Lipscomb students safe after London terror attack

Lipscomb students safe after London terror attack

Fortunately for the Lipscomb community, all 11 students that recently traveled to London are safe and accounted for, per university President Randy Lowry via an email statement sent to faculty and staff on Friday. London is reeling after a bombing at the Parsons Green Underground Station yesterday — Britain’s fifth terror incident this year. 29 people were injured in the attack, but according to the BBC, none appear to be life-threatening. The “Lipscomb in London” group was on a train to Edinburgh, Scotland, at the time of the attack. Lowry also noted that Parsons Green is on the opposite side of town from where the group is housed in Islington. “The incident occurred nearly an hour’s commute away from where the ‘Lipscomb in London’ students reside during the semester-long program,” Lowry said. “We have been in contact with families to assure them of their child’s safety.” Robyn Shannon, a sophomore from Hendersonville, said the group was initially shocked to hear the news, as they had spent Thursday in Notting Hill, which is also located in West London. However, the incident is not stopping Shannon and her classmates from getting the most of their stay in the English capital. “We still feel safe enough to travel within London,” Shannon said. “We know this could happen anywhere, and we don’t want fear to stop us from experiencing a different culture.” Ally Whiting, a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colorado, said their distance from the attack also helped to ease nerves – including those of family and friends. “The distance has helped us all react calmly to (the bombing),” Whiting said. “There wasn’t...
Miss Lipscomb, Bachelor of Ugliness awarded

Miss Lipscomb, Bachelor of Ugliness awarded

Lipscomb students elected their Miss Lipscomb and Bachelor of Ugliness as well as eight SGA Senators-at-Large Thursday afternoon in Bennett Campus Center. The title of Miss Lipscomb was given to Anna Cannone and Bachelor of Ugliness to Matt Gibson. Lipscomb students have elected a Miss Lipscomb and Bachelor of Ugliness for over 75 years. Cole Buttrey, Gabby Cannone, Ralston Drake, Cheyenne Gavin, Ben Hemby, Mason Price, Matt Welborn and Jordan Whitfield were selected as the Senators-at-Large. On Tuesday, Carson Panovec was elected as SGA president, and Stephen Hemmerly as vice president. Also on Tuesday, Brandon Cunningham, Brent Horswell, Matthew Jafari, Vince Law and Rebecca Robertson were elected as Senior Class Senators. The student body elected Hannah Fox, Leslie Garcia, Emilee Goss, Myron Sailors and Hanyi Yin as Junior Class Senators. Breckin Horton, Annie Moore and Jack Webber will serve as Sophomore Class Senators. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Carson Panovec elected as SGA President

Carson Panovec elected as SGA President

The student body elected Carson Panovec as SGA President after students voted Tuesday in Bennett Campus Center. As President of SGA, Panovec said he plans to focus on advocating for students and communicating with administration. “I would use SGA’s two most underused committees to: get ideas, feedback, and concerns from students, and increase communication and build relationships with the administration,” Panovec said. “This would allow SGA to take the thoughts and ideas of students to the administration to accomplish things that SGA couldn’t accomplish on its own.” Stephen Hemmerly was elected as Vice President. Tyler Dove ran unopposed as Treasurer and Sierra Sparks ran unopposed as Secretary. Senior Class Senators include: Brandon Cunningham, Brent Horswell, Matthew Jafari, Vince Law and Rebecca Robertson. Hannah Fox, Leslie Garcia, Emilee Goss, Myron Sailors and Hanyi Yin will serve as Junior Class Senators. Breckin Horton, Annie Moore and Jack Webber were elected as Sophomore Class Senators. Senators-at-Large as well as Bachelor of Ugliness and Miss Lipscomb elections will be held on Thursday. Students can vote for eight Senators-At-Large — Cole Buttrey, Gabby Cannone, Brooklyn Chalfant, Ralston Drake, Cheyenne Gavin, Hope Harmon, Ben Hemby, Hope Mironas, Mason Price, Ellory Overcast, Kenan Sakic, Jobane Stockard, Matt Welborn, Jordan Whitfield, Mitchell Wood and Kegan York. Bachelor of Ugliness candidates include: Alex Csorba, Matt Forstoff, Matt Gibson, Addison Groves, Etherton Jonga, Chandler Montgomery, John Blake Parker and Jackson Smith. Miss Lipscomb Candidates include: Anna Cannone, Esther Chung, Macy Cottrell, Sydney Ferrell, Jacky Gomez, Sarah Lavoie, Jhoselin Revolorio, Katie Scholl, Ansley Waller and Anne Ware. Additional Reporting by Whitney Smith Photo courtesy of Carson...
BREAKING NEWS: Belmont and Lipscomb to merge schools by 2019 (April Fools)

