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.”

Yearbook goes digital

By Maria Monteros

The Trevecca yearbook is going digital.

The university’s yearbook, Darda, will be distributed to students primarily in digital form starting with the 2020 edition. Physical copies are still available upon request for an out-of-pocket fee that has yet to be finalized, said Jessica Dykes, associate vice president and dean of students.

Darda, meaning “Pearl of knowledge,” was first published in 1924, but over the last eight years, the idea of switching to digital format was frequently brought up because fewer students have been taking them home, said Spraker.

Each spring, when new issues of the yearbook are released, multiple unopened boxes either return to the editor’s office or sent to the Hardy Alumni building for storage.

“If [students] aren’t taking them, then that must mean it’s not important to them,” said Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life. “Then we have boxes and boxes that sit around, and after a while, we end up having to discard some of them because we just don’t have space to keep all those yearbooks.”

A single 150-170-page copy of the Darda typically costs about $55 to print— charged under the “Student Resource Fee,” the same fund used for campus events and activities, says Spraker. The digitalization of the yearbook gives Trevecca more leeway to add more pages to the Darda and use the budget on other expenses still in discussion, he says.

A digital format makes the Darda more accessible and will give editors the flexibility to add more pages, said Dykes. The new medium could also make it easier to add students who weren’t able to take yearbook pictures during the beginning of the year, she said.

“We did have some students that were accidentally left out of the yearbook,” she said. “That’s no one’s fault. It just gives us the ability to include someone easier.”

Liza Rodriguez Madrid, Darda editor in-chief, recalls seeing roughly 60 unopened boxes last year when she was the design editor.

“If you don’t want it, there’s no reason we should be printing one for you because it’s hard cover gloss satin pages that are not cheap at all,” she said.

Space, both for storage and yearbook content, is a common issue editors have with print copies, says Rodriguez Madrid. With 200 pages planned for the first digital issue, she wants to feature more organizations and be more creative with the production.

“With it being printed, since there were budget restrictions, we had to choose which clubs would go there, what athletics,” she said. “Having more space, more pages, we have more control on what we want to showcase.”

Required textbooks at Trevecca have slowly shifted to digital in recent years. Some Nazarene colleges have either turned to online yearbooks or abandoned it entirely, says Spraker.

“There’s this human, romantic attachment I think to physical things, to paper and to books, but everything around us is getting more and more digital,” said Spraker, who called the Darda Trevecca’s “history book.”

The 2019 Darda, the last yearbook to be distributed physically on campus, is still unfinished and will be available in the spring.

Trevecca’s online archive holds all the previous issues of Darda. It is still unclear where the 2020 copy of Darda will be published online.

Rodriguez Madrid, the first editor to work on the digital medium, has page 1 of the first print issue of Darda hanging on her office wall next to a bookshelf full of unclaimed yearbooks.

Waggoner library gets updates from proceeds of university’s largest gift

By Bailee Ford

Remodeled bathrooms, phone chargers to check out and more study rooms are a few of the improvements to the library over the summer thanks to the Waggoner family’s latest gift to the university.

Andrea Fowler, Trevecca’s new director of library services, explains that there are long-term plans to provide more technology for student and faculty use, introduce new types of study spaces, and utilize new approaches to providing librarian support to both on campus and online students equally. She hopes that every student continues to use these resources and reach out for help from the library as it continues to be updated.

The changes this year include the remodeling of bathrooms on all three floors, general paint touchups, and new library resources. Students can now check out phone chargers, reserve more study rooms than before, and schedule research appointments with librarians.

Last year, the Waggoner family established the Waggoner Family Foundation, valued at $20 million. The proceeds of this foundation, which are estimated to be about a $1 million a year, go to scholarships and the care and upkeep of the library.

“The Waggoners gave a portion of their most recent large gift to Trevecca for the maintenance and upkeep of the library. The library staff is very appreciative of this generosity and is excited about what the gift can do to update and improve the library building in the coming years,” she said.

