Red Bus Project Returns to Campus
Religion, page 8
Meet the new caf manager
Beyond the debates
Campus News, page 5
Opinion, page 3
A Q&A with Donna Cavin
A look a college issues
TREVECCA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
Trevecca to undergo reaccreditation in spring SACS committee determines what students’ diploma is worth
Tyler Whetstone Editor-in-Chief
Every semester students are graded on how well they complete a course. If the student studies well and attendes class more times than not, the student passes the course. If a student fails to study or attend class, it should come as no surprise when the student does not receive credit for the course at the end of the semester. Trevecca also is graded. Every 10 years the university must undergo a SACS accreditation that validates Trevecca’s standing as an institution. SACS, or Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is the regional accreditation entity that does this assessment for Trevecca and the majority of schools in the Southeast. If Trevecca were to fail this assessment, it would render
the diploma students receive at graduation useless, according to Dr. Stephen Pusey, university provost. “What does it mean to have a college degree? What’s
to progress as normal. The grading scale for such an assessment is based on 90 standards that institutions must meet. Not unlike the grueling work of putting together an ap-
the level of quality of that college degree,” said Pusey. “It’s based on the quality of the programs.” And it’s the quality of the programs that the SACS accreditation helps decide. A failing grade in the process would be devastating to a university, while a passing one would allow things
plication for the NCAA, SACS requires an explanation on each of the standards it deems necessary for the university. Those standards totaled 300 single-spaced pages. With the supporting documentation, the report was over 13,400 pages long. For context, the report
Trevecca submitted to the NCAA to become a Division II school last year was 1,644 pages . One of those standards is a required quality enhancement plan, or a QEP, which must be research based to enhance the quality of student learning. Each university must present this plan to the SACS committee. Trevecca’s QEP will be a research program that freshmen starting next fall will begin. They will learn the process of research and how to construct a research paper. By their junior year each student will pick out a topic to research and will be able to decide whether or not they want to continue the research and present it as a senior. “What I love most about [the QEP] is that it takes our classroom education and requires it to have an in-the-world component
to it so that you’re testing what you’re learning here in some real-life, real-world setting,” said President Dan Boone. After SACS reviews Trevecca’s documents in November, the university will have two months to address the inadequacies in their original report. This will be followed by an on campus visit March 19-21 where members of the committee will ask students, teachers and workers questions about the school and its academic affairs. It is here that students could be approached and asked about the QEP. In order to prepare students and faculty, student development will be putting together a marketing campaign to inform the campus what Trevecca’s QEP will look like, and over the coming months students will be inundated with QEP information.
How Safe is Trevecca, part one of three Brennen Finchum & Justin Cockrell Staff Writers
In the summer of 2006, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department got a call that there were two armed men in Benson Hall. It was while Trevecca was hosting a singing group with a couple hundred guests on campus. One family was staying in Benson when their son ran into the room and said there were two men with guns in the
hallway. The mother immediately dialed 911. Metro police then notified campus security. Norm Robinson, chief of security, said he told one of his employees at the time that it was probably some students playing assassins, a game where students dress up in black and shoot people with a non-lethal gun (airsoft, water, Nerf, etc.). Robinson met Metro
in the Benson parking lot, and they searched the dorms, finding out from other students that there were guys playing assassins. They weren’t caught that night but were later found. Though no one was harmed or in any danger, the incident did call for a policy change, Robinson said. It took an innocent misunderstanding to invoke serious changes to the way security was handled.
Process of becoming a security guard
In order for Trevecca security officers to be certified, they must meet a list a qualifications and pass a written test that consists of required curriculum set by Tennessee Private Protective Services. These qualifications are found on the web at tn.gov. Officers must: - Be at least 18 years of age for registration as an unarmed security guard. - Be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien. - Be legally, mentally competent and be of good moral character. - Be free of habitual drunkenness, narcotics addiction or dependence. - Have no disability which would prevent performance of duties. - Be free of convictions, including probation for five years for serious crimes or crimes involving firearms, shoplifting or violence.
Requirements: - Submit three fingerprint cards for processing for a TBI and/or FBI criminal history check. The security officer must undergo a four-hour training session with examinations. The courses in those four hours are: - Orientation - Legal powers and limitations of a security guard/officer - Emergency procedures - General duties They must undergo non-lethal weapons training in which they become certified to carry a collapsible baton.
Toy guns were banned on campus, but there was also increased measures of security communication. Since then, security has implemented a siren and a text messaging system that alerts students and guests of any dangers on campus, whether criminal or natural disasters. What they do The security department, which has five full time employees and three part-time employees, is responsible for everything from jumping car batteries to patrolling campus. Norm Robinson, who has been with the department for more than 20 years, said he is proud of the safety record at Trevecca.
