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