Lady Bisons honor seven seniors with victory over Kennesaw State

Lady Bisons honor seven seniors with victory over Kennesaw State

Lipscomb alumna takes stand against bullying with daughter

Lipscomb alumna takes stand against bullying with daughter

Bison basketball picks up 20th win on Senior Night

Bison basketball picks up 20th win on Senior Night

Bisons to face Nashville Soccer Club at home March 1

Bisons to face Nashville Soccer Club at home March 1

Bison reporters bring home bling from journalism conference

Bison reporters bring home bling from journalism conference

Chapel celebrates 45 years of friendship

Chapel celebrates 45 years of friendship


Lipscomb Theatre to open ‘On the Verge’ Friday

Lipscomb Theatre to open ‘On the Verge’ Friday

The Lipscomb Theatre Department opens its spring season with “On the Verge” Friday at 7:30 p.m in Shamblin Theatre. Lipscomb Theatre is no stranger to unique productions, and “On the Verge” certainly isn’t a typical household show name. Instead of drawing a big-name Broadway production from a hat, Lipscomb Theatre chose a show that will give its audiences something new and refreshing. “I think audiences will find a wonderful break from their daily routine that invites them to use parts of their minds and imaginations that get neglected far too often,” said Scott Baker, head of marketing. “I think they’ll get to consider well how to see things from another person’s point of view.” Directed by Evelyn O’Neal Brush, this Eric Overmyer play tells the story of three female Victorian explorers adventuring a newly discovered land. As their journey begins, unexpected developments occur, placing the show’s comedy front and center. “’On the Verge’ stands out to me firstly because of its focus on three distinctly-drawn, strong, independent women who are bucking the conventions and expectations of their day,”  stated Brush. “They are capable, empowered, and confident in who they are. They also happen to be hilarious. I think audiences will totally fall in love with their quirks and their strength.” The play features a four-person cast: Emily Meinerding (Fanny), Mary Elizabeth Roberts (Mary), Bekah Stogner (Alex) and JT Friend, who plays a whopping eight characters. Brush described this group of performers as “a true ensemble: they support, encourage, and reenergize each other throughout the whole show.” The production will stay faithful to the original show’s script, but will provide an added...
‘Black Panther’ trail-blazes powerful message in latest Marvel movie

‘Black Panther’ trail-blazes powerful message in latest Marvel movie

A new king of Wakanda is crowned in the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Black Panther” is written and directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed) and stars Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther himself. Boseman first made his appearance in this role in “Captain American: Civil War.” Now his character, T’challa, returns home to Wakanda after the death of his father. Here, he takes over the role of king, a position his father held before him. As king, T’challa presides over a country thought to be one of the most underdeveloped in the world, when in fact it is the most advanced. T’challa does not feel ready to take on this major role, but he does what he must anyway. This is where his internal struggle of identity originates. Lupita Nyong’o plays the role Nakia, a character that left her country in order to work as a foreign aid independent of Wakanda. Her character also serves as an influential love interest to T’challa. The relationship between T’challa and Nakia is one of the most interesting dynamics in the movie. The two have opposing views on how the nation of Wakanda should be run. They balance each other out well, providing dialogue between them in many scenes. The country of Wakanda and its leader face the outside threat of a character named Klaue played by Andy Serkis. Klaue has been smuggling a valuable material called Vibranium out of Wakanda to sell it to anyone willing to pay his price. Vibranium is the strongest material in the world of Marvel and was used to advance the technology and weapons of...
Shinn Center construction delayed for two more months

Shinn Center construction delayed for two more months

Construction on the Shinn Center will not begin for at least two months due to a storm drain in the building’s planned footprint that must be rerouted, Director of Campus Construction Mike Engelman told Lumination Network. The University originally planned to break ground early last fall, according to a press release from June. Engelman estimated that the building will be completed in July 2019 at the earliest. The release stated that event booking for the center “has already begun with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2018.” University spokeswoman Kim Chaudoin said there are no events booked for the Center, despite the press release. In an emailed statement to Lumination Network, Mike Fernandez, dean of the College of Entertainment and the Arts, said, “We had begun the process of creating a season of offerings.” “We are still excited about these plans but have stretched booking dates to a more realistic opening timeline to accommodate the change in construction,” Fernandez wrote. Engelman said the entire Ezell lot will be closed while the Shinn Center is built. It is unknown how the drain rerouting will affect parking. The current drain sits in front of the Ezell Center, right where the Shinn Center will be built. Junior CEA student Christian Bean will graduate before the Center is completed. Regardless, he said he is excited for his younger classmates who will benefit from it. “Some of our classrooms, right now, are overcrowded, so it is kind of needed,” Bean said. The film production major clarified that this wasn’t a “huge issue,” but that “as the film department grows, it’s going to really...
$25,000 worth of film equipment reported missing from film department

