Lipscomb Staff welcomes new students at ‘Initium’

Lipscomb Staff welcomes new students at ‘Initium’

Gallery: Quest Week ‘Fanta Fest’

Gallery: Quest Week ‘Fanta Fest’

Gallery: Quest Week takes on Wilson County Fair

Gallery: Quest Week takes on Wilson County Fair

Governor Bill Lee speaks to audience of Nashville business leaders on campus

Governor Bill Lee speaks to audience of Nashville business leaders on campus

Gallery: Students hypnotized by Quest Week day two

Gallery: Students hypnotized by Quest Week day two

RADIO ALERT: Lipscomb’s women’s soccer will take on MTSU tonight at 7 p.m.

RADIO ALERT: Lipscomb’s women’s soccer will take on MTSU tonight at 7 p.m.


Check out the Live on the Green lineup

Check out the Live on the Green lineup

This year’s Live on the Green lineup is packed with artists, and it’s all FREE! Live on the Green is a festival put on each fall by Nashville radio station WRLT Lightning 100. The concert series takes place in Public Square Park  — adjacent to the historic Metro Courthouse — beginning this Thursday, August 15. Other dates are August 22 and 29, as well as the rest of the long Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1. Lipscomb’s very own Briston Maroney will be playing the 615 stage from 5:15-6 August 29. Ths festival has a mission of sustainability and organizers state “Live On The Green is committed to being Nashville’s premier environmentally-friendly music festival. Each year, work to further reduce our carbon footprint, (is) bringing us closer to our ultimate goal of operating as a completely waste-free, carbon-neutral event. We strive to incorporate sustainable practices in all facets of our music festival – ranging anywhere from using energy-efficient LED lights festival-wide and reusing banners, to selecting the green roof as the location to host the event.” Along with a wide range of music, the festival also has food and beverage vendors as well as merch and other local booths set up and VIP experiences for purchase. This year the festival has a page in the WRLT Lightning 100 Nashville app and can be found by clicking this link. In the app, you can create your own lineup and check out the vendors as well as purchase merch. Stay tuned for more Lumination coverage of the festival and former Lipscomb students on stage. Photo by Mckenzi Harris at Live on...
CMA Fest on ABC, Television Special

CMA Fest on ABC, Television Special

Tune into ABC channel 2 for CMA Fest, “the music event of the summer” hosted by Lipscomb Alums, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini as well as radio host Bobby Bones.  Tonight’s television special is sharing performances from the festival artist on the main stage; Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Old Dominion and many others. Make sure you tuned in, and if you’ve missed it, check out our other festival coverage here.  Co-managing editor,  Erika Plunkett has photos from the festival here.  Rain Falls, but CMA Fest still shines with Lipscomb Alums Ballerini and Rhett hosting Nissan stage.  Gallery: CMA Fest 2019 daytime festivities overview & The Brady Bunch  ...
REVIEW: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw knows how to have fun

REVIEW: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw knows how to have fun

‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’ takes the reigns of one of the most malleable film franchises in history and delivers a fun, nonsensical buddy cop movie that had me ignoring plot holes as frequently as the titular characters avoid potholes. A movie series that started as a serious take at early 2000’s street-racing culture has fully morphed into a big summer blockbuster-producing machine that knows exactly what it’s product is. Despite going from stealing DVD players to protecting programmable viruses that can wipe out the human population, the series never drifts away from its core themes of family and loyalty. ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ sees franchise stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Statham) as they live their respective lives as enforcers for different vague organizations (Hobbs used to work for the Diplomatic Security Service, but it unclear in this movie if that is still the case). The catalyst for the necessary plot comes when Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby), an MI6 agent and the sister of Deckard Shaw, must retrieve a dangerous virus from a nondescript warehouse. Why was it there? How did they know about it? Who cares! If you came into the theater expecting trivial tropes like logic, and coherence, then you came to the wrong franchise. The plot of the story is only here to give a reason for well-choreographed fight sequences and even-better-choreographed car stunts. Another wonderful addition is the non-stop barrage of banter between Hobbs and Shaw throughout the movie. ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ was not made as a movie to help facilitate the...
Nashville Children’s Theatre brings Snuggery to Lipscomb University

