‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ offers look into Mister Rogers’ genuine care for children

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ offers look into Mister Rogers’ genuine care for children

There’s nothing easy about being a child. Within only half-a-decade from birth, you’re expected to walk, talk, socialize, behave and conform to the “adult” way of your culture. Nowadays, a conversation about emotion and the nuances of life are rarely shared with children outright; instead, children are expected to just grow and guess how the adults have it figured out (we don’t).  This wasn’t always the case though. Several decades ago, a piano composer named Fred Rogers became upset with the way that early television treated its child audience. He was appalled with the silly and slapstick nature of  TV shows aimed at younger audiences. So he put aside his goal of being an ordained Presbyterian minister and set out to create a show that would speak to children at their level, with dignity and sincerity, while also displaying authority and wisdom. And he did exactly that. Every day, Fred Rogers would be “Mister Rogers” to the children of the Pittsburgh area, and then to the rest of the United States. Won’t You be my Neighbor is a very special kind of documentary. It isn’t a biopic on the inner workings of the man Fred Rogers, and it isn’t some history piece detailing Mister Roger’s Neighborhood and the way it came to be renowned in the United States. It’s a barely even a documentary. Really, it’s something far more wholesome. Won’t You be my Neighbor is a celebration of a time long past. It’s a presentation of ideas and ideologies of one genuinely kind man. The film does not go deep into Fred Roger’s personal life, nor does it...
‘LU’ joins Lipscomb in the ASUN conference

‘LU’ joins Lipscomb in the ASUN conference

In 2013, Liberty University claimed all use of the abbreviation LU, banning Lipscomb from using it as an official logo. In 2018, Liberty and Lipscomb will face off again, though this time it will be out on the court and the field. Liberty University has officially joined Lipscomb in the Atlantic Sun conference to become it’s 8th member. The school, which was formerly a part of the Big South conference, has made the swap over to the ASUN conference for the 2018-2019 season. Lipscomb, who won the ASUN Men’s Basketball tournament to advance to the NCAA playoffs, has a potential rival in Liberty University. Both are Christian schools located in the South, and both appeal to the same demographics. They’re similar enough that there was quite the debacle involving the use of “LU” to represent Lipscomb in 2013. “On behalf of our coaches, staff, and student-athletes, we are excited and honored to join the ASUN as our all-sports conference,” said Liberty University’s Director of Athletics, Ian McCaw. “Moreover, we are deeply appreciative to Commissioner Ted Gumbart, the ASUN leadership and member institutions, for this opportunity. “The ASUN footprint will allow Liberty to further extend our brand into New Jersey, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. These states are fertile for recruiting students and student-athletes alike who fit Liberty’s mission.” All of Liberty’s athletics programs now in ASUN will be able to compete for any trophy awarded by ASUN for the 2018-2019 season. 17 of its 20 sports programs will join ASUN. Liberty’s football team will become independent this fall, the field hockey program will stay in the Big East conference and the women’s swimming...
What exactly does SGA do? The Rundown

What exactly does SGA do? The Rundown

The past two weeks at Lipscomb University have been filled with posters, emails and events surrounding the election of the 2018-2019 Student Government Association. On Tuesday, Sierra Sparks won the election for President, Annie Moore for Vice-President, Macy Glassco for Secretary and Emilee Goss for Treasurer. Five students for the three upper classes of Sophomore, Junior, and Senior were elected to be senators. However, despite students knowing about SGA’s existence, some students still don’t know what SGA does, or how it all works. The Student Government Association’s motto is I Kings 3:9: “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” Aside from the four executive officers and five senators for each class, there are also five freshmen elected by an interviewing committee comprised of the president and three additional senators or officers; this is done in the fall during the freshman’s first year on campus. Finally, there are eight “Senator At-Large” positions of candidates that lost the position they were originally running for, but who still want to be a part of SGA. They represent the student body as a whole and advocate for the entire body of undergraduates here at Lipscomb. According to the SGA Constitution, any person who meets the proper criteria can run for these positions. But what are these criteria? According to the Constitution, for a senator to be elected, he or she must have a GPA of 2.75 and have spent two semesters at Lipscomb, and they must also be a part of the...
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ has diverse cast that uplifts overall underwhelming film

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ has diverse cast that uplifts overall underwhelming film

In 1962, Madeleine L’Engle was told that her complex children’s book, “A Wrinkle in Time” would be a huge flop. Publishers told her that children couldn’t grasp the intricate science presented in the story, and they were averse to the idea of a female preteen being the lead of a sci-fi adventure. They felt that young boys– the main market for science fiction– wouldn’t be interested in a story about a girl. Luckily, the small publishing company Farrar, Straus & Giroux took a risk on “A Wrinkle in Time.” The novel was a massive hit, which is why, 56 years later, Disney gave a budget of $103 million to director Ava DuVernay to adapt the now-beloved book into a cinematic adventure. In DuVernay’s adaption, Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a shy, rebellious high schooler whose father went missing three years prior. Her younger brother, Charles Wallace Murry (Deric McCabe) is a child prodigy who was adopted by the family right before the disappearance of their father. After a bad day at school where Meg was sent to the Principal’s office for lashing out against a bully, her family is visited by an eccentrically-dressed woman named Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon). The next day, while Meg is walking the dog with Charles Wallace, they run into Calvin O’keefe (Levi Miller) a popular kid at school who, with no explanation other than, “I feel like I should be here,” decides to go with Meg and Charles Wallace as they explore an abandoned house. The house ends up being the home to Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling). Later on, while relaxing in Meg’s backyard,...
Campus security making changes, adding cameras to cope with local crime wave

Campus security making changes, adding cameras to cope with local crime wave

Lipscomb University’s campus security has been hard at work since two cars were stolen from campus on February 11th. Campus Chief of Security Patrick Cameron said that after the local crime spree over Valentine’s day and the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., campus security has made several new changes, including recovering one of the two stolen cars. “We are now closing the parking lot behind high rise at 10:00 PM,” said Cameron. He said 30 new surveillance cameras were installed Feb. 28. The theft coincided with a Valentine’s Day crime wave in Green Hills that included violent robberies at gunpoint and an unrelated shooting at the Green Hills library. Nashville police charged two teenagers in connection with the robberies shortly after the fact, then formed a task force to combat violent crime by teens. It is not known whether or not any of those crimes are related to the car break-ins on campus. Cameron said campus security is in close communication with Nashville Metro and the task force regarding local criminal activity. Campus security also communicates with the security offices of Belmont and Vanderbilt and let each other in on any developments across each other’s campus. “We are always communicating with [Belmont and Vanderbilt’s] campus securities,” Cameron said. “We meet monthly.” The most important thing, Cameron said, was that security keeps doing the procedures already set in place. “We are always reevaluating given the circumstances. Times like this remind us to exercise caution and to stick with our current procedures.”...