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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.”

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Royals Recap: first week of tennis includes 1st win and ARC home opener

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The Royals had an exciting week of tennis picking up their first win of the season as well as playing their first home match on the newly built ARC tennis courts.
The Royals opened up their first week of the first season traveling to Asheville, North Carolina to play Warren Wilson College. The Royals came out firing early scoring a couple of quick points with awin at the second position by Danielle Keehner and Madi Buchanan and the third position by Iris Loveday and Emily Allen, both by a score of 8-0. The Royals would have to fight for the final doubles point as Annalise McDonald and Hannah Hamm pulled away late to win 8-5.

The Royals continued their run on the singles court with Buchanan, Olive Anderson, and Allen took down their opponents without dropping a game. At the two spot, Keehner got down early but ended the match by winning 12 straight games to put her opponent away. The final win for the Royals was freshman Loveday picking up her first college singles win by a score of 6-2, 6-4.

On Saturday, the Royals were back in action but this time on the Johnson ARC tennis courts against Wittenberg College. In the first women’s tennis match ever played on Johnson’s campus, the Royals welcomed many fans for a good day of tennis. The pair of Buchanan and Keehner used the energy of the crowd and the new courts to play a handful of inspired points in big moments. Trading blows all the way to a tie-breaker, the pair both earned and fought off match points. In the end, the pair from Wittenberg were able to pull out the win.

Momentum would stay with Wittenberg throughout the beginning of singles. After falling in the first set 2-6, sophomore Olive Anderson would storm back in the 2nd set to blitz her opponent 6-0. Tied at a set apiece, Anderson and her opponent would trade shots and points in a 10-point tiebreak with neither player ever leading by more than 2 points. Both facing match points and earning match points, Anderson fought hard to the very end losing by a final count of 12-10. Though the Royals did not pick up any wins against Wittenberg, the Royals definitely held their own for their first match on their own courts.

Coach Hale explained the ups and downs of the week after the match saying, “Starting off the spring with a win is a great boost of confidence. We all played very well and everyone was able to get up early and execute our game plan. I was also very proud of how we fought on Saturday, though we lost some really tight heartbreakers, we fought to the very end and really embraced playing on campus with the support everyone behind us. This week has definitely laid the foundation for us to have a good season.”

The Royals return to the ARC on March 14th against Ferrum College.

 

Courtesy of johnsonroyals.com

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Royals Recap: Men’s Tennis picks up win and then begins play at ARC

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The Royals had an exciting week of tennis picking up their first win of the spring season as well as playing their first home match on the newly built ARC tennis courts.

After ending the fall season with a win against cross-town rival Maryville College, the Royals looked to get continue the momentum against Warren WIlson. The Royals got out to an early lead in the first tier but fell behind in the second. Using an aggressive playing style the tandem of Stephen Damon and Michael Rhodenbaugh put away their opponents on the top tier 8-2.

Taking a 2-1 lead into singles, the Royals easily rolled in three of the five matches. At the number one spot, Carson Byington jumped out to a quick first set lead 6-0 and continued to roll 6-2 in the second set. Two Royals also got their very first college win as Malachi Carr and Camden Rusch did not drop a game at the three spot and five spot, respectively. The Royals capped off the day with two highly competitive matches with Rhodenbaugh at the 2 spot and Riley Reinhardt at the 4. Rhodenbaugh was able to stage a comeback in the first set and squeak out a 7-5 win while Reinhardt would fall in a back and forth set, 6-4. In the end, Rhodenbaugh was able to put away his opponent while Reinhardt dropped the second in similar back and forth fashion.

On Saturday, the Royals were back in action but this time on the Johnson ARC tennis courts against Wittenberg College. The Royals inaugural home match started off rough as the Wittenberg Tigers got off to quick starts on all three doubles courts with the only pair that was able to take a game was the pair of Dalton Sauer and Caleb Weaver. Despite fighting hard, the Royals would eventually be swept by a score of 9-0.

