Hurricane Irma affects Lipscomb students, wreaks havoc on Caribbean, Florida

Hurricane Irma affects Lipscomb students, wreaks havoc on Caribbean, Florida

Texas natives on campus are still reeling from the damage done in their hometowns by Hurricane Harvey, but there are now dozens of Florida and international students from the Caribbean feeling the anxiety and stress these peers initially felt a little over two weeks ago. Hurricane Irma began brewing on August 27 as a Tropical Storm. However, just nine days later, Irma had grown to be a category five and the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm to be recorded, with winds reaching anywhere up to 185 miles per hour. In the following days, Irma continued picking up strength as it invaded Barbuda, Antigua, Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barts, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, the Southern Islands of the Bahamas and Cuba. Irma also caused heavy flooding in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico. “I felt helpless with my family being so far away,” said freshman Kati Fernan, a Nassau, Bahama, native. “Even though I had to study and do my homework, my mind was constantly on my family. Being with them would have been a comfort to me, even if I would have been in danger myself.” Although most would be paralyzed with fear and anxiety, Fernan mentioned that she believed that the Bahamas was and is still covered by God. “My family is doing great,” Fernan said. “The hurricane ended up shifting west of Nassau so they only experienced rain and winds.” After devastating the smaller islands in the Caribbean, Irma made a sharp turn north and headed for Florida. It made its first connection with U.S. soil on September 10 when it...
Lady Bisons volleyball experiences triumphs, defeat during LUV Invite

Lady Bisons volleyball experiences triumphs, defeat during LUV Invite

Lipscomb Women’s Volleyball (2-1) got off to a good start this past weekend as the team opened its season in Allen Area with a 3-0 win against ETSU (0-1). While ETSU was a strong opponent, the Bisons held their own throughout the match, never getting further than three points behind. Junior Carlyle Nusbaum, the reigning ASUN Player of the Year, led the team with fifteen out of the fifty-five kills during the three sets. Nusbaum also collected her first double-double of the season with ten digs in addition to her fifteen kills. Freshman Alyssa Zwolensky, Ashley Maher and Megan Kuper had the opportunity to join the team on the floor during the third set of the ETSU match. Out of the three freshman, Kuper made her first career kill. “I was definitely nervous because it was my first collegiate game, but I was smiling the whole time because I was so happy that I was in that situation,” Kuper said. “I just kept telling myself ‘Don’t let the nerves get to you and play your game’.” Head coach Brandon Rosenthal was pleased with his team’s performance, noting that the freshman especially put forth a strong first outing. “I am really impressed with how all three of [the freshman] handled that opportunity,” Rosenthal said. “I think what I was impressed about the most with our freshman play was their ability to get into the game and perform at a level that is expectant of them.” On Saturday, the Bisons took on Wichita State (1-0) where they were overcome 3-0. The first set remained close between the Bisons and Shockers as...