Apparent water main break causes problems on campus

Apparent water main break causes problems on campus

Lipscomb students awoke to an unpleasant surprise Saturday morning. An apparent water main break on the south side of campus left several buildings without water access. Water was seen gushing from pipes on a grassy hill between Sewell and Johnson Hall, leaving Sewell’s parking lot partially flooded. Sewell, Johnson and High Rise Hall were all without water late into the afternoon. “No sinks, no showers, no drinking fountains and no toilets,” senior High Rise resident Nathienel Hipsley said. “Luckily I filled my water bottle up last night so I had some to brush my teeth and take my pills.” Lipscomb spokesperson Kim Chaudoin sent an email to all Lipscomb students and faculty detailing the University’s plans to fix the problem. Water service was eventually restored to all University buildings other than Sewell by 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening. “The Campus Service Operations team will be shutting down water services to that end of campus from 2-5 p.m. today to make a repair that will restore normal water operations,” Chaudoin said in the statement. During the 2-5 p.m. window, water service to Allen Arena, the Student Activities Center, McQuiddy Gym, Johnson Residence Hall, Sewell Residence Hall, High Rise Residence Hall, Bennett Campus Center, Swang Business Center and the Burton Health Sciences Center was unavailable. Buildings on the north side of campus, like Bison Hall and The Village, were among those unaffected by the water issue. Lipscomb Dining Services has also returned to its normal operating schedule. The incident occurred as many University students and parents gathered on campus for Family Weekend, highlighted by the annual Tau Phi Cowboy Show Saturday night. This...
BREAKING: Trump cabinet member to speak at Lipscomb Thursday; ‘community gathering’ planned by DSC

BREAKING: Trump cabinet member to speak at Lipscomb Thursday; ‘community gathering’ planned by DSC

A high-ranking member of U.S. President Donald Trumps’s cabinet is set to visit Lipscomb this week. Alex M. Azar II, who was sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services on Jan. 29, 2018, will be the keynote speaker at a special Nashville Health Care Council event on Thursday at Shamblin Theater. The member-only event begins at 11 a.m. CT and is closed to the general public and University students, but it will be available via live stream. To make room for the event in the Shamblin, MASK Chapel, which celebrates diversity and inclusion, was cancelled this week. In Lumination’s original article, the word “protest” was used by those Lumination had previously contacted and who are planning to attend the event tomorrow, yet who are not DSC representatives. Originally, the DSC’s president, Leslie Garcia, was not available for comment, but she recently confirmed with Lumination that the DSC’s intent is not a “protest” of any kind, but rather a “community gathering.” “We are gathering and standing in solidarity with those who feel unsafe because of the presence of tomorrow’s speaker,” Garcia said. The Diverse Student Coalition has organized the gathering in Zebi’s Lounge from 10:40 – 11:40 a.m. The coalition is encouraging students to wear black to show support for students who feel unsafe by his presence. The DSC put forth a statement confirming the “gathering”: “[Azar’s] presence on this campus is a threat to our students of Latin descent, to our DACA students, to our students of color, to our students of Central and Latin American descent, and to our immigrant and refugee students . . . This is not...
Campus ministers Cyrus and Nicole Eaton moving to Texas

Campus ministers Cyrus and Nicole Eaton moving to Texas

In a surprising turn of events,  two faces of the chapel office are bidding Lipscomb goodbye. Cyrus Eaton told Lumination that he and his wife, Nicole, are heading to Abilene Christian University, where Cyrus has been hired as the school’s next chaplain. “It’ll be very similar to what I get to do here,” Eaton said on Friday. “Except it will give me an opportunity to lead more initiatives instead of being focused on carrying out a few of them.” This is a fresh development that wasn’t a consideration until “about two months” ago, Eaton said. “We weren’t looking to leave, we weren’t looking for another opportunity,” Eaton said. “But a friend of ours put it on our radar and asked us if we’d be open to exploring it, which we felt like was a very safe thing to say ‘yes’ to. And over time, we realized that [the] thought of exploration was actually becoming more real.” The development comes just two months after Scott McDowell’s departure for ACU this summer. “I’m very excited to work with Scott again,” Eaton said. “Not only was it good working with Scott, [but] I’ve been mentored really well by Scott.” Eaton, the Joshua Project director, has teamed with Nicole, the Women’s Campus Minister, in various aspects of ministry. 2018 would have been Cyrus’s fourth full year at Lipscomb. He credits God for leading the Abilene Christian move. What helped affirm the decision was a gut-wrenching cancer diagnosis for Nicole’s mother, who lives in Houston. The presence of a brain tumor, revealed in an MRI, was discovered just four days after Cyrus’ ACU decision. “Even...
Harding alum fatally shot

