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

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

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

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

Lipscomb students piece-together community at Puzzle Mania

Lipscomb students piece-together community at Puzzle Mania

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

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

Nashville Chinese community passes traditions on at New Year celebration

Nashville Chinese community passes traditions on at New Year celebration

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


Lipscomb students get excited for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Lipscomb students get excited for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Students have shown a great force of excitement as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” approaches its opening day. During Star Wars week, Lipscomb has had everything from Star Wars-themed shirts in the bookstore to a spray-painted Star Wars Bison. Although many claimed the Star Wars story ended with “Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi,” George Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to The Walt Disney Company, which then proceded with production on the new film in 2013, and a huge casting call that followed. “I’m excited to see if Disney royally messes it up or not,” junior Carson Lassiter said. “I’m excited to see what they do with the villains and the Empire.” Junior Caleb Finley said he was also excited to see where other characters end up. “I’m most excited to see the character development within Han Solo and Princess Leia,” Finley said. “[I’m also excited to] find out the mystery behind where Luke Skywalker ended up.” Speculation is amongst other students as well. For many, it’s part of the fun — guessing what’s going to happen within the story of the new movie. “I hate to ruin this, but Luke is going to be the villain,” junior Phillip Moore said. “Also, no Jar Jar.” Lucas’ Gungan character Jar Jar Binks is mostly despised amongst the fanbase, and the hate for him is voiced on campus as well. A theory by Reddit user Lumpawarroo popped up amongst the Star Wars community. It’s a very detailed theory that supports the idea of Jar Jar Binks being an evil Sith collaborator. Finley said he’s seen the theory. “We obviously already...
Foundation Dance Theatre’s “Elevate” photo gallery

Foundation Dance Theatre’s “Elevate” photo gallery

Lipscomb’s dance company Foundation Dance Theatre (FDT) presented the first of three “Elevate” performances Friday night in Shamblin Theatre. FDT has two more productions of “Elevate” on Dec. 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre. Student tickets are available at the door. Photos by Sarah Johnson   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Foundation Dance Theatre presents dance concert “Elevate”

Foundation Dance Theatre presents dance concert “Elevate”

Lipscomb’s dance company Foundation Dance Theatre (FDT) presented the first of three “Elevate” performances Friday night in Shamblin Theatre. FDT provides an artistic outlet for students of all majors and backgrounds. The foundation’s main goal is to provide an on-campus way for students tell stories through movement and grow in the art of dance, whether he or she is a beginner or an experienced dancer. The show features performances by both company and theater students as well as professional dancers. Styles include jazz, ballet, modern and tap. “For me, it was really exciting to come to college and still be able to dance,” freshman Peggy Miller said. “There’s a really good sense of community in being able to do something you love with really good professors and at the same time grow a lot as an artist. It was so much better than I expected. I really love it.” “Elevate” was directed by co-founder and adjunct faculty member Leigh Anne Ervin as well as choreographer and professor Kari Smith. “Initially it was primarily theater students that were involved,” sophomore Emily Meinerding said. “It branched out [to] incorporate other students that wanted to dance outside of school.” The two-act show features performances by students with a wide range of expertise. Several students participate in multiple dances. The production’s lighting and sound was constructed by students as well. The production includes both secular and religious pieces. The event concludes with a dance by Tier II students that centers around the power of baptism. “What I love about the dance theatre company here is that it’s unique because we have the ability to use our...
11th Lighting of the Green brings holiday cheer; Grant scholarship awarded to student Sarah Wood

11th Lighting of the Green brings holiday cheer; Grant scholarship awarded to student Sarah Wood

Festive music, hot chocolate and Christmas lights welcomed the 11th annual Lighting of the Green Tuesday night in Allen Arena. Amy Grant returned as the host of the evening with guest artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Odessa Settles, Jon and Valerie Guerra, 3for3 and a group of over 150 academy and university chorus students. Lipscomb’s own Arcadian Wild also performed during the show. Sarah Wood, a junior and founding member of the band, was awarded the first Amy Grant scholarship. Wood was selected based on her artistry within the College of Entertainment and the Arts as well as her philanthropy work with the Tennessee prison ministry. “Not only is she someone with great talent,” Presidential Spouse Rhonda Lowry said. “But she’s one that does something that matters.” Before the show began, guests were invited to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and visit several local business venders made available inside Allen Arena.   Attendees also received hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of the Lipscomb Theatre Department. “Doing this is a great way to hand out Christmas joy, especially to families with young kids who just get so excited to be here,” sophomore Katie Woytach said. Grant performed a number of her Christmas-themed hits during the show, including “Emmanuel” and “Tennessee Christmas.” “I grew up listening to Amy Grant on tapes in my mini van with my mom, so I hear these songs and it brings back memories from Christmases my entire life,” sophomore Caroline Sutton said. During the show, Grant discussed her partnership with the Barefoot Republic summer camp. She invited founder Tommy Rhodes on stage with her to...
Student uses theatre to connect with local actors, professionals

