Breaking: Indoor Mask Mandate extended until January 31st

Breaking: Indoor Mask Mandate extended until January 31st

The indoor mask mandate on campus has been extended until January 31st. Lipscomb students were informed of the news via an email sent out Thursday Afternoon by Dr. Matt Paden, executive vice president. “This week we have experienced the highest positivity rate in our community over the last 18 months due to a spike in cases as a result of the presence of the omicron variant as well as a significant number of cases of the flu among students,” said Paden in the email to students. According to the Campus COVID Statistics, the number of positive COVID Tests increased tremendously this week. More than 40 positive tests occurred on January 18. “As we continue to do what we can to minimize the impact of the virus and its variants in our community, the indoor mask mandate is extended through Monday, Jan. 31.” Students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to wear masks throughout all university buildings, regardless of vaccination status. “We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as appropriate,” Paden assured students in the email “We are hopeful that we are about to reach a plateau and that we will soon be on the downside of this spike.”  Photo by Cora...
Women’s basketball pounds Panthers in front of next generation

Women’s basketball pounds Panthers in front of next generation

The Lipscomb women’s basketball team dominated Division III LaGrange by a 77-45 scoreline Wednesday morning at Allen Arena. The game welcomed lower school students between kindergarten and 2nd grade from Lipscomb Academy, who took a field trip down Granny White Pike to watch the Bisons play. “That was fun,” assistant coach Chris Sumski said. “It meant a lot. Even [head coach] Lauren [Sumski] got a little bit emotional at the beginning of the game with the kids cheering. Our kids really enjoyed that, we’re really thankful to them today.” With hundreds of Academy students cheering them on, the Bisons left no room for doubt about the result. Lipscomb scored the first ten points, 5 of which came from junior forward Maddie Cook, and they never looked back. Cook, a Belmont transfer led the team in scoring for the second straight game, finishing with 13 on 6-8 shooting from the floor. A combination of balanced offense and stifling defense led the Bisons to full control on the scoreboard and on the court, giving them a 19-4 advantage after one period. The second quarter continued in the same vein, leading the home side to a 41-15 advantage at the midway point. Lipscomb owned the paint over the course of the half, outscoring LaGrange 26-2 and racking up 5 blocks. Senior center Dorie Harrison was responsible for 3 of those blocks and ended with 4. She added 13 points and 4 rebounds to that tally. “Our plan is to play our best basketball every time we step on the court,” Harrison said. “We were just having fun. Everybody was hyping each other...
Review: “Dune” falls short for critics, goes unappreciated

Review: “Dune” falls short for critics, goes unappreciated

A new film adaptation of Dune, the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, hit the big screen and home screens on Oct. 22. The movie has a lot to offer crowds, from music to special effects to cast; this movie went all out, but many critics still seem to be against it.  This is a movie that could be the start of the next big sci-fi franchise, but people seem to not be interested in devoting the time to get invested. They find the movie slow when really they aren’t dedicated to plot development.  With a budget of $165 million, this movie could do, and did, a lot. However, when you want to feature giant sandworms and space travel, the money makes a big difference in the overall experience. This movie could have easily fallen short without these funds.  That was one of my big takeaways from this movie, if you have the means to see this film in theatres, you should.  All of the best parts of the movie are amplified in the theatre, both the visuals and the score. If you watch it at home on a small screen and with little speakers, you’re missing out.  Going into this movie, it is necessary to pay extra attention to the first 20 minutes of the film. That was my first mistake, which resulted in me having to watch it twice.  In fact, if you’re like me and haven’t read the book it might even be helpful to familiarize yourself with some key terms. For example, the names of the planets and the names of the houses are how I...
Men’s soccer holds top-25 distinction, Sibley earns weekly honor

