It is your fellow classmates, teachers, and peers that help put on these events and they need your support

by Ann Roberts// Editor-in-Chief

On Tuesday, March 17, there were two events at Volunteer State Community College. One was a Humanities Matters lecture on Transcendentalist communes. Maybe 10 people attended.

There was also on that Tuesday, a Lunch and Learn event.

Nobody showed up for it.
Such low attendance to school events makes me wonder; why aren’t people coming to these things?
Either the students do not know the events are happening, they do not want to go or they have no time to.

“I seriously encourage students to go to as many events, lectures, and opportunities that Vol State hosts as possible. Too much work, effort, and money goes into trying to make the student body unified and happy, and the end result is sometimes disappointing. It is your fellow classmates, teachers, and peers that help put on these events and they need your support,” said Kathleen Long, president of Association of Campus Events (ACE).
“[SLDI] works extremely hard to provide meaningful and significant programming for the entire student body at Vol State.  The activities sponsored, especially by my office, are paid by student fees.  I would encourage students to participate in activities, especially when they are paying for it.  Outside of my office, events are planned to assist in education and furthering exploration of the mind.

“Although attendance is not mandatory, it should be a priority option to attend to see what is available for collegiate growth,” said Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, director of Student Services in SLDI.

I see plenty of people hanging out in the cafeteria everyday at every time. I know they have the time to come to events and lectures.

Do they not know that things are happening? There are flyers up and a calendar on the website and in the school newspaper. There are announcements and flyers on the bulletin boards as well as on the monitors in every building. Do they not see them?

“There is always something happening at Vol State. One thing in particular that I have enjoyed is traveling to other states for conferences and meetings.
“Last year, I went to Washington, D.C. with Dr. Yarbrough for the ASAAC conference, where I met with the United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and spoke with him about Vol State.

“Of course, the trip was wonderful, but I didn’t have to worry about the financial obligation to attend.
“Our student activity fee footed the bill for that once in a lifetime experience for me, and I am eternally grateful.
“I encourage everyone to take part in these events, and look into trips that are available. These trips are available to all students, and are especially fun and meaningful when you travel with Dr. Key,” said Amanda Steele, president of the Student Government Association (SGA).

Vol State has dozens of events scheduled every month of the school semester. Most if not all of them are planned many months in advance. From a wide variety of lectures and presentations to slam poets, musicians and magicians.

“All students pay the student activities fee which therefore means, they are paying for these events that are hosted through [SLDI],” said Tabitha Sherrell, coordinator of Student Services in SLDI.

There are also many student leadership positions that need to be filled.

“… the President of SGA, President of ACE, and Editor of The Settler get tuition paid and a book stipend. Also, all SGA Representatives get a book stipend for attending SGA meetings on behalf of their clubs…most students probably don’t realize this incentive, but it is open to any current student to partake in as long as they put in the time and effort to take on these student leader roles.

“And, these positions look great on a resume as students prepare for jobs or further college education,” said Sherrell.

Please look out for upcoming campus events and opportunities. Vol State wants to help you learn and experience so many things as well as enjoy your time here.

We have all these lectures and events for the students.

If nobody cares or comes to the things we work hard to set up for you, then why should we try at all?

Taking pride and responsibility in your work is a wise life choice

by Ann Roberts// Editor-in-Chief

It is common for students during the school year to give a half-hearted effort at their assignments and projects.

Often times, the task is one in which the student has no interest and thus, does not complete particularly well.

Many homework assignments and projects are not completed and some are not even turned in.

This is not hurting the instructor any.

It is easier to give someone a zero on their grades for not turning in their work than to sift through apathetic content that the student thought was not worth doing well.

This attitude of passivity and negligence is only hurting the student in the end.

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have,” said Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of America.

The assignments for which the students are responsible are supposed showcase their ability to do what is asked of them.

If they feel that the project is not good enough for them to complete or work on at all, they are only conveying that they are lacking discipline, respect for their supervisor, maturity and tenacity.

“It is not by whining that one carries out the job of a leader,” said Napoleon Boneparte, French military leader.

