X’s and O’s from a rookie quarterback coach: first steps

X’s and O’s from a rookie quarterback coach: first steps

Women’s basketball coach Greg Brown honors, remembers Pat Summitt

Women’s basketball coach Greg Brown honors, remembers Pat Summitt

IMPACT celebrates 25 years

IMPACT celebrates 25 years

Recent Lipscomb grad decries Brexit vote from her home in Scotland

Recent Lipscomb grad decries Brexit vote from her home in Scotland

Baseball excels with off-season accolades 

Baseball excels with off-season accolades 

Ostrom begins training for U.S. Collegiate National Volleyball Team

Ostrom begins training for U.S. Collegiate National Volleyball Team


‘The Jungle Book’ brings fresh ideas to classic tale

‘The Jungle Book’ brings fresh ideas to classic tale

A live-action remake of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale, The Jungle Book is the rare family film that engages viewers of all ages, providing timeless storytelling and forgoing typical crude humor. Most of us have seen the original lighthearted Disney cartoon (1967) directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, who also brought us the beloved Disney films Robin Hood (1973) and 101 Dalmatians (1961). I naturally wondered how Disney would stay true to this original film and the Kipling story, while still putting an original twist on its reboot. This sounds like a daunting task, but director Jon Favreau accomplished this with creative skill. One of the film’s biggest assets is its visual beauty. Set deep in the jungle, the film is uniquely and solely portrayed (other than Mowgli) through impressively realistic computer-generated imagery (CGI). It stays true to its Disney roots, too, incorporating beloved songs and characters from the cartoon, such as Baloo’s number “The Bare Necessities” and chief monkey, King Louie (both not in Kipling’s original story), yet, overall, it is loyal to Kipling’s coming-of-age tale about a boy finding his place in his jungle home. The film stars newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who got the part after auditioning with over 1,000 other children. Sethi is the only non-computer-generated character in the film (other than a brief flashback with baby Mowgli and his father in the jungle), with all other characters portrayed as magnificent CGI animals. The Jungle Book does bring in well-known names as voices for the jungle creatures, such as Bill Murray (Baloo), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha) and Scarlett Johansson (Kaa) to draw viewers. However, much of the film’s success must be given to Kipling since he is the author...
Wonderland is better second time around

Wonderland is better second time around

Filled with adventure and creativity, Director James Bobin’s Alice Through the Looking Glass captivates a creative-minded viewer and allows one to visit the enchanting land of Wonderland for a second delightful time.  I was skeptical when I first heard Producer Tim Burton, who directed the 2010 Oscar-winning film Alice in Wonderland, would be bringing Wonderland to life once again. However, within the first ten minutes of the film, my fears were instantly put to rest. There are many positive messages portrayed throughout the fantasy film. Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is the perfect role model for young girls. She is a tough go-getter who believes that nothing is impossible. She is not dependent on a man and knows that a woman can do any job a man can do. The Mad Hatter’s (Johnny Depp) storyline focuses on family and rekindling lost relationships. The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and White Queen (Anne Hathaway) demonstrate repentance, forgiveness and the power of sisterhood. The film’s main focus, however, is time. Alice hates time and believes it is a thief, but as the story progresses, she learns time is a gift. After several attempts to change the past, she learns the past cannot be changed, but it can be a lesson applied to the future. The lessons were beautifully portrayed, and I left the theater feeling happy and surprised at the sequel’s fresh and imaginative ideas. Alice Through the Looking Glass is a must-see for any creative individual. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney...
‘The Meddler’ offers charm, yet it fails to keep viewers’ attention

