Eagles’ dominant second half proves too much for the Bisons

Eagles’ dominant second half proves too much for the Bisons

Lipscomb Security officer Maurice Conner dies after brief battle with COVID-19

Lipscomb Security officer Maurice Conner dies after brief battle with COVID-19

President Joe Biden’s inaugural address focuses on unity after era of discord

President Joe Biden’s inaugural address focuses on unity after era of discord

Dr. Orpheus Heyward speaks on good samaritan and social injustice for MLK Day Gathering

Dr. Orpheus Heyward speaks on good samaritan and social injustice for MLK Day Gathering

Healthcare heroes in Lipscomb nursing community put in line for COVID vaccine

Healthcare heroes in Lipscomb nursing community put in line for COVID vaccine

Lipscomb Bisons lose conference lead as Ospreys’ rain of threes forces series split

Lipscomb Bisons lose conference lead as Ospreys’ rain of threes forces series split


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Eagles’ dominant second half proves too much for the Bisons

Eagles’ dominant second half proves too much for the Bisons

Lipscomb came off of a split last weekend with UNF and looked poised to bounce back against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, but the Bisons were unable to stop the Eagles who outplayed Lipscomb in the second half and won by a score of 79-69. With an 11-0 run to start off the game for Lipscomb, things looked optimistic in the first half. However, from there, FGCU went on a 19-4 scoring run that had them up midway through the first half by four.  The Bisons managed to claw their way back towards the end of the half with a three-pointer from sophomore guard KJ Johnson, free throws from senior guard Romeao Ferguson and hustle plays from senior forward Parker Hazen. With the late surge in the first half, Lipscomb found themselves ahead 36-32 going into the halftime break. With a fairly even first half from the conference foes, the question was who would pull ahead in the second half. As Lipscomb has been struggling to hold leads in recent matchups, the Bisons were hoping to break the trend with some reliable defense for the second half. Out of the gates, things were neck and neck. Both teams battled for the lead, but once the Eagles took the lead with 12:36 in the second half, they wouldn’t look back.  Lipscomb tried to hold on, closing the lead back to three with six minutes remaining in the contest, but then with back-to-back 3’s from FGCU, the game became out of reach for the Bisons. The Bisons had no answer for the 47 point explosion in the second half from FGCU,...
Lipscomb Security officer Maurice Conner dies after brief battle with COVID-19

Lipscomb Security officer Maurice Conner dies after brief battle with COVID-19

“It is with great sadness that I share the news of another loss in the Lipscomb family,” read an email from President Randy Lowry sent out to the Lipscomb community on Thursday afternoon. President Lowry went on to explain that the Lipscomb Security veteran and minister at the 19th Avenue Church of Christ in Springfield, Tennessee, Maurice J. Conner, had died of COVID-19, marking the third loss in the Lipscomb community in the past six weeks. Maurice Conner started at Lipscomb as a student and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981. Shortly after graduating, he joined Lipscomb’s security team in 1983 and while serving the security team also earned his Master of Arts in Bible in 2000. Dr. Lowry shared how respected and loved Conner was among the Lipscomb community due to the “wisdom, compassion, and joyful nature,” that Conner brought to his job every day. “The deep and profound respect and love the security team has for Maurice was obvious as they relayed stories about shared work experiences, his humorous radio calls to dispatch to report on weather conditions during the third shift and their lively conversations about faith, theology and life,” said Lowry “In addition to being a dedicated security officer, Maurice was also a minister and mentor to his colleagues through the years.” In addition to the kind sentiments Dr. Lowry shared in his message, members of the Lipscomb Security team also expressed their admiration for Conner. “He was definitely gentle, caring, and very devout. He had clearly done a lot of his own thinking so any religious conversation you might have he...
President Joe Biden’s inaugural address focuses on unity after era of discord

