SGA Vice President Stephen Hemmerly prepares for upcoming school year

SGA Vice President Stephen Hemmerly prepares for upcoming school year

The 2017-2018 school year is fast approaching with classes scheduled to begin August 21, and Stephen Hemmerly is ready to begin his tenure as Lipscomb’s SGA Vice-President. Not only is the senior biochemistry major serving as Vice President of Student Government Association, but he was also elected as social club Sigma Iota Delta’s Vice President for this upcoming year. In addition to these responsibilities, Hemmerly is doing biochemistry research for Lipscomb under Dr. Kent Clinger to work on structural determination of small peptides by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He will also be serving for the second year on Lipscomb’s Presidential Ambassadors Council and will be working as a tour guide for the Office of Admissions for the second year. On top of all this, he, like SGA President Carson Panovec, will be applying to medical school this year. While all of these responsibilities may sound like a lot handle, Hemmerly said being involved on campus is exactly what he, when he began as a college freshman, intended to do during his time at Lipscomb after graduating from Lipscomb Academy, and he is excited to begin his senior year. “Coming into college, I wanted to be more outgoing and more involved,” Hemmerly said. “SGA was an opportunity to do so, but I never took the initiative to apply for Freshman Leadership Council. I was also unable to run for sophomore senate because I chose to study abroad in Florence, Italy, in the fall of 2015. Finally, I jumped at the opportunity to run for Junior Senate. I lost but was elected as a Senator at Large.” Coming into college, Hemmerly said...
Lipscomb basketball unveils schedule loaded with big names

Lipscomb basketball unveils schedule loaded with big names

Coach Casey Alexander understands that getting the Lipscomb basketball program on the map requires the Bisons to play brand-name programs. Thursday’s unveiling of Lipscomb’s 2017-18 season schedule showed that the Bisons will have plenty of chances to make a splash when the season rolls around in November. Included in Lipscomb’s impressive non-conference schedule are trips to Alabama (Nov. 15), Texas (Nov. 18) and Tennessee (Dec. 9). The Vols survived a scare from Lipscomb in Knoxville last December, although the Bisons gained some redemption by beating the SEC’s Missouri Tigers with an 81-76 road victory two weeks later. The Bisons will also pay a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy on Dec. 21 before closing out the calendar year with a trip to Purdue (Dec. 30), fresh off its Sweet Sixteen run in last year’s NCAA tournament. The non-conference slate also offers plenty of local flavor. The Bisons will make the short drive to Belmont for the storied “Battle of the Boulevard” rivalry on Nov. 27, before hosting the Bruins one week later on Dec. 4. Belmont has dominated the series in recent years, claiming victories in each of the last 11 meetings. The Bisons will also take on Tennessee State on Dec. 2 in North Nashville before hosting the local NAIA Fisk Bulldogs to open the new year on Jan. 3. Lipscomb set numerous program records in a 126-43 thrashing of the Bulldogs last season. Another interesting wrinkle to the schedule includes a home-and-home series with one of Lipscomb’s sister schools, Abilene Christian. The two institutions are connected through their affiliation with the Churches of Christ, but the series...
48th annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced; Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle lead artist nominations

48th annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced; Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle lead artist nominations

The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees were announced on Wednesday morning at Lipscomb University, with Zach Williams and Lauren Daigle leading the nominated artists with five nominations each. Daigle has won big at the Dove Awards the past two years. At last year’s ceremony, Daigle won Artist of the Year, just after clinching the New Artist of the Year award the year before. Daigle was not nominated for Artist of the Year this time, but she is nominated for Songwriter of the Year (Artist). Williams, however, did succeed in securing a nomination for New Artist of the Year. Writer and producer Wayne Haun grabbed the most nominations overall, with six. Bernie Herms and David Garcia followed with five each. GMA executive director Jackie Patillo announced that this year’s theme for the Dove Awards is “Sound the Remedy.” Last year’s theme was “Love Amplified.” “Gospel Music is the only genre that is defined by its lyrics, and we believe that the message in our music is God’s remedy to the world,” Patillo said. The Dove Awards will take place on October 17, 2017, returning to Lipscomb’s Allen Arena for the fifth consecutive year. The show will air on Trinity Broadcasting Network on October 22.   Artist of the Year Chris Tomlin, sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records for KING & COUNTRY, Word Entertainment Hillsong United, Hillsong Music Australia/Sparrow Records MercyMe, Fair Trade Services TobyMac, ForeFront Records   New Artist of the Year Bri (Briana Babineaux), Marquis Boone Enterprises/Tyscot Records Micah Tyler, Fair Trade Services Social Club Misfits, Capitol CMG Label Group Steven Malcolm, Word Entertainment Zach Williams, Provident Entertainment Group   Song of...
Olivia’s Way: best Nashville eateries