Coach Hale explained the ups and downs of the week after the match saying, “Starting off the spring with a win is a great boost of confidence. We all played very well and everyone was able to get up early and execute our game plan. I was also very proud of how we fought on Saturday, we fought to the very end and really embraced playing on campus with the support everyone behind us. This week has definitely laid the foundation for us to have a good season.”

The Royals return to the ARC on March 14th against Ferrum College.

 

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Royals Recap: Royals win Mid-East Region title

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The Johnson University Royals capped off the NCCAA DII Mid-East Regional Tournament at 3:30 on Saturday with a game against the Great Lakes Christian College Crusaders

The two teams have an almost identical play style and that was evident at many points in the game. The teams were neck and neck for the vast majority of game time, with 12 lead changes and 8 ties. With just over 8 minutes remaining, Johnson took their biggest lead of the half at 23-16. The Crusaders would battle on, though, going on a huge run that would see them to halftime with a lead of 40-32.

In the second half, the Royals were able to fight back through dogged determination and clutch baskets. With 9:00 left in the game, Johnson trailed the Crusaders by 10 points. From this point, Johnson would go on a 19-2 run highlighted by great team play and excellent defense. Six different Johnson players were able to contribute points during the run. Taylor Gilpin (SR/Bloomington, IN) hit two free throws with 24 seconds left to put Johnson up by 10 and out of reach of the Crusaders. The Royals went on to win, 84-78.

This is the first regional title for Johnson University since 2006, and first under Head Coach Brandon Perry. This was also the final basketball game scheduled to be played in the Philips-Welshimer Gymnasium.

The Johnson Players of the Game are Taylor Gilpin (17 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals) and Coby Jones (SO/Hampton, TN) (19 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.) Both players were selected to the all-tournament team, and Coby Jones was the tournament MVP.

Coach Brandon Perry had a few comments after the game:

Coach Perry Interview

Many of the players agreed to interviews as well:

Brandon Toro (SR/Rome, GA) Interview

Cody McClain (SR/Hampton, TN) Interview

Dwayne Felder (SR/Mocksville, NC) Interview

Estiven Estacio (JR/Cali, Columbia) Interview

Gavin Grubb (FR/Bristol, TN) Interview

Taylor Gilpin Interview

 

 

Courtesy of johnsonroyals.com

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Homecoming 2019 to celebrate ‘time’

KNOXVILLE    Johnson University’s 2019 Homecoming begins today. JU alumni from all over will be retracing their steps on campus throughout the week, learning how to make the most of their time on Earth.

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This year’s homecoming theme is “About Time.” The theme was adopted from the New Testament verse 2 Corinthians 4:16, which states, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

The sessions will focus on the essence of time and learning to live on God’s time scale, rather than that so commonly adopted by mankind. The idea from this is that those who choose to learn to live on God’s time scale will be able to participate “in both the loud and subtle ways God’s Kingdom is working in the world today” (johnsonu.edu).

The purpose of this year’s homecoming, as stated on Johnson’s website, is to

  • Celebrate the 125 years of work God has done through Johnson University
  • Add your stories to a timeline of Johnson University that will line the Marble Hallway
  • Reconnect and renew relationships formed at Johnson
  • Worship, study, and practice together the ways God might renew us inwardly so that we might continue to participate in God’s redemptive work in the world

Speakers for the week will include David Fleer, professor at Lipscomb, preacher, storyteller; Mark Nelson, lead pastor at Crossings; and Heather Gorman, NT professor at Johnson. Workshops and morning prayer will be led by Jody Owens and Bill Wolf.

The festivities began at 9:00 this morning and will continue through 1 p.m. on Thursday. A full schedule of the week’s events can be found here.

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Royals Recap: Royals advance to Mid-East Regional Final

The Johnson Royals have advanced to the finals of the Mid-East Regional tournament with a win over #1 seeded Grace Christian University.

