Men’s soccer sees season end with NCAA tourney loss to Butler

Men’s soccer sees season end with NCAA tourney loss to Butler

Lady Bisons volleyball takes first game of ASUN championship

Lady Bisons volleyball takes first game of ASUN championship

‘Les Miserables’ opens at TPAC; delivers powerful performance

‘Les Miserables’ opens at TPAC; delivers powerful performance

Lipscomb Homecoming revived last weekend

Lipscomb Homecoming revived last weekend

Nationwide gun violence; a need for regulation

Nationwide gun violence; a need for regulation

Men’s soccer takes ASUN Title for first time in program history

Men’s soccer takes ASUN Title for first time in program history


Grammy-award winning Fairfield Four to perform at Lipscomb tonight

Grammy-award winning Fairfield Four to perform at Lipscomb tonight

The Gospel music quartet Fairfield Four will bring acapella music to Ward Hall on tonight at 7:30 p.m. as part of the George Shinn College of the Entertainment & Arts’ Artist Series. The quartet was originally founded as a trio, organized at the Fairfield Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, in the early 1920’s. The Fairfield Four have stuck to their roots, performing traditional style gospel songs similar to groups such as the Bessemer Sunset Four, the Birmingham Jubilee Singers and the Famous Blue Jay Singers. While the group’s members have changed over the years, the founders’ fundamental idea of using music to lift up the Lord has stayed the same. “We are are a Bible based group,” Fairfield Four member Larrice Byrd Sr. said. “We believe in the Bible and God, and our performance’s main focal point is to lift up the name of Jesus.” The Fairfield Four have received many honors since their inception, including three Grammy Awards and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. In 1999, the group was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Readers may recognize them from their appearance on screen and in the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou, with “Lonesome Valley.” Byrd says the group is looking forward to their performance at Lipscomb, which will be their 15th performance this year. “It’s a good feeling to be back, because most of the gigs we have are around the country in other places,” Byrd said. “When we get to perform in Nashville, it’s special to us.” The group will perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and can be purchased through Lipscomb’s...
Lipscomb welcomes 48th annual GMA Dove Awards for Gospel music’s biggest night

Lipscomb welcomes 48th annual GMA Dove Awards for Gospel music’s biggest night

Artists such as Reba McEntire, Lauren Daigle and Pat Boone gathered together in Lipscomb’s Allen Arena to celebrate another year of Christian and Gospel music. The GMA Dove Awards celebrated its fifth consecutive year on Lipscomb’s campus Tuesday night to honor outstanding artists, songs, albums, films and more. Kari Jobe and Tasha Cobbs co-hosted the event, which centered on a “Sound the Remedy” theme. “We believe the message of Gospel and Christian music offers God’s remedy to the world,” GMA President Jackie Patillo said. A unique aspect for this year’s Dove Awards, a 40-foot-tall replica of the Gutenberg Gates was displayed outside Allen Arena October 16-17. The display was part of a five-city tour by the Museum of the Bible set to open in Washington D.C. on November 17. Attendees had the opportunity to visit the replica prior to entering the concert venue. Photos by Anna Rogers Country music star Reba McEntire takes home first Dove Award Legendary country music artist Reba McEntire took home one Dove Award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year. The album category was a brand new award this year.  From the stage, McEntire expressed humble gratitude in receiving the award, praising her fellow nominees as well. “It’s not mine,” McEntire said. “It’s God’s. We’ll give him all the glory. I’ll put it up on the mantle and think of Him every time I look at it.  “It [music] is a way of expressing our thanks to God for giving us and allowing us this opportunity to use our God-given gifts to help other people.” McEntire added that she finds music to be very healing,...
2017 Dove Awards presenters photo gallery

2017 Dove Awards presenters photo gallery

The GMA Dove Awards celebrated its fifth consecutive year on Lipscomb’s campus Tuesday night when several Christian and Gospel musicians gathered in Allen Arena to perform and honor outstanding artists, songs, albums, films and more.     Photos by Becca Risley...
2017 Dove Awards performance photo gallery

2017 Dove Awards performance photo gallery

The GMA Dove Awards celebrated its fifth consecutive year on Lipscomb’s campus Tuesday night when several Christian and Gospel musicians gathered in Allen Arena to perform and honor outstanding artists, songs, albums, films and more.     Photos by Becca Risley   « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...
2017 Dove Awards red carpet photo gallery

2017 Dove Awards red carpet photo gallery

Tuesday night outside Allen Arena, artists in the Christian and gospel genre gathered in celebration of their work. The red carpet for the annual GMA Dove Awards started at 3:30 p.m., and by 6:00 p.m., all gathered had seen filmmakers and musicians, including headlining artist Reba McEntire. The red carpet precluded the 48th-annual Dove Award show, the fifth of its kind on Lipscomb’s campus. « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Lipscomb Women’s Basketball kicks off 2017-2018 season

