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
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?
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?
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!
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
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 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?
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?
Who is the LU Banana Vandal and when will they strike next? A masked vandal has been causing bunches of trouble on Liberty’s campus. On Oct. 26, a student dressed as a banana climbed to the top of the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall, commonly known as the ROT, and hung 10 inflatable bananas along with a sign emblazoned with “Who is @lubananavandal?” View this post … Continue reading The Banana Vandal Attempts to Bring About the Banana Republic
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.