Cyntoia Brown featured on ABC’s ‘Nightline’

Cyntoia Brown featured on ABC’s ‘Nightline’

UPDATE: Lipscomb’s Shinn center continues construction, while new garage awaits groundbreaking

UPDATE: Lipscomb’s Shinn center continues construction, while new garage awaits groundbreaking

Rob Marberry explodes for 23 points in strong showing against NJIT

Rob Marberry explodes for 23 points in strong showing against NJIT

Lipscomb students share their thoughts on Bonnaroo and its star-studded lineup

Lipscomb students share their thoughts on Bonnaroo and its star-studded lineup

Lipscomb women’s soccer snags transfers from Auburn, Florida

Lipscomb women’s soccer snags transfers from Auburn, Florida

The Northern Southern Belle: Fashion through the decades & how to incorporate them into your look today

The Northern Southern Belle: Fashion through the decades & how to incorporate them into your look today


Lipscomb students share their thoughts on Bonnaroo and its star-studded lineup

Lipscomb students share their thoughts on Bonnaroo and its star-studded lineup

Summer can’t come quickly enough for Lipscomb students. Besides the better weather, summer offers endless activities for people who love the outdoors. One of Tennessee’s most anticipated summer events is Bonnaroo. The high-profile music festival is known for bringing thousands of people from all backgrounds together to camp and enjoy music for a weekend. “My favorite thing about ‘Roo is how happy everyone is and anyone can be whoever they want and everyone is accepted,” said strategic communications student Allie Coffey, who has attended Bonnaroo three times. “My favorite person to see is Post Malone – this will be my 3rd time seeing him.” The year’s lineup includes well-known artists like Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Post Malone, The Lumineers, Walk the Moon and Hozier, among others. Some students said they believe this year’s festival could be the best yet, and they couldn’t hide their excitement when asked about the lineup. “[I’m] most excited for Post Malone because he’s really great live,” said student Bailey Query. “Walk the Moon is so fun in concert, too.” While most students are excited to see their favorite performers, others attend because of the atmosphere Bonnaroo offers. “I don’t know what artists are gonna be there, but I love music and EDM, and I also like big crowds and big events,” said student Genessa Alejandre. While the cost of Bonnaroo might be considered a bit expensive, the performances of four days and the experience along with friends make it all worth it, according to the attendees. “Last year I did the one day pass and it was still an amazing experience, but I think the...
A YEAR IN REVIEW: looking back at Lumination’s top 10 stories of 2018

A YEAR IN REVIEW: looking back at Lumination’s top 10 stories of 2018

Editor’s Note: Click title to view each story 2018 was an exciting time to be a Lipscomb student. The year came with both celebratory and controversial moments. Lipscomb’s athletic teams reached new heights, the administration made steps toward connecting with LGBT students, Allen Arena hosted the GMA’s Dove Awards for the sixth year in a row and a recent alum joined Kelly Clarkson’s touring band. But amid the positive news, there were also times of controversy and frustration. A Trump cabinet member spoke at a private healthcare event in Shamblin in September, firing up students on both sides of the aisle. 21 Fast-Track MBA students were found cheating on a final exam. Hurricane Florence ravaged the homes of several students. Lumination journalists were there to cover all of this — plus more. By combing through Google Analytics and our social media platforms, we determined our top 10 stories of 2018: No. 1: Lipscomb basketball NCAA tournament coverage, by Erin Franklin, Cole Gray & Russell Vannozzi Lipscomb men’s basketball made school history by winning its first-ever ASUN tournament title and advancing to the NCAA tournament thanks to a 108-96 victory at FGCU on March 4. There were several top stories that emerged from the Bisons’ tournament run, including: – In their own words: Lipscomb students react to historic win, by Cole Gray – Column: Lipscomb finally breaks into NCAA tourney after long, disappointing road, by Russell Vannozzi – A look back: the rich history of Bisons basketball, by Erin Franklin – Lipscomb falls to UNC in first round of NCAA Tournament after historic run, by Cole Gray No. 2: Students cheat...
Aquaman splashes into box office with tsunami of coolness that is Jason Mamoa