“In my 21 years here, there have been 20 arrests,” Robinson said. Those arrests include incidents like trespassing and theft from vehicles. The most recent arrest on campus was the book thief this summer. Trevecca officers spend a majority of their time patrolling the campus, securing buildings and doing service acts like unlocking rooms and offices, Jason Millsap, Trevecca security officer, said. Each year security releases a report about security incidents on campus. Most years it consists of things like theft from vehicles parked on campus and trespassing. The security officers use every means available to them to make sure life on campus is
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Campus News........1, 4-5 Editorial...................2 Opinion....................3 Sports.....................6 Entertainment..........7 Religion...................8
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Letter From the Editor The job of a newspaper: to ask questions. To be a writer, you need to be curious. You have questions about the specific things you write about. It’s how you do your job and get the most out of it. To be an editor, you need to be curious about all things. You have to be curious about how a campus is run and ask, “Why is it like this? Could it be like that?” Every topic is available to be questioned. As TrevEchoes Editor-in-Chief, I have many questions about the university and how it works. Last edition, President Dan Boone explained that renovations and projects on campus do not come from tuition. That’s important. Knowing where your money is going, or in this case isn’t going, is important. My job is to ask him and others those types of questions. The role of the newspaper is to inform its readers. That being said, TrevEchoes will be taking a look at campus security over the next few editions. How safe are we? What’s the most likely crime or event that students should be aware of? How much money does campus security receive from the university? Is it enough? Are the guards qualified? How do our guards compare to similar universities in Nashville or across the nation? In no way, shape or form is TrevEchoes mocking security, nor are we painting a target on the back of Norm Robinson, director of campus security. We are simply asking questions. We plan on making this a series that we will look to throughout the semester. Questions will continue to be answered in the following TrevEchoes. Many of the questions that will be asked are to protect students. Where should I go if there is a tornado? If there is a suspicious person on campus, do we have a lock-down system? Where would I go if there was a threat on campus? Who would be in charge of things if that occurred? Answers to these questions inform the student body, which, in turn, could protect students and even save lives. If handled correctly, this could be one of the best public service pieces that TrevEchoes has ever done. Again, we are not “out to get” campus security. We want to make life on the hill as safe as possible. Sincerely, Tyler Whetstone Editor-in-Chief
Album Review: Babel
Mumford & Sons’ sophomore album is a graceful fusion of old world wisdom and contemporary bluegrass style. Words from the heart over beats for the feet will leave your voice hoarse from singing and your soles sore from stomping. Disclaimer: If you come to Babel expecting to hear a “new” Mumford & Sons, you will be disappointed. Their sound has changed little since Sigh No More, the group’s first album. Some will see this as a drawback, but I see them continuing to refine their unique sound. I believe that this is a sign of their genuineness as well as their genius. Overall, Babel sings a very positive message. While the album acknowledges lows and expresses deep hurts, the emphasis is consistently placed on the joys of the rise. In many ways, Babel feels as if it comes from a place closer to the heart than Mumford’s first album, Sigh No More. Both address the overcoming of obstacles, but Babel is more specific in naming those obstacles and detailing their being overcome. The stories are more personal, and so is the liberation. In a uniquely Mumfordian fashion, these songs offer up praise. Their lyrics confess folly, pledge loyalty and promise love - but to whom? Certainly to God, but equally to companions, be them friend or lover. This album proclaims the desire to become bold, strong, courageous and well by a hand in hand journey alongside both divine and human partners. In its songs, Babel defines our human purpose as loving, not only in the sense of extending love to others, but also as an acceptance of love in such a way as to better ourselves. We are not only to help, but also to be helped. “I’ll walk slow, I’ll walk slow. Take my hand, help me on my way.” Make your life better. Pick up this album.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Tyler Whetstone COPY EDITOR Nicole Wood
DESIGN EDITOR Stephens Hiland
Dillon Jones Jon Brooks Tim Bergman Brennen Finchum Justin Cockrell PHOTOGRAPHERS Christy Ulmet Griffin Dunn Tim Scott
TrevEchoes is published by and for the students of Trevecca Nazarene University. The views expressed in TrevEchoes are those of the individual contributors and do not neccessarily reflect the views of the editors or those of Trevecca Nazarene University. Contributions may be edited for grammar, spelling, content or space consideration. The TrevEchoes office is located on the third floor of Jernigan.
