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SA Previews: Murder Mystery Dinner

March 5, 2021

It was a dark and stormy night in Lynchburg, Virginia – cue lightning and dramatic roll of thunder – many Liberty students gathered in the LaHaye Event Space for a Masquerade dinner party, when suddenly a murder occurred! Now, it’s up to you and your friends to solve the mystery.

We cannot wait for you to join us on March 12 for a classic Who-Dunnit Murder Mystery Dinner party. Four professionally trained actors from The Murder Mystery Company will be joined by a few lucky audience members to make up the suspect pool. The remainder of guests will work together to gather and solve clues while interrogating suspects in an attempt to find out who murdered the unfortunate victim. (Hint: It’s always the butler… or is it?)

Guests are encouraged to come dressed for a classy masquerade dinner party. Speaking of dinner, a buffet dinner will be served. Food, entertainment, and fun all in one night! For those of you who have bought tickets, we want to encourage you to come prepared to fully immerse yourself in the mystery and commit to your role as either suspect or sleuth. The Murder Mystery Company will bring along some costume pieces and props to aid you in your own character development.

At the end of the night, each guest will get to cast their vote on who they think committed the crime. Awards will also be given out for Best Actor, Detective of the Night, and more!

In the words of Dwight Schrute, “It’s never the person you most suspect. It’s also never the person you least suspect.” So, come prepared to accuse the person that you most medium suspect!


Chun, Daniel. “The Office: Murder.” The Office, season 6, episode 10, NBC, 12 Nov. 2009.


Written by: Sarah Day

Sarah is a junior majoring in Youth Ministry. Sarah enjoys writing for the blog because she loves exploring the ways that the simplest things in our lives impact us in the most meaningful ways. She is passionate about connecting with people, talking about what truly matters and baking.

SA Previews: Every Square Inch Conference

February 26, 2021

The mission of Liberty University is to train up champions for Christ who go out into culture to missionally influence it for the advancement of the Kingdom. That mantra sounds great on pamphlets and bumper stickers, but how does one practically engage with culture and leverage their livelihood for Christ when they are not in a role where ministry work is expected? How does an engineer examine Exodus with their coworkers? What does it look like to point to Christ while co-piloting a plane? How do we use “every square inch” of this life that God has given us to glorify Him and make Him known?

Thankfully, the 5th Annual Every Square Inch Conference aims at helping Christians young and young at heart cultivate Christianity in culture. Named in reference to a famous Abraham Kuyper quote, the conference will take place over March 5-6 and will involve a panel discussion, a concert, and a main lecture.

The 5th is the most packed day with a panel discussion, on vocation and cultivation, taking place on the 4th floor of DeMoss in room 4412. The panel will feature Liberty Vice President of Recreation and Logistics Chris Misiano, Executive Director of the Center for Public Christianity Dr. Joshua Chatraw, and songwriter Chris Renzema. Renzema will have the busiest day of the three speakers, as he will follow the afternoon panel discussion with a limited-capacity, in-person concert at the LaHaye Event Space. Dr. Chatraw, who is making his return to Liberty having once served as the Executive Director of the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, will host a lecture in the LaHaye Event Space at 7 PM on the 6th. The title of the lecture is “Telling a Better Story,” and will be followed by a Q&A.

All events are limited capacity to abide by COVID-19 guidelines, so get there early with a notepad, pen, and friend. Both the panel discussion and main lecture are free, but the concert does require a ticket purchase. Currently, the concert is sold out but if more tickets become available, Student Activities will inform the public on social media.

In years past, speakers such as Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury and Trevin Wax have left conference-goers intellectually curious and motivated for Gospel cultivation in culture. Those who make it out to the conference are sure to leave with “every square inch” of them perplexed.


Written by: Landen Swain

Landen believes the human experience longs to be expressed; through our art, our labor, our songs, our storytelling. As a published playwright, author, and poet, he enjoys expressing his little chapter of the human experience through his writings and is thankful that the SA blog allows him to do that. He is published in numerous magazines, literary journals, and has several plays published by Off the Wall Plays, an online play publishing house.

SA Previews: SA Film Fest

February 12, 2021

AMC theatres has been the talk of the town due to the stock market, but many of us haven’t even been into an AMC theatre in almost an entire year now. The smell of popcorn butter, the taste of the soda, and the pain in your wallet from buying all those over-priced concessions are all experiences we long for. But while theatres are mostly still not open, you can experience the magic of cinema at Student Activities’ Film Fest, taking place on February 26th in the LaHaye Event Space at 7 PM.

