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Drew Tapp is Royal Scribe’s Assistant Editor. He graduated from Southport High School in Indianapolis, IN. He is a freshman studying Preaching and Youth Ministry. In addition to working in youth ministry, Drew hopes to obtain his master’s and doctorate in the New Testament. One thing he would enjoy in the future is watching a kid bring their friend to Christ and then baptizing them, as he has a heart for middle and high school students and believes that they will radically change the world. Some of his hobbies include crosswords, watching Netflix, and spending time with friends. His passions include working with refugees and supporting his friends. He wanted to attend Johnson because of the belonging he felt when visiting, and the great ministry program. He appreciates the uncommon community and the support and love people give each other at Johnson. His favorite thing about the local area is getting to the top of a hike and looking out at the view. It reminds him that things in life may seem big and impossible to deal with, but in reality are quite small, and he serves a great God who will help him through them.


A year in review

KNOXVILLE – In the words of President Tommy Smith, “This has been a year of celebration.” At the end of his first year in office Smith feels like he has accomplished a few of the goals he walked in with.

Among those goals was: being a student friendly president, putting an emphasis on athletics, math and science, and getting the ARC finished while working on the strategic plan of the university.

In regard to his first goal of being a student friendly president, Smith said that he wanted to make as many events student oriented as possible. He also said that he wanted to be an accessible president to the students.

“I want students to know that they can come talk to me,” Smith said. “I may not always do what they want me to do, but I will be glad to listen and really hear their concerns.”

His second goal of putting an emphasis on athletics, math and science Has also been successful, according to Smith. The ARC is almost finished and will open in mid-May and Smith and First Lady Debbie Smith have also been to a lot of athletic events this year. The university has hired a new math professor, according to Provost Jon Weatherly, and is also in the process of hiring a new chemistry professor.

Weatherly said that former President Gary Weedman “crystalised” the idea of a Third Way institution that Smith has embodied well and carried on in. Weatherly is glad that Smith is putting an emphasis on math and science, and says that he hopes the progress that is being made in those fields will boost enrollment and the intellectual diversity of the student body. Weatherly hopes that the addition of new resources to these fields will increase overall student awareness and ability within these fields.

“We have all heard the jokes about Johnson math,” Weatherly said. “But soon those jokes won’t add up. It will quickly become inappropriate to say ‘I can’t answer that because I go to Johnson and I can’t do math’. It will be ‘I go to Johnson, I have friends that do math.”

Weatherly also says that he is happy with the current state of the faculty and how they have continued to progress this year. He also pointed out that professors go through the same challenges everyone does, and he hopes that they realize that they are loved and supported by everybody at Johnson.

“Those kinds of experiences continue to transform them to better teachers in the regard that they become more mature exemplars of genuine Christian faith,” Weatherly said.

In regard to Smith’s third goal, the ARC will be open on May 19, and the administration is working on the new master plan for the future of the university. He says in the years to come the focus will be on deferred maintenance that needs to be done. He also says they are talking about what the next big project will be, which he says could be transforming the gym in the PW to an 1100 seat chapel.

Freshman Drew Algate says that he feels he has been adequately challenged academically this year but ultimately loves the “uncommon community” of Johnson. Junior Micah Magee says that he concurs with Algate.

“Junior year was the most challenging year,” Magee said. “It was a great semester. I finished up my last semester of Greek…yeet! I loved the culture of the dorms. It’s something that I’m not going to have next semester, so I have been trying to take it all in.”

Smith ultimately says that chapel has been good, student morale is up and that he is encouraged by the success of the capital campaign so far. He has plans for a busy summer, but is excited for what next year will bring.


Opinion: The Church Should be for the broken

A few months ago I woke up on a Sunday morning and went to church. While I was parking my car and walking into the building, I saw a couple having what seemed to me like a somewhat heated argument. However, not even one minute later when I saw that same couple walk into church they were fine and were as joyous as anyone else.

For the past few months, something about that hasn’t really set well with me. I find it hard to believe that they settled their argument that quickly. Even if they did, I would still be surprised that they would be so happy and joyous so quickly afterwards. This piece is not a critique of what that couple did. Rather, this is a call to the Church to be more accepting of the brokenness that walks through its doors every Sunday morning.

The Church should be a place where the broken feel they can walk in, take their masks of “being okay” off and say “here is my problem will you help me?”. Instead, the Church has become a place where we feel we must look our best and pretend like everything is fine. Of course, this does not apply to everyone or all churches, but from my experiences and from experiences I’ve heard from others, this is an epidemic that has been spreading throughout the Church for years.

