Let’s Review: Marvel movies

 

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By Katie Doll

Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” is projected to be the biggest movie of 2018. In “Avengers: Infinity War”, all the superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe must unite to defeat their biggest threat yet: Thanos, whose mission is to obtain all of the Infinity Stones to destroy half the universe.

Before seeing “Avengers: Infinity War,” viewers might want to re-watch all 18 films preceding it.

However, because some fans may not have the time to see all 18 films, here is an overview of six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films that help explain the Infinity Stones and the events leading up to “Avengers: Infinity War”.

 

  1. “The Avengers” (2012)

As the first time the original Avengers banded together, this film already features two of the Infinity Stones. One being the Space Stone, located in the Tesseract, and the Mind Stone, located in Loki’s scepter. The Space Stone allows the user to control space and teleportation while the Mind Stone lets the owners control the minds of others. Not only does this film show the intense power of two of the Infinity Stones, but it shows how well all of these heroes work together for the first time.

 

  1. “Thor: The Dark World” (2013)

The sequel to “Thor” introduces the Reality Stone, which allows the user to warp reality at its will. At the end of the film it is given to The Collector for safekeeping, who will be later seen in Guardians of the Galaxy.

 

  1. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)

In this comedic superhero film, the Power Stone is introduced in the Orb. The Power Stone gives the wielder immense power that could wipe out all life on a planet. The stone can also increase the power of other stones. This film also explains for the first time what the Infinity Stones are, as explained by The Collector. By the end of the film, the Orb is housed by the intergalactic police known as Nova Corps.

 

  1. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)

This film introduces two new Avengers powered by the Mind Stone: Scarlet Witch and Vision. Vision holds the Mind Stone in his forehead, which seems to be keeping him alive and more powerful than the rest of the Avengers. Scarlet Witch gains the powers of telekinesis through the Mind Stone.

 

  1. “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)

This film does not include the whereabouts of any of the Infinity Stones, but it does show by the end of the film that the Avengers are split, implying that Thanos will most likely bring them together in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

 

  1. “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)

By the end of this comedic installment of the “Thor” series, the Space Stone seems to be in the hands of Loki, and Thor’s home of Asgard is destroyed, leaving him and the Asgardians into space. An end credits scene gives a hint that Thanos is already ready to attack Thor and the Hulk, starting his reign of terror.

Retiring professor built college music program

 

By Ashley Perham

James Story, Volunteer State Community College music professor, is retiring after spending 40 years as a music educator on the kindergarten through college levels.

Story was born and raised in Tennessee and grew up in Greeneville, Tennessee.

He started playing piano when he was around 13. By age 15, he was playing for church.

Story also used his music skills in another way as a teenager.

“I had a little rock band when I was 16. It was a bunch of us neighborhood boys got together and we just jammed,” he said.

The band would play at sock hops at the Negro Women’s Civic Club.

“We played a lot of Motown songs and tried to do dance tunes,” he said.

“My most influential teacher would have to be Mr. Gene Proffitt. He really sparked an interest in me in the sixth grade of learning music formally,“ said Story.

Story, who went to an all-black school through his seventh grade year, remembered Proffitt coming to teach band and telling the parents that participating in band could “bridge those gaps of racial divide” students might experience once they were integrated into a white school.

“And he was definitely right,” said Story.

Proffitt made Story the first black drum major of his high school in Greeneville. The experience gave Story confidence he could use in all areas of his life.

“To put me out front, as a young black kid in a predominantly white situation, that inspired me that I could do anything as far as leadership abilities or musical abilities because he trusted that I was good enough to be the leader of a band post-integration,” said Story.

Story attended Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee, and received his bachelor’s degree in music education in 1977.

Story was again selected to be the drum major for the marching band at Tennessee Tech, the first African-American drum major in the university’s history.

“There were only 14 black kids on the entire campus when I went there so to have that honor of leading the Tennessee Tech marching band was a huge honor,” he said.

After graduating, Story’s first job was teaching the high school, jr. high and middle school band and choral programs in White House, Tennessee.

“I had the entire music program from the sixth grade to the high school, both band and choir,” said Story.

Story also worked at Gallatin High School with the jr. high and high school bands and choirs.

In 1986, Story received a fellowship to Austin Peay State University. He took a year off teaching to get his master’s degree in music education.

In 1997, Dr. Hal Ramer, the first president of Vol State, and Dr. Charles Lee recruited Story to come to Vol State and establish the music program.

At the time, the school had one teacher, one adjunct member, and two music majors. Story built the entire curriculum and program from where it was in 1997 to where it is today.

