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Delta variant looms over approaching fall semester, 55% of Lipscomb community reports receiving COVID vaccine

Delta variant looms over approaching fall semester, 55% of Lipscomb community reports receiving COVID vaccine

2020 Olympics
Lipscomb’s Olympic press vets look at COVID and media changes in Tokyo 2020

Lipscomb’s Olympic press vets look at COVID and media changes in Tokyo 2020

BSU Black Lives Matter Racial Injustice
George Floyd murder by police, other racial injustices, have BSU setting future goals

George Floyd murder by police, other racial injustices, have BSU setting future goals

Lipscomb Alum Thomas Rhett
Former Lipscomb student Thomas Rhett joins FGL, Maren Morris and more for concert benefiting area hungry

Former Lipscomb student Thomas Rhett joins FGL, Maren Morris and more for concert benefiting area hungry

Lipscomb Volleyball
PREVIEW: Lipscomb Volleyball rests upcoming season on new players

PREVIEW: Lipscomb Volleyball rests upcoming season on new players

The Gentle Barn welcomes you to hug a cow

The Gentle Barn welcomes you to hug a cow


COVID-19 Tracker

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Delta variant looms over approaching fall semester, 55% of Lipscomb community reports receiving COVID vaccine

Delta variant looms over approaching fall semester, 55% of Lipscomb community reports receiving COVID vaccine

As summer’s end steadily approaches, low vaccination rates and the rising transmission of the COVID Delta variant are sparking concerns for colleges across the country. “We’re monitoring cases on and off campus that affect our community right now. The Delta variant seems to be a much more aggressive type of the virus,” said Kevin Eidson, Lipscomb’s Director of Health and Wellness. “We want as many people to be vaccinated as possible… getting the vaccine allows you to have some more freedoms that you really don’t have without the protection of the vaccine.” In a video sent out to faculty and staff, Susan Galbreath, Lipscomb’s Senior Vice President for Strategy shared the results of a campus survey revealing 55 percent of Lipscomb’s total population is vaccinated. Full-time employees are at a 74 percent vaccination rate. While higher than Tennessee’s vaccination rates, Lipscomb still falls behind reaching herd immunity. According to Yale Medicine, COVID variants could indicate 80 percent of a population would need to be vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity. The CDC updated its recommendations on July 27 to encourage indoor mask use for vaccinated individuals in COVID “hot spots”. Earlier this summer, the center had rolled back all restrictive recommendations for vaccinated people (except during travel). Davidson County falls under the CDC’s rating of “high” for transmission levels. In response to the new CDC recommendation, Lipscomb says it will “continue to monitor local, state and federal guidance as we get nearer to the beginning of the semester.” Current policy dictates unvaccinated students are encouraged to practice mask-wearing and could be placed in quarantine if exposed to COVID....
George Floyd murder by police, other racial injustices, have BSU setting future goals

George Floyd murder by police, other racial injustices, have BSU setting future goals

Sparked by the headlines about the murder of George Floyd as well as other Black men killed by police officers and a growing awareness of racial injustice, Lipscomb’s Black Student Union is among the citizens and organizations that nationwide are putting a fresh spotlight on issues too often ignored. Lipscomb’s BSU President Dorie Harrison said the tumult of the past year has offered her an incentive to reflect upon the past injustices and set goals for the betterment of the future. Last semester, Harrison, a senior marketing major from Nashville and a Lipscomb Lady Bison basketball player, had a unique experience. In her Legal Aspects class, students watched the video of the death of George Floyd and were instructed individually to decide the sentence of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin (the suspect in Floyd’s murder trial).  Harrison said she recalls feeling shocked as several students didn’t seem to see any wrongdoing in Chauvin’s actions: “To see so many of my classmates say that Chauvin was completely innocent and to go back and justify the death of George Floyd. My hands were shaking.”  As a person of color at a school with a historically high population of White students, Harrison said she often feels put on the spot in these types of situations.  “I was the only Black person in the class, so everyone was looking at me like, ‘Oh, what is she gonna say?’” Harrison said.  Harrison said she has seen a lot of groupthink in her classes. She said people seem to fall in with the majority opinion, leaving little room for those with different viewpoints to speak...
350 thousand enjoy music, spectacle as Let Freedom Sing! welcomes celebrants and SWAT team back to downtown

