Mr. Trevecca Cancelled, Lip Sync to replace

By Kayla Williamson

The men’s Pageant titled Mr. Trevecca was due to return Feb. 21 at 7pm in Boone. It was cancelled due to concerns over student behavior.

“It was a decision made by a couple of people in student development,” said Emma Schmahl, social life director. “They were just worried about appropriateness of student behavior.”

Lip Sync, the event set to replace Mr. Trevecca, was an idea that formed last semester. Students will sign up with their name and a song to perform on stage.

“It was an idea we had last semester but just didn’t know where to put it, and so when we found out this was cancelled we still wanted a replacement event, and we wanted it to be a show where people could watch or people could participate” she said. “We already had all the staging and the lights that the production team booked so we thought that would be a fun time to use it.”

According to Schmahl, the events are both similar in different in various ways.

“It’s similar because it’s still a fun event where people can be silly on stage but it’s different because it’s not a pageant style event and it’s not just guys, it can be anyone,” she said.

Students will also have a chance to vote for the winner, one of the other staples of Mr. Trevecca.

Trevecca raising funds for new golf facility

By Claudia Villeda

Trevecca is collecting funds for a two-part project that will benefit the golf program and students’ sport participation.

With the recent success within the golf program and increased student participation in intramural sports, Trevecca plans to add a golf facility and to make improvements to the current intramural field that will be adjacent to the new golf facility.

“This golf training facility and the intramural field project is a really big phase of us trying to get the athletic facilities at Trevecca to grow,” said Randy Kinder, director of events and strategic planning.

Last year, the men’s golf team placed fifth in the nation at the 2019 NCAA’s Division II National Championship, and the women’s golf team finished fourth at the 2019 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Invitational. With the addition of a new ultimate frisbee team – The Thrashers, there is a need for more athletic facility funding.

“These are the two main projects that are front and center,” said Holly Whitby, vice president for marketing and admissions. “If we are able to redo the intramural field and we are able to raise that money, that will benefit all students that participate in intramurals.”

The condition of the current field is not in the best shape, so with this investment will correct that, said Whitby.

“I think this project will radically change the way the back corner of campus looks. When we complete the intramural field, the quality of that field for all students to use will be so much better than it is now. It’s a great opportunity to provide much needed green space for athletes and all student body,” said Kinder.

Funding for both projects come only through private donations and fundraisers.

“There are no plans to touch money from the university, it has to be privately funded,” said Kinder.
This is a $600,000 total project but once $200,000 the construction of the building will start. The goal is to begin construction on the golf facility by spring, said Kinder.

There is progressive dinner coming up in February in hopes to break the $200,000 goal, said Kinder. This, in addition to multiple other fundraising initiatives, will help to fully fund this project through private donations entirely.

“It’s any coach’s dream to be as successful as we can on the golf course, but also I want student-athletes as successful as possible in the classroom and I want them to be successful in their lives as young Christian men and women if we can build a facility that can help them become better golfer and provide an opportunity to be Christian role models to younger kids in the opportunity, to me that’s what it’s all about,” said David Head, men’s golf coach.

Trevecca has a fundraiser on Give Campus to raise money from alumni, students, faculty, and more. There is a 3D model that shows the full plan of what the projects will look like.

Trevecca departments team up to encourage students to vote

By Naomi Overby

Gabby Jasso, a junior social justice and history major, has been registered to vote since she turned 18 and knows that her vote matters.

“I am a child of Mexican immigrants, and most of the people that I love and surround myself with are undocumented, so when I vote, I don’t just vote for myself. I vote for so many people that do not have the opportunity to do so,” said Jasso.

Moving into a presidential election year on campus, it’s never too early to register to vote— but if students are unaware of deadlines for registration and absentee ballots, they can miss the chance to vote on Nov. 3.

As a solution, the communication department, pre-law society, and SGA are partnering to host a week-long voter registration drive on campus, where students from not just Tennessee, but out of state as well, can come and get registered to vote.

The dates are not yet finalized, but tentatively is the end of March through the beginning of April.

“[Voting] is the foundation of our democracy. The idea that everyone has a voice in leadership and the way we are governed is the basis of democracy. It’s exceptionally important that we take that on as a responsibility,” said Jeffrey Wells, associate professor of communication studies.

