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Senior basketball player from

France recounts Paris attacks
BY Bailey Basham



SGA requests renovation info

BY Bailey Basham

When SGA President Sarah Hogan
saw a new coffee shop and housing
renovations on campus she wondered why the student government
didnt know any of the projects were
So, she wrote a letter on Oct. 6 to
the presidents cabinet outlining her
concerns that students werent consulted for feedback for these projects
and had other priorities for improving
Hogan wrote that students were
confused about why an additional
coffee shop had been built and had
concerns about the renovations in
some of the residence halls.
Ive had that on my mind ways

that SGA can keep the students informed of anything that was happening that would affect them, said Hogan. I had asked a couple of people
what they thought about some things,
but also, people who knew I was the
SGA president would be like, Hey,
youre on SGA maybe you could do
something about this. I had people
come that to me and ask, Why is this
like this? Can you help me figure this
out?, said Hogan. I heard things, and
I wanted to communicate that somehow.
Trevecca President Dan Boone met
with Hogan.
What I did was pull in the people
that do have something to do with it,
which would have been David Cald-

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Sports teams
travelling more
than before

I have cousins who live in

Paris and a lot of friends who
are from Paris, said Gamberoni. I was just worried about
my friends and the situation
in my country and all the
people being killed.
There was not much time



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being killed.

Senior starting center Matt Gamberoni is originally from Mulhouse, France. Photo provided by the Trevecca Trojans.

At 9:20 p.m. on Friday,

Nov. 13, a bomb went off
outside Stade de France in
One person was killed.
Over the course of the
next 20 minutes, terrorist
gunmen opened fire on restaurants, a bar, and the Bataclan concert hall.
The death toll rose to 129
before the attacks were over.
Forty-five thousand miles
from his home in France,
Matt Gamberoni finished
playing in a basketball tournament in Missouri. He
knew something was wrong
when he checked his phone
after the first game of the
I had three or four calls
and messages from five different people on social media or by text message, said
the senior exercise science
major and starting center for
the Trevecca Trojans. Thats
how I figured something
Gamberoni listened to
messages of family and
friends calling to relay the
news of the acts of terror in
My parents live in the
east side of France, almost
four hours from Paris, so I
knew [they] were safe, but


-Matt Gamberoni

to take in the news of the

tragedies in Paris or deal
with worries about family
and friends before the Trojans game the next day in St.
I wont say it was pretty easy [to put it out of my
mind], but Im kind of used to
it because I have been in the
United States for five years,
and I also played one season
in Spain, so I have been out
of my country for almost six
years or more. I learned how
to deal with distance and
my family not with me, said
Gamberoni. When there is

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Interpreter follows calling

from God to Trevecca




Araya Williams interprets in

chapel. Photo by Griffin Dunn.

Music from the worship band plays.

Stops. Starts again. Stops again. The lead
singer speaks into the mic, asking the
sound technician to adjust the levels because she cant hear herself. Students file
in. Announcements are made. The band
starts playing.
These are the sounds of morning chapel at Trevecca and thanks to Araya Williams, Trevecca student Brea Giles doesnt
have to miss a beat.
Williams, who works exclusively as
Giles interpreter, is on stage during chapel.
Her hands and facial expressions perform
a dance as she communicates the scenes

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Phase one of Walden Village underway


T. Josiah Haynes

In the next year, 10

brand new homes will
be built next to campus as the first phase of
Walden Village is nearly
Phase one of the new
residential community
is underway and includes 14 cottages and
a five-unit townhome
building all of which
are nearly sold out.
Phase one is set to be

Village is the
first stage
of this new
initiative to
bring vibrant

-President Dan Boone

finished by May 2016.

Prices of the homes
range from $213,900 to
Walden Village, along
with the Flats at Walden
Grove, came about after a redesign last year

of the original plan for

the residential development.
Walden Village will
consist of 34 singlefamily homes and will
be constructed in three
separate phases. The
Flats at Walden Grove
will be a 124-unit apartment complex.
It started off as two
projects, a hybrid, but it
kind of split into two,
said David Caldwell, executive vice president
for finance and administration. We wanted to
have single-family residence homes, and then
we also wanted to have
condos or apartments.
We didnt have a developer who wanted to do
both, so we split it into
two different projects.
The homes at Walden
Village will be available
to the public; however,
priority was given to
faculty and administrators. Of the 34 houses
planned, 28 contracts
have been signed-- most
of which have already
been signed by faculty
and staff. The first phase
of building will include
the construction of 10
homes within the next
Theres a large intangible value, Caldwell
said. What were really
hoping is to build community over there for

Blueprints of Walden Village and the Flats at Walden Grove provided by Trevecca Nazarene

faculty. Whats really

missing at Trevecca that
a lot of schools have-- a
right next to the campus.
Caldwell hopes that
having faculty closer
to campus will provide
them with the opportunity to be more involved
on campus.
Walden Village is a
dream come true. We are
now at a pivotal moment
of restoring a neighbor-