350 thousand enjoy music, spectacle as Let Freedom Sing! welcomes celebrants and SWAT team back to downtown

Nashville’s COVID-19 silence ended in a roaring spectacle on Sunday when Let Freedom Sing! brought fireworks and live music back to Music City. Officials said about 350 thousand spectators attended the event, which began at 4 p.m. and ran until well past 10 p.m. The fireworks were scheduled to start at 9:20 p.m. but were delayed until 10 due to unauthorized people in the explosive danger zone. Police SWAT officers were called to the Bridge Building following reports from the Metro Fire Department of a person on the roof of the building, according to a press release issued from the Metro Police Monday afternoon. A flyover from a police helicopter confirmed the sighting. Officers removed four people from the scene, including one employee of the Bridge Building. Located on the east side of the pedestrian bridge, the Bridge Building was in the firework evacuation zone due to the proximity to the firework launch site and the potential for injury for anyone too close to the explosives. “While the officers were still in the building and the (police) helicopter remained close by, a security guard apparently relayed to an (Nashville Fire Department) employee that he was the last one in the building.  Without going through command and without checking with MNPD to ensure officers were out of the building, the message was relayed to start the fireworks show.  Command was not advised the show had commenced,” according to the press release. “Due to the close proximity of the professional firework mortar shells and the fallout from detonated fireworks, the eight SWAT members sheltered inside the Bridge Building until the conclusion...
Former Lipscomb Christian Business Leader of the Year, three Academy alums die in Percy Priest Lake plane crash

Former Lipscomb Christian Business Leader of the Year, three Academy alums die in Percy Priest Lake plane crash

A private-plane crash in Rutherford County on Saturday claimed the lives of seven passengers, including that of Gwen Shamblin Lara, named Lipscomb’s Christian Business Leader of the Year two decades ago. Lara was known for founding the Weigh Down faith-based weight-loss program in 1986. Three Lipscomb Academy alumni were on board as well, according to Pat Price, Lipscomb archives specialist: Lara’s son-in-law Brandon Hannah (2000), Jennifer Johnston Martin (1988) and Jessica Solomon Walters (2000). The other three victims were Lara’s husband, Joe; Martin’s husband, David; and Walters’ husband, Jonathan. All seven were leaders of the Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood. The plane crashed into Percy Priest Lake late Saturday morning. By Monday, recovery crews had pulled remains of the seven and both engines from the waters. Gwen Shamblin Lara, ex-wife of David Shamblin, was named as Lipscomb’s Christian Business Leader of the year in 1998. Shamblin Theatre, adjacent to the Bennett Campus Center, is named for the family. “The Weigh Down Workshop is more ministry than industry,” said former Lipscomb President Stephen F. Flatt at the 1998 ceremony, according to her website. “The phenomenal success of the Weigh Down Workshop is attributable to the direct blessing of God and Gwen’s prudent stewardship of the abilities and talents He has given her.” The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash. It is expected to take a couple of weeks to conclude the preliminary investigation, but the NTSB’s complete examination and conclusions usually take up to two years. Photo by Larry McCormack courtesy of Main Street...
Lipscomb set to hold second installment of FREE vaccine clinic

Lipscomb set to hold second installment of FREE vaccine clinic

Lipscomb is continuing its goal of protecting the campus community from COVID, especially with the plans for a full-capacity return in the fall. On Wednesday, May 26 the University is holding its second free vaccine clinic for students, faculty and staff. “We’re trying to do the right thing for our community in being able to protect the community as best as we can.” Said Dr. Kevin Eidson, Director of Health and Wellness to Lumination reporter Abigail Davis in April. The clinic is set to administer both the second dose of Moderna for April event attendees as well as the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Lipscomb previously had the intention of distributing the J&J vaccine at the earlier event. However, the distribution of the vaccine was put on a temporary pause by the CDC after six ‘rare’ cases of blood-clotting in recipients. The CDC has since recommended the use of the Johnson & Johnson be resumed. The free vaccine clinic is available to current Lipscomb Academy and Lipscomb University faculty and staff and university students ages 18 and over. No appointment is necessary. While no official announcement has been made regarding required vaccinations come fall, Lipscomb is pushing students to upload vaccine proof-of-dose to the online health system. Photo via Abigail...
Lipscomb’s Olympic press vets look at COVID and media changes in Tokyo 2020

