Student work program to expand next year


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By Ashley Walling

Student workers at Trevecca next year are getting a big raise and the possibility of an off-campus job.

Trevecca administrators approved a 17.25 percent pay increase for all iWork students next year.

iWork, which was launched last fall, was designed to be a way for students to earn money and to fund their tuition.

Around 45 students participated this year and earned more than $115,000.  Of that amount earned, students opted to pay $104,000 to their student accounts instead of taking out more loans.

Next year, in addition to a wage increase, students will also have the chance to work for off-campus employers.

“We are hoping students will take the initiative to make more money. Another change next year will be with our new off campus partners,” said Ryan Jolley, director of the office of student employment.

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Experiencing FoMo Linked to Social Media

By Brooklyn Dance

Paige Suckley, a freshman nursing major, heard about Trevecca’s silent disco at the beginning of second semester and thought it sounded fun.  None of Suckley’s friends wanted to join her,  so she didn’t end up going.

Later, Suckley saw Snapchat stories of others having fun at the silent disco and quickly became upset she didn’t attend.

“They were all singing and dancing and I love singing and dancing and it made me wish I would have gone,” Suckley said.

Now, Suckley said she tries to go to every event so she never has to experience that feeling.

“This is when I first realized I had FoMo,” Suckley said.

Suckley isn’t alone.

According to experts both on and off campus, FoMo, or the Fear of Missing Out, is real.   The term was first coined in 1996 by Dr. Dan Herman, but has become more popular in recent years.

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New Requirements in Worship Arts

By Anali Frias

Worship-Arts-Update-storyThe worship arts program will have new requirements starting in the fall.

The interdisciplinary program, which trains worships leaders, will now include coursework in music theory, conducting and playing an instrument in addition to requirements of theology and communication courses.

“Almost every job posting I reviewed assumes that the prospective employee will have musical training,” said Sam Green, program director and music professor at Trevecca.

The revised program will allow students to have a musical experience, while maintaining the versatile approach of the worship arts program, said Green.

Music department faculty members made tweaks to the program as it became an official program of the newly formed School of Music and Worship Arts. Some courses were deleted including Intro to Worship Arts and Telling a Story.

The new academic requirements include courses in music theory, choir, conducting, and a worship band requirement. A more concentrated study of Psalms will be added for worship leaders.

A proficiency in keyboard or guitar will also be required.

“Probably the number one goal was to put music in as a course subject,” said David Diehl, Associate Professor.

The new program won’t lose its focus on theology and communication, but it will turn a few of the required classes now into electives for the program.

Film Criticism and Introduction to Entrepreneurship will become electives.

“The second goal was how can we have these programs mutually support each other and interact so Dr. Green put classes in the music department so that we’ll be sharing resources and that students will get input for a lot of different sources and ideas and philosophies,” said Diehl.

Students can still choose to minor in any other field.

“Some might choose to minor in songwriting because in today’s church so many songs that we sing are coming from other churches- Elevation Worship, Bethel Music, Hillsong- all of those are actually churches whereas back in the day, the music came from publishing companies. Now the publishers are actually pulling songs from churches. So, it’s important for today’s student who’s going to be a worship leader to have a songwriting minor,” said Green.

Students are still encouraged to have minors while in this program.

“If they want, they can have a communication minor, and actually that’s a great minor because really what a worship leader’s doing is communicating the word of God through music so you know it does give a lot more flexibility,” said Green.

A music minor won’t be required, though some students chose to get more musical training.

“I’m looking to minor in the worship arts program and this new change actually works out great for me because I’m looking for that extra musical training,” said freshman Jessica Greer, a music business major.

“Now everyone will go through musicianship of some sort and if they’d like to, they can take more,” said Green.

Trevecca community square dances at Barnaroo

By Rebekah Warren

For Brianna Barkey, a Michigan native, square dancing at Trevecca’s Barnaroo was her first truly southern event.

“Because I’m from the north, it was my first experience at Trevecca that felt truly southern,” said Barkey, a sophomore. “I was really naïve and I thought college in Tennessee would be like that all the time.”

Students, faculty and people from all over Nashville area arrived in plaid shirts and cowboy boots to learn a variety of square dance steps that they practiced to the sound of a live band. A table was set up to sell farm products, including goat soap, salves and t-shirts. Attendees had the opportunity to pet the farm’s goats and resident dogs, Bjorn and Delilah, as well as gather around a fire for smores.

It was an opportunity for the Trevecca community to celebrate the farm and raise money for the upcoming year.

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Tuition equality bill at the end of its journey

Trevecca students hand out reminders to representatives

Trevecca students hand out reminders to representatives

by Mannon Lane

Members of Trevecca’s student body and one alumn, joined Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) in a last-days attempt to get HB675, the tuition equality bill, passed before the end of Tennessee’s 109th General Assembly.

Trevecca accounted for 12 of the 25 people gathered at Legislative Plaza Thursday, to hand out reminder cards to the representatives as they entered the house floor, and then later delivered apples (representative of education), to Governor Bill Haslam’s office.

“If this doesn’t pass, or it doesn’t go to vote, I will be very disappointed and very sad,” said Katerine Hernandez, a 2015 graduate of Trevecca. “I know that I will have many conversations with students, and we will be processing this together.”

Hernandez works with high school students as the program coordinator for YMCA Latino Achievers.

HB675 would allow qualifying students with temporary resident status, who are graduates of Tennessee high schools, to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities. If this bill fails to pass, these students, regardless of how long they have lived in Tennessee, will have to pay out-of-state tuition rates. Doing so can reach three times the amount of in-state tuition.

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G-MAC Conference Player of the Year thought his career was over

By Andrew Preston

Byron Sanford left high school thinking his basketball career was over.

Next month, he wiSanford1ll graduate from Trevecca with the following accolades as a three-year starter for the Trojans: G-MAC Conference Player of the Year 2016, First Trevecca Division II player to reach 1,000 career points and Division II- 2016 Honorable Mention All-American.

Sanford was the first Trevecca athlete to score 1,000 career points since the school has competed in Division-II. Sanford is the 40th Trevecca athlete to reach the 1,000 career point’s pinnacle for the school.

“The night I scored my 1,000th point against St. Joe’s was really special,” said Sanford.

This year Sanford was third in scoring in the G-MAC at 18.3 points per game. He was third in rebounds at 7.5 a game. He placed second in assists at 4.3 per game. He was third in steals per game with 1.5. He played the most minutes in G-MAC, but averaged fourth most due to playing more games than the top three at 33.9 per game.

Sanford led Trevecca in all of these statistical categories.

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Business major interns at U.S. Congressman’s office

By Brooklyn Dance

Rocxana Estrada spent the fall semester interning in the United States Congress—her third internship in two years.

The junior business management major, a self-professed political junkie, took the internship even though there was no academic requirement for it.



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