Voters ages 18 to 29 have had lower turnouts historically than older voters, but in the 2018 midterms, 28.2 percent of young voters participated, more than double the national youth turnout in 2014. College students, in particular, had a 40.3 percent turnout at polls in the 2018 midterms, all according to data analyzed by Tisch College researchers from the Tufts’ Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

“I think college votes matter because typically the youth don’t vote. I think it’s particularly important in this upcoming election that young people are voting,” said Wells. “There are too many extremely important issues that are going to affect their futures, and the future of their children that are just important for them to be speaking into.”

On a college campus, registering to vote and voting itself may be confusing, especially for students from out of state.

Deadlines and requirements to register and vote vary by each individual state. Students should register in the state they actually hold true residency in, so living on campus here in Tennessee doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the state to vote in.

Absentee ballots allow students who are out of state at college to vote in their home state and are sent by mail. There is a deadline to request and send back absentee ballots that also varies by state. In-person voting needs to happen at each individual’s assigned polling station.

Wells said the event planned for this spring will help students figure out all the requirements.

Jasso said she believes there’s a lack of knowledge when it comes to voting.

“You don’t get that education in high school courses, and then you don’t get it in college,” said Jasso. “Registering to vote is not hard at all… but people just don’t know, and I think a lot of people are ashamed that they don’t know, and so they just don’t vote.”

Wells said that’s the goal of the registration drive he’s helping to plan.

“In some respects, there’s a lack of education, which hopefully we’re combatting with the voter registration drive,” said Wells.

The best thing students can do is research and be informed, said Wells.

Student-run business wants to reduce waste

By Maria Monteros

One man’s trash could be Hannah Thomas’ new business idea.

In a two-bedroom house in Smyrna, Tenn., Hannah, a junior social work major,
spends her downtime hunched over a sewing machine piecing fabric together to
make reusable alternatives to single-use products, from snack bags to coffee filters.

“Really just things that you use everyday that you just toss in the trash and you don’t think about is what we try to make,” she said.

Thomas Homestead opened last year featuring “local, handmade crafts in the heart of Middle Tennessee,” according to its Instagram page, where she initially sold her products before creating a website and joining craft fairs.

With the popularity of zero-waste living, making her products cheap and accessible for the average person became Thomas Homestead’s selling point, according to Hannah.

“I saw that a lot of people are interested in living that kind of lifestyle. It just can seem expensive or too far out of reach,” she said while holding up her iced coffee in a plastic cup. “I forgot my cup at Starbuck’s today. It’s not about replacing everything in your life and remembering them all the time.”

Hannah began selling shopping totes and muslin tea bags not long after she learned how to make them, she said.

Her mother-in-law taught her how to sew, which Hannah initially thought she didn’t “want to do.” Now, seeing threads scattered around their bedroom, Hannah’s husband, 21-year-old graphic designer Andrew Thomas said the scene reminds him of his childhood.

“It’s a really cool thing when the two people you love the most come together and work together,” he said.

The first item Hannah made was a “really ugly” reusable cotton pad, basically “just two squares sewn together,” she said.

But the idea of selling them didn’t occur to Hannah until she was involved in a collision, leaving her with a totaled car and a broken arm.

Andrew was at work when he learned about the incident from a paramedic at the scene.

“That’s not a call that I wanted to get at work,” he said.

The plate and three screws inserted in her right arm prevented Hannah from working and sewing for the entire summer break.

“It was really intense, but I was super lucky that it wasn’t anything worse than a broken arm,” she said.

While she couldn’t continue making products, it was during her recovery period that Hannah began posting her craft on Instagram. Her followers began sending her direct messages expressing their interest in buying them.

The company website lists the material and care instructions under each product. Hannah sources most of the supplies from familiar craft stores like Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., which, in part, is the reason she doesn’t consider Thomas Homestead “a sustainable brand,” Hannah said.

“I think where we’re at is a symbol of where a lot of people are at,” she said. “We’re not nearly as sustainable as we want to be in the future, but we’re doing what we can now to get there, and I think that’s what a lot of people are feeling.”

