‘Black Panther’ trail-blazes powerful message in latest Marvel movie

‘Black Panther’ trail-blazes powerful message in latest Marvel movie

A new king of Wakanda is crowned in the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Black Panther” is written and directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed) and stars Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther himself. Boseman first made his appearance in this role in “Captain American: Civil War.” Now his character, T’challa, returns home to Wakanda after the death of his father. Here, he takes over the role of king, a position his father held before him. As king, T’challa presides over a country thought to be one of the most underdeveloped in the world, when in fact it is the most advanced. T’challa does not feel ready to take on this major role, but he does what he must anyway. This is where his internal struggle of identity originates. Lupita Nyong’o plays the role Nakia, a character that left her country in order to work as a foreign aid independent of Wakanda. Her character also serves as an influential love interest to T’challa. The relationship between T’challa and Nakia is one of the most interesting dynamics in the movie. The two have opposing views on how the nation of Wakanda should be run. They balance each other out well, providing dialogue between them in many scenes. The country of Wakanda and its leader face the outside threat of a character named Klaue played by Andy Serkis. Klaue has been smuggling a valuable material called Vibranium out of Wakanda to sell it to anyone willing to pay his price. Vibranium is the strongest material in the world of Marvel and was used to advance the technology and weapons of...
Lady Bisons shoot 14 three-pointers to beat UNF 78-57

Lady Bisons shoot 14 three-pointers to beat UNF 78-57

The Lady Bisons put on a 3-point shooting clinic in their 21-point win over the University of North Florida Ospreys Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. The Bisons came out of the gate firing threes hitting two on back-to-back possessions. Later in the quarter they hit threes in three consecutive possessions. Lipscomb shot 77 percent from three in the first half. With their shooting efforts, the Bisons won their second game against UNF 78 – 57. Emily Kmec led the Bisons in scoring, hitting five of six 3-point attempts. She finished with 15 points. UNF did not have the same success shooting. The Ospreys went zero for three to start the game and continued to struggle from the field shooting 38 percent on the day. The team shot 22 percent from behind the arc, going four for 18. Lipscomb ended the first quarter with a 29 – 18 lead. Loren Cagle finished the first quarter with 10 points and three assists. Last time these two teams met, Cagle had a career high 31 points. Cagle leads the conference in points per game (17.5 ppg). On the opposing side, Keonna Farmer is second to Cagle in points per game (17.3). Farmer was a non-factor offensively scoring only five points, while Cagle put in 14. Cagle nearly had a double-double on the day. She totaled double-digits in the scoring column and dished out nine assists. Turnovers plagued UNF in the first half. The Ospreys turned the ball over eleven times resulting in 13 points for the Bisons. UNF had 19 turnovers total, and Lipscomb only had four. Lipscomb shared the ball successfully...
Veteran animator Aaron Blaise brings Disney to Lipscomb

Veteran animator Aaron Blaise brings Disney to Lipscomb

Lipscomb University welcomed Disney animator Aaron Blaise to speak on his career in animation and the difficulties in his line of work. Blaise is known for his animation work in films like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan and Brother Bear. Blaise referred to the films that were released in this era as Disney’s second “Golden Age” of animation. Students and members of the public alike were treated with samples of animation and art from the numerous films he has worked on, as well as ones that were never made. Blaise discussed the importance of the persistence of his vision throughout his career. “It’s the persistent vision of wanting to be an artist, “Blaise said. “That’s what has always driven me.” Blaise grew up in rural Florida in the middle of the Everglades in a trailer. He drew early inspiration for drawing from the animals he saw around his home and in National Geographic magazines. Going into college, his ideal career was to be an illustrator or wildlife artist for National Geographic. However, Blaise was hired after a second internship with Disney. There he worked under Glen Keane, the creator of characters such as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Beast from Beauty and the Beast. He credits Keane as an inspiration. “He’s the reason I’m doing exactly what I’m doing now,” Blaise said. At the young age of 22, Blaise got what he described to be his first big break. He was assigned to animate a scene for Beast in Beauty and the Beast. From there, his career took off. “I never had any intention...
NJIT snaps Bison basketball’s winning streak

NJIT snaps Bison basketball’s winning streak

NJIT finished with a 14-0 run to end the game 81-77 over the Lipscomb Bisons on Saturday night in Allen Arena. NJIT executed a comeback, and the Bisons and their head Coach Casey Alexander could not find an answer. “We got exposed, and now all we can do is learn from it,” Coach Alexander said. The Bisons came out firing on all cylinders in the first half with strong play from Eli Pepper. He led the team on the boards with eight rebounds and scored four points. He also tallied a block and a steal on the defensive end. Michael Buckland and Garrison Mathews led the team in scoring in a tight first half. Buckland hit back-to-back three-pointers followed by a Rob Marberry dunk to shift the momentum the Bisons’ way. Both Buckland and Matthews totaled eight points each in the half. The NJIT Highlanders were able to answer back with Abdul Lewis and Anthony Tarke carrying the team offensively. The two players led their team to an 81 – 77 victory over the Bisons. Lewis, the 6-foot-10 forward, was a formidable threat down low with 14 points and six rebounds, and Tarke scored eight. NJIT ended the first half on a 12 – 2 run. Two turnovers from Lipscomb led to four points for the Highlanders causing Lipscomb to call a timeout. The timeout was not a productive one as NJIT capitalized its run with a three-pointer by Tarke to tie the game in the final seconds of the half. Mathews came out of the half with eight straight points for Lipscomb. All of those eight points Matthews...