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March 2018 | Trevecca Nazarene University’s Official Student Newspaper Since 1944 | TrevEchoesOnline.com

NEWS

Students advo-
Trevecca officials support transit plan
BY Blake Stewart
MICAH MANDATE EDITOR
cate for Dream Some Trevecca students and administrators are sup-

Act in D.C. porting a $5.4 billion plan to bring mass transit to
Nashville.
Page 5 University President Dan Boone in September called
public transit an issue for the university’s faculty and
students in a letter to the editor to The Tennessean.
FEATURE
“The university’s commuter population has contin-
Behind the scenes ued to grow along with our enrollment numbers. That
means more and more of our students are driving to
of Friday Night campus every day, navigating crowded streets and in-
terstates to class, with somewhat limited mass transit
Live options,” he wrote. “Trevecca Nazarene University
Page 2 boasts its largest total enrollment in our 116-year histo-
ry and is negatively impacted by transit issues.”
COLUMN In the past five years, the number of commuting stu-
dents at Trevecca has increased from 335 to 523
The post spring Earlier this month, the Futuro TNU Chapter invited

break anxiety Nashville Mayor Meagan Barry to come to campus to
discuss her transit proposal that includes 26 miles of
Page 6 light-rail and an underground tunnel that would be
built under 5th Ave., allowing buses and trains to run
SPORTS from all sectors of the Nashville area.
Futuro is a professional development club focused on
Men’s soccer launch- engaging Latino college students throughout Middle

es Futsal league for Tennessee in leadership training and networking.
Sofia Guerrero, senior education major and Futuro
refugees president, led the event for Trevecca’s Futuro chapter.
“I think it’s important that this group of students, par-
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CONNECT Safety protocols reviewed after threat on campus
/TrevEchoesOnline BY Princess jones leads. between classes but we were too scared so we just
ONLINE EDITOR “There’s no telling who it can be, I don’t want to stayed in our car parked by the Jackson building
Trevecca officials are reminding students and staff draw conclusions. There are always a lot of dif- because its far away. We were debating going
@TrevEchoes
of emergency procedures after a threat of violence ferent people on campus for sports games, ad- home just because we were so scared,” said Tadeo.
via a note in the Student Government Association missions events. We try hard to be a welcoming As information continues to be exchanged be-
@TrevEchoes comment box was discovered last month. community, so, it’s one of those things where we tween the police and security the Trevecca com-
While they haven’t released any details from the are looking at every possible scenario and try to munity will be updated.
TrevEchoesOnline.com note, officials wrote in an email that Metro Police figure out,” said Matt Toy, associate vice president “We will reach out with follow up information the
are looking into the credibility of the threat. of marketing and communications. same way we reached out initially. Using the same
“We will keep chasing leads as long as we are Some students have expressed fear over the threat method of communication, it’s just easier if you’re
TrevEchoes@gmail.com
getting them and working with the Metro Police to the community. going to keep getting the same information from
Department,” said Gregory Dawson, captain uni- “We were in biology class when we got the email the same source,” said Dawson.
TNU Events App versity security. ,and the professor made it aware that we were Officials have sent three emails with information
A member of SGA on Sunday, Feb. 18 at around 3 going to get the email. Once we got the email my regarding the threat, including training materials
p.m., found the note in the comment box, located heart just dropped because all of that just real- that highlight Trevecca’s “Run, Hide, Fight” emer-
INSIDE at the SGA booth in Jernigan, and immediately ly scares me. I didn’t pay attention [in class] too gency plan. The plan details procedures for facul-
NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 turned it over to security officials who immediate- much just because I was so concerned,” said Patri- ty and students in the event of an active shooter
ly notified the police. cia Tadeo, a freshman. on campus.
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Because of the ongoing investigation, no details Over the course of the day Tadeo and her friend “We use run, hide, fight because it’s kind of the
SPORTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 have been released about the note. contemplated if it was wise to stay on campus. best practice in place right now. Its condoned by
FEATURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 At this point in the investigation, there are no solid “We usually go to the library to do our work in
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Trevecca will honor MLK Day as Hunter Newman, former profes-
official holiday next year sional baseball player, back at TNU
BY maria monteros nessee, 172 out of 184 universities closed BY ANDREW PRESTON
STAFF WRITER their campuses on MLK Day this year. SPORTS EDITOR
For the first time in its history, Trevecca Recognizing MLK Day as a no-class holi- It was a Wednesday evening former Trojan
will observe Martin Luther King (MLK) day has been a topic of discussion for five baseball player and current Trevecca stu-
Day as an official no-class holiday for the years. Matt Spraker, associate dean of dent Hunter Newman will never forget.
2018-2019 school year. community life, initially brought up the Newman answered his ringing cell phone
The President’s cabinet in late January idea during an SGA meeting last fall. only to realize the St. Louis Cardinals were
approved the holiday after a proposal “’To be rather than to seem’ is our motto on the other end.
from SGA. and [Spraker] wanted it to be more than He was going to be drafted to play profes-
Nicolette Thayer, SGA’s untraditional words on just a plaque. He actually want- sional baseball.
events coordinator, authored the propos- ed to ‘be’ not just ‘seem’ like we cared “I wasn’t for sure if I’d be taken,” Newman
al after spending the past several months about race relations on campus,” said recalled of his experience on draft day. “It
researching the issue and found that out Thayer. “It wasn’t that they didn’t want to was a waiting game. I knew it was a possi-
of 23 universities in Nashville, Trevecca honor MLK Day, it’s just that they need- bility, but it’d be on day three.”
is one of the three institutions that held ed a certain amount of hours or minutes Major League Baseball (MLB) holds its am- Photo provided by Trevecca Athletic Communications
classes on MLK Day. In the state of Ten- CONTINUED PAGE 4 CONTINUED PAGE 7
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Friday Night Live: behind the scenes “Once skit and video ideas are picked, writers are
BY BROOKLYN DANCE
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF assigned to begin scripts. Once [scripts] are finalized,
filming begins.”
For most students, FNL means showing up on a
Friday night to laugh at skits and videos designed to This is when students involved look to Nguyen to
poke fun at current events from the school year. make their ideas come to life. For Nguyen, the work
doesn’t come easy.
For Uy Nguyen, FNL means roughly six 25-hour
work weeks preceding the event. “Filming for one video can average three to five
hours spanned over several days, and it’s the same
Nguyen, junior ASB communications director,
for editing,” Nguyen said. “It depends on the video,
communication studies major and graphic design
but from start to the final product [it takes] around 10
minor, is the man behind the camera.
to 15 hours per video.”
He is primarily self-taught, crediting experience
There are around nine videos each year, varying
and YouTube to teaching him the majority of what
in content and length. Last year, Nguyen said he did
he knows.
most of the work himself, for the sake of consistency.
“I have taken a few standard film courses here
“Last year when I first lead the production, I got
and there. I also attended a filmmaking program
some help during filming but still did the majority.
at MTSU called Governor’s School for the Arts,
I did practically all editing myself. I expect more of Photo provided by Nguyen.
but most of what I know I have learned through done,” Gunter said. “I know for a fact that he spends
the same this year. I usually get someone to help He describes this responsibility as leading a team
experience and watching other creators on many sleepless nights getting all the videos done for
film to cover more angles,” Nguyen said. “I have of coordinators and serving on executive council to
YouTube,” Nguyen said. FNL in the weeks leading up to the performance. He
received some offers to help edit, but depending on oversee all communication to and from SGA. He
This is Nguyen’s third FNL to be a part of, and his also attends writing meetings and wrote one of the
what the final vision is and for consistency’s sake, I says work for that can range five to 15 hours a week,
second leading the production side. best skits in FNL last year- Uy roasting other people’s
may do most, if not all, the editing myself again.” depending on the week.
Preparation for the event starts in mid names.”
The hours Nguyen logs do not go unnoticed to “There really isn’t a typical week. Some weeks
January. Ideas are pitched for skits, music videos, Once filming is finalized, Nguyen says the next
script writers. there is minimal work, but others there will be a lot
commercials and other relevant things to tie in. step is editing, and quickly.
Ryan Gunter, junior chemistry and physics major, more,” Nguyen said. “[The hours] can range from
“We start brainstorming ideas we think would “When filming is wrapped up I try to finish five to 15, sometimes more if there is a big event
is a script writer, speaks to Nguyen’s dedication.
relate to and be funny to the rest of the school. We editing as soon as possible so [the videos] can be happening like FNL or Trojan Idol.”
“Uy Nguyen is literally the man. I have no idea proofed and approved before the event,” Nguyen
create a master list of ideas and begin to whittle it In addition to filming and editing, Nguyen is in
how he manages to get everything he does for FNL said.
down until it is more manageable,” Nguyen said. charge of all promotional content for FNL.
Kelly Hall, SGA social life director is in charge of
“This is stuff like the overall design, coffee sleeves,
the event and credits Nguyen with the professional
banners, social media advertisements, promo videos,
atmosphere of FNL.
and anything else you can think of,” Nguyen said.
“There is absolutely no way FNL would come
As far as Nguyen’s career goal, he is unsure.
together without Uy. His standard of quality and
“I honestly have no clue as to what I want to
attention to detail is what makes the show look so
do career wise, along with most people our age,”
professional,” Hall said. “I am so thankful to work
Nguyen said.
with him.”
He says FNL preparation shows him what
The 100+ hours Nguyen pours into FNL are
working in the creative field day to day could be like.
unpaid. When asked why he does it, he admitted
that it is a good question. “I just know that I want to stay in the creative field
to some extent, and I still want to be creating content,
“I guess it’s because I know FNL is important to a
whether it is a part of my career or just a side hobby,”
lot of people, and I know I have the ability to make
Nguyen says. “FNL gives me a glimpse of what it
it good. I’m not sure who would do it otherwise,”
would be like to work with a team rather than just
Nguyen said. “Overall I just want to do it justice, and
myself. It also puts me on strict deadlines and forces
make it an event everyone will remember.”
me to shorten my turnaround time.”
Photo provided by Nguyen. Nguyen is also the SGA communications director.