The price of each product varies based on the material and complexity of making them. The reusable snack bags, one of Thomas Homestead’s most popular items, according to Hannah, costs $15 for a threepiece set while their bento bags costs $25. Customers can request a different pattern of fabric if they don’t see the design they like.

“At the end of the day, materials cost money,” she said. “This is not something that we’re getting rich off of by any means.”

A majority of their sales come from craft fairs, which they pay to attend.

On their latest stint in the East Nashville Marketplace one Saturday morning, the Thomas couple arranged their booth on a 10×10 lot along with over two dozen vendors selling antiques, jerseys and pastry.

“When you compare the typical East Nashville person to the typical Smyrna mom,” Andrew said before the event. “These are people who are more ecoconscious and who are probably are more willing to spend the money to support something that has the rest of the world in mind.”

On their table, sits nine different products from their website and social media page. Over the last three weeks, Hannah stitched together 10-15 items per product.

“I’ve been working until 10 o’clock last night,” she said while rolling lint off of a reusable coffee filter. “It might be a sign of my time management skills.”

Every visitor that comes close to the booth gets a greeting from Hannah; some stay to look while others don’t. Sales on Saturday mornings are “slow,” fellow vendors told Hannah.

50 minutes after the Marketplace opened to the public, Thomas Homestead got their first customer: 63-year old Rita Scheidweiler, who claims to know her way around a needle.

“It’s always nice to run across stuff that you don’t sew,” she said.

Others, like Brandi Jack, 41, stopped by to sign her email up to receive updates from the company.

“We come out of L.A. where reusable is everything,” she said. “Just seeing a company that’s trying to make that the norm in Nashville is really exciting for us.”

Taking social work classes at Trevecca, Hannah said it helped her realize “how things affect people.”

Most of Thomas Homestead’s profit is used to fund the couple’s annual mission trip to South Dakota with their local church.

The couple plans to convert their guest bedroom into a workspace for Hannah to operate on her business.

SGA Hosts Annual Valentine’s Day Party

By Caitlin Lassiter

This Saturday, Feb. 15, the SGA Sophomore Council will be hosting their annual Valentine’s Day event at Donelson Strike and Spare bowling alley from 8pm to 10pm.

The event will be free to all students and no registration is required. Transportation will be provided. The bus will leave the Hub at 7:30pm.

“The SGA Valentine’s Day event is a traditional thing for us, and it’s a tradition that the sophomore class plans and hosts every time,” said Marina Yousef, all student body president. “In past years, it’s been in TSAC where there’s food and there’s a theme where couples dress alike. They make cards, and there’s chocolate and cheesecake. But this year we wanted to kind of revolutionize it in a way.”

According to Erica Wigart, sophomore class president, they wanted to create a Valentine’s Day event where both singles and couples were included.

“We decided that we wanted to go with a different kind of party that would be open for singles and couples, so it wouldn’t feel awkward if you were coming alone or if you were coming with a group of your friends or something,” Wigart said. “We decided that bowling would be the best option for that. We’re really excited about it and it’s going to be a super fun event.”

In addition to the changes to the event this year, students will wear their relationship status during the evening in the form of glow sticks. A green glow stick means a student is single, a red glow stick means they are in a relationship, and a yellow glowstick means their relationship is complicated.

“It’s kind of like a traffic light, which I think is really funny. We hope it will start conversations and just be a good time with people,” Yousef said. “It’s not necessarily going to be the standard banquet/party that it’s previously been. I’m excited for the event because it’s a different way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.”

Don’t strike out this Valentine’s Day—join the fun this Saturday night!

Trevecca’s Valentine’s Day Weekend

By Kayla Williamson

Trevecca students can celebrate Valentine’s day three ways this weekend.

Valentine’s Day is typically known as a holiday for couples, but it can also be a good day to spend time with friends. This year, there are three ways to spend Valentine’s day weekend at Trevecca including shopping at a bake sale, picking a “blind date with a book” in the library, and going to the Lovestruck Valentine’s party on Saturday hosted by the SGA Sophomore Council.

Bake Sale – Jernigan Lobby

Friday 11am-1pm

Items that will be sold include cupcakes, cookies, and more. According to their poster, all proceeds will go toward the South African TAG trip in June.

