Fall Play: ‘Seussical’ opens Oct. 25

By: Matthew Parris

Theater students at Trevecca are hoping to connect with the inner child of their audience with this year’s fall play, “Seussical.”

The Trevecca Communication Studies Department will present the musical Oct. 25-Nov. 3.

The musical is a compilation of the many characters and stories of Dr. Seuss. Specifically, it follows Horton and Jojo, from “Horton Hears a Who,” on their journey to better understand themselves, to better understand what love and sacrifice means and to see the world differently from how they are used to seeing it, said Jeff Frame, professor of communication studies and director of the show.

“I think students who come to see the show are going to enjoy it because it kind of brings out the kid in you,” said Frame. “It gets you back in touch with that childhood, a little bit. It’s playful. It’s imaginative. It’s magical.”

The theater program has a tradition of alternating between light and fun stories and darker, more mature plays every other year. Following last fall’s production of “The Secret Garden,” Frame and they decided to follow up with “Seussical,” a high-energy, feel-good show.

Trevecca performed “Seussical” in 2009, and Frame was intentional about the repeat.

“I thought it might be kind of fun to reimagine that show again with this new group,” he said.

In addition to an infectious soundtrack, the show explores themes of friendship, self discovery, and the distinction between reality and fiction, truth and illusion. It also explores and rebukes the many forms that bullying takes.

Sophomore Cooper Ebel is cast as Horton the elephant.

“Our cast is incredibly talented, and our director has a really cool vision for the direction that he wants to take the show. I think our audience will really enjoy seeing their favorite Seuss stories come to life,” Ebel said.

The cast of 27 spends up to 20 hours a week in rehearsals now and will ramp up to 40 hours a week rehearsing during tech week.

Frame estimates that by opening night, the cast and crew will have dedicated more than 200 hours to design and production.

“Seussical” opens Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., running Oct. 26-27 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 1-3 at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinée at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under, $10 for senior adults and $5 for Trevecca students with IDs.


Student Development: new name, new faces, new location

By: Brooklyn Dance

Last year, when a student needed to speak to Rhonda Lilienthal about housing and later speak with Becky Headrick about CLEP tests, it required visiting two offices in two different buildings.

Over the summer, officials restructured student development, housing it with all other student services in the newly named Center for Student Development in the Bud Robinson Building.

Tom Middendorf, associate provost and dean of student affairs, said combining the departments always made sense, and university officials’ goal was to offer better service to students and become more efficient.

“In the midst of those conversations, we recognized that there was value in both a philosophical and physical combination of these initiatives,” Middendorf said. “We don’t want our student services just to work together, we want them to live together as a cohesive team, thinking about students from a holistic standpoint.”

With serving students being the top priority, Middendorf said conversations with current personnel led to developing a proposal, which was voted on by the president’s cabinet.

The previous student development office, which included Rhonda Lilienthal, associate dean of students for residential life, Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life and now Jessica Dykes, associate vice president and dean of student life, joined Campus Chaplain Shawna Songer Gaines in the former Center for Leadership, Calling and Service.

“We now have a bigger picture of the overall student experience when we combine our efforts between what was student development and CLCS,” Middendorf said.

The Center for Student Development now houses first year programs, community life, residence life, community engagement and reconciliation, career services, retention, student employment, community accountability, academic support, disability services, testing services and the chaplain’s office.

“Combining our resources allows us to take a more global perspective on student needs,” Middendorf said. “Our Christian perspective directs the way we serve in each of these areas.”

Jessica Dykes, associate vice president and dean of student development, was excited to be a part of the new system.

“Dr. Middendorf did a wonderful job communicating with me in the midst of the restructure,” Dykes said. “I believe in this structure and truly feel that this holistic model will be beneficial for students.”

Middendorf is confident in the future of the restructure.

“The vision is to establish a center that focuses on the holistic development of college students. At Trevecca, we see learners as more than a mind or an academic major,” Middendorf said. “The outcome is about developing young people and offering the world something unique in the character development of our students.”

Dykes is looking forward to practicing the center’s vision through her role.

“I’m excited about working with the wonderful team of professionals housed within the new Center for Student Development,” Dykes said. “It is my goal to work alongside our staff to understand the ways in which we can enhance the student experience.”

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Overall enrollment increases, thanks to record number of new transfers


By: Maria Monteros

Overall undergraduate enrollment at Trevecca is the largest in university history, despite fewer freshman than past years, thanks to a record number of transfer students.

For the first time in four years, Trevecca’s freshman class didn’t break enrollment records, dropping 41 students from last year’s record high.

A total of 365 freshmen are enrolled this fall. Despite the smaller freshman class, Trevecca now has total of 1,463 traditional undergraduate students— 36 more than last year.
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Spiritual Deepening Week starts Monday

By: Maria Monteros

From Sept. 24-27, Spiritual Deepening Week will explore spiritual freedom with the general superintendent of the Church of Nazarene David A. Busic as speaker.

Busic, who has held the highest office of the Church of the Nazarene since 2013 and was previously the president of Nazarene Theological Seminary, will be given the flexibility to discuss either a topic of his choice or around this year’s theme “Free at last.”

Busic expressed his fondness for the Trevecca community the last time Shawna Songer-Gaines, university chaplain and assistant professor of Christian worship met him.

“I know that [Busic] is an excellent preacher and executer of scripture. And so, whatever he does, I know and trust he’s going to bring something about scripture to light in a way that we haven’t encountered it before,” she said. [Read more…]

Bell Tower Talks podcast offers new way to keep students informed


By: Maria Monteros

When Ethan Campbell hits upload, Trevecca students will have a new way to keep up to date with campus news no matter where they are.

Bell Tower Talks is Trevecca’s newest podcast that covers announcements, sports updates and events on campus. Each 30-minute episode will feature a special guest with Juniors Ethan Campbell, communication studies major, and Joshua Moore, media arts and studies major, as the hosts.

The bi-weekly podcast will be available on trevechoesonline in partnership with the multimedia journalism program.

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Men’s basketball coach not returning next year after 25 seasons

By Andrew Preston

Trevecca men’s basketball coach Sam Harris won’t return next year.

According to a press release posted Monday night, Harris “will conclude his service as head coach” at the end of this year.

Athletic Director Mark Elliott won’t say if he was fired or if he resigned.

“The press release states he is concluding his service and we’re not saying anything more than that,” Elliott said. “His service has concluded as head coach.”

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Harris was informed last Friday, Elliott said.

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Men’s golf seeking sixth consecutive G-MAC Championship

By Andrew Preston

The Trevecca men’s golf team enters next week’s G-MAC championship aiming to defend their five-year run as the conference’s best team.

“Obviously it’s a goal of ours to try and continue the streak and get six and it’s something as team we’ve talked about all season long, but we have to play our game to win,” director of golf, David Head said.

Freshman Blain Turner enters the G-MAC Championship next week as a favorite to win the individual title.

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