Monday, September 26

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Spiritual Deepening Week Began With an Emphasize on “Becoming…” and Community   

By Claudia Villeda Richard Griffiths from richardgriffiths.info The Trevecca community welcomed Rev. Richard Griffiths as speaker for the week.  With the chapel theme of the year being “Becoming…”. Griffiths will lean into the theme by sharing messages on “competence, character and community”, said Erik Gernand, university chaplain.  Griffiths is lead pastor of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene in New York City. Born in Jamaica but raised in Queens and the Bronx, Griffiths became “a cultural hybrid” and an “intergenerational bridge-builder.” Griffiths has served as a young adult pastor and is the founding pastor of Vine Church in New Rochelle. Griffiths values “relevantly communicating God’s love and timeless perspective on purposeful living.” “Richard ...
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Buffler surpasses 1,000 ‘kill’ mark for Trevecca volleyball

By David Wilson Senior outside hitter Ellie Buffler has etched her name in the Trevecca women’s volleyball history books. Buffer recorded her 1,000th career kill in the third set of Trojans 3-1 victory against Alabama-Huntsville on Aug. 27.  In addition to recording her 1,000th kill, Buffler also moved to second place on the career service ace list during the same set.   “Ellie, ever since the beginning of her career, has been our best player both offensively and defensively. She is one of the most well-rounded players not only on our team but in the entire conference. I am incredibly proud of her accomplishments,” said Trevecca Head Coach Emily Moore.  Buffler entered the 2022 season third in Trevecca history in career kills (949), points (1,117), and ...
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Two Trevecca cross country runners injured in car accident

By Claudia Villeda and David Wilson Trevecca cross country runners Samantha Rosencrants (right) and Abigail Baggott (left) are recovering from serious injuries after being involved in a motor accident Monday afternoon. The accident occurred on Highway 100, near Highway 70 South. Both women were headed to a cross country practice in the area when the accident occurred. Rosencrants, a sophomore, and Baggott, a freshman, were both rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and are now in stable condition.  The university has not stated which one of the girls was driving at this time or provided details about the extent of their injuries. The status of the other driver involved in the incident is unknown as well.  A Nashville Metro police spokesperson said a poli...
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‘The Great Resignation’ hits Trevecca community

By Grace Beckner Nine Trevecca faculty members will not be returning for the 2022-2023 academic year. Seven of the nine are women, two being retirees.  “We had less faculty transitioning from Trevecca over the last couple of years during the pandemic, I think people needed stability in the middle of uncertainty,” said Tom Middendorf, university provost and senior vice president.  Information released by the government’s jobs report indicated over 20 million people quit their jobs during the second half of 2021. Middendorf said the university may be feeling the effects of what has been dubbed “The Great Resignation.” The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released statistics in January indicating 4.5 million people left their jobs voluntarily in November 2021, an “all-...
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Campus spiritual life to refocus on small groups, promote church involvement in the fall

By Mia Agee Next school year Trevecca’s university chaplain plans to create discipleship groups and boost local church involvement among students post-Covid.      During the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic students could not meet in groups of more than eight people on campus.   “Then you’ve got the added layer of masks. I know we all get used to that, but it’s not normal, and it’s really hard to establish personal connections with people when you can’t see their faces,” said Erik Gernand, university chaplain.    Last summer, Gernand worked with student chaplains to put together student-led groups over specific topics, Bible studies, and accountability groups. Around 15 of those groups existed at the beginning of the last two sch...
Trevecca theater department wraps up season with “Life is a Dream”
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Trevecca theater department wraps up season with “Life is a Dream”

By Julia Ballard Since the fall semester the Trevecca theater department has put on shows based on the theme “Season 180,” which is about the audience putting themselves into another’s shoes and gaining perspectives in order to understand the reality of others.   “The shows make you think about doing what is right even when no one is looking,” says Sierra Hodgson, a freshman information technology major and cast member of “Life is a Dream”.  Earlier in the year the Trevecca theater department put on “Freaky Friday a New Musical”, “The Prince and the Pauper” and most recently “Life is a Dream”, which is a Golden Age Spanish play that warps reality and alters the perception of the actors and audience.  Despite Covid still being very prevalent, audienc...
Renovated Jernigan dining hall open and ready for students
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Renovated Jernigan dining hall open and ready for students

By Katie Tate Sydney Lockard, a freshman at Trevecca, attended the opening day of the new Jernigan Dining Hall and was pleasantly surprised by how nice the inside looked. She had only experienced the temporary Caf setup in the Boone business building, so she was excited to see and try the new food options.  “I was very surprised by how nice Jernigan looked when I first walked in, especially since I had only experienced the Caf in Boone,” said Sydney. “I’d have to say the pizza station is my favorite. The new brick stove oven has really made a difference in how the pizza tastes.”  The new Jernigan Dining Hall can seat around 525 people. The upstairs will continue to hold the president’s dining room along with student government offices.  Tom Middendorf, unive...
Women’s basketball season wraps up with 5-22 record
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Women’s basketball season wraps up with 5-22 record

By David Wilson The 2021-2022 women’s basketball season started on an optimistic note, but was soon derailed by injuries, COVID-19 complications, and a lack of chemistry on the court.   The Trojans ended their season 5-22 (4-17 GMAC).   Head coach Chad Hibdon returned his two leading scorers from the shortened 2020-2021 season.   Those women, sophomore Keeley Carter and junior Faith Wilken, were the core pieces of a revamped basketball team that featured several additions.   Freshman Alexa Smiddy, Mattie Buck, and transfer Emma Palmer were all brought in to add talent and depth to the Trojan roster.   The Trojans immediately faced adversity in the pre-season when Mattie Buck suffered a torn ACL during her senior year ...
Masks now optional everywhere on campus
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Masks now optional everywhere on campus

By Julia Ballard Trevecca students wearing masks in classrooms Trevecca students wearing masks in classrooms Trevecca’s mask mandate has been altered as Covid-19 cases on campus decrease and as of March 14 masks are completely optional for students and faculty. “Face coverings will no longer be required in classrooms, labs, or any other areas on campus,” said the center for student development in an email to the student body. On February 11 the mask policy was updated to only require face coverings to be worn in classes and labs. Now the decision to wear a mask is entirely voluntary.    The number of Covid cases on campus hit an all time high in January with a total of 116. During the first four weeks of the semester, more than 230 students were either d...
Trevecca students explore the Civil Rights Movement
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Trevecca students explore the Civil Rights Movement

By Sol Ayala As 11 Trevecca students stood on the porch of Martin Luther King Jr.’s former home, the director of the museum who now oversees the house drove by and happened to see them.  Shirley Cherry, tour director at Dexter Parsonage Museum, stopped and talked with them about growing up in the segregated south.  “I wasn’t allowed to look at people in the eyes. Now that I can, I won’t stop doing it,” Cherry said to the group.  “That blew my mind, it totally changed my perspective from analyzing history,” said Elizabeth Landin, a student on the trip.. “This is still having repercussions today.”  Students in Jamie Casler’s Civil Rights Experience class spent three days visiting historical places relevant to the history behind the Civil Rights Movemen...