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Being a Lute has its Perks—Including Some You Might not Have Known About

Being a Lute has its Perks—Including Some You Might not Have Known About

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Lutes can lend a hand, and grow their own goodies, at PLU's Community Garden. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)

Image: Lutes can lend a hand, and grow their own goodies, at PLU’s Community Garden. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)

August 10, 2015
By Evan Heringer ’16
PLU Student Writer

TACOMA, Wash. (Aug. 10, 2015)—Being a Lute sure does come with perks: unlimited access to lectures, free previews to PLU productions and on-campus leadership opportunities, just to name a few. Here are a few student-specific perks you may not have heard about:

Music Lessons

Have you been itching to learn Blackbird on the guitar? Have you wanted to learn how to play something other than The Office theme song on the piano? Good news: The Music Department offers lessons to Lutes regardless of major! Beginning musicians simply can head to the Music office, on the second floor of the Mary Baker Russell building, and fill out a questionnaire. Students then can choose whether they’d like to take the lessons for one or two credits, and an instructor will get in touch. Students taking lessons must attend six concerts throughout the semester and must play for a panel of faculty members at the end of the semester.

Camera Equipment

For Lutes aspiring to be the next Spielberg, Instructional Technologies has the equipment you need: Just visit the Instructional Technologies counter on the first floor of the library to check out equipment such as cameras and tripods.

Clubs and Involvement

PLU has 70 different clubs, which means there is one for just about everything. Peruse the clubs here, and head down to the Involvement Fair on Friday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. to sign up for clubs. If you don’t see what you are looking for, start your own!

Student Media

For Lutes who are interested in making their own TV show or becoming a news anchor, a published author or writer, or even a DJ, check out PLU’s Student Media. You can make your own TV show for Mast TV; write for The Mooring Mast; get involved with PLU’s social justice journal, The Matrix; contribute poetry, short stories, sheet music, art or photographs to PLU’s literary and arts magazine, Saxifrage; or become a DJ for PLU’s radio station, LASR. For more information on PLU student media, check out the website and attend the Sept. 11 Involvement Fair.

Community Garden

Finally, for those looking to get their hands a little dirty, check out the PLU Community Garden. Located on 121st Street, across from Ingram Hall, the PLU Community Garden provides students with the opportunity to volunteer or grow their own food. Take a look at the PLU Community Garden’s website, or email