Men’s soccer holds top-25 distinction, Sibley earns weekly honor

The Lipscomb men’s soccer team was ranked #18 in the United Soccer Coaches’ top 25 ranking released Tuesday. The ranking represents the highest place Lipscomb have reached all season in the rankings, which are used by the NCAA to rank the best Division I programs in the nation. The Bisons are ranked in the top 25 for the fourth straight week and have been included in every regular season poll this season. After falling from #21 to #22 last week, the Bisons jump four places and close in on the top 15. “I think it’s awesome to see our team continue this unbeaten run,” said sophomore defender Will Turner in a statement. “We’ve worked very hard to get to this spot and we have no plans to slow down.” Last week, Lipscomb settled for a 1-1 draw with archrivals Belmont at home, then won in a 2-1 overtime victory at ASUN opponent Bellarmine to stay undefeated on the season. Sporting a 5-0-2 record, the Bisons are the only unbeaten team left in the Atlantic Division, where they rank 1st. In an award-laden week, junior goalkeeper Michael Sibley was also announced as the ASUN Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. The London, England native earned his first-ever award after making nine saves and accruing an 82% save percentage across his two matches this week. Sibley and his supporting cast will hit the road to put their perfect record on the line again Tuesday night when they face Butler in Indianapolis. The 2-3-1 Bulldogs host Lipscomb for the second time in the all-time series, which Butler leads 2-0. The...
Bisons, Bucs women play to stalemate

Bisons, Bucs women play to stalemate

The Lipscomb women’s soccer team drew with the East Tennessee State Buccaneers 1-1 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex in Nashville. Two golden goal overtime periods were not sufficient to find a winner in the Sept. 12 game, after each side grabbed a goal in the first half. ETSU defender Raffaella Giuliano opened the scoring on a perfectly placed free kick. The graduate student from Italy picked out the top left corner on a 25-yard free kick on the right side of the goal, shooting across Bisons goalkeeper CJ Graham and beating her outstretched glove. That goal was Graham’s fifth allowed in 8 matches this year for Lipscomb. Graham, a sophomore from Swannanoa, North Carolina, added 7 saves to her total against the Bucs to reach 37 on the season. The home team would rectify the situation in the 36th minute when true freshman striker Shadia Valenzuela equalized. Valenzuela, a native of Buenaventura in the Colombian province of Cali, blasted a shot into the back of the ETSU net from close range, finishing off a quality service from fellow substitute Tori Wheeler on the left flank. Wheeler, a sophomore from Seattle, Washington, put up her first assist of the year in her seventh appearance this season. Despite a valiant effort from both sides, neither Lipscomb nor ETSU could find a goal after Valenzuela’s finish in the first 45. Sophomore defender Summer Ellmore came the closest for the Bisons, striking the post on a low effort inside the box. The Mount Juliet, Tennessee native found space at the top of the box and shot across freshman goalkeeper Shu Ohba’s goal, but a...
‘Monsters University’ outdoor screening is success despite technical difficulties

‘Monsters University’ outdoor screening is success despite technical difficulties

To celebrate the first week of classes, the Office of Community Life hosted a drive-in movie night at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ this past Friday. Despite facing some screening challenges during the film, the showing was an enjoyable and eventful night for students.  Lipscomb students were given the opportunity to suggest ideas and then vote on the movie to be shown.; Monsters University was the chosen film. As students drove into the parking lot, Student Activity Board volunteers directed them to spots. Once settled, students were able to grab a sweet treat to eat during the movie at the snack table. Since this movie is a prequel to Monsters Inc., the story of how the main characters, Mike and Sully, met was greeted with laughter from the audience. Another early scene featuring a chaotic party was compared to Nordista Freeze’s Wednesday Nights We Eat performance during Quest Week by students. Despite its G-rating and young target audience, Monsters University was the perfect film for the occasion. Its messages of responding with determination and resilience to challenges can easily be motivational to college students who have faced a difficult past year of confusion and disappointment.   However, those themes are well-balanced with the fun-filled journey the main characters, Mike and Sully, take to turn their college’s most incompetent fraternity into the champions of the Scare Games, a multi-event competition designed to prove who the best scarer is.    Unfortunately, during the movie’s climax, the screen’s generator ran out of gas, causing Monsters University to cut off suddenly. SGA President Grant Hitchcock communicated the situation by quickly moving from car to car, explaining that a...