Thanksgiving 2013

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Tuesday night began the 10th year of one of Trevecca’s most attended events: Trojan Idol. The evening attracted some 450 people who lined up at the entrance nearly an hour before the doors opened for the show. At the end of the show, when all ballots were counted, the crowd came back together to find out

Christy Ulmet Staff Writer

Five contestants advance in Trojan Idol Tuition to increase by the first round this year. Fifty percent of the votes 3.5 percent next year went to the judges to keep the voting from being a
popularity contest, Massey said. There was a brief intermission while the band played some pop music to keep the excitement in the air, and then Thursday’s round was announced. After the show, one of the judges, Shreyas Patel, commented on the performances.
Tyler Whetstone Editor-in-Chief

Photo by Griffin Dunn All 10 contestants preform Katy Perry’s “Roar” to open the 10th Trojan Idol. who would move on to the final round. Of the 10 original finalists, five advanced: Kathleen Freeh, junior; Craig Tibbs, freshman; Jordan Guthrie, senior; TJ Magee, freshman; and Johnny Knotts, senior. As the show started, the crowd was surprised to find that Dean Harris, associate provost and dean of student development, was the host. As everybody bowed their heads to pray, a rumble started with a grand entrance by last year’s hosts, Lydia Carraway and Cade Smith, ready to host the show for the second year in a row. “They were a crowd favorite last year, so we figured we’d bring them back again this year,” Mica Massey, all student body director of social life, said. Trojan Idol also attracted a variety of performers. While upwards of 60 students auditioned, only 10 stuck out to the initial judges. After nearly two months of practicing, the performers were ready to compete. The music started with a group rendition of “Roar” by Katy Perry. The crowd got pumped up for the show, and people cheered. While the crowd was still hyped up, the performers began. With lights flashing, the stage shaking and people clapping, the performances were a hit. Three guest judges with rich musical backgrounds gave each singer tips on how to improve. The judging ran a little bit differently for “Everybody is in the right place with the right heart. They’re doing it for fun. It’s less about competing and more about providing an art,” Patel said. “I would love to come back and see all of these people perform and see how they’ve grown. I would love to see where they are in two or three years, because I think they are all very talented.”

• Sean Kilpatrick: “Wake Me Up” by Avicii • TJ Magee: “Titanium” by Sia • Sammie Moore: “Somebody To Love” by Queen • Craig Tibbs : “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder • Laurabeth Winchester: “Twisted” by Carrie Underwood • Emily Waller: “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood • Kathleen Freeh: “Someone Like You” by Adele • Jordan Guthrie: “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato • Samantha Furtwengler: “See You When I See You” by Jason Aldean • Johnny Knotts: “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus

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NTS considers relocating to Trevecca
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The Nazarene church’s seminary could set up a new home on Trevecca’s campus. Several weeks ago, Trevecca offered Nazarene Theological Seminary the opportunity to move onto campus—a proposal that would allow NTS to sell its property and increase revenue for Trevecca. By the end of November, NTS, which is currently without an acting president, will decide whether to move its operation

559 miles from Kansas City, Missouri to Trevecca’s campus. “(The proposal was that) they move here, they retain their separate identity and governance as NTS, they rent basic services they need for higher education from Trevecca and we help them achieve the budget level they can afford to operate on,” President Dan Boone said. Trevecca would offer services such as marketing, technology, plant operations and accounting cheaper than what NTS could do for themselves.

Trevecca would hire any extra employees necessary, but those employees would work for NTS, said David Caldwell, executive vice president for finance and administration. Preliminary projections indicate NTS would pay Trevecca around $250,000 a year in rent if the deal goes through, Caldwell said. “It’s a mutual win-win. We’re trying to reduce the operating expenses for the seminary, NTS, continued on page four

The cost of attending Trevecca will increase by one of the smallest margins in the last 10 years next fall. Trevecca’s Board of Trustees approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition homecoming weekend. The costs will increase tuition from $21,830 to $22,594 for an increase of $764.05. Last year’s increase was 5 percent and raised costs $800. Because of increasing costs of maintaining the campus, including food costs, technology costs, energy and utility costs, Trevecca must increase students’ costs to help offset inflation. However, this year the Board of Trustees voted to keep the increase in cost at a minimum. “The cost of just about everything it takes to run a university just goes up,” Boone said. “And so you try to hold the increases as low as you can while still meeting the projected increase cost of the education.” By no means, Boone said, is Trevecca raising tuition just to raise tuition. In fact, last year Trevecca lost money even with a 5 percent increase in tuition. Multiple one-time expenses like the cost of accreditation and applying to the NCAA among other things prevented the university from breaking even for the first time in 20 years. “We lost $287,000 in educating our students (last year),” Boone said. “We could’ve given away less money (in scholarships) and broken even.” With the 3.5 percent increase in tuition, Trevecca is keeping up with what other universities have been doing, David Caldwell, executive vice president for finance and administration, said. The average price of public universities rose 2.9 percent this year according to an October 23 USA Today article. This is the smallest annual increase in over 30 years. Private universities were up only 3.8 percent. “We decided that, if this is what the average is for the nation, we want to be right in line with that, so we’re going to do that and find a way to live with it,” Caldwell said. Historically, Trevecca has been better than average for private, Christian schools on tuition costs. For the 2013-2014 school year Trevecca ranked in the top 25 percent of colleges in affordable tuition among Council for Christian Colleges and Universities which encompasses 119 colleges and universities across the country. Trevecca is also a few hundred dollars short of being the most affordable Nazarene school in America as well (see pullout). In order for Trevecca to remain an affordable place, it needs to be constantly looking for ways to improve, Caldwell said. “We’ve got to be good stewards of Trevecca. We’ve got to live within our means,” he said. “We’ve got to find new ways to be creative and reduce costs while still delivering a good experience.” As previously reported, this will mean Trevecca will be evaluating which majors are profitable and which ones aren’t. Class sizes will also begin to increase over the next few semesters.

