This year was one like none other, with the biggest change to the community being the Coronavirus. 

COVID-19 changed just about everyone around the world’s way of life and is continuing to do so. Lumination Network had Lipscomb and local updates from the initial spread of the virus. 

Out of 24 Breaking News Stories, 7 were CoronaVirus related. 

Top Stories included…

LIVE UPDATES: Lipscomb extends online instruction for rest of spring semester, cancels commencement and closes dorms

On other breaking news, the Presidential race continues.

This year had protests, riots and demonstrations, not just on a national level, but here in Nashville just miles down the road. Nashville hosted the second presidential where protestors gathered outside Belmont University to share their beliefs. — Up the Boulevard, Donald Trump and Joe Biden vie for America’s vote

Up the Boulevard, Donald Trump and Joe Biden vie for America’s vote

With the presidential election came protests all over the country. Students all over Lipscomb’s campus used their voices to share their political opinions. — Students speak out after BLM painting of bison was defaced.  Some of our politics and breaking news reporters such as Schyler Jones, and Kathryn Farris kept us updated on all things cultural.

Students speak out after BLM painting of bison was defaced

Controversial Gathering talk by Siran Stacy prompts break-out chapel on Thursday

Al Sturgeon hosts open-forum breakout chapel to discuss Tuesday’s Gathering talk

Nashville faced many devastations this year, from tornados to bombings, the city saw a lot of destruction. Nashville began the year with an outbreak of tornados. Mckenzi Harris followed as the Tornado outbreak in the Nashville area claimed more than 20 lives. 

Tornado outbreak in Nashville area claims more than 20 lives; students moved to safety

Christmas morning their Nashville residents were awoken to once again find their city in distress as a bomb went off on 2nd avenue at 6:30 am. —Kathryn Farris followed along Christmas morning as Nashville declared a state of civil emergency, as the city grasps with the downtown explosion.

Nashville declares state of civil emergency, as city grasps with downtown explosion

Sports started off strong this year but were quickly halted as the Coronavirus moved in and the country went into lockdown in March. The Bisons Basketball team made it to the finals of the ASUN but fell to liberty in the final game. Mckenzi Harris updated us as the Liberty Flames scorched the Bisons’ post-season hopes in the title game.

Liberty Flames scorch Bisons’ post-season hopes in title game

All sports that would have been played in the fall have now been moved to the spring to make for a packed spring semester of sports.

Another major effect of the Coronavirus was the closing of theatres. There were virtual plays and musicals broadcasted online, as well as movie releases that went directly to streaming services. Jayme Foltz reviewed Enola Holmes this summer and Hannah Cron kept us updated on all things Taylor Swift. 

“Enola Holmes”: A tale filled with action, feminism and a hint of mystery

Evermore Album Review – Taylor Swift “comes back stronger than a ‘90s trend” with her second album in 5 months

Enola Holmes was just one of many movies released over a streaming service this year. With so many in isolation and Nashville in lockdown for months, movies, shows and music really did seem to keep people going and lift spirits. Camryn Givens reviewed the Netflix movies and shows that shaped our community.

Netflix shows that influenced 2020

2021 will likely look much different from previous years at Lipscomb, and you can be sure that Lumination Network will keep you updated on it all.

Happy New Year.

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