Meet one of our staff members, Caitlin!
written by Erin Diaz
It’s the night of 90’s Coffeehouse, and the clock says that it’s 10:29 pm.
The golf ball shaped building is lit up from the inside with neon yellow shirts that shine like little lightning bugs on a summer’s night. The yellow shirts pace back and forth, looping the concourse of the building, running up and down the seemingly thousands of stairs that take them from the floor to the concourse and back down to the floor again. Some of the yellow shirts can be seen close together and some can be seen alone, possibly lying on a nearby couch for a bit of extra rest before the next minute comes.
I am one of these neon yellow shirts. My name is Erin and there are a lot of things about me that are not the same as the other shirts, but tonight we are one. Our shirts signify that we are a collective, and we have a purpose.
I stand in my yellow shirt at the bottom of section 120, looking around and admiring. I appreciate the props, the scenes, the stage, the lights, and many other parts of this night. But mostly, I admire the other yellow shirts that surround me.
When I see these shirts, I think of the love I have for the person in the shirt. I also think of the hard work that individual put into making this night magical and sentimental and unique.
Years ago, before I had the privilege of wearing a neon yellow shirt on this night, I wore a normal outfit and was on the outside of the building at 10:29 pm. I never could have known that the incredible, life-sized Furby that sat inside took days and days to build. Furby began with a roll of chicken wire, a piece of plywood, and some zip-ties. A few people worked incredibly hard to take these tools and create a piece of nostalgia for thousands of people. This is just one example of the hard work that goes into making Coffeehouse memorable.
Coffeehouse is not anything about the staff of Student Activities needing recognition. But I’m a senior, and I’m sentimental because some of the people who wore neon yellow shirts to this event, the event that defines us, are trading in our neon shirts for a cap and gown in less than two months. And then we go our separate ways.
But we’ll never be apart. For the rest of our lives, we will be able to say that we were a part of something. We will be able to think of those neon shirts and smile, knowing that we were a group with a purpose – a purpose to make people relate to each other through our events. We worked hard on Coffeehouse and we executed it well and, after the event (at 4 am), there was a swarm of neon yellow shirts at IHOP because we really, really like each other.
I check my phone. The clock flips to 10:30 pm, and the “No running!” yells begin. I grab the hand of the neon yellow shirt standing to the left of me, Cherish, and we say, “Let’s make the most of this. It’s our last time.”
And we’ll never forget this night. And we’ll never forget each other. And we’ll forever be able to say, “We did it. We made 90’s Coffeehouse happen.”
written by Josh Yeoman
“Bro, do you even lift?”
Many of you have probably heard this question. Some of you might think it sounds ridiculous. You might even ask yourself, “Who actually says that?” Before I go any further, let me say that this is not about working out. I have nothing against working out. It is just that working out is one of the common bonds and a typical point of emphasis among “Bros”, and THAT is exactly what this post is about. This brief post is about the Bro: what a Bro is and what we can do about the growing Bro problem.
You are probably familiar with the term, but in case you need a more thorough definition, let’s look at what Wikipedia says a Bro is:
A male youth subculture of "conventional guys' guys" who spend time partying in ways similar to each other. Although the popular image of bro lifestyle is associated with sports apparel and fraternities, it lacks a consistent definition. Some aspects vary regionally such as in California where it overlaps with surf culture. Oxford Dictionaries have noted that bros frequently self-identify with neologisms containing the word "bro" as a prefix or suffix. Analyses into the subculture have identified swimmer Ryan Lochte and television character Barney Stinson as recognizable adherents.
The bro has been a longtime fixture of pop culture. Some say it started with the movie Animal House, others say ESPN was the advent, but I say you can trace the roots of Bro-dom all the way back to King Henry the VIII.
“Why such a fuss with Bros? What’s the big deal?” The big deal is that Bros are slowly taking over the world! Ok, maybe they are not taking over the world, but they are certainly outnumbering gentlemen at a very fast pace. “Gentleman? You mean like the international smash hit by South Korean recording star Psy?” No, definitely not that kind of gentleman. I am talking about the exact opposite kind of gentleman: that drab, boring, archaic term associated with men of good character. Gentlemen, not boys, not “guys” or “bros”, but gentlemen, are the type of people that have others in mind. Gentlemen are considerate, and humble when they speak AND when they act.
So come on Liberty, lets band together and boycott the word Bro, and I don’t mean boycott in the way Elton John Boycotted Dolce & Gabbana. I mean let’s actually stop using the word bro. Instead, let’s start by referring to each other by our actual names more often. If Liberty as a community could transform from a Neanderthal statement such as “Bro, do you even lift?” to something like “Hey Brian! It is really good to see you at the gym today!” then Liberty would be a much better place. Although it seems like a small change, it would be a baby step in the right direction!
Meet one of our staff members, Dylan!
written by Chris Misiano
On Saturday 2/28, we proudly hosted Jon Foreman for a sold-out concert in the LaHaye Event Space. On a cold Virginia night, this proud San Diego native sang, laughed, and shared with a really excited crowd. Jon is not a stranger to Liberty University, having played here with his band Switchfoot several times over the past few years.
During this concert, he pulled material from various parts of his career. We heard some Switchfoot favorites such as ‘Dare You to Move’ and ‘Only Hope’. He also performed some of his older solo material such as ‘Your Love is Strong’ and ‘Southbound Train’. One of the main highlights of the night was hearing Jon play some new tunes that aren’t even released yet. These included the songs ‘Terminal’ and ‘The Patron Saint of Rock & Roll’. He explained that he has new material being released later this year. The crowd latched on, singing along, shouting suggestions, and having a great time.
The instrumentation was very bare - just Jon on acoustic, and a cellist (the very talented Keith Tutti). This stripped down set sounded surprisingly full - full of textures and layers. Jon’s fantastic vocal range, along with Keith’s creativity on the cello gave the whole evening a really unique sound. They came out for an encore, and the crowd was clearly happy. Jon told everyone that he was having a great time, even veering from his intended set list. “It feels like off-roading in a train” he told the crowd.
We still have some more great concerts this semester. Be sure to get your tickets soon for Propaganda on April 2 and Colony House on April 20. As always, keep up to date with concert info by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.