Aquaman splashes into box office with tsunami of coolness that is Jason Mamoa

Aquaman first lashed into theaters last year in Justice League, giving us a glimpse into Jason Momoa’s portrayal as the future king of Atlantis. Fast forward one year, and Momoa has made this character into his own with his unique formula of charm and wit. Director James Wan has made a name for himself with films like Saw and Fast and Furious franchises but outdoes himself with Aquaman. After the events of Justice League, Arthur Curry (a.k.a Aquaman) is contacted by the underwater princess Mera (Amber Heard) about his half-brother Atlantean Orm’s less-than-nice plans. A reluctant Curry joins Mera on a quest but along the way becomes what the kingdom of Atlantis needs. The concept of Aquaman — a superhuman who can talk underwater, swim at high speeds and communicate with sea creatures — is the first of its kind to be captured on film. Wan’s capturing of his powers makes it easy for the viewer to understand how they can actually work. Underwater scenes looked too unrealistic, which, admittedly, is the hardest task that the visual crew had to do. The fight scenes are well choreographed, and the camera angles during the fights help to make the action more dynamic. The makeover given to Arthur Curry adds to what makes the movie so well done. Most people who follow the character know him as a blonde-haired, blue-eyed hero who gets mistaken as Mermaid Man from the popular cartoon series Spongebob. Casting Momoa, a Hawaiian native, gives the role a more authentic portrayal. The role wouldn’t have been half as good if Momoa wasn’t casted. He’s the coolest guy...
‘Mortal Engines’ has potential but fails to deliver

‘Mortal Engines’ has potential but fails to deliver

Mortal Engines has several attractive qualities at the forefront. But these qualities can’t pull it through as a whole, even though the possibilities were high. It’s directed by Christian Rivers, protege of Peter Jackson, who also serves as writer for the film. It’s a movie adaptation of the worldwide best seller of the same name, adding the aspect of having a “cult” following. A world war caused a massive geological upheaval, centuries before the current story, that forces cities to become mobile so that they may escape dangers such as earthquakes and volcanoes. The movie begins with Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) present on a city that is being chased by the Londoner mobile city. Once the smaller city is captured by the Londoner, Hester’s motive for being on the city ship is clear. Her goal becomes more difficult when obstacles appear that take her on a much deeper quest. One of the best aspects of the film is the visuals, yet even these have room for improvement. For those unfamiliar with the book and who only see the trailer will notice the gigantic mobile cities. However, there is only a handful of these that you see in the movie, which also begs the questions, where did all of the cities go? Did the Londoner capture all of the other cities? The movie never answers these questions nor gives light to any other mobile city. Jackson’s career as a great writer and director is already established by his work in the Lord of Rings and The Hobbit franchises, but his vision for this film was hard to grasp for most...
Lighting of the Green brings Christmas cheer; Devin Badgett receives Grant scholarship

Lighting of the Green brings Christmas cheer; Devin Badgett receives Grant scholarship

Despite freezing temperatures, Amy Grant, Drew and Ellie Holcomb, Daves Highway and more carried on, spreading Christmas cheer to the Green Hills community with the annual Lighting of the Green concert on Lipscomb’s campus. Grant hosted the event, which also featured choirs from Lipscomb University and Lipscomb Academy, and Ensworth’s a capella group. The campus was filled with Christmas lights, but the “lighting of the green” was saved for the end of the show. The Merry Marketplace in McQuiddy Gym featured pictures with Santa, booths by Pi Delta, AWL (Associated Women for Lipscomb) and more. AWL founding member Mary Nelle Chumley worked the AWL booth tirelessly all night. Chumley has served Lipscomb for nearly 70 years, graduating from the Academy and then going on to major in art at the University. She will turn 90 next spring. “Lighting of the Green was started several years ago by Dr. Lowry, and it’s been a very popular winter event, and it draws quite a crowd every year — this year it’s very cold,” Chumley noted. “So people have been coming in here to our AWL booth to get warm.” Chumley said she thinks the reason Lighting of the Green has been such a success is because it draws in so many people due to the community Lipscomb helps foster. “So many people love Lipscomb and have gone to school here,” Chumley said. “They come and the neighbors come, and so it’s just a popular thing.” Throughout the night, songs such as “Deck the Halls,” “Tennessee Christmas” and “All I Want for Christmas is You” filled the air. At the end of...
Rob Marberry explodes for 23 points in strong showing against NJIT

