Where is your office located?
We have two offices – one at Green Hall 2900 (above the Tilley Student Center) and one at Montview 2760 (next to the Game Room).
I am a student musician – can I perform at Liberty?
Every semester, we showcase a range of diverse student musicians in the LaHaye Event Space. If you are interested in playing an upcoming show, please email Erin Cleveland with a link to your music.
How do I purchase tickets to an upcoming concert?
Any guests looking to purchase tickets to an upcoming concert need to use the ‘Tickets’ dropdown in the navigation.
For LU students, faculty, and staff: You must use your LU credentials in order to receive the applied discounted tickets. Only 2 tickets per person are available at a discounted rate. There will be no refunds provided to anyone who registers with a non-LU account.
At what age do children need a ticket for a concert?
Children ages four and up will need a purchased ticket for the concert.
Can I get a refund for my concert tickets?
For concerts and performers, all tickets are non-refundable.
I have a suggestion for a band/performer that I would like see at Liberty – who do I talk to?
Email us the artist and we will evaluate the band/performer on a case by case basis. If we are interested, we will contact the booking agency directly.
How do you choose the artists you bring in for concerts?
Historically, we have selected bands/performers classified as “CCM” (Contemporary Christian Music). However, we have also featured bands/performers who do not fit neatly into this category (Anberlin, Mutemath, and The Fray, to name a few). In all of these cases, the bands/performers in question either came from a Christian music background or have members who profess to be Christians. So, while we do take the genre and lyrical content of bands/performers into consideration, we do not choose them simply because they are classified as a “Christian band” or feature explicitly Christian lyrics. In our estimation, “Christian” as a genre/category is a problematic designator at best, though it does serve as a guide when we make our selections (at least for now). We think of our selections in three, basic terms: excellent, popular, and interesting.
- We want to invite bands/performers based on their excellence. In terms of lyrical content, this means artists who meet the basic standards set forth in the university’s code of conduct, which excludes artists deemed “offensive (i.e., lewd lyrics, anti-Christian message, etc.)” Otherwise, this means we are looking for artists who are skilled as musicians, lyricists, songwriters, and performers and have been distinguished as such. Our selection of national-level touring artists typically accomplishes this. This is not to say that local or regional acts are not or cannot be excellent. It simply means that national acts have distinguished themselves in terms of musical quality, production, stage presence, and overall artist “polish”.
- We want to invite popular bands/performers. We are looking for artists who make music that is 1.) known or becoming known by a significant number of people and 2.) generally accessible to a broad audience. This is not to say that art or niche or lesser-known music is somehow inferior or unworthy of consideration or invitation. But, as much as possible, we want students to know and like the artists we bring. In most cases, this means artists that make popular music.
- We want to invite bands/performers who we consider interesting. We want artists that are exciting, who evoke listeners’ curiosity and draw them in to their music and lyrics, which therefore encourages participation in their live music event. This means inviting artists encompassing a wide variety of style and genre. Hopefully, this will encourage listeners to be more adventurous in their listening, being open to experience music outside of those genres/styles they are used to or familiar with.
There are very few experiences like a live music event, and we want ours to be excellent for both artist and audience. This is an ongoing discussion in our department and we would love to hear your thoughts in this regard. We recommend the following, short articles that should give you an overview of our thinking:
- “Another Switchfoot Concert” by Tim Challies (particularly Jon Foreman’s long quote at the end of the article)
- “Who killed the contemporary Christian music industry?” by Tyler Huckabee
- Charlie Peacock’s article in CCM Magazine from 2008, primarily his predictions of the future of Christian music, but that also contains some excellent insight into the industry itself.
- This interview featuring Dan Haseltine from Jars of Clay, particularly his thoughts on using “Christian” as a label/genre for any music (next to last interview question).
How do you choose the movies you show?
Our movie night selections are based first on their rating in regards to the guidelines set forth in The Liberty Way (so, PG-13 or less). Beyond this, we primarily use the website Kids In Mind to check the overall content of those movies (IMDB’s content advisories are also very helpful). We try to select movies that are new and/or relevant, typically selecting movies that have been released in the previous 6-12 months. Finally, we pay for movie licenses from the licensing companies who provide them, which allows us to present them at our events for public viewing.
Occasionally, we will show a movie that either has content or an overarching message/theme that is in conflict with the standards of The Liberty Way. We view this the same way we would, say, a Convocation speaker hosted by the university, whether within the bounds of Christianity or outside of it, with whom “we” (Liberty, administration, students, faculty, staff, academic departments, etc.) may agree or disagree (See: Sanders, Bernie, Convocation 9/14/15). It is the opinion of our department that the presentation of a movie/film does not and should not imply endorsement. Part of the collegiate academic experience should include the thoughtful engagement of many differing points of view. In regard to our movie nights, while we may not support the agenda or the entire message of a given movie, we trust that students can watch it without feeling compelled to adopt an agenda or unquestioningly embrace the message therein.
Two additional points:
- Like all of our other events, our movie nights are not mandatory. And in the same way that you are not required to see new/new-ish movies at Regal Cinemas or Movies 10, or even watch a movie with your friends in a dorm room or off-campus house/apartment, you do not have to attend a Student Activities movie night if you do not want to.
- Ultimately, we want students to exercise their conscience when choosing whether or not to attend a movie night, and we want students to use discernment when attending a movie night. We hope students will apply Romans 14/1 Corinthians 8-9 as they approach both the movie night and their peers. Additionally, we hope that students will both enjoy and engage the movies we show, taking in the entertainment without “shutting off” and mindlessly consuming whatever is in front of them, whether the movie is a big-budget blockbuster or an agenda-driven documentary feature.
Much like the question of bands/performers we bring in, our movie nights selections have been a source of many conversations. We are always interested to hear movie night suggestions, so please feel free to email us your questions and concerns.
What is the Clear Bag Policy?
The Clear Bag Policy is currently implemented for all major university events in order to make sure that our events are not only fun and exciting, but also extremely safe.
- Each ticketed guest can carry one large clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or the 12″ x 6″ x 12″ clear bag – plus a small clutch purse (4.5″ x 6.5″). The small clutch must be carried into the venue outside the clear bag and is still subject to search.
- Guests carrying bags that do not meet the Clear Bag criteria will not be admitted into the venue. They may return their bag to their car or transfer items into an approved bag.
Can I work/volunteer for Student Activities?
If you are interested in working with us, please email us. Please note: in order to be considered for an Event Staff position, you must apply through the Human Resources Job Site, and we only post the Event Staff position there when there is at least one opening. Emailing us lets us know 1) you are interested and 2) your contact information to reach you at when a position is posted.
At this time, we do not offer any CSER or volunteer opportunities.