Lipscomb grad Patrick Carpenter releases new music

Lipscomb grad Patrick Carpenter releases new music

2016 Lipscomb graduate Patrick Carpenter is making his own mark on the country music industry. The communications major has a wide variety of interests — he coaches football for Franklin high school, served as the student radio sports director while in college, and he recently just returned to get his masters in education at Lipscomb. But music is his passion. He wants to be Brad Paisley. In July, he released his first EP on iTunes — “Coming Back Stronger,” reaching No. 13 on the Singer/Songwriter charts. Available for preorder on iTunes now, his latest single is titled “Baptized by the Whiskey.” The inspiration for this name came after he visited Ethos church– a church that meets at the Cannery Ballroom, a bar and music venue in Nashville that many Lipscomb students attend. One of Carpenter’s friends was baptized at this church, and, after he noticed the unique church setting, he nonchalantly commented she was “baptized by the whiskey.” A few years down the road and the ironic comment became the title of his latest single. Music has always been a very large part of Carpenter’s life. Starting at just the young age of 11, he picked up his first guitar and started playing. But his music journey hasn’t always been easy sailing. “I played for about a month or so, and I wanted to quit,” Carpenter said. “One night I was watching the CMT Crossroads, and I saw Richie Sambora who was the lead guitar player for Bon Jovi playing with them, and I was so impressed. He was so cool and different.” But if Carpenter had to single out just one...
Hurricane Michael destroys parts of southeast, affecting homes of Lipscomb students

Hurricane Michael destroys parts of southeast, affecting homes of Lipscomb students

Hurricane Michael tore through parts of the southeast starting October 10th, claiming the title of the worst storm to hit the United States since Hurricane Camille in 1969, according to an ABC News article. “It’s a sad time when you go on Google and search for images of your town and you see devastation, not beautiful beaches,” said Allison Lewis of Lynn Haven, Florida, the town her family lives in, which was recently destroyed by Hurricane Michael. Two of Florida’s panhandle cities, Mexico Beach and Panama City, were especially wrecked by the category four hurricane. Other southeastern states, like North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama and Georgia, were also affected. According to CNN, at least 32 lives have been claimed by the hurricane, and over 1,000 people are missing, according to a BBC News article. Additionally, homes and buildings have been literally ripped apart, and millions of homes are without power. Hurricane Michael’s strength came as a surprise to some. For Orlando-raised Lipscomb student Jeffrey Crisan, the hurricanes he lived through growing up were a fun excuse to play in the rain. “It’s really weird, because, when I lived in Florida and I went through hurricanes, it wasn’t really scary,” Crisan said. He added that his family in Panama City, Florida, felt similarly unconcerned about the latest hurricane, noting that they were “all just hanging out.” Unlike Crisan’s family, Lipscomb student Allison Lewis’ family in Lynn Haven, Florida, which is between Panama City and Mexico Beach, decided to evacuate. However, they “returned right after to help out,” according to Lewis. Being ten hours away from his Floridian family left Crisan more...
Governor Bill Haslam gives advice to young voters during campus visit

Governor Bill Haslam gives advice to young voters during campus visit

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is known to frequent Lipscomb’s workout room, but he made an appearance at chapel Tuesday to speak to students and lead the closing prayer. Lipscomb president Randy Lowry introduced Haslam by noting how many Lipscomb students would not be where they are today had Haslam not served as governor. “If you have a HOPE scholarship, you owe that opportunity to…Governor Haslam in his support of that program,” Lowry said. “If you enjoyed free community college, it was because this governor wanted to provide access to higher education. To those of you who did, you then had an opportunity to transfer to a four-year school, which you might not ever otherwise been able to attend.” During The Gathering, Haslam spoke to students about God, relationships and politics. Haslam cited two main things he wanted to tell students to take away from his talk. “No matter what you do, make certain that you’re in a situation where you have people that give you honest feedback…That’s really what helps us,” he said. “Number two is remember those people you’re interacting with…that they’re created in the image of God.” After The Gathering, Lumination spoke to Haslam individually about his thoughts on the upcoming governor’s election and the importance of students going out and voting. “The first thing to do is obviously to go vote,” Haslam said. “It’s incredibly simple and easy, and it matters. Every study shows that young people don’t, which is crazy that people typically don’t start voting until they’re in their 40s. “People tend to get really excited about the national elections, but your state and local elections...
Dove Awards show gallery

