Usefulness, a disease? Part 1

 

By Blake Bouza

Hi there, my name is Blake Bouza and I’m the Settler’s editor-in-chief this semester. I look forward to overseeing the paper working with our writers to deliver to you, the reader, the best content we can put out there.

I was sitting in a lifespan psychology class last semester when the question was posed to the male students: would you be comfortable letting your wife go to work while you stayed home with the kids?

The overwhelming majority of guys said no. Save for me.

The professor called on me and I made the argument that we live in a time where a woman is no more capable of providing childcare than a man is, and a man is no more capable of going out and working to provide for a family.

It does not impact my self worth, I said, to not be working and providing the bread. Raising children and impacting the next generation is just as noble a cause.

Though I grew up in a very traditional home where my father went to work and my mother raised the children, this could not have seemed more obvious to me, but I got labeled a “progressive.”

When she asked other guys their thoughts on it, they said that “staying home and taking care of the kids is not enough.”

After just making the argument that raising children is a noble cause that either gender can do, this flabbergasted me.

One guy said that he was extremely unqualified for the job of child rearing.

“I’d probably forget the kid in the other room,” he said.

A couple of the girls in the classroom said they would not be comfortable letting their husbands stay home “and sit around” while they were making money and providing.

Is this how both genders view the act of being a homemaker? I thought to myself.

Now obviously my thoughts that stem from this came from the situation where one spouse stays home while the other goes and works, and not both working, so my ideas on this take place within the bounds of the scenario presented.

I had the sneaking suspicion that men would not want to raise children because it may be an overtly feminine act, but I thought there was a lot more to it than that.

The answer came to me later that night: the only difference between going out and making money, and child rearing, which are both very necessary things to do in the 21st Century, is material difference.

See, the act of going out and working and providing money is a very material thing. It is “useful.” It has output. In a farming style of the act, you can literally see the fruits of your labor. Bills get paid. New clothes are bought. Loans are paid off.

Yet the act of child rearing is a very immaterial practice, one whose fruits may reveal itself in tiny ways when your child spells a difficult word correctly, or handles a situation in a manner you taught her to handle it.

Unfortunately, there is no way to measure the quiet, warm satisfaction of seeing a child raised the way you taught them to be raised.

This important act, viewed as “just staying home and sitting around,” is instead a very real, full-time, lifetime job. Someone coming home from work gets to clock out; a parent does not.

That does it for this week, but please come back next week as we explore society’s definition of usefulness with Part 2!

In the meantime, please email us at bbouza@volstate.edu. Make sure you put “Letter to the Editor” in the subject line!

 

 

The top 10 books every student needs to read

By: Michaela Marcellino
College students have lots of assigned reading, of course. Many forget, however, how enjoyable reading just for fun is!
Here is a list to get started:

10.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This is the heartfelt, sad and beautiful love story of a teenage couple battling cancer. When in the mood for a tearjerker, this one is a must.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

9. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The tale of Robinson Crusoe is a really fun read! It is packed full of adventure, danger, ingenuity, and success.
“It is never too late to be wise.”

8. A Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse
This pick is by P.G. Wodehouse, an absolutely hilarious British author. You will laugh at loud while taking in the antics of a classic love triangle in early 1900’s London.
“I wish I could get you see my point of view.” “I do see your point of view. But dimly. You see, my own takes up such a lot of the foreground”

7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
No matter the readers age, the story of the red-headed orphan who loves big words coming to a new home on Prince Edward Island, is sure to tug on the heartstrings.
“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”

6. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
This pick is another teenage love story, the sweet tale of Jamie and Landon. Readers will laugh, cry, and everything in between.
“I don’t think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.”

5. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Tom is a happy-go-lucky boy, who is extremely clever. He also has a way of letting his imagination run away with him! Do not miss this pick.
“Well, everybody does it that way, Huck.”
“Tom, I am not everybody.”

