Health Care Academy campers get firsthand experience with emergency-scene simulation

Health Care Academy campers get firsthand experience with emergency-scene simulation

Carson Panovec turns the page — from student-athlete to student government

Carson Panovec turns the page — from student-athlete to student government

‘Cars 3’ is nostalgic close to ‘Cars’ trilogy

‘Cars 3’ is nostalgic close to ‘Cars’ trilogy

‘The Mummy’ is lifeless first entry into ‘Dark Universe’

‘The Mummy’ is lifeless first entry into ‘Dark Universe’

‘Tokens’ show featured at Christian Scholars Conference

‘Tokens’ show featured at Christian Scholars Conference

Sports intern Lindsey Nance talks Preds’ rise to Stanley Cup finals

Sports intern Lindsey Nance talks Preds’ rise to Stanley Cup finals


‘Cars 3’ is nostalgic close to ‘Cars’ trilogy

‘Cars 3’ is nostalgic close to ‘Cars’ trilogy

With a star-studded cast and an already large fan-base, Cars 3 is speeding into theaters. Lightning McQueen fans will buzz with excitement from the high energy movie. Before the film, a new Pixar Short was released called, “Lou.” This short film was written and directed by Dave Mullins and follows the school bully in learning to share by an unseen monster in the lost and found box. After this, the energetic opening scene to Cars 3 showed a daring Lightning McQueen zooming around the race track with a cheering crowd, closely followed by his friendly competitors. Suddenly, a new type of race car appears, taking over all the races and pushing the older cars into retirement. McQueen spends the rest of the film fighting for his rightful place within the racing community, refusing to give up what he loves the most. Long-time Cars fan Sinney Chan noted that one of the film’s best aspects was its focus on female and minority empowerment. “They added in a female statistical analyst and pushed the main female character, Cruz, into the racing spotlight. This made me really happy to see, and I hope a lot of younger girls got the message.” Upon release, the third Cars movie is already expected to hit the box office hard with around $60 million from 3,900 theaters in its opening weekend. The production of this film, directed by Brian Fee, started in the summer of 2014, and the previous director, John Lasseter, promised an emotional tone to the film. The beautiful landscape animation mixed with the touching plot line allowed for Lasseter’s promise to come true. As...
DC finally gets it right with ‘Wonder Woman’

DC finally gets it right with ‘Wonder Woman’

Wonder Woman is a breath of fresh air in a line of previously underwhelming DC films. Gal Gadot stars as the Amazon princess crafted by clay — her performance a triumphant achievement in portraying such an iconic character. Gadot brings both a strength and beauty to Princess Diana, who exhibits a relentless drive and desire to embrace her heroism rather than run from it. The origin story hearkens to the original classic superhero films such as Christopher Reeve’s Superman, and also somewhat parallels Marvel’s Captain America with its World War focus. The story is not particularly unique, but its emphasis on providing a heroine who the “world of men do not deserve” is new in such a male-dominated genre. The tale begins with Wonder Woman as young Princess Diana growing up on a peaceful island of only Amazon women who are adept at fighting and protecting their utopian community — a stark contrast to the way women are treated when Diana arrives in World War I London on a mission to stop the war. Gadot does an excellent job of mixing worldly innocence with classic superhero charm and skill once arriving in London, with Chris Pine portraying her sidekick and love interest, Captain Steve Trevor. Pine and the rest of the cast do an admirable job, but their respective characters remain flat and stereotypical, one of the few weaknesses of the film. Behind the camera is Patty Jenkins, who directs an atypical DC film focused on story, preferring to show the horror of war and fighting instead of its glorification. This is not to say that Wonder Woman’s fight...
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ may be best movie of summer

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ may be best movie of summer

If Guardians of the Galaxy fans were hoping for a worthy sequel, they’ve got it. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 might not be a classic like the first movie, but it definitely is worth watching, and viewers will leave the theater smiling and satisfied with many unanswered questions finally answered. The film opens with the Guardians – Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill), Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot hired to protect precious batteries owned by a powerful and elite alien race, the Sovereign, from a space monster. When Rocket steals some of the batteries, the Guardians then find themselves on the run from the Sovereign. Along the way, Peter’s father finally reveals himself. Remember in the first movie when Peter (spoiler) is able to hold an Infinity Stone without dying? Moviegoers finally have the answer as to why that is possible when Ego (Kurt Russell) arrives. Even though this is a superhero movie, the real theme throughout the Marvel masterpiece is finding your family — and who truly is your family. Drax says it best: they’re not friends (as Nebula calls them), they are family. This movie isn’t just about saving the Galaxy after all; it’s about realizing that sometimes what you’ve been searching for your whole life is right in front of you. On a less-serious note, fans will absolutely love the way the characters have developed since the first movie. Baby Groot is adorable and is the tiny hero that the Guardians never realized they needed. Drax is funnier in this movie as well and has opened up a lot more to everyone. Gamora has also softened...
‘Gifted’ excels with talented cast

