‘The Meddler’ offers charm, yet it fails to keep viewers’ attention

‘The Meddler’ offers charm, yet it fails to keep viewers’ attention

Lipscomb to host A-Sun Baseball Championship at Dugan Field

Lipscomb to host A-Sun Baseball Championship at Dugan Field

Special Olympians return to Lipscomb for 2016 State Summer Games

Special Olympians return to Lipscomb for 2016 State Summer Games

Students’ summer plans include world travel, internships, jobs

Students’ summer plans include world travel, internships, jobs

Lipscomb launches off-campus site in downtown Nashville

Lipscomb launches off-campus site in downtown Nashville

Student seeks growth, adventure in Alaska

Student seeks growth, adventure in Alaska


‘The Meddler’ offers charm, yet it fails to keep viewers’ attention

‘The Meddler’ offers charm, yet it fails to keep viewers’ attention

Director Lorene Scafaria’s sophomore film The Meddler focuses on overbearing widow Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) who latches onto her daughter, Lori, (Rose Byrne) and anyone who will keep her company. The film opens with Marnie’s move to Los Angeles where her daughter works as a screenplay writer. Lori, however, is depressed from the loss of her father and a recent breakup, busy with work and feels smothered by her mother’s constant phone calls and text messages. Marnie, desiring to feel needed, begins volunteering at a hospital and giving large amounts of time and money to people she barely knows. A therapist suggests she may be spending so much because she feels guilty having her husband’s money. Marnie focuses most of her time on others but feels lonely in the process. She is rarely placed as a priority in anyone’s life until she meets a retired police officer named Zipper (J.K. Simmons) who is instantly attracted to her. The film follows Marnie’s journey in pursuit of her daughter’s time and her own happiness. She is led to find a balance in her life, and with the help of Zipper, finds love and friendship, too. The comedy-drama, while charming at times, lacked an apparent message and coherent storyline. There was no obvious struggle or villain which made it lack an aspect of entertainment that is usually crucial to a movie. The film was ultimately not engaging, but it was filled with extraordinary acting. Sarandon and Byrne’s delivery seems effortless. Sarandon’s strong Brooklyn accent is consistent, while Byrne, an Australian native, speaks with a flawless American accent. The Meddler certainly has sweet,...
GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony returns to Lipscomb stage; GMA recognizes musicians, ministries

GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony returns to Lipscomb stage; GMA recognizes musicians, ministries

Talent such as Jordan Smith, winner of “The Voice,” and Grammy winner Michael W. Smith graced the stage at the GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony, which was held in Allen Arena on Tuesday, May 10. GMA continues to host its big events at Lipscomb, as it also hosts the annual Dove Awards in Allen Arena in the fall. 2016 honorees include Jars of Clay with their ministry Blood: Water Mission, Catherine Brewton with her ministry Hope For Harvest, Michael W. Smith, founder of Rocketown and the Gospel Music Trust Fund. Michael W. Smith, who has won more than 40 Dove Awards, received three Grammys and had two No. 1 hits, was recognized for founding Rocketown, a youth outreach ministry located in downtown Nashville. Smith said he is always trying to grow Rocketown, but he is still focused on the ministry aspect of his outreach. “It seems like we keep having expansions; we now have an art studio, dance studio, music studio and after-school programs,” Smith said. “We’re talking about expanding our space. We’re already at 45,000 square feet, and we’re thinking about adding an indoor gymnasium and making skatepark bigger, but the expansions I love are the ministry focused ones like Skatechurch on Tuesday nights.” “Five or six years ago, we found out that some of these kids had not eaten in two or three days, so we decided to start a food program.” After this realization, Smith started Rocketown Potluck, which is a family-style dinner held on Thursday nights. 2016 inductees to the GMA Hall of Fame were Russ Taff, Howard Rachinski, The Nelons and Hezekiah Walker. Past inductees include Fanny Crosby...
Hip-hop artist Lecrae brings Higher Learning tour to Lipscomb

