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Erin Franklin

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Ben Davis

Ben Davis

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Eric Ansett

Eric Ansett

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Katie Bianchini

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Micah Dempsey

Micah Dempsey

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Brooke Dorris

Brooke Dorris

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Karina Gutierrez

Karina Gutierrez

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Tyler Harvey

Tyler Harvey

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Todd Lamberth

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Charissa Ricker

Charissa Ricker

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Whitney Smith

Whitney Smith

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Myckelle Williams

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Recent News

Williams’ 25 points not enough as men’s hoops fall to UNF

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team (11-11, 3-2 ASUN) fell short of a second half comeback as it was unable to slow the roll of the North Florida Ospreys (9-13, 4-1 ASUN). Things weren’t looking good for the Bisons right off the bat in the jam-packed arena as UNF jumped ahead 18-7 only six minutes into the first half. The Ospreys continued to dominate the half with their speed and ability to spread out the floor as they extended their lead to 14 after nine minutes of play. “I thought North Florida was the aggressor early,” Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander said. “They played inspired and with great confidence, and because of it, they got out to a good lead. We were a little rattled, and they defended us well. It took as a long time to respond.” Josh Williams kept the Bisons alive by leading the way with 16 points in the first half, but the team was plagued with foul trouble in the first half, causing Lipscomb to pull players from the bench earlier than expected. North Florida’s Dallas Moore showed why he is the defending ASUN Player of the Year as he exploded in the first half, scoring 14 points consecutively and finishing the half with 20 points. The Bisons continued to fight their way back into the game although they were just 35 percent from the field and 5-of-22 on the court. The Ospreys controlled the first half offensively and defensively by spreading out the Lipscomb offense and forcing them to take quick and off-balance shots. The Bisons struggled to get second shots, and before you...

Lady Bisons land first conference win

Things are looking up for the Lady Bisons as they grabbed their first ASUN victory against North Florida in UNF Arena Saturday afternoon. In a tight game with 16 lead-changes, junior Loren Cagle took matters into her own hands as she sliced through the lane with a couple of seconds remaining in the final quarter and nailed a game-winning layup to clinch the victory 60-58. The game was tied at 58, and the Lady Bisons were without their two leading scorers due to foul trouble. This game-winner gave Lipscomb a much-needed boost after a slow start to the season. The last time the Lady Bisons defeated an ASUN team was in 2015 against North Florida. Lipscomb started off the game strong, jumping ahead 14-11 in the first quarter. Shooting only 27% from the field, the Bisons hit some shots that had not been falling in previous games. The Lady Bisons were able to stretch out the Ospreys defense and play to their strengths, utilizing the fast-breaks they were given. Despite UNF’s height advantage, athleticism and length, the Lady Bison’s did an excellent job of sticking to their fundamentals and blocking out. The second quarter brought on a drought for Lipscomb. In addition to an almost scoreless quarter, Lipscomb was plagued by careless turnovers. This lapse in play allowed UNF to jump ahead 24-14. Coach Brown must have said something at the half that woke the women up because they came out hot in the third quarter. Alex Banks, who led with 22 points, broke the shooting-slump and fired in back-to-back threes that gave Lipscomb a spark. Banks was 4-4...

Lipscomb students, staff prepare for inauguration

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) As president-elect Donald Trump takes his oath of office at 11 a.m. central time in Washington, Lipscomb students and Tennesseans have their own festivities planned in Nashville. Although polls released this week revealed that 45th president has a historically low approval rating for an incoming president, political science professor Dr. Marc Schwerdt said the inauguration has the potential to be another unique aspect of the Trump presidency. “I think the optics of this are going to be memorable even if his words are not especially, but then the contrast is going to be between his Twitter demeanor and his rally demeanor versus the temperament you’re expected to show from the actual backside of the Capitol building looking out over the mall,” Schwerdt said. “You’re looking for that Lincoln-type temperament. You’re not looking for that ringmaster from Barnum and Bailey.” Lipscomb junior Joel Cottrill cast his first vote in a presidential election for Trump and is ready to watch him take the Oval Office, despite Trump not being his first choice for the Republican Party. “I am somewhat excited for a Trump presidency, ” Cottrill said. “I think it’s a total change compared to where we have been even with previous Republicans. All major television networks will be broadcasting the inauguration such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Univision and Telemundo, and the cable networks CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg and C-SPAN. For those looking to watch the event online, Youtube, the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and NPR will be live streaming. The White House also offers a live stream. Lipscomb sophomore...

Recent Galleries

2016 December Commencement Ceremony photo gallery

Lipscomb recognized its graduates and commemorated its 125th anniversary at the 2016 December graduation on Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. In addition to the typical parts of graduation such as the awarding of diplomas, the singing of the alma mater and the Tolling of the Bell, a special guest speaker — David Lipscomb himself — showed up to help observe the monumental anniversary. “This is a very special graduation, as we’re recognizing a special year in our history at Lipscomb,” Provost Craig Bledsoe said. Over 400 students participated in the ceremony....

12th Annual Lighting of the Green photo gallery

Despite a threat of rain, Lipscomb’s 12th annual Lighting of the Green carried on and gave back to students, faculty and the community by spreading some holiday cheer in front of the Bell Tower Tuesday night. Before the concert began, there was a “Christmas Marketplace” inside Allen Arena, complete with vendors, holiday treats and photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Amy Grant hosted the event, which featured special guest artists and choir students from the university and Lipscomb Academy. The night concluded with the traditional lighting of the tree outside of Allen Arena.   Photos by Ben Davis and Charissa...

Contemporary Music 2016 Showcase photo gallery

The Contemporary Music Program is a fairly new department. Since its start just last year, the department has nearly tripled in size. Because of this, the department split into three ensembles to perform their fall concerts on different days in different locations. The first group performed Nov. 7 in the Flatt Amphitheater. They showcased a lot of talent from the freshmen new to the program. The second group’s performance took place Monday night on the steps of Collins Alumni Auditorium. The final group performed in the Collins Auditorium Thursday night. All of the students thought it went extremely well. “It went better than we were all thinking,” sophomore Jacalyn Thompson said. “You do these things with all this adrenaline thinking about all the things you have to do, but as soon as you’re on stage, everyone comes together with the same mindset that we’re gonna make this the best show that we can.” Photos by Anna Rogers   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...