Counseling center works to keep up with increase in requests

By Naomi Overby

Madison Bowers, a freshman at Trevecca, applied for an appointment at the counseling center after experiencing major anxiety at the beginning of November and waited for a response.

When an email came in three days later, she opened it to find she’d been waitlisted and provided with self-care tips until they could find a place for her, which didn’t happen until the last day of the month. Continue reading Counseling center works to keep up with increase in requests

Trevecca community honors Ray Thrasher

By Bailee Ford

SGA will dedicate their all-school gift this year in memory of Ray Thrasher, alumna and former employee who lived on campus since she arrived as a student nearly 60 years ago.

Affectionately referred to as the “Squirrel Lady” by some students, Thrasher was a near-constant presence on Trevecca’s campus since she enrolled in 1969. Continue reading Trevecca community honors Ray Thrasher

Record rainfall hits campus

By Matthew Parris

Some buildings on campus are still drying out after Nashville received a record 4 inches of rain on Feb. 6.

The Tartar Student Activity Center gym, the Bud Robinson building, and the Tidwell building were all flooded. According to Greg Dawson, captain of university security and director of emergency management. Continue reading Record rainfall hits campus

Open apartment rules change for first time in 10 years

By Brooklyn Dance

Three aspects of Ivan Palomares’ four-pronged proposal to change open apartment policies have been approved by both the Student Life Council and the President’s Cabinet. The changes will be effective once RAs are trained accordingly.

Palomares, student body president, created a four pronged proposal: to have more consistent open dorm hours, less RA check ins during open dorms, to eliminate the open blinds policy and to eliminate the rule requiring a third person to be in the apartment during open hours. Continue reading Open apartment rules change for first time in 10 years

Trevecca observes MLK day for the first time

By Kayla Williamson

Some students served, some students marched and all students has the day off class for the first time on Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

Trevecca observed Martin Luther King Day for a full weekend this year. This is the first time the university has given students Martin Luther King Day off.

“When we didn’t have [Martin Luther King Day] off, that shocked me because I was so used to it, especially coming from high school,” said Tynaisia Rush, president of Walden, a leadership club for African American students. “So, just getting this day off really shows appreciation, not only to MLK, but also to the African American students on campus.” Continue reading Trevecca observes MLK day for the first time

Trevecca’s marketing club pre-paring students with new event

by Alexis Garcia

The American Marketing Association (AMA) club at Trevecca is set to attend a marketing conference in New Orleans in the spring, and their professor wanted them to have to some practice first.

Roy Philip, associate professor of marketing and coordinator of the club, organized for the first time on campus in October a competition like the one in New Orleans.

The AMA International Collegiate Conference is for students from all over the country to come together to compete to find a resolution for a problem a real marketing company is facing. Trevecca’s AMA club only participated in one competition in 2009. The students placed third from around 50 universities.

“So I thought. ‘How can I bring the competitive spirit to Trevecca?’ I thought of having a competition like they have in New Orleans, but have it among AMA members in middle Tennessee,” said Philip. “There are three chapters in Middle Tennessee. Belmont, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and Trevecca. So I thought how about bringing these three universities together for a competition.”

The event was made possible with the help of two sponsors: the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration and Trevecca’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

On the day of the event, students from Belmont and MTSU were missing. Five members were needed for the competition, and only one showed from MTSU.

Philip did not want to give up the event, so he sent some of Trevecca’s AMA members to join the MTSU team.

The teams were then given a case study from Parthenon Credit Union, and they were tasked with figuring out how to grow the company’s business and partner with other companies to expand their reach.

One of the judges was a CEO from Parthenon Credit Union.

Damaris Villlalva, a senior international business major, who was part of the MTSU group, said that although she was not on the Trevecca team she learned something.

“Although there was a situation with the groups, it gives us an extra opportunity to think fast and to see if we actually learned something and if we can apply it. I think it was a great experience that will help us in the future,” she said.