Tuition compared with other Nazarene schools
MidAmerica Nazarene University: Southern Nazarene University: Trevecca Nazarene University: Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Northwest Nazarene University: Eastern Nazarene College: Olivet Nazarene University: Point Loma Nazarene University: $21,200 $21,420 $21,830 $23,690 $26,600 $26,982 $29,050 $29,750

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Letter from the Editor
Tis the season of giving thanks, and while it’s completely normal to get filled with stuffing and warm, fuzzy thoughts this time of year, as I look around Trevecca’s campus I see some things missing. One would think that this season would invoke finger counting Trevecca’s blessings and planning sessions of how excited I’ll be to bring my kids to the Hill one day in the future, but the heart warming thoughts aren’t happening this year. Trevecca is sorely lacking several things. I’ll mention three. 1. A new gymnasium 2. A new fine arts building 3. An extended eating area in the cafeteria These additions would be nice, and if I had the millions of dollars needed to break ground on any of these projects, they’d already be done. To be fair, Trevecca has tried to gather funds with fundraisers for years. My favorite was the chance to play golf with Jack Nicklaus for a simple couple hundred thousand dollar donation that would go to the university. It didn’t work. I wish Trevecca would build crazy buildings that reached the sky and that we would have indoor rock climbing and a pool that would make the Tower residents jealous. I wish we had a weight room dedicated to the skinniest of us. I want state of the art apartments with Jacuzzis so I can relax after my long day of classes. That won’t work either. Alas, Trevecca is run by people who are fiscally and mentally sound. Darn. It seems to me that some universities don’t wait for their gifts to the university to come. Instead, they plan with the “build it and they will come philosophy,” which is just as silly as it is impatient. These universities build gigantic structures and christen monster gymnasiums with extravagant ceremonies. These same universities will (and do) panic at the first sign of smaller enrollment numbers. Trevecca is better at planning ahead, and I’m thankful for that. Happy Thanksgiving. -Tyler Whetstone

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Thanksgiving 2013 - 3 opinion Trevecca is your university, not your local church
enue did the Trevecca administration do away with the no-short policy. (What I wouldn’t give to see the perplexed faces reading this who are thinking, “What is a ‘no-shorts’ policy?”) Perhaps some of the most drastic changes on campus have come in the areas of campus spiritual life. Student opportunities for chapel were twice a week in TCC, and the tracking system operated in the form of skips (you had about six per semester), rather than credits. There were a few ministry opportunities for students, especially if you enjoyed working with children, but there were no Merge small groups, no prayer walks and no local outreach like community gardens, partnering with organizations like Hands-On Nashville or housing projects, as with newly-announced Walden Woods. Mission trips during school breaks were rare, except for the single TAG (formerly Cause) trip each summer. This year, by my count, there are at least three. Obviously what I’ve listed here barely begins to scratch the surface in regards to how this campus has improved over the last decade. You normally expect to hear this type of awe from your primary Homecoming demographic, as most attending have been away from Trevecca for decades. It’s a different story when you hear it from someone under the age of 30. This is a testament to the leadership of Dan Boone, Tim Green and numerous other individuals and departments who have dedicated so much time and resources to the development of their students. I believe that in these advancements, however, there has been one unfortunate side effect. Students now admit little need for the local church. Opportunities for small group interaction and discussion, missions trips, spiritual mentoring and corporate worship previously occurred either hand-inhand or exclusively at the local-church level. In our nation’s brief history, even hospitals and schools were founded and operated by churches. But as local churches have grown smaller and their resources dwindled or were reallocated, larger institutions – in this case, Trevecca – have picked up the slack. Christianity owes the world to organizations that, for years, have done the job for her. It’s very easy for anyone to come to this point. For many of you, your formative years were spent being awoken by your parents at what seemed an ungodly hour every Sunday morning to go to church. Maybe you felt dragged there on Wednesday evenings too. But then you came to Trevecca and, like some sort of ecumenical sorcery, you now seem to live at the church. Every spiritual resource you could ever desire is now seemingly at your disposal. So why attempt to connect with a local church during your free time? Because at some point – optimistically – each of you will graduate. And what happens then? First-hand experience leads most churches to hope for first-time adults like Cubs fans for a World Series. Hope has been fading. But this idea means nothing when separated from stories that affect you. I only began to experience those stories myself upon graduating. Countless friends at Trevecca (and every other conservative university) leave the church each year, either rejoicing in finally escaping Trevecca’s long arm or ill-equipped in where now to find spiritual support next. Often both. I still feel somewhere in the middle. Neither Trevecca herself nor anyone within her walls is at fault here, and I’m definitely not the only person having the conversation of how to improve. But perhaps it’s time you joined the conversation, too. I promise this is not a plug for you to join my church (but you are more than welcome!). An idea like this from a pastor can come across as an attempt to merely increase numbers. And 99 percent of church leaders who say they don’t want their churches to grow are lying. But this not about numbers – its about what numbers represent. You. People who are part of a community that, by definition, is larger than the individual. To believe you can be a Christian without the church is to mistake what it means to follow Christ. Displaying love means being relational, and you’ll miss God if you’re always looking up to find Him. Change is not an easy task, and multigenerational ministry requires patience. Local churches and college students can also be very awkward groups to associate. However, as with athletics, algebra or amnesia, the longer your drought, the tougher it becomes to remember how. This should be a concern for both you and churches that are desperate to find you. So this is my advice. Find a church in which you are vitally ministering equally as well as being ministered to. Just find a church while you’re at Trevecca, and start looking as soon as you can. Both your life and hers just might depend on it.