Galatians 6:2 says “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Paul got it when instructing the early Church. “Carry each other’s burdens.” It’s a simple command to understand but harder to practice. The Church should be a place where we can walk in and get help or be encouraged to keep fighting the good fight. It shouldn’t be a place where we feel we have to be all dressed up and put on masks of “being okay.”

I even remember times in my own life where I was going through hard times and yet I didn’t feel like church was a place where I could be real and be vulnerable. At times when I was at an all time low and going through the worst of my depression and anxiety, I didn’t feel like I could get any relief at church. In fact, I felt like I had to be ashamed and hide my problems. I fully admit part of that is on me and not be willing to be open, but part of that also lies on how we have been behaving in the Church for years now. It wasn’t any one person’s fault, but rather the culture of having to be “okay” or be better than somebody else that has been permeating for years now that caused this problem. I eventually did open up and the church was actually where I got a lot of the help I needed and the relief I sought so desperately, but I should have been able to walk right in and get that help instead of feeling like I had to jump through a hundred social hoops before I could.

It would be easy to make this statement about how the Church needs to be better at being for the broken people and then leave it at that but that doesn’t solve the problem. So, here are a few things I think the Church can do better.

First, let’s create cultures of trust and openness. If somebody needs help to get through something, they need to know that they can confide in people in 100% confidence. They need to know that what they tell them won’t be spread outside of the church. People need to know they can be vulnerable without being gossiped about five minutes later. It also means that we cannot judge others for things they are going through or things they have done. This change will not happen overnight. It will take time.

That actually brings us to the second thing we must do: be willing to invest in others. If this is going to work and if the Church is truly going to become a place for the broken, it is going to require time from people. Not just from those on the church staff but also those in the congregation. 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” We have to sow generously into others but we shouldn’t do this because we feel like we have to. We need to work on reorienting our hearts so that we want to be there for others. If we’re able to do this, we will be able to build a community of people who want to be there for the broken. One of the best ways we can do this is by creating and actively and consistently participating in small groups. Not only does this help stimulate the culture of belonging in the Church but it also creates specific, dedicated time to be open with others and to engage with one another in healthy ways.

It also means though that thirdly we must be genuine. If we are feeling great and life is going well, then let’s be honest about that and celebrate together. If we are feeling down and life isn’t going so well, then let’s be honest and support one another together. The only way this is going to work is if we take off our masks and say, “here I am.” This will only work if we are fully open with one another and the only way that will happen is if we create cultures of trust and are willing to invest our time.

I fully and freely admit I am not the best at this. I fully admit my flaws and how I have fed into this culture of needing to be “okay” on Sunday mornings. However, this doesn’t me that I or anyone else who has been a part of this culture can’t change. Imagine how much better the Church could be at fulfilling its role as a house of worship and a place for believers to love one another if we were able to accomplish this.

The church should be there for the broken. So let us here and now start making progress towards that goal. Let us not only do it for ourselves but also for the millions of people out there who are broken and need our love.


Profiles on the 2020 candidates…so far

Below is a comprehensive list of everyone who has officially declared they are running for president in 2020 as of March 23, 2019. As more candidates declare their candidacy, the Scribe will put out articles introducing them as well. For each candidate, listed is their age, state, party, experience and their stances on education, gun rights and abortion. Those issues were chosen because they are predicted to be three of the bigger social issues that will come up in the campaign without getting into foreign policy, which would include issues such as immigration or dealing with Russia or China. All of their stances come from one of the following: statements they have made to the press, their votes or actions in their current or past governmental positions, or from their 2020 campaign websites. Some candidates did not have as much information available as others. They are listed in no particular order. If a candidate is listed before another, it is not meant to convey endorsement or support of any kind.

First up is Donald Trump. He is 72 years old, a Republican, and hails from New York. He is a former businessman and currently is the President of the United States. There is limited information available but he does oppose Common Core, a policy that says Washington D.C. can dictate some school standards, and wants to cut down the Department of Education. He is anti-gun control. He was pro-choice but changed to being pro-life in about 2012.

Next is John Hickenlooper. He is 67 years years old, a Democrat, and hails from Colorado. He is a former businessman, Mayor of Denver and served as the Governor of Colorado. There is limited information available on his stances on education, but he does oppose the use of school vouchers. He favors implementing a universal background checks for gun owners, banning high capacity magazines and wants to raise the minimum age to buy certain firearms. He is pro-choice.

