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...
MLK Day of Service unites students across Nashvile

MLK Day of Service unites students across Nashvile

On Saturday, January 18th, over 600 students from Nashville colleges and universities gathered together to attend service projects in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students from not only Lipscomb, but Belmont University, Fisk University, Nashville State Community College, Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Vanderbilt University were divided up and sent all over Nashville to counter at different service sites. Taylor Morrow, a senior at Lipscomb, enjoyed having people from different universities come together to be able to serve. “A lot of people are willing to come out and serve, people from all different backgrounds. It was cool to get everyone from different schools altogether,” says Morrow. This year’s theme for the MLK Joint Day of Service was “Sit-Ins @ 60: Students. Action. Justice,” as a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins and those who rallied against racial injustice. These sit-ins, which lasted about three months in the 1960s, occurred at different lunch counters and were a part of a nonviolent campaign to end segregation in Nashville. These sit-ins consisted of primarily African American college students, who were often attacked both verbally and physically during their campaigns. The event kicked off at TSU, where students had a chance to choose which service project they wanted to attend. Those who volunteered had nearly 25 different service opportunities to choose from — including Second Harvest Food Bank, Project Transformation, Feed the Children, and many more. Students were also given the opportunity to attend an interview with Nashville Sit-Ins Leader Dr. Rip Patton before being sent off to their respective...
‘Pick and Roll’ pep band adds energy to basketball-game atmosphere

‘Pick and Roll’ pep band adds energy to basketball-game atmosphere

Lipscomb’s Pick and Roll rock band is bringing a new type of pep to Bisons basketball games. The band, which will play at every home game this season, consists only of Lipscomb students and faculty. It was sprung by a professor, Steve Taylor, who was disappointed by the lack of any musical boost for the home team during a game last season against Liberty. “Liberty had brought their own band to the game and Lipscomb did not have a band — and that upset him that we had such a strong music department and a strong basketball team and the two had not some together to work a lot,” said John Painter, who Taylor contacted to get a plan in the works.   There will be some surprises from Pick and Roll this season, from more instruments to special guests joining in with the...
GALLERY: Frosty Bison Boogie 5K raises fun and funds for IDEAL Program

GALLERY: Frosty Bison Boogie 5K raises fun and funds for IDEAL Program

A cold autumn Saturday morning in November didn’t put down the high spirts of the runners for the fourth annual IDEAL Bison Boogie 5K. Twenty-nine degrees was the coldest-ever start for the Boogie in its short history of having fun while supporting Lipscomb’s IDEAL Program. All the money raised from goes toward the IDEAL program. The IDEAL Program gives students with intellectual or developmental disabilities the opportunity to come to Lipscomb to experience and learn in college. IDEAL students and Lipscomb faculty were among the participants in the 5K....