It’s Valentine’s season at Lipscomb, and that means Bison Match

It’s Valentine’s season at Lipscomb, and that means Bison Match

In a ‘ring by spring’ world, how are all the single students supposed to find love on campus? The Lipscomb College of Computing and Technology designed a matching service that helps students find a date just in time for Valentine’s Day. Lipscomb’s chapter of the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) hosts Bison Match every year to raise money for their events and to help students work on creating algorithms. The quiz starts with basic information and lets students upload a picture and a short bio. It then moves into more creative questions, such as an ideal date and how students would describe themselves using social media apps. ACM President and senior computer science major Andie Goode shared how the matching system works. “It’s really simple, we are not psychologists,” Goode said. “It’s ten questions and the matching is based on if you have the same answer for a question, then that’s your percentage. It’s kind of made to be a fun, goofy Valentine’s thing.” Despite having a matching percentage, it’s not guaranteed that students’ matches will see them. A student could be matched with someone who has a larger number of matches with a higher percentage, and the results only show the top five. “It’s kind of nice, because if you take the quiz and you don’t see anything that looks good, somebody else could still approach you that you didn’t get matched with,” Goode said. “It’s nice to have that extra [boost to] get your name out there.” Due to the fact that Lipscomb has more female students Goode said the number of students that participated were one-third...
No place like home to see TPAC’s latest, ‘The Wizard of Oz’

No place like home to see TPAC’s latest, ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The classic characters of Oz come to life in the latest incredible performance of the Broadway musical adaptation of the hit film The Wizard of Oz. There really is no place like home to see this show, or at least no place like the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.  The production value is through the roof for this performance. Elaborate sets, extravagant costumes and some incredible special effects really let you know this was a serious production. You get the sense of being right inside the twister with Dorothy. Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow are all portrayed magnificently. The actors really capture the essence of each character and you feel a sense of real hatred towards the Wicked Witch of the West right from the start.  The horrendous witche’s laugh is still frightening just to think about. However, the show is stolen by none other than Toto. From his first appearance, the adoration of the crowd is palpable. The use of a real dog in an on-stage performance is always a risk, but the crew pulls it off thanks to the well-behaved Murphy, the dog who plays Toto. The other highlights of the performance are the musical numbers.  With such classic songs such as “Over the Rainbow” and “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead,” it isn’t tough for the whole crowd to get on board and sing along. The show has something for the whole family. For the parents, there is the nostalgia of watching the story you know and love come to life on stage right in front of you. For the kids, it has all...
Lipscomb’s OID features art gallery in honor of Black History Month

Lipscomb’s OID features art gallery in honor of Black History Month

The Office of Intercultural Development partnered with Lipscomb’s Department of Visual Arts to support students in commemorating Black History Month. The students’ art pieces were featured in the OID lounge. Students created poems and art pieces that included photos from inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown, magazine covers featuring artists and Black Panther film posters. Last fall, the art department and OID worked together to create posters for the Fall Fiesta. After the success of the event, both departments decided to keep discussing ways they could work together again. OID Program and Outreach Coordinator Juan Reveles said both departments wanted to have the input from students to create similar work to last fall’s art show. After inviting students to participate by providing their own art pieces for Black History Month, students were able to share their artwork with faculty and other students. Reveles said the partnership between the art department and OID is important in giving students a place where they can express themselves. He added that they want to teach the students the value of artwork. “It is something for generations we’ve passed down to those generations that come after us,” he said. He also explained that they wanted to understand a culture in a way other than food, music or entertainment, alongside building other relations with other departments and making sure they know they have a place in the OID. Graphic design student Shadani Fleming presented magazine covers of celebrities from African American descent. These included activist and actress Eartha Kitt and singer Sade Adu. Fleming said she chose to feature celebrities because she wanted to highlight what...
LU’s GQ: How to Stay Stylish in the Spring