Don and Zelma Waggoner are two hardworking individuals that have a very loving history with Trevecca, said Dan Boone, university president.

“They are very humble Nazarene business people who started a uniform cleaning business in the basement of their house,” Boone says. “He would pick up dirty uniforms from different places and they would work through the night to wash, dry, iron and get the uniforms ready to be delivered the next morning.”

After building up their business for many years and eventually selling it to invest in real estate, Trevecca remains the Waggoner family’s primary beneficiary.

“They were the primary donors for the library, the sole donors for the Reed Bell Tower, and major contributors for the Zelma Waggoner Performance Hall in the Jackson Music Building,” Boone says.

A portion of the donation is dedicated specifically for bathroom renovations at the library that cannot be spent on other buildings, Boone explains.

“A part of it is used for freshmen scholarships and part of it goes into a scholarship endowment so we’re able to award scholarships to returning students out of that,” Boone explains. “Most of their gifts in the last few years have been for student scholarships, not buildings.”

After the budget is figured out for an on-campus construction project, it then goes to the Public Spaces Committee, who plans out the design in a way that would fit the existing building and Trevecca as a whole.

Trevecca grad named interim chief financial officer

By Audrey Yawn

An audit, a new food service provider, and two remodels; this summer presented a set of unique and pressing situations for Mariano Monzu to step into as the unverisity’s interim chief financial officer.

A close partner to former CFO, David Caldwell, Monzu was appointed as interim CFO by President Dan Boone at the end of June.

Caldwell served as the university’s chief financial officer for more than nine years.

Boone chose Monzu based on his familiarity with Caldwell’s work and experience, he said. “Summer is the time Trevecca does its audit,” said Boone. “You would never try to bring a new CFO into the beginning of an audit… Mariano has a backbone; you have to be able to say, ‘No, that’s not in the budget.’”

Monzu said it’s been an easy adjustment after seven years of working with Caldwell.

“[The job] is perfect and the reason why is I knew pretty much everyone I worked with,” he said. “I’m not new to it.”

For now, his title includes interim.

“I believe he would be a lead candidate if we put the job out there,” Boone said.

Monzu already has favorite parts of his job in the two months of being CFO.

“You get involved in so much and I love that. I like doing busy,” said Monzu. “You get busy pretty quick. You get pulled into different things. You get pulled into little things.”

There are less than desirable parts of the job for Monzu too.

“What I don’t like is I have a lot of meetings,” said Monzu. “You have a lot of stuff to do and not a lot of time to do it.”

Boone said Monzu is a great fit because he brings with him many of the same aspects that Caldwell applied to his work.

“[Monzu] is a phenomenal accountant… but most accountants are not good at financial strategy, and David Caldwell was very good at financial strategy,” said Boone. “We saw that Mariano had that same skill set.”

Monzu isn’t always focused on numbers and finances. He spends his free time playing soccer, which is what brought him to Trevecca when he was a college student.

“I played soccer here a long time ago,” said Monzu. “If you go to [Moore] you’ll see my picture in there.”

Boone also attests to his soccer abilities and how that opened up a chance for him to grow at Trevecca.

“The thing that I love most about him is that he came here to play soccer. While he was here his heart opened up to God and he began to see the value of deep Christian faith,” said Boone. “He still plays soccer a lot. He is an avid soccer player and fan.”

Monzu never thought about coming to work for Trevecca until the opportunity presented itself.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do [in college]. I wasn’t even planning on staying in the States. I wanted to travel, go to Europe. But two years became four and it just worked out,” said Monzu. “I went away for a while but I came back. I was looking for a challenge before the job came up.”

Overall, Boone said Monzu has been performing excellently in carrying out the vision of Trevecca and helping keep student costs to a minimum in the overseeing of financial plans.

“He is the primary strategist for getting money in the door,” said Boone. “He’s a very frugal person.”