Blind Date with a Book – Waggoner Library

Through Friday

For the last few years Waggoner library has been having Blind date with a Book to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect opportunity for book lovers to discover a genre they’ve never read before.

Lovestruck Valentine’s Party – Donelson Strike and Spare Bowling Alley

Saturday 8pm-10pm

SGA Sophomore council is hosting their annual Valentine’s Day event at the Strike and Spare Bowling Alley. Singles, couples and those in complicated relationships are welcome to join the party. Free transportation will be available, and buses leave from the Hub at 7:30pm.

Trevecca Celebrates Black History Month

By Kayla Williamson

Black History Month at Trevecca gives students the opportunity to celebrate the history of African Americans. Walden, in collaboration with Chartwells, have planned several activities for students.

According to Brodrick Thomas, director of community engagement and reconciliation, Black History Month is about a bigger story, bigger than African Americans alone.

“The story of African Americans is not one of just a certain group of people overcoming so much, it’s about the fact that those people overcame so much by relying on those that weren’t black,” he said. “While black people deserve to be celebrated, I think it’s also a key way of seeing the human spirit, and what does it mean to love your brother.”

The first event that was meant to kick off Black History Month was cancelled yesterday due to weather. A civil rights tour that will drive students to historically sites will pick back up next week.

Some of those sites include Napier community, Meharry, and Woolworths, where the Nashville lunch counter sit ins took place.

For Zoe Johnson, president of Walden, the events happening for Black History Month can serve as reminder of the different cultures on campus.

“Being a minority on this campus, you tend to feel a little bit out of place,” said Zoe Johnson, president of Walden. “All these events can introduce the campus to our culture and where we came from.”

While Walden is typically known as the club for the African Americans, Johnson said the events are open to everyone.

“Walden is a safe space for African Americans to feel more comfortable in the community,” she said. “The culture around Trevecca is tended towards the majority, so it gives them the opportunity to feel more acquainted on campus and an outlet to achieve diversity.”

The second event for Black History Month is a special Chapel on Feb. 18. Erik Gernand, university chaplain, said the guest speaker will be Chris Williamson.

According to Thomas, Williamson is the pastor of a multicultural church in Franklin.

“We picked him because he started a foundation with two other gentlemen called ‘A Fuller Story’” Thomas said. “They convinced Franklin to add memorials to African American Soldiers about the African American Civil War instead of being divisive and telling them to tear down the confederacy stuff.”

Another event happening during the month is a movie night and discussion, where the movie “Southside with You” will be shown. It’s a film about the love story of the Obama’s, the former first family of the United States. After the movie is shown, a discussion will take place.

“We’re going to be going over some topics that affect our community, such as colorism, interracial dating, and the possible impact of slavery in our community and in our relationships,” Johnson said.

According to Lea Bryant, vice president of Walden, the discussion will also include a guest speaker.

“We’re having a speaker come in who did a dissertation on black love, black marriage, and other issues in the African American community,” she said. “It’s really important for everybody to come out and learn more.”

During the month, the Hub will be serving special burgers to celebrate local heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Thomas, the faculty sponsor of Walden, created these burgers in collaboration with Chartwells.

“We kept it local,” Thomas said. “People tend to et big with African American History. They think about Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, but we wanted to keep it small.”

The menu features burgers  in honor of James Lawson, Diane Nash, John Lewis, and the Fisk Jubilee singers.

Tentative schedule for the Month

Feb. 14

Civil Rights tour

Spicy chicken burger in honor of Diane Nash

Feb. 18

Black History Month chapel

Feb. 20

*Movie night and discussion

Feb. 21

Civil rights tour

Pizza burger in honor of John Lewis

Feb. 28

Fried Egg burger in honor of the Fisk Jubilee singers


*Date subject to change

Mr. Trevecca returns for the second year

By Caitlin Lassiter

Mr. Trevecca is returning to Trevecca’s campus Friday, Feb.21 at 7pm.

An evening that brings Trevecca’s students together for a time of fun, the event will showcase the talent and personalities of some of our communities’ male students.

“I am looking forward to Mr. Trevecca,” said Matthew Spraker, associate deant of students for community life. “It is an event that shows how TNU students can put on a fun competition event that remains appropriate and shows the creativity of our students.”

