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

Lipscomb students return from Israel, share their experiences

Lipscomb students returned home from a 10-day trip to Israel on June 3 with a better understanding of ancient Israel and the modern geopolitical issues in the country. The trip partnered with Passages Israel to show the religious, social and political issues to students while exploring the roots of their faith. The team traveled across Israel, spending time in historical places like Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee and Caesarea. Team members saw the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee. Some students also chose to get baptized in the Jordan River. Lipscomb graduate student Megan Deel is working on her Masters in Divinity and shared how visiting the Biblically-historic sights was the highlight of her trip. “The whole experience in Jerusalem was my favorite,” Deel said. “Especially because that is where Jesus died and rose; it was just such a special place to walk.” Senior Theology and Ministry major Joshua Stewart said the trip was more than just an educational experience. “This was also a spiritual journey,” Stewart said. “I read about the people, places and events of the Bible so much differently because I saw it with my own eyes. I have a much clearer image of Jesus standing in the synagogues, teaching and healing people He never met but knew and loved anyway. The Gospel has been given new life.” The students also visited the Gaza Strip and the Syrian border to better understand living in a war zone. Talking with people on the Gaza Strip, visiting bomb shelters and learning rocket alarm safety protocols are just a few of the ways the group learned about the conflict. Trip...

June Advance welcomes incoming freshman to Lipscomb

The campus boomed with student life this past week as incoming freshman from around the country came to Lipscomb for June Advance. At Lipscomb, the orientations are broken into a three-part system, with the university hosting the first in June, and two others later in July and August. This is intended for students to get a chance to have a more one-on-one interactive experience with smaller group sizes to get acclimated to college life. Associate Dean of Student Life Dannie Woods was once a student at Lipscomb University and noted that it’s interesting for her to be able to accurately see it from both sides — student and faculty. “I think it’s the first opportunity to step into life at Lipscomb as a student, so it’s really the first time to say: ‘here’s information, here’s things to get involved with, here’s what’s going to make this time awesome for you,’”  Woods said. “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Get out of your comfort zone, meet new people, try new things, because you’re going to have the most fun that way.” One of the students at this month’s Advance, Chelsea Brown, is an incoming freshman from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. “When I toured Lipscomb, it just had an aspect that felt like home,” Brown said, adding that the events she was most looking forward to were the sporting events like basketball and volleyball. Michigan native Hadlee Chubb was another incoming freshman at Advance. “I am most looking forward to living out on my own because I am going to be so far away from home,”  Chubb said. With June Advance coming to a...

Lipscomb student gets behind-the-scenes look at CMA music Festival

Alongside her grandma, student Veronika Jones worked with Music City Center throughout the entirety of the the CMA music festival and even found a potential career path she said she wants to pursue after graduation. The Junior International Affairs major worked the Fanfair inside Music City Center at the Radio Disney Country meet and greet. Jones was in charge of counting the fans that lined up and cutting off the line when the performers had to leave. “A lot of the times performers had somewhere to be right after they were done, like an interview or another show, so it was really fast paced,” Jones said.  “I met a lot of really nice people that were really understanding if I did have to cut the line off.” Jones worked closely with artists Cam, Maddie & Tae, LANCO and more. She noted that one of her favorite parts about working the CMA Fest was meeting all different kinds of people, not just the performing artists. “Everybody I worked with was awesome, and I also met a whole lot of interesting people from all over the world,” Jones said. “I met these girls who all became friends through Twitter because they were all Kelsea Ballerini fans.” Despite the many people she met, Jones said her favorite person she worked with was her “Gran.” Jones’ grandmother works for Music City Center and has worked the CMA Music Festival the past nine years. Music is a big part of Jones’ family, and she spent a lot of her childhood at the Grand Ole Opry where her Gran worked as a tour guide. “If...

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 › »...