$25,000 worth of film equipment reported missing from film department

Lipscomb University’s Department of Cinematic Arts is undergoing drastic departmental changes after over $25,000 worth of lenses, cameras and accessories disappeared from the department at the end of January. Chair of Cinematic Arts Melissa Forte reached out to cinematic arts students on Jan. 30 in an email informing them of the incident, and asking for the return of the equipment so the department wouldn’t need to involve the police. “We are not taking this lightly,” Forte said in the email. “The value of this equipment is very high and the security of the remaining equipment very important.” Since the Cinematic Arts department has existed for only three years, a theft of this magnitude is a crushing blow to their resources. However, this is not the first theft within the department. Both a Mac computer and money from an office were stolen previously, so the department is now altering their checkout policy in order to safeguard against further theft. Students will no longer be allowed to use departmental Macs to edit at night, as they will be kept under lock and key. Further changes have yet to be announced. Lipscomb security was contacted for all key logs and surrounding video footage of the time, but nothing conclusive has yet arisen. The basement of Sewell has yet to be fitted with cameras as the area is awaiting renovation by the theatre department, for the cameras would not only take months to install and connect, but they would cost around $8,000 to install. Security is hesitant because they would only to have to redo the installation with the theatre renovation. Lumination reached...
Veteran animator Aaron Blaise brings Disney to Lipscomb

Veteran animator Aaron Blaise brings Disney to Lipscomb

Lipscomb University welcomed Disney animator Aaron Blaise to speak on his career in animation and the difficulties in his line of work. Blaise is known for his animation work in films like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan and Brother Bear. Blaise referred to the films that were released in this era as Disney’s second “Golden Age” of animation. Students and members of the public alike were treated with samples of animation and art from the numerous films he has worked on, as well as ones that were never made. Blaise discussed the importance of the persistence of his vision throughout his career. “It’s the persistent vision of wanting to be an artist, “Blaise said. “That’s what has always driven me.” Blaise grew up in rural Florida in the middle of the Everglades in a trailer. He drew early inspiration for drawing from the animals he saw around his home and in National Geographic magazines. Going into college, his ideal career was to be an illustrator or wildlife artist for National Geographic. However, Blaise was hired after a second internship with Disney. There he worked under Glen Keane, the creator of characters such as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Beast from Beauty and the Beast. He credits Keane as an inspiration. “He’s the reason I’m doing exactly what I’m doing now,” Blaise said. At the young age of 22, Blaise got what he described to be his first big break. He was assigned to animate a scene for Beast in Beauty and the Beast. From there, his career took off. “I never had any intention...
Lady Bisons honor seven seniors with victory over Kennesaw State

Lady Bisons honor seven seniors with victory over Kennesaw State

Seven Lady Bisons played in their last regular-season college basketball game on Saturday evening. The Lipscomb Lady Bisons (11-18, 7-7 ASUN) grabbed a Senior-Night victory over the Kennesaw State Owls (7-18, 3-11) by a score of 69-52. “I told them I hadn’t been breathing for about 18 hours,” Lipscomb coach Greg Brown said of the seniors. “There’s so much emotion in it, especially with that many seniors.” Senior guard Loren Cagle led Lipscomb with 16 points, going 5-of-16 on field goals and 3-of-8 on free throws. She also added a team-best six rebounds and four assists. Cagle is a longtime Lipscomb student dating back to her Lipscomb Academy days as a fifth-grader. “It’s been awesome to have this career here,” Cagle said, “and for [my coaches] to help me along the way.” The Lady Bisons had already sealed a home game for the postseason, but they utilized the same intensity they’ve had all year long. Lipscomb shot more efficiently than Kennesaw State (41.9 percent to 32.2 percent), and the Owls never led nor tied. Lipscomb took a 19-4 lead with 2:13 to go in the first period. During that time, redshirt freshman forward Emily Kmec converted on two three-pointers, including the first basket of the game. The Owls then broke a 10-point Lady Bisons run with a 16-5 effort, which included 10 unanswered points, to put the score at 24-20 with 4:10 left in the second period. They brought the score to 25-23 with 2:44 left, but Lipscomb went on a 7-2 run to finish the half leading 32-25. In the second half, Kennesaw State pulled the scoring margin...
Bison basketball picks up 20th win on Senior Night