BREAKING NEWS: Belmont and Lipscomb to merge schools by 2019 (April Fools)

In an effort to speed up Belmont’s “Vision 2020” goal of increased enrollment, Lipscomb and Belmont are merging. The two schools will be renamed the singular Belscomb University. The merge is expected to be complete by fall 2019. “I think it’ll be interesting to merge the two campuses because they’ve had such a rivalry — like Battle of the Boulevard and things like that — for so long,” Belmont Vision Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Arnold said. “It’s just going to be fun to see how students react. That’s what I’m excited for.” President Lowry will announce and provide further information about the merge on Tuesday during The Gathering service. “It makes sense why Lipscomb and Belmont are merging,” Lumination Managing Editor Anna Rogers said. “There’s no where for us to go other than vertical, so we’re reaching out to other schools.” Due to Belmont’s specialized underground parking system, the two schools will be connected by the underground tunnel in front of Belmont’s Bell Tower. This should also help Lipscomb students by providing increased parking. Lipscomb shuttle drivers will also be receiving a promotion as an above-ground shuttle service will allow students to travel back and forth between campuses. Arts and humanities classes will mainly be held on the current Belmont campus, while math and science classes are expected to stay at Lipscomb. Although one of the goals of the merge is to create increased student enrollment, it will also enable the two student bodies to come together. Despite no longer having the anticipated “Battle of the Boulevard” rivalry, President Lowry and Belmont’s President Fisher hope the merge will create a sense...
Carson Panovec elected as SGA VP; Miss Lipscomb, Bachelor of Ugliness awarded

Carson Panovec elected as SGA VP; Miss Lipscomb, Bachelor of Ugliness awarded

The student body elected Carson Panovec as Vice President of SGA after runoff elections were held Thursday in Bennett Campus Center.                     On Tuesday, results for all other officer positions were revealed. The student body elected Jackson Smith as SGA President after 760 students voted. Vince Law was voted as Secretary. Sarah Lavoie ran unopposed for Treasurer. Zach Eccleston, Lauren Gardiner, Carter Hilliard, Janie Lynn Lankford and Ellen Taylor were elected as senior senators. Lincoln Bell, Gabby Cannone, Rebecca Robertson, Carson Ford and Sam Hearn were elected as junior senators. Rachel Blue, Ralston Drake, Emilee Goss, Bailey Query and Sierra Sparks were elected as sophomore senators. In addition to SGA elections, Miss Lipscomb and Bachelor of Ugliness were voted on. According to Josh Roberts, Dean of Student Development, Lipscomb students have elected a graduating senior as Miss Lipscomb and Bachelor of Ugliness for over 75 years. The titles are awarded to the students that most closely embody the ideals and values of Lipscomb University. The title of Miss Lipscomb was given to Jamie Keiser and Bachelor of Ugliness to Andrew...
Jackson Smith elected as SGA President; runoffs for VP to be held Thursday

Jackson Smith elected as SGA President; runoffs for VP to be held Thursday

The student body elected Jackson Smith as SGA President after 760 students voted Tuesday in Bennett Campus Center. Runoff elections will be held for Vice Presidential candidates Matt Gibson and Carson Panovec. According to Josh Roberts, Dean of Student Development, candidates for President, VP, Secretary and Treasurer are required to achieve 50 percent of the total vote. Because no VP candidate achieved 50 percent, the top two candidates will appear in a runoff election on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vince Law was voted as Secretary. Sarah Lavoie ran unopposed for Treasurer. Zach Eccleston, Lauren Gardiner, Carter Hilliard, Janie Lynn Lankford and Ellen Taylor were elected as senior senators. Lincoln Bell, Gabby Cannone, Rebecca Robertson, Carson Ford and Sam Hearn were elected as junior senators. Rachel Blue, Ralston Drake, Emilee Goss, Bailey Query and Sierra Sparks were elected as sophomore senators. In the SGA Debate Monday night, Smith said in his role as President he plans to engage student life more and make campus more convenient for current students. “I’d like to bridge a gap between the Joshua Project and student life to make a mentorship program for students who have gone through disciplinary procedure,” Smith said in the debate. “I’d like to plant seeds to actually be able to help them in the future.” Smith said he also hopes to give students with ideas a voice in administrative meetings. “I know a lot of times students have ideas but often get caught up in a paper trail working with administration,” he said. “I want to give students the opportunity to say, ‘this is something we’re passionate about, what do we need to do?’” Additional reporting by Katie Bianchini Photo by Erin...