Softball gets shutout, swept by Liberty in makeup series

Softball gets shutout, swept by Liberty in makeup series

Lipscomb loses non-conference series to App State

Lipscomb loses non-conference series to App State

Lipscomb Men’s Soccer season comes to a close with a loss to No. 1 Jacksonville Dolphins

Lipscomb Men’s Soccer season comes to a close with a loss to No. 1 Jacksonville Dolphins

Lumination’s staff predicts who will win at the 2021 Academy Awards

Lumination’s staff predicts who will win at the 2021 Academy Awards

Meet Grant Hitchcock, SGA’s next Executive President

Meet Grant Hitchcock, SGA’s next Executive President

Bisons men take down Flames in ASUN soccer quarterfinal matchup

Bisons men take down Flames in ASUN soccer quarterfinal matchup


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Meet Grant Hitchcock, SGA’s next Executive President

Meet Grant Hitchcock, SGA’s next Executive President

Student democracy went to work this past week with campus-wide elections for the incoming year’s SGA officers. Those elected include Grant Hitchcock, a BioScience and Philosophy major, Lipscomb RA and SGA’s new Executive President. “I’m really excited about the transition, honestly,” said Hitchcock. The upcoming school year will look different on campus, with the anticipation of new administrations. This past semester, Lipscomb has seen the stepping down of President Randolph Lowry and Vice President of Student Life Al Sturgeon. “I’m just looking forward to being able to represent students in this period of transition with a new president and the new structure that is going to be laid out for SGA,” said Hitchcock. Hitchcock will also be bringing along policies of his own, things such as expanding library hours and increasing opportunities for community defined his campaign platform. “I want to hear the concerns that people have, the ideas that people have and I want those ideas to hopefully come to fruition through this office,” said Hitchcock. “We’re hoping to create a welcoming environment, and to promote SGA to that aspect as well,” said Hitchcock. In the upcoming school year, Hitchcock will be bringing with him experience from both his time as a campus RA as well as from the past year serving on SGA. “As an RA on call for 24/7, anytime that anybody needs me, I’m there to help react and be there for them,” “That’s what I want to do with this office,” said Hitchcock. Hitchcock hopes the next school year will represent a return to normalcy, with SGA Office Hours and even a “Quest Weekend”...
Inclusion and COVID play role in deciding the next president

Inclusion and COVID play role in deciding the next president

Earlier this spring, President Randolph Lowry announced the wrapping up of his 16-year run at Lipscomb. Now the university has launched a nationwide search, seeking to find a new president that stays true to Lipscomb’s values while embracing the new changes that’ll come in the post-COVID era. “Think of it as a skyscraper,” said Mitch Edgeworth, Vice President of the Board of Trustees and the leader of Lipscomb’s presidential search committee. “What we tend to see on a skyscraper is what’s above the ground, it’s the growth. That’s the new programs, recruiting students and recruiting faculty. That scaffolding gets put up and we keep growing, but you also need to have a deep foundation.” Edgeworth sat down with Lumination immediately following seven hours of “listening” to University and Academy voices. He said, “We really went through a series of questions and had a great chance to listen along the themes of what’s working well, that we don’t want to lose and what we want to keep going forward,” “Then there’s identifying the challenges that the university and or Academy are facing and how might we need to address and how might the next president need to address those challenges.” The factors going into the decision of ‘who’s Lipscomb’s next president?’ are consequential to the preservation of Lipscomb’s faith-based culture and the ability for the university to grow with the times. “We’re going to want a president who is both who’s equally talented at developing both the growth aspects as well as oversee operational efficiency,” said Edgeworth on the characteristics of potential candidates. “Also, a person deeply rooted in his...
BREAKING: SGA 2021-2022 Election ends with presidential runoff

