‘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...
Lipscomb students return from Israel, share their experiences

Lipscomb students return from Israel, share their experiences

Lipscomb students returned home from a 10-day trip to Israel on June 3 with a better understanding of ancient Israel and the modern geopolitical issues in the country. The trip partnered with Passages Israel to show the religious, social and political issues to students while exploring the roots of their faith. The team traveled across Israel, spending time in historical places like Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee and Caesarea. Team members saw the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee. Some students also chose to get baptized in the Jordan River. Lipscomb graduate student Megan Deel is working on her Masters in Divinity and shared how visiting the Biblically-historic sights was the highlight of her trip. “The whole experience in Jerusalem was my favorite,” Deel said. “Especially because that is where Jesus died and rose; it was just such a special place to walk.” Senior Theology and Ministry major Joshua Stewart said the trip was more than just an educational experience. “This was also a spiritual journey,” Stewart said. “I read about the people, places and events of the Bible so much differently because I saw it with my own eyes. I have a much clearer image of Jesus standing in the synagogues, teaching and healing people He never met but knew and loved anyway. The Gospel has been given new life.” The students also visited the Gaza Strip and the Syrian border to better understand living in a war zone. Talking with people on the Gaza Strip, visiting bomb shelters and learning rocket alarm safety protocols are just a few of the ways the group learned about the conflict. Trip...
Lipscomb student gets behind-the-scenes look at CMA music Festival

Lipscomb student gets behind-the-scenes look at CMA music Festival

Alongside her grandma, student Veronika Jones worked with Music City Center throughout the entirety of the the CMA music festival and even found a potential career path she said she wants to pursue after graduation. The Junior International Affairs major worked the Fanfair inside Music City Center at the Radio Disney Country meet and greet. Jones was in charge of counting the fans that lined up and cutting off the line when the performers had to leave. “A lot of the times performers had somewhere to be right after they were done, like an interview or another show, so it was really fast paced,” Jones said.  “I met a lot of really nice people that were really understanding if I did have to cut the line off.” Jones worked closely with artists Cam, Maddie & Tae, LANCO and more. She noted that one of her favorite parts about working the CMA Fest was meeting all different kinds of people, not just the performing artists. “Everybody I worked with was awesome, and I also met a whole lot of interesting people from all over the world,” Jones said. “I met these girls who all became friends through Twitter because they were all Kelsea Ballerini fans.” Despite the many people she met, Jones said her favorite person she worked with was her “Gran.” Jones’ grandmother works for Music City Center and has worked the CMA Music Festival the past nine years. Music is a big part of Jones’ family, and she spent a lot of her childhood at the Grand Ole Opry where her Gran worked as a tour guide. “If...
Dr. Molefi Kete Asante and others speak during annual Christian Scholars’ Conference

Dr. Molefi Kete Asante and others speak during annual Christian Scholars’ Conference

Lipscomb hosted the 38th Annual Christian Scholars’ Conference this week, kicking off on Wednesday night with The Fred D. Gray Plenary in Human and Civil Rights and introducing keynote speaker Dr. Molefi Kete Asante. Lipscomb’s President Randy Lowry gave the opening remarks at the 6th annual conference. “You can’t be who you need to be if you remain who your are,” Lowry said. “As we engage in these conversations and the stimulations and the challenge that’s here, well, we never could’ve been who we will be had we not shared this experience.” The lecture honored civil rights attorney, preacher and activist, Fred David Gray who introduced the keynote speaker. Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Gray attended Nashville Christian Institute and spent time working for professors at David Lipscomb College. Gray received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law before returning to Alabama where he worked closely with the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr. As a young attorney in Alabama, Gray also defended Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks. “We have been able to assist in changing conditions and bringing about justice for all,” Gray said. “However, the struggle continues. We have not been able to change the hearts and the minds of our brothers and sisters.” Gray recounted how he later filed a suit in the United States District Court in Nashville against the then-President of David Lipscomb College, challenging the school’s segregation policies. In 2012, at the 32nd Annual Christian Scholars’ Conference, Gray received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lipscomb University. “Never did I ever think I would be invited back to...