Romantic movies available at Thigpen

 

By Katie Doll

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether the time is spent with a significant other or alone, watching romantic movies will fill up the day. Here are five romantic movies available to borrow at Volunteer State Community College’s Thigpen Library.

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Titanic (1997)

One of the highest grossing films of all time, “Titanic” has been considered among the most romantic films of all time with the iconic performances of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Director James Cameron takes the tragic sinking of a real ship and turns it into an action-packed love story between a poor working orphan and a rich young girl who is forced into an engagement with a 30-year-old man.

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When Harry Met Sally (1989)

When two college graduates argue whether or not men and women can have a platonic relationship, they didn’t realize it would be put to the test ten years later. Out of respect for their best friends, Harry and Sally must stay friends, leaving sex out of the equation. This heartwarming romantic classic is perfect for a laugh on Valentine’s Day.

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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

This Oscar-nominated film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper gives a take on romance in a humorous and complicated way. When Pat, portrayed by Cooper, is released from a psychiatric hospital, he attempts to win his ex-wife back. Along the way, he meets Tiffany, portrayed by Lawrence, who offers to help him win back his wife only if he enters a dance competition with her.

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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

A thoughtful and heartbreaking film, “Brokeback Mountain” tells the story of two cowboys who fall in love almost by accident. Twenty years later, the two, now married men to women, spark up their torturous affair despite homophobic remarks from others. This film tells a story people of the LGBTQ community can relate to.

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Twilight (2008)

This teenage love-sick drama changed the game for vampire and werewolf movies. High school student Bella meets Edward Cullen, a handsome and mysterious vampire, as they fall in love under the odd circumstances of being a human and a vampire. The two’s teenage-obsessed, emotional love story was followed up with three more movies that can create a movie marathon for Valentine’s Day.

Man on the Quad 2/6/18

What would you change about Vol State?

Music students should get advisors that are in the music program or the AFA program – D

Parking. If they paved the extra parking, it’d be perfect, but people don’t know how to park without lines – G

I actually parked over at the maintenance building one time, and somebody hit my car, and there’s no cameras over there so that’s what I would change. Get some cameras over there – M

The piano practice rooms should be soundproof – A

One thing I would change would be more study rooms for the library. They have a really good library, and I really enjoy it and take advantage of it, but more study rooms – J

Make it easier to contact your advisors – F

The cafeteria definitely needs work. Mostly those [booths along wall]. It just needs to be re-done – N

Maybe the bathrooms. Like keeping them more clean- C

Oscar Nominated Movies Available at Thigpen Library

 

By Katie Doll

The 90th Academy Award nominations were recently announced, and many people may be wondering who will take home the trophy March 4. Here is an Oscar-themed list of ten films available in the Volunteer State Community College Thigpen Library. Five films have been nominated for Best Picture, and five have won.

Get Out

As one of the most talked about films of 2017, this horror film received four nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards. The film follows a black man as he visits the family of his white girlfriend. The visit leads to some disturbing discoveries. The race-based film has shocking and satirical content that left viewers questioning society’s views on discrimination.

Dunkirk

The war film, Dunkirk, has eight nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards. The film depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II with little dialogue from the ensemble cast but impresses with dramatic cinematography and music.

La La Land

This fun, heartwarming musical received the most nominations at the 2017 Academy Awards. The characters are aspiring artists in the entertainment industry who fall in love in Los Angeles. Even viewers who are not fond of musicals will be captivated by the retro romance and vocals of the two characters.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Set from 1987 to the early 1990s, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) finds himself defrauding wealthy investors for his brokerage firm while getting caught up in a brew of sex, drugs and parties. This nearly three-hour film created a comedic and intoxicating mood that earned a Best Picture nomination in 2014.

The Theory of Everything

This film was nominated for five Academy Awards in 2015 and depicts the life of physicist Stephen Hawking as he falls in love and breaks new ground while being diagnosed with motor neuron disease. With stellar performances, this film goes behind the scenes of Hawking’s real life and struggles.

Moonlight

As a coming-of-age film following a black man’s journey to manhood, this film won Best Picture and two other Academy Awards in 2017. The grounded characters steal the show while dealing with themes such as sexuality, family and masculinity.

