‘Free Speech Ball’ welcomes conversation in Bison Square

‘Free Speech Ball’ welcomes conversation in Bison Square

Tennessee Leadership Institute’s Kelsey Mix set up a “Free Speech Ball” in Bison Square Wednesday afternoon. “I am a field person for the Leadership Institute where I partner with college students who want to advocate for free speech on campuses,” Mix said. “We’re here advocating for the first amendment and supporting free speech on college campuses.” Nix and the Leadership Institute work in relation to FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). This organization uses speech codes to determine the degree to which each university violates or protects free speech. A “red light” institution has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. A “yellow light” institution is one whose policies restrict a more limited amount of expression or are vague in description and can be manipulated in many ways. If a college or university’s policies do not seriously imperil speech, that college or university receives a “green light.” Lipscomb isn’t listed on FIRE’s site as they haven’t updated the policies in question since 2001. “There isn’t a strict policy that says we can’t be out here promoting this, but there are policies that say administration can reserve the right to ask you to leave,” she said. This movement gave students the opportunity to “say whatever they want” by writing opinions, statements, questions and more all over the ball. Comments ranged from “Love wins” to “My mental health should not be ignored” and “Black Lives Matter.” Several students stopped by the attraction to voice an opinion of support. “I think that this is a great way to do it. I mean it got my...
‘Totally Awesome’ wins big at Singarama 2017

‘Totally Awesome’ wins big at Singarama 2017

After collecting the previous three awards presented at Singarama this weekend, “Totally Awesome” took home a third-consecutive win after Saturday night’s performance at “A Blast From The Past.” Thursday night the group took home the award for Best Theme; Friday evening the group won for Best Music and won Saturday afternoon for Best Staging. Saturday night at the last showing of Singarama, the show collected the fourth and final award available: Sweepstakes. “Winning all four like that hasn’t happened in five years,” assistant director of “Totally Awesome” senior Reese Lusk said. “We knew our show was good. We just didn’t know it was that good.” One unique thing about “Totally Awesome” is that 70 percent of the show’s composition featured new actors, students that have never been a part of Singarama before this year. “Training this bunch of newbies was a challenge at times,” Lusk said. “There were late nights, hard nights. But we really worked hard to break down a lot of those barriers and eventually became a team. “The other shows were amazing. We were stunned with what we saw. I’m just honored to have been an assistant director of this.” “Totally Awesome” was directed by junior Bethany Rowland, a directing major at Lipscomb. According to Lusk, no matter how late or hard a rehearsal was, Rowland never lost sight of her vision and the direction of the show. “Bethany is probably one of the best directors Singarama has ever seen,” he said. According to Rowland, a Singarama show originally made her want to attend Lipscomb after she visited during her junior year of high school. Now having directed “Totally Awesome,”...
Lipscomb Theatre presents spring show Peter and the Starcatcher

Lipscomb Theatre presents spring show Peter and the Starcatcher

Set as a grown-up prequel to Peter Pan, Lipscomb Theatre opens Peter and the Starcatcher Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre. The show is adapted from the whimsical novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Under the direction of David Ian Lee, senior Joss Yarborough stars as Boy/Peter. Compared to the well-known Peter and Wendy, Peter and the Starcatcher is relatively unknown and gifts the audience with the unique experience of watching how the characters they’ve all come to love were brought to life. “It hasn’t reached that saturation point of certain other shows; it wasn’t produced by every middle school in the nation or anything, so that makes it kind of hard to compare,” Yarborough said. “But I think the integration of our ensemble is really remarkable. “It’s a pretty ensemble heavy show in its original pen, but we added a couple of cast members, and David spent a lot of time and energy crafting vibrant scenes that allow for seriously dynamic action. It’s really beautiful.” At the top of the show, an ensemble of actors assembles onto the stage and addresses the audience. With a bit of bickering, they welcome the audience to the world of the play and tell them what’s in store: flying, dreaming, adventure and growing up. The ensemble invites show-goers to use their imagination to create the British Empire. With the snap of an actor’s fingers, the audience is transported to a bustling port. This is where the audience meets Lord Leonard Aster (Hendrick Shelton), his daughter Molly (Robyn Smith) and her nanny, Mrs. Bumbrake (Nelson Tilley). Two identical trunks are...