Blueprint of Walden Village provided by Trevecca Nazarene University.

hood around Trevecca,

said Trevecca President
Dan Boone in a university press release. Walden
Village is the first stage
of this new initiative to
bring vibrant neighborhoods around Trevecca.
The name Walden has
a rich history and a deep
connection to Trevecca.
Caldwell explained that
Steve Hoskins, associate professor of religion,
helped to name the complex.
The names Walden
Grove and Walden Village make a real historical connection to
Walden College which
existed on our campus in
the 1920s and 1930s and
reminds us at Trevecca
of our Wesleyan heritage, our celebrated connection to missionary
work and to our efforts
at providing teachers for
the schools of Tennessee, said Hoskins.
Walden College was
a historically black college that is now a part of
Treveccas campus. The
college was named after
a Methodist bishop John
Morgan Walden, who
championed civil rights
in the 1800s and served
as a missionary to Mexi-

co and Central America.

Trevecca leased the
property from Walden
College in 1935 before
buying it in 1937.
To be able to capture that heritage in the
naming of these new additions to our community keeps us in touch
with the story we have
lived here over these
last eight decades, and
how God has so richly
provided us with a history worth living into,
said Hoskins.
Caldwell said that
this project had been in
discussion since the late
When I came here,
I started working on [a
on Nance Lane and Paris Avenue], and Im very
pleased to see 30 years
of work and planning
come to fruition, Caldwell said.
Priority for the Flats
at Walden Grove will be
given to married students and non-traditional
students. It is projected
that Walden Village will
be completed over the
course of the next year
and a half.



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SGA President Sarah Hogan. Photo by

Griffin Dunn.

well and Steve Harris, said Boone.

Steve has been saying the same
thing in cabinet meetings on behalf
of the students from representing the
residents and the resident directors.
All the cabinet members that needed
to be were engaged in that. We all decided once we kind of collected all the
answers and everything, they said,
Dan, why dont you meet with Sarah?
and I was happy to do that.
In this meeting, Boone clarified
that much of the improvements to
campus done over the summer were
in response to student request.
This addition of a new coffee shop
in the library was prioritized to accommodate the growth in the student
body and the need for repurposing the
original site of Nineteen01 as a lunch
site in addition to a coffee shop.
We have had that request running
about 10 years that we would provide
some kind of coffee service there in
the library, said Boone. While we
didnt go directly to this years SGA
and talk with them about it, weve
known for about 10 years that its a
move that we needed to do.
In response to concerns about
campus renovations, Boone said that
the residence halls just werent ready
in time for students who were returning in the fall.
We werent ready for students
to move in this year. We just really
werent, said Boone. The construction project on Georgia kept getting
delayed for different things that [the
renovators] went into, and then once
they did finish, our plant operations
didnt have enough time to actually
do everything that needed to happen
in Georgia, and we had the same vendors working in Georgia that we had
in UTA apartments. They didnt finish
in time for us to be able to go in and
do all of the readiness stuff that we
would normally do, so those buildings
in particular really werent ready to
move in,It was not a stellar year for us
being ready for move in, and Im more
than willing to admit that.
Boone said priority will be given to
the unfinished renovations this summer once the buildings are empty
again. In addition to administrations
plans to complete the unfinished renovations, Boone encouraged SGA to
create a list of things of student needs
to be prioritized and addressed over
the summer.
I think thats the function of SGA
they represent the student body regarding the different things that need
to be done, said Boone.
Hogan said she has plans to meet
with SGA and submit the list of student needs early next semester.

Senior basketball Player on Paris attacks Continued FROM PAGE 1

something happening over there [in
France] or with my family, I try to stay
focused on what I do. I knew I was going to play a game, and I was just trying to use this type of avenue for motivation to try to play for those people.
I was just like, You know what? We
cant do anything at this time, so lets
just play basketball. Lets just play for
our team, teammates, for the people
[in Paris] and for all the people across
the world that have lost somebody to
this terrorism.
Gamberoni scored six points in
Treveccas 89-86 victory over Maryville the day after the attacks.
Following the victory, however,
Gamberoni had another day before
he would get word that his family
and friends were okay.

if I can use my status

as a basketball
player and as a
French student to
promote peace and
help everybody to
stand together, I
will do it.

