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Volleyball Team Wins Last Three Matches of Regular Season

The lady Royals volleyball team won the last three matches of their season.

On Thursday they beat Crown College. The sets were 25-6, 25-5 and 25-5. On Saturday they were victorious against both Alice Lloyd College and Welch College. They won against Alice Lloyd College in three sets that went 25-18, 25-18 and 25-13. Later in the evening, they won against Welch College 25-19, 25-14 and 25-20.

Head Coach Robin Vannoy, who is in her third season as head coach at Johnson, said that she was really happy with how the girls played Wednesday night.

“Tonight was a team effort by everybody,” Vannoy said. “We had the opportunity to get everybody in the match. We are hosting regionals and we hope everybody comes out.”

The Lady Royals finished their season 22-7. The regional schedule should be released soon.

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Coffeehouse signups are here, auditions next week

Coffeehouse will take place in the Underground Coffeeshop, located in the Eubanks Activity Center on campus, Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.

Coffeehouse is a time for the campus community to come together and share their talents with one another. Some people sing, others read poetry they have written, and some choose to display artwork on tables for all to observe.

Those who participate also have the option to enjoy a cup of coffee from the Underground Coffeeshop for just $1.

For anyone who would like to share his or her talents with the rest of Johnson’s community, signups will be taking place this week during lunch hours in the Gally Commons.

Another option for signing up is to follow the link posted below:
Those who sign up for coffeehouse will need to participate in auditions, which will be held on Monday, Oct. 29 from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 1 from 7-9 p.m.



JU Choir Holds Fall Concert

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On Monday Oct. 15, the University Choir and Vox Royale performed various songs for an audience compromised of students, parents, and notable members of the staff and faculty.

The choir sang “Sorida”, “Be Thou My Vision”, “Joshua” and “A Clare Benediction.” The Voy Royale sang “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel. The Voy Royale Men’s Quartet sang “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman.

The evening also featured various soloists. Jackie Jackson did a solo during “Sorida”, Allen Ramsey performed “Polonaise in G Minor” on the piano, and Jasmine Stacy sang “Lascia ch’io pianga.” Also featured during the performance of “Sorida” was a group of four students who played various percussion instruments to accompany the song.

At the end of the concert, the choir ended by celebrating the success of the evening. One of those students was freshman Emma Holley.

“I feel amazing,” said Holley. “The pieces were fabulous. I enjoy singing with this group. This is a great choir group that we have. It is filled with a bunch of loving, sweet and energetic people, and I am so happy to call them my family.”


Johnson University to celebrate 125th anniversary with various events

JU 125thIn celebration of their 125th anniversary, Johnson University will hold many different events Oct. 25-27.

There will be a JU Birthday Bash, which will include games, a tractor hay-ride, music and food on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. in front of the Philips-Welshimer Building.

On Fri. morning, there will be outings with Dr. Smith to Cades Cove, hiking with Dr. Eubanks, a tour of the Athletic and Recreation Complex with Dr. Weedman, and golfing with various alumni and professors. To reserve a spot on any of the excursions, email

Faculty workshops will be held on Fri. afternoon and Sat. morning. These will include topics such as preaching, leadership, Biblical interpretation, Emma Johnson, and more.

Guests can reserve a spot on the Riverboat Banquet Cruise, which will take place Fri. evening. This will include a full dinner, the ride, and entertainment. Tickets cost $35 per person and can be purchased here.

To find out more information about any of the events taking place, click here.


Orange and Black Affair to be held Oct. 31

A Halloween celebration, the Orange and Black Affair will take place on Wed., Oct. 31, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Gally Commons on campus.

In light of fun for the holiday, JU’s Student Government Association will be hosting many festivities. There will be a costume contest, for which winners will be drawn at 8:00 p.m. In addition to the costume contest, there will be several other fun happenings of the evening, including: karaoke, a haunted house, a photo booth, candy, corn hole, 9 Square, Kanjam, pumpkin painting, and a pumpkin launch.

Mallory Galloway, an SGA member, encourages all of campus to participate.

“Orange and Black is a time to come together, enjoy some fall spirit and have a good time as a community,” Galloway said.

She wants everyone to join in on the fun.

“Having the time to be able to just have some fun and kind of ‘be a kid’ again is refreshing, and everyone should take advantage of it,” Galloway said. “So come be a part of it.”

Matt Mangrum, another SGA member, is most excited about the pumpkin launch.

“We are going to launch pumpkins with a 3-person slingshot from the top of the hill (near the chapel) down the street and see which one goes farther,” Mangrum said.

“We are going to be doing this by class, kind of like the Preacher Grand Prix. Each class will assemble some sort of a team and will get 3 pumpkins to shoot. The farthest one will win.”

This part of the event will take place at 7:15 p.m.