Lipscomb Women’s Basketball kicks off 2017-2018 season

The Lipscomb women’s basketball team hasn’t had a winning record since the 2003-04 season, when the Bisons went 20-12 and advanced to the NCAA tournament. That isn’t keeping sixth-year head coach Greg Brown from pointing out the positives – even if his team went 6-24 last year. Lipscomb had 10 new players on its roster in 2016-17, including six true freshmen and four transfers. “You go from 10 newcomers last year and having to introduce everything, but now they know what’s going on,” Brown said. “It makes things easier and the players know what to expect as far as travel and game preparation go.” This year’s roster features seven seniors and a wealth of experience. Brown hopes that will help the Bisons improve, despite being picked to finish last in the ASUN. “We have to do three simple things defensively: keep the ball out of the paint, contest shots and block out,” Brown said of the team’s keys to success. “I feel good about our shooting, so we just need to take care of the ball and get some [defensive] stops.” Five things to watch this season: Coaching staff shakeup Lipscomb overhauled its coaching staff with the additions of new assistants in Hannah Phillips and Aaron Holland. Phillips played for the Bisons from 2009-13 and briefly played professionally in Australia following her collegiate career. Holland was the head coach at Motlow State Community College before joining the Lipscomb staff this offseason. “We’ve had more energy and the players have enjoyed having [the new coaches],” Brown said. “Both coaches bring tons of energy to what we’re doing and we needed that.” New...
Men’s soccer trumps FGCU, heads to ASUN Championship

Men’s soccer trumps FGCU, heads to ASUN Championship

The Lipscomb Men’s soccer team has not seen an ASUN Final since 2010, but they ended this spell after defeating the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles this afternoon, 2-1. Just eighteen seconds into the game, senior Ivan Sakou sailed a seemingly harmless shot through the FGCU keeper’s legs into the back of the net. During the 28th minute, FGCU’s Dennis Zapata evened the score with a cross into the back of the net. The Eagles, attempting to take the lead, sent four more shots towards junior keeper Christopher Zappia during the remainder of the half. At the halftime break, the Bisons and Eagles still remained tied 1-1, but the Eagles led in shots 7-4 and shots on goal 3-1. With twenty minutes remaining in the half, junior Logan Paynter received the ball off of sophomore defender Austin Eager’s foot, before heading it into the right corner of the net, leading the game 2-1. The Eagles refused to give up without a battle and continued firing shots on the Bisons. However, when the buzzer sounded, the Lipscomb Bisons were the champions of the 2017 ASUN Semifinals. This victory is the first time Lipscomb has defeated FGCU since the 2007-2008 season, and the first ever triumph in the ASUN tournament. The Bisons will play at No. 5 seed Jacksonville for the ASUN title on Saturday, November 11 at 7 p.m. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Women’s soccer suffers heartbreaking OT loss in ASUN final

Women’s soccer suffers heartbreaking OT loss in ASUN final

For the first half of Sunday’s ASUN final, the Lipscomb women’s soccer team was within arm’s reach of its first-ever conference title. Florida Gulf Coast was not having any part of it. The Eagles recovered from a 2-0 deficit with two second-half tallies and a double-overtime goal to top the Bisons, 3-2, at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. With the victory, FGCU took its fourth-consecutive ASUN championship and clinched a berth in the NCAA tournament. “We had a really difficult semifinal that drained us – probably more than FGCU’s semifinal drained them,” Lipscomb coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We kind of ran out of gas. We didn’t have the legs we needed to push through it.” FGCU downed Lipscomb in both the 2015 and 2016 title games, and ultimately had the Bisons’ number once again this year, as Varin Ness scored a breakaway goal to lift the Eagles in sudden-death overtime. “To lose the conference final in Golden Goal…these girls are going to be hurting,” O’Brien said. “But I tell them each and every week that their identity isn’t found in soccer.” With 19 minutes left in the first half, Lipscomb went up 1-0 when Hannah Torbett rocketed a shot off the post and into the back of the net. The tally – Torbett’s first of the season – came from nearly 25 yards out. 12 minutes later, Lipscomb’s Ellen Lundy made it 2-0 with her eighth goal of the season. The score came off a cross from Olivia Doak that was headed to Lundy by Arielle Hansford. FGCU’s Holly Fritz and Camille Knudstrup each tallied second-half goals to knot the...
TITLE BOUND: Bailey lifts women’s soccer to win over Kennesaw, rematch with FGCU

TITLE BOUND: Bailey lifts women’s soccer to win over Kennesaw, rematch with FGCU

For the third consecutive year, the Lipscomb women’s soccer team will play Florida Gulf Coast for the ASUN title. Unlike the previous two meetings, the 2017 edition of the championship game will be played in Nashville. The Bisons used an early goal from Justis Bailey to defeat Kennesaw State 1-0 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex on Friday, setting up a chance for revenge against the Eagles on Sunday. “It was a competitive tournament game,” Lipscomb coach Kevin O’Brien said. “You could feel the tension, the emotion and the passion – it was all on display. It was incredible.” Bailey’s goal came in the 11th minute, when the junior defender received a pass from Natalie Duboise and headed the ball into the top right corner of the net. The tally was Bailey’s first of her career. “I’ll be honest with you – I’m completely shocked that’s her first one,” O’Brien said of Bailey’s goal. “She’s very good in the air and (the goal) came at the perfect time. She’s been a great player for us this year, and she doesn’t get the recognition she deserves.” Lipscomb had numerous scoring chances in the second half but was unable to cash in on any of its opportunities for an insurance goal. Senior Ellen Lundy opened the second half with a header off the post, and later sophomore Jordan Walsh sent a shot just over the crossbar. Lipscomb forward Olivia Doak found the back of the net with 20 minutes remaining, but the goal was disallowed due to a foul. “A second goal could have taken the steam out of the game, but we weren’t able...
Lundy honored as ASUN Player of the Year

