Two of the year’s biggest events are happening on the same night – here is Lipscomb’s solution

Two of the year’s biggest events are happening on the same night – here is Lipscomb’s solution

It’s a little like High School Musical. Thursday night, Lipscomb men’s basketball takes on Texas in the NIT championship at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City. But back on campus in Nashville, students are also gearing up for opening night of Singarama, a song-and-dance competition that’s been going on for decades. A large chunk of Lipscomb students participate in Singarama, especially those in Greek Life. And while some students are taking advantage of the bus Lipscomb sponsored to MSG, students who are in Singarama are preparing for opening night of the anticipated show. Luke Shoulders (second from left in featured photo) is possibly one of Lipscomb basketball’s biggest fans. He’s been dedicated to dressing out and cheering on the Bisons all season. But he’s also heavily involved in Singarama and has a main role in this year’s show, playing “Dad (Jim Foster)” in the “Wonder Years” show, so he won’t be making the biggest trip of the season to watch Lipscomb play in the championship. “I love the Lipscomb student experience,” Shoulders said. “I believe in joy and excitement in abundance where people are gathered. Both basketball and Singarama give me that experience. I get the excitement of cheering on a sport that I’ve grown to love in basketball, and I get to perform with people I love in Singarama. Basketball and Singarama are two of the most significant experiences that I will remember in college for the rest of my life.” Singarama opens on Thursday night and has a show on Friday evening and two shows on Saturday. The Thursday night show was pushed back to...
What to do in NYC while you’re in town for the NIT

What to do in NYC while you’re in town for the NIT

Jade Spilka is a former Lumination staffer now living and working in New York City. She is completing her final semester away and will graduate from Lipscomb in May. The Lipscomb Bisons are making their way to The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden in New York City for NIT semifinals. At least 400 Lipscomb fans are expected to be in New York to support the team this week. With all the options for activities in the city, here are some favorites among locals and frequent tourists:     Where to Eat: A Salt & Battery 112 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011 Located in the charming Greenwich Village, A Salt & Battery is a fish and chips shop run by Brits and visited by many Lower Manhattan residents. The affordable spot is considered to be the best fish and chips restaurant in the United States by The Daily Meal. The space, however, does not have a large seating area so it’s best to stick to small groups when planning a trip there.     Big Gay Ice Cream 125 East 7th St., New York, NY 10009 207 Front St., New York, NY 10038 61 Grove St., New York, NY 10014 Home to the best soft serve in New York City, Big Gay Ice Cream is a happy and vibrant shop packed with tourists. The Instagramable desserts offered at Big Gay Ice Cream are not only cute, but also extremely well reviewed by critics in the city. If you plan on visiting A Salt & Battery, consider stopping by Big Gay’s nearby Greenwich location for dessert. Ladurée 864 Madison...
Three Singarama directors share passion for annual competition

Three Singarama directors share passion for annual competition

Singarama is right around the corner.  Students are busy choreographing, rehearsing, writing and directing three separate shows for one of Lipscomb’s biggest annual events. Each of the three individual Singarama productions is directed by Lipscomb students, and this year the directors are seniors Myron Sailors and Amy Hurd and junior Tori Thurmond. While all three directors have performed in Singarama before, this is their first time directing.  “It’s been super interesting seeing people come out of the woodwork with their own gifts and talents that they want to put forth towards the show,” said Sailors, a bioscience and philosophy major. Hurd, a marketing major, said she agreed that directing has given her a different perspective on Singarama. “Not just sitting back but being actively engaged in making all of these ideas come to life has been really fun during practices for me,” Hurd said. “It’s awesome to be able to contribute to every single portion.” As directors, Sailors, Hurd and Thurmond are responsible for a range of tasks, including designing a rehearsal timeline and coordinating and communicating with performers. In addition, Sailors said he believes that part of his role includes “a responsibility to try and keep morale up.” “I love Singarama, so I want it to be fun for everybody,” Sailors said. Thurmond, an English major, was on the production team for Singarama last year when she was a sophomore. She said she thinks it’s important to have a range of ages on the team, not just upperclassmen. “I knew that I could carry that on to the next year, and I think it’s very important for there...
Theta Psi, Delta Omega raise over $3,400 for N.I.C.E at Full Moon Festival

