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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

Mckenzi Harris

Mckenzi Harris

Editor-in-Chief

Kathryn Farris

Kathryn Farris

Managing Editor

Erika Plunkett

Managing Editor

Grant Ledgister

Sports Editor

Spencer Boehme

Spencer Boehme

Contributing Writer

Cavin Jacobson

Radio Director/reporter

Rachel Pavelich

Fashion Columnist

Tyler Harvey

Tyler Harvey

Staff writer

Ben Davis

Ben Davis

Photographer

Jimmy McCollum

Jimmy McCollum

Faculty Advisor

Tim Ghianni

Tim Ghianni

Faculty Adviser

Recent News

GMA’s 2020 Dove Awards go virtual

At the end of October in a normal year, many Lipscomb students, faculty and staff are preparing to see the big red carpet rolled out for the GMA’s Dove Awards held in Allen Arena. However, due to the pandemic, the 51st GMA Dove Awards will not be hosted at Lipscomb; in fact, there will be no venue hosting the Dove Awards, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the award show to be completely virtual. The gospel award show has taken place in Lipscomb’s Allen Arena for the past 7 years, and the new format of the show leaves many students and faculty saddened to see this event not take place on campus yet hopeful that the show will return to Allen Arena next year. Despite the new format Dove Awards planners hope that at a time where it seems the world is falling apart and many are losing hope that everything will go back to normal this award show can bring healing. The virtual show allows artists to step into people’s homes and show them how gospel music can get us through anything and heal our souls. Justin Fratt, a producer for the Dove Awards, explained how they wanted to take a different approach for this year’s awards to stand out from others and maintain the relevance and power of this event. “When planning we were thinking about what would be different, but still very compelling,” said Fratt. “We didn’t want to do it like others — we’ve seen awards shows utilizing Zoom. This will be a musical feature that celebrates the music and the message.” The planning for...

Mustangs Edge Out Lions 20-14 after Rain Delays

After nearly a decade of defeat at the hands of the Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions, the Lipscomb Academy Mustangs edged out their rivals to take the regional championship. In response to the win, Mustang Head Coach Trent Dilfer spoke highly of his team following the game but emphasized that the season was far from over. “I’m proud of our guys tonight..it’s obviously a very big win for our school…but in that same breath, this is only 48 minutes of the 672 we want to play this year.” The low scoring affair began just before 9:00 PM due to the intense rain in the Nashville area this Friday. 14 of the Mustang’s 20 points came within the first quarter. Lipscomb Academy star Running Back, Alex Broome, returned the opening kickoff to give the Mustangs an early 7-0 lead. Lightning delays have begun at the LA v. CPA game. Follow along here for live updates on game play. pic.twitter.com/zcGgM8o21U — Lumination Network (@luminationnet) October 23, 2020 Broome would also finish the game with 99 yards on 22 carries. To cap off their strong start, Mustang Quarterback, Luther Richeson, connected with Daniel Green adding another touchdown with less than a minute left in the first quarter. The Lions came charging back in the second quarter with an 11 play drive that ended in a touchdown from Running Back Langston Patterson, creating a 14-7 score. Just before the half, one of the standout performers of the night, Lipscomb Academy Kicker, Ryan Young, hit his first of two field goals on the night. Young nailed the kick from 46 yards out, giving Lipscomb a strong...

Up the Boulevard, Donald Trump and Joe Biden vie for America’s vote

Last night, Nashville played a part in history as Belmont University hosted the final 2020 Presidential debate. Streets filled with demonstrations and protests, national media set up camp and two presidential candidates arrived in music city with the hopes of winning America’s vote. After some previously announced changes, Thursday’s debate was a stark contrast to the first meeting of these candidates in late September. Muted mics and stricter segments gave voters a chance to hear each candidates’ policies and plans. “This is a completely different debate than the first debate and I am really happy about that,” said political science professor Susan Haynes to the Q&A audience at SGA’s virtual debate watch party. “I was expecting just the chaos of the first debate where I couldn’t even weigh-in, just because you could hardly tell what was being said.” The 90-minute debate consisted of 15-minute segments on topics such as COVID-19, foreign policy, the economy, race, climate change and more. Key moments of the night included President Trump’s talk of an upcoming Covid-19 vaccine, he said “We have a vaccine that’s coming, it’s ready.” Currently, the FDA has not yet made approval for a Covid-19 vaccine. Four US clinical vaccine trials are in Phase 3 including Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. The FBI’s investigation on foreign election interference was brought up as part of the foreign policy segment of the debate. “They will pay a price if I’m elected,” said Former Vice President Biden, speaking on the interference by China, Russia and Iran. “They’re interfering with American sovereignty. That’s what’s going on.” One of the more “viral” moments of the night went to Joe...

