Trevecca students to serve at the Martin Luther King Day of Service

by Kayla Williamson

Along with 600 Nashville college students, Trevecca will serve during the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service on Saturday.

Around 25 places will be available for students to serve at, including Trevecca Urban Farm, Trevecca Towers, Sexual Assault Center, Adventure Science Center, Feed the Children and more.

“I really love the idea of all these students from different universities coming together as one student body,” said James Casler, director of the J.V Morsh Center for Social Justice “I think that’s in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., that all humanity would come together to serve our brothers and sisters in the name of Christ.”

The theme for this year’s Martin Luther King Day of Service is called the Sit-ins @ 60: Students. Action. Justice.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the legendary sit-ins with Ernest Patton, Diane Nash, and other members of the Nashville Student Movement and the Nashville Christian Leadership Conference. They fought segregation by sitting at lunch counters marked “Whites Only” and enduring both verbal and violent physical attacks, eventually accomplishing their goal.

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Trojan idol 2019 begins next week

By: Audrey Yawn

trojanidolposter-01On Nov. 20 and Nov. 22, ten students will compete on the Boone Convocation Center stage at Trevecca’s campus-wide singing competition.

Trojan Idol is Trevecca’s version of American Idol where the best singers on campus compete every fall semester. Audience members will be given the chance to vote on their best bet.

A panel of judges selected 10 out of over 30 hopefuls were chosen from the eight-hour audition held last month.

“We had a lot of people… there was a wide range of styles,” said social life director Emma Schmahl. “We have four guys and six girls in the show this year. I think it’s a good change.”

In the past, the live tweets from students has been displayed during the event. The decision to continue that activity is still under discussion as Schmahl and Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life, determine a plan for implementing it or cutting it out completely.

“Our students are always great but last year there were some Twitter comments that got out of hand,” said Spraker. “The majority of our students were upset about that. We just started conversation about [live tweeting].”

Nashville based musicians Nancy Daines, Jake Neumar and Josh Mirenda will be the judges for this year’s event.

Senior Reed Coffman will be the host for Trojan Idol this year due to audience demand.

“Reed has a very quick and witty sense of humor,” said Schmahl. “He hosted Trojan Idol a few years ago and people asked to bring him back. He really enjoys entertaining a crowd.”

Band leader Erik Mendez has already begun rehearsing with his house band and will have rehearsals with contestants one week before the competition.

“I would say [we’re] creating an environment that is very prepared and very professional,” said Mendez. “We don’t want to scare anyone off or make them feel unprepared.”

The variety of songs this year have a wide range, said Mendez.

“There’s R&B, there’s pop,” said Mendez. “A lot of who [the contestants] are is reflected in their song choice.”

Trojan Idol will be held in Boone Convocation Center on Nov. 20 and Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. A livestream will be available for those who can’t attend.




Tennessee Governor shares testimony in chapel 

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By Maria Monteros

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee shared his personal faith experience, including the death of his first wife and his journey from businessman to politician, with the Trevecca community in Tuesday’s chapel service.

The Tennessee governor agreed to share his testimony when a Trevecca student invited him to speak in one of university’s worship services.

Lee told students about the tragic death of his first wife when their four children were young and how that time solidified his faith.

“The Lord does his most powerful work, I’m convinced, in the midst of struggle and difficulty and pain,” he said. “I could speak for hours about what God did in the nearness that I felt in the most broken of days. I believe that to the degree a person is broken they can experience wholeness.”

Lee highlighted how his experience as a businessman, his mentorship program with men in prison and his involvement with various passion projects led him into the political scene.

“That brush with public policy and state agencies started making me think maybe, maybe I should use my life in a greater way. Maybe I should consider the next step,” he said. “This had not been something I planned on or aspired to or thought was really in my path was being the governor of the state of Tennessee, but it was on my heart.”

Trevecca President Dan Boone spoke before and after Lee spoke on stage, initially introducing the governor and asking students to be respectful with their comments when Lee left the building.

In his introduction, Boone noted Lee’s work with Men of Valor, a prison ministry founded by a Trevecca alum, and showed a picture of when Lee signed a declaration honoring Homer Adams, a former Trevecca President. Adams was present and offered the opening prayer.

When Lee was alone on the podium, two students stood up directly in front of him carrying signs in protest of his policies on immigration and his decision to follow through with Donnie Johnson’s execution. At the same time, a group of seven to 10 students also walked out of chapel.

“I thank you for your passion. I appreciate that,” Lee said, addressing the protesters. “I had to make the decision to allow the criminal justice system as designed by this state and desired by the people of Tennessee my decision to follow the law of Tennessee and allow that execution to take place.”

