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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!

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Erin Franklin

Erin Franklin

Editor-in-Chief

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Becca Risley

Becca Risley

Managing Editor

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KJ Lauck

KJ Lauck

Sports Editor

Ben Davis

Ben Davis

Chief Photographer

Eric Ansett

Eric Ansett

Staff writer

Katie Bianchini

Katie Bianchini

Staff writer

Micah Dempsey

Micah Dempsey

Sports writer

Brooke Dorris

Brooke Dorris

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Karina Gutierrez

Karina Gutierrez

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Tyler Harvey

Tyler Harvey

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Todd Lamberth

Todd Lamberth

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Charissa Ricker

Charissa Ricker

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Whitney Smith

Whitney Smith

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Myckelle Williams

Myckelle Williams

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Recent News

Weekly Gathering announces new partnership with Coca-Cola

After several years under contract with Pepsi, Lipscomb is now a “Coca-Cola campus” as announced this Tuesday during the Gathering in Allen Arena. James Franklin III serves as the CEO for the bottling company and spoke to the student body about his commitment to Lipscomb. After he showed a video highlighting his son, James Baak, and his trip to South Sudan, he invited the Coca-Cola Polar Bear to the stage alongside Vice President of Student Life Josh Roberts. Together they told the crowd about the several Coca-Cola sponsored events happening on campus soon. Baak is the founder of SMARD, Solidarity Ministries Africa for Reconciliation and Development. SMARD’s mission is to empower women and children of South Sudan by educating them and giving them the freedom to find confidence in themselves. Born and raised in South Sudan, Baak dealt with great turmoil as a young boy and told the story of how he had to flee to Ethiopia. “The travel in length was Nashville to Denver,” he said. At first, Baak wished to return home. However, it was after a dream featuring a man in white clothing, giving him a bible and telling him to fight onward that he found Christ. After gaining an education and becoming a pastor, Baak went back to his home country of South Sudan and planted a church while helping other churches there reach their maximum potential. He said he hopes that his mission will continue to touch others and raise awareness surrounding the women and children of South...

Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin offers insight into life as a Christian actress

“My grandmother always told me I have to be extraordinary to be considered average,” Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin told the audience in Collins Alumni Auditorium on Monday evening. “You have to be able to do it all to be great.” Campbell-Martin shared many empowering statements like this during her conversation with guest moderator Shannon Sanders, and she seems to have followed her grandmother’s advice. The multi-hyphenated actress and singer came to speak for The George Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts presented Actress Insights: A Conversation with Tisha Campbell-Martin. The hour and a half event offered Lipscomb students, faculty and the general public an intimate look into the life of the multi-hyphenated actress and singer. Campbell-Martin, who has been in shows such as My Wife and Kids, Martin and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, had many stories to share over her four-decade long career, starting from the very beginning of it all. She talked about how she got her foot in the door with singing and acting and the moment she realized she wanted to make a career out of it, all starting with a singing competition she entered at age five. Her only goal was to win the second prize in the competition, which was a color TV. “At first, I was mad when I didn’t win second prize,” Campbell-Martin laughed, “Instead I won first prize which was a car. But then, I saw my mother crying and my father jumping up and down, and that was the moment I knew I could help people.” She said she realized then what she was supposed to do as an artist and wanted to make helping people...

Media Masters invites speaker to address race communication and bias

For the first Media Masters of the semester, Robert A. Jackson, Jr. discussed race communications as well as bias in the Lipscomb community and the media with communication students Monday night in Ezell. Jackson started off the evening by addressing “the elephant in the room” before offering his advice to students and faculty in regards to their future vocation. Last Thursday, Lipscomb president Randy Lowry invited African American students over to his home to discuss their unique experiences on campus. Stalks of cotton were featured as the table centerpiece and “soul food” was served to the students. Several students took issue with this. “Some are wondering if I would speak about the cotton incident last week,” Jackson said. “The answer is ‘yes.’ I have read multiple comments from multiple venues. I have looked at it from several angles.” Jackson went on to discuss how there was much more to this story than “just cotton stalks and soul food.” “There is a suspending issue that is at the center of the problem,” he said. “The situation could have been handled better and concerns from the African American community are being addressed with the president.” Jackson describes himself as a “bridge-builder” for many communities and groups of people to come together. “We have to build a bridge because this chasm is very deep; it is very vast and it is very wide,” he said. To continue, Jackson spoke a reminder to students and faculty that actions and words should exist hand-in-hand. “If we are not looking to help other people rise, then we can forget about what we call religion, because they...

Recent Galleries

2017 President’s Convocation photo gallery

To celebrate Lipscomb’s 127th year, President Randy Lowry announced during the annual President’s Convocation that Lipscomb has been recognized as a prestigious national university, ranking 176th in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “2017 America’s Guide to Colleges.” “We’ve received new recognition,” Lowry said. “I think it’s a great moment when Carnegie looked out and looked at this University and said, ‘No longer will we classify you as a regional comprehensive university; you’re going to leave the group that includes Belmont and Harding and Freed and Elon and a host of really good schools, because Lipscomb University will be elevated to the classification of a national university.’ And when they elevated us in a category of 300 schools, we came in 124 spaces ahead of schools who have already been on that...

2017 Spring Commencement photo gallery

Lipscomb University celebrated its 2017 graduating class by giving 545 undergraduate degrees to students on Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. Three professors received “Outstanding Teacher Awards” — Lee Camp, Professor of Bible, Elisabeth Conway, Associate Professor of Biology, and Ruth Henry, Professor of Exercise Science. For his closing remarks to the graduating class, President Lowry spoke of what it means to be a Lipscomb alum. “The reality is that we, as this group, will never gather together again,” Lowry said. “But you will go out as a Bison and join the other 35,000 Bison who are out there. You will run into them literally all over the world, and I want you to know that as you do that, you will take the spirit of this community with you, and you will meet the spirit of this community as you find your fellow alums wherever they might be.”   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...

Your Neighbors, Dorado photo gallery

Monday evening, Lipscomb’s SGA hosted a concert, featuring Your Neighbors, a band comprised of  mostly Lipscomb students. Your neighbors opened for the country/Americana band Dorado. SGA served Whitt’s Barbecue and Maggie Moo’s ice cream.   Photos by Ellen Butterfield   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...