Lipscomb alumni to step into the spotlight at 59th annual Grammy Awards, inspiring current students

Lipscomb alumni to step into the spotlight at 59th annual Grammy Awards, inspiring current students

Some of the biggest music artists of the year will gather at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to celebrate their achievements on Sunday evening. Among them will be two former Lipscomb University students turned Country Music stars: Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini. Rhett, who attended Lipscomb from 2008-2011, is nominated for Best Country Song with his hit single “Die A Happy Man.” Ballerini, who attended from 2011-2013, is nominated for Best New Artist and is also making her Grammy performance debut with Danish, soul-pop band Lukas Graham. Seeing former Lipscomb students achieving such success in the music industry is inspiring for current students, such as Contemporary Music major Hannah McFarland. “It’s a blessing that we are fortunate enough to go to a school that has developed well-rounded people such as Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett,” McFarland said. McFarland had the opportunity to open for Kelsea’s show in Alabama last year and recalled getting to meet her. Her first impression of Ballerini was nothing but positive, proclaiming the country-pop star was “sweet, mature and outgoing.” “Going to Lipscomb has proven to me that this university creates not only amazing talent but strong-willed and overall amazing students,” McFarland said. “Their success proves that with perseverance and hard work, you can definitely reach your goals.” The Grammy’s will be hosted by late-night show host James Corden and will feature a star-studded lineup of performances from John Legend, Adele, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and many more. Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Little Big Town and Celine Dion will be collaborating on a special performance to salute the music of the Bee Gee’s....
Lipscomb film students attend Sundance Film Festival and leave inspired

Lipscomb film students attend Sundance Film Festival and leave inspired

Under buckets of snow in Park City, Utah, 10 Lipscomb film students spent a week taking in independent films and discovering a behind-the-scenes look at the industry at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The festival, held January 19-29, is the largest independent film festival in the United States. Attending the festival was an experience film student Natalie Risk says left her feeling “artistically fulfilled.” “We saw a lot of movies,” Risk stated. “There were days where we would go see movies at midnight, then get up at 7:30 a.m. to watch a movie at 8:30 a.m. and just keep it going.” When they weren’t attending showings, the students would go back to the condo to watch even more films. Independent filmmakers from all over bring their films to Sundance, not only to premiere to an audience but also to sell their films to movie distributors. “Working in the film industry,” Risk explained, “that is kind of like an independent filmmaker’s goal…to get their film shown in a festival, because that is how it’s going to get picked up.” The festival offered plenty of films for students to take in. Some of Risk’s favorites were documentaries including “Last Man in Aleppo” and “The Good Postmen,” as well as a drama called “Novitiate,” that was shot in Nashville and includes Lipscomb alumna Lacy Hartselle. Besides attending showings, students also went to several discussion panels to hear industry professionals speak on the art and technique of independent film-making. Film student Allison Jobe said that her favorite part of the festival was attending the “Women in Film” panel. “I was really inspired to see a row of successful women discuss the different issues they’ve faced in...
Tom Adkinson addresses communications students during Media Masters

Tom Adkinson addresses communications students during Media Masters

Lipscomb’s Department of Journalism and Communications kicked off its first Media Masters of the semester by hosting Tom Adkinson on Monday evening in Ezell. Adkinson had a plethora of advice to offer students as he relayed his 40 years of experience in both journalism and public relations in a talk lead by Professor Jimmy McCollum. Graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Tennessee, Adkinson began his career as a copywriter for a local newspaper. After a short time in the journalism industry, which included writing for Southern Living and working as a freelance writer for newspapers, Adkinson was offered a job in public relations with Gaylord Entertainment. He worked with the Opryland Theme Park for the next 22 years, cementing his career in the PR world. After his time with Opryland, Adkinson went on to work at BOHAN advertising in downtown Nashville. “You will be astounded that the ability to write is the ticket to a job,” Atkinson said, adding that being able to write a simple, declarative sentence was the key to opening many doors for him in the communications industry. Atkinson cited observational skills, remembering to write thank you notes and owning an Associated Press Stylebook as tricks of the trade for students. He also noted that the best thing anyone can do as a journalist is to value honesty. “To tell the truth, tell all of the truth and tell it quickly,” he said. Adkinson also stressed the importance of checking facts and abstaining from speculation when releasing information to the public. Spending time in PR for both the corporate world and in an agency, Adkinson touched on the differences of working in both. He...
A Dog’s Purpose amid controversy during opening weekend

A Dog’s Purpose amid controversy during opening weekend

A Dog’s Purpose, directed by Lasse Hallstrom is a film based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron. The movie follows Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad), a lovable and spirited dog who finds himself being reborn again and again. As Bailey discovers something new with each life experience, he begins to wonder what his purpose is in life. The film, which also stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson and Juliet Rylance, is rated PG even though it contains several jokes that only the older viewers will catch. Be sure to bring a box of Kleenex for this film. Since Bailey goes through many different lives, each one has to end for the next to come. The Golden Retriever also spends time as a German Shepard named Ellie and a Corgi named Ellie, among others. The best part of the movie has to be the connection between Bailey and one of his owners, Ethan. Their relationship carries on throughout the movie and is an essential part to making the story come full circle. It also highlights one of the main themes of the movie: the unbreakable bond between owner and pet. While the plot line is at times sappy, the film succeeds in its purpose of engaging sentimentality in its viewers. Intertwined with several different stories, some pleasant and others sorrowful, each section inspires a variety of emotions in the two-hour run time, as Bailey the dog goes on his journey. Rest assured, Bailey does discover his purpose, and when he does, you’ll be happy you packed that Kleenex. Unfortunately, the film’s touching story has not been what has made headlines...
‘Sherlock’s’ ‘The Final Problem’ leaves viewers questioning if it’s the series’ finale

‘Sherlock’s’ ‘The Final Problem’ leaves viewers questioning if it’s the series’ finale

Many flocked to theaters nationwide on Monday evening to view the season four finale of the popular BBC television series, Sherlock. The show, which is a modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective series, follows the beloved, sociopathic detective, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), and his sidekick and best friend, Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman), as they tackle case after case in present-day London. While the “The Final Problem” aired on TV screens Sunday night, the show is offering viewers a unique opportunity to see the series’ latest episode on the big screen, including 15 minutes of bonus behind-the-scenes content on Monday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 18. Whether you watched the show since the very beginning, binge-watched it over winter break or are viewing it for the first time, “The Final Problem” serves as a mini-movie that is easy to follow for all viewer types. If you are new to the series, the bonus content that airs prior to the showing offers a mini recap of prior events to catch you up on the latest case Sherlock and co. are attempting to solve. As for the actual episode, be prepared for an emotion-inducing thrill ride that will have you still trying to wrap your mind around everything that happened as the credits roll. Show creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat promised season four would have a much darker tone than previous years, and that was certainly the direction it went, with tragedy and heartbreak occurring in the very first episode of the season, leading into what is arguably the most emotional episode of the series in the season...