Bell Tower Talks podcast offers new way to keep students informed

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By: Maria Monteros

When Ethan Campbell hits upload, Trevecca students will have a new way to keep up to date with campus news no matter where they are.

Bell Tower Talks is Trevecca’s newest podcast that covers announcements, sports updates and events on campus. Each 30-minute episode will feature a special guest with Juniors Ethan Campbell, communication studies major, and Joshua Moore, media arts and studies major, as the hosts.

The bi-weekly podcast will be available on trevechoesonline in partnership with the multimedia journalism program.

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Friday Night Live

By: Ashley Suarez

One of SGA’s most popular events is around the corner.

Friday Night Live, a student-produced sketch comedy show, will be back with new material this weekend.

“I think it is one of the top events because students are able to see some of the fun and interesting things that have happened on campus be documented in a fun and creative way,” said Kelly Hall, social life director.

Each year a team writes new scripts for the show.  The team meets every week during the spring semester to work on the show. Anyone can pitch ideas to an SGA member and they will communicate with Kelly Hall, this year’s all-school social life director.

“We really just try to document all of the funny events and occurrences that have happened on campus throughout the school year,” said Hall. “It’s super cool to see all of the fun videos we create.”

Friday Night Live is free and open to all this Friday, March 23. Although this event is free, you must pick up a physical ticket at the SGA booth located in the Jernigan lobby during meal times. FNL will be in Benson Auditorium inside of McClurkan. There are two show times. The first show is at 6:30 p.m. and the second is at 9 p.m.

2018-2019 Election winners announced

The election results for the executive student government positions for the 2018-2019 school year are in.

ASB president:  Ivan Palomares

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ASB vice president:  Luis Ortiz

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ASB chaplain: Jake Beard

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ASB director of social life: Shelby Morrison

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ASB director of communications: Ali Birchfield

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I Am Sexual Chapel

By Jarren Rogers

A special chapel discussing LGBTQ issues will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in Boone Convocation Center.

The idea for this exclusive chapel came about after university chaplain and assistant professor of Christian worship Shawna Gaines spoke with LGBTQ students on campus.

“It came about from conversations with students on campus and how they find their place in the Christian community here,” said Gaines.

University president Dan Boone will open the chapel with a few words of introduction. The chapel will feature junior Dylan Green and the director of Equip Ministries Peter Valk.

Following the service students can gather in the fireside room in CLCS to ask Green or Valk questions.

These conversations about sexuality aren’t so much about the issue at hand but caring for the individuals that are effected.

“It is important that we have this conversation with love, grace and truth. For us at Trevecca, this isn’t just another hot topic issue to be argued and debated. This is about our students who have names and stories. This is about the witness of the Christian community,” said Gaines.

Some students think it is important to have conversations about sexuality because it has become taboo to talk about.

“It is important that we talk about it so that we can understand it better rather than it be some monster that we are afraid of,” said senior Brady Smith.

Other students feel that Trevecca is the perfect place to have these conversations.

“Having a healthy and safe place to talk about these kinds of things eases the awkwardness of discussing this seemingly taboo subject. Sexuality is a very normal and natural thing and it should be talked about it as if it is,” said senior Maddie Clark.

Gaines urges students to continue to have these conversations even after the service.

“I hope more conversations continue as we all seek to be more faithful in our call to follow Jesus and love our neighbor as our self,” said Gaines.

University’s international recruitment expands to Asia

By: Maria Monteros

For the first time, Trevecca’s admissions team has expanded international student recruitment in Asia.

Maria Petty, international admissions counselor, traveled to Vietnam, Sri Lanka and South Korea earlier last semester in search of prospective students.

As Trevecca’s only international recruiter, Petty visited about 35 schools from five countries. The university had also kept ties with schools in Honduras and India as they returned to invite students for the fourth and third time respectively.

 “The goal is to have quality relationships, obviously with the students, but also with the schools and the counselors,” said Petty. “Just like how you’re not going to send your kid over to someone’s house that you don’t know, you’re not going to send your kid to a country or a school that the counselor doesn’t know.”

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Trevecca elections begins this week

By: Joshua Michel

The Trevecca student body this week will elect the five executive positions of the student government.

On the ballot Wednesday through Friday are the positions of president, vice president, chaplain, social life director, and communications director.

ASB is the elected body of student representatives who are charged with everything from managing student activity fees, planning events on campus, and being a liaison between students and administrators.

Each spring, the student body elects the executive council after each candidate delivers a speech in chapel.

Below is a list of candidates and a quick summary of what they had to say Tuesday in chapel.

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Recent events regarding DACA

By: Blake Stewart

The debate to pass a bill that would give nearly 800,000 DACA recipients a shot at legal status is still at a stalemate between both parties of Congress.

Over the weekend, Congress forced a government shutdown, that was temporarily opened back up on Tuesday.

The shutdown was in part, due to lawmaker’s failure to agree on a solution for DACA recipients, causing them to become intertwined in budget negotiations with the federal government in exchange for Trump’s promised border wall and crackdown on illegal immigration.
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