Oscar Outcasts: Annihilation

An autopsy of the widely snubbed sci-fi masterpiece. I just want to say upfront that “Annihilation” is truly a great film. Its unique plot structure, attention to detail, score and mesmerizing production design create an incredible movie-going experience. Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Gina Rodriguez give standout performances, and director Alex Garland clearly has a strong aesthetic and is able to carry the themes … Continue reading Oscar Outcasts: Annihilation

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Oscar Outcasts: First Reformed

An overview of the religious drama, First Reformed, in context of the church and Christianity. Doubt, heresy and conviction have been some of the most enduring themes throughout film history. Since D.W Griffith’s 1919 silent masterpiece “Intolerance”, the struggle between those who see themselves as carrying out the divine will of God against the oppressive godless masses remains one of the most intriguing struggles in … Continue reading Oscar Outcasts: First Reformed

A War on Common Sense

An LU student’s perspective on the opioid crisis. The opioid crisis has been a huge problem as of recent years. According to the South China Morning Post over 300,000 people have died in the US since 2000 due to prescription opioid overdoses. These types of opioids are prescribed for seizures, different types of pain and other ailments. Many of these opioids are extremely addictive and … Continue reading A War on Common Sense

Opinion: Liberty University’s CIO Needs to Resign

John Gauger has been accused of rigging polls for the 2016 Presidential Election. If Liberty University wants to retain Christian credibility in the academic field, their Chief Information Officer John Gauger needs to resign. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, The Wall Street Journal released a report detailing how former attorney Michael Cohen paid off Gauger to rig poll data in favor of Donald Trump for the … Continue reading Opinion: Liberty University’s CIO Needs to Resign

Students: Let Your Voice be Heard

The Lynchburg Torch has many opportunities for students of all majors and interests.  Christmastime is here, and with it comes the end to another semester at Liberty. This semester, The Lynchburg Torch has gone from a lofty idea to an established student project. We’ve been enormously blessed by the student interaction we’ve received, and we are enormously thankful for the interest all of you have … Continue reading Students: Let Your Voice be Heard

Opinion: Patrol Rifle Purchase Best Option to Protect Lynchburg

Officer injury leads to city council approving rifle purchases.  The Lynchburg City Council recently voted to purchase 43 semi-automatic rifles in order to “fully outfit the department’s patrol division,” according to the News & Advance. The vote came just weeks after a Lynchburg police officer was shot in the line of duty. While the officer has been released from the hospital, the incident caused Lynchburg … Continue reading Opinion: Patrol Rifle Purchase Best Option to Protect Lynchburg

Liberty Needs Freedom of Speech on Campus.

Liberty claims to be a big proponent of free speech, but is it really? Liberty University prides itself on being  one of the largest Christian universities in the world, one that trains students to be “Champions for Christ.” But Liberty has had a mixed history in regard to freedom of speech and expression on campus. While public universities are required to allow free speech on … Continue reading Liberty Needs Freedom of Speech on Campus.

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

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?

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?