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.

ASB Vice President steps down: SGA Executive Council votes to forego special election for student body and let SGA vote on replacement 

By Brooklyn Dance

ASB Vice President Luis Ortiz Hernandez stepped down on Monday, Oct. 29 and the  SGA executive council is in the process of appointing an interim to the position.

Ortiz Hernandez said Trevecca administration asked him to step down after he failed to comply with university policies.

“The main factor was my non-compliance with university policies. I took a wrong decision that did not put me or anyone else in danger, but it was against Trevecca’s rules. I am fully aware of my mistake and take full responsibility on my actions,” Ortiz Hernandez said. “I was encouraged to step-down on my own terms by the administration, but it was an immediate dismissal from the student government.”

During his tenure as vice president Ortiz Hernandez said he worked to increase the transparency of the student government, especially related to the organization’s finances.

He also thanked the administration and members of the SGA executive council for their “respect and encouragement throughout the process.”

Ivan Palomares, ASB president, said the executive council plans to appoint an interim vice president at Monday’s SGA meeting.  That person will serve for three weeks until the full SGA can vote on a permanent replacement.
The ASB Constitution calls for a special election by the student body if an officer position is vacated, unless it’s the second semester of the school year, but the executive council voted against the special election because of the timing.

Article V Section 10 part D of the ASB Constitution states: “In the event of a vacancy in an office of the SGA, the members of the SGA shall have the power of interim appointment until a special election shall be held (within three weeks after the vacancy occurs). The nominee elected to fill the vacancy shall take office immediately to serve the term. During the second semester, the SGA shall have the power to fill any vacancies in SGA, with the exception of the ASB President which must go to a special election of the ASB.”

Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life and SGA sponsor, said the executive council voted against the special election because the ending of the three-week interim period falls around Thanksgiving Break.

Spraker said based on past experience that voter turnout is low by that point in the semester.

“[The executive council] made a special exception to go with a second semester appointing procedure, but having general SGA represent the student body and voting, so it’s not just like executives or appointment, it would be all the class councils will represent their class and vote,” Spraker said.

The executive council met on Wednesday, Oct. 31 and compiled a list of candidates they thought would best fit the interim position.

The interim candidate will be announced to general SGA on Monday, Nov. 5. From there, SGA will work on informing the student body on the transition.

Palomares said SGA will be transparent throughout the changes.

“We will be transparent throughout the process as we have pertinent information,” Palomares said.

Students interested in fulfilling the position can email both Spraker and Palomares for more information, he said.

Ortiz Hernandez is thankful for his time in office, and looks forward to continue serving the community in other ways, he said.

“It was great to represent the student body and as painful as it feels to be stepping down I am still looking forward to the rest of the school year. I may not be serving as the ASB Vice-President anymore, but that won’t take away from the joy I get every time I am able to serve this community,” he said.


Homecoming kicks off this weekend

By: Maria Monteros

All things golden will be on display today as Trevecca highlights its 50th year of athletics on homecoming.

Faculty, Staff members, Trevecca marketing and the SGA has been working together for months to center homecoming around the theme of “Golden Years” in connection to Trevecca athletics’ 50-year celebration.

“It’s a nice time to see everyone get unified and have a lot of school spirit,” Shelby Morrison, ASB director of social life.

Homecoming will run from Nov. 1-3, gathering undergraduates and alumni together for multiple events over the weekend. Homecoming has been around for the past several years but, at one point, referred to as “Homecoming on the Hill.”

“The Trevecca culture, in a sense, is kind of shaped around homecoming. Homecoming for next year is already in the process of being planned because this is just such a big part of [Trevecca],” she said.

Various departments in Trevecca are working together to make sure each demographic in attendance will enjoy their experience, she said.

The office of marketing and communications is focusing overseeing elements that would appeal to alumni while the SGA is paying close attention to undergraduates. The production team will also be throwing out candy during the parade for the children in attendance.

Not all events are exclusive to a particular group, said Morrison.
Events like Founder’s Day Chapel and the Homecoming parade were formed to bring the entire community together.

From Willy Wonka’s golden ticket to gold digger, the floats for the homecoming parade will showcase anything that relates to gold. The team expects the homecoming parade to be the most well attended event this weekend.

For Morrison, homecoming isn’t about the number. She says homecoming is about school spirit and bringing the community together.

“Homecoming is a time to get everyone back to remind them of why Trevecca exists and  . . . what role Trevecca is playing or has played in your life,” she said.

