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Erin Franklin

Erin Franklin

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Becca Risley

Becca Risley

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KJ Lauck

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Sports Editor

Ben Davis

Ben Davis

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Eric Ansett

Eric Ansett

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Katie Bianchini

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

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

Lipscomb Celebrates Cultural Diversity with Week of WOW

In an effort to raise cultural awareness on Lipscomb’s Campus, the Intercultural Department is sponsoring a week-long festival with events showcasing food, fashion and speakers from around the globe. This is the fourth year in a row Lipscomb’s Intercultural Department has hosted the WOW (Welcome to Our World) event, and the program directors stressed to students that it is crucial to encourage open intercultural communication and diversity on campus, while continuing to appreciate the differences and similarities that exist between cultures. “We are celebrating the many cultures represented on our campus,” Assistant Dean and Director of Intercultural Development Lisa Steele said. “Our intercultural students are sharing their traditions, cultures and ethnicity through food, fashion and fun. We are 22% diverse at Lipscomb, and we want to show what that number represents.” Upcoming events for the week include the International Fashion Show on Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in Shamblin. For this event, student models wear traditional clothing from their countries, giving intercultural students a venue to share their clothing and traditions, as well as allowing others to share in the cultures.  Students can also come by Bennett Student Center and pick up a free international dessert at “Sweet Treats from Around the World” on Thursday beginning at 11 a.m. “When we experience a piece of someone’s culture, we have a clearer insight into who they are,” Steele said. “The more we understand each other, the more we can respect our differences. “ The Food Truck Fest, featuring 11 trucks serving a variety of international foods, will be on Friday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Allen Arena circle.  This year...

Service Day gives students chance to lend helping hand to Nashville community

Lipscomb students took some time to give back on the university’s 15th annual Service Day Wednesday afternoon. Classes were canceled from noon – 4 p.m. to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to choose from over 50 organizations to volunteer at various locations in Nashville. An estimated 900 students took part in the day, which started off with lunch in Allen Arena at noon and then heading out to volunteer for the afternoon. Freshman Paige Reece volunteered at The Bridge, a non-profit organization that donates essentials like food and clothing to the poor and homeless. Reece’s group spent time at the facility sorting clothes and cleaning the warehouse. “My favorite part was realizing all the different ways we can serve the Nashville community,” Reece said. “It was more different than I thought it would be but such a cool experience.” Sophomore Savannah Campbell went to Blakeford nursing home to play bingo and spend time with the residents. She said a highlight of her time volunteering was meeting President Lowry’s father. “He was so sweet and so happy to see us,” Campbell said, adding, “and so proud when we told him we knew his son.” When asked what her favorite part of the experience was, Campbell said she enjoyed the whole day in general. “It was so much fun. I’d love to go back and volunteer again next year.” Junior Rebecca Shannon personally lead a group with her social club Delta Omega and took a group of students to Rocketown, a youth outreach facility in Downtown Nashville. The social club has a history with Rocketown, going there in past...

Steady outing from Thomas, usual big bats lead to routine win for Bison softball

McCarley Thomas mowed down Golden Eagle batters from the pitching circle all afternoon as Lipscomb softball (26-9) defeated Tennessee Tech 7-2 in a non-conference matchup at Draper Diamond on Wednesday. Thomas gave up three hits in seven innings to the boom-or-bust Golden Eagles hitters. Tennessee Tech (9-20) is batting just .218 as a team this season, but 41% of the Golden Eagles’ hits go for extra bases, including 34 home runs. “You certainly don’t want to stay on one plane and just go in-and-out to a team like that or they’re just going to tee off,” coach Kristin Ryman said. “She was a good matchup for them, being able to mix planes and speeds.” Golden Eagle leadoff batter Aalia Bivens led the game with a no-hop double to the wall in dead center and scored on a squeeze bunt later in the inning. Later, Thomas faced 15 batters without giving up a hit until Bivens scored a home-run in the sixth. An infield single in the seventh and a pair of walks were the only other blemishes on Thomas’s eighth win of the season. Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first, the Bisons pushed across an unearned run on Caitlin Plocheck’s single to tie the game, then took over the lead in the second. Shortstop Peyton Ward singled, stole second, then scored on Abby Fenichel’s single. Then Lipscomb broke the game open—and chased Golden Eagles starter Kayla Hughes, who earned the loss—in the bottom of the fourth, a three-run inning capped by Plocheck’s two-run double, her second run-scoring hit of the day. The junior batted in three runs to bring...

Recent Galleries

Full Moon Fest 2017 photo gallery

Social clubs Theta Psi and Delta Omega hosted Full Moon Festival, an annual benefit concert, in Allen Arena on Saturday. This year’s concert combated drug and alcohol abuse by promoting “pure, clean fun.” The lineup featured fellow students, some who perform professionally. Senior Joel Clinger offered to shave his head as an incentive for students to raise money by purchasing tickets or refreshments. True to his word, Clinger buzzed his locks on stage after the concert exceeded the goal and raised over $5,000 for Ed Pack Global.   Photos by Anna Rogers   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...

Relay For Life 2017 photo gallery

From Friday night to Saturday morning, the 2017 Relay For Life took place in Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. Relay For Life is a fundraiser that donates proceeds to cancer research and charities that help families affected by the disease. This year’s Relay raised over $25,000 for American Cancer Society.     Photos by Ben Davis   « ‹ 1 of 2 › »  ...

Second Stage Student Theatre ‘Really Really’ photo gallery

Opening March 23, student-founded theatre collective Second Stage Student Theatre will premiere the play “Really Really” at the Darkhorse Theatre. The play by Paul Downs Colaizzo shows the complications among a college-age friend group when one of them accuses another of assaulting her at a party. Though controversial in nature, the play speaks on relevant topics, which is why director and junior Natalie Risk kept the harsh material in the show. She and the founders of 2SST hope their portrayal of these events sparks conversation about assault prevention on campuses. After each showing, there will be a talkback with professionals from the Nashville area who deal with these situations. “Really Really” runs March 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. To preorder tickets, visit the event page.     « ‹ 1 of 5 › »   Photos by Anna...