For the duration of his time as CFO, Monzu is committed to keeping up the work of his predecessor.

“First I’m trying to learn the role,” said Monzu. “When you get into a new role you try to learn it. Pretty much I’m keeping up what David was working on.”

Boone said that’s exactly what he hoped for when he named Monzu interim CFO.

“One of the things I hope is that he is able to keep Trevecca on the path and trajectory that was under David Caldwell,” said Boone. “He’s performing excellently. I shudder to think where we would be without him.”

Trevecca welcomes new dining services director

By Naomi Overby

Matt Highley’s journey to the culinary world received its motivation to start at age 15 after he was told he wouldn’t make it.

At 19 years old, he was named the executive chef of Appleby’s Cafe & Wine Cellar.

“I love to cook. Love the chef life,” Highley said. “When I was 15, I worked at Sonic Drive-In. I remember saying ‘I want to try to be a chef one day’, and my manager told me ‘You’ll never be a chef.’ So, I left Sonic, got into a real restaurant and stayed there until I went to culinary school. All it took was someone telling me I wasn’t going to do it.”

Today, Highley is working to transform a new setting: Trevecca’s. Just last month, Highley began working as the new director of dining services under Chartwells, Trevecca’s first new food service provider in 45 years.

“Matt coming in, he’s got a plethora of experience he’s willing to offer between managerial experience and being a chef himself,” Logan Rodgers, assistant director of dining services said. “He’s got a servant leadership style. He just walks alongside people and wants to get involved in everything.”

Together with the Chartwells staff, Highley’s responsibility ranges from meetings, to planning and implementing new installments in the cafeteria to overseeing any food service location on campus. New additions to the cafeteria that students will begin to see are a direct result of Highley’s work.

Just before coming to campus, Highley worked as part of an operational excellence team, opening up new businesses for Compass Group USA across the nation, He applied for the job at Trevecca to be at home more with his wife and two daughters.

After receiving an associate of science from Sullivan University, a culinary arts school in Louisville, Ky., Highley has held other executive chef titles at fine dining private restaurants, and later stepping into thecorporate side of the culinary industry at 26-years-old.

Much like the kitchen, Highley’s schedule can be hectic and spontaneous. At any given time of the day, he could be throwing on a chef’s coat to lend the kitchen staff a hand, assisting in inputting time clock stamps when the system malfunctions, or printing labels for grab-and-go meals.

His typical day begins at 6 a.m. to greet vendors and team members coming in, and he spends the rest of his day rotating between the Cube, the Hub, the 1901 locations, the dining hall, and his office.

“He wants to be extremely involved. If there’s any opportunity for him to step in and do something, he will. He won’t delegate something that he could do himself,” said Katie Wreyford, manager of 1901. “That to me shows in all kinds of different moments. He sees the bigger picture of what service looks like.”

When he asks employees how they are, he checks the body language and demeanor of his employees, knowing he most likely won’t get an honest response, Highley says.

“I’ll hang out around here a little longer and wait for my moment to strike. I’ll catch them and say ‘You sure you’re alright?’ and they’ll say ‘No, I’m good’ and I’ll break the ice, like, ‘I didn’t catch you as a liar,” Highley said.

Highley’s transition into Trevecca was being mindful of the culture, adjusting to company values, and learning what’s important to Trevecca, he said. He had experience working as a senior executive chef at Belmont, so he was familiar with a university setting.

“That’s where I first got introduced into universities. I fell in love with it. Absolutely love the interaction with the students, the drive behind them, just the way they operate, the new generation. It’s a lot of fun,” said Highley.

Moving forward, the cafeteria will continue to see updates and changes. Highley already had employees remove the old ice cream cooler and is in the process of securing a soft-serve machine to replace it.

“I didn’t say anything. I did it on a Sunday, had my guys pull [the cooler] out. One day all of a sudden there’ll just be a big soft serve machine there,” said Highley. “That’s the way I roll. I quietly change the world.”