Dove Awards show gallery

Lipscomb welcomed some of the biggest names in Christian music for the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards Tuesday for a night of celebrating music and worshiping God. For King and Country kicked off the evening with a performance from their new album Burn the Ships, which just reached No. 7 on the Gospel Music Chart. Joel and Luke Smallbone spoke on the inspiration for the album and how important it is to know when to move on. Despite the heavy topic, the pair hope to create a dynamic show. “Art is meant to be creative and lawless and exciting,” Joel Smallbone said. “Hopefully with the show and with the record you feel that sense.” Ready the full story here.   « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...
Lipscomb plays host to Dove Awards for sixth year in a row

Lipscomb plays host to Dove Awards for sixth year in a row

Lipscomb welcomed some of the biggest names in Christian music for the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards Tuesday for a night of celebrating music and worshipping God. Gospel Music Association President Jacki Patillo introduced the theme for the evening as “Reverent Wonder,” based on Luke 5:26. Artists throughout the night spoke on what the theme meant to them and how it impacted their music. For King and Country kicked off the evening with a performance from their new album Burn the Ships, which just reached No. 7 on the Gospel Music Chart. Joel and Luke Smallbone spoke on the inspiration for the album and how important it is to know when to move on. Despite the heavy topic, the pair hope to create a dynamic show. “Art is meant to be creative and lawless and exciting,” Joel Smallbone said. “Hopefully with the show and with the record you feel that sense.” Video Package by Erin Franklin and Cavin Jacobson Cory Asbury takes home first Dove Award of the evening Cory Asbury took home the first Dove Award of the evening for Song of the Year for his song “Reckless Love.” The artist started tearing up on stage as he accepted his award as he reflected on the challenges that led him here. “Isn’t it just like the Lord to take our failures and turn it into something beautiful,” Asbury said. After performing during the show, the rising star took home the “Worship Song of the Year” award as well as the “Worship Album of the Year.” He shared how his song has impacted people struggling with suicidal thoughts and...
The Northern Southern Belle: fabulous fall fashion trends to help you look fantastic

The Northern Southern Belle: fabulous fall fashion trends to help you look fantastic

Fall’s arrival signals one of the most exciting times of the year: autumn fashion staples. The leaves are finally beginning to dance toward the ground, and temperatures are dropping below 70 degrees here in Nashville, at last! With the turn of the seasons comes the changing of attire. Finally, we can pack up those shorts and tanks (at least for now — according to my Tennessee native friends, it can be 75 degrees on Christmas) and pull out the jeans, cute little ankle boots and sweaters. Trends that reappear each year and will never go out of style include flannels paired with jeans. A way to make this a bit more fashionable is to wear a contrasting or coordinating tank underneath the flannel. Match these layers with a cute pair of jeans — maybe a pair with a few rips. Leave the flannel unbuttoned so you can show off your coordination or contrasting skills (whichever you choose) and tie the flannel at the bottom. Add a statement necklace to make the outfit even more outstanding. Corduroy skirts are in style this season. Pair them with a long bell sleeve top, or a short sleeve with a cardigan. These corduroy skirts can be found in all kinds of colors — brown, red, light pink, green. Any of them work well for fall. In addition to corduroy skirts, jean skirts are also something that can work well for fall. Honestly, though, jean skirts are good all year round. In the fall, though, they’re extra cute when you pair them with a cardigan, kimono or cropped jacket. Just this past weekend, I...