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Part 1 — Timokhin hears call of Christ

Pastor Sergei Timokhin went from a rock singer in Russia to a prisoner being tortured by the KGB —  all because of his faith. Now a pastor in Nashville, he preaches the Gospel and prays for America. Sergei’s son Philipp Timokhin, a senior at JUTN, recently documented his father’s journey by producing a four-part series about the pastor’s life. Johnson Professor Mark Young hosts as Pastor Tim talks about rock music, torture, communism, faith and his mission in America. In Part 1, Pastor Tim talks about discovering Jesus through the music of “Jesus Christ Superstar”

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Orange and Black Affair set for Oct. 28

The annual Orange and Black Affair, put on by SGA, will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the cross country field.

However, if the weather proves too cold or rainy, the Orange and Black Affair will be held in the Gally Commons.

For braver students, there will also be a haunted house called “Fear Itself” going on from 6-11 p.m.

“We plan to have activities such as: Fire pits, giant Jenga, corn hole, pumpkin bowling, zombie-wrap racing, can jam and various costume contests.” said Austin Dodd, Executive Director of Social Activities for SGA.

Students – and professors – are encouraged to don a costume for the contests. Categories include Scariest, Funniest, Most Creative, Best Couple and Best Group Costumes.

There is also an award for the Best Professor’s Costume.

In addition, SGA has partnered with Pioneer College Caterers to provide plenty of festive snacks and beverages for all attendees.

“We would love for everyone to come out and join in on the fall fun.” Dodd said.

Games, snacks, prizes and haunts await students at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Orange and Black Affair.

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JUTN Royals Battle Pikeville Bears in tough loss

KNOXVILLE — Monday the Johnson Royals Women’s Soccer team faced the University of Pikeville. The night was a bit frigid but both teams continued to fight hard and persevere. The girls started the game with confidence that the game would be in their favor.

Captain of the Royals, Brooke Fowler, challenges the Bears.

Captain of the Royals, Brooke Fowler, challenges the Bears.

In the first half, both the Royals and the Bears battled for the first goal of the night. The Royals were determined to put up a fight against the Pikeville Bears, especially considering that it was the last home game of the season.

The bears were the first team to score, but this just made the Royals work harder on the field. In the first half of the game, Casey Marion, the Royals goalie, did a phenomenal job at preventing the Bears from scoring.

Despite  the chilly weather, the Royals remained motivated and encouraged each other throughout the game. The confidence the Royals had at the beginning of the game soon turned into pressure going into the second half of the game.  Although the Bears were scoring more goals, the Royals managed to still keep positive attitudes.

In the second half the Royals decided to put more energy into the game.

The prayer of both teams after the game.

Both teams pray together after the game.

Assistant coach Nathan Worley, said the second half of the game was more enjoyable to watch.

“It’s good to watch people who are fighting and encouraging each other and it showed in the second half,” he said.

In the second half there was an immediate change in the way the Royals were playing. The Royals had a more serious attitude and really put energy into defeating the Bears.

Even through the chilling temperature, the Royals still kept the game going and alive. Motivation and encouragement was sent to the team from players not in the game.

Even though the Bears were leading in the first and second half, the Royals did not give up hope. In the last minute number 19, Michaela Begley, put her best effort in to give the Royals a goal and showed some great skills out on the field.

The game concluded with the Royals losing 7-0. Although the Royals put up a good fight, the loss was something that can be used as motivation to work harder in future games. Both the Royals and the Bears ended the game on a positive note by praying together on the field.

The Royals hope to continue their season with more energy and to match their motivation with their level of playing.

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Johnson University debates becoming ‘Non-Attendance Tracking School’

In order to remain compliant with financial regulations, Johnson University faculty are considering a new approach to attendance policies: Becoming a “Non-Attendance Tracking School” as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

This proposition came down through the Provost’s office and the Academic Council, which includes representatives from all areas of the university, such as financial aid,  academic support, the deans of the schools, and more.

The policy will be voted on in November by the full faculty on both Tennessee and Florida campuses. If approved, the change will go into effect this spring semester.

