Men’s basketball loses a back-and-forth contest at Jacksonville

Men’s basketball loses a back-and-forth contest at Jacksonville

Preview: Black History Month trivia night to be held on Feb. 2

Preview: Black History Month trivia night to be held on Feb. 2

Saleh stretches stereotypes, defies boundaries on and off the hardwood

Saleh stretches stereotypes, defies boundaries on and off the hardwood

Men’s basketball breaks losing streak, hands Owls first ASUN loss

Men’s basketball breaks losing streak, hands Owls first ASUN loss

Women’s basketball rebounds for third ASUN win

Women’s basketball rebounds for third ASUN win

Breaking: Indoor Mask Mandate extended until January 31st

Breaking: Indoor Mask Mandate extended until January 31st


Breaking: Indoor Mask Mandate extended until January 31st

Breaking: Indoor Mask Mandate extended until January 31st

The indoor mask mandate on campus has been extended until January 31st. Lipscomb students were informed of the news via an email sent out Thursday Afternoon by Dr. Matt Paden, executive vice president. “This week we have experienced the highest positivity rate in our community over the last 18 months due to a spike in cases as a result of the presence of the omicron variant as well as a significant number of cases of the flu among students,” said Paden in the email to students. According to the Campus COVID Statistics, the number of positive COVID Tests increased tremendously this week. More than 40 positive tests occurred on January 18. “As we continue to do what we can to minimize the impact of the virus and its variants in our community, the indoor mask mandate is extended through Monday, Jan. 31.” Students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to wear masks throughout all university buildings, regardless of vaccination status. “We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as appropriate,” Paden assured students in the email “We are hopeful that we are about to reach a plateau and that we will soon be on the downside of this spike.”  Photo by Cora...
Classes remain in-person, on schedule; masks required indoors through Jan. 31

Classes remain in-person, on schedule; masks required indoors through Jan. 31

As the upcoming semester gears up, questions have been circling over the current rise in COVID cases across the state and postponements of in-person learning for other area universities. Lipscomb notified students and faculty via email on Tuesday morning that the university will welcome back students for in-person learning as previously planned.  “We continue to believe that it will take every member of the Bison Herd doing their part to ensure we can have a productive and engaging semester,” said Dr. Matt Paden, executive vice president, in his email to students.  “An effective way to mitigate the spread of the virus is to wear a mask.” Lipscomb is “temporarily” reinstating the indoor mask mandate for students, faculty and guests regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be required indoors through Jan. 21. Lipscomb has since updated the policy and extended the mask mandate to Jan. 31. “The CDC, as well as state and local health officials, recommend wearing an N95 or KN95 mask if possible,” Paden said. “These masks provide the greatest protection of everyone against the virus. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as appropriate.” Vaccinations are additionally being encouraged by the university. Free COVID vaccine and booster drives are scheduled to take place this semester on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. in Bennett Campus Center. University faculty (including student workers) are “currently required to comply” with the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) federal vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more employees. This means, before Jan. 10, Lipscomb employees will be required to receive the COVID vaccine to adhere to federal guidelines. “The U.S. Supreme Court has...
Lighting of the Green returns to bring Christmas spirit

Lighting of the Green returns to bring Christmas spirit

Students, family members and Nashville residents gathered on Lipscomb’s campus Tuesday night to celebrate the 17th Lighting of the Green. It is an annual tradition hosted by Amy Grant that ushers its attendees into the holiday mood.  Some family-friendly festivities began as early as 4 p.m. including a photo opportunity with Santa for the children and a holiday market with specialty vendors.  When the sun went down and the many Christmas lights began to glow brighter, the concert began. The grass outside of the Student Activities Center that usually lies empty was converted into a space for hundreds, complete with a large stage, speakers and seats for guests.  Since the event was entirely virtual last year, many expressed their feelings on returning in person.  “Are you happy to be back live this year?” asked NewsChannel 5’s Leland Stanton, the emcee for the event. He received delighted applause from the audience.  The opening act was Lipscomb Academy’s chorus followed by Amy Grant’s first appearance. Grant has been with the event since its first show almost two decades ago.  “I cannot believe we’ve been doing this for 17 years,” said Grant. “It’s so wonderful that you all made the effort – I have no idea where you parked or how far you walked!”  Her second song was her own classic “Tennessee Christmas.” CeCe Winans, a well-known gospel artist, performed next. “Alright, it’s Christmas,” Winans said before jumping into her upbeat performance. Let’s have some fun!” There were several other songs from the university choir and Corinna Gill, who is Grant’s daughter. Not only was there abundant Christmas music featured, but some clips...
Dates to know for upcoming breaks 

