Opinion: summer classes are better than fall and spring classes

Opinion: summer classes are better than fall and spring classes

Ah, summer school. The movies portray it as some kind of dungeon that sucks up your summer while all your friends who did good in school enjoy the pool. Summer school does have a negative connotation to it. Some people view summer school as a place where degenerates go after partying too much and flunking their fall and spring classes. When college students hear that the classes are typically three weeks to eight weeks long yet still jam a whole semester into them, they think only sadists would do that to themselves. Summer school, however, is not only easier than traditional school, it’s faster, and it keeps you in the rhythm of school. At Lipscomb, there are four summer semesters: Maymester, Junemester and Julymester, and also a full summer semester that stretches throughout June and July. This summer, I took two classes in Maymester that lasted only three weeks, four classes in the full summer semester that only took eight weeks and another final class in Julymester that went along with the final three weeks of my full summer classes. I took 19 credit hours in the span of 12 weeks, as opposed to a 16-week traditional semester. I still get a three-week break before classes start up again in the Fall, which is the same amount of time as Christmas break, and all the time away I need. The pacing of summer classes is fantastic. Too many times in too many classes I have spent what feels like an eternity on one chapter or one concept that I got down in the first few days. Meeting twice a...
Department of visual arts set to move to Ward Hall, lacking natural light

Department of visual arts set to move to Ward Hall, lacking natural light

Lipscomb’s art students have been moved out of the James D. Hughes Center to make way for the new physician’s assistant program. The visual arts department is moving to Ward Hall for the upcoming semester. The change-up has been a part of a series of recent large-scale renovation efforts by President Lowry, including the building of the new Shinn Event Center this year and a new business building next year. The move has displaced the long-time Ward Hall occupants of the psychology department, who have been moved to the second floor of Ezell. The renovation was immediately started on Ward Hall in preparation for the department of visual arts to move in. Students of both majors are concerned as to where their classes are going to be held, as psychology classes are still listed to take place in Ward Hall classrooms that no longer exist. “I don’t have that much faith that they will have Ward completed and ready for us in the fall,” Lipscomb art major Carrie Hull said. Some of the art department will be moving to the new Shinn Center, namely animation and graphic design. Animation and graphic design had only one room in the Hughes Center. Currently, there is no information as to where animation and graphic design will be meeting as the department awaits the completion of the Shinn Center. “When I first heard about it, I thought, ‘That’s kind of upsetting that we’re not getting a part of the new building,’ but they are renovating the new building for us.” Hull said. The Lipscomb website has not been updated to reflect the art...
Live on the Green music festival kicks off; student Myron Sailors enters LOTG lip sync contest

Live on the Green music festival kicks off; student Myron Sailors enters LOTG lip sync contest

Additional reporting by Erin Franklin August is here, and that means one of Nashvillians’ favorite summer things to do is back: Live on the Green. Lipscomb student Myron Sailors is just one of those Nashvillians who is especially looking forward to the festival. The free concert series kicks off August 9 and continues every Thursday until the three-day finale on Labor Day Weekend. This annual Music City festival is sponsored by the Lightning 100 radio station and features over 30 artists. To build some excitement for the upcoming festival, Lightning 100 is holding a lip sync competition for participants to potentially win VIP season passes to Live on the Green. The winner is decided by fan votes, and Lipscomb student Sailors is currently enjoying a slight lead in the competition. “VIP passes gets me access to stage-side viewing areas and bathrooms that aren’t Porta-Potties — bless up,” Sailors said. To vote for Sailors’ video, readers can click here. “I definitely felt inspired by the many great performances that I’ve seen celebrities give on Lip Sync Battle, but my motivation to work hard for what I want definitely has to be credited to my mom,” Sailors said, adding, “She probably wouldn’t be too happy that I took time off of studying for my organic final to put this together instead.”   Sailors noted that he thinks people should vote for him because of his dedication and long-time support of the music festival. “Honestly the song sells itself, but I feel like I should win because I’ve been a loyal Live on the Green attendee since I was a wee sophomore...
Rachel Smiley joins staff as new Housing Coordinator, Director of Student Services

