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Fall Semester at Liberty University was busy


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When not otherwise occupied with their studies, Liberty University students enjoyed a plethora of activities during the Fall 2013 semester. Whether students were looking to foster new relationships, hang out with friends, stay physically healthy, take a break, or just enjoy some quality entertainment, they had plenty of opportunities right on campus. Here is sampling of the diverse student life on Liberty's campus during Fall 2013.

Student Activities

The Student Activities department kicked off the semester with its annual Block Party. With carnival rides, games, giveaways, and live music headlined by Christian rock band RED, the event set the tone for an exciting year.

Student Activities hosted numerous events throughout the semester — from competitions such as the Dorm Olympics, to game nights, movie nights, and trips — culminating with Christmas Coffeehouse, a holiday-themed live production, featuring a variety of talented student acts (music, dance, comedy, video, etc.).

Recreation

Outdoor enthusiasts (or those looking for some fresh air) enjoyed Liberty’s newest Campus Recreation opportunity, Camp Hydaway, which held its grand opening on Sept. 7. The 20-acre property with a 6.4-acre lake offers a variety of recreational activities for students such as a beach, giant water slide, ropes course, hiking/biking trails, ATV track, and multiple campsites.

A series of trail races let students explore Liberty’s approximately 5,000 acres of mountain property while challenging their limits.

Liberty’s astronomical observatory opened in October atop Liberty Mountain, allowing students to explore the heavens like never before.

Hitting the slopes is a year-round adventure at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, which overlooks main campus. This semester, four new tube runs opened, including a 375-foot run that allows riders to reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour.

On East Campus, Liberty unveiled its newest recreation spot, David’s Place, which features several flat screen televisions and comfortable viewing areas, a 24-seat theater, a game room with video game consoles, spaces for studying and watching TV, a billiards room, pingpong tables, and an outdoor pool with heaters both on the deck and in the water. An Oct. 11 ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicated the facility with a touching tribute to its namesake, David DeMoss, a former student who died tragically from a car accident in 1986.

Entertainment

Those who fancy the arts were able to enjoy live performances at the Tower Theater, including Alluvion Stage Company’s “Les Misérables;” a free film festival hosted by the Cinematic Arts, Zaki Gordon Center; art galleries, including the Senior Art Exhibit and a gallery featuring the works of comic book artist Lee Weeks; and concerts presented by the School of Music.

All semester, students fanned the Flames as Liberty competed in football, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, and volleyball. Football games included pregame tailgating and, for the biggest fans, an all-night pregame campout at “Gillville,” where loyal fans were treated to a dinner, a movie, and breakfast served by Head Coach Turner Gill.

The Center for Multicultural Enrichment hosted a slew of activities throughout the semester to celebrate the various cultures represented across campus. Cultural worship services, trips, and gatherings featuring foods from different heritages promoted unity and celebrated diversity.