Lumination TV: Sept. 20, 2018

Lumination TV: Sept. 20, 2018

Blasko named new band director for classical music department

Blasko named new band director for classical music department

David French speaks of mutual understanding at ‘Pizza and Politics’

David French speaks of mutual understanding at ‘Pizza and Politics’

Well Friday offers coffee deals and live music, starting this week

Well Friday offers coffee deals and live music, starting this week

Lipscomb alum Tyler Russell releases new single “Now or Never”

Lipscomb alum Tyler Russell releases new single “Now or Never”

Can You Hear the Ticking? Eli Roth brings children’s mystery film to the big screen

Can You Hear the Ticking? Eli Roth brings children’s mystery film to the big screen


Blasko named new band director for classical music department

Blasko named new band director for classical music department

Lipscomb has brought on a number of changes this year, ranging from new academic department locations to a new outdoor patio outside the cafeteria. Additionally, several new faculty members have joined the Lipscomb staff. One of these new professors is Dr. Ben Blasko, who was recently named band director for the classical music department. Blasko was a music education major at a small college in his home state of Pennsylvania. He then completed his graduate coursework at the University of North Texas and eventually became director of bands at the University of Dubuque, before moving to Lipscomb this fall. In addition to his role at Lipscomb, he’s also a professional trumpet player and has done film work, notably studying with Bruce Broughton, who has worked on films such as Silverado. “I came [to Lipscomb] because I was looking for a place where I could practice my faith and integrate it into my teaching,” Blasko said. “When I interviewed here, what really drew me [in] were the students and how the faculty interacted with the students. I very much got a sense of [the] mentor relationships between faculty and students.” Blasko said he is honored to work with a “legend in music” in Brown Bannister, Lipscomb’s Director of Music. Students in the classical department have also welcomed Blasko’s arrival, citing their readiness for new and specialized attention. The music department not only hosts the classical music side, but it also has the commercial music emphasis (previously titled contemporary music). Since the commercial program was started in 2015, some classical students said that they felt that a lot of attention was placed...
Well Friday offers coffee deals and live music, starting this week

Well Friday offers coffee deals and live music, starting this week

It’s the end of a long week of classes and homework. How does live music and discounted coffee sound? Enter Well Friday, the cure to school stresses. Sponsored by Lipscomb and facilitated by the College of Entertainment and the Arts (CEA), Well Friday is a bi-weekly, two-hour time of live music and discounted coffee at The Well coffeeshop on Granny White Pike. This is a perfect time to “treat yo self” and to get “a great deal on lunch…while hearing great music for free,” according to the CEA’s email announcement. The first Well Friday will be held tomorrow from 11 AM to 1 PM. At each Well Friday, Lipscomb offers the first fifty attending students a free coffee, tea, or soda token. After that, The Well will provide a 15% discount on food and drinks to everyone else. Well Friday is a relatively new opportunity for Lipscomb students. “We launched a few test events last May as the semester was ending, but it’s an idea we’ve been working on for a while,” Scott Baker, Director of Marketing and Recruiting at the CEA, said. “[Lipscomb CFO] Danny Taylor really had the initial vision for it. He wanted a special time every now and then that the whole Lipscomb family could get together, away from work and school, and just enjoy each others’ company with good food, drink, and music.” The partnership between the CEA and The Well isn’t new. However, when the Black River Stage, a quaint, conveniently-located performing venue, was built in The Well earlier this year, the relationship between the CEA and The Well reached a new level....
Lipscomb alum Tyler Russell releases new single “Now or Never”

Lipscomb alum Tyler Russell releases new single “Now or Never”

Nashville songwriter Tyler Russell has made a lasting impression on his teachers, and not just because of his talents. This Lipscomb alum wants to let God use him to bless others. Russell, a 2015 musical theatre graduate, intentionally chooses to live with joy. Whether it is in his music or while meeting new people, Tyler tries to let God help him to spread joy and love. “Now or Never,” which was released on August 17th on all major music streaming platforms, is Russell’s latest single. While the song isn’t specifically a Christian song, Russell said he and songwriting partner, Alexandria “Zandy” Fitzgerald from The New Respects, placed emphasis on “choosing joy.” “The Bible says there’s a time and a place for everything,” he said. “It’s just important to remind people to dance and have a good time.” Russell recalled his experience at Lipscomb as having a positive and inspirational impact on his songwriting. “The skills that I learned at the (Lipscomb) theatre department taught me so many things that I’m using now with songwriting,” he said. “I got to learn about so many different people’s stories, where people came from and what they go through. “I’m someone who loves to be inspired by what people go through, and I feel like God really puts inspiration through the people around me. I feel like lots of songs came from my time at Lipscomb.” Beki Baker, Chair of Lipscomb’s Theatre Department and one of Tyler’s old professors, was excited to hear Russell’s new single.  “The song itself is such a great representation of Tyler,” Baker said. “It’s upbeat, it’s positive and it’s looking for the good things in...
Can You Hear the Ticking? Eli Roth brings children’s mystery film to the big screen

