Governor May Grant Cuts for College Grant

Governor May Grant Cuts For College Grant:

By: Landry Coleman

College is expensive. According to CNN Money, the average college student accumulates $29,400 in debt for a bachelor’s degree. Companies, organizations and the government created scholarships and grants in an attempt to combat this statistic.

In Virginia, the VTAG or the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant is one of the most well known and most used grants for students attending private schools. Currently, because of budget cuts Governor McAuliffe and the general assembly are discussing lowering the VTAG.

These budget cuts could mean the end of college careers for a lot of the students that are accepting the assistance. According to the Financial Aid department at Liberty University, the VTAG distributes $3,100 a year to each of its students that are currently registered for its financial assistance.

According to the Virginia Private Colleges website the governor as well as the assembly is attempting to cut back almost $250 million by December. The governor already had budget cuts of $45 million that were proposed in September 2014.

According to the Virginia Private Colleges website almost 22,000 students are registered receive the grant. This includes students that are studying for their undergraduate degree as well as those that are seeking graduate degrees in health related fields.

Potentially this budget cut could hurt many private schools and not just Liberty University. The website for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, stated that along with Liberty the state also accepts students that attend any of the other 29 schools that they have listed on their website.

Liberty with the help of the other colleges on the list is attempting to do something about the potential cut. They are getting students that have been blessed by the VTAG to write into the governor and express their gratitude and their hope that the grant will not be lowered.

“The VTAG program is at a pivotal point in its continuation. There are proposals in Richmond to reduce VTAG funding, which will lower aid to students who need this grant.” Dr. Robert Ritz, the VP of Financial Aid and State Relations for Liberty University, said in an email. “We want to provide you with an easy way to express your gratitude to state representatives and let them know how much the VTAG program means to you and your friends.”

The governor’s proposals will be announced in a meeting in December, Liberty hopes that the VTAG will continue to be the financial help that it has been to students since 1972.

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Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant could be Decreased

  • Proposals are in place to lower the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG).
  • The meetings will take place in the final days of November.
  • Governor McAuliffe will announce the decision sometime in December.

A little over half of the students that enter college actually leave school with their bachelor’s degree, according to a study done by Politic365. A majority of these dropouts find themselves broke and degreeless after about six years.

College is expensive, and most students attempt to pay for it by using massive student loans and large amounts of credit. But there are ways to avoid a lot of that financial turmoil; a student may choose to apply for scholarships or grants.

In Virginia, the most important grant is the Virginia Tuition assistance grant or the VTAG. Currently, the VTAG’s worth is in question and Governor McAuliffe and the general assembly are discussing decreasing the worth of the grant.

Virginia Private Colleges says that this grant is used by almost 22,000 Virginians that are attending a private school to receive either an undergraduate or graduate degree. If the VTAG is decreased, the statistic at the beginning of the article could increase because of the amount of students that would have to drop out.

Liberty University, as well as the other 29 schools where the grant is accepted is doing their best to help their students. They are attempting to show the governor how important this grant is to their students and have set up a way for students to email the governor to do the same.

The meetings to discuss what should be done about the VTAG and the future of the grant will take place in the final days of November 2014. After a decision has been made the governor will announce the decision sometime in the first few days of December.

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Good Morning audience/ Do you remember when you were in college and how poor you used to be// Well there’s a chance that college students in Virginia could become even more broke than usual// It was announced earlier this week that the governor/ along with the general assembly will be meeting to discuss the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant// The committee will be voting to decide whether they should decrease the current amount of money that college students receive with the grant// If the committee does decide to decrease the grant/ about twenty-two thousand students will be left with significantly less money for college///

“Ignite” Art Show at Liberty University

“Ignite” art show shows off senior’s work (Print)

by Benjamin Lin

Liberty University’s senior-level art students had their work on display at the Ignite Exhibition, which opened Nov. 13 in the LU Art Gallery.

