Riley Hoag reflects on her time in Lipscomb’s IDEAL program

Riley Hoag reflects on her time in Lipscomb’s IDEAL program

During my time at Lipscomb, I was a student in the IDEAL Program. When I began my first year moving into the dorms, I didn’t know anyone who was a student or who was in the program. I was excited about finally being able to get a real college experience and making new friends after moving from another state. My experience during Quest Week didn’t exactly go as I wanted it to be. It was hard being able to make friends with the freshmen who were already younger than I was. When I started classes I was able to meet new people and get to know them. One day in class we were talking about photography and after the class one of my classmates took me to meet the Lumination editor-in-chief. I had expressed interest in taking pictures for Lumination Network. I started getting assigned sporting events to take photos for. I had started making a few friends and then IDEAL assigned peer mentors for the IDEAL students. Two of my mentors happened to be on the women’s soccer team and I had no clue until one night I was taking photos for one of their games.                     Riley with Lumination Network editor-in-chief Mckenzi Harris                     Riley with her IDEAL peer mentors from the Lady Bisons soccer team   I started becoming good friends with my mentors, players on sports teams, and students in my classes. Most of my favorite memories are with my friends on the soccer team because we...
Lipscomb seeks to hold in-person orientations in the upcoming summer

Lipscomb seeks to hold in-person orientations in the upcoming summer

The upcoming class of future Bisons now have the option of attending their Lipscomb orientations in person. The decision to resume in-person orientation came from university officials after carefully considering the trends in positive COVID cases and the increasing number of vaccinated members in the Lipscomb community. “Pandemic or not, the New Student Orientation program is committed to providing a holistic onboarding experience to our new students and their families,” said Megan Johnson, assistant director of student wellbeing. In addition to orientation sessions, QuestWeek will resume in-person experiences as well. This announcement has not changed the focus and aim of those who work to make the summer programs possible. “While the delivery method and some particular events had to be adjusted, the important content that we covered last year remains just as vital to the student experience this upcoming year,” said Johnson. New students and their parents, regardless of which NSO session they attend, will have the opportunity to learn about academic expectations, student involvement opportunities and begin creating connections with their peers and professors. Though there will be in-person sessions offered, a virtual orientation will be offered on June 25. The option seeks to accommodate students and parents who are not yet comfortable with the legal gathering sizes or are unable to be physically present. This flexibility is something that Johnson said she believes works in favor of students’ preferences as things return to “normal” a year after COVID severely altered summer orientation activities. “We believe that a virtual option caters to a group of students who feels more comfortable engaging with new people through a chat feature rather than in-person large group settings,” Johnson said. “We will help these students...
REVIEW: Justin Bieber explores faith in ‘boundary pushing’ new album

REVIEW: Justin Bieber explores faith in ‘boundary pushing’ new album

The formerly pre-pubescent boy known for crooning in his falsetto and making 14-year-old girls swoon, proves in his new album Justice that growing up in the spotlight is not always as glamorous as it seems. Justin Bieber shares as much in his hit “Lonely” that detailed the dark place he inhabited as a result of his young fame. However, the so-called “Beliebers” — fans who have been with him throughout his entire career — have recently seen him become a believer himself: In God and true love. Faith and marriage have become his new brand and are reflected in his newest album, titled Justice, with song lyrics that suggest remorse for his actions and thankfulness for forgiveness. Throughout his new music, he credits his wife, formerly Hailey Baldwin, and God for giving him a new perspective and second chance. His once booming music career seems to be revived amid these dramatic life changes. Though, along with success he has also met more controversy. Some have criticized his “inauthentic” references to social injustice within his album. “Rolling Stone” even referred to his use of Martin Luther King Jr., speech samples on his album as “a jarring musical misstep”. In response to these criticisms Bieber responded: “I’m not trying to make a connection between me and Martin Luther King. That’s why I never try to talk about social injustice, or I didn’t want to be the one to talk about it. “I just have so much more learning to do. But I have this man who was ready to die, and what he believed to be true. If I’m not willing...
Lipscomb falls in weekend series against North Alabama 1-2

