How to Find 100 Trillion Dollars

Dustin Hodges/ Contrinuting Writer 

 

Over the previous few years there has been a growing sentiment about the evils of the “one-percent.”  Yet many have no real concept of whom they are demonizing.  From this growing and often loud group of miss-informed and ill-advised individuals has caused a recent rise in the support for socialism in the United States.   These people have been raised in the safety and comfort of the life capitalism has provided. Yet they desire to turn back the clock and live under the dangerous and unrelenting horror that is socialism.  

Looking back at the past century, many nations and governments have implemented Marxist and socialist ideologies, only to create mass-starvations, extreme poverty, and eventually destruction of the rule of law.  This is the future currently being promised by presidential candidates who are promising government supplied healthcare for everyone, government supplied college for everyone, and government supplied food and housing for everyone.  The promises being made are that these things will be “free,” yet anyone who believes anything is free is highly uninformed.  

Government income comes from taxes, which are paid by every adult American.  Therefore anything the government promises to pay for is actually being paid for by every Americans hard work.  The common theme among people pushing for socialism is to “tax the one percent.”  This plan is highly flawed, as the entire assets, not just income, of even the top 10% would not cover the 100 Trillion dollar price tag that would come with all of Bernie’s promises.   

The so called evil one percent is a much misunderstood group of Americans, as most people believe these are the billionaires, sitting in high rise offices on Wall Street.  There are a few issues with this theory, as the real one percent are not all billionaires, many are working right here in Sumner County. Many of you may know someone who still operates a family farm, with equipment and land amounting to much more value than you may realize.  Trying to increase quality of life of one group by utilizing other groups hard work has never been feasible, as Margaret Thatcher put it best, “The problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

Religion and Christian Privilege Panel

Blake Bouza

Volunteer State Community College hosted its Religion and Christian Privilege panel at the Great Hall in the Ramer Administration Building as a part of Diversity Week. The panel began at 11:30 and ended at close to 1:00 p.m.

Kenny Yarbrough, Director of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives at Vol State, moderated the event. He greeted the gathered students and faculty and thanked them for attending. Faculty members Deb Moore, Sherri Person and Peter Pagan made up the panel.

Yarbrough said he hoped the discussion would be beneficial to the thoughts people had toward religion before asking the panel their opinion on how religion had impacted or divided culture.

Pagan answered this by saying “divisions have arisen because of an unwillingness to question our convictions.”

Deb Moore went on to deliver her presentation on religious literacy. “Within our communities we often are raised isolated within a bubble. We have a tendency to believe the entire world sees things the way we see them.”

Moore continued by saying that when people are introduced to a world with others who view things in a very different way, rather than reach out, people tend to isolate themselves further in what they find familiar.

By the time she was twenty, Moore said she knew her religious tradition inside and out.

“If we equate that to language, it is like saying I just know pronouns up and down. But if you just know pronouns and not nouns or conjunctions, you are not a literate person,” Moore said.

After this, Person proceeded with her presentation on interfaith. “A simple definition of interfaith is honoring and respecting the many and diverse religious faiths, beliefs and traditions or lack thereof throughout the world,” said Person.

Person continued by saying interfaith is all about inclusion. “Perhaps if a Christian were to engage in an interfaith discussion, they might think they would have to give up their understanding of Christianity in order to engage their Buddhist brother or sister in their religious walk.

Person said this is was not true. Interfaith means a person can still hold to their faith-based traditions, she said.

After Person, Pagan presented the final talk. Pagan said people tend to downplay the importance of reason in favor of faith. Reason is the capacity rational creatures possess to form concepts and arrive at conclusions.

Pagan said faith is an act that pertains to reason, not exclusively rational. “Some may make reference to saint Paul saying to beware of worldly philosophy. Some may take it to mean that philosophy is the enemy of faith.

“Consider that Paul did argue with thinkers of his time about their views. He engaged in dialogue. You can engage in rational dialogue and argumentation in a positive, respectful fashion,” said Pagan.

After the talks, the floor was open to students who may have questions for the panelists.

The panel was collaborated between the Diversity and Cultural Awareness Committee and the Office of Student Life and Diversity.

 

Volstate App To Be Released Mid November

Kalynn Meeker

Volunteer State Community College students will have a new app available for download by mid-November of this year.

Kevin Blankenship, Chief Information Officer, said the existing app from a company called Campus EIA had limited functionality.

The new app from a company called Dub Labs will be a mobile portal.