SGA story

-Matt Gamberoni

I had to wait until my mom called

me on Sunday and tell me that everybody was okay. One of my cousins
had a baby just one day before the attack, so I knew she wasnt going to be
like outside at night, said Gamberoni. I kind of knew they were all okay.
Though the devastation of the attacks did not reach Gamberonis immediate family, the mother, and aunt
of a close friend were killed. Gamberoni spoke to the local press following
the tragedy and said he feels he can
use his position to encourage supporters.
There was a television [station]

Gamberoni on vacation in Paris, France. Photo provided by Matt Gamberoni.

that came to interview me and a

newspaper, and [even though] I dont
feel very comfortable to talk about
this, I feel like I need to do it because
I am French, and I need to promote
peace and have people to stand together, said Gamberoni. At this time,
we cannot really do anything because we arent God we dont control the world, but for me, if I can use
my status as a basketball player and
as a French student to promote peace
and help everybody to stand together, I will do it. I feel like thats a way to
be responsible and to represent the
school, and I value the humanity in
this school and in the world.
Head Coach Sam Harris said that
the prayers spoken by the team before and after games have changed
since the attacks.
[Prayers] went from concerns of
health and travel and thankfulness

Map of Paris attacks originally posted by the New York Times.

to specific requests, said Harris. As

a Christian, we cant live in fear. Why
would we? We cant control the tragedies that are going on in Paris right
now, but we can show concern; we
can care about one another. I dont
think God allows tragedy [without]
turning it for good. It will be interesting to see what good comes out of
Harris said he hopes that Gamberoni has seen support from the
Trevecca community.
I think [Matt] knows that our
group cares for him. Even though no
immediate relative was harmed in
that, its still his country, and there
are still friends and people that he
might have known. I think thats
what makes Trevecca special. When
theres a need, everybody can respond. I hope hes feeling that.
Gamberoni said he is.
All my teammates have been
showing me support; people across
campus, some students that I dont
even know and had never even met,
they came to talk to me and give me
support; alumni at school have sent
emails to show me support; all the
athletic department, my professors
at school, even the people working
at the cafeteria. I have had so much
support, said Gamberoni. Thats
what I really like about this school.
Its not only since the attack, but just
since I came here, I really feel comfortable because people are always
showing love and showing peace.
Gamberoni hopes to return to Paris to visit family and friends sometime after he finishes his degree in
the spring.



Editorial: Christian response to terrorism must be rooted in love

BY Bailey Basham & Jessy Anne Walters

of Advent where we, as Christians, reflect on

what it would mean for peace to come. The
truth is that a hateful response to those carrying out these acts of terror just seems easier.
However, while the blame of so many acts
of terror is being placed solely on Islamic followers, it is more important than ever to realize that the majority of those victimized by so
much destruction are the ones being blamed
and hated unfairly.
A year ago, a report released by the United
Nations carefully documented known instances of Islamic State barbarity against Muslims,


On Tuesday, Dec. 1, we sat down to write

about some Islamophobic responses we saw
after the terrorist attacks in Paris. We finished
our editorial, sent it to be edited, and the next
day, an act of terror on American soil brought
this issue even closer to home.
At the San Bernardino County Health Department in Cali., 14 people died and 21 were injured at the hands of a co-worker. Syed Rizwan
Farook had worked at the health department
for five years when he and his wife, Tashfeen
Malik, stormed the departments holiday party
and opened fire.
In wake of the attacks executed by the Islamic State in Paris, the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations released a preliminary report on Nov. 24 showing a significant rise in
CAIR notes that it has received more reports about acts of Islamophobic discrimination, intimidation, threats, and violence targeting American Muslims (or those perceived to
be Muslim) and Islamic institutions in the past
week-and-a-half than during any other limited period of time since the 9/11 terror attacks,
states a council press release.
Islamophobia is defined as the exaggerated fear, hatred and hostility toward Islam and
Muslims. This fear, hatred and hostility is often
a result of negative stereotypes and bias and
serves as a basis for the discrimination against
and marginalization of Muslims to thrive.
It is easy to hate and fear those who perform these acts of terror when considering the
amount of destruction they leave in their path.
In the San Bernardino attack, 14 families lost
mothers; fathers; a sibling; a spouse; a child.
Eighteen children lost a parent 20 days before
Christmas - right in the midst of the season

9,327 civilians killed

17,386 Wounded
in first eight months
of ISIS activity
-United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
noting in the first eight months of 2014, ISIS
was the primary actor responsible for the
deaths of 9,347 civilians in Iraq, states British
national newspaper, The Independent.
The UN also reported that in the first eight
months of ISIS activity, 17,386 additional people were wounded.
French journalist Didier Franois was held
prisoner by ISIS for more than 10 months before he was released in April 2014. Franois
said in a Feb. 2015 CNN article that his ISIS
captors didnt even have a Quran.
Had his captors and the rest of the jihadists

Anti-Islamic Hate Crimes Reported by the FBI


Today , U.S. Muslims are ve

times more likely to be the
victim of a hate crime than
they were before 9/11


Incidents of reported anti-Islamic hate crimes

Source: Statista.




