Lipscomb falls in weekend series against North Alabama 1-2

After a rocky start to the weekend, Bison Baseball closed out their series against North Alabama with a strong 14-5 victory. The series kicked off Friday afternoon with the Lions’ making early progress as Bison pitcher junior Max Habegger allowed four runs in his inning and two thirds of work. Meanwhile, offensively the Bisons could not get anything going, until the Lions had already extended their lead to five.  Finally, in the fifth inning junior center fielder Maddux Houghton brought home a run with an RBI-triple and scored off of a wild pitch bringing the Bisons back within striking distance.  Senior infielder David Graves added to the Bisons score with a home run in the bottom of the sixth, but a North Alabama insurance run in the seventh and four runners left stranded by the Bisons clinched the game one victory for North Alabama, 6-3. Saturday, the Bisons looked to bounce back and were able to take the early advantage with sophomore infielder Robbie Merced’s run brought home by freshman outfielder Tiger Borom.  North Alabama evened the game at 1 in the fifth inning before Houghton added to his RBI total and Merced scored another run.  The Lions would not stay at bay, however, and once again the game was tied.  Lipscomb thought they had the winning run in the bottom of the sixth when sophomore catcher Chaz Bertolani hit an RBI single, but the back and forth trend continued, and the game was tied at 3.  Sophomore closer Tyler Guilfoil, who came in during the fifth inning, was tasked with finishing the game for the Bisons, but struggled...
Taylor Swift takes control over her own story with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Taylor Swift takes control over her own story with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Unless you have been off the internet for the past month, you have probably heard a lot about Fearless (Taylor’s Version), the first release of Taylor Swift’s re-recorded first six studio albums. If you are unfamiliar with the situation, in 2019, Taylor Swift’s original record label, Big Machine Records, sold her masters – original completed recordings used to make physical copies and digital files of music to be distributed – without her permission or knowledge. Essentially, this means that she has no control over what the original recordings of her songs are used for and will see only a small fraction of the profits from their sales. Due to the loss of her masters, Swift has planned to re-record each of her first six albums — 2006’s Taylor Swift, 2008’s Fearless, 2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED, 2014’s 1989 and 2017’s reputation. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the first of Swift’s re-recorded albums to be released. In addition to all 13 of the tracks included on the original record, the re-recorded album also includes six songs from the platinum version of Fearless, “Today Was A Fairytale” off the soundtrack to the 2010 film Valentine’s Day as well as six “From The Vault” songs written around the recording of Fearless that didn’t make it on to the original album. I don’t think it is a reach to assume that I’ll probably be doing quite a few of these “Taylor’s Version” album reviews in the foreseeable future, so I’m going to plan on giving out a few superlatives of sorts for each. For each, I will select a song that was a single...
Bison baseball defeats No. 4-ranked Tennessee Vols

Bison baseball defeats No. 4-ranked Tennessee Vols

The Bisons baseball team traveled to Knoxville on Tuesday and defeated No. 4-ranked Tennessee 4-1. The Bisons were able to hold the Volunteers scoreless through the final eight innings to record the victory. The game marks Lipscomb’s first win against a top five opponent since 2015. This is the first time the Bisons have beaten Tennessee since 2008, as well as their first win ever at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Tennessee has been held to two runs only two other times so far this season. The game got off to a quick start. Freshmen outfielder Tiger Borom showed off his speed by beating out an infield grounder to lead off. With two outs, junior Malik Williams blasted an RBI double to give the Bisons an early 1-0 lead. Redshirt freshmen Ike Buxton would get the start for the Bisons. Tennessee was able to record a run to tie the game at 1-1. However, Buxton was able to strike out the last batter to strand a runner on third. Lipscomb continued its offense in the top of the second with a leadoff single by Carter Smith. Sophomore Robbie Merced would reach first on a fielding error, advancing Smith to second. Freshmen Trey Ham hit a sacrifice fly to advance both runners into scoring position. After a pitching change by the Volunteers and with two outs, Borom singled up the middle to drive in both runners and give the Bisons a 3-1 lead. Borom was able to show off his speed once again by stealing second and putting himself in scoring position. Junior Maddux Houghton would single up the left side and drive...