FGCU tops Lipscomb 88-83 in big home game

FGCU tops Lipscomb 88-83 in big home game

MLK Day chapel focuses on privilege

MLK Day chapel focuses on privilege

BREAKING: Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning classes snowed out

BREAKING: Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning classes snowed out

Male choristers perform ‘Seven Last Words of the Unarmed’ at Fisk University

Male choristers perform ‘Seven Last Words of the Unarmed’ at Fisk University

Dr. Gonzalez invites ‘The Gathering’ to embrace a spirit of tolerance

Dr. Gonzalez invites ‘The Gathering’ to embrace a spirit of tolerance

Lipscomb hosts special screening of ‘Forever My Girl’

Lipscomb hosts special screening of ‘Forever My Girl’


Male choristers perform ‘Seven Last Words of the Unarmed’ at Fisk University

Male choristers perform ‘Seven Last Words of the Unarmed’ at Fisk University

The Lipscomb choir partnered with the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Intersection and MET Singers to present Upon These Shoulders last night at Fisk University’s memorial chapel. The evening featured music, spoken word and Negro spirituals. The purpose of the night was to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the many heroes of the Civil Right Movement. Intersection, which included current Lipscomb students Scott Brons and Samson Tucker, performed the song Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, composed by Joel Thompson. Junior Lipscomb student and piano performance major Brons said that singing the words to the song meant a lot to him. “It’s such a powerful piece,” Brons said. “Joel Thompson did such a great job composing it. There are all kinds of little things in it that make it both musically and emotionally mature and sincere.” The song is composed of the last words of seven unarmed black men: Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Kenneth Chamberlain, Amadou Diallo and John Crawford. Diallo’s last words were: “Mom, I’m going to college.” The song is intended to show those words being cried out as a powerful moment and message of pain and realization. Freshman and philosophy major Tucker took this opportunity to look more into the victims. “It led me to do more research on it because a lot of the names I didn’t know.” The MET singers, led by conductor Margaret Campbelle-Holman, started the concert with I-She-0-Lu-Wah, a Liberian chant followed by a Negro spiritual, My Lord, What a Morning.  The Fisk Jubilee Singers sung Negro Spirtuals such as Oh, Holy Lord and The Battle of Jericho. The night...
Lipscomb hosts special screening of ‘Forever My Girl’

Lipscomb hosts special screening of ‘Forever My Girl’

Student Life and Campus Ministries co-sponsored a special screening of the new film Forever My Girl in Shamblin Theater on Tuesday night. Produced by LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, the film features a small-town love story and the road to forgiveness. Originally a novel, Forever My Girl tells the story of high-school sweethearts Liam Page (Alex Roe) and Josie (Jessica Rothe). The tale begins on their wedding day in the small town of St. Augustine, Louisiana. Josie learns only minutes from the ceremony that Liam decided to pursue his new-found music fame, leaving his family and her behind. Fast forward eight years and Liam Page is a heart-throb country star living the dream on stage. But Liam is unhappy with his life when he is not in the spotlight. When an unexpected death brings him back to St. Augustine, Liam finds out he left behind not only Josie but also a daughter, Billy (Abby Ryder Fortson). Liam is immediately drawn to the funny and adorable Billy, and he decides to stick around his hometown and get to know her. While re-discovering his roots, Liam faces the ghosts of his past and his insecurities about being back in Josie’s life and being a father to Billy. The emotional and heavy issues brought to light in Forever My Girl are complemented by light-hearted humor and cheesy romance. The film showcases the same themes of love and redemption seen in classic romantic comedies, and for sophomores Haley Cable and Leah Hampton, the film exceeded their girl’s-night movie expectations. “I thought it was a really cute movie,” Hampton said. “It had a great storyline...
Golden Globes kick off awards show season

Golden Globes kick off awards show season

On Sunday evening, the 75th Golden Globes kicked off awards show season. The show was presented live on NBC and hosted by late night talk show host and Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers. This year’s show was not only historical for the milestone 75th year it has been in existence, but also held historical significance for the statements made. The red carpet looked a little more monochromatic this year, with many of the actors and actresses donning black and wearing “Time’s Up” pins to support victims of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace, as well as woman’s equality. There was much to be talked about throughout the evening, including who the Hollywood Foreign Press Association chose to honor for their contributions to film and TV. Oprah Winfrey was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. The actress and TV personality made history as the first black woman to win the prestigious award. In her acceptance speech, she shared personal stories and, addressing the night’s theme, statements of female empowerment. Winfrey capped off her speech with a stirring sentiment for women that “a new day is on the horizon.” That speech kicked off speculation that Winfrey was considering a presidential bid in 2020. Another highlight of the evening was 101-year-old actor Kirk Douglas returning to the stage to present a Golden Globe. The screen giant presented Best Motion Picture Screenplay with daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones and received a standing ovation from the audience. For the major awards bestowed for film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri received lots of acclaim, winning “Best Picture Drama.” Cast members Frances McDormand...
‘Pitch Perfect 3’ keeps audiences amused, entertained with upbeat music

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ keeps audiences amused, entertained with upbeat music