Boone’s beard oil: A Christian beard in the heart of Nashville
BY miriam kirk beard.”
CONTRIBUTOR
The process of infusing the herbs with
Looking around campus, Jason Adkins, the oils can take up to six weeks in the
environmental projects coordinator sees greenhouse or 12 to 24 hours in the warm
the need for beard care all over the faces of bath of a double boiler.
Trevecca men.
“The process we use really depends on
In December of last year, the the weather, with it being so cold right
coordinators for Trevecca Urban Farm had now that limits the amount of work we can
a meeting mapping out events to decide do in the greenhouse, “said Karen Shaw,
what they should put on the market next. coordinator for Trevecca Urban Farm.
With winter already here, they decided a
Adkins has been making and using his
beard oil would be the next thing to add to
own beard oil for a couple of years, but has
their growing line of health care products.
not had a wide range of beards to test their
“During the winter months’ beards new oil.
can get very dry and we have some very
“One of our other farmers uses it from
prominent, bearded, folk here on the
time to time, but only the Trevecca Urban
campus, such as Dr. Boone, who has a
Farm beards have been blessed by our oils
noble beard,” said Adkins. “So, we named
so far, but we want to expand,” said Adkins.
our first oil in his honor.”
Shaw says the goal is to partner with
Boone’s Beard Oil is infused with herbs
local markets in the community and make
grown from the Urban Farm, but because
enough profit into the farm
of the agricultural region the farm is in,
they are unable to produce their own oil. “If you have a beard its right on your
This is one of a few projects where they face and you want it to be a pleasant place
purchase outside materials. to inhabit. You want it to be supple and
fragrant, so we think it will encourage and
“We use very safe and accepted products
enrich the social life of all those that bless
and formulas,” said Adkins. “We just
their beard with this fine oil and bring back
tweak existing recipes, so were not doing
the local practice of oiling beards,” said
anything experimental. We use organic oils
Adkins.
such as; olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil,
and essential oils, that are all good for the photo provided by Kirk.
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New country, new food: International students in the Caf
population grows larger every school year,
BY maria monteros
STAFF WRITER students say adapting to the American social “Everybody misses and Brazilian. However, Ferris said he rarely
receives any requests from international
When Abbie Giron returned to her dorm scene is becoming easier than adjusting their students.
palate. With no access to private transportation,
mom’s cooking,” said
from her holiday in Honduras, the first thing Coming from a country where people like
she did was unpack her suitcase and stuffed students often resort to eating whatever is on Ferris. “We have a lot of to sit-down and enjoy the food, Rodríguez
everything into the fridge. the menu in the Trevecca cafeteria.
freedom to play around said America’s grab-and-go food culture still
“I brought beans, plantain chips, churros, “What we call comfort food might not astounds her.
Honduran coffee and horchata that my necessarily mean comfort food for an with our menu so if
“[Food] makes you connect to people… it
grandma made for me,” said Giron, sophomore international person,” said John Ferris, Pioneer anybody wants to email makes me proud of my culture,” said Rodríguez.
special education major. “I wanted to bring executive chef. “The United States has become
me some recipes or if they The Trevecca Urban Farm supplies a lot
more beans but they wouldn’t fit. I brought a melting pot of cultures and I think, food-wise,
of the food in the cafeteria. And while some
seven bags… and I didn’t bring any clothes.” it’s a bit of a melting pot too.” have a favorite dish from ingredients aren’t local, all requests are
Based on a study from the University of Ferris, who works for Pioneer—the catering
home, I’d be happy to considered. When some components of the
Guelph, international students may struggle team that manages the cafeteria, creates a set
with homesickness, depression, hunger and menu every four weeks and makes adjustments make it. ” recipe aren’t available, Ferris either heads down
to the international market or orders it online.
maintaining weight as a result of having no along the way. In the cafeteria, Ferris gives As a freshman, Giron said her pickiness got “The one thing that everybody does every
access to familiar food. The study states that students the opportunity to offer feedback and the best of her and learned the hard way. day is eat,” said Ferris. “I’ve been doing this for
international students have reported feeling a make requests through a comment box.
“I would just eat pizza and subs every day,” 10 years but believe me, I still have a lot to learn.
loss of identity and pressure to conform to the Every other Friday in the cafeteria, the she said. “Everyone says freshmen 15. For If you stop learning, then you might as well just
standard diet of locals. kitchen staff holds the Fiesta Friday—a Spanish Hondurans, it’s like freshmen 30... for me, it was hang it up.”
“It’s more of a process and I don’t think we’ve themed dinner made to appeal to all students. like 40.” When the staff aren’t spending their time
adjusted completely yet,” said Liza Rodríguez And at least once a month, the team hosts
While many international students turn to in the kitchen, they post their menu on the
Madrid, freshmen graphic design major. “Back themed dinners featuring multiethnic dishes.
the closest restaurant in Nashville that serves TNU Caf Facebook page and @TnuCaf Twitter
in [Honduras], I used to eat baleadas all the According to a study from National their favorite native dish, Ferris said they could account. To make requests, students can either
time. Now, I think I’ve replaced them with Geographic, an average American diet contains always tell him “what mom makes.” sign their name in the comment box or email
cornflakes.” 3,641 calories every day while the rest of the
Ferris is willing to take on any cuisine John Ferris at Jferris@trevecca.edu.
As Trevecca’s international student world consumes 2,870 calories per person.
including Mexican, Korean, African, French

