Wednesday, November 25

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Alumni won’t be at Homecoming: Events planned for current students
Alumni, Campus News, Coronavirus, Events

Alumni won’t be at Homecoming: Events planned for current students

By Diana Leyva Jacob Alumni won't be able to come to the hill for homecoming this year.  Instead, campus officials are planning virtual events to attempt to connect with alumni in the midst of a pandemic that makes gatherings like homecoming impossible. “I think for our emotional well-being, it is important to try to capture as much of a sense of normalcy, so that's what we hope to do by sharing these virtual events,” said Michael Johnson, director of alumni and church engagement.  An online kit is available for $25, which includes access to the virtual live stream, a Trevecca mask and t-shirt, candy, and popcorn. Ten dollars from each purchase will go towards the Fund for Trevecca Scholarship. While university officials aren't allowing anyone on campus other tha...
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Student led podcast to focus on fostering communication on campus

Allie Tooley and Kennedy Crider laugh and bicker back and forth as they brainstorm possible names for their podcast--a shared dream that has been several years in the making.   “Kennedy had this dream for a podcast that she had been talking about for a while, but it just kind of got to the point where we thought, ‘why don’t we just do it?’” said Tooley.  Crider lovingly referred to the project as her “four-year frustration.”   Podcast cover artwork, provided by Tooley and Crider. The podcast, which was eventually named “Loose Leaf Tea & You with Kennedy and Allie,” is meant to be a means of conversation and communication between the Trevecca students to the administration and faculty.   “We want to have a space for conversation where people from ...
Commuter council to host drive in-movie in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
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Commuter council to host drive in-movie in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Graphic provided by SGA. Update: SGA has corrected the later screening to 9 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. By Diana Leyva Jacob Commuter Council is hosting a drive-in movie night tonight at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Tidwell Parking Lot.  The Disney film, “Coco”, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, will be screened. Refreshments such as Hot Cheetos, Takis, Gansitos, Sponch cookies as well as various flavors of Jarritos will be served.   To comply with social distancing guidelines, the event is being held in one of the biggest parking lots on campus. Students will be required to distance while in their vehicles, to ensure the safety of everyone and also provide an optimum viewing experience. For students who wish to sit outside, there will be 25 spaces reserved. ...
Resident assistants struggle to create community with new procedures
Campus News, Coronavirus

Resident assistants struggle to create community with new procedures

By Lena Gurley Rather than training at a cabin and kayaking with her fellow resident assistants during the annual back to school training sessions, Sydnee Pendergraff had to sit six feet apart from other RAs, wear a mask, and listen to a lecture about new COVID-19 procedures. “It was definitely a bit more extensive than last year’s training,” said Pendergraff, a Johnson Hall RA.   Pendergraff is one of 41 RAs trying to enforce new COVID-19 guidelines in the dorms.  Instead of bringing the residents in her hall together to create a sense of community, she finds herself forced to encourage people to stay six feet apart to protect the community.    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines dictated the process of opening the ...
Bridge program helps international students stay connected during pandemic
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Bridge program helps international students stay connected during pandemic

By Kaylee Franklin For some students, this semester looks different than any other. International students are taking classes at Trevecca from all across the world. Students from Honduras, Trinidad, and Thailand carry the burden.  “A lot of our international students aren’t here on campus, some of them are studying elsewhere. We’ve been working on making sure they feel involved and helping them feel prepared for whatever comes next,’’ said Brodrick Thomas, director of community engagement and reconciliation.  When the university decided to go fully online due to the pandemic starting in mid-March, international students struggled to find a way home. The university went into overdrive and immediately began finding ways to help these students in particular. The university...
Administrators emphasize student responsibility in COVID-19 town hall
Campus News, Coronavirus, Faculty

Administrators emphasize student responsibility in COVID-19 town hall

Students’ willingness to wear a face mask in class and around campus is the key to keeping the fall 2020 semester in-person, Trevecca faculty said during a COVID-19 Town Hall meeting on Thursday.   “We are all in this together. We are all required to wear a mask and we are all required to participate in these practices that will keep us safe here on campus and in our city.” Dean of Student Development Jessica Dykes said.   Requiring the use of face masks is just one practice Trevecca staff has implemented in their efforts to keeping students safe this semester during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to social distancing, contact tracing, daily health screenings, reduced class sizes and a 7-7 week schedule that lowers the number of people in a building at one time, Trevecca’...
Freshmen adjust to campus life amidst a pandemic
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Freshmen adjust to campus life amidst a pandemic

Freshmen Hannah Kleppinger, Alanna Ziegler, Taegen Gann and Destiny Noella attend club rush during Trevecca's traditional welcome week, wearing their masks. Photo provided by Hannah Kleppinger. Making friends, building community, being independent, staying healthy, finding an identity: These are just some of the struggles current college freshmen are facing, all in the midst of a global pandemic. Hannah Kleppinger, a freshman pastoral ministries major, said she is feeling the weight of everything that has happened over the past year.  “Basically the entire normalness of my life is gone,” Kleppinger said. Sara Hopkins, director of counseling services, reported seeing trends in the mental health research surrounding incoming freshmen. According to Hopkins, freshmen level...
Campus News, Coronavirus

Trevecca students face unemployment due to pandemic

Bethany Maynard, a freshman majoring in Elementary Education, was busy working four jobs before campus closed because of Covid-19. She divided her time between a work study in Mackey, a job as a childcare worker in Brentwood, a job as a dance teacher at a local preschool, as well as a job at a weekly ministry dedicated to serving a meal to those who are currently experiencing homelessness. “I have jobs outside of Trevecca that count on me, so I had to contact them and apologize that I couldn’t work for them until next year,” she said. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the students of Trevecca Nazarene University in a variety of ways, one of them being financial and employment struggles. Like many of her peers, Maynard’s initial concerns regarding cl...
Campus News, Coronavirus, Faculty, Features

Students, faculty members adjust to online classes amid pandemic

When Trevecca first announced they were extending spring break, Carlos Lopez was initially relieved. “It would have helped with some work that had to be done and overall seemed like an extended vacation,” said Lopez, senior information technology major. But once he heard that Trevecca was making the move to online courses for the rest of the spring semester, Lopez’s feelings quickly changed. “When I heard this, I was a bit overwhelmed because I was used to the class routine,” said Lopez. Trevecca's 1,310 undergraduates who were enrolled in traditional, face-to-face classes all transitioned to online classes last month. For many students and faculty, the switch from in-person to online classes required some getting used to and will power to cope....
Campus News, Coronavirus, Features

Students take up new hobbies to fight boredom

By Jessica Bishop Kerisyn Gilbert, a Trevecca freshman was doing her homework at home and when she finished her assignments, she notably became bored and anxious. She decided to pick up her pencil and sketch. “It really helped calm me down and focus better. I will definitely continue to sketch in the future,” said Gilbert. Many students find themselves with more free time since they moved home and started classes online.  One way to pass the time is by picking up new or forgotten hobbies. Erin Smith, a junior, has picked up baking and cooking in her spare time. “I’ve always enjoyed it, but I’m just chilling and the I’m like, ‘Well, I guess I could bake some muffins instead’ and so I do,” said Smith. One of best ways to find hobbies enjoyable is to remember what you liked as a ch...