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“We’re just as driven,” : DACA student talks about giving back, overcoming and his hopes for the future
DACA, Features

“We’re just as driven,” : DACA student talks about giving back, overcoming and his hopes for the future

By Diana Leyva Photos by Diana Leyva On Gallatin Pike, in Madison, Tenn., there is a small, family-owned Salvadoran restaurant called “El Pulgarcito,". It is here where Trevecca junior, Cristiam Lopez, spent six years, washing dishes from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.       Lopez was born in San Vicente, El Salvador, he immigrated to the United States with his family when he was just 2-years-old.      An engineering major, Lopez was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, in 2016. He is one of the 7,650 DACA students residing in Tennessee.       In 2014, his family was able to open “El Pulgarcito” after years of having managed their church kitchen.      From 2010 until 2014, Lopez along with his siblings Daniela and Jefferson Lopez would help their pa...
Wanting more and striving for success: One DACA student’s journey and what inspires her
DACA, Features

Wanting more and striving for success: One DACA student’s journey and what inspires her

Photos by Diana Leyva By Diana Leyva Growing up, Trevecca sophomore Norma Soto didn't know she was undocumented. She has vague memories of crossing the border, hiding from immigration officers but she didn’t know what those things meant.       However, she did notice certain things.       She would overhear conversations had by her parents about being cautious when driving - talks of not having a driver's license and fear of being pulled over.       “I knew that wasn't normal. That's not something I heard kids at school talk about. So I knew that was something different about my family,” said Soto.      It wasn't until she was in high school, and struggled in obtaining her driver’s license that she realized she was different from those around her.  ...
Campus News

‘The Great Resignation’ hits Trevecca community

By Grace Beckner Nine Trevecca faculty members will not be returning for the 2022-2023 academic year. Seven of the nine are women, two being retirees.  “We had less faculty transitioning from Trevecca over the last couple of years during the pandemic, I think people needed stability in the middle of uncertainty,” said Tom Middendorf, university provost and senior vice president.  Information released by the government’s jobs report indicated over 20 million people quit their jobs during the second half of 2021. Middendorf said the university may be feeling the effects of what has been dubbed “The Great Resignation.” The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released statistics in January indicating 4.5 million people left their jobs voluntarily in November 2021, an “all-...
Campus News

Campus spiritual life to refocus on small groups, promote church involvement in the fall

By Mia Agee Next school year Trevecca’s university chaplain plans to create discipleship groups and boost local church involvement among students post-Covid.      During the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic students could not meet in groups of more than eight people on campus.   “Then you’ve got the added layer of masks. I know we all get used to that, but it’s not normal, and it’s really hard to establish personal connections with people when you can’t see their faces,” said Erik Gernand, university chaplain.    Last summer, Gernand worked with student chaplains to put together student-led groups over specific topics, Bible studies, and accountability groups. Around 15 of those groups existed at the beginning of the last two sch...
Trevecca students advocating for TPS and DACA recipients
DACA

Trevecca students advocating for TPS and DACA recipients

By Sol Ayala Mayerly Soto, a sophomore social justice major, plans to pursue a career in social work after graduation. These plans have seemed just out of reach to Soto for some time, but due to a proposed state law passed by the Tennessee State Senate 20 to 7 on Thursday, March 14, Soto can look to the future with a bit more certainty.  On Tuesday, March 15, the hallways of the Cordell Hull Building were full of advocates as the Day on the Hill event organized by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) introduced the Workforce Expansion Bill.  This bill is designed to allow people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to receive professional and commercial licenses.  “Over 7,000 DACA...
Faculty, Features

Nykolaus Reed, the 2022 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award

by Claudia Villeda Nykolaus Reed, assistant professor of biology, is this year’s recipient of the Trevecca Teaching Excellence Award.  The Teaching Excellence Convocation was held on March 3 with an address from the 2021 recipient, Timothy Gaines, associate professor of religion.  The Teaching Excellence Award is presented by the Conference of Chairpersons, composed of academic deans and department chairs. Students, faculty and academic chairs nominate a faculty member for this award.  Reed arrived at Trevecca in the fall of 2012. He began as an adjunct professor of life science. He taught the general education course for two semesters.  “I was working as a research fellow at Vanderbilt and a buddy of mine, Dr. David Vaught, had told me that Trevecca was...
Trevecca’s track and field team ready to start indoor meets
Sports

Trevecca’s track and field team ready to start indoor meets

By Wes Sharpe The 2022 Trevecca track and field team consists of 32 student athletes led by head coach Austin Selby.   The men’s team has 20 athletes and the women's team consists of 12.    For many athletes on the team, there is an excitement surrounding being able to compete in the outdoor events following the indoor season.      Trevecca does not have any indoor facilities for track, making the indoor transition a little more difficult for the track and field athletes, said Selby. “We have the largest squad in the conference for a team that does not have a facility. Besides simply not being able to do things indoors when the weather is adverse, which is a luxury in the first place, we are not in control of being able to do anything other than run...
Trevecca theater department wraps up season with “Life is a Dream”
Campus News

Trevecca theater department wraps up season with “Life is a Dream”

By Julia Ballard Since the fall semester the Trevecca theater department has put on shows based on the theme “Season 180,” which is about the audience putting themselves into another’s shoes and gaining perspectives in order to understand the reality of others.   “The shows make you think about doing what is right even when no one is looking,” says Sierra Hodgson, a freshman information technology major and cast member of “Life is a Dream”.  Earlier in the year the Trevecca theater department put on “Freaky Friday a New Musical”, “The Prince and the Pauper” and most recently “Life is a Dream”, which is a Golden Age Spanish play that warps reality and alters the perception of the actors and audience.  Despite Covid still being very prevalent, audienc...
Renovated Jernigan dining hall open and ready for students
Campus News

Renovated Jernigan dining hall open and ready for students

By Katie Tate Sydney Lockard, a freshman at Trevecca, attended the opening day of the new Jernigan Dining Hall and was pleasantly surprised by how nice the inside looked. She had only experienced the temporary Caf setup in the Boone business building, so she was excited to see and try the new food options.  “I was very surprised by how nice Jernigan looked when I first walked in, especially since I had only experienced the Caf in Boone,” said Sydney. “I’d have to say the pizza station is my favorite. The new brick stove oven has really made a difference in how the pizza tastes.”  The new Jernigan Dining Hall can seat around 525 people. The upstairs will continue to hold the president’s dining room along with student government offices.  Tom Middendorf, unive...
Women’s basketball season wraps up with 5-22 record
Campus News, Sports

Women’s basketball season wraps up with 5-22 record

By David Wilson The 2021-2022 women’s basketball season started on an optimistic note, but was soon derailed by injuries, COVID-19 complications, and a lack of chemistry on the court.   The Trojans ended their season 5-22 (4-17 GMAC).   Head coach Chad Hibdon returned his two leading scorers from the shortened 2020-2021 season.   Those women, sophomore Keeley Carter and junior Faith Wilken, were the core pieces of a revamped basketball team that featured several additions.   Freshman Alexa Smiddy, Mattie Buck, and transfer Emma Palmer were all brought in to add talent and depth to the Trojan roster.   The Trojans immediately faced adversity in the pre-season when Mattie Buck suffered a torn ACL during her senior year ...