‘Cars 3’ is nostalgic close to ‘Cars’ trilogy

‘Cars 3’ is nostalgic close to ‘Cars’ trilogy

With a star-studded cast and an already large fan-base, Cars 3 is speeding into theaters. Lightning McQueen fans will buzz with excitement from the high energy movie. Before the film, a new Pixar Short was released called, “Lou.” This short film was written and directed by Dave Mullins and follows the school bully in learning to share by an unseen monster in the lost and found box. After this, the energetic opening scene to Cars 3 showed a daring Lightning McQueen zooming around the race track with a cheering crowd, closely followed by his friendly competitors. Suddenly, a new type of race car appears, taking over all the races and pushing the older cars into retirement. McQueen spends the rest of the film fighting for his rightful place within the racing community, refusing to give up what he loves the most. Long-time Cars fan Sinney Chan noted that one of the film’s best aspects was its focus on female and minority empowerment. “They added in a female statistical analyst and pushed the main female character, Cruz, into the racing spotlight. This made me really happy to see, and I hope a lot of younger girls got the message.” Upon release, the third Cars movie is already expected to hit the box office hard with around $60 million from 3,900 theaters in its opening weekend. The production of this film, directed by Brian Fee, started in the summer of 2014, and the previous director, John Lasseter, promised an emotional tone to the film. The beautiful landscape animation mixed with the touching plot line allowed for Lasseter’s promise to come true. As...
‘Tokens’ show featured at Christian Scholars Conference

‘Tokens’ show featured at Christian Scholars Conference

Lee Camp hosted the Tokens show “On Memory” during the Christian Scholars Conference at Lipscomb University on Thursday night in Collins Alumni Auditorium. Created in 1981, this conference calls for a Church of Christ community to gather and create a dialogue between scholars. The idea of “nostalgia” was interwoven throughout the Tokens show, including readings from Marie Howe and her book of poetry. “Nostalgia challenges us to recall memories we don’t want to remember,” Camp said. Howe described what different moments of her past felt like and looked like. These memories, though sometimes painful, stirred up emotions not only from the audience but also from composer Stephen Lamb. Lamb, inspired by Howe’s new book, “Magdalene,” composed a symphony in reaction to one specific poem. Involving a string quartet and a special singing appearance by Cindy Morgan, Lamb led the group in bringing Howe’s words to life. Performances also included multiple songs by “Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys” and solo acts from Buddy Greene. Greene is known for the widely spread song, “Mary, Did You Know?” as well as his talent for harmonica and guitar. Each set incorporated a “feeling” of the past, opening discussion to show the importance of remembering and feeling the past, but at the same time to realize all the opportunities that we are presented with “now.” Camp reminded the audience that it is important to be rooted in the linear pattern of God, a pattern called “God’s Great Time” or eternity. Camp noted that the past, present and future are all now — in this pattern humanity has a larger identity than what our past...
Sports intern Lindsey Nance talks Preds’ rise to Stanley Cup finals

Sports intern Lindsey Nance talks Preds’ rise to Stanley Cup finals

Along with Lindsey Nance, the Nashville Predators have the rest of the city on the edge of their seats. “This has the potential to be the biggest moment in Tennessee for professional sports ever,” said Nance, the newest WKRN Sports Intern. Led by team captain Mike Fisher, the beloved Nashville Predators fought their way through many NHL powerhouses as an eight seed all the way to the Stanley Cup and are currently trailing two games to one, ready for a second home game in Nashville tonight. Nance noted that multiple players have shared the spotlight this season, with Viktor Arvidsson being a model of consistency for the Preds. Drafted by the Preds in the fourth round of the NHL draft in 2014, Ardvidsson was expected fit in the rotation as more of a complimentary piece but has quickly proven otherwise. With 16 even-strength points and the most shorthand points in the NHL, Arvidsson’s aid has demonstrated to be instrumental. “I knew that big things were happening in the franchise with the addition of P.K and the way Coach Laviolette has rebuilt this team,” Nance said. “He has instilled an offensive mindset into the team from top to bottom, so everyone on the team can score. I knew the Preds had the pieces to the puzzle, but I had no idea the Preds would work their way from wild card to Stanley Cup finalist.” Nance stated a woman in a predominantly male environment hasn’t been easy. But dealing with double standards and bosses saying that “she’s in the business just to get on camera” doesn’t stop her from proving people...
Resurrection Week begins with Tuesday’s Gathering

Resurrection Week begins with Tuesday’s Gathering

To kick off Resurrection Week, presenter Chris Smith addressed The Gathering Tuesday morning. “Our inheritance and ourselves are guarded through faith and salvation,” he said. “Through this we rejoice, even if for a little while. Jesus admits the legitimacy of our suffering but He tells us that it’s for a little while and not forever. “Our story has a happy ending.” Smith began with the discussion of abundant life, mercy and grace and how these things relate to the gifts God has given His people. Smith said that everyone at some point will be disappointed in life, but reminded students that God’s mercy is a guarded gift. “This is an inheritance,” he said. “Kept in heaven for you. You are being protected by the power of God.” Smith used an example from Les Misèrables. A theif steals the silverware from a respected bishop and gets caught. This man is brought to the bishop but instead of throwing this man in jail, he shows mercy and tells the guards that the man took what was his and actually “forgot the candlesticks” as well. This changes the thief’s life. This extension of mercy changed the projection of a life. “By God’s great mercy, He has given us a new birth,” Smith said. According to Smith, everyone wants a do-over, no matter who they are or what they have done. There is always a moment in which people pray for a chance to prove themselves again. While a do-over is rare in the secular world, God has given His people a do-over, a fresh start to begin again. “Hope means means confidant...
Anna Cannone shares stories of joy, healing at The Gathering

Anna Cannone shares stories of joy, healing at The Gathering

In Tuesday’s Gathering, Lipscomb’s very own Anna Cannone came to speak about her test of faith. Cannone led by saying, “Learning to clothe yourself in God’s love every day is so important.” She then began to explain how she was called to Lipscomb even though she was set on another school. She refused to get out of the car and tour Lipscomb’s campus with her sister, but eventually she did and immediately felt that it was home, saying that the Holy Spirit was guiding her. Cannone told the audience that at the age of two, she was diagnosed with fibrous dysplasia. This rare bone disease causes fibrous scar-like tissue to develop instead of bone tissue, causing her bones to be weaker than average. “From the age of two on, I knew a lot of sterile white walls and strange doctors,” Cannone said. “My family sacrificed a lot of their life to let me know the love of Jesus.” Cannone remembers being isolated in therapy treatment rooms, lying there, realizing and being able to know that there is a God from a very young age. Cannone says that God gave her the strength to carry through, so she always kept a smile on her face. She was forced to transition from a different school every year, eventually being homeschooled. At the age of seven her dad sat down by her bed and told her that she needed surgery on her eye, or she would go blind. Cannone described what it felt like to know she was going blind at such a young age. She remembered being wheeled down the long corridor to have her first...