After the competition, students were lead into a question and answer and followed by a talk from Dr. Ming Wang, a lasik eye surgeon.

“I enjoyed hearing Dr. Ming Wang speak about differentiation which is the action or process of differentiating. It basically means what makes your product stand out from all the other products like it,” said Miriam Kirk, a multimedia journalism major.

The event was successful according to Damaris, and she says others should join the AMA club because it will benefit students to meet and network with other professionals in the business community.

“It is great to be involved in academic clubs no matter what it is. It’ll look great on your resume,” said Villalva. “Knowing other business people and networking with them opens up new experiences.”

$22 million donated to aid in scholarships

By Brooklyn Dance

Future Trevecca students will have more opportunity for scholarships thanks to the largest donation in the university’s history.
Trevecca President Dan Boone on Nov. 2 announced that a foundation created by longtime donors made a gift equal to $20 million, given once a year in roughly $1 million payments. The first payment begins in 2019.
To Boone’s knowledge, it’s the biggest donation pledged to any of the Nazarene colleges.
“This is a more significant moment in Trevecca’s history than I think a lot of people realize. We start every year at zero for fundraising for scholarships. Now, we start at a million and move up from there,” Boone said.
Because the donation is coming from a foundation, there are specific guidelines that must be followed.

Though the numbers are only estimates at this point, Boone said the $1 million

amount per year is almost certain.
“[The donors] said, ‘If we were distributing today, Trevecca would receive a little over $1 million per year,” Boone said.
Boone noted that the estimates are not an attempt to be vague. The estimates change daily based on how the stock market is doing. The first payment, which is scheduled for January 2019, will not be determined until the foundation’s books are calculated on Dec. 31, 2018.
Though the standards of how the money will be distributed are still being written, Boone said the donors indicated their first priority is the upkeep of Waggoner Library.
“[That upkeep] is not more than $100,000 in any given year, so you’re only talking about a tenth of that going in that direction, at most,” Boone said.
The next priority is scholarships for students. Rather than adding to current financial packages, which Boone said are already discounted as high as they can be, the scholarship money will go towards allowing more students to come to Trevecca who couldn’t before because of financial reasons.
“We don’t see it as adding more per students with aid, we see it enabling us to say yes to another 25 to 50 students every year. Within a four-year period of time, you’re looking at helping 100 to 200 students,” Boone said.
To Boone, the donation is one of the highest honors.
“These donors have great confidence in the mission of Trevecca and the great students we are trying to form and graduate. If you’re old and you think about what your life’s work will mean beyond your life, they’ve basically determined they want their legacy to be giving the world the kind of graduates that Trevecca’s giving to the world. For me as a president, that’s one of the highest honors that anyone could give,” Boone said. “That they look at our mission and our students, and they say, ‘We believe in what you’re doing so deeply that we want this to be our legacy too.’’’

Trojan Idol begins Wednesday

46796522_1106652496163647_4755220015823716352_nBy: Maria Monteros

Ten of Trevecca’s best singers will compete in Boone Convocation Center on Nov. 28 and Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. for the title of this year’s Trojan Idol.

Trojan Idol is a campus-wide singing competition held every year where audience members vote on who gets to advance to the next stages of the competition and ultimately the winner.

A panel of judges selected 10 contestants out of 48 students from the auditions held last month.

For students across different academic departments, Trojan Idol is a way to showcase their talents at a university located in the music city, said Shelby Morrison, ASB director of social life.

“Our university is Nashville, so we have a lot of talent that comes into this school,” she said. “There’s no minimum requirement, basically. Anyone can audition. It’s not like you have to have a degree or be studying music or be a professional.”

Morrison knows exactly how contestants feel. During her freshmen year, she was one of them.

“Having had experienced Trojan Idol from the inside is helping me want to create it to be the best that it can be on the outside like in all the little details because I know how big of an impact it had on my experience,” she said.