Lipscomb’s Olympic press vets look at COVID and media changes in Tokyo 2020

A Lipscomb administrator and veteran of Olympic press coverage said this year’s 2020 Tokyo Games — occurring beneath the shadow of COVID that delayed the competition a year and with strict pandemic alterations in effect — could be the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Kim Chaudoin, Lipscomb’s assistant vice president of public relations and communication,  covered a variety of events at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and forecasts a likely positive impact as the world takes a step toward recovery in Tokyo. “I mean, they were able to have the NCAA tournament,” said Chaudoin, noting those basketball competitions that were held in a bubble in Indianapolis this year after being canceled in 2020. “I know this is a lot more people, but I hope that they’re able to do it. “But hey, if they survive all that and then the big melting pot of it, then maybe you know it’s like, ‘Oh, OK, we’re all good now.’” The Games feature more than 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics – which were not renamed despite the year-long delay caused by the COVID pandemic – has athletes competing in 339 events across 33 sports. New sports for the Tokyo Games include surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing, karate, baseball and softball. While some might consider the Olympics occurrence as a positive step toward normalcy in the unpredictable pandemic, this year’s Games are anything but normal. The city of Tokyo has been in a state of emergency multiple times in the past weeks due to a resurgence of COVID cases. A year ago, if the games...
PREVIEW: Lipscomb Volleyball rests upcoming season on new players

PREVIEW: Lipscomb Volleyball rests upcoming season on new players

The Lipscomb volleyball team is coming off one of their more impressive seasons in recent memory, rattling off 17 wins and reaching the NCAA national tournament in Omaha, Neb. last spring. Head coach Brandon Rosenthal’s side rarely rests on its laurels, however, the upcoming 2021-22 season is no exception. As the new season inches closer every day, what can Bisons volleyball fans expect this winter? One area to watch in particular will be how effectively Lipscomb fills the gaps left by graduating players. The Bisons lose the services of four fearsome seniors from their ASUN title-winning squad, including 2-time All-Conference selection and 2021 All-South Region honoree Megan Kuper. The outside hitter from Olathe, Kan. was undoubtedly the team’s strongest source of offense, averaging over 3.3 kills per set. Her attacking prowess will be missed, especially considering that 2.84 more kills per set are also departing with middle blocker Samantha Rubal. Rubal and Kuper often combined for a lethal 1-2 punch around the net, and their combined experience will not easily be replaced. Rubal, a native of Lewis Center, Ohio, also played in every single set for the Bisons last season. On defense, the losses to graduation are just as significant. Libero Alyssa Zwolensky and defensive specialist Ashley Maher combined for a whopping 6.28 digs per set, often keeping points alive with impressive displays of athleticism. Zwolensky’s 4 digs per set average led the team, as the Rockledge, Fla. native led the back line for the Bisons. All the departures paint a bleak picture for Lipscomb’s upcoming season, but don’t feel discouraged yet. For all the stars leaving, Coach Rosenthal...
Shane Streich closes on record breaking season

Shane Streich closes on record breaking season

Shane Streich’s Olympic qualifying run came to an end last weekend after his semifinal run in Eugene, Ore. on Friday.  He finished in eighth in his semifinal run, two places away from being one of the six runners from the entire nation to race for the distinction of representing the United States in the 800-meter race at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.  Streich’s run finishes after a host of personal, school, and national accolades, including a sixth-place finish in the NCAA Men’s Track and Field National Championships, which were also held in Eugene earlier this month. Streich leaves Lipscomb as the first athlete in any sport to compete in Olympic qualifying for any nation. His single year as a graduate student at Lipscomb after transferring from Minnesota was among the most successful in Bisons history, achieving a national finals run as well as an ASUN Conference championship win. Graphic via Lipscomb...
Shane Streich reflects on ‘suprising’ season in days leading up to Olympic Trials

