Girls’ Bible study Zion provides place of refuge

Girls’ Bible study Zion provides place of refuge

Blankets spread under the stars Monday night as several girls came together for this year’s first installment of Zion, a girls’ Bible study on campus. Zion is a weekly conversation of faith held for all interested freshman girls hosted by upperclassmen girls. The weekly Bible study began last fall when alumni Rachel Alexander, Hannah Clark and Lauren King launched an idea they had been dreaming about for years. “It was something we wished we had when we were freshman,” Clark said. “We can honestly say Zion became so much more than we ever dreamed. These girls are going to do some pretty amazing things to advance the Kingdom, not only on Lipscomb’s campus, but around the world.” Last fall, the first night of Zion brought 40 girls to the quad for a welcoming discussion of faith and the future. Over the next few weeks, the number in attendance dwindled down to 12, including the six that decided to continue Zion for it’s second year. “This devotional group is focused on providing intentional Christian community during the stress and joy of the school year,” sophomore Madeline McPherson said. “We are carrying on this group because we believe the Lord made us to be in community with each other and to share in our praises and our pain.” In addition to McPherson, the upperclassmen leading the discussions each week are sophomores Rachael Clark, Lauren King, Kristin Monahan, Savannah Turpin and McKamie Walker. The group is open to all freshman girls looking for a place to plug in on campus and find community. Zion meets each Monday night at 8 p.m. on the quad unless otherwise specified. “Please...
President’s Convocation celebrates 10 years of success, new beginnings

President’s Convocation celebrates 10 years of success, new beginnings

To many, one of life’s most precious moments may be a new life coming into the world, indicating a new beginning. At the President’s Convocation Tuesday morning in Allen Arena, Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry brought his four-week-old grandson on stage as an example of the start of a new journey. “I want you to look at this child for a moment — four weeks into this world with an entire lifetime ahead of him,” Lowry said. “He has a world of new opportunities, and I want you to remember this sense, this picture, this moment, because you do too.” Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing Deby Samuels said that Convocation is about personal endings and beginnings. “Today can be the beginning of a new chapter in your life regardless of what you brought to it, but only as long as you’re not re-reading the whole chapter,” Samuels said. “It’s been said that no one can go back and make a brand new start, but anyone can start now and make a brand new ending.” Convocation’s message focused on the celebration of the past 10 years of success, ringing in the start of the 125th academic year, with faculty dressed in traditional academic regalia, a parade of flags and music by the Nashville Pipes and Drums. Nan Gurley, advisory board member and founder of Lipscomb Theatre, was featured in a video that showcased Lipscomb’s achievements over the past decade. Among those were three new colleges the University has founded. One of the newest college additions includes the College of Entertainment & the Arts, which holds the cinematic arts, music, visual arts and...
Lipscomb men’s soccer loses 3-1 to Eastern Illinois

Lipscomb men’s soccer loses 3-1 to Eastern Illinois

The Lipscomb men’s soccer team (0-2) fell 3-1 in the home opener against Eastern Illinois Sunday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. The offense came out of the gates early for Bisons, but the offense and defense both fell in the second half. The Bisons set the pace within the first few minutes, keeping the ball away from the Panthers (1-1). Lipscomb’s forward sophomore Ivan Alvarado executed a near perfect chip shot over the goalkeeper for the Bison’s first goal of the game. The Panthers scored twice in a two-minute span early in the second half. In the 49th minute sophomore Cameron Botes committed a foul that earned him a yellow card right outside the box. The ball bounced around the box before finding the foot of the Panther’s forward Tyler Oliver, who put it in the back of the net to tie the game 1-1. Just two minutes later Oliver’s twin brother Justin broke the tie on a run-up the box before beating goalkeeper junior Micah Bledsoe on the inside post, taking a 2-1 lead. Later in the second half the Panthers extended their lead after some passing from Tyler Oliver, leading to a goal for the Panther’s Dominic Recca. Lipscomb men’s soccer returns home on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. to play No. 16 Xavier Musketeers. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Lipscomb women’s soccer defeats Jacksonville State 3-0

Lipscomb women’s soccer defeats Jacksonville State 3-0

The Lipscomb women’s soccer team (2-0-2) secured a 3-0 win over Jacksonville State (1-3) at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex Sunday night. Senior Alex Hickey was able to finish off an assist from sophomores Natalie DuBoise and Jade Abarca, then nine minutes later, freshman Maycie McKay capitalized on a poor throw by the Jacksonville State goalie. Head coach Kevin O’Brien said he was proud of the girls for playing so well on a short turnaround from last Thursday’s match against Cincinnati. “We dug in and continued to defend well,” O’Brien said. “Counting exhibition games, we are at six shutouts in a row, which is a pretty long run.” DuBoise scored to seal the game in the 80th minute. “We really wanted to press them and get a couple of early goals, and that’s what we did in the first half — that way we could come out a little more confident going into the second half,” DuBoise said. However, there were no yellow cards awarded and only a handful of free kicks. “There were a couple of late challenges, but again part of that is fatigue,” O’Brien said. “I don’t think it is a malicious intent from players on the ball — it is just [that] they are a little bit late with tired legs and they are not getting there as quickly as they would on a mid-week game.” “Non-conference games are basically to try and fine tune your teams to try and make a run in the conference,” O’Brien said. “It’s been great — we’ve been building a lot of confidence and self-belief.” The Lady Bisons will return to the...
High Rise Renovation photo gallery

High Rise Renovation photo gallery

Lipscomb men’s residence hall High Rise received a 92-day, $7.5 million renovation this summer. The new hall includes an upgraded HVAC system, new lighting, power and plumbing, additional common areas on upper floors and new finishes and furnishings. Photos by Ben...
Arcadian Wild releases new album after successful Kickstarter campaign

Arcadian Wild releases new album after successful Kickstarter campaign

Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, helping dreams like The Arcadian Wild’s first official full-length album come true.  The indie-folk group is composed of Lipscomb students Sarah Wood, Everett Davis, Isaac Horn and Lipscomb graduate Lincoln Mick. In February, the group started a Kickstarter campaign to fund their album, surpassing their goal of $9,000 in just 15 days. The group celebrated their new album with a release party in a crowded Shamblin Theatre Saturday night. “We weren’t expecting our Kickstarter to be such a success,” said Wood, a junior music major from Pueblo, Colorado said. “We got emails every single time someone donated and our phones just started blowing up and I would just sit there crying because I just couldn’t believe it.” Rewards for donating to the Kickstarter campaign included Arcadian Wild stickers, signed copies of the new album, an awkward family photo shoot with the band and even a chance to “tame the mane” and cut Horn’s hair. Sophomore Hannah Taylor, a studio art major from Louisville, Kentucky, praised the band for having a great stage presence, making Shamblin a “fun and lively place to be.” “What’s blowing all of our minds is the support from all of the people,” Wood said. “The support that we have is so humbling and amazing.” The album was recorded and produced by Belmont graduate Vian Zaayman, who the group met at a coffee house and gave much praise to during the release party. “Everyone tonight has been saying they can’t believe how much we’ve grown since last year and I think a lot of that growth came out of making...