Student uses theatre to connect with local actors, professionals

For senior Andrew Johnson theatre is more about connecting with others and expression of technique rather than just being in the spotlight. Johnson transferred from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville during the second semester of his freshman year and will graduate from Lipscomb this December with a BFA in Theatre Acting. Entering the Lipscomb Department of Theatre presented opportunities for him to cultivate his acting skills as well as make many connections. “Considering I brought nothing to the table to start, being surrounded by a lot of really, really good contacts has been good for me,” Johnson said. “Just getting to do shows has been huge, including the push to go do stuff outside of the department.” One of those contacts is Steve Feldman, who worked on Sesame Street for several years. Several other contacts are fellow students, whom Johnson has spent countless afternoons with, hanging out in the University Theatre on campus, working on shows or performing with the group “Self-IMPROVment.” Johnson became president of the improv troupe in May 2015 after the former president, Austin Hunt, graduated. Johnson has been a part of the group for about a year and believes it to be a “stress reliever.” Junior Nelson Tilley, a member of Self-IMPROVment, said he believes Johnson to be a good leader. “Andrew is a wonderful person to work with,” Tilley said. “He really emphasizes ‘Hey we’re a group; we’re a team.’” Johnson has also performed in several plays, both in the department and with Nashville theaters. Most recently, he portrayed a “tragedian” for the Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The show proved to be difficult with his schedule and...
Women’s hoops takes loss to Stetson

Women’s hoops takes loss to Stetson

The Lipscomb women’s basketball team lost 83-62 against the Stetson Hatters Monday night in Allen Arena. The Purple and Gold fell short and were unable to keep up momentum after a short lead in the first half. Although the Bisons came up short against the Hatters, head coach Greg Brown said he saw improvement since the last few games. “The intensity and execution was good, but closer to the end we got sloppy and they punished us for that,” Brown said. “They are a good team so the margin of error is really slim.” Freshman Morgan Turner set her career high of 13 points after getting more time on the court due to other team injuries. “After Christmas you hope to see the freshman become sophomores a little bit,” Brown said. “She’s [Turner] a talented player and we are excited to see her relaxing and be able to play like that.” The Lady Bisons saw two other players score in the double digits when junior Alex Banks lead Lipscomb with 20 points and six rebounds alongside sophomore Amber Fuqua who scored 12 points and four rebounds. “Alex [Banks] played a solid game — she is physical and can shoot those three’s for us,” Brown said. “She is versatile enough that she can play on the perimeter and play inside and against some of our teams — it gives us a great match up.” Although Lipscomb was without leading scorer and rebounder senior Ashley Southern and sophomore Loren Cagle, the Lady Bisons are using this time to improve in other aspects of the team until Southern and Cagle are able...
Lipscomb men’s basketball increases winning streak, sets new records

Lipscomb men’s basketball increases winning streak, sets new records

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team defeated Florida Gulf Coast University 91-75 in an Atlantic Sun Conference contest on Sunday afternoon while setting a few new NCAA-era records. The Bisons set an NCAA era school-record by scoring 19, three-pointers in the game and also set a new NCAA-era high for three-point shooting percentage by hitting 57.6 percent from deep. “We had a lot of guys contribute to this record,” head basketball coach Casey Alexander said. “Multiple players gave us a huge lift and that is what made this accomplishment possible. We want to be a team that is hard to guard on the floor and a team that is hard to guard offensively.” Lipscomb scored 51 points in the first half by shooting 62 percent from the field and 61 percent from three. Junior J.C. Hampton led the Bisons with 26 points in the game. In the first half, freshman Garrison Mathews led the Bisons in scoring with 15 points. Lipscomb finished the game with five players scoring double figures. Mathews scored 32 points in his first two conference games at home. “Garrison is playing with great confidence,” Alexander said. “He has been thrown into the fire since the very beginning of the season. He has been improving every game and learning on the fly. He is going to be a good player for us now and in the future.” The Bisons’ win broke FGCU’s seven-game winning streak and handed the Eagles their first loss in conference play this season. “I don’t think they were quite as good as they normally are on defense,” Alexander said. “I am sure Coach Dooley for Florida Gulf...
Lipscomb men’s basketball breaks eight-game losing streak

Lipscomb men’s basketball breaks eight-game losing streak

The Bisons won 92-87 in the Atlantic Sun home opener game against Stetson Thursday night in Allen Arena. With this victory, the men’s team broke an eight-game losing streak and earned its first win in conference play. “It is a huge relief to get this win,” head basketball coach Casey Alexander said. “Our guys have been working really hard, but have not seen results. I am glad we can move on and not talk about wins and losses.”   Lipscomb shot 85 percent from the free throw line and scored 34 points inside the paint. “It was critical,” Alexander said. “Free throws did not seem to mean much at the beginning of the game, but it turned out to be the difference as the game neared the end.” Freshman Garrison Mathews led the Bisons with 19 points in the game. Mathews was one of five players to score in the double figures. Juniors Nathan Moran, J.C. Hampton and George Brammeier and freshman Eli Pepper scored in the double digits as well. The Bisons will host Florida Gulf Coast in Allen Arena at 4 p.m. on Saturday. “Florida Gulf Coast is the best defensive team in the league,” Alexander said. “We are going to have to execute better offensively, but our team is excited and looking forward to play against Florida Gulf Coast.” Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Volleyball player credits faith, family for success on court