Dates to know for upcoming breaks 

As the winter holidays are approaching, students in dorms are expected to go home and are therefore not allowed to remain in the residence halls. If you are living on campus, below are some upcoming dates to keep in mind. For Thanksgiving break:  Halls close on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.   Halls reopen Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.  For Winter break:  Halls close on Dec. 16th at 1 p.m.  For graduating students, halls close on Dec. 18th at 6 p.m. Halls reopen Jan. 8th at 6 p.m. For the holiday dining hours, you can find those...
Sigma Alpha embraces cryptocurrency, accepts Bitcoin as dues

Sigma Alpha embraces cryptocurrency, accepts Bitcoin as dues

Of the several social clubs at Lipscomb, only one will accept your club dues through Bitcoin. Sigma Alpha is pioneering the introduction of cryptocurrency to college organizations.  Sigma Alpha started in 2019 and is a smaller and relatively newer club that prides itself on its recent innovation. Sean Hagan, a junior philosophy major from Nashville, introduced the idea of incorporating Bitcoin.  Hagan is the president of the club and sees Bitcoin as a way for his younger group to build their reputation as well as their finances. This fall was the first semester that members were able to pay their dues in Bitcoin instead of dollars.  “We have to find these creative solutions and innovative ways to protect and maintain at least what we do have, potentially build our purchasing power, and increase what we’re able to do,” Hagan said.  Bitcoin is a relatively new and upcoming currency that takes place all digitally. Unlike fiat currency, government-backed money like the U.S. dollar, there is no paper trail.  Even before it was officially created in 2009, Bitcoin has had an interesting and somewhat mysterious history.  “Bitcoin is a digital asset. It was created in the wake of the [economic] crises by the man or entity under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto,” Hagan said.   The identity of Nakamoto is entirely unknown. Prior to Bitcoin’s creation, it published a paper that explained its function and use.  “It’s built on the concept of digital scarcity,” Hagan said. “There are only 21 million bitcoins that will ever be in supply.”  Bitcoin’s set value is what makes it stand out from other value systems such...
Men’s basketball loses a back-and-forth contest at Jacksonville

Men’s basketball loses a back-and-forth contest at Jacksonville

The Lipscomb Bisons fell to the Jacksonville Dolphins with a final score of 66-59 Thursday night at Swisher Gymnasium in Jacksonville, Florida. Looking to continue a winning streak, the Bisons played tough against a Jacksonville team that had lost their last three games. Guard Greg Jones led the team with 14 points which included 4 made 3-pointers. Point guard KJ Johnson and freshmen Will Pruitt and Jacob Ognacevic all scored in double digits as well, each scoring 10 points.  Ognacevic shot an efficient 4-5 on field goals and 2-3 from three-point range. Ahsan Asadullah, a center from Atlanta, GA, brought in a team high 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists, tying Johnson for the top assists on the night.   The Bisons led 39-35 at the half thanks to high shot percentages from both the field (58.3%) and from 3-point range (50%).  Lipscomb led a majority of the half with 7 points being the highest lead in that span. Despite the shooting success in the first half, Lipscomb struggled to convert that same momentum in the following half. Lipscomb was only able to cash in 20 points in the 2nd half with a field goal percentage of 29.6% and from going only 2-15 from 3 point range. Jacksonville in return shot 5-10 from three in the half and maintained the lead for the last 14:56.  Junior Kevion Nolan from Jacksonville led the game with 15 points respectively. The game was very close throughout with 7 ties and 5 lead changes. However, the difference in this close contest was that Lipscomb was not able to score enough in the final...
Saleh stretches stereotypes, defies boundaries on and off the hardwood