“I think it was my brain child because I had the opportunity to develop this program as it is today,” he said.

“I had the support of the administration to allow me to be creative in creating curriculum for the Vol State music department,” he said.

When Story started working at Vol State, there was no recording studio, so any recording projects had to be done outside the school. Eventually, the school renovated Pickel Field House for more music space and built a recording studio in the Ramer Administration Building.

“We were promised a new humanities building in 1999, and we waited this long just to get a new humanities building with a lot of space and practice rooms,” he said.

“I couldn’t retire until I saw the new building.”

Story worked in the public schools for 19 years and at Vol State for 21 years.

Story is also involved in music outside Vol State. He has conducted several community theater productions, several band and choral association events and the choir and orchestra at his church.

He also has a jazz ensemble called 2nd Story Rhythm that gets together to have fun and play for local parties.

Story mentioned Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong as some of his musical inspirations.

“They made an indelible impression on music history and they were successful before black artists were popular to be successful in the business because they had to go through racism and they had to go through their struggles going to the back door and things of that sort, prejudicial things. In spite of all the socio-economic things they had to go through, they rose to the top, and they were successful in their field,” he said.

Story said he still has a lot of hopes and dreams. His church choir has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in December. He said the honor of getting to conduct or perform on that stage would be a huge bucket list item.

He also looks forward to taking the things he’s learned about producing Vol State projects and producing some individual recording projects in the coming years.

“Retirement is pretty much a misnomer to me. A retirement from education is just me taking what I’ve learned over the last 40 years and redirecting those energies and reinventing music on a different level than K through higher ed,” he said.

“I don’t look at it as resting. I look at it as reinventing,” Story said.

Story said that seeing how students perform in live venues and the studio is what he will miss most about teaching at Vol State.

“I’ll miss that part to see students develop their natural abilities behind a microphone or to see how they perform on the stage of the shows that we’ve done. There’s just nothing better than live performances or seeing that recording process from the beginning to the end,” he said.

Appreciation for Story’s service has also come from outside Vol State. In 2015, he was nominated by the Grammy Foundation for the Music Educator Award. Out of 7,000 applicants, he ended up in the top 25.

“That was a cool recognition,” he said.

Story mentioned several student successes he has had. He had a student place in American Idol, one who sings background vocals for The Voice, students who are orchestra leaders around the world, students who are on the road as professional musicians, and students who are church musicians.

“I’ve had a lot of successes with former students being successful in the musical field,” he said.

“You know it just makes me happy,” he said.

 

LESSONS FROM STORY

Be prepared. Be prepared to inspire a generation of young people that may not know the discipline of what it takes to be a musician.

Be prepared to exert a lot of physical energy in sharing your passion.

Be prepared for endless and selfless time of selflessness on your part because it takes a lot of work to inspire and be successful in music. It takes a lot of energy.

Be prepared for failures.

Be prepared to experience the highest level of creativity when your group does the best job they can.

A lot of the teachers go into music education with all these grandiose ideals of what music teaching is and you gotta stay with it because music education is not an overnight success.It’s not an “everybody wins” type of game for music teachers.You win by hard work and stick-to-it-iveness and sharing your passion and encouraging and inspiring and sometimes those things may take 40 years.

Let’s Review: Tomb Raider

 

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By Katie Doll

Tomb Raider is an action-adventure movie directed by Roar Uthaug and starring Academy Award winning actress Alicia Vikander as the iconic Lara Croft.

The movie was released in 2018 and finished second in box office behind Black Panther in its opening weekend.

The film is based on the 2013 video game of the same name, with elements from the video game’s sequel.

It is a reboot of the previous Tomb Raider film series which starred Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. The two women portray Lara similarly in terms of charisma, but Vikander does not rely on sex appeal like the previous films and older video games.

In the movie, Lara Croft hopes to solve her father’s mysterious disappearance by embarking on a journey to his last-known destination – an island which withholds the tomb of Himiko, the Queen of Yamatai who controls life and death.

With her fierce spirit and sharp mind, the audience will have no doubt that Lara will conquer this mission, but the movie still keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

The most action-packed and heart-pounding moment of the film sets the stakes: a violent thunderstorm in the Devil’s Sea that leaves Lara washed ashore, only to be captured by Trinity, an organization who plans to use the tomb of Himiko as a weapon.

With a 49 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes scale, the film has mixed reviews by critics. John Nugent from Empireonline.com criticized the film because he felt the content did not fit the genre.

