Help the Neighborhood Empowerment Program make a difference this Christmas

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Trevecca’s Neighborhood Empowerment Program is partnering with four other local organizations to provide a Christmas party and gifts to homeless women and their children.

The Neighborhood Empowerment Program is a program of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice at Trevecca and will host A Christmas to Remember at the Nashville Rescue Mission’s women shelter called the Hope Center.

“This is an attempt to bring the community together to serve our more fragile community members,” said Iris Gordon,adjunct professor in the Center for Social Justice .

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Trojan Idol remains a hit

By Maci Shingleton

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Trevecca on Tuesday hosted its annual Trojan Idol competition in the Boone Business Building.  Hundreds of students, faculty, alumni, and fans crowded together to watch the first of the two-night vocal performance competition.

Ten students were selected last month after auditions and each performed last night in front of their peers and a panel of three tough judges. Five finalists were selected by students and a panel of judges to perform in Thursday night’s final competition.

Judges have the power to chose two finalists and selected Maureen Maltez who sang “Respect” and Savannah Walters who sang “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet.”

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NPWI instructor Benji Cowart talks about his YouTube fame

By Sophie Green

A few months ago a great tune with a terrible message got stuck in Benji Cowart’s head.

What came next was a very unexpected, yet a pleasant surprise.

Cowart, a songwriter instructor in the National Praise and Worship Institute at Trevecca Nazarene University, recently wrote a response to Magic’s hit song ‘Rude.’ His “dad’s side of the story” has more than 13 million views on YouTube.

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Trevecca gospel choir performs with Carrie Underwood at CMA Awards

By Maci Shingleton

photo (15)As Carrie Underwood performed tonight on the CMA Awards, the Trevecca Nazarene University gospel choir lent her their voices.

Dressed in black and lined up behind the country music star, the students performed live on national television during the CMA Awards. The 48th annual awards show was aired live on ABC from Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.

“My highlight was not only getting to sing behind Carrie Underwood, but being able to sing that particular song. There was not a better song for us to sing,” said sophomore Laurabeth Winchester.

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Students prepare for Benson Hall haunted house

photo (12)Tonight Benson Hall will host their annual Haunted House and Fall Festival.

Students are invited to walk through The Benson Manor, a haunted house put on by students, as well as enjoy a fall festival on the 3rd floor of Benson. The festival will include pumpkin carving, caramel apples and music. The event is from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is free.

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Celebrity Skate night is a hit

photoSaturday night Trevecca students filled the Brentwood Skate Center dressed as their favorite celebrities for SGA’s annual Celebrity Skate Night. Memorable costumes included Mount Rushmore, a character from Avatar, and a can of Sundrop.

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Women’s Bible study becomes place of rest and community

By Sydney Wisman

10600541_344397832400760_726745220436190514_nA new women’s accountability group on campus is attempting to offer a safe place for women on campus to talk honestly about their lives.

Kehilah, which in Hebrew means community, is growing each week and now has about 40 attendees.

“We found it was easy to get disconnected with other people,” said Katie Rose Weissend, founder of Kehilah. “I wanted it [Kehilah] to be a space that was free to relax and to be honest, and to talk about deep struggles.”

Kehilah starts off with fellowship, an activity, and then a small devotion. Recently the discussion was about resting in God’s presence. The attendees talked about when and how to rest and the difference between true rest in God’s presence or numbing out with screens and social media.

Then after discussion and prayer with a small group, there is worship under the stars on the lawn.
Girls that attended Kehilah said that it is a good way to build community and it is good to come and de-stress.

“I enjoy Kehilah because it forces me to slow down and intentionally spend time praising God,” said Kate Meyer, freshman.
Kehilah is also aiming at strengthening relationships with classmates.

“My favorite part about Kehilah is the small group time. Even if I don’t know some of the girls, I get to know them on a deeper level. The biggest impact of Kehilah so far is building relationships,” said Charis Simms, junior.

The attendees of Kehilah get many opportunities to connect with one another throughout the group session.
“My favorite part would have to be how it has helped to develop connections and friendships,” said Meyer.

Kehilah is open to all female students at Trevecca and meets at the Pavilion at 9 p.m. on Mondays. Connect to the Kehilah Facebook page here.

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