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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 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

Lipscomb alum Tyler Russell releases new single “Now or Never”

Nashville songwriter Tyler Russell has made a lasting impression on his teachers, and not just because of his talents. This Lipscomb alum wants to let God use him to bless others. Russell, a 2015 musical theatre graduate, intentionally chooses to live with joy. Whether it is in his music or while meeting new people, Tyler tries to let God help him to spread joy and love. “Now or Never,” which was released on August 17th on all major music streaming platforms, is Russell’s latest single. While the song isn’t specifically a Christian song, Russell said he and songwriting partner, Alexandria “Zandy” Fitzgerald from The New Respects, placed emphasis on “choosing joy.” “The Bible says there’s a time and a place for everything,” he said. “It’s just important to remind people to dance and have a good time.” Russell recalled his experience at Lipscomb as having a positive and inspirational impact on his songwriting. “The skills that I learned at the (Lipscomb) theatre department taught me so many things that I’m using now with songwriting,” he said. “I got to learn about so many different people’s stories, where people came from and what they go through. “I’m someone who loves to be inspired by what people go through, and I feel like God really puts inspiration through the people around me. I feel like lots of songs came from my time at Lipscomb.” Beki Baker, Chair of Lipscomb’s Theatre Department and one of Tyler’s old professors, was excited to hear Russell’s new single.  “The song itself is such a great representation of Tyler,” Baker said. “It’s upbeat, it’s positive and it’s looking for the good things in...

Can You Hear the Ticking? Eli Roth brings children’s mystery film to the big screen

The House With a Clock in Its Walls will enchant audience members with a magical storyline. Adapted from John Bellairs’ 1973 young adult book, this movie brings to life the whimsical adventures of a young boy named Lewis (Owen Vaccaro). Lewis, suddenly orphaned when his parents are killed in a car accident, moves in with his eccentric Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black). Jonathan lives in a gothic style Victorian home, the perfect setting for spooky adventures and mysterious happenings. Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), a neighbor, spends a good deal of time at the house too. Soon after settling into his new residence, Lewis discovers there is more going on than meets the eye. Magic. Uncle Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman happen to be a warlock and witch searching for a hidden clock hidden within the “haunted” home’s walls. (Hence the title of the movie.) The mystery revolves on the previous owners of the home, evil warlock Isaac Izard and his wife Selena. Both of whom died/disappeared a year earlier while creating a powerful clock full of dark magic. Lewis, Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman must stop the ticking noise before the evil magic of Izard erases history. Along the way to solving the mystery, Lewis faces challenges, acquires bravery, deals with bullies and learns the power of friendship.  At moments, there is too much going on, and the main storyline/mystery of the clock fall wayside to Lewis’ self discovery, making the mystery of the clock hidden inside the house feel like an afterthought. More refining of the script would have helped focus the story and keep audience members engaged. Shockingly, this movie was directed by Eli...

Lipscomb defeated by No. 7 Kentucky in overtime battle

The Lipscomb men’s soccer team was defeated in overtime by No. 6 Kentucky by a score of 3-2. The team is now on a five-game losing streak before heading into conference play. “Another tough loss; this one is especially tough,” head coach Charles Morrow said. “Disappointed in the results certainly, but really proud of the guys and the way we played. “I think today was a step forward in the season, even though it was a loss. Sometimes it’s hard to see the positives with losses mounting up.” Kentucky came into the game strong when midfielder, Kalil Elmedkhar, scored the first goal just over the minute mark. This was Elmedkhar’s second goal of the season. The score remained 1-0 at halftime. Kentucky scored again in the fifty-second minute. Aime Mabika secured the goal by a penalty kick, to put the Wildcats up 2-0. One minute later, the Bisons started to find their momentum when Ryan Birchfield scored a minute later, in the fifty-third minute, on a penalty kick. This is the first goal Kentucky has let up all season. Birchfield helped the Bisons again to tie the game by assisting a goal in the seventy-fourth minute, made by Logan Paynter. Regulation ended with the score 2-2, sending the game into overtime. Kentucky’s Jj Williams scored in the ninety-fifth minute. Bison goalkeeper, Luke Wilson came out, and the ball found an empty net. Morrow said he was disappointed about the game tonight, but he is optimistic for what lies ahead. “I really feel like this team is really close to being a really, really good team. If guys can stay...

Recent Galleries

Guatemala missions: film photo gallery

Recent graduate Ellen Butterfield recounted one of her “most fulfilling” Lipscomb experiences by sharing a daily journal and collection of images she shot on film while in Guatemala for a spring break mission trip. Read the full story...

Spring 2018 Commencement gallery

For its 127th session, Lipscomb University celebrated its newest graduates by awarding over 800 degrees, including the first contemporary music degree, in Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon. President Randy Lowry awarded the students with their diplomas and recognized three exceptional students who were graduating: Presley Russell, Tammy Brown and Jazgul Orozova. “For four years, Lipscomb wasn’t just a place I would go to class and chapel; Lipscomb has become my home and my family,” Orozova wrote. “I was welcomed into this community by people who have walked with me, prayed with me and mentored me. I want to go back to Moldova and invest back . . . I want to work with children who think they cannot achieve great things in life because they do not have a mom or a dad.”   Photos by...

“Rise and Fall” wins 55th-annual Singarama Sweepstakes photo gallery

“Rise and Fall” directed by Taylor Sain is the winner of the 55th-annual Singarama Sweepstakes award. With a cast comprised of Pi Delta, Kappa Chi, Theta Psi, Phi Nu and friends, this group told the story of a Blockbuster movie rental store in Little Town, Alaska where the employees found a way to keep the store afloat despite the termination of the franchise. The ensemble was also awarded best “Theme” on Thursday and best “Vocal Performance” on Friday.   Photos by Ellen Butterfield   « ‹ 1 of 3 › »...