LU’s GQ: How to Stay Stylish in the Spring

LU’s GQ is a new biweekly series from Lipscomb senior George Wong, who looks at stylish clothing options for men. Wong’s column alternates weeks with Rachel Pavelich’s blog, The Northern Southern Belle.  With January’s freezing-cold weather coming to an end, we transition to an unpredictable February. Every male college student has to decide whether to put on everything they have in their closet in to stay warm and disregard style, or risk getting hypothermia but still look fashionable. Stress no longer! The great aspect of clothing is that is completely personal, there are so many clothes to choose from, outfits to curate and people to impress. Fashion will always be timeless, but style is unique to every individual. Guys have it slightly easier than females in the sense we have a lot less to choose from. Here is a list of Lipscomb students who have displayed great style while still staying warm: Jordan Brumbelow: white sweater, Nike track pants, Vans A sweater is not only great for keeping you warm and cozy, but is also stylish and elegant. It’s definitely a timeless piece in every young man’s closet. I would recommend simple colors such as white and black. However, this is something you can make pop with trending colors such as earthy tones, or if you are wanting to be bold, with red, yellow or orange.             Dane Mortensen: denim shirt, band tee, black jeans, high-tops If it is a slightly warmer day that requires no knitwear, then Mortenson is the man to follow. No one can go wrong with a band tee accompanied with...
Second Stage Student Theatre opens bold rock musical ‘Spring Awakening’

Second Stage Student Theatre opens bold rock musical ‘Spring Awakening’

Spring Awakening is the latest show to fit the pattern of Second Stage Student Theatre’s past productions as it brings light to uncomfortable topics that are  often not openly discussed. Spring Awakening is a controversial rock musical that delves into topics such as sexuality in adolescents, suicide, religion and more. The play opened last night at Community Bible Church and will have two more performances — February 2 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Second Stage Student Theatre is a group from the Nashville area that creates an avenue for theater students to perform, mainly coming from Lipscomb and Belmont. This student-led company’s mission is being “…dedicated to empowering young theatre artists and crafting the next generation of socially and culturally challenging works of theatre by creating avenues to explore theatrical production, direction and design.” The company is an outlet for several Lipscomb students to perform, including junior Olivia Zemer, who was in the ensemble of Spring Awakening. “It’s such an important story,” Zemer said. “I’m an education major, so I think about all the kids that I’ll be working with in the future and how they are going through all these same things that the students in the show are, but nobody is talking to them, and that is still happening today.” Lipscomb senior Liz Schenck went to the Friday night performance and said she felt the show was relevant to today’s society. “I thought is was absolutely phenomenal,” Schenck said. “This is the kind of story that isn’t told often enough, especially in the kind of culture we’re living in, deeply entrenched in the Bible Belt.” Not only was the...
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Peytan Porter jumping into Nashville music scene

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Peytan Porter jumping into Nashville music scene

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini both came from Lipscomb in recent years, and Lipscomb student Peytan Porter is making plans to follow in their footsteps. Porter started her singing career at the age of 12, but she said it wasn’t actually something she wanted to do at the time. She only wrote songs about how her mom was mean for giving her chores. “I didn’t take it seriously until at a church camp, and my mom was having to sing and act at the same time,” Porter recalled. “She was terrible. Then she was like, ‘Well then you do it,’ and I said ‘Noo!’ They ended up giving me a microphone behind the curtain. So I sang, behind the stage, and our music director came back and was like, ‘You’re a singer; you are doing this.’” Ever since then, Porter has been focusing on her songwriting, including her job as a full-time staff writer at Sea Gayle Music and doing a songwriting internship. She said she has always dreamed of becoming apart of the Nashville music scene, and even called it her “Disney World vacation” when she was able to visit at fourteen. “I would not be at Lipscomb if it was not in Nashville,” Porter said. “I chose to come here when I was young. My mom was like. ‘You can go on a cruise to Cozumel, or you can go to Nashville.’ My sister went on the cruise, and I came to Nashville.” Porter said she chose Lipscomb over Belmont’s music program because she liked how Lipscomb’s program felt like a small, Christian community. She is no longer...