Pro-rated refunds to be issued for room and board after COVID-19 emergency closes campus

Pro-rated refunds to be issued for room and board after COVID-19 emergency closes campus

Lipscomb CEA announces partnership with Kingdom Story Company at special premiere of I Still Believe

Lipscomb CEA announces partnership with Kingdom Story Company at special premiere of I Still Believe

Lipscomb to hold Spring 2020 commencement virtually due to COVID-19

Lipscomb to hold Spring 2020 commencement virtually due to COVID-19

Lipscomb cancels all in-person classes for remainder of semester and commencement

Lipscomb cancels all in-person classes for remainder of semester and commencement

LIVE UPDATES: Lipscomb extends online instruction for rest of spring semester, cancels commencement and closes dorms

LIVE UPDATES: Lipscomb extends online instruction for rest of spring semester, cancels commencement and closes dorms

From battlefield Army chow to sanitizer, Nashvillians wipe out pandemic supplies

From battlefield Army chow to sanitizer, Nashvillians wipe out pandemic supplies


Lipscomb CEA announces partnership with Kingdom Story Company at special premiere of I Still Believe

Lipscomb CEA announces partnership with Kingdom Story Company at special premiere of I Still Believe

Just before business shutdowns, social distancing guidelines and quarantine mandates began, the Lipscomb College of Entertainment and the Arts community had the opportunity to celebrate the release of the new Christian movie, I Still Believe, with their newly announced partner Kingdom Story Company. Taking place at the AMC Thoroughbred 20 theater in Franklin, the evening began with guests walking down the red carpet. Jeremy Camp, the real life inspiration of this story of faith and love, posed with fans for photos alongside his family. The film was shown in Theater 6 which was reserved solely for Lipscomb students and staff. The movie “commercials” included a display of Lipscomb CEA student talent in the form of short films, promotional videos and music videos. Just before the opening credits, Lipscomb’s administration took the stage to announce the partnership between the production company, Kingdom Story Company, and Lipscomb’s College of Entertainment and the Arts. Following this announcement, Jon and Andy Erwin and Jeremy Camp took the stage to share more about the film and the process of making it. Many students were on the edge of their seats listening to what these passionate artists had to say. The producers shared their stories of humble beginnings and how blessed they felt for the success they had achieved in the industry. The wisdom which they imparted on all the young, hopeful filmmakers in the room was, “Dream big. Dream bold. Dream impossible.”  “I feel like God has anointed this film,” Jeremy Camp said to close. “There are thousands of stories and the fact that they chose my story is a huge honor.” The film...
Henna Night leaves a mark on students experiencing new cultures

Henna Night leaves a mark on students experiencing new cultures

As a part of the annual WOW (Welcome to Our World) Week, students organized Henna Night to bring the unique ceremonies and cuisines of Arab, Indian and Middle Eastern cultures to campus. “I want people to know that it’s [henna is] so much more than just decoration,” said Kiana Rafiei, a student organizer for Lipscomb’s Office of Intercultural Development. “Yes, it’s beautiful, but there’s a meaning behind why my culture does this.” During the event, students hired a local henna artist to give interested students the chance to experience the tradition. Henna is a natural flowering plant that is ground into a thick paste and then piped directly on the skin. The wet paste is left on for 15 to 20 minutes until it dries and can be removed, leaving behind a light red or brown tattoo. This temporary body art can last anywhere from a few days to two weeks depending on how dark the stain is. In recent years, henna has evolved into Western fair entertainment and the design, called mehndi, is often mimicked in permanent tattoos. But, as Rafiei noted, the application of henna itself is a deeply rooted art form across many cultures. “I’m Persian, but we do henna as decoration during Eid, the Islamic New Year, as well,” Rafiei said. “It means good luck and prosperity so it’s really important that we apply it with our family. It’s also applied as a pre-wedding tradition in some countries. Usually, the night before a wedding, the bride is given really detailed henna as a symbol of her devotion.” The swirls and swoops of a henna design...
Lipscomb Full Moon Festival raises $1,315 for YES Mission