“When federal regulations change, we have to change our policy in response to that,” said Tommy Smith, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Smith said becoming a Non-Attendance Taking School means the university cannot have a blanket policy requiring class attendance. However, individual school and professors may still require attendances part of their course requirements.

“We can’t as Johnson require attendance, but individual schools and professors can require attendance,” he said.

According to the proposal, professors must record attendance at the beginning of the course to determine that students have started a specific class. Professors will then take attendance again on a specific Add/Drop date, “to ensure they [students] have maintained their enrollment.” This process is known as enrollment verification.

“Each school will set a certain policy for all their courses and each professor will have that in their syllabus,” Smith said.

Individual schools, programs and professors all have the option to assess student participation in class through various ways such as tests, quizzes, class discussions, online discussions, direct interaction with the professor, Sakai participation, participation in study groups and/or submitted assignments.

Smith said, “[With the current system] we have to determine within 14 days when the student stopped going to class.”

However, the current six allotted absences for a traditional face-to-face class could span a time longer than 14 days, and is out of compliance with federal regulations. Johnson University would face fines if it continued with the same system for attendance.

Smith said the new system would  “put us in regulation and make it easier to report” as enrollment would only be submitted at the beginning of the class and at midterm.

Allowances will still be made for students who must miss classes for sports or choir.

If faculty approve the change, midterm reporting will be used for Johnson University’s federal reporting.

Students who have stopped attending class may be reported to the Vice Provost for Academic Services for retention purposes or, if necessary, to Financial Aid.

Students who no longer attend classes may be at risk of losing federal grants, and may even jeopardize federal loans.

With roughly 70 percent of Johnson students receiving financial aid, it is vital to be aware of this possible shift to becoming a Non-Attendance Tracking School.

If the policy is approved, students are responsible for reading the attendance guidelines outlined in the syllabus for each class they take.

“We’ve got two values: We want to meet all federal requirements [and] we want students to stay in school,” Smith said. “We still value attendance in class. It’s just a different way of approaching attendance.”

The bottom line? Just keep going to class.

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JUTN Students gather to pray for chains to break

The beginning of the prayer walk around campus

The beginning of the prayer walk around campus

KNOXVILLE — Johnson students spent Thursday raising awareness of slavery and domestic violence issues.

The International Justice System chapter at JUTN had it’s yearly Day of Chains to remember those who are trapped in various forms of slavery around the world.

The prayer walk started at the front of the Gally Commons and then looped around the entire campus.

Students  gathered and prayed about domestic violence and slavery issues, which often go unreported in the main-stream media.

Students were encouraged to pick up a chain and walk with friends or by themselves to take a few minutes out of their day and pray for those who have to endure the suffering that comes from living in sex or human trafficking each day of their lives.

Students who participated in the walk had the chance to think about these issues.

“It was really moving and it was cool to be still and focus on it, and have the chance to do this in the middle of the chaos of midterms,” Lindsey Tanholder said her experience. ”

The prayer walk consisted of signs around the campus addressing specific topics to pray about, such as slavery, sex trafficking, domestic violence and freedom for those in bondage. There were also signs to give thanks for organizations, such as Hosea’s Heart, who work every day to end all types of slavery.

“What we want to do is spread awareness about the different types of slavery that go on in the world such as sex and human trafficking,” Joshua Carpenter, IJM’s president said of the purpose and goal for The Day of Chains.

Facts and statistics about slavery and how much of an issue it truly is.

Facts and statistics about slavery and how much of an issue it truly is.

“The chains symbolize the people who are trapped in these situations all around the world.”

Students who wish to become more involved with IJM should consider joining the IJM chapel group that meets every Wednesday.

Next month IJM will be promoting No Slave November to spread more awareness about the ongoing violence and injustice that is happening in other parts of the world and in the United States.

Students gather to pray for those who are trapped in slavery.

Students gather to pray for those who are trapped in slavery.