President Joe Biden’s inaugural address focuses on unity after era of discord

President Joe Biden looked toward a future of unity as well as to the problems he inherited when he took the oath of office at high noon D.C. time Wednesday. “This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge,” the newly inaugurated president said in his address that was greeted with enthusiasm around the world and at Lipscomb, where a socially distant viewing party took place. “…Unity is the path forward. And we must meet this moment as the United States of America. If we do that, I guarantee you we will not fail,” said the 46th president of the United States. The inauguration was historically important in many ways, including the fact that Biden’s Vice President Kamala Harris is the first female to hold that office. She also is the first Black and Indian-American vice president. This inauguration held special significance for many reasons including a raging pandemic (U.S. COVID deaths surpassed 400,000 in the day prior), a fortressed Capitol and the notable absence of former President Donald Trump, who broke with the nation’s symbolic peaceful transition — a shining light to the world — by flying to Mar-A-Lago, his exclusive Palm Beach resort rather than attending the ceremony. Former presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and their spouses attended the inauguration as well as joined Biden and Harris for a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The only other living President Jimmy Carter, 96, could not attend the ceremonies because of his age, but Biden took note of Carter and his support. Carter, who took office in 1977, expressed his regrets...
Dr. Orpheus Heyward speaks on good samaritan and social injustice for MLK Day Gathering

Dr. Orpheus Heyward speaks on good samaritan and social injustice for MLK Day Gathering

Today at the Lipscomb University virtual gathering Dr. Orpheus Heyward spoke. The university used the chapel to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the importance of his work. This year, 3 students offered up three of Dr. Martin Luther King’s prayers.  Amara Ukazim read ”Help us rise up out of our egotism.” Dorie Harrison read a prayer for uncertain times, “Love even our enemy neighbors.” Donovan Ross read, “We are made for the high places.” “In a climate like today, we need a balanced voice like Martin Luther King Jr,” said Dr. Orpheus Heyward. Dr. Heyward discussed how the world is facing much social injustice today and how the “heart of a racist can only be addressed for the perspective of God.”  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did a sermon out of luke chapter 10, verse 25, and following on the good samaritan. This was the parable that Dr. Heyward taught out of the chapel.  “Jesus moved the conversation from who is my neighbor to what is a neighbor in the bible.” In the parable, God used a Samaritan as the hero of the story. Dr. Heyward related the samaritan to how we should act as well. Dr. Heyward answers the question of who should be treated as a neighbor by stating,“Anyone who’s in crisis” is who needs help from a neighbor.  “We need people to behave as neighbors,” said Dr. Heyward,” Love as God loves.” Colleges such as Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, Meharry, Nashville State, Tennessee State University, Trevecca and Vanderbilt, as well as other area colleges and universities are honoring the life and legacy of...
Lipscomb security asks students to ‘stay safe’ as fears of inauguration unrest loom near

Lipscomb security asks students to ‘stay safe’ as fears of inauguration unrest loom near

After last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, Nashville police and Lipscomb Security are remaining vigilant for planned armed protests at Nashville’s Legislative Plaza. The Federal Bureau of Investigations warned of protests in all 50 state capitols from January 16 through at least January 20. “Recent news stories have pointed to the potential for rallies surrounding the day of the inauguration, with Nashville being one of the places mentioned. There is no reason for alarm, but there is reason to be aware, as we have seen many rallies take negative turns over the last year,” said Lipscomb Security Executive Director Kyle Dickerson in an email to the student body Friday. “If you find yourself needing to move about the city, we always encourage you to remain aware of your surroundings, travel with a friend or in groups when possible, and keep your cell phone charged and with you.” Metro Police made the Metro Council aware of the specifically planned protests, in a memo shared via Twitter by Council Member Bob Mendes. The first potential protest, planned to occur Sunday, is called the “Tennessee Freedom Event”. In the memo, Police Chief John Drake shares this event is connected to a call for rallies at every state capitol in the country. Another planned protest is set to happen on Inauguration Day [Jan. 20], for what police describe as a “pro-Trump rally.” <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>INBOX: Letter from Chief Drake to Metro Council about potential protests at the State Capitol. <br><br>Summary – no indication of imminent threat of violence, but MNPD will be monitoring. <a href=”https://t.co/sIqQ2eORJ3“>pic.twitter.com/sIqQ2eORJ3</a></p>&mdash; Bob Mendes (@mendesbob) <a href=”https://twitter.com/mendesbob/status/1348766412588908546?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw“>January 11, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async...
Eagles’ dominant second half proves too much for the Bisons