Lipscomb Full Moon Festival raises $1,315 for YES Mission

Lipscomb clubs, Delta Omega and Theta Psi host the Full Moon Festival each spring semester to raise money for a different mission. This year the clubs raised $1,315 for “The Mission of Youth Encouragement Services (YES).” The mission of yes is to “enrich the lives of children in Inner City Nashville, helping them to develop academically, physically, spiritually and socially.” The event functions as a philanthropy event but also united the student body through music. Throughout the evening, from 6 pm till 9 pm, students perform high-end karaoke with a live band and singing songs they have rehearsed. There is dancing, fun, and music all geared around a 50’s theme. The event is essentially a sock-hop playing current music mixed with old hits.   Riley Hoag captured a gallery of the event here. ...
Audience members experience A Heavenly View with Elevate Dance Show

Audience members experience A Heavenly View with Elevate Dance Show

The stars and the sky were the inspiration for The Elevate Dance Show by The Foundation Dance Theatre (FDT). The show reminds audience members to always look up with A Heavenly View. The Elevate Dance show was a 3-day event (March 6-8) held at Bennet Campus Center in Shamblin Auditorium. Dancers, who are part of this company and the theatre department had the chance to share what they have been rehearsing since the fall. There were group dances and duets with styles that varied from ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. The FDT company is under the direction of Kari Smith & Leigh Anne Ervin who lead all students during the year. During the show, in between dances, a video would be shown of Kari Smith explaining the principles of the FDT. Kari Smith who is an instructor for the company states there are five pillars they want their students to understand. Leaning into these pillars during their time with the company. Storytelling, Education, Endurance, Passion, and Artistry. As one dance ended a video would be shown to explain each pillar, but also show behind the scenes footage of these dancers. “Dance is a big part of musical theatre but, dance is kinda a different world than theatre. They all fall under storytelling but, with dance, it’s very universal,” said sophomore musical theatre major Drew Flickinger. “I auditioned for FDT in the fall of my freshman year and they took a shot at me, so I got to do elevate last year and I really loved it so of course, I did it again.” Flickinger appeared in four out...
Disney and Pixar’s newest film, Onward, holds a magic-filled-tale that takes the viewer on a journey full of laughs, growth, and forgiveness

Disney and Pixar’s newest film, Onward, holds a magic-filled-tale that takes the viewer on a journey full of laughs, growth, and forgiveness

Onward features a family of elves with who lost their father before their youngest son was born. Ian Lightfoot, voiced by Tom Holland, and older brother Barley, voiced by Chris Pratt, are two brothers who could not be more different. Single mom Laurel, voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, has done her best to raise them in little New Mushroomtown. This is a world full of mythical creatures that have found a content life living without their gifts from nature. Magic has long been forgotten in favor of a more efficient and easier solution: Technology. The film begins on Ian’s 16th birthday, when the viewer sees him living a life with which he’s not quite satisfied. His shy tendencies, and not to mention his embarrassing older brother, make it hard for him to feel accepted and comfortable at school. Laurel reveals that their father had left behind a gift for the two sons, only to be given to them once they were both older than 16: A wizard’s staff, an enchanted stone and a spell to bring back their beloved dad for one whole day. Ian turns out to have a natural talent at casting spells, and is able to bring back their father. Well, the lower half of him. With the enchanted stone destroyed, the boys must embark on a quest to find another stone in order to bring back the entirety father before time runs out. Barley, who has a passion for table-top magic games, Ian with the wizard’s staff, and the hilarious pair of legs that is their father head out on their journey in order to be...
Lipscomb baseball defeats Austin Peay in midweek matchup

