Artisan’s Alliance becomes Makerspace

By: Blake Bouza, Assistant Editor


The Artisan’s Alliance at Volunteer State Community College is undergoing a name change.

Taylor Matson, president of the club, said that with Artisan’s Alliance, “it was limited to those in the Fine Arts Programs, and without an organization outside of the SGA to align with and be guided by.”

With the rebranding of “Makerspace,” Matson said he wants to make it easier for students to express their creativity with tools students would not normally afford and accessibility students can rely on.

In addition to the club at Vol State, Matson said they are aligned with Nashville Makerspace, which will have a large space in Nashville with precise tool for engineering and creation by the end of the year.

With the Maker Movement, Matson said he hopes that the club can show Tennessee wants to get involved more and bring creativity here, since the movement is spreading rapidly from coast-to-coast.

“If a student or anybody really wants to get involved, they main thing they are gonna want to do is the workshops we have every week,” Matson said.

“No dates and times are not set in stone for anything, but at every workshop we do, it will be about learning and creating with tools you have not used before. And at the end of each semester, we will host a showcase of all the work we have done.

“Also, at the end of each year in September, we are aligned to be apart of the Nashville Mini Maker Faire’s hosted by the Adventure Science Center,” said Matson.

On the benefits of joining Makerspace, and who should join, Matson said they want to make the future.

“But we can only do it with the help of the common person. We would really love representation of more races, identities, and freshman as well,” he said.

“I think renaming Artisan’s Alliance to Makerspace will help to encourage people of all artistic pursuits to become a member of the club, as well as broaden what the club is about,” said Evan Preston, member of Makerspace.

“It’s my hope that anyone with a creative or artistic passion will see our club as a way to share their works with others like them, and with the student body of Vol State as a whole,” Preston said.

According to, “Makerspaces are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more.”

Matson said that the Maker movement workshop idea is a radical change from the Artisan’s Alliance, and that he hopes students will be interested in the projects the club puts out.

“There are so many amazing things happening in the Maker movement right now, especially the exponential expansion that we see for the coming decade. This program is really a game changer for people who get involved,” Matson said.

Students interested in joining should contact Matson at or contact faculty advisor Sue Mulcahy at


Living the full college experience

By: Sara Keen, Editor-in-Chief


With the prices of rent, food, and utilities as high as they are in some places, students are reportedly choosing to stay at home with their parents during and after college.  Volunteer State Community College has a variety of students with different approaches to how they live off campus.

If you are considering moving away from your parents, it may be smart to look into the pros and cons first.  The website Simple Dollar ( provides an excellent list on deciding if you would benefit more from moving out or staying.

One very obvious reason to stay with your parents is money.  College is expensive, and so are apartments and houses.  Even the dorms at universities are not the cheapest.

If you live within a reasonable distance from campus, and you get along well with your family, it may benefit you to stay at home.  You would be able to save up some money for the future, and hold off on some of those student loans if you’re really lucky.

It also depends on how you schedule your classes.  Some students choose to only take classes two days a week to save on gas and avoid driving every day.  If you live in close proximity to campus, your schedule may not need to be so specific.

If you are set on moving out, no matter what your reasons, it is also possible to set something up with your parents to help you pay for your new place.   This could be as simple as your parents paying for your cell phone bill.

You may also have to give up some of the luxuries you are comfortable with, such as cable television.  Your money will have to go to bills, rent, food, and gas before anything else.  

Moving out also has its upside.  You get to experience the freedom of living alone.  You also get to find out why your parents are constantly exhausted.  It is a great way to grow up, make your own doctor appointments, and gain your independence.

Moving out also requires some self-restraint.  You cannot always buy that video game you want as soon as it comes out, or maybe you cannot afford going to your favorite restaurant whenever you want to.

It gives you the chance to realize all of your own annoying habits as well.  If you are a slob, then your mom’s nagging might seem a little more reasonable after a while.  If you think that eating an entire cake in one sitting is genius, you will find out why your parents said not to.  

Living on your own can be an adventure, but it is one that you have to be prepared for.  If you are considering moving out, look online for tips on how to prepare for it.  You could change your mind entirely or be as prepared as possible when the time comes.  

After all, college is about making your own decisions and starting your life.  Sometimes the freedom of living on your own is worth it and sometimes it is not.  You just have to find out for yourself.