Eagles’ dominant second half proves too much for the Bisons

Lipscomb came off of a split last weekend with UNF and looked poised to bounce back against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, but the Bisons were unable to stop the Eagles who outplayed Lipscomb in the second half and won by a score of 79-69. With an 11-0 run to start off the game for Lipscomb, things looked optimistic in the first half. However, from there, FGCU went on a 19-4 scoring run that had them up midway through the first half by four.  The Bisons managed to claw their way back towards the end of the half with a three-pointer from sophomore guard KJ Johnson, free throws from senior guard Romeao Ferguson and hustle plays from senior forward Parker Hazen. With the late surge in the first half, Lipscomb found themselves ahead 36-32 going into the halftime break. With a fairly even first half from the conference foes, the question was who would pull ahead in the second half. As Lipscomb has been struggling to hold leads in recent matchups, the Bisons were hoping to break the trend with some reliable defense for the second half. Out of the gates, things were neck and neck. Both teams battled for the lead, but once the Eagles took the lead with 12:36 in the second half, they wouldn’t look back.  Lipscomb tried to hold on, closing the lead back to three with six minutes remaining in the contest, but then with back-to-back 3’s from FGCU, the game became out of reach for the Bisons. The Bisons had no answer for the 47 point explosion in the second half from FGCU,...
Lipscomb Bisons lose conference lead as Ospreys’ rain of threes forces series split

Lipscomb Bisons lose conference lead as Ospreys’ rain of threes forces series split

It all came down to the three-point line, as North Florida’s rain of shots from outside the arc rained on Lipscomb’s temporary conference lead in the second game of a weekend series. After beating North Florida 84-72 the night before, the Lipscomb Bisons forfeited their lead in the ASUN conference race falling 72-67 on Saturday afternoon. Picking up where they left off Friday, both teams competed in a battle of runs with Lipscomb seeming to take control of the game on a number of occasions before the sharp shooting Ospreys demonstrated their skill from outside the arc closing the gap until they eventually broke even or took the lead.  The Ospreys totaled 13 three-pointers in the game, and the Bisons, who connected on a season-high 25 free throws Friday night, were not able to get the same advantage from the charity stripe on Saturday afternoon, making only 13 points off North Florida fouls.  Despite their challenges from downtown, Lipscomb dominated in the paint, led by junior center Ahsan Asadullah who finished with a double double after scoring 16 points and totaling 12 rebounds. In total, the Bisons outscored the Ospreys down low 39-20. When all was said and done, North Florida was able to hit a couple extra field goals giving them just enough of an advantage to pull off the series split against the Bisons.  North Florida (4-10, 2-2 ASUN) remains tied for third-place in the early ASUN season, whereas the Bisons (9-7, 4-2 ASUN) fall to a tie for second-place alongside their conference rival Liberty. Lipscomb will host FGCU (5-4, 0-2 ASUN) at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday....
Lady Bisons finish season sweep over Bellarmine to stay perfect at home

Lady Bisons finish season sweep over Bellarmine to stay perfect at home

The Lady Bisons pulled out another home victory on Sunday night against the Bellarmine Knights. They remained undefeated at home on the young season, led by a career-high 28 point performance from sophomore guard Jaylyn Holcomb. Though the first matchup saw an even performances across the lineup from the Bisons on Saturday afternoon, with all five starters scoring in double figures, Sunday night saw Holcomb come away with everything on the floor. The 5’9″ sophomore from Murfreesboro shot a steller 11-15 (73%) from the floor. The beginning of the game started right where the Lady Bisons left off their previous performance with threes coming all around. On the opponent’s side, things got off to a rough start as the Knights only put up 10 points in the first quarter, six of which came from senior guard Tasia Jeffries. After one quarter, Lipscomb led 21-10. However, the 2nd quarter saw a scoring drought for the Lady Bisons who missed all their three-point attempts. Seemingly trading places, Bellarmine shot 4-5 from the beyond the arc late in the 2nd quarter and went on a 17-8 run cutting the Lipscomb lead from 13 to just 5 with only 59 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Going into halftime though Lipscomb still held the lead 33-28. The two teams came out of halftime at seemingly the same clip. Lipscomb shooting 7-14 from the field 2-5 from three, and Bellarmine 8-15 from the field and 2-5 from three. Knights would get within one possession of the Bisons, but a three point deficit would be as close as they could get, as they were never...
Lady Bisons score season-high 84 against Bellarmine in first conference win