Scott Oldham Guest Columnist

If I seem a bit rusty at this, please forgive me. My name is Scott Oldham, and I’ve only recently begun ministering as the College Pastor at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene. Not too long ago, however, I wrote for a small university newspaper called TrevEchoes. I began writing guest pieces as a freshman before spending two years as a section editor and one month in Spring 2005 as the editor-in-chief-elect. And so it is a great privilege and honor to see my name on the byline once again. A few days after your current editor asked if I’d be willing to write an editorial for this particular issue, another student asked me what I’m sure he assumed was a less-loaded question. “How has Trevecca changed since you were a student?” Seeing as it was only 2007 when I graduated, it could be difficult believing this school changing so drastically. But it has. There was no CLCS, no Hardy Alumni Center and the Boone Building opened during my final semester. McClurkan had not been renovated, and the cafeteria consisted simply of rows of long tables. Only when Jesus made an appearance on Lester Av-

Album review: “Lets Be Still” by the Head and the Heart
Heart. Since releasing their self-titled album back in 2011, they have been working on refining and, in some ways, expanding their sound. One of my favorite elements of anything they do has always been the raw, perfectly blended harmonies Jonathan Russell and Charity Thielen are able to deliver. Their newest album, “Let’s Be Still,” still has the same folky elements that originally drew me in but also has a more eclectic sound in a few of the tracks that add bits of synth-pop and some dance beats. In addition to the punch percussion in “Summertime,” The Head and the Heart also take on a more serious tone in their song “Another Story,” a hauntingly beautiful piece that tells a story in response to the Sandy Hook Shooting with lyrics like “I wish it was all a dream/Can we go on like it once was.” They’ve added a good bit of depth and musical complexity, along with pushing themselves to expand their palette beyond their folky roots. As a huge fan of vocalist and violinist Thielen (basically I have a major girl crush), I was really pleased to find that she is more of a vocal presence on this record, with entire songs like “Springtime/Summertime” and “These Days Are Numbered.” In regards to the production of “Let’s Be Still,” frontman Josiah Johnson shared that, “This is the first time that we produced as a full band. This one is everyone’s influences equally present and prevalent throughout the al-bum.” Unlike their last album, “Let’s Be Still” sounds more like a comprehensive project, rather than just a bunch of awesome songs grouped together for an album. I think it’s easy to see the path they took, both lyrically and instrumentally, with this project. Overall, I’ve found that “Let’s Be Still” seriously just gets better with every listen. With all the new releases that were scheduled for October, I was expecting at least one perfect album, and I definitely found that in “Let’s Be Still.” Fans of The Head and the Heart can take this as a promise from the band to continue to stand out in an industry already full of indie bands complete with banjos a kick drums; simply put, The Head and the Heart is going to continue providing solid music no matter what direction they take. “Let’s Be Still” is a good step in that direction.

