Nick Flatt wins title of Mr. Lipscomb

Nick Flatt wins title of Mr. Lipscomb

‘Gifted’ excels with talented cast

‘Gifted’ excels with talented cast

Sigma Iota Delta raises $10,000 through GOATFEST

Sigma Iota Delta raises $10,000 through GOATFEST

Lipscomb, local jazz musicians close out year with a bang

Lipscomb, local jazz musicians close out year with a bang

Social clubs celebrate annual Greek Life Awards

Social clubs celebrate annual Greek Life Awards

Big hits, strong pitching lead Lipscomb to 12-0 victory over Chattanooga

Big hits, strong pitching lead Lipscomb to 12-0 victory over Chattanooga


‘Gifted’ excels with talented cast

‘Gifted’ excels with talented cast

A big-name cast leads the way in Gifted, a melodrama with a thought-provoking tone. McKenna Grace (Designated Survivor, Once Upon A Time) plays Mary Adler and carries the film on her own. The pint-sized actress is similar to the Fanning girls, Dakota and Elle, in her “giftedness” on the screen at such a young age. She stars in the film as the protagonist who has an exceptional talent in mathematics. Chris Evans (The Avengers, The Nanny Diaries) is Mary’s single Uncle Frank, who struggles with how to deal with his niece’s profound gift. Frank had been homeschooling Mary, but enrolls her in the local public elementary school to start first grade. Due partially to the environment she was raised in, Mary has a strong attachment to her uncle and begs him not to make her go, but Frank tells Mary that he’s taught her “all he knows.” Despite her academic talent, Frank doesn’t plan on enrolling her in sort of special program to strengthen this talent. Begrudgingly, Mary attends school, and her teacher immediately recognizes her mathematical ability. Frank’s British mother, who has been absent all of Mary’s life, is contacted concerning Frank’s insistence on not enrolling Mary in a gifted program at a different school to hone her ability. This escalates into a custody battle between Frank and his mother, played by Lindsay Duncan (About Time, Birdman), which is what the remainder of the film centers on. This conflict overtakes the plot just a little too much, rather than focusing on Mary’s gift, which is the most engrossing and engaging part of the film. Gifted’s best quality is...
Lipscomb, local jazz musicians close out year with a bang

Lipscomb, local jazz musicians close out year with a bang

“It meant a lot to go out on a bang like this.” Senior Glenn Hill could not stop smiling after the Jazz and Improvisation Workshop Concert on Wednesday night in Shamblin Theatre. The show, directed by Music Adjuncts Marcus Finnie and Kyle Whalum, featured many Lipscomb students like Hill alongside professionals in the music industry, including Whalum’s father, Grammy-winner Kirk Whalum. The students involved worked hard in their Jazz and Improvisation Workshop this semester to develop their soloing skills. Many had not soloed in front of an audience before Wednesday. Director Kyle Whalum was excited to see the students’ work come to fruition because he knows how scary it can be. “When a student jumps in for the first time and goes for it, that’s what it’s all about,” Whalum said. Whalum also compared the fear to something a little more “modern”. “It’s an incredibly difficult thing to say you’re going to do,” Whalum noted. “I think in modern terms, it’d be like freestyle rapping. How many times have you been hanging out, someone’s free-styling, and you kind of want to, but you’re way too scared to? That’s what it feels like.” These young musicians were not only able to exhibit their abilities, but they were joined by seasoned veterans who were able to throw down their own solos. “The concert would have been great regardless, but having them here made it even better.” Whalum’s father, Kirk Whalum, headlined the night, and is a Grammy-winning sax player who has soloed for many, including the late Whitney Houston. “We’re just so honored to have world-class musicians — which Nashville has...
Rev your engines for the ‘Fate of the Furious’

Rev your engines for the ‘Fate of the Furious’

