library job since I was 6 years old, and I have never before seen students so excited about a new library,” Dean of the Jerry Falwell Library Marcy Pride said. “To me,


Aeronautics assists Virginia Tech Unmanned Aircraft Systems program plays role in FAA’s selection of drone test site Mark Tait

The Liberty University School of Aeronautics (SOA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program played a role in securing a UAS test site at Virginia Tech Dec. 20, 2013, according to John Marselus, the director of Liberty UAS. Marselus said Liberty worked with leaders in private industry as well as academia to prepare the test site selection package to forward to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to Marselus, Liberty contributed safety and operational procedures and

assisted in getting information to legislators in regards to proposed Virginian UAS legislation. The program also helped to secure funds from the state legislature. “We found that with our niche in the flight training we’re providing our students in both manned and unmanned disciplines gave us an important part we could bring to the selection package,” Marselus said. Along with Liberty UAS’s work with Virginia Tech, a series of partnerships have contributed to the strength of Liberty’s UAS program today, according to Marselus. Before developing curricula,

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DRONE — Jordan Bates (left) and Trevor Briggs (right) at work. Marselus said he contacted private industry companies and visited other universities.

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, producers of the TV miniseries “The Bible,” shared their experiences about bringing the name of Jesus back on the big screen during Convocation and in a meeting with cinematic arts students Monday, Jan. 20. “We are Hollywood’s noisiest Christians,” Burnett said. “There’s no doubt about that.” Burnett described how he and Downey pitched the idea to networks of creating a series that brought the Bible to life. According to Burnett, their idea was labeled as crazy by Hollywood. However, he announced that “The Bible” attracted more than 100 million viewers, and Downey said they know God is moving. “We have a big platform with what we do for a living, so we have a chance to say a lot about the love of Jesus,” Burnett said. With the difficulties that come with making a TV series, there was also the challenge of wondering if America would watch, Burnett said. However, he pointed out that he and Downey knew this was their calling. “(Y)ou can’t pretend you don’t get the calling,” Burnett said. “You know if you’re feeling that. We were feeling that as a couple, and we went out there, and we made it.” Downey explained how she and her husband spent time praying their way through the entire process of preproduction as well as through filming. “We felt that it came in as a calling, and so in those moments when we did feel challenged, or we did feel fearful, we trusted,” Downey said. “We trusted that God has us, he held us. And what we didn’t know, he brought the people to us that did know. We’ve heard it said that God doesn’t always call the qualified, but he qualifies the called.” After Burnett and Downey toured the Zaki Gordon Cinematic School of Arts, they spoke with the school’s students about what it takes to be outspoken Christians in Hollywood. “It really is inappropriate as Christians to make subpar products and to hide behind faith,” Burnett said. “It has to be as good as anything in the secular world.” Even though it may seem that Christians are scarce in Hollywood, Burnett and Downey have been inspired by the positive feedback they have received, Downey said.


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Liberty’s Board of Trustees welcomes 9 new members DR. RONALD GODWINHe is Liberty’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the university.

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HELP — TRBC members come together to help the civilians of West Virginia have fresh water for drinking.

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More than 300,000 people are without water after a chemical spill contamination Tiffany Samuels

Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC) has teamed up with Gleaning For The World (GFTW) in order to aid the people affected by a chemical spill in West Virginia that left at least 300,000 people without clean drinking water. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, at least 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol leaked from several storage tanks into the Elk River in Charleston, W. Va. Thursday, Jan. 9. At least nine West Virginia counties were affected by the spill, forcing people to drive at least an hour for clean water. Since the

spill, residents have been advised to stop drinking, bathing and washing with the contaminated water, according to the city of Charleston’s website. The Rev. Ronald Davidson, president and chief operation officer of GFTW, said as soon as GFTW was aware of the spill, he contacted the board of directors, including Jonathan Falwell, the head pastor at TRBC and current chairman of GFTW. “Every time a disaster happens, I send out a text to the board,” Davidson said. “Within five minutes, I get a response.” Davidson said that with the financial help received from places such as TRBC, Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) and Liberty

University, the organization has been able to send several tractor trailers carrying nearly 250,000 water bottles to Charleston. Thousands of people came out to the collection points in West Virginia to get clean water. “TRBC has a sensational board of directors who combine with (LCA) as well as Liberty University in order to provide relief where it needs to be,” Davidson said. TRBC also partnered with GFTW to provide water bottles when a million residents in Virginia were hit with a wind storm that knocked out their power in June 2012, according to Davidson. “We have the best board of directors leading us when unexpected things like this

happen,” Davidson said. In a press release Jan. 14 on the city of Charleston’s website, Danny Jones, the mayor of Charleston, said that relief is still needed. “Even though the worst of the crisis seems to be behind us, many people still are affected by the ‘Do Not Use’ order, and many more are, quite frankly, very anxious about using the tap water for drinking or cooking,” Jones said. According to Davidson, GFTW has maintained a steady supply of water to the affected areas in West Virginia as the water improves. Despite the organization’s continued strive to ship more clean water, Davidson said the reason for helping

residents in West Virginia stems beyond the goals of an organization — it is a mission from God. “It is not just a duty,” Davidson said. “It is a calling.” GFTW is also currently partnered with TRBC and Liberty for a construction of a new hospital in Guatemala, according to Davidson. The aid provided by TRBC and GFTW is in the same category as missions work. “We used to hear Dr. Falwell say it all the time, and now you hear Jonathan (Falwell) say it,” Davidson said. “When (Christians) go into the world to aid those who need help, the number of Christians multiplies.” SAMUELS is a news reporter.

Students evangelize in East Asia Center for Global Engagement team travels overseas, interacts with locals

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A group of Liberty University students embarked on a journey to East Asia Dec. 27, 2013, where their mission was to work with long-term, in-country workers in order to engage in the lives of many people who have never heard about Christ. According to Global Teams Coordinator Craig, the students participated in a number of activities where they interacted with the people of the quarter, a specific neighborhood in East Asia where the team focused most of their time. “This trip was a well-rounded exposure to the joys and challenges involved in longterm outreach to unreached people in this region,” Craig said. “We gained a more accurate picture of the current state of the church in this

region, and noted that while freedoms have increased, government controls and persecutions still exist.” One of the activities the team members participated in was learning the language of the people they were interacting with, Craig explained. By doing this, they were able to connect on a deeper level with the people of East Asia. “Team members had four sessions of instruction in the local language, which gave us a taste of the challenges that our hosts have faced in their language learning,” Craig said. According to Craig, along with learning the local language, team members hosted an English Event for children between the ages of 2 and 12. They interacted with the children by creating crafts, playing games and having story time.

By assisting their hosts with an event called English Corners, the team was able to practice conversational English with the East Asians in hopes of allowing them to communicate with native speakers, Craig said. According to Craig, the team encountered many situations where they were able to clearly see the hand of God at work. After one of their team members shared his testimony, the group received a response from a local attender. “If God can change the heart of that young American boy, then he can change mine,” one of the local attenders said. Aside from their mission work, the team members also had the opportunity to engage in some fun personal activities, Craig said. They took part in a karaoke night and even did a little sightseeing at

the The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and the Great Wall of China. Many of the students who attended the trip have plans to return with the goal of serving long-term, Craig said. The Center for Global Engagement is highly considering future trips to East Asia. For more information on the Center for Global Engagement and all that they have to offer, visit Liberty. edu/academics/globalengagement.

JEFFREY AND GAYE BENSONJeffrey was a quarterback for the Flames and graduated in 1983. Gaye, whose maiden name is Overton, graduated in 1982.

STEVEN A. SNYDERHe worked with the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. on his Old Time Gospel Hour.

ANTHONY BECKLES, SR.He remains in Lynchburg and is the chief financial officer for the Lynchburg City Schools.

WILL GRAHAMGrandson of Billy Graham, he is the executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, N.C.

THE REV. JASON SUITTHe remains in Lynchburg. He is the teaching pastor at Living Word Baptist Church.

JIMMY THOMAS, JR.An alumnus of Liberty, he and his brother Glen Thomas donated the facilty that is now Residential Annex I.

LEITZ is a news reporter.

Editor’s note For safety purposes, names and places have been left out of this article.

GLEN THOMASAlso an alumnus of Liberty, Glen’s donations helped to open the Thomas Indoor Soccer Center.





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Google identifies most-searched schools Liberty places second after University of Phoenix in a list of America’s top trending colleges and universities Jesse Spradlin

Google named Liberty University the second-most searched university of 2013 on its list of top trending universities and colleges. According to, these trending schools have had the largest increase in search volume since 2012. “We have been blessed with a lot of talented individuals who are very focused on optimizing our site for search engines such as Google,” Liberty’s Chief Information Officer Matthew Zealand said. “Liberty University has been and is a very fastgrowing, highly sought-after school.” Rated first on the list is University of Phoenix, founded in 1976, according to the Liberty University Online’s (LUO) website. LUO currently has more than 90,000 students, according to Google shows that searches for Liberty took place mostly along the Southeast Coast of the United States. The three states with the most regional interest were Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. Senior Emily Canfield looked up Liberty online while in high school. As a result, she said she attended Liberty and now plans to graduate May 2014. This is the first year that Liberty has appeared on Google’s list of trending uni-

versities. Junior Morgan Mason said she believes Liberty is on the list because of all the successful people that have come from Liberty in the past 40 years. Previously, Google’s list of top trending colleges and universities has included prestigious universities — Harvard University, Stanford University and Yale University. According to Zealand, he believes people have become interested in Liberty because of its commitment to train champions for Christ. He also said Liberty’s “flexible, robust and affordable online learning platform” attracts attention in addition to student activities such as Snowflex and the LaHaye Ice Center. “Liberty provides students with all the support needed to excel academically, spiritually and socially,” Zealand said. “(Liberty) will continue to allow us to impact the world for Christ in greater ways.” “When you have law school, school of engineering and medical school, that gives you a very large footprint as an institution of higher education,” associate professor of English Dr. Paul Müller said. According to Müller, most universities in the United States are liberal leaning, and Liberty’s growing prominence will help the “right voice” to be heard. Google Screenshot

SPRADLIN is a news reporter.