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Royal Scribe staff comes out of their shell

It is the middle of October, which means that it is that time for the staff at the Royal Scribe to come out of their shells and talk about themselves. The writers for the Royal Scribe work very hard daily to produce great works of journalism for the Johnson University students, faculty, and friends. They have provided short, fun get-to-know-you question and answers that will help the public better understand the writers behind the words.

Logan Marcum

Logan Marcum

Logan Marcum

What is your favorite fairy tale, myth, or legend, & why?

I’ve always loved the Greek myths, but my favorite has to be The 12 Labors of Hercules.  Hercules is the original superhero, gifted with immeasurable strength and power.  I always loved this story because Hercules always had such interesting ways of beating the monsters.  Also, it was made into one of my favorite Disney movies.

If you could start your dream business, what would it be, & why?

I would start my own movie production company.  I’ve always wanted to be involved with the world of film and starting a production company is a good way to get involved.  I want to create both original content and adapt existing content into a movie format.

What is your most favorite joke that you’ve ever heard?

While we were at my house, my girlfriend asked me why I was carrying a gun.  I looked her in the eye and said, “To keep away Deceptions.”  She laughed.  I laughed. The toaster laughed. I shot the toaster.  It was a good time.

Alex McCormick

Alex McCormick

Alex McCormick

Where do you see yourself in 15 years, & why? 

I love NYC. I would love to live in a big city, especially somewhere as diverse and unique as New York.  As long as I am writing and have a camera in my hand, I am content.  Hopefully in 15 years I will be traveling and writing my heart out.

What brought you to Johnson University?

  1. The community and culture of campus
  2. Friends
  3. God’s calling

Who is the most influential person in your life right now, & why?

My parents. Through the process of moving far from home they have been there for me every step of the way. Growing up is hard, right? They have always helped steer me in the right direction to become the person I am today.

Makayla Smith

Makayla Smith

Makayla Smith

What is your favorite fairy tale, myth, or legend, & why? 

Not quite a conventional “fairy tale” or “myth” character, Mulan stands out as my favorite. She saves China and gets the guy. Mulan rocks.

What brought you to Johnson University?

I first visited Johnson University when I attended a Christ In Youth conference the summers of my freshman and sophomore years. I forgot about it after that until a close friend mentioned Johnson during my senior year and I recognized the name. Johnson made me excited to go to college like no other school had, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me now that I’m here.

Where do you see yourself in 15 years, & why? 

To be honest, I’m not sure where I’ll be in 15 years. I have a lot of things I’d enjoy doing from working post production for a church to directing or editing films to making Vacation Bible School videos! I’m also embracing writing opportunities. As long as I’m using my abilities to tell a story, I think I’m set.

Noah Pryor

Noah Pryor

Noah Pryor

What is the number one thing in this world that you are most proud of, & why?

Almost five years ago, I started a band called Forgetting Earth. I invited two people I barely knew to join. Now, we aren’t as “successful” as other bands, but those same guys are two of my very best friends and leading worship at a church together back home. I think God is mostly responsible for this one, but I figure I am due at least partial credit.

If you could start your dream business, what would it be, & why?

I would start a business that sold all sorts electronic equipment like desktop computers, laptop computers, phones, tablets, and even watches! Everything we would sell would be able to connect to each other through the internet, as if their information was stored in some sort of personalized mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere. We would specialize in simplicity and that would show in everything we did, even in the logo. I was thinking it could be some sort of stylized fruit with a bite taken out of it, like a pear, or a peach, or an… oh, wait.

What is your biggest pet peeve, & why?

I’d say one of my biggest is when people don’t spell out entire words when they are text messaging or using social media. Example: “ur” instead of “your.” Or when they don’t take the time for proper capitalization. Example: “i” instead of “I.” Come on, people. I understand it was hard when everyone’s phone had six buttons to work with but this is a new era! Everyone has an entire keyboard at their thumbtips!

Miranda Hudson

 What is your favorite fairy tale, myth, or legend, & why? 

Miranda Hudson

Miranda Hudson

My favorite fairytale would have to be tangled, because when I was little I had super long hair and my main goal was to be Rapunzel 2.0 because I thought that we were basically the same person. Who doesn’t want to be able to take people out with a frying pan? That’s on the backburner currently.

