Live on the Green music festival kicks off; student Myron Sailors enters LOTG lip sync contest

Live on the Green music festival kicks off; student Myron Sailors enters LOTG lip sync contest

Additional reporting by Erin Franklin August is here, and that means one of Nashvillians’ favorite summer things to do is back: Live on the Green. Lipscomb student Myron Sailors is just one of those Nashvillians who is especially looking forward to the festival. The free concert series kicks off August 9 and continues every Thursday until the three-day finale on Labor Day Weekend. This annual Music City festival is sponsored by the Lightning 100 radio station and features over 30 artists. To build some excitement for the upcoming festival, Lightning 100 is holding a lip sync competition for participants to potentially win VIP season passes to Live on the Green. The winner is decided by fan votes, and Lipscomb student Sailors is currently enjoying a slight lead in the competition. “VIP passes gets me access to stage-side viewing areas and bathrooms that aren’t Porta-Potties — bless up,” Sailors said. To vote for Sailors’ video, readers can click here. “I definitely felt inspired by the many great performances that I’ve seen celebrities give on Lip Sync Battle, but my motivation to work hard for what I want definitely has to be credited to my mom,” Sailors said, adding, “She probably wouldn’t be too happy that I took time off of studying for my organic final to put this together instead.”   Sailors noted that he thinks people should vote for him because of his dedication and long-time support of the music festival. “Honestly the song sells itself, but I feel like I should win because I’ve been a loyal Live on the Green attendee since I was a wee sophomore...
Rachel Smiley joins staff as new Housing Coordinator, Director of Student Services

Rachel Smiley joins staff as new Housing Coordinator, Director of Student Services

Rachel Smiley joined the Lipscomb community this summer, not only as the new Housing Coordinator (succeeding Andrea Breland), but also as the Director of Student Services, a newly created role designed to assist students. Smiley’s office, as well as Louis Nelms’ office, is being moved to the newly renovated Student Services Center in what used to be Zebi’s Lounge. “Instead of you all having to go around campus to financial aid, to business, to athletics, you come straight to me, and I’m the liaison now between all departments,” Smiley said. “So when students have questions, I’m able to help them instead of them having to run to all the departments.” Smiley has a degree in criminal justice, psychology and sociology and is a full-time real estate agent. Her two children attend Lipscomb Academy, and she previously substitute taught there before getting her job at the university. “I love the environment, and I love that it’s a Christian organization, and I can bring my faith on-campus without being shunned or ridiculed,” Smiley said. “Everybody has been very helpful, very gracious and very forgiving.” Smiley’s role extends beyond the traditional aspects of the job, and she noted that she hopes to build relationships with the students. “I  accepted this position knowing what my role was but not knowing how to do that, so I was able to create what that looked like,” Smiley said. “My highest expectation is making sure the students are taken care of.” After working within the Student Life and Housing departments, Smiley said she noticed a lack of trust between the different departments, especially the admissions department....
Men’s Basketball scheduled to play Louisville in non-conference game

Men’s Basketball scheduled to play Louisville in non-conference game

After their groundbreaking season last year, Lipscomb men’s basketball team is scheduled to play the Louisville Cardinals in a paid non-conference game on December 12 at the KFC Yum Center. Lipscomb’s Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson said that the basketball schedule has not been released due to contracts waiting on finalization. However, the Louisville Cardinals 2018-2019 schedule has been released and features the Bisons for a guaranteed game. “A lot of Division I schools are trying to find good competition in their non-conference schedule to play,” Hutcheson said. “We were both looking for a game on the same day and worked it out.” The men’s basketball team has gained a lot of attention this past season after making it into the NCAA tournament for the first time in history. In playing Division I teams like North Carolina and Louisville, the players have a chance to gain exposure and show that Lipscomb is a competitive team. “They are a well-known program, and they have a great fan following,” Hutcheson said. “If we can go up there and win, that would be a great promotion for our program.” According to the athletic department, the reports speculating Lipscomb will receive over 250 thousand dollars for this game are inaccurate, stating that non-conference games usually range around 80-100 thousand dollars. Lipscomb Athletics is unable to release the amount of money the department is being paid. However, according to the Louisville Courier Journal report, the Cardinals will be paying a total of 270,000 to play three different non-conference games this season, including Central Arkansas and Kent State. “It not only helps basketball, but it helps...
‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ adds new twist to the original musical

‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ adds new twist to the original musical

Sequel films rarely ever live up to expectations, but Mamma Mia fanatics will be just as enthralled with Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! as they were with the original, despite the ten-year gap between films. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! takes fans back to the Greek Islands and tells the story of young Donna (Lily James)  exploring the world and finding her path alongside the modern day progression of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) as she re-opens her mother’s hotel. Donna’s story is unpacked beyond the diary featured in the first film, and fans get to see the events of the fateful summer she meets Harry, Bill and Sam, and the journey that led to her opening the hotel and raising Sophie. While diving into the adventures of 20-something Donna, the modern-day grand opening of the newly renovated hotel brings old friends and Sophie’s three fathers back together. The film explores the past that led to the original Mamma Mia! story and wraps up Sophie’s journey and the loose ends left in the first film, including her relationship with Sky. The film features a healthy mix of the old and new, showcasing the original 2008 cast plus several new talented members. Lily James holds her own as the young Donna, originally played by Meryl Streep, and she brings her own style to the beloved character. Fans will not be disappointed in the music as a few beloved ABBA songs from the first film re-appear along with a whole new soundtrack of songs from the famous band. Though some characters from the first film are not featured as much as...
Movie filming on Lipscomb’s Campus needs student extras

Movie filming on Lipscomb’s Campus needs student extras

Writer and Director Dave Christiano needs student extras for his upcoming movie, The Perfect Race, filming on Lipscomb’s campus. The scenes filming at the end of July will need 10 students of any gender and any race. The Perfect Race is the sequel to the 2016 film Remember the Goal and follows a female 800-meter runner who attends a small Christian college. Christiano and his brother Rich both started their film careers in the 1970s and have directed and produced several Christiano Films. These movies highlight the beliefs of the Christiano brothers and display strong Christian themes. Christiano is no stranger to working with Lipscomb students. Lipscomb junior Quinn Gorte and Lipscomb graduate Lacy Hartselle both starred in his previous film Remember the Goal. Gorte was 18 when she played the role of Anna Glass, the lead runner of the cross-country team. Though her character will not be in the The Perfect Race, she shared her experience working on the previous film. “Being able to share parts of my story with people was an incredible honor, and being in the film really expanded my platform to open doors for those opportunities,” Gorte said. “It was really fun meeting new people from the various states and organizations, and many of them really went out of their way to help the film.” Gorte shared how the cast of Remember the Goal still keeps in touch and will forever be “a little family.” She is currently helping recruit students for the film. “He (Christiano) is one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met,” Gorte said. “He just devotes his life to honoring...