Reported hate crimes


of ISIS been in possession of the holy Islamic

text, they might be familiar with what is mandated by Islam.
Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam,
expressed very clearly what was to be expected of those who followed the religion.
Christians are my citizens, and by God,
I hold out against anything that displeases
them. Whosoever shall annul these decrees,
let him know positively that he annuls the ordinance of God, Muhammed said in his covenant with the Christian monks of Saint Catherines Monastery. Whoever kills a non-Muslim
citizen under a Muslim government shall not
smell the fragrance of Paradise.
In a Nov. 17 Washington Post article, Jeff
Guo writes the growth of hatred of Islam based
on the acts of ISIS plays right into the hands of
the terrorist group.
Extremist groups feed off of alienation,
some counterterrorism experts say, and Islamist militants deliberately aim to make Muslims
in the West feel isolated and turn against their
own communities, writes Guo. These attacks,
and the backlash they generated, would inspire others to radicalize.
In San Bernardino, Farook, a U.S. born citizen, legally purchased the .223-caliber assault
rifles he used to open fire on his coworkers of
five years.
New York Giants player Nat Berhe tweeted
on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in response to the shooting. Berhes cousin, 60-year-old father of three
Isaac Amanios, was one of the 14 killed in San
The true terror is that this keeps happening. I still cant believe it, Berhe wrote. Take a
moment to think of the families hurting right
Berhes advice might give additional perspective to some in wake of these terrorist attacks. In a time following such devastation as
the shooting in San Bernardino and the attacks
in Paris, meeting hate with more hate is wrong.
Being fearful is rational. These events are terrifying, and day after day, it is being proven that
they can happen anywhere.
Terrorism has no boundaries and cannot be
confined to any one religion or group of people-- Farook was a radical just like the Christian man, Robert Lewis Dear, who stormed
a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility and
killed three people last month. The beliefs that
all Muslims are terrorists is one born of ignorance, and rather than focusing only on the
hate and destruction, we need to respond with
love to those who are hurting. The acts of violence are shattering families, striking fear into
many and touching all of our lives, but we need
to realize that in the midst of a world filled with
hate, we as Christians can offer healing where
there is hurt; hope where there is destruction;
peace where there is terror; love where there is
If someone says, I love God, and hates his
brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not
love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love
God whom he has not seen, states 1 John 4:20.
Love your neighbor as yourself. All of them.



May the curve be ever in your favor.

December graduates:
everything is going to be OK
BY niCole hUBBs


Tues. Dec 15th

Class Meets

 (615) - 248 - 7725

Congratulations, December grads! If you are

finishing college in three weeks, you might be
freaking out a little. Take a breath! While you
may not get all the pomp and circumstance
that surrounds spring commencement ceremonies, there are some benefits to graduating
in December than you might not have considered.
1. You get a break! If you graduate in December, finals are over on the 18th and the next
week is Christmas, followed by New Years.
Odds are most companies are not going to
start a new employee as their year is winding down, so you get a built in break from
school and work! Enjoy the time off - it may
be your last period of nothing to do for a
while. Be ready to start work on Monday,
January 4th with the rest of the post college grown-ups.
2. You may have your pick of full time jobs. Depending on your field, you may have a leg
up on the May graduates by being able to
start full time in January. Oftentimes, if a
company is hiring, the needs are immediate and you will be more available than others still taking classes through the spring.
If you are somewhat flexible, apply for jobs
that sound interesting to you even if they
are not dream jobs. Consider part time options, too, if you can. You never know who
you will meet!
3. You have timeuse it wisely. If you dont have
the pressure of needing to job search right
away, you can take some time to get interview and job ready. Start by going to www.
trevecca/ to practice
mock interviewing. If you have not made a
resume yet, make an appointment with me
to create one. If you are still job searching
and need more leads and contacts, be intentional to continue your search through
relationships. If you are visiting with family over Christmas break, network a little! You can bet on the fact that they will
ask you what you are going to do now that
school is over (its maddening, I know, but
they just love you). Share your interests
and what you are hoping to get involved in.
This might open up doors for opportunities
you didnt know of before. Also, use time in
the spring to network/shadow/volunteer/
intern to get some more experience and
make contacts.
It doesnt matter what semester you graduate; it will be stressful and wonderful either
way. Take some time to rest and enjoy your accomplishment, but be as prepared as you can
for your job search!

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Trevecca sports teams traveling farther for conference

BY manon lane


The expansion of the

Great Midwest Athletic
Conference over the next
two years means Trevecca
sports teams will be traveling farther than ever before.

I really like the

quality and the
character of
the schools that
are joining, But
the distance is a
killer for us.

-President Dan Boone

Trevecca is the only

Tennessee school in the
conference and lies on the
southern-most edge of the
G-MAC configuration. The
five schools slated to be
added within the next two
years are all farther north,
therefore adding miles, and

sometimes days, to the athletes travel schedule.

