Trevecca Student releases single

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By: Princess Jones

Raquel Rivas remembers vividly the details of the day she found out about her best friend Auburn McCormick album audition.

“I do remember very clearly, I helped her pick out an outfit and shoes for it. She was really nervous, but I knew she had it in her to make them fall in love with her and her music. I remember telling her as she walked out the door, “You’re gonna make it, and they’re going to see the you I get to see and they’re going to love you,” said Rivas.

That audition would land one of McCormick songs on a new album created by David Webb to help singers get exposure in the music industry. McCormick’s single “No Streetlights” was chosen for the album.  This is the first Nashville Dreamin album to be released.

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Trojan Idols Top Five Finalist

By: Princess Jones

Gracie Pierce, Madison Clements, Cameron McClure, Brianna Corbett, and Que’ Dell Chithambo are Trojan Idols top five finalists.

Last night Trevecca’s students and faculty headed to the Boone Building to kick off the two-night singing competition. Ten contestants competed against each other for the votes of the judges and students.

For most of the performers being on stage was energizing and nerve-wracking all at once.

“I was super nervous about being on stage. If I’m honest, I don’t have a ton of experience performing. However, once I started performing, I felt kind of ignited. There’s kind of a high you feel when you connect with the crowd,” said Madison Clements, Trojan Idol finalist.

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Bollywood Movie Night

By: Princess Jones
The third annual Bollywood Movie Night on Friday will wrap up Trevecca’s International Education Week.
 
The film “Dangal” (which means “Wrestling Competition” in English) will be played at the event at 7 p.m. at the Zelma Waggoner Performance Hall.
“It is the incredible true story of a father who raises four daughters and help lead two of his daughters to international fame, even though his dream was to have a son who would have done that for him. The movie captures the following themes: the traditional respect between fathers and daughters, the way girls were treated in small villages in India, and the importance given to sports in India in the early 80s,” said Roy Philip, associate professor of marketing at Trevecca and sponsor for the event.

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University denies drug search of two students was racially motivated

By Brooklyn Dance

Trevecca officials on Wednesday released a statement denying allegations that the university racially profiled two African American female students who were required to take drug tests after a resident director claimed to smell marijuana in their room.

“After a briefing of the facts, we are confident the search was not racially motivated and proper protocol was followed. We are fundamentally committed to ensuring that Trevecca is a safe place for all students and desire that no student feels targeted for any reason,” the university stated in a released statement.

Terrence French, who attended Trevecca for four semesters and tweets under the handle @Cirvant, started a thread on Twitter after a female student he said he mentors told him that her resident director woke her in the middle of the night because she smelled marijuana.  According to the Twitter post, she and her roommate, also an African American student, were both required to take drug tests after a search of their room did not turn up any drugs.  The drug tests, according to French’s post on Twitter, were clean.

His post, as of Wednesday night, was retweeted more than 700 times and “liked” more than 900 times and several Twitter users tagged national media outlets as well as the NAACP and the ACLU.

Trevecca tweeted the following statement around 10 p.m. on Tuesday:

“We are aware of this situation. After a briefing of the facts, we are confident the search was not racially motivated. We take any reports of this type seriously with an expectation that all people on our campus will be treated with love and respect.”

There are more than 170 responses to Trevecca’s tweet, with most of them calling for more information or investigation.

University officials said they are not permitted to discuss cases involving students, but on Wednesday released another statement saying, “administration officials are doing a full investigation of this matter and will take steps to ensure that all students are treated with respect and sensitivity.”

French said he is planning to meet with student development officials at Trevecca and wants them to look into their drug screening procedures.

“I think [the University] should look into procedures in which they do these drug screenings, they also need to apologize to the students,” French said in a phone interview.  “The way they handled the situation is wrong.”

On Wednesday, campus officials confirmed they are planning to meet with French on Thursday and said they did not want to publicly comment until they have a chance to meet with him.

Trevecca released the following statement in full on Wednesday:

“After a briefing of the facts, we are confident the search was not racially motivated and proper protocol was followed. We take any reports of this type seriously with an expectation that all people on our campus will be treated with love and respect. We are fundamentally committed to ensuring that Trevecca is a safe place for all students and desire that no student feels targeted for any reason. Trevecca will not publicly discuss details to protect student confidentiality. Administration officials are doing a full investigation of this matter and will take steps to ensure that all students are treated with respect and sensitivity.


Trevecca host walk through awareness event for victims of domestic sex-trafficking

By Blake Stewart

Beginning tomorrow, students will get a chance to experience a simulation of what it’s like for a young girl to be trafficked.

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Merger with ENC continues

By Brooklyn Dance

The Trevecca Board of Trustees met Nov. 2 and 3 and voted unanimously to continue the potential merger with Eastern Nazarene College.

The vote was specifically on whether or not to establish a  joint task force, as requested  by ENC.  This is the next step in the merging process.

This is a substantial step in the merge’s 18-month timeline.

University President Dr. Boone said this task force has several responsibilities.

“One is to create a three-year budget plan to bring ENC to sustainability.  The second one is to establish enrollment goals that will demonstrate success,” Boone said.  “[The] third one is to present the funding resources for supporting ENC until the merger could occur.  Fourth would be to gain denominational approval for the merger.”

The Nazarene denomination establishes regions.  ENC and Trevecca are in different regions, therefore the denomination needs to agree that though ENC is in a separate region, it is operating as a legal entity of Trevecca, which is in the Midsouth region.

Boone said the earliest possible date for the merge is June of 2019, because of  the need to secure state accreditations.

Boone today  released the following statement:

“The mission of Christian higher education is a significant part of the work of the kingdom of God. The work of ENC is important to us and we have created a Joint Task Force in an effort to find a way to enhance and continue the mission of ENC. We recognize that the realities before us require the provision of God, the favor of donors and granting authorities, and the success of enrollment efforts.

So we put our shoulder to the task of strengthening this mission while being sensitive to the fiduciary responsibilities of Trevecca and ENC. As stewards, should closure be necessary, we will act in the best interest of the mission of Christian higher education and as stewards of kingdom assets toward this end.”

Trevecca student meets Ed Sheeran

By: Princess Jones

It took her 10 hours, but Britney Kent is happy she spent all that time decorating a pumpkin after getting to meet Ed Sheeran.

“I was excited about the idea of winning, but also super nervous because I didn’t think I would win. And I was kind of embarrassed that I spent 10 hours painting a pumpkin that would end up rotting. But it made it worth it once I won,” said Kent.

Kent, a junior at Trevecca last month won a 107.5 radio contest that required contestants to decorate a pumpkin to look like Ed Sheeran, a singer/songwriter.  As the winner, she got free tickets and a meet and greet pass.

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