DRONES continued from A1 he worked with Dyke Weatherington, who oversees acquisition of all Department of Defense (DOD) unmanned aircraft systems, and Rose Mooney. Mooney served as cochair of the leading commission SC203 working with the FAA to integrate UAS into the national airspace. “I visited other schools firsthand, observ(ed) their UAS programs, saw what was within our realm, looked for niches, learned from their lessons and put this program together,” Marselus said. Liberty’s UAS students have the opportunity to learn in the classroom as well as to put their skills to the test, according to Marselus. UAS student pilots are given extensive ground training, then operate realistic simulators and receive the opportunity to obtain certification in a small UAS called the Dragon Eye.

TRENDING — Google releases updated lists at the start of each year.

“The possibilities of where this program will go (are) endless,” Jordan Bates, a senior in the UAS program, said. “I can’t really measure Liberty’s potential in the UAS field … all I can say is, now is the time to get involved.” Only one and one-half years after holding his first UAS class, Marselus said his graduates are already excelling in the field. “Our students have done some spectacular things,” Marselus said. “Many of them are in Afghanistan serving under (private) contracts with the DOD with top-secret clearances. They are protecting and providing information to our warriors that is vital to their protection and success. They have even come up with new tactics and procedures by thinking out of the box in many ways … They’re slowly moving up now in the organization, and the organizations are looking for ways to increase

their ties with (Liberty) SOA.” According to Marselus, SOA graduates who received contracts with the DOD are receiving a salary of six digits per year while deployed but are also making sacrifices as military personnel. “They are not pulling the trigger, but they are an integral part in the operations,” Marselus said. “It wouldn’t have happened without them. They are saving lives of civilians, and they will be saving the lives of our forces.” According to Marselus, along with DOD contracts, a countless number of UAS jobs will likely be available in the future. “There will be jobs in this multi-billion dollar industry that we don’t even imagine yet,” Marselus said. For more information about Liberty UAS, visit liberty. edu/aeronautics.

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JANUARY 21, 2014

Prominent leaders set to speak Scheduled speakers this semester include notable pastors, producers, politicians and bestselling authors

David Van Dyk

For more than four decades, Liberty University’s Convocation has brought some of the most notable speakers to the multi-faceted Vines Center, inspiring thousands of students. As I begin my last semester as a junior here at Liberty, I look back on the people who have stood on the stage, imparting their wisdom to thousands of college students. With a new semester of Convocation in full swing yet again, the Vines Center will soon be hosting numerous prominent speakers. Standouts on the list include Mike Reagan, Glenn Beck and Josh McDowell. Reagan, scheduled to address the student body Wednesday, March 5, is perhaps best known as the son of President Ronald Reagan. Championing the values that Ronald Reagan held near and dear, Mike Reagan continues that legacy, traveling across the nation as a sought after speaker and a highly regarded flagbearer of Christian values in politics. He also appears often as a commentator on major

Standouts include Mike Reagan, Glenn Beck and Josh McDowell. — DAVID VAN DYK

news channels. Set to speak April 25, Beck is a renowned talk show host and New York Times Bestselling author, but not many know of his struggle to overcome an alcohol and drug addiction, draining his passion and joy for broadcast journalism. Only when he overcame his addiction did he rise above his dark pit and climb to the top of the charts, inspiring millions to hear his words of wisdom. Beck is no stranger to Liberty’s campus, having appeared as the keynote speaker for Liberty’s class of 2010 commencement address. Students will again hear from one of America’s greatest patriots and television personalities at Liberty’s last Convocation for this semester. Notable pastors expected to speak at Convocation include Steven Furtick, J.D. Greear

and Miles McPherson, among other notable theologians such as McDowell and Darrell Bock. Students should keep in mind that it is truly a blessing to listen to people who have impacted this world for God. Learning from these extraordinary speakers has been a pleasure, and I look forward to what this next semester brings. I encourage all to open their hearts and minds to this year’s lineup of Convocation speakers. While studies can sometimes get a bit difficult, Convocation can be a time of encouragement and rejuvenation. Seeing how these notable people overcame their obstacles is a constant reminder for us: Nothing is impossible if we put God first and give it our best. VAN DYK is an opinion writer.

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WELCOME — Son of President Ronald Reagan is set to speak March 5.

Resolve to be a better person in 2014 The new year provides a perfect opportunity to work toward accomplishing a new goal or longtime ambition Dylan Friberg


2013 was a crazy year. It was a year of accomplishment. It was a year a failure. It was a year of compassion, and it was a year of pain. It was a year in which Nelson Mandela reminded us through his passing that peace and kindness can fight oppression. It was a year in which Pope Francis taught us all about living in love. It was also a year in which our government spent 16 days unable to perform its duties and a year in which Miley Cyrus taught us how to destroy a clean public image. The funny thing about life is that time never stops moving. Clocks never stop turning. Whether you are ready for it or not, life has brought us into a new year: 2014. It seems like every time a new year rolls around, people become very motivated and make resolutions, such as running every day this year, not drinking any soda or studying on a more regular basis. The problem with most of



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RESOLUTION — Choosing a single goal will result in better chances of completion by the year’s end. our resolutions is they are practically unattainable. They set us up to fail. And when we make resolutions without having the proper endurance or motivation to follow through, we end up breaking them. A University of Scranton study showed that, while nearly 50 percent of Americans made New Year’s resolutions in 2013, only eight percent actually followed through to accomplish them.

by Greg Leasure

Every year, American citizens reflect on one of the most controversial decisions since the Supreme Court’s inception in 1789 — Roe v. Wade. Although many pro-life and pro-choice supporters work yearround to protect what they believe is right, rallies across LEASURE the country will mark the 41st anniversary of the landmark case Wednesday, Jan. 22, and we are

But the study also showed that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to accomplish their goals than people who do not. So do not be discouraged. Goals and resolutions are good things. We just need to figure out how to make them successful. I think that starts with focus. Instead of making a bunch of overreaching resolutions this year, we should all try to stick to one special goal. One resolution

still not any closer to a definitive end to the argument. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 784,000 abortions were reported in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics have been gathered. The rate of abortions to live births in the same year was 227 out of every 1,000. These statistics are alarming. The sheer number of babies being aborted should raise red flags for both pro-life and pro-choice supporters. Imagine if 227 out of every 1,000 people already living were killed every year and the crippling impact it would have on society, not to mention the emotional impact. For those who believe that life begins at conception, this is the reality of life

that will define our year, one that we can be proud of once the year is over. Everyone is different, so everyone might have a different goal, but what is important is that you have that one accomplishment this year that you will strive for with reckless abandon. Do you lack confidence? Speak louder. Stand up straighter. Walk like you have a purpose. Look people in the eye.

after Roe v. Wade. And for those who believe that aborted babies are simply fetuses, less than human until they are fully removed from the womb, I would suggest researching the different ways that abortions are actually performed and honestly decide whether or not this procedure should be legal. All statistics aside, I believe that an extremely important part of the abortion debate is the underlying attitude that accompanies the decision to have an abortion. American culture is the epitome of instant gratification. Every billboard, magazine advertisement and television spot screams for Americans to find what makes them happy, despite the negative effects their choices might have. Rarely are they encouraged to make a responsible choice.

Are you shy? Force yourself to meet three new people a week. Start conversations with classmates that you have not talked to before. Ask that girl out to dinner. Drop that guy a hint. How much do you have to lose, and how much more do you have to gain? Life is moving on, and the best things will rarely be handed to you. Do not live your life wondering what would have happened if you had had more courage. Be brave. Step out of your comfort zone. Experience new things with new people, even if you would normally shy away. Spending the next year trying to master any of these things would be worth it, and you might just look back at the end of 2014 happy that you found one specific way to better yourself. So find that goal this year, grab hold of it and ride it to success. There will always be more to work on next year. FRIBERG is an opinion writer.

There is no universal solution to unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, but in many cases, the legality of abortion only serves to provide an easy way to evade the responsibility that comes along with the choice to have sex and the possibility of a pregnancy. It may sound outdated to say this, but the problem of the legality of abortion would be mostly irrelevant if both men and women took responsibility for the potential consequences of having sex.


JANUARY 21, 2014

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The newly inaugurated governor of Virginia aims to please both Republicans and Democrats in coming years support of gay and abortion rights. “McAuliffe specifically referenced some of the ongoing fights in the commonwealth that pertain to (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) rights, promising that his administration would ensure economic, educational and social opportunities ‘for all Virginia’s children,’” John Riley wrote in his article for Metro Weekly, which is a Washington D.C. gay news magazine. The same article discusses the possibility of granting gay couples legal recognition through the repeal of Virginia’s current ban on those relationships. However, I doubt there will be any movement toward that end, at least initially. McAuliffe has mainly demonstrated support through trying to remove discriminatory policies in public occupations. In the event that he does attempt to repeal the ban, I would say that it is within his power to do so — despite the fact that I disagree with his position. I do not think that allowing gay marriage would be beneficial to the state, but instead, it would further contribute to this country’s moral decay. Also, according to a Washington Post article by Laura Vozzella, “McAuliffe has promised to be a ‘brick wall’ against new limits on the procedure (abortions).” Here, I must entirely part ways with the governor. He is confusing what he considers free choice for women with the sanctity of life of a child. Sure, “sanctity of life” may sound hackneyed and outdated, but it is a concept that has been lost on society. Its significance must be rediscovered if there is to be truly effective change in this country. If McAuliffe turns his “brick wall” statement into policy, Virginia will have made a wrong turn down a dangerous road. Resistance to McAuliffe’s potential changes will be strong, however. According to the Fox News article, “Republicans have firm control of the House of Delegates … and skeptics are predicting partisan gridlock.” Yes, it seems that most Americans are tired of hearing about gridlock, which is why McAuliffe’s talk of

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Terry McAuliffe was officially inaugurated as Virginia’s 72nd governor Saturday, Jan. 11. In his speech, he outlined a few divisive policies that he would like to modify during his time in office. According to an article by Jim Nolan on McAuliffe’s website, the new governor desires to make changes that will appeal to both Democrats and Republicans. At least, that was the platform on which he ran during the election season. “Common ground doesn’t move toward us,” McAuliffe said during his inauguration speech, according to an Associated Press article published on Fox News. “We move toward it.” His bipartisan agenda certainly sounds good in speech, but his specific goals barely hint at compromise. First, he wants to expand Medicaid even further, using President Barack Obama’s new health care law as the vehicle for that change. According to Fox News, the expansion would result in coverage for an approximate 400,000 additional Virginians. Unfortunately, many well-meaning individuals — seeing that thousands more people will receive government assistance — support such policies. But this is a gut reaction, and it pays no mind to the possibility of future problems. I believe that some government assistance is acceptable, but only with the strictest guidelines. Addressing difficult issues such as government debt and spending will save the country a whole lot more pain in the future. There has not been a whiff of compromise from the decidedly obstinate Obama administration, especially regarding his cherished health care plan. And obviously his supporters like McAuliffe have no intention of backing down either. Compromise? I think not. Cooperation is not when one party gets all and the other is sent away empty-handed. According to Fox News, the governor also spoke out in

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SWORN IN — McAuliffe began his first term Jan. 11. bipartisanship is so appealing. But gridlock works both ways. The governor might not be able to enact some of his ideas, but neither would his opponents be able to instate their own. Virginians can expect McAuliffe to attempt to follow through with his policy changes. Whether or not he will succeed remains to be seen.

