Lipscomb Celebrates Cultural Diversity with Week of WOW

Lipscomb Celebrates Cultural Diversity with Week of WOW

In an effort to raise cultural awareness on Lipscomb’s Campus, the Intercultural Department is sponsoring a week-long festival with events showcasing food, fashion and speakers from around the globe. This is the fourth year in a row Lipscomb’s Intercultural Department has hosted the WOW (Welcome to Our World) event, and the program directors stressed to students that it is crucial to encourage open intercultural communication and diversity on campus, while continuing to appreciate the differences and similarities that exist between cultures. “We are celebrating the many cultures represented on our campus,” Assistant Dean and Director of Intercultural Development Lisa Steele said. “Our intercultural students are sharing their traditions, cultures and ethnicity through food, fashion and fun. We are 22% diverse at Lipscomb, and we want to show what that number represents.” Upcoming events for the week include the International Fashion Show on Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in Shamblin. For this event, student models wear traditional clothing from their countries, giving intercultural students a venue to share their clothing and traditions, as well as allowing others to share in the cultures.  Students can also come by Bennett Student Center and pick up a free international dessert at “Sweet Treats from Around the World” on Thursday beginning at 11 a.m. “When we experience a piece of someone’s culture, we have a clearer insight into who they are,” Steele said. “The more we understand each other, the more we can respect our differences. “ The Food Truck Fest, featuring 11 trucks serving a variety of international foods, will be on Friday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Allen Arena circle.  This year...
Service Day gives students chance to lend helping hand to Nashville community

Service Day gives students chance to lend helping hand to Nashville community

Lipscomb students took some time to give back on the university’s 15th annual Service Day Wednesday afternoon. Classes were canceled from noon – 4 p.m. to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to choose from over 50 organizations to volunteer at various locations in Nashville. An estimated 900 students took part in the day, which started off with lunch in Allen Arena at noon and then heading out to volunteer for the afternoon. Freshman Paige Reece volunteered at The Bridge, a non-profit organization that donates essentials like food and clothing to the poor and homeless. Reece’s group spent time at the facility sorting clothes and cleaning the warehouse. “My favorite part was realizing all the different ways we can serve the Nashville community,” Reece said. “It was more different than I thought it would be but such a cool experience.” Sophomore Savannah Campbell went to Blakeford nursing home to play bingo and spend time with the residents. She said a highlight of her time volunteering was meeting President Lowry’s father. “He was so sweet and so happy to see us,” Campbell said, adding, “and so proud when we told him we knew his son.” When asked what her favorite part of the experience was, Campbell said she enjoyed the whole day in general. “It was so much fun. I’d love to go back and volunteer again next year.” Junior Rebecca Shannon personally lead a group with her social club Delta Omega and took a group of students to Rocketown, a youth outreach facility in Downtown Nashville. The social club has a history with Rocketown, going there in past...
Steady outing from Thomas, usual big bats lead to routine win for Bison softball

Steady outing from Thomas, usual big bats lead to routine win for Bison softball

McCarley Thomas mowed down Golden Eagle batters from the pitching circle all afternoon as Lipscomb softball (26-9) defeated Tennessee Tech 7-2 in a non-conference matchup at Draper Diamond on Wednesday. Thomas gave up three hits in seven innings to the boom-or-bust Golden Eagles hitters. Tennessee Tech (9-20) is batting just .218 as a team this season, but 41% of the Golden Eagles’ hits go for extra bases, including 34 home runs. “You certainly don’t want to stay on one plane and just go in-and-out to a team like that or they’re just going to tee off,” coach Kristin Ryman said. “She was a good matchup for them, being able to mix planes and speeds.” Golden Eagle leadoff batter Aalia Bivens led the game with a no-hop double to the wall in dead center and scored on a squeeze bunt later in the inning. Later, Thomas faced 15 batters without giving up a hit until Bivens scored a home-run in the sixth. An infield single in the seventh and a pair of walks were the only other blemishes on Thomas’s eighth win of the season. Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first, the Bisons pushed across an unearned run on Caitlin Plocheck’s single to tie the game, then took over the lead in the second. Shortstop Peyton Ward singled, stole second, then scored on Abby Fenichel’s single. Then Lipscomb broke the game open—and chased Golden Eagles starter Kayla Hughes, who earned the loss—in the bottom of the fourth, a three-run inning capped by Plocheck’s two-run double, her second run-scoring hit of the day. The junior batted in three runs to bring...
Lipscomb baseball loses to Vanderbilt at First Tennessee Park

