LU#6 "Welcome Home, Randy Lowry"
vol. XI, no. 281 October 4, 2005

Has anyone else had that stuck in their heads since last Wednesday? From the conversations I've had, it seems Dr. Lowry has gotten started on a good footing with the faculty and student body. Best of luck, Randy!

I think you'll enjoy this week's edition of the LU. We'll be hearing from our former host, as well as saying goodbye to a prolific member. Everyone who wrote in had something relevant to say, in my opinion, and I appreciate that. Thanks to everyone who sent in posts. Keep'em coming! You are the ones who make this publication what it is.

Now if we can only get one of these cool weekends to stick, life will be perfect.

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To da Libscomp Hi Rice dude:

First of all, I agree with you that there may be SOME harm from cell phones, but that hasn't stopped me from using mine yet. You should probably worry more about the battery exploding rather than the RF waves giving you cancer.

Why do you give these possible hazards from PHONES as a reason to evacuate the 8th floor? Aren't the 8th floor residents going to continue using their phones whether they move or not? Your argument is seriously flawed. In fact, the phones are a greater risk than the towers, and the towers are relatively low risk. VHF TV waves are more powerful than cellular radio waves, but no one seems to mind. Check this article.

There is no conclusive evidence that either cell phones or towers pose any health risk. Studies has been going back and forth for years with neither side really proving anything. Basically, the long-term effects are unknown since cell phones are relatively new. Even with the panels (for the cell towers) on the roof, I'd rather live up there than have a cell phone strapped to the side of my head 24/7.

Until all the cell tower NIMBYs go away

Will I Am

P.S. NIMBY = Not In My BackYard

(Wouldn't the plural of NIMBY be NIMBies? And it's not a back yard, it's a roof! NOMR's? NOTOHR's? These acronyms are causing all kinds of trouble...

FYI - The link is owned by a company that that provides positive news about and otherwise generally promotes the wireless industry. -- Justin)



(In response to Chris Brock)

I used to work at the bookstore a while back. Back then, prices on the cold sodas next to the registers were $0.92 before tax, $1.00 including tax. Uncle Dave's complained to Lipscomb, and so to stay on good terms with Lipscomb and not endanger their contract, the bookstore agreed to raise their prices on drinks to match the prices of Uncle Dave's. There isn't any competition here. I'm honestly very surprised Sodexho hasn't complained about the Sewell Store, or if they have, I'm very surprised that Lipscomb hasn't stopped the store in it's tracks so as to keep on Sodexho's good side.

Just go off campus to get your snacks and such. You'll save yourself a fortune. Or go to the Sewell Store, but if people do that en masse, they'll shut the store down for sure.


(Everyone knows Jesus invented the free market economy. Therefore, anyone who wants to sell snacks on campus should be able to do so and charge whatever they want! [Takes tongue out of cheek.] But seriously, folks, competition in this area can only be good for us students. -- Justin)


I read the post about the Belmont students...and I can speak up on their behalf. No, they are not ALL wonderful like us here at LU but I do know of many that are just as Christ-like as we are. I do not agree with what this student did but let's not judge the whole school by one bad apple. I have many friends from Belmont and they are great people! So yes, I think Belmont is an good school like ours (even thought I think ours is slightly better) and that they have good people also. Next time, I would just slam the door before he had the chance to be so stupid!

(So two Lipscomb students and two Belmont students walk into a bar...

Wait a minute - nevermind. -- Justin)


I thought I'd write in with a few thoughts (OK, rants), so here goes:

We have seen the president! I don't know about anyone else, but I thought Dr. Lowry did a great job connecting to the student body, especially when he flashed his two parking tickets. I just hope he's as good an administrator as he is a speech-maker! (And I use hope in the "confident expectation!" </Floyd> sense...)

Speaking of administration, here's a little issue I have. Sometimes I ask myself why we host events where several hundred middle school kids end up running around on campus, crowding out the dining hall while their parents crowd out the parking lot. Then I remember that you can make lots of $$ by hosting events such as this with your facilities. The thing is, the university needs to exist first and foremost for its students. If we're gonna play convention center all the time, then we should probably make sure we have the facilities to support something like that! I do appreciate receiving a warning e-mail a few days in advance, though. At least then we're not surprised that we can't park, just annoyed.

And while we're on the topic of money, why are Lipscomb's (accounting) books closed? I'm not a business major, but what on earth do we have that we don't want to be transparent? Maybe this is one for the board of trustees...

Finally, does anyone else think the corner of the new bible building facing the belltower looks a little bit like a Walgreen's?

Until "I'm Not Ashamed to Own My Lord" tops "This is How We Overcome" on the chapel charts, I am

Princess Relena Darlian / Peacecraft

(A princess! Can I have your autograph?