You should vote
We couldn’t vote in the 2008 election; we weren’t old enough. Fast forward four years and almost every undergrad student is now able to vote. College students are placed in the “youth” category in voting statistics. That is, we are between the ages of 18 and 29. That’s a large group. According to the Huffington Post, New America Media and others, 46 million youth are eligible to vote in November’s election. Youth comprise 24 percent of eligible voters in America. However, only 61 percent of those eligible youth claim they are likely to vote (absentee included) this year. Yet, if only 61 percent of those eligible voters show up to the polls, then 24 percent of the voice we share becomes 15 percent. This wasn’t the case in 2008. Political interest is hard to gauge, and when there is no sitting president, like in 2008, it makes for more debate and participation. In fact, young people flocked to the polls. The 2008 election saw the largest participation of the youth vote since 1960 at 48.5 percent. However, that number is predicted to decline substantially. The rattle of the political machine that many had been following may have hit its peak in the exciting 2008 race. Since then, it has quieted to the ho-hum of debating Congress members and party allegiances. All of that said, as a staff, TrevEchoes wants you to vote! True, Student Government Association votes are care free and are usually only fair if there are two people running against each other. And true, in seventh grade you voted for the kid who promised pizza every day in the cafeteria. But this is real. This is for the highest office in the land. The saying is overused, but Americans died so that you could vote, and the system we vote for isn’t anywhere close to being perfect, but you still have a voice! Is the economy going to be fixed over night and jobs be restored to hard working Americans the next day? No. But the leaders we vote for can and will influence change. Let your voice be heard.
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Be informed: colleges and student loans Nicole Wood Copy Editor
President Barack Obama
Tim Bergman Staff Writer
Writer John Green said that, “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.” Any plans an individual makes, any dreams they have, will ultimately be an attempt to preserve positive experiences from the past or escape negative ones. In the 1980s, the United States produced the highest percentage of college graduates in the world. However, in the past three decades, the country’s rank has fallen to 12th, behind South Korea, Canada and Japan. President Barack Obama is experiencing this nostalgia. In 2009, he addressed this issue during a speech at Macomb Community College, stating, “By 2020, this nation will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. We used to have that. We’re going to have it again.” The percentage of American college graduates hasn’t dropped since the 1980s, but it hasn’t raised either. Meanwhile, other countries continue to grow and improve. Obama recognizes that education should be universal for all citizens of the United States. It is necessary for true democracy. In order to achieve this goal, Obama is working to make college education more accessible, affordable and attainable. The first step to making this objective a reality is helping the middle class afford college. Tuition fees have risen dramatically in the past decade and continue to do so. This has impeded the ability of American families to invest in education. In 2010, graduating college students who took out loans owed an average of $26,000. Obama believes that a quality education should be available to all who are willing to work for it. To make this possible, he has increased federal support to aid students who cannot afford college by doubling investments in Pell Grants for low-income and middleclass students. He also plans to hold borrowing students accountable with the Administration’s “Pay as You Earn” plan. This plan promotes income-based repayment, limiting loan repayment to 10 percent of the student’s monthly income. Obama plans to get to the heart of this matter by reining in on rising tuition costs. The president has proposed reforms to shift federal aid away from colleges that fail to keep net tuition down and move funds towards colleges that successfully provide affordable education while maintaining a high quality of learning. The president has also placed an emphasis on already affordable community colleges, promoting their partnership with businesses to develop programs that will enhance skills for workers and foster career readiness. Obama has proposed the Community College to Career Fund, which will enable community colleges to join with businesses to train students in high-growth and high-demand fields, such as manufacturing, health care and logistics. In addition to providing accessible funds and striving to encourage colleges to lower their tuition rates, Obama has called the American public to accountability. The Department of Education and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have joined together to launch the “Know Before you Owe” campaign. This will create a model financial disclosure form, called the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, which will provide an individualized standard financial aid award letter to help students and their parents understand the costs of college before making the decision of where to enroll. The Shopping Street will be implemented by voluntary colleges for the 2013-2014 academic year to provide students with concise, essential information about financial decisions in a format that enables easy comparisons between institutions.
Gov. Mitt Romney
When I first began researching this article, I was sorely disappointed in Governor Romney’s plan for education. Unlike everything else I could find explaining his platform, his plans for K-12 and higher education were vague and had no clear step-bystep methods by which he was going to improve the nation’s educational system. H o w e v e r, I was pleasantly surprised when, after a few days, he came out with a much clearer plan about education. Romney’s plan for K-12 education consists of directly connecting federal funding with rewarding teachers for performance and not for a position with tenure, as well as directly investing in innovation and the expansion of parental choices. To begin with, he plans to make Title I and IDEA funds portable—thus allowing the parents of students who benefit from this funding to choose w h i c h schools their children will attend. He also wants to provide incentives for the states to take the initiative in increasing quality choices for parents. Next, he would enforce a higher standard by increasing the levels of transparency and accountability for the results from standardized testing through reforming President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. Finally, he would attempt to recruit higher quality teachers through an increase in flexibility and the elimination of unnecessary certification requirements. On the issue of higher education, Romney has a simple three-point plan: make the financial aid system simpler and stronger, encourage private sector competition instead of making such competition difficult and remove the regulations that make competition and innovation difficult.