Olivia’s Way: best Nashville eateries

If you’re a little tired of Nashville’s beloved Fido, Edley’s or Hattie B’s, then there’s good news: fabulous (and mostly affordable) new eateries have been popping up all in the Nashville area. Springing from East Nashville and spreading to Germantown and other parts of the city, these experimental restaurants have caught the eye of trendy taste-testers and locals alike. Recent Lipscomb graduate and resident foodie Kayla Ford suggested Plaza Mariachi as not only a great place for food, but also as great retail and entertainment options all at one central location. This Latin American shopping environment is being called a “city within a city” for its many diverse offerings. “Plaza Mariachi is the most unique and interactive food environment I have experienced in a long time,” Ford said. “It’s only 10 minutes from downtown and includes entertainment, cultural art, shopping and food.” With new diet fads like Whole 30, it can be difficult to go out with friends and share a meal without health qualms. However, many of these new places in Nashville cater to those who dine under dietary restrictions. One of these bistros is AVO. Located in Midtown, this vegan restaurant is devoted to healthy, raw options. From their Kimchi Spring Rolls to the Zucchini Pasta Verde, anything consumed here will leave you feeling full and fit. If you’re not in the mood to diet, there are still plenty of places that will meet your needs. “I am in love with Butcher and Bee,” Ford said. “Their feta and honey dip is life changing. But if I’m feeling less hungry, I always go for Barcelona with friends.”...
Lipscomb orders 3,000 solar eclipse glasses to prepare for total eclipse

Lipscomb orders 3,000 solar eclipse glasses to prepare for total eclipse

Lipscomb has begun preparations for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse, which will take place on Monday, August 21 — the first day of classes for the fall semester. Nashville is the largest city in the path of totality. The rare celestial occurrence will begin around 1:25 p.m. in Nashville. Lipscomb’s 1 p.m. classes will still meet so professors can take roll for the first official class day, but students will be dismissed early to view the eclipse. “The start of every school year is always an exciting moment,” Provost Craig Bledsoe said in a statement. “This year, however, there is a truly significant event attached to the start of school on August 21.” Bledsoe added that while professors should dismiss their students by 1:15 p.m. to commemorate the event, it is still imperative for students to show up for the beginning of class to confirm enrollment with both professors and the university. In addition to the student body and faculty gathering together to view the total eclipse on campus, Lipscomb also has some special activities and presentations planned earlier in the day to commemorate the event. The LIGHT program and the College of Professional Studies have ordered 3,000 solar eclipse glasses for the campus body. The first set of glasses will be handed out to freshman during Quest Week, but staff, faculty and upperclassmen students will have the opportunity to pick up glasses the morning of August 21. Solar eclipse glasses are necessary to view the sun since it is not safe to ever look at the sun with the naked eye, as this could permanently damage the retina due...
‘The Little Mermaid’ makes delightful, colorful splash at TPAC

‘The Little Mermaid’ makes delightful, colorful splash at TPAC

The touring production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid has made its way from under the sea to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center this week, captivating both young and old audience members alike. Diana Huey stars as the irresistible Little Mermaid. This is Huey’s first national tour, and her perky, enthusiastic nature shines through in her performance. She has a strong, powerful voice and maintains a continuous mermaid-like presence on stage. Huey swims across, up and down the stage via a flight harness, making it a physically demanding role, yet Huey appears to do it with ease. Melvin Abston is also brilliant as Sebastian, the calypso-singing crab, and his rendition of “Under the Sea” is delightful, big and colorful. The cast has some impressive Broadway credits, including Jenniffer Allen as Ursula and Steve Blanchard as King Triton. Notably, Blanchard is recognizable in another Disney princess movie for his role as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. The great surprise, though, is Jamie Torcellini’s portrayal of Scuttle (the seagull most famously known for revealing to Ariel that a fork is called a dinglehopper). Torcellini flies around the stage with a flight harness for most of the show before landing to perform an amusing tap-dance of “Positoovity” after Ariel gets her legs. The costuming by Amy Clark and Mark Ross is intricate and vibrant, and Charlie Morrison’s and Kenneth Foy’s Lighting and Scenic Design, respectively, is captivating as well, mesmerizing audience members. While this production does pay homage to the 1989 Disney film version, there are a few deviations from the film, such as Flounder’s awkward crush on Ariel, and King...