What is your biggest pet peeve, & why? 

My biggest pet peeve would have to be when people chew with their mouth open/make sounds with their mouths while they chew. I don’t really know why this bothers me, it has always gotten under my skin ever since I was little. It probably annoys me so much because the sound of someone smacking when they eat is revolting as well. Do I really want to see how your cookies look after you’ve chewed them up? Not really.

What brought you to Johnson University? 

My friend Maci, who is a sophomore now, encouraged me to look at Johnson, and when I came to visit I really felt there was a true sense of community here and I could actually envision myself going here. I never experienced that feeling on any other college tour until I came here. Ironically, Johnson was the last school I applied to, which made it extremely nerve-wracking when it came to waiting for my acceptance letter, because I wanted to come here more than ever.

Chastedy Johnson

Chastedy Johnson

Chastedy Johnson

What is the number one thing in this world that you are most proud of, & why?

The number one thing I am most proud of is my German shepherd named Ice.  I have raised him from the time he was a puppy and now he has grown to be over one hundred pounds. I am proud of my dog for two reasons. One is that he is an all-white dog, and two is that he makes walking him worth while. Every time I walk him in public, people just stop and stare at his beauty as if he were a shiny trophy.

If you could start your dream business, what would it be, & why?

If I could start my dream business it would be a smoothie place where people could go to make their own natural smoothies. There would be fresh ingredients and high tech blenders everywhere for customers to enjoy. I would love this business because it promotes health and allows freedom for customers to customize their smoothies with a little of assistance from my staff of course.

What is your most favorite joke that you’ve ever heard?

I really don’t have a favorite joke, but I do love Laffy Taffy jokes. I think Laffy Taffy jokes are so corny, but they are extremely funny at times. One of the jokes I remember the most is: “Why did the boy throw butter out of the window?” and the answer was he wanted to see a butterfly. The first time I heard this joke, it was the corniest thing I’ve ever heard, but it did make me smile.

Ariel Porter

Ariel Porter

Ariel Porter

Who is the most influential person in your life right now, & why?

Right now the most influential person in my life, and I am not just saying this to be cliché, is Jesus. Being away from home, and entering this new world of “college” has been a whirlwind and I have had to lean of Jesus so much this past month. I am contently reminding myself of His presence and that He has a plan for me. I am His to be molded at this point.

Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity? Who was it, & do you agree?

I was told once that I look like Shay Mitchell and also like Torian Bellisario. I don’t really see myself in either of them. Honestly, I think the people who told me that were a little high on Pretty Little Liars. I actually don’t like when I’m compared to other people, even if they are drop dead gorgeous. Byproduct of growing up with two older sisters, I suppose.

If you could start your dream business, what would it be, & why?

If I could start my dream business, it would be my own film studio and production company by the name “Kingdom Crowned.” My desire to reach people through film and bring them to Jesus is what inspired this name. Isaiah 11:1-9 and Psalms 145:11-13 are the verses I also drew great inspiration from.

Matt Emery

Matt Emery

Matt Emery

If you could close your eyes and be anywhere in the world when you opened them, where would you be, & why? 

If I could close my eyes and be anywhere in the world, I would be in an open area in the middle of the Redwood Forest at night. I would go there to see the beauty of God’s creation in the sky of all the stars around me. I would realize how small I am compared to a beautiful God. I would be in the Redwood Forest to see the beauty of God’s creation.

What is your favorite fairy tale, myth, or legend, & why?

My favorite legend is the Legend of Arthur Pendragon. I like Arthur Pendragon because he is king that wants to do everything to help his people even though people are against him. He wants to make everything fair, equal, and at peace between his people.

Where do you see yourself in 15 years, & why?

In 15 years, I see myself partially running a non-profit business, but not completely in charge as a PR and a Non-Profit Marketer. I see myself going to different countries that the nonprofit supports. I see myself doing this because that is what I want to do in my life and that is what God is calling me to do.

Jacob England

Jacob England

Jacob England

What is your biggest pet peeve, & why?