Spotlight

Based on a true story, Spotlight tells the story of a team of journalists who investigate the hidden sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. The 2016 Best Picture winner is a marvelous detective movie that will keep audiences on the edge of their seat.

Birdman

This dark comedy tells the story of a man who struggles to put on a risky Broadway production. While strange, it is beautifully shot and brilliantly directed, making it a Best Picture winner in 2015.

12 Years a Slave

The biopic tells the story of Northup Solomon, a free black man sold into slavery in mid-1800s. Thematic and heart-breaking, the film will open eyes with gruesome scenes that deserved Best Picture in 2014.

Argo

Winner of Best Picture in 2013, the film follows a man who must rescue hostages in Iran while posing as a Hollywood producer. Based on the “Canadian Caper” crisis in 1979 and 1980, this film is tense, exciting and dark.

Man on the Quad 1/30/18

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. This week we asked students about some of the weirder things they’ve seen on campus. Here are their responses. You can send your question ideas for this segment to aperham1@volstate.edu.

There’s like a trophy case that has barbecue sauce trophies in it – D

[Editor’s note: The Settler believes said trophy was actually awarded to Vol State’s speech and debate team for a second place finish at the 2010 Owensboro Community and Technical College BBQ Capital competition.]

A group of about half a dozen people on the other side of the cafeteria. They brought in their Playstation and hooked it up to the main tv and were just having a grand time – T

A guy dressed in a onesie with a little butt-flap out. It wasn’t Halloween – C

The guy that sits in the middle of the quad and yells Bible verses at people – C

A squirrel eating someone’s food from the cafeteria, and they [the squirrel] really enjoyed it. – A

No one walks in the grass. Have you noticed that? – H

The little lunch tables that all they do is literally play video games and like that weird game – E

There’s this guy that had a fur jacket and shorts, and it was probably like the coldest day here – M

I saw someone wearing a cape – C

Snow days may affect spring break

 

By Ashley Perham

Tuesday, Jan. 16, marked the first time Volunteer State Community College was ever closed on the first day of the semester, said Dr. Jerry Faulkner, president of the college.

All campuses were closed Tuesday and Wednesday and had a delayed opening Thursday morning due to snow and ice.

If the college misses more days this semester, a discussion about how to ensure that faculty have sufficient time to cover their material may be necessary, said Faulkner.

One year, the college missed four days in February due to an ice storm, he said.

“That year that we missed four days, we did agree that if we missed any more days, we would convene a meeting and try to understand how we could make those days up,” he said.

Possible ideas of how to make up the classes included shortening or eliminating spring break or compressing the final exam schedule, he said.

The decision to open or close the campuses falls solely on Faulkner.

“My first consideration certainly is the safety of our students, staff, and faculty,” he said.

He gets weather reports from a variety of sources and even drives around himself to experience the road conditions, he said.

“I consult with our chief of police because our service area is quite large, and I’m here on almost the western edge of it, and we have lots of counties on the eastern edge where the weather is very different,” Faulkner said.

The chief of police has contacts with other law enforcement agencies in other counties in the service area, he said. Faulkner also talks with employees in Livingston and Cookeville who observe the road conditions there.

Although he texts with some of the directors of the local public school systems, the decision to open or close campus is made independently of these systems, Faulkner said. The public schools have to take into account that they have school busses on the roads while Vol State does not.

The physical plant team at Vol State is responsible for the roads and sidewalks on the Gallatin campus, Fualkner said. The plant team also travels to Springfield to help de-ice the roads on that campus.

Members of the team actually came to campus while it was closed and prepared the sidewalks and parking lots for the eventual opening on Thursday, said Faulkner.

“They did an outstanding job,” he said.

The City of Livingston helps clear roads at the Livingston campus, and the college has a contract with a company that helps clear roads at the Cookeville campus.

Vol State does have equipment such as snowplows to help clear the campus roads.

The decision to finally open Vol State on Thursday was met with some negative reactions on social media.

“No one will make it! People are risking their lives,” commented Sami Madanat on Facebook.

Some commented that the conditions in their area were too dangerous for them to drive.

“I live in Murfreesboro and my car has no power steering and on 2 spares.. it’s super dangerous for me to even think about driving out there today,” wrote Mercedes Leigh.

“My car slid off the road, this is really disappointing. I’m going to miss my very first class, ever,” said Lacey Broadway.

