Nashville Public Radio news director featured at Media Masters

Nashville Public Radio news director featured at Media Masters

Lipscomb students had the opportunity to hear from Nashville Public Radio’s Emily Siner at the Media Masters event Monday evening. Siner is the news director at Nashville Public Radio and the host of the Movers & Thinkers podcast. Students received free pizza for attending the event. Siner started her career as a reporter, but then she came up with the idea to do a podcast. One podcast idea that Emily wanted to do was on the topic of death and dying. “I’m really fascinated how people are drawn to certain careers and how those professions shape the way that they see the world,” she said. “I often interview three people at once, all about the same topic, that I am just personally fascinated by and I’ll find three people whose work falls under that but in different ways.” This is exactly what she did. She spoke to three people who work in fields adjacent to death and dying about how they got to where they are. Siner was recently named the Associated Press Radio Journalist of the Year and has received three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for her reporting. Students asked Siner throughout the evening about her career and for stories from her podcasts. But she wanted students to grasp the importance of editing audio. She said that this is something “that will make or break your podcast.” She also told students that, “expensive equipment isn’t necessary, your iPhone will work just as well, just make sure you’re in a quiet room.” As the evening came to a close, Siner encouraged students to take pride in their audio. “We...
Myron Sailors crowned ‘Mr. Lipscomb’ at annual event for Best Buddies

Myron Sailors crowned ‘Mr. Lipscomb’ at annual event for Best Buddies

The annual Mr. Lipscomb pageant, hosted by women’s social club Delta Omega to benefit the Best Buddies program, took place in Shamblin Theater Monday night. Twelve contestants showed off their stylish clothing choices and shared their special talents with the crowd to see who would come out on top. At the end of the show, senior Myron Sailors was named Mr. Lipscomb. “Honestly, I was very surprised, I wasn’t expecting to win,” Sailors said. “I competed two years ago and was asked to come back, and I just feel really honored to have been crowned Mr. Lipscomb.” The contestants showed off their stylish clothing choices, shared their special talents with the crowd, and answered tricky interview questions, like the best advice they’ve ever received and whom they would add to Mount Rushmore. Some contestants took the event very seriously, while others just wanted to get up on stage and make the audience laugh. “My favorite part of the evening was the suspense and not knowing the end results, and of course just going on stage and just having fun with it,” contestant Kenan Sakic said. “I love the organization Best Buddies and I was just happy to be a part of the event.” Best Buddies is a nonprofit that pairs volunteer “buddies” with persons with either intellectual or developmental disabilities. “I think this is a great event, but especially the Best Buddies Program,” student attendee Carlos Reyes said. “I think it stands for a really good cause that serves an incredible purpose and the organization can only keep growing and continue to get better.” The evening closed with Delta...
Lipscomb grad Patrick Carpenter releases new music

Lipscomb grad Patrick Carpenter releases new music

2016 Lipscomb graduate Patrick Carpenter is making his own mark on the country music industry. The communications major has a wide variety of interests — he coaches football for Franklin high school, served as the student radio sports director while in college, and he recently just returned to get his masters in education at Lipscomb. But music is his passion. He wants to be Brad Paisley. In July, he released his first EP on iTunes — “Coming Back Stronger,” reaching No. 13 on the Singer/Songwriter charts. Available for preorder on iTunes now, his latest single is titled “Baptized by the Whiskey.” The inspiration for this name came after he visited Ethos church– a church that meets at the Cannery Ballroom, a bar and music venue in Nashville that many Lipscomb students attend. One of Carpenter’s friends was baptized at this church, and, after he noticed the unique church setting, he nonchalantly commented she was “baptized by the whiskey.” A few years down the road and the ironic comment became the title of his latest single. Music has always been a very large part of Carpenter’s life. Starting at just the young age of 11, he picked up his first guitar and started playing. But his music journey hasn’t always been easy sailing. “I played for about a month or so, and I wanted to quit,” Carpenter said. “One night I was watching the CMT Crossroads, and I saw Richie Sambora who was the lead guitar player for Bon Jovi playing with them, and I was so impressed. He was so cool and different.” But if Carpenter had to single out just one...
Lipscomb students celebrate National Coming Out Day

Lipscomb students celebrate National Coming Out Day

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, Lipscomb’s LGBTQ+ students painted the Bison rainbow colors, standing around it from early morning until evening on Thursday in support of the LGBT community on campus. Throughout the day, doughnuts were handed out, faces were painted and conversations took place. “This is about the freedom to be who you are, especially on this campus,” student Aria Bartley said. “There’s a difference between acceptance and supporting, and although not everyone is going to be supportive, this is about learning to accept everyone for who they are.” The students had conversations with the student body and sought to educate outsiders on what it means to be a part of the LGBT community to anybody who stopped by the community gathering around the Bison. “This is a day where we get to be outwardly who we are and celebrate that,” student Lis Leudemann said. “We also encourage other people who are too afraid of the Lipscomb environment to come out and join.” Last year on Coming Out Day, the Bison was painted over by a different student after it had already been painted rainbow colors by students in the LGBT community. This year, the gesture went over more peacefully. Multiple students who quietly disagreed with the message of the rainbow-colored Bison declined to comment to Lumination. But as people passed the Bison, multiple students pointed and captured pictures in secret from afar. LGBT students said this day was also an attempt to encourage students not to fear their sexual identities, as some people say they find their sexuality and spirituality in conflict. Lipscomb’s 2013-2014 handbook reads: “Sexual...
Public Relations Legend David Fox speaks at Lipscomb University’s  Media Masters

Public Relations Legend David Fox speaks at Lipscomb University’s Media Masters

David Fox spoke at the first Media Masters of the semester, hosted by the Communications Department at Lipscomb. Fox is one of the managing partners for one of the largest and oldest still-operating firms, MP&F, located in Nashville. MP&F is a strategic communications firm that focuses on public relations. Fox joined the MP&F team in 1990 and has been growing his career there ever since. With his career stretching into many different fields, Fox has worked with clients in areas such as automotive, health care, hospitality, government and urban affairs. Media relations and strategic planning are his areas of expertise. Fox has published three nonfiction books along with several magazine articles as a freelance writer for four years. “The world of journalism, and communications, has in my lifetime changed extremely and dramatically,” Fox said. Fox told the students how the newspaper used to be the one source to get your daily news back in the 70’s, compared to the more current times, where we can find out anything we want to know with just a click of a button. Gabriel Poe, a strategic communications major attended the event and said she was extremely pleased with what Fox had to say and felt privileged to have had the opportunity to hear him speak. “I loved his presentation,” Poe said. “He had humble beginnings and was very transparent about his journey. He was an incredibly eloquent speaker and acknowledged past challenges, business struggles and life lessons with grace and ownership.” Even though Fox currently works for a public relations firm, he said his past in journalism helped prepare him for his...