BEASTON is an opinion writer.

Committing your future career to God By striving to bring God glory in all things, Christians can find peace in the middle of uncertainty

Gabriella Fuller

Rather than asking how to make much of your own life, aspire first and foremost to make much of God.

What should I do with my life? Whether you are a senior preparing to receive your diploma or a freshman just entering the wonderful chaos of college, you have doubtlessly wrestled with the ever-elusive answer to this daunting question. The countless numbers of self-help books published on this topic are a clear indication of just how high the societal pressure is to make the right decision about what to do for a living and who to become as an adult. One glance through the career aisle of a bookstore or one quick Google search, and you will find hundreds of post-graduate survival guides and self-assessment quizzes. Though these tests and handbooks are designed to guide college students through the ins and outs of major life decisions, career aptitude scores are hardly comforting once students are thrown into the unnerving world of work. According to the Associated Press, approximately 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degreeholders under the age of 25 were either jobless or underemployed last year, which means they were working jobs that did not utilize the skills and knowledge their degrees were designed to provide. This is the highest unemployment rate for graduates in 11 years. With statistics showing that one in two new graduates are unlikely to find employment, it is no wonder that college students look to graduation with anxiety and fear. As I too face my last few months of college and prepare to walk across the graduation stage in May, I am admittedly one of the millions of nervous college students. The question of what to do with my life has

been persistently echoing in the back of my mind since the day I first stepped foot onto campus. Yet despite my worry and apprehension toward the future, I repeatedly find comfort in this truth: My future belongs to God. If you struggle with worry about an unknown future, consider changing the focus of your questions. Rather than asking how to make much of your own life, aspire first and foremost to make much of God. As 1 Corinthians 10:31 instructs us, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Whatever we do — privately or publicly, vocationally or recreationally, Sunday or Monday — we are to do all things for the glory of God. This ought to be the heartbeat of our life and, as an extension, the heartbeat of our profession. As Christians, we never ultimately work for anyone but Christ. In Colossians 3:23-24, Paul advises believers to “whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” No matter where we go in life, our primary aim is to bring our God glory. In this way, all work becomes God’s work. For most of us, the work that will make the most of Jesus in our lives will likely not be “ministry”





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work. But wherever and however we work, we want the investments we make with our time, money, creativity and talents to be eternal investments, dedicated to reflecting the goodness of our God. Whether explicitly in ministry or more subtly in the secular workforce, our labor will be effective and fruitful if we allow God to use us uniquely and powerfully for his cause in the world. Peace about the future begins by surrendering fears and apprehensions to God. In doing so, we can rest assured knowing that wherever we go, so long as we are bringing glory to God, there will be no wrong decisions or missed opportunities. As you walk through your college years and eventually walk into the workforce, intentionally live each moment as a witness to the transformational gospel of Christ, knowing that your whole life, including your work, is an act of worship to God. You may find that your future is one single, very specific open door, or you may find that you have several open doors to choose from. In either scenario, be joyful in the fact that we serve a God who faithfully works on our behalf, who promises to supply all of our needs and who delights in giving us the desires of our hearts.

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JANUARY 21, 2014

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With “Noah” and “Son of God,” 2014 will be filled with faith-based film success Tre’ Goins-Phillips

Mintle meets filmmakers

Only a few days into the new year and 2014 has already been unofficially dubbed “The Year of the Bible” in Hollywood. The title derives its origin from blockbuster hits such as Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” — starring A-lister Russell Crowe as the shipbuilder — and Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s “Son of God,” an adaptation of the hit History Channel miniseries, “The Bible.” Other 2014 releases include Ridley Scott’s “Exodus,” an HBO drama about the apocalypse, “The Leftovers,” a Cain and Abel film directed by Will Smith and Randall Wallace’s filmadaptation of Todd Burpo’s New York Times bestseller, “Heaven is for Real.” According to Burnett, a dream was sparked in his mind when he sat down with his kids, like he had many times before, to watch Cecil B. DeMille’s classic, “The Ten Commandments.” Burnett recounts his children commenting that the movie was “not that great,” sparking an interest to create a series that was realized in 2013. Burnett — famous for reality hits like “The Apprentice” and “The Voice” — was, in my opinion, given the opportunity to create something great, to stream the gospel into the homes of millions of Americans. According to The History Channel, the 10-hour, six-week series received a cumulative total of 100 million viewers. This sparked a firestorm of interest across the nation that has not been seen since the days of William Wyler’s “Ben-Hur.” Burnett’s miniseries “The Bible” reestablished an audience that has not had a voice in mainstream entertainment for years — and Hollywood is listening.

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CHRISTIANITY — Burnett and Downey’s “Son of God” is posed to become the most popular Christian film since “The Passion of the Christ.” Though he was told no one would watch The History Channel miniseries, Burnett persisted. “We think you’re completely underestimating this faith-based, Christian audience,” Burnett said in response to media criticism. “And we proved that it was enormous, and that it makes sense to create something in that world.” But Hollywood has not called action on a biblical epic since Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004. Why the sudden interest? Many speculate it is for the money, while others contend that Christianity is making a societal comeback. Even if Christendom, a mainstream celebration of Christian culture, is in decline, as mega-church pastor and author from Seattle, Wash., Mark Driscoll believes, there is still a hard and fast demographic that will follow any Bible flick. Though Hollywood’s only interest may be in the money — and the wealth of raw script material — the final cuts still have potential to be box office hits.

“After more than a decade of labored breathing and a weakening heart, Christendom has gone the way of all flesh,” Driscoll wrote in his new book “A Call to Resurgence.” That leaves only consumerism and capitalism. However, “The Bible” miniseries may have been the test run that started it all. Burnett and Downey proved that the evangelical audience, though unpopular in pop culture in recent years, is hungry for positive attention. Christian Hollywood films are fulfilling Jesus’ words to “go into all the world and preach the gospel.” Even amid Hollywood’s artistic license, the general theme of the Bible is still being spotlighted, in glorious high-definition, nonetheless. If American Christians are good at one thing, it is inviting their friends to church. A movie night is the 2014 version of that evangelical ethic. Our secular culture, and even fringe Christian culture, has been obsessed with the apocalypse ever since the world did not end at the millennium, and again at the

end of the misread Mayan calendar. Though I believe that the chatter is coming from no one other than conspiracy theorists and fameseekers, a question has nevertheless been introduced to our society and has remained largely unanswered. “What’s happened is (Hollywood has) understood it’s very good business to take Christians seriously, and this is a real serious market,” Phil Cooke, a filmmaker and frequent guest speaker at Liberty University, said. The Bible holds a treasuretrove of answers to wondering minds, and Hollywood’s monetary motives bring about the pinnacle of evangelistic opportunities: church outside of church. The History Channel’s “The Bible” miniseries awakened a subdued sect, subsequently creating a win-win situation — Hollywood wins the money, Christianity wins the notoriety. If only Charlton Heston were here to see it all.

GOINS-PHILLIPS is an opinion writer.

Editorial: Helping the industry? Christian film producers need to create higher-quality movies with biblical truth Emily Webster

In a society where movie stars are regarded as idols and people wait in line for hours on end for movie premieres, Christian films and production companies need to step up their game and start not only creating movies that present biblical truth, but also producing quality films. Many Christian films are not taken seriously. According to an article in Relevant written by Scott Nehring, audiences no longer expect anything of quality when it comes to Christian films. The films have “become synonymous with substandard production values, stilted dialogue and childish plots,” according to Nehring. Part of the reason for this could be attributed to the fact that the companies that produce these films are independent companies and do not have the big bucks that come with names such as Universal or Warner Bros. But should a lack of money really affect the quality of the script or the message being portrayed? Movies such as “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof ” are produced by churches and, while they present a clear message of the gospel, they do not warrant the same amount of respect as a film such as “The Passion of the Christ,” because they lack appropriate funding, effective scripts and come across as cheesy. Nehring pointed out that, while culture was changing during the 1960s, Christians hid away and did not grow with the social changes. “Our reaction was to build a cultural wall around ourselves complete with

(I) would say that it is detrimental to have films that paint a picture of Christians as unprofessional and unable to be taken seriously...

self-prescribed content filters and an isolationist attitude,” Nehring wrote. “This cocoon was a comfy, safe place for Christians, but the cocoon became a time capsule. We spent decades discussing what we hoped the world was like rather than dealing with how things are. Our isolation also bred well-intentioned but poorly trained artists. Instead of playing with the big boys, Christian filmmakers remained in the minor leagues.” True, there are some good films out there that have a bigger budget to hire professionals and have appeared in the “big leagues.” Films such as “To Save a Life,” “The Nativity Story” and “The Passion of the Christ” prove that it is indeed possible to produce Christian films that are taken seriously. One issue with Christian films is the content restrictions. It seems as if Christian writers and directors are afraid to produce movies that have violence, language or sexual content because, after all, these things are sinful. However, these are real-life issues. These are issues that Christians struggle with. Movies such as “To Save a Life” do a better job of portraying accurately what people struggle with. The movie does not need to contain unnecessary sexual scenes or an abundance of four-letter words, but having scenes where the con-

—EMILY WEBSTER sequences of these sins are shown can lead to beneficial results, such as the audience having a better understanding of the forgiveness of sins. Some would argue that it does not matter how the message is getting out there – the important thing is that people are hearing the gospel, whether it is from a major motion picture or from a small, independent film company. But to this argument, I would say that it is detrimental to have films that paint a picture of Christians as unprofessional and unable to be taken seriously in the industry. I also believe that presenting the gospel in a glamorized fashion poses potential danger. People watch a Hollywood version of the Bible and see it as only an entertaining story. “The Bible” series on The History Channel is one example of this. According to an article on Stand Up for the Truth, there were Christian viewers that were not exactly thrilled with some liberties that the writers took with various Bible stories that added an entertainment factor.