Bailey Basham Staff Writer

Who could have imagined when The Head and the Heart formed in 2009 that in a matter of just four years they

would be among some of the biggest names in the indie rock genre? Like most other long-time listeners, I had been anxiously awaiting the release of another project from The Head and the

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Nadia Smith Staff Writer

campus news
round consisted of 25 questions. The questions ranged from what The first round had three teams competing against one another: The Crochet Moms, Team Pterodactyl and Team Miley. The Crochet Moms answered a majority of the questions ending the round with a score of eight while Team Pterodactyl finished with a score of six and a half. Team Miley finished with a score of five, knocking them out of the game. Round two was between the other two teams: The Competitive Inhibitors and The Wise Guys. It was a close round between the two teams, but The Competitive Inhibitors won with a score of nine and a half while The Wise Guys were eliminated with a score of eight. The third round brought back The Crochet Moms, Team Pterodactyl and The Competitive Inhibitors to compete to see which of the two teams would

Quiz bowl returns, connecting entertainment and education
From what are the names of Kris and Bruce Jenner’s two biological children to what are the names of the five Great Lakes, Trevecca students know things. Trevecca’s annual Quiz Bowl is a chance for lovers of triva to show their skills. The event is organized by the Ashley Hoffner, director of student services, and was made up of five teams consisting of four students each. The contestants sat on Bible quizzing pads so that if multiple people stood up to answer a question the hosts would know who stood up first. The first contestant to stand would then have five seconds to answer the question. If they got it right than their team would get a point. If they got it wrong than the next team had a chance to answer. There were four rounds and each

Photo by Griffin Dunn Audra Fullen and Anthony Dikhtyar along with Brendan Arnold and Spencer Stevens prepare to answer a question at the Quiz Bowl. make it to the final round. While The Crochet Moms did well in the first round, their ending score of two and a half was not enough to advance them to the finals. Team Pterodactyl won the round with a score of nine and a half. The Competitive Inhibitors finished with a score of six. In the fourth and final round, Team Pterodactyl answered a majority of the questions, winning 12 to six. “I didn’t expect we would win,” T.J. Haynes, a first-time Quiz Bowl participant and a member of Team Pterodactyl, said. “The feeling of winning was enhanced because I was nervous since I did not know what to expect.”

National praise and worship institute assesses its inaugural year
the things they learn in their songwriting, worship leadership and other music classes to the test. “I think the amazing thing about the program is it’s so focused on what we are going to be using every day in our jobs,” Tyler Lessard, freshman, said. “We all have different callings, but here, we can master exactly what that calling is.” Falling right in line with the variety of music currently on the market, the types of music the students in NPWI focus on vary greatly. By implementing the study of everything from rock to classical and back around to country, the instructors of this program are hoping to teach the students how to enter any church as a prospective worship leader and be able to influence and teach a congregation through their music.

NPWI students sing in a class session during its inaugural semester
Bailey Basham Staff Writer

The National Praise and Worship Institute (NPWI) is Trevecca’s newest program that was designed to bring

people from all across the country to take part in a two year music course. As a part of this first year program, students are placed in bands and ensembles where they will be able to put the campus here.” The number of current NTS employees who would make the move to Trevecca could vary but would not be any more than 15, Boone said. “It all depends on what all they would want to move here,” Boone said. “We’re waiting on them to tell us how many professors and how many personnel they think they can operate on if we provide all of their embedded services.” Depending on whether or not they would want to be clustered together, Boone said, would determine which building they would be placed in. Currently, the fourth floor of Tidwell is being considered as an option. Some of NTS’ current employees would have to be let go in order for the institution to move, Hahn said. Caldwell estimated that NTS currently has 250 students enrolled in the program, many of them are older and married, and many of them also do not attend NTS in Kansas City but instead are enrolled online. Still others take courses on one of the four satellite campuses. Caldwell said Trevecca would be looking into more housing options if NTS agreed to come to Nashville but said there will be spots open in University Terrace Apartments for some of the students to move into.

Professor Sam Green, academic coordinator with the NPWI, said that the first year NPWI students have been very impressive and successful thus far, so much so that he has deemed the 16 students “the alpha class.” “Our students are here to help learn how to more effectively minister in the Church by studying various aspects of music, which is necessary to be effective in a worship music leadership role, as well as studying theology, which is necessary to help inform a congregation who God is and how He relates to His people,” Green said. NPWI offers both a one and two year for-credit certificate. The first year consists of five seven week sessions. The second year consists of four seven week sessions.

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and (Trevecca) will get some money back for the services we’re providing,” he said. Currently, Trevecca is the only school to offer any sort of proposal, Roger Hahn, dean of the faculty of NTS, said. “If we could help the seminary still be the seminary but operate at lower costs, or at least operate and just stay in the black, well then that’s a really good thing for our denomination and North America,” Caldwell said. “Because let’s face it, seminary pastors go to Methodist and other churches too.” Since they are without an acting president, Boone has offered to help NTS in the transition process for free as the transitional president. If NTS agrees to this, Trevecca would be able to hire a professional logistics person to help with the move. NTS would move everything necessary for its operations to Nashville if it decided on the move. The campus property would be sold and office personnel, IT workings and the library would move to Trevecca. “The assumption is that if we moved we would sell the campus here,” Hahn said. “Part of the financial gain (from moving) is not having to pay for