4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
This is the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympian and later a soldier in World War II. He survives a plane crash, only to be captured and brought to a camp for Prisoners of War. It is heart-wrenching, inspiring and something everyone needs to read.
“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”

3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This pick is the story of the Pevensie siblings–Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy—making their way through a wardrobe to the magical world of Narnia. It is full of fun, adventure, betrayal and forgiveness.
“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, when he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, and when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
This classic is a really fantastic narrative of love, betrayal, revenge, and reconciliation.
Dumas keeps readers into the plot the whole time, and the journey is thoroughly enjoyable.
“I don’t think man was meant to attain happiness so easily. Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.”

1. The Bible
Everyone needs hope, peace and guidance for life. This is the very best place to find it. There are lots of plans to help you read through the whole Bible in a year, the MacArthur Daily Bible being a great option.
Having the Bible App downloaded on a smartphone is another great resource.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11

Top 10 Good Study Habits

By: Cole Miller
With finals coming up even faster than we expected, we must prepare properly. Some students can take a final like it is any other test, but some are not as fortunate. But that is okay, here are some tips on healthy ways to study in a convenient, anxiety minimum manner.
10. Get a good night’s sleep. Don’t stay up late studying or not studying within the few days before your exam. Get a solid 7 hours of sleep minimum, but no more than 10, as you will feel groggy the next day if you sleep your day (or night) away.
9. Study in small bits. If you are like me, you procrastinate. There have been times where I have found myself cleaning my entire house just to put off studying. I study in small portions at a time, usually being thirty-five minute intervals once every 2 hours. Obviously not everyone will have the same intervals, but after you find your Zen, everything will fall into place.
8. Eating habits. This one may seem a bit odd, but brain food exists. Junk food may be simple and easy for leisure time, but study time needs something more, even just a drink would be easier than a bag of chips. Simplicity is in the eyes of the beholder, but my study snack is usually Chex Mix and a Snapple.
7. Turn off the phone. Majority of the time, we are glued to our phone, whether it be social media or entertainment, we are addicted to our smartphones. Just by turning off your phone, or putting it in airplane mode for your study interval, you would not feel the urge to check Instagram or keep your Snapchat streak going.
6. From the window, to a wall. Okay, title aside, study location is vital. Find your happy place, the Thigpen Library is always quiet and even offers rooms for private or group study sessions. Do not study in a public place, or somewhere where the outside world is going to be affecting you.
5. Music is key. This one is pretty common amongst college students. Music that doesn’t want to make you jump up and play your air guitar might be better if that happens to you, otherwise listen to your favorite songs. However, if complete silence is better for you, go for it.
4. Your friends will still be your friends tomorrow. Although a social life is healthy, your education is just as important. If you are stressing over a final, or maybe more than one, cancel plans. If for whatever reason your friends get angry at you for studying, just explain to them that you needed time to study and they should understand.
3. Ask for help. It is okay to ask for help. Ask a friend, a professor, a parent, a tutor, anybody who you think might be able to help you succeed in passing your exams, ask them. Study groups are great to learn new thinking strategies and a new attack plan other than “circle ‘b’ if you don’t know the answer.”
2. Bring anything you need, nothing you don’t. I feel like this one should be drilled into our minds. Things you should bring are notes, outlines, a laptop for Power Points, and a textbook if you prefer paper. Do not bring things like a videogame system, an entire meal from a restaurant, fireworks, etc.
1. Do not stress. If you go into a test thinking you’re going to bomb it, you will. If you stay up all night worrying about failing, you will. Do not stress over these exams, they are literally any other test, but they count for a little bit more.