Full homecoming schedule:

·      Thursday
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Homecoming party for Towers residents
Trevecca Towers I, Dining Hall
7 p.m. – Fall Play: Seussical
Benson Auditorium

·      Friday
10 a.m. – Founder’s Day Chapel
The Courts, Trevecca Community Church

Noon – Founder’s Day Luncheon
Boone Convocation Center

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Millard Reed School of Theology & Christian Ministry Open House
McClurkan Lobby

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Departmental Open Houses
School of Education, School of Music & Worship Arts, School of Business & Technology, Department of Communication Studies, Department of Science & Mathematics

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – School of Music and Worship Arts showcase
Jackson Building

3 p.m. – Author Talk, The 30th Anniversary of Grace, Faith and Holiness: A Conversation with Dr. H. Ray Dunning (& Dr. Tim Gaines)
Wakefield Auditorium

4 p.m. – Dedication of Dunning Drive
Wakefield Auditorium

4:10 p.m. – Book signing with Dr. H. Ray Dunning
Wakefield Auditorium

5 p.m. – Homecoming Family Dinner
Boone Convocation Center

7 p.m. – Town & Country Showcase
Trevecca Community Church Courts

7 p.m. – Fall Play: Seussical
Benson Auditorium
9 p.m. – Trojan Madness Bonfire and Pep Rally

·      Saturday
8 a.m. – The Challenge

9 a.m. – Worship Leader Reunion
Wakefield Auditorium

9 a.m. – Attorney Reunion
Boone Business Building, Room 102/104

9 a.m. – Class of 1958 Reunion
President’s Dining Room, Jernigan Student Center

9 a.m. – Class of 1968 Reunion
Zelma Waggoner Performance Hall, Jackson Center

9 a.m. – Class of 1988 Reunion
Tent in the Quad

9 a.m. – Class of 2008 Reunion
Tent in the Quad

9:30 a.m. – Class of 1973 Reunion
Hardy Alumni Center

9:30 a.m. – Class of 1983 Reunion
Fireside Room, Bud Robinson Building

10 a.m. – Class of 1978 Reunion
Waggoner Library Rotunda

10:30 a.m. – Class of 1998 Reunion
Tent in the Quad

11 a.m. – Homecoming Parade and Street Fair
The Quad

12 p.m. – Class of 1993 Reunion
Tent in the Quad

1:30 p.m. – Women’s Basketball Game
Moore Gymnasium

3 p.m. – Seussical the Musical, Click here for tickets.
Benson Auditorium

4 p.m. – Men’s Basketball Game
Moore Gymnasium

4:30 p.m. – Women’s Basketball Reunion
Bud Robinson, Fireside Room

6 p.m. – Athletics Reunion: 50 Years of Trojan Town
Tent adjacent to Moore Gymnasium

7 p.m. – Fall Play: Seussical
Benson Auditorium

Campus adjusts to more online textbooks

By Brooklyn Dance

Madison Brown, senior religion major, spent her summer interning out of the country without access to her email. She had no idea some of her books for this fall were digital until she returned and saw an email from the bookstore.

For Brown, physical textbooks are an important part of her college experience.

“I’ve kept all my textbooks for my major since freshman year,” Brown said. “Highlights, notes and all, those are the books that started my personal library and have helped form my theological understanding and language. Online books take away the tangible book, which is something very important to me.”

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Fall Play: ‘Seussical’ opens Oct. 25

By: Matthew Parris

Theater students at Trevecca are hoping to connect with the inner child of their audience with this year’s fall play, “Seussical.”

The Trevecca Communication Studies Department will present the musical Oct. 25-Nov. 3.

The musical is a compilation of the many characters and stories of Dr. Seuss. Specifically, it follows Horton and Jojo, from “Horton Hears a Who,” on their journey to better understand themselves, to better understand what love and sacrifice means and to see the world differently from how they are used to seeing it, said Jeff Frame, professor of communication studies and director of the show.

“I think students who come to see the show are going to enjoy it because it kind of brings out the kid in you,” said Frame. “It gets you back in touch with that childhood, a little bit. It’s playful. It’s imaginative. It’s magical.”

The theater program has a tradition of alternating between light and fun stories and darker, more mature plays every other year. Following last fall’s production of “The Secret Garden,” Frame and they decided to follow up with “Seussical,” a high-energy, feel-good show.

Trevecca performed “Seussical” in 2009, and Frame was intentional about the repeat.