Lady Bisons score season-high 84 against Bellarmine in first conference win

The Lipscomb women’s basketball team has won a combined six conference games over the past two seasons. After falling in its first two ASUN games last weekend, Lipscomb got its first in an 84-72 home opener over Division I newcomer Bellarmine. It was the kind of balanced performance you’d dream of if you’re a head coach: all five starters for the Lady Bisons (4-5, 1-2 ASUN) scored in double figures. Lipscomb also went 16-of-32 from downtown. Junior guard and Hendersonville native Jane Deason tabbed a team-leading 15 points, while senior forward Taylor Clark had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sydney Shelton, Jalyn Holcomb and Casey Collier all brought in 14 points apiece. Bellarmine (0-6, 0-1 ASUN) just joined the conference this year after making the leap from Division II, where it made 16 NCAA tourney appearances. The Knights actually scored a season-high 72 points on Sunday, with senior guard Tasia Jeffries setting a new career-high with a team-leading 25. Bellarmine also shot 46 percent from downtown after averaging less than 20 percent of three-point makes all season long, but the Knights could not overcome large deficits throughout the game. Lipscomb’s 32 first-quarter points made Bellarmine’s day difficult from the get-go. The Lady Bisons led 21-7 with 3:58 left after Shelton connected from downtown. Bellarmine used a timeout at that point to try and slow Lipscomb’s momentum. The Knights would eventually narrow the deficit to 25-14 with 1:29 to go in the first quarter but were down by 15 heading into the second. Lipscomb took a 47-27 lead off a Deason three-ball with 5:33 to go in the half and...
Lipscomb men fall 66-50 in second and final game against Liberty

Lipscomb men fall 66-50 in second and final game against Liberty

After having a field day against Liberty on Friday, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team was shut down offensively, making just 35 percent of its field goals. Lipscomb lost 66-50 on Saturday afternoon, wrapping up a slate of two consecutive games at home against Liberty in the ASUN’s COVID-modified scheduling format. It was a reversal for both teams, as the Bisons (6-6, 1-1 ASUN) had outperformed the Flames in that same category in the previous matchup. But Liberty (9-4, 1-1 ASUN) improved its three-point game a day after going 7-of-29 from downtown, clipping in 43 percent of its triples. “Yesterday was really, really an emotional game,” Lipscomb coach Lennie Acuff said during an interview with ESPN+. “We got off to a great start, and we had to just kind of hang on for dear life… It just takes a lot out of you, and we just didn’t have the ability or capacity today to rally and put another good performance together. Something we’ve gotta figure out for sure.” Redshirt junior center Ahsan Asadullah had a nice day with 15 points, but he was limited to 19 minutes of play after committing two quick early fouls. He also led with seven rebounds. After turning the ball over just four times on Friday, Lipscomb gave up 14 turnovers and got out-assisted 13 to 4 by the Flames. “The bottom line is they were just a lot better — not a little bit, a lot better — than we were today from tip to horn,” Acuff said. “I thought we came out really, really sluggish.” Both teams kept things close, with each squad trading leads early and Liberty...
Lipscomb splits in rivalry games, losing to Belmont, rebounding to whip Trevecca

Lipscomb splits in rivalry games, losing to Belmont, rebounding to whip Trevecca

Lipscomb came up with a crosstown split when they battled two local rivals in three nights, finishing off the homestand with a 61-45 victory over Trevecca Tuesday. It was some consolation for the Bisons who fell, 81-71, to Belmont Saturday night. Ahsan Asadullah and KJ Johnson combined for 45 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and three steals in the Belmont game, the only “Battle of the Boulevard” game this season.   While the Belmont game was nip-and-tuck, Lipscomb started hot against Trevecca. The Bisons took the lead, 13-5 in the first 14 minutes of the game. The Trojans battled to keep it close, but after a three-pointer from Carson Carry, and free throws from Johnson and Asadullah there was no stopping the Bisons. The lead continued to grow throughout the first half, ending the half with a 31-21 advantage, even after coach Lennie Acuff used virtually the whole bench in the period. Early in the second half, the Trojans got within six points of the Bisons. The Bisons pulled back ahead in a 7-0 scoring streak, gaining a 13-point advantage over the Trojans. The Bisons maintained that lead for a entirety of the game including several hot shooting streaks from KJ Johnson and Jake Wolfe. The Bisons finished the two-game home stand with their rivals with the season’s second-lowest shooting percentage, 37.5, against Trevecca. The 3-5 Bisons will play CROWLEY’S RIDGE at 7 p.m. Monday, December 21,  at Allen Arena. It will be streamed on...
Joe Biden celebrated as president-elect; Trump grumbles via Twitter

