Signed and sealed: Williams inks pro basketball deal in Luxembourg

Signed and sealed: Williams inks pro basketball deal in Luxembourg

It’s been nearly a year and a half since Josh Williams played his last college game, but the former Lipscomb star hasn’t given up on his pro basketball dreams. BBC Arantia Larochette, a professional team in Larochette, Luxembourg, announced Tuesday that they have signed Williams for the 2018-19 season. “It’s good to be back after taking a year off,” Williams said. “I’m glad (BBC Arantia) felt they could go ahead and take that chance on me. The level of competition is a lot higher, but I’m going to be ready.” The 6-foot-5 guard signed with Sims Basketball Agency last summer in hopes of landing a pro contract overseas. Despite some interest, Williams decided to stay at Lipscomb and complete his business degree. “It was a situation where I didn’t want to start playing without closing the door on school,” he said. “Obviously, I’m not going to go through all that school for no reason. Basketball was just a way to get the education.” After being lightly recruited out of high school, Williams blossomed into a star for the Bisons. He started 12 games as a freshman and averaged 16.9 points per game as a sophomore in 2014-15. However, he tore his ACL in a non-conference game against Princeton in December 2015, causing him to miss the remainder of his junior season. Williams later returned for his senior year in 2016-17, averaging 13.4 points per game and helping the Bisons to a 20-13 record. He totaled 1,506 career points at Lipscomb. He kept training throughout the past year and said his ACL injury is now completely behind him. “If I would’ve...
Guidelines promoting racial diversity in college admissions reversed by Trump

Guidelines promoting racial diversity in college admissions reversed by Trump

President Donald Trump’s administration has reversed a college admissions policy regarding the use of race in determining college applicants. The president’s new order rescinded federal guidance on affirmative action that was originally put in place by former president Barack Obama. The policy requested that schools factor the ethnicity of those they enrolled as a way to promote racial diversity and inclusion. The tool has been used across the country for private colleges as a way to grow their diversity. Now, colleges across the country can utilize a “blind” admissions process where they don’t incorporate a person’s race in admission. Lipscomb’s Vice President of Enrollment Byron Lewis spoke to WZTV about how the rule affects colleges. “There are a lot of institutions across the country that this isn’t a big factor, but for a lot of highly-selective and selective institutions, it is something that is certainly used as a tool, one of many, to be able to promote diversity on campus,” Lewis said. Trump’s administration has recently backed a group of students who have accused Harvard University of using the tool to discriminate against Asian-Americans during the admissions process. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been opposed to the rule. Last year, he announced he would bring an end to the Justice Department issuing guiding documents that bypassed the formation of actual law. “The American people deserve to have their voices heard and a government that is accountable to them,” Sessions said. “When issuing regulations, federal agencies must abide by constitutional principles and follow the rules set forth by Congress and the President in previous administrations, however, agencies often tried to...
Former Lipscomb pitcher heading to UCF as grad transfer

Former Lipscomb pitcher heading to UCF as grad transfer

Kyle Kemp is returning to the state where his baseball career began. After spending four years at Lipscomb, the right-handed pitcher announced via Instagram Monday evening that he will finish his career at UCF as a graduate transfer. “The UCF coaching staff has the same values as they do at Lipscomb,” Kemp said. “They really love their players. I’ll also be two-and-a-half hours away from home instead of 12-and-a-half, so that really helps me.” The Port Charlotte, Florida, native redshirted during the 2015 season while rehabbing his throwing elbow after having Tommy John surgery. He then pitched for the Bisons from 2016-18 and was honored with the team’s seniors in an on-field ceremony in May. Kemp informed the Lipscomb coaching staff before the season began that he intended to finish his eligibility elsewhere. “I tried to take the most appropriate way of doing it,” Kemp said. “I told (the coaches) that my grad school option at Lipscomb was a basic MBA or nothing, in terms of business. I wanted to go to a school that offered an MBA with a sports management concentration.” Kemp is currently playing for the Hyannis (Mass.) Harbor Hawks of the prestigious Cape Cod League. He touts a 2.84 ERA in 6.1 innings pitched for the Hawks, who are currently in second place in the West Division with a 16-10-2 record. At age 22, he is one of the Hawks’ oldest players and sees himself as a team leader. Kemp also pitched for the Cotuit Kettleers in his first Cape Cod stint in 2017. “Being a leader in a league full of guys that are...
BREAKING NEWS: Scott McDowell leaving Lipscomb to work at ACU

