Student Government offices filled via e-mail balloting; Five freshmen additions coming in the fall

Student Government offices filled via e-mail balloting; Five freshmen additions coming in the fall

Forty students ran for 27 open office positions on next year’s Student Government Association (SGA). Because of the COVID-19 pandemic that closed campus, this year’s elections were held via e-mail. Five additional senator positions representing the freshman class will be filled when the new students arrive to Lipscomb in the fall. Below is a list of the SGA office position winners. Check back for interviews with the new SGA officers. Executive Officers: President: Mimi Vance Vice President: Dexter Woods Secretary: Rylee Russell Treasurer: Grant Lander Senior Class Senators: Chloe Allen Adelia Birdwell Elliot Forst Ellis Osburn Erin Stanley Junior Class Senators: Grant Bobo Grace Davis Carson Freund Megan Hinerman Grant Hitchcock Sophomore Class Senators: Adele Brothers Dumebi Ene Liz McKell Angie Medina Galeaz Hannah Mulzer At-Large Senators: Madi Ford Will Huff Lorena Maury Mackenzie McConnell Nate Messer Fiona O’Neal Donovan Ross Patrick...
Lipscomb LIFE Program Students Left Uncertain in Wake of COVID-19 Crisis

Lipscomb LIFE Program Students Left Uncertain in Wake of COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19’s impact on Lipscomb reached the Tennessee Women’s Prison, where a ground-breaking university program allowing traditional and incarcerated students to work together was cut short for the semester. Each Wednesday night for about the last 12 years, inmates from the Tennessee Women’s Prison have studied side-by-side with traditional undergraduate students through Lipscomb University’s Initiative for Education (LIFE) program. The program provides college courses taught inside the prison by Lipscomb professors. It allows those incarcerated to earn credit towards an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. But, due to COVID-19 concerns, the Tennessee Department of Correction suspended all visitors and volunteers, including traditional students from the LIFE program. Students enrolled on both sides of the bars were told the class meetings would be ending and it was left unknown when their educational paths would cross again. “It was all really sudden and really tough,” said Emmeline Stuart, who has been a traditional student in the LIFE program for the past two years.  “A week before spring break we were told that it would probably be our last class.” “What hurt the most was the women in the prison didn’t even know” Stuart, a senior, continued. “We talked to them and cried with them. None of us felt like there was enough time to even process it all.” Stuart, a ministry and theology major, said the relationships she’s made while a part of this program have only increased her compassion for those incarcerated. She said she hopes her post-graduation work will allow her to continue discussions around reconciliation and forgiveness, as well as to be an advocate for individuals who don’t have...
SGA Election Day turns electronic 

SGA Election Day turns electronic 

Election season has once again made its way to Lipscomb’s campus; however, this year campaigning is being done in an electronic format. SGA is hosting their elections for the 2020-2021 school year Tuesday, April 14; polling will be conducted via email for the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer as well as tenators. “I really wish I could be with you guys in person,” said Mimi Vance in her campaign video to students. Vance is running uncontested for the office of SGA president. “If I’m elected my top priority and number one goal will be to listen to you guys,” Vance said in her video directed towards students. “I think SGA can do a lot better on being transparent with our student body, to me that looks like using social media a lot better…using our blog and website better…as well as thorough recaps of all our meetings to be posted.” One commitment Vance is aiming towards is creating open-door office hours to encourage transparency, which has become a popular issue among SGA candidates. “The vice president must communicate clearly, keep discussions open and clear and be a leader on campus for those whose voices need to be represented.” Says vice president candidate Will Huff. The running for vice president is high contested this year. Alongside Huff, the candidates are Nate Messer, Patrick Smith, and Dexter Woods. The election will take place between the hours of 9 am to 3 pm CST. Students will be emailed a ballot by election day morning. For more information and campaign videos from those running for office, check out the email sent from the...
Lipscomb Full Moon Festival raises $6,700 for YES Mission

Lipscomb Full Moon Festival raises $6,700 for YES Mission

Lipscomb clubs, Delta Omega and Theta Psi host the Full Moon Festival each spring semester to raise money for a different mission. This year the clubs raised $6,700 for “The Mission of Youth Encouragement Services (YES).” The mission of yes is to “enrich the lives of children in Inner City Nashville, helping them to develop academically, physically, spiritually and socially.” The event functions as a philanthropy event but also united the student body through music. Throughout the evening, from 6 pm till 9 pm, students perform high-end karaoke with a live band and singing songs they have rehearsed. There is dancing, fun, and music all geared around a 50’s theme. The event is essentially a sock-hop playing current music mixed with old hits.   Riley Hoag captured a gallery of the event here. ...
St. John’s church offers students the opportunity to help feed Nashville’s hungry

St. John’s church offers students the opportunity to help feed Nashville’s hungry

Lipscomb students come together with other volunteers Thursday evenings to participate in Feeding the Hungry at St. John’s United Methodist Church. This weekly event provides a hot meal as well as clothing and other necessities to anyone in the community in need. “We do the food pantry and the clothes closet,” said Sandra Griggs, St. John’s United Methodist Church pastor and wife of Alan Griggs, associate professor of communication and journalism. Students portion salads, wash dishes, serve the food, clean the tables and do anything they can to help the other service members, according to the pastor. St. John’s is open from 3 to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday, and anyone is welcome to come to the clothes closet and get a free meal. Around 7 p.m.  the volunteers begin cleaning up. Both the food pantry and clothes closet are supplied by a variety of donors. “Deodorant, soap, clothes or leftover food. This stuff is all donated,” said Sandra Griggs. St. John’s Methodist Church has been feeding the community every week for close to 20 years and has plans to continue. “We have all sorts of people come to serve. We have newcomers, church members, and people from all different churches,” she said. “We would love any help we can get for these events. We have high school students that need to do community service, college students, and people from the community. Teenagers can come as long as they have a parent with them.” As a part of Lipscomb’s emphasis on service-learning, students from the university have become regular helpers at St. John’s. “We have Lipscomb students come at least...
Lipscomb alumna Brianne Welch covers college playoffs and is hopeful for her future career in local TV

Lipscomb alumna Brianne Welch covers college playoffs and is hopeful for her future career in local TV

Lipscomb alumna Brianne Welch is using the skills and passions she gained from her education at Lipscomb University, in her career today. Welch says she knew from a young age that journalism was her passion. “We had one of those little elementary school news teams that elementary schools have. I did that and I loved it, and I told my mom, ‘That’s what I want to do,’” Welch says. Her softball career at Lipscomb, as well as her love for college football, inspired her to choose sports journalism as a career. Aside from the knowledge, skillset and passion that her Lipscomb experience equipped her with, she also learned how to prioritize her time as a college athlete. This skill can be very important for anyone person wanting to enter the journalism world. She has had multiple opportunities in the journalism field, her first position being an anchor for KTAB/KRBC-TV in Abilene, Texas. She currently is the sports director at WCBD News 2 in Charleston. She has worked on a Sunday night sports only show and has had opportunities to cover the Fiesta Bowl for the playoffs as well as the Cotton Bowl. She is hopeful to be covering the national championships in the future. Ultimately she speaks of her experience in the Lipscomb communication department as, “I really loved being able to tell people’s stories whenever I get the chance.” Welch gets real as she shares her imparting wisdom upon future journalists: “You really have to have a really good work ethic…The hours are not good, you’re not really going to have a social life… you need to actually...