University’s international recruitment expands to Asia
BY maria monteros students attended Trevecca. The first have heard of Trevecca,” said Petty. “There can’t apply to federal financial aid
STAFF WRITER phase of recruitment began in Honduras. are not too many universities that recruit programs. And with travel expenses,
For the first time, Trevecca’s admissions Four years later, 33 out of 69 Trevecca internationally and so that’s something tuition and miscellaneous fees combined,
team has expanded international student international students are from Honduras. that does make us a little bit different.” Giron said the price of attending
recruitment in Asia. As the university extends their reach in Trevecca’s progress in each country can college abroad is the deciding factor for
Maria Petty, international admissions the Asian market, they intend to apply the vary. And as the demand for American international students.
counselor, traveled to Vietnam, Sri Lanka same model they used in Honduras. college degrees continues to grow, “In future applicants, we try and
and South Korea earlier last semester in “It was just something that we had a Melinda Miller, executive director of have those conversations with families
search of prospective students. heart and a passion for,” said Holly Whitby, traditional undergraduate admissions, because they don’t have the same financial
As Trevecca’s only international associate provost and dean of enrollment. said Trevecca has caught the attention of opportunities as U.S. citizens do,” said
recruiter, Petty visited about 35 schools “When you look across what you want Asian students. Petty. “We try and work with people
from five countries. The university had your student body to look like, you want “There is a lot of interest in Asian individually.”
also kept ties with schools in Honduras it to be a mirror or representation of what countries,” said Miller. “We used the At Trevecca, international students
and India as they returned to invite the United States population looks like.” natural existing relationships we had to are eligible for the same institutional
students for the fourth and third time Trevecca currently has 17 Asian help us gain access to those areas.” scholarships offered to any undergraduate
respectively. traditional undergraduates or about 1 Abbie Giron, sophomore special applicant if they meet the requirement.
“The goal is to have quality percent of the student population. education major, still remembers how As Trevecca continues to establish
relationships, obviously with the With $15,000 invested in this project, that interest felt the day she decided to connections in various parts of the world,
students, but also with the schools and the admissions team makes five trips leave her hometown in Honduras to study the team has set the goal of admitting 25
the counselors,” said Petty. “Just like how abroad every year to put the recruitment in Trevecca. international students this fall.
you’re not going to send your kid over plan into action. “The only thing I knew about Nashville “We’re expanding because in order to do
to someone’s house that you don’t know, was that it’s the music city and Percy well you have to have multiple strategies
In areas where students aren’t
you’re not going to send your kid to a Jackson was in the Parthenon,” said Giron. going at one time,” said Whitby. “We have
familiar with Trevecca, Petty said the
country or a school that the counselor “Trevecca seemed like a dream. When multiple strategies to grow Trevecca and
most challenging part is gaining public
doesn’t know.” I saw that recruiting video, I thought I this is just one wood column of a bunch of
awareness.
The effort to increase the number wanted to be that one girl walking through wood columns.”
“We attract students the same way we
of international students dates back to downtown.”
attract locally except a lot of local students
2014 when only about 20 international Unlike locals, international students

