Students are encouraged to vote this election

By Michaela Marcellino

This has certainly been one of the most interesting election cycles in a long, long time. Students, it is time to make your voice heard.

According to a poll taken earlier this year by Pew Research, Millennials (aged 18-35) now make up the same portion of the electorate as Baby Boomers. We have a bigger voice then ever, and it is time to vote.

According to CBS, this next president will potentially appoint four Supreme Court Justices, while Business Insider reports that the the average number of appointments per President is 2.6.

The Supreme Court shapes the future of this nation by how they cast their votes. Ask yourself honestly: Are you happy with how your nation is being run, or do you want change?

Whether we like it or not, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be our next president. They will both bring change.

Voting this election is so important because we have both the right and privilege in America to vote and to make our opinions known.

It is a responsibility that can never be taken for granted. A wise lady said recently something to the effect of, “If you do not vote, and end up not liking what is going on, you do not get to complain. You did not get out to vote.”

Voting is so important because you are the next generation of Americans. We can no longer be apathetic, and say it does not matter whether someone votes or not.

Think long, hard, and carefully about what you believe, and not what your parents, teachers, fellow classmates and friends believe. On November 8 and vote accordingly because not voting is a vote in itself.

The next step before election day is to make sure you are registered to vote. If you are not, you need to by October 11.

Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities, said “Next week, SGA will be hosting a voter registration table Tuesday-Thursday from 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. in the tiled dining room. We will also be hosting a ThinkFast Game Show on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 12:45PM-1:45PM and the theme of the game is ‘The Right to Vote.’ The League of Women Voters in Hendersonville will also be doing a table set-up on Tuesday, September 27 in honor of National Voter Registration Day. They will be in the tiled dining room from 10:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.”

In addition, The Tennessee DMV website, http://www.dmv.org/tn-tennessee/voter-registration.php, states, “You can register to vote in person and by mail. First, complete the Mail-In Application for Voter Registration (Form SS-3010).

“This form is good for both in-person and by-mail registration. Next, either mail your form to your local county election commission or visit one of the following locations: County clerk’s office, Public libraries, Register of Deeds office, Department of Health, Departments of Human Services, Mental Health, Safety, and Veteran’s Affairs.”

If you are not sure if you are registered, you can check at the following website: https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/.  You can help shape the future of this nation, and you can make your voice heard.

8 things every VSCC student should know

Picture taken in the new SRB Building Second Floor

By Melissa Farmer

Picture taken in the new SRB Building Second Floor

Picture taken in the new SRB Building Second Floor

1.The Grill has delicious food! Not only will they make you a burger to order, they have options already set out so you can grab something quick and go. The Grill is located in the Wood building across from the Student Life and Diversity Office.

2.If you are reading this, then you have discovered that Vol State has a student newspaper! The Settler is a great way for student to develop their writing skills, and participate in a fun club/class. The Settler is located in room 212 in the new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities building.

3.Its okay to take naps at school, I know it isn’t every ones style and some would rather power through long days amped up on caffeine, but there are plenty of places to sleep, benches, the library, the café, or even the floor. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

4.Vol State has a basketball team, baseball team and a softball team! Show your Pioneer pride and attend one of these games before the seasons end!

5.The Vol State bookstore has more than just books! The bookstore, located in the Wood building, has yearly planners, backpacks, notebooks, phone chargers, snacks, and even an E.L.F makeup stand (ladies, you know what I’m talking about. ELF stands for eyes, lips and face).

6.The parking situation gets better after the first month, just be patient and get here early for a good spot! Don’t forget to get your parking decals for the 2016 school year!

7.If you can’t get online to entertain yourself, due to the wi-fi, you can grab a copy of The Settler! There is a newsstand in every building.

8.This list already mentioned the Grill, but everyone needs to know that the Grill has coffee. And lots of it. There are a few different types of brews, and cream and sugar are provided!

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.”