Men’s golf headed to NCAA Championship; Armstrong claims individual title

Men’s golf headed to NCAA Championship; Armstrong claims individual title

Eric Ansett earns Men’s Golf ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors

Eric Ansett earns Men’s Golf ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors

NCAA releases APR; golf earns APR Public Recognition Awards

NCAA releases APR; golf earns APR Public Recognition Awards

545 undergraduate degrees awarded at 2017 Spring Commencement

545 undergraduate degrees awarded at 2017 Spring Commencement

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ may be best movie of summer

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ may be best movie of summer

Softball swept by Kennesaw State on senior weekend

Softball swept by Kennesaw State on senior weekend


All-female cast delivers powerful retelling of ‘Richard II’

All-female cast delivers powerful retelling of ‘Richard II’

Whether you’re Shakespeare-obsessed or have no experience with iambic pentameter whatsoever, Sean Martin’s Richard II is the must-see show of this season. “As far as we know this will be the first production of Richard II ever to be staged in Nashville,” director Sean Martin said. “I also just think opportunities to see things like this are often rare outside of places like New York or London, and it would be an unfortunate thing to miss it.” Richard II is the story of a capricious king who makes arbitrary decisions until his own people welcome an invasion to change leadership. The production examines divine right, the responsibility of the commoners and the psychological weight of a crown. The iconic work is retold with an entirely female cast, mixed with Lipscomb theatre students and Nashville Shakespeare Festival (NSF) actors. Caroline Amos, a regular actress with the NSF, shines in the role of Richard II, her mastery of Shakespeare obvious from her crisp diction and breathtaking storytelling. Amos portrays Richard II honestly and powerfully, making him startlingly relatable. The audience can sympathize with Richard’s mistakes through Amos’ retelling, instead of writing him off as incompetent or weak. The dispute between Carrie Brewer’s role of Bolingbrook and Evelyn O’Neal Brush’s portrayal of Mowbray kickstarts the production, creating a conflict powerful enough to carry the whole show in its wake. Denice Hicks is the perfect choice for the Duke of York. Her wise warmth fills out the intensely loyal role, endearing her to the audience. Richard II also features Lipscomb professor and Chair of Theater Beki Baker as Northumberland, a role she portrays...
Your Neighbors, Dorado photo gallery

Your Neighbors, Dorado photo gallery

Monday evening, Lipscomb’s SGA hosted a concert, featuring Your Neighbors, a band comprised of  mostly Lipscomb students. Your neighbors opened for the country/Americana band Dorado. SGA served Whitt’s Barbecue and Maggie Moo’s ice cream.   Photos by Ellen Butterfield   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
‘Totally Awesome’ wins big at Singarama 2017

‘Totally Awesome’ wins big at Singarama 2017

After collecting the previous three awards presented at Singarama this weekend, “Totally Awesome” took home a third-consecutive win after Saturday night’s performance at “A Blast From The Past.” Thursday night the group took home the award for Best Theme; Friday evening the group won for Best Music and won Saturday afternoon for Best Staging. Saturday night at the last showing of Singarama, the show collected the fourth and final award available: Sweepstakes. “Winning all four like that hasn’t happened in five years,” assistant director of “Totally Awesome” senior Reese Lusk said. “We knew our show was good. We just didn’t know it was that good.” One unique thing about “Totally Awesome” is that 70 percent of the show’s composition featured new actors, students that have never been a part of Singarama before this year. “Training this bunch of newbies was a challenge at times,” Lusk said. “There were late nights, hard nights. But we really worked hard to break down a lot of those barriers and eventually became a team. “The other shows were amazing. We were stunned with what we saw. I’m just honored to have been an assistant director of this.” “Totally Awesome” was directed by junior Bethany Rowland, a directing major at Lipscomb. According to Lusk, no matter how late or hard a rehearsal was, Rowland never lost sight of her vision and the direction of the show. “Bethany is probably one of the best directors Singarama has ever seen,” he said. According to Rowland, a Singarama show originally made her want to attend Lipscomb after she visited during her junior year of high school. Now having directed “Totally Awesome,”...
‘Richard II’ features all-female cast

