University denies drug search of two students was racially motivated

By Brooklyn Dance

Trevecca officials on Wednesday released a statement denying allegations that the university racially profiled two African American female students who were required to take drug tests after a resident director claimed to smell marijuana in their room.

“After a briefing of the facts, we are confident the search was not racially motivated and proper protocol was followed. We are fundamentally committed to ensuring that Trevecca is a safe place for all students and desire that no student feels targeted for any reason,” the university stated in a released statement.

Terrence French, who attended Trevecca for four semesters and tweets under the handle @Cirvant, started a thread on Twitter after a female student he said he mentors told him that her resident director woke her in the middle of the night because she smelled marijuana.  According to the Twitter post, she and her roommate, also an African American student, were both required to take drug tests after a search of their room did not turn up any drugs.  The drug tests, according to French’s post on Twitter, were clean.

His post, as of Wednesday night, was retweeted more than 700 times and “liked” more than 900 times and several Twitter users tagged national media outlets as well as the NAACP and the ACLU.

Trevecca tweeted the following statement around 10 p.m. on Tuesday:

“We are aware of this situation. After a briefing of the facts, we are confident the search was not racially motivated. We take any reports of this type seriously with an expectation that all people on our campus will be treated with love and respect.”

There are more than 170 responses to Trevecca’s tweet, with most of them calling for more information or investigation.

University officials said they are not permitted to discuss cases involving students, but on Wednesday released another statement saying, “administration officials are doing a full investigation of this matter and will take steps to ensure that all students are treated with respect and sensitivity.”

French said he is planning to meet with student development officials at Trevecca and wants them to look into their drug screening procedures.

“I think [the University] should look into procedures in which they do these drug screenings, they also need to apologize to the students,” French said in a phone interview.  “The way they handled the situation is wrong.”

On Wednesday, campus officials confirmed they are planning to meet with French on Thursday and said they did not want to publicly comment until they have a chance to meet with him.

Trevecca released the following statement in full on Wednesday:

“After a briefing of the facts, we are confident the search was not racially motivated and proper protocol was followed. We take any reports of this type seriously with an expectation that all people on our campus will be treated with love and respect. We are fundamentally committed to ensuring that Trevecca is a safe place for all students and desire that no student feels targeted for any reason. Trevecca will not publicly discuss details to protect student confidentiality. Administration officials are doing a full investigation of this matter and will take steps to ensure that all students are treated with respect and sensitivity.


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Nashville housing costs continue to rise for graduates

By Princess Jones

Soon-to-be Trevecca grad Jade Kravat wants a job as a worship minister and she’d like to stay in Nashville. But, as Kravat started looking for apartments she was surprised by the cost of living in the city.

“There was nothing below $850 in rent, and that doesn’t include utilities and other things like Wi-Fi and cable. That was for a one bedroom—I even saw one bedrooms that were $1,100,” said Kravat.

Nashville experienced an 8 percent increase in the rental market from the previous year. As of March 2017, the average rental cost for a Nashville apartment is $1,401. Average rent for a one bedroom apartment cost $1,225. If a person decided to rent a two bedroom, it would cost on average $1,531, according to http://www.rentjungle.com

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Trevecca leaders to meet with members of the Napier and Chestnut Hill community

by Olivia Kelley

Tomorrow, Trevecca faculty and students will be heading to Napier Community Center to meet with leaders and community members from Napier and Chestnut Hill in what is being called the Trevecca Community Initiative.

The idea for the Initiative came from senior social work major Jessica Kyle after she chose to move off campus to live in the Napier community.

“I originally got the idea in a class that talks a lot about community development and awareness and Trevecca’s own community awareness,” she said. “I was tired of sitting in class and talking about these things. I wanted to get out and talk with some people about it.”

The first part of the day will be a meeting between the leadership teams from Trevecca, Napier, and Chestnut Hill to talk about what needs the community has and what Trevecca can offer, according to Kyle.  [Read more…]

Resume Workshop Now Offered for Students Interested in Being an RA

By Princess Jones

For the first time at Trevecca, an RA Resume Workshop will be offered to student applying to be resident assistants and any other students who are interested.

RA candidates will meet with Nichole Hubbs to get tips and advice on how to create an effective resume.

Before this year, RA candidates weren’t required to have a resume to get the position.

However, this year it has changed. RD’s are requiring the RAs to have a resume.

“This is the first time that the RD’s wanted a resume to be part of the application process. So they asked me to give students some advice before they turned their application in,” said Hubbs, Coordinator of Career Services.

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Grinch Party this Saturday

By Anali Frias

SGA is hosting a Christmas themed party for a second year in a row.

This year’s Christmas party will be themed around the Grinch, and will screen Dr. Suess’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

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Trevecca Students Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicides

By Blake Stewart and Bailey Basham

Wesley Cooper was scrolling through Facebook when he came across a post detailing a challenge called #22pushups.

Cooper, sophomore religion major and Vanderbilt Reserve Officer Training Corps member, said this post brought to his attention a sad statistic.

Every day, an average of 22 soldiers [commit suicide], and their deaths go unnoticed. The object of this challenge is to do 22 pushups for 22 days to bring awareness to this statistic and symbolically take on the pain that their family and loved ones are going through,”
said Cooper.

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Urban Farm Brings Market to Campus

By Bailey Basham

Fresh, organic goods produced by the Trevecca Urban Farm can now be purchased at a weekly farm stand on campus.

Fruits, vegetables, jams, soaps and salves all grown and produced on campus are available every Thursday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. near the bell tower.

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