Volleyball player credits faith, family for success on court

Lipscomb University sophomore volleyball player Brittany Thomas credits the support of her family and teammates as well as her strong sense of faith for her success on the court. Thomas was raised in a Catholic home, and Catholicism has continued to be a part of her life during her time at Lipscomb. Even with her busy schedule, she still makes time to go to services at Christ the King Catholic Church. Her faith has shaped her into the person she is today and she said her faith helps her continue to play the game that she loves well. From age 10, Thomas played for both the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) club team and St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Kansas City, Kansas. Now, Thomas serves as libero for the Lady Bisons, or as she would call it, “the defensive guru.” Throughout high school, she played club volleyball with current Lipscomb teammate, Khloe Rogers, who was being recruited by Lipscomb head coach, Brandon Rosenthal. Thomas considered committing to Belmont University; however, she waited to go through Nationals with her CYO team and was recruited there by Rosenthal as well. “I visited Lipscomb, and I just fell in love with it,” Thomas said. Although Lipscomb is not a Catholic university, Thomas said her faith continues to put a perspective on volleyball as it consumes her daily life. She attributes her strong sense of faith to her devout Catholic family who has supported her on her road to and at Lipscomb. From filming at club tournaments and high school matches to showing up to almost every Lipscomb home game, Thomas’ parents are her main support...
Men’s tennis opens spring season with loss to Vandy

Men’s tennis opens spring season with loss to Vandy

After a weeks training on and off the court, Lipscomb men’s tennis team opened its spring season, losing the matchups against the Vanderbilt Commodores Saturday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center. The way the Bisons fought through the singles and doubles matches was exactly what coach Mario Hernandez said he was hoping for. “We went in to make the Commodores play and I think we did a great job — the boys tried to play their game but it came down to execution,” Hernandez said. The Bisons put up a fight from start to finish with heavy balls and smart play against the Commodores. “Vanderbilt is a very tough and well coached team, which showed tremendously in the doubles,” said John Tougher, senior and team captain. “We knew going into it that we were in a win or learn situation, and we had nothing to lose.” The overall score was 4-0. Sophomores Alejandro Manzanares, Thais Minet and Philippe Courteau lost their singles matches. Junior Rob Mitchell and sophomore Daniel Cardenas weren’t able to finish their singles matches. Three doubles teams played, finishing 6-2, 6-2 and 4-5. Despite the loss, Hernandez said he has high hopes for the team as they start thinking about their next game against Murray State. “Our ultimate goal is that we can use our strengths effectively and execute them in the right way,” Hernandez said. “Leading up to the Murray State match we have to put in some extra work on footwork and sharpen up our games as a whole, but I believe we are on the right path.” Lipscomb has a full roster carrying on from the fall semester,...
McFarland Science Center addition photo gallery

McFarland Science Center addition photo gallery

McFarland’s 24.000-square-foot addition is complete just in time for the spring semester of 2016. The new addition includes six new laboratories for biochemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology and human anatomy and physiology. Photos by Ben Davis...
Christmas lights on campus photo gallery

Christmas lights on campus photo gallery

Lipscomb strings thousands of lights in the Allen Arena mall every year during the holiday season. Wreaths are hung on all building doors and green lights cast on most major buildings on campus. The main Christmas tree in the mall that was lit on the night of Lighting of the Green holds nearly 10,000 red, blue and white lights. In addition to photos of Lipscomb’s Christmas lights, Lumination photographer Ben Davis painted his images with some of his own Christmas-colored lights. Photos by Ben Davis...
December Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

December Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

Celebration of graduates started days before Saturday’s Commencement Ceremony in Allen Arena, when Lipscomb awarded 466 students with degrees. On Thursday, Lipscomb awarded the first certificates of career exploration studies to three IDEAL students. And just Friday, seven graduates from the Tennessee Prison for Women received their diplomas. This unique program allows inmates to take courses along with Lipscomb students to earn college credit. In Saturday’s ceremony, 231 students received graduate degrees, two of which were the first recipients of a Master of Fine Arts and Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Science.   Photos by Erin Turner...
Battle of the Boulevard photo gallery

Battle of the Boulevard photo gallery

Fans crowded in Allen Arena Monday night for the annual Battle of the Boulevard. Belmont beat Lipscomb 93-84. Photos by Erin Turner and Ben Davis « ‹ 1 of 3 › »...
Running of the Bison photo gallery

Running of the Bison photo gallery

The night before Battle of the Boulevard, students gathered in Bison Square to spread school spirit and run down the boulevard to Belmont. Photos by Ben...

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