At last year’s Mr. Trevecca event, about 150 more students showed up than there was room for. A “viewing room” was set up to so that the overflow of students could enjoy the event.

In response to last year’s seating issues, Emma Schmahl, social life director, said they are planning to fix the problem by moving the event to a bigger space.

“This used to be an old Trevecca tradition and last year was the first year they brought it back,” Schmahl said. “I’m excited to continue it and build on it from last year and hopefully keep it a tradition.”

Marina Yousef, all student body president, is also looking forward to the event.

“Mr. Trevecca is an incredible event on campus because not only is part of the Trevecca’s tradition, but it’s a fun show where we get to show case students and their talents through a new avenue,” she said.

More details on Mr. Trevecca will be released in the coming weeks.

Correction: The date originally said Sunday, Feb 21, 7pm. The actually date is Friday, Feb 21, 7pm.

Trevecca students march for a common goal

by Kayla Williamson

Trevecca students marched in the annual Martin Luther King Day march for the second consecutive year.

This year marks the second year that Trevecca gave students Martin Luther King Day off, joining other colleges and universities in acknowledging it as a federal holiday. Last year, Allison Buzard, professor and director of social work, took a group of students to participate in the Martin Luther King Day march. This year, she continued the tradition, and around 6 Trevecca students participated.

Along with celebrating the life of Martin Luther King and this year being the 31st annual MLK Day March, they were also celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement. The official theme was called “we are the ones we have been waiting for.”

For Cassidy Fleenor, freshman and elementary education major, this meant “we can make a change, even there’s just a few people, we can spark something.”

Brianna Salyer, junior and social work major, said there were many talents to witness during the event.

“They had a lot of speakers, dance groups, and spoken word artists,” Salyer said. “It was really nice to see a lot of talent from people from the African American community.”

One of speakers included Joy-Ann Reid, who is the television talk show host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” Salyer said a lot of other female speakers talked about Martin Luther King and continuing the movement for rights for African American women.

“Growing up, whenever we were taught about MLK Day, they made it seem like it was so distant and that it was so far in history,” she said. “The further I’ve gotten into college and learned about social work, the more I realize that the injustices back then are still prevalent today.”

For Buzard, that is part of reason why it’s important for Trevecca to acknowledge Martin Luther King Day. She said it gives students time to reflect on his message and get involved with tons of activities that happen around the city.

“I love that our students get to intersect with other aspects of Nashville and march towards a common goal,” Buzard said. “I think that I’ve been really encouraged as I’ve talked to different students and faculty and just hearing the different ways they engaged in a whole weekend of opportunities.”

Fleenor said she grew up in a small town that did not do a lot to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. She was encouraged by Buzard’s message during chapel to participate in the event.

“It opened my eyes to the injustices that are in the world, and I guess I didn’t realize how bad it was,” Fleenor said. “It was a good experience for me.”

Among learning about injustices the African American community deals with, she also learned about a phenomenon called the ‘black tax’ which is money that black professionals give to struggling family members, and self esteem issues that arise when people of color are not represented in the media.

“There was a high school girl talking about injustices people face, and how little black girls feel like they’re not beautiful,” Fleenor said. “It really hurt my heart.”

For Sayler, her passion comes from advocating and being Christian.

“If our religious beliefs tell us to love everybody, then we should do what we can to stand up and with the people we love,” she said. “Trevecca has marketed heavily the idea of diversity, and while we have a lot of diverse students, I feel like we still have so many moments where different or diverse populations are left out in a lot of ways.

Buzard echoed Sayler and said some college students struggle with stepping out of their comfort zone.

“Life is super busy as a college student. Some of our students are going to school full time, working a bunch of hours, and are involved with all kinds of academic and social events,” she said. “I think it’s really common during college to get segregated up on our campuses. I think it’s hard to step outside of that and see Nashville, even though that’s the hope and the goal of Trevecca and a lot of our students.”

In order to encourage more students to participate, Buzard is hoping to get a bus or organize carpooling again for next year’s Martin Luther King Day march.

“I wonder if it will help all students feel like they have access. I know it can be intimidating to figure out where to park and all that stuff,” she said. “I think it’s critical for all students, white students, black students, brown students, and brown students to reflect on Martin Luther King’s work.”

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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