Romeo Marquez visits VSCC

by Cole Miller

On September 14, 2016, Romeo Marquez, Jr. came to speak at Volunteer State Community College. Marquez is a motivational speaker who has appeared on Ted Talks and graduated from UCLA.
He began his speech by introducing himself, and by making the audience play a game similar to “rock, paper, scissors” called “bear, sh, mosquito,” with the person sitting next to them.
I personally found the game amusing and made the awkwardness of being next to somebody you may not know somewhat disappear.
After the warm-up game was nished, we were handed a sheet of paper and a pen, but did not receive instructions on what to do with these items yet.
Marquez had us do another warm-
up activity in which we were told to think of what we could better about ourselves if we did 5% more every day.
Marquez shared a bit from his personal life. He played football in high school, but always wanted to be a speaker, or something similar to such, but was afraid of what his peers would say if he took theatre classes or tried out for his high school plays.
After he graduating and starting community college, he took theatre classes and auditioned for the play they were performing. For his audition, he did a back ip on stage and read his lines.
After Marquez shared information about his past, he had us write a “Be, Do, Have list”. In this list, you write down things you want to be, things you want to do, and things you want to have, and set them as a goal.
After everyone wrote down our lists, he shared a story he read about
comedian Jim Carrey, and how when he rst moved to Los Angeles, he would shout from a cliff, “I will become an actor,” and eventually, Carrey did just that.
Marquez then gave out a free download code for his book and cd. The codes are “VOLSTATEBOOK” and “VOLSTATECD”, respectively.
To get these free downloads, simply text the code or codes to 44-
222.
“Romeo was very inspiring. This
speaker helped me realize I need to wake up and start focusing on my life more.” said Wesam Saleh, a student at Vol State.
I have to agree with Wesam, Romeo was very helpful in the words that he shared, and I hope he comes back to our campus again very soon. Please make sure you take advantage of these free download codes that we were so generously given.

10 essentials for everyone’s backpack

by Melissa Farmer

10: Phone Charger- Guys, it is 2016, one of the worst things that can happen to us is our phone dying. You can buy a cheap phone charger to keep in your backpack so you always have one on hand at school.

9: Hand sanitizer- This is not a drill, take hand sanitizer everywhere. When cold and flu season comes around and you’re sitting next to Sniffling Sally you’ll thank yourself.

8: Headphones- There is plenty of down time where you wish you could just put some headphones in and get some “quiet” time.

7: Planner- Buy a planner at the beginning of the school year and use it. Write down your test days, what time you work, when you make plans to go to the movies. Trust me, it is much better than trying to keep it all organized in your head.

6: Chapstick- This is not just for the ladies, keeping chapstick in your bag can save you from one of the most annoying things ever: chapped lips in the winter.

5: Umbrella- Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you don’t need an umbrella to walk across campus. We don’t have the biggest campus, but it is big enough to get soaked walking from Ramer to the Library!

4: Sunglasses- Sunglasses have so many purposes. Protecting your eyes from the sun is the biggest one, but don’t forget that you can put them on while you cross campus and people won’t try to make eye contact with you.

3: Reusable water bottle- Y’all need to quit wasting your money buying a bottle of water everyday. You can get a reusable water bottle from Wal-Mart, Target or even the 5 Below store in Hendersonville, you will save money and help the environment!

2: A change bag- I’m not saying that you have to have an old lady change purse with you (but if you do then you rock), but even keeping a plastic bag to put your change in can save your life and stomach on days that you’re broke and need a snack from the grill!

1: Snacks- Do it. Keep a snack in your backpack. Some days are long at school and it gets really hard to focus when your stomach is growling non-stop. A snack can save your stomach and your grades. Really.

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.

8 things every VSCC student should know

Picture taken in the new SRB Building Second Floor

By Melissa Farmer

Picture taken in the new SRB Building Second Floor

Picture taken in the new SRB Building Second Floor

1.The Grill has delicious food! Not only will they make you a burger to order, they have options already set out so you can grab something quick and go. The Grill is located in the Wood building across from the Student Life and Diversity Office.

2.If you are reading this, then you have discovered that Vol State has a student newspaper! The Settler is a great way for student to develop their writing skills, and participate in a fun club/class. The Settler is located in room 212 in the new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities building.

3.Its okay to take naps at school, I know it isn’t every ones style and some would rather power through long days amped up on caffeine, but there are plenty of places to sleep, benches, the library, the café, or even the floor. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

4.Vol State has a basketball team, baseball team and a softball team! Show your Pioneer pride and attend one of these games before the seasons end!

5.The Vol State bookstore has more than just books! The bookstore, located in the Wood building, has yearly planners, backpacks, notebooks, phone chargers, snacks, and even an E.L.F makeup stand (ladies, you know what I’m talking about. ELF stands for eyes, lips and face).

6.The parking situation gets better after the first month, just be patient and get here early for a good spot! Don’t forget to get your parking decals for the 2016 school year!

7.If you can’t get online to entertain yourself, due to the wi-fi, you can grab a copy of The Settler! There is a newsstand in every building.

8.This list already mentioned the Grill, but everyone needs to know that the Grill has coffee. And lots of it. There are a few different types of brews, and cream and sugar are provided!

Be Involved in your Community

By Hope McKinney
Welcome back Vol State students, faculty, and staff. We here at your Settler newspaper hope you had a great summer. We at The Settler would like to be the first to welcome you to our campus whether you are a first time, or returning student.
The staff at The Settler have gathered before the first day of regular classes to ensure you are up to date on all the recent events and changes that have happened while some of you were taking summer classes, and some of you were vacationing and enjoying some time away.
Upon returning to campus you may notice a few things that have changed about the campus. The new humanities building is finished and ready for the 2016-2017 school year. The building not only includes The new home of The Settler, but includes a number of faculty offices and classrooms.
With a large amount of windows covering the entire building, you get a full view of Gallatin all the way to Station Camp. Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building is completely up to date with the newest technology including projectors, computers and furniture.
With the amazing privilege of using the new building, there comes responsibility. It is imperative that we take great care of the carpets, chairs and floors all over the building to ensure it is just as beautiful for the coming upcoming Vol State students as it is for this year’s students.
Keep a special look out around the newsroom to get a special look at the freshest news circulating.
Have a great school year and make sure you follow us online.We hope to become more interactive with you this semester on social media and on our online website.
I know college can be very stressful for many students and even staff, but a few words of wisdom I can provide for you are to always attend your classes, not attending can result in consequences, furthering your frustration with school itself, so just make sure you always attend and are active in the classroom. IF you find yourself with extra time outside of the classroom it is always wise to add some clubs and organizations to your college application, especially if you are planning on attending a four year university.
Some involvement with Student Government, NSLS, or The Settler can be the difference between a college acceptance letter and a rejection. Involvement in your community college or university will not only add to your own success as you further your education, it will enhance your people skills as you network yourself through the campus and meet new, and important people.
Networking makes a huge difference in your college experience as well. My family has always told me that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. I have found that to be extremely true in my college experience and through out life in general since I started here at Vol State last year.
Any event that is being hosted at Vol State that you are able to attend, I encourage you to go and get your name out thee to people. There ate so many people, students,a nd staff, here at Vol State that can get you started in life, just by making a simple connection with them.
If you find yourself wanting to network through news media please contact me at rmckinney7@volstate.edu. The Settler is a great opportunity to do so!
Have a great returning, or first year here on campus and remember to commit to graduation. Each day you are getting closer to your diploma, don’t let anything stand in your way!
You can do it!