Tuesday, November 24

Campus News

Campus News, Coronavirus, Features

Students stay fit while social distancing

When on campus, Micah Dearing goes to the gym five times a week, but now he's forced to come up with a new plan to keep himself in shape. “When quarantine first started, my roommates and I made this whole workout routine, and we stuck with it for a while. Eventually, as we all slowly headed home and got hit with schoolwork we stopped lifting altogether," he said. "But I do try and get outside and stay semi-fit. I dug my old bike ride out of my shed and cleaned it up. Now I ride that for a few miles every day.” Dearing is not the only one who has had to change up his routine to find new ways to stay fit. Students who find themselves at home with limited fitness equipment and space are trying to find new ways of staying in shape. Courtney Hodgin is a member of Trevecca’...
Campus News, DACA, Features, Mental Health

Trevecca counseling center works to support DACA students

By: Maria Monteros On every corkboard and poster wall on campus, Sara Hopkins and her team of counselors put up signs on campus inviting DACA and minority students to join their support groups. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are just as likely to enroll in college as the average American aged 15-32 at 18 percent versus 20 percent, a 2017 study from the Migration Policy Institute indicated. However, only 4 percent end up graduating compared to the 18 percent national average, the study states. In response, the counseling center has begun training counselors to handle multicultural issues. They’ve also partnered with various organizations on campus such as Futuro and the Diversity Council in holding talks and providing the space for these conversations to happen,...
Campus News, DACA

DACA students face pressure of work, grades and the stress of uncertain futures

By: Maria Monteros In high school, Yenin Echeverria joined advanced placement classes, advanced honors and dual enrollment programs— all in preparation for law school. “I was smart like everyone else. I was supposed to go to college like everyone else,” said Echeverria, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient whose family moved to Boston from Honduras when she was 2-years-old. “I thought I just fit in up until that point.” When Echeverria, applied for college in 2016, the fear of getting deported before finishing her law degree caused Echevarria to change career goals entirely— then came the threat of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in Tennessee where she and her family now live. “I don’t think many students actually realize what it’s like to wake up...
Campus News, Coronavirus

Students will have the chance to opt out of letter grades this semester

By: Maria Monteros Students will now have the opportunity to use an alternative grading scale that wouldn’t affect their GPA in place of letter grades for each course of their choice. The office of academic records sent an email Thursday to all undergraduate students about their option to file a form if they prefer to be graded satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) for any or all courses 15 days after receiving their final grade. Students can also opt to keep their letter grades, the email stated. The Ad hoc committee--a group of 10 faculty, administrators and Trevecca employees-- voted unanimously this week to offer the option to alleviate the stress of the sudden shift to online classes and COVID-19 pandemic, said Lena Welch, dean of the school of arts and sciences and chair of the A...
Campus News, Coronavirus, DACA

COVID-19 poses new challenges for DACA renewal

By Nayeli Pena Espinoza DACA students were expecting a ruling about whether they can stay in the country from the Supreme Court to be issued between March and June. What they weren’t expecting was for a worldwide pandemic to bring everything to a halt. Recently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services closed their offices and rescheduled all DACA renewal appointments. For students who need to renew their status, they face the possibility of losing work or being deported. For students who were working part or full time off campus to pay for their tuition, the financial impact has been significant. Alejandra Alegria Garcia, junior psychology major, and her family had to shut down their restaurant. “We are going on two weeks of not selling food,” Garcia said. “We decide...
Campus News, Coronavirus, Features

Social media challenges rise as more students stay home

By Lily Russell Amber Adams was sitting on her bed on her third day of social distancing, already fighting off boredom. The Trevecca freshman was scrolling through Instagram to pass the time when she started noticing most of her followers had posted some sort of social media challenge in their stories. “I think some of the challenges are silly, but some are fun. The tag 10 beautiful women challenge was one I enjoyed. It's nice to see women building each other up,” said Adams. An Instagram challenge is directed at followers and friends and offers specific prompts to the audience. Challenges incorporate sharing photos and hashtags in a creative way. Some of the newest challenges featured in the past couple of weeks include social distancing bingo, my favorite things challenge, see a (bla...
Campus News

Trevecca postpones ‘Giving Day’ to build student emergency fund

By: Claudia Villeda The university's first-ever day of giving will be postponed. Instead, the university will host a social media campaign to start a student emergency fund and tell stories of doing good. “Trevecca Giving Day has a large on-campus component. With classes being online and employees working from home, this Trevecca Giving Back Day is one that will use social media to promote activities, interactions, and story-telling,” said Peggy Cooning, vice president for external relations, in an email. “Trevecca Giving Day”, a 24-hour campaign giving initiative for the community, was previously scheduled for April 16, but it has been postponed. With a goal of 500 donors in a day, Giving Day was to bring in funding and support for various projects like the addition of a Health Sciences W...
Campus News, Coronavirus, Sports

Athletes’ spring season comes to an end

By Adam Goolsby and Maci Weeks On March 11, students at Trevecca were told their spring break would be extended because of the Coronavirus. During this time, students were told that outdoor athletics would continue as planned for the time being. Just six days later, each student at Trevecca was asked to pack up and head home for the summer, athletes included. During March, all spring sports seasons were canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With previous spring seasons ending in May of 2019 last year, spring athletes at Trevecca had been preparing for this season for eight full months. Now, because of canceled seasons, athletes will be in offseason for nearly a full year before they play another game. The NCAA passed legislation that will grant extra eligibility to players w...
Campus News, Coronavirus

Trevecca finds ways to stay in community after online transition

By Jessica Bishop Madeline Pulliam, a Trevecca freshman, was sitting in her car in front of Georgia Hall, thinking she only had to grab a few more days’ worth of clothes before heading her way back home in Kentucky. Moments later, she found out she wouldn't be returning to campus for the rest of the semester. “I realized my life would go from getting to see everyone and hangout anytime I want, every time I wanted to, to having to go back home and being ripped apart from everybody and it not being that easy anymore,” said Pulliam. Students, and faculty and staff, are dealing with the reality of shifting from living in community to online classes, meetings and activities.  Trevecca, on March 17, announced the semester would be finished online because of guidance from govern...
Campus News, Coronavirus, Spiritual Life

Nashville churches use livestreams to keep congregations connected

By: Allie Crumpton As Trevecca students return home, local churches all over the United States are finding unique ways to connect with their congregation during a time of mandated quarantine because of  the novel coronavirus. “We act in these ways not out of fear that we might get the virus but out of love for those who might get the virus and not be able to fight it off well,” said Erik Gernand, Trevecca chaplain. Many Trevecca students’ local churches have taken innovative approaches to continue their ministry. A popular local church for Trevecca students, Kaleo Nashville, used  a Zoom call on March 29 to take communion over video. “Everyone either found a piece of bread, or a cracker, or someone even had an animal cracker to do this eucharist across the way,” said Noah S...