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!