Taking place on the fourth floor of DeMoss Hall, the exhibition showcased the artwork and projects of 15 graduating studio art majors. Styles ranged from paintings to pottery, photography to character illustration.

“The turnout was phenomenal,” Senior Cassie Foster said. Foster is an employee of the Studio Arts and Digital Arts Department (SADA), as well as a photographer for the event. “This fall we hired a gallery coordinator who has expanded our social media and exposure across Virginia. At this event alone we had over 250 people attend.”

Artists stood by the displays and spoke with guests as they explored the gallery. Artist Uriah Atwood took things a step further, dressing in an apocalyptic-themed costume to match his works, complete with a full gasmask.

“Attendees absolutely loved the show,” Foster said. “We received so many compliments on our set up, and the artists this year were incredible. This has definitely been the best studio art exhibit yet! It had the greatest amount of diversity compared to our other studio arts exhibits.”

The event, which began at 6 o’clock, was packed with attendees from start to finish, all exploring the room from corner to corner.

“The variety is great,” Senior Adam Wilmouth said. “There’s a little bit of everything. And it’s all really good.”

Wilmouth, a graphic design major, attended the event to support his friend, photographer Hillary Wright.  Wright, an art major, stood with her family as attendees inspected her folk-themed photos.

Attendee Benjamin Thorn was dazzled by the sculptures. “I really love 3D models. I’m pretty sure this is the first time the gallery’s ever had anything like it. I hope they have more!”

This event comes after a highly successful gallery which displayed the work of comic book artist Sergio Cariello. That event was the second this fall which showcased the art of a comic artist. Lee Weeks, a seasoned comic artist, visited in Sept.

The Ignite Senior Studio Arts Exhibit was one of the last to take in 2014. It was followed by the Permanent Collection, which will remain open until next year. 2015 promises many more displays from the art gallery. These will include several more exhibits of senior art student’s work, which means anyone who missed the Ignite event will have another chance.

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SADA office “Ignites” enthusiasm for art (Web)

by Benjamin Lin

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  • “Ignite” senior art exhibition opened Nov. 13
  • showcased the work of LU art major in their senior year
  • drew records numbers

An all-time high attendance at their Nov. 13 opening proved that the Studio Arts and Digital Arts Department (SADA) was on to something.

Held in their art gallery on the 4th floor of DeMoss Hall at Liberty University, the “Ignite” Senior Studio Art Exhibit drew record numbers of attendees. Over 250 people turned up at 6 p.m. for the opening of the exhibition, reported Cassie Foster, a SADA worker.

“The turnout was phenomenal. This fall, we hired a gallery coordinator who has expanded our social media and exposure across Virginia,” Foster said.

This is the latest of several high profile art exhibits the SADA team has put together this semester, including displays by renowned comic book illustrators Lee Weeks and Sergio Cariello.

“This is a really nice environment. Like, it just really feels like a real gallery,” Sophomore Julia Whitt said. “This is the second show I’ve been to here this semester, and they’ve both been excellent.”

The big turnout had Foster excited for the future of the SADA department.

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An attendee speaks to photographer Eric Carson about his work. Photograph by Cassie Foster.

“We received so many compliments on our set up, and the artist this year were incredible. This has definitely been the best studio art exhibit yet! It had the greatest amount of diversity compared to our other studio arts exhibits.”

The “Ignite” show focused on the works of 15 arts department seniors presenting their work. Styles ranged from paintings to photography, and sculptures to portraiture.

All the artists were on hand to meet and talk to, and the show went until 8:30 p.m. From then, it remained open until Dec. 3.

For those who missed the show, there’s no need to worry, however. The growing success of Liberty’s art exhibits means that there will be plenty more to see in the spring semester. Four more shows are already scheduled, starting in January.

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Liberty art gallery presents art students’ achievements (Broadcast)

by Benjamin Lin

Click the link here for the news story. Apologies, the embed function was not working.