Lipscomb baseball defeats Austin Peay in midweek matchup

Lipscomb rebounded in their first mid-week matchup of this week, defeating Austin Peay 9-7 Tuesday afternoon. The Bisons trailed 7-4 in the seventh inning, but sophomore outfielder Ty Jones singled to bring home junior infielder Malik Williams before senior infielder Haddon Adams hammered a grand slam and gave the Bisons the win. Freshman pitcher Patrick Williams started the game. He was later relieved by sophomore right hander JT Caver, but junior transfer Wyatt Folsom was credited with the win after coming in during the seventh inning. Sophomore reliever Tyler Guilfoil got the save, his fifth of the season. The Bisons’ action continues Wednesday afternoon as they travel to Cookeville to take on the Tennessee Tech Eagles before returning home for a weekend series with...
Liberty Flames scorch Bisons’ post-season hopes in title game

Liberty Flames scorch Bisons’ post-season hopes in title game

The Bisons’  hopes for an ASUN title and return to post-season glory faded Sunday afternoon when they fell to the Liberty University Flames, 73-57, at the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Virginia. The Liberty Flames (30-4) will go on to the NCAA tournament. The Bisons finish with a 16-16 record after a strong comeback in the second half of the season. Thriller carried Bisons to the championship game: With 3.1 seconds left on the clock Thursday night in Jacksonville, the Bisons earned a 73-71 win over North Florida courtesy of a floater from senior guard Andrew Fleming.  Sophomore center Ahsan Asadullah, who had scored a career-high 40 points Tuesday night in the quarterfinal win over Florida Gulf Coast, led all players Thursday with 27 points and 19 rebounds. With eight seconds remaining and the score tied, senior guard Michael Buckland got the ball to Asadullah, who soon found himself triple-teamed. Asadullah fed the ball to Fleming in the lane, and Fleming tossed in a teardrop for the game-winner. “Ahsan flicked it to me,” said Fleming. “I actually didn’t know he was passing it to me. I’m just happy it went in ’cause that kid [6-7 forward Wajid Aminu) had been blocking my shot a ton, so I’m just happy it went in.” Fleming finished with 26 points, a career-high. Lipscomb led by as many as 10 points, coming off of a strong first half, but the Ospreys saw the momentum swing in their favor to take the lead with five minutes left in the game. The Bisons were able to even the scoring and stop two North Florida shots with less...
Asadullah career-high night of 40 points propels Bisons to ASUN semifinals

Asadullah career-high night of 40 points propels Bisons to ASUN semifinals

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team took down FGCU in an ASUN quarter-finals thriller. The third seed Bisons defeated the sixth seed Eagles 68-63. “It was a really important game. Obviously, it’s an eliminations game.  We knew that we were going to have to play hard because they weren’t going to give up because it’s an elimination game for them as well,” said sophomore center Ahsan Asadullah. Both teams had sharpshooting in the first half, shooting 45 percent from the floor. The score was tied four times and saw five lead changes in the first half. However, and 8-3 run from the Eagles put them up 33-32 at the half. The second half was a back and forth game. Lipscomb came out on an 8-2 run with back-to-back baskets from Ahsan Asadullah. But FGCU responded with a 7-0 run of their own. “I’m real proud of our kids. A month ago we were 7-13 and 2-5 in the league, but we never quit we just kept coming and coming,” said Acuff. Asadullah, named first-team All ASUN earlier in the day, stepped up for his team with a career-high 40 points along with 14 rebounds. “I have been fortunate to have a lot of good players and some guys that have played at a high level, but that right there — to put the chips on the table put everything on the line. That’s as good as I’ve ever seen,” said Acuff. Greg Jones chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds and Michael Buckland had 8 points with 5 rebounds. “Even though Ahsan obviously is the main story tonight and he deserves...
PREVIEW: Lipscomb men enter ASUN tournament as a dangerous three seed

