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Domestic News | December 31, 2012

Top stories of 2012

Year in Review

A list of the top 10 most popular stories from the World on Campus website

Kylie Bisutti

1. Proverbs 31, Victoria's Secret and viral marketing
Our most popular story by far featured five Baylor University students and former Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti, who gave up her gig on the runway for more modest modeling jobs after becoming a Christian. Bisutti read about the students' effort to encourage women to focus on godly femininity, rather than external beauty and threw the full force of her social media network behind them. Read more »

2. There and Back Again
Megan Basham gets a first look at The Hobbit, which came out last week. The preview story's popularity, more than a year before the film's actual release, shows just how much readers anticipated Middle Earth's return to the silver screen. Read more »

3. Jeremy Lin's sustaining faith
Everyone caught Linsanity in February when New York Knick's point guard Jeremy Lin lit up the scoreboard for his struggling team. Lin's enduring faith made his perseverance and eventual success in the NBA even more fun to watch. Read more »

4. Speaking about the unspeakable
Several high profile campus suicides helped raise awareness of the need to talk about what has been for many years a taboo subject. Campus suicide prevention experts encourage students to be more open about their struggles. Read more »

5. Victory, on and off the field
Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter teaches Palm Beach Atlantic University's Sailfish how to live. This story appeared shortly before Carter died of cancer. Read more »

6. Atheists offer porn in exchange for Bibles
A student group at San Antonio Community College, in Texas, generated buzz earlier this year by offering free pornography to anyone willing to hand in a Bible. But the effort was largely unsuccessful. Read more »

7. Christian rock trio retires
BarlowGirl bid fans farewell in an upbeat but emotional video chat session. Becca, Lauren and Alyssa Barlow assured fans they would not be gone from the music scene forever. Read more »

8. Marks of Christ or of culture?
The popularity of tattoos among young Christians raises questions about the message they really send and who they're really for. Read more »

9. Republicans' rising star
George P. Bush doesn't need to make a name for himself. As a fourth-generation politician with an uncle and grandfather who both served as U.S. president, all he has to do to create buzz is file campaign paperwork. Read more »

10. Some students want to eat less chicken
An early salvo in the fight over Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's belief in traditional marriage. The student senate at Northeastern University, in Boston, voted to end negotiations to bring the fast-food chain to campus. Read more »