He also encouraged students to stand up for what they believe in and be leaders in their own way, even within their own friend groups.

“I encourage you and challenge you in your days ahead to be courageous to stand up for what you believe just like these two people,” he said. “These two people have stood up for what they believe in quite frankly a respectful way.”

The two students stood and held up their signs throughout Lee’s time on stage.

“I decided that I would rather be remembered for what I did not what I didn’t do,” said Rachele Stanley, sophomore social justice major, who held up a sign advocating for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. “I believe it is very scary for a lot of people here on campus who are children of DACA who are frightened that this man was coming to speak to us especially if he opposes their existence here.”

Trevecca is one of the universities in Tennessee that partners with Equal Chance For Education (ECE)— an organization that provides scholarship for DACA recipients.

Erykah Lewis, junior social justice major, said she didn’t participate in the walk out because she wanted the governor to see minority students.

“I think there is more strength in staying and letting him see my face,” Lewis said. “I feel like if we keep moving towards walking out and protesting, then we’ll never understand what happens when we engage in conversation where we can come to a compromise.”

Michael Carlson, junior religion major, was motivated to go to chapel because of Lee’s work with his father, Carl Carlson, in Men of Valor— an organization meant to equip previously incarcerated men to reintegrate into society.

“I thought [Lee] handled the protest gracefully,” he said. “I think he tried to make his point clear, of his priorities and service. His motivation is to serve Christ for others.”

Anthony Senecal said he “appreciated the humanity” behind the message of Lee’s testimony.

“I hope [Lee] makes decisions grounded in the freedom that God desires for all people,” he said.

The university requires students to attend chapel at least 24 times each semester, but for this service, students were given credit regardless of whether they were present.

A blank card and a pen was place on every chair in chapel for students to write letters of feedback or gratitude to the governor.  Boone said he plans to deliver the cards to the governor on behalf of Trevecca students.

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Space for prayer and discussion offered by faculty to students during chapel

By Naomi Overby

Around 20 students and faculty and staff gathered in the Fireside Room in Bud Robinson to talk and pray during chapel on Tuesday.

The event was hosted by a few faculty members who had heard from students that they were uncomfortable attending chapel if Gov. Bill Lee was speaking.  Some students on campus expressed concern about Lee’s views on issues like immigration and tuition for DACA students.

“When the chapel schedule came out…we just started listening to students, having conversations with each other. There were faculty that were being curious about how to be a part of charitable discourse but also how to support students,” said Elizabeth Nunley, assistant professor of social work.

Twelve students and 10 faculty and staff members attended the meeting.

Trevecca President Dan Boone hosted meetings, one with faculty and one with all employees, in the days leading up to Lee’s visit on campus.

During those meetings, faculty were told they were free to support students who had concerns or felt unsafe about the visit. A few faculty members had the idea to host an alternative event that students could come to in order to feel heard, seen, and safe.

Nunley said that there was a desire to help students discern the differences and options of protesting versus community conversations or safe spaces.

“That’s really what we wanted to offer. It is a protest to not go, to show up in a space, and speak your truth. It happened in a way that felt meaningful and productive,” Nunley said.

The event started off with the attendants circling up for prayer and a few words shared by faculty members.

Announcements were made to let students know the intention of the group, giving students a space to still share community without attending chapel. Students and faculty then moved to sitting in a circle and introducing themselves and were given a space to say why they attended and any concerns they had. The event closed out in prayer.

Baskets were placed in the room, one containing materials for students to still participate in the letter writing to Gov. Lee or to other people, and the other was for prayer requests.

Ariana Catalan, a senior business management major, comes from a family of immigrants, and has friends and family who are DACA recipients.

Catalan attended the event because she feels directly affected by the governor’s visit to campus, and is thankful that professors let students know by hosting this event that they are concerned for them.

“I feel more assured about our safety. I feel that there are people who actually care for us or care for DACA recipients,” Catalan said.

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Gov. Lee’s visit sparks discussion on campus; officials hope experience will help prepare campus for civil discourse before next election

By Maria Monteros, Kayla Williamson, Kallie Sohm and Naomi Overby

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s visit to campus generated multiple conversations and meetings in the weeks leading up to his appearance in chapel.

As word spread that the governor would be speaking in chapel it garnered mixed reactions from students and faculty on campus. Some said they were looking forward to having the Republican governor on campus and others questioned why he would have a platform in chapel.

Some students and faculty expressed concern about how the governor’s visit impacted students of color or students with DACA status.

