Lipscomb Celebrates Cultural Diversity with Week of WOW

Lipscomb Celebrates Cultural Diversity with Week of WOW

Service Day gives students chance to lend helping hand to Nashville community

Service Day gives students chance to lend helping hand to Nashville community

Steady outing from Thomas, usual big bats lead to routine win for Bison softball

Steady outing from Thomas, usual big bats lead to routine win for Bison softball

Lipscomb baseball loses to Vanderbilt at First Tennessee Park

Lipscomb baseball loses to Vanderbilt at First Tennessee Park

Full Moon Fest raises over $5,000 for Ed Pack Global

Full Moon Fest raises over $5,000 for Ed Pack Global

Bill Lee inspires students to make lives count at Tuesday’s ‘Gathering’

Bill Lee inspires students to make lives count at Tuesday’s ‘Gathering’


‘Beauty and the Beast’ is fresh remake to tale as old as time

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is fresh remake to tale as old as time

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has received a live-action revamp, brought to life by Director Bill Condon. The result is a fresh remake on a beloved classic: a film that stays true to the original tale while adding character back-story and substance. The story centers on Belle (Emma Watson), a young girl from a “provincial” town who takes her father’s place after he is imprisoned in an enchanted castle. Belle’s captor, the Beast (Dan Stevens), is, in essence, imprisoned as well — a young prince who has been cursed and can only return to his human form if he finds true love. Beauty and the Beast is just the latest project in a series of live-action adaptations by Disney, following Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016). Given Beauty and the Beast’s predecessors’ success and the amount of hype in the press leading up to its release, there was a risk that the movie would leave its audiences’ expectations unfulfilled. Fortunately, that was not the case, as the film exceeds expectations. Watson’s Belle is not a damsel in distress but portrays the princess as a fearless heroine. Belle is strong, independent and kind, making her character an empowering role model. Because she displays these qualities and is ambitious (in this version, she is not just a book lover, but an inventor as well), she is deemed odd by the villagers in town. Prior to her imprisonment in the castle, Belle dreams of a way to escape her confined life in the village. While Belle initially plans to escape the castle, she finds herself befriending its enchanted staff, who in turn...
Film students show support for originality in 89th Academy Awards

Film students show support for originality in 89th Academy Awards

Hollywood’s finest will gather this weekend at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the 89th Academy Awards. The awards show, commonly known as the Oscars, will celebrate the year’s cinematic achievements, and some of Lipscomb’s film students are tuning in. Sophomore film student Clay Mortensen said he will “absolutely” be watching and is excited to see who wins the coveted title of Best Picture. Freshman film student Siena DeMatteis will be attending a watch party put on by the film department and said she is hoping to see her two favorite films, “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea,” take home some awards. According to critic’s predictions, “La La Land” will be the film to beat, with a record-tying 14 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Best Actress (Emma Stone). The film centers on aspiring actress Mia (played by Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (played by Gosling), as they try to navigate falling in love while pursuing their dreams in LA. So far, the musical-drama has taken home multiple awards at every other award show this season. DeMatteis said she is “interested in seeing how many awards ‘La La Land’ receives,” given its track record at other award shows and viewers’ mixed opinions toward the film. Mortensen, an aspiring director, said he is rooting for Chazelle to win Best Director, as he has always admired Chazelle’s work. Other films receiving attention for their nominations include “Fences” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, “Moonlight” starring Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, “Manchester by the Sea” starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams and “Arrival” starring Amy...
Singarama 2017 to take center stage in April

Singarama 2017 to take center stage in April

Opening April 6-8 in Collins Alumni Auditorium is Lipscomb’s annual musical showcase, Singarama. This event features talents from all students, but specifically those in social clubs. Students are divided into three teams and will each put on a show with a complete storyline, song selection and choreography. The theme for this year is “A Blast From The Past” and will only feature music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Each team was given a specific era and title from which to pull inspiration. The titles are “Far Out” (70s), directed by Meg Mortensen, “Totally Awesome” (80s), directed by Bethany Rowland and “Party On” (90s), directed by Jade Cummings. “We’re trying to do some different things, a different kind of show,” Mortensen said. “Be looking for 70s lingo.” Rowland is taking a different approach with her show for “Totally Awesome” and has based the show at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. “We are going to have five or six leads that will be really conflicting and really fun, and there will be a couple of plot twists here or there,” she said. “My junior year of high school after watching Singarama, I told my mom, ‘Yeah, I’m going to come to Lipscomb.’” For “Party On,” Cummings said she wants the audience to be on the lookout for iconic costumes from the 90s. “Cause who doesn’t love a ‘Rachel Green’ or a ‘Clueless’ type attire,” she said. “I love the music. We had so much fun finding music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and I’m really excited for the audience participation.” Singarama’s three directors agree that the show unifies students, alumni and community attendees. “It’s a great way...
Lipscomb Theatre presents spring show Peter and the Starcatcher