 

The Royals came into the game as the 4th seed in the tournament having already defeated the 5th seed Welch College. Both teams played with extreme intensity right from the opening tip. The Royals played some of their best basketball on both sides of the floor for the entire first half. Coby Jones (SO/Hampton, TN) was able to put up 16 points and gather 4 rebounds to lead Johnson in the first half. Even with this effort, the Tigers were able to keep up.

By halftime, the teams had matched each other almost perfectly. Johnson had 16 rebounds, 37 points, and gave up 8 turnovers. Welch had also given up 8 turnovers with 17 rebounds and 32 points. This 5-point lead for the Royals was the largest of the half for either team.

The second half continued to be high intensity with non-stop action at both ends of the floor. Until the 4-minute mark, the teams stayed within 5 points of one another. With 3:45 remaining in the game, Taylor Gilpin (SR/Bloomington, IN) drilled a three-point shot with an assist from Coby Jones and the Royals’ momentum took over. They went on an 11-0 run over the next 3 minutes to cap off the game. Though the Tigers tried until the very end, their efforts were no match for the play of the Royals.

The Johnson Player of the Game was Coby Jones. Jones recorded a team-leading 31 points, shooting 10-17 from the field and 4-9 from behind the arc. He also had 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. His 31 points put him into the One Thousand Point Club at Johnson in only his 3rd semester with the team. Coby agreed to an interview after the game:

Coby Jones Interview

Coach Perry also had a lot of positive things to say after the game:

Coach Perry Interview

 

Courtesy of johnsonroyals.com

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Winter Jam Tour Spectacular returning to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE     Premier Productions Winter Jam Tour Spectacular will be held Fri., Feb. 22 at the Thompson-Boling Arena. The doors will open at 6 p.m. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Winter JamKnoxville’s Winter Jam Tour stop will feature Newsboys United, Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Rend Collective, Ledger, NewSong, Hollyn, Greg Stier, Ty Brasel, Manic Drive, Dan Bremnes, and Adam Agee.

The event costs $15 or $10 with a canned food donation, which will be given to the local Rescue Mission. No tickets are required in advance as admission will be taken at the door.

More information can be found here.

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8 week beginner sign language classes to start in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE     The Tennessee School for the Deaf is offering beginner American Sign Language classes, which will be held on Mondays, beginning March 25 and ending May 13.

There will be two beginner classes. Beginner- I will be held from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Beginner-II will run from 7-8 p.m. The classes will be taught by TSD faculty and staff who are native users of ASL. The cost per person is $40.

The location for the classes is Alan J. Mealka High School Building – Library Conference Room, 2725 Island Home Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37920.

Interested parties can contact Becky Candino at (865) 579-2429 or R.candino@tsdeaf.org

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Staff Feature: Katherine Barnhart

KISSIMMEE — Katherine Barnhart works at Johnson University Florida as the Administrative Assistant of the School of Education and the Assistant Coach of the girl’s basketball team.

Katherine’s husband, Jay Barnhart, accepted the position as Florida’s first-ever women’s basketball coach in June 2018. Katherine joined Johnson staff in August 2018. She said it has been a joy for them to work together.

This is not their first time coaching together, however, as they both coached teams through Camps for Christ. Camps for Christ is a summer camp program that teaches students aged 7-18 about basketball and Christ. Jay Barnhart started this program at age 19 while still attending Messiah College. These years of experience shape how they now teach the girl’s basketball team.

Katherine calls herself the coach mom. It is not just basketball for them, it is a discipleship opportunity.

“I see myself in a position of just being there for the girls,” Barnhart said. “Whatever their needs are, whether they are personal or basketball related.”

Katherine believes the Lord prepared her for this type of position. She grew up in a small rural town in Amherst, Va. She is the fourth born child out of 14. Growing up, she had to be very independent and hard-working. She was required to grow up quickly and took on a motherly role among her siblings. She was very prepared for life once she left her home.

“It was really a blessing because it was training me to be a leader and an example in my own household,” Barnhart said.

When it was time to have her own kids, Katherine decided to be a stay-at-home mother like her mom. She home-schooled all three of her children.