Trevecca President Dan
Boone is the current chairman of the G-MACs Presidents Council and said that
further travel is less than
Im thankful for the
growth of the conference;
its becoming a very strong
conference, and I really like
the quality and the character of the schools that are
joining, said Boone. But
the distance is a killer for
Treveccas athletes must
travel eight to 10 hours depending on traffic, weather
conditions and rest stops
to get to the schools that
are over 500 miles away.
Trevecca would, however,
face those same challenges
being in any of the other Division II conference.
One of the major disadvantages to the conference
expansion is the cost of
Trevecca Athletic Direc-

tor Mark Elliot estimated

that an away game involving an overnight stay
averages around $3,000 a
day. That cost is based on
a team consisting of 15-20
players, a bus, meals and
Were trying to be as frugal as we possibly can, said
Elliot, explaining that they
try to stay three to a room
and eat at Cracker Barrel.
The more travel time
required to make it to the

schools that are farther

away not only affects cost
but university attendance
as well.
The policy is an absence
is an absence, whether excused or unexcused, yet
our policy has always been
that you cant get docked
a grade for an excused absence, said Elliot. You
should be able to make it
up, do the work early, do it
late, but you should not be
penalized for an excused

Buses for away games
come equipped with WiFi so student athletes can
keep up with their studies.
Official absences from
the institution for any reason choir, sports, or any others representing Trevecca
has to go through my office
to get approved. If its approved, the instructor has
to honor that, University
Provost Steve Pusey said.


Eight member institutions from Ohio, West
Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee (2016 - 2017)

Information provided by the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

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Hampton qualifies for NCAA championship

BY Tom lohrmann

Trevecca cross country runner Caroline Hampton capped her sophomore season by placing 54th out of 240 competitors
at the NCAA Division II championship in
Joplin, Missouri last month.
Hampton is the first Trevecca runner in
the history of the university and the first
G-MAC female to place in an NCAA Division II cross country championship event.
Hampton qualified for nationals by securing her second consecutive individual
conference championship at the G-MAC
tournament in November where she finished 15th overall.
Ive worked so hard for this, each summer and each day, so when we realized
that I was able to get a spot as an individ-

her freshman and sophomore season.

Selby described Hampton as an extremely
dedicated athlete whose attitude and drive
make her a leader for the other women on
the cross country team.
They know shes doing the things that
are getting the job done to make her faster, so they want to do it as well. Its more
leadership by example, we dont have any
named roles on the team, said Selby. Its
motivating for them; they want to get to
her level. She just went to the national
championship. No one here has ever done
that before. I think everybody wants to
share in that experience.
Hampton was homeschooled during
high school but participated and competed with Franklin Christian Academy.
Hampton began running during her senior
year of high school as a way to train and
stay in shape for basketball, but running
quickly became a passion.
Hampton sent her times to a few colleges, and while she has family ties to
Trevecca, it was Selbys quick reply to her
introductory email with an offer to join
the team that drew her to commit to the
Hampton credited her success this
season to coaches and teammates, who
offered both athletic and spiritual support,
and to God.
Cross country is like a family, both the
boys and girls [teams]. We travel together,
and we do most workouts at the same
park or track, so were always with each
other. The girls team, theyre like sisters;
theyve really encouraged me throughout

this year. I probably wouldnt be where I

am without them, said Hampton. I know
that this is a gift from God. Everyday I go
out on my runs looking at it more like that
God gave me this gift, so how do I glorify
Him through it?
With the end of the semester and finals quickly approaching, Hampton prepared for her first indoor track meet of the
season, on Dec. 5 at Vanderbilt University. Selby stated that the goal was to see
Hampton qualify for indoor nationals.
Selby said Hamptons success validates the efforts he and his coaching staff
have made to bring in female talent and
develop it. Ultimately, these successes
make it easier to recruit new athletes, as it
shows Trevecca is a program thats geared
toward both the men and the women.
Selby heaped praise back on Hampton for
her consistency and determination.
In all honesty, [coaching Hampton] is
easy. She does exactly what we ask her to
do. You want two things out of an athlete:
you want a coachable athlete and an attitude of whatever it takes. Shes got both of
those, he said.

Ive worked so hard

for this, each summer
and each day, so when
we realized that I was
able to get a spot as an
individual, it was amazing.

Photo provided by Trevecca Trojans.

ual, it was amazing. I knew all that hard

work, all that healthy food, was paying off,
said Hampton.
While traditional meets usually feature
100 competitors or less, national competitions feature 240 runners. Additionally, Hampton was competing on her own,
whereas many of the competitors were
there competing with other members of
their respective teams.
I had never been to such a huge meet
before in my life, said Hampton. With the
atmosphere, the amazing fans and a lot of
runners, I performed pretty well. Theres
a few things that I wish I could go back
and do differently, maybe going out a bit
stronger, or setting the pace differently, but
overall Im so happy with the outcome in
my first national meet I couldnt ask for
anything more.
Hamptons most recent accomplishment is another highlight in what she
and coaches described as a dream season.
Hampton was named the G-MAC cross
country athlete of the week multiple times
this season. She said that the most recent
athlete of the week recognition was extra
special, given the historic implications of
her national championship race.
Hamptons sophomore season further
developed on her standout performances
as a freshman. Last year, she was recognized as an NCAA all-region performer
and G-MAC runner of the year, as well as
G-MAC freshman of the year.
Cross country head coach Austin Selby
noted that he saw a definitive change in
Hamptons cross country times between

