Team Change scheduled to hold first meetings at VSCC

By Miguel Detillier

Team Change are planning to have their first meetings this week at Volunteer State Community College.

Le-Ellen Dayhuff, Assistant Professor of Math, said that these meetings will start from 2:20 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 8. Dayhuff also said that this club has not made any confirmation on where they will have their first meetings.

“We are also planning to have a community-wide stream clean-up event on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Mansker Creek in Goodlettsville from 9 a.m.-noon, and this event can count for TN Promise hours to students who are on the TN Promise scholarship,” said Kelly Ormsby, Assistant Professor of English. “Not only this event will help out our environment, but it will also help improve our water quality.”

Dayhuff said that this club will be advertising the stream clean up event at Team Change meetings this week.

“Besides getting involved in stream clean-ups, we have also participated in many events like Earth Hour when they handed out reusable metal water bottles to students who participated in Earth Hour, and at the Earth Day Festival when they did a drawing for students to win t-shirts made out of recycled plastic,” said Dayhuff. “We would also have speakers on campus like Jeff Barry who spoke out on energy savings, and sometimes we would also sometimes show films, and that we would also do workdays at the Vol State Community Garden and tree dedications to retired Vol State faculty members like when we grew two trees in dedication of Nancy Morris and Richard Harville, and we would also participate in tree plantings at parks with the Tennessee Environmental Council.”

Keith Bell, Associate Professor of Geography, said that Team Change is part of the Campus Sustainability Committee, and that the core mission of the Committee is to allocate funds procured from the Sustainable Campus Fee Program in a responsible and effective manner. Bell also said that the Campus Sustainability Committee seeks to reduce the rate at which Vol State contributes to the depletion and degradation of natural resources, and to increase the use of renewable resources, especially with the purchase of “Green Power Switch” energy from the Tennessee Valley Authority, and to adopt and expand other sustainable measures that can enhance the physical environment and decrease their ecological footprint, and to foster a culture of sustainability across campus through “green” philosophy and broad-based societal change.

“We hope that we can make campus sustainability efficient by encouraging our students to recycle and also by helping them protect our environment,” said Bell.

Ormsby confirms that this club is a great way for students to get involved around campus. Ormsby also said that she really enjoys working with students in Team Change off-campus on projects like stream clean-ups.

“Our goals for this club is to make the campus more sustainable and to help our faculty, staff, and students to be more aware of how our choices affect our environment,” said Dayhuff.

Intramurals kick off at Vol State

Sports intramurals at Volunteer State Community College will be starting this week with co-ed flag foot- ball and soccer for the fall semester.

Both of these sports will be played outside the QUAD from 11:10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the game dates
for ag football are on Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 12 to Oct. 31, and the game dates for soccer are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 13 to Nov. 3.

Intramurals just recently par- ticipated with other student clubs and organizations at the “Come-I-Wanna- See-You!” event in the QUAD on Tuesday, Aug. 25, and offered students the chance to play co-ed flag football and soccer for the fall semester.

Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities, confirms that sports intramurals used to be scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., but is now scheduled from 11:10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sherrell explains that why this club changed their time frame is because they are hoping that more students can come and participate in all the sports that Intramurals are offering.

“We have been offering sports intramurals over the last four years, and we had a lot of students participat- ing in ag football since it has become a really popular sport on campus, but we did not have enough students to play soccer and we are hoping that
we can get more students to play this sport as much as they have in flag football,” said Sherrell.

Tim Moore, Chairman of Intramurals, said that students should think about participating in this club because they should take playing sports more seriously, and that it could be a good way for them to socialize with each other.

“I believe that playing in sports intramurals can allow students to interact with each other, and I also believe that it can let them enjoy their time in school more than just studying and being in the library and it can also allow them to have a common connection,” said sophomore John Pratt.

Not only does Intramurals offer ag football and soccer during the fall semester, but they also offer basketball and volleyball during the spring semester. Sherrell said that even though this club has already scheduled the dates for ag football and soccer, they have not planned a schedule for basketball and volleyball.

Besides providing sports to many students, Intramurals even offered video games to them at the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center last spring. Sherrell said that this club decided to offer video game intramurals because they wanted to have students spend their leisure time without having to utilize outside space, and the video game consoles that the club used for students to participate in video game intramurals was the Xbox One and the Nintendo Wii.

Since sports intramurals will be starting this week, students will be able to enjoy their leisure time on campus.

