‘Battle of the Sexes’ is a slow first serve leading to an entertaining match

‘Battle of the Sexes’ is a slow first serve leading to an entertaining match

Battle of the Sexes chronicles the infamous tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King in 1973. Academy Award winner Emma Stone plays King and Academy Award nominee Steve Carell plays Riggs. This star-studded cast also includes Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Austin Stowell and Bill Pullman. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the film follows one-time Wimbledon champ Bobby Riggs who, now age 55 and ever the gambler, challenges 29 year-old King, currently the No. 1 women’s tennis player, to a tennis match. Riggs claims he can easily beat King because she is a woman. While King initially turns Riggs down, she ends up taking his challenge, not to merely add another win to her record, but to take a stand for women’s equality and the liberation movement. Stone is inspiring as King, and Carell is charismatic as Riggs. Together, they bring an effective portrayal of the sports rivalry to the big screen. You could watch this film just to witness the banter between Stone and Carell, which is the perfect showcase of their expert acting chops and comedic timing. It brings a light and entertaining tone to the movie that at times can also be very dramatic. This drama is brought to life from the very beginning, when we are introduced to the main characters, and quickly uncover both King and Riggs have their share of issues. For Riggs, it’s a bad gambling problem that has led to problems with his wife and family life. For King, it’s being a married woman who is discovering she is falling for someone who is of the same sex. While the trailer...
Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin offers insight into life as a Christian actress

Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin offers insight into life as a Christian actress

“My grandmother always told me I have to be extraordinary to be considered average,” Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin told the audience in Collins Alumni Auditorium on Monday evening. “You have to be able to do it all to be great.” Campbell-Martin shared many empowering statements like this during her conversation with guest moderator Shannon Sanders, and she seems to have followed her grandmother’s advice. The multi-hyphenated actress and singer came to speak for The George Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts presented Actress Insights: A Conversation with Tisha Campbell-Martin. The hour and a half event offered Lipscomb students, faculty and the general public an intimate look into the life of the multi-hyphenated actress and singer. Campbell-Martin, who has been in shows such as My Wife and Kids, Martin and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, had many stories to share over her four-decade long career, starting from the very beginning of it all. She talked about how she got her foot in the door with singing and acting and the moment she realized she wanted to make a career out of it, all starting with a singing competition she entered at age five. Her only goal was to win the second prize in the competition, which was a color TV. “At first, I was mad when I didn’t win second prize,” Campbell-Martin laughed, “Instead I won first prize which was a car. But then, I saw my mother crying and my father jumping up and down, and that was the moment I knew I could help people.” She said she realized then what she was supposed to do as an artist and wanted to make helping people...
Lipscomb students turn out to help Hurricane Relief efforts

Lipscomb students turn out to help Hurricane Relief efforts

Lipscomb students came out in force to the Hurricane Relief interest meeting, expressing a desire to volunteer with relief efforts for recent hurricanes, Harvey and Irma. When Hurricane Harvey crashed into the Houston area on August 25 leaving destruction in its wake, many students began asking what they could do to help residents pick up the pieces from the disaster. Then, when Irma hit the coast of Florida on September 10, it added to the devastation and caused an even greater need for support and assistance for those who had been in the hurricanes’ paths. Fortunately, Lipscomb students’ motivation to help grew as well. Missions Coordinator Joshua Self said that the idea of coordinating the trips actually started with the students. “Numerous students reached out to our office immediately and asked whether we would be organizing trips.” Self said. “Our wheels began to turn in thinking about how to coordinate relief teams, drawing upon previous relief efforts in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.” From there, the Missions team began to meet with the Office of Church Services to figure out where students could provide the most help for those impacted by the storms. Over 250 students have since expressed a desire to help out with the relief trips. Senior Mackenzie Lewis is one of those students and said she hopes and plans to go and help out. “I have felt really convicted this semester,” Lewis said, “that part of my mission as a Christian is to serve others to the best of my ability through my time, resources and actions. When the opportunity presented itself during chapel, I realized this...
Lipscomb students react to Taylor Swift single release

Lipscomb students react to Taylor Swift single release

Lipscomb students exhibited a variety of reactions to pop star Taylor Swift’s new single, “Look What You Made Me Do.” Swift dropped the single at midnight August 25, informing her followers via social media that “Look What You Made Me Do” would be the first single off her upcoming album titled “Reputation.” The announcement sent waves of excitement and anticipation through Swift’s fans across the internet as well as in the conversations across campus. Sophomore Lexi Cummings from the Contemporary Music program said “Look What You Made Me Do” is much darker and repetitive than Swift’s traditional sound. “I think that she is perhaps mocking the traditional pop song mold,” Cummings stated, “or maybe trying to re-create her persona once again.” The single is the latest tune by the songstress since her album “1989” was released three years ago this November. Other than a collaboration in 2016 with Zayn on “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” and a Super Bowl party performance, Swift went off the grid, working on her sixth studio album and plotting her return to the spotlight. While Cummings heard the single when it was first released, she said she liked it better after seeing the music video. “While the beginning definitely had me startled, I feel like she definitely created a vibe that went well with the persona she was trying to portray. You can definitely tell that the song is a lashing out however, mostly at Kanye, though I’d argue it’s aimed at a general ‘haters’ crowd as well.” “Look What You Made Me Do” is quite a direction change for Swift, who got her start in country music and is...
Chemistry professor Dr. Villa Mitchell to retire after 40 years

Chemistry professor Dr. Villa Mitchell to retire after 40 years

Chemistry professor Villa Mitchell said she will miss many things about Lipscomb, however the commute will not be one of them. Mitchell has been living on her family farm in McMinnville, Tennessee, making a three hour commute to Lipscomb for work every day. “McMinnville’s about 75 miles southeast of here.” Mitchell said. “It’s a small town, mostly rural farming, not much of anything there. If you want to retire it’s a good place for that.” Retiring there is what Mitchell plans to do. She will leave Lipscomb at the end of the semester after 40 years of teaching. During her time at Lipscomb, Mitchell taught many classes, ranging from general introduction chemistry classes to organic chemistry labs and biochemistry. From those classes, Mitchell has accumulated several memories. Among those memories, Mitchell said a more memorable one was an explosion in an organic chemistry lab. “When I was teaching organic labs, a lot of the guys in there would find something to explode.” Mitchell said. “It was always interesting to them. They would sometimes, without me knowing it, try different experiments. “I did have a couple of guys who blew something up, and I can’t even remember what the reaction was now, but they did it and we had stains on the ceiling from their endeavors.” While Mitchell might not miss moments like these, she said there are things she will miss. Mitchell said she has enjoyed seeing how her students have changed over the years and will miss interacting with them the most.  “When I started teaching, my students would take notes writing down every word I said furiously and if...