Lundy honored as ASUN Player of the Year

Many college students consider themselves lucky to simply graduate in four years with their sanity intact, let alone receive an award for the first time in school history. First-year graduate student Ellen Lundy was awarded ASUN Player of the Year Wednesday. Lundy has also been recognized as a scholar athlete and a member of the All-Conference First Team in addition to being ASUN Player of the Year. Other notable mentions for ASUN Women’s Soccer awards this season include seniors Jade Abarca and Niamh Rawlins on the All-Conference First Team, sophomore Olivia Doak and junior Justis Bailey on the All-Conference Second Team and Coach Kevin O’Brien as ASUN Coach of the Year. Lundy mentioned that she was really shocked to learn the news because she views the team as doing more work than she does and because she thought that there were more deserving girls in the conference. While Lundy was surprised by the news of the award, O’Brien was not shocked to learn that ASUN unanimously selected her as the recipient. “She scored some pivotal goals for us this year, and a lot of those have come in conference, so the impression she has left on the other head coaches is that she is a gamer, and she is really important to our success,” O’Brien said. Receiving an award of this honor typically comes with pressure to uphold the image that has been placed on the individual. However, Lundy has chosen not to feel the pressure, but instead embrace her original goals for the season. “I didn’t start this season thinking, ‘My goal is to win ASUN Player of the Year.’ I started the season...
Sewell Putt Putt 2017 photo gallery

Sewell Putt Putt 2017 photo gallery

For years, Sewell Putt Putt has been a favorite tradition due to the level of creativity it requires. This year, Jackson Smith, the RHD, decided to turn things up a notch by bringing in DJ Rio and AgentPaco to add more excitement to the scene. A Maggie Moo’s ice cream truck was another addition that brought students out to the men’s dorm. The RA staff of Sewell organized and executed the event. Sewell Putt Putt allowed for an escape from the hectic class schedule and homework while also creating memories. Thanks to the creative minds of the RAs and the RHD this year’s Sewell Putt Putt was bigger and better than ever before, which suggests for more exciting events to be held in Sewell in the future....
2017 President’s Convocation photo gallery

2017 President’s Convocation photo gallery

To celebrate Lipscomb’s 127th year, President Randy Lowry announced during the annual President’s Convocation that Lipscomb has been recognized as a prestigious national university, ranking 176th in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “2017 America’s Guide to Colleges.” “We’ve received new recognition,” Lowry said. “I think it’s a great moment when Carnegie looked out and looked at this University and said, ‘No longer will we classify you as a regional comprehensive university; you’re going to leave the group that includes Belmont and Harding and Freed and Elon and a host of really good schools, because Lipscomb University will be elevated to the classification of a national university.’ And when they elevated us in a category of 300 schools, we came in 124 spaces ahead of schools who have already been on that...
2017 Spring Commencement photo gallery

2017 Spring Commencement photo gallery

Lipscomb University celebrated its 2017 graduating class by giving 545 undergraduate degrees to students on Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. Three professors received “Outstanding Teacher Awards” — Lee Camp, Professor of Bible, Elisabeth Conway, Associate Professor of Biology, and Ruth Henry, Professor of Exercise Science. For his closing remarks to the graduating class, President Lowry spoke of what it means to be a Lipscomb alum. “The reality is that we, as this group, will never gather together again,” Lowry said. “But you will go out as a Bison and join the other 35,000 Bison who are out there. You will run into them literally all over the world, and I want you to know that as you do that, you will take the spirit of this community with you, and you will meet the spirit of this community as you find your fellow alums wherever they might be.”   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Your Neighbors, Dorado photo gallery

Your Neighbors, Dorado photo gallery

Monday evening, Lipscomb’s SGA hosted a concert, featuring Your Neighbors, a band comprised of  mostly Lipscomb students. Your neighbors opened for the country/Americana band Dorado. SGA served Whitt’s Barbecue and Maggie Moo’s ice cream.   Photos by Ellen Butterfield   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Singarama 2017 photo gallery

Singarama 2017 photo gallery

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Lipscomb’s social clubs will host the annual musical performance, Singarama, in Collins Alumni Auditorium. All performances except Saturday’s will be at 7 p.m. Saturday’s will be at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Blast from the Past,” and will feature performances reminiscent of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Each performance will be judged on a variety of categories, and the winner will be announced following the final performance.   Photos by Anna Rogers   « ‹ 1 of 5 ›...

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