BREAKING: SGA 2021-2022 Election ends with presidential runoff

The fanfare of student elections has not quite come to a close at Lipscomb. The 2021-2022 SGA election finished Tuesday afternoon with both new officers and three run-off races to be held tomorrow. Students running for office this year showcased their wishful policies such as amending the alcohol policy, amplifying diversity, and even a campus-wide formal dance. Ultimately the big-ticket race of Executive President came down to two candidates: Donovan Ross and Grant Hitchcock. Ross and Hitchcock will face off tomorrow, April 6. Other runoff races will include Senior Class President (Chase Cate and Grace Davis) and Sophomore Class President (Meti Regaa and Madison Schomer). As of today, the newly elected officers are as following: Executive Vice President Liz McKell Executive Secretary Angie Medina Senior Vice President Grant Bobo Senior Coordinator Emily Keeling Junior President Isadora Koch Junior Vice President Audrey Tsague Sophomore Vice President Garner Harsh Sophomore Coordinator Hannah Chessman Lumination will continue to keep you updated with the 2020-2021 SGA...
Lumination Network’s March Madness: Lipscomb Dining Edition seeks to determine Lipscomb’s best dining option

Lumination Network’s March Madness: Lipscomb Dining Edition seeks to determine Lipscomb’s best dining option

In case you missed it, Lumination Network is hosting our very own March Madness bracket tournament, March Madness: Lipscomb Dining Edition.  The online tournament pits on-campus dining options against local favorite restaurants to determine the best place to eat while at Lipscomb. Competitors include campus center staples such as Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks as well as off-campus spots like Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Taqueria Del Sol.  The first round kicked off on March 23, but it is not too late to make your picks! Check one of Lumination’s social media accounts to view the bracket and vote to choose between your favorite of the day’s two choices. The winner of the daily poll will advance to the next round of the tournament. The Final Four will begin on April 4 and the championship match-up is set for April 6. May the best restaurant win!...
Bison defaced in the midst of anti-Asian hate crimes

Bison defaced in the midst of anti-Asian hate crimes

Last Wednesday, March 24, Lipscomb’s ACON (Asian Community) club painted the bison to say, “Protect Asian Lives,” following the massacre of 8 women, 6 of whom were of Asian descent, in Atlanta spas on the 16 of March. Sophomore Corporate Management student Cindy Hong is President of ACON and explained why they spray-painted those words: “With the recent massacre that happened in Atlanta, and nationwide there’s been a lot of anti-Asian hate crimes, we just wanted to create awareness and show solidarity and respect to those who lost their lives and give a message to Lipscomb’s student body that there should be zero tolerance to Asian hate. It was also to share a message to other Asian-Americans that we hear them and see them. We shared a picture of the painted bison on our ACON Instagram so that people would know we are a resource and would feel free to DM/come to us.” Wednesday night, though, the bison was painted over to say, “Cookout: This is all that matters.” Hong described how she felt when she found out the bison had been vandalized. “I was kind of shocked but not shocked at the same time because it was something I kind of saw coming but it is still very shocking in a way where I can’t believe someone would do that. Of course I was mad, angered, very sad, I felt like I was being struck.” Many students on campus felt the same way. This is not the first time the bison has been defaced. In 2020, the bison was vandalized twice, first over an LGBTQ+ painting, then over...
Softball gets shutout, swept by Liberty in makeup series

Softball gets shutout, swept by Liberty in makeup series

In a rescheduled matchup from two weekends ago, the Lady Bisons hosted the Liberty Flames, who swept the Bisons, not allowing a run on the weekend.  Saturday afternoon senior pitcher Breanna Burke got the start for Lipscomb on the mound and worked all seven innings for the Bisons. Burke only allowed one hit in the first six innings of the matchup, but Liberty took advantage of two errors by the Bisons defense to reach base and score, gaining the advantage and a 1-0 lead . Despite the efficient pitching of junior pitcher Emily Kirby, Lipscomb outhit the Flames, 3-1, through the sixth inning but could not capitalize on their opportunities. In the seventh inning, Liberty’s bats got hot and the Flames scored one run off of three hits, bringing the game to its final score of 2-0. In the second game of Saturday’s action, Liberty picked up right where they left off scoring two runs off of two consecutive walks and a two-RBI single from infielder freshman Savannah Channell. Lipscomb would settle in and not allow another run until the fifth inning when Liberty brought home two more runners via another two-RBI single from Channell. Two additional insurance runs would be added in the seventh inning, and once again the Bisons would be shutout 6-0. Sunday’s action continued in Liberty’s favor, as Burke returned to the mound and allowed a homerun to senior infielder Autumn Bishop on the second pitch of the afternoon. Meanwhile, offensively the Bisons could get nothing going for much of the game.  Kirby dominated the mound finishing the afternoon with seven strikeouts in seven innings...
Lipscomb loses non-conference series to App State

