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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Royals ready to be crowned true queens of Johnson

Antonia Whatley practices her lay-up.

Antonia Whatley practices her lay-up.

Johnson University’s women’s basketball team is already off to a great season. Their first official practice was held Monday, in the Phillips-Welshimer Building Gym.

The first game of the season will tipoff at 7 p.m., Nov. 6, here, against Pensacola Christian College.

Players took to the hardwood Monday with some new additions to the Royals, include Johnson’s newest recruits Marissa Hill, Hannah White and Antonia Whatley. With these three representing Johnson, along with several veteran players, the team hopes to be crowned as true royalty.

While players are excited about the upcoming season, they do feel somewhat anxious.

“I’m nervous and excited for the first game,” Royal, Antonia Whatley, a freshman, said. “This is a huge transition from what I’m used to because this is now college level basketball.”

Whatley said women’s basketball is incredibly exciting, and that there are some misconceptions about it versus men’s basketball.

“The Boys do a lot of dunks and girls don’t,” she said. “So people don’t think we are as interesting — but we are.”

The team takes a group picture before the first practice begins.

The team takes a group picture before the first practice begins.

Coach Doug Karnes said he is extremely excited for what the new season will bring and is confident that the Royals will do well. He hopes that there will be more victories and most of all fun for the ladies.

“Basketball is my first love,” he said. ” For this season I expect no injuries, for everyone to stay healthy and for you girls to just have fun,” he told the team at practice

For more information on the Royals and their upcoming games, and other Johnson University athletics, visit the Johnson University athletic Sports page.

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The Wandering JU’s embark

It is safe to say that not all those who wander are lost.

The 23 members of the hiking club posed in front of the trail before they took off.

The 23 members of the hiking club posed in front of the trail before they took off.

Saturday marked the first hike for the Wandering JU’s hiking club. They journeyed all the way to The Great Smokey Mountains at 8 a.m. to hike the Middle Prong Trail in the Tremont area.

The Middle Prong Trail is 8.3 miles, with steep hills and jagged rocks along the way. Once the hiking club made it up to the tip of the trail, they were rewarded with an astonishing waterfall, at which they had lunch. When they came back down the trail, they got to view the gorgeous streams that ran along the path and saw the golden leaves slowly falling to the ground.

For the first hiking trip, the Wandering JU’s had 23 students attend, 10 of which were completely new to the club. The day started off cool for those who hiked, but gradually warmed up to turn into a perfect early fall day.

Pictured is a Johnson University student enjoying the view of the waterfall and taking in the scene around her.

Pictured is a Johnson University student enjoying the view of the waterfall and taking in the scene around her.

The club got back to campus around 4 p.m., and it was obvious the trail had worn them all out. They are, however, excited for the next hiking trip in October. The Wandering JU’s will travel to Meigs Creek Trail Oct. 17.

For more information on how to get involved with the Johnson University hiking club, contact Tommy Smith at


First open dorm of year provides fun for all

Austin Spidell hosts Karaoke

Austin Spidell hosts Karaoke.

The walls were much more stark and less decorated that the women’s dorm. The surrounding was unfamiliar — but most of the women attending the Open Dorm at Brown Hall agreed that the guys dorm smelled better than they expected.

Open Dorms began at 7 p.m. and lasted until 10 p.m. Thursday night.

The men of Brown Hall welcomed the rest of the campus community as part of Open Dorms, a long-standing tradition at Johnson University.

Students who do not live in the hall were treated by the smell of coffee, the sound of loud music and lots of games and activities.

“I think it’s a good social event,” said Robert McPherson, who was serving coffee to three of the guests in the dorm.

The freshman generated some of the craziest get-togethers by hosting karaoke parties, selling coffee, and playing good, old fashion board games.

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Johnson’s ultimate club spins into action

Johnson students who are interested in playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Johnson students who are interested in playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Johnson University’s Ultimate Frisbee Club is kicking, or in this case, throwing off the semester by putting together a community for those interested in the sport of Ultimate Frisbee.

According to Riley Scheyder, leader of the Ultimate Frisbee Club, the club is open to everyone, even those who have never picked up a Frisbee in their life.

He said the club’s main focus is to introduce new people to  the game and to get new Johnson students, who have an interest in the game,  to join back into a sport they love.

