Lipscomb recycling initiative still in the works

Lipscomb recycling initiative still in the works

Lipscomb University’s campus appears environmentally conscious, with recycling receptacles located adjacent to most trash cans in The Square. However, in 2016, Lipscomb’s Student Government Association decided that there were better uses for student funds than large-scale recycling options on campus. Yet, student interest was proven last spring when now-senior Lauren Borders helped host a recycling event. “We put together this event to get people talking and to prove to administration that recycling was something that could be done on Lipscomb’s campus,” she said. The event collected 189 pounds of recyclables from students, who took the load to a nearby facility. Dr. Josh Roberts, Dean of Student Development spoke of the school’s past recycling efforts. “We used to operate a large-scale recycling initiative through Earth Savers, and that was funded through $15-20,000 a year from a subsidy that SGA provided,” Roberts said. Student body president Sierra Sparks elaborated on why SGA chose to use their funds elsewhere. “Our job is to enhance the student experience and be able to give Lipscomb students something to want to come to and want to look forward to.” The $15,000 spent on recycling could take up over half of the SGA budget, depending on the year. “Don’t get me wrong, I think recycling is very important… But sometimes it’s okay to say that that’s not what SGA does,” Sparks said. As far as the future of sustainability on campus is concerned, Borders is hopeful. “There is a possibility that there could be some administration shifts toward more environmental policies, and there is a new SGA proposal in the works,” she said. “Service operations does...
2018 Tau Phi Cowboy Show Photo Gallery

2018 Tau Phi Cowboy Show Photo Gallery

Tau Phi hosted its 39th annual Cowboy Show at Collins Alumni Auditorium on Saturday evening. Directed by Tau Phi member Jonathan Flatt and assistant director Wyatt Eaton, the show featured both new and classical country hits. Act 1, started off with a bang when members of Tau Phi sang, “John Deere (Tau Phi) Green.” The show featured a lot of variety, with solo, group and medley acts. The covers ranged from George Strait to Maddie & Tae. Collins Alumni Auditorium was a packed house, with students, alumni and parents here for Lipscomb parents weekend filling the audience. Click through the gallery below to check out scenes from the...
David French speaks of mutual understanding at ‘Pizza and Politics’

David French speaks of mutual understanding at ‘Pizza and Politics’

Lipscomb’s department of history, politics and philosophy welcomed alumnus David French to its “Pizza and Politics” event. French is a graduate of Harvard Law, an author and an Iraq War veteran. French was also a potential independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election. French identifies as politically conservative. The thesis of his Monday night message was of acceptance. French spoke mostly about the freedom of religious expression, and how tolerance for Christianity in the modern world is fading. He used the example of Jack Phillips, a Christian cake-maker in Colorado who declined the opportunity to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, as an example of this. According to French, Phillips respectfully declined to bake a wedding cake for a two men, and liberal America was outraged and demanded legal action. This conflicted with his right to conduct his private business and practice his religious expression, French believes. On the other end of the political spectrum, French also brought up Collin Kaepernick, who exercised his freedom of symbolic speech at a 2016 NFL game by kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality. “Where was the tolerance?” French asked. “Where was the acceptance of something you might otherwise like, because the idea and the value of shared liberty transcended the political issue at the moment? It was nowhere to be found.” French addressed the country’s current tense political climate. “We are in the grips of something called negative polarization,” he said. He explained this as being aligned with a party out of fear and hatred of the other. French addressed this polarization and gave advice on...
Hudson Parker releases heartfelt “Last Love” EP

Hudson Parker releases heartfelt “Last Love” EP

Music City is bursting at the seams with talent. Live music is played everywhere: on street corners, in restaurants, in malls and even in the Nashville International Airport. As a native Nashvillian, sophomore Hudson Parker grew up accustomed to the sound of an acoustic guitar. “It’s all I’ve known from a young age,” he said. “It’s never crossed my mind, not doing it.” Just this summer, Parker put out his first EP, titled, “Last Love.” Despite his familiarity with the medium, Parker originally felt like he didn’t want to do music full-time. After graduating from Lipscomb Academy, he came to the University from to study English. His EP, he says, is just to “get stuff out there.” It was a self-assigned project he committed to back in January. Parker is minoring in music, and he says the two subjects blend together beautifully. “English helps everything,” he said. “It helps you learn how to think right and build art. The department is very encouraging and personal, so they help you build your voice and style. So when I write music, I already have this voice.” Though he’s found success and enjoyed his time at Lipscomb, he was hesitant about applying at first. Parker’s parents and two older brothers all attended Lipscomb. “I appreciate the things my family has done at this school, and I’m proud to be a part of it,” he said. “In a way, it’s inspired me, but, in the beginning, it was hard, especially freshman year.” Parker says many people knew his last name, and he was followed by assumptions. “I often got the, ‘Well, you’re a Parker,...