ASB president aiming to streamline student leader communication
By Joshua Michel their areas, and identify and discuss providing a link to the administration,”
STAFF WRITER
student needs. said Spraker.
Associate Student Body President,
Jared Caperton, has created new monthly The board is made up of members Caperton initially reached out to the
meetings for all leaders on campus. The from SGA, RAs, RHA, Commuter different areas of leadership on campus
meetings are called Student Life Board Council, Diversity Council, Student and started up the meetings with the
Meetings. Athletic Council, Peer Mentors and any aim to help communicate information,
other group that needs to be present or provide support for the different
“I created these meetings to break
represented. leadership positions, and to bring all
down communication barriers to know
Matt Spraker, associate dean of areas of student leadership together.
what’s going on between leaders and to
help each other in ways that we couldn’t students for community life, will be Spraker believes the new meetings
before,” said Caperton. the administrative representative in the will be a benefit for the atmosphere of
meetings. Trevecca.
The Student Leadership Board
provides an opportunity for student “I plan to attend, listen, and learn “We just want to continue to provide
leaders across campus to come together. from student needs, and help provide the safe, fun, educational, spiritual,
Each month, they will report on projects resources in any way that I can. I would and intentional community that is the
Photo provided by Caperton
and programs they are working on in be representing the university and Trevecca Experience,” said Spraker.
2018 | March | TrevEchoes
and about makes them feel safer. them safe. We are going to do everything we can to
NEWS safety protocols reviewed “I did see them during chapel which made me maintain that safety,” said Toy.
In this time Toy is thankful for the strong Trevecca
CONTINUED FROM COVER security, Trevecca officials said that everyday activ- feel a little better because I was also hesitant to
ities should not be interrupted. go to chapel, because there’s so many people in a community.
the FBI and most police agencies use it. It’s the
“I don’t think there is a need for anybody to room,” said Tadeo. “I credit the staff and faculty and or students, I feel
simplest thing to remember in those situations. A
change their routines at this point. I think every- Toy said students should know that officials are we have a really strong community that relies on
lot of times you get in those high stress situations
body will need to remain vigilant as always and if taking the threat seriously and following univer- each other. I think it’s one of those things where
and you freeze up and don’t remember things
you see something suspicious reach out to us and sity plans for safety. we kind of lean into each other. We rely on a God
really well. If it’s complicated you’re not going to
let us know,” said Dawson. “The biggest thing we want students to know is that cares for us greatly and that’s something that
remember it, and so we keep it simple in run, hide,
Some students said seeing security officials out that we care deeply for them and our job is to keep a lot of people in this world doesn’t have,” said Toy.
fight,” said Dawson.
While faculty and staff have been trained on the ACTIVE SHOOTER/ACTIVE THREAT IF THE SHOOTER IS INSIDE THE IF THE SHOOTER COMES INTO YOUR
procedure, some students question how much PROTOCOL – RUN/HIDE/FIGHT BUILDING CLASS OR OFFICE
student training has been done and if more is IF THE SHOOTER IS OUTSIDE THE
needed. BUILDING: - If it is possible to flee the area safely - There is NO ONE PROCEDURE that
authorities recommend in this situa-
“I’m not sure that a protocol has been well com- and avoid danger, do so. tion.
municated to students if something was to hap- - Turn off all the lights and close and
pen. There is some common-sense stuff, but if lock, or blockade, the doors and win- - Contact 911 and security with your lo- - Attempt to get the word out to other
something was to happen right now where would dows (close window blinds) cation if possible using your cell phone staff if possible, and call 911 if it is
be best place to go in the library? Are there differ- or any phone available. practical
ent protocol’s in different buildings, like in apart- - If you can do so safely, get all stu-
ments and different places on campus? What do - If flight is impossible, “Hide”. Lock all - If hiding or flight is impossible, Fight
dents on the floor and out of the line may be the only counter measure
you do in the quad if something happens or if of fire and sight. doors and windows, securing yourself
you’re on the track? I feel like that hasn’t been well in your space out of the line of sight
and fire. Blockade doors if unable to - Attempting to overcome the subject
communicated,” said Shannon Horton, a junior. - Move to a core area of the building with force is A LAST RESORT that
lock. should only be initiated in the most
Dawson said he would love to do more training if safe to do so and remain until the all
and education for students. clear is given by law enforcement or extreme circumstances
- Get down on the floor or under a
“If it’s something that students want to talk about rescue desk and remain silent out of the line - Remember, there may be more than
and are interested in doing, I would be more than of sight of a window or door window. one active shooter
happy to come in in the evening, and do a little fo- - If the staff or students do not rec-
rum where we can show the run, hide, fight, video. ognize the voice that is giving the all - Get students on the floor and out of - Wait for the all clear signal from the
They could ask questions and different things like clear, they should not change status the line of fire/sight proper authorities
that,” said Dawson.
Metro Police will have a heavy presence on the - Unknown or unfamiliar voices may - In case you are able to flee, do not
- Wait for the all clear instruction, only go to the normal gathering site for
campus and security will work overtime to ensure be false and designed to give false from Law Enforcement or rescue other drills, run as far and fast as you
the safety of students, Dawson said. With the extra assurances workers can away from the target building.

MLK day to be honored as holiday starting next semester
CONTINUED FROM COVER ebrated just a few weeks into the semes-
37.5 clock hours of formalized instruction The SGA is hoping to attract this kind of
that they had to fulfill as a university.” and out-of-class work. ter, the university wants students to settle enthusiasm as they envision next year’s
Stephen Pusey, university provost, said Until the recent changes, Trevecca chose and give them time to adjust to campus MLK Day as an opportunity for students
Thayer’s proposal aligned with the cab- Easter as the only no-class holiday to life. to dedicate their free time to service.
inet’s. reach the seat time requirement. “We have never recognized Labor Day “[King] made an incredible difference
“The timing was coincidental. We’ve However, with the availability of modern in the fall holiday for not having classes, but his work is still not done,” said Julie
been talking and discussing and I had technology, professors have now been and the reason we’ve never done that is Gant, senior music business major. “Even
already made the resolve to plead the given more flexibility to reach the re- that students have just arrived on cam- though it makes some people uncomfort-
cabinet,” said Pusey. “We just knew that quired seat hours. As the calendar makes pus,” said Pusey. “The difficulty with able, we need to keep the things that keep
we were working on the calendar for the room for MLK Day, professors are en- Martin Luther King Day is that it’s a very this conversation in people’s minds.”
next year and we had to have it done.” couraged to take advantage of online lec- similar type of situation in the spring.”
The Southern Association of Colleges tures and other kinds of assignments for Though the last MLK Day was a school
and Schools Commission on Colleges credit documentation. day, some Trevecca students have already
(SACSCOC) defines a credit hour as a “In the last few years, they’ve begun to begun joining off-campus MLK events af-
measure for the amount of work needed say that seat time doesn’t necessarily ter their classes.
for a student’s learning outcome which mean being in class anymore because of “[King] was the kind of man that was for
includes seat hours, projects and home- technology that allows you to have class- all,” said Asia Norman, senior marketing
work. The SACSCOC oversees the credit es and assure that you’re meeting enough business major and Namaste club presi-
hour distribution of all colleges under its class time,” said Pusey. dent. “With Trevecca saying MLK Day is
wing, including Trevecca. Trevecca’s dominant residential student a national holiday and we’re recognizing
According to Trevecca’s policy, each population means most students come it here on campus. Hopefully with that, it
course must complete a total of about from long distances. With MLK Day cel- will bring awareness.”

