Women’s basketball earns first A-Sun victory against NJIT

Women’s basketball earns first A-Sun victory against NJIT

The Lady Bisons defeated NJIT 63-49 Wednesday night in Allen Arena, ending a 17-game losing streak with the return of senior Ashley Southern after an injury. “I think it was good for our team that they worked so hard and have done all the little things to make this win possible,” head basketball coach Greg Brown said. “They have shown so much improvement individually, it just hasn’t manifested itself to wins. It is great for our team to be rewarded for their hard work.” Lipscomb out-rebounded NJIT 40-30 and forced 15 turnovers. “We did a great job staying in front of the ball,” Brown said. “I think we did a great job rebounding the ball.  It was a huge key for us in the game. It was also important that we scored 22 points off of turnovers.” Southern led the Bisons with 18 points and nine rebounds. “I think she was able to stay in the game mentally during rehab,” Brown said. “She was able to get a little work in last week. Being a senior she was able to play with a sense of urgency.” Lipscomb’s bench outscored NJIT 26-14. One of the big contributions from the bench other than Southern came from sophomore Riley Northway with eight points. Lipscomb will take on North Florida on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in Allen Arena. “I will be looking for consistency from our team when we take on North Florida,” Brown said. “So far we have done that throughout the year. We will look to continue to develop and get more used to having Ashley Southern back. We also need to keep...
Nashville students address topic of race, justice from perspective of faith

Nashville students address topic of race, justice from perspective of faith

The words “race” and “injustice” often go hand-in-hand in national dialogue. A group of over 100 students from around Nashville gathered to discuss where the words “God” and “faith” fit into racial conversations Tuesday evening at Vanderbilt University’s Benton Chapel. Racial and Diversity Consultant Sabrine Rhodes and Washington University Law Professor John Inazu served as the panel members. Together, they addressed race and justice from a faith-based perspective through the open student forum. “Christians provide a very distinct voice to the race conversation,” Inazu said. “So showing up in this conversation as Christians really matters.” In addition to echoing the importance of Christians speaking up about racial issues, Rhodes said that “modeling grace in these conversations” is the next step for people of faith. “When we enter these conversations with grace, no matter what perspective you come from, we will stand out as Christians,” Rhodes said. “We will be heard rather than being put into a category and ignored.” The forum and following discussions pressed students to think of civil and social issues in new ways, according to Lipscomb senior Griffin Hodges. “This isn’t a topic that I’ve ever given much thought to personally, but I recognize that it is very prevalent in our culture and lives,” Hodges said. “To have the opportunity to hear the perspective of scholars who are also Christians has been really encouraging and thought-provoking.” The fact that voices of faith are actively discussing issues such as race and justice serves as a signal of hope for some students in regards to the future of Nashville. “This topic is very powerful and I’m glad they’re bringing...
Lipscomb students piece-together community at Puzzle Mania

Lipscomb students piece-together community at Puzzle Mania

Students converged in McQuiddy Gymnasium Monday evening for a unique and “puzzling” event sponsored by Lipscomb’s Campus Ministry team. Puzzle Mania, the brainchild of Women’s Campus Minister Caroline Morris, invited students to put their heads and hands to the test to solve 500-piece puzzles as quickly as possible. Morris said she found inspiration for the event over Christmas break when she was “puzzling” with family. “I just wanted to create something super fun and random this semester for students who love to puzzle,” Morris said, “something totally different than anyone’s done before.” Morris added that events like Puzzle Mania and the new bi-weekly Wednesday night devotional called “Recess” are meant to remind students that they can spend time with God in an informal setting. “I think it’s really good to not always be thinking we need to be having devo, but just having fun with God sometimes,” Morris said. While prizes included a $75 gift card to The Cheesecake Factory, $50 to Edley’s Bar-B-Que, $30 to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and $15 to Sprinkles Cupcakes, many students said they came to Puzzle Mania for other reasons. Freshman Jared Peters, a member of the men’s track team and team Keepin’ the Piece, said he and his twin brother assembled a group because they grew up doing puzzles together as children. “Back when we were in elementary school, Austin and I did a lot of puzzles, so we wanted to bring that back here in college,” Peters said. “We wanted to test our [track] team’s chemistry.” Junior Elyse Youngdahl called a group of her friends together to create team Threat Level: Midnight for puzzle night.  She said they saw the event...
‘Hail, Caesar!’ delivers enjoyable, well-acted comedic satire

‘Hail, Caesar!’ delivers enjoyable, well-acted comedic satire

After watching other films by the well-known and acclaimed Coen brothers in the past, my verdict on the films tends to be the same: “It was technically good, and I enjoyed it, but I don’t know what to make of it.” My verdict for Hail, Caesar! is almost exactly the same. While it’s not as heavy as Fargo, Hail, Caesar! delivers similar quirkiness and strangeness of plot. The film trailers promised an amazing cast with lots of lighthearted laughs in a love letter to old Hollywood films. While all of these things are delivered, there’s an entirely different layer about communism and manipulation and an extremely underdeveloped villain. Despite this, the strong suits of this film are the comedic acting and the atmosphere. George Clooney plays a wonderful dopey star. Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton all deliver hilarious cameo performances. Alden Ehrenreich is absolutely hysterical as another stupid leading man from the cowboy genre struggling to fit into a period drama, and Josh Brolin leads them all with a strong performance as the film studio’s management. There are even two unnamed extras that deliver a performance that laughed me to tears without ever saying a word. I especially enjoyed the vignettes of different films on different sound stages in the time period. I almost think the film would have been near perfect and certainly very fun if it just focused on telling separate stories from each soundstage with their quirky leading characters. The strange communism plot point pulls away from the enjoyable mains, leaving the majority of them underdeveloped and throwing the audience...
Nashville Chinese community passes traditions on at New Year celebration

Nashville Chinese community passes traditions on at New Year celebration

The drumbeats thundered across Collins auditorium as the lion came onstage. He stomped, kicked and sniffed the air before his partner joined him. The two lions danced and bowed to the drums’ rhythmic pounding, finishing to an enthusiastic round of applause. The year of the monkey had begun. On Saturday night Lipscomb played host to the Greater Nashville Chinese Association’s new year celebration for the first time. The event featured a Chinese buffet in the Bison Café and a performance by local Chinese culture organizations in Collins Auditorium. In her opening remarks at the performance, GNCA president Li Weaver discussed a time when she feared that her daughter would not identify as both Chinese and American. After Weaver’s oldest daughter said she did not feel Chinese, the family moved to Beijing for four years. “We came back to the community a few years ago, and I realized the community has grown so much,” Weaver said. “We have so much to offer. We have two Chinese schools right here, and several Chinese culture clubs. And the community has grown so much. “So, at that time I decided, you know, maybe I don’t need to move my family all the way to China for my younger daughter to learn about Chinese culture, and she could do it right here.” The performance featured many local classical Chinese dance troupes of adults and children. Joyce Cheung-Flynn has been coming to the New Year celebration for six years. Cheung-Flynn’s favorite part of the celebration is watching the children’s dances, as her daughter danced in the show this year. “I like to see the little girls...
Lipscomb students rally to kick out cancer at fourth annual Relay for Life

Lipscomb students rally to kick out cancer at fourth annual Relay for Life

Participants joined together from Friday evening until early Saturday morning to fight cancer at Lipscomb’s fourth annual Relay for Life event held in Allen Arena. The event was broken up into three sections of fundraising and entertainment. Students could enjoy live music, dancing, and spike ball on the front stage, enter a basketball or volleyball tournament in McQuiddy Gym, or visit the several fundraising tables and game stations held on the back stage of the arena. All money donated throughout the night benefits the American Cancer Society and the Hope Lodge located at Vanderbilt. Nashville is home to 19 of the 900 research programs in the nation. “This Hope Lodge is the only one in Tennessee.,” said junior Angela Sullivan, co-chair for Lipscomb’s Relay for Life event. “If you’re in Memphis or Knoxville and you need cancer treatment at Vanderbilt, you and your family can stay for free, get free food and free travel to treatments.” Participating in Relay events is something Sullivan has done for as long as she can remember. Her grandmother was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 60, before Sullivan was born, and later passed away from an aggressive breast cancer after being in remission for 14 years. “That has been my passion for Relay ever since,” Sullivan said. “She loved going to the Relay events. She always rocked the survivor lap and was a huge proponent for the American Cancer Society.” During her grandmother’s stint with cancer, Sullivan said the American Cancer Society worked closely with her family, providing whatever they needed, checking in on them, giving her grandmother free wigs and doing anything...