“Thank You For Your Service” coming Feb. 19

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By Katelyn Marshall

Volunteer State Community College will be hosting the film “Thank You for Your Service” Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Wood Campus Center in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B. This film is about a soldier who tries to readjust to civilian life after returning home from the war in Iraq, according to Vol State’s website.

According to IMBb, a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Vol State students weighed in on the importance of students seeing this film. Continue reading

Brother Outsider tells activist’s story

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By Erin Holloway

“We are all one. If we don’t know that, we will learn it the hard way,” said, activist, Bayard Rustin. Volunteer State Community College’s own Jeff King, manager of Diversity and Inclusion Services, presented a documentary on Bayard Rustin’s life.

Rustin was a prominent activist during his life, most notably the civil rights and gay rights movements. Rustin himself was openly gay which makes his story more compelling. The documentary gives good insight on his activism, his roles in them, and even his personal relationships by interviewing his former partners.

Rustin had a fight on two fronts, civil rights and gay rights, both he cared deeply about. He was not just fighting for black people because he was black or for the gay community because he was gay. He fought for the betterment of all people not just for the ones that directly affected him. Continue reading

The Art of Omari Booker is on display at Vol State

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By Lauren Fraine

February is Black History Month and during Unity Week at Volunteer State Community College, “Red Line” will be displayed in the Wood Campus Center in the International Hall and Suite 217 until Feb. 15.

Barbwire, oil paints and panel are elements within “Red Line: The Art of Omari Booker.”

A Nashville native, local artist Omari Booker grew up in Tennessee. Continue reading

Vol State hosts veterans forum

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By Katelyn Marshall

Volunteer State Community College Student Veteran Association (VSVA) will be hosting a Veterans Forum Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room A, according to Vol State’s Facebook page.

“The Veterans Forum is an event to give outsiders a look at what military life and transition is like,” said Vol State Veterans Club President, Allison Summers, who served three years in the United States Marine Corps before being medically discharged. Continue reading