SGA Chaplain renovating residence hall chapels chaplains,” said Ray.
BY JARREN ROGERS Benson Hall was the first to be renovated. Benson Hall
CONTRIBUTOR chaplain Anthony Senecal helped Ray to complete the
Students who live on campus will now have more spaces restoration.
for prayer and meditation. “We put lights and curtains up and outfitted a little al-
Renovations began this month on a chapel in Benson tar at the end with a cross above it and set it up with a
dorm that was previously used for everything from stor- little spotlight. We put cushions on the floor and put up
age to recreational activities. a chalkboard and a white-board so that people can write
The chapels, which will include Tennessee, Georgia and down prayers,” said Senecal.
Johnson halls, will become a reality after Student Body The prayer chapels are a silent place where students can
Chaplain Josh Ray approached university administra- pray and spend time with God.
tion with a proposal to build a prayer chapel on campus. “Having those spaces that are marked out, that you walk
Administrators told him a chapel was unnecessary be- past every day, that you see on your way in and out of the
cause the dorms all have a chapel. dorms, that remind you that God is waiting for you, that
“Every time I talk to a faculty member they mentioned the presence of God is here on campus is significant,”
that every residence hall has a prayer chapel. But I re- said Shawna Songer-Gaines, university chaplain.
member the Benson chapel was mainly used as a stor- Renovations are expected to be completed by the end of
age space. It wasn’t very nice. It wasn’t very welcoming,” the semester.
said Ray. “Our intention is, by the end of the semester, to have
The project has been a joint effort of the SGA chaplains renovated the prayer chapels in each of the halls and
and residence hall chaplains. bring awareness to the need of a campus prayer chapel,”
“The whole premise of renovating the prayer chapels said Ray.
is to create a space for students to go pray and meditate
Before and after photos. Provided by Josh Ray.
and also to bring in involvement with residence hall
as one of his top priorities saying, “our roads are in bad
Nashville tranist plans
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shape and we’re going to get the roads in great shape.

CONTINUED FROM COVER a baseball game or the zoo.”
And, very important, we’re going to make our infra-
structure modernized. And we’re really way behind
Proposed expand-
ticularly Latino students, get to see our leaders of the
city in person and the opportunity to ask questions
Metro city council on XX voted to allow voters to vote
on if the plan goes forward on May 1.
schedule. We’re way behind other countries.”
Last week, Gov. Bill Haslam attended a White House
ed service hours for
and express their concerns,” said Guerrero. “Knowing If the vote goes through, the transit plan would im-
mediately begin making bus improvements. The
meeting on President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion
infrastructure plan that calls for state and local gov-
metro buses
that Futuro has come a long way to be able to bring in
the mayor as a guest speaker is a great achievement.” MTA will expand services on 10 of its busiest routes ernments to pay a portion of the cost on infrastructure
Trevecca university president Dan Boone attended by increasing the frequency buses run to every 15 projects if the state qualifies for federal funding.
the meeting to voice his support for the mayor’s pro- minutes at peak travel times. After the meeting, Gov. Bill Haslam said that Tennes-
posed transit-plan. Funding for the plan would come from a tax increase see’s decision last year to boost spending on roads has Monday-Saturday:
“I think transit is a moral issue,” said Boone.” “For in four areas for Davidson County residents. The tax left the state well positioned to access federal funds
me the thriving of a city means that all of its residents increase would be in the city’s sales tax, leaving tax
payers on average a $5 per month increase, according
through the president’s new infrastructure plan. 5:15-1:15 a.m.
have the opportunity to have access to jobs in the city, “Nashville’s proposal for a new public transit system is
but in poorer areas a lot of people are limited to jobs to mayor Barry. the kind of project that could potentially qualify as a
they have access to or the jobs available in their neigh- The funding is also looking at hotel/motel fees and transformative project under the administration’s pro-
borhood are not plentiful.”
A transit system doesn’t just improve job opportuni-
car rental fees. The focus on hotels and car rentals is
to use Nashville’s booming tourism to foot the bill for
posal,” said Haslam.
The new transit bill is something that will affect Trev-
Sunday: 6:15 a.m. –
ties, but impacts other quality of life issues, he said. a large portion of the tax increase. ecca students and its surrounding community in the
“Public transit allows that person to get a job that is According to the mayor, 47 percent of funding for years to come. 10:15 p.m.
critical to their life. It evens the playing field for those the transit bill would be paid for by people outside The projected time frame for the project to be finished
who are poorest,” he said. “Having adequate transit al- of Davidson County. is in 2040. By that time, it is estimated that 1million parking space is an estimated $10,000.
lows a single parent the ability to take their kids out to Transit is not just an issue for Trevecca and the city of more people in cars will be in the Nashville region. “Creating additional parking spaces is very expen-
Nashville. President Trump has stated infrastructure Neighborhood transit centers will be placed through- sive,” said David Caldwell, executive vice president for
out Davidson County, including a Murfreesboro Rd. finance and administration. “If mass transit were add-
line to downtown, giving commuters the option to ed back to Murfreesboro Road, I would hope that it
park and ride. along with ride sharing will drastically change the way
The Murfreesboro Road corridor, a major hub for our employees and students commute to and from the
Trevecca students to the downtown area and sur- campus.”
rounding neighborhoods, would be one of the main If more students were able to commute to campus by
corridors in the mayor’s transit plan, placing the rail taking the bus or light rail, this would allow the uni-
system in the downtown area and running all the way versity to not rely on creating more parking spaces on
to Nashville International Airport. its campus.
The plan would offer free and reduced rates for stu- “Anytime we can save money we will seek to either
dents. Trevecca currently provides its students with limit tuition increases or invest back into the campus
the easy ride pass, which allows students access to the in other areas of need,” said Caldwell. “Personally I’m
city’s buses free of charge. very interested to see the changes ahead of us.”
According to Boone, the current cost to create one

