10 Ways to Pass Time in Quarantine

Editor’s Note:

With the global pandemic of COVID-19 accelerating around the world, and especially in the United States, many more people find themselves confined to their homes in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. This call for social distancing and for staying at home by health and government officials, has millions of people quarantined in their homes until the situation is under control.

Many may find this time boring, or it may drive them mad, or some may even find respite from the fast pace of everyday life that has come to a stop. Whatever the case, for the time being it appears this is the way it is going to be, and one will and should do his or her part to stay home as much as possible to slow the spread. On that note, Harley Keene, one of our writers, has compiled a list of things one can do while quarantined within the walls of one’s own home. This way this time of break and disruption of everyday life does not seem so bleak, empty, or terrible.

By Harley Keene: 
1.) Workout! It’s the perfect time to work on your physical health.
2.) Read all of those unread books you’ve been putting off.
3.) Binge-watch any shows or movies you haven’t had time for.
4.) Get outside! Although you can’t go into the world much, you can still take a brisk walk around your neighborhood to soak up the sun.
5.) Take up gardening! It’s the perfect time to make your yard look great for the Spring, and a way to soak up the sunlight.
6.) Try new recipes and cook more complex meals. Many of us don’t have time to try time consuming recipes in our daily lives, but being quarantined gives you plenty of time.
7.) Declutter your home! Now is the perfect time to get rid of things you don’t actually need.
8.) Clean! Making sure you’re in a good headspace is essential to being productive, and there’s no better way than being surrounded by your clean space.
9.) Do some craft projects like painting or knitting.
10.) Start a blog or a website to put time into. It can be anything you’re passionate about, and a good use of your time. It could even bring you some extra income if you’re good at it!


Top 10 Movies and Shows Being Watched During Quarantine

Editor’s Note: With many quarantined in their homes due to the pandemic of COVID-19, writer Harley Keene polled several people to find the movies and shows that are currently being binge-watched by them.  One may view these movies him or herself with a Netflix or Hulu subscription or by simply renting them online.

By Harley Keene:


1.) Big Time Adolescence (Hulu)
2.) Pet Sematary (Hulu or Amazon Prime Video)
3.) A Quiet Place (Hulu or Amazon Prime Video)
4.) Wonder (Hulu or Amazon Prime Video)
5.) BumbleBee (Hulu or Amazon Prime Video)


1.) Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video)
2.) This is Us (Hulu or Amazon Prime Video)
3.) Party of Five  (Amazon Prime Video or iTunes)
4.) Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Hulu or Amazon Prime Video)
5.) Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Hulu)

Major Changes to Vol State’s Spring Semester due to Virus

By Luis Quintanilla 

Starting March 23, all Volunteer State Community College classes will move to an online format in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The spring’s commencement ceremony will also not take place in-person. According to the Vol State website, the entire academic calendar for the spring semester has been shifted forward a week.

Full semester classes will resume on March 23, with second seven week classes  beginning on the same day. The last day to drop a class with a “W” will be April 3 and April 23 for second seven week classes. The last day of classes will be on May 8 with final exams from May 11-14.

Vol State’s TN eCampus classes have not been suspended and will continue with normal business.

Originally, spring break had been extended a week as classes were cancelled, but now the college is implementing major changes for the remainder of the spring semester in response to the spread of the virus. The college asks students to regularly check their emails to updates on their classes as well as check their eLearn emails for details on their classes.

Priority registration for summer and falls classes for current students has not changed and will begin on April 6 and 7 for sophomores and freshmen respectively.

In-person Work Development trainings will also see changes as they are suspended until further notice. OSHA training courses scheduled from March 17-20 will relocated to an offsite location with those involved receiving further details. Online training courses will remain the same, but many in-person training courses will be moved to an online format according to the Vol State’s announcement.

Nursing Information Sessions have also been cancelled. Vol State’s the Feed has also been cancelled for the remainder of the week.

Other events that have been cancelled according to the Vol State Website are:

Tree Day pickup scheduled for March 20 and 21

Middle College Information Night, March 24

ACT testing at Vol State on April 4 – Canceled…see the email from ACT for alternatives

All Vol State student daytime events (until further notice)

The following Vol State public events have been changed or canceled:

Community Garden work day scheduled for March 21 – Canceled

Annie Warbucks musical – Canceled

Educate A Woman – Postponed. Registrants will be contacted with a reschedule date.

Science and Math Expo, April 2 – Canceled

KEY Lifelong Learning Lectures – Canceled

All Vol State Athletic games and practices – Canceled

Ted Jones Art Gallery Talk – Canceled

Jazz guitarist Chip Henderson workshop, April 8 – Canceled

A Night in Italy – Canceled

Sophomore recitals, April 23 – Canceled

Vol State Spring Showcase concerts, May 1 and 2 – Canceled

For more information one can read the announcement at https://www.volstate.edu/news/all-vol-state-classes-moving-online-march-23-click-here-latest-updates-including-event

Vol State Classes Cancelled for a Week

By Luis Quintanilla 

In the wake of the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus spreading around the globe, classes at Volunteer State Community College have been cancelled from March 16-21 at all its locations. In an notification sent out to students via email and text, the college announced classes would cancelled the week after spring break. It stated, “Majors changes to follow.” The email also contained link to more information of the closing.

