Graduation deadline is almost here

by Cole Miller
Graduation is necessary to get a degree, and the priority deadline to graduate from Volunteer State Community during the Spring 2017 semester is Oct. 31. The final deadline for this is Feb.1. The process of applying to graduate is one very graduation packet,which can be picked up in the Hal Reed Ramer Administration Building in room 183 in the Office of Records and Registration. According to the Graduation Packet, students applying to graduate after the priority deadline must submit a Graduation Plan by the final deadline date in order to graduate during that semester, otherwise they will be moved to the next semester. This means that if a student misses the Feb. 1 deadline, they would graduate in the Summer 2017 semester, rather than the Spring 2017 semester. The priority and final deadlines for the Summer 2017 semester are March 15 and June 1, respectively. The packet also states that applicants must review all graduation requirements in their College Catalog for their program, check their progress by using
DegreeWorks, and to work closely with their advisor to make sure that all requirements have been or will be met in their anticipated graduated term. Vol State has two graduation ceremonies each year, at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters. All Summer graduates will participate in the following Fall ceremony. Although participation in the commencement is optional, it is strongly encouraged. All requirements for the respective program must be completed before the credential can be posted to the student’s transcript, or a diploma awarded to the student. For students that are graduating this semester, make sure to contact the bookstore by Nov. 11 to order your cap and gown for the ceremony. Graduation rehearsal is Dec. 9, at 10 am in the gymnasium located in the T. Wesley Pickel Field House. The ceremony will be held in the same place,on the following day,Dec. 10, in the gym. The phone number for the bookstore is 615-230-3636, or you can visit them in the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center. The “Prospective Graduate Checklist”
lists several things that are needed to check off in order to graduate. They are: completion of all course requirements, all exit exam(s) taken, a minimum of 2.000 GPA unless the student is studying for an Associate of Science in Teaching which requires a GPA of 2.75, pay all financial obligations to the college including overdue fees and parking tickets, making sure all deadlines are met, and picking up the diploma on or after the designated dates of the semester graduation occurs for the respective student. Diplomas are available beginning on the following dates for Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 semesters, respectively, Feb. 15, June 15, and Sept. 15. Graduates that cannot pick up their diploma can have their diploma mailed to them by providing a written release and pre-addressed, prepaid envelope to the Records office. “Make sure you meet with your advisor to discuss which classes you need to have credit for [in order to graduate],” said Amber Reagan, Graduation Analyst. “Everything you need to know, and the required forms are all on the graduation packets.”

The Alex Michael Band performs at Vol State’s annual Fall Festival

by Kailyn Fournier
Those who were at Fall Festival from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., probably heard the music from the band playing in the Quad. That was the Alex Michael Band, a country music band from Nashville.
Volunteer State Community College got the band to perform at Fall Festival by attending the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) Conference where the band was being bid on by a variety of schools.
The band includes the lead, Alex Michael, along with Thomas Hassell on drums, Jonathan Warren on fiddle, Dean Green on bass, and Sam Van Fossen on lead guitar. They have been a band since 2011 and, aside from Tennessee, have played in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Texas.
At Vol State they opened with a cover of Dierks Bentley’s song, 5-1-5- 0, and over the course of the hour played 15 other songs. They had some technical difficulties, causing their lead microphone to cut out during the end of one of their songs, but the band did not let that faze them and finished the song as if nothing had happened. Once they were finished, they were able to resolve the issue
After that, Michael asked if their audience was okay with them going ahead and playing what Michael called their, “Show offy song,” before playing the tune for “Devil Went Down To Georgia.” For those not familiar with the song, it is particularly notable for its fiddle solos, which likewise show-cased Warren’s ability the most, but had a part for each member to show off.
Those who like line dancing should have been at the concert because towards the end of the show the band asked if anyone knew how to line dance. As a result
of their traveling and playing up North, where it is not common for people to line dance, they took “Copperhead Red” out of their set list. A few people knew how to, so the band played the song, and the few audience members who knew how to line dance taught those who were interested. “It’s always fun when the crowd gets into it,” said Michael.
Also in their song selections were two of the band’s original songs, “That Woman” and “Carousel.” Both songs are new and have yet to be recorded. They also took requests, which were “Dixieland Delight” by Alabama and their closing song, “Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band.
“I was really impressed by the lead singer,” said Natalie White, Vice President of the Student Government Association, after the performance was over.
Those interested in The Alex Michael Band should check out their Facebook and their twitter page at @AlexMichaelBand. “For those who are interested in our stuff can go to our Bandcamp page and enter the promo code: “volstate” for 10 percent off on our music and merchandise,” said Warren. They also have their album on their Facebook page under the tab “Buy our music here.”
The band wanted to thank Ben Graves and Tabitha Sherrell for making it possible for them to be here.

Vol State officially releases crime statistics

By  Cole Miller

At Volunteer State Community College, the campus police are located below the Wood Campus Center.

Lisa Morris says, “In person at the Campus Police office of each site is the most efficient way. In the event something is realized after leaving campus, calling is permitted but the victim may be asked to come to campus police for a follow-up interview.”

According to the chart, there were 18 counts of larceny, or theft, in the year 2015, compared to the 19 theft offenses committed in 2011.

“There’s crime on campus?” said student Kevin Clow, “Everything seems so calm, like, I never would have guessed there is actual crime on campus.”

“I figured there is crime, you can’t be too sure, but I never would have known actual crime is committed here,” said Mariah Lynn Rodriguez, a student at Vol State.

“I feel safe for the most part, I mean as safe as any individual would feel at a school,” Rodriguez added.

Courtney Myatt, a student at Vol State, said, “It’s hard to form an opinion on crime when you don’t know it is going on.”

Campus Police can be found in the lower part of the Wood Campus Center, room 105, and be called at (615) 230-3595.

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.

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.