Fifth-annual Relay For Life fundraiser raises over $25,000

Fifth-annual Relay For Life fundraiser raises over $25,000

For the fifth year in a row, Lipscomb students held the Relay for Life Fundraiser in Allen Arena from Friday night to Saturday morning, raising nearly $26,000 for the American Cancer Society. The all-night event drew social clubs, service groups and other campus organizations together for Zumba, lip-synch battles and a chance to remember those affected by cancer, and statistically, there are plenty to remember. “My grandmother had breast cancer when I was a baby and she was about 60,” said Lipscomb senior and Relay for Life chair Angela Sullivan. “When she was about 73 it came back in her leg. It’s been just over 11 years since she passed away. “Relay is kind of the way I can find reason in that. It’s the place to put all the hatred I have for this disease and feel like I’m doing something useful for that.” According to a study by the American Cancer Society, the number of those affected by cancer will grow in 2017, with over an estimated 1 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the United States alone. Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetimes. The funds raised by this year’s Relay will be used to combat those statistics through cancer research and patient programs, which Sullivan says can be life-changing. This is why she participates in the Relay. “When you see the kind of effect it can have on a person when they’re going through such a crappy time, it’s almost like a nonstarter. It was never a question. They’ve been an organization...
Evansville uses monster fifth inning to end Bisons’ win streak

Evansville uses monster fifth inning to end Bisons’ win streak

Lipscomb’s six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Sunday due to a sub-par pitching performance and the opportunistic hitting of Evansville. The Aces scored seven runs in the fifth frame to break a 3-3 tie and cruised to a 10-5 victory at Ken Dugan field to avoid being swept by the Bisons. Junior pitcher Dayton Tripp suffered his first loss of the season on the mound, allowing six runs on 10 hits in four innings of work. Tripp pitched in the fifth inning but did not record an out as Evansville quickly loaded the bases before he was taken out of the game. The Bisons could not seem to get out of the inning as they went through four pitchers (Tripp, Dallas Gibson, Alex Dorso and Adam Stewart) and slowly lost control as Evansville belted the ball all over the field. “I always tell our team that in a college baseball game someone is always going to crack,” skipper Jeff Forehand said after the game. “After they got runners on base, that’s when you need to put the fire out and only give up 2 or 3 instead of 7. All the momentum and energy was on their side, and that big inning was what killed us.” The loss brought a six-game win streak to an end and moved the Bisons to 14-9 on the season. After falling behind 1-0, left-fielder Lee Solomon drove in catcher Jeffrey Crisan on a groundout to get the Bisons on the board. First baseman Cade Sorrels then drove in Von Watson with a double down the left-field line to give the...
‘The Power Rangers Movie’ surged into theaters this weekend

‘The Power Rangers Movie’ surged into theaters this weekend

Having opened in theaters this weekend, The Power Rangers Movie, based on the beloved children’s television show created in 1994 by Saban Entertainment, has already received positive reviews. The show was originally about five teenagers from Angel Grove: Jason, Kimberly, Zach, Trini and Billy. They were chosen by Zordon, an ancient alien keeper of the power morphers, to defend earth from the treacherous hands of the evil Rita Repulsa. The movie cast is led by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as Zordon and Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games) as Rita Repulsa. The director is Dean Israelite, a fairly new director having only directed Project Almanac prior to this movie. The movie does a great job at satisfying both the Power Rangers fans who have followed the series throughout the 23 seasons it has been on air and the fans who have only seen the first season as a kid. The production begins with Zordon seconds away from being killed by Repulsa. In his last breath, he took the power morphers and sent them to the five who are worthy to become Power Rangers. Once the Rangers found the morphers, they first had to come together as a a team to be able to morph. Unbeknownst to the rangers, Repulsa has made her way to earth in search of the Zeo crystal and is building her monster, Goldar, to destroy Angel Grove. One of the first skepticisms about the movie was regarding how similar it would be to the show. There were also concerns that the production team would change the plot to where it would not resemble the original television adaption. It is safe to say that the movie has the same putty-fighting, megazord-forming action as its TV counterpart. It does not stray from the same quirkiness...
Bisons keep six-game win streak intact