‘Richard II’ features all-female cast

Lipscomb’s Theatre department is combining with the Nashville Shakespeare Company to cast an all female cast for a production of Richard II. As a male and self-proclaimed feminist, director Sean Martin finds the dialogue the play creates around the women valuable. “In the past though, at least for me, productions were always overshadowed by a desire to portray Richard as effeminate or inherently weak,” Martin said. “My desire was to get rid of all the imposed stereotypes and to simply let us see the human beings at the story’s core. By doing the play with a female cast, I felt I would be able to achieve that effect. If everyone is feminine then no one could be effeminate.” For those unfamiliar with this rarely referenced Shakespeare play, Richard II is the story of a capricious king, far too concerned with his own finances and arbitrary decisions to consider the emotions of his people. Richard slowly alienates his own subjects, until the common folk welcome a rebellion. “As humans we are all inherently fallible or flawed,” Martin said. “No one is perfect. Richard personifies that in his struggle to know who and what he is. He is a character that we can all relate to.” Martin added that the story of Richard II still provides valuable commentary and lessons for society today, despite its composition in the latter part of the 16th century. “As we explored the script during table work, it actually surprised most of us how relevant this play is today — the overall political themes that it touches on, the power plays, the role of government, taxation, the...
Singarama 2017 photo gallery

Singarama 2017 photo gallery

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Lipscomb’s social clubs will host the annual musical performance, Singarama, in Collins Alumni Auditorium. All performances except Saturday’s will be at 7 p.m. Saturday’s will be at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Blast from the Past,” and will feature performances reminiscent of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Each performance will be judged on a variety of categories, and the winner will be announced following the final performance.   Photos by Anna Rogers   « ‹ 1 of 5 ›...
Nashville Predators bring excitement to city

Nashville Predators bring excitement to city

The city of Nashville has rallied around the local hockey team, the Nashville Predators. The Preds start their second-round series Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues. Coming into the playoffs the Predators were the eighth-seed and scheduled to play against the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks. Going into the series no one gave the Predators a chance. ESPN polled their hockey analysts and every one of them predicted the Blackhawks to win the series, but the Predators proved them wrong. The Predators came out and swept the Blackhawks in four games to punch their ticket to the second-round. “Getting a chance to go to game three of the series and see the excitement in the arena was really incredible,” senior Chase Whiting said. The cheapest price for tickets in round two is $90 right now, but the Predators know that not everyone can justify or afford spending $90 on a single ticket. They have created a way to give these people a chance to go to a game. On the day of a home game on the NHL app, starting at 10 a.m., the first 50 people have a chance to buy $15 tickets. “We do this so that everyone has an opportunity to experience a game in Bridgestone Arena,” Predators CEO and President Sean Henry has said. Game one of the series against the Blues will be Wednesday night in St. Louis, but there still are ways to experience the excitement of the game. For every road game during the playoffs, the Predators will be hosting a watch party on the plaza at Bridgestone Arena, with entertainment starting 30 minutes before puck-drop. Plenty of...
Bison’s sloppy play leads to 9-7 loss against Belmont

Bison’s sloppy play leads to 9-7 loss against Belmont

Unforced errors are a coach’s worst nightmare, and baseball’s Jeff Forehand is no exception. The Lipscomb Bisons had plenty of opportunities to defeat their cross-town rival Belmont at Dugan field on Tuesday night, but missed opportunities on offense and defense proved too much to overcome as the Bisons eventually fell 9-7 in a game that lasted over four hours. The Bruins jumped out to an early lead thanks to Hunter Holland’s grand slam with two outs in the top of the 1st. Although the deficit would eventually be 6-1, Lipscomb was able to crawl back into the game thanks to a six-run third inning, making it all the more difficult to eventually take the loss. The loss moved the Bisons to 20-18 on the season as they remained 6-6 in conference play. “I think we handled it pretty well initially,” Forehand said. “But then we just kept putting ourselves in bad spots either by getting behind in the count or giving up a leadoff walk. We bailed ourselves out of those situations a few times, but that’s not something that any team can do consistently.” The Bison’s six-run outburst in the third was a two-out rally sparked by Jake Perry’s 2-run bomb to right field. Belmont’s pitchers struggled with command in the inning, allowing the Bisons to load the bases before Michael Gigliotti was hit by a pitch to bring in Allan Hooker. A throwing error on a ground ball to second allowed Jackson Furstace and Tyler Bethune to score on the very next batter, giving Lipscomb a 7-6 lead. Belmont would quickly regain the lead in the 5th,...
Softball shuts out Belmont 5-0 in Tuesday night tilt

