By Luis Quintanilla
The Volunteer State Community Library recently added new movies to it’s catalogue.
On September 3 the Vol State library added a variety of new movies available to rent. The 15
recently added movies range from action and adventure, comedies, to dramas.
Some of the most highly rated movies on the list are Blood Diamond, Ocean’s Eleven, and the
Blood Diamond (Drama/Thriller) Rated R:
According to IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, Blood Diamond follows the story of Mende
fisherman Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) and former mercenary Danny Archer (Leonardo
DiCaprio) and their quest to track down a rare gem in the midst of a raging civil war in Sierra
Leone.The movie takes place during the real life civil war that took place in Sierra Leone in the
early 1990s, and it portrays the dramatic backdrop and atrocities of war while on their quest.
Solomon is a fisherman who is kidnapped and forced to work in the diamond mines by the
rebels. While working, he finds a rare pink diamond and attempts to hide it. His captors take
notice, but before they can act they are attacked by government troops and imprisoned. In prison
Archer learns of the diamond and plans for Solomon’s release and both embark on a quest to find
the diamond. Solomon seeks to find his family, while Archer seeks to find a second chance.
Ocean’s Eleven (Crime/Thriller) Rated PG-13:
IMDb states this is a remake of the original 1960’s heist movie, Ocean’s Eleven. In this
contemporary version, Danny Ocean, played by George Clooney, is fresh out of prison and is
already planning his next big move. His plan? To rob three of Las Vegas’s biggest casinos and
steal $150 million hidden away in a vault beneath them. He links up with his right hand man,
Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) and together the two recruit a gallery of 9 criminals each with their own
speciality for the job. The heists brings together a cast of colorful criminals: the card dealer, a
pickpocket, an explosives expert, the surveillance man, the frontmen, the money man, retired con
artist, and a chinese acrobat. Together the 11 will try to pull off the daring heist. The movie stars
actors such as Bernie Mac, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, and Julia Roberts.
The Fountain (Drama/Sci-Fi) Rated PG-13:
The Fountain stars Hugh Jackman as Tommy Creo, a research oncologist searching for a cure to
reverse brain tumors. His wife, Izzi, is afflicted by this disease herself. Desperate to find a cure
to save his dying wife, Creo turns to any possible solution to barr the arrival of her death. The
movie then takes twists and turns through literal time and space stated IMDb as the story is taken
back to the age of the conquistadors as Jackman’s character is now a conquistador in the service
of the queen of Spain. His task is to prevent the death of the queen by finding the Tree of Life in
the New World. The story then jumps to a different time and setting, where Jackman’s character
is an astronaut heading towards a nebula in space housing a living tree which promises to prevent
his lover’s death. The three separate narratives serve as allegories of the century long quest to
Other movies available are:
● The Scorpion King (Action/Adventure)
● Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (Action/Comedy)
● Miss Congeniality (Action/Comedy)
● Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (Action/Comedy)
● 300 (Action/Drama)
● Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Adventure/Comedy)
● Blood Diamond (Drama/Thriller)
● Watership Down (Animation/Action)
● The Little Mermaid (Animation/Family)
● Saved! (Comedy/Romance)
● Hitch (Comedy/ Romance)
● Ocean’s Eleven (Crime/Thriller)
● Ocean’s Twelve (Crime/Thriller)
● Ocean’s Thirteen (Crime/Thriller)
● Akeelah and the Bee (Drama/Family)
● The Fountain (Drama/Sci-Fi)
● Original Sin (Drama/Mystery)
These movies, along with the others recently added, can be rented by students from the Thigpen
Library for free for a week with their Vol State student ID.
By Velma Crocket
The Well, A one stop shop location for resource services available to all students will have a
event on Sept 18, 9:15 a.m. -9:45 a.m and 11a.m. -11:30 a.m. at the SRB second floor hallway
and the Warf main hallway will be serving breakfast and lunch free to students. A chance to
share information with students about resources available to help them.
The website can be accessed through the student portal , after logging in the student will see a
tab that says “The Well,”.
The Well offers real time information such as The Feed,#webeliveyou,consent,alcohol use and
abuse,stop drug abuse, opioid use disorder, suicide, mental health and contact resources at
student engagement. Each tab offers information about the subject along with numbers and web
address to access assistance.
Some issues like receiving help with bills,rent and unexpected life event might be available
through The Well also. If VSCC does not offer support The Well would serve as a guide to find
Heather Harper,M.Ed Manger, Student Engagement and support wants students to know there is
support available for students.
“More support better you can do. No one should be hungry,” said Harper.
The Well offers support through phone numbers, places to go for help and web address as well.
We want students to reach out for help so they can be successful and safe said Harper.
By Fay Kabasu
Originally from the midwest, Teri Terranova moved to Tennessee with her 8-year-old dog Francesca, a
cairn terrier. After working in business, Teri had decided to become a librarian. In order to do that,
Terranova received a Master’s degree for Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.