Lipscomb baseball loses to Vanderbilt at First Tennessee Park

Some nights nothing seems to work out as planned. This was the case for Lipscomb (14-9) as the team fell to Vanderbilt (17-9) 10-0 Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park. Zeke Dodson broke up the no hitter for Vanderbilt’s sophomore right-handed pitcher Chandler Day in the bottom of ninth with two outs.   “Their guy pitched a fantastic game and I don’t want to take anything away from him, but on top of him holding us hit-less for eight innings, we did a lot of other things that aren’t typical for our team,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. “I wish Zeke’s hit wasn’t our only highlight but to keep fighting on that and to push through and not get a no-hitter is an accomplishment, but a small one at best.”  One highlight that came for Lipscomb happened in the first inning as Michael Gigliotti made a top-10 catch to rob Julian Infante of a two-run home run. “Michael Gigliotti’s catch was probably one of the best plays I’ve seen in 25 years and I thought that would be a spark for us but the spark just tapered away,” Forehand said. The game was scoreless up until the third inning when Vanderbilt began to warm up. Stephen Scott got the offense moving with an RBI single to put the Commodores on the board 1-0. Vanderbilt’s bats stayed hot as the team tallied on three more runs in the next inning while Lipscomb struggled through a pitching change before escaping the inning 4-0. Lipscomb held the Commodores in the 6th inning but would give up six more runs before the game came to a close. Recent...
Full Moon Fest raises over $5,000 for Ed Pack Global

Full Moon Fest raises over $5,000 for Ed Pack Global

On Sunday in Allen Arena, social clubs Theta Psi and Delta Omega hosted their fourth-annual Full Moon Festival and raised over $5,000 for Ed Pack Global.  Every year the two clubs host the event to raise money for a philanthropy of their choice while also raising awareness for issues relating to drug and alcohol abuse. This event is a benefit concert, and everyone on campus is invited to buy a ticket, wear their best ‘50s attire and enjoy live music put on by their fellow students. Junior Joel Clinger was one of the Executive Committee members of Full Moon Fest. After a grand total of $5,047 was raised, Clinger, as promised, shaved his head on stage, since the total raised exceeded their goal. “We provide a space for people to have a great time without the use of drugs and alcohol, while raising money for a good cause,” Clinger said. “This year we raised over $5,000 for Ed Pack Global which is four times as much as we’ve raised in the past.” “We have an incredible time listening to our own peers, some that play professionally, play covers of really popular songs,” Clinger said. “It’s a great concert that has both an exciting and clean environment.” Senior Zack Eccleston has played in the bands for Full Moon Fest every year, and he said that it is his favorite social club event. “It’s been so much fun getting to jam with the guys from my club and make music that lots of people can come rock out to, no matter what they do on campus,” Eccleston said. There is always a strong turnout from both students...
Bill Lee inspires students to make lives count at Tuesday’s ‘Gathering’

Bill Lee inspires students to make lives count at Tuesday’s ‘Gathering’

Joining Lipscomb’s Gathering on March 28 was Bill Lee, one of Nashville Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEOs.” Lee began with pointing out that our parents’ mistakes and our own are the factors that shape us. We find ourselves through these trials, but those days are behind us. As college students, we are in a spot where our lives are in front of us. Lee was saved in college and lived most of his life in a dream-state. He had a beautiful family, a sprawling estate and a great job. He remembered and shared his wife’s reading a passage out of Job to him one day. In chapter 38, God tells Job, “I will take care of you.” One day Lee found his youngest daughter crying in the field. He immediately asked her if her mother was okay, but his daughter said no and continued crying. He found his wife had suffered an equestrian accident. She never recovered, which left Lee to take care of his four kids, himself and everything he worked to. “I had entered into the darkest season of my life,” said Lee. He then remembered chapter 38 in Job. “I opened up the Bible to that chapter in the hospital room,” Lee said. “God told me, ‘Your circumstances change, but I don’t.’” Lee saw God’s power through this time. Lee’s son attempted suicide shortly thereafter, but even so, Lee had the profound realization that God is in his life. He is in everything. “He will walk with you through everything,” said Lee. Even through the most bitter days in life, Lee said there is “a sweet bread of hope that weaves itself through those...