On “The art of a successful argument”

Submitted By: Brent West, Accounting Major, Senator-at-large, SGA


Dear Editor,

My name is Brent West, an Accounting Student as well as current Senator-at-large for the SGA.

“A prime example of a waste-of-breath argument is any argument over a moral issue.” I came across this quote from your editorial and I respectfully disagree.

If we are to progress as a society, we must answer moral questions. In order to answer those questions, however, we must have moral arguments that are based upon sound logical reasoning. We would fail in our duty to find objective moral truth if we simply labeled such arguments “…a waste-of-breath…”.

You state also that “…morals vary from person-to-person…” and “Typically, a person’s moral argument is based on their own opinions…” but a person’s opinions are not infallible. To suggest that people’s opinions are infallible would be to say that someone is incapable of being wrong (and if that is the case, I would need my professors to correct some grades).

We open ourselves up to accepting whatever people do if we take a laissez-faire approach to moral arguments. With technological advances giving us the ability to design human babies to our liking, track our physiological data, and create weapons that could destroy regions in an instant, it is increasingly important that we answer these morally questionable areas with sound logical reasoning.

I understand that online discourse achieve little on these issues, but this doesn’t mean we should  dismiss altogether the importance of these moral arguments. We, as students, will one day be in the workforce, moving forward and shaping the society we live in, a society that will have even more moral questions to answer in the future. The success or failure of our society rests on how we answer those questions, and that, my fellow peer, is no waste of breath!


Date Night has good food, unex’Spectre’d turnout

By: John Puryear, Contributing Writer


In a recent push to hold more family-themed events on campus beginning in September of 2015, the Volunteer State Community College Student Life Office hosted Date Night in the Rochelle Center of the Thigpen Library, providing couples with the opportunity to enjoy dinner and a movie together without having to pay for a babysitter.

“We’re doing a ‘family’ series, which started last Fall with the Avengers movie, which was family friendly, then Halloween Night, and basketball homecoming. We wanted to continue the series this Spring semester, and with February having Valentine’s Day in it, we thought it would be nice to allow people who have children to have a proper date.” said Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities.

Staff and volunteers watched over the children in a separate building while the parents were treated to an Italian dinner and dessert, catered by the Vol State Grill, and the James Bond film Spectre.

Event-goers were asked to sign in at the front of the room and fill out a short survey concerning potential interest in future family-themed events.

The seven couples attending were served in restaurant-style, with staff and volunteers waiting on tables individually and routinely refilling drinks. Dinner, consisting of breadsticks, salad and manicotti, was served promptly, followed by cheesecake.

“I think it’s great that the school is hosting events like this that are open to the public. Not many people would think to do something like this for the community. The food was good and it’s always nice to get dinner and a show!” said one woman who wished to remain anonymous.

Ben Brayn, a former student who attended the event, shared his thoughts as well: “I think they should have more events like this one, honestly. It’s really well put together and who doesn’t love free food? They’re definitely on the right track.”


Vol State screens “Selma” as pilot for future events

By: Preston Neal, Staff Writer


On Feb. 16 Volunteer State Community College screened “Selma,” a movie about the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama. The film was screened in the Rochelle Center in honor of Black History Month.

King’s goal was to win the federal right for all African American citizens to vote. This led to King leading a nonviolent march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Although violent acts were perpetrated against King and his followers, they retaliated through nonviolent protests and political negotiations.

The efforts of King and his followers led to the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, granting suffrage to all African American citizens.

Three different showings of the film were hosted, at 1, 3, and 6.

The number of students who attended the screening was low, however, Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, Director of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives, is hopeful that student attendance and participation will increase with future events in the coming months.

In less than two weeks Women’s History Month will begin.

Students who are interested are advised to stay alert for further announcements.

Not all students find that it is necessary for Vol State to host an event for Women’s History Month.

“There shouldn’t be any recognition of Women’s History month. It’s just not necessary,” said Chelsea Goody, a Vol State student.

For the month of April, Vol State is recognizing the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual (LGBTQIA) community by hosting a rally, which will be followed by a showing of the film “Milk,” detailing the circumstances surrounding the first politician to come out publicly as a homosexual man.

Students with any questions, comments, or ideas pertaining to these upcoming events should contact the Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives.