Williams’ 25 points not enough as men’s hoops fall to UNF

Williams’ 25 points not enough as men’s hoops fall to UNF

Lady Bisons land first conference win

Lady Bisons land first conference win

Lipscomb students, staff prepare for inauguration

Lipscomb students, staff prepare for inauguration

Worship chapel moves to a biweekly gathering

Worship chapel moves to a biweekly gathering

Spring, summer mission teams use Missions Fair to find volunteers

Spring, summer mission teams use Missions Fair to find volunteers

Women’s tennis goes down 4-3 in season opener

Women’s tennis goes down 4-3 in season opener


‘Moana’ sails its way into Disney animated Hall of Fame

‘Moana’ sails its way into Disney animated Hall of Fame

Moana isn’t your typical Disney princess. In fact, despite being the daughter of the village chief, having an animal sidekick and occasionally breaking out into song, even Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) herself insists that she is not a princess. Originally, I thought Disney was trying to make Moana the newest installment in the Disney princess franchise, but it appears they’re trying to mix it up a bit by providing an animated young female who doesn’t have to be a princess and doesn’t have to have a love interest to be a heroine. The film is reminiscent of Pocahontas with its focus on heritage and mythology; the story places a heavy emphasis and theme on mythological Hawaiian island gods and demigods, perhaps Disney’s most religious-oriented film to date. In fact, this focus is almost a little unsettling for an animated movie. The story is a journey, typical of a Disney animated tale with a young girl simply trying to “follow her heart.” She’s smart, capable, encouraging and independent — a heroine who does not incessantly complain about the problems of her situation before attempting to fix them; rather, she solves them by initiating the action herself. On this journey, its beginning and its end are its strong points. The story seems to get a little lost in the middle, especially when the quite odd and unlovable coconut-pirates come into play, but it finds itself again with the fiery ending and Moana and Maui finally working together as a team. Speaking of Maui, he’s not quite as lovable a character as Moana. Even after his heroism at the end, it still feels difficult...
Rules don’t apply in ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ (but perhaps they need to)

Rules don’t apply in ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ (but perhaps they need to)

When first seeing the trailer for Rules Don’t Apply and all of the A-list actors involved, one would think that it would be a hit. However, it was more confusing than anything. To briefly summarize the plot of a two-hour movie that felt more like five, small-town beauty queen and devout Baptist Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) comes to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting. Under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), she works and works to get her name out there, but of course that doesn’t happen at first. She then meets her personal driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), who is also from a very conservative and religious background. Of course, they are immediately smitten with each other, but it is forbidden for a driver to have a romantic relationship with one of the contracted actresses. It also risks their religious views. So after hearing that, one would expect this movie to be a compelling love story about two people meant to be together and defy all the odds and make that happen, right? Wrong. Instead, viewers are told about three to five different stories in one, with confusing jump cuts, overly-dramatic acting by some of the actors and a crazy old man (a.k.a. real-life Old-Hollywood-film-tycoon Howard Hughes) who is slowly but surely losing his mind (Beatty). I’m all about throwing audiences off and not sticking to the norm, but there is also risk in that, and that shows in Rules Don’t Apply. Walking into this movie, I was actually pretty excited to see it. I love Lily Collins, and being a huge Star Wars fan,...
‘Loving’ wins hearts of audiences nationwide

‘Loving’ wins hearts of audiences nationwide

Loving is a historical-drama film directed and written by Jeff Nichols. It stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, who were the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, the landmark trial that invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The film was released in theatres on November 4, 2016, by Focus Features. Loving follows the courtship and marriage of Mildred Jeter, a black woman, with Richard Loving, a white man. Mildred becomes pregnant and they travel to D.C. to marry in secret. However, the two are soon discovered and arrested, each sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958, because their interracial marriage violated the state’s anti-miscegenation laws. They are able to get probation if they agree to leave the state of Virginia for 25 years. Exiled to Washington, D.C., they sue the state of Virginia in a series of proceedings leading to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia, which holds that laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional. Director Nichols was able to tell the story of the Loving family as accurately as possible by relying on Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story (2011), which captured many details of the private lives of the Loving couple. The film was extremely poignant in its portrayal of the couple, who defied all odds to maintain their home and family. There was always a breathtakingly suspenseful undercurrent. The movie led the audience through one challenge after another as the couple fought to love and stay married, despite the fear and hatred that they endured daily. Edgerton’s performance was powerful. Determined but thoughtful and quiet,...
‘Fantastic Beasts’ is fresh, exciting addition to wizarding world of Harry Potter

‘Fantastic Beasts’ is fresh, exciting addition to wizarding world of Harry Potter

In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling takes us to the magical, wizarding world of Harry Potter once more, but in a new, fantastic (pun-intended) way. The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander, played by Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, has just arrived in New York City — but not unnoticed, of course.  Having a suitcase full of magical beasts, a No-Maj (American for Muggle) and an underlining evil surrounding the city, this movie really put out all of the stops to be an absolute joy to Potterheads everywhere. Within the Harry Potter Universe, Newt Scamander’s book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first published in 1927 and became a massive bestseller in the wizard world. It eventually became an approved textbook at Hogwarts, and Harry Potter even used it for his classes. Remember Chocolate Frogs and their cards? Well, Newt Scamander has a card of his own, which of course is a huge honor. There are even more references to the original series throughout the movie. At one point, it is revealed that Newt is greatly favored by Albus Dumbledore, and he even tried to prevent Newt’s expulsion from Hogwarts. In the very beginning of the movie, it is revealed that Gellert Grindelwald is causing mass chaos across the world . . . but especially in America. However, he has yet to be found. Maybe at some point over the next few movies, we will finally see the famous duel between him and Albus Dumbledore. That is one of three story-lines in Fantastic Beasts, but don’t worry, it’s not hard to follow. What’s so...
Contemporary Music students deliver three show-stopping performances

Contemporary Music students deliver three show-stopping performances

The Contemporary Music Program is a fairly new department. Since its start just last year, the department has nearly tripled in size. Because of this, the department split into three ensembles to perform their fall concerts on different days in different locations. The first group performed Nov. 7 in the Flatt Amphitheater. They showcased a lot of talent from the freshmen new to the program. The second group’s performance took place Monday night on the steps of Collins Alumni Auditorium. The final group performed in the Collins Auditorium Thursday night. All of the students thought it went extremely well. “It went better than we were all thinking,” sophomore Jacalyn Thompson said. “You do these things with all this adrenaline thinking about all the things you have to do, but as soon as you’re on stage, everyone comes together with the same mindset that we’re gonna make this the best show that we can.” The nights not only showcased the talent that each group possesses, but also the sense of community they felt after doing what they love together. “I’m just so thankful for the opportunity to come together with my best friends and play music,” Thompson said. Sophomore Freddy Schuler agreed, saying that the final night of music brought each group together as a community and as a department. “There was some good energy that mixed beautifully together. I think it all kind of culminated during the last song.” The group thanked Director of Contemporary Music, Charlie Peacock, for his direction. “We have phenomenal leaders who prepared us very well,” Thompson said. “They’re really great people to work with.” After the final performance, the...
Lady Bisons fall short in tough loss against FGCU

Lady Bisons fall short in tough loss against FGCU

Lipscomb (3-14, 0-2) suffered a tough loss to Florida Gulf Coast (13-6, 2-0) in Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon with a final score of 63-90. The Lady Bisons kept in pace with the aggressive team with a leading score during the first period, but FGCU took the lead toward the end of the second period. With a halftime score of 28-44, Lipscomb came out strong in an effort to close the 16 point FGCU lead. Within the third minute of the third period, FGCU had already fouled five times allowing the Lady Bisons to gain multiple free throw points, which ended up being one third of their total points. “Offensively we did a good job of getting the ball inside,” Head Coach Greg Brown said. “We got to the free throw line and shot 26 free throws, and that’s excellent right there.” The Lady Bisons topped FGCU in number of free throws and rebounds; however, they were unable to return within a 20 point range of FGCU. “What we didn’t do well is we knew we had to take away their lane-right drives, and we didn’t take away their open threes,” Coach Brown said. “We didn’t consistently do that and that gave us that result there.” Despite the devastating lead by FGCU, the Lady Bisons continued to play aggressively until the end, letting FGCU score no more than nine points in the last period. Junior Riley Northway led the Lady Bisons with a score of 17 points, while junior Morgan Turner led with six rebounds and junior Loren Cagle gained a team-best four assists. The Lady Bisons play their...
Bisons topple Stetson, earn sixth straight victory

Bisons topple Stetson, earn sixth straight victory

For the first time since the 2008-09 season, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team has won six straight games and is showing no signs of slowing down. The Bisons made quick work of Stetson on Thursday night, dominating from the opening tip and cruising to a 94-68 victory in Allen Arena. Lipscomb never trailed in the game, jumping out to a quick lead on several backdoor cuts for layups. The Bisons struggled from the 3-point line all night, going just 2-17, but used strong post play and aggressive driving to dismantle Stetson’s defense. “The first half was the best we’ve played all year,” Coach Casey Alexander said after the game. “That was evidenced by the fact that we were 2-12 from three and still had a 22 point lead, so I was very pleased with that.” Freshman guard Kenny Cooper sparked a 19-5 run at the end of the first half to extend the lead to 49-27. He got to the hoop with ease all night and finished with 14 points on 6-7 shooting. “Probably the best part of the night for me was seeing Kenny play with a different gear,” Alexander said. “Hopefully he can use this and take off from here.” The most dominating part of the night, however, came from the Lipscomb big-men. Forward Eli Pepper recorded a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds and Center Rob Marberry scored 23 points on 10-13 shooting to lead the Bisons in scoring. Lipscomb manhandled Stetson on the boards 47-28. “Tonight they (the bigs) were particularly important because we weren’t scoring from the 3-point-line like we usually do,” Alexander...
Aaron Korn has remarkable comeback to Bison basketball after overcoming doubts

Aaron Korn has remarkable comeback to Bison basketball after overcoming doubts

The new hole below his right knee matched the old one in his left. It matched the hole he had surgically repaired in June 2015. That surgery forced him to sit out his first off-season and limp through his sophomore season. They told him it would go away with rest, but that’s the same thing they said last year — before it came back. Lipscomb guard Aaron Korn had lived through this before, and he didn’t know if he could get through it again. “I was having doubts if I was going to be able to play this year,” the junior said. “I had doubts that it would never be the same or that I would ever be healthy again, because the exact same thing happened last year. It started creeping in, and I didn’t know if I was gonna play or be the same ever again.” But the stress fracture healed on its own, and Korn is averaging career-high minutes and has improved in every single statistical category this season. Just months after wondering about his future in college basketball, the six-foot-four guard is leading Lipscomb in three-point percentage at a blistering 44% clip, averaging the third-most rebounds on the team and has been playing at least 19 minutes in all but two games. Korn developed a stress fracture in his left tibia, just below the knee, about a month after the last game of his freshman year. Team trainers shut him down for the rest of the off-season workout period, but once he tried to return, something wasn’t right. The fracture was still there. He underwent surgery, including...
‘Battle of the Boulevard’ classic ends in heartbreak for Bisons, falling in overtime

‘Battle of the Boulevard’ classic ends in heartbreak for Bisons, falling in overtime

The 138th Battle of the Boulevard did not disappoint as the Lipscomb Bisons fell to their arch-rival, Belmont Bruins, 78-76 during overtime in a sold-out Allen Arena. Lipscomb sprinted to an early 10-4 lead, thanks to threes by freshman Kenny Cooper and sophomore Garrison Mathews. The Bisons controlled the game early. The Purple and Gold fed off the energy of the home crowd. Mathews played with tenacity and passion, diving on the floor for loose balls and attacking the rim with back-to-back and-ones, converting on the second. “That’s the great thing about, Garrison he’s a tremendous competitor,” head coach Casey Alexander said. Junior Nathan Moran jumped into action hitting back-to-back threes, pushing Lipscomb to a 10-point lead midway through the first half, 19-9. The Bisons played smart and well-timed team defense throughout the first 10 minutes, holding the Bruins to just nine points. Belmont would use a big dunk to fuel a run as the Lipscomb lead stood at seven, 26-19, near the end of the first half. Moran hit another big three-pointer, which extended the Bison lead to 31-23 and then hit back-to-back free throws to give Lipscomb a 10 point lead, 33-23. Freshman Kenny Cooper made his presence felt as he sprinted down the court with five seconds left in the half and hit a layup with a half second left to give Lipscomb a 10-point lead once more. “That’s what he can do, and he’s a freshman,” Alexander said,  “so he’s trying to figure it out, but these games right here help him grow up a lot.” Belmont came out of the half and scored six quick points to cut the lead...
Lipscomb loses close-game thriller against in-town rival TSU

