Joe Biden celebrated as president-elect; Trump grumbles via Twitter

Joe Biden celebrated as president-elect; Trump grumbles via Twitter

After a long election season, clarity finally came to the 2020 presidential race when it was announced by the television networks and other media that Joe Biden had secured the necessary electoral votes to take him to the Oval Office in January. The race to get to the necessary 270 electoral votes ultimately came down to Pennsylvania, a state that went red for Trump in 2016 but shifted blue this year. Up until Trump’s election four years ago, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin were considered the so-called “Blue Wall,” generally secured by Democrats. This year, they returned to that pattern. Another monumental moment for American history was made as well in the election of Joe Biden: Kamala Harris will become the first female, and woman of color to hold the position of vice president. Lipscomb students, interviewed in advance of Biden’s speech to the nation Saturday already felt like celebrating. “If Biden wins, I might cry of happiness,” said Audrey-Ange Tsafack, a Lipscomb biochemistry major. “I would be so overjoyed because it would bring me faith in humankind again.” Biden ran on the premise of “restoring the soul of the nation” after turbulent years of racial and political divide during the Trump administration came to a head this summer in a country already reeling from the COVID pandemic. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden went on to become a U.S. senator representing Delaware before becoming vice president for Barack Obama between 2008 and 2016. His policies focus on “building America back better” through defeating COVID-19, recovering and creating jobs as well as creating affordable healthcare. Saturday night, when his victory was celebrated in...
Mustangs Edge Out Lions 20-14 after Rain Delays

Mustangs Edge Out Lions 20-14 after Rain Delays

After nearly a decade of defeat at the hands of the Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions, the Lipscomb Academy Mustangs edged out their rivals to take the regional championship. In response to the win, Mustang Head Coach Trent Dilfer spoke highly of his team following the game but emphasized that the season was far from over. “I’m proud of our guys tonight..it’s obviously a very big win for our school…but in that same breath, this is only 48 minutes of the 672 we want to play this year.” The low scoring affair began just before 9:00 PM due to the intense rain in the Nashville area this Friday. 14 of the Mustang’s 20 points came within the first quarter. Lipscomb Academy star Running Back, Alex Broome, returned the opening kickoff to give the Mustangs an early 7-0 lead. Lightning delays have begun at the LA v. CPA game. Follow along here for live updates on game play. pic.twitter.com/zcGgM8o21U — Lumination Network (@luminationnet) October 23, 2020 Broome would also finish the game with 99 yards on 22 carries. To cap off their strong start, Mustang Quarterback, Luther Richeson, connected with Daniel Green adding another touchdown with less than a minute left in the first quarter. The Lions came charging back in the second quarter with an 11 play drive that ended in a touchdown from Running Back Langston Patterson, creating a 14-7 score. Just before the half, one of the standout performers of the night, Lipscomb Academy Kicker, Ryan Young, hit his first of two field goals on the night. Young nailed the kick from 46 yards out, giving Lipscomb a strong...
PREVIEW: Second presidential debate held two miles from Lipscomb’s campus

PREVIEW: Second presidential debate held two miles from Lipscomb’s campus

Tonight, Belmont University will host the second and final presidential debate.  As part of the increased security surrounding the debate, freshman students from several campus dorms were forced to leave and stay elsewhere. Affected freshmen were sent to Gaylord Opryland to make way for secret service. “A week after we moved into campus things started transforming completely…and about three weeks ago, my residence hall found out that we would have to be moved off campus to Opryland hotel,” Says Becca Pavelich, a freshman at Belmont University.  “I wasn’t complaining, Opryland is a beautiful place to go. It was just definitely a shock that we found out so close to the debate that we’d be having to leave.” According to the Belmont Vision, The university provides students with transportation, meals and internet access during their predicted 30-hour stint at Opryland. Pavelich says “we’re honestly not sure what time we get to come back to campus, but we were happy to be able to go somewhere as nice as Opryland.” For Pavelich, the experience of a debate on campus has been a positive one, she says  “It is just so surreal. I’ve been watching the other debates and paying attention and to the news but it’s just so cool to think that all of that has been happening on our campus,” “It’s happening tonight on our campus and at our event center that we walk by every day. I know it’s just a great opportunity for our school to be exposed and it’s just an honor to have the president and  former vice president here on campus.” Lipscomb University campus security is...
Lipscomb Academy moves to 3-2  trampling Franklin Road Academy 61-0.

