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Lumination Network is Lipscomb University’s official student news service. We are a group made up of students from all majors who have a desire to submit various forms of media to be shared with the Lipscomb community. Lumination Network publishes news in several formats – articles, photo galleries, TV and Radio.

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Staff

Erin Franklin

Erin Franklin

Editor-in-Chief

Email

Russell Vannozzi

Russell Vannozzi

Managing Editor

Spencer Boehme

Spencer Boehme

Managing Editor

Lebron Hill

Lebron Hill

Arts and Entertainment Coordinator

Kathryn Farris

Kathryn Farris

News Coordinator

Mckenzi Harris

Mckenzi Harris

Social Media Director/Photographer

Ben Davis

Ben Davis

Chief Photographer

Adrienne Luu

Adrienne Luu

Sports reporter

Charissa Ricker

Charissa Ricker

Staff Writer

Tyler Harvey

Tyler Harvey

Staff writer

Quinn Gorte

Quinn Gorte

Staff writer

Martin Baker

Martin Baker

Staff Writer

Ashley Bingham

Ashley Bingham

Staff writer

Carly Reams

Carly Reams

Staff Writer

Maria Morales

Maria Morales

Staff writer

Abigail Davis

Abigail Davis

Staff Writer

Cavin Jacobson

Radio Director/reporter

Rachel Pavelich

Fashion Columnist

Jimmy McCollum

Jimmy McCollum

Faculty Advisor

Tim Ghianni

Tim Ghianni

Faculty Adviser

Recent News

Lady Bisons eliminated from Tuscaloosa Regional tournament in rematch with Arizona State

Lipscomb has been eliminated from the Tuscaloosa regional tournament, falling to Arizona State 10-1 in its third game played. Both games today ended due to the run-ahead rule In the first elimination game in the Tuscaloosa Regional tournament, the Lady Bisons beat the Alabama State Lady Hornets 14-0 in five innings. The scoring started early in the first elimination game against Alabama State. In the second inning, Sarah Higgins was walked, advanced to third off of a Jordan Fortel grounder that got popped into the air, and then scored on the next batter. Khayla Green then hit a single to drive Fortel to third, and with a bases-loaded walk, two batters later scored her. Alabama State then made a pitching change, but it didn’t help things for the Lady Hornets. A grounder from Graysen Gladden scored two to make it 4-0. Peyton Ward hit a line drive over a third that bounced off the wall. The hit scored two runners to make the score 6-0. A couple of batters later, the bases were loaded again. Jenna Pealor hit a grand slam, her eighth home run of the season, that increased the Lady Bisons’ lead to 10-0. Lipscomb added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the game ended in the top of the next inning due to the run-ahead rule. The win set up a rematch with Arizona State University, who lost Alabama 7-4 earlier today. Against Arizona State, the first five innings were a battle of the pitchers. Only one run was allowed by each team’s pitcher, with Arizona State’s Samantha Mejia recording five...

Lipscomb softball falls to Arizona State in the opening round

The Lady Bisons made it close but ultimately couldn’t overcome the Arizona State Sun Devils in the opening round of the Tuscaloosa Regional tournament and road to the Women’s College World Series. Lipscomb fell to Arizona State, a team with a high-powered offense, solid pitching, and strong defense. Pitching and the outfield were the most important aspects of the game for either team through the first two innings. In the first inning, Lipscomb’s first two batters struck out before a popout ended the half. Amy Vetula was able to record all three of the outs for Lipscomb’s defense. In the second inning, things play balanced out. Arizona State’s defense got two of the three outs (including a barehanded catch and throw from Jade Gortarez to first), while Lipscomb’s Mandy Jordan earned a strikeout and Destinee Brewer chased down a long shot to end the inning. Cielo Meza struck out four through four innings of play for the Sun Devils and only allowed two runners to reach base. A Sarah Higgins double followed by a home run from Jenna Pealor put the Lady Bisons up 2-0 in the fourth inning. The Sun Devils would respond quickly. Kindra Hackbarth hit a double in the bottom of the same inning. Two batters later, Gortarez hit an RBI single that cut Lipscomb’s lead to one and cut its momentum. Lipscomb had a chance to extend the lead in the fifth inning but couldn’t capitalize on it. A tag-out at second and a foul-out ended any chance of the Lady Bisons scoring in the fifth. Arizona State has the third-ranked offense in the nation...