My family and I were able to experience a small slice of the Hollywood dream for a day during a trip to the West Coast last semester. What does the Hollywood dream entail? Well, we were able to meet with two very successful and powerful men in the entertainment industry and gain valuable advice for students who have a calling to Hollywood. While my family was in California, Peter Engel, a family friend, offered to meet with us in his own home near the Santa Monica Pier. Engel produced the hit television series “Saved By the Bell” as well as many other popular TV shows, including “Last Comic Standing.” The best part of the day was when Engel shared stories of his experiences in the entertainment industry. Everything he described was exciting and an adventure. His passion for television and production was evident through his speech and his body language, and his joy was contagious. The best piece of advice Engel offered for students trying to break into the industry was to simply do your craft. “Directors should direct,” Engle said. “Producers, produce, actors, act and writers, write.” After a relaxing and informative lunch with Engel, we drove to Beverly Hills for a meeting with television and literary agent Michael Van Dyck. Van Dyck’s clients and projects include “Dexter,” “24,” “The Good Wife” and “Desperate Housewives.” He was even responsible for the executive producer of “Touched By An Angel” Martha Williamson’s new project “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” getting picked up by the Hallmark Channel. The offices and buildings of the Paradigm Talent Agency were elegant and very professional, located two blocks from the world-famous Rodeo Drive. The meeting with Van Dyck was impressive. He told us how his life radically changed when God called him to Hollywood, and he said his mission in life is to bring strong Christians into the industry. According to Van Dyck, he wants to incorporate songs from Christian artists into major programs and to help mentor devout Christian actors, producers and scriptwriters into Hollywood. Specifically, he wants to create a pipeline directly from Liberty to Hollywood. Van Dyck was also very passionate about his craft, and he shared great wisdom. “If you’re not absolutely sure of your divine calling to Hollywood, run as far and as fast as you can away from here,” Van Dyck said. “But if you are called, understand that the Holy Spirit can fill you with perseverance and tenacity. You’ll need them here. Mostly, though, you’re needed here. We need Spirit-empowered Christians infiltrating the media as salt and light missionaries.” His secret to success? Van Dyck explained that any Liberty student who feels called to Hollywood should pursue an internship or a job in an agency in Hollywood straight after graduating from college. He said he believes this is the best place because it provides many opportunities for interns to learn about the industry from the inside and heart of it all. “Agencies are the underbelly of the industry,” Van Dyck said. “You get to see the entire picture from here and then decide where you want to focus.” An agency provides outlets such as music, writing, packaging, production and more, enabling anyone to learn from the professionals and best in the business. Van Dyck’s love for the Lord and his vision for Hollywood should inspire students to pursue what God has for them and to work hard to become excellent as they trust him to open the right doors. MINTLE is a guest writer.

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MOVIES — Mintle poses with Engle near the Santa Monica Pier.


JANUARY 21, 2014

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Cinematic Arts program expands Tiffany Samuels

The Zaki Gordon Center for Cinematic Arts kicked off with its first introductory classes in 2012. This year, the program continues to expand as students gain experience and opportunities in the world of filmmaking, according to Scotty Curlee, an assistant professor of cinematic arts. “When Christians abdicated their cultural voice in the mid-1900s, we lost our ability to creatively and artistically speak through the arts,” Norman Mintle, dean of Liberty’s School of Communication & Creative Arts, said. “Today, we’re very excited that Liberty is helping to reclaim that voice with our immersive cinematic arts program (for filmmakers) and our digital media arts program for TV and audio artists.” “All of the academic programs in our school are purposefully designed with professional working experience corollaries — so that, every LU media arts major has the opportunity to work in professional environments, honing their artistic craft and uniquely preparing them to engage the larger culture with truth and light,” he said. According to Curlee, six students interned with Sony Provident Films on the film “Moms’ Night Out” this past sum-

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EDUCATION— Caleb Fogleman (far left) and other students learn principles of film production in a classroom setting with state-of-the-art production equipment. mer. Two other students worked on the set of “Like a Country Song,” a film starring Billy Ray Cyrus. Emily Price, a senior who worked as a director’s assistant on the set, said her familiarity with film increased as a result of the Cinematic Arts program. “I was not very knowledgeable about film when I came into the program,” Price said. “So sitting in a room full of students who already knew about aspect ratio and kicker lights was very intimidat-

ing at first.” According to Curlee, there are currently more than 150 freshmen and sophomores taking general cinematic arts courses. More than 50 juniors and seniors are in the main program. Price said he believes that the size of the program will have to increase to accommodate future students. “There are so many people interested in being a part of it that I am honestly worried about space next year,”

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“(We are inspired) with the hunger that there is for hope in our country and in our world, and what a difference that we can make as artists … to hold a light,” Downey said. On the set of Burnett’s “The Voice,” several of his employees personally thanked his for his work, Burnett shared. “Fifty people came to me in private ... to thank me for putting ‘The Bible’ on TV,” Burnett said. According to Burnett, people have to be willing to take chanc-

INSPIRATION— Burnett and Downey speak to students.



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Price said. According to Curlee, the cinematic arts program plans to produce at least one feature film every year. Last year, students began working on the movie “Letting Go,” which is currently in post-production. Students in the program have worked on six cycle projects, each focused on an aspect of film or scripts. Nathan Bieri, a junior, said his experience in the program began with a work study in the equipment room, known as “the vault.” “I learned a lot about the RED Camera and different equipment found on any Hollywood film set,” Bieri said. “I was able to work on the first feature film with the current seniors, and my knowledge of a film set behind the camera grew more.” Bieri said the program has increased with the addition of new ideas from his professors and fellow students. Curlee said he believes that the students in the Cinematic Arts program are successful and contribute to the program’s growth because of their passion for film. “When I talk to people, I often ask them if they enjoy what they are doing, and eight times out of 10, they say no,” Curlee said. “The students in this program are different. They love what they are doing.” SAMUELS is a news reporter.

es and dive in to make it in the entertainment industry. “Just praying and having faith and staying seated on the couch won’t get you anywhere,” Burnett said. “You have to get your butts off the couch and do something.” Junior Nathan Bieri explained that he took away valuable lessons from Burnett and Downey, such as the idea to not play the game if there is a fear of losing. “His book was even called ‘Jump In Even If You Don’t Know How to Swim,’ and I think that was a perfect picture of Christian filmmakers,” Bieri said. “Why not? Why not just

go ahead and jump in when you don’t even know how to (swim) yet.” With “Son of God” coming to 3,000 theaters Feb. 28, 2014, Burnett and Downey announced for the first time a video competition to create an election campaign-themed trailer for the movie. The winners will be flown out to the set to be able to experience Hollywood. To be a part of the competition, visit HAHN is the news editor. WEBSTER is a copy editor.


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JANUARY 21, 2014

Registrar retires after 12 years of service Liberty’s registrar, Larry Shackelton, leaves a lasting impression on students and fellow facutly members Brittany Jones

After nearly 12 years serving with Liberty University, Larry Shackleton retired from his position as university registrar and vice president of administrative information management Dec. 31, 2013. Shackleton started with Liberty in 2002 during the construction of the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center and has seen tremendous growth on campus and in the student population, according to the Liberty News Service. In the midst of Liberty’s growth spurt, Shackleton’s top priority was the students. “One of the first things he told me was, ‘I don’t care who it is or what time it is, I can meet with any student, and I would be more than happy to,”’ Taylor York, administrative assistant, said Kendra Wright, a senior at Liberty, said her grandfather was ill with cancer but wanted to see her walk the stage at graduation. Shackleton allowed her to do so without having graduated. “He would open up his office because he had a passion for helping students,”

Wright said. “I tear up because he really fought for me. I can’t express how much he helped me.” York said he believes Shackleton’s work over the years showed his striving to bridge the gap between the students and the Registrar’s Office, helping meet their needs on a personal level. “He has a great mind for the big picture, and that was something he preached to us,” York said. “You need to understand the big picture to really help someone accomplish what they hope to.” Shackleton helped work through the project of establishing online registration. According to the Liberty News Service, He was also the forerunner in creating the Student Service Center where students can find assistance for student accounts, financial aid, registration and graduation in one location. Luke Gentala, who has stepped up to fill Shackleton’s shoes as university registrar, said he worked with Shackleton for eight years. “We used to joke together that LU stood for ‘line up,’ which has changed now that we have online registration and the Stu-