PREVIEW: Lipscomb men enter ASUN tournament as a dangerous three seed

When the Lipscomb men’s basketball team took the floor against Liberty on Saturday, the Bisons needed a tough win or some help from opponents to secure the fourth seed in the ASUN tournament. Not only did Lipscomb beat Liberty 77-71 (including a 29-6 lead to start the game), but Stetson also lost to Jacksonville, and Lipscomb got the tiebreaker over the Hatters and jumped a spot. This comes one season after graduating from a star-studded lineup of seniors that included Garrison Mathews and the transfer of starting point guard Kenny Cooper to Western Kentucky. Not to mention Casey Alexander’s departure to Belmont. “I was really proud of our guys for staying the course,” Lipscomb head coach Lennie Acuff said before practice on Monday. “I thought there [were] many times we could have punted. And obviously our roster’s been depleted, and we lost [Jake Wolfe and Alex Jones] for the year. But we just stayed the course, and we kept going.” That means the Bisons (14-15, 9-7 ASUN) have the No. 3 seed heading into Tuesday night’s matchup against No. 6 FGCU at 7 p.m. CT. Fans who can’t make the game can tune in on ESPN+ or listen for free on the Bison. “Florida Gulf Coast is very talented,” Acuff said. “We split with them. They beat us down there, we beat them here. They can really score the ball. We need to play well defensively.” Lipscomb went 5-8 in non-conference (3-8 against Division I opponents) and then started out the ASUN slate 2-5, including a four-game losing streak to cap it off. But the Bisons dealt North Florida...
Bisons take weekend series against Ohio State Buckeyes

Bisons take weekend series against Ohio State Buckeyes

Lipscomb 6, Ohio State 11  Lipscomb lost the first game of the three-game series 11-6 to Ohio State after the Buckeyes’ bats got hot in the fourth inning. The Bisons started off very hot with a 3-0 lead after three innings thanks to RBIs from junior designated hitter Malik Williams, freshman infielder Knox Preston, and junior outfielder John Shields. Ohio State then put up 10 unanswered runs until Lipscomb finally scored again in the seventh inning. At that point, the game was already out of reach. Ohio State’s sophomore pitcher Garrett Burhenn got the win, and freshman pitcher Logan Van Treeck took the loss for Lipscomb.   Lipscomb 5, Ohio State 4 The second game of the series was a lot closer with the Bisons winning on a walk-off single 5-4.  This game was much more of a pitcher’s duel, which kept the bats in check. Lipscomb’s junior pitcher Max Habegger’s four strikeouts and Ohio State’s sophomore pitcher Seth Lonsway’s 13 strikeouts were to thank for the lack of scoring. It would be Ohio State who got on the board first with a sacrifice fly and an RBI double to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning. However, the lead didn’t last long as Lipscomb came back with three runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth. Senior outfielder Von Watson reached on an error bringing Shields in to score. This was followed by a sacrifice fly from senior infielder Haddon Adams that brought sophomore outfielder Ty Jones home. The last run of the inning was from a balk by Ohio State...
Lipscomb Full Moon Festival raises $1,315 for YES Mission

Lipscomb Full Moon Festival raises $1,315 for YES Mission

Lipscomb clubs, Delta Omega and Theta Psi host the Full Moon Festival each spring semester to raise money for a different mission. This year the clubs raised $1,315 for “The Mission of Youth Encouragement Services (YES).” The mission of yes is to “enrich the lives of children in Inner City Nashville, helping them to develop academically, physically, spiritually and socially.” The event functions as a philanthropy event but also united the student body through music. Throughout the evening, from 6 pm till 9 pm, students perform high-end karaoke with a live band and singing songs they have rehearsed. There is dancing, fun, and music all geared around a 50’s theme. The event is essentially a sock-hop playing current music mixed with old hits.   Riley Hoag captured a gallery of the event here. ...
Career-highs lead the Bisons past Kennesaw State in 73-85 win

