Fifth-annual Relay For Life fundraiser raises over $25,000

Fifth-annual Relay For Life fundraiser raises over $25,000

For the fifth year in a row, Lipscomb students held the Relay for Life Fundraiser in Allen Arena from Friday night to Saturday morning, raising nearly $26,000 for the American Cancer Society. The all-night event drew social clubs, service groups and other campus organizations together for Zumba, lip-synch battles and a chance to remember those affected by cancer, and statistically, there are plenty to remember. “My grandmother had breast cancer when I was a baby and she was about 60,” said Lipscomb senior and Relay for Life chair Angela Sullivan. “When she was about 73 it came back in her leg. It’s been just over 11 years since she passed away. “Relay is kind of the way I can find reason in that. It’s the place to put all the hatred I have for this disease and feel like I’m doing something useful for that.” According to a study by the American Cancer Society, the number of those affected by cancer will grow in 2017, with over an estimated 1 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the United States alone. Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetimes. The funds raised by this year’s Relay will be used to combat those statistics through cancer research and patient programs, which Sullivan says can be life-changing. This is why she participates in the Relay. “When you see the kind of effect it can have on a person when they’re going through such a crappy time, it’s almost like a nonstarter. It was never a question. They’ve been an organization...
Lady Bisons softball quickly defeat Governors 2-0

Lady Bisons softball quickly defeat Governors 2-0

Lipscomb (20-7) softball took on Austin Peay State University (8-13) on Saturday for a speedy doubleheader at Draper Diamond at Smith Stadium. The Bisons took the first game with a score of 3-1 and later won the second in the series 8-0 by the mercy rule. Both games each only lasted roughly an hour and a half. “That is one of the quickest doubleheaders we have ever played,” Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. The first game began strong for the women in purple with pitcher Mandy Jordan getting the ball rolling with eight strikeouts in a row. The sophomore ended game one with a 1.12 ERA. “I thought Mandy threw a really great game,” Ryman said. “Austin Peay really struggled to figure her out early.” Pitcher McCarley Thomas picked up where Jordan left off, allowing only three hits in the second game and earning five strikeouts. The Governors earned their only run from center fielder Kacy Acree in the second inning. The teams will face off for one more game on Sunday before the Lady Bisons begin ASUN Conference play on March 25 against USC Upstate. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
President Trump holds rally in Nashville

President Trump holds rally in Nashville

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — President Donald Trump discussed fulfilling his campaign promises at a rally in Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday, March 15. Trump gave supporters an update of his first 53 days in office surrounding the issues on which he campaigned. Among those was the state of the new “watered-down version” of the administration’s travel ban. The executive order was blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii just hours before the order was set to go into effect. “This new order was tailored to the dictates of the Ninth Circuit’s — in my opinion, flawed ruling,” Trump said. “This is, in the opinion of many, unprecedented judicial overreach.” The President also listed his other priorities in office: tax reduction, stricter trade regulations for businesses leaving the United States, protection of the second amendment, an increase in defense spending, respect for the American flag and putting “America first” in all administrative decisions. The Trump campaign, not the White House, organized the event. After only 53 days in office, this is Trump’s second campaign rally for the 2020 election. He officially filed the papers to run for a second term on inauguration day. Like his previous rallies, Trump’s speech referenced former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. After an eruption of “lock her up” chants faded into a dull roar, Trump reminded supporters of why he carried Tennessee in 92 of 95 counties. “We believe — especially the people in Tennessee, I know you so well — in peace through strength,” Trump said. Despite the many Tennessee supporters Trump mentioned, hundreds of protesters also gathered outside of the venue with homemade signs,...
Freedom Rider Dr. Rip Patton inspires students in MASK chapel for Black History Month

Freedom Rider Dr. Rip Patton inspires students in MASK chapel for Black History Month

In a chapel meant to foster cultural communication, racial reconciliation and acceptance, Freedom Rider Dr. Rip Patton spoke to students about his fight for desegregation through nonviolence. “Nonviolence is a way of violence,” Patton said to the group of students gathered. “It’s a way of fighting — fighting with love.” During his sit-down in Multicultural Awareness Skills and Knowledge (MASK) chapel with Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Norma Burgess, Patton began the conversation before the first question was asked by drawing a contrast between what Lipscomb students see every day on their walls with what he saw as a college student in segregated Nashville. “I’m sure we’ve all heard the prayer, but when I first walked in through those doors, I saw this up here,” Patton said, gesturing to the words of Mark 10:45 embossed into the top of the stained-glass window in Ezell chapel. “‘I did not come to be served, but to serve and give my life as a ransom for many.’ Think about that,” the Freedom Rider said. “Put yourself in that place. That’s what happened here in Nashville in 1960 through 1964. It took us about four years to desegregate everything in Nashville. Everything you could think of was segregated.” Freedom Riders are those who boarded the buses heading to the most notably segregated cities in the South to challenge Jim Crow laws by using peaceful means in 1961. The rides were a tactic established and organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) aimed at desegregating public transportation in the South after the Supreme Court ruled segregation in interstate buses...
Lady Bisons falter at home to NJIT

Lady Bisons falter at home to NJIT

After a promising first half, Lipscomb’s Lady Bisons (5-18, 2-6) lost 76-53 to the NJIT Highlanders (10-13, 3-5) in Allen Arena Saturday afternoon. Lady Bisons’ head coach Greg Brown reflected on the contest and the difficult season. “We let a little bit of frustration from our offense affect our defense,” Brown said. “I thought in the first half we did a good job of executing the game plan.” The Highlanders scored 24 points off of 17 Lipscomb turnovers while the Lady Bisons failed to capitalize on NJIT’s 13 giveaways, scoring only seven points on Highlander mistakes. Like the team looking to turn their turnovers into points, Brown noted the importance of also turning their trial into a testimony as the team moves into the home stretch of ASUN play. “I know its cliché, but we’re going to have to find a way to carry what we did well in this game over to our game against Upstate. I think our transition game has really gotten better over the last few weeks. So if we continue that, work on filling the gaps and improving our passing, that will help us continue to get better throughout the season.” Forward Riley Northway led Lipscomb with 16 points and also added three rebounds to the teams’ stats. “Riley continues to do a good job of finding gaps in the zone,” Brown said. “Those are things we can continue to build on.” Alana Dudley lead the Highlanders with 18 points and eight assists, and guard Kelly Guarino hit five three-pointers to finish with 15. Forward Leah Horton and guard Tatianna Torres also scored in the...