‘Gifted’ excels with talented cast

‘Gifted’ excels with talented cast

A big-name cast leads the way in Gifted, a melodrama with a thought-provoking tone. McKenna Grace (Designated Survivor, Once Upon A Time) plays Mary Adler and carries the film on her own. The pint-sized actress is similar to the Fanning girls, Dakota and Elle, in her “giftedness” on the screen at such a young age. She stars in the film as the protagonist who has an exceptional talent in mathematics. Chris Evans (The Avengers, The Nanny Diaries) is Mary’s single Uncle Frank, who struggles with how to deal with his niece’s profound gift. Frank had been homeschooling Mary, but enrolls her in the local public elementary school to start first grade. Due partially to the environment she was raised in, Mary has a strong attachment to her uncle and begs him not to make her go, but Frank tells Mary that he’s taught her “all he knows.” Despite her academic talent, Frank doesn’t plan on enrolling her in sort of special program to strengthen this talent. Begrudgingly, Mary attends school, and her teacher immediately recognizes her mathematical ability. Frank’s British mother, who has been absent all of Mary’s life, is contacted concerning Frank’s insistence on not enrolling Mary in a gifted program at a different school to hone her ability. This escalates into a custody battle between Frank and his mother, played by Lindsay Duncan (About Time, Birdman), which is what the remainder of the film centers on. This conflict overtakes the plot just a little too much, rather than focusing on Mary’s gift, which is the most engrossing and engaging part of the film. Gifted’s best quality is...
Big hits, strong pitching lead Lipscomb to 12-0 victory over Chattanooga

Big hits, strong pitching lead Lipscomb to 12-0 victory over Chattanooga

A rain delay in the second inning didn’t stop the Lipscomb Lady Bisons from run-ruling the Chattanooga Mocs 12-0 in five innings on Thursday night at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Coming off a 4-1 win Tuesday night at Louisville, Lipscomb (33-13) pulled a massive nine-run second inning to go up 11-0 over the Mocs (12-32) early in the game. “I loved how we scored right off the bat,” head coach Kristin Ryman said. “Chloe [Yeager] gets a really clutch two RBI single right there in the first inning to get us on the board and jump-start us, and then in the second inning we just really took off. After that, we just relied on our defense.” Senior veteran pitcher McCarley Thomas pitched the entire game, only allowing two hits, while Chattanooga threw two freshmen — Celie Hudson and Alex Connell, who let up four hits a piece against the Lady Bisons. “I feel pretty good about it,” Thomas said. “I think I have the opportunity to be sharper and to get ahead more on my batters, and that’s going to help me out a lot. It’s a team sport, and my teammates had my back, so it was a good outing.” In the first inning, junior Caitlin Plocheck knocked a double to centerfield for the Lady Bisons’ first hit. Then with two outs and bases loaded, freshman Chloe Yeager came up to bat, drilling a single up the middle to bring in the first two runs of the game. After a quick rain delay, sophomore Destinee Brewer knocked a single and stole third before senior Kasey Gibson hit a...
Miss Lipscomb, Bachelor of Ugliness awarded

Miss Lipscomb, Bachelor of Ugliness awarded

Lipscomb students elected their Miss Lipscomb and Bachelor of Ugliness as well as eight SGA Senators-at-Large Thursday afternoon in Bennett Campus Center. The title of Miss Lipscomb was given to Anna Cannone and Bachelor of Ugliness to Matt Gibson. Lipscomb students have elected a Miss Lipscomb and Bachelor of Ugliness for over 75 years. Cole Buttrey, Gabby Cannone, Ralston Drake, Cheyenne Gavin, Ben Hemby, Mason Price, Matt Welborn and Jordan Whitfield were selected as the Senators-at-Large. On Tuesday, Carson Panovec was elected as SGA president, and Stephen Hemmerly as vice president. Also on Tuesday, Brandon Cunningham, Brent Horswell, Matthew Jafari, Vince Law and Rebecca Robertson were elected as Senior Class Senators. The student body elected Hannah Fox, Leslie Garcia, Emilee Goss, Myron Sailors and Hanyi Yin as Junior Class Senators. Breckin Horton, Annie Moore and Jack Webber will serve as Sophomore Class Senators. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Carson Panovec elected as SGA President

