Bisons secure a top-two seed with win over Jacksonville

Bisons secure a top-two seed with win over Jacksonville

Singarama 2017 to take center stage in April

Singarama 2017 to take center stage in April

Students bring home journalism awards from SEJC

Students bring home journalism awards from SEJC

UNF’s Moore scores career-high 39 to down Bisons

UNF’s Moore scores career-high 39 to down Bisons

Lipscomb Theatre presents spring show Peter and the Starcatcher

Lipscomb Theatre presents spring show Peter and the Starcatcher

Greek Life students gather for Square Day during pledge week

Greek Life students gather for Square Day during pledge week


Singarama 2017 to take center stage in April

Singarama 2017 to take center stage in April

Opening April 6-8 in Collins Alumni Auditorium is Lipscomb’s annual musical showcase, Singarama. This event features talents from all students, but specifically those in social clubs. Students are divided into three teams and will each put on a show with a complete storyline, song selection and choreography. The theme for this year is “A Blast From The Past” and will only feature music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Each team was given a specific era and title from which to pull inspiration. The titles are “Far Out” (70s), directed by Meg Mortensen, “Totally Awesome” (80s), directed by Bethany Rowland and “Party On” (90s), directed by Jade Cummings. “We’re trying to do some different things, a different kind of show,” Mortensen said. “Be looking for 70s lingo.” Rowland is taking a different approach with her show for “Totally Awesome” and has based the show at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. “We are going to have five or six leads that will be really conflicting and really fun, and there will be a couple of plot twists here or there,” she said. “My junior year of high school after watching Singarama, I told my mom, ‘Yeah, I’m going to come to Lipscomb.’” For “Party On,” Cummings said she wants the audience to be on the lookout for iconic costumes from the 90s. “Cause who doesn’t love a ‘Rachel Green’ or a ‘Clueless’ type attire,” she said. “I love the music. We had so much fun finding music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and I’m really excited for the audience participation.” Singarama’s three directors agree that the show unifies students, alumni and community attendees. “It’s a great way...
Lipscomb Theatre presents spring show Peter and the Starcatcher

Lipscomb Theatre presents spring show Peter and the Starcatcher

Set as a grown-up prequel to Peter Pan, Lipscomb Theatre opens Peter and the Starcatcher Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre. The show is adapted from the whimsical novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Under the direction of David Ian Lee, senior Joss Yarborough stars as Boy/Peter. Compared to the well-known Peter and Wendy, Peter and the Starcatcher is relatively unknown and gifts the audience with the unique experience of watching how the characters they’ve all come to love were brought to life. “It hasn’t reached that saturation point of certain other shows; it wasn’t produced by every middle school in the nation or anything, so that makes it kind of hard to compare,” Yarborough said. “But I think the integration of our ensemble is really remarkable. “It’s a pretty ensemble heavy show in its original pen, but we added a couple of cast members, and David spent a lot of time and energy crafting vibrant scenes that allow for seriously dynamic action. It’s really beautiful.” At the top of the show, an ensemble of actors assembles onto the stage and addresses the audience. With a bit of bickering, they welcome the audience to the world of the play and tell them what’s in store: flying, dreaming, adventure and growing up. The ensemble invites show-goers to use their imagination to create the British Empire. With the snap of an actor’s fingers, the audience is transported to a bustling port. This is where the audience meets Lord Leonard Aster (Hendrick Shelton), his daughter Molly (Robyn Smith) and her nanny, Mrs. Bumbrake (Nelson Tilley). Two identical trunks are...
Lipscomb alumni to step into the spotlight at 59th annual Grammy Awards, inspiring current students

Lipscomb alumni to step into the spotlight at 59th annual Grammy Awards, inspiring current students

Some of the biggest music artists of the year will gather at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to celebrate their achievements on Sunday evening. Among them will be two former Lipscomb University students turned Country Music stars: Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini. Rhett, who attended Lipscomb from 2008-2011, is nominated for Best Country Song with his hit single “Die A Happy Man.” Ballerini, who attended from 2011-2013, is nominated for Best New Artist and is also making her Grammy performance debut with Danish, soul-pop band Lukas Graham. Seeing former Lipscomb students achieving such success in the music industry is inspiring for current students, such as Contemporary Music major Hannah McFarland. “It’s a blessing that we are fortunate enough to go to a school that has developed well-rounded people such as Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett,” McFarland said. McFarland had the opportunity to open for Kelsea’s show in Alabama last year and recalled getting to meet her. Her first impression of Ballerini was nothing but positive, proclaiming the country-pop star was “sweet, mature and outgoing.” “Going to Lipscomb has proven to me that this university creates not only amazing talent but strong-willed and overall amazing students,” McFarland said. “Their success proves that with perseverance and hard work, you can definitely reach your goals.” The Grammy’s will be hosted by late-night show host James Corden and will feature a star-studded lineup of performances from John Legend, Adele, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and many more. Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Little Big Town and Celine Dion will be collaborating on a special performance to salute the music of the Bee Gee’s....
‘The Space Between Us’ emotionally brings audiences together but has space to improve