Liberty University’s Studio Arts and Digital Arts department has put the work of its senior arts students on display//

Fifteen students had the opportunity to present their art to the public/ and they certainly had an audience// The SADA office reported a record number of attendees on their opening night//

Art exhibits showcased everything from photography to sculpture to paintings.

If you happened to miss this exhibit/ don’t fret// The art department is planning on debuting several new shows next semester/ some with even more work from their seniors//

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More changes could be coming to the Liberty Way

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Cheers for changes in the Liberty Way

by Eden Bayuk

There could be more possible changes in the future for Liberty University’s Liberty Way.

Over the years, President Falwell has approved many different changes to the Liberty Way. In 2011, small nose piercings became allowing for both male and female students, when before only ear piercings were allowed. In November of the 2013 fall semester a big change came when it was approved for men to wear t-shirts instead of only collared or hooded shirts. They are also allowed to have longer hair now.

Jordan Barstead, a sophomore and Division II hockey player at Liberty University, was very excited about the changes to the Liberty Way, especially when it came to hair length.

“Playing hockey at Liberty is a great honor and a thing a lot of hockey players take pride in is their hair, or what we call “flow”. Previously, we were not allowed to have our hair go past our ears or touch our collar bone. Now that they have taken that rule out us hockey players are really happy that we are able to grow the “flow” again,” Barstead said.

Changes to the Liberty Way have also affected women, such as sophomore Resident Assistant Andi Anderson.

“Changes to the Liberty Way affect me now more than last year just because I am now having to implement disciplinary actions if people I see or know are not abiding by the Liberty Way,” Anderson said.

Because the dress code policy along with other policies are reviewed annually it begs the question of what could possibly be on the discussion board for the 2014-2015 school year.

“I know that there will most likely be some changes to the Liberty Way, but I can’t say what they will be,” Anderson said.

Overall, both Barstead and Anderson agree that Liberty University would not be the same without the Liberty Way.

“I think the changes will be for our good, and ultimately for the glory of God. No changes will be made that will compromise Liberty’s doctrine or belief system,” Anderson said.

Jerry Falwell issued a statement in November 2013 in which he stated: “while Liberty will continually review, revise and update the Liberty Way in order to keep it culturally relevant, it will never compromise its doctrinal statement or its commitment to the fundamentals of the Christian faith.”

Because changes to the Liberty Way are still under wraps for the 2014-2015 school year the anticipation for what could change next is in the air.

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The Impact of the Liberty Way

  • Through petition students have the power the see changes in the Liberty Way
  • Not everyone is supportive of some of the rules
  • The school is building champions for Christ through the Liberty Way

Each year the Liberty University dress code policy along with other policies and rules are reviewed. With the ever changing culture it is important that the Liberty Way stays up to date, while still implementing restrictions in order to train champions for Christ.

Many of these changes come from the students. According to the Student Government Association many students see something as an issue and bring it to attention at the Student Body Town Hall meetings throughout the year. From there the issues are taken to President Falwell for review.

Andi Anderson, a sophomore Resident Assistant, has seen many changes during her short time at liberty. Because of her position, as a Resident Director, she has to enforce the rules and is one of the first people to hear about these new changes.

“I definitely think changes are good. If nothing ever changed, we would be abiding by rules that were established over 40 years ago. Change is necessary for growth,” Anderson said.

Some students however do not believe that enough changes are taking place when it comes to certain things. Ashlyn Altieri, a sophomore transfer student from Dallas, had a hard time getting used to all of the new rules provided by the Liberty Way.

“I have a lot of things to do during the day and I find that having to sign out and be back at a certain time is a big inconvenience. I came from a school with no rules so having to get used to the Liberty Way has been quite the challenge for me.” Altieri said.

Over the years the dress code has been changed through the petition of the students. While some students may want more “freedom” the likeliness of this is slim, especially when it comes to such things as curfew. Overall, Liberty University has its student’s best interest in mind when it comes to the Liberty Way.

