For the Lynchburg Goth Scene, it’s Halloween Every Day.

The Lynchburg Gothic League celebrates its one-year anniversary. Saturday night in the back room of Rivermont Pizza, a DJ blasted synth-heavy dance music while Type Trauma, an electro-industrial band based out of Roanoke, prepared for their set. In one corner of the restaurant, the Addams Family played silently on a boxy, retro television. The crowd dancing in the back room was diverse: college-aged students, middle-aged … Continue reading For the Lynchburg Goth Scene, it’s Halloween Every Day.

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This Professor Unites Culture and Academia Through his Classes and YouTube Channel.

Clifford Stumme offers a unique kind of “pop quiz.” By day, Clifford Stumme is a professor at Liberty University, but after hours, he dedicates his time to working on his YouTube channel. There, he teaches viewers how to write songs and occasionally critiques lyrics, all in good fun. “I direct the interdisciplinary program and I teach our capstone course as well as a couple of … Continue reading This Professor Unites Culture and Academia Through his Classes and YouTube Channel.

Movie Review: A Student’s Take on The Trump Prophecy

Liberty’s cinematic arts program feature film starts fine but quickly becomes borderline heretical. It began as a typical low-budget semi-professional film: adequate camera movement, slightly stilted dialogue, mediocre acting. For an amateur production, it seemed to be shaping up just fine. But about 45 minutes into the overly extended build-up, the crackle of Donald Trump’s voice could be heard in a television broadcast. And thus, … Continue reading Movie Review: A Student’s Take on The Trump Prophecy

Welcome to the Lynchburg Torch

Liberty and Lynchburg’s editorially and financially independent student newspaper. Welcome to The Lynchburg Torch. We are a group of Liberty University students who are passionate about the community in Lynchburg and the student body at our school. This project is for the students and locals to have their voices heard and to promote healthy discourse on campus and in our community. I helped start The … Continue reading Welcome to the Lynchburg Torch

Liberty Filmmakers: What’s the Cost?

An inside look at the blood, sweat and tears an LU filmmaker put into his project. From the moment Caleb Redecki showed his family his first film on VHS and saw their reactions, he was hooked. “There’s nothing like that initial reveal,” Redecki said, “Just creating and having something to show and seeing people’s reaction—I think that is just the coolest thing.” As a senior … Continue reading Liberty Filmmakers: What’s the Cost?

SAM Fund gets Liberty Students Invested in Investments

Student Asset Management Fund gives students valuable business experience. What do you get when you mix tens of thousands of dollars, a bunch of college students and the stock market? It’s not a recipe for disaster. It’s the Student Asset Management (SAM) Fund. The SAM Fund is one of Liberty University’s most exclusive  groups. Each week, 25 students gather in the Jerry Falwell Library Scholar’s … Continue reading SAM Fund gets Liberty Students Invested in Investments

Central Virginia Fashion Week Rolls Out

River Ridge Mall hosts the second annual local fashion show. Victoria Watts has a passion for fashion. That is why she is heading up the second annual Central Virginia Fashion Week, a local artist exhibition the River Ridge Mall is hosting through Sunday. The show brings together local designers, models, makeup and hair artists, business owners and writers together to display their talents and promote … Continue reading Central Virginia Fashion Week Rolls Out

Scaremare: Scary Successful or Outdated?

Is Liberty’s time-tested haunted house as effective as it used to be? Scaremare is a classic tradition for Liberty University students. Every year residential hall communities, groups of friends and people from churches all around the area gather to experience a classic haunted house with a twist of salvation. While the goal of saving people’s souls perfectly aligns with the mission of the university, is … Continue reading Scaremare: Scary Successful or Outdated?

Locker Room Talk – Two Years Later

Former student editor reflects on experience of leaving the champion. The Daily Beast. Politico. The Washington Post. New York Daily News. Sojourners. Daily Mail. Those are just a few of the news outlets that covered the locker room talk debacle in October of 2016. The events that unfolded over a span of roughly 72 hours were life-changing. It is a story that I will remember … Continue reading Locker Room Talk – Two Years Later

Liberty’s Latest Banana Tradition Leaves Students Split

Should students reap the fruit of their actions or will Mr. Rot continue giving grace? What started as a practical joke has evolved into a “tradition” that is spiraling out of control. In Convocation last Friday, Oct. 19, Liberty Dining Services District Manager Duke Davis implored students (not for the first time) to stop throwing bananas on the roof of the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall. According … Continue reading Liberty’s Latest Banana Tradition Leaves Students Split