Students made the most of the Liberty experience this fall by participating in university, community, and national events. The semester kicked off with the annual Block Party hosted by Student Activities. Energy was high as students celebrated the beginning of a new year with games, carnival rides, giveaways, and live music by popular Christian rock artists Relient K and House of Heroes. A vibrant fireworks finale concluded the evening.
Excitement continued to build as Flames Football season got under way. Students spent many Saturdays tailgating and cheering on the team. To keep students active and involved in off-campus events, Student Activities planned a variety of excursions such as whitewater rafting, horseback riding, a 5K race, and a day trip to Washington, D.C.
The semester continued on and the campus continued to be transformed with several construction projects in full swing. The opening of a Dunkin’ Donuts was perhaps the most celebrated of all, as students, faculty, and staff alike had been actively requesting one for years. The full-service restaurant offers coffee, hot breakfast, and of course, donuts every day from 6 a.m.-midnight.
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Liberty students flocked to the Vines Center to cast their vote in the presidential election. Thanks to a newly-created precinct, this was the first time they were able to vote for a U.S. president on campus. Of all 18 precincts in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty’s had the highest turnout with 3,347 total votes. The election took place during Liberty’s annual Military Emphasis Week.
In typical Liberty fashion, the semester went out with a bang. The annual Christmas Coffeehouse showcases student talent, ranging from music to drama, and videos to dance groups. More than 6,100 students were in attendance for this year’s late-night celebration.
As they headed home for Christmas break, students said goodbye to their friends knowing that they will return to an even more exciting spring semester.