Carson Panovec elected as SGA President

The student body elected Carson Panovec as SGA President after students voted Tuesday in Bennett Campus Center. As President of SGA, Panovec said he plans to focus on advocating for students and communicating with administration. “I would use SGA’s two most underused committees to: get ideas, feedback, and concerns from students, and increase communication and build relationships with the administration,” Panovec said. “This would allow SGA to take the thoughts and ideas of students to the administration to accomplish things that SGA couldn’t accomplish on its own.” Stephen Hemmerly was elected as Vice President. Tyler Dove ran unopposed as Treasurer and Sierra Sparks ran unopposed as Secretary. Senior Class Senators include: Brandon Cunningham, Brent Horswell, Matthew Jafari, Vince Law and Rebecca Robertson. Hannah Fox, Leslie Garcia, Emilee Goss, Myron Sailors and Hanyi Yin will serve as Junior Class Senators. Breckin Horton, Annie Moore and Jack Webber were elected as Sophomore Class Senators. Senators-at-Large as well as Bachelor of Ugliness and Miss Lipscomb elections will be held on Thursday. Students can vote for eight Senators-At-Large — Cole Buttrey, Gabby Cannone, Brooklyn Chalfant, Ralston Drake, Cheyenne Gavin, Hope Harmon, Ben Hemby, Hope Mironas, Mason Price, Ellory Overcast, Kenan Sakic, Jobane Stockard, Matt Welborn, Jordan Whitfield, Mitchell Wood and Kegan York. Bachelor of Ugliness candidates include: Alex Csorba, Matt Forstoff, Matt Gibson, Addison Groves, Etherton Jonga, Chandler Montgomery, John Blake Parker and Jackson Smith. Miss Lipscomb Candidates include: Anna Cannone, Esther Chung, Macy Cottrell, Sydney Ferrell, Jacky Gomez, Sarah Lavoie, Jhoselin Revolorio, Katie Scholl, Ansley Waller and Anne Ware. Additional Reporting by Whitney Smith Photo courtesy of Carson...
BREAKING NEWS: Belmont and Lipscomb to merge schools by 2019 (April Fools)

BREAKING NEWS: Belmont and Lipscomb to merge schools by 2019 (April Fools)

In an effort to speed up Belmont’s “Vision 2020” goal of increased enrollment, Lipscomb and Belmont are merging. The two schools will be renamed the singular Belscomb University. The merge is expected to be complete by fall 2019. “I think it’ll be interesting to merge the two campuses because they’ve had such a rivalry — like Battle of the Boulevard and things like that — for so long,” Belmont Vision Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Arnold said. “It’s just going to be fun to see how students react. That’s what I’m excited for.” President Lowry will announce and provide further information about the merge on Tuesday during The Gathering service. “It makes sense why Lipscomb and Belmont are merging,” Lumination Managing Editor Anna Rogers said. “There’s no where for us to go other than vertical, so we’re reaching out to other schools.” Due to Belmont’s specialized underground parking system, the two schools will be connected by the underground tunnel in front of Belmont’s Bell Tower. This should also help Lipscomb students by providing increased parking. Lipscomb shuttle drivers will also be receiving a promotion as an above-ground shuttle service will allow students to travel back and forth between campuses. Arts and humanities classes will mainly be held on the current Belmont campus, while math and science classes are expected to stay at Lipscomb. Although one of the goals of the merge is to create increased student enrollment, it will also enable the two student bodies to come together. Despite no longer having the anticipated “Battle of the Boulevard” rivalry, President Lowry and Belmont’s President Fisher hope the merge will create a sense...