Career-highs lead the Bisons past Kennesaw State in 73-85 win

The Lipscomb Bisons opened there 2020 home slate on Thursday night hosting ASUN opponent, Kennesaw State in their third conference game of the year. Despite a late comeback attempt by the Owls, the Bisons were able to pull away with a 73-85 victory behind senior guard Michael Buckland’s career-high 25 points and redshirt sophomore center Ahsan Asadullah’s career-high 28 points. “For about 34 minutes, I thought we played really, really well – some of our best play offensively. We went 13-26 from the 3-point line; the reason we did that is that we moved the ball,” said Lipscomb head coach Lennie Acuff. The two teams played competitively for much of the first half with both sides going on scoring runs, however, it was the Bisons who went into halftime with the lead 31-39, due to several key defensive stops. “I can come in as a senior and demand that defensive mentality from the younger guys. Because that’s where we are going to get conference wins,” Buckland said. “We are going to get scouted, offense is going to be stagnant at times, and so when it does get stagnant you have to be able to make stops on the defensive end.” Coming out of the half, Lipscomb got off to a hot start and began to take control of the game, leading by 20 points with 10 minutes remaining in the game. But, Kennesaw State refused to go home quietly.  “Our problem this year has been that we will have little lulls, and we have to learn to eliminate those lulls,” Buckland said. This lull cost the Bisons’ their large...
A hard loss for Bisons Basketball in 146th Battle of the Boulevard

A hard loss for Bisons Basketball in 146th Battle of the Boulevard

The Bisons took another hard loss to the Bruins in the second installment of the Battle of the Boulevard this season. The final from the Curb Event Center was 80-75. “We’re sitting at 3 in 6 and that’s not where we wanna be,” Head Coach Lennie Acuff said. “But there’s probably not many people at our level playing the schedule we play, and so we just need to keep getting better.” The team won two road games over the last week and a half against Navy and Tennessee Tech, and they also hung in for the majority of the Xavier game, despite being without three of their starters. Michaell Buckland, Jake Wolfe and Greg Jones have sat the bench until tonight, due to injuries suffered in the first matchup against Belmont last month. “It helped getting a couple of guys back tonight that have been out for a couple of weeks,” Coach Acuff said. This, the 146th installment of the Battle of the Boulevard, was a Battle as always. The score stayed tight until the middle of the second half when the Bruins began to knock down shot after shot gaining a 13 point lead on the Bisons. Belmont’s freshman guard Adam Kunkel got on a hot streak shooting and got the Bruins score up to 71-58 on the Bisons with 2:42 left in the second half. “The thing I think he’s gotten better at is, he’s not a catch-and-shoot guy. He’s obviously a really good shooter, but he’s got game, he can put it down… he’s much more athletic than you think.” Coach Acuff said about Adam Kunkel....
GALLERY: Lady Women’s Basketball takes on Eastern Illinois

GALLERY: Lady Women’s Basketball takes on Eastern Illinois

Coming off two straight losses during the ASUN-MAAC challenge last weekend, Lipscomb was looking to bounce back at home against the Eastern Illinois Panthers Sunday afternoon. Without starting sophomore center Dorie Harrison and starting junior guard Sydney Shelton — the Bisons had quite a challenge.giving their leading scorer, freshman guard Jalyn Holcomb, a supporting cast. Much of the first half was controlled by the Panthers’ disruptive offense in the paint, behind 6’1” sophomore center Abby Wahl’s 12 first-half points. For the Bisons, junior forward Taylor Clark and senior forward Emily Kmec both got into early foul trouble, which aided in EIU’s success down low....
PHOTO GALLERY: Fall colors flourish briefly before winter arrives on campus

PHOTO GALLERY: Fall colors flourish briefly before winter arrives on campus

Fall was short-lived on Lipscomb’s campus this year. There only were few days of warm fall colors on the trees before things began to change, with  and more frigid air and crisp wind and even a bit of snow spitting a bit just a few days into autumn. Students headed home on Friday for Thanksgiving Break, but before winter is in full blast, we captured some of the fall colors around campus. Check out Mckenzi Harris’ gallery here.  ...

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