Soccer flyer provided by Tabitha Sherrell

Soccer flyer provided by Tabitha Sherrell

Flag Football flyer provided by Tabitha Sherrell

Flag Football flyer provided by Tabitha Sherrell

Service Dogs on Vol State Campuses

Gus the dog is a service dog at volstate

Gus the dog is a service dog at volstate

By Kailyn Fouriner
Service Dogs can be useful to someone with disabilities, as a dog can be trained speci c skill sets to help out their potential owners. One such dog is an 18 month old English Labrador who goes by the name of Tink. Her owner, Andrew Thorsett, is a student hereatVolunteerStateCommunityCollege and says she helps him out immensely. Her primary job is to help him navigate around obstacles and nd doorknobs he cannot see on his own. The two were matched together by Pilot Dogs Inc. and have been together 3 months now. Though, Thorsett has never had a service dog besides her, he says that Tink is just like any other dog when he takes her service harness off. Service dogs have a wide range of jobs they can be trained for, and one person who would know is Shelby Swaby. Swaby is also a student, and has raised and trained service dogs for Retrieving Independence the past two years. Her passion to train them blossomed when her friend had Swaby watch her dog named Angel. Angel was a service dog, and since then she has raised three others. Her newest dog, a Golden Retriever named Gus, is still in training to go to someone with seizures, diabetes, or problems with mobility. Gus is in the stage of training where Swaby has to get him used to being in new places, and being around a lot of people. When he is working, he has a harness that says to not pet him. Out of the four dogs she has trained, only one has gone to an owner. Swaby states that she has, however, heard some amazing stories about other dogs she has not raised. “One of the dogs, Kip,” Swaby says, “was given to an 85 year old woman who had a car accident. She was limited to her house, but then heard about the program, and was assigned Kip. The two have traveled everywhere since.” She goes on to state that another dog, Rex, has also had an impact on his owner’s life. “A man that has seizures, diabetes, and is in a wheelchair got a dog from Retrieving Independence name Rex. Rex is a Lab, Golden Retriever mix and [he] is the sweetest dog. One night Rex was barking and whining for the man to wake up. The dog had apparently sensed that his owner’s blood sugar was low, and had alerted his owner, but on the man’s way to the fridge, he passed out. “When he woke up,” Swaby continues, “he had every kind of drink in the fridge around his head with the dog licking his face.” Both Swaby and Thorsett agree that service dogs are a benefit,but a concern could arise though, if a teacher doesn’t want a dog in class. Luckily Swaby’s instructor for English Composition I, Patricia Highers, is fully supportive of the service dogs. In fact, on the topic of Swaby bringing Gus to class to train, Ms. Highers’ only concern was to make sure that Swaby had gotten the right documentation by going through the disabilities center. Though Ms. Highers has never had a student in class with a service dog, she has some deaf students who needed another person as an assistant. Based on mutual trust and cooperation, Ms. Highers views these two ways of assistance very similar. Ms. Highers nds service dogs to be fascinating, and believes with more awareness and support, they could be a help to more people. Ultimately, she feels that service dogs are, “[one of the] things in this world we don’t utilize as much as we should.”

Middle College Opens New Doors for Students

By Sara Keen

This semester at Volunteer State Community college, students may hear the term “Middle College.” The Middle College program began in the 2014- 2015 school year to bene t students in their junior and senior years of high school.

“The students who come to us are ready to give up traditional high school,” said Brad Schreiner, co-prin- cipal of Middle College, “we are not a program. We are a stand-alone high school.”

The typical Middle College stu- dent is ready to leave high school be- hind, whether it is for a more intense curriculum, nanciallybetterforthem ortheydidnot“ tin”atatraditional Sumner County public high school.

Students cannot come from home- school or private school. “They have to come to us from a Sumner County public high school, and that’s because Sumner County is paying for their tu- ition,” said Schreiner.

Students who enter Middle Col- lege are not able to participate in the sports or clubs at other Sumner County schools. As Schreiner explained, a stu- dent cannot come to the Middle College and expect to play football at Gallatin High School or participate in Student Government at Portland High School.