“Because of the Liberty Way, students are held to a different standard that students at other schools. The ultimate goal of the university is to train champions for Christ, and I think the Liberty Way has the potential to aid in that being done.” Anderson said.

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With new changes being made to the Liberty Way almost every year it is exciting to see what could be on the discussion board this year///

In the past couple of years President Falwell has made many changes///

Jordan Barstead/ a division 2 hockey player/ said after being allowed to grow out the length of his hair he is excited for more possible changes to come in the future///

Resident Assistant Andi Anderson said that there will most likely be some changes to the Liberty Way/ but she can’t say what they will be///

Hopefully soon possible changes will be publically announced///

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Perfect Season Burned by Flames

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The Liberty, Coastal Carolina rivalry has played some incredible games over the years, but the movie-worthy ending of this season’s football game will forever stick out as history-making for one school and what could have been for the other.

Coastal Carolina was sitting pretty at 10-0 going into the last game of the season against Liberty.  The Chanticleers were ranked #1, with the nationwide expectation of finishing the season at a perfect 11-0, while the Flames were nowhere to be found on the Top 25.  Both teams knew what was on the line for them.

“We wanted to get the win,” junior wide receiver Darrin Peterson said.  “We’ve been underrated for a while.”

Due to a knee injury, Liberty’s starting quarterback was out.  Therefore, the game was in the hands of redshirt-freshman Stephon Masha, whose only collegiate start was the previous week in a heartbreaking loss to Charleston Southern.

Liberty started strong and got on the scoreboard first with a short field goal on their opening drive.  Coastal countered with back-to-back touchdowns in the 2nd quarter.  The Flames, then, kicked a field goal to make the halftime score 14-6.

In the 3rd quarter, Liberty scored with a 72-yard touchdown pass to Peterson.  On an attempt to tie the game, the Flames unsuccessfully went for 2 points.  After missing a field goal attempt early in the 4th quarter, Lunsford was given another chance to give his team the lead with 1:20 left in the game.  The 32-yard field goal was right down the center and put Liberty up 15-14.

However, the Chanticleers were not giving up that easily.  In a potential game-winning drive, Coastal managed to work its way down the field to the red zone.  After issues with the clock not continuing to run, as it’s supposed to do within the last two-minutes, the referees called for a 10-second run-off, leaving five seconds.  Coastal quickly spiked the ball, so that they had 3.5 seconds and the opportunity to win the game with a 24-yard field goal.  The Flames used their final two timeouts to not only ice the kicker, but also try to prepare to do what was deemed highly unlikely.

Finally, the ball was snapped and the kick was up, as Liberty’s Chima Uzowihe squeezed through the offensive line to get enough of his hand on the ball to block the kick.

“I knew how imperative it was to get back there and block it, but I wasn’t too anxious,” the junior defensive lineman said.  “The moment I felt it touch my hand, I had to turn around and look back to make sure it still didn’t go through.  After that, I just went crazy.”

The Liberty sideline immediately stormed the field in celebration, while Coastal Carolina’s team and fans just stood there stunned.  It was the type of ending that you almost had to see to believe.

“It’s pretty much indescribable how emotions were during that moment,” junior running back DJ Abnar said.  “And even after that moment, in the locker room, on the bus, on the plane ride.  Still to this day, I get goose bumps thinking about it.”

The win meant that Liberty and Coastal would finish co-champions of the Big South Conference.  However, the head-to-head tiebreaker gives the Flames the automatic-bid for the playoffs, their first in school history.

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  • Liberty and Coastal Carolina played for the Big South Championship
  • Coastal was ranked #1, so they were expected to win
  • Liberty won by blocking a field goal as time expired

The Liberty, Coastal Carolina rivalry has played some incredible games over the years, but the movie-worthy ending of this season’s football game will forever be in the minds of both teams.