‘The Space Between Us’ emotionally brings audiences together but has space to improve

The Space Between Us is a heartwarming reminder of the complexity of love, but there are elements in which the film is ultimately lacking. There is nothing shockingly new or overwhelmingly picturesque about the cinematography, and while the soundtrack inspires a feeling of adventure, that’s the best sensation the audience receives from the film. Gardner Elliot, played by Asa Butterfield, is born on Mars after his astronaut mother left Earth unknowingly pregnant. Sixteen years later, all Gardner wants is to return to Earth to find his father and meet a girl he met online named Tulsa, played by Britt Robertson. He returns to Earth, and a breathtaking adventure to find love ensues. The Space Between Us may be the type of feel-good romantic comedy couples will flock to on Valentine’s Day, but the film doesn’t prioritize romantic love as the end-all be-all of relationships. The primary focus is Gardner’s search for his birth father and discovering all he can about his family. Despite the film’s releasing around Valentine’s Day, there is a crucial motif showing that being single is never the same as being unloved. The nature shots are stimulating and immersive, thanks to the beautiful color grading and artistic drone shots. However, if the best shots of the film were the drone shots, that’s not highly redeeming of the cinematography. Warmer color grading is used intentionally on Earth symbolizing the longing and passion represented on the planet. The film mostly showcases the adventurous scenery captured by Barry Peterson, the film’s director of photography. Besides the spirit of adventure, the defining feature of the film is the female characters. So often in films,...
Lipscomb film students attend Sundance Film Festival and leave inspired

Lipscomb film students attend Sundance Film Festival and leave inspired

Under buckets of snow in Park City, Utah, 10 Lipscomb film students spent a week taking in independent films and discovering a behind-the-scenes look at the industry at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The festival, held January 19-29, is the largest independent film festival in the United States. Attending the festival was an experience film student Natalie Risk says left her feeling “artistically fulfilled.” “We saw a lot of movies,” Risk stated. “There were days where we would go see movies at midnight, then get up at 7:30 a.m. to watch a movie at 8:30 a.m. and just keep it going.” When they weren’t attending showings, the students would go back to the condo to watch even more films. Independent filmmakers from all over bring their films to Sundance, not only to premiere to an audience but also to sell their films to movie distributors. “Working in the film industry,” Risk explained, “that is kind of like an independent filmmaker’s goal…to get their film shown in a festival, because that is how it’s going to get picked up.” The festival offered plenty of films for students to take in. Some of Risk’s favorites were documentaries including “Last Man in Aleppo” and “The Good Postmen,” as well as a drama called “Novitiate,” that was shot in Nashville and includes Lipscomb alumna Lacy Hartselle. Besides attending showings, students also went to several discussion panels to hear industry professionals speak on the art and technique of independent film-making. Film student Allison Jobe said that her favorite part of the festival was attending the “Women in Film” panel. “I was really inspired to see a row of successful women discuss the different issues they’ve faced in...
Bisons secure a top-two seed with win over Jacksonville

Bisons secure a top-two seed with win over Jacksonville

Lipscomb defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins 81-69 Saturday night in Allen Arena to secure a top-two seed in the A-Sun Tournament on Senior Night. The Bisons were coming off a poor shooting performance against North Florida where the team shot 24% from behind the arc, but they weren’t going to let that carry over into the game against the Dolphins. Lipscomb shot 44% from behind the 3-point line going 14-34 led by junior forward, Garrison Matthews. Matthews led both teams in points (28) and rebounds (8), while knocking down seven three-pointers, and dishing out six assists. “My teammates got me a lot of wide open threes by driving in and kicking it out to me,” Matthews said. Junior guard Nathan Moran also had a big impact for the Bisons, as he had 21 points while hitting five three-pointers, and picking up eight assists. The Bisons had the opportunity to honor the three seniors on the team this year; Brett Wishon, Cam Miller, and Josh Williams. “All three of these guys have pretty unique stories,” Head Coach Casey Alexander says. “All of these guys have battled every single day that they have been here, and they continue to find ways to contribute.” With just one game remaining in the regular season, the Bisons have an opportunity to earn the number-one seed in the tournament, but they are going to need some help. In order for the Bison’s to secure the seed they need three things to happen: 1)   The Bisons have to beat Kennesaw State 2)   Florida Gulf Coast has to lose their game to Stetson 3)   USC Upstate has to beat NJIT The Bisons’ next game is...
UNF’s Moore scores career-high 39 to down Bisons