Earlier this year, Lee signed the proclamation establishing July 13 as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day. Nathan Bedford Forest was a Confederate Army general and an early member of the Ku Klux Klan. Students also expressed concern about anti-immigration rhetoric and policies from the governor.

Prior to Lee’s scheduled chapel, Boone met with two clubs on campus, Walden, a student organization for African American students, and Futuro, a club designed to engage middle Tennessee Latino college students in professional development.

He also spoke at the SGA’s first Town Hall meeting of the semester which was open to all students.

“I believe that we have student groups that have been negatively affected by some of the choices the governor has made. They are wondering, ‘Is this an endorsement by Trevecca of some of the things he has done?’ I wanted to meet with our students to say very clearly to them, no this is not an endorsement.” said Dan Boone, university president.

Boone said that during those meetings with Walden and Futuro, he addressed that there would be people brought to campus who have been “champions” for them, and that the same standards will be held when they attend. Other students will be asked to respect those visitors as well whether they disagree with them or not.

Aside from immigration and the Nathan Bedford Forrest proclamation, Boone said students may be wondering his position on the equal tuition act for DACA students.

Mariam Fawzy, treasurer of Futuro, said she isn’t opposed to healthy conversation about differing views, but that some of Lee’s rhetoric, particularly during his campaign for governor, felt like an attack to several Latino students on campus.

“This is a human rights issue. This is no longer ‘I’m a conservative or a liberal.’ What message are we passing really because he will be coming here to talk about the love of Jesus…but is he really putting that into his work life?” she said.

Several students said they were excited to hear the governor’s testimony and thank him for his work on prison reform and pro-life measures.

Lily Moll, a junior, said it was an honor for Trevecca to host the governor. She’s followed his career as the founder of the Lee Company and then governor.

“His testimony is moving, powerful and worth taking a listen to,” she said. “I was encouraged and excited to hear that he was coming to campus to speak because I believe his message reaches beyond politics by inspiring those of the Christain faith.”

Some students told Boone they were eager to thank the governor for his work with Men of Valor, a Christian prison ministry and mentoring program. Additionally, students have told Boone that they appreciate the pro-life position Lee holds.

Trevecca is a non-partisan campus and doesn’t endorse political candidates, said Boone. Had Lee wanted to talk about any political topics, he would have said chapel was not the space for him to come and speak. However, since Lee wanted to share his testimony, Boone said it was appropriate that he speak in chapel.

“It’s where the people of God gather to hear the stories of the people of God,” Boone said.

Several Trevecca students intern with politicians, both Republican and Democrat, and Boone said having politicians on campus is an educational as well as a networking opportunity for students.

“I want our students to go into politics. I want our students to be open about the way that God might speak to them about going into politics. I want them to see examples of people for whom that is their story. I’m hoping that many of our students who feel like they can serve God in that field will hear (Lee’s) story and it will inspire them to go into politics,” Boone said.

The bigger picture of the visit with Lee, Boone said, is that it is the “toe in the water of how we’re going to deal with the [2020] presidential election.” Ideally, he hopes to establish a culture of respectful dialogue, hospitality to those who will come to visit on campus, and enriched opportunities for conversation between students. Boone wants to get ahead of the campaign.

“When we get to the presidential election, then we’re able to enter it at the level of ‘Let’s talk about the issues, why particular candidates attract or don’t attract you.’ Let’s try to get ahead of that this time instead of it just hitting us in the face,” said Boone.

Ultimately, Boone hopes Lee’s visit and visits from other politicians in the future, give Trevecca a chance to show that followers of Jesus can show a different way to handle discussion and debate around political issues.

“I think the divide comes because our world has taught us to divide… The world we live in is enemy centered, shame based, divisive, and very mean spirited. Anytime you get into politics in the world you find that’s the mind set people rush to all the time. We have been affected living in that kind of world,” Boone said. “One of the opportunities Trevecca has is that we could give the world a very different picture of how you deal with someone whose ideas may be totally different than yours.”