Next is Jay Inslee. He is 68 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Washington. He is a former lawyer, State Representative, U.S. Representative, and currently is the Governor of Washington. He is primarily pro-public education and wants increased pay for teachers. He is pro-gun control and sees it as a health issue. He is pro-choice.

Next is Bernie Sanders. He is 77 years old, an Independent who is running as a Democrat, and hails from Vermont. He is a former U.S. Representative, Mayor, and currently is a U.S. Senator. He is pro-public education and wants to provide free college for lower income people and would tax Wall Street to help alleviate the cost. He thinks people have the right to bear arms but that the country must enact sensible policy regarding the specifics of gun ownership. He is pro-choice.

Next is Amy Klobuchar. She is 58 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Minnesota. She is a former prosecutor and currently is a U.S. Senator. She wants to expand early childhood learning access and is pro-public education. She wants to ban assault weapons but thinks hunting weapons are okay and would like to sensible reforms enacted such as enhanced background checks. She is pro-choice but ultimately thinks it a choice between a woman and her doctor.

Next is Cory Booker. He is 49 years old, a Democrat, and hails from New Jersey. He is a former Mayor and currently is a U.S. Senator. He supports school vouchers and wants to make some college free. He wants enhanced background checks and more gun control. He is pro-choice and wants to change the Supreme Court ruling in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby which said that a for-profit company can deny paying for an employee’s contraceptives as a part of their health care.

Next is Marianne Williamson. She is 66 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Texas. She is an author and spiritual teacher. She is pro-public education and wants to work on making college more affordable. She wants universal background checks and wants to ban assault rifles, bump stocks and high capacity magazines. She is pro-choice.

Next is Pete Buttigieg. He is 37 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Indiana. He is a former management consultant, Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and currently is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. There is almost no information on his education stances but he does seem to be pro-public education. He favors enhanced background checks and a ban on bump stocks. He has never declared his stance on abortion but as Mayor of South Bend he did block a rezoning decision that would have allowed an anti-abortion center to be right next to a proposed site for an abortion clinic.

Next is Kamala Harris. She is 54 years old, a Democrat, and hails from California. She is a former attorney currently is a U.S. Senator. She is pro-public education. She supports restrictions on gun ownership and is pro-gun control. She is pro-choice and supports public funding for abortions.

Next is Kirsten Gillibrand. She is 52 years old, a Democrat, and hails from New York. She is a former attorney and is currently a U.S. Senator. She is pro-public education. She was anti-gun control but then shifted to be pro-gun control to reflect the wants of her constituents. She is pro-choice and supports public funding for abortion.

Next is Julián Castro. He is 44 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Texas. He is a former Mayor was the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for President Barack Obama. There is limited information available about his stances on education, but he is a big proponent of universal pre-kindergarten. He is pro-gun control and wants to renew the Assault Weapon Ban, limit high capacity magazines and require background checks at gun shows. He is pro-choice.

Next is Tulsi Gabbard. She is 37 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Hawaii. She is a former State Representative, Major in the Army National Guard, City Council Member and currently is a U. S. Representative. She is pro-public education. She is pro-gun control and wants enhanced background checks and to ban assault weapons and bump stocks. She is pro-choice.

Next is Elizabeth Warren. She is 69 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Massachusetts. She is a former teacher, lawyer, professor and is currently a U.S. Senator. She is pro-public education. She is pro-gun control and wants to renew the Assault Weapons Ban. She is pro-choice and supports public funding for abortions.

Next is Andrew Yang. He is 44 years old, a Democrat, and hails from New York. He is an entrepreneur. He is pro-public education. He is pro-gun control but thinks policies should sensible while respecting 2nd Amendment rights. He is pro-choice.

Next is John Delaney. He is 55 years old, a Democrat, and hails from Maryland. He is a former businessman and U.S. Representative. He is pro-public education and wants to help bring down the cost of college. There is limited information available but he supports some gun control. He is pro-choice and supports public funding for abortion.

Lastly is Beto O’Rourke. He is 46 years, a Democrat, and from Texas. He is a former businessman, City Council Member and U.S. Representative. There is limited information but seems to be pro-public education. He is pro-gun control and wants enhanced background checks. He is pro-choice.

As candidates continue to declare their candidacy, the Scribe will put out articles for them. The Scribe also encourages its readers to go and read more about each of the candidates they are interested in to learn more because these three issues are by no means a fully encompassing look at each candidate.


