Knoxville — In the busyness of the day, sometimes dinner preparations get put on the back burner. Pioneer Dining Services is introducing new specials and advertising old ones to make non-traditional and commuter students’ lives easier.
Every Tuesdays in the River Grill, all meals are $4 for non-traditional and commuter students. Every Thursdays, dinner costs $5 for adults and $2.50 for their children in the Gally.
The special in the Gally has been running for years, but the new discount in the River Grill will hopefully attract more students.
“It will benefit [non-traditional students] because they will have an even more affordable option for lunch or dinners on campus that fit into their class schedule,” Jordan Durant, director of Pioneer Food Services said.
He said only a handful of non-traditional and commuter students take advantage of the discount in the Gally.
On Thursdays, the Gally has a variety of rotating dinner options, including fried chicken, spaghetti, and usual options like pizza and subs.
The River Grill has more specialized options like quesadillas, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and salads.
Jan. 22 was the first day of the special at the River Grill and Durant said the response was positive.
“We doubled our sales [in the River Grill] from last week,” Durant said.
In addition to the meal discounts for some students, Durant said his crew is preparing for a new cookie delivery service.
“It will be open to all campus residents alike, nontraditionals, and faculty and staff,” he said. “The start date will be next Wednesday.”
He said more details about this upcoming service will be released to the campus body soon.
KNOXVILLE On Jan. 22, Johnson University senior Taylor Gilpin scored his 2,000th point of his college basketball career.
This was a big accomplishment for Gilpin, who only scored 100 points during his high school career.
“I’ve been averaging 18 points a game, so I knew I’d be on pace for it, and I felt pretty good about it coming into the game,” Gilpin said. “I was confident I’d get it today.”
Brandon Perry and Taylor Gilpin after Tuesday night’s game
Gilpin attributes all of his accomplishments thus far to God.
“It was crazy,” Gilpin said. “I mean, I couldn’t help but just thank God for all that He’s done. I came from high school, where I didn’t play very much…Going from 100 to 2,000 [points] in college, it’s just crazy to see all that God’s done. I can’t take any glory; it’s all been God. And I’m just super thankful for that, just the way He’s used me.”
Head Coach for the Johnson Royals men’s basketball team, Brandon Perry, is very proud of Gilpin’s accomplishments, including but not limited to this particular achievement.
“This marker is not really a definer of the type of player he is, but it’s an announcement to everyone else that says…‘oh my goodness, this guy is something special’,” Coach Perry said. “I’ve known it from day one, and for me to get to see that, to be a part of his life for four years all this stuff from basketball, it’s great but it’s the way that he loves my son and the way that he’s been a part of my family, the way he has led our team for four years. For him to score 2,000 was great, but all of that stuff is even better…He’s just been amazing. I don’t even know that I can say the right words.”
Gilpin is very grateful to everyone who has helped him reach this point in his career.
“I just wanna thank my team. It’s all my team that has allowed me to get here; they’ve been the ones that have pushed me, that have helped me get to this point, and that have encouraged me,” Gilpin said.
Gilpin also said that his family and his coach have played a major part in getting him to where he is today.
“My coach has just been awesome. He’s built confidence in me to be the player I’ve become,” Gilpin said. “My parents my dad he always spends time with me in the gym. Growing up, we’d spend countless hours just shooting hoops in the gym and in the driveway. My family, which is my team, and my coach have all been super amazing, and I’m thankful for them and having them in my life.”
Perry predicts that Gilpin still has great things ahead of him. He said if Gilpin has more games like Tuesday’s, he has the potential to push his way from being 5th in scoring to being 2nd . If the team makes the national title game, Gilpin has a good shot at placing 1st.
Knoxville — Johnson University’s Counseling Center is hosting round table discussions for students who are interested in diving deeper into the topic of faith and sexuality.
These discussion groups are an opportunity for students to debrief following the Faith and Sexuality lectures presented by Mark Yarhouse, here Thursday.
These discussions will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, in the private dining hall. They are an open-ended conversation between students and faculty, touching on the information given by Yarhouse.
Emily Eisenhart, Director of Clinical Services, said that the conversation will mainly be “focused on what was heard from the lectures” and “continuing the idea of being hospitable to those that are different from us.”
She also said that the format of the conversations will be informal.
