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JUTN Volleyball team wins first Regional match


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The Lady Royals beat the Boyce Bulldogs in three sets in their first Regional match.

As Regional play began, the ladies were excited to take to the court. After three matches that went 25-16, 25-14 and 25-15 respectively, the Johnson Royals came out victorious.

As the ladies head into the rest of the pool play this weekend, Coach Robin Vannoy hopes the team will keep playing hard as they continue to progress.

“We didn’t play our best game,” Vannoy said. “We missed a lot of serves, and if we’re going to continue going on in the tournament, then we’ve got to stay focused. Luckily we did some other things that were good and helped us out there in the end, but this is a great group of girls and I think they’ll come back fighting strong (on Friday).”

President Tommy Smith offered 25 free tickets to the first 25 students to email him, “I HAVE ROYALS PRIDE,” in an effort to get students out to the game. Students Wes Porter and Nick Willet were chanting “we’re VIPs” before the match started after winning some of the tickets.


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.



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 ESmith@johnsonu.edu.

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.


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 cthompson@johnsonu.edu


Lady Royals face off in weekend trimatch

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This weekend the girl’s volleyball team faced off in a tri-match.

The Lady Royals played Kentucky Christian University on Friday night and beat them 3-1. On Saturday afternoon they played Appalachian Bible College and won 3-0. They fell to Toccoa Falls College later that night 2-3.

On Friday night, Johnson played KCU. They lost the first set and it wasn’t looking good during the second, but JU rallied back from an 18-24 point deficit to win the second set 30-28. This victory gave them the momentum they needed to win the third and fourth sets 25-20 and 25-13 respectively.

The first match on Saturday was against ABC. JU beat ABC 3-0 in hard-fought sets that ended up being 25-17, 25-19 and 25-12 in the end. However, later that night, JU played TFC and fell to them 2-3.

“They played very hard this weekend,” said freshman Niklaus Naekel. “They were very aggressive against Appalachian Bible College. Really showed Johnson spirit.”


JU Ultimate Frisbee competes in first tournament of the season

KNOXVILLE    Johnson University’s Ultimate Frisbee team competed in their first tournament of the season at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Sept. 29 – 30.

The team played against UT for their first game and lost 13-12.  JU then competed against the University of Kentucky, losing by one point, again. They moved on to play against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, winning 10-6. JU lost their final game of the day, against Lee University, by one point, with a score of 13-12.

On Sunday, JU played against UT again, for their only game of the day. They lost 11-10.

“I’d just like to personally say on behalf of the captains of the team, Cal Kinman and myself, we are incredibly thankful of all our fans that came out to support and for all of the hard work the team has put in through this past month,” Sean Torres, a co-captain of the team, said. “We’ve got great hopes after all of these close games. We can’t wait to continue to spread the glory of God through this sport at our next tournament…”

The JU Ultimate Frisbee team will compete in their next tournament at Tennessee Tech University, Oct. 27-28.


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A day in review: campus wide service day




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The Origins: Johnson University K-Day

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.

Students hope K-Day is impactful 


JU School of Communications and Creative Arts offers minors, electives

KNOXVILLE — Johnson University’s School of Communications and Creative Arts offers many options for students to enhance their education.

The SCCA offers three minor options in music and one in communications. Students from any area of study can pursue these options.

Each minor consists of 18 additional credit hours, however, if planned strategically, this amount may be less.

The music minors consist of three options – music performance minor, music minor, and worship theology minor. The music performance minor consists of music theory and performance course content. The other music minor consists of more traditional music theory, but still contains elements of music performance. The third minor is worship theology which focuses on digging deep into the theology of worship.
The minor in communications also can provide training in various areas.

“…So any major on the campus can do a mass communication minor…,” Matthew Broaddus, Dean of the School of Communications and Creative Arts said. “So if you’re interested in video production, audio production, writing more, you can add (this) minor to your degree and do that.”

Broaddus said that the degree is a great additive to any major, as the skills that it can teach you will enable you to succeed in your career.

“…So it just gives students more opportunities to experience different things and to gain experience and be better prepared for a job market that demands diverse skills,” Broaddus said.

He said that students will also gain a crucial ability.

“Well, I think the big one is critical thinking,” Broaddus said. “If you’re going out and asking questions and collecting information and observing the world with the mindset of ‘I have to observe this and then tell other people’, you learn to think critically, you learn to evaluate situations… a lot of people really struggle with the ability just to think critically and I think it really gives people an opportunity to develop and practice critical thinking skills.”

If students are considering adding a minor they should do so immediately. It can successfully be added and fit in as late as your junior year, however, if added in the senior year it could prolong the expected graduation date.

“There are a couple of different ways you could approach it but to get all the content in you probably need to give yourself two years to stagger it out throughout your degree,” Broaddus said. “So the earlier you declare a minor the better.”

The two music minors do have an audition requirement. Interested students can contact music faculty to schedule auditions and find out more details.

If a minor in one of these areas doesn’t suit you, then you can pursue an elective option which ranges from private music lessons to ensemble, to joining the Royal Scribe staff.

“Participating in private lessons is a great way to just learn to perform better and participating in an ensemble, you know, there’s just great value just learning to sing with a group,” Broaddus said. “Our hope is that we’ll have a lot of people who are passionate about singing cause we have so many of them on campus who aren’t necessarily music majors, but they’ll want to get involved and just continue to push their ability further.”

Students can enroll in private music lessons without any background with the instruments.

There is another elective option    Johnson’s official student publication, the Royal Scribe. The Royal Scribe allows students to hone their writing skills while also gaining other life skills and experience that will be beneficial in their career and personal life.

“The ability to communicate and present information – collect information – it’s a job skill that translates to any career,” Broaddus said. “So that ability to build relationships, to ask questions, and to gather information will benefit anyone long term in their careers.”

Students can join the Royal Scribe just as a club activity also.

“…It’s the opportunity just to get connected with the campus community a little bit more, to learn more about your university, to help document the history of the university,” Broaddus said.

If a student participates in any of these options for three semesters, it has the possibility to count for an elective.

Students interested in adding a minor or electives in these areas should contact the SCCA.