Bisons keep six-game win streak intact

In an intense duel, Lipscomb kept its six-game win streak intact after a close 4-3 win over Evansville Saturday afternoon at Ken Dugan field. After a 4-1 win over the Purple Aces Friday night, the Bisons came back with junior Jeffrey Passantino as starting pitcher and senior Denton Norman coming in relief in the top of the ninth. Passantino tied his career-high in strikeouts with 10. “I made one bad pitch all day, in the eighth inning,” Passantino said. “I had to pitch out of some jams right there. They were bunting and got some cheap hits, so we really had to bear down and focus after I gave up that first run, but we brought good intensity today.” Evansville started off the top of the second inning with a quick single to drive in the first run of the game, but the Bisons managed to get out of the inning with only one run allowed. Lipscomb came right back and gained its first run of the game in the second inning as well to tie it up. “I really think Jeffrey pitched so well, and their guy pitched well too, but the turning point, I think, was when we came back and got a run after they scored in the second,” head coach Jeff Forehand said. Junior Michael Gigliotti kept the momentum going, smashing a double in the third and immediately advancing to third base on a fielding error. Sophomore Cade Sorrells then shot a hard single, bringing in Gigliotti for the Bisons’ second run. In the bottom of the sixth with bases loaded and two outs, sophomore...
Forehand reaches 500th collegiate win coaching; Bisons pull win over Evansville

Forehand reaches 500th collegiate win coaching; Bisons pull win over Evansville

With a pair of home runs from Zeke Dodson and a one-run outing from pitcher Brady Puckett, the Lipscomb Bisons (13-8) brought home a win over the Evansville Purple Aces Friday night at Ken Dugan field. Not only did the Bisons keep their five-game win streak intact, but head coach Jeff Forehand got his 500th collegiate win tonight (211 Trevecca, 289 Lipscomb). “It’s great,” Forehand said. “It will be big probably for me later on. I don’t want to make light of the whole thing because it is a cool thing, but this is a win — and it’s great. I’m happy to have 500 and hopefully I’ll be around for 600.” Puckett and Dodson also had big nights for the team, with Puckett nailing down the 4-1 win with strong defensive play and Dodson with solid offensive play. Pitching a full nine innings, Puckett entered the game with 18 career wins. This victory tied him with Brandon McClurg (06-09) for the most career wins in the program’s NCAA era. “I thought Brady pitched really well,” Forehand said. “To pitch all nine innings and only give up one run, that’s a really good start, and we’ve really come to expect that from him.” For the first three innings, Puckett set the tone for the rest of the game, going three up three down each inning. It wasn’t until the fourth inning that Evansville’s Kenton Crews got a single off the 6’9″ pitcher for the Purple Aces’ first hit of the game. Puckett finished the game only allowing six hits. The Bisons had some close calls during the game but...
McKayla Strickland shares heart for Africa

McKayla Strickland shares heart for Africa

McKayla Strickland joined a team of 16 people over spring break and traveled to remote villages in Uganda and Kenya to work on projects such as repairing wells, providing feminine hygiene kits for women, building chicken coops and providing Tevas for three leper colonies. The team first traveled to a village called Bukati in Kenya where the people have very limited access to water, medicine and hygiene practices. “Here, our team camped out at the church, which was a unique aspect of our ministry to show the people that we cared so much about the people there that we would live like them,” the sophomore strategic communications major said. Next, they went to a remove village in Uganda called Mayuge where they provided feminine hygiene kits for the women there through a ministry called 84 Days. Along with other services, 84 Days works to provide women with feminine care so they they can go about their normal life without enduring the shame that comes with having their monthly period without proper protection. “Girls miss 84 days of school a year because of their period, which is something we find absolutely appalling,” Strickland said. “One kit provides a girl with three years of protection.” Strickland emphasized how much she saw God at work during her time there. “The African people were so incredibly grateful and giving glory to God because of what we had done,” she said. After their team fixed a water well in Maygue, the Muslim leader there was so grateful that he donated land for them to build a Christian church in the village. Strickland said that...