Health Care Academy campers get firsthand experience with emergency-scene simulation

Health Care Academy campers get firsthand experience with emergency-scene simulation

Reporting by J-Campers Delia Batdorff, Alak Johnson, Linh Pham and Nisha Ramanna On the front lawns of Lipscomb University, students lay on the grass groaning about sprained ankles and pain in their bodies. A bell rang, and young medical campers jumped into action. In the midst of the mock crisis, they focused on the task at hand: treating their patients in a calm manner. The simulation was hosted by the Lipscomb-HCA TriStar Health Care Academy, where students come and learn the basics of healthcare June 4-9. The camp offers a unique perspective for high school students who show a keen interest in pursuing medicine. In this simulation, students worked in a “crisis” situation. While victim volunteers act out symptoms of injuries such as heat strokes and bug bites, the campers had to absorb the situation and apply treatment as if it was real. This process is called SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan) and was taught by Kathy Williams, instructor of nursing at Lipscomb. “This will give them the basics [first aid], and the fact that they can do it and that they can see — they can ask questions,” Williams said. “They’re going to go out, and . . . learn how to take care of a patient.” Shekinah Gordon, a journalism camper, played one of the victims. “They used fake sweat, like a highlighter powder and some blush,” Gordon said, adding, “I wanted to be a victim because I had never done it before and wanted to see what it was like.” Student Emily Cooper participated as one of the healthcare campers and noted that she appreciated...
Carson Panovec turns the page — from student-athlete to student government

Carson Panovec turns the page — from student-athlete to student government

If there was ever a person who epitomized the term “student-athlete,” it would be Carson Panovec. The senior molecular biology major has kept busy by playing tennis for the Bisons, working as a member of Lipscomb’s Presidential Ambassador Council, serving as Vice President for Student Government Association (SGA) and recently being elected as SGA President for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. “I don’t watch a lot of TV,” Panovec joked. The Tennessee native played for the Bisons his freshman, sophomore and junior years, but after this past season decided that he wouldn’t be returning to the court his senior year because the student body elected him as SGA President. “I wouldn’t be able to play tennis and be SGA President and do a good job at both, so it’d be a disservice to both of them if I tried to,” Panovec said. “Running for SGA President, I was like, ‘All right, if I get this, I’m not going to be able to play next year.’ And I got it.” In high school, Panovec was homeschooled and attended a homeschool tutorial (a one-day-a-week class cooperative). Although because of this he didn’t serve on a traditional SGA in high school, he served on a Student Leadership Council, which focused on creating a service-oriented environment. He came to Lipsomb partially because it had always been his dream to play Division 1 tennis. His older sister played tennis at Lipscomb as well, and although he considered attending Harding University, he ultimately decided that Lipscomb was the place for him. This was part of the reason it was such a hard decision to stop...
‘The Mummy’ is lifeless first entry into ‘Dark Universe’

‘The Mummy’ is lifeless first entry into ‘Dark Universe’

The Mummy is a bad remake buried under good summer flicks such as Wonder Woman. Despite Tom Cruise leading the tale, one does not necessarily expect a critically-acclaimed or award-winning film when going in to see The Mummy — simply an entertaining, thrilling monster movie, but The Mummy fails to deliver even this. Cruise stars in the film, his character a man who goes around searching for ancient artifacts and loot to sell on the Black Market. He then unearths the tomb of an Egyptian princess who was put to death after murdering her father, her stepmother and her baby half-brother. However, once this ancient tomb is unearthed, Princes Ahmanet is awakened, unleashing “fury” and a plan to bring the Egyptian god of death to life through Nick Morton (Cruise). Nick, of course, isn’t having this, so he meets up with Dr. Henry Jekyll  and does a lot of running, yelling and a little bit of fighting. His companion and ancient Egypt expert Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) does all of this right beside him too, except the quality of her lines are reduced to screaming “Nick!” more than half the time, unfortunately diminishing her to damsel-in-distress status and wasting the potential of a decently good character. The Jekyll/Hyde storyline is distracting and unnecessary, leaving viewers questioning the purpose of Russell Crowe’s character(s). From the trailer, The Mummy looks to be a scary film, or at least a little thrilling. However, after watching the movie, it appears all of the “scary” scenes were utilized in the trailer, presenting a monster movie without a scary monster. Honestly, I find the 1932 version...
DC finally gets it right with ‘Wonder Woman’

DC finally gets it right with ‘Wonder Woman’

Wonder Woman is a breath of fresh air in a line of previously underwhelming DC films. Gal Gadot stars as the Amazon princess crafted by clay — her performance a triumphant achievement in portraying such an iconic character. Gadot brings both a strength and beauty to Princess Diana, who exhibits a relentless drive and desire to embrace her heroism rather than run from it. The origin story hearkens to the original classic superhero films such as Christopher Reeve’s Superman, and also somewhat parallels Marvel’s Captain America with its World War focus. The story is not particularly unique, but its emphasis on providing a heroine who the “world of men do not deserve” is new in such a male-dominated genre. The tale begins with Wonder Woman as young Princess Diana growing up on a peaceful island of only Amazon women who are adept at fighting and protecting their utopian community — a stark contrast to the way women are treated when Diana arrives in World War I London on a mission to stop the war. Gadot does an excellent job of mixing worldly innocence with classic superhero charm and skill once arriving in London, with Chris Pine portraying her sidekick and love interest, Captain Steve Trevor. Pine and the rest of the cast do an admirable job, but their respective characters remain flat and stereotypical, one of the few weaknesses of the film. Behind the camera is Patty Jenkins, who directs an atypical DC film focused on story, preferring to show the horror of war and fighting instead of its glorification. This is not to say that Wonder Woman’s fight...
Predators’ quest for Stanley Cup begins transforming Nashville into ‘hockey town’

Predators’ quest for Stanley Cup begins transforming Nashville into ‘hockey town’

The Nashville Predators’ historic season has sparked new growth in the hockey community in Nashville, with Lipscomb’s own club hockey team eager for the transformation. The Preds’ inaugural season was in 1997, while Lipscomb’s team is less than a year old. The Nashville Predators are racing towards the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins this week, and the Lipscomb Bisons, although young, capped off this past season with a strong 4-2 victory over MTSU. Army veteran, Lipscomb engineering student and Defensemen Nick Morris is one of the founding members of Lipscomb’s club hockey team. Although not a Predators fan, he said he’s excited to see what the Preds’ Stanley Cup quest will do for the hockey community in Nashville. “I’m always excited for hockey to take a little bit more of a forefront because it’s an absolutely fantastic sport,” Morris said. “I would like to continue to see Nashville become more of a hockey town and more of a hockey community.” Lipscomb coach Ryan Patterson started playing hockey at the age of 7 and has since devoted himself to the sport, serving as Lipscomb’s coach, and as a coach for Blackman high school the past two years and also working for the Predators for the last 12 seasons as a video coach assistant. “I actually stepped away from my job with the Preds to start a new adventure with this team, and feel it’s the most positive and goal-oriented team I’ve ever been a part of,” Patterson noted. “It’s refreshing actually, and something that you don’t see everyday.” Patterson added that he is glad people are recognizing Nashville...