The Chanticleers were ranked #1, with the nationwide expectation of finishing the season at a perfect 11-0.  Liberty, on the other hand, needed the win to get into the playoffs.

The Flames got on the scoreboard first with a field goal on their opening drive.  Coastal countered with back-to-back touchdowns.  Liberty, then, kicked a field goal to go into halftime down 14-6.

In the third quarter, Liberty scored a touchdown, but failed to make the two-point conversion to tie the game.  With 1:20 left in the game, the Flames were able to take the lead with a 32-yard field goal, putting them up 15-14.

However, the Chanticleers were not giving up easily.  In a potential game-winning drive, Coastal managed to work its way down the field to the red zone.  With 3.5 seconds left, they had the opportunity to win the game with a 24-yard field goal.

The ball was snapped and the kick was up, as Liberty’s Chima Uzowihe squeezed through the offensive line to get a hand on the ball.

“I knew how imperative it was to get back there and block it, but I wasn’t too anxious,” the junior defensive lineman said.  “The moment I felt it touch my hand, I had to turn around and look back to make sure it still didn’t go through.  After that, I just went crazy.”

Within seconds of the blocked kick, the Liberty sideline stormed the field in celebration.  It was the type of moment that will likely never come again: blocking a kick as time expires to beat your rival, the number one team in the nation, to become conference champions and earn your first playoff bid in school history.

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The Liberty/ Coastal Carolina rivalry has played some incredible games over the years/ but this season’s football game will forever stick out as history-making for one school and what could have been for the other///

The chanticleers were looking for a perfect 11-0 season/ while the Flames wanted their first ever playoff bid///

It was an exciting game that came down to the last play//  Coastal was a 24-yard field goal away from the win/ but even that proved too much//  Liberty’s Chima Uzowihe blocked the kick as time expired///

After the game/ the junior defensive lineman said emotions were high/ but the team wasn’t satisfied just yet//  They still have more history to make by winning the national championship///

Nasser brings changes to Convocation

Philip Sitterding
ptsitterding@liberty.edu

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David Nasser held a special Convocation October 20 to announce a new direction for the meetings as part of his continuing campaign to reform students’ experience at the school.

Convocation takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Vines Center. It currently features a worship service led by the Liberty Campus Band that is followed by a talk from an influential figure in politics, religion or business.

During his speech, Nasser explained that he was hoping to make the Convocation experience more intentional by customizing each event for the speaker involved.

“When we’re going after God, we’re gonna be going after God,” he said. “If we have Donald Trump here, like we had a couple years ago, here’s what we’re not gonna do. We’re not gonna have three Tomlin songs before Donald Trump gets up. We’re not. We’re not gonna treat it like a church service. We’re gonna treat it like, here’s a man who knows a few things about money, so we’ve asked him to come and stretch our minds about money.”

Nasser also announced a new plan to diversify the focus of Monday Convocations. Under his plan, Monday convocations will rotate through a schedule of different focuses each month.

  1. Prayer – Students will gather for a time of focused prayer.
  2. Praise – Convocation will focus on praise and worship music.
  3. Plan – University officials will have the chance to share news and ideas with the student body.
  4. Play – Nasser mentioned comedian Jim Gaffigan and country musician Willie Nelson as examples of the guests students can expect for this Convocation.

Nasser spent much of his time in Convocation explaining that these developments represented a change in practice and not a change in vision. He used the analogy of changing a sports team’s coach to clarify his point.

“There’s all these different strategies, but guess what?” Nasser said. “Tomorrow they could fire the head coach at Alabama, and guess what? They’re gonna have another coach. He’s gonna come right in, lock and load, and he’s gonna have the same vision. … Strategy changes all the time, but vision stays the same.”

President Jerry Falwell, who introduced Nasser at the beginning of Convocation, told the student body that he was excited about the new strategy Nasser was bringing to Liberty.

