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JUTN Men’s basketball tryouts Reply

KNOXVILLE — Johnson University’s men’s basketball team is off to a great start in preparation for the new season. The first tryout was held last night in the Phillips-Welshimer Building Gym and the second tryout will be held later today at 8 p.m.

There was much effort provided by the Royals to prove that they should be considered for the team again. Coach Nick Marshall had a few remarks about the potential he was already seeing in the team this year.

“I feel that the culture of Johnson basketball is changing for the better,” he said. ” This team could be a really special team.”

The official team will be announced sometime next week.

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Royals show off their dribbling drills.

 

 

Royal Scribe staff looking for new reporters Reply

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 11.52.38 AMThe Johnson University Royal Scribe staff is kicking off their third year of covering news and information of interest to the JU community.

Reporting for the Royal Scribe is open to any student on any Johnson campus.

The Scribe staff meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the RPC conference room, room 68. New and returning students who have an interest in reporting for the Royal Scribe are encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting.

“Reporting for the Royal Scribe is a great way to be involved in campus life at Johnson,” Matthew Broaddus, the Royal Scribe faculty advisor, said. “Plus, it is a great way to build your resume no mater what field you are studying.”

Broaddus said the ability to communicate effectively is one of the most important skills college graduates should have.

“Our reporters learn to to collect information and present it in a logical format,” he said. “That is an important skill for everyone.”

The Royal Scribe platform allows students to do reports in text, video, audio, with pictures, and other multi media formats.

About 20 students contributed to the Royal Scribe last year, and many of them are returning.

JU Sophomore Abbey Whitaker is the returning managing editor for the Scribe, while Regan McSherry moves from staff reporter to senior editor.

“I find myself constantly wanting to share with people all the great and exciting things happening around Johnson,” Whitaker said. “And the Scribe is the perfect outlet for that. The Scribe has taught me much discipline and patience throughout the semesters working on it.”

Whitaker runs much of the day-to-day activity for the Scribe, while McSherry is taking the lead on publicity, recruitment and helping with other editorial duties.

“As a senior at Johnson, I’ve come to appreciate the sense of responsibility and pride in keeping students, faculty, staff and alumni updated about news that affects our school,” McSherry said. “Real journalistic experience doesn’t just look good on a resume, its rewarding for many people.”

The Royal Scribe was launched as an opportunity for Johnson students from any major to be part of documenting campus life.

“We provide an opportunity for the world to see Johnson through the eyes of our students,” Broaddus said. “And, we do reach the world.”

Broaddus said fall 2015 readership for the Scribe included 11,102 unique page views, consisting of 4,021 unique visitors from 52 countries. Readership has continued to grow this year with 14,675 views, 7,687 visitors and readers in 93 countries.

“It amazes me we have people consistently reading our student news publication in Brazil, Russia, China, and so many other countries,” Broaddus said. “Students who report for the Scribe have a tremendous opportunity to let the world know the great things happening at Johnson University.”

Anyone can follow the Royal Scribe via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

News updates are also sent periodically through the week from royalscribe@johnsonu.edu. Please block that address from your e-mail if you do not wish to receive the news updates.

The Royal Scribe also has an office located in EAC room 465.

For more information about tonight’s meeting, to ask questions about the Royal Scribe, or to suggest a story idea, please email royalscribe@johnsonu.edu.

Tommy Smith, Johnson University provost, and Janis Weedman, first lady of Johnson University, greet new students and parents at the White House reception.

Welcome — Faculty, staff meet new students, parents at White House reception Reply

Tommy Smith, Johnson University provost, and Janis Weedman, first lady of Johnson University, greet new students and parents at the White House reception.

Tommy Smith, Johnson University provost, and Janis Weedman, first lady of Johnson University, greet new students and parents at the White House reception.

New students and parents mingle at the White House reception during Genesis Weekend.

New students and parents mingle at the White House reception during Genesis Weekend.

Donna O'Brien serves cookies and punch during the new student and parent reception at the White House.

Donna O’Brien serves cookies and punch during the new student and parent reception at the White House.