‘Gifted’ excels with talented cast

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

Lipscomb, local jazz musicians close out year with a bang

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

Carson Panovec turns the page — from student-athlete to student government

If there was ever a person who epitomized the term “student-athlete,” it would be Carson Panovec. The senior molecular biology major has kept busy by playing tennis for the Bisons, working as a member of Lipscomb’s Presidential Ambassador Council, serving as Vice President for Student Government Association (SGA) and recently being elected as SGA President for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. “I don’t watch a lot of TV,” Panovec joked. The Tennessee native played for the Bisons his freshman, sophomore and junior years, but after this past season decided that he wouldn’t be returning to the court his senior year because the student body elected him as SGA President. “I wouldn’t be able to play tennis and be SGA President and do a good job at both, so it’d be a disservice to both of them if I tried to,” Panovec said. “Running for SGA President, I was like, ‘All right, if I get this, I’m not going to be able to play next year.’ And I got it.” In high school, Panovec was homeschooled and attended a homeschool tutorial (a one-day-a-week class cooperative). Although because of this he didn’t serve on a traditional SGA in high school, he served on a Student Leadership Council, which focused on creating a service-oriented environment. He came to Lipsomb partially because it had always been his dream to play Division 1 tennis. His older sister played tennis at Lipscomb as well, and although he considered attending Harding University, he ultimately decided that Lipscomb was the place for him. This was part of the reason it was such a hard decision to stop...
Sports intern Lindsey Nance talks Preds’ rise to Stanley Cup finals

Sports intern Lindsey Nance talks Preds’ rise to Stanley Cup finals

Along with Lindsey Nance, the Nashville Predators have the rest of the city on the edge of their seats. “This has the potential to be the biggest moment in Tennessee for professional sports ever,” said Nance, the newest WKRN Sports Intern. Led by team captain Mike Fisher, the beloved Nashville Predators fought their way through many NHL powerhouses as an eight seed all the way to the Stanley Cup and are currently trailing two games to one, ready for a second home game in Nashville tonight. Nance noted that multiple players have shared the spotlight this season, with Viktor Arvidsson being a model of consistency for the Preds. Drafted by the Preds in the fourth round of the NHL draft in 2014, Ardvidsson was expected fit in the rotation as more of a complimentary piece but has quickly proven otherwise. With 16 even-strength points and the most shorthand points in the NHL, Arvidsson’s aid has demonstrated to be instrumental. “I knew that big things were happening in the franchise with the addition of P.K and the way Coach Laviolette has rebuilt this team,” Nance said. “He has instilled an offensive mindset into the team from top to bottom, so everyone on the team can score. I knew the Preds had the pieces to the puzzle, but I had no idea the Preds would work their way from wild card to Stanley Cup finalist.” Nance stated a woman in a predominantly male environment hasn’t been easy. But dealing with double standards and bosses saying that “she’s in the business just to get on camera” doesn’t stop her from proving people...
Predators’ quest for Stanley Cup begins transforming Nashville into ‘hockey town’

Predators’ quest for Stanley Cup begins transforming Nashville into ‘hockey town’

