Experienced Lipscomb softball team prepared for 2019

Experienced Lipscomb softball team prepared for 2019

Tennesseans, Lipscomb students gather to celebrate inauguration of Gov. Bill Lee

Tennesseans, Lipscomb students gather to celebrate inauguration of Gov. Bill Lee

‘Colour Somewhere’ exhibit in Hutcheson Gallery features African-American artists

‘Colour Somewhere’ exhibit in Hutcheson Gallery features African-American artists

PREVIEW: Lipscomb baseball looks to rebound from 2018 with healthy roster and tough opponents

PREVIEW: Lipscomb baseball looks to rebound from 2018 with healthy roster and tough opponents

Lipscomb men’s tennis drops opener at Louisville, leaves with confidence

Lipscomb men’s tennis drops opener at Louisville, leaves with confidence

Trent Dilfer finds a home at Lipscomb Academy, aims to revitalize Mustang football

Trent Dilfer finds a home at Lipscomb Academy, aims to revitalize Mustang football


‘Colour Somewhere’ exhibit in Hutcheson Gallery features African-American artists

‘Colour Somewhere’ exhibit in Hutcheson Gallery features African-American artists

Lipscomb’s art professors are encouraging diversity at Lipscomb, specifically through art exhibits in Hutcheson Gallery. “A lot of perspectives can be learned through art,” said Lawrence Matthews, the curator of Hutcheson’s new “Colour Somewhere” exhibit. Hutcheson Gallery has opened its latest temporary exhibit: Emerging Black Artists. The collection, entitled “Colour Somewhere,” features art from African-American creators who are from or currently live in Tennessee. Cliff Tierney, Chair of Lipscomb’s Visual Arts program, said he is excited to feature more diverse artwork at Lipscomb. “One of the things that we wanted to make sure we did is have a diverse series of shows for this academic year and from here on out,” Tierney said. “I think it’s important that Lipscomb be more involved with the African-American community…And our part, as a visual arts department, is to do exactly what we’re doing here: exhibit the work of black artists…” The gallery, which was curated by Memphis-based artist and musician Lawrence Matthews, features work from a variety of African-American artists, ranging from about 19 to 38 years old. Lipscomb faculty member Brian Jobe, who was raised in Memphis, shared mutual friends with Matthews. According to Tierney, Matthews had curated a Memphis show the previous year that “went really, really well,” so Jobe recommended Matthews to Lipscomb. “I called him and said, ‘Would you like to put together a show at some point in the academic year?’ and he was on board immediately,” Tierney said. “I trusted him to bring in what he felt would be the best, and there’s a really beautiful variety of work in here.”  Matthews, who attended the gallery...
‘Glass’ will shatter your mind, and possibly your expectations

‘Glass’ will shatter your mind, and possibly your expectations

Glass is a movie full of thrill and shocking twists and turns, but does it live up to the hype? Many people have been anticipating this sequel to Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2017). Director M. Night Shyamalan, who also served as a writer for Glass, has been working on this film for almost two decades — 19 years to be exact. In this movie, we see the return of the hero and villain of Unbreakable, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), who also goes by Mr. Glass. The overpowered hero and the brilliant mastermind meet Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), who suffers from DID, and whom the audience was introduced to in Split. These three men are held in a psychiatric ward for their supernatural abilities, where psychiatrist Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) attempts to convince them that their “abilities” can be explained scientifically. She has each of them recall the first moments they felt like they were different than others, and explains how each of their miraculous feats were simply in their heads. The beginning of the movie starts out very slow, with odd pacing and a hard-to-follow storyline. The viewer is thrown into the movie and, unless the audience knows the storyline of the previous two films, it can be a bit confusing to watch. There are also several points with some very strange cinematography choices, as well as some plot holes that are difficult to look past. Towards the end of the movie, however, are when things get interesting. The story picks up, and the audience can’t help but sit on the edge...
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...
Experienced Lipscomb softball team prepared for 2019

Experienced Lipscomb softball team prepared for 2019

With the first game of the season only three weeks away, the Lipscomb softball team is preparing for what has all the looks of a promising season. The team only lost two seniors from last year and retained most of the teams’ strengths on at the plate and on the mound. “Our speed game is good, as well as having heavy hitters with the likes of Jenna Pealor and Jordan Fortel,” Lipscomb assistant Megan Rhodes-Smith said. “And our defense is strong with players like Peyton Ward at shortstop and Hannah DeVault at second base.” Devault just voted ASUN’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. She made just three errors in 2018 and finished the season with an ASUN-leading .983 fielding percentage. Another advantage the team has is the depth of their bench, including of six pitchers.  Coach Rhodes-Smith said it’s not typical to have that many on a roster, but that it’s a “good problem to have.” One of those pitchers is a familiar face to Lipscomb sports.  Chloe Rogers, a former Lipscomb volleyball player, decided to join the softball team for her fifth year after four seasons with the volleyball team. In their preseason games during the fall, the team went 8-0 against the competition, which included some fellow NCAA Division I schools. Coach Rhodes-Smith said that “the hardest competition is ourselves” and that the toughest offense and defense the team has faced has been their own in practice. However, she did mention that Liberty is new to the conference and will be a somewhat unknown factor and that Florida Gulf Coast has been a tough opponent in the past, with...
PREVIEW: Lipscomb baseball looks to rebound from 2018 with healthy roster and tough opponents

PREVIEW: Lipscomb baseball looks to rebound from 2018 with healthy roster and tough opponents