Parents and new students make their way to the White House for a meet and greet with Johnson University Faculty on the Tennessee campus.

Parents and new students make their way to the White House for a meet and greet with Johnson University Faculty on the Tennessee campus.

Richard Clark, head of External Relations, and Kelly Estes, Director of the JU Academic Support, visit with students.

Richard Clark, head of External Relations, and Kelly Estes, Director of the JU Academic Support, visit with students.

 

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JUFL student starts drive to gather relief supplies for Ecuador  Reply

KISSIMMEE – This past week, Ecuador suffered massive earthquakes and the aftershocks have been devastating.

Last year, sophomore Devin Knight spent his entire summer serving in Ecuador. He has now organized a drive to raise disaster relief supplies.

Knight said, “We are looking for Band-aids, vitamins, blankets and toothbrushes.”

Students will have until this week’s Coffee Shop, April 28, to bring supplies to the Student Life Office.

“If each room could just donate one case of water, that would be such a huge help,” Knight said.

Knight was able to use his previous connections to partner with two other groups traveling to Ecuador between now and his next trip on June 1. Between these three trips, the relief supplies will be delivered to aid the people of Ecuador.

This push for students to donate and aid fellow believers in Ecuador came after Caleb Elkin’s Coffee Shop sermon about loving one another.

“We are already doing such a great job at loving each other as family, but there is also some way to do more,” said Elkins.

Knight sold bracelets last year with the phrase “Refuse to Do Nothing” on them while he was fundraising.

Knight said, “I kept thinking back to the phrase written on all these bracelets. I needed to help these people.”

Royals drop double-header to Eagles Reply

The Johnson University Royals Baseball Team lost both their games Sunday to the Eagles of Toccoa Falls College.

In game one the Royals mustered three runs in the first and one in the second to lead 4-2 until the Eagles crossed five men in the sixth.

Zach Zilweger led Toccoa to a 7-4 victory with four RBIs on two home runs in the game.

Garrett Crawford got the loss and Dylan Powers tallied the win for the Eagles.

Max McCoig pitched the second game for Johnson, picking up the loss in five innings pitched as the Royals fell 9-0. Brady McMichael got the win for Toccoa.

Zach Zilweger  came up with a three-run home run in the first inning of the second game for the Eagles, capping off a three-home run, seven-RBI day and an offensive performance that the Royals were unable to match.

“Definitely not our best effort today,” Head Coach Ben Fair said of the day’s games. “We didn’t come out and be aggressive like I was kind of hoping we would. We know what’s at stake now, so we’ve got to make some adjustments and finish this next week strong.”

The Royals travel to Berea, Ky to take on Berea College Monday for a twin-bill starting at 3 p.m. They return home for double-headers Wednesday at 1 p.m. with Montreat and Saturday at 1 p.m. with Cincinnati Christian  to finish out the regular season.

Johnson will head to Campbellsville University to compete in the Mideast regional tournament May 9-13.

Classes compete in Founders Day Ultimate Tournament Reply

KNOXVILLE– At noon on Founders Day, freshmen and senior students gathered on the athletic field to compete in the first of three Ultimate games played between the classes.

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Senior and freshmen students pray before their first game

The first game, won by the seniors with a final score of 11-6, was attended by dozens of students and faculty who also enjoyed the lemon “shake-ups” and fried Oreo’s provided by the SGA in the sports pavilion.

Jackson Moser and Jaden Bratton provided commentary on the games.

Tug-of-War was played between the classes during the halftime of each game.

Directly after the first game, the sophomore team won against the juniors, with a final score of 8-6.

Johnson Ultimate captain and senior Jack Downer spoke on the event.

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Zach Hume plays for the sophomores in their game against the junior class

“It’s fun to blend club players with people who play other sports or who don’t play any sports. Everyone played really well, even those without much experience in Ultimate. The atmosphere was competitive, but really just a lot of fun. I think that’s due in large part to Hope Smyth and the SGA,” Downer said.

The final game between the seniors and sophomores was played as the closing competition event between the classes. The seniors won with a final score of 9-6, and they also went on to win the coveted Holstein Herd Award.