Evansville uses monster fifth inning to end Bisons’ win streak

Evansville uses monster fifth inning to end Bisons’ win streak

‘The Power Rangers Movie’ surged into theaters this weekend

‘The Power Rangers Movie’ surged into theaters this weekend

Bisons keep six-game win streak intact

Bisons keep six-game win streak intact

Forehand reaches 500th collegiate win coaching; Bisons pull win over Evansville

Forehand reaches 500th collegiate win coaching; Bisons pull win over Evansville

McKayla Strickland shares heart for Africa

McKayla Strickland shares heart for Africa

Stand Together Liscomb hosts ‘Understanding Global Refugee Crisis’

Stand Together Liscomb hosts ‘Understanding Global Refugee Crisis’


Second Stage Student Theatre ‘Really Really’ photo gallery

Second Stage Student Theatre ‘Really Really’ photo gallery

Opening March 23, student-founded theatre collective Second Stage Student Theatre will premiere the play “Really Really” at the Darkhorse Theatre. The play by Paul Downs Colaizzo shows the complications among a college-age friend group when one of them accuses another of assaulting her at a party. Though controversial in nature, the play speaks on relevant topics, which is why director and junior Natalie Risk kept the harsh material in the show. She and the founders of 2SST hope their portrayal of these events sparks conversation about assault prevention on campuses. After each showing, there will be a talkback with professionals from the Nashville area who deal with these situations. “Really Really” runs March 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. To preorder tickets, visit the event page.     « ‹ 1 of 5 › »   Photos by Anna...
Second Stage Student Theatre to premiere ‘Really Really’ this weekend

Second Stage Student Theatre to premiere ‘Really Really’ this weekend

Comprised entirely of Lipscomb students, Second Stage Student Theatre is a completely student-run theatre company whose goal is to create art and challenge society. Founded in 2016 by juniors Scott Wilson, Morgan Bowling, and senior Bekah Purifoy, 2SST exists to give theatre students a medium of uncensored, challenging artistic expression. “We use Second Stage as a vehicle to create art,” Wilson said. Many theatres have a second stage. The second stage traditionally produces shows under the same theatre program, but 2SST is not Lipscomb-affiliated Though typically under the same program as the main stage, a second stage show does not usually receive the same attention as a main stage show. “We wanted to take that a step further,” Wilson said. Wilson said that establishing the company was not solely to further their careers or to brag on a resume. The goal is to struggle and learn how to express themselves independently. Opening Thursday at the Darkhorse Theatre, Second Stage will be producing “Really Really,” a show by Paul Downs Colaizzo. This controversial show is about a character who accuses her friend of sexually assaulting her at a college party and the gray area that ensues. The play features some racy themes, crude language and sexual innuendos. “Mentioning that makes it harder to sell,” junior Connor Weaver, who plays Davis, said. “It could be triggering, but theatre is raw.” Even though each member of the team attends Lipscomb, the cast and crew decided to leave these controversial messages in the show. Junior and director Natalie Risk made this decision because the things that happen in the story are happening in the real...
TPAC’s ‘The Bodyguard: The Musical’ brings fresh take on classic Whitney Houston film

TPAC’s ‘The Bodyguard: The Musical’ brings fresh take on classic Whitney Houston film

Whitney Houston fans: this is the musical for you. Even if you are not the biggest Whitney Houston fan, you will still love TPAC’s latest show, The Bodyguard. Deborah Cox and Judson Mills bring to life Rachel Marron and Frank Farmer in the incredible new production. Frank Farmer, a former Secret Service Agent, is hired to protect music superstar Rachel Marron from an elusive stalker. Both headstrong and wanting to be in charge, they never expect to fall in love with each other. The Bodyguard is a musical based on the 1992 film The Bodyguard with the score featuring Whitney Houston songs such as hits like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “I Have Nothing” and her cover version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” It is also based on a book by the Oscar-winning Alexander Dinelaris. Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B and Pop recording artist and actress Cox made her Broadway debut in the lead role in Aida. From there she has gone on to create platinum selling albums, which led her to receive an American Music Award nomination. From One Wish, her second album, came the double-platinum single “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” which held the record for longest running No. 1 R&B Single for 14 consecutive weeks. Cox even collaborated with Whitney Houston in 2000 to record the duet “Same Script Different Cast” for Houston’s Greatest Hits CD. But one actor who might have stolen the show was Douglas Baldeo, who plays Rachel’s adorable son Fletcher. Baldeo is a triple threat: he can sing, dance and act, and he proved that on opening night. When the...
‘Beauty and the Beast’ is fresh remake to tale as old as time