The closing applies to all classes, including online classes. All events are cancelled as well. Faculty and staff will still report these days, and will meet Monday at campus at 8:30. The link states the campus’ offices at all locations will be closed March 16 for planning, but reopened for students and the public on March 17 for normal business hours.

According to the page, several in-person classes will turn to an online only format starting March 23, and students should check their Vol State email and elearn at least once a day for more information on these changes and any updates. The page states some labs will meet with extra precautions.

The statement by Vol States says it does not know how long this change will last, it will depend on public health.

However, Vol State, in its statement, encourages students to continue with plans for priority registration for the Summer and Fall semesters. It states currents student priority registration will still open April 6 and 7 on DegreeWorks on students’ My Vol State portal. Students considering college in the summer and fall should still apply as the application process will continue as normal.

Vol State is just one of several schools reacting to the spread of the coronavirus in the United States and globally. Vanderbilt, UT Knoxville, Johnson University among others have all cancelled classes in response to the virus as well. Vanderbilt has cancelled it classes for the rest of the semester while the others have done so for a couple of weeks.

According to the TN department of health, the state has 18 confirmed cases of the virus. Globally, the count is around 125,000 with 4,600 deaths. On Wednesday March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

That same night, President Donald Trump issued a travel ban to Europe for 30 days in an address to the nation, and the NBA suspended its season due to the virus as well.

For more information on COVID-19, updates and tips for the general public and what one can do to slow the spread visit the World Health Organization website at https://www.who.int


Hand of Humanity Shown in Middle Tennessee Community

By Luis Quintanilla 

At times, a community, and often people in general, are given a stark reminder of their fragility in a highly unpredictable world. On Tuesday night March 3rd, the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community was reminded of this as a F3 tornado swept through parts of downtown Nashville and devastated communities further east such as Cookeville becoming a F4 tornado.

Perhaps the most tragic part of this was it came in the middle of the night, when most people and their families were more than likely in deep sleep, tragically unaware their houses sat in the path of a monster-size tornado hurdling towards them.

As of right now 25 people have been confirmed dead. The blunt of the storm hit Putnam county with 18 dead, 5 of them including children. It is unimaginable to go out in such a way. To be sleeping and the next moment wind speeds of up to 175 are ripping the walls around you and your family members, thrashing you, tossing you and your family members like rag dolls several yards, bombarding you with shards of glass and other debris all in a matter of seconds.

To those reading this from the Nashville or Middle Tennessee area, we are extremely fortunate to have woken up to see daylight that day, 25 people did not.

Despite it’s terrifying and tragic nature, that night fostered true community in Tennesseans and people in surrounding communities. Within hours of daylight, volunteers were busy helping clear streets and rubble, look for buried survivors and even offering shelter and sanctuary for anyone displaced.

Places such as the Farmer’s Market and churches around Middle Tennessee opened their doors to shelter anyone affected by the tornado. Locals offered their own homes and even their own showers for displaced people. Restaurants gave out free food to those affect. Teams of volunteers spanned Putnam county from sunup to sundown searching for survivors under the thrashed homes. Even the hospital in Cookeville, the Regional Medical Center, chose not to bill the people who came in for medical attention after the tornado.

Although the community was severely physically battered, the spirit of the people in Nashville and Middle Tennessee seemingly remained standing strong, if not stronger. For those affected and grieving there will be a long road ahead to recovery and stability, but the past week has shown these people they’re not alone. Their neighbors and strangers alike have pooled together to lend a hand to those shocked with such a unpredictable tragedy.

At its most fundamental level, it is humans extending out their hands to help out their fellow humans when the call arises, maybe one of the greatest acts of humanity one can witness on the planet.  At times like these, the white blood cells of humanity quickly rush to combat the ugliness and unpredictability of life and remind those affected that they are part of a community.

A tragic part about this is that it often takes a large scale tragedy for this compassion of humanity to be fully sparked. On a small scale, one may witness or even share this compassion with their fellow neighbor and stranger on a daily basis, but rarely is it seen on a massive scale on a daily basis.

For the most part, most people walk by each other on the street without investing much thought of how that person is doing or their circumstances. This does not make people bad, it is impossible to know the situation of everyone we walk by on the street, we simply do not have the time to know everyone, but this does not mean we can invest some basic care and understanding  into one another.

The hand of humanity one sees when tragedy like this arises, shouldn’t just show its face when it is too late, after the fact. Instead, it is possible for it to permeate into everyday life if given enough attention. This is not to say the world will become rainbows and sunshine everyday as all humans hold hands and sing together. People will always have differences and disagree. But the basic human compassion that is exhibited when times like these arise appears to be deep-seated in us. If that is the case, it can appear in our everyday lives if cultivated right and if given enough attention.