Sodexo staff serves students, even on snow days

Sodexo staff serves students, even on snow days

Lipscomb canceled classes twice in the first several days of the semester. Students took the opportunity to go sledding on the soccer field and play in the snow. But essential Lipscomb employees were still expected to show up to work as usual. Bison Cafe remained open and maintenance services were still available thanks to the work of these dedicated staff. Campus dining services are contracted through Sodexo, a food service company based in France. Sodexo’s General Manager of Dining Services Wolcott Fary said employee schedules do not stray from the norm when bad weather is predicted. “Most of the folks that we have working for us here, upstairs and downstairs, really are dedicated and committed,” Fary said. “They are not just dedicated and committed to Sodexo because that’s their employer, they really feel more aligned with the university. Most of the folks that work here are here because they care about the university.” Fary said that in most cases, employees only miss work if they cannot make it to campus due to road conditions. Even when school is canceled, employees are aware that there are still students to serve. It’s not an easy decision for them to say they can’t make it. “I think everyone from someone like Lanie, who is one of our supervisors, to anybody who is working making the pizza or Marvin in the back doing the catering work, they’re all going to come here because they’re professionals,” Fary said. “They believe that their role here for us is important, not just for what we do as Sodexo, but how it affects the University.” Several employees worked...
Lipscomb hosts special screening of ‘Forever My Girl’

Lipscomb hosts special screening of ‘Forever My Girl’

Student Life and Campus Ministries co-sponsored a special screening of the new film Forever My Girl in Shamblin Theater on Tuesday night. Produced by LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, the film features a small-town love story and the road to forgiveness. Originally a novel, Forever My Girl tells the story of high-school sweethearts Liam Page (Alex Roe) and Josie (Jessica Rothe). The tale begins on their wedding day in the small town of St. Augustine, Louisiana. Josie learns only minutes from the ceremony that Liam decided to pursue his new-found music fame, leaving his family and her behind. Fast forward eight years and Liam Page is a heart-throb country star living the dream on stage. But Liam is unhappy with his life when he is not in the spotlight. When an unexpected death brings him back to St. Augustine, Liam finds out he left behind not only Josie but also a daughter, Billy (Abby Ryder Fortson). Liam is immediately drawn to the funny and adorable Billy, and he decides to stick around his hometown and get to know her. While re-discovering his roots, Liam faces the ghosts of his past and his insecurities about being back in Josie’s life and being a father to Billy. The emotional and heavy issues brought to light in Forever My Girl are complemented by light-hearted humor and cheesy romance. The film showcases the same themes of love and redemption seen in classic romantic comedies, and for sophomores Haley Cable and Leah Hampton, the film exceeded their girl’s-night movie expectations. “I thought it was a really cute movie,” Hampton said. “It had a great storyline...
Stand Together Liscomb hosts ‘Understanding Global Refugee Crisis’

Stand Together Liscomb hosts ‘Understanding Global Refugee Crisis’

Thursday night Stand Together Lipscomb welcomed guest speaker Megan Caddell  to educate students on the global refugee crisis. Stand Together Lipscomb is an on-campus organization dedicated to raising awareness for the devastating refugee crisis. This newly-instituted group wants to start a movement on Lipscomb’s campus by educating, advocating and acting on the crisis. Megan Caddell is a Child Ambassador Team Leader at World Vision and has seen first-hand the effects of the refugee crisis and so many other crises around the world. Her passion for the people has led her and thousands of others to dedicate their lives to helping in any way possible. “God didn’t intend that these would be stories of his children. We are responsible for this,” Caddell said. “This is a hard conversation. It’s political, it’s religious, but we’re going to go there.” Caddell shared a brief history of the country of Syria and of the violence that has led to millions of people’s fleeing the country. “These are people just like us. Families are literally fleeing to keep their children safe. They are fleeing out of utter desperation, having to make unimaginable decisions,” Caddell said. “We get to be the resolution. We get to be the hope on the other side.” World Vision is the leading organization for providing clean water to nearly 100 countries around the world. Caddell shared how World Vision is providing food, sanitation, clothes, blankets and fuel to refugee camps in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Along with these necessities, World Vision also provides children’s supplies such as diapers, toys and education centers where children can continue their education....
International Justice Mission hosts ‘Slavery Still Exists’

International Justice Mission hosts ‘Slavery Still Exists’

The International Justice Mission, an on-campus group dedicated to raising awareness for human trafficking, hosted “Slavery Still Exists” Tuesday night in Stowe Hall. The event happened only a few days after the popular End It Movement took over social media, where participants post pictures and show a red “X” on their hand to combat slavery. After offering the first-look screening of the movie Priceless in the fall, Lipscomb welcomed Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) agent Jason Wilkerson and End Slavery Tennessee advocate Jill Rutter to speak more on human trafficking. “Very recently the TBI got jurisdiction over human trafficking,” Wilkerson said. “TBI agents can go hunt human traffickers and look for victims of our own volition.” Unlike the police, the TBI is only called into cases when there is specific need, and the attorney general requests their presence. Now that all cases dealing with human trafficking fall under the TBI, the agents can freely investigate any suspected situations. “On our own, without asking anybody, we just go after it ourselves,” Wilkerson said. “I am part of the unit that does that. I have been with TBI a little over 20 years.” Agent Wilkerson discussed the different types of human trafficking cases that happen in Tennessee and dispelled some common Hollywood enhanced myths. After Wilkerson explained the law enforcement side of ending human trafficking, Jill Rutter talked about how End Slavery Tennessee helps rehabilitate victims of slavery. “The most important thing I do as far as advocacy is to try to make sure that all of you realize that it happens here in the United States just as much as...
Anonymous speaker heads The Leading Edge’s ‘Confessions’

Anonymous speaker heads The Leading Edge’s ‘Confessions’

The Leading Edge hosted “Confessions: Part One” to allow Lipscomb students and staff the opportunity to anonymously share their spiritual journeys. The Leading Edge is a group of students who strive to seek out areas on campus that need improvement and to help make those improvements. “We know that sharing our stories can sometimes be difficult,” said Russell Vannozzi, Leading Edge student member. “While some people might have stories that are full of joy and happiness, other people have stories that aren’t full of that. They might be frightened to reveal details about their path. “Strive to create an environment where people can be vulnerable with each other and people can share their stories without fear or shame.” The anonymous speaker told his spiritual journey and, after a series of questions, revealed himself to the audience of students. Sam Smith, dean of student life, opened up about his struggles and how God has led him to where he is now. “I remember loving hearing my dad preach and wanting to be just like my dad,” Smith said. “I was your typical preacher’s kid. I was a Bible-thumping, Jesus-loving, God-enthusiastic preacher’s kid.” Though Smith seemed to be set on a perfect path, he was introduced to pornography at a young age, and it began to shape his life into something far from God. “Satan found a way to get me off track,” Smith said. “Satan found a way to help me exit out of the age of innocence. Then, I was introduced into this age of rebellion.” Smith recalled how his school called his parents several times thinking he was...