Opinion: Holi-gay Craft Fair Presents Moral Quandary for LU Students

Liberty students should use the Holi-gay craft fair as an opportunity to reach into the community. With the Christmas season fast approaching, the city of Lynchburg is in full celebration mode. Whether through tree lightings, parades or Christmas movie marathons, Lynchburg is taking every opportunity to embrace the holiday season. But one event in particular may leave some Liberty University students in a moral quandary: … Continue reading Opinion: Holi-gay Craft Fair Presents Moral Quandary for LU Students

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Special Report: How the Opioid Epidemic is Affecting Local Counties

Virginians have been heavily affected by the opioid crisis. How can the community rally around this problem? How long can someone watch an epidemic before they feel compelled to take action? For Don Holman, the breaking point was when his son was found dead. Garrett Holman died Feb. 9, 2017, after he overdosed on heroin laced with the super-drug fentanyl, which according to the Drug … Continue reading Special Report: How the Opioid Epidemic is Affecting Local Counties

LGBTQ+ Liberty Students Support One Another on Twitter

The Liberty Queer provides a space for non-binary LU students to connect and support one another. Liberty University is a conservative university, and while that may be appealing to many, it has instilled fear in others, especially those who do not conform to its way of thinking. Recently, a Twitter group called The Liberty Queer was created to protest the lack of vocal LGBTQ+ representation … Continue reading LGBTQ+ Liberty Students Support One Another on Twitter

Awareness Garden: A Memorial to Loved Ones

Bells, bricks and flowers help locals remember those who have battled cancer. Jessica Barger and her mother Ramona talked together openly about death. With Ramona battling breast cancer, it was not a topic they could avoid. “My mom was like, ‘I don’t want a grave, I don’t want that, but I want somewhere that you can go and sit and talk to me,’” Jessica Barger … Continue reading Awareness Garden: A Memorial to Loved Ones

Small Business Saturday: Why Should You Support Local?

Shopping local benefits the community in a variety of ways. The holidays are approaching like a freight train, closing in at full speed, a terrifying reminder that you’ve procrastinated on your Christmas shopping (again). You want to find something unique to wrap for your mom this year, but the malls are crowded, their brand-name stores selling out of all your ideas and you’re running out … Continue reading Small Business Saturday: Why Should You Support Local?

Is Rising Tuition Causing Liberty’s Enrollment to Stagnate?

Tuition might be cause for enrollment decline. Back in my day, Liberty was the “world’s largest Christian university.” And then came Grand Canyon University. When Jack Jenkins of Religion News Service broke the news Liberty no longer held the self-proclaimed moniker turned marketing tool, Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. took offense. “Our definition of a Christian university only includes universities who hire faculty who adhere … Continue reading Is Rising Tuition Causing Liberty’s Enrollment to Stagnate?

The LU Banana Vandal Strikes Again!

Campus miscreant vandalizes Freedom Tower. Early Wednesday, Nov. 29, the LU Banana Vandal struck again. Flags displaying giant bananas hung from the top of the Freedom Tower on Liberty’s campus. Underneath the bananas was the Vandal’s Instagram tag, @lubananavandal.   View this post on Instagram   They told me I couldn’t put bananas on the roof of the rot… but is it cool if I … Continue reading The LU Banana Vandal Strikes Again!

A Friend in Need: Co-Workers Coordinate Love Heals Benefit Concert for Sick Colleague

Co-workers organize concert to support friend’s cancer treatment. Nearly 100 people attended the Love Heals benefit concert at Gospel Community Church Nov. 11, raising $1,200 in financial support for Liberty University alumna Jessie Fabling’s breast cancer treatment. Courtney Green and Ezra Valencia came up with the idea for the Love Heals benefit concert a few days before Halloween while working a closing wait shift together … Continue reading A Friend in Need: Co-Workers Coordinate Love Heals Benefit Concert for Sick Colleague

LU Professor Resigns After Pornography Mishap. How Did the Students Handle It?

A professor’s mistake publicized on Twitter creates problems for all parties involved. On Nov. 9, Liberty student Ian Parish posted a screenshot on Twitter showing an email sent from his professor containing a link to a porn website. Parish called out his professor in the tweet.   The tweet quickly blew up on social media as students began a flurry of sharing and commenting, ruining the reputation … Continue reading LU Professor Resigns After Pornography Mishap. How Did the Students Handle It?

Coffee Community – Why Are There so Many Coffee Shops in Lynchburg?

Coffee shops can serve as their own communities in college towns. Liberty University is filled with students who love to drink coffee. Regular coffee, macchiatos, cappuccinos and lattes. All of the coffee. As a university with such strong views on alcohol use, coffee dates are a daily substitute. However, are businesses sniffing this demographic out and oversaturating it? Perhaps, but maybe there is a more … Continue reading Coffee Community – Why Are There so Many Coffee Shops in Lynchburg?