Civil unrest breaks out in Haiti

While millions of Americans slept peacefully in their beds on the night of Feb. 7, about 700 miles off the coast of Florida violent protests broke out in Haiti. For a month now, protestors have clashed with police forces.

At the heart of the conflict is the issue of corruption and money embezzlement within the Haitian government. In 2010, Haiti was rocked by enormous earthquakes that caused millions of dollars worth of damage to structures across the island.

In an effort to help Haiti rebuild, Venezuela gave them a loan. However, politicians have embezzled about $2 billion of it, according to VICE news. One activist from Haiti told a reporter that the protestors are asking ”where is my money actually, not yours, where is my money, because I am paying you to do this,” also according to VICE news.

The protestors are calling on President Jovenel Moïse to resign due to the fact that he received money from the loan before becoming president. He received the money in order to rebuild a road that was destroyed, but no work was ever done on it. He has said he will not resign which has only angered the protestors further.

Since the protest broke out, a multitude of protestors and police alike have been injured and some have even died. Mothers stand over their dead sons and grieve while others wait beside them in line for basic needs such as food, water and gasoline.

Sophomore Alison Tomamichel went on a mission trip to Haiti a few years ago. She said that there is something about it that stands out from anywhere else she had ever been.

“I’m not sure whether it’s the delicious food, the wonderful people, the beautiful landscapes, or the peoples intense faith in Christ,” Tomamichel said. “The people I have met in Haiti are some of the most kind, genuine, faith-filled, joyful, & hopeful individuals I have ever met.”

When asked about the current protests Tomamichel said she feels bad for Haiti.“The people and the country of Haiti have not had it easy, now or ever,” Tomamichel said. “My heart aches for them in this current crisis.”

Dr. Jerome Prinston was born in Haiti and ended up spending 20 years on the island as a missionary. Even now he tries to return to Haiti once or twice a year. As a result of that, he has many friends and family who are living on the island and are living through the protests. At the time this story is being written, he hasn’t planned a trip back to the island due to the protests. He says the situation currently plaguing the island is extremely sad and depressing.

“The people are still coming out of the last natural disaster,” Prinston said. “But this time it is a problem that has been fabricated by the government, which is very disappointing.”

Prinston says that Christians who want to help the nation can do so in many ways but the main way would be supporting missionaries that they trust there. This can be done not only through economic support, but also through prayer and encouragement. Talking to the missionaries and seeing what their needs are is one of the best ways Christians in the U.S. can help.

“It’s a very sad situation,” Prinston said. “He’s a church planter and he has a school and for the past two weeks he hasn’t been able to go to his office and get any work done because of what’s going on in the streets. It weighs a lot on my mind to know that the people are suffering and that there is something that could be done but it’s not happening.”


SOTU: a welcome change, changes 2020 election set up (Opinion)

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address. As I read the transcript after the fact, I was shocked and surprised. I was shocked at how much cross party appeal there was and how much he applauded the work of not only his administration but also the work of Congress.

I know this is widely known, but it has to be said: Trump lied in his speech. Most of his lies were simply him making facts seem better than they were or something along similar lines. For example, Trump said that the American economy is considered “far and away the hottest economy anywhere in the world.” This is just downright false. The American economy only expanded by 3.5% in the third quarter of 2018. Latvia, Poland, India, and China all had higher economic growth than America. That is one example of many other lies.

However, as I finished reading the transcript of his speech, I couldn’t help but wonder where the normal Trump was. The words I read seemed, for the most part, to be more focused on bringing the country together. This was a drastic change in his normal divisive rhetoric. While there certainly were things I don’t necessarily support, his speech was a welcome change from his normal rhetoric.

In the days to come, I’m sure we will hear several politicians and political pundits give their takes on his speech. I’m sure more reports will come out about things he wasn’t fully truthful on. However, what we cannot forget moving forward is how he was asking for bipartisan efforts.

If Trump continues with this type of unifying rhetoric and he actually passes a lot of things he says he wants to that have wide cross-party appeal, meaning not the wall, then I think he could very easily be reelected in 2020. How he handles himself and his administration in the months to come and what the Mueller probe does or does not reveal will drastically shape this coming election. Until then, we cannot know how it will turn out.

Overall, his speech tonight was a welcome change. I hope he continues with this language, but I fear his twitter in the coming days will prove my hopes to be in vain. Not only do I hope that this language continues, but that he actually gets serious about working with Democrats to pass meaningful legislation that will help America.