The Fast and Furious franchise gets another high-octane, action-packed addition with The Fate of the Furious. The movie is the eighth film in the saga and sticks to the same street racing and over-the-top stunts rubric that led to the franchise’s early success in 2001 with Fast and Furious. The cast is full of the same lovable characters such as Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). It also features some who are new to the film such as Charlize Theron (The Italian Job) and Jason Statham (The Transporter Trilogy). F. Gary Gray directs — the fifth director of the saga — and is a veteran in the action film genre, having directed movies such as Law Abiding Citizen and The Italian Job. The film begins with Dominic and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) on their honeymoon in Cuba. “Dom” soon has to put his racing skills to the test and raced in his cousin’s beat up 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline against a 1956 Ford Customline. The backbone of the franchise has always been larger-than-life stunts and tons of explosions. However, this movie features a more interesting storyline. Dom’s relationship with his family is intriguing, especially for those who are hardcore fans of the franchise. Moviegoers get a deeper look into Dom’s psyche, and what makes him who he is. Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson are both action juggernauts, allowing for an interesting conversation surrounding the question of who would win in a fight. Viewers have already started a Twitter war, using the hashtags, #teamVin and #teamDwayne. The franchise is the highest grossing movie franchise in Universal Studios history, and...
Lipscomb graduate student is ‘Making Disciples’ with missions documentary

Lipscomb graduate student is ‘Making Disciples’ with missions documentary

On Monday, April 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., a premier screening of “Hacer Discipulos” will be shown in Ezell Chapel. The film is the result of a collaborative partnership between Lipscomb Track Missions and Manna Global Ministries. The film’s producer is Katie Bianchini, who graduated in December of 2016 from both the Journalism New Media and Spanish programs. Bianchini is now in the Graduate Instructional Practice Program, working towards her goal of becoming a High School Spanish teacher. “Creating this documentary was a pairing of both of my majors in Spanish and Journalism,” she said. “It just made sense.” Bianchini grew up in Snohomish, Washington, and said that she always had an interest in learning Spanish. She came to Lipscomb as part of Track and Cross Country program, where she excelled and obtained numerous awards, including second and third place all-team conference awards, the ASUN Indoor Runner of the Week award and the mile at the Don DeNoon Invite with a time of 4:57.43. She also finished first in the 5000m at the Bellarmine Invite and the 1500m at the Joey Haines Invite in 2016. During her undergraduate years at Lipscomb, Bianchini participated in several missions programs, and traveled to the Dominican Republic with the track team four times. The film “Hacer Discipulos” was an idea born during an internship that was required to complete the Journalism program. Bianchini said that what started an idea for a short film about a mission trip ended up being extended into a full-length feature.“Originally, I just did it to fulfill the three-credit Journalism requirement, but now it has taken on a life of...
All-female cast delivers powerful retelling of ‘Richard II’

All-female cast delivers powerful retelling of ‘Richard II’

Whether you’re Shakespeare-obsessed or have no experience with iambic pentameter whatsoever, Sean Martin’s Richard II is the must-see show of this season. “As far as we know this will be the first production of Richard II ever to be staged in Nashville,” director Sean Martin said. “I also just think opportunities to see things like this are often rare outside of places like New York or London, and it would be an unfortunate thing to miss it.” Richard II is the story of a capricious king who makes arbitrary decisions until his own people welcome an invasion to change leadership. The production examines divine right, the responsibility of the commoners and the psychological weight of a crown. The iconic work is retold with an entirely female cast, mixed with Lipscomb theatre students and Nashville Shakespeare Festival (NSF) actors. Caroline Amos, a regular actress with the NSF, shines in the role of Richard II, her mastery of Shakespeare obvious from her crisp diction and breathtaking storytelling. Amos portrays Richard II honestly and powerfully, making him startlingly relatable. The audience can sympathize with Richard’s mistakes through Amos’ retelling, instead of writing him off as incompetent or weak. The dispute between Carrie Brewer’s role of Bolingbrook and Evelyn O’Neal Brush’s portrayal of Mowbray kickstarts the production, creating a conflict powerful enough to carry the whole show in its wake. Denice Hicks is the perfect choice for the Duke of York. Her wise warmth fills out the intensely loyal role, endearing her to the audience. Richard II also features Lipscomb professor and Chair of Theater Beki Baker as Northumberland, a role she portrays...
Big hits, strong pitching lead Lipscomb to 12-0 victory over Chattanooga

