Homeless to Lipscomb: senior Lebron Hill shares his story

For over a decade, the true story of Liz Murray in Homeless to Harvard has inspired many people throughout the world. Many students on campus are unaware that a Lipscomb student has a similar story. Lebron Hill, a senior from Tullahoma, now calls Sewell Hall home, but just five years ago his setting was very different. Hill became a resident of the Shepherd’s House, a homeless shelter in his small Tennessee hometown, when he was just eighteen. Up until then, his life was plagued by psychological abuse from his mother and a home life that did not emphasize the importance of a good education. Hill, with the assistance of his mother, dropped out of high school during his senior year. Needing an escape, he went to the Shepherd’s House. On the way to the shelter, Hill and his brother got into an argument. Hill’s brother stopped the car and threw all of Hill’s belongings into a ditch. Hill later arrived to the shelter in tears and began to contemplate what direction his life would go. “I remember thinking ‘what’s next?’,” Hill said. “The first month in the shelter was a lot of praying, a lot of questioning and a lot of figuring out who I was as a person.” Hill decided to get his GED and began biking back and forth to school and his job at Kroger. During this time, he began a connection with his childhood pastor Randy Davis. Davis took an interest in Hill and encouraged him to attend Motlow State Community College; Davis would eventually drive him to and from school each day and to...
Lipscomb alumnus founds ‘Millennial View’ company

Lipscomb alumnus founds ‘Millennial View’ company

Lipscomb alumnus Trevor Gormley founded the “Millennial View” after a self-realization that companies have trouble managing and retaining millennial employees. Since the foundation of the Millennial View, the company has appeared in Ink Magazine, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated, and Gormley himself appeared on CNBC four times. “We help businesses manage, recruit, retain and market to the millennial demographic,” said Lipscomb student Michael Levashov, the Millennial View’s Director of Research. Levashov, a Financial Markets and Accounting double major at Lipscomb, currently conducts research and builds courses for the company. He first met Gormley through Alpha Kappa Psi, an international professional business fraternity on campus. Through the connection of Alpha Kappa Psi, Gormley also appointed Lipscomb student Hannah Kraebel as the Head of Strategic Execution. The Millennial View exists not only as a consulting firm, but its founders also seek to empower millennial students and employees to recognize their value. They said they want students to know they don’t have to have any kind of degree or certification to impact the world; they hope the impact of the Millennial View will encourage an independent mindset that will create a ripple effect for generations to come. “Our ability to learn and solve problems is a lot higher than any other generation,” Levashov said. “We were born and raised with the ability to access information. We can find ways to solve problems a lot faster than other...
Andrew Garfield’s performance inspires audiences in ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Andrew Garfield’s performance inspires audiences in ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge is a must-see film. Hacksaw Ridge, the incredible, true story of US Army medic Desmond Doss, is inspiring and thrills audiences. The World War II biographical stars Andrew Garfield. It received a 10-minute standing ovation at the 73rd annual Venice Film Festival where it premiered. Hacksaw Ridge portrays Doss’ commitment to his Seventh-day Adventist faith as a US Army medic who does not believe in touching a gun, killing another person or working on Saturday, the Sabbath. Doss is belittled, mocked and abused for his beliefs by fellow army men. He is even faced with a possible heavy prison sentence for disobeying orders after refusing to participate in rifle training for these reasons. Many of his commanders and peers considered Doss a coward because of his beliefs. Ironically, Doss ends up being the man who singlehandedly saves 75 of his comrades without a weapon while he is under constant enemy fire. Hacksaw Ridge is a phenomenal film. Garfield’s constant, genuine and kind performance is award-winning. The message of the movie is to be faithful to your beliefs, no matter the cost and live courageously. Though there was a lot of gore and conflict, you will leave the theater feeling happy and inspired. It is a must-see film! Photo courtesy of...
‘Let Hope Rise’ offers closer look at Hillsong United

‘Let Hope Rise’ offers closer look at Hillsong United

Over 50 million people around the world sing Hillsong United songs on any given Sunday. The Australia-based Christian-band’s success is so far-reaching that director Michael John Warren decided to make a film documenting their popularity. Hillsong: Let Hope Rise provides an inside look at the band that sprung from the international megachurch Hillsong. The film’s narratives include interview segments from band members, their families and Hillsong pastors. Along with the documentary elements of the film, viewers are invited to join in on an interactive concert experience. Hillsong United came from humble beginnings but rose to international fame with hits like “Oceans” and “Touch the Sky.” Since the band’s formation, they have released 11 live albums and four studio albums. Let Hope Rise shows an overview of their earlier success, but mainly focuses on their mission, their members and their most recent tour. The film succeeds in keeping the audience’s attention throughout, and I appreciated the consistent positive message. Let Hope Rise is an inspirational documentary that is not only family-friendly, but it is also something someone of any age could find interest in. The live concert aspect of the documentary is a nice component that allows viewers to truly experience Hillsong United in the way their music is intended to be experienced. Near the beginning of the film, Joel Houston, a leading band member, stated that music is a way for people to experience God. He claimed that God made music as a connection between Heaven and the human heart. This theme carries on throughout the entirety of Let Hope Rise. The filmmakers and band members say they hope...
IDEAL Program adds residential component

IDEAL Program adds residential component

The IDEAL Program, previously a non-residential certificate program, added a residential component for the first time this year. This fall, Jason Rogers and Bo Hoskins moved in to Sewell Hall as the first non-commuter IDEAL students. “We want our students to be fully included in the campus experience,” Kelly Blankenship, IDEAL’s Program Coordinator, said. “This program allows them to be fully immersed in campus life, and that is our dream for all our students. We want everyone to get the same benefits and opportunities without exclusion.” The TPSID Grant helped with funding to make the residential component of the program possible. Other changes to the IDEAL program included adding an optional third year for students to complete, a trial experience in the summer for prospective IDEAL students and expanded community involvement for the current students to participate in. Lipscomb was one of 25 schools to receive the grant, and it has allowed IDEAL to hire Residential Coordinator Samuel Hutchins who will act as a liaison between IDEAL and residential life. “With the extra money we received, we will be able to provide extra support,”  Blankenship said, speaking of the changes being made this school year. IDEAL has a tentative goal to add two new residential students each year. The new roommates, Rogers and Hoskins, said they are both excited about their move to residential life. They noted that although move-in day was stressful, it was definitely worth it. The two students also said they are excited to get to know more people outside the IDEAL Program and be a more active part of campus life. “These might be the...