The packet for admission explains that any student who enters Middle College is required to take the ACT and score at or above the Vol State standard for admissions. They are also required to ll out an application, which includes a counselor recommendation, teacher recommendation and a 150 word essay explaining why they are interested in Middle College. In addition to this, students must have their parents sign a nancial obligation form. According to the form, any Middle College student who makes an F or D must repay Sumner County Schools the cost of tuition and books. Students must also understand that an F or two D’s will have them removed from the school and returned to their zoned high school. “In order to make it in this program, you

have to have a lot of perseverance. We lost a few people last year because they thought it would be easy breezy,” said Kelsie Piercey, a second year Middle College student. Middle college students are required to attend school the regular 180 days because they are in high school. They begin school when Sumner County does, and end when the county ends. “Some students come to us, and might not have had personal nance. That’s a graduation requirement for Sumner County High Schools that Vol State doesn’t teach. The rst few days they will take that class through the virtual school,” said Schreiner. Middle College students are also required to be on campus on Fridays. On those days, they may take College Success or do what Schreiner referred to as “Middle College stuff.” These may include tours, guest speakers, and seminars.The extra days are essentially used to help the students prepare for what they will experience in their college courses.

“It’s been really great, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to enrich myself and those around me in a way,” said Piercey. More students will be entering in the program this January for the Spring 2017 semester. Anyone who may be interested and meets the requirements is encouraged to put their applications in.

Pokemon Go! Provides Exercise Opportunity to Students

Pokemon Go Official Logo

Pokemon Go Official Logo

By Lillian Lynch
The app Pokemon Go has become a widespread game and a new pass-time for students here at Volunteer State Community College. With 12 total Pokestops, where gamers pick up prizes such as pokeballs and potions, and one gym, where anyone can battle to “take over” the gym and earn coins, there is the potential to gain experience in the game here on campus. Although it is popular for many, there are mixed feelings. “It’s a great game. I’ve actually lost a lot of weight playing,” says Alexis Thomas, a Vol State student. Being active is the point of the game, according to developers, which is exactly what Miss Thomas is doing. On the other hand, as there are three different teams in the game, Valor,Mystic and Instinct, conflicts arise. “I don’t like the way it has pitched people against each other based on their choices. It’s for people to get active and lose weight,” says student Tony Davidson. Whether on team Valor, Mystic or Instinct, there are still many ways to gain experience and maybe learn your way around the campus and that is by touring all 12 Pokestops. The rst stop is the Hal Reed Ramer Administration Building. The second is the sign in front of the Ramer Building which dedicates it to the founding President of the school, Dr. Hal Reed Ramer. The next stop is along the pathways that go between the Ramer building and Noble C. Caudill Hall. There is a white oak tree planted there in honor of Jim Moore, VolState’s first foundation director who worked to earn money for scholarships to give to students, according to the plaque placed there. Just a few feet from there, across the walkway, there is a Scarlett oak tree that was planted in dedication to John Arthur MacDougall who was an associate Professor of English from 1981 to 1995, according to the plaque in front of the tree. Following the paths, the next stop is the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center. Just outside of it, in the Duffer Plaza, is the next stop: the Ruins Bench in front of the gazebo. The next four are simply buildings on campus. The J. Howard Warf Building, T. Wesley Pickel Field House and the Wallace Health Sciences complex, both North and South, are all Pokestops. The second to last stop is another tree, a Bradford pear tree, in front of the E.G. Mattox Business Building. This tree is dedicated to Janice Sisk Nelson, “a true teacher,” as read from the plaque beneath it. The final Pokestop is the Vol State Garden, located behind the Mattox building and next to the greenhouse. It was established back in 2006 in collaboration with Lowe’s Hometown Heroes Project. The aforementioned gym is located at the Thigpen Library, where many gamers can sit together and battle. Pokemon Go has brought people of all types together and out into the world. Students can hunt here on campus and make their way to the Pokestops. The world of Pokemon awaits.

