Turkish expulsion of Syrian Kurds has Lipscomb student worried about relatives

Turkish expulsion of Syrian Kurds has Lipscomb student worried about relatives

The Turkish invasion of northern Syria has at least one Lipscomb student wondering if she’ll ever be able to visit her Kurdish relatives in the region. Rojeda Merani and her two siblings grew up in Bellevue, the children of Kurdish refugees who had fled the Kurdistan region of Syria. “My whole life it was always, God Bless America,” she said. “America allowed my dad to come over and find a job in Miami,” which opened the door for the opportunities the family now has. She said she is unsure what she feels after President Trump made a deal a couple of weeks ago with Turkey’s president that called for American forces to be withdrawn from a  strip of northern Syria, allowing the Turks to launch artillery and air attacks and eventually come in on the ground, forcing the Kurdish occupants to flee. Those Kurds had been America’s allies in the defeat of ISIS, the radical and murderous Islamic State. About 11,000 ISIS troops had been captured by the Kurds and the Americans and were held in prisons in the section Turkey invaded. Many of those ISIS members were able to use the unrest to flee their prisons. Most of Merani’s cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents remained in Syria in the years since her father and some friends sought refuge in the U.S. Because of the U.S. pullout and the Turkish invasion of that part of Syria, those relatives have — like thousands of Syrian Kurds — fled to the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. Kurdistan actually has borders inside Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey, but that territory is not...
Black Professional Organizational Fair Connects Lipscomb’s African-American Students to Future Job Opportunities

Black Professional Organizational Fair Connects Lipscomb’s African-American Students to Future Job Opportunities

The Black Professional Organizational Fair provided Lipscomb students from diverse backgrounds and experiences the chance to get connected early in their chosen fields. Lipscomb’s Office of Intercultural Development and College of Business partnered together to host the fourth annual Black Professional Organizational Fair this past Tuesday. The event featured food from local black-owned businesses and representatives from various black professional organizations ready to meet, network & provide resources to students. Dean of Student Life, Prentice Ashford, pointed out that events like these are important for students to take advantage of, even if you’re nervous about approaching someone in your career field. “The fair is designed for students who are overwhelmed or for those who don’t know how to connect professionally,” Ashford said. “We try to make it intimate and small to where you feel like you can build the confidence to just keep making your way around.” Both local and national societies from a wide variety of fields provided networking opportunities to encourage students to join their organization. Among those in attendance were the National Association of Black Accountants, National Black Nurses Association, and the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce. However, the connections and partnerships made at the fair shouldn’t stop here. “Make sure you follow up. Students who went to these tables should get their contact information and ask, ‘What would be the most appropriate method to follow up with you?’, Ashford said. Then, actually do that! And utilize the career center and OID on campus so we can hopefully get you ready to make a difference at one of these organizations.” If you have questions or want...
Students travel to Memphis for a look back in time at the National Civil Rights Museum

Students travel to Memphis for a look back in time at the National Civil Rights Museum

American musician Shawn Amos once said, “Memphis is the place where rock was born and Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed. It’s full of contradictions, abject poverty, and riches that only music can provide.”  Lipscomb’s Office of Intercultural Development and Law, Justice, and Society program invited students to Memphis over fall break to witness this city’s unique dichotomy. Students first visited Beale Street, named by CNN Travel as one of the most iconic streets in America. These three blocks in the heart of downtown Memphis gave students a glimpse into the place where blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll were founded. “As a music lover, I felt like I could feel my roots on Beale Street. It was heavily influenced by the past and that’s where most of today’s music comes from. Memphis is soul and you could feel it when you walked those streets,” senior Noah Kimbrough said. But, the ultimate purpose of the trip was to give students tangible insight into the struggles, sacrifices, and successes of the Civil Rights era and the people who gave the movement life. The National Civil Rights museum stands in conjunction to the Lorraine Motel, the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed. Each exhibit within shows a different aspect of African American history, from transatlantic slavery of the early 1600s to the beginning of the Obama Administration in 2012. With a recent 200 million dollar update, the museum uses modern technology, live exhibits, artifacts, and film to give students an immersive look at Civil Rights. Lipscomb junior Eden Melles said that “the trip gave her a...
‘Hocus Pocus’: Delta Omega, Buddies invite students to s’mores, movie on Quad tonight

