Cyntoia Brown featured on ABC’s ‘Nightline’

Cyntoia Brown featured on ABC’s ‘Nightline’

Governor Bill Haslam announced last week that he would be granting clemency to Lipscomb graduate Cyntoia Brown. Since then, mixed reactions to Haslam’s decision have been broadcasted across the country. Wednesday night, Brown’s story was featured on ABC’s “Nightline”, a late-night news program. The story examined everything from the factors that led to her sentence to the next steps to come after her release in August 2019. The broadcast highlighted moments from the documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s story. The story was brought to Lipscomb’s campus in 2010, while Brown was working towards her associate’s degree from the University. The film was shown to Lipscomb students free of charge for the HumanDocs series that aimed to “encourage dialogue among students, faculty, and community members about pressing issues of social and economic justice and the environment.” The HumanDocs film series included a panel discussion with several notable figures in Brown’s case, including Lipscomb professor Preston Shipp, a former appellate prosecutor for Brown’s case who ended up becoming her teacher through the LIFE Program. Shipp’s coincidental presence in Brown’s life was highlighted in Nightline’s story. He once argued in favor of a life sentence for Brown. However, during Cyntoia’s July hearing, Shipp argued for her release. “If you grant her early release, she is going to invest herself [in people] who might otherwise come to [the Tennessee Woman’s Prison],” Shipp said. “She will seek them out. She will find them. She will mentor and minister to them, and she will keep other people from coming here.” Nightline reports that a sequel to the documentary, Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s story, will be released later this year, focusing on Brown’s journey to...
UPDATE: Lipscomb’s Shinn center continues construction, while new garage awaits groundbreaking

UPDATE: Lipscomb’s Shinn center continues construction, while new garage awaits groundbreaking

The roof for the George Shinn Event Center has just been completed; meanwhile, Lipscomb is expected to start construction on the new 300-space parking garage this spring. Here are the latest updates on both structures. George Shinn Event Center In December, many Lipscomb faculty members gathered at a topping out ceremony to celebrate the final beam being placed on the structure; they now have other construction updates to celebrate as well. In a statement to Lumination Network, University spokesperson Kim Chaudoin gave a new update on the event center. “The shell of the structure is complete,” Chaudoin said. “The roof has just put in place. Now, work is underway on bricking the outside of the structure.” The building is a product of the $15 million donation to Lipscomb made by former NBA owner George Shinn. When plans for the event center were originally revealed at the 2017 Imagine event, Lipscomb announced the building would be fully completed by the fall of 2018. However, workers had to redirect a storm drain, leading a postponement in construction. The center will have an event hall that will be able to sit up to 1,000 people. The hall will be used in a variety of ways, such as music concerts, theatrical events, art exhibits, receptions and even class lectures. The center will also include several spaces to be used by the College of Entertainment and the Arts: classrooms, studio space and a cinematic editing and viewing studio. It will also be home to a film production studio and a CG animation studio. The George Shinn Event Center is now expected to be fully...
Rob Marberry explodes for 23 points in strong showing against NJIT

Rob Marberry explodes for 23 points in strong showing against NJIT

The scoring started early for senior forward Rob Marberry and didn’t stop until the game was over. From the opening tip-off, Marberry showed why he’s one of the top scorers in the ASUN Conference. He scored Lipscomb’s first 10 points on perfect 5-5 shooting, giving way to a 70-52 Lipscomb victory. Lipscomb (13-4, 4-0 ASUN) came into the game looking to stay perfect within conference play, while NJIT was looking to bounce back from a six-point loss to UNA. NJIT (13-5, 1-2 ASUN) has been great at home, dropping only a single game at the WEC. The game started out quickly for the Bisons, as the team was able to force four turnovers within the first five minutes to jump out to a 10-4 lead. NJIT was able to get Lipscomb’s lead down to three points on a Diandre Wilson three-pointer to end a several-minute long scoring drought that affected both teams. With seven minutes to go in the first half, the Bisons started rolling. The Bison’s smothering defense was able to keep the Highlanders at bay, which turned into more opportunities for the offense. Over the next five minutes, Lipscomb would go on an 11-2 run, including holding its opponent scoreless for another several-minute stretch. At the half, Lipscomb was ahead 36-20. The team forced 11 turnovers – though the Bisons committed eight of their own. By the end of the game, NJIT had amassed a total of 21 turnovers. “You can’t get deflections and steals and be great helpers defensively if you’re not where you’re supposed to be,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said on the turnover number....
Lipscomb students share their thoughts on Bonnaroo and its star-studded lineup