Lipscomb loses non-conference series to App State

The Lipscomb Bisons fell in extra innings to the Appalachian State Mountaineers 9-5 on Friday. The Bisons got off to a quick start, scoring a run in the first inning. As for the defense, junior Max Habegger got the start for the Bisons and pitched a shutout through the first 3 innings. In the bottom of the third, the Bisons piled on by adding another four runs to increase their lead to 5-0. Habegger would lose his shutout in the top of the fourth off a sacrifice fly to bring the Mountaineers within four. However, Habegger would bounce back by pitching a scoreless fifth inning to maintain the Bisons 5-1 lead. The Mountaineers would fight back with a dominant sixth inning, scoring three runs, all with two outs, to bring them within one. They managed to add another run in the seventh to tie the game at 5-5. Sophomore closer Tyler Guilfoil came in to stop the bleeding for the Bisons and pitched four scoreless innings. The Bisons failed to score in the bottom of the seventh, which sent the game into extra innings. Both teams would then go scoreless through the eighth, ninth and tenth innings. In the top of the eleventh, App State’s bats were hot, and they were able to drive in four to take a commanding 9-5 lead. The Bisons were unable to score in the bottom of the eleventh, falling to the Mountaineers 9-5. After falling Friday in extras, the Bisons bounced back Saturday as junior pitcher Dylan Bierman took the mound and only allowed two runs in his seven innings of work, getting...
Lipscomb Men’s Soccer season comes to a close with a loss to No. 1 Jacksonville Dolphins

Lipscomb Men’s Soccer season comes to a close with a loss to No. 1 Jacksonville Dolphins

After defeating the Liberty Flames Saturday afternoon at home to clinch a spot in the ASUN semifinals, Lipscomb travelled to Jacksonville to take on the top-ranked ASUN team, Jacksonville, where the Bisons fell 4-2 Thursday afternoon. The Dolphins wasted no time putting together a strong offensive presence and capitalized by scoring three of their four goals within the first 25 minutes of the game. Both junior defenders Noah and Scott Gulden came up just shy of cutting into the Dolphins lead with two early shots on goal for the Bisons, but Jacksonville goalie junior Matt Levy came up with the save on both occasions. Finally, the Bisons got on the board with a late goal from freshman defender William Turner to end the first half and to bring Lipscomb back within striking distance. But the Dolphins once again were the first to score as they returned from the break extending their lead to 4-1. Freshman forward Tyrese Spicer gave the Bisons several chances but could never capitalize. Eventually, sophomore forward Alejandro Lopez scored bringing Lipscomb once again within two, but the early deficit proved to be too much to overcome. Despite the loss, Lipscomb outshot the Dolphins 19-11 and fought until the final whistle. The Bisons finish the season 6-5-2 and 1-2-1 in ASUN play in the COVID-altered format. Lipscomb Men’s Soccer will return to action in just a few short months as ASUN fall seasons resume in 2021. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Bisons men take down Flames in ASUN soccer quarterfinal matchup