Students will be able to access their courses on eLearn, D2L, bill pay, maps and records of students and staff. Downloaders will also have the capability of being connected to campus events.

Push notifications are a feature offered to increase the level of interaction and reach students quicker and easier. For example, if a student has a financial aid problem, a notification will show up on the mobile device to alert the student. The student has to allow the push notifications on his or her mobile device to obtain the feature.

In an age where paying bills can be done on the go via mobile device, having a mobile portal for students to access to assignments is next.

Blankenship said Dub Labs is making it easier to add features to the app.

“The course interaction at this point is read only but eventually you will be able to respond to assignments,” said Blankenship.

When asked if staff will have access to their portals as well, Blankenship said it is mostly geared toward the students to begin with but that it is a possibility that the app will branch out to them.

Matteen Mansoori and John Robert, students at Vol State said they would both download the app if they had access to eLearn.

The Vol State app will be available through the Apple Store and Google Play Store for free.

Food Fair Preview

 

Kalynn Meeker

Volunteer State Community College is hosting a campus-wide Food Fair on Oct. 27 through Oct. 28.

The Humanities Division, Thigpen Library, Healthy Pioneers, and SGA are the sponsors for the events.

Kelly Ormsby, Assistant Professor of English and coordinator for the food fair festivities, said it will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct 27 on the Quad if weather permits. If it rains it will be relocated to the Mary Nichols Dining Room.

It will feature a Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Art show.

The Sustainability Committee will be present to teach about the new single-stream recycling program.

Other festivities include a pumpkin carving contest and soup tasting

Ormsby also said participants at the food fair will also include Second Harvest Food Bank’s Farm-to-Family Program, Natural Resources Conservation Service, part of the US Dept. of Agriculture, The Sumner County Agricultural Extension Office and Master Gardeners Group, and SGA.

On the 28th, the Sumner County Master Gardens will be having tours through Vol State’s garden at 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tours will be given by Jeff Kent. Signups for the tours will be during the Fall Festival.

Students will also have the opportunity to help pack healthy snack bags for the local Shalom Zone as part of the Food Day Effort said Ormsby.

The Thigpen Library will have food themed books on display both days.

Also, research poster projects from students will be on display in the Wood Campus Center.

Ormsby said, ““This idea grew out of my desire to provide a meaningful context and service-learning opportunities for my English composition students in their research projects.”

Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities, said the main idea behind these events is to educate students on healthy food choices.

For student first time freshmen, Madison Rivers, healthy eating habits are important.

“I think that it is very important mainly because of all the stress that is put on us. So, we are more likely to stress eat and learning what is better for us to snack on could be very beneficial,” said Rivers.

“10 Questions For the Dalai Lama ” Review

Melissa Farmer

Who is the Dalai Lama? The Dalai Lama is a monk who grew up in Tibet. He is known around the world as a great leader and a peacemaker.

In the movie “10 Questions For The Dalai Lama” a man named Rick Ray goes on a journey through India to meet the Dalai Lama. He journeys through the same areas that the Dalai Lama grew up so he can truly try to relate to him once they get to meet.

The Dalai Lama has monks that help him set up meetings and appointments with him. Each appointment is 40 minutes long and the interviewer may ask 10 questions.

Coming up with the questions was a tough decision. When faced with the option to speak to one of the most influential people in the world and you are limited to only 10 questions what is important and what is not?

Do you ask ethical questions or personal? Can the questions be two parts? What if he doesn’t want to answer one, can you pick a different one? Rick Ray spends a lot of time thinking up good questions.

The most popular one was  “Why do the poor seem happier than the rich?” That is often times the case. Now, I won’t tell you the answers because you should watch the movie yourself. Take a break from American Horror Story or The Walking Dead to watch something that is rich in culture and gives you good questions to think on.

As I watched the movie I started thinking to myself about the way I would answer these questions. I also thought of the questions that I would ask.

One of the questions that struck me the most was this one “Should countries be dedicated to preserving their traditions or embrace modern culture?”

I think that there should be some kind of middle ground. While preserving traditions can help to keep a spirit of community and nostalgia, there can also be a stunt in growth if the area doesn’t learn to embrace new things that come along with time.

To hear the Dalai Lama answer this question I would highly suggest looking up the movie and watching it. This is an awesome way to learn about the Dalai Lama’s background, and what a Dalai Lama is historically without reading books or articles for hours.

At the Grand Festival Award it won “Best documentary”. It is a great film and worth the time.