LIBRARY continued from A1 Provost Dr. Ronald Godwin explained. The library also has a one-of-a-kind, 24-by-11-foot interactive video wall. “(The wall) can simultaneously display more than 40,000 photos … made possible by three Microsoft Kinect systems,” Godwin said. “It is the first application of its kind, and it allows students and faculty the privilege to display in real time university wide activities and events.” This was one of the main attractions for students who visited the library when the doors opened at 1 p.m. Students were also drawn to the robotic book retrieval system, which can hold up to 420,000 books. “We can help students to begin to understand in ways that they may not have in the past that a library is not just about information,” Pride said. “(Information) is a good thing, but it is also about imagination, inspiration and even some transformation. We are looking forward to the part that we can play in providing those kinds of environments and experiences for our students.” According to Godwin, the library has a range of activities that students can partake in, one being Tinney’s Café – which includes a Starbucks, Pizza Hut Express, a French bistro and a sushi bar. Four touch-screen tables with archival access to Liberty as well as seven high collaboration rooms add to the educational experience for students. “A lot of people look at academic libraries as an extension of a classroom, and so here we have an active learning classroom that will allow students and professors to interact in ways that they have not been able to do in the past,” Pride said. VMDO Architects, a firm from Charlottesville, Va., designed the library to have a Jeffersonian flair with more than 8,000 square feet of interior and exterior glass in order for the building to be filled with natural light and scenic views, according to Falwell. “When you look at our campus, it won’t look like (the University of Virginia) —­it will look like a state-

dent Service Center,” Gentala said. “Larry was always doing what was best for the students.” According to Gentala, he knew about a year ago that Shackleton was thinking about retirement. He said he believes Shackleton’s vacation gave him a taste of retirement and helped him decide that it was time to focus his attention on his wife, seven children and 12 grandchildren. Soon after retiring, Shackleton took a two-week vacation to Florida with family, according to the Liberty News Service. He and his wife will stay in the area and will enjoy being grandparents during his retirement. “The office was very heartbroken when he announced he was leaving,” York said. “They acknowledged there would be a big change because of how much of an impact Larry had. He has left a legacy here at Liberty that is going to impact the university forever.” The former registrar’s responsibilities were divided among three staff members, according to the Liberty News Service. Gentala became the university registrar, Michael Shenkle is now the senior asso-

of-the-art university that reflects Jeffersonian influences,” Falwell said. Liberty held a student body prayer meeting 37 years ago when Liberty Mountain was nothing but the remnants of an old dairy farm, Falwell explained. “(In) those days there were no school buildings here,” Falwell said. “The student body was praying for something that seemed almost impossible — a new campus, dorms, classrooms, dining halls, a permanent home for Liberty.” Now, Liberty is proud to have all of those things with

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CLASS — Shackleton was known for always putting students first. ciate registrar, and Josh Redmond is the director of external reporting. JONES is a news reporter.

the library as the centerpiece of the $500 million campus reconstruction, Falwell said. “It is sort of symbolic, a centerpiece, the first and most important of all the academic buildings,” Falwell said. “This is the turning point of Liberty.” HAHN is the news editor.

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HISTORIC — 1. At the Jerry Falwell Library, students enjoy the new food options such as Starbucks, Pizza Hut Express, Tsunami Sushi, and Brioche Dorée. 2. The library offers 152 more public computers for educational and recreational uses. 3. With four floors of books, students have multiple methods for learning outside of the classroom.


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Basketball manager pursues dreams Alex Tichenor

The men then matched the women with the other 4x400meter relay victory. Redshirt junior Tyler Weigandt joined Sherret, Racanelli and Schultz for the race, and the quartet finished in 3:28.55. In the field, the Lady Flames captured wins in the pentathlon, triple jump and pole vault and swept the throwing categories. Junior Riley Brandon won the pentathlon with 3,346 points. Teammates Jessica Harrison and Erika Jackson rounded out the top three, with second and third-place finishes, respectively. Each of the three athletes finished with new personal scoring records. In the triple jump, sophomore Janae Jones won for the

It started in the fifth grade for Carley Cottingham. She picked up a basketball and never put it down. Ever since that time, basketball has been a monumental part of her life. According to the Detriot Free Press, Cottingham earned COTTINGHAM all-conference honors her sophomore and junior seasons at Three Rivers High School in Three Rivers, Mich., she had hopes of playing basketball at the collegiate level. She always dreamed of playing at Liberty, the school where her parents met and graduated. However, during her junior season, Cottingham experienced pain in her right hand and lower arm. According to Cottingham, doctors diagnosed it as tendonitis, a painful and relatively common injury that often heals with time, at first. Unfortunately, the pain did not go away, so she went back to the doctor later in the year and found out what was really causing her pain. “When I started noticing weird symptoms, I really didn’t think anything of it,” Cottingham said. “Never once did it ever cross my mind that I was going to lose my hand.” It turned out she had a rare disorder called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which was affecting blood flow into her right arm, forming life-threatening clots, according to Dr. William C. Shiel of Doctors told her that the only safe course of action to take was to amputate her right hand — her dominant hand for dribbling and shooting. “My initial reaction (to the doctors’ telling me that I would need to get my hand amputated) was ‘finally,’” Cottingham said. “I had been in so much pain, and I was ready for the pain to be gone.”

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LIBERTY’S FINEST — The men’s and women’s track and field teams dominated in their first meet of the new year.

Emotional start to season Track and Field teams honor former teammate with 16 event victories at Liberty Open Emily Brown

Liberty University’s men’s and women’s track and field teams captured 16 event victories Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, as hosts of the Liberty Open. Although the teams were focused on their performance in their first meet of the new year, the Flames and Lady Flames also competed in honor of their former teammate Darius Dixon, who was tragically killed in a car accident Dec. 7. Dixon, a freshman who had competed in his first collegiate meet just a few days prior to his death, was remembered as Head Coach Brant Tolsma reflected on Dixon’s time with the team. Prior to the 400-meter dash, one of Dixon’s races, Tolsma told of the joy Dixon

brought to his teammates and expressed his confidence in Dixon’s relationship with God. The men’s team honored Dixon by bringing home nine wins on the weekend, including four on the track, while the women paid tribute to their former teammate by totaling seven victories, with five coming in the field. On the track, redshirt senior Meghan Burggraf coasted to win in the 500-meter dash. She crossed the finish line at 1:16.67. “(T)he first race back from Christmas break is kind of always, like, not sure how I’m gonna do, but I was really happy about it,” Burggraf said. “My legs were a little tight, but the Lord brought me through.” Burggraf finished the race more than eight seconds ahead of the second-place runner.

“When I’m running, I can’t really tell where I am,” Burggraf said. “I didn’t really know how far ahead I was, but I just kept telling myself I need to keep pushing it, because you never know.” Burggraf was later joined by Corinn Bedell, Mary Witmer and Ansley Gebben in a 13sec victory in the 4x400-meter relay. The group finished the last event of the two-day meet in 3:57.26. During the men’s races on the track, junior John Sherret won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.64. Freshman Stephen Racanelli added another victory for the Flames with a 22.52-second race in the 200-meter dash. Fellow freshman Colin Schultz wrapped up the 1,000-meter race in 2:32.78 for another Flames win.

Panthers claw to victory Second-half surge pushes High Point past Liberty in important conference matchup Derrick Battle

Midway through the first half with a 2616 lead, the Liberty Flames (8-11, 2-2 Big South), looked as if they were destined to blow out the High Point Panthers (6-11, 2-2 Big South). That was not the case. High Point battled back and clung to a lead at the end of the game, defeating Liberty, 76-70. The Flames fell into a three-way tie with Vir-


ginia Military Institute (9-8, 2-2 Big South) (VMI) and High Point for second place in the North Division. “We didn’t take care of the ball or make free throws we are accustomed to making,” Head Coach Dale Layer said. “We gave up crucial second shots in the second half. … We gave them too many opportunities.” The Panthers forced the Flames to commit 18 turnovers, scoring 27 points off Liberty’s mistakes. High Point also

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took advantage of a five-minute scoring drought that extended beyond halftime and jumped out to an 11-point lead with 17:17 remaining in the second half. “Sometimes I thought we tried to force it in the paint too much,” guard John Caleb Sanders said. “Both feeding it in and driving it in caused a lot of our turnovers.” Liberty came out of the gate strong. Ball movement allowed

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JANUARY 21, 2014


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Top teams split weekend matchup Flames avoid sweep with strong showing in game two against Florida Gulf Coast in a key conference contest Ryley Rush

The Liberty Flames men’s Division II (DII) hockey team (22-6-0) split a weekend series with Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Eagles (19-2-1) Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18. FGCU 8, LU 1 It was a rough night on the ice as Liberty fell to FGCU 8-1 at home Friday, Jan.17. FGCU and Liberty occupy the first and fifth slots, respectively, in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Southeast region standings, with the Eagles also ranked nationally. The game marked the third matchup between the schools this season. In late October, the Flames traveled to Fort Meyers for a two-game series, losing the first 5-3 and the second 7-3. Despite previous experiences against the Eagles and the support of a home crowd, the Flames struggled throughout the game, especially on defense. At the end of the night, the Flames had only 16 shots on goal to the Eagles 40. Junior defenseman Clinton Nigh scored Liberty’s only goal on a power play at the 10:18 mark in the third period, putting the puck in the back of the net with assists from Brad and Devon Docksteader. “I’ve got to hand it to Florida Gulf Coast,” Assistant Coach Mike Morrison said. “They did a great job tonight. They have a team that is skilled from top to bottom, and their coaching staff was obviously prepared for tonight.” Head Coach Chris Lowes agreed with Morrison’s comments and said he wants his players to perform better in competitive matchups. “They really outperformed us in all areas — effort, execution, discipline — and it was reflected on the scoreboard,” Lowes said. “You can’t afford to make any mistakes playing a team of this caliber, and tonight it really showed.” A goalie change late in the second period seemed to give the Flames a brief burst of energy. “It was about maintenance for Cary (Byron),” Lowes said. “He was one of the few guys that looked ready to play. … We knew right away when we switched that

OPEN continued from B1 second straight meet. Her 39-0.25 jump beat out the competition by more than two feet. After winning the Liberty Open as a senior in high school competing unattached last season, Brooke Shelton, currently a freshman at Liberty, brought home the pole vault victory for the Lady Flames. Her 11-3.75 vault edged out the secondplace finisher by more than five inches. Redshirt junior Jocelyn Williams started off the throwing competition for the Lady Flames with a victory in the weight throw. Although all of Williams’ throws were good enough to win the competition, her final throw of 62-6.5 was her best of the competition. “I felt we had a really consistent series, and (I was) continually working up to throwing harder and harder, so it was a really great competition for me,” Williams said. “(T)he first throw for me was a decent throw, so after that, we were just working on trying to throw further and harder and working on technique.” Her last heave tied her personal best and the Liberty record and outdistanced the rest of the field by more than nine feet. Williams currently ranks No.17 in