I hope both parties can put aside their political blinders and work across the aisle. I continue to urge all Christians to pray for our leaders and that they ultimately will do the right thing for our nation.


Opinion: It’s time to listen to one another

We are just coming out of the longest government shutdown in the history of our nation. We are already preparing for an election that is 21 months away. One need not look too far for hints of strong division already spewing from the candidates’ mouths. As of October 2018, 53 percent of Americans polled by the PEW Research center said it was “stressful and frustrating” to talk about politics with those who disagreed with them, which is up seven percent from March 2016. I’m not going to say Trump is the sole cause of all of this hate and division, but it would be hard to deny he is a factor.

It’s not hard to look at his twitter feed and see where he has been hateful and just downright rude. As I write this during the morning of the day of the State of the Union, Trump is already taking to twitter to bash Democrats and the media, two of his favorite targets. Hear me on this: Trump has the right to say these things, but we as Americans have an obligation and a duty to our great republic not to fall to his level. Especially those of us in the Church who have been called to something better than petty name calling and all of this hateful talk. It would be naive of me to say that I have been perfect at this. Those who know me know that I have been hateful and divisive with my own speech from time to time. However, lately it has been on my heart to change the words I use and exchange words of hate and divisiveness for love and unity. One of the key ways we all can become better at this is by listening to one another.

I’m talking to you, liberal, and to you, conservative. Instead of yelling at each other and saying that the other’s opinion shouldn’t be heard because you disagree or someone might be offended, why don’t you sit down and listen? You can order some pizza and peacefully discuss your opinion and honestly listen to each other. But don’t waste the opportunity. Earnestly try to understand where the other is coming from.

I’m talking to you, Christian, and to you, Muslim. You both have your own belief system. This is what we want in an open society like ours, but instead of bringing up various scriptures and doctrines to hurl back and forth at each other, why don’t you pull up a table next to the liberal and the conservative? Get yourself a slice of pizza, and civilly discuss your viewpoints and beliefs. I think you’ll learn more from each other than if you had been screaming back and forth for a couple of hours.

And, yes, I’m talking to you, President Trump, and I’m talking to you, everyone who disagrees with him. I personally see where you both come from (whether I agree or not with you is another matter). Are we hearing one another and debating or are we just sending angry tweets back and forth and screaming at each other without solving the problem? While you might need a slightly bigger table, pull up some chairs. Keep the pizza coming and LISTEN to each other. We cannot spend the next two years in the lead up to an important election in this state of disarray and division.

We cannot afford to spend anymore time running further away from each other. As Paul once wrote, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Make every effort.

So, put away the executive orders for a second, lower the protest signs for just a little bit, and give one another a chance to present their arguments as to why they think what they are doing is right. Listen to each other and figure out how we, as the people and government of the United States of America, can live in peace and harmony with one another.

The time for this unnecessary violence, bigotry and division is over. It’s time to come together, everyone.


JU Students and Professor Attend Leadership Conference

This past week, two JU students and a professor had the opportunity to attend the United States Naval Academy Leadership Conference in Annapolis, Md.

The theme of this year’s conference, “Inside Out Leadership”, was primarily focused on helping leaders know themselves first so that they could better lead those they’re in  charge of. There were a multitude of speakers and panels covering the various facets of leadership.

Some of this year’s speakers were former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Peter Pace, and President of Operations at NPR Loren Mayor.

“(The speakers) were excellent,” sophomore Elijah Muller said. “They gave me a lot to think about when it comes to my leadership abilities.”

This was the largest attendance the conference has ever had with over 400 delegates coming from over 120 institutions around the world. The delegates were allowed to discuss the information they were learning at the conference as well as get leadership tips from one another in discussion groups that were moderated by midshipmen at the academy.

“One of the most enjoyable parts of the conference was getting to interact with the other delegates,” Dr. Daniel Overdorf said. “Getting to meet with students from other universities and military academies and also seeing the caliber of the students at the Naval Academy was amazing.”

Throughout the week, the delegates from JU got to explore the grounds of the Naval Academy, tour a patrol boat, and explore downtown Annapolis.

Dr. Gerald Mattingly, who helps coordinate the trip for the JU delegation every year hopes that the students and professors that go will return and use what they learned at the conference to better JU.


Trump Addresses Nation Amidst Government Shutdown

On Tuesday Jan. 8, President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office, his first time doing so since taking office in January 2017. He addressed the crisis at the border and put before the public his thoughts and proposals for how to end the humanitarian crisis.