The format is intended to allow students to discuss their questions, comments and concerns in a safe environment. The conversation will be facilitated and guided by a faculty or staff member.
“We know that there are students that are struggling with issues of sexual identity or may be in a different place than the majority on campus,” Eisenhart said. “And we want those students to feel welcome.. to feel hope.”
Eisenhart said that support for students thinking through sexual identity issues is available beyond the meeting Tuesday.
“If sexual identity topics are personal to them and they find themselves in that minority here at Johnson, they can receive support here at the counseling center,” she said. “We can’t stress enough how confidential their sessions are.”
All students at JU are encouraged to attend this round table discussion and become more educated on the topic of sexual identity.
“This is a topic we really need to consider and engage,” Eisenhart said.
“How can we move toward people, rather than disregard where they’re at?”
She said this is an opportunity to meet people where they are and walk with them through differences.
KNOXVILLE Johnson University’s Tennessee campus will be down Fri, Jan. 25 from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. for internet upgrades.
During this upgrade time, there will be no access to the FL campus, internet, email, and most anything else internet related. However, there will still be access to on-campus servers such as Jenzabar EX and the Johnson Portal.
The upgrades were suppose to happen Jan. 18, however, the Internet Service Provider for the University could not add the additional circuit at that time.
The bandwidth will be doubled providing much faster internet speed. This will effect the main Johnson University and Johnson Guest wireless internet networks as well as the student’s wired networks.
A super blood wolf moon eclipse was seen across the skies of the U.S. on Sunday evening into the early hours of Monday morning. This sight was a combination of a super moon, a wolf moon, and a total eclipse, or blood moon. Viewers were able to watch the eclipse begin around 9:36 p.m. It did not reach totality until a few minutes after midnight. The viewing time of the total eclipse ended around 12:43 a.m.
The moon is classified as a supermoon during the time of the month when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. A wolf moon gets its name by being the first full moon of the new year. When the moon is completely in Earth’s shadow, it is referred to as a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon. A combination of these three classifications best described Sunday night’s sky show: the super blood wolf moon eclipse.
Knoxville, Tenn. saw some clouds at the beginning of the eclipse. However, as it reached totality, the clouds moved out of the way, giving a better view to those watching.
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.
Johnson University hosted the MEDIC Regional Blood Center for the Fall Blood Drive on campus, Oct. 9. The event was held in the Gally Commons from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Approximately 45 units of blood were collected, less than previous fall blood drives at Johnson, which typically provide 65 units.
“Blood donations are important for several reasons, mainly because it saves lives,” Chris Phipps, MEDIC Donor Resource Coordinator, said. “One blood donation can save up to three people’s lives.”
Phipps said that baby boomers were taught the importance of donating blood while growing up. As more of that generation becomes unable to donate blood, the need for young people to donate is high.
“We encourage and rely on student donations because they are our donor base for the future…,” Phipps said. “Unfortunately, we often don’t see enough young people that recognize the altruistic value of donating blood and its importance to help save the lives of others. Our goal is to try to teach that to young people so that even after college when they enter the workforce or are out in the community they will take some time out of their schedule to visit us.”
MEDIC keeps the blood collected in the community to serve the local hospital’s needs. They also provide credit for those who donate blood.
“If the donor or a close family member of a donor were to later develop cancer or be in an accident, they would not be billed for the blood products used or needed for them,” said Phipps. “Donating blood is also healthy for the donor in that it lowers cardiovascular health risks and provides other positive effects on the body.”
Students were encouraged to donate blood with the promise of a t-shirt and a Texas Roadhouse Appetizer coupon. Johnson Hall residents were also enticed with a pass on room checks.
Emily Hudelson and Sarah Chitwood after donating blood at the Fall blood drive.
“I figured it doesn’t take that much time, and it doesn’t hurt that much, but it can really help people so it’s a good use of my 40 minutes,” Emily Hudelson, class of 2022, said.
Hudelson donated once before, in high school, and she says she will continue donating blood. Hudelson’s friend has needed blood transfusions before so she wants to help donate for people like her.
“I felt like it wasn’t that much of a trouble and it could potentially help someone in the future,” Sarah Chitwood, another JU student, said.
She wanted to donate because of her uncle who has needed blood transfusions due to heart problems.
