June Advance welcomes incoming freshman to Lipscomb

June Advance welcomes incoming freshman to Lipscomb

The campus boomed with student life this past week as incoming freshman from around the country came to Lipscomb for June Advance. At Lipscomb, the orientations are broken into a three-part system, with the university hosting the first in June, and two others later in July and August. This is intended for students to get a chance to have a more one-on-one interactive experience with smaller group sizes to get acclimated to college life. Associate Dean of Student Life Dannie Woods was once a student at Lipscomb University and noted that it’s interesting for her to be able to accurately see it from both sides — student and faculty. “I think it’s the first opportunity to step into life at Lipscomb as a student, so it’s really the first time to say: ‘here’s information, here’s things to get involved with, here’s what’s going to make this time awesome for you,’”  Woods said. “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Get out of your comfort zone, meet new people, try new things, because you’re going to have the most fun that way.” One of the students at this month’s Advance, Chelsea Brown, is an incoming freshman from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. “When I toured Lipscomb, it just had an aspect that felt like home,” Brown said, adding that the events she was most looking forward to were the sporting events like basketball and volleyball. Michigan native Hadlee Chubb was another incoming freshman at Advance. “I am most looking forward to living out on my own because I am going to be so far away from home,”  Chubb said. With June Advance coming to a...
Lipscomb grad Cyntoia Brown will plea for leniency in federal court

Lipscomb grad Cyntoia Brown will plea for leniency in federal court

Cyntoia Brown is a Lipscomb grad, a sex-trafficking victim and a prisoner serving a life-sentence. Brown was only 16 when the murder of Johnny Mitchell Allan took place. After running away from her adoptive family, Brown said she was forced into prostitution while she was living with a “pimp.” One day after, Brown was walking down the street when she was approached by Allan, who then offered her a ride near a fast food restaurant and then ended up driving her to his house. After bringing her to his home, Brown said Allan attempted to rape her. It was in this moment, Brown said, when she saw him reaching for something, which she thought was a gun. In self defense, she shot and killed Allan. Although she was only 16 at the time of the murder in 2004, she wasn’t tried as a child but as an adult. Through this trial, she received a life sentence. With this sentence, it doesn’t allow Brown to be eligible for parole until she is 69 years old. As she is presently serving this sentence, the guards at the Tennessee State Women’s Prison have described Brown as a “model inmate,” setting examples for the other prisoners. During her time in prison, Brown also achieved an associate of arts degree through Lipscomb University’s partnership with the Tennessee Prison for Women. Most recently, this past May, Brown had her first clemency hearing. “I am a changed person because I had no choice but to be,” Brown said in the hearing. As her case is publicly known due to social media advocates such as Kim Kardashian...