“We talked about how to move forward and about what should be done in the future to make Convocation an even more enriching experience for you and to build on what Johnnie Moore and others have done here,” Falwell said.

Liberty’s leadership has made it clear that this new strategy for Convocation is meant to be a continuation of past vision and not a new direction. This is welcome news for many students who have been concerned with some of the steps Nasser has taken.

“I mean, I loved Johnnie Moore, and it’s not the same without him,” sophomore Connor Weisman said. “Do I think David Nasser’s a good guy? Yeah. So, I mean, we’ll see. Who knows? I’m gonna give him a chance.”

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  • Prayer meetings moved to Wednesdays
  • Spiritual teaching streamlined and unified
  • New plans for Monday Convocations

If you’re a student at Liberty University, a surprise announcement by the Office of Student Leadership Sunday night will change the dynamic of your entire week.

In a mandatory meeting called for student leaders, Dr. Todd Campo, the Vice President of Student Leadership, told prayer and life group leaders and spiritual life coaches that David Nasser has decided to move Liberty’s weekly hall meetings from Tuesday nights to Wednesday nights.

This change means that curfew will be moved to midnight Tuesdays and pulled back to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. For student leaders, the announcement carried a bigger change; Wednesday night Campus Church is now mandatory for all student leaders. This adds a new time commitment from 7:30 to 9:30 each week for prayer and life group leaders, spiritual life coaches, resident assistants and resident directors.

“There’s still a lot of troubleshooting that they’re gonna be doing,” resident assistant Connor Davidson said. “It’s like a new operating system, and they’re gonna be putting out a lot of updates while they’re getting started.”

Campus Church will be mandatory because David Nasser wants all Liberty’s prayer and life group leaders to be covering the same topics in their discussions. Campo told student leaders that it would help provide unification to the student body.

“David Nasser wants to streamline the spiritual teaching you as students are going to get,” he said. “He’ll be teaching from Galatians at Campus Church next semester, so prayer leaders? You’ll be teaching from Galatians in prayer groups.”

These are the most recent of the many changes Nasser has put in place since his arrival at Liberty. At Convocation October 20, he gave a speech to the student body outlining changes to Convocations for the spring semester. Most notable among his plans was the addition of a rotating schedule of Monday Convocations.

“And so one Monday, we’re just gonna pray,” Nasser said, “one Monday we’re gonna praise, one Monday we’re gonna plan, and then the last one of the month, we’re just gonna play. We’re just gonna come in here and have fun, we’re gonna get it going!”

He also mentioned the possibility that Convocation might move to a Tuesday and Thursday schedule starting in fall 2015. Nasser has a new strategy for his students’ spiritual lives; big changes are coming to Liberty University.

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Next semester is bringing several new changes to your school// In a meeting Sunday night/ Vice President Todd Campo tells student leaders that hall meetings and prayer groups are moving from Tuesday to Wednesday night// Campo says David Nasser pictures prayer groups as a continuation of Campus Church/ a chance for the whole student body to be in discussion on the same topics// This announcement comes only a month after Nasser outlined a new direction for Convocation that focuses on creating an intentional/ sustainable pace///

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Changes in student leadership

Changes to come in student leadership

by Andrea J. Anderson

On October 7 it was announced that anyone involved in leadership at Liberty University will be required to attend campus church starting next semester. A meeting was held in the Vines Center and Todd Campo, vice president of Student Leadership, also stated that hall meeting and prayer groups will be moved to Wednesday nights. Prayer leaders will receive a guide from which they will teach prayer groups.

David Nasser, senior vice president for Spiritual Development, hopes that campus church will be shifted into a Bible study type of setting, rather than a church setting. Nasser values involvement in the local church, so he hopes to use campus church as a way for students to be unified in what they are studying while still being involved in the local church.

Students already involved in the local church will not be required to attend campus church; however, those who are not involved in the local church will be required to attend campus church.

