Lipscomb focuses on student services, safety during final days of winter storm, in-person classes set to resume Monday

Lipscomb focuses on student services, safety during final days of winter storm, in-person classes set to resume Monday

As multiple rounds of winter storms hit the Nashville area this week, Lipscomb extended remote learning through Friday. However, rising temperatures and clear skies allowed the university to announce a return to in-person classes starting Monday. “I want to encourage you to hang in there as we continue to wait out this winter storm,” said Vice President of Student Life Al Sturgeon in an email to students earlier this week. “There are multiple frontline heroes here for you, including security officers, residence life staff, food services staff and service operations workers that are all here to make sure you are safe, warm and fed.” As snow and ice fell, Lipscomb dining services shut down everything except Bison Café and Starbucks. Both places have expanded operation hours to serve the resulting increased need. The COVID pandemic added another set of challenges to the icy, snowy, cold week. As students crowded indoors to keep warm, Sturgeon reminded them to take virus precautions in terms of social distancing, especially:  “Please do your best to spread out as best you can to prevent a dramatic increase in virus transmission after the winter storm that would threaten our ability to function as a residential community.” To overcome the concerns of treacherous travel to doctors’s offices and other facilities, Lipscomb increased medical staff on campus. This includes the 24-hour availability of medical assessments and treatments. “Being able to offer these enhanced medical services during this time of inclement weather will allow our students to receive increased care and medical assessments on campus rather than requiring transport to a local medical facility,” read a university email....
Winter storm moves classes to remote format for entire week

Winter storm moves classes to remote format for entire week

A blanket of ice covered Nashville’s streets and sidewalks Sunday, pushing in-person classes to at least Wednesday, according to the university. In-person learning had been set to resume Tuesday, but the worsening weather conditions changed the plan. The university, in an email, said that this really wasn’t a major setback thanks to all the work that’s been put into remote learning during the pandemic. “Over the last 11 months, remote teaching and learning opportunities have proven to be effective and productive at times when in-person classes are not possible,” reads the university email to students. “We are fortunate to have the experience and technology in place to enable learning to continue during these unforeseen circumstances.” The National Weather Service has placed Nashville/Davidson County and several surrounding counties under a winter storm warning through 6 a.m.  Tuesday. The NWS warns of “major to extreme impacts.” Nashville Electric Service reported it is preparing for power outages and is encouraging people to prepare. This includes charging electronics and gathering flashlights with batteries, food and water. More snow and ice are expected overnight Monday, as freezing temperatures are expected to lock-in current conditions. The following campus amenities and nearby businesses are closed as of Monday: Lipscomb Units: Lipscomb Dining Units (excluding Bison Café, Starbucks and Bisons on the Go) Beaman Library Group Fitness Classes at the Student Activity Center Lipscomb Campus Store Local Businesses: The Well (all Nashville Locations) Kroger and Publix (Nashville locations closing early Monday, expected to reopen Tuesday) Baja Burrito Frothy Monkey Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint The Mall at Green Hills Chick-fil-a Melrose/Music City Trader Joe’s (Green Hills and White...
Senate acquits former President Trump in historic impeachment trial tied to bloody attack on Capitol

Senate acquits former President Trump in historic impeachment trial tied to bloody attack on Capitol

Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial ultimately ended with seven Republicans joining Democrats in voting to convict him. the conviction vote. However, the 57  “guilty” and 43 “not guilty” tally fell short of the two-thirds supermajority needed to convict him in the proceedings that ended February 13. Tennessee Republican Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty both voted “not guilty,” joining a chorus of GOP senators who questioned, erroneously, the  “constitutionality” of the trial which accused Trump of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for his role in inciting the armed and deadly insurrection on January 6. The statements from the state’s senators are below: <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The House Impeachment Managers launched an unconstitutional show trial to humiliate the former President and his supporters. The Impeachment Managers have accomplished nothing but to extend the pain of the American people. They achieved one thing – Donald J. Trump’s acquittal.</p>&mdash; Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MarshaBlackburn/status/1360695049516892160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw“>February 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script> <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>This impeachment charade is a waste of time, money and does NOTHING to help American families.</p>&mdash; Bill Hagerty (@BillHagertyTN) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BillHagertyTN/status/1360267978592444419?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw“>February 12, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script> President Joe Biden issued a statement following the acquittal: “The Senate vote followed the bipartisan vote to impeach him by the House of Representatives,” Biden said. “While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute. Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader (Mitch) McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty’ and ‘practically and morally responsible for provoking’ the violence unleashed on the Capitol.”...
Senate acquits former President Trump on impeachment charges related to insurrection

Senate acquits former President Trump on impeachment charges related to insurrection

This weekend, Former President Trump faced his second impeachment trial that was in regards to the insurrection in January. Ultimately, it ended with seven Republicans joining Democrats in the vote to convict Trump. However, the 57 “guilty” and 43 “not guilty” tally fell short of the two-thirds supermajority needed. Tennessee Republican Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty each voted “not guilty”, while calling into question the “constitutionality” of the trial. Read their statements below. The House Impeachment Managers launched an unconstitutional show trial to humiliate the former President and his supporters. The Impeachment Managers have accomplished nothing but to extend the pain of the American people. They achieved one thing – Donald J. Trump’s acquittal. — Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) February 13, 2021 This impeachment charade is a waste of time, money and does NOTHING to help American families. — Bill Hagerty (@BillHagertyTN) February 12, 2021 President Joe Biden issued a statement following the acquittal: “The Senate vote followed the bipartisan vote to impeach him by the House of Representatives. While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute. Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty’ and ‘practically and morally responsible for provoking’ the violence unleashed on the Capitol.” PREVIOUS: The impeachment trial for former president Donald J. Trump began Tuesday morning. Trump became the first-ever president to be impeached twice when the House of Representatives voted on Jan. 13 to charge him for “incitement of insurrection”. The vote passed 232-197. Now, the trial has...
“A calling” leads Al Sturgeon, vice president of student life, to Illinois college

“A calling” leads Al Sturgeon, vice president of student life, to Illinois college

“Bittersweet” is how Vice President of Student Life Al Sturgeon describes his decision to leave Lipscomb to fill the same job at a college in Illinois. But Sturgeon, who will leave in the next month or so for Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, describes his reason for taking the new job as “a calling.” “It’s very bittersweet,” says Sturgeon, who announced his departure in an email to students on January 31. “I hate to leave wonderful people, and there’s so many great things and programs happening here at Lipscomb” Sturgeon says he is following a “calling” to serve at a work-study college with a focus in education accessibility. “I’m a first-generation college student,” he said, explaining the fuel for that calling. “My dad was a high school dropout, and so the idea of affordability within social mobility is an important value to me.” In his two years at Lipscomb, Sturgeon gained popularity among students, even inspiring an “Al for President” page on Instagram. Sturgeon is both “flattered” and confused by the fanfare but says it might just indicate his time at Lipscomb was successful. “I know that what I wanted was for every student, every pocket of students and every type of student to feel equally valued. … When I hear people say that they felt love, that’s what I wanted.” Under Sturgeon, Lipscomb’s Student Life has been completely reconstructed (both figuratively and literally). This new organizational structure was one of Sturgeon’s initial goals for Lipscomb, he said, as he looks back on his tenure here. “I knew that I was coming in to reset the organizational structure of the Student Life...