Johnson University students needed to serve musically in chapel

JUTN chapel leaders are looking for more students to serve musically and help lead worship during chapel services. Anyone interested in participating can audition, by video, year round.

“We’re open to anything but the main instruments (needed) are acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano or keys, drums, vocals,” said Alison Tomamichel, chapel production teaching assistant.
Worship leaders email participants several weeks in advance and ask if they would like to participate on a certain day. They can then accept or decline the invitation. Students are encouraged to participate as much as possible, however, they will not typically be asked to serve two weeks in a row.
“It’s an awesome experience too, to play in chapel, and it’s a lot of fun getting to play with the band and hang out with them. It’s a lot of fun, serving the Lord.
Students will need to be available for more than just the chapel service in which they participate.
“There’s a practice, of some sort, before the Monday’s sound check, and then Monday you have to go to sound check, which is from 12:30 to about 2:30 usually,” Tomamichel said. “You have to get to chapel, on the days that you play, at 7:45.”
Anyone interested in learning more can email or Audition videos can be emailed to


Marriage study for young couples to be held Oct. 16

“Fit To Be Tied” is a series of studies for newlyweds, engaged students, and couples seriously considering engagement, to learn more about the realities of marriage.

David Wheeler, a professor in Johnson’s School of Congregational Ministry, and his wife, Cathy, started this series 21 years ago to provide young couples with guidance in relation to marriage.

“We want to destroy the fantasy of what marriage is gonna be like without quenching the flames,” David Wheeler said. “You know, look at us – we’re ridiculously in love, this is a good thing – but you’ve got to work at it.”

“The first one is just kind of the myth busters,” Wheeler said. “Just talking about ‘here’s some fantasies about what you think it’s going to be like’ and destroy some of the myths.”

The first session, “The Myths of Marriage”, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at David and Cathy Wheeler’s home, on JUTN’s campus, at 2348 Gateway Court.

Other topics include finances, communication, parenting, and more.

The next session will be Nov. 13 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. This date may change.

Any questions can be directed to David Wheeler at


MEDIC Fall blood drive turnout lower than previous years

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.

Blood Drive Girls

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.


JU’s first open dorms of semester sparks discussion


Students worshiping together in Brown Hall during open dorms, Sept. 27.

Johnson University held open dorms for the first time this semester in Brown Hall, Sept. 27. While open dorms has been an event for a while, it is currently being debated.

Open dorms take place twice a month, once in each of the residence halls. This is a time when guys are allowed into the girls’ rooms, or vice versa, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Tyler Lopes, sophomore.

Several students spoke out about their personal viewpoint about open dorms; some even offered ideas to help better these monthly happenings. Many ideas, both positive and negative, have been presented on the topic of open dorms.

“It’s great to be able to hang out with the females in our home and theirs,” said sophomore, Tyler Lopes. “It’s kind of a more intimate feeling when you get to go into their home and see how they live, and I’m sure it’s the same for them. I do think it should happen more often, honestly. If it was every week, I think it would, after a while, be a part of your schedule. It would be part of the routine, and it wouldn’t be such a big deal. I think more people would participate.”


Jacob Leimeister, senior.

Jacob Leimeister, a senior, said that open dorms is awkward, but he likes that he can invite anyone to come in and watch a movie. He also believes that open dorms should happen more often.

Josh Stahlman, commuter.

“I think it’s a good idea, because it’s a way for the community to interact,” Josh Stahlman, who is a commuter, said. “This is a more natural environment (for students to hang out), outside of the classroom environment.”

Brooke Effland, sophomore.

“I like getting to hang out with my friends and see where each of us live. It’s really cool to spend time with them in a place where we normally don’t get to,” said Brooke Effland, who is a sophomore. Effland’s opinion is that open dorms should happen more often. She says that “it opens up more opportunity for community- actually getting to do things together in our normal spaces.”

“I can hang out with girls, not in the dorm, and I’m fine with that,” Benjamin Strunk, a freshman, said. Strunk believes open dorms could be made less awkward by happening more often, although he prefers they not happen at all.

“Because it is only one time a month for the guys and the girls, it seems like more of a hassle than anything right now,” Resident Assistant, Justus York, said.
Because York is an RA, he is required to participate in open dorms, however, he’d rather they not happen.

“We could either just get rid of them entirely, or make them for large sporting events, like Super Bowl Sunday and like maybe the NCAA Championship,” York said.


Brandon Toro, senior.

“I like that anyone can come and go whenever they please,” Brandon Toro, a senior, said. “It’s very friendly, like over here all the doors are open. Not having open dorms, most people’s doors are closed, and you can’t talk to them at all. We should have them more often, because it would be a friendly atmosphere every single day.”

Students have different opinions concerning open dorms. What do you think? Should they stay or go? Should they happen more often or not at all? Tell us how you really feel by clicking the link below to take a short survey on the matter:

You can also email any suggestions you may have to Cana Thompson at