Ten original films will be screened and critiqued by a panel of judges who will award a plethora of awards to the films that they believe capture the best of our award categories. This year, even the audience can get in on the action by voting in the audience choice award. Now it’s not just Paula, Simon, and Randy voting, but you can have a say as well (hopefully that reference brought back some memories for you).

Following the movie screening, there will be a Q&A time with the film directors, allowing audience members the chance to ask about inspiration, behind the scenes, and any other questions they can conjure. Throughout all of the films, Student Activities will be serving out our campus-famous complimentary hors d’oeuvres for your convenience.

Our capacity for the event is 250 guests, so while camping outside of the venue like people do for Marvel’s Avengers movies may not be necessary, you may want to get there sooner rather than later. The whole event is expected to last around 2 hours; 10 films in 2 hours is a blockbuster of a deal.

Could one of these film director’s be making the movies we see on the big screen some day? I wouldn’t want to risk missing out on liking it before it was popular if I were you. Please silence your cellphones and enjoy the films.


Written by: Landen Swain

Landen believes the human experience longs to be expressed; through our art, our labor, our songs, our storytelling. As a published playwright, author, and poet, he enjoys expressing his little chapter of the human experience through his writings and is thankful that the SA blog allows him to do that. He is published in numerous magazines, literary journals, and has several plays published by Off the Wall Plays, an online play publishing house.

SA Previews: Valentine’s Movie Night

February 5, 2021

February is a time for love. As Valentine’s Day approaches quickly, couples are wondering how to celebrate, singles are googling how to be happy on their own, and some people just want something fun to do with friends. Whatever your situation, we have something for you!

It may be 2021, but the trends of the nineties are stronger than ever. Scrunchies, tiny purses, and baggy clothes are all iconic staples of the time. What’s even more iconic? A cult-classic rom-com. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there is no better way to celebrate than by joining us for a showing of Clueless. Follow Cher on her totally buggin’ yellow plaid journey to love starting at 7pm.

If the thought of watching a teenager fall in love makes you think, “Ugh! As if!” no worries. At 9pm, you can revel in the heartbreak of Laurie and Jo during 2019’s Little Women. Trading the 1990s for the 1860s, you will get to experience all the highs and lows of The March Family. The movie follows four sisters and their relationships with the world around them, their love interests, and most importantly each other.

It is a night that will be filled with nostalgia, sweet stories, and – for those of us who are masochists – heartbreak. We would love to see you at our Valentine’s Movie Night on Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m. in the LaHaye Event Space.


Written by: Anna Pender

Anna is a Senior Strategic Communications major. She is thankful to have the opportunity to write for the blog because it gives her a chance to explore and write about topics and events that she is passionate about and that are relevant to the world. She loves getting to be creative and share her personality through writing.

SA Previews: SA Workshops

January 28, 2021

With the start of the spring semester comes the excitement for the SA workshop series. We are bringing you guys five brand new workshops! You’ll be able to access two of these virtually through our IGTV. If you don’t follow us on Instagram yet and want to see these, you can follow us @libertysa. We will also be hosting three in-person workshops as well. Below is a little sneak peak of what to expect at these workshops, and what you can learn by participating in them.

Crepe Making

If you’re like me, crepes are one of those things I have always wanted to learn how to make, but are too intimidating for me to try. No need to fear anymore, since with this workshop, Chelsea, owner of Batter Bar, will show you how to make some amazing crepes and help put all those worries to rest. You can check this out on IGTV on February 11th at 9 p.m. to watch while putting your culinary skills to the test!

Candle Pouring

Candle Pouring will be our first in-person workshop on February 25th at 7 p.m. We’re partnering with Hill and River Collection candles to bring you this fun and aromatic time. Participants will get to take home two soy wax candles that you will make yourself! Registration opens on February 5th and costs $10.

Floral Arranging

This workshop will teach you the basics to floral design, and you’ll get to design your own bouquet to take home. This will all be taught by the owner of the Hip Tulip and take place at 7 p.m. on March 11. You can register on February 19th for $10!

Wood Carving

Our second virtual workshop will be with local wood carving enthusiast, Justin Smith, who will teach you how to make something you could use every day – a spoon! By watching this, you will learn the process of carving a wooden spoon from start to finish and how to do so safely. Tune in on April 15th at 9 p.m. to participate!

