MLK Day of Service unites students across Nashvile

MLK Day of Service unites students across Nashvile

On Saturday, January 18th, over 600 students from Nashville colleges and universities gathered together to attend service projects in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students from not only Lipscomb, but Belmont University, Fisk University, Nashville State Community College, Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Vanderbilt University were divided up and sent all over Nashville to counter at different service sites. Taylor Morrow, a senior at Lipscomb, enjoyed having people from different universities come together to be able to serve. “A lot of people are willing to come out and serve, people from all different backgrounds. It was cool to get everyone from different schools altogether,” says Morrow. This year’s theme for the MLK Joint Day of Service was “Sit-Ins @ 60: Students. Action. Justice,” as a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins and those who rallied against racial injustice. These sit-ins, which lasted about three months in the 1960s, occurred at different lunch counters and were a part of a nonviolent campaign to end segregation in Nashville. These sit-ins consisted of primarily African American college students, who were often attacked both verbally and physically during their campaigns. The event kicked off at TSU, where students had a chance to choose which service project they wanted to attend. Those who volunteered had nearly 25 different service opportunities to choose from — including Second Harvest Food Bank, Project Transformation, Feed the Children, and many more. Students were also given the opportunity to attend an interview with Nashville Sit-Ins Leader Dr. Rip Patton before being sent off to their respective...
Shortage of supplies at Starbucks

Shortage of supplies at Starbucks

As many students have noticed over the past week, Starbucks has had a shortage of their goods and supplies, including flavors, cup sizes and more. This has not only caused frustration with students but also with staff and management at Starbucks. Many students were impacted by this shortage, and several questioned why this was happening. “It’s so frustrating!” exclaims Katrina Hughes, a frequent customer at the University’s Starbucks. “I’ve started going to ABP to get my coffee in the morning just because it’s cheaper, and they actually have things.” The General Manager and Operations Manager of Food Services, Wolcott Fary and Anthony Bates, explain the situation, and why the shortage occurred. “It’s all about supply chain,” says Fary. Starbucks was due to have a delivery last week but didn’t receive anything until this past Tuesday, the 10th. This caused management to scramble for solutions, including borrowing from other local Starbucks companies, as well as utilizing the other food services on campus. However, this was only a temporary solution. In the meantime, management wants to compensate for students who were affected by this shortage. Bates, along with other management, have decided to print out vouchers for the students who were affected by the crisis, and is allowing Starbucks to hand them out to those they recognize as were affected. They note that service recovery is vital to them, and want to acknowledge the students’ frustration. “We try to do things that really do show that we’re partners…our job on campus is to take care of the students; that’s the only reason we’re here,” Fary says. Fary and Bates also acknowledged...
Lumination bids farewell to its 2019 graduating seniors

Lumination bids farewell to its 2019 graduating seniors

On May 4, this year’s seniors will be graduating, including those who have helped contribute to Lumination during their time here at Lipscomb. Whether that was through radio, TV newscast or our online website (or maybe all three!), we have appreciated all the work they’ve poured into this network, as they were an integral part in producing content for Lumination They will be missed by the journalism and new media department, but communication staff and students alike trust that they will be successful as they pursue their careers. Carly Reams 1. What professor has shaped you the most here? In what way? For sure Alan Griggs. He reminds me of such a father figure in the way he really pushes us hard while also truly believing in our talent. Without him, I would not be the journalist I am today! His honest advice has meant so much to me and my time here at Lipscomb. 2. What is your favorite Lipscomb memory? Ah, definitely the Lipscomb vs. Liberty game! I know we lost, but it was so cool seeing Lipscomb come together like that. I love our sports, and all the big games have been my favorite part of college. 3. Is there a favorite article that you’ve written for Lumination during your time here? I can’t pick one, but my feature stories have been a big part of what I love about writing. I think people are the most interesting and important thing to readers, and I feel the same as a writer. Getting to hear so many amazing stories from students has been such a blessing. 4. What are your...
Autism awareness month: exploring what autism is really like

Autism awareness month: exploring what autism is really like

April is known for springtime, rain and Easter. It’s also known as Autism Awareness month, a time to come together and raise awareness for autism. The IDEAL (Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb) Program was founded by Misty Parsley in 2014. It strives to help students with special needs at Lipscomb get the most out of their college experience, including those with autism. Parsley was an autism consultant in her previous line of work, and she has been working with students with autism for most of her career. She now works as the director of special education programs and as a faculty advisor for IDEAL. Parsley said the program strives to individualize how they help students with their needs, everything from their schedule, to finding ways to motivate them to get their work done. “When working with those with autism, you have to somewhat learn as you go,” Parsley said. “You have to be willing to make changes and implement strategies as issues arise and be willing to meet the students where they are. We really just individualize based on their interests, their needs, what’s worked in the past and what we can implement here at Lipscomb.” One student with autism in the program, Cooper Everitt, said the IDEAL program has benefited him, and he enjoys being a part of it. “Lipscomb is a very nice school, and I love doing the IDEAL program,” Everitt said. “It helps me become a better person, to be more flexible and more responsible.” Parsley noted that autism is a constant struggle with social situations and sensory input, and those...
Lipscomb Global Learning students reflect on Notre Dame burning

Lipscomb Global Learning students reflect on Notre Dame burning

The famous Notre Dame Cathedral, home of Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit, went up in flames on Monday. Residents and tourists watched in horror as their beloved and treasured monument burned. Several Lipscomb students, especially those who studied abroad in past years, have expressed their sorrow on social media. Veronika Jones, a junior who studied abroad in Florence in spring of 2018 saw the cathedral when she was abroad. “It was clear how proud the people of Paris were of the beauty and the history of the city,” Jones said. “I can’t even begin to imagine how this loss is impacting them.” Jones noted how busy the cathedral was, and how everyone visiting was in awe of the building. “I wish I could’ve gone inside while I was there,” she said. “I am happy I at least got to see it though.” Brianna Burch, who is also a junior, studied abroad in London in Fall of 2018. Burch is studying French at Lipscomb, and she said visiting the historic and sacred monument was awe-inspiring and humbling. “I didn’t know any French before coming to Lipscomb, but since then I’ve embraced French culture on a personal level,” Burch said. “So this tragedy was devastating to see. “Mon cœur se brise—my heart breaks for Paris.” The fire reported to have started in the scaffolding surrounding the spire. The cathedral had been undergoing renovations recently, particularly around the spire in general. The fire quickly got out of control, and soon after the roof and iconic spire collapsed. The inner woodwork of Notre Dame also suffered and will most likely not be recovered. Fortunately,...