Saleh stretches stereotypes, defies boundaries on and off the hardwood

Diana Saleh doesn’t pay much mind to those who tell her something isn’t possible for her. “I hate when people try to talk fear.” The story of the 6’3″ center’s path to Division I basketball at Lipscomb has always been unorthodox. From her unbridled desire to accomplish what seems impossible off the court to her work ethic and dedication on it, Saleh knows no boundaries. With the recent loss of Lipscomb’s starting center to injury, Saleh’s story seems to look more like a movie script with each passing day. This particular movie, though, boasts a script that would be the envy of any screenwriter in Hollywood. There is indeed a fearlessness inside the Michigan-raised sophomore, whether or not people talk fear around her. The fearlessness Saleh displays is, much like her, unique. It’s characterized by quiet, calculated confidence, the same confidence that exudes from her presence on and off the court. Whether the task at hand is a first-ever interview, blazing a trail for the next generation of female athletes, or juggling one of the hardest degree programs on campus with her basketball schedule, Saleh approaches it all with an assurance that can only come from past experience. And when it comes to know-how in stripping down stereotypes, Saleh has a world-class resume. Her very arrival at Lipscomb circumvented the status quo. Saleh’s hometown of Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of nearby Detroit, could hardly be more different from Nashville. “I’ve been in Dearborn my entire life,” Saleh said. “It’s a high population of Arabs, and I would say it was kind of like a bubble. So coming here was...
Men’s basketball breaks losing streak, hands Owls first ASUN loss

Men’s basketball breaks losing streak, hands Owls first ASUN loss

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team rid themselves of a 4-game losing streak in a 77-73 win over the Kennesaw State Owls Saturday afternoon. A KSU team entering the contest at 3-0 in conference play fought hard, but the Bisons sported the balanced scoring attack that has characterized their ASUN games thus far. Freshman guard Will Pruitt led the team with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Mt. Juliet native went 4-8 from the floor in 35 minutes. Fourth-year center Ahsan Asadullah produced his sixth double-double on the year, scoring 10 points and securing a team-high 10 rebounds. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Asadullah shot just 4-10 on field goals, but went 1-1 from the 3-point line and added 6 assists and 3 steals. Lipscomb’s key to victory was their paint play behind a 38-33 rebounding advantage and 10 more points in the paint than the Owls. The Bisons took 17 less shots than KSU, but their efficiency led them to outscore their opponents anyway. Lipscomb shot 51% from the floor and 40% from three, both percentages being above their season average. Kennesaw State started lights-out from deep, knocking down a trio of 3-balls to help them to a quick 9-3 lead inside of 3 minutes played. The home team fought back to tie the game at 11 behind a pair of makes from deep by junior guard Greg Jones, and the game was back-and-forth from there. Freshman shooting guard Trae Benham scored 8 first-half points en route to 12 points in a season-high 22 minutes. The Concord, North Carolina-born sharpshooter scored in double for the second straight game...
Women’s basketball rebounds for third ASUN win

Women’s basketball rebounds for third ASUN win

The Lipscomb women’s basketball team came out with a 61-53 home win at Allen Arena to get back on track in conference play against Kennesaw State. After a tough 36-point loss at Eastern Kentucky, Lipscomb looked to move forward in front of their home fans against the Owls from Georgia. Kennesaw State started off strong in the 1st quarter, taking a 14-7 lead.  The Bisons went 0-10 from the 3-point line and struggled getting points in the paint as well against a stout KSU defense.  Lipscomb did cut the lead to 3 after a stellar block by redshirt junior Maddie Cook, which led to a fast break score by freshman Bella Vinson, but KSU rallied to put the score at 14-7. Kennesaw State continued to shoot a high percentage on the court in the 2nd quarter, but Alexis Poole, who led the Owls with 6 points at the time, left the game with an ankle injury.  Poole would return later in the quarter, but the Bisons finally found a spark on offense soon after. Sydney Shelton, a redshirt senior and Butler transfer, started her strong 2nd quarter by breaking the missed 3-point streak with back to back threes, and sophomore guard Blythe Pearson hit the Bisons’ third 3-ball to cut the lead to 3. Shelton continued her strong performance with a kick back assist to sophomore Jalyn Holcomb for 3 followed by a fast break bucket after a steal by St. Louis native Jordan Peete. Shelton, a native of Greenfield, Indiana, finished the half with 13 points and Lipscomb shot efficiently to tally 28 points in the 2nd quarter....
Women’s basketball outclassed by Colonels in Kentucky