The Barden Bellas have officially graduated college and are off working various jobs apart from each other. However, an opportunity soon arises for them to sing on a tour back together again and compete for a spot to open for DJ Khaled. Like the other Pitch Perfect films, there are many twists and turns on the Bellas’ road to stardom. They are met with fierce competition and the unexpected arrival of Fat Amy’s criminal father. Fat Amy’s father knows of a bank account set aside for her and tries to gain her trust in order to gain access to that account. When Fat Amy realizes his intentions, she cuts off all communication with him, but he then captures the Bellas as hostages on his yacht. Fat Amy and Beca are the only two Bellas not captured, so it is then up to them to save their friends and get back to the tour. As expected for a Pitch Perfect film, the story featured a lot of great vocals and songs. Unexpectedly, however, the storyline was much darker than audiences might anticipate with its unique storyline. The film was enjoyable but did not live up to the last two Pitch Perfect films. None of the Treble Makers were featured, which is a disappointment, and the new cast of male characters was not as entertaining or charming as in the previous two movies. Nevertheless, the film is worthwhile to see in theaters over the holidays. It is fun and has some hilarious quotes, but viewers shouldn’t go in expecting the same level of entertainment that they received from watching the original Pitch Perfect. This film definitely did not follow a typical Pitch Perfect storyline and certainly...
The McCrary Sisters host annual Christmas benefit concert

The McCrary Sisters host annual Christmas benefit concert

“A McCrary Kind of Christmas” returns to Lipscomb tonight at 7 p.m. and will feature musical performances by the McCrary Sisters and some of their musical friends. The four gospel singers — Alfreda, Ann, Deborah, and Regina — make up the famous sister quartet. Their father, Reverand Samuel H. “Sam” McCrary, was one of the founding members of the Fairfield Four. The annual benefit concert will take place in Shamblin Theatre and will have a $10 suggested donation for entry. The McCrary Sisters arranged the event as a means to raise funds for needy Nashville families. These funds will be used to buy gifts and other items for the selected families. Audience members are also encouraged to bring canned goods and unwrapped gifts that can be used as donations. “We just wanted to give back,” Ann McCary told the Tennessean. She and her sisters are all Nashville natives and have a heart for the Nashville community. The National Museum of African-American Music will sponsor the event. The museum is set to open in 2019 in Nashville but is already working to make a change. This concert is one of their many endeavors to support the Nashville...
FGCU tops Lipscomb 88-83 in big home game

FGCU tops Lipscomb 88-83 in big home game

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team fell to conference rival Florida Gulf Coast Thursday night in Allen Arena after losing an 18-point second half lead. Coming into the game, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles had an undefeated conference record winning all three of its conference games so far. The Eagles also had a five-game winning streak going into Thursday night. However the Bisons came into the game on a bit of cold streak having lost three of their last five games. Despite this, Lipscomb Head Coach Casey Alexander said the game would not be a problem for the Bisons. “We shouldn’t have a problem keeping the intensity up,” Alexander said. “This is a big game.” The Eagles started off the game strong by making four of their first four shots to take the lead 8-2. However, Lipscomb didn’t let FGCU extend the lead any further at that point. The Bisons stormed right back and tied the game at 13-all two minutes later. The lead went back and forth until Lipscomb junior Garrison Mathews was able to spark the team late in the first half. Mathews, who is having a standout season, made a three-point shot to break the tie and put the Bisons up 41-38 with 2:14 left in the first half. That shot sparked the Bisons, and they went on a 13-2 run to end the first half. At halftime, the Bisons led 48-40. While the Bisons were able to extend their lead by halftime, the men still had a lot to work for the next half as went into the locker room. Florida Gulf Coast’s field goal percentage...
Moran not returning this season

Moran not returning this season

Bisons point guard Nathan Moran, who has not played in a game this year, plans to redshirt the season to focus on “trying to get my full speed and strength back,” he told Lumination Network in a text message. Coach Casey Alexander said Moran was healthy enough to return, but wouldn’t play “unless something changes” in his recovery or team circumstances. “It’s been slower than normal,” Alexander said. “It’s all health-related.” In college athletics, a player choosing to redshirt saves a year of eligibility, but forfeits the additional year of eligibility if they enter a game during the redshirt season. Moran started every game of the 2016-17 season,, averaged 11.1 points per game and was second in the A-SUN with 4.2 assists per game last year. The team’s leading shooter, he made 90 three-pointers at a 41.7% clip. He finished the year with a torn labrum in each hip and underwent surgeries in April and June. The senior said he made the decision to redshirt the season after Lipscomb swept crosstown rival Belmont in December. He returned to practice on Jan. 5. Feeling super thankful and lucky to be able to practice this week for the first time in over 9 months! GOD IS SOOOOO GOOD!!! — Nathan Moran (@nate5_moran) January 10, 2018 The 11-5 Bisons play their second conference game on the road at North Florida (6-12) tonight at 6:00 PM. Lipscomb is 5-5 on the road and opened the A-SUN slate with a win at Kennesaw State Saturday. The Ospreys, led by sophomore guard Ivan Gandia-Rosa, are 5-1 at home. The last time Lipscomb played North Florida, junior guard...
Brammeier brings unique flavor to Lipscomb basketball