Students advocate for Dream Act in D.C.
BY BLAKE STEWART The Dream Act is a permanent bipartisan
MICAH MANDATE EDITOR legislative solution for over 2.1 million young
Eight Trevecca students and two faculty adults who came to the U.S. as children,
members attended an annual conference in but have no pathway to citizenship. This
Washington D.C. to meet with lawmakers includes the 800,000 DACA recipients or
to advocate for Congress to pass a clean Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals.
Dream Act. “Pursuing a clean dream act is asking for
League of United Latin American the minimum,” said Guerrero. “It’s a human
Citizens or (LULAC) hosts an annual right just like advocating for the homeless
conference for college students called to have a home or the hungry to be fed. We
Emerge, a multi-day Latino leadership are asking for this idea of becoming citizens
conference that provides college students and to be documented and say this is my
with public policy briefings on issues like home.”
public health, education and immigration. On the final day of the conference
“None of us have been to the conference students went to the capital building to
before, so this was a new experience for us, sit down with senators and legislators to
said Sofia Guerrero, president of Futuro.” advocate the urgency for a clean Dream Act
Futuro is a professional development and to hear their stories.
club focused on engaging Latino college “I think the more that politicians can see
students throughout Middle Tennessee in faces and hear personal stories is what’s
leadership training and networking. going to change their mind,” said Hayden.
All eight students attending the trip are “To see people in their offices telling their Photo provided by Futuro.
members of the club. The students include personal stories is very powerful.”
has called for an estimated $25 billion
Arturo Prieto, Guillermo Vargas, Irais One of President Donald Trump’s With the DACA debate at the forefront
in funding to fulfill one of his campaign
Hernandez, Gabi Leon, Sofia Guerrero, campaign promises was to end the Obama- of political squabble in Washington and
promises to build a wall along the border
David Amaya-Velasquez, Guillermo Vargas, era executive order Deferred Action for the Mar. 5 deadline for Congress to pass
of Mexico.
Crystal Hernandez, Said Lopez, Esmeralda Childhood Arrivals or DACA. The program a bill for the estimated 800,000 DACA
recipients approaching, the focus of this Prior to the vote President Trump said
Ramirez. was created in 2012 as a way to allow young
year’s conference was centered around that he would not support a bill unless it
Leading the trip was Brodrick Thomas, people brought to the United States as
DACA students and finding a permanent included the four pillars of his own plan.
coordinator of student engagement and children without documentation to be
legislative solution that would lead to The pillars are a path to citizenship for
diversity along with Erica Hayden, assistant granted amnesty from deportation, apply
citizenship. Dreamers, a border wall, an end to the visa
professor of history. for work permits, get driver’s license and
lottery system and family-based migration
“This was a really critical time to be in attend college. “As a DACA recipient, knowing I only
that the president has called “chain
D.C. thinking about advocacy work with the Since the executive action went into have a few months left I understand the
migration.”
DACA deadline approaching,” said Hayden effect, an estimated 800,000 people were delicate situation we are in,” said Guerrero.
Attendees of the Emerge conference protected under the order. More than 130 During the congressional office visits,
also received training in civic engagement, students at Trevecca and around 8,300 the senate was voting on four bills centered
advocacy, program coordination and Tennesseans have DACA status. around immigration reform. None of
opportunities to network with employers. In September, the Trump administration the bills passed, leaving the future still
announced that the White House would uncertain for DACA recipients.
“The whole conference was preparing us
for lobbying, being knowledgeable about end (DACA) in six months causing mass President Trump has said previously that
laws, especially DACA, and us pursuing a protests across the nation and creating without funding for a border wall there
clean dream act,” said Guerrero. turmoil throughout Congress. will be no DACA resolution. The president
2018 | March | TrevEchoes

EDITORIAL & OPINION
Editorial: Use
spring break to
Column: your advantage
The post BY Brooklyn Dance

spring
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Whether you’re going to the beach for
spring break or staying on campus, make

break the most of your week off. The break al-
ways seems to come at the most oppor-
tune time. Classes are hard, the weather

anxiety seems to be bipolar and we can’t forget
about chapel credits, literally. If you’re
staying in Nashville, here’s a list of a few
By Nicole Hubbs things you can do during the much need-
Columnist ed time off.

The first part of the spring semester always seems sleepy to me: the weather is cold, If it’s raining:
the days are short, we are huddled inside reading, working and resting. We come out If it’s sunny: Read for fun: The semester is full of re-
Nashville Humane Association: Petting quired reading. Utilize spring break as
of our collective coma in late February as we begin to thaw, looking forward to warm-
puppies is free! And, there is a fenced in a time to read the books you have been
er, sunny days. We emerge excited for Spring break in March and begin to make plans yard in the back where you can walk the
for the week. Beach trips, services weeks and staycations are organized. We head out, wanting to, without having to worry
older dogs. about writing any papers.
ready for a week of rest with friends and family. It is glorious and restorative.
Cheekwood Gardens: This is a fun out- Orchestrate a coffee crawl: The days off
Then the Monday after spring break hits. ing, especially during spring. They are are a great time to hit all of the Nashville
known for their display of tulips- 100,000 coffee shops you have been wanting to.
And it hits hard. of them.
Job searching: If you’re a junior or se-
All of a sudden, the end of the semester crunch is on, with six weeks left to do all the Take a hike: Though it is probably not nior, getting an internship or job is likely
things. Finish classes, internships, projects, finals, figure out housing for the sum- warm enough to swim, there are still lots at the top of your to-do list. Be proactive,
of pretty hikes around Nashville. Long search listings and apply over break.
mer and fall, find a summer job….. Oh yeah, seniors, GRADUATION! Our chests
Hunter State Park and Narrows of the
tighten and we wonder how it will ever all get done. Harpeth State Park are both pretty close Sleep: (!!) Of course, every student de-
to Nashville, and they both offer exciting serves to catch up on sleep. Go to bed
The post spring break anxiety comes like a wave and can easily pull you under if you views. early, sleep in late, sleep the entire week,
let it. Don’t fall victim to it; you can prevent this yucky feeling with a little planning!
whatever you need.
Go to the zoo: The Nashville Zoo is right
Here are my 3 tips to not be a stress bucket for the rest of the semester: down Nolensville Pike, and houses over
2,700 animals.
1. Plan Ahead!
Make a list of EVERYTHING you have to do in the last six weeks. It will help you
see the whole picture and keep you from having a minor anxiety attack when you
remember a paper you forgot.

