Saturday, February 27

Features

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...
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, 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, DACA, Features

As Supreme Court ruling approaches, tensions are high for DACA students

By Nayeli Espinoza Pena   Perla Domingo, biology major and freshman, is one of around 100 Trevecca students trying to prepare herself mentally for an anticipated Supreme Court ruling on whether she can stay in the country. DACA, or Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program started by President Barack Obama in 2012 that allows for individuals who were brought to the United States as children. On September 5th, 2017 President Donald Trump’s administration announced their plans to end the program. After a district court judge’s ruling that DACA remains in place as litigations proceed. DACA recipients have been in legal limbo ever since. The Supreme Court’s ruling is expected in the spring, but the latest would be June. Domingo’s escape right now is just keeping herself busy ...
Trevecca awaits Supreme Court decision on DACA
Campus News, DACA, Features

Trevecca awaits Supreme Court decision on DACA

By Nayeli Espinoza Pena Around 100 Trevecca students could be affected by the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on legislation that allows them to attend college legally.   Trevecca and other universities around the state are waiting for the Supreme Court to decide if DACA will be upheld. A decision is expected sometime this spring or summer.   The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was established by former President Barrack Obama in June 2012. The order allows for DACA recipients, also known as DREAMers, to work and go to school and be protected from deportation.   Trevecca President Dan Boone, said there around 100 DACA students currently enrolled at Trevecca, is watching the situation closely, but there is no real way to plan for the decision, he said.   “I’d...
New farm manager excited to be part of Urban Farm team
Campus News, Faculty, Features

New farm manager excited to be part of Urban Farm team

Tristan Abbott makes his way up towards the barn, bundled up in a heavy jacket and scarf, eating an apple, with an occasional protest against the weather recently taking a bitter turn. Abbott, 25, started his position as farm manager on Jan. 6, and is the newest member of the team dedicated to maintaining Trevecca’s Urban Farm.As farm manager, Tristan takes care of the day-to-day operations, working hands on to make sure the livestock and the plants are all healthy, doing maintenance work and assigning the student workers to various tasks around the farm. His labor allows Adkins to do the more administrative work to help grow the farm and to spread the word about what they are doing at Trevecca. “It’s nice to work somewhere where we take this really seriously—being a part of a big...
Trevecca departments team up to encourage students to vote
Campus News, Features

Trevecca departments team up to encourage students to vote

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 o...
Student-run business wants to reduce waste
Campus News, Features

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 Thoma...
Trevecca’s Valentine’s Day Weekend
Campus News, Events, Features

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 wit...