If this sort of mindset and behavior is a common practice during school, how will these students obtain and sustain steady jobs in the future?

If they are used to doing what they want and not what is best then they will not succeed in a workplace environment.

“We are not here merely to make a living. We are here to enrich the world, and we impoverish ourselves if we forget this errand,” said Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of America.

When you are working on a group project, every member has a part to do.

If anyone in the party is not willing to do their work, or do it well, that not only reflects badly on that person, but it also pulls the whole group down as well.

“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself,” said Paul Bryant, American football coach and player.

Just being present is not going to get the job done.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence,” said Martin Luther King, Jr., American Civil Rights leader.

One must have the ability to see what needs to be done and do it.

Students need to be able to gage what assignments and projects need to be done, and set time apart and make an effort to do them.

What is the point of doing something if you are not even invested in doing it the right way?

“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self esteem and personal satisfaction,” said Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of England.

One thing that I encourage you to try is, to do your assignment ñ everybody has something ñ and complete it.

The fun part is, not only do you need to make sure to include what specific instructions your instructor or boss has tasked you with, but you also need to make sure that you incorporate a part of yourself into it.

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence,” said Eddie Robinson, American football coach.

You can make something professional and still let it showcase a talent or quirk of yours.

Employers and teachers need to know you can do the minimum amount of acceptable work.

What gets their attention is when you go above and beyond that and can integrate your own style and individuality into your work.

It shows that you can get the job done professionally and in a way that is individualistic. It also shows a sense of pride in your work.

“Remember every job is a self portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence,” said anonymous.

Half hearted attempts to complete something you’re not interested in will not produce a piece that you will be proud to call your own.

It does not help anybody, accomplishes nothing and impresses no one.

“It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did it wrong,” said Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet.

Take the time and effort to actually do what you need to, either for a class or a project at work.

Don’t let your boss, teacher or yourself down by doing less than bare minimum.

A job worth doing is worth doing well.

The importance of fitness and tips on wellness

by Brian Ferrell// Staff Writer

A poor diet and a lack of exercise can lead to physical and mental problems such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and possibly cancer.

A proper diet and exercise routine is very essential to a daily lifestyle.

It promotes stress relief, reduces anxiety, prevents chronic disease and heart disease, reduces fat, builds strength and endurance and overall makes you happy.

According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN); within the last 20 years there’s been a significant increase in obesity in the United States.

More and more people are becoming obese. It’s also a huge problem with our children.

About 17 percent, or 12.5 million, of children and adolescents (2-19) are obese in The United States.

Also, 33.8 percent, or 78.6 million adults, are obese.

The council also states that the cumulative effect is that children born in the year 2000 may not out live their parents and indicates that 70 percent of youth may never achieve a healthy weight and will become obese adults.

What does that tell you?

Americans are fat.

So how can we change that?

How can we get more people to realize the importance of dieting and exercising?

90 percent of losing weight is just your diet.

Make better food choices and you’ll lose weight. Nutrition and exercise not only complement each other, but they need each other.

According to, even with a perfectly balanced diet, you still need to exercise to burn the calories. states that the biggest complaint today is people not having the time to focus on a healthy diet and going to the gym.

We all feel that 24 hours is not enough time and we all wish we could have more time to do things but if you really step back and look at how people spend their day we can find time to go to the gym.

The average American watches 5 hours of television (TV) per day according to the New York daily.

So that’s 5 hours of Americans being sedentary on the couch, staring at a TV screen. The New York Daily Times reported people spending 3.8 hours a day on social media.

So out of the 24 hours that we all get each day, 8 hours of it is being spent looking at a screen.

That is time we can use to prep healthier meals and get in some exercise.

We have the time to get it done. We can all squeeze in a workout each day. Incorporating physical activity into your daily life.

At least 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children according to PCFSN.

Another complaint that most people have is that they are too tired.

One of the benefits of exercising is that it actually gives you more energy.

A study published in the American Journal of psychology states that people who worked out for 30 minutes a day lost more weight than people who worked out for 60 minutes a day.

You would think that the longer you work out the more calories you will burn.