Women’s basketball outclassed by Colonels in Kentucky

RICHMOND, Kentucky – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team lost handily to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 77-41 at McBrayer Arena Wednesday night. No one managed double-digits for the Bisons, who scored a combined 9 points in the 1st and 4th quarters alone. Despite a stifling EKU defense and a frustrating night from the floor, as Lipscomb shot just 14-55 on field goals, graduate Sydney Shelton and sophomore Blythe Pearson each scored 9 for Lipscomb. Shelton, a Butler transfer from Greenfield, Indiana, went 3-5 on 3-point shots but only made 3-8 from the floor. Pearson shot 4-11 on field goals and added 5 rebounds. Without senior center Dorie Harrison, Lipscomb was outrebounded 46-26 and outscored 22-10 in the paint. Lipscomb’s forwards and center combined for 3 rebounds total, 2 of which came from San Antonio, Texas-born Nicole Hemphill. A difficult first half put Lipscomb against the current from the onset, as EKU made 4 of their first 6 from downtown and built a 12-point lead at the first media break. “[We give EKU] a lot of credit,” assistant coach Chris Sumski said. “They definitely came out hungry. They played really hard on the defensive end, they crashed the boards hard like they always do, and they also made more shots than they normally do.” Lipscomb missed their first 7 3-point attempts and only managed 6 points in the first quarter, taking a 14-point deficit into the second quarter at 20-6 behind 11 points from EKU forward Jayla Johnson. “I think we let their length affect us a little bit,” Sumski said, “in terms of our confidence in finishing at the rim...
Gallery: Red Carpet dazzles at 52nd Dove Awards

Gallery: Red Carpet dazzles at 52nd Dove Awards

Before the 52nd annual Dove Awards began Tuesday night, performers and nominees arrived at Lipscomb’s own McQuiddy Gym.  The artists arrived with their guests, wearing their best attire, as hundreds of students and other onlookers gathered to watch. After checking in, the artists were guided inside McQuiddy to the red carpet.  Cameras flashed and questions were directed to artists such as LeCrae, Lauren Daigle and for KING & COUNTRY.  Read Camryn Given’s Story for more Photos by Hannah Cron, Kathryn Farris. Edited by Abigail...
GALLERY: Students celebrate Salsa en el Square

GALLERY: Students celebrate Salsa en el Square

Students gathered Friday night in Bison Square for Salsa en el Square, a lively celebration of salsa dancing during Hispanic Heritage Month. A student instructor taught the groups several basic techniques. After the lesson, students got to show off their new skills with different partners. “I really enjoyed that there was enough structure there to show us what we were doing so we didn’t have to just … figure it out ourselves. … [The instructor] gave us ample amount of time to practice what she had taught us,” said JoAnna McCutcheon, a sophomore nutrition major from Southside, Alabama. Sarah Small, an IDEAL student from Zionsville, Indiana, added that the best part of the night was “learning new things.” Events like Salsa en el Square provide the opportunity for students to appreciate diverse cultural traditions and meet new friends in the Herd. “Everyone was there to have fun, everyone was there to dance, so … I liked going around and seeing who else didn’t have a partner and being like, ‘Hey! Let’s dance!’” said Anna Adams, a junior English major from Rogersville. “I think that was kind of always in my personality … but I think that the experience here [at Lipscomb] has kind of opened me up and opened that side of me.” Salsa en el Square was hosted by the Student Activities Board and Office of Intercultural Development and served as a continuation of events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Photo Gallery by Cora Coletti Hayden Smith and Annie Duda...
GALLERY: Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival returns for 2021