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is fresh remake to tale as old as time

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has received a live-action revamp, brought to life by Director Bill Condon. The result is a fresh remake on a beloved classic: a film that stays true to the original tale while adding character back-story and substance. The story centers on Belle (Emma Watson), a young girl from a “provincial” town who takes her father’s place after he is imprisoned in an enchanted castle. Belle’s captor, the Beast (Dan Stevens), is, in essence, imprisoned as well — a young prince who has been cursed and can only return to his human form if he finds true love. Beauty and the Beast is just the latest project in a series of live-action adaptations by Disney, following Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016). Given Beauty and the Beast’s predecessors’ success and the amount of hype in the press leading up to its release, there was a risk that the movie would leave its audiences’ expectations unfulfilled. Fortunately, that was not the case, as the film exceeds expectations. Watson’s Belle is not a damsel in distress but portrays the princess as a fearless heroine. Belle is strong, independent and kind, making her character an empowering role model. Because she displays these qualities and is ambitious (in this version, she is not just a book lover, but an inventor as well), she is deemed odd by the villagers in town. Prior to her imprisonment in the castle, Belle dreams of a way to escape her confined life in the village. While Belle initially plans to escape the castle, she finds herself befriending its enchanted staff, who in turn...
Film students show support for originality in 89th Academy Awards

Film students show support for originality in 89th Academy Awards

Hollywood’s finest will gather this weekend at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the 89th Academy Awards. The awards show, commonly known as the Oscars, will celebrate the year’s cinematic achievements, and some of Lipscomb’s film students are tuning in. Sophomore film student Clay Mortensen said he will “absolutely” be watching and is excited to see who wins the coveted title of Best Picture. Freshman film student Siena DeMatteis will be attending a watch party put on by the film department and said she is hoping to see her two favorite films, “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea,” take home some awards. According to critic’s predictions, “La La Land” will be the film to beat, with a record-tying 14 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Best Actress (Emma Stone). The film centers on aspiring actress Mia (played by Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (played by Gosling), as they try to navigate falling in love while pursuing their dreams in LA. So far, the musical-drama has taken home multiple awards at every other award show this season. DeMatteis said she is “interested in seeing how many awards ‘La La Land’ receives,” given its track record at other award shows and viewers’ mixed opinions toward the film. Mortensen, an aspiring director, said he is rooting for Chazelle to win Best Director, as he has always admired Chazelle’s work. Other films receiving attention for their nominations include “Fences” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, “Moonlight” starring Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, “Manchester by the Sea” starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams and “Arrival” starring Amy...
Evansville uses monster fifth inning to end Bisons’ win streak

Evansville uses monster fifth inning to end Bisons’ win streak

Lipscomb’s six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Sunday due to a sub-par pitching performance and the opportunistic hitting of Evansville. The Aces scored seven runs in the fifth frame to break a 3-3 tie and cruised to a 10-5 victory at Ken Dugan field to avoid being swept by the Bisons. Junior pitcher Dayton Tripp suffered his first loss of the season on the mound, allowing six runs on 10 hits in four innings of work. Tripp pitched in the fifth inning but did not record an out as Evansville quickly loaded the bases before he was taken out of the game. The Bisons could not seem to get out of the inning as they went through four pitchers (Tripp, Dallas Gibson, Alex Dorso and Adam Stewart) and slowly lost control as Evansville belted the ball all over the field. “I always tell our team that in a college baseball game someone is always going to crack,” skipper Jeff Forehand said after the game. “After they got runners on base, that’s when you need to put the fire out and only give up 2 or 3 instead of 7. All the momentum and energy was on their side, and that big inning was what killed us.” The loss brought a six-game win streak to an end and moved the Bisons to 14-9 on the season. After falling behind 1-0, left-fielder Lee Solomon drove in catcher Jeffrey Crisan on a groundout to get the Bisons on the board. First baseman Cade Sorrels then drove in Von Watson with a double down the left-field line to give the...
Bisons keep six-game win streak intact