Students have the right to use their discretion when deciding whether to drive to campus in unsafe conditions, according to the Vol State snow policy and social media posts.

Vol State hosts first art exhibit of 2018

 

By Katie Doll

Volunteer State Community College is hosting an art exhibit of graphic designer Lisa Lorek Quine until Feb. 19, in the SRB Humanities Building.

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Courtesy of Lisa Lorek Quine

The display includes lettering design featuring quotes and song lyrics designed to create a nostalgic aesthetic. The quotes come from a variety of sources such as Mark Twain and the musicians Geto Boys.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Quine will visit Vol State Feb. 19, from 11:30-12:30 to answer questions about her artwork.

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Quine graduated from the University of Dayton with a BFA in Visual Communication Design.

Although she originally started her career in advertising, Quine turned a new leaf and began to focus on her passion in lettering, according to Quine’s description of her exhibit.

“Lettering has opened the door to a variety of visual styles and unique projects,” said Quine.

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Courtesy of Lisa Lorek Quine

Art nouveau, an international style of art taking influence from the natural world, is one of Quine’s inspirations for her style to create detailed illustrations.

A notebook is set out in the gallery for students and faculty to express their opinions of the artist’s display of hand-lettering and illustrations. One visitor acknowledged the use of the color and its impact on the quotes.

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Courtesy of Lisa Lorek Quine

“Love the use of gold,” wrote the visitor, who signed with the initials “HH”. “Very subtle, but brings a bit of youth and vibrancy to something that people believe to be lived out or not relevant.”

Quine was a student of Nathaniel Smyth, assistant professor of art at Vol State, about a decade ago. Smyth helped in bringing in Quine’s artwork to give students an opportunity to see art that they can possibly feel more of a connection too.

“We have a whole lot of students here that are interested in graphic design,” said Smyth. “I think this is good for them to be able to see like ‘Oh hey, look the design and the art, they can kind of mix.”

Back to school tips for students

 

By Jerushah Blackburn

After the holidays wind down, Volunteer State Community College students hoist heavy backpacks and head back to classes. However, the fog of marshmallows and hot chocolate may make it difficult for students to get back into the groove of college life.

Many students get into erratic sleep patterns over school breaks. According to the University Health Center, a division at the University of Georgia, most college students get six to almost seven hours of sleep. To be well rested, adults need 6-10 hours of sleep. The recommended amount of sleep is eight hours.

Lack of sleep can cause poor health, unhealthy weight loss or gain, increased stress, anxiety, depression, and a drop in academic performance. For these reasons, college students should develop consistent sleep patterns. These patterns include going to bed every night at a consistent time, even on weekends. Good sleep helps with the processing and retaining of information.

For new Vol State students, familiarizing themselves with their new environment, instructors, and schedules is important.

“They should also get familiar with the campus and the tremendous amount of resources available to them,” said Rebecca Adair, completion advisor of business and technology.

For returning students, a good thing to do to improve is to identify what did, and didn’t, work last semester, and think of ways to correct it.

The biggest struggle for both new and returning students can be time management, especially for students who work, either full- or part-time. Students can use a weekly schedule, writing down dates for work and school assignments.

Another method to keep in mind is “time blocking.” It is important to make breathing room within one’s schedule, in case of the unexpected, according to Livy Simpson, librarian at Thigpen Library.

Another essential part of academic success is studying. Vol State offers a large array of resources to its students. Thigpen Library offers quiet space for students to study, either alone or in groups. They also offer research guides, sorted by subject, and a website available 24/7 with chat rooms for academic help. Tutoring and the Language Center are also accessible. It is important that students do not wait until the last minute for help, according to Simpson.

 

Students can avoid flu, cold

 

By Lauren Whitaker

Because flu and cold seasons are here, there are certain tips and procedures students should practice to prevent obtaining and spreading the cold and flu.

“The single most important way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated every year,” said James Mills, nurse practitioner.

The flu vaccination does not guarantee a person will not contract the flu, but it does lower a person’s risks. It is possible the flu vaccine may not match up with the flu viruses circulating where a person lives, according to thisisinsider.com.