Lipscomb Theatre presents spring show Peter and the Starcatcher

Set as a grown-up prequel to Peter Pan, Lipscomb Theatre opens Peter and the Starcatcher Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre. The show is adapted from the whimsical novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Under the direction of David Ian Lee, senior Joss Yarborough stars as Boy/Peter. Compared to the well-known Peter and Wendy, Peter and the Starcatcher is relatively unknown and gifts the audience with the unique experience of watching how the characters they’ve all come to love were brought to life. “It hasn’t reached that saturation point of certain other shows; it wasn’t produced by every middle school in the nation or anything, so that makes it kind of hard to compare,” Yarborough said. “But I think the integration of our ensemble is really remarkable. “It’s a pretty ensemble heavy show in its original pen, but we added a couple of cast members, and David spent a lot of time and energy crafting vibrant scenes that allow for seriously dynamic action. It’s really beautiful.” At the top of the show, an ensemble of actors assembles onto the stage and addresses the audience. With a bit of bickering, they welcome the audience to the world of the play and tell them what’s in store: flying, dreaming, adventure and growing up. The ensemble invites show-goers to use their imagination to create the British Empire. With the snap of an actor’s fingers, the audience is transported to a bustling port. This is where the audience meets Lord Leonard Aster (Hendrick Shelton), his daughter Molly (Robyn Smith) and her nanny, Mrs. Bumbrake (Nelson Tilley). Two identical trunks are...
Lipscomb alumni to step into the spotlight at 59th annual Grammy Awards, inspiring current students

Lipscomb alumni to step into the spotlight at 59th annual Grammy Awards, inspiring current students

Some of the biggest music artists of the year will gather at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to celebrate their achievements on Sunday evening. Among them will be two former Lipscomb University students turned Country Music stars: Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini. Rhett, who attended Lipscomb from 2008-2011, is nominated for Best Country Song with his hit single “Die A Happy Man.” Ballerini, who attended from 2011-2013, is nominated for Best New Artist and is also making her Grammy performance debut with Danish, soul-pop band Lukas Graham. Seeing former Lipscomb students achieving such success in the music industry is inspiring for current students, such as Contemporary Music major Hannah McFarland. “It’s a blessing that we are fortunate enough to go to a school that has developed well-rounded people such as Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett,” McFarland said. McFarland had the opportunity to open for Kelsea’s show in Alabama last year and recalled getting to meet her. Her first impression of Ballerini was nothing but positive, proclaiming the country-pop star was “sweet, mature and outgoing.” “Going to Lipscomb has proven to me that this university creates not only amazing talent but strong-willed and overall amazing students,” McFarland said. “Their success proves that with perseverance and hard work, you can definitely reach your goals.” The Grammy’s will be hosted by late-night show host James Corden and will feature a star-studded lineup of performances from John Legend, Adele, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and many more. Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Little Big Town and Celine Dion will be collaborating on a special performance to salute the music of the Bee Gee’s....
Lady Bisons take down the Toppers in doubleheader

Lady Bisons take down the Toppers in doubleheader

Get your brooms out, folks. In a battle of young rosters, Lipscomb (23-7) defeated Conference USA foe Western Kentucky (18-15) in a mid-week doubleheader to snag a seventh consecutive win. Western Kentucky has one of the youngest teams in the country with nine freshman, two sophomores, three juniors and two seniors. Lipscomb follows closely with six freshman, four sophomores, three juniors and three seniors. The two teams have met 27 times with Lipscomb leading the way in the series. Sophomore pitcher Mandy Jordan showed why she is this week’s ASUN Pitcher of the Week and TSWA Pitcher of the Week as she led her team to victory with 12 strikeouts and an almost perfect game. “I thought Mandy did a great job in game one,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “I don’t feel like they were really able to generate anything against her until that home run in the seventh.” Freshman Chloe Yeager got things started on offense with a RBI in the top of the second to put Lipscomb on the board 1-0. Senior Kasey Gibson followed up with two runs batted in to extend the lead 3-0. Jordan continued the momentum by cranking up the heat in the fifth inning and striking out three Hilltoppers in a row. Jordan kissed the no-hitter and shutout goodbye when Jordan Mauch for WKU smashed a home run over right-center field in the top of the seventh inning. Lipscomb held off the Hilltoppers for the remainder of the game as they defeated WKU 4-1 in the first game. “We only had six hits on the board, but I’m not disappointed with...
Lipscomb sweeps Illinois State

Lipscomb sweeps Illinois State

Lipscomb baseball’s bats started to come out of winter hibernation as the Bisons swept the Illinois State Redbirds at Dugan Field in a weekend series marked by great weather. Lipscomb batted .326 in the series. The Bisons are currently batting .236 as a team, next-to-last in the ASUN. The heart of the order fueled the Bisons’ 10-8 win in the back-and-forth first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Fifth, sixth and seventh hitters Jake Perry, Blake Thomas and Von Watson drove in nine runs on six hits, including home runs from Perry and Watson. Starting pitcher Brady Puckett was ambushed for three runs in the top of the first inning by the Redbirds, but the Bisons took the lead in the bottom half of the opening frame thanks to a two-out rally punctuated by Perry’s three-run bomb and an RBI single from Watson. Watson added a three-run shot of his own in the bottom of the seventh to tie his career-high of four runs batted in. It was Watson’s first homer of the season. “It was so good to see him come out and swing the bat well,” coach Jeff Forehand said on Saturday. “We really need him to use this game to get going at the plate. He plays a big part in what we are trying to do.” Puckett gave up two more runs in the sixth and was replaced to start the seventh inning by lefty John Pryor, who earned the win after the Bisons executed another two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh. Illinois State loaded the bases and scored a run in the ninth against...
Lady Bisons softball quickly defeat Governors 2-0