Hip-hop artist Lecrae brings Higher Learning tour to Lipscomb

Class was back in session as two-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae dropped by Collins Auditorium Thursday night as part of his 2016 Higher Learning Tour. In a speech to the audience, Lecrae said that the purpose of this college-only tour was to inspire all walks of life. The theme of the night was Unashamed. “Being unashamed is more than just wearing a t-shirt,” Lecrae said. “Being unashamed is saying that you can, without a doubt, stand up for what you believe in. Being unashamed is saying, ‘I’m willing to go to the hard place, and do the hard thing.’” For the Higher Learning tour, Lecrae partnered with Food for the Hungry, an organization that travels to and provides food to impoverished third world countries. “One of the reasons I partnered with them is that they’re unashamed to go to places that no one wants to go,” Lecrae said. Lecrae challenged the audience to spend $35 and invest in the lives of children in Uganda and East Africa. For every $35 donated, one child is taken care of physically and financially. “They’re giving us an opportunity to feed the soul, the bodies, the kids that nobody is caring for,” Lecrae said. “If all of us do this for one kid, we’d change an entire city, an entire country. “There’s no way I’m going to ask people to do something I’m not doing. I’m a part of this too.” During his performance, Lecrae performed hits from his 2011 album Rehab, the 2014 album Anomaly and consecutive singles from Church Clothes 1, 2, and 3. Lecrae alternated between sharing personal anecdotes...
Lipscomb theatre brings Charlie Brown and friends to Collins

Lipscomb theatre brings Charlie Brown and friends to Collins

Lively characters, music and the age-old tale of Charlie Brown bring Lipscomb Theatre’s spring musical to life opening April 8th in Collins Auditorium. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown is told in short vignettes, pulled straight out of the Peanuts comic strip, but will feature original music. The story follows a day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends. Audiences will follow their successes, joys and various shortcomings as they go through the day at school, at home and during extra curricular activities. Kari Smith, the show’s director, said she wanted to stay faithful to the cartoon and create characters that are familiar to the audience while producing unique content as well. “We even found places in script where we can pop out of that fourth wall on the stage and interact with the audience a little bit, which is fun when there are kids in the crowd,” Smith said. The musical is based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic, Peanuts. Written in 1967 by Clark Gesner, the musical follows Charlie Brown in his attempts to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl. Senior Elijah Wallace plays Charlie Brown and is joined on stage by sophomore Haley Sue Pearson as Lucy, sophomore Scott Wilson as Schroeder, junior Bekah Purifoy as Sally, and sophomore Connor Weaver as Snoopy. Among these, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Pig Pen, Woodstock, Freida and Marcie will make appearances as well. “Preparing for the role, my cast mates and I were encouraged to dig deep into ourselves and find our childlike nature and qualities that we would give our...
Rainey, Colony House play spring concert in Bison Square

Rainey, Colony House play spring concert in Bison Square

RAINEY, a band composed entirely of Lipscomb students, opened for Colony House Monday night in Bison Square to kick off the 2016 spring concert. “It was pretty exciting because they are blowing up right now; it was a huge opportunity and we are all stoked,” RAINEY’s keyboard player junior Benjamin Siebold said. RAINEY recently released its first EP. During the set Monday night, the band debuted three new songs, including the band’s new favorite song to play, “Easy.” “We progressed a lot when we added Andrew as our drummer,” junior bassist Trevor Ault said. “He does a lot of electronic stuff and he has helped to take us in the direction we want to go.” After RAINEY warmed up the crowd, Colony House took the stage and performed several of their well-known alternative hits. “I thought it was fun and I wish Lipscomb did more events like this,” freshman Garrett Jones said. “I think it brought the student body together. I think it took some stress off school as the year is winding down.” Colony House is a rising band on the alternative music scene and is known for performing songs centered on faith, love and living life. “To open for Colony House was the greatest opportunity I have had in my life,” Ault said. “Their bass player, as I was exiting the stage said I did really well and that was really cool.”   Photos by Ben Davis and Stephanie...
Lipscomb to host A-Sun Baseball Championship at Dugan Field