Can You Hear the Ticking? Eli Roth brings children’s mystery film to the big screen

The House With a Clock in Its Walls will enchant audience members with a magical storyline. Adapted from John Bellairs’ 1973 young adult book, this movie brings to life the whimsical adventures of a young boy named Lewis (Owen Vaccaro). Lewis, suddenly orphaned when his parents are killed in a car accident, moves in with his eccentric Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black). Jonathan lives in a gothic style Victorian home, the perfect setting for spooky adventures and mysterious happenings. Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), a neighbor, spends a good deal of time at the house too. Soon after settling into his new residence, Lewis discovers there is more going on than meets the eye. Magic. Uncle Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman happen to be a warlock and witch searching for a hidden clock hidden within the “haunted” home’s walls. (Hence the title of the movie.) The mystery revolves on the previous owners of the home, evil warlock Isaac Izard and his wife Selena. Both of whom died/disappeared a year earlier while creating a powerful clock full of dark magic. Lewis, Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman must stop the ticking noise before the evil magic of Izard erases history. Along the way to solving the mystery, Lewis faces challenges, acquires bravery, deals with bullies and learns the power of friendship.  At moments, there is too much going on, and the main storyline/mystery of the clock fall wayside to Lewis’ self discovery, making the mystery of the clock hidden inside the house feel like an afterthought. More refining of the script would have helped focus the story and keep audience members engaged. Shockingly, this movie was directed by Eli...
Hudson Parker releases heartfelt “Last Love” EP

Hudson Parker releases heartfelt “Last Love” EP

Music City is bursting at the seams with talent. Live music is played everywhere: on street corners, in restaurants, in malls and even in the Nashville International Airport. As a native Nashvillian, sophomore Hudson Parker grew up accustomed to the sound of an acoustic guitar. “It’s all I’ve known from a young age,” he said. “It’s never crossed my mind, not doing it.” Just this summer, Parker put out his first EP, titled, “Last Love.” Despite his familiarity with the medium, Parker originally felt like he didn’t want to do music full-time. After graduating from Lipscomb Academy, he came to the University from to study English. His EP, he says, is just to “get stuff out there.” It was a self-assigned project he committed to back in January. Parker is minoring in music, and he says the two subjects blend together beautifully. “English helps everything,” he said. “It helps you learn how to think right and build art. The department is very encouraging and personal, so they help you build your voice and style. So when I write music, I already have this voice.” Though he’s found success and enjoyed his time at Lipscomb, he was hesitant about applying at first. Parker’s parents and two older brothers all attended Lipscomb. “I appreciate the things my family has done at this school, and I’m proud to be a part of it,” he said. “In a way, it’s inspired me, but, in the beginning, it was hard, especially freshman year.” Parker says many people knew his last name, and he was followed by assumptions. “I often got the, ‘Well, you’re a Parker,...
Lipscomb defeated by No. 7 Kentucky in overtime battle

Lipscomb defeated by No. 7 Kentucky in overtime battle

The Lipscomb men’s soccer team was defeated in overtime by No. 6 Kentucky by a score of 3-2. The team is now on a five-game losing streak before heading into conference play. “Another tough loss; this one is especially tough,” head coach Charles Morrow said. “Disappointed in the results certainly, but really proud of the guys and the way we played. “I think today was a step forward in the season, even though it was a loss. Sometimes it’s hard to see the positives with losses mounting up.” Kentucky came into the game strong when midfielder, Kalil Elmedkhar, scored the first goal just over the minute mark. This was Elmedkhar’s second goal of the season. The score remained 1-0 at halftime. Kentucky scored again in the fifty-second minute. Aime Mabika secured the goal by a penalty kick, to put the Wildcats up 2-0. One minute later, the Bisons started to find their momentum when Ryan Birchfield scored a minute later, in the fifty-third minute, on a penalty kick. This is the first goal Kentucky has let up all season. Birchfield helped the Bisons again to tie the game by assisting a goal in the seventy-fourth minute, made by Logan Paynter. Regulation ended with the score 2-2, sending the game into overtime. Kentucky’s Jj Williams scored in the ninety-fifth minute. Bison goalkeeper, Luke Wilson came out, and the ball found an empty net. Morrow said he was disappointed about the game tonight, but he is optimistic for what lies ahead. “I really feel like this team is really close to being a really, really good team. If guys can stay...
Lady Bisons win ASUN opener over North Alabama