Although that is true, the study revealed that people who work out 30 minutes a day noticed their workout was easier and they had energy to do other physical activities throughout the day as oppose to those who work out 60 minutes a day, who noticed they ate more and had less energy to do other physical activity. It sounds counterintuitive.

What about moms who cannot seem to get in a workout because they have to take care of the kids?

One tip is you can find a gym that has a daycare that can watch your kids while you get in a workout.

You can also find workouts you can do at home.

There are a lot of home workouts you can do to help you meet your fitness goals.

Try waking up 30 minutes to an hour before the kids have to get up and get in a workout or do 30 minutes after you send them to bed.

Remember there’s always time to get in a workout, it is just a matter of how bad do you want it.

One of the cool things about exercising is that it releases a chemical in your brain called endorphins (the feel good medicine).

It gives you a positive feeling that will make you happy.

It is a feeling of accomplishment and it is the best drug out there.

Practice living in the moment for a more peaceful mind and life

by Brittney Mace// Assistant Editor

I often find myself thinking about two main things; my past and my future.

Being a college student and working towards my planned life goals, I tend to spend the majority of my time thinking about what I will do when those goals are met and I do not fully appreciate the journey I am taking in order to get there.

I often dwell on what I will be doing a year, five years, even ten years from that moment. As a result, I don’t fully enjoy the time in my life that I currently reside in.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,” said John Lennon. This is something I have been attempting to change in my life.

Yes, it is important to have goals and yes, it is important to plan the steps in order to achieve them, but one should not deem any part of their life unnecessary or less important than another.

If you find yourself in the same issue, take a deep breath and relax.

Quiet your mind of life planning and fully embrace the uncertainty that life brings.

“Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation of the future is to live as if there were none,” said Albert Einstein.

Both you and your plans will change, but there will only ever be one present.

The same way of thinking goes for ones’ past.

Do not become stuck on the “what ifs” of your existence.

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.

You may feel like you are not on the right path, that you made too many mistakes, or that you want to go back to the past where you believe you once thrived.

I too, often have these thoughts.

Recently new to adulthood, I still catch myself wishing I was back in my childhood, a victimless child with no worries or adult responsibilities.

I remind myself to not waste any more precious time thinking about regrets or how things could have been different.

I choose instead, as should you, to focus on the person in the present.

Are you a better person as a result of your past?

Are you living your life, each day, to its full potential?

Are you taking one step at a time, to achieve this?

Do not use your incredible mind to overthink where you came from or where on this earth you will end up.

Personally, I would rather live a life of chaos that gave me unexpected pleasures, than strictly scheduled plans that I am uncertain I even want.

I constantly have to remind myself that I have the honor of living in a great country, I have the option of a great education, I have a vast amount of resources to make my life the best that it can possibly be and that I should celebrate every single day just the way it is.

I have never been much of a swimmer, but I have found bliss in the choice to go along with the waves of life instead of fighting against the current.

So whether you believe that detailed planning, fate, karma or some other higher power is the key to a happy life, I advise you to take chances.

I encourage you to try things from a new perspective and don’t hold yourself back from experiences that seem uncertain.

If all else fails; when the worry starts to set in, just remember that you are okay.

You have time.

And you are right where you are meant to be.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly,” said Buddha.

What color is this dress?

by Jim Busha// Staff Writer

Social media, news media and a lot of students here at Volunteer State Community College were all buzzing with the question, ìWhat color is the dress?

The photo was originally posted to social media by Caitlin McNeill, a 21 year old singer, who lives on a Scottish island named Colonsay.

The photo of the dress was sent to McNeill by a friend who was getting married, whose mother sent it as a color idea for the wedding.

However, the bride and groom couldn’t agree on what color the dress was.

When McNeill saw how popular the photo was on her Facebook, she then added it to her Tumblr account and from there it spread throughout the Internet. did a poll on Thursday night asking, ìWhat color is the dress?

Tens of thousands of people voted.

The results of their poll were 53 percent said it is black and blue and 47 percent said it is white and gold.

The truth is that that there are different factors that affect each of us differently when it comes to our perception of colors.