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Christy Ulmet Staff Writer

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Trevecca students get involved with Operation Christmas Child
A small girl sat in a room with walls covered in colorful paint at an orphanage in a small village in Russia. A group of missionaries came to visit the orphanage and handed her a shoebox neatly wrapped in red and green paper. She opened it to find toys and simple necessities like a toothbrush and toothpaste. At the bottom was a photo of the children who sent the shoebox. This is the story of Oksana Nelson. As a young girl, Nelson received a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child, a ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse. “Back when I had nothing to call my own, each item meant a lot to me,” Nelson said in a YouTube clip produced by Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child. On October 28, Nelson spoke at Trevecca in a Didache chapel urging students to participate as the school offers the opportunity to fill a box for Operation Christmas Child. This is Trevecca’s second year participating. According to the Samaritan Purse website, Operation Christmas Child began 23 years ago, when a couple in Wrexham, Whales felt an urge to take action after watching a television broadcast on orphanages in Romania. Together, they filled a convoy of nine trucks with medical supplies, food, clothing and Christmas gifts for children. They headed to Romania and delivered the gifts. This was the beginning what would become the world’s largest children’s Christmas program. In 1993, Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham and international president of Samaritan’s Purse, adopted Operation Christmas Child. Since then, more than 61 million shoeboxes have been delivered to children in nearly 140 countries. Students can fill the shoeboxes with things like toys, school supplies, clothing, toiletries and more. Operation Christmas Child will put a story of the Gospel in each box in the child’s language. Forty boxes were turned in when the school participated last year. Jennifer Neely, coordinator for the Sophomore Experience in the Center for Leadership, Calling and Services, expects a larger turnout this year. “My goal, honestly, is 200. I think that we have a really good chance of reaching that,” Neely said. Students and faculty around campus have been promoting Operation Christmas Child around campus. Anna Byrne, a sophomore religion major, used one night on lobby duty in Georgia Hall to host an event to promote Operation Christmas Child. Byrne had boxes and instructions readily available for girls as they went in and out of the lobby and encouraged them to participate. “I wanted to do something that would allow people to give back and get involved,” Byrne said. “It’s something we can do as a community, and it’s a good bonding experience. It helps us practice what we preach here at Trevecca.” Senior social justice major Brianna Rieck chose to participate in Operation Christmas Child by filling a box. “I’m getting involved because I want to be faithful in the small things we do on campus like this,” Rieck said. “It’s a small thing someone can do that’ll make a big impact.” Byrne offered that students could fill a box with a few friends if they did not feel that they could fill them with their own money. And though there is a $7 shipping fee requested to be donated with the boxes, students can bypass that if it keeps them from being able to fill a

How to get involved:
• Fill up a box. Stop by Jennifer Neely’s office in the CLCS building to pick up a box and information on how to fill the box and turn it in by November 25 at 10:00 am • Work a shift at the Relay Center. Sign up for a shift or two on the sign-up sheet at Jennifer Neely’s office Pray over the boxes. There will be a special prayer of blessing over the boxes on the night of the Lighting of the Greens ceremony

box, Neely said. Students can get involved either by filling a box or by helping at the drop-off center. This year, Trevecca is one of Nashville’s only drop-off centers for boxes. November 18-25 is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, and the school is opening up a relay center in TSAC. To pick up a box or sign up for the relay center, stop by Neely’s office in the CLCS. All boxes are due November 25 at 10 am. “It’s a gift, but hopefully the kids ultimately receive the gift of Jesus,” Neely said. To learn more and to hear the rest of Nelson’s story, visit the Samaritan’s Purse video channel on YouTube.

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Tyler Comer Staff Writer

Q&A with Delaney Hearne Men’s basketball team rebuilds for new season
Tyler Comer Staff Writer

Delaney Hearne is a sophomore on the Lady Trojans volleyball team. As a freshman last season, Hearne pl ayed in 36 matches and was selected to the G-MAC All-Conference team. Her accomplishments included 172 kills, 92 digs and 57 blocks. What’s playing on your iPod right now? I listen to everything from Christian music to hip-hop and R&B to country. Two of my favorite artists are Easton Corbin and Luke Bryan. Some of my favorite songs include “Royals” by Lorde and “Don’t Ya” by Brett Eldredge. Do you have any hidden talents? I have yet to discover any hidden talents. I do have a hobby outside of indoor volleyball, though. When I have free time, I enjoy hog hunting with my dad and our eight dogs. I also enjoy playing sand volleyball on the river. Most memorable moment in your volleyball career? My most memorable moment would have to be my sophomore year (of high school) when my club team (Austin Juniors) got fourth at nationals in Miami, FL. I’ll never forget that team, how well we played together, or how much fun in we had that weekend. It was a blast playing teams from different backgrounds who spoke different languages. It was also great getting to go to the beautiful beaches after we played. Do you have any pre/post game rituals? The pre/post game rituals we have include chants in the locker room before a game to get us hyped and praying together right before we play and then again after the game with the opposing team. When choosing colleges what made TNU standout? The biggest thing that stood out to me about Trevecca was the sense of community here. It’s easy to get to know everyone around campus and to personally get to know your professors. I noticed that every person I came in contact with on my visit was extremely hospitable. I could tell that going to Trevecca would help me to grow and live out my faith. I also had a great connection with the team right off the bat and have an even better relationship with them now. I couldn’t see myself being with a better group of girls. Almost 2 full seasons in now; how would you rate your collegiate volleyball experience? It’s been a great experience so far. I’ve learned a lot including patience, leadership and toughness. At first, I found it difficult to balance school and volleyball, but when I finally mastered time-management, I began to excel in both. We had a great record at home this season. We just need to work on energizing each other when we’re on the road the same as our fans energize us when we’re playing at home. We have incredible talent on our team, and I’m looking forward to these last games of this season and the next two years. I know this team is going to go far.