The event coordinating team began preparing two months ago which gave them room to include a surprise element.

Each contestant is asked to prepare three songs, one for the first night and two for the second night if they make it to the top five and top two.

What people don’t realize is the amount of work the house band does, said Morrison.

Blake Winchester, junior marketing major, and his band members will be playing up to 40 songs during the event.

“I would describe it as one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences just because it’s extremely difficult but is equally as awesome,” he said

As the band lead, Winchester’s first step was finding talents of his own to play with him. Since then, each rehearsal was spent making charts and learning at least five songs.46323386_1099220456906851_5820978642376720384_n

Between the first and second night, the band has to learn 10 songs within a 12-hour period. But Winchester said the band is talented and dedicated enough to make it possible.

“[The contestants] picked the songs that they’re singing so I want us to be able to pull off
their songs in the way that they want,” he said. “I want, for us as a band, to feel accomplished and see the work that we’ve done get put to life in the show.”

Trevecca has invited former “The Voice” contestant Joe Kirk and alumni DeMetri Moon-Nance, musician and Energy team skater for the Nashville Predators. A third judge will be present at the event due to some changes.

“You have so many wonderful people audition that it is really hard to narrow it down to 10 people, because in a perfect world I would just have everyone participate,” said Morrison. “When we send out the official list, we let everyone know that we encourage them to audition again.”

Admission to the event is free and it will also be available through live stream. However, only those that are present at the event can cast their vote.

Kick off Christmas season at annual tree lighting today

By Alexis Garcia

Trevecca students can kick off the Christmas season today at the annual tree lighting outside Waggoner.

With Christmas coming, but finals and papers and projects still looming, the annual event provides a chance for students to celebrate the season together, said Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life

“College is very difficult, especially this time of year where we get consumed with classes and papers,” said Spraker. “So it is a good time to stop and celebrate together and remember the Advent Christmas season we are entering. It’s one of the ways we mark our time as a Christian university.

Students can take pictures with Santa, eat Christmas cookies and drink hot chocolate, listen to the Salvation Army brass band, and much more. There will also be a surprise this year, but Spraker said students would have to wait until the event.

To give back to the community, students can pick angles from the angel tree to help the Salvation Army with donations to give children clothes and gifts this holiday season.

This year  Kelsey Fenix, women’s soccer coach, will do the honors of lighting the tree.

“I was really honored that (Spraker) asked me to do it, and I know a lot of the Trevecca community will be there,” said Fenix. “I think this is another really neat opportunity for our team to be connected to the community, and I am hoping my team will be there.”

The lighting event is not merely an event. It has meaning to it. According to Spraker, what makes Trevecca’s tree lighting event meaningful is the warmth, and the family feels to it.

“We try to keep our event that way because we want students to get the feeling when they are lighting up the tree with their family,” said Spraker.

Jacinda Johnson, sophomore interpersonal communication major, said she loves the event because it is time to welcome the holiday with the people she loves.

“What I like about this event is how simple yet so fun it is,” said Johnson. “This event, in my opinion, helps create community and conversation among staff and students. Plus, you get to spend the holiday season with people you love.”

The event starts at 4:45 p.m. today.

1901 to serve butterbeer on Harry Potter night

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1901 will be hosting a Harry Potter Night on Nov. 15.

The shop will be open with a full menu, but will be showcasing their Potter-inspired “butterbeer.”

“Several of our employees have been working on the perfect butterbeer recipe that will be voted for by Trevecca employees and students. The winner of our challenge will serve their butterbeer all night long at the Harry Potter Event,” said Sarah

Adams, sophomore music business major.That night there will also be a Harry Potter arts and crafts DIY wand making, a scavenger hunt, trivia and a costume competition.

“We have some loyal Hogwarts fans as employees, so be ready to go all out for this event,” said Adams.

The winner of the costume contest will receive movie tickets to Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindelwald viewing.

For more information about the upcoming event contact Logan Rodgers.