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?

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D’Souza’s Bias: How Should Political Historians Conduct Themselves?

A Liberty history student’s take on Monday’s Convo Select. I recently traveled with the Liberty University History Department to the Undergraduate Conference on Faith & History at which the conference’s plenary speaker, Jemar Tisby, spoke on the use of history as activism. The talk was illuminating and inspiring, but the most important point came from a student’s question: “How do you ensure that in your … Continue reading D’Souza’s Bias: How Should Political Historians Conduct Themselves?

My Life at LU: A Student’s Reflection on Her Growth at Liberty.

A journalism student reminisces on her time at college. The days are long but the years are short. I blinked and time leapt forward through two-and-a-half years of undergrad life, procrastination and homework (in that order), all-nighters and copious amounts of black coffee to the final pages in this chapter. I moved to the aspiring metropolis of Lynchburg as a transfer student, carrying an armload … Continue reading My Life at LU: A Student’s Reflection on Her Growth at Liberty.

Liberty University Sold My Information to Politicians

Massive email sale makes students question Liberty’s motives. In a world where personal information is just a few keystrokes away, privacy is priceless. But Liberty University just compromised their students’ digital peace and quiet for a few dollars. According to an article by the News & Advance, Liberty University recently leased an unknown number of student and alumni email addresses to Republican Corey Stewart, who … Continue reading Liberty University Sold My Information to Politicians

Flames Football: How Can Liberty Make Lifelong Fans?

What changes does LU have to make to fill Williams Stadium? Liberty University Football is playing their first season in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and at this point, there is no point in arguing over the decision. Whether or not it made sense for a mediocre FCS team to make the jump is no longer relevant. It already happened. Now the question is, where … Continue reading Flames Football: How Can Liberty Make Lifelong Fans?

Course Correction: Has the Liberty Way Been Changed Too Much?

Liberty’s code of conduct has undergone many revisions as the school has grown. Take a quick look at an online forum designed for old Liberty alum to talk Flames news and whatever else is on their curmudgeonly minds, and you will see many of the older folk do not like where Liberty is heading, in regard to “The Liberty Way.” “The attire of the females … Continue reading Course Correction: Has the Liberty Way Been Changed Too Much?

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

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