‘Thor: Ragnarok’ delivers another action-packed movie experience

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ delivers another action-packed movie experience

The third installment in the Thor series, Thor: Ragnarok once again delivers fans an action-packed, visually-stunning movie experience. In the Taika Waititi directed film, viewers first find Thor (Chris Hemsworth) attempting to prevent Ragnarok — the prophecy of darkness to destroy Thor’s beloved city of Asgard — by killing the demon beast, Surtur. After killing Surtur, Thor comes back to Asgard to find that his father has been replaced by his brother, the god of mischief, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Oden (Anthony Hopkins) tells his sons that Ragnarok is still coming in the shape of their sister, the goddess of death, Hela (Cate Blanchett). While attempting to escape Hela, the two demigods get knocked out of the portal and into another planet where warriors are forced to fight against each other. The ruler of the planet, only known as the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), forces Thor into fighting, claiming that he will let Thor go if he defeats his champion. A fellow Avenger, The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), soon appears, which sets up a new dynamic duo within The Avengers franchise. The film does a remarkably good job at completing Thor’s journey to becoming King of Asgard. In the past two movies, viewers have seen Thor find himself be the hero of Earth. Now that his relationship with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) has ended, and Earth is protected for the time being, Thor sees this as a good time to focus on his home world and his people. Nevertheless, Jane Foster’s abrupt departure lacked any emotion. The couple dated for nearly two years, so there should have been more explanation as to...
‘Happy Death Day’ falls short of ‘Groundhog Day’ genre films

‘Happy Death Day’ falls short of ‘Groundhog Day’ genre films

“Happy Death Day” delivers a unique take on the “Groundhog Day” inspired genre. Jessica Rothe (La La Land) plays Tree Gelbman, a stereotypical sorority girl who lives a life of late night parties and early morning hangovers. With her mother’s passing and birthday on the same date, she has become reluctant to celebrate. She begins her day by waking up with a hangover and realizing she’s in Carter’s bed, played by Israel Broussard. He offers to cure her hangover but she quickly denies the help and begins the walk of shame back to the sorority house. On the way home, she receives multiple phone calls from her father, which she ignores. Her roommate and loyal friend, Lori (Ruby Modine) attempt to celebrate Gelbman’s birthday but are both soon turned down. Gelbman later stops at her professor’s office inside a hospital, where the audience learns that the two are having an affair. While walking to a party later in the day, she finds herself approached by the killer. In a last attempt of survival, she fights to get rid of the killer but to no avail. To her surprise, she wakes up at the beginning of the day and begins to relive it. Gelbman initially believes that she has had a bad dream and continues the day as normal, but in doing so the same outcome happens. Realizing that this is not a dream, she confides in Carter about her situation and he helps her find out who the killer is. She spends her each repeated day investigating which one of her friends or acquaintances wanted her dead. During her investigation, she realizes the error of her ways in how she treated people and how her actions affect the people who truly care about her. At the end of the...
‘You’re Not Alone’ offers on-campus support for suicide-awareness

‘You’re Not Alone’ offers on-campus support for suicide-awareness

You’re Not Alone (YNA) was once a program for only graduate students, but the organization has now become accessible to the entire student body. YNA is different from the counseling center, being a student-led organization. The current President, Lis Leudemann, is acting in her second semester as president, earning the position last February. For Leudemann, the desire for YNA was to give students with mental health struggles a safe place and to a establish an overall more welcoming environment on campus. “I wanted YNA to be something that looks out for the student body,” Leudemann said. “It makes for a better community for people who are mentally ill and makes Lipscomb a more accepting and aware society.” She expresses that before YNA was established, Lipscomb was not necessarily putting the issue of mental health on the back-burner, but rather they “put it to the side.” She recalled that during September in 2016, which is nationally known as suicide-awareness month, nothing was publicly done in acknowledgment. This past September, however, has presented many events to raise awareness for the issue, such as a viewing of the documentary “Looking for Luke.” The junior psychology major shed light on some of the issues that victims of mental illness face in America. “There’s a stigma surrounding mental illness,” she said, “that people with mental illness or who have anxiety are crazy or messed up or it is their fault.” Leudemann sayid that might discourage those struggling with mental health from seeking help. Since being diagnosed with OCD at age 13, Leudemann has dealt with the issues firsthand and understands what it is like to cope with the illness on campus. After realizing she needed help, Leudemann started counseling through the counseling center as a...
Lebron Hill shares personal experience at President Lowry’s home

Lebron Hill shares personal experience at President Lowry’s home

President Randy Lowry on Thursday invited the African-American student body to his house for dinner and conversation. I attended, and what I saw that night indeed was insensitive to African-American culture. What stood out to me was the cotton in the Mason jars placed on the dinner tables. Being exposed to it before, I tried to make light of it by seeing the irony — I let go of it, keeping in mind the good intention of the night. We then headed into the president’s house to have conversation. After Mr. and Mrs. Lowry told their story, they gave the floor to the students to share their story. We ran out of time to have discussion, but the president did tell the audience they could ask him anything at the end of the night. The next day, talk began to circulate about what happened. I told one of my teachers professor about it, and he was shocked. At that point, I had no knowledge of the conversations on social media. Later in the day, an apology was sent out to the entire student body. Channel 4 News got word as well, and the conversation surrounding the night grew. During the weekend, many people talked to me about the occasion. On one side, people felt that the décor was more Southern heritage than an offensive material. On the other side, many felt that the decoration was contextually inappropriate and should have not been on display. The conversation continued into the following week. The Diverse Student Coalition facilitated panel discussions featuring students who attended the dinner. I went to one on Wednesday that...
Weekly Gathering announces new partnership with Coca-Cola

Weekly Gathering announces new partnership with Coca-Cola

After several years under contract with Pepsi, Lipscomb is now a “Coca-Cola campus” as announced this Tuesday during the Gathering in Allen Arena. James Franklin III serves as the CEO for the bottling company and spoke to the student body about his commitment to Lipscomb. After he showed a video highlighting his son, James Baak, and his trip to South Sudan, he invited the Coca-Cola Polar Bear to the stage alongside Vice President of Student Life Josh Roberts. Together they told the crowd about the several Coca-Cola sponsored events happening on campus soon. Baak is the founder of SMARD, Solidarity Ministries Africa for Reconciliation and Development. SMARD’s mission is to empower women and children of South Sudan by educating them and giving them the freedom to find confidence in themselves. Born and raised in South Sudan, Baak dealt with great turmoil as a young boy and told the story of how he had to flee to Ethiopia. “The travel in length was Nashville to Denver,” he said. At first, Baak wished to return home. However, it was after a dream featuring a man in white clothing, giving him a bible and telling him to fight onward that he found Christ. After gaining an education and becoming a pastor, Baak went back to his home country of South Sudan and planted a church while helping other churches there reach their maximum potential. He said he hopes that his mission will continue to touch others and raise awareness surrounding the women and children of South...