Nobody arranged for us to have a microphone or lights for our program. I was the first person to notice this problem and since I had a minimal experience running the stuff it was up to me to figure out what to do. First, I tried to break into the sound booth by coming in through the ceiling (didn't work), then I just found a janitor who had the correct key. Then I noticed the school locks up its stash of microphones in a safe that nobody seems to have the code to. Luckily, I found an old semi broken lapel mic in a box of junk parts, I got it sort of hooked up correctly to a mixing board. I had ran a mixing board before, but never one this complicated. Using a lapel mic in place of a standard sized microphone = feedback everywhere combined with practically no volume. I was displeased with this so I got into my school's TV studio (I have a class in there so I knew where stuff was) and stole a nice corded microphone, but all the mic ports under the stage were dead. So the lapel mic had to stay. As for lights, I knew how to run a spot light but I was told not to use it because they didn't want to make the people speaking uncomfortable. Several months ago I figured out how to turn on the light control board, so it was only a matter of playing with many buttons (seriously, there were about 300 of them) and levers to get the look I wanted. Moral of the story: pretend you know what you are doing and press buttons until you get what you want.