Message from Student Body President Riley Wampler Riley Wampler ASB President
It’s a new year, and while some of the goals that the Student Government Association has (like working to improve events, communication and representation) will always remain, there’s one in particular that we’re working especially hard to develop. A top priority this year will be to set up for the success of student government in the future. Because your average
student has a maximum of only four years that they can serve on the SGA, the turnover of our members is pretty unbelievable. Ideas and processes come and go with each new group, and obviously communication between those who are currently serving and those who have graduated can be difficult. It’s for this reason that we’re not only setting out to create new standards for our duties, but we’re also working on ways to communicate these things to our successors. We want to build a sys-
tem of straightforward records for reference and communicate new procedures in a way that time won’t be wasted on figur-
less time worrying about all the forms and paperwork that are required and spend more time representing students. Although
ing out how exactly a Student Event Planning Form works, etc. These changes add up to a more efficient student government: a group that can spend
we won’t see all the benefits of these changes this year, we feel that it’s a worthwhile investment.
priority this year will be to “setA top up for the success of student government in the future. ”
*Note to reader: As a staff, TrevEchoes wants to inform the student body in the upcoming election on issues we view as important. We will be running editorials on each candidate until the November election. These are editorials, and, therefore, do not necessarily represent the author’s personal point of view. The information found in each piece can be found at said candidate’s website (barackobama.com and mittromney.com). Take a look, form your own opinions and let us hear them. The length of the articles doesnt necessarily reflect the staff’s view on the cantidates.
4 - September 2012 SECURITY, continued from page 1 the least worrisome it can be. “The way I see it, Trevecca is my home, my family, and I’m going to do anything I can to protect my home and family,” Millsap said. That doesn’t just include keeping the campus of approximately 980 people free of crime. “[Our job] is a service that we provide for the students here, and we have to look at it that way. We try to take a Christ-like mentality into our job,” he said. In order to do that and do it well, the secu-
rity officers also all have to meet certain qualifications set by both the state
by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Accompanying this is Robinson’s
When these two exams are passed, a written test over laws and procedures
Photo by Stephens Hiland and by Robinson himself. First, they have to pass a background check
own background check, which seeks to learn the candidate’s morals.
is taken. The process isn’t over once this test is
passed. The officers have to undergo a day of nonlethal weapons training that certifies them to carry a baton. They must do this to become an official Trevecca security officer. These trained officers also work closely with Metro police who are a key contributor to the level of safety at Trevecca. “[Metro] just considers us and the [Trevecca Towers] a community where there can be an almost immediate response,” President Dan Boone said. Students and faculty are just as essential to campus security as the
officers are. “We firmly believe in the ‘many eyes’ approach to campus security,” Millsap said, “If you see something, call it in. With 1500 [pairs of] eyes on campus, it’s nearly impossible for anything criminal to happen here.” Even with the care for the community, the stringent hiring process and the good relationship with Metro Police, safety will always be relative. “It’s always relative. You could fall in the shower,” Robinson said.
FU T URO b e c o m e s Tr eve c c a’s n e we st club Dillon Jones Staff Writer
In February of 2010, five middle Tennessee universities began planning a professional development association for Latino college students with the goals of providing leadership training, networking, community service opportunities and social activities. The result of this planning is Futuro. After developing the program alongside Lipscomb University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University and Volunteer State Community College, Trevecca launched its on-campus chapter in the fall semester of 2011. Futuro provides opportunities for networking. For example, all members automatically become Professional Student Members of the Tennessee Latin Chamber of Commerce. But Fu-
turo also provides what Sandra Sepulveda, sophomore, called the “whole family aspect”. “Sometimes we feel out of place in the rest of the community here, because we come from different cultures. We still feel part of the overall community, but Futuro feels like a part of home…we hope this chapter will raise awareness. There are lots of stereotypes about our cultures,
and hopefully Futuro will help to brush aside those stereotypes,” Sepulevda said. “You don’t have to be Latino to be in this club,” Jordan Jones, a non-Latino member said. Since joining, she has been nicknamed “Lupita.” “It’s great to volunteer with people that
are different,” Jones said. Tammy Daughtry, director of admissions events, is Futuro’s on-campus sponsor. Known by members as “Mama T”, Daughtry has been a longtime advocate for diversity in the Trevecca community, starting the Hispanic Initiative through the
Photo courtesy of Futuro
Admissions office, and serving as a member of Trevecca’s Diversity Task Force. “I’m personally very proud of my Latin roots,” Daughtry said. Many of the opportunities available to Futuro members, including partnerships with
the Tennessee Latin Chamber of Commerce and the Latino Achievers, are the results of Daughtry’s commitment to community networking. Futuro’s numbers this year already surpass last years. “Last year, it was mostly girls who would meet. Now, there are more people who want to volunteer and be more involved,” Jones said. Futuro members represent the nations of Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equador, India, Mexico and the United States of America. For more information about Futuro, come to the Futuro Fiesta on Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. in the Quad.