Joe Biden celebrated as president-elect; Trump grumbles via Twitter

After a long election season, clarity finally came to the 2020 presidential race when it was announced by the television networks and other media that Joe Biden had secured the necessary electoral votes to take him to the Oval Office in January. The race to get to the necessary 270 electoral votes ultimately came down to Pennsylvania, a state that went red for Trump in 2016 but shifted blue this year. Up until Trump’s election four years ago, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin were considered the so-called “Blue Wall,” generally secured by Democrats. This year, they returned to that pattern. Another monumental moment for American history was made as well in the election of Joe Biden: Kamala Harris will become the first female, and woman of color to hold the position of vice president. Lipscomb students, interviewed in advance of Biden’s speech to the nation Saturday already felt like celebrating. “If Biden wins, I might cry of happiness,” said Audrey-Ange Tsafack, a Lipscomb biochemistry major. “I would be so overjoyed because it would bring me faith in humankind again.” Biden ran on the premise of “restoring the soul of the nation” after turbulent years of racial and political divide during the Trump administration came to a head this summer in a country already reeling from the COVID pandemic. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden went on to become a U.S. senator representing Delaware before becoming vice president for Barack Obama between 2008 and 2016. His policies focus on “building America back better” through defeating COVID-19, recovering and creating jobs as well as creating affordable healthcare. Saturday night, when his victory was celebrated in...
Mustangs Edge Out Lions 20-14 after Rain Delays

Mustangs Edge Out Lions 20-14 after Rain Delays

After nearly a decade of defeat at the hands of the Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions, the Lipscomb Academy Mustangs edged out their rivals to take the regional championship. In response to the win, Mustang Head Coach Trent Dilfer spoke highly of his team following the game but emphasized that the season was far from over. “I’m proud of our guys tonight..it’s obviously a very big win for our school…but in that same breath, this is only 48 minutes of the 672 we want to play this year.” The low scoring affair began just before 9:00 PM due to the intense rain in the Nashville area this Friday. 14 of the Mustang’s 20 points came within the first quarter. Lipscomb Academy star Running Back, Alex Broome, returned the opening kickoff to give the Mustangs an early 7-0 lead. Lightning delays have begun at the LA v. CPA game. Follow along here for live updates on game play. pic.twitter.com/zcGgM8o21U — Lumination Network (@luminationnet) October 23, 2020 Broome would also finish the game with 99 yards on 22 carries. To cap off their strong start, Mustang Quarterback, Luther Richeson, connected with Daniel Green adding another touchdown with less than a minute left in the first quarter. The Lions came charging back in the second quarter with an 11 play drive that ended in a touchdown from Running Back Langston Patterson, creating a 14-7 score. Just before the half, one of the standout performers of the night, Lipscomb Academy Kicker, Ryan Young, hit his first of two field goals on the night. Young nailed the kick from 46 yards out, giving Lipscomb a strong...
PREVIEW: Second presidential debate held two miles from Lipscomb’s campus

PREVIEW: Second presidential debate held two miles from Lipscomb’s campus

Tonight, Belmont University will host the second and final presidential debate.  As part of the increased security surrounding the debate, freshman students from several campus dorms were forced to leave and stay elsewhere. Affected freshmen were sent to Gaylord Opryland to make way for secret service. “A week after we moved into campus things started transforming completely…and about three weeks ago, my residence hall found out that we would have to be moved off campus to Opryland hotel,” Says Becca Pavelich, a freshman at Belmont University.  “I wasn’t complaining, Opryland is a beautiful place to go. It was just definitely a shock that we found out so close to the debate that we’d be having to leave.” According to the Belmont Vision, The university provides students with transportation, meals and internet access during their predicted 30-hour stint at Opryland. Pavelich says “we’re honestly not sure what time we get to come back to campus, but we were happy to be able to go somewhere as nice as Opryland.” For Pavelich, the experience of a debate on campus has been a positive one, she says  “It is just so surreal. I’ve been watching the other debates and paying attention and to the news but it’s just so cool to think that all of that has been happening on our campus,” “It’s happening tonight on our campus and at our event center that we walk by every day. I know it’s just a great opportunity for our school to be exposed and it’s just an honor to have the president and  former vice president here on campus.” Lipscomb University campus security is...
Lipscomb Academy moves to 3-2  trampling Franklin Road Academy 61-0.

