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*UPDATE* Campus offers relief services, free activities to community

July 3, 2012 : Liberty University News Service

UPDATE (7/5/12): Liberty's Reber-Thomas Dining Hall will close to the public after dinner on Thursday, July 5. Emergency services personnel are still encouraged to visit Thomas Road Baptist Church for meals. The LaHaye Student Union and Liberty's laundry facilities will remain open to the public through Friday, July 6. The LaHaye Ice Center and Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre will continue on the schedules below, offering free skating, skiing, snowboarding and tubing to the community.


Liberty University will be offering its relief services through Thursday for those in the community affected by the power outage.

Reber-Thomas Dining Hall will remain open to the public for breakfast (7-9 a.m.), lunch (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), and dinner (4:30-7 p.m.). The cost is $3; children and emergency services workers eat free. Sodexo, Liberty's dining services provider, will have more bags of ice available at the Thomas Road Baptist Church parking lot after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Liberty’s laundry facilities are available to the public from 6 a.m. to midnight. Cash conversion machines are on-site and provide a laundry card. Credit cards are not accepted.

The LaHaye Ice Center is open free to the public at the following times:

     Tuesday: Public skating – 10 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. (facility open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.)

     Wednesday: Public skating - 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (facility open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

     Thursday: Public skating – 10 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. (facility open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.)

Liberty will continue to make the LaHaye Student Union available for restrooms, showers and computer use. The indoor track at Green Hall is also serving as a cooling station.

Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, which has been closed for repairs since Friday’s storm, is opening for free Thursday – Sunday for the entire community.

“We want to honor those who have worked hard to restore power, kept people safe, took care of people, families who opened up their houses, and also for those who struggled during this time and need a break and something fun to do,” said Drew Sherwood, general manager. Hours are as follows:

     Thursday: 4 p.m.–midnight

     Friday: 2 p.m.–1 a.m.

     Saturday: Noon–10 p.m.

     Sunday: Noon–midnight

Liberty will continue to offer dorm rooms throughout the duration of the crisis. There is a waiting list, however more rooms are becoming available as more residents receive power.

Liberty will extend these services to the community past Thursday if it is determined there is still a need. Continue to check for updates. News is also available on Liberty’s new mobile app, Liberty Today, which can be downloaded for free.

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