Your eyes try to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis. People either discount the blue side, and see white and gold or they discount the gold side in which they see blue and black, said Bevel Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College.

What color is the dress to you? We may never agree on what color the dress is, but there is one thing we may be able to agree on; that is one ugly dress!

Thrift Tips

by Gabrielle Staton// Staff Writer

Ever wondered how some people bag great finds at thrift shops?

Here’s a guide that will equip you with the skills you need to succeed!

Step 1 is to be prepared. Before heading out to thrift, be sure to plan.

Evaluate what items would count as a total score before leaving the store.

Three tools you need before you leave are a limit list, a budget, and a bonus buy.

A limit list is the same as a shopping list, but is limited to the thrift trip necessities.

A great cap for beginner thrift shoppers is between $20-$50, and if you receive every item on your limit list, and haven’t reached your budget, you can have a bonus buy. This would be something that doesn’t take you over budget once the limit list is secured.

Without going into any store with some sort of plan, it’s easy to leave with more than what you came for, and none of what you need!

The goal is to gain valuable items at an affordable price.

Step 2 is to stay informed. Even thrift stores have sales! Thrift stores, like Goodwill, host sales often.

Sometimes there are even top name brand items for less than $1.

Step 3 is to stay ahead. Upon entering the store, head to department with the items that lead the limit list.

Bring headphones to help stay in the zone.

Thrift shopping is a task. A little entertainment wouldn’t hurt.

Make a playlist that helps with focus. Remember you are in a store. Be careful not to get carried away when your favorite tune plays, wouldn’t want you having a free concert in Goodwill.

Step 4 is to stick to the list. In a store with such variety, it is easy to get sidetracked.

Stores such as Goodwill and Plato’s Closet receive clothing on a daily basis.

Don’t beat yourself up if you bypass a top find. There will be better items in the thrifting future!

If done properly, thrift shopping can be very rewarding and therapeutic.

Be sure to check future issues for the key to the 99 cents item and a few different looks for under $5.

Remember to shop responsibly. If you or someone you know has a hoarding problem, get help by calling 1-800-HOARDERS or 1-800-462-7337.

Net Netruality and the end of creative freedom

by Adam Parks// Online Editor

When the Internet was first established, it was a tool for a variety of uses, whether it be chatting with old friends, taking part in text-based computer games, or finding useful information.

Over time, however, the Internet has grown into an entertainment medium as well as a place to connect and socialize with people throughout the world.

Many people have come to make careers out of creating entertainment on the Internet.

Youtubers like PewDiePie and Rooster Teeth are able to support their families and their lifestyles because of the content that they create on the Internet.

The great part about their jobs is that they do not have anyone telling them what content they can and cannot create.

That is one of the great things about YouTube. There is always something for everyone because the content creators get to show their individuality in their work.

If you take a look at the most popular web series on the Internet, you will see that they are so many different shows, because there are so many people who make a living from making content that they love.

That being said, the Internet is beginning to face a problem that it never faced in the past.

Bigwig politicians are attempting to join major cable companies to police the Internet.

This policing is not just policing your privacy, but policing the content that these content creators make.

The policies they are attempting to put into place would allow these cable companies to not only charge these Youtubers for the content they create, but also charge you for simply watching it.

If you have an Internet service provider such as Comcast, for example, and these policing policies go into place, Comcast could charge a set fee per month to be able to access YouTube, and another fee for websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Over time, you could see your Internet bills double or even triple if you simply want to access all the Internet has to offer.

The Internet will no longer be able to flourish as the place for creative freedom.

It could become a barren wasteland where you would see the same content as what you see on television.

This is a scary thought. As someone who hopes to eventually have a career on websites such as Youtube, it is terrifying to thing that this job option may not exist for me in a few months.

Instead of allowing our Congress to decide the outcome of this, these cable companies are going straight to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and although President Barack Obama has spoken against this policy, he may not be able to stop what is coming.

If we let them start charging us for the websites we use everyday, it could lead into terrible outcomes where they charge us for other things.

It is scary to think that just because these cable companies want more money in their pockets, that they would allow all of these jobs to be lost.


