Burns Night dinner brings taste of Scotland to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE – On Monday night, fifty-four faculty and honors program students gathered in the Private Dining Room of the Gally Commons to honor the birthday of the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Burns, born in Alloway, West Scotland in 1759, wrote over five hundred and fifty songs and poems, many in his native Scottish dialect, … Read moreBurns Night dinner brings taste of Scotland to Tennessee

Winter Coffee House warms attendees

KNOXVILLE – On Nov. 16, the winter Coffee House took place. This gathering of talent by Johnson University students drew an especially packed crowd. The night began with Josh Meadows, who sang and played covers of “Love Somebody,” “After the Storm,” and “The Only Exception.” He was followed by Ben Faust and his friends, who played a Mumford and … Read moreWinter Coffee House warms attendees

“A Night of Nativities” examines Christmas’ meanings

KNOXVILLE – Produced by the Creative Arts Council and SGA, “A Night of Nativities” came to life Dec. 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the Old Main auditorium. The performances included two one-act plays, “The Christmas Movie” and “Nativity on the Square.” The two plays were set with occasional dramatic music and witty one-liners, while still … Read more“A Night of Nativities” examines Christmas’ meanings

Senior recitals begin

KISSIMMEE – Each year, graduating seniors from the music department prepare and perform their senior recital as the culmination of their education at Johnson University. “[Senior recitals] are important to help showcase the hundreds of practice hours, countless recitals, and all the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed in the music program here at JUFL,” … Read moreSenior recitals begin

The Valley Opera takes over the Square Room

On Friday night, Johnson University’s own student-led band, The Valley Opera, had their headlining show at the Square Room located on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville. The band members of The Valley Opera include Tanner Rutherford, MaKenzee Lady, Cord Johnson, Dane Alexander, and Ben Mcgue. Admission for the show was $10. Students and faculty from Johnson University gathered eagerly to see … Read moreThe Valley Opera takes over the Square Room

French Movie nights at Johnson are Très bien!

Venir à la soirée cinéma Français à Johnson! In other words, ‘come to French movie night at Johnson!’ During the months of October and November, French movies will be shown in room 155 of the Russell Preaching Center every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with an exception for fall break. The movies are absolutely gratis, ‘free of … Read moreFrench Movie nights at Johnson are Très bien!

High school seniors preview the JUFL life

By Elisabeth Clevenger and Christian Arnold KISSIMMEE — Senior Salute gives high school students the opportunity to really experience the excitement and reality of Johnson University Florida campus life. On Thursday and Friday, JUFL housed 29 high school students for Senior Salute, giving them a personalized brief glimpse of college. Highlights for this two-day event, hosted … Read moreHigh school seniors preview the JUFL life

Christmas show auditions begin

Hopeful students audition as a group.
Hopeful students audition as a group.

Preparations for the SGA Creative Arts Council’s Christmas play began Monday as hopeful students gathered for the first day of auditions.

Auditions will continue Tuesday and Wednesday in the Old Main Auditorium.

Auditions consisted of cold readings, where each actor read different characters’ lines without prior knowledge of the script. The directors, JU senior Jared Randall and sponsor Tammie Weatherly, oversaw the readings.

Randall said they will present  two one-act plays, The Christmas Movie, by Carrie Varnell, and Nativity on the Square, by Tom Long.

The Christmas Movie is a spoof on four major Christmas movies,”Randall said. “It kind of takes out the value in [the movies] and points out why they’re not the real point of Christmas.”

Randall said The Christmas Movie should be interesting to the audiences with it’s shattering of the fourth wall, which means that actors will speak directly to the audience.

The other half of the show, The Nativity Square, focuses on a nativity scene that comes to life but doesn’t know the meaning of Christmas. In the play, an inebriated homeless woman stumbles upon the scene and recounts her own story as well as the story of Christmas.

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Students showcase talents at Coffee House

Josh Bailey Performs at Coffee House Sept. 14.
Josh Bailey performs at Coffee House Sept. 14.

Johnson University’s Student Government Association kicked off the annual Coffee House series Monday with a load of talent and friendship, and of course — coffee.

Starting at 7 p.m., the student lounge in the Eubanks Activity Center was energized with more than 100 students.

The first Coffee House of the year began festively with a rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The song filled the air as students took advantage of the $1 coffee and found seats among the couches and chairs.

“The atmosphere that we strive to create at Coffee House is one that embodies community,” said senior Hope Smyth, executive director of the Major Events Committee for SGA. “We want students to be able to share talents that may be hidden because day-to-day life doesn’t permit them to share their talents.”

Smyth said Coffee House is an opportunity to socialize and for students to take a break from homework and work.

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How we listen: An overview of how we listen to music in the modern age

In October 2001 the world changed forever. This change may not have been widely noticed, but it has dramatically changed the way we interact with the world of audio and music. The way we listen changed with the release of the first generation iPod. The radio, the Walkman, and now a device that allowed its … Read moreHow we listen: An overview of how we listen to music in the modern age