Big hits, strong pitching lead Lipscomb to 12-0 victory over Chattanooga

A rain delay in the second inning didn’t stop the Lipscomb Lady Bisons from run-ruling the Chattanooga Mocs 12-0 in five innings on Thursday night at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Coming off a 4-1 win Tuesday night at Louisville, Lipscomb (33-13) pulled a massive nine-run second inning to go up 11-0 over the Mocs (12-32) early in the game. “I loved how we scored right off the bat,” head coach Kristin Ryman said. “Chloe [Yeager] gets a really clutch two RBI single right there in the first inning to get us on the board and jump-start us, and then in the second inning we just really took off. After that, we just relied on our defense.” Senior veteran pitcher McCarley Thomas pitched the entire game, only allowing two hits, while Chattanooga threw two freshmen — Celie Hudson and Alex Connell, who let up four hits a piece against the Lady Bisons. “I feel pretty good about it,” Thomas said. “I think I have the opportunity to be sharper and to get ahead more on my batters, and that’s going to help me out a lot. It’s a team sport, and my teammates had my back, so it was a good outing.” In the first inning, junior Caitlin Plocheck knocked a double to centerfield for the Lady Bisons’ first hit. Then with two outs and bases loaded, freshman Chloe Yeager came up to bat, drilling a single up the middle to bring in the first two runs of the game. After a quick rain delay, sophomore Destinee Brewer knocked a single and stole third before senior Kasey Gibson hit a...
Softball wins series over North Florida 2-1

Softball wins series over North Florida 2-1

The Lady Bisons won their second straight conference series this weekend against North Florida. Lipscomb won the first game of the double header 8-1, then lost the middle game 5-0, before winning the series finale 2-1 on Saturday. The first game of the series started out much slower than the score might indicate. After the top of the 4th inning the score was still 0-0. Then in the bottom of the 4th freshman infielder Chloe Yeager got the scoring started by hitting a two-run home run just over the left field wall. That wasn’t the only long ball hit in the inning as junior infielder Caitlin Plocheck knocked a three-run home run just a few batters later. “We were doing some decent things early in game one, but we hadn’t quite figured it out yet,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “Chloe hits the home run that just jump-started everything. Our confidence really began flowing after that.” Unfortunately for the Lady Bisons they were unable to carry their success over to game two of the series as they were shutout by the Ospreys 5-0. North Florida jumped out and scored four runs in the first inning after just the first seven hitters. After the first inning senior pitcher McCarley Thomas settled down and allowed just one run over the next six innings, but, with no help from the offense, the damage was already done. “We have talked to everybody on the team about mentally being able to rebound,” coach Ryman said after the game. “We don’t have time to pout or sulk about how performances went in these games. We...
Bisons fend off Ole Miss to win Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate

Bisons fend off Ole Miss to win Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate

The first ever Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate became a battle of two strong teams, but the Bisons used a strong finish to come out on top. The Lipscomb Men’s Golf team trailed Ole Miss by three shots with four holes to play but managed to make five late birdies to earn the victory. “Mental fortitude, that’s what’s great about this team,” Coach Will Brewer said after the tournament. “They are all passionate about competing. Ole Miss is a great team and their 1-2 punch is strong, but we put ourselves in a good position and finished really strong.” Blustery and firm conditions made the golf course very difficult and caused scores to be higher than anticipated. Swirling winds and lightning fast greens kept the players guessing for most of the tournament. “We played out here a couple weeks ago when it was soft and slow, so it surprised us to have to compete in much different conditions,” Brewer said. “Some of our guys weren’t happy about the scores they shot, but overall they handled the difficult conditions very well.” Dawson Armstrong and Stoney Crouch led the Bisons in the final round. Armstrong shot a solid round of 69 to grab second place in the tournament at 1-under part (72-71-69.) Meanwhile Crouch birdied three of his final five holes to shoot a 3-under 68 and finished the event at 1-over par (73-73-71.) Both Mikey Feher and Eric Ansett carded rounds of 74 in the final round. Ansett finished the event alone in fifth place at 3-over par (69-73-74), with Feher finishing one stroke behind in a tie for sixth at 4-over...
Baseball loses weekend series against North Florida, 2-1

Baseball loses weekend series against North Florida, 2-1

Lipscomb had its first home-conference weekend against North Florida, but Lipscomb’s bats didn’t get started until Sunday afternoon. In the first game of the series on Friday nothing seemed to be going Lipscomb’s way. The Bisons fell behind in the top first and were never able to battle back. Starting pitcher Brady Puckett had an unusually rough game. He allowed five runs through seven innings, and eventually Lipscomb went on to lose Friday’s contest 11-1. “This is not the way you want to start off any series,” Jeff Forehand, Lipscomb baseball head coach said. “We got off to a rough start and just couldn’t turn it around.” This game started much different for Lipscomb as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead by the end of the 3rd inning, but it wouldn’t last. UNF battled back and it was capped off by a 3-run 7th inning. “This was a tough loss, because we were leading for most of the game, and even after they came back and tied it we were still looking good,” Forehand said. “But it didn’t go our way. We were a hit or two away from it being a different story. This was just one of those games where they played better than we did.” UNF finished game two with double-digit hits for the third straight game. They went on to win game two, 7-5. The Bisons turned to junior pitcher Dayton Tripp to avoid a sweep by the Ospreys. Tripp was coming off a poor performance in his last start as he gave up seven runs in just .1 innings against USC Upstate last weekend. Tripp bounced back...
Softball takes 2/3 in series against Stetson