Bisons men take down Flames in ASUN soccer quarterfinal matchup

After the Lady Bisons fell in the earlier quarterfinal matchup, the Liberty Flames were looking to clean house in Nashville with another game against Lipscomb; this time the men’s team. But this time around the Bisons had the advantage, winning 2-0 to advance to the ASUN semifinals.  The Bisons are now 2-0-1 against Liberty in this season after they tied with Liberty at home and won on a golden goal from Jake Zec in Lynchburg, both in the regular season.  These two teams have plenty of history across all sports in the playoff realm and this game would be no different with fouls coming on both sides and both teams doing whatever they could to get ahead.  In the first half, the Bisons and Flames managed to be as good of defensive teams as they were offensively, neither of them conceding a goal. The second half however would not be so kind for the Flames. In the 56th minute, Hayes Wood headed in the go-ahead goal from Scott Gulden on a free-kick from outside 22 yards. With a yellow card coming for the Flames only 6 seconds after this goal the game was heating up on the field. With continued scoreless minutes going by for the Flames, the Bisons jumped on an opportune corner kick which brought one Gulden brother from the corner to a header from his twin that set up an assist in the box for Honore Kalala for the added insurance and a 2-0 lead. For Lipscomb, the lead would hold up after the late score and the defense played a full 90 minutes of soccer...
Lady Bisons ousted by Flames in soccer quarterfinals

Lady Bisons ousted by Flames in soccer quarterfinals

In the quarterfinal matchup of the ASUN tournament, the #1 seed Lady Bisons hosted the #4 seed Liberty and fell at home 1-0, ending their season. The last time these two teams met Lipscomb took a 5-1 victory in Lynchburg. Before that though, they met at Lipscomb in a game that ended in a 0-0 tie through 110 minutes of soccer. Today, the game would look very similar to the last time the Flames came to Lipscomb, but this time Liberty would take a lead 1-0 with a goal by McKinley Burkett in the 20th minute. From there the Bisons would not be able to score at all.  The Bisons had many opportunities with 16 shots, 4 on goal throughout the game and both teams split even with 4 saves from the goal line. This game eliminates the Bisons from further ASUN contests and Liberty will go on to face the University of North Florida on April 15th.  The Bisons have a small chance of making an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament, but with a draw against Bellarmine and an early loss in the ASUN tournament, that route seems unlikely. Though the Bisons did not finish the season where they had hoped, they finished the year at 7-2-2 with the early conference tournament loss. Gallery by Riley...
Lipscomb men’s soccer takes down soon to be conference opponents Central Arkansas 2-1

Lipscomb men’s soccer takes down soon to be conference opponents Central Arkansas 2-1

The Lipscomb men’s soccer team took down non-conference opponents Central Arkansas by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon. The midweek matchup pitted the Bisons against future Atlantic Sun rivals in the UCA Bears, who also played a fall season in the Sun Belt Conference this year. Despite the fact that this match didn’t count in conference play for either team, both sides wanted the win and fought hard to earn a positive result. It was the home side who would take the initial advantage, though, when Trinidad and Tobago native Tyrece Spicer tucked a shot into the near post, beating the keeper in the 7th minute. Spicer, a freshman left-winger, scored his third goal of the season to put Lipscomb ahead 1-0. In a statistically rare moment, goalkeeper Michael Sibley picked up the assist. It’s the sophomore keeper’s first–and likely only–assist this season. Lipscomb dominated possession of the ball and controlled the midfield from then on, but couldn’t find the net on their other six shot attempts of the half.  The Bears capitalized on the opportunities Lipscomb left behind when they scored an equalizer on the stroke of halftime. Substitute Masood Porsa scored against the run of play in a quick series of passes that left the Lipscomb backline undone, leveling the score at 1-1 after the first 45 minutes. The Bisons continued the narrative of controlling the game early on in the second half, but in the 59th minute, it looked as though Central Arkansas was going to nab another fortunate goal. Junior defender Louis Robinson bundled over his opponent inside the penalty box on a cross...
Breakout night from freshman Will Pruit aids Lipscomb basketball in win over Kennesaw State

Breakout night from freshman Will Pruit aids Lipscomb basketball in win over Kennesaw State

