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A Sneak Peak at Fall Welcome Week

August 17, 2017

Parking is getting fuller, Green Hall Chick-Fil-A is unveiling all its changes (including breakfast, btw), and new buildings continue to pop up on campus. All of this could only mean one thing - students are baaack (almost)!

For incoming freshmen, we want to welcome you to campus by putting on some of our favorite events for you. Thursday, our staff will be walking around meeting you as you move in and bringing you some information on our upcoming events this semester. We'll also be a part of the VIP event on Thursday at 5pm, put on by the Bookstore. Come visit our table and meet our friendly staff! After the event, we'll go straight into a Bingo Night at the LaHaye Event Space at 8pm - you won't want to miss it.

Friday will bring about new events and opportunities to meet our staff. At noon, we'll be outside at Montview Lawn, providing games and cotton candy for FREE! Friday evening at 10pm, we're hosting SA @ Nite, which is a late night event in the LaHaye Event Space. This event celebrates everything you think of when the word "throwback" is mentioned - 2000s tv shows, karaoke, snacks, games and more!

Saturday's events continue the celebration of a new school year! Count yourself (and three of your friends) in for our campus-wide Scavenger Hunt at 3pm, where we'll be giving away big money prizes. That night, we'll conclude the fun-filled week with an Outdoor Movie Night, where we'll be showing the new Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy movies!

We can't wait to see you come to our events – get more info here! Don't forget to bring all your new friends!


Preview: Capital Kings

August 16, 2017

Block Party is coming upon us quickly – so quickly that we can barely believe it! In just under three weeks from now, we’ll be celebrating the new school year with great food, attractions, music and so much more. One reason we’re particularly excited is because of our upbeat, dynamic headliner this year – Capital Kings!

Capital Kings is an American Christian pop duo including producer/rapper Cole Walowac and singer Dylan Housewright. Housewright wasn’t always a member of the duo, as it was formed by Jon White and Cole Walowac in their hometown of Washington, D.C. When White left the duo in early 2016, Housewright joined Walowac within a few months to continue making music.*

The self-titled Capital Kings debut album was released in 2013 and made it to the Top 5 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. In 2014, they released a remix album of their first production that also included a new song, “Be a King”. They released a second album, II, in 2015, and  “Love Is on Our Side” is a new song that was released in June. Capital Kings has been featured on albums such as Tobymac’s This Is Not a Test and Group 1 Crew’s #STRONGER. They were also nominated for New Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards in 2013, and for Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year in 2015.

Capital Kings’ music is the kind that makes you want to get on your feet and have the time of your life, which is exactly what we expect to see at this year’s Block Party! Check out their music and more information here!

 

* http://trueartist.org/download/CapitalKingsBio.pdf


August 18 Releases!

August 14, 2017

This will be our last week of writing previews for upcoming entertainment releases - we know, it's gone too soon! Looking back on this summer, it has been exciting to look forward to new releases in the music/movie/tv show realm each week. The school year is upon us, though, causing our SA team to switch gears a bit and pay attention to other aspects of events and the blog. We hope you'll continue to read our posts this semester as we'll be posting weekly!

Friday's music releases can be found here! And of course, you can look at Metacritic's upcoming releases calendar anytime to see what's coming up soon. It's quite the resource!

A wide selection of movies will be showing this weekend in your local theater - if you need more information, check it out here.

Thank you guys for checking out these posts this summer! What are you listening to/watching? Let us know! We're libertysa on social media and our email address is studentactivities@liberty.edu. We love hearing from you!

 

Disclaimer: Student Activities does not explicitly promote the albums/television shows/movies we write about. As always, we seek to engage with and review what is happening in our culture in order to interact with it in a godly manner, which is why we do what we do. For more information about movies/music that we do promote, check out our FAQ page!


Thoughts on "A Black Mile to the Surface"

August 11, 2017

This week, we had one of our staff members, Clay, write about what he's been listening to lately. Read below to see some of his thoughts on a new album by Manchester Orchestra!

"Manchester Orchestra delivered its 5th full-length album and it does not disappoint. The album is reminiscent of their older pieces (such as Mean Everything to Nothing) but with a more matured subject material. A Black Mile to the Surface was strongly influenced by lead singer Andy Hull’s gift of fatherhood and its gravity. Hull and guitarist Robert McDowell worked together to create the soundtrack to the incredibly weird “Swiss Army Man” using only vocals. It is apparent that this played a huge role in the development of A Black Mile to the Surface, with the harmonizing backtracks found on nearly every song.

The album feels like a culmination of all Manchester Orchestra’s previous work. The raw vulnerability of “Shake It Out” meets the magnetic poetry of “Simple Math” to create songs like “The Silence”. The album does not only pay tribute to what the band has become, but also what Andy’s life has become. Songs like “The Sunshine” and “The Parts” lend insight into his love for his daughter and wife.

Beginning to end, the album carries out as though it is one continuous thought. Littered with multi-song progressions that help build crescendos and continuation, A Black Mile to the Surface is the perfect album to make sense of life changes."

What are you listening to/watching? Let us know! Tweet at us (libertysa) or email us at studentactivities@liberty.edu. We love hearing from you!

 

Disclaimer: Student Activities does not explicitly promote the albums/television shows/movies we write about. As always, we seek to engage with and review what is happening in our culture in order to interact with it in a godly manner, which is why we do what we do. For more information about movies/music that we do promote, check out our FAQ page


Preview: Social Club Misfits

August 9, 2017

“People often talk about the future of hip-hop music like it isn’t right now. As if the future were some far off paint splotch occupying our collective imagination. On the contrary, the future is now, and some aren’t afraid to take it where it’s going.”

The above lines are the first of Social Club Misfits’ bio on their website, and they’re enough to make you want more of an explanation. What does it mean to say that the future of hip-hop is now? Who isn’t afraid to take it where it’s going and how can they even do that? It’s almost as if Social Club is asking questions that they set out to answer in their own music.

The hip-hop duo is comprised of Marty and Fern from Miami, Florida. Social Club Misfits has multiple EPs and albums under their belt by now, each one “pushing boundaries and redefining the possibilities of what faith-based music can accomplish” *. The inspiration behind the duo’s music comes from their upbringings, and this theme of “where you came from” is woven throughout each EP and album. You can hear more about Fern’s upbringing here, where he discusses negative influences and how God impacted his life and music.

The topics of negative influences and redemption are no secret in Marty and Fern’s stories, which brings about the word that they continuously discuss – “misfit”. A “misfit” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a person who is poorly adapted to a situation or environment”. The word holds a great amount of weight considering who Social Club Misfits is and how badly they strive to show that they aren’t adapting/conforming into the culture that they’re currently in. You can hear this idea of nonconformity in each of their productions as an obvious theme.

There is much more to be said about the up and coming hip-hop duo, but we will leave that responsibility to them. Listen to their music and read more about their story here!

*www.socialclubmisfits.com


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