Rob Marberry explodes for 23 points in strong showing against NJIT

The scoring started early for senior forward Rob Marberry and didn’t stop until the game was over. From the opening tip-off, Marberry showed why he’s one of the top scorers in the ASUN Conference. He scored Lipscomb’s first 10 points on perfect 5-5 shooting, giving way to a 70-52 Lipscomb victory. Lipscomb (13-4, 4-0 ASUN) came into the game looking to stay perfect within conference play, while NJIT was looking to bounce back from a six-point loss to UNA. NJIT (13-5, 1-2 ASUN) has been great at home, dropping only a single game at the WEC. The game started out quickly for the Bisons, as the team was able to force four turnovers within the first five minutes to jump out to a 10-4 lead. NJIT was able to get Lipscomb’s lead down to three points on a Diandre Wilson three-pointer to end a several-minute long scoring drought that affected both teams. With seven minutes to go in the first half, the Bisons started rolling. The Bison’s smothering defense was able to keep the Highlanders at bay, which turned into more opportunities for the offense. Over the next five minutes, Lipscomb would go on an 11-2 run, including holding its opponent scoreless for another several-minute stretch. At the half, Lipscomb was ahead 36-20. The team forced 11 turnovers – though the Bisons committed eight of their own. By the end of the game, NJIT had amassed a total of 21 turnovers. “You can’t get deflections and steals and be great helpers defensively if you’re not where you’re supposed to be,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said on the turnover number....
Lipscomb women’s soccer snags transfers from Auburn, Florida

Lipscomb women’s soccer snags transfers from Auburn, Florida

Following the success of its championship 2018 season, Lipscomb women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien had more good news to share Monday. The team announced the arrival of two SEC transfers – forward Cami Rogers from Auburn and midfielder Danielle Van Liere from Florida. Both players are eligible for the 2019 season. “They’re going to create more depth, and if they work hard, they could be starters for us,” O’Brien said. “Because you play so many games in rapid succession, it’s important to have a deep team and be able to rotate your squad.” Rogers scored two goals in 15 games as a freshman at Auburn in 2018. She tallied 86 career goals at Prattville High School near Montgomery, Alabama. “She has electric pace and is good at running at defenders,” O’Brien said. “She’ll fit into how we play with our transition and counter-attacking style.” Van Liere appeared in 15 matches over three seasons at Florida. O’Brien said her passing ability from the center midfielder position will provide a boost for the Lady Bisons. “She’s technical, intelligent and is a really good passer,” he said. “We have talented forwards, but their runs [toward the goal] don’t mean anything if we don’t have someone to pass them the ball.” Rogers and Van Liere join forward Allie Dunn as Lipscomb’s 2nd and 3rd transfers from the SEC. Dunn played at Arkansas in 2017 and figured to be a promising addition for the Lady Bisons before an injury derailed her 2018 campaign. Lipscomb is coming off its most successful season in program history after finishing with a 15-5-2 record and winning its first-ever...
Mathews becomes Lipscomb’s top NCAA-era scorer in blowout win over Stetson

Mathews becomes Lipscomb’s top NCAA-era scorer in blowout win over Stetson

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 said. “I knew I had to work hard, and I did. I’ve got great coaches and teammates that have helped me along the way.” Senior forward Rob Marberry led all scorers with 23 points, and freshman Jake Wolfe emerged as an offensive threat with 16 points in Lipscomb’s 95-71 thrashing of the Hatters in front of 1,388 Allen Arena fans. “The scoring was really spread out, which was awesome to see,” Marberry said. “Teams don’t really know how to guard us. They can’t tell if it’s going to be one guy’s night or another player’s [night].” Lipscomb (12-4, 3-0 ASUN) started slow, and Stetson held a 19-18 lead after nine minutes of play. But the Bisons finished the final 10 minutes of the first half on a 38-11 run to take a 56-30 halftime lead and quell any concerns of a Stetson upset. “When you create a margin like that at halftime, you’ve obviously played well,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “I was not pleased with the consistency of play. I felt like we had a lot of breakdowns and it wasn’t really clean, but I’ll take it overall.” Mathews also set Lipscomb’s record for three-pointers in the NCAA era....
Lipscomb women fall to Stetson despite Deason’s career-high