Nashville Children’s Theatre brings Snuggery to Lipscomb University

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” written by Ernie Nolan, is this season’s Nashville Children’s Theatre “Snuggery” show and is being performed at Lipscomb University in the black box theater.  This is not the first year Lipscomb has hosted the NCT, but it is the first time the university have hosted the Snuggery, as well as the first time NCT has done a Snuggery show. The performance is geared toward kids 5-and-under, but is most certainly enjoyable for the parents as well. The show is comprised of two characters: Glimmer and Sparkle. The two are star-catchers and spend the entirety of the show searching for “Little Star.” The cast starts the show by inviting the young audience members as well as the adults to become star-catchers with them by giving them star-catcher kits and taking them through an interactive training that includes: dancing, singing, searching for stars and learning to be star-catchers. An interactive theater is a new concept and a fun way to get away from a screen for 45 minutes, said Eric D. Pasto-Crosby (who portrays Glimmer).  “I personally love how different it can be,” he said. “I thoroughly enjoy that (children’s reactions0 part, having to loop that in as we go through. You could easily go on autopilot, but they don’t allow you to.”  The dynamic between the two-person cast creates a new energy in the theater, according to Pasto-Crosby: “We go through all the ranges. We get sad, happy and it’s a full art, they experience with you…. It’s the same energy each time, but different dynamic”  The actors are wonderful at including the whole audience in the...
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a true comic book movie

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a true comic book movie

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s roots and delivers a story that feels straight from the pages of a comic. Coming fresh on the heels of “Avengers: Endgame,” “Far From Home” makes for the perfect coda to the story that Marvel wrapped up with “Endgame.” It is important to note that this review will have slight spoilers for “Far From Home,” references to past MCU movies, and spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame.” If you have not seen “Endgame,” a new version was released in theaters last Friday. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” immediately answers the questions that bothered so many after “Endgame.” While the film does not answer them perfectly, “Far From Home” reminds the audience just why the MCU formula is a winning one. After the comedic exposition of how life was for non-superpowered people during “Endgame,” we find Peter Parker (Tom Holland) wanting to return to normal high-school life and work up the courage to ask out MJ (Zendaya). The world has different plans for Spider-Man though, as the burden of being the next Iron Man falls on his shoulders. Peter Parker flees the burden of Spider-Man and goes on a class trip across Europe. The traveling montages hark back to the style of National Lampoon movies and clearly shows director Jon Watts’ love for ’80s teen comedies. While on the trip, Peter is forced to be Spider-Man when creatures known as Elementals start attacking cities that Peter and his class are visiting. A new superhuman called Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrives on the scene to help stop the Elementals’ threat. He is joined by Nick...
Former Lipscomb forward Rob Marberry signed with Estonian team KK Paulus Pärnu

Former Lipscomb forward Rob Marberry signed with Estonian team KK Paulus Pärnu

Nashville native and former standout for Franklin Road Academy and Lipscomb University, forward Rob Marberry, is moving far away from the Volunteer State as he continues his basketball career in Estonia. On Wednesday, Marberry agreed to a deal with Estonian team KK Paulus Pärnu. KK Paulus Pärnu, which is also known as Pärnu Sadam, is a member of the Latvian-Estonian Basketball League. When asked whether he thought that he would ever have the opportunity to play professionally, Marberry’s reply was “Honestly, no. Looking back on high school, I didn’t have any indication on whether I would be a good college basketball player or not. I had a rough patch my freshman year, not producing as much as I wanted to on the court. But, as time went on and I worked harder and harder, I saw it come in my vision.” After graduating from FRA in 2014, Marberry played his freshman season at Western Kentucky as a walk-on for the Hilltoppers before transferring to Lipscomb, where he started all three seasons he played. As a starter for the Bisons, he was an all-conference player in all three seasons, including two first-team selections in his junior and senior years. Marberry was a member of the first Bison team to make it to the NCAA tournament as well as the first Bison team to play in the NIT Finals. In his senior campaign, he averaged 14.8 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 63% from the field.  “You can see that we were a really good, tight team towards the end, and I give that all to the...
Garrison Mathews makes campus return for ‘Pro Skills Mini Camp’

Garrison Mathews makes campus return for ‘Pro Skills Mini Camp’