‘The Meddler’ offers charm, yet it fails to keep viewers’ attention

Director Lorene Scafaria’s sophomore film The Meddler focuses on overbearing widow Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) who latches onto her daughter, Lori, (Rose Byrne) and anyone who will keep her company. The film opens with Marnie’s move to Los Angeles where her daughter works as a screenplay writer. Lori, however, is depressed from the loss of her father and a recent breakup, busy with work and feels smothered by her mother’s constant phone calls and text messages. Marnie, desiring to feel needed, begins volunteering at a hospital and giving large amounts of time and money to people she barely knows. A therapist suggests she may be spending so much because she feels guilty having her husband’s money. Marnie focuses most of her time on others but feels lonely in the process. She is rarely placed as a priority in anyone’s life until she meets a retired police officer named Zipper (J.K. Simmons) who is instantly attracted to her. The film follows Marnie’s journey in pursuit of her daughter’s time and her own happiness. She is led to find a balance in her life, and with the help of Zipper, finds love and friendship, too. The comedy-drama, while charming at times, lacked an apparent message and coherent storyline. There was no obvious struggle or villain which made it lack an aspect of entertainment that is usually crucial to a movie. The film was ultimately not engaging, but it was filled with extraordinary acting. Sarandon and Byrne’s delivery seems effortless. Sarandon’s strong Brooklyn accent is consistent, while Byrne, an Australian native, speaks with a flawless American accent. The Meddler certainly has sweet,...
GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony returns to Lipscomb stage; GMA recognizes musicians, ministries

GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony returns to Lipscomb stage; GMA recognizes musicians, ministries

Talent such as Jordan Smith, winner of “The Voice,” and Grammy winner Michael W. Smith graced the stage at the GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony, which was held in Allen Arena on Tuesday, May 10. GMA continues to host its big events at Lipscomb, as it also hosts the annual Dove Awards in Allen Arena in the fall. 2016 honorees include Jars of Clay with their ministry Blood: Water Mission, Catherine Brewton with her ministry Hope For Harvest, Michael W. Smith, founder of Rocketown and the Gospel Music Trust Fund. Michael W. Smith, who has won more than 40 Dove Awards, received three Grammys and had two No. 1 hits, was recognized for founding Rocketown, a youth outreach ministry located in downtown Nashville. Smith said he is always trying to grow Rocketown, but he is still focused on the ministry aspect of his outreach. “It seems like we keep having expansions; we now have an art studio, dance studio, music studio and after-school programs,” Smith said. “We’re talking about expanding our space. We’re already at 45,000 square feet, and we’re thinking about adding an indoor gymnasium and making skatepark bigger, but the expansions I love are the ministry focused ones like Skatechurch on Tuesday nights.” “Five or six years ago, we found out that some of these kids had not eaten in two or three days, so we decided to start a food program.” After this realization, Smith started Rocketown Potluck, which is a family-style dinner held on Thursday nights. 2016 inductees to the GMA Hall of Fame were Russ Taff, Howard Rachinski, The Nelons and Hezekiah Walker. Past inductees include Fanny Crosby...
Hip-hop artist Lecrae brings Higher Learning tour to Lipscomb

Hip-hop artist Lecrae brings Higher Learning tour to Lipscomb

Class was back in session as two-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae dropped by Collins Auditorium Thursday night as part of his 2016 Higher Learning Tour. In a speech to the audience, Lecrae said that the purpose of this college-only tour was to inspire all walks of life. The theme of the night was Unashamed. “Being unashamed is more than just wearing a t-shirt,” Lecrae said. “Being unashamed is saying that you can, without a doubt, stand up for what you believe in. Being unashamed is saying, ‘I’m willing to go to the hard place, and do the hard thing.’” For the Higher Learning tour, Lecrae partnered with Food for the Hungry, an organization that travels to and provides food to impoverished third world countries. “One of the reasons I partnered with them is that they’re unashamed to go to places that no one wants to go,” Lecrae said. Lecrae challenged the audience to spend $35 and invest in the lives of children in Uganda and East Africa. For every $35 donated, one child is taken care of physically and financially. “They’re giving us an opportunity to feed the soul, the bodies, the kids that nobody is caring for,” Lecrae said. “If all of us do this for one kid, we’d change an entire city, an entire country. “There’s no way I’m going to ask people to do something I’m not doing. I’m a part of this too.” During his performance, Lecrae performed hits from his 2011 album Rehab, the 2014 album Anomaly and consecutive singles from Church Clothes 1, 2, and 3. Lecrae alternated between sharing personal anecdotes...
NCAA offers Kelly Young guidance after historic career 