2. Ask for help!
You are surrounded by resources on campus. If you need study help, advice on an
assignment, or a venting session, just ask. Your friends, professors and mentors are
happy to help you prioritize your to do list and help you get through. EDITORIAL STAFF
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SPORTS
CONTINUED FROM COVER north Georgia to find guys. Hunter had a for Newman was his salary.
ateur player draft over a three-day period. few scouts at our games.” “After your signing bonus runs out every-
Day one includes the televised first and sec- Schmalz said there were as many as four one gets paid the same their first year,”
ond rounds, while day two covers rounds or five scouts at a game depending on the Newman said. “Once you make it up to
three through 10 and day three rounds 11- night. Triple A is when you begin to make about
40. The Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and $2,300 a month. The pay goes up as you go
Newman had been drafted by the St. Louis the St. Louis Cardinals are among a few of up in level, but I didn’t make a lot.”
Cardinals in the 22nd round with the 671st the teams who scouted Newman. Newman’s decision to finish his degree was
pick of the 2015 draft. “I knew even from his freshman year he was simple.
“It was unbelievable,” Newman said. “It was good enough to be drafted,” Schmalz said. “So many guys are competing for so few
so surreal. I worked my entire life for that “He was a dominating hitter and had that spots and if you’re not one of the guys who
moment and it finally happened.” physical presence. He’s a bigger body guy, signs for a ridiculous amount of money
A lifelong Braves fan, Newman says he I had no doubt he could hit at any level.” they don’t care for you,” Newman said.
wouldn’t have cared who drafted him, he For Newman, the dynamics of professional “You’re just a guy filling a roster spot.”
was content. baseball took some getting used to. Newman retired after playing in three sea-
“Just saying I was able to play professional “In high school and college you play for sons of professional baseball.
Photo provided by Trevecca Athletic Communications
baseball is a dream come true,” Newman your team,” Newman explained. “Profes- “It was my own decision and the hardest
there and do your job. We got two days off
said. “As a little boy everyone dreams of sionally you are competing for your team decision I’ve ever made,” Newman said.
a month as opposed to one day off a week.”
playing in the big leagues and I got to do and for yourself. It’s every man for himself. “One of the biggest things before I signed
However, Newman says his playing experi-
that.” If you want to move up, you have to prove my contact was the inclusion of my tuition.
ence at Trevecca prepared him well for the
Newman is one of only eight Trojans to ever you’re better than the next guy.” I knew baseball wasn’t going to last forever
next level.
be drafted by a professional baseball team. Throughout his three-year career, New- and I wanted my degree to be paid for.”
“Coach Schmalz and the entire coach-
Six other former Trojans have been signed man played in 86 games, hitting .271 with In May, Newman will graduate with a de-
ing staff did a lot for me,” Newman said.
and played professionally. 21 doubles and 36 RBIs. He first played two gree in Sports Management.
“Coach Schmalz came in the same year
“Playing professionally was a lot different seasons in Johnson City before advancing “It was extremely tough at first,” Newman
when I was a freshman. We grew together.
than what I expected,” Newman said. “It to Single A where he played for the State said of his transition from the field to the
He developed me as a player and put me in
was no joke. I was worn down mentally and College Spikes. classroom. “Like anything else you get back
great position to be drafted.”
physically because you don’t have any time “If I could have done it over again, I would into the routine and fall back into what it
While at Trevecca, Newman attracted sev-
for anything else.” have picked Trevecca,” Newman said. “I was like before.”
eral MLB scouts who attended most Trevec-
In fact, the expectations Newman faced at loved everything about the program and In addition to his studies, Newman is the
ca home games and even some on the road,
the professional level were unlike anything the small campus atmosphere. I was bless- assistant baseball coach at Ezell-Harding
according to head coach Ryan Schmalz.
he’d ever done before. ed with the opportunity to play baseball Christian where he helps former Trojan
“Each (MLB) team has a scout that covers
“It was an absolute grind,” Newman ex- and grow in my faith.” and Trevecca graduate, Mark Rayburn.
a certain region,” Schmalz explained. “So
plained. “There are no set hours like in One of the deciding factors in leaving pro- For now, Newman says he wants to remain
one scout may cover a huge geographical
college, no limitations, you just had to get fessional baseball to come back to Trevecca around baseball by becoming a head coach.
territory like Tennessee, Kentucky and

Senior Williams ends career with 1,103 points plishment when the public-address an- As a Trojan, Williams is known for his
nouncer told the crowd of more than 800 sharp 3-point shooting, but the senior
in Trojan Fieldhouse. scored his 1,000 point with a jump-shot
“When the guy announced it is when I inside the arc with under five minutes to
found out,” Williams said. “It was still a play.
close game at that point and so I was just “I mean yeah, I guess it’s what I’m known
focused on the game and executing.” for, but I guess I’ll take it any way I can get
Although the Trojans lost 85-82 in over- it,” Williams said of his 1,000th point.
time, the 6-foot-3 guard says he was still Williams finished his career with 1,103
fortunate to enter the record books at points, along with 217 made 3-pointers
home. which is fifth most in school history.
“I’m super happy to get (1,000 points) at In his final season as a Trojan, he aver-
home,” Williams said. “I thought it was aged a career-best 15.1 points per game,
going to be an away game when I got it.” finishing 35th on the all-time scoring list.
Against the Yellow Jackets, Williams fin-
ished with 26 points and 11 rebounds be-
Photo provided by Trevecca Athletic Communications coming just the 41st Trojan ever to score
BY ANDREW PRESTON home game against Cedarville on Feb. 3. 1,000 points in a career at Trevecca.
SPORTS EDITOR “I knew I was under 30 (points), but I “It’s a really big accomplishment,” Wil-
Trevecca senior Jacob Williams didn’t didn’t know exactly how many I needed,” liams said. “It wasn’t necessarily a goal of
quite know how close he was to making Williams said after the game. mine, but it means I’ve had a pretty decent
history entering his next to last career In fact, Williams learned of his accom- career then.”

Men’s soccer launches futsal league for refugees
BY ANDREW PRESTON a community service project.
AND MADDUX REID Head soccer coach Danny Leavy and his team went to Carpenter’s
Every Tuesday night in February, around 60 refugee kids from the sur- Square where they cleaned the churches gym floor which eventually
rounding area could be found playing futsal at Carpenter’s Square with led to a partnership allowing the futsal league to be created.
a group of Trevecca soccer players. “As part of us helping build the culture of our team, we have service proj-
The men’s soccer team, as a community service project, launched a ects every year,” Leavy said. “It gets the guys outside of soccer and off
futsal league for area refugee kids in 6th-10th grade. campus and serving others. It really helps them develop relationships.”
Futsal is closely related to soccer though it is played indoors and the Although the team is not allowed to practice in February, Leavy decided
rules slightly vary. to create the futsal league to help his guys stay around soccer.
“It’s a free-form of soccer,” Trevecca captain, Nicholas Reinhard ex- “It’s so good for our guys to use the blessing they’ve been given as a col-
plained. “It’s played all around the world, all you need is a ball. The lege athlete and to share that blessing with others,” Leavy said. “That’s
ball for futsal is a little heavier. It’s faster than soccer because the field what we’re trying to get them to understand because to these kids they’re
is smaller.” like professional athletes.”
The team provided transportation to the Nolensville Road church and Leavy is excited for the league’s future.
then played alongside the students. “I could honestly see this building into a year-round ministry,” Leavy
Fifteen-year-old Sabir Sharbu, who is originally from Kenya, said he said. “It would be really cool to see a kid that went to our futsal league to
looked forward to coming every week to focus on playing with friends. one-day play for Trevecca.” -
“It makes us better players,” Sharbu said. “We get to better our skills After a four-week regular season, the Trevecca futsal championship will
when they play with us, and it helps us see how much better we can be.” be held in Trojan Fieldhouse on March 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Last fall during the season, the Trevecca men’s soccer team had to fulfill
Photo provided by Maddux Reid.
2018 | March | TrevEchoes