Trevecca deemed an “oasis” with arboretum status Tyler Whetstone Editor-in-Chief
“Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.” - Wendell Berry, Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front President Dan Boone quoted Berry two years ago when he began to have serious talks about preparing Trevecca’s campus to be considered an arboretum. David Caldwell, executive vice president for finance and administration, along with Jason Adkins, environmental projects coordinator, has been working since then to extend the tradition of planting life on Trevecca’s campus to achieve arboretum status.
W h e n Tr e v e c c a moved onto the campus that it currently sits on in 1935, the land was more or less bare, said Adkins. Slowly, presidents and alumni have worked to plant new trees across campus, none more so than former President Homer Adams. Although Adams is well into retirement, he continues to give gifts to the university in the form of trees. “ D av i d C a l d w e l l wanted to honor those gifts that have been given to us over generations, of this amazing canopy of trees that we now enjoy.
And this was kind of a fitting way to honor generations that have planted, not for themselves, but for the future,” said Adkins. Trevecca received a letter from the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council announcing their acceptance as an arboretum and is considered a level two arboretum. There are four total levels. To become a level two arboretum, a property must have 60 distinct species of trees labeled. That is, there may be duplications of trees, but there must be at least 60 different trees labeled with both
the botanical and common name listed. Trevecca has marked 67 distinct trees on campus and a total of 230. A level three arboretum has 90 distinct trees labeled, and a level four is a place similar to Nashville’s Cheekwood where there are workers waiting to give tours of the property. Currently, Trevecca is content with being a level two. Trevecca is in the process of developing maps with each tree labeled, so that individuals may give themselves self-guided tours. Photo by Stephens Hiland
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Staff spotlight: Getting to know Donna Cavin
Donna Cavin, Trevecca’s new service manager, is serving more people than ever. Learn about her job, adjustments to the job and relationships with the students. Where you are from, and do you have any family? Newton Grove, North Carolina, it’s a really small town, like 500 people. I do have a husband named John, and two boys. Charlie who is 9, [and] Osby is 5. How did you end up in Nashville? My husband grew up here and my sister-in-law lives here and we wanted to come back around family, and we wanted our kids to grow up together. How did you hear about TNU? I actually had a student that worked for me at my former job, so I knew about TNU through her, and then I heard about the job. What made you want to work here? I’ve been in the restaurant industry for 17 years, I love food, but I don’t like the restaurant hours, so the job was a better fit for my family. What has it been like adjusting to TNU? Everyone is so great, and welcoming and very friendly. It makes me feel like I’ve been in the family for a long time. How important are the stu-
dents here to you? Do you get close with a lot of the students? They are my main priority, because without you guys I wouldn’t have a job. I do get close with the students. I think about my boys when they grow up, and I hope that they treat people like I get treated by the students. Do you feel that you’ve been welcomed to our campus? Yes, very much so. Everyone’s so nice, and extremely friendly. There are more students here than last year, has that been difficult adjusting to that? I wasn’t here last year, but it’s al-
ways difficult figuring out your numbers, like making sure you have enough food, and that the students get enough to eat. Students really like to send comment cards, complimentary, condemning and also asking for adjustment. How do you feel about the comments in general? I like when people write their names so I can know who I’m talking to, because I will answer feedback whether it’s bad or good. I like the idea, because there are so many students it’s hard to talk to everyone every day, so they are useful to get feedback. Do you feel that the relationship
Donna Cavin poses in front of salad bar in the Apple Dining Hall. Photo by Stephens Hiland
Trevecca students at the polls
TrevEchoes sent out an online survey regarding the upcoming presidential election recently that 194 students responded to. In the poll, they were asked if they plan on voting in the November election. 86.1 percent of students responded saying that they plan on voting with 13.9 percent saying they would not. The students were also asked who they would vote for. They were given the option of Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and a write-in option. 17.5 percent said that they plan on voting for Obama, 82.5 percent said Romney. There were also 25 write-ins with the top three results being undecided, Ron Paul and Gary Johnson.