Lipscomb Academy moves to 3-2 trampling Franklin Road Academy 61-0.

The Lipscomb Academy Mustangs took the field Friday night against the Franklin Road Academy Panthers in what was only the third game of the year for the Panthers. Overall, the Mustangs defeated the Panthers in a 61-0 win.  Coach Dilfer was very proud of his team for the win and how they’ve dealt with this unusual season. “I’m proud of them, I’m proud of their week of preparation, I’m proud of how they are handling the chaos in the world around them, and I’m proud of them buying in, every single day, to getting better.” The Mustangs came charging out of the gate with an emphasis on the run game and a touchdown on the first drive from Quarterback Luther Richesson. A forced fumble from Senior Zach Larkin lead to great field position and allowed Lipscomb to run in their second touchdown of the night for the early 13-0 lead. The Panthers seemed rattled after the first two drives and running back Jeffery Vercher was forced to take some time off the field with what appeared to be a tweaked ankle. With Vercher off the field, FRA opened up the passing game which resulted in an interception return for a touchdown by Safety Jaden Lyles of Lipscomb Academy. Despite Vercher returning, Lipscomb Academy continued to find the end zone. The Mustang defense wreaked havoc and provided great field position throughout the first half. Linebackers Eli Miller and Braeden Ford each forced a fumble and Running Back Alex Broome ran the ball for 3 touchdowns by the end of the second quarter, resulting in a 54-0 half-time lead for Lipscomb...
Netflix shows that influenced 2020

Netflix shows that influenced 2020

There are many different aspects of life that define an era’s culture. No matter if it is political unrest or a new musical genre, there’s a strong tie between social trends and their entertainment. It’s pretty easy to decipher what has shaped the culture of 2020. In fact, “quarantine culture” has become a coined term for the viral elements of the internet that appeared while everyone spent months at home. Though quarantine culture has become a blanket term for the iconic games, movies and memes that emerged this past year, it has definitely been dominated by the shows on Netflix that people have been binge-watching to pass the time. Given that, here are some of the top Netflix shows that got many of us through a very strange year: 9. Tiger King It’s pretty indisputable that Tiger King was one of the first defining moments of quarantine culture. Tiger King is a documentary-style series about Joe Exotic. The show focuses on the big cats that he owns and his rivalry with Carole Baskin (surely you’ve seen what the internet has to say). It’s the show to watch if you want an inside look at a life you might not have another chance to see or if you just don’t want to feel left out when everyone else talks about it. 8.  Cobra Kai This show caught the attention of many on Netflix during quarantine. It follows the character of Johnny Lawrence from Karate Kid years after he lost against Daniel LaRusso, the protagonist of the movie. Lawrence is down on his luck when he uses karate to save his...
Evermore Album Review – Taylor Swift “comes back stronger than a ‘90s trend” with her second album in 5 months

Evermore Album Review – Taylor Swift “comes back stronger than a ‘90s trend” with her second album in 5 months

They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, but for Taylor Swift, it most certainly does. A mere five months after releasing her critically acclaimed surprise album folklore, Taylor Swift returned with another surprise album, evermore. Much like folklore, evermore was created in collaboration with Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner of the band The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Additional writing on both albums is credited to William Bowery, which was revealed to be a pseudonym for Swift’s boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn. The album is a continuation of many of the themes and musical styles featured prominently on folklore.      Standout Tracks: “champagne problems” Like many of the songs on evermore, “champagne problems” sees Swift craft an intricate fictional narrative rather than recount a personal experience. This piano-driven track takes on the perspective of a character who has just rejected a proposal and laments all of the hurt this has inevitably caused their former partner, despite believing it best in the long run. I love the way that the lyrics of the last chorus change to explain all of the ways that someone else will succeed in all of the places the narrator failed. Taylor Swift’s writing is often most effective in the simplest form, led by just guitar or piano, and “champagne problems” is no exception. I have seen others compare this song to Swift’s fan-favorite track “All Too Well,” but it reminds me more of the piano ballad “New Year’s Day” off of her 2017 album reputation. Regardless, “champagne problems” is simultaneously modern and classic, further ensuring that Swift’s work will last the test...
Holiday Entertainment- commuting home edition