I absolutely cannot stand it when people are rude and inconsiderate to service employees. As someone who has worked either retail or food service my entire life, I know what it’s like to be on the other side of that counter. Not a lot of what happens is under the control of the person you directly interact with, and getting nasty about it has never helped anyone.

If you could close your eyes and be anywhere in the world when you opened them, where would you be, & why? 

At this very moment in time I would like to be in Cincinnati for the Midpoint Music Festival, at the moment I’m writing this Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is on stage playing their new album and I’d really love to be there. In general, I’d like to be at any music festival that’s going on or, in the absence of that, maybe California or maybe Texas.

Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity? Who was it, & do you agree?

I’ve been told I look like both the vlogger Hank Green and Nate Ruess, the lead singer for FUN. I guess as far as white guys who have brown hair and wear glasses go I have it nailed, but I really don’t see a terrible amount of resemblance beyond that. The similarities in face structure just aren’t there. I’m flattered either way, though.

If anyone has any questions or wants to chat with the Royal Scribe staff, you can email us at RoyalScribe@johnsonu.edu

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Brandon Perry steps in as new Men’s Basketball Coach at TN campus

DSCN0128The Johnson Royals are welcoming the new Men’s Basketball Coach, Brandon Perry. He is a new addition to Johnson University, and  will contribute to the athletic program. Perry shows pride in what he does, and he is excited to be here at JU.

Outside of Johnson University, Perry is a full-time Senior Minister at Thorn Grove Christian Church. He is part-time at Johnson, coaching the men’s basketball team and investing in the overall community of the team.

Perry is committed to the development of the athletic program at Johnson University. His goal is to have an impact in helping the team become successful men that represent Christ in the community.

“I went into coaching to interact with young men in a more personal way,” Perry said. “It’s better to watch people grow and be a part of their lives in a unique way. For many of the players, basketball will just be for the years they are in college. My goal is to prepare guys not only for the next few years, but for many years to come of how to become men who serve Christ in the community.”

Perry played both basketball and baseball in high school, but baseball is the sport in which he ended up gaining more experience. Prior to sports related injuries, he was an athlete at Milligan College. He was also a youth minister for about eight years and an assistant basketball coach. Previous coach, Kevin Hall, recommended Perry for the position here at Johnson.

“I wanted to get back into coaching, so Kevin Hall recommended me for the job as coach and here I am,” he said.

Perry also thinks that Hall did a phenomenal job at recruiting and investing in quality players here at Johnson University. Perry believes the team will go far and develop relationships that make the team a family.

“As a coach, I believe in community and that we are not meant to live alone,” he said. “We as a team connect with a common goal.”

Outside of basketball, Perry has a few things that make him unique.

“I lead worship, I’ve played guitar for a long time, and some people might find this funny but my favorite show is The Golden Girls,” he said. “I am married and we recently just had our first son Judah.”

When asked about his experience at Johnson University so far, he had nothing but positive comments on the atmosphere and overall community.

“I love the atmosphere here at Johnson and I love that it is a community,” he said. “Athletically we are doing some really great things here at Johnson and we are looking forward to getting even better.”

Perry is definitely excited for his first season as the Men’s Basketball Coach and is more than confident that the team will succeed in not only the game, but as men of Christ.

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Thank you letters arrive

As students checked their mailboxes last week, many were greeted with bright blue letters.

These deliveries included instructions for how to make a financial thank you letter for a certain assigned fund to display their gratitude for financial assistance.

Many students were greeted with blue letters last week.

Many students were greeted with blue letters last week.

The deadline for letters to be emailed for approval is Tuesday, Oct. 13 while the final signed letter must be completed by Tuesday, Oct. 20.

All students who received any kind of financial aid through Johnson are required to complete at least one thank you letter.

“The financial aid thank you letters are designed to thank the many donors who contribute to the institutional scholarships set up to help students at Johnson seek their degrees. The letters serve as a little way of keeping the connection between student and donor by showing appreciation and gratitude for the money they designated toward the school,” said Kayla Brummett, Assistant Director of Financial Aid.

