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...
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...
Opening April 6-8 in Collins Alumni Auditorium is Lipscomb’s annual musical showcase, Singarama. This event features talents from all students, but specifically those in social clubs. Students are divided into three teams and will each put on a show with a complete storyline, song selection and choreography. The theme for this year is “A Blast From The Past” and will only feature music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Each team was given a specific era and title from which to pull inspiration. The titles are “Far Out” (70s), directed by Meg Mortensen, “Totally Awesome” (80s), directed by Bethany Rowland and “Party On” (90s), directed by Jade Cummings. “We’re trying to do some different things, a different kind of show,” Mortensen said. “Be looking for 70s lingo.” Rowland is taking a different approach with her show for “Totally Awesome” and has based the show at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. “We are going to have five or six leads that will be really conflicting and really fun, and there will be a couple of plot twists here or there,” she said. “My junior year of high school after watching Singarama, I told my mom, ‘Yeah, I’m going to come to Lipscomb.’” For “Party On,” Cummings said she wants the audience to be on the lookout for iconic costumes from the 90s. “Cause who doesn’t love a ‘Rachel Green’ or a ‘Clueless’ type attire,” she said. “I love the music. We had so much fun finding music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and I’m really excited for the audience participation.” Singarama’s three directors agree that the show unifies students, alumni and community attendees. “It’s a great way...
Lipscomb Study Abroad alumni are gathering together to support each other in the transition back into life on campus. Senior Caitlyn Lloyd created a study abroad re-entry group this semester. The group meets in Ezell Chapel and allows students to reminisce with one another but to also look to the future and help each other out. Around 30 other students and two professors that were in the study abroad group in the fall of 2015 joined Lloyd for the meeting. Lloyd, who studied abroad in Florence, Italy, in the fall of 2015, said the the idea came to her during a class when she had to think about a phenomenon to research. “I thought about what was a phenomenon to me . . . the behavioral changes of students who return from being abroad. After that, the wheels in my brain started turning.” Lloyd said she saw a problem and knew it needed attention. “When students return, they can feel lost trying to figure out where they fit on campus. I want to provide a community for those students to lean into.” Lloyd said she sees the program as a way to appreciate the experiences that study abroad students had. “It’s a community that is meant to be leaned on,” Lloyd noted. “Sometimes we get really excited about a study abroad story, but our friends who haven’t been abroad just don’t ‘get it.’ Everyone in this program gets it.” Lloyd wants everyone who is even looking into the re-entry program to come and try it out because she sees the program as a way for returning students to find...
After chapel on Tuesday Jan. 17, Lipscomb Missions hosted the spring Missions Fair in the student center. Roughly a dozen tables lined the second floor of Bennett as students visited each mission table to learn more about the trips available during the coming months. Each presentation contained images and cultural treasures
from the countries. Students were able to leave their name and email address on a sign-up sheet available at each table in order to get more information about the trip. After the fall Missions Fair last semester, 12 of the original 50+ teams still have spots remaining on the upcoming trips. Most of the trips presented at the spring Missions Fair are for trips offered in
the summer, but there were a few spring break options left. Erin
King, senior intern for the Missions Office, said she is passionate about missions and has
been on several different mission trips through Lipscomb. “If you feel a tug at all or
have any interest, just look into it because you don’t know where that could
lead you and what God could do through you,” King said. “Don’t let anything get between you and
going on a mission trip. It is pretty much guaranteed that something beautiful
and amazing is going to happen.” Junior Emily
Gibbons, a past member of the Lipscomb Philippines mission trip, sat at the Philippines table to provide more information for students that had
questions about the trip. She said the group is still looking for members to
join for the summer trip. “We worked with
two different ministries,” Gibbons said. “One was with under-privileged kids and the other with
homeless kids. We did an...