Harding alum fatally shot

Early Thursday night, Botham Shem Jean was fatally shot in his Dallas apartment after an off-duty police officer mistook his apartment for her own. Police say that the officer was still in uniform when she came to the apartment. There’s now a warrant for her arrest on charges of manslaughter. Jean was a St. Lucia native who attended Harding University, where he served as a song leader at chapel. The university sent out a statement on Twitter regarding the shooting: “We learned this morning of the tragic death of 2016 alumnus Botham Jean, who was shot in his home last night. Our entire family grieves today for the loss of Botham who has meant so very much to us. Please join us in praying for Botham’s friends & family.” After graduating in 2016, the 26-year old moved to Dallas where he started working for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said in a news conference on Friday that the shooting is “a very unique situation.” Hall also mentioned that they will not handle the shooting under “normal officer-involved shooting protocol.” During Harding chapel on Friday, Harding president Bruce McLarty shared one of his memories of the victim. “At Lectureship one year, I asked him to lead singing one night,” McLarty said. “Because of the subject, there was a particular old hymn that I asked him if he would mind leading. He didn’t say anything about not knowing the song, but he had never heard it before in his life. He came up that evening and was just smiling and excited about leading it. He told me he had never...
Lipscomb basketball picks up commitment from coveted local recruit

Lipscomb basketball picks up commitment from coveted local recruit

Marshall County High School basketball standout K.J. Johnson is bringing his talents to Green Hills. The highly-coveted combo guard announced his commitment to Lipscomb via Twitter Wednesday evening. “After praying and talking it over with my family, I would like to announce that I will be staying home and furthering my education and basketball career at Lipscomb University,” Johnson said in the tweet. According to HoopSeen, coach Casey Alexander and his staff made Johnson a top priority. The Bisons recently offered Johnson a scholarship, and he quickly jumped on the chance to play approximately 50 miles from his Lewisburg home. The 6-foot-2 guard had offers from Morehead State, North Alabama, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin, in addition to interest from Murray State, ETSU and Western Kentucky. Johnson was named Tennessee’s Class AA Mr. Basketball after averaging 31.4 points, 3.9 assists and 2.1 steals for Marshall County last season. He then drew more college attention while starring for the Elite Amateur Basketball Club on the AAU circuit this summer. KJ Johnson with 44 here at #BIGSHOTS #RockyTop pic.twitter.com/d3xgBFrgp5 — BIG SHOTS Midwest (@BigShotsMW) April 8, 2018 Johnson joins forward Jacob Hobbs as the second commitment of Lipscomb’s 2019 recruiting class. Hobbs, who hails from Cecilia, Kentucky, gave his pledge to the Bisons in August. Hobbs and Johnson will help replace Garrison Mathews, Nathan Moran, Eli Pepper and Rob Marberry, who are each entering their final season of eligibility. Photo courtesy of HoopSeen.com Thank you god. 🙏🏼💛💜 pic.twitter.com/V73pT4hnIW — Kj Johnson 🎈 (@_glo_boy_3) September 5,...
Men’s basketball schedule features Power 5 opponents, several road games within driving distance

Men’s basketball schedule features Power 5 opponents, several road games within driving distance

Fresh off its first-ever NCAA basketball tournament appearance, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team announced its 2018-19 schedule Thursday. The slate features 29 total contests, including 14 home games and six away games within a four-hour-drive of Nashville. The non-conference schedule will be challenging as the Bisons make trips to SMU (Nov. 18), TCU (Nov. 20), Louisville (Dec. 12) and Clemson (Dec. 30). Eight of Lipscomb’s non-conference foes finished higher than the Bisons in the final 2018 Pomeroy Ratings. “We talked to the team about how great it is to have expectations placed upon us, but at the same time, we showed them eight of our nonconference opponents who were better than us last year,” coach Casey Alexander said in a release provided by Lipscomb’s athletic department. “We have plenty of work to do.” Alexander also scheduled several local opponents for non-conference matchups. The Bisons will host Sewanne (Nov. 6), Tennessee State (Nov. 10) and rival Belmont (Nov. 15) to open the season, before traveling to Morehead State (Nov. 25), Middle Tennessee (Dec. 1) and Belmont (Dec. 4). The Bisons’ date with the Blue Raiders will be the first time the two teams have met since 2007. Middle Tennessee has appeared in two of the last three NCAA tournaments, including a shocking, 90-81 upset of No. 2-seeded Michigan State in 2016. “I am really excited we were able to get something worked out with Middle Tennessee,” Alexander said. “I have great respect for what they’ve done as probably the best program in the state of Tennessee over the last few years.” Other non-conference home games include Covenant (Dec. 17), Vermont...