Softball takes 2/3 in series against Stetson

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons (27-11) hosted their first ASUN conference series at home this weekend against The Stetson Hatters (23-9), garnering 14 hits in the final match. Lipscomb played two road series against ASUN conference opponents (USC Upstate, Jacksonville) on the road this season, going 3-3. Sophomore third baseman Sarah Higgins was red hot the past two games getting six hits in her last seven at bats with one homer, 4 RBI’s and two runs scored. “Sarah has had so many quality at bats lately,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “She’s gotten solid barrel to the ball. I felt like she was getting solid barrel to the ball in the games before this weekend — she just couldn’t catch a break, so its good to finally see her get some breaks and hit those holes.” The Lady Bison’s weekend got off to a rough start as they were shut out in a 2-0 extra-inning loss to Stetson in the first game of the series. Lipscomb had been shut out in the previous two games leading up to this game. Before last week, Lipscomb hadn’t been shutout all season in 36 games. Despite the team’s offensive struggles, it didn’t stop sophomore pitcher Mandy Jordan from having a stellar performance, pitching all eight innings and only giving up one earned run and striking out 11. In the second game of Saturday’s double header, the Lady Bison’s were able to break the 22-inning shutout streak when Higgins hit a two-run homer. Lipscomb scored three more runs in the game off nine hits, going on to win 5-3. In the series finale Sunday morning,...
Your Neighbors, Dorado photo gallery

Your Neighbors, Dorado photo gallery

Monday evening, Lipscomb’s SGA hosted a concert, featuring Your Neighbors, a band comprised of  mostly Lipscomb students. Your neighbors opened for the country/Americana band Dorado. SGA served Whitt’s Barbecue and Maggie Moo’s ice cream.   Photos by Ellen Butterfield   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Singarama 2017 photo gallery

Singarama 2017 photo gallery

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Lipscomb’s social clubs will host the annual musical performance, Singarama, in Collins Alumni Auditorium. All performances except Saturday’s will be at 7 p.m. Saturday’s will be at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Blast from the Past,” and will feature performances reminiscent of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Each performance will be judged on a variety of categories, and the winner will be announced following the final performance.   Photos by Anna Rogers   « ‹ 1 of 5 ›...
Full Moon Fest 2017 photo gallery

Full Moon Fest 2017 photo gallery

Social clubs Theta Psi and Delta Omega hosted Full Moon Festival, an annual benefit concert, in Allen Arena on Saturday. This year’s concert combated drug and alcohol abuse by promoting “pure, clean fun.” The lineup featured fellow students, some who perform professionally. Senior Joel Clinger offered to shave his head as an incentive for students to raise money by purchasing tickets or refreshments. True to his word, Clinger buzzed his locks on stage after the concert exceeded the goal and raised over $5,000 for Ed Pack Global.   Photos by Anna Rogers   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Relay For Life 2017 photo gallery

Relay For Life 2017 photo gallery

From Friday night to Saturday morning, the 2017 Relay For Life took place in Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. Relay For Life is a fundraiser that donates proceeds to cancer research and charities that help families affected by the disease. This year’s Relay raised over $25,000 for American Cancer Society.     Photos by Ben Davis   « ‹ 1 of 2 › »  ...
Second Stage Student Theatre ‘Really Really’ photo gallery

Second Stage Student Theatre ‘Really Really’ photo gallery

Opening March 23, student-founded theatre collective Second Stage Student Theatre will premiere the play “Really Really” at the Darkhorse Theatre. The play by Paul Downs Colaizzo shows the complications among a college-age friend group when one of them accuses another of assaulting her at a party. Though controversial in nature, the play speaks on relevant topics, which is why director and junior Natalie Risk kept the harsh material in the show. She and the founders of 2SST hope their portrayal of these events sparks conversation about assault prevention on campuses. After each showing, there will be a talkback with professionals from the Nashville area who deal with these situations. “Really Really” runs March 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. To preorder tickets, visit the event page.     « ‹ 1 of 5 › »   Photos by Anna...

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