Holiday Entertainment- commuting home edition

While Covid is on the rise and traveling is discouraged, the campus is closed and that means most students have to commute home.  Whether you are driving to visit family or flying back home, a good holiday commute should be filled with music, podcasts and movies.  I grew up in a Christmas fanatic family. We are most easily comparable to the Griswolds and there is no denying it. Our yard stays filled with lights till the end of January and the Christmas season begins before thanksgiving — sometimes even before Halloween.  All that said, I would consider myself somewhat of an expert in holiday music and movies.  We can start with music. Here are my top favorite songs for the Christmas season this year. Ribbons and Bows — Kacey Musgraves Not Christmas till you come Home — by Norah Jones White Christmas — George Ezra It’s been a year — Stephen Day You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch — Tyler the Creator Merry Christmas Darling — The Carpenters Santa Claus is coming to town — The Jackson 5 Step into Christmas — Elton John Another Wonderful Christmas — Joey and Rory Up on the Housetop — Pentatonix Check back for some of my top favorite Holiday Movies! Have a happy holidays! xoxo,...
‘Where Are They Now?’: Lipscomb Alum Savannah Hollis

‘Where Are They Now?’: Lipscomb Alum Savannah Hollis

 Savannah Hollis, a graduate of Lipscomb’s communications department, talked about her job with an NHL franchise and offered advice to current students during a Media Masters event. Media Masters is a series, sponsored by the department, that brings communications professionals “face-to-face” with Lipscomb students. This time, the event was held via Zoom. Hollis now works for the NHL’s Seattle Kraken team, managing their social media accounts. Hollis talked about her love for sports, especially hockey, a love which began when she was a child. During her time at Lipscomb, she originally had her sights set on a degree in psychology and soon realized that communications was more for her. She said that after joining the communications department, she became well prepared for this field. Hollis added that the professors helped her to find internship opportunities that led to some lifelong connections. “After learning about all the different paths you can take within communications, there was an opportunity to work in PR for a sports team. I don’t know many people who dream of working in PR for a sports team,” said Hollis. “ I never even considered that an option, I was really lucky to have that door opened up for me through Lipscomb. Mark McGee made quite a few introductions for me and helped me get on board with the Nashville Predators, and that’s where I got my start.” Hollis added, “Now I’m working for an expansion team in the NHL, you know managing their social media, helping on the PR side, and helping with the digital side.” Hollis stressed to students the importance of being professional and of...
“Enola Holmes”: A tale filled with action, feminism and a hint of mystery

“Enola Holmes”: A tale filled with action, feminism and a hint of mystery

From jumping off trains to using jujitsu against a hired killer, Enola Holmes is a nonstop period film filled with comedy, action and fourth-wall-breaking. Based on the Young Adult series The Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer, the film adapts the plot of the first book, The Case of the Missing Marquess. The Netflix film was directed by Harry Bradbeer, written by Jack Thorne and stars Millie Bobby Brown as the positively witty Enola Holmes. Enola wakes on her 16th birthday to find her mother (Helen Bonham Carter) missing, which causes her to reunite with her estranged older brothers, Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin). Once Mycroft observes the environment of Enola’s upbringing and her behavior, he becomes determined to send Enola to boarding school. While she attempts to evade her brothers, Enola sets off to find her mother. During her journey to London, she crosses paths with Viscount Tewkesbury and finds herself involved in a second mystery. Who is trying to kill the young Viscount and why? Enola Holmes is a young teen that defies the 19th-century societal norms of women. Instead of teaching embroidery, her mother taught her about literature and science. Enola was raised to be independent. After all, Enola spelled backward is “alone.” She is a clever, yet humorous protagonist with a mind smart enough to rival Sherlock. With Brown’s charming performance and Enola’s constant 4th wall-breaking asides, Enola Holmes is quite enjoyable for family movie night. The story centers on themes of feminism and social activism. A big yet underlying part of the plot is the women’s suffrage movement and their attempt to...