Belmont University 

How much does God hang out on campus?

How much does God hang out on campus?

Belmont is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), and, according to records obtained for the fall 2002 semester, 28 percent of undergraduate students enrolled that term were Baptist. An additional 24 percent claimed no religion on their application forms. The university’s student body at the time was 19 percent Catholic and 15 percent Methodist, and the remaining religions included other Protestant denominations, as well as Buddhist, Jewish and Hindu students.

University Ministries is a student organization that coordinates all of these groups by organizing outreach efforts and worship services at Belmont and in Nashville. UM also sponsors Refuge, a weekly worship service conducted at the First Baptist Church.

How safe is this place?

Crime reports from January through May of the spring 2003 semester show the following occurrences of reported campus crime: Theft: 11 incidents; Vandalism: 6 incidents; Larceny: 5 incidents; Drug Violation: 1 incident; Intimidation: 1 incident; Burglary: 1 incident.

Director of Campus Security Terry White says the “very low crime time” was due in part to the fact that in August 2002, five management-level Campus Security officers were licensed to carry semiautomatic pistols.

“We had fewer crimes reported than we did the year before, and I think having guns helped. So far, they’ve had the desired effect,” he says.

Do I need a car, and where do I put it?

The consensus of many Belmont students is that those hot wheels some high school graduates receive can stay at home for at least a year. “You don’t need a car unless you’re working off-campus, because everything you need is here or within walking distance,” Kate Miller says. “About 99 percent of my friends didn’t have cars when they came.”

If you do decide to bring your car, there is a parking garage located in front of Wright/Maddox Hall. Parking permits range in price from $40 to $165, and students say it is important to follow the parking rules.

If you live in an on-campus apartment, you aren’t allowed to park elsewhere on campus. Permits are required to park in the Belmont Heights or School of Nursing parking lots. Nontraditional students need decals, as do traditional students. And if you get caught parking illegally, your car could be towed or you could be fined up to $100.

How do I find out what’s going on?

BIC, or the Belmont Intranet Connection, was established in the fall of 2002. Students use it for everything from checking e-mail to registering for classes. BIC also provides a campus news service on its home page. “You have to use it if you want to know what’s going on on campus,” says Ann Marie Smiley.

The Voice is Belmont’s student-run, campus radio station. It is broadcast on Belmont Television, because the university has been unable thus far to find a spot on the radio dial. “I listen to it whenever I have time. If you have a serious interest in radio, you should definitely get involved,” says student Kyle Ford.

The Vision is the campus newspaper, which last year changed its format to include color photos and a more modern masthead.

What course or professor will change my life?

Belmont offers several service learning classes, which allow participants to apply knowledge they gain in the classroom to the communities they study. “I was in a Spanish class with Dr. Julseth that was a good exchange between us and the Hispanic community,” says recent graduate Jared Porter. “Every other Saturday, we met with Hispanic students in the Nashville area, practiced our Spanish with them, and talked about their career interests and what we were majoring in.”

If you’re looking for a P.E. class that goes beyond running or walking, consider Walter McDade’s waterskiing course. “It’s the best class phys ed offers. It meets for four hours once a week in the summer, and you’re graded on your progress, not your skiing abilities,” Geoff Browning says.

Graduate student Jason Brown’s favorite class is music appreciation with Dr. Warren. “He’s a Belmont guru; he’s been here since 1954, and he knows every facet of this school’s history.”

What are the showcases?

Attention all future stars: Your chance to be discovered at Belmont is to audition for one of the six showcases put on by the music business and commercial music programs throughout the academic year. The gospel, pop/rock, country, writers’ and other showcases represent the best of what Belmont has to offer, music-wise. Each showcase is a competition, and the winner goes on to the Best of the Best showcase, the grand finale held annually at the Ryman Auditorium. A famous artist performs at the Best of the Best, so appearing in this showcase can be a terrific opportunity to network.

What is Convo?

Convocation is a graduation requirement for all students, and it’s earned by attending lectures and concerts and participating in community service. The convo categories are Faith and Development, Culture and Arts, Academic Lecture, Personal Growth, Community Service and Electives.

“You’ll probably have trouble getting Faith and Development and Community Service, but the others aren’t too bad,” says Matt Stone. “They really add up, and there are some related to film that are cool. But I know some seniors go to four a day, which is not much fun.”

Will the M.O.B. get me if I don’t join?

No, but you’ll be missing out on a lot of fun. The Motivational Organization of Belmont (M.O.B.) is a sports club that was founded in 2001 by student David Fish, who says it’s an opportunity to “get social and go crazy.”

“It only costs a dollar to join, and you get a discount card you can use to get discounts at local businesses and the opportunity to be the Iron Fan of the Year, which is a cash prize given to the one who attends the most sporting events,” says Fish.

What’s that they’re building by the soccer field?

The $51 million Curb Events Center, scheduled to open the second week in September, will house student businesses, a new gymnasium and a food court, among other things. The construction has been under way since fall 2001. “A lot of freshmen complain about the noise, but in the long run, it will be worth it, because our facilities now are horrible in comparison,” says Philip Kendrick.

When the dust clears, Belmont will play its inaugural basketball game against Vanderbilt on Nov. 21.

Should I be afraid of Dead Day?

Dead Day, also known as “academic preparation day,” is a vacation for students before the semester’s final exams. There is no class on Dead Day, so most students take the opportunity to catch up on their social lives. “It’s supposed to be a study day, but usually everyone just lets loose. There are big parties around campus and in town where you’ll see everyone you go to school with,” says Chandler Turner.

University Ministries and Dining Services sponsor a late-night pancake breakfast on Dead Day. People in the know recommend you show up early so that you can load up for the evening’s other events.

Why can’t I download music on campus?

Technical Services blocked all peer-to-peer file-sharing services from Belmont’s computer pipeline in November 2001 because so many students were using the services that 64 percent of the campus’ computer capabilities were occupied by downloading. “On campus, almost all of the services are blocked, but some of the newer ones come through because they haven’t been detected yet,” says Colin Fagen.


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