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SWEET team events helps students grow mentally and holistically

By Kayla Williamson
Navigating safety in Nashville, dating, and sexual health are just an example of the topics covered at SWEET team events.
SWEET stands for Student Well-being Education Engagement at Trevecca. During the semester, the SWEET team hosts events dedicated to topics that are not usually discussed around campus.
With the help of SGA (Student Body Government), Diversity group, Title IX, Resident Directors, and counseling center staff, the SWEET team has already hosted two events for the Fall 2020 semester.
“I don’t think a lot of student’s know about us,” said Miller Folk, Counselor. “Attendance has been really low.”
New Town Road, Safety in the City, which occurred Sept. 3, provided students with advice about navigating Nashville. A Nashville police officer gave tips on how to remain safe when going out and having fun downtown.
Thank You, Next, which took place Oct. 1, gave students advice on how to navigate dating, being clear about intentions, and even taking the next steps when you like someone. Along with Folk, Jamie Cathcart, Tile IX coordinator, Jessica Dykes, associate vice president and dean of student development, and Laurie Wells, resident director, gave students first-hand experiences about their time in the dating scene.
Anna Martinez, nursing major, was invited to Thank you, Next by a friend.
“Relationships are hard to navigate so it’s really important for a lot of people to know what healthy relationships look like,” she said. “Whether we like it or not we are involved in relationships with everyone we’re around.”
Ideas around sexual assault were also discussed. Unsolicited photos, texts, and requests for personal information are issues that seem harmless but are also considered predatory behavior.
Another student in attendance was more focused on boundaries. She was invited by Folk personally to attend the event.
“I think [these events] are helpful because we might have our own ideas around how to navigate those things, but we don’t know the right way to navigate those things, “said Mariam Fawzy, psychology major.
More SWEET team events are coming up in October.
The next event, called Let’s Taco ‘bout sexual, will occur at 7 p.m. in the fireside room. Topics around sexual health, anatomy, and basic information with be discussed. At the end of the presentation, male and female students will split into two separate groups for panel discussions. Students can ask any questions they want as long as it’s related to sexual health.
On October 22, the Tennessee Coalition to end Domestic and Sexual Violence will come to speak to students about healthy relationships. It will be at 7 p.m. in McClurkin 200.
The last event of the semester will take place on October 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Titled Trick or Treat or Self, members of SWEET team will give students self-care tips and accept topic ideas for the spring semester.
For students unsure about attending those events, Folk said they should come and try it. She said there are usually cookies and snacks, and Let’s Taco bout Sexual Health will have free tacos.
“Hopefully they will see that the university does care not only about their academic and spiritual health, but their physical, mental, and emotional health as well,” she said.

Lady Trojans looking for success

By Kallie Sohm

Conference play is here for Trevecca women’s soccer. The team has 10 new players all of whom are freshmen.

The Lady Trojans had a 0-3-2 record before G-MAC conference play started on Saturday Sept. 21 against Kentucky Wesleyan University.

“We have a ridiculously hard schedule pre-conference and I did that intentionally so that we can be prepared for conference,” said Kelsey Fenix head women’s soccer coach.

Trevecca lost 0-2 to West Florida University who was ranked eighth in the nation at the time. They also fell 0-3 to Lee University now ranked fifth in the nation and ranked 12 at the time of the game.

NCAA soccer had a shorter preseason this year. Normally two weeks are allowed for training prior to game play. This year was only a week due to it being a festival year.

“Division II is the only NCAA division that conducts ‘National Championships Festivals,’ Olympic-style events in which a number of national championships are held at a single site over several days,”

Fenix said the team captains brought the
girls together for team bonding activities before the short preseason began. She said their leadership is contributing to a great team culture.

Fenix said her team has an invaluable strength in having all four of the team’s seniors on the defensive side of the ball. She said she’s able to trust them and focus on other aspects of the game in training.

“This [the team] is just a special group of people,” said Fenix “We don’t want to just be about soccer and I think we have a team that really buys into that now.”

The Lady Trojan’s next two games are home games against Cedarville University at 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 26 and Ohio Dominican University at 2:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 28.

Men’s soccer ready for G-MAC

By Kallie Sohm

Preseason is over for Trevecca men’s soccer. The team has 12 new players and is in the beginnings of G-MAC conference play.

The team currently has a 1-2 record. They are preparing to play Cedarville at 4:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 26 at home.

“We had a really good preseason,” said Danny Leavy, head men’s soccer coach, “From a team chemistry stand point, it was really productive because we brought in so many new players this year.”

Leavy said a highlight of preseason was seeing how the new team trains together.

“Last year’s group loved to play soccer with each other and this group really enjoys playing soccer for each other,” said Leavy.

Will Thompson, freshman goalkeeper, started in the first game of the season. Leavy said the coaching staff had originally expected Thompson to be on the reserve team this season. Tyler Delgato, senior goalkeeper was injured in preseason. Thompson continued to improve in training he was given the opportunity to play with the first team.

“He just kept improving and his confidence kept growing in preseason; he really came to the front as a result of preseason,” said Leavy.