-Caroline Hampton


BY Jessy anne WalTers


Linthicum works as the head of plant operations at

Trevecca. Photo provided by Trevecca.
Classic rock music quietly hums in the background of a room filled with photographs of family,
certificates from the Army and art projects from
sons that are now grown. In this office, with a door
thats almost never closed, is Glenn Linthicum, director of plant operations.
Linthicum has been working at Trevecca since
2004 and has been a part of everyday maintenance
and major renovations, as well as some messy
mishaps. With more than 5,000 work orders a year
as well as campus projects, maintaining Trevecca
keeps Linthicum on the move.
There are over 1,500 toilets on this campus, one
is going to be leaking at any given time. Its just the
enormity of [this job], said Linthicum.
After spending years in the construction industry, the transition to working in a college environment was an interesting one.
You work in those environments and you find
yourself being in the world a little bit, so for me,
this was something different. I had never done facilities, Linthicum explained. This is a like little
city, a little town, where Dr. Boone is like the mayor. I had to adjust the way I approached things-- I
couldnt be as gruff. I couldnt be as hard core.
As director of plant operations, Linthicum is in
charge of a team that is responsible for the maintenance of the entire campus from building new
benches to completely renovating spaces such as
Georgia Hall and the Nineteen01 coffee shop.
Its a thankless job, said Ronda Lilienthal, dean
of students for residential life. There is always a
huge amount of work to be done.
As he leaned back in his chair and shook his
head, Linthicum recalled when the flood of 2010 hit
Nashville; it took out an electrical cable that ran
under the quad and connected McClurken, Greathouse Science, the Martin building, and Wakefield.
That happened on a Sunday, and Monday was
the first day of finals. I had to scramble. At 2:30 in
the morning, I wasnt sure I was going to be able to
fix it all. But we did, we only missed one day. Tuesday we were up and running. Kids were taking fi-

nals, said Linthicum.

In the past 11 years, Linthicum has continued
to work hard, not only to maintain the school, but
to improve it, though weather has been a continual challenge in Nashville.
A lot of people never see what he does behind
the scenes when theres a mess going on somewhere. And [Linthicum] will just crack campuswide jokes like sledding is open, but dont use the
sidewalks. He tends to find a way to have fun in
the work that he does, said Trevecca President
Dan Boone, as he reminisced about past storms
which had iced over the campus.
Before anybody was up, like dead middle of
the cold, freezing morning he was out there with
a bucket of salt, a chisel and a shovel, Boone recalled.
One of Linthicums goals when he came on as
director of plant operations was not only to improve the school and make it better, but change
the mentality of the community in regards to
plant operations.
There was this wide gap between the guys
that were actually out doing the work and the
ones in the office, Linthicum explained. [It was]
getting away from the us versus them mentality, having to change that, show that we were just
as much apart of this campus and this university
as any other department.
Linthicum worked hard to not only smooth the
gap between departments but has also worked
hard to build relationships among the students.
From intramural sports teams to floats in the
homecoming parade, Linthicum has continually
been a part of the social life on campus.
There was one year we should have won. We

is to leave
place better than
I found it, I think when
I do that, then Ill be
ready to move on.

Plant ops director

keeps campus going

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-Glenn Linthicum
had a tank with a functioning cannon, Linthicum said of one homecoming parade, [Another
year] we were the King and Queen of Clean we
were sitting on toilets with plungers and crowns.
A smile spread across his face as he talked
about tripping up his son, currently a freshman at
Trevecca, last week during a game of flag football.
Many students and faculty have come in and
out of Linthicums office, for reasons both work
and non-work related. Linthicum explained how
hes had students come work for him and then
years later hes seen them get married. He talked
about the many students who hes built relationships with simply because they said hello on the
sidewalk, and how these type of relationships
have shaped his job here. He stresses the importance of those who have come into his life by way
of this job.
The thing that is the most important to me
is the relationships that Ive had, that Ive made.
Theyre more valuable to me than anything else,
because this is all about relationships, Linthicum
After more than 11 years at Trevecca, Linthicum has accomplished many of his goals from
new benches and roofs to an all around improved
campus for students, but for Linthicum, he is always working toward one greater goal.
My goal is to leave this place better than I
found it, I think when I do that, then Ill be ready
to move on.

Araya Williams

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Interpreter Araya William. Photo by Griffin Dunn.