If a student gets vaccinated and still becomes infected, the vaccine will lower the possibility of further complications, like pneumonia, according to thisisinsider.com. Continue reading

Academic resources available to students

 

By Ashley Perham

  1.  Thigpen Library - Thigpen Library itself is an academic resource. On the second floor of the building, students will find thousands of physical books which can be sent to any Volunteer State Community College campus.
  2. Study rooms - Students looking for a space to study or work as group have study rooms available. Scattered throughout the library are individual study spaces, including a room designated as “silent.”
  3. IT Department - The college’s information technology department has an open computer lab on the first floor of the library with PCs, Macs, scanners, and printers.
  4. Textbook library - A limited number of textbooks are available for use in the library. Each campus library has textbooks, but there are not textbooks for every class. The services page on the library’s website links to information on textbooks and other resources available for students including technology lending.
  5. Library website - The digital gateway to the library is their website (volstate.edu/library). Here students will find a link to the databases and research guides. The research guides, curated by librarians, link students to the credible resources needed for their assignment.
  6. Library databases - The library provides access to approximately 100 databases, which are available 24/7. Students can use these databases to complete assignments or gain a better understanding of a topic discussed in class. Databases consist of ebooks, streaming videos, and articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers.
  7. Online resources - Students can use the library’s “New York Times Online” subscription to set up a free account and stay up to date with world events through their computer or a phone app. Lynda.com and LearningExpress Library can help students with the skills they need to be a successful student at Vol State.
  8. Research help - Help with research is available in many formats in addition to the library research guides. Review a video tutorial, chat online 24/7, or stop by a library on your campus for help.
  9. NoodleTools – NoodleTools is a website that helps students write papers by organizing their notes and correctly citing their sources. Access to NoodleTools is provided for Vol State students through the library website.
  10. Learning Commons - The Learning Commons in the first floor of the library. The Commons offers tutoring in math, science, reading, and writing. Math tutoring is available from the Learning Support level up to calculus. Chemistry and physics tutoring is also available. Students can also get help with reading and writing through practice essays and reading lessons and tests.
  11. Language Center - The Language Center at Vol State in SRB 205 is available to give students help with different aspects of writing essays such as thesis development, grammar, and style. French and Spanish tutors and resources are also available upon request.

LIBRARY HOURS – 615-230-3400

Monday – 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday – 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday – 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday – 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

LEARNING COMMONS HOURS – 615-230-3676

Monday – 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuesday – 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday – 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday – 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

LANGUAGE CENTER HOURS – 615-230 – 3397

Monday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

 

Starry Night to be performed at Vol State

By: Cole Miller
The annual Christmas program at Volunteer State Community College is coming up.
Every year at Vol State near the end of the Fall semester, the music department puts on a program.
It will be held in the Noble C. Caudill Hall in the Ellen and Will Wemyss Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. on both nights.
The event is completely open to the public, and students and faculty are encouraged to invite family and friends.
It is completely free for students to come and enjoy the performance, just show your student ID at the door.
In addition, anyone who wishes to donate to the program for future performances are welcome to do so.
“This year is going to be our best show yet. The theme is ‘A Starry Night’, [as it is] a nocturnal theme, a thematic ideal of stars, [literally] a starry night.”
The idea is a brainchild of myself. We will have more than just Christmas music, as the ensembles are very diverse.”
There will be Native American flautists, and several ensembles [consisting] of jazz, rhythm, rock, and blues.”
The group Vol State Showstoppers will be performing ‘Star Carols Medley’, with the finale being ‘A Shining Star’ by Earth, Wind and Fire.”
I hope every student who enjoys and appreciates music will come and enjoy the show”, said Professor James Story, Chair of the Music Arts Department.
Professor Story also added that if any student is interested in joining one of these ensembles for next year’s show, to schedule an appointment to see him in his office in the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building.
He is looking for brass, percussion and woodwind players in particular.
“I attended the Christmas program last year, and it was very entertaining. I hope I can go this year, but work hates me.”
I am looking forward to hearing my favorite Earth, Wind and Fire song ever, other than on commercials during the holidays.”
Mr. Story really knows what he’s doing, and even the shows of his I have seen outside of Vol State are just awesome.”
Christmas time is the best time of the year, for music, food, and human interaction. [Not only do] I hope I can go, but I hope that all students that enjoy this time of year as much as I do will go and enjoy this show.” said Dakota Rogers, a student at Vol State.
CDs of the performance will be five dollars and can be purchased through the music program.
For more information, contact the Office of Humanities at
(615) 230 – 3202.