Some students received more than one letter to complete, but this is normal.

“If a student receives President, Gap, Program, and Christian Ministry [scholarships] these are all different funds and require different thank you letters, so it all depends on the individual’s financial awards,” Brummett said.

It is important to read the blue letter thoroughly to ensure all guidelines are followed.

The backside features a sample letter for reference, but shouldn’t be copied word for word.

By no later than Oct. 13, students should first email their letter as a word document attachment with the specific fund name in the subject line to thankyouletters@johnsonu.edu.

Upon receiving approval, students must many any corrections advised, print the letters, and sign them.

Finalized letters should be taken to the Financial Aid Office with a $0.49 stamp per letter no later than Oct. 20.

Brummett said, “I believe that at an institution where it’s value is in preparing students for Christian ministry, that it’s important to remember who has helped further your education and by taking a few minutes to write a thank you letter it’s instilling that Christian value in our student body.”

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SPSU hosts community game night

Students Promoting Social Unity (SPSU) hosted their second event of the year on October 10 with a community game night.

SPSU is in their first year as a club, but already have about fifteen members.

The community game night warms up with basketball.

The community game night warms up with basketball.

Junior Chloe Martin said, “SPSU wants to provide a safe, fun, and welcoming environment to the community in hopes to bridge the gap from the bubble and the city of Knoxville.”

The game night began in the old gym with music and basketball.

Following the hour of time to socialize and play games, participants next moved to the Gally for pizza and popcorn.

One team member finds a clue at Johnson Hall.

One team member finds a clue at Johnson Hall.

From there, participants separated into groups for a campus scavenger hunt with clues for locations such as Johnson Hall, Alumni Memorial Chapel, and the Gally.

With the club’s newness, they are not currently funded; rather, members contributed out of pocket to create an event that would promote their goals of unity and community.

The event brought high school and middle students who were involved in Emerald Youth Foundation’s “Just Lead” program, though Johnson students were also welcome.

Crystal Robinson, junior, said, “I felt like it was a good connection between Johnson University and the community.”

Robinson said that even though she grew up in Knoxville, she had not been aware of Johnson for a long time, so events like this were a great way to promote the school.

High school and middle school students join SPSU members for dinner.

High school and middle school students join SPSU members for dinner.

SPSU is excited to start connecting the school positively in Knoxville; their first event was a community day for all ages in Mechanicsville.

“I like their mission of wanting to unite the community and Johnson University,” sophomore Amy Moden said. “We want to make an impact breaking down barriers.”

Robinson said, “We are really just wanting to go into Knoxville and spread the Great Commission.”

Students who are interested in being a part of Students Promoting Social Unity can attend their meetings in room 229 of the Phillips-Welshimer Building at 6:30pm on Tuesdays.

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One student’s experience serving at The Love Kitchen

As students sit in the gym waiting for their team name to be called, Marcus Graham sits on the stage along with the rest of the group leaders.

They are all preparing for Johnson’s day of caring, also called K-15.

Matt Shears, president of the Student Government Association, tells the student body about K-15.

“This event has been going on for nine years now,” Sheers said. “This is the largest attendance for K-15 we have ever had.”

An event that was started just after the 9/11 attacks to help serve the community, has now reached a new height of attendance at Johnson.

Graham has been proudly serving his time in the SGA for all four years of his college career. A third time leader of a K-15 group, he  and five other students spent the day at The Love Kitchen.

The Love Kitchen has been serving the community around it for 15 years, and seeks to help the low income families around Knoxville.

Located next to the AME Mount Zion Church, the students found the sweet smell of lamb chops lofting through a gated parking lot.

The Love Kitchen Manager sat outside on a smoke break while the rest of the people were inside hard at work.

Several men and women sat inside in old, hole-ridden and dirty clothing, watching the news on a flat screen television.

All of the volunteers headed inside to prepare for the dinner they would be serving five hours later.

Marcus Graham wore a white plastic apron while standing in front of a steel table.

On his left side he had a bucket of lamb chops, grabbing each one and slicing away any fat that might be on it, then placing the cut meat on a pan. Read More