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PUCK CONTROL — Brad Docksteader pushes the puck up the ice agaisnt Flordia Gulf Coast. we’d be coming back to him Saturday, so it was about giving him some time to get his head right and get focused.” With the second game of the series just hours away, Liberty coaching staff focused on the immediate takeaway for their players. “(We focused on) mindset and preparation,” Lowes said. “We try to preach playing (hard) every game (and) getting in that playoff mindset that we’ll need at the end of the year when it’s win or go home. We didn’t have that tonight.” With that in mind, the Flames geared up to put the loss behind them and focus on a Saturday comeback. LU 8, FGCU 5 The Flames hockey team bounced back from an ugly loss to defeat the Eagles 8-5 in the second matchup of a two-game the nation with the throw. Williams then added a second-place finish in the shot put with a 42-3.25 toss, which again tied her personal best. She was joined by three Lady Flames, who combined to capture the top four spots in the event. Rachel Barnes and Jennifer Nicholson finished in third and fourth places with 41-10.75 and 40-7.5 throws, respectively. Junior Mychelle Cumings won the shot put for the Lady Flames with a 49-0.75 throw. “I was honestly very nervous, becasue practice had just not been going all that great,” Cumings said. “... (But) I was just really at peace today, and just whatever happened, happened. ... Everything seemed to be (going) well today, so I’m really blessed.” In the men’s field competition, the Flames matched the Lady Flames with victories in pole vault, triple jump, shot put and weight throw. The Flames also added a win in the high jump. Sophomore Patrick Donigan leaped to 6-2.25 for first place in the high jump. He was joined in the winner’s column by freshman Aklesso Agama, who won with a 47-0.75 jump. In the pole vault, Harrison Allen and Cody Bingham took first and second, re-

series Saturday, Jan. 18 at LaHaye Ice Center. The game marked the fourth meeting between the two teams and Liberty’s first win against top-ranked FGCU. Despite suffering their worst loss against the Eagles to date not 24 hours before, the Flames hit the ice in full attack mode. The Flames’ frontline wasted no time generating offense as freshman forward Devon Docksteader found the back of the net twice in the first period, accompanied by goals for fellow forward and older brother Brad Docksteader and sophomore forward Paul Ingles. Devon Docksteader added a third goal for the hat trick after the intermission, with sophomore forward Eric Burke adding a goal of his own to put the Flames up 6-1 at the end of the second. With a five-goal cushion heading into

the final period, Liberty allowed FGCU to gain momentum. Starting with a goal just minutes into the third, the Eagles cut the deficit to a mere point before the Flames rallied to take back control of the puck. Brad and Devon Docksteader each put up another point on the board to seal the Liberty victory. “There was just a completely different energy level (tonight),” Lowes said. “We could see it from the first shift, and even felt it in warmup. The guys just had a different pace. I can’t explain why it wasn’t that way during the Friday night game, but we (played) at a whole different level.” The Flames will next face the No. 10 Delaware Blue Hens at the LaHaye Ice Center Friday, Jan. 24 at 9:30 p.m. RUSH is a sports reporter.

I was just really at peace today, and just whatever happened, happened. ... Everything seemed to be (going) well today, so I’m really blessed.

spectively. Both vaulted to 15-3, but Allen was awarded the win because he had fewer misses. As was the case on the women’s side, the Flames swept the throwing events. In the weight throw, redshirt sophomore David Scouten and junior Fred Fulton won first and second places with 58-8 and 53-6.5 throws, respectively. Scouten added a second-place finish for the Flames in the shot put. His heave landed at 49-5. “(My best weight throw) was just a really balanced throw. I was able to control it and throw far,” Scouten said. “(My shot put) was still an improvement from my last meet. I’m not where I wanna be yet, but I’m happy to improve each meet.” Redshirt senior Jacob DeValve threw inches farther than Scouten to claim the victory in the shot put.

— MYCHELLE CUMINGS His best throw flew 49-7.5. The Flames and Lady Flames will travel to Blacksburg, Va., to compete in the Hokie Invitational Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24-25. BROWN is a copy editor.

Memorial Planned

A memorial service for Darius Dixon will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center in Green Hall.


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Set to exceed expectations SHORT GAME — Mathieu Fenasse displays his stroke on the golf course during a tournament earlier in the season.

Flames golf team primed for a deep run in the NCAA Tourney after showing talent during fall invitationals Jeremy Jefferson

As the Liberty Flames men’s golf team heads into the spring season, players hope to perform at an exceptional level. For the past three seasons, Head Coach Jeff Thomas has established a reputation of his team being competitive not only in the Big South but also around the country. However, with great expectations come great responsibilities for the Flames to stay consistent with each tournament they play. After dropping more than 25 spots in the rankings from the beginning to the

end of the fall season, the team was left searching for consistent play at the end of the 2013 campaign. The team that started the fall season ranked 18th in the country finished in the 44th position. “The overall grade for the fall tournaments would be a B,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t terrible, but simply okay. We need to be shooting par as a team. Driving, chipping and putting well will keep the ball in play.” Despite the sluggish start to the fall season, the Flames showed glimpses of brilliance in the Northern Intercollegiate Rich Harvest Farms tournament Sept. 6-8. Liberty finished fourth overall and

had two senior players, Chase Marinell and Niklas Lindstrom, in the top five for the weekend. Another display of the team’s talent was shown in its fourth place overall finish at the Rod Myers Invitational. Liberty placed ahead of big name schools such as North Carolina University and Ohio State in the tournament. Thomas said that the goal for his team in the spring is to make the national championship, and he knows what it will take to get there. “We know we are good and what we are capable of,” Thomas said. “We have to start our first tournament fast, and we

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LANE RUNNER — Joe Retic looks for room in the paint.

multiple Flames to make easy shots all over the floor. Although John Caleb Sanders picked up two fouls with 14:13 in the first half, the Flames still stayed aggressive. With 8:13 to go in the first half, forward Antwan Burrus gathered one of his two steals and pushed the ball to guard Davon Marshall, who found guard Casey Roberts in transition for a quick three pointer. The triple gave the Flames their largest lead of the night. However, the Panthers clawed back into the game going into halftime down 34-33. Burrus led the Flames with seven points, while guard Joe Retic, forward Andrew Smith and center JR Coronado had six points each in the half. High Point guard Devante Wallace led all scorers with 11 points. Guard Adam Weary had eight points, and forward John Brown had six points at halftime. After a quiet first half, Brown dominated after halftime.

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JAM — An Andrew Smith dunk electrifies the Vines Center crowd.

need to be consistent and be prepared.” The spring season holds in store eight tournaments for the team, including a one-day, match-play tournament at Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst, Va. The first match of the new year begins at the Sea Best Invitational Feb. 3 and is a two-day, 54-hole tournament at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. JEFFERSON is a sports reporter.

Scoring 15 points in the second half, Brown contributed to a 12-0 Liberty run. Liberty came out sluggish and committed three turnovers in the first three minutes. “(High Point) started out with more toughness and energy in the second half,” Layer said. “That is something we can control starting with me, and we gotta be better. I thought that they were the aggressor for most of the night, and you can’t win if the other team is more aggressive than you are.” Down 45-34 with 17:04 remaining in the second half, Liberty slowly chipped into the deficit. Marshall delivered an alleyoop to Smith off an inbound from the baseline. On the next possession, John Caleb Sanders found Smith for another dunk that caused the 5,271 fans in attendance to erupt. “My teammates are starting to find me,” Smith said. “I’m getting easy looks under the basket. … I’m just trying to be in the right spot and keep moving. I’m getting layups and dunks, but it’s because of my teammates.” After High Point guard Jorge Perez-Laham missed a layup, Retic dished the ball to forward Tomasz Gielo for an open three, which closed the gap to 45-42. But the Panthers regained control and had a nine-point lead with 5:51 left. “They came out with more juice in the second half,” Smith said. “We didn’t match it. We took quick shots and had turnovers, and that fed their run.” With 4:18 to go in the game, the Flames delivered one final push. Smith put back a Gielo missed three and on the Flames next possession, Smith made a layup off a Marshall assist. After a made layup from Weary, Marshall penetrated on the other end and made a layup. He was also fouled and made the free throw to complete the

three-point play. Down 68-63 with 1:40 left in the second half, Gielo found Marshall, who nailed a three, reducing the Panthers lead to two. High Point committed a turnover on its next possession, and moments later, Smith missed a layup to tie the game. Brown was then fouled with 1:02 remaining. After knocking down both free throws, Smith hit a jumper with 44 seconds to go, bringing the lead down to two. However, Weary hit a dagger with 14 seconds to give the Panthers a 72-68 lead. “I think this is probably our worst loss of the season,” John Caleb Sanders said. “A home loss in conference is hard to get over. You have to protect your home floor. We had a pretty good run going with VMI and Campbell, but we dropped the ball here.” Smith finished with a careerhigh 17 points and eight rebounds. Gielo had 12 points and six rebounds, while Marshall also had 12 points and five assists. “Andrew (Smith) is playing at a high level,” Layer said. “We got some individual play that is heading in the right direction. We just haven’t done it all on the same night. Three guys would play well and three will be sub-par. We are a team that still hasn’t hit its peak yet.” John Caleb Sanders had seven points and moved up to 15th on the all-time scoring (1,240 points) list passing his brother Jesse Sanders (1,235 points). “It’s nice, but I wish I could’ve had a better game,” John Caleb Sanders said. “I think this was the worst game I had all season.” Liberty will travel to face the Longwood University Lancers (5-14, 0-4 Big South) Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

BATTLE is the sports editor.


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Putting their bodies on the line

The art of the flop has taken the NBA by storm over the past few seasons, led by reigning MVP LeBron James Tom Foote

Miami Heat forward LeBron James is lightly bumped by Indiana Pacers forward David West during the NBA playoffs last season, so James and West both do the natural thing anyone in their right mind would do — wave their hands, spin around and fall to the floor in sheer agony and pain. Rather than this play being appreciated for the great skill both displayed as they fell to the floor, many have deemed this play a “flop” or even “Lebroning” by both players. What most fans do not realize about this play is that James does not even know how to flop. “I don’t need to flop,” James said to the Associated Press. “I play an aggressive game, but I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys. I don’t need to flop. I don’t even know how to do it. So it doesn’t mean much to me.” Many misinterpreted what James said when he said this. But what is there not to understand? Clearly James is a talented basketball player, as well as an actor, not a “flopper” as some analysts have called him. In fact, many Hollywood actors would

not even attempt the stunts that James tries during games. Rather, they have stunt doubles who take the risk of pretending to fall or be punched in the face. So, for those who criticize James for flopping, shame on you for not applauding the risk he takes while acting. Those risks were evident when guard Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs was injured during a flop against the Boston Celtics last season. So when those athletes such as James or Ginobili make the gutsy decision to fall helplessly toward the ground and flail their arms in distress after minimal or even no contact, they put their careers at risk. These star athletes who have been taking courageous dives for the betterment of their team have been severely punished by the league for their flops. Last season the NBA and Commissioner David Stern implemented a new rule that if a play is determined to be a flop, they could fine the player a whopping $5,000. Shame on you, David Stern. This is yet again another power grab by the league and also a harsh scare tactic. Does Stern realize that these players are expected to make a living and provide for their families so that food can be put on the table?

