February 18, 2010 : Julie Celano
Friendly Fridays are days when people who are interested in attending Liberty can become acquainted with the school. The day consists of a tour, admission sessions, convocation with the student body and a luncheon. Prospective students may also attend classes at the end of the day if they chose to do so. The tours are taken in small groups so that prospective students and parents can ask questions and get a personal and intimate look at Liberty.
Friendly Fridays are a great way to find out answers to important questions and to become familiar with the large campus. Having an intimate tour and sessions allows prospective students and their families to make a more educated decision on whether or not Liberty is the right school for them. Even if you already know that you are going to attend Liberty, coming to a Friendly Friday and getting to know your way around campus would likely help to make you feel more comfortable on your first day at a new school.
Liberty hosts Friendly Friday groups every two to three weeks. You can register online or call the Visitors Center to schedule your visit. To find our more information on Friendly Fridays, visit the website www.liberty.edu/visitus.
- Julie Celano
February 18, 2010 : Rachel Haughton
If you’ve been to Liberty University for a visit or even know someone who attends LU you’ve probably heard strange words or phrases like "the Rot", "DP", "Vines" or "Demoss". Well, believe it or not this words do stand for something and if you’re a Liberty student it doesn’t take you too long to figure them out. First off, let’s tackle "the Rot", well I guess at some point the dining hall was commonly known as the Reber Thomas Dining Hall but due to the love of abbreviations and the need to feel cool about eating at the dining hall, it was soon coined "the Rot" and everyone just accepted it and moved on.
Then we have "DP" now not everyone knows this abbreviation, the only reason I know it is because I have a lot of friends in the Worship Dept. If you’re worship major, or are taking any Worship classes you’ll be spending a lot of your time in David’s Place which is a small little building across from the track. Most students simply refer to it as "DP".
"Vines", "Tilley", "Lahaye" and "Demoss" are simply the names of some of the main places that students meet or have classes, it’s easier to say "Hey, I’ll meet you at Tilley!" then it is to say "Hey, I’ll meet you at the Tilley Student Center!" It’s also easier to say "2nd floor" or "3rd floor" when referring to which part of Demoss’s "c-lab" you want to go to. The "c-lab" is just an easy way of saying the computer lab.
So yes, as complicated as it might seem, all this LU lingo, it really makes sense to us students and I apologize for any confusion to visitors when you visit the campus. Maybe now it might be easier to understand your students and your friends as they talk about life at Liberty!
- Rachel Haughton
February 2, 2010 : Laura Meadows
With such a busy school, social, and personal schedule, it’s often difficult to keep your residence hall room clean. Unfortunately, the messy environment doesn’t only add to the stress, but could in fact contribute to bad health and conflict between roommates. While Liberty’s housing program requires room cleanliness, there are a few ways that you can ensure those days are a little easier for you.
ORGANIZE! If you begin your semester (or the week) already organized, you will be less likely to get things confused and out of place. For example, I keep a file system in the bottom drawer of my desk. I have a folder for each class with its notes, homework, and handouts. You could also do this in a binder, but I find the file folders a little more manageable. Make sure your clothes and toiletries have their own space. Then you won’t wonder where they are each morning.
DON’T MESS IT UP! An easy solution for keeping the room clean is to make sure that you keep the room clean. If you come back to the room and you change clothes, then before you leave, make sure the clothes you took off are in their proper place (and your roommate does not agree that they belong in the middle of the floor). Again, this step goes back to having things organized.
SET ASIDE TIME TO “DEEP” CLEAN! Now, I know you’re probably sighing and saying, “But I don’t want to clean my toilet every two days!” If you do the steps above, then you will be less likely to have to clean so often. But, it is a smart idea to set aside a few minutes each week to straighten things you might not have been able to do. Wash your sheets, laundry, and dishes. Clean your bathroom/sink area (I’m just thinking of your personal hygiene now). Put things where they belong and start fresh each week.
Unfortunately, we are not like the Jetsons with a cleaning robot, so these cleaning steps will have to be done by you. Your parents aren’t here, and you are beginning the process to becoming a young adult. The time has come to be responsible for the things the Lord has entrusted you with, and take care of yourself. It’s not hard, and you’ll get the hang of it! It will help you be calm, relaxed, and at peace with all those you live with.
January 28, 2010 : Jake Ford
Everyone enjoys a great experience at the movies. Here in Lynchburg, there are many options when it comes to choosing a cinematic adventure.
First, there is the ever-so-popular Cinemark Movies 10. More famously known as "the dollar theater." This is by far a favorite amongst students at Liberty and other schools here in Lynchburg. With amazingly low prices, ranging from as low as $0.75 to $2.00 max, Movies 10 shows films in the "between theater and DVD" stage. Students with a valid ID only pay $1.00 at all times. This theater is usually packed out during the weekends and even on some weeknights. Movies 10 is one of the most popular places throughout Lynchburg.
Next is the brand new Regal Cinemas River Ridge Stadium 14. This is a new attraction to Lynchburg and is visible from Liberty's campus. Connected to the River Ridge Mall, Stadium 14 brings a new refreshing look to the shopping complex. This theater offers some modern amenities, such as retraceable cup holders and stadium seating, that improve the overall movie-going experience. Ticket prices range from $7.25 for matinee movies to $9.25 for regular movies. With the biggest screens in town, the Regal Cinemas River Ridge Stadium 14 is the place to go in Lynchburg to see the latest hit movies.
Lastly, there is the Carmike Cinemas 8 theater. This theater is located on Memorial Avenue, a little farther from Liberty's campus than Movies 10 or Stadium 14. With prices as low as $6.00 for matinee, Carmike 8 is a good place for an inexpensive trip to the movies.
So whether you can't wait to catch the latest movie at Regal Cinemas, going for a lower cost at Carmike Cinemas or catching a movie you missed at Cinemark Movies 10, Lynchburg offers a great variety of movie theaters that all provide a unique movie going experience.
January 25, 2010 : Jane Marczewski
Looking for a place for coffee and conversation? Need a spot to enjoy a board game with a group? Want a television on which to watch the big game? If so, you should check out the Tilley Student Center, a hang out lounge built specifically for LU students.
A relatively new facility, the Tilley was opened in September of 2008 by donation from Thomas and Iris Tilley (the parents of our chancellor's wife, Becki Falwell). It is located in Campus North and is connected to the LaHaye Student Union. All students who pay the activities fee each semester receive a membership and simply swipe their LibertyOne Card to enter.
The Tilley center has a relaxed coffee-house feel. It includes leather couches, a corner cafe and a stage for performances. There are also six flat-screen TVs which are great for gathering to watch a favorite show. Poker tables create a perfect atmosphere to compete in an intense game of Texas Hold 'Em and there are plenty of comfy chairs and tables for simple fellowship. More than just a lounge, however, the Tilley includes a Billiards room with eight pool tables, two ping pong tables and four Playstation 3's. Also, on special weekends, the Tilley highlights student talent and various Christian artists on the stage for concerts.
Katie Scarborough, a junior at LU, says this about the Tilley: “I think it's just helped improve my experience here because I get to spend more time with people and it's just a really great place to hang out.” Shelby Burton, a fellow student, agrees, “It's nice to have somewhere to go where it's comfortable and you can study with your friends.
No matter what you're looking for, the Tilley has it all. In the few years that it has been open, thousands of students have enjoyed using it. As a future LU student, check out the fun if you visit campus and make sure you spend time at the Tilley!