Trevecca Community Yard Sale Do you have things you need to sell? To much junk in your dorm? Come and sell your things at the Trevecca Community Yard Sale! 5 dollars per table or just come buy stuff from your peers! This Saturday October 13th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Quad! to sell your stuff contact us by email at TNUcommunityyardsale@hotmail.com or go to the SGA booth and fill out a form.
between the students and yourself or the company is important? Yes, I do. Like I said, the students are my main priority because they are the reason I’m here, and the reason I get up. I have to make sure you guys are fed. People have noticed the cut down on waste such as the creamer machine, would you say lowering waste and being more environmentally friendly is important to you? I do. I know it’s a big goal for Trevecca and Pioneer. And we still do the compost of the wasted food. Lately people have noticed that closer to the end of shifts, the Cafe has been running out of the main food of the night, what are your comments on that? It’s just [us] figuring out the numbers. It’s trying to prevent waste. The number changes so much, but once we get the numbers it gets simpler and [will be] less likely to happen. Health has become a popular demand with issues such as gluten free foods and natural foods. Does Pioneer realize this and are they adjusting to it at all? Yes we are. As a matter of fact, we put asterisks on the gluten free foods we post on the [TNU Caf] Facebook. Chef [John Ferris] keeps a supply of gluten free bread, pasta, and pizza crust. We also meet with the students with special diets to fill their needs. I have a shopping list of whole foods, so I can personally go pick those items up. It’s been a conscious effort; chef [Ferris] knows the allergies of a lot of students.
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NCCAA postseason Tyler Comer Sports Writer
Trojan Home Games Volleyball Oct. 11
vs. Cumberland Univ.
vs. Univ. of the Cumberlands
1:00 p.m. vs. Covenant College
6:00 p.m. vs. Union University
6:00 p.m. vs. Bethel University
While Trevecca is transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II, they are not allowed to compete for a NAIA championship and are also not allowed to compete in any official Division II tournaments. “When we decided to make the change from NAIA to Division II, there was going to be a threeyear period where we could not compete in any kind of postseason play,” Mark Elliott, athletic director, said. Joining the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) was a perfect fix for this problem. Joining the NCCAA allowed for all of Trevecca’s
vs. Cedarville University
vs. Brescia University
Women’s soccer Oct. 17
vs. Carson-Newman College
7:30 p.m. vs. University of the South
For more information on the Trojan’s away games and results, visit TNU Trojans online at www.tnutrojans.com
said. Men’s basketball, women’s basketball, softball and volleyball are the teams that would be affected by the change the most. For all of these teams, GMAC tournaments fall on the same weekends as the NCCAA Regional tournaments. However, this does not mean that the teams cannot make the NCCAA National tournament. Trevecca teams will still be eligible to receive an at-large bid to enter the tournament depending on their regular season standings.
Q&A with Stephen Williams
Tyler Comer Sports Writer
sports teams to gain eligibly to compete in a postseason if a team has a .500 record, that is more wins than losses (as mandated by the school.) The NCCAA was also good for Trevecca because it was not contractually binding, meaning you can be in or out of the NCCAA on a yearly basis. However, this year the choice was harder for the school to make. In the 2012-2013 school year, the GMAC will begin playing conference tournaments. Division II will not recognize these, and some of these tournaments overlap with the regional NCCAA tournaments. “Our first obligation is to the GMAC conference,” Elliott
Stephen Williams, junior golfer from Kingston Springs, Tennessee, finished eighth out of 32 golfers in the Cedarville Invitational with scores of 83 and 77. Williams is a mass communications major and plans to graduate in the spring of 2014. Q: How did it feel to win the first tournament you guys were in as a GMAC team? A: It felt phenomenal. It has been a blessing being able to compete at the Division II level, and to go out and win our debut conference tournament was a great feeling. Q: How much potential does this very young team have? A: As you know, we
brought in four freshmen, and I couldn’t be happier with them. They continue to impress me every day. They all bring a different spark to our team but also share the same goal of improvement. Their potential is limitless if they keep the same attitudes. Q: Have you taken on a leadership role, being one of the two juniors on the team? A: Aaron Gaddis, Austin Photo courtesy of tnutrojans.com Dillard and I have equally taken round with? on the responsibility of lead A: Ben Hogan ing this team and showing our Q: Why? freshmen the ropes. There isn’t A: He was known to one leader on the team. We work be one of the meanest guys on as a whole, not as a group of intour, so I would just like to see if dividuals. We all motivate each I could loosen him up a little bit. other, and that is what will make Not to mention he was the best us perform to our best ability. player of his time. Q: Past or present PGA player you’d most like to play a
Trevecca ponders potential upgrade for the intramural field Tyler Comer Sports Writer
The intramural field is used almost on a daily basis by the student body. The wear on the field can be seen in several spots of sand and mud. This is an issue that Athletic Director Mark Elliott took notice of last year and has noticed again this year. “What is it that we can do that would help not only one athletic team but the school as a whole?” Elliott asked. While researching ways that this question could be answered, Elliott and Treveca’s board of trustees came upon a company called Global Sports. Global Sports is an organization that seeks to encourage the youth of today to be the leaders of tomorrow by taking action to improve themselves and their communities, accord-
ing to globalsportsdevelopment.org Global Sports makes this possible by giving out grants, a grant that Trevecca would possibly be eligible to receive. The grant is given in order to serve young men and women from high risk environments. If Trevecca receives the grant they would have to set aside times
Turfing something as large as a football field can sometimes cost upwards of $1 million. However the intramural field is not quite the size of a football field, but there would be extra costs because the field would have to be built up. “The grant significantly reduces the amount of money you have to pay out on the front end,
What is it that we can do that would help not only one athletic team, but the school as a whole? for people in the surrounding area to use the field. Putting artificial turf on the field would eliminate the wear and tear of a field, because it would only be comprised of artificial grass.