Lady Bisons win ASUN opener over North Alabama

The Lipscomb volleyball team kicked its ASUN slate Tuesday against North Alabama, which recently joined the conference. The Lady Bisons (6-7) ended the night with a 3-0 victory over the Lions (2-8) at Allen Arena. It was North Alabama’s fifth-consecutive loss. Lipscomb also came into the opener with a three-match losing streak of their own. Despite their unfamiliarity with the Lions, the Lady Bisons quickly handled their new opponent. “They are new to the conference so we weren’t sure what to expect,” Lipscomb junior Morgan Elmore said. “But we just came out excited to start the conference season, so I think we started focused and aggressive.” Elmore started at setter for the Bisons and ended the game with 44 assists. Morgan said the team goes into each conference game wanting to make a statement, but that took on extra meaning against North Alabama. “We knew they would be out to prove something since they are new to the conference, and we have built a reputation that makes people want to beat us,” Elmore said. “It’s always good to start the conference on a win, so that made it great for us moving forward to build momentum.” The Lady Bisons breezed through the first set and beat North Alabama 25-11. After the Bisons set a fast pace in the first set, UNA came out ready to bring that same aggression in the next set. Lipscomb seemed to lose their focus as the Lions tried to tie the score. “When playing a slower paced team we have to keep playing our game on our side, which is hard to do,” Lipscomb...
Lady Bisons upset Kentucky with strong second half

Lady Bisons upset Kentucky with strong second half

Lipscomb women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien typically schedules several Power 5 opponents to help the Lady Bisons prepare for ASUN play. However, sometimes his team plays the spoiler role against unsuspecting opponents. Such was the case Sunday night as the Lady Bisons topped Kentucky by a score of 2-1 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. “For us, any time we get to play a Power 5, it’s a special thing,” O’Brien said. “We don’t win all of them, that’s for darn sure. But whenever we get a Power 5 win, that’s pretty special.” The win is Lipscomb’s first over an SEC opponent since beating Mississippi State on August 26, 2016. Lipscomb went 0-3-1 against SEC teams in 2017, including a 2-1 loss at Kentucky last September. “We’ve got a squad that doesn’t fear anybody,” O’Brien said. “[Bigger schools] might have more blue-chip recruits or athleticism, but in the end, a lot of it is about heart, determination and a willingness to work for each other.” The Lady Bisons got on the board just eight minutes into the game when defender Hailey Eck looped a pass to Maycie McKay, who sidestepped Kentucky goalkeeper Hannah Leonard and finished an easy chip shot. “We’ve switched [McKay] from being a winger to more out an out-and-out forward, and she’s doing great,” O’Brien said. “She’s composed around the goal and finishes her chances.” Kentucky (4-6) knotted the score at one with a goal from Miranda Jimenez in the 40th minute. The Wildcats thoroughly dominated the first half and outshot Lipscomb 11-2. But the Lady Bisons (5-3-2) kept the Wildcats from scoring again, thanks to six saves from...
Bisons’ soccer losing streak continues after loss to ETSU

Bisons’ soccer losing streak continues after loss to ETSU

The Lipscomb soccer team came into Saturday night’s home game looking to put an end to a losing streak that had spanned three games. Instead, the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers (3-4) scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Bisons (1-4) by a score of 3-1. In the 19th minute, sophomore forward Ihaia Delaney knocked the ball into the right side of the goal without any contest from the goalkeeper to put Lipscomb up 1-0. Redshirt sophomore midfielder/forward Javier Leija was credited with the assist. Later on, in the 33rd minute, redshirt senior forward/midfielder Cameron Woodfin put ETSU on the scoreboard with a penalty kick that travelled thirty yards. The score remained 1-1 at halftime. Both teams each had three saves at that point. The Bucs carried the momentum from their first goal into the second half. They put Lipscomb’s redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Zappia to work in the first ten minutes, where he registered three saves, two of which happened within just a few seconds of each other. After that, in the 56th minute, sophomore forward Danny Barlow extended ETSU’s lead to 2-1. In the 77th minute, junior forward Bruno Andrade knocked the ball in, giving the Bucs a 3-1 lead. Zappia was on the ground at that point and could not defend against Andrade’s effort. Overall, ETSU out-shot Lipscomb 14-11, including 9-6 on-goal. The Bisons had six saves compared to the Bucs’ five. The Bucs committed 12 fouls compared to Lipscomb’s 10. The Bisons will stay at home and host Kentucky on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow declined a media interview after the...
LUV sweeps Belmont at home