“It’s a different kind of Tomb Raider,” wrote Nugent. “But for an adventure film, it’s disconcertingly dull.”

Even if the plot may not wow the audience, the acting certainly will, according to Neil Soans, writer for “Times of India”.

“’Tomb Raider’ suffers from the tropes of an origin tale, but it gives its protagonist a timely and relevant overhaul to confidently launch Alicia Vikander as this generation’s Lara Croft,” wrote Soans.

Tomb Raider is in theaters now.

 

Let’s Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

 

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Rainbow Rowell’s 2014 adult contemporary novel, “Landline,” incorporates elements of science fiction to show how a relationship can evolve over time.

The book centers in on the marriage between 37-year-old sitcom writer Georgie McCool and former cartoonist Neal Grafton. The foundation of their relationship was never solid, but true conflict arises when Georgie announces that she will not be spending Christmas with Neal’s family in Omaha, Nebraska.

Georgie and her writing partner Seth have just learned that the television show they have been pitching for nearly a decade is close to being greenlit, but they only have 10 days to write a complete pilot episode.

She tries to be considerate of her husband’s feelings, but she doesn’t want to sacrifice an opportunity to advance in her career. She suggests flying to Omaha after the holidays, but Neal decides to take their children and go without her.

Not fond of spending the holiday season alone in an empty house, Georgie retreats to her mother’s home in Calabasas, California, where she is greeted with overwhelming concern for the current state of her marriage with Neal.

She’s being treated as though her husband has left her, and while he physically has, their relationship is still intact, or so she hopes. Driven to the brink of madness, she frantically tries to reach Neal to make an attempt at smoothing things over.

 

When Neal, now age 22, answers, Georgie realizes that her childhood home’s yellow landline doubles as a time machine that allows her to communicate with the 1998 version of her then boyfriend.

Everything is simpler with Neal from the past, and Georgie begins to question the timing of her relationship. Maybe she was destined to be with this version of Neal all along.

From her internal monologue, there is no doubt that Georgie is deeply in love Neal, but she puts him on a pedestal so high that she, herself, develops an inferiority complex. In her mind, she is undeserving of Neal’s affection because she is selfish and flawed. She puts her work before her family and that makes her a bad person, but in actuality, she has refused to acknowledge her husband’s flaws.

While he gives up his period of career exploration to become a stay-at-home father to his two daughters, his general apathy toward life makes it difficult to believe that this choice was at all sacrificial.

Georgie eventually makes the connection that everything that is happening in her current marriage with Neal has happened before during the budding stages of their romance.

The landline forces her to realize that she can no longer wait for Neal to make the first move at repairing their dysfunctional marriage. It is her turn to be open and honest about the way she feels in addition to making the necessary compromises that will save her faltering family unit.

In this quick, comical read, Rowell introduces a collection of characters that are relatable, not in the situations they are compelled to face, but in the way they respond to life’s adversities.

Vol State English professor uses service-learning

 

By Riley Holcraft

Kelly Ormbsy, an English professor at Volunteer State Community College, has interests ranging from service to gardening to music. She is an active member of the community and always finds ways to use her talents.

Ormbsy has been a full-time staff member at Vol State for four years. Along with her primary role as a professor of English composition and literature, she is also the faculty coordinator for service-learning and learning support writing.

Her focus remains on student success and access, and she is an executive board member of The Tennessee Association for Student Success and Retention.

“I served through last year as the editor for its professional journal, the Journal of Student Success and Retention. Just this semester, I have presented at the Two-Year College English Association Southeast Conference, as well as the Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning,” Ormsby said.

Community service has always been a huge part of Ormsby’s life.

“I am the oldest of six children, four of whom were adopted from the foster care system. My mother worked as a child rights advocate,” said Ormsby.

After witnessing the effects of poverty, she was exposed to the positive influence of education which heavily guided her decision to become a professor.  

Ormsby successfully incorporates her value of community service into her profession through service-learning, a teaching and learning strategy that integrates course learning goals with community service to help deepen students understanding of course content and help develop civic responsibility and workplace skills. She also works with the UT Extension Office Master Gardener Program, the Vol State Feed food pantry and the Vol State Garden.

Gardening and food are other passions that Ormsby connects with her professional and personal life. She volunteers her time with community gardens, but she also has a personal garden that she likes to use to grow food to cook for her husband and nine-year-old son.

Her family enjoys volunteer work, listening to music and attending live concerts, and participating outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and kayaking. Her husband is a Gallatin native, but Ormsby moved to Nashville from Mississippi.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Ormsby originally moved to Music City with an interest in songwriting. She is a published songwriter, and she plays “a little bit of several instruments,” she said.