Expect a tough schedule ahead for the Lipscomb baseball team — but with a much healthier roster to start the season. The 2019 season is just around the corner for the Bisons as they prepare for their first matchup against Valparaiso University on Feb. 15 in an opening home weekend series at Dugan Field. Head coach Jeff Forehand’s unit is coming off of a losing season but brings back a roster full of experienced players. Unfortunately, the Bisons dealt with a plague of injuries last year. “For last year’s season, it started on the mound,” pitching coach James Ogden said. “And then guys like Lee Solomon and even Jeffrey Crisan had to miss a significant amount of time; and then, those were staples of our team that had been around a long time.” This problem has been mostly corrected for the 2019 season, as Ogden says the team realizes getting everyone healthy is something they definitely need to correct. They have done so in some of their training and in therapy and rehabilitation. Almost everyone is ready to play minus a few sprains and tendonitis. And they need to be healthy. This season will be one of the highest RPI schedules when ranked against those prior, with more Power 5 opponents and teams that ranked in the RPI’s top 100. Lipscomb has a much tougher schedule, but Forehand explains that this is all by design. “The ASUN league is a very good league coming off of last year’s season, the seventh-best league in the country,” Forehand said. “So, every team in the league is playing those RPI games. That’s...
Lipscomb men’s tennis drops opener at Louisville, leaves with confidence

Lipscomb men’s tennis drops opener at Louisville, leaves with confidence

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Lipscomb men’s tennis team took a road trip to Louisville on Friday and opened up their spring season with a 5-1 loss against the Cardinals. The Bisons (0-1) started off the match by winning the doubles point with a great battle from one of the three pairs. Francesco Tacconi and David Skrabut, on the third line, lost 6-2, but Victor Chaw and Pablo Caffarena pulled out a 6-4 victory in the No. 1 spot. Both teams then stayed on the sidelines to watch the last-standing doubles teams battle for the doubles point. Lipscomb’s Jorge Ortegon and Pedro Uribe started the match falling behind the Cardinals’ lead, but they kept calm and continued to fight. The Bisons duo squeaked out a 7-6 win against the Cardinals to clinch the doubles point. “The doubles, we really just kind of taken charge of that area of the game,” Bisons head coach Geoff Hernandez said. “We really believed in ourselves and our confidence was high.” After taking the doubles point, the Bisons brought their confidence into singles play hoping to win at least three of the singles matches to take home the overall victory. But Louisville had other plans and dispatched the Bisons with five singles wins to take the match, 5-1. Victor Chaw, playing in the No. 1 spot, was aggressive and drew out his match against Louisville’s Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff, which resulted in an unfinished play due to the losses of his teammates. Francesco Tacconi brought the Bisons and the Cardinals to an overall tie of 1-1 when he lost both sets. Pablo Caffarena was the first to start his...
Trent Dilfer finds a home at Lipscomb Academy, aims to revitalize Mustang football

Trent Dilfer finds a home at Lipscomb Academy, aims to revitalize Mustang football

When Trent Dilfer toured Lipscomb’s campus, he knew he had found a special place. The visit came last fall with his youngest daughter, Delaney. What the former NFL quarterback didn’t realize was that Lipscomb University had a feeder high school on its campus that just happened to have a need for a new head football coach. It turned out to be the perfect marriage. “I didn’t even know much about the Academy,” Trent Dilfer said. “But to be here for the last few days and really dive deep and see what’s going on has been an amazing journey for me.” The official announcement of Dilfer’s hiring came during a jam-packed press conference at the McCadams Athletic Center Friday afternoon. But the news was leaked earlier in the day and caused the school to buzz with excitement, according to the players. “Rumors started going around [Friday] at school,” rising senior tight end Houston High said. “When we were walking through the hallways, that’s all everyone was talking about.” Lipscomb finished the 2018 season with a dismal 2-9 record. Coach Scott Tillman resigned in November, and the administration began a nationwide search for his replacement. The opening generated interest from more than 80 candidates, according to Lipscomb Academy headmaster Greg Glenn. “The resources here are great,” Dilfer said of Lipscomb. “There’s no reason we can’t be really, really, really good. I know the competition around here is insane. But I’m more concerned about what we’re going to do.” Following a 14-season NFL career that included a Super Bowl victory with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, Dilfer spent a decade in the...
Lipscomb Academy football coach Trent Dilfer press conference gallery

Lipscomb Academy football coach Trent Dilfer press conference gallery

Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer will soon be on Lipscomb Academy’s payroll. Dilfer was named the Mustangs’ next head football coach at a press conference Friday afternoon. 104.5 The Zone afternoon host Brent Dougherty originally reported the news on Twitter earlier in the day. “This is a calling,” Dilfer said. “When God does something this weird in your life, you never doubt it. This isn’t a career move.” Read Russell Vannozzi’s full story here. Photos by Mckenzi Harris « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
Lipscomb Academy football coach Trent Dilfer press conference gallery

Lipscomb Academy football coach Trent Dilfer press conference gallery

Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer will soon be on Lipscomb Academy’s payroll. Dilfer was named the Mustangs’ next head football coach at a press conference Friday afternoon. 104.5 The Zone afternoon host Brent Dougherty originally reported the news on Twitter earlier in the day. “This is a calling,” Dilfer said. “When God does something this weird in your life, you never doubt it. This isn’t a career move.” Read Russell Vannozzi’s full story here. Photos by Mckenzi Harris « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
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 ›...

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