Eric Ansett earns Men’s Golf ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors

Eric Ansett earns Men’s Golf ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors

Junior golfer Eric Ansett picked up his game on the course this season, but he was recently recognized for his work in the classroom as well. Ansett was given the honor of the Atlantic Sun’s Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the Golf Championship banquet. He becomes the first Bison to ever win the award in men’s golf. Ansett currently has a 3.71 grade point average as he finished out his third year as a Journalism and New Media major at Lipscomb. The Spokane, WA, native was a member of the All-Academic team last year, but he laid claim to the top academic honor this year. Despite last year’s selection, Ansett was still surprised to receive the award. “I was not expecting the award at all, but it was still an honor to receive it,” Ansett said. “I think it’s something to be proud of, to excel on the course and in the classroom, but to be recognized for it is just an extra bonus. There were probably plenty of other guys who deserved it just as much.” Ansett kept this attitude as he discussed how he keeps his grades up. “I wouldn’t say I have a secret formula or anything, but when you miss so much school, I have found two things to be crucial,” Ansett said. “First, don’t be afraid to meet with your teachers to go over things. They are always there to help. And second, pick good friends who will always take good notes for you. Those two things will literally save your life.” Ansett wants to be a sports journalist one day and...
Lipscomb, local jazz musicians close out year with a bang

Lipscomb, local jazz musicians close out year with a bang

“It meant a lot to go out on a bang like this.” Senior Glenn Hill could not stop smiling after the Jazz and Improvisation Workshop Concert on Wednesday night in Shamblin Theatre. The show, directed by Music Adjuncts Marcus Finnie and Kyle Whalum, featured many Lipscomb students like Hill alongside professionals in the music industry, including Whalum’s father, Grammy-winner Kirk Whalum. The students involved worked hard in their Jazz and Improvisation Workshop this semester to develop their soloing skills. Many had not soloed in front of an audience before Wednesday. Director Kyle Whalum was excited to see the students’ work come to fruition because he knows how scary it can be. “When a student jumps in for the first time and goes for it, that’s what it’s all about,” Whalum said. Whalum also compared the fear to something a little more “modern”. “It’s an incredibly difficult thing to say you’re going to do,” Whalum noted. “I think in modern terms, it’d be like freestyle rapping. How many times have you been hanging out, someone’s free-styling, and you kind of want to, but you’re way too scared to? That’s what it feels like.” These young musicians were not only able to exhibit their abilities, but they were joined by seasoned veterans who were able to throw down their own solos. “The concert would have been great regardless, but having them here made it even better.” Whalum’s father, Kirk Whalum, headlined the night, and is a Grammy-winning sax player who has soloed for many, including the late Whitney Houston. “We’re just so honored to have world-class musicians — which Nashville has...
Lumination Radio provides entertainment for listeners while rewarding contributors

Lumination Radio provides entertainment for listeners while rewarding contributors

Lipscomb students contribute to the on-campus radio station Lumination Radio to produce content varying from music to sports, finding their work paid off in a sense of achievement. Senior Anna McClure, Lumination Radio’s program director, oversees the schedule for the 24/7 radio station. She spends a lot of her time working with music, people who want to make a podcast and both live broadcasts of The Gathering and sports events. “I love being a part of the live broadcasts that we do,” McClure said. “Seeing everyone come together to produce a broadcast is incredibly rewarding. It’s been one of the most rewarding aspects of my role as program director.” Senior Sports Director KJ Lauck puts together groups for each sports broadcast and works with athletics to execute each game. Lauck said he shares similar feelings toward the broadcasts. “My favorite thing about broadcasting is preparing for the game and doing research, and then being able to use that during a game,” Lauck said. “It’s a feeling of accomplishment.” There is a wide range of people that contribute to these broadcasts, some that are even outside the Communications department. “I’ve called games with people from different majors like English, and it was smooth,” Lauck says. “Everyone who wants to participate can participate. There are no exceptions.” Radio Assistant Wayne Campbell oversees all production of the radio station. Campbell noted that he sees a lot of talent and good content through Lumination Radio. “I’m always proud when our students win awards for their work — and there have been several in the past couple of months; but I’m never prouder than when...
Lady Bisons come up short against Jacksonville on Saturday

Lady Bisons come up short against Jacksonville on Saturday

The Lady Bisons battled hard in Allen Arena on Saturday but dropped their fifth game in a row to Jacksonville 73-67. After falling to a 10-2 deficit at the beginning of the game, Lipscomb went on a 12-2 run and ended the first quarter with a 19-18 lead. Following that run, Jacksonville led most of the first half, holding a 39-35 lead at halftime. Loshaveon Jones filled in well, keeping Lipscomb in the game in the first half scoring 11 points with 5 rebounds. Alex Banks took charge in the third quarter scoring 12 of her 18 points on four three pointers in that quarter alone. Assistant Coach Courtney Locke praised both Jones and Banks’ performance. “The biggest thing that Shay (Loshaveon) and Alex did was hit the offensive boards, and I think that was crucial in putting Jacksonville on their heels,” Locke said. Riley Northway, who has seemed like a sparkplug at times this season for the Lady Bisons, took a seat on the bench as she picked up her third foul just 38 seconds into the second quarter. The teams traded the lead back and forth throughout the rest of the game. Jacksonville forward Kayla Gordon fouled out, and two other Dolphins finished with four fouls. “The one thing that Jacksonville doesn’t want to do is foul, so putting them into position to guard us off the dribble was a big part of the game plan,” Locke said. “I thought we executed it very well.” That game plan kept the game close all the way to the end. Meredith Lovelady’s attempt of a go-ahead three for Lipscomb rimmed...
Lord of the Keys excites students about new residence hall

Lord of the Keys excites students about new residence hall

At the dawn of the spring semester, room registration has been a hot topic for many Lipscomb students thanks to a game called Lord of the Keys. During the fall semester of 2016, Lipscomb began construction on a new residence hall on the north side of campus. It will have hotel-style rooms for both male and female juniors and seniors during the school year. The Office of Student Life needed a way to get students excited about the new building. After some brainstorming, they came up with the idea for a scavenger hunt. Five keys were hidden on campus at various locations. The first five eligible students to find them received priority room registration in the new dorm. Hidden locations included the fountain, on the cross next to the Bison and inside a flowerpot at the entrance to Fanning. “We knew that if we could get our students involved in a hunt like this, then the event would be much more effective than simply hanging posters and sending emails,” Dean of Student Life Sam Smith said. “We’ve had students spending all of their free time looking for keys. Students were constantly stopping by my office begging me to provide them with a hint.” Another person involved in the creation and promotion of Lord of the Keys was Student Activities Director Louis Nelms. He said he was unsure how to generate interest in the new residence hall. “How am I supposed to get people that excited about dorm registration” Nelms said. “I maybe had my doubts that people were going to get this excited. It honestly took off a lot better than I thought it was going to.” Junior...