Bison basketball picks up 20th win on Senior Night

Lipscomb entered Senior Night with the number two seed wrapped up for the ASUN tournament. But they certainly played like the tournament had already started. Seeking their second-straight 20-win campaign in the regular season finale, the Lipscomb Bisons (20-9, 10-4 ASUN) took down the Kennesaw State Owls (10-19, 6-8 ASUN) 83-74 without surrendering the lead or even a tie. Prior to the game, Lipscomb honored seniors Asa Duvall, Aaron Korn and George Brammeier. Alexander said the veterans “made a huge impact on our team” during their careers. “Not necessarily with career stats, but been exactly the kind of guys that we think Lipscomb deserves. They’re leaving this program much better than the way that they found it, and, you know, any time you can say that then you’ve done your job.” Junior center Rob Marberry led the Bisons in scoring for the 10th time this season, shooting 13-of-15 on field goals and 6-of-6 on free throws for 32 points. “My teammates, they’re some of the best passers in the league,” Marberry said. “And so I can always count on them to give me a perfect pass.” Four of his field goals were dunks. He added a team-high 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. “I’ve got the flu right now,” Marberry said, “so … I lost a couple pounds doing that.” Leading scorer Garrison Mathews put in a bit of an uncharacteristic performance for Lipscomb, shooting 4-of-11 on field goals and 5-of-7 on free throws for 14 points. At the end of the first half, Mathews banked in a double-clutch desperation three with time about to expire....
Bisons to face Nashville Soccer Club at home March 1

Bisons to face Nashville Soccer Club at home March 1

Nashville S.C., the brand-new professional soccer team in town, is coming to Lipscomb March 1 for a friendly match against the Bisons. It’s not the first time Lipscomb has played a pro team, but it will be the first time it’s hosted one. The Bisons defeated a United Soccer League foe last March, shocking Louisville City F.C. 1-0 in Elizabethtown, Ky. Louisville outshot the Bisons 17-4 in that game, but Ivan Sakou’s goal off a rebound gave Lipscomb the surprise victory. The two teams will square off again on Mar. 7. “The Louisville and Nashville games this year will be games that test us big-time,” coach Charles Morrow said. “We will get opportunities and chances, but I don’t think it’s realistic for us to go into a game against professionals and think that we’re going to impose our will on that team.” “It’s a game that we have to learn how to have success in other ways than they’re used to, and that helps us grow for sure,” he said. Morrow noted that the spring season gives him a look at younger players and shows him what the team needs to work on going into the fall. “Beyond defending, are we able to possess the ball? Are we able to control any segments of the game? Are we able to create goal-scoring opportunities?” Morrow named Bennie Harris, Simon Holden and Austin Eager as a trio of inexperienced defenders that would see significant action this spring. Former Lipscomb standout Micah Bledsoe will suit up for Nashville as the team’s third goalkeeper. Morrow said he hopes Bledsoe sees some playing time,...
Bisons baseball closes out opening series with loss to UNC Asheville

Bisons baseball closes out opening series with loss to UNC Asheville

A loss checkered with pitching troubles tainted an otherwise decent start for the Lipscomb baseball season. The Lipscomb Bisons (2-1) cycled through eight pitchers on Sunday and could not find any rhythm against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs (1-2). Costly errors combined with only three runs on eight hits contributed to the loss. The final score was 6-3 in favor of the Bulldogs. “Their pitcher was really good,” Bisons head coach Jeff Forehand said. “But we were right in the game. We cut it to one. I really thought we had an opportunity; then they answered with two runs of their own…I think we learned a lot today.” Freshman pitcher Noah Thompson made his first career appearance and lasted for a little over three innings before retiring. Thompson struck out three hitters but also allowed three hits and two runs, walked three hitters and hit another with a pitch. “He didn’t pitch his best today,” Forehand said. “But I think that that’s only the bright spots to come, he’s going to be a gem for us, I think, down the line.” Despite the collapse on Sunday, Lipscomb now stands at 2-1 after a three-game season opener against the Bulldogs. The Bisons started with a 3-2 victory on Friday in which the bullpen took over for the final three innings and allowed one hit and zero runs in that span. Lipscomb had a similar game on Saturday against the Bulldogs, with starting junior pitcher Chris Kachmar allowing three hits and two runs in five innings and junior third baseman Zeke Dodson hitting what has been, so far, Lipscomb’s only home run...
Bison baseball kicks off season at home

