“Rise and Fall” wins in vocal quality at Singarama’s second performance

“Rise and Fall” wins in vocal quality at Singarama’s second performance

Singarama’s second performance took place Friday on Lipscomb’s campus. “Rise and Fall” took home the award for Friday’s category: voice quality. This year marked the 55th time Singarama has given students the chance to show off their talent, creativity and leadership that contribute to an amazing show. The show consists of three separate teams competing by producing a small musical and a story. Students delighted the packed auditorium with their well-practiced routines and choreography. The three directors and the responsible for each group’s performance are Christian Foster, Taylor Sain and Vince Law. The students entertained their audience with unique and humorous storylines and a selection of songs that the public could sing along with. Many people gathered to support the participants. Hosts Peyton Porter, Savannah Stewart, Berkeley Boglin, Hudson Parker, Luke Howard and Madeline McPherson, gave amazing performances that included other songs that the audience recognized. These performances took place between each team’s acts, giving them adequate time to set the stage. Each performance, teams are judged on a different category. Since “Rise and Fall,” directed by Sain, has taken the lead by winning two nights in a row, it has a chance of winning the final award: sweepstakes. Sain is a senior member of Pi Delta who has participated in Singarama in both 2016 and 2017. While Singarama is a competition, it is clear that it is about more than just winning. Besides giving the opportunity to students to show their skills, it also brought them new experiences such as being part of a team and having fun with it. Most students say they have gained great memories and friendships...
Full Moon Fest raises over $6,000 for inner-city program

Full Moon Fest raises over $6,000 for inner-city program

Lipscomb students raised $6,130 for inner-city Nashville kids Friday evening at Full Moon Fest, a student-led, 1950’s-themed benefit concert and dance party in the Student Activity Center. Each spring semester for the past five years, the Full Moon planning committee chooses an organization to support. This year, the committee chose Youth Encouragement Services here in Nashville. The organization offers after school programs, tutoring and summer camps. “I’m really excited to support YES because I think they’re doing a really great thing with the community,” student Allie Chambers said. Chambers performed “Redbone”by Childish Gambino during the event.  Senior Olivia Waldorf came to support her friend and roommate who was performing at the event. “The music has been so great tonight. There’s hot dogs, soda, it’s just all around a good time in the 50’s,” Waldorf said.  Students Elizabeth Cluck and Joel Clinger headed the planning committee on behalf of their respective social clubs. “It’s really awesome because both Theta Psi and Delta Omega got to do their service project there together, which was a cool way to inspire passion within the club to get excited and get behind the organization,” Cluck said.  Gallery by Anna Rogers « ‹ 1 of 3 › »...
Students learn self-defense as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Students learn self-defense as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, campus sexual assault awareness and prevention group The Leading Edge brought a self-defense expert Wednesday night to teach female students basic protective skills. Brandi Pharris taught the class in the Student Activity Center along with her husband. She said it is necessary for women to know effective ways to protect themselves. “We did some research and came up with all the other witnesses of defense classes, they were like, ‘you had to know martial arts of some sort,’ and they would teach you martial arts,” Pharris said. “So we came up with this curriculum, so simple, with stuff that you’ve been doing all your life.” For example, they told the class to scream “Fire!” instead of “Help!” to alert others, because bystanders are most likely to call the police. “I think it’s important as females to know how to protect yourself, because even though people think Green Hills is safe, anything can happen,” nursing student Rachel Hunter said.  “We can’t just be seen as passive people that let anything happen and we should let people know that we are strong,” said Carley Gilson, also a Nursing student. This is the fourth year that The Leading Edge is hosting a sexual assault awareness event at Lipscomb, but the first year that it is extended to a full week. Senior Delaney Gilbert, a founding member of the group, and The Leading Edge team organized a series of events to educate people about sexual assault. Anonymous sexual assault survivors will speak on campus Thursday evening as part of the “Confessions” series.  Gilbert said the main...
DACA limbo leaves Lipscomb Dreamers worried, but determined

DACA limbo leaves Lipscomb Dreamers worried, but determined

Since President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals last September, many students in the program have been left wondering if they can remain in the U.S. “I honestly don’t feel safe anymore,” psychology major Zuriel Godinez said. The 21-year-old remembers how he felt when the president ended DACA. “I know no one can take away the education that I receive here, but still knowing that I could be deported at anytime Trump decides makes me nervous,” he said. DACA was introduced by President Barack Obama in 2012. It shields those who were brought to the U.S. as minors from deportation and allows them to work legally. Now DACA is up for debate–and one of the causes of the recent government shutdowns. Democrats in Congress want a “clean” bill reauthorizing the program that doesn’t come with any strings attached. Republicans say that the left’s focus on Dreamers, comes at the expense of legal immigrants and citizens. The U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 4th congressional district, Luis Gutierrez, said in a statement after Trump’s State of Union Speech that it would be unfair to other immigrants as well as the Dreamers to choose between them. He says he will not allow Republicans to force a choice to prioritize one of these two groups. Trump said he would extend the program if Congress agrees to fund the $18 billion he needs for a border wall, one of his first campaign promises. DACA students, also known as Dreamers, feel that they are being used as bargaining chips to build the wall as well as more border security. “I feel used. I’m angry. My hopes of...
“Theater of Life” doc shows how to change the world

“Theater of Life” doc shows how to change the world

On Tuesday night, Lipscomb showed “The Theater of Life,” a documentary about Italian chef Massimo Bottura’s attempt to feed the world. Unfortunately, the audience at this event did not meet the amount of people that was expected. Only a few students made an appearance minutes after the documentary started. The hostess decided to wait for more viewers before continuing with the initial plan. Just three students decided to tag along and watch. Bottura’s vision was to open a soup kitchen and treat the homeless with tasty meals and comfort. The food they collected was mainly generated from the Milan Expo of 2015. Bottura wanted to end the food waste situation while helping others in the process. He transformed an abandoned theater in the district of Greco into a gourmet restaurant for the homeless and other nearby shelters. The space, called the Refettorio Ambrosiano, would accommodate around 90 guests. The goal was to send a message that food can never be a waste to the homeless or anyone who needs it. “We open our home to make them feel part of our society,” Bottura said. One couple featured in the documentary scrapes by selling bracelets, always wishing for a home. Refettorio is still running and with the same purpose. Massimo Bottura plans to continue to open more spaces around the world that welcome the most needed.  The sparsely attended event took place in Stowe Hall. Theater of Life is available on...