Harding Academy power forward Luke Howard ‘19 signs with Lipscomb

Power forward Luke Howard, a 2019 Tennessee Mr. Basketball award finalist, Sunday officially signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Lipscomb.Harding Academy’s boys basketball coach Kevin Starks expressed his excitement for Howard’s decision to come to Lipscomb. “I think he is really just scratching the surface of how good he can be,” Starks said. “I am excited for him to be with the coaching staff at Lipscomb, because I think they will help him grow and reach his potential.” The Harding Academy senior also received offers from Lincoln Memorial University, Drake University, the University of Texas at Arlington, Marist College, Campbell University, Kent State University and Troy University. Starks said that Howard’s versatility, athleticism, and hard work will take him far. “I think Luke’s potential is off the charts,” Starks said. “I believe that he has the chance to be an all-league player and to play basketball after college.“ Howard, originally from Vancouver, Canada, moved to Memphis two years ago and began playing basketball under Starks during the 2017-2018 season. Even given his short time at Harding Academy, Starks said that Howard was able to fit right in. He was one of the senior leaders for Harding Academy this year, averaging 23.8 points per game, eight rebounds per game, 62 percent field-goal shooting, 34 percent three-point shooting, 70 percent free-throw shooting, 1.8 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game. “Luke is a 6-foot-9, athletic four man that can really, really shoot,” Starks said. “Because of his skill level, his upside is just tremendous.” Howard served a number of different roles for the Lions with the ability...

Recent Galleries

Gallery: Lady Bisons draw Tuscaloosa Regional in NCAA Softball Selection Show

Surrounded by family, friends, and Bison faithful in the Allen Arena Hall of Fame room, the Lipscomb softball team learned their next stop is Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as pairings were announced during the NCAA Softball Tournament Selection Show. Lipscomb drew the Tuscaloosa regional, hosted by the SEC regular-season champion and overall eight-seed, the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Lady Bisons will open the regional against the Arizona State Sun Devils. Also, included in the Tuscaloosa regional are the Alabama State Hornets. “This is a hard regional,” coach Kristin Ryman said.  “This [Arizona State] is a tough team. But I don’t care. We are too.” After winning 22 of their last 24 games, Lipscomb won the ASUN championship and earned an automatic berth into the NCAA softball tournament. The first round of the tournament, which is set to begin May 17-19, is divided into 16 regional campus sites with four teams at each location. The four teams will play a double elimination tournament to determine who advances to the super-regional round the following weekend. Philip Hutcheson, Lipscomb’s athletic director, praised this team and their coaches for an incredibly exciting season, mentioning how fun it has been to watch them this year. ASUN Coach of the Year Ryman talked about how “connected” her team has been all season, attributing their success to this chemistry. The first game is set to be played at 3 p.m. Friday and can be streamed via ESPN+....

GALLERY: 2019 May commencement ceremony

Lipscomb University awarded 560 undergraduate students and 325 graduate students their degrees on Saturday Afternoon in Allen Arena. President Lowry gave an honorable mention to many at the commencement — he thanked the veterans for their service, congratulated athletes on their tremendous seasons, as well as noticing every student has a story and thanking the people who supported them in their journey to graduation. Reactions were full of smiles, laughter and tears as the students crossed the stage one by one shaking hands with the professionals who got them to this moment of commencement. Mckenzi Harris was there to capture these reactions in her gallery...

GALLERY: SGA Spring Concert features Johnnyswim

Lipscomb’s SGA put on the annual spring concert Saturday night, featuring the headliner, Johnnyswim. The couple, Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano formed their duo in 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. During the concert, the indie-folk duo introduced their new album Moonlight and shared stories of their journey in the music industry, as well as Ramirez’ experience as a Nashville resident and former Trevecca student. Sudano shared the couple’s love story, followed by Ramirez serenading her with a song on their new album titled “Amanda.” After the song, Sudano shared the first time Ramirez saw her. “That’s the woman I’m going to marry,” Ramirez said, remembering the first time he saw Sudano. He added that his previous girlfriend broke up with him “on the spot.” The couple closed the concert by entering the crowd and standing on the chairs in the center of Collins Alumni Auditorium amidst the crowd of students....