On April 3, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes hosted an event named Late Night. President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Kayle Mullenix, stated this was her first event as president but that the club has not had a campus event in two years. The event drew a number of students, however it was not what many students expected as many of them left in the middle of the event. The event was advertised around the entire campus and was labeled as a party with free food, music, and a speaker. Instead, the event seemed to be a way to host a church service on our campus as it consisted of Christian music, Bible reading and preaching in the same manner as attending a church.
The event began at 7:30 p.m. in the front of the Health-Science Building. F.C.A. members prepared and handed out food to students while music played in the background. At 8:30 p.m., everyone was asked to go inside the Lecture Hall of the Health-Science building to start the festivities, though no one was informed the festivities were a church service. A live band played five Christian songs back to back and a speaker followed with a sermon.
Jay Mudd, preacher of Late Night near Downtown Leesburg, was the speaker at the event. Mudd was very energetic and interactive and spoke of hope using the story of David and Goliath to motivate the students and attendees. During the service Mudd stated “my hope is not in people or professionals and it never will be,” that “if you put your hope in anything other than Jesus Christ, you are making a mistake.”
Instead of drawing more students to the F.C.A., the event had an opposite effect as students were put off by the false advertisement placed around the campus. Students were disappointed not with the event itself but for rather how it was labeled as a party instead of a church service. They expected to relax with their friends and have a good time rather than being preached to. Student Thinh Le stated the event was not what he expected. He was looking for music and games by the way it was advertised. Several other students, who decided to comment, were disappointed that instead of a party, it turned out to be a church service.
Mudd later stated that he takes responsibility for the misleading signs, that “our goal was never to mislead anyone but rather for them to know that F.C.A. was an active club on campus that was partnering with a local college ministry, Late Night.”