Fly Tying

To wrap up the workshop series, we will be partnering with Taletellers Fly Shop to teach how to make two different fly ties which you will get to take home after the event. Our friends over at the Hydaway Outdoor Center will also be there to talk about the fishability of Hydaway Lake. You can register for this on April 2nd!

We hope that you join us for a least one of these workshops this semester to pick up a new skill. For more information about each workshop, check out our website or email us with any questions.


Written by: Andrew Reynolds 

Andrew Reynolds is a Senior Project Management Major, and enjoys writing for the blog because of the opportunity it gives him to grow as a writer and to challenge himself to see current topics and discussions from a view point he may not have otherwise thought about.

SA Previews: Comedy Night

January 22, 2021

This February, Student Activities is putting on our first ever Comedy Night! We are really excited to invite you guys to a night filled with stand-up comedy, and two performances from Cackle Hour and YouthQuest’s improv team. It seems like we always have a couple of stand-up comedy acts at our Open Mic’s, so this semester we wanted to provide a night focused solely on making you double-over laughing.

Cackle Hour is Liberty’s first ever Improv Team comprised completely of students. Founded back in 2016, the group have been making students cackle at their many improv shows they put on throughout the school year.

YouthQuest is a ministry team that puts on weekend conferences for high school and middle school students. A large part of their ministry is their hilarious improv team. They will be opening up the night with some knee-slapping skits.

Another part of comedy night is a stand-up set by everyone’s favorite Coffeehouse host, Landen Swain. Swain has been hosting Coffeehouse since 2018, working on his stand-up chops in front of thousands of LU students each semester. It’s a tough but rewarding position to be in when a joke lands. He is also published in numerous magazines, literary journals, and has several plays published by Off the Wall Plays, an online play publishing house.

If you love laughing, yummy food, and warm coffee, come to Comedy Night at 7 p.m. on February 6 in the LaHaye Event Space. We hope to see you there!


Written by: Andrew Reynolds 

Andrew Reynolds is a Senior Project Management Major, and enjoys writing for the blog because of the opportunity it gives him to grow as a writer and to challenge himself to see current topics and discussions from a view point he may not have otherwise thought about.

SA Previews: Christmas Movie Marathon

December 2, 2020

Christmas time is always my favorite time of the year. I love all of the music, food, decorations, and of course, the movies. Christmas movies help ring in the holiday season and give us time to gather with the ones we care about to have a good holiday laugh. That’s why we want to put on a Christmas movie marathon! We want to give students the chance to get into the holiday spirit while still being able to prepare to finish the semester.

The first movie we are showing is A Christmas Story. This movie is tradition in my home. We watch it every year, and it never fails to make my dad double over in laughter. The movie follows Ralphie parker, a kid trying to avoid his bully, and constantly dreaming about the well-known Red Ryder air rifle. The story includes ridiculous and hilarious events on Ralphie’s journey to acquire his precious air rifle.

The second movie being shown is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – my personal favorite. This film follow the events of the Griswold family leading up to holiday. The father, Clark, wants to have the best Christmas season ever, and works to make sure every detail is perfectly in line. As you learn quickly, Clark’s plan quickly falls apart as family show up unexpectedly, his boss pulls his holiday bonus, and many other belly-laughing scenes.

We’ll end the event with The Santa Clause which follows Scott Calvin, played by Tim Allen. Scott, a divorced dad, is with his son when they hear strange sound outside. When Scott goes to investigate, he spooks Santa Claus, who is walking on Scott’s roof, causing him fall to his unfortunate death. When Scott puts on Santa’s coat, he is transported to the North Pole where an elf explains that he must now become Santa Clause. With Christmas coming soon, Scott has a lot of work to do to learn how to deal with the duty at hand.

If you want to spend some time studying while sippin’ on hot cocoa with friends and wiping away tears of laughter, you can join us on December 9th at 12 p.m. in the Lahaye Event Space. Merry Christmas!

SA Previews: Coffeehouse: Winter Wonderland

November 13, 2020

The fall 2020 semester is quickly coming to a close which can only mean one thing – Christmas Coffeehouse is right around the corner. That’s right! On Friday, November 20, Student Activities will be hosting the campus favorite tradition through a virtual show on Instagram. Starting at 8 p.m., viewers will be treated to musical acts and videos throughout the night. You’ll want to be paying attention closely, because we will be handing out several prizes all throughout the week and our final giveaway during the event.