Bison baseball kicks off season at home

Lipscomb baseball was voted pre-season favorites in the ASUN conference for the first time in Lipscomb’s history last year. Yet things didn’t quite go as planed. Lipscomb finished the season with a 9-12 in-conference record and was 6th in the ASUN standings. Head Coach Jeff Forehand said that the Bisons are looking to bounce back this year. “We’re excited to get back together and get another season started,” Forehand said.  “Lipscomb has high hopes again, especially after two Bison players (3B Zeke Dodson & DH Jake Perry) received preseason All-ASUN awards. “There’s so many things we’re looking forward to,” Forehand said. “It’s been a long fall, and a lot of preparation goes into playing, and we put a lot of hard work in. We’re looking forward to doing the things we’ve talked about doing all fall.” Forehand said the teams has some big, but simple goals for this year. “First pitch strikes, first batter outs and make the routine plays on defense,” Forehand said. “On offense we’re looking to move runners over and situational hitting. If we can concentrate on what we can control, the opponent doesn’t matter.” Lipscomb’s first series of the season against UNC Ashville will start at 4 p.m. at Ken Dugan Field tomorrow afternoon. Projected Weekend Rotation: Friday – RHP Joshua Colon (Jr.) LHP Jordan Fulbright Saturday – RHP Chris Kachmar (Jr.) LHP Greg Gasparro Sunday – LHP Noah Thompson (Fr.) LHP Jordan Carr After this three-game series, the Bisons will head to Lindsey Nelson Stadium to face the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Women’s March 2018 photo gallery

Women’s March 2018 photo gallery

Overwhelming crowds gathered at Public Square Park to march through the streets of downtown Nashville for the 2018 Women’s March on Saturday afternoon. After gathering in the park before 2 p.m., the rally was led in chants and entertained by local, all-female bands. Mayor Megan Berry spoke to the crowd before they marched to the capitol building. « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...
Snow day 2018 photo gallery

Snow day 2018 photo gallery

Students experienced yet another day off from school due to inclement weather after having the Friday before off due to winter weather and yesterday off due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In The Gathering today, SGA President Carson Panovec announced that classes after 3 p.m. were officially cancelled, and classes before 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning were also cancelled. To enjoy the snow day, students and people from surrounding neighborhoods used makeshift sleds to slide down the hill of the Lipscomb soccer field....
2017 fall commencement photo gallery

2017 fall commencement photo gallery

More than 400 students were awarded diplomas from Lipscomb University this fall, including eight women from the Tennessee Prison for Women. The traditional students’ graduation ceremony took place in Allen Arena on December 16, while the graduating inmates’ ceremony was the day before at the Tennessee Prison for Women. President Randy Lowry gave the charge to the students at the traditional students’ graduation ceremony. “As you go, take these thoughts with you: you go as part of the Bison herd that numbers about 30,000 alumni; you go as part of a special community that will always respect you, always welcomes you back and always be honored and proud that you a part of it; you go with our deep regard and our great hope that God will work out His plan for your life and that you will see your part in His story.” President Lowry closed with an Old Testament blessing from Numbers 6:24-26: “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace.”   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Lighting of the Green 2017 Photo Gallery

Lighting of the Green 2017 Photo Gallery

Lipscomb’s annual Lighting of the Green launched the campus into the holiday season this Tuesday night. Musical performances included those by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, as is tradition, and joining them was the winner of season nine of NBC’s The Voice, Jordan Smith. Alumni, students and guests were given free hot chocolate and encouraged to “ice skate” on the upper level of the Allen Arena parking garage.   Photos by Ben Davis...
2017 Stompfest photo gallery

2017 Stompfest photo gallery

With a mechanics-inspired routine, women’s social club Phi Sigma scored the top prize at the eighth annual Stompfest on Thursday night in Collins Alumni Auditorium. Men’s social club Theta Psi received second place with its boy-band stomp, and women’s social club Delta Omega took home third place as “DO Army.” Morgan Ellison and Ciara McKinney co-directed Phi Sigma’s show, and Katie Markham helped choreograph. Ellison said it’s hard to describe how excited she was upon hearing Phi Sigma being called out as the victors. “The fact that we actually won this year and redeemed ourselves is really such an incredible feeling,” Ellison said. “There are really no words to describe it. We’ve worked so hard for this.” Photos by Sarah Johnson  ...

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