UNF’s Moore scores career-high 39 to down Bisons

If the Lipscomb men’s basketball team wants to make its first NCAA Tournament appearance, it may need to figure out a way to stop Dallas Moore. UNF’s senior star scored a career-high 39 points on Thursday night in Allen Arena to sweep the season series and end Lipscomb’s six-game win streak. Moore is now responsible for the Bisons last two losses. The Atlantic Sun scoring leader (23.5 PPG) dropped 36 in the Osprey’s win over Lipscomb in January. The Bisons (17-12, 9-3), fell to second-place in the conference standings with the loss, one game behind FGCU, who narrowly defeated NJIT 80-73. With only two games left in the regular season, Lipscomb now needs a loss by FGCU to share the conference title and have a chance at earning home-court advantage throughout the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Coach Casey Alexander was disappointed in his team’s performance in such a crucial game, especially on the defensive end, where North Florida shot a blistering 64.1% from the field. “Our common theme all night was trying to find a spark, and I think we came ready to play, but we didn’t have anything extra when we needed to have it,” Alexander said. “I think our guys were hoping something good would come their way instead of making something happen. “We’ve had enough games that we’ve won this year where we didn’t play well on offense like tonight, and that’s where the biggest disappointment is. We didn’t do anything on defense to cause them any worries at all.” The Bisons struggled with North Florida’s extended 2-3 zone, shooting 44.3% from the field and just 8-for-33...
Men’s basketball defeats Stetson in away game

Men’s basketball defeats Stetson in away game

The Bisons top tier offense continued to prevail as they landed their sixth straight win against Stetson on Saturday afternoon in Florida.   Coming off of a win over No. 1 ranked FGCU, the new No. 1 seed Lipscomb (17-11, 9-2 ASUN) kept the momentum rolling as the team put together an offensive game to defeat the Hatters (10-18, 2-9 ASUN) 97-85 on their senior day celebration. “This was a great trip for us,” head coach Casey Alexander said. “We had to work really hard, especially in the second half when we settled down defensively. “I thought offensively we put maybe our best 40 minutes together. We really shared the ball well and shot the ball better than we’ve been shooting.” Stetson standout Luke Doyle stepped up for the Hatters nailing two pressured threes to put Stetson ahead early in the game. Alexander’s frustration was evident as he quickly pulled the starting five and replaced them with the remaining bench players. The substitution proved as an effective wake-up call for the starters as they went 7-for-8 from behind the three point line after subbing back into the game. Derick Newton added to the Hatters score with a few quick buckets for Stetson. Doyle continued to dominate for Stetson, notching in 11 points with 6:30 still remaining in the first half. The Bisons strong free-throw shooting came into play as Rob Marberry found his way to the line. The Hatters breached the gap in the score to tie the game and continued to hurt Lipscomb on the drive. After sinking ten 3-point shots, Lipscomb hit a drought and struggled to find the basket. The...
Bisons overtake NJIT Highlanders 87-63 in ASUN play

Bisons overtake NJIT Highlanders 87-63 in ASUN play

The struggling NJIT Highlanders (9-16, 1-8 ASUN) fell to the Lipscomb Bisons (15-11, 7-2 ASUN) 87-63 Saturday night in Allen Arena, as the Bisons earned their second win in seven days over the last-place team in the ASUN. Though the first half was a similar affair to last Saturday’s rock fight — Lipscomb’s lowest-scoring win of the year — Nathan Moran’s five second-half three pointers helped the Bisons open up a big lead in the last 20 minutes. The Bisons shot 10-of-16 from three in the second half, and 61.5% from the field, scoring 53 points in the half and stretching the lead to 26 late in the game. “Shots fell for us a little more readily,” coach Casey Alexander said on the difference between tonight’s contest and last week’s road win. “Nathan did a lot of that on his own, but really there wasn’t anything strategic. We were able to put a run together, and I think that that lifted the burden a little bit, and we were able to play with more confidence.” The Highlanders were without leading scorer Damon Lynn for the fourth straight game since he ended his season (and college career) by tearing his right Achilles against FGCU on Jan. 21. The senior guard was averaging 20.6 points per contest this season and is NJIT’s all-time leader in points scored. Without Lynn, NJIT struggled to find offense of any kind and resorted to force-feeding two-time ASUN Newcomer of the Week Abdul Lewis all over the floor. The sophomore forward, averaging 18 points and 14 rebounds in the previous five games, chipped in a game-high 21 points...
Lady Bisons falter at home to NJIT

