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Brandon Bigsby is a senior at Lipscomb University majoring in Sports Media. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Brandon is an aspiring sports broadcaster and contributes to Lipscomb sports coverage as a commentator for Herd Media's student radio station “The Bison”. He is also an assistant sports editor for Herd Media.

  • Campus Life,  Sports

    From Hiatus to Revival: The history of the Lipscomb pep band and its recently announced return

    Lipscomb pep band playing at a basketball game (Photo from the 1998 Backlog)

    When you walk into the arena for a college basketball game, there’s a few things that will immediately catch your attention. The chatter and cheers from fans around the arena. The mascot that is running around to hype up those same fans. The raucous crowd of students that is screaming at the top of its lungs. And of course, the school’s pep band that is next to them playing their favorite fight songs. These are some of the many things that make the college basketball experience so unique, but at Lipscomb one of these things hasn’t been present over the past few years and has the potential to return to…

  • News

    Dr. McQueen announces “A Beautiful Day” – The fascinating history of Lipscomb’s “A Beautiful Day”

    Originally Posted Spring 2023 When you hear the phrase “it’s a beautiful day”, there are many different things that come to mind. For some, it may be sunny weather. Perfect conditions, that aren’t too hot and aren’t too cold. Some may think of Mr. Rogers’ famous theme song, “Its A Beautiful Day In This Neighborhood”. For others, it may be just a common expression in passing conversation. For Lipscomb students, however, the phrase “it’s a beautiful day!” takes a much richer meaning. It means a day for students to temporarily forget the pressures of classes and enjoy festivities with their peers. A day for the Lipscomb community to create life-long…

  • Arts and Entertainment,  Campus Life,  News

    Themes of The Eras: Singarama showcases Lipscomb history through performance and storytelling

    Willard Collins Auditorium was the place for song, dance, performance and storytelling on Saturday afternoon, as the third showing of the 61st annual Singarama event took place on Lipscomb University’s campus. Judging for the matinee show was focused on the Best Theme category, as the three acts each look to earn points for the overall sweepstakes. The matinee show was won by the 70s era’s performance, “Delta NaNaNa“, which was directed by Catherine Marshall & Lincoln Brown and was preformed by the Phi Sigma, Gamma Lambda and Sigma Iota Delta social clubs, as well as friends. The winner of the overall sweepstakes will be decided and announced at the end…

  • Sports

    Full-court Faith: How AJ McGinnis is embracing change, growth through his walk with God

    When many basketball fans see Bisons’ junior AJ McGinnis, they see a sharpshooting guard that has been one of the most dangerous scorers on the Lipscomb men’s basketball team this season. A spark-plug that provides instant energy to his team and contributed to a NCAA Tournament appearance as a freshman at UNC Greensboro. However, McGinnis’ story and value goes much deeper and much further than being able to put a ball in a hoop, and so did his growth over the offseason. After the Bisons’ victory against Alabama A&M on Nov. 18 2023, McGinnis spoke to media members about where the most growth that he saw over the offseason wasn’t…

  • Sports

    Everything in front of Lipscomb men’s basketball as it approaches crucial point of the season

    The Lipscomb men’s basketball team has had a rollercoaster 2023-2024 season up to this point. From injuries to comebacks, and from heartbreaks to triumphs, the Bisons have just about seen it all in its 24 games of play this season. But the road doesn’t get easier for Lipscomb. As the calendar turns to February and just seven games remain in the regular season, the Bisons are inching closer to the ASUN Championship tournament and their play over the next few weeks will be its most important to this point. Considering that, let’s take a look at where the Bisons currently stand, how they have gotten here, and what will be…

  • News

    Lipscomb kicks off the holiday season with 19th annual Lighting of the Green

    Lipscomb president Dr. Candice McQueen on stage with Amy Grant at Lighting of the Green in 2023

    Lipscomb continued a popular community tradition Tuesday night with the 19th annual Lighting of the Green. Amy Grant made an appearance once again and led the event with “Tennessee Christmas,” “Rockin’  Around the Christmas Tree,” “Heirlooms” and “Emmanuel.”  Lipscomb Academy and Lipscomb University choirs also performed on the stage outside of Allen Arena. “It’s another way to put Jesus into the Christmas season,” said Kalissa Finn, a Gospel Choir member. “That’s the main reason why I love bringing the Gospel Choir out here for the Lighting of the Green.” Inside Allen Arena was the Merry Marketplace, where local vendors set up shop to sell crafts and other wares. Rachel Risley,…

  • Arts and Entertainment,  News

    Dolly Parton fashion exhibition sparkles on opening night

    Glitz and glam took over Lipscomb University’s campus last week, as the “Dolly Parton & The Makers: My Life In Rhinestones” fashion exhibition opened in Beaman Library. The exhibition showcases 25 of Dolly’s most iconic looks, while also shining the spotlight on the many makers of these pieces. The event began with a few words from Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell, who attended the event with his two daughters. “We are celebrating the designers and so many people in this room who as partners put in so much hard work, culminating in tonight’s amazing exhibition,” O’Connell said. “I couldn’t be more delighted to honor Nashville by being present at Lipscomb University…

  • Campus Life,  Sports

    Tunes and Lunatics: Could the return of a pep band be the next step for Lipscomb’s rising student section?

    In late September, you may have gotten an email from Lipscomb Athletics, reading “Lipscomb Basketball Pep Band Interest Form”. When you click on the link to the form you then begin to read this: “The Lipscomb University pep band will embark on its inaugural season this year! If you are interested in learning how to contribute to the electric atmosphere of Allen Arena during the 2023-24 Bison basketball season, complete the form below and we will follow up in the coming weeks about the first interest meeting.” Yes, you read that right. An official Lipscomb pep band is coming to basketball games beginning with the upcoming 2023-2024 season. Lipscomb used…

  • News

    Dolly Parton visits Lipscomb to preview “My Life in Rhinestones” fashion exhibit

    Charlotte Poling, left, Dolly Parton, Jamie Reschke, and Dr. Candice McQueen, right, pose together at the exhibit

    Earlier this week, the iconic Dolly Parton visited Lipscomb University’s campus to get an advance look at the installation of her upcoming fashion exhibit “Dolly Parton and the Makers: My Life in Rhinestones”. According to a statement from Lipscomb’s vice president of communications and marketing, Kim Chaudoin, Parton was at the school for an interview with Norah O’Donnell from CBS News. The interview took place in Beaman Library, where the exhibit is being held. Parton’s interview with O’Donnell was about her upcoming book “Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones” as well as the “Dolly Parton and the Makers: My Life in Rhinestones” fashion exhibit that is being hosted on…

  • Arts and Entertainment

    More than what it ‘seams’: How Iisha Lemming’s journey and working with Dolly Parton led her to Lipscomb

    When you enter Iisha Lemming’s office in the CEA at the McFarland Science Center, a framed photo of legendary musician, businesswoman, and philanthropist Dolly Parton immediately captures your attention. For Lemming, this image is more than a tribute to an American icon. It’s a memento from her fifteen years working alongside Parton and a reminder of a cherished friendship. Before joining Lipscomb as an adjunct professor and artist-in-residence for the Fashion and Design department, Lemming served as Dolly Parton’s pattern maker, or draper. Her journey into fashion was influenced by the women of her family. “My great-grandmother sewed. My mother and several of her sisters did too. I grew up…