Softball shuts out Belmont 5-0 in Tuesday night tilt

It was no coincidence that the song “Takin’ Care of Business” was blaring in E.S. Rose Park as Lipscomb stepped on the field because that’s exactly what the Bisons did in their 5-0 shutout over Belmont. It was a picture-perfect day for the annual “Battle of the Boulevard” face-off. The field was freshly groomed with a jaw-dropping Nashville skyline in the horizon. The Lady Bisons were more than ready to hit the field Tuesday night after resting since last Thursday’s win over Chattanooga. “It felt like we were almost having to force our energy and effort at times,” head coach Kristin Ryman said. “We had to work through that and get back into a game mode. It is nice to get some rest, but there is something to be said about being in game mode too.” Lipscomb landed three runs in just the second inning following a beautiful two-RBI single by Abby Fenichel. “On a night when the ball wasn’t flying off of bats for either team I thought Abby had some really well-hit balls,” Ryman said. Fenichel would go on to lead the pack with three runs bated in and two hits. Another easy run was scored in the fourth off of a bloop single to left field from Fenichel. Belmont appeared to be in a frenzy as it switched out its second baseman, catcher and shortstop after Lipscomb’s hot start. The Lady Bisons were unscathed by the changes and remained in the driver’s seat. The highlight of Lipscomb’s defense was ace Mandy Jordan. Jordan struck out 13 batters, allowed four hits and did not walk a single...
Big hits, strong pitching lead Lipscomb to 12-0 victory over Chattanooga

Big hits, strong pitching lead Lipscomb to 12-0 victory over Chattanooga

A rain delay in the second inning didn’t stop the Lipscomb Lady Bisons from run-ruling the Chattanooga Mocs 12-0 in five innings on Thursday night at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. Coming off a 4-1 win Tuesday night at Louisville, Lipscomb (33-13) pulled a massive nine-run second inning to go up 11-0 over the Mocs (12-32) early in the game. “I loved how we scored right off the bat,” head coach Kristin Ryman said. “Chloe [Yeager] gets a really clutch two RBI single right there in the first inning to get us on the board and jump-start us, and then in the second inning we just really took off. After that, we just relied on our defense.” Senior veteran pitcher McCarley Thomas pitched the entire game, only allowing two hits, while Chattanooga threw two freshmen — Celie Hudson and Alex Connell, who let up four hits a piece against the Lady Bisons. “I feel pretty good about it,” Thomas said. “I think I have the opportunity to be sharper and to get ahead more on my batters, and that’s going to help me out a lot. It’s a team sport, and my teammates had my back, so it was a good outing.” In the first inning, junior Caitlin Plocheck knocked a double to centerfield for the Lady Bisons’ first hit. Then with two outs and bases loaded, freshman Chloe Yeager came up to bat, drilling a single up the middle to bring in the first two runs of the game. After a quick rain delay, sophomore Destinee Brewer knocked a single and stole third before senior Kasey Gibson hit a...
Softball wins series over North Florida 2-1

Softball wins series over North Florida 2-1

The Lady Bisons won their second straight conference series this weekend against North Florida. Lipscomb won the first game of the double header 8-1, then lost the middle game 5-0, before winning the series finale 2-1 on Saturday. The first game of the series started out much slower than the score might indicate. After the top of the 4th inning the score was still 0-0. Then in the bottom of the 4th freshman infielder Chloe Yeager got the scoring started by hitting a two-run home run just over the left field wall. That wasn’t the only long ball hit in the inning as junior infielder Caitlin Plocheck knocked a three-run home run just a few batters later. “We were doing some decent things early in game one, but we hadn’t quite figured it out yet,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. “Chloe hits the home run that just jump-started everything. Our confidence really began flowing after that.” Unfortunately for the Lady Bisons they were unable to carry their success over to game two of the series as they were shutout by the Ospreys 5-0. North Florida jumped out and scored four runs in the first inning after just the first seven hitters. After the first inning senior pitcher McCarley Thomas settled down and allowed just one run over the next six innings, but, with no help from the offense, the damage was already done. “We have talked to everybody on the team about mentally being able to rebound,” coach Ryman said after the game. “We don’t have time to pout or sulk about how performances went in these games. We...
Second Stage Student Theatre ‘Really Really’ photo gallery

Second Stage Student Theatre ‘Really Really’ photo gallery

Opening March 23, student-founded theatre collective Second Stage Student Theatre will premiere the play “Really Really” at the Darkhorse Theatre. The play by Paul Downs Colaizzo shows the complications among a college-age friend group when one of them accuses another of assaulting her at a party. Though controversial in nature, the play speaks on relevant topics, which is why director and junior Natalie Risk kept the harsh material in the show. She and the founders of 2SST hope their portrayal of these events sparks conversation about assault prevention on campuses. After each showing, there will be a talkback with professionals from the Nashville area who deal with these situations. “Really Really” runs March 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. To preorder tickets, visit the event page.     « ‹ 1 of 5 › »   Photos by Anna...
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...
2016 December Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

2016 December Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

Lipscomb recognized its graduates and commemorated its 125th anniversary at the 2016 December graduation on Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. In addition to the typical parts of graduation such as the awarding of diplomas, the singing of the alma mater and the Tolling of the Bell, a special guest speaker — David Lipscomb himself — showed up to help observe the monumental anniversary. “This is a very special graduation, as we’re recognizing a special year in our history at Lipscomb,” Provost Craig Bledsoe said. Over 400 students participated in the ceremony....
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 ›...

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