SA's Favorite Fall Drinks!

September 27, 2017

Two of our staff members, Naomi and Trae, went on a hunt to find the best fall coffee/tea drinks in Lynchburg. Read below for their take on chai, pumpkin, and all your other favorite local drinks of the season!

Nomad Coffee Company

The Great Pumpkin - pumpkin pie macchiato 

Naomi: Maybe you love pumpkin, but you can’t get on the PSL train. If that’s the case, this might just be the drink for you! Nomad offers a fun spin on the classic pumpkin spice latte that showcases the espresso with the perfect pumpkin undertone. The best part? Nomad is available to you with just the swipe of a flames pass at every football game! Does it get any better than that?! 

Pumpkin Chai-aLeBouf - espresso / pumpkin chai latte

Trae: If you are a fan of fall and all of the pumpkin-flavored food and drink options that come with it, then this tea is definitely worth the try. The Pumpkin Chai-aLeBouf tastes like pumpkin pie with a foamy cool whip. I was speechless after trying this drink - I’d prefer this over a pumpkin spice latte any day!

Third Wave

Pumpkin Spice Latte -  pumpkin latte with cinnamon, nutmeg,
and allspice 

N: Quick shout out to Third Wave for always being there for me and never letting me down. This PSL is as genuine as your grandma’s homemade pumpkin pie. As usual, Third Wave creates a one of a kind drink using house-made ingredients paired with the perfect spices. Make sure to stop by Third Wave next time you’re in Forest to experience the quintessence of fall.

Cardamom Chai Latte - chai with house-made cardamom syrup

T: This drink is a great alternative that is perfect for those who aren't the biggest fans of chai tea. Third Wave makes the cardamom chai latte with subtle ginger undertones. It is a classic latte with light flavoring, making every sip taste remind you that fall shouldn’t ever have to end!

Bean Tree Cafe

Spirit of the Mountain - mocha, hazelnut, and maple latte 

N: Every LU student knows that Bean Tree is the place to study when you need to get off campus. After a few pumpkin spice lattes, I’m ready to change things up. Who’s with me? Grab a Spirit of the Mountain latte and you won’t be disappointed. This drink is as smooth as a drive through the Blue Ridge parkway and as light as fresh mountain air.

Harvest Chai - chai latte with pumpkin

T: Looking for a fall drink that you can buy with your flames cash? If yes, then Bean Tree has the perfect drink for you. The Harvest Chai has the perfect mixture of cinnamon and pumpkin, making it a great alternative to the pumpkin spice latte. This is a drink that I’ll be getting again.

The White Hart

Little Bear Cappuccino - cinnamon and honey latte 

N: Less is more. The Little Bear Cappuccino is another fun yet simple substitute for the never-ending wave of pumpkin that is fall. I’m a huge cappuccino advocate as they have less milk than lattes, which allows the espresso to shine. This drink is sweet and simple with just the slightest accent of cinnamon and honey.

Caramel Spiced Chai - caramel chai latte

T: If you’re in the small crowd that doesn’t like pumpkin spice, then this is a great fall drink for you. The caramel spiced chai has bold flavors of chai paired with warm caramel. To top it off, this drink has just the right amount of cinnamon to give it that warm fall feeling.

The Muse

Harvest Latte - pumpkin spice and vanilla latte 

N: You can never go wrong at The Muse. This not-so-spicy latte includes pumpkin and vanilla - possibly the greatest dynamic duo of all time. This blend of flavors creates the perfect combination of creamy and cozy. It’s perfect for any fall day!

Pumpkin Chai - pumpkin chai latte

T: If you want to give Christmas in a Cup a short break, then you should try a Pumpkin Chai. Unlike other pumpkin chai teas, this one has a smoother taste because it doesn’t have as much cinnamon in it. This drink is perfect for you if you want to try a pumpkin drink that’s different from the classic pumpkin spice latte. 