For the second time this season, Lipscomb men’s basketball has swept a conference opponent. Much like Friday night, the Bisons used a strong second-half performance to take down ASUN bottomfeeder Kennesaw State 77-63 in Allen Arena. Lipscomb is 15-10 and 9-5 in the ASUN and sitting at third place, while Kennesaw State has already clinched the No. 9 seed and will participate in a play-in game in the ASUN tourney. Four Bisons dialed in double-figure nights, with graduate transfer Romeao Ferguson leading the herd with 24. Sophomore guard KJ Johnson scored 20, freshman guard Will Pruitt had 18 (a career-high), and redshirt-junior center Ahsan Asadullah posted 12. Pruitt’s performance was most notable. A local 6-3 guard out of Mount Juliet, Pruitt was making his second consecutive start and just his third overall this season. Don’t be surprised if the Bisons keep him there, as he cashed in on the opportunity by going 6-of-7 and 5-of-6 from range while leading the team with seven rebounds. The Owls’ top two scorers this season were their top two scorers Saturday night. Leading scorer and junior guard Spencer Rodgers led the way with 21, and second-leading scorer and freshman guard Chris Youngblood followed suit with 12. Nobody else cashed in double digit points. Offensively, Lipscomb played a dismal first half. Lipscomb led 12-6 with 15:50 left in the first half before giving up a 14-2 run that lasted for over nine minutes. The Bisons did not score a field goal during that run and were down 20-14, eventually ending the first half down 31-29. But much like Friday night, Lipscomb broke away in...
Bisons rally in second half for big win over Kennesaw State 76-62

Bisons rally in second half for big win over Kennesaw State 76-62

Coming off of a weekend split against Jacksonville last weekend, the Bisons sat at 7-5 coming into their last home weekend seeking a win in the first game of the series against Kennesaw State. The Bisons won, 76-62. Kennesaw coming in with their first conference win of the season the previous weekend against Stetson was looking to keep their momentum against Lipscomb. The first half was an even duel for both teams with nearly identical stat lines through the first 20 minutes of play. In the first half, Asadullah hit solid from the field and the free-throw line. A healthy performance from Jake Wolfe and Mr. Consistent, Romeo Ferguson helped the Bisons in the first half. However, it was Kennesaw who was up at the half 35-36. Backed by solid play from #3, Youngblood, with 12 points that matched Asadullah’s first-half mark. 11 first-half turnovers are what kept the game as close as it was. After the halftime break, Lipscomb came back out re-energized and looking fired-up. With a pristine night’s finish for Asadullah (23 points) and continual effort from Johnson, Ferguson, and Wolfe — the Bisons finished the game out handily, 76-62. Lipscomb finished the game seeing 4 players score in double figures — Johnson (16), Ferguson (13), Wolfe (12), Asadullah (23). It was just the win Lipscomb needed to move the Bisons to 8-5 in Conference play.  Lipscomb and Kennesaw State will finish their series matchup on Saturday night in Allen Arena at 7 PM. You can stream the game through ESPN+ or listen along through our own, Bison Radio through our website, or iOS app. Photos courtesy...
Gallery: Snow blankets campus and moves classes fully online on Monday

Gallery: Snow blankets campus and moves classes fully online on Monday

As the winter storm moves across the country, Nashville began to feel its effects. Saturday night’s cold temperatures caused roads to freeze and made travel difficult, but when the sleet and snow began Sunday, roads began to close, and Nashvillians were encouraged to stay home. The university made the decision to move all classes online for Monday and decisions about subsequent days are pending. Students got out to enjoy the snow with sledding and snow ball fights, while maintenance crews tried to clean the sidewalks and keep campus...
Lipscomb defeats Bluefield State in a late addition to the schedule as ASUN games are postponed

Lipscomb defeats Bluefield State in a late addition to the schedule as ASUN games are postponed