Ormsby is grateful for the opportunity to play music with other talented faculty at Vol State. Last spring, the faculty hosted a “Humanities Matters” lecture on protest music where they played music from various causes and eras.

Ormsby is consistently involved in events around campus. She remains very active in her field, and is deeply committed to her family and community.

“I love working at Vol State. It is a great place to be because the faculty is committed to helping students and doing that in creative ways. There are a lot of opportunities to try new things, and I always feel supported in the ideas I want to explore,” said Ormsby.

Women in Media Reviewed

This week, we asked the five women staff writers at The Settler to write about their favorite women-centric entertainment.

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Katie Doll – Film

“Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, is a superhero film based on the DC Comics character. When an American pilot, Steve Trevor, crashes into Diana’s home island which is only inhabited by women, Diana leaves to help stop the ongoing World War I, believing it is caused by an old enemy. This film is not only wonderfully directed by a woman, but is the second-highest rated superhero movie, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Breathtaking and thrilling, this film will bring out the superhero in every woman.

 

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Presley Green – Comedy

Chelsea Handler, American comedian, is most known for being a late night talk show host on “Chelsea Lately”. Along with being a comedian, actress, writer, tv host, and producer, she is also an activist for many things such as women’s rights, gun control and LGBT rights.

She wants more women in political office and announced she will campaign for candidates who are fighting for women’s rights. When President Trump was elected, Handler decided to step out of the spotlight as an entertainer and leave her Netflix talk show, “Handler Said,” to be seen as an activist and speak at colleges around the country. She wants to hear from students and learn more about political division.

“I’ve become a better person, and I’m more informed. I’m learning. I have the Trump family to thank for that,” said Handler to Jake Tapper from CNN.

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Tayla Courage – Music

Solána Rowe or SZA, as she is professionally known, received five Grammy nominations for her 2017 debut album “Ctrl.” The album is difficult to label as one specific genre, but the Billboard Top 100 often categorizes it as R&B. Many of its tracks feature brief commentary from the singer’s mother and grandmother, providing generational advice and wisdom that complements the lyrical subject matter. From sexual intimacy to body image to leaving adolescence behind, SZA doesn’t hide behind a mask of pseudo-positivity. She dismisses the sugar-coated reality and shows that there is strength in vulnerability.

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Lauren Whitaker – Television

 Queen Daenerys Targaryen from “Game of Thrones” represents a true empowering woman on the HBO network. Daenerys is a ruling queen with grace and integrity in a world where men and deceit reign. She fights for justice and has the best interest of all people around her. She not only empowers women with her grit but also with her beauty. She exemplifies a strong woman who can be multi-faceted and seen as powerful. The most intriguing characteristic Daenerys portrays is her gentleness. She is the mother of dragons, and even though the beasts are large and frightening, the dragons are tame to her love and affection. Daenerys is a woman who has it all, power, strength, integrity, lovingkindness, and beauty.

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Riley Holcraft – Literature 

J.K. Rowling is one of the most successful and widely read authors in the world. However, Rowling had a less than glamorous background. She was fortunately able to graduate college, but after giving birth to her daughter in 1993, she lived off welfare programs. She began writing the Harry Potter series in 1990 and was rejected 12 times until the first book was published in 1995. Her books flew off the shelves and eventually evolved into an empire of movies and theme parks. She now spends her time and money in political affairs and non-profit organizations.

Squad on the Quad 3/27/18: Favorite Professor

We here at The Settler have one goal: to let the student’s voice be heard. Our Squad on the Quad segment gets students’ opinions, thoughts, and ideas. You can send your question ideas for this segment to aperham1@volstate.edu.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

Granlund. He’s awesome. He cares. – V

Yarbrough. Professor Yarbrough is really, really good because it doesn’t matter, even if you ask the most stupid of questions, she still looks at you, and she’ll answer you in an intelligent way and act like it’s a good, reasonable question to ask. – J

Professor Thomas because he does an actual really good job of being an adviser for theater and anyone who is interested in being in the theater department of any kind. Whether it be art, acting, whatever it be, he is very supportive when it comes to that. – D

Lynn Peterson. The man is probably the best teacher I’ve ever had. He treats me like an actual person. And the fact that he basically runs the school rock band kind of helps with that. – K

Deja Brandeis. She’s awesome. – M

Dr. Carole Bucy seems to love her job – she is always so cheerful and she knows her history! If you don’t have time to read your homework, all you have to do is listen to her lecture. – D.

