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...
Service Day gives students chance to lend helping hand to Nashville community

Service Day gives students chance to lend helping hand to Nashville community

Lipscomb students took some time to give back on the university’s 15th annual Service Day Wednesday afternoon. Classes were canceled from noon – 4 p.m. to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to choose from over 50 organizations to volunteer at various locations in Nashville. An estimated 900 students took part in the day, which started off with lunch in Allen Arena at noon and then heading out to volunteer for the afternoon. Freshman Paige Reece volunteered at The Bridge, a non-profit organization that donates essentials like food and clothing to the poor and homeless. Reece’s group spent time at the facility sorting clothes and cleaning the warehouse. “My favorite part was realizing all the different ways we can serve the Nashville community,” Reece said. “It was more different than I thought it would be but such a cool experience.” Sophomore Savannah Campbell went to Blakeford nursing home to play bingo and spend time with the residents. She said a highlight of her time volunteering was meeting President Lowry’s father. “He was so sweet and so happy to see us,” Campbell said, adding, “and so proud when we told him we knew his son.” When asked what her favorite part of the experience was, Campbell said she enjoyed the whole day in general. “It was so much fun. I’d love to go back and volunteer again next year.” Junior Rebecca Shannon personally lead a group with her social club Delta Omega and took a group of students to Rocketown, a youth outreach facility in Downtown Nashville. The social club has a history with Rocketown, going there in past...
Lipscomb students reflect on relationship-impacting mission trip to Nevis

Lipscomb students reflect on relationship-impacting mission trip to Nevis

Over Spring Break, several Lipscomb students journeyed to Nevis with the mission of strengthening their relationships with the people and strengthening the people’s relationships with God. Nevis is a small island in the West Indies, located in the Caribbean Sea. Combined with neighboring island Saint Kitts, the two form a country called the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Sophomore Amy Hurd described the island as being “full of character,” with an abundance of fresh gardens and markets. She and Freshman Katlyn Council were two of 15 team members who stayed on the island for the week-long trip. Both students agreed that the main purpose of the trip was to build relationships with the people. While Council and Hurd were embarking on the trip for the first time, Council said the Nevis people seemed to recognize the group and looked forward to the team’s coming every year. “Everyone we met was so welcoming and happy to have us there,” Hurd said. “The way they showed Jesus to us was so amazing. They welcomed us with open arms and treated us all like family.” The itinerary was pretty “low-key”, according to Council, who said the team’s days were spent hanging out with children with the goal of building and strengthening relationships. In the evening, the group hosted Vacation Bible School at a local church. The nights began with worship time, followed by class, which was broken up by age group. Council helped with the youngest age group, where children created crafts and then listened to a Bible story. Other tasks throughout the week included helping church members work on various service projects, such as building a...
‘Beauty and the Beast’ is fresh remake to tale as old as time

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is fresh remake to tale as old as time

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has received a live-action revamp, brought to life by Director Bill Condon. The result is a fresh remake on a beloved classic: a film that stays true to the original tale while adding character back-story and substance. The story centers on Belle (Emma Watson), a young girl from a “provincial” town who takes her father’s place after he is imprisoned in an enchanted castle. Belle’s captor, the Beast (Dan Stevens), is, in essence, imprisoned as well — a young prince who has been cursed and can only return to his human form if he finds true love. Beauty and the Beast is just the latest project in a series of live-action adaptations by Disney, following Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016). Given Beauty and the Beast’s predecessors’ success and the amount of hype in the press leading up to its release, there was a risk that the movie would leave its audiences’ expectations unfulfilled. Fortunately, that was not the case, as the film exceeds expectations. Watson’s Belle is not a damsel in distress but portrays the princess as a fearless heroine. Belle is strong, independent and kind, making her character an empowering role model. Because she displays these qualities and is ambitious (in this version, she is not just a book lover, but an inventor as well), she is deemed odd by the villagers in town. Prior to her imprisonment in the castle, Belle dreams of a way to escape her confined life in the village. While Belle initially plans to escape the castle, she finds herself befriending its enchanted staff, who in turn...
Film students show support for originality in 89th Academy Awards

Film students show support for originality in 89th Academy Awards

Hollywood’s finest will gather this weekend at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the 89th Academy Awards. The awards show, commonly known as the Oscars, will celebrate the year’s cinematic achievements, and some of Lipscomb’s film students are tuning in. Sophomore film student Clay Mortensen said he will “absolutely” be watching and is excited to see who wins the coveted title of Best Picture. Freshman film student Siena DeMatteis will be attending a watch party put on by the film department and said she is hoping to see her two favorite films, “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea,” take home some awards. According to critic’s predictions, “La La Land” will be the film to beat, with a record-tying 14 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Best Actress (Emma Stone). The film centers on aspiring actress Mia (played by Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (played by Gosling), as they try to navigate falling in love while pursuing their dreams in LA. So far, the musical-drama has taken home multiple awards at every other award show this season. DeMatteis said she is “interested in seeing how many awards ‘La La Land’ receives,” given its track record at other award shows and viewers’ mixed opinions toward the film. Mortensen, an aspiring director, said he is rooting for Chazelle to win Best Director, as he has always admired Chazelle’s work. Other films receiving attention for their nominations include “Fences” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, “Moonlight” starring Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, “Manchester by the Sea” starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams and “Arrival” starring Amy...