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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Men’s basketball coach not returning next year after 25 seasons

By Andrew Preston

Trevecca men’s basketball coach Sam Harris won’t return next year.

According to a press release posted Monday night, Harris “will conclude his service as head coach” at the end of this year.

Athletic Director Mark Elliott won’t say if he was fired or if he resigned.

“The press release states he is concluding his service and we’re not saying anything more than that,” Elliott said. “His service has concluded as head coach.”

Photo provided by Trevecca Athletic Communications

Harris was informed last Friday, Elliott said.

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Men’s golf seeking sixth consecutive G-MAC Championship

By Andrew Preston

The Trevecca men’s golf team enters next week’s G-MAC championship aiming to defend their five-year run as the conference’s best team.

“Obviously it’s a goal of ours to try and continue the streak and get six and it’s something as team we’ve talked about all season long, but we have to play our game to win,” director of golf, David Head said.

Freshman Blain Turner enters the G-MAC Championship next week as a favorite to win the individual title.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By: Princess Jones

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and Trevecca’s new Title IX official is hoping to bring more awareness to campus to increase conversations about sexual assault.

“I think sexual assault is a taboo topic at any college campuses. The reason why is because college students don’t want to think of themselves in an unsafe environment. It’s a lot easier to ignore the problem and pretend that it doesn’t exist. It’s a much more prevalent issue than people realize it is and so, anyway we can bring more awareness to it can help survivors,” said Jamie Cathcart, who joined Trevecca this fall as the Title IX Compliance and Investigator

Title IX is federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It also requires schools to address sexual violence or harassment.

According to posters around campus promoting Sexual Assault Awareness month, one in five women and one in 71 men are victims of an attempted or completed rape during their life. This information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Women’s Golf begins G-MAC tournament play in Ohio

By: Maddux Reid

The young Trevecca women’s golf team has high hopes of defending their five-year title in the tournament this week.

“We have big shoes to fill, and we are well aware of that. This group is ready to make their own mark and put their own stamp on Trevecca golf and try to go out and get another championship,” said David Head, head golf coach.

The Trevecca women’s golf team is ranked second going into the conference tournament, where they have won the championship five years in a row. So far this season the team has seen new competition with the addition of new school in the conference such as Findlay, who is nationally ranked in golf and gives the Trojans their biggest competition for the tournament. The team is going back to the same golf course as in years past for the tournament, allowing them to have some familiarities with the course.

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Hunter Newman, former professional baseball player, back at TNU

By: Andrew Preston

It was a Wednesday evening former Trojan baseball player and current Trevecca student Hunter Newman will never forget.

Newman answered his ringing cell phone only to realize the St. Louis Cardinals were on the other end.

He was going to be drafted to play professional baseball.

“I wasn’t for sure if I’d be taken,” Newman recalled of his experience on draft day. “It was a waiting game. I knew it was a possibility, but it’d be on day three.”

Major League Baseball (MLB) holds its amateur player draft over a three-day period. Day one includes the televised first and second rounds, while day two covers rounds three through 10 and day three rounds 11-40.

Newman had been drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 22nd round with the 671st pick of the 2015 draft.

“It was unbelievable,” Newman said. “It was so surreal. I worked my entire life for that moment and it finally happened.”

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The future for Dreamers is still uncertain

By Blake Stewart

When the Trump administration announced in September the decision to rescind the Obama era executive order Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the administration gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative solution. The expiration date set for DACA was Mar. 5.

 

 The months and days leading up to the Mar. 5 deadline have been uncertain, followed with political battle in Washington and roaring protests led by immigration activists across the U.S.

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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.

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.