What we've been listening to

October 18, 2017

We are back with another collaborative playlist a few of our staff helped make! Check out what Naomi, Zach and Kay have been listening to lately!

Meet the Staff: Calum

October 13, 2017

Calum Best

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia

Major: Business Administration: Project Management

One Thing: I can eat a box of Mike&Ikes in roughly three minutes.

Why Student Activities? I saw the table at a Campus Rec job fair and remembered all the super cool coffee tables and events. I really wanted to be a part of that team!

Q Union: A Sneak Peek

October 13, 2017

The world is filled with questions, controversy, and issues that are misunderstood by the Christian community every single day. Christians have two choices: to run and hide from the issues of today or to face the problems with accurate knowledge. It seems as though the Christian church is either quick to turn away from the controversies of the world or voice opinions that end up placing a bigger wedge between people. Q Ideas is a resource that bridges the gap between people that do not agree on social issues, economic solutions, Christian doctrine and various other topics.  

Q is an organization that encourages honest conversation and promotes open-minded thoughts. The purpose of Q is to push people, specifically Christians, outside of the church walls and into the secular world. Q brings top leaders, CEOs, musicians, doctors and other professionals to discuss issues that are avoided in the church. Racism, abortion, and the legalization of marijuana are just a few of the topics that Q covers in their conferences. Q seeks to promote knowledge in the Christian community on uncomfortable issues in order to speak with an honest opinion to those with opposing views.

Liberty University, as the world’s largest Christian university, has the responsibility to be the leading force in the Christian community on the issues of today. America is evidently divided, and instead of looking at the division with the mindset of entitlement or ignorance, “they don’t have it nearly as bad as their ancestors” or “these issues weren’t a problem a decade ago” our goal is to take a gracious approach. Education is a vital piece to healing the hearts of a nation that is divided by social tension.

Student Activities is very proud to partner with Q Ideas on October 26th for the first ever Q Commons on Liberty University’s campus. The conference will have three local leaders and three national leaders that will speak on how to approach a divided nation with a hopeful attitude. Join us in our mission to advance the common good and promote open-minded thinking to Liberty and the Lynchburg community. 

Learn more about the Q Union event on October 26th here!

Five Questions with Andrew Belle

October 11, 2017

We caught up with Andrew Belle and asked him a few questions about his new album. Read his answers below!

How did you get your start in music?

After college I moved to Chicago, got a job waiting tables, and began playing out at any bar, coffee shop, restaurant, and open mic I could find. I spent the next two years writing songs and learning how to perform live all over the city. Eventually I moved to Nashville, met a few friends who helped me record my first album The Ladder and was asked to join the national touring group Ten out of Tenn. It was at that point that I began having success with placing my music on television and was able to begin building my career.

What has been your favorite venue to perform at so far?

In 2015 I was able to perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with Ten out of Tenn. I had heard so much about that venue but never had the chance to perform on its stage. Practically any legendary musician or band you can think of have performed there at some point, so I was thrilled to be a part of that history. And the show we put on that night was incredibly memorable - it was probably the most fun I've had on a stage since I began doing this ten years ago.

What picture do you want to paint through “Dive Deep”? (What theme is the album trying to portray as a whole?)

A bunch of the songs on this album are about entering into a new season of your life and the choices that come along with those transitions. As I get older, decisions become harder and harder to make because there's more at stake now. I remember when my wife and I decided to have our first child - we were excited but also terrified at the notion of our entire life changing as we knew it. It's easy to get caught up in indecision or to be so afraid to make the wrong choice that you don't end up making any choice at all. I decided to call this album Dive Deep because what I seem to be saying in a lot of these songs is, no matter what stage of life you're in or what decisions lie in front of you - don't be afraid to move forward, to be all-in on a choice you make. If it's the wrong one - it's ok, that's how we grow. Some of the best things in my life have come from not knowing if something was going to work or not - but taking a leap anyway.

If you could open for any musician/band, who would you choose?

I would love to open for Radiohead more than any other band.

What is your favorite song to perform?

My favorite song to perform live lately is a new one called Black Clouds. There is just something about the vibe and the energy of it - and it's not too hard to sing!

You can check out ticket information and prices to the Andrew Belle concert here!

Meet the Staff: Avery

September 29, 2017

Avery Watts

Hometown: Jupiter, Florida

Major: Event Planning/Interior Design

One Thing: I love avocados!

Why Student Activities? I love servings others and its a great way to get involved in the community at Liberty.