Shane Streich reflects on ‘suprising’ season in days leading up to Olympic Trials

The past week has been electric for Shane Streich, Lipscomb Track and Field runner and first ever Lipscomb athlete to ever compete in a final at the NCAA Track & Field Championships. Streich recently spoke to Lumination about his record-breaking season and the exciting road ahead as a summer Olympics hopeful. Following this interview, Streich has offically qualified for the Olympic Trials set for Friday, June 18 in Eugene, Oregon. He is Lipscomb’s first ever athlete to represent the school in the Olympic Trials. He said of his aspiration to represent the United States as an Olympian “entering the season, my goal was to make it to the national meet,” “After that specific race, I not only gained confidence that I could compete at the national level for a potential NCAA championship; it [also] provided the much welcomed surprise of likely qualifying for my first Olympic Trials.” Shane Streich has been nothing less than dynamic on the track this spring and summer for the Bisons. He recently carried that momentum where no Bison has gone before:  advancing to the final of a national championship track and field event, finishing sixth overall in the nation. On the way, Streich set the school record for an 800-meter race and for a 1500-meter race. Further, he was named the ASUN Conference’s Men’s Outdoor Championship Most Outstanding Track Athlete. Many, though, will not have known much of Streich’s story leading up to his moment in the spotlight Friday evening. Given that he’s a graduate transfer from Minnesota, that could certainly be forgiven, but a proper introduction feels necessary by now. The highly-decorated track and cross-country runner isn’t just...
Streich sets 800-meter school record at NCAA championships

Streich sets 800-meter school record at NCAA championships

Shane Streich, Lipscomb graduate student and track & field distance runner, made history Friday as the program’s first competing player in the NCAA championships. Streich came in sixth place during the 800-meter competition, setting a school record in the process. His performance at the Eugene, Oregon, event beat his earlier school record set at the beginning of the season; with a time of 1:46.70, Streich was among the last nine nationwide men standing in the event. Streich has had a dynamic season, previously being named ASUN Scholar Athlete of the Year alongside recognition in the ASUN Men’s Outdoor Championship Most Outstanding Track Athlete awards. Photo via Lipscomb Athletics...
12 South Farmers’ Market returns to Sevier Park for its tenth season

12 South Farmers’ Market returns to Sevier Park for its tenth season

Fresh produce, food trucks and music have returned to Sevier Park, offering one more destination for those who have felt locked up during lockdown for the last year. The local favorite 12 South Farmers’ Market has just reopened for the summer of 2021. Established in 2011, the Farmers’ Markets 10th-anniversary season is sponsored by local independent radio station Lightning 100 and features vendors from around Middle Tennessee. Nashville favorites such as Amelia’s Flower Truck, Music City Popcorn and The Peach Truck often make appearances as well as many other local businesses and farms. Located just down the road from Lipscomb in Sevier Park, the 12 South Farmers’ Market is a convenient option for off-campus entertainment. In addition to fresh produce and handmade goods, the 12 South Farmers’ Market hosts events each week for visitors of all ages. The Farmers’ Market has live music each week from a local act for shoppers to enjoy. This season, Outdoor Voices will host a free outdoor workout class for attendees. Visitors will also have access to a variety of local food trucks offering anything from snow cones to grilled cheese sandwiches. The 12 South Farmers’ Market is open from 4-7 p.m. every Tuesday from May to October in Sevier Park. For information on vendors and events, visit the 12 South Farmers’ Market website, Instagram or Facebook page....
Lipscomb men’s soccer takes down soon to be conference opponents Central Arkansas 2-1

Lipscomb men’s soccer takes down soon to be conference opponents Central Arkansas 2-1