Nicolas Reinhard assistant coach said there are currently five players recovering from injuries – two of which are redshirting this year.

The Trojans next two games will be at home against Cedarville at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 26 and at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 28.

Basketball and soccer to debut junior varsity teams this year

By Kallie Sohm

More than 40 new athletes enrolled at Trevecca as part of a junior varsity athletic team.

This year is the first year the athletic department has fielded multiple junior varsity teams.

Men’s basketball junior varsity is in its second year with three returning players. This academic year will be women’s basketball and men’s soccer’s first year of having secondary teams in their programs.

“I think it’s already serving its purpose,” said Danny Leavy head men’s soccer coach.

Last spring, Dan Boone, Trevecca president, said the university wanted to add 100 additional athletes within the next four years. The addition of junior varsity teams has been the first step toward that goal.

Chad Hibdon, head women’s basketball coach, said he and Goodson were looking for “missional fits” when recruiting for the women’s junior varsity team.

“You really have to look for that person who just simply loves competing at the sport and it really doesn’t matter to them whether they are playing varsity or JV; they just want, during college, to continue to play ball,” said Boone.“… it [junior varsity] gives us some opportunities to say yes to more of those kinds of students.”

The men’s soccer program uses and refers to their junior varsity team as a reserve team. This system is similar to a professional club system where players are brought up and down between the two teams based on performance or to recover from injury.

All three of the new teams have an assistant coach from their program who acts as a head junior varsity coach. Men’s basketball junior varsity is coached by Reece Chamberlain, men’s soccer reserves is coached by Nicolas Reinhard and women’s basketball junior varsity by Trevor Goodson

“I was at Lindsey Wilson College for the last three years as the assistant varsity coach and head JV coach there,” said Goodson. “I’m hoping to be able to bring what I learned there in terms of the JV program over to here.”

Hibdon said their junior varsity team has 10 games scheduled. He said they will be playing those games against NAIA and junior varsity teams.

Chamberlain said men’s basketball junior varsity has 11 games on its schedule and he is looking for at least one more. He said the junior varsity team played three games last year.

“Last year was a little different because a lot of the JV guys actually dressed out for a few varsity games,” said Chamberlain.

The men’s soccer reserve team has eight games total on their schedule. The team lost its first two games to Covenant College and Cumberland University.

Both junior varsity basketball teams will begin full practice Oct. 15 along with their varsity teams.

Students piloting new audio note-taking software

By Audrey Yawn

Payton Hoffman used to get hand cramps when writing her notes because she only has use of one hand. Now using Sonocent, a note-taking software, she can listen to her professor as it records and transcribes the lesson.

Students who have physical or mental disabilities have been selected to pilot the Sonocet note-taking software in an effort to provide accommodations for them in classes where note-taking is a challenge.

Melinda McNulty, graduate assistant with student disabilities services, is working with 11 students for the fall semester on a trial run of Sonocent which was presented to her by Hoffman, a freshman social work student, who used it at her community college.

“We have looked into [Sonocent] for a while,” said McNulty. “This is the first time we’ve done a pilot.”

Hoffman likes using the program because of its understandable tutorials and useful features.

“There’s a tutorial for everything,” said Hoffman. “I like that [the audio recorder] picks up things from even far away if people talk softly in class.”

Another student, sophomore social work major Rion Thompson, had more issues with it.

“I like the concept of it,” said Thompson.  “I felt like it wasn’t user-friendly. I couldn’t circle things. … I wish it could edit out the ‘ums’ and ‘uhs’ and the story-telling that you do not need to study.”

If Sonocent isn’t the choice for students, McNulty has other programs she will look into.

“We’ve had one student recommend GoodNotes, and another one recommend Notable,” said McNulty. “The student feedback is very important.”

Donna Gray, associate director of academic services, sees pros and cons in the new software.

“With the electronic it means we have a lot of access to do notes more quickly and more easily,” said Gray. “I also think just writing it out sometimes is just one step towards processing.”

The scope for the program is focused on students with disabilities for now, but McNulty said they could look at expanding in the future.

“We’re just looking at this particular population [of students],” said McNulty. “If it were successful we could present it to see about a bigger license.”

Hoffman wants everyone to know that any progress in electronic note-taking is necessary for students like her to be equally successful in the classroom.

“People should empathize,” said Hoffman. “It needs to have a lot more awareness.” Thompson also said note-taking software of any kind helps her succeed alongside her classmates.

“I think it’s super important because you’re able to keep up with your classmates,” said Thompson. “You’re not going to be as fast as everyone.”