dialogue and the tones and atmosphere of the setting.
Interpreting is more than a job for the mother of four
from Keizer, Oregon-- it is her calling.
Growing up with a father that had special needs, she
was sensitive to struggles others face. In third grade, she
had deaf classmates and found herself drawn to the communication of interpreting. Williams was able to pick-up
certain words of American Sign Language (ASL) by listening to what her teacher was saying and observing the
interpretation. She loved the language and learned early
enough that it stayed with her.
At home I would practice. I would listen to the radio
and sign a song, or race my sister signing ABCs, recalls
During her senior year of high school, she met a girl
on her varsity soccer team who was deaf. The two turned
out to live near each other, and Williams would give her
rides to practice.
It was this experience that led to her being called into
ministry within the deaf community.
The call to Nashville brought Williams, her husband,
and their children to an unknown city.
Williams works for two agencies, and also as a videorelay interpreter. One of those agencies is Gate Communications, which defines itself as a nonprofit that services the deaf community.
The consumers I show up to interpret for are both the
hearing consumers, and the deaf consumers; Im not just
the deaf persons interpreter, says Williams. Im here for
the communication purposes, and the communication
needs of that environment are going to vary.
As an interpreter, Williams not only needs to assess
the language needs of the deaf community, but also the
needs of the hearing person who may need some cultural
understanding as to why, for example, there are pauses in
the communication as it is signed to the receiver.
Since interpreting brings a third party into situations
such as doctors appointments, and meetings with professors for example, confidentiality and ethics are key.
Just because Brea needs an interpreter, doesnt mean
her life should be broadcast through all these different interpreters, explains Williams. No one knows the details
of your life.
The two met this semester when Trevecca requested
an interpreter.
Giles, a sophomore interpersonal communications
major was adopted from India at the age of 5.
On involving an interpreter, both in her receiving
translation of the instructors teaching as well as her
comments in class, Giles explains that finding the right
interpreter is not always easy.
Its important for me to have an interpreter that can
understand clearly. If theyre not signing clearly, and Im
not understanding them, then Im not going to get the
message, explains Giles. There has to be a good fit between the deaf person and the interpreter.
The two can be seen signing together on campus
most Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Giles says that Williams is a good fit.
A friend of Giles, sophomore Chad Huntley, is a fellow
Trevecca student that is taking an ASL class on campus.
He is learning first-hand the challenges that both Giles
and Williams have expressed and the intricacies of the
The hands are the words, and your facial expressions
are the grammar, explains the information technologies
major as he describes what he has learned thus far.
His friendship with Giles and experiences through
his class have taught him just how much the sense of
hearing is taken for granted.
I dropped my phone the other day, said Huntley. If I
hadnt heard it fall, it would still be on the ground.


Colors fly
for NPWI

John Diven. Photo by Griffin Dunn.

BY mariana Da silVa

He enters his own world as he starts
playing a fun, light and delicate melody.
Suddenly, it gets intense and exciting
as he bangs some lower notes on the piano that sound intriguing but powerful
as they pierce through the tiny practice
room. He then skips back to light, fun
and faster with high, energetic notes,
sounding witty but precise and playful.
He was playing the color pink and
the emotion excited.
John Diven, a freshman at Trevecca
and a student in the National Praise and
Worship Institute, sees colors in music,
and sometimes even in numbers and
He has a condition called Synesthesia in which people have sensory experiences that overlap; they most often

F eatu r es

link letters or numbers to certain colors.

In his case, it might be specifically music-color and personification synesthesia that he developed as he learned
how to play the piano. It allows him to
connect colors to music, personalities
and emotions. There are many different
kinds of synesthesia because people
have many senses that could overlap,
according to an article on The Discover
Magazine and Synesthesia Test.
Diven developed this game in which
he will ask someone to give him a color
and an emotion and he will improvise
on that color and mood, his goal is to
take that person there, to feel that mood
in the music, and to connect with the
To be able to see colors in music is
like incorporating two extremely beautiful things in just one vision; if you can
see music in its color, thats just incredible. Not everybody gets to experience
that, said Karina Silva, one of his closest friends.
When he plays the piano he sees
colors in the chords. There are personalities, moods, genders and families in
the chords and they are identified with
colors. He also has a color for the names
of people, mainly people he knows and
is close to.
I didnt choose what the colors are,
they were just there, said Diven.
The colors of the chords are always
the same, but the entire song that he
plays with all the different chords will
change. A red chord and blue chord in
the same song would shift the hues to a
purplish color, he said.

Emma Bartlett, a freshman and

NPWI student at Trevecca, also believes
she has a little bit of synesthesia. When
she looks at people, mostly people she
already knows, she hears melodies in
her head that fit their personality; some
people are piano melody, others are
different instruments or even a whole
symphony, she said.
Her theory is that a lot of musicians
have it because its not just a note their
playing, there is emotion associated, so
she believes its something you develop
and learn, and its the persons perception of the world.
People who have synesthesia are
generally born with it but research has
been published on non-synesthetes
and though not conclusive, the results
suggest that people can be taught to
cross senses, and develop that ability,
said according to an article in The Atlantic.
Diven started playing the piano six
years ago. He was self-taught, but it was
after two years that he started to think
about what was happening. Before that
he would see colors in numbers and
letters, which is one of the other signs
of synesthesia. He thought it was just
the way he saw the world. It was later
on in his life that he started researching about synesthesia and found out the
science behind what he sees.
The colors mostly appear when he is
playing the piano because its what he
loves to do. And the colors will appear
especially when he is really into the
song and has an emotional connection
with it. Although it is strongest when he