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OVERCOME — Carley Cottingham is chasing her goals.

The surgery occurred in late August of 2009, just a few months before basketball season was set to begin, but sitting out never crossed Cottingham’s mind. According to her, she had to learn to shoot with her left hand, planning to make her in-game debut on Senior Night late in the season in February. Cottingham was so dedicated to playing at least part of her senior season that she was out shooting with her dad just three days after her surgery. “I missed the first three games because I was still trying to figure out what I could or couldn’t do,” Cottingham said. “The night before the fourth game, my dad came up to me and said, ‘Carley, what are you waiting for? Why are you not playing? You can play. You do it at practice, so why not in a game?’” Following the conversation with her dad,

With the outrageous fines, Stern has forced players such as James to decide between his team and family. Do you take a dive in a game to help your team, but risk that $5,000 that could be used for your child’s education? Questions like these are surely running through the minds of every NBA player. While the flop may be something new to American fans of the NBA and even the NFL, its roots can be traced back to Europe and South America in the sport of soccer. According to the Britannica encyclopedia, soccer is the most popular sport in the word. But it has not been accepted here in America because Americans fans are ignorant of the flop, as seen by the fine system implemented in the NBA. Fans across the world have accepted the beauty, technique and passion behind each and every flop their star player takes for his or her team to draw a penalty. Is it a coincidence that soccer is called the beautiful game and exhibits more flopping than any other sport? I would argue that it is not. Instead of criticizing players such as James, we should be praising him for attempting to break a barrier, which has set back sport in America for decades. In or-

Cottingham moved her debut date up from February to just the fourth game of the season, entering the game to a standing ovation. She went on to play every game for the rest of the season, earning all-conference honors for a third straight year. Her story began receiving widespread attention as she continued her senior season. The Detroit Free-Press wrote a story on her, and later, ESPN heard about her story and came out to do a story. She was featured on and in ESPN The Magazine, and was also being invited to a Detroit Pistons game after being named Michigan’s Hero of the Month. “(The media attention) was cool,” Cottingham said. “Cool benefits and perks have come out of it. I mean, I lost my hand, might as well do some fun stuff.” However, despite her strong play, Cottingham was not able to play basketball in college. She knew she still wanted to be involved with basketball though, and she

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THE KING — LeBron James has learned to exxaggerate slight contact. der for sports such as basketball to catch up to soccer, the flop must be embraced not only by the players, but also by the league and the American fans. FOOTE is the asst. sports editor. sent her story to Liberty women’s basketball coach Carey Green, who agreed to let Cottingham become a team manager. She is now a senior, going on her fourth year as a manager for the women’s basketball team. While she may be stuck doing the players’ laundry instead of shooting three pointers, Cottingham said she is more than happy to be a part of the team during her college career in any shape or form. Cottingham plans to graduate in May 2014 with a degree in Sport Management. However, her ambitions stretch much further than just graduating. She is currently in the beginning stages of writing a book on her story. She said it is still a work in progress, but she fully plans on finishing and releasing it. She is also interested in coaching — anything to keep her around basketball.

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CAMERAS — Students demonstrate how to use some of the updated equipment from the School of Communication & Creative Arts.

Media lab offers new features Communications students now have access to more cameras and recently added equipment Katey Roshetko

Tucked away in the back of the Performing Arts Hall is a videographer’s sanctuary — the Student Media Lab. Inside the lab is a treasure trove of technology. Cables and lights hang haphazardly from the ceiling. Rows of lockers containing goodies like light kits, microphones and cameras stand at the ready for students to use. Around the corner is also a studio desk complete with a green screen. The Student Media Lab offers students a variety of technology to use in order to achieve the greatest level of professionalism and success on their video and audio projects. Jake Johnston, the lab supervisor who orders equipment, hires student workers and helps students whenever they are in need of assistance, explained the resources

offered to students. “We offer cameras ranging from $300 (handheld) cameras to the Canon C100s that are about $6,500 a pop,” Johnston said. “We have audio equipment as well and a studio that we use for student projects. There are also some editing computers that students can use if there is a class going on in the computer lab.” However, the lab did not always contain the technology it has today. Johnston remembered the lab’s state when he first got there just a few years ago. “When I first started (working) at the media lab, the whole thing was painted blue,” Johnston said. “There was this orange carpet that had been here since the 1980s, and it was just the most disgusting thing.” After gutting the lab, putting in new floors, painting the walls and rearranging everything, Johnston set to work updating the inventory.

“At the time we had maybe 12 total cameras,” Johnston said. “Now we’re up to about 40 cameras. We’ve doubled, if not tripled, our audio equipment (and our lighting equipment).” According to students’ degree completion plans, most Communication & Creative Arts students have to take at least one video and audio class. For digital media or broadcast journalism majors, the media lab is the one-stop shop for all their video classes. “I enjoy students coming in who are where I have been,” Jessica Pope, a lab worker, said. “I like being able to help them get through the things I’ve already gone through.” Pope encourages students to become familiar with the Student Media Lab, its workers and fellow communications majors. “It’s a cool place,” Pope said. “Cool people hang out here. I think the digital media department has the more easy-go-

ing, relaxed type of people. So it’s a nice environment to surround yourself with.” Victoria Wood is a junior broadcast journalism major who frequently visits the lab for her video and audio project needs. “I love the Student Media Lab, because every time I come down here, everyone is in such good spirits, and they’re so friendly and helpful. It’s just a great environment to be in,” Wood said. The lab is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m-9 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. In order to check out any of the equipment, students must request the items 24 hours in advance via the online checkout system provided by their video class teacher. For further information on the lab, call 434-582-2405. ROSHETKO is a guest writer.

O’Kelly’s now open Virginia restaurant chain opens new Lynchburg location Ashley Bunner

O’Kelly’s Deli and Pastries introduced its Irish foods and flavors to Candler’s Mountain Road in Lynchburg, Va., during the fall of 2013 with the opening of its sixth location. O’Kelly’s, which originated in Danville, Va., in 1984, moved to the Lynchburg area in order to expand the business, according to Lynchburg Store Manager Lindsay McBride. She said O’Kelly’s is looking to build a business with the college students in the area, including Liberty University students. Although O’Kelly’s in Lynchburg does not deliver, they do cater. In the past, they have catered Liberty sporting events as well as the grand opening of the Jerry Falwell Library, according to McBride. According to the O’Kelly’s Facebook page, the restaurant offers a wide variety of sandwiches, desserts and breads made fresh every day. A few of the breads include wheat bread, Irish garlic rolls and Vermont cheddar bread. O’Kelly’s also offers desserts such as cinnamon, butter pecan and lemon crunch Danishes on a daily basis, according to McBride. In addition to the regular Danishes, McBride explained that O’Kelly’s sells special Danishes on specific days of the week, as well as seasonal Danishes. The menu also has a wide variety of sandwiches, including Ham and Swiss, BLT and baked chicken sandwiches, according to the store’s Facebook page. There are also more unique sandwiches, such as Irish pork roast, pimento cheese and pepperoni pizza bun sandwiches. For more information on O’Kelly’s Deli and Pastries, call 434-942-1531. BUNNER is a feature reporter. Courtney Russo | Liberty Champion

IRISH — O’Kelly’s Deli and Pastries serves a variety of breads and sandwiches, as well as unique desserts.


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JANUARY 21, 2014

Students seek to serve Haiti Jonathan Dimanche helps students prepare for trips that will impact them, as well as the nation of Haiti Elizabeth Brownd

Every year, Liberty University sends students on trips all across the globe. This year, two of those trips will be to the small country of Haiti. The two trips, which have been in the works since last summer, will focus on the city of Les Cayes in southern Haiti. Students will be working there in direct cooperation with the local churches, according to Jonathan Dimanche, a Haitian American and one of the trip coordinators who is working with Dean of Students Keith Anderson to facilitate the trip. The first of the trips will take place during spring break this March, and the main focus of the trip will be a convention. More than 30 Haitian churches are expected to participate. “(The convention) is to help eradicate some of the stigma brought in ... maybe by previous missionaries or people who do humanitarian aid,” Dimanche said. “Sometimes we do this thing where we give, but we don’t really help them. There’s no sense of accountability. So we’re gonna help with that.” The second trip will begin June 9 and will last eight days. It will feature a leadership conference on missions designed specifically for the nationals. The trip is also intended to help churches and individuals who are interested in missions. The conference is specifically designed to help them learn how they can become involved. Dimanche started going to Haiti shortly after the earthquake in 2010. Since then, he has returned to Haiti once or twice every year. He said that missions has always been a part of his life, as

he was raised in an environment where being a Christian was coupled with helping people. “We’re saved by grace through faith,” Dimanche said. “It’s our job to love people and to help others to understand that.” The two trips will give students a chance to experience mission work in the field. Dimanche hopes that meeting the local pas-

tors and seeing their ministries will help students view global outreach in a new way. He also hopes the experience of going on a missions trip will encourage students to use their degrees on a global scale. Dimanche switched his major from psychology to intercultural studies after feeling God’s call during a Spiritual Emphasis Week

at Liberty. “Even if you’re not a missionary per se, you can still be missions minded,” Dimanche said. The two trips will include approximately 20-25 people, and there are still some spaces available. Those interested in getting involved with the trip can contact Dimanche at jdimanche@ for more information.

“I really feel called to the whole world, to be honest,” Dimanche said. “What a better place to start than Haiti?” BROWND is a feature reporter.

