Lipscomb School of Music hosts first Friday concert in Beaman Library

Lipscomb School of Music hosts first Friday concert in Beaman Library

Lipscomb University School of Music held their first Friday concert in Beaman library last week, with performances from the piano, cello, and violoncello performance majors. Bethany Churino, the mother of classical piano major Journey Thouin, traveled to Lipscomb University to watch her son play. “It’s amazing. I can’t believe it, as a mother, to watch your child play like that,” she smiled. “It is obviously a gift that I am thankful for. Just to know that he is doing something that he loves and is passionate about and that it makes him happy, I love to see.” Another piano performance major, Justin Alcorn, who also performed at the concert, expressed his passion for his studies saying, “Music is very much an emotional thing. My teacher told me musicians are their own therapists. They get to get their feelings out in ways that other people don’t have the opportunity to. That’s what I love about music.” The school will be holding events to showcase student talent throughout the semester. The next concert will be held Friday, March 5th in the Beaman library for those who want to show their support. Attendance will be limited to 25...
Lipscomb community addresses impact of recent stock changes

Lipscomb community addresses impact of recent stock changes

After some time of heavy wallet hedge fund investors shorting the stock, a group of young people on social media decided to fight back and buy into failing companies. These companies, such as GameStop and AMC, saw an exponential increase in value. Lipscomb Advertising major, Ryan Lusk was among those who joined in. Lusk bought stock in GameStop last week; he ended up holding out through the drop and lost around $9. “Now that people are aware that the internet has the power that it does to a new degree, and that putting our money into something and all of us mobbing together I think it’s really fun and that it will definitely benefit less wealthy people,” said Lusk. “I love the culture of people unifying and uniting online and stuff. I think it’s cool.” Lipscomb associate professor of finance, Julio Rivas, said about the situation, “It is very interesting. It is something that has not happened before because nowadays we have a lot of tools that we didn’t have in the past. It is relatively easy, you have an app on your phone and ‘click, click, click’ and you now own shares of stock in GameStop.” Rivas appreciates how this event has led students to gain interest in the stock market but warns against potential risk. “A lot of people can make a lot of money, but you can also lose a lot of money. I think the biggest lesson here is about risk. Regardless of whether events like this happen again in the future, we need to be aware that there is a lot of risks involved.”...
Lipscomb Security officer Maurice Conner dies after brief battle with COVID-19

Lipscomb Security officer Maurice Conner dies after brief battle with COVID-19

“It is with great sadness that I share the news of another loss in the Lipscomb family,” read an email from President Randy Lowry sent out to the Lipscomb community on Thursday afternoon. President Lowry went on to explain that the Lipscomb Security veteran and minister at the 19th Avenue Church of Christ in Springfield, Tennessee, Maurice J. Conner, had died of COVID-19, marking the third loss in the Lipscomb community in the past six weeks. Maurice Conner started at Lipscomb as a student and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981. Shortly after graduating, he joined Lipscomb’s security team in 1983 and while serving the security team also earned his Master of Arts in Bible in 2000. Dr. Lowry shared how respected and loved Conner was among the Lipscomb community due to the “wisdom, compassion, and joyful nature,” that Conner brought to his job every day. “The deep and profound respect and love the security team has for Maurice was obvious as they relayed stories about shared work experiences, his humorous radio calls to dispatch to report on weather conditions during the third shift and their lively conversations about faith, theology and life,” said Lowry “In addition to being a dedicated security officer, Maurice was also a minister and mentor to his colleagues through the years.” In addition to the kind sentiments Dr. Lowry shared in his message, members of the Lipscomb Security team also expressed their admiration for Conner. “He was definitely gentle, caring, and very devout. He had clearly done a lot of his own thinking so any religious conversation you might have he...
Lipscomb CEA announces partnership with Kingdom Story Company at special premiere of I Still Believe

Lipscomb CEA announces partnership with Kingdom Story Company at special premiere of I Still Believe

Just before business shutdowns, social distancing guidelines and quarantine mandates began, the Lipscomb College of Entertainment and the Arts community had the opportunity to celebrate the release of the new Christian movie, I Still Believe, with their newly announced partner: Kingdom Story Company. Taking place at the AMC Thoroughbred 20 theater in Franklin, the evening began with guests walking down the red carpet. Jeremy Camp, the real-life inspiration for this story of faith and love, posed with fans for photos alongside his family. The film was shown in Theater 6 which was reserved solely for Lipscomb students and staff. The movie “commercials” included a display of Lipscomb CEA student talent in the form of short films, promotional videos and music videos. Just before the opening credits, Lipscomb’s administration took the stage to announce the partnership between the production company and the CEA. Then, Jon and Andy Erwin and Jeremy Camp took the stage to share more about the film and the process of making it. Many students were on the edge of their seats listening to what these passionate artists had to say. The producers shared their stories of humble beginnings and how blessed they felt for the success they had achieved in the industry. The wisdom which they imparted on all the young, hopeful filmmakers in the room was, “Dream big. Dream bold. Dream impossible.”  “I feel like God has anointed this film,” Jeremy Camp said. “There are thousands of stories and the fact that they chose my story is a huge honor.” The film was a heart-warming story of both love and faith that stands strong in...
Sports broadcasting veteran Kalis talks of faith and being real at Media Masters

Sports broadcasting veteran Kalis talks of faith and being real at Media Masters

Rudy Kalis, former WSMV sports broadcaster, shared his insight with a room full of young aspiring journalists and faculty on Monday evening, at the Media Masters event hosted by Lipscomb’s communication and journalism department. Interviewed by student Tia Calvin, Kalis answered each question with enthusiasm. The room filled with laughter at moments and hushed quiet at others as the students and faculty leaned in to hear the advice and stories from the spritely professional. His story began overseas. Born in Germany to Russian parents, Kalis immigrated to the United States at the age of 5. After serving in the military police force, he decided to go to the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee to earn his degree. It was his love for sports that prompted him to choose journalism as a career path. After graduating from college and working a short time for the Green Bay Packers, Kalis moved to Tennessee to further his career in broadcasting. It was never his intention to stay in Nashville. He reflected on this time in his life saying, “…in 1974 (I) got the opportunity to come to Nashville. Thought I’d stay here a year or two, and then I’d go off to the big time and be somebody. Forty-five years later God said ‘no this is where you are’.” He offered Proverbs 16:9 as a way of explanation. This verse talks about how we may make plans for our life but, ultimately it is the Lord who directs our path. He also warned against ego and pride and how they got in the way of his career and relationship with God along...