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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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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 155 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

Russell Vannozzi

Russell Vannozzi

Managing Editor

Spencer Boehme

Spencer Boehme

Managing Editor

Lebron Hill

Lebron Hill

Radio Director

Hannah Pipher

Hannah Pipher

Staff Writer

Cavin Jacobson

Radio Director/Reporter

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

Kailey Schuyler

Staff Writer

McKenzi Harris

Staff Photographer

Carly Reams

Staff Writer

Rachel Pavelich

Fashion Writer

Kathryn Farris

Staff Writer

Abigail Davis

Staff Writer

Jimmy McCollum

Jimmy McCollum

Faculty Advisor

Tim Ghianni

Tim Ghianni

Faculty Advisor

Recent News

Cyntoia Brown featured on ABC’s ‘Nightline’

Governor Bill Haslam announced last week that he would be granting clemency to Lipscomb graduate Cyntoia Brown. Since then, mixed reactions to Haslam’s decision have been broadcasted across the country. Wednesday night, Brown’s story was featured on ABC’s “Nightline”, a late-night news program. The story examined everything from the factors that led to her sentence to the next steps to come after her release in August 2019. The broadcast highlighted moments from the documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s story. The story was brought to Lipscomb’s campus in 2010, while Brown was working towards her associate’s degree from the University. The film was shown to Lipscomb students free of charge for the HumanDocs series that aimed to “encourage dialogue among students, faculty, and community members about pressing issues of social and economic justice and the environment.” The HumanDocs film series included a panel discussion with several notable figures in Brown’s case, including Lipscomb professor Preston Shipp, a former appellate prosecutor for Brown’s case who ended up becoming her teacher through the LIFE Program. Shipp’s coincidental presence in Brown’s life was highlighted in Nightline’s story. He once argued in favor of a life sentence for Brown. However, during Cyntoia’s July hearing, Shipp argued for her release. “If you grant her early release, she is going to invest herself [in people] who might otherwise come to [the Tennessee Woman’s Prison],” Shipp said. “She will seek them out. She will find them. She will mentor and minister to them, and she will keep other people from coming here.” Nightline reports that a sequel to the documentary, Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s story, will be released later this year, focusing on Brown’s journey to...

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

The roof for the George Shinn Event Center has just been completed; meanwhile, Lipscomb is expected to start construction on the new 300-space parking garage this spring. Here are the latest updates on both structures. George Shinn Event Center In December, many Lipscomb faculty members gathered at a topping out ceremony to celebrate the final beam being placed on the structure; they now have other construction updates to celebrate as well. In a statement to Lumination Network, University spokesperson Kim Chaudoin gave a new update on the event center. “The shell of the structure is complete,” Chaudoin said. “The roof has just put in place. Now, work is underway on bricking the outside of the structure.” The building is a product of the $15 million donation to Lipscomb made by former NBA owner George Shinn. When plans for the event center were originally revealed at the 2017 Imagine event, Lipscomb announced the building would be fully completed by the fall of 2018. However, workers had to redirect a storm drain, leading a postponement in construction. The center will have an event hall that will be able to sit up to 1,000 people. The hall will be used in a variety of ways, such as music concerts, theatrical events, art exhibits, receptions and even class lectures. The center will also include several spaces to be used by the College of Entertainment and the Arts: classrooms, studio space and a cinematic editing and viewing studio. It will also be home to a film production studio and a CG animation studio. The George Shinn Event Center is now expected to be fully...

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....

Recent Galleries

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

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

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 ›...