LIVE UPDATES: Lipscomb extends online instruction for rest of spring semester, cancels commencement and closes dorms

LIVE UPDATES: Lipscomb extends online instruction for rest of spring semester, cancels commencement and closes dorms

MARCH 18, 2020 Following the White House’s recommendation that gatherings of 10 or more people be canceled or postponed, Lipscomb University officials made the decision to extend online instruction for the rest of the spring semester in the wake of growing concern over the coronavirus.  “This difficult and unprecedented decision – one being faced by colleges and universities throughout the country – was made with the health, wellbeing and safety of our students, faculty and staff in mind,” said President Lowry in an email sent Wednesday afternoon. Commencement has been canceled for spring 2020 graduates and the dorms are sending students home. Click here to read the rest of the story.  MARCH 15, 2020 Thanks to concerns over the coronavirus, the week after spring break this year will be one unlike any Lipscomb has ever experienced. The university announced the following for the week of March 23-27: Undergraduate students will have an extended week of spring break. Graduate classes will resume; programs will determine the format. Faculty will report to campus to transition classes to a remote teaching and learning environment. In a presentation to faculty and staff on Thursday, President Randy Lowry said that “‘closing’ is not a very good word for this.” “We are open and will at some level stay open because we have certain kinds of needs we need to meet for our students,” Lowry said. Click here to read the full story. MARCH 12, 2020 Lipscomb University has announced an extended spring break running until March 27th for undergraduate students. The information was delivered in an email to the Lipscomb community from the office of...
Al Sturgeon hosts open-forum breakout chapel to discuss Tuesday’s Gathering talk

Al Sturgeon hosts open-forum breakout chapel to discuss Tuesday’s Gathering talk

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Al Sturgeon hosted a breakout chapel on Thursday to be used as an open forum for students to address their grievances over their concerns about Tuesday’s Gathering talk by Siran Stacy. Sturgeon asked that there be no media in the talk to respect student privacy and create a safe place. SGA President Jack Webber shared his thoughts on how the breakout chapel went. “I think the way he’s [Al Sturgeon] handled this speaks to his character,” said Webber, “and it speaks to a vision — I think is going to take student life to a good place as it navigates what does Lipscomb believe and what does Lipscomb do about this kind of stuff.” Some students are still calling for more clarity from the university. “We still need more clarity on where exactly the university stands in affirming the identities of members of the LGBT community and as far as recognizing that they are safe and supported at this university,” said Codie Miller. “But I do appreciate what he did here today, and we’re just going to keep pressing for more clarity on that.” The breakout chapel, held in the Shinn Center ballroom, was standing-room-only, with the crowd spilling out into the lobby. Following the chapel Provost Craig Bledsoe sent an email to faculty that addressed the issues from Tuesday’s Gathering: “You are likely aware in the Gathering on Tuesday the speaker, Siran Stacy, was invited to talk about finding faith and purpose after the tragedy of losing his wife and four children when their car was struck by a drunk driver in...
Controversial Gathering talk by Siran Stacy prompts break-out chapel on Thursday

Controversial Gathering talk by Siran Stacy prompts break-out chapel on Thursday

Siran Stacy, former NFL running back turned evangelist, delivered a Gathering message on Tuesday that left several students upset. Stacy was hired by Lipscomb Academy athletics in November to be the spiritual formation coach. Stacy said that he felt God had sent him to address students who were “struggling.” “If you’re struggling right now, I don’t care where you are, if you’re struggling at living another day, stand to your feet, stand up right now, unashamed,” he said. “You’re in this place; you’re wayward. You know you’re not living the way God called you to live.” In a prayer, he said, “There is forgiveness, there is grace for the homosexual. There is forgiveness through the blood of Jesus; there is nothing you can’t change.” Konnor Davis, a sophomore musical theatre major from Selmer, picked up on Stacy’s comment that “there is grace for everyone.” “Thank you, but I don’t need it because I’m gay,” Davis said. “And hearing things like that, it really re-introduces a lot of the trauma I went through and that I’m still relentlessly trying to work through because I was trying to change myself and people were trying to change me.” Many students on both sides of the issue declined to comment to Lumination, some mentioning that they did not want to have a target on their back. Some students followed the chapel talk by painting a rainbow on the bison in Bison Square. Overnight, it was painted over with a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant on one side and “I Cor. 6:9” on the other. That one was then painted over with another...
Lumination Newscast: September 19, 2019

Lumination Newscast: September 19, 2019

This week on Lumination News, find out the reason behind the recent string of Starbucks shortages. Also, where does Lipscomb stand in the push for less single-use plastic on college campuses? Anchors: Tia Calvin and Ashley Bingham Sports: Kailey Schuyler Weather: Spencer Boehme Entertainment: Bailey Burnett      ...