“There’s no initial requirements for people wanting to join the team,”  Scheyder said. “The only thing we ask is that people are willing to come out and participate.”

Anyone is welcome to join the club at any point during the school year.

“We have people on our team who had never picked up a Frisbee before they came to Johnson and some of those became our best players,” Scheyder said.

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Start thinking about where to serve — K-15 is near

The Student Government Association K-15 Service Day is rapidly approaching. To get involved, students should find an organization they are interested in helping and sign up in advance. Sign up sheets will be available at the Gally Commons during lunch hours Wednesday through Friday and Sept. 21 through Sept. 23. K-5 will be Sept. 30. Chapel will be at 9 a.m. Immediately following chapel, SGA leader Caleb Jeffries will dismiss students to meet with their respective groups. The day will conclude at 5 p.m. with a picnic on the Gally Commons patio.

For more information about the event, you can contact Caleb Jeffries at

Students have a variety of organizations to choose from

  • Beardsley Farm
  • The Children’s Center
  • KARM
  • Salvation Army
  • Volunteer Ministry Center
  • Angelic Ministries
  • UT Christian Student Fellowship
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Emerald Youth Foundation
  • The Kings Academy
  • Boys/Girls Club TN Valley
  • Boys/Girls Pigeon Forge
  • Losndale Community Center
  • YMCA
  • Global Seeds
  • Child Help Center
  • Mobile Meal Service
  • Family Promise of Knoxville
  • Cross Food Ministries
  • Catholic Charities of East TN
  • The Love Kitchen
  • Restoration House
  • Boys/Girls Pigeon Forge
  • KCAB
  • Fair Garden Preschool
  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful

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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Student publication meeting draws students with interest in covering campus life

After a slow first year, the Johnson University Royal Scribe is beginning a new chapter with a new staff.

Students check out the Royal Scribe Website as they learn about reporting for the Johnson student Publication.

Students check out the Royal Scribe Website as they learn about reporting for the Johnson student publication.

Eleven students met Thursday to learn more about working for the Royal Scribe, Johnson University’s student publication.

“The Scribe is an opportunity for students to participate in campus life and take part in Johnson’s history,” said Matthew Broaddus, advisor to the Royal Scribe. “It is also an opportunity for students to practice gathering and reporting information.”

The Scribe staff will be covering events on campus and of interest to the students, staff and faculty at Johnson University.
Perspective staff members were introduced to Johnson freshman journalism major Abbey Whitaker, who will be serving as the Scribe’s Editor-N-Chief.

Whitaker told the students she was exited to see so many participants.

“Being on the Scribe will help you in so many more ways than you can imagine,” she said.

Broaddus agreed that a student publication is an important part of campus life.

“Faculty members who have been here for many years have told me this is one of the least documented periods in Johnson’s history,” he said. “We want to make sure that isn’t the case.”

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A quick word to the public from the new Editor-N-Chief

An Indiana corn field caught in the midst of daylight.

An Indiana corn field caught in the midst of daylight.

Greetings, Johnson University! Abbey Whitaker is the name. I will firstly introduce myself as another Johnson freshman from the state of Indiana, and secondly as the excited new Editor-N-Chief of the Royal Scribe. Yes, I reign from a small country town in Indiana, but my dreams and ambitions were never limited to the compact borders my town held.

Growing up in Indiana, I was always surrounded by corn fields on my left and right. I took every chance I could to escape to somewhere more magical, like somewhere with mountains or an ocean. Being encompassed by flat land, the mountains had always caught my eye. Luckily, Johnson is full of those.

I did not choose Johnson for that reason alone, however. I have been visiting Johnson University ever since I was a little girl. My preacher’s wife at my home church went to Johnson when it was still “Johnson Bible College.” That was my first hook. Later in my high school career, both my youth minister’s went to Johnson and graduated in 2001. That was my second hook. By this point, I already had my eye on Johnson, but there was still one more thing missing.

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Johnson seniors reflect on college experience

As classes begin and Freshmen commence their journey at Johnson University, Seniors look back on an experience that has molded and shaped them in preparation for ministry to the real world. They have gained confidence in themselves and developed meaningful relationships with their peers, while growing in Christ and developing strategic methods for spreading his Gospel. Johnson University has radically changed the lives of its soon to be graduates and they will go on to change many more.