What? Didn't you do Odyssey of the Mind (or Destination Imagination or whatever they're calling it now) when you were in elementary school? -- Justin)


In response to da Libscomp Hi Rice dude:

From the son of a guy that was a tower planner for Verizon for 11 years, you don't really have anything to worry about with the tower as far as radiation is concerned. Typically, you are fine unless you're directly within 3 feet of the tower. There's enough spacer in the form of insulation, concrete, and steel between you and the tower to prevent any harm. Plus, the two towers are of a lower power than the ones you traditionally see adorning today's high school football field flagpoles. The sign is just a general warning not to go near the towers, and it also seems to be a good deterrent to those that would otherwise be going for the standard High Rise cigar break on the roof.

To the administration and other leadership of the university under Dr. Lowry:

After seeing R-Lo in chapel last Wednesday, I must say I am quite excited to see what's going to happen with Lipscomb under the tutelage of a new emperor (of sorts). Sure, rumors abound as to what will happen with the university's perceived religious stance (will we be more liberal or more conservative?), but from seeing his interaction with people, I believe we're picking up right where Dr. Flatt left off as far as being able to connect on so many different levels. Here's what gets me though: as a staff member, I get all the e-mails from some of the more seasoned veteran fac/staff members, and I get to read about what the school is doing on so many different fronts. One such front is the issue of student retention. A new book has been catching on like a California wildfire about how one school (Elon University) has grown their endowment to so many millions of dollars, nearly doubled their enrollment, and so many other magical, mystical wonderments, as well as how they did it. And what did we do? We've ordered several hundred copies of this book to see what we can do like them to possibly attempt to duplicate their results. Does anyone else see a problem with this? A "distinctively Christian university" does not set a precedent by following in the footsteps of other schools. Sure, we're better than Belmont, and we know that now that we have Facebook, too, but that's beside the point. Elon did it by doing their own thing.

We have the best faculty I've had the pleasure of interacting with, and I've never felt uncomfortable with talking to my professors about virtually anything. They're underpaid and overworked, but they do it for the students, not the money. We have some of the best students that tuition can buy, even if there are a few bad apples here and there… but what is it about other schools that seem to be drawing them away from Lipscomb? Harding and ACU's admissions rates are up while ours are stagnant or falling. How does this work, especially at a school that has stricter sign-out policies than us (Harding)? Student engagement (not the "three swings and a ring" kind of Lipscomb engagement) seems to be the culprit, as well as other effective policies. In a city such as Nashville that is a medium-sized metropolis, there are things to do at any hour of the day. Yes, some of these are "evil" in the sight of the church, but sometimes you have to let personal judgment take hold and allow someone the chance to make their own decisions. When students are told what they can and cannot do, is it not in their childlike human nature to go against the grain and resist authority? Of course they're going to go to clubs! Of course they're going to go out drinking! It happens all the time, yet some of our own residence halls do not even care about the state of sobriety in which a student returns at night (or morning, as it would be in this case).

Can we not be a university that actually talks to its students to see what they want? Is that really such a hard concept to grasp? No student is allowed in a board meeting; even the Student Government Association President, who is supposed to be the collective voice of the students, has no say in that kind of bureaucracy. No students are allowed on any of the committees that oversee retention issues or admissions shortfalls; rather, they are forced to live in quiet and otherwise unhumble submission to the lords of the manor in Campus Life, who are in turn the "yes men" to the administration.

My solution? Student involvement. Put at least one student on the upper-hand committees to let them have a say in what's going on with the school for which they're paying. I mean, heck, the salaries and operating expenses come from students and outside donors, and the donors already get to have buildings named after themselves, so why not let the students actually have a voice?

Until Verizon adds a rooftop cell tower to compete with "Singular" and "Team Mobil" (which sounds like a NASCAR racing crew to me), I am

Jeremy Howard

(Preach it, Brothuh How-ahd! Can I get an 'amen'?

Welcome back. -- Justin)


Lipscomb Underground Loyal,

I'm taking this time to close the door on David Lipscomb University by saying goodbye to the honor and privilege of partaking in the LU. But as I go I've got a few closing remarks:



I'd like to the address the issue of our Lord and Creator God.

Our solar system is in the backwoods of the Milky Way. The Milky Way is a galaxy of 400 million stars, most of which are hundreds to thousands the size of ours. This galaxy is one of billions of galaxies observed and registered by modern day technology. And our Universe is Infinite according to modern day science.

If our universe was sized down to that of Earth, our solar system would be the dust on the tick of the smallest bug you could see with the human eye. God loves us one and all, not just privileged Christians. A God powerful enough to do the above has a LOVE larger than one religion. 'Fraid I'm not sorry if you don't like my understanding of our Creator, but take time to ponder what I said.

Jason Ryan Hickok

of the YSBFC 'o5

one love blahnik

(Goodbye, Master Hickok, and thank you for being one of the LU's pillars for the last few years. We haven't always agreed with you, but... OK, so we've pretty much never agreed with you. Still, you've brought much to our discussions, and you will be very missed. -- Justin)


Cheesy Filler

The Hokey Pokey

by "William Shakespeare"

O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.
Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,
A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wilde release from Heaven's yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.
The Hoke, the poke -- banish now thy doubt
Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about.

Written by Jeff Brechlin, Potomac Falls, Maryland

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