If these content creators are no longer allowed to see their vision come to light, then they will lose interest in what they are doing, give up on their jobs and move to something else.

However, this problem goes farther than just the promise of Youtube. These companies could also set fees for using services such as Google or Bing and charge you every time you send a Tweet.

It seems outrageous to think that this could actually happen, but there is a very good possibility that it can and will.

There are so many ways that we can put a stop to this.

The simplest way is to sign one of the petitions floating around on the Internet. Internet websites such as is a great place to go and get all the information that is needed, regarding the topic and what it means for your everyday life.

These Internet service providers should allow us to access all of the great things the Internet has to offer, without fear of having to pay an arm and a leg.

The Internet was established as a free world for people to come in and do what they love, and it needs to stay that way.

Please help keep the Internet free and accessible by everyone.

There is a happy medium between expressing yourself and knowing when to keep your mouth shut

We have all heard the proverbial saying ìsilence is golden.î

Many people struggle, including myself, with watching what they say.

In the heat of an argument or excited crossfire of witty retorts, it is sometimes hard to always filter what one says before it is spewed.

ìIt is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt,î said Mark Twain, American writer.

Very often, one experiences the stomach churning sensation of putting oneís foot in oneís own mouth.

When one is a child with a head full of fantastical and quizzical things, it is charming for oneís peers to hear an unchecked and shameless question or remark.

It is quite different when a young adult speaks unreservedly and carelessly on whatever is on their mind.

One must have a regard for the time or the place and have at least a general sense of tact.

Always saying whatever pops into your head without thinking about it first does not allow the young adult to look particularly mature or impressive.

I used to not be this way.

All through my childhood and teen years, I recall being very reserved and most painfully quiet and shy.

It was not even until last semester I realized that I had really ëlet myself goí in a sense.

ìThere is never an embarrassing silence that canít be turned into a regrettable conversation,î said Robert Brault, an American tenor.

I have a friend who was a new acquaintance last semester.

We did not know each other particularly well, but enough for this person to realize that I was usually a laid back person with a sort of ëonly speak when spoken toí mentality.

Without relaying the exact conversation and having an account of my thoughtless remark spread and known on paper and online, I will mention the incident as vaguely as possible.

ìMan does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them,î said Adlai Stevenson II, an American politician.

In the midst of a casual conversation, I responded to one of my companionís remarks with a completely rude and unfiltered reply.

I was not expecting what I said to come out of my mouth any more than my fellow conversationalist.

We were both taken aback and our acquaintanceship, and later friendship, was forever altered by my thoughtless statement.

Thank goodness this person had a sense of humor and did not take any offense but was merely surprised by my sudden and brash comment.

Now my friend expects me to say something equally tactless and uncivil every time we converse.

ìThe trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you havenít thought of yet,î said Ann Landers.

My friends and family marvel at how Iíve ëëcome out of my shell.íí

But there is a difference in being comfortable with your own voice and allowing your thoughts to discharge unchecked.

Living such a life is very dangerous.

It is important to remember where you are and who you are with.

Being an editor on the paper is much easier than being an editor of my oral articulations.

Even as this editorial is being written, I will pause after a sentence or two and reread the last paragraph in order to check that the grammar and flow are adequate.

When someone is having a conversation, they must be a bit more quick on their feet considering there is not as much time to always plan out and discard unnecessary rebuttals or exchanges.

ìSpeak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret,î said Ambrose Bierce.

I know it is sometimes very difficult to not say the first thing that pops into your head, but having the ability to filter your speech is a noble and sensible practice.

Please start watching what you say.

Too often we stick our feet in our mouths when could have just as easily stayed silent.

You may have a voice, but please think about what you use it for.

Words do not bruise like sticks and stones but they can sometimes sting much longer.

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the temptin moment,” said Dorothy Nevill.

Long Story Short- Valentines Day

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I am reminded of a story that might just benefit a few of you.

When I was in elementary school, my class had a Valentine’s dance.

The boys were allowed to ask out the girls and vice versa.

Being the 10-year-old that I was, I thought that it was only polite that a boy ask a girl. So I did not ask anyone.

