Students host Dr. Seuss book drive

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By Lauren Fraine

National Read Across America Day and Dr. Suess share a birthday, March 2.

The Future Educators Club of Volunteer State Community College is having a book drive to provide books to low-income children at local schools who may not be able to otherwise obtain them.
The Future Educators Club is a group of students, at Vol State, mostly made up of education majors who are interested in education.

The hygiene drive, welcome week and fall festival/spring flings are other events hosted by the Future Educators Club. Continue reading

Guest speaker Dr. Frank E. Dobson comes to Vol State

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By Gloria Cortes

The Volunteer State Community College Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted Rendered Invisible, featuring Dr. Frank E. Dobson Jr., in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B Wednesday Feb. 13, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in honor of Black History Month.

Guest speaker Dobson from Vanderbilt University spoke about his book Rendered Invisible, which is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of a murderer who killed multiple black men in the 1970s and 80s: the Calliber Killer.

“My reason for writing [Rendered Invisible] was to tell a story- a historical story- that hadn’t been told before, that needed to be told…. My book is about an instance of a racially-motivated killing spree that didn’t get the attention [it needed], almost as though the people who were victimized were not important. My story says they were important, their lives were important, their lives matter too,” said Dobson. Continue reading

Vol State holds college transfer fair

By Haley Bossert

Volunteer State’s College Transfer Fair will be occurring on Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., in MCN dining room B located in the Wood Campus Center.

Representatives from colleges including Austin Peay, Union University, Belmont, and several other four-year colleges will be attending the transfer fair to answer any questions that Vol State students may have. The representatives will be able to answer questions regarding tuition, financial aid, extra-curricular activities, internships opportunities, the admission process, career paths and much more! They can give students advice and information on degree programs and majors that are offered at that respecting college. Continue reading

“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