Lipscomb security reviews funding needed for manpower, technology

Lipscomb security reviews funding needed for manpower, technology

The majority of the calls Lipscomb Security receives are for locking and unlocking building doors or jump-starting students’ cars, but that’s not the limit to what the team is prepared to handle. Assistant Directory of Security Patrick Cameron said the staff tries to prepare for as much as it can since the scope of its duties can be broad. “Just look at tonight — you never know what’s going to happen,” Cameron said. “We spent a fair amount of time at the Student Activities Center with a kid with a pretty bad break of his ankle, and later on we’re dealing with a tree that’s blocking Granny White.” The staff carries out training at the Nashville Armory, where the team goes over different crisis scenarios such as bomb threats or active shooters on campus. All the officers are certified in CPR and receive defense training with mace spray and a baton, and several armed officers receive gun safety training and have carry permits. Cameron added that the one area they all agree needs improvement, however, is manpower. Lipscomb has fewer than 20 officers on staff, and shifts need to be covered 24/7. But in the end, the lack of manpower primarily comes down to funding. “We are always looking for ways to improve,” Cameron said. “Our No. 1 priority is to increase manpower combined with technology available to supplement manpower.” These technologies are what he calls “force multipliers,” a technology that will multiply the amount of work a single officer is able to do. One of the multipliers they’d like to incorporate is smart-cameras — cameras that use data...
No place like home to see TPAC’s latest, ‘The Wizard of Oz’

No place like home to see TPAC’s latest, ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The classic characters of Oz come to life in the latest incredible performance of the Broadway musical adaptation of the hit film The Wizard of Oz. There really is no place like home to see this show, or at least no place like the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.  The production value is through the roof for this performance. Elaborate sets, extravagant costumes and some incredible special effects really let you know this was a serious production. You get the sense of being right inside the twister with Dorothy. Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow are all portrayed magnificently. The actors really capture the essence of each character and you feel a sense of real hatred towards the Wicked Witch of the West right from the start.  The horrendous witche’s laugh is still frightening just to think about. However, the show is stolen by none other than Toto. From his first appearance, the adoration of the crowd is palpable. The use of a real dog in an on-stage performance is always a risk, but the crew pulls it off thanks to the well-behaved Murphy, the dog who plays Toto. The other highlights of the performance are the musical numbers.  With such classic songs such as “Over the Rainbow” and “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead,” it isn’t tough for the whole crowd to get on board and sing along. The show has something for the whole family. For the parents, there is the nostalgia of watching the story you know and love come to life on stage right in front of you. For the kids, it has all...
Experienced Lipscomb softball team prepared for 2019

Experienced Lipscomb softball team prepared for 2019

With the first game of the season only three weeks away, the Lipscomb softball team is preparing for what has all the looks of a promising season. The team only lost two seniors from last year and retained most of its strengths at the plate and on the mound. “Our speed game is good, as well as having heavy hitters with the likes of Jenna Pealor and Jordan Fortel,” Lipscomb assistant Megan Rhodes-Smith said. “And our defense is strong with players like Peyton Ward at shortstop and Hannah DeVault at second base.” Devault was just voted the ASUN’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. She made only three errors in 2018 and finished the season with an ASUN-leading .983 fielding percentage. Another advantage the team has is the depth of their bench, including of six pitchers. Coach Rhodes-Smith said it’s not typical to have that many on a roster, but that it’s a “good problem to have.” One of those pitchers is a familiar face to Lipscomb Athletics. Chloe Rogers, a former Lipscomb volleyball player, decided to join the softball team for her fifth year playing four seasons for coach Brandon Rosenthal. In their preseason games during this fall, the team went 8-0 against the competition, which included some fellow NCAA Division I schools. Coach Rhodes-Smith said that “the hardest competition is ourselves” and that the toughest offense and defense the team has faced has been their own in practice. However, she did mention that Liberty is new to the conference and will be a somewhat unknown factor and that Florida Gulf Coast has been a tough opponent in the...

Mario Kart tournament held today for a Race for W.O.M.E.N.

Start your engines because Lipscomb SALT will be hosting a Race for W.O.M.E.N. Mario Kart tournament Oct. 23 and 24 in the student center.  Enter for your opportunity to win many of prizes. First place will receive four tickets to the Nashville Zoo. Second place wins a deep-dish pizza dinner courtesy of 312 Pizza. Third place will receive four free games at Laser Quest. And fourth place gets two movie tickets to Regal Hollywood 27. There will also be door prizes including gift cards to Macaroni Grill, Red Lobster, Starbucks, Cracker Barrel, Moe’s Bucks, True Blue Salon and more. It only costs $5 to enter and it’s for a great cause.  W.O.M.E.N. is a great organization that helps women in need. They help women suffering from domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, rape, severe poverty and much more. You can register for the tournament on their website and check out their Facebook...

Christian Scholars’ Conference kicks off with Oscar-winning film

Lipscomb University will be hosting the Christian Scholars’ Conference June 6-8 where Christian Scholars will gather for lectures and discussions on Christianity. The conference will begin on Wednesday, June 4 and will continue through Friday, June 7. The first session will begin at 7 p.m. with a showing of 12 Years a Slave, the 2014 Academy Award winner of Best Picture. On Wednesday, there will be a Dean’s Conference from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. At 4 p.m. registration will begin in Ezell Lobby followed by the showing of 12 Years a Slave in Ward Hall at 7 p.m. Each day after will begin with breakfast and worship followed by several different sessions led by some of the top Christian and Theological scholars. On Thursday, after registration, breakfast and worship, the first session will begin which will be 12 paper/panel discussions in various locations. This will be followed by The Inaugural Abraham J. Malherbe Plenary Address by Carl Holladay in Collins Alumni Auditorium. There will be a break for lunch, and then the second session will begin with a continuation of the paper/panel discussions in various locations. Following the discussions will be the Robert E. and Bonnie Cone Hooper Plenary Address in Collins Alumni Auditorium to be given by Phyllis Tickle. At 5 p.m. hors d’oeuvres will be served in Bison Square as a precursor to dinner at 5:30 to 7 and desert afterwards. The day will end with the world premier of John Updike’s Roger’s Version in Shamblin Theatre. On Friday after worship, paper/panel sessions three and four will be back to back. The third session features 13...