Rebuilding after graduating four seniors and overcoming injuries will be the focus of the first few weeks of the men’s basketball season.

The Trojans lost four seniors that were all key contributors to last year’s team. Two of those were regular starters, Marquise Rudolph and JP Naydaro. The others were Peyton Henry and Maliek Daniels, who were spot starters and provided valuable minutes off of the bench. The Trojans also lost junior Eric Orr, who spent a lot of time off the court with an injury last season but was a starter and key contributor when healthy. “We lost a lot of kids. You look at Peyton, JP and Marquise you’re looking at guys that had been here for four years as well,” Sam Harris, men’s basketball coach said. “So we didn’t just lose guys that played a significant amount of minutes, we also lost kids that know how, why and when we do things.” The Trojans’ lone returning starter is reigning G-MAC freshman of the year, Nick Drake. However, Drake will be sidelined with an injury and will likely miss up to two or three weeks. Jordan Bedwell, a sophomore with some experience, is also dealing with injury and will have his back injury reevaluated in

the next week or two. Drake and Bedwell’s injuries will leave an already inexperienced Trojans team even more inexperienced and thin. “We’ve got a good group in. I just think it’s going to take us a little while to read defenses, but by the end of the season we have a chance to have pretty good results,” Harris said. The Trojans have started their 2013-2014 campaign with a record of 1-3 as of November 19. Their win came on homecoming against Tennessee Wesleyan, and the loss came at the hands of NCAA DII No. 23 North Alabama. “We played well in the North Alabama game until we got in foul trouble, then they hit seven three’s in a row that resulted in a 21-2 run,” Harris said. “Other than that run, it was really a pretty close game throughout.” This is just one of the handful of games Trevecca will play against ranked opponents throughout the season, and it’s an experience Harris hopes to build on.

Photo by TNU Athletics David Woodward goes up for a layup in the homecoming game versus Tennessee Wesleyan

Athletic upgrades to come by springtime
Tyler Comer Staff Writer

Trevecca’s athletic department has a long way to go before they achieve their dreams of a revamped athletic center on campus. While the ultimate goal may seem far off, Trevecca has started taking steps in order to upgrade its facilities starting this year. A new indoor practice facility is currently under construction for the use of both the baseball and softball team. The indoor practice facility is projected to be ready for use by the time the teams return from Christmas break. The facility includes two hitting tunnels and two pitching mounds and will also be used for strength and agility training. “It will allow us to be more efficient when we practice,” head baseball coach Ryan Schmalz said, “We have not had usable on-site batting cages in the past, which makes it hard to have a practice and get the players the reps they need.” After a harsh, wet winter and early spring last season, Schmalz estimated that the team lost several weeks worth of practices before the season started, a problem that the

new facility will help solve. “It nice to have a place where we know we can get some work done regardless of the weather,” Schmalz said. The golf teams will also be receiving a new on-campus practice facility in the form of a turf hitting surface on the south end of the intramural field. The practice facility will include up to eight hitting stations to accommodate both teams. This will provide the team a place

to practice shots within 100 yards. “Once you get to this level, everyone hits the ball off the tee pretty well. Where most people take strokes off their game is their approach to the hole from within 100 yards,” head men’s golf coach Robbie Wilson said. The golf teams in the past had to make a 20 minute trek to Old Hickory Country Club to get any practice in at all.

The baseball and softball teams will share the hitting facility which is currently under construction next to Jackson Field.

Unique gifts and fun shopping adventures available in Nashville
Christy Ulmet Staff Writer


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the expansion of a new room in the store and helped the store become what is now. Bookman/Bookwoman is known for its wide variety of books, including rare volumes and first editions of books. “We’re a hybrid of brand new and used,” Saralee Woods said. Bookman/Bookwoman also accepts used books and gives store credit for them. Check out their website,, for a list of special sales. Visit them at 1713 21st Avenue South, Nashville.

