Students reminisce on holiday traditions

Students reminisce on holiday traditions

With Christmas approaching, journalist-in-residence Tim Ghianni asked his writing lab students to reflect on their holidays and family traditions. A Columbian Christmas Christmas time in Colombia is very different from here. From my experience, Christmas in Franklin, Tennessee, is very magical just like in the movies, with the Christmas tree downtown, the lights, the decorations around the town, the weather and, if we are lucky, the snow.  Christmas in Colombia is more about celebrating with the family and all the parties and reunions start as soon as December starts.  There is a tradition that nine days before Christmas we go to a different house each day where we read Jesus’ story, eat traditional Christmas dishes and sing. Then on the 24th we all dress up, prepare a lot of food and put the presents under the tree; at 12 p.m. the kids from the family become the “elves” and start passing out the presents.  But we create a dynamic to make it more fun, the elves give each person a gift and then each person has to describe whoever they are giving their gift to and everyone has to guess who it is for. After opening the presents we sometimes play games, dance and all the kids play with their new presents.They are very different, but I like both a lot.  I like it here because it’s very magical and beautiful. And in Colombia, I like it because there’s a lot of celebration, music and food. I get very nostalgic during Christmas because all my family is in Colombia and I miss the traditions but overall Christmas is my favorite...
Students reflect on Thanksgiving traditions

Students reflect on Thanksgiving traditions

As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, journalist-in-residence Tim Ghianni asked students in his writing labs to reflect on their family holiday traditions. Here are their first-person remembrances: Turkey, R&B and games at the adult table During the Thanksgiving holiday break, my family loves to come together at the dinner table and play a series of three games: Spades, Dominoes and Monopoly.  It’s always a good time, because all of us are competitive and hate to lose. The room is full of focus, with the only sounds coming from the R&B music and board game pieces being slapped on the table.  These moments are special, because they get to bring us all into a state of togetherness and competitiveness that we all love and thrive on. When me and my brother were young, we would always watch our parents and older cousins play these games and see the fun that they were having. We would always pace around the table and ear hustle the trash talk and banter that we were probably too young to hear.  Once we got to be older, we were invited to the table and got to participate in these games and conversations. The blessing was not only getting the chance to play the game with people you love and look up to, but you get the opportunity to be surrounded by people with so much life experience.  The conversations were always the best part. The life lessons and stories that were told at the table were always retained in my memory. When I was young, I was simply trying to be a fly on the wall....
Staff picks its favorite Halloween movies

Staff picks its favorite Halloween movies

Camryn’s Choice: “Over the Garden Wall”  Although “Over the Garden Wall” is technically a mini-series, it serves best as a movie watched all in one sitting. Since it only has 10 episodes, each only 10 minutes long, it is a quick and engaging tale that embraces all things spooky. The Cartoon Network show follows Greg and Wirt, two brothers on a journey to get home through creepy forests and talking pumpkins filled with humor and mystery. It’s the perfect Halloween watch for all ages.  Available on Hulu  Kathryn’s Choice: “Practical Magic” (1998) “Practical Magic” has been a part of my annual Halloween ritual since I was a kid. The film, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, manages to combine 90s rom-com antics with horror themes.  The film ultimately puts an ethereal twist on grief, sisterhood and love. It seriously acknowledges heavy topics while embracing the beauty that can be found in dark times.  Available on HBO Max Hannah’s Choice: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” I really wanted to pick a horror movie for this list, but the more I thought about it, I realized that the movie I am the most scared of is “E.T.” I wouldn’t say that “E.T.” is necessarily a scary movie, but it is creepy and unsettling enough to make a great choice to watch around Halloween. The idea of an unidentified living creature hiding in my childhood stuffed animals is a fear I may never get over, but this classic movie introduced us to a young Drew Barrymore and the magic of Reese’s Pieces, so it’s probably a keeper.  If you do have younger family members,...
Gallery: Red Carpet dazzles at 52nd Dove Awards

Gallery: Red Carpet dazzles at 52nd Dove Awards

Before the 52nd annual Dove Awards began Tuesday night, performers and nominees arrived at Lipscomb’s own McQuiddy Gym.  The artists arrived with their guests, wearing their best attire, as hundreds of students and other onlookers gathered to watch. After checking in, the artists were guided inside McQuiddy to the red carpet.  Cameras flashed and questions were directed to artists such as LeCrae, Lauren Daigle and for KING & COUNTRY.  Read Camryn Given’s Story for more Photos by Hannah Cron, Kathryn Farris. Edited by Abigail...
Gallery: Campus community memorializes 9/11

Gallery: Campus community memorializes 9/11

The Lipscomb Community gathered early Monday morning to memorialize lives lost on September 11, 2001. Students, faculty and new President Candice McQueen placed flags 2,977 flags (one for each life lost in the 9/11 attack) throughout Bison Square. Gallery by Abigail Kopp and Jack Roper.   Memorial flags on campus. Photo by Jack...