Q Union

November 10, 2017

A couple weeks ago, we had the honor of hosting Q-Union. Q-Union, in short, is an event that incorporates simulcast national speakers, live local speakers and group discussion concerning the culture around us. Q-Union prides itself on being “a one night event giving guidance and inspiration for how to engage society’s most difficult conversations”. Liberty was proud to be one of 20 colleges across the country to host the Q-Union conversation, which included topics such as technology, community, faith and more.

We recorded our three student speakers’ lectures as well as a critical thinking Q&A session, led by the Executive Director for the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, Dr. Chatraw. You can watch them below, and for more information on Q-Union, visit their website.

Kevin Richards, School of Divinity, PhD student

Kevin is marreid to his awesome wife of 4 yrs, Nicole. He is from Lynchburg, VA. He played football for Liberty in undergrad. His current research pursuits involve comparative eschatology and ethics.

Maria Kometer, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Masters student

Maria is a Graduate Student Assistant for the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, and she hopes to work in Mental Health in some capacity.  Current research pursuits include psychoeducation, postpartum and prenatal Mental Health, and the physiological implications of child abuse.

Jack Carson, School of Divinity, Graduate student

Jack pursuing ministerial education, and his research interests include ecclesial relationships with culture, how our understanding of Scripture’s inspiration influence our hermeneutics, and the influence Christian redemptive theology should have on the ethos  of  Christian para-church organizations.

Q&A led by Dr. Chatraw

Meet the Staff: Landen

November 10, 2017

Landen Swain

Hometown: Forest, Virginia

Major: Business

One Thing: I love John Mayer.

Why Student Activities? Meeting new people and helping them have a good time are two of my favorite things in the world and SA is the perfect fun environment to do those in.

Let's Taco 'Bout It: Mi Patron

November 9, 2017

Mi Patron has five locations in the Lynchburg area, the closest of which is found in Candler’s Station near Staples. Each location offers a homey spin on traditional Mexican-American restaurants.


Mi Patron delivers healthy portions of good old fashioned Mexican food. The menu is large and mostly unintimidating, offering familiar options like chicken fajitas and some more innovative recipes like the Mexican Cheese Steak (thinly sliced steak, onions, and nacho cheese on a soft tortilla). While Mi Patron serves some less traditional meals, the flavors should leave you satisfied.

The Mi Patron on Candler’s Mountain is one of the easiest Mexican restaurants to access in Lynchburg. Walking to Candlers Station from Green Hall is comparable to walking from East Campus to the Rot, while the furthest location (Forest) is about an 18 minute drive if you want to show off your car.

The most important part of choosing where to eat, for college students at least, is the price. Mi Patron is one of the more affordable restaurants in town. Their lunch menu boasts 20 meals between $5 to $8. All things considered you’ll probably spend under $10, unless you have taken Dr. Wheeler and tip 87%. Mi Patron proves to be a great bang for your buck.

While Mi Patron is no Mexican Shoemakers, it is a solid choice for a casual date. Its affordable meals and cozy décor create a good environment for a 2nd or 3rd date, when your wallet is a bit skinny from that flashy first date.

Let's Taco 'Bout It: Tacos Locos

November 2, 2017

If you haven’t heard, Logan and Clay (two of our staff) have been on a Hispanic heritage tour of Lynchburg. You can find their review of El Camino here. Read below for numero dos of our four-part blog series – “Let’s Taco ‘Bout It: Tacos Locos”.


Tacos Locos is located on Fort Avenue right next to Chestnut Hill Bakery. It’s one of Lynchburg’s most noteworthy food trucks and is run by a hispanic couple who know how to dish out some stellar cuisine.

Tacos Locos also utilizes authentic spices in their dishes, the most notable of which are the tacos. They offer chicken, BBQ, shrimp, and tongue tacos, all of which are topped with diced onions and cilantro. By themselves, the tacos are satisfying, but you can take them to the next level by utilizing the free lime wedges and salsas that are offered there as well.

Tacos Locos is closer to campus than El Camino (about a six minute drive) but still requires a vehicle. Parking is fairly limited here as well, so if there are multiple people going, use the opportunity to be Christ-like and offer to take the squad.

Tacos are ordered al-la-carte (individually) or in a combo with a drink. The combo will run you just over $8 and comes with three hearty tacos. Considering it’s a food truck, tipping is not as much of a necessity as when you visit a sit-down restaurant.

So you’ve scored a “yes” from that gospel fox you’ve been eying all semester and you’re wondering, “Should I take them to Tacos Locos?”

To put it short and sweet, no. It’s a unique local staple no doubt, but considering it’s situated outdoors and roughly 15 feet away from a bustling Fort Avenue, the ambiance is hardly romantic (unless both of your love languages are street tacos). You could, though, consider picking up tacos to bring to a more meaningful location. 

Five Questions with Jon Foreman

October 30, 2017

In the midst of the solo artist/lead singer of Switchfoot's busy schedule, Jon Foreman was able to answer a couple of questions for us. Read his answers to our prodding questions below, and don't forget to purchase tickets to see him live on November 11th here!

  1. Who was the first musician that you remember inspired you to start pursuing a career in music?

Led Zeppelin 

  1. What is your favorite solo song to perform? 

Depends on the night - every time is different.

  1. Who would you want to open for if you could open for any other artist?

The Beatles 

  1. What has been one of the best benchmarks you’ve hit in your career? 

Our 13th annual BroAm (a surf/music charity event that we throw every year) was a huge benchmark. It's an event that has raised over 1.5 million dollars for San Diego kids.

  1. What has been the coolest venue you’ve ever performed at?

In a castle on a hill in Portugal.