Lipscomb’s men’s basketball team was supposed to play at Stetson this weekend, but since the Bisons had played more conference games than most of their ASUN opponents, the conference announced Lipscomb would get a bye week to allow other teams to fill in the gap. Luckily, Lipscomb was able to snag a non-conference opponent in Bluefield State, a Division II independent out of West Virginia, for a Saturday matinee game. The Bisons used 41 bench points and limited the Big Blue to just 21 second-half points to win 89-56. “First off, we’re real [sic] thankful for Bluefield agreeing to come in and play,” Lipscomb head coach Lennie Acuff said during a postgame interview on ESPN+. “We found out Tuesday afternoon that we weren’t gonna be going to Florida.” Redshirt junior center Ahsan Asadullah paced Lipscomb (11-8, 5-3 ASUN) with 19 points, followed by 13 from sophomore guard KJ Johnson and 11 from sophomore guard Carson Cary. Junior Marquez Cooper and sophomore Taj-Maal Toney dialed in 13 apiece for Bluefield State (1-4), while junior guard Brandon Anyanwu had 11. The bench only contributed seven points for the Big Blue, who were without the top rebounder in Division II Alex Nunnely due to injury. “I thought our bench did a really good job, and I was really excited to see those guys get a chance,” Acuff said. “Cause they’ve played well in practice. I’m not surprised by how well all those guys played.” Lipscomb had a sluggish start and was down 15-7 at the 14:41 mark and then 27-19 with under seven minutes left in the first half. But Bluefield State could only...
Lumination’s staff predicts who will win at the 2021 Academy Awards

Lumination’s staff predicts who will win at the 2021 Academy Awards

Reporting provided by Camryn Given, Jayme Foltz and Hannah Cron Despite the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down most movie theaters, 2020 still brought us some amazing films. Three Lumination staff members, Camryn, Jayme and Hannah, share who they think will win Oscars at the 93rd Academy Awards.   Actor in a leading role  Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)  Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)  Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)  Gary Oldman (“Mank”)  Steven Yeun (“Minari”)   Camryn’s choice: Steve Yeun  The Walking Dead favorite really proved himself as an incredible actor as the ambitious and determined father in Minari. Yeun’s ability to immediately turn from a caring father to an enraged husband showed his depth and should earn him this award.  Jayme’s Choice: Chadwick Boseman Chadwick Boseman has played many amazing roles in his career and I can’t help but think that this was one of his best. It was an exceedingly passionate and heart-wrenching performance as he gave life to Levee, a young troubled man looking to make a name for himself in the music industry.  Hannah’s Choice: Chadwick Boseman Throughout his scenes, you could feel Boseman’s every emotion through the screen. He was a phenomenal talent and by all accounts, an even more phenomenal human being, and this award would be a fitting tribute to his life and legacy.     Actor in a supporting role  Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)  Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)  Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)  Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”)  Lakeith Stanfield (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)   Camryn’s Choice: Daniel Kaluuya  Since Kaluuya didn’t walk...
Nashville’s newest museum pays tribute to African American contributions in music

Nashville’s newest museum pays tribute to African American contributions in music

The National Museum of African American Music is one of the latest additions to the growing downtown Nashville experience. Located on Broadway, the museum is in the heart of Music City right across from the Bridgestone Arena. The museum is part of the “Fifth + Broadway” development, a business park that features a 31-story luxury high rise, restaurant options, clothing stores, and event space.  When visitors enter the museum to begin their tour, they will first be guided into the Roots Theater. In the theater, an introductory film is shown guiding the visitors through the story of African American history and the musical traditions that were developed over time. Genres such as spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip-hop are included. The film also emphasizes the different historical periods in America and how they shaped the music made by African Americans.  After the presentation in the Roots Theater, visitors can enter into the Rivers of Rhythm Pathways. This central corridor features touch panel interactives with headphones to listen to music through African American history. Along the walls, there are animated timelines projected and historic moments in African American music displayed as well. From the Rivers of Rhythm pathways, visitors can access any one of the five major genre galleries. Workers suggest visitors start with the “Wade in The Water” gospel gallery and end with “The Message” hip hop gallery.  The five genre galleries include:  Wade in The Water — An experience that portrays gospel music as a spiritual medium for black expression in spite of the adversity of slavery and post-civil war hardships. Wade in The Water takes visitors...
Human Docs ties “Soul of America” to decisions and mistakes in history

