Free musical performance from Danny James

By: Taylor Matson
Makerspace President
Do you love rock, country or Nashville music?
Then you need to check out Danny James live at the Mary Nichols Dining Room A on Wednesday November 9, 2016 sponsored by the VSCC Makerspace.
Danny is a Nashville Recording Artist at Hard Tonk Records who has a catalog of over 230 songs.
Danny was born and raised in Seattle, WA but moved to Nashville three years ago to start the latest chapter of his musical career.
Since Danny moved to Nashville, he has written, recorded music and played the Nashville rounds with many famous bands and artists.
It just so happened though that after the Spring semester of 2016, Taylor Matson, an Audio Engineer Major and VSCC Makerspace President met Danny and recorded his entire catalog over the summer.
Taylor Matson will be there and be signing Danny’s albums and will be selling 3D Printed Phone cases, printed in front of you directly on your phone for $5.
Since Danny has moved to Nashville, he has had 10 albums distributed on iTunes, Spotify and all other digital markets and physically on CD.
With most of his albums priced at $5 for 12 songs, his entire catalog is very affordable for anyone looking to spice up their music library.
Danny will also be selling his music in CD form at the event and encourages everyone to find him online.
His music spans multiple genres including country, rock, honky tonk, gospel, sleep therapy and his own created genre, hard tonk.

You can find him online at

or you can visit his website at

Remembering the importance of the Constitution

by Brent West, College Republican Vice President

This Saturday, Sept. 17, is Constitution day. On this date in 1787, the United States Constitution was adopted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This document, which has remained the supreme law of the United States for over 200 years, has provided the structure of one of the most successful Constitutional Republics of the modern world, as well as safeguarded American freedom.

Despite it being written so many years ago by men who lived drastically different lives from the typical modern American, it is still relevant in the daily lives of American citizens.

So how does it affect the lives of the American people today and why should people care about it’s continuation? The answer lies in the basic principles laid out by the Founding Fathers. The great majority of the delegates were adults during the revolutionary war and had recent memories of the rule of Great Britain.

They saw the problems with a Parliamentarian government that did not represent all of its population, a King that had too much power without proper checks, and the dangers of having an established state religion with the King at its head.

What they created was not just a government, but a government with restraints, proper checks of power, and the duty to protect the inalienable rights of its citizens. They had the foresight to leave it in more general terms so that it would cause debate, lead to compromises, and to not limit its usefulness to future generations.

Without it, there would be no basis for the government to create laws nor any restrictions on its power, subjecting the people to arbitrary rule without any representation.

The Constitution is far too important to be taken for granted, however. It must be defended actively.

As history shows, the Federal government has at times violated it in cases such as putting Japanese-American citizens in internment camps during World War II, gag acts, and the unequal treatment of people due to their religion, race, and creed.

It is the duty of United States citizens to know their rights, the limitations of its government, and to defend the guiding principles of America by any enemy. For it is not simply ink on parchment written by aging white males, but a way of life for its citizens.