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…]

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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Trevecca Students Play Popular Nashville Music Venue

By Antonio Guerrero

A Trevecca band played its second show ever at a storied Nashville venue just a week after their debut at a Hub Show on campus.

“This is our first actual performance at a venue but only our second performance as a band”, said TJ Magee, vocalist and founder of the all-Trevecca student band, Eustace.

Formed this fall, the band is made up of five Trevecca students who decided to start a band after leading worship together at Cornerstone Church in Ala.

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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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Experiencing FoMo Linked to Social Media

By Brooklyn Dance

Paige Suckley, a freshman nursing major, heard about Trevecca’s silent disco at the beginning of second semester and thought it sounded fun.  None of Suckley’s friends wanted to join her,  so she didn’t end up going.

Later, Suckley saw Snapchat stories of others having fun at the silent disco and quickly became upset she didn’t attend.

“They were all singing and dancing and I love singing and dancing and it made me wish I would have gone,” Suckley said.

Now, Suckley said she tries to go to every event so she never has to experience that feeling.

“This is when I first realized I had FoMo,” Suckley said.

Suckley isn’t alone.

According to experts both on and off campus, FoMo, or the Fear of Missing Out, is real.   The term was first coined in 1996 by Dr. Dan Herman, but has become more popular in recent years.

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New Requirements in Worship Arts

By Anali Frias

Worship-Arts-Update-storyThe worship arts program will have new requirements starting in the fall.

The interdisciplinary program, which trains worships leaders, will now include coursework in music theory, conducting and playing an instrument in addition to requirements of theology and communication courses.

“Almost every job posting I reviewed assumes that the prospective employee will have musical training,” said Sam Green, program director and music professor at Trevecca.

The revised program will allow students to have a musical experience, while maintaining the versatile approach of the worship arts program, said Green.

Music department faculty members made tweaks to the program as it became an official program of the newly formed School of Music and Worship Arts. Some courses were deleted including Intro to Worship Arts and Telling a Story.

The new academic requirements include courses in music theory, choir, conducting, and a worship band requirement. A more concentrated study of Psalms will be added for worship leaders.

A proficiency in keyboard or guitar will also be required.

“Probably the number one goal was to put music in as a course subject,” said David Diehl, Associate Professor.

The new program won’t lose its focus on theology and communication, but it will turn a few of the required classes now into electives for the program.

Film Criticism and Introduction to Entrepreneurship will become electives.

“The second goal was how can we have these programs mutually support each other and interact so Dr. Green put classes in the music department so that we’ll be sharing resources and that students will get input for a lot of different sources and ideas and philosophies,” said Diehl.

Students can still choose to minor in any other field.

“Some might choose to minor in songwriting because in today’s church so many songs that we sing are coming from other churches- Elevation Worship, Bethel Music, Hillsong- all of those are actually churches whereas back in the day, the music came from publishing companies. Now the publishers are actually pulling songs from churches. So, it’s important for today’s student who’s going to be a worship leader to have a songwriting minor,” said Green.

Students are still encouraged to have minors while in this program.

“If they want, they can have a communication minor, and actually that’s a great minor because really what a worship leader’s doing is communicating the word of God through music so you know it does give a lot more flexibility,” said Green.

A music minor won’t be required, though some students chose to get more musical training.

“I’m looking to minor in the worship arts program and this new change actually works out great for me because I’m looking for that extra musical training,” said freshman Jessica Greer, a music business major.

“Now everyone will go through musicianship of some sort and if they’d like to, they can take more,” said Green.

Business major interns at U.S. Congressman’s office

By Brooklyn Dance

Rocxana Estrada spent the fall semester interning in the United States Congress—her third internship in two years.

The junior business management major, a self-professed political junkie, took the internship even though there was no academic requirement for it.



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