Lipscomb Academy moves to 3-2 trampling Franklin Road Academy 61-0.

The Lipscomb Academy Mustangs took the field Friday night against the Franklin Road Academy Panthers in what was only the third game of the year for the Panthers. Overall, the Mustangs defeated the Panthers in a 61-0 win.  Coach Dilfer was very proud of his team for the win and how they’ve dealt with this unusual season. “I’m proud of them, I’m proud of their week of preparation, I’m proud of how they are handling the chaos in the world around them, and I’m proud of them buying in, every single day, to getting better.” The Mustangs came charging out of the gate with an emphasis on the run game and a touchdown on the first drive from Quarterback Luther Richesson. A forced fumble from Senior Zach Larkin lead to great field position and allowed Lipscomb to run in their second touchdown of the night for the early 13-0 lead. The Panthers seemed rattled after the first two drives and running back Jeffery Vercher was forced to take some time off the field with what appeared to be a tweaked ankle. With Vercher off the field, FRA opened up the passing game which resulted in an interception return for a touchdown by Safety Jaden Lyles of Lipscomb Academy. Despite Vercher returning, Lipscomb Academy continued to find the end zone. The Mustang defense wreaked havoc and provided great field position throughout the first half. Linebackers Eli Miller and Braeden Ford each forced a fumble and Running Back Alex Broome ran the ball for 3 touchdowns by the end of the second quarter, resulting in a 54-0 half-time lead for Lipscomb...
Lipscomb Academy falls to Brentwood Academy 29-19

Lipscomb Academy falls to Brentwood Academy 29-19

Lipscomb Academy football finally returned Friday night, but the weather and the outcome didn’t go as the Mustangs had desired. The visiting Mustangs fell to Brentwood Academy 29-19. Three minutes into the game, Mother Nature paid a little visit to Brentwood, resulting in a 30-minute lightning delay. Once given the all-clear, both sides were hoping for calmer weather for the remainder of the night, but once again lightning struck. After two lightning delays and an hour-and-a-half of waiting, the game resumed. Brentwood Academy drew first blood on a 23-yard touchdown run. Both sides were silent for the remainder of the half. With little action and a lot of punting on both sides, Brentwood Academy went into halftime with only a 7-3 lead. When the second half began and the rain cleared, both sides were able to focus more on their passing game. The Eagles struck once again early in the second with a four-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 14-3. A couple of minutes later, a bad snap got away from Mustang quarterback Luther Richesson deep into the Eagles’ endzone, resulting in a safety. Later in the third quarter, a 59-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Monteil increased the Eagles’ lead to 22-3. Once the fourth quarter got underway, the Eagles saw their lead slowly begin to slip away, but the Mustang comeback was too little, too late. The Mustangs travel to Pope John Paul II High School next Friday...
Parking garage finished, Fanning gets new AC, Elam renovations and more

Parking garage finished, Fanning gets new AC, Elam renovations and more

While the focus has been on adapting to the challenges brought on by COVID-19, Lipscomb also has been plenty busy this summer with more construction than in the last 15 years. The campus has a new parking garage, updated residence halls, a new turf football field at the Academy, updates to academic buildings and there’s even a new Chick-fil-A. August 2020 was the deadline for a new “200-spot parking garage,” announced by President Randy Lowry in the 2018-19 convocation.  “The parking garage will be finished on time,” said President Lowry in a recent interview with Lumination.   And no only will it be done in time, but it has 400 spaces instead of the previously mentioned 200 spaces. “Most of the parking done by residential students in the Stokes area, behind Stokes School will be able to happen on campus,” said Lowry. “That’s a huge step forward in convenience and also maybe in security, although we don’t have major problems over there (at Stokes). “I hope that people like the looks of it, and if you don’t look twice, it looks like an academic building,” said Lowry. The outdated freshman women’s dorm, Elam, has been updated to bring it up to modern times. “It was built about 60 years ago. It was in need of not just a little fix-up, but we took it down to the concrete and built the entire thing back,” Lowry said. Students living in Elam will no longer have the traditionally styled community bathrooms but now have private communal baths.  “We built back a series of private baths,” said  Lowry. “You’ll have your own shower, sink,...