The night of 3 November, iDebate members from the country of a thousand hills set foot on Lynchburg , the “City of Seven Hills”. In the “chilly “night ( freezing for us) we were warmly welcomed by Dr Michael Hall, Director of Debate, Heather Hall, Assistant Debate Coach and Rueben Hagwood a Graduate student. After 3 hours of travel from DC, we needed to recharge, so we went to Chick-Fil-A.
As always Yvan was “pressured” when it came to ordering. I will keep the restaurant stories for some other time. Because we all wanted to go to bed so bad, we literally had to chow down so that we could get done and go to bed. Fortunalty for us, comfortable rooms were waiting for us on Candlers Mtn Road in Wingate hotel.
The next day, Rueben so willingly came to pick us from the hotel and drove us to the Campus. “WOoooOW!” we all exclaimed when we realized we’d driving thought the campus for minutes. To all of us the campus was already too big. Liberty was becoming the largest school we’d visited.
LU is the largest Evangelical Christian University in the world with over 230 online programs, the nation’s largest private nonprofit university and 7th largest four-year university, and the largest university in Virginia.
“WOoooOW!” We all exclaimed again when we entered the $50 million Jerry Falwell Library that has a four-story book tower with a robotic book retrieval system. We were so eager to see the robotic system at work that we delayed the tour a little bit. I was a sign that at the study zone that our National Library should copy.
The debate squad
The debate squad was specially decorated for us, it had a poster with details of our event and the Rwandan flag. Mrs Bessie E. Grayson Administrative Assistant so nicely welcomed us the office.
The International Students Center
We had the pleasure to meet Amen Mibaraka from the International Students Center who happens to be Rwandan. I could tell from the excitement and the joyful voice that she has not spoken Kinyarwanda for some time. The international office has 96 nationalities represented and we got a chance to interact with some of the staff. We left a “maganatanu” a five hundred Rwanda Francs not to pin on the currencies board.
Megan and Katelynn from LUdebated against Kassy and Bryan on the motion : “The USA should be obligated to intervene military in situations of genocide and grave human rights abuse”.
Our time in Lynchburg was great and we would like to extend our thanks to Dr Michael Hall, Heather Hall , the PR of the Medica School, Coach Hagwood , Coach Ben, Mrs Grayson, Ashleigh Powell and everyone else that spent time with us.
The time in Liberty University was just WOW!