Long distance relationships challenging, but possible
BY SYDNEY WISMAN fect long distance relationships.
CONTRIBUTOR “In general, anxiety is going to affect how confident
Working on homework and watching movies every people feel in relationships or the relationships they
night has been replaced with phone calls and texts for have with their significant others or their family,” said
some couples on Trevecca’s campus. Hopkins.
Two words: Long. Distance. Hopkins said she doesn’t think long distance is a ma-
“It’s [long distance] hard for different reasons,” said jor concern but how anxiety is affecting them can show
Mariana Da Silva, junior media arts and studies major.
“It [communication] has to be intentional. We can’t just
assume we are going to have time to talk. You have to
Advice from Sarah Hop-
make time for that.”
14 million people define themselves as having a long
kins, director of counseling
distance relationship. 32.5 percent of all long distance services:
relationships are college relationships, according to
longdistancerelationshipsstatistics.com. 1) Have good expectations on
Da Silva has been dating senior Adam Vaughn for 15
months and got engaged last August. Vaughn is in L.A. how you will get your needs
for a film studies program while Da Silva is at Trevecca
working on her degree. met.
One major problem of long distance is finding the time
to talk with busy schedules. 2) Being open and honest with
“You feel like you don’t talk to each other enough and
you feel like you aren’t progressing the relationship and each other.
you’re just kind of catching up,” said Da Silva. “We usu-
ally have the evenings free so we try to both set up a 3) Setting boundaries with your
time to talk about our days then.” Miller and her boyfriend. Photo provided by Miller.
Sarah Miller, senior social work major, has been in a
significant other and social life.
long distance relationship for almost five years with her 4) Above average communica-
boyfriend who is at Mississippi State University.
They get to see each other once a month but write let- tors.
ters to one another as a way of communication.
They got this idea from her boyfriend’s parents who 5) Trust your partner.
were also long distance.
“It gives us something to look forward to when we trade 6) Have an end in sight or your
the letters to catch up with what has been going on,”
said Miller. plan for long-term.
Miller not only writes letters but makes sure to always
stay in touch. some relational issues.
“I always try to make sure I text good night and good
morning and say I love you at least once a day,” said The statistics aren’t encouraging. According to cred-
Miller. itdonkey.com, 40 percent of all long distance relation-
Living a life away from the person you feel close to can ships don’t make it. But this doesn’t mean that you have
have its challenges. to become a statistic.
Sara Hopkins, director of counseling services, said there “Long distance relationships aren’t impossible. They are
are pros and cons of long distance relationships while definitely possible. You just have to work hard at them,”
in college. . said Da Silva.
“I don’t think they are inherently unhealthy, I think they Miller adds that it’s hard not seeing her boyfriend but
can be good. My concern for some people around long she knows to keep her faith.
distance relationships is if the relationship prevents “Don’t panic when it gets hard, talk about it. Let each
them from having a full experience while they are on other know that you miss each other and when you’re
campus,” said Hopkins. struggling with it,” said Miller. “Remember, it will be
Hopkins mentioned that anxiety is their most common worth it the next time you see them.”
issue at the counseling center. Having anxiety can af- Da Silva and Vaughn. Photo provided by Da Silva.

Spirituality formation during college years
BY JARREN ROGERS Songer-Gaines, university chaplain and figure out who they are. Students do not to the C.S. Lewis institute, a rule of life is
CONTRIBUTOR assistant professor of Christian worship. only define who they are but also what a pattern of spiritual disciplines that pro-
The stress, tight schedule and new ideas According to Pew research center, 66 per- they believe. vides structure and direction for growth in
that come with college can affect a stu- cent of students identify as Christians but Students can come out of this period in holiness.
dent’s spirituality and faith. only 36 percent of students attend church one of two ways. First, Students can easily “A rule of life organizes your life into dif-
“College is a time of upheaval. So, you on a weekly basis. become overwhelmed with the new infor- ferent categories of a holistic life and then
shouldn’t be surprised when it’s a time of College is a coming-of-age period for stu- mation and lifestyle. organizes your time into different seasons,”
upheaval in a spiritual life,” said Shawna dents. It is a time when students must “It is a critical time in someone’s spiritu- said Songer-Gaines.
al life. For some, when they’re grappling Writing down realistic practices that can
with questions and they feel like their be done relationally, physically, financial-
faith constructs cannot bear it, it is a time ly and missionally helps to shape practices
for walking away or desensitizing or criti- based on your environment (see pullout).
cizing,” said Songer-Gaines. Another spiritual practice that tends to get
On the other hand, college can be a time neglected in college is regular church at-
where students find their faith renewed tendance. Not simply attending, but getting
and strengthened. involved in a church can improve student’s
“For others, it can be a wonderful time for spirituality.
realizing that, in fact, their faith was much The church, among other things, is a place
bigger, bolder and more beautiful than of worship in a community. Getting involved
they had ever imagined,” said Songer- in and being a part of that community can
Gaines. be a wonderful thing, said Kevin Rector, se-
According to Gaines, students find that nior pastor at Gallatin First Church of the
they neglect their spiritual practices when Nazarene.
they come to college. Not only can students find community in a
“Students have to find spiritual practices church setting but also on campus.
that adapt with their context and environ- “Since being at Trevecca I’ve been able to
ment,” said Songer-Gaines. focus more on community’s impact on my
A “rule of life” is a tool used to aid students spirituality rather than just individualism
in putting their practices into context. like it had been in middle school and high
The rule of life was first developed in school,” said senior Maddie Clark.
A “rule of life” diagram. Provided by Chaplain’s office. Christian monastic orders. According