Why Discovering New Music Matters

September 27, 2017

written by Drew Snavely

In this current digital age, we essentially have unlimited access to any music we want, whenever we want. This is great news for us, because as you probably do, I love music. I love finding new music. When I find new music that I love, I love it a little too much. About every two weeks I have two or three favorite songs I can’t get enough of and listen to non-stop… and then I’ve had enough of them. I still like the songs, I’m just tired of hearing them, so those songs end up collecting dust in my Spotify library. I tell myself when I find new songs I won’t listen to them as much so I won’t get tired of them, but this hardly ever works. This is why it has been so important to me to constantly seek out new music that I enjoy.

Listening to new music not only keeps the music you’re currently loving from going stale, but it also challenges your brain to process new sounds or lyrics that it isn’t normally accustomed to. Processing this new music has the potential to expand the genres of music that you are interested in. Throughout middle school and high school, the majority of the music I listened to was made by rock and hip-hop artists. Fast forward a handful of years later and a large majority of the music I listen to now comes from singer-songwriters like James Vincent McMorrow. I remember when my brother first showed me the song “Cavalier” by McMorrow off his second album “Post Tropical”. It was so different and weird; I had never tried to seriously listen to an artist quite like McMorrow before and there was this uncomfortable tension while listening to his music so I turned it off. A couple weeks later my brother told me that McMorrow’s album had been the best album of year in his opinion and it sparked my interested enough for me to give “Post Tropical” another try. As “Cavalier” came on it was weird, but not in the same way as before. I was expecting the same tension but it had seemingly vanished. I had heard the song before and the familiarity suppressed the tension enough to give me the freedom to fall in love with the song, album and artist all at once.

I’m so thankful to have a library full of awesome music from artists like Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens and Noah Gundersen since becoming a fan of McMorrow’s work. Listening to new music can be difficult at times, but you can often discover fantastic music if you have the patience to break through the initial tension of a different and new sounding song or artist. At Student Activities we love bringing in big artists that you love like NEEDTOBREATHE, Johnnyswim and Lecrae, but we also have a lot of joy bringing in artists you might not know. Young Oceans is one of those bands that some may be unfamiliar with, and we are so pumped to bring them in! They are playing a concert for us this Friday, September 29th in the LaHaye Event Space. Check out ticket info and see our full concert list here!

Meet the Staff: Jeremy

September 15, 2017

Jeremy Boyd

Hometown: Yonkers, New York

Major: Business Administration: Project Management

One Thing: I make a mean crepe.

Why Student Activities? I love when people are together having a good time.

What we've been listening to

September 15, 2017

This month, a few of our staff members made a  collaborative playlist of what they’re listening to lately. Listen to Morgan's, Clay’s, Trae's, and Makenzie's current favorites below!

Five Questions with Young Oceans

September 12, 2017

We caught up with one of Young Oceans' band members/songwriters, Eric James Marshall, and asked him a few questions about the band, their future, and their favorite memories. Read our interview below!

Where did your band start out making music?

We were all involved in various bands and projects in New York and came together to record a collection of songs that I had originally written for our church.  It had no name, no plan.  We just wanted to create something that we might want to lay on the floor and listen to.  

What does the name “Young Oceans” signify?

I’m not always sure.  I think its meant to be a paradox, or something unknowable to us.   When was it that our oceans were fresh and new?  Who can say. Its also a reference to our history and our future… There’s a translation of Psalm 103 that reads, “you’re always young in His presence.”  I love that. 
What has been the most exciting project for your band to date?

The most exciting thing is always the thing we’re currently immersed in.  It’s a privilege to create art like this. We don’t take it lightly. Right now, we’re fighting to get a concept record out there that humbly distills the mystery and the action of partaking in the Lord’s Supper.

What are you most looking forward to in the future when it comes to the direction your band is going?

We’re excited to get in front of people and perform this music. We’ve not played live at all the last 5 years. Don’t know why exactly. But now feels right. 

If your band could open for any other band/artist, who would it be?

Neil Young circa 1992.