As national and local COVID-19 cases climb, Lipscomb preps for upcoming months

As national and local COVID-19 cases climb, Lipscomb preps for upcoming months

As of Nov. 29, Davidson County has 2,900 active cases of COVID-19. This increases the number of cases that Nashville has had since the start of the pandemic to 46,000. Concerns over hospital capacity and the number of cases per 100,000 residents have led the mayor’s office to implement new restrictions, some of which could affect Lipscomb in the upcoming months. “For the last several of weeks our number of cases have inching up,” says Kim Chaudoin, assistant vice president for public relations and communication at Lipscomb. “We’ve had about three or four weeks where our numbers have really spiked…it’s interesting because it seems like there’s a correlation with as Nashville’s numbers have increased, ours have too.” Over the past few weeks, Lipscomb’s COVID-19 numbers have steadily climbed from zero cases the week of Nov. 2 to 33 cases in the last set of reported numbers on Oct. 23. This rise in cases and the increasing number of students in quarantine prompted Lipscomb to discourage students from returning after Thanksgiving break. “I get that [the correlation of Nashville and Lipscomb cases] makes sense because we have a lot of students who live off campus, people go to eat, they go to church and do a lot of activities,” added Chaudoin.  As students go online for the remainder of the semester and most students are now at home, campus cases are sure to decrease. However, the continued national and local increase in cases could signify changes in Lipscomb’s plans for graduation and the upcoming semester. Chaudoin says “the logical question might be what happens with graduation in December and I think we’re just going to kind...
Former Lipscomb soccer player and her husband use sport she loves to minister to boys, young men in Honduras

Former Lipscomb soccer player and her husband use sport she loves to minister to boys, young men in Honduras

A Lipscomb graduate is following her dreams — with her new husband — by moving to Central America to serve the Lord through soccer, the sport she played throughout her college years. Danielle Van Liere graduated from Lipscomb in May of 2020 with a degree in kinesiology. During her time in college she played Division 1 soccer at the University of Florida for three years and then at Lipscomb for a year.  Carter Jackson graduated from Samford University and then worked in admissions at Samford for two years. The couple recently moved to Honduras with the ministry Buena Vista Sports Academy. “Back in February, I decided I wanted to serve in missions in Honduras. I felt like God was calling me to missions and to use my passion for soccer,” said Danielle. “I met a ministry called Buena Vista Sports Academy in Honduras. Their goal is to use the platform of soccer to bring the gospel to the nations and disciple young men and break generational cycles of poverty.” Buena Vista Sports Academy has a mission to take the love of Jesus to tough places, evangelize and disciple boys and young men, pray for the Holy Spirit to light them on fire, and expect entire communities to come to Christ as a result. “I won’t be moving down to Honduras alone, Carter my husband will be moving down with me. Carter will be helping out with soccer, discipling, and doing chores. I will be discipling and helping out with soccer as well.” Training for soccer happens every day and games will be on the weekends. There are some soccer...
Nashville SC stuns Toronto FC with 1-0 win in 1st round of MLS Playoffs

Nashville SC stuns Toronto FC with 1-0 win in 1st round of MLS Playoffs

Tuesday night Nashville SC beat Toronto FC 1-0 in extra time in the first round of the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. Many did not expect Nashville SC to make it to the playoffs, but after beating Inter Miami 3-0 in the play-in game last week, the expansion franchise, playing in their first year in the MLS, proved they are legitimate contenders for the 2020 MLS Championship. Against Toronto, Nashville fell behind in the possession battle, controlling the ball only 38% of the time, but proved to be more efficient in their possessions, outshooting Toronto 21-12. Four of those shots reached the back of the net, but three were waved off due to offsides penalties, including two shots by Nashville SC forward Jhonder Cadiz in the 13th and 54th minutes.  After the full 90 minutes of regulation, the teams went into extra time. In the MLS playoff format, the two sides play two 15 minute halves of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. There is no golden goal in this format. Penalty kicks would end up being unnecessary as Nashville SC forward Daniel Rios scored in the 108th minute. This is the fourth goal of the season for Rios, but this goal proves to be the most important thus far. After Rios’s goal, Nashville held on for the remaining 12 minutes to clinch a spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Nashville SC will play Columbus Crew SC the third ranked team in the Eastern Conference on Sunday, November, 29th in the Cup quarterfinals. Nashville SC becomes only the second expansion team to advance this far in their...
Lipscomb Men’s basketball home-opener canceled.

Lipscomb Men’s basketball home-opener canceled.

Lipscomb University was set to plan their home opener game against Campbellsville Harrodsburg tonight at 7 pm. The university released information regarding capacity and new COVID-19 regulations at home games earlier this week, but the first game has since been canceled. Due to a COVID-19-related issue within the Campbellsville program, the game was canceled. The teams will not make up the game. The Bisons will now open their season on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Lamar in the Tulane Classic. They will then play Tulane at 1 p.m. on Sunday on ESPN+....
Lipscomb keeps track of COVID surge while planning in-person graduation ceremonies

Lipscomb keeps track of COVID surge while planning in-person graduation ceremonies

Graduation — the moment students and their parents anticipate from the outset of the college journey — will look different this winter. It is still scheduled for December 19 in Allen Arena, but because of COVID, attendance will be limited, leaving out the parents. And, given the surge of the virus, there still is a chance it will be moved online, as it was last spring. In the spring, graduates didn’t have the opportunity to walk across the stage. For the first time in the university’s history, they hosted a virtual graduation. Students and their families watched the ceremony online. This semester Lipscomb is trying — despite the COVID pandemic — to give students the opportunity to walk across the stage. Because of the concerns about crowds and social distancing, the ceremony will be limited to faculty and graduates only. Parents, family members, and friends will have to watch the graduation ceremony through live stream. Provost Craig Bledsoe describes the pains taken to make sure graduation is safe  during this era of the killer virus. “Knowing the restrictions we have, our plan is to have a graduation that resembles, looks like, feels like, what a regular graduation would look like for students,” he said. “Graduation will be physically distanced as much as possible, with guidelines we’ve been given by the city and state as well as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.) “This will be for graduates, that’s probably going to be the biggest difference, we won’t have guests at the ceremony itself.” There is some trepidation though that this may not work, since positive...
Thanksgiving with COVID: Students describe how unwanted ‘guest’ flavors holidays

Thanksgiving with COVID: Students describe how unwanted ‘guest’ flavors holidays

Adjunct professor Tim Ghianni, journalist-in-residence at Lipscomb, asked his 21st Century Media students to ponder the holidays, their traditions and what COVID-19 will or will not spoil this year. Here are some of their responses: Extra cautious because of grandparents My extended family loves being together. Both on my mom’s side of the family and my dad’s. We alternate each year who we spend each holiday with, and each year it is always a blast, laughing together, playing games, sharing memories and just having that time to slow down and just spend time together. Leading up to this year’s holiday season, I think we all feared that we would not be able to spend time together. Thankfully, my family’s holiday plans have not changed drastically because of COVID, but a few things leading up to the holiday season have had to change. I  know for me personally, I had a few trips planned recently that I was really looking forward to, but because I knew that I would be spending Thanksgiving with my grandparents, I had to cancel those trips. Both myself and my brother have had to be extra cautious in these last few days at Lipscomb in preparation for spending time with my grandparents. … I know so many are not even able to be with anyone outside of their immediate family for this holiday season. So many things have been taken away from us this year because of COVID, and it is unfortunate that such a joyful time such as Thanksgiving and Christmas has to be taken away as well. But, hopefully we can all come away from...