Preview: Movie Marathon - Lord of the Rings

January 19, 2017

Partially in preparation for our upcoming spring Coffeehouse, primarily because they’re terrific, Student Activities is so excited for our next Movie Marathon, we’re already calling it “our precious”. That’s because we’re showing you one of the most beloved series of movies released this century: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy! For three consecutive nights in the LaHaye Event Space, you can relive all of the Middle Earth-ian adventures of Frodo & Sam, Legolas & Gimli, Aragorn, Gandalf, Treebeard, and of course, that wacky all-seeing eye Sauron. Showings will be as follows:

  • The Fellowship of the RingJanuary 26
  • The Two TowersJanuary 27
  • The Return of the King – January 28
  • All movies will start at 8 PM and will be the original, theatrical versions (not the extended/special edition versions, in case you super-nerds were wondering)

 There are really only three things you need to know about The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. First, the three LOTR movies would currently rank 18th on the list of the highest grossing franchises in movie history*. You might say, “Who cares, 18th sucks”, but if you did, you’d be stupid. They were released in 2001, 2002, and 2003, and the franchises they rank behind, such as Marvel movies, Harry Potter, Star Wars, all of the James Bond movies, or clown movies like the 62 Transformers**, are both more numerous and recent. That’s a lot of money to earn in just 3 movies, a feat no other trilogy (as yet) has matched.

Second, this is one of the most awarded set of movies ever: 30 Academy Award nominations, SEVENTEEN wins***. It seems pretty good to win 57% of your Academy Awards. Most impressively, Return of the King is tied for the most wins by a single movie, winning all 11 of the Oscars for which it was nominated***. It seems even better to win 100% of the Academy Awards.

Third, and probably most importantly, the American public needs to know that the role of Aragorn, so ably played by Viggo Mortensen, was offered at one point to Nicolas “Nic” Cage****. Though this may seem Radagast-the-Brown-level crazy today, the American public should also keep close in mind that Nicolas Cage dominated the 1990’s and by 2001 was still a ways away from his silly career downturn. Thankfully, his “family obligations” gave us the movies as they exist today.

One trilogy to rule them all, one LaHaye Event Space to find them, etc. etc. Of course, this event is free to attend, and there will be FREE popcorn and cheap concessions available. If you have any questions, email us:



**Not actually 62, but sometimes it feels like it L



Three Things to Know About Ben Rector

January 18, 2017

As you all (hopefully) have heard by now, your favorite guy Ben Rector is making an appearance at our very own Vines Center on February 18th. We’re pretty pumped for his visit – not only does he make “Hot 100” type of music (according to Billboard), but he also seems to be a pretty cool guy. Here are some things you may not have known about him prior to this moment:

  1. He fulfilled his dream of becoming the “world's greatest one man Huey Lewis and the News cover band”

Dan Millice wrote on his website about how Ben Rector recorded and sang three Huey Lewis and the News classics – “Do You Believe in Love”, “I Want a New Drug” and “Power of Love”. For those of you who may not know who Huey Lewis and the News is, you could perhaps ask your parents, or you could check this out. This is an example of one man having a dream and chasing it, and we have to applaud Rector for the hope he inspires in us all.

  1. He walks on the streets asking people if they care about his music

Ben Rector has no shame in not being the most well-known artist alive. He documents himself walking up to strangers on the street asking them “Are you excited about the release of Ben Rector’s new music?”, and when most of them say they have no idea who that is he simply laughs. Rector’s good-natured personality is made apparent in these videos, which you can find here.

  1. He used his “Brand New” music video money to take fans to Six Flags

“My label and management felt strongly that I needed a music video for “Brand New”, so I spent the money on flying six fans to Six Flags, because…roller coasters.”

BONUS: If we have yet to convince you that the Ben Rector show isn’t something you want to miss, watch this and you’ll probably purchase your ticket pretty quickly.

We’ll see you soon, Ben!

Seven Things to be Pumped for This Semester at SA

January 9, 2017

Spring semester is almost upon us, and you know what that means – events! We’re so excited to have newer events as well as recurring ones that we all love. Between all of your studious activities this semester, we want to make sure that you know why it’s important to spend some time with us here at SA.

  1. Good Music

We’ve already announced our February 18th Ben Rector show at this point, which we’re obviously ecstatic about! Of course, we have some more important performers lined up for you, so you’ll have to be on the lookout for who exactly we have coming ‘round these parts. We also will have four Open Mic nights and a few student concerts that will showcase the best of Liberty’s best.

  1. Movie Nights

We’re pumped to bring you movie nights every month consisting of new flicks, free popcorn and cheap candy. We haven’t announced all of the movies we’ll show yet, but we will do so throughout the semester. Again, keep checking our website to stay in the know.

  1. Newer Events

This semester will include some of your favorite events that we’ve just begun putting on, such as Community Yard Sale and Lip-Sync Battle. These events have not been around for too long, and this makes them even more exciting for us. Their newness surrounds them like a fresh buzz of springtime, sunshine and warmth (which is exactly what we’re hoping for at our Yard Sale!).

  1. Age is Beauty

Whether you agree or not, we like to think so when it comes to our events that have been around for a few years. Events such as Bingo Night, Trivia Night, and Game Night are all back and better than ever. And of course, we always have the most “lit” prizes (you can’t go wrong with a Chipotle gift card).

  1. 2000’s Coffeehouse!

It’s here, finally: the Coffeehouse where you have the opportunity to cynically side-smile a lot, lose yourself in the music, and fellowship. We want to see what you’ve got when it comes to video submissions and tryouts (which are coming up quickly), so start preparing now!

  1. Free Coffee

You know our Student Activities staff – they’re always willing to give out coffee and a smile. You can find us almost weekly at Montview Student Union or at the Library with fun creamers and a hot cup of locally roasted Muse coffee – for free, of course.

  1. Our Awesome Staff

Speaking of our staff, you should be excited to see them around campus this semester. We have a hard-working group of students that are excited about jumping back into events. If you see them around, give them a wave – they really are nice people.

What are you most excited for this semester? Tweet us with the line “This spring, I’m most excited for…” for the chance to win a prize. Ready, set, GO!

Why SA?: Sawyer

January 5, 2017

Sawyer Casey

Hometown: Idaho Falls, Idaho

Major: International Relations: Strategic Intelligence

One Thing: I've lived at least twice in 4 different states: twice in Tennessee, Idaho, Virginia, and South Carolina.

Why Student Activities? Honestly, I just applied and eventually got the job. Now, I like how I get the chance to help provide a getaway for students on campus through events. Especially, I like building stuff for the events.

How long at SA? 3 years

Meet the Staff: Hailey

December 16, 2016

Hailey Gustafson

Hometown: Lovettsville, Virginia

Major: Business Administration: Project Management

One Thing: "Everything tastes better with ranch" is one of my life mottos.

Why Student Activities? I wanted to work for Student Activities because it looked like so much fun & such great experience for the career I am looking to pursue after college!

How long at SA? 1st semester