LUV sweeps Belmont at home

Tonight’s Battle of the Boulevard was filled with spikes by the Lipscomb volleyball team as the Bisons swept Belmont in three sets at Allen Arena. The three sets ended 25-11, 25-17 and 25-10. “They came out and played hard,” Sean Johnson, strength and conditioning coach, said. “The girls were focused, they came out and played well. It’s good just to see them develop as players; their hard work pays off.” Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum and middle blocker Ca’Layci Coffey, both seniors, each made three kills in a row. “Our team has amazing chemistry. We make sure that we play for each other and for the coaches and do our job,” Nusbaum said. “We have a lot of experience and a lot of chemistry,” Nusbaum said. “We’ve been through all for the last three and a half years.” The Bisons will travel to Champaign, Ill. this weekend for the three-game Illini Classic, hosted by the University of Illinois. Friday features a doubleheader against Northern Illinois and Creighton, then Lipscomb will take on the hosts...
Guatemala missions: film photo gallery

Guatemala missions: film photo gallery

Recent graduate Ellen Butterfield recounted one of her “most fulfilling” Lipscomb experiences by sharing a daily journal and collection of images she shot on film while in Guatemala for a spring break mission trip. Read the full story...
Spring 2018 Commencement gallery

Spring 2018 Commencement gallery

For its 127th session, Lipscomb University celebrated its newest graduates by awarding over 800 degrees, including the first contemporary music degree, in Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon. President Randy Lowry awarded the students with their diplomas and recognized three exceptional students who were graduating: Presley Russell, Tammy Brown and Jazgul Orozova. “For four years, Lipscomb wasn’t just a place I would go to class and chapel; Lipscomb has become my home and my family,” Orozova wrote. “I was welcomed into this community by people who have walked with me, prayed with me and mentored me. I want to go back to Moldova and invest back . . . I want to work with children who think they cannot achieve great things in life because they do not have a mom or a dad.”   Photos by...
“Rise and Fall” wins 55th-annual Singarama Sweepstakes photo gallery

“Rise and Fall” wins 55th-annual Singarama Sweepstakes photo gallery

“Rise and Fall” directed by Taylor Sain is the winner of the 55th-annual Singarama Sweepstakes award. With a cast comprised of Pi Delta, Kappa Chi, Theta Psi, Phi Nu and friends, this group told the story of a Blockbuster movie rental store in Little Town, Alaska where the employees found a way to keep the store afloat despite the termination of the franchise. The ensemble was also awarded best “Theme” on Thursday and best “Vocal Performance” on Friday.   Photos by Ellen Butterfield   « ‹ 1 of 3 › »...
Gallery: Singarama opens, “Rise and Fall” takes home first award

Gallery: Singarama opens, “Rise and Fall” takes home first award

The 55th annual Lipscomb University Singarama kicked off Thursday, April 5, with performances from three hard-working groups of students. Each night, a panel of 18 judges will focus on one aspect of each group’s performance and announce a winner for that category. This year’s theme is “It Takes Two,” and the judging for the first night was on “Theme”—which group had the best plot and successfully incorporated music into the storyline. The winner of Thursday and Friday night’s performances were “Rise and Fall” directed by Taylor Sain. Director Vince Law and his show, “Name and Address” won the Saturday matinee show.   « ‹ 1 of 3 › »...
Full Moon Fest 2018 gallery

Full Moon Fest 2018 gallery

Lipscomb students raised $6,130 for inner-city Nashville kids Friday evening at Full Moon Fest, a student-led, 1950’s-themed benefit concert and dance party in the Student Activity Center. “I’m really excited to support YES because I think they’re doing a really great thing with the community,” student Allie Chambers said. Story here by Maria Morales. Gallery by Anna Rogers. « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...

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