GALLERY: Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival returns for 2021

The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival returned to The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee on September 25 and 26 after a yearlong hiatus. The festival, founded by Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin, hosted performances from artists such as local favorites Katie Pruitt and Cage the Elephant as well as bands such as Khruangbin and Dave Matthews Band. Check out the gallery below shot by Hannah Cron and read a recap of the weekend here.       Katie Pruitt « ‹ of 23 › »...
Gallery: Campus community memorializes 9/11

Gallery: Campus community memorializes 9/11

The Lipscomb Community gathered early Monday morning to memorialize lives lost on September 11, 2001. Students, faculty and new President Candice McQueen placed flags 2,977 flags (one for each life lost in the 9/11 attack) throughout Bison Square. Gallery by Abigail Kopp and Jack Roper.   Memorial flags on campus. Photo by Jack...
GALLERY: Presidential Convocation in photos

GALLERY: Presidential Convocation in photos

The Presidential convocation was held at the Gathering on Aug. 31. It was full of Lipscomb traditions such as the bagpipe quartet and traditional outfits for faculty. This year was different than usual since it the convocation included the transfer of presidents. Click through the photos below to see photos from the event. Photos courtesy of Cora Coletti and Jack...
Preview: Black History Month trivia night to be held on Feb. 2

Preview: Black History Month trivia night to be held on Feb. 2

Next week Lipscomb will offer a Black history-themed trivia night in honor of Feburary offically being Black History Month. The Office of Intercultural Development (OID) and the Students Activities Board (SAB) have teamed up to coordinate a trivia night that will have students test their knowledge on certain events and people pertaining to Black history. Candace Williams, the Director of Community Life over OID and student organizations, is excited to be working with SAB again this year after previously collaborating on numerous past events.  “We have traditionally partnered with Students Activities Board in the past for different cultural trivia nights and they’ve gone exceptionally well!” Williams said.  Previous collaborations between OID and SAB include Welcome to Our World Week and Hispanic Heritage Month. “[Trivia Night] is a fun event that students already know about…So, it’s very easy for [OID] to just use our cultural themes to kind of enhance the month but also allow students to be able to participate and have fun.” Britany Gonzalez, a junior Law, Justice, and Society major from Memphis, TN and OID Intern, has been helping with planning for the upcoming trivia night. “Making it tailored to Black History Month, we’ll have questions that will not only be about the historical aspect of it but also a more modern sense to it.” Brittany Gonzalez said. This will include how black culture is influencing modern-day society. Esteban Gonzalez, a junior Graphic Design major from Ensenada, Baja California, México and OID Intern, has also been part of the preparation. Part of his help includes putting together a small slideshow that presents Black people in history and...
Dr. Jan Harris releases poetry book on life, love and the end of the world

Dr. Jan Harris releases poetry book on life, love and the end of the world

Lipscomb’s very own associate professor, Dr. Jan Harris, released a book of poetry last fall titled “Isolating One’s Priority in a Time of Crisis“. With themes of love in the time of disaster, Harris’s free-verse poetry book covers the subject of life after the end of the world. That made me curious to see who Dr. Harris was and what her process was to create such art and where inspiration comes from.  “I think for me inspiration comes in a lot of ways,” Dr. Harris said. “It’s really language. I start with a phrase or maybe an image that I want to return to and try to form words around it. Thinking about a topic and idea and trying to find an image that allows the expression of that in a way that creates space for a lot of people to engage.” Harris stresses the importance of making sure the poem was able to let the audiences’ experiences find the emotional center of the poem no matter what their experience was. Dr. Harris said, “That’s where it’s different than fiction since you need to give it an emotional resonance with your audience.” Dr. Harris has been writing most of her life. When she was an undergrad there wasn’t a creative writing program, but she did participate in the school magazine in which she published some poetry. Though she graduated grad school with an unrelated degree, she always felt drawn back to writing and poetry.  “Like most people who are writers, I kept trying to do things more practical,” Dr. Harris said, before telling me she went back into writing...
Review: The Undeniable Vibe of Silk Sonic