in some cases it reduces cost by 50 to 70 percent,” Elliott said. Trevecca is currently in the process of applying for the grant, and this could be a project that takes place as early as next summer.
ENTERTAINMENT What to watch tonight Jon Brooks
tions, many more are listed Netflix.com.
This generation is lucky enough to have a grand scale of choices and various ways to view media via Netflix, Redbox, movie theaters, and any store that sells DVDs or Blu-ray discs. Redbox: Battleship, if you enjoy action movies and enjoy them for just that, then consider checking this out. It didn’t lack in action and battle scenes. So,
if you check this out, try not to analyze the story and just enjoy the explosions. Sometimes as a movie lover one must just accept a movie for what it is. If Battleship doesn’t sound interesting, it’s now October so there is an unlimited amount of horror movies to rent as well. Other options at Redbox include The Avengers, Five-Year Engagement, The Unknown, and The Letter. Here is a close location: McDonald’s 1181 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217 Walmart always has them as well. Netflix: A couple of new releases this month include Super 8, Teen Wolf, Transformers Dark of the Moon, SNL 2010 season, Bones, Revenge, 30 Rock, along with these great selec-
Theaters: I recently viewed Looper starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film revolves around a character named Joe (Gordon-Levitt) who works as a looper, or basically a hit man for the mob. The targets are sent back from the future in order to erase their existence in the future. The loopers live a rich prominent lifestyle. However, Joe faces one problem
which sets the plot for the entire movie. His future self or Old Joe (Willis) is sent back to be killed. It’s a great movie and has a good amount of action combined with science fiction. 4.5 stars DVD and Blu-ray: The Avengers came out at the end of last month. It’s a great movie that is one of the highest grossing movies of all time. Cabin in the Woods was also recently released as well. It has been considered this generation’s version of Scream with the satirical horror movie feel. Honorable mention was Prometheus. If you like the suspenseful science fiction films, then you would enjoy this release.
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Cheap places to take your date this weekend Jon Brooks Staff Writer
Wondering what to do this weekend? Nashville is loaded with many thought-provoking and interesting places to go, and what makes them great is that most of them are free. You only have to pay for gas. Let’s be frank, hardly any of us have money to waste whenever we want. This list will give you some options while keeping your wallet thick. Centennial Park: This is a great place to go both day and night. Why? It’s big, it’s nice and there are ducks there. But seriously, it’s a nice scene of nature and also has many other things to offer. The Parthenon, for example, is big and Greek. It’s better, in my opinion, to go at night (unless you wish to go inside), because there are fewer people and it’s lit up. The park also hosts many free events, such as Musicians Corner and Celebrate Nashville: Cultural Festival.
never fun. That’s where the two dollar theater comes in. They play movies a few months after they have been in theaters, so they can play them cheaper. Downtown Nashville and the Walking Bridge: Nashville has a very large and pretty bridge that crosses the Cumberland River and connects downtown to LP field. Its sole purpose is for walking. It’s a really cool thing to do and fun to just go park walk across the river and check out the down town scene. Frist Center: If you are a big fan of art, you can check out the Frist Center. It’s full of art from both famous and local artists. College students receive free admission on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dragon Park: This park is actually called Fannie Mae Dees Park, but the large dragon playground piece earned it the title “Dragon Park.” It’s close to Vanderbilt and is a pretty popular photo shoot spot for college students. It’s a fun place to go there are plenty of other
Photo courtesy of Nashville.gov The Two Dollar Theater: The Carmike 8. Located in Antioch, is one of the best things about living in Nashville. Movies are great, but it can be a gamble. Paying $10 for a bad movie is
shops and great places to eat, like McDougal’s and Fido. They also have some other various shops with interesting clothing and items.