Be Involved in your Community

By Hope McKinney
Welcome back Vol State students, faculty, and staff. We here at your Settler newspaper hope you had a great summer. We at The Settler would like to be the first to welcome you to our campus whether you are a first time, or returning student.
The staff at The Settler have gathered before the first day of regular classes to ensure you are up to date on all the recent events and changes that have happened while some of you were taking summer classes, and some of you were vacationing and enjoying some time away.
Upon returning to campus you may notice a few things that have changed about the campus. The new humanities building is finished and ready for the 2016-2017 school year. The building not only includes The new home of The Settler, but includes a number of faculty offices and classrooms.
With a large amount of windows covering the entire building, you get a full view of Gallatin all the way to Station Camp. Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building is completely up to date with the newest technology including projectors, computers and furniture.
With the amazing privilege of using the new building, there comes responsibility. It is imperative that we take great care of the carpets, chairs and floors all over the building to ensure it is just as beautiful for the coming upcoming Vol State students as it is for this year’s students.
Keep a special look out around the newsroom to get a special look at the freshest news circulating.
Have a great school year and make sure you follow us online.We hope to become more interactive with you this semester on social media and on our online website.
I know college can be very stressful for many students and even staff, but a few words of wisdom I can provide for you are to always attend your classes, not attending can result in consequences, furthering your frustration with school itself, so just make sure you always attend and are active in the classroom. IF you find yourself with extra time outside of the classroom it is always wise to add some clubs and organizations to your college application, especially if you are planning on attending a four year university.
Some involvement with Student Government, NSLS, or The Settler can be the difference between a college acceptance letter and a rejection. Involvement in your community college or university will not only add to your own success as you further your education, it will enhance your people skills as you network yourself through the campus and meet new, and important people.
Networking makes a huge difference in your college experience as well. My family has always told me that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. I have found that to be extremely true in my college experience and through out life in general since I started here at Vol State last year.
Any event that is being hosted at Vol State that you are able to attend, I encourage you to go and get your name out thee to people. There ate so many people, students,a nd staff, here at Vol State that can get you started in life, just by making a simple connection with them.
If you find yourself wanting to network through news media please contact me at rmckinney7@volstate.edu. The Settler is a great opportunity to do so!
Have a great returning, or first year here on campus and remember to commit to graduation. Each day you are getting closer to your diploma, don’t let anything stand in your way!
You can do it!

You Have Options When it Comes to Textbooks

College is an expensive time in every students life. With college fees, tuition, and school supplies it can be a rather large and scary number. Textbooks tend to be a main component to the stress students face when paying for school. But what is the best route to saving a few bucks on textbooks? Is it better to buy brand new books, old used books, or to rent textbooks? Is it cheaper to shop for them in stores or on online on websites such as Amazon? Students are given many options when it comes to their academic career, but which one benefits them the most?
At Volunteer State Community College there is a bookstore you can find in the Wood’s center. After asking them a range of questions over their books, Dianne King answered them in confidence. King said that there was not an average price point of books in the bookstore, that some books could be around ten dollars and others around two hundred and fifty. She also confirmed that they do rent books in their store and they allow students to write, highlight, and take notes in the textbook they have rented out as long as it comes back in good condition. While asking her which one she thought was more of a money saver, renting or buying new textbooks she said in assurance renting. On top of that the bookstore also buys used textbooks off of students. King stated; “If there is a need for them in the store we will buy up to half of what you paid, but we will not buy workbooks that have work done in them and books that have had pages torn out, they must be in sellable condition.” This is helpful for students that may choose to buy textbooks, you can surely make a few bucks to save up for your new set of books for the next semester.
Nearby the campus there is a bookstore called Textbook Brokers. Michael Moghadam answered all questions with certainty that Textbook Brokers was the cheapest route to the school year. They sell a range of new and used textbooks and their average price point is about one hundred and twenty dollars for a full schedule student. Textbook Brokers allows students to rent books, in fact over 70% of what they do at their store is rentals. Moghadam stated; “Students can write, highlight, and take notes in our rental books, and they can rent the book out for the entire semester.” When asking Moghadam which did he think saved more money buying or renting he stated; “Renting definitely in most cases.” Textbook Brokers also buys used textbooks off of students as long as they are still current. Moghadam continued on saying that Textbook Brokers also price matches and checks daily market prices twice a day. “We don’t check campus prices anymore we check Amazon and Chegg so we are always the cheapest for students.” Moghadam expressed.
Another way students can get textbooks is on online stores such as Amazon, eBay, and Chegg. Chegg’s policy on the website boldly says; “Never pay full price for textbooks, save up to 90% on books.” On Amazon, you receive a range of prices depending on who is selling it. Prices can be between forty dollars and nearly one hundred dollars, but Amazon also offers “Your Rental Cart” through you Amazon account. Students may receive new textbooks or used textbooks from Amazon, but unfortunately Amazon does not guarantee all materials that may be needed with the textbook, such as CDs. Amazon also asks students to limit their writing and highlighting in the books so that they can reuse them for future customers, unlike the bookstore and Textbook Brokers. eBay is another online website that students can hunt for books. Most of the time eBay can be rather difficult when searching for a good deal. Prices may be higher then the actual price of the book itself, or they may have a good deal but the book may be in terrible condition. eBay is normally a fifty fifty chance, you either find a great deal or you don’t.
Overall, buying textbooks is completely up to how the student may want to do it. Sometimes it is best to rent books, and other times to buy. Either way students need to be wise about the decisions they make when buying textbooks, what will benifit them in the long run and what will benifit them now. Hopefully when so many options the stress of buying textbooks can be reduced and not so much a hassle, but a joy.