Rachel Smiley joins staff as new Housing Coordinator, Director of Student Services

Rachel Smiley joined the Lipscomb community this summer, not only as the new Housing Coordinator (succeeding Andrea Breland), but also as the Director of Student Services, a newly created role designed to assist students. Smiley’s office, as well as Louis Nelms’ office, is being moved to the newly renovated Student Services Center in what used to be Zebi’s Lounge. “Instead of you all having to go around campus to financial aid, to business, to athletics, you come straight to me, and I’m the liaison now between all departments,” Smiley said. “So when students have questions, I’m able to help them instead of them having to run to all the departments.” Smiley has a degree in criminal justice, psychology and sociology and is a full-time real estate agent. Her two children attend Lipscomb Academy, and she previously substitute taught there before getting her job at the university. “I love the environment, and I love that it’s a Christian organization, and I can bring my faith on-campus without being shunned or ridiculed,” Smiley said. “Everybody has been very helpful, very gracious and very forgiving.” Smiley’s role extends beyond the traditional aspects of the job, and she noted that she hopes to build relationships with the students. “I  accepted this position knowing what my role was but not knowing how to do that, so I was able to create what that looked like,” Smiley said. “My highest expectation is making sure the students are taken care of.” After working within the Student Life and Housing departments, Smiley said she noticed a lack of trust between the different departments, especially the admissions department....
Department location changes: how will this affect students this fall?

Department location changes: how will this affect students this fall?

Chances are, your major’s department might be moving to a new location this fall. As students return to classes on August 20, schedules will likely appear different from year’s past. The need for these changes reflects the growth of enrollment, which has had an all-time high 4,462 students. Lumination’s Abbi Scott sat down with Kim Chaudoin, the university’s asst. vice president of public relations and communication, to determine all the changes affecting students this year. The art department, which has previously resided in the James D. Hughes Center, will be transitioning into Ward Hall, located near the McFarland Science Center that is home to the college of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Institute for Sustainable Practice. With the art department leaving the Hughes Center, the physician’s assistant program will now be calling the James D. Hughes Center home. The fashion department is also set to move into the George Shinn Event Center and out of the James D. Hughes Center once construction is completed. In addition to the art and fashion departments moving, the psychology department will also be relocating to top floors of the Ezell Center. The film department will also be temporarily moving into the Ezell Center, until the George Shinn Event Center is complete. The film department previously resided in the lower level of the Sewell Residence Hall, which still remains home to the Admissions Department. With these two departments transitioning into the Ezell Center, the communications department will be making a few slight changes. The previous journalism computer lab will be relocated to a room across the hall, and a new film studio for...
Student Life announces changes, calendar of events for fall semester

Student Life announces changes, calendar of events for fall semester

Full calendar of upcoming fall events below. With the fall semester quickly approaching, Lipscomb University’s student life team is busy planning events for the students’ arrival. Louis Nelms, director of student involvement, said he is ready for students to get back on campus. “One thing things students should be really excited about is the cafeteria renovations,” Nelms said. “The ice cream station has moved, and we are opening up a really cool patio space.” This new space will allow students a larger outdoor eating and “hang-out” environment. Nelms said the student life office is looking forward to hosting several events in this new space. Nelms added that he is proud to announce one of the newest additions coming to the Bennett Campus Center. Lipscomb is introducing the new restaurant Creekside Burgers & Shakes to replace Far East Fusion in the student center. “We are sad to see Far East Fushion go,” Nelms said, “but are excited for a brand new eatery.” Another big announcement is the Parking Partner Program for commuter students. This program will allow students the ability to park at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ and take the shuttle to campus. Every time a student does this five times, they will receive the perk of three FREE meals from the cafeteria. Every Thursday night beginning August 23rd until October 11, Maggie Moo’s ice cream will be giving out free ice cream in the square at 9:30 p.m. to all university students. High Rise will also still be hosting “Wednesday Nights We Eat” every Wednesday evening at 10 p.m. Below is a full list of events happening this semester...