Government shutdown hits record for longest in history — here’s how it could affect Lipscomb

Government shutdown hits record for longest in history — here’s how it could affect Lipscomb

On Friday at midnight, the government shutdown beat the record for the longest government shutdown in history with an unprecedented 22 days. The shutdown has now been 23 days in total, beginning on Dec. 22 and in response to President Donald Trump’s demand that Congress include $5.7 billion for “the wall” along the southern border. Trump is adamant the wall is needed to keep undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. illegally. Democrats now have control of the U.S. House and do not agree with Trump and Republicans that a wall is necessary, rather citing it as being unessential and too expensive. The shutdown is affecting many federal agencies, among those the FDA, which has postponed and halted some inspections. Vandalism has overtaken national parks, and scientific research has been stalled to an extent. Due to the shutdown, many federal workers are not getting paid. But how does the shutdown affect universities, and private universities — like Lipscomb — in particular? Lipscomb receives $750,000 or more in Federal grant money in a fiscal year, so being a private university doesn’t make Lipscomb exempt from the effects of the shutdown. This sum largely comes from students’ financial aid, grants used for scientific research, stipends for undergraduate and graduate students and community outreach, such as the suicide prevention grant Lipscomb had for the counseling center and the federal grant that helps support the IDEAL program. But Tiffany Summers, Lipscomb’s director of student aid, said there really isn’t any reason for Lipscomb students to worry about the status of their financial aid due to the shutdown, at least right now. “There’s not any issues with...
Lipscomb vs. Stetson men’s basketball gallery

Lipscomb vs. Stetson men’s basketball gallery

Senior guard Garrison Mathews is rewriting the Lipscomb basketball record books. Thanks to a 20-point performance against Stetson on Saturday, Mathews eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for his career and passed Adnan Hodzic (2,002) as the school’s leading scorer in the NCAA Division I era, which began with the 2001-02 season. “I struggled my freshman year, and I didn’t think I’d be at this point when I got here,” Mathews. “I knew I had to work hard, and I did. I’ve got great coaches and teammates that have helped me along the way.” Read Russell Vannozzi’s full recap of the game here. Photos by Erin Franklin « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Letter from the Editor: Happy New Year! What’s new for Lumination?

Letter from the Editor: Happy New Year! What’s new for Lumination?

Welcome back to campus! Christmas break is over, and we’re already revved up for another semester. 2018 was a big year for Lipscomb, but I’m excited to see what this year holds. This will be my last semester at Lipscomb as I am graduating this May, so I’m looking forward to a great and final semester with Lumination. I’m excited to share with you some news regarding our leadership staff. Our co-managing editor Cole Gray graduated in December, and while Lumination will sincerely miss his boldness, curiosity and knack for investigative journalism, I am pleased to introduce Spencer Boehme as our new co-managing editor. Russell Vannozzi will continue to serve as our co-managing editor as well. Lebron Hill is our A&E coordinator, bringing you the latest in Arts and Entertainment at Lipscomb, Nashville and beyond. Kathryn Farris will be working as our news coordinator, bringing you more breaking stories such as her most recent piece on Cyntoia Brown receiving clemency. Mckenzi Harris will bring her expertise in the digital realm as our social media director. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! In addition to these hardworking editors, we have a talented staff of writers, photographers, videographers and more ready to bring you the news throughout the semester. If you are interested in joining the Lumination staff, please feel free to contact me to find out more information by emailing editor@luminationnetwork.com. We welcome all majors! Meetings are at 10 a.m. on Mondays and at 11 a.m. on Fridays in Ezell 155. Feel free to stop by one day to check it out! I’m looking forward to a great...
Lipscomb awards 400+ degrees at 2018 December Commencement

Lipscomb awards 400+ degrees at 2018 December Commencement

Lipscomb awarded over 400 diplomas at its 2018 December commencement in Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon. Three of these degrees awarded were to students completing the online degree program for the first time in university history. President Randy Lowry gave the charge to the students, offering his perspective on how the graduates are leaving armed with new knowledge and experience, as “products” of the university. “You came four or five or six years ago as a consumer, having looked, perhaps all over Nashville…maybe all over the country, for the college that you would call home,” Lowry said. “…The reality is you had many choices as a consumer, but something caught your attention about this community. One of the amazing things that has happened, perhaps not as profound as you will someday appreciate it, is that you came as a consumer, but you leave as our product.” Lipscomb now offers online degree programs in business leadership, psychology, RN-to-BSN and integrated studies, performance coaching and more. 171 students received bachelor’s degrees and 274 received graduate and doctoral degrees, with both August and December graduates. This includes 44 doctorates and 21 education specialist degrees, which is the most the university has ever awarded. Lowry added that his goal is to continually seek to increase the value of the students’ degrees. “Our job is very, very simple,” Lowry said. “Our job is to stay here and do this generation after generation and to increase the value of your degree…so that as you go forth, people know Lipscomb. They know what Lipscomb is all about, and they see you as its product.” Family and...
2018 December commencement gallery

2018 December commencement gallery

Lipscomb awarded over 400 diplomas at its 2018 December commencement in Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon. Three of these degrees awarded were to students completing the online degree program for the first time in university history. President Randy Lowry gave the charge to the students, offering his perspective on how the graduates are leaving armed with new knowledge and experience, as “products” of the university. “You came four or five or six years ago as a consumer, having looked, perhaps all over Nashville…maybe all over the country, for the college that you would call home,” Lowry said. “…The reality is you had many choices as a consumer, but something caught your attention about this community. One of the amazing things that has happened, perhaps not as profound as you will someday appreciate it, is that you came as a consumer, but you leave as our product.” Read the full story about commencement here. « ‹ 1 of 3 › »...