Plague returns as threat to Madagascar; ties to Lipscomb

Plague returns as threat to Madagascar; ties to Lipscomb

The Black Death, which claimed nearly 50 million lives in the 14th century has returned — this time to a country southeast of Africa: Madagascar. According to World Health Organization, the first outbreak of the plague in Madagascar that can be confirmed was on August 1. To date, over two thousand individuals have been struck with this deadly disease, and as of this week it has killed 195, with numbers continuing to increase daily. Dr. Jill Kirby, an assistant professor in Lipscomb’s biology department, mentioned that one of the things she teaches in her biology class is that the plague still exists today, but now we know a lot more about it and are able to treat it more effectively. “I think the fact that there is such a large outbreak right now is a little bit shocking,” Kirby said. “But when I consider the countries where the outbreak is happening, I am not shocked because of their lack of resources.” Madagascar is 9,390 miles from Nashville, yet it is still managing to impact Lipscomb and several members of the faculty. Dr. Jim Thomas, a Lipscomb communications professor, in particular has strong ties to Madagascar. The relationship with Lipscomb and Madagascar started in 2007 when the ambassador and president of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, came to tour Lipscomb and speak with President Randy Lowry and Dr. Thomas. “The President [of Madagascar] said, ‘I am looking for a school to educate my students from Madagascar to come back and work for the government in Madagascar,” Thomas said. “I want them at a Christian school, and I will pay their tuition for them to come.'” After...
Men’s soccer takes ASUN Title for first time in program history

Men’s soccer takes ASUN Title for first time in program history

After a riveting week of coming off the ASUN Semifinal win against Florida Gulf Coast University, Lipscomb Men’s Soccer made the journey to Jacksonville, Fla. this weekend for a chance to beat No. 5 seed, Jacksonville to clinch the ASUN Championship. 90 minutes of rain, win and battle occurred on the field tonight, all for the Bisons to pull out the Championship victory 2-1 for the first time in program history. The first twenty-nine minutes were anything but quiet as both teams took shot after shot on each other’s keepers. However, it was not until 30 minutes in that Lipscomb senior Kyle Smith scored the first goal of the match when he took the shot off the rebound from Jacksonville’s goalkeeper. At halftime, the Bisons were still leading the game 1-0 with two more close attempts for that second goal. Lipscomb was not the only team playing, as Jacksonville picked up its pace tying the game 1-1 with just 28 minutes remaining. Six minutes later, the Dolphins gave the Bisons the opportunity to reclaim their lead after a penalty. Senior Eduardo Reza stepped up to the penalty line and keeping himself collected, stole the lead back for the Bisons 2-1 as the ball kept its position on the ground along the left post. The clock continued to wind down and Jacksonville never gave up, but when the buzzer sounded through the stadium, signaling the end of the hard-fought match, the Bisons were named the 2017 ASUN Men’s Soccer Champions. In a postgame interview with ESPN3, head coach Charles Morrow mentioned that over the past six to eight seasons there have been a lot of...
Men’s soccer trumps FGCU, heads to ASUN Championship

Men’s soccer trumps FGCU, heads to ASUN Championship

The Lipscomb Men’s soccer team has not seen an ASUN Final since 2010, but they ended this spell after defeating the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles this afternoon, 2-1. Just eighteen seconds into the game, senior Ivan Sakou sailed a seemingly harmless shot through the FGCU keeper’s legs into the back of the net. During the 28th minute, FGCU’s Dennis Zapata evened the score with a cross into the back of the net. The Eagles, attempting to take the lead, sent four more shots towards junior keeper Christopher Zappia during the remainder of the half. At the halftime break, the Bisons and Eagles still remained tied 1-1, but the Eagles led in shots 7-4 and shots on goal 3-1. With twenty minutes remaining in the half, junior Logan Paynter received the ball off of sophomore defender Austin Eager’s foot, before heading it into the right corner of the net, leading the game 2-1. The Eagles refused to give up without a battle and continued firing shots on the Bisons. However, when the buzzer sounded, the Lipscomb Bisons were the champions of the 2017 ASUN Semifinals. This victory is the first time Lipscomb has defeated FGCU since the 2007-2008 season, and the first ever triumph in the ASUN tournament. The Bisons will play at No. 5 seed Jacksonville for the ASUN title on Saturday, November 11 at 7 p.m. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Lundy honored as ASUN Player of the Year

Lundy honored as ASUN Player of the Year

Many college students consider themselves lucky to simply graduate in four years with their sanity intact, let alone receive an award for the first time in school history. First-year graduate student Ellen Lundy was awarded ASUN Player of the Year Wednesday. Lundy has also been recognized as a scholar athlete and a member of the All-Conference First Team in addition to being ASUN Player of the Year. Other notable mentions for ASUN Women’s Soccer awards this season include seniors Jade Abarca and Niamh Rawlins on the All-Conference First Team, sophomore Olivia Doak and junior Justis Bailey on the All-Conference Second Team and Coach Kevin O’Brien as ASUN Coach of the Year. Lundy mentioned that she was really shocked to learn the news because she views the team as doing more work than she does and because she thought that there were more deserving girls in the conference. While Lundy was surprised by the news of the award, O’Brien was not shocked to learn that ASUN unanimously selected her as the recipient. “She scored some pivotal goals for us this year, and a lot of those have come in conference, so the impression she has left on the other head coaches is that she is a gamer, and she is really important to our success,” O’Brien said. Receiving an award of this honor typically comes with pressure to uphold the image that has been placed on the individual. However, Lundy has chosen not to feel the pressure, but instead embrace her original goals for the season. “I didn’t start this season thinking, ‘My goal is to win ASUN Player of the Year.’ I started the season...
Lipscomb blacks out on Friday the 13th

Lipscomb blacks out on Friday the 13th

Friday the thirteenth: a day of superstitions, unlucky events, human fear and a concept that Hollywood adores for horror movie plot lines. Whether myth or fact, Friday the thirteenth means something different to each individual, and for those who believe in the superstitions surrounding the day, this Friday the thirteenth on Lipscomb’s campus will be one to stray away from. At approximately 11:00 PM this evening, the campus will go black, a chill will be in the air as temperatures drop to low sixties and every creak and whisper in the wind will be heard from Bison Hall to High Rise. To parents, this may appear as the campus’s way of promoting Halloween spirit. However, that is not the case this time around, and it is actually a lot more serious. Lipscomb has an urgent need to replace a failing transformer that helps bring power to the campus. “We regret any inconvenience this may cause, and we do not schedule outages like this unless there is an absolute urgent need,” said Mr. Jeff Wilson, Director of Service Operations in an email to students last week. In the same email from Wilson, it stated that the goal is to have the power back up and running by 10:00 AM tomorrow morning. Though, the email also stated that they cannot guarantee this time or the exact length of the outage. During the outage there will be no heating, air conditioning, lights, phone charging capabilities, or hot water. In addition, locations on campus such as Beaman Library,  Au Bon Pain, Starbucks and Bison Café will open later than normal, depending on when power returns. In an email that was sent out this...