Lipscomb to host A-Sun Baseball Championship at Dugan Field

Coming off of a great performance against Stetson this past weekend, the Lipscomb baseball team hopes to keep the momentum going as it hosts the Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Championship tournament this week at Ken Dugan Field. No. 4 Lipscomb will battle it out at Dugan Field for its opening game against No. 3 Jacksonville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Coach Jeff Forehand said he is looking forward to having the home-field advantage. “It’s good anytime we get to play at home,” he said. “We’d hosted it here a few years ago, but we didn’t qualify for that tournament.” This past weekend, Lipscomb had one of its best series’ performances, as the Bisons swept all three games against Stetson. Forehand said the team is “looking good,” and they’re hoping to continue their winning streak. “It’s always nice to end the season on a good note like we did [at Stetson], and everyone is healthy,” Forehand said. “Anytime you’re winning some games right after the other it’s great. We plan on using those wins against Stetson to our advantage.” One of the players who will be key in bringing home a win against Jacksonville is sophomore Lee Solomon. Solomon recently won the Atlantic Sun Baseball Player of the Week for his first time. Solomon is the team leader in multi-hit games with 21 this season. In addition to Solomon, Forehand said there are several players to keep an eye on in the upcoming games. “You can keep an eye on Adam Lee; he’s a senior. Lee Solomon has been playing really well, and Michael Gigliotti has been playing really well, too.” Lee was key...
Men’s golf secures at-large bid to NCAA tournament

Men’s golf secures at-large bid to NCAA tournament

An important first in school history, the men’s golf team received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which will take place May 16-18. “Today’s a historic day in our program.  Any time you do something for the first time it is pretty remarkable,” Lipscomb golf director Will Brewer said. The news was announced on live television on the Golf Channel Thursday morning. “It’s always exciting when you see your name posted on national television,” Brewer said. At the end of the tournament, the top five teams from each region, plus the top individual from each region not on one of the advancing teams, will go to the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship in Eugene, Oregon, May 27-June 1. The golf team also received the honor of having two students placed on the Atlantic Sun Conference Men’s Golf All-Academic Team. Sophomore journalism and new media major Eric Ansett and junior financial markets major Stoney Crouch were selected to the five-member team. Two more students selected to the team, Austin Schultz and Jake Sherwin, play at FCGU. The other student making up the five-person team is Fredrik Nilehn, who plays at Kennesaw State. Additional reporting by Lipscomb Athletics Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Lipscomb baseball sweeps NJIT in first-ever series matchup

Lipscomb baseball sweeps NJIT in first-ever series matchup

The Bisons’ bats paved the way to victory as they swept NJIT 11-2, 12-11 and 22-12 at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. Due to concerns of rain this weekend, the Bisons played a doubleheader on Friday and moved their start time to 3 p.m. to not have any weather delays. To open up the series in the first game, the Bisons scored a total of 11 runs. One of Lipscomb’s contributors was junior Hunter Hanks who had two home runs and a RBI single. “He played his best series of the year,” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said. “I think him focusing so much on studying for exams this weekend caused him to be able to play loose and relax.” Lipscomb rallied in the second game. Down by four runs in the ninth, the Bisons ended up winning the game in extra innings. They got a walk-off two-run RBI single from Lee Solomon to win the game in the bottom of the tenth. The final score in the second game was 12-11. In the final game of the series, the Bisons put up a school record of 22 runs to take the final game of the series 22-12. The biggest hit of the game was a grand slam by freshman Cade Sorrels for his first college-career home run. “I think we are maturing as hitters,” Forehand said. “We were able to put up some good at-bats and some great approaches at the plate, which led to all those runs.” This is the first sweep in Atlantic Sun play for the Bisons this year. “Any sweep in the conference is hard to...
Lipscomb baseball loses 4-3 to WKU

