Freshmen Lipsync Battle celebrates new students and the songs from their childhood

Freshmen Lipsync Battle celebrates new students and the songs from their childhood

What was the most iconic event between the years 2000 and 2010? The release of Kelly Clarkson’s song “Since U Been Gone”?  Bedazzled jeans? The first Twilight movie? While there are many staples to choose from, they pale in comparison to the most important world premiere of all: The birth of the students in the Lipscomb University Class of 2025. Most undergraduate students on campus were born between 1999 and 2004, which makes the early 2000s an important time for the Bison Herd. To welcome this year’s Freshmen Class to the Lipscomb family, the Office of Community Life is hosting a Freshmen Lipsync Battle on September 18th. The theme for the battle is 2000s Mix. The event will feature songs released between the years 2000 and 2010, as selected by the 10 competition groups. Groups may perform a mash-up or a single song, utilizing up to four minutes. Performance groups will consist of up to 30 students and approximately seven students will serve as producers, assisting with marketing and logistics behind the scenes. According to Kelsy Campbell, Coordinator of Student Productions and Social Clubs, Freshmen Lipsync Battle will provide a “get-to-know-you experience right off the bat” and “a feel for the fun of Lipscomb.” Whether students sign up with friends or sign up alone, they will walk away from the event with shared memories and a strengthened sense of community. While the Bison Herd is experiencing Lipsync Battle for the first time, a rich musical tradition is well established at Lipscomb. Each Spring, undergraduate students compete in the time-honored tradition of Singarama in which they must prepare the choreography,...
20 years later, Lipscomb veterans describe tragedy, loss, inspiration of 9/11

20 years later, Lipscomb veterans describe tragedy, loss, inspiration of 9/11

“A plane just hit one of the World Trade Center Towers.” R. Samuel Lynn, Lipscomb veterans advocate and a former Marine, recalls hearing those words from his desk at an architectural firm in upstate New York on Sept. 11, 2001. He immediately thought that a small plane must have mistakenly gone off course. “It seemed like just a couple of minutes later [that the secretary] … slow-walked into the office,” Sam Lynn said. “[Her] face was just white. She said, ‘Another plane just hit one of the towers.'” “And that’s when … my heart hit my toes.” Lynn and his colleagues watched the news channel all day, as most Americans did, and realized that they were witnessing a terrorist attack against the United States. The event would alter the trajectory of America and the world– they knew “it was all going to change.” Lynn was right about the changes, which included the creation of The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the United State’s engagement in war in the Middle East. The attack was the impetus for 20 years of consequences. Four years after 9/11, Lynn became a Marine. He spent 10 years in the military and completed two tours of duty in the Middle East with Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was injured during his service. After rehabilitation, he became a combat marksmanship instructor. Today, he serves the Lipscomb University Community as director of Veterans Services. Lynn’s has a multi-level view on the events, since he experienced the events of 9/11 as a civilian and then participated in the war that followed as a Marine. Veteran Programs Coordinator Jimmie L....