“This is a humanitarian crisis — a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul,” Trump said.

Shortly after his address, newly-elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) addressed the nation and rebutted some of what the president said while laying out their own solutions to the problems along the border.

“The fact is: We all agree we need to secure our borders, while honoring our values,” Pelosi said.

Both of these addresses were given during what is now the longest federal government shutdown in the 231 years since the Constitution was ratified. Since 1976, when the modern budget process began, there have been 20 shutdowns. Some of them only lasted hours; however, some, like the current one, have lasted weeks. The previous record for the longest shutdown occurred in 1995 and lasted 21 days.

A shutdown may not seem like a big deal, but a lot of people are being affected by it. According to Quartz, a U.S. news organization focused on the global economy, 800,000 government workers are directly affected. Many critical security positions, such as FBI agents and TSA inspectors, are calling in sick or working without pay.

One of the greater ironies of the shutdown is that it was sparked by illegal immigration and differing views on how to approach the problem. Due to the government being shutdown, a service, known as E-Verify, which allows employers to see if potential employees are allowed to work in the U.S. is operating at a reduced rate. It can still give out some information, but cannot verify if someone is legal or not. Another irony is that because the government is shutdown, the Department of Homeland Security cannot award contracts from the $1.6 billion it has already been given to expand border security.

However, one cannot also forget about the people being directly affected by this shutdown. Due to the IRS not verifying tax returns, people buying and selling homes cannot close on deals. For all you sports fans out there, college basketball is also being affected. For example, David Ugochukwu, a forward at Penn State, cannot get play because his mom works for the Treasury Department and her paycheck covers his tuition, according to Quartz.

There are ongoing talks to reopen the government, but there is no concrete deal as of the time this article is being written.


Satire: Emailagedon Sparks Campus Crisis

On Sunday December 2, a campus-wide crisis took place when an email was sent out to all staff and students, but nobody responded.

Dean of Students, Dave Legg sent an email out to everybody on campus, but many students and staff, such as freshman Ben Soper, were too afraid to respond after the first emailagedon of 2018 concerning payment for succulent Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits.

“I…I responded to that first email about the Chick-Fil-A biscuit,” Soper said, “the retribution I received…it was just too much.”

Many students were concerned as to why they got the email concerning the payment. Some in particular were concerned about data usage while others wanted to argue that DC is better than Marvel.

On Dec. 2, Legg sent another email out asking everybody to respond to a survey about open dorms. However, instead of sending it to just students, he accidentally sent it to everybody involved with Johnson, including alumni, staff, and donors. After seeing what he had done, he was fearful of a second emailagedon.

“You would think after that first mistake with the chicken biscuits I would have learned,” Legg said. After saying this, he just started chuckling, smiling, and shaking his head. While shrugging Legg said, “It is what it is.”

When nobody responded to the email, the Student Life Office immediately went into a panic as they didn’t know what to do in order to make a decision about open dorms for the coming semester. It didn’t take long for the panic to spread out among the campus and soon heated arguments broke out among the two factions that formed: the Responders and the Deleters.

“Do you understand how annoying it was to be getting all of these dumb emails that late at night,” said sophomore Justus York, spokesman for the Deleters. The Responders declined to comment.

After the many fights and debates were finally broken up by campus security and various administrators, Johnson finally decided to just delete the dreaded JU info email address.

“That email address was probably a necessity to have,” Legg said, “but the risk of another outbreak like this was too great. It’s just for the best we deleted it.”


JUTN Volleyball team wins first Regional match


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The Lady Royals beat the Boyce Bulldogs in three sets in their first Regional match.

As Regional play began, the ladies were excited to take to the court. After three matches that went 25-16, 25-14 and 25-15 respectively, the Johnson Royals came out victorious.

As the ladies head into the rest of the pool play this weekend, Coach Robin Vannoy hopes the team will keep playing hard as they continue to progress.

“We didn’t play our best game,” Vannoy said. “We missed a lot of serves, and if we’re going to continue going on in the tournament, then we’ve got to stay focused. Luckily we did some other things that were good and helped us out there in the end, but this is a great group of girls and I think they’ll come back fighting strong (on Friday).”

President Tommy Smith offered 25 free tickets to the first 25 students to email him, “I HAVE ROYALS PRIDE,” in an effort to get students out to the game. Students Wes Porter and Nick Willet were chanting “we’re VIPs” before the match started after winning some of the tickets.