Professor Terry Briley brings Christian perspective to solar eclipse, discusses September 23 astronomical events

Professor Terry Briley brings Christian perspective to solar eclipse, discusses September 23 astronomical events

The 2017 total solar eclipse has many excited for the astronomical event, including some who view it as evidence of a Creator, and some who even believe the eclipse is a sign from God about the end times. Lipscomb Bible professor Dr. Terry Briley discussed religious aspects of the eclipse, and he also gave his take on the planetary occurrence to follow on September 23. “What it [the eclipse] reflects is the orderliness of the creation,” Briley said. “It often reminds us of our limitation, or control, over things.” Briley noted that perhaps God allows eclipses to happen on earth — the only planet with intelligent beings — to serve as a sort of wake-up call for His creation and to show His power and beauty. The Biblical scholar added that the eclipse also makes him think of the book of Job, and how one of the big messages that comes out of this book is how Job’s friends are trying to explain or control things that are beyond them. “It could be that we tend to get in to our routines, and sometimes something like this gets our attention and shakes us up a little bit. That can be a healthy thing; I think that for a believer today . . . it still is a wondrous event. It’s like, we might be able to explain how the Grand Canyon came to be, but it doesn’t make it any less wondrous. So in that sense, it’s another dimension of a creation that’s filled with wonder.” Following the total solar eclipse, another astronomical event is coming soon as well;...
Lipscomb physics professor Alan Bradshaw discusses what to watch for during total solar eclipse

Lipscomb physics professor Alan Bradshaw discusses what to watch for during total solar eclipse

The 2017 total solar eclipse has scientists and non-scientists alike marveling at the beauty and mystery of the scientific occurrence. The eclipse is causing many to flock to Nashville to witness the big event this Monday, so Lipscomb physics professor Alan Bradshaw discussed some of the biggest and most interesting scientific features of the eclipse to be on the lookout for. Dr. Bradshaw noted that there are several key things to look for when viewing the eclipse, such as the “snakes on the ground” phenomenon, Baily’s Beads and the Diamond Ring phenomenon. He also gave a brief synopsis of what a total eclipse is, which can be either solar or lunar. This eclipse, of course, is a solar eclipse. “An eclipse in general is actually when anybody moves in between a body that gives light to the earth and blocks out the light,” Bradshaw said. “A solar eclipse is where the moon moves in between the sun and the earth, and so we are having a total solar eclipse, where the moon is actually close enough to the earth that it’s going to be completely blocking the sun’s rays in a portion of the United States for a couple minutes. “There are also partial eclipses where the moon doesn’t completely block the sun’s light,” Bradshaw noted. “Those are much more common, but we get to be in the path of totality here in Nashville.” Snakes on the Ground (Shadow Bands) phenomenon The “snakes on the ground” phenomenon is apparently so distinct that, according to NASA’s total eclipse site, English astronomer royal George B. Airy recorded his recollection of the...
SGA Vice President Stephen Hemmerly prepares for upcoming school year

SGA Vice President Stephen Hemmerly prepares for upcoming school year

The 2017-2018 school year is fast approaching with classes scheduled to begin August 21, and Stephen Hemmerly is ready to begin his tenure as Lipscomb’s SGA Vice-President. Not only is the senior biochemistry major serving as Vice President of Student Government Association, but he was also elected as social club Sigma Iota Delta’s Vice President for this upcoming year. In addition to these responsibilities, Hemmerly is doing biochemistry research for Lipscomb under Dr. Kent Clinger to work on structural determination of small peptides by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He will also be serving for the second year on Lipscomb’s Presidential Ambassadors Council and will be working as a tour guide for the Office of Admissions for the second year. On top of all this, he, like SGA President Carson Panovec, will be applying to medical school this year. While all of these responsibilities may sound like a lot handle, Hemmerly said being involved on campus is exactly what he, when he began as a college freshman, intended to do during his time at Lipscomb after graduating from Lipscomb Academy, and he is excited to begin his senior year. “Coming into college, I wanted to be more outgoing and more involved,” Hemmerly said. “SGA was an opportunity to do so, but I never took the initiative to apply for Freshman Leadership Council. I was also unable to run for sophomore senate because I chose to study abroad in Florence, Italy, in the fall of 2015. Finally, I jumped at the opportunity to run for Junior Senate. I lost but was elected as a Senator at Large.” Coming into college, Hemmerly said...
48th annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced; Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle lead artist nominations

48th annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced; Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle lead artist nominations

The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees were announced on Wednesday morning at Lipscomb University, with Zach Williams and Lauren Daigle leading the nominated artists with five nominations each. Daigle has won big at the Dove Awards the past two years. At last year’s ceremony, Daigle won Artist of the Year, just after clinching the New Artist of the Year award the year before. Daigle was not nominated for Artist of the Year this time, but she is nominated for Songwriter of the Year (Artist). Williams, however, did succeed in securing a nomination for New Artist of the Year. Writer and producer Wayne Haun grabbed the most nominations overall, with six. Bernie Herms and David Garcia followed with five each. GMA executive director Jackie Patillo announced that this year’s theme for the Dove Awards is “Sound the Remedy.” Last year’s theme was “Love Amplified.” “Gospel Music is the only genre that is defined by its lyrics, and we believe that the message in our music is God’s remedy to the world,” Patillo said. The Dove Awards will take place on October 17, 2017, returning to Lipscomb’s Allen Arena for the fifth consecutive year. The show will air on Trinity Broadcasting Network on October 22.   Artist of the Year Chris Tomlin, sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records for KING & COUNTRY, Word Entertainment Hillsong United, Hillsong Music Australia/Sparrow Records MercyMe, Fair Trade Services TobyMac, ForeFront Records   New Artist of the Year Bri (Briana Babineaux), Marquis Boone Enterprises/Tyscot Records Micah Tyler, Fair Trade Services Social Club Misfits, Capitol CMG Label Group Steven Malcolm, Word Entertainment Zach Williams, Provident Entertainment Group   Song of...
Lipscomb orders 3,000 solar eclipse glasses to prepare for total eclipse

Lipscomb orders 3,000 solar eclipse glasses to prepare for total eclipse

Lipscomb has begun preparations for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse, which will take place on Monday, August 21 — the first day of classes for the fall semester. Nashville is the largest city in the path of totality. The rare celestial occurrence will begin around 1:25 p.m. in Nashville. Lipscomb’s 1 p.m. classes will still meet so professors can take roll for the first official class day, but students will be dismissed early to view the eclipse. “The start of every school year is always an exciting moment,” Provost Craig Bledsoe said in a statement. “This year, however, there is a truly significant event attached to the start of school on August 21.” Bledsoe added that while professors should dismiss their students by 1:15 p.m. to commemorate the event, it is still imperative for students to show up for the beginning of class to confirm enrollment with both professors and the university. In addition to the student body and faculty gathering together to view the total eclipse on campus, Lipscomb also has some special activities and presentations planned earlier in the day to commemorate the event. The LIGHT program and the College of Professional Studies have ordered 3,000 solar eclipse glasses for the campus body. The first set of glasses will be handed out to freshman during Quest Week, but staff, faculty and upperclassmen students will have the opportunity to pick up glasses the morning of August 21. Solar eclipse glasses are necessary to view the sun since it is not safe to ever look at the sun with the naked eye, as this could permanently damage the retina due...