Professor Williams because he is funny, smart, and if I’m having a bad day, I can always count on his class to cheer me up. – B

 

Women’s History Month

 

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March is Women’s History Month, which celebrates women’s contributions to society and events in history. The annually declared month in fact has its own history that is both fascinating and vital in highlighting the roles of women in American history.

Women’s History Month actually began as Women’s History Week in 1978 when the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission realized women’s history was not on the curriculum taught in schools. Because there was already a day called International Women’s Day, the week of that day was chosen as the focal point of the observance.

For the next five years, Congress passed joint resolutions to declare Women’s History Week in March, while thousands of individuals and organizations celebrated by holding essay contests headed by the National Women’s History Project.

In 1987, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9, which declared Women’s History Week as Women’s History Month. President Reagan was the first President to issue a proclamation for the month.

“I call upon all Americans to mark this month with appropriate observances to honor the achievements of American women,” said Reagan in his proclamation March 16, 1987.

Many women are honored during Women’s History Month ranging from Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who calculated the trajectories for many NASA missions, to Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education.

Today, the #MeToo movement has sparked protests and rallies for social equality for women. Laura Paddison, editor for This New World, a project looking for the new movements to create a fairer world, has given women numbers to tell people who are unsure about the concept of social inequality.

These numbers include the number of years women must wait for economic equality (217), the year in which women in the U.S. will receive equal pay (2059), and the number of girls not in school (130 million).

Exhibits and collections dedicated to women can be found on womenshistorymonth.gov.

 

Women’s History Quiz

 

By Tayla Courage

Questions

  1. In what U.S. city did the final vote to ratify women’s suffrage take place?
  2. In 1932, who was the first American woman to fly the Atlantic solo?
  3. Who was the first woman to run for president of the United States?
  4. What’s the name of the World War II poster-girl commonly associated with the phrase “We Can Do It!”?
  5. Who was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the only person to win it twice?
  6. What female artist has won the most Grammys?
  7. Young women of the 1920s who cut their hair and shortened their skirts were referred to as what?
  8. What was the only sport women were allowed to participate in in the 1928 Winter Olympics?
  9. What U.S. Amendment was ratified to give women the right to vote?
  10. Who was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire?

Answers

  1. Nashville, Tennessee, became “The Perfect 36” when it was the final state to ratify the 19th Amendment.
  2. In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  3. Despite the fact that women were not yet allowed to vote, there was no law in place to prohibit Victoria Woodhull from campaigning under the Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1872.
  4. Rosie the Riveter, inspired by real-life woman worker Naomi Parker Fraley, was created in 1943 by Westinghouse Electric Corporation in an attempt to convince more women to participate in wartime labor efforts.
  5. Alongside her husband Pierre, French physicist Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. In 1911, she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her contributions to radioactivity research.
  6. Country music singer and musician, Allison Krauss, has won a total of 27 Grammy Awards putting her above Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin and Adele.
  7. Flappers. After gaining the right to vote, these women rebelled against the societal norms for women of the time.
  8. In the 1928 Winter Olympics, figure skating was the only sport that women were allowed to compete in. This didn’t change until 1948, when women were allowed to compete in skiing.
  9. The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, gave all American women the right to vote.
  10. Sarah Breedlove, who went by the name Madam C.J. Walker, was the first woman to become a self-made millionaire for her successful line of African American hair-care products.

Woman on the Quad 3/20/18 – Who is the most influential woman in your life?

We here at The Settler have one goal: to let the student’s voice be heard. So we’re beginning a new segment called Man on the Quad to get students’ opinions, thoughts, and ideas. You can send your question ideas for this segment to aperham1@volstate.edu.

This week, due to women’s history month, we’ve changed the name of Man on the Quad to Woman on the Quad.

Who is the most influential woman in your life?

The most influential woman in my life is my mother. She inspires me everyday to be the very best that I can be. She has a great work ethic and really works hard to help and support me to pursue my dreams and has always allowed me to have the foundation to do that.   – G.

My mother because no one loves you like your mother. – M

Ditto. – S

I would probably say my grandmother. She’s an incredible, strong woman. My mom actually had a stroke and she just took up. I’m from a family of 11, anyway. My mom being in a coma basically for a few weeks was really tough as a family, and my grandmother just picked up the slack. She’s always been there for us. – D

My mom. She’s amazing. – H

My mom because she’s amazing. She’s always there for me. – A

Probably my sister because she’s always there for me. – E

My grandma. She’s the strongest person I know. – B

My mother. She taught me how to be strong and fight for what’s right. – J