Meet Grant Hitchcock, SGA’s next Executive President

Meet Grant Hitchcock, SGA’s next Executive President

Student democracy went to work this past week with campus-wide elections for the incoming year’s SGA officers. Those elected include Grant Hitchcock, a BioScience and Philosophy major, Lipscomb RA and SGA’s new Executive President. “I’m really excited about the transition, honestly,” said Hitchcock. The upcoming school year will look different on campus, with the anticipation of new administrations. This past semester, Lipscomb has seen the stepping down of President Randolph Lowry and Vice President of Student Life Al Sturgeon. “I’m just looking forward to being able to represent students in this period of transition with a new president and the new structure that is going to be laid out for SGA,” said Hitchcock. Hitchcock will also be bringing along policies of his own, things such as expanding library hours and increasing opportunities for community defined his campaign platform. “I want to hear the concerns that people have, the ideas that people have and I want those ideas to hopefully come to fruition through this office,” said Hitchcock. “We’re hoping to create a welcoming environment, and to promote SGA to that aspect as well,” said Hitchcock. In the upcoming school year, Hitchcock will be bringing with him experience from both his time as a campus RA as well as from the past year serving on SGA. “As an RA on call for 24/7, anytime that anybody needs me, I’m there to help react and be there for them,” “That’s what I want to do with this office,” said Hitchcock. Hitchcock hopes the next school year will represent a return to normalcy, with SGA Office Hours and even a “Quest Weekend”...
Inclusion and COVID play role in deciding the next president

Inclusion and COVID play role in deciding the next president

Earlier this spring, President Randolph Lowry announced the wrapping up of his 16-year run at Lipscomb. Now the university has launched a nationwide search, seeking to find a new president that stays true to Lipscomb’s values while embracing the new changes that’ll come in the post-COVID era. “Think of it as a skyscraper,” said Mitch Edgeworth, Vice President of the Board of Trustees and the leader of Lipscomb’s presidential search committee. “What we tend to see on a skyscraper is what’s above the ground, it’s the growth. That’s the new programs, recruiting students and recruiting faculty. That scaffolding gets put up and we keep growing, but you also need to have a deep foundation.” Edgeworth sat down with Lumination immediately following seven hours of “listening” to University and Academy voices. He said, “We really went through a series of questions and had a great chance to listen along the themes of what’s working well, that we don’t want to lose and what we want to keep going forward,” “Then there’s identifying the challenges that the university and or Academy are facing and how might we need to address and how might the next president need to address those challenges.” The factors going into the decision of ‘who’s Lipscomb’s next president?’ are consequential to the preservation of Lipscomb’s faith-based culture and the ability for the university to grow with the times. “We’re going to want a president who is both who’s equally talented at developing both the growth aspects as well as oversee operational efficiency,” said Edgeworth on the characteristics of potential candidates. “Also, a person deeply rooted in his...
Lumination Network’s March Madness: Lipscomb Dining Edition seeks to determine Lipscomb’s best dining option

Lumination Network’s March Madness: Lipscomb Dining Edition seeks to determine Lipscomb’s best dining option

In case you missed it, Lumination Network is hosting our very own March Madness bracket tournament, March Madness: Lipscomb Dining Edition.  The online tournament pits on-campus dining options against local favorite restaurants to determine the best place to eat while at Lipscomb. Competitors include campus center staples such as Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks as well as off-campus spots like Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Taqueria Del Sol.  The first round kicked off on March 23, but it is not too late to make your picks! Check one of Lumination’s social media accounts to view the bracket and vote to choose between your favorite of the day’s two choices. The winner of the daily poll will advance to the next round of the tournament. The Final Four will begin on April 4 and the championship match-up is set for April 6. May the best restaurant win!...
Bison defaced in the midst of anti-Asian hate crimes

Bison defaced in the midst of anti-Asian hate crimes

Last Wednesday, March 24, Lipscomb’s ACON (Asian Community) club painted the bison to say, “Protect Asian Lives,” following the massacre of 8 women, 6 of whom were of Asian descent, in Atlanta spas on the 16 of March. Sophomore Corporate Management student Cindy Hong is President of ACON and explained why they spray-painted those words: “With the recent massacre that happened in Atlanta, and nationwide there’s been a lot of anti-Asian hate crimes, we just wanted to create awareness and show solidarity and respect to those who lost their lives and give a message to Lipscomb’s student body that there should be zero tolerance to Asian hate. It was also to share a message to other Asian-Americans that we hear them and see them. We shared a picture of the painted bison on our ACON Instagram so that people would know we are a resource and would feel free to DM/come to us.” Wednesday night, though, the bison was painted over to say, “Cookout: This is all that matters.” Hong described how she felt when she found out the bison had been vandalized. “I was kind of shocked but not shocked at the same time because it was something I kind of saw coming but it is still very shocking in a way where I can’t believe someone would do that. Of course I was mad, angered, very sad, I felt like I was being struck.” Many students on campus felt the same way. This is not the first time the bison has been defaced. In 2020, the bison was vandalized twice, first over an LGBTQ+ painting, then over...
Summer Celebration cancelled due to Covid-19

Summer Celebration cancelled due to Covid-19

Summer Celebration, a Lipscomb tradition, is a time for members of the community to gather on campus and spend time with a particular biblical focus. Since such a large gathering was deemed unsafe, the event has again been postponed until May 2022. However, there will still be a way for those interested to take part this summer. According to Scott Sager, Vice President of Church Services, “Our summer program for SC 2021 will be a weekly virtual speaker sent out each Sunday evening.” This summer’s session is entitled “Out of Exile: Rethinking and Renewing the Post-Covid Church.” Each week will cover a different topic with a different lecturer, similar to 2020’s format. Though there will still be virtual conferences this year, Lipscomb is placing a lot of emphasis on next year’s in-person meetings. In their announcement they said, [Summer Celebration 2022] will be a celebration like none other!” Next summer’s theme will be “Disciplemaking: the Church’s Core Mission”. The dates have already been set and the sign-ups are open. “Please make plans now to join us for SC2022 on June 29-July 1, 2022. We still believe it will be our most significant program ever!” You can read Lipscomb’s official announcement here, as well as sign up if you’re interested. Hopes are high for next year’s Summer Celebration as it will offer a return to normalcy for this...
All adults 16+ eligible for Covid-19 vaccine in Tennessee by April 5

All adults 16+ eligible for Covid-19 vaccine in Tennessee by April 5

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced last week that the Covid-19 vaccine will be available for anyone over the age of 16 by April 5.  People over the age of 16 are currently able to register for the vaccine in most Tennessee counties with the exception of Davidson and Hamilton counties where the minimum age remains at 55.  Under Davidson county’s current eligibility guidelines, people over the age of 16 with high-risk health conditions such as severe asthma or diabetes can register to receive the vaccine.  To find out if you are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, you can take the screening questionnaire on Tennessee’s official Covid-19 website. When you are eligible, you can register for a vaccination appointment through the Tennessee Department of Health or other vaccination centers such as your local pharmacy.    Update: As of March 31, all Davidson County residents 16 and older are eligible to register to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Appointments are available for the next two weeks at the Music City Center in Nashville and can be scheduled online or by calling 615-862-7777.   Lumination will continue to provide information about Covid-19 vaccinations as it becomes...