Hey Rooster General Store If you ever find yourself on an adventure in East Nashville needing something to do, stop in at Hey Rooster General Store. From flavored marshmallows to tea towels to handmade jewelry, you can find nearly anything at this charming little store. Located in the heart of East Nashville, Hey Rooster General Store opened its doors for the first time this past spring. Its owner and maker of most of the jewelry in the store is a proud Nashville native, Courtney Webb. Webb grew up in Nashville, moved north to Brooklyn and owned a store there for a while. She then found her way back to Nashville. With a focus on handmade and U.S. made items, Webb has an eye for unique little trinkets. Many of the items she sells come from friends she has made through selling her items at nearly every market in Brooklyn. Stop in and check out all that Hey Rooster General Store has to offer. Check out their Facebook page for a sample of some of the items they sell and for their store hours. Find Hey Rooster at 1106 Gallatin Pike, Nashville. The Groove Nashville Here in Music City, good music stores make great shopping stops. The Groove Nashville is a locally-

owned vinyl and CD store that is here to serve. Its co-owners, John Moore and Louis Charette, both grew up collecting records. The two always dreamed of opening a record store and felt that it was necessary to open one up in a place that was lacking a music store-East Nashville. Originally located at Five Points, the store moved into a house in 2010. With a homey feel, The Groove exists to serve its customers. If the store does not have an album a customer is looking for, they will find where they can get it and make it available for the customer. “We have a pretty personal approach to our customers. We like to have a family-type feel here. We want people to feel comfortable when they’re here,” Moore said. The Groove is also proud to call itself a venue, with a stage outside in the back and a stage inside the store. For a list of concert dates and special deals, check out their website at Bring in your used records and CD’s and get store credit or cash, too. Stop by The Groove at 1103 Calvin Avenue, Nashville. Bookman/Bookwoman Bookman/ Bookwoman is any reader’s dream come true. The store is filled from floor to ceiling with all sorts of books. With authors like Edgar Allen Poe to C.S. Lewis, there is a little some-

thing for every type of reader. The store opened its doors so that the co-owners, Saralee and Larry Woods, could have an excuse to sell their books. With a collection of over 100,000 books, the couple needed to find a place to store their books. Originally located across the street from its current location in Hillsboro Village, the store has been open 18 years. Before it moved locations, the store was simply called Bookman. As it moved and expanded, its name changed. Bookwoman was added; it came from

The Groove offers rows upon rows of records and CDs

What to watch on turkey day Take a study break and go see a concert
Jon Brooks Staff Writer Jon Brooks & Bailey Basham Staff Writers

Breaks are coming, cinema lovers, which means that we get to buy cheap movies on Black Friday and enjoy the release of this year’s largest summer movies onto DVD or Blu-ray, not to mention the load of holiday movies there will be to choose from.

November 22 “ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” “Frozen” “Delivery Man” November 27 “Oldboy” “Homefront” “Out of the Furnace” December 6th “American Hustle” December 12th “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” December 20th “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” December 25th “47 Ronin”


November 19th “The Conjuring” “The Internship” November 26th “Red 2” December 10th “Man of Steel” “Turbo” December 17th “Elysium” “We’re the Millers” “Planes” “2 Guns” “One Direction: This is Us” December 24th “Insidious 2” December 31st “The Wolverine”


Let’s face it. If it wasn’t for music, some of us wouldn’t be able to get through the day. Nashville is such a great place for music culture that many options exist regardless of what type of music you are looking for. Here are a few places and a short schedule of upcoming shows. Exit/In Nov. 21st Bombino w/ Loney John Hutchins 8 p.m. Nov. 22nd Misfits w/ The Attack, Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders, III Patriot 8 p.m. Nov. 23rd The Black Cadillacs, Daniel Ellsworth and Great Lakes 8 p.m. Nov. 26th Trivium, DevilDriver, After the Burial, Thy Will Be Done 6 p.m. Nov. 27th Swinging Utters, Blacklist Royals, Enough 8 p.m. Dec. 5th Blackjack Billy, Mockingbird Sun, Blue Mother Tupelo 7 p.m. Dec. 6th Dax Riggs 8 p.m. Dec. 7th Cabaret Noir Collective 8 p.m. The High Watt Nov. 21st Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Taddy Porter 9 p.m. Nov. 22nd Caspian, 65daysofstatic 9 p.m. Nov. 23rd The Tom Pasppas Collection, Hurst to Laugh, Shane Tutmarc 9 p.m.

Nov. 24th Matthew Curry and the Fury 9 p.m. Nov. 25th Allie Farris, Jeremy Lister 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27th The London Souls 8 p.m. Nov. 29th Truth & Salvage Co. 9 p.m. Nov. 30th Promised Land Sound, D. Watusi, Jp1 9 p.m. Dec. 6th Hoots and Hellmouth, Holy Ghost Tent Revival 9 p.m. Dec. 7th Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas 9 p.m. The Ryman Auditorium Nov. 25th Charlie Daniels Band and Friends 7 p.m. Dec. 4th Martina McBride 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8th The Brian Setzer Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Rocketown Nov. 22nd The Word Alive, Crown the Empire, Dayshell 6 p.m. Nov. 23rd Five Iron Frenzy, House of Heroes 6 p.m. Dec. 6th The Nobles 6:30 p.m. Edgehill Cafe Nov. 23rd Cause a Scene (Lulu Mae, Faye Webster, Joseph LeMay, and more) 7:30 p.m. Check out the venue websites for tickets