Facebook is taking over the 2016 election

With the election results upon us today it is very important that we take something away from this election.
One of the biggest issues with this election is people taking false information away from social media.
Especially millennials know that every time you log on to Facebook you see your friends and family posting from uncredited sources, just helping add to the fire.
Every time we share a story about a candidate that we have not done our own research on and triple checked the sources we are doing ourselves and our community a disservice.
Facebook especially has done a great job of getting those fake news sources right to our newsfeed.
While every person has come in contact with false news in their life, not everyone knows how to identify it.
I have come up with a few ways of knowing whether or not it is okay to share these stories on your personal social media accounts.
Make sure you triple check the sources every single time. You can do this by simply googling the topic in the story.
If you see the topic in multiple sources odds are it is credible, but that is not enough evidence for posting.
You have to fact check the topic. There are many websites people can use to ensure they are getting the right information including FactCheck.org and PolitiFact.com.
These are great sites to ensure you are getting the right information from nonbiased sources. I encourage everyone to check their topic on multiple fact check sites.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with learning something new and gaining factual information. Another way to check your topic faster is to simply look at the address bar.
If you are looking at websites that do not have a .edu, .org or a .gov you can never be 100% sure. While there are very many credible .com websites you can get the least biased information from the websites that I have listed above.
If you read the whole article or story you can usually make good judgement based on the language and punctuation used.
Credible news sources are always going to be checking their grammar and punctuation to make sure it is perfect, where as less credible news sources wont care as much about how the appear to the public.
Fake news sources only care about getting that information across your screen and into your brain, they do not care about how good they sound most of the time.
As I said earlier, there are always going to be exceptions. It is always important to be on top of your personal research.
Knowing your facts and being well educated can not hurt anyone. You can always spread that knowledge to other people which helps the general population become a more educated whole.
It is never good to spread false information. Whether it be on social media or by word of mouth it is never good.
Dr. Lynette Long, very smart speech professor at the Volunteer State Community College Gallatin campus, always tells her students, “You always have a right to your own opinions, but you never have a right to your own facts.”
It is extremely important as a college student to be a light for those around you. Let others in on the knowledge you have and be an active listener to those you can learn from.
In my opinion the worst part about this election is the spread of false information about the candidates, and about the election itself.
No one wants to listen to each other and everyone thinks they know everything about every topic when in reality no one does real research on the topics presented to us, we just rely on the media to tell us everything we need to know and as a result we spew false information causing a horrible chain reaction resulting in a misinformed population.
While our time is over on this election I believe the American people can learn a lot about this election from how poorly it has gone.
We have to learn to listen to people’s opinions to gain information for ourselves, not just listen to reply. Ask critical questions and learn from the mistakes we have all made.
I encourage everyone to educate yourselves outside the classroom and off social media.
Help educate those around you and never stop gaining valuable information.

Top 10 best movies to watch this Halloween

by Michaela Marcellino
It is that time of year again! This is October, the time for cooler weather, everything pumpkin flavored, watching football, and yes—Halloween. One of the best ways to celebrate this fun time is to enjoy some Halloween Movies! Here are the Top 10 Halloween movies just waiting to be watched this October:
10. The Evil Dead
Five college students think they are going on a fun trip to stay in a cabin in the woods. However, it very quickly morphs into a nightmare when they accidentally unleash all kinds of evil.
9. Army of Darkness
By mistake, a man is sent to the Middle Ages, and captured by King Arthur. He must battle the army of the dead, as well as find a magical object, in order to return home.
8. Freddy vs. Jason
This is the story of Freddy Krueger, the killer who attacks people in their dreams, and Jason Voorhees, the psycho who wears a mask. They have an evil plot, but things begin to change very quickly when they turn on each other instead. 7. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Who doesn’t love a great childhood throwback? And especially when that throwback is Charlie Brown? Join Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and the rest of the gang as they await the Great Pumpkin.
6. Goosebumps
When an author’s imaginary demons are released from his books, it is up to a group of teenagers and the author to save their town.
5. Halloween
In this lm, a murder was committed on the night of Halloween. Fifteen years have now gone by, and the killer is back for more.
4. The Monster Squad
A group of pre-teens are obsessed with all things having to do with monsters. They have to rescue all they hold dear when their hometown is overrun with monsters they released.
3. Trick ‘r Treat
This lm is sure to get any viewer ready for Halloween. It follows the Trick- or-Treating antics of several groups of friends, and no one is quite who they seem to be.
2. The Nightmare before Christmas
A Disney classic that is a great way to get ready for Halloween. Follow the story of Jack Skellington and the rest of Halloweentown as they try to mesh Christmas with Halloween, with hilarious results.
1. Hocus Pocus
This 1993 Halloween classic is the number-one must-see movie for this spooky holiday. 300 years after banished in the Salem Witch Trials, Winifred, Sarah, and Mary are back, and ready to work their magic.