The Lipscomb men’s soccer team took down non-conference opponents Central Arkansas by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon. The midweek matchup pitted the Bisons against future Atlantic Sun rivals in the UCA Bears, who also played a fall season in the Sun Belt Conference this year. Despite the fact that this match didn’t count in conference play for either team, both sides wanted the win and fought hard to earn a positive result. It was the home side who would take the initial advantage, though, when Trinidad and Tobago native Tyrece Spicer tucked a shot into the near post, beating the keeper in the 7th minute. Spicer, a freshman left-winger, scored his third goal of the season to put Lipscomb ahead 1-0. In a statistically rare moment, goalkeeper Michael Sibley picked up the assist. It’s the sophomore keeper’s first–and likely only–assist this season. Lipscomb dominated possession of the ball and controlled the midfield from then on, but couldn’t find the net on their other six shot attempts of the half.  The Bears capitalized on the opportunities Lipscomb left behind when they scored an equalizer on the stroke of halftime. Substitute Masood Porsa scored against the run of play in a quick series of passes that left the Lipscomb backline undone, leveling the score at 1-1 after the first 45 minutes. The Bisons continued the narrative of controlling the game early on in the second half, but in the 59th minute, it looked as though Central Arkansas was going to nab another fortunate goal. Junior defender Louis Robinson bundled over his opponent inside the penalty box on a cross...
Breakout night from freshman Will Pruit aids Lipscomb basketball in win over Kennesaw State

Breakout night from freshman Will Pruit aids Lipscomb basketball in win over Kennesaw State

For the second time this season, Lipscomb men’s basketball has swept a conference opponent. Much like Friday night, the Bisons used a strong second-half performance to take down ASUN bottomfeeder Kennesaw State 77-63 in Allen Arena. Lipscomb is 15-10 and 9-5 in the ASUN and sitting at third place, while Kennesaw State has already clinched the No. 9 seed and will participate in a play-in game in the ASUN tourney. Four Bisons dialed in double-figure nights, with graduate transfer Romeao Ferguson leading the herd with 24. Sophomore guard KJ Johnson scored 20, freshman guard Will Pruitt had 18 (a career-high), and redshirt-junior center Ahsan Asadullah posted 12. Pruitt’s performance was most notable. A local 6-3 guard out of Mount Juliet, Pruitt was making his second consecutive start and just his third overall this season. Don’t be surprised if the Bisons keep him there, as he cashed in on the opportunity by going 6-of-7 and 5-of-6 from range while leading the team with seven rebounds. The Owls’ top two scorers this season were their top two scorers Saturday night. Leading scorer and junior guard Spencer Rodgers led the way with 21, and second-leading scorer and freshman guard Chris Youngblood followed suit with 12. Nobody else cashed in double digit points. Offensively, Lipscomb played a dismal first half. Lipscomb led 12-6 with 15:50 left in the first half before giving up a 14-2 run that lasted for over nine minutes. The Bisons did not score a field goal during that run and were down 20-14, eventually ending the first half down 31-29. But much like Friday night, Lipscomb broke away in...
Bisons rally in second half for big win over Kennesaw State 76-62

Bisons rally in second half for big win over Kennesaw State 76-62

Coming off of a weekend split against Jacksonville last weekend, the Bisons sat at 7-5 coming into their last home weekend seeking a win in the first game of the series against Kennesaw State. The Bisons won, 76-62. Kennesaw coming in with their first conference win of the season the previous weekend against Stetson was looking to keep their momentum against Lipscomb. The first half was an even duel for both teams with nearly identical stat lines through the first 20 minutes of play. In the first half, Asadullah hit solid from the field and the free-throw line. A healthy performance from Jake Wolfe and Mr. Consistent, Romeo Ferguson helped the Bisons in the first half. However, it was Kennesaw who was up at the half 35-36. Backed by solid play from #3, Youngblood, with 12 points that matched Asadullah’s first-half mark. 11 first-half turnovers are what kept the game as close as it was. After the halftime break, Lipscomb came back out re-energized and looking fired-up. With a pristine night’s finish for Asadullah (23 points) and continual effort from Johnson, Ferguson, and Wolfe — the Bisons finished the game out handily, 76-62. Lipscomb finished the game seeing 4 players score in double figures — Johnson (16), Ferguson (13), Wolfe (12), Asadullah (23). It was just the win Lipscomb needed to move the Bisons to 8-5 in Conference play.  Lipscomb and Kennesaw State will finish their series matchup on Saturday night in Allen Arena at 7 PM. You can stream the game through ESPN+ or listen along through our own, Bison Radio through our website, or iOS app. Photos courtesy...
Gallery: Snow blankets campus and moves classes fully online on Monday