Knoxville– Johnson University students take the Christian calling to the next level imbedding it into their mission statement and living it out with a day dedicated to serving the Knoxville community.
David Legg, dean of students, said the idea of a campus wide service day was discussed between himself and Dr. Richard Beam, former Vice President of Academics, a few years before the service day was put into effect. Legg said no action was taken on the topic at that time. Later, the Student Government Association approached them about starting a day dedicated to service.
This day is commonly referred to as “K-Day,” or “K-18,” the last two digits representing the year of service.
Every year, SGA plans a day off from classes so students can go out into the surrounding communities to serve. This year, K-Day had an impact on the cities of Knoxville, Maryville, Alcoa, Sevierville, and Seymour. This annual event started on Sept. 9, 2009.
SGA published fliers this year that referred to the service day as a day of remembrance for the lives lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
According to Legg, this day of service was originally intended for students to be able to serve the greater Knoxville community as a school body.
“It [K-Day] gives our students an opportunity to live out who we say we are, as a community,” Legg said.
SGA Representatives on K-Day
While K-18 is only a one-day event for many students on campus, for SGA it is an event that has been in the making for months.
“Today we get to step back and see all the hard work that has been put in over the year,” Ashton Lowery, student body president, said.
The SGA Spiritual Life Committee, headed up by Carli Long, dedicated hours to gather the needs of the Knoxville community and plan for the upcoming service day.
Lowery said that getting students out in the community to serve has always been a challenge. However, when students get started on the day, they immensely enjoy it and want to engage in service more often.
“It’s an adrenaline high of a day of serving,” Lowery said.
Lowery’s first year as student body president has impacted how she participates in K-18. “It’s a learning experience to step back and not do everything myself,” Lowery said “It’s a humbling experience.”
Members of SGA were scattered among the different sites, participating as team leaders.
Bethany Snowden, Senior
Beth Snowden, a member of the Spiritual Life Committee, helped lead a group serving at a local ministry, Knoxville Area Rescue Ministry. Snowden said she had never volunteered at KARM before, but remembered hearing that “they do great ministry downtown.”
Snowden’s group was mainly working on renovating the third floor of the KARM building into a living area called ‘The Berea House.’ Snowden said the house will be a place homeless men can live while also attending classes, work, and participate in community service.
As her team sanded walls, cleaned, painted, replaced ceiling tiles, and polished doors and baseboards, Snowden said, “I like knowing these small things will go towards helping better the life of someone.”
Snowden said the impact of K-18 on students is important.
“It’s great to so manual labor, it helps us gain a servants’ heart,” she said.
Kayla Senor, Sophomore
Kayla Senor, unofficial vice president of the sophomore class, spent the service day leading a group at the Young Women’s Christian Association in East Knoxville.
The ministry has a focus on social justice issues. One aspect of this ministry includes empowering children, helping them with reading and writing skills.
Senor’s group had the opportunity to paint encouraging murals on the bathroom doors and organize supplies, all in hopes to help facilitate a better learning environment for the children.
“I’m really excited to be here because I love social justice and empowering kids,” Senor said. “One of my passions is helping kids to read. It’s really cool that I ended up in a place that fits my passion so well.”
The Student Perspective
JU’s athletic teams were slated to work for the Knoxville Leadership Foundation for their day of service. Each sports team was supposed to be stationed at sites building ramps, along with other household improvements for those in the community who cannot afford to do it themselves.
Due to the significant amount of rain the past few days, KLF decided that the work could not be completed Thursday. Athletic Director Brandon Perry said the athletes will be working on these projects in the upcoming weekends.
For now, the athletes had the opportunity to work at the university, cleaning up the campus grounds.
Some of the athletes and Perry said that they were disappointed the sites were canceled, but are looking forward to helping these people later in the semester.
“I’m kind of disappointed,” Kenyon Helmuth, a member of the class of 2020, said. “I felt it was a great opportunity for the teams to get together and be unified.”
Some of the JU athletic representatives said that K-Day is a great way for the teams and the school to give back to the community and live out the Christian lifestyle.
“To me, K-Day is about giving back to our community,” Perry said.
Some students said they enjoy the opportunity to minister outside of campus, in the local area.
“JU has a K-Day so students have an opportunity to give back to the community, so that we can serve and show God’s love,” Luci Evans, a member of the class of 2022, said.