BREAKING NEWS: Scott McDowell leaving Lipscomb to work at ACU

President Randy Lowry announced today that Scott McDowell, Lipscomb’s senior vice president of student life, is moving to Abilene Christian University to serve as its new vice president of student life. McDowell is a Kittanning, Penn., native who has an undergraduate degree in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, a master’s degree in religion from Lipscomb University and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He served at Lipscomb for more than 25 years. In 2014, he was selected to serve as Lipscomb’s senior vice president of student life. President Randy Lowry released a letter to Lipscomb faculty concerning McDowell’s departure. “We congratulate Scott on this appointment and, while we will miss his dedicated work at Lipscomb, we know that he will be an effective leader at ACU and will continue to make an impact on the lives of young people,” Lowry said. Lowry pointed to Lipscomb’s growing national “reputation” as reason for McDowell’s move: “As Lipscomb’s reputation continues to grow nationally, it is the reality that other institutions will increasingly look to our people to lead them,” Lowry said. “That is to be expected because it is our people, their vision, creativity and effectiveness that has made Lipscomb one of the fastest-growing and most innovative independent universities in our region. We do not cherish the moments when such occurs, but we share in the excitement when new opportunities are offered to those for whom we have great regard.” According to Lowry’s statement, Dr. Jim Thomas will serve as the interim senior vice president of student life. A “national search” will be conducted to find McDowell’s...
Marvel scores big again with ‘Ant Man and the Wasp’

Marvel scores big again with ‘Ant Man and the Wasp’

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first Marvel movie after Avengers: Infinity War left theater-goers speechless. Ant-Man and the Wasp is its own standalone movie that mingles very little with the other Marvel films, not confronting the cliffhangers in Infinity War. If you haven’t seen Infinity War yet, you don’t need to in order to understand and enjoy this film. Ant Man and the Wasp is possibly even the best film Marvel could have put out right after Infinity War as it allowed Marvel fans to stop stressing over the cliffhanger at the end of Infinity War and focus on another great superhero adventure that is going on at the same time. Ant-Man and the Wasp follows Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) way over on the other side of the United States in sunny San Fransisco, a place that doesn’t have much of a superhero presence (as opposed to New York City, where most of Marvel’s heroes live). Scott has been on house arrest now for two years following the events of Captain America: Civil War, and of course, he only has one week left until he is a free, non-superhero man. During his last week on house arrest, he has a dream about Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) wife, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) who has been trapped in the Quantum Realm since before the events of the first film. Scott then gets roped into another adventure with Hank and Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly) to rescue Janet from the Quantum Realm. This time, Hope dons the suit of the Wasp, who can fly, has laser guns and is much more...
Sakou’s pro soccer dreams alive and kicking with Inter Nashville FC

Sakou’s pro soccer dreams alive and kicking with Inter Nashville FC

Former Lipscomb soccer standout Ivan Sakou is hoping his foot skills – not his math skills – help him get a job soon. The Cameroon native is spending the summer playing for Inter Nashville FC, a National Premier Soccer League team based at the International Indoor Soccer Complex in Antioch. He’ll then return to school this fall to complete his degree in mechanical engineering. Sakou leads the team with eight goals and said he is enjoying playing in the NPSL, which is widely considered to be part of the fourth tier of American soccer. “This season has been up and down,” Sakou said. “NPSL teams have a lot of guys coming in and out, and I think that’s affected us a lot. But we’re on an upward slope.” He first landed at Western Nebraska Community College in 2014 and then transferred to VCU for the 2015 season, before playing his final two years at Lipscomb. Sakou finished his college career with 30 total goals and 14 assists, and he was named MVP of the 2017 ASUN tournament, which Lipscomb won with a 2-1 victory over Jacksonville. Not bad for a guy who came to the United States to focus on school, not soccer. “Coming from Cameroon, I didn’t think I would have this many opportunities to play soccer,” he said. “I came to the U.S. to study more than anything else. But I’m thankful for the opportunity to keep playing.” Along with former Bison teammates Ivan Alvarado and Eduardo Reza, Sakou was a trialist for the USL’s Nashville SC in a friendly match against his former Lipscomb team on...