Lipscomb women fall to Stetson despite Deason’s career-high

For the first time this season, Lipscomb’s women’s basketball team was able to dress its entire team. But the return of redshirt sophomore forward Emily Kmec and freshman guard/forward Taylor Hammack did not prove to be enough to defeat the Stetson Hatters. Saturday’s 65-80 loss moved the Lady Bisons to a 2-14 record, while Stetson improved to 7-9. Lipscomb has now lost 13 straight games. Leading Stetson to the win was junior guard Addi Walters, who shot 7-of-12 from behind the arc and totaled a season-high 25 points. When asked how he was going to address this defensive lapse moving forward, Lipscomb coach Coach Greg Brown said that his focus is on “awareness and communication.” “We just didn’t communicate very well. There was nothing [offensively] where they would get us in a bind. We just weren’t aware out there to take care of those things.” Offensively, the Lady Bisons’ leading scorer, sophomore guard Taylor Clark, was able to contribute only six points. She got into foul trouble early, which limited her playing time. Despite these mistakes, there were a number of bright spots for Lipscomb, including freshman guard Jane Deason, who led the Lady Bisons with twenty points. Although this was a career high, her performance was no surprise to her coaches who have time and time again observed her work ethic. “Jane just continues to play hard,” Brown said. “Like all freshmen there is a learning curve, but she listens. She was one of the last ones to leave here last night. After practice she was playing some pickup, and then she turned around and was on the...
Lumination Radio to broadcast basketball DH on Saturday

Lumination Radio to broadcast basketball DH on Saturday

The Lipscomb men’s and women’s basketball teams are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 12, as the Stetson Hatters pay a visit to Allen Arena for a doubleheader. The women’s game will tip off at 1:30 p.m. CT and will be followed by the men’s contest at 4 p.m. Lumination Radio will broadcast both games, which can be streamed by clicking HERE. Sophomore Spencer Boehme will serve as the play-by-play announcer, while senior Russell Vannozzi will serve as the color commentator. Lumination will carry select men’s and women’s basketball games throughout the 2018-19 season. Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and radio homepage for programming...
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 ›...
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 › »...
Lipscomb versus Louisville men’s basketball gallery

Lipscomb versus Louisville men’s basketball gallery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When Jordan Nwora scored Louisville’s first 11 points on Tuesday, it appeared it might be a long night for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team. But after making some defensive adjustments, the Bisons gave the Cardinals all they could handle in what was nearly a massive upset. However, a Kenny Cooper turnover with 1:03 left was followed by a fadeaway jumper from Louisville’s Christen Cunningham, giving the Cardinals a narrow, 72-68 victory at the KFC Yum! Center. Lipscomb guard Garrison Mathews led the Bisons with 20 points after producing a combined 10 in his last two outings against Belmont and Navy. The senior said he hopes the Louisville experience will help prepare the Bisons for March basketball. Read Russell Vannozzi’s full recap of the game here. Photos by Erin Franklin « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...
Battle of the Boulevard gallery

Battle of the Boulevard gallery

Two installments of the Battle of the Boulevard brought two heartbreaking finishes for the Lipscomb men’s basketball team. That’s the story after the Belmont Bruins (7-1) bested the Lipscomb Bisons (6-2) by a score of 76-74 in a crowded Curb Event Center Tuesday night. Down by two, Lipscomb had 0.8 seconds to score a game-tying or a game-winning shot off a throw-in from the goal side, but redshirt senior guard Nate Moran missed a three-point attempt that bounced around the rim and fell to the floor with no time left. “It was a good shot by a good shooter, and it didn’t go in,” Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander said. “And so we lost.” Read Spencer Boehme’s full recap of the men’s game here. Lack of shot accuracy and a stout Belmont defense haunted the Lipscomb women’s basketball team on Tuesday night, as they lost 83-43 to Belmont at the Curb Event Center in the annual Battle of the Boulevard. Belmont spread the ball well, as junior forward Ellie Harmeyer and freshman forward Conley Chinn each scored 15 points. “Well, they’re just solid,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “Their positioning, I mean, is exactly what we thought it would be. They did a great job taking the paint away and making [us] shoot over-the-top.” Read Spencer Boehme’s full recap of the women’s game here. Photos by Mckenzi Harris « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...
Lighting of the Green gallery

Lighting of the Green gallery

Despite freezing temperatures, Amy Grant, Drew and Ellie Holcomb, Daves Highway and more carried on, spreading Christmas cheer to the Green Hills community with the annual Lighting of the Green concert on Lipscomb’s campus. Grant hosted the event, which also featured choirs from Lipscomb University and Lipscomb Academy, and Ensworth’s a capella group. Read the full Lighting of the Green story by Erin Franklin here.  « ‹ 1 of 2 › »...

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