Upcoming shows in Nashville
RELIGION Red Bus Project returns to campus
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Many students want to do their part and make a contribution to society but might not know where to start. The Red Bus Project, which will be visiting campus on Monday, Oct. 15, is a great way to help out those less fortunate without having to leave campus. T h e Red Bus Project partners w i t h St e phen Curtis Chapman’s Show Hope Orphanage. Red Bus is a double decker bus that travels around to colleges all over the country and collects clothes, shoes and jewelry to sell. 100 percent of the profits go to the orphanage. For those who haven’t participated in this event before, here are some basic steps to follow: 1. Bring some clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc. and donate them. 2. Shop around the bus for anything you might like. 3. Buy the things that you like, and help children at an orphanage get a hot meal. 4. Enjoy the things you bought. 5. Repeat next year. The Red Bus will set up on Hart street between Jernigan and McClurkan.
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Common Ground creates community Lyndsi Groves Contributor
Take off your masks, Trevecca community. This is the challenge Tim Green gave to an audience of more than 50 students at the kickoff of “Common Ground: Changing the World One Conversation at a Time,” held in the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service (CLCS) building on September 19. Common Ground is a collaboration between four departments, including Counseling Services, CLCS, Residential Life and the Office of the Chaplain. Students, counselors, Trevecca faculty and other guests crowded snugly together in the CLCS lounge to hear Green speak. Wednesday night’s service was the first of six Common Ground events that will be held throughout the school year, each covering a different topic. The services are the coed ver-
sions of the Fireside Chats. “Our goal is to set up conversation about what it means at Trevecca to be a safe community,” said Sara Hopkins, director of counseling services. “We want students who go to Trevecca to feel like they have the ability to live authentic lives.” Safety, Green would later elaborate during his message, refers to a friendly, open and honest environment in which humans feel comfortable to be, well, human. Green began his message autographically, telling of his former days as a youth pastor, leading a single adult ministry, speaking at churches in his college years and then telling of a particular church service he attended in college that shook him spiritually. The pastor of this church, Green said, would begin a Saturday night service asking the congregation if they were happy in a sort of gimmicky attempt at being inspirational. Ev-
ery Saturday, the congregation simultaneously droned yes, that
they were very happy, despite deaths, divorces, and other tragedies Green knew them to be experiencing. “I thought,” Green said, ‘My God, if we can’t even be honest with each other in church, with fellow believers, where in the world can we be honest?’” Inclusive in his message at Common Ground was a time set aside for conversation
Top 10 coolest things about TNU, pranks at Trevecca and adventures in Nashville are some of the things current Trevecca students are blogging about for the university. TreveccaLive is a website that highlights blogs, videos and tweets from eight students at Trevecca. TreveccaLive was started last year by the Trevecca marketing team as a way to showcase Trevecca’s talents and inform current and perspective students about what is happening on Trevecca’s campus. Student’s who participate blog twice a week, post three video blogs a month and tweet twice a day. The content that goes on the blog is usually about campus events, classes, friends or Nashville in general, said Taylor Foster, a sophomore who writes for the blog. Students have complete freedom in what they post, Kristen Steele, Trevecca online communications manager, said. Steele emailed students over the summer explaining the program. About 40 students applied. The marketing team chose eight students. Students who were selected received an iPad to blog on and $600. They get to
keep the ipad when they are done with TreveccaLive. The blog content is all written and kept up with by students, but Steele oversees them. She reads all the blogs that are posted. “This is the part of my job that is the most fun,” Steele said. She is in charge of teaching them how to blog. The bloggers meet with Steele every Friday to discuss social media, best practices for blogging and how to do it well. Traffic on the site has doubled and the website gets around 2,000 visitors per month. A lot more people are reading and commenting on the blogs. Parents have also started commenting on the blogs more, Steele said. “My favorite part of blogging is getting to express myself and the possibility of a positive impact on people’s life,” Angelo Tate, senior, said. Shelbe Gibson, junior, wanted to be a part of it because she did not have time to write for the student newspaper, TrevEchos, but still wanted the opportunity to write. “It’s not just about blogging anymore. We started as bloggers, but we will leave as friends,” Foster said. To read the blog go to treveccalive. com.
in which Green engaged questions for the student body. “I think sometimes people don’t know how to take off their mask because they don’t even know it’s there,” said Spencer Stevens, sophomore. More Common Ground events are sched- Students attend the first Common Ground. uled throughout Photo courtesy of Heather Bryant the remainder of munity. the school year, the second be“To even celebrate ‘To ing October 16: A Christian ReLife!’ means that God has made sponse to Homosexuality, with us human,” said Green. “But Christopher Yuan. genuine, authentic life means But Green’s message we do not have to live lives of will persistently pop up as the mistrust. Authentic life is to live months unfold, its origins bein honesty and openness and ing intimately tied with the transparency… There’s a hu“To Life!” chapel theme this man struggle to be real, to be semester. And, he pointed out, safe. It is this ongoing gracious his message isn’t just for the work of God that we continue students or the Trevecca comto learn.”