Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Sally Delta Goin
Lynchburg, VA - Liberty University is embarking on its next big construction project. In two years, the school will remodel and add on. News of the expansion first hit this week's student-run newspaper, the Liberty Champion.
There are many changes they look forward to, but students say they really want change on Liberty University's East Campus. Right now, its dorms, but students say it will soon be much more.
"Our vision was to be for Evangelicals what Notre Dame is for Catholics or Brigham Young is for Mormans," said Johnnie Moore, Liberty University spokesperson.
An expanding campus gets Liberty University one step closer to that goal. Students say the school's got a solid track record.
"With the football thing. They kind of made that work, so maybe pull some strings and make this work," said Michael Eggleston, a high school student interested in Liberty.
But what is this exactly?
The Liberty Champion released all the details this week: an amphitheater, a Seminary on North Campus, an equestrian center, and renovations to the fourth floor of the DeMoss building to name a few.
But the paper's editor-in-chief says the biggest change is on the East Side of campus, where the plan is to add a health science building.
"If I was a high school senior coming to Liberty, and I wanted to study nursing, I'd probably want to come here if I knew that it had its own health science building," said Melinda Zosh, Liberty Champion editor in chief.
"I was on East Campus when I lived on campus. I want to see some more buildings, some more stuff on that side of campus," said AJ Holt, Liberty Senior.
"They are definitely making an impact in the community," said Jordan Hanger, Liberty graduate.
And that's an impact LU takes seriously.
"Liberty likes contributing to its local city, we like the city of Lynchburg," said Moore.
Liberty says these projects are in an early stage, so they didn't want to give too much detail just yet. They'll have more information in a month or two.