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The spring semester is already underway for John Brown University graduate students, but officials have pushed back the start for undergraduate students to Feb. 1 to allow time for faculty and students to be tested. Tests must be administered on or after Jan. 25. Negative tests need to be uploaded to JBU by 2 p.m. Jan. 29.

College students around the country are facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. John Brown University is raising funds for the new Fill the Gap Scholarship to help students in need continue their education.

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The campus at John Brown University grew quiet this week after Dr. Charles "Chip" Pollard, the president of the school, announced all students had to move out of the residence halls by Monday at 5 p.m. The University of Arkansas also announced this week that students will have to be moved out of university-run housing by April 3.

John Brown University is hosting its Centennial Homecoming Celebration this weekend. Events include a time capsule opening, car show and fireworks display. In honor of the milestone, we recently sat down with two of JBU's presidents to discuss the institution's history and future.

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"Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America" is a traveling exhibit that is on display at John Brown University through Mar. 15. The exhibit includes 28 textiles like flower cloths and embroidered story clothes made by the Hmong community.

Feelings of vulnerability led Grammy-nominated baritone Jubilant Sykes—who performs this week in Northwest Arkansas—to pursue singing.

"I was painfully shy as a kid—deeply insecure," he admits. "Singing was a way for me to express what I could not put into words.

"As I got older and I was learning songs," he explains, "that was the only way I could really say: 'yeah that's how I feel' and express it without being mocked."

The Sager Creek Mountain Biking Trail at John Brown University is now open to the public. The Walton Family Foundation and Simmons Foods contributed about $170,000 to the construction of the approximately 7-mile trail. Saturday morning, Fox Fleet, JBU's student biking club, will host the inaugural Ricochet Run on the college’s new mountain bike trail.

Hobby Lobby is giving $200,000 to John Brown University in support of the school's nursing program. It's the first gift the retailer has made to JBU.

MUSIC: "Köln" by Corey Kilgannon

John Brown University recently received an anonymous gift of $1 million to further expand the endowment for the university's Abila Archeology Project in northern Jordan. We speak with the director of the project, who has been working at the site since 1990. He says while Abila may not be a Biblical site, it does give archeologists clues to what life was like, from the bronze age through to the advent of Islam.

John Brown University's new nursing program took another step into the future yesterday when ground was broken for the new Health Sciences Building on the campus in Siloam Springs. JBU officials expect the building to host classes by fall next year.