Lady Bisons falter at home to NJIT

After a promising first half, Lipscomb’s Lady Bisons (5-18, 2-6) lost 76-53 to the NJIT Highlanders (10-13, 3-5) in Allen Arena Saturday afternoon. Lady Bisons’ head coach Greg Brown reflected on the contest and the difficult season. “We let a little bit of frustration from our offense affect our defense,” Brown said. “I thought in the first half we did a good job of executing the game plan.” The Highlanders scored 24 points off of 17 Lipscomb turnovers while the Lady Bisons failed to capitalize on NJIT’s 13 giveaways, scoring only seven points on Highlander mistakes. Like the team looking to turn their turnovers into points, Brown noted the importance of also turning their trial into a testimony as the team moves into the home stretch of ASUN play. “I know its cliché, but we’re going to have to find a way to carry what we did well in this game over to our game against Upstate. I think our transition game has really gotten better over the last few weeks. So if we continue that, work on filling the gaps and improving our passing, that will help us continue to get better throughout the season.” Forward Riley Northway led Lipscomb with 16 points and also added three rebounds to the teams’ stats. “Riley continues to do a good job of finding gaps in the zone,” Brown said. “Those are things we can continue to build on.” Alana Dudley lead the Highlanders with 18 points and eight assists, and guard Kelly Guarino hit five three-pointers to finish with 15. Forward Leah Horton and guard Tatianna Torres also scored in the...
2016 December Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

2016 December Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

Lipscomb recognized its graduates and commemorated its 125th anniversary at the 2016 December graduation on Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. In addition to the typical parts of graduation such as the awarding of diplomas, the singing of the alma mater and the Tolling of the Bell, a special guest speaker — David Lipscomb himself — showed up to help observe the monumental anniversary. “This is a very special graduation, as we’re recognizing a special year in our history at Lipscomb,” Provost Craig Bledsoe said. Over 400 students participated in the ceremony....
12th Annual Lighting of the Green photo gallery

12th Annual Lighting of the Green photo gallery

Despite a threat of rain, Lipscomb’s 12th annual Lighting of the Green carried on and gave back to students, faculty and the community by spreading some holiday cheer in front of the Bell Tower Tuesday night. Before the concert began, there was a “Christmas Marketplace” inside Allen Arena, complete with vendors, holiday treats and photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Amy Grant hosted the event, which featured special guest artists and choir students from the university and Lipscomb Academy. The night concluded with the traditional lighting of the tree outside of Allen Arena.   Photos by Ben Davis and Charissa...
Contemporary Music 2016 Showcase photo gallery

Contemporary Music 2016 Showcase photo gallery

The Contemporary Music Program is a fairly new department. Since its start just last year, the department has nearly tripled in size. Because of this, the department split into three ensembles to perform their fall concerts on different days in different locations. The first group performed Nov. 7 in the Flatt Amphitheater. They showcased a lot of talent from the freshmen new to the program. The second group’s performance took place Monday night on the steps of Collins Alumni Auditorium. The final group performed in the Collins Auditorium Thursday night. All of the students thought it went extremely well. “It went better than we were all thinking,” sophomore Jacalyn Thompson said. “You do these things with all this adrenaline thinking about all the things you have to do, but as soon as you’re on stage, everyone comes together with the same mindset that we’re gonna make this the best show that we can.” Photos by Anna Rogers   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Stomp Fest 2016 photo gallery

Stomp Fest 2016 photo gallery

Teams ranging from Phi Nu’s pageant girls to Delta Omega’s marching band performed at 2016’s Stomp Fest, but ultimately Theta Psi’s monks took home the win Saturday night in Collins Alumni Auditorium. The seventh annual event featured men and women’s social clubs on campus performing an approximately 10 minute, student-choreographed stomp routine. Men’s social club Sigma Iota Delta received second place for its caveman-inspired stomp, and women’s social club Pi Delta received third place with its flight-attendant theme. Photos by Becca Risley   « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...
Fall 2016 photo gallery

Fall 2016 photo gallery

As November opens, Lipscomb’s campus melts into beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow. Leaves scatter across campus, and smells of autumn fill the air. Lumination’s Ben Davis captured the vibrant colors of the fall semester.   Photos by Ben Davis...

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