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.
Beginning tomorrow, students will get a chance to experience a simulation of what it’s like for a young girl to be trafficked.
By Brooklyn Dance
The Trevecca Board of Trustees met Nov. 2 and 3 and voted unanimously to continue the potential merger with Eastern Nazarene College.
The vote was specifically on whether or not to establish a joint task force, as requested by ENC. This is the next step in the merging process.
This is a substantial step in the merge’s 18-month timeline.
University President Dr. Boone said this task force has several responsibilities.
“One is to create a three-year budget plan to bring ENC to sustainability. The second one is to establish enrollment goals that will demonstrate success,” Boone said. “[The] third one is to present the funding resources for supporting ENC until the merger could occur. Fourth would be to gain denominational approval for the merger.”
The Nazarene denomination establishes regions. ENC and Trevecca are in different regions, therefore the denomination needs to agree that though ENC is in a separate region, it is operating as a legal entity of Trevecca, which is in the Midsouth region.
Boone said the earliest possible date for the merge is June of 2019, because of the need to secure state accreditations.
Boone today released the following statement:
“The mission of Christian higher education is a significant part of the work of the kingdom of God. The work of ENC is important to us and we have created a Joint Task Force in an effort to find a way to enhance and continue the mission of ENC. We recognize that the realities before us require the provision of God, the favor of donors and granting authorities, and the success of enrollment efforts.
So we put our shoulder to the task of strengthening this mission while being sensitive to the fiduciary responsibilities of Trevecca and ENC. As stewards, should closure be necessary, we will act in the best interest of the mission of Christian higher education and as stewards of kingdom assets toward this end.”
By: Princess Jones
It took her 10 hours, but Britney Kent is happy she spent all that time decorating a pumpkin after getting to meet Ed Sheeran.
“I was excited about the idea of winning, but also super nervous because I didn’t think I would win. And I was kind of embarrassed that I spent 10 hours painting a pumpkin that would end up rotting. But it made it worth it once I won,” said Kent.
Kent, a junior at Trevecca last month won a 107.5 radio contest that required contestants to decorate a pumpkin to look like Ed Sheeran, a singer/songwriter. As the winner, she got free tickets and a meet and greet pass.
By: Blake Stewart
From abandoned churches to caves, Trevecca’s campus has historically been a community of healing.
Since it’s finding in 1898, Trevecca has moved locations, but kept the same mission.
“Our faith calls us to be engaged in the transformation of those around us and to get in the trenches to find what the need is,” said Dan Boone, university president. “It’s an extension of God to be able to help our neighbors.”
By Andrew Preston
Men’s basketball coach, Sam Harris will sit out Saturday’s Homecoming exhibition game against Mount Vernon Nazarene after the university self-reported an NCAA violation on Wednesday.
“It was an administrative mistake, but we have to take all violations seriously,” Athletic Director, Mark Elliott said. “We self-reported and self-sanctioned. We took care of the issue in the right way.”
Elliott said the violation was classified by the NCAA as “secondary in nature.”
“It still is against the rules, but the violation was primarily administrative in nature,” he said.
Harris is the longest tenured coach in the athletics department, entering his 25th season with the Trojans.
After learning of the possible violation, Trevecca administrators investigated the matter. Once the violation was confirmed, administrators self-reported to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and the NCAA.
Trevecca then submitted its suggested sanctions to both the conference and national compliance offices.
NCAA and Great Midwest officials confirmed the sanctions were appropriate and stipulated “no further action was needed,” according to a press release on tnutrojans.com
“He will serve his one game suspension,” Elliott explained. “He’s our coach going forward.”
By Blake Stewart
By: Andrew Preston
When Abby-Lynn Jordan got her acceptance letter to Trevecca her parents pinned it to the family refrigerator with a poster that said, “She finally did it!”
Jordan, an early childhood education major, is one of around 160 freshmen at Trevecca this fall who are the first people in their families to potentially graduate from college.
Though her parents didn’t go to college, there was never a question about whether she would.
“It wasn’t my choice,” Jordan said. “My parents said, ‘Since we didn’t go, we want you to go. We want you to have the opportunity that we didn’t have.’”