Lipscomb students share their thoughts on Bonnaroo and its star-studded lineup

Summer can’t come quickly enough for Lipscomb students. Besides the better weather, summer offers endless activities for people who love the outdoors. One of Tennessee’s most anticipated summer events is Bonnaroo. The high-profile music festival is known for bringing thousands of people from all backgrounds together to camp and enjoy music for a weekend. “My favorite thing about ‘Roo is how happy everyone is and anyone can be whoever they want and everyone is accepted,” said strategic communications student Allie Coffey, who has attended Bonnaroo three times. “My favorite person to see is Post Malone – this will be my 3rd time seeing him.” The year’s lineup includes well-known artists like Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Post Malone, The Lumineers, Walk the Moon and Hozier, among others. Some students said they believe this year’s festival could be the best yet, and they couldn’t hide their excitement when asked about the lineup. “[I’m] most excited for Post Malone because he’s really great live,” said student Bailey Query. “Walk the Moon is so fun in concert, too.” While most students are excited to see their favorite performers, others attend because of the atmosphere Bonnaroo offers. “I don’t know what artists are gonna be there, but I love music and EDM, and I also like big crowds and big events,” said student Genessa Alejandre. While the cost of Bonnaroo might be considered a bit expensive, the performances of four days and the experience along with friends make it all worth it, according to the attendees. “Last year I did the one day pass and it was still an amazing experience, but I think the...
Lipscomb women’s soccer snags transfers from Auburn, Florida

Lipscomb women’s soccer snags transfers from Auburn, Florida

Following the success of its championship 2018 season, Lipscomb women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien had more good news to share Monday. The team announced the arrival of two SEC transfers – forward Cami Rogers from Auburn and midfielder Danielle Van Liere from Florida. Both players are eligible for the 2019 season. “They’re going to create more depth, and if they work hard, they could be starters for us,” O’Brien said. “Because you play so many games in rapid succession, it’s important to have a deep team and be able to rotate your squad.” Rogers scored two goals in 15 games as a freshman at Auburn in 2018. She tallied 86 career goals at Prattville High School near Montgomery, Alabama. “She has electric pace and is good at running at defenders,” O’Brien said. “She’ll fit into how we play with our transition and counter-attacking style.” Van Liere appeared in 15 matches over three seasons at Florida. O’Brien said her passing ability from the center midfielder position will provide a boost for the Lady Bisons. “She’s technical, intelligent and is a really good passer,” he said. “We have talented forwards, but their runs [toward the goal] don’t mean anything if we don’t have someone to pass them the ball.” Rogers and Van Liere join forward Allie Dunn as Lipscomb’s 2nd and 3rd transfers from the SEC. Dunn played at Arkansas in 2017 and figured to be a promising addition for the Lady Bisons before an injury derailed her 2018 campaign. Lipscomb is coming off its most successful season in program history after finishing with a 15-5-2 record and winning its first-ever...
The Northern Southern Belle: Fashion through the decades & how to incorporate them into your look today

The Northern Southern Belle: Fashion through the decades & how to incorporate them into your look today

Hello friends! Happy New Year! To start off 2019, I thought it would be fun to look back at six past decades and the fashion trends of each of them. In addition to seeing the styles shift every decade, there are ways to incorporate aspects of each of these decades into your wardrobe today. I was thrilled about this idea and then became even more excited when I was shopping in downtown Murfreesboro (which is so cute). My friends and I wandered into a store on the square called Sugaree’s, which was filled with vintage-style clothing. I seriously wanted to buy the entire store. So rather than using Pinterest as my inspiration for the styles of each decade, I thought we should look to our fellow Bisons. I spent hours on a quiet, cloudy Sunday sitting in the back of Beaman Library looking through yearbooks from 1939 to 1989 to find fashion inspiration from the classes that came before us. Enjoy these photos, styles and tips on incorporating the best of each decade into your daily look. The Best of 1939 A sweet photo of a couple filled an entire page in the 1939 edition of Lipscomb’s yearbook, The Backlog. Although it is just the backs of the couple, it gives a great depiction of the styles of the time. The girl is dressed in a plaid blazer jacket with a white knee-length skirt. The boy is dressed in a white jacket and dress pants as they stroll across campus. They are simply walking around campus, and they are dressed very nicely, which looks cute and classy.   A...