Despite the new vaccine, Davidson County struggles to respond to COVID as schools reopen

Despite the new vaccine, Davidson County struggles to respond to COVID as schools reopen

2021 is off to an optimistic start in Nashville as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is begins. The first phase of vaccinations includes essential health workers and first responders. Although vaccines are being distributed, COVID cases in Nashville aren’t dropping yet. In fact, on Jan. 6th the United States lost the most lives from the pandemic in a single day yet with Tennessee being a hot spot for cases. As of Jan. 7th, according to the Metro Public Health Department in Nashville, there are 6,767 active cases of the Coronavirus. There are currently 6,767 active cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County. Questions? The COVID-19 Information Hotline is operational until 7pm tonight. English: 615-862-7777 Spanish: 615-326-9986 DASHBOARD: https://t.co/QPEjrK2tyg pic.twitter.com/RKN8blUnA4 — NashvilleHealth (@NashvilleHealth) January 7, 2021 Davidson County’s reopening plan remains in stage three, as it has since Nov. 30, meaning that restaurants must operate at 50% capacity and must close at 10 p.m. Gatherings are also limited to eight people. More information can be found at https://www.asafenashville.org/roadmap-for-reopening-nashville-phase-3-guidance-and-resources/. Even though Davidson County’s regulations haven’t changed since students left last semester, Lipscomb has added new requirements such as required COVID testing prior to students’ return to campus and surveillance testing. Students were made aware of these changes in an email sent during the latter half of December. Other Nashville area schools, Belmont and Vanderbilt, are not requiring students to get tested before returning to campus but are strongly encouraging them to do so, according to each school’s Return to Campus webpages. Dr. Kevin Eidson, the director of Health and Wellness at Lipscomb, sent out an email to students with additional information about spring...
Netflix shows that influenced 2020

Netflix shows that influenced 2020

There are many different aspects of life that define an era’s culture. No matter if it is political unrest or a new musical genre, there’s a strong tie between social trends and their entertainment. It’s pretty easy to decipher what has shaped the culture of 2020. In fact, “quarantine culture” has become a coined term for the viral elements of the internet that appeared while everyone spent months at home. Though quarantine culture has become a blanket term for the iconic games, movies and memes that emerged this past year, it has definitely been dominated by the shows on Netflix that people have been binge-watching to pass the time. Given that, here are some of the top Netflix shows that got many of us through a very strange year: 9. Tiger King It’s pretty indisputable that Tiger King was one of the first defining moments of quarantine culture. Tiger King is a documentary-style series about Joe Exotic. The show focuses on the big cats that he owns and his rivalry with Carole Baskin (surely you’ve seen what the internet has to say). It’s the show to watch if you want an inside look at a life you might not have another chance to see or if you just don’t want to feel left out when everyone else talks about it. 8.  Cobra Kai This show caught the attention of many on Netflix during quarantine. It follows the character of Johnny Lawrence from Karate Kid years after he lost against Daniel LaRusso, the protagonist of the movie. Lawrence is down on his luck when he uses karate to save his...
Global Learning canceled for second time this year

Global Learning canceled for second time this year

Earlier this semester, an email went out to all students planning to study abroad next semester as part of Lipscomb’s Global Learning program. Although disappointing, the announcement it contained may not have come as a surprise to all. The email stated that global learning will be canceled for next spring, given a couple of different reasons. In the statement Provost, W. Craig Bledsoe said, “all of our semester-long study abroad host countries are limiting or restricting entrance from residents of other nations and have Level 3 US Department of State travel advisory status.” Costa Rica, London, Vienna, and Florence are the locations available for semester-long study abroad, which are the locations referred to. The next ground for calling off Global Learning was the other risk factors that have arisen out of the global pandemic and the numbers not yet dropping. “I know this is disappointing to you as it is to all of us at Lipscomb,” said Bledsoe. This may have been the second time that some students have gotten this news, considering that Global Learning was already canceled for the fall of this year. For the students who are worried about what the next semester will look like now, Bledsoe states, “we have a dedicated team to work with you to help you register for spring classes and to reserve appropriate dorm space, if needed.” As for the students who were the recipients of this news, they will be able to remain in their current housing location and keep their meal plan, as well as priority for the next group of global learners. Bledsoe added, “We have some...
Lipscomb grieves the passing of student Anthony Kuh

Lipscomb grieves the passing of student Anthony Kuh

 Lipscomb lost a loved member of its community Nov. 9 with the death of Anthony Kuh, a 31-year-old student and Army veteran from Clarksville, Tennessee. He joined the Lipscomb family as an online student last summer.  President Randy Lowry said “[Kuh] completed several deployments and served in the Signal Corps as an imagery analyst.”  Kuh’s passing came as a result of heart attack complications. Lowery shared this information with Lipscomb students in an email on Tuesday.  Sam Lynn and Jimmie Handley, who are in charge of Lipscomb’s Office of Veterans Services both said that Kuh had been looking forward to his future and the work he could do after getting a Lipscomb degree. There have been no finalized plans announced for Kuh’s remembrance yet, but Lowry assured that the plans will be communicated to students when they’re arranged.  “Anthony is survived by his wife, Colleen, and their four young children, among other family and friends,” said Lowry.  “Please join me in praying for Anthony’s family, his classmates, his friends and everyone who loved him,” said Lowry. (Know that you don’t have to go through grief alone, and if you are in need of grief counseling, you can reach out to the University Counseling...
SGA to host drive-in movie this Friday 

SGA to host drive-in movie this Friday 

Have you been missing the movies lately? Well good news, there’s going to be a drive-in this Friday (October 16th) at Woodmont Hills Church.  With Regal just announcing the closing of all their in-person theatres until further notice, this event couldn’t come at a better time.   There are five different options for what movie will show on Friday. The choices are “Knives Out”, “Little Women”, “Zootopia”, “Jumanji: The Next Level”, and “Ratatouille”.  Students can find the Google Form to vote for their favorite on the weekly email from the Office of Student Life. The chosen movie will be announced either this Wednesday or Thursday.   There’s only room for the first 100 cars, so be sure to get there early. The lot opens at 7:30 pm and the movie begins at 8 pm. Bring your student ID with you in order to get a spot.  To get to Woodmont Hills Church just turn right onto Woodmont Blvd, drive a little over a mile, and then turn right onto US-31. You’ll see the church on the left after you turn.   Thanks to OID, SAB and SGA, you and your friends can spend your Friday night under the stars with a great movie and no cost. It will be a great event so make sure you check it out.  If you have any more questions you can send an email to studentlife@lipscomb.edu or swing by their office on the first floor of...