She later got her Master’s of Arts in Education at Lindenwood University. This fall semester will be her
first time working at Volunteer State Community College as a librarian. Before coming to work at the
Thigpen Library, Terranova had worked at other college universities and a medical library.
When asked about why she chose her career as a librarian, Teri replied, “Being a librarian NEVER
crossed my mind until a few years ago. I have led a varied career path; doing research at a university,
running several small businesses and working in finance. I have a tendency to get bored easily and was
looking for a profession that wouldn’t grow stagnant after a few years. After investigating many different
career options, the field of library science seemed to be the perfect fit.”
Volstate’s Thigpen Library prides on being a helpful resource for students. Whether it’s for research help,
a quiet place to study, or finding books and dvds, the library is always open for students from 7:30 a.m.-
9:00 p.m. on the weekdays. Students are encouraged to seek help from a librarian, as they are experienced
and qualified guides.
Teri commented, “I love having the opportunity to help people navigate the everchanging and
overwhelming world of information.”
Teri’s favorite quote is, “You should leave your children enough so they can do anything, but not enough
so they can do nothing,” by Warren Buffet.
photo courtesy of Teri Terranova
By Jim Hayes
Crosswalks at the intersections of Gallatin Pike and The Gap Blvd., and at the main entrance to Volunteer State Community College will be completed by late February or early March according
to City of Gallatin Assistant City Engineer Dwayne Rogers.
“We sent out a bid for advertisement this past Thursday (Sept. 5), said Rogers. “That bid is scheduled to be opened and read at 2:30 p.m., Sept. 27.”
Rogers said the bid included both the installation of electronic pedestrian crossing signals and painting the crosswalks. Once the bids are opened, there are some administrative procedures to
ensure everything looks appropriate before the bid is awarded to the low bidder, he said.
Once the bid is awarded, “we do the reviews, they (the contractors) have to send in performance surety that our attorney has to review, so we’re looking at another three to four weeks for that,”
Given that timeline, the earliest work could start would be around the end of October. Rogers said that the contract specifies that the work is to be done within 120 working days leading to a
completion date around the end of February or early March.
The project to install the crosswalks started in August 2015, according to an email from Vol State Senior Director of Plant Operations Will Newman. “Vol State made our first appearance before
city council in December 2017 to request PEDEX walkways at the two intersections and a sidewalk on Gap Blvd.,” said the email.
Last March, the electrical, drainage, grading and sidewalk work along Gap Blvd. was completed by the City of Gallatin. In April, the college provided and installed the lights, the email
The city informed Vol State that pedestrian crosswalk design was complete in June 2019 and the bid package was submitted to the city finance department in August, said Newman’s email.
“This has been entirely a City of Gallatin project,” he said.
Rogers said that the bid includes “everything to complete the project.”
“That includes installing the signals, all the required electrical, all of the pavement markings required in order to complete the project,” he said.
By Jim Hayes
In the 1940’s and ‘50’s a talk show host named Art Linkletter had a segment of his show called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” The premise of the segment was that Linkletter would talk to kids, between the
ages of 3 and 8 and ask them questions which would often result in humorous responses. The segment was turned into a television show in 1998 hosted by Bill Cosby. It will return to television in October, this
time with Tiffany Haddish as the hostess.
However, it would appear that one of our local politicians has decided to get a jump on the new show by not only putting his foot but his entire leg in his mouth.
State Senator Kerry Roberts, a Republican, whose district includes the City of Springfield, said, “If there's one thing that we can do to save America today, it's to get rid of our institutions of higher education right
now and cut the liberal breeding ground off!“ during his radio show on Sept. 2.
Roberts later recanted his remarks, characterizing them as “humor and hyperbole,” but how could those words could ever come out of the mouth of any politician?
The United States, according to an analysis performed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, ranks 17 in the world when it comes to health and education.
This is down from number 6 in 1990.
Many claim that colleges are a hive of liberalism. However, that has not been my experience here at Volunteer State Community College (with the possible exception of having to sit through a video about the
lifecycle of plastic bottles in an English class).
Regardless of the political leanings of the teaching staff, the United States needs its colleges.
There was a time, when we routinely explored space, the human body and the physics that make our world tick. For some reason, mostly tied to inadequate educational funding, we now find ourselves trying to
stimulate our students with still inadequately funded Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.
If anything, Roberts should be calling for more funding for education. He should be leading a charge to retain our good teachers (and killing off the publish or perish paradigm that may be robbing us of some of
our best class room instructors).
If we are not educating our children, we are falling behind on the world stage. Those children will not be considered for the high tech jobs that are becoming such a large part of our economy.
Finally, instead of playing off his remarks as hyperbole, Roberts should apologize and perhaps suspend himself from his own radio show for a week or two.
He could use the time to tour Tennessee college campuses and offer a heartfelt mea culpa to not only the instructors, but also to the students his bombastic declaration would have robbed of their chance to pull this
country out of it’s educational doldrums.