Gallery: Snow blankets campus and moves classes fully online on Monday

As the winter storm moves across the country, Nashville began to feel its effects. Saturday night’s cold temperatures caused roads to freeze and made travel difficult, but when the sleet and snow began Sunday, roads began to close, and Nashvillians were encouraged to stay home. The university made the decision to move all classes online for Monday and decisions about subsequent days are pending. Students got out to enjoy the snow with sledding and snow ball fights, while maintenance crews tried to clean the sidewalks and keep campus...
Former Lipscomb student Thomas Rhett joins FGL, Maren Morris and more for concert benefiting area hungry

Former Lipscomb student Thomas Rhett joins FGL, Maren Morris and more for concert benefiting area hungry

Country star and former Lipscomb student Thomas Rhett will be among a star-studded bill of young country hitmakers for “Together: Feeding Nashville,” a benefit concert targeting food insecurity that will be staged August 3 at FirstBank Amphitheater in Franklin. The benefit concert, presented by Bussin’ With The Boys — the podcast featuring Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and linebacker Will Compton — will be a one-night event to raise funds for the nonprofit that focuses on food availability for those in need. The show will feature performances from modern country artists, including superstars Rhett, Maren Morris and Florida Georgia Line. Rhett, who studied communications at Lipscomb before putting his studies away to focus on his music career, landed his first No. 1  single with 2013’s “It Goes Like This.”  Since then, Rhett has released five studio albums, headlined four tours, and was nominated for several music awards from the Billboard Music Awards to the Grammy Awards. Other hits have included “Look What God Gave Her,” “Marry Me,” “Crash and Burn” and “Die a Happy Man.” Morris has had such hits as 2016’s Grammy-winning “My Church” (best country solo performance), “I Could Use a Love Song” and “The Bones.”  She also is a member of country/americana supergroup The Highwomen along with Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby. FGL recorded the best-selling digital country single of all time, according to SoundScan, with 11-times platinum breakout “Cruise.” Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley — the members of Florida Georgia Line — have been on a hot streak since their 2012 debut.  Their collaboration “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha spent 50 weeks on Billboard’s...
The Gentle Barn welcomes you to hug a cow

The Gentle Barn welcomes you to hug a cow

If you’ve ever decided to take the back roads, you’re no stranger to the iconic scene of cows grazing in pastures along rolling hills. You might have even pulled over to get a closer look at these giant creatures.  If you did, you would see animals that are so huge you would imagine them to be nothing but clumsy and overpowering. However, they’re delicate and just calmly graze on the lush grass.  The Gentle Barn is the perfect tale of this enigma. There’s no better place to get up close to the animals you’ve always wanted to. It’s a family-owned farm only a quick drive outside of Nashville. From cows to goats to pigs, they’ve got it all.  Now, this isn’t a farm like you’ve seen before. The animals aren’t there for milking or food or just to be observed; they are there to be pet and hugged.  For an entrance fee of $20, you can actually cross the gate that always separates you from all the animals. Right when you walk in, you’ll find a pasture with a handful of cows who might be enjoying some back rubs or ear scratches or chomping on some grass.  The volunteers are more than willing to tell you the background stories for all the animals, but fair warning that some are pretty heart-breaking. One that stood out to me was the story of Lolli, a young goat that lives with her parents at the farm.  Lolli was rescued from a neglect situation that left her frostbitten and caused the loss of her back legs. Now, she lives happily at the Gentle...
Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’ sparks conversations about mental health

Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’ sparks conversations about mental health