Lipscomb baseball loses 4-3 to WKU

The Lipscomb baseball team lost 4-3 against Western Kentucky University Tuesday night at Ken Dugan Field. It was a back and forth game, but runners left on base and hitting mistakes late in the game cost Lipscomb the win. The Hilltoppers scored early in the second inning starting off with a double from Steven Kraft. A fake bunt from Harrison Scanlon moved Kraft to third, before Paul Murray hit a flair single to right field to score Kraft. The Bisons gained momentum in the bottom of the third inning on Lee Solomon’s solo homerun. In the top of the sixth inning, a single by Western Kentucky’s Kraft turned into what would be déjà vu for Lipscomb. Scanlon hit a double to right field, and Murray followed up with a two-run RBI single, making it 4-3. Lipscomb made seven pitching changes throughout the night making Western Kentucky unable to get comfortable in the seventh through the ninth innings. “If you look at how they scored and how we scored, they had three hits after two quick outs to score in the sixth, and we left men in scoring position with opportunities,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. The pitching staff combined allowed one walk and had eight strike outs. “Defensively, that’s the kind of game we are looking for,” Solomon said. “We had some good plays — we just have to execute, get counts and put people away. We can’t leave pitches over the plate. I think that’s what really hurt us tonight.” The Bisons fall 20-21 on the season. Michael Gigliotti is still out with a hand injury and will not...
Softball rebounds from rough weekend to crush Tennessee State

Softball rebounds from rough weekend to crush Tennessee State

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons’ (25-24) strong bats run-ruled the Tennessee State Tigers (10-40) 10-1 Tuesday evening at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Lipscomb put on its annual “Think Pink” and “Strike Out” cancer fundraiser. All proceeds went to cancer research and allowed the Lady Bisons to sport their pink tops for the game. In the first inning, freshman Mandy Jordan got rolling early and struck out the side to start for Lipscomb. “I thought Mandy had a great first inning to set the tone,” head coach Kristin Ryman said. The Lady Bisons’ offense helped her by drawing three walks and collecting four hits that turned into five runs and a commanding 5-0 lead. One of those hits was by freshman Malorie Giere, who hit a shot off the wall that scored three of those early runs for Lipscomb. Senior Dee Baddley made a leaping grab to steal a homerun from Danica Gleason and record the last out of the top of the third. “We’ve talked so much this year about staying in attack mode, not just offensively but defensively too,” Ryman said. Caitlin Plocheck got the bottom of the inning started by smashing a solo homer to add another run for Lipscomb to increase the lead to 6-0. “She’s [Plocheck] been in a real groove,” Ryman said. “Having Plocheck doing what she’s doing right now is such a key for our lineup.” Freshman Abi Stephens got the Tigers on the board with a solo homerun of her own in the top of the fourth inning, cutting the lead to 6-1. “One of things we’re trying to work on with her is...
Spark Program announcement photo gallery

Spark Program announcement photo gallery

Lipscomb’s latest endeavor seeks to build a partnership with Metro and to spark new leaders with a desire to serve in the downtown Nashville community. President Randolph Lowry announced the program, the off-campus Spark center in downtown Nashville, Tuesday morning on the SunTrust Plaza. Located at the corner of 4th and Commerce, the new Downtown Spark will open in January or February...
2016 spring Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

2016 spring Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

Lipscomb celebrated a record number of graduates, a Fulbright scholar, 29 SALT Scholars and three outstanding professors Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. Over 500 students graduated making it the largest number of students in the university’s history. Chemistry professor C. Kent Clinger gave the invocation, education professor Carrie R. Abood gave the faculty charge and exercise science professor Ruth Henry recognized 29 SALT scholars from six different academic areas. President Randy Lowry charged the students to remember to express gratitude and appreciation to those who helped them get to their graduation. Photos by Ben...
2016 IDEAL Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

2016 IDEAL Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

The smiles of IDEAL students, friends and family lit up Stowe Hall Friday afternoon when Lipscomb awarded eight students in Lipscomb’s IDEAL program with career exploration study certificates. IDEAL is a two-year certificate program for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Students in the program attend academic and skill-building classes, work daily internships and hang out with peer mentors and the student body. Photos by Erin...
Lecrae’s Higher Learning tour photo gallery

Lecrae’s Higher Learning tour photo gallery

Class was back in session as two-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae dropped by Collins Auditorium Thursday night as part of his 2016 Higher Learning Tour.   Photos by Becca Risley...

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