‘Hocus Pocus’: Delta Omega, Buddies invite students to s’mores, movie on Quad tonight

Bring your own blanket and join Lipscomb’s Delta Omega for a ‘Hocus Pocus’ movie night that reinforces the club’s commitment to Best Buddies. Delta Omega philanthropy chair Erin Whiting said plans for the movie night began in the summer, and the club pondered which movie to show for this autumn celebration. “We talked about how the Buddies really like ‘Hocus Pocus’ and ‘Nightmare before Christmas,’ and (we) decided to go with ‘Hocus Pocus,'” she said. The event will take place in the Quad, with snacks and s’mores beginning at 6:30 p.m. this evening and the movie starting at 7 p.m. The cost is a “pay-what-you-can” donation to benefit Best Buddies. Best Buddies is a nonprofit global volunteer movement whose goal is to establish one-on-one friendships,  employment, leadership development and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to the organization. Lipscomb has an on-campus Best Buddies chapter that includes associate members and one-on-one Buddies. Delta Omega has been working with Best Buddies since 2013, and the club’s involvement is expanding. “One of the changes I have made as philanthropy chair for Delta Omega is getting more involved with them as members, going to their parties and hanging out with them more,” said Whiting, of the relationship between the Greek Club and Best Buddies. “We used to do a fundraiser with Best Buddies, ‘Mr. Lipscomb,’ but weren’t very involved with them,” Whiting said. “That [Best Buddies] was one of the reasons I wanted to join Delta Omega, so I changed that fundraiser to ‘Hocus Pocus,’ so we can hang out with them more.” To find out more about...
Meet Jack Webber, your new SGA president

Meet Jack Webber, your new SGA president

For the next 10 months, Senior English and philosophy major Jack Webber will be leading Lipscomb’s Student Government Association. He sat down with Lumination Network to discuss what he wants to do differently as president, what improvements he wants to make and how to get involved with SGA. “My interest in Lipscomb and what I’ve always been involved in, and had the most interest in, is student activities and student involvement,” said Webber. He said he wants to make sure there are always activities in which every student — even commuters — can participate. “The reason I love Lipscomb is because I love Lipscomb students. The friends that I’ve made here are so important to me and have taught me so many things; and, as much as I’m able to, I just want to give back to them,” said Webber, explaining what motivates him to serve as president. Webber also conceded that the job means giving up social time, like his predecessor, Sierra Sparks and other presidents in the past, did. Webber discussed new opportunities and roles that SGA could play in the coming semester. Lipscomb’s new Vice President Al Sturgeon reorganized how Student Life will be handled, and Webber said he believes this creates new paths for SGA to explore. Webber said he plans to be involved with administration and with Student Life to help create a better experience for students.  “There is an opportunity for making our current practices better, or introducing new ones. For me working with the administration and working with the new people in Student Life is as much a question of what can SGA do and what can SGA be involved in and maybe step into new...
Former Lumination sports writer Jesica Parsley Beaty now ‘covers’ Major League Baseball

Former Lumination sports writer Jesica Parsley Beaty now ‘covers’ Major League Baseball

Jesica Beaty, a former sports writer for Lumination, now has a new beat: Major League Baseball wife. Beaty, a 2015 journalism and new media alumna, married her high school sweetheart and Belmont alum Matt Beaty. Matt played baseball for the Bruins and for the last few years has made his way up through the Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor-league organization. Jesica and Matt have been married for two and a half years. After the two got married, Jesica left her full-time job as a managing editor with The Aransas Pass (Texas) Progress and Ingleside Index to follow Matt. The couple has moved around quite a bit. Currently, the Beatys reside in Oklahoma, home of the Triple A Oklahoma City Dodgers. Matt was drafted by the Dodgers in 2015 and has played in the Rookie, Single A, Double A and Triple A leagues. Matt was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man lineup back in November. This year the Dodgers used one of his options and sent him to the minor league during spring training; this allows him to be called up and down at any time this year. Matt was called up by the Dodgers earlier this month for a game against the San Francisco Giants. “It was about 12:30 at night, and the Triple A manager called Matt,” Jesica said. “I was so excited for him and just so excited it was finally happening.” During that game, in his first at-bat in the major leagues, he got a hit and his first RBI. He was then recalled and brought back down to Oklahoma City Dodgers. Last week, Matt was called back up...