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Persephonie Devereaux Contributor

Trevecca’s NCAA process to wrap up in spring of 2014
Logos on the gym floor, lights on the baseball field and a new conference are all signs that it is almost official: in August Trevecca will be a NCAA Division II school. NCAA officials will review whether Trevecca followed all the rules during this year’s sports seasons and should officially accept Trevecca as a DII school over the summer. Trevecca has spent three years transitioning from a NAIA school to a NCAA DII school. That transition has included mounds of paperwork, forming a new conference and adding a track team. The last year in the three year process is about following all the NCAA rules. Being able to comply with their rules and regulations is key in the NCAA’s decision to let the school proceed. In February the GMAC commissioners will meet with athletic director Mark Elliott and a few others on the compliance committee to review Trevecca’s compliance with NCAA rules. Elliott has been working with Larry Knight, the assistant athletic director and compliance coordinator, as well as Steve Harris, associate provost and dean of student development, with the procedure manual and compliance book. The transition to NC A A division II was not only an athletic decision but a versity,” Greg Ruff, director of sports information, said. Ruf f has been working for Trevecca’s athletics for 16 years. T his is t h e big-


wholeschool decision. “Division II has to be a university deal. All these other departments are actively involved. It has really taken ownership of the whole uni-

g e s t change the a t hle tic department has been through in his time here. The NCAA is a better known brand than the NAIA. Also, there will be more of a level playing field with the

NCAA. The NCAA has more guidelines for recruiting and eligibility for student athletes. Trevecca was tired of competing against schools in NAIA who had inconsistent teams and no retention of their athletes as well as academic integrity, Elliot said. Officials also hope it will help in recruiting higher caliber student athletes. “NCAA will attract more people to look at Trevecca,” Clayton Coffman, graduate assistant in sports information and broadcasting, said. Being a part of the NCAA can also help with student athlete retention. “When you have better student athletes, you have more students that would want to complete their degree,” Knight said. The only thing left for Trevecca to do is to continue to follow the rules and regulations of NCAA, and Trevecca will be getting final say of NCAA beginning in July. “Athletics plays an important role to society, so let’s make it as good as it possibly can be. Let’s give it credence,” Elliot said. “Athletics needs to keep pace with growth of school.”

No-Shave November: Benson Hall grows beards for cash
Nadia Smith Staff Writer

For two years Daniel Gill, a Trevecca freshman, had been growing out his beard, but on Oct. 31 he shaved it off. Gill joined 39 other Benson Hall residents in starting with a clean face slate to participate in No-Shave November. No-Shave November, a webbased cancer awareness project, raises money each year by encouraging participants to grow hair they would normally shave in honor of cancer patients who often lose their hair. The goal is for participants to donate the money they save by not shaving or grooming for a month. The campaign started on Facebook in 2009 with less than 50 participants, according to www. No-shave- Today, the Facebook page has 33,533 likes and this month alone has raised over $97,000 to help cancer patients. Benson Hall joined the fun several years ago with a beard-based competition. This year there are twice as many participants as last year. While Gill said it’s fun to participate, shaving off his beard was difficult for him. “It was like shaving part of myself off,” he said. “It was very sad.” However, he also had some incentive to shave off his beard. The Benson contest will award four winners on Dec. 1. The categories are manliest beard, best mustache, baby face and trashiest beard. Gill is trying to win manliest beard for the biggest prize: a $50 gift card to Wal-Mart. Winners of the other

categories will receive a $25 gift card. While he still has a long way to go, last year’s manliest beard winner, Dani Neiderhiser, thinks that Gill could win. “I think he has a good shot. I don’t know who else is doing it, but he can rock a beard,” Neiderhiser said. Whether or not Gill will win though is up to the judges. “We generally ask the female RDs to come and judge. Sometimes they’re not available so if that happens then we ask the night RAs to judge,” Daniel Jetton, resident director of Benson Hall, said. Jessica Dykes, the resident director of Johnson Hall, has judged the competition in the past. For her, the decision to judge was an easy one to make. “I like to help Benson, and I like

beards,” Dykes said. The boys participating will be judged on December 1. Not to be left out, some girls are participating in their own way, even if there’s not a contest for them. Paige Dorne, a Trevecca sophomore, has not shaved her legs during the month of November for the past four years. “My friends and I thought that it would be really funny because the guys had something for No-Shave November and then the girls would be like ‘Yeah, we’ll do No-Shave November,’ and so we just didn’t shave our legs,” Dorne said. “I think it’s really cool the fact that people make NoShave November really fun and make it a competition, yet it raises awareness. It’s really fascinating.”

Photos courtesy of Benson Hall Left to right: Brendan Arnold, junior; Cameron Barefield, senior; Jake Bedard, junior; and Benson ARD Michael Stocks participate in last year’s No-Shave November.