NCAA offers Kelly Young guidance after historic career 

From a field of more than 460,000 athletes participating at NCAA institutions, Lipscomb’s star softball pitcher Kelly Young was one of only 200 selected for the Career and Sports forum in Indianapolis, Indiana. The forum’s mission is simple: to help athletes find a job. As Young is now a Lipscomb graduate with a historic softball career behind her, she must face the challenges of life after sports. “Just to be one of the few people selected to represent Lipscomb is such an honor,” Young said. “It’s nice to know that I have made an impact on administrators and coaches and people that I really don’t work directly with every day. To be selected by the NCAA was a huge honor and an awesome opportunity that I never knew how much I could benefit from.” The program springs from NCAA realization that once many college athletes are done with the sport they have played their entire lives, they will not know how to deal with no longer having that activity as integral to their lives. The purpose of the Career and Sports forum is to give athletes an opportunity to network and learn about themselves and how they can still give back to their sport even if their eligibility is up. Each day consisted of several different panels, such as the overview of intercollegiate athletics, a graduate assistant panel and breakout sessions. “There were athletes of all ages present,” Young said. “Each athlete there ranged from people who didn’t know what to do after college, or athletes that already had graduate assistant jobs set in place, but it was beneficial to...
Talbert qualifies for fourth straight National Championship 

Talbert qualifies for fourth straight National Championship 

Lipscomb’s Madi Talbert made school and Atlantic Sun Conference history when she qualified for the Nationals in the 3,000 meter steeplechase for the fourth straight year. That record-setting performance highlighted Lipscomb athletes’ performances during last weekend’s Division I East Region Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Florida. Talbert — one of five Lipscomb participants in the Region prelims — finished 11th out of 48 runners, posting a time of 10:04.48 in the steeplechase. Head coach Bill Taylor said it has been a joy to watch Talbert’s progress as an athlete. “It’s pretty amazing how she has developed from a high schooler with a 3,200m PR of 11:31 to a four-time NCAA Division I National Finals qualifier, two-time All-American so far, Olympic Trials qualifier and a runner with a (personal record) of 9:50 for the 3,000m Steeplechase,” Taylor said. “That’s quite a journey and should be an inspiration for our athletes that it doesn’t matter where you come from; big things can happen if you believe in yourself.” Talbert has twice earned All-American honors in her previous National Championship appearances. She looks to add to that in her appearance at Nationals June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon. Senior Gemikal Prude also completed his Lipscomb career in style at the preliminaries in his home state of Florida. Even though he didn’t advance, he gave thanks to the university for his experiences and the education he’s received. “Never would I have imagined having the opportunities, traveling to places and meeting the people that I have,” said Prude of his growth as a Lipscomb student athlete. “High jump hasn’t necessarily been part of my life for too long, but I am so...
Bisons fall short of making ASUN Championship final

Bisons fall short of making ASUN Championship final

No. 4 Lipscomb (31-27) played valiantly in the ASUN Championship, but it suffered a final loss in the double-elimination tournament to No. 5 FGCU (25-31) by a score of 8-6 Friday night at Ken Dugan Field. Coach Jeff Forehand said it was an “abrupt” end to a good season. “When you put so much into it all season and then play such a good game this morning and then battle in this game too, it’s tough to see everything end in one day like this,” Forehand said. In the weekend series against the same Florida Gulf Coast team earlier in the season, the Bisons won one of three. They scored a victory the first game 5-4 but lost the latter two games 19-4 and 7-4. The Bisons started the day off with an extra-innings 1-0 loss against No. 2 North Florida, causing the later game against FGCU to be an elimination game. Redshirt freshman Kyle Kemp started the game for Lipscomb, allowing five hits and four runs, striking out three and walking two in five innings.  Forehand brought in senior reliever Kyle Weller after the fifth. The Bisons’ bats may not have been hot in their morning game, when they had just two hits, but they came through with several solid hits against FGCU. In the first inning, Lee Solomon managed to beat out an infield hit before advancing to third due to a throwing error. Adam Lee then belted a homer, giving the Bisons an early 2-0 lead. The FGCU Eagles returned in the third inning to score four runs, two of which were due to a fielding error. The Bisons came back in the bottom of the...
Bisons suffer first loss to North Florida in ASUN Championship