Brammeier brings unique flavor to Lipscomb basketball

George Brammeier has always stood out from the crowd. Part of this can be attributed to his 6-feet-10-inch stature, but also, Brammeier does not fit the mold of a typical college athlete. The senior doubles as a forward for the basketball team and as a philosophy student at Lipscomb. Brammeier said his passion for philosophy even came as a surprise to him, as he started college thinking he would go into the medical field. “I did not expect to start out as a philosophy major,” Brammeier said. “I had no idea what philosophy was as a freshman, and I didn’t know much about the discipline.” As challenging as the major can be, Brammeier said he thinks he made the right decision, although he admitted that some of the concepts will “blow your brains out.” Brammeier added that even though he doesn’t see a job in philosophy as ideal, he believes the degree will help him in his professional career.  The Florida native plans to get a Masters in conflict management, which he will start working toward next spring. Brammeier said that finding a balance between academics and basketball can be difficult, but that he wants to put forth the effort in order to make college a beneficial experience. “Just like anything else, you get out what you put in,” Brammeier said. “I could’ve been in the easiest major here – whatever that may be – but I wanted to put in enough that I could get something out of it.” According to Brammeier, time management and discipline have been crucial to finding this balance. His “ambitious, cerebral and logical” personality –...
Lipscomb sweeps Battle of the Boulevard with another win over Belmont

Lipscomb sweeps Battle of the Boulevard with another win over Belmont

If traffic gets stopped on Belmont Boulevard on Wednesday, there’s no need to be alarmed – it’s just the Lipscomb faithful staking claim to the street. For the second straight week, Lipscomb topped archival Belmont – this one a 69-54 victory at Allen Arena. The Bisons also defeated the Bruins by a score of 74-66 in the season’s first addition of the Battle of the Boulevard on Nov. 27. “Not many teams do that to them,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said of beating the Bruins twice. “They’re a great team, and that’s why it means so much for us to win it.” Junior guard Garrison Mathews powered the Bisons with 26 points, despite suffering an apparent injury in an overtime victory over Tennessee State on Saturday. Mathews wore a sleeve on his right knee and appeared to be operating close to full strength. “We thought he was out for the season 48 hours ago, so I’m glad he’s not,” Alexander said. “It seemed like every time we needed something good to happen, [Garrison] was in the right place.” 20 of Mathews’ points came in the second half, including a stretch of six straight points after Belmont went on an 8-0 run midway through the second half. Lipscomb led 28-20 at halftime and pulled away from the Bruins when its offense came alive late in the game. Sophomore guard Kenny Cooper also proved to be a key cog in the win, and he set a new career high in points with 18. “He’s gaining more and more control of the offense, and that’s what we need out of him,” Alexander said of...
Lipscomb downs Belmont to end streak, retakes Boulevard 

Lipscomb downs Belmont to end streak, retakes Boulevard 

For at least the next week, Belmont Boulevard belongs to Lipscomb. The Bisons basketball team had to hold off a late rally from the Bruins, but ultimately pulled out a 74-66 road win at Curb Event Center. Lipscomb’s victory snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Bruins, marking the first time since January 2012 that the Bisons have claimed a “Battle of the Boulevard” matchup. “The reason this win feels so good is because [Belmont] is a great team,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “This win is incredibly meaningful for our players and for our school.” Junior guard Garrison Mathews poured in 22 points to lead the Bisons, while teammate Rob Marberry chipped in 18. The ending provided plenty of excitement, but the first half was a much different story as the two teams combined for 13 turnovers. The game was knotted at just 26 apiece at halftime. “I thought the first half was pretty sloppy on both sides,” Belmont coach Rick Byrd said. “[Lipscomb] was just the better team, and they were certainly the better-coached team.” The Bisons started the second half with a 14-0 run to swing the momentum in their favor. However, Belmont slowly clawed back and eventually cut Lipscomb’s lead to 64-63 with 3:14 left to play. “We weren’t too nervous – teams are going to go on runs,” Marberry said of Belmont’s attempted comeback. “We were confident that we could get the win.” Lipscomb used two pivotal moments to pull away from the Bruins in crunch time. The first came via a Kenny Cooper steal, and the sophomore finished with a layup on the other end...
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  ...
She Loves Me photo gallery

She Loves Me photo gallery

Opening tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Collins Alumni Auditorium is Lipscomb Theatre’s production of She Loves Me.  This charming, romantic musical features senior Scott Wilson as Georg, junior Lauren Yawn as Amalia, senior Kaylea Frezza as Ilona, junior Sam Kell as Kodaly, and sophomores Logan Dozier and Jonathan Killebrew as Sipos and Arpad, respectively. Set in a 1930s European perfumery, the audience follows shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who aren’t particularly fond of one another. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but remain unaware that they’re exchanging those letters to each other. She Loves Me runs Nov. 3-4, 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 5, 12 at 2:30 p.m. Free student tickets are available at the box office. Photos by Becca Risley...

TODAY’S WEATHER