Lady Bisons softball quickly defeat Governors 2-0

Lipscomb (20-7) softball took on Austin Peay State University (8-13) on Saturday for a speedy doubleheader at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. The Bisons took the first game with a score of 3-1 and later won the second in the series 8-0 by the mercy rule. Both games each only lasted roughly an hour and a half. “That is one of the quickest doubleheaders we have ever played,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. The first game began strong for the women in purple with pitcher Mandy Jordan getting the ball rolling with eight strikeouts in a row. The sophomore ended game one with a 1.12 ERA. “I thought Mandy threw a really great game,” Ryman said. “Austin Peay really struggled to figure her out early.” Pitcher McCarley Thomas picked up where Jordan left off, allowing only three hits in the second game and earning five strikeouts. The Governors earned their only run from center fielder Kacy Acree in the second inning. The teams will face off for one more game on Sunday before the Lady Bisons begin ASUN Conference play on March 25 against USC Upstate. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Lipscomb swept by No. 19 Michigan

Lipscomb swept by No. 19 Michigan

The Lipscomb Bisons were swept by No. 19 Michigan after losing 5-0 Sunday afternoon. After blowing a ninth nning lead on Friday night, Lipscomb was hoping they could bounce back Sunday, but they weren’t able to pull out a win against No. 19 Michigan. “They are just a solid team all around,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “There’s a reason why they are the 19th ranked team in the nation, and I think we learned a lot from this.” Michigan had a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning thanks to a ground ball that drove in a run and a solo homerun from Harrison Wenson. The Bisons were never able to get on the scoreboard as they struggled from the plate the entire game. They were able to manage just two hits and struck out nine times. “I give a lot of credit to Michigan’s pitching,” coach Forehand said. “From starters to relievers, all their guys pitched really well. We got beat by a better team today.” Lipscomb’s bats struggled for the entire series against Michigan as the team hit just .177 (17-for-96) over the three-game series. Lipscomb’s best chance to score came in the bottom of the fourth when the team trailed 3-0. The Bisons had runners on first and second with no outs, but after a strikeout by sophomore outfielder Tevin Symonette, a fly out by senior infielder Hunter Hanks and then a ground out by sophomore outfielder Von Watson, Lipscomb would never threaten Michigan again. The Bisons next game is Tuesday against Belmont at Rosa Park’s...
Special Olympics 2016 basketball tournament photo gallery

Special Olympics 2016 basketball tournament photo gallery

Stands were filled with supporters and spectators as Lipscomb University hosted the Special Olympics basketball tournament Friday and Saturday in Allen Arena. The competition featured athletes from different cities in Tennessee who came together to play, coach and cheer. Teams were allowed up to two helper players to participate in the games.     Photos by Whitney Smith...
12th Annual Lighting of the Green photo gallery

12th Annual Lighting of the Green photo gallery

Despite a threat of rain, Lipscomb’s 12th annual Lighting of the Green carried on and gave back to students, faculty and the community by spreading some holiday cheer in front of the Bell Tower Tuesday night. Before the concert began, there was a “Christmas Marketplace” inside Allen Arena, complete with vendors, holiday treats and photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Amy Grant hosted the event, which featured special guest artists and choir students from the university and Lipscomb Academy. The night concluded with the traditional lighting of the tree outside of Allen Arena.   Photos by Ben Davis and Charissa...
Contemporary Music 2016 Showcase photo gallery

Contemporary Music 2016 Showcase photo gallery

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.” Photos by Anna Rogers   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Stomp Fest 2016 photo gallery

Stomp Fest 2016 photo gallery

Teams ranging from Phi Nu’s pageant girls to Delta Omega’s marching band performed at 2016’s Stomp Fest, but ultimately Theta Psi’s monks took home the win Saturday night in Collins Alumni Auditorium. The seventh annual event featured men and women’s social clubs on campus performing an approximately 10 minute, student-choreographed stomp routine. Men’s social club Sigma Iota Delta received second place for its caveman-inspired stomp, and women’s social club Pi Delta received third place with its flight-attendant theme. Photos by Becca Risley   « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...
Fall 2016 photo gallery

Fall 2016 photo gallery

As November opens, Lipscomb’s campus melts into beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow. Leaves scatter across campus, and smells of autumn fill the air. Lumination’s Ben Davis captured the vibrant colors of the fall semester.   Photos by Ben Davis...
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...

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