More than 800 students awarded diplomas at the 128th commencement

More than 800 students awarded diplomas at the 128th commencement

Spirits were high in Allen Arena Saturday afternoon, as 560 Lipscomb students were awarded their bachelor’s degree diplomas. Earlier that morning, commencement was held for 325 graduate students. The ceremony began with the board of trustee members Bart Harper and Sallie Dean delivering the invocation and scripture reading. Dean read from Philippians 4, including the verse: “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.” In his President’s charge, President Randolph Lowry highlighted how each graduate had an individual story of how they “overcame challenges” to walk across the graduation stage. “Each of those stories suggests something about the future and how you will contribute to this world,” said Lowry. He recognized first-generation students, student-athletes and graduating veterans. However, he also took the opportunity to tell the story of one particular student, Seth Walker, who has cerebral palsy. “Seth Walker cannot walk,” Lowry said. “He cannot feed himself. He cannot dress. He cannot roll over in bed without assistance. And yet God has given him an amazing sense of cherishing and holding on to all that life provides.” Walker received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and ministry. Lowry went on to discuss Ken Brassell, Walker’s caregiver. “For the past five years, he has attended virtually every single class that Seth attended at two colleges,” Lowry said. He then called Brassell up to the stage and awarded him with an honorary bachelor’s degree. Several awards for faculty and a student were then announced: the Outstanding Teacher awards, to Lindsay L. Dillingham, Jon H. Lawrence and Nancy Magnusson Durham; the John William Baker Award, to mathematics professor Carroll G. Wells; and...
“The Wonder Years” awarded coveted Sweepstakes Award, marking their victory in all four categories

“The Wonder Years” awarded coveted Sweepstakes Award, marking their victory in all four categories

The 56th annual Singarama wrapped up Saturday evening, with the coveted Sweepstakes awarded to “The Wonder Years.” The Sweepstakes award represents a fourth win for “The Wonder Years” after consecutively winning all three other awards for Theme, Music and Staging. The winning group was comprised of the social clubs Phi Sigma, Theta Psi and Kappa Chi, as well as several “friends.” “The Wonder Years” tells the tale of “most responsible child” Andrew Foster, played by Dane Mortensen. After his parents leave for a “business trip,” Andrew’s “Glammy” whisks him and his two younger siblings away to a weekend biblical retreat. “It just means that even in times when there’s unknown and there’s wonder to be had in life, life can still be wonderful,” director Myron Sailors said on the meaning behind the show. “There’s no reason to stress about not knowing what’s coming next because that’s just part of life.” Months of preparation went into the mini-musical. Sailors spoke on how highly he valued the work put in by the production team and cast. “My production team that was right there with me through it all and my cast that was just so encouraging and worked so hard…Without them, none of this would have happened.” This year’s performances were hosted by Berkley Boglin, Luke Howard, Hudson Parker, Peytan Porter, Alexa Williams and Brittney Wood. The group preformed various songs between productions such as “Bring the Family,” “You are the Reason,” “Family is Family,” “Ladies in the 90’s” and “Baby.” The night opened up with the production of “The Good Times,” which follows Rachel, played by Diana Dockery, and her...
UPDATE: “The Wonder Years” wins best theme, music, staging at Singarama

UPDATE: “The Wonder Years” wins best theme, music, staging at Singarama

Despite Thursday’s disappointing basketball loss, Lipscomb didn’t hesitate to “Bring the Family” to the 56th annual Singarama show. Students gathered together in Collins Alumni Auditorium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon to see the first of three Singarama shows. “The Wonder Years” show, directed by Myron Sailors, took home “best theme” on Thursday night, “best music” on Friday night and “best staging” on Saturday afternoon. The two other groups are titled “Good Times” and “Perfect Strangers.” Only one show remains on Saturday night, which will reveal the “Sweepstakes” winner. The winning group for both nights was comprised of the social clubs Phi Sigma, Theta Psi and Kappa Chi, as well as several “friends.” Junior Emma Andrews said she joined “The Wonder Years” because of her love for performance. “I’m actually a theater minor, so I love dancing and singing,” she said. “I heard that anyone can join, even if you’re not in a club, so one of my friends invited me.” Andrews said winning was due to the great team the show has working together. “It’s all up to our writers,” Andrews said. “We performed as great as we can but props to the production team that put it together.” The Saturday matinee will award for “staging,”  and the coveted Singarama Sweepstakes award will honor its winner Saturday evening. This story was updated after Singarama show three on Saturday, April...
Anchorwoman Demetria Kalodimos shares stories, advice at Media Masters

Anchorwoman Demetria Kalodimos shares stories, advice at Media Masters

Former WSMV news anchor Demetria Kalodimos visited campus to speak to students at Monday evening’s Media Masters hosted by Lipscomb’s communication and journalism department. Senior journalism and new media major Erin Franklin interviewed Kalodimos about her experiences working in broadcast news and her perspectives on the journalism industry. Kalodimos’ career in journalism began after she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Illinois Wesleyan University. During her time in college as a music major, Kalodimos said she realized she had a passion for journalism. She went on to get a master’s in journalism from the University of Illinois. In a virtually unheard-of situation, Kalodimos immediately began her career working as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter. “That first big break was super important,” Kalodimos said. Kalodimos joined WSMV in Nashville in the 1980s, and said that although the news climate has changed over the years, she thinks there’s still good to come. “Some of these nonprofits that are forming to do news without a slant or do more in-depth or real news, that’s maybe where the future is,” Kalodimos said. “When you take the dollars out… I think you can get back to the real mission, which is informing people and questioning what’s not right.” Currently, Kalodimos is continuing journalistic work — documentary-style. “I’ve been running around doing longer form stories — just things that I’ve always wanted to do that weren’t necessarily ready for primetime…it’s just part of me. I can’t see a good story and ignore it.” Most of those in attendance were communication students, and despite the changes facing the news business today, Kalodimos said...
Jonas Brothers’ new single sparks nostalgia around campus

Jonas Brothers’ new single sparks nostalgia around campus

The sounds of the latest Jonas Brothers single are echoing through dorm room halls across campus. A scene such as this hasn’t happened in almost six years, but last Friday the childhood boyband staple released a new single titled “Sucker.” “Sitting there, listening to the song with all my friends, brought me back to my eleventh birthday party,” history education major Madeline Knight said. “I had a bunch of friends over to watch the premiere of their new show Jonas.” When Knight first heard the song, she said it got her reminiscing for her childhood. “It really reminded me of the old Jonas Brothers, but with a grown-up spin.” The new music from the familiar band is driving a sense of nostalgia that has skyrocketed the single to the No. 1 spot in the official trending chart. As well as No. 1 on several streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. But it’s not only the new single that’s gaining success. The music video, featuring the Jonas Brothers with their respective wives and girlfriend, is also catching attention. “There was a lot going on in that music video, but I do love how they all featured their significant others,” psychology major Chloé Phillips said. While some praise the boyband’s revitalization of their sound, other students argued that they should have stuck to the classic “Jo Bros style.” “They started off with one style, and I’ve always been into that kind of style, so now that they’re leaning towards pop, it’s just kind of sad,” music production major Neida Flores said. “I didn’t expect that . . . [but] even...