Lipscomb loses close-game thriller against in-town rival TSU

The Lipscomb Bisons (3-7) took on their in-state rival, the Tennessee State Tigers (7-1), Saturday afternoon inside Allen Arena. TSU won the tip off, but Lipscomb still got of to a hot start. Four minutes into the game, the Bisons led 10-2, thanks to a 50% FG percentage and making 100% of their 3’s to start the game. Sophomore Forward Eli Pepper was a big part of the Bisons’ early successes, making both of his first two chances from the three-point line. However, the Tigers took their third lead of the game with five minutes left in the first half. The Tigers led the Bisons at the half 41-36. TSU was able to take advantage of the Bisons on the boards in the first half thanks to their size. Lipscomb was outscored in the paint 18-6, and out-rebounded 28-17 in the first half. Sophomore center Rob Marberry led the Bison’s in points going into the half with 13. “They were really good on the boards and took it to us early,” Lipscomb Head Coach Casey Alexander said after the first half. Alexander said the team needed to pick it up in the second half. “Play tougher, play with more confidence, be ready to step up and make shots, rebound better and get loose balls better,” Alexander noted. Tennessee State started with the ball going into the second half and was able to make its first shot, a three to extend the lead to 44-36. The Tigers were able to keep their lead for most of the second half, but they weren’t able to put away Lipscomb just yet. The...
BEST Robotics Competition 2016 photo gallery

BEST Robotics Competition 2016 photo gallery

Lipscomb hosted the annual BEST Robotics Competition Saturday in Allen Arena. Several local middle and high schools were present for the event. The objective of the competition was to build and utilize a robot to work on a farm, harvest corn, plant new corn seeds, collect the lettuce and the tomatoes and put them in the correct bins.   Photos by Ben Davis...
Disco dodgeball photo gallery

Disco dodgeball photo gallery

Friday night Lipscomb’s Student Activities Board held the annual dodgeball tournament in Fanning Hall’s courtyard. This year’s theme was “Disco.” Many spectators lined the balconies of the residence hall to witness the teams compete. Each team with a different theme donned costumes, and the first-place winner was the “SRAT” team.   Photos by Ben Davis « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Beauty and the Beast photo gallery

Beauty and the Beast photo gallery

A tale as old as time takes center stage at Lipscomb’s Collins Alumni Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night to kick off the opening weekend of the theatre department’s fall musical. The show runs Oct. 27-29 and Nov. 4-5 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m.     Photos by Becca Risley   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Men’s Style Project: A Tailored Fit 2016 photo gallery

Men’s Style Project: A Tailored Fit 2016 photo gallery

Sponsored by Lipscomb’s College of Entertainment & the Arts, a men’s fashion show was held in Shamblin Theatre Monday night. The event featured special guests Jeff Loring, owner of Loring & Co: The Art of the Fit and Stitch It Alternations; Michael Shane Neal, artist-in-residence for Lipscomb’s College of Entertainment & the Arts; and Reggie Blair, director of admissions. Each shared tips on style, how style affects employability and how to afford the professional look while on a college budget.   Photos by Ben Davis  ...
Dove Awards 2016 photo gallery

Dove Awards 2016 photo gallery

The 47th annual Dove Awards show took place Tuesday in Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. The awards show honored notable Christian artists in the industry while glorifying God through the entire process. The evening was filled with award nominations, performances and worship.   Photos by Ben Davis   « ‹ 1 of 2 › »  ...

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