Human Docs ties “Soul of America” to decisions and mistakes in history

The “Soul of America” has been constructed by decisions, often by leaders learning from past mistakes and righting the course. That was the theme of the Human Docs film by that name shown during the Office of Intercultural Development’s “Welcome to the World Week.” In the documentary, historian John Meacham looks for patterns in history to identify society’s better accomplishments and worst instincts. Sometimes his examination found that when steps were made toward justice in one area, justice moved further from reach in another. The documentary concludes with three characteristics that Meacham said are imperative for good leadership, but equally as important for citizens: Curiosity,  humility and empathy.  “The country was built by people who were willing to learn from their mistakes,” he said, adding that former U.S. presidents provide many examples. As examples of such “learning,” he cited Lyndon Johnson’s picking up where Kennedy had failed and pushing aggressively to get the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made into law. Other presidents who learned and changed the course of history include Lincoln’s successful push for the Emancipation Proclamation, Nixon reversing course and engaging China and Ronald Reagan’s change in his regard for the Soviet Union, viewing them as colleagues on the world stage rather than enemies. “Human Docs is grounded in the conviction that faith means working for a more just world, and that people of faith are called to a critical awareness of their times,” said Lipscomb Political Sciences Professor Richard Goode, as a way of introducing the panel after the screening. Sophomore biochemistry major, Audrey Tsague and freshman acting major Shelby Smith were on the panel...
Disney redefines heroine in new princess film “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Disney redefines heroine in new princess film “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Like the more recent Disney Princess films, Raya and the Last Dragon follows the story of a daring and adventurous heroine who embarks on a journey to save her world. Raya’s tale is one of empowerment as an independent young woman embraces change and modernity. The storyline is familiar in some ways, but what is unique to the film is the Southeast Asian representation. Kumandra, the film’s fantasy world, is heavily influenced by Southeast Asian culture, and in fact, Raya is Disney’s first princess from that region. Raya and the Last Dragon was directed by Disney veteran Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada and written by Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim. The film featured the talented voices of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina as Raya and Sisu, respectively. In Kumandra, humans and dragons lived united in peace until shapeless monsters referred to as Druun began to ravage the land and turn everyone to stone. To save their world, the dragons sacrificed themselves and left only a remnant of their magic behind inside the Dragon Gem. 500 years later, a young girl named Raya (Tran) is tasked with protecting the gem, but a dramatic betrayal leaves the gem shattered and lost, allowing the Drunn to escape. A few years after the monsters have returned to her world, Raya with her hybrid pet Tuk Tuk, seek out the last dragon, Sisu (Awkwafina), to help her destroy the monsters yet again. She must travel to the other kingdoms to find the stolen pieces of the Dragon Gem. Along the way, the duo will assemble their own ragtag crew. After all, what better team is there...
2021 Grammy Awards preview: who will win and who should

2021 Grammy Awards preview: who will win and who should

It is almost spring, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for the Grammy Awards! I know most people don’t care that much about award shows, but I am a music enthusiast and I love to see my favorite artists perform and be recognized for the amazing work they have done in the past year. For you sports people, I’d say this is the musical equivalent of March Madness. Of course, awards are not the only indicator of success, and there are certainly plenty of artists every year who are “snubbed” (most notably The Weeknd this year), but it is fun to watch regardless. For each category included, I will list all of the nominees and then my picks for who will win and who should win. For some of these categories, the award goes to the producer or writer as well as or instead of the artist. For sake of ease, I have only listed the artist, but you can check out the full details on the Grammy Awards website. Without further ado, here are my predictions for the 2021 Grammy Awards.   Record of the Year “Black Parade” – Beyoncé “Colors” – Black Pumas “Rockstar” – DeBaby featuring Roddy Rich “Say So” – Doja Cat “Everything I Wanted” – Billie Eilish “Don’t Start Now” – Dua Lipa “Circles” – Post Malone “Savage” – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé Who will win: I think there are a few ways this could go, but I think Beyoncé’s timely “Black Parade” probably has the best chance of winning. However, I can also see “Say So” or “Savage” taking home...