Classes offered at 10 a.m. next semester to accomodate growth

By Blake Stewart

A new class slot will be available at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays next year because of an increase in enrollment.

The 10 a.m. slot has been open for staff meetings and other events on campus, but because the student body continues to grow, administrators made the move to add 10 a.m. classes after the undergraduate enrollment increased 36 percent in the past three years, said Steve Pusey, University Provost.

This change in schedule will not affect the students as much, said Pusey. It will primarily affect faculty as professors and university staff will now have to shift their meetings to later in the afternoon.

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Trevecca leaders to meet with members of the Napier and Chestnut Hill community

by Olivia Kelley

Tomorrow, Trevecca faculty and students will be heading to Napier Community Center to meet with leaders and community members from Napier and Chestnut Hill in what is being called the Trevecca Community Initiative.

The idea for the Initiative came from senior social work major Jessica Kyle after she chose to move off campus to live in the Napier community.

“I originally got the idea in a class that talks a lot about community development and awareness and Trevecca’s own community awareness,” she said. “I was tired of sitting in class and talking about these things. I wanted to get out and talk with some people about it.”

The first part of the day will be a meeting between the leadership teams from Trevecca, Napier, and Chestnut Hill to talk about what needs the community has and what Trevecca can offer, according to Kyle.  [Read more…]

Trevecca students joined thousands to hear president speak

by Bailey Basham and Brooklyn Dance

Michael Perrotti got in line around 11 a.m. He waited, and he waited. He knew it would be another seven hours until the rally for president Donald Trump, but he didn’t mind. He was there to see the president.

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Greg Dawson Named Director of Security

By Brooklyn Dance

Trevecca security will be led by a familiar face starting in January.

Greg Dawson, who currently serves as captain of university security, was recently named director of security. He replaces Norm Robinson, who is retiring this month.

“[Steve] Harris called me up to his office, and we talked about a variety of different things as far as the department goes, how it’s running now, where we see things going as far as hiring,” Dawson said. “We talked a lot about my credentials, my background, the certifications I’ve acquired, my education—things like that.”

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First Generation Graduate Hired as Diversity Coordinator

By Bailey Basham

When Brodrick Thomas was younger, it was his dream to play football at Auburn. For Thomas, however, getting through school wasn’t easy.

“My mom dropped out of junior high school, so she didn’t have any education and didn’t really understand it very much. My dad died when I was in fifth grade, and she had to take on multiple jobs to keep us fed and under shelter. She didn’t have the knowledge to help me, but she was always a strong advocate of education,” said Thomas. “When I first went to college, my mom had no idea of how to help me in any way.”



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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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Spring break civil rights/ southern music tour

Civil rights photoby Rebekah Warren

On a Friday afternoon in Alabama, Julie Gant stood where Martin Luther King Jr. had heard the voice of God.

“I was impacted by just being where he was,” said Gant. “We stood where he stood and talked where he talked to people. We were in his home, everywhere that revolved around him and his legacy.”

During spring break, Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life, and Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice travelled with 12 students through Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, experiencing the civil rights and musical history of the south.

Spraker developed the idea for the trip after an important member of the civil rights movement came to Trevecca.

“We had Fred Gray, who was the attorney for Rosa Parks, speak in chapel…and it just blew me away that I got to meet this person and he just had to travel up from Alabama,” said Spraker. “It just hit me how close we are geographically to a lot of very important parts of American history.”

The students began in Memphis with the National Civil Rights Museum and the Lorraine Hotel, the location of Martin Luther King’s assassination. They also visited Sun Studios, the place where Elvis began his career. According to Spraker, race issues and music are inseparable in American culture.

“Race has played in to modern music with the blues, and jazz, and rock and roll,” said Spraker. “This is a good way to get people who are interested in music to learn about the civil rights part and then people who are into civil rights, who may not realize it’s impact on music in our culture.”

Gant was especially moved by how close history was to the present. Students stood at poignant locations, such as Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, which was unchanged since the time of the infamous march to Montgomery, Alabama that put Selma on the map.

“Its astounding because people talk about this movement as if it occurred during the dark ages,” said Gant. “The majority of information we learned took place less than a century ago.”

Part of the trip’s purpose was to provide a common experience for students from different backgrounds and majors.

“There was a diversity of the students and a diversity of majors,” said Casler. “Seeing different students from different backgrounds come together and share a common experience definitely made it a successful week.”

This story first appeared on the Micah Mandate.