Recent Galleries

Mustangs Edge Out Lions 20-14 after Rain Delays

After nearly a decade of defeat at the hands of the Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions, the Lipscomb Academy Mustangs edged out their rivals to take the regional championship. In response to the win, Mustang Head Coach Trent Dilfer spoke highly of his team following the game but emphasized that the season was far from over. “I’m proud of our guys tonight..it’s obviously a very big win for our school…but in that same breath, this is only 48 minutes of the 672 we want to play this year.” The low scoring affair began just before 9:00 PM due to the intense rain in the Nashville area this Friday. 14 of the Mustang’s 20 points came within the first quarter. Lipscomb Academy star Running Back, Alex Broome, returned the opening kickoff to give the Mustangs an early 7-0 lead. Lightning delays have begun at the LA v. CPA game. Follow along here for live updates on game play. pic.twitter.com/zcGgM8o21U — Lumination Network (@luminationnet) October 23, 2020 Broome would also finish the game with 99 yards on 22 carries. To cap off their strong start, Mustang Quarterback, Luther Richeson, connected with Daniel Green adding another touchdown with less than a minute left in the first quarter. The Lions came charging back in the second quarter with an 11 play drive that ended in a touchdown from Running Back Langston Patterson, creating a 14-7 score. Just before the half, one of the standout performers of the night, Lipscomb Academy Kicker, Ryan Young, hit his first of two field goals on the night. Young nailed the kick from 46 yards out, giving Lipscomb a strong...

Lipscomb conducts first virtual commencement ceremony to honor graduates in midst of COVID-19

Lipscomb’s 129th graduation ceremony looked quite different than was expected when the school year began in August. Allen Arena, which typically hosts the celebratory event, sat empty on Saturday when the COVID-19 outbreak forced the university to host its first virtual graduation. From the charge to the alma mater, Lipscomb faculty and students combined live and pre-recorded clips to create an all-new commencement ceremony experience. President Randy Lowry opened the commencement ceremony with a video pre-recorded in Allen Arena. “Well this isn’t exactly like I imagined it,” Lowry said. “Here I am standing in Allen Arena, and if this was a normal moment: Students you would be here with me. You would be dressed in caps and gowns, and there would be five thousand people surrounding us as this amazing moment took place. We would march in, we’d hear the bagpipes; the faculty would follow a little bit later. You’d be on the stage walking across, I’d shake your hand, and you would have your college degree, your graduate degree. You would have completed this moment, and the celebration would be wonderful. “The reality is we all know that this is a different time. And we’re giving up something:We’re giving our Allen Arena moment in order to protect others,” said  Lowry. One of the many faculty members joining  Lowry in conducting the online ceremony, Dean of Community Life Prentice Ashford gave out the Stephen Marsh Award. “Steve was a 1977 Lipscomb graduate and the son of one of our former board members, Lee Marsh,” said Ashford. “He was a Christian example in every aspect of his life as a...

Lipscomb Full Moon Festival raises $6,700 for YES Mission

Lipscomb clubs, Delta Omega and Theta Psi host the Full Moon Festival each spring semester to raise money for a different mission. This year the clubs raised $6,700 for “The Mission of Youth Encouragement Services (YES).” The mission of yes is to “enrich the lives of children in Inner City Nashville, helping them to develop academically, physically, spiritually and socially.” The event functions as a philanthropy event but also united the student body through music. Throughout the evening, from 6 pm till 9 pm, students perform high-end karaoke with a live band and singing songs they have rehearsed. There is dancing, fun, and music all geared around a 50’s theme. The event is essentially a sock-hop playing current music mixed with old hits.   Riley Hoag captured a gallery of the event here. ...