“I thought it might be kind of fun to reimagine that show again with this new group,” he said.

In addition to an infectious soundtrack, the show explores themes of friendship, self discovery, and the distinction between reality and fiction, truth and illusion. It also explores and rebukes the many forms that bullying takes.

Sophomore Cooper Ebel is cast as Horton the elephant.

“Our cast is incredibly talented, and our director has a really cool vision for the direction that he wants to take the show. I think our audience will really enjoy seeing their favorite Seuss stories come to life,” Ebel said.

The cast of 27 spends up to 20 hours a week in rehearsals now and will ramp up to 40 hours a week rehearsing during tech week.

Frame estimates that by opening night, the cast and crew will have dedicated more than 200 hours to design and production.

“Seussical” opens Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., running Oct. 26-27 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 1-3 at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinée at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under, $10 for senior adults and $5 for Trevecca students with IDs.


Student Development: new name, new faces, new location

By: Brooklyn Dance

Last year, when a student needed to speak to Rhonda Lilienthal about housing and later speak with Becky Headrick about CLEP tests, it required visiting two offices in two different buildings.

Over the summer, officials restructured student development, housing it with all other student services in the newly named Center for Student Development in the Bud Robinson Building.

Tom Middendorf, associate provost and dean of student affairs, said combining the departments always made sense, and university officials’ goal was to offer better service to students and become more efficient.

“In the midst of those conversations, we recognized that there was value in both a philosophical and physical combination of these initiatives,” Middendorf said. “We don’t want our student services just to work together, we want them to live together as a cohesive team, thinking about students from a holistic standpoint.”

With serving students being the top priority, Middendorf said conversations with current personnel led to developing a proposal, which was voted on by the president’s cabinet.

The previous student development office, which included Rhonda Lilienthal, associate dean of students for residential life, Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life and now Jessica Dykes, associate vice president and dean of student life, joined Campus Chaplain Shawna Songer Gaines in the former Center for Leadership, Calling and Service.

“We now have a bigger picture of the overall student experience when we combine our efforts between what was student development and CLCS,” Middendorf said.

The Center for Student Development now houses first year programs, community life, residence life, community engagement and reconciliation, career services, retention, student employment, community accountability, academic support, disability services, testing services and the chaplain’s office.

“Combining our resources allows us to take a more global perspective on student needs,” Middendorf said. “Our Christian perspective directs the way we serve in each of these areas.”

Jessica Dykes, associate vice president and dean of student development, was excited to be a part of the new system.

“Dr. Middendorf did a wonderful job communicating with me in the midst of the restructure,” Dykes said. “I believe in this structure and truly feel that this holistic model will be beneficial for students.”

Middendorf is confident in the future of the restructure.

“The vision is to establish a center that focuses on the holistic development of college students. At Trevecca, we see learners as more than a mind or an academic major,” Middendorf said. “The outcome is about developing young people and offering the world something unique in the character development of our students.”

Dykes is looking forward to practicing the center’s vision through her role.

“I’m excited about working with the wonderful team of professionals housed within the new Center for Student Development,” Dykes said. “It is my goal to work alongside our staff to understand the ways in which we can enhance the student experience.”


Overall enrollment increases, thanks to record number of new transfers


By: Maria Monteros

Overall undergraduate enrollment at Trevecca is the largest in university history, despite fewer freshman than past years, thanks to a record number of transfer students.

For the first time in four years, Trevecca’s freshman class didn’t break enrollment records, dropping 41 students from last year’s record high.

A total of 365 freshmen are enrolled this fall. Despite the smaller freshman class, Trevecca now has total of 1,463 traditional undergraduate students— 36 more than last year.
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Spiritual Deepening Week starts Monday

By: Maria Monteros

From Sept. 24-27, Spiritual Deepening Week will explore spiritual freedom with the general superintendent of the Church of Nazarene David A. Busic as speaker.

Busic, who has held the highest office of the Church of the Nazarene since 2013 and was previously the president of Nazarene Theological Seminary, will be given the flexibility to discuss either a topic of his choice or around this year’s theme “Free at last.”

Busic expressed his fondness for the Trevecca community the last time Shawna Songer-Gaines, university chaplain and assistant professor of Christian worship met him.

“I know that [Busic] is an excellent preacher and executer of scripture. And so, whatever he does, I know and trust he’s going to bring something about scripture to light in a way that we haven’t encountered it before,” she said. Continue reading Spiritual Deepening Week starts Monday