Review: The Undeniable Vibe of Silk Sonic

With the way I grew up, the influence that R&B music was prominent. Whether it was car rides or cleaning the house the genre would be the soundtrack to a lot of the formative moments of my life. My parents would play the likes of Stevie Wonder,  Al Green and many others that flooded the speakers with soul and vibes. It’s now the genre I gravitate towards and there is no shortage of artists today that have strived to create those similar songs and sounds that carry the genre forward.  One example of this is the dynamic due of Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak, who formed the group Silk Sonic. These two artists have created that nostalgic sound that many have fallen in love with. The smooth instrumentation and lyrics have brought back the sonance that artists of previous generations of music have laid the foundation for. They’ve added their own unique style and voice to it, which has brought R&B music back to the forefront of what people listen to today. The two feed off of each other in the music and it has been a seamless fit for the two to create together. They met back in 2016 when Anderson joined Mars on the European leg of the latter’s 24k Magic World Tour. After hanging and doing a bit of creating they would go on to record as a group. They haven’t looked back and the music they have created has been phenomenal.  Their new album, An Evening with Silk Sonic, was released on November 12th and I have to say it may be one of my favorite albums to drop this...
Review: “Dune” falls short for critics, goes unappreciated

Review: “Dune” falls short for critics, goes unappreciated

A new film adaptation of Dune, the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, hit the big screen and home screens on Oct. 22. The movie has a lot to offer crowds, from music to special effects to cast; this movie went all out, but many critics still seem to be against it.  This is a movie that could be the start of the next big sci-fi franchise, but people seem to not be interested in devoting the time to get invested. They find the movie slow when really they aren’t dedicated to plot development.  With a budget of $165 million, this movie could do, and did, a lot. However, when you want to feature giant sandworms and space travel, the money makes a big difference in the overall experience. This movie could have easily fallen short without these funds.  That was one of my big takeaways from this movie, if you have the means to see this film in theatres, you should.  All of the best parts of the movie are amplified in the theatre, both the visuals and the score. If you watch it at home on a small screen and with little speakers, you’re missing out.  Going into this movie, it is necessary to pay extra attention to the first 20 minutes of the film. That was my first mistake, which resulted in me having to watch it twice.  In fact, if you’re like me and haven’t read the book it might even be helpful to familiarize yourself with some key terms. For example, the names of the planets and the names of the houses are how I...
Staff picks its favorite Halloween movies

Staff picks its favorite Halloween movies

Camryn’s Choice: “Over the Garden Wall”  Although “Over the Garden Wall” is technically a mini-series, it serves best as a movie watched all in one sitting. Since it only has 10 episodes, each only 10 minutes long, it is a quick and engaging tale that embraces all things spooky. The Cartoon Network show follows Greg and Wirt, two brothers on a journey to get home through creepy forests and talking pumpkins filled with humor and mystery. It’s the perfect Halloween watch for all ages.  Available on Hulu  Kathryn’s Choice: “Practical Magic” (1998) “Practical Magic” has been a part of my annual Halloween ritual since I was a kid. The film, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, manages to combine 90s rom-com antics with horror themes.  The film ultimately puts an ethereal twist on grief, sisterhood and love. It seriously acknowledges heavy topics while embracing the beauty that can be found in dark times.  Available on HBO Max Hannah’s Choice: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” I really wanted to pick a horror movie for this list, but the more I thought about it, I realized that the movie I am the most scared of is “E.T.” I wouldn’t say that “E.T.” is necessarily a scary movie, but it is creepy and unsettling enough to make a great choice to watch around Halloween. The idea of an unidentified living creature hiding in my childhood stuffed animals is a fear I may never get over, but this classic movie introduced us to a young Drew Barrymore and the magic of Reese’s Pieces, so it’s probably a keeper.  If you do have younger family members,...