Bisons suffer first loss to North Florida in ASUN Championship

It took the North Florida Ospreys 10 innings to beat Lipscomb’s Bisons, 1-0, Friday morning at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium. Originally scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, rain delays throughout the tournament forced the No. 4 Lipscomb vs. No. 2 North Florida game to be moved to 9 a.m. on Friday. Sophomore pitcher Jeffrey Passantino took the mound to begin the game for the Bisons. He pitched 9.2 innings and threw threw 84 strikes, allowed one walk, six hits and zero runs. The Osprey’s freshman pitcher Austin Drury held his own, though. After pitching eight innings, Drury exited the field, having struck out eight and allowing two hits. In the top of the fourth, Lipscomb freshman Zeke Dodson had the Bison’s first hit of the day, singling to left field. He was left on first, though, as the Bisons couldn’t bring him home. In the top of the ninth, Lee Solomon singled for the Bison’s second hit of the game. This was the last of the two hits Drury allowed. After Drury, North Florida brought in Corbin Olmstead, Daniel Moritz and Matthew Naylor to pitch, with Naylor ending up getting the win for the Ospreys. Lipscomb’s Passantino handed the ball over to senior pitcher Cody Glenn in the bottom of the 10th inning. In the tenth inning, North Florida’s Dakota Higdon hit a walk-off triple to right-center, driving in Bubba Olivera as the needed run to make the final score 1-0. This ended Lipscomb’s five-game win streak and continued North Florida’s eight-game win streak. Last year’s final in the ASUN Championship was between Lipscomb and North Florida,...
Bisons buckle down in last inning to preserve win over Jacksonville

Bisons buckle down in last inning to preserve win over Jacksonville

Despite a nearly two-hour rain delay, the Lipscomb Bisons stormed ahead, battling the Jacksonville Dolphins for a win at Ken Dugan Field on Wednesday night. Originally scheduled for 7 p.m., the game didn’t get started until 8:50 p.m., due to the downpour that began before the game was about to start. Once the game began though, the Bisons stayed mentally focused, refusing to let the delay get to them. Sophomore starting pitcher Brady Puckett said that it can be difficult not getting distracted by a rain delay, but it’s something he’s learned to overcome. “It’s kind of tough, but that’s just part of it,” Puckett said. He added, “It happened last week too, so you just get used to it.” Puckett pitched a great seven innings, striking out eight, walking none and allowing four runs. The Bisons not only had a good defensive game, but they also swung the bat well to bring home a win in the early hours of Thursday morning at about 12 a.m. “Any win is a good win. We swung the bat pretty good…Tevin had two homers; Hunter had a homer. We hit the ball really, really well, to go along with Brady pitching so well,” Coach Jeff Forehand said. Redshirt freshman Tevin Symonette hit two bombs, the latter a two-run homer. Junior Hunter Hanks also hit a two-run homer in the second inning, making the score 3-0. Sophomore Lee Solomon had four solid hits as well, one of those being a double that nearly went out, bouncing off the wall and driving in one run. The Jacksonville Dolphins were not about to give up that easily, though. Jacksonville...
2016 spring Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

2016 spring Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

Lipscomb celebrated a record number of graduates, a Fulbright scholar, 29 SALT Scholars and three outstanding professors Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. Over 500 students graduated making it the largest number of students in the university’s history. Chemistry professor C. Kent Clinger gave the invocation, education professor Carrie R. Abood gave the faculty charge and exercise science professor Ruth Henry recognized 29 SALT scholars from six different academic areas. President Randy Lowry charged the students to remember to express gratitude and appreciation to those who helped them get to their graduation. Photos by Ben...
2016 IDEAL Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

2016 IDEAL Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

The smiles of IDEAL students, friends and family lit up Stowe Hall Friday afternoon when Lipscomb awarded eight students in Lipscomb’s IDEAL program with career exploration study certificates. IDEAL is a two-year certificate program for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Students in the program attend academic and skill-building classes, work daily internships and hang out with peer mentors and the student body. Photos by Erin...
Lecrae’s Higher Learning tour photo gallery

Lecrae’s Higher Learning tour photo gallery

Class was back in session as two-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae dropped by Collins Auditorium Thursday night as part of his 2016 Higher Learning Tour.   Photos by Becca Risley...
Mr. Lipscomb pageant photo gallery

Mr. Lipscomb pageant photo gallery

Freshman Cole Buttrey won the third annual Mr. Lipscomb pageant Monday night in Shamblin theater, hosted by Delta Omega to raise awareness for Best Buddies. The pageant consisted of four categories: formal, cold-weather wear, talent and interview.   Photos by Becca Risley   « ‹ 1 of 3 › »...

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