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Meet the Staff: Clay

by Erin Diaz | December 9, 2016

Clay Copper

Hometown: The Dalles, Oregon

Major: Economics

One Thing: "Clayton's Copper" is a breed of butterfly only native to Maine.

Why Student Activities? I chose Student Activities to get involved in our community here at Liberty.

How long at SA? 1st semester


Preview: John Crist

by Erin Diaz | December 5, 2016

Student Activities wants to send you into Christmas Break with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and wonder. That’s why we’re just giving you, yes giving, a special performance by comedian John Crist! Join us on Friday, December 9 in the LaHaye Event Space starting at 8 PM for a night of comedy from one of the rising stars in joke-telling. You know what’s not a joke? That we are giving this show away. This night is FREE as long as you get a ticket at one of the Student Activities Office locations – Green Hall, room 2900 or Montview Student Union, room 2760.

Keep in mind -

  • Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Space is limited, so get your tickets before they’re gone.
  • If you have a ticket and do not arrive by 8:30 PM, you will forfeit your seat to someone who actually cares about John Crist.

Who among us cannot relate to the upbringing of John Crist? A pastor’s kid, homeschooled, and one of eight siblings? Yes, most of us cannot even begin to relate to this. But, as he joked about growing up this way, “Coming from a background like that, how do you NOT write jokes?”* However, hardly anyone just leaps from making jokes at home or for church announcements, as his bio also states*, to making those jokes on regional or national-level stages. In fact, it is safe to say that no one makes the kind of leap that John did. He says that things just “snowballed” for him after his first open mic appearance in 2009*. It might be more accurate to call it a success avalanche; the 13th time he appeared on a stage, it was as an opening act for legendary comedian Louie Anderson and his Larger Than Life Comedy Show in Las Vegas**. From there, he went on to become a semifinalist or finalist in three comedy competitions in 2011 & 2012, and was the winner of comedy competitions at Loonees Comedy Corner and Denver Improv’s Got Laughs, both in 2012. Since then, he has appeared on TV on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, completed a USO Comedy Tour in Kuwait, and released his full-length album I Got Questions (2015). To top it all off, you are probably one of the millions of views he has on YouTube*** and one of the tens of millions of views he has on Buzzfeed****. So if you really want to mix your metaphors, you could say that his meteoric rise skyrocketed him straight to the avalanche of success.

John Crist is a busy guy, for sure. But what makes his success so great is that he is welcome in so many places. It is a characteristic of his career that is unavoidable; he has earned respect from established professionals in comedy, whether they are “clean” or “Christian” or not*****. This is one of the big reasons why Student Activities is so excited to have him here on Dec. 9. The other big reason why is that he is funny. Either way, be sure to get your FREE ticket for the show as soon as possible. If you have any questions, email us: studentactivities@liberty.edu.

 

*http://johncristcomedy.com/bio/

**https://issuu.com/naca/docs/jan_feb_2014_with_web/125

***https://www.youtube.com/user/johnbcrist

****http://premierespeakers.com/john_crist/bio

*****Check out his interview from a few years ago with the Denver, CO publication Westword - http://www.westword.com/arts/clean-comedian-john-crist-loves-katt-williams-and-is-loved-by-denvers-dirtiest-standups-5796199

 


Preview: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

by Erin Diaz | December 2, 2016

Student Activities absolutely refuses to let you leave for Christmas break without one final Movie Night, which of course features a Christmas movie, making it a Christmas Movie Night.  Join us on Saturday, December 10 in the LaHaye Event Space for a very special presentation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), the live-action version of the Dr. Seuss classic. And since we have such generous and huge hearts, we have two showtimes for you!

