About Lumination Network

Who We Are

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.

Get Involved

Lumination Network accepts writers, photographers, videographers, and ad salesmen of all majors. Interested in being on the staff? Simply show up to one of our Monday news meetings that take place at 11 a.m. in Ezell 156 and we’ll get you involved. Have a story idea or a question? Email the editor at editor@luminationnetwork.com. We would love to hear from you!

Staff

Erin Franklin

Erin Franklin

Editor-in-Chief

Email

Anna Rogers

Anna Rogers

Managing Editor

Cole Gray

Cole Gray

Managing Editor

Russell Vannozzi

Russell Vannozzi

Sports Editor

Lebron Hill

Lebron Hill

Radio Director

Hannah Gilmore

Hannah Gilmore

Radio Sports Director

Hannah Pipher

Hannah Pipher

International Correspondent

Ben Davis

Ben Davis

Chief Photographer

Maria Morales

Maria Morales

Staff writer

Charissa Ricker

Charissa Ricker

Staff Writer

Jade Spilka

Jade Spilka

Staff writer

Bethanie Jones

Bethanie Jones

Social Media Director

Lorena Coleman

Lorena Coleman

Staff Writer

Joel Clinger

Joel Clinger

Staff Writer

Spencer Boehme

Spencer Boehme

Staff Writer

Jimmy McCollum

Jimmy McCollum

Faculty Advisor

Tim Ghianni

Tim Ghianni

Faculty Advisor

Recent News

Bison basketball picks up 20th win on Senior Night

Lipscomb entered Senior Night with the number two seed wrapped up for the ASUN tournament. But they certainly played like the tournament had already started. Seeking their second-straight 20-win campaign in the regular season finale, the Lipscomb Bisons (20-9, 10-4 ASUN) took down the Kennesaw State Owls (10-19, 6-8 ASUN) 83-74 without surrendering the lead or even a tie. Prior to the game, Lipscomb honored seniors Asa Duvall, Aaron Korn and George Brammeier. Alexander said the veterans “made a huge impact on our team” during their careers. “Not necessarily with career stats, but been exactly the kind of guys that we think Lipscomb deserves. They’re leaving this program much better than the way that they found it, and, you know, any time you can say that then you’ve done your job.” Junior center Rob Marberry led the Bisons in scoring for the 10th time this season, shooting 13-of-15 on field goals and 6-of-6 on free throws for 32 points. “My teammates, they’re some of the best passers in the league,” Marberry said. “And so I can always count on them to give me a perfect pass.” Four of his field goals were dunks. He added a team-high 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. “I’ve got the flu right now,” Marberry said, “so … I lost a couple pounds doing that.” Leading scorer Garrison Mathews put in a bit of an uncharacteristic performance for Lipscomb, shooting 4-of-11 on field goals and 5-of-7 on free throws for 14 points. At the end of the first half, Mathews banked in a double-clutch desperation three with time about to expire....

Bisons to face Nashville Soccer Club at home March 1

Nashville S.C., the brand-new professional soccer team in town, is coming to Lipscomb March 1 for a friendly match against the Bisons. It’s not the first time Lipscomb has played a pro team, but it will be the first time it’s hosted one. The Bisons defeated a United Soccer League foe last March, shocking Louisville City F.C. 1-0 in Elizabethtown, Ky. Louisville outshot the Bisons 17-4 in that game, but Ivan Sakou’s goal off a rebound gave Lipscomb the surprise victory. The two teams will square off again on Mar. 7. “The Louisville and Nashville games this year will be games that test us big-time,” coach Charles Morrow said. “We will get opportunities and chances, but I don’t think it’s realistic for us to go into a game against professionals and think that we’re going to impose our will on that team.” “It’s a game that we have to learn how to have success in other ways than they’re used to, and that helps us grow for sure,” he said. Morrow noted that the spring season gives him a look at younger players and shows him what the team needs to work on going into the fall. “Beyond defending, are we able to possess the ball? Are we able to control any segments of the game? Are we able to create goal-scoring opportunities?” Morrow named Bennie Harris, Simon Holden and Austin Eager as a trio of inexperienced defenders that would see significant action this spring. Former Lipscomb standout Micah Bledsoe will suit up for Nashville as the team’s third goalkeeper. Morrow said he hopes Bledsoe sees some playing time,...

Bison reporters bring home bling from journalism conference

Eleven Lipscomb journalism students road-tripped to Harding University in Searcy, Ark. for the 2018 Southeast Journalism Conference, where they won 11 awards for submitted work and on-site competitions. Editor-in-chief of Lumination Network Erin Franklin won 3rd place in the College Journalist of the Year category, taking home a $250 check. She gave credit to professors Jimmy McCollum and Tim Ghianni and said she was surprised to receive the award. “This was definitely my favorite journalism conference I’ve been to since I’ve been at Lipscomb,” Franklin said. “There was a great group of students who went, and I’m very proud of all my fellow students who competed.” The weekend consisted of conference sessions, on-site competitions and the Best of the South awards banquet. Over three dozen universities participated. Lipscomb students brought home one more award than crosstown rival Belmont. Co-managing editor Anna Rogers and sports editor Russell Vannozzi took first place in their on-site competitions, News and Feature Photography and Sports Writing, respectively. “It was an honor to come home with a pair of awards,” Vannozzi said. “We have a talented team that has been working hard to get great stories all year.” He also credited Ghianni and McCollum for his successes. Jade Spilka finished 2nd in TV Anchoring. Charissa Ricker placed 3rd in the on-site competition for Feature Writing. At the Best of the South Awards, students were judged on work from the previous year in many different categories. Lindsey Nance placed 1st in the TV News Feature Reporter category. 2017 graduate Patrick Carpenter won 2nd for TV News Journalist. Anna Rogers was named 3rd in Special Event Reporting and Russell...

Recent Galleries

Women’s March 2018 photo gallery

Overwhelming crowds gathered at Public Square Park to march through the streets of downtown Nashville for the 2018 Women’s March on Saturday afternoon. After gathering in the park before 2 p.m., the rally was led in chants and entertained by local, all-female bands. Mayor Megan Berry spoke to the crowd before they marched to the capitol building. « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...

Snow day 2018 photo gallery

Students experienced yet another day off from school due to inclement weather after having the Friday before off due to winter weather and yesterday off due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In The Gathering today, SGA President Carson Panovec announced that classes after 3 p.m. were officially cancelled, and classes before 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning were also cancelled. To enjoy the snow day, students and people from surrounding neighborhoods used makeshift sleds to slide down the hill of the Lipscomb soccer field....

2017 fall commencement photo gallery

More than 400 students were awarded diplomas from Lipscomb University this fall, including eight women from the Tennessee Prison for Women. The traditional students’ graduation ceremony took place in Allen Arena on December 16, while the graduating inmates’ ceremony was the day before at the Tennessee Prison for Women. President Randy Lowry gave the charge to the students at the traditional students’ graduation ceremony. “As you go, take these thoughts with you: you go as part of the Bison herd that numbers about 30,000 alumni; you go as part of a special community that will always respect you, always welcomes you back and always be honored and proud that you a part of it; you go with our deep regard and our great hope that God will work out His plan for your life and that you will see your part in His story.” President Lowry closed with an Old Testament blessing from Numbers 6:24-26: “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace.”   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...