The Nashville Predators’ historic season has sparked new growth in the hockey community in Nashville, with Lipscomb’s own club hockey team eager for the transformation. The Preds’ inaugural season was in 1997, while Lipscomb’s team is less than a year old. The Nashville Predators are racing towards the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins this week, and the Lipscomb Bisons, although young, capped off this past season with a strong 4-2 victory over MTSU. Army veteran, Lipscomb engineering student and Defensemen Nick Morris is one of the founding members of Lipscomb’s club hockey team. Although not a Predators fan, he said he’s excited to see what the Preds’ Stanley Cup quest will do for the hockey community in Nashville. “I’m always excited for hockey to take a little bit more of a forefront because it’s an absolutely fantastic sport,” Morris said. “I would like to continue to see Nashville become more of a hockey town and more of a hockey community.” Lipscomb coach Ryan Patterson started playing hockey at the age of 7 and has since devoted himself to the sport, serving as Lipscomb’s coach, and as a coach for Blackman high school the past two years and also working for the Predators for the last 12 seasons as a video coach assistant. “I actually stepped away from my job with the Preds to start a new adventure with this team, and feel it’s the most positive and goal-oriented team I’ve ever been a part of,” Patterson noted. “It’s refreshing actually, and something that you don’t see everyday.” Patterson added that he is glad people are recognizing Nashville...
Men’s golf headed to NCAA Championship; Armstrong claims individual title

Men’s golf headed to NCAA Championship; Armstrong claims individual title

The Lipscomb men’s golf team put up a historical fifth place finish with help from Dawson Armstrong who clinched the first place individual title in the College Grove Regional at the Grove Club on Wednesday. The team will advance to the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship next week at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. “For those guys to do what they’ve done in four years — it’s phenomenal for the school, the university and our golf program,” said Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer. “I can’t be prouder.” Lipscomb came in fifth overall; UCF clinched first, with Vanderbilt, Clemson and Kennesaw State all tied for second place. “I’m probably most excited about checking the box off and doing something I’m not sure the school has ever done before,” Brewer said. On the individual leaderboard, Armstrong posted a first place finish. Mikey Feher tied for 17th individually; Eric Ansett tied for 34th as did Stoney Crouch, and Hunter Howell tied for 57th. “It’s been a long time coming, getting to live a dream that we have had for the last two years,” Armstrong said. “It’s been hard fought, and it’s been a grind. The coaches have really prepared us well, and we’ve taken initiative to make sure that we’re prepared for any situation that comes our way. I’m sure that we’ll be ready when nationals comes around next week.” Brewer noted that back in August, he didn’t necessarily expect for his team to clinch such a high seed going into the tournament, but he believed their stellar spring season helped them succeed. “We had such a great...
Eric Ansett earns Men’s Golf ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors

Eric Ansett earns Men’s Golf ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors

Junior golfer Eric Ansett picked up his game on the course this season, but he was recently recognized for his work in the classroom as well. Ansett was given the honor of the Atlantic Sun’s Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the Golf Championship banquet. He becomes the first Bison to ever win the award in men’s golf. Ansett currently has a 3.71 grade point average as he finished out his third year as a Journalism and New Media major at Lipscomb. The Spokane, WA, native was a member of the All-Academic team last year, but he laid claim to the top academic honor this year. Despite last year’s selection, Ansett was still surprised to receive the award. “I was not expecting the award at all, but it was still an honor to receive it,” Ansett said. “I think it’s something to be proud of, to excel on the course and in the classroom, but to be recognized for it is just an extra bonus. There were probably plenty of other guys who deserved it just as much.” Ansett kept this attitude as he discussed how he keeps his grades up. “I wouldn’t say I have a secret formula or anything, but when you miss so much school, I have found two things to be crucial,” Ansett said. “First, don’t be afraid to meet with your teachers to go over things. They are always there to help. And second, pick good friends who will always take good notes for you. Those two things will literally save your life.” Ansett wants to be a sports journalist one day and...
2017 Spring Commencement photo gallery

2017 Spring Commencement photo gallery

Lipscomb University celebrated its 2017 graduating class by giving 545 undergraduate degrees to students on Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. Three professors received “Outstanding Teacher Awards” — Lee Camp, Professor of Bible, Elisabeth Conway, Associate Professor of Biology, and Ruth Henry, Professor of Exercise Science. For his closing remarks to the graduating class, President Lowry spoke of what it means to be a Lipscomb alum. “The reality is that we, as this group, will never gather together again,” Lowry said. “But you will go out as a Bison and join the other 35,000 Bison who are out there. You will run into them literally all over the world, and I want you to know that as you do that, you will take the spirit of this community with you, and you will meet the spirit of this community as you find your fellow alums wherever they might be.”   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Your Neighbors, Dorado photo gallery

Your Neighbors, Dorado photo gallery

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

Singarama 2017 photo gallery

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

Full Moon Fest 2017 photo gallery

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

Relay For Life 2017 photo gallery

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

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