Convocation 9/29/17: Samantha Ponder, Christian Ponder, and Kelvin Edwards

I don’t know if there is anything to say about Friday’s convocation. Somehow, they managed to spend an entire hour saying absolutely nothing. Now that is an accomplishment.

Our first speaker was Kelvin Edwards, former wide-receiver for the Cowboys and friend (maybe roommate?) of Jerry Junior. His speech started out pretty good, with him tell us what it was like to be a student here when he came. I always enjoy hearing what the campus used to be like (the more I hear about how campus used to be, the more certain I am that I would not have attended back then). Edwards went on to talk about how great and special Liberty is and how we should ignore the comments of those outside the university. This is where I had some criticisms. For one, ignoring those who disagree or criticize us is simply accepting orthodoxy and stasis. If the purpose of college is to create well-rounded and educated individuals, plugging our ears whenever we hear something contrary only achieves indoctrination. Second, we should constantly be paying attention to what those outside the university say about us, because those are the people who will be hiring us in the future. The school’s goal may be to train champions for Christ, but students still need jobs after graduation. If employers think poorly about the school and its leadership, that will have a negative effect on our employment.

The next set of speakers were Samantha and Christian Ponder, a sportscaster on ESPN and a football player respectively. Their segment of convo was done as an interview (I hate that interview table), which means the quality of convo was determined by the questions asked. And the questions were not great. They asked Christian about his former career as a football player, but never asked Samantha about her career (they actually rarely ask women about their careers, especially if the husband is there). They were asked about their marriage, which provided a great example of what not to do. Guys, do not stalk your crush on twitter. It won’t work out like in the Ponder’s story and is really creepy. They ended their speech, much like Edward’s, by talking about how great Liberty is.

I get it, it’s CFAW weekend and they wanted to make Liberty look good. Normally they would do this by getting a big-name speaker, but we have probably managed to alienate potential speakers with our increased partisanship and bad press. However, today’s convo was both too obvious and a little over zealous in trying to make LU look good. If the college is as great as the speakers claim, let the CFAW experience speak for itself.

Lightning Round:

  • We get it Jerry, you are ‘country’. I didn’t know you could be both a “redneck” and make $800,000 a year, but whatever.
  • They asked Samantha Ponder about motherhood, but not what it is like being a sportscaster. That is pretty messed up.
  • They should have asked the Ponders about their favorite breakfast cereal. Now that is a great interview question.

Bible Verses Quoted: 0

Total Bible verses quoted all semesters: 41

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Liberty University leadership or administration in any way. The opinions expressed here are solely my own and should be not be taken as the opinion of the University, its staff, or the student body.

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