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Scouts attend ‘Cookie College’ Local troops experience the new library, dining hall and a basketball game during visit Nicole Steenburgh

Enthusiastic songs and smiling faces greeted Liberty University Saturday, Jan. 18 as 80 Girls Scouts from across Virginia arrived on campus to experience a traditional workshop in a new way­ — “Cookie College.” The mission of the day was to teach the girls how to sell their cookies, whether door to door, or in an office, according to Ryan Kindt, the director of ticket sales at Liberty. But before the workshops began, the Girl Scout troops were able to explore parts of campus through a tour provided by Liberty’s Welcome Center. “It’s awesome,” Haley Burks of Troop 103 said. “The library is my favorite.” After the tour, the girls participated in “Cookie College.” According to Jessie Dawson, program manager of Southeast Virginia’s Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council, “Cookie College” is composed of workshops designed to teach the girls about budgeting and setting goals, as well as the proper conduct when selling the cookies. “The Cookie Program teaches them five leadership skills,” Dawson said. “Goal setting, money management, people skills, business ethics and decision making.” The first station was set up to show the girls how a cookie booth outside of a store would look. They also participated in icebreaker activities and learned how promotion in a cookie costume works. As the troops moved to station two, they engaged in an active question-andanswer time about why they sell cookies and some of the important things to do when interacting with a customer. They also learned about allergies and knowing what the main ingredients in the cookies are, an activity that allowed the scouts to taste the cookies. Station three was called “Getting to know the customer” and involved two of the camp leaders acting out various skits that demonstrated the proper way to approach a customer when selling door to door. Once “Cookie College” came to an end, the girls and their chaperones en-

UNIQUE continued from B8 Although Pastiche at Main has only been open approximately four months, Pavao said the store has already seen success. Within the four months of operation, the number of local creatives featured has increased from 14 at the grand opening to

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EXCITED — Girl Scout guests tour the library before settling into cookie­­­-selling classes. joyed a meal at the dining hall and attended Liberty’s White Out basketball game against High Point University. According to Kindt, this was the first time that Liberty and the Girl Scout organization had teamed up for an event like this. “(Liberty) really wanted to do something with them,” Kindt said. “Normally this is

20, according to Pavao. Pastiche at Main has also seen success in the number of visitors it has received. Because of its location on Main Street in downtown Lynchburg, the store is in a perfect location to draw an artistic crowd and tourists who flock to the center of the city, Pavao said. Additionally, events such as the

just something they have to do in a classroom, and we wanted to make it more fun.” According to Dawson, “Cookie College” day was a good opportunity to allow the girls to experience what the campus has to offer, as well as being able to network with Liberty. But throughout the day, the core of the

farmers market on Saturdays mean more downtown visitors, resulting in a rush of customers for Pastiche at Main. The store has also seen a huge response from the younger generation, because younger women enjoy the trendy decorations and accessories, according to Pavao. But the store has been even more widely accepted than Pavao

Girl Scout’s learning experience remained their mission: “Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.”

STEENBURGH is the feature editor.

originally thought it would be. According to the young owner, Pastiche at Main has seen many visitors from the older generation as well, because they enjoy the nod back to earlier trends the vintage items provide. Pastiche at Main’s achievement in its short life can also be seen in the attention it has received from local publications. It has been fea-

tured in Work It, Lynchburg and The Burg, which are branches of The News & Advance that highlight business and entertainment in the area, respectively. The store has also been promoted through, a website that helps “people discover all the great things that Lynchburg has to offer.” Pavao said that as Pastiche at Main continues to bring in more customers, she hopes to expand the store’s offerings. According to Pavao, she sees the number of local creatives featured in the store increasing in the near future, and she hopes to offer more special events as well. She said she also wants to participate in more downtown events, and she is now providing workshops showcasing some of the skills seen in the creations at the store. In addition, Pavao said she has contacted administrators in the Family & Consumer Sciences at Liberty in hopes of starting an internship program. According to Pavao, she wants to bring in college students with an interest in design and marketing to improve Pastiche at Main. As Pavao continues to promote and develop her boutique, she said she is confident her store will appeal to an increased number of customers and will transition as trends change. “I would absolutely be willing to expand in the future,” Pavao said. “I think as different trends come and go, Pastiche will change with those.” Pastiche at Main is located at 811 Main Street and is open Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursday and Friday, 12-6 p.m. For more information about the store or workshops, visit or facebook. com/pasticheatmain, email or call 434-845-2400. BROWN is a copy editor.

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DREAM — Haley Pavao offers a variety of one-of-a-kind items in her new shop Pastiche at Main.



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Students return to campus ENTERTAINMENT — Students spent their down time connecting with friends and discovering new talents at the Back to School Bash.

Student Activities hosts the Back to School Bash, the first campus activity of the semester Olivia Brown

Liberty University students quickly filled the Schilling Center ready to master the mechanical bull, challenge their friends to a game of Twister or Jenga or dress up as sumo wrestlers for a competition during the Student Activities-hosted Back to School Bash Friday, Jan. 17 “It is never boring around here,” Liberty freshman Curtissa Odi, said. “They have so many fun activities and a great variety. It is so much fun.” Liberty student Emma Maurer agreed with Odi, who invited Maurer to attend. “It’s fun to see the different activities,” Maurer said. “My favorite is watching the

sumo wrestlers.” Students also came for more than having fun and playing games. Some, such as sophomore Jay Jung, went to win prizes, such as a bluetooth speaker, headphones, various gift cards, items for dorm rooms and more. For Jung, this was the fourth Back to School Bash he has attended “What keeps me coming back are the fun games like miniature golf, bumper cars, basketball and many more,” Jung said. “You can win prizes, and it’s (more fun) the more you come.” Other competitions included mechanical bull-riding contest and a miniature golf hole-in-one competition. Prizes were also offered to winners of onstage challenges, such as the pushup competition. Students

who interacted with SA by means of social media also had the chance to enter a drawing to win a prize, and other activities incorporated prizes for high scores or, in the case of sumo wrestling, for having a good fight. Concessions were offered to students as they made their way from one activity to the next. Popcorn was handed out for free and various candies and sodas were also sold. According to Emilee Forner, SA event supervisor, more than 500 people attend the Back to School Bash every semester. She said that the games and prizes seem to keep students coming back for the event. In order to receive feedback on the night, SA handed out a survey to students who attended. Apart from request-

ing some general information, the survey asked students to rate their experience, the activities and the location of the bash on a scale from Excellent to Poor. According to Forner, these surveys will be used by SA to improve the Back to School Bash experience for students. In addition to the welcome-back event, SA hosts various events for students to enjoy throughout the year. For the month of January, they will be hosting the Campus Artist Series, Bingo Night, the Arctic 5k Trail Race, Open Mic Nights and a movie night. For more information about these events, visit the SA page at BROWN is a feature reporter.

Liberty alumna brings dream to life Local artists show off handmade creations at newly opened Pastiche at Main in downtown Lynchburg Emily Brown

For owner Haley Pavao, Pastiche at Main is more than just a new boutique — it is the realization of a dream. Pavao, who graduated from Liberty University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in interior design, said she first had the idea for a shop that offered locally created items in December of last year. According to Pavao, she enjoyed design while at Liberty, but the vision for the shop actually resulted from her recently discovered love for retail, which developed as she worked at a local paint and wallpaper store after college.

“I had always hoped to have my store one day, but then I gained some extra retail experience and from there kind of met creative people, and all of that culminated and started Pastiche,” Pavao said. As she began to further pursue her vision, Pavao said she gathered a variety of “local creatives” who were interested in selling their items at her shop after she made connections with artists at the biannual Vintage Lynchburg Market. Pavao said she chooses particular artists to feature in the store because of the high quality of the items they make. “I’m very specific about the finished detail of a product, be-

cause I think anyone can go on Pinterest and find a rosette that looks similar to ours,” Pavao said. “But to actually do it themselves, and then to sell it as if it’s their company, that is a detailed eye and someone that has really worked out the way to make their product look finished and complete. So I am fairly picky about who joins, only for the look and aesthetic.” Pavao said her idea then continued to develop with the help of local entrepreneurs, who met with Pavao to hash out the details of the business side of the shop. According to Pavao, local creatives receive a percentage of the profit from their cre-

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ART — Haley Pavao uses part of her earnings to support a Brentwood Church initiative.

ated items, and they also pay a monthly vendor fee. With the business side of the store taken care of and several local artists committed to her vision, Pavao continued with her plan and opened the store in downtown Lynchburg. Pavao’s idea became a reality at the grand opening of Pastiche at Main Sept. 7. According to the shop’s website, Pastiche at Main is “a hodgepodge of local creatives” with the purpose of combining “a variety of local creatives under one roof to create, inspire and sell together.” Pastiche at Main offers a wide variety of items, including jewelry, paper goods such as greeting cards, accessories for girls, home décor, furniture, pottery such as mugs and small dishes, hanging art, and accessories such as hair clips, headbands and scarves for women. The shop also offers a line of men’s bowties. Pastiche at Main is unique from other boutiques in the area, Pavao said, because it strictly offers local items. Additionally, most items available are oneof-a-kind, handmade or handpicked. For example, all hanging art is made by local artists, and vintage items such as the furniture pieces are hand-picked and “up-cycled,” according to Pavao. “If there’s only one of an item, then (customers) have to get here to get it,” Pavao said. “That’s the difference with our store. We have a lot of one-of-a-kind items, so once they’re gone, that might not be made again or they might not be around, because they’re truly vintage, one-of-a-kind.” Because of the assortment of items, from small hair accesso-

ries to large pieces of furniture, prices span a wide range. Pavao said she works with each of the local creatives featured at Pastiche at Main to establish prices for every type of item based on the cost of materials and the work that went into the creative process. Prices for smaller items start at $5, and prices for midsize décor items and hanging art average $30-$40. Pastiche at Main is also different because of its initiative to support Mosaic, a ministry of Brentwood Church that focuses on providing resources for families in the area who are looking to adopt or foster children. Pavao said she gives a portion of the percentage she makes from sales to support the ministry. “I’ve gotten to know and love them and how they’re reaching out to the community,” Pavao said. “And so I felt like it would be a good way of supporting local Lynchburg, with me just having a storefront, in a little bit bigger of a way by supporting their initiative.” Pastiche at Main further supports Mosaic by contributing 100 percent of profits made from gift wrapping to create backpacks with special items for children who are moving into new foster homes. “Our gift wrapping currently that we’re doing is $3 … and that’s going to help fill backpacks for little kids,” Pavao said. “So as a foster kid comes into a new home, they get a backpack full of their own items, gives them some independence.”


Liberty University January 21  

Liberty University January 21 2014

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