Theta Psi, Delta Omega raise over $3,400 for N.I.C.E at Full Moon Festival

The 1950’s-themed Full Moon Festival was in full swing last night, as social clubs Delta Omega and Theta Psi raised over $3,400 for N.I.C.E. and to provide awareness for drug and alcohol abuse by promoting “good, clean fun.” And that’s just how the night began with Theta Psi member Luke Shoulders chanting, “Good, clean fun! Good, clean fun!” on stage. The lineup featured several different students performing songs from the 50’s era, and more modern songs with a similar sound. Between songs, Shoulders discussed combating drug and alcohol abuse. Some students like Alexa Williams, who performs professionally, come out every year to support the cause. “I think this is one of the bigger alcohol awareness events that are out there that the social clubs do,” Williams said. “I’m not in Delta Omega or Theta Psi, but I still love coming. I think it brings a lot more people than other events do.” Delta Omega philanthropy chair Katlyn Council said the clubs seek to provide this awareness by just showing students having a good time without the presence of drugs and alcohol. “We show this awareness because no one here is doing drugs or drinking,” Council said. “We are seeing in our society that you can’t have fun without those things, and living that firsthand is more impactful than me telling you.” Council added that the event raises money for a local organization called Nashville International Center for Empowerment (N.I.C.E.). “Our event is dual purpose,” Council said. “So first we have the drug and alcohol awareness and also N.I.C.E as far as the fundraising part.” N.I.C.E specifically works with refugees...
LU’s GQ: How to wear a suit and look good

LU’s GQ: How to wear a suit and look good

There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to wear a suit. However, wearing a suit is a far more complex task than many perceive it to be. The majority of men have no idea what they’re doing as they simply go out and purchase a suit with no thought, especially college students. So here are five simple rules to make wearing a suit a memorable experience, whatever the occasion — because there is nothing wrong with having a little edge. The suit: If you speak to a tailor or anyone in the fashion industry, and ask him or her the most important aspect when it comes to wearing a suit, tailors will most definitely say the fit, 100% of the time. It doesn’t matter if your suit is made from the finest Italian fabric or diamonds, if it doesn’t compliment your body, it can make you look sloppy and unprofessional. You can easily make a $100 suit look like a $1,000 suit just by fine-tuning all the little details of a suit in order to fit your body nicely. Belt and shoes: When wearing a suit, combine it with a nice pair of dress shoes and a belt. Shoes, and belts come in different colors, shapes and sizes. The general rule for shoes is that they must match the belt in color. The pocket square: A pocket square adds a new level of style and polish but make sure it does not match your tie in either pattern or material. It should simply complement your shirt, and tie. Be creative with the pocket square, from...
REVIEW: Captain Marvel features sturdy storyline and cast, overdone themes

REVIEW: Captain Marvel features sturdy storyline and cast, overdone themes

Transitions can be hard — moving out of your parents’ house and actually paying bills, or when your university changes from Pepsi to Coke. #neverforget With Marvel’s highly anticipated “Avengers: Endgame” premiering late next month, “Captain Marvel” sneaks in as the last superhero introduced in Phase Three, Marvel’s timeline of character storylines, thus transitioning into the next chapter of the Marvel Universe. The movie isn’t anything too spectacular; it doesn’t help that it’s placed in the middle of “Infinity War” and “Endgame,” acting as an appetizer before we devour the main course. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) finds herself right in the middle of the war between the warmongering Kree and the shapeshifting Skrulls. With her mind swiped of her memories, Carol Danvers must hone her newly-found radioactive powers and regain who she is. The storyline is solid, but the overall ideas and themes are overdone. You enter into “Total Recall“ territory with the lost memory premise and then combine that with an intergalactic war of “Star Wars” proportions and sprinkle in “Star Trek”-like cosmetics. Larson’s supporting cast is a bright spot of the film, which is led by Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) and Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One), and you can’t have a Marvel movie without the Kangol-wearing king of box office blockbusters, Samuel L. Jackson. It makes sense that casting for this film would be so strong, considering how importantly the storytelling in this film will lead into more to come. In the comics, Captain Marvel becomes the new leader of the Avengers with Iron Man passing the torch to her. It seems to be the way the movies...