Former Lipscomb star and aspiring NBA player Garrison Mathews has made a return to the Lipscomb campus for his “Garrison Mathews Pro Skills Mini-Camp.” The camp takes place Tuesday and Wednesday at the Lipscomb Academy gymnasium.  “A lot of professional players will come back to their hometown, and in a way give back and teach to help the younger generation,” said basketball trainer Colin Stevens, who is helping with the camp. “This is all about Garrison connecting with his people in Nashville and making his imprint now that he’s going on to D.C.” The Lipscomb grad’s NBA career kickstarted late June when he signed a two-way deal with the Washington Wizards. “It’s such a blessing…something I’m going to continue to work for and keep trying to stick,” said Mathews. Mathews represented the Wizards in the NBA summer league, where, he said:  “There were some ups and downs, it’s a tough grind for sure. It was a long summer, but it was good to work out with guys who are obviously great players.”  For Mathews, the “Pro Skills Mini-Camp” gives him the opportunity to return to the campus where he spent the past four years. “They [Lipscomb] did a lot for me on the court and helped me become the player I am today, but they’ve helped me off the court in so many ways that nobody knows.  “I’ve grown so much as a person and not just a player, I can’t thank Lipscomb enough.” The camp welcomes players grades six-12 for the two-day event. “Hopefully they [participants] learn a little about basketball and a lot about themselves,” said Stevens. According to Stevens, this...
Garrison Mathews takes next steps to become professional NBA player

Garrison Mathews takes next steps to become professional NBA player

The last couple of weeks have been big for former Bison Men’s Basketball standout Garrison Mathews. Not long after officially signing a two-way contract with the Washington Wizards, Mathews participated in the NBA Summer League with the team. He played in the final two of the team’s four games. Playing against the Los Angeles Clippers, Matthews was in the game for 19 minutes and scored seven points on 3-4 shooting from the field. His points included the first three of the game. In the Wizards’ final game against the Atlanta Hawks, Mathews had significantly more playing time, scoring 11 points (nine of which came from 3-pointers) in 30 minutes. Mathews will look to bring his ability to score from beyond to the arc to the next step in his journey to play for an NBA team during the regular season. He will be playing the majority of his minutes with Washington’s G League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go. Mathews will have some time off between now and when he has to report to the Wizards organization once again. The official date for the start of both NBA and G League training camps has not been announced yet, but they typically begin in late September and October, respectively. Per NBA regulations, Mathews could spend training camp on the Wizards roster if the organization so chooses. Otherwise, he will do it as a member of the Go-Go. After training camp, Mathews will then play in the G League regular season. The season begins in the fall, shortly after its training camps, and has its playoffs in the spring. At any point...
Garrison Mathews shoots his first NBA three in Wizards Summer League game

Garrison Mathews shoots his first NBA three in Wizards Summer League game

Lipscomb alum Garrison Mathews successfully found the three-point line during his first NBA Summer League game as a member of the Washington Wizards. His team lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 90-72, but it was a successful outing for the former Lipscomb star who led the Bisons to the NIT championship game last winter. He also contributed to his team in their July 11 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, and he now has a total of 18 NBA points. His first game on July 9, though, set the stage for his career; and he had a hot start in the losing effort against the Clippers in the game played in the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and broadcast on ESPN3. The former Bison scored the first three of the game for the Wizards and hit three out of his four shots from the field, for a total of seven points in 19 minutes played. Mathews went into this game with something to prove in his bid to make it in the NBA, and he did just that. He continued his campaign for a professional career July 11, when he scored 11 points for the Wizards in their 76-74 squeaker past the Atlanta Hawks. Here is a tweet from the Washington Wizards page of Mathews. (Mathews is wearing number 24). .@gmathews_24 starting 🔥. #WizSummer | #DCFamily pic.twitter.com/iStHbhjH16 — Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) July 10, 2019   Photo courtesy of the...
Lipscomb women’s soccer team inspired by U.S. women’s World Cup championship

Lipscomb women’s soccer team inspired by U.S. women’s World Cup championship

Lipscomb’s women’s soccer players got a big boost by watching the U.S. nation squad win the World Cup. Lipscomb’s women’s soccer players are thrilled by Sunday’s 2-0 championship victory over the Netherlands, the second World Cup championship in a row, since the U.S. women also won in 2015, the preceding tournament. It is the fourth World Cup championship for the U.S. women since the legendary ’99ers captivated the world 20 years ago. “During the World Cup, it was exciting to see people who don’t play soccer be so engaged and supportive of this women’s team,” said Logan McFadden, a sophomore defender. And it wasn’t just the excitement of the fans, “hearing sports broadcasters and newspeople talk about the change and popularity they have brought” adds to the thrill, she said. Of course, when a team is expected to win, things could backfire quickly if the women had lost, according to McFadden. “All that hype and stardom they had received would have turned against them.” The pressure didn’t slow down the U.S. women, she added. “Each game I watched, I saw the amount of fight they had and it was as if they knew the trophy wasn’t going to be handed to them, and the closer they got to the final, the harder they fought. They have proven they are the best and they deserve to be treated like it. “And now that a ton of more people saw that, there is no denying it.” Hannah Torbett, redshirt junior midfielder, said she’s simply inspired, “because I know how far the women’s game has come.” And, to her, it’s almost like...
Lipscomb Staff welcomes new students at ‘Initium’

