Lipscomb to hold Spring 2020 commencement virtually due to COVID-19

Lipscomb to hold Spring 2020 commencement virtually due to COVID-19

President L. Randolph Lowry informed the entire Lipscomb Community, during a Live Virtual Conversation, that graduation will be held virtually for May Commencement. This came after an email from the Graduation Office was sent to all May and August Graduates informing them that all graduation activities will be held online. “I am sorry to announce that we will not have a traditional graduation in May,” said Lipscomb President L. Randolph Lowry. “We simply don’t believe that we will be allowed, even, to have that kind of crowd on campus.” All events concerning graduation will be moved to virtual meetings. This includes: baccalaureate, college, and department celebrations, and conferring of degrees. Virtual baccalaureate will take place on Friday, May 1 for a final time of worship with Lipscomb for the seniors. College and department celebrations will have virtual celebrations. The graduate office email states, “Since we cannot be together in person in May for our usual dinners and celebrations, each college and department will plan a virtual celebration for you and your classmates,”. The email also touched on the conferring of degrees, stating, ” We will virtually confer your degrees as planned on May 2. Many of you have jobs and graduate school plans following graduation and we know it is very important for you to have your degrees,”. Those who plan to complete their degrees in May or August do have a chance to participate in an on-campus commencement. “We are going to invite everyone who completes their degree work in May or everyone who completes it in August to join us in December. Actually the 19th of December, where...
Lady Bison softball mercy-rules North Carolina

Lady Bison softball mercy-rules North Carolina

The Lady Bisons softball team beat North Carolina Tar Heels 12-2 in five innings at Draper Diamond, in their last game before the suspension of sports until mid-April. The Lady Bisons took control of the game early, scoring four runs in the first inning. The first two came from an RBI single by Hannah Devault to deep center field that allowed Peyton Ward and Presley Leebrick to score.  Immediately after scoring, Olivia Ward came up to bat. Ward followed up Devault’s single with a two-run shot over center field to increase the Lipscomb’s lead to 4-0.  “I thought offensively we came out swinging and swinging well from the get-go,” said Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman. North Carolina managed to get only one run out of the top of the second thanks to a sacrifice fly from Lexi Godwin to make it a three-run game.  The bottom of the second inning was much like the bottom of the first, with Lipscomb putting up another four runs. This time it was from a Hannah Devault grand slam that gave the Lady Bisons an 8-1 lead. In the fourth inning, North Carolina’s Kiersten Licea hit a solo shot over the right field fence that decreased Lipscomb’s lead to six runs.   In the bottom of the fourth the Lady Bisons put the game away. It first started with a throwing error that allowed Peyton Ward to score from second base, making it 9-2.  This was followed by a three-run homer to center field from redshirt freshman catcher Kamrie Rich, increasing the lead to 12-2 and enforcing the run rule.  Two Tar Hell runners got...
Asadullah career-high night of 40 points propels Bisons to ASUN semifinals

Asadullah career-high night of 40 points propels Bisons to ASUN semifinals

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team took down FGCU in an ASUN quarter-finals thriller. The third seed Bisons defeated the sixth seed Eagles 68-63. “It was a really important game. Obviously, it’s an eliminations game.  We knew that we were going to have to play hard because they weren’t going to give up because it’s an elimination game for them as well,” said sophomore center Ahsan Asadullah. Both teams had sharpshooting in the first half, shooting 45 percent from the floor. The score was tied four times and saw five lead changes in the first half. However, and 8-3 run from the Eagles put them up 33-32 at the half. The second half was a back and forth game. Lipscomb came out on an 8-2 run with back-to-back baskets from Ahsan Asadullah. But FGCU responded with a 7-0 run of their own. “I’m real proud of our kids. A month ago we were 7-13 and 2-5 in the league, but we never quit we just kept coming and coming,” said Acuff. Asadullah, named first-team All ASUN earlier in the day, stepped up for his team with a career-high 40 points along with 14 rebounds. “I have been fortunate to have a lot of good players and some guys that have played at a high level, but that right there — to put the chips on the table put everything on the line. That’s as good as I’ve ever seen,” said Acuff. Greg Jones chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds and Michael Buckland had 8 points with 5 rebounds. “Even though Ahsan obviously is the main story tonight and he deserves...
SGA exploring changes to Lipscomb’s alcohol policy

SGA exploring changes to Lipscomb’s alcohol policy

SGA President Jack Weber is trying to spark some changes in the university’s alcohol policy.  “I want to see if we can get a Good Samaritan policy started where, if your friend is intoxicated and you help them out, you are not liable for any punitive damages from Student Life,” Weber said.  The debate around campus surrounding the alcohol policy is nothing new. Some students believe the current policy is “outdated,” and others say, “You know what you signed up for when coming to Lipscomb.”  “Obviously, I think the rules were put in place for a reason,” said senior management major Ahmed Amaar.“ But, just like any policy or rule, I think that times change, and it’s always worth looking and reassessing to see if there are adjustments that need to be made.”  SGA can advise changes to the alcohol policy, but ultimately, the decision is up to the university administration or board of trustees. SGA is trying to initiate a process whereby a letter of recommendation can be used to present ideas from the student body and SGA to the trustees, according to Weber. “I would love to get something like that formally, so that we can make recommendations about the alcohol policy,” Weber said. “Not necessarily say ‘Let students drink whenever they want,’ but let’s have a conversation about it.” Discussions about such changes are not without merit, according to Al Sturgeon, vice president of Student Life and dean of students. “Oh, always a possibility,” Sturgeon said.“Every spring, we review all of the code, so that is something on my radar every year. “I’m the SGA adviser,...
Lipscomb falls to Belmont in Battle of the Boulevard 73-67

Lipscomb falls to Belmont in Battle of the Boulevard 73-67

The first meeting of the season between Belmont and Lipscomb was everything fans could expect and more between the closest rivalry in NCAA Division I basketball. The energy was electric in Allen Arena during the hard-fought battle, but Lipscomb came up just short losing 73-67 to the Bruins. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, but we sure played hard,” says head coach Lennie Acuff. “We got down pretty good in the second half and was short-handed the last 10 minutes, but our guys kept fighting, clawing and scraping their way to stay in it,”. This was the first time Casey Alexander returned to Allen Arena for a game after taking the head coach position at Belmont. Alexander was the head coach at Lipscomb for six seasons leading the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance and an NIT Finals appearance just last year. “Belmont is a good team and they’ve been playing fantastic, but we had a chance tonight and that’s all we wanted at the end. I was really, really proud of our guy,” says Acuff. Lipscomb entered halftime up by one, 33-32, after going on a 10-0 and a 12-5 run at the end of the first half. The Bruins came out of halftime looking for revenge. The bruins had a 12-0 run at the beginning of the second half. Once Belmont took the lead, they never looked back. “We have the ball twice down four in the last minute and we didn’t get very good shots,” says Acuff. “I have to do a better job of getting us organized down the stretch. We just got a...