Thousands rally for women’s rights, protest against President Trump at Tennessee Women’s March

Thousands rally for women’s rights, protest against President Trump at Tennessee Women’s March

Both women and men rallied together in Nashville in the 2018 Women’s March on Saturday. Marchers were in almost every major city, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Nashville, filling the cities with homemade signs and chants. Anti-protesters also showed up at the march with signs that encouraged protesters to “repent or pay for the price of their sins.” Among the crowd in Nashville was Megan Roberts, a Lipscomb senior and founder of the “Lipscomb Feminist Club.” “It is so much more than a political stance,” Roberts said. “It’s about a human stance; we will not tolerate sexual harassment, assault or any form of oppression anymore. We shouldn’t even have to be fighting for this.” Last year was the first Women’s March in Nashville. By 2 p.m. yesterday, downtown Nashville was colored with signs that read such declarations as: “Today we march, tomorrow we run for office,” and “Grab them by the ballot box.” Pink balloons with the phrase “Nevertheless I persisted” printed on them also covered the skyline. With the focus now on the importance of voting and using the power of choice, many protesters registered to vote by the end of the march. Susanne Burger, a protester from New York, reaffirmed her belief of the importance of this factor in making a change. “Marching builds a sense of empowerment, and hopefully that will carry over to voter registration and a persistent effort to turn this around because this is not acceptable,” Burger said. Her sign gave the same message — “How to survive Trumpism: stay informed, be vigilant, take action, VOTE.” Chants of the marchers echoed through...
Olivia’s Way: Summer internships to plan for

Olivia’s Way: Summer internships to plan for

It’s one of the most stressful times of the year: internship season. Not stressful for us, though, because I’m about to let you in on some tips, tricks and advice that will change your (intern) life. Nashville, or Music City, is one of the best cities to be in when it comes to internships or job opportunities. What this city does best is music, lots and lots of music. Music is what draws many students to Nashville in the first place. Whether your dream is to take the world by storm on stage, talk strategy in music business, manage talented people, or anything in the melody realm, there are some great ways to get plugged in ASAP. First, don’t be afraid to do some digging. Even the smallest companies, labels or management firms can give you great experience. Yes, we all know the labels on Music Row or companies like UMG and Warner Music (all incredible places to work), but aren’t you curious about all of the less-known places? I’ve got a great one for you: Global Eyes Entertainment. The smaller the company, the more wiggle room to try new things and take the lead. With GEE, I worked directly with the CEO and was able to pick my own projects, build a relationship, tag along to rehearsals and in the end, run the PR branch of the company with my boss. I started out as just a social media intern and I probably would have never had these awesome opportunities if I had interned under a name-brand label. Like I said, there’s nothing wrong with big companies. They’re...
Olivia’s Way: fashion profile — Graysen McConnell

Olivia’s Way: fashion profile — Graysen McConnell

A biology major on track for dental school, senior Graysen McConnell also keeps busy by managing her style and beauty blog and Instagram account “a hint of gray.” McConnell said her double passions in science and fashion make her feel like a walking oxymoron, but it has never bothered her. Fashion is something she shares with her friends, family and faith. “I try to allow my test scores and work ethic to talk for themselves,” McConnell said. “I enjoy marrying together my two passions even though it is unconventional.” Some forms of self-expression haven’t always come easily to McConnell — growing up she noted that she struggled with trying to fit into a “perfect mold,” or what others expected her to be. However, this crushing weight of perfectionism finally began to crack as she discovered the liberation of fashion. “In my opinion, fashion is the free expression and visual representation of someone’s personality,” McConnell said. “To be honest, I have to remind myself that it’s OK not to be 100% put together all the time. I remind myself that I am a human who deserves to roll out of bed and go to class sometimes. The stigma has definitely been a tough one for me to overcome, but I am getting there.” Once the new blogger started to give herself this “fashion leeway,” a new world opened in front of her. McConnell began to experiment more and started to receive feedback from her online community. However, McConnell noted that one of the best parts about her blog is being able to affect the lives of fellow believers. “The ways that...
Olivia’s Way: best Nashville eateries

Olivia’s Way: best Nashville eateries

If you’re a little tired of Nashville’s beloved Fido, Edley’s or Hattie B’s, then there’s good news: fabulous (and mostly affordable) new eateries have been popping up all in the Nashville area. Springing from East Nashville and spreading to Germantown and other parts of the city, these experimental restaurants have caught the eye of trendy taste-testers and locals alike. Recent Lipscomb graduate and resident foodie Kayla Ford suggested Plaza Mariachi as not only a great place for food, but also as great retail and entertainment options all at one central location. This Latin American shopping environment is being called a “city within a city” for its many diverse offerings. “Plaza Mariachi is the most unique and interactive food environment I have experienced in a long time,” Ford said. “It’s only 10 minutes from downtown and includes entertainment, cultural art, shopping and food.” With new diet fads like Whole 30, it can be difficult to go out with friends and share a meal without health qualms. However, many of these new places in Nashville cater to those who dine under dietary restrictions. One of these bistros is AVO. Located in Midtown, this vegan restaurant is devoted to healthy, raw options. From their Kimchi Spring Rolls to the Zucchini Pasta Verde, anything consumed here will leave you feeling full and fit. If you’re not in the mood to diet, there are still plenty of places that will meet your needs. “I am in love with Butcher and Bee,” Ford said. “Their feta and honey dip is life changing. But if I’m feeling less hungry, I always go for Barcelona with friends.”...
Olivia’s Way: top Nashville shops

Olivia’s Way: top Nashville shops

Nashville is a vibrant city known for having the full package: music, upbeat night life, top universities, unique dining options and, of course, style. Not only does Nashville have infamous chain clothing stores like Urban Outfitters, Madewell and Lucky Brand, but it also houses hole-in-the-wall thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange, Music City Thrift and Hip Zipper Vintage. “Two of my favorite places to shop are luckily close to campus,” Lipscomb senior Emily England said. “Native + Nomad and Castilleja have definitely changed my personal style. They’re both pretty affordable shops and have something for everyone.” Within recent years, the Nashville skyline has been expanding and, along with this expansion, street style has evolved as well. Campus style varies between the big three schools in Nashville: “hipsters” at Belmont, “preppy” at Vanderbilt and “southern granola” at Lipscomb. But the manifold shops around the city unite everyone. With all the gentrification taking place within the city, some of the best places to shop are hidden gems and involve leaving the Green Hills area. Some of the hottest, best-kept vintage secrets are Goodbuy Girls, Hang the Moon and Star Struck Vintage. Most people are gravitating towards thrift stores rather than full-priced shops to save money and acquire a unique sense of personal style. Once bigger chains like Urban Outfitters started to match this vintage look, but with full prices, people started going straight to the source. “As a college student, it’s obviously harder to maintain a certain look when you’re shopping at expensive stores in the mall or on 12 South,” England said. “Which is why I switched to mostly shopping at...