As it got closer to the dance, nobody asked me.

My mom told me that I should take my brother who was four years older than me. But, of course, I didnít want to do that because that would be lame.

So, like any other girl would do (I thought), I dressed up my Orangutan stuffed animal – King Louie from The Jungle Book – in a plaid button up shirt and a pair of tan corduroy pants.

When I got to the dance, very proudly carrying my “date” on my hip, I noticed nobody was dancing, and everyone was staring at me.

I immediately regretted bringing a stuffed animal to the dance, but I was not going to let anyone know that.

So King Louie and I got on the dance floor and started slow dancing.

Everyone just stared more, but I acted like I didn’t care.

After the song was over, a boy from my class named Juan asked me if I wanted to dance, and said that my monkey could join, and that made me happy.

Long story short: If you are alone on Valentine’s day, grab a stuffed animal (I know you have one).

Don’t let a few awkward stares keep you from enjoying your night; never EVER take a stuffed animal to an event as a date… no matter what your parents tell you, NO ONE ELSE THERE WILL HAVE ONE.

Taking the initiative can change your life for the better

To be frank, I had no inkling to become the editor-in-chief of this school’s newspaper. I was asked to apply for the position because I became a surprisingly active and constant member in the club under the previous editor’s reign.

I really did not want to be the boss due to all that pressure to perform and keep on top of everything and be the figurehead to the other club members. The thought of myself in that leadership role made me shiver. My heart sank with apprehension when I was hired for the job.

I passed the most basic qualifications, but I had no knowledge about newspapers, how they were run or how I was supposed to run one. I was petrified.

Do you know how many people beside myself applied for the editor’s position? Zero. There was no option B.

There are two possible explanations for why that was. One, nobody knew that the position was available for application or two, they knew but nobody wanted the job.

Do not get me wrong; I do not regret applying and having the position I have. I am so thankful for this opportunity that has caused me to grow, learn and experience things I never imagined would happen in my life.

However when I began to wrap my mind around the concept of little ole’ me becoming the confident, organized and decisive editor The Settler needed, I was reeling from the unreality of it.

“Never be afraid to fail. Failure is only a stepping-stone to improvement. Never be overconfident because that will block your improvement,” said Tony Jaa.

My job keeps me busy and is often stressful, but I would not trade it for the simpler life I had before. Now I’ve gotten a taste of the business and it’s given me a new perspective on how I can make a difference.

This experience has helped me develop useful skills and allowed me to meet and connect with more people. It was a scary transition for a wallflower like me, but it was unmistakably worth it.

I was afraid to take this job and adjusting to my position and responsibilities was a bit rocky, but if I had to do it all again, knowing what I know now, I would still take the job.

“I would rather regret the things I have done than the things I have not,” said Lucille Ball.

Last spring semester there was also an opportunity for students to apply for positions for the Student Government Association (SGA). There was only one candidate for each of the positions. The cabinet ran unopposed and inevitably was given the positions.

The president we have now was the only one who applied, and it may look to some, that she was the only one who cared about doing something through the SGA.

There are plenty of students at Vol State, but apparently only an extremely small percentage is interested in participating and leading student clubs and organizations.

“If you’re not actively involved in getting what you want, you don’t really want it,” said Peter McWilliam.

There are avenues for excellence in every corner of this campus.

The Honors Program, Service Learning club, Squatter’s Rites publication, SGA and so many more are available and always looking for more members.

Supplemental Instruction, Leanring Commons and Language Center have hiring  opportunities.

I encourage you to take the initiative. You’re not selling your soul to do so. Just try it.

Let our student body not be comprised of individuals suffering from the bystander effect. If nobody ever steps up to the plate, then nothing extraordinary and noteworthy will be talked about or appreciated.

“I’ve always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself,” said Eddie Murphy.

There are opportunities all over this campus to go the extra mile and accomplish something that needs to be done, though few wish for the responsibility.

Take the initiative, you don’t know what can be discovered, invented or enhanced. Who knows how many people you could affect by stepping up and doing what needs to be done?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover,” said Mark Twain.