The theme for this year’s Christmas Coffeehouse is Winter Wonderland. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the season than to create a wintery world filled with snowflakes and icicles. It may not be snowing much, or at all, down here in Virginia, but with a little imagination you can join us for a wintery night.

Unlike previous Coffeehouses, this show is completely on us, meaning you don’t have to buy a ticket to join in on the fun. Just head over to SA’s Instagram at 8 p.m. with your roommates, community groups, and maybe a bag of popcorn to watch the show. Content will be released over a two hour span every 15-20 minutes, with trivia to play in-between as you wait. If you’re by yourself, watching on a phone or tablet should work fine. For those planning on getting together with some friends, you might want to connect you laptop or mobile device to your TV for the event using screen share or HDMI.

We may not be together in person, but that shouldn’t stop you from watching along. A big part of the magic of Coffeehouse is celebrating Christmas together with everyone as one community, and that doesn’t have to change just because we aren’t with each other in the Vines Center.

So mark your calendars, and get ready to walk through that wardrobe to a land of all things snow. We’ll see you next Friday in a winter wonderland!


Written by Drew Snavely

Drew is an Assistant Director at Student Activities. He has a B.A. in Business Administration: Financial Planning. Drew is responsible for maintaining analytics for event surveys, social media and website, and staff development. He deals with various event logistics for all events such as filing out work orders and securing event rentals. He also helps manage monthly budgets, event finances and receipts.

SA Previews: Christmas in Lights

October 30, 2020

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as campus starts to go through its normal seasonal change from fall to winter. The weather is getting colder, leaves are falling off the trees, and students are breaking out the hot chocolate. Everyone is dreaming about sitting around a warm fireplace wrapped up in a blanket. But before we completely deck the halls, one thing must happen here at Liberty to welcome in the new season. Of course I am talking about Student Activities’ annual Christmas in Lights on the Academic Lawn!

Every year, we look forward to gathering on the lawn all bundled up for the lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree as well as all of the lights that line University Blvd. This year, due to current regulations, we will be livestreaming the event for each of you to watch along in your dorms or off-campus houses. It will truly be a memorable night as we’re able to all come together to bring in the Christmas season together.

Christmas in Lights will be taking place on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:30 p.m., just after curfew, so that students are able to gather with their roommates or community groups to celebrate together! We’ll be livestreaming this event on Facebook and other online sources, so head over to our social media platforms the night of the event, where we’ll provide a link to watch the lighting from all over the world. What’s the best way to watch? We suggest streaming on a laptop or mirroring your devices to a TV to get the best viewing experience.

Additionally, students will get to hear a message from President Jerry Prevo, and the School of Music will provide more than 250 choir members who will surround the tree to sing Christmas classics like Rudolph, Joy To The World, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas! We are so happy we get to be with all of you virtually as we celebrate the beginning of the season of Christmas together. We hope to see you all tuning into the lighting of the tree ceremony as our campus transforms into a winter wonderland.


Written by Riley Anderson

Riley is a junior majoring in Christian Leadership and Church Ministry with a minor in Biblical Studies.

SA Previews: Just Mercy

October 23, 2020

1526 people have been executed in the U.S. since 1973 and 171 of those people have been exonerated (EJI). According to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), founded by Bryan Stevenson, “At least 170 Alabama death sentences have been reversed by state or federal courts and resulted in an exoneration, lesser conviction, or reduced sentence”. Stevenson is fighting to add more numbers to the exonerated statistic.

Just Mercy is a deeply-moving, thought-provoking film about Bryan Stevenson’s fight for justice and redemption in the criminal justice system. Stevenson had a passion for using his Harvard Law degree to help men and women in Birmingham, Alabama who were wrongly convicted and put on death row. His first client was Walter McMillian who was put on death row for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite his proven innocence. This film goes through Stevenson and McMillian’s emotional journey of fighting for freedom and justice despite the racial tension.

This movie is helping fuel the conversation around capital punishment in America and raise an eyebrow to the flaws in our criminal justice system. You can watch this film with us in the LaHaye Event Space on November 6. There will be two showings, one at 8 p.m. and the other at 10:45 p.m. I can guarantee you will leave feeling inspired and ready to change the world!





Written by: Kaitlyn Skarstein

Kaitlyn loves being able to write for the SA blog because she thinks it is important to share her voice. She loves being able to express her own opinions on important subjects that are relevant for students, faculty, and many others.