“I really enjoyed being home with the children to nurture, care and guide them,” Barnhart said.

Katherine enjoys spending her time praying and fasting. From a young age, her parents taught her to prioritize prayer in her relationship with God. It was often her practice to spend time outdoors in reflection and prayer.

She also enjoys writing short stories, poems, parables, and plays. She published her first book, Where are you? Am I dead?: Words of Wisdom with Westbow publishers in April 2018. This book is a result of extensive reflection on the story of Adam and Eve found in Genesis. She hopes to one day direct plays for the benefit of the body of Christ.

When asked what was the highlight of working at Johnson, she said it was the opportunity to work with the girl’s basketball team. Nothing compares to the joy of discipling future leaders. She wants students to know she cares for them and that her door is always open if any student wants prayer.

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Royals Recap: Royals split snowy series at Asbury

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“How can you not be romantic about baseball?”

-Billy Beane (Moneyball, 2011)

The Johnson University Royals Baseball team split a double header at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY on Friday. Game 1 was tight throughout. The Royals fought with everything they had and Noah Malicoat (JR/Lake City, TN) pitched 4 innings with only 4 hits and 2 runs. The Royals’ defense kept the game close, but could not get runs across the plate. In the top of the 7th inning, Johnson loaded the bases with no outs, but the batting continued the struggle and all three runners were stranded. Final of Game 1 was 3-0.

Game 2 was a journey. The Royals opened the game strong by putting up a 3 spot in the top of the 1st inning behind a triple from Derrick Lay (FR/Knoxville, TN) and good situational hitting from Noah Malicoat, Chandler Viscardis (JR/Seymour, TN), and Dalton Pruitt (SR/Danville, VA). The Eagles bounced back in the bottom of the inning to score 2 runs. They then built on those two in the second inning to tie the game at 3 runs each.

Tyler Lopes (SO/Fort Myers, FL) entered the game for the Royals in the third inning to get out of a two bases jam. He continued to work for three full innings while only giving up one hit and recording three strikeouts. Said Lopes after the game, “I thought it went great. I was really fired up. It felt really good to go out there and help the team. I know we needed some momentum and, I’m happy I was able to help with that.” As well as the Royals played defense behind Lopes, the Eagles kept up, also holding the Royals to no runs.

In the sixth inning, Zach Wyatt (FR/Seymour, TN) took over on the mound for Johnson. Zach quickly dispatched the first two outs of the inning with strikeouts. After a close play at 3rd, the Royals believed that they were out of the inning. However, the Asbury coaches appealed the play and upon further discussion from the umpires, the call was reversed and the Royals were called back onto the field. This lit a fire under Johnson’s players and the momentum shifted their way for the remainder of the game. Zach Wyatt struck out the very next batter to get out of the inning.

At this point, the snow began to fall. After an uneventful 7th inning, the Royals took their turn at bat in extras. On the first pitch, Chandler Viscardis doubled down 3rd base line just past the glove of a diving fielder. Dalton Pruitt attempted to advance the runner with a bunt down the line to first, and beat out the throw for a single. After a wild pitch by the Asbury pitch, Viscardis scored to take the lead. Noah Malicoat then hit a two strike single to score Pruitt and put the Royals up by 2.

By the bottom of the 8th, the snow was falling hard. Zach Wyatt continued working through the close of the game by recording another three strikeouts to finish the win, bringing his total to eight strikeouts in three innings pitched.

“Our guys came out and played well. Minimized the errors and capitalized on big hits. Pitching has been phenomenal and I can’t give enough credit to (the pitchers) for coming out and shutting it down and getting us a big win today” said Assistant Coach Chase White. “This win is huge. We’ve been right on the brink of getting over the hurdle and I think this really did it for us.”

This game is not one that the Royals will soon forget.

The Johnson Player of the Game was Zach Wyatt for his 3.0 IP, 8 SO, 2 H, and his first collegiate win.

Recap courtesy of johnsonroyals.com