Lipscomb to hold Spring 2020 commencement virtually due to COVID-19

Lipscomb to hold Spring 2020 commencement virtually due to COVID-19

President L. Randolph Lowry informed the entire Lipscomb Community, during a Live Virtual Conversation, that graduation will be held virtually for May Commencement. This came after an email from the Graduation Office was sent to all May and August Graduates informing them that all graduation activities will be held online. “I am sorry to announce that we will not have a traditional graduation in May,” said Lipscomb President L. Randolph Lowry. “We simply don’t believe that we will be allowed, even, to have that kind of crowd on campus.” All events concerning graduation will be moved to virtual meetings. This includes: baccalaureate, college, and department celebrations, and conferring of degrees. Virtual baccalaureate will take place on Friday, May 1 for a final time of worship with Lipscomb for the seniors. College and department celebrations will have virtual celebrations. The graduate office email states, “Since we cannot be together in person in May for our usual dinners and celebrations, each college and department will plan a virtual celebration for you and your classmates,”. The email also touched on the conferring of degrees, stating, ” We will virtually confer your degrees as planned on May 2. Many of you have jobs and graduate school plans following graduation and we know it is very important for you to have your degrees,”. Those who plan to complete their degrees in May or August do have a chance to participate in an on-campus commencement. “We are going to invite everyone who completes their degree work in May or everyone who completes it in August to join us in December. Actually the 19th of December, where...
Lady Bison softball mercy-rules North Carolina

Lady Bison softball mercy-rules North Carolina

The Lady Bisons softball team beat North Carolina Tar Heels 12-2 in five innings at Draper Diamond, in their last game before the suspension of sports until mid-April. The Lady Bisons took control of the game early, scoring four runs in the first inning. The first two came from an RBI single by Hannah Devault to deep center field that allowed Peyton Ward and Presley Leebrick to score.  Immediately after scoring, Olivia Ward came up to bat. Ward followed up Devault’s single with a two-run shot over center field to increase the Lipscomb’s lead to 4-0.  “I thought offensively we came out swinging and swinging well from the get-go,” said Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman. North Carolina managed to get only one run out of the top of the second thanks to a sacrifice fly from Lexi Godwin to make it a three-run game.  The bottom of the second inning was much like the bottom of the first, with Lipscomb putting up another four runs. This time it was from a Hannah Devault grand slam that gave the Lady Bisons an 8-1 lead. In the fourth inning, North Carolina’s Kiersten Licea hit a solo shot over the right field fence that decreased Lipscomb’s lead to six runs.   In the bottom of the fourth the Lady Bisons put the game away. It first started with a throwing error that allowed Peyton Ward to score from second base, making it 9-2.  This was followed by a three-run homer to center field from redshirt freshman catcher Kamrie Rich, increasing the lead to 12-2 and enforcing the run rule.  Two Tar Hell runners got...
Super Bowl LIV Preview: Lipscomb students predict the winner

Super Bowl LIV Preview: Lipscomb students predict the winner

The Bison-filled cafeteria was particularly steaming with debate on Friday, in anticipation of the big game, Super Bowl LIV. Super Bowl Sunday is an unofficial national holiday, and even those who don’t normally watch NFL games will be watching. Elena Newton, a sophomore social work major, had a personal reason for predicting “The 49ers.” With a laugh, she explained her reasoning:  “Because I don’t like the Chiefs, since they knocked out the Titans. Also, they seem like the better team.” Junior criminal justice major Cooper Blanchard was confident in his pick: “Even though he shredded the Titans…I think that (Kansas City second-year pro) Patrick Mahomes is going to go down as the greatest quarterback of all time with the most touchdown passes…maybe not yards…probably yards. But most touchdown passes of all time. And I think that they are going to beat the 49ers by more than 20 points.” “Are you serious?” responded Newton, incredulously, at Blanchard’s pick: “No.” The Chiefs, or at least Mahomes, seemed to have won over most of the students. “I think the Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl because Tyreek Hill is the fastest player in the NFL,” said Tyler Irvin. “I am rooting for the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl.” said sophomore Carly Mitchell “I think the Chiefs are going to win,” said Tucker Hamar. “Patrick Mahomes…he’s just too good. You can’t stop him.”  “I’m rooting for the 49ers,” said Alex Newsome. “But really what it comes down to is whoever gets the lead first. “Both teams are fast and like to get out of the gate early, and they love...
‘The Mechanics’ win annual Dodgeball tournament

‘The Mechanics’ win annual Dodgeball tournament

“Campus Security,” “Hydro-Flask” and “Nun-of-That” all made team costume appearances at the Student Activities Board’s annual dodgeball tournament. The event was a Halloween season hit once again, allowing the student body to come together in an epic competition for the title of dodgeball champion and a large purple trophy to show that Lipscomb pride. The competition was heated as teams battled it out to the end slowly being eliminated in a winner-play-winner format. “Campus Security” took on “The Mechanics” in the championship round. “Campus Security” has won the tournament two years in a row, but this year the streak ended. “The Mechanics” won the trophy for 2019. Tyler Harvey was there to capture a gallery of all the action....