“It will be interesting to see how the changes will be executed,” Michaela Morel, a senior prayer leader, said.

Nothing has been said as far as how students will be accounted for at campus church. A method of checking students in and making sure student leaders attend is still being determined.

Joye Harrison, a freshman prayer leader, is excited for the potential positive result of the changes. She hopes the changes will build community across campus and ultimately result in a revival.

“Change is necessary for growth,” Harrison said.

The Office of Student Leadership is also discussing shifting the responsibilities of student leaders to accommodate for the changes that were announced in the meeting. No details have been released but will be determined by next semester.

Andrea Hamilton, a junior Spiritual Life Coach, believes the requirement of student leaders to attend campus church will build unity because they will all be learning the same information. Students will be able to discuss what was taught and will be able to encourage each other in whatever they learned.

While details are still being decided, the changes have caused mixed reviews across campus. All student leaders are being encouraged to be positive and respectful when discussing the changes with their peers. They are also expected to not say anything on social media regarding the changes.

More changes will be coming to Liberty University’s campus. The ultimate goal will still be to train champions for Christ.

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New vision announced for student leadership

by Andrea J. Anderson

  • all student leaders now required to attend campus church
  • prayer and life group leaders (PLGL’s) to teach from curriculum
  • hall meeting and prayer groups being moved to Wednesday nights

Todd Campo, vice president of Student Leadership, announced October 7 at a meeting for student leaders that all student leaders will be required to attend campus church, PLGL’s will teach from a curriculum given to them, and hall meeting and prayer groups will be moved to Wednesday nights instead of Tuesdays.

David Nasser, senior vice president for Spiritual Development, hopes to re-shape campus church into a gathering of all student leaders and students that will build unity across campus.

The curriculum from which the PLGL’s will teach will be going through the book of Galatians. PLGL’s will have freedom to tailor the information to the students in their group; they will still have the ability to choose how they teach and the freedom to take their lesson in whatever direction they desire.

Students who are involved in the local church on Wednesday nights will still be able to attend their desired churches; however, if a student is not involved in the local church, he or she will be required to attend campus church.

Nasser’s vision for campus church is for it to be seen as a Bible study type of setting, not a replacement for the local church. The prayer and life groups will act as a sort of breakout session off of the main teaching. Nasser will be the main person teaching at campus church.

The Office of Student Leadership is discussing potential changes in order to accommodate the student leaders due to the new requirement of campus church attendance.

The ultimate goal of the changes is to enhance the goal of the university: to train champions for Christ. Nasser and the Office of Student Leadership are both pursuing that goal.

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Several changes were announced October 7 at a meeting for student leaders/ All student leaders will be required to attend campus church// prayer and life group leaders will teach from a curriculum given to them// and hall meeting and prayer groups will be moved to Wednesday nights instead of Tuesdays/ David Nasser// vice president for Spiritual Development// hopes to build unity among campus with the changes that will occur/ Student leaders involved in the local church will still be able to attend their churches/ The ultimate goal of the university will still be to train champions for Christ/

Liberty Defeats JMU 26-21 for First Ever Playoff Victory

 

Liberty Tops JMU for First Ever Playoff Win

By: C. Denton Day II

The NCAA FCS playoffs began this weekend and for the first time ever Liberty University was a part of the action. The 8-4 Liberty Flames traveled to Harrisonburg, Virginia to take on the 9-3 Dukes of James Madison University.

Liberty had to win their last regular season game and win the Big South conference to get in to the playoffs and the Flames did just that. They defeated rival Coastal Carolina 15-14 on a field goal block to win the game and ruining Coast Carolina’s perfect season.

JMU received an at large bid after a relatively dominant season and were considered to be the favorite in the game against Liberty.

Liberty got on the board first and had a quick 10-0 lead but JMU answered back in the second quarter and scored 21 unanswered points to go into halftime with a 21-10 lead. In the first have the Flames turned the ball over two times and each of those turnovers resulted in a JMU touchdown.

