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...
Gamma Lambda raises money and the roof for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Gamma Lambda raises money and the roof for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

If you noticed a bounce house in the SAC on Wednesday night, don’t worry– it was a part of girls’ social club Gamma Lambda’s Spring Fling. Cornhole, carnival games and a giant yellow balloon took over the SAC in order to raise money and support Monroe Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network. “Dance marathons are something that colleges across the country do to raise money for their local children’s miracle network hospitals,” said Katie Holliday, who put on the event for Gamma Lambda. Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement uniting high school, university and college students across the country and beyond to help raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 2015, over 25 million dollars was raised. Gamma Lambda’s event was closely affiliated to Dance Marathon. Not only did they have great carnival games and a raffle, they also had DJ Rio come DJ the event. “He is actually a student here at Lipscomb University, and he is a member of Sigma Iota Delta.” Holliday said. The raffle included items like tickets to Nashville Predators’ games, tickets to Atlanta Braves’ games and gift cards to local boutiques and restaurants. When asked why they decided to partner with the Children’s Miracle Network, Holliday said, “Our President had looked into it and had gotten into contact with people at the hospital, and just got more info about it. It sounded like something we would be interested in, and we just really wanted to help out the hospital.” According to their website, the Children’s Miracle Network raises awareness and funds for 170 member hospitals that provide over...
Lipscomb and Harding choirs join forces to perform ‘Carmina Burana’

Lipscomb and Harding choirs join forces to perform ‘Carmina Burana’

 When Lipscomb’s Gary Wilson was a student at Harding studying to be the Lipscomb Choral Director he is today, he never knew what kind of impact Dr. Cliff Ganus, his professor and mentor, would have on his life. “Dr. Cliff Ganus was my collegiate choral conductor and mentor,” Wilson said. “I wanted to do something with him to honor our professional relationship and friendship. He’s also about to start his 50th year at Harding, and this joint concert seemed like a good way to do that.” They have now been able to celebrate that mentorship and friendship by combining their two choirs for a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana over the span of two weekends. “Cliff and I talked about pieces we might do together that neither of us would do alone,” Wilson said. “Carmina needs a large choir of about 100 to be effective, and both of us wanted to do it, and it seemed like a logical choice for this concert.” On February 19, the Harding University choir made the trip from Searcy, Arkansas, to perform at Lipscomb. The concert featured choirs from both Lipscomb and Harding, a full orchestra and the children’s choir from Lipscomb Academy. “It was miraculous!” Wilson said. “Think about it: two choirs with two conductors at Lipscomb, another choir and conductor at Harding, part of the orchestra that I rehearsed for a couple of weeks and the full orchestra that I rehearsed for about one and a half hours before the choir arrived. We basically ran straight through the piece one time before the performance, but everyone was well prepared, and...
Bid Night kicks off 2017 Spring Pledge Week

Bid Night kicks off 2017 Spring Pledge Week

Love it or hate it, one of the busiest weeks at Lipscomb began when Bid Night kicked off the spring 2017 pledge week on Friday night in Collins Alumni Auditorium. Students will likely soon be seeing “raptors” in the square, clubs cheering and pledges approaching you to sign their pledge book. Over one hundred students stood on stage in Collins and shouted to the crowd that they were a “proud pledge” of their new social club. Each club had a unique and different way of introducing their new members; some social clubs had their new members do dances and cheers, while others took a more serious tone. “I thought that Bid Night went really well,” Sigma Iota Delta senior Grant Mathis said. “The atmosphere was ecstatic. It was fun to see all the clubs with their pledges as well to see the ways in which all the different clubs, and Greek life in general, is growing.” Theta Psi stole the show this year, taking a record number of new members. The club started with just introducing 10 pledges, and then had each new member come on stage one by one. “I’m excited!” Theta Psi senior Zack Eccleston said. “I think it’s a really cool opportunity to open Greek Life up to more guys, and I see it as a testament to the way Theta Psi tries to carry itself that so many guys are drawn to that.” Theta Psi took a total of 26 pledges this year. “It’s certainly a challenge to figure out how to do pledge week with that many guys, but that also presents a really...
Greek Life prospective kicks off rush process

Greek Life prospective kicks off rush process

Things are beginning to heat up around Lipscomb as Rush Week is right around the corner. Whether they are a part of a social club or not, students are preparing for one of the busiest times of the year on campus. Last night was the first official rush event of the Spring semester, and students all over campus came out to see which social club they might want to join. Many prospective students still had questions concerning rushing, such as what Rush Week is, and how they can get involved with a social club. “Rush week is a chance for prospective students to come and get to know the social clubs on campus and see what they’re about,” Claire Grissom, a senior member of Delta Omega, said, noting, “and to see if joining a social club is for them.” Jake Cartwright, sophomore and member of Theta Psi, gave a run down of just how long the rush process can be. “Last night was Greek Life’s first official prospective, where we were finally able to meet all prospective new members,” Cartwright said. “Male prospectives were split into five groups and were rotated on a fifteen-minute time limit, spending time with each guys’ social club. We spent that time sharing with prospectives who we are as a club and what we are all about. The next step is the open rush process, which begins this weekend.” Lumination also asked a few members why students should pledge their social club, and what makes their clubs unique. “Delta Omega is a great sisterhood that is based on Jesus, and we strive to minister...