Trigger warning: This article contains mentions of mental illness and self-harm. Comedian and internet personality Bo Burnham makes fun of his own mental stresses caused by COVID-19 in a new Netflix special. “Inside” was used to document Burnham’s own feelings of loss and yearning during the year-plus quarantine. Burnham best summarizes the entirety of 2020 in the opening number of Inside, “Content.” Burnham sings “If you had told me a year ago that I’d be locked inside of my home, I would have told you a year ago: ‘Interesting; now leave me alone’.” Since its release on June 30 Inside has received critical acclaim for its unconventional presentation as well as its off-kilter, yet somewhat sad, approach to mental health during the pandemic. Critics such as Jason Zinoman of The New York Times praised the special and defined it as “a tricky work that for all its boundary-crossing remains, in the end, a comedy in the spirit of neurotic, self-loathing stand-up.” Lipscomb mental health counselor Ashley Dumas, who hasn’t seen the special, emphasizes that it is important and helpful that entertainers like Burnham are using their platforms to discuss issues of mental health. “Sometimes, I think people laugh about serious things because it feels too hard or scary to have real conversations…,” said Dumas Dumas hopes this program and other popular entertainment will help encourage people to admit their vulnerabilities and reach out for help.  Dumas is also the assistant director of Lipscomb University’s Counseling Center (UCC) and has been working with college students on mental health issues. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, but the majority of...
350 thousand enjoy music, spectacle as Let Freedom Sing! welcomes celebrants and SWAT team back to downtown

350 thousand enjoy music, spectacle as Let Freedom Sing! welcomes celebrants and SWAT team back to downtown

Nashville’s COVID-19 silence ended in a roaring spectacle on Sunday when Let Freedom Sing! brought fireworks and live music back to Music City. Officials said about 350 thousand spectators attended the event, which began at 4 p.m. and ran until well past 10 p.m. The fireworks were scheduled to start at 9:20 p.m. but were delayed until 10 due to unauthorized people in the explosive danger zone. Police SWAT officers were called to the Bridge Building following reports from the Metro Fire Department of a person on the roof of the building, according to a press release issued from the Metro Police Monday afternoon. A flyover from a police helicopter confirmed the sighting. Officers removed four people from the scene, including one employee of the Bridge Building. Located on the east side of the pedestrian bridge, the Bridge Building was in the firework evacuation zone due to the proximity to the firework launch site and the potential for injury for anyone too close to the explosives. “While the officers were still in the building and the (police) helicopter remained close by, a security guard apparently relayed to an (Nashville Fire Department) employee that he was the last one in the building.  Without going through command and without checking with MNPD to ensure officers were out of the building, the message was relayed to start the fireworks show.  Command was not advised the show had commenced,” according to the press release. “Due to the close proximity of the professional firework mortar shells and the fallout from detonated fireworks, the eight SWAT members sheltered inside the Bridge Building until the conclusion...
The Northern Southern Belle: Summer style suggestions

The Northern Southern Belle: Summer style suggestions

Hey friends! It’s been a while, but I hope you’re all having a great summer! Things are finally getting back to normal, and it is wonderful to celebrate the summer with friends! We all have a great reason to celebrate this week, as the 4th is Sunday! With things opening back up and gatherings beginning to occur again, the 4th is a great way to show off your style and your American pride. When I think of patriotic clothing, I think of red, white, and blue, of course! When I was little, my go to Independence day outfit was a Faded Glory flag tee and a pair of jean shorts. While still patriotic, I’ve realized that there are plenty of other ways to express yourself and your love for the US through what you wear on America’s birthday. Red white and blue are still my go-to colors for the day, but a way to modernize it is to mix and match the colors with prints. Try a solid navy top with red and white shorts for a flag look, or blue and white stripes or gingham with a red hair accessory or lipstick.  Plenty of stores offer 4th of July themed attire. Target currently has a whole section in the women’s/juniors department of America-themed tees. If you’re going for a cute and casual look, pair one of these with a pair of shorts or a colored athletic skirt. If you’re looking for something to wear more than just on the 4th, Loft is a great option! Their new arrivals feature plenty of red, white, and blue that can fit...