is playing, it also happens sometimes

when he is just listening to a song he
really enjoys because of the overlap of
the emotion with his sight and hearing
senses, he said.
Synesthesia has never been a barrier
for Diven. He wishes he could change
the colors sometimes and break out of
what he sees into something more and
to challenge his ability, but it has never
frustrated him. It has actually helped
him because he has more of a facility remembering names, numbers and
songs because of their colors, he said.
When I am going to sleep and Im really tired, the music in my head will get
so loud, to the point where it is clear as
day as if there is an orchestra playing in
my room. Its very clear and lucid when
Im just about to fall asleep. Sometimes
its radio music, other times I will make
up songs incorporating sounds in the
room, said Diven.
He hopes to be a movie composer
and a writer. He wants to tell stories
through books, but also through music.
He also dreams of someday being confident enough in improvisation to make
an entire tour of improvised playing, he
Hes experiencing a part of creativity that God created that most people
dont allow themselves to have access
to. Hes not only very intelligent in improvisation and seeing colors but also
very blessed, said Silva.

Check out a clip of

Diven playing piano at

Trevecca students write an opera in

one semester as part of FLARE program
BY oliVia Kelley

At first, it was just a thought.
It seemed quite impossible,
considering the amount of funding, time and pure talent it would
take to pull off. Nothing like this
had ever been done before, and it
seemed ridiculous to think something of this magnitude could be
pulled off, thought Eric Wilson,
assistant professor of music.
I thought it would be neat
to do something with students
where they wrote an opera one
semester and staged it the next.
I never really thought that that
would be possible until the
FLARE project came along, said
FLARE, Faculty-Led Academic Research Experience, refers to
a quality enhancement plan that
started a couple of years ago at
Trevecca in order to encourage
undergraduate research. Lena
Welch, dean of the school of arts
and sciences, pioneered the project by developing a series of
mini-grants that professors and
students could apply for to do
original research.
Here in the music department we like to refer to it as creative endeavor, said David Diehl,
chair of the department of music.
After hearing about the project, Wilson said this felt like

the perfect platform to bring his

ideas to life. He was going to lead
a group of students to write and
produce an opera.
The working title of the opera
is Requiem for the Living: An
Opera, however that is subject
to change. It is described as this:
Four people deal with the staggering loss of their closest friend.
Starting at a funeral and ending
with a wedding ceremony, the
opera explores the true essence of
loss, feeling alone and the solace
found in the redemptive love of
The project has involved students from several different majors, including music, English,
dramatic arts, and communication, and was funded with approximately $18,500.
Wilson and Diehl began the interview process to find a student
liaison for the project someone
who could serve as a leader for
the students involved and who
could report back to the professors on board.
Enter Tyler Umpleby, a senior
music education major.
I knew I couldnt do it alone,
nor did I want to, said Wilson.
Tyler has done an amazing job,
though. He has earned his paycheck three times over.
Umpleby was able to touch
base with each group involved

and report back to Wilson and

Diehl with any questions or issues.
Wilson met with the composers once a week individually, but
they also worked as a group without him to write the music. According to Wilson, the composers
have often stayed up writing until
3 a.m. Umpleby said there were a
few weeks they worked 20 to 25
hours on the project.
The thing that really strikes
me is that I had honestly anticipated having to be more hands-on
and having to be more involved,
but I havent had to do hardly anything with this other than writing
the proposal. The students have
claimed ownership in the project and they have allowed us to
do what we were intended to do:
guide and mentor, said Wilson. I
havent written a single note, not a
single word all of that has been
the students.
The process has not always
gone so smoothly for the students.
Its normal in a group like this
to experience some conflict, said
Umpleby. Everyone on the project has been supportive of each
others ideas. In the end it just
comes down to a majority decision.
According to Wilson, this conflict may actually be a good thing.

FLARE project writers and composers. Photo by Griffin Dunn.

Weve tried to emphasize that
the more important aspect is the
process over the product, he said.
We want to have a good, solid
work of art when were done, but
that end result is as important as
the collaboration aspect.
The students got a chance to
watch a segment of their opera
come to life at the faculty research
symposium on Monday, Nov. 16.
Ingrid Rekedal, a sophomore theatre education major, sang one of
the main characters songs about
welcoming guests to a funeral.
It was absolutely incredible,
said Wilson. She knocked it out
of the park.
The first draft of the opera is
almost finished. Next semester
will be mainly focused on the production. .
There will be auditions and in-

terviews for some of the more major positions and roles, Diehl said.
This is a unique experience
and Im not aware of a school of
any size undertaking something
like this. There are original operas being written and performed,
but its usually by an individual or
one or two people. To write a work
of this magnitude they are going to have experience that their
peers from other schools simply
arent going to get, said Wilson.
The students are grateful for
the opportunity, some saying this
has encouraged them to continue
their schooling in opera.
Its been a project that the
people on it are excited about,
said Umpleby. And like, we wrote
an opera. I sat down with a group
of students and we wrote an opera.