“We were stopping ourselves,” Head Coach Turner Gill said.

In the second half that is the mentality the Flames had. Liberty established their run game and dominated the time of possession in the second half with 21 total minute of possession compared to JMU’s 9 minutes.

“We thought we had a good opportunity to stop them, but we just needed to make sure our defense wasn’t on the field a whole lot,” Gill said.

The defense held JMU to three three-and-outs and only allowed seven yards on their final four possessions. Liberty’s defensive performance put the offense in great position to make plays, which put tremendous pressure on JMU’s defense.

Liberty got a huge help from their special teams on a fake field goal that swung the momentum into the Flames corner. Quarterback Javan Shashaty was in position to hold the ball for a 57 yard field goal but instead sneaked around the side and picked up a 26 yard gain. The Flames would score three plays later

Liberty relied on their running game to help them take the win. Junior D.J. Abnar and redshirt freshmen Todd Macon combined to rush for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Liberty finished strong in the 4th quarter holding the ball for a 20 play 11 minute drive that was capped off on a one yard touchdown run by Junior fullback Nicky Fualaau that put Liberty ahead 26-21.

JMU had one final opportunity to come back and score a touchdown to win the game but that came up short when Senior defensive back Kenny Scott batted down a fourth down pass to seal the win for the Flames.

“Last week I had the chance to end the game and it didn’t happen so this time I made a promise to myself that if they threw at me I would make it happen,” Kenny Scott said. “I didn’t come up with the pick but I made a play on the ball and we won the game.”

Liberty now will advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in school history. The Flames will travel and take on the Villanova Wildcats on Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

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Liberty’s First Playoff Game a Success

By: C. Denton Day II

  • First playoff game in school history
  • Woodrum led offense to over 300 total yards
  • Flames win 26-21

For the first time since being founded in 1971 Liberty University qualified for the FCS playoffs. Liberty finished the regular season 8-4 and was crowned the Big South champions after defeating rival Coastal Carolina in the regular season finale.

Liberty traveled to Harrisonburg, Virginia to take on the 9-3 James Madison Dukes. Madison was considered the favorite but Liberty came out firing.

The Flames took an early 10 point lead but two costly turnovers in the second quarter helped quarterback Vad Lee and the Dukes score 21 unanswered points to go into half time with a 21-10 lead.

The second half was a different story for the Flames and their defense. Liberty’s defense held JMU scoreless in the second half and only allowed 55 yards in the second half from the Dukes offense.

Thanks to the Flames defense the Flames offense was able to establish a running game which was the key for Liberty in the second half. Running backs D.J. Abnar and Todd Macon combined for 109 total rushing yards and two touchdowns.

The play of the game was on the defensive side of the ball when Kenny Scott batted away a fourth down pass, which ended up being the Dukes’ final play.

“We’ve always sort of had the stigma around Liberty that we can’t win in state and we can’t beat a CAA team, but I think tonight we proved that we can do whatever we want as long as we execute and follow the coaches game plan,” Quarterback Josh Woodrum said.

Woodrum led the Flames to over 300 total yards on offense in his first game back since Nov. 8.

“I’m so proud of this football team when they could’ve given up a whole lot of times this season but they have not given up they continued to fight,” Head Coach Turner Gill said.

The Flames will now travel to Philadelphia to take on the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday Dec. 6 at 4:30.

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The eight and four Liberty Flames traveled to Harrisonburg to take on the nine and three JMU Dukes// Liberty was the underdog in this game but they started off hot taking an early ten to nothing lead/ but in the second quarter JMU scored three touchdowns and went into halftime leading twenty-one to ten//In the second half the Flames defense really stepped up and their running game produced two touchdowns to give the Flames a late twenty-six to twenty-one lead// Following a late batted down pass by Kenny Scott on fourth down the Flames were able to pick up the victory 26-21///

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