Bisons keep six-game win streak intact

In an intense duel, Lipscomb kept its six-game win streak intact after a close 4-3 win over Evansville Saturday afternoon at Ken Dugan field. After a 4-1 win over the Purple Aces Friday night, the Bisons came back with junior Jeffrey Passantino as starting pitcher and senior Denton Norman coming in relief in the top of the ninth. Passantino tied his career-high in strikeouts with 10. “I made one bad pitch all day, in the eighth inning,” Passantino said. “I had to pitch out of some jams right there. They were bunting and got some cheap hits, so we really had to bear down and focus after I gave up that first run, but we brought good intensity today.” Evansville started off the top of the second inning with a quick single to drive in the first run of the game, but the Bisons managed to get out of the inning with only one run allowed. Lipscomb came right back and gained its first run of the game in the second inning as well to tie it up. “I really think Jeffrey pitched so well, and their guy pitched well too, but the turning point, I think, was when we came back and got a run after they scored in the second,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. Junior Michael Gigliotti kept the momentum going, smashing a double in the third and immediately advancing to third base on a fielding error. Sophomore Cade Sorrells then shot a hard single, bringing in Gigliotti for the Bisons’ second run. In the bottom of the sixth with bases loaded and two outs, sophomore...
Forehand reaches 500th collegiate win coaching; Bisons pull win over Evansville

Forehand reaches 500th collegiate win coaching; Bisons pull win over Evansville

With a pair of home runs from Zeke Dodson and a one-run outing from pitcher Brady Puckett, the Lipscomb Bisons (13-8) brought home a win over the Evansville Purple Aces Friday night at Ken Dugan field. Not only did the Bisons keep their five-game win streak intact, but head coach Jeff Forehand got his 500th collegiate win tonight (211 Trevecca, 289 Lipscomb). “It’s great,” Forehand said. “It will be big probably for me later on. I don’t want to make light of the whole thing because it is a cool thing, but this is a win — and it’s great. I’m happy to have 500 and hopefully I’ll be around for 600.” Puckett and Dodson also had big nights for the team, with Puckett nailing down the 4-1 win with strong defensive play and Dodson with solid offensive play. Pitching a full nine innings, Puckett entered the game with 18 career wins. This victory tied him with Brandon McClurg (06-09) for the most career wins in the program’s NCAA era. “I thought Brady pitched really well,” Forehand said. “To pitch all nine innings and only give up one run, that’s a really good start, and we’ve really come to expect that from him.” For the first three innings, Puckett set the tone for the rest of the game, going three up three down each inning. It wasn’t until the fourth inning that Evansville’s Kenton Crews got a single off the 6’9″ pitcher for the Purple Aces’ first hit of the game. Puckett finished the game only allowing six hits. The Bisons had some close calls during the game but...
Lady Bisons take down the Toppers in doubleheader

Lady Bisons take down the Toppers in doubleheader

Get your brooms out, folks. In a battle of young rosters, Lipscomb (23-7) defeated Conference USA foe Western Kentucky (18-15) in a mid-week doubleheader to snag a seventh consecutive win. Western Kentucky has one of the youngest teams in the country with nine freshman, two sophomores, three juniors and two seniors. Lipscomb follows closely with six freshman, four sophomores, three juniors and three seniors. The two teams have met 27 times with Lipscomb leading the way in the series. Sophomore pitcher Mandy Jordan showed why she is this week’s ASUN Pitcher of the Week and TSWA Pitcher of the Week as she led her team to victory with 12 strikeouts and an almost perfect game. “I thought Mandy did a great job in game one,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I don’t feel like they were really able to generate anything against her until that home run in the seventh.” Freshman Chloe Yeager got things started on offense with a RBI in the top of the second to put Lipscomb on the board 1-0. Senior Kasey Gibson followed up with two runs batted in to extend the lead 3-0. Jordan continued the momentum by cranking up the heat in the fifth inning and striking out three Hilltoppers in a row. Jordan kissed the no-hitter and shutout goodbye when Jordan Mauch for WKU smashed a home run over right-center field in the top of the seventh inning. Lipscomb held off the Hilltoppers for the remainder of the game as they defeated WKU 4-1 in the first game. “We only had six hits on the board, but I’m not disappointed with...
Lipscomb sweeps Illinois State