Lipscomb Staff welcomes new students at ‘Initium’

Each year, the Lipscomb faculty and quest team closes out Quest Week with a special ceremony to welcome all the new students called “Initium.” At the ceremony, each student is given a piece of slate to remind them of the “clean slate” they have at Lipscomb, as well as a candle to light their path at Lipscomb while President L. Randolph Lowry, student body president Jack Webber and others spoke. In presenting the students with their slate, President Lowry reminded the students to “keep your slate close, put it up somewhere in your room, keep it where you can see it and let it be a reminder that while we are here to educate you and your parents lovingly support you, what ultimately will be on your slate will be of your choice” « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Gallery: Quest Week ‘Fanta Fest’

Gallery: Quest Week ‘Fanta Fest’

Inflatables, spike ball, badminton, and a lot of Fanta later, students are just one day from beginning their college experience at Lipscomb. Every year the quest team host an event called “Fanta Fest.” The event takes place in the yard between Ezell and Beaman, and students spray each other with cans of Fanta while going down water slides, playing games, running around and dancing to loud music and just having a good time. Later in the evening students had a paint party called the “Paint the Herd”. Students received a free t-shirt, danced to music from a DJ and throw colored paint powder all over each other. This gallery captured all the fun of “Fanta Fest.”   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Gallery: Quest Week takes on Wilson County Fair

Gallery: Quest Week takes on Wilson County Fair

Last night the quest groups had lunch with their colleges, went on excursions around Nashville and then took to the Wilson County Fair for the evening. The new Lipscomb students rode a bus to the fair and stayed for about 3 hours. The night consisted of fair food, carnival games, rides and so much more. View the gallery below to see the fun from last night. There are two more days of Quest week, but make sure to check the galleries from the past two days. Quest Day One Quest Day Two...
Gallery: Students hypnotized by Quest Week day two

Gallery: Students hypnotized by Quest Week day two

Yesterday afternoon, students traveled to several locations around Nashville for service day, dressed up for “the Event” and attended a hypnotist show. Service day is when Quest leaders take students around Nashville to participate in clean-ups, organizing, entertainment and so many other things to serve the community around Nashville. Some of the places students served at were: Radnor lake, Project C.U.R.E., Glencliff High School, Habitat Re-Store, Rocketown, Shelby Bottoms, Southerland Place and many others. “The Event” is the black and white with a pop of color dinner where the Quest Team serves the students. There is live entertainment and a photo booth available at dinner as well. The hypnotist show by Brian Imbus has become a Quest Week staple through the years and guaranteed entertainment for all. Imbus brings students onto the stage to hypnotize them as well as offering the audience a chance to be hypnotized in their seats. Quest night two was full of entertainment and we’ve got another gallery full of it. « ‹ 1 of 2 › »...
Gallery: Quest Week’s Bison Bash and more

Gallery: Quest Week’s Bison Bash and more

Lipscomb’s Quest team kicked off the week with the first tailgate of the semester in a combined effort with athletics. The tailgate offered food from Taco Mama, free tank tops and a chance to sign up for service day. Service day will take place today from one till four. The Quest groups will take to different locations and do community service projects around the Nashville area. Following the Bison Bash yesterday evening was a neon night at the Brentwood skate center. What’s a better way to make a first impression on fellow Lipscomb students than wiping out on roller skates? After the neon night, students headed back to campus to participate in this semesters first “On Wednesdays, We Eat”. This event is held nearly every Wednesday on Lipscomb’s campus throughout the school year. Typically a Lipscomb student attending will get to watch a free concert from a local band and eat a one-dollar meal. While the eating and free concert took place, the transfer students headed to Jeni’s on 12 South to mingle with other transfers. The evening lasted till well past midnight and definitely offered a little something for...

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