  • First showing – 8 PM
  • Encore presentation – 10 PM

It is likely that more people have seen the original, animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas than the version we are showing, the live-action version from 2000. But you might be surprised to find out just how big the more recent version is. Currently, it is the second highest grossing holiday movie of all time* behind only Home Alone. Though you may find that information as cuddly as a cactus, keep in mind that this was the first adaptation of a Dr. Seuss book into a full-length feature, and the established name value alone all but guaranteed success. Plus, if you grew up mostly in this century, you might see Jim Carrey or see movies like Mr. Popper’s Penguins or Yes Man and think, “Really? HE’S a giant star?”, but it is hard to overstate how huge he was by the end of the 1990’s. Add all of that to Ron Howard’s status as a blockbuster movie director and that is how you get just over $260 million in gross earnings and the Christmas movie silver medal.

The natural question for anyone looking at How the Grinch Stole Christmas is how it ends up being 1 hour 44 minutes. The book is just 69 pages, so the 26-minute runtime of the original animated feature looks fine, but where does all that extra time come from? Why, it comes from a writer’s imagination, where everything else comes from! In addition to the “regular” Grinch story, with Max the dog and the stealing of all the Whoville gifts and The Grinch’s growing heart, you also get an extended backstory for The Grinch and a long scene involving him as Whoville’s “Cheermeister”**. While scenes like this are meant to fill up more screen time and show more Seuss-like imagination and silliness, they end up feeling more like overkill, the cinematic parallel to Jim Carrey’s overacting tendencies. But the movie does not leave you hanging, keeping the feel-good ending with the song “Welcome, Christmas” mostly intact, and adding the crushingly adorable “Where Are You, Christmas?” to give one extra tug on your heartstrings.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of the new(ish) classics of Christmastime, and Student Activities hopes you will join us as we show it on Dec. 10. This event is free to attend, and there will be FREE popcorn and cheap concessions available. If you have any questions, email us: studentactivities@liberty.edu.

 

*http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=christmas.htm

**https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAR4ZXYXAvk


#SATop5: Holiday Hits

by Erin Diaz | December 1, 2016

Christmastime is finally here! ‘Tis the season for family gatherings, an excess of food, gift-giving/receiving, and avoiding any sort of political discussion. In this season of excitement and joy, you may feel a slight urge to “put your records on”. If that’s the case for you, we’re here to recommend some of the best and brightest Christmas tunes!

Each Tuesday, we post a #SAtop5 playlist on Spotify (follow us – libertysa) that includes the five songs we recommend for the week. Our playlist for this week features a song from each of the albums below.

 

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1.Ella & Louis Christmas

Your two favorite smoother-than-butter voices have albums dedicated to the harmony they made together, but this is by far one of the most important. This album showcases the talent of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong and brings the Christmas spirit alive.

 

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2.Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold

Sufjan’s Christmas album is worth its weight in silver and gold as it showcases some originals as well as some of our favorite classics such as “Sleigh Ride” and “Let It Snow!” If you have a good three hours to spare (don’t let the time commitment scare you too much), sit down and enjoy the full length of this five-disc Christmas album.

 

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3.Michael Bublé Christmas

We can’t make a ‘tis the season music list without including this modern jazzy Christmas album. Michael Bublé’s Christmas album features all of the classical Christmas hits with a new-age Sinatra vibe, carrying the melodies that send us straight into the holiday season.

 

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4.  A Very She & Him Christmas

If you loved Zooey Deschanel’s Christmas singing in “Elf”, you’re sure to love this album. Produced and performed by M. Ward and Deschanel herself, this Christmas album includes simple songs turned into quirky tunes that put a new spin on the classics.

 

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5.  Johnny Cash – The Classic Christmas Album

You know him, you love him, and you love this album even if you haven’t listened to it yet. It’s Johnny Cash, and there isn’t really anything else that’s left to say.

Well, there you have it: some of our favorite holiday hits. If you have any suggestions to share, tweet at us and let us know so we can feature it on our #SAtop5!


I Love: Marissa

by Erin Diaz | November 18, 2016

Marissa Kusayanagi

Hometown: Wildomar, California

Major: Psychology

One Thing: I love to travel!

Why Student Activities? I wanted the chance to serve the student body at Liberty while hanging out with some of my best friends.

How long at SA? 2nd year


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