Lipscomb sweeps Illinois State

Lipscomb baseball’s bats started to come out of winter hibernation as the Bisons swept the Illinois State Redbirds at Dugan Field in a weekend series marked by great weather. Lipscomb batted .326 in the series. The Bisons are currently batting .236 as a team, next-to-last in the ASUN. The heart of the order fueled the Bisons’ 10-8 win in the back-and-forth first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Fifth, sixth and seventh hitters Jake Perry, Blake Thomas and Von Watson drove in nine runs on six hits, including home runs from Perry and Watson. Starting pitcher Brady Puckett was ambushed for three runs in the top of the first inning by the Redbirds, but the Bisons took the lead in the bottom half of the opening frame thanks to a two-out rally punctuated by Perry’s three-run bomb and an RBI single from Watson. Watson added a three-run shot of his own in the bottom of the seventh to tie his career-high of four runs batted in. It was Watson’s first homer of the season. “It was so good to see him come out and swing the bat well,” coach Jeff Forehand said on Saturday. “We really need him to use this game to get going at the plate. He plays a big part in what we are trying to do.” Puckett gave up two more runs in the sixth and was replaced to start the seventh inning by lefty John Pryor, who earned the win after the Bisons executed another two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh. Illinois State loaded the bases and scored a run in the ninth against...
Second Stage Student Theatre ‘Really Really’ photo gallery

Second Stage Student Theatre ‘Really Really’ photo gallery

Opening March 23, student-founded theatre collective Second Stage Student Theatre will premiere the play “Really Really” at the Darkhorse Theatre. The play by Paul Downs Colaizzo shows the complications among a college-age friend group when one of them accuses another of assaulting her at a party. Though controversial in nature, the play speaks on relevant topics, which is why director and junior Natalie Risk kept the harsh material in the show. She and the founders of 2SST hope their portrayal of these events sparks conversation about assault prevention on campuses. After each showing, there will be a talkback with professionals from the Nashville area who deal with these situations. “Really Really” runs March 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. To preorder tickets, visit the event page.     « ‹ 1 of 5 › »   Photos by Anna...
Special Olympics 2016 basketball tournament photo gallery

Special Olympics 2016 basketball tournament photo gallery

Stands were filled with supporters and spectators as Lipscomb University hosted the Special Olympics basketball tournament Friday and Saturday in Allen Arena. The competition featured athletes from different cities in Tennessee who came together to play, coach and cheer. Teams were allowed up to two helper players to participate in the games.     Photos by Whitney Smith...
2016 December Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

2016 December Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

Lipscomb recognized its graduates and commemorated its 125th anniversary at the 2016 December graduation on Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. In addition to the typical parts of graduation such as the awarding of diplomas, the singing of the alma mater and the Tolling of the Bell, a special guest speaker — David Lipscomb himself — showed up to help observe the monumental anniversary. “This is a very special graduation, as we’re recognizing a special year in our history at Lipscomb,” Provost Craig Bledsoe said. Over 400 students participated in the ceremony....
12th Annual Lighting of the Green photo gallery

12th Annual Lighting of the Green photo gallery

Despite a threat of rain, Lipscomb’s 12th annual Lighting of the Green carried on and gave back to students, faculty and the community by spreading some holiday cheer in front of the Bell Tower Tuesday night. Before the concert began, there was a “Christmas Marketplace” inside Allen Arena, complete with vendors, holiday treats and photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Amy Grant hosted the event, which featured special guest artists and choir students from the university and Lipscomb Academy. The night concluded with the traditional lighting of the tree outside of Allen Arena.   Photos by Ben Davis and Charissa...
Contemporary Music 2016 Showcase photo gallery

Contemporary Music 2016 Showcase photo gallery

The Contemporary Music Program is a fairly new department. Since its start just last year, the department has nearly tripled in size. Because of this, the department split into three ensembles to perform their fall concerts on different days in different locations. The first group performed Nov. 7 in the Flatt Amphitheater. They showcased a lot of talent from the freshmen new to the program. The second group’s performance took place Monday night on the steps of Collins Alumni Auditorium. The final group performed in the Collins Auditorium Thursday night. All of the students thought it went extremely well. “It went better than we were all thinking,” sophomore Jacalyn Thompson said. “You do these things with all this adrenaline thinking about all the things you have to do, but as soon as you’re on stage, everyone comes together with the same mindset that we’re gonna make this the best show that we can.” Photos by Anna Rogers   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...

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