Sigma Iota Delta raises $10,000 through GOATFEST

Sigma Iota Delta raises $10,000 through GOATFEST

Guy’s social club Sigma Iota Delta reached its goal in raising $10,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through their benefit, GOATFEST. The club, which is celebrating its 50 year anniversary, held the benefit concert to raise money, and with the help of talented club members, some baby goats and a local girl named Tori, the club was able to promote awareness and meet the financial donation goal. The music festival was created out of support of Jared Eubanks, a Sigma Iota Delta (SID) brother. “A couple years ago a brother of ours, Jared, passed away from Cystic Fibrosis,” SID member Sam Hearn said. “We use this event to promote awareness and to raise money for the foundation because it’s a good cause that more people should know about and support.” Stephen Hemmerly, an active member of SID, said he loves how this opens up the campus and community while bringing in alumni and churches in the surrounding area to support. “We don’t put SID on any of the merchandise, and even though it is a SID event, we really want to welcome the whole campus,” Hemmerly said. The stage was filled with college boys performing for most of the night, but a young girl named Tori walked on stage during the event, catching the audience’s attention. “Tori is a local little girl suffering from Cystic Fibrosis who goes to Hillsboro Church with some of our actives,” Hearn said. “When Jared passed away, it was obvious we wanted to do something to commemorate him, and Tori and her family fit perfectly. Last year was the first time we got to...
Bisons fend off Ole Miss to win Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate

Bisons fend off Ole Miss to win Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate

The first ever Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate became a battle of two strong teams, but the Bisons used a strong finish to come out on top. The Lipscomb Men’s Golf team trailed Ole Miss by three shots with four holes to play but managed to make five late birdies to earn the victory. “Mental fortitude, that’s what’s great about this team,” Coach Will Brewer said after the tournament. “They are all passionate about competing. Ole Miss is a great team and their 1-2 punch is strong, but we put ourselves in a good position and finished really strong.” Blustery and firm conditions made the golf course very difficult and caused scores to be higher than anticipated. Swirling winds and lightning fast greens kept the players guessing for most of the tournament. “We played out here a couple weeks ago when it was soft and slow, so it surprised us to have to compete in much different conditions,” Brewer said. “Some of our guys weren’t happy about the scores they shot, but overall they handled the difficult conditions very well.” Dawson Armstrong and Stoney Crouch led the Bisons in the final round. Armstrong shot a solid round of 69 to grab second place in the tournament at 1-under part (72-71-69.) Meanwhile Crouch birdied three of his final five holes to shoot a 3-under 68 and finished the event at 1-over par (73-73-71.) Both Mikey Feher and Eric Ansett carded rounds of 74 in the final round. Ansett finished the event alone in fifth place at 3-over par (69-73-74), with Feher finishing one stroke behind in a tie for sixth at 4-over...
Students bring a ‘Blast from the Past’ to Singarama stage this weekend

Students bring a ‘Blast from the Past’ to Singarama stage this weekend

Choreographers for this year’s Singarama show shared their inspiration and efforts towards each dance they have created. “Blast from the Past,” this year’s theme, showcases three groups’ acting, singing and specifically dancing abilities. The groups, “Far Out,” “Totally Awesome” and “Party On,” are lead by a choreography team that creates their dances and then leads them in performances. Each group’s routine is based on a different decade: the 70s, 80s and 90s, respectively. Caitlyn Lloyd, choreographer for “Party On,” was inspired by 90s music videos and tried to emulate those dance moves as best as she could. Lloyd said she was so excited to see her dances come to life. “For them to go from our imagination to being performed on stage is so rewarding,” Lloyd said. “This show is truly a collaborative effort. So many incredible, funny, talented and creative people worked long hours putting this show together.” Choreographer of “Far Out,” Ciara McKinney, said she began the process by getting some help along the way and asking an alumna choreographer of Singarama for some general tips. McKinney feels that her inspiration comes from the music itself. “We try to take one dance at a time,” she said, adding, “collecting as much information about our storyline and incorporate that mood into the dance.” McKinney’s favorite part of this process was bonding with the director of  “Far Out,” Meg Mortenson, and her co-choreographer, Katie Markham. “The work that goes into this is way more than I ever could have imagined, and I hope people take advantage of the time they have remaining to enjoy the people and creativity they’re...
Students begin pottery business ‘The Belltower Artisans’

Students begin pottery business ‘The Belltower Artisans’

The Belltower Artisans are rapidly growing in their pottery business. Sophomore Christopher Galbreath and freshman Micah Dempsey are the founders and co-creators of the business, both originating from Memphis, Tennessee. The friends went to the same high school — Harding Academy, and they took a ceramics class from their freshman to senior year. “I didn’t start with the intention of making this a career,” Dempsey said. “That may not be true now.” Dempsey is a Communications major and Galbreath was an Engineering major until last May, when he changed to a business major with the goal of starting his own business. “I joined the College of Business with the intention of starting this business, and by September it started becoming a reality,” Galbreath said. “Then, come October, I quit cross-country in order to pursue this, and at that point we started business with The Well.” Since October of 2016, the pair has made roughly $10,000 just by word of mouth. Galbreath and Dempsey said they focus on separate types of pottery. “I make the more typical mugs and Micah makes hand warming mugs,” Galbreath said. “So mine are at a discounted rate at $20 and his are at $25. The regular price is $30 and $32.” Galbreath and Dempsey have a studio and kiln in Nashville that makes the creation process much easier than it was during the early days of making and selling their pottery in high school. “I would say my senior year I sold about $5,000 worth of stuff from a class that I was taking 45 minutes a day,” Galbreath said. Dempsey added that the two always joked in high school that...
Sickness hits both students and Starbucks

Sickness hits both students and Starbucks

The sickness going around campus has affected people from Starbucks baristas to pledge mistresses. Mackenzie Baltz, sophomore and Pi Delta Pledge Mistress, and Zack Curtis, senior and on-campus Starbucks Barista, have been affected by the sickness going around — yet in different ways. Baltz has been sick the last couple of weeks, with she and her roommate sharing their illnesses, making the sickness last longer. “It started off for me as a stomach bug and for [my roommate] it was an upper respiratory infection, and then we gave it to each other,” Baltz said. The dorms make the situation less ideal and more contagious. “I know I have seen a lot of girls in the dorms constantly getting sick,” Baltz said, adding, “and then their roommate gets sick, so it’s hard when you live in such close quarters.” As the Pi Delta Pledge Mistress, Baltz saw many girls in other clubs getting sick, but noted that, “A lot of our girls weren’t as sick as in other clubs.” Baltz observed that the week after pledge week was the worst, health-wise. “People were so drained, their energy levels dropped, so their immune system dropped, and they were getting sick left and right,” she said. Baltz rested a lot to help herself recover. Curtis revealed the secret of the Starbucks drink, “The Medicine Ball,” also known as “The Coldbuster.” These drinks are listed on the secret Starbucks menu online. “Make it with lemonade and steep that with hot water first with one ‘Mint Majesty’ and one ‘Peach Tranquility,’” Curtis said. Since so many people were using this drink to bust their colds, they ran out of “Mint Majesy” and...